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WON Preview: March 19, 2018: The 2017 Observer Newsletter Awards 

March 19, 2018 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2017 Observer Newsletter Awards 

One of the biggest issues of the year is out this week: The 2017 Observer Awards in the following categories, with not just the top place winners in every category but also a list of every award winner in the categories dating back to 1980:

  • Lou Thesz/Ric Flair Award for Wrestler of the Year
  • Most Outstanding Wrestler
  • Most Outstanding MMA fighter
  • Tag Team of the Year
  • Best on Interviews
  • Promotion of the Year
  • Best Weekly TV show
  • Pro Wrestling Match of the Year
  • MMA Fight of the Year
  • Best Box Office Draw
  • Feud of the Year
  • Most Improved
  • Most Charismatic
  • Bryan Danielson Award/Best Technical Wrestler
  • Bruiser Brody Award/Best Brawler
  • Best Flyer
  • Most Overrated
  • Most Underrated
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Best Non-Wrestler
  • Best TV announcer
  • Worst TV announcer
  • Best major event
  • Worst major event
  • Best move
  • Most Disgusting Promotional tactic
  • Worst Promotion
  • Best Booker
  • Promoter of the Year
  • Best Gimmick
  • Worst Gimmick
  • Best Book
  • Best Documentary

A WrestleMania update with this past week’s changes to the card, the most complete lineup, thoughts surrounding the use of the Moolah name in the women's Battle Royal, how things evolved on the card, changes in recent weeks, more on the Reigns vs. Lesnar plans, and more on the year's biggest show.

Also, full review of Fast Lane, with match-by-match coverage, star ratings and poll results.

In addition to all of this, an update on Ronda Rousey missing Raw, John Cena's next movie, Dwayne Johnson's contract for an upcoming movie, ticket sales for New Orleans, update on the NXT Takeover show, WWE injury updates, WWE cuts, WWE returns, and the most-watched shows on WWE Network. This issue provides complete rundowns on all of this past week’s WWE and NXT arena events, with highlights and business notes on every show.

Coverage continues, taking a look at New Japan plans for its next show after March, the situation with Jeff Hardy following his recent arrest and when he was scheduled to return to TV, a look at the first week of the New Japan Cup tournament and coverage of the ROH Anniversary Show. Also a preview of the NCAA Wrestling Championships, and a look at the biggest weekend of the year for pro wrestling in Germany with the 16 Carat Gold Tournament.

The issue also delivers the weekly coverage of every major show’s ratings, with 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.

Finally, this past week’s results for every major pro wrestling event around the world are covered as well.

Also in this issue:

  • A look at the first CMLL PPV show of the year this week
  • CMLL tag team tournament notes
  • A look at the go-home show before the PPV at Arena Mexico
  • One of Mexico's biggest stars talks about coming to The Crash
  • Another top Japanese star openly talks about his goal to get to WWE
  • Back story about him few know about from a dozen years ago
  • Coverage of NOAH's big show this past week
  • Update on New Japan in Long Beach
  • New Japan injuries
  • Some more talk about Okada's record title run
  • The actual most famous current pro wrestler in Japan and his real health issues that caused him to disappear
  • Why Keiji Muto says he has done his last moonsault and won't be wrestling for a long time
  • Update on Rich Swann
  • Two Hall of Famers undergo very serious operations this past week
  • A fight in a hotel room between two wrestlers that went unreported
  • Independent group getting ready for weekly TV
  • More matches over WrestleMania weekend on different shows
  • A look at the angle with Joey Ryan vs. Hangman Page
  • A big week for wrestling in Australia
  • A name to watch out for, whether it's amateur wrestling and eventually pro wrestling or MMA in several years
  • Cauliflower Alley honorees for 2018
  • Pro wrestler gets kicked off reality show because a promotion threatened the network
  • Jushin Liger comes to the U.S.
  • Wrestling promoter running for state senate
  • Updates on 5 Star Wrestling
  • A look at last week's Lucha Underground tapings
  • A look at the next month of ROH TV tapings
  • Being the Elite notes
  • Plans for Impact vs. Lucha Underground in New Orleans
  • Lots of new UFC fights including two PPV main events
  • More notes on drug test failures
  • Former UFC stars in bare knuckle boxing

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