WED. UPDATE: Battle of giants show, More on Diaz case, ROH Fan Fest, Sonnen on Spike; Tyson WWE

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Your TV Night: Miz on USA Network headlines slow night

We will have a new Observer radio show up later today with talk regarding the latest news, as well as taking email and phone-in questions.  A quick reminder that through 6/1, we will be also doing shows late almost every Friday night, covering Smackdown, UFC and Bellator as well as previewing the weekend events.

UFC Tonight replays on Fuel tonight at 7 p.m., followed by a replay of UFC Insiders at 7:30 p.m. and UFC 140 from Toronto with Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida airs at 8 p.m.

The Miz appears tonight on the TV show "Psych" on the USA Network.

New Observer Alert: Latest On Wrestlemania, Friday Night Wars, Mirko Cro Cop Retrospective

The latest WrestleMania update, as well as a look in depth at the Friday night wars week one, along with features on WWE developmental and a career look at Mirko Cro Cop are among the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The issue is up on the site today along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week,

The lead story updates the lineup for WrestleMania, where every major star is figured in, looking at how the show looks on paper as well as the business of the show.  We look at the drawing power of Rock vs. Cena and Undertaker vs. HHH as the main matches, what ratings and ticket sales say and thoughts of the show as a whole.

We also look at what week one of the Friday night wars showed, looking at the ratings and the ratings pattern of The Ultimate Fighter debut, Spike's Ultimate Fighter rerun notes, as well as Bellator's season opener with a championship match all battling the incumbent Smackdown.  We look at how things can be spun positively for UFC, but the one stat that was significant and is not a positive, and what can be learned from it.  We also look at the different audience breakdown for UFC and WWE on Fridays, as well as what value, if there is any, of going live as well as the disadvantages of going live.      

We also have a feature on the WWE developmental system in Florida, looking at the top stars that have come out of it over the past decade, OVW vs. FCW, why OVW no longer exists in a relationship with WWE, why the glory days of OVW can't be brought back so easily, HHH's first major move as the head of the developmental system, and a scouting report on some of the key wrestlers in the system today.                    

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We also look at changes in how WWE is doing house shows following up on notes we had on the subject a few weeks ago.  We also look at changes in PPV plans for post-WrestleMania including a match scheduled for Mania that has been set for post-Mania and changed once again.  We have notes on the wealth of Vince McMahon based on filings by Linda McMahon in her senatorial run.  We also look at major names who are supporting her and how much money she has spent so far on the new campaign.

We've got more business notes regarding Dwayne Johnson, as well as Edge talking about the final days of his career and what he did or didn't know going into last year's WrestleMania.  We also look at two very different names WWE has just signed and will be coming in next week, as well as someone on he verge of signing.  We've got more on plans for WrestleMania week, as well as business notes from all the weekend house shows and highlights of what was done at those shows.

We also look back on the glory days of Japanese MMA with a story on Mirko Cro Cop.  We look at the real story of how Cro Cop because such a popular star in Japan, and how pro wrestling plays a part in it, as well as Cro Cop's matches with famous pro wrestlers and the thoughts of why the Cro Cop vs. Yuji Nagata match took place and how devastating it was for pro wrestling and Nagata at the time.\

We also look at why Cro Cop never had success in the UFC, as well as a look back at how big a deal it was when he made the jump, and the real reasons UFC was able to put the deal together and why it signalled so much more in the grand scheme of things.

We also look at how Cro Cop got so popular and his chase and the build to the ultimate MMA match of its era, Fedor vs. Cro Cop in 2005.

We also have a report on the fighters who made it into the house for Ultimate Fighter coming off the live show on Friday night.

We also have an obituary feature on California wrestling mainstay Woody Farmer, who wrestled in the area for nearly 50 years.  We look at his background, how he got started in wrestling, the three generations of Farmers in wrestling and the sad story about why he always hated his birthday and Christmas.

We also have our in-depth look at the ratings of the national shows, including how every segment of Raw and Impact 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.

More On The New Observer: Champ vs. Champ In Japan, Kurt Angle, Ronda Rousey

--Major promotion booking change

--AAA's last TV leading into Rey de Reyes

--Update on Dragon Gate USA on iPPV

--All Japan's first Sumo Hall show of the year preview including a Hall of Fame candidate wrestling in his first cage match of his career

--Late change to Pro Wrestling NOAH's main event title match

--Thoughts on Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada and their role in New Japan going forward

--IWGP champion vs. ROH champion

--Hall of Fame candidate announces his first match in more than 10 years, and the date of it

--Ultimo Dragon's 25th anniversary match

--Big Van Vader returns to wrestle in Japan

--Death of legendary referee Dick Woehrle and his role in the WWWF and WWF, as well as with other promotions, and how he got started in pro wrestling

--More on Paul Orndorff's battle with cancer

--Latest ECW reunion and who is and isn't going to be involved

--A look at the death of a famous Southern referee, Tommy Weathers

--More about the situation involving Chavo Guerrero Sr. in a match in Illinois this past week that was so strange

--Bill O'Reilly talks Jesse Ventura's incident over the alleged bar fight a few years ago

--Numbers from the last ROH iPPV show

--Latest on WrestleMania weekend ROH shows

--Kurt Angle gives a realistic look at his training and chances regarding the Olympics

--When he will be wrestling if he does the trials

--Lots of new stuff regarding Hulk Hogan sex tape

--Updates on Victory Road and an injury note

--Update on Ring Ka King

--Vince Russo marketing himself for seminars

--More on Eric Bischoff and Jeremy Borash

--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows

--Who is TNA's difference maker when it comes to house shows

--Business numbers from the last several UFC and Strikeforce shows

--What notable mark did Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate achieve

--How their match drew compared to the semifinal on the show

--Update on Miesha Tate's injuries

--Rampage Jackson's latest meltdown

--Jackson's last UFC match, and a look at what he said

--UFC's night of heavyweights update

--Health of Cain Velasquez update

--Nick Diaz and his legal case challenging his suspension

--More on UFC threatening to go after individuals who stream their PPV shows

--Update on UFC regulation plans

--Frankie Edgar talks future

--An interesting name tosses his hat in the ring for Jose Aldo Jr.

--Notes on UFC's promotion of the next two major PPV shows

--Speculation abounds regarding Gilbert Melendez's next opponent

--Two of UFC's most impressive young fighters and their next PPV match

--A UFC show where the lineup on FX may be better than that on the PPV as far as exciting fights

--A suspension of a UFC fighter that got no publicity and why

--A number of new UFC fights signed

--Rundown of the Bellator season opener

--Thoughts on the Joe Warren stoppage and his condition after the fight

The Most Popular Observers Ever

New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.

Our most requested issues in our history are:

*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)

*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)

*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)

*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)

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

*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)

*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)

*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)

*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)

*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)

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

*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)

*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)

*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)

*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)

*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)

*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)

*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)

*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)

*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)

*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)

*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)

*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)

*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)

*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)

*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)

*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)

*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)

*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)

*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)

*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)

*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)

*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)

*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)

*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)

*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)

*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)

*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)

*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)

*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)

*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)

*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)

*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)

*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)

*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)

*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)

*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)

*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)

*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)

*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .

*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)

*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)

*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)

*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)

*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)

*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)

* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)

* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)

* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)

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We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods.

To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.

Wednesday's News, Notes & Links

--I will also be appearing at 8:30 p.m. with Les Thatcher, Rich Tate and Mike Sempervive for Georgia Wrestling History Radio.

--Best wishes to everyone in the Tokyo area regarding the earthquake earlier today and hope you suffered no significant damage.

--UFC has announced that the 5/26 show in Las Vegas will have be an all heavyweight PPV show.  The top five matches are Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem, Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir, Roy Nelson vs. Bigfoot Silva and Shane Del Rosario vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. Added today is Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve.

--Today's update on Nick Diaz is that reported that in Diaz's pre-fight medicals, when asked if he had taken any prescription medication in the 14 days leading to the fight, he checked the box "No."  Diaz is appealing his marijuana suspension by claiming he had stopped using it eight days before the fight, and that he had a prescription for it.

--In the weekly cable ratings race, USA won last week with a 2.3 prime time average to 1.6 for Disney.  FX was No. 11 with a 1.0 average, so Ultimate Fighter was actually slightly below the network average.  Syfy was No. 16 with an 0.9 average.  Spike was No. 24 with an 0.7 average.

--Raw last week was No. 7 and No. 8 for the week on cable. The first hour was No. 8 in the 18-34 age group.  The two hours were No. 6 and No. 7 in 18-49.

--Reader John Hebert said ROH will be airing on CW-15 in Albany, NY, on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. ROH also announced a Fan Fest on 3/30 in Fort Lauderdale at the War Memorial from 4-6 p.m. before the show with Lance Storm, Davey Richards, Mark & Jay Briscoe, Jay Lethal, Eddie Edwards, Roderick Strong, Rhett Titus, Kenny King, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.  They will be selling 8x10s to be autographed but there is no admission to come and you don't have to have a ticket for the show that night.

--Spike announced that Chael Sonnen returns to Spike tomorrow night for MMA Uncensored Live.  Sonnen will be joined by Eric Prindle, who headlines Friday night's Bellator show, plus a feature on War Machine's last 48 hours before he starts a one-year prison term.

--UFC fighter Demian Maia said earlier today that he is moving down from middleweight to welterweight.

--Mike Tyson has been added to WWE Fan Axxess, appearing on 3/30.

--For the 4/23 Raw in Detroit, which is tentatively scheduled as the draft show, they are advertising John Cena & C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho & Kane as the main event.

--The ban of MMA events in Oklahoma (outside of Native American reservations) will also include a ban on pro wrestling events in the state starting at the end of March. It's a political game going on.  The short version is the athletic commission gets most of its funding through a law where all boxing, pro wrestling and MMA PPV purchases in the state are taxed 4%.

UFC is suing to get out of the tax and if they win, it's guaranteed UFC and boxing will follow suit. So the commission has announced it will not have funds and is sanctioning no more events after 3/31, making it illegal to hold such events. WWE has a Raw taping in October in Oklahoma City and this will surely be settled long before that date.  

--This is not an MMA story but very relevant on how three deaths in five weeks led the NCAA to change its policies on weight cutting in wrestling.

--Some new Dragon Gate USA matches for WrestleMania weekend have been announced.  On 3/30, Johnny Gargano will replace Rich Swann as the tag team partner of Chuck Taylor in challenging Cima & Ricochet for the tag team titles.  Swann will face Masato Yoshino.  For 3/31, they've added AR Fox vs. Arik Cannon and Bobby Fish vs. Jon Davis, plus there will be a Pac Invitational Aerial Elimination match.  Pac and Swann are the first two announced.

--There is an Internet presale for the 5/22 Smackdown tapings in Wilkes-Barre starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the password RORTON  Names advertised are Randy Orton, Big Show, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and Justin Gabriel. (thanks to Neil Trama)

Which did you enjoy more?

Rock's singing 63.9%
Cena's rapping 36.1%

Who do you expect to win this match?

Undertaker 92.9%
HHH 7.1%

What did you think of Raw?

Excellent 17.9%
Good 55.2%
Average 14.9%
Fair 4.8%
Poor 7.6%
8.2% of those responding didn't see the show

What do you think of the Rock-Cena build?
It has strengthened the match, more interested 43.2%
Hasn't strengthened the match 29.6%
Has hurt the match 27.2%

--King Mo Lawal's hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding his steroid test failure off the 1/7 show will take place on 3/27.  Lawal is not contesting the test result, only saying he believes he tested positive because he took a supplement called S-Mass Lean Gainer which contained a chemical that would test positive for Drostanolone.   

--Alistair Overeem is facing a non-jury trial on a misdameanor assault charge stemming from an incident where he allgedly pie-faced a woman in a bar on 1/2, according to  A judge will rule on the case on 3/27.

--The episode of Tosh.0 that airs this coming Tuesday will air a previously aired MMA video of a woman choking out a guy in an MMA fight. (thanks to Daniel Short)

--Diamond Dallas Page is taking bookings for appearances and wrestling through Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  He is based at various times in either Los Angeles or Atlanta.

--Marloes Coenen vs. Romy Ruyssen headline on 4/28 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City for the debut of the Invicta Fighting Championships, an all-women's show. There will be 12 fights including Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward, Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry and Sara D'Alelio vs. Shana Nelson.  They also noted that even though it's an all-women's show, they have signed former UFC ring girl Natasha Wicks to be the ring girl.  She was the one who looked a lot like Farrah Fawcett.

--Former UFC fighter Sean McCorkle vs. Brian Heden and former star Karo Parisyan vs. Thomas Denny, along with Lyle Beerbohm vs. Derrick Noble and Drew Fickett vs. Kevin Knabjian headline the debut of Worldwide Mixed Marital Arts (WMMA) on 3/31 in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center. The show will be airing on PPV. Good luck with that.

--Millennium Wrestling Federation on 3/24 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall has Low Ki vs. Slyck Wagner Brown vs Tommaso Ciampa for the MWF title, Fit Finlay vs. Dylan Kage managed by Paul Bearer, Carlito vs. Brian Fury, Rick Fuller & Brian Milonas vs. Bushwhacker Luke Williams & Beau Douglas plus Al Snow.  Zema Ion has been pulled from the show due to TNA booking him for a house show tour that weekend.

--In the useless trivia department, American International Pictures, which did bikini/biker movies in the 60s and 70s, used a woman who went by the name Susan Hart as one of their bikini stars, who eventually ended up marrying the co-founder of the company.  The weird trivia is that Hart's birth name was Susan Neidhart. (thanks to Ernie Santilli)

--World Pro Wrestling from Sunday in Santa Ana, CA before 100 fans:  Microbio b Cyber Ram, Sgt. Stryker & Frankie Segura & War Hog b Big Tony & Lee Steele in a 3 on 2, Genio & Cianuro b Yumi & Terremoto Jr., Infernal & Red Rum b Little Cholo & Mariachi Loco-DQ (thanks to Roy Lucier)  

--CMLL Sunday in Guadalajara before 1,500 fans:  El Hijo del Javier Cruz b In Memoriam, Demonio Maya & Metalik b Halcon de Plata & Virgo, Evola & Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Black Metal & Leo & Sky Kid, La Mascara & Maximo b Mr. Aguila & Averno-DQ, Gallo b El Barbaro in a mask vs. mask match. Barbaro unmasked as Leonardo Moreno Ayala, 18 years old, four year veteran, which means he turned pro at 14

--Perros Del Mal on Saturday night in Cuernavaca:  Durango Kid & Ek-Balam b Demasiado & Freeser, Los Mohicanos I & II & Ray Richard b Danny Boy & Gran Apaches I & II, Super Nova b Daga to keep the Light heavyweight title, X-Fly b Dance Boy, Damian 666, Bestia 666, Freelance, Peligro, Zumbi and Black Fire in an elimination match, Angelico & El Texano Jr. & Toscano NC Perro Aguayo Jr. & Hector Garza & Halloween

--Toryumon from Sunday in Mexico City:  Demasiador & Fulgor b Aviador & Mr. Leon, Halcon & Templario b Aspid & Tamba, Coquito Rojo & La Parkita b Los Mini Head Hunters I & II Durango Kid & Daisuke Hanaoka & Silver & Sumba NC Boras & Cachorro & Kansuke & Kato Kung Lee II, One night tag team tournament:  Ultimo Guerrero & Taurus b El Hijo del Fantasma & Magnus, Ultimo Dragon & Angelico b Negro Navarro & Trauma II, Ultimo Dragon & Angelico b Ultimo Guerrero & Taurus (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)

--NAAFS on 3/24 in Akron, OH headlined by Josh Lasich (3-0) vs. Dave Lastafka (6-0)

--The latest episode of UWC Championship Wrestling TV is up.

--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 3/18 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Winnipeg featuring Honky Tonk Man.

--Rudos Promociones on 3/18 in Minneapolis at the New York Plaza on Lake Street & 13th Ave. has an all-Lucha show.

--The latest episode of School of Roc is up.   

--WSU on 4/14 in Dunellen, NJ at the Knights of Columbus Hall has a King & Queen tournament with a night full of mixed tag team matches.

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?