SUN. UPDATE: UFC notes from last night, Cena update, WWE crew, Dwayne Johnson No. 1, Punk, Sonnen, Fighter can't believe he won a round, Thesz, Buddy Rose and what upcoming PPV match are you most interested in seeing?

By Dave Meltzer
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        Raw will be live on Monday night in Columbus, OH, at Nationwide Arena, headlined by John Cena & Ryback vs. The Shield as advertised. Cena is legitimately injured but hasn't missed a date so far.  He has said he will be at the show. 
        The All Japan Champion Carnival finals are Monday night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, which is early morning tomorrow in the U.S.  The semifinals are Go Shiozaki vs. Kai and Jun Akiyama vs. Seiya Sanada .
        Smackdown, Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. 
        An update on Dwayne Johnson and thoughts on whether he will wrestle or not is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is up on the site today.  We also have a back issue from early 1996, when Vince McMahon took aim at WCW and WCW made contract offers to a number of WWF stars and who did and didn't come.  It's an interesting look at the mindset of McMahon just as the Monday Night Wars started heating up.
        The new issue looks at Johnson's attempts at rehab from his WrestleMania injuries, his surgery, doing WrestleMania next year, how it its into the movie business and more.
        We also have an extensive look at the UFC on FOX show, why two of the matches were more important from a legacy standpoint that most realize, the judging of the main event, Benson Henderson proposing, how close the scoring really was, poll on the scoring, UFC rankings, and more coming out of the fight.
        We also look at the other major fights on the show, a detailed look at the good and bad of the ratings, the ratings of every fight on the show, how many viewers tuned in for the main event itself, plus match-by-match coverage and how much everyone earned on the show.
        We also have more details on the WWE Divas show, including who will be on it, when it will start, its time slot, background of the new women on the show, the roles each of the women will take, what male wrestlers will appear and an interesting note about someone who was turned down for a spot on the show.
        We also have more on WWE's developmental program changes, how much they are spending to open the new facility., what is becoming of the coaching staff, and HHH's goals for introducing new talent.
        We look at why C.M. Punk was at recent UFC shows what an issue that took place over it, a look at his injuries, his scheduled return and more.
        We also look at WWE house show plans, more on Edge's post-wrestling future, the story behind how Take Two got the WWE video game license and how many millions WWE had to let slide to make the deal they wanted.  We also look at a new WWE hire who came from UFC, Ryback getting into trouble, Dwayne Johnson awarded, Shawn Michaels working house shows, Jim Ross at UFC headquarters, what happened with Rosa Mendes, Bret Hart talks HHH and more.
        We also look at the developmental program house shows, how they are put together, who is doing well, more on the careers of Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund, some very interesting numbers about WWE and DVR devices, as well as a detailed look at the WWE European tour including highlights from every show so far and how the shows have been doing business-wise.
       We also have a look at this past week's Cauliflower Alley Club banquet in Las Vegas, including notes on the background and history of the club, Jake Roberts, Molly Holly, Jim Ross, DDP, Adam Copeland (Edge) and others who were there, what was said and who was awarded.
        We also have a look back at the late Ella Waldek, a woman wrestling star who came in at the tail end of the golden age of women's wrestling, and her life in and out of the ring.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Latest from Arena Mexico and the build to the Arena Mexico anniversary show
--A look at the different tournaments
--One of the most popular wrestlers ever with women says that he's retired
--Rival promotions both having matches on the same show and how this happened 
--AAA loses one of its most popular wrestlers
--Notes from the last and next AAA taping
--Update on Champion Carnival tournament
--Update on Global League tag team tournament
--Update on the next New Japan PPV show
--Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. become double champions
--A look back at the life of Houston promoter Paul Boesch
--A look at the attempt to start a new promotion with a blow out show in Puerto Rico
--Former regional wrestling promoter sentenced to eight years in prison
--Former WWF star complains about company's policies regarding helping former talent
--Bobby Roode talks his TNA contract issues
--TNA's next European tour
--New match for next ROH PPV
--TNA house show news
--Update on Georges St-Pierre and his next fight
--What event were WWE and TNA superstars both nearly in altercations
--What happened in these situations
--Advance ticket sales for all upcoming UFC events
--Future of Chael Sonnen
--A look at UFC 159 
--Jones goes for record
--Dana White's latest treatment over ear problem
--Update on the health of Dan Hardy
--Notes on next two seasons of Ultimate Fighter
--More on UFC trying to get into New York
--Lots of new endorsements for Ronda Rousey
--Nate Diaz talks moving up
--Name fighters cut from this next season of Ultimate Fighter
--Bellator moves tie slot, at least for one night
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Sunday's News Update
--We've gotten less feedback on last night's UFC then any major show in a long time.  Before anyone jumps to conclusions about a lack of interest, it appears the opposite is the case.  Based on Google searches, which has been a pretty good predictor of PPV numbers, it's at a level that would indicate being well ahead of company projections and the predictions here on the web site (which interestingly enough were almost identical).  It's amazing the amount of reaction we got in February to that show, and all the reports about record bar traffic everywhere.  While that show did well, this show is looking to do ahead of that number and we've gotten little reaction.  Maybe it not being much of a show had something to do with it. 

--Dating back the last several days, the only thing searched for more than items related to UFC (UFC 159, Jon Jones, UFC 159 results, Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen, Chael Sonnen, Jones vs. Sonnen, Jon Jones toe, UFC 159 card) were searches related to George Jones. 
--Regarding John Cena, the injury is legitimate but it's not clear exactly what the injury is or the severity of it.  The injury took place at a show seven days ago in Geneva, and he worked house shows on it so it's not like an Achilles tear which would have put him down for nine months.  He will be at TV tomorrow night.  It may be the injury Sting suffered last year on the European tour.  It's tricky because with C.M. Punk out, that would be the two top full-timers gone, and Punk shouldn't be wrestling on his knee the way it is.
--Both WWE crews are now on the way home.  The Raw crew is back in the U.S., in the Ohio area.  Smackdown crew is leaving and in the process of getting back. 
--Pain and Gain, Dwayne Johnson's latest movie, is estimated at doing $20 million over the weekend, meaning it exceeded projections and was No. 1 for the weekend. 
--Punk was at the UFC last night, although not shown on camera. 
--Chael Sonnen gave hints regarding retirement, saying that he doesn't want to be around without a path to the title and he thought after last night, he doesn't see him getting another shot.  If Sonnen survived the round, and who knows if he would have, he'd have won the title.  Actually if he would have survived long enough for someone to see Jon Jones' toe, Sonnen would have won the fight.  Very weird night.
--Have no idea who the ghosts were that had their voice on the broadcast last night.
--Vinny Magalhaes said he couldn't believe one judge gave him a round last night either.  There were no bad decisions last night, but there were some individual outrageously awful round scores.
--Dana White on Twitter got mad at ESPN Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell when he noted that someone he knew was able to get tickets for last night's show at way under face value from a scalper, citing it's not as hot as it once was.  They did outdraw the  Jon Jones vs. Shogun fight.
--One of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time, Lou Thesz, passed away on this date 11 years ago, at the age of 86.  Thesz was both the youngest world champion ever, in 1937 at the age of 21, but also the oldest of what I'd call a full-time touring world champion, at 49 when he lost to Gene Kiniski in 1966.  There were older world champions, but they weren't full-time touring all over the world as champion for several years.
--It was also eight years ago today that Chris Candido died at the age of 33, and four years ago today that Playboy Buddy Rose died at 56.
--If I was WWE, I don't know if I'd be thrilled about this.  Epic Labs has released a supplement called "Undertaker," promising results the same as steroids and using the term "Tombstone results."  I think this would be the first prohormone named after a pro wrestler.
--Fuel is replaying Ultimate Fighter season 5, which was the last season that sent a lot of major stars to the big show including Nate Diaz (winner), Gray Maynard, Joe Lauzon, Matt Wiman, Cole Miller and Manny Gamburyan.  B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver were coaches.  Two episodes air tonight from 9-11 p.m. as the lead-in for the prelims from last night's show, which means you can see Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff two more times if you haven't seen it already.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1972 - Spyros Arion beat Killer Karl Kox to become the first Austra Asian heavyweight champion
1983 - Alan Dennnison beat Jim Breaks in Nottingham to win the British welterweight title
1987 - Rollerball Mark Rocco beat Flying Fuji Yamada (Jushin Liger) in Catford, England to win the World heavy middleweight title
1989 - Angel Azteca beat Emilio Charles Jr. to win the NWA middleweight title
1990 - Jimmy Valiant beat Jerry Lawler to win the USWA title in Memphis and Brickhouse Brown & Sweet Daddy Falcone beat Rex King & Steve Doll to win the USWA tag titles.
1996 - Juventud Guerrera beat Rey Misterio Jr. in Queretaro to win the WWA welterweight title
1997 - Owen Hart beat Rocky Maivia in Omaha to win the IC title
1999 - Rob Conway beat Nick Dinsmore to win the OVW title
Chael Sonnen 56.7%
Kenny Florian 20.7%
Brian Stann 8.5%
Michael Bisping 5.5%
Dominick Cruz 5.5%
Daniel Cormier 1.8%
Mark Munoz 1.2%
Josh Thomson 53.8%
Gilbert Melendez 22.4%
Gray Maynard 10.9%
Donald Cerrone 7.1%
T.J. Grant 3.8%
Jim Miller 1.9%
Last night's show 74.1%
May 25 with Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 25.9%
Excellent 26.9%
Good 35.9%
Average 23.1%
Fair 7.7%
Poor 6.4%
        35.5% of those responding didn't see the show
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki 25.6%
HHH vs. Brock Lesnar 22.2%
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Karl Anderson 11.9%
Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger vs. Dolph Ziggler 9.9%
John Cena vs. Ryback 9.1%
Bully Ray vs. Sting 8.5%
Jay Briscoe vs. Adam Cole 8.2%
Sheamus vs. Mark Henry 2.8%
Masato Tanaka vs. Tomoaki Honma 1.7%    
--Fandango's song played yesterday at the Minnesota Twins game at Target Field (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Samuel Batts noted the similarity between the rogue cops in the Clint Eastwood movie "Magnum Force" and The Shield, particularly with the verbiage used.
--Canadian Wrestling Elite wrestlers will be part of a 6/1 event from Noon to 2 p.m. in Modern, Manitoba as part of the annual Modern Block Party street festival.         
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV show starts on KARD in Monroe, LA this coming Saturday with a 9 p.m. time slot.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling has its next TV taping on 6/1 in Meridian, MS headlined by Tommy Dreamer going after champion Lance Hoyt (Lance Archer).  The former Michael Tarver is debuting under the name Tarver.  Also headed in this summer for TV tapings include Zach Gowen and Trevor Murdoch.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling from last night in Cleveland:  Submission Squad b Jollyville F---itis, Louis Lyndon over ACH, Davey Vega and Gary Jay, Gregory Iron & Veda Scott b The Batiri, Addy Star b Jody D'Milo, Colin Delaney & Matt Cross & Josh Prohibition b Eric Ryan & Ricky Shane Page & Bobby Beverly in a riot match, B.J. Whitmer b Michael Elgin, Josh Alexander b Ethan Page, Chris Dickinson b Masada.
--There was a new finish in the Alexander vs. Page match.  Page's valet, instead of throwing in the towel to signal the end of the match, had no towel so she threw in her panties.
--We're looking for contact info on Bobby Horne aka Mo of Men on a Mission.
--The movie "Marine 2" is on Netflix.
--MV Promociones on Friday night in Tijuana:  Tapatio Jr. over Cardenal Jr. and Rey Centella, Tigrillo & Ursus b
Dementor & Tenebro, Extassis & Extreme Tiger & Thunder b El Hijo del Fishman & Lizmark Jr. (not the one in WCW, but a younger brother of his) & Mr, Tempest, Las Traumas I & II b Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro (fans threw money into the ring after the match), Arandu & TJ Boy b AK-47 & 911. 
--Underground Independent Pro Wrestling runs Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles with El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Misteriso vs. Bestia 666 & Super Natural.
--AAW from last night in Arlington Heights, IL:  Shane Hollister b Brian Kendrick, Jimmy Jacobs NC Arik Cannon, Zero Gravity & Marion Fontaine & Louis Lyndon b Irish Airborne & Ethan Page & Josh Alexander, Keith Walker b Chris Dickinson, Michael Elgin b Masada, MsChif won three-way over Neveah and Angelus Layne, Knight Wagner b Tony Rican, ACH b Lamar Titan, Silas Young b Matt Fitchett, Christian Rose b Davey Vega.  Next show is 5/17 with Silas Young vs. Samuray del Sol plus Colt Cabana, Kyle O'Reilly, Davey Richards and Sami Callihan. (thanks to Chris GST)
--Pro Wrestling Evo Unplugged from last night in Concord, NC:  Chase Brown b Smith James, Chip Day over Robyn Golphin, Joe Black and Raymond King, Cedric Alexander b Mr. Elite, Billy Brash & Zane Riley b Eli Evans & Ethan Case, Caleb Konley b Mark Briscoe to keep PWX title, Angelina Love b Amber O'Neal, Jay Briscoe b Corey Hollis (thanks to Chris GST)
--Zack Salvation, who works for the group, announced his retirement.  He's suffering from Bell's Palsy and was battling significant injuries the past two years.  
--Southern Championship Wrestling from last night in Sanford, FL:  Irish Jack b Bobby Adams, Johnny Armani b Stevie Richards, Rico Casanova & Stevie Richards b Jason Cade & J.D. Amazing, Victor Creed b London Vice, Chasyn Race b Jason Cade, Santana Garrett & Luscious Latasha b Leva Bates & Justine Silver, Victor Creed b Johnny Armani (thanks to Alan Wojcik)
--Southern Heritage Championship Wrestling from last night in Gastonia, NC:  Deon Johnson & Sweet Dreams b Chad Byrd & R.J. Hewitt, Shane Williams b George South Jr., Nikki Nitro b Le D Tapa (TNA), George South Sr. b Al Snow, Lodi b Jay Batista, Doc of Aces and 8s b Christian York, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson b Warlord & Barbarian (thanks to Michael Carpenter)  
--Lucha Libre Extreme on Fresno TV last night:  Super Tiger b Will Da Beast, Big Dogg b Elemento, Mike Rayne b Crimson Plague, Wiseguy b Jacob O'Brien (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Rob Conway and Eugene headlined for Hoosier Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds for the annual Derby Day show.  They are pushing that both the male (Conway) and female (Kacee Carlisle) NWA champions are on the show.
--Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Cornelia, GA:  Kevin Blue b Brandon Parker, Vandal b Trey Williams, Todd Sexton b Bo Newsome in a street fight, Geter wn over Chris Spectra and Wade Adams, Bobby Moore & C.B. Suave & Tommy Penirelli b Joey Rhymer & Supernatural & B.J. Hancock, Jeremy Vain & Slim J b Shaun Tempers & Seven.  Next show is 5/11. (thanks to Bill Behrens)     

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