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WON NEWSLETTER: May 18, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Becky Lynch pregnant, UFC 249 controversies, more

A new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is out with a wider variety of news stories than any issue we've done in a long time. 

From a perspective among leading sports doctors about opening up, to Becky Lynch's pregnancy and what the plans for her that won't happen were scheduled to be, to Money in the Bank coverage, Roman Reigns risk factors, New Japan talks its future, AEW profitability, Oliver Luck's lawsuit against Vince McMahon and Georges St-Pierre in the Hall of Fame, it's all covered here.

The issue covers in detail:

Becky Lynch's pregnancy, her comments on it, timing, what were the booking plans for her and how Money in the Bank changed, a look back at how Lynch got over when she wasn't supposed to and the time frame where Lynch became the chosen one, while at the same time the crowd was mad, not realizing any of this.

Ronaldo Jacare Souza's positive test for COVID, UFC handling the situation, and the key components of the story that have not been covered well elsewhere. 

How UFC didn't abide by its own policies, what UFC did learn, and what fighters and reporters signed to get in the door to the show.

Facts of the Coronavirus and on combat sports from three doctors who have extensive experience with combat sports.

Harold Meij talking about New Japan Pro Wrestling, why it made the choices it did not to turn, as well as its plans when it can run and the stages it will go through, why the company has been able to remain solvent while not running live events.

Complete coverage of UFC 249 and WWE Money in the Bank, including match-by-match coverage and poll results on both shows.

Behind the scenes notes on  both shows, including UFC business, and interest level in WWE.

The arrest of Alberto Rodriguez, the former Alberto Del Rio, for sexual assault, the harrowing description of what happened and more.

Roman Reigns sitting it out including what he said and his risk factors.

Updated plans for SummerSlam and where Vince is coming from, plans for the next Takeover, WWE book on best sellers list, The softening of the brand split, update on Rey Mysterio, Rachael Ellering release info, NBA star says he's going to WWE, Undertaker documentary notes, the story of how two different planned WrestleMania main events in 2011 fell through, Sting update, Canadian TV ratings, One of the best college wrestlers mentions going into pro wrestling, Raw DVR numbers, WWE market value and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network.

Smackdown's renewal and what it means.

Feature on the career of Georges St-Pierre and his records and his legacy, as he gets inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Oliver Luck lawsuit against Vince McMahon, including details of his contract, Vince's attempts and arguments to get out of paying him on that contract and arguments both sides are making.

AEW's Double or Nothing plans as well as the return of some of the company's biggest stars.

AEW's profitability in April, the cost of production and cost savings, Mike Tyson, the casino ladder match and more.

May 13 UFC show.

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

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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Other Wrestling

  • Stardom announced today that Arisa Hoshiki, who was their Wonder of Stardom champion, would be retiring due to head and neck injuries. Hoshiki, 24, has returned the championship to Stardom and will not be returning when Stardom resumes shows. She started wrestling for the promotion in 2011, but left the following year to pursue boxing and music. She returned in 2018. Stardom’s English Twitter account later shared a message from Hoshiki which explained why she chose to retire.
  • Martha Hart responded to the statement that WWE outside counsel Jerry McDevitt issued to CBS Sports: “In response to Jerry McDevitt's recent comments I want to make it very clear, if there was one person on this planet who wanted to get to the bottom of what happened to my husband Owen it was me! The defense on the other hand was doing everything in their power to muddy the waters (as they try to continue to do) in an effort to detract from the case because they didn't have one. I read every single affidavit taken, sat through endless face-to-face depositions, and spent over a year of my life dissecting every solitary fact of this case. To insinuate for one second that I of all people did not care about the truth behind Owen's death, but instead was more interested in a ridiculous vendetta against the wrestling business, is beyond the pale. Jerry McDevitt's comments are absolutely absurd, reckless, and pathetic. I am not surprised that the WWE would trot out Mr. McDevitt to do damage control. After all, the events surrounding Owen's death and the aftermath that followed are extremely disturbing and do not reflect well on their company. Not to mention that Linda McMahon was the acting CEO of the WWF (now WWE) at the time of Owen's death, which does not bode well for them either, especially given her ties to President Donald Trump and his administration. At the end of the day truth has always been my defense and for anyone who seeks it regarding this case and the events surrounding Owen's death I suggest they read my book. It is all in there.”
  • AEW, ROH, and the NWA paid tribute to Shad Gaspard.
  • MLW CEO Court Bauer tweeted today: “The deal I’ve been hinting at is done! Cannot wait to share this one with our fans, locker room and crew. It fortifies our future. Truly transformative for @MLW.”
  • Mickie James, Lisa Marie Varon and So Cal Val have launched a YouTube channel called “Grown Ass Women.”
  • Michinoku Pro are resuming shows starting on May 23.


  • Dana White has announced that the May 30 UFC event, which will be headlined by Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns, will take place at the UFC Apex training center in Las Vegas.
  • Jim Ross spoke to Ariel Helwani about attending last week’s UFC event with Tony Khan and Jon Moxley.
  • Free fights that have been added to UFC’s YouTube channel include Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva from 2014 and Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson from 2016.  
  • Roxanne Modafferi vs. Lauren Murphy is in the works for the June 20 UFC event.
  • Raquel Pennington vs. Marion Reneau is also slated for June 20.

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