MON. UPDATE: Flair/TNA story, WWE viral campian moves to TV, Jericho talks, More on 3 hour Raw, Ratings, Jon Jones, Rhodes, Best TV show

Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Ric Flair, Raw, the Sonnen hearing, the Diaz hearing, as well as taking your questions that can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're looking for your thoughts on last night's Over the Limit PPV as Saturday Strikeforce show on Showtime, 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 live reports from Raw tonight in Richmond, VA with dark matches, Superstars matches, attendance and any other notes that wouldn't be evident from the live show.We're also looking for reports on the TNA house shows this weekend, the Thursday night show in Hattiesburg, MS, and Friday night in Jackson, MS, as well as Saturday night's ROH show in Richmond, VA.

Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Yet another replay of the Dustin Poirier vs. Korean Zombie Fuel show will be airing tonight at 8 p.m. on Fuel.  UFC 143 headlined by Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit airs tonight at midnight.  Tomorrow on Fuel will be the 5/5 FOX show with Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller at 10 a.m., Zombie vs. Poirier again at 2 p.m., the last episode of Ultimate Fighter at 8 p.m., UFC Tonight at 10 p.m., UFC Prime Time episode two on Dos Santos vs. Mir at 10:30 p.m. and the Countdown to UFC 146 debuts at midnight.  All times are Eastern so three hours earlier on the West Coast.  The Countdown show on Fuel debuting at midnight on a Tuesday is no picnic, but it'll probably air on some of the regional sports networks as a time buy, or at least has in the past, to augment the small viewership the debut will get.

Both crews leave after TV for shows this coming week in both South America and Mexico, including the company's first show ever in Brazil on Wednesday night in Sao Paulo.


We've got another double issue week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, between a look at Ring of Honor, the bankruptcy proceedings of K-1, TNA Sacrifice, UFC on Fuel, Border Wars, Nick Diaz, Ric Flair, King Mo, the Hogan family, the John Cena divorce and so much more.

Both issues are already up on the site if you are a web site member.  We also have a new back issue on the site that was put up earlier in the week.

We look at an update on Ring of Honor, talking the current state of their business, the latest iPPV snafu, who could and couldn't watch it, what the problems were, and a reaction of those who stayed home on Saturday night to see Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen and ended up not being able to see it.

We've got notes from Joe Koff, as well as how well the show did, were they hurt by the problems with the iPPVs in March, ROH ratings, where Jim Cornette was, the idea of doing regular PPVs and television specials, plus a match-by-match rundown of the Border Wars show.

We also look at the company which not that many years ago was considered a giant in the industry, looking at the peak moment in popularity of K-1, and its bankruptcy and where it stands.

We look at TNA Sacrifice with our usual coverage of the show, match-by-match, star ratings and poll results.

We've got more on the John Cena divorce, his ex-wife speaks, notes from the WWE Business Partners summit including ideas for new TV shows the company is looking at, why Dustin Runnels were fired by WWE, notes on the new tapings of NXT in Florida, current NXT storylines, Injury updates, Business notes at the past week's WWE shows and rundowns from all the house shows.

We also have more on the FOX rating of UFC and Dana White's video blog on Dave Meltzer, promotion of the show and the first Saturday night sports comparison.

We also have a feature on the history of the biggest WWE main eventers from 1963 to the present, the 50 men who have headlined the most shows and who is in both the WWE and Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame from the list and who isn't.

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The Observer is now in its 29th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world.  The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe.  Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively.  They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world.  Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business.

We also look at what was one of the most successful ratings segments on a WWE television show so far in 2012, as well as the widest ratings variation for TNA in a long time.

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We look at the Nick Diaz situation and his no-showing last week's match with Braulio Estima. 
We also look at Spike TV's decision regarding King Mo Lawal as a two-genre star in wrestling and MMA at the same time.  We look at Lawal's introduction to pro wrestling, the press conference, cross promotional ideas with TNA and Bellator, what they do and don't have in common, the Bellator time slot, Lawal's background and things about his beginnings in pro wrestling that TNA and he are not yet aware of.

We also look at where the idea came from, the questions coming out of this signing and more.

We've also got full coverage of the third UFC on Fuel show, with ratings, business, and match-by-match coverage. 

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 issues:
--New Japan Super Junior tournament
--Hall of Famer out of action with broken ribs
--Former ECW star announces retirement after car accident
--A look back at the career of Gorgeous George Jr.
--Wrestler convicted of sodomy with a 12 year old girl
--Movie doc covers a former WWE star in life after wrestling
--The Junior Danny Hodge Trophy winner
--Former WWE stars and stars of the Lucha Libre world converge
--Update on Ric Flair
--Daughters of legends thinking about going into pro wrestling
--TNA big surprise
--Gail Kim wedding
--Hulk Hogan sex tape details
--Notes on TNA's return to the U.K.
--Ric Flair Hall of Fame story
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
--Notes on upcoming TNA television
--Dana White health update
--More on Nick Diaz's court case against the Nevada commission,  how it went and where it goes from here
--More on UFC Calgary ticket sales
--Another Ultimate Fighter series announced
--Notes on Ronda Rousey's return
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner retires
--Former UFC star runs for state senate
--Notes on UFC 147 in Brazil
--Lots of new UFC fights announced
--Social media with Ronda Rousey
--Mother's Day special at Arena Mexico
--Future of La Parka
--AAA Night of Champions show
--Pro Wrestling NOAH big show of the month
--Misawa Memorial Show
--Evolve notes
--Notes on Bellator's last show and next show as well as summer plans
--Update on a lawsuit regarding WrestleMania 24  
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New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.

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*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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*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

*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)

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*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)

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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)

*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)

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

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Monday's News Update
--Mike Johnson has a story on Ric Flair's disappearance from TNA.  Nobody from either side has said anything, as noted in the last Observer.  It has been believed for the last week that he's done with TNA, but nobody in the company was saying anything, and everything we heard after television from multiple sources was that it was really weird how everyone noticed he wasn't there, but there were no answers as to why.  It was a feeling that he was done, particularly because there was a segment the second day he was originally booked on and he wasn't there.

Johnson's story noted a list of incidents involving Flair in Orlando, saying in the past he was banned from drinking at the Hard Rock Cafe due to acting inappropriately, not being able to cover bar tabs and the company being called. Everything from the past few years added up. His story listed that it was TNA who pulled Flair from the house shows last week in Louisiana.
--Chris Jericho talks about how it was Vince McMahon who came up with the idea of him not talking for the first few weeks on Raw on his interviews. Jericho is plugging rock shows that he's doing in the U.K. in a few weeks, which means he'll be gone, at least temporarily, next month.
--Stephanie McMahon did an interview about Raw going to three hours, saying that fans will be voting on matches, stipulations, anything and everything, every week. With TNA going live, I expect tons more usage of social media on their show.
--The campaign "A Revolution is Coming" will climax on Raw next Monday.  
--WWE is claiming a laundry list of injuries for John Laurinaitis from last night's match from a possible torn ACL, possible broken shoulder, possible spine injuries, possible concussion.  He's advertised for house show matches coming up, or at least was.  So he'll probably be all mummified when he comes out tonight.

The reason Cody Rhodes has been booked so weak of late may have been answered with a cryptic message on his Twitter that read "Time off."

After the show went off the air last night, John Cena played dead for a long time until they used smelling salts to revive him.  The crowd live didn't leave happy (thanks to Bob Steinberg)  

--The Jon Jones story continues. On November 24, 2011, in Albuquerque, Jones was pulled over in his black Bentley after going around a corner sideways with tires squealing and driving at a high rate of speed.  Jones was booked for driving on a suspended license and loss of traction and his vehicle was towed from the scene.  All charges were dismissed on 3/8.
--Apparently Dana White told Urijah Faber on Wednesday that he would be facing Ivan Menjivar, only for Renan Barao to show up on Friday. The TUF show Friday did 821,000 viewers, significantly lower than any episode of the show in history.  Smackdown, on the other hand, was at usual 2.8 million levels.
--The Miz will have a role on Pair of Kings on Disney for the new season.
--Nick Aldis (TNA's Magnus) will be starring in a stage pantomime production of "Aladdin" in the U.K. over Christmas.  He'll play the Genie, the same role Bret Hart played in a Canadian version of the play many years back.  It'll run December 18, 2012 to January 19, 2013 at the Norwich Theater Royal, with a show almost every day. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate is doing iPPVs on 6/1 and 6/2 for $9 per show. The group notes they will have three High Definition cameras at the two shows at the Rec Center in Rahway, NJ, that feature a lot of major names.  The 6/1 show is headlined by Sami Callihan & Anthony Nese vs. Great Muta & Kai, Mil Mascaras vs. Samuray del Sol, Vader vs. 2 Cold Scorpio, AR Fox vs. Teddy Hart and Kevin Matthews vs. Tommy Dreamer.  The second night has Callihan vs. Matthews, Nese vs. Kai, Teddy Hart vs. Scott Steiner, Vader & Scorpio vs. Warlord & Barbarian (managed by Slick), Fox vs. Del Sol vs Taka Suzuki, Dreamer vs. Sheik and more.  Muta will be doing a rare U.S. autograph session the second night.
--Alan Belcher will be holding a webinar on 5/24 at 8:30 p.m. on defending leglocks and how he beat Rousimar Palhares as well as answer questions on defense of all leglocks.
--Mick Foley will be doing a one hour comedy show combined with the 7/12 BANG show at the BANG Sound Stage in Ocala, FL.
--The Extreme Reunion promotion will be running again on 6/29 in New York and 6/30 in Philadelphia. This will be using ex-stars of ECW who can still go with younger performers.
--On his Twitter account, Christian dedicated his win last night to Randy Savage.  
Poll on ROH TV show
Excellent 16.4%
Good 38.4%
Average 31.5%
Fair 1.4%
Poor 12.3%
        54.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 Should Gilbert Melendez face Josh Thomson again?
Yes, the fight was so close a rematch is warranted 46.9%
No, three times is enough 27.7%
Normally I'd say no, to give someone else a chance, but there are no other worthy contenders out there 25.4%
Best TV show of the past week?
UFC on Fuel 22.1%
Strikeforce on Showtime 20.2%
Smackdown 19.2%
Impact 15.8%
ROH 7.3%
Raw 6.6%
Mir vs. Dos Santos Prime time 3.2%
Ultimate Fighter 2.2%
Bellator 1.9%
Inside MMA 1.3%
UFC Tonight 0.3%
--IPW from Saturday night in Hamilton, New Zealand:  Neo Justice DCOR Project Mayhem, Liger b Pirate Burns, T.J. Rocket b Antonio, Jordan Invincible b Aaron Henry, Britenay b Megan Kate, Elias & Reuben de Jong NC Danny Jacobs & Tykade & Vinny 'Dunn, Joel Clementson b Pat Schisk, Brian St. James b Liam Fury & Travis Banks, Kingi b Alexander. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Raideen O'Connor, a New Zealand wrestler who came to Florida for training at Team 3-D's school, has signed a regular full-time deal with Zero-One in Japan.
--3XW on 6/8 in Grimes, IA and 6/9 in Boone, IA featuring appearances by Ted DiBiase Sr.  The event in Grimes is part of a Governor's Day Festival and is free of charge.  The Boone show has free admission to all children 17 and younger and adult tickets are $10.
--Jim Duggan headlines a 12-match show for TCW's Summer Inferno in Fort Smith, AR on 6/2. 
--Saturday's results of the second day of wXw in Oberhausen, Germany before 255 fans:  Karsten Beck over Bad Bones, Jonathan Gresham and Chris Rush, Jay Skillet b Sasa Keel, Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker & Michael Isotov b Axeman & Freddy Stahl & Kim Ray, Jon Ryan b Bernd Fohur in 2/3 fall ultraviolent tables match, D.J. Hyde b Mike Schwarz, Tommy End & Michael Dante b Sami Callihan & 2 Face, El Generico b Absolute Andy, Masada b Yoshihito Sasaki in a no rope barbed wire match. (said to have been a great death match style bout).

On the Friday show, during a six-man no DQ match with Absolute Andy & Bad Bones & D.J. Hyde vs. Masada & Mike Schwarz & Ivan Markov, it was a mess.  Markov is a Russian who was supposedly recommended to the office by Generico.  Reports from those there live said he wasn't any good and screwed up most or all of his spots, including basic moves like a suplex or reversing a whip.  He also had his girlfriend who was his valet with him and would ignore the match at times to sit on the apron and talk to her.  At one pointed he landed a stiff knee or kick to the temple of Bad Bones and knocked him out.  Bones later said he lost feeling in both of his legs for a short time and was motionless with his arms twitching.  His left eye was swollen shut and his eye and temple were black and blue.  Absolute Andy, who is one of Bones' best friends, started going after Markov hard way.  Bones hit Markov with a cheese grater when he recovered and busted him up. Markov was bleeding all over the place and needed seven stitches in his chin that night at the hospital. 

A German message board was critical of how Bones and Andy reacted, but the wXw office backed them saying Markov had been unprofessional all day vanished from the arena at Noon and only came back 10 minutes before his match, causing them to almost re-book the match.  He reported spoke to nobody backstage and didn't go over the match.  They also were critical of his girlfriend/valet for ignoring what was going on in the match.  They claimed Andy beating on him was a preventative strike so he didn't hurt anyone else.  Reportedly more took place backstage.  In the office's latest statement, they said Generico never recommended him, even though earlier they said he did and there is apparently taped proof or at least was of that, and that people were critical of a soccer kick Andy gave him but usually pop for the same spot and praise how stiff everyone works.

Markov on a Russian site said he didn't expect the match to be as stiff as it was and thought the match was going to be called in the ring.  He said nobody wanted to work with him and that Bad Bones had broken his nose on a worked spot and kept working stiff, so he worked stiff back, threw a knee and Bones went down.  He said unless they edit the tape, people will see he was not at fault.
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Ryan Slade b SM King & Sean Cruz in a ladder match, Zac James b Paul Daniels, Leslie Ray b Joey Daniels, David Clark b Shawn Nautilus, Brian Gott & Derek Cornell b Darren Russell & Vic Victory, Mad Dog McDowell & Jon West b Zach Thompson & Jimmy Rockwell, Hype Gotti b Preston Maxwell, Matty Star b Bradley Charles, Ryan Slade b Matty Star.  Next show is 7/21 in Council Bluffs, IA.
--Vince Russo will be doing an interview live on iPPV on 6/1 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Fans will get to ask questions of Russo and it is said he will answer all questions.  
--Jeff Hardy will be a guest on Shane Helms' Highway 2 Helms show on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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