MON. UPDATE: Cena injury update, Lawler first match back, WWE pushing Komen Foundation, HHH wins award, Rousey makes list, Summer Hall of Fame cermony, Legendary tag teams honored, and 29th anniversary of one of most famous matches in history



By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for your thoughts on the weekend's ROH and New Japan iPPV shows as well as TNA's Jokers Wild PPV so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're looking for live reports from Raw in Roanoke tonight.  The arena is expected to be another sellout, keeping the Raw sellout streak alive.  Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman taped an angle in Stamford, CT, destroying HHH's office which will be part of the show.  With two shows left before the next PPV, some of the undercard matches are likely to be made.  We're looking for Superstars match results, dark match results and anything else not evident from watching the live show.
 
        We're also looking for reports from these shows:
WWE Raw Sunday  in Charleston, WV
WWE Smackdown Sunday in Upper Marlboro, MD
WWE Raw from Saturday in Wheeling, WV
WWE Smackdown from Saturday  in Reading, PA
TNA from last night in Baron Rouge, LA

        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Raleigh.
 
        A look at the business of WrestleMania is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up on the front page today.  In addition, we've got a very interesting back issue talking about when Paul Heyman tried to ban blading in ECW in 1996, which is an amazing story in hindsight, the trials of Brian Pillman in his game changing approach to his career, and UFC faces the beginnings of the major problems that ended up nearly putting them down, but wound up with the new ownership group.
 
        This week's issue runs down the WrestleMania finances, where the extra money came in from, how much WWE took in of the money listed, how much WrestleMania has expanded in recent years, the usage of big money performers Dwayne Johnson and Brock Lesnar, early PPV number estimates and where the Rock vs. John Cena feud stands historically.
 
        We also have a look at the fan base of boxing, wrestling and MMA based on a major study done recently.  We talk about which group does the best and worst at engaging its fan base, the real demographics of each fan base, if what people perceive about the fan bases are correct, and the huge changes in the business structure of pro wrestling.  We look at the affluence of the audiences, the education of the audiences, the metropolitan areas with the most fans, age group of fans, annual income of fans and more.
 
        We've also got a look at the UFC 159 show, including the stories around the show, what is next for the stars of the show, rule changes UFC is interested in doing coming off the show, a look at Chael Sonnen's career, as well as the business notes on the show, match-by-match coverage and how much everyone on the show earned in base salary.
 
        We also have a lot more exclusively on a WWE TV show they are looking at getting a U.S. broadcast home in the fall, details of it, why they are doing it and why it represents a change in a long standing philosophy.  We also look why the economy has changed leading to this philosophic change.
 
        We also look at the Undertaker-Shield program, more on Dwayne Johnson, his future in WWE and what those in the company believe.  We also look at Vince McMahon's reaction to the question of Johnson's future in WWE, changes in a major WWE broadcast partner and new WWE licensing deals.  We look at what is next for C.M. Punk, the company's new reality show, ratings for Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event, movies with wrestles and there business, an updated lineup for Extreme Rules and thoughts on the show.
 
        We also have notes on the return of a major star to WWE, a minor change in the Smackdown TV show that wouldn't be noticed and he Zack Ryder character.
 
        We also have all the business notes from the past week in WWE and highlights from the last week of the European tour.
 
        We also look at this year's All Japan Champion Carnival tournament, the changes in the hierarchy of All Japan, and where the booking goes from here.
 
        We also have a look at a number of the women who will be on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, from fighters who have been on national TV.
 
        We also have a look at the good and the bad of Twitter as a marketing tool and the reason it hasn't been as successful as those in the major wrestling companies expected.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--A look at the 57th anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Mexico as well as the first main event ever.
 
--Another special show coming this week
 
--One of the legends of wrestling quits home promotion and why
 
--The real reasons AAA is splitting into two groups and who can appear on what show
 
--A look at the expected rosters after the split
 
--A look at Dragon Gate's biggest show so far this year coming up
 
--Notes on the next two tournaments on Dragon Gate shows
 
--Hottest tag team feud right now in pro wrestling and its next chapter
 
--A look at NOAH's Global Tag League tournament
 
--The biggest women's pro wrestling show in many years and what former TNA star wins a title
 
--Health update on stars from the past
 
--Another major international group moving its big shows to iPPV
 
--Another new pro wrestling DVD funded
 
--Notes on next year's Cauliflower Alley Club and why the changes
 
--City bans pro wrestling
 
--Book on 30-year-old wrestling death comes out next week
 
--Tommy Dreamer runs second House of Hardcore show
 
--Indie name retires due to injuries
 
--A look at ROH's shows this week
 
--How Sinclair Broadcasting is doing with finances
 
--Details on Hulk Hogan's legal battle with Gawker media
 
--What match is TNA building toward
 
--Thoughts on the current TNA product and main angle
 
--Who is responsible for TNA's main angle
 
--Why TNA is no longer going live on Spike even though they are pretending they are
 
--Notes on the next TNA taping
 
--A major hire from WWE comes to TNA
 
--Notes on next TNA PPV show
 
--Lots of UFC business notes
 
--Thoughts and lineup for the next UFC on FOX show
 
--Thoughts on the Matt Mitrione situation
 
--Jon Jones gets involved in Mitrione controversy
 
--Jones talks Sonnen
 
--A look at the UFC heavyweight division
 
--UFC meeting with major companies about possible deals
 
--How NASCAR did compared to UFC in same time slot
 
--New UFC endorsement deals
 
--New UFC matches made
 
--Idea batted around for the first UFC on FS 1 show in Boston
 
--Olympic gold medalist continue to rise in MMA ranks
 
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Monday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, covering tonight's Raw as well as taking your e-mail questions that can be sent to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--A note for those who haven't heard it yet, but we've gotten a ton of response that Saturday's Observer radio, in particular part two of the three hour show we did, was one of the best audio shows on the site in a long time.  It's just me answering all kinds of questions on history.  Mike Sempervive and I will be doing shows like this most likely after every New Japan PPV show.
 
--Jerry Lawler is being advertised for his first match since his 9/10 heart attack, taking place in about three weeks, on 5/25 in Ocala, FL for Dory Funk Jr.'s promotion.  Lawler & Funk Jr are scheduled to form a tag team on that show. (thanks to John Patton)

--John Cena has indicated he's okay now after his heel bruise from a few weeks ago.  Reports from the weekend house shows were that he was moving well and not having to be cautious in he ring.  He said he worked the last two nights without even having to tape up his leg.
 
--WWE will be pushing its involvement with the Susan G. Komen charity in battling breast caner this week, coinciding with Mother's Day in a campaign called "Make Mom Proud."  Most likely this will be pushed on television this week.  
 
--"No One Lives," a WWE horror film, opens this weekend at the theaters.
 
--HHH was awarded "Most Metal Athlete" at the Revolver Golden God Awards.  I have no idea what that means.  It's the show Chris Jericho was hosting.
 
--Gerald Brisco and Jim Ross are doing talent evaluations the weekend of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame inductions in Waterloo, IA.  The talent evaluation will be on 7/12 at Noon at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.  Each wrestler will wrestle a full match, with introductions.  Brisco will be giving everyone pointers.  Those who show promise will be invited to wrestle later that night for the local Impact Pro Wrestling promotion.  Several Midwest promoters will also be there looking for talent.  The evaluation cost $200 with all proceeds going too benefit the Dan Gable Museum and Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame.  For those looking to be evaluated, send your resume, height, age, name of trainer and career highlights to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   It's open to both men and women. 
 
--The pro wrestling show that night in Waterloo will feature appearances by Edge, Ric Flair, Ross, Bill Watts, Jim Brunzell, Brisco and Baron Von Raschke.
 
--UFC tonight on Fuel has Jose Aldo vs. Mark Hominick at 7 p.m., Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson at 8 p.m., Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard at 9 p.m., Shogun  Rua vs. Jon Jones at 10 p.m., GSP vs. Josh Koscheck at 11 p.m., Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago at midnight and Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz at 1 a.m.
 
--Larry Matysik and Gerald Brisco will be on WBGZ radio 1570 AM in Alton, IL on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to Noon talking pro wrestling and promoting the two events, a legends get together and a live show, held in Alton at the Argosy Casino on 5/10 and 5/11.
 
--Jim Duggan, Maryse Ouellet, Taryn Terrell and Greg Valentine are booked 5/17 to 5/19 at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI.  The local XICW promotion is also going to be running multiple shows at the convention.  The shows are free with admission to the convention.
 
--There is a Raw house shows on 6/22 in Daytona Beach at the Ocean Center.  There is an Internet presale that starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow and ends at midnight on Thursday at Ticketmaster with the password 101ONE  They are advertising Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, Big Show and Dolph Ziggler.  It's interesting that it's being called Raw even though that's more the traditional Smackdown crew.
 
--The ECW documentary "Barbed Wire City" has a Chicago premiere on 5/23 at the Pickwick Theater. 
 
--Maxim is doing a tease of its 2013 list of the sexiest women in the world issue.  They've listed random people in the top 100 in their spots to garner publicity.  Among the names released were Ronda Rousey at No. 29 and Olivia Munn at No. 28.
 
--Mid Atlantic Memories announced its annual they will be honoring The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson), their rivals the Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane & Dennis Condrey) and manger Jim Cornette with a Hall of Heroes induction on 8/2 in Charlotte at the University Hilton.  Lane will not be attending but the other five will be.  Cornette will also be doing a Q&A session and has said this will be his only wrestling related appearance of 2013.  Also announced as appearing is a Raven & The Flock reunion with Lodi, Sick Boy and Scotty Riggs.  Among the others appearing include Magnum T.A., Tully Blanchard, Johnny Powers, Lars Anderson, Bob Caudle, Ox Baker, J.J. Dillon, Mr. Wrestling II, Gerald Brisco and Les Thatcher.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1921 - Stanislaus Zbyszko beat Ed Strangler Lewis in Madison Square Garden to win the world heavyweight title
1953 - Killer Kowalski beat Verne Gagne to win Montreal's version of the world title
1953 - Leo Nomellini & Enrique Torres beat Mike & Ben Sharpe to win California's version of the world tag team title
1960 - Ed Francis & Bill Savage beat Tony Borne & Shag Thomas to win the Pacific Northwest tag team tiles
1966 - Alberto & Enrique Torres beat Masked Medics to win the Southern tag team titles in Atlanta
1968 - Skull Murphy & Killer Karl Kox beat Mario Milano & Antonio Pugliese to win the IWA tag team titles in Brisbane
1978 - Carlos Colon beat Ox Baker in Bayamon to win the Puerto Rican title and Huracan Castillo & Pierre Martel beat Invader & Jose Rivera to win the WWC tag titles
1980 - Masa Saito beat Steve Keirn to win the Florida TV title in Tampa
1982 - Black Tiger (Rollerball Mark Rocco) beat Gran Hamada in Fukuoka to win the WWF junior heavyweight title
1982 - Wendi Richter & Joyce Grable beat Princess Victoria & Sabrina to win the NWA women's tag title in Kansas City
1982 - King Kamaka (Tor Kamata) & Baron Von Krupp beat Mark Lewin & Steve Rickard to win the Australian tag title in Auckland, New Zealand
1984 - Kerry Von Erich beat Ric Flair before 32,000 at Texas Stadium to win the NWA world heavyweight title in one of the most famous matches in wrestling history.  Fritz & Kevin & Mike Von Erich won the world six-man titles from The Freebirds, Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts.
1984 - King Kong Bundy & Masked Superstar beat The Road Warriors in Atlanta to win the National tag team titles
1984 - The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke beat Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera to win the AWA tag team titles in the last major title win by Crusher
1988 - Makhan Singh beat Owen Hart in Calgary to win the North American title 
1996 - Dick Togo beat Danny Collins in Nakayama to win the Michinoku Pro jr. title
1998 - Lioness Asuka beat Kyoko Inoue in Tokyo to win the TWF title
 
--Colt Cabana turned 33 today.  Brian Knobbs of the Nasty Boys turned 49.
 
--It was nine years ago today that Pepper Gomez passed away at the age of 77.  Gomez was a huge star in California and Texas, a former bodybuilder whose feud with Ray Stevens in the early 60s was the most famous in the history of Northern California wrestling.
 
WHICH SHOW DID YOU THINK WAS BETTER?
New Japan 21.6%
ROH 10.8%
Didn't see ROH 7.9%
Didn't see New Japan 5.8%
Didn't see either 54.0%
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW
Excellent 45.5%
Good 42.4%
Average 3.0%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 9.1%
        54.2% of those responding didn't see the show.  This was the show with the strong Karl Anderson vs. Michael Elgin and Davey Richards vs. Kyle O'Reilly matches.
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE JAPANESE ANNUAL TRADITION?
G-1 Climax tournament 37.6%
New Japan Best of the Super Juniors 36.8%
All Japan Champion Carnival 9.6%
New Japan Cup 8.0%
All Japan tag tournament 4.0%
Zero-One Fire Festival 2.4%
King of Gate 1.6%
 
WHO WAS THE GREATEST WWE CHAMPION OF ALL-TIME?
Bruno Sammartino 38.4%
Hulk Hogan 23.6%
Steve Austin 18.4%
Bret Hart 8.1%
Shawn Michaels 3.1%
John Cena 2.1%
Superstar Billy Graham 1.4%
Randy Savage 1.4%
Bob Backlund 1.2%
The Rock 1.2%
Pedro Morales 0.7%
HHH 0.2%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
Main Event 30.8%
ROH 18.2%
Raw 16.8%
Impact 14.0%
Smackdown 9.8%
CMLL 6.3%
UFC Tonight 2.8%
Saturday Morning Slam 1.4%
 
--Lineups were announced for the 5/15 U.S. vs. Russia and U.S. vs. Iran matches at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York City.  U.S. vs. Iran takes place at 3:30 p.m. and U.S. vs. Russia takes place at 6 p.m.   Among those competing for the U.S. include Kyle Dake (163), gold medalist Jordan Burroughs (163), bronze medalist Coleman Scott (132), Brent Metcalf (145.5), two-time NCAA champ Logan Steiber (132) and former NCAA champ David Taylor (163).  Dake will be in the dual against Iran.  Scott, Steiber, Metcalf, Burroughs and Taylor will be in the duel against Russia.
 
--CTWE on Saturday night from Bethany CT, before 300 fans:  A.J. Cruise b Dan de Man in a cage match, Chris Battle won a five-way over Anthony Stone, Bobby Ocean, Pinkie Sanchez and Rade Revello, Bandido Jr. b Antonio Thomas, Slyck Wagner Brown b Bobby Lashley, Mikey Chase & Anthony Greene b Stevie Stamos & J-Busta, Mark Shurman & Scotty Slade won over Purists, Team CK, Monarchy, The Mac and Anthony Battle, Brian Fury b Ricky Reyes, Alex Cypher b Vladimir Joseph, Trent Baretta b Dan Barry, Lukas Sharp b Frankie Arion in a 30:00 Iron man match
 
--Trans South Wrestling on Saturday night in Union, SC before 275 fans:  Will Roberts b Kameron Kade, Cruiser Lewis b Darrian Gable, Danny Dollar & Brandon Phoenix b Jeff Connelly & Elliott Russell, Amanda Rodriguez b Kimberly Spades, Darrian Gable & Josh Powers b Thomas Simpson & Chase Brown, Alex Avgerinos b Dr. Tom Prichard (was told Prichard, now in his early 50s, looked good here), Deon Johnson b George South.
 
--There are 28 VIP tickets left starting at $25 for a Shawn Michaels autograph signing for Top Rope Pro Wrestling on 8/31 in Waynesboro, VA, at 4 p.m. at the Louis Spilman Auditorium.
 
--Andy Nichols is starting a petition to get Eddie Gilbert into the WWE Hall of Fame at http://www.change.org/petitions/vincent-k-mcmahon-induct-eddie-gilbert-into-the-wwe-hall-of-fame
 
--Mark Goodman on The Today Show was talking about Cyndi Lauper and described her as "a huge talent who made a mistake with the wrestling thing, made a left hand turn she should not have taken."  (thanks to Jeff Beecher)  
 
--CMLL on Sunday in Guadalajara:  Indigo & Xavier Cruz Jr. b Relampago Azul & Thunder Boy, Demonio Maya & Ebola b Idolo & Divino, Espectrum & Acertijo & Magnum b Smaker & Metatron & Black Metal, Barbara Cavernario & Rafaga & Malefico b Stuka Jr. & Diamante & Gallo-DQ, Thunder & Atlantis b Namajague & Rey Bucanero (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--Northeast Wrestling from Friday night in Waterbury, CT before 1,042 fans:  Adam Page b Corey Hollis, Ron Zombie & Bull Dredd b Jake Manning & J-Busta, Maria Kanellis b Mickie James, Godfather & Vladimir Joseph b Robbie E & Romeo Roselli, Goldust b Mike Bennett, Brian Anthony won TLC match over Matt Hardy, Caleb Konley, Lukas Sharp and Adam Page (thanks to Mike Lombardi)
 
--Underground Independent Pro Wrestling from Sunday in East Los Angeles:  Jaguar de Oro b Rey Volcan Jr., Latino Blanco & X-Torm & Kanalla b Seville the Trill & Golden Scorpion & Bionico, Thunderwolf b Robbie Phoenix, OG Playboy & Hector Canales b Rubi Gardenia & Zarco, Guerrero Maya Jr. & Kung Fu Jr.  Lestat b Durango Kid & Damian 666 & Lil Cholo, El Hijo de Rey Misterio & Misterioso b Bestia 666 & Supernatural.  Euforia is coming in for this group on 5/18 in Santa Clarita at Salon La Place and 5/19 at the Boys & Girls Club in East Los Angeles which also include Super Natural vs. Mr. Tempest in a hair vs. title match in a cage (thanks to Alfredo Esparza)
 
--Rampage Pro Wrestling from Sunday in Warner-Robins, GA before 85 fans:  Mike Cruz won over Kyle Matthews, Drew Adler, Michael Stevens and Kory Chavis, Zac Edwareds b Steven Stiles, Murder One b J-Rod, Steven Stiles b Anthony Andrews, Bobby Moore b Francisco  Ciatso, Michah Taylor b A.J. Steele 2/3 falls. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 

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