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        We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's WWE Extreme Rules PPV, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're also looking for reports on today's ROH house show in Dayton with Davey Richards vs. Adam Cole for the ROH title and Briscoes vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin for the tag titles.  We're also looking for reports on yesterday's CHIKARA and ROH shows in Chicago Ridge, IL, yesterday's TNA show in Wenatchee, WA, and any match breakdowns as opposed to nervous breakdowns from the Extreme Reunion show in Chicago.
 
        Preview on tonight's Extreme Rules show from the All-State Arena in Chicago:
*John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar in an Extreme rules match - This is the most interesting WWE PPV main event in a long time, because of the investment in Lesnar.  Does he go over?  Does he go over strong?  Where does he go from here?  How will he work?  How will the crowd react?  One would expect Lesnar will work heel and get cheered like a face.  It would be mind-boggling if he doesn't win, but WWE likes to be unpredictable.  I don't think the match will be bad, but this is not a match about quality of the match.  If anything, the finish and body of the match being strongly for Lesnar is a lot more important here than it would be for any match in recent memory.
*C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho in a Chicago street fight for the WWE title - Since it's Punk's home city and he won the title last year at Money in the Bank, usual WWE booking would have him lose.  These two should be put in the position to carry the show work wise, having a long match since it's a lock the crowd will be huge into it given Punk in Chicago.  As far as the finish goes, if Jericho is staying for the long-term, he should win, either here or next month but probably here since he lost at Mania.  If he's leaving, you could argue the value of him winning here and losing in a month or two to keep the program fresh.  But since Lesnar is going to be the one carrying the company, I'd just as soon not bounce the title around unless it's for long-term reasons.
*Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan 2/3 falls for the world title - I expect this to be a long match to make up for their 18 second match.  This is probably Bryan's best shot at the great kind of main event match that he used to be a specialist in.  As far as who wins, since Alberto Del Rio is the next challenger, that would favor Sheamus.  Then again, if you look at who has the momentum, Bryan shouldn't be the one moved from the top echelon just yet.
*Randy Orton vs. Kane falls count anywhere - A brawl.  Hopefully this is the feud blow-off.  It probably won't be.  Should be fine for its spot on the show.  
*Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes for IC title - The less said about Cody Rhodes and Friday's Smackdown the better.  The belt means nothing when  Show has it.  Granted, it means nothing no matter who has it, but it can at least give Rhodes some focus and meaning as a prelim guy.  I think most expect Rhodes to win based on how badly slaughtered he came out of Smackdown.
*Nikki Bella vs. Beth Phoenix for Divas title - If the company changes its original plans, Phoenix wins the title.  If not, Bella doesn't lose here.  Probably will be five minutes or so, and probably not very good.
*Santino Marella vs. The Miz for the U.S. title (on You tube) - To establish the Youtube concept, I'd do the title change.  Marella is going to be over at his comedy prelim level with or without the title.  Miz is floundering bad, although Miz as U.S. champ and Rhodes as IC champ seem like the same concept on both shows.  In the big picture, it really doesn't matter and this will probably be a short match built around comedy spots.
        As far as the show asa  whole.  It looks like it's built around two great matches, the title bouts, both of which have a strong chance of being great matches.  The undercard looks just there, like any other undercard.  Still, when the show is over, everyone is going to be talking about the main event.  It's a unique show because a lot of people want different things out of the main event, and no matter what happens, some aren't going to be pleased. 
 
        The Fuel show headlined by Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva replays at 11 p.m. tonight on Fuel. 
 
        Raw will be live on Monday night also from Dayton.  The big thing on the show is that Primo & Epico & Rosa Mendes must give Abraham Washington their answer as to whether he can be their agent.  Smackdown & NXT will be taped on Tuesday night in Toledo.
 
        TNA will be taping on both Monday and Tuesday night in Orlando this week.  Tomorrow's taping for Thursday will have RVD pick Bobby Roode's opponent in a singles match, Roode picks RVD's opponent in a singles match, plus A.J. Styles & Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Kurt Angle & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, and Gail Kim & Madison Rayne vs. Brooke Tessmacher & Velvet Sky.
 
        A look at booking Brock Lesnar from Extreme Rules and into WrestleMania, the most in-depth look at the Alistair Overeem hearing and the decision made by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the changes in major UFC shows over the past week including, full coverage of UFC 145 and the Cauliflower Alley banquet are just some of the major stories packed into the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.   
 
        The issue will be up on the site tonight along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week,
 
        Our lead story concerns Brock Lesnar's return to PPV with WWE this week.  We look at the buildup, a comparison with last year's biggest "B" show, numbers "B shows have been doing and how well Lesnar's return can perform.
 
        We also look at why the goals of the wrestlers in this match should be completely different from a usual WWE PPV main event, and why.  We also look at the difference between this Brock Lesnar and the one that was in WWF in 2002-2004.  We look at the Extreme Rules show, keys to the show, the decision to put prelims on You tube and the flaw that was shown by another organization with the same idea. 
 
        We also look at ideas for both SummerSlam and WrestleMania and one idea currently floated for SummerSlam.
 
        We also have full coverage of the Overeem hearings and decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  We look at how the decision went down, the testimony, the background of Dr. Hector Molina and media criticism of the decision.
 
        We also look at how the UFC shows have changed with the Overeem and Chael Sonnen situation evaluating the new main events, update on the Brazil show, and what show company officials are talking like they expect to do a monster number with.
 
        We also have full coverage of UFC 145 from Atlanta, with the business notes including early buy rate info, the key parts of the show, match-by-match coverage, payoffs and poll results on the show.
 
        We've also got a look at the 2012 Cauliflower Alley Club banquet and the speeches by people like Steve Austin, Jim Ross, Ricky Steamboat, Wendi Richter, Sgt. Slaughter and others.  We look at the awards, we go back to the famous Slaughter & Kernodle vs. Steamboat & Youngblood mach in Greensboro, how Steamboat started as a pro wrestler, where he got his name, his altercations with Verne Gagne and more. 
 
        We look at Jim Ross talking about his friendship with Steve Austin, while Austin talked about breaking in as a wrestler and the psychology of doing a match, as well as the possibility of wrestling again.
 
        We also look at Chris Jericho's tenure in WWE, the story behind Nikki Bella winning the Divas title and where it goes, more on the current planned start date of the network and a show they are working on, the release of Andy Leavine, David Otunga, the new philosophy in the WWE movie division, why Edge was on Raw, WWE business numbers, Austin talks Mania, change in a finishing move and why WWE champs defending in another promoting, next show in New York, new signing, as well as a look at the final shows of the recent European tour.
 
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        We also have a look at what material caused Anheuser-Busch to come down on UFC and what UFC's response was, as well as the originators of the situation and why it was inevitable.
 
        We've got our weekly Friday night ratings notes.
 
        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:
 
--Yet another new idea for a pro wrestling tournament
 
--Arena Mexico 56th anniversary show
 
--Update on All Japan Champion Carnival tournament
 
--Update on NOAH tag team tournament
 
--Tatsumi Fujinami 40th anniversary show
 
--A look at highlights of Fujinami's career
 
--Two Japanese sports legends meet in the ring for the first time
 
--President of one of the biggest wrestling companies in the world works as a heel manager on a minor show
 
--Former MMA heavyweight champion signs to make pro wrestling debut next month
 
--Update on Buff Bagwell's injuries
 
--Famous anniversaries in recent weeks
 
--The latest ECW revival attempt
 
--U.S. Olympic trials
 
--New books coming out
 
--Former WWE wrestler now fighting MMA
 
--ROH back on the road
 
--Lockdown PPV estimates
 
--PPV main event being tried out on the road
 
--The last episode and the future of Ring Ka King
 
--Looking at taping TNA television on the road
 
--Update on James Storm
 
--Notes on upcoming TNA television
 
--TNA house show notes
 
--Update on Nick Diaz
 
--UFC signs a champion from Bellator and details behind it
 
--Update on MMA legalization in New York
 
--A look at the next Fuel live special
 
--Update on B.J. Penn
 
--In hindsight, what actually killed Strikeforce as an independent group
 
--Decorated wrestler who once beat Ben Askren signs with UFC
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Coverage of one of the biggest fights in Bellator history
 
--Fedor's next fight updated
 
--Gina Carano tag teams with The Rock
 
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Sunday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, covering WWE Extreme Rules, WWE business and more.  You can send in questions for tonight's show, but relate them tonight to WWE business, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   We'll do more general mailbag questions later in the week.
 
--Some updates from last night's Extreme Reunion show.  Sabu checked out of the hospital today and told everyone he was fine.  Justin Credible was sent home after he was found out on the floor, but he left the building and later returned and asked to be put back on the show.  He wasn't.  He did go into the crowd so people could see he was there. 
 
--A taped iPPV of the Extreme Reunion show was scheduled for today but due to technical issues, it will be several days before it is put up.  If you ordered the show and would like a refund you can get it at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Dana White today on Twitter confirmed a Hector Lombard vs. Brian Stann fight, but didn't say when or where it would take place.

--The USA Weekend edition has a story by John Cena concerning Make-a-wish, in particular talking about how Make-a-wish got started. 
 
--Scott Hall has been sued for defaulting on his mortgage to his home in Chuluota, FL.  Hall borrowed $75,000 to buy the home in June, and has since defaulted on his loan.  The lawsuit said he missed his balloon payment in December and has now refused to pay.  Hall no longer lives in the home in question which has been left vacate.  The lawsuit is attempting to foreclose on the home and then sell it, and asks for Hall to pay any difference in the cost of purchase and sale price.
 
--WWE has a far stronger advance for Toledo for the Smackdown tapings.  If you remember, last year the non-camera side was only about two rows deep and they drew about 2,700 fans.  This year, the lower bowl is completely sold and that's at $10 higher per ticket than last year (thanks to Dave Crumbley)
 
--Naomichi Marufuji & Mohammed Yone won the Global tag team tournament from pro wrestling NOAH beating Katsuhiko Nakajima & Takeshi Morishima (the jr. heavyweight and heavyweight champion tag team) in the finals earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.  
 
--WWE Vintage Collection was pre-empted today on Sky in the U.K. due to live sports.  It's scheduled to air on Wednesday this week (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
 
What May show are you most looking forward to?
UFC 146 Dos Santos vs. Mir 28.8%
WWE Over the Limit 20.9%
ROH  Border Wars 15.1%
Mayweather vs. Cotto 9.5%
UFC on FOX Miller vs. Nate Diaz 7.9%
New Japan Fukuoka PPV 7.4%
TNA Sacrifice 5.9%
Strikeforce Cormier vs. Barnett 4.5%
 
Poll on Ultimate Fighter on Friday
Excellent 31.0%
Good 44.8%
Average 10.3%
Fair 3.4%
Poor 10.3%
        60.8% of those responding didn't see the show
 
Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 6.6%
Good 46.0%
Average 31.4%
Fair 8.8%
Poor 7.3%
        26.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
How many North American buys does Extreme Rules do tonight?
Under 100,000 6.2%
101-125,000 3.9%
126-150,000 12.7%
151-175,000 13.0%
176-200,000 23.1%
201-225,000 15.3%
226-250,000 13.6%
251-275,000 2.9%
276-300,000 1.3%
More than 301,000 8.1%
 
--On the Road Dogg's "Are You Serious" You tube show, the block WWF logo was blurred out.  On old tapes they blur the scratch WWF logo, mute all references to WWF and blur any visual references to Superstars of Wrestling, as well as eliminate everything to do with Chris Benoit. (thanks to Ryan Schmauch)
 
--Paul Orndorff was on Inside the Ropes radio on Thursday night.  He talked about the first WrestleMania saying the PPV was Ungodly (PPV barely existed, it was a closed circuit show), and said he made more money for that match than he made in a year before with the NWA.  He said he wasn't crazy about working with Mr. T because he was protective of the business.  On Vince pushing Warrior:  "I thought it was the worst move they could've made.  Vince did it on purpose.  He did it so he could be the only one."  He complained Warrior never paid his dues.  Regarding Bret Hart and Randy Savage as WWF champions being a good move, he said, "No, absolutely not.  It's like putting the belt on someone who wants to be a wrestler.  It didn't work.  It downgraded, made the belt worthless.  When Terry Funk, Harley Race had world titles, it meant more."  Regarding Hogan refusing to drop the title to Bret Hart:  "I don't blame him.  I wouldn't have either.  Bret Hart was a nobody from Canada and Hulk Hogan was the greatest star in wrestling.  I don't blame him.  He did the right thing."  He also said that Ric Flair was a joke.
 
--IPW:  UK from last night in London, England before about 1,000 fans:  Kris Travis over Martin Kirby, Matt Cross, Noam Dar, Lion Kid and Leon Britannico in a ladder match to earn a title shot, Mark Haskins b Joel Redman, Hannah & Holly Blossom b Shanna & Nikki Storm, Leroy Kincaide b Carlito, Chris Masters b Stixx, Dave Mastfiff & Terry Frazier & Martin Stone b Sha Samuels & T-Bone & Rockstar Spud in an elimination match, Marty Scurll b Sami Callihan to win the vacant British cruiserweight title (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--The Totally Rad TV show interviewed UFC's Amir Sadollah when he was in Los Angeles training for his 5/15 fight against Jorge Lopez.  Co-host Alex Albrecht is a big UFC fan.  Show is at http://revision3.com/trs/mma-training (thanks to Greg Merreighn)
 
--Mark Ruffalo will be cast as David Schultz, the former Olympic gold medalist, in the movie "Foxcatcher."  Steve Carell will star as John DuPont.  The movie is about the famous murder case where DuPont, an eccentric DuPont fortune heir who was supporting the U.S. Olympic wrestlers in the 90s, was jealous because Schultz was so respected by all the wrestlers and gunned him down.  Schultz was a  mentor to Kurt Angle among others.  Channing Tatum will play the role of Mark Schultz, Dave's younger brother, also an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling.
 
--Tuesday night in Guadalajara for CMLL:  Exterminador b Virgo, Pegasso & Rey Cometa & Triton b Barbaro Cavernario & Infierno & Malefico, Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito b Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito, Sangre Azteca & Valiente b Namajague & Okumura, Atlantis & La Mascara & Maximo b Mr. Aguila & Mr. Niebla & Psicosis-DQ
 
--AAA from last night in Veracruz:  Chessman b Vampiro, Dark Dragon & Nicho b Dark Cuervo & Dark Escoria & Fenix, Jack Evans & Gronda (the second one, not the original) & Dark Ozz b La Parka & Silver Kain & Ultimo Gladiador
 
--AAA is taping TV tomorrow night in Leon, with the top three matches being Juventud Guerrera & La Parka vs. Chessman & Jeff Jarrett, Dr Wagner Jr. & Silver Kain vs. El Texano Jr. & Mascara  Ano 2000 Jr., and Daga & Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger vs. Dark Dragon & Decnis & Teddy Hart. (thanks to Kris Zellner)   
 
--Pro Wrestling Xtreme anniversary show from last night in Orlando:  Chasyn Rance b Tim Zbyszko (Larry's legit son), Lince Dorado over Mike Cruz and Rocky Santiago, Dead Presidents b Nuyoricanz, Shooter Storm b Jillian Hall, Chico Adams b Jayson Falcone & Luke Spencer Almighty "Sheik b Kory Chavis, Sam Shaw b Jesse Neal, Vordell Walker b Jon Davis, Circle of Disrespect b Axe & Smash of Demolition, Steve Corino b Tommy Rich.  Next show is 7/28 at the Florida Armory.  (thanks to Al Haft)  
 
--WSU from last night in Deer Park, NY:  J Cup tournament:  Annie Social b Nikki Syx, Brittney Savage b Evavel Suena, Athena b Kimber Lee, Brittney Svage b Annie Social, Brittney Savage b Athena to win J Cup tournament, Sassy Stephanie & Allisyn Kay b Jana & Latasha to keep tag titles, Tina San Antonio b Marti Belle, Mercedes Martinez b Jessicka Havok to regain the WSU title, Jessicka Havoc b Marti Belle, Rick Cataldo & Ezave Suena b Annie Social & Kimber Lee, Jenny Rose b Nikki Syx, Lexus b Lathasha, Sassy Stephanie b Jessie Brooks, Alicia b Allisyn Kay, Rain b Athena, Jessicka Havoc b Mercedes Martinez to regain the title.
 

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