TUES UPDATE: Gracie family member arrested after brawl, another firm says they're investigating WWE, Cena and others at Wizard World, Foxcatcher David Schultz reviews, more

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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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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 wason 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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Also in this week's issue:

--Big title match pulled from show over disciplinary action, who and why
--A look at some of the best new talent coming into pro wrestling
--An insane weekend move and the state of the art of what you will be doing soon
--A heartwarming story regarding one of the major pro wrestling companies putting on a show specifically for one fan
--Two legends including a Hall of Famer hit Dragon Gate this past week
--This year's first matches in the King of Gate tournament
--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
--A major city mayor, and it's not Rob Ford, is upset about a title change in his city
--Update on physical health of New Japan stars
--New Japan stars come to Windsor, ONT
--Satoshi Kojima comes to the U.S. as NWA champion
--A look back at the debut of a wrestler who became an MMA pioneer and now is back as a star wrestler, 26 years ago
--A star from another sport and how much he's pulling now as a pro wrestling regular
--More on the sentencing of Buck Zumhofe, the 80s AWA star
--Attorneys on both sides try to influence judge
--When he is eligible for parole
--A look at Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductees Leroy McGuirk, Stu Hart, Bill Eadie and Don Muraco
--A look back at Stu Hart
--His family members in wrestling
--People he started in North America
--Who was Leroy McGuirk
--The story of the longest reigning major world champion in history and tragic way it ended
--Legends McGuirk got started in wrestling
--How Jim Ross broke into wrestling
--The night McGuirk really wanted to kill Ted DiBiase
--A look back at Bruiser Brody
--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

Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Another law firm says they are investigating WWE for stock fraud. We are investigating possible securities fraud claims against World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. resulting from inaccurate statements WWE made regarding its business practices, financial statements and prospects. Our investigation focuses on the extent to which WWE issued false and misleading statements regarding its business practices, financial statements, past and future business performance and prospects. Specifically, WWE’s statements that it would double the value of its domestic contracts for its two most popular shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown, and that the prospects for its recently launched streaming video network were strong were false and misleading.

-- Renzo and Igor Gracie arrested for beating a dude, and I quote this newspaper article, TO A PULP. There is a video of the aftermath here. The story is that Renzo and his crew allegedly showed up at a club and tried to walk right to the front of the line. They had words with the doorman and a brawl broke out, leading to the pulping. One doorman was allegedly hit with a traffic cone. Renzo sent a text to Ariel Helwani saying it was all a big misunderstanding. He's currently out on $10,000 bail.

-- Regarding our discussion on Observer Radio last night, Tom writes: My interpretation of what happened in the match was each time RVD went for the rolling thunder Del Rio didn't position himself further enough across the ring, so Van Dam didn't have enough room to execute the move correctly and as a consequence had to improvise with horrendous results. On the first occasion there was a massive miscommunication and Del Rio got shoot leg dropped in the head.

-- WWE made the Twitter TV Top 10 this week. Surely that will help the fledgling stock.

-- I knew people loved their action figures, but here is an Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan twin-pack going for 49.alt. There is 1 left.

-- Wizard World today announced WWE Superstars John Cena, Batista and Bray Wyatt, WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino, and WWE Diva Paige are scheduled to greet fans, sign autographs and pose for photo ops at its biggest and longest running event, Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on August 21-22-23 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Cena will appear on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.; Bray Wyatt and Paige will attend on Friday, Aug. 22, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Sammartino is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and Batista is slated for Saturday from 2-5:15 p.m. followed by a Guardians of the Galaxy panel at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for all events are extremely limited.

-- Andre the Giant: Life and Legendalt by Box Brown, just released with lots of quotes from Dave and others. The book actually made the New York Timessports section on Sunday -- in the actual newspaper.

-- On Monday night's Late Late Show, a viewer asked host Craig Ferguson who his favorite WWE wrestler is. He awkwardly replied "Hulk the Dangerous". Geoff Peterson, his co-host / undead gay robot skeleton (yes, really) mentioned Andre the Giant. Craig, who is Scottish, then named Roddy Piper as one of the greats. Thanks to Kearney.

-- Review of Foxcatcher, the story of the life of David Schultz, which Dave in particular can't wait to see, here. "BRAVO!" chants at Cannes.

-- NFL Sued by Former Players Who Allege Illegal Use of Painkillers to Mask Injury

-- First-ever Titans of Wrestling podcast up here. Somehow, this is episode zero.

-- TNA Champ Eric Young is hosting MONSTER WEEK on Animal Planet.

-- Conor McGregor potato chip commercial here. This dude is awesome. Watch the whole thing because the final 5 seconds is awesome.

-- A look at the new EA Sports UFC video game here. May as well just watch the fight since it looks almost the same.

-- From the promoter: The lineup for World Series of Fighting's most impressive card to date is now complete with 12 total contests supporting an amazing championship triple-header. The previously announced featured contests for "World Series of Fighting 10: Branch vs. Taylor" include a main event of David Branch (13-3) vs. Jesse "JT Money" Taylor (27-9) for World Series of Fighting's inaugural middleweight title, as well as dual co-main events with World Series of Fighting featherweight champion Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (23-3-1) vs. Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (14-2) and the world's best female strawweight and current World Series of Fighting champion Jessica "Jag" Aguilar (17-4), who will defend her belt against Japanese contender Emi "The Kamikaze Angel" Fujino (13-7). Additionally, the main card will include intense matchups of lightweights Tyson Griffin (16-7) vs. Luiz "Buscape" Firmino (17-6) and featherweights Nick Lobosco (7-0) vs. Lance Palmer (7-1). Those five bouts air live on NBCSN at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT local time) and follow a now-confirmed seven-bout preliminary card of heavyweights Dave Huckaba (21-5) vs. Derrick Mehmen (17-5), bantamweights Rudy Morales (3-0) vs. Timur Valiev (6-1), middleweights Angel DeAnda (11-3) vs. Krasimir Mladenov (10-0), women's bantamweights Marciea Allen (3-1) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (2-0), bantamweights Brandon Hempleman (9-2) vs. Andrew Yates (7-1), lightweights Justin Jaynes (2-1) vs. Jimmy Spicuzza (3-0) and debuting lightweights Tanner Cowan (0-0) vs. A.J. Williams (0-0). The preliminary bouts kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT local time) and will stream live on NBCSports.com. Tickets for "World Series of Fighting 10: Branch vs. Taylor" start at just $39 and are currently on sale at AXS.com.

Less than 2.7 16.0%
2.7 10.3%
2.8 21.1%
2.9 30.5%
3.0 12.7%
3.1 4.7%
3.2 0.5%
3.3 0.0%
3.4 0.5%
3.5 0.5%
3.6 or more 3.3%

Renan Barao 87.6%
TJ Dillashaw 12.4%

Robbie Lawler 79.1%
Jake Ellenberger 20.9%

Yes 39.3%
No 60.7%

-- Season 1 of the new pro wrestling interview show "On Your Mark with Mark E. Xtreme" has launched on YouTube and can be found at this link: Youtube.com/OnYourMarkShow

-- All-American Pro Wrestling will be coming to the Loretto Civic Center on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with bell time at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $8 and $10 at the door.

-- University of MMA: Fight Night 7 will set several new milestones, as no less than three title matches headline the event. Additionally, for the first time ever, a pro wrestler will make his U of MMA debut, leading what is guaranteed to be a full night of exciting MMA action at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. Tickets are now on sale at www.UofMMA.com and www.axs.com. The University of MMA lightweight, light heavyweight, and welterweight championships will all be defended at Fight Night 7, as Derion ‘DC’ Chapman, Ozzy Diaz, and Roman ‘The Gladiator’ Todorovich put their respective titles on the line for the first time, each against his most credible and dangerous challenge to date. Scorpio Sky is fighting on this show.

-- Someone do something, it's a slow day in history according to Brian Hoops:

1993 - Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue defeated Terry Gordy & Steve Williams for the All Japan World Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan.

2001 - At the Judgement Day PPV in Sacramento, CA; Kane defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a chain match to win the IC Title.

2007 - At the Judgement Day PPV; MVP defeated Chris Benoit in 2 straight falls to capture the United States Championship.

-- Chatham Light Welterweight Ricky Rose is set to make his second pro outing on June 14th, when he fights on the undercard of the Ian Bailey vs Mike Robinson International Masters Championship bout, at the Johnny Eames TRAD TKO Events promoted FAST & FURIOUS 2 – CAPITAL PUNISHMENT show at the Troxy in Limehouse, London.

-- ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization with a 90% market share, has added four exciting bouts to ONE FC: ERA OF CHAMPIONS, which is set to take place in the state-of-the-art Mata Elang International Stadium (MEIS) in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 14 June. Indonesian stalwarts Yohan Mulia Legowo and Zuli Silawanto will represent the host country when they face dangerous opponents in Malaysia’s Ev Ting and Iran’s Barbod respectively. An explosive flyweight bout between Geje Eustaquio and Kentaro Watanabe and a clash between welterweights Mahmoud Salama and Aung La N Sang have also been added.

-- Australasian Wrestling Federation will host its AWF Maynia live event this Sat 24 May at Parramatta RSL, Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Double Main Event will be Australasian Championship: Dean Draven (c) Vs Tyson Gibbs, and Commonwealth Championship: Blakestone (C) Vs Rob Terry from Impact Wrestling, plus undercard. Rob Terry will also hold a seminar before the event at 5pm. Details and tickets at www.awfwrestling.com.au

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