MON. UPDATE: Jones and Sonnen talk Saturday's fight, More on Mendes being sent home, Odds, Raw in new arena, Foley comedy, Funk vs. Steen, Edge, Graham,Huge legends match in TJ



By Dave Meltzer
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        Tuesday has Smackdown in London with Undertaker working in a dark match, while there will be a Raw house show on Nottingham, England.
 
        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.
 
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        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.
 
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        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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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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Monday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering Raw, today's UFC activities, Rosa Mendes, the new WWE television show and a lot more.  You can send in questions to tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Fuel tonight has Jon Jones' title win over Shogun Rua at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m. and Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz at 9 p.m.
 
--At today's UFC press conference call, Jon Jones said the open workouts for this week would be in Madison Square Garden.  I hadn't heard that.
 
--Jones said he didn't feel he gets enough credit for his wrestling and said he may takedown Sonnen more than Sonnen takes him down.  Sonnen did nothing but praise Jones, saying he could beat up Tyson and Ali on the same night.  Well, if it was this week, he certainly could.  Jones is going to tie Tito Ortiz's record for most title defenses in light heavyweight history if he wins on Saturday, and said he wants to win, fight again in November, win again to break the record, do a super fight, and then move to heavyweight. 
 
--Sonnen:  "I don't earn title shots.  Title shots earn me.  I don't go after main events.  Main events come after me."
 
--Sonnen continually said that Jones was far better than Anderson Silva, saying if they were the same, he'd run through Jon Jones.
 
--When asked if he was copying Taz or The Grappler with his "Beat me if you can" catch phrase, Sonnen said Len Denton, The Grappler.  Interesting because for years when Sonnen was in character, he would deny ever watching pro wrestling.  He said Denton and he thanked people for recognizing it.
 
--Jones claimed people got happy to hear about his DWI because people want to see people fail.
 
--Sonnen said that his perception of Jones changed the first 30 seconds he was around him, saying he's a very nice guy and was a good coach, and he's achieved what everyone in the sport dreams about.  He said he mentored a bunch of guys who needed and hey all looked up to him.  Sonnen then said he wished he was a fan because he'd love to watch Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher.  He said Bisping a month ago showed up on the set of UFC Tonight with stitches in his head, pulled out scissors and removed the stitches himself because he didn't want to be seen with them on TV.
 
--While Sonnen was not doing character, Bisping was completely in character cutting one promo after another on Belcher.
 
--In the weekend picks, Bryan Alvarez and Mike Sempervive both went 3-1.  They both picked Josh Thomson over Nate Diaz.  Me, Josh Nason and Todd Martin went 2-2.  Mike Sawyer and Oliver Copp went 1-3.
 
--Jon Jones is a 9-1 favorite on Saturday against Chael Sonnen, among the longest odds ever in a UFC title fight.  Michael Bisping is -165 against Alan Belcher, Phil Davis is -325 against Vinnie Magalhaes, Roy Nelson is -230 against Check Kongo and Jim Miller is -350 against Pat Healy.   
 
--Jon Jones appears on TSN's Off the Record with Michael Landsberg on Wednesday and Chael Sonnen appears on Thursday.
 
--The Fight Network in Canada will be airing the Countdown show for Saturday at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and will be airing weigh-ins live at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Friday.
 
--The first ever Raw at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which has hosted a PPV, will be on 7/15, the day after Money in the Bank in Philadelphia. 
 
--Rosa Mendes, who was sent home yesterday from the U.K. tour, went on Twitter to say, "Just wanted to let all my Mendes luverz that I'm okay, I had to take care of some personal matters. Thank you for all your support.  Love you."
 
WHAT DID YOU WATCH SATURDAY
UFC 68.1%
Boxing (Alvarez vs. Trout) 13.4%
        10.5% watched both and 29.0% watched neither.
 
POLL ON ROH TV
Excellent 7.9%
Good 55.3%
Average 7.9%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 28.9%
        65.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
UFC on FOX 43.9%
UFC prelims on FX 15.4%
Raw 12.7%
Impact 11.8%
ROH 6.6%
Saturday Morning Slam 3.9%
Smackdown 2.2%
CMLL 1.8%
Main Event 0.4%
XFC 0.4%
Inside MMA 0.4%
UFC Tonight 0.4%
 
--Regular columnist Gary Mehaffy attended Mick Foley's comedy shot in Belfast last night.  He wrote:  "Couldn't agree more with you said after you'd been.  Very funny and entertaining night.  And he signed and took photos with everyone who wanted it."
 
--Terry Funk, going to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremony on 5/18 to induct Dick Murdoch, will appear the night before at a 2CW show in Gloversville, NY.  He's not advertised to wrestle, but he will confront Kevin Steen.
 
--Omar Mijares, who wrestled as Omar Atlas and Buddy Moreno and I believe was at the Cauliflower Alley Club on Wednesday, turned 75 today.  WWE's Ezekiel Jackson turned 35.
 
--Adam Copeland corrected things yesterday and said he would not be on every episode of "Haven" next season.  He is going to be appearing more regularly this coming season than in previous seasons (thanks to Paul Lazenby)   
 
--When Sinclair Broadcasting finishes its currently planned acquisitions, they will have 134 TV stations in 69 markets (but none of the top five markets) reaching about 33% of the country.  ROH won't be on all the stations as soon as purchases go through, but will slowly start rolling out in the new markets when time becomes available on the schedules. 
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY  (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1946 - Everette Marshall beat Swedish Angel to win the Rocky Mountain title in Denver
1947 - Cliff Gustafson beat Sandor Szabo in Minneapolis to win that area's world title
1949 - Sonny Myers beat Danny McShain to win the Texas title in Houston
1958 - Rip Rogers (Eddie Graham) & Johnny Valentine beat Enrique & Ramon Torres in Dallas to win the Texas tag team titles
1964 - Dick the Bruiser beat Fred Blassie in Los Angeles to win the WWA title
1964 - Nick Bockwinkel & Nick Kozak beat The Destroyer & Don Manoukian in Salem, OR to win the Pacific Northwest tag title
1966 - El Santo & Rayo de Jalisco beat Rene Guajardo & Karloff Lagarde in a tournament final to win the Mexican national tag team titles
1968 - Johnny Rougeau beat Ivan Koloff in Montreal to win the IWA title
1968 - The Spoilers (Don Jardine & Smasher Sloan) beat Billy Red Lyons & Fritz Von Erich to win the American tag team titles in Fort Worth
1969 - Lonnie Mayne & Tony Borne beat Kurt & Karl Von Steiger to win the Pacific Northwest tag title
1973 - The Mighty Mongol beat Cowboy Bob Kelly in Pensacola to win the Gulf Coast title   
1976 - Rusher Kimura beat The Original Undertaker (Hans Schroeder) to win the IWA title in Sendai, Japan
1989 - Carl Styles beat The Grappler to win the Pacific Northwest title
1983 - Irma Aguilar beat Lola Gonzalez in Netzahualcoyotl to win the UWA womens' title
1994 - Dr. Wagner Jr. & Gran Markus Jr. & El Hijo del Gladiador beat Los Brazos in Mexico City to win the CMLL trios titles
1995 - Mayumi Ozaki & Cutie Suzuki beat Hikari Fukuoka & Hiromi Yagi to win the JWP tag titles in Ichinoki  
1996 - Goldust beat Savio Vega in San Bernardino to win the held up IC title
1996 - The Giant beat Ric Flair in Albany, GA to win the WCW title
2000 - Rhino beat Tajiri to win the ECW TV title and Tommy Dreamer beat Tazz to win the ECW title, followed by Justin Credible beating Dreamer to win the title all at Cyberslam in Philadelphia
 
--Indie wrestler Willie Mack's latest cooking show with Johnny Loquasto at http://youtu.be/_YISvAQw088
 
--Cezar Ferreira, who won TUF Brazil, has joined the Blackzillians in Boca Raton, FL.   
 
--Rob Van Dam has been added to the 5/11 Wrestlefeset in Newark, CA at the Memorial High School, which also includes Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Honky Tonk Man and Chris Masters. 
 
--Fuel TV in Australia on 5/22 at 10 p.m. is airing a documentary on Mark Hunt (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Superstar Billy Graham remains hospitalized in Wyoming with a bowel obstruction they are trying to clear.  He may need surgery as a last resort.  Best wishes.
 
--An indiegogo.com fund raiser for a History of Detroit DVD has nine days left and has only raised $785.  For more into you can go to https://www.facebook.com/mark.nowotarski?ref=ts
 
--This week on WWE Classics on Demands
Hell in a Cell 2012
The 4/24/88 show in Toronto
WWWF Championship Wrestling 10/22/77
ECW 8/14/98
Prime Time Wrestling 10/23/89
 
--Southern Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Sanford, FL at the Salvation Army Gym featuring Stevie Richards
 
--Shine iPPV results from Friday night in Ybor City, FL
Allysin Kay b Courtney Rush
Sweet Saraya Knight b Su Yung
Rhia O'Reilly won three-way over Brittney Savage and Solo Darling
Rain b Angelina Love
Kellie Skater & Jessie McKay & Shazza McKenzie b Mia Yim & Nikki Roxx & Santana Garrett
Jessicka Havoc b Madison Eagles (said to be very good)
Mercedes Martinez b Evie
Jazz b Ivelisse Velez
Leva Bates b Kimberly in a cage match
        Next show is 5/24 in Ybor City, FL and there is also a 7/12 anniversary show where the first Shine champion will be crowned.
 
--Wrestling Cares Association on Saturday night in Los Angeles at the Alexandria Ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles in the Race for  the Rings.  It features the beginning of a 32 man tournament that includes Colt Cabana, Davey Richards, B-Boy and more.  Maria Kanellis will be the hostess of the show.
 
--Emerson Witner of our staff is doing reviews of old TNA PPVs at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=24835
 
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara:  Infierno & Exterminador b Virgo & Halcon de Plata, Acertijo & Demonio Rojo & Sadico b Azteca de Oro & Black Metal & The Hippie, Olimpico b Leon Blanco to retain the Western States heavyweight title in 28:00 (where are The Funks and Murdoch?), Namajague & Barbaro Cavernario & Kraneo b Brazo de Plata & Rey Cometa & Angel de Oro.  Main event set up a singles main event with Barbaro vs. Cometa for this coming Sunday.
 
--An interview with Shannon Knapp of Invicta at http://bit.ly/10sAU0q
 
--Today is the 9th anniversary of the death of Pat Tillman, who died after being shot by friendly fire on April 22, 2004.  If you haven't, you really should see the movie on his death.  Fascinating stuff (thanks to Chuck Langerman)
 
--Karl Stern of the Classic Wrestling Audio show has Stern Stick 1 pro wrestling history files and audio interviews at http://www.dragonkingkarl.com with thousands of match results, wrestling research and interviews with Jeff Jarrett Tom Prichard, Paul Bearer, Johnny Valiant and more for $5.99
 
--Baja Stars Wrestling is bringing the legends to Tijuana on 5/31 with Mil Mascaras & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Cien Caras (the original, same age as Flair & Lawler) & Canek, plus Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero.  Even though Atlantis vs. Guerrero is one of the hottest current feuds in Mexico, Mascaras is in the main event.  Because if he wasn't, well, he wouldn't come.
 
--Sunday in Mexicali at the bullring has Cibernetico & La Parka vs. Chessman & Parka Negra.  Amber O'Neal vs. Shelly Martinez is also on the show.
 
--FMLL on 5/10 in Pico Rivera, CA at the Sports Arena has Dr. Wagner Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario vs. Angel Blanco Jr. & L.A. Park
 
--Mistico and Ultimo Guerrero headline a show tonight in Weatherford, TX
 
--There will be a Lucha Libre show on Friday night in Mission, TX at the Los Portales Flea Market featuring a cage match where the loser gets unmasked or his head shaved.
 
--Promociones Misterio on 5/4 in San Diego at the Family Gym has Extreme Tiger & El Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. SoCal Crazy & X-Fly
 
--Wild Wild West Wrestling on Sunday in El Paso features Cassandro
 
--Battling Bombshells on Saturday in Deerfield Beach, FL:  Aron Agony b Chasyn Rance, Calypso b Cherry Layne, Solo Darling b Chelsea Diamond, La Morena b Justine Silver, Leilaini Kai b Amazona, Santana Garrett b Silvie Silver, Big Vito & Melissa Coates b Stevie Richards & Rosa Negra
 
--Future of Wrestling on Saturday night in Deerfield Beach, FL:  Derek Fexl over Aron Agony, Chasyn Rance, Maxx Stardom, ERA, Victor Romanoff and Frankie Perez, Frank Stone b Adrian Alex, Rosa Negra b Amazona with Leilani Kai as ref, Tommy Vandal & JoJo over Los Fugitivos, Tech Squad and Illuminati, Lifeguard Daron b Jim Jordan, Shawn Prime b Trent Barreta, Anthony Michaels & Beast b Michael Sain & Alex Chamberlain, Johnny Vandal b Adam Cole, Big Vito b Jesse Neal, Sean Allen b Roderick Strong to keep the FOW title (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--Supreme Pro Wrestling's 13th anniversary show from yesterday in Sacramento:  Savannah Riley b Kurai Hime, Jeckles the Jester & Paul Isadora b Jeff Cobb & Big Ugly, Dexter St. Jock b Christopher Grey, Mike Hayashi b Adam Thornstowe, Cjay Kurz b Timothy Thatcher, J.R. Kratos b Mustafa Saed, Rik Luxury & Corvus b Virgil Flynn & D-Torch, Drake Younger over Joe DeSoul, Drake Frost and Christopher Grey, Sir Samurai b Bobby Hart.  Next show is 5/19 
 
--BANG on Saturday night in Ocala, FL with Dory Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Quinton Hitchcock vs. Wes Brisco & Cory Weston & Brian Davis 
 
--Classic Championshp Wrestling on 6/2 in Kitchener, ONT at the Victoria Hills Community Centre with Warlord & Barbarian reuniting.
 
 

Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?