TUES UPDATE: TNA taping notes, possible UFC change, Desmond back, Carwin on Heyman, ROH, more

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We're also looking for reports on the Friday night TNA house show in Monroe, LA, the Saturday night WWE Smackdown show in Lake Charles, LA and New Japan from Sunday in Philadelphia.

Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight in Corpus Christi. There will be an NXT elimination.

We have more on future plans of WWE as well as a current business rundown as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue also runs down the UFC's offering insurance to fighters, the injuries that canceled the Gray Maynard vs. Frankie Edgar main event and a look at the lightweight division going forward, the annual survey on the popularity of pro wrestling and where it has gone up and where it has gone down over the past 12 months, an update on the plight of Chael Sonnen, Nick Diaz as a boxer and the retirement of a Lucha legend.

The issue is up on the site right now. A new back issue from early 1994 was put up yesterday, as was the new Figure Four, and another back issue will be up later 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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Our lead story covers both the WWE's annual shareholders meeting and the quarterly investors conference running down the company's financials. It includes Vince McMahon talking about new business ventures the company is looking at getting into, an example of the type of businesses that fit their goals, how the company's financials are doing compared to the same period last year, updates on how the movie division is doing, exactly how much money WrestleMania was worth last year, how much money Dwayne Johnson added to this year's Mania, details of Johnson's deal for Mania and the single most important thing regarding the company's future.

We also look at the difference between Tough Enough viewers and Raw viewers, why Vince McMahon believes the company needs to target women, more on UFC hurting WWE's PPV numbers, building up stars through wins, UFC vs. boxing and wrestling, why WWE will never admit UFC is competition, Vince talks about the move of Smackdown to Syfy, plans for the WWE Network, more on WWE staying PG, the future of blood in the company, a look at doing themed PPV shows and the company dividend change and if the quarter met the dividend.

We also look at where WWE's revenue come from this year as compared to last year, as well as a look at revenue from house shows, PPV, our quarterly PPV chart looking at both worldwide numbers and domestic numbers, how important the U.K. is to WWE PPV numbers, television rights fees, WWE Classics on demand, WWE home video, toys, video games, magazine and merchandise as well as a look at categories where Rock made a substantial difference that didn't include WrestleMania. We also look at the film division, and how much cash on hand the company feels it would be healthy to have around.

In the look at UFC providing insurance for all contracted fighters, we look at how they went about it, how much insurance there is and what it does and doesn't cover.

We also go into the injuries to Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard and look at the cancellation of the title mach and how that impacts the division. We look at what could be the future plan for the fight and other future key matches in the division.

We also look at the popularity of pro wrestling and how it has increased or decreased over the past year in several different age categories, educational categories, income categories and ethnic categories as well as overall. We look at the sad message the latest surveys show about the wrestling audience as it pertains to the market desirability of the audience.

We also look at Chael Sonnen being suspended again and the story behind it.

We also have an update on John Morrison's neck issues, who it puts pressure on and who many benefit from a push. We also look at Morrison's durability, updated numbers for Fast Five, updated Over the Limit lineup, Chris Jericho talks return, new WWE movies, what popular wrestling role is WWE talking about reviving, why the same angles appear with different people on Raw and Smackdown, rushing talent up too quickly, future of Batista, DVR viewership of WWE shows, notes on FCW, Kevin Dunn's income, C.M. Punk booking, Survivor Series note, Tough Enough note, WWE business notes from the past week as well as highlights from all the weekend house shows.

We also look at Nick Diaz going into boxing, the legend of Tinieblas as well as Pro Wrestling NOAH's last major show.

We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what viewers came and left. We also look at all the national shows, as well as the CBS coverage of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley build.

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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-- No Chyna at today's Impact tapings so it appears she's pretty much done.

-- WWE officially canceled the Johnson City, TN Smackdown house show on June 6th since both brands are expected to be at Raw for the big show with Steve Austin announcing the winner of Tough Enough live.

-- During the NSAC commission meeting this Friday the final subject on the agenda will be whether to install monitors for judges at cageside for future UFC events.

-- Desmond Wolfe is back in TNA – as the new Commissioner of TNA Xplosion, taped for overseas markets. He's still not wrestling.

-- Shane Carwin talks the strengths of Paul Heyman versus other interviewers here.

-- ROH has a big show this weekend, Supercard of Honor VI from Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, 7:30 belltime on May 21st, with Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong for the title, Briscoes vs. All Night Express in a Chicago Streetfight, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Shelton Benjamin, Charlie Haas vs. Davey Richards, Chris Hero vs. Generico, Chris Daniels vs. Colt Cabana, Steve Corino vs. Mike Bennett, Homicide vs. Mike Elgin, Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Bravado Brothers, and Steve Corino's mystery sponsor, which they are teasing will be Kevin Steen, will be revealed.

-- Chris Jericho talks wrestling, Dancing with the Stars and more here. He says the best angle he's ever been involved in was the 2008 storyline with Shawn Michaels.

-- Bobby writes: Regarding the Hogan/Foley skit from Impact last week it was edited by at least 5-7 minutes. The original version had Hogan/Flair/Bischoff come out after the Sangrito match and Foley came out on the ramp and did his promo and introducing Chyna who got a GIGANTIC pop. However, about half an hour later they re-taped it with Jarrett and Karen (the part they used on Impact after the commercial break) with Foley in the ring because Spike wanted Hogan and Foley face to face in the ring according to Mick Foley himself. In the first part Flair mocked Foley on how the hell he wanted people to chant "IMPACT WRESTLING". Flair said nothing the second part. Chyna got only a small pop when she came out for the 2nd time.

-- Strikeforce will partner with local youth organization Boys and Girls Club of Dallas tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. in an event to help prevent bullying. Former UFC heavyweight champion and current Strikeforce main event fighter Josh Barnett and former Dallas Cowboy and current Strikeforce fighter Herschel Walker and staff will be on hand to speak to youths on how to recognize the warning signs of bullying and how to get help. The Boys and Girls Club of East Dallas is located at Charles S. Sharp Building, 4804 Worth St. Dallas, TX 75246

-- D'Angelo Dinero claims he's not leaving TNA, contrary to rumors. Rumors he essentially started, by the way. He worked last night's tapings and won a tourney match on Xplosion for their new Xplosion championship, which is a gimmick where if you win the tourney and become champion you can challenge anyone for any title on Impact. Not sure why they don't just do a tournament on Impact, a show that people actually watch. It's like running a tourney on NXT where the winner gets a shot at any title and then – oh yeah. Oh well.

-- World Championship Fighting announced today that former UFC veteran Dan "The Upgrade" Lauzon will be fighting rising New England MMA star Noah Weisman for the WCF 155lb Lightweight Title in the main event of WCF 11 on June 18th.

-- We've got a great interview with Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse up on the front page for members right now. Besides just talking pro-wrestling and music he has words of wisdom for wrestlers who want to be seen as stars. He also plugs their bi-weekly JCW wrestling shows, which are available at juggalowrestling.com for only $5. Next show is Wednesday night at 4:15 Pacific/7:15 PM Eastern time.

-- DGUSA is giving away 2 pairs of tickets to the EVOLVE card on Friday in Union City, NJ. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to enter with "ticket contest" in the subject. Only one entry per person. The winners will be notified tomorrow morning.

-- Like the new TNA Heavyweight Title (not the Divas belt)? Well, you can own a replica today by heading to Wildcatbelts.com. Wildcat also made Larry Sweeney's ICW/ICWA Texarkana Television Title and a number of other major league belts as well.

-- The first Urban Wrestling Federation TV taping takes place June 3rd at 6:30 PM Eastern at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York with Homicide, Murder One, and a number of rappers including Melle Mel, Red Cafe and Uncle Murda.

-- EMLL announced today that Shinsuke Nakamura would be making his return to Mexico on 5/28 at Arena Mexico and would be hanging around for a month. Thanks to Kris Zellner.

-- Our own Mike Sawyer has produced his first show on his new website talking Tough Enough last night. You can check it out by clicking here. Mike and Oliver will continue doing Tough Talk on this site as well.

-- Tony Nese talks EVOLVE and the New York Wrestling Connection here.

-- Michelle McCool's first post-WWE interview is up on her official site here.

-- CM Punk interview here talking about Mania, WWE, how he hates getting cheered, and more. Full interview will be out in this week's new Fighting Spirit Magazine.

-- Who was the best on interviews of these two?
Steve Austin 53.7%
Roddy Piper 46.3%

What is the real main event for Over the Limit?
Orton vs. Christian 53.4%
Cena vs. Miz 40.1%
Lawler vs. Cole 6.5%

Which upcoming show are you most interested in?
Strikeforce Overeem vs. Werdum 29.4%
WWE Over the Limit 27.1%
UFC 131 Carwin vs. Dos Santos 22.6%
Ultimate Fighter finals Pettis vs. Guida 8.6%
TNA Sacrifice 8.2%
UFC 130 Jackson vs. Hamill 4.1%

-- Round 5 President Damon Lau announced the exclusive collaboration between Round 5 and Bruce Lee Enterprises for the master toy, role-play, and games license for products created under the Bruce Lee banner. The master license acquired by Round 5 will allow the company global rights to create Bruce Lee themed collectibles, toys, and games until 2015.

-- Pro Wrestling Syndicate comes to The Queens Elks Lodge, 8220 Queens Blvd in Elmhurst, New York on Friday, May 27 with ‘Refuse To Lose II’. Autograph signing starts at 7 pm, bell time 8 pm. Also on iPPV at Go Fight Live (GFL.tv).

-- FIP makes it's New York Debut this coming Saturday night in Newburgh, New York at the Ice Time Sports Arena which will be available on IPPV on wwnlive.com. The original Demolition, Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow, are working this show.

-- Awesome Wrestling Entertainment (AWE), presents an AWEsome Night of Legends on Saturday October 15, 2011 at Augusta Expo Hall in Fishersville, VA. This will be the largest legends wrestling event to come to the Shenandoah Valley. DDP and Baby Doll working the show.

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