TUES UPDATE: More from Raw, post-show match, Main Event and Smackdown tapings, Jarrett big announcement, Toys R Us contest and more



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We're looking for reports on these shows:

*WWE Sunday night in Chattanooga (John Cena & Shield vs. Kane & Wyatts)

*TNA World Cup from Saturday

*TNA X-Travaganza from Saturday.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Nashville. Batista is booked on the show.

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        We look at the details of the death of the Ultimate Warrior, his health, was the speech the result of something he knew, did he have a premonition of dying young, the keys who his success in wrestling and why it didn't last and more.
 
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        We also look at the end of the streak.  We look at the match, other matches it compared to, the story of the streak, why the streak ended, and the real choice Vince McMahon made.  We also look at how hard they tried to keep it a secret and if it worked.  We also look at the injuries to Mark Calaway.
 
        We also look at the rise of Daniel Bryan to  WWE champion, the story of this year's WrestleMania, how the stream held up, Extreme Rules, plus match-by-match rundowns with star ratings.
 
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        We've got a look at the New Japan Invasion Attack show, the angle to bring in A.J. Styles, the situation with Prince Devitt, the Gracies, and Naito vs. Ishii feud, the next PPV as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--A look at the Dragon Gate USA shows
 
--Build to major New Japan match
 
--New Japan's Taiwan tour
 
--Mid South Fan Fest
 
--History of Mid South Wrestling
 
--WrestleCon
 
--Bill Goldberg and Jim Ross speeches and notes
 
--ROH TV taping
 
--TNA taping schedule
 
--Why people in TNA remain nervous
 
--Several TNA injuries
 
--TNA creative updates
 
--John Gaburick talks about TNA
 
--Why Sonnen vs. Silva was moved
 
--Lots of UFC moves
 
--Cutting of Jake Shields
 
--Tons of new UFC fights
 
--Dana White's latest issues with the Diaz Brothers
 
--UFC star whose career was thought to be over may be fighting soon
 
--GSP update
 
--Lots of show over the next week
 
--Tons of new fights
 
--Ronda Rousey legal issues
 
--Update on Sting
 
--What can be done with Sting
 
--Talks about future WrestleManias
 
--Main Event off Ion
 
--Story behind people out of the company
 
--Update on Shane McMahon and his business and how it's doing
 
--Where was Ric Flair
 
--Legends Roundtable thoughts
 
--Stan Hansen's big moments in Japan
 
--The act that broke up on twitter
 
--Former NFL All-Pro signs with WWE to a unique deal
 
--Rollins talks the rise of Roman Reigns
 
--Fan Axxess
 
--Movie notes
 
--C.M. Punk update
 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- John Cena beat Bray Wyatt via DQ in the Raw post-show dark match when the Family ran in last night. Maybe they should have done that before Cena challenged Bray to a cage match to make sure nobody interfered, like they didn't do successfully at WrestleMania when Cena won clean in the middle.

-- WWE Main Event is live tonight with Jack Swagger vs. Big Show. They'll also tape Smackdown tonight with Batista vs. Sheamus headlining.

-- Latest from Jeff Jarrett's new Global Force Wrestling: Global Force Wrestling is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Dave Broome and 25/7 Productions out of Los Angeles. 25/7 is a leading independent production company launched by Broome in 2003. In addition to being the creator and executive producer of the long-running NBC hit series “The Biggest Loser,” Broome’s credits include some of the biggest live television specials in the world of music and sports, such as “Tsunami AID: A Concert of Hope” for NBC, which he executive produced with George Clooney. Broome also has executive produced Clear Channel’s “Radio Music Awards” and live specials for the NHL. Over the past 15 years, Broome has created and produced unscripted projects for broadcast, cable and digital networks, including the first online series for NBC and one of the best reviewed sports documentaries on the NFL draft for Netflix.

-- Should note, if you've never checked them out all of our FREE shows are also available on Stitcher.

-- This week on TBS's Deal With It, WWE competitor, Chris Jericho, will be the celebrity guest feeding ridiculous, hilarious pranks to the contestants as they try to earn cash on our hidden camera ambush series. Hosted by Theo Von (Primetime in No Time, Last Comic Standing, Road Rules) and executive produced by Howie Mandel, the series continues putting a unique spin on friendly dares that have the ultimate twist each week. Below you will find assets from the show if you are interested in posting in support of Chris's episode on your website. You will find an episode synopsis for this week's episode along with two clips available for download of Chris in his role as celebrity co-host. A photo is also attached. Deal With It airs Wednesday night at 10:30 pm ET/PT on TBS.

-- How about that Toys R Us commercial on Raw? Like it? Well, here you go: As you may have seen during last night’s Monday Night Raw, Sheamus and Big E stopped by Toys“R”Us, the home of WWE toys, to help launch a new and exciting WWE contest. Now through Friday, April 25, WWE fans across the U.S. can enter the Be a Superstar at Toys“R”Us sweepstakes on Instagram for a chance to win Toys“R”Us gift cards – including a $1,000 grand prize. Fans are encouraged to visit their local Toys“R”Us store, snap a photo of their favorite WWE toy and post it to Instagram using #TRUSuperstar. Twenty-five winners, chosen at random, will receive $100 Toys“R”Us gift cards, and one lucky fan will receive a $1,000 Toys“R”Us gift card. Full rules and details are available at WWE.com/TRUSuperstar. While in-store, fans can also check out WWE items that they can’t find anywhere else, including Toys“R”Us exclusive action figures featuring some of the biggest WWE Superstars. To download video from Sheamus and Big E’s Toys“R”Us visit, please click here http://we.tl/A1nxqqrBGX

-- Latest RVD video update with stunning video quality up here.

-- Legends of the Ring, LLC is extremely proud to present, appearing for the first time ever, 2013 Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. Alongside Trish will be the newest female WWE Superstar inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 - Lita, for a joint autograph session, Saturday June 7, 2014 in Monroe, NJ.

-- If you are near Oxford in the UK, you really should check this out. Plus some great pics of some TNA stars in action and more.

-- Daniel Bryan's YES chants have spread to the dugout.

-- Alex Greenfield, formerly of WWE creative, talks the end of the streak and more here.

-- For anyone reading this who has an interest in whales, Whitney has her first-ever Whale Scout Podcast up here with Dr. Steven Swartz, author of Lagoon Time: Our Life and Times Among the Gray Whales of Laguna San Ignacioalt, talking gray whale migrations, San Ignacio in Baja, and a lot more.

-- Patrick writes: In an update from earlier, after seeing another doctor, Marty Scurll has a dislocated AC (acromioclavicular) joint instead of a dislocated shoulder. The doctor told him he should be good to go in about 6 weeks. He also posted a picture of the shoulder right after it happened in the match which you can check out here.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1925 - Stainslaus Zbyszko defeated Wayne Munn to win the World Heavyweight Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At that same Chicago event, Johnny Meyers defeated Len Talaber for the World Middleweight Title

1933 - Billy Meeske defeated Joe Dawson to win the Australian Heavyweight Title in Brisbane, Australia

1943 - John Katan defeated Yvon Robért for the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec.

1946 - Danny McShain defeated Ernie Piluso in Hollywood, California to win the World Light Heavyweight Title

1958 - Fritz Von Erich defeated Bull Curry for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Dallas, Texas. At the same event, Omaya Kato won the NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title from Larry Chene

1959 - Joe Blanchard and Lord James Blears defeated Koukichi Endo and Rikidozan to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1960 - Fred Blassie defeated Dick Gunkel (subbing for Ray Gunkel) in Atlanta, Georgia for the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title.

1960 - Oattem Fisher and Luther Lindsay defeated John Foti and Don Kindred for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.

1961 - Luigi Macera defeated Sam Steamboat to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1963 - NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated "Jersey" Joe Walcott in the fifth round of a wrestler vs. boxer match.

1968 - The Assassins (Jody Hamilton and Tom Renesto) defeated Don Leo Jonathan and Sky Hi Jones (Grizzly Smith) for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1969 - Ciclón Negro defeated Hans Mortier to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.

1974 - Jerry Lawler defeated Tommy Gilbert for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1974 - Siegfried Steinke and Bob Sweetan defeated Bob Kelly and Rocket Monroe for the Gulf Coast NWA United States Tag Team Title in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1977 - The Executioner defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Huntsville, Alabama.

1983 - Jerry Blackwell defeated Kerry Von Erich to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title in St. Louis, Missouri.

1983 - Adrian Adonis defeated Bob Sweetan for the Southwest Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Austin, Texas.

1985 - Takashi Ishikawa and Akio Sato defeated Animal Hamaguchi and Masanobu Kurisu to win the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title in Nagasaki, Japan

1985 - The PYT Express (Norvell Austin and Koko Ware) won the AWA Southern Tag Team Title by defeating The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane)

1989 - Invader I defeated Abdullah the Butcher for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989 - The Grappler (Len Denton) defeated Carl Styles to win his sixth NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title in Portland, Oregon.

1995 - In Philadelphia, PA, The Sandman pinned ECW World Heavyweight Champion Shane Douglas (with Woman) to win the title

1995 - Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Akira Taue to win the annual AJPW Champion's Carnival.

1995 - Rey Misterio, Jr., Super Muñeco and Octagón defeated Tony Arce, Rocco Valente and Vulcano to win the Mexican National Trios Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1996- In San Bernardino, CA; Savio Vega defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Goldust (with Marlena) to win the title after hitting him with the title belt. After the match, a second referee disputed the result, prompting WWF President Gorilla Monsoon to hold the title up and schedule a rematch to be held the following week.

1996 - Samantha defeated Miss Texas (Jackie Moore) to win the USWA Women's Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

-- Global health supplement and lifestyle company Bamboo Nutra has once again teamed with Bellator MMA for their “Champions Challenge” campaign by visiting the Children’s Hospital Of Orange County with MMA stars Emmanuel Newton and Cheick Kongo, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, and acclaimed humanitarian Rex Crain. Bamboo Nutra and Bellator recently launched a nationwide community outreach program called the “Champions Challenge” that has the two companies visiting schools and hospitals with a key message to young people to become a champion in their everyday lives while doing something each day to help others in their lives. This latest “Champions Challenge” visit took place Monday, April 14th with visits to young people at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

-- Ed talks WrestleMania weekend and more here.

-- New England Pro WrestlingFanFest takes place June 21, 2014. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, RI will be the 8th annual New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and FanFest. The morning, 8AM ‘till 4PM, will be the FanFest, followed by a limited seated Q&A session. The day will close out with the annual New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony.

-- GET CLOSER TO THE ACTION WITH WHEN RING OF HONOR WRESTLING RETURNS TO BALTIMORE SATURDAY, APRIL 19th, 2014 AT 6:00PM WILLIAM J. MYERS PAVILLION 4300 WEST BAY AVENUE – BALTIMORE, MD. Shouting was necessary I guess. Tickets start at only $20. For more info check out rohwrestling.com.

-- ONE Fighting Championshi (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, has finalized the lineup for the blockbuster ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES event with the addition of a bout between boxing world champion Ana Julaton and Egyptian kickboxing champion Aya Saeid Saber. Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220.

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