TUES UPDATE: Draft notes, more on Raw, Truth messes up, Angle hype, EVOLVE PPV, Sweeney, more

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We're looking for your thoughts on Sunday night's TNA Lockdown PPV from Cincinnati, 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 on the WWE shows on Thursday in Munich, Friday in Dortmund, Saturday in Kiel, Germany, and Sunday in Nottingham and Newcastle, England.

We're also looking for reports on the second and third night of the CHIKARA King of Trios shows in Philadelphia.

Tonight will be a Smackdown taping at the O2 Arena in London, plus a Raw house show in Cardiff, Wales, and a TNA taping in Orlando.

Tomorrow will be a TNA taping in Orlando, plus WWE house shows in Salzburg, Austria and Brussels, Belgium.

The retirement and career of Edge is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In our story, we go through his career from the start to the finish, how final appearances as an active wrestler, what happened both on and off camera at the final Smackdown tapings, why he will likely be back on television soon, his injuries, other wrestlers who have ended their careers as world champion and details on how, a discussion of Edge in the Hall of Fame, what most of the talent did and didn't know, what the loss of Edge means to the company, how he got into the company, the story behind his early title wins, the match that both made and shortened his career, the Edge/Lita/Matt Hardy story, his rise to world title status and why he stuck there, and many of his career angles. We also have comments from some of the biggest names in the industry on him.

We also look at the death of Larry Sweeney, and an update on Perro Aguayo Jr. and Scott Hall.

We also look at the first major Strikeforce show under the Zuffa banner, looking at the stories that came out of the show, the judging in Mousasi vs. Jardine and what the ratings said.

We also look at WWE changes, how Wall Street has reacted, what other aspects of WWE are likely to be changed, more fallout from WrestleMania, WWE All-Stars video game, Jericho on Dancing with the Stars, More notes on Tough Enough, Changes HHH is looking to make, Steve Austin talks wrestling, celebrity earnings, and a national wrestling champion being recruited by WWE.

We also look at 25 years later in the death of one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, El Solitario, but a name that very few in the U.S. know anything about.

The issue will be up on the site today. A back issue from early 1994 will also be up this week. Between the Observer and Figure Four Weekly, we have about 14 issues put up every month and dozens of new audio shows for web site subscribers including coverage after the shows of every major pro wrestling and MMA event.

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We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what viewers came and left. In particular this week we look at the post-WrestleMania, as well as first looks at Tough Enough, Ultimate Fighter, Hall of Fame show and more.

We also have our usual weekly features with results of the major arena shows from around the world, and the major TV show rundowns and reviews.

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-- As of today, whatever happens at the Draft next week won't take effect until the May 2nd Rock birthday show. They've totally re-written that script based off panicking and bumping the Draft from June to next week. It will probably be rewritten again ten times by the time it airs.

-- John writes: Last night on Raw, R-Truth began to smoke a Cigarette in a public area. Back in 2006, England decided to make smoking in a public area illegal. That's the reason for why people began chanting "That's Illegal". If people wish to smoke, they must leave the area and stand outside. This law has been in effect since 2006. Just thought that I'd pass it on.

-- Truth apparently tweeted about his heel turn last night after the show – before it aired in the US. He quickly took it down.

-- Kurt Angle claimed that not only did Jeff Jarrett break ribs in their match on Sunday, but that he dislocated his shoulder. He said people needed to see the replay, that it was the Match of the Year, and that it was just as good as his match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania. The Lockdown match, aside from the near-death stupidity, was pretty damn great, but it was nowhere near Angle vs. Michaels at Mania.

-- Colt Cabana and Delirious are doing a Larry Sweeney Tribute Match in Toronto on May 7th. All the info is up here.

-- EVOLVE has their first ever Internet PPV tonight from BB King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd Street (located in Times Square), Manhattan, NY 10036, at 8 PM Eastern, streaming on WWNLive.com. Top matches include Austin Aries vs. Jon Moxley in Moxley's last match before going to WWE, Chuck Taylor vs. Akira Tozawa and Jimmy Jacobs vs. Shiima Xion. They've got a great advance so far. This show is an experiment to see how many people buy on a Tuesday, since there is no other competition, no UFC, no other pro-wrestling, etc., and if Tuesday doesn't work for people they can still grab it On Demand within a few days.

-- Mick Foley on Twitter said it wouldn't hurt to ask TNA if he could go to Raw on May 2nd to help the Rock celebrate his birthday.

-- CM Punk vs. Randy Orton Last Man Standing has been added to Extreme Rules.

-- Tickets for the UFC show June 26th in Pittsburgh with Nate Maquardt vs. Anthony Johnson, Pat Barry vs. Chieck Kongo and Christian Morecraft vs. Matt Mitrione go on sale this Saturday.

-- Despite all the Joe Warren hype, this week's Bellator show on MTV2 did just 132,000 viewers, by far the lowest of the current season.

-- Dave has a look at the Toronto UFC here, not in terms of the line-up, but regarding all the things going into putting the live event together. Everything down to the catering.

-- Perro Aguayo Jr. was released from the hospital this morning in Guadalajara and in fact will be going to his home not another hospital in Mexico City. Perrito will be receiving treatment for the next year and no other details has been released but Perros del Mal will be holding a press conference in the coming days to reveal more details. Thanks to Kris Zellner.

-- Todd Martin interviews Anderson Silva here about his new documentary, Like Water.

-- David Lagana looks at the impetus behind WWE Drafts here.

-- Bieyanka Moore's "Underage" Porn Costarred a Gentleman Named Commando, Was Reportedly Produced by Kimbo Slice's Manager

-- We'll be joined by Violent J of Insane Clown Posse as well as Ben Henderson on two different Figure Four Daily shows today. Dave and I will be up tomorrow evening following the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet, which we're heading down to Las Vegas for. I've also got a new Figure Four Weekly up later today with a nearly 8,000-word look at my memories of Larry Sweeney, and we'll have new Observers (current and back issue) up in the next two days.

-- Anyone interested in booking Shawn Michaels for pretty much anything outside pro-wrestling (or sports entertainment) matches can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Serious inquires only, please.

-- Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson has been added to UFC 134 in Brazil.

-- Lance Storm on RAW Radio here.

-- Best of the Super Junior participants for this year. Block A: Prince Devitt (last year's winner), Koji Kanemoto, Tiger Mask, Taichi, Jado, Davey Richards, Fujita Hayato, Kenny Omega and TJP. Block B: Jushin Liger, KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, Gedo, Great Sasuke, Taka Michinoku, Kota Ibushi, Daisuke Sasaki, and Mascara Dorada.

-- Viva La Lucha: Battleground debuts on Friday, April 29, on cable systems throughout the U.S. and Canada and on Dish Network on Pay Per View and On Demand. Check your listings for times.

-- Timeline: 1985 with Greg Valentine is available now from Kayfabe Commentaries here.

-- Miami-bound John Morrison breaks on through WWE’s walls

-- Miz on Blue Peter in the UK here.

-- D.O.A. Portland Wresting "Bad Company", 4-17-2011, Portland OR at The University Park Communuty Center, Attendance:150: Draven Vargas N/C Ricky Gibson; Draven Vargas, Wesley Todd, & M.J. Aurora d. Ricky Gibson, Dr. Pain, & Lylah Lodge; Patrick Large d. Hellbilly; Kellen Raeth d. Dash Venture; Jonas Albert Robinson & Eric Right d. The Blanchard Brothers;Michael Santiago d. Pure Champion Aaron Bolo to win a future title shot; D.O.A. Champion Quiz d. Nate Andrews, C.J. Edwards, and N.W.A. Canadian Champion Tony Baroni in a Fatal 4-Way match; D.O.A. Tag Team Champions Dr. Kliever & Exile battled JSIN Sullivan & Cole Bishop to a double disqualification; Wade Hess d. Ethan HD

-- I am on Over the Top Radio this week for a show that starts out a train wreck but ends up pretty good here.

-- I am also up with Scott Yager talking MMA, pro-wrestling, UFC, Strikeforce and more here

-- Ross McCutchen said he talked to Tony Atlas about Atlas reportedly no-showing the K&S Wrestlefest Super Saturday event, and Tony said he was never booked for the event, the the promoter talked to him about it a year ago and never since, and that when they did speak last year Tony declined.

-- Saturday night April 30th, NWS returns to the very popular (and frequently sold-out) Brick, NJ Elks Lodge (2491 Hooper Avenue, just off Route 70 & the Brick Plaza, minutes from the Parkway) with a 7:35pm bell time.

-- In the UWC results yesterday, Biggie Biggs actually beat CB4 Bubba, not Legion. Biggs wrestles Legion on the next UWC show.

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