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We're looking for reports on today's Raw show in Chattanooga, Smackdown in North Charleston, SC, TNA in Visalia, CA at Rawhide Ballpark, last night's Raw show in Knoxville, Smackdown show in Asheville, TNA show in Bakersfield and Friday's Raw show in Huntsville, AL, and TNA show in Ontario, CA.

Monday is Raw from the Greensboro Coliseum. Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT being taped in Roanoke.

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        Between Brock Lesnar's first WWE match in years, the WWE stockholders meeting with tons of comments by Vince McMahon about the company's future, the life and times of 70s icon Chief Jay Strongbow, behind the drug test failure of Rey Mysterio and much more, there will be two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.
        The first issue is already up on the site and the second will be up later today.  A back issue from 1995 is also up covering the life and times of Eddie Gilbert as well as the first ever Hulk Hogan vs. Vader major match. 
        Our lead story looks at the WWE Extreme Rules show, what Brock Lesnar brought to the table, why the company decided to beat Lesnar in his first match, what happened after the match ended, and why that decision all depends on what you believe Lesnar is there for.
        We look at how Vince McMahon was thinking, as well as looking at a lot of similar situations in wrestling history and how promotions handled them.  We look at what the response was, what the future is for Lesnar vs. Cena, a look at the numbers.  We also look at the business of the show, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results from the show.
        We also look at the WWE philosophy that has become so strange and paranoid, as well as the success of the Youtube prelim fight.
        We also look at the change in the movie business philosophy, plans for movies, more plans for the network, Vince McMahon guarantees the company will grow over the next year and strange quoting of statistics.  A look at the real statistics when it comes to ratings and house shows for WWE this year.  We talk a lot of the business moves, a new television show being taped that is being kept secretive, PPV numbers, plans for a lot of upcoming movies, PPV on TV vs. Internet, UFC vs. WWE on PPV, WrestleMania outdoors and future of TV and movies.
        We also look at the life and times of Chief Jay Strongbow, including his career records and biggest matches.
        We've got notes on the suspension of Rey Mysterio, what happened, when the test took place, wrestlers who have two strikes, what the policy is regarding wrestlers who have two strikes and then leave, his previous violation and a look at the last few years of his career as well as his world title reigns.
        We also have a feature on the Extreme Reunion show over the weekend put on by Shane Douglas and Dr. Mark Keenan.  We look at the legacy of ECW, its unique popularity, the promotion going forward, the good, the bad, the business and the disasters that happened before, during and after the show.
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        Also in this week's issue:
--Update on Buff Bagwell and more details regarding his accident. 
--Death of independent wrestler Prince Malik
--Arrest of a former wrestler Whipper Watson Jr., the son of one of Canada's two most popular wrestlers in history.
--Jury overturns the verdict against Penthouse in the case of publishing nude photos of Nancy Benoit.
--More notes on the change in time slot of Impact and the good and bad of it
--Dixie Carter talks why PPV is declining
--Is PPV declining?
--More on the deal to get Ric Flair to attend the WWE Hall of Fame
--Dixie Carter talks the Garett Bischoff push, and compares his in-ring to several wrestlers on the roster
--Hulk Hogan threatens a lawsuit but nobody backs down
--Hogan says he's got new ideas for TNA going forward, and if they don't work, he's leaving
--Story behind cutting Anarquia
--Hogan's wife changes her story, says Hogan & Ed Leslie were not gay lovers
--Kurt Angle teams with Dwayne Johnson
--Sacrifice PPV lineup
--TNA weekend touring
--Notes on the next TNA television shows
--More on Nick Diaz's lawsuit against the Nevada State Athletic Commission
--What he's looking for and can he get it
--The whole medical marijuana controversy involving Diaz
--UFC fighter arrested for a DUI
--Main matches for UFC's debut in Calgary in July
--Updated info on UFC 147 in Brazil
--Early notes on UFC 150 in Denver
--Early notes on the August UFC show on FOX including storyline that will be built for the main event
--Thoughts on Mayweather vs. Cotto
--Notes on the New Jersey show on FOX
--Notes on what UFC is scaling the gate for and potentially its second biggest gate in history for Silva vs. Sonnen
--Dana White talks about bringing Sonnen to Brazil
--Fighter turns down an offered title shot
--Update on Rampage Jackson
--Lots of new fights and changes in cards due to injuries
--Dana White talks this season of Ultimate Fighter and ratings
--White criticized for talking gambling lines
--Update on contract situation with one of biggest stars of the past decade
--Chris Jericho's schedule for the summer
--More on the Bella Twins leaving
--Return of a star in a few weeks after knee surgery
--Wrestler in trouble for working too stiff
--Indie promotion without TV draws almost 4,000 fans with nostalgia lure bringing back 90s stars
--Wrestling PPV main event in jeopardy when world champion suffers legit biceps tear
--Wrestler on Bachelor like TV show doing a unique gimmick
--Karen Jarrett returns to wrestling managing Jeff
--Update on the Champion Carnival tournament
--Finals of NOAH's annual tag team tournament
--Two Hall of Famers meet for the first tie in a singles match
--Notes on the early days of Ricky Steamboat's career
--Notes on ROH Border Wars show
--ROH weekend show notes
--Notes on new TNA signee Alex Silva
--Dana White says he'll pull out of California if new bill passes, a look at the bill
--Marketing of Jon Jones
--Ronda Rousey challenged in grandstand play
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*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our

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Sunday's News Update

--We've already got a note up on the UFC on FOX rating.  We don't have an updated number but if one comes out later today, we'll have it.  There's no sugar coating this one.  I think everyone already knew this, but it shows what putting on great fights on paper vs. having big stars means when it comes to the ratings of a fighting sport.  To the general public, it's about seeing stars fight, not seeing good action fights.

--Rob Zimmerman, who was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Media Relations and Public Affairs for WWE has left the company.  We'd heard no hints of this one happening at all and don't know anything more than Friday was his last day.

--Really weird that Mark Henry was used to do media for the Huntsville show on Friday and he was promoting that he'd face C.M. Punk for the title as had been advertised.  Henry not only wasn't in the main event against Punk, but wasn't even on the show, nor was there any announcement made as to why.  He wasn't on the Smackdown tour, at least last night, either.  Punk instead beat Dolph Ziggler in Huntsville.  Chris Jericho joined the tour last night in Knoxville and worked with Punk.

On the Smackdown show in Asheville, Christian was doing the media and in his interviews talked about being in the title match (Sheamus vs. Bryan vs. Christian) and that didn't happen either.  Alberto Del Rio was put in the main event, but Christian was at least on the show. Christian may be ready to wrestle, but maybe they didn't want to risk him in a main event until he's closer to 100%.  He should be back at TV imminently.

--Lots of talk regarding HHH in the background holding up Floyd Mayweather's title belt last night, because on TV he appeared to be fine just days after his "broken arm". Apparently, he was wearing a brace to sell it, but it's not like he wasn't holding Mayweather's belt over his head with both hands instead of one.  It probably doesn't matter in the big picture, but given the number of guys who have had to sell their injuries in public in case a fan may see them at the airport, it is funny that the guy on top can be on a show viewed by millions and any wrestling fans who saw it wouldn't have likely seen the brace and just have seen him fine.

The WWE web site reported that he had both a brace and a "small sling" on.  That was described to us as a lack of communication with .com.  Plus there was a lot of talk about how Vince McMahon didn't want C.M. Punk going out with Chael Sonnen on 1/28 in Chicago. In fact, he was pretty much told not to go to the show (although he did attend it as a fan and the UFC people liked him) with the idea one of his stars would be on a show and not be portrayed as a star in case UFC ignored him on TV.  Like there was even a prayer the HBO announcers would acknowledge HHH when he was in the background.

--Both Nate Diaz and Johny Hendricks last night said they wanted to sit out and wait for their title shot instead of taking a fight in the interim.  I think people saw what happened to Anthony Pettis in that same situation.

There were a lot of injuries coming out of the show. Hendricks needed his right eye checked (it looked like it was poked). Josh Koscheck may have had an issue with the same orbital bone that GSP broke.  Alan Belcher needed an X-ray on his right hand, Lavar Johnson needed an X-ray on his left hand, while Tony Ferguson needed an X-ray on his left forearm.  John Dodson needed an X-ray on his left hand (he thought he broke it in the first round), Pascal Krauss an X-ray on his right foot, Louis Gaudinot an X-ray on both hands, while Danny Castillo needed an X-ray on his right hand. Nick Denis had possible eye damage and a possible concussion.

--In staff UFC on Fox picks, it was a bad night for me, going 1-4, and the only one I got right, Hendricks vs. Koscheck, could have easily gone the other way.  Josh Nason was 3-2 and the only one to pick the Belcher-Palhares fight right.  Oliver Copp and Mike Sawyer were both 2-3.  Sawyer was the only one to pick Lavar Johnson over Pat Barry.  Me, Bryan, Todd Martin and Mike Sempervive were all 1-4.

--The Champion Carnival tournament ends tomorrow at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.  The semifinals are Akebono vs. Suwama and Yuji Nagata (defending champion) vs. Taiyo Kea.  The finals and semifinals run at the same time.

--Bobby Lashley lost a decision earlier today to James Thompson in the main event for the Super Fight League in New Delhi, India.

--Not that I see this as something germane to the story, since the WWE Network and the Oprah Network are as different as they can be, but The Oprah Network losses are now estimated at being $330 million.

--Bo Rotundo was at last night's Smackdown show, beating Drew McIntyre.

--Today is the 28th anniversary of the Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich match held at Texas Stadium where Kerry won the NWA title.  That would have to rank as one of the most famous matches in wrestling history.  Scott Bowden wrote about being there as a kid, a show I was also at. The match was really nothing special as they were rushed for time and I saw plenty of better bouts between the two.  But it was a match that anyone who was there would never forget, and probably anyone who saw it on TV would never forget.

--Poll on Bellator on Friday

Excellent 27.3%
Good 33.3%
Average 30.3%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 9.1%
*74.6% of those responding didn't see the show

Poll on Ultimate Fighter on Friday

Excellent 27.1%
Good 49.2%
Average 10.2%
Fair 3.4%
Poor 10.2%
*57.2% of those responding didn't see the show

Poll on Smackdown

Excellent 8.1%
Good 42.7%
Average 34.7%
Fair 7.3%
Poor 7.3%
*31.5% of those responding didn't see the show

Who is the best person at playing their character?

Daniel Bryan 28.1%
Bully Ray 15.3%
Brock Lesnar 13.5%
C.M. Punk 12.0%
Chris Jericho 9.5%
Ricardo Rodriguez 6.4%
Austin Aries 4.3%
John Cena 4.0%
John Laurinaitis 3.4%
Bobby Roode 2.0%
Christopher Daniels 0.8%
James Storm 0.8%

--ToW from last night in Montreal at the Pierre-Charbonneau Center before 900 fans:  Darkko won a Rumble, Dru Onyx & Eric Mastrocola b Mathieu St-Jacuqeus & Thomas DuBois, Chris Masters b Sexxy Eddy, Big Van Vader b Handsome JF & Alextreme, Franky the Mobster b Darkko to keep the title (Darkko getting the shot by winning the Rumble), Sylvain Grenier b Samson.  Jimmy Hart managed Grenier.  The show honored the late Dino Bravo.  Claudia Brescino, Bravo's 25-year-old daughter was there.  She noted she was only 6 when her father was killed in a mob attack.  She thanked the crowd for remembering him (thanks to Pat Laprade)

--Davey Richards was announced over the weekend as appearing on the WWC Anniversario tour. Richards worked last night in St. Louis, and the results we got for one show in Japan the day after the PPV had him on it but that was weird going in for one show and missing the PPV show.

--St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Granite City, IL:  Alexandre Rudolph & Shawn Nautilus b Donnie Peppercricket & Brian Gottt, Davey Vega b Jaysin Strife, Jordan Lacey & Gregory James b Matt Cage & Alex Castle, ACH b Jojo Bravo, Evan Gelestico & Pierre Abernathy b Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano, Rachel Summerlyn b Jordan Jensen, Davey Richards b Gerald James, Mat Fitchett b Kyle O'Reilly, Dan Walsh b Darin Childs (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)

--Hannibal Pro Wrestling from last night in Smiths Falls, ONT before 1,200 fans:  Hawkesbury Spoiler b Tomar Shalom, Mansour Brothers b Mercaries, Serphantina b Charming Chaz Lovely, Lanny Poffo b Prestone Perry, Silvie Silver b Thirsty Domino, Billy Lee b Chaz Lovely & Preston Perry, Jeremy Prophet b Scott Steiner.  Poffo dropped 50 pounds and did a moonsault at the age of 57.  Devon Nicholson, who promotes the group with Poffo, but doesn't wrestle as he said he's retired, issued a grandstand challenge to Kurt Angle for an amateur wrestling match. (thanks to Max Moskal)

--All Pro Wrestling Young Lions Cup from last night in Hayward, CA:
Kay Justler (England) & Darren Dean (Davey Richards Team Ambition) b Shoop Shellhammer (Pro Championship Wrestling) & Levi Shapiro (Devil Mountain Wrestling), Mikey Jay (All Pro Wrestling) & Daniel Torch (Pro Wrestling Bushido) b Sledge (Vendetta Pro Wrestling) & Tenchismo (Vendetta Pro Wrestling), Jeff Cobb (Action Zone Wrestling Hawaii) & Sasha Darevko (Battle Ground Pro Wrestling) b Ray Rosas (Battle Ground Pro Wrestling) & Chris Cali (Devil Mountain Wrestling), Damien Grundy (All Pro Wrestling) & J.R. Kratos (Supreme Pro Wrestling) b Brian Tannen (Supreme Pro Wrestling) & Joe DeSoul (Supreme Pro Wrestling), Kay Jutler b Darren Dean, Mikey Jay b Daniel Troch, Jeff Cobb b Sasha Darevko, J.R. Kratos b Damien Grundy, Kat Jutler b Mikey Jay, Jeff Cobb b J.R. Kratos, Jeff Cobb b Kay Jutler to win tournament.  Also on the show Dylan Drake & A.J. Kirsch & Adam Thornstowe b Carnival of Shadows, Rik Luxury b Will Rood to win the Internet championship. 

Very interesting they'd put a guy from Hawaii against a guy from England in the finals.  Cobb is a freak athlete (wrestled in the Olympics) and Jutler said to be a solid worker and the crowd was into the final match (thanks to John LaRocca)

--I was on the Ring Talk boxing show talking MMA, boxing and pro wrestling including the host talking about growing up watching Roy Shire wrestling.

--A story on the former U.K. cricket captain fighting MMA that we covered a few days ago.

--GOUGE ran two different shows yesterday:

In Raleigh:  The Taker b ATL, Gluteus Maximus & Baron von Fox b Blue Inferno & Jaheem the Dream, Otto Schwanz b Seymour Snott, Mickey Gambino b Stoney Hooker, Lou Marconi b Mike West

In Wake Forest for Cinco de Mayhem:  The Taker b King Ray King, Gluteus Maximus & Baron von Fox b Blue Inferno & Stoney Hooker, Otto Schwanz b Trailer Park Heat, James Anthony b ATL, Mike West b Mickey Gambino, Lou Marconi b Seymour Snott in a Texas death match

--HPW from last night in Columbus, IN before 325 fans:  Cooter Clampett b Sabotage Styles, Bobby Black b Fast Eddie, Ricky Ruckus b J.D. Marioni, Donny Idol b JKO, Stompin Steve & Lylah Lodge b Damien Cole & Camron Star, Flash Flanagan b Zombie Rob Ramer, Rob Conway & T.J. Kemp b Dieceman Ronnie Vegas (thanks to Jerry Wilson)

--NAWA from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  Chris Cross b Barrett Brown, Cowboy Adam b Doberman, Madd Dogg & Randy Wayne b Li Fang & Russian Destroyer-DQ, Mike Foxx b Nobe Bryant-DQ (thanks to Rob Moore).  Next show is 6/2 in  Waxahachie at the NAWA Arena

--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  J.D. Amazing & Chico Adams b Mister Saint Laurent & Tony Torres, Chasyn Rance b Aiden Altair, Santana Garrett b Radian Rain, Ray Beez b Biff Slater, Mike Reed b Tim Zbyszko, Lince Dorado b Johnny Vandal.  Next show is 6/2 (thanks to Al Haft)

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