TUES UPDATE: Overeem, Sonnen vs. Silva, latest UFC 146 card, Beth Phoenix injury update, Brock vs. Fedor almost happened, Richards vs. Elgin on DVD now, tons more

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We're also looking for reports on WWE shows from Saturday night in Antwerp, Belgium, TNA from Saturday night in Estero, FL, WWE from Thursday in Cardiff, Wales and Toulouse, France and Wednesday in Milan, Italy,

We're also looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown and NXT tapings in Grand Rapids, MI.

This Week's Observer: The Business Of Wrestlemania 28

A look at the complete business numbers from WrestleMania 28 and how it compares with the biggest shows in wrestling history, as well as a look at past WrestleManias and how much mainstream interest there was, is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The issue is up on the site today along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week.

The article look at the total gross revenue on the show, an update on PPV numbers on the show, early estimates of North American numbers, plans for next year's show in New Jersey, the possible main event and what will determine it, how TV ratings and pay-per-view numbers relate, a list of the seven biggest worldwide PPV shows in history, what things helped this year's number, comparing the number with a big boxing or MMA show, as well as record shows in boxing and MMA.

We compare the interest with the early WrestleManias and the difference in PPV interest in that era, Hogan vs. Andre, Hogan vs. Savage and more.

We also have more on the UFC and steroid testing, including Dana White's remarks regarding the company doing random tests, the usage of TUE's, the Alistair Overeem situation, Dos Santos talks about fighting Overeem, Dos Santos talks drug testing, and the comments by Ben Askren and Dana White.

We also have a look at TNA Lockdown, the lack of crowd heat, the Roode vs. Storm angle and finish, early look at interest, attendance, Kurt Angle's situation plus match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings for all of the matches.

We have an update on the WWE Network, the 1000th episode of Raw, the potential of a draft, the Extreme Rules card, Brock Lesnar's special deal, The Rock to host a TV show and the Mick Foley/Dean Ambrose angle. We look at other being brought to the main roster, Daniel Bryan talks the "Yes" chants, his thoughts on WrestleMania, admits where he got the chant from, WWE vs. Indies and more.

We also have developmental news, updates on Terry Taylor and Fit Finlay, notes on WWE's return to Japan, beauty queen says she's got a WWE project, DVR viewing of Raw, next European tour and a look at the highlights of the current European tour.

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We also look at UFC's debut in Stockholm, including ratings, attendance, what's next for Alexander Gustafsson, crowd reactions and match-by-match coverage with poll results.

We've got notes on where the Nick Diaz case stands as well as his lawyers argument on why Diaz should not be suspended.

We've got our weekly Friday night ratings notes and what the Smackdown rating says.

We also have our in-depth look at the ratings of the national shows, including how every segment of Raw and Impact did, what gained in audience, and what lost in audience.

We also have our weekly features with the results from the major events held around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of the major television shows.

Also in this week's issue:

--More on a huge indie show that sold out a major arena and what was the reason
--Latest from Arena Mexico
--Former WCW star will go back to his 90s identity
--Two proteges of Lance Storm debut in AAA
--Jeff Jarrett's return to Mexico against two former WCW stars
--Tell Joseph Park that Abyss has resurfaced
--All Japan jr. tag title tournament finishes
--Next big All Japan show
--NOAH title matches over the past week
--Update on the NOAH tag team tournament
--Members of the 2012 Best of the Super Junior tournament
--Update on whether pro wrestling will be allowed in Oklahoma
--What was the issue in it temporarily being shut down
--Sports Illustrated on Jay Strongbow and notes on him
--Shane Douglas tries to revive the spirit of ECW one more time and notes on his first show
--Autobiographies of two major stars have just come out
--Notes from WrestleReunion in Toronto
--Why WrestleReunion is closing up shop
--Update on Bruno Sammartino
--Jack Brisco teamed with Dory Funk Jr. at least twice
--Former UFC heavyweight making his pro wrestling debut
--One of the biggest stars of the 90s looks to be doing an autobiography
--Notes on the Border Wars ROH iPPV from Toronto
--More on Kurt Angle pulling out of the Olympic trials and the publicity it got
--Notes on TNA after the TNA and Spike meetings last week
--Some television changes
--What Dixie Carter would like to do differently
--Update on the Ring Ka King promotion and what TNA star is about to get married on Ring Ka King TV
--Notes on future TNA storylines
--Problems for the fighters training for the May 26 UFC show
--Problems with the UFC going to Rio de Janeiro in June
--Idea of UFC doing several developmental promotions
--Bad news for UFC when it comes to mainstream opinion in New York
--What age groups like and hate UFC
--More on the Jones vs. Evans fight
--UFC legend talks about wanting to try WWE
--Notes on court cases for pirating UFC being settled out of court
--New UFC fights
--Chael Sonnen starts a new business
--World champion may be leaving the promotion without losing his title
--The return of K-1 and Mirko Cro Cop fighting again
--Lots of notes from the Super Fight League in India behind the scenes including a brawl
--Why Frank Trigg was fired from HDNet
--A fighter worth paying attention to overcoming a handicap

Tuesday News, Notes & Links

-- The NSAC voted to deny Alistair Overeem a conditional license, but did say that he would be allowed to re-apply in nine months from the date of his failed test (early December, meaning he could work the big end of year New Year's UFC show) as opposed to the usual one-year licensing reapplication denial. Dave and I have an audio update on the situation.

-- Dana White said Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko was actually very close to happening at one point. (Thanks to Josh Nason and others.)

-- The very latest on Beth Phoenix's injury is that it was, in fact, a worked ankle injury as had originally been speculated last night based on the direction planned several weeks back.

-- So after all the shuffling, UFC 146 in Vegas looks to be:

- Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir for the heavyweight title
- Antonio Silva vs. Cain Velasquez
- Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Roy Nelson
- Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic
- Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve


- Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins
- Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller
- Paul Sass vs. Jacob Volkmann
- Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig
- Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira
- Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda

-- MMA Junkie has an article quoting Keith Kizer of the NSAC, who says that Chael Sonnen has served his time, come clean about some dishonesty in the past and thus, he shouldn't have an issue getting licensed for the Anderson Silva fight in July.

At the UFC press conference today announcing Silva vs. Sonnen for July 7th in Vegas, White said it would be great if they could put together Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson for Calgary, but nothing was close to being signed.

-- The UFC Prelims on FX did 1.6 million viewers, a record on that station for UFC.

-- Bellator, in the meantime, did a wretched 109,000 viewers for what some called the best show of the year and for what was the biggest event of the season with Eddie Alvarez facing Shinya Aoki in the main event. That's down over 30% from last week.

-- The Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin match, which unless something absolutely mind-blowing occurs is probably easily Match of the Year for 2012, is now available on DVD.

-- Former NFL star kills himself after lifetime of depression 'brought on by concussion during career'. This is at least the second such death this year.

-- UFC Ultimate Insider tonight on FUEL looks at Junior dos Santos' first title defense in UFC 146 by taking a look back at his best highlights of his career. "The current heavyweight champion shares his best knockout, toughest opponent, and discloses the only fighter he was actually scared to face in the Octagon." We'll also get an update on Georges St. Pierre and more.

-- Here's a story on Colin Farrell who stars in Dead Man Down, co-produced by WWE Films.

-- Mean Gene wants to work next year's WrestleMania.

-- From Twitter: Steve Austin on Andy Leavine and his release from WWE: Big Andy won Tough Enough. All day long and twice on Sunday. Thanks for your passion and opinions. Like it or not...He won. End of story.

-- If you're into this sort of thing, images from the Hulk Hogan sex tape are available.

-- Absolute Intense Wrestling Presents The J.T Lightning Invitational Tournament May 11th& 12th Live From The Historic Turners Hall 7325 Guthrie Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102 Tickets:$20 per day

-- IWA East Coast will be in Clendenin, WV at the middle school on Friday May 4 at 8pm headlined by Rhino vs BJ Whitmer. Also appearing include Mad Man Pondo, Drake Younger, Chance Prophet and much more!

-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Presents DIVIDE & CONQUER! Sat, May 5th, 2012 Greater Newark Boys’ & Girls’ Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702

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