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WON NEWSLETTER: March 22, 2021 Observer Newsletter: UFC running Florida with full crowds, WrestleMania tickets

A look at how WrestleMania tickets, the COVID situation, UFC running Jacksonville all tie together is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.

We look at WWE's attendance goals, foreign attendance, ticket prices, Super Bowl COVID spreading, Spring break, the WrestleMania card updated, Dana White's decision to run a full house indoor show, his planned big card, why so many people UFC fighters have gotten COVID than wrestlers, as well as a look at the most recent COVID outbreak in NXT.

Also in this issue:

New Japan Cup with coverage of all the shows of this past week, with results, notes and star ratings for all the Cup matches.

WWE's move to Peacock and the functions, Eric Bischoff Hall of Fame story, Charlotte Flair movie starring role, Tyson Fury vs. Drew McIntyre, WWE Network gift cards, how WWE & AEW did against sports programming this past week, Canadian WWE ratings, Danny Burch injury, new WWE signees, A&E schedule for WWE programming, UFC star talks going to WWE, WWE market value, most-watched shows on WWE Network and Paul Weight talks how WWE nixed his business idea.

Saturday's UFC show, with the stories from the fight, future direction as well as match-by-match coverage.

A story that isn't there now, but based on things being worked on that will greatly change all combat sports as well as pro wrestling and look at what changes can and can't be done.

A major feature on Buddy Colt, one of the biggest pro wrestling stars of the 1970s, who passed away last week.  We look at his career, his similarities with an all-time legend and the plane crash that led to the end of his in-ring career.  We go into detail on the crash, the injuries he and the others had, his thoughts on the business, his interaction with Muhammad Ali, his breaking in Brian Blair and what he taught him, the first interracial match in Georgia, the death of Eddie Graham and the end of Championship Wrestling from Florida and much more.

More into detail on the ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE

  • Some WWE content on Peacock has been edited from their WWE Network versions. Most notably, a WrestleMania VI promo and match where Roddy Piper wore blackface for a match against Bad News Brown has been removed, as well as a Survivor Series 2005 segment where Vince McMahon used the n-word when talking to John Cena. 
  • Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Kane, The Undertaker, Edge, and Victoria were all on today’s episode of The Bump.
  • Mustafa Ali wrote on Twitter: “To clear some confusion, I am not getting surgery in the foreseeable future. I’ll be okay. Thanks.”
  • PWInsider is reporting that both WWE and Gabe Sapolsky have been removed from the Samantha Tavel lawsuit.
  • Young Rock on NBC last night scored 2,872,000 viewers, down from last week’s 2,955,000.
  • Lince Dorado announced that he was taking time off following the passing of his grandfather. “My grandpa has passed this morning,” he wrote on Twitter. “Thank you everyone who has reached out, shared, and donated. I’m devastated and will be taking time off to get my head straight. I love you pop!”
  • Dorado’s family has started a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
  • George Barrios, former co-President of WWE, is now a chairman of the board for Make-A-Wish.
  • Triple H commented on both The Great Khali and Kane entering the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • John Cena commented on Randy Orton’s recent episode of Broken Skull Sessions: I’ve known @RandyOrton for nearly two decades and have been vocal about his in-ring ability and natural talent. This was a great interview and an honest look at the man I know, hosted by @steveaustinBSR who has seen it all & done it all in @WWE. GREAT interview. @peacockTV”
  • A&E has released a trailer for their upcoming eight-part Biography event focusing on WWE legends that premieres on April 18. Those being profiled include Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, Ultimate Warrior, and Bret Hart.
  • Today’s matches added to the WWE YouTube channel include Charlotte Flair vs. Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley from NXT TakeOver: In Your House and Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista from WrestleMania 30.
  • Denise Salcedo spoke to Karrion Kross ahead of NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver.
  • Kross also spoke to DAZN on TakeOver, his return from shoulder surgery, and more.
  • The Los Angeles Times has a story on Bad Bunny wrestling The Miz at WrestleMania.
  • WWE has filed a trademark for “Swing is in The Air”.
  • The Undertaker turns 56 years old today.

Other Wrestling

  • Cody Rhodes wrote on Twitter that there will be a special announcement from The Nightmare Family tonight on Dynamite.
  • Impact’s Hardcore Justice event on April 10 will have a start time of 3 p.m. EST, meaning it will run prior to WrestleMania.
  • Kaito Kiyomiya and Yoshiki Inamura (NOAH) vs. face Konosuke Takeshita and Yuki Ueno (DDT) is the first cross-promotion match announced for the Cyber Fight Festival event that will take place on June 6.
  • Canadian subscription service Crave has added the first three episodes of Dark Side of the Ring.
  • David Marquez wrote about a return timeline for the UWN Primetime Live series: “This is the question I hear the most, so here's an update,” Marquez wrote on social media. “What we learned is a paywall does not work. No matter how inexpensive we think it may be for the public, it's not going to be financially successful. I'm happy as a producer that we weren't too much in the red but we definitely want to be in the black. So my team has been negotiating with broadcasters, streaming services and brands to cover the cost of the programming so you don't have to pay to watch it. I can say we're close to closing a deal and it's my goal to be back on the air by this summer.”
  • Sting spoke to Bleacher Report on his street fight earlier this month at Revolution. "The cinematic was fun,” he said. “I would like to do more of those for sure, but I came out of it in shambles. It took its toll on me. It was two nights of filming and that was pretty tough. It can be taxing on the body especially at my age. It was 12 hours instead of being in the ring for 30-40 minutes. I love filming. I have done movies and TV, and I always have fun with that stuff. The tough part was all of the hours and the recovery time."
  • Here is a clip featuring Britt Baker as a guest on this week’s Oral Sessions with Renee Young. 
  • TSN has a profile on MJF.
  • Former WWE star Epico spoke to Sportskeeda on Carlito and Andrade’s release from WWE.
  • The latest Aces High article looks at Hiroshi Tanahashi’s run starting in 2006.
  • Christopher Daniels turns 51 today, while Jake Hager turns 39.

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