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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at the WWE HOF and the 2019 class

While interest has inevitably decreased over the years, the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony feels like less of an essential part of WrestleMania weekend than ever.

There are a few major reasons why the Hall of Fame ceremony has lost some of its luster. As WrestleMania week has become a destination for promotions from the United States and abroad, fans have to make difficult decisions on how they're going to spend their time and money.

WON NEWSLETTER: April 15, 2019 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania 35 weekend review

When it comes to news, the biggest issue of the year is out, covering WrestleMania, all the behind-the-scenes stuff at WrestleMania, Hall of Fame, NXT and Supercard of Honor, as well as the top indie shows. This issue has more backstage news than any issue of the year.

This issue leads off with coverage of WrestleMania, with the main event finish, what was supposed to happen, who got the blame, why it was brought up on the broadcast, and the future of Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar in WWE.

Next get the update with AEW television talk, what is and isn't accurate about what has come out, what the current plans are and more.

Also look at the Supercard of Honor in Madison Square Garden. Look back to 1960 when the last time a non-McMahon card took place at the arena and who was on top. 

Also look at the idiot who attacked Bret Hart at the Hall of Fame ceremony, what actually happened, comments from the Hart family, the firing of writer R.D. Evans and the comments after by HHH and the rest of DX making fun of it, plus the comments on AEW.

This issue has full details of AAA and its debut in Madison Square Garden. Look at the press conference, the goals, and the story behind the business idea of why it will work. Also look at the AAA relationship with Cain Velasquez.

Also look at the WrestleCon super show, one of the biggest indie events of the year, with appearances by Ric Flair, Animal, Will Ospreay, Bandido, SCU, Jushin Liger, X-Pac and Dragon Lee. 

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  • Ronda Rousey’s YouTube channel uploaded her Ronda on the Road vlog from WrestleMania 35, which includes her meeting with Roddy Piper’s family and Joan Jett backstage at the show. Rousey gets X-rays on her broken hand after the match, and the video ends with her embracing Travis Browne, her mother, Triple H, and Paul Heyman.
  • Fightful reported that Rousey is scheduled to undergo surgery on her hand on Tuesday.
  • Inside the Ropes announced that The Undertaker won’t be able to participate in the Q&A portion of their Rise of the Taker tour shows. Undertaker will still be taking part in meet and greets, with Mick Foley doing the Q&A and talking about Undertaker and their feud. The Rise of the Taker show that was scheduled to take place in Manchester, England on May 2 has also been moved to April 29.
  • WWE stock closed the week at $96.10 per share yesterday, which was up 1.09 percent on the day.
  • Sasha Banks posted a picture on Instagram of her and Bayley with Peyton Royce and Billie Kay after The IIconics won the titles at WrestleMania. Banks captioned it with a heart and “#womenswrestling”
  • Becky Lynch tweeted that she wants to have a match with Banks: “.@SashaBanksWWE, fight me.”
  • Mauro Ranallo wrote that Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole from NXT TakeOver: New York is the best pro wrestling match he’s ever called.
  • Beth Phoenix showed her support for Nia Jax after Jax worked through WrestleMania while needing surgery to repair both of her ACLs: “Hey @NiaJaxWWE ...wishing you all the best on your knee surgeries and recovery. Working through one injury let alone two for so long is one of the toughest things a superstar can do. Much respect. Heal up soon. We’ll all be waiting…”
  • Humberto Carrillo and his girlfriend Tania Ramirez got engaged in New York City over WrestleMania week.
  • WWE is listing Sami Zayn as a free agent heading into the Superstar Shakeup. Zayn was on the Raw roster before returning from injury.

Pro Wrestling

  • The Briscoes cut a promo on Guerrillas of Destiny, challenging them to an ROH Tag Team title match and referencing Tama Tonga tweeting about ROH booking after the Enzo and Cass angle at G1 Supercard. Jay Briscoe called NJPW’s World Tag League the most boring tournament he’s ever seen. Tama Tonga cut a promo responding The Briscoes and saying they were lucky to even be in the match at G1 Supercard. Guerrillas of Destiny hold both the IWGP and ROH Tag Team titles after defeating The Briscoes, PCO & Brody King, and SANADA & EVIL at Madison Square Garden.
  • Hulk Hogan tweeted about the Randy Savage & Ms. Elizabeth episode of Viceland’s "Dark Side of the Ring" (which included his ex-wife Linda Hogan): “Just watched VICE the dark side of Macho Man 5 out of 10 ,really good but relied too much on a couple of pictures someone had and believed stories that were half truths and some that were just wrong,what a shame they didn’t check all sources HH”
  • The Twitter account for “Dark Side of the Ring” then responded to Hogan: “Thanks for watching. We reached out to you to participate in this but you declined. We would've love to have your POV for this story. Hope we can get you on the next one.”
  • PAC tweeted that he’s chosen Dragon Kid as his opponent for Dragon Gate’s Dead or Alive show in Nagoya on May 6.


  • The UFC released the final episode of Embedded for tonight’s PPV.
  • Dana White expressed confidence in ESPN ahead of tonight being the first show in their PPV deal with ESPN+: “I’ve been doing pay-per-views for 20 years, so there’s no nerves whatsoever. I know on the ESPN side, this is their first one, the reality is, ESPN is so goddamn good at what they do they should have been doing pay-per-views 10-15 years ago. I mean these guys are the best in sports, I’m sure there’s going to have their little bumps and hiccups, it happens when you’re doing something new.”
  • Former Lucha Underground wrestler Sexy Star won her MMA debut for Combate Americas last night, defeating Mariana Ruiz by unanimous decision.

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