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The Lead: NCAA Wrestling, Victory Road Sunday

We're looking for reports from tonight's WWE show in Providence, RI, which will likely be C.M. Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler, John Cena vs. Kane, and Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Randy Orton as the top matches at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're also looking for reports on the Thursday night TNA house show in Biloxi and last night's TNA house show in Pensacola.

The NCAA wrestling tournament finals are tonight at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.  Finals have:

125 - Matt McDonough (Iowa) vs. Nico Magaludis (Penn State)
133 - Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State) vs. Logan Steibler (Ohio State)
141 - Kellen Russell (Michigan) vs. Montell Marion (Iowa)
149 - Frank Molinaro (Penn State) vs. Dylan Ness (Minnesota)
157 - Kyle Dake (Cornell) vs. Derek St. John (Iowa)
165 - David Taylor (Penn State) vs. Brandon Hatchett (Lehigh)
174 - Ed Ruth (Penn State) vs. Nick Amuchastegul (Stanford)
197 - Cam Simez (Cornell) vs. Chris Honeycutt (Edinboro)
265 - Zack Ray (Lehigh) vs. Tony Nelson (Minnesota)

Penn State, coached by Cael Sanderson, even if it loses all five matches tonight, has already clinched the team championship.

Ring of Honor TV tonight:
Adam Cole vs. Chris Silvio
Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong
An interview with Kevin Steen building up the next two iPPV shows.

Sunday is a big day with TNA Victory Road, WWE in Madison Square Garden, Pro Wrestling NOAH in Yokohama and AAA Rey de Reyes in Guadalajara.

TNA has Bobby Roode vs. Sting no holds barred, Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy, James Storm vs. Bully Ray, A.J. Styles & Mr. Anderson vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Matt Morgan & Crimson for the tag titles, Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts title, Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion for the X title and Robbie E defends the TV title.

The last Madison Square Garden lineup we had was C.M. Punk & Randy Orton & HHH vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the world title, John Cena vs. Kane last man standing, The Miz vs. R-Truth, Jack Swagger vs. Zack Ryder (which is likely to be changed to Santino Marella since this lineup was before they changed the U.S. title)

AAA has Jeff Jarrett vs. Mesias for the AAA title, the four-way Rey de Reyes match with L.A. Park vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. vs. Jack Evans vs. hector Garza, plus Dr. Wagner Jr. & Heavy Metal & Electroshock vs. El Texano Jr. & Toscano & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

Pro Wrestling NOAH runs Yokohama Bunka Gym with Takeshi Morishima vs. Naomichi Marufuji (replacing an injured Takashi Sugiura who suffered a herniated disc in his lower back) for the GHC title, Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito vs. Go Shiozaki & Keiji Muto for the GHC tag titles and Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki vs. Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy for the GHC jr. tag titles.  

Monday is Raw from Philadelphia with John Cena vs. Mark Henry as the TV main event, plus a confrontation in the ring with HHH, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker.  The Rock will also be there.

Tuesday is the Smackdown in Newark at the Prudential Center.

Tuesday is also All Japan's biggest show of the year so far at Sumo Hall in Tokyo featuring Akiyama vs. Muto for the Triple Crown and a cage match with Yuji Nagata vs. Masayuki Kono.

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

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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)

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*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)

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*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

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Saturday's News, Notes & Links

--We have a new radio show up covering last night's TV and the latest news on the site. We'll also have another show up Sunday night after Victory Road and Monday night after Raw.

--Matt Bloom on Twitter denied signing with WWE and said he would be on the next New Japan tour, saying he didn't know where this even came from.  It had been rumored pretty strongly the past few days and according to three WWE sources checked with over the past week, one said it has been assumed for two months that he was coming in. Wrestlers were talking about it last night in Montreal and a source close to creative said he was coming in with a big push as a top heel with an idea mapped out.  He very well may not be coming in, but within the company, they believe he is and is set for a big push.

--Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Insider at 7 p.m., UFC Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m., Unleashed at 9 p.m., UFC 140 at 10 p.m. (Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida from Toronto) and the 1/28 FOX special with Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis at 1 a.m.

--UFC has a press conference on Wednesday in Calgary with Dana White and Tom Wright (the head of UFC's Canadian operations) at Noon at Flames Central. It is open to the public.  They will be announcing the 7/21 debut with a PPV from the Saddledome and possibly the main event for the show.  On Thursday at 11 a.m., Nick Ring, Jason MacDonald and Mitch Clark will be doing open workouts at BDB Martial Arts in Calgary and train with Eric Fraser and Corey Mace of the Calgary Stampeders football team.  That is also free and open to the public.  

--Zack Ryder returned last night in Montreal and is working the house show loop teaming with Mason Ryan in tag title matches against Primo & Epico.  Vickie Guerrero is also working the entire loop.

--John Cena will be appearing Wednesday on "The Chew," a cooking talk show on ABC in the U.S. and CityTV in Canada.  Cena will be talking about hungry guy meals at 1 p.m. Eastern time.  Does anyone remember when Cena would buy pounds of meat and bring it with him everywhere, eating meat and rice every two hours?

--If you don't think President Obama is a good source for NCAA basketball picks, the Bella Twins give it a try. (thanks to Bradley Grover)

--Mother Jones magazine did a story on Rick Santorum's history with WWE. The article pushes the idea that the deregulation of pro wrestling, which Santorum helped push through when working as a lobbyist for WWF in Pennsylvania, is responsible for steroid use and the high death rate in the business.  I just remember steroid use being pretty darn prevalent, even more than now when it comes to actual steroids, when wrestling was regulated.  In fact, it was the doctor sent by the athletic commission (George Zahorian) that would actually set up shop and sell steroids in the dressing room to wrestlers in certain Pennsylvania cities during the 80s. (thanks to Jack Wofford)

--There was a scare this morning regarding the WWE house show in Providence. Due to massive fog in Montreal, where they ran last night, the wrestlers' flight scheduled to leave at 9:15 a.m. was delayed by several hours.  They did fly in to Boston, have arrived, and will make Providence on time, but they were cutting it fairly close. (thanks to Stephanie Latendresse)

--What did you watch last night?
Smackdown only 33.7%
Didn't watch any pro wrestling or MMA 30.0%
Smackdown & Ultimate  Fighter 10.6%
Ultimate Fighter only 9.9%
Smackdown, Ultimate Fighter and Bellator 6.2%
Bellator & Ultimate Fighter 5.5%
Smackdown & Bellator 2.2%
Bellator only 1.8%
All totaled, Smackdown had 52.7% watching, Ultimate Fighter had 32.2% and Bellator had 15.7%.

--What match so far this year did you have the most interest in?

Rousey vs. Tate 39.4%
Diaz vs. Condit 23.4%
Sonnen vs. Bisping 16.9%
Ben Henderson vs. Edgar 16.5%
Evans vs. Davis 2.6%
Sanchez vs. Ellenberger 0.9%
Aldo vs. Mendes 0.4%

--What did you think of MMA Uncensored?
Excellent 15.4%
Good 34.6%
Average 19.2%
Fair 3.8%
Poor 26.9%
82.3% of those responding didn't see the show. Interestingly, even with the terrible number here, the rating for the show was way up from last week, attributed to Chael Sonnen.

--Who is pro wrestling's biggest star?
The Rock 55.8%
John Cena 15.5%
Hulk Hogan 13.9%
C.M. Punk 8.5%
Antonio Inoki 5.2%
Randy Orton 1.2%

--What did you think of Impact?

Excellent 10.5%
Good 47.7%
Average 16.3%
Fair 9.3%
Poor 16.3%
57.8% of those responding didn't see the show.  Also a much higher percentage than usual for people skipping Impact.

--Jim Ross was in developmental all week and on Thursday did the announcing with William Regal on one full show and part of another for TV tapings that will air in a few weeks.

--Coming off last night's Bellator show, the semifinals of the middleweight tournament will be on 4/20 in Cleveland with Brian Rogers vs. Bruno Santos and Maiquel Falcao vs. Vyacheslav Vasilevsky.  That's the show that will be headlined by one of the biggest matches in Bellator history with Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki.

--The movie El Santo vs. Los Villanos del Ring airs today at 5 p.m. on Galavision right before CMLL Lucha Libre. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)

--Josh Lewis, one of the stars of "Repo Games" on Spike, will be appearing and doing something physical on an upcoming episode of Impact.  TMZ reported this and said that Lewis is a longtime fan and would really like to become a full-time pro wrestler.

--Sean Loeffler, who was pulled off a UFC show last month (the fight where Buddy Roberts was to make his debut) when he injured his ankle warming up for his fight, is working with Diamond Dallas Page and his yoga for his recovery.

--Adam Cole of ROH is currently on tour with Big Japan Pro Wrestling.

--Announced for the 5/19 WWE dual brand house show in Florence, SC at the Civic Center is C.M. Punk & John Cena vs. Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for the world title. (thanks to Cohen Morrison)

--ESPN has a story on the daughter of George Lucas, Amanda Lucas, being a drawing card in Japan.

--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 5/4 in Rahway, NJ with a show that starts at 11 p.m. features Bret Hart as commissioner, Sami Callihan vs. Jay Lethal for the PWS title, Matt Hardy vs. Colt Cabana, Jerry Lynn vs. Marty Jannetty, Demolition vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake (these teams have never met), Dan Maff vs. Amazing Red, Young Bucks vs. Kevin Matthews & Devon Moore, Maria Kanellis & Brittney Savage vs. Jillian Hall & Reby Sky, Adam Cole vs. Brian XL vs. Samuray del Sol vs. Zema Ion plus Balls Mahoney appearing.

--Brendan Schaub will be appearing on the Ghost Adventure episode "Peabody Whitehead Mansion" on Syfy and during the investigation, one of the ghosts allegedly calls him by his first name and he got unnerved and concerned about it. (thanks to Charles Parker)

--Austin Idol has confirmed  appearing at the NWA Legends Fan fest from 8/2 to 8/5 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place Hotel.  He joins already announced Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Tommy Young, Denny Brown, Magnum T.A., Tully Blanchard, Bob Caudle and Rich Landrum.

--The Score Fighting championships from last night in Hamilton, ONT before a sellout at the Hamilton Place Theater:

- Craig Hudson b John McPherson via KO from punches 1:57
- Adam Assenza b John Roche via TKO 4:17
- Elias Theodorou b Erik Herbert decision straight 30-27 scores
- Jason Meisel b Mike Sledzion decision 30-27, 29-28, 30-27
- Lydon Whitlock b Corey Houston via KO 4:28
- Shane Campbell b Derek Boyle via decision 29-29, 29-28, 30-27
- Alex Ricci b Iraj Hadin via KO 3:16
- Forrest Petz b Sergey Juskevic via KO 3:25 2nd round
- Josh Hill b Eric Wilson via decision 30-27 across the board
- John Alessio b Ryan Healy via decision 29-28 across the board

--Premier Championship Wrestling's anniversary show from Thursday night in Winnipeg:  Leo London & James Beaver b JP Kaos & David Dixon, E.Z. Ryder & Trent Nash and Billy Blaze & Big Cliff, Scott Justice b Chris Marxwell, Honky Tonk Man b Jay Walker, Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens won over Leo London & James Beaver, Jackie Li & Cameron Kross and Chad Tatum & Nate Hardy, Antonio Scorpio Jr. b Adam Knight, Andrew Shallcross b Will Damon in a last man standing match for control of the promotion.

--EWF has its X-8 tournament tonight in Converse, IN at Borderman Gym with Matt Hardy in action.  First round has Drake Younger vs. Flying Wondercat, Sugar Dunkerton vs. Troy Miller, Gregory Iron vs. Kyle Matthews and Bobby Steele against the winner of a Battle Royal earlier in the show.

--USWO from last night in Nashville before 98 fans:  L.T. Falk b Shawn Hoodrich-DQ, Aleida Ortiz b Jessie Belle Smothers, Josh Crow & Saint & Big Time Sexy b Lighting Bolt Kid & Steven Green & Cody Green, L.T. Falk b Bully Douglas, Hot Rod Biggs b Hammerjack-DQ, Gary Valiant & Miss Rachel b Damien Payne & Tim Renesto-DQ, Jocephus b Lonestar (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)

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?