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WON Preview: June 12, 2017: Extreme Rules and Best of the Super Juniors finals reviewed, tons of news

June 12, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Extreme Rules and Best of the Super Juniors finals reviewed, tons of news

It’s a huge double issue week of the Observer, which includes a look at how the aging of the pro wrestling television audience is like that in other sports, but aging so much faster than any other, as well as the latest on the WWE summer direction, Extreme Rules coverage, Best of the Super Juniors coverage and major features on Kazushi Sakuraba and Joe Silva and how both have impacted the history of MMA.

Look at the Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe match, the Lesnar direction between now and WrestleMania, the problems with the logic and finishes at Extreme Rules plus full coverage of the event including poll results and star ratings.

Examine the aging of the sports audience and where pro wrestling and MMA fit in, breaking down WWF vs. WCW in the heyday, where things stood ten years ago and where they stand now. Also, look at how that relates to other sports as well as how wrestling's younger audience breakdown compares with that of other sports and how it has changed.

Check out the last shows of this year's Best of the Super Juniors tournament, lessons from the tournament, business of the tournament, the epic last match, preview the Dominion show, Kenny Omega's thoughts on his match with Okada this week, how this compares with other legendary series of matches, the Okada title reign, history of Super Juniors, a chart on how all the wrestlers in the tournament did and star ratings and poll on the last day.

This issue has Frank Deford's autobiography and his views on Vince McMahon, more on the U.K. proposed network show, an update on Ric Flair 30 for 30, WWE star films movie over the weekend, notes on a lot of new talent signed to contracts that are starting in Orlando soon, WWE loading up the MSG house show, an update on the women's tournament, Jack Swagger talks leaving WWE, the strongest power lifter ever in WWE, and the most-watched shows on the WWE Network this past week.

Also in this issue:

  • Update on Universo 2000
  • Former WWE star wins CMLL world heavyweight title and details
  • Notes on filling CMLL light heavyweight title
  • Coverage of this week's Arena Mexico show and next week's show
  • Arena Mexico gets U.S. TV clearance for the main events
  • TripleMania notes
  • AAA gets international TV
  • Notes on the Crash show in Tijuana this week featuring a number of international stars as well as the next lineup
  • Update on King of Gate tournament
  • Unique dinner with the wrestlers and angle stemming from that
  • Takashi Sugiura health issue updated
  • Notes on NOAH's Korakuen Hall show
  • Kenny Omega talks about his future
  • Updates on Tomoaki Honma and Katsuyori Shibata
  • Craziest empty arena match in history with Minoru Suzuki and tons of cameos
  • Pro Wrestling Masters legends show notes
  • Jaguar Yokota 40th anniversary show
  • Announced retirement of one of 70s and early 80s biggest stars
  • Update on the NWA sale to Billy Corgan
  • Notes on next PWG show
  • States where suspended UFC fighters can't do pro wrestling in
  • Former NFL All-Pro training for pro wrestling
  • 64-year-old wrestler has huge weekend inside the ring
  • Trevor Lee continues to kill it in CWF Mid Atlantic
  • Tommy Dreamer's promotion with big Australia tour
  • Five Star Wrestling and its new plans
  • WCPW and its issues with YouTube over the past week
  • Revolution Pro's next major show and notes on the British J Cup
  • ROH weekend notes
  • Impact back in house show business
  • NFL star confirmed for Impact Slammiversary show
  • James Storm in Impact Hall of Fame
  • More notes about the Impact tapings in India
  • Dana White talks GSP vs. Bisping
  • Several title fights UFC is working on putting together
  • Notes on UFC's 7/29 PPV show thus far
  • What boxers and MMA fighters are among the highest paid athletes in the world
  • Conor McGregor's earnings over the past year
  • Dana White makes real estate moves
  • Notes on the new UFC Tuesday night weekly fights
  • UFC injury updates and show changes
  • New UFC fights made
  • Why top announcer is going to disappear imminently

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WON BACK ISSUE: April 3, 2000: Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo in charge of WCW, a look back at past Wrestlemanias, more 

After seemingly swimming in an ocean of rapidly declining numbers across the board, World Championship Wrestling went to a strange pair of people as its life preservers-Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. In a decision that had been in the works for about one month according to company sources, Brad Siegel completed the circular back-stabbing game which wound up in, not almost, but actually a pro wrestling like tag team, of the two people, former enemies, with seemingly nothing in common, bound together by their hatred for common enemies.

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