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The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
Our lead story concerns the build to SummerSlam. We look at advertising that has already been cut for the show, what are the possibilities for Sting, the Lesnar-Undertaker angle, the booking of WWE right now, the situation with the women, plus full coverage of Battleground with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
We also look at the booking of Jushin Liger to NXT on 8/22, ticket sales for the show, plans for the NXT show, how the Liger booking affects ROH and has caused such a political turmoil. We look at the NXT card as well as the competing ROH show. We look at the Liger booking, ROH working with New Japan, ratings with New Japan stars vs. shows without New Japan stars, NXT touring, the next NXT vs. ROH head-to-head in September, the next ROH PPV show and much more.
We also have full coverage of the G-1 Climax tournament, with all of the shows planned for the next week, as well as full coverage of opening night in Sapporo with match-by-match-coverage, star ratings and poll results.
We also look at a major story concerning fighters for UFC to address which is the banning of IVs for rehydrating after weigh-ins starting October and why the story is far more significant than people realize.
We also look at a potential alliance between ESPN and WWE and the ethical debate regarding the coverage. We also look at the Hogan/Gawker lawsuit and each side's case, an update on the Dr. Christopher Amann lawsuit against C.M. Punk and Colt Cabana, an update on Dolph Ziggler and what he claims is his contract status, Undertaker working more than just SummerSlam, Stephanie McMahon talks gay characterizations in future WWE creative as well as a look back from former creative members regarding different suggestions on gay characterizations in the past. We look at more WWE banned terms and how some were changed and why. We also look at how the characters are being described for Camp WWE, which is really hilarious.
We've also got notes on Chris Jericho working more house shows, Tough Enough notes, John Cena in the movies, how the WWE Network free month has changed, as well as what to look for over the next week in WWE stock.
We also have full coverage of the next month of NXT TV tapings, as well as coverage of all the WWE and NXT house shows this past week and business notes from the shows.
We also have notes on TripleMania being on U.S. PPV for the first time on 8/9, including price point, why it's happening now, and its history as well as broadcast information.
We also have coverage of both UFC events held over the past week, with the Mir vs. Duffee and Bisping vs. Leites shows. We've got business notes and stories behind both events.
We also have notes on the third season of New Japan World on AXS, including highlights of the new season, all the matches airing from 8/14 to 12/11 including when the Wrestle Kingdom 9 matches will air, as well as notes on the schedule for 2016.
We also look at Dragon Gate's Kobe World Festival show and CMLL's Sin Salida show, which were two of those two company's biggest events of the year.
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We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--62nd anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Puebla.
--What pro wrestling star appeared in the Latin American version of ESPN The Body magazine
--Notes on All Japan's next title bouts
--Pro Wrestling NOAH stars jr. tournament
--A look at a near riot at a pro wrestling show in Japan with details on it
--Lots of New Japan business talk
--Changes being made by New Japan
--How New Japan continues to try and copy WWE
--Who New Japan considers its business partners
--Plans for all three New Japan Sumo Hall shows in August, as well as the annual King of Pro Wrestling show
--Notes on the first major New Japan shows after G-1
--Big Japan runs its biggest event of the year
--Notes on the death of wrestling historian Fred Hornby
--Coverage of Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show
--Notes on the GFW TV tapings this week
--Notes on GFW going to the U.K.
--Notes on PWG this week
--Wrestling stars in TV movie roles
--The retirement of Serena Deeb and her farewell as well as career highlights
--What TV show did a major promotion get invited to be on and why did they decide against it
--Why did ROH send a cease and desist latter to GFW
--A look at the ROH show in Las Vegas this past week as well as a possible future direction of Austin Aries
--Notes on the next ROH TV tapings and schedule
--Update on Kurt Angle's condition
--Story behind MVP leaving TNA and all BDC footage being taken down due to legal issues with Lucha Underground
--How it all went down
--How TNA is changing its contracts
--Notes on TNA's Bound for Glory PPV
--Notes on TNA production
--Why the Stitch Duran story is such a big deal
--Duran runs through what happened
--UFC 189 PPV notes
--Thoughts on UFC 190 on PPV and wide variety of estimates
--A look at plans for UFC to run AT&T Stadium in Dallas
--Why UFC won't run a Friday night PPV
--How Pacquiao did when he headlined Texas Stadium
--Potential matches for later this year
--A look at the fourth quarter for UFC this year
--Notes on Ronda Rousey winning ESPY awards
--More on Rousey and Mayweather and story behind the diss
--UFC 191 matches
--UFC 192 main event
--More on Fedor in UFC
--Aldo threatens to sue Chael Sonnen
--Another drug test failure
--Mike Swick retires
--Cerrone accuses Dos Anjos of PEDs
--Coverage of this past week's Bellator show and who to watch for from the show
--Tito Ortiz talks his future
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
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