SUN. UPDATE: Mania notes, who is backstage, Lesnar, Finlay update, Tickets, Best Mania match in history



 
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Sorry for the issues last night with not getting a show up.  There were Internet issues at Bryan's hotel and he was up until about 4 a.m. before we had to call it quits after a number of start and stops because it wasn't going to work. We do have a new show up on the site now that we recorded this morning running down the show tonight and the latest news.  We will also be doing shows late tonight after Mania as well as tomorrow night covering the post-Mania Raw as well as Impact.

We will have live coverage of Mania on the site starting at 6:30 p.m. with the tag team title match. Wrestling Observer Live from Miami starts at 6 p.m. Eastern time on the site.
 
WrestleMania from Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL
 
John Cena vs. The Rock - Exactly how will The Rock perform in a long main event match after so many years of not doing a singles match? How will the tension be?  How will the crowd react?  How will they follow what will likely be a series of great matches? And what about the finish? 
 
Undertaker vs. HHH with Shawn Michaels as referee in a Hell in a Cell match - Most figure the HHH/Shawn 'who was better' thing will play out in some form here.  What will Undertaker's hair look like without the hat?  Is Shawn going to wear a sleeveless ref shirt (I think he is) and super tight shorts (I think not).  How can they top last year's match?
 
C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho for WWE title - These guys have been planning this match in their minds for like five months. There is an internal feeling this will be the show stealing match.  Either guy can win which also makes it interesting since it's the beginning and not the end of the program.
 
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus for World title - Daniel Bryan's first real WrestleMania match, so he hopefully gets the time to have a great one.
 
Randy Orton vs. Kane - A match that a lot of people are forgetting about and perhaps with good reason.  If it goes on late, they may have some trouble.  If it goes on early, it should be fine given Orton is a really big star and Kane is a star. 
 
Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show for IC title - Can Show end his WrestleMania streak of never winning a singles match?  If he loses, maybe next year they can do an Undertaker & Show tag team. (And yes, I'm just kidding.)
 
Team Teddy (Santino Marella & Kofi Kingston & R-Truth & Booker T & Great Khali & Zack Ryder) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga & Mark Henry & Drew McIntyre & Jack Swagger & The Miz) with the winner getting to run both Raw and Smackdown - Most expect Team Johnny to win.  Expect lots of interference here, between Aksana (maybe), Teddy Long, John Laurinaitis, Vickie Guerrero and Hornswoggle for sure at ringside and maybe more.  Will Christian be injured, given that he wasn't last night, and help Team Johnny in exchange for a shot at Sheamus when his ankle is healed up?
 
Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres vs. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos - Give Menounos credit. She's got two broken ribs, has to do Dancing with the Stars tomorrow and could have easily opted out, but she's a real wrestling fan and will probably do what she can.
 
Primo & Epico vs. Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd vs. Usos for the tag titles - This will air at 6:30 p.m. as part of a Youtube pregame show.  If they have time and if people care, this should be a very good match. 
 
The day after WrestleMania Raw, traditionally the highest rated episode of the year, will be Monday night from the American Airlines Arena in Miami.  Smackdown will be Tuesday night from Orlando.
 
TNA is also taping Monday and Tuesday night in Orlando, with Tuesday being the go-home show for Lockdown.  Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley return at the tapings Monday.  Also on Monday, Hulk Hogan will be a State of the Union address.  Don't those even do bad ratings when Obama does them?  Eric Young is also having a bachelor party.  Plus the Country band Montgomery Gentry will be in the house helping promote Bobby Roode vs. James Storm.   

This Week's Observer: Wrestlemania Issue No. 1 Is Here

The first WrestleMania issue of the Observer is out this week with a rundown of what the company believes will be the biggest money event in the history of pro wrestling.  We look at the matches, the stories, the build, the Countdown show and what has and hasn't worked as well as the big questions leading up to the match.  We look at who has headlined the most Manias, how many tickets have been sold and what the demand for tickets is like, how Miami got the event and what to look out for in every match.

We also look at next year's show, the Hall of Fame and the non-WWE events in South Florida.

We also look at the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight, will it set an attendance record, what is the Brazilian attendance record for something of this type, why they aren't really in an 80,000 seat stadium, what Dana White is saying about the show, how WWE got a break on this show and WWE going into Brazil as well.

We also look at the problems facing Pro Wrestling NOAH with the publicity of Yakuza involvement in the company, the meeting this week for all talent and workers and what happened, and how this dooms future growth of the company in many ways.

We also have a major history piece covering the glory days of Texas wrestling in the 70s and 80s and the death of longtime promoter Joe Blanchard.

We talk about Blanchard's role on television in his home town of San Antonio, the first big stadium show in Texas and Blanchard's role on the show and how to many it mirrored what would go down years later.  We look at the angle which was copied 15 years later and popped the territory.  We look at how Blanchard first knew Fritz Von Erich and how their friendship was instrumental in Blanchard becoming a promoter.  We look at how Von Erich got the power when wrestling changed in Texas in the 60s.

We look at the heyday of the Texas wrestling office, the way it was structured and why the alliance of the big three promoters was really doomed from the start.  We look at one of San Antonio's most famous pro wrestling stories involving Fritz Von Erich and sportscaster Dan Cook.  We look at the Kiniski vs. Von Erich feud in San Antonio and how San Antonio changed when Von Erich stopped traveling there.

We look at how Texas wrestling changed in the late 70s and what led to the breakup of the once powerful conglomerate.  We also look at the rise of Tully Blanchard as a star, Tully Blanchard & Gino Hernandez on top, the high and low points of Southwest Championship Wrestling and how the promotion went down.

We also look at the rise of the Von Erich brothers, the Von Erichs vs. Freebirds feud, Paul Boesch, the in-ring career of Joe Blanchard and his last match.

We also have a look at the Friday night ratings scoreboard for the past week, and how all the shows did.

We've got more on King Mo Lawal getting fired shortly after his hearing where he was suspended for nine months, including his hopes to get into WWE, his previous connection with WWE, what happened at the hearing, what got him fired and more.

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We also look at Linda McMahon's run for senate and the latest poll numbers as well as the unique way she's viewed that hurts her, John Cena building up the Rock match, how much WWE and UFC take in per year from television rights, Kevin Nash on why the feud with C.M. Punk fell dead in its tracks, two major new WWE hires, WWE's symposium for talent about twitter on Monday, Randy Orton movie role, who C.M. Punk bumped into in Atlanta, The Rock business empire, Evan Bourne update, Punk talks about the angle from last summer and new story on when he signed, and long-term goals.

We also have Punk talking more about Dwayne Johnson, Cult of Personality, children, marriage and his eating habits.

We also look at a new role for a wrestler formerly on the roster who is being considered to be brought back, more on the movie division, plus February business notes, PPV dates and places for the end of 2012 and a weird Cena and Ben Roethlisberger coincidence.

We also talk Arn Anderson in the Hall of Fame, WWE opening a new office, Layla's return, plus business notes from last week and highlights from all the weekend house shows.

We also have a look at how the Elimination Chamber PPV did this year as compared to years in the past.

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.

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More On This Week's Observer


--Prince Devitt starts at Arena Mexico to build the champion vs. champion match this week

--The latest new tournament in Mexico

--One of wrestling's biggest stars in a court case and the unique twists the case has had

--More on the Rey de Reyes show

--Wrestlers leaving Perros Del Mal

--Jeff Jarrett in Mexico

--The 2012 Best of the Super Junior tournament

--Update on Genichiro Tenryu after two surgeries

--A shoot tournament that involved both Vader and Fedor

--Battle of Hall of Famers

--Notes on Bert Randolph Sugar

--Bill Goldberg at wrestling shows this coming weekend

--Hodge Trophy winner announced

--Sputnik Monroe day in Memphis

--Two of the biggest indie shows of the year in the U.S.

--Whatever happened to Luke Robinson

--Debut of the third generation of Von Erich brothers announced

--Wrestling in Colombia featuring stars from ROH, AAA and a former WWE headliner

--Notes on Bruce Prichard

--Notes on a new non-wrestling television show Eric Bischoff is involved with

--Original plan for tag tam feud

--Update on the Ring Ka King promotion

--Notes on upcoming TNA television

--UFC Canadian plans

--Who will face Jose Aldo Jr. next

--Notes on the UFC/FOX deal

--Coverage of the debut of Ultimate Fighter Brazil

--Update on Alistair Overeem and his latest move

--Notes on why there could be some real problems at the end of the Ultimate Fighter season

--UFC star gets national TV spot

--Dana White gets ripped for comments on soccer

--A lot of new fights in UFC announced

--More on testosterone replacement exemptions

--Ronda Rousey update

--Why there was no Bellator heavyweight tournament final

--Notes on last week and next week's Bellator show

--Middleweight tournament winner in danger of not advancing

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Sunday's News, Notes & Links
 
--For what it's worth, Brock Lesnar and his "large entourage" left the hotel a couple of hours ago for the arena. He's been in the building for a while, although we just got texted from backstage that his security is there but nobody has seen him, so perhaps he's in private meetings.
 
--The set is a combination of sets from two prior Manias, with the palm tree look from Orlando a few years back, but a surprise set, whatever that means.
 
--Although Fit Finlay has been in Florida all week for Mania activities, he has denied in an interview with Live Audio Wrestling that he has been hired back.
 
--There were still some tickets left at the box office, although not a ton.  Stubhub had 967 tickets left as of a few hours ago so most of the cut priced tickets moved.  As of the early afternoon, there were still plenty of tickets $12-$15 in the upper deck and $199 to $500 on the field. The building will be full no matter what. The general "mark up" of WrestleMania announced attendance in recent years has been 7,000 to 15,000, so expect a number close to 80,000 to be announced. 
 
--Another name backstage is Mike McGuirk, a former WWE ring announcer in the early 90s who is the daughter of Leroy McGuirk, a legendary wrestler and promoter in the Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas circuit. Carlos Colon is also backstage.  I'm sure there are tons of others, but those are names that people haven't mentioned up to this point.
 
--UFC has not updated its schedule on Fuel for this month.  So there is likely hours of programming every day, but as far as what, we don't know yet.
 
--Diamond Dallas Page, looking so different than in a photo I thought Rick Rude was still alive and hanging with Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman, had an article in Newsday. He noted that Chris Jericho started doing his Yoga for Guys stuff after herniating a disc training for Dancing with the Stars.  C.M. Punk has been making fun of Jericho for doing yoga and saying Jericho isn't even doing real yoga, but Page forgives him.  You know, they are building a match. Page explained that actually Punk was just trying to tick off Jericho before their match.  I'm glad he cleared that up.
 
--Newday also has a story on Al Iaquanta winning on Friday night's TUF show over Myles Jury. Iaquinta noted that while in the house, they are allowed to tweet out, but can't get any tweets in. He noted that he cut his hand about 12 days ago in the house and ended up in the hospital with stitches, which wasn't shown on TV.  Apparently a lot of guys left their dirty dishes out, so when putting them in the dishwasher, somebody put a knife in the wrong place in the dishwasher and he got stabbed in the hand. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
 
--John Pollock has more interviews with Hornswoggle, Ted DiBiase, Drew McIntyre and Layla at Live Audio Wrestling's site.
 
--Rima Fakih was among those signing autographs at Fan Axxess.  That's the Miss USA who was on Tough Enough and then did a Kurt Angle while driving. 
 
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 88 fans:  Lighting Bolt Kid b Big Time Sexy, Nick Iggy b Hot Rod Biggs, Shawn Hoodrich b Steven Green, Mike Jablonski b Josh Crow, Gary Valiant & L.T. Falk & Miss Rachel b The Saint & Tim Renesto & Damien Payne, Drew Haskins b Jocephus (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--Canadian Wrestling Elite in Manitoba announced a partnership with the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance promotion in Alberta.
 
--John Lister has a collection of articles on the past and present of British wrestling titled "Greetings Grapple Fans" (I think that was Kent Walton's sign on, kind of like Gordon Solie, "Welcome to Georgia Championship Wrestling") on kindle for $2.99.  He also has two books, Slamthology and Turning the Tables:  The Story of ECW also on kindle for the first time.
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla:  Dinamico & Lestat b Akron & Ares, Astral & Mini Fantasy & Ultimo Dragoncito b Demus 3:16 & Nitrito & Pequeno Olimpico, Diamante & Sagrado & Sangre Azteca b El Hijo del Signo & Okumura & Vangelis, Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto b Angel de Oro & Black Warrior & El Hijo del Fantasma, Prince Devitt & Rush & La Sombra b Felino & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--I swear this is not an April Fool's Joke even though the author of the story is named McMahon, the wrestler involved was named Meltzer and the psychologist in the case was Dr. Michael Brannon (formerly Red Roberts, a Florida pro wrestler from the 80s). The story is about a multi million dollar Oxycodone business in, where else, but Florida.
 
--John Cena in the Toronto Sun about how he's passed on a lot of movie roles because he wants to stay a full-time pro wrestler.  I'm sure he has, given he makes far more as a pro wrestler than probably those movie roles.  Hey, at least he's not as full of shit as Hogan where he'd try and tell us he passed up the Brad Pitt role in Moneyball.  Although if he ends up programmed with Lesnar, please don't cry for another six years about him leaving us. (thanks to Cohen Morrison)      
 
Did you like Bellator?
Excellent 25.6%
Good 41.0%
Average 12.8%
Fair 5.1%
Poor 15.4%
        74.8% of those responding didn't see the show

Did you like TUF?
Excellent 19.5%
Good 36.4%
Average 22.1%
Fair 13.0%
Poor 9.1%
        53.6% of those responding didn't see the show

Did you like Smackdown?
Excellent 6.2%
Good 18.5%
Average 22.6%
Fair 24.7%
Poor 28.1%
        41.6% of those responding didn't see the show
 
What was the best match in WrestleMania history?
Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin 27.0%
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels I 19.7%
Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat 15.6%
Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels 5.9%
Steve Austin vs. The Rock II 5.7%
Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels vs. HHH 5.0%
Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels II 4.7%
Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock 3.9%
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart 3.7%
Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy Savage 3.4%
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels 2.8%
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon 2.5%
 
What was the best WrestleMania ever?
17 56.5%
3 14.1%
20 8.4%
10 5.2%
18 4.2%
6 4.0%
8 3.2%
25 2.2%
26 2.2%
 
--The Hall of Fame TV show airs first in the U.K. at 10 p.m. on Sky 3, so if anyone sees it, let us know how they edited things. 
 
--Last night in Ottawa, there was a charity boxing match that got a lot of pub in that country with Justin Trudeau, the son of Pierre Trudeau, against Patrick Brazeau, a conservative Senator.  Trudeau won via third round stoppage.  (thanks to Chris Cooper)
 
--This has nothing to do with wrestling or MMA, but a few people have noted to me today about the passing of Giorgio Chinaglia, who was a soccer legend that late in his career became one of the big stars of the New York Cosmos with Pele and later Beckenbauer.  Pele is the guy Don West named A.J. Styles kick after.    
 
--There was an MMA PPV last night put on by Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports out of El Paso:

Dark matches:
Lionel Lanham b Brad Peterson :56 knockout
Deutsch Pu'u b Esteves Jones :54 knockout
Lyle Beerbohm ("Fancy Pants" in Strikeforce) b Cleburn Walker via guillotine 2:34
Chris Gruetzemacher b Frank Gomez ref stoppage 3:25
 
PPV matches
Darrill "Titties" Schoonover b Paul Buentello 3 round decision
Willie Parks b Jamaine Facey three round decision
Drew Fickett b Kevin Knabjian guillotine 3:38
Rodney Wallace b Derek Mehmen three round decision
Karo Parisyan b Thomas Denny three round decision
Brian Heden b Sean McCorkle TKO 2:44 round two
 
--El Generico will be on the Evolve show in Toronto on 4/13  
 
--BritWres-Fest had a show today in London, which included TNA's Doug Williams, to benefit the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.  A collection of promotions each provided a match:  Rampage Brown b El Ligero and Nathan Cruz for New Generation Wrestling, Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr. b Dean Allmark & Jonny Storm to keep the British tag team titles, Alpha Female b Jenny Sjodin (Pro Wrestling Eve), Rockstar Spud b R.J. Singh, Mark Andrews won a ladder match over Xander Cooper, Sam Bailey and Mike Hitchman (BWC), Leon Britannico over Santeria, Dark Britannico and Metallico (Lucha Britannia), Jack Gallagher b Zack Gibson (Future Shock), Doug Williams & Sha Samuels & Nick Riley b David Deville & Colossus Kennedy & Joel Redman (thanks to Martin Bentley)  
 
--Jonathan Coachman has an ESPN Radio show called "Coach & Coleman," with Freddie Coleman.  Yesterday, one of their guests, talking about college basketball, said, "If you smell...." which led to the co-host asking Coachman if he misses wrestling.  He said he misses this weekend because this was like the Final Four, Super Bowl and national championship, and said they would get in town and have some fun, get in some trouble, and then put on a hell of a show.  Coach was asked who would win the main event but he declined to give an answer, saying he first wanted to call or text Rock to ask, saying he still had his number (thanks to Charles Parker)
 
--HPW from last night in Columbus, IN before 360 fans for Ugene Mania:  Nick Cutler b Greg Glover, Camron Star b Brian Kloss, Sabotage Styles b Stompin Steve-DQ, Damian Cole b Ricky Ruckus, Donny Idol over Aaron Anarchy and Fast Eddie, Flash Flanagan b Bobby Black, Ugene & T.J. Kemp b Zombie Rob Ramer & Shawn Cook, JKO & Cooter Clampett b High Rollers-DQ.  Next show is 5/5 (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
 
--NWA Anarchy Hardcore Hell from last night in Cornelia, GA:  Dany Only & Stryknyn & Todd Sexton b Andrew Pendleton III & Kilgore & Ramirez, John Skyler won three-way over Anthony Henry and Steven Walters, Seth Delay b Bo Newsome, Shadow Jackson & Nemesis b Jacoby Boykins & Chris Mayne in a loser leaves town (Mayne lost), Jacob Ashworth b Tommy Daniels, Shaun Tempers b Areal to keep the North American title and win NWA Anarchy title, Bryan Casanova & Seven & Lane Vasser & Jeff G. Bailey b Mikael Judas & Brody Chase & Slim J & Johnny Dangerous.  Next show is 4/14 in Cornelia at the NWA Arena.
 

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