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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Five highlights from Wrestlemania week

For as long as I've been a professional wrestling fan, attending WrestleMania has been a goal of mine.

WrestleMania has changed a lot since I was watching Steve Austin vs. The Rock and getting captivated by Axxess recap videos. What began as a standalone show has grown into a weeklong celebration of everything pro wrestling. Fans take over a city and promotions from all around the world compete for their time and money, with more events than one person could ever hope to attend.

WON NEWSLETTER: April 15, 2019 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 35 weekend review 

When it comes to news, the biggest issue of the year is out, covering WrestleMania, all the behind-the-scenes stuff at WrestleMania, Hall of Fame, NXT and Supercard of Honor, as well as the top indie shows. This issue has more backstage news than any issue of the year.

This issue leads off with coverage of WrestleMania, with the main event finish, what was supposed to happen, who got the blame, why it was brought up on the broadcast, and the future of Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar in WWE.

Next get the update with AEW television talk, what is and isn't accurate about what has come out, what the current plans are and more.

Also look at the Supercard of Honor in Madison Square Garden. Look back to 1960 when the last time a non-McMahon card took place at the arena and who was on top. 

Also look at the idiot who attacked Bret Hart at the Hall of Fame ceremony, what actually happened, comments from the Hart family, the firing of writer R.D. Evans and the comments after by HHH and the rest of DX making fun of it, plus the comments on AEW.

This issue has full details of AAA and its debut in Madison Square Garden. Look at the press conference, the goals, and the story behind the business idea of why it will work. Also look at the AAA relationship with Cain Velasquez.

Also look at the WrestleCon super show, one of the biggest indie events of the year, with appearances by Ric Flair, Animal, Will Ospreay, Bandido, SCU, Jushin Liger, X-Pac and Dragon Lee. 

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Additional notes by Joseph Currier


  • SmackDown tonight returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada for the second night of the Superstar Shake-Up. Vince McMahon is promising that the “biggest talent acquisition in the blue brand’s history” will go down tonight. Paige has also promised to bring in a new tag team to face off against Women’s Tag Team champions The IIconics.
  • 205 Live is promoting Cedric Alexander’s final appearance, as he is moving to Raw as part of the Superstar Shake-Up. He will face Oney Lorcan in his final 205 Live match.
  • A profile piece from the Sports Business Journal on NXT revealed that going forward, Punishment Martinez will be going under the name Damien Priest.
  • Killian Dain suggested on Twitter that all of Sanity has broken up. Eric Young was moved to Raw last night as part of the Superstar Shake-Up.
  • Dasha Fuentes wrote on Instagram: “I can’t thank you all of enough for the past 5 years it has truly been an honor and privilege to have been able to work for @wwe!!! To all of my fans throughout the years and coworkers who have reached out to me it truly means a lot!!! Although my journey with WWE has come to an end it’s just the beginning!!! I most definitely am not saying goodbye, but rather I’ll see y’all around!!!”
  • WWE continued to reach toward $100 per share today, closing the day at $98.10 per share. That was up 0.87 percent from yesterday.

Pro Wrestling


  • The UFC card from Ft. Lauderdale on April 27 has been changed from a televised card on ESPN to a streaming show on ESPN+.
  • Leslie Smith, who was released from her UFC contract last year and has made efforts to unionize the sport, has signed with Bellator.
  • A survey by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) released survey results showing that despite there being a Unified Rules of MMA, at least 10 different MMA rulesets are being used in North America.
  • This past weekend’s UFC 236 prelims averaged 893,000 viewers, way down from UFC 235’s 1.48 million.

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