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Daily Update: Ronda Rousey, WWE notes, Shawn Spears

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WON NEWSLETTER: April 13, 2020 Observer Newsletter: UFC postpones all future shows, WrestleMania 36 review

The battle to keep UFC 249 alive is the lead story in our annual WrestleMania double issue, which shows how big a story that became. 

We look at how a U.S Senator, government agencies, doctors and Dana White all chimed in and what killed plans for the show next week. We look at the fighters who dropped out of the top two bouts, the reaction locally, the commission, how the association of commissions didn't back the California commission, how UFC was to be regulated, what happens next, what the doctors said, the business reasons behind why UFC pushed so hard for the show, and what the show originally had.

The new issue also covers:

The wrestling industry going forward after WrestleMania, with a look at WWE, AEW, Impact, MLW and New Japan and what has and hasn't been taped, who returns to WWE this week, Money in the Bank, Double or Nothing, AEW California crew wrestling, and more.

WrestleMania with a look at the good and the bad of the show, business numbers, the stories of the different unique matches, Roman Reigns update, television ratings for the prelims, and media criticism. We also have match-by-match coverage of both nights with poll results.

President Trump's meeting with the key players in the sports world including Vince McMahon and Dana White as well as others talking about when or if spectator sports can return.

The key numbers to look for at the next WWE investors call, new WWE TV deals, Paul Levesque talks Wednesday night ratings, Michael Cole's new role, WWE new documentaries including thoughts on the Edge documentary, new angles, Drew McIntyre talks about a number of subjects, new WWE movie, NXT booking, Kurt Angle talks Brock Lesnar, C.M. Punk talks Vince McMahon, FS 1 TV block, TV sports ratings, Charlotte Flair talks WrestleMania, WWE market value and the most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

A story on one of the strangest lawsuits you'll ever see against Dana White.

A story on the break-in of the home of Anthony Smith.

A huge back-of-the-book story on the life of Danno O'Mahoney, one of the biggest short-term drawing cards in pro wrestling history. We go back to the 1930s, the politics that led to the creation of O'Mahoney, how Paul Bowser put the plan in place, the story of Jim Londos, the biggest drawing card in U.S. history and his role in this, some of the biggest matches in wrestling history and why the O'Mahoney vs. Shikat match changed the industry for a dozen years after and some historians call it the most important match in history. It's all here, creation of world titles, promotions not getting along, in-ring double-crossess, stadium shows and the tragic story about how happy ever after end up lasting five weeks.

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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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE

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WWE

  • During an interview on Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast, Ronda Rousey spoke about WWE fans being ungrateful and said that if she returns it won’t be on a full-time basis: “I love WWE -- I had such a great time. I love all the girls in the locker room. Like hell yeah, running out there, having fake fights for fun is just the best thing. I love choreography, I love acting, I love theater. It’s live theater. It’s one of the last forms of live theater, and it’s so fun. But I was basically doing it part time, and I was away from home over 200 days out of the year... Whenever I was home, I wasn’t even home when I was home. I was basically just trying to recover enough to be able to get through the next stint of being gone. It was just not worth it for my family. Because we were eliminating all of our expenses and living this lifestyle, we didn’t need it. We didn’t need the money. So it’s just like, what am I doing it for if I’m not being able to spend my time and energy on my family, but instead spending my time and energy on a bunch of f*cking ungrateful fans that don’t even appreciate me. I love performing. I love the girls. I love being out there, but at the end of the day I was just like f*ck these fans, dude. My family loves me and they appreciate me. I want all my energy to go into them. So that was my decision at the end of the day. It’s like, ‘Hey girls, love what you’re doing. I’m gonna try and take all my momentum and push you guys as far as I can -- fly little birds, fly! I’m going f*cking home!’ And that was basically it. If I ever do come back, it will never be at a full-time capacity ever again. I think like for stints, for chunks of time. No, I’ll never be full time again over 200 days a year on the road like that ever again.”
  • After Lana and Alexa Bliss criticized her for calling pro wrestling fake, Rousey appeared to play things up by writing: “Anyone who is outraged by me calling pro wrestling 'fake fights for fun' has never been in a REAL fight. While you all are tip toeing around bruising some pro wrestlers' huge soft egos -- no one is thinking about all the REAL fighters you're insulting when pretending pro wrestling is somehow on the same level of realism. Yes, I understand, wrestling 300 days a year for years on end is incredibly tough on the body and a difficult profession -- but do you know what would happen if you got in 300 REAL fights a year? You would be dead." Rousey hashtagged her post with “kayfabekiller.”
  • Shayna Baszler also tweeted: “HOW DARE RONDA CARE MORE ABOUT HER FAMILY THAN PLEASING FANS THAT ARE NEVER HAPPY!!!”
  • Nia Jax responded to Rousey: “I can’t wait for Ronda 2 one day return 2 WWE. Even if WWE orders me to make Ronda look good in the ring, which is the ONLY way for Ronda 2 look good in the ring w/me. I’ll risk my job 2 go down in history as the one from this biz that knocked her the F**K out! #TestMeBitch”
  • Goldberg spoke to CarCast about his WrestleMania match being changed: “You know, obviously, I had a change of opponents at the very last moment. You know, Roman Reigns, everybody knows he has leukemia. You know, he’s in remission and his -- obviously his immune system is down. And so, I don’t know why it was even considered in the beginning, except for the fact that we’d invested time and WWE invested the money in the angle, in the match, you know. So literally until the 23rd hour, it was still a possibility that he and I were going to wrestle. So plans kind of changed at the very last minute. I did my match with Braun. and it was possible that I could do a match with Roman again before the fifth [the night the match aired]. That obviously fell through.”
  • Edge will appear as a guest on Tuesday’s episode of WWE Backstage. CM Punk will also be part of the panel for the episode.
  • WWE is advertising appearances by WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch for Monday’s Raw.
  • WWE’s Ask WWE Network Twitter account noted that episodes of NXT now aren’t being made available on-demand in the United Kingdom until seven days after they originally air in the country.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson streamed a one-on-one chat with California governor Gavin Newsom.
  • Charlotte Flair told CBS Sports about wanting to face Mia Yim: "Definitely Mia Yim. My very first dark match at NXT, they brought in Mia Yim to have with me. I was the girl who had no experience and didn't know what I was doing, and Mia Yim obviously did. To see where our careers have gone, with her going to NXT, our paths can cross now four-and-a-half or five years later with myself a completely different person. I'm excited for that. I've been rooting for her this whole time, I just had to catch up."
  • A new episode of WWE Break It Down is coming to the WWE Network on April 19. Ricochet will be featured on the show.
  • The WWE Network also uploaded a 10 greatest matches from the 2010s countdown special.
  • WWE has another bonus clip from Edge’s WWE 24 documentary.
  • WWE’s YouTube channel uploaded Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston from WrestleMania 35 and the Money in the Bank ladder match from WrestleMania 22.
  • Total Bellas averaged 454,000 viewers on E! on Thursday night, which was down from the 563,000 viewers that the season premiere drew. The rating in the 18-49 demo was a 0.20, down from last week’s 0.25.

Other Wrestling

  • Shawn Spears will be in action on Wednesday’s episode of Dynamite. The show will also feature Jon Moxley vs. Jake Hager in a no holds barred empty arena match for the AEW World Championship, Lance Archer vs. Colt Cabana in a TNT Championship tournament first round match, Britt Baker in action, Chuck Taylor vs. Kip Sabian, and Sammy Guevara vs. Sugar D.
  • The Revival have opened up a store on Pro Wrestling Tees with three T-shirt designs.
  • Today is Dustin Rhodes’ 51st birthday.

MMA

  • Justin Gaethje posted a statement about UFC 249 being postponed: “I really felt a surge of energy and support as this fight was building up from so many ppl across the world, it was very humbling. I am thankful to represent Safford, AZ and my great friends and family. I’m going to be working hard to be ready next time the opportunity arises. Let’s get through this fight we are all facing right now by having a positive impact on our immediate surroundings (family, neighbor, community) Thank you!! The boss @danawhite is someone I am proud to do business with. #ufc249”
  • Dustin Poirier’s Good Fight Foundation is teaming with Deano's Pizza in Lafayette, Louisiana to donate 1,000 meals to hospital staff.

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