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WON Preview: May 22, 2017: NJPW business up, ROH War of the Worlds review, tons more

May 22, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW business up, ROH War of the Worlds review, tons more

An update on upcoming WWE big shows, the Braun Strowman injury and plans for his return, a lot of notes on New Japan business in a number of categories, the ROH-New Japan relationship, coverage of all the major shows this past week all over the world including first day Super Juniors, the life of Doug Somers and the age old pro wrestling style debate are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The issue goes through plans for now as well as directions long-term for WWE, this weekend's Takeover and Backlash shows, and booking for summer shows.

Plus, look at New Japan's total revenue, growth, merchandise sales, Tokyo Dome goals, realities of New Japan World and why it has limitations as well as what has happened since the Tokyo Dome, AXS ratings for New Japan as compared with Impact, plans for broadcasting the Long Beach shows, the pro wrestling industry in Japan, updates on Tomoaki Honma and Katsuyori Shibata, the Hiroshi Tanahashi injury, as well as how business has done for several of the leading promotions in Japan this year.

Have a look at the ROH/New Japan relationship, coverage of ROH War of the Worlds with match-by-match rundown, poll results and star ratings, and the lineup for the ROH Best in the World show.

Check out UFC 211 and questions regarding drawing power of Stipe Miocic and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, a look at how Mayweather and Pacquiao became top draws, business notes for the show when it comes to ratings, PPV and live attendance and future booking direction of the winners, plus match-by-match coverage and poll results.

Read about a change in the broadcasting of Smackdown in a few weeks, what company's spent the most this year on advertising on Smackdown and what the list tells you about value and ad rights, notes on the UK special, a list of a number of upcoming shows with Rock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson updates including a poll on if he ran for President against Donald Trump. 

Also in this issue:

  • A look at the first Friday show at Arena Mexico since the opening of the restaurant and Soberano vs. Rey Cometa
  • What brother combination is doing announcing now for CMLL and WWE
  • Lucha Underground vs. CMLL wrestler in Mexico
  • Newspaper story rips AAA's Verano de Escandalo promoting
  • Notes on this week's AAA TV taping
  • AAA names enter sports Hall of Fame in Mexico
  • King of Gate tournament update
  • Spot injures two All Japan wrestlers
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi injury update
  • Kenny Omega talks match with Okada
  • Will Ospreay talks about his future goals in wrestling
  • Weird match of legends in Japan
  • Kairi Hojo loses one of her belts before heading to WWE
  • Manami Toyota farewell tour
  • A look at the career of Hans Schroeder
  • Update on the Billy Corgan NWA purchase and what it entails and what was going on this past week
  • How much it was going to cost Billy Corgan had he taken over TNA
  • Thoughts on Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Michael Elgin in Chicago
  • Scott Half health scare
  • Promotion in Puerto Rico reforms under Savio Vega and its current big angle
  • Unique match that couldn't have been made even a week ago
  • Funny Luke Perry story
  • Kevin Von Erich's last match update
  • Notes on Evolve shows this coming weekend
  • Former WWE star leads Pakistan tour
  • More on the Five Star Wrestling tournament
  • What Culture's Canadian tournament
  • Lucha Underground numbers in Germany
  • Plans for ROH Final Battle
  • Indie star signs with ROH
  • ROH star gets U.K. endorsement deal
  • Notes on the next four weeks of ROH television
  • Major TNA signing
  • Notes from the big UFC press conference and what did and didn't go right
  • More on the Daniel Cormier/Jon Jones situation
  • More on the Bisping vs. GSP direction and what Bisping and Dana White want
  • Bisping in court over lawsuit fro former management
  • California regulations regarding weight cutting that could change the sport
  • UFC adding new weekly show and details of it
  • UFC gets Emmy Award
  • Fighters Summit notes
  • Luke Rockhold and Dana White go back-and-forth
  • Three UFC fighters get engaged this past weekend
  • UFC return to Japan
  • Next several main events
  • Updated drug test suspensions
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Notes on this week's Bellator show

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WON BACK ISSUE: April 3, 2000: Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo in charge of WCW, a look back at past Wrestlemanias, more 

After seemingly swimming in an ocean of rapidly declining numbers across the board, World Championship Wrestling went to a strange pair of people as its life preservers--Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. In a decision that had been in the works for about one month according to company sources, Brad Siegel completed the circular back-stabbing game which wound up in, not almost, but actually a pro wrestling like tag team, of the two people, former enemies, with seemingly nothing in common, bound together by their hatred for common enemies.

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