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We're also looking for live reports from Raw in Minneapolis tonight with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything not evident from the live TV show and attendance. We're also looking for similar reports from the live Smackdown Tuesday (SyFy) in Rockford, IL, including Superstars matches, dark matches and other notes from the show.

We're also looking for reports on all three TNA West Virginia house shows this weekend (Friday in Huntington, Saturday in Beckley, and Sunday in Glenville).

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This Week's Observer: Nick Diaz, Inside The Elimination Chamber

The saga of Nick Diaz, his future, and a look at his track record, as well as coverage of Vince Russo being out of TNA, the new IWGP champion, coverage of the TNA and New Japan PPVs, and the latest on Rock, Cena and the road to WrestleMania leads off this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The new issue is up on the web site right now, as is a back issue from 1994.

We look at the plight of Diaz, what his pot use has cost him so far in his career, notes on his failed test, when it was administered, and what the test showed.  We look at the idea of pot testing, what is next for Diaz as far as protocol, possible suspensions, prior athletes in Nevada who have tested positive twice for pot, as well as how this affects Carlos Condit.

We've got more on PPV buys for Diaz vs. Condit, why Condit was agreeable to the rematch and what happens next.  We also look at how Georges St. Pierre fits into this story.  We look at UFC disciplinary problems of the past, the background of how Diaz's UFC career has gone to date, as well as a blow by blow of Diaz's track record from 2006 to the present.  We also look at other major stars who have tested positive twice.

We've also got the background of what happened to Vince Russo, how it changes TNA, Russo's background with the company dating back to 2002 and why he left.

We also look at the 2013 WrestleMania and early plans, more Rock television appearances, Elimination Chamber updates and how the replacement for Randy Orton went down as well as a look at the Orton injury.

We've got more on Rock's latest movie, as well as his next movie and notes on his movie career.  We've got more on Shawn Michaels and Undertaker appearances on Raw, a major internal shakeup in WWE including one of the highest-ranked executives with the company being let go this pats week.  We also look at how his link with WWE is being talked about in Rick Santorum's presidential campaign.

We look at the biggest WWE merchandise sellers, why some WWE stars were not booked to Abu Dhabi this past week, more on WWE's commitment to market a certain demographic based on their perception of the future of the business, and why the dates of WWE's return to Japan may not be the best.

We've also got more on Steve Austin's next movie, more on Legends House, Bury the Miz week in WWE, the next two live Smackdown on Syfy, John Cena and his wheels, a new DVD being released that will air classic WCW matches, and Linda McMahon's campaign.

We also have more on an MMA fighter copying a WWE star's finishing move, the new R-Truth character as well as WWE business notes from the past week and house show highlights from both the Abu Dhabi tour and the California tour.

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More On This Week's Observer: New Japan & TNA PPVs, WWE news and results, Jesse Sorensen updates, Mike Bernardo retrospective

We also look at Sunday's New Japan PPV from Osaka, the three title changes, background of new IWGP champion Kazuchika Okada, thoughts on the show, on Hiroshi Tanahashi's title reign and whether changing the title was a mistake or not.

We also have full coverage of Against All Odds, including the Jesse Sorensen injury and a health update, more on Taz not being on the show and commentary, the double-edge sword of Orlando and why they don't do more PPV shows outside the Impact Zone, as well as the booking, match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings for the show.

We also have a look at the career of Mike Bernardo, one of the biggest stars of the glory days of K-1, where he fit in, his feud with Peter Aerts and why he was one of the most famous and popular foreign athletes in Japan of the 90s and why his career ended the way it did.

We also have a look at how one cable company is looking at changing the way they offer the product, and the very significant affect this will have on both MMA and pro wrestling is more companies in an attempt to keep from losing customers, follow in this direction.

We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week.  We also have how every segment on Raw and Impact did as far as gaining and losing viewers, as well as who did what in the key segments and who appeals to what.  

We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show reviews.   

Also in this week's issue:

--A Hall of Famer gets financial backing and is trying to raid a major promotion to get talent

--CMLL's first major show of the year, the main event and angles building it

--Hall of Famer captures world title

--One of the best wrestlers in the world and his start date with CMLL

--Incredible partners tag team tournament

--A look at AAA's booking with the different factions

--Notes on Jeff Jarrett's return to AAA

--Notes on new stars AAA is grooming

--Update on AAA's first major show of the year, the Rey de Reyes show

--Dragon Gate USA offers bargain priced PPV show

--Next major Dragon Gate match in Japan

--Top two matches for the next NOAH big show

--Kensuke Office name change and first show under the new name

--Retirement of Japanese wrestler

--New factions and a heel turn in NOAH

--Interpromotional title match

--More notes on the folding of a promotion that was headed by a former WWE and ECW star

--Zero-One 11th anniversary main event

--Two Hall of Famers meet in March for the first time ever

--More on what may be the biggest indie show of the year involving major name U.S. talent

--Update on Batista

--Ultimate Warrior appears at a pro wrestling show for the first time in years

--A name to look out for as a potential pro wrestler or MMA fighter

--How the JBL character came to be

--One of biggest arenas in the country books a pro wrestling event next month, not for WWE or TNA

--Biography on one of the early world champions who set a longtime Madison Square Garden record gate

--Tribute to wrestler who passed away draws a number of former stars

--New markets that will be getting ROH TV

--New ROH big show notes

--Thoughts on recent ROH television

--Injured ROH star returns

--Real TNA numbers for England

--Hulk Hogan talks TNA and what is has, what it lacks and the mentality of the wrestlers

--Notes on the reaction to New York Giants star Brendan Jacobs and the two weeks worth of angles he shot

--How the Jacobs deal went down

--Update on Ring Ka King television and ratings

--TNA agent in a movie that gets released next week

--Sting talks about doing WrestleMania

--Daughter of longtime wrestling name wants to get into TNA's Knockouts division

--TNA house show notes

--TNA television for the next few weeks

--Notes on the TNA Victory Road PPV and Lockdown

--Gate numbers for Diaz vs. Condit

--Lorenzo Fertitta talks a number of big UFC fights over the next few months

--Notes on Ultimate Fighter Brazil and airing in the U.S.

--Final rating for UFC on FOX

--Why there is a four-hour PPV coming up

--Gina Carano's second leading role

--Notes on UFC's return to Japan

--Full details on the next UFC special on FOX as well as the competition that night

--More on Alistair Overeem's legal issues with Golden Glory and how much they are now asking for after the Lesnar fight

--ESPN magazine covers UFC when talking about greatest feuds in sports

--Top UFC star hinting retirement

--Rules in UFC on three round vs. five round main events

--Overeem joins new camp

--Fights added and fights that have fallen apart in the last week

--Details on the next season of Ultimate Fighter and the Faber vs. Cruz plans

--Something people may not have thought about regarding airing Ultimate Fighter live every Friday night

--One of the best athletes in sports contacts Dana White for marketing ideas

--Lots of title fights announced for Bellator's new season

--Reports regarding the future of Bellator's leading star

--The Bob Sapp indie pro wrestling and MMA update

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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)

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Monday's News & Links

--Shaquille O'Neal confirmed that he would be at WrestleMania this year on Saturday night. O'Neal was hosting the Cartoon Network Hall Games awards and said he would be there, but didn't say if he would be wrestling Big Show.

--Tonight is the start of the WrestleMania season. Tonight's big angle is to be an Undertaker confrontation with HHH to help build their match. They should also be promoting Rock's return which will be on the 2/27 Raw show and a clear slate for building matches since there are no other major events left to promote, although some of tonight's show will be promoting the live Smackdown tomorrow night in Rockford. They are advertising locally John Cena vs. Kane and C.M. Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler, but one or both could be dark matches.

--For Rockford tomorrow, there is expected to be a Raw presence and C.M. Punk has been advertised locally for the show. 

--Both Punk and Chris Jericho were doing videos after the show strongly hinting Punk vs. Jericho will be the Raw title match at Mania.

--On the WWE's annual post-Mania tour of Europe, Kane is working a lot of Smackdown brand shows with Randy Orton. The advertised title matches are C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan against either Big Show or Sheamus. There is a Cena vs. Kane last man standing match scheduled for 4/16 in London and Bryan vs. Show in a no DQ and no count out match for the title on 4/17 in London. (thanks to Cohen Morrison)

--The new Dwayne Johnson WWE DVD hits the streets tomorrow.  Got a note from someone who saw a preview copy and said the documentary portion is very good. 

--As noted on the radio show last night, there were signs confiscated during the show. In particular, they went to remove any anti-Cena sign that would be visible on camera, as well as any signs with "Boots to Asses."  (thanks to James Kloetzke)

--At the building last night, they announced an 8/27 return to Milwaukee for a Raw show.

--There were reports of Tara being injured on the TNA Saturday night house show in Beckley, WV, but she worked last night's show in Glenville, WV.  She is great at selling her knee, probably because it really hurts given she's been working on a torn ACL for almost her entire career as she never wanted to take the time off or at other times simply couldn't afford the surgery. 

When you think about it, it's pretty impressive she's been able to last so long in the business, not to mention maintain her look for so long with a shot right knee that probably forces her to modify a lot of her training. We haven't gotten any reports if there is a new injury that has gotten worse that she's working through or that she just was selling great, like she did on the PPV.

--GQ Magazine has a big article on Ring Ka King. The article said that beyond a few WWE tours, India has no pro wrestling history, which is far from the truth, although this generation in India as far as mainstream has no knowledge of pro wrestling. There have been major historical peaks there including the Lou Thesz vs. Dara Singh stadium shows.

--Forbes Magazine looks at UFC Undisputed 3.

--UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones joins John Cena at the Daytona 500 on Sunday.  Cena will be starting the race, while Jones will be an honorary race official for one of the biggest races of the year which airs at 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX.  Jones will be at the driver's meetings, pre-race ceremonies and ride in an honorary race official car before the race starts.

--Here's a Japanese TV commercial for UFC this weekend, designed around the fact the show starts in Saitama at 8:30 AM.   

--Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin was announced for the 3/31 ROH iPPV show from Fort Lauderdale.

--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns former WCW wrestler Evan Karagias, who was also known as Evan Courageous and a former Figure Four Daily guest. Karagias graduated from Hunter Huss High School, which was not named after HHH and Bruiser Brody, in Gastonia, NC.  In high school, he was both active in school theater, and a strong enough wrestler to get a full Division I scholarship to North Carolina State.  In college, he studied theater arts and political science. Karagias had the worst win-loss record as a solo wrestler than anyone in WCW. He met wife Jennifer on the set of "All My Children," when both were doing the show, and they now have four kids together.

Langerman also noted to us he is going to be taking a hiatus from his daily reports. We thank him for all of his help and hope the hiatus is short-lived.

--No UFC on Fuel today.  UFC 136 (Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson) airs at 9 p.m. on Tuesday as a lead-in to the new episodes of UFC Tonight and UFC Insider.  Because they are in Japan, weigh-ins for UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan don't air until 11 p.m. on Friday night Eastern time.  The PPV on Saturday is different as Facebook fights start at 7:30 p.m., and it's only one fight.  There will be two hours on FX from 8-10 p.m. and the PPV will be seven fights and four hours. 

--Here's an article on the late Eddie Gilbert, who passed away 19 years ago this week.

--Dave Bautista talks to the UK's Sun about a potential return, saying he's not closed his mind to it but he's got nothing planned and what it would take.  Plus, given who he wants to work with, it's going to be difficult (Undertaker or HHH).

--Poll on Saturday night's ROH TV show

Excellent 27.8%
Good 36.1%
Average 12.5%
Fair 9.7%
Poor 9.7%
55.5% of those responding didn't see the show

--Best TV show of the past week
Smackdown 25.3%
UFC on Fuel 23.5%
Raw 18.4%
Impact 17.1%
ROH 12.4%
UFC Tonight 1.4%
UFC on Fuel pre and post game 0.9%
Inside MMA 0.9%

--An interview with Mean Gina Carano here.

--Here's an interview with Trish Stratus talking about how she got into wrestling, her career, her new movie, women's wrestling today and more.

--Edge will be appearing at this year's Toronto Comic Con, which is the same weekend as the WrestleReunion in Toronto.

--Jim Ross talks Chamber and Punk's twitter feud with Chris Brown.

--Chaotic Wrestling runs on Friday night in Lowell, MA at the Polish American Veterans Club.

--NWA Mountain State Wrestling on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Mount Hope, WV at the Old Mt. Hope High School.

--The drama show "Taira no Kiyomori" that we talked about with Jinsei Shinzaki on NHK airs in Los Angeles on Ch. 18.2 UTB and Cox Cable 480 in Los Angeles on 5/19 and will have English subtitles.

--Dan Hardy is doing a seminar on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for $65 (or for $75 you get the seminar plus get access to a UFC PPV viewing party with Hardy and a VIP party after the show at a local night club) in Charleston, WV, at Butch Hiles Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA. For more info, call Hiles at 304-549-9370 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

--Tully Blanchard appears on the 3/24 BANG show in Ocala, FL, called BANG A Mania, which sounds like a lot of fun.

--All Pro Wrestling and the Hawaii based Action Zone Wrestling are doing the Pacific Challenge on 3/3 in Hayward, CA at the garage, a best of three series with APW Universal champion Timothy Thatcher vs. AZW champion Jeff Cobb (a 2004 Olympian in wrestling), Jeckles vs. Kaimana and A.J. Kirsch & Dylan Drake vs. Mark Anarchy & Bobby Bolt.

--Legends of the Ring 14 on 6/2 in Monroe, NJ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel features Maryse, Bobby Lashley, Matt Hardy, Don Muraco, Lance Storm, Godfather, Boogeyman, Del Wilkes, Larry Zbyszko, Judy Martin, Leilain Kai, Hugo Savinovich, Mil Mascaras, Koko Ware, Bryan Clark, Taryn "Tiffany" Terrell, Harry Del Rios, Rosita, Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake.

--CHIKARA on Saturday in Reading, PA at the Goodwill Beneficial Association has UltraMantis Black & Hallowicked vs. FIST and Sara Del Rey vs. Archibald Peck.

--Fight Now TV has signed up the Ultimate Challenge promotion in the U.K. and the two most recent shows from that promotion will air on Wednesday and Thursday night this week at 10 p.m.

--NWA Rampage Pro Wrestling returns to Johnny G's in Warner-Robins, GA on Sunday at 3 p.m. with Kyle Matthews vs. Jeremy Vain.

--New England Fights returns for a show on 4/14 in Biddeford, ME. They noted it's a 1600 seat arena and expect an early sellout.

--Jonathan D'Antoni is moving and has a collection of Observers from mid 1996 to the present that he's looking to sell either by the year or together as a group. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

--New York Wrestling Connection from Saturday night in Deer Park, NY:  John Silver won Battle Royal, Martie Belle & Sean Bergin (local newsman doing the 'let's play pro wrestler' gimmick) b Nikki Syx & Victor Cruz, Danny E won three-way over Francis Kipland Stevens and D.J. Pat, Tony Neese won four-way over John Silver, Papadon and Bandido Jr. in more than 30:00, Big O b Manny Martinez.  Next show is 3/10 in Long Beach, NY at the MLK Center.

--The pro wrestling show School of Roc: Class Wars, inspired by The Ultimate Fighter from Billy Roc's School of Roc here and here.

--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Sir Bradley Charles b Zac James, Mad Dog McDowell b Zach Thompson, Paul Daniels b Joey Daniels-COR, Hype Gotti b David Clark, Gangrel b SM King, Sean Cruz b Jimmy Rockwell, Matty Star b Ryan Slade, Sir Bradley Charles b Matty Star, Vic Victory & Darren Russell b Preston Maxwell & Branden Juarez in a cage match.  Next show is 3/24 in Council Bluffs at the National Guard Armory

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