THURS UPDATE: California fixture passes away, Tons of UFC TV this weekend, Change in Mania official

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The Lead: Impact Tonight & Tour, MMA Uncensored

We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Kansas City (Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray for the TNA title, Matt Morgan & Crimson vs. Hernandez & Anarquia, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky for Knockouts title, A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels, Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion for X title) as well as last night's TV tapings from Orlando at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Impact tonight on Spike:

- A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
- A.J. Styles vs. Kazarian
- ODB vs. Madison Rayne
- Shannon Moore vs. Zema Ion
- Velvet Sky & Mickie James vs. Angelina Love & Sarita
- James Storm & Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Bobby Roode & Bully Ray & Austin Aries

MMA Uncensored airs after Impact.

Superstars tonight:

- Santino Marella vs. Curt Hawkins
- Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox
- Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal    

On Fuel today is a replay of UFC Tonight at 8 p.m., a replay of UFC Insider at 8:30 p.m., Bets of Pride at 9 p.m., UFC weigh-ins for tomorrow night's show at 10 p.m., and the prelims from Saturday's show in Japan at midnight.

After tonight, TNA continues its central U.S. tour with a show tomorrow night in Salina, KS, at the Bicentennial Center, Saturday night in Dodge City at the United Wireless Arena and Sunday in Wichita at The Cotillion.

This Week's Observer: Double Issue featuring WrestleMania build, Rock/Cena & Punk/Jericho promos

We've got another double issue of the Observer out this week.  The new issue is already available on the web site right now, as is another back issue from 1994 covering UFC IV and all the wrestling news from that period.

We look at the build for WrestleMania, the Rock-Cena promo, the Punk-Jericho promo, the internal predictions, the ratings, including exactly what happened with the ratings in the last segment and the goals of building the Mania match, and more importantly, what the Mania match can't do for long-term business.  We update the card announced as well as other matches teased, as well as how the key demos fluctuated in the last half hour of the show.

We also have coverage of the business of WWE with a rundown of the final quarter as well as the entire year of 2011.  We look at why the company is losing money for the first time in years, what divisions are up, what divisions are down, how it differs from last year, the dividend, and comments by Vince McMahon about the last few months as well as the company going forward.

We look at ticket sales and internal PPV predictions for WrestleMania, as well as the theory on how this show will build the company going forward.  We look in depth at the problems of the film division and will it continue and for how long is it safe in the wake of all the money losses.  We also look at an update on the network, why Vince McMahon said they are strong going into the network and why the stats he used may not really indicate strength in that marketplace.

We look at the money earmarked for the network's debut in 2012, and how to look at whether or not it is successful past the obvious bottom line because of opportunity costs changing.

We also look at his talk about recent non-WWE sports deals for content, as well as a look back at the historical cycles of pro wrestling in North America over the past 60 years.  We look at how the stock price is doing, as well as go into almost every facet of the business.

We look at WWE revenue over the past three years and what part of the world it comes from.

We look behind the small gain in attendance and why part of that is misleading.  We also look at ticket prices and merchandise, as well as compare grosses from this year and last year.

We also look at what recent PPV hit rock bottom, and why PPV numbers were up this past year.  We've got a chart listing all the PPV numbers for the past three years, as well as another chart looking at "Rock less" numbers, basically if you take Rock out of the equation, the overall trend of PPV numbers over the past four years.

We also look at a major lesson this year brought forth when it comes to big angles and PPV shows.

We look at why Superstars and NXT are not on television right now, as well as why one sector being down was so disappointing.  We look at toys, video games, novelty products, magazine sales and web site revenue.

We also have a year-by-year look at WWE business final numbers.

We also have a look at the Wrestler of the Year for the U.S. and Japan annually dating back the past 30 years.

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More On The New Observer: UFC Back To Japan, Wrestling/MMA Connection, Tons More

We also have a look at UFC's return to Japan after 11 years, why the show sold, what the show indicated about the Japanese market, what kind of a crowd attended and how it differed from a pro wrestling crowd and a Pride crowd, a look back at the Benson Henderson title win over Frankie Edgar, stats on striking and takedowns, judges scoring, where the lightweight division goes, what Edgar is being pressured to do, and whether Edgar should move down in weight.

We look at the business stats of the show, gate, TV ratings on FX and early PPV numbers, the TV situation in Japan, and a look at the Japanese favorites on the show.

We've also got match-by-match coverage of the show, poll results and more.

We also look at the next Raw, tons of details on this year's Hall of Fame ceremony, where Ric Flair stands, Undertaker health update, Rock box office notes, more on Legends House, Rey Mysterio's return and WWE business notes from the past week as well as highlights from all of the weekend house shows.

We've also got the third part of our history of the UFC/pro wrestling connection, with notes and profiles on 16 more current and former UFC stars who have done pro wrestling.

We've also got a preview of Friday night wars, which start on 3/9 with four different stations broadcasting pro wrestling or MMA in prime time.  We look at how the night is going to shake up, the first Bellator show, as well as a look at the 32 fighters who will be competing on 3/9 to become Ultimate Fighter cast members.  We look at their backgrounds, records and who are the favorites coming in.

We also have our in-depth look at the ratings of the national shows, including how every segment of Raw and Smackdown did, what gained in audience, and what lost in audience.

We also have our weekly features with the results from the major events held around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of the major television shows.

Also in this week's issue:

--CMLL's first major show of 2012 and how the advance looks

--A world champion vs. world champion match coming this week

--Sisters-in-law battle for national championship

--Sons of legends in a feud building to a three-way mask match

--Health update on a major fixture in Mexican wrestling

--Build to the Rey de Reyes show

--Longtime star celebrates 25 years in pro wrestling and they don't even shoot an angle

--Rey de Reyes eliminations

--Unique Dragon Gate angles from the past week

--A look at more matches when Dragon Gate returns to the U.S>

--Kenta Kobashi health update

--Keiji Muto appears in major NOAH main event

--New ownership makes announcements about radio and television of New Japan going forward as well as notes on big shows coming up

--Hall of Famer in wrestling returns to the ring in sumo

--Zero-One's anniversary show

--Update on Shane McMahon

--WWE Hall of Famer autobiography released in a few weeks

--Notes on a TV pilot featuring a lot of former WCW & WWE stars

--More on the dressing room brawl between Brian Knobs and New Jack

--Son of 70s pro wrestling star now ranked No. 7 in the nation in wrestling going into the NCAA's

--Story about the youth of Andre the Giant

--Longtime European star and former ECW wrestler announces retirement

--Cauliflower Alley honorees

--Update on 16 carat gold tournament this week

--Update on ROH's anniversary show

--Update on TNA Victory Road show

--More on Eastbound and Down on HBO and Ric Flair connection

--Update on Ring Ka King, ratings, angles and more

--A look at the next few weeks of Impact television

--A look at the major MMA shows this week

--Update on ticket sales to major UFC events

--Gina Carano's drawing power and Ronda Rousey

--Will the Strikeforce Grand Prix ever end?

--Update on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

--Lots of new UFC matches

--Ultimate Fighter Brazil U.S. airing

--Forrest Griffin talks Tito Ortiz

--MMA heavyweight battles for life after bar room stabbing

--MMA Uncensored talks the death of Pride

--How hard it has become to sell tickets to MMA in Las Vegas

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*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)

*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)

*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)

*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)

*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)

*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our

*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)

*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)

*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)

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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)

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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)

*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)

*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)

*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)

*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)

*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)

*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)

*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)

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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)

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Thursday's News, Notes & Links

--We're sorry to hear about the death of California wrestling fixture Woody Farmer from cancer.  Farmer was a strongman who was working as a piano mover and got into wrestling in the 60s.  He had the unique distinction of doing a couple of three-generation matches in recent years where he teamed with both his son (Shane Kody aka Shane Farmer) and grandson.

--For UFC coverage, the weigh-ins for tomorrow's show from Sydney, Australia, will be at 10 p.m. Eastern live on Fuel (or right in the middle of Impact). On Friday, the prelims run from 6-9 p.m. on Fuel followed by two hours on FX with the main event with the post-game show on Fuel starting immediately after the FX show ends.

It looks like no Ariel Helwani, as Jay Glazer and Stephan Bonnar are doing the weigh-in show with Molly Qerim handling interviews.  For the post-fight show and analysis between fights on the live shows, they will be going to Glazer, Bonner and Chael Sonnen.  The three, along with Qerim doing interviews, will be on the post-fight show.  

--A preview of the new season of Ultimate Fighter airs tonight at 11:30 p.m. Eastern on Fuel.

--The Money in the Bank match is officially off WrestleMania this year and back as the main of the 7/15 PPV. That show also has been moved from Las Vegas to Phoenix.    

--With the NBA All-Star Saturday night doing 6.24 million viewers, TNT rose to No. 1 in the cable ratings last week with a 2.5 prime time average to 2.4 for USA.  Syfy was No. 11 at 1.0, FX was No. 12 at 1.0 and Spike was No. 25 at 0.7.  The two hours of Raw were No. 11 and No. 13 last week.  The first hour of Raw was No. 9 in the 18-49 demo. 

--James Roday of Psych returns to Raw on the 3/12 show in Cleveland.

--Regarding East Carondelet mayor and wrestling promoter Herb Simmons, whose home burned down in a fire yesterday, nobody was hurt, but virtually everything was lost, including his furniture, computers, clothes and his entire pro wrestling collection that dates back decades.

--The city of Albuquerque, NM, named Wednesday Carlos Condit Day in honor of him beating Nick Diaz and winning the interim UFC welterweight title. Mayor Richard Berry held a ceremony in front of Greg Jackson's Martial Arts and Fitness gym and he also was also honored yesterday at halftime of the University of New Mexico basketball game.

--Dana White interview in Australia, mostly rolling his eyes at people who think selling 12,000 tickets for $2.4 million a week in advance of a show headlined by Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves constitutes a failed promotion. Here's another story on the show and another one (thanks to Tim Forge). As a trivia note, I believe this show is the 200th UFC live event in history. At least that's what they are saying. 

--A funny story that Seatwave was advertising tickets for the November WWE tour of Europe with shows listed for Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and London.  Well, nothing unusual about that.  However, the names listed as appearing in the advertising on tour are The Undertaker, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Sheamus, John Cena, Chris Jericho, Edge and Randy Orton.  If all those guys are showing up, I may have to go to England to see the show. (thanks to Luke Owen) 

--The Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki rematch was announced today for Bellator's 4/20 show at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

--Comedian Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central's Tosh.0 is auctioning off items on eBay that have been used on the show including an autographed Arn Anderson action figure and a Piper's Pit backdrop with Piper crossed out and Tosh's Pit written over in a magic marker. (thanks to Daniel Short)

--UFC sent out a release that tickets go on sale on 3/16 for the 5/15 Fuel card from The Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA.  This will be a Tuesday night show with Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Jung Sung as the main event, plus Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens, Igor Pokrajac vs. Thiago Silva and Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin as the top bouts.

--Tomorrow's UFC show is going head-to-head with an HDNet live presentation of Titan Fighting Championships at 10 p.m. from Memorial Hall in Kansas City.  Jorge Santiago vs. Leonardo Pecanha, Joe Wilk vs. Andrew Carrillo and Joe Ellenberger (Jake's brother) vs. Jesse Zeugin headline.  Michael Schiavello and Guy Mezger call the show.  

--El Generico has been added to the 4/13 Evolve show in Toronto.

--Low Ki vs. Bobby Fish has been added to the 3/29 Dragon Gate USA show in Hollywood, FL.

--Bret Hart will be appearing on 6/15 at the Reading Phillies baseball game with a pregame meet and greet.  The local World Pro Wrestling will be doing matches after the game is over including a ladder match.

--Wagnney Fabiano has pulled out of the 3/9 Bellator featherweight tournament due to an injury and will be replaced by Mike Corey, who had been scheduled to work a prelim match on that show.  Corey faces Ronnie Mann in he first round of the eight-man tournament.

--TNA has announced a 5/6 date at the Visalia, CA, minor league baseball park.

--Shane Douglas' Extreme Reunion show on 4/28 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory has announced Douglas, Raven, Sabu, Al Snow, Justin Credible, Rhino, Jerry Lynn, Blue Meanie, Little Guido, Tony Mamaluke, Tracy Smothers, New Jack, Mustafa Saed, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, C.W. Anderson and PG-13.

--There is a new documentary called "Fightville" on the career of UFC featherweight contender Dustin Poirier, which will have a limited theatrical release and appear on Demand on 4/20.

Which show are you most interested in this weekend?
Showtime:  Tate vs. Rousey 44.8%
ROH iPPV from New York 23.2%
UFC from Australia 20.4%
New Japan Okada vs. Naito 6.6%
CMLL Dos Leyendas Blue Panther vs. Negro Casas 3.6%
All Japan 1.4%

Who do you predict in this fight?

K.J. Noons 52.6%
Josh Thomson 47.4%

Who deserves the next lightweight title match?
Frankie Edgar 52.0%
Anthony Pettis 48.0%

A major reversal over a few days ago when it was solidly in the camp of Pettis.

Which show does more North American buys?

WrestleMania 77.5%
UFC Jones vs. Evans 22.5% 

--An interview with Maxine here.

--PWF Northeast Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Providence, RI, at the Davey Lopes Rec Center.

--Empire Wrestling Federation on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Covina, CA and 3/10 in Highland, CA at the Thompson Elementary School with a 1 p.m. start with $5 off every ticket going to the school.

--NWA Ring Warriors announced Francisco Ciatso vs. Wes Brisco (Gerald's son) for the 3/29 Battle of the Belts show in Fort Lauderdale at the National Guard Armory.  The show is headlined by Adam Pearce defending the NWA title against someone from ROH managed by Jim Cornette, Dark City Fight Club vs. Headbangers vs. Red Devil Fight Team (managed by Ivan Koloff), Chance Prophet vs. Kahagas in a cage match, Giant Titan vs. Bruce Santee. Robbie E vs. Stevie Richards, Billy Gunn vs. Vordell Walker, Kevin Sullivan & Gangrel vs. Cassidy Riley & Steve Madison, Jesse Neal & Christina Von Eerie vs. Chasyn Race & Santana Garett with Tammy Sytch as referee, plus Larry Zbyszko will be there.    

--Mets pitcher Tim Byrdak dressed up as Hulk Hogan at spring training (thanks to Lou Pickney).

--NWA Wildkat Wrestling from Louisiana.

--Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons predicts the finish at Mania being a double disqualification.  Please don't hire him to be a booker after his NBA career is over. (thanks to Arda Ocal) 

--Pro Wrestling X, an indie video game project for the PC currently in development, has announced their first release, "Uprising", is now officially in closed beta. The crew behind the game project has released a "State of the Union Address" with all the details on the past, present and future of the project.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?