Bayley vs. Sasha Banks in the women's title tournament
Adam Rose vs. Danny Burch
Natalya vs. Layla in the women's title tournament
Adrian Neville vs. Brodus Clay no DQ for the NXT title
KENTA's leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH, what that means for the company and his WWE tryout is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is up on the web site now.
The issue also has lots of news regarding upcoming WWE and TNA TV shows, angles on the horizon, potential title changes and more.
We've got full coverage of UFC 172, including where Jon Jones stacks up on the list of all-time greats, his issues with popularity, drawing, ratings, PPV and more thoughts coming off the show, as well as match-by-match coverage and poll results.
We also look at the always touchy subject of deaths in pro wrestling. We look at the story in the ESPN satellite site, look at the numbers, the problems, how things have changed from the 80s and 90s, whether the problems are WWE problems or industry problems and where the issues were worse, including looking back at the 1992 rosters of WCW and WWE and what has happened to them.
We also look at wrestler deaths compared to the general public, and what periods are the worst.
We look at the WWE on PPV starting with Extreme Rules, how the satellite companies decisions have affected PPV numbers in the past, the lineup for the PPV show, Rumors on the timing of WWE's next big announcement, WWE worth, WWE major executive leaves, time frame for A.J. Lee, and Hulk Hogan goes to Japan for WWE dates.
We also look at Hogan's big Japanese matches, his standing in that country and why he was a star there before he was in the U.S.
We also have notes on Buddy Danielson, the father of Daniel Bryan, more on Undertaker losing to Brock Lesnar, the upcoming WWE European tour, the NXT women's title change and tournament, the upcoming NXT Takeover show, the story behind booking that doesn't appear to make sense, as record setting title reign goes unnoticed, , overseas TV notes, developmental notes, recruiting notes, what former TNA star had a WWE tryout, new WWE signing, and notes on all the weekend house shows with highlights.
We've also got full coverage of TNA Sacrifice from Orlando, with match-by-match rundowns, star ratings and poll results. We look at the positives and negatives of where TNA stands right now and more.
We also look at Lee Marshall, the former AWA and WCW voice, who passed away this past week, what he was most remembered for, life after pro wrestling and outside of pro wrestling.
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--Latest from Arena Mexico
--CMLL does big crowd for kids day anniversary double special show
--A look at this week's Dragon Gate PPV show and one of the company's best shows of the year with multiple showcase matches
--Coverage of the 2014 Champion Carnival tournament
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's Global tournament final standings and rundown
--Notes on major New Japan shows coming this month and a full card for Wrestling Dontaku this week
--New Japan star autobiography notes turning down a seven figure offer to leave
--Tanahashi causes a stir in New Japan
--A look at the New Japan/Border City wrestling joint show
--Kenta Kobashi becomes a wrestling promoter
--Update on Bobby Heenan
--Update on the Nancy Grace show and pro wrestling
--Son of one of the most well known pro wrestlers of this generation about to debut
--One of the best in-ring workers of the past 25 years said he has one match left against the career biggest rival
--Hardys vs. Briscoes for the first time
--WWC does angle based on Carlos Colon in Hall of Fame
--TV station in Puerto Rico does a Colon TV special this past week
--Colon talks about his interaction with biggest stars, biggest matches and the biggest match ever in Puerto Rico
--Lucha Libre comes to Philadelphia with Masked Republic promotions
--Major issues with promoters on two different weekend events and background
--Longtime promoter passes away
--Famous TV icon talks about how his fight scenes were based on being a kid watching pro wrestling
--Terry Funk wrestles once again
--ROH lineups for the two New Japan shows this month
--Stories behind the matchmaking
--Eric Young and his title win and why it was done on TV
--Eric Young's non-wrestling TV show notes
--New TNA business deal
--Jessy Sorensen talks about why he didn't sue TNA
--Current TNA announcer now working road shows in a completely different world
--A look at TNA television for the next several weeks
--UFC officially announces Mexico debut
--UFC pay records for the FOX show from Orlando
--Cain Velasquez injury updates
--Daniel Cormier talks path to Jon Jones
--What WWE star played a behind-the-scenes role in Ultimate Fighter
--UFC signs Andrei Arlovski after years away
--UFC injury notes
--Notes on the next two seasons of Ultimate Fighter as well as a rundown of the strawweight tournament
--A look at the UFC TV network that airs outside of the U.S.
--UFC champ complains about pay
--New UFC fights
--Notes on Bellator
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--They held the groundbreaking ceremony today for the building of a new arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Both Dana White and Richard Schaefer (Golden Boy) were there. The new arena is going to hold more than 20,000 fans, as compared to about 15,000 that the current arena holds (UFC sets up for 13,000 to just over 14,000 due to production and big screens). White said it could result in more shows in Las Vegas. It'll be harder to fill, but the big shows will become bigger is how I see it. White said he was pushing to get the first date in the building, which is a guaranteed mega event.