THURS. UPDATE: Angle's Olympic dream shattered, Tito talks WWE, Dixie promises changes, Bryan in GQ



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Impact tonight:

- Velvet Sky & Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne & Gail Kim
- A.J. Styles vs. Bully Ray
- Austin Aries vs. Christopher Daniels
- Mr. Anderson vs. Gunner

The last three bouts are part of a best of three series with the winning team, either Team Garett or Team Eric, getting the man advantage at Sunday's Lethal Lockdown.  The show also includes ODB & Eric Young getting married inside of a cage, and late build for Roode vs. Storm and the other matches on Sunday's Lockdown.

MMA Uncensored airs right after Impact at 11 p.m. with Frank Mir and Miguel Torres as guests.  Maybe we can have Frank call a Miguel Torres match while we're at it.

Tomorrow's WWE shows are Raw in Stuttgart and Smackdown in Belfast.  Saturday has Raw in Berlin and Smackdown in Manchester, England.  We're looking for reports on all the WWE European tour events.

On Fuel tonight, they are replaying Tuesday's UFC Tonight at 8 p.m., Unleashed at 10 p.m., Friday's Ultimate Fighter at midnight and UFC Tonight at 1 a.m., plus a replay of Ultimate Insider at 2 a.m.

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.

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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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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)

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history)

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*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)

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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)

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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)

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Thursday's News, Notes & Links

--Kurt Angle will not be competing in the Olympic trials. I know that shocks everyone. He claimed a hamstring injury and an injured MCL...but he'll be fine to do a cage match with Jeff Hardy on Sunday.  You can read his statement on Twitter if you want your entertainment out of all this.

--The 1000th episode of Raw will air on 7/23 from the Savvis Center in St. Louis and will be a three-hour live show.

--Here is the UFC on Fuel schedule for the weekend:

Weigh-ins for Saturday's show in Stockholm are 10 a.m. Eastern tomorrow, 7 a.m. on the West Coast. Coverage on Saturday starts at 2 p.m. Eastern with a pre-fight show. The regular show will be 3-6 p.m. and the post-fight show is from 6-7 p.m. Jay Glazer, Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen will be doing the pre and post-fight shows.  Mike Goldberg and Kenny Florian will be announcing the show.  Karyn Bryant will be doing interviews on the show.

--Because there is no first-run Smackdown tomorrow (they are replaying Tuesday's show on Syfy), we won't be doing Observer radio on Friday.  We will do a show Saturday covering the UFC show and Sunday covering TNA Lockdown.

--An angle was shot last night at the Revolver Golden God awards. Chris Jericho hosted the show, C.M. Punk won the award for Most Metal Athlete and Jericho then smashed the award. This will likely air on TV on Monday.

--A new organization called the IMMAF (International Mixed Martial Arts Federation) was announced earlier today which is looking to be a worldwide sanctioning body for amateur MMA events trying to have unified rules, regulations and safety measures.  UFC announced its support of the IMMAF as well.  It will be a Sweden-based nonprofit organization.

--Tito Ortiz in doing media in Sweden noted that he is retiring after the 7/7 fight with Forrest Griffin, and talked about hoping to get a UFC office job after he retires or go to the WWE.  At 37, with previous neck surgeries and back surgeries, I really don't see WWE being in his future.  He does have a look and real charisma, but they rarely sign newcomers at that age and I can't see them doing it with all of Ortiz's injuries, plus I can't see Ortiz's body being able to hold up to a full-time WWE schedule.  I do believe ten years ago he could have done it and possibly been successful at it.

--A story on Sheamus returning to Ireland as a star. He noted that he used to work as security at wrestling events, did IT work in Dublin and at 13, was a member of the Palestrina Choir.  He studied computers at the National College of Ireland while working as a bodyguard at a bordello.

--Dixie Carter spoke with us earlier today, saying there would be a lot of changes in the next few weeks as far as the presentation of the shows after her meetings yesterday with Spike TV.  She wasn't specific, only saying it would play out soon and would include format changes and new elements to the show.  She said the company is making a very conscious decision to focus now on young talent.

Carter also noted that Bruce Prichard is back at work and has dropped 31 pounds.  She noted it was a real scare but if he was lucky, it was that he was already in the hospital (for heart surgery) when he suffered the heart attack. If he wasn't, things could have been a lot worse.

--GQ Magazine ran an interview with Daniel Bryan.  He said the Monday after Mania was unreal and it was a real special moment for him. He said he thought it was the backlash because of how short his match at Mania was and that he was also angry, saying he wanted to steal the show and he believes his wrestling is as good as anyone out there and was looking forward to having a great match, but wasn't allowed to.

When asked about the conversation when he was told it was a one move match, he said "There wasn't much of a conversation.  This is my job, you know?  You have to do something and even if you don't like it, that's what you do. but you go out there and do the best you can.  I went out there and did the best entrance I could possibly do.  You just do your best. That's all anybody can do."

He said he'd like his wrestling character to be allowed to be more aggressive now.  He mentioned C.M. Punk never talked with him before doing his "Best in the World" gimmick but said it didn't bother him at all, noting Chris Jericho had already done something similar.

--ROH Ringside Members on Saturday and Sunday will be able to see the entire two-day shows from WrestleMania weekend including the Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin match.  Members are also getting a special discount on all DVDs and merchandise for the next few days.

--The theme for the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans match is "Good Friends, Better Enemies." The stuff between the two on Tuesday's UFC Insider was taped two weeks ago.

--From the "This is awesome" department: As Damien Sandow complains about twitter and social media as the ruination of society on Smackdown every week, WWE showed his twitter handle on the screen. (thanks to Greg Marra)

--There is an attempt to get Bret Hart nominated for Canada's Walk of Fame.

--A story on the Canadian band Our Lady Peace: they noted that they have retired the theme song they wrote and performed for Chris Benoit completely. They will never perform it, nor use it in any new release because of the bad memories it conjures up for people.

--The UFC has announced at their next Fan Expo there will be another Grapplers Quest tournament on 7/6 and 7/7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  The tournament is limited to 1,500 people with registration being $99.  That includes two days of full access to the Fan Expo, a T-shirt by tapout, $20 off at the door pricing and free entry in a Judo Throwdown tournament. Admission to the Friday session for fans is $40, Saturday is $45 while you can get tickets for both days for $60.

Should Alistair Overeem be licensed in Nevada?

- No, not only did he fail the test, but by terms of his temporary license, he should have his last win over rock Lesnar overturned 56.3%
- No, he failed the test 35.6%
- Yes, even though he tested positive, there is a legal technicality he can slide by in 6.3%
- Yes, I believe his testosterone use was due to legitimate medical need 1.9%

What percentage of UFC fighters do you believe are using PEDs?


- Under 20% 2.9%
- 21-40% 9.0%
- 41-60% 28.8%
- 61-80% 26.2%
- 80% or more 16.9%
- No way of knowing 16.1%

What do you attribute Monday's Raw rating to?

- Wrestling is cold and the way it's portrayed, no individual can help turn it around 39.6%
- While wrestling fans will watch UFC shows to see Lesnar, UFC fans won't watch WWE to see Lesnar 18.2%
- The environment with Marella and the Three Stooges makes it impossible for a Lesnar type to make a difference 14.3%
- When Lesnar was put with Laurinaitis, it made him just another part of the show 14.0%
- He was never going to help ratings, but will help PPVs 4.3%
- Not enough people knew Lesnar was with WWE, he will help ratings down the line 3.1%
- Lesnar never would have been a difference maker at any time in pro wrestling 2.3%
- The right individual can make a difference, but Lesnar at this time is not that individual 2.2%
- The very existence of UFC in prominence kills pro wrestling being anything but outlandish entertainment, thus it has to be a variety show where individuals don't make that much of a difference 1.9%

Did you like Smackdown?
- Excellent 3.1%
- Good 22.3%
- Average 13.4%
- Fair 17.8%
- Poor 43.5%
23.0% of those responding didn't see the show

--Ben Askren wrote on Twitter to Ariel Helwani:  "I invite you to go in a cage with me.  When you do that, I will do your show.  Otherwise, kiss my ass."  Okay, you can put the audience in a sleeper for five rounds, you can say Canadian fans aren't good fans, you can tell people if they don't want to see ground work they can watch boxing (actually I quite enjoyed that line), but you don't tell Ariel Helwani to kiss your ass just because he said you were a boring fighter.

--Sean Oliver of Kayfabe Commentaries said that his company has not been claiming Jim Cornette would be involved in the 6/1 interview with Vince Russo.  He said that any fan, worker, announcer or manager can submit questions to Russo, they did not advertise Cornette.  Cornette yesterday claimed they were representing that he would be asking questions, and he said people should boycott it.

--Paul Lazenby talks Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem. He also talked with Nick Lembo about what the situation would be if Overeem was not licensed in Nevada as it pertains to fighting in New Jersey.

--Vendetta Pro Wrestling and Traditional Championship Wrestling, in conjunction with the Cauliflower Alley Club, have a show on 4/16 at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Tickets are only $5 or free if you are a member of the Cauliflower Alley Club.  Among those wrestling on the show are Zach Gowen, Disco Inferno, Matt Cross, Sean Casey, A.J. Kirsch, Sinn Bodhi, Jesse Neal, Shannon Ballard plus appearances by Nigel McGuinness, Cheerleader Melissa, Michelle Star, Stacy Carter, Martin Casaus (Tough Enough), Paul Vachon, Nick Bockwinkel and Harley Race.

--Scott Hall was back last night at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando with Larry Zbyszko and Chasyn Race leading the training class that includes Tim Zbyszko and Cody Hall.

--Raphael Davis, 35, of Lomita, CA, an MMA fighter, was arrested on Tuesday with falsifying a workers compensation claim and charged with four counts of insurance fraud.  Prosecutors claim Davis filed claims that injuries prevented him from working at his job from 2008-2001, but during that period he was regularly competing in MMA fights.  He was held on $35,000 bond.  Davis had fought for Bellator and the IFL and was an All-American collegiate wrestler.

--Not sure this is news but Yokozuna won't be in the WWE 13 video game. I never heard any talk at all that he would be. WWE 13 is going to have a nostalgia deal but the era involved isn't a period Yokozuna was part of the company. (thanks to Brian Cooper)

--A puzzle on last night's Wheel of Fortune was "DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON" (thanks to Brian Henke)

--CZW on 4/14 on iPPV at HybridEnt.TV from Voorhees, NJ at 7:30 p.m. at Flyers Skate Zone with the annual Best of the Best tournament.  The first round matches are MK McKinnan vs. Trent 7 vs. Sami Callihan vs. Drake Younger, Chuck Taylor vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Samuray del Sol, AR Fox vs. Lince Dorado vs. ACH and Alex Colon vs. Willie Mack vs. ?

--The New England Pro Wrestling Academy is doing a one-day fantasy camp on 5/19 for $79.  The four-hour camp will teach the basics of pro wrestling, interviews and more.  One person who impresses the trainers the most will get a $300 training program and others who do well will also have a shot at training at a discounted price.  You have to be at least 15, but if under 18, need parents permission.  For more info you can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 978-852-8534

--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 4/26 in Arborg, Manitoba at the Rec Center, 4/27 in Winnipeg at L.A. Roadhouse (only 18 and above admitted), 8/28 in Selkirk, Manitoba at the Friendship Center and 8/29 in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Legion.

--Colt Cabana talks about his documentary and not working for a major company. It's really sad that today, legitimately, NOAH probably really isn't a major company.

--Tito Santana talks about Tom Zenk and how Scott Coker stole his Strikeforce name.

--Dennis Rodman talks the state of modern pro wrestling with Greg Valentine and Ed Leslie.

--In Your Face Wrestling on 5/18 in Amsterdam, NY at America's Best Value Inn with Fit Finlay & Bobby Fish vs. Bobby Ocean & Drake Evans, Val Venis vs. Fronz Roddy and Lanny Poffo also appearing.

--Perry Saturn appears for 3XW Wrestling on 4/27 in Des Moines at Baratta's Forte Center and 4/28 in Grinnell, IA at the Eagles Club.  Both shows are being taped for the 3XW local TV show that airs on KWKB on Saturday's at 6 p.m. and KCWI at 1:30 a.m. on Mondays.

--Contactmusic.com ran a story today on Lars Ulrich of Metallica not remembering Hulk Hogan being asked to join the band.  It would be more of a story if they could round up John Belushi and ask him about all the coke he snorted with Hulk Hogan after WrestleMania II in Los Angeles years after his death.

--Fidel Edwards, a fast bowler from the West Indies, did the "You can't see me" hand gesture in a cricket match on Sky Sports today.  This led to a long discussion between the announcers about the popularity of pro wrestling in the Caribbean.

--Pro Wrestling Blitz on 4/28 in Joliet, IL with Matt Hardy vs. Barry Ryte on top.

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