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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at the WWE HOF and the 2019 class

While interest has inevitably decreased over the years, the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony feels like less of an essential part of WrestleMania weekend than ever.

There are a few major reasons why the Hall of Fame ceremony has lost some of its luster. As WrestleMania week has become a destination for promotions from the United States and abroad, fans have to make difficult decisions on how they're going to spend their time and money.


WON NEWSLETTER: April 1, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Women to main event Wrestlemania 35, Conor McGregor allegations, more 

The Conor McGregor situation is the lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the investigation into him, his retirement, the timing, and why the retirement and Dana White's reactions are both a public bluffing game. 

Read the update on the WrestleMania card, both matches announced and those not yet announced, the Charlotte Flair title win and what it changes about the show, the multiple changes in the top part of the show, the women in the main event, the interest level in the different shows that week and more.

Also look at the New Japan Cup, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results, on the entire last week of the tournament and the final show.

Look at Vince McMahon's stock sale, how much he sold, how much he got and why, as well as the XFL launch and problems with the AAF. Look at the AAF's new goal.

Look at the retirement of the Bella Twins and their careers, the value of Total Divas and their future plans.

Examine the lawsuit settlement with the wrestlers who have sued Lucha Underground, and the interesting note of the person who backed out of the suit.

Also look at Cain Velasquez's crossing over into pro wrestling and his deal with AAA, including what they attempted to do with him, the storyline building him up and the wrestlers it looks like he'll appear with.


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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE court filings in a lawsuit listed a lot of the proposed schedule for the next 12 months. A few key notes:

  • The 5/3 Saudi Arabia show is not listed but the 11/1 show is.
  • The 6/8 Takeover show in San Jose is confirmed, as is Raw on 6/10, but in different arenas. Takeover will be at San Jose State and Raw at the SAP Center. WWE has shows in Stockton (not too far from San Jose) and Fresno (3 hours away) on 6/9 for those coming in.
  • WWE will tape 9/9 and 9/10 in Madison Square Garden.
  • WWE will open the new Chase Center in San Francisco with Raw and Smackdown on consecutive nights on 9/23 and 9/24.
  • The first FOX show will be 10/4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  • Some NXT dates at Full Sail in Winter Park, FL are 4/10, 5/1, 6/12, 6/13, 8/15, 9/11, 9/12, 10/24 and 12/4.

The Viceland documentaries on pro wrestling will be airing every Wednesday from 4/10 to 5/15 at 9 p.m. The schedule is:

  • 4/10: Randy Savage & Elizabeth
  • 4/17: Bret Hart and Montreal
  • 4/24: Bruiser Brody
  • 5/1: Kevin Von Erich and the Von Erich family
  • 5/8: Gino Hernandez
  • 5/15: Fabulous Moolah

There has been talk for years of AAA going to Madison Square Garden. There is a press conference on 4/4 at 11:30 a.m. in Madison Square Garden.

Here is the episode of Kenny Omega on The Social yesterday which we talked about on today's show.

Stardom held its Dream Slam show earlier today at Korakuen Hall: Saya Iida won Battle Royal, Konami & Viper & Bea Priestley & AZM b Starlight Kid & Tam Nakano & Arisa Hoshiki & Saki Kashima, Utami Hayashishita b Rebel Kid to keep SWA title, Hazuki b Xia Brookside to keep High Speed title, Mayu Iwatani b Natsuko Tora to keep WOH title, Kagetsu b Goya Kong to keep World of Stardom title, Momo Watanabe b Andras Miyagi to keep Wonder of Stardom title. Watanabe vs. Hayashishita is coming soon. They ran Saturday in Niigata before coming to New York for a 4/5 at 4 p.m. show that will be an iPPV on FITE. Fumi Saito and Jim Valley from this site will be doing the announcing.

WWE

  • The Extreme Rules presale for 7/14 in Philadelphia ends at 11 p.m. tonight. You can use the code: EXTREMERULES
  • Kambi has updated the betting odds for star ratings for WrestleMania. This is the over and under you can bet on:
    • Styles vs. Orton ****
    • Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch ****1/4
    • Miz vs. Shane McMahon ***1/4
    • HHH vs. Batista ***3/4
    • Lesnar vs. Rollins ****1/4
    • Angle vs. Corbin **
    • Joe vs. Mysterio ***1/2
    • Murphy vs. Nese ***1/2
    • Reigns vs. McIntyre ****
    • Balor vs. Lashley **3/4 (thanks to David Taylor)
  • Fan Axxess schedule for next week
    • 4/4 6-10 p.m.: Ember Moon, Ali, Samoa Joe, Lucha House Party, Mandy Rose, Baron Corbin, Alexa Bliss, Aleister Black, Jinder Mahal, Shelton Benjamin,
    • 4/5 1-5 p.m.: AOP, Beth Phoenix, Drew McIntyre, Zelina Vega, Rusev, Ruby Riott, Sting, Shinsuke Nakamura, Mandy Rose, Lacey Evans,
    • 4/5 6-10 p.m: Rey Mysterio, Sonya Deville, Trish Stratus, Usos, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Samoa Joe, Ember Moon, Apollo Crews, Elias, Kurt Angle
    • 4/6 8 a.m. to Noon: Titus O'Neil, Alexa Bliss, Andrade, Kevin Owens, Alicia Fox, R-Truth, Sami Zayn, The Revival, Rowan, Mark Henry
    • 4/6 1-5 p.m: Lacey Evans, Kurt Angle, Aleister Black, Lana, Velveteen Dream, Beth Phoenix, Shinsuke Nakamura, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet
    • 4/6 6-10 p.m: Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, Adam Cole, Sheamus, Cesaro, Toni Storm, Lio Rush, Velveteen Dream, Bianca Belair, Nikki Cross, Luke Harper
    • 4/7 8 a.m. to Noon: Sting, Kevin Nash, Ruby Riott, Ivory, Pete Dunne, Sami Zayn, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, Cedric Alexander, Lana
    • 4/8 Noon to 4 p.m: Carmella, R-Truth, Shinsuke Nakamura, Harlem Heat, Lita, Samoa Joe, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Mandy Rose, Naomi
  • The latest weather prediction for WrestleMania Sunday is 44 degrees but no rain.
  • The New York Post on Colin Jost and Michael Che in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania. (thanks to Barry Werner)

UFC

MISCELLANEOUS

  • A correction from the Observer that came out today. Ace Austin isn't signed with AEW. He's with Impact. Ace Romero is with AEW.
  • A very nice segment on the statue being made for The Crusher which includes two of Crusher's daughters.
  • Steve "Sting" Borden will be doing the intros and voice over work for a documentary series called "Forgiven Felons." This documentary series is being produced by the Communication/Media Arts department of Southwestern Assemblies of God University. This is the trailer.
  • Weigh-ins for tomorrow night's Bellator show from Temecula, CA on Paramount and DAZN at 9 p.m. Eastern:
    • Joe Schilling (186) vs. Keith Berry (186)
    • Andrey Koreshkov (170.6) vs. Mike Jasper (171)
    • Daniel Strauss (155.6) vs. Shane Kruchten (155.8)
    • Saad Awad (156) vs. Brandon Girtz (155.6)
  • WWN supershow on 4/5 at 3 p.m. has announced Shane Strickland & Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy vs. Lucky Kid & Marius Al-Ani & Bobby Gunns from wXw and AR Fox & Leon Ruff & Adrian Alanis vs. Daisuke Sasaki & Tetsuya Endo & Soma Takao of DDT.
  • The Bugsy McGraw bio that we've talked about a few times called "Brute Power" is available on Amazon.com or WOHW.com.
  • Corey Graves and Renee Young will be at MCW on Sunday for a show in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena.
  • House of Glory has a WrestleMania show on 4/6 in Jamaica, NY at the NYC Arena at 2 p.m. headlined by Great Muta (as in the original) & Tajiri & Pentagon Jr. vs. Low Ki & LAX, Fenix vs Amazing Red plus David Starr. There will be a Muta meet and greet at WrestleCon on 4/5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wrestling Revolver on 4/6 at 11 a.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown with Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz vs. LAX vs. Aussie Open vs. Besties in the World, Sami Callihan & Jake & Dave Crist vs. Shane Strickland & Joe Gacy & Eddie Kingston, Fatu vs. Dan Maff vs Ace Romero vs Larry D vs. Madman Fulton vs. Fallah Bahh, Matt Cross vs. Adam Brooks Moose vs. David Starr vs. Brian Cage, AR Fox vs. JT Gunn vs. Ace Austin vs. Sammy Guevara.
  • Wrestling Revolver on 5/10 in West Des Moines, IA at the Val Air Ballroom with Matthew Palmer vs. Larry D, Hornswoggle vs. Sami Callihan, Billy Gunn vs. Moose, TJ Perkins vs. Ace Austin vs. Rich Swann, Joey Ryan vs. Neveah, Tessa Blanchard vs. Jessicka Havok plus Eddie Edwards, Team Tremendous and Trey Miguel.
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix tonight in Omaha, NE a the Waiting Room Lounge.
  • Legacy Fighting Alliance on 5/3 in Vail, CO at the Dobson Arena on AXS TV headlined by Brandon Royval (8-4) vs. Joby Sanchez (12-4) at flyweight and Jose Mariscal (9-3) vs. Fernando Padilla (13-3) at featherweight.
  • Shazza McKenzie is booked for Freelance Wrestling on 4/19 in Chicago.
  • Mad Dog vs. Mil Muertes in a Hardcore match is booked for BCW on 4/26 in Melbourne, Australia. (thanks to Kevin Chiat)
  • Joey Janela will be on the next World Series Wrestling tour.
  • Defy Wrestling on 4/13 in Portland, OR at the Hawthorne Theater with Jimmy Havoc on the card, plus The Amerikan Gunz face Reno Scum.
  • CWE on 4/7 in Prince George, BC at the Connaught Youth Centre with Psicosis.
  • SKM Promotions tomorow night in Hagersville, ONT at the Community Centre.
  • Mad Dog vs. PJ Black on 4/28 in Sydney, Australia for BCW.
  • Low Ki vs. Daga has been added to the 4/5 MLW show at the Melrose Ballroom in Queens, NY. 
  • KSW returns to the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland on 5/18. The main event is Scott Askham (17-4) vs. Michal Materla (27-6). 
  • The Wrestling Agency will be handling bookings for a lot of the WOS wrestlers including Justin Sysum, Rampage Brown, Joe Hendry, Adam Maxted, SoCal Val, Nathan Cruz, Iestyn Rees, Crater, Robbie X, Chardonnay, Ayesha Ray and Lucas Steel.
  • Combate Americas tomorrow night runs on DAZN at 10 p.m. Eastern and on Univision Deportes at 1 a.m. Eastern. Main event is a bantamweight title fight with Jose Alday (12-3-1) defending against Gustavo Lopez (9-4).
  • United Wrestling Revolution on 4/12 in Gadsden, AL at the Tabernacle Event Center with Bob Evans, Inzanely Rude and more.
  • Videos from Warrior Wrestling, based on what happened at Warrior 4 and leading up to Warrior 5.
  • Nick Aldis videos by Dave Lagana promoting the Marty Scurll match on 4/27 in Concord, NC.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Steve Austin vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania XV


Ed in San Antonio presents the WRESTLEMANIA Weekend Event:

  • 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~! 

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