TUES UPDATE: More from Raw, reaction to Cena segment, Extreme Rules card, UFC drug tests, Ratner to petition ABC on rules, fighter gets eye glued shut, Hall talks Ryback and Punk, tons more



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Smackdown, Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event will be taped tonight in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.  Matches announced are Kofi Kingston vs. Antonio Cesaro for the U.S. title for Main Event and Kane vs. Dean Ambrose for Smackdown.  We're looking for reports on the show.

        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.
 
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        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.
 
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        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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--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
 
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--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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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- The John Cena Make-A-Wish segment from last night, where we're told that backstage there wasn't a dry eye in the house, is up here. Lawler was visibly tearing up on air.

-- They did a deal after Raw went off the air that they'll probably be doing for awhile (they've done a variation since WrestleMania) where Fandango's music hits, he comes to the ring with Summer Rae, the fans expect some sort of dark match, but instead he announces that his name is FANDANGO and that everyone should drive safe. They play his music as everyone leaves.

-- We were told that there was zero reaction for Ryback coming out after the TV main event, and that people were more concerned with "fleeing the building" to get to their cars. Scott Hall on Twitter warned CM Punk that if this thing didn't get over he was going to be getting a call soon. He also told Fandango to stop doing the top rope legdrop or there would be a hip replacement in his future.

-- Company returns to Columbus on October 8th.

-- Extreme Rules for May 19th after last night has John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE Title, Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger in a ladder match for the World Title, Brock Lesnar vs. HHH in a steel cage match, and more.

-- We've got a great interview with Diamond Dallas Page up on the front page right now talking DDP Yoga, healthy diet and nutrition, Jake Roberts and Scott Hall, Cauliflower Alley, WrestleCon and more. Last night's Wrestling Observer Radio is also a FREE downloadon the front page right now, so check that one out for Raw results and more.

-- Brand new Figure Four Weekly is also up on the front page right nowwith tons of news on WrestleMania business, future WWE plans, what Vince and WWE think about whether Rock has wrestled his last match, news and TV reviews from around the world, and exclusive thoughts on the Barbed Wire City DVD from a former ECW star.

-- Marc Ratner plans to petition the Association of Boxing Commissions this summer for some rule changes, including updating the procedure for accidental eye pokes, fixing the rule that allows someone to be a downed opponent if they put one finger on the ground (a truly dumb rule), and more.

-- Alexander Gustaffson said that if Jon Jones is going to be out for awhile (and based on what happened to his toe this weekend he's probably looking at three months' recovery time before he can even think about training again), he'd be willing to face Lyoto Machida in a number-one contender's match for the next shot at Jones later this year.

-- All drug tests from UFC on FOX 7 have come back clean.

-- The Brazilian newspaper Fohla is reporting that due to declining ratings and a lack of interest, TUF Brazil isn't going to be renewed for a third season. UFC went on the offensive today saying the report was inaccurate and the series wasn't being canceled.

-- Article in USA Today about FIGHTING MOMCat Zingano.

-- Amazed this didn't happen at the last UFC. At a show in Rio, a fighter was standing under an ad bannerand as they attempted to glue it back onto the cage, glue fell INTO HIS EYEBALL and they were unable to pry the eye back open. Obviously, he couldn't see out of the eye and the fight was waved off, but because he was ahead on the scorecards, he won the fight. Hopefully Marc Ratner addresses the issue of errant glue in MMA when he meets with the ABC later this year.

-- For those who have entered our Bryan & Vinny Slogan Contest to attempt to win copies of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green Volume 2 by Paul O'Brien, Mick Foley reviewed the book and said: "Paul O'Brien has done it again! But this time, he's done it even better. With sharply drawn characters that any wrestling fan will feel like they know, and non-fans will wish they did, O'Brien's second journey into the world of 1970's territorial wrestling depends less on wrestling action, and more on the surreal scenarios that his cast of wrestling misfits - noble and seedy, loyal and cut-throat, confident and desperate - provide him. Give it a try, and see if the name Shane "Sugarstick" Montrose doesn't stay with you for a while. A must-read for any wrestling fan, and a should-read for any adventurous fan of crime-fiction."

-- Don't know how it'll come across on DVD, but ROHhas released their Supercard of Honor DVD from Mania weekend with the awesome Jay Briscoe title win over Kevin Steen. I'll never forget that live moment as long as I live.

-- Chikara's April 6th show is also available for purchase, download, etc. here.

-- The annual F4W/Wrestling Observer convention is coming up, and the King of Conventions, Ed in San Antonio, has written in with this:

The pre-sale for UFC 162 is next week, so now seems like as good of a time as any to get things organized. So, with that in mind there are three questions that we need to answer before getting everything in order:

1) Who has a Fight Club membership?

2) Who wants tickets for the show (and how many and what price range)?

3) Who wants to buy on the pre-sale, and who wants to wait for the general sale?

If you want to help with any of this, email Ed at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

There is also a thread with information on our board here.

-- Behind the Scenes look hereon how Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan prepare for UFC broadcasts.

-- Tyson Griffin has signed with the World Series of Fighting.

-- From the promoter: TCW WRESTLING and OCTAPIXX LIVE are pleased to announce that TCW WRESTLING, which was officially introduced to the international community at NATPE 2013, has now gone global with its first licensed international broadcast taking place in Kenya on Channel K24 earlier this month. Already in broadcast on American television, TCW WRESTLING showcases the wildly entertaining wrestling storylines, feuds and competitions that take place during live tapings of TCW America's fastest-growing wrestling promotion. The series features well-known and rising stars of wrestling including Matt Riviera and the 7'2" giant Titan, as well as appearances from several wrestling legends such as Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Diamond Dallas Page, Cowboy Bob Orton, and many more. The Kenya broadcast is the first in a series of international broadcast deals that are now being firmed up by OCTAPIXX LIVE, which anticipates that the TCW WRESTLING series will soon appear in many more worldwide territories. "It was only a matter of time before TCW WRESTLING enjoyed its international broadcast premiere," says Jay Simbajon, Distribution Manager at OCTAPIXX LIVE. "TCW is a sports entertainment property that will surely thrill international audiences and features a multitude of merchandising possibilities that will only grow with the franchise. We look forward to soon announcing more great developments surrounding TCW."

-- ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO BUY TNA SLAMMIVERSARY THAN LOCKDOWN?

Didn't buy Lockdown, not buying Slammiversary 79.7%

Bought Lockdown, will buy Slammiversary 7.8%

Undecided on Slammiversary right now 7.8%

Bought Lockdown, not buying Slammiversary 3.0%

Didn't buy Lockdown, am buying Slammiversary 1.7%

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING AAA IN THE U.S. MARKET?

It can make it with Hispanics, not with anyone el;se 46.0%

Won't even make it with Hispanics due to WWE 29.6%

It can make it across he board 24.3%

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MAIN EVENT ON THE NEXT UFC ON FOX CARD?

Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche 50.0%

Jake Ellenberger vs. Rory MacDonald 34.6%

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga 12.8%

Robbie Lawler vs. Tarec Saffiedine 2.6%

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE UNDERTAKER FACE NEXT YEAR AT WRESTLEMANIA? John Cena 27.4%

Brock Lesnar 24.7%

Sting 23.2%

The Shield 8.2%

Dolph Ziggler 3.1%

The Rock 2.9%

C.M. Punk 2.7%

Ryback 2.7%

The Miz 2.4%

Wade Barrett 1.4%

Big E Langston 1.3%

Mark Henry 0.1%

-- East Coast indy wrestler Damian Legion (formerly Bill Ding), just announced on his Facebook page that he will be competing on the third season of the FOX reality show MasterChef (with Gordon Ramsay), debuting on Wednesday night, May 22nd, at 8pm EST.

-- The freshest women's action returns on Saturday May 11th as Pro Wrestling Syndicate's all womens wrestling division Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling storms into Iselin, New Jersey. After a brutal match at the last Bombshells event "Prime Time" Amy Lee will look to settle the score with Amazing Kong, only this time these two heavy hitters will be placed in a First Blood Match. Former WWE diva Serena Deeb makes her Bombshells debut against former diva Shelly Martinez. Japanese star Sumie Sakai battles Amber O'Neal. Santana Garrett takes on the popular La Rosa Negra. Canadian standout Silvie Silver collides with Angel Orsini. The Bombshells Title will be on the line as newly crowned champion Missy Sampson defends against Alexa Thatcher whom is coming out of retirement to challenge for the belt.

-- For the second time this year, Lion Fight Promotions has added a new championship division with CEO Scott Kent’s announcement today that Yodsanklai Fairtex will battle Chike Lindsay at Lion Fight 10, and that this main event is now a title fight for the Lion Fight World Middleweight Championship. Taking place live from the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, AXS TV will present “LION FIGHT 10” starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

-- On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, Chael Sonnen is back in the studio alongside Kenny Florian and talks exclusively about his fight against Jon Jones at UFC 159. Find out Chael's thoughts on the fight and Jon Jones, what the future holds for him, and more on UFC TONIGHT. This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, we’ll take a look back at the FOX UFC Saturday fights from San Jose through our cinematic perspective with behind-the-scenes coverage you can’t get anywhere else. Then, The Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum joins host Jon Anik in studio for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Plus, Rudy Hernandez is no stranger to the fight game or the sometimes intensely critical predicaments his profession puts him in. As a UFC cutman, Hernandez is one of the best and shares some of his favorite stories from the Octagon.

-- Today's History with Brian Hoops:

1977 - Superstar Billy Graham defeated Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Title in Baltimore, Maryland

1983 - Greg Valentine defeated Roddy Piper for the NWA U.S. Heavyweight Title in Greensboro, North Carolina

1998 - Chris Benoit defeated Booker T for the WCW Television Title in Augusta, Georgia

2000 - At the Backlash PPV in Washington, DC The Rock defeated Triple H to win the WWF World Heavyweight Title. Shane McMahon was the special referee.

2006 - Rob Van Dam defeated Shelton Benjamin to win the WWF Intercontinental Title at the Backlash PPV.

-- Phil writes: I just quickly wanted to say that I think you're missing something with Zack Ryder. It's not that he's given up, this is an intentional thing to change his character. If you look at his YouTube and his Twitter it's clear that the growing out of the hair, losing the headband, sunglasses etc is all an intentional part of him trying to change the character.

-- Rob Van Dam will be attending MCM Comic Con London at the Excel Centre on May 25 & 26 to promote and sign his graphic novel Twisted Perception.

-- CNWA Wrestling announced that Bret Hart will be touring Alberta in July for the Promotion. Official announcement on You Tube Video. Thanks to Dwayne.

-- Ed and the crew talk news of the week on Over the Top Radio here.

-- Forbes has an article based on recent WWE press releases here.

-- Real Pro Wrestling Federation June 1, 2013 - Saturday The Chateau Resort & Conference Center 475 Camelback Road. Tannersville, PA 18372. Featuring live in action: Kevin Nash, Justin Credible, with Marty Jannetty.

-- Lee writes: International rugby player Danny Cipriani was hit by a bus last week whilst he was on a fancy-dress pub crawl. It was a big story in the UK papers, partly because he dates model Kelly Brook, and he revealed he was dressed as Goldust at the time.

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