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Latest News:

Lance Archer signs multi-year deal with AEW
Tito Ortiz-Alberto Del Rio MMA fight changed to a ‘no decision’
Pacific Northwest star Rip Oliver enters hospice care   
WWE confirms The Undertaker in Saudi Arabia for Super ShowDown   
Three matches added to WWE Super ShowDown   
Dominik Dijakovic vs. Cameron Grimes announced for NXT   
Updated AEW top-five roster rankings  
NJPW cancels shows from March 1-15 due to coronavirus outbreak   
NWA Power results: Strictly Business & Villain Enterprises brawl   
AEW Dark results: Joey Janela vs. Kip Sabian falls count anywhere   
Impact Wrestling results: Ace Austin vs. Tessa Blanchard  

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WON NEWSLETTER: February 24, 2020 Observer Newsletter: Coronavirus affects Japanese wrestling, WrestleMania update STARDOM and NJPW events affected by coronavirus, a look ahead at WrestleMania weekend, and more.

We’ve got a WrestleMania update with new matches, an updated card, details on the women’s aspect of the show with new bouts and stars from the past who are scheduled and who are not scheduled.

Also covered in the new issue:

Ticket sales for all the WWE shows that week, as well as how the secondary market is doing right now for the WWE & AEW major events. 

More on both the Super Showdown and Elimination Chamber shows.

How the Coronavirus has affected some major shows that were scheduled.  We look at the Stardom cancellations, the empty arena show on YouTube, another promotion with a worldwide audience doing an empty arena show, as well a how New Japan is handling the situation.

Complete coverage of NXT Takeover Portland, with business notes, update on Matt Riddle, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.

Update WWE talks regarding how WrestleMania will be broadcast this year, what AEW should be looking for, XFL ratings and analysis, NXT Japan update, Tito Ortiz training with WWE, Bill Goldberg’s dates, former WWE star tells story about Trump, new WWE documentary, Matt Hardy update, Injury updates, foreign ratings, return of John Cena, WWE bans former star from getting talent for their podcast and why, debut of former top star in Mexico, update on MSG, stock price update, most-watched shows on the WWE Network as well as a look at all the NXT and WWE arena events held over the past week.

Complete coverage of the UFC show from Rio Rancho, NM this past week, with business notes.

Update on the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.

A note on the biggest Wednesday night ratings movers.

Revolution Pro High Stakes headlined by Will Ospreay vs. Zack Sabre Jr., and how Ospreay’s in-ring style has changed so much over the past year. We look at how pro wrestling handles weight classes as compared to real sports, why going back in time may provide a more updated view than what we have now about weight classes and pro wrestling.

2019 stats on WWE performers including who won this year’s Iron Man award, a well as wins and losses.

Our 2019 Awards ballot.

Regarding the Wednesday numbers, we’ve got full details, demos that each side won, how every segment did and what match ended up as the difference maker. 

Full coverage of all the WWE and AEW television shows from the past week.

In-depth looks at the ratings of all the major shows, the key demos and quarters for AEW and WWE, what happened head-to-head and what can be learned from them.

Results of all the major pro wrestling events around the world over the past week. 


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WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE

WWE
Ric and Charlotte Flair paid tribute to Reid Flair on what would have been his 32nd birthday. Ric wrote that he’ll be at Full Sail tonight for Charlotte’s match against Bianca Belair on NXT: “Happy Birthday Champ!! Not A Day Goes By That We Don’t All Think About You. Wendy And I Are Going To See The QUEEN Tear It Down At NXT With Bianca Blair Tonight!! Love You More Than Can Be Put In Words!”
The first trailer for Paramount Pictures and WWE Studios’ “Rumble” was released today. The animated film “is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes.” It stars Will Arnett, Terry Crews, and Geraldine Viswanathan and features Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns voicing two of its characters.
Sasha Banks will be the in-studio guest on WWE’s The Bump next week.
Aleister Black appeared on The Bump today.
Johnny Gargano and comedian Ron Funches are appearing on tomorrow’s episode of Corey Graves’ After the Bell podcast.
Ric Flair introduced LeBron James at last night’s Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans game.
In response to Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Drake showed up to last night’s Toronto Raptors vs. Bucks game with two WWE title belts.
WWE’s YouTube page added a video of the top ten breakups in WWE history.
Other Wrestling
EVOLVE 145 will stream live for free on Facebook at 6 p.m. Eastern time this Saturday. Gabe Sapolsky tweeted about the show being on the same day as AEW’s Revolution PPV: “Before anyone makes assumptions, this show will be ending around the time the other one starts. You can make it a double header. We want more eyeballs on this loaded & important show from NYC as we head to #EVOLVE in Boston area, Detroit, Chicago and then #WRESTLExpo in Tampa”
Kris Statlander, who is challenging Nyla Rose for the AEW Women’s Championship at Revolution, will miss tomorrow’s Bar Wrestling show due to the flu. Bar Wrestling tweeted: “Unfortunately Kris Statlander has come down with the flu and Adam Brooks work visa won’t be ready in time so both will be unavailable for tomorrow’s show. We are working on the card changes now. Thank you for your patience and support.”
Cody will be the guest on tomorrow’s episode of TNT’s AEW Unrestricted podcast.
The Sporting News has an interview with Kenny Omega.
AEW uploaded a Control Center video hyping tonight’s Dynamite.
DDT, along with sister promotions Ganabre and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling, has canceled a number of dates through March 8 due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, DDT will be running empty arena shows on February 28, March 1, March 3 and March 7. Tokyo Joshi Pro will run an empty arena show on March 1 as well.
Alex Shelley has been added to ROH’s Pure title tournament, while Angelina Love is set for their Women’s title tournament. Doug Williams, Jonathan Gresham, and Shelley are the first three names set for the Pure title tournament, and Sumie Sakai, Kellyanne, and Love are the first three for the Women’s title tournament.
Tessa Blanchard defending her Impact World Championship against Taya Valkyrie will air on next Tuesday’s episode of Impact.
Demus is making his MLW debut at Intimidation Games in Cicero, Illinois on April 18.
In an interview with Tokyo Sports, Josh Barnett mentioned his interest in returning to Japan to wrestle.
Attorneys for G-Raver, who is being sued by Jim Cornette over an unflattering t-shirt design, have filed a motion to dismiss.
MMA
Joseph Benavidez talked to ESPN about his struggles with alcohol and drugs.
UFC is looking at doing a show in Kazakhstan on June 13.
The first press conference for the Tony Ferguson/Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will be on March 6th. 
Francisco Patino, who allegedly has ties to UFC fighters, has been charged for his role in a health care fraud and money laundering scheme.
Mariya Agopova, who is currently 7-1, has signed with the UFC.

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