Also in this week's issue:
--Update on Dragon Gate's annual King of Gate tournament going into the semifinals of each block
--NOAH has a match of the year candidate and a look at their next swing of title matches
--Update on this year's G-1 Climax series
--An interesting article on the death of a Japanese gangster who killed the legendary Rikidozan
--Zero-One's 20th anniversary of Masato Tanaka's career show
--Another territorial documentary being filmed
--Notes on Flair and Piper appearing on Wife Swap
--Notes on this week's Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions
--Wrestling stars who went to high school together
--This year's Danny Hodge trophy winners
--Former WCW & WWF wrestler becomes ordained minister
--The build to Carlos Colon vs. Invader in Puerto Rico and how they are building the angles
--A look back at the days when wrestlers would take on all comers in the audience and how a couple of people became pro wrestlers because they did well in those situations
--A look back at one of the most famous of those incidents where a wrestling legend got part of his finger bit off
--Schools to teach American style and Mexican style and for people to learn to bridge the gap
--Update on James Storm's injury
--A new TNA business deal
--Sting talks about how much longer his career will continue
--King Mo's first TV pro wrestling match
--Update on why Rob Van Dam is not on television
--TNA's biggest house show of the year coming
--Notes from the TNA house show
--A look at next week's Impact
--New UFC international TV deal and details
--Interesting notes on the next UFC main event
--How a change in drug testing outside of UFC for international sports may change things in MMA
--A look at one very expensive drug test failure
--Notes on the next UFC video game
--Notes on UFC's new You Tube channel
--Update on problems with Mark Hunt getting into the U.S. for the next PPV, where it stemmed from, and Hunt talks about the incident
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Update on Josh Barnett and his thoughts on UFC
--Dana White talks new gloves
--Lots of UFC roster cuts and thoughts on them
--Dan Hardy's medical update
--Why Shane Carwin retired
--Lorenzo Fertitta talks up the idea of doing a stadium show if they can get legalized in New York
--Former UFC fighter Nick Denis has concerns about future health of UFC fighters
--Denis also offers ideas for ads to legislation too get UFC in the state
--Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva continue talking
--Daniel Cormier talks future
--Update on Eddie Alvarez legal situation
--Ben Askren talks about Bellator drug testing
--MMA champion talks doing boxing this summer
--How PPV numbers are reported
--Notes on the business of recent big boxing fights
--Auto accidents in Mexico put one star out a long time, others not missing any time
--Shinsuke Nakamura heads to Mexico
--Details on the new Pierroth and why this seems to be a bad idea
--Some of Mexico's biggest stars may wind up in court fights with AAA, one is already in the middle of a big court fight
--A match that was talked about for a 100,000 seat arena by a major promotion and now both men have left the promotion
--Will the match proposed take place on an indie show in Mexico
--Update on TripleMania
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*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
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Wednesday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back with Wrestling Observer radio tonight on the site, talking Smackdown, Main Event, Sunday's Extreme Rules, UFC and talking your questions to
--Sad to report on the death of Ronnie West. Anyone around pro wrestling would know Ron West from the 80s in particular. He was a referee, booker, promoter and handled probably every job there was in wrestling for a number of companies besides being a pro wrestler. Ron West had been working for Cole Brothers Circus for years. He was found dead in his motel room in Dulles, VA.
--TNA had a press conference today in Las Vegas at the Orleans to promote them taping two Impact shows on 6/29. These will be the shows that air on 7/4 and 7/11. They are taping early to give everyone 7/4 off, which would be the normal day on the schedule to run the shows. The feeling is the 7/4 ratings aren't going to be different live or on tape. The TNA fans who won't miss it will watch live, those who will DVR still will, and a good amount of people will miss it. Hulk Hogan and Kenny King (who lives in Las Vegas) were there. No Mike Tenay, who also lives in Las Vegas. The 7/4 show will be a themed show.
--To help promote Extreme Rules, WWE is sending Mick Foley and The Bella Twins to the Cardinals game on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, to sign autographs and take photos before the game at 4:45 p.m. Chris Jericho will throw out the first pitch.
--TNA had a press conference yesterday in Peoria at the Civic Center to promote their 6/20 live show which will air Impact for 6/20 and 6/27.
Tickets for the show are on sale right now using the code IMPACTPEORIA
--Just a quick thanks to everyone who contacted me today regarding the New York Times story. Not sure what to say other than I was pretty thrilled with the Bret Hart and Frank Deford quotes. It was really great to hear from so many people that I've known for 20 years or more and how much everyone seemed to enjoy it. Story is here.
--Reader Mike Malasev was in Clearwater Beach and visited Hulk Hogan's beach shop. He said it was a really cool store, particularly if you are a Hogan fan or a wrestling fan. It's a Hogan museum as well as a shop for beach oriented T-shirts. Lots of people pose and take photos alongside the statue in front of the shop.
--On WWE's Classics on Demand, the June theme is Ring Royalty.
For this week on the channel
WCW Uncensored 1995
Tuesday Night Titans 11/28/85
Rey Mysterio: Life of a Masked Star part 3 and 4
Pedro Morales & Tito Santana vs. Nikolai Volkoff & Iron Sheik 10/25/86 Superstars
Pedro Morales vs. Butcher Vachon Madison Square Garden 2/17/75
Pedro Morales vs. Mike Zoma AWA TV 12/25/76
Pedro Morales vs. Greg Valentine Madison Square Garden 1/18/82
WCW on TBS 7/2/88
DDP vs. Mike Awesome ambulance match 2000 Great American Bash
Eddie Guerrero vs. John Cena Parking Lot Brawl Smackdown 9/11/03
Hulk Hogan/Rock Raw TV angle 2/18/02
Mr. Kennedy/Matt Cappotelli parking lot brawl in OVW 11/5/05
Rock & Mankind vs. Undertaker & Big show Buried Alive match 9/9/99 (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Since Pat Healy lost his submission of the night bonus for testing positive for marijuana on 4/27, Bryan Caraway is now getting the $65,000 check for his submission win over Johnny Bedford on the show in Newark, NJ.
--Bellator announced that the 6/19 show on Spike will be three hours, featuring both a light heavyweight tournament first round, a four-man heavyweight tournament first round, and a lightweight title fight. The show will run from 7-10 p.m. as the lead-in for the first episode of Bellator's Fight Master reality show
Michael Chandler vs. Dave Jansen for the lightweight title
King Mo vs. Seth Petruzelli first round light heavyweight tournament
Jacob Noe vs. Renato Sobral first round light heavyweight tournament
Rich Hale vs. Vinicius Queiroz heavyweight tournament
Vitaly Minakov vs. Ron Sparks heavyweight tournament
Blas Avena vs. War Machine
--The documentary "This is Hannibal" about Devon Nicholson won Best Director Best Concept and the Award of Excellence in the documentary short category at the Los Angels Movie Awards.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE ARIES/HEMME INCIDENT?
TNA should have made Aries apologize 26.1%
Aries should be suspended 22.7%
TNA should take no action and leave it alone 20.2%
Aries should be fined 18.1%
Aries should be fired 12.9%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
The Shield 31.7%
Daniel Bryan 15.2%
Brock Lesnar 14.8%
Chris Jericho 8.6%
John Cena 4.1%
Paul Heyman 4.1%
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON UFC MOVING TO FS 1?
It will hurt at first since it's a new station, but long-term this is positive 48.3%
It's a negative moving big shows away from the higher rated general audience on FX 33.0%
It will be a success from the start being on an all-sports station 18.7%
WHAT LEGEND MOST SYMBOLIZES THEIR ERA?
Steve Austin 46.2%
Hulk Hogan 41.1%
Shawn Michaels 3.6%
Mitsuharu Misawa 3.6%
Kenta Kobashi 1.5%
Keiji Muto 1.0%
POLL ON RAW
20.5% of those responding didn't see the show
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY
1956 - Masahiko Kimura (yes, the same one who had the Helio Gracie match) & Kiyomikawa beat Raul Romero & Yaqui Rocha to win the Central & South American tag team tiles
1957 - Ed Francis beat Luigi Macera to win the Pacific Coast jr. title
1958 - Verne Gagne & Leo Nomellini (college football and wrestling teammates at Minnesota) beat Mike & Doc Gallagher to win the area's version of the NWA world tag team tiles
1963 - Long before ECW, Rocket Monroe captured the Gulf Coast title in a three-way over Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) and Pancho Villa
1965 - Mighty Igor upset Mad Dog Vachon to win the AWA title in Omaha. This title change was only recognized in Nebraska.
1970 - Mark Lewin & Antonio Pugliese beat Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson in Sydney to win the IWA tag team titles
1970 - Donna Christantello & Kathy O'Day beat Fabulous Moolah & Toni Rose to win the NWA women's tag team title at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles
1971 - Red Bastien & Hercules Cortez ended the long reign of Mad Dog & Butcher Vachon as AWA tag team champions in Milwaukee
1972 - Boris Malenko beat Bearcat Wright to win the Florida Brass Knux title in Orlando
1975 - Paul Jones & Wahoo McDaniel beat Gene & Ole Anderson to win the NWA tag titles in Greensboro
1976 - The Sheik beat Bobo Brazil in Detroit to win the U.S. title
1976 - Pat Patterson & Tony Garea beat Invader I (Rocky Montero) & Don Muraco at the Cow Palace in San Francisco to win the area's world tag team title
1976 - Cyclone Negro beat Ron Miller in Melbourne to win the WCW Brass Knux title
1978 - Gene Kiniski beat John Quinn in Vancouver to win the Pacific Coast title
1981 - Chigusa Nagayo, before the Crush Gals, beat Itzuki Yamazaki, before the JB Angels, to win the Japanese jr. title'
1982 - The Moondogs, Rex & Spot, beat Eddie & Tommy Gilbert in San Juan to win the WWC tag titles
1986 - Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty beat The Batten Twins in Kansas City to win the Central States tag team titles
1993 - Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson beat Stan Lane & Tom Prichard in Johnson City, TN to win the SMW tag titles
1995 - Reggie Bennett beat Manami Toyota to win the IWA women's title
2000 - Ric Flair won his final WCW title from Jeff Jarrett in Biloxi, MS
2001 - Brock Lesnar & Shelton Benjamin beat Damien & Payne to win the OVW tag titles in Louisville. This was the start of both men's career.
2002 - Nova beat Prototype (John Cena) to win the OVW title in Jeffersonville, IN
--Mick Foley will be appearing at the Columbus (OH) Clippers home game on 5/24 at Huntington Park. He'll be signing free autographs and throwing out the first pitch before the Clippers vs. Syracuse Chiefs game. Jerry Lawler will be appearing at the Clippers 8/23 game.
--Fox Sports South's web site at www.foxsportssouth.com
has a story on DDP and Jake Roberts. The reporter went to see Roberts & Page at the home they are living in, called The Accountability Crib. They push DDP's yoga. They are filming a documentary called "It's Never Too Late: The Resurrection of Jake the Snake and Scott Hall." Roberts is pushing for a guest appearance at the Royal Rumble this coming year.
--The new 12 Rounds 2 movie, in the trailer, has the lead character, played by Randy Orton, called "a twisted genius." Those in the U.K. indie scene note manager and commentator Dean Ayass used that nickname dating back to 2001.
--CWE on 5/17 in Gladstone, Manitoba at the Community Centre headlined by Robby Royce vs. Nate Hardy. They also run Saturday night in Winnipeg at the Casa Do Minho Portuguese Centre and Sunday in Morden, Manitoba at the Access Event Centre.
--CPW on 6/8 in Hedgesville, WV at the Fire Hall. Observer readers get $2 off at the door with a copy.
--CPW from Saturday night in Martinsburg, WV was headlined by Shane Shadows & Jimmy Valiant (at almost 71) beating Bill Bain & Sal Sincere (Tom Brandi).
--Evolve 20 takes place on 5/30 in Orlando at the Armory with AR Fox vs. Nick Jackson in an Evolve title match, Johnny Gargano vs. Matt Jackson, Eita vs. Tomahawk T.T. Samuray del Sol vs. Anthony Nese and Chuck Taylor vs Brian Cage.
--Evolve on 6/1 in Jacksonville at the Edge Concert Hall has AR Fox vs Eita, Johnny Gargano vs. Tomahawk T.T., Shane Strickland vs. Samuray del Sol, Caleb Konley vs. Tommy Taylor and Young Bucks vs. Anthony Nese & Brian Cage
--Wrestlepalooza on 6/21 in Minneapolis at First Avenue has an 18 and over show with Arik Cannon, Colt Cabana, Arya Daivari, The North Star Express and more.
--In one of those things we're getting daily notes on, historian Steve Johnson said that there were at least three, and maybe four Great Mephistos in wrestling history. The original one is the one Frankie Cain (the Mephisto in the U.S. of the 60s and 70s) emulated, who also used the inverted piledriver (which Cain used as the blockbuster). He was started by Jack Pfefer in Boston and wrestled from 1931 into the 50s as a babyface. Buddy Rogers considered him a great worker, but he stuck around Columbus, OH most of his career. Johnson is still working on more books. You have to get the Johnson & Greg Oliver books, particularly his new book on the best babyfaces in history.
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in King City, CA at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds and Sunday in Chowchilla, CA at the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair and Events Center. The first night features Mike Menace vs. Chris Masters and Matt Hardy vs. Shannon Ballard. The second night also has Hardy, Reby Sky and Masters.
--Matt Hardy is also working Friday night for All Pro Wrestling in Hayward, Ca at the world famous garage.
--Matt Riviera, President of TCW Wrestling, said that the General Manager of their affiliate in Meridian, MS, told him they are averaging a 6.5 rating in the market for the show. Can they turn those viewers into customers is always the big question, or turn those numbers into clearing deals elsewhere.
--There will be live MMA on Friday in Manhattan produced by Victory Combat Sports at Terminal 5 in midtown Manhattan on the West Side. They are taking the tact that it is legal if they are sanctioned by a sanctioning group and not the state athletic commission, and are working with the World Karate Association. There is an interpretation of a ruling in a lawsuit UFC filed against New York where a judge indicated such a show would be legal. UFC still doesn't want to run unless there is a law change and they are sanctioned by the state athletic commission.
--A promotion called Global Proving Ground is running on 6/1 in Lisbon, Portugal, 7/20 in Dundee, Scotland, and is planning shows in the Northeast the rest of the year. They are also producing the Warrior Island television show.
--ECWA on 6/1 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club with Vsk vs. Josh Daniels vs. Tommaso Ciampa[a for the ECWA title.
--Ron Powers vs. Bob Orton Jr. (62 years old) will headline a Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling sow on Saturday night in East Carondelet, IL. Bull Schmitt, scheduled for the main event, is out with separated shoulder and hyperextended knee after his match with Powers on Saturday night in Alton, IL.
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla: Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito & Nitrito b Electrico & Stukita & Astral, Virus & Raziel & Cancerbero b Sagrado & Diamante & Stigma, El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Tiger b Brazo de Plata & Diamante Azul & Titan, Mascara Dorada & Valiente & Mistico b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora & Rey Escorpion
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Sadico & Demonio Maya b Robin & Bengala, Disturbio b Sky Kid, Okumura & Namajague & Barbaro Cavernario b Rey Cometa & Triton & Gallo, La Mascara & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Delta b Felino & Misterioso Jr. & Olimpico, La Sombra & Rush & Maximo b Shinsuke Nakamura & Volador Jr. & Negro Casas (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--Dewey's Pizza in Cincinnati has a Tito Santana pizza. The pizza has taco sauce, Chihuahua cheese, cheddar cheese, seasoned ground beef, red onions, corn chips with shredded lettuce, chipotle ranch and deiced tomatoes. (thanks to Adam Sanders)
--The TV show "At the Movies" in Australia, saw the country's leading film critic, Dave Stratton, give Snitch a *** rating. Co-host Margaret Pomeranz also gave it *** (thanks to James Stanios)
--World Series of Fighting has announced two prelim fights for 6/14 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock with Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Jerrod Sanders and Carson Beebe vs. Joe Murphy. That's the show headlined by Jon Fitch vs. Josh Burkman.
--El Hijo del Santo & L.A. Park vs. Angel Blanco Jr. & Dr. Wagner Jr. headlines Friday's show in Tijuana at the Auditorio.