SAT. UPDATE: Tons of shows tonight, PPV, iPPV, TV specials, Mayweather, plus Bellator show, Bryan gets major sports pub, Observer convention, Ross show, UFC star goes to see Liger, Foley, Rogers vs. Thesz, Gagne's retirements



By Dave Meltzer
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We're doing a poll tonight on the ROH/New Japan iPPV show from Toronto, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
We're also looking for reports from today's TNA tapings in Orlando.  They have both a 1 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. show, as they are taping two different PPV events.
 
Today's UFC lineup from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati
 
Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time
 
Anthony Lapsley (171) vs. Albert Tumenov (170.5) - Lapsley made weight at 171, he originally weighed in at 174 but was able to cut three pounds over the next two hours 
Justin Salas (155.5) vs. Ben Wall (155)
Nik Lentz (145) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (145.5)
 
FS 2 at 8 p.m.
 
Johnny Eduardo (136) vs. Eddie Wineland (136)
Yan Cabral (170.5) vs. Zak Cummings (169.5)
Kyoji Horiguchi (126) vs. Darrell Montague (125)
Ed Herman (185) vs. Rafael Natal (185.5)
 
FS 1 at 10 p.m.
 
Chris Cariaso (125.5) vs. Louis Smolka (126)
Soa Palelei (263) vs. Ruan Potts (244)
Neil Magny (170.5) vs. Tim Means (170)
Daron Cruickshank (156) vs. Erik Koch (155)
Lorenz Larkin (185.5) vs. Costas Philippou (185)
Matt Brown (170.5) vs. Erick Silva (170.5)
 
ROH on iPPV at www.ustream.tv/RingofHonor at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time
 
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Jado
A.J. Styles & Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo
Takaaki Watanabe vs. Michael Elgin
Young Bucks vs. Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero vs. Alex Shelley & Kushida for IWGP jr. tag titles
Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen for ROH title
Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Matt Taven vs. Silas Young for TV title
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. B.J. Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish
Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander
ACH vs. Michael Bennett
 
Evolve also has another iPPV tonight at 8 p.m. at www.wwnlive.com
 
Ryan Rush vs. Blake Edward Belakus
Josh Alexander vs Tim Donst
Caleb Konley vs. AR Fox
Bravado Brothers vs. Fire Ant & Green Ant for Open the United Gate tag titles
All Ego vs. Jigsaw vs. Anthony Nese vs. Chuck Taylor
Trent Baretta vs. Uhaa Nation
Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann I Quit match
 
WWE has the weekend off as they start the European tour in midweek.
 
Raw will be live Monday night in Greenville, SC.
 
Smackdown and Main Event will be from Greensboro on Tuesday night.  John Cena is once again booked on Smackdown.  Daniel Bryan will be part of the crew that leaves after Raw for Europe.
 
As the WWE business changes, we've got the most detailed look at the changes, how different divisions are doing, how they need to do, and a lot of stuff behind the scenes including who to expect to be top players down the line, as well as a rundown of every WWE performer with age, experience, real name and background, as well as a look at what background traits that seem to lead to success in pro wrestling nowadays.
 
Our lead story looks at the new WWE business, both long-term and short-term.  We look at what used to be important and what is now important.  We look at how things look to shake up for the rest of this year and into 2015.
 
We look at network projections, and where they have to be in three months to have a shot at those projections.  We look at credible stats vs. ridiculous stats.  We look at how much money the network is generating, its cost, how network/PPV together are doing, why WWE is losing money and what divisions are doing better and worse. 
 
We also look at cash on hand that the company had at the end of 2012 and 2013, and where it stands right now.  We look at when WWE projects it will start to make money again, a look at new television projects, firs details on plans for Tough Enough 2014, when they are looking at filming, where and what type of cast and how it's supposed to change.
 
We also look at key WWE departures, more detail on the network business than anywhere else and why the network should force a change in timing of big PPV shows.  We compare the revenue lost by WrestleMania not being on PPV with it being on the network.  We also look at what Extreme Rules needs to do on PPV to be a success in the new world.
 
WWE responds to questions about selling a stake in the network, plus wrestlers and pay and how this affects them greatly.
 
We also look, step-by-step on what the network needs to pull to reach break-even, company goals, and investor goals.  We also look at the latest WWE gimmick to attempt to garner new subscribers.  We also look at what numbers coming up will tell what stories.
 
We also have a breakdown on changes in geographic representation in WWE business, what places are more and less important and how they have changed over the past four years.
 
We also look not just at revenues, but at profits of every division.  We look at why talent pay is down and how much in different way.  We look at why WWE's increases in TV money has not filtered to the bottom line, how Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber did over the past three years and how much difference The Rock made.  We also look at the big surprises from PPV numbers so far this year.
 
We look at house show revenue and how its changed, merchandise, licensing, the video game and how much talent has earned from and financial notes on all the WWE movies from the past year plus.
 
We also look at what happened with Batista, the different directions the character had gone and was going, and why it happened.  We look at plans for the next WWE PPV show, how well the network feed held up, as well as business notes from Extreme Rules and the other WWE events.
 
We also look at the future of The Shield, who are in for big promotions, who sells the most merchandise, who is more successful then their push, WWE purchasing more old unique footage, Ric Flair future, what former WWE star was talked with about returning, more on the decision to end the Undertaker streak, update on developmental cuts and why, notes on a major WWE contract coming due, Mick Foley speaks out on creative again, scouting, Lana and more on WWE talent outside the ring.  Who spent last week training with MMA fighters, who is shooting a movie and changing their look, what executives are gone, as well as notes on upcoming DVD releases, what characters were talked about the most right after WrestleMania, WWE business and how show highlights from the past week.
 
We also look at A.J. Styles winning the IWGP title, what happened in the match, the next four New Japan iPPV shows and lineups as well as directions.
 
We also look at the Best of the Super Junior tournament with stars  from many different opponents.  
 
We also look at New Japan and Dragon Gate big shows from the past week. 
 
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--Busca de un Idolo tournament
 
--A couple of wrestlers to watch out for when it comes to being superstars in a few years.
 
--A look at talent being talked with by AAA
 
--A look at the last two week's of AAA tapings
 
--Next Dragon Gate PPV shows, where and when
 
--TNA stars go to Wrestle-1
 
--What former WCW star of the early days and ECW star are now a team
 
--All Asia tag team tournament final
 
--More on KENTA
 
--Junior heavyweight star wants to be in G-1
 
--Notes on this year's G-1 tournament
 
--A look at the career of Joe Turner
 
--More on the death of Lee Marshall
 
--Update on David Benoit's pro wrestling and what has changed and why
 
--Liger vs. Demon
 
--Upcoming movie about amateur wrestling up for awards
 
--Tommy Dreamer's promotion update
 
--55th anniversary are a local pro wrestling institution
 
--More on a promoter who bailed on his show and didn't pay talent
 
--The return to pro wrestling of a notable character after 17 years
 
--Former ECW and TNA performer now competing in new sport
 
--An update on one of the most famous pro wrestling sponsors of the territorial era
 
--Former WWF star and his local promotion
 
--Former NFL player looking at pro wrestling
 
--Several whatever happened to's
 
--A look at the two New Japan/ROH shows with card updates
 
--More on how cards are put together
 
--Two name stars headed to ROH
 
--Direction for ROH down the line
 
--A look at TNA schedule for TV this summer
 
--More on new TNA talent
 
--A look at next TNA PPV show
 
--Interesting look at future regarding one of TNA's biggest stars
 
--A look at this past week's TNA house shows
 
--New main arena for UFC breaks ground
 
--Latest UFC PPV numbers
 
--Anderson Silva update
 
--A look at the next UFC show in Los Angeles
 
--Ronda Rousey upcoming potential fights
 
--How a religious holiday affected UFC lightweight bookings
 
--Tons of new UFC fights
 
--Idea of UFC regional and secondary belts
 
--Tons of information on how Fight Pass has done and what it says about UFC fan habits
 
--Information on UFC merchandise sales and TV revenues
 
--What numbers does UFC want to keep under wraps
 
--Return of Rashad Evans
 
--Fights UFC is interested in making
 
--Update on Team Alpha Male and coaching situation
 
--Glover Teixiera injury update after Jon Jones fight
 
--Update on Gray Maynard
 
--A look at UFC rankings
 
--Conor McGregor and why he can be a major star
 
--Miesha Tate talks Rousey vs. Carano
 
--Update on Tito Ortiz and DUI
 
--Bellator TV shows to build PPV
 
--Upcoming Bellator shows
 
--MMA fighter retires
 
--Former UFC stars fighting in other groups
 
--What fighter has the most fights
 
--Update on a current TV only promotion with national exposure

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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight.  We've got literally tons of news to talk about, as well as cover tonight's UFC & ROH shows, TNA tapings, Eddie Alvarez, more WWE business talk and more.
 
--Besides the more publicized injury to Eddie Alvarez, there was a second injury affecting Saturday's Bellator show as Patricky Pitbull Freire suffered a hand injury, to his lightweight tournament final match against Marcin Held is off the show.  Bellator announced yesterday that Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Fabrico Guerreiro will be on the show, which will be the Spike two-hour prelims leading to the PPV.
 
--Can anyone explain why Bjorn Rebney dismissed the claim that Alvarez was hurt last night, when it's so clear if it was true, it would break at any minute?
 
--Right now there is no updated word regarding the PPV with Alvarez out due to a reported concussion in training.  The expectation is the show is continuing as a PPV.  Bellator has a press conference at 6 p.m. Eastern with Bjorn Rebney.
 
--The Pittsburgh Penguins are now playing this video of Daniel Bryan whenever they score a goal at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152789659913765 (thanks to Steve Khan)
 
--For those attending the Observer/Figure Four convention in Las Vegas over July 4th weekend, there are a ton of activities going on in conjunction with International Fight Week.  There is a 7/4 Muay Thai show at The Pearl at the Palms that will air live on AXS headlined by Kevin Ross vs. Michael Thompson.  There is also talk of an event catered for pro wrestling fans that week, but it at least report was only in the talking stages.  There are concerts, pool parties and all kinds of appearances as well as a UFC convention that week, as well as two UFC live shows, the biggest PPV of the year on 7/5 and an FS 1 show headlined by B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar on 7/6.
 
--Showtime will be airing the replay of last week's Floyd Mayeather Jr. vs. Marcos Maidana fight tonight.
 
--Trish Stratus ended up joining Jim Ross on stage for his show in Toronto last night.  We didn't get any reports in detail on the show past that the show did more than 500 people, which to me is a success for that type of show, that Stratus gto a fantastic reaction and that Barry Bloom, Carl DeMarco, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish were backstage.
 
--The former Drake Younger was working as a referee at the NXT house show last night.  There had been rumors he was coming in to be a referee rather than a wrestler.
 
--Mia Yim, Jessica Havoc and Scarlett Bordeaux are scheduled to be working the all-women's PPV show that TNA is taping today.
 
--UFC's Daniel Cormier said he would be attending the Pro Wrestling Revolution show in Morgan Hill, CA on 5/18, which is the show headlined by Jushin Liger vs. Blue Demon Jr.
 
--Mick Foley will be performing tomorrow at the Improv in Fort Lauderdale, Tuesday at the Off the Hook Comedy Club in Marco Island, FL, Wednesday at the Visani  in Port Charlotte, FL and Thursday at Side Splitters in Tampa.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1946 - Buddy Rogers beat Lou Thesz in Houston to win the Texas title.  Thesz throughout his career had always refused to put Rogers over once he became world champion, so this may have been the only Rogers win over Thesz.
1968 - The Big O (Johnny Valentine under a mask) beat Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods) to win the Georgia title in Atlanta
1974 - Brute Bernard won the WCW Brass Knux title in a tag match teaming with Waldo Von Erich to beat Tony Parisi & Mario Milano
1980 - Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Ray Stevens & Greg Valentine in Greensboro to win the NWA tag titles
1981 - Verne Gagne announced he was vacating the AWA title after beating Nick Bockwinkel in what was billed as his retirement match.  He would come out retirement many more times until he started getting injured every time and fans stopped caring.  Bockwinkel was then awarded the title by Stanley Blackburn, who stated it would take too long to do a tournament.  Gagne then asked how it was possible if they could do a tournament in the Olympics for the gold medal in a few days.  Gagne stated that he probably wouldn't have retired the title if he knew it would be handed to Bockwinkel in storyline.
1999 - Debra (Marshall/McMichael/Williams) beat Sable for the WWF women's title in Orlando
2005 - Dick Togo & Taka Michinoku beat Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega in Tokyo to win the King of DDT tag title
 
--Brian and Emerson Whitner discuss the 1990 Royal Rumble on Sunday at 11 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com
 
--At last night's Washington Wizards playoff game with the Indiana Pacers, during the second quarter, the Wizards mascot came out to the Ultimate Warrior's music and got a big pop.  he tired to put the Pacers mascot through a table, which didn't break (thanks to Dan Ericson)
 
--FTW results from last night in Queens, NY before 100 fans:  Rude Boy Riley & Jason Cross b Caucasian Kings of New York, Cage b Rage, John Gallow b Jeff Von Schmidt, Grim Reefer b Wes Draven, Da Kru won three-way over Highspots heroes and Axis Powers, Earl Cooter b Justin Credible, Ed Oddity won the Road to the Gold Rumble (thanks to Mike Carroll)
 
--IWF is having a Tom Prichard seminar on 5/17 and 5/18 at their school on Franklin Ave., in Nutley, NJ.  The seminar will be 5/17 from noon to 4 p.m. and 5/18 from Noon to 3 p.m.  They are also holding live shows at their gym both nights.  For more info go to www.CampIWF.com
 
--An article on the ten worst gimmicks at http://whatculture.com/wwe/10-wwe-gimmicks-changes-failed-dismally.php
 
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