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WON Preview: Shinsuke Nakamura, WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling

An update on Shinsuke Nakamura, WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.  We look at his departure, his not losing the IC title in the ring, the decision making surrounding it, Nakamura's final matches in Japan and his start in the U.S., New Japan's next two PPV shows, and the future of the IC title.

We also look at Nick Diaz's updated suspension, Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler, and the welterweight division title situation.  We also look at UFC 197 through 200 with talk about what is next for Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, MMA in New York, what huge publicity coup UFC had that fell apart, is UFC too confident about high ticket prices, and a number of future main events.

We have a lot of WrestleMania updates, including what is on the books and other key matches.  We've got more on John Cena's surgery, updates on a number of WWE injuries, a look at the first Smackdown on USA, more on brain injuries to fighters and wrestlers, Notes on the next NXT tapings, new WWE camps, double standards, Linda McMahon update, NXT weekend, and football background of two NXT stars.

We also have rundowns of all the WWE & NXT house shows over the weekend and business notes/

We also update the Royal Rumble show.

We've got a feature on Sting and his career, from growing up, through Memphis, though WCW and TNA and his final run in WWE.  We look at how he got started, his first break, the Ric Flair match that made him a star, when he was originally to win the NWA title and why it was delayed, what happened when he was champion, the Hogan vs. Sting match that was a disaster, how he ended up in TNA, and more.

We also look at plans for C.M. Punk's debut, as well as full coverage of TNA's tapings and PPV, including contract issues, the Matt Hardy situation and what is the short-term future for television.

We also look at Yoel Romero and his potential test failure and how this changes the middleweight division.  We look at Romero's background, as well as reaction from fighters to his test.

We also update the future of the AAA Mega championship and the current plans for Guerra de Titanes, the first major show of 2016 in AAA.

The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: January 18, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: NJPW strips Nakamura, Sting to HOF

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The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.

We've also got the weekly coverage of all the ratings of the major shows, results from the major league events held around the world, and the major TV show rundowns.

Also in this issue:

--A bomb threat before one of last week's major shows

--Two major stars meet for the first time in a singles match this week

--Return of Canek to Arena Mexico

--CMLL reaction to La Sombra in WWE

--Update on AAA TV in the U.S.

--AAA business notes

--The link of two of the biggest wrestling families of all-time

--Chris Masters talks his time in AAA

--Keiji Muto wrestles and teams with Akebono

--Suwama vacates Triple Crown due to injury and what is next

--Changes in All Japan management

--All Japan and Big Japan announce working agreement

--NOAH opens 2016 and build to the first big show

--Update on New Japan contracts

--Tanahashi vs. Okada update

--Controversy around the return of Yoshiko

--One of A.J. Styles' last U.S. indie matches

--Styles' big matches this week in Europe

--Notes on PWG

--Notes on the death of Wolfman Willie Farkus

--GFW's second U.K. tour

--Update on Nikita Koloff

--Crockett nostalgia show

--WWC's first big show of the year

--Grandson of Carolinas legend in college football championship game

--Update on Lucha Underground's television situation

--Notes on the second Ultima Lucha

--Notes from the weekend Lucha Underground tapings and new direction

--Notes on all the new talent at Lucha Underground

--Notes on the next month of ROH television

--Notes on the next ROH PPV lineup

--Notes on ROH contracts

--Update on Matt Taven knee injury

--Lots of new ROH main events

--Notes on TNA contracts

--Notes on TNA U.K. shows

--Vince Russo talks his TNA stay and departure and lots of never before backstage notes about what really happened

--Notes on a TNA newcomer and why it's emblematic of behind the times decision making

--Notes on the next month of TNA television

--Dana White on Georges St-Pierre

--Notes on UFC's show this week

--Thoughts on Cruz vs. Dillashaw

--New UFC European shows

--B.J. Penn potential return

--UFC fines three fighters for dress code violations

--Update on Ronda Rousey's acting

--Jose Aldo talks about his future and what he won't do

--New UFC fighters

--Royce Gracie tax issues

--One FC bungles part of its new policy already

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