SAT. UPDATE: Hall of Famer added to tomorrow's Rey de Reyes, Legendary fight reprised tomorrow, Punk update, WWE movie updates, TNA tapings notes, Post-Mania note, Best on interviews, tonight's PPV buysei



By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC 158, 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 from tonight's Raw show in Providence, RI, Smackdown in Hammond, IN, and TNA in Pikeville, KY.
        UFC 158 is Saturday night from the Bell Centre in Montreal:
 
Facebook fights at 6:35 p.m.
Reuben Duran  (8-4-1, 135) vs. George Roop (12-10-1, 135)
T.J. Dillashaw (7-1, 135) vs. Issei Tamura (7-3, 135)
Rick Story (14-6, 169) vs. Quinn Mulhern (18-2, 168)
 
FX at 8 p.m.
Daron Cruickshank (12-2, 155) vs. John Makdessi (10-2, 155)
Dan Miller (14-6, 1 no contest, 171) vs. Jordan Mein (26-8, 170)
Darren Elkins (16-2, 145) vs. Antonio Carvalho (15-5 145)
Patrick Cote (19-8, 169) vs. Bobby Voelker (24-8, 169)
 
PPV at 10 p.m.
Mike Ricci (8-3, 156) vs. Colin Fletcher (9-2, 155)
Nick Ring (13-1, 183) vs. Chris Camozzi (18-5, 185)
Jake Ellenberger (28-6, 170) vs. Nate Marquardt (35-11-2, 171)
Johny Hendricks (14-1, 171) vs. Carlos Condit (28-6, 169)
Georges St-Pierre (23-2, 170) vs. Nick Diaz (27-8, 1 no contest, 169) for the welterweight title
 
 
        Sunday features three major international shows. 
 
        AAA has Rey de Reyes from the bullring in Monterrey:
The Psycho Circus vs. Devil Rocker & Machine Rocker & Soul Rocker
Rey de Reyes matches:
Cibernetico vs. Electroshock vs. Toscano & Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Silver King vs. Canek (Canek just added to the show)
Ricky Banderas vs. Octagon vs. La Parka vs. Parka Negra vs.  Pentagon Jr.vs. Heavy Metal
Dragon vs. Jack Evans vs. L.A. Park vs Chessman vs. Original Psicosis vs. Villano IV
Four way for AAA Fusion title (basically a TV title creation):  Crazy Boy vs. Fenix vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. Daga
Four-way for vacant Reina de Reinas (Queen of Queens) title:  Fabi Apache vs. Mari Apache vs. Taya Valkyrie vs. LuFisto
El Texano Jr. vs. Blue Demon Jr. for AAA Mega heavyweight title
Three winners from earlier in the show battle for the Rey de Reyes championship (essentially their version of King of the Ring, but with higher caliber stars).
 
        All Japan has its biggest show so far this year at Sumo Hall in Tokyo:
Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato vs. Andy Woo & Sushi
Masa Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. Reid Flair & Kenso
Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki for All-Asia tag team titles
Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Kaz Hayashi for World jr. title
Akebono & Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoe vs. Masahiro Chono & Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo
Keiji Muto & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono
Manabu Soya & Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki for world tag team titles
Masakatsu Funaki vs. Suwama for the Triple Crown title
 
        New Japan also has the quarterfinals of the New Japan Cup tournament in Amagasaki:
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Captain New Japan & Bushi
Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi
A tag match with IWGP heavyweight champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and jr. heavyweight champion Prince Devitt on opposite teams
Tournament quarterfinals:
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson
 
        Raw will have a house show Sunday in Binghamton, NY and Smackdown has a show in Toledo.
 
        Monday's Raw will be from Pittsburgh.  Appearing on the show advertised right now are HHH, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.  Wade Barrett vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz for the IC title is also advertised.
 
        Tuesday will be Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam tapings in Cincinnati.
 
        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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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
 
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--Lots of notes on the settlement of Shannon Spruill's lawsuit against TNA
 
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--Spruill comments on the closing of the case
 
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--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
 
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--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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Saturday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking UFC 158, Impact, Vince McMahon vs. Dana White and more on Wrestling Observer radio late tonight.  You can also send questions into the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--C.M. Punk is not scheduled to be at the Raw house shows today and tomorrow.  He's getting the shows off to rest.  He's hurt, but as noted, the injuries are not Mania-threatening.  He was at the show last night in Bridgeport, but only did an interview.
 
--There is a story in today's New York Daily News at http://www.nydailynews.com/ saying that legalizing MMA would mean $100 million in economic benefits to the state over the next two years between.
 
--"The Call" looks to be the first WWE movie since "The Marine" that is a theatrical release that will be successful.  The movie is estimated as grossing $6.2 million just last night and expected to come in around $16 million.  The budget is $13 million, but with theaters cuts and other costs, it would probably take about $24 million at the box office to break even.  With that kind of opening, the movie should make money even before DVD sales.  It is expected to finish No. 2 this weekend behind "Oz:  The Great and Powerful," which is not a movie about WCW blunders in the early 90s.  "Dead Man Down" is another story.       
 
--TNA is doing PPV tapings all weekend for shows that will air from July to February.  No word on who is coming in.  The only stuff we heard is that almost all the women asked to appear at an all-women's PPV, besides the ones currently under contract, turned down the offer.  There were also World Cup style tournaments scheduled and we heard several of the names scheduled to appear from Mexico and Canada fell through because TNA didn't start to work on getting working visas in time, and once they did, it was too late to get them completed in time for the weekend.
 
--A few notes on the Vince/Dana White story, since a lot of info that has been going around is incorrect.  Denis Gauthier Jr., who interviewed Dana White, is not the husband of Joanne Rougeau.  He is the son of Joanne Rougeau, and thus the grandson of Jacques Sr. and nephew of Jacques Jr. and Raymond    I understand some people have been getting kind of creeped out reading about him as Joanne's husband from places that likely lifted it from us but didn't read it closely. 
 
--Last night's Raw house show in Bridgeport, CT, was a legitimate sellout.
 
--The dark match after the April Smackdown tapings in London being advertised is Sheamus & Alberto Del Rio vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger.   
 
--On Fuel today, the Countdown for UFC 158 plays at 7 p.m. Eastern, and the post-fight show after the PPV airs at 1 a.m.
 
--Chris Jericho will be working the NXT tapings at Full Sail University this coming Thursday.
 
--WWC tonight in Bayamon, PR, has Ray Gonzalez vs. Invader I (Jose Gonzalez, no relation) in the main event plus Carlito & Savio Vega vs. Thunder & Lightning.
 
--A story on Kurt Angle talking the Olympics is at http://www.chicagonow.com
 
--Tickets for UFC 160 on 3/22 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 5/25 are priced at $800, $600, $400, $250, $125 and $75.  They go on sale Friday to the public, Wednesday to Fight Club members and Thursday for newsletter readers.  The top four matches advertised are Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva for the heavyweight title, Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt, Glover Teixeira vs. James Te Huna and Gray Maynard vs. T.J. Grant.  
 
--Presale for SummerSlam on 8/18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles starts tomorrow with the presale code of WWEFAN 
 
--Heard last night's Jon Davis vs. Samuray del Sol match at the FIP show in Ybor City, FL was an awesome 25:00 match.
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE ON INTERVIEWS?
Roddy Piper 57.3%
Arn Anderson 24.2%
Eddie Guerrero 6.3%
Kevin Sullivan 3.0%
Larry Zbyszko 2.5%
Don Muraco 2.5%
Badnews Allen 1.3%
Pat Patterson 0.8%
Sgt. Slaughter 0.8%
King Kong Bundy 0.8%
Jerry Blackwell 0.3%
David Von Erich 0.3%
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE ON INTERVIEWS?
Steve Austin 44.1%
Bobby Heenan 32.3%
Chris Jericho 13.6%
Brian Pillman 3.6%
Taz 1.6%
HHH 1.1%
Shane Douglas 1.1%
Junkyard Dog 1.1%
DDP 0.7%
Jim Duggan 0.2%
Big Show 0.2%
Brian Christopher 0.2%
 
POLL ON IMPACT
Excellent 33.9%
Good 52.7%
Average 10.7%
Fair 6.3%
Poor 9.8%
        25.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
HOW MANY BUYS DOES TONIGHT'S SHOW DO?
450,000 or less 6.4%
451-500,000 3.2%
501-550,000 4.4%
551-600,000 2.4%
601-650,000 8,0%
651-700,000 5.6%
701-750,000 16.5%
751-800,000 14.9%
801-850,000 16.5%
851-900,000 9.2%
901-950,000 2.0%
More than 951,000 10.8%     
 
--Celebrating birthdays today include manager/announcer Kenny Bolin (53), a guy who was born too late because he should have been a much bigger star, Mark Canterbury (49, also known as Henry Godwinn), Steve Armstrong (48) and Kenn Doane (27, also known as Kenny Dykstra).  Legendary manager Gary Hart was 66 when he passed away five years ago today. (thanks to GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com)
 
THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
41 years ago - Dr. Wagner (father of the current star) pinned Enrique Vera in Mexico City to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
40 years ago - Gene Kiniski beat Terry Funk in St. Louis to win the Missouri State title.  There is a big story behind this one.  Funk had beaten Johnny Valentine on TV to win the title by hitting Valentine's knee with the ring bell right in front of the ref. Sam Muchnick, who wasn't there when the match happened, legitimately was furious when he found out how the finish was done and ordered Valentine to regain the title from Funk at this show.  Valentine then suffered a heart attack two days before the match, so Kiniski was called at the last minute.   
24 years ago - Hiroshi Hase beat Shiro Koshinaka to win the IWGP jr. heavyweight title 
21 years ago - Kamala beat Koko B Ware to win the USWA heavyweight title in Memphis while Jimmy Valiant beat Dr Death (not Steve Williams) to win the Southern title
17 years ago - D-Lo Brown beat Bobby Blaze to win the HWA title in Lima, OH
16 years ago - Dean Malenko beat Eddie Guerrero to win the U.S. title in Charleston, SC   
 
--On the TV show "Duck Dynasty" on Wednesday night, one of the main characters, Jase Robertson, talked about pro wrestling, saying how rednecks have a fascination with pro wrestling and his favorite wrestler was Jim Duggan because he represented rednecks.  He said he was really upset watching a show where King Kong Bundy beat Duggan.  The show is filmed in Louisiana so he'd be taking about early 80s Mid South Wrestling.  He also brought up Steve Austin and Jake Roberts. (thanks to Chris Aiken)
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 3/29 at Turner's Hall in Cleveland with a Rumble style Battle Royal plus Johnny Gargano vs. Josh Alexander.
 
--Dave Musgave talks Andre the Giant at http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=112658@cmd=tc
 
--NWA Florida Underground Wrestling from Thursday night in Tampa:  Lince Dorado b Gus Money, Kenneth Cameron (formerly WWE) & Kennedy Kendrick b J.B. Cool & MDK, Tommy Taylor b Angel Santos, Rosa Negra b Su Yung, Bruce Santee b Demons, Leo Gold & David Mercury b Joey Epix & Rafi Rex, Michael Tarver b J.D. Maverick, Damien Angel & Eddie Taurus b Cruz & Rios.
 
--Heroes & Legends Wrestling Fanfest on 3/23 in Fort Wayne, IN at the Lutheran Health Sportscenter has Bret Hart and Ted DiBiase appearing, plus a live show with Jim Duggan, Jimmy Snuka, Demolition, Ro-z, Koko Ware, Ron Simmons, Brian Lawler, Virgil and Tatanka.  Snuka is wrestling on the show.
 
--An interview with Bruno Sammartino is at http://youtu.be/ZRalMlboCfw
 
--There is a kickstarter program for a documentary on Jim Crockett Promotions at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/460538362/jim-crockett-promotions-documentary/posts
 
--The note yesterday regarding Undertaker appearing 3/25 in Philadelphia, it's the Raw two weeks before Mania, not a house show.
 
--Southern  Illinois Championship Wrestling on 5/11 at Argosy's Music Hall in Alton, IL will have a meet and greet with a lot of pro wrestling legends like Harley Race, Baron Von Raschke, Bob Orton Jr., Jerry Brisco and announcer Larry Matysik.  Ricky Cruz vs. Flash Flanagan is the main event.  Greg Valentine will be wrestling on the show.
 
--NEO wrestling tonight in Niagara Falls, ONT at Fight Club Canada with Tyson Dux vs. Primo Scordino.
 
--A shot of a fan pushing Bully Ray in the shoulder leaving the ring in Chicago is at http://wewatchwrestling.com/2013/03/15/bully-ray-punched-by-a-fan-impact-wrestling-31413/
 
--New England Championship Wrestling on 3/22 in Randolph, MA at the Knights of Columbus.
 
--Victory Commonwealth Wrestling on 3/17 in Toronto at the el Mocambo at 3 p.m.
 
--Premier Championship Wrestling's 11th anniversary show is tonight at 9 p.m. at Doubles Fun Club in Winnipeg with Steve Corino and Kenny Omega. 
 
--Sean Waltman, Billy Gunn and Michael Tarver, who were advertised for a show tonight in Salinas, PR, for the PRWA promotion, will not be appearing. Waltman wrote on Twitter that the promoter didn't buy plane tickets for them to fly in.
 
--A story on Lisa Varon's new pizza restaurant in Chicago that just opened on Thursday is at http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130315/lincoln-park/pro-wrestler-taras-pizza-place-guilty-pleasure
 
--Adrenaline Championship Wrestling from last night in Millersville, MD:  Christian York b Chris Wylde, Blk Jeez NC Ruckus, Skull b Adam Flash-DQ, Aken Pembrooke b Doyle Day, Country Strong & Rockin Rebel b Pretty Ugly & Louis Rich, Skull b Pembrooke, Kacee Carlisle b Rebecca Payne, Kindred b Diaz, Skull b York to win the King of Maryland tournament.  Next show is 5/18. (thanks to Joe Burrows)   
 
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from last night in Millersville, TN:  Hot Rod Biggs & Tim Renesto b Lex Victory & Shriek La Suk, Bryan Casanova b Shane Smalls, Kevin Weatherby b Lennox Norris, Chris Michaels b Hammerjack, Jeremy Plunkett & Drew Haskins b Johnny Moore & Kerry Awful, Jocephus Brody b Gary Valiant (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
 
--Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart appear on 4/4 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Dave and Busters in New York at 234 W 42nd St., signing autographs and taking photos plus doing a Q&A.
 
--Shawn Michaels is in a Total Gym infommercial that plays all the time.   
 
--Xavier Nowlin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for WCW, ECW, AAA and Japanese tapes.