THURS. UPDATE: New WWE facility, Inteviews with HHH and others, Lots of UFC news from today's press conference, Cauliflower Alley Club notes, Brian Lawler arrested, Last Flair-Steamboat match, Ross meets with UFC brass



By Dave Meltzer
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        One of the year's biggest issues, the annual WrestleMania issue of the Observer is out and up on the web site.  You can also order the print version.  It's a double issue that covers Mania and most of the other major events that took place over the past week.  Because there is so much, even with a double issue we couldn't cover every major show, so we'll have more next week.  In addition, a new back issue is up from 1996, including coverage of one of the great pro wrestling shows of all-time, the second Super J Cup.
 
        Our lead story looks at WrestleMania, including business records, attendance, where it stands on the all-time WWE list, legit attendance at the biggest WrestleManias of the past, live gate records, what WWE claimed as records, the 25 biggest pro wrestling and MMA gates in history in North America, a listing of WWE's biggest PPV shows to date, and how many buys on PPV does this show need to get to break the all-time revenue record for a single pro wrestling event.
 
        We look at the problems associated with the show, why one early indicator points to huge numbers, why different people loved and hated it live, the ordering problems on PPV, the Internet issues, how that changed aspects of the show, as well as a rundown of the entire show.  We look at the complaints about the show, why writing wrestling is so difficult, what the plans were for Raw for The Rock, questions about his future, his potential Mania matches and what is planned, why  Brock Lesnar and C.M. Punk weren't at Raw, the Dolph Ziggler title win, the Fandango craze, what happened in Boston, the two IC title changes, WWE plans for post-WrestleMania including an angle shot backstage.
 
        We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings on WrestleMania the New Japan Invasion Attack show and ROH Supercard of Honor.
 
        We've also got coverage of where New Japan goes next on PPV after this past weekend, look at the title change to Kazuchika Okada, what next for Hiroshi Tanahashi and a complete look at the show.
 
        We also look at how ROH did with its show, as well as a look at the Border Wars card and future of talent like Maria Kanellis and Karl Anderson.
 
        We also have a look at WrestleCon, which looks to no become an annual part of WrestleMania weekend.
 
        We also look at news regarding the new developmental facility for WWE, an announcement made by Stephanie McMahon that blind sided WWE's partners, Stephanie McMahon talks the future of the company, why there is a business reason for Dwayne Johnson to return to Raw long before he does his next match, new Monday night sports programming against Raw, Owen Hart lawsuit settled, John Cena talks Dwayne Johnson and other WWE stars when it comes to ambition, HHH talks about getting Bruno Sammartino and Vince's reaction, a look at Sammartino's stadium matches in Jersey City and New York, Daniel Bryan talks current wrestling and what frustrates him, C.M. Punk talks about his theory regarding the WWE title and why Rock shouldn't have been champion, his thoughts on their matches, thoughts about dream opponents and more.  Also, Dwayne Johnson talks why he came back, the storyline, plus we look at updates on movies with wrestlers, Shane McMahon, newcomers and returnees to WWE, and more.   
 
        We also look at the records set over the weekend in UFC's Fuel card from Sweden, including a look at the firsts of the main event, how viewership habits have changed greatly over the past year, business notes on the show and the creation of a new potential superstar.
 
        We also have a lot more on the life of Reid Fliehr, Ric Flair's involvement in his life, his issues with drugs and the law, his trip to Japan, the funeral and more.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--Former WWE star in serious auto accident
 
--One of AAA's biggest stars claims he's going back to CMLL
 
--Notes on the 70th anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City
 
--Notes on the person who was there for the 70th show as well as the first show
 
--Notes on the upcoming Gran Alternativa tournament
 
--Update on Hector Garza
 
--Notes on TripleMania
 
--A look at new AAA stars
 
--All Japan's junior heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--New trainees from North America coming to Pro Wrestling NOAH
 
--One of the best workers in the world about to return form knee surgery
 
--A look at the big show preluding the New Japan PPV
 
--Talks about a major show for December
 
--Updates on Scott Hall
 
--The first closed circuit pro wrestling show anywhere in the world and who was on top
 
--Update on Dave Bautista
 
--Strange situation with Sabu at a weekend show
 
--Sean Waltman talks his issues
 
--Update on Rick Bassman's book
 
--An iPPV this coming week featuring stars from all over the world
 
--More on the termination of Grizzly Redwood
 
--More cities will be getting ROH programming
 
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--Rob Van Dam's future
 
--More Hogan mythology
 
--Hogan talks Cena going heel
 
--Upcoming dates and places for TNA tapings
 
--TNA star set to return
 
--More on Ivelisse Velez
 
--Notes on TNA's show in New York over WrestleMania weekend
 
--Updated PPV numbers for St-Pierre vs. Diaz
 
--More on UFC television in the U.K.
 
--Notes on this week's UFC show
 
--Notes on final episode of Ultimate Fighter
 
--Notes on the suspension of Matt Mitrione
 
--Lorenzo Fertitta talks expanding drug testing
 
--Lineup for UFC's debut in Winnipeg
 
--Notes on upcoming UFC PPV events
 
--New UFC fights
 
--A look at Bellator's reality show
 
--Live Bellator events going forward
 
--When King Mo fights again
 
--Bellator first season notes
 
--Notes on Bellator's season finale show
 
--Notes on the last Invicta show and main event for the next show
 
--Shinya Aoki captures championship
 
--Notes on one of Canada's major sports stars debuting in MMA
 
--Japanese MMA star may compete for U.S. in the Olympics
 
--Notes on the fighter who passed away this past week
 
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Thursday's News Update
 
--Sorry this is up late.  I was in Las Vegas yesterday for Cauliflower Alley and flew back just in time for the UFC press conference, and had a number of stories to write coming out of it.  Due to me having such a tight schedule we'll post a second update around midnight Pacific time tonight.     
 
--WWE held a press conference today to announce its new developmental home.  The 26,000-square foot building is being named the WWE Performance Center.  It will have seven rings and a sound stage where both wrestlers and students at Full Sail University can learn about TV production.  Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs was at the opening with Paul "HHH" Levesque.  They will be hiring 16 employees, including sports medicine, administration, coaching and TV production.  The company plans to spend $3.5 million converting the warehouse into its new role.
 
 
--An interview with Mason Ryan from the press conference is at http://www.betweentheropes.com/1482/video-mason-ryan-looking-forward-to-new-wwe-performance-center/  
 
 
--Among the highlights today were Dana White saying that New York isn't looking as good as even a few weeks ago due to the work by the Culinary Workers Union.  He didn't say a November date in Madison Square Garden isn't happening, but said MSG was holding the date for them, and now, he's not sure if they're still holding it.  He also said he would be talking to Georges St-Pierre today and seeing if he was more interested in fighting Anderson Silva or Johny Hendricks.  If it is Silva, they'll have to wait for July, because a Chris Weidman win over Silva could spoil plans.  He also noted he underwent a blood spinning procedure in Dusseldorf, Germany recommended by Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) and that he hasn't had an attack of Meniere's Disease since then (a few weeks) after it formerly being a daily occurrence.  He said Matt Mitrione was still suspended, and also fined a significant enough amount that Mitrione has been calling he and Lorenzo Fertitta shocked at how big it was.  But Mitrione was apologetic about his comments on Fallon Fox.  Regarding the comments, White said that everyone has freedom of speech, but if you come off as bigoted, you can do it all you want, but you won't be working for UFC.  He said he had a great time talking at Stanford last week (he was there speaking at the School of Business) but doesn't plan to be doing things like that anymore.  He said Dominick Cruz would be back before the end of the year.  He said there will still be a major 20th anniversary show in November and they would be loading up the 8/17 show in Boston for the first night of programming of Fox Sports 1.
 
--Gilbert Melendez was pretty calm going into the fight with Benson Henderson, saying his shoulder is fine (what else is he going to say?).  He looked bigger than Henderson.  Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir both looked in better shape than usual.  Cormier was 235, and said he got as low as 228 in training but felt since Mir was so big, he didn't want to come in at less then 235.  Mir said he was between 250 and 260, and that he's in much better shape after nine weeks of altitude training at Greg Jackson's camp.  He said he's now going to permanently train in Albuquerque before fights.
 
--Cormier said that if he goes to 205, he doesn't expect an immediate title shot.
 
--Nate Diaz said that win or lose, he plans to move up to 170.  One reason he said that was because he said Gilbert Melendez was going to win the lightweight title.  The other is he felt he'd fought everyone of note at 155, except Anthony Pettis, and Pettis moved down.  So he didn't want to be bored fighting the same guys.
 
--Tons of stuff from the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet last night.  I had a great time seeing so many longtime subscribers there.  Tons of wrestlers were there including Bruce Swayze, Dan Kroffat (original), Adam "Edge" Copeland, Sgt Slaughter, Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, Jim Ross, Les Thatcher, DDP, Jimmy Valiant, Adam Pearce, Rob Van Dam, Frankie Kazarian, Nigel McGuinness, Paul Vachon, Dick "Destroyer" Beyer, Ross Hart, Riki Ataki, Greg Valentine, Bob Geigel, Bill Kersten, Ron Hutchison, Nick Bockwinkel, Ata Johnson, Ivory, Cheerleader Melissa, Beth Phoenix, Leo Burke, Tom Andrews, Akio  Sato, Rock Riddle, Don Manoukian, Cowboy Bob Kelly, Al Friend, Bill White, Ken Jugan, Buddy "Omar Atlas" Moreno, Willie Mack, Santana Garrett, Peggy Patterson, Beverly Shade, Bobby Boss and tons of others. 
 
Ivan Koloff was honored with the Mike Mazurki award, which is the highest award they give out.  Valiant was brought in to introduce him.  Ivan is having a hard time getting around at 70 years of age, and talked about a career filled with abuse of drugs and alcohol and coming back from it.  Koloff talked about his career, heavily praising Bruno Sammartino, his idol when he broke in and how weird it was that the guy he idolized as the guy who made his career by losing the WWWF title to him in his most remembered match.
 
Jake Roberts gave a similar speech, saying he came close to committing suicide on a number of occasions but now hopes he'll do things that he'll be remembered more for than his wrestling career.
 
Nora Greenwald (Molly Holly) was honored, and gave a speech that I'd categorize as super honest, talking about the insecurities she had while being a wrestler.  Lisa Moretti, who introduced her, talked about her honesty. 
 
They gave a presentation for Bill Moody with Adam Pearce and another man not in wrestling, Ethan Emerson, who was Moody's best friend who was there at his death.  He said Moody wanted Pearce there and also that he considered his award at CAC as the greatest honor of his life.  He said when Moody realized he wasn't going to live to get the award he noted how proud he was to get it.   Cowboy Bob Kelly, who was Moody's childhood wrestling idol, also gave a speech on Bill Moody.
 
Chris Cruise introduced promoter Matt Riviera to got an award.  Sandy Partlow, a former woman's star, was introduced by her daughter.  Jake was introduced by DDP, who gave a great speech of his own, noting that he was happy to see Jimmy Valiant because he became a wrestling fan from the Valiant Brothers and Superstar Billy Graham. 
 
Jim Ross gave a long comedy-oriented speech, to introduce Adam Copeland.  This was impromptu in the sense that Copeland was not listed in the program as being the recipient of an award.  Ross didn't appear to have a planned speech, although spoke very highly of Copeland as a person, calling him one of the few people welcome in his home at any time and said he considered him like one of his sons and one of the best people Ross ever signed.  Copeland clearly didn't know because he had no speech planned at all, but he's a great talker.  He brought up how weird it was to be honored while seeing Ricky Steamboat and Jake Roberts a few feet away from each other right in front of him since they were two of the people who were his favorite wrestlers as a kid.  He said it was surreal.  He noted he will never wrestle again, but feels fortunate when he listed nearly every major star of the last 20 years that he was able to wrestle.
 
Cowboy Bob Ellis was supposed to be honored, but he wasn't there.  I guess the elusive cowboy has disappeared. 
 
J.J. Dillon did a strong job as the m.c. and he was practically moved to tears by Roberts
 
--Rogers Cable, which is the main provider in Ontario, has removed Spike TV from its standard tier and moved it to the Classic TV tier and will be charging $6.05 per month plus tax for the station.  This goes into effect on 5/25. (thanks to Adam Lebow)
 
--Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of the last ever Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat match ever on PPV.  It was a match that ended in a double pin, which led to a 40:00 television match a few weeks later which was a lot better than the PPV match, in fact one of the more underrated of the Flair-Stamboat series.  A back injury caused Steamboat to retire a few months later.  The TV match was their last televised match and may have been their final match. (thanks to Emerson Witner)
 
--Brian Lawler was arrested on 4/11 after failing to stop at an intersection in Henderson, TN and he was charged with a DUI after admitting he drank more than half a liter of vodka and took methadone and xanax.  Officers said Lawler was unable to recite the alphabet when pulled over.  He will be appearing before a judge tomorrow on the case.  Story is at http://www.wbbjtv.com/news/local/Brian-Lawler-AKA_Grand-Master-Sexy-Arrested-in-Henderson-203510321.html
 
--A story on Bobby Horne, the former Sir Mo of Men on a Mission in WWF and USWA, battling kidney failure is at http://www.examiner.com/article/sir-mo-suffering-from-kidney-failure
 
 
--There was some talk of C.M. Punk and Lita coming to the UFC show in San Jose this weekend.  He was at the show in Las Vegas this past weekend and hinted about being back since he's not working on the road right now.
 
--Jim Ross met with Dana White yesterday.  It wasn't business.  Ross is friends with Marc Ratner of UFC, who brought Ross to the office to meet with White and Joe Silva (who grew up a big wrestling fan).
 
--ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1939 - Ed Don George beat Steve Casey to win the AWA world heavyweight title in Albany, NY
1966 - Buddy Austin & El Mongol beat Thunderbolt Patterson & Alberto Torres to win the WWA tag team titles in Los Angeles 
1969 - The original Rayo de Jalisco beat Rene Guajardo in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title
1969 - El Mongol beat Assassin #1 in Atlanta to win the Georgia heavyweight title
1972 - Paul Jones beat Johnny Walker to win the Florida TV title in the finals of an eight-man tournament in Tampa
1972 - Raul Mata & Dory Dixon beat Great Goliath & Kinji Shibuya in Costa Mesa, CA to win the Americas tag team title
1973 - Fritz Von Erich & Killer Karl Krupp beat Kintaro Oki & Umanosuke Ueda in Yaizu, Japan to win the International tag team titles
1973 - Mad Dog Vachon & Ivan Koloff beat Great Kusatsu & Shozo Kobayashi to win the IWA tag team titles in Ibaragi, Japan
1973 - Jackie Fargo & Jerry Jarrett beat Jerry Lawler & Jim White in Nashville to win the Southern tag team titles
1974 - Fritz Von Erich beat The Masked Texan (Blackjack Mulligan) to win the American title in Dallas
1977 - Bill Dundee & Tommy Rich beat Kurt & Karl Von Steiger to win the Southeastern tag team titles in Memphis
1978 - Iron Sheik & Bull Ramos beat Jerry Oates & Jesse Ventura to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1979 - Lizmark beat Americo Rocca in Acapulco to win the Mexican national welterweight title
1981 - The Grappler & Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) beat Junkyard Dog & Dick Murdoch won the vacant Mid South tag team titles in the finals of a one-night tournament at the Superdome in New Orleans
1981 - Brett & Buzz Sawyer beat The Destroyer (Dave Sierra) & Rip Oliver to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1987 - Invader I beat Jason the Terrible in San Juan to win the WWC TV title.  On the same show, Frankie Lancaster beat Super Medico to win the held up WWC jr. heavyweight title
1989 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo in one of the biggest matches of the era, as it created the Triple Crown. 
1991 - Stan Hansen & Danny Spivey beat Terry Gordy & Steve Williams in Tokyo to win the All Japan world & international tag team titles
1997 - Steele (Val Venis) beat Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in Mexico City to win the CMLL world heavyweight title
1998 - Mitsuharu Misawa beat Jun Akiyama in Tokyo to win the Champion Carnival tournament
1992 - Haku & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Earthquake & Typhoon in Tokyo to win the SWS tag team titles
 
--The Countdown show for Saturday's UFC show airs on Fuel tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern and 8 p.m. Pacific time. 
 
--Volador Jr announced he was going to auction off one of his ring outfits to help raise money for a knee operation that his father (Super Parka) needs.   
 
--Shawn Michaels will be doing an autograph signing for Top Rope Pro Wrestling on 8/31 in Waynesboro VA at the High School gym.  Q&A with Michaels is $25 and signing and photo ops, depending on what you want signed, can range from $25 to $175  
 
--Iron Sheik was in Maxim, thankfully, not posing for their usual type of photos at http://www.maxim.com/maximtv/the-iron-sheik-lays-the-smackdown-maxim
 
--The Show Chokes and Jokes interviewed Chael Sonnen and Phil Baroni at https://soundcloud.com/chokes-and-jokes/chokes-and-jokes-16-chael
 
--Details Magazine has a story on the Exoticos, specifically Cassandro (thanks to Matt Wright)
 
--The documentary "Tales of Masked Men" is playing twice over the next week as part of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.  It plays 4/20 and 4/24 at AMC Loews 600 North Michigan  Theaters.  The 55 minute film is part of a double feature with "Mexico Flamenco."  For more go to http://chicagolatinofilmfestival.org/film/tales-of-masked-men/ (thanks to Rob Williams)
 
--Promoter Roy Englebrecht noted that his local Fight Club OC show at The Hangar at the Orange County Fair & Event Center on 4/11 did a $61,013 house, the largest he's ever done for a Fight Club OC show, but also bigger than any gate he ever did in 25 years of promoting Boxing at the Irvine Marriott.  The next show is 6/6.
 
--The Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout weigh-ins will stream at Sports.Sho.com at 3 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow.
 
--Slamfest 2013 on 5/4 in Cookeville, TN at Tennessee Tech University has announced Rikishi & Brian Christopher Lawler reforming Too Cool against Tommy Dreamer & 2 Tuff Tony, plus Hammerjack vs. Kevin Sullivan, Al Snow vs. King Shane Williams and L.T. Falk vs. Matt Boyce. 
 
--Tommy Dreamer's second House of Hardcore show will be on 6/22 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory on 6/22 at 7:30 p.m.   Announced so far are the Young Bucks vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick.  For tickets you can go to http://www.houseofhardcore.net/events.html

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