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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:
--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
--A look at the next few New Japan iPPV shows
--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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*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)
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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)
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*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
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*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
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*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)
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*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)
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*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)
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*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)
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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer radio covering Raw, as well as GSP & Johny Hendricks on the MMA Hour (www.mmafighting.com
definitely worth a listen) and all the latest news. You can also send questions to tonight's show to
--There is a big article at www.bloomberg.com
regarding the potential of WWE selling. That's one of the reasons the stock price has gone up is people thinking the family is going to cash in now.
--The stock closed down 57 cents per share today finishing at $30.37 with well above average volume.
--As it turned out, Johny Hendricks did come into the fight on Saturday with a right elbow injury which changed the game plan to where he couldn't rely on his wrestling. It was bad enough that he considered pulling out of the fight.
--Georges St-Pierre was in Southern California, and since one of his doctors is the current girlfriend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, she invited him home and he said he watched with Arnold and they talked about their similarities, with Arnold walking away from his sport at 28 (there are more differences than similarities). GSP said that he told Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta immediately after the fight with Johnny Hendricks that drug testing was part of the reason he was walking away, along with personal problems. He said he's never been happier, training with no pressure. He said he would not fight unless both fighters were drug tested randomly throughout. When asked about Anderson Silva, he said he'd fight anyone of the same weight, but Silva is 230 walking around and he's a little over 190.
--C.M. Punk was on Talking Dead last night. He was introduced at Phil Brooks, "You might know him better as CM Punk," He talked about the episode of Walking Dad and was never mentioned as a wrestler. (thanks to Mike DeGeorge and many others)
--Only stuff on Raw is at least as of a few hours ago there was scheduled to be another big angle with Daniel Bryan and HHH and more names added to the Battle Royal, which included Cesaro and Jack Swagger.
--Currently scheduled to be added today to the WWE Network is the June 6, 1993 Raw episode and the June 1, 1991 Madison Square Garden house show headlined by Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter.
--The UFC announced these matches for 5/10 in Cincinnati at the US Bank Arena:
Matt Brown vs Erick Silva
Costas Philippou vs. Lorenz Larkin
William Patalino Macario vs. Neil Magny
Sao Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka
Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague
Yan Cabral vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Eduardo
Nik Lentz vs. Manvel Gamburyan
Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday from $175 down to $50. Fight Club members have a presale at 10 a.m. Wednesday and newsletters subscribers have a presale at 10 a.m. Thursday.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1926 - Ike Robin beat Mohammed Ali Sunni to win the New Zealand heavyweight title. Robin was one of the first great Maori wrestlers and went on to become a well-known preacher
1966 - Billy Joyce beat Gwyn Davies in Nottingham to win the British heavyweight title
1973 - Masked Lee & Jackie Sato beat Jumbo Miyamoto & Mariko Akagi in Wakayama to win the WWWA tag titles
1977 - Bruiser Brody beat Ron Miller in Melbourne to win the WCW Brass Knux title
1981 - The Moondogs beat Tony Garea & Rick Martel to win the WWF tag titles in Allentown
1982 - Bob Roop beat Ted DiBiase in Shreveport to win the North American title
1991 - Suzuka Minami beat Manami Toyota in Tokyo to win the All-Pacific title and Bat Yoshinaga beat Kaoru Ito to win the WWWA Martial Arts title. The latter match was a shoot match as the women did shoot matches over the martial arts title in that era.
1991 - The Scorpion beat Mayumi Ozaki in Tokyo to win the UWA womens' title
1993 - Big Van Vader beat Sting in Dublin to win the WCW title
1995 - Eagle Sawai beat Noriyo Tateno in Tokyo to win the LLPW title
1995 - Mariko Yoshida & Rie Tamada beat Michiko Omukai & Carol Midori in Osaka to win the Japanese tag title
1996 - Koji Kanemoto beat El Samurai in Amagasaki to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1999 - Koji Kanemoto beat Jushin Liger in Hiroshima to win the IWGP jr. heavyweight title
2001 - Scott Norton beat Kensuke Sasaki to win the IWGP title
2002 - At WreslteMania in Toronto, HHH beat Chris Jericho to win the WWF title and The Rock beat Hulk Hogan in what was actually the main event on the show
2002 - Blue Panther & Dr. Wagner Jr. & Fuerza Guerrera beat Mr. Niebla & Black Warrior & Antifaz del Norte in Mexico City to win the CMLL trios title
--Mick Foley appears Friday night in Plymouth, MA at 6 p.m. for Big Time Wrestling as well as Saturday night in Webster, MA at 5 p.m. for an autograph signing and photos. Foley will be a guest on our show this week.
--During yesterday's Florida vs. Kentucky basketball game, a fan was wearing a Florida Gators championship belt and the announcer said it was a great belt and would make Ric Flair proud (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
--Bellator weigh-ins are 5 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Star Casino for Friday night's show.
--WWE returns to Dallas on 7/27 and the presale is on now using the code DALLAS
--EWF from Friday night in Azusa, CA: Tarasso b Maravilla, Mike Maze b Friar Juan Roman, Tyshaun Prince b Uptown Andy Brown, Brandon Gatson b Uday Ukleja, Richie Slade b Rocky Romero, Ryan Taylor & Mondo Vega b B-Boy & Chris Kadillak, Tommy Wilson b Killa Gorilla. Next show at the VFW Post in Azusa is 4/11.
--Premier Wrestling on 3/30 in Gilroy at the IFDES Lodge Portuguese Hall with Jeff Cobb (3-0-1) defending the Premier title against Sledge (3-1), JR Kratos (3-2) vs. Dave Dutra (3-2), Marcus Lewis (1-2) vs. Julio Pedroza (1-1), Derek Sanders (0-0) vs. Sione (0-0) Dylan Drake (1-3) vs. Buddy Royal (1-1) and Nick Ruiz (1-3) vs. John Redito (0-1). Show is at 5 p.m. $10 tickets (regular price is $15 at the door) can be purchased now at www.premierwrestle.com
--Supreme Pro Wrestling from last night in Sacramento: Dominik Simon & DeJon Brown b Rik Luxury & Adrian Idol, Dusty Grimes & Corvus & Scott Robertson b Savannah Riley & T-Lo & Edris Jackson, Drake Frost & Sir Samurai b Jeckles & Joe DeSoul, Ryan McQueen b Adam Thornstowe, Marcus Lewis b Vinny Massaro, Big Ugly J.D. Bishop b Luster the Legend, Daniel Torch & Virgil Flynn b Bobby Hart & CJay Kurz-DQ, Dexter St. Jock b Drake Younger to win SPW title. Next show is the 14th anniversary card with Drake Younger vacated the Extreme title and he will pick wrestlers to compete for the vacant title in a fans bring the weapons match. (thanks to Mike Millerick)
--"G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring Dwayne Johnson was the No. 3 most watched show on Australian pay TV last week with 97,000 viewers (thanks to James Stanios)
--Alpha One Wrestling from yesterday in Hamilton, ONT: Mike Rollins won three-way over John Greed and Justin Sane, Mr. Touchdown won over Capt. RJ City, Pinkie Sanchez, Josh Rogen, Joey Kings, Capt. Brent Banks, Dasher Hatfield and Ben Oartmanns, Eric Cairnie b Chuck Taylor, Ethan Page over Steve Brown, Alessandro del Bruno and Cheech, Josh Hill b Scotty O'Shea (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Maryland Championship Wrestling Xtreme Measures on 5/3 at The Unique Sports Academy in Waldorf, MD with Christian York and Matt Hardy
--All Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Daly City, CA before a sellout of 386 fans: T-Lo b Ryan McQueen, Marcus Lewis b Kevin Johnson, Brian Cage NC JR Kratos, Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro b Mustafa Saed & Boyce LeGrande to win APW tag titles, Jeckles b Luster the Legend-COR, Dylan Drake b Chris Masters, Julio Pedroza & Matt Carlos & Rik Luxury b Sione Finau & Idris Jackson & Dave Dutra, Jeff Cobb b Truex, Adam Thornstowe b Drake Younger to retain APW Universal title. They honored Roland Alexander and Billy Robinson at the start of the show. When the show was over, the entire roster came out to congratulate Younger on going to WWE at http://youtu.be/yRui5Gw_wlg?ac
(thanks to Mike Lano)
--ROH is starting a developmental program with a show on 4/18 in Newville, PA at the Big Spring Event Center. The promotion is called The future of Honor. The show will be mostly wrestlers from their school along with Jay Lethal, Mark & Jay Briscoe, Adam Cole Delirious, Brutal Bob and more.
--We are continuing to hear from people with XBox 360 who have problems with getting the WCW and ECW PPVs on the WWE Network.
--CHIKARA has announced a second show on 6/21 in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium. The first show is already sold out so they are adding a second show on that date.
--ESPN has announced this as the TV coverage of the NCAA Division I wrestling tournament
Thursday Noon to 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU
Thursday 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU
Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ESPNU
Friday from 8-11 p.m. on ESPN (semifinals)
Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on ESPNU
Saturday from 8-11 p.m. on ESPN (championship matches)
ESPN3 will also be covering every session. .
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Explosivo b Yaqui, Demonio Rojo b Brillante, El Hijo del Javier Cruz & Idolo b Espectrum & Infierno-DQ, Metatron & Sky Kid & Smaker b Magnum & Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno, Stuka Jr. b Rafaga to win Occidental middleweight title, Rey Cometa & Soberano & La Sombra b Barbaro Cavernario & Felino & Herodes Jr.,
--The Fight Network and FS 1 have Golden Boy boxing tonight at 8:30 p.m. from Boston's House of Blues.
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
UFC prelims 10.4%
Countdown to UFC 171 3.9%
Hip Show 2.5%
Main Event 1 8%
Ultimate Fighter 1.8%
Inside MMA 1.8%
--Ultimate Warrior will be appearing at the Minneapolis Comic Con on 5/3 at the Convention Center with William Shatner, Sean Astin and Ralph Macchio.
--Bob Backlund was part of Hartford's St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday. Bob lives in nearby Glastonbury, CT (thanks to Kevin Lagasse) .
--WrestleCon takes place on 4/5 and 4/6 in New Orleans at the Sugar Mill on Convention Center Blvd. Matches announced include Luke Hawx & Shane Helms & Cassidy Riley vs. Steve Corino & Matt Striker & Adam Pearce, Sid Vicious vs. Doug Gilbert, Kevin Steen vs. Masato Tanaka, Jeff Jarrett vs. Colt Cabana, Drew Gulak vs Chris Hero vs. Michael Elgin, DJ Hyde vs. Masada, Joey Ryan & Candace LaRae vs. Sojo Bolt 7 Jake Manning, plus all kinds of major names including Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Bill Goldberg, Terry Funk, Bret Hart, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Kurt Angle, Edge, Roddy Piper, Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Snuka, Bully Ray, Scott Norton, Lisa Varon, Velvet Sky, and more. There will also be a Mickie James concert at 2:30 p.m. on 4/5, a Hall of Fame after party on 4/5 and a lot more activities.