By Dave Meltzer |
We'll be doing polls this weekend on tonight's (tomorrow morning) New Japan New Japan Cup show from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo and tomorrow's UFC 171 from Dallas, 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 TNA TV tapings in Orlando (Magnus vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title with Eric Young chained to Abyss; Ethan Carter III vs Bobby Lashley) with shows taped for 3/20 and parts of 3/27, WWE Team Cena house show in Waco, TX with John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and the Rhodes Brothers.
Bellator tonight from the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN:
Spike.com fights starting at 6:45 p.m.
Daniel James (265) vs. Erick Correa (263.5)
Jason Guida (213.5) vs. Anthony Gomez (214)
Derek Loffer (169) vs. Bobby Reardanz (160)
Darion Caldwell (145.7) vs. Lance Surma (146)
Diego Marlon (136.6) vs. Lloyd Carter (136.1)
A.J. Matthews (170.5) vs. Belal Muhammad (170.7)
Nathan Coy (170.5) vs. Paul Bradley (170.8) in first round of welterweight tournament
Live on Spike at 9 p.m.
Jesse Juarez (170.7) vs. Adam McDonough (170.5) in first round of welterweight tournament
Sam Oropeza (170.2) vs. Cristiano Souza (170.8) in first round of welterweight tournament
Andrey Koreshkov (170.7) vs. Nah Shon Burrell (171) in first round of welterweight tournament
Daniel Straus (145) vs. Pat Curran (144.7) for featherweight title
Damien Sandow vs. Seth Rollins
Big E vs. Fandango non-title
Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Jack Swagger & Cesaro
Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt
Nikki Bella vs Tamina Snuka
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Big Show vs. Kane
New Japan Cup first round at 6 a.m. Eastern time and 3 a.m. Pacific time
Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin
Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson
Hirooki Goto vs. Doc Gallows
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Desperado vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo & Jado
Prince Devitt vs. Lance Archer
Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale
Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
UFC on Saturday from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas\
Fight Pass fights at 6 p.m. Eastern
Daniel Pineda vs. Robert Whiteford
Bubba McDaniel vs. Sean Strickland
Will Campuzano vs. Justin Scoggins
Renee Forte vs Frank Trevino
Prelims on FS 2 at 8 p.m.
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Spencer
Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes
Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story
PPV at 10 p.m.
Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince St. Preux
Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields
Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury
Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley
Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for welterweight title
Saturday has the final day of TNA TV tapings in Orlando with shows taped for parts of 3/27 and 4/3), as well as WWE's Team Cena crew in Austin, TX and the Team Bryan crew (Daniel Bryan, Christian, Wyatt Family, The Shield) in Laredo.
Sunday has WWE Team Cena in Dallas, so there is a UFC on Saturday night and a WWE late Sunday afternoon in the same arena, and Team Bryan is in Corpus Christi.
Raw on Monday is in San Antonio, with Undertaker scheduled for the show.
Smackdown is Tuesday in Houston with both John Cena and Undertaker booked for the show.
The new issue of the Wrestling Observer is up on the site today with a WrestleMania update, a story on one of the more heinous crimes in pro wrestling history with the conviction of Buck Zumhofe of a number a sex charges, as well as an update on TNA coming off the Lockdown PPV, UFC's new phase of international expansion and New Japan's anniversary show, as well as lots of WWE info on who is planned on being pushed going forward.
Our lead story looks at Daniel Bryan being moved into the WWE title match, how it went down, why it went down, as well as thoughts on what hasn't been announced yet, who looks to be in the Battle Royal and what names aren't yet accounted for on the show.
We have a feature on the conviction of former AWA star Buck Zumhofe on sex charges, including notes on the charges, who he was in wrestling, the nature of the victim, what witnesses saw, his entree into wrestling and his career.
We also look at TNA's return to live PPV after several months, problems with the key storylines, where TNA could have made PPV still work and why it's difficult now, a look at the storylines, surprises, business and match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
We also look at UFC's most recent show in London at the O2 Arena, how this is the first show in a new approach overseas, business notes on the show and full coverage.
We also have more on WWE negotiations for television, more on marketing the WWE Network, response to polls on how well the network is doing, a new WWE TV deal inked, lots of Hall of Fame news including a look at Carlos Colon, SummerSlam ticket sales, merchandise draws, upcoming Raw main events and why John Layfield ripped on Jim Ross on Raw last week.
We also look at who was in the most PPV matches, WWE executives stock, how the different WWE characters are talked about after recent big shows, a look at Total Divas, a WWE star preparing for life after wrestling by starting a new company, a new signing, as well as business notes from all the weekend shows as well as in-ring highlights.
We also look at the New Japan anniversary show, including videos, the ceremony, notes on the Okada vs. Ibushi main event and what it showed about both men, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
We also look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's biggest show so far this year.
We've also got a feature on Jerry Kozak, who passed away last week, a Texas fixture in the 60s and 70s who was also a promoter. We look at his career in wrestling, the Kozak Brothers, and the famous rib story he was most famous for, as well as his role in one of the most important wrestling tours in history.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Popularity of wrestling in Mexico
--How the decline in Mexico differs from the decline in Japan
--Strange booking announcements
--The Mexican national incredible partners tag team tournament
--The last AAA original is no longer with the company
--A look at AAA TV plans after Rey de Reyes
--First foreigner vs. foreigner Open the Dream Gate title match main event
--Notes on the next Dragon Gate big show
--Promoter makes promise in national magazine that an April big show will air live on national TV
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's upcoming tag team tournament
--New Japan vs. NOAH program's next step
--Major U.S. star may be less than one month from starting with New Japan. A look at the clues
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--New Japan adds another overseas tour
--Hall of Famer's 60th birthday special show
--Feature movie coming up on overseas star
--A look at the death of Eikatsu Yoshida, the father of the greatest woman freestyle wrestler who ever lived and why it's made national attention in Japan
--A look at 16 Carat Gold tournament in Germany with a number of different major indie group champions and complete lineup
--Update on independent shows over WrestleMania weekend
--More on Stacy Keibler's wedding
--Wrestling personalities having success on iTunes
--Notes on new wrestling books
--Update on Buff Bagwell
--Where the most Hall of Famers have come from
--Gulf Coast wrestling reunion
--Notes on the wrestlers up for Cauliflower Alley Awards this year
--Where are they now on a short-lived WWE performer who now has a very unique profession
--Major news involving Sinclair Broadcasting and their TV empire
--Updates on the ROH shows with New Japan
--Value of Japanese in ROH
--A look at the weekend ROH title change
--ROH star buries hatchet with WWE stars
--A.J. Styles upcoming ROH schedule
--A look at all the details of the weekend ROH shows
--Jeff Jarrett teases his big announcement and what former name in production is with him
--Notes on TNA's upcoming TV tapings
--Davey Richards talks WWE and ROH
--Update on Thiago Silva after his arrest
--Notes on this upcoming wee's UFC show
--UFC's upcoming dates in Europe for the next year
--Update on Conor McGregor
--UFC running two shows in different parts of the world on the same day
--Chael Sonnen talks competing without TRT
--California commissioner talks TRT
--Notes on UFC Fight Pass
--Anderson Silva throwing kicks
--Next Fight Pass card
--UFC injury updates
--Lots of upcoming UFC events
--Notes on Bellator's first PPV show
--A rundown of Bellator's last show and next show
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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Dana White said yesterday that they are meeting with the team of Holly Holm, a former world women's boxing champion who is unbeaten in MMA.
--He confirmed that Wanderlei Silva had not signed a contract to face Chael Sonnen on 5/31
--He said that if there is a Gina Carano fight in UFC with Ronda Rousey, it would be at 135 pounds. He didn't say there would be such a fight, only if.
--He confirmed that UFC will be running shows on both 7/5 and 7/6 in Las Vegas. While not saying it, the 7/6 show will be headlined by B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar and be on FS 1. The 7/5 will be a PPV. There will be a UFC Fight Expo that weekend as well. There will also be an Observer/Figure 4 web site convention in Las Vegas that weekend.
--Added to the WWE Network today are three episodes of ECW Hardcore TV from 1993 and 1994, the May 30, 1993 episode of Raw, a December 1986 show at the Boston Gardens (Hulk Hogan vs. Kamala main event) and a Legends of Wrestling show on Wrestling's Most Important moments with Mick Foley, Ric Flair, Jim Ross and Tazz as panelists. Given Tazz as a panelist tells you how many years ago that thing was done.
--We got a number of correspondences from readers saying the WWE solution for the Xbox 360 problems do not fix the problem. Several were pretty irate.
--Ricky Marvin is out of the wXw 16 Carat gold tournament because he couldn't get out of Mexico as his passport expired and he failed to renew it. Matt Striker will be taking his place. (thanks to Patrick Gronemann)
--Total Divas returns at 9 p.m. Sunday on E!
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1887 - Evan Strangler Lewis beat Joe Acton in Chicago to become the World Catch-as-Catch-Can heavyweight champion
1944 - Babe Sharkey beat Ed Strangler Lewis in Baltimore to win a version of the world title
1947 - Vic Christy beat Orville Brown in St. Joseph to win the MWA title
1952 - Leo Nomellini & Len Montana beat Mike & Ben Sharpe to win the world tag team titles in Oakland
1960 - Ivan & Karol Kalmikoff beat Ilio DiPaolo & Whipper Billy Watson in Toronto to win the Canadian Open tag team titles
1968 - Larry Hennig beat Kurt Von Brauner in Amarillo to win the Brass Knux title
1970 - Dale Lewis & Missouri Mauler beat Bronko Lubich & Chris Markoff in Tampa to win the Florida tag team tiles
1973 - Tommy Gilbert & Eddie Marlin beat Lorenzo Parente & Bobby Hart in Nashville to win the Mid American tag team titles
1977 - Dennis Condrey & Phil Hickerson beat Ricky & Robert Gibson in Memphis to win the Southern tag team titles
1978 - Dino Bravo & Domenic DeNucci beat Mr. Fuji & Prof. Tanaka in Philadelphia to win the WWWF tag team titles
1978 - Tommy Rich beat Stan Hansen in Macon to win the Macon title
1980 - Jose Lothario & Tiger Conway Jr. beat Mr. Hito & Mr. Sakurada to win the American tag team titles in Houston
1980 - Junkyard Dog beat Ernie Ladd in Shreveport to win the Louisiana State title
1980 - Bruiser Brody beat Mark Lewin in Houston to win the Texas Brass Knux title
1980 - Chavo Guerrero beat The Hood (Johnny Mantell) in Los Angeles to win the Americas title
1981 - Killer Karl Krupp beat Pierre Martel in Bayamon to win the North American title
1982 - In Madison Square Garden, Bob Backlund retained the WWF title over Jesse Ventura and Pedro Morales retained the IC title over Adrian Adonis
1982 - Bobby Eaton & Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware) beat Ricky & Robert Gibson in Louisville in a tournament final for the vacant Southern tag team titles
1984 - Mike Rotundo & Barry Windham beat Ron Bass & Black Bart in Miami to win the U.S. tag team title
1986 - Brad Armstrong beat Robert Fuller to win the Continental title in Mobile
1987 - Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff beat Ron Garvin & Barry Windham in Atlanta to win the U.S. tag team title
1994 - Eddie Gilbert beat Brian Christopher in Memphis to win the USWA title
1999 - In Louisville, Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko beat Curt Hennig & Barry Windham to win the WCW tag titles, Booker T beat Scott Steiner to win the WCW TV title and Ric Flair beat Hulk Hogan in a first blood match in a cage to win the WCW title
--A correction yesterday on the Wagner Brown arrest in yesterday's update. It was not on 3/7, but on 2/14.
--Hardcore Roadtrip on 4/26 in London, ONT with Devon, Rhino, Necro Butcher, Angel of Da Baldies, 2 Cold Scorpio, Jazz, Christian York, Juventud Guerrera, El Hijo de Rey Misterio, Zach Gowen and more. They also have a show on 6/1 in Toronto with Jimmy Jacobs, Facade, Papadon, Tony Nese, Alex Reynolds, Necro Butcher, Mad Man Pondo, Jennifer Blake from AAA Colin Delaney and more.
--For this past week, the USA Network was No. 1 in prime time with 2.14 million viewers. If not for Raw, they would have fallen to fourth place behind The History Channel, TBS and Disney. The three hours of Raw last week were No. 3, 5 and 7. Walking Dead (12.65 million viewers) was No. 1, with Duck Dynasty (6.10 million) No. 2. In 18-49, the three hours were No. 7, 8 and 9.
--Austin Aries was a guest of the Philadelphia Phillies at spring training in Clearwater, FL yesterday.
--Australasian Wrestling Federation on 3/15 at The Metro Lair in Sydney. Tommy Dreamer comes in for the promotion on 3/23 at St. Mary's Memorial Hall in St. Mary's, and will be doing a seminar at the AWF headquarters in Kings Park on 3/24 at 7 p.m.
--Christine Meltzer and Carina Berg, two of Sweden's top TV stars, on the TV show Berg & Meltzer tour the U.S. and from the 31 to 44 minute mark on this show were at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando training to do pro wrestling and appearing on a card. Brittany from TNA as Santana Garrett was working with them at http://www.kanal5play.se/#!/play/program/564294964/video/676264494
--Premier Championship Wrestling on Saturday night at Doubles Bar in Winnipeg has the company's 12th anniversary show with Steve Corino & Adam Knight vs. Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens vs. Mike Angels & Chad Tatum for the PCW tag titles and Kenny Omega vs. Antonio Scorpio for the PCW heavyweight title. Tickets are $15, with University Student IDs getting $5 off.
--One FC from today in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia:
Saiful Merican b Khim Dima split decision
Herbert Burns b Harris Sarmiento unanimous decision
Peter Davis b Waar Umar submission 3:07 second round
Kotetsu Boku b Arnaud Lepont TKO from strikes 4:06
Andrew Leone b Shinichi Kojima unanimous decision
Kamal Shalorus b Ariel Sextion unanimous decision
Adriano Moraes b Yasuhiro Urushitani choke 3:48 second round
Dae Hwan Kim b Kevin Belingon choke 4:39
Nobutatsu Suzuki b Brock Larson unanimous decision to become the first One FC welterweight champion
--In Your Face Wrestling has a convention from 1-5 p.m. and a live show at 7 p.m. in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center with Tommy Dreamer, Justin Credible, Rhino and Kenny Dykstra.
--Marco Fermin, 39, an MMA trainer in South Florida, had an operation to remove a tumor in his back that, when the six surgeon team finished the 16 hour procedure, they removed a tumor that was the size of a volleyball and weighed six pounds.