WED. UPDATE: Diaz blows off workouts today, White tells story to build fight, Ratings, Rock on Leno, Bellator finals, Star returns to AAA after 17 years this weekend, Tara, JYD vs. Wrestling II history



By Dave Meltzer
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        WWE Main Event tonight on Ion TV:
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show in a non-title match
Usos vs. Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre
Wade Barrett vs. Justin Gabriel in a non-title match
 
        Tonight on Fuel has the GSP vs. Diaz Countdown show at 6 p.m., UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 7:30 p.m., UFC 79 at 8 p.m. and the Jake Shields vs. Jake Ellenberger fight night at midnight.
 
        The newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which is on the site today, is a rundown of WWE business going forward, with a complete look at the company's future plans when it comes to the two places they expect to have the most growth, how they are strategizing it, and a look at why so many are skeptical of it.  We also look at every aspect of company business.
 
        We also have our early 1996 issue up which runs down the 1995 year in WWF, WCW and UFC and thoughts on 1996 going forward, as well as coverage of the annual January 4th Tokyo Dome show and what was, up until that point in time, the biggest money program in wrestling history where the second big match had just taken place.
 
        The new issue looks at revenues and profit for the year, expenses of the network, how the company did if you factor our the network costs and the movie division, why the company itself going in says next year will be more challenging financially and why, after running away for decades of being called sports, they are smartly trying to do a reverse.
 
        We look at their predictions on the upcoming network and how it will be released, and their projections and how long they project it will take to get there.  We look at cannibalizing PPV with the network, why this could help WrestleMania a lot in the future, as well as the future of WWE in the movies.
 
        We also look at a new $35 million expense for the company this coming year, and what aspects of the company they are looking at increasing spending and emphasis on.  We also look at social media growth vs. company growth.
       
        We also look at fourth quarter comparisons in every category, from attendance, merchandise, PPV, licensing, magazines, web site, TV, movies and home video.
 
        We also have a chart showing how every PPV did, both within North America, and internationally, dating back the past three years.  We've got updated numbers for SummerSlam with Brock Lesnar, as well as more details on how the Royal Rumble with The Rock vs. C.M. Punk did.  We also look at big increases vs. more profitability due to the cost of having both The Rock and Lesnar on big shows. 
 
        We also factor out Lesnar and Rock on PPV and compare 2012 with 2011 year-over-year.  We also look at how the bankruptcy of THQ affects WWE business and WWE talks about the Take Two deal and where they are going with it.  We also look at the category with the biggest declines in revenue but how profits have gained in that category.
 
        We also look, by percentage, at which parts of the world carry WWE business the most.  We've also got the PPV revenue fro WrestleMania, average attendance for the past two years, how much the average customer spends on merchandise at a WWE live show, the Hulu deal, the You Tube deal, as well as how profitable every division in the company is right now and what are the most important divisions. 
 
        We also have a rundown of every WWE movie release and how much it lost, or in some cases, made a profit and the list of the stars who did well in movie leads and those who bombed.
 
        We also have our annual chart looking at the WWE business dating back every year from 1994 to the present, with both how much revenue the company brought in, as well as the annual profit by year.
 
        We also have a feature looking at the Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz fight.  We look at GSP complaints, how ticket sales are doing, GSP's responses, a look at both men's careers, the general predictions on the fight, criticism and pressure on GSP and how that can work against him, a look at the myths of GSP that don't hold up, and where Johny Hendricks fits into this scenario.
 
        We also update WrestleMania ticket sales, gate, and how the scalpers market is doing for tickets.  We update the lineup for the show including a match on the schedule not even being hinted yet on television.
 
        We also look at a lot of changes being implemented by HHH.  We look at the departure of Eric Pankowski from the VP of Creative position and the usual frustrations in that department.  We look at the difference between writing wrestling and writing regular television, and what WrestleMania main event program ended up getting him in trouble.
 
        We've got tons more on Paul Bearer, including more thoughts regarding Paul Bearer and the WWE Hall of Fame, where the name Paul Bearer came from when it comes to pro wrestling, the other Percy Pringles, Percy Pringle's final appearance as a manager, what WrestleMania finish that is expected makes no sense.
 
        We also have notes on El Generico in NXT, where Dwayne Johnson is, developmental changes expected, Zeb Colter material, return of the Bella Twins and how it happened and more people in talks about returning.
 
        We also have the January business comparison, WWE movie business, Chris Jericho talks working for Vince McMahon and coping with the Chris Benoit situation, plus John Layfield on mountain climbing, Gerald Brisco scouting new talent for WWE, former WWE star wants to come back for one last program, new arm wrestling champion signed, Miz gives surprising answer when asked the greatest wrestler of all-time, as well as Stephanie McMahon's claims on the value of social media.
 
        We also look at a lawsuit filed by a former wrestler against WWE, Mark Coleman talks what current WWE star is the strongest guy he was ever in the ring with, updated post-Mania plans, WrestleMania returning to Orlando, plus all the business notes from last week and highlights from all the WWE live vents.
 
        We also look at the rise to the title of Bully Ray, with full coverage of TNA Lockdown, including business notes, what angle the Bully Ray/Brooke Hogan angle came directly from, what TNA desperately needs and have cut off happening, the Russo-itis booking that kills storyline credibility, as well as an update on the Bobby Roode contract situation and if there was any talk from WWE. 
 
        We have poll results, star ratings for the matches, and match-by-match coverage, along with what did and didn't work.
 
        We also look at AAA's attempt to get a foothold in the U.S. market, including the key aspect of the story in whether or not it works out.  We look at the key player behind it and notes on plans.
 
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        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:
 
--Feuding former partners team up to take tournament
 
--A look at CMLL's first major show of the year
 
--All Japan owner claims he'll raid New Japan of top talent
 
--A look at this week's All Japan show
 
--A look at All Japan's junior heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's big show of the week
 
--Lineup for NOAH's upcoming Global Tag League tournament
 
--New Japan owner unhappy about an aspect of business
 
--Biggest news coming out of the first round of the New Japan Cup tournament
 
--A look at quarterfinals and charting it out from there
 
--How two feuding wrestlers in ROH teaming elsewhere was handled on ROH television
 
--Lots of notes on the settlement of Shannon Spruill's lawsuit against TNA
 
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--A look at Spruill's injuries in TNA
 
--Spruill comments on the closing of the case
 
--A look at when WWE was sued over the independent contractor issue and why the judge didn't rule against them
 
--Why there is locker room unhappiness in TNA
 
--TNA business notes for January
 
--Hogan gets hacked
 
--Bubba the Love Sponge talks Hogan
 
--Christopher Daniels talks the genesis of his promos
 
--TNA's biggest house show probably of the year coming up in a few weeks in conjunction with WrestleMania
 
--Upcoming TNA TV taping schedule
 
--Update on Jesse Sorensen
 
--Wrestlers turning down offers for next week's TNA PPV tapings
 
--What the actual paid attendance was for UFC's Japan show
 
--Updated ticket sales for all the upcoming UFC events
 
--Entire Dana White/Mark Hunt scenario
 
--Update on the fight to legalize MMA in New York
 
--Lorenzo Fertitta makes promises to New York on how many shows per year they will run in the state if legalized
 
--Update on Alistair Overeem and when he will be ready to return
 
--Sports Illustrates talks Dana White as one of the most powerful men in sports
 
--Talks of plans for next year's Super Bowl weekend show, including a show actually in conjunction with the Super Bowl
 
--Stephan Bonnar talks his drug test failure
 
--Lots of new UFC fights announced
 
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Wednesday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking WWE business, Smackdown tapings, WrestleMania card update, as well as taking questions that you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Nick Diaz no-showed today's open workouts in Montreal.  Cesar Gracie claimed Dana White gave him permission.  White said he didn't until after Diaz had already no-showed.  White was on Jim Rome today and said that if Diaz wins the title, they are going to fly him to Las Vegas and have a meeting with him, and the first time he no-shows something, he will be stripped of the title.
 
--White also told a story claiming that Diaz was running around the hotel after the UFC show on October 29, 2011, in Las Vegas (after Diaz beat B.J. Penn) looking for a fight with GSP.  White is doing great promos building up how GSP wants to destroy Diaz.  Of course GSP's best winning strategy is to fight to win, because fighting to destroy could give Diaz a shot at winning.
 
--The show is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_8_F7JXonQ&feature=youtu.be
 
--Big Show appears on Psych tonight on USA Network.

--In the cable ratings this past week, The History Channel was in first place at 3.35 million viewers on average in prime time to 3.00 million for USA.  FX was No. 12 at 1.32 million.  Syfy was No. 14 at 1.23 million.  Spike was No. 22 at 795,000.  The three hours of Raw last week were No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7, behind only Walking Dead, The Bible and two episodes of Duck Dynasty.  IN 18-34, two hours of Raw (first and second hour) were No. 5 and No. 6.  In 18-49, the three hours were No. 5, No. 6 and No. 9. 
 
--There is a kickstarter program up for a documentary on the life of Baron Von Raschke at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theclaw/the-claw-a-documentary-about-baron-von-raschke


--Mike Richman vs. Frodo Khasbulaev in the Bellator featherweight tournament final is set for 4/4 in Atlantic City
 
--Two more Bellator tournament championship matches are set for 3/28 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, with light heavyweight finalists Mikhail Zayats vs. Emanuel Newton (who knocked out King Mo), and Saad Awad (who knocked out Will Brooks) vs. Dave Rickels.   
 
--Ronda Rousey was on Access Hollywood Monday morning.  She talked about starting training in judo at 11 and having Cauliflower ears by the age of 16.  When asked about being in Hunger Games, she tried to change the subject saying, "I know, I've been hearing rumors too."  She also put an armbar on host Billy Bush and gave him a judo throw, being very easy on him (thanks to Jake Koch)
 
--Dwayne Johnson will be appearing on Jay Leno on 3/21.
 
--Rulon Gardner will be appearing on Jay Leno this coming Monday night to talk the Olympics. (thanks to Jeff Beecher)
 
--Floyd Mayweather Jr., Ronda Rousey, Dhani Jones, Ice Cube and Dr. Harry Edwards will be guests tonight for the season premiere of Jim Rome on Showtime at 9 p.m. Eastern.
 
--Villano IV returns to AAA for the first time since 1996 as a surprise entrant in the Rey de Reyes tournament.  He will be in a six-way match with Drago, Jack Evans, L.A. Park, Chessman and the Original Psicosis.
 
--A story on tomorrow night's TNA tapings talking with Christopher Daniels and Tara at http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/ct-red-0313-tna-main-20130312,0,6790188.story
 
--Another Tara TV story talking about her restaurant opening on Ashland Avenue in Chicago at http://wgntv.com/2013/03/12/lunchbreak-the-squared-cricle-fat-elvis-burger/
 
--Lance Storm talks his week spent in Tampa with the WWE developmental roster at http://www.stormwrestling.com/031213.html
 
TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
37 years ago - Blackjack Mulligan beat Paul Jones to win the U.S. title
30 years ago - The Midnight Express of Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton beat Mr. Wrestling II & Magnum T.A. in a loser gets 10 lashes match to win the Mid South tag team titles when Wrestling II walked out on his partner
28 years ago - Terry Taylor beat Ted DiBiase in Shreveport to win the North American title
14 years ago - Sabu & Rob Van Dam won a three-way dance in Philadelphia over the Dudleys and Tommy Dreamer & Shane Douglas
11 years ago - Christopher Daniels won a three-way over Frankie Kazarian and Samoa Joe in Santa Ana, CA to win the UPW heavyweight title
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
C.M. Punk 38.3%
Undertaker 18.3%
Brock Lesnar 12.8%
Kane 9.6%
Paul Heyman 7.1%
Daniel Bryan 5.7%
Zeb Colter 4.1%
Dolph Ziggler 3.3%
Randy Orton 0.8%
 
POLL ON RAW?
Excellent 10.2%
Good 35.3%
Average 29.0%
Fair 12.2%
Poor 13.3%
        10.2% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Yesterday was the 29th anniversary of a match I used to hear about all the time.  Ernie Ladd told Bill Watts that he should never beat JYD in New Orleans.  JYD was the biggest draw the city ever had as a pro wrestler, and 29 years ago yesterday, to get heat, the finish was supposed to have Mr. Wrestling II, turning heel, load his kneepad and pin JYD after a knee lift.  Unfortunately working wasn't JYD's suit and he didn't bend over to take the knee, so it looked really bad with him standing up.  The crowd didn't buy the finish and while there were big crowds in New Orleans after that date, those in Mid South Wrestling point to that night as when wrestling stopped being hot in the city.
 
--The entire NCAA Division I wrestling tournament will be televised.  ESPN 3 will air coverage on 3/21 at Noon and 7:30 p.m.  ESPN U will be airing the 3/22 sessions at Noon and 7:30 p.m.  ESPN airs the finals at 8 p.m. on 3/23.
 
--Kazarian on The Ken Reedy Show at www.thekenreedyshow.com
 
--NWA Fusion from Saturday night in Gloucester, VA:  Outlaw Ink b Ryan Zane & Kevin Perry, Damien Wayne b Wildman Kongo, Memphis Mofo b Nick Westgate, Preston Quinn b Brutal Bob Evans, Brandon Day & Adam Chambers b A-1 5-4 in an Iron man match.  NWA Fusion returns 3/23 in King & Queen, VA at the Elementary School, 4/6 at the Lawson Marriott Elementary School and 4/13 at the Gloucester Moose Lodge. 
 
--CMLL Monday results from Puebla:  Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar & Ares El Guerrero b Dinamikoo & Asturiano & Back Tiger Sr., Metatron & Sensei & Pegasso Extreme b Nosferatu & Canelo Casas & Guerrero Negro Jr., Okumura & Namajague & Misterioso Jr. b Sagrado & El Hijo del Fantasma & Blue Panther, Thunder & Maximo & Rush b Ultimo Guerrero & Euforia & Niebla Roja, La Sombra b Volador Jr. 
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Ebola & Magnum b Leo & Virgo, Molotov & Stigma & Black Metal b Rafaga & Escandalo & Hooligan, Goya Kong & Silueta & Luna Magica b Tiffany & Zeuxis & Princesa Sugei, Diamante Azul & Brazo de Plata & Diamante b Vangelis & Sangre Azteca & Olimpico, Thunder & Maximo & Mistico b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpion & Polvora (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--The release of "Snitch" in Australia has been moved to 3/28, the same day as the release in that country of "G.I. Joe:  Retaliation."  (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--90s superstar Kyoko Inoue will be coming to the U.S. over WrestleMania weekend, appearing in Boonton, NJ at the Elks Loge for Indy Gurlz, facing Mercedes Martinez in the main event of a show that also includes Mia Yim vs. Kalamity, Leva Bates vs. Jessica James and Sumie Sakai vs. Lufisto.  Kyoko Inoue was one of the main stars of 90s All Japan women and had incredible matches at the time with the likes of Aja Kong and Manami Toyota.
 
--Jay Lethal is doing training seminars in the U.K. in August.  He will be doing a beginners seminar 8/12 to 8/16 and an advanced seminar 8/19 to 8/23.  Both sessions will be five days, six hours a day of training, only 16 applicants allowed.  For more info go to www.starpowertraining.com 
 
--GFL.TV this weekend has CFFC MMA on Saturday at 6 p.m ($14.99) from Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City headlined by Travis Wynn (3-0) vs., Evan Velez (5-2) and XCW Fighting Championships on Friday at 7 p.m. ($9.99).and Lucha Xtreme free Saturday at 9 p.m.
 
--ECWA on Saturday night in Carney's Point, NJ at the YMCA of Salem County with Rick Martinez vs. VsK vs. Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian vs. Apollyon
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV show at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos
 
--Northeast indie wrestler Chris Envy was in a preview for the TV show Wife Swap that airs on 3/28 (thanks to Jeff Bradley)  
 
--Florida Underground Wrestling tomorrow night in Tampa at Town and Country Skate World at the Family Fun Centre with Michael Tarver, Bruce Santee, Los Ben Dejos, Kenneth Cameron, Su Yung, Lince Dorado and others.
 
--Full Impact Pro on Friday night in Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum with Jon Davis vs. Samuray del Sol and The Scene vs. Los Ben Dejos.
 
--Florida Underground Wrestling on Saturday night in St. Petersburg at the Wildwood Recreational Centre with Biff Slater vs. Bruce Santee plus Trent Baretta, Prince Al Farat, Mia Yim and Lince Dorado.  

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