SUN. UPDATE: UFC main in jeopardy, Rock's movie box office, Great fight last night, WWE results from Atlantic City last night, Mania notes, Promotion wants belt back, Kane talks Rock and video game challenge, Jerry Lawler museum



By Dave Meltzer
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        Both Raw and Smackdown will be taped on Monday in Washington, DC.  The show should be sold out.  Everyone is scheduled, Undertaker, Rock, HHH, Brock Lesnar, etc.  All the last minute stipulations will be announced.  That will be the last WWE show until WrestleMania.
 
        The latest on WrestleMania, including examining who would be expected to win or lose the matches, and gambling odds for the top matches leads off this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
 
        We look at the story and angles building the show, potential match outcomes and why for everything on the card as well as matches not yet announced that are being built.
 
        We also have full coverage of the New Japan Cup finals, and how angles on the show build to two big shows over WrestleMania week in Tokyo including a major PPV show from New Japan featuring title matches from three different promotions.  We also have match-by-match coverage of the New Japan PPV show this past week, with star ratings and poll results.
 
        We also look at the question regarding the next move for the IWGP title as well as who was copying Ric Flair, what former TNA star is in two title matches next week and more.
 
        We also have an update on C.M. Punk, current notes on the Extreme rules show, Mick Foley's TV role, more on the death of William Moody including reaction from Kane.  We also have notes on TV gigs Dwayne Johnson is doing, the release of Jack Doan, how WWE movies are doing, ratings vs. twitter followers, a correction on a new WWE signing, Bruno Sammartion in the Hall of Fame and who are expected to be doing the inductions.  We also have an update on the two different Sammartino movie projects and where they stand, notes on a new WWE head writer, a new writing position that has opened up largely to get one WWE wrestler over as a mainstream star. 
 
        We also look at an Attitude Era star who wants to come back but it's falling on deaf ears, notes on Chris Jericho's current run and future, what happened with Ric Flair when it comes to Raw on Monday, how Jericho got his black eye and another WWE wrestler biography.
 
        We also have notes on Jane Geddes, the WWE's Senior Vice President of Talent Relations and how and why she got hired and her background.
 
        We also have lots of notes from developmental, including the last NXT tapings, who stood out, what were the best matches and angles.
 
        We also have the WWE business notes from the last week and highlights from all the weekend house shows.
 
        We also look at the life and times of Joe Weider, behind his marketing, his connection with pro wrestling, his battle with Vince McMahon and his role in creating Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as his major goal that he never was able to achieve.
 
        We also look back at Kyle Dake vs. David Taylor, the biggest NCAA championship match in years, with a look at why the match was so big, the background of both, as well as a look back at the biggest matches in college wrestling history.  We also look at two people from the tournament on the pro wrestling radar.
 
        We also have coverage of the second World Series of Fighting show from Atlantic City.  We look at the ratings, the strange reactions and the happy and sad of the show.
 
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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.
 
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--Another nail in the coffin of the era of wrestling magazines
 
--Announcement of the biggest match in Mexico in at least a decade and a look back at the biggest matches of the last 25 years
 
--A look at major plans for the CMLL promotion
 
--A look at the 70th anniversary of wrestling at one of its legendary arenas
 
--Why a wrestler who just had his retirement show is returning
 
--Legendary Hall of Famer now in AAA
 
--Takeshi Morishima's 15th anniversary show
 
--Satoru Sayama's Real Japan Pro Wrestling card notes
 
--A look at the career and death of Bill Smithson, formerly Moondog Spike in the USWA
 
--Who was the original Moondog before pro wrestling?
 
--Who was pro wrestling's first Moondog
 
--A look at the creation of the Moondogs tag team
 
--How Smithson got started in pro wrestling
 
--Lots more on what happened with Chris Masters
 
--A look at al the publicity Masters has received
 
--What happened with the Extreme Rising shows this past week
 
--More on Sean Waltman's injury
 
--A look at the Jerry Lynn retirement show
 
--Another wrestler announces he's retiring next week
 
--Update on the movement to get wrestling back in the Olympics
 
--The return of Abyss and why
 
--More on Rick Bassman's autobiography project
 
--Cost of getting Hulk Hogan for an appearance
 
--Former WWE wrestler wants to try out for the NFL
 
--Pro wrestling's greatest announcing pair may be getting back together next month
 
--Latest on wrestling in Puerto Rico
 
--Notes on a wrestling tour of India
 
--Update on  Chyna
 
--Upcoming ROH cards
 
--More on Bully Ray apologizing for comments to a fan and what he said afterwards
 
--Cost of TNA taping on the road
 
--Thoughts on new X Division rules
 
--What happened to Jeff Jarrett
 
--Former WrestleMania headliner says he's in talks with TNA
 
--A look at what should be one of TNA's biggest house shows ever
 
--UFC fires Lavar Johnson
 
--Update on health issues with Dan Hardy
 
--A look at the next major FOX card and the date scheduled after that for FOX
 
--What is going head-to-head with the next FOX card
 
--The strange story of the UFC 158 weigh-ins in Montreal
 
--Why the Diaz camp is so upset
 
--GSP in the movies
 
--Nevada commission being questioned
 
--Latest UFC advances
 
--Notes on the UFC show in Newark next month
 
--Ronda Rousey signs endorsement deal
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Former UFC fighter blasts Dana White
 
--A look at the final two Bellator episodes of this season
 
--One of the craziest MMA stories ever
 
--Three successful boxing events coming this next month
 
--Olympic gold medalist scores another quick win
 
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Sunday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back for the weekend Wrestling Observer radio show, talking WrestleMania I, WrestleMania 29, Impact, Smackdown as well as taking your e-mail questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Saturday night's Alexander Gustafsson vs. Gegard Mousasi Fuel main event for Stockholm, Sweden is in jeopardy.  It was reported earlier today on Sweden's largest news channel that Gustafsson was cut today in training.  Later, the Swedish Athletic Commission chariman said that it being a five-round fight that there is a very small chance the fight can happen.  UFC has not officially issued a statement yet.  It's a bad situation because Gufstafsson was the big draw on a show that sold out the first day tickets were put on sale.

--G.I. Joe Retaliation was the No. 1 movie of the weekend and the No. 2 Easter release of all-time.  It's right now at $51.7 million.  It's slightly below ($54.7 million) the open of the last G.I. Joe movie, but the studio's expectation was $40 million so it beat that.  The Call remained strong at No. 7 this weekend at $4.8 million.  Spring Breakers (Jeff Jarrett) was No. 9 at $2.8 million.  Snitch is pretty much done, at $490,000.  Dead Man Down this weekend did $29,000.
 
--I've heard nothing but raves about last night's Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon Rios fight on HBO as being the fight of the year and one of the best fights in years.  Alvarado won, after Rios won their first night, so a third fight is going to happen.  In particular, people have compared the second round of last night's first with the first round of Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns, from 1985.  Bob Arum said as much, and while he's a promoter, nobody at the press conference argued the point.
 
--Gabriel Iglesias will be the Social Media Ambassador for WrestleMania.
 
--Last night's WWE results from Atlantic City:
Wade Barrett won a Battle Royal for a world title shot
Kaitlyn b Tamina Snuka to retain Divas title
Antonio Cesaro b R-Truth to retain U.S. title - The Shield attacked R-Truth after the match
Alberto Del Rio b Wade Barrett via DQ when Jack Swagger interfered.  This led to Miz, Chris Jericho and Fandango doing run-ins
Del Rio & Jericho & Miz b Barrett & Swagger & Fandango with Del Rio using the armbar on Barrett
Big Show b 3MB in a 3-on-1 match
Ryback b Mark Henry in an over the top rope challenge
John Cena & Sheamus & Randy Orton b The Shield-DQ
 
--Rick Bassman said he's at $45,625 of the $50,000 needed with 45 hours to go for money that would go toward publishig his autobiography at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/23420271/been-there-done-that-the-book-the-life

--Rock talks Channing Tatsum at http://www.contactmusic.com/news/the-rock-channing-tatum-will-be-an-amazing-dad_3581796     
 
--Scheduled for tonight on Fuel is Ultimate Fighter from 9-11 p.m. and then the prelims from the Diaz vs. GSP at 11 p.m.
 
--The Orange County Register has a story on Rick Bassman at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bassman-502012-life-says.html
 
--I'm told the debut of Conor McGregor on Saturday's UFC show in Sweden has gotten a lot of press in Ireland. 
 
POLL ON THURSDAY'S BELLATOR SHOW
Excellent 16.7%
Good 47.2%
Average 27.8%
Fair 2.8%
Poor 5.6%
        57.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON THURSDAY'S IMPACT SHOW
Excellent 12.9%
Good 52.9%
Average 18.6%
Fair 2.9%
Poor 12.9%
        34.6% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON FRIDAY'S SMACKDOWN
Excellent 14.3%
Good 50.0%
Average 18.6%
Fair 8.6%
Poor 8.6%
        36.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHO IS THE BEST PRO WRESTLING WORLD CHAMPION?
Hiroshi Tanahashi 36.0%
The Rock 26.4%
Bully Ray 16.6%
Kevin Steen 10.1%
Alberto Del Rio 5.4%
Takeshi Morishima 2.3%
Cima 1.6%
El Terrible 0.8%
El Texano Jr. 0.5%
Suwama 0.3%
 
WHICH UFC CHAMPION HAS THE MOST EXCITING MATCHES?
Ronda Rousey 32.8%
Benson Henderson 20.1%
Anderson Silva 17.9%
Cain Velasquez 9.3%
Jon Jones 7.5%
GSP 5.6%
Jose Aldo Jr. 5.6%
Renan Barao 0.7%
Dominick Cruz 0.4%
 
--The Extreme Rising promotion contacted Stevie Richards yesterday demanding he return the Extreme Rising heavyweight title.  The promotion, like most promotions, allows the champion to keep the title belt.  It's an old tradition in wrestling (although Roy Shire never allowed his title belts to be taken from the arena by the wrestlers and Sam Muchnick's rule was the Missouri state title belt always stayed with the office).  Richards said he would defend the title in a video game match with Danny Doring (who put up one of the old ECW tag belts he had when the promotion went down) and Doring said it would be defunct promotion vs. defunct promotion.  Extreme Rising wasn't thrilled, given they are planning to run again.  The promotion then demanded Richards return the belt by the end of this week.
 
--As of last night, the weather prediction for Mania on Sunday was 49-54 degrees Fahrenheit, cloudy, but no rain. 
 
--Chris Jericho is scheduled to be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night talking WrestleMania and Robot Combat League. (thanks to Jon Southerland) 
 
--A story on a Jerry Lawler museum, such as it is, at Wynn Automotive in Memphis with some of his artifacts was covered Friday on Memphis TV at http://wreg.com/2013/03/29/jerry-lawler-opens-wrestling-museum/  For those in the area, the museum will be open Monday through Saturday from 9-6 p.m. 
 
 
 
ON THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
1985 - The first ever WrestleMania took place in Madison Square Garden with Hulk Hogan & Mr. T over Paul Orndorff & Roddy Piper in the main event with Muhammad Ali as referee (well, really Pat Patterson was referee but Ali was at ringside and jumped in to do the count). 
1989 - Sting beat Mike Rotunda to win the NWA TV title at the Omni in Atlanta
1994 - The Quebecers beat Men on a Mission to win the WWF tag team titles in Sheffield, England
1996 - WrestleMania 12 took place at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim (now the Honda Center), featuring the longest match in WrestleMania history with Shawn Michaels over Bret Hart in more than 61:00 of an Iron man match.
2003 - Kane & Rob Van Dam won the World tag team titles from Lance Storm & Sean Morley, in a three-way that included the Dudleys, in San Jose.
--A planned Ric Flair Tribute show scheduled for 4/13 by Top Rope Wrestling will be moved back to May.  Top Rope Wrestling is also putting together an HBK & Diesel reunion show that may be announced tomorrow.  The 4/13 show will still go on with a Robbie E seminar at 2 p.m., Mick Foley comedy shot at 4 p.m.  and a live event that night.
 
--The Scott Hall Indiegogo fund raiser has topped $100,000 and still has even days left.  The target of $80,000 was met a few weeks ago and Hall has his hip replacement surgery scheduled for 4/9.  Hall has said that any extra money raised will be donated to a good cause. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
 
--The WWL promotion has added Frankie Kazarian, Bobby Lashley and Adam Pearce to the 4/21 debut show in San Juan.  The show will air on iPPV from Highspots.  Lashley will be in a Battle Royal.  Kazarian wasn't announced to my knowledge officially as teaming with Christopher Daniels against Beer Money reunited (Bobby Roode & James Storm), but that slot would make sense for him. (thanks to Josian Omed Vazquez)
 
--NCW Femmes Fatales 11 from last night in Montreal:  Sweet Cherrie b Sassy Stephie, Pink Flash Kira b Jewels Malone, Midianne b Xandra Bale, Kellie Skater b Angie Skye, Cheerleader Melissa b Allysin Kay, Cherry Bomb b Mary Lee Rose, Courtney Rush b Allison Danger to win the Bellatrix world title, Saraya Knight b LuFisto to retain the Shimmer title, Mercedes Martinez b Kalamity to win the NCW Femme Fatales International title.  Next show is 7/6 at the Centre St-Barthelemey in Montreal  (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--NWA Central States Wrestling from last night in Swansea, IL:  Evan Money b Silent Kunai, Shane Fury b Chris Logan, Andy Dalton b Jerome Daniels, Symon Phoenix b Rick Ruby, John Epperson b Jimmy D-DQ, Deven Spade b Justa Mazing, Deven Spade b Symon Phoenix-DQ, Evan Money b Shane Fury, Byron Wilcott b Gregory James, Evan Money b Deven Spade to win the vacant Central States title with Shane Somers as referee (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--Last night's Lucha Xtreme TV results from Merced, CA:  Will Da Beast b Elemento, Mike Rayne b Wiseguy-DQ, Brandon Groom b A.J. Kirsch (thanks to Jon Southerland) 
 
--CWF Mid Atlantic iPPV results from last night in Gibsonville, NC:  Louis Moore & Matt Houston won Tag Team Battle Royal, Mark James b Walter Eaton, Amber O'Neal & Santana Garrett b Su Yung & Amanda Rodriguez, Mecha Mercenary b Aaron Biggs, Trevor Lee b Caleb Konley, Black Watch b Fatback Enterprises, Matt Smith b Ray Kandrack, Ric Converse b Xsiris, Arik Royal b Chiva Kid.  Next show is 4/20. (thanks to Brad Stutts)
 
--Dan Lannard and Mark Williamson talk the top 200 Australian wrestlers today, with Emma at NXT being No. 1, at http://docriot.blogspot.com/au/2013/03/wwcbd-ep-27-top-200-wrestlers-in.html
 
 
--CLASH Wrestling from last night in Taylor, MI before 400 fans:  N8 Mattson NC Dave Manzo, Cameron Skyy b Tommy Treznik, Zach Gowen & Gregory Iron b Gavin Quinn & Dragon Greed, Justin Mane b Randy Casey, Honky Tonk Man b Caveman Tyler Elkins, J-Miller b Petey Williams 7-6 in a 30:00 Iron man match.  Next show is 4/27 featuring Scotty 2 Hotty. (thanks to Jack Dean)
 
--PWA Wrestling from last night in Edmonton:  Chris Steele & Duke Durrango b Azreael & Michael Blais, Deryck Crosse over M, Travis Cole and Brody Malibu, Dusty Adonis b Sheik Akbar Shabaz, Hurricane Helms b Brandon Von Danielson, Dylan Knight b Andy Anderson.  Jerry Lawler and Colt Cabana were announced as coming in for the next show (thanks to Dwayne Soper)
 
 

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