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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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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque each posted video of them receiving their second COVID-19 vaccination today. Stephanie wrote: “Officially fully #vaccinated and one step closer to getting back to all of the things I’ve missed these past 12+ months! #COVID19”
  • Franky Monet (formerly known as Taya Valkyrie) responded to those who have complained about her new WWE name: “Hey guys, I LOVE MY NAME.....maybe since I picked it. Go figure! I could be called Sunshine Tuna and I would make it work!!! So take a breath, stop complaining and enjoy this evolution and ride with me. Thanks #FrankyMonet. And for the record, nobody was going to name me Sunshine Tuna. it was just an example. The name does not make the wrestler. One that’s powerful and strong helps of course but just know we all think long and hard about these things. I’m me, la WERA LOCA. Always, now , forever. Anyways......... yesterday was special. I’m exactly where I’m meant to be Thank you for all the messages of support. I see you”
  • Natalya praised her husband Tyson Kidd for the work he did as a producer over WrestleMania weekend:

Feels like we’re posing for a Hallmark Christmas movie! I don’t want to put @tjwilson711 on the spot -- i just want to thank him for the most incredible work he did this weekend with every single women’s match at WrestleMania 37. Over 25 hours of practice (on top of many hours in our ring), I’m really so proud of the dedication that TJ has to helping others.

When TJ had to retire in 2015, it was challenging for him to picture his life outside of competing in the ring. For many athletes, we dedicate so much of our life to perfecting our craft, it often becomes our identity. It’s so inspiring to see how TJ is able to impact wrestling now more than ever before through his 25 years in the industry. He’s making the biggest impact of his career right now in the way he’s elevating others. The greatest thing we can do is give back! Those who do that— they are CHAMPIONS in every sense of the word.

Thanks for everything, @tjwilson711. Here’s to many more magical WrestleMania moments to come.

Other Wrestling

  • TV Insider has an interview with The Young Bucks. Matt Jackson discussed The Young Bucks fully turning heel in AEW: "We’re committing to this. We haven’t been true heels for many, many years. Being a bad guy is what helped get us over in wrestling. I don’t think people realize what we’re capable of doing as bad guys. We’re going to bring back a lot of stuff that is tried and true. A lot of stuff we did in Japan or the independents. But we also want to bring in a new version of the Young Bucks. On Wednesday, we’re going to have a new look. The other thing making us different is having Don Callis with us. Talk about a heatseeker. In AEW, you’ve seen the happy-go-lucky, Disney version of The Young Bucks. We smile and pose. You’re not going to see that anymore."
  • The Young Bucks also spoke to TSN.
  • Following Chris Jericho’s appearance on WWE’s Broken Skull Sessions, today’s episode of Talk is Jericho features Steve Austin discussing some of his classic matches.
  • Forbes asked Jericho how he was celebrating AEW coming out on top in the Wednesday Night War: “Really nothing. We’ve never really worried about what NXT was doing. I know WWE NXT was watching our stuff during their show, but this was not a war that we were ever asking for, we were kind of thrust into it by proxy. The reason why we won it and won it so handily, is we never worried about what anybody else was doing, we just worried about our own show. I think the best thing about being unopposed, is now people don’t have to decide. There’s been a lot of shows that we’ve done with some great segments and some great moments that might have been missed because people were switching back and forth.”
  • Fite TV chief operating officer Michael Weber issued a statement to Post Wrestling following the news that Triller’s parent company has purchased Fite TV: “Yes I’m staying (in) place. No major changes to the FITE brand. We just have some deeper resources behind us now that will help us grow the business.
  • Tickets are now on sale for an Andrade meet and greet at The Wrestling Guy store in Huntington Park, California on Sunday, May 2. It’s his first announced post-WWE appearance.
  • On The Angle Podcast, Heath (formerly known as Heath Slater) discussed declining a contract offer from WWE after he made a one-night return last July: "They offered me one back, but it was like half of what I was making. I was like, 'Nah, I need to find myself and do other things and just chill. Just breathe and relax and spend time with the family. Just chill.' I never burned any bridges up there, they all know me. I still talk to more than half the people [in WWE]. I was there for so long and we were friends. It's no hard feelings. I told them, 'I just want to go and do my thing for a little bit.' They were like, 'We don't blame you, you get it.' That was it.”
  • CM Punk appeared on Barstool Sports’ My Mom’s Basement podcast. Digital Spy also posted an interview with Punk.
  • The Orlando Sentinel published a story that looks at Matt Morgan’s financial ties to Joel Greenberg.
  • Chris Van Vliet has an interview with Ace Austin.

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