MON. UPDATE: Raw, Cena accident, new UFC fights, Former WWE star in talks to be on network show

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We're looking for reports on tonight Raw taping in Philadelphia with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show.  Scheduled for tonight are Undertaker, HHH and Shawn Michaels in an angle together, an appearance by The Rock and John Cena vs. Mark Henry.  The Rock is scheduled to have a big surprise on the show.

We're also looking for reports on tonight's Impact tapings in Orlando, which feature Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash vs. Tony Nese vs. Zema Ion and Eric Young & ODB vs. Rosita & Sarita for the Knockouts tag titles, as well as the start of the build to Lockdown on 4/15.

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

Tuesday is the Smackdown in Newark at the Prudential Center.  Announced locally for the show, and this is likely dark matches, are John Cena vs. Kane in a cage match and a street fight with C.M. Punk & Sheamus & Randy Orton & Big Show vs. Daniel Bryan & Cody Rhodes & Dolph Ziggler & Mark Henry.

There is also a second Impact taping tomorrow night in Orlando.

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

This Week's Observer: Wrestlemania Nears, Cro Cop Retires, WWE Developmental Updates

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.

Also in this week's issue:

--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)

*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)

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*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)

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*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)

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*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)

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Monday's News, Notes & Links

--Tonight's Raw is expected to be sold out, which would make the third Monday in a row.  The fact they are doing it when Undertaker, Rock, HHH and Shawn Michaels are on the shows does indicate the "brand" being the draw and not the stars isn't quite so true when it comes to the ability to sell out arenas for Raw.  It was difficult for even the wrestlers to get comps for their friends.

--We have two Observer radios up today.  The first show was put on the front page earlier this afternoon covering the weekend events, previewing Raw, Victory Road coverage and more.  We will also be up very late tonight covering the Raw and Impact tapings, as well as taking e-mail questions to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

--Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch and Renan Barao vs. Jeff Hougland have all been added to the 7/7 UFC show in Las Vegas, which is the Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz show.

--We've got updates on John Cena's SUV accident where he was rear-ended while being driven to media appearances in Philadelphia before Raw.  He was at last word expected to be wrestling Mark Henry and he's said he's fine and that nobody was hurt.  He was on WMMR this morning in Philadelphia and it was said to be the Preston & Steve Show's best interview to date with a wrestler.

--Cena also did a meet and greet before his accident.  He was super with the children there and joked that Vince was 200 years old but nobody loves the wrestling business more than him, and said he was doing two matches tonight (well, that was the plan, one being the TV match with Henry and one being the dark match with Kane).

--Dana White tweeted that UFC would be doing a show in Liverpool.  The planned date is Wednesday, 9/19 for a live show on Fuel.

--Dwayne Johnson was lifting weights at the Philadelphia Eagles training facility earlier today, as their Facebook page had a photo of him training.

--Today's New York Post has a story on Stacy Keibler being in talks to judge the TV show "X Factor."  They are looking for new judges after dumping Paula Abdul and Nicole Sherzinger.  The source said Keibler's lack of experience in music may make her a good choice and she has a lot of charisma. It appears Britney Spears is the first choice but the sides are far apart on money.

--We don't have the rating yet, but Ultimate Fighter on Friday did 1.1 million viewers, down 17% from week one.

--We send our condolences to the Watts family.  Don't know details but Micah Watts, who is the son of Bill, brother of Erik & Joel, noted today that his son had passed away.  He wrote, "Try this one on, had to find out through Facebook that my son is dead!  Have a nice day."  It has been confirmed the story is true.   

--The expected Kevin Steen vs. El Generico match, the first in ROH in 15 months, will be on the 3/30 show in Fort Lauderdale.  That was largely expected since they built it up at the last tapings.

--We will have Nigel McGuinness as a guest on Observer radio later this week.

--On Fuel tonight will be Best of Pride at 8 p.m., the 2/4 prelims from UFC 143 at 9 p.m., and UFC 140 (Jones vs. Machida) at midnight.  Tomorrow night has Best of Pride at 7 p.m., Ultimate Fighter at 8 p.m., Unleashed at 9 p.m., UFC Tonight at 10 p.m. and Ultimate Insider at 10:30 p.m.

--The reason has two different plays on the WrestleMania finish is because last year they voided the Cena vs. Miz result and had to pay out due to outside interference.  They also paid out on Jerry Lawler beating Michael Cole as opposed to Cole beating Lawler. (thanks to David Taylor)

Who do you think takes this fight?
Cristiano Marcello 54.7%
Justin Lawrence 45.3%

What did you think of Saturday's ROH TV show?
Excellent 27.5%
Good 47.5%
Average 10.0%
Fair 1.3%
Poor 13.8%
52.9% of those responding didn't see the show

What did you think of the NCAA Division I wrestling finals?
Excellent 35.1%
Good 40.5%
Average 8.1%
Fair 5.4%
Poor 10.8%
80.6% of those responding didn't see the show

Which match this week were you most interested in?
Jun Akiyama vs. Keiji Muto - All Japan 45.8%
Cristiano Marcello vs. Dustin Lawrence - UFC 20.8%
Bobby Roode vs. Sting - TNA 18.3%
John Cena vs. Mark Henry - Raw 12.6%
Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos - Bellator 2.5%

What was the best TV show of the past week?
Raw 33.2%
Ultimate Fighter 14.4%
Smackdown 14.0%
ROH 12.2%
Impact 8.9%
NCAA Division I wrestling tournament 7.0%
CMLL 4.4%
Bellator 3.0%
MMA Uncensored 1.8%
Inside MMA 1.1%

--Shimmer results from the DVD tapings yesterday in Berwyn, IL:

- DVD #47:  Rhia O'Reilly b Taylor Made, Kellie Skater b Veda Scott, Kalamity b K.C. Spinelli, Kana & LuFisto b MsChif & Christina Von Eerie, Athena b Sassy Stephie, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b Davina Rose & Mia Yim, Shazza McKenzie b Saraya Knight-DQ, Courtney Rush & Sara Del Rey b Allison Danger & Leva Bates, Mercedes Martinez b Haily Hatred, Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Leon & Ray to keep tag titles, Cheerleader Melissa b Jessie McKay to keep Shimmer title

- DVD #48:  K.C. Spinelli b New York Knockout, Davina Rose & Mia Yim b Melanie Cruise & Mean Libra, Shazza McKenzie b Rhia O'Reilly, Kana b Kellie Skater, Leon b LuFisto, MsChif & Christina Von Eerie b Haily Hatred & Kalamity, Athena b Ray, Courtney Rush & Sara Del Rey won four-way to become new tag champs over champs Ayumi Kurihara & Ayako Hamada, Allison Danger & Leva Bates and Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews, Saraya Knight b Cheerleader Melissa to win the Shimmer title (thanks to Martin Bentley)

--John Tuck, the fighter who suffered the nasty broken toe on the 3/9 UFC television show, is fine.  He's back training and believe it or not, his toe is already fine as long as he doesn't kick with it. It doesn't even look bad, even though it's been only ten days.  

--A very good story on the background of Bryan Danielson. Interesting that he talks about APW King of the Indies more than ten years ago as an important career break. (thanks to Sajid Shahriar)

--David Otunga was on the Wendy Williams show today in his bow tie gimmick. He talked about how he met Jennifer Hudson (she was with him on the reality show he was doing and wanted to meet him), how she was with him when members of her family were killed and also about the wedding.  He said they were planning to get married but there is a trial for the people who killed three of her family members and right now that's the thing they are focusing on first before setting a wedding date. He said he was helping with the case.

--Luke Gallows talks about his current groin injury, the Punk vs. Jericho angle and Rock's return. (thanks to Craig Anderson)

--Necro Butcher and Homicide are wrestling this coming weekend for NHPW in Perth, Western Australia, as a team in a tag team tournament.  They may also do one singles match on the tour. (thanks to Dan Lennard)     

--A story on gene doping which is eventually going to be a major issue in sports, in particular pro wrestling because of the look, as well as MMA. (thanks to Adrian Pickworth)  

--Here's a couple of articles on Sheamus, who had the "week off."  Instead of appearing on the house shows, he left after Smackdown to fly to Australia to promote WrestleMania on PPV there and then came back for tonight's show.  Stories are here, here and here.

--In Your Face Wrestling on 5/18 in Amsterdam, NY at the Amsterdam Best Value Inn has Lanny Poffo and Fit Finlay.

--WAR on 4/7 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall

--NWA Hollywood TV is up, headlined by the Family Stone in a street fight against Colt Cabana & Adam Pearce.

--Millennium Wrestling Federation on 3/24 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall with Low Ki vs. Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Fit Finlay vs. Dylan Kage, Carlito vs. Brian Fury plus Al Snow.

--The Chance Prophet vs. Kahagus match on 3/29 in Fort Lauderdale at the National Guard Armory for WrestleMania weekend has been changed from a cage match to a chain match.  The show is headlined by Adam Pearce defending the NWA title against an ROH wrestler managed by Jim Cornette.

--CHIKARA and Beyond Wrestling are working together on 3/31 for a Mike Quackenbush seminar at 1 p.m. at the CHIKARA Wrestling Factory in Huntingdon Valley, PA.  For more info, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

--Evan Ginzberg has a movie shot tonight from 7-11 p.m. at Gizzi's at 16 West 8th St. in New York City.  There is no cover.  It's for a movie called "The Stage is An Allstar" featuring rappers SoSoon, Colle High, poet Jon Winell, Edwin Vazquez and Alpha.  Ginzberg was Associate Producer of The Wrestler and has been around pro wrestling for more than three decades.

--Davey Richards and Tony Kozina have a seminar on Saturday at noon at the Academy Theater in Avondale Estates, GA for $25 if you are an active wrestler or $50 if you are a fan or looking to break into wrestling.  Call 404-217-9849 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as space is limited.  Richards and Kozina wrestle on Friday night's Empire Wrestling show in the same building.

--Randy Couture was on The Score today and said they were looking at opening an Xtreme Couture gym in Los Angeles and has had people talking with him about opening gyms in Bulgaria and London.

--Manny Pacquiao boxing trainer Freddie Roach will appear a week from today on HDNet's Inside MMA.  There is no show today due to college basketball coverage.

--The Lilian Garcia launch party for her new single will be at the Gibson Miami Showroom at 180 Northeast 39th Street in Miami on 3/28, where she will be performing "Ur Girl."  It's a VIP only party.

--All Pro Wrestling Gym Wars from this past weekend is up.

--Sam Ford is teaching a class at MIT in American Pro Wrestling.

--Latest episode of School of Roc: Class Wars is up.

--Rampage Pro Wrestling on Sunday at Johnny G's in Warner-Robins, GA at 3 p.m. for a TV taping.

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