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WON Preview: UFC 196 sets records; Hayabusa; Eddie Einhorn

SUBSCRIBERS READ IT HERE:  March 21, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC 196 breaks records, New Japan Cup, WWE Road Block

We've got a major history issue of the Wrestling Observer this week, a double issue with a story on the life of Hayabusa and the story behind one of the more noted sports owners, Eddie Einhorn, and his two major forays in pro wrestling including his challenging of the wrestling establishment in the 70s, and his failed attempt to unite them in the 80s.

Our lead story goes into the records set at UFC 196, including why PPV numbers were so strong, lessons about the UFC audience, what the audience wants from big fights now, numerous records set last week, the value of stars and momentum and what comes next.   Update on what may be the end of UFC's long struggle to get legalized in New York.
 
WrestleMania update, with the entire lineup, as well as updates on WWE injuries, what happened in the Chris Jericho vs. Neville match, what was supposed to happen, and the ironies of the WWE officiating.  WWE's most underutilized talent is right now, and look at the Roadblock show with full coverage.
 
Ticket sales and gate for WrestleMania this year, and how it compares with previous company records, boxing attendance record, more people talked about for the WWE Hall of Fame this year that haven't gotten out, more on a physical Hall of Fame, more on comparisons of WWE TV revenue with that of NASCAR, Mick Foley talks Mania, Foley's new TV show, WrestleMania in Europe, notes on NXT TV taping dates, Notes on the 2017 WrestleMania, why William Regal has warned wrestlers about certain bumps, Paul Heyman signs a new distribution deal, AAA star getting tryout, the interesting career and role John Cena's grandfather played in major league baseball and college baseball, plus reports on all the WWE & NXT events over the past week and business notes on all the shows.

The struggles of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the next set of major shows, as well as the New Japan Cup finals and where everything looks to be going next.
 
Major story on the life and career of Hayabusa, looking at his childhood, becoming a wrestling fan, his start in the business, his rise to stardom, his career title history, the politics that hampered his career at different times, injuries, big show matches, story behind many of his career breaks, the heyday of FMW and its fall, as well as the various attempts to get it back going.  We also look at the end of his career, how close he came to death, his thoughts while he was paralyzed, the death of FMW, and Hayabusa's life after pro wrestling.  There is a lot about the high-flying style that he popularized and the business of Japanese pro wrestling underneath the major league promotions.
 
Results of the fan voting awards from Nikkan Sports, of Japan's major newspapers, covering the best of 2015.
 
The death of music legend Keith Emerson, and his role in two of the most iconic wrestling themes in different parts of the world.
 
Eddie Einhorn, both from his role in making college basketball a popular television sport, and his attempt in the 1970s to get into pro wrestling and ran opposition to the NWA and WWWF.  We look at the background of Pedro Martinez, his partner, including when he ran wrestling in Madison Square Garden and his famous fight with Toots Mondt.   We look at the glory days of the Buffalo/Cleveland area, what killed the NWF, how the IWA was formed, the original roster members, some big names who got their start and the stars who were with him.  Einhorn's second run in pro wrestling, trying to unite the establishment in fighting Vince McMahon in 1985, and why that didn't work.
 
The start of the IWA and its major stadium shows just outside of New York, as well as why they didn't succeed, and the post-Einhorn IWA.
 
The ratings of all the major wrestling and MMA programming from the past week, as well as results of the major arena events around the world and reviews of the key television shows.

READ IT HERE:  March 21, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC 196 breaks records, New Japan Cup, WWE Road Block 

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Check out the latest Online Wrestling Observer BACK ISSUE: February 8, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Giant Baba passes away  A look at the life and times of Giant Baba, details on the Mankind vs. Rock empty arena match at WWF Halftime Heat, plus tons of news.

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.

Also in this issue:

--CMLL's iPPV this week

--Second generation wrestling star accused of kidnapping and rape of ex-girlfriend

--More on issues in AAA

--AAA doing an iPPV shortly

--More on Octagon's issues with AAA regarding the use of his name and creation of Octagon Jr.

--Wrestle-1's big show of the month and where they are going next

--All Japan vs. Big Japan main event

--Legends coming back to All Japan next month as in May

--Another pro wrestling star signed to headline the next Rizin show who should not be fighting

--Very controversial return of a woman wrestling star in Japan

--Notes on the career of Charlie Fulton

--The Who's Who in wrestling in the 70s and 80s who Fulton faced during his career

--Fulton's greatest successes

--Why Lonnie Mayne beat up one of Fulton's most notable partners

--Fulton's role as the WWF's Iron Man in 1982

--Ed Leslie mad at Hulk Hogan

--Full coverage of the wXw 16 carat gold tournament

--Why Drew Galloway was a last minute sub

--Lots of things scheduled for WrestleMania weekend

--Preview of NCAA Division I wrestling tournament

--Notes on the movie on the life of the Great Sasuke that played in the U.S. this past week

--More on the life of Lord James Blears

--Blears coming up with the original idea for entrance music on promos

--Ed Francis talks about his longtime partner

--Oldest living wrestlers

--Movie planned on major European star

--Lucha Underground's first house show

--Notes on ROH's final show before WrestleMania weekend and Daniels & Kazarian's new move

--Updated ROH plans for WrestleMania week

--Notes on Drew Galloway winning TNA title

--What happened with Ken Anderson and TNA

--A look at TNA's return to action

--A look at UFC's weekend show

--Chael Sonnen talk about his future

--Background of press conference issue talked about by Daniel Cormier

--Another failed drug test in UFC

--Lots of new UFC fights

--Vinny Massaro names a wrestling move after Daniel Cormier

--Update on injuries from shooting on former UFC star Mikey Burnett

--Someone just debuting in pro wrestling going after MMA world title in May

--Kimbo Slice & Ken Shamrock suspension notes

--Bellator ratings for 2016

--Matt Mitrione signs with Bellator and the state of Bellator's heavyweight division

--More on ONE FC's addressing the weight issue

--Jason Miller arrested once again

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