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WON NEWSLETTER: February 24, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Coronavirus affects Japanese wrestling, WrestleMania update STARDOM and NJPW events affected by coronavirus, a look ahead at WrestleMania weekend, and more.

We've got a WrestleMania update with new matches, an updated card, details on the women's aspect of the show with new bouts and stars from the past who are scheduled and who are not scheduled.

Also covered in the new issue:

Ticket sales for all the WWE shows that week, as well as how the secondary market is doing right now for the WWE & AEW major events. 

More on both the Super Showdown and Elimination Chamber shows.

How the Coronavirus has affected some major shows that were scheduled.  We look at the Stardom cancellations, the empty arena show on YouTube, another promotion with a worldwide audience doing an empty arena show, as well a how New Japan is handling the situation.

Complete coverage of NXT Takeover Portland, with business notes, update on Matt Riddle, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.

Update WWE talks regarding how WrestleMania will be broadcast this year, what AEW should be looking for, XFL ratings and analysis, NXT Japan update, Tito Ortiz training with WWE, Bill Goldberg's dates, former WWE star tells story about Trump, new WWE documentary, Matt Hardy update, Injury updates, foreign ratings, return of John Cena, WWE bans former star from getting talent for their podcast and why, debut of former top star in Mexico, update on MSG, stock price update, most-watched shows on the WWE Network as well as a look at all the NXT and WWE arena events held over the past week.

Complete coverage of the UFC show from Rio Rancho, NM this past week, with business notes.

Update on the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.

A note on the biggest Wednesday night ratings movers.

Revolution Pro High Stakes headlined by Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr., and how Ospreay's in-ring style has changed so much over the past year. We look at how pro wrestling handles weight classes as compared to real sports, why going back in time may provide a more updated view than what we have now about weight classes and pro wrestling.

2019 stats on WWE performers including who won this year's Iron Man award, a well as wins and losses.

Our 2019 Awards ballot.

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 with Wrestling Observer radio covering Raw, UFC, BTE and taking your email questions that you can send to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com. We're looking for reports on Main Event and dark matches from Winnipeg's Raw tonight to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

As has been expected for some time, Henry Cejudo will defend the UFC bantamweight title against Jose Aldo on the UFC 250 PPV on 5/19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cejudo has been recovering from a shoulder injury and as we'll note tonight, this match, for all the right reasons, has been heavily criticized since Aldo is 0-1 as a bantamweight and there are legit contenders out there like Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.

For nostalgia, Dory Funk Jr. has announced a first time ever pairing in the main event of his Saturday night main event at Belleview High School in Belleview, FL at the gym with Dory teaming with Rick & Scott Steiner against Jake Logan & Shane Chung & Blain Rage.

We have some XFL market ratings. On Saturday, the ABC game, Houston vs Tampa Bay, did a 0.7 in New York, 1.3 in Los Angeles, 1.3 in Chicago, 1.2 in Philadelphia, 2.3 in Dallas, 1.0 in San Francisco, 1.1 in DC, 3.5 in Houston and 1.7 in Atlanta.  the FOX game, Dallas vs. Seattle, did a 0.7 in New York, 1.3 in Los Angeles, 1.4 in Chicago, 1.5 in Philadelphia, 3.1 in Dallas, 0.8 in San Francisco, 2.1 in DC, 2.0 in Houston and 2.2 in Atlanta. The ESPN ratings on Sunday were much lower, with the early game doing nothing above a 1.0 and the later game with nothing above an 0.8.

Kevin Iole reported that Deontay Wilder today said he was not happy with corner man Mark Breland for throwing in the towel. I get that, but the corner has to look out for their fighters career. He said his poor performance was because the 45 pound costume he wore to the ring blew up his legs and they were gone once the fight started, and he will exercise the automatic rematch clause in his contract ad will be making the necessary changes. He also blamed referee Kenny Bayless for allowing Fury to punch him to the back of the head after telling Wilder he would DQ him for the exact same thing in the dressing room before the fight.


  • The expectation with how rare Winnipeg gets television tapings and that Winnipeg is usually a very hot house show crowd, that the crowd will be great reacting tonight.  The crowd prediction is 11,800, which would be a sellout or close, based on what a Raw taping can seat.
  • There is some concern from WWE about chants or posters for Chris Jericho at tonights' show.
  • Brock Lesnar is on the show which means Paul Heyman as a television character. Angel Garza vs. Humberto Carrillo and a rematch from last week with Aleister Black vs. Erick Rowan have been announced.
  • Andrade is in Winnipeg but since his suspension isn't up for a few more days, he won't be on the show. But he will be flying to Saudi Arabia immediately after the show as all the talent going to Saudi Arabia is being chartered out from Winnipeg tonight .
  • Charlotte Flair is not on tonight's show as her grandfather on her mother's side passed away over the last few days. That's also why she wasn't at last night's show in Brandon, Manitoba after doing promotional work for the show.
  • It was a very bad day for the stock market in general due to a number of concerns. Due to that, a lot of Friday's WWE stock gains were overturned as the stock closed today at $48.72 per share, down $1.51 per share.
  • The company announced dates for its August tour of Australia and New Zealand. They will be running 8/6 in Melbourne, 8/7 in Sydney and 8/8 in Auckland, New Zealand.
  • WWE is pushing this week as the 10th anniversary of NXT.  It's actually the 10th anniversary of the first season of the reality show called NXT on Syfy that replaced ECW on the station. NXT as a promotion started in the summer of 2012.
  • Nikki and Brie Bella along with Daniel Bryan will be guests tomorrow night on WWE Backstage on FS1.
  • The NXT U.K. show will be airing at 10 a.m. Eastern Thursday morning because of the Saudi Arabia show being in its regular time slot.
  • Arab News has a story on the Bayley vs. Naomi match on Thursday in Saudi Arabia.



  • Notes on the NWA Crockett Cup show.
  • CWE has announced Savio Vega appearing on shows 5/26 to 5/29 including 5/27 in Winnipeg and 5/29 in Saskatoon.
  • Premier Championship Wrestling from Winnipeg on Saturday night:  Moses Luke b Tony Novak, Antonio Scorpio b EZ Ryder, Jay Walker b ATM, London Bro's b American Psychos-DQ, Jason Geiger b Sammy Peppers, Travis Cole & Bobby Schink & Kylie Morgan b Adam Knight & Sydney Steele & Angelica. The next show is the company's 18th anniversary show on 3/28 at Doubles Bar in Winnipeg.
  • World Series Wrestling out of Australia, which brings tours of U.S. stars, has announced shows for 6/13 and 6/14 in Melbourne and 6/15 in Sydney. The first night they are going head-to-head with Melbourne City Wrestling's biggest show of the year, Ballroom Brawl. Most of the top Australian talent is working the MCW show and they booked the date back in October.
  • Newcastle (Australia) Pro Wrestling on 3/28 featuring Robbie Eagles. (thanks to Kevin Chiar)
  • Combate Americas has announced a 3/27 date in San Antonio at the Freeman Coliseum on AXS TV and Univision with Andre Barquero (7-2) vs. Victor Madrigal (8-3) for their interim bantamweight title. Also announced is Angel Cruz (6-4) vs. Raymond Guzman (0-0).
  • Shark Boy has been announced for the 4/3 Impact nostalgia show at the Ritz in Ybor City, FL.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 2/27 in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge.

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