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Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: June 20, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC 199/NXT Takeover reviews, UFC ownership bidding ending soon, more

This week's Observer has a major story on the gamble of Brock Lesnar in UFC 200, the most in-depth look at the Ariel Helwani situation that you'll find anywhere, full coverage of NXT Takeover, UFC 199, WWE Money in the Bank, and the details of TNA's struggle to stay alive, its PPV and its future. There's also a breakdown on the WWE cruiserweight classic, and monthly WWE and TNA business figures.

Take a look at Michael Bisping's unlikely title win, all the ramifications of the Lesnar deal, what it shows about WWE, a look back at the last time WWE risked one of their stars against an outsider without scripting, how Ariel Helwani got to be a star reporter and how that played into what happened last week, and what aspects of the story that are really more important that haven't been covered or have been overlooked, all covered in this week's issue.

WWE looks at the possibility of adding PPV shows and the good and bad of that decision-making, and some economics of that decision. 

A key WWE musician passes away, more on what Ali learned from pro wrestling, Bryan Danielson attends WWE event, Bobby Roode's debut, notes on SummerSlam, new WWE executive hire, new WWE announcer, WWE looking for new members of creative, who is expected to return shortly, another animated WWE movie, update on Paul Heyman plus a full rundown on all the WWE & NXT live events this past week and business notes on the shows, in this edition.

Take a look at the background of the NXT Takeover show, the debut of Andrade Cien Almas and what did and didn't work, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

For UFC 199, we look at the state of the middleweight title, how everything lines up, whom Michael Bisping wants next, as well as match-by-match coverage along with pay records for those on the show.

Finally, read how TNA saved its recent TV tapings and PPV, why they were close to not happening, where money came from, and what to look out for in the future. Plus, check out Slammiversary with match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

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Also in this issue:

  • First details of an international pro wrestling tournament that starts this coming week and who thus far is involved including some surprises
  • Update on Dragon Lee's knee injury
  • A Royal Rumble style match to determine who gets in the tournament
  • Both the CMLL and Elite big shows of the week from Arena Mexico
  • A show originally set for PPV that wont' be on it
  • Major show canceled and what it stays about organization
  • King of Gate tournament final notes
  • The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show report
  • New Japan gets more international TV coverage
  • AXS TV lineup for the next few weeks
  • When the participants in the G-1 Climax tournament will be announced
  • Notes on early ticket sales for G-1
  • More notes on the Dominion show
  • When the next English language broadcast will be on New Japan World
  • The most famous match of the last 50 years in Japan, from 1976, aired this past week
  • Kenta Kobashi's recent show using talent from a number of companies
  • The finish at the famed Thrilla in Manila with Ali vs. Frazier III
  • Evolve runs a major angle with TNA stars and how it went down
  • Gabe Sapolsky talks Matt Riddle's quick ascension
  • Kurt Angle returns to face Zack Sabre Jr.
  • Will Ospreay returns to the U.K. after winning Best of the Super Juniors
  • Update on Adam Rose
  • Jim Ross to produce a documentary on pro wrestling on TBS
  • Jesse Ventura's lawsuit verdict overturned
  • A movie being planned with a top director on pro wrestling
  • Former WCW stars open a restaurant
  • NFL player does indie angle
  • Former WWE star on TV show that opens this week
  • A new movie out on wrestling in Mexico
  • Update on legal situation involving Teddy Hart
  • Notes on fourth generation pro wrestlers
  • The Junior Hodge Award winner and records he's set
  • Update on Damien Sandow
  • Oldest tag team match
  • Main matches at Ultimate Lucha 3
  • A look at the key angles building Ultima Lucha 3 and when it tapes
  • Lots of new WWE signees
  • Lots of matches at the next ROH TV tapings including debut of New Japan star
  • A look at the weekend ROH shows
  • A look at all the TNA TV tapings from the past week and details on Destination X
  • Official business numbers for the last show in Las Vegas
  • More on the backstage incident with Nate Diaz and Clay Guida
  • Brock Lesnar and drug testing
  • Highest paid fighters
  • Marc Ratner to boxing Hall of Fame
  • Fedor talks UFC
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Teddy Hart talks his fight with C.M. Punk from years ago
  • More on Kimbo Slice and a promoter who thought he'd never draw money
  • A look at this week's Bellator show

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