All things considered, It was a relatively quiet news day in the world of pro wrestling and MMA. In the update below, get details on why the McMahons’ fate post-Wrestlemania may already be decided, some NXT plans already being made for Wrestlemania in Orlando, and plenty more.
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WWE SMACKDOWN TONIGHT ON USA AT 8 P.M.
Sami Zayn & Neville vs. Kevin Owens & The Miz
Brie Bella vs. Summer Rae
Lucha Dragons vs. Sheamus & King Barrett
Dean Ambrose & Dolph Ziggler & Usos vs. Bray Wyatt & Braun Strowman & Erick Rowan & Luke Harper
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A look at the records set by UFC 196 and the WWE records just broken are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at the aftermath of UFC 196 with Nate Diaz’s win over Conor McGregor and Miesha Tate’s win over Holly Holm, and where UFC goes from here, what it means business-wise, lessons taught, what fight is out the window and what fights are still on the table, as well as an early look at the business numbers for the show. We look at talk of future fights, TV, PPV and video numbers, the stories behind the fights, plus match-by-match coverage and the disclosed payoffs for the different fighters. We also look at the controversy in the Lawlor vs. Anderson match.
We look at WWE’s biggest crowds, this year’s WrestleMania ticket sales and an update on the show. We also look at Orlando getting next year’s WrestleMania and talk of the physical WWE Hall of Fame.
We have notes on the death of Hayabusa, big announcements by New Japan, and a look at the new Japan Cup.
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We also looked at PWG’s All-Star weekend.
We also have a feature on the life and times of Lord James Blears and the glory days of 50th State Wrestling in Hawaii. We look at what made Hawaii the wrestling hotbed it was, as well as Blears’ other life as the patriarch of the first family of surfing.
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We also have rundowns of all the major television shows, the ratings and details of the ratings for all the major television shows, as well as results of all the major arena events held around the world this past week.
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–Ernie Ladd, a former AFL star who was one of the biggest pro wrestling stars of the 70s, passed away nine years ago today. If you’re feeling nostalgic, here’s the Big Cat vs. Andre the Giant:
–There has been very little pub actually regarding the recent death of Lord James Blears, but this is the surfing industry’s story on his death, something we discussed earlier this week on WOR.
ICYMI ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY, Bully Ray won the TNA World title, Andre The Giant battled Terry Funk, and tons more.