SAT. UPDATE: White talks May show, Lawler vs. Kaufman, Major wrestling shrine torn down, Edge DVD,
We're looking for reports on tonight's ROH TV tapings from the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore at 7 p.m. Among the matches are Davey Richards vs. Rhino in a non-title match, Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole for the TV title, Kevin Steen vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Eddie Edwards vs. Mike Bennett, All Night Express vs. Young Bucks and Briscoes vs. Cedric Alexander & Caprice Coleman in a non-title match. Also appearing are Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin, Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin, Mike Mondo, Tommaso Ciampa, T.J. Perkins and several wrestlers from CHIKARA Pro.
The biggest show on Sunday is the finals of the New Japan tournament, the Japan Cup, with Togi Makabe vs. Hirooki Goto and Karl Anderson vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi as the semifinals. The winner gets a title shot at Kazuchika Okada's IWGP belt.
Raw will be Monday night from Washington, DC, featuring Brock Lesnar.
Smackdown will be live on Syfy on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. from Hampton, VA. Appearing on the show will be the cast from Legends House, including Roddy Piper, Gene Okerlund, Jimmy Hart, Hillbilly Jim, Jim Duggan, Tony Atlas, Howard Finkel and Pat Patterson, as well as Dusty Rhodes and Sgt. Slaughter.
ROH tonight on Sinclair Broadcasting
Young Bucks vs. T.J. Perkins & Shiloh Jonze
Mike Mondo vs. Matt Taven
Adam Cole vs. Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Mike Bennett in the finals of the March Madness tournament
Best of Pride airs tonight at 8 p.m. on Fuel.
New Observer Alert: Lesnar Returns
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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
--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 second television show
--Next Bellator card
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Saturday's News, Notes & Links
--The Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans UFC Primetime show debuted last night on FX and we got almost no feedback to it. Nothing is listed regarding a replay. It also airs the next two Fridays right after Ultimate Fighter.
--Dana White said on Twitter that the Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight would go on as scheduled on 5/26. This morning, he told us that they have to wait until the commission meeting before they make any move other than there will be a heavyweight title fight on the show.
--The headline story and most read story this morning on CNN
was about the first Jerry Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman match in Memphis on April 5, 1982. Author Wayne Drash was at the Mid South Coliseum and interviewed both Lance Russell and Dave Brown for the story. They went a little overboard in crediting that feud with transforming the pro wrestling industry with the idea it paved the way for celebrity involvement in wrestling, but celebrity involvement in wrestling went back to the beginning of time. The CNN story said the attendance was a sellout 11,200 but actual attendance was 8,100. The Lawler vs. Kaufman feud never sold out in Memphis. Early on, it dew above average crowds but was never a through the roof success. The most successful show was actually 13 months later with Lawler vs. Kaufman & The Colossus of Death (Duke Myers) that drew 9,194 and Kaufman's last appearances drew 3,000 to 4,000. (thanks to many people, most notably Scott Bowden, who himself writes about the first match
--Cobo Arena in Detroit is about to be torn down as banquet hall and convention center show room will take the spot in around 2014. There is an article in the Detroit News
that talks about it and does mention it as the original home of the Detroit Pistons, and mentions pro wrestling and Roller Derby, but focuses on it as a concert hall. The arena was the home of Big Time Wrestling during The Sheik's big run and was particularly strong from about 1965 to 1975 as one of the hottest arenas in the country. WCW also ran the building, and it was also the home of the second and most particularly awful Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn UFC show. In fact, the first time UFC ever sold out a 10,000 plus seat arena was for that show at Cobo. (thanks to Jake Koch)
--Matches on the newly released Edge DVD
Adam Impact (Edge) vs. Christian Cage 1995 indie match
Edge & Christian vs. Hardys vs. Test & Albert vs. Too Cool 6/25/00
Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero 9/26/02
Edge vs. Randy Orton 7/19/04
Edge vs. Matt Hardy ladder match 10/3/05
Edge vs. John Cena TLC match 9/17/06
Edge vs. Shawn Michaels street fight 1/22/07
Edge vs. Undertaker 3/30/08 WrestleMania
Edge vs. Christian 5/17/10
Edge vs. Kane vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio TLC mach 12/19/10
Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Wade Barrett Elimination Chamber 2/20/11
Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio 4/3/01 Edge's last singles match at WrestleMania
--HBO Sports will be doing a Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out show on 4/21 at 10:30 p.m. or head-to-head with the UFC PPV. It will be replayed a number of times on HBO prior to his 5/5 fight with Miguel Cotto.
--Corey Ledesma, the creative director of WWE Games, announced for the WWE 13 video game that the Road to WrestleMania mode has been scrapped and will be replaced by a Story Mode. There will be a group of changes announced and it's no secret Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler have been doing stuff for the games of late regarding older talent involvement. (thanks to Cohen Morrison).
--For info or if a movie theater in your area is airing Lockdown, you can go to TNAonscreen.com
--ROH starts on TV tonight at CW-15 in Albany, NY at 9 p.m. (thanks to Jim Caldwell)
Do you think Lockdown will beat 20,000 buys?
If Brock Lesnar wrestlers at Extreme Rules, will it beat 175,000 domestic buys?
Who will win the New Japan Cup?
- Hiroshi Tanahashi 37.6%
- Karl Anderson 32.5%
- Hirooki Goto 19.1%
- Togi Makabe 10.8%
Should Alistair Overeem's win over Brock Lesnar be overturned?
- Yes, the stalling of the tests last year and missing test result combined with the failed test is more then enough evidence for a reasonable doubt 36.9%
- No, he tested clean on the week and day of the fight 34.7%
- Yes, he was given a conditional license and violated the terms of the license 28.4%
Did you like Impact?
- Excellent 19.0%
- Good 41.9%
- Average 19.0%
- Fair 9.5%
- Poor 10.5%
58.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate announced on 6/1 in Rahway, NJ
at the Rec Center there will be a show that features the Great Muta and Kai from All Japan Pro Wrestling. On 6/2, Muta and Kai will be doing a seminar at the Sportatorium in Deer Park, NY. Only 50 people will be allowed to attend
. PWS also on 6/2 has its 5th year anniversary show in Deer Park.
--The next PWS live show is 5/4 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center headlined by Sami Callihan vs. Jay Lethal, Matt Hardy vs. Colt Cabana, Jerry Lynn vs. Marty Jannetty, Adam Cole vs. Brian XL vs. Samuray del Sol vs Zema Ion, Maria Kanellis & Brittney Savage vs. Jillian Hall & Reby Sky, Amazing Red vs. Dan Maff, Young Bucks vs. Kevin Matthews & Devon Moore, plus appearances by Bret Hart and Rocky Johnson.
--Mick Foley's Hardcore Comedy Tour featuring Rev. Bob Levy and Brad Thacker announced shows on:
5/3 in Columbus, OH at the Woodlands Tavern
5/4 in Cleveland at the Grog Shop
5/5 in Dayton at the RockStar Pro Wrestling Arena
5/6 in Covington, KY at the Entertainment Complex.
--Charles Oliveira vs. former TUF winner Jonathan Brookins has been added to the 6/1 UFC show in Las Vegas as this season's finale.
--I Believe in Wrestling tonight at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando features the debut of Tim Whistler as Tim Zbyszko, managed by father Larry, who faces Gorilla Hanley. Lince Dorado, Chasyn Rance and Mister Saint Laurent are all in action as well.
--ESPN Outside the Lines at 9 a.m. tomorrow has a story on a toughman fight in Tulsa that ended up taking the life of former University of Tulsa linebacker George Clinkscale.
--Results of today's Super Fight League show in Chandigarh, India:
- Ryan Healy b Paul Kelly decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27
- Pierre Daguzan b Chaitanya Gavali unanimous decision
- Bharat Khandare b Soro Ismael tap from punches 2:16
- Alexander Shlemenko b Minowa-man ref stoppage after knee 2:20
- Anup Kumar b Dilanga Rathneveeera choke 1:45 2nd round
- Ricky Ranjeet Sahni b Salika Senanayake ref stop from punches 4:36
- Colleen Schneider b Cherie Buck ref stop from punches 2:29 2nd round
- Todd Duffee b Neil Grove ref stop from punches :34
They were giving away tickets at the local colleges and to "upper class" people in the area. They were afraid of very rowdy fans buying tickets and disrupting the show. Tons of security there. This was Duffee's first pro win since 2009.
--Lucha Libre on 4/15 in Minneapolis at the New York Plaza run by Rudos Promociones.
--Big Time Wrestling on 6/1 in Victorville, CA at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds with Jim Duggan, Shane Douglas and Chris Masters.
--On the Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling show on 5/19 in East Carondelet, IL, Gerald Brisco and Larry Matysik will be at the show for the 53rd anniversary of the debut of Wrestling at the Chase. Brisco will also be doing a meet and greet and Wes Brisco, Gerald's son, will be on the car.
--A Wrestling for Charity fund raiser on 4/21 in Sunnyvale, CA at the Peterson Middle School features Rikishi and Matt Cross (of the last season of Tough Enough).
--New Japan chairman Takaaki Kidani on twitter noted that he attended an AWA show in Chicago 24 years ago noting that Jerry Lawler vs. Kerry Von Erich was the main event and said that he met Tatsumi Fujinami at this show. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez).
--All World Wrestling League on 4/14 at Avenue Billiards at the AWWL Event Hall at 2410 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson, MI has an iPPV show called Burning Desire. It'll air on GFL on tape on 5/5 from 8-10 p.m. They are doing a tournament for The Sheik's old U.S. title belt with the Sheik's tons promoting the show. The iPPV will include interviews with stars of The Cobo Arena era of Big Time Wrestling, including Flying Fred Curry and Killer Tim Brooks.
--CZW Best of the Best takes place on iPPV on 4/14 from Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.
--Dutch Pro Wrestling on 5/19 at the DPW Arena
in Poeldjik (next to the Hague) in The Netherlands. Appearing will be Chris Masters, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Joe E. Legend, Billy Gunn and Mark Haskins. There will also be an afternoon Q&A with Guerrero and Gunn.
--MCW from last night in Dundalk, MD at the New Green Room in a Bodyslam Autism II special show: Josh Daniels & Napalm Bomb b Team Gemini, Foreign Exchange b Ghetto Mafia, Buck Chyld b Hoss Hagood, Jimmy Cicero b Adam Flash, Alexander James b Chris Clow, Nui Tofiga b Tyler Hilton, Mike Bennett (managed by Maria Kanellis) won over Pinnacle and Shawn Patrick, Fed Up b Black Wallstreet, Christian York over Ryan McBride, Ricky Reyes and Ronnie Zukko. Next show is 7/7 with Nui Tofiga defending the MCW title against Christian York and Adam Flash & ? vs. Tyler Hilton & Matt Hardy (thanks to Jessika Heiser)
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 85 fans: Josh Crow won three-way over Big Time Sexy and Lightning Bolt Kid, Mike Jablonski b Sigmon, Steven Green b Shawn Hoodrich, Miss Rachel b Damien Payne, Gary Valiant & L.T. Falk b Tim Renesto & Saint, Jocephus b Drew Haskins. Kid Kash vs. Jocephus headlines this coming Friday night. (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Glen Carbon, IL: Jake Dirgen b El Sanchez, Alexandre Rudolph b Jackal, Billy McNeil & Jamie Lytle b Dan Walsh & Chris Hargas, Shorty Biggs & Outtkast b MsChif & Makaze, Santana Garrett b Christina Von Eerie, Ricky Cruz b Kevin X, K.C. Karrington b Cancun Kid, Bumrush Brothers b Electric Unicorns to won tag title tournament, Kagahas b Adam Pearce-DQ in an NWA title match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)