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WON Preview: February 12, 2018: Wrestlemania plans, All Japan streaming service

February 12, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Wrestlemania plans, All Japan streaming service

An update on the road to WrestleMania, including the future prospects for Brock Lesnar, the story behind Ronda Rousey, changes this past week and what they mean for upcoming shows and the next three PPV cards being looked at is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at WWE vs. UFC for Lesnar, the contract term, the comparisons, why his leaving was a given at one point and isn't right now, changes in the Chamber match and different directions things can go. 

Read about the XFL, the weak heel side of WWE, Rey Mysterio Jr. talks WWE return, Takeover for WrestleMania card, Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament, notes on 2019 WrestleMania, changes to 205 Live, storyline stemming from a crazy real-life story, another new Dwayne Johnson project, success of Jumanji, Raw U.K. numbers, debut of Ricochet in WWE, several injury updates, 205 Live touring, advance ticket sales for shows, movie with WWE star, plus some notes on people training this past week at the Performance Center tryouts.

Read notes on all the WWE & NXT arena events over the past week, with results, highlights and business notes.

Look at All Japan's first show of the year and its Champion Carnival tournament, and streaming service.

Find out about the injury to Max Holloway and how UFC has shuffled around booking, what major match is now out the window, who is Yana Kunitskaya and why is she main eventing while having never fought in UFC, what prior ideas UFC had and notes on other major fights the company has tried to put together.

The UFC show in Belem, Brazil is reviewed with thoughts on Mario Yamasaki as referee, weight cutting, and lot of business notes on the show including the most intriguing business note of all when it comes to television and streaming.

This issue covers the debut show of 5 Star Wrestling on Freesports, looking at the matches and direction, as well as the situation with Booker T and Corey Graves as well.

As always, this week has coverage of all the ratings of the major shows, detailed notes on who is watching all the WWE shows, results from the major league events held around the world, and the major TV show rundowns, plus the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

Also in this issue:

  • Notes on the first major CMLL show of the year and who is being honored
  • We look at the main event mask vs. mask match coming up
  • Notes from Arena Mexico this past week and the three-week Parejas Increibles tournament
  • Notes from the last AAA TV taping
  • Major high flying match added for Mania weekend
  • Dragon Gate notes from Korakuen Hall show
  • NOAH's last Korakuen Hall show and direction going forward
  • Notes on the New Japan New Beginnings in Osaka
  • Thoughts on value of U.S. title
  • Notes on New Japan's two shows at Korakuen Hall this past week
  • Updated AXS new Japan TV schedule
  • New Japan wins PWI awards for the first time
  • Big Japan doing major tournament
  • Stardom announces a dream womens match
  • Unique reason why one wrestler can't perform in New Orleans over Mania weekend
  • Why another suspended wrestler can
  • The Destroyer gets major honor from Japan
  • NWA promoted new champion Nick Aldis with ideas
  • AAW weekend notes
  • One of the world's oldest promotions about to restart after an unexpected hiatus not caused by business reasons
  • U.S. stars perform before big crowd in Peru
  • Another UFC star involved with pro wrestling
  • 80s and 90s star talks retirement
  • Top matches for the next RevPro show at York Hall
  • More on the Kenny Omega vs. Cody match
  • Notes on ticket sales for the match
  • Notes on the Being the Elite show
  • Notes on ROH Honor Club streaming service ideas
  • Notes on ROH tournament matches in Japan
  • Noes on this week's ROH shows
  • Update on UFC TV negotiations
  • What this means for WWE
  • PPV vs. television and how the pendulum is swinging
  • More on Anderson Silva's positive drug test
  • UFC PPV numbers
  • C.M. Punk next fight notes
  • Tyron Woodley talks Nate Diaz fight and Dana White responds
  • Most searched for stars on the Internet of 2017 in the U.S.
  • UFC star tries to build a title fight on a pro wrestling show
  • Notes on this week's UFC PPV shows
  • Update on health issues to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker
  • A couple of drug test failure updates
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • Former UFC star looking to get into Bellator
  • Notes on next week's Bellator show

Click here for the most requested Wrestling Observer back issues.

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WON BACK ISSUE: January 22, 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Fusient Media to buy WCW, sale of UFC, more

After nearly a full year of various rumors, negotiations, and several near finalized deals, the sale of World Championship Wrestling by Time Warner to Fusient Media Ventures was officially announced on 1/11, literally hours before the announcement that the final step of the Time Warner/AOL merger had been cleared. Fusient Media Ventures, a one-year-old company headed by Brian Bedol and Stephen Greenberg, who are best known for starting up the Classic Sports Network, and then selling it to ESPN where it became ESPN Classics, for $175 million, is the parent company. 



Here we go again! It's back to New Orleans for Wrestlemania 34 and a huge weekend of spectacular professional wrestling related fun and wackiness. EdinSanAntonio Productions along with the Wrestling Observer / Figure Four Empire~! is proud to present the annual Wrestlemania weekend trip details. This huge weekend includes a number of website "members only" events. Below are the two events currently scheduled. Click here for full event details. 

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