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WON Preview: May 16, 2016 Wrestling Observer newsletter: Potential UFC sale, WWE releases, plus tons of news

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: May 16, 2016 Wrestling Observer newsletter: Potential UFC sale, WWE releases, plus tons of news

Our lead story updates the talks of a UFC sale, plus an updated look at how the WWE is doing as a business, a look at WWE cuts, the booking behind the ROH Global Wars PPV and how New Japan and ROH are working together even more closely than on the surface, Global Wars coverage, a look at the status of a lot of ROH talent, coverage of the UFC debut in Holland, the hidden story of just how much of the male audience has been lost by WWE, as well as what WWE can learn from the NBA, and historical bios on Billy Wicks and Kato Kung Lee.

There is also a look at the ESPN story on the potential sale of the UFC, what we know is legit, numbers being thrown around, who actually owns UFC, Dana White's reaction to the story, moves UFC has made, Dana White's long-term future if there is a sale, timing of the sale and sustaining the brand popularity.  Plus there's also a look at the various companies listed that are in talks of buying.

An update on WWE financials is in this issue, plus a look at the WWE Network numbers, what last year's patterns tell us about the numbers, the company's profits and losses, how well every division does for WWE and what is the most important for the bottom line, how well the company is doing financially compared to last year, what is projected by WWE this year for the WrestleMania quarter, update on injured wrestlers and their returns, Vince McMahon talks WWE injuries, and how much cash on hand the company has right now.

There is also a look at how WWE is going to be changing how it reports information and what information they are going to be keeping secret as compared to the past. Also, there is a look at the dichotomy between social media numbers and WWE network subscribers and what it says.

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Also in this issue:

  • Update on Dragon Lee
  • CMLL gets TV in Canada
  • Notes from this week's Elite show with the Atlantis vs. park main event
  • Wrestler coming off WWE tryout debuts in Elite
  • Update on the Lucha Libre World Cup and what looks like its new means of broadcasting into the U.S.
  • Konnan goes off on AAA
  • A look at the AAA/Lucha Underground partnership
  • A lineup of stars coming for the World Cup
  • King of Gate tournament opens
  • Pro Wrestling NOAH's next big show
  • A look at New Japan's big matches over the next five weeks including the Super Juniors tournament open
  • We also look at the major lineups for the Super Juniors tournament
  • More on the first Keiji Muto vs. Jun Akiyama match
  • Kenta Kobashi promoting a show
  • A look at the career of former AWA and WWF promoter Dennis Hilgart and the heyday of Milwaukee wrestling
  • A look at plans for an Andre the Giant feature film
  • A look back at the Andre vs. Chuck Wepner boxer vs. wrestler match
  • Notes on a new book about pro wrestling's first major national closed circuit show, headlined by Muhammad Ali vs. Antonio Inoki
  • House of Hardcore notes
  • Major indie show this weekend expected to draw big crowd
  • Former WWF star coming out of retirement
  • Radio announcer for pro wrestling who went on to be a major player in television passes away
  • Plans for Ultima Lucha 3
  • Lots more season three notes from tapings this past week including many newcomers, new characters and what looks like the situation with one of its biggest stars
  • Notes on ROH's house show with New Japan in Dearborn, MI
  • Notes on Anderson Silva's gall bladder surgery
  • Lots of notes on the UFC show this week in Brazil
  • Dana White updates on Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
  • Update on C.M. Punk in UFC
  • Vitor Belfort speaks out against UFC
  • Lots of new major UFC fights for the summer
  • Update on Paige VanZant in Dancing With The Stars
  • More on the encounter between VanZant and Ronda Rousey

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