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Daily Update: Roxanne Perez, Bianca Belair, WrestleCon

By Bryan Rose,

2023-03-14

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Shawn Michaels shares update on Perez, Belair celebrates milestone, new match added to WrestleCon Supershow.

Daily Update

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This Week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

*The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is up on the site. It's got the most detailed coverage from a business standpoint and creative standpoint, covering AEW Revolution including reader feedback on that show, UFC 285 and the Stardom show this past weekend.

*Match and performer of the week

*The longest singles title matches since 1970 all over the world

*MJF vs Danielson and comparisons to other Iron Man matches

*Evaluating MJF as a performer and a drawing card

*Early PPV numbers along with gate numbers from San Francisco and other business metrics

*The return of FTR

*The potential of the AEW tag team division

*AEW repeat PPV business notes

*Movie theater business for Revolution

*San Francisco records

*Future AEW directions

*Full details on WWE's attempt to get gambling legal on its outcomes and what steps and how its business will have to change to make this happen

*Full coverage of UFC 285 including Jon Jones legacy and future, Alexa Grasso's win and business notes regarding the show including what unique note thee was about the prelims this week

*Full details on the amended lawsuit MLW has filed against WWE, McDevitt talks, what new things are added and what it says about the MLW relationship with REELZ, and lots of business notes from the lawsuit regarding the wrestling television rights fees

*Stardom puts on its best show of the year and a look at the very different excellent matches

*Notes on the first few days of the New Japan Cup and where things stand

*TV ratings over the past week as well as segment-by-segment notes, competition and the whys of how everything went down

*The unique team challenge tournament CMLL finished up this past week

*AAA star faces claims by girlfriend of domestic violence and both CMLL and AAA talk about the situation

*Notes on the joint NWA and AAA show put together as part of a Smashing Pumpkins concert

*Notes on retirement of Daisuke Harada

*New Japan anniversary show and New Japan Cup notes*Zero-1 runs 22nd anniversary show

*Notes from Creed III

*Big shows over Mania weekend not from WWE

*Major questions on AEW talent and their media talks

*What international star AEW tried to get for San Francisco and why it didn't happen

*International TV ratings and streaming numbers for WWE & AEW and what NXT segment scored huge

*Upcoming ticket advances for WWE & AEW shows

*Dana White on the future of Power Slap

*48-year-old world champion wrestler has retirement MMA fight soon

*Notes on Vince McMahon's return backstage at the Boston show

*Wells Fargo Securities predictions on Smackdown negotiations and the value of Raw & Smackdown right now

*WWE performer talks trying to go to the 2024 Olympics and is training for MMA as well

*WWE injury updates

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Tuesday Update

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WWE

  • Shawn Michaels announced on Twitter that Roxanne Perez’s condition was “still in question” and that at Stand at Deliver they will “possibly” have to crown a new NXT women’s Champion. Micheals wrote on Twitter: “Starting tonight there will be a series of qualifying matches with the winners advancing to Stand and Deliver to compete to become the NXT Women’s Champion in a Ladder Match.”
  • A contract signing between Bron Breakker and Carmelo Hayes has also been added to tonight’s NXT.
  • 2K has dropped a launch trailer for WWE 2K23, which is out today.
  • Carmelo Hayes vs. Akira Tozawa and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Maximum Male Models were taped for this week’s Main Event.
  • Bianca Belair has made history as the longest-reigning Black champion in WWE’s history, having held the Raw Women’s Championship since last year’s WrestleMania 38 at 344 days. The previous record holder was MVP, who held the United States title for 343 days.
  • In an interview with the Daily Mail , Charlotte Flair was asked about Mercedes Mone’s recent transition to New Japan Pro Wrestling. “I think it’s cool whenever someone follows their heart, and that’s inspiring,” she said. “There will never be another group like the Four Horsewomen, ever.”
  • PWInsider reported that Drew McIntyre nearly missed last week’s SmackDown due to illness. He was cleared by WWE’s medical team to compete that night.
  • In an update regarding the MLW vs. WWE case, WWE has asked for an extension to respond until April 7.
  • This week’s After the Bell podcast, featuring Edge.
  • Matches and segments added to WWE’s YouTube today include the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal from WrestleMania 35, a Becky Lynch/Bianca Belair confrontation from the March 14, 2022 edition of Raw, and Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens from the March 14, 2022 edition of Raw.
  • WWE filed for the trademark “Bobby Lashley” on March 9.
  • Shotzi celebrates a birthday today.

AEW

  • This week’s AEW Road to , focusing on the AEW International and Trios title matches.

Other Wrestling

  • Josh Alexander vs. Michael Oku has been added to the WrestleCon Mark Hitchcock Memorial Supershow on March 30.
  • Bushiroad announced that they and Pro Wrestling Wave will hold a joint show on April 28 at Shinjuku FACE.
  • ECW Press will be publishing a biography on Macho Man Randy Savage by Jon Finkel. The book will be titled Macho Man: Life of a Savage and will be released in 2024. Slam Wrestling announced the book Tuesday morning.
  • NJPW's YouTube has David Finlay’s new entrance theme .
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