SAT UPDATE: Article on positives and negatives of social media, bombers have combat sports background, Edge getting full-time role, FUEL prelims and Impact up, tons more

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        WWE continues in Europe for the next two weeks.   Sunday has Raw in Geneva, Switzerland and Smackdown in Sheffield, England.  Raw won't be as loaded as usual because they are running a Smackdown house show in Cardiff, Wales and a lot of the main characters will be working the show.  Raw will be from the O2 Arena in London with Undertaker & Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield in the main event.  Tuesday has Smackdown in London with Undertaker working in a dark match, while there will be a Raw house show on Nottingham, England.
        TNA's weekend tour ends Sunday in Barre, VT at the OR Ice Arena.
        The weekends' biggest event is the combination FX and FOX card from San Jose's HP Pavilion.
Facebook fights at 4 p.m. Eastern
Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero
Roger Bowling vs. Anthony Njokuani
FX at 5 p.m. Eastern
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Wolverine Viana
Jorge Masvidal vs. Tim Means
Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Myles Jury vs. Ramsey Nijem
Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin
Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins
FOX at 8 p.m.
Jordan Mein vs. Matt Brown
Josh Thomson vs. Nate Diaz
Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir
Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez for lightweight title
        We've got a huge focus on the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and careers and backgrounds of all inductees as the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We've got both the current issue along with a major back issue from early 1996 on the site right now.  The back issue covers the period leading to the changes in wrestling that would fuel the rise of the Monday Night Wars and take the business eventually to its highest modern level of popularity.
        We look at the Class of 2013, looking at the crowd reaction, an overview of the show, credibility of the WWE Hall of Fame, what HHH said about bringing Bruno Sammartino in, as well as what happened behind-the-scenes with Sammartino and Vince McMahon, the hype, the reality, the booing, the standing ovations and more.
        We also have with it the complete Madison Square Garden record of Bruno Sammartino, covering every match he had in the arena, from his 1960 debut, through his two title reigns, through his final match in the building in 1986.  We look at the opponents, results, attendance and more.
        We also go through the high points of every speech, what was and wasn't true, as well as a career background of everyone put in.  It's the most in-depth WWE Hall of Fame coverage available anywhere.
        We also look at the most recent UFC show in Las Vegas, including the Cat Zingano vs. Miesha Tate womens fight, reaction to the stoppage, more on the ratings for the show and where it did well, as well as full coverage of the show with details of every match, as well as how much all the fighters earned.
        We also have an update on Dwayne Johnson, more on HHH's injuries suffered in the Brock Lesnar match, more on the Extreme Rules show and current planned lineup, update on C.M. Punk, notes on movies with wrestlers, Jack Swagger's legal issue, Fandango music, WWE being sued by former producer, WWE not only confiscate signs but doesn't want people with offending signs in front of the camera any longer, Ziggler personal life, new main events scheduled for next month, Bret Hart talks current WWE product and more.
        We also look at UFC's move of almost all its live TV main shows to Fox Sports 1 in August.  We look at FS 1's plan for UFC night weekly and what that will entail, and look at the long-term and short-term of it.
        We also have a look at Kenta Kobashi's retirement, his career highlights, the record he set that will almost surely never be broken regarding being a Hall of Famer, his big title run from 2003 to 2005, and bringing it to May 11th when he has his retirement match.
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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:
--Notes from this past week's show at Arena Mexico
--The annual Gran Alternativa tournament in Mexico City
--New Mexican national welterweight title tournament
--American indie stars being brought to Mexico City next week to headline at a major arena
--Notes on the last AAA TV tapings
--One of Mexico's all-time biggest draws says he's going to try for a final comeback run
--Notes on one of Dragon Gate's biggest shows of the year coming in two weeks
--Big stars from other promotions come to Dragon Gate this past week
--The Dragon Gate Ultimate Six Way event
--Update on injuries to Naomichi Marufuji
--Update on the current tag team tournament and results from all the matches
--Injury to one of the best worker in the business keeps him out of action
--Death of someone who changed the course of pro wrestling history more than almost anyone ever in the business, the man who committed an infamous murder.
--Update on the health and a look at the career of Dutch Savage
--Woman star announces her retirement in her 30s due to a stroke
--A look back at the death of Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend 30 years ago as it was brought up in his autobiography, with more based on how things were reported and what came out later
--75th anniversary of the first ever pro wrestling match on television
--Crazy advertising
--Controversy follows big indie show with Kevin Nash, Mick Foley and others.  What happened at the end
--Former WWE performer announces retirement
--More on the next ROH iPPV
--Maria Kanellis talks her future
--Notes on Bound for Glory
--A look at TNA's last television taping.
--Ronda Rousey talks Fallon Fox
--Lots of notes on the tryouts for the Ultimate Fighter's next season featuring more name fighters than any tryout in history
--Lots of new fights announced
--More on Jones vs. Sonnen
--Update on Liz Carmouche and her furniture
--Two new TV deals announced
--Champion boxer moving to MMA because of more money
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Dave Meltzer and I will be back tonight with our weekend edition of Wrestling Observer Radio talking UFC on FOX tonight, which Dave is attending live, plus all the news in pro-wrestling and mixed martial arts. Got tons of shows up on the site as it is, with many more to come this week. Les Thatcher, a very popular guest, will be on Tuesday talking his Wrestling Cares project (see ads all over front page), Cauliflower Alley and WrestleCon, and more.

-- Only a minor link to pro-wrestling and MMA, but there is an article hereabout how social media helped and hurt the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. I know that Thursday night I stayed up until 6 AM following, of all things, a thread on the MMA Underground where people were tracking the moment-by-moment investigation over a police scanner. I literally could not tear myself from the thread, and Friday afternoon, as police closed in, there was significantly more up-to-date information on that thread then there was on any of the over-the-air news channels. Of course, the social media investigation also lead to several people being wrongly pinpointed as suspects. I know in terms of pro-wrestling, usually in the case of deaths, sometimes you'll hear about it on Twitter before anywhere else, but of course as a reporter you can't go by whispers on Twitter because there have been more than a few times where people were reported dead online and then ended up alive and well. Anyway, check out the article, it's a very interesting read.

-- As noted yesterday, brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had combat sports backgrounds, the former a standout amateur wrestlers and the latter a boxer who trained at a pretty well-known MMA gym.

-- Barbed Wire City, the ECW documentary, will air on iPPV tonight through, live from the former ECW Arena.

-- The FUEL prelims last week did another very good number for the show, an 0.56 rating and 269,000 viewers. It was the second highest-rated and second most-watched show of any kind ever on FUEL. FUEL has had a big resurgence in viewership over the past three or four months. The show peaked at 347,000 viewers.

-- Impact was also back up this week to 1.3 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Lask week they hit an 0.9 for a PPV calibre show, their lowest number in nearly a year, and people were very concerned about that. Quarters were a little closer to normal this week though the show did open at an 0.8. Still better than last week's open.

-- Jim Ross noted in his blog that Edge is no longer a guest star on Haven, but now a regular member of the cast who will be appearing in every episode next season. Filming starts I believe in about a month.

-- 2CW runs a free iPPV tonight at 2CW.comwith Kevin Steen vs. John Morrison headlining.

-- Cung Le in a recent interview said he'd love a shot at Anderson Silva. Said Silva's camp had deemed him a worthy opponent, and indicated that while he'd probably get his ass kicked, it's MMA and anything can happen in a fight. Also said he was open to coaching a season of Ultimate Fighter.

-- There is a video hereof Dana White speaking at Stanford Business School.

-- Showcase Wrestling Next card Saturday April 20 SPW Arena Woonsocket RI Friday April 26 Elks Hall Franklin, Mass Friday May 10 SPW Arena Woonsocket RI Saturday May 11 Moose Lodge Attleboro, Ma.


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1.4/1.5 13.1%

1.6/1.7 13.1%

1.8/1.9 17.2%

2.0/2.1 19.2%

2.2/2.3 6.1%

2.4/2.5 3.0%

2.6/2.7 2.0%

2.8/2.9 3.0%

More than 3.0 3.0%


Jordan Mein 50.9%

Matt Brown 49.1%


Josh Thomson 50.6%

Nate Diaz 49.4%


Steve Austin 37.5%

Bret Hart 17.5%

Mitsuharu Misawa 11.8%

Shawn Michaels 11.1%

Hulk Hogan 5.3%

Kenta Kobashi 4.7%

Ric Flair 3.1%

Undertaker 2.9%

Sting 2.6%

Jushin Liger 1.8%

Keiji Muto 1.1%

Toshiaki Kawada 0.5%


Excellent 11.1%

Good 31.1%

Average 28.9%

Fair 10.0%

Poor 18.9%

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