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WON Preview (May 27, 2019): Death of Ashley Massaro, Double or Nothing preview

May 27, 2019 Observer Newsletter: Death of Ashley Massaro, Double or Nothing preview

A story on Ashley Massaro, the ramifications of her death, mental illness in pro wrestling and the legal fight she was in, the horrible story about Kuwait are all part of an extensive lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Look at her career before wrestling, life after wrestling, rundown the physical toll of pro wrestling, winning Diva Search, comments from those who knew her, her thoughts on a comeback, the concussion lawsuit and all the different questions her career as a swimsuit contest winner being rushed into pro wrestling matches because she got so popular so quickly raise.

Read lots of comments from the WWE side, as well as correspondence from her, and much more.

Also look at the one debut of a promotion show in history that can compare with AEW's Double or Nothing, look at the difference between this show and All In, the different fights the promotion has to face, and a detailed rundown of why Pac isn't on the show, his status with the company, what the company wants out of its PPV shows, where a number of suggested surprise wrestlers are booked on that night, and why putting on the best shows is not the complete or even close to the key factor in a wrestling war.

Also look at the changes in television wrestling in the U.K. in 2020, and what this may mean when it comes to WWE and AEW in that market as far as exposure, and whether that is or isn't a big issue.

Read the update on the condition of Ric Flair.

This issue has complete coverage of Money in the Bank, the story behind how the main event went down, who knew what, why Dolph Ziggler was brought back, looking at Lesnar's win, looking at Bayley's win, looking at the Saudi Arabia show as well as match-by-match rundowns with star rating and poll results.

Also look at the business of A.J. Styles, how the 24/7 championship came to be, lots of WWE injury updates and surgery notes, WWE star gets national TV ad in another country, WWE wrestler in talks to do MMA, as well as the most-watched shows on the WWE Network, as well as a look at all the weekend house shows with results, highlights and business notes.

Also read the update on the second week of the Best of the Super Juniors and look at next week.

Read complete coverage of the UFC show in Rochester, NY.

Run down the ratings of all the major TV shows, along with detailed demo info for the WWE shows.

As always, this issue contains the results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


Also in this issue:

  • CMLL plans a major show for next week
  • CMLL's new TV deal
  • A look at last week's big Arena Mexico show as well as next week's show
  • AAA Verano de Escandalo lineup featuring a major tag team title match
  • Blue Demon Jr. gets national TV commercial
  • Marisela Pena in major Forbes list
  • Rundown of the two AAA TV tapings this past weekend
  • Update on the King of Gate tournament
  • Rundown of All Japan's latest major show
  • Tons of updates on New Japan business
  • Who is becoming a big merch seller
  • G-1 ticket news
  • Dominion ticket news
  • Other major New Japan ticket news
  • New Japan World breaks record
  • New Stardom champion
  • More on the death of Silver King
  • Plans for Starrcast
  • Very ambitious indie show plan for next year's Mania weekend
  • 2019 Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend news and new inductees
  • New ROH lineups
  • Impact contract notes
  • Pursuit TV mess up
  • Another promotion doing drug testing
  • More AEW philosophies
  • BTE coverage
  • Rachael Ostovich's husband sentenced for beating
  • Lots of new UFC fights
  • UFC's Emmy nominated series put on YouTube
  • ESPN doing a documentary on UFC star
  • Nevada changes some suspensions
  • A look at the business of DAZN
  • Japanese TV ratings draw fighting in Madison Square Garden
  • Notes on Sage Northcutt's ONE debut
  • Former Japanese MMA top draw set for ONE debut

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