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We're looking for reports tonight from the Smackdown tapings in Toledo and the Impact tapings in Orlando.  The Smackdown main event is scheduled as Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton & Sheamus.

We're looking for reports on Saturday's CHIKARA shows in Chicago Ridge, IL, Saturday's TNA show in Wenatchee, WA, and any match breakdowns as opposed to nervous breakdowns from the Extreme Reunion show in Chicago.

UFC on Fuel tonight has Best of Pride at 7 p.m. tomorrow as well as UFC Tonight at 10 p.m. and Ultimate Insider at 10:30 p.m.

        A look at booking Brock Lesnar from Extreme Rules and into WrestleMania, the most in-depth look at the Alistair Overeem hearing and the decision made by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the changes in major UFC shows over the past week including, full coverage of UFC 145 and the Cauliflower Alley banquet are just some of the major stories packed into the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.   

 
        The issue will be up on the site tonight along with a back issue from early 1995 also up on the site this week,
 
        Our lead story concerns Brock Lesnar's return to PPV with WWE this week.  We look at the buildup, a comparison with last year's biggest "B" show, numbers "B shows have been doing and how well Lesnar's return can perform.
 
        We also look at why the goals of the wrestlers in this match should be completely different from a usual WWE PPV main event, and why.  We also look at the difference between this Brock Lesnar and the one that was in WWF in 2002-2004.  We look at the Extreme Rules show, keys to the show, the decision to put prelims on You tube and the flaw that was shown by another organization with the same idea. 
 
        We also look at ideas for both SummerSlam and WrestleMania and one idea currently floated for SummerSlam.
 
        We also have full coverage of the Overeem hearings and decision by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  We look at how the decision went down, the testimony, the background of Dr. Hector Molina and media criticism of the decision.
 
        We also look at how the UFC shows have changed with the Overeem and Chael Sonnen situation evaluating the new main events, update on the Brazil show, and what show company officials are talking like they expect to do a monster number with.
 
        We also have full coverage of UFC 145 from Atlanta, with the business notes including early buy rate info, the key parts of the show, match-by-match coverage, payoffs and poll results on the show.
 
        We've also got a look at the 2012 Cauliflower Alley Club banquet and the speeches by people like Steve Austin, Jim Ross, Ricky Steamboat, Wendi Richter, Sgt. Slaughter and others.  We look at the awards, we go back to the famous Slaughter & Kernodle vs. Steamboat & Youngblood mach in Greensboro, how Steamboat started as a pro wrestler, where he got his name, his altercations with Verne Gagne and more. 
 
        We look at Jim Ross talking about his friendship with Steve Austin, while Austin talked about breaking in as a wrestler and the psychology of doing a match, as well as the possibility of wrestling again.
 
        We also look at Chris Jericho's tenure in WWE, the story behind Nikki Bella winning the Divas title and where it goes, more on the current planned start date of the network and a show they are working on, the release of Andy Leavine, David Otunga, the new philosophy in the WWE movie division, why Edge was on Raw, WWE business numbers, Austin talks Mania, change in a finishing move and why WWE champs defending in another promoting, next show in New York, new signing, as well as a look at the final shows of the recent European tour.
 
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        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.
 
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        Also in this week's issue:
 
--Yet another new idea for a pro wrestling tournament
 
--Arena Mexico 56th anniversary show
 
--Update on All Japan Champion Carnival tournament
 
--Update on NOAH tag team tournament
 
--Tatsumi Fujinami 40th anniversary show
 
--A look at highlights of Fujinami's career
 
--Two Japanese sports legends meet in the ring for the first time
 
--President of one of the biggest wrestling companies in the world works as a heel manager on a minor show
 
--Former MMA heavyweight champion signs to make pro wrestling debut next month
 
--Update on Buff Bagwell's injuries
 
--Famous anniversaries in recent weeks
 
--The latest ECW revival attempt
 
--U.S. Olympic trials
 
--New books coming out
 
--Former WWE wrestler now fighting MMA
 
--ROH back on the road
 
--Lockdown PPV estimates
 
--PPV main event being tried out on the road
 
--The last episode and the future of Ring Ka King
 
--Looking at taping TNA television on the road
 
--Update on James Storm
 
--Notes on upcoming TNA television
 
--TNA house show notes
 
--Update on Nick Diaz
 
--UFC signs a champion from Bellator and details behind it
 
--Update on MMA legalization in New York
 
--A look at the next Fuel live special
 
--Update on B.J. Penn
 
--In hindsight, what actually killed Strikeforce as an independent group
 
--Decorated wrestler who once beat Ben Askren signs with UFC
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Coverage of one of the biggest fights in Bellator history
 
--Fedor's next fight updated
 
--Gina Carano tag teams with The Rock
 
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Tuesday News & Links

-- As far as stories of Brock flipping his lid after Extreme Rules on Sunday night, well, he did flip his lid, but how much of that was real and how much of it was a way to convince the other wrestlers that him losing to John Cena was the right call, that's open to speculation. At least part of it, and maybe most of it, was a work on the boys, but there were a few things that Lesnar was legitimately upset about. Perhaps not upset enough to tear a locker room apart over, but upset nonetheless. The company tried to get out word Monday that he'd quit, I guess hoping various websites would report it so everyone would be surprised when he walked out on Raw. Unfortunately, they did a poor job getting the info out, particularly since by the time most of us heard it, we'd also heard that Brock was, in fact, in the building and scheduled to do the show. Dave Meltzer and I have tons of details on what the hell is going on, why the finish of Sunday's PPV was booked the way it was, and more on the new Observer Radio that is up on the site right now.

-- WWE's official explanation of the HHH injury: "Triple H’s arm was placed in a hold that created a tremendous amount of torque on his upper arm and elbow. “He has a non-displaced fracture of distal humorous," said a supposed doctor. "Fortunately, this is not something that needs surgery with pins and screws. We’ll be treating him with a sling for comfort and following with him in the next few days." The idea was for Brock to return for a match with HHH at SummerSlam, but you know how those things go.

-- The Bellas' contract expired and they are now taking convention dates. Their firing angle, which none of you saw since it only aired on Youtube, is available here.

-- Don't forget tickets go on sale this weekend for Sonnen vs. Silva II July 7th at the MGM in Las Vegas. Fight Club presale starts tomorrow, Newsletter presale starts Tuesday and the public can start buying Friday.

-- I did a long audio interview yesterday here talking a bit about Extreme Rules but mostly about the history of Figure Four Weekly and this website.

-- Candice Michelle is having another baby.

-- Smackdown tonight is scheduled to have Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Kane & Daniel Bryan.

-- UFC Tonight on FUEL has UFC CRIBS with Josh Koscheck and more.

-- It is being reported in Mexico that Sin Cara returns when WWE returns to that country later this month.

-- Lance Storm looks at how to book Brock Lesnar after Extreme Rules here. This was written before Raw.

-- Jericho's band Fozzy will be on tour for about a month starting August 15th, so he claims he's missing SummerSlam. At this point, I take anything Jericho says about coming and going with a grain of salt.

-- Terry Leavitt's amazing artistic journey

-- Chris Harrington is doing a kickstarter campaign here to raise money for a book on wrestling stats. I know Chris and this book will be awesome.

-- There is an article on Alex Silva here, who just signed a TNA deal as part of the new Gut Check Challenge.

-- Interesting article here about social media and politics. Basically, Barack Obama has a huge social media following on Facebook and elsewhere, but his social media followers actually donate much less than your average donor on the street. The article does note that "social media may be a particularly effective channel in soliciting smaller donations from wider numbers of users."

-- Jon Jones will be in studio for MMA Uncensored Live this week on Spike following Impact.

-- Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell has been added to UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles on August 4th.

-- Speaking of FOX, there is a UFC on FOX show this Saturday. Really. Promotion has been pretty much non-existent on a large scale. Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller is the headline fight.

-- Well look at this: MOOSE MONROE on WWE.com

-- ROH has a new Best of Kenta DVD out here.

-- Latest TCW television show is up here. The show moves to 1 hour in July.

-- Konnan is doing a new weekly radio show, which should be amazing, and you can check out the first episode here.

-- 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, Chance Prophet and Drake Younger.

-- Live pro wrestling returns to Parramatta RSL for a huge Australasian Wrestling Federation showcase on Saturday 12 May, with 2 massive all ages events set for the one evening.

-- Devon Nicholson talks lawsuits, his challenge to Kurt Angle for an amateur wrestling match, tons more in a new video here.

-- CZWrestling.com - CZW returns to Philadelphia for 'Proving Grounds' JUST $4.99 LIVE ON iPAY-PER-VIEW on May 12 from the Parkwood Youth Organization at 3301 Mechanicsville Road.

-- 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

-- What do you think last night's Raw rating will be?
Under 2.9 8.7%
2.9 4.0%
3.0 21/2%
3.1 29.3%
3.2 18.0%
3.3 9.5%
3.4 5.5%
3.5 1.0%
3.6 0.6%
3.7 or more 2.2%

What fight are you most interested in for May?
Frank Mir vs. Junior Dos Santos 50.5%
Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz 13.9%
Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett 13.0%
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve 7.3%
Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 5.0%
Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks 3.4%
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier 3.0%
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Roy Nelson 2.5%
Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens 1.1%
Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson 0.5%

Who do you think would win this fight?
Jon Jones 69.1%
Anderson Silva 30.9%

If you bought Extreme rules, what best describes your feelings going forward?
Not buying another show with Brock Lesnar 23.1%
I'm buying next month's PPV no matter what, Lesnar or not 18.8%
Could buy another show with Lesnar, depends on the buildup 18.5%
Am buying the next show with Lesnar no matter what 14.5%
I'll buy SummerSlam with Lesnar, not a B show 13.8%
Unlikely to buy the next PPV with Lesnar, but not dead set against it 11.4%

-- HPW Pro Wrestling Saturday May 5th Derby Day Destruction 4-H Fairgrounds Columbus, IN All Tickets $12 Kids 4 &under Free 7 Big Matches With Former WWE Superstar Ironman Rob Conway & NGW Pacific Ladies Champion Lylah Lodge! Flash Flanagan, High Rollers,The Zombie Rob Ramer, Shawn Cook, Ricky Ruckus, Cooter, Donny Idol, Damian Cole, Camron Star, Stompin Steve, Sabatoge Stlyes and much more!! Don't miss this loaded show!

-- There is a new gigantic 300-plus page book about 1PW up for sale here.

-- JR talks Extreme Rules and more here.

Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?