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WON NEWSLETTER: Sweeping changes due to the coronavirus Dave Meltzer looks at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting pro wrestling and MMA.

A detailed look at how the pro wrestling and MMA industry has changed in just one week is the subject of our in-depth lead story.

We cover:

Steps taken, made, executed, and constantly changed, from WWE, UFC, AEW and every other company. 

Which companies can afford the lockdown the best, and which companies are threatened the most.

WWE, why they chose to do WrestleMania now on tape, why the move made little sense. 

Why UFC was forced to shut down shows and the steps they took to avoid it.

What AEW said and what it actually meant. 

The dangers from doctors on doing shows right now. 

Latest ideas for WrestleMania, revenue lost by not doing the show now, just how fast decisions were changing, pro wrestling vs. MMA in an empty arena, styles vs. styles in an empty arena, what does and doesn't work, ideas to make the show more entertaining, what is and isn't finalized for WrestleMania, and update on other planned WWE events.

We also cover:

WWE training, who were brought to the WWE & AEW taping, what was said to those working there, Dana White's memo to the staff, why UFC had it harder to keep shows going than pro wrestling, UFC's economic realities, different reactions of talent about shows continuing, new dates for major shows, next shows on UFC schedule, ESPN plans, Japanese government reaction, updates on Japanese shows, XFL ending the season, how the first season leaves the XFL in its quest to make it, Bellator's reaction, MLW's reaction, Impact's reaction, NWA's reaction, Independent shows, WrestleCon, U.K. groups, Mexico and other U.S. indies.

AEW's live television show, the in and out of character remarks, Cody and Tony Khan' reactions, and show things were handled 

A look at the career of Jushin Liger, his historical status, his early career, his becoming the best wrestler in the world, his debut with the character, who was first pegged for the role, his debut with the gimmick, his U.S. arrival in WCW, his one MMA fight, and his list of credentials.

Why WWE stock hasn't collapsed, Shane McMahon's income, Michelle Wilson and George Barrios' severance packages, update on The Revival, WWE threatens small group on a frivolous case, WWE legend selling his home, last several weeks of Canadian TV ratings, Jerry Lawler talks empty arena matches, latest WWE tryout, Sonya Deville talks storyline she wanted, as well as the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

Full coverage of the UFC's empty arena show in Brasilia, Brazil with the stories coming out of the show and match-by-match coverage.

A feature on the worst weekend in the history of the business when Chris Benoit murdered his wife and son.  We look at the Reelz television show that just came out covering the crime as well as a look at the Viceland story coming this week.  We talk about different theories, the death of Eddy Guerrero, CTE, steroids, xanax and more, WWE reaction, drug testing questions and problems and much more.

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. 

Full coverage of 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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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking about various wrestling subjects, WWE, AEW, Japan wrestling starting back and more with Wrestling Observer Radio.  We'll also be taking questions for the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

I did a show last night with Garrett Gonzalez, talking everything going on with pro wrestling and MMA, Friday's Smackdown, WrestleMania card updates as well as the Dark Side of the Ring episode on Chris Benoit.

Probably a good story to look at regarding why sports events have been closed down. And earlier today there was an K-1 event held in Saitama Super Arena and drew a huge crowd. Japan also is having a public gathering of 50,000 people for the Olympic flame. To say these three stories I've read this morning within five minutes are concerning is an understatement. 

WWE was taping NXT shows today at the Performance Center. They are taping a few weeks of Raw, including the Raw after WrestleMania, over the next two days, and then taping WrestleMania on Wednesday and Thursday. AEW is taping on Wednesday. The show has Cody vs. Jimmy Havoc, a face-to-face with Matt Hardy and Chris Jericho, Luchasaurus vs Wardlow and Best Friends vs Pentagon Jr. & Rey Fenix in a street fight.  No word on if they will tape more than one show this week.

As you can imagine, there has been nothing all week from combat sports that cracked the most searched stories on Google other than the death of Roger Mayweather, the uncle and former trainer of Floyd, at the age of 58 on Thursday. The change in WrestleMania did not register to the general public as a story.

Today's Dragon Gate show is up in English, an empty arena show that people are saying was the best empty arena show to date.



  • J'Den Cox, a world champion who has a solid shot at the Olympic medal, said today in a question from Jordan Burroughs, that if he made the team, the way things are right now, he would not compete.
  • Kento Miyahara goes to break Mitsuharu Misawa's Triple Crown title defense record tomorrow at Korakuen Hall when he defends against Suwama.
  • Stardom holds its one-night Cinderella tournament on Tuesday at Korakuen Hall which will air live and free on YouTube.  The first round has:
    • Momo Watanabe vs. Starlight Kid
    • Jungle Kyona vs. Giulia
    • Konami vs. AZM 
    • Syuri vs. Jamie Hayter
    • Tam Nakano vs. Saki Kashima
    • Saya Kamitani vs. Natsuko Tora
    • Maika vs. Utami Hayashishita
    • Mayu Iwatani vs. Hana Kimura
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH returned yesterday.
  • I want to make mention that this weekend was the fifth anniversary of the death of Hall of Fame wrestler Perro Aguayo Jr., and today is the third anniversary for the death of Jan Ross. Jan was one of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. 
  • For a wrestling trivia note, this week is the 36th anniversary of the Ric Flair-Harley Race NWA title changes in Singapore which were supposed to be kept secret.
  • PWA did an empty arena show on Friday in Melbourne, Australia:  Mick Moretti b Xena, Jimmy Townsend & William Preston won over Aaron Jake, Bel Pierce, Joseph Farrah, Rhys Angel and Silvio Milano, Jude London b Donnie Mako,Sam Osbourne b Steph De Lander, Jimmy Townsend & William Preston b Backman, Paris DeSilva b Kai Drake, Ricky South b Jack Bonza 2/3 falls, Mat Diamond & Robbie Eagles b Carter Deems & Matty Wahlberg (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Even as late as nine days ago, before WrestleMania was canceled, someone I know whose business was connected with WWE was looking to book some hotel blocks in Tampa but wanted the proviso that they could cancel if the show was canceled and the hotels would not allow that.  They ended up not booking.
  • The annual Roller Derby Reunion which was to take place from 4/24 to 5/3 in Las Vegas at Sam's Town, has been moved to 9/25 to 10/4.
  • Ted Irvine, the father of Chris Jericho, has a message about social distancing on the LA Kings Twitter.
  • I did an interview on a ton of subjects from WrestleMania to Chris Benoit.
  • A promotion in the U.K. ran a show called Starcave, in a cave.

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