SAT UPDATE: Tons of notes on WWE stock crash, Wall Street Journal and Forbes stories, former attorney general investigating, Daniel Bryan update, tons more



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We're looking for reports on all the European shows and TNA show this weekend.  Today has WWE in Nottingham, England (Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns) and Innsbruck, Austria (John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt), as well as TNA in Biloxi, MS (Eric Young vs. Magnus for TNA title, Bobby Lashley vs. Gunner, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Ethan Carter III & Rockstar Spud for tag titles, Bully Ray vs. James Storm, Seiya Sanada vs. Tiger Uno vs. Zema Ion for X title, Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne).  Reports can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ring of Honor tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern War of the Worlds iPPV at www.ustream.tv/ringofhonor is one of the biggest shows in company history

Adam Cole vs. Jushin Liger for the ROH title

A.J. Styles vs. Michael Elgin for the IWGP title

Young Bucks vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish (managed by Filthy Tom Lawlor) for the ROH tag titles

Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe for the IWGP tag titles

Jay Lethal vs. Kushida for the ROH TV title

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Steen

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Bennett

Gedo & Jado vs. B.J. Whitmer & Roderick Strong

Matt Taven & ACH & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov & Takaaki Watanabe

Kazuchika Okada will also be in a major match that won't be against Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Bellator has the biggest show in its history on Saturday night from Southhaven, MS. Weigh-ins will be up on the site today at 6 p.m. Eastern time

Spike.com at 6 p.m. Eastern time

Cortez Phelia (2-0) vs. Brian Hall (7-2)

Anthony Lemon (2-3) vs. Codie Shuffield (4-0)

Ben Brewer (6-1) vs. AndyUhrich (8-4)

Justin Frazier (6-1) vs. Mike Wessel (13-7)

Zach Underwood (12-5) vs. Austin Lyons (10-3)

Spike TV at 8 p.m. Eastern

Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)

Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (19-3)

Nate Jolly (13-5) vs. Marcin Held (18-3)

Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern

Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)

Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4) in finals of the heavyweight tournament

Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)

Michael Chandler (12-1) vs. Will Brooks (13-1) for the interim lightweight title

Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo Lawal (12-3) in finals of the light heavyweight tournament.

The WWE tour continues Sunday with shows in Cardiff, Wales (Orton vs. Reigns) and Birmingham, England (Cena vs Wyatt).

Raw is Monday in London, England at the O2 Arena. The show is built around the announcement of the future of the world title. As of yesterday, John Cena vs. Luke Harper was the scheduled TV main event, but that wasn't announced so is far from official.

Tuesday is a split crew. Half the crew will be in London again for Raw, which will also include an appearance of Hulk Hogan and John Cena. The Randy Orton, Shield and Big Show crew are scheduled for Sheffield, England.

Wednesday, the crew headlined by Orton and The Shield is in Orchies, France, while the crew headlined by Cena, Wyatt and Sheamus is in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Our lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is currently up on the site concerns Daniel Bryan and what his injury has shown, how it should be handled in storyline, his booking and what issues this has opened up.

We talk about his neck injury, more on it, early estimates on his return, the world title situation, the recent booking of Bryan as world champion, how the recent business changes impact the ramifications of this injury, how it impacts the PPV business and TV business and a look at future top headliners.

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We also look in depth at Ring of Honor as it attempts to make its big move to PPV over the next several months.  We look at the Toronto show, the realities of the iPPV business, the impact of WWE Network on PPV and iPPV, booking, New Japan Pro Wrestling, reaction to Japanese wrestlers, what Kevin Steen said off camera, notes on New York, , as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
 
We also look at updates on the WWE TV situation, why WWE is now far more important to USA Network than even a few months ago, what happens to USA & Syfy without Raw and Smackdown.  We look at outside business forces that impact both TV rights fees and network price, including WWE plans for loading up a show later this year and why.
 
We also look at Batista's getting a major role in Kickboxer, a lawsuit settlement that impacts the WWE Network, the tough position HHH is put in as head of talent relations, more on C.M. Punk and WWE, Update on Sting and WWE, WWE worth, More old footage for WWE Network and how difficult a collection will be to put together, Hulk Hogan's return, update on the Payback PPV show, Prince Devitt in WWE, Chris Jericho talks suspension and a fine, a return and life after wrestling.  We also note a Showtime exec who has taken a major position in WWE, and company attitude toward giving up things on Raw to push the network.
 
We also look at the Rosebuds, Adam Rose character, WWE's end of the year European tour and how TV will be shot and its booking, how much wrestling each week and does that affect ratings, why Drake Younger is in WWE as a referee, and update on a documentary on one of pro wrestling's all-time biggest stars.
 
We also look at the Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva UFC fight, booking the welterweight division title picture, ratings of the show, business of the show, how much everyone earned, what the UFC audience make up was on Saturday night, and Matt Brown's streak, plus match-by-match coverage .
 
We also have a monthly business breakdown for WWE & TNA, what is up, what is down, and what WWE category is the big question mark for an unbelievable rise.  We also look at how ratings business pre-Mania was doing compared to last year.
 
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--An era ends in Japan and rotes on ticket sales
 
--Update on Prince Devitt
 
--More notes on this year's Super Juniors tournament
 
--Unique concern for fans at one of this year's biggest live events and the promotion trying to get ahead of the game
 
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--Attorneys on both sides try to influence judge
 
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--A look at Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees Leroy McGuirk, Stu Hart, Bill Eadie and Don Muraco
 
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--Who was Leroy McGuirk
 
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--The legend of Mr. Wrestling II
 
--How the gimmick got started and why it was so popular
 
--Bill Eadie and his wrestling career, including the story behind The Machines, Demolition and more
 
--Unique background info on Don Muraco and his run in pro wrestling and what he was most famous for
 
--Another 80s wrestler accused of sex crimes
 
--Notes on this year's Cauliflower Alley Club awards and banquet
 
--More on Jim Ross and boxing announcing as well as the unique timing of the show
 
--Former WWE star chokes out a thief while overseas
 
--Former TNA stars headed to ROH
 
--Update on Kurt Angle, his injury and his contract
 
--What his future looks like
 
--TNA Slammiversary, complete card, new programs and notes on all TNA television through mid-June
 
--A look at the TNA roster
 
--Who is left of the best paid talent
 
--A look at the last three TNA departures
 
--A look at angles planned and dropped
 
--What happened at the tapings this past week that led to the issue with many members of the production crew
 
--What was the issue and how was it resolved
 
--More on the Bobby Roode suspension angle
 
--More on the Samuel Shaw character
 
--Notes on TNA newcomer Rebel and her background
 
--Tons of new women debuting in TNA, or returning and how they did
 
--Funny story on  Dixie Carter that started on Twitter
 
--TNA video game note
 
--TNA TV taping schedule news
 
--More on TNA talent
 
--UFC in New York, same story new year
 
--Lots of new UFC matches and thoughts
 
--UFC injury updates
 
--Return of Stefan Struve
 
--Strongest UFC PPV markets
 
--UFC working with other promotions for huge Fight week
 
--Thoughts on UFC rankings
 
--Why Brock Lesnar called Dana White last week
 
--Fighters agree to enhanced drug testing
 
--More new UFC dates
 
--UFC fighter competes in a very different sport over the weekend
 
--Eddie Alvarez injury situation
 
--How it happened, and the timetable
 
--The WWE connection with the Alvarez injury and treatment
 
--A look at the new Bellator PPV lineup and booking going forward
 
--Battle of former Pride stars on a June U.S. PPV debut of new promotion
 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Huge thanks to Mike Sempervive for covering Observer Radio when I was gone this past week. I'll be back tonight with Dave super late covering the Bellator PPV, ROH's War of the Worlds iPPV, all the news and more. Tomorrow I'll also be back with Mike Sempervive on Wrestling Observer Live on Sirius Satellite Radio SportsZone, plus a new Bryan & Vinny Show with a ton of reviews in the evening.

-- It's behind a paywall, but the front page story in the Wall Street Journal about WWE's stock crash is up here. You can also see a screen grab of the entire front page by clicking here.

-- From WWE: WWE announced that it will host a conference call on Monday, May 19, 2014 to discuss the Company’s 2014 and 2015 Business Outlook. The Company’s Chairman & CEO, Vincent K. McMahon, and the Company’s Chief Strategy & Financial Officer, George Barrios, will host the conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.

-- Forbes has a story herelooking at how much Vince and WWE have lost over the past two days (he is no longer a billionaire as he'd been for a few months again), and more. George Barrios in the article says the company never publicly commented on their expectation, although in August Vince McMahon was specifically asked by Brad Safalow during the second quarter 2013 investor's call about doubling their rights fees ("The last question I had was on some of the comments, Vince, that you made about your television rights fees and what you feel would be an appropriate market-to-market as far as at least doubling. I just want to be clear that you guys are going to be held to that standard.") and Vince's exact quote was, "I'll allow you to put a hammerlock on me if we don't." George Barrios was on this call, by the way.

-- And more fun news, from Business Wire: Former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., Esq., a partner at the law firm of Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC (“KSF”), announces that KSF has commenced an investigation into World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. On May 16, 2014, WWE disclosed that it had reached a multiyear deal with US broadcaster NBCUniversal for its long-running Raw and SmackDown programs, stating that the annual value of its television distribution agreements would reach $200 million, well below what investors were expecting. Daniel Moore, an analyst with CJS Securities, said in a research note that, “Given management’s more optimistic tone and the fact that other major sports franchises have garnered much higher increases, this outcome is likely to be viewed as disappointing by many investors.” On this news, the value of WWE’s stock plummeted by over 43%. KSF’s investigation is focusing on whether WWE and/or its officers and directors violated state or federal securities laws.

-- Video update on Daniel Bryan from Smackdown here. They announced that they hope to hear from him on Raw (sounds like a video from the hospital) or at least get an update on his condition.

-- Dave has a big article heretalking about how the odds are against Bellator in their first-ever PPV attempt tonight.

-- So today, Nate Diaz wants to fight Matt Brown. I expect that to change tomorrow.

-- Story about Billy Corgan's reality show about the daily goings-on of his Resistance Pro promotion being picked up by AMC here. They've signed eight episodes of the currently unnamed series.

-- Hungarian Championship Wrestling, one of the very fastest growing wrestling companies in Europe, is having a TV special this sunday at 8.20PM on national TV channel Viasat 6. It will be a thorough recap of their March show which drew 1500 people in Budapest, Hungary. Here is the show preview which looks pretty great by any standards. Check it out here.

-- Alex Riley made his return to the ring last night at the NXT house show in a three-way with Viktor of the Ascension and Kalisto (former Samuray del Sol).

-- In a note from yesterday, Tom writes: The Great Scott who won the title with Austin in 1963 wasn't George Scott.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1963 - Bruno Sammartino defeated WWWF World Champion Buddy Rogers in 47 seconds to win the championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City,

1981 - Tommy Rich won a tournament for the Georgia Heavyweight championship at the Omni in Atlanta, GA. Tommy Rich beat Greg Valentine to win the Georgia Heavyweight title.

1986 - Playboy Buddy Rose & Doug Somers defeated Scott Hall & Curt Hennig in Hammond, Indiana, to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship.

1986 - Dusty Rhodes & the Road Warriors defeated NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions Baron Von Raschke, Ivan & Nikita Koloff to win the titles in Baltimore, Maryland.

1987 -The Lightning Express, (Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner), defeated Rick Steiner & Sting to win the UWF Tag Team Titles.

1993 - During a Monday Night Raw telecast from Manhattan Center in New York City, Marty Jannetty defeated Shawn Michaels to win the Intercontinental Title.

1998 - At the WCW Slamboree PPV in Worchester, Mass., Dean Malenko defeated WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho to win the title and Sting & the Giant defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Scott Hall & Kevin Nash (with Dusty Rhodes) to win the titles.

-- Gathering Of The Juggalos 7/23-7/26 in Thornville, Ohio, 4 days of Wrestling action, comedy by Mick Foley, countless musical performances by Insane Clown Posse, Cypress Hill, Tech N9ne, Hopsin, Cannibal Corpse, Biohazard, MadChild, Yelawolf, Twiztid AND MORE! Tickets and Details here.

-- New podcast episode with Jim Ross up here.

-- 10 new gimmicks that revived wrestlers careers here.

-- Story about Natalya in and out of the ring here.

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