TUES UPDATE: Updates on Cena, HHH & Jon Jones, WWE head of creative fired, Caraway speaks, Nate Diaz unapologetic, Triplemania broadcast news, Impact & lottery



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We're looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown/Main Event tapings in Omaha. Main Event features Wade Barrett vs. Sin Cara for the IC title, while Smackdown features Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston for the U.S. title. We're still looking for reports on Saturday night's WWE show in Evansville.

ONE SITE, THREE OBSERVERS

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.
 
        The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
        The Observer is now in its 29th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world.  The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe.  Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively.  They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world.  Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what gained and lost viewers.

        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
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
 
TUESDAY NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS

-- We have a great interview with Bob Holly up on the front page right now. We talk a lot about his book, The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Storyalt, which I just finished and really is an excellent read.

-- Also, if you haven't checked it out, last night's Observer Radio is a FREE download, so please spread the word about the site and all the great audio content. We really appreciate it.

-- Story here about WWE's latest head of creative, Adam Richman, being fired after just six weeks. We have confirmed that this is true.

-- John Cena is expected back on Raw next week. He was off TV last night selling injuries, but he worked before the live crowd in the dark match main event.

-- Latest in the Triple H storyline is that he told the WWE app last night that he only remembered coming to the ring, and couldn't even remember who he had the match with. Go Curt Axel!

-- And Jerry Lawler on Twitter today: "I want to apologize to Triple H and his family for insinuating that he may have had a stroke. I know firsthand how upsetting it could be."

-- As noted on the front page, Renan Barao is now officially off UFC 161 with a foot injury.

-- The Countdown to UFC 160 show airs tonight on FUEL TV at 9 PM Eastern/6 Pacific. Main card line-up for this Sunday's PPV has Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva for the heavyweight title, Junior Dos Santos vs. jetlagged Mark Hunt, James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira, TJ Grant vs. Gray Maynard with the winner getting a future title shot against Benson Henderson, and Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons.

-- Jon Jones' manager says even though Jones is still recovering from his toe injury that legitimately could have cost him the light heavyweight title vs. Chael Sonnen, he still wants to fight at least two more times in 2013.

-- Bryan Caraway responded to claims that he elbowed Cat Zingano purposely in the back of the head prior to her fight with Miesha Tate by essentially saying that if someone had elbowed his woman, he'd have said something about it immediately, not a month later. This is not the best excuse I've ever heard anyone make, particularly since the story had been talked about for a month, just underground, and there are numerous witnesses who claim to have been there when it happened.

-- Mike Kogan, the manager of Nate Diaz, also stated yesterday that Nate Diaz is not at all apologetic about his $20,000 fine and 3-month suspension based on using a gay slur to describe Caraway on Twitter. Kogan is making a name for himself of late, and not in a good way.

-- Nate recently tweeted #urstillasorryassbitch

-- Story on Donald Cerrone in USA Today here where he says, among things, that he never thinks about being sore or hurt the next day because all that means is another shot of whiskey.

-- It was announced here that this year's AAA TripleMania will be available on PPV, iPPV and in movie theatres.

-- James Storm update from his Twitter: "Just so everyone knows. Doc said I have a slight tear in my right abdominal & a adductor strain "groin pull" 6-8 weeks. Busting ass 2 b back".

-- From TNA and the Georgia Lottery: The Georgia Lottery Corporation has partnered with IMPACT WRESTLING to launch its new instant game IMPACT WRESTLING. “We are pleased to partner with IMPACT WRESTLING to offer a fresh, new game to our players and wrestling enthusiasts,” said Georgia Lottery Corporation President and CEO Debbie D. Alford. “Every dollar raised by this game will benefit HOPE and Pre-K students.” The IMPACT WRESTLING instant game went on sale statewide Tuesday.

-- Impact last week officially did an 0.8 and 1.1 million viewers, lowest number in forever. Both hours pretty much sucked.

-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE CENA-RYBACK FINISH?
Bad because the stipulation involved demands a winner 43.7%
Not a good finish, but it wasn't the time to beat Ryback or take the title from Cena and they should build a rematch 21.8%
Bad because a PPV title match should have a winner 19.0%
No problem with it 12.3%
Good finish 2.2%
Great finish 0.8%

SHOULD C.M. PUNK BE A FACE OR HEEL WHEN HE COMES BACK?
Face 33.2%
Heel 66.8%

WHO SHOULD DEAN AMBROSE FEUD WITH?
Chris Jericho 40.3%
Christian 30.9%
Randy Orton 18.8%
Sheamus 4.7%
Kofi Kingston 2.0%
R-Truth 1.5%
The Miz 1.0%
Mark Henry 0.7%

WHAT WAS THE BEST MATCH ON SATURDAY'S UFC SHOW?
Dunham vs. dos Anjos 44.3%
Larsen vs. Martins 26.2%
Lentz vs. Dias 19.7%
Lineker vs Gashimov 9.8%

WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE RECENT SHOWS?
UFC on FOX - Melendez vs. Henderson 30.0%
WWE Extreme Rules 28.4%
New Japan Wrestling Dontaku 18.0%
UFC on FX 11.2%
ROH Border Wars 7.2%
UFC 159 5.2%

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1952 - Lou Thesz defeated Baron Michele Leone in Los Angeles to merge the California-version of the World Title with the National Wrestling Alliance and National Wrestling Association World Titles. Those three title wins, along with a non-title win over American Wrestling Association champion Gorgeous George, makes Lou Thesz the undisputed World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion.

1982 - Wahoo McDaniel defeated Sgt. Slaughter for the United States Heavyweight Title in Richmond, Virginia

1986 - The White Ninja (Keiji Mutoh) defeated Kendall Windham for the Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa

1995 - At the WCW PPV, Slamboree in St. Petersburg, Florida; The Nasty Boys defeated Harlem Heat to win the WCW World Tag Team Title

1995 - In Trois Riveres, Quebec; Jeff Jarrett defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Razor Ramon to win the title.

2000 - Triple H defeated the Rock to win the WWF Championship at the WWF 2000 Judgement Day PPV held in Louisville, Kentucky.

2001 - Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit defeated Steve Austin and Triple H for the WWF World Tag Team Title in San Jose, California. Also on the show, The Big Show defeated WWF Hardcore Champion Rhyno to win the title.

2006 - At the WWF Judgement Day PPV in Phoenix, Arizona; Brian Kendrick and Paul London defeated Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. Also, Booker T won the 2006 King of the Ring tournament by defeating Bobby Lashley in the finals.

-- Interview with TJ Perkins here.

-- FRIDAY MAY 31st., Bell Time 7:30PM doors open at 6:45pm Alice McKay Building-Cloverdale Fairgrounds 6050 176th St., Cloverdale Surrey. You just seen him on OLD SCHOOL RAW a few months ago. Now you can see the HONKYTONK Man at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds Saturday May 31st as part of Michelle Starr's 45th Birthday Bash. Come out and celebrate as Michelle Starr has reached 45 years of age. Cake for everyone in attendance!

-- Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk the history of the WWE Title here.

-- Mike Sawyer on the MMADUDEBRO show (awesome name) here.

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