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This Week’s Wrestling Observer Bulletin: Triple H Announces In-Ring Retirement, WrestleMania Weekend

The new issue of the Wrestling Observer is out right now. Highlights include:

  • The far bigger story regarding Paul Levesque than his retirement from wrestling, which is his health, what he’s been through and how it affects his future both in and out of wrestling
  • WWE Weekend Shows, Cards, Ticket Sales, Secondary Market Sales, Lineups, Main Event Saturday, Main Event Stage, Hall of Fame, Shad Gaspard, Undertaker & NXT Key Results Stand & Deliver.
  • 2021 Shad Gaspard/Jonathan Huber Award Winners
  • New coverage of the Japan Cup final, Sumo Hall construction angles, MVP, best match poll and the last two shows.
  • Both Stardom shows at Sumo Hall. A look at key matches and next steps for the biggest women’s wrestling company in the world.
  • UFC and WWE finances, including how they are so similar as businesses as well as how they are different. We also take a look at each’s key business deal that doesn’t involve TV rights and how WWE got a better deal on a product that would otherwise have generated a quarter of the revenue and why.
  • Full coverage of this week’s UFC show
  • Who was the best college heavyweight of all time
  • Learn about Chael Sonnen’s arrest, why the felony charge was dropped, and the trial surrounding the case
  • Ric Flair and Mark Madden
  • TV ratings and key points from those ratings for each show this week, including peak segments, the type of viewers each show is generating, who is attracting the youngest audiences, and how the shows are ranking with all of TV and in the sports world.
  • The return of the Universal champion of champions tournament
  • More notes on the second Triplemania show this year
  • Notes on New Japan Emissions in the United States
  • The former Rocky King’s wrestling career and post-wrestling life
  • Sale of tickets for upcoming shows
  • Why the UFC is taking place in Singapore in June
  • UFC star elected to Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • International Wrestling TV Ratings

This week’s Retro Observer newsletter: Observer Bulletin February 7, 2005: Royal Rumble Review, Year in Review

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Tuesday news update



  • Seth Rollin spoke to The Gorilla Position about facing Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania, with the interviewer pointing out to Rollins the bond he has with Rhodes’ father, Dusty Rhodes. “Dusty Rhodes is an absolute legend, a Hall of Famer in any circle, not just WWE. Being able to be in the ring for [Dusty Rhodes’] his son’s return… Cody did it his way. He left when he was unhappy. He did all the things that everyone said he wanted to do and he came back a bigger star than he ever was, and that’s not easy to do. It takes a lot of work. He learned this ethic from his father. So for him to come back and say those nice things about me, everything was fine except the bionic elbow.
  • Cody Rhodes will guest star on WWE’s The Bump tomorrow.
  • PWInsider reports that Rick Steiner is backstage at tonight’s NXT.
  • When asked why he turned on Bobby Lashley last night on Raw, MVP simply replied on Twitter “Budget cuts…”
  • Announced for the return of WWE’s Nassau Coliseum on May 6, Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre and appearances by Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey.
  • Responding to a question about when she would return to the ring, Alexa Bliss responded “I’m ready when they are…”
  • Tribune of the Stars covered the appearance of Gable Steveson at WrestleMania.
  • A video preview for tonight’s episode of young rock.
  • Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch joined Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast to talk about WrestleMania weekend.
  • PWInsider reported that WWE has begun taping interviews for their upcoming WWE A&E series titled WWE Rivals, which will examine the biggest rivalries in WWE history.
  • Bianca Belair spoke to TokenCEO on how WWE empowers women.
  • WrestleMania 38 will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on May 10.
  • WWE has a video from MSK seeing their first Mattel figurines.
  • Charlotte Flair is 36 today.
  • Free Matches Added to WWE YouTube Channel Today Include Batista vs. Triple H from Backlash 2005, Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin from Extreme Rules 2016, and Goldberg vs. Scott Steiner vs. Test from the January 19, 2004 edition of Raw.


  • This week AEW route tofocusing on Bucks vs. FTR, Hardys vs. The Butcher and The Blade, and Toni Storm’s AEW debut last week.
  • Adam Cole on Twitter regarding tomorrow’s match against Christian Cage: “Tomorrow, April 6th, is my 14th birthday in the professional wrestling industry. No better way to celebrate than a sold-out crowd in Boston, and everyone in the world watching me beat one of the best.
  • Jason Kilar, CEO of Warnermedia, leaves the company once WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery is complete.
  • This week Sammy Guevara’s vlog.
  • This week Thunder Rosa Vlog.

Other Wrestling

  • JONAH vs. Schaff, Rickey Shane Page vs. Joe Hendry, Warren Banks vs. Axel Tischer and Big Damo vs. Luke Jacobs have been announced for this year’s PROGRESS Atlas Cup tournament.
  • Mia Yim vs. Maki Itoh was announced for Prestige Wrestling’s Roseland 3 on May 28.
  • MLW is teasing that the stars of the original MLW will return in honor of the company’s 20th anniversary over the summer.