SUN. UPDATE: Daniel Bryan/WWE house show update, ECW champ faces boxing world champ, New UFC main event, , Funny WWE stock notes, First major MSG title match, New WWE movie, Index of every issue of the Observer dating back 31 years



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        We're looking for your thoughts on both the Saturday and Sunday (which took place Saturday night U.S. time) Fantastica Mania iPPV shows 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
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        We're also looking for reports on these weekend shows:
*WWE Team Punk show in Hammond, IN from Saturday
*TNA house show in Dothan, AL from Saturday
*TNA house show from Mobile, AL from Friday
 
        Raw will be live in Dayton on Monday night.  Dave Bautista returns to WWE after nearly four years in the big attraction on the Royal Rumble go-home show.  They will also fill out the Rumble card.  Brock Lesnar is scheduled on the show as well.
 
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, MI.
 
        All new subscriptions to the Observer will include our biggest issue of the year, the 2013 Awards issue, which will be mailed on Wednesday of this week and also be up on the site on Wednesday.  
 
         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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        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:
 
--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
 
--TNA releases
 
--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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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
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*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
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history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering the weekend news as well as taking e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--On the WWE tour this week, Big Show worked the Friday night Cena tour show but was moved to the Punk tour last night in Hammond, IN, due to Daniel Bryan being off the road due to a concussion.  Luke Harper & Erick Rowan were moved from the Punk tour to the Cena tour.  So last night, and probably tonight as well, Show wrestled Bray Wyatt in a singles match in place of Bryan on the Punk tour.  Kane, who was wrestling Show, instead worked as a face against Harper & Rowan in a handicap match on the Cena tour.
 
--Countdown to the Octagon, which aired yesterday on FOX, previewing Saturday's Josh Thomson vs. Benson Henderson fight, will be replayed tonight at 8 p.m. on FS 1.
 
--The probable main event for a 4/16 FS 1 show is Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy.  It'll be a five round fight.  The show will take place in Canada, Quebec City has been rumored, which would be the UFC debut in the market, but that is not definite.
 
--WWE Studios and Intrepid Pictures will be partnering in the release of a horror movie called "Oculus,"  They saw the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The movie will have a theatrical release on 4/11.  Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff are the stars.
 
--Sandman vs. former heavyweight boxing champion Tim Witherspoon was announced as the main event on a show called World Xtreme Entertainment run by the controversial Damon Feldman.  Hollis Thomas of the Philadelphia Eagles will be the special referee of the fight.  The main event is scheduled as five rounds for the World Xtreme Entertainment title, so I guess that means it's a worked match.  A press conference will be held on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Chickie and Pete's in South Philadelphia to announce the fight.  There will also be a tag team boxing match on the show.  They are looking for models, dancers and pro wrestlers to work for the promotion.
  
--For those interested in back issues of the Observer, the 2013 Index was just released at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    This index features the lead stories in every issue of the Observer dating back 31 years.
 
--Hall of Famer Pat Patterson turned 73 today.  R-Truth turned 42 today.  Yeah, most are surprised by that one.
 
--Former woman star Ida Mae Martinez was 79 when she passed away on this day three years ago.     
 
--A funny thing in a stock prospectus put on a few days ago on WWE from The Vertical Group, which said they expect WWE stock to hit $28 a share by the end of this year and $31 at the end of 2015 due to expectations from the new TV contract and the network, in the background on WWE wrote, "WWE was founded in 1996 by Vincent McMahon (who is referred to as Vince Sr.).  His son, Vince Jr., took over as CEO in June of 2002.  Stephanie McMahon , who is the daughter of Vince Jr., currently fills the position of Chief Brand Officer."  That's a hell of trick to have formed the company in 1996, 12 years after his death. (thanks to Joe Bowen)
 
--A few notes from last night.  Justin Gaethje vs. Rich Patishnok from last night's WSOF show from Hollywood, FL, was one hell of a 69 second brawl, won by Gaethje to become the first lightweight champion.  It's worth going out of your way to search for.
 
--I also got to see the Jeff Cobb vs. Oliver John 30:00 draw from Premier Wrestling from last month which I didn't get to see live since it was at the same time as the TLC show.  I'd heard from people it blew away everything on that show.  For sure it did, in fact it was better than anything at Fanstatica Mania on Saturday as well.  Oliver John is a tremendous worker and it's too bad he never got a break.  Cobb we've written about many times is a super athlete, who wrestled in the Olympics.  He did one crazy move that I've never seen before, doing a Road Warrior Animal style turning powerslam of John off the ropes, but right before planting him, twisted his body the other way and powerslammed him the other way.  You'd have to see it to believe it.  The guy has freaky lower back strength like Antonio Cesaro or Takashi Sugiura the way he throws people around in ways that you can't believe.  I'm not sure how to get the DVD but would guess Premier Wrestling's web site would have it.  We'll probably have info on it tomorrow.        
 
--C.M. Punk and The Miz appear on Comedy Central's At Midnight on 2/12.  Chris Jericho will appear on the show on 3/3.
 
--There will be a WWE Night in Cleveland on Wednesday night to promote the next house show in the city at the Cavaliers game.  Dolph Ziggler and The Miz, who are both from Cleveland, will be at the Cavs vs. Chicago Bulls game that night.  
 
--The Washington Post yesterday at www.washingtonpost.com had an obituary for Mae Young.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY
1880 - William Muldoon beat Thiebaud Bauer at the original Madison Square Garden to become the first American Greco-Roman heavyweight champion
1940 - Bobby Bruns beat Orville Brown to become the first MWA world heavyweight champion
1960 - Tex Riley & Len Rossi beat Jackie & Don Fargo in Nashville to win the world tag team titles
1962 - King Curtis Iaukea & Haru Sasaki beat Herb & Seymour Freeman to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1966 - Ripper Collins beat Ron Reed (Buddy Colt) to win the Hawaiian heavyweight title in Honolulu
1968 - Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller beat Butcher & Stan Vachon in Atlanta to win the world tag team titles
1970 - Kurt & Karl Von Steiger beat Tony Borne & Lonnie Mayne in Portland to win the Northwest tag team titles
1970 - Johnny Walker (pre Wrestling II) & Dennis Hall beat Al & Don Greene to win the Southern tag team titles in Memphis
1972 - Mitsu Arakawa & Yoshino Sato (who became the Great Kabuki) beat Domenic DeNucci & Tony Parisi in the tournament final to win the NWF tag titles in Buffalo
1972 - Cowboy Bob Kelly beat Don Fargo to win the Gulf Coast title in Mobile
1973 - Johnny Valentine beat Harley Race to win the held up Missouri title in St. Louis
1976 - Jerry Lawler beat Ricky Gibson for the held up Southern title in Memphis
1977 - Greg Valentine beat Rufus Jones in Raleigh to win the Mid Atlantic TV title
1979 - Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff beat Jack & Jerry Brisco in Atlanta to win the Georgia tag team titles
1980 - Kato Kung Lee beat Americo Rocca in Mexico City to win the NWA welterweight title\
1981 - Carlos Colon & Invader I beat Dennis Condrey & Dutch Mantel to win the WWC North American tag team titles in San Juan
1987 - Owen Hart beat Makhan Singh (Mike Shaw) in Medicine Hat, Alberta in a cage match to win the North American title for the first time
1987 - Hercules Ayala beat David Shults in Montreal to win the International title
1991 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Stan Hansen in Matsumoto to win the Triple Crown
1992 - Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada beat Lady Apache & Kaoru Maeda to win the UWA tag team title
1992 - Solar beat Canelo Casas (who later became Heavy Metal) in Tokyo to win the UWA super middleweight title
1992 - Gran Hamada & Kendo beat Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata in Tokyo to win the UWA tag team title
1992 - Art & Jesse Barr beat Ron & Don Harris to win the Northwest tag team titles in Vancouver, WA
1997 - Shawn Michaels beat Sycho Sid to win the WWF title before 60,000 fans at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.  Steve Austin won that year's Royal Rumble
2003 - The Dudleys beat William Regal & Lance Storm to win the Raw tag team titles at the Royal Rumble in Boston,which also saw Brock Lesnar win the Rumble and the famous Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit match.
2005 - Johnny Jeter & Matt Cappotelli beat Joey Matthews & Johnny Nitro to win the OVW Southern tag team titles in Louisville
2007 - Ikuto Hidaka beat Minoru Fujita in Tokyo to win the AWA jr. heavyweight title      
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--Hardcore Roadtrip on 4/26 in London, ONT has a wrestling show and fan fest with Rhino vs. Angel, Warhed vs. Necro Butcher in fans bring the weapons, Juventud Guerrera vs. Extreme Tiger plus Christian York, Tracy Smothers, 2 Cold Scorpio, Jazz, the Maximos and Masada.
 
WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT?
New Japan iPPV 22.9%
World Series of Fighting 15.5%
Neither 65.9%
 
WHO DO YOU THINK WINS THIS FIGHT?
Benson Henderson 82.2%
Josh Thomson 17.8%
 
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
Excellent 11.0%
Good 28.8%
Average 31.5%
Fair 13.7%
Poor 15.1%
        39.2% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON LAST NIGHT'S NEW JAPAN SHOW IN PRIME TIME
No interest in Japanese wrestling 55.8%
Usually get New Japan shows, got this 17.0%
Would have gotten it but announced too late and made other plans 14.3%
Usually get bit didn't think it was a good enough card 8.2%
Got it because of the time slot 3.4%
Already got a Fantatsica Mania show this week, not buying another 1.4%
 
--Today is the seventh anniversary of the death of Scott "Bam  Bam" Bigelow.  I was just talking about him last night with someone about his Tokyo Dome match with Salman Hashimikov on the first-ever show in that stadium in 1989.  Scott Bowden looks back at Bigelow's first territory and probably the territory that used him the most effectively except for New Japan, at http://kentuckyfriedwrestling.com/
 
--This has been a bad weekend.  Want to send condolences to Dave Musgrave, who does the ROH reports for the site, on the death of his mother last night.  She had been ill for a number of years.  Dave was en route from the airport in Halifax on a four-hour trip on a shuttle passenger van to see her but she passed away about 30 minutes before he arrived.
 
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling set its record at their arena with 350 fans, in a building set up for 250 last night:  Brandon Gallagher b Shorty Biggs, Jim Hoffarth & Gary Jackson b Joker & Alexander Rudolph, Daniel Eads b Frankie Wyatt-DQ, Lucy Mendez b Jake Parnell, Ken Kasa & Dave Vaughn b Jake Dirden & Heath Hatton, Chaz Wesson b Ax, Flash Flanagan b Ron Powers with Ricky Cruz as referee.  Luke Williams of the Bushwhackers was a special guest.  The man vs. woman match was a last minute sub when Angeles Layne was in a car accident coming in from Chicago.  Even though his mother passed away on Friday, Larry Matysik was there booking the show.
 
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 1/25 in Lumberton, NC at the Indoor Flea Market at 6:30 p.m.
 
--Prairie Wrestling from last night in Calgary:  Chase Patrick b Marky, Brody Malibu b Sheik Akbar Shabaz, Richie Rage b Kenny Striker, Brandon Von Danielson b Willie Saint, Priest b Michael Richard Blais, Duke Durrango & Chris Steele DCOR Killer Ds, Azrael b Deryck Crosse (thanks to Dwayne Soper)
 
--PWX on Friday night in Charlotte for a wrestling show and a Mickie James concert before 180 fans:  Chase Brown b Shaun Tempers, Davey Richards b Kyle Matthews, Rich Swann b Kyle O'Reilly, Los Ben Dejos & Zane Riley & Lance Lude b Elijah Evans & Ethan Case & Craig Huffman & Drew Myers, John Skyler & Michael Elgin b Kevin Steen & Jake Manning, Adam Page & Corey Hollis b Caleb Konley & Cedric Alexander.  The show was taped for TV for the FOX station in Charlotte.
 
--Clash Wrestling from last night in Taylor, MI:  Marion Fontaine b Dragon Greed, Ded Vaughn & Elk b Dave Manzo & Wrecking Ball, Petey Williams b Canadian Destroyer, Petey Williams & Canadian Destroyer b Ded Vaughn & Elk-DQ, Gavin Quinn b J Miller and Justin Mane in a three-way ladder match (thanks to Leonard Brand)
 
--HWA from Friday night in Middletown, OH before 50 fans:  Kid Hybrid b Chase Owens, Chrisjen Hayme and Jaimy Cox, Joseph Schwartz b Michael Hayes (the OVW guy), Gideon Malice b Great Akuma, Jamin Olivencia b B.J. Whitmer, Movado b Sid Fabulous, Ricky Morton b Tarek the Great, Chance Prophet b Chris Carnage, Soul Shooters b Necro Butcher & 2 Tuff Tony.  Next show is 4/12 (thanks to Adam Sanders)    
 
--Premier Wrestling on 3/30 at the new location of the IFDS Lodge Portuguese Hall in Gilroy at 250 Gilroy St., featuring Jeff Cobb (3-0-1) defending the title against Sledge (3-1) with a 5 p.m. Sunday show.
 
--Lucha Xtreme from last night's Fresno TV"  JR Kratos b Johnny Dynamo, Jeff Cobb b Will the Beast, Mustafa Saed b Mike Rayne-DQ, Brian Tannen NC Johnny Plinko (thanks to Jon Southerland)
 
--Friends of Barbie Blank noted to us that the Kelly Kelly Facebook page now has 1 million followers, making her the first WWE diva to reach that mark.
 
--Scotty 2 Hotty worked the NXT show last night in Daytona Beach.

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