MON. UPDATE: Stars at Raw, X-Pac injury update, Bruno documentary trailer, Booker T book; High flyers show, WWE auctionm Extreme Rising

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're also looking for reports from Raw tonight in Philadelphia, which is sold out.  The Rock and Ric Flair are both scheduled on tonight's show.  We're looking for dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show.
        We're also looking for reports on yesterday's Smackdown house show in Baltimore, Friday's Raw show in Charlottesville, VA and Saturday's TNA show in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
        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 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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Sunday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and the other latest news.  If you've got any questions for tonight's show, you can e-mail them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Sean Waltman underwent surgery yesterday after he literally ripped his ass apart when he landed on the turnbuckles ass first after a missed bronco buster.  He's hopeful of being released from the hospital today.  This has gotten some mainstream pub.
--Booker T will be releasing a second book in April 2014.  This will cover his wrestling career.  His first autobiography was more about his career before wrestling.  It will be called "Booker T:  My Rise to Wrestling Royalty."
--A trailer for the Bruno Sammartino documentary is at  
--Tonight in Fuel has Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez at 7 p.m., the Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard fight night at 8 p.m. and the Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua UFC 139 show at 11 p.m. and again at 2 a.m.
--A correction from yesterday on the history note.  The Dory Funk Jr. world title loss to Harley Race was on May 24, 1973, not March 24, 1973.
--Brian Kendrick's King of Flight tournament from Sunday in Huntington Park, CA:  Samuray del Sol b Paul London, AR Fox b Nick Jackson, Ricochet b Amazing Red, Rich Swann b Matt Jackson, Samuray del Sol b AR Fox, Ricochet b Rich Swann, Samuray del Sol b Ricochet to win tournament.   Small building, sold out with about 250 fans, great flying show.  Great matches in particular were Swann vs. Ricochet and Ricochet vs. del Sol. (thanks to Chris GST, Guy Bogard and Jinky O'Hearn)     
--WWE is part of a Superstars of Sandy Relief which is an auction that starts today and ends on 4/9.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are behind it.  WWE has donated John Cena items and Paul Levesque (HHH) was quoted in the AP story saying he wants other wrestlers to do something for the auction.  Ryback has donated going bowling with a group as something that can be bid on. 
TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
77 years ago - Frank Sexton beat George McCloud in Columbus to become the first Ohio State champion
48 years ago - Buddy Gilbert & Ron Reed (Buddy Colt) beat Rocky Hamilton (Missouri Mauler) & Dutch Savage to win the North American tag team titles in Kansas City
45 years ago - Don Leo Jonathan & Sky Hi Jones (Grizzly Smith) beat The Assassins to win the Canadian Open tag team titles in Vancouver
43 years ago - King Curtis Iaukea beat Domenic DeNucci in Brisbane, Australia to win the IWA heavyweight title
36 years ago - John Quinn & Kurt Von Hess beat Animal Hamaguchi & Isamu Teranishi in a tournament final in Yokohama to win the IWA tag team title
34 years ago - In the only WWWF world champion vs. AWA world champion match of the era, Bob Backlund went to a double count out with Nick Bockwinkel in a double title match at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.  The show also featured a U.S. title match with Ricky Steamboat beating Ric Flair
30 years ago - Lola Gonzalez beat Irma Gonzalez in Puebla to win the UWA women's' title 
30 years ago - Terry Gordy beat Great Kabuki in Dallas to win the Texas Brass Knux title
29 years ago - The original Steve Regal beat Buck Zumhofe in St. Paul to win the AWA light heavyweight title
28 years ago - Akira Maeda beat Pierre Lefebvre in New York to become the first WWF International heavyweight champion, a belt WWF quickly forgot when they decided to not let Maeda win anymore matches.
25 years ago - Iceman King Parsons beat Kerry Von Erich in Dallas to win the World Class title
24 years ago - Ken Patera & Brad Rheingans beat Paul Diamond & Pat Tanaka in Rochester, MN to win the AWA world tag team titles   
21 years ago - Leon Spinks beat Tarzan Goto in Osaka to win the WWA Martial Arts title for the FMW promotion
20 years ago - Jaque Mate beat Apolo Dantes in Cuernavaca to win the NWA light heavyweight title
18 years ago - Skull Murphy (Peter Northey, not the Skull Murphy in the U.S.) beat Alan Kilby in Norwich to win the British light heavyweight title 
17 years ago - The Cyberpunks (Wolfie D & Jamie Dundee under masks) beat Doug Gilbert & Tommy Rich for the USWA tag titles in Memphis
13 years ago - Jerry Lawler beat Bull Pain in the finals of a tournament to become the Memphis Championship Wrestling title holder  
Excellent 18.4%
Good 59.2%
Average 8.2%
Fair 4.1%
Poor 10.2%
        66.7% of those responding didn't see the show
Excellent 1.4%
Good 38.9%
Average 34.7%
Fair 11.1%
Poor 13.9%
        61.1% of those responding didn't see the show
WrestleMania 42.0%
New Japan Sumo Hall 19.2%
UFC in Newark 15.0%
ROH iPPV 11.4%
UFC in San Jose 10.1%
UFC in Sweden 1.3%
Dragon Gate iPPV 1.0%
Impact 52.9%
NCAA tournament 13.3%
Raw 9.9%
Smackdown 8.7%
ROH 6.1%
World Series of Fighting 2.7%
CMLL 2.7%
Saturday Morning Slam 1.5%
UFC Tonight 1.1%
Inside MMA 0.8%
Main Event 0.4%
--OWA from Saturday night in Alameda, CA:  Super Diablo b Shane Ballard, Sienna Duvall over Jessie Kaye and Ultra Girl Brittany, Levi Shapiro b Tyson Thompson, Boyce LeGrande b Shannon Ballard, Doom 2 b Suburban Commandos, Gangrel b Sione Finau, Goldust b Jeckles the Jester.  Also appearing on the show doing run-ins with Mustafa Saed of Gangstas fame and The Boogeyman. (thanks to Tony Fury)
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 75 fans:  Bobby Moore NC Jeremy Foster, Jacoby Boykins & Brandon Parker b B.J. Hancock & Joey Rhymer, Seth Delay & Slim J b Corey Hollis & Mike Posey, Jon Williams b Najasism, Tommy Pinirelli & CB Suwave b Stryknyn & Anthony Henry, Jagged Edge b Brodie Chase.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--New England Fights announced a 5/18 show in Lewiston, ME headlined by former UFC star Marcus Davis facing Darrius Hyeliger and Henry Martinez vs. Jamie Harrison for the Maine State lightweight title.
--Premier Wrestling from Sunday in Gilroy, CA:  JR Kratos b Dylan Drake, Dave Dutra b AJ Kirsch, Brian Tannen b PJ Rahl, Jeff Cobb b Kaimana, Nick Ruiz b Sledge, Dave Dutra b JR Kratos to become the first Premier champion.  Promoter John LaRocca copied from UFC giving Cobb and Kaimana a bonus for the best match.
--River City Wrestling has its 11th anniversary show on 4/6 in San Antonio at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena headlined by a title match with Michael Faith vs. El Sicodelico Jr. vs. Don Juan vs. Hernandez.  They are also promoting a dinner with Hernandez at 4/5 at the Emily Morgan Hotel in San Antonio for $25.
--Daniel Puder with some PSA's for Comcast cable at and   
--Pat Laprade talks the history of Montreal Wrestling at
--Lineup for the 4/4 Extreme Rising show in Philadelphia
Devon Storm vs. 2 Tuff Tony
Stevie Richards vs. Raven for Extreme Rising title
Sabu vs. Jushin Liger
Super Crazy & Pesadilla vs. Damian 666 & Bestia 666
Matt Hardy vs. Luke Hawx
El Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Facade vs. Papadon vs. Brian XL vs. John Silver
Balls Mahoney vs. Matt Tremont in a street fight
Plus Rhino, Homicide, BLK Out and more
--An Eric Bischoff interview is at
--MsChif and Santana Garrett have been added to the Shimmer DVD tapings on 4/13 and 4/14 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.
--IWF on 4/13 in Nutley, NJ at the Parks & Rec Center headlined by Tommy Dreamer, Robbie E, Marty Jannetty and Tito Santana.
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara:  Indigo b In Memoriam, Halcon de Plata & Metatron & Sky Kid b Espectrum & Exterminador & Magnum, Azteca de Oro & Black Metal & Hippie b Acertjo & Demonio Rojo & Sadico, Rey Cometa b Okumura-DQ, Euforia & Ultimo Guerrero b Diamante Azul & La Mascara (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--J.J. Dillon will be appearing at the Mid Atlantic Fan Fest in Charlotte on 8/1 to 8/4  
--NWA FUW on 3/30 in Tampa at the Sports Center with a preshow autograph session with Sean Waltman, Wes Brisco, Jesse Sorenson and Daffney.  Appearing on the show include Michael Tarver and Trent Baretta.

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