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WON NEWSLETTER: March 29, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 37 lineup, Fastlane review

We've got a huge issue of the Observer this week with a lot of business notes, polls on the biggest shows of the last week, Match of the Week, Performer of the Week, New Japan Cup polls, several  bios and updates on the biggest shows.

With WrestleMania upcoming, we run down the show, why certain matches have changed, update on the WWE COVID situation including who was ad wasn't back, WrestleMania ticket sales updates and the demand, a look at both NXT Takeover shows, the WWE's new location for filming starting on 4/12, as well as UFC tickets sales for its first show and the current level of demand for tickets for both events.

Also in this issue:

More info on the WWE Network migration to Peacock, what is being edited off and why, the release of Andrade and more background on him, Glenn Jacobs and the Knox County mayor situation, update on Samantha Tavel lawsuit against Matt Riddle, Lots of Hall of Fame news and bios, announcer will no longer appear on TV, Stephanie McMahon talks WWE without Vince McMahon, how wrestling shows ranked among the sports shows this past week, what was planned to happen with the U.S. title this year and why it didn't happen, Daniel Bryan talks his future, his philosophy on wrestling, who he wants to wrestle with lots of surprises, his current schedule, Randy Orton talks his career, WWE gets new television deal, WWE legend puts home for sale, new WWE video game news, WWE  documentary notes, injury updates and WWE stock price update.

A study done in Oslo, Norway which links steroid use to the aging of the brain and previous notes on things that could corroborate that regarding concussion recovery.  We also give a background of when steroid use started in sports and how it got started in the U.S.

Fast Lane show, including a unique look in a number of different metro areas between the interest level in Fast Lane, one of WWE's weakest shows in years for interest, and Revolution, which two weeks earlier set AEW's PPV record, match-by-match coverage of the show with star ratings and poll results.

New Japan Cup coverage, New Japan Cup match-by-match rankings, star ratings and poll results, why the Bea Priestley angle went down, notes on double standards and why these double standards exist with some of the fan base, who was the New Japan Cup MVP and best performer, as well as the first time an earthquake caused a wrestling match to stop in the middle for 25 minutes, where New Japan goes from here with the big shows in April and May, as well as this week's show.

Impact moving to Thursday.

A major feature on the life of Barry Orton, his claims that got him on TV in 1992 on Donahue, Geraldo, Larry King and other shows, his thoughts looking back, how he met Mike Tenay and his impact on Mike Tenay's career and wrestling knowledge, what Orton said under oath and the lie detector test he took, the times Vince McMahon confronted him, as well as Orton sending Vince McMahon a letter with his idea of having a rock & roll gimmick.

Barry Orton on the Donahue show, Tom Cole and Orton, stuff that was and wasn't taken out of context, Orton's career ending, life after wrestling, his Calgary run as The Zodiac and where it came from and why it ended, and how his career started.

This past week's UFC show, the star that filed, where the winners are headed, the age-old weight cutting problem, how the show did in different deos and fight-by-fight coverage.  

A story on the death of Ed Farhat Jr., the son of The Sheik.  We look at his days as Captain Eddie George as well as his attempts to follow his father in promoting wrestling in Michigan. We look at the heyday of The Sheik, the movie "I Like To Hurt People" that Ed Jr., had a role in, the end of the heyday period and more.  

More detail on ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • PWInsider is reporting another segment has been removed from Peacock, this time from a July 6, 1998 episode of Raw where members of D-Generation X dressed as The Nation of Domination. The episode is not yet on Peacock, but was removed from a video package that aired during the SummerSlam 1998 broadcast.
  • Charly Arnholt, formerly Charly Caruso, spoke to TVInsider about her departure from WWE, saying nothing bad happened. “There is always going to be chatter,” she said. “The contract was coming up. Instead of renewing, I’m moving on. Everyone is going to have their own opinions regardless. I never had any issues while I was at WWE. Nothing bad happened. As far as I’m concerned, I’m leaving on a positive note and beginning what I believe to be the next step in my career.”
  • Guests on this week’s episode of The Bump include The New Day, Trish Stratus, Mick Foley, Jerry Lawler, Sami Zayn, and Carmella.
  • During today’s episode of The Bump, it was announced that the show will be airing three times next week during WrestleMania week: the normal Wednesday show, Saturday at 1 pm ET for WrestleMania day one, and Sunday at 1 pm ET for WrestleMania day 2.
  • Next Wednesday’s episode of The Bump will be a NXT Stand and Deliver edition of the show. It will feature Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Raquel Gonzalez, Adam Cole, LA Knight, Izzy, Scarlett, and Karrion Kross.
  • Young Rock last night on NBC averaged 2,523,000 viewers, down from last week’s 2.872,000.
  • A sneak peek of Wipeout on TBS with host John Cena earned 775,000 viewers with a 0.29 in the 18-49 demographic, putting it in sixth place for the night on cable.
  • A member of the Tennessee Senate has introduced a resolution honoring Knox County Mayor Glen Jacobs (Kane) for his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • MVP clarified on Twitter that King Corbin is not a member of The Hurt Business.
  • William Regal told Daily Star that he pushed WWE to sign Sasha Banks, to the point that he was ready to leave the company over it. “I wasn’t doing this job then but in the afternoon at the shows, I’d always be training outside the ring and she’d be one of the ones who would always come and talk,” he said. “When it came to me getting this job… I went to them [about Sasha] and said ‘look, if this doesn’t work out, you can fire me. To see the way she has come through this, and to see what she’s done [is] incredible.”
  • G. Gordon Liddy, a former FBI agent that was later linked to the Watergate scandal that ended the presidency of Richard Nixon, passed away yesterday at the age of 90. In professional wrestling, he appeared at WrestleMania 2 as a celebrity judge for the Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper boxing match.
  • WWE Supercard has added a new WrestleMania 37 tier to their game. Other new additions include a WrestleMania 37 sweepstakes, a new WrestleMania 37 quest to collect Silver and Gold Doubloons, and a new Dust Meter that, when enough Dust is collected, leads to a new exclusive draft board.
  • Edge spoke to Sports Illustrated on their podcast to discuss his upcoming WrestleMania main event.
  • Drew McIntyre recently did a video promoting the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Brian Kendrick was profiled in a recent WWE PC YouTube video, revealing he has retired and is working in NXT as a producer.
  • Rhea Ripley spoke to the New York Post on her upcoming WrestleMania match and Charlotte Flair.
  • The Tampa Bay Times has an article focusing on the local aspect of WrestleMania, focusing on wrestlers who live in the Tampa area.
  • The company has filed for new trademarks on Becky Lynch and Riddick Moss.
  • Free matches added to WWE’s YouTube page today include The Miz vs. Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor from WrestleMania 34 and the Women’s Battle Royal from WrestleMania 35.
  • McKenzie Mitchell interviewed Tyler Breeze and Fandango.

Other Wrestling

  • According to Mitch Salem from ShowBuzz Daily, Impact last night scored 38,000 viewers with a 0.01 in 18-34, down dramatically from last week’s 118,000 viewers. Unless there was an error involved, this is by far the lowest number of the year thus far. This was their final Tuesday show prior to their move to Thursdays starting next week.
  • Here is the pre-show for tonight’s AEW Dynamite.
  • Hana Kimura’s mother, Kyoko, has launched a new non-profit organization called Remember Hana. The organization’s goal is to prevent bullying and end the stigma of mental healthcare.
  • The Mainichi reported that Japan’s human rights broadcasting ethics organization concluded that Terrace House broadcaster Fuji Television failed to give sufficient consideration to the mental well being of Kimura.
  • Tony Khan on Twitter: “It’s Wednesday, you know what that means! In the past week we’ve celebrated the 1 year anniversary of Mr. Brodie Lee’s 1st match on #AEWDynamite; he’s irreplaceable in the hearts of his wonderful family + his countless fans worldwide, & tonight’s show, as always, is in his honor.”
  • Daily Echo reports that James Thomas Alexander Riley, a UK wrestler from Ferndown, was sentenced to 21 months in prison following a spot where he kicked his opponent full force in the face, leading his opponent to be hospitalized for facial fractures. His opponent was also granted a restraining order for ten years against Riley.
  • The Spectrum has an article on Empire State Wrestling in Buffalo, NY and how they have dealt with COVID-19.
  • The latest Aces High looks at Tanahashi’s career in 2006, including his run in the NJPW project Lock-Up.

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