MON. UPDATE: Foley plays in Bay Area, Lee Marshall, Lawler talks Letterman, One of the greatest ever passed away on this day, Bryan's best matches, Sheik documentary, New WWE signee, UFC title tourney tryouts




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We're also looking for reports from Raw tonight in St. Louis with dark matches and Superstars matches, as well as anything else not evident from the live show.  Scheduled for the show tonight includes the return of Ric Flair, as well as Hugh Jackman, a tag title match with the Usos vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel, plus RVD vs. Bad News Barrett with the winner facing Big E at Extreme Rules on Sunday for the IC title.

We're also looking for reports from the TNA tapings in Orlando which will be headlined by an Eric Young title defense.  They are taping Thursday's show as well as part of the 5/8 show.

We're also looking for reports on the WWE show yesterday in Peoria.

       Tuesday is live Main Event plus Smackdown tapings in Kansas City.  Daniel Bryan is scheduled in Kansas City.

       TNA will be taping parts of the 5/8 and all of the 5/15 Impact in Orlando on Tuesday.

       A look at the documentary WWE did on Ultimate Warrior, filling in blanks, adding more detail, fact fiction and in between, is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is up on the site today.



       The issue also looks at ROH's move to PPV, the Roddy Piper/Kevin Nash story with the story on what happened in 1997 that they are both arguing about, two UFC shows, notes on one of the year's biggest events, the G-1 tournament, and much more.



       The lead story on Ultimate Warrior talks about the Warrior/Vince McMahon ups and downs, why there are more questions than answers about the subject, what the documentary didn't go near, what Warrior said he wanted last year to go into the Hall of Fame that he didn't directly get, why he had problems with Hulk Hogan, questions regarding health, his competition bodybuilding, his WCW run, the real story behind the supposed hold up for money on the day of SummerSlam 1991, the story behind his 1991 and 1992 departures, and more.



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       We've got a complete rundown of both UFC shows over the past week, both the FOX show from Orlando with Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne and the FS 1 show from Quebec City with Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy.  We look back at both shows, including how the business went and where the shows lead.



       We look at the Kevin Nash/Roddy Piper argument and look back at 1997 and what led to the incident, what happened at the incident including multiple versions from the time.



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       We also look at the angle where the fans turned on John Cena at Raw, if it makes sense for Cena to turn and what the holdups are, as well as a look at a new announcer in WWE, who Gerald Brisco thinks is someone who has never done a pro wrestling match with WrestleMania main event potential, Cena vs. Bryan as ticket sellers in 2014 and a look at WWE's tour of Saudi Arabia.



       We've got a feature on the 2014 G-1 Climax tour coming this summer.  We look at why there are major changes from last year even though last year was perhaps the greatest G-1 of all-time.  We look at the human cost, schedule notes, and big changes as well as who to expect in it this year.



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Also in this week's issue:



--Wrestler gets perfect score from judges in a match he loses



--A look at the last two AAA TV tapings and next major shows



--Promotion looking to change philosophy after trouble drawing



--How they are going to try and create new stars and new business moves



--TNA stars head to Japan



--Update on Champion Carnival tournament



--Big surprise as a unique interpromotional program looks to be starting



--NOAH tag team tournament update as well as Nagata's latest title match



--Why New Japan star is banned from performing in one of Japan's legendary arenas



--New Japan iPPV coverage



--Big indie show sees a 90s star from another sport make his debut



--One of the best wrestlers in the world returns from injury



--Update on Jake Roberts



--More on the Iron Sheik documentary



--More on Jeff Jarrett's new group



--End of another ECW knockoff group



--British wrestlers Hall of Fame notes



--Gold medal vs. Hodge trophy winner in one of the most exciting matches on the amateur scene



--Update on ticket sales to ROH shows



--A look at the next several weeks of television



--A look at the probable New York main event



--Update on contract situations with a lot of TNA talent



--A look at TNA's future television schedule



--Complete TNA Sacrifice card notes



--Wrestler tries out for TNA who is part of one of the most famous wrestling families



--A look at the weekend TNA shows



--New Nevada commissioner



--Bounty put up against a champion, only this time it's for real



--A look at this week's UFC show



--Advance ticket sales for UFC shows



--Dana White wants a legend to retire



--Update on Gina Carano negotiations



--Update on Rich Franklin



--The Sonnen vs. Silva situation, what happened in Brazil, and how Brazilians view what they are seeing



--New UFC shows



--Complete Bellator major show lineup



--Latest PPV numbers



--Onetime UFC fighter in a murder investigation



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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, the latest news as well as taking your questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

--Mick Foley's touring schedule this week includes a Saturday appearance in Oneonta, NY for the Outlaws baseball game for an autograph signing and a live show in Forestdale, MA on Sunday at the Sandwich Taverna.  

--For those in this area, Foley will be playing at the Rio in Santa Cruz on 8/13, which is walking distance from my teenage hangout at Seabright Beach.  We'll for sure be planning a roadtrip for that one. (thanks to Mark Rushford)

--Want to make mention that on last night's show in talking about Lee Marshall, I mentioned him as the voice of Tony the Tiger when I was a kid.  Well, he was the voice of Tony the Tiger since 1995, but he was not the voice of Tony the Tiger when I was a kid.  Thurl Ravenscroft was the voice of Tony the Tiger when I was a kid.

--It was 12 years ago today that Lou Thesz passed away.  Lou Thesz was the wrestling legend of his generation, and in fact, our Wrestler of the Year Award was named partially after Thesz due to the belief that if it was around during his heyday, he'd have probably won it as many times as anyone in history.  Chris Candito was 33 when he passed away on this day in 2005, right after a TNA PPV show.  Buddy Rose was 56 when he passed away five years ago on this day.  In his heyday, Buddy was a super talent.  Sue Brittain, England's top female wrestler in her era, was 76 when she passed away one year ago today.

--Jerry Lawler talks the retirement of David Letterman at http://memphissport.com/2014/04/msl-interview-jerry-the-king-lawler-comments-on-david-letterman-retiring-and-more/

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1972 - Spyros Arion beat Killer Karl Kox in Sydney to win the first Austra Asian title
1983 - Alan Dennison beat Jim Breaks in Nottingham to win the British welterweight title
1987 - Rollerball Mark Rocco beat Flying Fuji Yamada (Jushin Liger) in Catford to win the world heavy middleweight title
1990 - Jimmy Valiant beat Jerry Lawler to win the USWA title in Memphis and Brickhouse Brown & Sweet Daddy Falcone beat Rex King & Steve Doll to win the USWA tag title
1995 - A show in Pyongyang, North Korea, headlined by Scott Norton vs. Shinya Hashimoto, drew 150,000 fans to Mayday Stadium, setting a pro wrestling all-time attendance record that lasted one day, until Ric Flair vs. Antonio Inoki the next day in the same stadium wrestled before 165,000 fans
1996 - Juventud Guerrera beat Rey Misterio Jr. in Queretaro to win the WWA welterweight title
1997 - Owen Hart beat Rocky Maivia (The Rock) to win the IC title in Omaha
1999 - Rob Conway beat Nick Dinsmore to win the OVW title
2002 - Genki Horiguchi beat Ryo Saito in Kobe to win the NWA middleweight title

--Scott Bowden noted to us that it was actually 27 years ago yesterday, not 28 years ago as he thought, that the Austin Idol hair match win over Jerry Lawler in Memphis, where Tommy Rich came from under the ring to help Idol and Paul Heyman was their manager, took place.

--A feature on the best matches in Daniel Bryan's career is at http://whatculture.com/wwe/daniel-bryans-10-best-matches.php

--A review of the Iron Sheik documentary is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Movies/2014/04/25/21628911.html

--Another review is at http://news.moviefone.com/2014/04/25/hot-docs-2014-the-sheik-review/ and http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/arts-film-list-interactive/article15015547/

--Olivia Chow is getting some bad press in Toronto for meeting with the Iron Sheik.  She is a very serious candidate for mayor of Toronto.  The National Post today ran a headline stating:  "Olivia Chow meets with, is endorsed by, ranting homophobe who encourages rape."

--Don Frye talks Cain Velasquez, John McCain, Vince McMahon, John Cena, Ronda Rousey and more at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ufc-ppv-afterbuzz-tv-aftershow/id829190379?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

--Tryouts were going on today in Las Vegas for the final eight spots in the UFC women's strawweight title tournament that will take place on this fall's season of Ultimate Fighter.  They had eight fighters from Invicta already in.

--Mark Livingston, the promoter of the Hardcore Roadtrip promotion who disappeared before the end of the show, with the wrestlers getting word that he had suffered a heart attack (which is an old trick promoters have used to get out of paying talent) and not paying anyone, apparently has had problems in running shows before.  He promoted under his real name of Mark Anderson until 2002 when something similar happened.  Big Vito, who was on the show, noted that a family let he and another wrestler sleep that night on their couch and then drove him to the airport.  When the show was over, fans were asked if they could drive the wrestlers to the airport.

--Another down day for WWE stock, with twice usual volume and heavy selling, closing down 78 cents at $19.51 per share.

--Tickets for Survivor Series, which takes place on 11/23 in St. Louis, will be put on presale after Raw tonight.  We should have the code later today.

--For the upcoming Evolve shows, there is a 33% off sale if you order the iPPVs now.  The sale is good until 5/5, so it would be $9.99 per show.  The 5/9 show from Queens will be video on demand and the 5/10 show in Brooklyn will be a live iPPV and a video on demand offer.

5/9 in Queens
AR Fox & Uhaa Nation vs. Anthony Nese & Trent Baretta
Chuck Taylor vs. Drew Gulak
Johnny Gargano vs.  Biff Busick
Rich Swann vs. Caleb Konley
Lance & Harlem Bravado vs. All Ego & Walking Weapon
Fire Ant & Green Ant vs. Jigsaw & Tim Donst
Blake Edward Belakus vs. JT Dun

5/10 in Brooklyn
Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann I Quit match
Bravado Brothers vs. Fire Ant & Green Ant for the Open the United Gate4 tag title
Uhaa Nation vs. Trent Baretta
AR Fox vs. Caleb Konley
Anthony Nese vs. Chuck Taylor vs. Jigsaw vs. All Ego
Tim Donst vs. Walking Weapon
Blake Edward Belakus vs. Ryan Rush

--Dusty Rhodes is now saying he was only kidding when he got mad about being ranked No. 5 on the all-time greatest talkers list in a list believed to have been put together by Joey Styles.

--A new WWE signing for developmental is Leyvonna Zakari, who did the reality show Pageant vs. Playmate a few years ago.

IF YOU WATCHED UFC 172, HOW DID YOU WATCH IT?
Illegal stream 37.2%
Bar/restaurant 22.8%
PPV at home 22.1%
PPV at friends house 9.0%
Live at the Baltimore Arena 9.0%

POLL ON ROH TV
Excellent 18.5%
Good 40.7%
Average 18.5%
Fair 1.9%
Poor 20.4%
56.5% of those responding didn't see the show

--I am Independent Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Van Nuys, CA:  Crimson b Darkness, Killa Gorilla b Max Ammo, Team Hi Def b Step Family, Jimmy Mayhem & Mr. Tanaka and Ryan Morais &Jay Evans, Rock Riddle (the original from 40 years ago) b Jacob Tarasso, Spectre b Jay Fury, J.J. Steele b Brian Kendrick (thanks to Scott Walton)

--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara:  Meteoro b Relampago Azul, Mr Trueno & Rey Trueno b Divino & Virgo, Smaker & Sky Kid & Leon Blanco b Magnum & Espectrum & Yaqui, Mugroso Vaso lost his hair in a four-way with Javier Cruz Jr., Exterminador and Ebola, Demonio Maya b Fuego to win the Western States middleweight title, Blue Panther & Black Panther & Cachorro b Vangellys & Euforia & Misterioso Jr. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)

--Pro wrestler Devon Nicholson did a tryout over the weekend with the Ottawa Redblacks at http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/04/27/hannibal-the-wrestler-gives-football-a-whirl  The Redblacks are an expansion team in the Canadian Football League.  Nicholson has no prior football experience, but did finish second in Greco-Roman in  the Canadian Olympic trials at super heavyweight for the 2012 games.

--Squared Circle Live from yesterday in Whitby, ONT:  Kandi Kidz & Jeff Vertigo & Fuerza b Goat Briadge & Kirk Warmack & Shane Sabre, Kyle O'Reilly b John Greed, Josh Alexander b Alex Vega, Brent Banks b Brian XL, Preston Myles & Jasmin NC Tomer Time & Will White, Michael Elgin b Amazing Red.  Next show is 6/15 in Whitby, ONT. (thanks to Steven Ashe)

--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling on 5/2 in Millersville, TN at the SAWMill Arena.

--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN:  LT Falk b Leeland Race, Shawn Shultz b Blue Tiger, Gator McAllister NC Hammerjack, Miss Rachel b Miss Natural, Charles Alexander b Tim Jernigan-DQ, Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful b Eric Darkstorm & Ali Shabazz, Arrick Andrews b Lance Erikson (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)

--Supreme Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Sacramento before 252 fans, their best crowd ever in the building:  Michael Hayashi and JD Bishop were both eliminated from a Battle Royal, Mustafa Saed & Paul Isadora & Luster the Legend & Doc Atrocity b Savannah Riley & T-Lo the Insano & Jeff Cobb & Johnny Yen, Adam Thornstowe b Ryan McQueen, Jeckles the Jester won the Drake Younger Invitational eight-man to win the Extreme title over Drake Frost, Joe DeSoul, Corvus, Marcus Lewis, Dylan Drake, Edris Jackson and Scoot Robinson, Joey Ryan b Drake Younger (Younger's final indie match before starting with NXT), Rik Luxury & Adrian Idol b Dominik Simon & DeJon Brown, Sir Samurai b Timothy Thatcher, Dexter St. Jock over Mike Hayashi and J.D. Bishop, Daniel Torch & Virgil Flynn b Bobby Hart & CJay Kurz 2/3 falls to win the tag titles.  Next show is 5/18 with St Jock vs. Bishop for the SPW title (thanks to Mike Millerick)

--Catha Pendred, a fighter from Ireland on Ultimate Fighter, over the weekend saved a baby dolphin. (thanks to Lee Daly)