Also in this week's issue:
--Fan movement trying to spur change with Japanese wrestling on television
--A look at New Japan's anniversary show lineup
--What New Japan star has been training at the Blackhouse Gym with Anderson Silva
--A look at Oklahoma television icon and former pro wrestling announcer Danny Williams
--Story behind Ric Flair's latest TMZ publicity and his financial issues with his separation
--Another major show set for WrestleMania weekend
--Notes on TNA finishing up all its taped PPV shows of the year by the end of next month
--More on TNA's new German TV deal and how it really happened
--Hulk Hogan's criticism of Bret Hart. Does it hold any water?
--A look back at where the Hogan-Hart issues started, stopped and started again
--A look at the weekend TNA house shows
--A look at ticket sales for all the upcoming UFC events
--Business notes for UFC 156
--A look at UFC as a business, profitability, revenue, what we do know and what we don't know
--Complete look at UFC 157
--Tito Ortiz representing Cyborg and her signing with Invicta. The pros and cons of the deal
--What huge risk Invicta may be taking if some current negotiations are followed up on
--What happened with UFC and Nick Diaz
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Update on UFC's status in New York after a judge heard their case this past week
--What UFC can do, can't do, and prefers to do
--Major names talking about what fights they want
--More on UFC international business
--What big match UFC was looking at doing over Memorial Day and how it fell apart
--What match was scheduled for Sweden and why it's not happening there
--What Dana White told Cain Velasquez after Overeem lost
--New York Times looks at the Bellator/UFC promotional battle, what UFC wanted from Spike, what Spike wants from Bellator and more
--UFC developmental program to try and target a demographic
--Update on B.J. Penn and Frank Mir
--One of pro wrestling's biggest stars playing two groups against each other and where it seems to stand
--A major star from the 80s doing a retirement match and the unfortunate incident that made him such a big heel
--A look at CMLL's King of Flyers
--Promotion in talk with a new station
--Two companies that have nothing in common that are working together and why
--Big matches coming to Dragon Gate in Japan, England and the U.S.
--All-time legend returns to Japan
--Pro wrestler says he's going to attempt to make the Olympic team because of it being the last Olympics
--A look at the new AAA Canada group and why Lance Storm isn't happy about it after he was stiffed money
--The promotional war in Puerto Rico as well as a Puerto Rican group looking at running shows in California and New York
--More on Jake Roberts, DDP and Scott Hall
--Former pro wrestler who headlined at the Superdome and is now the star of a new TV show
--English language New Japan TV matches airing in Canada
--Former wrestler lands a role in a Showtime series
--Major TV situation involving ROH
--A look at the weekend ROH TV taping
--Nick Diaz's legal case is ruled on
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*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
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
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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)
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*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
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*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)
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Friday's News Update
--Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and longtime girlfriend Maryse Ouellet got engaged I believe last night. Congratulations to them.
--Neilsen announced that they were going to start counting people whose TVs are hooked up to the Internet as TV households as well as measure TV viewership on iPads and mobile devices.
--WWE got some mainstream press by announcing they were inviting Glenn Beck to Raw on Monday. Beck ripped WWE on TheBlaze TV yesterday calling them stupid. WWE in the press release actually wrote, "The storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE's large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience."
--Notes for Fuel TV over the next two days. The UFC weigh-ins are at 7 p.m. tonight followed by UFC 144 (Edgar vs. Henderson) at 8 p.m., a special on Benson Henderson at 11 p.m., Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at midnight, and Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at 1 a.m.
--For tomorrow, Fuel airs the Countdown show at 10 p.m., the final episode of Prime Time at 10:30 a.m., FX airs the final episode of Prime Time at 11 a.m., Fuel airs the final episode of Prime Time at 4 p.m., Countdown at 6 p.m., then all three episodes of Prime Time from 6:30-8 p.m., Prelims on FX at 8 p.m., and the post-fight show is at 1 a.m.
--The Real Sports episode on HBO on Ronda Rousey repeats on Sunday at 11 a.m.
--If that isn't enough, Dana White will be going off on just about everything fans ask at 5 p.m. Eastern time today in a live Q&A at http://www.ufc.com
I can only imagine what is going to come out of this.
--White talked at length about Jon Fitch being cut, noting that there are going to be a ton more to come. He categorized him as on the way down (he was once No. 1 contender, now No. 9 contender) and expensive ($66,000 base pay per fight, $66,000 win bonus). He said he expected Fitch to go to Bellator and win the world title.
--However, Bjorn Rebney said they are not interested in signing Fitch. Bellator is looking for unknown guys willing to fight for the chance to win $100,000 by winning three fights as opposed to signing name fighters for the most part.
--Lots of reviews out for "Snitch," starring Dwayne Johnson, which opens tonight. The New York Post gave it ** at http://www.nypost.com
saying it was a glorified TV movie. Time at http://entertainment.time.com
said Dwayne Johnson tries hard to be liked but was more convincing as The Tooth Fairy but said Johnson couldn't save the movie. The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com
said it was a dramatic thriller with some violence thrown in. They said Johnson made the most of his scenes, shedding tears on cue, but wasn't good enough to transcend weak writing. However, http://www.usatoday.com
gave the movie ***, saying Johnson is terrific, and said the movie was good in the beginning, lags in the middle, but was overall compelling.
--Rotten Tomatoes listed the movie as getting 51% good reviews.
--John Laurinaitis returned in his role as a heel authority figure on last night's WWE show in Doha, Qatar. John Cena beat Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston in a handicap match as the main event.
--Jack Swagger is advertised for Raw on Monday, but even if he was going to be taken off the air, I would have expected him on Raw and nothing announced until Tuesday or Wednesday.
--The big Los Angeles Times story on Ronda Rousey ran today and is on the www.latimes.com
--Dana White, said Nick Diaz had some balls tweeting about being mad he was flying in coach to Montreal for press activities. White said that both Nick & Nate Diaz had no-showed so many tapings, costing the company $50,000, that Nick was lucky they didn't send him to Montreal by Greyhound.
Rain vs. Amazing Kong
Mercedes Martinez vs. Nikki Roxx
Allysin Kay & Taylor Made & April Hunter vs. Mia Yim & Tracy Taylor & Su Yung
LuFisto vs. Ivelisse Velez
Jessie Belle vs. Santana Garrett
Brittney Savage vs. Heidi Lovelace
Luscious Latasha vs. Tina San Antonio
--Dragon Gate USA has an iPPV on 4/6 at 8 p.m. from the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ:
Johnny Gargano vs. Shingo Takagi for the Open the Freedom Gate title
Cima & AR Fox vs. Young Bucks for the Open the United Gate tag team titles
Akira Tozawa vs. Ricochet
Sami Callihan vs. Uhaa Nation
Brian Kendrick vs. Rich Swann
Jon Davis vs. Samuray del Sol
Chuck Taylor vs. Arik Cannon vs. Jigsaw vs. Tony Nese vs. Fire Ant vs. Shane Strickland
Plus Super Smash Brothers, Eita and The Scene appear.
--TNA announced a 4/6 show in Atlantic City,which is the Saturday night before WrestleMania.
--That Bellator show last night was something else. One of the most explosive MMA shows you'll ever see. In a trivia note, Taryn Terrell of TNA worked as a Bellator ring card girl last night in Salt Lake City. I wonder if Invicta will look to do a cross promotion and hire Earl Hebner for a similar role.
--Jushin Liger will face Prince Devitt for Revolution Pro Wrestling on 6/15 at York Hall in London. Rollerball Rocco, who used to wrestle Liger when he was Flying Fuji Yamada in the 80s in England, will be a special guest on the show. (thanks to Mirror Online)
--Hulk Hogan is mad that C.M. Punk said Hogan had it easier than him, and then makes up stories about 300 days a year, double shots with meeting to negotiate TV deals in between and stuff when he was champion at www.fightingspiritmagazine.com
SHOULD JACK SWAGGER BE FIRED?
WHOSE DEBUT WAS THE BIGGEST IN UFC HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC INTEREST?
Brock Lesnar 79.1%
Ronda Rousey 12.9%
Kimbo Slice 6.0%
Mirko Cro Cop 1.4%
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 0.3%
Shogun Rua 0.3%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY'S MAIN EVENT?
69.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO DOES THE BEST PROMOS?
C.M. Punk 42.6%
Paul Heyman 25.2%
Chael Sonnen 11.1%
The Rock 10.6%
Christopher Daniels 2.6%
Kevin Steen 2.6%
Bully Ray 2.3%
Daniel Bryan 1.1%
Big Show 0.9%
Austin Aries 0.9%
WHO IS THE MOST CHARISMATIC?
The Rock 55.6%
C.M. Punk 11.9%
Chael Sonnen 9.7%
Brock Lesnar 5.2%
Daniel Bryan 4.3%
Shinsuke Nakamura 4.0%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 4.0%
Austin Aries 2.7%
John Cena 0.9%
Rey Mysterio 0.4%
TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
70 years ago - Bobby Managoff beat Wild Bill Longson in Houston to win the National Wrestling Association world heavyweight champion
61 years ago: Ronnie Etchison & Sandor Szabo beat Mike & Ben Sharpe in Oakland to win the world tag team titles
56 years ago: Pepper Gomez beat El Medico in Houston to win the Texas heavyweight title
55 years ago: Boris & Niccoli Volkoff beat Reggie & Stan Lisowski in Chicago to win the world tag team titles
53 years ago: Don & Luke Fields beat Corsica Joe & Corsica Jean in Memphis to win the Southern tag team titles
46 years ago: The Medics beat Terry Funk & Dan Miller to win the North American tag team titles in Lubbock
42 years ago: Fritz Von Erich beat Toru Tanaka in Fort Worth to win the American heavyweight title
40 years ago: Johnny Valentine & Killer Karl Krupp beat Kintaro Oki & Seiji Sakaguchi in Osaka to win the International tag team titles
39 years ago: Harley Race beat Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie in Calgary to win the North American title
37 years ago: Tommy Rich beat Jerry Lawler in Memphis to win the Southern heavyweight title
35 years ago: Dean Ho & Moondog Mayne beat Black Gordman & Great Goliath in Sacramento to win the world tag team titles
35 years ago: Ray Candy & Steven Little Bear bet The Brute & Dr. X to win the U.S. tag team titles in Baton Rouge
34 years ago: Bob Sweetan beat Randy Alls (Randy Rose) to win the Central States title in Kansas City
32 years ago: Ivan Koloff & Ray Stevens beat Paul Jones & Masked Superstar in Greensboro to win the world tag team titles
30 years ago: Great Gama beat Dynamite Kid in Regina, Saskatchewan to win the World mid-heavyweight title
30 years ago: Dick Slater beat Mike Rotundo in Columbia SC to win the NWA TV title
29 years ago: Jumbo Tsuruta beat Nick Bockwinkel in Tokyo with Terry Funk as referee to win the AWA world title
25 years ago: Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty beat Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson in Memphis to win the AWA world tag team titles (which had been held up; Michaels & Jannetty were heels in this feud)
20 years ago: Moondogs Splat & Spot beat Ron & Don Harris to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
15 years ago: WCW SuperBrawl took place at the Cow Palace in San Francisco with Booker T beating Rick Martel to win the WCW TV title, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (managed by a heel Dusty Rhodes) beat Rick & Steiner Steiner (managed by Ted DiBiase) for the WCW tag titles and Sting beat Hulk Hogan after Randy Savage hit Hogan with a can of spray paint to win the vacant WCW title
--Former WWE announcer Jack Korpela will be the announcer for John LaRocca's new Premier Wrestling promotion.
--Warrior Island will be doing a casting call for fighters at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH from 3/1 to 3/3. Interviews will be done from Noon to 4 p.m. all three days. Fighters interested should RSVP in advance to
Fighters will be required to demonstrate fighting skills and cut 60 to 120 second promos. Experienced fighters are encouraged. Coaches are welcome. The show itself will put 16 fighters on an island in the Pacific Ocean. Each week there will be fights with the loser booted from the island. The people who make the cast itself will be determined by a fan voting.
--For those attending the Ultimate Warrior signing on 4/7 (afternoon of Mania) in Secaucus, NJ, there are 20 VIP packages available for $350 which gets you at the front of the line, 1 photo with Warrior, 4 autographed terms, 1 autographed WM 6 poster and 1 T-shirt. You can also eat dinner with Warrior for $500 on Saturday, plus get a T-shirt, a signed WM6 poster, and a photo with Warrior. For more info go to www.legendsofthering.com
--There is also a new signing for Hulk Hogan. Tickets for it will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. and only 100 tickets will be sold. If you are interested, go to www.legendsofthering.com/hulkhogan.hmtl
tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern as it will sell out quickly.
--Scott Anderson, a host on 97.1 in Detroit was talking about tomorrow's fight saying he's a big UFC fan but has no interest in watching women fight at all. He also mentioned being a pro wrestling fan but lost all interest in the last few years, but talks a lot about old school WWF and The Sheik era in Detroit. (thanks to Mike Malasev)
--This was corrected later, but the 11th anniversary of Premier Championship Wrestling in Winnipeg is on 3/16, not 3/18 as was on the site for a few hours yesterday.
--Future Stars of Wrestling on Saturday at the Silverton Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas featuring Kenny King,Young Bucks, Disco Inferno, Michael Modest, Brandon Gatson and more.
--HXC Wrestling on 4/7 in Manchester, England at the Manchester Metropolitan University.
--Balls Mahoney vs. Matt Tremont is now a Philly Street fight on the 4/4 Extreme Rising show at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory.
--There was a LA Times link to the 30 women athletes who looked the best in a bikini that listed pro wrestling personalities Maria Kanellis and Stacy Keibler and MMA personalities Michelle Waterson and Gina Carano (who, astonishingly, was ranked No. 2).
--The AP ran a story about pro wrestler Isaac Lancaster Jr., of Fallowfield Township in Pennsylvania, 23, regarding a New Year's Eve arrest at a party. Lancaster, described a 6-foot, 270 pounds, allegedly put a woman in a submission hold at the party and began fighting police when they arrived, and used a stun gun on him. No, they didn't drop him backwards on the ropes. He was arraigned yesterday and apologized, after being charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and other crimes. Lancaster said he respects police office, said he was wrong and was drunk and doesn't remember most of it.