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Daily Update: NJPW Windy City Riot issues, Google trends, Oscar de la Hoya

Dave Meltzer goes over all of the news from this weekend.

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Shinjiro Otani seriously injured, WWE announces UK stadium show

  • Update on Shinjiro Otani, what happened, a review of his career and a look at Zero-1's biggest show in years.
  • WWE officially announces its Principality Stadium show in Cardiff, Wales, a look back at the biggest UK events for WWE and the ticket demand.
  • Coverage of UFC 273 featuring a potential Hall of Fame fight with Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns, plus the judging in Sterling-Yan, the dominance of Alexander Volkanovski, business notes on the show and match-by-match coverage.
  • Full coverage of NJPW Hyper Battle and the angles leading to the return of New Japan to the Fukuoka Dome, a look back at the first show in that building, plus G1 and Best of the Super Juniors updates
  • Update on WrestleMania Backlash, ticket demand, matches being built, false advertising of Brock Lesnar and more
  • Ratings including rankings, oldest and youngest audience, affect of NBA playoffs, segment-by-segment numbers and comparisons with last year.
  • CMLL Champion of Champions tournament continuing
  • AEW star announces return from major injury
  • Hall of Famer announces the relaunch of his former promotion
  • All Japan Champion Carnival update
  • NOAH Sumo Hall lineups
  • NJPW star finishes up this week and background
  • Scott Hall funeral
  • New wrestling books
  • Biggest indie crowds of the year
  • The Strangler Lewis headlock machine
  • Discovery/Warner merger and AEW
  • NJPW & AEW deal
  • Story behind the debut of Satnam Singh
  • Ticket sales for upcoming AEW & WWE shows
  • International TV ratings
  • Streaming numbers for the major stuff of the past week
  • Cain Velasquez case update
  • UFC adds 2016 Fight of the Year to Hall of Fame
  • How much the top executives at WWE earn
  • Update on Vince McMahon vs. Oliver Luck
  • Update on all the name changes of WWE talent and why

This Week's Retro Observer Newsletter: February 7, 2005 Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble review, business year in review

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Sunday News Update

  • Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the weekend news as review the recent TV shows. My weekend show with Garrett Gonzales is up on the site right now.
  • ROH finished up on Sinclair this weekend. So that tells you that the deal where Sinclair sold the promotion to Tony Khan didn't include interest in keeping the show on the air. 
  • Last night's New Japan show on FITE was marred by production issues multiple times throughout the show, including many times during the Minoru Suzuki vs. Tomohiro Ishii match and the Jon Moxley vs. Will Ospreay match. FITE lost the signal up and down the show and it was said to be almost unwatchable at times in the Jay White vs. Shota Umino match. There was also an issue with getting the fans into the building. The building was sold out but it took forever to get in with a lot of people missing the firs two matches. The archive of the show was said by New Japan that it will be up on FITE with no issues as soon as possible and will be up on New Japan World in English on 5/4.
  • We're doing polls on the NJPW Wind City Riot show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
  • We're also looking for reports on last night's WWE house show in Erie, PA and tonight's show in Syracuse, NY to
  • As far as trending stuff during the week, nothing from pro wrestling this week cracked the top 20. For yesterday, the UFC show was No. 11 at 100,000. The Bellator show on Friday was No. 20 for the day with 20,000. The Erroll Spence Jr. vs. Yordenis Ugas boxing PPV last night did 500,000 searches. The USFL on Saturday did 1 million. 
  • Oscar de la Hoya told TMZ that he wants to patch things up with Dana White. He said he was wrong for criticizing UFC and also said he would like to patch things up with Floyd Mayweather. He said he was moving to Las Vegas and wants to work with White as business partners.
  • Dana White last night talked about wanting to make a Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic fight.
  • Andrade is teasing a match with the former Cesaro in Mexico. Penta is teasing the idea of a match with C.M. Punk in AAA as a rematch off Wednesday's match.


  • On the USFL game today on NBC, they advertised Raw for tomorrow night and the two names pushed were Cody Rhodes and Bianca Belair. We also know that this past week WWE send out stuff to an international station that broadcasts the show listing Rhodes as the top star on Raw and Roman Reigns as the top star on Smackdown. (thanks to Shannon Walsh and others)
  • Rob Gronkowski said that when he's done with football held like a tag team match against The Rock according to an interview he did with TMZ.
  • Ivy Nile, Damon Kemp (Bobby Steveson) and Lash Legend are scheduled for the next NXT UK television tapings. Now that travel is easier, the idea of NXT talent going back-and-forth makes sense.

Other Notes

  • Warrior Wrestling on 4/23 in South Bend, IN has announced Will Ospreay defending their title against Blake Christian i the main event, plus Athena vs. Skye Blue vs. Shazza McKenzie for the vacant women's title (Thunder Rosa will be at the show to vacate the title), Darius & Dante Martin vs,. Brian Cage & KC Navarro, Shane Strickland vs. Adam Brooks, Lucha champion Sam Adonis vs. Aramis, Karl Fredericks vs. Clark Connors and Alex Zayne vs Storm Grayson.
  • Eve has one of its biggest shows ever on 4/23 at The Venue in Great Portland Street in London. Among the matches are Kasey vs. Jetta, Shoko Nakajima, the current Princess of Princess champion for Tokyo Joshi Pro, faces Alex Windsor, Lizzy Evo vs. Emersyn Jayne, Emi Sakura vs.Charlie Morgan, Max the Impaler vs. Session Moth Martina and Nina Samuels vs. Emilia McKenzie.
  • IWA Promotions from last night in Mount Vernon, IL: Valentina Loca b Mazzerati, Lilith Grimm b Siera, Ray Lyn b Shalonce Royal to win the women's title, Machiko b Queen Aminata, Nyla Rose b Christi Jaynes, Rachael Ellering b Mila Smidt, Dexter Roswell b Ryan Rembrandt, KiLynn King b Cassandra Golden to win the Belladonnas Forbidden Elegance title (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Horror Slam Wrestling from Friday night in Brownstown, MI: Rod Lee b Blake Blue, Jason Hotch b Kyler Coleman, Jeremiah Goldmain won six-way over Forever Young, Gavin Gradly, Iron Eagle, Jason Demilo and Hannah Henderson, Sean Lawhorn won three-way over Chinstrap Jesus and Atlas Hytower, Brutus Atwell b Breyer Wellington, Triple Rach won Battle Royal, Jack Price won four-way over Aero Boy, Sam Beale and Tanner Nix,Dread King Logan & Zach Thomas b Jaxson & Ace Evans, Bobby Beverly b Otis Goar, Malcolm Monroe III won three-way over Michael Elgin and Ryan Mythias, Eric Ryan b Chuck Steiner (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • West Coast Pro on 5/13 in South San Francisco, CA at the State room has Will Ospreay vs. Titus Alexander, Timothy Thatcher vs. Kevin Blackwood and Biff Busick vs. Vinnie Massaro.
  • Wrestling Revolver from last night in Clive, IA: Moose b Mike Bailey to keep the Impact title, Deonna Purrazzo b Billie Starkz to keep the Reina de Reinas title, Jake Manning NC Dan he Dad, Logan James & Tyler Matrix b Jake Manning & Dan the Dad, Steve Maclin & Westin Blake b Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards to win the ag titles, Jake Crist b Manders in a Texas death match, Trey Miguel retained Impact X title and wins Revolver Remix tet over Ace Austin, Lince Dorado and Blake Christian, Crash Jaxon won death match over Madman Fulton, Jessicka Havok, Grizzly Kal Jak, Beef and Calvin Tankman, Shane Strickland b Athena, JT Dunn b Rich Swann to win Revolver title.