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WON NEWSLETTER: WrestleMania 37 details, WWE financials, more

A look at next year's WrestleMania in Los Angeles is the lead story in the new issue of the Observer. We look at the back story, regarding why the city wanted it in 2021 and WWE wanted it in 2022 and how the compromise was made.  We note deals of the new stadium, attendance, the legit all-time company attendance record, , notes from the press conference and a look back at the previous WrestleMania in Los Angeles.

Also covered in the new issue:

2019 WWE business rundown in every category, what was up, what was down, how much the new television deals added in this year's fourth quarter, why there is uncertainty about stock analysts about the company, and TV deals late in renewing,.  We look at how badly the value of the company has dropped of late, what analysts are saying right now and what they are has to be done to get the company value back up.

Roster expansion, why production costs are so much higher, the decline over the past year in both network and PPV revenue, the arena business, the NXT house show business, merchandise, licensing, as well as a look at the company's revenue and profits annually dating back to 1994.

More on the firing of Michelle Wilson and George Barrios from WWE, return of John Cena, Three more new members of WWE Hall of Fame, Becky Lynch talks pay, what wrestler looks to be leaving, future of MVP in WWE, UK ratings, most-watched shows on WWE Network and details of the weekend main roster and NXT arena events with business notes, results and highlights.

New Japan's next show in Madison Square Garden, who are the key players and more dates for this year's G-1 tournament.

Full coverage of New Beginning in Osaka, with business and creative notes, notes on all the upcoming title matches around the world, the latest angles, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

XFL's first week of television, the good, the bad, the TV deals and what it needs to stay at to be successful, plus live attendance and why the chances of survival are very different from the first time.

WWE Super Showdown, and Elimination Chamber shows.

Full coverage of UFC 247, with the background on the show, business notes, match-by-match coverage and poll results.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we've got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

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  • In an interview with Arab News, Mansoor said that he will be competing at Super ShowDown next week, though he doesn’t know who his opponent is. 
  • PWInsider reports that WWE has contacted Brodus Clay and Ariane Andrew (formerly known as Cameron) for WrestleMania weekend.
  • Sky Germany announced today that they will no longer air WWE pay-per-view events after April. They will instead air AEW events.
  • The Bump announced that they would be broadcasting live for five shows in Tampa during WrestleMania weekend.
  • Yahoo Sports has an article on WWE sending sports teams replica WWE titles for big events such as the Superbowl and the World Series.
  • The WWE PC YouTube page uploaded a profile on Bianca Belair.
  • Kyle O'Reilly congratulated Tiger Hattori on his retirement on Instagram. Hattori refereed his final two matches today at Korakuen Hall.
  • Deadline reported that USA’s new series Briarpatch is moving to the timeslot following Raw.

Other Wrestling

  • There is a pre-sale for the Dynamite event following Double or Nothing tomorrow at noon eastern on The pre-sale code is FLEETLV.
  • Last night’s episode of black-ish on ABC referenced New Japan Pro Wrestling, specifically a Wrestle Kingdom match between Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
  • The AEW on TNT team will be launching a new podcast titled AEW Unrestricted. It will feature Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone and will air each Thursday starting tomorrow.
  • AEW posted a video showing off the steel cage that will be used in tonight’s Cody/Wardlow match.
  • PROGRESS announced that they have moved their April 26 show to April 20 due to NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin taking place on the 26th.


  • Zhang Weili has obtained her US visa ahead of next month’s straweight title fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in Paradise, Nevada.
  • Pedro Munhoz isn’t happy the likes of Uriah Faber and Frankie Edgar have turned down fights against him.
  • Evan Dunham is coming out of retirement to face Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 25.
  • Cowboy Cerrone is already interested in fighting again as soon as March or April.

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