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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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Pro Wrestling

  • Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated Ryusuke Taguchi in second round tournament matches on this morning’s New Japan Cup show. Sabre vs. Tanahashi in a quarterfinal match is now set for Thursday (March 21).
  • Sabre and Will Ospreay have been confirmed for NJPW Royal Quest at the Copper Box Arena in London on August 31.
  • With Jay Lethal and Matt Taven’s ROH World Championship match ending in a 60-minute draw, LifeBlood (Mark Haskins & Tracy Williams) vs. The Kingdom (Vinny Marseglia & TK O’Ryan) and Jonathan Gresham vs. Silas Young didn’t happen at last night’s 17th Anniversary pay-per-view. It was said that The Kingdom left the building after Taven’s match, and ROH filmed an angle where Young attacked Gresham backstage. ROH noted that the two matches will happen at future shows.
  • ROH has yet to officially confirm their World Championship match for G1 Supercard, though that might come at tonight’s TV tapings. Marty Scurll, who has been announced as the World title challenger for G1 Supercard, came out and took the title belt after Lethal and Taven’s draw.
  • After it was revealed that Jeff Cobb had challenged him to a title vs. title match at G1 Supercard (without Ospreay being eliminated from the New Japan Cup yet), Will Ospreay responded to the timing of the announcement by tweeting that he could pull double duty.
  • Mike Mooneyham’s latest column for the Charleston Post and Courier is on the passing of Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer.
  • Marko Stunt uploaded his first vlog documenting his recovery from a broken leg.


  • The UFC uploaded Michael Bisping’s Hall of Fame announcement video.
  • Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards brawled backstage after Masvidal’s win over Darren Till at the UFC’s show in London today. Edwards received cuts from punches that Masvidal hit.
  • Dana White criticized the refereeing in today’s Claudio Silva vs. Danny Roberts fight and apologized to Roberts: “Kills me when these refs F*CK UP and steal such a great fight and opportunity from the not just the fighters but the fans!!!!! @danhotchocolate SO SORRY!!!!! #ESPN+” Roberts lost by verbal tap out but said he didn’t submit.
  • Conor McGregor showed support for Tony Ferguson after a temporary restraining order was filed against Ferguson by his wife.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: WCW Uncensored 1997

Ed in San Antonio presents the WRESTLEMANIAWeekend 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~!