MON. UPDATE: Notes from tonight's Raw, Impact,Thursday WWE taping, TNA announces huge taping, Cornette, Bischoff, Dixie and Hulk all in common this weekend, Diaz, ROH iPPV and more (Updated, Ross, Ratings)

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        We're also looking for reports from Pittsburgh tonight for the Raw show with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show.  We're also looking for reports from the Impact tapings tonight.  The only match announced is Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky vs. Brooke Tessmacher in a three-way for the Knockouts title.
        We're also looking for reports on yesterday's WWE shows with Raw in Rochester, NY and Smackdown in Youngstown, OH, as well as Saturday night's Raw show in Syracuse and Smackdown in Newark, DE, and Friday night's TNA show in Thibodaux, LA.

        Tuesday has a UFC live show on Fuel with these TV fights:
Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald
Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac
Jeff Hougland vs. Yves Jabouin
Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens
Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung The Korean Zombie
        Tuesday also features the Smackdown and NXT tapings in Hershey, PA and a second night of Impact tapings in Orlando. 
        Our quarterly look at every aspect of WWE business is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We break down why WWE had such a strong financial three months and why the stock price increased, looking at where the increases were, what it says about the long-term trends, and why WWE itself said that even with the big quarter that 2012 will end up on a cash flow basis behind 2011.
        We look at profits, losses, dividends, how much money was lost so far on "Bending the Rules," why three overseas events that only drew 5,000 people each night were so profitable, expenses on starting a new network, an update on the new network, how much money was made on WrestleMania week before Mania itself happened, international expansion and the company's forecasts for the rest of the year.
        We also look at how much the company looks to be spending on movies, as well as a look at house show business, merchandise, PPV, toys, video games, action figures, DVDs, 24/7 on demand, the magazines, the web site and more.
        We look at all numbers compared to last year, including the actual revenue the company has taken in so far on PPV for Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber this year and last and some notes on why talent payoffs for wrestlers are so far behind those of other athletes who generate less revenue.
        We look at what percentage of profits each revenue stream is for the company.
        We also have a look at the return of Paul Heyman to WWE, including how everything went down the night he returned, and his role going forward.
        We have a look at the ratings of UFC on FOX and what they mean, and why the August UFC show on FOX when it comes to long-term could be the most important show in company history.  We look at the reasons the show didn't do well, and why people with ideas for a simple fix may be missing the biggest point.  We look at the competition from boxing, as well as the history of MMA around the world and what that history has shown.  We also look at the marketability of the next show, FOX's role, why people skipped the show based no polling, as well as a rundown of the card.
        We've got match-by-match coverage, business of the show and poll results from the show.
        The issue will be up on the site shortly.  We also have a new back issue on the site that was put up late last night which previewed what at the time would be a stream of major shows, including the most attended pro wrestling match in history, and the year WrestleMania wasn't even the biggest show in wrestling on that day.
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        We also look at the firing of Dustin Runnels and why.  We've got an Over the Limit update, Vince McMahon's plans for political action, reaction to the You Tube prelims before Extreme Rules, HHH's funny weekend at the Mayweather fight and even funnier description of his injuries and the double standard in place.  We look at C.M. Punk on twitter getting both positive and negative reactions to a controversy this past week the new rival campaign, an apparent change at the TV tapings, an update on the career of Steve Austin after signing a new deal, WWE star in a movie, the future of top babyfaces and WWE notes from France.
        We have notes on WWE's debut in Brazil, strange weekend house shows and reports and business from all the events.
        We also have a look at a name virtually no American wrestling fans would know, but who behind the scenes was one of the most influential players in the Japanese wrestling industry over most of the last 50 years in a story on the death of Gong Magazine founder and television announcer Kosuke Takeuchi.  We look at his role in the business as well as the people he got started.
        We also have a look at this year's Champion Carnival finals, as well New Japan's PPV show this past week and where both lead.
        We also have more on the legal issues between Martha Hart and the WWE including aspects of one lawsuit being thrown out and a new lawsuit being filed.  We talk about the issues and what points she has in her favor and what points she is making that are likely not to wind up in her favor.
        We also have a story on the death of Mexican star MS 1.
        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:
--How the unmasking of a wrestler in recent weeks became a giant local television event
--Notes on TripleMania
--The last AAA TV tapings
--Superstars from Mexico coming to Japan later this month
--Former TNA star getting high marks outside the U.S.
--Next major All Japan matches
--New Japan copies of former WWE concept
--Return to action of one of the greatest in-ring performers of modern times
--More notes on Chief Jay Strongbow including the story on his first Madison Square Garden main event
--More on Ricky Steamboat's story told at the Cauliflower Alley Club
--Update on the Vachon brothers
--Wrestler pleads guilty to a second round of charges of sexual assault
--Former WWF and NWA star who was murdered gets honored
--Former wrestling TV announcer gets honored
--Son of former WWF wrestler gets five ear probation on assault charge
--A look at a major arena indie show that got incredible media coverage
--Hulk Hogan claims two former WWE stars are calling up looking to come in
--More on Hogan's "game-changing" ideas
--TNA plans for big shows the rest of the year
--TNA's weekend house show notes
--The Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz situation, where it goes from here, if they will meet again
--Looking at the top contenders for face Faber on 7/7
--What happened to UFC in New York
--Tons of new fights and upcoming UFC and Strikeforce shows
--Plans for major events in conjunction with what UFC expects to be a huge UFC 148 event
--Upcoming Ronda Rousey fight
--Dana White says if things fall into place about plans for doing a huge show soon
--More on company drug testing
--More areas regulating MMA
--A UFC major draw appearing on iPPV while competing in a different sport
--Thoughts on the UFC/Strikeforce/Showtime relationship and what needs to be changed
--Notes on the rest of the Ultimate Fighter season
--Bellator's last and next show
--MMA promotion and pro wrestling promotion planning on working together and jointly promoting each other
--Bobby Lashley's most recent fight
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--Paul Heyman is in Pittsburgh today for Raw, likely involved in the angle with HHH.  HHH will be on the show tonight doing an interview to build up the Brock Lesnar match.  David Otunga is also expected back for tonight's show.   Announced locally are C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho in an anything goes match for the WWE title and John Cena & Randy Orton & Sheamus vs. Kane & Daniel Bryan & Lord Tensai.  The former is probably the dark match.
--Jim Ross is not in Pittsburgh as was earlier reported here.  His wife was in Pittsburgh yesterday for Mother's Day but he posted he's at home in Norman, OK.
--Ultimate Fighter did 948,000 viewers.   Smackdown on Friday did 2.53 million viewers.
--Sting is in Orlando for today's TNA taping. 
--TNA officially announced a non-Orlando TV taping on January 26, 2013 at Wembley Arena in London, a return to the site of probably the most impressive looking taping the company has ever done.  Bobby Roode, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle, A.J. Styles, Mr. Anderson, RVD, James Storm, Velvet Sky and Gail Kim are advertised.  Notable that Hulk Hogan, Sting and Ric Flair, who would probably mean the most with the possible exception of Hardy, are not advertised.
--Other dates on the tour will be 1/21 in Dublin, 1/23 in Glasgow, 1/24 in Nottingham and 1/25 in Manchester.  Tickets for all shows go on sale on 5/25 at 9 a.m. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
--The WWE Falls Count Anywhere DVD we wrote about yesterday will be released on 6/26.
--The WWE tapings on Thursday in Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University are sold out.  Tickets were only available for students of the university and were free, with only 400-500 seats in the building so it was a given first time out they'd be gone quick.
--It was noted by a few last night how good the TNA show was and how Eric Bischoff, Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan were not at the show and involved in the last minute details of it.
--Jim Cornette was not at the Border Wars show in Toronto as he refuses to go to Canada.  So he was at home, trying, unsuccessfully, to watch the show.  I'd have hated to be at his house that evening.
--It has been confirmed it was a server issue that ruined the ROH iPPV on Saturday night.  The issue was still a problem even last night at 3 a.m. since I tried to watch the show and it said there was a problem connecting to the server.  I know others who watched it on Sunday and could see most of the show before it went down again.  This was really a disaster because they couldn't afford a problem with this show after all the problems they've had on streaming content.  
--Chael Sonnen was on TSN's Off the Record and claimed that his secret strength and conditioning coach was Steve Austin, and has been his coach for the past three years.  Hey, that's what he said.  I remember talking to Austin before the Sonnen vs. Silva match less than two years ago and he did become a Sonnen fan over the month or two leading to the fight because of his promos.  Sonnen does keep in touch with a lot of WWE people, those I know of would include Austin, C.M. Punk, Jim Ross and Gerald Brisco.  
--Jon Fitch was at the Q&A today and said his next fight would be against Aaron Simpson, which we reported some time back, and it would be on 7/11 in San Jose.  That was the original date it was earmarked for but they were not 100% on which show they wanted it on.  
--There has been some gossip column stuff on how Stacy Keibler was with boyfriend George Clooney on Thursday at an Obama fund-raiser, and in doing so, missed Gail Kim's wedding, which also got some mainstream ink due to Chef Robert Irvine.  
--James Wilks, 34, the winner of UFC 9 (U.K. vs. U.S. season) announced his retirement over the weekend.  He blamed serious injuries for his decision.
--The story going around that Nick Diaz didn't show up for the Jiu Jitsu match on Saturday night because the promoter failed to donate the money to charity and because he changed the rules at weigh-ins that came from "Diaz Brothers official Facebook page," was said to Cesar Gracie to be a fake Facebook page.  Diaz was actually going to donate his purse to cancer research, and after no-showing, has said he was still going to make the donation.  There was supposed to be an explanation today on why he didn't face Braulio Estima in Long Beach.  They had a really big crowd for the match as well.
--Renzo Gracie today said it was his fault this happened since it was his expo, saying his guy called Cesar Gracie's room on Friday night to tell him Braulio Estima would be ten pounds overweight.  He said Diaz was already giving up too much fighting someone that high level in BJJ.  He said the guy who gave the news didn't understand how to deal with fighters.  
--There is a documentary called "Head Games" that is premiering this week in Chicago (a private premiere) looking at the work of Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu of the Sports Legacy Institute, based on the book Nowinski wrote of the same name that has changed contact sports, probably forever.
--Today on Fuel includes UFC weigh-ins for tomorrow's show at 4 p.m. Eastern.  Tomorrow's show is also on Fuel.  UFC 142 (Aldo vs. Mendes airs at 5 p.m. and the Best of Pride is at 8 p.m., followed by prelims from UFC 145 (Atlanta) at 9 p.m. and UFC 137 (Penn vs. Diaz) at 1 a.m. and UFC 139 (Henderson vs. Rua match of the year) at 4 a.m..  Starting tomorrow, it's UFC 140 (Jones vs. Machida) at 7 a.m., UFC 141 (Lesnar vs. Overeem) at 10 a.m., UFC 142 at 1 PM., UFC 143 at 4 p.m., followed by the pre-game show for the fights tomorrow night at 7 p.m., fights from 8-11 p.m. and post-game show.
Poll on ROH TV show from Saturday night
Excellent 23.2%
Good 40.2%
Average 18.3%
Fair 6.1%
Poor 12.2%
        57.1% of those responding didn't see the show.  That's a lower percentage than both Impact and Ultimate Fighter which have national penetration as opposed to 25% penetration.
Poll on Dos Santos vs. Mir Prime Time
Excellent 33.8%
Good 42.6%
Average 8.8%
Fair 5.9%
Poor 8.8%
        60.2% of those responding didn't see the show
Do you think ROH will recover on iPPV?
Yes, but it will take time 53.5%
No, they are not going to recover 40.2%
Yes, people will forget by the next show 6.3%
Best TV show of the past week
Raw 24.1%
Impact 21.1%
Smackdown 18.5%
Ultimate Fighter 18.1%
Mir vs. Dos Santos Prime Time 8.6%
CMLL 4.7%
MMA Uncensored 2.2%
Bellator 1.7%
Inside MMA 0.4%
UFC Tonight 0.4%
--New Japan announced that its show from last May in New York and Philadelphia would be airing on the BS Asahi show at 11 p.m. on 5/31.  Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Charlie Haas, MVP vs. Toru Yano in the finals of the IC title tournament and Togi Makabe vs. Rhino in a street fight are the matches that will air. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez and Mori Ono)
--Bobby Roode just reached the 200 day mark as TNA champion.  He had mentioned in a promo that he was about to become the longest reigning champion in history.  He won it on 10/26 in Macon, GA from James Storm.  The record is 211 days held by A.J. Styles. (thanks to Patrick Gronemann and Doug Nunnally)
--ECW Press announced three pro wrestling books for release in June:
The King of New Orleans is about the heyday of Junkyard Dog, written by Greg Klein
Physical Chess:  My Life in Catch as Catch Can Wrestling was written by Hall of Famer Billy Robinson
Shooters:  The Toughest Men in Professional Wrestling is written by Jonathan Snowden 
--Some notable birthdays today:  Zack Ryder turns 27 today.  Others celebrating birthdays are Leon (Vader) White (57), Robert Fuller (61) and Tommy Rogers of the super underrated tag team The Fantastics (51).  Steve Williams would have turned 52 today and Danny Hodge turned 80 yesterday.  
--Ten years ago today was the death of Hall of Fame candidate and legendary tough guy George Gordienko at the age of 74.  A lot of the old timers rated Gordienko as the toughest guy in the business during the 50s.  Lou Thesz wanted to drop the NWA title to him he felt so highly about him, but they couldn't get him into the U.S. because of the communist scare.  Gordienko spent most of his career wrestling all over the world including Europe and Australia and the Far East, and was famous in Japan for matches with Billy Robinson. (thanks to Rich Tate and
--Colt Cabana beat Adam Pearce last night at the NWA Hollywood TV tapings in Glendale, CA in a first blood match in the first of their best of seven gimmick matches series for the NWA heavyweight title.  Match No. 2 takes place on 6/8 in Bridgewater, MA for New England Championship Wrestling in a Boston street fight.  Match No. 3 will be 7/7 in Hopkins, MN for Steel Domain Wrestling (where both wrestlers worked early in their careers) in an I quit match.
--Urban Wrestling Federation Turf War PPV preview is at  Their next PPV is 5/27 airing at both 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern featuring the SAT vs T-Mizzle, GrimReefer vs. Dameon Slugga, Bestia vs. Masada and Phat Pack vs. Riot & Raze.
--CWE on 6/1 in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall headlined by Tatanka vs. Anderson Tyson Moore.  Robby Royce will also be having a retirement ceremony after 22 years in wrestling.
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 120 fans:  Tommy Daniels b Skurra Corvus-DQ, Anthony Henry b Vandal, Slim J & Nemesis b Seven & Lane Vasser, Mike West & Raymond King b Zach Daniels & Joey Rhymer,  Bobby Moore DCOR Billy Buck, Shaun Tempers b Azrael in a cage match to keep the NWA Anarchy title.  Tempers vs Slim J headlines on 5/26. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--WWC from Saturday night in Bayamon, PR:  Angel b Lynx, Niche b Mr. X, Patriot #1 b Jay Velez to keep the jr. title, Xia Xavant b Gilbert, Bolo the Red Bulldog & Diabolico b Tommy Diablo & Cuervo to keep the tag titles, Carlito NC Ray Gonzalez when Thunder & Lightning attacked and gave a brutal beating to both men, going out on stretchers, which would appear to set up Carlito & Gonzalez, who for years were the rivals as the top two wrestlers on the island (before Carlito signed with WWE) to team up.
--Lucha Libre on Saturday night in Owatanna, MN:  Mexican Boy & Alas del Fuego b Guerrero Rebelde & Sur Star, Apostle 13 b Udo, Spider Baby b Black Dragon, Spider Baby won Battle Royal (thanks to Marvin Joel Rubin)
--ECWA on 6/2 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club features Papadon vs. Adam Cole for the ECWA title. 
--The Staten Island Advance at has a story about Al Vass, now 78 and working as a security guard, talking about his days from 1964 to 2001 as a referee in the Northeast, including at Madison Square Garden.  Vass was a wrestler before being a referee, trained by the late Abe Coleman, the powerhouse wrestler who lived to be 101 years old. 
--A note regarding last night's show in the discussion about Velvet Sky.  Velvet Sky has been wrestling for 10-11 years after being trained by Jason Knight.  Her first three years, she wrestled pretty much only against April Hunter.  She also looked completely different when she started. 
--Xtreme Fighting Championship Music City Mayhem on 6/22 in Nashville on HDNet announced Sofia Bagherdai vs. Heather Jo Clark in a women's match.
--WPW on Sunday in Santa Ana, CA:  Terremoto Jr. b Jalapeno Lopez, War Hawg & Super Kendo b CybersRam & Red Spider-DQ, Platinum Players b La Migra-DQ, Lil Cholo & Infernal NC Mariachi Loco & Super Nino (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--There will be a live Gilbert Melendez web chat on the Strikeforce Facebook page on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time, and one with Josh Barnett on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Melendez and Barnett headline Saturday's Strikeforce show in San Jose at the HP Pavilion.  I've heard less talk locally for this show than any show I can recall since San Jose began running regularly. 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 5/25 in Winnipeg at Rookies Sports Bar at the Central Hotel, as well as 5/26 in Morden, Manitoba at the Access Event Centre.

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