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WON Preview: Blackjack Mulligan, Balls Mahoney, Invasion Attack

READ IT HERE April 18, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Blackjack Mulligan and Balls Mahoney pass away, NJPW Invasion Attack

The career of Blackjack Mulligan, details on the death of Balls Mahoney, a full review of NJPW Invasion Attack, plus tons of news.

The life and times of Blackjack Mulligan is the lead story in this week's new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
 
The character and life of Mulligan, who became a folk hero during the building of the Mid Atlantic wrestling territory into the strongest, in terms of talent, during the late 70s. Before wrestling, his start, what local sports star got him into pro wrestling, first big career break.  The night he was stabbed, and his thoughts on it, the debut of the Blackjacks tag team, main eventing at Soldier Field, , the unique story as to why the Blackjacks WWWF tag team title reign was so short, his role in the development of Ric Flair as the area's top star, why the Flair vs. Mulligan feud worked so well, story of the program, Mulligan's attempts to run a promotion, debut of Barry Windham, famous Mulligan street fight stories and his encounters with Andre the Giant, how his two years in prison ended his in ring career.

A proposal for a national holiday honoring pro wrestling in Mexico.
 
A blueprint of how to get Roman Reigns over the hump.  The crowning of Tetsuya Naito as the new IWGP champion.  Invasion Attack, how CMLL and New Japan handled top baby faces they wanted on top that the public didn't buy and made them into major stars.  The next major NJPW shows, the direction, and full coverage of the show with match-by-match coverage and star ratings.
 
More details on the attempted class action lawsuit against WWE over royalties from the network, why the Rene Dupree lawsuit fell apart.  
 
The death of Joao Carvalho in an MMA fight over the weekend and details of what happened.
 
Update on Payback, why it may be a hot card, business notes from WrestleMania, network viewership, merchandise was sold, demographics of WWE Network subscribers and key markets they are successful and unsuccessful.
  
John Cena talking about his start in WWE, more on the recent WWE call ups, Bobby Roode in WWE, Brie Bella talks new role, more on Dr. Christopher Amann's lawsuit against C.M. Punk, group being phased out down the line, change in WWE dress code, why a wrestlers' finisher is getting a new name, update on Undertaker, European tour by WWE, Michaels talks his WrestleMania appearance, Randy Orton, concussion lawsuit, lots of WWE business notes and coverage of all the WWE arena events.
 
The death of Balls Mahoney, career highlights, the story of his gimmick and name in ECW, original concept of his character was supposed.  WWE runs and after ECW folded.

UFC's Fight Night Croatia headlined by Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell, affects on the heavyweight division, plus business and ratings.
 
Details on the signings announced this past week by WWE.
 
Ratings for all the pro wrestling and MMA shows from the past week.  We also look at what type of audience watches these shows.

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Also in this issue:

 

  • A wrestler who verbally agreed to come to one promotion and then shockingly showed up on the doorstep of another
  • A look at the big matches at Arena Mexico this past week
  • A look at the new hot trio team
  • A look at a unique tag team tournament that starts this week
  • The biggest legends of the 70s return for a main event teaming with current star in May
  • More legends coming back for the Elite promotion
  • Notes on the returns of Rey Mysterio and Brian Cage to AAA
  • The crazy situation involving Octagon and Octagon Jr. that was covered as mainstream sports news in Mexico
  • Update on La Parka after he collapsed over WrestleMania weekend in Texas
  • Mexican heels using Trump to get heat
  • Notes on the annual King of Gate tournament
  • Some of the major shows in the tournament
  • Unique gimmick match coming to Dragon Gate
  • Open of the All Japan Champion Carnival tournament
  • Wrestler changing his name to honor Hall of Famer
  • Notes on NOAH's annual tag team tournament and key shows
  • Notes on what is traditionally the biggest indie show in the U.S.
  • More on what happened with MVP and Lucha Underground
  • More notes on the two Lucha Underground title changes taped over the weekend
  • Reaction in the building
  • Update on Ricochet
  • What King Cuerno hasn't been at any of the new Lucha Underground tapings
  • Notes on Aztec Warfare three and more from season three of the season with new directions
  • Lots of notes on newcomers to Lucha Underground including Japanese stars
  • Notes on more balcony dives
  • Update on ROH business in May
  • Why TNA had to move offices
  • Where things stand right now for the promotion
  • How Dixie Carter first got control of the company
  • Another bad sign from a television standpoint
  • Lawsuit threat against TNA and why it's being ignored
  • Major changes for fighters for upcoming major Bellator and UFC shows
  • Notes on Frank Mir and Viscardi Andrade and potential drug test failures
  • Mir proclaims innocence
  • Viscardi also reacts to the news
  • More on the return of B.J. Penn and his new fight
  • UFC talks why they are booking Penn after decided against it recently
  • GSP strongly hints about returning to UFC
  • More on the matchmaking in the women's division
  • Update on this week's show
  • Demetrious Johnson talks what he'd like to see happen for him this year
  • Notes from the new season of Ultimate Fighter as well as the next season of Ultimate Fighter Latin America
  • Ken Shamrock explains drug test failure
  • Notes on big Rizin event

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