March 3: Wrestling Observer Radio: Raw Is Daily Show with Jon Stewart, UFC, ROH, questions, more!

Monday, 02 March 2015 23:14

Wrestling Observer Radio returns tonight with Dave Meltzer and Mike Sempervive talking all of the news in professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, including tonight's very angle-driven Raw - which featured the anticipated appearance of the Daily Show's Jon Stewart. And schoolboys. Lots of schoolboys. We run-down the entire show, as well as Judas Devlin's accusations about Bill DeMott, AAA's presser to likely announce Rey Mysterio, Bellator issues an injunction against UFC over Rampage, other notes about UFC, Invicta, Samoa Joe, post-show feelings from ROH, your questions and much more. A fun show as always, so check it out~!


 

Review of the Booker T special

Monday, 02 March 2015 23:11

By Jeremy Peeples/@Jeremy_Peeples

The show begins with brief clips of Booker in the ring, at home with his kids, and we're told that they'll be following Booker from his home in Houston to a Raw show. We're introduced to Kendrick James Huffman and Kennedy Rose Huffman - Booker's twins. His son is into reading, while his daughter is into cheerleading already. We go to South Park, his Houston neighborhood. He was the youngest of eight and we hear from his sister Carolyn that he always got what he wanted by crying. Lash/Stevie Ray talks about Booker moved to live with their grandmother, but he moved back to Lash's chagrin since he didn't want a little brother bothering him. 

Their mother was the rock of the family and another sister, Bonita says that she went off for back surgery and they never saw her again -- she left them with a couple of days of lunch money. She passed away at 49 from complications of the surgery, and Booker lost his mother when he was only 13 and never met his father. Bonita says that started him on a dark path and Booker says he followed the wrong crowd, and got arrested for aggravated robbery. Lash had no idea things got that bad for him and Booker faced anywhere from five to 99 years in prison. 

Booker says he was caught in the middle of a tornado, and he couldn't get out of it. He was taken to jail with everyone else. Bonita said that the mugshot going public is what got her to finally accept it, while Lash says that they talked wrestling on the phone and it get them through that rough patch. Booker says he knew he screwed up, but knew he could do better. Lash called in favors to get Booker a job and he wanted to remove Booker from the negative elements and give him some responsibility.

Booker meets with someone we're told via graphic helped him - Bruce Gasarch, a former employer. They meet backstage at a WWE show and Bruce says that not everyone who goes to prison is a bad person. Lash was acting as a property manager, vouched for Booker, and got him the job with Bruce. Booker says that no matter what you do, do it to the best of your abilities. Lash saw that Ivan Putski was opening a wrestling school, so he told Booker they needed to save up and give it a shot. It cost $3,000 to go to the school, which Booker couldn't afford. Bruce says he told his employees if you want to better yourself, and he can help, come to him - so Booker did and Bruce give him the money. Booker and Bruce talk about how he's blessed and he thanks Bruce for helping him because he wouldn't be where he is now if it wasn't for him.

Bruce is shown in the crowd and Booker talks about loving being a commentator. It's like being a wrestler - you need to study and prepare in a different way. Lash was Super Collider, and Scott Casey made Booker GI Bro. Lash got a tryout with the GWF and Booker says that he was just tagging along. Booker says they worked in front of 50 fans in a 3,000 seat building, while Lash talks about being berated more in the Sportatorium than in any other place in his life. Booker did a spinaroonie and it turned them face. Booker says they packed houses after that and we get some sign shots.

Lash credits Mark Madden for the Spinarooni name, and Booker says he can only do it now if the building's at max. We get a clip show of it. Kennedy tries one and we get clips of Larry and Gordon hyping up Harlem Heat in WCW. Booker says that name could've been Houston Heat, but that didn't sound nearly as tough as Harlem Heat. We get some footage of Booker in Japan and some rare promo footage of them. Booker credits Sherri with giving them a lot of credibility and Booker talks about the heat of two black guys having a white woman with them. 

Lash says that Harlem Heat set the standard for the '90s. Sharmell says she got into wrestling through being a dancer for James Brown and getting into WCW as a Nitro Girl. Filming Ready to Rumble is when she fell in love with Booker, and appreciated how he always dressed in a suit and tie. She thought he listened to Sinatra, and was shocked to hear him listening to 2 Pac in his car. Booker says the stars aligned for them to get together. 

 Booker says there is no glass ceiling and you have to make your own breaks in life. Booker says that black guys in WCW didn't get a lot, and he felt like he changed the game when he won the World title. We get clips of the Bash at the Beach 2000 match, but none of the pre-match stuff. The post-match crowd shot makes it look like a big deal and they did a perfect job of optimizing this shot for the HD cropping - it looks incredible. Booker talks about the final Nitro and how a lot of people were sad.

He said he wasn't sad because he knew loss and knew everything had to come to end. He came in with one title and left with two. He said he didn't know if he could start over again, but he was excited. We go to the Reality of Wrestling school and he works out with guys and says that his knowledge will never go away thanks to his students. Booker says he wanted to open it with Lash, but they had a falling out. Booker says that Lash just saw him as the little brother, and Carolyn says they should've just called each other. They were estranged for nearly five years.

Booker talks about building his character in WWE. Booker credits a kid doing the five time hand motion in front of him with adding that to the whole act. He says there's no one better to start off with than Steve Austin and we saw the grocery store brawl. We go backstage with Booker and Dustin cracking up. Dustin says they need to do one more house show run, and Booker says no way - he'd die doing a house show run. Booker and Goldy are shown with a ton of funny clips, and Booker tells him he needs a young guy like Dustin out there with him now. 

Before WrestleMania XIX, Jim Ross told Booker to talk about the arrest so kids would learn from it. Ross is credited as the former EVP of talent relations, with nothing about his past as a commentator on the graphic. Clips of Booker talking about it on Raw are shown with Sharmell saying she hopes it helped at least one person. Booker talks about a guard who told him he'd see him when he got back and Booker takes so much joy in knowing that the man can only see him on PPV and TV now. We get some of the backstage clips from The Mania of WrestleMania that work out perfectly in HD, while the match alternates between widescreen film and the TV broadcast. Booker says he won just making it to the title match of WM.

Booker says that after he married Sharmell in 2005, he lost his edge in the ring. WWE addressed this by making her his manager. Sharmell acted as his real manager for extending his career. He called her his queen in real life, leading to King Booker. We get a ton of King Boo-kah! clips. This was a really fun run for him. Sharmell says she liked being a heel because she approached it from being an ex-pageant queen. Booker called her and he was calm about going into the Hall of Fame before breaking into a cheshire can grin.

Booker wanted his whole family at the ceremony, and it required he and Lash to make up. Bonita was hopeful they could patch things up, and they did. Sharmell says that Lash was the most perfect person to induct him since he got his career going. Stevie was blown away by the Stevie Ray chant. They hug on-stage and his family is shown overjoyed in the crowd. Booker says the Hall of Fame made him realize how much they needed to patch things up, while Stevie says it made him appreciate Booker.

Booker loves being a father now, even though he's been one before - he was a kid then and has a 32 year old son. Bonita talks about being amazed at how her baby brother is still touching lives, even if it's just taking a photo with a fan. Sharmell says Booker is a man of his word, and the silliest person she's ever met. Booker says his mother would be proud and we see clips of Booker and Lash as ROW Tag Team Champions, which would explain why they held this off a week. Booker says he's always on a journey and he isn't sure where the destination will take him, and only asks that God give him enough time to reach it.

 The first WWE 24 special on WrestleMania XXX felt like part of a story, but not the whole story. This was exactly what that should've been - compelling, and a fun watch from start to finish. This was a fantastic companion piece to Booker T's first book since it kind of fills in a lot of that story visually, and I would presume it will work as a compliment to his second book as well. With a runtime of just under 30 minutes, they packed a lot into it and really told his story as perfectly as possible within that time limit.

 

WWE RAW TV Report: AJ Lee returns, IC Ladder Match takes shape, Roman Reigns loses

Monday, 02 March 2015 17:44

By Rob McCarron | Wrestling Observer

Welcome everyone to live WWE Raw coverage here at F4Wonline & Wrestling Observer. I apologize for being a little late, as circumstances beyond my control dictated the late start. We'll start with live coverage and fill in the earlier results ongoing. Thanks!

 

Seth vs Roman is set up

Tonight’s WWE Raw opened with Mr Money In The Bank coming out to highlight his ongoing program with Jon Stewart. They set up Seth hosting his own Daily Show later tonight. Suddenly, Roman Reign’s music hit and the #1 contender scaled the crowd to get in the ring. Roman said he wanted to be there in person as the crowd chants You Suck at Seth. Seth said he could out host Jon Stewart, out rap Wiz Khalifa, out eat Mark Henry, and out wrestle Roman Reigns. Roman tried to goat Seth into cashing in his MITB briefcase to make the Mania main a Triple Threat match. Seth said he’d rather wait until after the match to pick on the bones. The segment ended with Roman punching out Seth, somewhat provoked but not really, and destroying J & J

 

Backstage, Randy Orton told Seth he should ask to wrestle Roman later tonight to back up his earlier words.

 

Dean Ambrose vs Bad News Barrett
Dean beat Wade via pinfall after the Dirty Deeds. Truth performed commentary. Luke Harper, introducing himself into the Intercontinental championship picture, came down and intimidated R-Truth into giving him the title belt. It was Harper walking away with the title that distracted Wade, allowing Dean to hit his finish.

 

Backstage, Miz shamed Mizdow for having no unique identity. Miz had gathered a bunch of low carders into a locker room to show off his new commercial. It was an erectile dysfunction commercial, making a fool out of Miz. Miz yelled at Mizdo, slapping him, and the two stared off as the segment ended.

Bray Wyatt asks if we can feel it

Bray came out to speak, with the arena darkened and a casket inside the ring, about The Undertaker. Bray asked Undertaker where he was, wondering why Undertaker must torture Bray with his lack of response. Then, Bray brought out a gas canister, going into his love of fire. Bray covered the casket with the gasoline, telling Undertaker that everything Bray comes in contact with burns. At WrestleMania, the Undertaker will burn. JBL hilarious muttered quietly that he wondered if the Undertaker was in the casket. No response from anyone as the segment ended with Bray setting the casket on fire.

 

Usos & Naomi vs Cesaro & Kidd & Natalya
Naomi pinned Natalya via schoolboy. This was a Mixed 6-Person tag, so the women could wrestle the women and men the men. As usual. This ain’t Beyond Wrestling up in here. Natalya was playing up the injured ankle from last week. The finish saw the Usos going after Kidd, when Kidd made a surprise tag to his wife in order to get out of it. Natalya was barking at Kidd for making the tag, when he knew she was hurt, which gave Naomi the opening to make a surprise pin. Kidd forced a hug to his frustrated wife as the segment ended.

 

They’re hyping up what John Cena’s plans for WrestleMania are now that he has no US Title match. Spoiler alert: It’ll be a US Title match.

 

John Cena declares his WrestleMania intentions
John Cena said he wasn’t going to whine about not getting a US Title shot, so instead, he declared himself a participant into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Stephanie McMahon walked in saying NOT SO FAST! “Since when do Superstars just get to declare what match they’re in at WrestleMania?” she wondered. Cena said, well, always, everyone does it all the time. Steph and Cena went back and forth in the usual “They were against us but we succeeded” McMahon segment. Eventually, Curtis Axel walked in. He said he hasn’t been eliminated for the Rumble, and the only thing better than one victory at Mania (He’s in the Battle Royal), is two. So he offered himself up for the US Title match against Rusev at WrestleMania. Stephanie then booked Cena vs Axel for now, with Cena having the shot to face Rusev if he wins, and convinces Rusev somehow to give him the match. Axel ended the talking portion by doing the “Whatcya gonna do” line, ripping off his shirt, and gaining a ton of crowd support.

John Cena vs AxelMania
Cena beat Axel with the STF in under two minutes. Would have been under a minute but there was some stalling with Axel doing his ‘Axelmania’ chant around the ring. After the match, Lana and Rusev rushed out. Rusev again said no to a US title match with Cena.

 

Triple H debates Sting with Booker T
Triple H came to the ring, solo, to speak a bit about Sting. He went over the storyline in general before welcoming Booker T into the ring to discuss theories on why Sting hasn’t come to WWE until now. Booker made comments on Sting being locked out of WWE, so Hunter said that Booker was like every geek on the internet thinking they know inside stuff on the business. Booker said Sting couldn’t be controlled, and that’s why he was locked out. Now, Triple H will have to try to control Sting at WrestleMania. Hunter replied that maybe Sting didn’t want to come to WWE, because if no one could control him why didn’t he just show up earlier. Hunter said control is a funny thing, and he thanked Booker for coming in… before firing him. Booker hastily collected his things at the announce desk before walking out. When Booker got half way up the ramp, Hunter stopped him. Hunter said Booker wasn’t fired, it was just Hunter showing who has ultimate control. Hunter finishes in angry HUNTER fashion, saying he has the control and the opportunity to end the final image of WCW.

 

Diva’s Championship: Paige vs Nikki Bella
Nikki retained the title when Brie interfered right as Paige locked in the PTO on Nikki. As the Bella’s were preparing a beating on Paige post-match, AJ Lee returned to even the odds. AJ and Paige worked together to take out both Bellas before giving each other a nod in the ring, as Paige and AJ seem to have finally found their true soul mates.

 

Backstage, Renee Young caught up with AJ and Paige. Paige asked AJ who asked her to come out there. AJ said nobody, but she’s tired of the Bellas bullying everyone and she wanted to help #GiveDivasAChance.

 

The Daily Show w/ Seth Rollins
Seth, flanked by J & J Security, was already in the ring, sitting behind a desk to host this Daily Show segment. He cut a few jokes at Jon Stewart and New New Jersey’s expense. Jon Stewart then entered, cutting jokes of his own while also standing up for New Jersey. Jon spoke about greats of the past like Bruno, Monsoon, and Foley. He spoke about how they fought from the bottom to earn what they got, while Seth is given everything. Eventually Seth cut him off, and it appeared Jon was headed for a beating when Randy Orton’s music hit. Orton slowly strolled the ramp, wondering what was going on while yelling at Seth for looking like a fool, basically. With J & J’s attention on Orton, Jon kicked Seth in the nuts before running off. Orton then walked away, not wanting to deal with the fiasco. Stewart ran off, as well, as J & J turned back around to find Seth in pain, clutching his balls.

 

Backstage, Renee Young asked about the impact that Stewart left on Seth. Jon kept looking over his shoulder to make sure Seth wasn’t nearby. Renee asked if Jon would join WWE after the Daily Show. He effectively said no, then bailed to avoid Rollins.

 

Daniel Bryan vs Luke Harper

Bryan won with the Yes Lock after taking quite a bit of punishment. After the match, Bryan went to celebrate on the announce table. Wade Barrett snuck in to get his title belt back, but Dean Ambrose came in and began a brawl. In the brawl, Luke Harper gave a boot to Dean and took the title. R-Truth came down calmly and somehow ended up with the title, but Luke Harper confronted him. Truth put the belt down, because he continues to be the only one who doesn’t really want the title. Funnily enough, Truth is the first participant in the IC Ladder Match. Go figure. Harper delivered a black hole slam to  Truth for his trouble, and took the title belt. With Harper almost to the entrance way, Dolph Ziggler came out and surprised Harper with a superkick. The belt ended the segment on the shoulder of Dolph Ziggler, while Daniel Bryan lead the crowd in a Yes chant. Looks like Dolph, Harper, Truth, Barrett, Bryan and Ambrose are the locks for the IC Title Ladder Match at WrestleMania.

 

Alundra Blayze, with that name, was announced for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame.

 

Backstage, Seth Rollins was upset at being embarrassed by Stewart. Orton walked in, asking for a thank you from Seth. Orton says Seth’s career was saved when Orton stepped in before Seth could make a career killing mistake by beating up Jon Stewart. Orton said he will help Seth in his match tonight, if he asks. Kane and Big Show then stepped in, saying they had Seth’s back. Jamie Noble told Randy that he wasn’t needed.

 

Paul Heyman address WrestleMania
Paul Heyman, in the ring, spoke about Lesnar vs Reigns. Heyman’s mic cut out a couple of times, but otherwise it was a usually strong promo putting over Reigns as a quality challenger, although out of his league going up against Lesnar.

 

Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns
Seth Rollins pinned Roman Reigns after a bunch of interference. Still, Roman went down via rollup in a match on the road to WrestleMania. It certainly seemed as if, at least on this show, that whatever match Seth Rollins was in at WrestleMania was the big match. Of course, it was one week, and it is good to make multiple matches feel important. Roman, after the loss, got some heat back as he completely destroyed Rollins with a spear and got the better of the Authority.

 

No Orton turn against Rollins tonight, although we did get some clarity on the IC ladder match at Mania. We appear to have our six combatants, while Sheamus looks destined to enter, and probably win, the Andre battle royal. Next week: Brock Lesnar, maybe. Plus, Wiz Khalifa and Seth Rollins promo time.

 

How and why Roman Reigns is headlining Mania and Daniel Bryan isn't, Lawsuit aganist Punk, Update on Lesnar, Bushhwackers history, WWE Hall of Fame notes

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We're looking for reports on Raw tonight in Newark, NJ, with dark matches, Superstars maches and anything else not evident from the live show.  Jon Stewart is scheduled on the show to continue his angle with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton.  No Brock Lesnar scheduled.  A.J. Lee is there and set to return.

We're also looking for reports on the weekend NXT shows in Jacksonville and Tampa. 

Tuesday has Smackdown tapings in Washington, DC.  John Cena is not advertised for this show.

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The lead story looks at the Dr. Amann lawsuit, why he is suing, what the case comes down to, claims on each side, WWE's involvement in the suit and why, Punk's strange behavior on the Michael Landsberg show, where Paul Levesque fits in, and whether WWE made Dr. Amann a public figure.  We also look at people who have said Punk has made up stories, as well as the A.J. Lee/Stephanie McMahon Twitter confrontation and why McMahon backed down in the end.  We also look at the portrayal and pay of women in WWE, how the rules are different for men and women, and the choices WWE has to make.

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We look at Vince McMahon's handpicked champions, who hit, who didn't, why things did and didn't work,

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--Update on Mr. Niebla in CMLL

--Woman's star breaks leg

--Title stripped when champion moved out of the country

--Unique CMLL tournament

--AAA returns to Juan de la Barrera Gym in Mexico City

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--A look at NOAH's fortunes with help from New Japan

--Update on New Japan on AXS

--Update on New Japan on U.S. PPV

--A look at the March schedule on New Japan World

--What U.S. tag team is expected to get a major push in New Japan

--Notes on the match that got out of control on the Stardom show

--Antonio Inoki's birthday show featuring pro wrestling debut of MMA stars

--The two pro wrestlers who had public schools names after them

--Jeff Jarrett's announcement tease

--Citi Field hosting a big summer pro wrestling event

--Another wrestler on the new season of Amazing Race

--More notes on events at WrestleMania weekend

--Longtime star says he's retiring at the end of the year

--Flair & Steamboat draw big crowds over the weekend

--First-time ever dream match

--A look at where Lucha Underground will be in May

--More on Vince Russo at Lucha Underground

--Russo wrestling in March

--ROH in unique talks

--More on the return to ROH of Samoa Joe

--What companies have made offers to Joe

--Notes on the next ROH PPV show

--Update on the May shows with New Japan

--Notes from ROH in Atlanta

--Update on TNA after European tour

--TNA inks international TV deal

--Official UFC numbers for 1/31 in Las Vegas

--Lots of new major UFC fights signed

--Will Mayweather-Pacquiao hurt UFC

--UFC announces top fights for Mexico including Velasquez vs. Werdum

--Lineup for this week's Invicta and UFC events

--What UFC star is now a free agent

--Rashad Evans talks changing weight and if it's a good idea

--More notes on weight cutting

--Bellator signs international TV deals

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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking ROH, WrestleMania history and the latest pro wrestling and MMA news on Wrestling Observer radio late tonight.  You can also send e-mail questions to the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

--As noted earlier today, A.J. Lee is at Raw, as is Mark Henry.  We've heard reports that Sheamus is also there, but we don't have them confirmed. 

--Variety reported today that the movie Ronda Rousey was talking about is a starring role in "Mile 22," produced by Peter Berg of Friday Night Lights and The Rundown fame.  Rousey and Iko Uwais (Star Wars Episode VII) will co-star as a CIA operative and an Indonesian police officer investigating political corruption.  The movie starts filming in mid-May.  So that probably puts Rousey's next title defense around October or November.

--Wiz Khalifa, the rapper who worked on a song with John Cena, will be on Raw on 3/9 in Pittsburgh.  He is from the Pittsburgh area.  Snoop Dogg and Bill Simmons are set to be on the 3/23 Raw in Los Angeles.

--Some good analysts reports on the WWE Network in the last few days have led to the stock closing at $17.25 at close today, up 81 cents.

--Paul Heyman will be delivering a WrestleMania message tonight.  And has been pushed all week, Jon Stewart appears on Raw for his angle with Seth Rollins.

--The WWE Network will be doing a WWE 24 series show right after Raw on Booker T, talking about his career.

--The Bret Hart video documentary from 2005 has been added to the WWE Network.

--Tommaso Ciampa was banged up last night from the four-way, with possible broken ribs according to the report we got.  He was in a wheelchair earlier today at the Las Vegas airport.  This led to him writing on twitter:  "What should have been one of the best moments of my career has officially turned into one of the most disappointing days of my life."

--There is a major Jim Cornette tribute show taking place on Saturday in Wilmington, NC at the Coastline Convention Center with a fan expo in the afternoon and a tribute show at night.  Appearing will be the Rock & Roll Express, the Midnight Express, Harley Race, Ted DiBiase, Dan Severn, Tom Prichard, Bill  Apter and Robbie E.

--Tickets for UFC 187, with Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson and Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort in a double headliner, go on sale to Fight Club members on Wednesday, an Internet pre-sale on Thursday and to the public on Friday.  Tickets are priced from $1,000 down to $125, so they are looking for a big gate out of this one.

--Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be doing a press conference in Los Angeles on 3/11 at 11 a.m.  The location in downtown Los Angeles is to be announced.

--Abdullah the Butcher's has put his WWE Hall of Fame ring up for auction.  Bidding has hit $12,000.

--From people at the ROH show last night, the problem was the mic'ing of the crowd.  I was told it was hot all night, with the exception of the main event, which was flat.  The crowd came off flat a lot on television although the wrestling was very good throughout.

--The Hulk Hogan banner that was raised on Friday night in Madison Square Garden that fans in the building assumed would be permanent, was taken down after the show and already gone when the Knicks played on Saturday.  It was only meant for the Hogan ceremony, not to stay there. 

--While there was a story about the WWE Network no longer allowing more than one device using the same password to log in at the same time, several have noted to us that they have still been able to log into multiple devices, with one person noting he was able to log into four different devices.

--Trent Baretta has pulled out of this Sunday's Evolve show in Deer Park, NY, and has been replaced by the returning Davey Richards.  Richards will face Anthony Nese in their first ever singles match, plus AR Fox vs. Matt Cage, Chris Hero vs. Drew Gulak (who had a great match on Friday night in Reseda) and Biff Busick vs. Caleb Konley is also on the show.

--Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian were on Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men show on AMC last night, marketing their new comic book at Smith's store in New Jersey.  The first segment of the show talked about Daniels & Kazarian and the crossover between comic book fans and wrestling fans.  The episode will re played at 5:30 a.m. this coming Saturday and can also be viewed on AMC on Demand for the next few weeks.  (thanks to Michael Bernstein and Daniel Short)

--Some Lucha Xtreme shows in the Fresno area for the Lucha Xtreme May tour with shows on 5/1 in Downtown Fresno at the Sequoia Brewing Company outdoors.  They also run 5/2 in Merced at the American Legion Post Veterans Memorial Building, and 5/3 in Hanford, CA at the Civic Center, plus 5/9 at the Club One Casino in Fresno with an appearance by Ickey Woods, of TV commercial fame, who is from Fresno.  Also they run 5/22 in Coalinga, CA at the Horned Toad Derby Event and a live iPPV on 5/24 from the Chukanski Ballpark in Fresno. (thanks to Jon Southerland)

--VIPW on 3/6 in Victoria, BC at the Velox Rugby Club.  They also run 3/7 in Nanaimo, BC a the Departure Bay Activity Center.

--Monster Pro Wrestling on 3/6 in Edmonton at the Kingway Legion #175

--Saturday night results from Huntington Park, CA for Hora Del Cuadrilatero Promotions:  Mascarita Solitaria b Anastacia Negro, Scarecrow b Mr. Esso, Mercanico & Alas de Oro b Lobo Salvaje & Diamante Negro-DQ, Piolin & Ciclon Moreliano DDQ Pro Mentiz & Conde Maldito (thanks to Kurt Brown)

--Raymond Rowe vs. Johnny Gargano headlines the 3/20 AIW show in  Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School.

--All Out Insanity pro wrestling on 4/19 in Fort Worth at Action Martial Arts.

--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Brian Gott b Jeremy Wyatt, Dalton Lee Roth & Purple b Michael Ray & Malone, Bradley Charles b Mad Dog McDowell, Stephen King b Darren Russell-DQ, Jeremy Wyatt won over Brian Gott & Derek Cornell in a handicap match, Ryan Slade b Joey Daniels-DQ, Ryan Slade & Zac James b Joey Daniels & L-Ray, Abu Colossus b Tony Cortez.  Next show is 3/28 at the National Guard Armory in Council Bluffs. 

--Santana Garrett defends the NWA women's title on Friday night's Shine card against Shanna, Saturday night's ACW show against Andrea (who was Rosie Lottlelove in TNA) and Sunday for Orlando Championship Wrestling against Ashley Ford.

--CHIKARA announced the King of Trios tournament this year will be 9/4 to 9/6 at the Palmer Center in Easton, PA.  There will also be the Fans Conclave on 9/5 from 2-4 p.m.  The first team announced is The Bullet Club of A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks.

--Dan Severn talks Brock Lesnar returning to UFC
--Christopher Daniels interview

--Tommy Dreamer talks Saturday's House of Hardcore show

INTERNATIONAL ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

1972 - Robert Bruce beat John DaSilva in Upper Hutt, New Zealand to win the British Commonwealth title.  When Bruce retired, he ran the biggest and most successful theatrical agency in New Zealand.

1973 - The Medics (Dale Lewis & Bob Griffin) beat Don Carson & Dick Dunn in Sydney to win the Austra Asian tag titles

1973 - Johnny Valentine beat Seiji Sakaguchi in Yokohama to win the United National title

1974 - Mario Milano beat Cyclone Negro in Melbourne to win the WCW Brass Knux title

1977 - Don Muraco beat Ed Wiskoski (Col. DeBeers) in Sydney to win the WCW North American title

1986 - Talisman beat Atlantis in Mexico City to win the Mexican national welterweight title

1994 - Atlantis beat Dr. Wagner Jr. in Acapulco to win the CMLL light heavyweight title

1995 - Fuerza & Juventud Guerrera beat Rey Misterio & Rey Misterio Jr. in Xalapa to win the WWA tag titles, as well as by stips of the match, Juventud won the WWA lightweight title from Rey Jr. (the current Rey Mysterio) and Fuerza won the AAA middleweight title from Rey Sr. (his uncle)

2013 - BxB Hulk & Uhaa Nation beat Masaaki Mochizuki & Don Fujii in Tokyo to win the Open the Twin Gate title

2014 - Ricochet beat Masato Yoshino in Osaka to win the Open the Dream Gate title 
 

TODAY'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

6:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nattie faces surgery after a nasal injury. Nikki suspects John Cena of cheating, and Trinity makes a music video.

7:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Roman Reigns validates his Royal Rumble victory by securing the biggest win of his career and The Authority gets a surprise outta nowhere.

7:30 PM ET
RAW PRE-SHOW From WWE Studios in Stamford, Connecticut, Scott Stanford, Alex Riley and Corey Graves cover all the events leading up to Monday Night Raw.

8:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND Relive the historic final match of the WrestleMania IV tournament where Randy Savage took on the 'Million Dollar Man'.

9:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten most awesome Superstar Entrances ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

10:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nattie faces surgery after a nasal injury. Nikki suspects John Cena of cheating, and Trinity makes a music video.

11:06 PM ET
WWE 24 On WWE 24, Booker T: Sentenced to Greatness, the Hall of Famer reflects on his life's improbable trajectory from prison to WWE stardom.

11:36 PM ET
SNEAK PEEK: THE BEST OF STING An opportunity to watch exclusive content from WWE home Video's latest release, The Best of Sting, a collection of his best matches.
TOMORROW'S SCHEDULE 12:06 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten most awesome Superstar Entrances ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

1:06 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nattie faces surgery after a nasal injury. Nikki suspects John Cena of cheating, and Trinity makes a music video.

2:06 AM ET
WWE 24 On WWE 24, Booker T: Sentenced to Greatness, the Hall of Famer reflects on his life's improbable trajectory from prison to WWE stardom.

2:36 AM ET
SNEAK PEEK: THE BEST OF STING An opportunity to watch exclusive content from WWE home Video's latest release, The Best of Sting, a collection of his best matches.

3:06 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA 12 Shawn Michaels and Bret 'Hit Man' Hart battle in an Iron Man Match for the WWE Title. Diesel faces The Undertaker. Roddy Piper vs. Goldust.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten most awesome Superstar Entrances ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00 AM ET
WWE 24 On WWE 24, Booker T: Sentenced to Greatness, the Hall of Famer reflects on his life's improbable trajectory from prison to WWE stardom.

7:30 AM ET
FIRST LOOK THE SHIELD Get a sneak peek at the newly expanded retrospective, which chronicles the rise and fall of the most dominant team in WWE history!

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nattie faces surgery after a nasal injury. Nikki suspects John Cena of cheating, and Trinity makes a music video.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten most awesome Superstar Entrances ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

10:00 AM ET
WWE 24 On WWE 24, Booker T: Sentenced to Greatness, the Hall of Famer reflects on his life's improbable trajectory from prison to WWE stardom.

10:30 AM ET
SNEAK PEEK: THE BEST OF STING An opportunity to watch exclusive content from WWE home Video's latest release, The Best of Sting, a collection of his best matches.

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nattie faces surgery after a nasal injury. Nikki suspects John Cena of cheating, and Trinity makes a music video.

12:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten most awesome Superstar Entrances ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

1:00 PM ET
WWE 24 On WWE 24, Booker T: Sentenced to Greatness, the Hall of Famer reflects on his life's improbable trajectory from prison to WWE stardom.

1:30 PM ET
FIRST LOOK THE SHIELD Get a sneak peek at the newly expanded retrospective, which chronicles the rise and fall of the most dominant team in WWE history!

2:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nattie faces surgery after a nasal injury. Nikki suspects John Cena of cheating, and Trinity makes a music video.

3:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR It takes an army to win a war, and both WCW and WWE were developing a deep roster in order to emerge victorious.

4:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND Relive two of Y2J's best matches at the Show of Shows, from WrestleMania 25 against WWE's Legends AND at WrestleMania XXVI against Edge.

5:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable International Sensations of all time!

6:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Hand-picked matches by The Hitman himself, and a revealing, never-before-seen interview with Bret Hart!

8:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR It takes an army to win a war, and both WCW and WWE were developing a deep roster in order to emerge victorious.

9:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND Relive two of Y2J's best matches at the Show of Shows, from WrestleMania 25 against WWE's Legends AND at WrestleMania XXVI against Edge.

10:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Memorable International Sensations of all time!

11:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR It takes an army to win a war, and both WCW and WWE were developing a deep roster in order to emerge victorious.

 

A.J. Styles interview, talks Joe in ROH and Styles clash

Monday, 02 March 2015 14:17

IWGP Champion AJ Styles joined the Chad Dukes Wrestling Show Thursdayafternoon to discuss a number of topics.  From ROH's recent talentinfusion, the Bullet Club in Ring of Honor, ACH, the return of SamoaJoe, the Styles Clash controversy, smart marks, the growth of NewJapan in the states, and much more.

On the Return of Samoa Joe:

"Joe coming back to Ring of Honor is huge.  He and I talked before hereleased his statement but I was excited about him maybe having theopportunity for him to come back to Ring of Honor because it'sexciting to have a guy who you know works hard and can do unbelievablethings and has a history at Ring of Honor.  I'm excited to see thewelcome he gets when he comes back, not just from the guys in theback, because I know they will welcome him, but from the fans waitingon him."

On ROH:

I think they're trying.  You don't want to move too fast, you start tomove fast and you make holes that cost you your company.  I thinkthey're doing the right thing in bringing in these guys, giving thesedream matches that people want to see.  To me it's not taking a stepback, it's actually going somewhere having fun and having greatmatches.

On the Styles Clash:

"The one thing I can't control is your head, that's up to you, andthere's only one thing you can't do in the move is tuck it.  There'sno reason for you to do that."

"At the end of the day if they don't want to take it I have no problemnot doing the Styles Clash, there are other things that I can do. Butif the promoter wants it and everybody's cool with it that's whatwe're gonna do."

Any help in promoting this interview would be greatly appreciated!Some of the quotes are attached below.

Full audio interview

 

Wrestling Observer Live 3/2: News on AJ Lee, Brock Lesnar, Raw, Jon Stewart, your calls, more!

Monday, 02 March 2015 13:00

Wrestling Observer Live with Bryan Alvarez and Mike Sempervive returns today to talk all the news in wrestling and mixed martial arts including tons of notes on Raw tonight, return of AJ Lee, Brock Lesnar, Jon Stewart and tons more, plus your calls! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

WWE News: If you've got five figures to donate to Superstars for Hope, WWE has major things for sale

Monday, 02 March 2015 11:26



For the next 4 weeks, leading into WrestleMania, WWE will be adding four new perks for Superstars for Hope every Monday.

 

WEEK 1 – EXCLUSIVE PERKS

$10,000

WWE TITLE SIGNED BY VINCE MCMAHON & THE AUTHORITY

By donating $10,000, you will receive a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Title signed by Vince McMahon and The Authority – Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. 

 

$15,000

LUNCH WITH TRIPLE H AT WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER

By donating $15,000, you will be treated to lunch with Triple H at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.  After receiving an exclusive tour of the WWE Performance Center, you and a guest will enjoy a live NXT taping at Full Sail University. 

 

$15,000

BACKSTAGE TOUR OF WWE LIVE EVENT FROM ROMAN REIGNS 

By donating $15,000, you will receive an exclusive backstage tour of a WWE Live Event from WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.  Additionally, you will receive four premium tickets to this event. 

 

$20,000

WRESTLEMANIA 31 PREMIERE PACKAGE 

By donating $20,000, you will receive one suite for 10 people to WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.  Following a private lunch with a WWE Legend, you will be treated to a backstage tour of WrestleMania with WWE Superstars or Divas.  This package also includes autographed WrestleMania merchandise.

 

Notes on Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania weekend show in Santa Clara, Fan Q&A, live performance by Wale

Monday, 02 March 2015 10:30

For Immediate Release

REY MYSTERIO AND WALE COMING TO SAN JOSE ON MARCH 26TH FOR WALEMANIA FEATURING A MAJOR REY MYSTERIO INTERVIEW, FAN Q&A AND PARTY WITH A LIVE PERFORMANCE BY WALE
San Jose, CA (March 2nd, 2015) – REY MYSTERIO is coming to San Jose on Thursday March 26th with his friends to talk about his trailblazing career and what’s next in a live interview before the audience.  Mysterio will also participate in a fan Q&A and there will also be a one of a kind VIP cocktail party where you can chill with Rey Mysterio and friends.  If that wasn’t enough, Grammy-nominated artist WALE will bring the house down with a special live performance as he presents WaleMania on Thursday night March 26th at Taste Nightclub at 2909 Lakeside Drive in Santa Clara, CA 95054.
WaleMania is your official landing party for a weekend celebrating professional wrestling.  Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now exclusively at www.WaleMania.com and www.TheTicketGroup.com
Mysterio will speak candidly with his best friend Konnan, ex-WWE Creative Executive Court Bauer and MSL of MLW Radio about his meteoric rise from Mexico to the global grappling phenomenon he is today…. and what’s next.
The After Party will feature a sneak preview of Wale’s highly anticipated new album, The Album About Nothing, with a special performance by the artist.  Wale collaborated with Jerry Seinfeld for this high concept album that comes out March 31st.   
Event Information:
  • 6:30 – 7:30pm: VIP only cocktail party with Rey Mysterio featuring a Don Julio sponsored complimentary open bar and hors d'oeuvres
  • 8 – 10pm: Rey Mysterio interview with MLW Radio and fan Q & A 
  • 10pm – closing: After Party featuring with Rey Mysterio and friends plus a special live performance by Wale performing songs from his new album dropping March 31stThe Album About Nothing
VIP ticket holders attend an exclusive pre-show cocktail party with Rey Mysterio featuring complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres for VIP ticket holders.  VIP ticket holders are guaranteed seats for the live Rey Mysterio interview with MLW Radio featuring a fan Q&A. VIP ticket holders have access to the After Party with Mysterio and friends featuring a special live performance by Wale.
General Admission ticket holders will see the live Rey Mysterio interview with MLW Radio and can participate in the Q & A as well as the After Party with Rey Mysterio and friends featuring a live performance by Wale.
Buy tickets exclusively at www.WaleMania.com and www.TheTicketGroup.com.
Don’t miss a legendary night of rap and ‘rasslin.  Join Wale, Rey Mysterio and friends and celebrate wrestling with the hottest party of the weekend!
WaleMania is an Every Blue Moon and Court Bauer concept.
Learn more about Wale and his new album, The Album About Nothing, dropping March 31st at: http://www.WaleMusic.com.  
Check out The Album About Nothing trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmQ7a5kpr28& and The Vlog About Nothing (Episode 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7EaMeTk-U8
MLW Radio is a weekly top ranked podcast on iTunes hosted by Konnan of the hit El Rey Network series Lucha Underground, producer and former WWE Creative Executive Court Bauer and Mister Saint Laurent! 
Learn more about MLW Radio at: www.MLWRadio.com and on twitter @MLW.
Learn more about Taste Nightclub: http://tasteonline.biz/nightclub 
Taste Nightclub is located at 2909 Lakeside Drive in Santa Clara, CA 95054.
 

F4W Wrestlemania 31 schedule update: exclusive Jim Ross meet and greet details

Monday, 02 March 2015 10:30

With Wrestlemania 30 headed to San Jose, CA, it's time for you to start planning for our yearly EMPIRE~! get-together during the week.

Some details to come, but you can keep up with the latest by liking this Facebook page or by emailing Ed Loredo. Please note the event is not being run by Dave Meltzer or Bryan Alvarez, so please email any questions to Ed.

Saturday Jim Ross Observer Exclusive Meet-And-Greet:

If you are an Observer subscriber and would like to meet good ol' Jim Ross prior to his 3/28 one-man show on Saturday, you have to buy a regular admission ticket to his show available here. The Meet and Greet starts at 11:00 AM and you can reserve your spot by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by posting your info to our this Facebook page. There will be a limit, so don't delay!

Friday Dinner Info:

A dinner will be held at Fogo De Chao (Suite 1090, 377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128) at 5 PM on Friday, March 27. It will be a pre-pay diner costing $80 which includes all you can eat fire-roasted meats, salads, side dishes, and dessert, fountain beverages, coffee and tea. Mixed drinks and beer can be bought at the bar separately. Payment must be sent via PayPal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (use the Gift option to avoid fees) with your name and the names of those coming with you. Payment is due by March 20th.

ROH bus details:


The bus will pick up everyone going to the dinner at 4:30 at the Wrestlecon Hotel and take us to Fogo. It will then go back to the Wrestlecon hotel to pick up people not going to dinner at 5:30, and then pick us up at Fogo at 6:15-6:30 and take us to ROH. After the event, the bus will do drop offs at the Ramada and the Wrestlecon hotel. Cost for the bus is $40/person if you're doing the dinner, $50 if you're not doing the dinner, and $15/person if you're just riding the bus to the dinner. Just 30 seats remain, so This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve your spot. All payments are due at the time of booking.

The F4W EMPIRE BUS TO MANIA is sold out.

WWE:

Ring of Honor: Supercard of Honor IX

World Wrestling Network: "All Day" Events

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds - Fiesta Hall | 344 Tully Road | San Jose, CA 95111

Both dates will have events all day from the World Wrestling Network family of promotions, with "major events" planned for the evenings.

WrestleCon 2015

San Jose Garden Airport Hotel | 1740 N 1st St | San Jose, CA 95112

World Wrestling Entertainment: 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony

Saturday, March 28, 2015
SAP Center | 525 W Santa Clara St | San Jose, CA 95113

World Wrestling Entertainment: WrestleMania 31

Sunday, March 29, 2015 @ 3:30PM Pacific (Gates open @ 1:30PM Pacific)

Levi's Stadium | Santa Clara, CA 95054

World Wrestling Entertainment: RAW

Monday, March 30, 2015 (Gates opening TBD, live broadcast begins @ 5:00PM Pacific)

SAP Center | 525 W Santa Clara St | San Jose, CA 95113

 

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