MON. UPDATE: Raw notes for tonight, WWE stock, Austin, Rock & JR on UFC Fight Pass, Vince in NY Times, WWE Network notes, Mania odds, Ex-TNA star hints wanting back First Mania, Movies and more

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        We're looking for reports from Washington, DC tonight for Raw, with dark matches, Superstars matches, Smackdown matches and anything else not evident from the live show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Randy Orton vs. Dave Batista in a non-title match is scheduled for tonight's Raw portion of the taping.
        We're also looking for reports on these weekend shows
*WWE yesterday in Norfolk
*TNA yesterday in Spencer, IA
*WWE Saturday in Charlottesville, VA
        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:
Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
Ryusuke Taguchi & Desperado vs. Kushida & Bushi
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Gedo & Jado
Yuji Nagata & Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tetsuya Naito & Togi Makabe & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi
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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--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, covering Raw, WrestleMania, the WWE Network, MMA judging and other topics.  You can send questions to the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Tonight is the go-home Raw for WrestleMania, so really, just about the most important show of the year.  Everyone involved with the show, from Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, etc. are scheduled.  They are also taping a few matches for Friday's Smackdown as there are no tapings tomorrow night.  Everyone leaves for New Orleans after the show for a week's worth of activities, starting with a press conference on the WWE Network at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
--Raw goes against the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," in the first hour, which does monster numbers in the 18-34 demo.  It will be interesting to see if hour one is down more than usual (thanks to Ryan Pike).
--Gina Carano will be on Arsenio Hall on Thursday promoting her new movie, "In the  Blood."  Carano will also be on Late Night with Craig Ferguson sometime in the next week or so. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--For those with Comcast who are DVRing Raw tonight, make a check.  Some systems have it broken up into two shows, an 8 p.m. show and a 10 p.m. show. (thanks to Troy Cummings)
--WWE stock is not in a major sell-off just now, as it was up $1.36 per share today to $28.88.
--UFC Fight Pass today is premiering a feature on Brock Lesnar which includes UFC exclusive interviews with Dwayne Johnson, Jim Ross and Steve Austin. 
--Today's New York Times has a story on he UFC Network and WrestleMania.  They quoted Vince McMahon as saying, "I think any good entertainment has to change with the times.  You have to have your finger on the pulse of the marketplace."  Michelle Wilson talked about adding talk shows and animated features to try and attract non-wrestling fans.  Somehow I don't think they should waste a lot of resources trying to attract people who aren't wrestling fans.  The story is at
--Howard Finkel, Pat Patterson, Jimmy Hart, Jim Duggan, Gene Okerlund and Roddy Piper will all be appearing as what is being called Legends Open House at Fan Axxess from Thursday through Sunday.
Thursday at 6-8 p.m. Finkel & Paterson
Thursday 8-10 p.m. Finkel & Hart
Friday 6-8 p.m. Finkel & Piper
Friday 8-10 p.m. Finkel & Duggan
Saturday 8-10 a.m. Finkel & Okerlund
Saturday 10 a.m. to Noon - Patterson'
Saturday 1-3 p.m. Hart
Saturday 3-5 p.m. Duggan
Saturday 6-8 p.m.  Finkel
Saturday 8-10 p.m. Finkel (meaning he misses the Hall of Fame or at least part of it) 
Sunday 8-10 a.m. Finkel & Piper
Sunday 10 a.m. to Noon - Hart & Patterson
Sunday Noon to 2 p.m. Duggan and Okerlund
--In yesterday's update when talking about Stephanie McMahon not appearing before the crowd at WrestleMania, it was meant as a performer.  She did appear as part of the Special Olympics segment last year.
--Last week, WWE pulled many  WCW shows from the PPV section of the network in order to change up some entrance music, including Starrcade 94.  We're told that the video, at least for some people, ends just three minutes and 18 seconds into the show.  It's also been noted that the One Night Only PPV is also still missing three matches including the Bret Hart vs. Undertaker main event. (thanks to Chris H)
--Betfair Casino in New Jersey is offering odds at WrestleMania on
*Will Undertaker win
*Who will win the Battle Royal
*How many big boots and legdrops will Hogan deliver
*How many times Hogan says "brother" during the show
*Who will be champion at the end of the night
*Will C.M. Punk appear
--New Japan put up this unique match from a dozen years ago, actually having to do with the retirement of Wataru Inoue (retirement show is Wednesday).  It's Inoue & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Eddie Guerrero & Black Tiger (Silver King) at (thanks to Michael Thomas)
--On twitter, Jesse Sorensen teased a possible TNA return saying "Thinking it's about time for Zema Ion to get that ass whoopin of a lifetime he's long over due for @Impact Wrestling."  The lure of wanting to be a wrestler should never surprise anyone.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to  Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1977 - Seiji Sakaguchi beat Masked Superstar in the finals of New Japan's annual MSG singles tournament
1985 - The very first WrestleMania took place on this day in Madison Square Garden, with Hulk Hogan & Mr. T beating Paul Orndorff & Roddy Pier in the main event.  There were two title changes on the show, as Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff beat Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo for the WWF tag titles and Wendi Richter beat Leilani Kai for the WWF women's title.
1989 - Sting beat Mike Rotunda (with an a) to win the NWA TV title at the Omni in Atlanta.
1994 - The Quebecers beat Men on a Mission in Sheffield, England to win the WWF tag titles
1995 - Bestia Salvaje & Sangre Chicana & Emilio Charles Jr. beat Dr. Wagner Jr. & Gran Markus Jr. & El Hijo del Gladiador to win the CMLL trios titles
1995 - Robbie Brookside & Doc Dean beat Ricky Knight & Jimmy Ocean in Liverpool to win the British tag team titles
1996 - The Head Hunters beat Super Leather & Jason the Terrible in Tokyo to win the FMW World Brass Knux title
1996 - In the longest match in WrestleMania history, Shawn Michaels pinned Bret Hart at just over the 61:00 mark in an overtime period to win the WWF title after the two had gone to a 0-0 draw after 60 minutes.  The finish was designed to set up a rematch, which took a long time to happen.
2003 - Kane &  RVD won a three-way over Lance Storm & Sean Morley (Val Venis) & the Dudleys to take the world tag team titles in San Jose
--The episode of Ultimate Fighter Brazil that was supposed to go up last night on Fight Pass will be going up tonight instead.
--Booker T's Reality of Wrestling promotion will have its first iPPV on 7/26
--Marti Funk's 30 minute movie, "The Lady Wrestler," debuts on Friday night in Ocala, FL at the Seven Sisters Inn.  There will be a red carpet open with Dory Funk Jr. and the stars of the movie at 5 p.m., with the first showing at 6 p.m., an autograph session at 6:30 p.m., and the second showing at 7 p.m.
--Doc Young from this site is doing a non-wrestling related movie called "The House of Evil," as co-executive producer.  Al Snow actually has a small part in it.  For more info you can go to 
--Progress Wrestling from yesterday in Camden, London before 650 fans:  Tommy End b Paul Robinson, Grado b Mad Man Manson, Zack Gibson b Will Ospreay, James Davis & Rob Lynch b Darrell Allen & RJ Singh, Eddie Dennis & Mark Andrews won three-way over Kris Travis & Martin Kirby and Mark Haskins & Nathan Cruz, Dave Mastiff b Doug Williams, Jimmy Havoc won over El Ligero, Marty Scurll and Rampage Brown.  The 5/18 show is headlined by Havoc defending his Progress title against Andrews in a ladder match.
--Apex Wrestling from yesterday in Saginaw, MI:  Adam Sniper b Bill John, Mr. Fitness b Terror Khan, TNT b Evan Craig, Kris Korvis b Sebastian Rose, Grizzly House Jones & Father Time won Battle Royal, Amber Rodriguez b Nyla Rose, Chuck Wagon & Oooga Booga b  Tommy Kline & King, Rude Boy b Joey Drama, Great Akuma b Ace Evans, Father Time b Grizzly House Jones (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Premier Wrestling from last night in Gilroy, CA:  Nick Ruiz b John Redito, Sione b Derek Sanders, Dylan Drake b Buddy Royal, Kaimana b Jeckles the Jester, Marcus Lewis b Julio Pedroza, JR Kratos b Dave Dutra, Jeff Cobb b Sledge to keep the Premier title.  This was a good show, particularly the main event.  Cobb has a great reverse twisting powerslam finisher and really should be on people's radar.  Cobb vs Kratos will headline the next show, although no date was announced.
--Main Event World League Wrestling from Saturday in Canton, OH:  Levi Masterson b Jackson Kennedy, Scott Owens b Ratava, Jesse McCoy b Eli Thomas, Chase Aarons & Bouncer b Shawn Reznik & Gabriel Shepherd, Ryan Burke b Alexander Crowley, Tripp Lee b Kenny Hendrix, Glenn Chaney b Johnny Gunn.  Next show is 4/19 in Alliance, OH at the National Guard Armory.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN:  LT Falk b Ali Shabazz, Eric Darkstorm b Nick Stanley, Blue Tiger NC BTS, Team IOU b Mayhem, Jeremiah Plunkett b Shawn Shultz, Lords of Kaos b Jason Kincaid & Arrick Andrews-DQ
--Pete Rose talks his experience with WWE at;html   
--River City Wrestling on 4/12 at Turners Club in Kirby, TX with the anniversary show with Homicide vs. Masada vs. Sammy Guevera, plus Devon Dudley & Hernandez will be in a tag team match.
--Mick Foley will be a the Baltimore Comedy Factory on 4/8.
--Sean Waltman headlines for Maryland Championship Wrestling on 4/25 in Dundalk, MD at the New Green Room.  Christian York also appears on that show.
--XICW from last night in Warren, MI:  Danny Shay b Sean Tyler, Mark Gjoka b Caleb Stills, Movado b Chaz Monta & Dickie Bronson in a handicap match, Rhino & Willie Watts b Pain Killers, Scarboni's b Zach Gowen & Jamey Coxxx, Kid Hybrid b Jamey Coxxx, Veda Scott b Scarlett Bordeaux, Tadarius Thomas & DBA b Jimmy Jacobs & Mad Dragon (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Raycko b Pirana, Explosivo & Tapatio b Furia Nazi & Satara, Exterminador & Infierno b Brillante & El Hijo del Javier Cruz, Leon Blanco b Rafaga-DQ, Camorra & Malefico b Gallo & Leo, Brazo de Plata & Sagradoo & La Sombra b Mephisto & Misterioso Jr. & Polvora (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Diamond Dallas Page was added to the cast of the horror movie DEAD afterlife.  Austin Idol is also in the movie.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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