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Daily Update: Nate Diaz and Miesha Tate get upset wins

UFC 196 Aftermath

"I stormed in and put it all on the line.  I took a shot and missed.  I will never apologize for taking a shot.  Shit happens.  I'll take this loss like a man.  I will not shy away from it.  I will not change who I am.  If another champion goes up two weight classes, let me know.  If you're tired of me talking money, take a nap.  I'll still be here when you wake up with the highest PPV and gate, still talking multi-7s.  Thank you to the true support and fuck the hate that comes out of the woodwork.  I love it all.  It's still steak for breakfast.  I've been here many times in my lief in some for or another.  I'll eat it all and come back stronger.  Aldo, you are a pussy.  Dos Anjos, you are a pussy.  When the history books are written, I showed up.  You showed up on Twitter.  To the fans, never shy away from challenges, never run from adversity, face yourself head on. Nate, I will see you again." [Conor McGregor's Instagram]

There were more than 5.5 million Google searches related to UFC 196 which would indicate a monster PPV number.  I know of MMA sites that were doing all-time record traffic.  I don't recall a show ever hitting 5 million that didn't involve Ronda Rousey.  The upset finishes in both main events (and really the entire show was mostly upset finishes) triggered an amazing post-show reaction.  Of the main eventers. the most searched in order were McGregor, Tate, Diaz and Holm.

For a comparison, the other biggest topics were Republican Election results (2 million), Nancy Reagan (1 million) regarding her death, Joey Feek (1 million), O.J. Simpson (1 million), Super Saturday (500,000), Zootopia (500,000) and Peyton Manning (200,000).

There was nothing major talked about at the press conference past Conor McGregor did a good job explaining his loss, both getting tired (he kept saying he didn't efficiently use his energy) and that he didn't expect Diaz to be able to stand up to his punches.  McGregor talked about UFC 200 against either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar.  He said Aldo had his chance on this show and didn't come, and that he pulls out too often, but will go with whoever he thinks the people most want to see him defend against.

Here is the play by play from last night's show and check out Wrestling Observer Radio where Bryan and I go over the results and talk about the ramifications of the McGregor and Holm losses.


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Raw will be live on Monday night from Chicago.  The New Day vs. A.J. Styles & Chris Jericho for the tag titles is scheduled plus appearances by HHH, Shane McMahon and they are advertising Roman Reigns for the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Milwaukee.


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A look at TNA's financial situation, a preview of UFC 196, a review of Ring of Honor's 14th Anniversary PPV, plus tons of news.

The status of TNA as they are looking for more funding is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.  The strange situation with no announcements of future shows, the next planned TV tapings, what talent has been told, ratings, previous sales talks, what happened to the TNA fan base and where they made the wrong moves, how badly the business fell the last U.K. tour.
 
The build and business of UFC 196, why so many tickets are suddenly available, what is unique about the event's promotion, Diaz vs. dos Anjos as a PPV, the value of the title, previous biggest PPV headlined by a non-title match, breaking down the McGregor vs. Diaz fight and where both would go next.

The build to WWE's Roadblock show, a look at the attempts to build Dean Ambrose, and the state of WWE main events after WrestleMania.
 
The salaries of the leading corporate officers in WWE, what Vince McMahon really makes in ways that aren't directly listed,  who owns what percentage of the company and where Shane McMahon stands corporately.  Shane McMahon's attempts to buy sports franchises, his training for the Undertaker match.
 
Full coverage of Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping, how the middleweight division was hurt financially by the result, judging, 
 
Full coverage of ROH 14th anniversary show and NJPW's plans for the U.S. market

A lengthy feature on the The Fabulous Freebirds, the latest inductees into the WWE Hall of Fame, looking back at their heyday and the careers of Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin and all the other Freebirds over the course of the years.  Why The Freebirds didn't make it in WWF, and what broke the original group up and more!  

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SUNDAY NEWS UPDATE

Undertaker's role in the European post-WrestleMania tour is right now scheduled as Undertaker & Big Show tag matches against Luke Harper & Erick Rowan.

Ryback is being tabbed at this point to be put in the U.S. title mix as the U.S. title match is Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Ryback in three-ways.

We'll have a lot more in upcoming issues on Lord James Blears.  We already have a packed issue with Hayabusa this coming week.  Blears was a household name in Hawaii in the 60s and 70s probably bigger than virtually anyone in their territory was with the possible exception of Jerry Lawler in Memphis.  Everyone watched wrestling in the 60s in Hawaii and even if they didn't, they'd have known him because his daughter, Laura, a surfer and winners of the Women's Superstars competition, was one of the island's biggest celebrities and his son Jimmy was a world champion surfer.  Blears was known as "Tally" to his friends, and Lord Tally-Ho Bears in Hawaii, because he'd end every television show saying, "Aloha, Nuiloha and Tally Ho."  He came to Hawaii in the 50s as an arrogant British heel and became the beloved Hawaiian wrestling television announcer.  Newer fans would know him for reading the proclamations into the 90s as the figurehead President of the Pacific Wrestling Federation, which were the title names for All Japan's belts.  He'd be brought in for most of All Japan's big cards for its first 20 plus years.  He also appeared in the original movie "The Wrestler," as the guy who discovered Billy Robinson.  In fact, Robinson became a star in Hawaii and lived there for a while, before coming to the mainland.  In the 60s with Blears as the booker, Hawaii was reputed for having among the best ring action in the U.S., some of the most impressive shows because all the top stars would come in on their way to and from Australia or Japan, and even more so, the best interviews.  Blears was the master at getting people's real personalities across, or in the cases where it applied, their gimmicked personalities over.  Check out this story on his days in World War II.

Here's the amazing Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi match from Friday night at Arena Mexico.  This is the best in-ring feud in wrestling.

Even though she was cut open in Minneapolis and it looked scary, Charlotte actually worked both last night and again today.  Emma worked yesterday in Columbus, OH so she also wasn't seriously hurt.  Tommaso Ciampa didn't work in Columbus but was there signing autographs.

An article regarding the judge ruling that nothing from the Erin Andrews case can be brought up in the Hogan case.  The Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker lawsuit starts tomorrow.
 
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MISCELLANEOUS

  • The Great Sasuke will be appearing in San Jose this coming Saturday night as part of the Cinequest Film Festival.  The documentary called "The Great Sasuke," airs on Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. and this coming Saturday at 5 p.m.  Sasuke will be at the Saturday screening.

  • Former Winnipeg wrestling promoter Jeff Dyck pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion related to a business venture that left more than 300 investors out of millions of dollars.  Dyck faces nine charges, for allegedly issuing false receipts to investors related to a company called One World United. Neil Friesen faces similar charges. Other charges are still outstanding. The charges he pleaded guilty to were willfully evading taxes and issuing false receipts for deductions in relation to One World United between 2007 and 2010. They had promised investors 10 to 25 percent annual returns on their investments.
  • Bill Behrens at Showbis@aol.com is booking Tessa Blanchard (out of Orlando), Nunzio/Guido Maritato (New York) & Tony Mamaluke (New York) as the FBI, Los Ben Dejos (Orlando).  He is no longer handling bookings for Scott Steiner.
  • A Jim Ross story on his start in wrestling
  • Zach Dominello talks the New Japan Cup
  • Tito Santana appears on 4/16 for the IWF at the Nutley Rec Center for an IWF show.
  • Premier Wrestling at 5 p.m. today in Gilroy, CA at the IFDES Lodge Portuguese Hall headlined by JR Kratos (9-2-1) vs. Joe Graves (4-11-) for the Premier title.  Invicta's Colleen Schneider makes her pro wrestling debut against former UFC fighter and MMA pioneer Shayna Baszler who will have Jessamyn Duke of Invcita and the Four Horsewomen with her.
  • PCW from yesterday in Blackpool, England at Club Domain:  Lionheart b Kenny Williams, Joe Hendry b Dave Rayne, Sonjay Dutt b Bubblegum to retain the GFW NXT Gen title, Chris Dickinson b Jonny Moss, Jeff Jarrett (managed by Karen Jarrett) b Noam Dar, T-Bone & Rampage Brown b Jack B & Jack G, Shu Samuels b Dave Mastiff.  Dutt hit Dar with a belt shot to help Jarrett win.  Karen got a lot of heat.  Chris Masters was there but due to his knee injury didn't wrestle.  Roy Knight (Paige's older brother) had a chest infection and didn't make the show. (thanks to Jan Buxton).
  • Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Fenton, MO:  Keon Option b Danny Adams, Ozzie Gallagher b Jackal, Jayson Khaos b Shorty Biggs, Jack Gamble & Jon Webb b Michael Magnusson & Jayden Fenix, Brandon Aarons b Kevin Lee Davidson, Jake Dirden & Brandon Espinosa b Ricky Cruz & Mike Outlaw, Outtkast b Elvis Aliagle (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Northeast Wrestling from last night in Bethany, CT:  Battle Brothers b Mac & ?, Wrecking Ball Legursky b two men, Dan De Man & Kenny Bengal b Randy Shawn & Keith Youngblood, TK O'Ryan won three-way over Bobby Ocean and Travis Gordon, Dalton Castle b Robbie E, Michael Bennett b Vinnie Marseglia, Mandy Leon & Bull Dredd b Deanna Purrazzo & Damian Adams, Hanson b Big Jym Anderson, Brian Anthony b Frankie Arion (thanks to Troy Cummings)
  • Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno:  Chat Douglas b Spirito, Mortal b Freeman to keep the Lucha Xtreme title (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • Rock Solid Wrestling on 5/7 in Hanover, ONT at the P&H Centre with Jim Duggan and Cody Deaner as headliners. 
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN:  Eddie Felson b Chris Alexander, Cousin Cooter b Joey Archer, Big Country Clint Poe b Tim Lutz, Tank b Toby Evergreen & Wicked Clown, Dillen Dynamite b KC Huber, TVZ b Drax O'Brien & Lightning Bolt, Flash Flanagan b Vic the Bruiser & Timmy Danger in a handicap match. Next show is 4/2 with Vic the Bruiser & Timmy Danger & Daddy Danger vs. Flanagan & promoter Jerry Wilson & Ref Greg Burns, plus an appearance by Jimmy Valiant.

ON THIS DAY IN WORLD PRO WRESTLING HISTORY: Williams and Gordy win AJPW World Tag Team Titles