MON. UPDATE: Punk injury note, DDP successful fundraiser, Raw preview and surprise, TNA PPV results from today's tag tourney, Giant shift in boxing, Mania plans, ECW documentary premiere, Askren on GSP, Diaz, Best TV show

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports on today's TNA PPV tapings in Orlando. 
        We're looking for live reports from Raw tonight from Pittsburgh.  Appearing on the show advertised right now are HHH, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.  It is expected the HHH vs. Lesnar WrestleMania stipulations will be announced tonight.  Wade Barrett vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz for the IC title is also advertised.  Honky Tonk Man is scheduled to appear on the show again this week, stemming from last week's angle.
        We're also looking for reports on Sunday's Raw house show in Binghamton, NY and Smackdown show in Toledo.  We're also looking for reports on Friday night's TNA show in Corbin, KY, and Saturday night's Smackdown in Hammond, IN and TNA in Pikeville, KY.
        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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        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
--Why it was a given that TNA would settle right before a judge was set to rule on the case
--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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Monday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking a ton of news including Raw tonight, TNA PPVs, and taking e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--C.M. Punk is off all house shows until WrestleMania for a variety of reasons including being physically banged up.  He didn't appear at the Raw shows Saturday and Sunday but was at the Bridgeport show on Friday, but only did an interview.  He was injured, although people are somewhat playing down that it's serious, in the match with Kane on Monday.
--DDP raised the full $80,000 in less than two weeks from wrestling fans donating for Scott Hall's hip replacement surgery, rehab costs and dental issues.
--Saturday's UFC show reportedly did big numbers.  UFC, before the final week, had projected 775,000 buys and I projected 850,000, given my confidence in Nick Diaz down the home stretch.  It's safe to say it was the biggest PPV of the year, although that was a given with GSP on top.
Results from today's TNA PPV taping in Orlando.  Can't imagine too many people at the taping on a Monday afternoon.  This was a one-night tag team tournament for PPV later this year
First round
Generation Me b Petey Williams & Sonjay Dutt
Wes Brisco & Garett Bischoff b Cassidy Riley & Chase Stevens
Austin Aries & Bobby Roode b Doug Williams & Rob Terry
Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez b Christopher Daniels & Kazarian
Second round
Samoa Joe & Magnus b Brisco & Bischoff
Team 3-D b Generation Me
Aries & Roode b Joe & Magnus
Team 3-D b Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez
Team 3-D b Aries & Roode
--Kevin Iole reported huge news today at that HBO will no longer buy fights from Golden Boy Promotions.  This is a huge change of the boxing landscape.  This is likely in response to Showtime signing deals with so many Golden Boy fighters who made their names on HBO including Canelo Alvarez, Danny Garcia and Amir Khan, as well as the recent Showtime signing of Floyd Mayweather Jr..  It's said it came from HBO Sports head Ken Hershman running into problems with execs at Golden Boy.  Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy, said he wasn't surprised since he hadn't talked with Hershman since November or December.  This means Adrien Broner also won't be fighting on HBO going forward.
--As I mentioned last night, the Mania plan, despite what was said on Smackdown, is still Big Show & Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. The Shield and Mark Henry vs. Ryback.  In fact, there is a photo people found on the WWE site showing Show in the spot of Ryback in that Shield match.  I would expect those angles to go forward tonight.
--The long-talked about (as in more than a decade) ECW Documentary will premier, where else, but in Philadelphia at the old ECW Arena on 4/20.  Tickets are available at  Producers Kevin Kiernan and John Philipavage did a ton of interviews to get the real story on the history of the promotion very different from the WWE version.
--On Fuel TV tonight, the last two weeks of Ultimate Fighter air from 7-9 p.m., Best of Pride at 9 p.m. with a Gracie family theme, then the debut of Gracie 101, as the Gracie family breaks down recent techniques in MMA fights, plus Legends Roundtable at 10:30 p.m. and UFC 137 (Penn vs Diaz) at 11 p.m.  Too bad they didn't film the Diaz stuff in the hotel with GSP after that fight.
--There will be a TUF party at Hooter's in Wayne, NJ tomorrow night with Jim Miller. 
--Ben Askren, the Bellator champion, claimed he's now 100% sure he can beat GSP.  Well, he should say that.
--Nick Diaz tweeted a photo yesterday that appeared to be of him being detailed by police after he had gotten home, but then quickly took it down. 
--Dwayne Johnson will be on Jimmy Kimmel live on 3/28. (thanks to Jeff Beecher)

--Ric Flair wrote this on his Facebook page:
"Heard I'm being advertised to appear at WrestleCon on Sun., April 7th.  I haven't talked to those guys about this event and neither have my managers. Sorry kids but I will NOT be attending.  If something  changes, I'll let you all know.  I WILL however by signing autographs in Manhattan with Big Time Wrestling onFrieday, April 5th.  I'll post all the details shortly."

--The WWL is running the big Coliseum in San Juan on 4/21 and will air in iPPV with a huge show.  El Texano Jr. vs. Ricky Banderas for the AAA title headlines, plus Oliver John vs. Blue Demon Jr., Alissa Flash vs. Ivelisse Velez, Christopher Daniels vs. Steve Corino, Octagon Jr. (Samuray del Sol) vs. El Hijo del Rey Misterio vs. Axel, Ricky Cruz vs. Colt Cabana plus Abyss, James Storm and Bobby Roode are scheduled. 
--Rick Martel, the former AWA champion, turned 57 today.  CHIKARA's Mike Quackenbush turned 37 today.
--It was six years ago today that Mexican star Angel Azteca passed away from a heart attack at 43.  
--On this day in wrestling history (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
70 years ago - Whipper Billy Watson beat Jack Claybourne in Toronto to win the British Empire heavyweight title
61 years ago - Ben & Mike Sharpe beat Leo Nomellini & Hombre Montana to win the West Coast version of the world tag team tiles
59 years ago - Roy Shire beat Marvin Mercer in Dayton to win the MWA world jr. heavyweight title
57 years ago - Count Billy Varga beat Al Loloati for the Hawaiian heavyweight title in Honolulu
56 years ago - George & Sandy Scott beat Jim Austeri & Ali Bey to win the Southern tag team titles in Charlotte
53 years ago - Gentleman Ed Francis (who recently wrote a book about pro wrestling in Hawaii) bet Shag Thomas to win the Pacific Northwest title
50 years ago - Louie Tillet beat Wild Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knux title in Fort Worth
49 years ago - Nick Bockwinkel & Nick Kozak beat The Destroyer & Art Michalik to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles in Salem
49 years ago - Larry Hennig & The Viking beat Ken Lucas & Fritz Von Erich in Lubbock to win the North American tag team titles
42 years ago - The Masked Texan beat Bob Roop to win the Florida TV title in Tampa, and then unmasked, revealing himself as Terry Funk
39 years ago - Lou Thesz beat Tommy Gilbert to win the Southern jr. heavyweight in Memphis, while The Infernos beat Don Fargo & Rufus Jones to win the Southern tag team titles
38 years ago - Mach Fumiake, the first teen singing idol of Japanese women wrestling, beat Jumbo Miyamoto for the WWWA title. She may have been the youngest world champion ever at 16.
37 years ago - The Hollywood Blonds, Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown beat Gorgeous George Jr. & Greg Valentine in New Orleans to win the U.S. tag team titles
29 years ago - Ivan Koloff beat Angelo Mosca Jr. in Charlotte to win the Mid Atlantic TV title
28 years ago - Ivan & Nikita Koloff beat Dusty Rhodes & Manny Fernandez to win the world tag team titles in Fayetteville
27 years ago - Black Bart beat Sam Houston in Mooresville, NC to win the Mid Atlantic TV title
25 years ago - Chris Benoit beat Gama Singh in Calgary to win the British Commonwealth Mid-heavyweight title
24 years ago - Super Strong Machine & George Takano beat Riki Choshu & Masa Saito in Yokohama to win the IWGP tag titles
24 years ago - In a prelude of a major feud a few years later, young girls Erika Shishedo (later Aja Kong) beat Manami Toyota in Tokyo to win the Japanese women's title (which was a mid-card belt).
21 years ago - Pierroth Jr. beat Jerry Estrada to win the CMLL light heavyweight title in Cuernavaca.
20 years ago - El Hijo del Santo beat Espanto to win the WWA title
18 years ago - Greg Valentine beat John Hawk (John Layfield) to win the North American title in Dallas
16 years ago -  Col. DeBeers beat Matt Borne in Vancouver, WA to win the CWUSA TV title
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UFC 158 prelims 12.4%
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UFC Tonight 0.5%
Inside MMA 0.5% 
--Devon Nicholson was in Phoenix last week filming a DVD interview with Billy Graham, talking about Bruno in the Hall of Fame, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenggger and more.
--Deadspin on one-legged former NCAA champion Anthony Robles at 
--Pure Power Wrestling from Saturday night in Lethbridge, Alberta:  Kato b Aaron Frost, Silverback & Krazy Kore b Raunchy Jules & Mutato, Camikaze b Sydney Steele-DQ, Massive Damage b Irishman, Bulldog MacBain b  Gothic Knight in a dog collar match (thanks to Dwayne Soper)
--OTW Classic Day on 3/23 at 2 p.m. with a series of gimmick matches in Williamstown, NJ at 1041 Glassboro Rd. Unit C-1
--The PRWA promotion in Puerto Rico on Saturday night had what was called a disaster of a show. Billy Gunn and X-Pac were scheduled to come in, but neither got plane tickets.  Attendance was poor and the show didn't end until after 1 a.m..  They had a rock band playing and did karaoke contest.  A lot of guys worked multiple times, sometimes as heels and other times as faces.  The band complained to fans late in the night that they weren't paid and the promoter had left the show (thanks to Leonardo Mendez)
--A correction from yesterday, Oliver Copp went 4-1, not 3-2, in picks at UFC 158, missing only the Chris Camozzi fight, where he picked Nick Ring.  He actually may have gotten that one right.
--Premiere Championship Wrestling's 11th anniversary show on Saturday night in Winnipeg:  Moses Luke & TJ Bratt NC David London & Marty Gold, Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens b Mentallo & Tyler Colton, Mike Angels & Chad Tatum b David Dixon & Pete Chee, Steve Corino & Adam Knight b James Beaver & Leo London, Jay Walker won three-way over Scott Justice & Jackie Lee, Antonio Scorpio Jr. b Nate Hardy, Steve Corino & Adam Knight b Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens and Mike Angels & Chad Tatum to become PCW tag team champions.  Next show is 4/10 in Brandon, Manitoba at Houston's Bar headlined by Honky Tonk Man.
--Universal Independent Wrestling on Saturday night in Villa Rica, GA before 375 fans, for a show that included appearances by DDP and Jake Roberts.  Drew Adler b Michael Stevens, Billy Knight b Mercenary-DQ, Johnny Swinger b Chris Knox, Awesome TC won over Stupid, Bobby Moore and Terry Lawler, Fred Yehi b Jimmy Rave to keep the Internet title, Grant Mitchell & Brad lynch b Frankie Valentine & Josh Storm, Bull Buchanan & Murder One & Nina Monet b Shane Marx & Jagged Edge & Pandora in a street fight.  DDP gave a great inspirational speech swaying how he came back from ruptured discs to win the WCW title at the age of 43, that he's not 57 and plans to do diamond cutters until he's 77.  They claimed Scott Hall has been sober for 47 days and Jake Roberts has been sober for 127 days.  Dustin Rhodes was announced for their 6/15 show. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--At the World Baseball Classic, right behind home plate during the Puerto Rico vs. Japan game, there was a man wearing a suit with a Tiger Mask on.  He was visible the entire game. (thanks to Cyrus Yamat and Leonardo Mendez)
--Premier Wrestling debuts on Sunday in Gilroy, CA at the 9 Lives Club on 7430 Monterey St. with a 5 p.m. start with a four-man tournament to crown a champion with Timothy Thatcher vs. Dylan Drake and A.J. Kirsch vs. Dave Dutra.  2004 wrestling Olympian Jeff Cobb of Guam faces Hawaii's Kaimana, Nick Ruiz vs. Sledge and Brian Tannen in action.  Tickets are available at
--Yesterday's CMLL in Guadalajara:  Javier Cruz Jr. & Divino b Relampago Azul & Thunder Boy-DQ, Sadico & Acertijo & Demonio Rojo b Azteca de Oro & Black Metal & Hippie-DQ, Leo & Alteno & Esfinge b Rafaga & Malefico & Mr. Trueno, Marcela & Silueta b Zeuxis & Vaquerito, Barbara Cavernario & Namajague & Okumura b Gallo & Rey Cometa & El Hijo del Fantasma (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)    
--Darren Wyse is having a WrestleMania meet and greet on 4/7 at 6 p.m. at TNT Wings and Pizza.
--Tiger Conway Jr. has been added to the Mid Atlantic Memories Convention on 8/1 to 8/4 in Charlotte.  It's his first time ever coming.
--Team Funk vs. Team Brisco headlines the 3/23 BANG show in Ocala, FL with Dory Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Mickie James vs. Wes Brisco & Quinton Hitchcock & Hollywood Heather.
--The Logo Channel has a documentary on the story of GLOW Wrestling at 6 p.m. tomorrow night.
--The ECWA Super 8 tournament this year will be on 4/13 at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club in Newark, DE.  The eight-man tournament will have Damian Dragon, Mike Mondo Chris Wylde, Antonio Thomas, Vordell Walker, Rhett Titus, Papadon and VsK.
--Rob Van Dam is in a new documentary on marijuana at
--All Star Wresting Rage in a Cage on 3/30 in Cloverdale, BC at the Alice McKay Building.   
--CHIKARA announced a 6/2 iPPV from Philadelphia

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