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WON NEWSLETTER: 40th Annual Awards Issue The results from the 2019 WON awards are in.

One of the year's biggest issues, our 40th annual awards issue is out this week.  The issue covers these awards:

1) Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award for Wrestler of the Year; 2) MMA MVP; 3) Most Outstanding Wrestler; 4) Most Outstanding MMA Fighter; 5) Tag Team of the Year; 6) Best On Interviews; 7) Promotion of the Year; 8) Best Weekly TV show; 9) Pro Wrestling Match of the Year; 10) MMA Match of the Year; 11) U.S/Canada MVP; 12) Japan MVP; 13) Mexico MVP; 14) Europe MVP; 15) Non-heavyweight MVP; 16) Women's Wrestling MVP; 17) Women's MMA MVP; 18) Best Box Office Draw; 19) Feud of the Year; 20) Most Improved; 21) Most Charismatic; 22) Bryan Danielson Award/Best Technical Wrestler; 23) Bruiser Brody Award/Best Brawler; 24) Best Flying Wrestler; 25) Most Overrated; 26) Most Underrated; 27) Rookie of the Year; 28) Best Non-Wrestler; 29) Best TV announcer; 30) Worst TV announcer; 31) Best Major wrestling show; 32) Worst major wrestling show; 33) Best wrestling maneuver; 34) Most Disgusting promotional tactic; 35) Worst TV show; 36) Worst match of the year; 37) Worst feud of the year; 38) Worst promotion of the year; 39) Best Booker; 40) Promoter of the Year; 41) Best gimmick; 42) Worst gimmick; 43) Best book; 44) Best documentary

We have the top placings in every category as well as a list of winners of every award dating back to 1980.

The new issue also covers:

Coronavirus and an update on its affect on Japanese pro wrestling.

Young Bucks vs. Kenny Omega & Adam Page match and compare it to great tag team matches of the past, in particular Misawa & Kobashi vs. Kawada & Taue from 1995 and Midnight Express vs Fantastics from 1988.

AEW Revolution with business notes, storylines, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Preview Elimination Chamber with early business notes and the current demand.

Folding of the Wrestle-1 promotion.

WWE and All Japan, WrestleMania ticket sales and secondary market interest, update on WrestleMania show, Jeff Hardy, John Layfield in the Hall of Fame, XFL ratings updates, Injuries and other WWE absences, notes on a new WWE wrestler who just had his first match this past week, Renee Young talks her situation and Jon Moxley, next MSG show, Notes on the Tampa Takeover show, company value, most-watched shows on WWE Network, and a rundown of all the WWE and NXT live events over the past week with highlights and business notes.

Saturday's UFC show, looking at the key matches and stories, business notes and match-by-match coverage.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we've got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

All the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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  • Tampa mayor Jane Castor on 102.5 The Bone FM spoke to Drew Garabo on the current situation regarding the coronavirus and WrestleMania’s status. She said that they are currently assessing the situation and that there will be an executive policy group meeting about large scale events in the area tomorrow.
  • The XFL announced that the Seattle Dragons/LA Wildcats game is still on for Sunday in Washington, but will be held without fans in attendance.
  • PWInsider reported that some WWE departments are rotating working at home in case they need to prepare the entire company to work outside of WWE’s headquarters in Stanford, Connecticut due to the coronavirus. 
  • Mark Henry, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Braun Strowman were all on today’s episode of The Bump.
  • WWE PC's YouTube page posted a video of their tryouts from December.
  • The company announced that they will be holding tryouts in South Africa, specifically Johannesburg, in May.

Other Wrestling

  • GCW’s The Collective issued a statement saying that they will continue with the idea of running their shows, which include Bloodsport and Joey Janela’s Spring Break, as scheduled during WrestleMania weekend unless they are forced to stop.
  • ROH also released a statement announcing that they’re proceeding as planned with all current events and activities: “Ring of Honor, home of the ‘Best Wrestling on the Planet,’ will be proceeding as planned with all current events and activities. ROH is mounting its 18th Anniversary (Friday, March 13th) and Past vs Present (Saturday, March 14th) shows this weekend in Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Live Casino. The safety and health of our fans, talents and staff are always of top priority and we are actively following information regarding COVID-19, known as Coronavirus. We are closely monitoring all information being made known by the government, the CDC and WHO to the public - as the situation continues to develop. ROH cares by being proactive in taking the utmost safety precautions as recommended for all live events and recommends that all fans take their own personal safety precautions as well. Additionally, fans are urged to contact help@rohwrestling.com if they have any concerns about their health or safety at an upcoming event -- and ROH will work with them to provide solutions. As the situation continues to be monitored, any necessary changes to the event schedule and/or resolutions will be provided expeditiously.”
  • Rush will face Bandido in a non-tournament match at ROH Pure Excellence night one in Columbus, Ohio on April 10. If Rush is still ROH World Champion after his title defense against Mark Haskins at ROH’s 18th Anniversary PPV, his match against Bandido will be a Proving Ground match.
  • Chris Bauer, Allen Maldonado, and former NFL star James Harrison have been added to the cast for Starz’s upcoming pro wrestling drama series “Heels.” Stephen Amell is starring in the show.
  • Dragon Gate has announced their own cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak through March 22.
  • The Great Sasuke vs. Low Ki is now set for DEFY’s Fire from the Sky event on April 17.


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