THURS. UPDATE: Anniversary of legendary bout, Lesnar's first WWE PPV, Canseco to wrestling, White

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Impact is tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike, while Best of PRIDE airs on Fuel at 9 p.m. WWE Superstars tonight has Usos vs. Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins, R-Truth vs. Heath Slater and Tyson Kidd vs. Hunico.

New Observer Alert: Brock Returns To WWE, Wrestlemania Coverage
We've got a monster issue covering in depth the Brock Lesnar signing, WrestleMania, the Alistair Overeem drug test failure, the ROH match of the year and all the major news from the past week.  It's our annual special double WrestleMania issue.
Our lead story concerns the WWE signing of Lesnar.  We look at the details of the new deal, how much he has to move business for the deal to be worth it, exactly how long the sides have been talking, how this ties into his fight with Alistair Overeem, the most top WWE stars are guaranteed on their deal and what the biggest names in WWE earn.  We look at how the big names get paid.
We look at the potential ups and downs of the deal, how this ties in with The Rock, Lesnar's potential opponents, the original plan for his debut, Lesnar's original WWF contract in 2000 and his second major contract in 2003 and details.  We look at when he left, why he left, his attempts at football, New Japan Pro Wrestling and MMA.  We look at his return angle, the Paul Heyman aspect of the question, what is currently being advertised for the next two PPV shows, the obvious matches, and a unique look at how this affects both WWE and UFC.
We also have full coverage of WrestleMania 28, notes on the Rock vs. Cena finish, what Cena demanded on the finish, the story behind Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan and how it backfired, plus a look at WrestleMania 28 as compared to the biggest shows in history.  We look at every WWE show in history that drew 60,000 fans as well as the biggest money shows in history, and who has drawn the most number of them.
We also look at how much this needs to do on PPV to be officially, the biggest money show in pro wrestling history.
We also have detailed coverage of every match, with star ratings and poll results.
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We also have a look at a time line of Alistair Overeem over the last few months leading to his steroid test positive, what it means, the unique situation it puts things in, and how soon he'll be able to fight again, or if he'll be able to fight again in UFC.
We also include Dana White's reaction, and what is the probable new main event for UFC 146.
We also have an in-depth look at the WWE Hall of Fame, with the highlights from the speeches, notes about them, as well as a history of everyone that was involved.  This is likely the biggest feature out there on the show.
We also have part one of our career bio on Chief Jay Strongbow, looking at both his pre-Jay Strongbow days as Joe Scarpa, and his WWWF run where he spent years as the No. 2 babyface, including his style, his role and his most remembered matches.
We also look at Randy Orton getting dropped from "The Marine" movie, an update on the WWE television network, lots more on television shows planned for the network, more on Legends House, Terry Taylor in WWE and his background with HHH, updates on WWE injuries including Wade Barrett, a very interesting John Cena story dating back 11 years ago last month, more on WWE movies, HHH talks the difference between being a wrestler and an executive, newcomer set to start on WWE television this week and Cena talks about the last year of his life.  We also look at new WWE non-TV angles, what part of the company got a morale kick in the butt and Edge's future.
We also look at the ROH iPPV shows from the past week, talking about the technical issues, what was good and bad on the show, and coverage of both shows.
We also have a look at the Friday night ratings scoreboard.
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 This Week's Show: Maven, Dragon Gate, Future of Bellator

--One of the biggest independent crowds of the year as a gimmick that has drawn for nearly 30 years pulls another sellout
--Prince Devitt becomes a double champion
--An international promotion looks to syndicate TV in the U.S. and to run tours
--An interesting battle for Hispanic television in the U.S.
--Notes on the recent AAA TV tapings
--Coverage of the Dragon Gate USA shows over WrestleMania weekend
--Notes on the 2012 Champion Carnival tournament
--Open of the All Japan jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
--Notes on the upcoming Pro Wrestling NOAH tag team tournament
--Top worker fired for unique reasons
--Independent star signs contract overseas
--Notes on the open of this year's Japan Cup tournament
--One of the best high flyers and workers in the business set for a return in a few weeks
--More on the accidental death while watching WrestleMania
--NWA changes its leader
--Arrest of former Tough Enough winner Maven
--Notes on upcoming ROH shows
--Roderick Strong talks chair shots to the head
--Kurt Angle and his latest injuries and escapades, as well as his mother being scammed and his reaction
--Update on the Lockdown card
--TNA star gets his own TV series
--Victory Road PPV estimates
--Future of TNA twitter promotion
--Update on Ric Flair in TNA
--Changes in a major recent angle
--Update on Jeff Hardy
--A new No. 1 contenders fight in UFC
--Build of Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans
--Notes on the Atlanta PPV
--How many tickets have been sold for all the upcoming major UFC shows
--Update on King Mo's situation
--Update on the next Strikeforce show
--Name fighter says he will retire if he loses his next fight
--Who faces the Jones vs Evans winner
--Tons of new UFC matches
--Bellator future
--Bellator second television show
--Next Bellator card
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Thursday's News, Notes & Links
--Brock Lesnar is now being advertised to appear on the Extreme Rules PPV show in Chicago on 4/29.
--The new TNA TV contract with Spike TV goes through the fall of 2014, so it is a new two-year deal.  There are a lot of people in TNA breathing easier, not because of any fear Spike would get rid of wrestling, but there was genuine fear they could switch their affiliation.  
--Alistiar Overeem's steroid test came back with a 14-1 testosterone to epitestosterone ratio.  He has yet to respond to the complaint.  A 1-1 ratio is normal.  A 4-1 ratio is the cutoff in many sports but Nevada uses a 6-1 to be on the safe side.  What kills Overeem in the idea that maybe his test is much higher than usual is that he was tested several times before the Lesnar fight and always feel within average ranges.    

--Daniel Bryan on Twitter said that the new "Yes, Yes, Yes" t-shirt is being released and could be as early as this coming week.
--A tweet from Dixie Carter indicates Jose Canseco will be on Impact tonight after Canseco teased it on Twitter saying he'd like to work with Hulk Hogan.  TNA has a history of spending money on celebrities and it meaning nothing for ratings and with Canseco, it's pretty much a lock this won't either.  There are celebrities and then there are people the public thinks are pathetic rundown losers, for better or worse.  Pathetic rundown losers only drag down your company by association, not build it up.  Real celebrities if they are genuine stars can make a difference. If they are stars from 30 years ago, they usually don't hurt if they aren't considered losers.
--The quarterfinals of the Japan Cup tournament took place earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo with Hirooki Goto pinning La Sombra with the shoten kai; Karl Anderson pinned Shinsuke Nakamura with the stun gun showing that they are really upping his push now that he's a singles wrestler, and Anderson is possibly the most underrated American in the business right now; Togi Makabe pinned Minoru Suzuki with a kneedrop off the top rope and Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Tetsuya Naito with a small package.  The semifinals and finals take place on Sunday at Korakuen Hall, with Tanahashi vs. Anderson and Makabe vs. Goto.  The tournament winner faces Kazuchika Okada in May for the IWGP heavyweight title.
--Dana White needs to have a meeting with his talent pronto. Stuff like this, even if it's really just a bad attempt to do humor, given the track record of the guy and others of his guys could blow up in their face. Seriously, if there is anything that should be off limits to MMA fighters, it's rape jokes given the fact most don't find them funny and that a few fighters have had arrests on sexual assault charges.    
--UFC signed a four-year-deal with Multi Screen Media to broadcast UFC events on SIX, MSM's new sports channel in India.  There are also plans to do a specialized Ultimate Fighter show for that market.
--UFC is also allowing fans to vote for a match on a live TV show. On the 6/8 show, just announced earlier today as being from Fort Lauderdale at the BankAtlantic Center for FX, you can vote for either Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland, Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha or Lance Benoist vs. Seth Baczynski as the final televised bout on FX for the main card. Tickets for the show go on sale on 4/13 to the public at ticketmaster or the BankAtlantic Center. Fight Club members can get tickets on 4/11 from the Fight Club web site and newsletter readers can get tickets on 4/12.     
--Nigel McGuinness' fundraising efforts for the documentary he is producing on his career and why his career is over will end in a few days.  He surpassed his original minimum fund raising goal quickly but there are still three days left to help the project. If you haven't already, check out our interview with McGuinness on Observer radio as it is one of the best of the past year.

--Today is the 30 year anniversary of the very first Jerry Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman match on April 5, 1982, at the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis.  While nobody outside of the Memphis metro area knew about the match beforehand, by the end of the week, it was easily the most famous pro wrestling match of its era. Scott Bowden looks back.

While it was an angle and they built storylines that lasted more than a year off it (including Kaufman costing Lawler the AWA title in a match with Nick Bockwinkel that was one of the most brilliant angles of that time), I remember that there was at least one major promoter afterwards who sent Lawler a thank you to him for the way he protected the business by injuring Kaufman.

--Evolve is doing a Cinco de Mayo show at the World Yacht Marina from Noon to 5 p.m. at West 41st and West Wide Highway in New York, with drinking, dancing and mariachis as well as pro wrestling and Lucha Libre.
--New Japan debuted its new television show on BS Asahi today at 11 p.m. (which is a few hours ago) airing two matches from the 2011 Tokyo Dome show with Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Satoshi Kojima (where Tanahashi started his long title run that won him Wrestler of the Year honors for 2011) and Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP jr. title.  Next week's show will have more from that cared with Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki, La Sombra & Mascara Dorada vs. Jushin Liger & Hector Garza, Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Takashi Iizuka, Takashi Sugiura & Yoshihiro Takayama of NOAH vs. Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada and Togi Makabe vs. Masato Tanaka.  Interesting that their new TV show next week shows Okada, the current champion, in basically a young boy job guy role. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez)
Who should face Junior Dos Santos for the title if Alistair Overeem is out?
Frank Mir 43.7%
Cain Velasquez 36.6%
Mark Hunt 19.7%
Does this drug test failure affect your interest in MMA?
Yes, it's getting tiresome 47.1%
No, I care but just expect that it's an inevitable byproduct of high level sports 40.0%
No, don't care at all 12.8%
--Here's a crazy story about Dan Kroffat (the Calgary star of the 70s, not Doug Furnas' old tag team partner) when he was taken hostage in a prison.
--A story in today's South Florida Sun Sentinel about WrestleMania.
--Joslyn Jarrett, the daughter of Jeff, was named the Middle School County Girls Basketball Player of the Year in the Nashville area.  Jarrett, who attends Ellis Middle School in Hendersonville, TN, averaged 11.6 points per game and was the star, leading her team to a 21-0 season. A lot of people don't know this, but Jeff was a good high school basketball player before he got into pro wrestling as a teenager. 
--I Believe in Wrestling on Saturday night in Orlando at the Team Vision Dojo features the pro debut of Tim Zbyszko, managed by father Larry, plus Mister Saint Laurent and Chasyn Rance defend the AWA tag team titles.
--Crossfire Entertainment on 5/19 in Nashville at the Fairgrounds features Matt Hardy vs. MVP, plus Maria Kanellis, Kevin Sullivan, Cassidy Riley, Chase Stevens, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, Brian Christopher, Wolfie D, Shark Boy, Shane Douglas and more.
--CZW Best of the Best 11 takes place on 4/14 in Voorhees, NJ and will be an iPPV show.  Announced in the tournament first round so far are Sami Callihan vs. Drake Younger vs. Trent 7 vs. MC MCKinnan, Chuck Taylor vs. Johnny Gargano vs Samuray del Sol, A.R. Fox vs. Lince Dorado vs. ACH and Alex Colon vs. Willie Mack vs. ?.
--New Era Wrestling on 4/21 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club.
--EWF on 4/21 in Converse, IN at the Borderman Gym headlined by Carlito vs. Troy Miller
--In a correction from yesterday, the Future Stars of Wrestling show tomorrow night in Las Vegas will be at their gym on 6658 Boulder Highway in Las Vegas, not at Sam's Town Casino. The Sam's Town Casino show is 4/22.    
--ECWA's Super 8 tournament takes place on Saturday night in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club.  The eight competitors are Papadon, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian, Bobby Fish Tony Nese, Azrieal, Gregory Iron, Kyle Matthews and Bandido Jr.
--The autobiography of Jim Duggan is now out, ghost written by Scott Williams of the Observer staff.  Duggan looks at his high school and college sports days, a state champion in wrestling and a starter at SMU in football, playing in the NFL and CFL, breaking into wrestling in Dallas through Fritz Von Erich, becoming a star in Mid South and his WWF run, plus his incident with the Iron Sheik that nearly ended his WWF career.

--Paul "Butcher" Vachon, the brother of Mad Dog and Vivian, and stepfather of Luna, has his autobiography called "Wrestling with the Past:  Life In And Out Of The Ring" that was released today. Vachon looks at his career from the 50s, working all over the world, booking and being part owner of Grand Prix Wrestling, talks about the death of Luna, his role in the stardom of Andre the Giant, the McMahons and more. Vachon will be bringing his book to the Cauliflower Alley Club for copies on 4/16 to 4/18 as well as the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, NY on 5/18 and 5/19. 
--The WWE's new ECW DVD called ECW Unreleased Volume 1 has:

Shane Douglas vs. Too Cold Scorpio 8/27/94
Tommy Dreamer vs. Raven 4/15/95
Dean Malenko & Too Cold Scorpio vs. Taz & Eddy Guerrero 7/15/95
Shane Douglas vs. Cactus Jack 2/17/96
RVD & Sabu vs. Eliminators in a tables and ladders match for the tag titles 2/22/97
Sabu vs. Taz 4/13/97 in the main event of the company's first PPV show, Barely Legal
Shane Douglas vs. Bam Bam Bigelow 11/30/97
Sabu & RVD vs. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki 8/2/98
RVD vs. Jerry Lynn 8/15/98
Shane Douglas vs. Taz 1/10/99
Lance Storm & Justin Credible vs. RVD & Jerry Lynn 7/18/99
Mike Awesome vs. Masato Tanaka 11/7/99
Tommy Dreamer vs. Taz 4/22/00
Tommy Dreamer vs. Justin Credible 4/22/00
Rhino vs. Sandman 7/16/00
Rhino vs. Spike Dudley 12/3/00
Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck vs. Kid Kash & Super Crazy vs. FBI 1/7/01
plus one of the Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Psicosis matches
Blu Ray Extras are the Shane Douglas vs. Terry Funk vs. Sabu Night the Line Was Crossed match and a 1994 Tommy Dreamer vs. Jimmy Snuka match
--There is a new Bloodstained Memories 2 DVD coming that includes D-Lo Brown, Rollerball Mark Rocco (original Black Tiger in Japan), Abyss, Tammy Sytch, Nora Greenwald, Al Snow, Dawn Marie, Tito Santana and Terry Funk that is expected to be released in June.
--High Velocity Wrestling on 5/5 in Hendersonville, NC, headlined by Matt Hardy vs. Kirby Mack.
--Tim Sylvia will be an honored guest at the 4/14 Fight Night show in Biddeford, ME, and will make a special announcement at the show.
--Now that Ty Bailey is gone from WWE, former developmental wrestler Jay Bradley decided to go public with a three-part interview discussing what he felt was unnecessary verbal abuse from his former boss.

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