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WON NEWSLETTER: March 8, 2021 Observer Newsletter: Death of Jim Crockett Jr., NXT moving to Tuesday

The story of Jim Crockett Jr., and the rise and fall of Jim Crockett Promotions is the lead story in the current double-sized issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  

We look at the death of Crockett, the Crockett's family original involvement in wrestling, how Jim took over the moves he made in building a small market territory into one of the big three companies in the U.S., original plans and why they changed, the rise of Ric Flair, where Jm was a Hall of Fame promoter, the fight with Vince McMahon from 1984-88, getting the TBS deal, what led to JCP selling to Turner, the framework of the NWA in the 70s and 80s, the rise of the super show concept, mistakes made at the end, what happened when TBS took over, attempts to get back in wrestling and life after wrestling.

Also in this issue:

NXT to Tuesday, why, what should be expected for the unopposed shows, WrestleMania plans, Takeover plans and how this affects the industry as  a whole.

We also look at the next four PPV shows in pro wrestling with current plans and what happened this week to change plans.

A court case that has major ramifications on major wrestling companies. 

A new documentary from a WWE star away from WWE.

Raw conflicting with college basketball, how other sports do on TV against AEW or WWE, Canadian rating updated, where wrestling stands with mother major sports programming, WWE losing a time slot to AEW, WWE injury dates, Ric Flair talks his angle being dropped, WWE market value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

New Japan Cup and company plans going forward, Castle Attack shows, injury update, business notes and stadium shows.

Stardom's biggest show in its history at Budokan Hall.

Life and times of Dean Higuchi, or Dean Ho, one of the major babyface stars of the 70s and his debut in Hawaii, his notoriety prior to wrestling, and his biggest career runs in WWWF and for Roy Shire.

Saturday's UFC show.

The life of Art Michalik, who was responsible for a major change in pro football, his NFL career, getting into pro wrestling, headlining in Japan and life outside of wrestling.

The life of Johnny DeFazio, one of the most famous local stars in Pittsburgh, the heyday of Studio Wrestling and his life outside of wrestling including being a union head and for decades later a councilman.

The career of Don Serrano, who spent decades in wrestling and certain firsts he was involved in.

The life of Ann Casey, a noteworthy woman wrestling star of the 60s and 70s.

More into detail on the 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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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, New Japan Cup and other news with Wrestling Observer Radio. You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

AEW Revolution was the fifth most searched term on Google yesterday with 200,000 searches, which coincides with the early buy numbers being up. It would be the most searches for an AEW show since the first Double or Nothing. Also yesterday, Muhammad Ali was No. 9 at 100,000, with the airing of the 50th anniversary of his first fight with Joe Frazier on ABC and ESPN yesterday. 

The Tampa Bay Times has a story on the death of Buddy Colt. (thanks to Lee Wall)

Raw tonight has a Bobby Lashley vs. Miz rematch. The original plan advertised was a Champion celebration. The change is likely due to the good ratings of last week's show. But last week's match and finish were clearly designed for anything but a rematch.

Straight Up Steve Austin tonight is the episode with Charlotte Flair as the guest.

Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas for the UFC strawweight title is now official for 4/24.

Triller Promotions, coming off its success with Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., announced a 4/17 show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a boxing match headlined by Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren. It will be a PPV priced at $49.99.

New Japan has a show in Okayama at 4:30 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning with Cup matches of Yuji Nagata vs Yota Tsuji and Tomohiro Ishii vs. Sanada. I would tell you to go out of your way to see the Saturday show from Ota Ward Gym in Tokyo. It was great, particularly Kazuchika Okada vs. Shingo Takagi.

Daily Variety has a story on WWE declining ratings and increasing rights. There's nothing in here that hasn't been discussed all the time. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

I'm not sure of the air date, but I just taped a show this morning for Talk is Jericho with Tony Schiavone talking about the late Jim Crockett Jr. Schavone grew up a fan of Mid Atlantic  Championship Wrestling and started his broadcasting career with the Crockett-owned Charlotte Orioles in 1982, which led to his job in 1983 with JCP.

Joseph Meehan (Joey Ryan) has dropped most of his lawsuits, but not all. He is still suing Impact over breach of contract. He has not yet dismissed his case against Pelle Primeau and said he is on the fence about it.

Impact tomorrow has:

  • Chris Bey vs. Ace Austin
  • Rohit Raju &  Mahabali Shera vs. Chris Sabin & James Storm



  • As of this morning there were 314 tickets left to Wednesday's Dynamite taping. (thanks to William Zdon)


  • Former UFC fighter Antonio Carlos Jr. (Shoeface) will face Tom Lawlor at the 4/29 PFL show in Atlantic City.  Carlos will replace Jordan Johnson, who pulled out of the fight for reasons not listed.
  • ECW Press has announced the release of the book "Mat Memories'' by John Alexander Arezzi and Greg Oliver, with forewords by Mick Foley, John Gibbons and Suzanne Alexander, available on 4/6.  Arezzi talks about his life growing up as a fan of the New York Mets and WWWF wrestling, and talks about reporting on wrestling, promoting wrestling and working in country music in Nashville.
  • "A Pro Rasslin Movie: The Legend of Dirty Ron" trailer with RVD, Effy, Katie Forbes, Victoria, Matt Sydal and others.
  • Memphis TV wrestling from Saturday:  Norman Meklakov b DJ Brown, Big Ace & Big Jack b Adam Swayze & Rex, Nikki Lane b Diana Taylor, Zay Washington & Aaron Roberts b Da Russell Twins in the best match on the show, Brett Michaels b Justin Cole.  They had teased a king debuting, which turned out to be Derrick King and not Jerry Lawler. Dustin Starr said he got a cease and desist order for this. Actually the cease and desist from Lawler was for using the term Memphis Wrestling.  (thanks to Brian Tramel)
  • Gino Medina vs. Gringo Loco has been added to Wednesday's MLW television show.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: The Wild Samoans win WWF Tag Team titles