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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: WWE's road to Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch 

Though the road getting here was as convoluted as possible, WWE has finally confirmed Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch for WrestleMania 35.

Storyline suspensions, injuries, and even an "arrest" for Lynch, the McMahons getting involved and Vince replacing Lynch with Charlotte, Charlotte fully turning heel and Rousey turning against the crowd, and dozens of tweets all led to Lynch facing Charlotte at Fastlane. The stipulation was that if Lynch won, the Raw Women's Championship match at WrestleMania would officially become a triple threat.


WON NEWSLETTER: March 18, 2019 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2018 Observer Newsletter Awards 

One of the two biggest issues of the year, the awards issue, is out right now.

The awards issue contains not only the award winners, but also top placeholders in every category and an all-time history of award winners dating back to 1980.

Have a look at the career and life of Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer, from football to college wrestling to TV stardom in Japan to teaching school. It's really an amazing story of one of the first Americans to become a TV celebrity in Japan and the greatest American masked wrestler of all-time.

Read full coverage of the road to WrestleMania with most of the card as well as full coverage of Fastlane with a match-by-match rundown with star ratings, poll results and business notes.

Look at SummerSlam tickets, WWE creative, Bruce Prichard, Jeff Jarrett, AEW vs. WWE, Takeover Brooklyn's complete card, newcomers to WWE this week, Dwayne Johnson award, Harlem Heat Hall of Fame notes, WrestleMania 2020 week updates, new WWE hire, WWE ticket sales, WWE stock price, most watched shows of the past week no the WWE Network plus notes from all the weekend house shows with results, angles and business.

This issue has updated coverage of the New Japan Cup, with this week's shows, a rundown of every match so far in the tournament and an updated look at the brackets.


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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

Bryan and I are back today with the awards show on Wrestling Observer Radio.

AXS will have a two-hour New Japan special from 8-10 p.m. with matches from the 3/6 anniversary show including Jay White vs. Will Ospreay (awesome match, one of the best of this year), Taiji Ishimori vs. Jushin Liger for the IWGP jr. title, Shingo Takagi & Bushi vs. Sho & Yoh for the IWGP jr. tag titles and Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto vs. Evil & Sanada & Tetsuya Naito.

In the New Japan Cup, it is now official that Will Ospreay and Kazuchika Okada will meet this coming Wednesday in a quarterfinal match. Also on Wednesday is Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yoshi-Hashi in another quarterfinal match.

WWE stock closed at $90.63 due to Wolfe Research saying the stock should be hitting $157 per share. This brought the average price value among analysts to $100 and caused the stock to hedge toward $100.

Cristina Ferguson, the wife of Tony Ferguson, filed for a restraining order against Tony in Orange County Superior Court. Police have been called to the house three times in the past month. Six police units came to their home on Friday night in Santa Ana according to police reports covered by MMA Junkie.

We have an interview with The Destroyer up on the site as well as one with Mike Tenay talking The Destroyer. Chris Jericho just put up a show he did with The Destroyer.

People have asked about Bryan Danielson wrestling Hiroshi Tanahashi. They did wrestle once when both were much younger here. (thanks to Paul Sosnowski)

The new NWA Ten Pounds of Gold episode.

A preview of the Kenny Omega documentary can be seen here. The documentary will air in Canada on TSN on 3/27.

WWE

  • Aleister Black and Zelina Vega are headed to Amsterdam for their honeymoon.
  • While this probably doesn't mean much, the local advertising for Chicago on Monday for Raw lists Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin and Finn Balor vs Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre for the IC title. Roman Reigns, Both Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are all scheduled. (thanks to Brett Robertson)
  • An interview with Mustafa Ali.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • SoCal Pro has its 12th anniversary show on 4/13 in Vista, CA at the Vista Boys & Girls Club with Jeff Jarrett, Dr. Wagner Jr., Super Crazy and SoCal Crazy appearing.
  • The AAA Rey de Reyes show airs live on Twitch at 10 p.m. Eastern Saturday.
  • Killer Kross and Eli Drake will be appearing for CWE. Drake will be working Canadian shows from 4/13 to 4/24. 
  • KSW 48 on 4/27 in Lublin, Poland with Salahdine Parnasse (12-0-1) from France vs. Roman Szymanski (11-4) for the interim featherweight title.
  • Tickets are on sale for the annual Grapple at the Garden show which takes place on 5/6 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
  • IWF on 4/13 in Nutley, NJ at the Parks and Rec Center. Appearing include Tito Santana, Brian Blair, Gilberg and Gary Cappetta. 
  • Warrior Wrestling on Friday night in Chicago Heights, IL at Marion Catholic High School at 7:15 p.m. has Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky vs. Dave & Jake Crist & Sami Callihan, Jordynne Grace vs. Lisa Marie Varon, L.A. Park vs. Sam Adonis, Austin Aries vs. Eddie Edwards, Brian Cage vs Dezmond Xavier vs. Trey Miguel vs. Zachary Wentz, Britt Baker vs. Kylie Rae, DJZ vs. Sammy Guevara, Rich Swann vs. Andrew Everett vs. Ace Austin vs. Gringo Loco vs. Isaias Velazquez vs. Matt Knicks vs. Bryce Benjamin, Robert Anthony vs. Brian Pillman Jr., Moose vs.Wardlow, Ethan Page & Space Pirates vs. Hornswoggle & Kongo Kong & Jungle Boy and more.
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling on 3/23 in DeSoto, MO at the Knights of Columbus Hall and 3/30 in St. Louis at the Concordia Turners Gym.
  • MoTownMania on 4/6 in  Morristown, NJ at the Talley Ward Rec Center.
  • Combate Americas on 4/26 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles with Melissa Martinez (5-0) vs. Caroline Gallardo (3-2) and Kyra Batara (7-4) vs. Angela Magana (11-10).
  • Due to a visa issue, Psicosis is off Saturday's AAW show in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium. In his place, AAW has added Trent Baretta, Gringo Loco, Moose and Larry D. The card has Sami Callihan vs. Jake Something for the AAW title Kylie Rae vs. Jessicka Havok for the women's title, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mance Warner, Eddie Edwards vs. Fred Yehi and more. Jake Atlas also debuts on that show.
  • PCW and  MCW are both running in Melbourne with major shows on Saturday night.  PCW is claiming 1,200 tickets sold in advance.
  • El Hijo de L.A.Park vs. Gringo Loco has been added to MLW's 4/4 show at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens.
  • OTT's ScapperMania on Saturday night in Dublin: Angelico & Rey Hours vs. Aussie Open vs. Besties in the World vs. Lads From the Flats, Dan Barry vs. David Starr, Session Moth Martina vs. Meiko Satomura, Darren Kearney & LJ Cleary & Nathan Martin vs. Charlie Sterling & Sha Samuels & Zack Gibson, Jushin Liger vs. Scotty Davis, and an OTT title match with Walter vs. Jordan Devlin.
  • Jerry Lawler and Doug Gilbert appear on 5/11 in Hanover, IN at Southwestern High School. Jacob the Carpetbagger vs. Mortimer Blankenship III meet in a loser must shave his mutton chops match.
  • Bar Wrestling from last night in Los Angeles at the Bootleg Theater: Tessa Blanchard b Heather Monroe, Taya Valkyrie & PJ Black b Luchasaurus & Penelope Ford, Brandon Cutler b Joey Ryan, Tyler Bateman & Jake Atlas & Delilah Doom & Eli Everfly b Watts & Ryan Taylor & Yuma & BHK, Brian Cage b Andy Brown, Priscila Kelly & Darby Allin b Ray Rosas & Peter Avalon. (thanks to Shannon Walsh and Wrestling with Demons)
  • Michael Elgin and Tommy Dreamer headline A Night of Extreme on 4/12 in Sarnia, ONT at the River City Vineyard.
  • The NBC Detroit station Local 4 did a story on Andre the Giant. (thanks to Shannon Walsh)
  • wXw posted the full surprise entrance by Alexander Wolfe from this past Saturday, answering the open challenge by Marius al-Ani at their YouTube channel. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
  • Gabby Ortiz from Ring of Honor did an interview with The Wrestling Estate discussing her participation in the ECWA Super 8 Chickfight this Saturday in New Castle, Delaware. The other participants include Scarlett Bordeaux, Zoey Skye, Nikki Addams, Quinn McKay, Sammi Pandora, Gemma Cross and ECWA Women's Champion Miss Jasmine. 

Daily Pro Wrestling History: WWE WrestleMania XX


Ed in San Antonio presents the WRESTLEMANIA Weekend Events (more to be added):

  • Saturday, April 6th, at 12:00 pm: Lunch (all you can eat) at Churrascaria Plataforma ($90 per person), located at 316 W. 49th street in Manhattan. Purchase tickets here~! 
  • Luxury Bus to MetLife Stadium for Wrestlemania: We will depart from the Hilton Midtown (site of Wrestlecon) located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Departure time is 4:00 pm and will return from MetLife approximately 30 mins after the event. Times are subject to change, and cost $67.00 per person for the round trip. Purchase tickets here~! 

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