MON. UPDATE: Tonight's Raw, Next week's Raw, Hogan media, Money in the Bank, Former WWE star on twiter tirade, Silva vs Sonnen, Former WWE Diva pregnant, UFC Expo, Strikeforce history, Best TV show of last week



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        The week before go-home for WrestleMania Raw is tonight in Brooklyn at the sold out Barclays Center.  Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Hulk Hogan are all scheduled for tonight's show.  They teased an Undertaker-Lesnar confrontation of some sorts.  There is also the follow-up to the Daniel Bryan injury angle.  Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello of Sabotage and Scooby Doo are also there.  
 
        We're looking for reports on the weekend WWE shows on Saturday in Atlantic City and Sunday in Trenton.
 
        Smackdown and Main Event are taped Tuesday in Boston with John Cena back on Smackdown, as is Batista and HHH.
 
        We've got a jam packed issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week, with the changes in the WrestleMania card, almost a finalized card including two new matches, one of which has not been announced officially, and what went down and why for the minor changes over the past week.  We look at the Battle Royal, and changing angles.
 
        We've got full coverage of UFC 171, including some records set, business notes on the show, a look back at the previous Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley match, the difference in Hendricks from the GSP fight, the judging of the fight with Robbie Lawler and looking at each round, and looking at the various contenders including polls on who people thought won the close fights, and who they want to see get the next title shot.  We've also got match-by-match coverage of the show.
 
        We've got lots of updates on WWE TV talks and rumors including a new station thought to be in the game and how to make economic sense of  the bid, John Cena may be in a major non-WWE movie, lots of notes on international TV deals, Daniel Bryan wedding and booking, future of WWE on traditional PPV, how much top WWE executives including Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and HHH have earned, including HHH's total wrestling income from the past few years and how it's broken down, how much value in stock do the WWE bigwigs have and more.
 
        We've got notes behind the WWE animated series, what stars are on what pre-Mania TV shows, the Chael Sonnen prank on the McMahons, Sonnen when he trained for pro wrestling, Lesnar vs. Undertaker on PPV, update on Sting and WWE, thoughts on Carlos Colon and Mr. T in the WWE Hall of Fame, how Mr. T became famous and his importance to the WWE today, Study on WWE female portrayals, WWE workout videos, WWE gets awards and a look at the next several weeks of NXT.
 
        We also have a look at the Total Divas! show, as well as notes on all the weekend WWE house shows, with highlights and business.
 
        We also have a look at Georges St-Pierre talking PED testing, what he claims he said to Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, what he is looking for to come back, and his thoughts on fighting Anderson Silva.
 
        We also look at AAA's first major show of the year, the Rey de Reyes show, the no-shows and the coverage.
       
        We also have notes on the first round of the New Japan Cup, with match-by-match coverage and star ratings as well as poll results.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major television shows over the past week, how the segments individually did on Raw and Impact, and results from all the major arena events.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--A look at CMLL's first major show of 2014
 
--Bobby Bonales Cup
 
--A major legends show
 
--Update on AAA coming to U.S. television in 2014
 
--Two title changes in Dragon Gate
 
--TNA title up for grabs in Japan this week
 
--A look at the 2014 Champion Carnival tournament
 
--New Japan business update, how they are doing compared to last year, goals, iPPV, and where WWE is ahead of New Japan in ways they can't seem to catch up
 
--What major U.S. star is likely to be a New Japan regular very shortly
 
--Notes on the 2014 Best of the Super Junior tournament
 
--A Japanese wrestling news story that got a ton of national publicity
 
--Rikidozan's grandson continues in pro wrestling
 
--Notes on a unique show next month where a Hall of Fame pro wrestler faces a debuting sumo star, and a former K-1 fighter also debuts as a pro wrestler.
 
--Tons of news from WrestleMania weekend.  A look at all the non-WWE events scheduled with lineups
 
--A look at the career of Lorenzo Parente
 
--A must-see match of Parente that is on YouTube
 
--A look at the 16 Carat Gold tournament this past week
 
--First time ever battle of brothers tag team
 
--What to watch for in NCAA wrestling tournament
 
--More on New Japan wrestlers coming to ROH
 
--What star would like to come and why it's unlikely
 
--This coming week's ROH show notes
 
--ROH starting a new concept
 
--News on Jeff Jarrett's new promotion
 
--Why so many in TNA are talking about it
 
--What won't be happening
 
--Unique ideas
 
--Update on Kurt Angle
 
--Why TNA is looking at taping in New York
 
--Notes on the next TNA PPV
 
--TNA wrestler called sexiest woman in the world
 
--Other women wrestlers on list
 
--A look at the next month of TNA television and where everything is going
 
--Update on the UFC PPV business
 
--UFC international TV notes and one show doing great, another not as good
 
--More on Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
 
--Notes on new shows
 
--Ronda Rousey latest legal action
 
--MMA announcer has health scare
 
--Notes on Rousey's next potential opponents
 
--What potential opponent has at least temporarily fallen out
 
--Rousey and C.M. Punk notes
 
--Rousey and WrestleMania notes
 
--More on the Thiago Silva arrest
 
--New UFC fights
 
--Crazy request of a fighter in public
 
--Bellator PPV gets major competition
 
--A look at last week's Bellator show and next week's show
 
--Boxing PPV update
 
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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw and all the latest pro wrestling and MMA news.  You can send questions to the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Hulk Hogan is scheduled for the Arsenio Hall show on Friday.  I wonder if they'll bring up his 1991 interview on that show which changed the history of wrestling?
 
--Hogan, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, as well as everyone else are scheduled for the all hands on deck Raw next week in Washington, DC.
 
--Hogan was on Opie & Anthony today.  Nothing big past Hogan taking all the blame in any of his problems in the past with Vince McMahon.  He joked that if he did anything physical at WrestleMania it would just be guys running into his fist.
 
--John Cena will be plugging WrestleMania on Cavuto on Business at 8 PM. tonight on the Fox Business Channel.
 
--WWE Money in the Bank will be 6/29 at the TD Garden in Boston.  Tickets will likely go on sale Tuesday night at the Smackdown tapings.
 
 
--WWE stock dropped 78 cents today to $30.05 per share.

--Did Bret Hart in Manchester say Owen Hart will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year, or was that something he just said he hoped?
 
--The original Sin Cara went on a tirade on Twitter after the second one posted a photo of him being in the Scooby Doo movie (it was the original's voice in the movie) and wrote FRAUDE FRAUDE.  He also sent it to Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and HHH but then deleted it.
 
--There is an interview I did with Ariel Helwani talking all kinds of subjects MMA related up on www.mmafighting.com as the first guest of the MMA Hour.
 
--The Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight is signed for 5/31 in Sao Paulo.  UFC announced it last night.  I know a lot of people who really thought that fight wouldn't happen since Silva had continually not signed the deal. 
 
--In UFC picks from last night, it should be noted that either only two fights went the way the oddsmakers picked them on the entire 11 fight card.  On the main card, the oddsmakers were 1-3-1.  Our staff did a little better in most cases, but nobody beat 2-2-1, which me Josh Nason, Mike Sawyer (the only one to pick Dan Henderson, staying in first place overall), Lance Storm and Oliver Copp all did.  Steve Juon, Mike Sempervive, John Pollock and Front Row Brian were 1-3-1 and Todd Martin was 0-4-1.
 
--Stacy Keibler in the new issue of People Magazine confirmed being pregnant, which explains the surprise wedding to boyfriend Jared Pobre recently.
 
--Today's Huffington Post has a story on Hulk Hogan talking the release of his sex tape, saying it was released by Bubba the Love Sponge.
 
--Tickets for the UFC Expo week from 7/1 to 7/6 are available at ufcfightweek.com  This is in conjunction with the 7/5 and 7/6 UFC shows in Las Vegas, and the WrestlingObserver/Figure Four convention that weekend in Las Vegas.   
 
--WWE is doing a charity auction which  includes these items:
*Meeting Stephanie McMahon and HHH and Vince McMahon and get a backstage tour at a WWE show
*Attend a sports event with Sheamus
*Escort a WWE diva to the ring during a live show
*Do a ring entrance with Daniel Bryan at a live show
*Meet Hulk Hogan & Jimmy Hart at Hogan's Beach Restaurant
*2 tickets to WrestleMania, Axxess and Raw, round trip airfare and meet WWE stars
*Meet Randy Orton and discuss his favorite WrestleMania moments
*Work with Renee Young and try your hand at being a WWE announcer
For more info, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--John Cena Sr. was mentioned in a USA Today article about the Division III basketball tournament where a team from Amherst, MA played in Salem, VA with Cena as one of the boosters.
 
--The WWE merchandise store that will be set up for WrestleMania in New Orleans has these scheduled signings:
Thursday 4/3 - Booker T at 1 p.m., Fandango & Summer Rae at 4 p.m.
Friday 4/4 - Christian at 1 p.m. and Cesaro at 4 p.m.
Sunday 4/6 - Big E at 11 a.m.
 
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
1947 - Ray Steele beat Marshall Estep to win the world jr. title in Des Moines
1952 - Emil & Ernie Dusek beat Mr. X (Jack Moore) & Mr. XX (Frank Taylor) to become the first Nebraska tag team champions in Omaha
1958 - Ivan & Karol Kalmikoff beat Guy & Joe Brunettti to win the Canadian tag team titles in Edmonton
1964 - George & Sandy Scott won the AWA tag titles form Doc & Mike Gallagher
1976 - Don Muraco & Invader I (Rocky Montero) beat Pat Patterson & Pedro Morales in Sacramento to win the world tag team titles
1978 - Dale Valentine (Buddy Roberts) beat Al Madril in Houston to win the Texas title
1979 - Charlie Cook beat Ron Bass in Little Rock to win the Arkansas title
1980 - Dynamite Kid beat Keith Hart in a tournament final to win the British Commonwealth mid-heavyweight title in Red Deer Alberta
1981 - Mike Graham & Barry Windham beat The Assassins to become the first North American tag team champions in Tampa
1984 - King Tonga (Haku) beat Bob Sweetan to win the Puerto Rican title in Bayamon
1986 - Lance Von Erich beat Buddy Roberts to win the World Class TV title in Fort Worth
1986 - The Mod Squad the Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers to win the Southern tag titles and Billy Travis beta Abdul Khadafffy (Dan Miller) to win the International title in Memphis
1989 - The Nasty Boys beat Johnny Ace & The Terminator in St. Petersburg to win the Florida tag team titles
1989 - Davey Boy Smith beat Don Muraco in Calgary to win the North American title
1990 - Abdullah the Butcher beat TNT (Savio Vega) to win the Universal title in San Juan and Leo Burke beat Carlos Colon to win the WWC TV title
1991 - At WrestleMania in Los Angeles, The Nasty Boys beat Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart to win the WWF tag titles, Ultimate Warrior beat Randy Savage in a retirement match and Hulk Hogan beat Sgt. Slaughter to win the WWF title
1994 - Rick Rude beat Hiroshi Hase in Kyoto to win the WCW International title
 
POLL ON THE ROH TV SHOW
Excellent 21.7%
Good 47.8%
Average 13.0%
Fair 2.2%
Poor 15.2%
        56.6% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHO SHOULD FACE OKADA FOR THE IWGP TITLE?
A.J. Styles 39.1%
Katsuyori Shibata 21.3%
KENTA 16.0%
Bad Luck Fale 10.7%
Prince Devitt 7.6%
Tetsuya Naito 2.7%
Kota Ibushi 2.2%
Yuji Nagata 0.4%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
Raw 49.4%
NCAA tournament 16.9%
Impact 10.5%
ROH 8.1%
Total Divas 6.4%
Bellator 6.3%
NXT 2.9%
Smackdown 1.2%
Main Event 0.6%
UFC Tonight 0.6%
 
--The One Fighting Championships announced signings of Chi Lewis Parry of England, Ji Xian of China, Igor Subora of The Ukraine, Cary Bullos of The Philippines and Yohan Mulia Legowo of Indonesia.  Parry is 6-foot-7 and played basketball in the British league, and is 5-0 in MMA.  Xian was champion for Legend FC.  Subora and Bullos were heavyweight and bantamweight champions of the URCC.  .
 
--IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand:  Liam Fury & Pirate Burns & Joel Clementson b Liger & Khan & Brooke Duncan, Mason Daniels b Vinny Dunn, Britenay b Olivia Shaw, TNT b Aaron Henry & Jakob Cross, Alexander & Alfred Valentine b Pat Schisk & Curt Chaos, Travis Banks b James Shaw (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
 
--Shinsuke Nakamura will be wrestling this weekend in Australia.
 
--Pat Laprade said he went to a North American Hockey League game last night in Laval, Quebec and they said HHH's The Game is the local team's theme song, but they also played Big Show and Brock Lesnar's songs during the game.
 
--NWA Championship Wrestling International from yesterday on Oregon, OH:  Brian Castle b Sebastian Rose, Grizzly House Jones b Kyle Banner, Tenshi b Hailey Rose, Sean Casey won Battle Royal, Gran Akuma & Morimoto b Trey Miguel & Renzo Lavell, Krimson b Austin Manix-DQ, Malice b Frank Staletto, Chase Owens b N8 Mattson, Lou Marconi b Nitro (thanks to Leonard Brand)
 
--Brutus Beefcake appears on 4/19 with Carlito at the Coral Springs Charter School on a Coastal Championship Wrestling show.  for more info you can call 954-548-5779.
 
--Gail Kim tonight talks about being honored as the sexiest woman in the world (yes, the world) in Smartasses magazine at http://smartmarkradio.com/smartasses-radio/gail-kim-maria-jacobs/
 
--A story on AJ Lee for an upcoming show at the Mohegan Sun Casino is at http://citizensvoice.com/arts-living/wwe-divas-champion-ready-to-defend-title-at-mohegan-sun-arena-1.1515228 (thanks to Kevin Donlin)
 
--An interview with Dean Ambrose plugging Smackdown tomorrow night in Boston at https://www.thereminder.com/dining/features/wwesmackdowncomest/  
 
--Today is National Sputnik Monroe Day.  For more info go to sputnik.memphis-heat.com
 
--I Am Indy Pro Wrestling on 4/27 at the Knights of Columbus in Van Nuys, CA with Brian Kendirck.
 
--Austin Aries will be appearing at the premiere of "Lady Wrestler" at the Seven Sister Inn in Ocala, FL, which is a movie done by Marti Funk about the women of the BANG promotion.  The movie premieres on Friday at 6-6:30 and again from 7-7:30.  
 
--Riot Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Titusville, FL:  Sweet Thang Willie & Oso Panda b Josh Hess & Jason Cade, Joey Mayberry & Gabriel Black & Russell Payne & Johnny Vandal, Chico Adams b Mike Young, Brittany b Executioner, Tom Zbyszko b CJ O'Doyle, Lizzie Parris b Gabriel Black, Lince Dorado b Maxwell Chicago, Hercules Gomez DCOR Rhett  Giddins.  Next show is 5/10 with Gomez vs. Giddins (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--New Age Old Tyme Wrestling from Saturday night in Hadley, MA before 200 fans:  Mickey Webb & The Mac & Chris Students b Jurassic Era & Ramona Romano, Marshall McNeill b Antonio Thomas, AJ Cruise b Scotty Slade, Brad Hollister NC Justin Tunis, Mickey Webb b Billy King, Toxxis & Tomahawk b Davianne & Wolfgar, Zachary Pierce Bealiue b Aaron Morrison
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Relampago Azul b Indigo, William Rock b Angel del Mal, Demonio Rojo & Evola b Divino & Virgo, Smaker b Espectrum, Black Metal & Leon Blanco & Sky Kid b Acertijo & Demonio Maya & Malefico, Blue Panther & Black Panther & Cachorro b Puma King & Tiger & Vangellys (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Special congratulations to Ashley Sixx, who returns from battling Advanced Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma, and is now cancer free, and makes his return at the First Annual Fight 4 Cancer in Toronto on 4/13 with all proceeds in support of the Prince Margaret Center Foundation.  He writes about it at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/GuestColumn/2014/02/24/21492156.html  Story is worth going out of your way to read. 
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling from yesterday in Las Vegas before 600 fans:  Big Duke & Virgil Flynn & Greg Romero b Cutler Wright & Cash & Nick Bugatti, Willie Mack b Wiseguy, Suburban Commandos b Gods of War, Brandon Gatson b Jakob Austin Young, Sikou and Gregory Sharpe in a gauntlet, Clutch b Sugar Brown, Whirlwind Gentlemen b Rockness Monsters to keep tag titles, Shelly Martinez b Reby Sky, Alkatrazz b  Tyshaun Prince to win FSW title, Kenny King & Matt Hardy b Robbie E & Brian Cage
 
--Former wrestler  Sam Panico is posting his WrestleMania art work at http://countingthelights.com/?p=12781 
 
--The movie "Oculus," the latest WWE studios release, the horror movie that's been advertised on the company's TV shows the past few weeks, has screenings on Monday at 10 p.m. in Washington, DC at the Regal Gallery Place and tomorrow in Boston at the AMC Loews Boston Common 19.
 
--Nikita Koloff interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDQGAt_6GcM&list=UUgleHbQwuloA5Gkkhp_YXZw