Also in this week's issue:
--Top tier Mexican stars issue hair vs. hair challenge
--CMLL's Busca de Idolo tournament
--King of Gate tournament notes
--New president of Al Japan
--Match of the year candidate
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's next major show
--Full coverage of the Best of the Super junior tournament final
--Big show which featured shoot and worked matches together
--Why Madison Square Garden may have to move
--An update on wrestling in the Olympics and where it stands
--Update on Bobby Eaton
--Thoughts on what would have happened had ECW gotten on USA in 2001
--More on several matches Terry Funk will be working this summer
--Update on an attempt to bring back a territorial promotion from the 70s and what has happened since it started
--Another older promotion looking to come back
--Update on wrestling in Puerto Rico
--Current pro wrestling star wants to go into boxing
--Update on John Morrison
--Son of Hall of Famer arrested on gambling charges
--Update on recent WWE cuts
--Next ROH show
--TNA Slammiversary lineup
--Changes in Impact
--TNA Hall of Fame thoughts
--Updates on King Mo and Zema Ion
--A look at this week's TNA TV show
--Major retirements in UFC
--Advance ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
--Update on the latest strange reason that makes no sense why UFC isn't likely to be legalized in New York this year
--Lots of new UFC matches
--Plans for the FS 1 main event
--Plans for what could be the biggest UFC show in history, and why the odds are against it
--Lots of matches being talked about
--More thoughts on Vitor Belfort and Fallon Fox
--What Georges St-Pierre is up to next
--Daniel Cormier's future
--Fighter donating all of his next fight purse
--How much it would cost UFC to raise minimums
--Famous boxer tries MMA
--The latest on Bob Sapp
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Sunday's News Update
--While not a confirmed deal, Chael Sonnen has agreed to take the spot vacated by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira's injury and face Mauricio Shogun Rua on less than two weeks notice at the 6/15 UFC Winnipeg show. At the moment of this writing, the fight was it was expected and has been reported pretty much everywhere.
--At TV today, Vince McMahon showed up and told the writing team this morning that they were redoing the whole show.
--Dolph Ziggler is expected back on RAW. There is also advertising out for HHH appearing and that was hinted on last week's show. We were just told everyone is very happy this isn't the go-home show between all the changes and the NBA competition that there is fear will hurt the rating, although the difference between a 2.9 and 2.7, even if that's what it is, isn't going to affect PPV numbers as much as the card and build.
--The Las Vegas Review-Journal had a story today about UFC considering doing a show in September at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While the place holds 132,000, it would be set up for a far smaller capacity.
--Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis is being talked about for the 8/3 show in Rio de Janeiro and it looks like it's on.
--Steve Austin has gotten a good deal of pub for saying about Tony Romo, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, that he "shit the bed" in the clutch. The Dallas Morning News and New York Daily News among others reported it. (thanks to Chris Aiken)
--There are all kinds of stories regarding the finish of the CHIKARA show last night, from that the promotion is being shut down and replaced by "Wrestling is Fun," to its an elaborate angle to lead to a relaunch. All CHIKARA dates that had been scheduled have no tickets on sale and are being canceled. No tickets were ever put on sale, but in a swerve, they were listed. Before the shows, there were tons of rumors that the show would end with the promotion folding, but those at CHIKARA denied that was the case at the time.
--Tommy Dreamer on his Facebook page wrote about being robbed of $1,300. He was flying back from Jackson, MS, for his TCW match with Lance Hoyt (Archer) and that was his payoff. He was told by Delta officials that he had to check his bag, but when he picked it up, his money and some other things had been stolen.
--Chris Sabin was bleeding last night because when he fell off the cable and landed, his head smashed into the title belt.
--Mick Foley did a comedy show at Caroline's in New York last night. He raised $1100 for RAINN. Among those in attendance were Joey Styles, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Cary Silkin.
--Bill Goldberg and Brian Knobbs were at the Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic charity gold tournament, including playing today. Jerry Saggs was also listed as a guest but he wasn't there. (thanks to Chris Biggs)
--Anderson Silva, in an interview with the New York Post to promote his fight with Chris Weidman, said he has been taking acting classes and has a personal coach in both Hollywood and Brazil, and he wants to become an actor next. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
--Tonight on Fuel has Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin at 7 p.m., Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (2012 match of the year) at 8 p.m., The FX show from two weeks ago with Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold at 9 p.m., plus Rener & Ryron Gracie break down technique at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., and one of the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos matches at 1 a.m.
--The Bella Twins will be on NBC Sports Network's TV show "The Crossover" at 6 p.m. Eastern tomorrow. Michelle Beadle hosts the show and she's a big C.M. Punk and WWE fan.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1964 - Dr. Jerry & Crazy Luke Graham beat Argentina Apollo & Don McClarity to win the WWWF U.S. tag team titles
1965 - The Destroyer & brother-in-law Billy Red Lyons beat Giant Baba & Toyonobori in Sapporo to win the All Asia tag team titles
1966 - Professor Toru Tanaka beat Domenic DeNucci in Sydney to win the IWA title
1974 - Billy Robinson beat Great Kusatsu in the tournament final to win the IWA title in Tokyo
1974 - Sandy Parker & Betty Niccoli beat Junko Sasaki & Peggy Kuroda in Gifu to win the WWWA tag titles
1991 - Steve Austin beat Bobby Eaton in Birmingham to win the WCW TV title
1998 - Koji Kanemoto beat Dr. Wagner Jr. in Osaka to win the Best of the Super Juniors tournament
2003 - Rey Mysterio beat Matt Hardy in Anaheim to win the WWE cruiser weight title
2004 - Chris Harris & James Storm beat Kid Kash & Dallas (now Lance Archer in New Japan) to win the TNA tag titles in Orlando
--William Muldoon, the first pro wrestling superstar ever in New York, in the 1870s, passed away on this date in 1933 at the age of 88. Dory Funk Sr., the father of Dory & Terry Funk, a former college wrestling star and tough guy who ran the Amarillo territory, was 54 when he passed away of a heart attack 40 years ago today. Dennis James, a well known TV personality who was a pro wrestling announcer in the 50s, passed away on this day in 1997 at the age of 79 (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--Evolve results from last night in Ybor City, FL: Maxwell Chicago b Chasyn Rance, Caleb Konley b Chuck Taylor, Ivelisse Velez b Mia Yim, Anthony Nese b Tommy Taylor, Dos Ben Dejos & Shane Strickland b Bravado Brothers & Andrew Everett, AR Fox b Lince Dorado, Brian Cage b Derek Ryze, Jon Davis b Brian Cage, Johnny Gargano b Samuray del Sol to keep the Open the Freedom Gate title, Young Bucks b Eita & Tomahawk T.T. to keep the Open the United Gate tag titles (thanks to Al Haft)
--The web site www.mandatory.com
has a feature on whatever happened to regarding old pro wrestling stars,\
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
69.6% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO IS THE STRONGEST OF THESE MEN AS A HALL OF FAME CANDIDATE?
Jimmy Hart 35.3%
Jim Crockett Jr. 18.1%
Yuji Nagata 11.9%
Bob Armstrong 10.7%
Ken Patera 7.6%
Stanley Weston 6.8%
Hector Garza 5.9%
Takashi Matsunaga 2.3%
Dave Brown 1.4%
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF LAST WEEK?
Main Event 4.7%
UFC Tonight 4.7%
Inside MMA 1.6%
--Premier Wrestling on Sunday in Gilroy, CA at the 9 Lives Club at 7430 Monterrey St. at 5 p.m. with tickets $10 right now or $15 at the door at www.premierwrestling.com
Dave Dutra defends the heavyweight title against Jeff Cobb, Nick Ruiz vs. Brian Tannen, Timothy Thatcher vs. JR Kratos, A.J. Kirsch vs. Dylan Drake, Drake Younger vs. Sledge and Oliver John vs. Marcus Lewis. They are doing something similar to Evolve where it's produced as sport with win-loss records.
--Peachstate Wrestling's 5th anniversary show from Saturday night in Carrollton, GA before 300 fans: Zach Daniels d Roman Vizatian, Ultimate Dragon b Antonio Garza, Shane Noles & Dusty McWilliams & Mike Jackson & Joey Kidman b Rick Michaels & Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much & Stony Hooker in a War Games match, Johnny Swinger b Curtis Hughes, Shane Noles b David Willis in a match for control of the promotion. Wills was the "It's Still Real to Me" guy who gained fame on You tube.
--CZW had an 18 and older death match show near Oberhausen, Germany yesterday before 309 fans: Marty Scurll & Hot & Spicy b Sasa Keel & Michael Isotov & Aaron Insane, Toby Blunt b Bad Bones, Karsten Beck b Robert Schild, Kim Ray b Vincent Schild, Jay Skillit & Jason Hendrix b Tommy End & Michael Dante, Carnage b James Davies in a thumb tacks and kendo stick death match, D.J. Hyde b Clint Margera in a toy story death match, Drake Younger b Masashi Takeda in a triangle of ultraviolence light tubes death match. This was billed as Younger's last death match. They announced the World triangle league on 10/3 to 10/6 with talent from wXw CZW and Big Japan Pro Wrestling. Each promotion will have four guys in the tournament.
--In the main event of Saturday's wXw show in Oberhausen, Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker kept the tag titles beating Drake Younger & Masashi Takeda (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
--EWF from Saturday night in San Bernardino: Tarasso b Radical Ross, Andrew Hamilton b Killa Gorilla, Brute Curetto b Patient Zerro, Sugar Sweet b Andy Brown Von Dooms b Creepshow to keep tag titles, Richie Slade b Greg Sharpe, Ironman Mike Maze b Raccid Najjar to keep EWF title (thanks to Frank Mott)
--On the note here from a few days ago on the Australian band The Psychotic Turnbuckles and their song the Sudan Butcher, about Abdullah the Butcher, the band has been together for close to 30 years. They all grew up watching Jim Barnett's World Championship Wrestling. The Sudan Butcher song they originally did a long time ago (thanks to Dan Lennard)
--Right Coast Pro from Saturday night in Newark, DE: Mozart Fontaine & Mike Tobin & Brian Socia b Michael Blake & Mike Reed & Billy Bax, Colton Quest b Harry Baldwin, Tommy Maclin & Biggie Biggs & Fallah & Sean Royal b Zac Conner & Nick Sohlo & Ryan Rush & JR Ryder, Prince Nana b Francis Kipland Stevens, King Mega won Rumble, King Mega b Stockade, King Mega b Bazooka Joe. Next show is 7/13 (thanks to Lisa Johnston)
--New Horizons Pro Wrestling on Friday night in Perth, Western Australia: Kevin Steen b Tama Williams, Andy Roy & KrackerJill b Amazing Kong & Sway, Chris Vice b Colt Cabana. KrackerJill is the former male wrestler Kracker Jack, wearing a dress.
--New Horizons Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Perth, Western Australia: Colt Cabana & Kevin Steen (Calling Themselves The Roderick Strongs) b Andy Roy & Krackerjack, Sway b Awesome Kong & Miami, Grimm & Mimic b Colt Cabana & Kevin Steen to win the Headshrinker Samu Legacy tag team tournament (thanks to Dan Lennard)
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara: Xavier Cruz Jr. & Idolo b Thunder Boy & Tapatio, Divino & Azteca de Oro & Sky Kid b Sadico & Acertijo & Demonio Rojo-DQ, Espectrum & Exterminador & Demonio Maya b Esfinge & Hippie & Black Metal, Smaker & Rey Cometa & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Tiger & Puma & Barbaro Cavernario, Rey Escorpion b Gallo in 2/3 falls to keep the CMLL light heavyweight title (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--IWA Mid South is back in business on 6/14 in Clarksville, TN at the Colgate Gym headlined by Sabu vs. B.J. Whitmer.