MON. UPDATE: Notes for tonight's Raw, Video game announcement, Best TV show, ROH house show, Kobashi Tokyo Dome classic in English, Wrestling Historian makes comeback, Old promotin back doing TVa, Week's best TV show



By Dave Meltzer
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        We're also looking for reports from Raw tonight in Kansas City, with dark matches, Superstars matches, crowd and any other notes that wouldn't be known from watching on television.
 
        We're looking for reports on Saturday night's WWE show in Evansville.
 
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday night in Omaha.    
 
        There are three issues of the Observer that are  on the site this week.  The back issue, from 1996, goes back to a period that changed the wrestling business, when Kevin Nash signed with WCW.  It's what went down at the time, and what was going on behind the scenes months before the NWO was formed.  We look at the state of both WCW and WWF, as well as all of the news from that period.
 
        We've also got two new issues of the Observer this week, both on the site right now as well.
       
        The lead story is a look at the end of the career of Kenta Kobashi.  We look back with memories of his 25 year career, the glory days of All Japan Pro Wrestling, how he got his start, the end of his career and what made him tick.  We look at him going from a young boy, how he got into pro wrestling, his rise to the top under in All Japan, glory days of All Japan, his big run with Pro Wrestling NOAH and how his career ended.
 
        We look at his biggest matches, his career breaks, the stories behind his career and more.
 
        We also have a Kobashi record book with title wins, awards, and Kobashi at Budokan Hall and Tokyo Dome career highlights.
 
        We also have our 2013 WWE roster directory.  This covers the entire roster of WWE as well as the most likely developmental wrestlers to be called up over the next year.  We've got everyone's real name, ages, years pro, as well as backgrounds of everyone on the roster with a legitimate sports or well known entertainment background.  We also look at those who came from wrestling families.    
 
        We also look at how ROH and TNA handled some controversial events this past week.  We look at the situation with Austin Aries and Christy Hemme, what went down with comments from both Spike TV, TNA as well as what Aries and Hemme said on Twitter.  We also look at how Jay Briscoe and ROH handled Briscoe's message as well as his apology.
 
        We also update the Dolph Ziggler concussion and how WWE handled the situation, and how this is a sign that pro wrestling has changed for the better.
 
        We look at the new plans going forward for UFC on television with the advent of Fox Sports 1 and 2.  We look at the first three shows on Fox Sports 1, how Dana White after more than a dozen years in charge of UFC came close to one of his original goals for UFC on television, and the basic framework of the TV schedule once the new network starts.
 
        We also look at TNA's time slot moving, the reasons why it moved before and why it's moving now, plus how it affects Bellator and thoughts on Bellator's TV situation.  We look at the ever changing history of Bellator on television, and if it's a good idea for Bellator and UFC to go head-to-head.
 
        We've also got monthly business comparisons for both TNA and WWE for the last few months.  We look at how both companies are doing, trends, including a very interesting one which played a part in TNA's time slot change and has changed the viewing patterns of Raw in a noticeable manner.  We also look at how live attendance is doing for both groups, as well as a number of other categories in WWE to measure popularity, as opposed to just revenue and profit changes as in he previous issues.
 
        We also have more thoughts on the proposed WWE Network, and how it may have to be tweaked outside of the U.S. due to contracts in place, what country is right now No. 2 for the product, thoughts on the Extreme Rules PPV show, notes on the cage match aspect of the main event and the reasons Paul Heyman and HHH approached the push of the match the way they did.  We also look at Bret Hart Appreciation Night, C.M. Punk, SummerSlam, a very telling look at roster changes by year and how HHH's plans have changed the way people are brought up.
 
        We also have Chris Jericho talking about Fandango and what he told Vince McMahon about the character, a new WWE merchandise deal, Dwayne Johnson update, other WWE injury updates, what have been the most popular WWE DVD's of the past nine months, how the former El Generico is doing, notes on next year's Hall of Fame, notes on how John Layfield's announcing has changed and reasons why, more on why Antonio Cesaro is not in main events, the upcoming Shawn Michaels Appreciation night, update on WWE's next video game release, and a huge powerhouse the company has on its radar.
 
        We also have an update on what appears to be a dead WWE project, how many people watch Raw live vs. watching it on delay, as well as business notes for the week and highlights from all the company weekend house shows.
 
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--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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Monday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and taking questions that can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   
 
--Just to clarify a discussion we had on the show last night, on the WWE post-game show, they were taking John Cena out in an ambulance, he refused to go and ripped off his neck brace.  Last night, Vince was very secretive to even the producers where he was going with the angle.
 
--At one point the Kaitlyn vs. A.J. Divas title match was scheduled for tonight's show.  Not sure if that has changed or not but they did shoot the angle for it last night.  There was also talk yesterday of doing that Shield vs. Team Hell No & Kofi Kingston trios match either tonight or tomorrow, and a Ryback promo tonight.

--WWE and Paul Heyman's web site are teasing the idea of adding a third person to Heyman's team.  If that's the case, the long-term would be to set the wheels in motion for a turn by one of the original two.

--EA Sports is expected to make an announcement tomorrow regarding the UFC video game and when they are going to release it.

--WWE returns to Abu Dhabi with three shows in October from 10/10 to 10/12.  Tickets went on sale today.  All three shows are at the Zayed Sports City Tennis club.  WWE did 5,000 to 6,000 people at the shows last year but were able to charge huge ticket prices and the shows were considered a major success on the first tour.  Also interesting that even though the government owns 10% of UFC, that UFC still hasn't done a second show there while WWE is getting return tours.
 
--Brian "Road Dogg" James of WWE is 44 today.  Happy birthday to him.
 
--With that big story today, it's hard to not know that today is the second anniversary of the death of Randy Savage.
 
--Video of Chris Jericho throwing out the first pitch at the Cardinals game at http://mlb.mlb.com/cutfour/index.jsp#contentid=48016292 
The pitch was way high and outside.  He had fun with it and the crowd loved it.  Mick Foley and the Bella Twins were also shown on TV at the game taking batting practice (thanks to Mike DeGeorge)
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1984 - Villano III beat Gran Hamada in Mexico City to win the WWF light heavyweight title
1985 - Hiro Saito beat The Cobra in Hiroshima to win the WWF jr. heavyweight title
1990 - Gran Markus Jr. beat Popitekus in Acapulco to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1993 - El Samurai beat Ultimo Dragon to win the UWA middleweight title
1993 - Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Angel de Oro in Guatemala to win the UWA junior heavyweight title
1993 - Akira Taue & Toshiaki Kawada beat Steve Williams & Terry Gordy to win the All Japan world tag team title in Sapporo
2001 - Kane beat HHH in a chain match to win the IC title at the Judgment Day PPV in Sacramento
2007 - MVP beat Chris Benoit in two straight falls to win the U.S. title at the Judgment Day PPV 
 
--The Wrestlelicious promotion is filming new episodes.  They filmed one season a few years ago and then it disappeared. It was an attempt to redo the GLOW wrestling concept.  They have a lot of new faces.  Jimmy Hart is back as the face of the promotion.
 
--In UFC picks for Saturday, Josh Nason and Bryan Alvarez were both 4-0.  Me, Oliver Copp, Todd Martin and Mike Sempervive were 3-1 and Mike Sawyer was 2-2.  I always get the San Jose guys wrong.  It's amazing.  I'm picking Cain Velasquez and Gray Maynard most likely this weekend, so that may mean an upset is happening.   
 
PREDICT SATURDAY'S UFC RATING
0.7 or less 26.8%
0.8 14.1%
0.9 11.3%
1.0 18.3%
1.1 11.3%
1.2 7.0%
1.3 5.6%
1.4 1.4%
1.5 0.0%
1.6 or more 4.2%
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW
Excellent 25.9%
Good 48.1%
Average 14.8%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 11.1%
        63.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S UFC TV SHOW
Excellent 3.9%
Good 53.9%
Average 30.3%
Fair 6.6%
Poor 5.3%
        32.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
UFC on FX 25.2%
Impact 23.7%
Raw 19.3%
Smackdown 12.6%
ROH 9.6%
CMLL 3.7%
Main Event 3.0%
UFC prelims on Fuel 2.2%
Inside MMA 0.7%
 
--ROH announced a 6/8 house show in Columbus, OH at the Expo Center called "Live and Let Die," with a SCUM meet and greet when the doors open and a 30 minute Q&A with Steve Corino and Matt Hardy.  Matches announced are Jay Briscoe vs. Eddie Edwards for the ROH title, Rhino vs. Kevin Steen, Matt Hardy vs. Mark Briscoe, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas in a Proving Ground match, Jay Lethal & B.J. Whitmer & Michael Elgin vs. Cliff Compton & Rhett Titus & Jimmy Jacobs Davey Richards vs. Cedric Alexander and Adam Cole vs. Caprice Coleman
 
--For those who know historian Jim Mandl, who was on his deathbed a few days ago and we didn't have an update, the news we have at this point is good.  Mandl's wife said that they demanded a new doctor and treatment plan, they began kidney dialysis and Mandl is battling.  He's still in ICU.  He was removed from a ventilator on Saturday.  It was touch and go for a while but at 5 p.m. he was okay off the ventilator.  At 7 p.m., he was able to talk, spoke weakly and labored but he was comprehensible.  He told his wife he loved her.  She wrote, "He has a very long way to go to recovery, but this was such a big step."  He's continuing on dialysis and tolerating it well.
 
--The Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama Tokyo Dome match from The Fight Network, with English commentary is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XzOXMjmq-68
 
--CWF Mid Atlantic from Saturday night in Gibsonville, NC before 200 fans:  Matty de Nero won six-way, Chris Lea b Chase Dakota, Killbillies b Lee Valiant & Kamikaze Kid and Team Elite, Corey Edsel won Battle Royal, Nick Richards b Donnie Dollars, Corey Edsel & ?Rob McBride & Matt Houston & Hurricane Helms b Roy Wilkins & Walater Eaton & Jesse Ortega & Michael McAllister, Trevor Lee & Ben Tyler & Chet Sterling b  Ric Converse & Arik Royal & Andrew Everett.  This was the company's 350th show since debuting on December 30, 2000.  Show No 351 will be on 6/1.
 
--Progress Wrestling from last night in London:  El Ligero b Noam Dar (fantastic match I'm told), Eddie Dennis over Xander Cooper, Joey Lakeside and Darrell Allen, James Davis & Rob Lynch b Kris Travis & Martin Kirby, Zack Sabre Jr. b Jimmy Havoc (also really good, Nigel McGuinness was referee), Mark Andrews b Will Ospreay so Ospreay must lave the promotion, Danny Garnell b R.J. Singh, Rampage Brown & Mark Haskins & Nathan Cruz b Marty Scurll & Paul Robinson & Dave Mastiff.  McGuinness was the surprise guest ref and gave a speech after the match.  He was more popular than either guy but made sure not to overshadow the match.  Next show is 7/28 in Islington, London at the Garage with Ligero vs. Brown  for their title. (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--SMASH Wrestling from last night in Toronto before 200 fans:  Abe Jackson b Buxx Belmar, ? b Weapon X, Gregory Iron b Thomas Dubois, Mathieu St. Jacques b Louis Lyndon, Vanessa Kraven b Seleyzia Sparks (one of the Hoopla Hotties in ROH), Matt Cross b John Greed, Josh Alexander & Sebastian Suave b Brent Banks & Alex Vega, Johnny Gargano b Tyson Dux, Scotty O'Shea b Michael Elgin.  Main event got over pretty well.  Jimmy Korderas was there and refereed several matches.  They aired the PPV after the show at the E-Zone Tap and Grill, where the show took place.  They are doing it again on 6/16 (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
 
--SPW from yesterday in Sacramento:  Jeckles the Jester b T-Lo the Insano, Savannah Riley NC Kurai Hime, Mustafa Saed b Jeff Cobb, Drake Frost b Cjay Kurz-DQ, Joe DeSoul won six-way over Dylan Drake, D-Torch, Virgil Flynn, Christopher Grey and Paul Isadora, Drake Younger b Adam Thornstowe, Sir Samurai b Bobby Hart in a street fight.  Next show is 6/16 with Mustafa Saed vs. Sir Samurai and Drake Younger vs. Joe DeSoul
 
--Today's MX newspaper in Sydney had three articles building up Saturday's UFC, on Mark Hunt (who is a definite for the show after his visa came through yesterday), James Te Huna and Robert Whittaker, who are also from Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
 
 
--The Chilanga Mask promotion in Coacalco yesterday:  Belial over Aero Boy, Astro Rey Jr., Canelo Casas, Kenbai (Michinoku), Milanito Collection A.T. & Relampago, Black Terry DDQ Arkangel de la Muerte, Valiente & Virus b Las Traumas I & II-DQ, Extreme Tiger over Magnifico and Stuka Jr., Christina Von Eerie b Chica Tormenta, Rey Bucanero b Masada, Masada b Aero Boy, Negro Navarro b Negro Casas-DQ.  Navarro was Casas' favorite wrestler growing up.
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling has an iPPV on 6/30 in Cleveland featuring the return to the promotion of Michael Hutter, who had been Derrick Bateman in WWE developmental before being cut on Friday.
 
--Randy Couture will be hosting a charity motorcycle ride to benefit the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation on Sunday.  The cost is $30 per person and $10 for each passenger.  All proceeds go to the foundation.
  


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