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We also have a look at the ratings of all the major television shows over the past week and results from all the major arena events.
Also in this week's issue:
--Update on CMLL's Gran Alternativa tournament
--Wrestlers on TV weekly who want to go back to their gimmicks from years ago
--Jeff Jarrett goes to Mexico
--AAA star in a major reality show
--Dragon Gate big show coverage
--Notes on this year's Champion Carnival tournament
--Update on All Japan jr. tournament
--Outsider captures major world title
--Update on KENTA and Pro Wrestling NOAH
--Update on Prince Devitt
--Hall of Famer hints at retirement after putting over protege
--Pro wrestling world title put up in a shoot match
--IGF announces its plans for the next several months
--Adam Copeland (Edge) talks about leaving wrestling, growing up as a fan and more
--Chavo Guerrero Jr. talks Chris Benoit on Chris Jericho's show
--CZW has big show
--Pro wrestling trivia note as it relates to one of the biggest celebrities of the last 100 years
--Update on the original Sin Cara
--Someone does a pro wrestling and pro wrestling match on the same day
--Latest from Puerto Rico
--Notes from the heyday of San Francisco wrestling
--Former TNA wrestler slowing down
--Whatever happened to???
--Notes on pro wrestling documentaries in discussion
--Former UFC fighter and former WWE star in international TV commercial
--ROH weekend show and what matches are being built for
--Vince Russo and TNA, an update
--How the TV has changed
--Notes on the next few TNA PPV shows
--What PPV show said to be really good
--Lots more backstage from the European tour
--A look at the TNA shows this past weekend
--More on Ronda Rousey in Hollywood
--Story behind her latest movie roles
--Details on the Jessica Eye situation
--The situation with the fighter on Ultimate Fighter who will not be going to UFC no matter what happens on the show
--More on UFC changing its bonus structure
--A look at the next show
--Dana White's latest TV show
--More on UFC prosecuting those who steal their PPVs
--Update on Anderson Silva
--Tons of new fights
--What UFC fighter is a Roller Derby coach
--New Bellator title fight
--Update on three-way TV battle in two weeks
--New promotion with national TV about to debut and notes on who is involved with the show including UFC's first superstar and a major name in pro wrestling
--Update on Ben Askren
--What boxing champion is interested in MMA
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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, covering the latest wrestling and MMA news. You can e-mail questions to the show to
--Monday night's Raw main event will be Randy Orton vs. Sheamus. This will be the broadcast main event from Denver.
--The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will be airing live on the WWE Network.
--Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight reported that there are problems in UFC's negotiations with Gilbert Melendez. Melendez's contract has expired and he was on a strong contract from Strikeforce. Dana White said there are problems with talks with Melendez's agent and things aren't looking good.
--White also said that he offered Alistiair Overeem the fight everyone expected would come next, first a five-round fight with Junior Dos Santos which would have been the main event of a card, which he turned down. Then he offered him a three-round semi-main event with Dos Santos, which he also turned down. White claimed Overeem wants no part of Dos Santos.
--Tickets for the UFC show in Orlando on FOX on 4/19 are on sale today to Fight Club members. For newsletter readers, you can order starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. using the password ORLANDO. That's the show headlined by Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne and Miesha Tate vs. Liz Carmouche.
--WWE stock fell 10 cents per share today, to close at $22.77.
--Drew McIntyre needed stitches over his left eye after being busted up by Big E in a match taped for tonight's Ion show. Roman Reigns needed stitches from him last week.
--The Rhodes Brothers will be doing a meet and greet at the NXT show Friday night in Largo, FL.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1957 - Bill & Ed Miller beat Guy & Joe Brunetti in Hamilton to win the Canadian Open tag title
1960 - Adnan Kaissey & Hogan Wharton beat Joe Christie & Man Mountain Managoff in Houston to win the world tag team titles
1962 - Jackie Fargo & Lester Welch beat Mephisto & Dante to win the Southern tag title in Memphis
1966 - Domenic DeNucci beat Killer Kowalski in Sydney to win the IWA title
1976 - Mike George beat Ed Wiskoski in Kansas City to win the Central States title
1977 - Toru Tanaka beat Chavo Guerrero in San Bernardino to win the Americas title
1978 - Ted DiBiase beat Dick Slater in St. Louis to win the Missouri State title
1982 - Sweet Brown Sugar beat Bobby Lane in Los Angeles to win the Americas title and The Scorpions beat Carlos Mata & The Kiss to win the Americas tag titles
1985 - Jerry Lawler beat Eddie Gilbert in Memphis to win the Southern title
1985 - Jesse Barr beat Brian Blair in Tampa to win the Florida title
1988 - Ivan Koloff & Barbarian & Warlord beat Paul Ellering (subbing for injured Animal) & Hawk & Dusty Rhodes in Philadelphia to win the world six-man titles
1990 - Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk beat Jimmy Garvin & Michael Hayes in Gainesville, GA in a tournament final to win the U.S tag titles
1990 - Rex King & Steve Doll beat Robert Fuller & Brian Lee to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
2007 - Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) beat Masato Yoshino in Kobe to win the Open the Brave Gate title
2012 - Kazuchika Okada beat Hiroshi Tanahashi in Osaka to win the IWGP title, plus Hirooki Goto beat Masato Tanaka in Tokyo to win the IC title and Rocky Romero & Davey Richards beat Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi to win the IWGP jr. tag titles
--Here is the scorecard on the different TV show appearances by women wrestlers of the 50s. Betty White was a panelist on "To Tell The Truth" in 1961 whe Fabulous Moolah was a guest where the celebrities had to figure out which one of the three women was Moolah. A 1953 episode of "What's My Line" where a celebrity panel had to guess the occupation was the show with June Byers before she became champion. Steve Allen was on the panel. Judy Grable also appeared as a woman wrestler on "What's My Line" in 1958. (thanks to Joe Dombrowskil)
WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE MATCHES?
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura 39.4%
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito 38.0%
Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto 22.6%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Bray Wyatt 27.6%
Betty White 20.0%
John Cena 6.7%
Randy Orton 5.7%
SHOULD MATCH RESULTS BE OVERTURNED FOR POSITIVE MARIJUANA TESTS?
Yes, people know the rules and violated them and know the consequences going in 49.6%
No, it doesn't have an affect on the outcome of the fight 48.4%
Yes, it does have an effect on the outcome of the fight 2.0%
WHO IS THE GREATEST WRESTLER OF THE PAST 35 YEARS?
Ric Flair 31.0%
Shawn Michaels 20.7%
Bret Hart 14.5%
Kenta Kobashi 8.5%
Daniel Bryan 6.8%
Mitsuharu Misawa 6.7%
Chris Benoit 5.7%
Eddy Guerrero 2.1%
Jushin Liger 1.4%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 1.3%
Jumbo Tsuruta 0.7%
Genichiro Tenryu 0.7%
POLL ON RAW MONDAY
12.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--AIW from Cleveland on Friday night: Davey Vega over Colin Olsen (formerly Colin Delaney), Ty Colten, Matt Cross, Flip Kendrick and Tyson Dux, Louis Lyndon b Johnny Gargano to keep Intense title, Allysin Kay b Veda Scott to keep women's title, Nasty Russ & T-Money b Devin& Mason Cutter, Leah Von Dutch won three-way over Eric Ryan and Ricky Shane Page, Leah Von Dutch b Allisyn Kay to win womens' title, Bobby Beverly b Kyle O'Reilly, Kevin Steen b Ethan Page-DQ, Tim Donst b Danny Havoc in a Hardcore match, Michael Elgin b Drake Younger to keep the Absolute title. Next show is 3/14 at Turner's Hall in Cleveland with ACH, Andrew Everett and The Batiri.
--International Ring of Grapplers in Leslie, MI from Saturday night: Louis Lyndon over Jack Verville and Mr. Nifty in a three-way, Movado b Joey Risk, David Gilman b American Eagle, Randi West b Joseph Schwartz in woman vs. man, Darrell Jackson b Frank Isaac Anderson, Chase Matthews b Apollo Star, Dru Skillz b Ace Perry Zach Gowen b Officer Roderick Street (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--West Coast Wrestling Federation on 2/15 in Yuba City, CA at the WCWF Arena at 7 p.m with Dave Dutra, Marcus Lewis, Jeckles the Jester, and Joe DeSoul
--The Byron Coleman Memorial Show from Sunday in Hamilton, ONT: Beautiful Bear b Cassie Cool, Alex Vega & Channing Decker & Tyler Thomas & Timothy Krane b Brent B & Aiden Rayne & Chief Adae & Will White, Marc Hauss won Battle Royal, Scotty O'Shea b Robbie McAllister, Rhys Greenaway & Danny Magnum b Hardcore Hick & Justin Sane, Xavier Rome over Eddie Sapaluci, Mark Shaw and Warhed, Brutus Beefcake b Marc Hauss, Ty Colton b Ryan Swif, Ethan Page b Justin Graves (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Combat Zone Wrestling has an iPPV on 3/8 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.
--Omega Pro on 2/22 in Smithfield, NC for a fund raiser with Matt & Jeff Hardy C.W. Anderson Shane Helms and the cast of Lizard Lick Towing.
--An interesting PPV test on 3/8 from Las Vegas features Canelo Alvarez, in his first fight since his loss to Floyd Mayweather, facing Perro Angulo. Fathom Events will be broadcasting this fight in movie theaters all over the U.S.
--Congats to Kevin Iole for being in the 2014 class of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. He's going in with such luminaries as George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Sonny Liston, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Roberto Duran, Cornelius Baza-Edwds, Archie Moore, matchmaker Bruce Trampler, trainer Miguel Diaz, Clifford Perlman of Caesars, Steve's Wynn, Luther Mack and Chuck Minker of the Nevada commission and referees Richard Steele and Kenny Bayless, as well as announcer Col. Bob Sheridan. The induction ceremony will take place this summer.
--Kenny Dykstra has been added to the 3/15 In Your Face Wrestling show in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center. He'll be joined by Justin Credible, Tommy Dreamer and Rhino.
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla: Akron & Fuerza Chicana & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Super Camaleon & Bengala & Tigre Rojo Sr., Metalico & Sensei & Robin b Espiritu Maligno & Siki Ozama I & Toro Bill Jr., Puma & Tiger & Misterioso Jr. b Triton& Stigma & Stuka Jr., Marcela b Tiffany, Marco Corleone & Thunder & Rush b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys-DQ, Volador Jr. b Mr Aguila
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Leo & Sky Kid b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno, Zeuxis & Seductora & Dallys la Caribena b Marcela & Lluvia & Lady Aphrodita, Camorra & Sangre Azteca & Bobby Zavala b Triton & Stuka Jr. & Stigma, Volador Jr. b Mr. Aguila, Shocker & Euforia & Ultimo Guerrero b Marco Corleone & Valiente & Diamante Azul-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Cage Warriors from The Forum in London will be airing live tomorrow as part of a U.K. doubleheader on The Fight Network. It'll start at 4 p.m. Eastern with boxing from London and right after, will be the MMA show. The boxing will also air in the U.S. on Showtime. Cage Warriors is headlined by James Pennington (9-1) vs. Cory Tait (7-2).