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A look at Brock Lesnar in WWE is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which also looks at more on Alistair Overeem's situation and the situation with the next UFC heavyweight title shot, and a look at the glory days of Southern California wrestling in a biography of announcer Miguel Alonso, who passed away this past week.

Our lead story talks about the Lesnar vs. Cena match, the lessons and examples of putting on a major match on a "B" PPV show, looking at Cena vs. Punk, Steve Austin's planned coming out of retirement match and Rock & Cena vs. Miz & R-Truth.  We look at what makes Lesnar completely unique to the WWE main event scene on a business negotiating level, and being a former UFC champion is actually a tiny part of it.  We look at why the demands on Lesnar to succeed in driving business is completely different than for someone like C.M. Punk.  We look at what the first Lesnar rating showed, not just in the overall number but in the key opening quarter. 
 
We look at the two matches and dates that have the best chance of moving business.   We look at the creative, and how UFC, unscripted, appears to have done a better job of bringing him in due to a boundary that even scripted, WWE has never allowed itself to cross.  We also look back at certain major programs WWE did that are similar to this and whether they worked or not.  We also look at why, given Lesnar's track record, doing the best thing for short-term Lesnar business may not be worth the risk, and why this approach is the more conservative.
 
We look at Lesnar's second week of television, as well a what is likely to happen in Chicago for the PPV.
 
We've also got a look at where the UFC 146 main event stands today.  We look at the Overeem situation, as well as look at the prospective other opponents and evaluate who should get the next shot, as well as who people want to see get the next shot.  We also look at the major issues involved in the hearing.
 
We also have a feature on Miguel Alonso and the heyday of Los Angeles wrestling.  We look at Alonso's death, how wrestling became a staple on Wednesday nights in prime time and when and why it moved into a Spanish affiliate.  We look at the national exposure of Los Angeles wrestling during the early days of what is now Univision.  We look at the wrestler who changed the face of Southern California wrestling in 1968 and became its biggest drawing card for most of the next 14 years, and how he differed from the previous Latin stars in the market.
 
We look at the stars from Mexico who headlined in California during the era, and the story behind the television show.  We also look back to the first closed-circuit pro wrestling show in history, as well as the decline of the territory, and how different promoters viewed its exposure into their markets.  We also look at how Alonso got his jobs in WWF and WCW after the closing of the local promotion.
 
We also have the first estimates of how WrestleMania did in 2012, more on the departure of the Bella Twins from WWE and a look at the cost of having Dwayne Johnson at Survivor Series.  We've got more on Daniel Bryan "yes" chants and signs, a rundown of the Extreme Rules show, notes on upcoming three hour Raw shows, will Undertaker return next year and more on Legends House.
 
We also have an update on the developmental in WWE and the latest moves that have been  made including a very strange television move.  We also look at a segment edited off the show, a look at Dwayne Johnson and the end of his football career, WWE gives awards on a television show, notes on Miz and Christian at WrestleMania, why Del Rio was pulled from the show, and Punk changes his tune on Rock.
 
We've also got our weekly Friday night ratings scoreboard, with Smackdown, Ultimate Fighter, Prime Time and Bellator and how they stacked up both in ratings, audience, and in the key demos and who was up and down and why.
 
We've also got a feature on the New Japan Cup tournament, including a detailed look at the second night of competition, as well as a look at the next New Japan PPV show.
 
The issue is up on the site today along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week,
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--Update on the Gran Alternative tournament
 
--Dragon Gate WrestleMania weekend rundown
 
--Two major promotions working together for a big show in July
 
--Update on the All Japan jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--Former WWE performers starting up a new promotion later this month
 
--The most famous man ever to be a regular pro wrestling announcer and the name will shock most people
 
--Scott Hall's latest arrest details
 
--Update on Nigel McGuinness' fund raising for his documentary
 
--Notes on a big weekend in Toronto
 
--Change in the leadership of the NWA
 
--The end of one of the famous wrestling arenas
 
--More notes from the bio of Joe Blanchard
 
--More on the arrest of Maven Huffman
 
--Son of Hall of Famer released from baseball contract
 
--More on the ROH and Go Fight Live issues, as well as plans for ROH's biggest match so far this year, Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen in Toronto on 5/12
 
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--ROH and CHIKARA joint show notes
 
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--Notes on the new Spike contract with TNA
 
--Why people were breathing a sigh of relief when the deal was announced
 
--Kurt Angle and the Olympics update
 
--Update on the Lockdown show
 
--Notes on the last few weeks of Ring Ka King
 
--Thoughts on someone under consideration to win first singles world title
 
--What happened at Cris Cyborg's hearing regarding suspension
 
--California looking to introduce new legislation
 
--Joe Rogan goes against the grain, claims marijuana is performance enhancing
 
--Nick Diaz's next match signed for a few weeks from now
 
--Notes on the Brazilian version of Ultimate Fighter being on U.S. TV
 
--Tons of new UFC matches signed
 
--UFC on FOX schedule for the rest of the year
 
--How UFC is part of FOX's major change in programming philosophy
 
--Notes on this past week's Bellator and next week's show
 
--Ultimate freak show match signed
 
--The supposed return to prominence of K-1, except as an American group
 

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-- Dave and I are attending the annual Cauliflower Alley Club banquet in Las Vegas this evening, so if you are attending, please stop by and say hi. We'll be back late this evening with a new audio show from the hotel, then we fly out Thursday morning and things should be back to normal by the afternoon.

-- Just as a note, the new Observer probably won't be up until early or late evening tonight. We do have a back issue from 1995 up on the site right now.

-- UFC on FUEL this past weekend did 197,000 viewers, down several thousand from UFC on FUEL 1.

-- Randy Orton vs. Kane in a Falls Count Anywhere match has been added to Extreme Rules.

-- Everyone who fought at UFC 144 saw their drug tests come back clean. The show took place in Saitama, Japan, and since there is no athletic commission to oversee the testing, UFC did the testing themselves.

-- WWE is working on a new Undertaker DVD called "20-0", focusing, of course, on the streak.

-- Hulk Hogan will have a major announcement on Impact Thursday, or so they say.

-- Daniel Bryan talks his vegan diet, training, why he made the switch and more here.

-- Speaking of, Jonathan was at an Andrew WK gig the other night and said, "With no prompting whatsoever, the crowd kept chanting Yes! Yes! Yes! throughout the show. Seems like it's continuing to spread further than just WWE." He has a review with a wee mention here.

-- THQ Inc. today announced downloadable content availability and new content release plans for UFC Undisputed 3.

-- Steve Austin talks acting work and whether he'll ever do another match. Long story short, he has a few left in him, he says. He's not half-dead.

-- Austin Aries hardly has promising things to say about Ring of Honor in this interview. He said it's nothing like it was in the old days back when he, CM Punk and Bryan Danielson worked there and now he prefers to call it 'Smokey Mountain of Honor'.

-- Chikara King of Trios this year will take place the weekend of September 14-16.

-- Tickets for the next UFC on FX with Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard on 6/22 in Atlantic City go on sale this week.

-- From Siyar Bahadurzada's Twitter: "Just for the record, next time any reporter asks me to challenge anyone, i'm hanging up the phone on you! The era of stupid fighters is over". Apparently not. (Thanks to Dan)

-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Presents DIVIDE & CONQUER! Sat, May 5th, 2012 Greater Newark Boys’ & Girls’ Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702

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