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WON Preview (March 2, 2020): NJPW cancels show due to coronavirus, WM 36 card update

March 2, 2020 Observer Newsletter: NJPW cancels show due to coronavirus, WM 36 card update

An update on the WrestleMania card after Super Showdown with 11 currently decided upon matches and five or six others in discussion is covered in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The lead story updates how the coronavirus has affected Japanese pro wrestling as well as Japanese culture.  We talk about sports and entertainment cancellations, the shows new Japan Pro Wrestling has canceled, the prospects for this year's New Japan Cup, an update on Stardom,DDT,Dragon Gate, All Japan, NOAH and other Japanese companies on what shows are on and off.  We look at if New Japan can still save the New Japan Cup, history of New Japan Cup winners vs. G-1 winners taking the IWGP title, an a breakdown of the original tournament plans.

We look at the plans and background of the coming WrestleMania, as well as Super Showdown coverage with match-by-match coverage with star ratings.

We've got a feature on the career of Manabu Nakanishi's career and coverage of his retirement show this past week.  We look at the difference between Nakanishi and Jushin Liger, Nakanishi's amateur wrestling days, Nakanishi's shoot fighting days, Nakanishi in WCW, the Nakanishi heyday and the past decade.  We note the major surgery that nearly ended his career ad slowed him down, and some of the all-time greats comment on Nakanishi.

We also look at the major matches in the New Japan ring over the past week.

We also look at WWE television deals, WWE Network price change, XFL ratings, Samoa Joe suspension, New WWE international signing, WWE injury updates, Canadian TV ratings, Ric Flair's 71st birthday, how much Raw has fallen in four yeas, Edge's return,NXT Takeover notes, Evolve news for WrestleMania week with WWE talent, Australia tour, stock value, most-watched shows on the WWE Network as well as a look at every WWE arena event over the past week with business notes and highlights.

We've got a preview of the AEW PPV and full coverage of the UFC show in Auckland, New Zealand.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we've got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

We also have full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

We've also got in-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

We also have the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 

Also in this issue:

  • Updates from Arena Mexico's tag team tournament and next week's two tournaments
  • A look at the CMLL family tag team tournament
  • What day will have three of the biggest shows of the year from three different companies at the same time
  • A look at a match to determine Kenny Omega's opponent for the AAA Mega title
  • A look at this past week's AAA TV tapings
  • What ROH match tore down the house in Mexico
  • Coverage of All Japan big shows
  • Kenny Omega returns to Japan
  • Dave Bautista movie news
  • Will Ospreay returns to York Hall
  • Last wXw show before 16 Carat Gold
  • Next MLW taping with lots of AAA talent
  • New Japan/ROH relationship back
  • Notes on some ROH tournaments
  • This week's ROH hows
  • A look at last week's Impact shows
  • Notes on Cody promo
  • Young Bucks on leaving social media
  • Kenny Omega talks versatility
  • Being the Elite notes
  • Thoughts no UFC bantamweight title decision
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • This week's UFC show
  • Bellator rundown from last week
  • What company has the youngest TV fan base
  • All he business notes on Fury-Wilder

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