THURS. UPDATE: Jericho future, Cauliflower Alley Club report w/Austin, Steamboat, Jericho hurt

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We're looking for reports on today's WWE house shows in Cardiff, Wales and Toulouse, France as well as yesterday's show in Milan, Italy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Impact tonight on Spike at 9 p.m.:

- Austin Aries & Matt Morgan vs. Bully Ray & Crimson
- A.J. Styles vs. Kurt Angle
- Tara & Mickie James & Brooke Tessmacher & Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim & Madison Rayne & Sarita & Rosita
- Devon vs. Gunner TV title
- RVD vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson for the next title shot at Bobby Roode's TNA belt

Hulk Hogan is on the show talking about the new changes in TNA.
MMA Uncensored on Spike at 11 p.m. will have Eddie Alvarez talking about tomorrow night's fight with Shinya Aoki and a feature on Rashad Evans and the Blackzillians going into Saturday's fight with Jon Jones.  
On Fuel tonight, Countdown to UFC 146 airs at 8 p.m., a special on Jon Jones is at 8:30 p.m. and Unleashed is at 10 p.m.  On Friday, the Countdown show is at 2 p.m., the weigh-ins are live at 4 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m., and Ultimate Insider at 7:30 p.m.

Friday night's schedule
Bellator from Cleveland on MTV 2 at 8 p.m.

- Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki in the highest profile fight in Bellator history
- Brian Rogers vs. Andreas Spong in the middleweight semifinals
- Maiquel Falcao vs. Vyacheslav Visiliveky in the middleweight semifinals
- Rick Hawn vs. Lloyd Woodard in the lightweight semifinals
- Thiago Michel vs. Brent Weedman in the lightweight semifinals
Ultimate Fighter on FX at 10 p.m. has John Cofer (Team Faber) vs. Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz).
We're also looking for reports on the WWE shows in Newcastle, England  and Paris, and the TNA show in Fort Lauderdale at the War Memorial with Bobby Roode vs. James Storm for the TNA title, Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Kazarian & Christopher Daniels for the tag titles, Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion for the TV title, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky for the Knockouts title, Jeff Hardy vs. Gunner, Bully ray vs. Devon and Matt Morgan vs. Crimson.
Saturday is UFC from Phillips Arena in Atlanta:
Facebook fights at 7 p.m.

- Maximo Blanco vs. Marcus Brimage
- Chris Clements vs. Keith Wisniewski
FX at 8 p.m.

- Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
- John Makdessi vs. Anthony Njokuani
- Stephen Thompson vs. Matt Brown
- Travis Browne vs. Chad Griggs
PPV at 10 p.m.

- John Alessio vs. Mark Bocek
- Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
- Michael McDonald vs. Miguel Angel Torres
- Ben Rothwell vs. Brendan Schaub
- Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
- Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans for light heavyweight title
Saturday is also the end of the WWE European tour with shows in Glasgow, Scotland and Antwerp, Belgium.  TNA runs Saturday night in Estero, FL at the Germain Arena. Raw will be a three-hour show on Monday from Detroit featuring the contract signing for Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena.
New Observer Alert: The Financials of Wrestlemania 28

A look at the complete business numbers from WrestleMania 28 and how it compares with the biggest shows in wrestling history, as well as a look at past WrestleManias and how much mainstream interest there was, is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The issue is up on the site today along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week.
The article look at the total gross revenue on the show, an update on PPV numbers on the show, early estimates of North American numbers, plans for next year's show in New Jersey, the possible main event and what will determine it, how TV ratings and pay-per-view numbers relate, a list of the seven biggest worldwide PPV shows in history, what things helped this year's number, comparing the number with a big boxing or MMA show, as well as record shows in boxing and MMA.
We compare the interest with the early WrestleManias and the difference in PPV interest in that era, Hogan vs. Andre, Hogan vs. Savage and more.
We also have more on the UFC and steroid testing, including Dana White's remarks regarding the company doing random tests, the usage of TUE's, the Alistair Overeem situation, Dos Santos talks about fighting Overeem, Dos Santos talks drug testing, and the comments by Ben Askren and Dana White.
We also have a look at TNA Lockdown, the lack of crowd heat, the Roode vs. Storm angle and finish, early look at interest, attendance, Kurt Angle's situation plus match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings for all of the matches.
We have an update on the WWE Network, the 1000th episode of Raw, the potential of a draft, the Extreme Rules card, Brock Lesnar's special deal, The Rock to host a TV show and the Mick Foley/Dean Ambrose angle.  We look at other being brought to the main roster, Daniel Bryan talks the "Yes" chants, his thoughts on WrestleMania, admits where he got the chant from, WWE vs. Indies and more.  We also have developmental news, updates on Terry Taylor and Fit Finlay, notes on WWE's return to Japan, beauty queen says she's got a WWE project, DVR viewing of Raw, next European tour and a look at the highlights of the current European tour.
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We also look at UFC's debut in Stockholm, including ratings, attendance, what's next for Alexander Gustafsson, crowd reactions and match-by-match coverage with poll results.
We've got notes on where the Nick Diaz case stands as well as his lawyers argument on why Diaz should not be suspended.
We've got our weekly Friday night ratings notes and what the Smackdown rating says.
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:
--More on a huge indie show that sold out a major arena and what was the reason
--Latest from Arena Mexico
--Former WCW star will go back to his 90s identity
--Two proteges of Lance Storm debut in AAA
--Jeff Jarrett's return to Mexico against two former WCW stars
--Tell Joseph Park that Abyss has resurfaced
--All Japan jr. tag title tournament finishes
--Next big All Japan show
--NOAH title matches over the past week
--Update on the NOAH tag team tournament
--Members of the 2012 Best of the Super Junior tournament
--Update on whether pro wrestling will be allowed in Oklahoma
--What was the issue in it temporarily being shut down
--Sports Illustrated on Jay Strongbow and notes on him
--Shane Douglas tries to revive the spirit of ECW one more time and notes on his first show
--Autobiographies of two major stars have just come out
--Notes from WrestleReunion in Toronto
--Why WrestleReunion is closing up shop
--Update on Bruno Sammartino
--Jack Brisco teamed with Dory Funk Jr. at least twice
--Former UFC heavyweight making his pro wrestling debut
--One of the biggest stars of the 90s looks to be doing an autobiography
--Notes on the Border Wars ROH iPPV from Toronto
--More on Kurt Angle pulling out of the Olympic trials and the publicity it got
--Notes on TNA after the TNA and Spike meetings last week
--Some television changes
--What Dixie Carter would like to do differently
--Update on the Ring Ka King promotion and what TNA star is about to get married on Ring Ka King TV
--Notes on future TNA storylines
--Problems for the fighters training for the May 26 UFC show
--Problems with the UFC going to Rio de Janeiro in June
--Idea of UFC doing several developmental promotions
--Bad news for UFC when it comes to mainstream opinion in New York
--What age groups like and hate UFC
--More on the Jones vs. Evans fight
--UFC legend talks about wanting to try WWE
--Notes on court cases for pirating UFC being settled out of court
--New UFC fights
--Chael Sonnen starts a new business
--World champion may be leaving the promotion without losing his title
--The return of K-1 and Mirko Cro Cop fighting again
--Lots of notes from the Super Fight League in India behind the scenes including a brawl
--Why Frank Trigg was fired from HDNet
--A fighter worth paying attention to overcoming a handicap

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Thursday's News, Notes & Links
--The New York State Senate voted 43-14 to legalize MMA, but the Senate always passes that legislation and the assembly always bogs it down without taking a vote.  Ronda Rousey was in New York this past week lobbying for the bill. 
--Chris Jericho says that he will be off this summer and performing on the road with Fozzy by the end of August. Jericho needed three staples in the back of his head to close a cut opened up at last night's house show in a match with C.M. Punk in Milan, Italy.
--A few notes regarding last night's Cauliflower Alley Club banquet:

Honored were Charles Wright, Al Burke got the Humanitarian Award, Dan Haggerty ("Grizzly Adams") got the Reel Award for a Hollywood star (originally CAC was a club for wrestlers, boxers and actors who ran in the same social circles in Los Angeles before it became almost exclusively wrestling), Bill Kersten (Central States Wrestling) got the announcers award, Brian Westcott got the Red Bastien Friendship Award, and other award winners were Judy Martin of the Glamor Girls Tag team, Lisa "Ivory" Moretti, Mike Webster (a British Columbia star of the 70s), Gorgeous Michelle Starr (another British Columbia wrestler) and Bill DeMott.  Kyle Matthews of Georgia Indies got the Future Legends Award.  The big awards were Steve Austin getting the Iron Mike Mazurki award, Ricky Steamboat getting the Lou Thesz Award and Wendi Richter getting the Art Abrams Award.

I had a great time meeting everyone there.  Lots of readers there and fans from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan.  I don't want to mention names because I'll leave people out trying to do so.

The highlight were speeches by Steamboat, Jim Ross and Austin.  Steamboat and Austin largely gave seminars in working in the ring and striving to be the best.  Both spoke of how they got started in wrestling as well as their 1994 feud in WCW.  Both Austin and Terry Funk expressed interest in going to FCW and teaching the wrestlers there, which is Steamboat's current job.  Jim Ross gave a seminar for independent wrestlers regarding what to work on and what WWE is looking for.  Nigel McGuinness was filming stuff for his documentary.

Austin was asked about doing Mania and said he was on the bubble.  He said he's consider it if everything worked out right.  He said he feels great right now at 47, but doesn't want to be having trouble getting around at 57.

Dick Beyer was in a walker and Harley Race, who was treated like royalty by the guys like Austin, Steamboat and Sgt. Slaughter (who noted Race was the one who gave him his gimmick), was having trouble getting around.  Slaughter was very happy to see him saying that last year, when  Slaughter was the main honoree, he thought the one thing missing was Race being there.

Steamboat noted he's feeling a lot better.  For nearly the past two years, he's suffered from dizzy spells that would come a few times a week and other issues that he thought were due to bleeding on the brain that happened two years ago right after that NEXUS angle.  Steamboat no longer goes in the ring to train guys in FCW, but gives them advice from outside and teaches psychology there.  He said that a few weeks back he met a new doctor who came from the orient who changed up his medications and he's had no dizziness he past few weeks.

Wendi Richter gave a very different speech.  She said she enjoyed her time in wrestling and especially wanted to thank Cyndi Lauper, Roddy Piper and Lou Albano for helping her get her career break.  She very distinctly avoided thanking Moolah, and in fact, she thanked Judy Martin for helping teach her how to wrestle and un-learn everything Moolah taught her.  She mostly said that the hard work she learned from wrestling helped her later in life when she returned to school.  She said she realized wrestling was over for her, made a clean break, and went to college, graduating on the Dean's List with Honors and eventually getting her Masters in Occupational Therapy.

During her talk about her career, she talked about how little she earned in wrestling, said that she makes five times as much as an Occupational Therapist than she ever made as a wrestler, loves her job, and wanted to tell everyone that there is life after pro wrestling.  She said she was not particularly smart, and would not have done well in school after high school, but the lessons of working hard she got in pro wrestling allowed her to succeed outside of wrestling.
--KLAS-TV ran a feature on the Cauliflower Alley focusing on the GLOW reunion which included Ivory (Tina Ferrari on GLOW in the 80s).  There is a documentary on GLOW and where are they now that will be coming out later this year. On the show, Kia Stevens (Kharma) was there. 
--The final Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans UFC Primetime show will air on FX at 11 p.m. tomorrow night after The Ultimate Fighter.
--Nick Diaz will not have a hearing on Tuesday before the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  The commission has asked Diaz to supply his California medical marijuana card that his attorney has talked about him having and Diaz's side has yet to produce the card.    
How many buys will UFC 145: Evans vs. Jones get?
Less than 400,000 10.1%
401-450,000 2.9%
451-500,000 4.6%
501-550,000 14.5%
551-600,000 5.9%
601-650,000 10.3%
651-700,000 10.1%
701-750,000 14.5%
751-800,000 10.5%
801-850,000 7.0%
851-900,000 3.9%
More than 901,000 5.7%
Who did the best promo work this week?
Brock Lesnar 57.2%
Daniel Bryan 17.3%
Roode & Storm 14.0%
Jericho & Punk 6.7%
Rashad Evans 3.3%
John Cena 1.5%
What opponent would draw the best against Lesnar at Mania?
Undertaker 37.7%
Rock 34.5%
Austin 26.6%
Cena 1.1%
Poll on Raw?
Excellent 9.0%
Good 50.6%
Average 24.7%
Fair 6.5%
Poor 9.2
* 12.7% of those responding didn't see the show
--The U.S. Olympic trials for wrestling will be airing this weekend on NBC Sports.  I believe it's 4 p.m. Sunday.  
--Steve Austin and Jim Cornette will be new columnists for the U.K. based Fighting Spirit Magazine that covers MMA and pro wrestling. The first issue with both of them is out today.
--I thought this went out in the late 90s, but I guess not. Tommy Dreamer in the video Tommy Dreamer:  Sharing My Knowledge was filmed doing a seminar with indie wrestlers and said he believes 99.9% of MMA is a work and guys are told which round to tap in.  If that's the case, why are they so much more talented at pro wrestling than pro wrestlers? They, without any formal pro wrestling training, can work 15 minute fights with no holes while guys specifically trained for years can't go 1 minute without them?
--The Buffalo News has a story on Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans and how silly that being illegal in New York has kept it from being in MSG or Yankee Stadium. (thanks to Andy Schnorr)
--Jim Ross: "Since Dick Clark passed away, Jerry Lawler is now the oldest teenager in the United States."
--Daniel Bryan's "Yes, Yes" chant broke out twice on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles Lakers game.  The Soup aired the backstage segment from Raw where Bryan changed the name of his finisher from the LeBell lock to the Yes lock.  (thanks to Michael King and others)
--Three Stooges actor Sean Hayes was on Conan O'Brien last night and noted guest hosting Raw last week and said he saw nothing but speedos and boobs backstage. He joked that he was booed but the women do nothing but rub their butts in people's faces and show their boobs. He said he would never attend a WWE show and acted embarrassed that he did the appearance.  Conan then started making fun of audience members who cheered when Hayes mentioned "WWE," joking how could anyone cheer WWE and boo Jersey Shore (which they booed a reference to).
--When Lilian Garcia tripped on the pyro and fell down going to the ring on Smackdown's Tuesday tapings, the WWE posted it on their web site the next day. Not sure why they can't wait to make fun of her.   
--For the Fuel coverage of UFC 145, the coverage team for weigh-ins and post-fight coverage will be Jay Glazer, Brian Stann and Karyn Bryant.  Okay, it was one thing for Ariel Helwani not to be doing a show from Sweden, but another when it's the biggest UFC fight in months. 

--Tickets for Slammiversary go on sale tomorrow at 11 a.m. at 817-272-9595. The show takes place on 6/9 at the College Park Center in Arlington, TX.
--Mick Foley working his angle with Dean Ambrose.
--USA won the cable ratings race last week with a 2.1 prime time average to 1.6 for Disney.  Syfy was up to No. 9 with a 1.0 average.  FX was No. 12 with a 1.0 average.  No Spike in the top 25.  Raw last week was No. 6 and No. 7 overall, second hour was No. 10 in 18-34 and the two hours were No. 4 and No. 5 in 18-49.  
--Evan Bourne said on Twitter that he hopes to be on the November WWE tour of Europe. He's currently out with problems with his foot and said he doesn't know when he'll be healed.
--WPW from Sunday in Santa Ana, CA before 120 fans:  Lee Steele b Microbio, Ramtha & Jalapeno Lopez b War Hog & Wama, Yumi & Super Nino b Red Rum & Inferno, Cyber Ram b Terremoto Jr., Little Cholo & Mariacho Loco b Sgt. Stryker & Frankie Segura, Mariachi Loco b War Hog-DQ (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--MEXPRO from Saturday in Hollywood, CA before 300 fans:  Vinny Masarro b Famous B, Vintage Dragon b C.J. Kurz, Vertigo b Born Stars, Los Luchas b Los Fuerza, Vertigo b The Sheik-DQ, Bestia 666 b Kaos in a ladder match to keep the IWRG jr. title, Supreme b Damian 666 in a Tijuana Death match for the King of the Death match title
--NWA Rampage from Sunday in Warner-Robins, GA:  Shawn Banks & Cru Jones b Tommy Daniels & Jacob Ashworth, Trey & Jon William b Bobby Moore & Rob Adonis, KC. McKnight d Kyle Matthews, Michael Stevens & Anthony Andrews b Drew Adler & Anthony Henry, J-Rod b Dany Only-DQ, K.C. McKnight & Kyle Matthews b Jimmy Rave & Jeremy Vain.  Next show is 4/29 at 3 p.m. at Johnny G's in Warner-Robins.
--Wreck MMA tomorrow night in Gatineau, Quebec, at Casino Du Lac-Leamy. Former WEC fighter, reality show star and ex-boyfriend of Gina Carano Kit Cope fights.  Eric Perez vs. Randy Turner is the main event.
--Future Stars of Wrestling comes to Sam's Town in Las Vegas on 4/22 featuring Al Katrazz vs. Tyson Tyler, plus Roderick Strong, Shawn Daivari, Johnny the Bull, Michael Modest and Kenny King.
--Results from Monday in Las Vegas before about 200 fans:  Shannon Ballard b ?, A.J. Kirsch b Wrestling Personified, Michael Barry b Disco Infenro, Sigmon b Shane Williams, Greg Anthony b Zach Gowen, Cheerleader Melissa over Arlene, Shane Brookstone, Taylor Hay and Allison Danger, Sinn Bodhi & Funny Bone & Mike Delite b Kid Vegas & Disgustus & Twiddle Dim, Sammy Savard b Kyle Matthews, Brent Myers b Gorgeous Jackson, Famous won three-way over Brandon Gatson and Matt Cross, Rock Riddle (70s star) won Battle Royal. (thanks to Mike Trask) All I have to say is you have to see Rock Riddle as he should have been a character in a Time Machine movie.
--SPW's 12th anniversary show on Saturday night at Independence High School in Sacramento and Sunday in Sacramento at St. Peter's Hall.  Mustafa Saed of the 90s Gangstas will be on the show.
--WWE is putting out a Best of Clash of Champions DVD. The match list is:

Ric Flair vs. Sting 3-27-88
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham 3-27-88
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Dusty Rhodes 6-8-88
Ricky Morton vs. Ivan Koloff Chain match 9-7-88
Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk I Quit match 11-15-89
Mil Mascaras vs. Cactus Jack 2-6-90
Midnight Express vs. Rock & Roll Express 6-13-90
Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger 9-5-90
Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers & Tom Zenk vs. Freebirds 6-12-91
Battle Royal 9-5-91
Sting vs. Rick Rude 11-19-91
Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs. Steve Austin & Brian Pillman 6-17-93
Brian Pillman vs. Steve Austin 11-10-93
Steve Regal vs. Dustin Rhodes 1-27-94
Sting & Ric Flair vs. Rick Rude & Vader 1-27-94
Sting vs. Ric Flair 6-23-94
Steve Austin vs. Ricky Steamboat 8-4-94
Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage vs Ric Flair & The Giant (Big Show) 1-23-96
Madusa vs. Bull Nakano 8-15-96
DDP vs. Eddie Guerrero 8-15-96
Harlem Heat vs. Steiners vs. Sting & Lex Luger 8-15-96
Ultimo Dragon vs. Dean Malenko 1-21-97
Chris Jericho vs Eddie Guerrero 8-21-97
DDP & Lex Luger vs. Scott Half & Randy Savage 8-21-97
Also on the BluRay:
Barry Windham & Ric Flair vs. Midnight Express 12-7-88
Sting & Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude & Steve Austin 1-21-92
Sting & Dustin Rhodes vs Vader & Paul Orndorff & Barry Windham 1-13-93
--Victory Pro Wrestling on 5/11 in Islip, NY at the High School, 5/12 in Deer Park at the Community Center and 5/19 in Centereach, NY at the VFW Post 4927.
--NWA Hollywood on 5/12 in Downey, CA at the Epic Lounge with Scorpio Sky vs. Nick Madrid as the main event.
--SoCal Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Oceanside, CA at the Boys & Girls Club headlined by Kid Cramba vs. Tommy Wilson in a TLC match..
--Chaotic Wrestling on 4/20 in Woburn,MA at the Elks Lodge and Saturday in Littleton, NH at the Opera House.
--New Era Wrestling on 4/21 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club.
--EWF on 4/21 in Converse, IN at the Borderman Gym featuring Carlito.  
--ECWA on 5/5 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.

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