WED. UPDATE: Wrestling mag future in doubt, GSP injury, Ratings, 2 more UFC drug test positives, White in Nev. Hall of Fame, Bellator card, Sting birthday, Anniversary of two of WWE's most famous bouts, Star of Raw, Best Interviews, New Japan PPV notes



By Dave Meltzer
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        Main Event tonight on Ion TV at 8 p.m.:
Wade Barrett vs. R-Truth non-title
Natalya & Layla vs. Aksana & Alicia Fox
Usos vs. Prime Time Players
 
        We've got a WrestleMania update, full coverage of UFC 158, a look at the life and career of Booker T, as well as coverage of the major international shows all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter on the site today.
 
        In addition, the new back issue is a major one, as it's the 1995 Awards issue, covering the best and worst in pro wrestling from the yea where U.S. interest bottomed out right before the start of a resurgence.  It's the biggest issue of the year, covering the year in review and how things were at the time.
 
        Our new issue has a feature on WrestleMania, including the change in price, the reason for the price change, how much extra WWE figures to make if the price change doesn't hurt buys.  We also look at how important WrestleMania revenue is to the company's year and long-term goals for the show.
 
        We also have a list of the current lineup, as well as a number of matches on the books to be added for the complete event.
 
        We also have a look at Nick Diaz, and how he moved business numbers.  We look at his hotel confrontation with GSP, his match with GSP, reaction to GSP, records he's set, criticism of him, and where the welterweight division goes from here.  We also have all the business notes on the show, from TV numbers to early buy rate figures, reaction to judging and match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
 
        We also have a look at plans for the next season of The Ultimate Fighter with Ronda Rousey as coach.  We look at the different new dynamics for the show, as well as who exactly is Cat Zingano, who may end up being one of the coaches.  We also look at how readers of this web site have reacted to plans for the show.
 
        We also have a look back at the details behind negotiations for a Vince McMahon vs. Dana White match at WrestleMania.  We look at how the talks started, if they were ever serious, when they took place and what happened when they took place.
 
        We also have a feature on Booker T, running through his life and pro wrestling career upon the announcement of him going into the WWE Hall of Fame.
       
        We look at how he got started in pro wrestling, and life before wrestling.  He look at his arrest for armed robbery, his early years in wrestling and what people helped get him from wrestling school to stardom in WCW.  We look at the era of Harlem Heat as WCW tag team champions and their various storylines.
 
        We also look at why Booker T ended up as a singles star, and what program put him over the top as far as being respected as a top level wrestler.  We look at some of the bad angles in WCW, his rise to world champion, why his pay was so high, as well as the death of WCW.
 
        We also look at his early WWE run, his major WWE angles, his rise to the world title, his King Booker days, his leaving for TNA and his return, as well as his trademark spots.
 
        We also have more on injuries to Rey Mysterio and C.M. Punk, WWE house show business, WWE's Latin and merchandise business, WWE movie business updates, more on Eric Pankowski being let go from the creative team and what it means, new WWE hirings planned, more on women being approached to come to WWE, a WWE injury that hasn't been reported, Sports Illustrated looks at WWE department head as one of the best in the country, more on developmental, why Beth Phoenix left, another turn being contemplated, new wrestlers being recruited including the son of a celebrity in his country, as well as all the house show highlights from the past week.
 
        We also have full coverage of All Japan's show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo featuring a plethora of 90s stars, including the new figurehead commissioner, business notes on the show, the strange actions behind the scenes of the new owner, and match-by-match coverage of the show.
 
        We also look at CMLL and AAA's first major shows of the year, as well as the planned TripleMania main event, more on AAA coming to the U.S. and its TV partner, a look back at AAA drawing big in the U.S. and why it'll be difficult to repeat that success.
 
        We also have match-by-match coverage of both shows
 
        We also have a feature on the retirement of Villano V, Rey Mendoza Jr.  We look at all the old-timers who worked the show, and career highlights.
 
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        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:
 
--What may be the biggest match in years in Mexico
 
--Debut of planned new idol
 
--American wrestlers coming to major Mexico show
 
--Notes on the next Dragon Gate iPPV show
 
--Notes on NOAH's upcoming tag team tournament
 
--Notes on All Japan's jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--Update on the New Japan Cup and charting out the rest of the way
 
--More matches for the next two New Japan PPV shows
 
--Notes on the death of Don Carson
 
--Notes on WrestleCon, who is coming and what happened with Ric Flair
 
--Why the issue wasn't resolved
 
--Update on Batista
 
--More on ECW documentary
 
--What to look for in the upcoming NCAA tournament
 
--Who look to be the stars of the tournament
 
--He is looking to make history
 
--What are the prospective killer matches
 
--Notes on upcoming major shows in Puerto Rico
 
--What WWE star is headed to Puerto Rico to work for the local promotion and why
 
--Lots of TNA stars and major indie stars to a rival group in Puerto Rico
 
--Japanese wrestling legend headed in for Mania weekend
 
--Promotion touring a number of major U.S. markets
 
--Notes on Karl Anderson coming to ROH
 
--When he was there before
 
--Notes from ROH TV
 
--A look at upcoming ROH matches
 
--Notes on booking of Hogan
 
--Hogan's latest revised version of history
 
--The controversy surrounding Bully Ray
 
--Thoughts on current TNA booking
 
--Notes from the Chicago TV tapings
 
--Why a woman star hasn't bee around of late
 
--A look at all the upcoming PPVs taped this past week by TNA
 
--A look at TNA's house shows
 
--More UFC PPV news
 
--Ronda Rousey talks PEDs
 
--Why GSP vs. Diaz didn't have even more hype
 
--Background of making Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
 
--Herschel Walker situation
 
--Groups protesting against UFC
 
--Lots of UFC injury updates
 
--New UFC matchups
 
--New division directions
 
--Chael Sonnen promo notes
 
--Biggest all women's MMA show in history upcoming
    
 
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*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)
 
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*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)
 
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*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
history)
 
*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)
 
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*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)
 
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Monday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Smackdown, TNA tapings, Bully Ray, WrestleMania, UFC 158 and more.  You can also send e-mail questions for the show to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Super Luchas, the weekly Spanish language wrestling magazine, announced in the new issue that it was going on hiatus.  That is not a good sign for the ever-depleting wrestling magazine industry.
 
--Mick Foley will be playing tomorrow night at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. There are still tickets available for the show.  His show tonight in Sacramento is sold out.
 
--Georges St-Pierre went into the fight with Nick Diaz with an Achilles injury as was reported in the Montreal press today.  His trainer, Firas Zahabi, feels that he needs to rest andlet it heal and talked about it being six months before he takes another fight.

--Dwayne Johnson talks Channing Tatum at http://www.contactmusic.com/news/the-rock-loves-channing-tatum-13561649
 
--Johnson will be a guest on Jay Leno tomorrow night.
 
--Ultimate Fighter last night did 1.30 million viewers, one of its best numbers of the season.
 
--There were two more UFC drug test failures announced today by the promotion.  Both were from the 3/3 show in Saitama, Japan. Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres tested positive for marijuana.  His win over Kyung Ho Kang on the show has been overturned and is now a no contest.  He is also under suspension until 9/3 and must attend a rehabilitation clinic and then pass a drug test before he can be booked again.  Riki Fukuda, who was cut after a loss to Brad Tavares, tested positive for three stimulants. 
 
--Alex Caceres' response to the suspension:
"I accept full responsibility for my actions and consequences from those actions.  I apologize to all that I have disappointed, including the UFC, my family, coaches, training partners and fans.  I accept the sanctions fro the UFC and I look forward to completing the necessary steps to getting back in the octagon following the suspension and assuring that this never happens again." 

--Dana White was announced last night as going to be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame this year.  The Las Vegas Review-Journal interviewed him and he spoke about the Culinary Workers Union.  "They're dirty, dirty dirty.  You got these guys who are negative and dirty.  They're using their influence in New York to stop the fights from being sanctioned.  They're stopping New York state from making money."  The story was in response to the Union demanding UFC adopt a zero tolerance policy for rape jokes, misogyny and sexism in a petition.  "UFC fighters have joked about rape, and fighters and UFC representatives have used foul and abusive language that is particularly demeaning to women."
 
--Eric Prindle pulled out of tomorrow's Bellator fight with Brett Rogers citing an injury.  This leaves tomorrow's show with three TV fights, Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen in last season's lightweight tournament final, Ryan Martinez vs. Travis Wiuff and Marcus Davis vs. Waachim Spiritwolf. 
 
--The Fight Network in Canada has signed a TV deal with Glory and will be airing Saturday's show from London, England, live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.  The show is headlined by Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky and Albert Kraus vs. Andy Ristie. 
 
--OVW, the TNA developmental program, will start airing on Ch. 21 in Louisville, WBMA in a Noon Saturday time slot starting on 4/6.

--A number of birthdays today in wrestling.  70s star Paul Christy turned 76.  Johnny Powers, a major star in the Cleveland area in the 70s and later the guy who lost the NWF title to Antonio Inoki, turned 70.  Sting turned 54.  Scott "Sick Boy" Vick of WCW turned 40.  Homicide and Caprice Coleman both turned 36 and former WWE wrestler K.C. James turned 31.
 
--John Studd passed away 18 years ago today at the age of 46.  Sailor Art Thomas was 79 when he passed away ten years ago today.  Baron Mikel Scicluna was 80 when he passed away three years ago.  Sir Oliver Humperdink was 62 when he passed away two years ago. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History and Brian Wescott) 
 
TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
41 years ago - Danny Hodge beat Dr. X (Jim Osborne) to win the NWA world junior heavyweight title
27 years ago - The Crush Gals beat the Jumping Bomb Angels in Osaka for the WWWA tag team titles.  On the same show, Hisako Uno, who later became Akira Hokuto Sasaki, beat Condor Saito for the Japanese jr. title
26 years ago - Keiji Muto & Shiro Koshinaka beat Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko Takada in the tournament finals for the IWGP tag team titles
25 years ago - Lizmark beat Cien Caras to win the NWA light heavyweight title
24 years ago - MS 1 beat Ringo Mendoza in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title
19 years ago - Razor Ramon beat Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania in a ladder match that is one of the most famous matches in WWE history, held at WrestleMania X in Madison Square Garden.  On the same show, Owen Hart pinned Bret Hart in one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.  The main event saw Bret Hart (wrestling twice) beat Yokozuna to win the WWF title.
 
--The original movie, "The Marine," was talked about today in a Think Progress article about portrayal of Iraq war veterans in pop culture. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
 
--Speaking of "The Marine," it will be airing on AMC on Saturday night at 8 p.m. and replayed several times over the next few weeks.  It's funny because the station's own web site pretty much pans the movie.  It says the movie falls short of being so-bad-it's-good and "you should watch it if you have nothing better to do." (thanks to Steve Khan)
 
--More on the Fallon Fox controversy (transgender fighter who wants in UFC) at http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/3013/03/20/mixed-martial-arts-fighter-fallon-fox-shouldnt-be-allowed-to-beat-up-women/ (thanks to Steven Crowder)
 
--Linda McMahon was on CSN Washington last night on the show "Table Manners" on WJFK 106.7 radio.  
 
--Devin Nicholson was with Billy Graham at a follow-up appointment with his heart doctor last week and did an interview.  Graham's heart has improved although his blood pressure remains high and he needs an increase in his blood pressure medications.
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE ON INTERVIEWS?
Ole Anderson 39.3%
Gorgeous George 20.8%
Bill Watts 15.7%
Bob Armstrong 9.1%
The Assassin Joe Hamilton 5.7%
Sputnik Monroe 2.6%
Kinji Shibuya 2.3%
Johnny Barend 1.7%
Rip Hawk 1.4%
Ripper Collins 0.6%
Saul Weingeroff 0.6%
Ed Francis 0.3%
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE ON INTERVIEWS?
The Rock 69.4%
J.J. Dillon 6.6%
Kurt Angle 4.8%
John Layfield 3.6%
Daniel Bryan 3.2%
Colt Cabana 3.2%
Thunderbolt Patterson 2.2%
John Cena 2.2%
Jackie Fargo 2.0%
Jonathan  Boyd 1.4%
Booker T 0.8%
Big Show 0.2%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Paul Heyman 33.3%
Fandango 18.0%
Chris Jericho 15.1%
Titus O'Neil 14.0%
C.M. Punk 8.1%
HHH 6.0%
John Cena 2.5%
Undertaker 1.4%
Wade Barrett 1.2%
The Miz 0.4%
 
POLL ON RAW FROM MONDAY
Excellent 5.2%
Good 10.4%
Average 11.6%
Fair 17.7%
Poor 55.2%
        11.1% of those responding didn't see the show   
 
--An interview with Mickie James is at http://youtu.be/ZjkqpKHyRSM and with Austin Aries at http://youtu.be/oV-MgVjwccs
 
--Hip Hop artist Ro Ransom has a song out called C.M. Punk at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JwyD-dbZe2U
 
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insiders at 7:30 p.m., UFC 139 (featuring the Shogun vs. Dan Henderson match of the year) at 8 p.m. and the Gracies break down highlights from Saturday's PPV at midnight.
 
--A note that New Japan has an iPPV early Saturday from Korakuen Hall featuring the semifinals and finals of the New Japan Cup at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972  The show starts at 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning Eastern time at 2:30 a.m. Pacific time.  We'll have more on this later in the week.  The winner of the tournament faces Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP title on 4/7 at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, which is also an iPPV.   
 
--Sports Illustrated did a photo feature on the coolest guy who ever went to the different schools in the NCAA basketball tournament.  For Memphis State, they listed Jerry Lawler, who went there briefly on an art scholarship before quitting to follow his idol, Jackie Fargo, into pro wrestling.
 
--Les Thatcher is involved with a show on 4/27 in Los Angeles at the Alexandria Ballroom.  Maria Kanellis wall host the Wrestling Cares show benefiting the Scott L. Schwartz Children's Foundation fighting children's cancer at 6 p.m. featuring Colt Cabana, Kyle Matthews, Adam Cole, Anthony Nese, Kyle O'Reilly, Davey Richards, Sami Callihan, Caprice Coleman, Pepper Parks and Vordell Walker.     
 
--Christopher Daniels talks to EverydayJoe.com at http://www.everyjoe.com/2013/03/20/sports/interview-professional-wrestler-christopher-daniels/
 
--IZW from Saturday night in Lawton, OK:  Damien Morte b Bobby Starr, Soto Miyagi b Jordan Jacobs, Copcat b O'Malley, Aaron Neil & Kevin Morgan & Damon Windsor b Jermaine Jackson & Double D & Johnny Z
 
--The North American Fighting Championships run 3/29 in Milwaukee at the Potawatomi Expo Center featuring Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of UFC star Anthony Pettis.
 
--Wisconsin  Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Sheboygan, WI at W3244 County O featuring Mean Mike & Tough Tom of Disorderly Conduct teaming with Marty Jannetty against Daryk St Holmes & Lenny Lane & Honky Tonk Man
 
--Big Time Wrestling on Friday night in Newark, CA at the Newark Pavilion features Gangrel.
 
--Wrestlefest 2013 on 5/11 at Newark High School in Newark, CA features Bret Hart, Terry Funk, Honky Tonk Man, and Lanny Poffo.
 
--Wrestling Culture podcast talks to Stevie Richards at http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?materid=112658&cmd=tc 
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 3/30 in Springfield, MO at the Shrine Mosque has a show called Missouri Madness with Carlito vs. 7-foot Titan, plus Matt Riviera, Bushwhacker Luke and Bobby Eaton.  It will be a TV taping with 12 or more matches.
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla:  Centauro de Fuego & Siki Ozama Jr. b Meyer & Tigre Rojo Jr., Magnus & Metalico & Soberano Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor & Artillero, Sagrado & Diamante & Starman b Nitro & Raziel & Cancerbero, Parejas increibles tag team tournament:  Rey Cometa & Okumura b Mascara Dorada & Puma King, Atlantis & Volador Jr. b Blue Panther & Averno, Thunder & El Terrible b Angel de Oro & Rey Escorpion, La Sombra & Mr. Aguila b Valiente & Niebla Roja, Atlantis & Volador Jr. b Rey Cometa & Okumura, La Sombra & Mr. Aguila b Thunder & El Terrible, Atlantis & Volador Jr. b La Sombra & Mr. Aguila
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Demonio Rojo b Divino, Gallo & Leo b Sadico & Rafaga, Idolo & Metatron b Extreminador & Mr. Trueno, Javier Cruz Jr & Sky Kid b In Memoriam & Acertijo, Escandalo & El Hijo del Signo & Hooligan b Hombre Bala Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. & Pegasso Extreme, Rey Cometa & Valiente & Angel de Oro b Okumura & Morphosis & Namajague, Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Brazo de Plata & Diamante Azul b Universo 2000 & El Terrible & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--Joel Adcock at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it has an extra ticket to the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, WrestleMania and the Raw the night after WrestleMania for sale at face value for each.