SAT. UPDATE: Mania week notes, Loser leaves town match, Overeem vs. Barnett?, Joe Stecher, Network issues, A.J. vs. Hardy draws big crowd, California's greatest star



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
 
        We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Charlottesville, VA (Daniel Bryan, Kane, Christian, Wyatt Family, Miz, Rhodes Brothers) and TNA in Sioux City, IA (Magnus vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title, Bro Mans vs. Wolves for tag title, Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode, James Storm vs. Gunner, Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim for X title), as well as last night's WWE show in Raleigh.
 
        Tonight has the World Series of Fighting on NBC Sports at 9 p.m. Eastern
 
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Johnny Nunez
Josh Burkman vs. Tyler Stinson
Yushin Okami vs. Svetlozar Savov
Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Rettinghouse for bantamweight title
Steve Carl vs. Rousimar Palhares for welterweight title
 
        Sunday has WWE in Norfolk (John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Wyatt Family) and TNA in Spencer, IA at the Clay County Regional Events Center (Magnus vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title, Bro Mans vs. Wolves for tag titles, Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode, James Storm vs. Gunner, Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim for X title).
 
        The final event before WrestleMania, a combined Raw and Smackdown taping it at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, with all hands on deck, including Hulk Hogan, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.
 
        New Japan has an iPPV late Tuesday night (4:30 a.m. Eastern, 1:30 a.m. Pacific) from Korakuen Hall as the retirement show for Wataru Inoue with Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata.
 
        The most talked about issue so far this year, and 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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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with the weekend edition of Wrestling Observer radio.  We'll be talking the weekend news as well as take your e-mail questions that can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and John Cena will be on Good Morning America on Tuesday to promote WrestleMania.
 
--The WrestleMania press conference will b broadcast live at 11 a.m. Tuesday Eastern time on the WWE network. 
 
--Kevin Steen's wife came through surgery well and is apparently doing fine today. 
 
--The match on 4/6 at Tokyo Sumo Hall with Prince Devitt vs. Ryusuke Taguchi is a loser leaves town match.  That would seem to indicate something about Devitt's future.
 
--Alistair Overeem was interviewed about who he wanted to fight next, and said Josh Barnett and Mark Hunt.  Barnett, on twitter, responded, saying "Sweet." (thanks to Denis Shkuratov)    
 
--Hall of Famer Michael Hayes of The Freebirds turned 55 today.
 
--Joe Stecher, one of the early century greats, was 80 when he passed away on this day in 1974.  Herb Welch was 91 when he passed away on this day in 1999.  Tom Burton was 46 when he passed away on this day in 2010 and Reid Fliehr was 25 when he passed away one year ago today.
 
--We've gotten reports of people having problems accessing the WWE Network using the Google chrome browser.  It opens, but only displays a very fast buffering symbols for all videos.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1933 - Ray Steele beat Jim McMillen in Los Angeles to win the California state title
1939 - Steve Casey won the AWA title beating Gus Sonnenberg in Boston
1956 - Pat O'Connor beat Lord Layton in Toronto to win the British Empire title
1960 - Kurt & Karl Von Brauner beat Tex Riley & Len Rossi in Nashville to win the world tag team titles
1961 - Guy Mitchell beat Skull Murphy in Columbus, GA to win the Southern title
1962 - Don Curtis & Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) beat Kurt & Karl Von Brauner to win the world tag team titles in Jacksonville
1973 - Ben Justice & Tojo Yamamoto beat The Fabulous Kangaroos, Al Costello & Don Kent, to win the world tag team titles in Chattanooga
1973 - The Brute (who later became Bugsy McGraw) beat Gene Kiniski to win the Pacific Coast title in Vancouver
1976 - Bob (Sgt.) Slaughter & Buck Robley beat Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown, the Hollywood Blonds, to win the U.S. tag team titles in Tulsa
1977 - Mr. Wrestling II beat J.J. Dillon in Macon to win the Macon title
1979 - Sal Martino (Sal Bellomo) beat Gene Kiniski in Vancouver to win the Pacific Coast title
1980 - Ray Stevens & Greg Valentine beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood to win the world tag team titles in Charlotte
1980 - Austin Idol beat Mr. Wrestling II in Atlanta to win the Georgia title
1982 - Bugsy McGraw beat Jose Lothario in Fort Worth to win the Texas Brass Knux title
1983 - Jim Breaks beat Alan Dennison in London to win the British welterweight title
1984 - Billy Jack beat Kendo Nagasaki in Lakeland to win the Florida title
1984 - The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) beat Jerry & Ted Oates in Kansas City to win the vacant Central States tag titles
1987 - WrestleMania III in Pontiac, MI took place with Hulk Hogan beating Andre the Giant in the most famous match in modern wrestling history, plus Ricky Steamboat beat Randy Savage in the most famous IC title match ever.
1990 - Ricky Knight (the father of Paige) & Jimmy Ocean beat King Ben & Kid McCoy to win the British tag team title
1993 - The Moondogs beat Brian Christopher & Scotty Flamingo (Raven) to win the USWA tag titles and Lauren Davenport beat Miss Texas (Jacqueline Moore) to win the women's title
1994 - Mo & Mabel, Men on a Mission, beat The Quebecers in London to win the WWF tag titles
1998 - At WrestleMania 14 in Boston, Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) beat The New Age Outlaws for the tag titles in a dumpster match and Steve Austin beat Shawn Michaels to win the WWF title
1998 - Kodo Fuyuki & Hido beat Yukihiro Kanemura & Mr. Gannosuke to win the FMW Brass Knux tag titles
2009 - Kyoko Inoue & Hiroyo Matsumoto beat Kyoko Kimura & Atsuko Emeto in Tokyo to win the NEO Ladies tag title
 
--The Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le fight in San Jose took place six years ago today where Le broke Shamrock's arm with kicks.  This was one of the biggest fights in Strikeforce history and among the hottest MMA crowds ever..
 
--Northeast Wrestling from last night in Waterbury, CT before a sellout 1,887 fans:  Sgt. Slaughter & Mark Shurman b Gregory Edwards & Jake Manning, Velvet Sky b Reby Sky, Kurt Adonis & Rob Zombie b J-Busta & Steve Stamos, Brian Anthony won ladder match over Caleb Konley, Bull Dredd, Lukas Sharpe and Mike Webb, Vader b Jimmy Preston, Jerry Lawler b Matt Taven, Matt Hardy b A.J. Styles
 
--Northeast Wrestling runs tonight in Loch Sheldreke with a meet and greet at 5 p.m. and matches at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan County Community College Fieldhouse with Matt Hardy, Sgt. Slaughter, Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett, Reby Sky, Rosita, Brian Anthony and more.
 
--Former WWE star Gangrel (David Heath) appeared on the TBS show Cougar Town this past Tuesday night.  Heath played a pro wrestler named Big Daddy Payne, and was involved in a chair swinging brawl (thanks to Jeff Parker)
 
WHO WAS CALIFORNIA'S BEST WRESTLER OF THE REGIONAL ERA?
Ray Stevens 46.7%
Fred Blassie 21.1%
Gorgeous George 9.6%
Roddy Piper 7.8%
Pat Patterson 6.3%
Mil Mascaras 3.6%
The Destroyer 2.1%
Leo Nomellini 0.9%
Enrique Torres 0.6%
Chavo Guerrero 0.6%
Pepper Gomez 0.6%
 
WHO WAS JAPAN'S GREATEST FOREIGN STAR?
Stan Hansen 54.7%
Bruiser Brody 13.4%
The Destroyer 7.3%
Terry Funk 6.5%
Andre the Giant 6.3%
Fred Blassie 4.4%
Hulk Hogan 3.4%
Bruno Sammartino 1.6%
Lou Thesz 1.3%
Dory Funk Jr. 1.0%
 
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING IN MAY?
UFC 173 Barao vs. Dillashaw 27.7%
Bellator PPV Alvarez vs. Chandler 20.3%
 
--Uproar Pro Wrestling tonight in New Port Richey, FL at the Verizon Event Center with Jay Lethal vs. QT Marshall as the main event.
 
--Championshp Wrestling from Hollywood begins airing on AMGTV starting tonight from 10 p.m. to midnight Eastern time.  They will be presenting archived content from their four years of television.
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 4/5 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds featuring the return of Flash Flanagan.
 
--Preston City Wrestling from yesterday in Preston, England before more than 500 fans:  Lion Heart came out and said that doctors had recommended to him that he not wrestle again, but he does intend to come back.  Dave Mastiff won over Joey Hayes, Martin Kirby, Danny Hope, Cyanide and El Ligero, Dean Allmark & Robbie Dynamite b Kid Fite & Liam Thomson, Bubblegum b April Davids, Rampage Brown & T-Bone b Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Prince Devitt b Kris Travis, Danny Hope won a 30 man Rumble to become the new PCW champion, Joey Hayes b Danny Hope to win the title (thanks to Jan Buxton)
 
--Albert at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking to sell his collection of hundreds of wrestling magazines.
 
--The annual ECWA Super 8 tournament takes place a week from tonight in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club.  The eight man involved are Matt Cross, Kao Storm, Steven Walters, John Skyler, Ricky Martinez, Oliver Grimsley, Gran Akuma and Matt Saigon.
 
--Pro Wrestling All-Stars from last night in Melvindale, MI:  Chuck Stein b Chris Moore, Thunderkitty b Randi West, Chase Matthews b Lance Star, Joseph Schwartz & Atlas Hytower b SWAT, Great Akuma b Sabu and N8 Mattson, Movado NC Frank Isaac Anderson, Roderick Street b Movado-DQ (thanks to Leonard Brand)  
 
--Big Time Wrestling from last night in Newark, CA for Honky Tonk Man's final Bay Area match:  Kimo b Marcus Lewis, Synn & Kikyo Nakamura b L'Emperor & Nicole Savoy, Ryan Von Kool b Vinny Massaro, Victor Sterling DCOR Tony Vargas (best match), Jason Styles & Mascara Infernal b Rockero Diablo & El Sancho, Honky Tonk Man b Mero Mero Kaka Meng, Shane Kody b Almighty Sheik.  Alexis Smirnoff was there and introduced to the crowd a few times (thanks to Derek Sousa)
 
--Premier Wrestling tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA featuring Jeff Cobb (3-0-1) defending his heavyweight title against Sledge (3-1) and JR Kratos (3-2) vs. Dave Dutra (3-2).  You can get presale tickets for $10 today at www.premierwrestling.com and tickets are $15 at the door.
 
 

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