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F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Roman Reigns announces his leukemia is in remission

"When I made my announcement, I said that I was going to swing for the fences. We did better than that, y'all. We didn't just swing for the fences, we hit a home run."

The entire professional wrestling world breathed the sigh of relief they've been waiting four months for as Roman Reigns announced last Monday that his leukemia is in remission.

Reigns shared the positive update while appearing on WWE television for the first time since revealing his battle with leukemia, which had returned 11 years after he was first diagnosed with the disease.

WON NEWSLETTER: March 4, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Roman Reigns returns to WWE after leukemia remission

The return of Roman Reigns and information on leukemia and how some athletes have returned quickly while having it is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 

This issue is back to the usual format with a news filled issue, including comparisons of Georges St-Pierre to the other all-time greats in MMA, as well as details regarding the comings and goings in WWE including Bruce Prichard, TJP, Tye Dillinger, Arn Anderson and others.

Look at the background of the hiring of Prichard and departure of Anderson, Prichard's past roles in WWE, how long Prichard is committed to doing live events with Conrad Thompson, and what this hire says about Vince McMahon.

Also look at plans for 2020 WrestleMania, 2019 Fan Axxess, Hardy's contract, WWE injury updates, XFL notes, how AAF negotiated with WWE to buy XFL name, how that led to Vince doing the XFL, and football on WWE Network. Also look at how the AAF is doing.

Also look at "Fighting with my Family," WWE star running for mayor has a major hurdle based on his past, Ric Flair's real birthday party, Flair and Hogan history, Nikki Bella wins award, and new WWE signees.

Read notes from all the WWE and NXT events at arenas this past week, with results, highlights and business notes.

Have a look at the Matt Hughes situation, with what he's alleged to have done, his response, and what others have said about him as well as his life post-accident.

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  • BJ Penn will have at least one more fight in the UFC, with him set to face Clay Guida at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 11.
  • Ariel Helwani tweeted an update on Robert Whittaker: “A little less than a month after his medical scare, I’m told UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker is feeling a lot better and improving every day. A summer return (late) is definitely a possibility if recovery goes as planned.”
  • During an appearance on the MMA Hour, Ben Askren spoke about his relationship with Dana White: “Dana’s disdain for me is just so clear and evident. It’s so hilarious, because he keeps saying, ‘No, I like you, Ben. I don’t dislike you.’ But then literally every action, every body language tells a totally different story, that he is like somehow repulsed by me. He hasn’t liked me forever. He didn’t like me in 2013 when they refused to sign me; he doesn’t like me now. I have offered to sit down with the guy multiple times to be reasonable, like two adults should do. He’s not taken me up one time. I genuinely don’t know what his problem with me is.”
  • Junior dos Santos thinks it would be ridiculous if Brock Lesnar gets a title shot against Daniel Cormier already: “This thing where Daniel Cormier wants to fight Brock Lesnar; I know he wants to make money, but it doesn’t make any sense. The only one who wants to see that fight or make that fight is him. Nobody else wants to see that. Of course Brock Lesnar he’s a very polemic guy so people like to watch him and they pay to watch him, that’s why he wants to fight him. But man, that would be ridiculous to have him back in the sport and have him fighting for the title already. It would be kind of disrespect to all of us in the sport and even with the organization. I don’t think that’s the thing to make, but whatever. Politics are politics.”
  • Derrick Lewis said he can’t retire without facing Francis Ngannou again.

Daily Pro Wrestling History: Vader wins AJPW Triple Crown

Ed in San Antonio presents the WRESTLEMANIAWeekend Events (more to be added):

  • Sunday, April 6th, at 12:00 pm: Lunch (all you can eat) at Churrascaria Plataforma ($90 per person), located at 316 W. 49th street in Manhattan. Purchase tickets here~!
  • Luxury Bus to MetLife Stadium for Wrestlemania: We will depart from the Hilton Midtown (site of Wrestlecon) located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas. Departure time is 4:00 pm and will return from MetLife approximately 30 mins after the event. Times are subject to change, and cost $67.00 per person for the round trip. Purchase tickets here~!