WED. UPDATE: UFC fighter from Saturday gone, UFC drug test failure, Rousey major cover, WWE TV change, Next Bellator show, TNA weekend shows, Wrestlers on TV and radio shows, Forgotten world champ vs. world champion unification match 32 years ago today



By Dave Meltzer
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        Main Event tonight:
*Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro for the U.S. title
*Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater
 
        A note that we'll be doing polls this week for the New Japan show from Fukuoka and the ROH show on Saturday night from Toronto. The New Japan show airs early Friday morning at 4 a.m. Eastern time and 1 a.m. Pacific time live, but is available on replay at your convenience at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 for $25. 
 
        The lineup has:
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki for the IWGP heavyweight title
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin for the IC title
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Karl Anderson
Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer defend NWA and IWGP tag titles against Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka (GHC tag champs), Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima  and Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman
Masato Tanaka vs. Tomoaki Honma for Never championship
Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan vs. Prince Devitt & King Fale
Alex Shelley & Kushida vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov for IWGP jr. tag title
Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Maximo vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo & Jado
 
        A look at the business of WrestleMania is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up on the front page today.  In addition, we've got a very interesting back issue talking about when Paul Heyman tried to ban blading in ECW in 1996, which is an amazing story in hindsight, the trials of Brian Pillman in his game changing approach to his career, and UFC faces the beginnings of the major problems that ended up nearly putting them down, but wound up with the new ownership group.
 
        This week's issue runs down the WrestleMania finances, where the extra money came in from, how much WWE took in of the money listed, how much WrestleMania has expanded in recent years, the usage of big money performers Dwayne Johnson and Brock Lesnar, early PPV number estimates and where the Rock vs. John Cena feud stands historically.
 
        We also have a look at the fan base of boxing, wrestling and MMA based on a major study done recently.  We talk about which group does the best and worst at engaging its fan base, the real demographics of each fan base, if what people perceive about the fan bases are correct, and the huge changes in the business structure of pro wrestling.  We look at the affluence of the audiences, the education of the audiences, the metropolitan areas with the most fans, age group of fans, annual income of fans and more.
 
        We've also got a look at the UFC 159 show, including the stories around the show, what is next for the stars of the show, rule changes UFC is interested in doing coming off the show, a look at Chael Sonnen's career, as well as the business notes on the show, match-by-mach coverage and how much everyone on the show earned in base salary.
 
        We also have a lot more exclusively on a WWE TV show they are looking at getting a U.S. broadcast home in the fall, details of it, why they are doing it and why it represents a change in a long standing philosophy.  We also look why the economy has changed leading to this philosophic change.
 
        We also look at the Undertaker-Shield program, more on Dwayne Johnson, his future in WWE and what those in the company believe.  We also look at Vince McMahon's reaction to the question of Johnson's future in WWE, changes in a major WWE broadcast partner and new WWE licensing deals.  We look at what is next for C.M. Punk, the company's new reality show, ratings for Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event, movies with wrestles and there business, an updated lineup for Extreme Rules and thoughts on the show.
 
        We also have notes on the return of a major star to WWE, a minor change in the Smackdown TV show that wouldn't be noticed and he Zack Ryder character.
 
        We also have all the business notes from the past week in WWE and highlights from the last week of the European tour.
 
        We also look at this year's All Japan Champion Carnival tournament, the changes in the hierarchy of All Japan, and where the booking goes from here.
 
        We also have a look at a number of the women who will be on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, from fighters who have been on national TV.
 
        We also have a look at the good and the bad of Twitter as a marketing tool and the reason it hasn't been as successful as those in the major wrestling companies expected.
 
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        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--A look at the 57th anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Mexico as well as the first main event ever.
 
--Another special show coming this week
 
--One of the legends of wrestling quits home promotion and why
 
--The real reasons AAA is splitting into two groups and who can appear on what show
 
--A look at the expected rosters after the split
 
--A look at Dragon Gate's biggest show so far this year coming up
 
--Notes on the next two tournaments on Dragon Gate shows
 
--Hottest tag team feud right now in pro wrestling and its next chapter
 
--A look at NOAH's Global Tag League tournament
 
--The biggest women's pro wrestling show in many years and what former TNA star wins a title
 
--Health update on stars from the past
 
--Another major international group moving its big shows to iPPV
 
--Another new pro wrestling DVD funded
 
--Notes on next year's Cauliflower Alley Club and why the changes
 
--City bans pro wrestling
 
--Book on 30-year-old wrestling death comes out next week
 
--Tommy Dreamer runs second House of Hardcore show
 
--Indie name retires due to injuries
 
--A look at ROH's shows this week
 
--How Sinclair Broadcasting is doing with finances
 
--Details on Hulk Hogan's legal battle with Gawker media
 
--What match is TNA building toward
 
--Thoughts on the current TNA product and main angle
 
--Who is responsible for TNA's main angle
 
--Why TNA is no longer going live on Spike even though they are pretending they are
 
--Notes on the next TNA taping
 
--A major hire from WWE comes to TNA
 
--Notes on next TNA PPV show
 
--Lots of UFC business notes
 
--Thoughts and lineup for the next UFC on FOX show
 
--Thoughts on the Matt Mitrione situation
 
--Jon Jones gets involved in Mitrione controversy
 
--Jones talks Sonnen
 
--A look at the UFC heavyweight division
 
--UFC meeting with major companies about possible deals
 
--How NASCAR did compared to UFC in same time slot
 
--New UFC endorsement deals
 
--New UFC matches made
 
--Idea batted around for the first UFC on FS 1 show in Boston
 
--Olympic gold medalist continue to rise in MMA ranks
 
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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
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*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
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Wednesday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, talking all the latest news coming out of the show.  We'll asking be answering questions that you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Cheick Kongo was cut or quit UFC after his knockout loss on Saturday to Roy Nelson.  His camp is saying he was offered a new four-fight contract and turned it down.

--UFC announced that Robbie Peralta failed a test for marijuana stemming from company testing on the 4/6 show in Stockholm, Sweden.  Peralta will be suspended for six months and has agreed to attend drug rehabilitation classes.  Peralta lost to Akira Corassani on that show.   
 
--Rogers Media officially took over The Score in Canada today.  The Score is the home of WWE programming and there will be some minor changes including Raw finally going live in Canada. (thanks to Adam Lebow) 
 
--The WWE movie "No One Lives" debuts at the theaters on 5/10.
 
--Bellator announced its next show on 6/19 in Thackerville, OK live on Spike.  This is a Wednesday night show.  Michael Chandler defends the lightweight title against Dave Jansen (which should tell you that the Bellator lawsuit with Eddie Alvarez isn't close to being finalized).  Also announced is the first round of a four-man light heavyweight tournament with King Mo vs. Seth Petruzelli and Renato Sobral vs. Jacob Noe.  The fourth TV fight is War Machine vs. Blas Avena.
 
--Ronda Rousey will be on one of four collector covers of the 15th anniversary of ESPN The Magazine.  The magazine will hit the newsstands on Friday.  The four covers are Blake Griffin, Robert Griffin III, Bryce Harper and Rousey.  
 
--TNA is running a house show on Friday night in Biloxi with Bully Ray vs. James Storm for the TNA title, Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for the tag titles, Devon vs. Joseph Park for the TV title, Bobby Roode vs. Chris Sabin, Ken Anderson vs. Magnus and Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts title.
 
--There is a presale going on for the Night of Champions PPV at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on 9/15 at Ticketmaster.  The code is CHAMPION
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1980 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Dick Slater in the finals of the Champion Carnival tournament
1981 - Harley Race beat Tommy Rich to win the NWA heavyweight in Gainesville, GA
1981 - Gene & Ole Anderson beat Paul Jones & Masked Superstar for the NWA world tag team titles in Richmond
1981 - In a title vs. title match, WWF champion Bob Backlund went to a draw in a 2/3 fall match with NWF champion Antonio Inoki at El Toreo in Naucalpan in a forgotten match  
1983 - Tatsumi Fujinami beat Canek in Mexico City to win the UWA heavyweight title
1984 - Tully Blanchard beat Mark Youngblood to win the NWA TV title
1993 - Brian Christopher beat Jeff Jarrett to win the Southern title in Memphis
1994 - Shinya Hashimoto beat Tatsumi Fujinami at the Fukuoka Dome to win the IWGP title
1995 - Jerry Lawler beat Razor Ramon in Memphis to win the USWA title and PG-13 beat Brickhouse Brown & The Gambler to win the USA tag team titles   
1998 - Toshiaki Kawada beat Mitsuharu Misawa in Tokyo to win the Triple Crown
1998 - Booker T beat Chris Benoit in Greenville, SC to win the WCW TV title
 
--Leslie Smith has signed a multi-fight deal with Invicta which starts on the next show, 7/13 in Kansas City, where she faces Jennifer Maia at flyweight, with the winner getting a title shot at champion Barb Honchak.  Smith is coming off a split decision loss at 135 pounds against Sarah Kaufman that a lot of people thought she won, and has gotten two fight of the night awards at Invicta cards to date.
 
--"Barbed Wire City" will have a New York premiere on Saturday at Noon at the Gramercy Theater in New York City.  There will be the movie plus a Q&A with producers John Philipavage and Kevin Kiernan as well as Blue Meanie appearing.
 
--A.J. Kirsch, a Northern California independent wrestler who was on Tough Enough, won a contest where the winner gets to appear on Larry King's radio show.
 
--UFC fighter Steven Siler was given the news by his wife that he was having his first child just hours before he went into the cage against Kurt Holobaugh on Saturday's show in Newark.
 
--Stephen Gray talks about his experience going to WrestleMania weekend at http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwe/live-from-new-york-and-new-jersey-its-wrestlemania-weekend-part-1/
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate returns on 5/18 in Queens, NY at the St. Sebastian Parish Center in Woodside with Kevin Matthews vs. Homicide for the PWS title, Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Sami Callihan, Flash Funk vs. Scott Steiner plus Necro Butcher, Marty Jannetty, D-Lo Brown, Doc and Shelly Martinez.
 
--Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling on 5/11 in Iselin, NJ at the Knights of Columbus has a show with Mickie Knuckles, Serena, Shelly Martinez plus Amazing Kong vs. Amy Lee in a first blood match.
 
--Four Florida independent wrestling personalities will be on Friday's episode of "Let's Make a Deal" with Wayne Brady on CBS.  Bobby Rogers, Aron Agony, Beast and Shawn Prime went to the show just to be there and some wound up on TV.
 
--The Fight Network in Canada will be airing classic Floyd Mayweather fights all week, showing his matches with Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley all at various times over the next few days.
 
--The Fight Network will be airing Gory 8 from the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo on 5/3 at 2 a.m. Eastern time.  The show features Jerome LeBanner vs. Koichi Watanabe and Peter Aerts vs. Jamal Ben Saddik, as well as a featherweight tournament.  They also air Cage Warriors from Cardiff, Wales on Saturday at 4 p.m.
 
--James Cox noted a weird deal at Mick Foley's show in Sheffield, England a few nights ago.  He said the show was hilarious and was a success.  He was doing the Q&A, including a set up question about the Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker where he tells the same story he did at the Hall of Fame.  There is a spot in his speech where music is supposed to play, but the guy doing the music played it way early in the story.  Foley was really mad and it was awkward.  He went off stage, but he came back a few minutes later and apologized to everyone.  Cox said it was an otherwise great show except for that.
 
--A great history of women's MMA video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TshRIJ-Dpkw
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling debuts in Nashville on 9/6 for a TV taping at the Fairgrounds with Rob Conway as the headliner.
 
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE REAL MAIN EVENT FOR EXTREME RULES?
Brock Lesnar vs. HHH 54.9%
John Cena vs. Ryback 34.2%
Ziggler vs. Swagger vs. Del Rio 10.9%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
The Shield 61.8%
John Cena 15.8%
Daniel Bryan 6.1%
Fandango 6.1%
Dolph Ziggler 4.8%
Randy Orton 3.5%
Ryback 0.9%
Kofi Kingston 0.9%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST WWE TV MATCH OF THE PAST WEEK?
Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose 32.4%
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes 31.0%
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler 17.1%
Shield vs. John Cena & Kane & Daniel Bryan 13.9%
Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger 4.6%
Sheamus vs. Big Show 0.9%
 
WHAT UPCOMING UFC TITLE MATCH DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks 35.8%
Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano 22.3%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 16.5%
Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis 15.4%
Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 4.2%
Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida 3.5%
Benson Henderson vs. Gray Maynard 1.5%
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland 0.8%
 
WHICH OF THESE SHOWS DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
UFC 160 26.3%
WWE Extreme rules 25.1%
New Japan Wrestling Dontaku 21.0%
ROH Border Wars 8.9%
Mayweather-Guerrero 7.9%
TNA Slammiversary 5.7%
AAA TripleMania 3.5%
All Japan Sumo Hall 1.6%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 8.8%
Good 26.3%
Average 27.2%
Fair 13.4%
Poor 24.4%
        16.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Championship Wrestling from Hollywood debuts tonight on MAV TV at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
 
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insiders at 7:30 p.m. and the Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin UFC at 8 p.m.  They are also replaying the 4/20 FOX show with Gilbert Melendez vs. Benson Henderson at midnight tonight.
 
--There will be an Iron Sheik roast in Hollywood, CA at the Comedy Store on Sunset Strip.  We'll have more details on this in the days to come.  
 
WWE Classics on Demand update (thanks to Brian Hoops)
No Mercy 2000
Judgment Day 2005
Nitro 10/6/97
Raw 10/6/97
Ric Flair:  The Definitive Collection 1 & 2
Tuesday Night Titans 11/22/85
Pedro Morales feature
Morales & Don Muraco vs. Masa Saito & Ivan Koloff 1/24/78 Tampa
Morales vs Bob Orton Jr. 11/9/85 Boston
Morales vs. Afa 10/11/80 Philadelphia
Morales vs. George Steele 6/30/73 Madison Square Garden
Raw 2/8/99
Worldwide Wrestling 7/3/93
Steve Blackman vs. Ken Shamrock 7/25/99
Fit Finlay vs. Steven Regal street fight 4/29/96
Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Juventud Guerrera 2/3 falls from ECW 3/9/96 - this match was incredible if it's the one from Philadelphia that I was at live
Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant (Big Show) 1995
Kevin & Mike & Kerry Von Erich & Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts vs. Steve Williams & Rip Oliver & Kimala & One Man Gang & Chris Adams & Gino Hernandez 1985 Texas Stadium 
    
--New England Championship Wrestling on 5/3 in Randolph, MA at the Knights of Columbus Hall headlined by Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Jeremy Prophet and Mistress Belmont vs. Kasey Ray.
 
--Sunday's Todos x Todos show at the Juan de la Barrera Gym in Mexico City:  El Hijo del Pirata Morgan & Pirata Morgan Jr. b Golden Magic & Posedon, Esther & Rossy Moreno b Chica Tormenta & Diosa Maya, Super Muneco & Super Pinocho & Super Raton b Back Terry & Scorpio Jr. & Shu El Guerrero, Angel Blanco Jr. & Cien Caras Jr. b Fuerza Guerrera & Pirata Morgan, Rayman & Saruman b Dinamic Black & Imposible, Rayman & Saruman b Angel Blanco Jr. & Cien Caras Jr. in finals of tournament for the Angel Blanco Trophy, El Hijo del Santo & Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario b Oliver John & Derek Sanders & Shaun Ricker. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--C4 Wrestling from Saturday night in Ottawa before 275+ fans:  Jeff Fury b Weapon X, John Greed b Urban Miles, Michael Von Payton & Colin Delaney b Banks & Rukin, Cheech Hernandez b Alex Vega, Mathieu St. Jacques & Tomas Dubois b Cecil Nyx & Chaz Lovely, Jodi D'Milo & Angie Skye b Twiggy & Giant Tiger, Buxx Belmar b Amasis, Super Smash Brothers b Checkmate, Mike Bailey b Scotty O'Shea in a fans bring the keyboards match.  Next show is 5/11 at Funhaven in Ottawa. (thanks to Dave Musgrave) 
 
--Old Don Owen Portland Wrestling TV shows at http://youtu.be/TOwsWYC2o54
 
--Legends of St. Louis Wrestling on 5/10 at 7:30 p.m. has a Q&A show at Argosy's Music Hall in Alton, IL with Harley Race, Baron Von Raschke, Cowboy Bob Orton, Jerry Brisco, Greg Valentine and Larry Matysik.  They also have a live show on 5/11 at the same location with Ricky Cruz, Ron Powers Flash Flanagan and Greg Valentine.
 
--Pro Wrestling Bushido on Sunday in Modesto, CA:  Quarterfinal of tournament:  Sir Samurai b B-Boy, Dylan Drake b Bobby Hart, Brian Cage b Mike Rayne, Drake Younger b T.J. Perkins, Virgil Flynn & D-Torch b C. Jay Kurz & Mustafa Saed, Sir Samurai b Dylan Cage, Drake Younger b Brian Cage, Timothy Thatcher b Jeff Cobb, Adam Thornstowe b Davey Richards, Sir Samurai b Drake Younger to win tournament, Johnny Goodtime b Rik Luxury. (thanks to Mike Millerick)
 
--The Huffington Post had a story on a writer meeting Mick Foley at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jim-smallman/meeting-your-heroes-mick-foley_b_3177332.html
 
--The International Judo Federation Baku Grand Slam takes place Saturday and Sunday and can be watched for free at http://www.ippon.tv/ from with finals at 4 a.m. Eastern time both days. (thanks to Mark Pickering)  
 
--Squared Circle from Sunday in Whitby, ONT:  Josh Taylor b Preston Myles, John Greed over Scotty O'Shea, Alessandro Del Bruno and El Hijo del Bigote, Cody 45 & Alex Vega b Weapons of Mass Darkness, Mike Rollins b Marcus Marquz, CheckMate b Aeroform, Michael Elgin b Colt Cabana, Brent Banks b Tyson Dux due to distraction of Jimmy Korderas.  Next show is 6/29 in Barrie, ONT at the Army, Nave and Air Force Club Unit 365 with Adam Cole vs. Tyson Dux and Sonjay Dutt vs. Mad Dragon.  6/30 in Whitby, ONT at the Class Act Dinner Theater has Cole vs.Dutt.
 
--A number of 80s wrestling movies were released on DVD including "Hell Comes to Frogtown" (not a wrestling movie but Roddy Piper starred in it), "I Like to Hurt People" (a documentary about the dying Detroit territory when The Sheik was on top) and "Grunt:  The Wrestling Movie" were all released as part of a three-pack at http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00AY587QU/ref=mw_dp_mpd?pd=1
 
--Texas Stampede Wrestling on Saturday in Balch Springs, TX features Byron Wilcott vs. Luke Hawx and Action Jackson vs Carson at the Balch Springs Rec Center  All military personnel with an ID gets in free.
 
--Steel Domain Wrestling on 5/11 in Blaine, MN at the Roosevelt Middle School is doing a fund raiser for 7-year-old Gavin Pierson of Ramsey, MN who is fighting a brain tumor.  Pierson recently got a phone call from John Cena, who sent him a package of merchandise as well.
 
--Capital City Championshp Combat on 5/11 in Ottawa at Funhaven with Josh Alexander vs. Mike Bailey plus the Super Smash Brothers.
 
--Victory Commonwealth Wrestling on 6/8 at 7 p.m. at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club Theater at 722 College Street in Toronto has Nikolai Volkoff and Doink the Clown appearing plus a cage match and a Battle Royal.  they also have a 5/19 show at El Mocambo in Toronto.
 
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Siki Ozama I & Blue Center b Millenium & Tigre Rojo  Sr., Nitro & El Hijo del Signo & Hooligan b Starman & Metalico & Stigma, Blue Panther & El Hijo del Fantasma & Rey Cometa b Felino & Puma & Tiger, Shocker & Diamante Azul & La Mascara b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpion & Polvora, Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr. & Negro Casas b Atlantis & Mascara Dorada & Titan
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Infierno & Exterminador b Idolo & Divino, Arkangel de la Muerte & Escandalo & Canelo Casas b Metatron & Esfinge & Black Metal, Okumura & Vangelis & Nosferatu b Triton & Fuego & Pegasso Extreme, El Hijo del Fantasma & Sagrado & Delta b Olimpico & Polvora & Misterioso Jr., Rush & Diamante Azul & Titan b Psicosis & Mr. Aguila & Dragon Rojo Jr. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--River City Wrestling runs on 5/4 in San Antonio at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena with four cage matches for championships. 
 
 
--Pure Wrestling Association from Friday night in Holland Landing, ONT:  Robbie Reckless b Chief Ade, Chris Garvin b Hardkore Hick, Eri Cairne b Mike Hart, Kris Chambers b Eddie Osbourne-DQ, Ruffy Silverstein b Anthony Fiasco, Joey Allen b Joey Valentyne, Carlito b John Greed.
 
--PWA on Sunday in Clinton, ONT:  Anthony Fiasco b Buck Gunderson, Ruffy Silverstein b Eddie Osbourne, Miss Beaa b Jasmin Al-Akreebi, Reggie Marley b Hardcore Hik, Carlito b Robbie Reckless-DQ, Carlito & Eddie Osbourne & Hardkore Hik b Robbie Reckless & Ruffy Silverstein & Reggie Marley  (thanks to Steven Ashe)
 
--Great White North Championship Wrestling on 6/15 in Chatham, ONT at the W.I.S.H.Centre
 
--An interview with Matt Taven, the ROH TV champion, is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2013/04/29/20779706.html

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