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WON Preview: WWE Payback, Hulk Hogan sues Gawker, tons more

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READ IT HERE: May 9, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Payback review, Hulk Hogan suing Gawker, tons more 

The claimed new era with Shane and Stephanie McMahon on Raw, fallout of Payback, lineup for Extreme Rules and current WWE situation is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. There is also a detailed story on Hulk Hogan's latest lawsuit and his claims of how the sex tape went from Bubba the Love Sponge to the National Enquirer, including details of Hogan being blackmailed by people with the tape and the FBI sting operation regarding the tape and why it didn't end there.  

Next there is a detailed look at Ryback's situation with WWE, New Japan's Dontaku show and the Super Juniors tournament, the economic value of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor to a show, and plans for a new PPV show next month.
 
The lead story updates the status of Shane McMahon, the story behind Payback and how it leads to Extreme rules, the injury to Enzo Amore, the booking that gets almost nobody over and the match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
 
As it regards the Hogan story, this issue examines all the players involved, his latest lawsuit and more details on the FBI sting operation regarding the sex tape.
 
Ryback's complaints about WWE, how things went down in his meeting with Vince McMahon, notes about WWE contracts, how wrestlers are paid in WWE and why that isn't the case anywhere else, his philosophy about everyone being paid the same and more, all in the latest Observer issue.
 
Finally, more on the Adam Rose situation, changes to the WWE Network, notes on a WWE network survey, notes on Camp WWE, how the show changed and why, notes on some WWE firings this past week, as well as new hirings, update on WrestleMania 2018, Paul Heyman reality show update, Bruno Sammartino honored, notes on contract situation with different talent, DVD plans for the next 18 months, injury updates and returns, fallout of Ric Flair TMZ as well as notes regarding his podcast and other future Flair projects, notes on the next Takeover lineup, update on Bryan Danielson, More on the cruiserweight tournament, lots of WWE business updates and a former giant Olympian talks about his WWE offer and plans of eventually going there. All this and much more in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
 

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Check out the latest Online Wrestling Observer BACK ISSUE: March 8, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF faces backlash for being risque, WCW's Renegade passes away, tons more  WWF faces backlash for being too risque, former WCW wrestler Renegade passes away, 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:

  • Notes on the 60th anniversary of wrestling at Arena Mexico
  • Notes on what may have been a new record for most shows at a huge arena in a one week period and how it did
  • Highlights of a number of big shows at Arena Mexico
  • Octagon Jr. quits AAA and story behind it
  • What happened with Flamita and Lucha Underground
  • Another major star quits AAA
  • Notes from the last AAA TV tapings
  • NOAH's tag team tournament rundown
  • New Japan makes major signing
  • Complete details of the 2015 G-1 tournament on AXS, including a number of two hour shows
  • What days the biggest matches will air
  • Tremendous Yoshitatsu interview about his time in WWE, Nakamura, A.J. Styles and more
  • Battle of legends from different promotions announced for summer
  • FMW starts the hardcore vs. shooters program
  • More on the death of Joanie Laurer
  • More on the MysterioMania shows
  • Notes on the next PWG show
  • Two major summer events with Dave Meltzer
  • New season of a TV show featuring ex-WWE star
  • Strange death of a Mexico City wrestler
  • Former WWE star talks about wanting to do MMA
  • Major stars work Germany
  • New Batista movie notes
  • Stars in England for a tour
  • Hall of Famer undergoes spinal surgery
  • A look back when Gordon Solie was running for public office and why he had to drop out of the race
  • A look back at when wrestling was criticized because it's hottest feud was charging more in ticket prices than 50 yard line seats for the Super Bowl
  • Lots more on the career of Geoff Portz
  • 70s and 80s star out of retirement last week
  • Update on injury to Angelico
  • Notes on a reality TV star who had a pro wrestling tryout last week
  • Details on all the ROH shows with New Japan talent and updated lineups
  • Notes on the ROH September PPV show
  • Notes on a pro wrestler who is a school teacher in a small town while also being under contract to ROH
  • Notes on ROH's weekend event
  • Why TNA is trying to sign some wrestlers already under contract to new deals
  • More moves TNA is making
  • What these moves indicate
  • Update on Conor McGregor
  • UFC fires fighter after bar brawl
  • A look at this week's UFC card
  • Tons of new UFC fights signed
  • How close Dada 5000 came to death
  • More issues with Kimbo Slice
  • What this says about Bellator
  • More on the sentencing of Lavar Johnson
  • Brothers set to fight on TV show

If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today.  With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic

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For the United States, it is $13 for 4 issues, $32 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $14.50 for 4, $35 for 12, $67 for 24, $111 for 40 and $144 or 52.  In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to moonsault@mediaplusint.com  For the rest of the world, rates are $16.50 for 4, $44 for 12, $85 for 24, $141 for 40 issues and $183 for 52.
 
If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.