By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on both WrestleMania and Invasion Attack, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
Even though they've advertised that the pregame show is only available on the WWE Network, most cable systems have it starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern with five-and-a-half hours of live coverage. Not sure if the pre-game show will be available free before the PPV on cable or you have to order the show to get it.
Other shows we need feedback on:
*Dragon Gate Mercury Rising iPPV from last night
*The Wrestlecon show at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans
*TNA last night in Dalton, GA
*Shimmer from yesterday
*The wrestling show from Friday night's Mid South Fan Fest in Chalmette, LA
*Friday night's TNA house show in Macon, GA
*Thursday night's TNA house show in Augusta, GA
All reports can be sent to
Preview of tonight's WrestleMania 30:
*Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. Jack Swagger & Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel & Ryback for tag titles - This will be the preshow match. The Swagger-Cesaro split, which is really overdue now, should take place either Sunday or Monday. I can't see Axel & Ryback winning the titles based on how cold they are, nor Los Matadores. Usos are the favorites, but not overwhelmingly.
*30 man Andre the Giant Battle Royal - Big Show or Dolph Ziggler are the likely favorites, unless you're talking one of the surprises (Alexander Rusev, if he's put in the match, someone not known, or even a scenario where Swagger cost Cesaro the tag title match and Cesaro comes back to win here). Really, Ziggler may be a long shot as well, just that he's probably going to be really over with this crowd and WWE may take that into account. The betting favorite is Rusev, who is not advertised for the match.
*14 Divas one fall everyone in the ring match for Divas title - Doesn't really matter in the big picture, but A.J. Lee, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella are the favorites, with A.J. the solid betting favorite right now, by a strong margin but not the overwhelming smart money margin. .
*New Age Outlaws & Kane vs. The Shield - Anything but a Shield win would be a mistake, even if the Wyatts get involved. This is a key match on the show and the crowd will probably be heavily into The Shield. The Shield are booked strong coming out of this show.
*John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt - I would expect Wyatt to be a huge crowd favorite and he really ought to get his hand raised with copious interference and in a manner which sets up a series of returns all summer long. Wyatt is a favorite, but again, it's clear the smart money at the sites I checked hasn't come in.
*Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar - Nobody expects Lesnar to win and unless it's Undertaker's retirement match that they are keeping secret, it makes no sense either. The key is how well they can manipulate the audience through work that Lesnar will pull the upset, and the quality of the match. Undertaker is an overwhelming favorite of course.
*Daniel Bryan vs. HHH - Most see this as the show stealing match. It's the climax of a long program. HHH is a great wrestler. He's not as great as people at some times feel the need for ass kissing purposes will say, but he's also tons better than a lot of fans who see him as barely above average. The crowd will be into this one big and it's not like these two would need much help to have a great match. It may be the longest match on the show as well. As of a recent draft, this match, the title match and Cena vs. Wyatt were all to be given ample time, whatever that means, with this at least on paper as the longest.
*Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Bryan-HHH winner for WWE title - The climactic scene of the show is Bryan with the belt in everyone's eyes. There's a lot of different things that can be done here that would work, but it is Orton's time to lose, and really past that time and if it wasn't for Mania, should have happened earlier. And it's not Batista's time to win either. Bryan is certainly expected to win, with a lot of hints of a big show ending angle.
Raw will be Monday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Smackdown and Main Event will be Tuesday in Lafayette, LA at the Cajun Dome.
- Super Shisa & Shachihoko Boy vs. Kennichiro Arai & Chihiro Tominaga
- Gamma & Ryotsu Shimizu vs. Cima & Kotoka
- Don Fujii vs. Yosuke Santa Maria in a falls count anywhere match
- 2 count and 3 rope escape rules: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. U-T
- Genki Horiguchi & Jimmy Susumu vs. Mondai Ryu & Kzy
- Yamato vs. Uhaa Nation
- Masato Yoshino & Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi vs. Naruki Doi & BxB Hulk & Cyber Kong vs. Jimmy Kanda & Jimmy Kagetora & Quu Quu Toyonoka Dolphin vs. T-Hawk & Eita & Flamita in a four-way match
What is the not just the biggest week but the most important week for the business in years is coming.
We discuss not only the shows inside the ring that take place in New Orleans, as well as other big events of the week, WrestleMania, but also even more far-reaching stories, such as the WWE Network, what the subscription number would mean, and how this also can affect decision making in other sports and entertainment.
We also look at how the network can adapt if things aren't high, how not just pro wrestling but the entire sports world will change if the number is really high, and why, ultimately, this is something that will be a staple of pro wrestling and sports going forward.
We also look at Jeff Jarrett's announcement, what is known about his new promotion, what has been done so far, and what little has come out.
We also look at how this year's WrestleMania show is different from any other, the big lure, thoughts on the matches and show overall, winners, losers and what to expect.
We also have a rundown of every major event of the week, when, where, what are the key things, ticket sales, and more. It's your complete guide to New Orleans if you're there or a complete guide of what is available to watch, who is involved, and when if you are staying home.
We also look at a recent WWE web site article on matches that never happened at WrestleMania. We look at the matches discussed, with more details on the ones that didn't happen, including what wasn't exactly accurate in the story, how things could have changed, what matches were seriously discussed, what stories don't add up, as well as a look back at the 1991-92 first Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan program.
We also look at the Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match and promotion of the match, more notes on the WrestleMania show, Punk & A.J., WWE company value, investors talks on a WWE potential sale and things to worry about, interesting future WWE network plans, legend planning a WWE book, notes on two different tape libraries of major promoters that exist but aren't owned by WWE at this point, Chris Jericho explains why he didn't come back this year and how he sees the C.M. Punk situation, a major contract coming due in a few weeks, an update on Randy Savage and the WWE Hall of Fame, Batista talks leaving and coming back to WWE, Daniel Bryan, what next for Heyman, Total Divas, and a major front office change.
We also look at late 1991 and early 1992 and things that happened that shaped the business, as well as the payoffs for the 1991 SummerSlam show. We also have notes from developmental, and notes on all the weekend house shows and how business is doing.
We've also got a look at one of the most important fights to MMA, that wasn't even in MMA, the weekend's Cris Cyborg vs. Jorina Baars kickboxing match. We look at who Baars is, and tackle the big question, what does this mean for the potential of a future Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg match. We look at what it should mean, and what it may mean, and how the two in the eyes of a lot of fans are completely different.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Notes on the deaths of three key personalities in Mexico, including a regional star who had huge matches but wasn't well known nationally
--CMLL's biggest tournament of the year, the search for a new idol, all the details, how the matches all can be seen in the U.S.
--A rundown of the wrestlers and schedule
--Notes from the biggest shows of the weekend in Mexico
--Major title matches next week
--Many of the biggest stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s are back this coming week
--Latest angles in AAA
--Jumbo Tsuruta Memorial show
--Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show
--Chris Hero faces one of the best technical wrestlers in the world in Japan
--Notes on the first of the major Tokyo shows from New Japan
--Son of Hall of Famer in big match against current top star
--New reality TV show on wrestling being considered
--New promotion starting out
--One of the biggest indie shows of the year
--A great book about regional territorial wrestling from a promoter who worked from the ground up
--How this book differs from other books by promoters
--Most popular podcasts involving wrestlers
--Major show in Puerto Rico
--Carlos Colon's first Hall of Fame induction ceremony just took place
--Former wrestling show host on major sports show
--Upcoming retirement of one of the 80s biggest stars
--More on A.J. Styles and price of a top wrestler on the indie scene
--Plight of former top stars going on indies
--Jeff Hardy and Willow
--TNA Knockouts division notes
--A big surprise regarding someone talking about returning to TNA
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
--More on GSP, Chris Weidman and Johny Hendricks' surgeries
--New PPV main event and thoughts on it
--Lots of new fights
--Fights for title shots expected
--Unique reason why fighter was pulled from TUF
--Last week's Bellator show
--Last week's World Series of Fighting show
--Upcoming WSOF shows
--Notes on a big grudge match that was 11 years in the making and the hostilities that came out of it
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--We will be having an audio show up after WrestleMania, of course, as well as after Raw tomorrow night. Logistics are in question so it may be myself with Bryan or myself with Mike Sempervive.
--Dana White yesterday confirmed he would be meeting with Gina Carano this week.
--Because of WrestleMania, no new episode tonight of Total Divas.
--Stephanie McMahon was the honorary chairperson of the Susan G. Komen New Orleans Grantee Announcement Reception yesterday.
--Hugh Jackman will be the social media ambassador for WrestleMania.
--Jim Ross talks about the week
in New Orleans. The impression I have is that Ross won't be on the show tonight, even though his appearance in the front row started a lot of rumors within the company of that idea. At least there was nothing in the script.
--Steve Austin and Dwayne Johnson are both figured into the show. If C.M. Punk is going to be there, nobody knows. He was at the Chicago Blackhawks game today, which doesn't make it impossible for him to be there, but I wouldn't bet on it either. I haven't heard Sting but it wouldn't surprise me either since it is inevitable.
--For what it's worth, we've gotten no feedback on Invasion Attack outside of people who were in the building live. Seems like a lot of regulars skipped it because it's Mania weekend or no world title match. They did angles during the show to set up Kazuchika Okada vs. A.J. Styles for the IWGP title and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Daniel Gracie. There are two major shows coming up, the 5/3 show in Fukuoka and 5/24 at the Yokohama Arena which is being pushed as the biggest show between now and G-1 time.
--WrestleMania is already the fifth most searched topic today and the show hasn't started.
-- From The Fight Network: Christian talks being touch and go for tonight
, and Wade Barrett talks being the linear world champion
and not being scheduled for a match tonight.
--Here's an interview with Natalya
--Regarding last night with the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony, there were a lot of people who said they had problems and others who had no problems. I had no serious problems, but did freeze up a few times, which cleared up upon refreshing it. I had no problems with New Japan last night.
--ESPN SportsCenter had a feature on WrestleMania yesterday.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops):
1945 - Dean Detton beat Vincent Lopez to win the Pacific Coast title in San Francisco
1970 - Al Greene & Frank Martinez beat Johnny Walker (Mr. Wrestling II) & Tojo Yamamoto in a tournament final in Memphis to win the Southern tag title
1971 - Ciclon Veloz Jr. beat Humberto Garza Sr. in Monterrey to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1974 - Ken Lucas beat The Wrestling Pro i New Brocton, AL for the Alabama state title
1979 - Abdullah the Butcher beat Jumbo Tsuruta to win the Champion Carnival tournament
1979 - Momi Kumano & Yumi Ikeshita beat Lucy Kayama & Tomi Aoyama in Tokyo to win the WWWA tag titles
1979 - Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk beat The Invaders I & II (Jose Gonzalez & Roberto Soto) to win the WWC tag titles in San Juan
1979 - Jake Roberts beat Big Daddy Ritter (JYD) to win the North American title and Bruce Hart & Leo Burke beat Mr. Hito & Mr. Sakurada (Kendo Nagasaki) to win the International tag titles
1980 - Junkyard Dog & Buck Robley beat Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes in Monroe, LA to win the Mid South tag title
1981 - Bill Dundee & Dream Machine beat Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita in Memphis to win the Southern tag title
1982 - Jim Breaks beat Steve Grey in Wolverhampton to win the British lightweight title
1986 - Luis Mariscal (who was Sweet Brown Sugar in California a few years earlier) beat Valente Fernandez in to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1987 - Rocky Johnson & Soul Train Jones (Virgil) beat Big Bubba (Fred Ottman) & Mighty Goliath in Memphis to win the Southern tag title
1988 - Atlantis & Angel Azteca beat MS 1 & Masakre to win the Mexican national tag title
1990 - Yoshihiro Asai (Ultimo Dragon before getting that name) beat Cuchillo in Tokyo to win the UWA middleweight title
1991 - David Taylor beat Fit Finlay in King's Lynn, England to win the British heavyweight title
1991 - Dynamite Kid & Johnny Smith beat Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace in Osaka to win the All-Asia tag title
1991 - Los Brazos beat Pirata Morgan & El Satanico & MS 1 in Mexico City to win the CMLL trios titles
1996 - Sean Morley & Shane Sewell beat Huracan Castillo Jr. & Ray Gonzalez to win the WWC tag titles
POLL ON BELLATOR
73.9% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
55.0% of those responding didn't see the show
BESIDES WWE ACTIVITIES, WHAT ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN REGARDING NEW ORLEANS EVENTS?
Jim Ross show 27.1%
Mid South Fan Fest 13.0%
Dragon Gate USA 10.8%
Kaiju Big Battel 3.3%
REGARDING JON JONES ASKING FOR ENHANCED DRUG TESTING FOR THE GLOVER TEIXEIRA FIGHT, WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It's bad UFC has dragged its feet on this issue and there should be year-around unannounced testing up and down the roster 38.8%
Good that Jones did it 21.0%
There should be year-around drug testing 19.9%
Doesn't matter, rich guys beat the tests it only hurts guys without money 10.0%
Don't care that Jones asked for it 7.9%
Wish Jones didn't ask for it 2.4%
WHAT FITS YOU BEST?
Watched Mania last year and this year 61.2%
Watching this year not last year 19.4%
Not watching either year 15.8%
Watched last year, not this year 3.6%
--Royce Gracie appears tonight as a coach on Combate Americas, the Hispanic style MMA reality show on mun2 at 10 p.m.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 4/25 in Cleveland at Turners Hall with Alex Shelley vs. Tim Donst and Kevin Steen & Johnny Gargano vs. Louis Lyndon & Alego
--Former Canadian senator Patrick Beazeau will referee a wrestling match on 5/10 in Smiths Falls, ONT for Great North Wrestling. Brazeau was suspended from his role and is a lifelong wrestling fan. (thanks to Anthony Ambros)
--I Am Independent Pro Wrestling on 4/27 at 14450 Valerio St. in Van Nuys, CA headlined by Brian Kendrick vs. J.J. Steele.
--Ultimate Championshp Wrestling from last night in Bay City, MI: Danny Shay b Eric Freedom Pete Christie b Diego Davinci, Bry Sullivan b Austin Manix-DQ, Jacob Hallows & Mad Dragon b Caleb Stills & Justin Mane, Sebastian Rose b Tommy Titus, Petey Williams b N8 Mattson, Phil Atlas b Alex Shelley, TK Parker won Bunkhouse Battle Royal, Austin Manix b TK Parker (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Phil Monohan beat Lou Marconi last night in Carolina Beach, NC to win the NWA National heavyweight title.
--Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Fenton, MO: Brandon Espinosa & Ace Hawkins won three-way over Evan Morris & Jake Parnell and Jack Gamble & Jon Webb, Ricky Cruz b Brandon Aarons, Bradley Charles b Dan Walsh, Elvis Aliaga b Mark Sterling, Kevin X b Alexandre Rudolph, Shorty Biggs & Outtkast b Michael Magnuson & David DeLorean, Jake Dirden b Jeremy Wyatt (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--NAWA Big Time Wrestling from last night in Waxahachie, TX: Copy Kat b Tejano Kid, Randy Wayne b American Madd Dogg, Joe Angelo Garcia & Cowboy Adam b Doberman & Big John Famous, Zach Jackson b Nobe Bryant. Next show is 5/3. (thanks to Rob Moore)
--Empire State Wrestling from last night in North Tonawanda, NY: Sebastian Suave b Johnny Adams, Pepper Parks b Bill Collier, Frankie Feathers b Steve Gage, Kevin Bennett & Ron Falco & Brett Mednik b Rochester Wrestling Crew & Cloudy, Yuri Koloff b Plunkett McGlomouse, Will Calrisssian b Dalton Castle, Gabriel Saint & Lady LaLa b RJ City & Brian DeVille, Matt Milan b Bobby Sapphire, Brandon Thurston b Tyson Dux, Double Down b Randy Philbrick & Andrew Caravatta, Chris Cooper b Colin Delaney to keep ESW title. Next show is 5/17 in Lockport, NY with Carlito, Chris Hero, Colt Cabana, Trent Barreta, Sonjay Dutt and Tony Nese.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before 230 fans: JD Marioni b Convict, High Rollers b Cooter & Stompin Steve, 8 Bit Punks b Troy Van Zant & Bobby Black, JKO Jr. b TJ Kemp Jr. Donny Idol b TJ Kemp, Flash Flanagan b Dash Venture, Zombie Rob Ramer b JKO-DQ. Next show is 5/3 with a loser eats dog food dog collar match with Donny Idol vs. TJ Kemp.(thanks to Jerry Wilson)