TUES UPDATE: More from Raw last night including major screw-up they tried to fix, tons of ratings notes, did Barnett vs. Cormier beat Rousey?, indy workers shooting, tons more



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We're looking for your thoughts on last night's Over the Limit PPV as Saturday Strikeforce show on Showtime, 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 from Smackdown tonight in Wilkes-Barre.

We're also looking for reports on the TNA house shows this weekend, the Thursday night show in Hattiesburg, MS, and Friday night in Jackson, MS, as well as Saturday night's ROH show in Richmond, VA.

Both crews leave after TV for shows this coming week in both South America and Mexico, including the company's first show ever in Brazil on Wednesday night in Sao Paulo.

        We've got another double issue week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, between a look at Ring of Honor, the bankruptcy proceedings of K-1, TNA Sacrifice, UFC on Fuel, Border Wars, Nick Diaz, Ric Flair, King Mo, the Hogan family, the John Cena divorce and so much more.

 
        Both issues are already up on the site if you are a web site member.  We also have a new back issue on the site that was put up earlier in the week.
 
        We look at an update on Ring of Honor, talking the current state of their business, the latest iPPV snafu, who could and couldn't watch it, what the problems were, and a reaction of those who stayed home on Saturday night to see Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen and ended up not being able to see it.
 
        We've got notes from Joe Koff, as well as how well the show did, were they hurt by the problems with the iPPVs in March, ROH ratings, where Jim Cornette was, the idea of doing regular PPVs and television specials, plus a match-by-match rundown of the Border Wars show.
 
        We also look at the company which not that many years ago was considered a giant in the industry, looking at the peak moment in popularity of K-1, and its bankruptcy and where it stands.
 
        We look at TNA Sacrifice with our usual coverage of the show, match-by-match, star ratings and poll results.
 
        We've got more on the John Cena divorce, his ex-wife speaks, notes from the WWE Business Partners summit including ideas for new TV shows the company is looking at, why Dustin Runnels were fired by WWE, notes on the new tapings of NXT in Florida, current NXT storylines, Injury updates, Business notes at the past week's WWE shows and rundowns from all the house shows.
 
        We also have more on the FOX rating of UFC and Dana White's video blog on Dave Meltzer, promotion of the show and the first Saturday night sports comparison.
 
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        We also look at what was one of the most successful ratings segments on a WWE television show so far in 2012, as well as the widest ratings variation for TNA in a long time.
 
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        We look at the Nick Diaz situation and his no-showing last week's match with Braulio Estima. 
 
        We also look at Spike TV's decision regarding King Mo Lawal as a two-genre star in wrestling and MMA at the same time.  We look at Lawal's introduction to pro wrestling, the press conference, cross promotional ideas with TNA and Bellator, what they do and don't have in common, the Bellator time slot, Lawal's background and things about his beginnings in pro wrestling that TNA and he are not yet aware of.
 
        We also look at where the idea came from, the questions coming out of this signing and more.
 
        We've also got full coverage of the third UFC on Fuel show, with ratings, business, and match-by-match coverage. 
 
        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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--New Japan Super Junior tournament
 
--Hall of Famer out of action with broken ribs
 
--Former ECW star announces retirement after car accident
 
--A look back at the career of Gorgeous George Jr.
 
--Wrestler convicted of sodomy with a 12 year old girl
 
--Movie doc covers a former WWE star in life after wrestling
 
--The Junior Danny Hodge Trophy winner
 
--Former WWE stars and stars of the Lucha Libre world converge
 
--Update on Ric Flair
 
--Daughters of legends thinking about going into pro wrestling
 
--TNA big surprise
 
--Gail Kim wedding
 
--Hulk Hogan sex tape details
 
--Notes on TNA's return to the U.K.
 
--Ric Flair Hall of Fame story
 
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
 
--Notes on upcoming TNA television
 
--Dana White health update
 
--More on Nick Diaz's court case against the Nevada commission,  how it went and where it goes from here
 
--More on UFC Calgary ticket sales
 
--Another Ultimate Fighter series announced
 
--Notes on Ronda Rousey's return
 
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner retires
 
--Former UFC star runs for state senate
 
--Notes on UFC 147 in Brazil
 
--Lots of new UFC fights announced
 
--Social media with Ronda Rousey
 
--Mother's Day special at Arena Mexico
 
--DragonMania
 
--Future of La Parka
 
--AAA Night of Champions show
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH big show of the month
 
--Misawa Memorial Show
 
--Evolve notes
 
--Notes on Bellator's last show and next show as well as summer plans
 
--Update on a lawsuit regarding WrestleMania 24  
 
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TUESDAY'S NEWS, NOTES & LINKS
 
-- As noted on last night's Observer Radio, it was actually written into the script that John Lauranitis hired Big Show back on Saturday. Yes, the company can't even keep their own storylines straight for six days. What happened was, as soon as Lauranitis said this, a bunch of fans who pay far more attention than the people writing these shows started tweeting about how this made no sense, given the MAIN EVENT ANGLE on Raw last week was the Board of Directors saying that if any WWE superstar interfered Sunday they would be fired. WWE then had Michael Cole do an audible during the Randy Orton entrance explaining that, in fact, only a verbal agreement had been made on Saturday and Show hadn't actually been re-hired until Monday morning. This whole deal was straight out of WCW, which was ironic given that this happened on the same evening that the company publicly announced they're going to three hours in July.

-- As far as the viral "WWE Revolution" campaign, I don't think it's what most people think it is.

-- WWE.com shot a clumsy video of Lauranitis trying to explain himselfafter the screw-up.

-- And speaking of too much product, UFC has four shows in June scheduled, none of which are all that big and none of which are going to do all that well.

-- CM Punk beat Daniel Bryan in the Raw dark match last night with the GTS.

-- There is a fun commercial for No Way Out featuring Daniel Bryan here.

-- The Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Final did 463,000 on Showtime Saturday, a middle of the road number but the best for Strikeforce so far this year. It beat out the Ronda Rousey show by just 30,000 viewers.

-- Bellator did 209,000 viewers for Friday's show, the best of the entire season. It appears the Bellator audience rises and falls based entirely on outside forces, and has almost nothing to do with who is fighting.

-- The latest UFC Primetime (video on our front page), did 544,000 viewers, pretty much in line with what the series has been doing on FX.

-- It was announced that Josh Barnett will also get one more fight in Strikeforce before his future is determined. Showtime demanded that the winner of the Grand Prix fight one more time on Showtime before the heavyweight division is absorbed into UFC since it made no sense for them to put so much into the Grand Prix and then get nothing out of it after it concluded.

-- TCW Wrestling is looking for salespeople and live event promoters around the United States that have experience with wrestling. Those interested can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

-- At the Team Vision Dojo, students can take part in a Hart Dungeon tradition by shooting in the ring with each other. Josh Hess lost the title as Shoot Fight Champion to Cody Hall a few days ago. However, Hall took on Uncanny Scherer (who Hall outweighed by 80 lbs) and tapped out to lose the title. It was on par with Brock Lesnar's first UFC fight where he was beating on Mir but then got leglocked. Hall tapped to a guillotine choke.

-- Last chance to support our own statman Mookiegana as he puts together a book on pro-wrestling statistics. His kickstarter page is up here. At this point he's look at a December printing.

-- Here's my wife's modeling page on Facebook. She just updated her portfolio and there are several Team Viggity-related pictures up as well. She wants to thank everyone who has clicked LIKE so far.

-- The Gracies break down the Zombie/Poirier fight.

-- WWE is under fire for using an offensive song. Apparently "shaking like Parkinson’s" is not politically correct.

-- The Real World celebrates 20 years with a look back at past stars, including Miz. Twenty years. I'm old.

-- Here's the The Ted DiBiase Foundation.

-- Latest SSW Power Hour TV show is here.

-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! "RAISING THE BAR!" Sat, June 2nd, 2012 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702

-- Over the Top Radio talks In Your House here.

-- Chikara is offering a chance to see their next iPPV for free: Our summer spectacular "Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur" will stream out live, worldwide, through the magic of our partners GFL.tv and we'd like YOU to watch it for free! In fact, we're going to find 10 lucky people and give 'em the whole show absolutely free. Wanna get in on this? It's easy. Here's what you need to do to be entered in the giveaway: 1) Make a free account for yourself over at http://www.gfl.tv 2) Tweet about our upcoming iPPV and make sure to mention @CHIKARApro and use the hashtag #CRex when you do. 3) Every day for the next 10 days, we'll find someone who did and hook 'em up with a free viewing of the show! It's that easy!

-- Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’ has been picked up for distribution on Itunes.

What do you think of Nevada's decision on Chael Sonnen?

- Agreed with it 49.3%
- Disagreed with it 50.7%

What did you think of Nevada's decision on Nate Diaz?

- Agreed with it 44.3%
- One year suspension is too long 49.6%
- One your suspension was too short 6.1%

Do you believe Diaz getting a one year suspension makes Overeem's 9 months for steroids look bad?

- Yes 79.5%
- No, the cases are different and it's not just steroids vs. pot 20.5%

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