SUN. UPDATE: Daniel Bryan, More on Raw, Rampage Jackson, Foley announcement, Ross shows, Former TNA star suffers leg injury, ROH gets mainstream pub, NXT results from last night's house show, Hall of Fame candidate birthday, KC Chief cheerleader fighting
Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:30
By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's ROH/New Japan show and Bellator show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on today's WWE shows in Cardiff, Wales (Orton vs. Reigns) and Birmingham, England (Cena vs Wyatt), as well as last night's TNA show in Biloxi and tonight's TNA show in Hattiesburg, MS.
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.
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--More on the sentencing of Buck Zumhofe, the 80s AWA star
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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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--Notes on this year's Cauliflower Alley Club awards and banquet
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--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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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Rampage Jackson earlier today was the No. 1 searched for item in the U.S. from Google, which is a good sign for the Bellator show last night. Right now it's fallen to the No. 3 spot.
--Mick Foley on his Facebook page said that he has an important decision to make about his future. "I know that not everyone will agree with, or support the decision, but I do hope the decision will be respected."
--For what it's worth, Foley did an interview this week on the Jeff Jarrett GFW web site.
--The expectation is that Daniel Bryan's Raw appearance tomorrow night with be a taped interview as opposed to flying to London, but that is just the word in the company and not official. Vince McMahon is not going to be at Raw most likely due to his facing to talk to stockholders.
--Raw tomorrow will be a taped show so we should have notes on it before the show starts. It will be taped several hours prior to airing.
--On yesterday's show we mistakenly said Cedric Alexander beat Adam Page in the pre-show at the ROH card. It was actually his former tag partner Caprice Coleman. We got different reports today saying it was Alexander, Coleman and Tadarius Thomas.
--This is one of those stories that could end up being bad pub for pro wrestling, a news story that just broke over the weekend in Oklahoma, at http://kfor.com/2014/05/16/konowa-police-identify-parents-who-allegedly-filmed-little-boy-benig-drop-kicked-in-head/
(thanks to Dan Cerquitella)
--Jim Ross will be doing another Ringside with Jim Ross show on 5/31 in Chicago at the House of Blues at 2 p.m. The VIP Meet and Greet will be at noon.
--Ross has listed the following as future guests on his Ross Report show: Michelle Beadle of ESPN, Eric Bischoff, Bill Goldberg, Ted DiBiase, MVP, Lance Storm, Kurt Angle, Bully Ray, Sting, A.J. Styles and Tony Schiavone. Ross on the Matthew Aaron show talking about working for UFC at http://youtu.be/efuV_kbl_SA
--We don't have more details, but apparently Jessy Sorensen suffered either a broken ankle or leg in a match last night in Sanford, FL (thanks to Christopher Losee)
--ROH got actual mainstream pub through TMZ for Tom Lawlor being in the corner of Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly last night when they won the ROH tag titles from The Young Bucks.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1969 - Shozo Kobayashi & Toyonobori beat Michael Nador & Ivan Strongoff in Paris to become the first IWA tag team champions
1974 - Bobby Ryan beat Jim Breaks in Hanley to win the Joint Promotions British lightweight title
1986 - Gran Cochisse beat Chamaco Velasquez to win the NWA middleweight title
2003 - Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri won the WWE tag titles from Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin while Christian won a Battle Royal to win the IC title in Charlotte
2008 - Undertaker beat Edge to win the vacant WWE title in Omaha
--Birthdays today include Gino Brito (73), Jimmy Snuka (71) and Blue Meanie (41). Boyd Pierce, a longtime Texas and Mid South announcing staple, was 70 when he passed away in 1999. He was one of the nicer guys you'd ever want to meet. Davey Boy Smith was 39 when he passed away on this day in 2002.
--NXT results from last night in Sebring, FL: Colin Cassady b Sawyer Fulton, Alexa Bliss b Veronica Lane, Baron Corbin b Camacho, Mojo Rawley b Tyler Breeze, Becky Lynch & Bayley b Sasha Banks & Kendall Skye, Yoshi Tatsu b Sylvester Lefort, Travis Tyler b Wesley Blake, Viktor won three-way over Alex Riley and Kalisto (thanks to James White)
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
40.8% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT?
Very large percentage watched both.
--A correction from Friday. The Great Scott who held the WWWF U.S. tag team title in 1963 with Buddy Austin was not George Scott. It was Johnny "Dutch" Schweigert (thanks to Crimson Mask)
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL before a turn away record crowd in the building of 350 for the 55th anniversary of Wrestling at the Chase special show featuring Jim Cornette as guest (Cornette was actually too young to have performed on the show in its heyday): Ax Allwart & Howard Moritz b Daniel Eads & Joker, Chaz Wesson b Max Archer, Ken Kasa b Gary Jackson, Big Jim Hoffarth b Waco, Flash Flanagan b Shorty Biggs, Jake Dirden & Heath Hatton b Bull Bronson & Frankie Wyatt-DQ, Ricky Cruz b Ron Powers in a loser leaves town match, Heath Hatton won Battle Royal. Cornette hit local manager Travis Cook with his tennis racket. Believe it or not, I think this was the first time Cornette ever actually met Larry Matysik in person. Bobby Heenan was scheduled, but due to suffering a broken shoulder, he postponed and will be at the 6/21 show. (thanks to Larry Matysik and Patrick Brandmeyer)
--Big Time Wrestling from last night in Newark, CA before 1,000 fans: Kimo b Gangrel, Nicole Savoy b Kikyo Nakamura with Molly Holly as referee, Godfather (original) & L'Emperor b Merro Merro Kaka Meng & Synn, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson b Shane Kody & Nathaniel Sweet, Cody Hall b Vinny Massaro-COR, Chris Masters b Tony Vargas, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian b Ryan Von Kool & Victor Sterling. Next show is 7/11.
--Massaro may have hurt his arm which could have led to the walk out count out finish. Ric Flair gave speech before the show started that was said to have been funny. (thanks to Derek Sousa)
--Michael Carpenter at
is looking for a tape of the Raw episodes that aired on 2/17 from Denver and 2/24 from Green Bay.
--Uproar Pro Wrestling on 6/13 in New Port Richey, FL at the Verizon Event Center.
--Rachel Wray, a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader, will be fighting MMA on 7/12 in Memphis for the Attitude MMA promotion. She told Fox Sports Kansas City that she was supposed to fight in June in Mississippi, but the show was canceled. She's fighting Jamie Clinton. She was with the Chiefs squad in 2011 and 2012, and now has a 2-1 MMA record, but hasn't fought in more than one year. She took second place at the NAGA World Jiu Jitsu championship in Dallas as a white belt. She's also now teaching classes at the UFC gym in Fayetteville, AR.
--All Pro Wrestling on 6/13 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center (right by the Cow Palace) in a fund raiser for the Bayshore Boys & Girls Club has Adam Thornstowe vs. Rik Luxury for the APW Universal title, Dylan Drake vs. Matt Hardy, Jeckles the Jester vs. Chris Hero, JR Kratos vs. Matt Striker, Cheerleader Melissa vs. Reby Sky, plus Tommaso Ciampa, Joey Ryan, Jeff Cobb, Dave Dutra and more.
--A story on why Mil Mascaras was the biggest Mexican star on an international basis in history until the rise of Eddy Guerrero and Rey Mysterio at http://www.latinthunder.com
for a preview. (thanks to Jan Niedbala)
--EWF from Friday night in Azusa, CA: Chris Bryant b Uday Ukieja, Raccid Naijar b Anthony Idol, Mike Maze b Tarasso, Tyshaun Prince & Rico Dynamite b Bruce Bearetto & R.J. Ruiz, Anchors Away over Von dooms, Los Maravillas and Fallen Empire, Andy Brown d Richie Slade (thanks to Frank Mott)
--Ultimate Championship Wrestling from last night in Bay City, MI: Danny Shay b Jun Hado, Bry Sullivan b Johnny Bahama, N8 Mattson b Petey Williams to win the lightweight title, Ingrid Isley b Seleyzia Sparks, Pain Killers b Mad Dragon & Dymond Kouture, Austin Manix b Bry Sullivan, Alex Shelley & N8 Mattson & Caleb Stills & Justin Mane b Chris Sabin & Petey Williams & Aiden Prince & Diego Davinci (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--IPW from last night in Auckland, New Zealand: Vinny Dunn d Alfred Valentine, James Shaw b Taylor Adams, Ligers b Mason Daniels & Johnny Idol, Liam Fury b Pat Schisk, Britenay b Carmen Rose, Travis Banks b Curt Chaos, TNT b Agents of Change in a ladder match (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Lucha Libre Xtreme TV show from last night in Fresno: Suburban Commandos b JR Kratos & Supercabra, Wiseguy DDQ Al Azar, Jeff Cobb d Johnny Plinko. Next show id 6/15 for a Father's Day show at the Chuchanski Ballpark after the Fresno Grizzlies game as an iPPV show called Lucha Wars (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Southern Championship Wrestling from last night in Marietta, GA at the Cobb County Civic Center: Chasyn Rance b Leo Brien, Justine Silver b Chelsea Diamond, Caleb Konley b Michael Patrick, Rico Casanova b Konley, Chance Champion b Sweet Thang Willie, Brittany (TNA) b Luscious Latasha, London Vice b Johnny Armani, Matt Hardy & Hurricane Helms b Rhett Giddins & Jason Cade. (thanks to Al Haft)
--I Believe in Wrestling on 5/25 at 6 p.m. at the Team Vision Dojo has the Florida J Cup tournament
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 5/23 and 5/24 at Turners Hall in Cleveland with the J.T. Lightning Invitational tournament, to honor the memory of the Cleveland wrestler and promoter who started so many people out. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and a Fan Fest is 3 p.m. Saturday. First round on Friday:
Michael Elgin vs. Eddie Kingston
Buff Bagwell vs. Jock Samson
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Eric Ryan
Colin Delaney vs. Josh Prohibition
Tim Donst vs. Marion Fontaine
Matt Cross vs. Flip Kendrick
B.J. Whitmer vs. Sparx
Veda Scott vs. All Ego
Louis Lyndon vs. Bobby Beverly
Ricky Shane Page vs. Heidi Lovelace
Sonjay Dutt vs. Davey Vega
UltraMantis Black vs. Danny Havoc.
Johnny Gargano vs. Chris Sabin in a non-tournament match headlines the Saturday show.
--Elliot Marquis is looking for someone in the Northeast familiar with old Irish style collar-and-elbow-pro wrestling that was popular in the late 1800s and would be willing to demonstrate it for a documentary at
Marquis is producing a documentary on Viro Small, known as Black Slam from Vermont in that era, one of the first black pro wrestlers.