FRI. UPDATE: Huge weekend preview, Foley comedy show, Muchnick slams Bruno, Johnson, Rousey, Cena lisetd as former, Scary Mania poll result Fighter fakes his death,

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports from tonight's WWE Raw show in Charlottesville, VA, tonight's TNA show in Concord, NC (Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy for TNA title, Bobby Roode & Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe & Magnus for TNA tag titles, Kurt Angle vs. Devon, Christian York vs. Wes Brisco, Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts title, Kenny King vs. Zema Ion for the X title and Joseph Park vs. Robbie E.  Yes, one day after making the announcement all X Division title matches are three ways, they only book two guys for the match at the house show.  Also tonight in Reseda, CA is PWG (Sami Callihan vs. Drake Younger, AR Fox & Samuray del Sol vs. Rich Swann & Ricochet, Roderick Strong vs. Trent Baretta, Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Brian Cage & Michael Elgin, Paul London vs. Kevin Steen, Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor vs. Young Bucks and Eddie Edwards vs. Jay Lethal.  We're looking for reports on the shows to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
        We're also looking for reports on last night's NXT tapings in Winter Park, FL.
        Tonight on AXS at 10 p.m. is the Resurrection Fighting Alliance from Broomfield, CO on AXS with Brandon Thatch vs. Mike Rhodes, Jeremy Kimball vs. Chad Njokuani and Sergio Pettis vs. Matt Manzanares.  Former Denver Bronco running back Leandro Veal, who defeated former WWE wrestler Chad Wicks (Chad Dick was his wrestling name) in his debut, is also on the show.
        New Japan iPPV tonight at 5:30 a.m. (you read that right) Eastern and 2:30 a.m. Pacific (or you can be like me and watch it on replay when you wake up tomorrow morning) from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo at
Bushi & Super Strong Machine & Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi & Takashi Iizuka
Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Hirooki Goto in the New Japan Cup semifinals
Kazuchika Okada vs. Toru Yano in the New Japan Cup semifinals
Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Taka Michinoku
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan & Kushida & Alex Shelley vs. Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi & Karl Anderson & Tama Tongs
New Japan Cup finals
        Saturday features the NCAA Division I wrestling championships on ESPN live from Iowa City at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.
        Saturday also has the World Series of Fighting at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on NBC Sports from Atlantic City:
J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje
Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho
Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson
Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam
Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson
        Saturday also has Raw from Fairfax, VA, Smackdown from Norfolk, TNA from Roanoke Rapids, NC (Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode & Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe & Magnus, Kurt Angle vs. Devon, Christian York vs. Wes Brisco, Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim and Kenny King vs. Zema Ion) and PWG in Reseda, CA (Adam Cole defends PWG title against either Sami Callihan or Drake Younger, Young Bucks vs. Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong, AR Fox vs. Kevin Steen, Rich Swann & Ricochet vs. Brian Cage & Michael Elgin, Paul London vs. Trent Baretta, Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano, Samuray del Sol vs. T.J. Perkins and Jay Lethal vs Willie Mack.
        Sunday has Raw from Salisbury, MD and Smackdown from Baltimore.  It makes absolutely no sense to have Smackdown running in the major city big arena and Raw running in the small city small hall. 
        Monday is Raw from Philadelphia.  Two weeks before Mania and the return of The Rock.
        Smackdown/Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Hershey, PA.
        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 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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Friday's News Update
--I want to call attention to today's Observer radio with Rick Bassman.  We used to have him as a regular guest years ago and the show today is why.  Rick was in the middle of all kinds of business deals with WWE, K-1, Zero-One and more, plus worked as an agent for a number of big names, and helped get a lot of the biggest stars of the last 30 years started.  We talk a lot about how Sting, Ultimate Warrior and John Cena all got into pro wrestling, the early career of Samoa Joe, what MMA star was offered the biggest money guaranteed contract up to that point in history by Vince McMahon (even more than Austin or John Cena as far as actual guarantees) and the name may surprise you.  We also have a guest appearance by former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks as we talk about Bassman's planned book, "Been There, Done That," and talk about promoting, scouting, and life falling apart on more than one occasion.  We also talk about who Bassman thought were the most marketable potential pro wrestlers, ahead of Sting and Ultimate Warrior, who never made it (he did put John Cena in the category with the most marketable he ever scouted), including a bodybuilder, an American Gladiators star, and one person who I hadn't even heard of. 
--The reason Dan Hardy had to pull out of his FOX fight with Matt Brown on 4/20 in San Jose (he was replaced by Jordan Mein) is he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.  MVP wrote on twitter that he had the same condition and he was able to have it fixed with surgery (thanks to Jon Zepnick)    
--WWE released a video of Stephanie McMahon training in boxing which leads to speculation as to why they would do that other than she's going to be in HHH's corner to counteract Paul Heyman.
--I saw Mick Foley's comedy show last night in San Francisco.  If he comes to your area, go out of your way to see it.  He tells stories great from throughout his career and even answers the question about when he fell off the age at Hell in a Cell, if it hurt. 
--Foley has upcoming shows on 4/11 in Phoenix at Stand Up Live! and 4/12 in Flagstaff, AZ at the Orpheum Theater.  Then he's touring the U.K. from 4/24 to 5/12.
--Irv Muchnick is critical of Bruno Sammartino's decision to go into the WWE Hall of Fame at
--Dwayne Johnson didn't mention WrestleMania at all last night on Jay Leno.  That likely means it was the G.I. Joe people who set up the appearance and told him to only plug the movie.  Most of the time when it comes to shows like this, what you can plug is worked out ahead of time between the people who book you on the show and the people on the show.  People critical of him for this one must not realize that it wasn't his decision, and usually these things aren't the decision of the celebrity. 
--Members of the cast of "Hercules" besides Johnson (who plays Hercules) will be Ian McShaen (Jack the Giant Slayer), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter), Joseph  Fiennes (American Horror Story), John Hurt (Immortals), Rebecca Ferguson and Aksel Hennie.  Paramount and MGM are producing it. (thanks to Daniel Short)    
--Leno also did a joke regarding Chris Masters saving his mom in his monologue.
--All of the tournament favorites advanced out of the first round of the NCAA wrestling tournament yesterday.  There were a lot of upsets, but the major names like Kyle Dake, David Taylor, Logan Steiber, Hunter Steiber, Jordan Oliver, Dustin Kilgore and Anthony Nelson all moved on.
--Ronda Rousey signed to be a spokesperson with Insureon, the country's largest on-line insurance agency for small businesses.  She will be in videos and television commercials for the company. 
--Shane Helms noted that due to a death in his family, he will not be appearing on his shows this weekend with Big Time Wrestling in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.
--Golden Boy Promotions sold 50,000 tickets so far for three shows over a three-week period.  It starts 4/20 in San Antonio at the Alamodome with Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout to unify the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles on Showtime, then 4/27 on Showtime has Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and 5/4 in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero PPV event from Las Vegas.  They are expecting 30,000 fans eventually for the San Antonio show.
--Smackdown tonight
Zack Ryder vs. Mark Henry
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler
Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow
Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz in a non-title match
Big Show & Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal
--In today's New York Daily News, when there was a mention of John Cena on the cover of this month's Men's Fitness in the gossip column, he is called "Bulked up and buff former UFC champ John Cena."  They mention Cena "will fight The Rock at WrestleMania 29 on April 7 at MetLife Stadium." (thanks to Joe Puccio)  
--On Fuel tonight, the January FOX show with Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson airs at 8 p.m., UFC welterweight round table at 10 p.m. UFC 101 with the Graces at 11 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 111:30 p.m. and Ultimate Fighter at midnight.
--A correction from yesterday, when talking about CW 15 airing ROH, that's actually the station out of Lancaster/Harrisburg, PA, which does air on some cable systems in Philadelphia, but it's not a Philadelphia station as listed yesterday.  The Philadelphia CW affiliate is Ch. 57 (thanks to Paul Verlander, Bob Magee and many others)
--Tomorrow's Glory show from London, England  with Remy Bonjasky vs. Tyrone Spong as the main event will be streamed live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time and 11:30 a.m. Pacific time at
ON THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
45 years ago - Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy beat Billy White Wolf (later Adnan Al-Kaissie) & Mario Milano to win the IWA world tag team tiles in Sydney
44 years ago - Don Leo Jonathan & Antonio Pugliese beat Mario Milano & The Spoiler (Don Jardine) to win the IWA tag titles in Melbourne
38 years ago - Bobby Hart beat Larry O'Dea in Melbourne to retain the WCW world junior heavyweight title
32 years ago - Paul Jones & Masked Superstar beat Ray Stevens & Ivan Koloff to win the NWA world tag team titles in Greensboro   
31 years ago - David Morgan beat Tony Salazar in Mexico City to win the NWA world light heavyweight title 
29 years ago - Jim Breaks beat Steve Grey (Oliver Grey's father) in Peterborough, England to win the British lightweight title
26 years ago - Bull Power (Vader) beat Otto Wanz in Denver to win the CWA world title
21 years ago - Pierroth Jr. & Masakre & Jaque Mate beat Pirata Morgan & El Satanico & MS 1 to win the CMLL trios titles
20 years ago - Brian Christopher & Scotty Flamingo (Raven) beat The Moondogs in Memphis to win the USWA tag titles
17 years ago - Dos Caras (Alberto Del Rio's father) & La Fiera & Hector Garza beat Bestia Salvaje & Sangre Chicana & Emilio Charles Jr. to win the CMLL trios titles 
16 years ago - The Truth Commission beat Flash Flanagan & Billy Joe Travis to win the USWA tag titles.  Main event on the show in Memphis was Jerry Lawler over Tank.     
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Bully Ray 7.3%
Edge 7.1%
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Steve Corino 2.7%
Brian Christopher 2.2%
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Excellent 8.3%
Good 30.6%
Average 27.8%
Fair 11.1%
Poor 22.2%
        67.9% of those responding didn't see the show
Yes 17.6%
No 35.2%
Wasn't getting it to begin with 47.2%
        If this is indicative of anything, that's a bad deal because 1/3 of planned buyers supposedly aren't getting it.  I don't think it's going to turn out that way but if they end up with 480,000 North American buys, that would be a flop.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling tomorrow night in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium has a War Games cage match with Tony Givens & Chris Richards & Alyx Winters & Nick Hammonds vs. Jeff Connelly & Keith Knox & Skylar Kruze & Gavin Daring.
--Sting will be doing an autograph signing on 6/8 at Legends of the Ring on Long Island.  For more info go to 
--Former WWE wrestler Kenn Doane is recovering from ACL surgery that he had a week ago.
--An interview with Matt Hardy is at (thanks to Donald Wood)
--New England Fights on 5/18 in Lewiston, ME and the Adroscoggin Bank Colisee features Marcus Davis vs. Darrius Heyliger in a welterweight match and another former UFC fighter, Henry Martinez, facing Jamie Harrison.  Randy Smith faces Travis Bartlett to crown the Maine heavyweight champion.
--BBC Radio 5 last night had an hour long show with Michael Bisping, Andy Ogle, Marc Goddard and Gareth Davies. (thanks too Paul Clay)
--WWE Classics on Demand this month has WrestleMania 28, the March 19, 1990 MSG show (Ultimate Warrior vs. Mr. Perfect, Dino Bravo vs. Brutus Beefcake, Orient Express vs. Demolition, Bret Hart vs. Rick Martel), a Steve Austin vs. Mankind match from April 8, 1997 on Raw, Undertaker vs. Kane from November 27, 2000 plus the October 27, 1982 edition of Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling and the October 16, 1989 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.  
--IZW Adrenaline on The Comcast Network tonight at 12:30 a.m.
--An interview with Bobby Lashley is at
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling tonight in Millersville, TN at the SAW Mill at 1214-B Louisville Highway.
--An MMA fighter, Charlie Rowan, was accused of faking his death in Traverse, City, MI.  Rowan didn't show up for a scheduled fight and his girlfriend told Caged Aggression, the local promotion, that he was killed in an auto accident on the way to the show.  A 3/9 show was named "Fight for Charlie" raising money for his funeral.  This week, they found out he was alive, as he and his girlfriend were arrested in a violent robbery where they are accused of beating up a gun store owner in Gladwin, MI.  Apparently this is the second time Rowan has faked his death, doing so in Central Michigan.  The gun store owner is in critical condition after being beaten with a hammer.  Rowan has a number of convictions in the past. 
--A video for tomorrow night's AAW show is at
--CTWE on 5/4 in Bethany, CT is doing an iPPV with ten matches including Bobby Lashley, Trent Barreta, Antonio Thomas, Pinkie Sanchez and more.

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