Wrestling Observer Radio returns with Dave Meltzer and myself, Jim Valley, as our guest co-host.
We review WWE Super Showdown including what victories by The Undertaker and Goldberg say about WWE creative and mean for both the future of Wrestlemania 36 and the company itself. Plus, we preview SmackDown on Fox with the return of John Cena and Goldberg's first appearance as Universal Champion.
Dave gives his thoughts on why ratings were down this week for both AEW and NXT. From there, we look at AEW Revolution on Saturday including match previews and if a lack of ratings growth might have an effect on PPV buys.
In addition, we discuss the continued effect of the coronavirus on the wrestling business, Nakanishi's retirement, Ring of Honor and New Japan working together again, an early look at the Wrestling Observer Year End Award voting, Will Ospreay, Portland Wrestling legend Rip Oliver in hospice, and much more.
5:23: Coronavirus cancels NJPW shows
9:54: Goldberg is the Universal champion
13:00: Update on WWE Network PPV possibilities
18:25: Super Showdown
37:34: The main event and the message it sends
1:03:26: AEW ratings
1:09:10: NJPW teaming up with ROH for War of the Worlds again
1:12:26: Observer Year End Awards discussion
1:15:22: Rip Oliver