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We're looking for your thoughts on today's as well as tonight's Fantastica Mania iPPV from New Japan/CMLL, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're looking for reports on tonight's Team Cena show in Cincinnati, the Team Punk crew in Hammond, IN (C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, The Wyatts) and TNA in Dothan, AL (Magnus vs. Gunner for TNA title, James Storm vs. Bobby Roode cage match, Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe, Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim for Knockouts title, Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin for X title).as well as Friday night's TNA house show in Mobile, AL (Magnus vs. James Storm for TNA title, Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe cage match, Bobby Roode vs. Gunner, Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim for knockouts title, Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin for X title) at
New Japan at the last minute has added tonight's Fanstaica Mania show with CMLL from Korakuen Hall as an iPPV. It starts at 10 p.m. Eastern time and 7 p.m. Pacific, because it's a Noon show live. This is the best time slot for a New Japan show as far as North America goes to date. Show is a $15 card at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
Mascara Don & Maximo vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Okumura
Bushiroad & Tiger Mask & Desperado & Fuego & Titan vs. Gedo & Jado & Toru Yano & Niebla Roja & Vangellys
Tetsuya Naito & Rush vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Rey Escorpion
La Sombra vs. Ultimo Guerrero
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Mistico & Kota Ibushi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi & Mephisto
Mascara Dorada vs. Volador Jr.
The World Series of Fighting airs on Saturday night on NBC Sports Net at 9 p.m.
Luis Palomino vs. Jorge Patino
Cody Bollinger vs. Tyson Nam
Jessica Aguilar vs. Alida Gray for the first womens' strawweight title
Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle
Justin Gaethje vs. Richard Patishnock for the first lightweight title
Sunday has Team Cena in Cincinnati and Team Punk in Kalamazoo. TNA will run Sunday in Albany, GA (Magnus vs. Samoa Joe cage match for TNA title, James Storm vs. Bobby Roode, Bully Ray vs. Gunner, Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim title match, Ethan Carter III vs. Eric Young and Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries for the X title).
Everything you would want to know about the WWE Network is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter on the site today. The newsletter also looks at AAA coming to the U.S., the life and times of Mae Young and UFC Fight Pass, as well as updates on a lot of WWE deal negotiations.
We look at how the WWE Network and upcoming TV rights negotiations change the entire nature of the WWE business in the lead story. We look at the presentation of the WWE Network, comparisons with UFC Fight Pass, how they are the same, how they are different, the affect on the PPV business, how much money they are projected to profit based on different levels of subscribers, what is break even, where it will be available, both devices and what countries, and comparisons with similar things to determine how reasonable expectations are.
We look at the business decision, the economics and exposure of wrestling. We look at comparing ratings and expected purchasers. We look at the original idea of a WWE channel from a dozen years ago and it's different changes in direction, what will and won't be on the station, a look at the different programming, shows that are being talked about. We also look at the questions cable companies and satellite providers are faced with, the economics of UFC following suit, DirecTV's response, who cable companies found out about this, revenue splits, different fan bases being attempted to engage, the first live network TV special, advertising, how the talent is affected and what they have been told,does this change the nature and value of PPV shows and much more.
We also look at AAA's attempt to break into the North American market. We look at who is behind the project, comments from Mark Burnett, how this will differ from traditional Lucha Libre, as well as the history of AAA in the U.S. market and availability of the El Rey Network.
We also look at GSP's comments regarding UFC drug testing and it being a key reason why he decided to step away from the promotion.
We look at the life and times of Mae Young, both her original career and second career in WWE, how the women she wrestled with viewed it, how she was viewed as a wrestler during her prime.
We also look at Daniel Bryan's babyface turn and the story behind it, where the Yes chants come from, when they were first acknowledged, Bryan's concussion and notes on it, Ultimate Warrior in Hall of Fame and the background on him and his career, as well as what led to his issues with Vince McMahon. We have an update on Hulk Hogan's return to WWE, how long the Batista deal has been in the works, as well as updates on several more major stars regarding talks for WrestleMania.
We also have ticket sale updates for Mania, Ric Flair update and his being at UFC, notes on Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, Dolph Ziggler, Bruno Sammartino, WWE stock, Stephanie McMahon selling stock, the Ryback/Titus O'Neil story, Paul Heyman DVD, update on Jake Roberts, preparing for a WWE tryout, WWE star in a movie, plus business notes from the past week and highlights from all the weekend house shows.
We also look at UFC's first offering on Fight Pass, and how it did, as well as who showed potential.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Notes on the El Dandy retirement tour
--The latest from Arena Mexico
--The best older wrestler in the world and perhaps the greatest Mexican wrestler ever
--A look at AAA first few TV tapings of the year
--Indie names AAA is after
--Dragon Gate's first major matches of the year
--Dragon Gate's big show schedule for the next eight months
--Tokyo Dome rating
--New Japan talks running in the U.S. i 2014
--A look at the first Fantastica Mania show
--More on the recent arm wrestling TV show in Japan that featured wrestlers, MMA fighters and other athletes
--Father-and-son team sells out Korakuen Hall
--Matt Morgan retirement of sorts
--Evolve's big weekend
--Wrestling museum nearly floods
--WWE stars appear at WWC's first big shows of the year
--Update on Roderick Strong
--Update on Jeff Jarrett
--More on Toby Keith's negotiations to buy TNA
--Original plans for A.J. Styles
--Jesse Sorensen talks his departure from TNA
--The role on John Gabruck in TNA
--Notes on TNA house shows
--More on UFC 168 PPV numbers and what they say
--Anderson Silva says he wants to return and talks about his condition
--Keith Kizer leaves his post as Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission
--Death of Mauricio Zingano
--Jones vs. Teixeira fight time and place and more on the fight
--Update on Dominick Cruz
--How tickets are selling for every upcoming UFC event
--UFC 171 PPV card
--More on Matt Brown getting into trouble for comments on women's fighting
--Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva notes
--Promotion of UFC 170
--Dan Henderson's contractual situation
--Bigfoot Silva update
--UFC fighter wants to take time off
--UFC pushes for fans to mobilize against state government law
--Lots of new UFC fights
--A look at Bellator's next season events
--Bellator title match causes controversy
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--We want to send our sympathies to Larry Matysik on the passing away of his mother last night.
--As noted up top, New Japan added an iPPV tonight in U.S. prime time. I believe the next New Japan iPPV after tonight will be on 2/9.
--Yuji Okabayashi suffered a dislocated shoulder in a match earlier today in Austria when he landed on his shoulder after a big splash from the top rope. He's off the rest of the Germany tour. He's only expected out for a short period of time, but the Okabayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto challenge to Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste on 1/25 for the GHC tag titles is out. Sekimoto, as noted earlier in the week, tore his meniscus and is undergoing surgery, so he was already out. (thanks to Patrick and Markus Gronemann)
--Something to watch out for tonight at the house show in Hammond is how the Daniel Bryan situation is addressed, if he works, if he's there, or how he's protected. Bryan suffered a concussion Monday night and was kept off from wrestling on Tuesday. There have been no updates on his condition given, and WWE has acknowledged it to us but has not said anything on its own web site or television shows about it.
--Tommy Dreamer worked as an agent at Thursday's TNA tapings. It was the spot opened up when Jeff Jarrett quit the promotion.
--Jeremy Borash was on last night's "Restaurant Impossible" show on the Food Network with Gail Kim's husband Chef Robert Irvine last night in Santa Rosa, CA. Tonight the two are at the Sunset Centre in Carmel, CA.
--Some have noted how Bret Hart and Mitsuharu Misawa once wrestled at the Tokyo Dome just a few months before both got major career breaks. Well this generation's version of this match happened almost ten years ago at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk_677GBTgg
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1957 - Kurt Von Poppenheim beat Red Bastien to win the Pacific Coast jr. heavyweight title
1961 - Dick Hutton beat Al Lolotai for the Hawaiian title
1962 - Klondike Bill & Whipper Billy Watson beat Chris & John Tolos in Toronto to win the International tag team tiles
1963 - Ronnie Etchison & Dominic Bravo beat Mike Sharpe & Jim Wright in Calgary to win the International tag team titles
1967 - Billy Robinson beat Billy Joyce in Bradford to win the British heavyweight title. Billy Joyce was something of a shooting legend.
1969 - Ben Justice & Rocky Johnson beat Paul & Ron Dupree in Detroit to win the world tag team titles
1969 - Dennis Hall & Ken Lucas beat The Mighty Yankees in Chattanooga to win the Southern tag team titles
1970 - Monster Roussimoff (before he was Andre the Giant) & Michael Nador beat Thunder Sugiyama & Great Kusatsu in Fukuoka to win the IWA tag team title
1971 - In one of the most famous matches in pro wrestling history, Ivan Koloff ended Bruno Sammartino's seven plus years as WWWF champion by pinning him clean in Madison Square Garden
1974 - Ron & Terry Garvin beat Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller to win the Georgia tag team titles in Atlanta
1974 - Black Gordman & Great Goliath beat Raul Mata & Victor Rivera in Los Angeles to win the Americas tag team title
1980 - Superstar Billy Graham beat Mark Lewin in Houston to win the Texas Brass Knux title
1980 - Ernie Ladd beat Mike Sharpe in Shreveport to win the Louisiana state title
1981 - Tony Salazar beat Sangre Chicana in Monterrey to win the NWA world middleweight title
1982 - Jerry Lawler beat Dutch Mantel (Zeb Colter) in Memphis to win the Southern title
1983 - Terry Allen & Scott McGhee beat Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan as The Kangaroos to win the Global tag team titles in Tampa
1986 - Scott Hall & Curt Hennig beat Jimmy Garvin & Steve Regal (not the WWE performer) to win the AWA tag tiles in Albuquerque
1986 - Invader III beat Eric Embry in San Juan to win the WWC jr. title
1988 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura beat Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Kazuo Yamazaki in Takayama to win the IWGP tag team title
1992 - Ron Harris beat Crush in Portland to win the Pacific Northwest title
1993 - Atsushi Onita beat The Sheik in Nagoya to win the U.S. title. The Sheik announced his retirement after the match.
1994 - The Gladiator (Mike Awesome) & Big Titan (Rick Bogner) beat Atsushi Onita & Katsutoshi Niiyama in a tournament finals to win the FMW World Brass Knux tag titles
1995 - Mayumi Ozaki & Hikari Fukuoka beat Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda in Tokyo to win the JWP tag titles
1996 - Ultraman 2000 beat Psicosis in Tijuana to win the Mexican national welterweight title
2003 - Chicky Starr beat Carly Colon (Carlito) to win the Universal title in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
2004 - Satoshi Kojima & Kaz Hayashi beat Keiji Muto & Arashi in Osaka to win the world tag team titles
2009 - Hector Garza & El Hijo del Fantasma & La Mascara beat Blue Panther & Dos Caras Jr. (Alberto Del Rio) & Mistico in a tournament finals in Guadalajara to win the vacant CMLL trios tiles
2009 - Chessman & The Psycho Circus beat Dark Escoria & Dark Ozz & Dark Espiritu & Dark Cuervo to win the Mexican national eight-man titles in Guanajuato
--UFC has the Coutndown to the Octagon show building up Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson, Cowboy Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins and Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic matches on 1/25, airing on FOX today. Check your local listings. In most cities, it will air at 5 p.m.
--Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Ciudad Juarez at Arena El bombero has a show.
--WWE returns to St. Louis on 4/28 for Raw. The presale is going on now with the code word WWESTL
POLL ON WEDNESDAY'S ULTIMATE FIGHTER TV SHOW
69.2% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WAS THE BIGGEST WOMEN'S WRESTLING STAR IN HISTORY?
Fabulous Moolah 36.3%
Trish Stratus 1.3%
Manami Toyota 14.8%
Mildred Burke 9.0%
Chigusa Nagayo 5.7%
Dump Matsumoto 1.9%
Aja Kong 1.6%
June Byers 0.8%
HOW MANY SUBSCRIBERS WILL THE WWE NETWORK HAVE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR?
Under 500,000 19.0%
751,000 to 1 million 29.9%
1 million to 1.25 million 15.5%
1.26 million to 1.5 million 3.0%
1.51 million to 1.75 million 1.9%
1.76 million to 2 million 2.2%
2 million to 2.25 million 2.7%
2.26 million to 2.5 million 0.5%
2.51 million to 2.75 million 0.5%
2.76 million to 3 million 0.5%
More than 3 million 2.2%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IMPACT?
29.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Results of the Maximum Fighting Championships matches from last night in Edmonton at the Northlands Expo Centre (is that the same building Stu Hart used to run in?)
Jared McComb (6-3-1) b Paul Grebinski (1-1) submission from strikes 2:37
Sean O'Connell (15-4) b Markhaile Wedderburn (11-11) choke 1:48
Marcus Edwards (7-2) b Sean Powers (8-4) choke 4:50
Cody Krahn (14-8) b Clay Davidson (8-6) via slam knockout 1:04
Andrew McInnes (4-1) b Dan Ring (5-3-1) choke
Gilbert Smith (8-2) b Jason South (10-2) via decision on scores of 30-27, 30-27, 29-28
Tom Gallicchio (18-8) b Kurt Southern (I3-5) via choke 4:31 second round. This was to be a lightweight title match, but Gallicchio failed to make weight. So a rematch has been scheduled on 5/9.
Anthony Hamilton (12-2) beat Darrill Schoonover (13-6) to retain the heavyweight title on scores of 49-46, 49-46 and 50-45 via out wrestling him.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from last night in Millersville, TN: John Wayne Murdoch b Tim Jerrigan, Lance Erickson b David Matthews and Psych Medic, Mayhem b Gregory McDaniel and TNT Motley, Shawn Shultz b L.T. Falk, Mayhem over Psych Medic and TNT Motley, Charles Alexander over Josh Crow, Chris Cane & Blue Tiger & Karen Sade & Shane Mills, Chris Michaels b Hot Rod Biggs (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--IHWE on 3/15 in Forth Worth has its annual Texas wrestling Hall of Fame. Inducted will be Stan Hansen, Terry Gordy, Gary Young and Dusty Wolfe. Kevin Von Erich has agreed to come for a Von Erichs induction in 2015.
--Swedish TV personalities Carina Berg and Christine Meltzer (no relation) are in the U.S. trying all kinds of different things for two months for a reality show series about their travels. Last night they taped a show in Orlando where they trained to be pro wrestlers and worked a handicap match against Rhett Giddins. It was said they did really well for the very little bit of preparation they had to do the match: Tristan Keali'i b Antonio Gonzalez, Josh Hess b Mike Young, Chasyn Rance b Kafka, Rhett Giddins b Carina Berg & Christine Meltzer, Rhett Giddins b Joey Mayberry, Lince Dorado b Aaron Solo.(thanks to Al Haft)
--Tomorrow in Bayamon, PR has Mighty Ursus defending the Universal title against TNT in a no DQ match plus Carlito vs. Invader I in a no holds barred match.
--Birthdays today include Perro Aguayo Sr. (68), Ted DiBiase Sr. (60) and Dave Bautista (45).
--Lord Layton was 63 when he passed away on this day in 1984. The Sheik was 80 when he passed away on this day in 2003. Pez Whatley was 54 when he passed away on this day in 2005 (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--Dan Rather (yes, the Dan Rather) won on Inside MMA last night talking MMA's rise in popularity.