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WON NEWSLETTER: April 12, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 37 week begins

A preview to WrestleMania leads off the current issue of the Wrestling Observer.  We look at each match, thoughts on the match, who are the gambling oddsmaker favorites, chart ticket demand with Mania and the next two UFC PPV shows, rules in play, and non-WrestleMania ticket demand.

Also in this issue:

End of the Wednesday night war with the final standings, cover the two Takeover shows, look at television vs. streaming viewership, Canadian numbers, final stands in shows and quarters, and where AEW and NXT go from here.

Takeover with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and other notes from the shows.

Vince McMahon's decision to put the Chris Jericho interview on Peacock right after the second day of WrestleMania, why the timing works, how Tony Khan reacted, the good, the bad, the political, a preview of something talked about and how this does show a change in WWE policy.

The death of Jack Veneno, a look at his four world title matches with Ric Flair, Dominican wrestling, the story about the world title change that wasn't approved by the NWA board, as well as the movies on his life and career that have been produced.  We look at the level of fame he had in the Dominican Republic and outside the Dominican Republic.

A feature on the direction of AEW, where the viewership declines are and aren't, reasons, and changes in AEW television over the past year as well as a look at different stars and how much time they are getting.

Nick Khan talking the return of two of WWE's best known women stars, A.J. Styles' idea for this year's Mania that didn't happen, Roman Reigns talks a match with The Rock, looking at the popularity of all the major promotions and who is gaining and falling, WWE gets rid of longtime announcing team, The Hurt Business breakup, Paul Levesque talks Undertaker's comments on the modern generation, how pro wrestling did compared to televised sports this past week, Seth Rollins talks fans at TV, A&E wrestling schedule, and WWE market value.

Will Ospreay's win of the IWGP title, the history of U.K. wrestlers challenging for New Japan's world title, business updates including bad news for New Japan going into two stadium shows, why the title changed, other angles, all the upcoming streaming shows and major shows over the next month and some good business news as well.

Sakura Genesis, with match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

WWE Hall of Fame ceremonies, go through the candidates, note speeches, the major gaffe in one of the inductions and a look back at a pioneer wrestling family that is never talked about.

U.S. Olympic wrestling trials, the major confrontations, the stars of the team, plus stars of the future to watch out for.

Stardom PPV show.

More into 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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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw and with more WrestleMania fallout. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

An article on Alexa Bliss' makeup.

WrestleMania over the two days ended up with 650,000 searches. It was No. 8 yesterday, which is low. Logan Paul was No. 10 yesterday with 50,000. Bad Bunny had 100,000 on Saturday.

Tonight is what is usually the biggest Raw of the year, and most years the Raw after Mania goes against the NCAA tournament, so they don't have that issue this year. It probably won't beat the Raw Legends Night but it would be expected to do the biggest number other than that of 2021, and likely start a lot of new angles. It will be interesting to see where they are going. Changing the 5/16 PPV from Money in the Bank to WrestleMania Backlash sounds like plans changed this week to book more rematches, and thus that would explain all the heel wins. WWE debuts television at the Yuengling Center on the campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa tonight, which will be home for the foreseeable future.

Miz & Mrs. returns tonight on USA right after Raw.

NXT debuts on Tuesday tomorrow and AEW has Wednesday to itself ona show headlined by Young Bucks vs. Pac & Fenix for the tag titles and Darby Allin vs. Matt Hardy for the TNT title plus Chris Jericho vs. Dax Harwood with Mike Tyson as guest enforcer.

There has been a big public dispute between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. McGregor had promised to donate $500,000 to Poirier's charity the Good Fight Foundation in conjunction with their fight. Poirier said that McGregor never came through with it. McGregor responded calling Poirier an inbred brain dead hillbilly and told him their fight is off and he's fighting someone else on 7/10.     

An article on Adnan Vink's debut as an announcer on Raw tonight.

Want to send sympathies to the friends of Mark Bujan, a subscriber for decades and a notable historian, who started going to shows in the late 60s and later promoted shows. Bujan died Saturday at the age of 61 from what is believed to have been a heart attack.

Dark Side of the Ring Confidential this week moves permanently from Tuesday to Thursday given NXT has been moved to Tuesday.

New Japan will be streaming tomorrow's Korakuen Hall show for free for non-subscribers. The show starts at 5:30 a.m. Eastern from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:

  • Sho & Yoh & Gabriel Kidd vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa & Jado vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi & Douki
  • Hirooki Goto & Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma & Yoshi-Hashi vs. .Evil & KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi & Taiji Ishimori
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano vs. Dick Togo & Gedo
  • Tetsuya Naito & Shingo Takagi & Sanada & Bushi vs. Wiil Ospreay & Great O'Khan &  Jeff Cobb & Aaron Henare

A WrestleMania photo gallery from yesterday's show(thanks to Barry Werner)

WWE

  • Babatunde Aiyegbusi, who debuted as the second for Apollo Crews,is expected to go by the name Commandor Azeez.
  • The family of Ethel Johnson, Babs Wingo and Marva Scott, three sisters who worked for Billy Wolfe in the 50s and remained in the business after that, did a video. They noted WWE never called them about Ethel Johnson going into the Hall of Fame and said the footage WWE had of Johnson during the Hall of Fame ceremony was actually of Sandy Parker, as we had noted, and said Wingo and not Johnson was the first black woman wrestler in the U.S., but that Johnson was the first one to hold a championship. They said they did call WWE and that WWE would make the correction. We'll have a story on the sisters who were pioneers with Wolfe's stable in the next issue.

UFC

  • Warlley Alves vs.Ramazan Emeev has been added to the 6/26 show.
  • Austin Hubbard vs. Dakota Bush is expected to be added to Saturday's show.  Bush debuts, coming from the LFA.  

AEW

OTHER NOTES

  • Sage Northcutt, who was supposed to be one of the headliners on the 4/28 ONE show, has pulled out as he hasn't recovered from about with COVID which led to blood clots. His scheduled opponent, DDT pro wrestling star and MMA legend Shinya Aoki, now faces Eduard Folayang. The show airs on TNT after Dynamite two weeks from Wednesday.
  • SWE Fury TV results from the weekend:
    • Mil Muertes defeated Vito Valentino
    • Tim Storm gave his farewell promo before leaving SWE after losing the World title to Charlie Haas
    • The Boogeyman defeated DJ Micheals
    • Trevor Murdoch successfully defended the NWA National Championship vs Jeremy Wyatt
    • Miranda Gordy received an award from James Beard for her father Terry Gordy
    • Miranda Gordy was disqualified in her Women's Title match vs Champion Christy Jaynes.  Lacey Von Erich attacked Miranda and put the Von Erich claw on her after the match.
    • Texas Champion The Blood Hunter defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr with the help of Milena
    • The OMG beat Bam Bam Malone and Heartthrob Jayden to win the vacant SWE Tag Team Champions.
    • The full TV show can be seen online at this link.
  • Paradigm Pro Wrestling on Wednesday under IWFi rules has Max the Impaler vs. Jordan Blade and Derek Neal vs. Ron Bass Jr. (listed at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds) and Dominic Garrini vs. Ron Mathis.
  • Davey Richards said he will be taking bookings again starting in July and can be contacted at wrichards83@gmail.com
  • MLW Fusion has two title bouts for Wednesday, with the already announced Alex Hammerstone vs. Mil Muertes National title match and a Caribbean title match with Richard Holliday vs. Gino Medina.

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