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WON NEWSLETTER: March 29, 2021 Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 37 lineup, Fastlane review

We've got a huge issue of the Observer this week with a lot of business notes, polls on the biggest shows of the last week, Match of the Week, Performer of the Week, New Japan Cup polls, several  bios and updates on the biggest shows.

With WrestleMania upcoming, we run down the show, why certain matches have changed, update on the WWE COVID situation including who was ad wasn't back, WrestleMania ticket sales updates and the demand, a look at both NXT Takeover shows, the WWE's new location for filming starting on 4/12, as well as UFC tickets sales for its first show and the current level of demand for tickets for both events.

Also in this issue:

More info on the WWE Network migration to Peacock, what is being edited off and why, the release of Andrade and more background on him, Glenn Jacobs and the Knox County mayor situation, update on Samantha Tavel lawsuit against Matt Riddle, Lots of Hall of Fame news and bios, announcer will no longer appear on TV, Stephanie McMahon talks WWE without Vince McMahon, how wrestling shows ranked among the sports shows this past week, what was planned to happen with the U.S. title this year and why it didn't happen, Daniel Bryan talks his future, his philosophy on wrestling, who he wants to wrestle with lots of surprises, his current schedule, Randy Orton talks his career, WWE gets new television deal, WWE legend puts home for sale, new WWE video game news, WWE  documentary notes, injury updates and WWE stock price update.

A study done in Oslo, Norway which links steroid use to the aging of the brain and previous notes on things that could corroborate that regarding concussion recovery.  We also give a background of when steroid use started in sports and how it got started in the U.S.

Fast Lane show, including a unique look in a number of different metro areas between the interest level in Fast Lane, one of WWE's weakest shows in years for interest, and Revolution, which two weeks earlier set AEW's PPV record, match-by-match coverage of the show with star ratings and poll results.

New Japan Cup coverage, New Japan Cup match-by-match rankings, star ratings and poll results, why the Bea Priestley angle went down, notes on double standards and why these double standards exist with some of the fan base, who was the New Japan Cup MVP and best performer, as well as the first time an earthquake caused a wrestling match to stop in the middle for 25 minutes, where New Japan goes from here with the big shows in April and May, as well as this week's show.

Impact moving to Thursday.

A major feature on the life of Barry Orton, his claims that got him on TV in 1992 on Donahue, Geraldo, Larry King and other shows, his thoughts looking back, how he met Mike Tenay and his impact on Mike Tenay's career and wrestling knowledge, what Orton said under oath and the lie detector test he took, the times Vince McMahon confronted him, as well as Orton sending Vince McMahon a letter with his idea of having a rock & roll gimmick.

Barry Orton on the Donahue show, Tom Cole and Orton, stuff that was and wasn't taken out of context, Orton's career ending, life after wrestling, his Calgary run as The Zodiac and where it came from and why it ended, and how his career started.

This past week's UFC show, the star that filed, where the winners are headed, the age-old weight cutting problem, how the show did in different deos and fight-by-fight coverage.  

A story on the death of Ed Farhat Jr., the son of The Sheik.  We look at his days as Captain Eddie George as well as his attempts to follow his father in promoting wrestling in Michigan. We look at the heyday of The Sheik, the movie "I Like To Hurt People" that Ed Jr., had a role in, the end of the heyday period and more.  

More detail on ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.

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  • Brian “Road Dogg” James wrote about getting out of the hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack: “To God be the glory, I live to tell the story! I’m headed home. I’ve got some work to do and some changes to make but I’m up to the task. I want to thank EACH and EVERY one of you for your thoughts and prayers and your kind words. So many reached out with positive vibes and it overwhelmed me with love. Thank you all and God is good! Let the journey begin! #OUDK # GBU #LIVEARMSTRONG”
  • For tomorrow’s NXT, WWE has announced that Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter will take on Tian Sha. If Mei Ying (Karen Q) wrestles in the match, it will be the character’s in-ring debut.
  • Paul “Triple H” Levesque spoke to Variety about how he thinks WWE’s move to Peacock can help NXT: “The ability for us to be on [Peacock], a bigger platform where so many more people have the opportunity to experience it and and to let it grow into something more, is very exciting. And once you sample it, we believe that the product is something that people will stick with and become involved in.” NXT episodes will be uploaded to Peacock the day after they premiere on the USA Network.
  • WWE released the trailer for their WWE Untold episode on Edge vs. Mick Foley from WrestleMania 22. In the episode, “The Rated-R Superstar and The Hardcore Legend look back at their barbaric Hardcore Match from 15 years ago, which was not only one of the most dangerous matches to ever take place on The Grandest Stage of Them All, but also a defining moment for both Superstars’ careers.” It premieres on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network everywhere else this coming Sunday.
  • On Raw Talk last night, Raw Women’s Champion Asuka said she underwent dental surgery three days ago. Asuka and her WrestleMania 37 challenger Rhea Ripley took part in a contract signing for their title match on Raw last night. Next week’s WrestleMania 37 go-home edition of Raw will feature Asuka & Ripley teaming against Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler.
  • Fightful reported that Titus O’Neil will receive the Warrior Award at this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
  • In an interview with Bleacher Report, Steve Austin named Bianca Belair and Rhea Ripley as two of the brightest up-and-coming stars in WWE: "I haven't been tuning in a whole lot because I have a whole lot going on in my personal life, but just from watching the Royal Rumble, I think those last two women -- Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair -- I think those two are destined for greatness. They still need reps, they still need to learn, but those two have the size, presence, looks, ability to be major, major stars, so we'll see what the future holds for them."
  • Austin told Wrestling Inc that he won’t be part of WrestleMania 37: “They didn’t reach out to me this year. I think they got their hands full with what they’re doing. I think it only makes sense for me to come back maybe in Texas or LA. It’d be great to go back to Dallas. So we’ll see what happens there, but I’m fine sitting at the house watching this one. We’ve been trying to move out of LA and move permanently over here to Nevada. So we’ve had a ton of stuff going on. I’ll be watching. I’m okay not being there.”
  • Sports Illustrated and the New York Post have interviews with Ripley.
  • Sami Zayn is the guest on today’s episode of Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast.
  • Trish Stratus, Mick Foley, Carmella, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, Jerry Lawler, and Sami Zayn will be appearing on WWE’s The Bump tomorrow morning.
  • Hulk Hogan will be Corey Graves and Vic Joseph’s guest on this Thursday’s edition of After the Bell.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Sasha Banks vs. Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship from TakeOver: Brooklyn, Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship from WrestleMania 33, and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya from Battleground 2016.

Other Wrestling

  • A man has been fined 9,000 yen ($80 USD) for cyberbullying Hana Kimura prior to her death.
  • Chris Dickinson vs. Shane Mercer has been added to the card for Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport 6, which is taking place in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, April 8.
  • ROH uploaded this week’s edition of ROH Week By Week.
  • While appearing on Talk is Jericho last week, Dean Malenko praised Rey Fenix: “He really understands the art of selling and letting things digest with the audience. When he first came here, he was all over the place. Slowly but surely, he’s starting to grasp it. When you’re writing something, every sentence has a period or a comma so you can stop, digest what happened [and] then go on to the next thing. Before he was just like one long book with no periods and all the words just got jammed together. So he’s really improved on that. You can really see the difference. He’s probably one of the top guys we have right now in the company. Every week I watch him, I just get amazed more than the previous week I see him. He has, like Rey, the rare gift of his body motions and his body language getting sympathy from the audience.”
  • Yahoo Sports has an “In Her Own Words” piece from Deonna Purrazo on her overcoming adversity in pro wrestling.
  • Ray Flores is joining the MLW broadcast team for tomorrow’s Never Say Never event.
  • The latest episode of the Crime in Sports podcast is focused on Teddy Hart.

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