SUN. UPDATE: Payback preview and notes, Big shows on TV in UK, Canada and US, TNA talent on a leave, Update on Sonnen vs. Belfort, US top amateurs battle today, Kevin Von Erich returns to Dallas



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We're also looking for reports on the weekend TNA shows in Pikeville, KY on Friday and Corbin, KY on Saturday.
 
Payback from Chicago is on the WWE Network starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.
 
*The Shield vs. Evolution elimination match - With it being  Batista's last PPV for a while, it would make sense for The Shield to win.  You could also do a three-on-one where Ambrose and Seth Rollins are eliminated and Roman Reigns goes in one-on-three, and wins one or two and then outside forces cause him to lose. With the current top feuds really having gone about as far as they should, today and tomorrow should be about transitioning to new programs. Reigns being pinned by HHH, just as an example, can lead to a singles feud where HHH puts him over at SummerSlam, which should be a strong elevation.

*John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt last man standing - Given that this program has gone about a month long to begin with, it's time to get out.  Generally that means a Cena win, but if they want to go in the direction of Daniel Bryan vs. Wyatt (which wouldn't be immediately since Daniel Bryan vs. Kane will probably come first), Wyatt could take this.

*Sheamus vs. Cesaro for U.S. title - If the U.S. belt meant anything, Cesaro should win it.  And if doesn't, Cesaro should win it and they should try and make it mean something.

*Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam for IC title - An RVD win would be a surprise.  He doesn't seem to be getting a serious push and Barrett has thus far actually not been hurt by the secondary belt booking curse

*Big E vs. Alexander Rusev - They shouldn't be giving Rusev the kind of push they are to stall him at the Big E level.  So Rusev probably goes over in a little bit longer of a match than he usually does at TV.

*Paige vs. Alicia Fox for Divas title - Fox is getting over big it's too early to beat Paige.  A Paige win and Fox tantrum would figure to be the direction.  Plus, Fox has gotten over bigger when he loses of late.

*Torito vs. Hornswoggle mask vs. hair as the pregame show match - They had an entertaining match last time and probably will do something similar this time.  Torito would figure to be the favorite.
 
Raw will be live on Monday night from Indianapolis 
  
New Japan has another iPPV at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
 
Rocky Romero vs. Taichi
Tiger Mask vs. Nick Jackson
Taka Michinoku vs. Matt Jackson
Mascara Dorada vs. Alex Koslov
Hiroshi Tanahashi & ? & Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
Kushida vs. Bushi
Desperado vs. Kenny Omega
Jushin Liger vs. Ricochet
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Alex Shelley
 
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

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We also go into a blow-by-blow of why the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva match is off and questions revolving around the Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort fight.
 
We also look at the end of two different major streaks in UFC, the longest unbeaten streaks among major league performers in MMA history, the best streaks ever, the performance of T.J. Dillashaw, Dillashaw vs. Urijah Faber, the Duane Bang Ludwig situation as well as mapping out the UFC PPV business between now and the end of the year.
 
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--Updating the Busca en un Idolo tournament
 
--World heavyweight champion in a promotion challenges for the light heavyweight title
 
--Update on the return of the original Mistico and Sin Cara to Mexican television
 
--What are the early lessons and reaction to Mistico and Averno in AAA
 
--A look at AAA's No. 2 show of the year coming in two weeks, with a lineup
 
--More thoughts on Mistico going forward in AAA, including the name Mistico aspect
 
--The unique way AAA has been doing some big sellout houses
 
--Dragon Gate returns to iPPV
 
--Update on the King of Gate tournament
 
--Update on Champions Gate coming up
 
--Amazing high spot
 
--Wrestle-1 returns to Sumo Hall
 
--Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Show for this year
 
--What outside stars are coming in including the star who started his career with Misawa
 
--Major network looking at a documentary on one of the biggest rivalries in pro wrestling history
 
--When boxing legend Matthew Saad Muhammad appeared on a pro wrestling show with Billy Robinson and Nick Bockwinkel
 
--A look back at the few boxer vs. wrestler shoots
 
--The career of Matthew Saad Muhammad
 
--Two of the legendary junior heavyweights meet for the first time
 
--More on the movie "Foxcatcher"
 
--Cauliflower Alley Club notes
 
--Update on legendary manager
 
--Final Mid Atlantic Legends Fan Fest
 
--Jim Ross doing boxing
 
--A look at PWG's last show and more on major league scouting of the group
 
--St. Louis Hall of Fame inductions
 
--Brad Armstrong Memorial Show
 
--Most successful indie promotion in North America and their methods
 
--Lots of notable indie matches
 
--Indie star who was scheduled for an MMA fight this weekend and what happened
 
--Former wrestler and NFL star and his role in a major lawsuit that has gotten national publicity
 
--Chris Sabin update
 
--More on the next ROH PPV show
 
--Update on the ROH show in Cyclones Stadium in Brooklyn
 
--ROH/New Japan relationship update
 
--Reaction to Tom Lawlor in ROH
 
--Notes on TNA summer TV plans
 
--TNA talks of changes
 
--New York ticket notes
 
--A huge deal with a major sports league that greatly affects UFC
 
--A look at UFC doing two shows on the same day and the schedule
 
--Story behind a legit fight with a UFC title contender
 
--Return of UFC Prime Time 
 
--Lots of new UFC shows and matches
 
--The crazy TUF controversy that led to ratings doubling
 
--Renzo Gracie legal situation updated
 
--Don Frye national TV ad
 
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Mike Sempervive and I last night (from 5-6 a.m.) answered a bunch of mailbag questions in the Sin Limite show, plus we covered all the news of the past few days.
 
--A lot of comments from people in Chicago and around WWE regarding tonight.  In Chicago, the Blackhawks/Kings series is gigantic in town.  A lot of people have said that people with wrestling tickets have been trying to sell them and then stay home or to go a sports bar and watch the game, which is head-to-head.  Some have said they are going to eat their tickets.  WWE usually has seat fillers for big shows for visible seats so if there are empties, they'll be covered.  If there are big cheers that seem to make no sense, it could be Blackhawks goals.
 
--From those in WWE, the belief is that Paige and Sheamus are both getting booed tonight.  We'll see.
 
--C.M. Punk has said he will be at the Blackhawks game.
 
--At this writing, if "smart" late money is being bet tonight, it hasn't come up.  Bad News Barrett and Torito are big favorites, but it's not like the odds are long up and down.  The Shield, Sheamus and Paige are favored but not at long odds.  Usually the big changes come in the last hour.
 
--The final episode of this season of Total Divas, with the Daniel Bryan/Brie Bella wedding, airs tonight at 9 p.m. head-to-head with the PPV.
 
--Robbie E and Brooke Tessmacher, who are a couple in real life, are in the new season of The Amazing Race, which kicked off yesterday, so both will be away from TNA.  They are billed as dating pro wrestlers.  For the time being, Jessie Godderz & DJ Zema Ion are doing house shows as The Bro Mans.
 
--Dana White said on Friday that he thought Chael Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort would be at 185, not at 205 like Sonnen had said on Wednesday.  But he said he wasn't sure, but that if they were battling for a middleweight title shot, it should be at middleweight.  He also said that if Belfort wasn't licensed, they wouldn't be looking at a different opponent and it would be pulled from the show.  He said if Belfort wins, he'll get a title shot.  He said Sonnen is not guaranteed a title shot if he wins.
 
--HBO Canada will be airing the documentary "Takedown:  The DNA of GSP" at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Eastern. (thanks to Paul Fontaine)
 
--In predictions last night, Me and Mike Sempervive both went 4-1, picking CB Dollaway's win.  Josh Nason, Frontrow Brian, Todd Martin, Oliver Copp and Mike Sawyer were 3-2 and John Pollock, Steve Juon and Lance Storm were 2-3.
 
--NXT Takeover airs on television on Sky Sports 1 in the U.K. at 11 p.m., right before Payback.
 
--Jerry Lawler appears on the Svengoolie show on ME-TV on 6/7 at 10 p.m.  The show also airs on WCIU in Chicago.  Svengoolie is a longtime wrestling fan and Observer reader.
 
--A best of three with David Taylor vs. Jordan Burroughs was scheduled at today's World Team Trials in Madison, WI.  These two had a killer match a few weeks back.  The winner goes to the world championships.  Burroughs beat Taylor 7-6 last time out, coming from behind with two takedowns in the last 50 seconds.
 
--UFC wasn't among the major searched items last night with two shows.
 
--The first of what I expect to be a number of TNA articles in the Dallas market, an interview with Kevin Von Erich about his sons debuting at Slammiversary is at http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/kevin-von-erich-to-make-rare-return-to-north-texas-to-introduce-his-sons-to-a-national-audience.html/
 
--Birthdays today include Nick "Big Bully" Busick (60), Ian Rotten (44), James Storm (37) and Marco Corleone (37)
 
--Notable deaths include wrestler/manager/promoter George "Crybaby" Cannon at 62 in 1994 and Calvin "Prince" Pullins at 74 in 2006.

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1943 - Bobby Bonales beat  El Santo to win the Mexican national middleweight title
1948 - Sandor Szabo beat Bronko Nagurski to win the world title in Minneapolis
1956 - Buddy Rogers beat Pepper Gomez to win the Texas title in Houston
1960 - Edouard Carpentier & Sandor Szabo beat Art Michalik & Legs Wilson in Los Angeles to win the International TV tag team title
1962 - Jackie Fargo & Dandy Jack Donovan beat The Medics in Dothan, AL to win the Southern tag team titles
1966 - Rene Goulet & Pepper Martin beat Tony Brown & Professor Hiro to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1971 - Brian Maxine beat Clayton Thompson in Croydon to win the British middleweight title making him middleweight and welterweight champion at the same time
1973 - The Samoans, Reno & Tio beat Mike Graham & Kevin Sullivan in St. Petersburg to win the Florida tag team tiles
1973 - Bull Ramos & Clay Spencer (Ken Mantell) beat Steven Little Bear & Dutch Savage to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1973 - Black Gordman & Great Goliath beat Ray Mendoza & Raul Reyes to win the Americas tag team title in Los Angeles
1974 - Jim Dalton & Bruce Swayze beat Carlos Colon & Miguel Perez Sr. to win the North American tag titles in Caguas
1976 - Jim Breaks beat Bobby Ryan to win the British lightweight title in Wolverhampton
1978 - Tor Kamata beat Giant Baba to win the PWF title in Akita
1979 - Ron Garvin beat Alexis Smirnoff in Knoxville to win the Southeastern title
1979 - Jose Lothario & El Halcon beat Mark Lewin & The Spoiler to win the American tag team titles in Houston
1981 - Bill Dundee beat Stan Lane to win the U.S. jr. title in Memphis
1983 - Jaguar Yokota beat La Galactica in Omiya to win the WWWA title and Lioness Asuka beat Dump Matsumoto for the Japanese title
1985 - Black Bart beat Ron Garvin to win the National title in Atlanta
1985 - Invader III beat Denny Brown to win the vacant WWC jr. title
1987 - Jeff Jarrett beat Moondog Spot to win the Mid American title in Memphis
1990 - Kerry Von Erich beat Matt Borne in Dallas to win the Texas title
1990 - Dandy beat Angel Azteca in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title
1990 - Mike Takahashi & Kaoru Maeda beat Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda in Kawasaki to win the Japanese tag team title
1995 - Latin Lover & Panterita del Ring beat Fuerza & Juventud Guerrera in Texcoco to win the Mexican national tag titles
1996 - Pitbull #2 beat Shane Douglas to win the ECW TV title in Philadelphia
1996 - Brian Christopher beat Jerry Lawler to win the USWA title in Memphis
2008 - Edge beat Undertaker in a TLC match top win the vacant world title
 
--Preston City Wrestling from yesterday in Preston, England:
 
Afternoon show
Martin Kirby over Noam Dar, El Ligero and Mark Andrews
Rampage Brown & T-Bone & Joey Hayes b Mad Man Manson & Danny Hope & Al Snow & Juventud Guerrera
Dave Mastiff b Bubblegum
Hurricane Helms b Kris Travis
Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly b Chris Masters & Dave Rayne
Low Kid d Uhaa Nation
 
Evening show
Dean  Allmark b Noam Dar
Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish b Martin Kirby & El Ligero
Dave Mastiff b Low Ki
Uhaa Nation & Mad Man Manson & Juventud Guerrera & Hurricane Helms & Al Snow b Bubblegum
Rampage Brown & T-Bone b Chris Masters & Dave Rayne to keep tag titles
Bubblegum won three-way over Kris Travis and Mark Andrews to keep cruiserweight title
Joey Hayes b Danny Hope to retain PCW title (thanks to Jan Buxton)
 
--Hayes will be defending his PCW title against Masters in August and the winner faces Uhaa Nation in November.
 
--Wrestling fan Tim Chizmar is trying to raise money for a movie on Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/TimChizmar/naked-alien-massacre
 
--PWCS from last night in Granite City, IL:  Brandon Espinosa b Bolt Brady, Dangerous Deveroux over Rocket Mapache and Ace Hawkins, Outtkast over Pierre Abernathy & Alex Castle, Gary Jay b Steven Kennedy, Mad Dog McDowell & Barackus b Rocket Mapache, Makaze b Jeremy Wyatt (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--CWE on 6/20 in Transcona, Manitoba at Rookie's Sports Bar and 6/27 at the Holy Cross Gym in Winnipeg, the Lita on the latter show.
 
--Sting appears on PCW Dream Night 13 on 6/21 in Oak Lawn, IL at the Oak Lawn Pavilion.  For $125, you can get a ticket to the show, a personalized autograph and a photo with Sting. 
 
--Northeast Wrestling Spring Slam on 6/6 in Spring Valley, NY at the Spring Valley High School has Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Matt Hardy, and Booker T appearing.  6/7 in Ansonia, CT has at the Emmett O'Brien Technical High School has Scott Hall, Matt Hardy, Christy Hemme and Cody Hall.

Who had the best show?

 

Who won the night?