SUN. UPDATE: Undertaker's return, Swagger update, Rousey stats, Sonnen humbled, Match of year candidate replays at 11 p.m., Dwayne Johnson press, UFC buys, Jerry Lynn and more

By Dave Meltzer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text13225 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON

We're looking for your thoughts on UFC 157, 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 reports on today's Smackdown brand house show in College Station, TX and a TNA show in Bowling Green, OH at the Stroh Center.

We're also looking for reports on these shows:

- WWE Raw from last night in Istanbul, Turkey
- WWE Raw on Thursday and Friday in Doha, Qatar
- WWE Smackdown from last night in Waco, TX
- TNA from last night in Grand Rapids

Raw will be live on Monday from Dallas.  Brock Lesnar returns on the show which features John Cena vs. C.M. Punk with the winner faces The Rock at WrestleMania, plus Vince McMahon vs. Paul Heyman in a fight.

Smackdown and Main Event are taped on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

We've got a giant news week with the Observer with two regular issues and one back issue up on the site.  The back issue, which was up on
the site Tuesday, covers the original Ultimate Ultimate tournament won by Dan Severn as well as the full story behind the end of women's wrestling in WWF in 1995, Madusa being fired and showing up on Nitro and throwing the WWF women's title belt in a garbage can on television.

The two issues will be combined as a double issue for print subscribers and both are now up on the site.

Our lead story updates the WWE situation leading into WrestleMania.  We look at the matches planned, the match in jeopardy, and what the status is for a number of wrestlers who have had matches talked about but those matches haven't even been teased yet on television.  We look at why there isn't any pressure on booking undercard matches, as well as talk about post-WrestleMania plans.
We've got more on Undertaker, Ryback, Brock Lesnar and The Shield.
We've also got full coverage of the Elimination Chamber PPV, including business notes, match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings.
We've also got the most detailed update on the status of wrestling going forward as an Olympic sport.  We've got more on the background of how wrestling being eliminated happened, the decision-making process, the appeal process,what legendary attempt to set an all-time Olympic record in the sport is being thwarted, as well as what the U.S. wrestling community knew.
We also look at the history of sports voted out being brought back, why wrestling right now should not have been cut and why it does need to heed this warning and make necessary changes.  We look at the country very strongly pushing for wrestling to be brought back.  We look at why the future doesn't look bright even if wrestling is brought back.
We look at the major and minor moves that the world wrestling community has taken in the past week, who got the blame, as well as thoughts from Kurt Angle, King Mo Lawal and Ben Askren regarding how the loss of the Olympics would have affected all of their lives and their career decisions.
We also look at how this affects the entire infrastructure of the sport in the U.S. in ways most people haven't figured.
We also have comments from Bill Watts, a former amateur wrestler who became a pro wrestling star and later a legendary promoter, and his thoughts on the subject.
We've got a major feature on WrestleMania coming to the New Orleans Superdome.  We've got how it came about, as well as exclusive first news on what the planned main event is for WrestleMania 30.  We also look at the few WWE wrestlers who have worked the Superdome before, as well as The Rock talked about his only time in the building as an athlete, which was not as a pro wrestler.
We also go back to the days when the Superdome was arguably the hottest big show setting in the U.S.  We have a history of pro wrestling at the Superdome starting in 1976 when Bill Watts and Leroy McGuirk took the gamble and what lineup they used to make the first show.
We have a history of pro wrestling in the building, including the all-time biggest shows, the biggest angles leading to the shows, and the greatest matches held in the building.  We look at the story of one of the greatest matches of its era that bombed at the gate.  We also look at the Nitro events at the Superdome and a rundown of the most successful shows.
We've got a feature on Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche in leading to the most important woman's MMA fight in history.  We look at the unique dynamic of the fight, women's MMA on television, live ticket sales, previous women's fights on PPV, the UFC Prime Time shows building the fight, the reaction Rousey has received, background of Liz Carmouche and more.
We have a feature on the Jack Swagger arrest and how it affects WrestleMania, as well as Dana White's new stance on TRT and some UFC statistics about big guys vs. small guys that will in some cases confirm what is the general feeling and in others show the exact opposite of what people think, as well as an investigation of terms like ring rust, UFC jitters and weight cutting issues.
We also have notes on The Rock's schedule, what shows he is going to be appearing at and what shows he is going to be missing.  We also look at the scheduled over the next several weeks of Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar.  We've got a lot of news regarding how the WWE video game deal with Take 2 went down, and why it was so beneficial to THQ.  We look at who the big losers in the deal were.
We also have more on Bruno Sammartino going into the Hall of Fame, who WWE wants to get to induct him, who Sammartino would pick and more.
We also have notes on two other candidates for the Hall of Fame this year, and why both are unlikely to go  in the same year.  We also look at the Zeb Colter character, a WCW character that this may be similar to, R.J. Brewer talks about his gimmick being used, as well as a very interesting statistic regarding children watching WWE that is the exact opposite of what everyone thinks.
We have a lot more on Tammy Sytch, as well as her apology to WWE, another WWE movie, El Generico in WWE, WWE going back to Japan, John Layfield talks the Public Enemy TV beating in the 90s, WWE injury updates, as well as new signings and people who have quietly left.
We also have a rundown on UFC's weekend event on Fuel headlined by Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald.  We look at the show, the ratings, what happened with the fighters with the best records and the strange judging in spots.
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 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:
--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
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
*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.
Sunday's News Updates

--Undertaker returned last night as a surprise at the WWE house show in Waco teaming with Sheamus over Damien Sandow & Wade Barrett.  That pretty well makes it a lock Undertaker will be at Mania.  While not officially announced, he was heavily expected to be involved in tomorrow night's Raw in some form.  I think it's a lot more effective if they had teased it on Raw rather than rely on word-of-mouth getting out, but they are expecting a good rating for Cena vs. Punk and Vince vs. Paul Heyman.  Raw tomorrow in Dallas is sold out with 12,000 paid.

--Jack Swagger is on the road with the Smackdown crew and beat Sin Cara last night. He'll be at RAW Monday and while some of the show was rewritten the last few days, not all that much more than usual.  The video of Swagger & Zeb Colter was shot after Swagger's DUI arrest, so that tells you the company is not planning on phasing him out.  They could have easily just flown Colter in since he was doing all the talking anyway.

--Congratulations to Les Thatcher who will be inducted this summer into the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Legends Hall of Fame class of 2013.  The inductions take place the weekend of 8/1 to 8/3 in Charlotte at the University Place Hotel.  Mike Mooneyham has a big article on Thatcher, who, in his day, was very good at almost every aspect of the business from wrestling to announcing to training.  It's a little known fact Thatcher was also a high level competitive bodybuilder on the drug-free circuit.

--On Twitter, Hulk Hogan said, "Very grateful for attracting a new reality show where I get to work with family and a few good friends that always wanted to be in show biz."

--Whether this is in reference to this or not, C.M. Punk certainly wants people to think it is, and either it is or he'll make fun of people who assume: "Thankfully that magician just showed the audience how he sawed his assistant in half, so I don't ever have to pay to see it again."

--The most searched item in the U.S. yesterday was Daytona 500 with more than 1 million searches.  No. 2 was Ronda Rousey with more than 500,000.  The last time UFC has gotten that figure was for Silva-Sonnen.  I think WWE hit that figure for Mania last year.  What's scary is she beat Robin Roberts by ten times.

--Chael Sonnen had to lick Rashad Evans' shoe after losing a bet on Henderson vs. Machida. Here's the video. As noted, fans were furious last night at the decision in that fight.  When it came to strikes, this was the total in the fight:

Round 1 13-10 Henderson
Round 2 11-7 Machida
Round 3 34-7 Henderson

--If you didn't see the Matt Grice vs. Dennis Bermudez fight, which people are talking about as a potential match of the year, it'll replay on Fuel tonight at 11 p.m.

--Not really much in the way of big news coming out of last night's UFC show past Jose Aldo telling Dana White that he doesn't want to defend his title against Anthony Pettis.  White said Aldo won't like the consequences if he refuses to defend.  Aldo apparently said that he will defend against Cub Swanson or Ricardo Lamas, but that Pettis has done nothing to earn the title shot. Yes, I know he just defended against Frankie Edgar who had also done nothing at 145 to earn a title shot.

--Regarding Dana White's reference about pulling Nick Diaz from the fight with GSP, there are no absolutes and I'm sure if Diaz screws up in some form it could happen, but we're only three weeks away and I don't see it happening. By the way, the commercial for UFC 158 was very good.

--We got a ton of bar reports from last night.  All reported packed out the door, biggest in a long time.

--Here's a scary stat.  Before the show started, an article by Jonathan Snowden on Rousey (really good article by the way), talking about her battles with bulimia as a teenager trying to make weight for judo, and negotiations for movies and such had 262,000 views on Bleacher Report (it's now topped 328,000).  The most views for any article on MMA in the history of that site that didn't involve Rousey was roughly one-fifth that number.

--Rousey was in Beverly Hills today for the Oscars and Don Johnson and Rob Lowe went up to her talking about seeing the fight, as did the head of Time Warner.

--For UFC 157 picks, after a miserable start, I was 4-1 last night, as was Bryan, Josh Nason, Todd Martin and Mike Sempervive.  Everyone missed the Robbie Lawler win over Josh Koscheck.  Oliver Copp was 3-2 and Mike Sawyer was 2-3.

--Here's a story on the WWE's interview with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Glenn Beck.

--WWE's annual shareholders meeting will be on 4/26 at the company headquarters in Stamford.

--Snitch opened at No. 2 at the box office for the weekend.  It's estimated at doing $13 million, which is well up from what the estimates on Friday were.  It is expected to finish No. 2 for the weekend behind Identity Theft. Here's one review on The Rock's new movie Snitch. Here's an MTV story on him.

-- Dolph Ziggler made what sounded like a knock at wrestlers of the past by saying that today, the bad guys aren't guys with big beer bellies who are out of shape and that half the superstars have college degrees or masters degrees. I'd love to find out which half have the master's degrees.

--Here's a SLAM Wrestling story on Larry Matysik's 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All-time book.

--IHWE hosts the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame luncheon on 3/16 in Fort Worth.  This is a private affair for only wrestlers and their families.  Being inducted into the Texas Hall are Bruiser Brody, Killer Karl Kox, Black Bart, James Beard and Canyon, a Texas independent wrestler.  They are also doing a benefit for Black Bart on 3/17 in Cleburne, TX at the Kauffman Leadership Academy at 7 p.m.  Appearing will be Chavo Guerrero Sr., Tim Brooks, Scott Putski and others.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY with Brian Hoops:

- 26 years ago - In one of the strangest results ever, manager Sir Oliver Humperdink beat Badnews Allen in Tampa to win the Florida title.  You knew the company was going down at that point.

- 23 years ago yesterday:  Hulk Hogan beat Randy Savage on the last WWE Main Event show on NBC of that era with a leg drop. Buster Douglas was the guest ref and Savage played the heel taking his big dive off the Douglas punch.  The plan was for Mike Tyson to be in the spot but Douglas beat Tyson two weeks earlier and backed out.  Douglas, who won one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history, had a short run as champion and was more than happy to take the payday for the spot.  Ultimate Warrior beat Dino Bravo to keep the IC title also on that show.  This was part of the buildup for the Hogan vs. Warrior WrestleMania match.

- 22 years ago:  WrestleWar took place in Phoenix and it was a hell of a show featuring a War Games where Ric Flair & Barry Windham & Sid Vicious & Larry Zbyszko beat Sting & Brian Pillman & The Steiner Brothers in one hell of a match.  A rare occasion where the faces lost War Games when Vicious power bombed Pillman, who ended up injured because the top of the cage was too low, so Sid had to change his trajectory on the move.

- 21 years ago:  Koko B. Ware beat Kamala to win the USWA title

- 18 years ago:  Dan Severn beat Chris Candido in Erlanger, KY to win the NWA title

- 16 years ago:  Syxx (Sean Waltman) beat Dean Malenko to win the WCW cruiserweight title at the Cow Palace in San Francisco

Not watching because no interest in MMA 23.2%
Watching via illegal stream 14.8%
Buying the show specifically for Ronda Rousey 12.9%
Watching at bar or restaurant 10.5%
Not watching, don't think the show is good enough 9.8%
Buying for both Rousey and Liz Carmouche 8.1%
Buying the show always buy UFC PPVs 6.9%
Buying the show, usually buy UFC PPVs 4.8%
Skipping the show because don't want to see women in the main event 3.1%
Buying specifically for Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida 2.4%
Watching with friends because of the main event 2.2%
Not watching with friends because of the main event 1.2%
****So in total, 57.8% of those responding planned on seeing the show

Under 200,000 11.4%
201-250,000 2.5%
251-300,000 8.6%
301-350,000 15.4%
351-400,000 13.2%
401-450,000 9.3%
451-500,000 11.4%
501-550,000 9.3%
551-600,000 3.9%
601-650,000 3.6%
651-700,000 2.5%
More than 701,000 8.9%

Excellent 61.9%
Good 25.4%
Average 5.6%
Fair 0.8%
Poor 6.3%
***45.2% of those responding didn't see the show.  This was among the best received TV shows in the history of our polls.

Excellent 66.4%
Good 21.2%
Average 2.7%
Fair 1.8%
Poor 8.0%
***45.7% of those responding didn't see the show.  This was received just as good.  It was the most explosive show Bellator has ever done.

Excellent 17.1%
Good 38.6%
Average 24.7%
Fair 5.7%
Poor 13.9%
***35.0% of those responding didn't see the show

--AAW on Friday night in Marionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street with a show open to all ages.  It will feature Jerry Lynn's last match ever in the Chicago area,  plus Sami Callihan vs. Shane Hollister and a tournament with semifinals and finals with ACH vs. Juntai Miller and Samuray del Sol vs. Louis Lyndon.  Colt Cabana, Rhino, MsChif, Irish Airborne and others will be appearing.

--Pro Wrestling Battlarts from Friday night in Oshawa, ONT before 100-150 fans:  Psycho Mike Rollins b Shawn Spears, Marcus Marquez b Lionel Knight, John Greed b Abe Jackson, Scotty O'Shea & Alessandrio del Bruno b Tadarius Thomas & Hakim Zane, Tyson Dux b Alex Vega, Ethan Page won four-way elimination match to determine the first Pro Wrestling Battlarts champion over Josh Alexander, Michael Elgin and Christopher Bishop.  (thanks to Dave Musgrave)

--A.J. Pierzynski of the Texas Rangers noted that his favorite wrestler was once Dale Torborg (the Demon), but now it's C.M. Punk.

--Odds for the next main card UFC fights this coming Saturday night on Fuel from the famed Saitama Super Arena:
Brian Stann - 240
Wanderlei Silva +200
Mark Hunt +150
Stefan Struve -170
Diego Sanchez -320
Takanori Gomi +240

--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds

--River City Wrestling on 3/9 in San Antonio at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena

--Top Rope Pro Wrestling on 4/13 in Waynesboro, VA has Sean Waltman, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Robbie E, Gunner, Miss Tessmacher, Jake Roberts and Kevin Nash.  There are also VIP packages where you can get your photo with Waltman, Morton, Gibson, Roberts and Nash.

--Millennium Wrestling Federation on 3/9 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall with Jimmy Snuka, Sean Waltman, Bobby Lashley, Paul Bearer and Carlito.

--ATT U-verse ran all three Rousey vs. Carmouche UFC Primetime shows in succession from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. yesterday as a lead-in.

--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in Fairmont City, IL before 300 fans:  Bobby D b Brandon Gallagher, Alexander Rudolph b Max Archer, Big Texan b Brent Meyers, Jake Dirden b Purple Passion, Gary Jackson b Waco, Flash Flanagan b Shorty Biggs, Ironman Kasa & Dave Vaughn b Brian James & Chaz Wesson, Ricky Cruz DDQ Ron Powers, Ron Powers & Big Texan DCOR Ricky Cruz & Gary Jackson (thanks to Larry Matysik and Patrick Brandmeyer)

--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno:  Brian Tannen b L.J. Summers, Matt Sparks b Sasha Darevko, Brandon Groom b Alexis Darevko, J.R. Kratos b Apaciao.  Next tapings are 3/16 in Merced, CA at the American Legion Post 83 and 3/17 in Los Banos at Pacheco High School (thanks to Jon Southerland)

--Pro Wrestling Revolution from last night in San Francisco:  Pistolero b Grappler III, Willie Mack & Ultimo Panda b Pantera Jr. & Fantasma de la Opera, Pequeno Halloween b Octagoncito (they meet in a rematch on 5/11 with Octagoncito putting up his PWR title against the hair of Pequeno Halloween), Mariachi b Famous B, Cheerleader Melissa b Dark Angel (Sarita) to win the PWR women's title (Box y Lucha covered the show and this title is recognized in Mexico), Kafu & Dinamita & Blue Demon Jr. b Brian Cage & Derek Sanders & Phoenix Star.  The next show is the fifth anniversary show on 5/11 in Turlock featuring El Hijo del Santo and Blue Demon Jr. (thanks to Kevin Kleinrock)

--Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Cornelia, GA:  Penirelli & Suave b Slim J & Azrael, B.J. Hancock b Joey Rhymer, Bil Buck b Seven, Bo Newsome b Todd Sexton, Seth Delay b Sammy Guevara, Geter b Brian Casanova, Najassism & Vandal b Shadow Jackson & Nemesis.

--Here's a story on Jack Swagger's arrest.

--Gouge from last night in Mocksville, NC in a benefit for Steve Frye (known as Porkchop):  Seymour Snott b Corey Duncum, Iron Cross b Doctor of Destruction, Les & Jimmy Parker b L.A. Wild One & Lee Valiant, Deon Johnson b Hunter Thompson, Mickey Gambino b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr., Manny Fernandez b Tim Parker, Damien Wayne b Gunner

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?