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WON Preview: WWE 2015 Financial Report

The 2015 business of WWE is the lead in a  packed issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We go through the keys to the current business: biggest revenue streams, why the stock was down, compare with the past, the truth about television ratings, house show business, social media effect, Vince McMahon talks ratings, what ratings mean right now and in the future, network numbers, both good and bad signs regarding those numbers, why numbers declined and will go up soon and what kind of seasonal gain can be expected.
 
More Wrestlemania updates. 
 
UFC numbers, including profit margins, dividend payments to owners, revenue and value of top stars.
 
The career of Kevin Randleman, his most famous matches, comments from Bas Rutten, comments he made about first getting into fighting, plus his career as a pro and college wrestler.
 
We also have a piece looking at matches that in one night changed promotions or made superstars, and how that fits in with this past week's Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega match.  A full rundown of the New Beginnings in Osaka and New Beginning in Niigata shows, with match-by-match coverage, story behind both shows, star ratings and poll results.  We also look at the big shows coming up for New Japan.
 
Lots more about Daniel Bryan, including details on his medical issues, and a lot of things not really put into perspective, the Brie Bella retirement, the Wade Barrett situation, the Titus O'Neil suspension and fine, notes on Fast Lane, the weirdness of the Fast Lane main event as it pertains to the company's future, WWE injury updates, more on John Cena's injuries, Cesaro talks his own injury and Bryan retirement, WWE Network notes, notes on wrestlers who received tryouts last week, Jericho vs. Styles notes, WWE star opening up a wrestling themed restaurant, plus highlights of all the NXT and WWE house shows over the past week and business notes.
 
WWE's new Global Cruiserweight series concept, how the tournament will work, the schedule, the scouting of participants and more.
 
Bellator's deal with Rampage Jackson and details of how it happened.

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Also in this issue:

--Promotion changing dates of weekly shows going forward

--A look at the Mexico City major arena schedule

--Return to action of one of Mexico's most famous wrestlers

--Notes on the new English language TV show being produced for a foreign promotion

--Youngest Triple Crown winner of all-time

--All Japan Champion Carnival notes

--All Japan bringing in newcomers including son of an all-time legend

--All Japan Junior tournament final standings

--Okada being offered unprecedented deal by New Japan

--New Japan trying to strongly get behind Okada as a mainstream star

--A.J. Styles talks his two years in New Japan

--More on the death of Axl Rotten

--Update on Bret Hart after prostate cancer surgery, how he is doing and what is next for him

--A look at a crazy iPPV show featuring Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio plus Roy Jones Jr., Ken Shamrock, Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping

--A look at the company doing the show and its pro wrestling connection

--A look at the last PWG show and the next couple of shows

--Update on Classic Wrestling Revolution promotion

--Thoughts on the death of Mark Nulty

--Notes on the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet for 2016 and people being awarded

--Update on Rey Mysterio and his contract situation

--Wrestling personality on popular TV show this past week

--Notes on ROH PPV

--Behind scenes ROH story still in news

--More on injuries to TNA star who was roughed up

--Ronda Rousey talks thoughts of suicide

--Notes on Fight Pass business

--Notes on UFC signing Alistair Overeem and Aljamain Sterling

--Update on claims about UFC drug testing

--More on Wanderlei Silva suspension

--This week's UFC show

--Notes no all the card changes

--UFC drug test failure update

--Lots of new UFC fights announced

--Background of Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie

--A look back at their second fight

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