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WON Preview (March 30, 2020): WrestleMania continues to change


March 30, 2020 Observer Newsletter: WrestleMania continues to change

An update on pro wrestling around the world, where almost everything is canceled, update on WrestleMania, and how every company is handling the situation is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

We look at why WWE had to tape WrestleMania in advance, update on the card, update on the changes, some of the early changes, what matches were changed from last week and why, many different matches that were talked about as recently as a week ago, PPV price, NXT big matches and the NXT UK next major show.

We also look behind the massive stock sale of Vince McMahon, the questions regarding why he would do it, how much of the company he still owns, the television deal with ESPN, and how it compares with airing of big fights from the UFC and boxing on ESPN this week.  We also look at the latest WWE Network free offer and what it entails, how long AEW will be going without fans at shows, why the original plans for last week had to be scrapped, who is iced for now from appearing on AEW TV, how hard it has been to put shows together ad new dates.

We also look at Dana White's comments regarding UFC 249, what he said about testing and what the doctors have said about doing shows right now.  We also look at White's plans to make up for missed shows, Impact canceling its PPV, the Japanese sports scene, the Governor of Tokyo talks shutting down the city, the difference in stats between Tokyo and New York, and what Korakuen Hall management has decided.

We also look at the shows in Japan this past week and decisions made by companies for this coming week.  We look in particular at how New Japan is handling this as compared with other companies.  We look at problems for Americans getting to Japan, when the next possible New Japan show is and what content New Japan has been producing.

We also look at the arrest of Jon Jones this pat week, details of the arrest and a look back at Jones' arrests and drug test failures.

We also look at the best of the 10s, who were the Best of the Decade as far as the Thesz/Flair Award, MMA Most Valuable, Most Outstanding Wrestler of Fighter, Biggest Box Office Draw, Best Tag Team, Best on Interviews, Most Charismatic, Best Technical, Best Brawler, Best Flyer, Best Promotion, Who had the best matches over the past decade, Best Non-Wrestler and Best Television announcer.

Daniel Bryan also talks his future after his current contract expires, WWE stars make marketing donations, WWE renews major TV deal, U.K. ratings for WWE and AEW, how WWE contract work and how that pressures some wrestlers into signing new deals, behind what Braun Strowman said that caused so much controversy, key exec stock sales, Arn Anderson on what Vince McMahon wanted said about Sting, new WWE movie coming to Netflix, Injury updates, and most-watched shows of the past week on the WWE Network.

We also have a feature on the death of Branko Cikatic, the first K-1 champion and a pioneer on major MMA shows in Japan.  We look at his gigantic career, what star was made in Japan by beating him, the first K-1 World Grand Prix and early Pride shows.

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:

  • CMLL still plans to do its big show as soon as possible
  • The teams scheduled for the Mexican national women's tag team tournament
  • How CMLL talent gets paid
  • Attempts to keep one arena open
  • A new tag team coming to CMLL remaking a top California team of the late 70s
  • Coverage of All Japan's big show this past week
  • Kota Ibushi talks about his goals for the IWGP tag team title
  • Stardom Cinderella tournament
  • Why top AEW star wasn't in the tournament as planned
  • Stardom TV time slot upgrade
  • DDT's Korakuen Hall show notes
  • DDT plansparking lot show this week
  • Big Japan's tournament bracketing
  • More notes on a settled Hulk Hogan lawsuit
  • Update on Ricky Morton
  • More thoughts on the Viceland piece on Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrero
  • Notes on Teddy Hart's arrest
  • Movie on life of one of the biggest wrestling legends of the last 50 years completed
  • Wrestlers who competed in seven different decades
  • How the coronavirus affects wrestling on Quebec television
  • The first TV studio wrestling show in the U.S.
  • Wrestling peaks in different parts of the country
  • Huge event in U.K. canceled
  • New feature on MLW television
  • Notes on Impact TV special this week
  • Why the contract with TNT is even more important than expected
  • What kind of business was AEW expecting for the Newark show
  • Conor McGregor donation
  • Daniel Cormier wants one more fight
  • Lots of UFC fighters cut this week
  • Leon Edwards talks what UFC wanted him to do to fight last week
  • Scott Coker planning for a big show very soon
  • MMA champion wedding canceled due to coronavirus

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