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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: #KofiMania

A combination of timing, fan support, and strong performances have come together to make Kofi Kingston the unlikely star of WrestleMania season.

It was only a few weeks ago where this seemed completely implausible. Kingston wasn't even originally supposed to be in the WWE Championship match at Elimination Chamber. He was on the outside looking in, with Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Mustafa Ali, and Jeff Hardy set to take part in the match.


WON NEWSLETTER: March 25, 2019 Observer Newsletter: UFC PPVs to ESPN+, Wrestlemania 35 preview

A look at the details and ramifications of the new UFC PPV deal with ESPN+ is the lead story in the new double issue of the Observer. Look at the winners and loses of the deal, the economics of the deal, how it affects fans, what fans are going to be left behind, the role of Dana White, and the negotiations that led to UFC looking outside of TV for PPV.

This issue has a complete rundown of the WrestleMania card as it stands, as well as notes on matches not yet announced. Also look at the secondary market for the big shows over Mania weekend, as well as All In. 

Also look at the details of WWE's planned move, update on Gallows & Anderson, Dana Warrior, a planned WWE match that fell through, why WWE stock is up, Sue Aitchison in the Hall of Fame, update on WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, Matt Hardy future, and several new WWE signings.

Read a major feature on the career of The Destroyer. Look at Dick Beyer's transition from Syracuse line coach to The Destroyer, who came up with the gimmick, how it transpired, and the role of Fred Blassie and Jules Strongbow in the story.

Read full coverage of ROH's 17th anniversary show, the ROH/NJPW Madison Square Garden show, and match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Also look at the suspension of T.J. Dillashaw and his vacating the UFC welterweight title, update the New Japan Cup, cover AAA Rey de Reyes and CMLL El Homenaje a Dos Leyendas.


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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Our weekend Observer radio show is up covering the New Japan Cup, UFC, and the latest business news of the past week. We also have a second show that will be up later today which is a very interesting look at the making of the Kenny Omega documentary that debuts on TSN in Canada on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

After last night's UFC show, Dana White said they are looking at Marlon Moraes vs. flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the vacant bantamweight title next. The title was vacated when T.J. Dillashaw failed a drug test.

Fighting with My Family was estimated at No. 17 at the movie box office this weekend at $509,000, with a total domestic gross as of today of $21.9 million. It's been out for six weeks.

It's been noted to us that the upcoming British heavyweight title match with Zack Sabre Jr. defending against Hiroshi Tanahashi is unlikely to be in the U.K.. and Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki are defending the tag title on the May Revolution Pro show and that's the only major RevPro event until the end of August. So it looks like either Nagoya on 4/20 or MSG for that match. (thanks to Will Cooling)

Nothing from the combat sports world got the public's attention to a great degree this weekend. The only thing that was among the top searches was Anthony Pettis, who was No. 18 yesterday with 50,000 searches. 

WWE

  • The current prediction for the crowd at Raw tomorrow in Boston is 10,500 to 11,000. We still haven't had a major arena Raw sellout for Mania season, and I can't recall that ever being the case in the modern era. Chicago was thought Monday to be one for sure and that didn't happen. 
  • A story on WWE recruiting amateur wrestlers.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A note regarding last night's Observer Radio show. I made mention of the Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg for a possible major Mania week show next year since Mania is in Tampa. However, that would be impossible since that arena was torn down years ago (thanks to David Kaplan and others).
  • During the CBS coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament earlier today, Wally Sczerbiak's appearance on Nitro in 1999 was shown and there was a clip of him being given a poster by Bill Goldberg, as well a clips of Gene Okerlund, Charles Barkley and there were name drops of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash. (thanks to Brian Henke)
  • Julia Budd defends the Belllator fetherweight title aginst Olga Rubino (6-0) on 7/12 in Thackerville, OK.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies had another pro wrestling night last night built around Jerry Lawler. Lawler has had an ongoing feud with Buff Bagwell at the wrestling theme night games, with tonight being no different, with Buff bringing in rick and Scott Steiner to wrestle Jerry and a partner for the newly created tag team titles (Lawler is currently the Grizzlies Heavyweight Champion). During the commercial breaks they have promo’s. First w/ Lawler, then Buff and the Steiners. It’s all pretty generic wrestling promo fare. For the 3rd break they announce Rikishi as Lawler’s partner, who comes out and cuts a promo about teaming with Brian Lawler in the past and how he is going to be “Too Cool” with the King tonight in their tag match. Rikishi then holds up one of Brian’s GMS vests. Here’s the match. It was a short, 5 minute basic match that ended with the King pinning Steiner. Notably Rikishi wrestled in a track suit and did not do the stink face spot: A little while later during the game is the Grizzly Dancers performance, after which Rikishi and the King come out and do the Too Cool dance break with them. (thanks to Aaron Craig)
  • A very cool feature on The Destroyer Park Golf course.
  • IWTW announced streaming eight shows over Mania week starting 4/3 with Beyond Wrestling's Uncharted Territory plus Game Changer Wrestling's Orange Cassidy is Doing Something or whatever, Who Knows ?? on 4/6 at Noon from the Collective in Jersey City, NJ. 
  • Beyond Wrestling has Masato Tanaka vs. David Starr on 4/3 at 8 p.m. plus Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky vs. LAX & Chris Dickinson, plus Orange Cassidy, Jordynne Grace and MJF.
  • IWTW on 4/4 at Noon: Orange Cassidy v. Jonathan Gresham for the IWTV independent title, Inter Species Wrestling on 4/4 at 7:30 p.m. with a fans bring the weapons death match with Addy Starr vs. Matt Tremont vs. Nick Gage vs. Jeff Cannonball. CHIKARA on 4/5 at Noon with a ladder match with Dasher Hatfield vs. Mr. Touchdown. Black Label Pro on 4/5 at 3:30 p.m. with Ethan Page vs. Kobe Durst for the BLP title, Nick Gage vs. Swoggle, Masato Yoshino vs. Gresham, Bryan Alvarez vs. Orange Cassidy, plus Sammy Guevera, Shazza McKenzie, Robbie Eagles, Kylie Rae, Nicole Savoy, Shotzi Blackheart, and even 80s star Manny Fernandez. Game Changer Wrestling on Noon on 4/6 has Shinjiro Otani vs. Gresham, Chuckie T vs. Trent Baretta in a one minute time limit match, Nick Gage vs.Ultramtis Black plus Teddy Hart. IWS at 4 p.m. on 4/6 has Matt Tremont vs. Nick Gage vs. Green Phantom. For new subscribers, you can use the code MANIAWEEK and get 20 days free.
  • CWE on 4/4 in Springbrook/Red Deer, AB at the Springbook Multiplex with Psicosis & Jude Dawkins vs. A.J. Sanchez & Shaun Martens in the main event. 4/5 in Grande Prairie, Alberta at the Jackpot Grill Events Center.
  • Tarryn Terrell is in a new Motley Crue bio "The Dirt," playing a bikini clad mud wrestler.
  • PWA from Saturday night in Sydney, Australia before a sellout crowd: Mick Moretti b Marcus Kool, Jax Jordan won four-way over Adam Hoffman, Michael Spencer and Tyler Payne, Mat Rogers b Mat Diamond, Steph De Lander b Indi Hartwell, Jack Bonza & Jessica Troy b Robbie Eagles & Shazza McKenzie, Unsocial Jordan b Ricky South,Tree Hugger Luchi b Big Fudge, Caveman Ugg b Matty Wahlberg to keep heavyweight title. Millie McKenzie and Session Moth Martina are on the next show.
  • World Series Wrestling's next Australia shows are 6/21 and 6/22 in Melbourne and 6/23 in Sydney. 
  • Nicole Savoy is coming to Perth, Western Australia for shows on 5/24 an 5/25.
  • BCW in Sydney on 4/28 has Drago vs. Aero Star vs. Bee Boy for the AAA Latin American championship. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Stardom results from today at Shinkiba First Ring: Kagetsu b Hanan, Starlight Kid & Xia Brookside won three-way over Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki and Hina & Rina, Utami Hayashishita & Konami & AZM b Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora & Saya Iida, Momo Watanabe & Bea Priestley & Viper b Hazuki & Natsu Sumire & Andras Miyagi, Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano & Saki Kashima kept the Artist of Stardom trios titles over Goya Kong & Hana Kmura & Rebel Kel. (thanks to Shannon Walsh and Wrestlingwithdemons.net)
  • Northeast Wrestling from last night in Bethany, CT: Jimmy Preston & Ron Zombie b Dexter Loux & Mike Gamble, Brian Anthony b Keith Youngblood, JT Dunn b Chris Battle, Private Party b The Graysons, Wrecking Ball Legursky b Chuck O'Neil, Austin Theory b AR Fox, Inzanely Rude b Daniel Evans & Anthony Battle, Brad Hollister won three-way over Christian Casanova and Jake Manning. (thanks to Nick Mahmood)
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 4/6 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
  • PWA from last night in Edmonton before 300 fans for the group's 18th anniversary: The Titan b Kenny Anthony, Shaum Moore won six-way over Mo Jabari, Maxton Flexwell, Nightmare #4, Spaceman BeruiGraysona and El Asesino, The League won three-way to keep Canadian tag titles over Above Average Joes and BodyBreak, Reid Martthews b Colton Kelly for the Mayhem title in a last man standing match, Jeff Cobb b Gabriel to keep the ROH TV title,Sheik Shabaz kept PWA title in a four-way TLC match over Brandon Von Danielson, Marky Mark and Michael Richard Blais. (thanks to Ross Hart)
  • A story on Bill DeMott talking about drunk driving and his daughter being hit by a drunk driver.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: WWF WrestleMania VII


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  • Saturday, April 6th, at 12:00 pm: Lunch (all you can eat) at Churrascaria Plataforma ($90 per person), located at 316 W. 49th street in Manhattan. Purchase tickets here~! 

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