FRI. UPDATE: Weekend preview, WM 30 location, Christian, Bisping rips Belfort for steroids, next big New Japan date, Olympics,



By Dave Meltzer
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA show in Huntington, WV at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The card has  Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries, Bully Ray (who I seriously doubt will be wrestling due to his legit quad injury) vs. Devon, Bobby Roode vs. James Storm, Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez, Tara vs. Velvet Sky, plus Kurt Angle will be appearing.
 
        Also tonight is the Maximum Fighting Championships from Edmonton, Alberta .  The show airs live tonight in AXS TV.
 
        UFC runs tomorrow in London from Wembley Arena:
 
Facebook fights at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time
 
Ulysses Gomez (9-3, 126) vs. Phil Harris (21-10, 1 no contest, 125)
Motonobu Tezuka (19-5-4, 135) vs. Vaughan Lee (12-8-1, 134)
Stanislav Nedkov (12-0, 1 no contest, 185) vs. Tom Kong Watson (15-5, 185)
Josh Grispi (14-4, 144) vs. Andy Ogle (8-2, 145)
Danny Castillo (14-5, 156) vs. Paul Sass (13-1, 156)
Renee Forte (7-2, 156) vs. Terry Etim (15-4, 155)
 
Main card at 3 p.m.
 
Matt Riddle (7-3, 1 no contest, 170) vs. Che Mills (15-5, 1 no contest, 170)
Ryan Jimmo (17-1, 205) vs. James Te Huna (17-5, 205)
Jorge Santiago (23-10, 170) vs. Gunner Nelson (10-0-1, 169)
Cyrille Diabate (20-8-3, 206) vs. Jimi Manuwa (12-0, 204)
Dustin Poirier (13-2, 145) vs. Cub Swanson (18-5, 146)
Renan Barao (31-1, 1 no contest, 134) vs. Michael McDonald (15-1, 134) for the interim bantamweight title 
 
        Saturday night has TNA in Beckley WV, at the Convention Center.
 
        Saturday night also has ROH in Cincinnati at the Masonic Center with Davey Richards & Adam Cole & Michael Elgin vs. Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino, Roderick Strong vs. ACH, B.J. Whitmer vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Jay Lethal vs. Tadarius Thomas, Mark Briscoe vs. Nate Webb, Jay Brisco vs. QT Marshall and Charlie Haas vs. Pepper Parks.
 
        Sunday is the weekend's biggest show, the Elimination Chamber PPV from the New Orleans Arena:
The Rock vs. C.M. Punk for WWE title, title can change hands via DQ or count out
John Cena & Ryback & Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show for world title
Elimination Chamber for world title match:  Daniel Bryan vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger vs. Mark Henry
Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz for the U.S. title
Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka for the Divas title
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow in the pregame show match at 7:30 p.m.
 
        TNA finishes up its weekend tour on Sunday in Morgantown, WV at the Events Center.
 
        Raw will be Monday night in Lafayette, LA where WrestleMania will start to take shape. 
 
        Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Biloxi.
 
        Tonight on Fuel has the Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman show from San Jose from last year at 6 p.m. and the show that featured the Dustin Poirier vs. Korean Zombie 2012 match of the year winner at 9 p.m., followed by the Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva show at midnight.
       
        For tomorrow on Fuel, the Rousey vs. Carmouche prime time part two airs at 9 a.m., UFC Tonight at 9:30 a.m., the weigh-ins from today are repeated at 10 a.m., the Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le show is at 11 a.m., the pre-fight for tomorrow's London show is at 2 p.m., live coverage from 3-6 p.m. and post-fight coverage at 6 p.m..  It also replays in prime time from 8-11 p.m.
 
        This week's issue of the Wrestling Observer will be up on the site today, as well as a back issue from late 1995.  The back issue talks about the legal issues that were going down at the time when there were attempts to ban UFC, as well as a preview of the first-ever Ultimate Ultimate competition, more details on the street fight that severely damaged Shawn Michaels, and the annual big tag team tournaments in Japan during the heyday of All Japan Pro Wrestling.
 
        The new issue has a final preview of the Elimination Chamber PPV, what changes were made over the past few weeks on the show, why the changes were made, a look at the new Zeb Colter character, where it came from, the card as it stands and more.
 
        We also have a major update on the WWE Network, with not just the plans, but what type of business it needs to do to be successful.  We look at the value of the U.S. PPV franchise that they are putting at risk, whether this will end up helping WrestleMania, how many subscribers they will need, and what percentage of non-PPV buyers do they need.  We also look at whether names like Brock Lesnar and The Rock pay off if the structure of PPVs besides WrestleMania changes, and how the wrestlers could come out the worst in this deal.  We also look at what is being planned for the network.
 
        We also look at the IOC's decision to get rid of wrestling as an Olympic sport.  We look at the politics of how it went down, how the voting went down, the real reasons wrestling was dumped, the slim chance wrestling has to survive, movements being done that may be too little too late, how this affects amateur wrestling after college in the U.S., as well as its potential effects on UFC and even WWE.  We also talk with Kurt Angle on what this means to him, as well as comments by Cael Sanderson and others.
 
        We also have an update on the Bruno Sammartino movie and how his deal with WWE may lead to the movie being done, the challenges of the movie, and an interesting thing about the movie if WWE ends up producing it.
 
        We also have more on WrestleMania ticket sales, an update on Undertaker, Changes in Raw, movie on former WWF star, more on the last WWE training camp, updates on Steve Austin, an Olympic medalist WWE is looking at, JBL missing some TV, as well as all the weekend UFC business notes and house show highlights.   
 
        We also have complete coverage of the New Japan New Beginnings PPV show, including the most important thing that came out of the show that shocked people and what it says about the future of the company on iPPV.  We've got business notes, thoughts on Tanahashi's run on top, New Japan's attempt to break Tanahashi out of the pack from being a current world champion to the business' legend in his prime, and where the company is going next.
 
        We also have match-by-match coverage on the show as well as poll results on the show
 
        The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
        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.
 
       If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today.  With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you today.  Just sent your Visa or Master Card order with your name, address, phone number, card number and expiration date to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also order by paypal by sending to www.paypal.com and directing the funds to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also subscribe via check, cash or money order, as well as credit card by mail, by sending to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228. 
        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what gained and lost viewers.

        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--The King of the Air tournament in Mexico update
 
--Notes  from the major Arena Mexico show of the week
 
--Big matches that are being built up
 
--Next AAA TV taping
 
--Notes on Dragon Gate USA's WrestleMania week shows and who is coming from Japan
 
--Who is the major name returning after two years
 
--Notes on Dragon Gate's big show of the week and its latest top angle and title matches
 
--Notes on All Japan's big show of the week and new work rate belts
 
--How Reid Flair is doing in Japan
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's big show of the week and angles being shot
 
--Champions from NOAH capture a second championship
 
--Thoughts on Masato Tanaka vs. Tomohiro Ishii and if it's a match of the year candidate
 
--Jushin Liger coming to the U.K.
 
--Notes on the return of Kensuke Sasaki
 
--Hall of Famer getting surgery on both knees to keep from a possible life in a wheelchair
 
--Return of a wrestler after two years in exile
 
--Onita vs. Akebono in an explosive barbed wire match
 
--Notes on an FMW nostalgia show
 
--More on the Hart Family Legacy promotion in Calgary and attempts to start AAA Canada
 
--Names scheduled for the first show
 
--Thoughts on the death of Jim Jeffers of the Mod Squad tag team
 
--Jerry Lynn's final Northeast match against Lance Storm
 
--Notes on Pro Wrestling Syndicate
 
--One of the most famous local wrestling stars returns at the age of 66 for a major angle
 
--Former WWE stars involved in an independent feature
 
--Notes on Sinclair Broadcasting's financials
 
--Notes on Jeff Hardy's new contract
 
--Dixie Carter's announcements at the Bellator show
 
--A.J. Styles TNA update
 
--Notes on ticket sales for TNA in Chicago
 
--Hulk Hogan's latest comments on TNA and its changes
 
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
 
--UFC drug test positive
 
--A look at TRT and Vitor Belfort
 
--Michael Bisping talks TRT
 
--This week's UFC lineup
 
--Why American fighters aren't thrilled about fighting in the U.K.
 
--What happened with UFC and Josh Barnett
 
--UFC's Memorial Day show looked at
 
--UFC's next show in Sweden looked at
 
--The next UFC on FOX show looked at
 
--A look at the TUF finals
 
--Lots more on women in UFC
 
--Ultimate Fighter news
 
--Will the Rousey vs. Carmouche special help the buy rate of the PPV?
 
--What Rousey will no longer talk about and why
 
--Crazy UFC schedule as the year goes forward
 
--More on Eddie Alvarez lawsuit against Bellator
 
--Did Tito Ortiz make a big mistake in how he's handling Cris Cyborg's career
 
--Ronda Rousey talks Cyborg not coming to 135
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Coverage of Bellator's last show
 
--Champion from Bellator signs with new group    
 
        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.
 
        Our most requested issues in our history are:
 
*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)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*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
history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*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)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
 
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
 
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
 
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
 
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
 
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
 
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
 
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
 
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
 
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
 
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
 
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
 
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
 
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
 
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
 
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
 
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
 
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
 
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
 
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
 
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
 
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
 
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
 
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
 
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
 
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
 
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
 
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
 
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
 
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
 
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North America or $5 overseas.
 
Rates are:
 
        For the United States, it is $12 for 4 issues, $29 for 12, $55 for 24, $91 for 40 and $118 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $13.50 for 4, $33 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 or 52.  In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   For the rest of the world, rates are $15.50 for 4, $41 for 12, $78 for 24, $126 for 40 issues and $163 for 52 .
 
        If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
 
        We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods..
 
        To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
 
Friday's News Update
 
--Drew Brees tweeted that WrestleMania will be at the Superdome in New Orleans.  Everyone has been under that impression for months.  It's expected to be announced imminently, like as soon as Sunday.
 
--The direction for most of the high-card guys for Mania should be more evident on Monday.
 
--Christian is ready to return.  If he's not on TV this coming week, that would likely mean the decision is to wait until after Mania to bring him back.  Usually that's the case with injured guys.  If they're not going to be used at Mania, they wait until after to bring them back.
 
--WWE is not going to Japan for August shows in Sumo Hall this year.  Instead, they have booked the building for 7/4 and 7/5.  The idea after last year was not to come in during the G-1 Climax because it invites a direct comparison with New Japan, and last year New Japan garnered more attention, and higher attendance and WWE didn't come across as the strongest wrestling company.
 
--Michael Bisping at the UFC weigh-ins ripped on Vitor Belfort saying, "He's been busted for that (steroids) in the past and now he's allowed to put steroids into his asshole.  What can I say?  He's a fucking cheat.  But I want a rematch with the guy."There's probably like 0.1 percent of the world that actually has low testosterone.  But for some reason, a shit load of fighters have low testosterone."
 
--Smackdown tonight
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
Layla vs. Tamina Snuka
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Jinder Mahal & Heath Slater
The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
Zack Ryder vs Jack Swagger
Chris Jericho vs. Big Show
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
51 years ago:  Rikidozan & Toyonobori beat Luther Lindsay & Ricky Waldo to win the All-Asia tag titles in Tokyo
44 years ago:  The Masked Medics (Billy Garrett & Jim Starr), who later became The Interns, beat Bobby & Lee Fields for the Florid tag team titles in Tampa
37 years ago:  Gwyn Davies beat Tibor Szakacs in a tournament in Manchester, England to win the Joint Promotions British heavyweight championship for the third time
22 years ago:  Eric Embry beat Bill Dundee in Dallas to win the Texas title
20 years ago: Ron & Don Harris beat Moondogsl Splat & Spot to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
14 years ago:  The Rock beat Mankind in a ladder match and Shane McMahon beat X-Pac in a European title match.
9 years ago:   Eddie Guerrero beat Brock Lesnar, with the help of Bill Goldberg, to win the World title at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
 
WHO WAS THE GREATEST WORLD CHAMPION OF THE LAST 50 YEARS?
Ric Flair 41.5%
Bruno Sammartino 16.1%
Hulk Hogan 8/2%
Steve Austin 7.9%
Bret Hart 7.4%
Lou Thesz 7.1%
Nick Bockwinkel 3.4%
Harley Race 2.6%
The Rock 1.9%
Shawn Michaels 1.6%
Bob Backlund 1.3%
Jack Brisco 0.8%
 
WHICH OF THESE FIGHTS IS THE BIGGEST?
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz 58.0%
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen 24.4%
Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez 7.6%
Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettish 4.6%
Colin Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 3.4%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 2.1%
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT TV SHOW?
Excellent 38.3%
Good 40.4%
Average 10.6%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 10.6%
        60.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--New Japan's next big show on 3/3 at Korakuen Hall won't be on iPPV, but will air live on Samurai TV.  Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt will now be a non-title match, but if Tanahashi loses, he said he will give up his title and go into the Japan Cup tournament to regain it.  Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lance Archer for the IC title is official.
 
--The Olympics dropping wrestling got a decent amount of press in Australia, even though wrestling isn't that popular there.  Satirical sportswriter Richard Hinds devoted his column in the Sydney Morning Herald to it, saying FILA's decision not to send anyone to the meeting was "like not feeding your pet crocodile."
 
--Most cable systems will have Raw listed as one three-hour show instead of three one-hour shows for DVR purposes on Monday.  I'd still check to be safe if you are planning on DVRing the show.  As far as why it happened, it was the USA Network that send its schedule as three one-hour shows instead of the usual one three-hour show last week.
 
--EFC on 3/9 at the Xanadu Theater at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City headlined by Fabian Rosario (6-) defending his welterweight title against Danny Massa (2-2).
 
--Nate Quarry was on Comic Book Men last night, asking the comic store to sell his self-published comic book called "Zombie Cage Fighter" (not about Chan Sung Jung) and the store agreed if Quarry was to put together an MMA match, which he did. (thanks to Gregory Lisa)
 
--Kendra Lust (not her real name), a porn star, was on The Wrestling Soup last night and totally deni3ed all rumors about her and John Cena.  She said she heard about it when people were asking her on twitter about the story.  She said that even though she is not the type who would respect marriages, she still lnever slept with John Cena and in fact has never met him.  She said nobody from WWE has ever contacted her about shutting down her twitter page.  The hosts said that wrestling fans on Twitter were "the biggest groups of morons on the planet."  She did say she has attended live wrestling shows and is a fan of pro wrestling, which is why she had a naked photo with only the spinner belt covering her.  It was a replica belt, not the real one, and the name plate was blank.  I guess the photo of her with the belt was taken to mean she had an affair with Cena.  She did say that she would have sex with Cena if he would pursue her. (thanks to Roy Lucier)
 
--Missy Sampson talks about problems at the last PWS show with travel due to the blizzard at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=23492\
 
--Mark Rollerball Rocco will be the guest of honor at the 6/15 Revolution Pro Wrestling show in the U.K. that Jushin Liger appears at.  Liger, when he was early in his career in Japan as Flying Fuji Yamada, faced Rocco many times in the U.K.   
 
 
--The World Series of Fighting has a press conference tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern at the MMA World Expo, which takes place in New York at the Jacob Javits Center.  Appearing will be Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, Tyson Nam, Marlon Moraes, Dave Branch, Igor Gracie and Ray Sefo.  They will be promoting their show on 3/23 in Atlantic City on NBC Sports Network.
 
--Former pro wrestler Korcito Korchenko  now stars in a TV show called Big Rig Bounty Hunters, which debuted last night on The History Channel. (thanks to Barry Werner)
 
--Michael Elgin has pulled out of the 4/13 Super 8 independent tournament in Newark, DE.  He will be replaced by Antonio Thomas.
 
--All-Star Wrestling on 2/22 in Surrey, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds with a Coal Miner's Glove match
 
--PWF Northeast Pro Wrestling's 11th anniversary on 2/23 in Providence at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center.
 
--Larry Matysik will be appearing on the John Carney show on KTRS radio 550 AM in St. Louis at 10 p.m. on 2/18.  They will be talking his new book on the 50 Greatest Wrestler of All-Time.
 
 
 
 

Send us a news tip: newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news from this site or from our newsletters, please include a link to www.wrestlingobserver.com

For the most in-depth and detailed news and analysis on pro-wrestling and MMA, always turn to Wrestlingobserver.com/Figure Four Weekly Online, the #1 website of its kind on the Internet. Members receive online access to both the Wrestling Observer and Figure Four Weekly newsletters and growing archives, Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer three times per week, the popular Bryan and Vinny Show three times per week, additional radio shows including Figure Four Daily with Alvarez, Mike Coughlin's Five Star Radio, the Dr. Keith Lipinski Show, The Adam and Mike Big Audio Nightmare, Tough Talk and the Karl Stern Wrestling History Show, the infamous BOARD, and more! Members also have full access to the thousands of hours of audio in our radio show archives which date back to 2005. For your convenience, we offer secure online payments using your VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover card or PayPal account. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up now! Don't miss out on the fun, sign up now!

Want full access? QUICK AND EASY SIGN-UP, AS LOW AS $9.99 PER MONTH!

Who do you expect to win this fight?

 

Who do you expect to win this fight?

 

What did you think of Tuesday night's Main Event?