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Early Update: SI.com's WrestleMania coverage, Black Jack passes away

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Sports Illustrated's Week in Wrestling: WrestleMania Edition

Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section has a huge article Week in Wrestling: WrestleMania Edition with Enzo Amore. It’s a pretty extensive article with many sub articles throughout. The piece has in-depth coverage of the Roman Reigns title win and mini articles entitled, The Future of WrestleMania, Enzo Amore and NXT, KO-Mania and a Balor six-pack, The Miz on Mania, Rusev on Booty O’s, WrestleMania, and his toughest opponent, Women’s Wrestling Revolution, and Tweet of the Week (which is a gem by ROH’s Moose). It’s great to see Sports Illustrated covering the WWE and WrestleMania like this. SI.com’s Wrestling Week in Review is published every Wednesday and provides interesting analysis and coverage of the business of professional wrestling.

We have a story here on the death of Black Jack Mulligan (Robert Windham). He had been in poor health for a while. Windham was 73. 

We're looking for reports on last night's NXT show in Concord, NC at Dave@WrestlingObserver.com


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Figure Four Weekly 4/4/2016: Latest News on Wrestling Legal Battles

All the latest on legal battles occurring involving the wrestling business including Hulk Hogan/Gawker and WWE's concussion lawsuits.


Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: April 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: A look at a historic Wrestlemania weekend, NXT Takeover 

There has never been anything in the history of pro wrestling quite like this past weekend.

Never have more fans attended more events, nor has more talent been in the same place than in Dallas.

The difference in one year was amazing. Last year, in the San Jose area, WrestleMania came to town, people came from all over the world, and events were held throughout the city in conjunction with the weekend. There was an awareness that WrestleMania was in town, but it was more a tourist event and in the city itself, the interest was nothing compared to a major sports event. There were only about 15,000 tickets sold within a 100 mile radius of Santa Clara for last year’s show, but it still broke the company’s gate and merchandise records and most of the events put on by other companies did well.

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Check out the latest Online Wrestling Observer BACK ISSUE: February 15, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Reaction to the death of Giant Baba, 2 wrestlers have heart scares, plus tons more  A look at the surprising public reaction to the death of Giant Baba, 2 wrestlers have heart attack scares, plus tons of news and notes.

EARLY FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Rene Gouguen, better known as Rene Dupree, filed suit against WWE in Federal Court in Connecticut over complaints that he hasn't been paid any royalties for his matches on the WWE Network. Jerry McDevitt said that Gougen signed an agreement with the company in 2011 that precludes him asking for these claims and McDevitt said that he doesn't think Gougen told his lawyers about that agreement, while he demanded they dismiss the case. The current contracts WWE performers sign make it clear they are not eligible for royalties from television licensing fees, television subscription fees, Internet subscription fees, subscription video on demand fees, magazine subscription fees, or advertising and/or distribution fees of any kind paid to the company. His attorneys are trying to make this a class action suit. We had written about this in the Observer last week. 

WWE announced some new records from WrestleMania:

  • It was the most social event in WWE history with 2.5 million mentions on Twitter and 1.3 million during the show itself.
  • WWE related content had 250 million video views.
  • WrestleMania set a data usage record with 8.6TB on the AT&T Network, setting the stadium record for any event.
  • The average WWE Network viewer watched the network for 12 hours this past week.
  • WWE did $4.55 million in merchandise sales, breaking the record of $3.3 million from last year's show.

Regarding Randy Orton, in this week's Observer it lists him as being out three more months. He this past week said it would be two to three months and did another interview saying two moths..

Jim Ross will be receiving the NWA Award from President Bruce Tharpe this coming week at the Cauliflower Alley Club in Las Vegas.

WWE

UFC

  • Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman can be seen promoting their 6/4 fight in Los Angeles here.
  • As reported here last week, Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano is now official for UFC 200 as reported by ESPN.
  • Lots of notes on the UFC show on FOX on 4/16. The main event was to be Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, but Ferguson had to cancel due to blood and fluid in one of his lungs after an injury. On UFC Tonight last night, they said the company would attempt to make the Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson fight for 5/29 in Las Vegas. But last night, Nurmagomedov said that he had signed to face Donald Cerrone, but it then fell through when Cerrone was injured. Cerrone then said he wasn't injured and had signed for the fight. Nurmagomedov showed he had signed but that he was told Cerrone couldn't fight. Today it was announced Nurmagomedov would stay on the card and face Darrell Horcher, who will make his UFC debut with a 12-1 record.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • One of our readers said that the network was down for him for over an hour on Sunday and asked for a refund. WWE wrote back that they have a no refund policy under terms and conditions.
  • L.A. Park, who was expected to start with AAA within the next two weeks, showed up at last night's Elite show at Arena Mexico with his son, shooting an angle with Cibernetico
  • The Adrien Broner win over Ashley Theophane on Friday night did 1,013,000 viewers for the fight and 873,000 for the overall show on Spike.  That would be the most watched boxing match and card on Spike since the start of their PBC deal.
  • Matt Mitrione and Sean Grande were announced as the broadcast team for the debut of Bellator Kickboxing on 4/16 from Torino, Italy.  The show will actually air on Spike on 4/22 at 11 p.m. on a six day tape delay. 
  • Rocky Romero has released his first album for $6.
  • There is also a story on the album here.
  • Here is a story on Will Ospreay, who was the performer of the weekend this past week
  • Here is a story on Kris Hernandez, an American woman wrestler learning the business with Stardom in Japan.
  • One Championship debuts on 5/27 in Bangkok, Thailand at the Impact Arena.
  • UFC analyst Brian Stann will host a new MMA show on Sirus XM Ch. 93 starting 4/12. Stann's show will air from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday night.
  • Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Asheboro, NC at Randolph High School has Terry Funk doing a meet and greet.
  • Terry Funk has a seminar at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Mocksville, NC at the Mocksville National Guard.
  • Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling on 4/9 in Elizabeth City, NC with Ricky Steamboat, Buff Bagwell and Jeff Hardy.
  • Legacy on 4/30 in Manehim, PA featuring Johnny Gargano, Shynron, Candice LaRae and more.  
  • NWA Mid South Wrestling on 5/7 in Robinsonville, MS at the Resorts Casino featuring Kevin Nash, NWA tag team champions Rob Conway & Matt Riviera, NWA champion Jax Dane and more.
  • IWA East Coast on 4/16 in Nitro, WV headlined by B.J. Whitmer vs Chance Prophet vs. Ron Mathis, plus Johnny Gargano vs. Gory.  Gargano will also host a seminar before the show at 2 p.m. for wrestles for $25.  One wrestler from the seminar will be picked to work the show.
  • CZW Best of the Best on 4/9 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.   The first round matches are Rickey Shane Page vs. Ethan Page vs Ryan Galeone (with Veda Scott), Dave Crist vs. Dezmond Xavier vs. David Starr, Anthony Henry vs. Shane Strickland (Killshot in Lucha Underground) vs. ?, Lio Rush vs. Joey Janela vs. Jonathan Gresham.  The final entrandll,  
  • VCW on 4/22 in Toronto at the Super Wonder Gallery.
  • H20 Wrestling on 6/10 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center headlined by Shane Douglas vs. Eddie Kingston, Kevin Sullivan vs. Matt Tremont, Amber Gallows vs. Penelope Ford and Kobra Moon from Lucha Underground, as Thunder Rosa, faces Joey Janela.
  • 3PW on Saturday night in Las Vegas features Tommy Dreamer, T.J. Perkins, Marty Jannetty, Disco Inferno, Wes Brisco,.Joe Graves, Alexander Hemmerstone, Jessy Sorensen and more.
  • The Elite 8 tournament takes place eon 5/27 in Winnipeg at the Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall.    
  • United Wrestling Coalition on Saturday night in Wrightstown, NJ at Kelly's Bar and Banquet Hall.
  • Rock Solid Wrestling on 5/7 in Hannover, ONT at the P&H Center with Jim Duggan, Cody Deaner, and TNA's Rosemary.
  • Scotty 2 Hotty has been announced for the Super 8 tournament on  4/23 in Woodbury Heights, NJ.  TNA has pulled DJ Zema Ion and Robbie E from the tournament because the show coincides with TV tapings.
  • Max Pro Wrestling on 4/30 in Timmins, ONT with Tommy Dreamer, Terri runnels and Robbie E.
  • CWF on 4/16 in St Catherines, ONT at the HAIG Bowl Arena.
  • Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling on 4/9 i Vancouver at the Russian Community Centre.  
  • Jeff Richards at jeffgawrestlinghistory@gmail.com is looking to find Andrue Bane, who worked for NWA Mid Atlantic Wrestling years ago.  
  • Pro Wrestling RETURNS to Santa Cruz on Saturday April 9th 2016 at The VFW Post 7263 on 7th Ave in Santa Cruz CA. THIS IS A TV TAPING for Roku, Santa Cruz public access, and regional airing. **JUST ADDED** Chris Jericho's Favorite Wrestler, from Ring of Honor and NJPW, it's CHEESEBURGER!!!! - Presented by ComedySuplex.com.
  • MCW debuts in Galena MD with former WWE Superstar X-Pac in action. Purchase tickets here.
  • ROH runs on Saturday, 4/23 in San Antonio, TX, at the Shrine Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.
  • Presale tickets are on sale for WWE Money in the Bank in Las Vegas by using the code ‘wwefan’. Public on-sale starts on Friday at 10 AM local time.
  • Presale tickets for RAW in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on 8/22 -- aka SummerSlam week -- are available by using BKRAW. Public on-sale starts this Saturday.

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