Daily Update: WWE ThunderDome, Impact, Dark Side spinoffs


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WON NEWSLETTER: December 7, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Death of Pat Patterson, AEW/Impact, more

The most detailed look at the life and career of Pat Patterson, from his childhood in Montreal, through his being Vince McMahon’s assistant, and everything in between, is the lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

This will likely go down as one of the best issues in history, with the stories on Patterson and Bobby Lee, the guy you never heard of who set box office records in the summer of 1978.

We look at Patterson’s career highlights, comments from some of the biggest names in the history of the business, where he got the name from, finding out he wa gay, his start in Boston, how Mad Dog Vachon made his career, the days in San Francisco, the greatest tag team of the era, being in the middle of the Cow Palace vs. HIC feud, his first encounter with Mae Young, Pretty Boy Patrick Patterson, the different stages that led to the Texas Battle Royal, the Cow Palace Battle Royal and the Royal Rumble.

We look at the character of Roy Shire, matches with the likes of Ray Stevens, Bob Backund and Sgt.Slaughter, the birth of the Intercontinental title, tours of Japan, the Quebec Dream,  and WWE honoring him in Montreal.

Also in this issue:

Kenny Omega winning the AEW title, Sting coming, Don Callis and Impact Wrestling, and full coverage of AEW’s Winter is Coming.

The life and career of Bobby Lee, who made himself a legend in two months, and then how it all  ended.

Agovernmental rule now protecting talent from having to adhere to the rules the rest of us go by, notes on Tribute to the Troops, notes on new WWE signings including one of the highest level athletes they’ve ever signed, update on a lawsuit against the company and how they are trying to get out of it, Talking mack, Slammy Awards, foreign ratings, how WWE & AEW are doing in the sports ratings, Broken Skull Sessions, Undertaker talks about ling to Shawn Michaels, top Exec makes more than $1 million in stock sale, and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

A feature on Jimmy Rave as his career comes to an end.

This year’s TripleMania show as well as a look back at the main events of every show to date.

Saturday’s UFC show with match-by-match coverage, business notes and ramifications of the key matches.

Television business, looking at stats not available elsewhere to get the deepest read into how shows are doing, what categories are doing well and how shows compare with previous weeks and one year ago.  
Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week.

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Jon Alba posted a first look at the WWE ThunderDome being set up at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Last night’s Raw was the final show of WWE’s residency at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. WWE is moving to Tropicana Field starting with this Friday’s SmackDown.
The Amway Center sent out a social media post thanking WWE following the end of their residency: “After a record-breaking 119 days & 37 shows, @WWE hosted its final broadcast from Amway Center. We loved welcoming all the incredible WWE fans into the arena virtually over the last four months and we can’t wait until our WWE family returns to Orlando again soon! #ThankYouWWE”
Following tributes on NXT and SmackDown, WWE also honored Pat Patterson on last night’s episode of Raw. The show opened with the roster on the stage and a moment of silence and 10-bell salute being held for Patterson.
In a post-Raw video uploaded by WWE, Angel Garza gave a rose to an unseen mysterious admirer.
While appearing on X-Pac’s 12360 podcast, Damian Priest spoke about working with Leon Ruff: “When we first started [the storyline], I wasn’t 100% invested in it. I didn’t know what to expect and, of course, everybody has a better idea and everybody is the best booker ever. In my head, I had other ideas and I didn’t know him. ‘What are we doing?’ We did and got it done. Then I got to be around him a little more and have conversations. As we progressed and everything happened, I couldn’t imagine a cooler storyline that wasn’t about me but actually elevated and helped someone else, deservedly. I really like Leon Ruff. He’s just as loveable, humble, and respectful (as you see on TV). I’m really happy he’s getting this spotlight. I don’t know how his career is going to develop, but I look forward to watching it and being along for the ride. He hit my heart, just like most of the audience. I felt a bond to the person. He loves this business. It wasn’t something I was super enthused about, but I learned my lesson of, ‘not everything is going to be the way you think, but it’s probably going to be pretty good if you just trust.'”
Inside the Ropes reported that the Christmas Day episode of SmackDown is scheduled to be taped in advance.
Sports Business Journal named Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque on their “The People Who Influenced Sports Business in 2020” list.
Sasha Banks discussed the year she’s had in 2020 during an interview with Fox Sports’ Charlotte Wilder.
The Metro has an interview with Bianca Belair.
Apollo Crews appeared on this week’s episode of Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia on the WWE Network.
Pat McAfee will be the guest on this Friday’s edition of the Swerve City Podcast on the WWE Network.
WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Batista & Rey Mysterio vs. Kane & Big Show from Armageddon 2005, the fatal four-way Women’s Tag Team title match from Starrcade 2019, and The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match for the Intercontinental title from TLC 2016.
Other Wrestling
A replay of tonight’s episode of Impact will air on Impact Wrestling’s YouTube channel and Facebook page immediately after tonight’s episode ends at 10 p.m. Eastern time. The episode is premiering on AXS TV and Twitch at 8 p.m. Eastern and will feature an appearance by new AEW World Champion Kenny Omega.
Impact Wrestling released a commercial hyping Omega’s appearance on tonight’s show.
Sports Illustrated published an article on the behind the scenes of Sting’s WWE exit and AEW arrival.
Vice TV announced that — following the success of Dark Side of the Ring — they’ve ordered two “Dark Side” spinoffs. Dark Side of the Football and Dark Side of the ‘90s are currently in production and will premiere in 2021. A 14-episode season three of Dark Side of the Ring will also premiere in 2021. Here are the descriptions for the two spinoffs:
Dark Side of the Football will “shine a light on stories that live in the shadows of America’s favorite sport. It will explore the sometimes-flawed men behind the masks; the coaches, teams and leagues who control their fates; and the untold story behind bizarre and tragic off-the-field events — facts that often have been hidden to shield fans from discovering unsettling truths about the game they love.”
Dark Side of the ‘90s will “look at the most captivating pop-culture moments, trends and personalities of the decade through interviews with people who studied the time period. Each episode will dissect the nostalgia, uncovering the surprising dark truths underlying the glitz, the glamour and the headlines.”

Yusuke Okada is departing AJPW at the end of the year. He’ll become a free agent after December 31.
TVInsider spoke to Lio Rush about being part of the cast for the new season of MTV’s The Challenge. The season premieres tomorrow. NJPW also posted an interview with Rush ahead of Saturday’s Super J-Cup.
The NWA uploaded the second episode of their Shockwave series.

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