MON. UPDATE: Tons of post Mania news/notes, lots of injury updates, What was aken off show, weather, Cena media, Hogan & Graham, Fuel ratings, WrestleCon update, Best match



 
Bryan Alvarez and I will be back tonight talking Raw, more WrestleMania, the next New Japan PPV and all the news on our radio show late tonight.  We should have time for some questions as well, so you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it but given the situation, limit them (at least today) to questions about Mania, or anything current from any promotion. We can get to history questions again on Wednesday.

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The post-Mania Raw will be from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, tonight.  Another sellout crowd will be there and one would expect to get a lot of new storylines out there.  Last night, we heard they were going to do the Brodus Clay tag match that ended up being canceled last on the show tonight, although we got an update a few minutes ago that everything is up in the air regarding that match.

Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
   
THE LATEST OBSERVER: BIGGEST WEEKEND IN WRESTLING HISTORY? DOUBLE ISSUE TIME.

We've got a look at what may be the biggest weekend in the history of the industry as the main story in a double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is on the web site today.  We also have a new back issue posted this week from early 1996.  We not only look at the latest on WrestleMania and the Hall of Fame, but all the piggyback shows, iPPV shows, as we go through all the major shows, look at who is on them, what is the goals, how you can see them and more.  This is a week where it's impossible to keep up with everything without a scorecard.
 
        We preview this year's WrestleMania, look at the business, how it compares with last year's record setting year, predictions by the company of how it will do.
 
        We look at plans for the layout of WrestleMania, thoughts on the results, what will steal the show, who has to be pushed and working in cold weather.
 
        We also look at shows from all over the world this week that you can watch on television or your computer, featuring the biggest names, legends and the best up and coming workers in the business, as well as perhaps the single best match-up in the business.  We've got a look at CMLL, Dragon Gate USA, New Japan, Evolve, WWE Hall of Fame, ROH, CHIKARA, Shimmer, CZW, UFC, TNA, Invicta and more.
 
        We also have thoughts on the death of Reid Fliehr, the youngest son of Ric Flair.  We look at his life, and the role wrestling played, a lot of notes on why there is literally nothing possible that could have been worse for Ric Flair, and circumstances of what happened.
 
        We also have a look at Shannon Knapp, who could become one of the major players in MMA and women's sports if the right deal comes to fruition.  We look at the Invicta show that takes place this week, the forming of the promotion, what they need to survive, the role of Ronda Rousey, television, PPV, drug testing and the world of transgender women trying to become fighters.
 
        We also look at Dwayne Johnson training, his first pro match, his movie business, as well as C.M. Punk talks Undertaker match and how he believes there is no such thing as going too far, his dream opponent, awards WWE was nominated for, WWE CFO says the most ridiculous thing possible about its crowd and the UFC crowd, more on the Jerry Lawler museum, WWE charity work, major executive hire an background, Steve Austin's retirement, major change in coaching, writing at NXT, scouting NXT for potential stars, who is coming to WrestleMania after not having been with the company for 30 years, more on where the Fandango "What's my name" gimmick came from and more.
 
        We also look at Mick Foley in high school, a major star from another country in developmental almost unnoticed, Evan Bourne's return, delayed viewership from Raw setting a record, Bob Holly gives background on one of the most famous matches in WWF history, plus all the WWE business notes from the past week and house show highlights.
 
        We also have a feature on 60s and 70s Southern star Don Carson, most notably the two years when he, by virtue of being in the right place with the right opponents, was drawing sellout business on type working in Los Angeles.  We look at his role in the Blassie vs. Tolos feud, the original Roman Gladiator Death match, Blassie & Don Carson team and why Blassie never liked it, the build to what is still the most attended wrestling show ever in California, why he clicked in some places but not in others, and the major international star who started out as Ron Carson, his little brother.  We also look at the Southern promotions and their star of the 60s, the Jack Pfefer/Tony Santos days in Boston, , his biggest Southern feuds and his managing career.
 
        We also look back at the wrestling and MMA career of Dan Severn, an amateur great who went into pro wrestling and ended up being one of the original UFC legends.  This is a major piece about the early days of a very different UFC, with tournaments, style vs. style, and no weight classes.  We go back to the days of Royce Gracie, the original stars of UFC, as well as still fighting at the age of 54.
 
        He look at the crazy days of MMA in its infancy, before it was even called MMA, reasons he credits for his longevity, and a philosophy very different from the mentality of most fighters as to the reason.  We go back to when Dan Severn was a wrestling machine in high school and his first year of college, his hopes and frustrations when it came to the Olympics.  We look at how wrestling politics and the Olympics paved the way for Severn to go another three decades in competition.
 
        We look at becoming a name in Japanese pro wrestling, how he got into UFC, the idea that UFC scouted him while he was doing a pro wrestling match, his early MMA training with Al Snow, winning the Ultimate Ultimate and the UFC title, and why his relations fell apart with UFC.
 
        Severn also look at who he thinks from pro wrestling could have done well in UFC.  He also talks about the current popularity of UFC, what he thought about it yeas ago, and the modern era.
 
        We also have a look at the Elimination Chamber buys, and what this said about Rock vs. Punk, how much extra money thus far did they bring in, does it pay for the costs, why in some ways looking at the show in isolation doesn't tell the complete story, what Rock and Brock Lesnar mean on PPV in revenue, and comparisons with last year.
 
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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:
 
--Match in Mexico that got rave reviews even though it was short
 
--Main event from 23 years ago still headlining today
 
--A nostalgia show featuring the return of a number of stars in their 60s
 
--A look at the weekend AAA TV taping and the next tapings
 
--What may be the last Budokan Hall wrestling sellout for a long time
 
--Details of this year's Champion Carnival tournament
 
--First night pairings and bracketing
 
--More craziness in Japan from Nobuo Shiraishi
 
--Update on the All Japan junior heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--New Japan stars going to NOAH for big matches
 
--Notes on NOAH's upcoming Global tag team tournament
 
--New Japan working with the NWA and other U.S> indie groups
 
--Japanese star announces retirement
 
--Son of Hall of Famer about to debut next month
 
--Sean Waltman talks injures when he tore up his ass, literally, wrestling Jerry Lynn
 
--Fund raisers for Scott Hall
 
--More on Extreme Rising canceling shows, wanting their title belt back and more
 
--Former WWF star fighting for life, questions why company helps other but not him
 
--Former ROH champion talks retirement
 
--Former WWE star in a movie role
 
--More notes on the Joe Weider pro wrestling connection
 
--What legendary pro wrestler used to appear in Weider barbell ads
 
--65-year-old territorial legend announces a comeback to build for his group's biggest show of the year and brings up a murder to build his angle
 
--WWE wrestler appears in foreign promotion based on contract clause
 
--TNA stars appearing in Puerto Rico
 
--Update on former wrestling announcer Bob Caudle
 
--A look back at the days when local station personalities handled the area wrestling
 
--Funny story about a wrestler playing a prank on a sportscaster
 
--80s star home burns down
 
--Story behind Charlie Haas leaving ROH, both the altercation and why people were so upset at him
 
--A look at ROH's show in Asheville
 
--More stations that could be getting ROH
 
--A look at changes in Spike TV and what they are looking at as far as changing image
 
--A look at TNA writing
 
--Hulk Hogan talks HHH taking over
 
--A title forgotten about
 
--UFC's debut on Fox Sports 1
 
--UFC champion getting married
 
--Lots  of UFC cuts
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Story behind Dan Hardy's ailment and his fighting future
 
--Nick Diaz's future as things stand
 
--Updating this season of Ultimate Fighter as the final episode approaches
 
--A look at the ending of the Bellator season
 
--Ken Shamrock coming out of retirement
 
--More notes on World Series of Fighting ratings
 
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MONDAY NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS
 
--We talked a ton about WrestleMania, every aspect of the show from the matches to the technical on last night's subscriber-only show, plus a complete rundown of the New Japan show.  Based on what I've seen, I would highly recommend watching the ROH show because it was really fun, but even in the replay, you don't get the closing moments and the finish of the main event, so that is frustrating. The New Japan show is also worth getting.  As a big show promotion right now, they are off the charts, maybe even better than the 90's glory days. 
 
--HHH's arm got caught underneath him on the table spot last night and he thought he broke his arm, but X-rays were negative. Brock Lesnar was out on his feet by a HHH knee for about five minutes during the match last night. Shawn Michaels suffered a broken nose. So much for retirement.  C.M. Punk's leg was in bad shape from that elbow onto the table, and he was also getting X-rays last night and needs an MRI.
 
--The pre and post game "desk" show WWE.com did with Dusty Rhodes, Jim Ross, Kofi Kingston, etc. last night is scheduled to be part of every PPV going forward. That's a good idea, but there's still a part of me who sees Ross doing the pregame show and wonders why he's not at least doing some matches on the PPVs.
 
--Tons of backstage interviews, celebrity stuff, the 8 man tag, America the Beautiful and more were cut off the show because they were so tight on time and wanted to give the top three matches a full chance to play out.
 
--It did rain briefly at the end of the Wade Barrett vs. Miz match, but it was fine for the rest of the night.
 
--We've continued to get complaints regarding obstructed view seating at the show. Apparently, this affected a ton of people. Some were fine with it and watched it on the screen, but there were people who paid $300-400 or more for tickets that were furious.  Some is in the feedback we've got with more coming since then. One person said they filed a formal request for a partial refund. 
 
--John Cena was on Kelly & Michael this morning. Michael Strahan was in the front row at the show and shown once on TV.  The idea was they had kids cutting a promo about WrestleMania but the kids were under the impression they were shooting a video when Cena came up behind them.  They were super excited to see Cena, who had the title belt with him.  Cena was on later in the show, and put over beating Dwayne Johnson, who he called "the biggest movie star in the world right now," and how it had been a year-and-a-half since he had been champion. He also tried to teach Sam Champion to do the "You can't see me."  (thanks to Josh Marino and Jon Zepnick)
 
--For those who asked, the WWE app had problems all night as well as the streaming of the PPV.  During the show, they were scheduled to pitch stuff to the app like they do on every broadcast, but since it wasn't working, they decided against mentioning it. 
 
--Hulk Hogan and Superstar Billy Graham reconnected and hugged at Wrestlecon this weekend.  They've had their ups and down over the past 25 years.  Hogan met Graham in 1975 or 1976 in Florida and basically copied his gimmick to become one of the biggest stars in history.
 
--Dennis Rodman was backstage at the show.
 
--There was also an issue, and this isn't supposed to happen, with people buying fake tickets on Stubhub and being turned away at the gate.  StubHub is supposed to be a place where you can buy with confidence the tickets are real. There are a lot of places, like Craigslist, where I'd be scared to get tickets for events from because it's a frequent area for scammers.
 
--Lance Storm talks WrestleMania.
 
--Maria Menounos was not happy about being booed so heavily at the Hall of Fame ceremony, nor were people in the company happy about the fans who booed her so much. Bryan spoke about it on the show but was defensive of the fans saying she went too long.
 
--One person noted to us that during the Lesnar vs. HHH match live, there were technical sound issues, perhaps the mic's around the ring not working inside the building.  Only some people couldn't hear it depending on where they were sitting, so it was as if you were watching wrestling on TV on mute. The only time there was sound was when they were near the announcers table.
 
--There were a lot of Wifi issues in different parts of the stadium as well. In the building, they were asking people to send tweets to their favorite stars but when the problems cropped up, they didn't ask for any interactivity.
 
--New Japan has gotten a lot of people asking to add English subtitles to its new NJPW Inside who that airs at http://youtu.be/xLxlpElcgTM
 
--Mick Foley is doing comedy shows this week on Thursday night at Stand UP Live in Phoenix and Friday night at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, AZ.
 
--Ross Pearson's foot was not broken when he warmed up for his match with Ryan Couture on Saturday at the UFC show in Sweden.  He thought he broke it when accidentally, when throwing kicks, he nailed his trainer in the elbow.  He still not only went out and fought, but finished Couture, who has never been finished in his career.  Pearson wrote on twitter:  "Docs said not broken.  Crazy night.  Still swollen but bruising coming out now.  Going back for another CT scan this week."

--For Fuel, Ultimate Fighter airs at 6 p.m., Rampage Jackson vs. Jon Jones at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m., and Saturday night's show from Sweden airs at 9 p.m., plus UFC 141 (Lesnar vs. Overeem) at midnight.  All times are Eastern.  UFC Tonight at 10 p.m. which goes head-to-head with the WWE Hall of Fame, will have a preview of Saturday's show from Las Vegas on FX and the first announcement of the complete card.
 
--For those who haven't been paying attention, the final episode of Ultimate Fighter is Tuesday night with favorite Uriah Hall vs. Dylan Andrews and Kelvin Gastelum vs. Samman.  It's weird because there is a UFC show on FX on Saturday night, but half the card won't be announced until tomorrow night at 10 p.m. because it's based on the results of these two matches.  The two winners face for the season championship on a show that also has Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the main event plus Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano, with the winner become a coach on next season's show and getting a match with Ronda Rousey.  Tate vs. Zingano has the potential to be a major star making match based on who wins.  We are expected to get the card and will post it right after the TUF episode ends.    
 
--Tons of Bruno Sammartino coverage for the Hall of Fame.  WTAE in Pittsburgh, the Baltimore Sun, NewJersey.com and Examiner.com were among the highlights. 
 
--It is official that WrestleCon will be in New Orleans next year.  Boy do I wish I could go.  But this is the one week where there is so much to cover that I'd get so far behind I probably couldn't even get an issue out during the week.  It's just crazy.   
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
1908 - Gus Schoenlein beat Fred Beell to win the American middleweight title in Baltimore
1946 - The Swedish Angel beat Hall of Famer Everette Marshall in Denver to win the Rocky Mountain title
1957 - Rito Romero beat Danny McShain to win the Texas jr. heavyweight title in Fort Worth
1964 - Neff Maiava (of the Peter Maivia story) beat Hard Boiled Haggerty to win the Hawaiian title in Honolulu
1966 - Hall of Famer Al Costello beat Alex Perez to win the Southern jr. heavyweight title in Nashville
1967 - Pedro Morales & Pepper Gomez beat Ray Stevens & Pat Patterson at the Cow Palace in San Francisco to win the world tag team titles
1970 - La Pantera Negra & Tony Rocco (the man with the world's greatest tan, I mean it's scary) beat Karl Heisinger & Kinji Shibuya to win the Americas tag team titles in Los Angeles
1971 - Bobby Duncum & Woody Farmer beat The Beast & Bulldog Brower to win the Western States tag titles in Amarillo
1972 - Buddy Colt beat El Mongol to win the Georgia heavyweight title in Griffin, GA
1972 - Kinji Shibuya beat Don Carson in Hollywood, CA to win the Beat the Champ title
1976 - The Masked Canadian (Gene Kiniski) beat Super Destroyer to win the International heavyweight title in Amarillo
1978 - Ox Baker beat Carlos Colon to win the Puerto Rican title in Caguas and Invader I beat Pierre Martel to win the Caribbean title on the same show.  Now, 35 years later, they are set to headline the next major WWC show.
1979 - Greg Valentine beat Dino Bravo in Toronto to win the Canadian title
1979 - Astro Rey beat Dos Caras (father of Alberto Del Rio) to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1981 - Dory Funk Jr. beat Barry Windham in Tampa to win the Florida title
1982 - Mark Romero (Mark Youngblood) beat Gene Lewis to win the Central States TV title in Kansas City
1986 - Jerry Lawler beat Bill Dundee in Memphis to win the Southern title.  I'd think you could find this result at some point all 365 days.
1988 - Jack Victory & John Tatum beat Steve & Shaun Simpson to win the World Class Texas tag title sin Fort Worth
1989 - Chris Benoit & Biff Wellington (who died within days of each other) beat Makhan Singh & Volkan Singh (Gary Albright) in Calgary to win the International tag team titles
1990 - Larry Zbyszko beat Masa Saito in St. Paul to win the AWA title
1995 - The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) beat Jerry Lynn to win the PWA title in Fridley, MN
1995 - Eddy Guerrero beat 2 Cold Scorpion in Philadelphia to win the ECW TV title
1995 - Buddy Landel beat Bobby Blaze in Johnson City, TN to win the Smoky Mountain title
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE ROH TV SHOW?
Excellent 27.3%
Good 40.9%
Average 6.8%
Fair 6.8%
Poor 18.2%
        52.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHAT WAS THE WEEKEND'S BEST MATCH (before Mania)?
Okada vs. Tanahashi 45.5%
Steen vs. Briscoe 17.0%
Elgin vs. Lethal 10.3%
Richards & Edwards vs. O'Reilly & Fish 9.1%
Shelley & Kushida vs. Devitt & Taguchi 6.1%
Gargano vs. Takagi 5.5%
Tozawa vs. Ricochet 4.2%
Smith vs. Nakamura 2.4%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
TNA 32.9%
Raw 19.3%
ROH 12.4%
Ultimate Fighter 9.9%
UFC from Sweden 8.7%
Bellator 5.6%
Saturday Morning Slam 3.7%
CMLL 3.7%
Smackdown 1.2%
Inside MMA 1.2%
Main Event 0.6%
UFC Tonight 0.6%
 
HOW MANY NORTH AMERICAN BUYS DO YOU THINK WRESTLEMANIA WILL DO?
Under 500,000 8.6%
501-550,000 3.7%
551-600,000 2.9%
601-650,000 5.5%
651-700,000 4.7%
701-750,000 14.7%
751-800,000 11.6%
801-850,000 8.2%
851-900,000 6.5%
901-950,000 5.9%
951-1 million 9.0%
More than 1 million 18.8%
 
--CZW's Best of the Best takes place on 4/13 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.  There is also a Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole non-tournament match.
 
--Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea did the "You Can't See Me" after scoring a goal yesterday.  It was joked it was in honor of WrestleMania (thanks to Mark Coale)
 
--Trans South Wrestling on Friday night in Union, SC before 375 fans:  Chase Owens b Josh Powers, Will Roberts b John Skyler, Manny Fernandez (80s star) b Chase Brown-DQ, Blue Inferno & Elliott Russell & Kameron Kade b Cruiser Lewis & Matt Hudgins & Hunter Thompson, Rick Michaels b Deon Johnson.  Next show is 5/4 with a Tom Prichard seminar the day of the show.  Mike Somani, who used to be a TBS job guy, does the announcing for the promotion which airs on local cable access. (thanks to Thomas Simpson)
 
--Independent wrestler Jason Static is in a music video with the group Krewella for the NCAA womens' Final Four on ESPN.  He plays a freaky New Orleans Skull.  Static is a student of the Team 3-D wrestling academy.
 
--KnokX Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Sun Valley, CA:  Jezeette NC Kiara, Greyson b Parker Greaves, Primal b Syko Stu and Surrucho in a three-way, Gangrel & Black Pearl b Jacob Fatu & Hillbilly Hero, Money Money Montez b Eyez in Disguise, Pedro b Jezette, Ricky the Activist b TMD (thanks to Cling Mayher)
 
--Yesterday in Guadalajara for CMLL:  Relampago Azul b Divino, Azteca de Oro & Black Metal b Acertijo & Demonio Rojo, Sadico b Hippie, Sangre Azteca won a Torneo Cibernetico over Arkangel de la Muerte, Gallo, Smaker, Virus, Olimpico, Leon Blanco and Leo, Negro Casas b Mascara Dorada to retain the NWA welterweight title (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Tonight at Arena Puebla has the CMLL trios titles with Marco Corleone & Rush & Maximo defending against Euforia & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero 
 
--For Classics on Demand this week
Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century DVD
April 6, 1981 Madison Square Garden show (Bob Backlund vs. Stan Hansen cage match, Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter (not the ally fight but the match that led to it), Pedro Morales vs. Moondog Rex, Mil Mascaras vs. Moondog King)
ECW 8/7/98
WWE Mania 2/7/93
World Class Championship Wrestling 3/25/84
(thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--Pro Wrestling Eve believes it has the first ever female twins vs. female twins match with the Blossom Twins vs. Ireland's Owen twins at www.EVEwrestling.com/EVE-Video-On-Demand
 
--Dory Funk's Bang has Team Funk of Dory Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Quinton Hitchock, against Team Brisco of Wes Brisco & Cory Weston & Brian Davis as the main event in Ocala, FL at the Bang Sound Stage.
 
--March tied February as the highest rated month in the history of Fuel TV in both overall and Males 18-49 thanks largely to the  Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann match and coverage, as well as the weigh-ins for Diaz vs. GSP.  February averaged slightly more viewers.   

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