WED. UPDATE: Vince McMahon story, Ross on Mania, WWE stock tumbles, TNA star writes comic, Death of WCW, Mania Axxess notes, Star of Raw

By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
        Main Event airs tonight at 8 p.m. on Ion with a replay of yesterday's show on the WWE Network.
        Ultimate Fighter airs at 10 p.m. Eastern tonight.
        One of the biggest features we've ever done on a wrestler, a look in depth at the life and career of Billy Robinson, headlines the new double issue of the Observer that will be on the web site today.
        The issue has an update on WrestleMania, with the updated card, the gambling odds, behind the Dish Network decision to carry the show and what Elimination Chamber showed about the Dish Network's not carrying it.  We look at the power the cable companies have individually or as a group, as well as an update on WrestleMania ticket availability, as well as what the high priced tickets are going for.
        Our big feature looks at the life and times of Billy Robinson.  We've got his records, a look back at wrestling legends like Karl Gotch and Billy Joyce, Robinson's amateur career, why he didn't go to the Olympics, his rise to the top, his matches with Joyce and title wins, his economic problems and what caused them and life after wrestling.
        We look at his dark side, the heyday of the UWFI, how shoot style wrestling got popular in Japan, the explosion of the second UWF, the training of Kiyoshi Tamura and Kazushi Sakuraba and the famous Robinson temper.
        We've got comments from friends, family, what Robinson had been doing of late and the physical pain he had been living with.
        We look at his start in the sport of wrestling, his early infatuation with boxing, his first meeting with Karl Gotch, and how Robinson first linked up with Japan and why he became such a big star there.
        We look at Robinson's original run in Japan, how he got so popular, his firs run of famous matches, the first IWE world title tournament, the Japanese stars he coached.
        We look at the scene in the movie "The Wrestler," and how close to real life it was regarding Verne Gagne first hearing about Billy Robinson. 
        We look at Robinson's run in Hawaii, his first tour of Stampede Wrestling and all the havoc that came from it, as well as his legendary series of matches with Dory Funk Jr.
        We look at Gagne first discovering Robinson and what he originally had him in Minneapolis doing besides wrestling. 
        We've got comments from tons of wrestlers who trained under him and worked with him.
        We look at Robinson's thoughts on Japanese shoot style wrestling, UFC and Olympic wrestling, as well as the Gracies.
        We look at Robinson's run in Australia, his interaction with Dick Murdoch and Jack Brisco, as well as the legendary 1971 World Series of wrestling battles with Robinson, Gotch and Andre the Giant.
        We look at his AWA debut, his role in the company, his battles with Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel over the tag team title, We look at the Gagne vs. Robinson feud, the creative finishes, and what angle was done to build for their match at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
        We look back at the Robinson vs. Inoki and Robinson vs. Baba matches and why they were considered so historically important, as well as the background of how the two matches happened.
        We look at how Baba secured Robinson away from Inoki, and how his reputation figured into the Inoki vs. Baba cold war.  WE also look at why Robinson never became one of the longtime top stars in St. Louis, looking at his only  main event, what he did that upset Sam Muchnick and his record from there.
        We look at his run in Florida, and his last years in the AWA, as well as his run as a headliner in Mexico and Quebec, as well as the tail end of his career.
        We've got full coverage of the New Japan Cup tournament, including the booking, where it looks to be headed, the next major shows, details of a big symbolic match coming to Tokyo as well as all three Tokyo shows for next week.
        We've also got more on Sting and WWE, this year's class of the WWE Hall of Fame, talk regarding next year and names being mentioned, Ted DiBiase talks Ultimate Warrior induction, SummerSlam ticket sales, Hogan talks sex tape and tells more tales about Metallica, the Rolling Stones and his restaurant.
        We also look at a movie about a former WWE champion, a lawsuit filed by Shane McMahon, someone expected to return to WWE within a few weeks, plans for the WWE Network, Christian's injury, the WWE TV situation in Germany, developmental news, Total Divas, DJ gets fired over actions at a WWE show, a new WWE investment, WWE wrestler starts new business, the last WWE tryout camp, what WWE is talking with Jonathan Coachman about, Dean Ambrose talks Jake Roberts, business notes from the last week as well as highlights from all last week's live events.
        We also look at this past week's UFC show in Brazil, what the business showed, and match-by-match coverage.
        We also look at the story behind the UFC firing of Will Chope over a domestic abuse charge from yeas ago,  We look at how the story got out, the gist of the story, why he said he pleaded the way he did, and the UFC decision.
        We also have a rundown of the Dos Leyendas show in Mexico City.
        We also have a detailed breakdown on the WWE's Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber PPV numbers, on what those numbers say about the product today.
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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:
--TNA title defended in Japan this past week
--Notes on this year's Champion Carnival series and the major show lineups
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's Global tag league tournament for 2014, including who is in and matches announced
--A look at a major American star headed to New Japan
--What New Japan star is now in serous talks with WWE
--Legends barbed wire match
--NCAA tournament coverage
--Lots of notes regarding WrestleMania weekend
--Pro wrestler still competing in Greco-Roman wrestling with Olympic dreams.
--Wrestling fights and beats cancer
--Wrestling podcast rankings
--Arrests of wrestlers
--A movie about a legendary strongman and wrestler
--A look at the Canadian Hall of Fame wrestlers
--A look at TNA's weekend show and new competitors
--A look at the departure of Le'D Tapa
--What to do about UFC's 5/24 show with the Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida fight postponed
--Doctors weigh-in on weight-cutting
--Injury updates from UFC 171
--Notes on the next season of Ultimate Fighter
--Former Bellator champion trying out for Ultimate Fighter
--Retirement of a UFC fighter before he eve fought in UFC and why
--A look at last week's Bellator show
--Two big events coming this week
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--Forbes has a big story on Vince McMahon at  It doesn't break any new ground but it's more in-depth story than most, talking about the network .
--WWE stock took a tumble today in an unrelated story, falling $2.18 per share to $27.53.  There is the feeling that there was an overenthusiasm and the stock price had grown far too high, and a lot of short sellers seemingly all decided today was a good day to get out.  The volume was about triple normal.
--AMC announced plans for 2014, with no mention of WWE, but did talk about a documentary soap opera, untitled, put together by Billy Corgan sa a reality show based around his company, Reistance Pro Wrestling. 

--Jim Ross has a big WrestleMania feature at Fox Sports at
--Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian will be appearing in an issue of Art Baltazar's "Aw Yeah Comics" with Daniels as the writer.  A note on that is at
--Booker T was in Australia last week promoting the upcoming WWE tour.  He did an interview at (thanks to Alex Kidman)
--Paul Dakermandji sent us a letter noting that he made a video to sell his tickets for WrestleMania weekend when his friend bailed on him, and Hulk Hogan posted his video on his Facebook page and he got tons of people contacting him immediately.   
--Ben Miller has two tickets for SummerSlam purchased for $341.50 and just realized he can't go.  Tickets are now going at $277 apiece on  the resale market.  He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The tickets are in Section 108, Row 12.
--Tonight's season finale of Duck Dynasty has a pro wrestling themed show with the idea that the family hires Cassidy Riley's Southern Wrestling Superstars to put on matches.  Riley and Jim Duggan are featured.
--The biggest MMA show this coming weekend is World Series of Fighting on Saturday night from Las Vegas on NBC Sports at 9 p.m. headlined by Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares for the welterweight title and Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse to become the first bantamweight champion.  Jon Fitch will face the winner of Carl vs. Palhares on a show in early July according to  The show will also stream live on internationally with prelims starting at 7 p..m..Eastern and 4 p.m. Pacific.
--The new AAW TV show is on MaddyGTV tonight and Youtube.  They have a show on Saturday night in Pontiac,IL at Freakster's Roadhouse with Jimmy Jacobs headlining.   
--WCW died 13 years ago this week.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1957 - Fred Blassie beat Mike Clancy to win the NWA jr. heavyweight title in Nashville
1962 - Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kiniski beat Whipper Billy Watson & Mr. Kleen to win the Pacific Coast tag team title in Vancouver
1967 - Rudy LaBelle beat Billy White Wolf in Melbourne to win the IWA title
1970 - Gene & Ole Anderson beat Johnny Weaver & George Becker in Greensboro to win the Atlantic Coast tag team titles
1971 - Antonio Inoki beat John Tolos in Los Angeles to win the United National title
1973 - Jerry Lawler & Jim White beat Jackie Fargo & Jerry Jarrett in a hair vs. title match in Memphis to win the Southern tag team titles
1977 - The Medics beat Tony Rocco & Bob Sweetan in Shreveport to win the U.S. tag team titles
1977 - Great Kusatsu & Animal Hamaguchi beat John Quinn & Kurt Von Hess in Tokyo to win the IWA tag title
1978 - Jack Brisco beat Bob Roop to win the Florida title in Orlando
1978 - Baron Von Raschke beat Johnny Weaver in Greensboro to win the NWA TV title
1978 - Dutch Mantell beat Randy Savage in Chattanooga to win the Mid-American title
1980 - Don Muraco beat Manny Fernandez in Miami to win the Florida title
1981 - Perro Aguayo beat Gran Hamada in Shimizu, Japan to become the first WWF light heavyweight champion
1984 - Eddie Gilbert & Tommy Rich beat Norvell Austin & Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware) to win the vacant Southern tag titles in Memphis
1984 - Johnny Rich beat Rip Rogers in Birmingham to win the U.S. jr. heavyweight title
1986 - Superfly Tui Celinga beat Jerry Lawler in Honolulu to win the Polynesian Pacific title
1986 - Keiichi Yamada (Jushin Liger) beat Tatsutoshi Goto in Tokyo to win the Young Lions Cup
1987 - Akira Maeda & Nobuhiko  Takada beat Keiji Muto & Shiro Koshinaka in Osaka to win the IWGP tag team titles.  Those were wars back in that year
1988 - Avalanche & Mike Golden beat Steve Doll & Scott Peterson in Portland to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1991 - The Texas Hangmen beat Jeff Jarrett & Eddie Gilbert (subbing for Jerry Lawler) to win the USWA tag titles in Louisville
1993 - Canek & Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Vampiro & Pierroth Jr. in the finals of a three-match series in Mexico City to become the first CMLL world tag team champions
1993 - Ultimo Dragon beat Negro Casas in Mexico City to win the UWA middleweight title
1995 - Manami Toyota beat Aja Kong in Yokohama to win the WWWA title and Chapparita Asari beat Candy Okutsu to win the jr. title.  I was at that show.
1995 - Gedo beat Lion Heart (Chris Jericho) in the tournament final in Tokyo to win the WAR International jr. title.  I remember skipping that show to see the women
1996 - Tokimitsu Ishizawa (Kendo Ka Shin) beat Yuji Nagata in Tokyo to win the Young Lions Cup .
--WrestleMania Axxess schedule
The 4/3 Axxess appearing will be Kane, Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler, the Usos, R-Truth, Sin Cara, New Age Outlaws and more
The 4/4 Axxess has Big E, Trish Stratus, The Miz, The Wyatts, Ricky Steamboat, Titus O'Neil and more
Saturday morning has The Bella Twins, Cesaro, Booker T, Alberto Del Rio, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Natalya and more
Saturday afternoon has Kofi Kingston, Mick Foley, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Ryback, Naomi and Cameron
Saturday late afternoon has The Wyatts, Mark Henry, Fandango Summer Rae, Usos, Booker T, Darren Young, Emma and Alicia Fox
Sunday has Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, A.J. Lee, Dean Ambrose, Jack Swagger, Cesaro, Zeb Colter and Bad News Barrett
--Tickets for UFC 173 go on sale today to Fight Club members.  This is the 5/24 show in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand that at this point doesn't have a main event.
Excellent 17.3%
Good 25.2%
Average 15.0%
Fair 8.7%
Poor 33.9%
        50.0% of those responding didn't see the show
The Shield 43.2%
Luke Harper 11.4%
Arnold Schwarzenegger 10.7%
Bray Wyatt 8.5%
HHH 7.0%
Stephanie McMahon 5.4%
Undertaker 5.4%
Hulk Hogan 3.7%
Brock Lesnar 2.5%
Paul Heyman 1.4%
John Cena 0.8%
Excellent 10.8%
Good 43.7%
Average 20.6%
Fair 9.8%
Poor 15.1%
        10.2% of those responding didn't see the show
--A comedy podcast about how bad "No Holds Barred" the movie was at
--Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio has been added to the UFC's 5/31 show in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Both are undefeated with Chavez at 7-0 and Silverio at 10-0. 
--Hardcore Roadtrip on 5.31 in London, ONT is headlined by Super Crazy vs. Little Guido in a 2/3 fall match plus Petey Williams, Homicide, Christian York and more.  They also run 6/1 in Toronto with Homicide,Jimmy Jacobs, Christian York and Petey Williams.
--PWA Canada on Saturday night in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club.
--Former UFC fighter James McSweeney faces Chris Kokteff on 5/2 for One FC at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, The Philippines.  The show is headlined by Masakatsu Ueda vs. Bibano Fernandes.
--At yesterday's Florida Panthers game, the mascot came up to Bret Hart's entrance music and he did all the Bret Hart had gestures. The fans got a kick out of that (thanks to Josh Izenberg)
--Last night's CMLL results from Guadalajara:  Esfinge b Rey Trueno, Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito & Pequeno Violencia b Electrico & Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito, Starman & Gallo & Leo b Okumura & Camorra & Sadico-DQ, Valiente & Blue Panther & Sagrado b Universo 2000 & Sanson & Cuatrero (the two sons of Cien Caras making their CMLL debuts)-DQ, Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas & Felino b Volador Jr. & Atlantis & La Sombra, Rush b Shocker-DQ (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--The documentary "Takedown:  The DNA of GSP," about Georges St-Pierre, is playing in selected Hoyts Cinemas in Australia and New Zealand starting on 4/3 (thanks to James Stanios)
--Kevin Sullivan and Shane Douglas have a seminar on Saturday in Clayton, NC at the Clayton Fitness  for wrestlers, promoters, writers and fans from 2-4 p.m.  Admission is $40 and there will also be autographs and photo ops with the admission price.  For more info contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Squared Circle Live on 4/27 in Whitby, ONT at the Live Act Theater with Michael Elgin vs. Amazing Red plus Kyle O'Reilly appears.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling on Friday night at 7 PM. in Millersville, TN at 1214-B Louisville Highway.
--Premier Wrestling on Sunday in Gilroy, CA at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall at 250 Old Gilroy  St. has Jeff Cobb (3-0-1) vs. Sledge (3-1) for the Premier title, 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), Nick Ruiz (1-3) vs. John Redito (0-1) and Kaimana also returns.  The show is at 5 p.m.  Tickets are $10 at or $15 at the door.
--IWF on Saturday night in Phoenix at the Celebrity Theater has its debut card, headlined by Austin Aries vs. Ricochet for the first time ever, Chris Hero vs. Chris Masters, Young Bucks vs. Reno  Scum, John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin, AR Fox vs. JT Dunn vs. Anthony Nese vs. Rich Swann, Shad Gaspard vs. Brain Cage and Ripper & Valiente vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Mascara Dorada, plus Hurricane, Carlito and Kevin Steen.
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Black Tiger & Star Jr. & Tigre Rojo b Espiritu Negro & King Jaguar & Siki Osama, Astral & Asturiano & Electrico b Blue Center & Espiritu Maligno & Sauron, Stuka Jr. b Virus, Felino & Puma King & Tiger b Blue Panther & Black Panther & Cachorro, Volador Jr. b Mephisto (thanks to Kris Zellner) 
--Honky Tonk Man has his farewell match in Northern California on Saturday night at the Newark Pavilion for Big Time Wrestling, acing Kaka Meng.

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