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WON Preview (April 22, 2019): WWE Superstar shake up results

April 22, 2019 Observer Newsletter: WWE Superstar shake up results

A rundown of the fallout of the Superstar Shakeup leads off this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 

Go through the moves, the names, the direction, what it says about 205 Live, those coming and going, key people not brought up, couples and read a depth chart of the new rosters.

Look at the situation with Undertaker, the U.K. talk show situation and what happened, how did it happen, update on Sasha Banks situation, update on Money in the Bank PPV, update on Luke Harper, Alexander Wolfe, WWE's relationship with Stardom, WWE injury updates, the folding of AAF and how this affects the XFL, FOX Friday night programming, Smackdown to FOX notes, agents for the Takeover matches, new WWE announcer, WWE name changes, the most-watched shows on the WWE Network and weekend live arena show notes.

Also look at UFC 236, with match-by-match coverage, poll result and business notes.

Examine the Viceland documentary and the situation that led to the Montreal screwjob, including claims by Jim Cornette and Vince Russo about being the architects, from the background, why it happened, what was and wasn't said, legal letters sent back-and-forth beforehand, and certain realities that the documentary never got into.

Also look at the career of Rich Franklin as he goes into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Read a feature on the legacy wing inductees in the WWE Hall of Fame, including major write-ups on Jim Barnett and Primo Carnera, as well as Hisashi Shinma's role in Japanese wrestling booking history and why Joseph Cohen was named and his connection with WWF in the 70s and 80s.

Run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows.

As always, read the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

Also in this issue:

  • A look at the first week of CMLL's Parejas Increibles tournament
  • What major CMLL star will be gone for a few months
  • A look at this week's tournament teams
  • Major future power couple in Mexico
  • Mexico TV ratings
  • New Mexican television show featuring multi-promotional tournaments including U.S. stars
  • Next AAA tapings
  • Notes on Crash's big show and why the crowd was down
  • Next Crash show notes
  • Rundown of All Japan's Champion Carnival tournament
  • Rundown of Global tournament
  • More on New Japan in Australia
  • New Japan big show lineup for this week
  • 27 year veteran to retire this week
  • The Stardom draft
  • Nostalgia shows in Japan
  • New movie projects talked about for Dave Bautista and John Cena
  • One of the biggest stars in several promotions not allowed in U.S. due to visa issues
  • A look at the career of Rocky Johnson and a unique angle he did in Tennessee
  • Update on Colt Cabana/C.M.Punk lawsuit story
  • Drug arrests in Micro Championship Wrestling
  • A look at AAW's weekend show
  • Documentary on Adrian Street to be released soon
  • Notes from the ROH War of the World's show
  • A look at the next month of ROH television
  • How the Enzo & Cass angle was supposed to go, what went wrong and what's next
  • ROH weekend news and business
  • Star Impact has had interest in signing
  • Impact bring back former star
  • Impact doing a promotional partnership with WWE performer
  • More on AEW signing of Cima
  • Notes on two more AEW shows
  • Several new AEW matches and newcomers
  • A look at this week's Being the Elite
  • AEW feature Olympic medalist
  • UFC press conference notes and Dana White talks the future
  • More on T.J. Dillashaw failing drug test
  • This week's UFC show
  • Next week's UFC vs. Bellator head-to-head confrontation
  • Another UFC drug suspension
  • Sexy Star's MMA debut
  • Former WWE champion talks late this year for an MMA return

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