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WON Preview: May 30, 2016 Return of Seth Rollins and the WWE brand split, plus tons of news

READ IT HERE: May 30, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Return of Seth Rollins and the WWE brand split, plus tons of news

With two of the biggest news stories of the year, the WWE brand split and the UFC sale both in play, we've got a new issue of the Observer packed with news.

Our lead story looks at the brand split, with what we do know, what has and hasn't been decided and the background of how it went down. There's also more info on the UFC sale talks.  Plus there is coverage of the return of Seth Rollins, the build to Money in the Bank and have coverage of Extreme Rules, the negotiations for a Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz fight and look more at the Floyd Mayweather vs. McGregor rumors. Take an in-depth look at the departure of Cody Runnels (Rhodes) from WWE and his future prospects, plus look at his complaints regarding people in the company. All this plus a look at the New Japan Super Juniors tournament, the funding of the Hulk Hogan lawsuit, the World Cup trios tournament coming up and a feature on the last PWG show.

The lead story looks at every aspect of the brand split.  It looks at the original goals and reasons for it and what did and didn't work, plus how it'll be different this time, how the touring will work, and an examination of what talent knows and tentative plans in place.  Vince McMahon' reaction is a big part of this, and this issue explains how the deal went down, the story behind the story and other aspects to be considered. There's also a look at Smackdown going live, the affect on the fan base, the affect on TNA and why it was important to get Smackdown away from Thursday.

Another big story in this issues is Extreme Rules, the decision to make Seth Rollins a heel and current plans for Money in the Bank, and also match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

Details about what's going on with Conor McGregor, including Colin Cowherd's claim that Mayweather vs. McGregor is happening, as well as a look at the Nate Diaz negotiations last week and what McGregor has said publicly.

Finally, this issue looks at Cody Runnels leaving WWE, what he said was the reason why, and a look into those reasons, and a look at the realities of WWE business decisions and his background.

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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.

Also in this issue:

  • A new television series being filmed on the life of one of the biggest wrestling stars of the 50s, 60s and 70s
  • Elite crowns a new heavyweight and middleweight champion
  • Update on Dragon Lee and injuries
  • First match of the post-Ingobernables split in Mexico
  • Sexy Star on Konnan's podcast and her reactions to AAA including an AAA wrestler calling B.S. on them
  • Update on the 2016 King of Gate tournament
  • A look at All Japan's big show this past week and where their next series of title matches are going
  • NOAH's major show of the week
  • Will Ospreay and injuries
  • New Japan Dominion ticket sales
  • Some awesome TV shows coming to AXS on Friday nights
  • Kota Ibushi's return
  • Notes on the career of George Steele
  • More on the Jimmy Snuka competency hearing
  • A new television series being filmed on the life of one of the biggest wrestling stars of the 50s, 60s and 70s
  • Elite crowns a new heavyweight and middleweight champion
  • Update on Dragon Lee and injuries
  • First match of the post-Ingobernables split in Mexico
  • Sexy Star on Konnan's podcast and her reactions to AAA including an AAA wrestler calling B.S. on them
  • Update on the 2016 King of Gate tournament
  • A look at All Japan's big show this past week and where their next series of title matches are going
  • NOAH's major show of the week
  • Will Ospreay and injuries
  • New Japan Dominion ticket sales
  • Some awesome TV shows coming to AXS on Friday nights
  • Kota Ibushi's return
  • Notes on the career of George Steele
  • More on the Jimmy Snuka competency hearing
  • Indie promotion from Scotland doing increasing TV numbers
  • New submission promotion update and what match with pro wrestling legends did they try to put together
  • Zack Sabre Jr. update
  • Upcoming lineups for ROH shows
  • Pop TV gives TNA a public vote of confidence
  • More on the UFC sale talks
  • One of UFC's fixtures talks about his possibly leaving and the sale
  • Tito Ortiz talks about if the new owners should keep Dana White
  • Paige VanZant update and how Dancing with the Stars opened her to acting
  • More on B.J. Penn being pulled from UFC 1999
  • Notes on the letter UF
  • Indie promotion from Scotland doing increasing TV numbers
  • New submission promotion update and what match with pro wrestling legends did they try to put together
  • Zack Sabre Jr. update
  • Upcoming lineups for ROH shows
  • Pop TV gives TNA a public vote of confidence
  • More on the UFC sale talks
  • One of UFC's fixtures talks about his possibly leaving and the sale
  • Tito Ortiz talks about if the new owners should keep Dana White
  • Paige VanZant update and how Dancing with the Stars opened her to acting
  • More on B.J. Penn being pulled from UFC 1999
  • Notes on the letter UF

If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today. With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you today. 

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If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.