SAT.UPDATE: Sammartino inducted into Hall tonight; JBL update; Flair update; More names coming to Mania weekend; Miz talks movie, double-cross that changed history took place on this day years ago, Biggest business UFC fight



By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports on last night's TNA show in Dodge City, KS, as well as tonight's Raw house show in Kingston, ONT, Smackdown in Kalamazoo, MI and TNA in Salina, KS (Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray, James Storm vs. Ken Anderson, Austin Aries vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr., Gail Kim vs. ODB, Samoa Joe vs Garett Bischoff, Magnus vs. Doc).
 
        Saturday has the UFC on Fuel from the famed Saitama Super Arena
 
Facebook at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time
Marcelo Guimares (8-0-1, 171) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (10-3-1, 171)
Alex Cacares (8-5, 136) vs. Kyung Ho Kim (11-6, 135)
Cristiano Marcello (13-4, 156) vs. Kazuki Tokodome (11-3-1, 156)
Bryan Caraway (17-6, 135) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (16-7-2, 136)
Riki Fukuda (19-6, 186) vs. Brad Tavares (9-2, 185)
 
Fuel at 10 p.m Eastern
Siyar Bahadurzada (21-4-1, 171) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (16-2-1, 1 no contest, 171)
Mizuto Hirota (14-5-1, 146) vs. Rani Yahya (17-7, 146)
Hector Lombard (32-3-1, 1 no contest, 186) vs. Yushin Okami (29-7, 185)
Takanori Gomi (34-8, 1 no contest, 156) vs. Diego Sanchez (25-5, 158)
Mark Hunt (8-7, 266) vs. Stefan Struve (29-5, 260)
Wanderlei Silva (34-12-1, 1 contest, 204) vs. Brian Stann (12-5, 206)
 
        There is also an ROH iPPV, the company's 11th anniversary show. at 7:30 p.m. at www.rohwrestling.com from the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL:
Kevin Steen vs. Jay Lethal for ROH title
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly for ROH tag titles
Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong 2/3 falls
Adam Cole vs. Matt Taven for TV title
Charlie Haas vs. B.J. Whitmer
Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Q.T. Marshall vs ACH vs. Silas Young vs. Mike Sydal vs. Adam Page vs. Tadarius Thomas
 
        The big show on Sunday is the New Japan 41st anniversary show from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt non-title (If Tanahashi wins, he'll vacate the IWGP title)
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lance Archer for the IC title
Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Kengo Mashimo & Taka Michinoku in an elimination match
Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi
Kushida & Alex Shelley vs. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask for IWGP jr. tag titles
Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue & Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga & Ryusuke Taguchi
Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
        This show is not available in the U.S.
 
        Sunday is also the ROH TV tapings from Chicago with Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy for the TV title, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov challenging for the tag titles, American Wolves vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas and Athena vs. MsChif vs. Cherry Bomb vs. Scarlet Bordeaux.
 
        Also on Sunday is Raw from Syracuse, NY and Smackdown from Cleveland.
 
        Raw will be live on Monday from Buffalo.  The Rock returns this Monday.
 
        Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Albany, NY.
 
        The business and historical significance of UFC 157 is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also update this week's news on the road to WrestleMania looking at what's up with Undertaker, what he could and couldn't do in his return match, plus we also have the first issue of 1996 new on the site this week, where we look at the year that ended and made predictions on the year that was coming.
 
        For UFC 157, we look at the business of the show, the narrative that built the show, the marketability of Ronda Rousey, a look at the PPV numbers for the last two shows, Dana White and Rousey talk about the reaction to the show, who was at the show, comparisons with the prior show, how the show was expected to fare, when the last time someone lighter than 170 did those kind of numbers, the marketing of Liz Carmouche, some interesting notes about viewership and what they meant, thoughts on skeptics, the Cyborg factor going forward, Rousey's outside offers, Hollywood offers, plans for her next opponent, plus all kinds of new fights talked about from the past week.
 
        We also have fight-by-fight coverage, how much everyone earned on the show as well as poll results from the show, and polls on the close decisions. 
 
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        We also look at the theory that live sports are DVR proof.  We look at what percentages in the 18-49 age group are watching which type of shows, and in particular how shows like Raw and Bellator do when it comes to DVR viewership.
 
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--Notes on CMLL's first big show of the year and its lineup
 
--Anniversaries coming up in Mexico
 
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--Update on Arena Mexico wrestling
 
--Major legends match coming up
 
--Problems with a retirement show
 
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--Update on wrestling in the Olympics going forward
 
--1980s star will be part of a Lifetime reality show
 
--Notes on the AAA Canada show and the funny tournament they ran for their title
 
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--A new pro wrestling reality show debuts i the U.S.
 
--New promotion opens its doors in April for "rematch of the century"
 
--Notes on the next ROH iPPV
 
--Hulk Hogan talks C.M. Punk
 
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--A look at TNA weekend shows
 
--Dana White talks cutting of Jon Fitch
 
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--The match equation around the UFC roster
 
--Lineup for this week's UFC show
 
--Alistair Overeem's testosterone level
 
--UFC again fights for legalization in New York
 
--Dana White unhappy with Diaz brothers
 
--Lots of UFC new matches and card changes
 
--More on UFC women's division
 
--Chael Sonnen files lawsuit
 
--More on Matt Riddle being cut
 
--Michael Bisping injuries
 
--UFC TV situation in the U.K.
 
--Notes on the most Explosive Bellator TV show to date
 
--What went wrong for King Mo
 
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Saturday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back with Wrestling Observer radio tonight talking the UFC show, TNA and more.  You can send in questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Bruno Sammartino was inducted into the Columbus, OH International Sports Hall of Fame in a private ceremony with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  HHH spent the day with Sammartino trying to make the deal to get Schwarzenegger to induct Sammartino into the WWE Hall of Fame next month.  
 
--Last night's Raw brand house show in Toronto at the Ricoh Coliseum was a legitimate sellout. 
 
--At least at one point, Ric Flair was scheduled for Raw on Monday.  We haven't heard anything otherwise, but he's also been canceled after being booked since his one appearance.

--Donald Trump was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday and Access Hollywood Live on Wednesday.  He didn't make any mention of WWE in either interview (thanks to Jake Koch) 
 
--John Layfield won't be at TV this week either as he's still got several days to go mountain climbing.  I think he's around 14,800 feet and has to reach 22,000 feet.
 
--The Mexican Football Federation has banned Pachuca striker Angel Reyna from doing his wrestling celebration after scoring called Mistico, named after Sin Cara's previous identity.
 
--Armen Nazaryan, a 1996 and 2000 gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling from Armenia, has decided to go on a hunger strike to protest the decision to remove wrestling from the Olympics.  The 38-year-old said he would only drink syrup from this point forward. 
 
--Among the names now scheduled for Wrestlecon in Secaucus, NJ on WrestleMania weekend doing autographs include Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Bret Hart, Ultimate Warrior, Jushin Liger, Rob Van Dam, Kevin Nash, Lex Luger, George Steele, William Regal, formerly Kelly Kelly, Amy "Lita" Dumas, Bobby Heenan, Beth Phoenix, DDP, Jake Roberts, Ken Patera, Kamala, Paul Orndorff, One Man Gang, Tommy Dreamer, Iron Sheik, Bob Orton Jr., Demolition,  Mr. Fuji, Outback Jack, Kevin Sullivan, Greg Valentine, Brutus Beefcake, Homicide, The Mean Street Posse and The Shockmaster.
 
--Lucha Libre Masked Warriors run 4/14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA with Blue Demon Jr., R.J. Brewer, Jon Rekon, Petey Williams, Stevie Richards, Psicosis, El Hijo del Fantasma, Super Crazy, Super Nova, Lizmark Jr., Mini Park, Pequeno Halloween, Mascara Purpura, Solar, Melina Perez, Shane Helms and more.
 
--A Christopher Daniels interview is at http://themoaningnews.moonfruit.com
 
 
--For those in the U.K., UFC 158 coverage begins at midnight on 3/16 with the prelims followed at 2 a.m. with the main card on ESPN U.K. 
 
THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
76 years ago - Dick Shikat beat Danno O'Mahoney in a double-cross on O'Mahoney to win the world title, which killed the golden goose as O'Mahoney was doing baseball stadiums as world champion.  This set the wheels in motion toward a major decline in pro wrestling 
30 years ago - Espectro Jr. beat Lizmark to win the Mexican national middleweight title
20 years ago - Mano Negra beat Atlantis to win the NWA middleweight title in Acapulco 
20 years ago - Paul Orndorff beat Erik Watts in a tournament final to win the TV title and Steve Austin & Brian Pillman beat Shane Douglas & Ricky Steamboat to win the WCW tag titles in Macon
18 years ago - Fuerza & Juventud Guerrera beat Rey Misterio Sr. & Jr. in Xalapa, Veracruz in a match where Fuerza & Juventud retained the AAA tag team titles, plus due to the stips, Juventud won the WWA lightweight title and Fuerza won the IWC middleweight title.  That was a hell of a feud by the way.  I'm really surprised it never was followed up on outside of Mexico.
 
WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?
Stefan Struve 65.6%
Mark Hunt 34.4%
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE DEL RIO VS. SWAGGER ANGLE?
Makes no difference, neither good nor bad for business 43.6%
Good angle, it's working 26.3%
Bad angle, it's a weak world title program but okay since the big matches will carry WrestleMania 17.2%
It hurts WrestleMania 12.9%
 
WHICH OF THESE FIGHTS DOES THE MOST BUSINESS?
GSP vs. Anderson Silva 56.7%
Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones 27.7%
Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg 7.6%
GSP vs. Nick Diaz 3.1%
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen 2.1%
Jon Jones vs. Cain Velasquez 1.7%
GSP vs. Johny Hendricks 1.0%
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BELLATOR ON THURSDAY?
Excellent 13.6%
Good 50.0%
Average 20.5%
Fair 6.8%
Poor 9.1%
        61.4% of those responding didn't see the show.
 
POLL ON THURSDAY'S IMPACT
Excellent 17.8%
Good 47.7%
Average 24.3%
Fair 1.9%
Poor 8.4%
        33.5% of those responding didn't see the show 
 
--Results from last night's AIW Girls Night Out iPPV in Cleveland:
Addy Starr b Sassy Stephie
Athena b Kimber Lee
Veda Scott b Leva Bates
Mary Dobson b Annie Social
Angelus Layne b Jodi D'Milo
Heidi Lovelace & Nikki St. John b Angeldust & K.C. Warfield
Allysin Kay b Mickie Knuckles
Veda Scott won a three-way ladder match over Mary Dobson, Addy Starr and Athena.  A VOD stream of the show is available at www.smvoid.com priced at $14.99.
 
--Brandon Baxter interviewed Kurt Angle at http://youtu.be/gjjb4EcPVac
 
--New England Championship Wrestling on 3/22 in Randolph, MA has a show headlined by Antonio Thomas vs. Jeremy Prophet called March Badness. 
 
--Workaholics on Comedy Central had a Lou Albano party on Thursday night's show. (thanks to Shane Richardson)
 
--Former WWE wrestler Romeo Roselli, now going by the name Giovanni Roselli, was Star Jones' trainer promoting Healthy Heart Month in February.
 
--As noted before, "The Simpsons" tomorrow night has a show with a pro wrestling theme.  
 
--Maryland Wrestling Federation on Friday night in Glen Burnie, MD:  Brandon Scott b Shorty Smalls, Chad Austin b Rockin Rebel, Shaun Cannon won a three-way over Blue Basher and Matt Reynolds, Mike Hite & Rayburn b Skull & Jimmy Aldean, Brian Hardy b Sonjay Dutt (thanks to Joe Burrows)

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