WED. UPDATE: Arrest updates, ratings, Lashley vs. Colossus, Foley vs. Ambrose

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, talking the latest wrestling and MMA news, as well as taking e-mail questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and phone questions at about 1:30 a.m.

We're looking for any reports on tonight's WWE Raw house show in Moscow, Russia, the company's debut in the country, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . WWE also has Raw in Gdansk, Poland and Smackdown in Dublin, Ireland tomorrow, and Raw in Stuttgart and Smackdown in Belfast on Friday.  We're looking for reports on all the WWE European tour events. 
UFC on Fuel tonight has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m. and UFC Insider at 7:30 p.m.  UFC Insider has a face-to-face confrontation with Jon Jones and Rashad Evans that was taped two weeks ago that is worth seeing.  The Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann show from Australia airs tonight at midnight Eastern time.  Friday's episode of Ultimate Fighter replays at 2 a.m. tonight. 
The New Observer: Brock In WWE, Overeem's Issues, Miguel Alonso Death

A look at Brock Lesnar in WWE is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which also looks at more on Alistair Overeem's situation and the situation with the next UFC heavyweight title shot, and a look at the glory days of Southern California wrestling in a biography of announcer Miguel Alonso, who passed away this past week.
Our lead story talks about the Lesnar vs. Cena match, the lessons and examples of putting on a major match on a "B" PPV show, looking at Cena vs. Punk, Steve Austin's planned coming out of retirement match and Rock & Cena vs. Miz & R-Truth.  We look at what makes Lesnar completely unique to the WWE main event scene on a business negotiating level, and being a former UFC champion is actually a tiny part of it.  We look at why the demands on Lesnar to succeed in driving business is completely different than for someone like C.M. Punk.  We look at what the first Lesnar rating showed, not just in the overall number but in the key opening quarter. 
We look at the two matches and dates that have the best chance of moving business.   We look at the creative, and how UFC, unscripted, appears to have done a better job of bringing him in due to a boundary that even scripted, WWE has never allowed itself to cross.  We also look back at certain major programs WWE did that are similar to this and whether they worked or not.  We also look at why, given Lesnar's track record, doing the best thing for short-term Lesnar business may not be worth the risk, and why this approach is the more conservative.
We look at Lesnar's second week of television, as well a what is likely to happen in Chicago for the PPV.
We've also got a look at where the UFC 146 main event stands today.  We look at the Overeem situation, as well as look at the prospective other opponents and evaluate who should get the next shot, as well as who people want to see get the next shot.  We also look at the major issues involved in the hearing.
We also have a feature on Miguel Alonso and the heyday of Los Angeles wrestling.  We look at Alonso's death, how wrestling became a staple on Wednesday nights in prime time and when and why it moved into a Spanish affiliate.  We look at the national exposure of Los Angeles wrestling during the early days of what is now Univision.  We look at the wrestler who changed the face of Southern California wrestling in 1968 and became its biggest drawing card for most of the next 14 years, and how he differed from the previous Latin stars in the market.
We look at the stars from Mexico who headlined in California during the era, and the story behind the television show.  We also look back to the first closed-circuit pro wrestling show in history, as well as the decline of the territory, and how different promoters viewed its exposure into their markets.  We also look at how Alonso got his jobs in WWF and WCW after the closing of the local promotion.
We also have the first estimates of how WrestleMania did in 2012, more on the departure of the Bella Twins from WWE and a look at the cost of having Dwayne Johnson at Survivor Series.  We've got more on Daniel Bryan "yes" chants and signs, a rundown of the Extreme Rules show, notes on upcoming three hour Raw shows, will Undertaker return next year and more on Legends House.
We also have an update on the developmental in WWE and the latest moves that have been  made including a very strange television move.  We also look at a segment edited off the show, a look at Dwayne Johnson and the end of his football career, WWE gives awards on a television show, notes on Miz and Christian at WrestleMania, why Del Rio was pulled from the show, and Punk changes his tune on Rock.
We've also got our weekly Friday night ratings scoreboard, with Smackdown, Ultimate Fighter, Prime Time and Bellator and how they stacked up both in ratings, audience, and in the key demos and who was up and down and why.
We've also got a feature on the New Japan Cup tournament, including a detailed look at the second night of competition, as well as a look at the next New Japan PPV show.
The issue is up on the site today along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Update on the Gran Alternative tournament
--Dragon Gate WrestleMania weekend rundown
--Two major promotions working together for a big show in July
--Update on the All Japan jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
--Former WWE performers starting up a new promotion later this month
--The most famous man ever to be a regular pro wrestling announcer and the name will shock most people
--Scott Hall's latest arrest details
--Update on Nigel McGuinness' fund raising for his documentary
--Notes on a big weekend in Toronto
--Change in the leadership of the NWA
--The end of one of the famous wrestling arenas
--More notes from the bio of Joe Blanchard
--More on the arrest of Maven Huffman
--Son of Hall of Famer released from baseball contract
--More on the ROH and Go Fight Live issues, as well as plans for ROH's biggest match so far this year, Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen in Toronto on 5/12
--Update on the last iPPV numbers
--ROH and CHIKARA joint show notes
--Details of the next several weeks of ROH television and where angles are going
--Notes on the new Spike contract with TNA
--Why people were breathing a sigh of relief when the deal was announced
--Kurt Angle and the Olympics update
--Update on the Lockdown show
--Notes on the last few weeks of Ring Ka King
--Thoughts on someone under consideration to win first singles world title
--What happened at Cris Cyborg's hearing regarding suspension
--California looking to introduce new legislation
--Joe Rogan goes against the grain, claims marijuana is performance enhancing
--Nick Diaz's next match signed for a few weeks from now
--Notes on the Brazilian version of Ultimate Fighter being on U.S. TV
--Tons of new UFC matches signed
--UFC on FOX schedule for the rest of the year
--How UFC is part of FOX's major change in programming philosophy
--Notes on this past week's Bellator and next week's show
--Ultimate freak show match signed
--The supposed return to prominence of K-1, except as an American group
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Wednesday's News, Notes & Links

--Smackdown's rating last night was a 1.5, the lowest first-run rating of the show in years.  
--USA won the prime time ratings race again this past week with a 2.1 average to 1.6 for Disney and 1.4 for Fox News.  FX was No. 10 at 1.0.  Syfy was No. 16 at 0.7.  Spike didn't crack the top 25.  Raw was No. 1 and No. 2 on cable last week for the day after Mania show.  It was No 3 and No. 4 in 18-34 and No. 1 and No. 2 in 18-49. 
--The front page story in yesterday's Los Angeles Times about R.J. Brewer of Lucha Libre USA (thanks to Ed Tabash and many others)
--Mick Foley praises WWE Divas like Kelly Kelly and the Bella Twins.
--The Super Fight League's third show will be 5/6 from New Delhi, India, featuring Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson, Trevor Prangley vs. Baga Agaev, Doug "Rhino" Marshall vs. Zelg Galesic and Joanne Calderwood vs. Len Ovchynnikova.   
--WWE announced its return to Washington, DC at the Verizon Center will be a house show on 12/29.  Tickets are on sale right now at Ticketmaster using WWEDC as the password.
--Rima Fakih, the former Miss USA on Tough Enough, pleaded no contest earlier today to drunken driving charges.  As part of the plea bargain, charges of having open intoxicants in her vehicle and careless driving were dropped.  She will be sentenced on 5/9 and is unlikely to get any time in prison.  Her lawyer expects her to get minimal probation in Los Angeles, where she now lives. Fakih was arrested on 12/3 in Highland Park, MI.  She was pulled over for speeding and erratic driving.  Officers found a half empty bottle of champagne in her Jaguar behind the seat.  She took a breathalyzer test and blew a 0.19 and 0.20, both more than double the legally allowed 0.08 limit. (thanks to Paul Nucci)
--Chris Jericho will be on Adam Carolla's podcast on Friday. (thanks to Sean Reyerse)
--Based on Twitter messages, the Bella Twins, Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka did not go on the European tour. There may be some people who didn't go immediately that will be flying out for TV on Monday and Tuesday in London, but went home first.
--In a worked Twitter angle, they are pretending that Dean Ambrose was sent home from television because he was told Mick Foley was uncomfortable around him. has a column comparing John Cena to Tim Tebow. The same writer also posted a column comparing The Rock's Twitter usage to that of projected top draft pick Robert Griffith III.
--Tickets for the 6/1 UFC Ultimate Fighter Live finale show on FX, plus the Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann main event, are on sale today to Fight Club members. The show will be in Las Vegas at the Palms Hotel. You can get tickets tomorrow at Ticketmaster by using the password "LIVE."
--ESPN had a story on Mark Cuban where he brought up the angle he did with Sheamus on Raw a few years back.
--Tickets for the three-hour Raw on 6/11 in Hartford at the XL Center go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m.  The main event being advertised is Jon Cena & C.M. Punk & Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry & Kane.
--River City Wrestling has its 10 year anniversary show on Saturday night in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  A.J. Summers vs. Alissa Flash in a man vs. woman match headlines.  Shelly Martinez is also on the show, as are the famous early 90s tag team The Head Hunters and Randy Savage's former girlfriend who used the name Gorgeous George in WCW.
--The 5/25 Bellator shows headlined by Cole Konrad defending the heavyweight title against Eric Prindle will be in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Moral Convention Center.
--Today is the 15th anniversary of Jacques Rougeau beating Hulk Hogan clean at the Molson Centre (now Bell Centre) in Montreal. The show drew the biggest non-WWE pro wrestling crowd in the city since 1986.  Despite urban legends, the match did not turn into a shoot. Hogan willingly did the job since Jacques was the promoter and it was a house show, even though Hogan rarely agreed to do jobs at that time.
--Evolve on Friday night in Toronto at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Toronto Airport as part of the WrestleReunion convention has:

Fit Finlay vs. Sami Callihan
Low Ki vs. El Generico
Johnny Gargano vs. AR Fox
Chuck Taylor vs. Samuray del Sol
The Scene vs. Super Smash Brothers
Bobby Fish vs. Alex Reynolds
John Silver vs. Cheech
Josh Alexander vs. ?

There will also be prelims at 7 p.m. presented by Alpha-1 with Michael Elgin appearing.
--Randy Couture and UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson have been added to the MMA Show on 5/12 and 5/13 at the NEC in Birmingham, England.
--Frank Mir and Miguel Angel Torres are scheduled for MMA Uncensored tomorrow night on Spike.
--A story on the Judy Martin & Joyce Grable vs. Steve O & Jerry Roberts (Jacques Rougeau Jr.) match at the Omni on Thanksgiving night of 1980.  It was unique at that time having women vs. men, but this match was not nearly the big deal at the time this article made it out to be.  It was just a prelim match on a long show, and was promoted about as much as a normal prelim match would be promoted. Jeff Leen, who wrote the great bio of Mildred Burke, wrote this article.
--Scott Hall's lawyer Loredana Nesci told TMZ today that Hall never got violent with his girlfriend and also claimed that his girlfriend Lisa Howell corroborated that story.  However, that contradicts what Howell said in Hall's arrest report, although she now does not want to press charges..
Who should Brock Lesnar's second major feud be with?
C.M. Punk 34.5%
Randy Orton 24.6%
Sheamus 11.0%
Undertaker 10.1%
HHH 9.7%
Rock 7.5%
Steve Austin 2.6%
If you used to watch TNA regularly and no longer do, why?
Didn't enjoy it for a long time so stopped watching 34.4%
Realized TNA will never be serious competition or go anywhere 27.3%
Nothing exciting on the show 13.2%
Don't like the storylines 11.0% 
WWE is enough wrestling to keep up with 7.3%
Nobody seems like stars 5.1%
Quality of matches isn't good 1.8%
If you used to watch Ultimate Fighter and no longer do, why?
Interest in UFC is waning 34.3%
Same show every time 33.3%
It's on Friday 15.5%
The show doesn't develop new stars like it used to 12.2%
Coaches this season don't do it for me 4.6%
Did you like RAW?
Excellent 8.3%
Good 46.0%
Average 23.3%
Fair 10.6%
Poor 11.9%
7.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--There will be a Smackdown taping on 8/7 in Houston at the Toyota Center.
--A story on Graeme McGaw of Kingston, Ontario, who won the Mick Foley WrestleMania raffle.
--A.J. Kirsch of Tough Enough did some videos on Youtube about being on the show, ripping on Bill DeMott, Trish Stratus and Booker T.  When he mentioned that he may see DeMott and Steve Austin at Cauliflower Alley, Austin wrote, "Damn right you will. I may turn your little lights out at the event." 
--Shane Helms is back doing his Internet show tonight at 7 p.m.
--CZW has its first iPPV show live on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on and USTREAM. 
--ECWA on 5/5 in Newark, De at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club features Papadon vs. Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian. Speaking of ECWA, partial ownership of the promotion is for sale for $5000 on craigslist.  That is the price for 20% of the company as one of the owners is looking to sell because he said he no longer has the time to devote to the business. (thanks to Phillip Lynn)
--Empire Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater
--NWA Lone Star Texas Stampede Wrestling on Saturday night in Butch Springs (near Dallas) with Kevin Douglas vs. Kahagus in a battle of the NWA jr. champion vs. NWA national champion. 
--Former UFC heavyweight fighter Sean McCorkle makes his pro wrestling debut for Freedom Pro Wrestling on 4/20 in Onalaska, WI on a show that includes Tommy Dreamer, Sabu and Shane Douglas.
--The School of Roc latest episode is up.
--Here's an interview with J.J. Dillon talking about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
--The University of MMA has a show on 5/20 in Los Angeles at Club Nokia.
--Todos X Todos on Saturday night in Houston at the Arena Theater has El Hijo del Santo & Huracan Ramirez & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Angel Blanco Jr. & Dandy & El Hijo del Solitario
--Tom Cassa ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is selling his collection of wrestling magazines from 1961-2003.  He'd like to sell it as a complete collection.
--FEW on 5/12 in Fort Wayne, IN at The Fight House.
--Stacy Keibler is featured in the new issue of Hello! Magazine in the U.K. (thanks to Brian Henke)  
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 4/21 in Lumberton, NC at the Indoor Flea Market.
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV for the week.
--A show on Saturday at Centerfold's in Pompano, FL, promoted by Future of Wrestling has been moved to the VFW Post 2500 in Hollywood, FL, and will start at 4 p.m. instead of 3 p.m.  Headbanger Mosh vs. Jesse Neal headlines the show.
--Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk WrestleMania weekend.

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?