MON. UPDATE: Lots of news on tonight's Raw, WWE injuries, New possible feud, GSP injury, Angle



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        We're looking for reports on both the Raw tapings tonight in Miami, with dark matches and Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show.   We're also looking for reports from the Impact tapings tonight in Orlando.
 
        We're also looking for reports on Friday night's TNA house show in Biloxi, MS.
 
        Tuesday has the unique situation with WWE taping Smackdown and TNA taping Impact both in Orlando on the same night.
 
        A complete guide to the WWE 2011 draft is our lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We have a depth chart looking at babyfaces and heels on both rosters, notes on the biggest stars not involved, part-timers, an update on C.M. Punk, and a rundown of all 28 performers who are changing rosters and which moves are good, bad or indifferent.
 
        We also have an interesting look at WWE's ability to create stars and upward mobility of talent in looking at every player on the roster and what it shows about the booking since WrestleMania 26.
 
        We also have the official numbers for WrestleMania 27, and what was and wasn't true about the announcements that night.  We look at where the shows stands in the all-time records and whether or not WWE really did or didn't set any kind of records in the Georgia Dome.
 
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        We also look at one of the biggest news stories of 20 years ago, but something almost unknown, the only major pro wrestling strike and what it said about unionization of pro wrestlers.  This was a news story at its time so big it was front page news in Mexico and even got wire service coverage in the U.S. at a time when there was little coverage of pro wrestling.  It goes back to Mexico, fears of Mexican wrestling becoming like U.S. wrestling, as we look back at the death of Manny Guzman, at one time one of the most powerful men in the industry, why a strike was called, what happened, as well as the end results of both the strike and the union, as well as the end of Guzman's power.
 
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        We've got notes on Dwayne Johnson's movie career and early hints about how Fast Five will do, as well as information on how Chris Jericho fared behind the scenes on "Dancing with the Stars."
 
        We also look at how the laws in one of the countries on the recent WWE tour led to several performers not being able to perform on two shows.
 
        We also look at what the WWE booking direction was before the draft, more on what words can and can't be said in foreign WWE broadcasts, update on injuries to both Jim Ross and Michael Cole, as well as some very interesting notes about delayed viewing of two recent WWE television shows and what that says about the amount of people watching the go-home and post Mania Raw shows.
 
        Bret Hart talks about WWE eliminating the word "wrestling," John Morrison talks about what he needs to get to the top, lots more on Tough Enough including the wrestler on the show who needed crutches to walk but gutted it out on Raw a few weeks back, as well as the marketing of the retired Shawn Michaels by WWE,  PPV name change, some more people in negotiations with WWE, as well as the business notes from the European tour and a look at the highlights of most of the shows on tour.
       
        We also look at an update on Extreme Rules, a note on when Senator Richard Blumenthal was asked this week about the WWE independent contractor vs. employee classification of wrestlers,
 
        We also look at the serious aggravated assault charge against Charly Manson, what happened, and why he probably won't be wrestling for a while.
 
        We also look at one of the highest rated matches in the last 30 years and how the two participants, one retired, and the other under contract with UFC, are going to do a match to benefit the Japanese earthquake relief fund.
         
        We've also got a look at how one of the biggest UFC bouts of 2011, Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, fell apart with notes on Jones' condition, why Phil Davis got the shot instead of others in the main event and more on UFC's second foray into Philadelphia and a look at the light heavyweight division. 
 
        We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw the past two weeks Impact did and what viewers came and left. We look at several troubling issues in the recent ratings. 
 
        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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--Besides the appearances tonight of Mae Young, Ron Simmons and Lilian Garcia, to the surprise of almost nobody backstage there is a giant birthday cake saying "Happy Birthday  Rock" or something along those lines.  John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE title is tonight's main event.  One of the bigger ratings of the year is expected for tonight's show.  Wrestlers from both brands are scheduled.  A dark match has Cena & Randy Orton & Rey Mysterio & Christian vs. C.M. Punk & the Miz & Cody Rhodes & Alberto Del Rio.  The Miami Heat dancers will be performing and Pitbull will also be performing.
 
--Injuries from last night included Brodus Clay needing staples in the back of his head.  Christian was also pretty banged up from the ladder match.  Jim Ross' broken hand was hurting.  Nobody is expecting to miss any time. 
 
--Michael Cole and Beth Phoenix had a twitter war so that could be building up a future program.
 
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--Mixed bar reports in the U.S. regarding crowds at UFC 129.  Some up, most above average, and some down.  One place in Pennsylvania saw the crowd about half usual because the cover charge was raised from $5 to $10 after UFC raised the price to the bar.  
 
--GSP's injury was diagnosed as internal bleeding from the eye and he is expected to make a full recovery from it.
 
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--Speaking of Lilian Garcia, she was on The Dr's TV show that aired today.  There was a segment where an audience member volunteered to get manscaped and waxed and it was Garcia's husband.  They showed her in the crowd laughing as they were going through it and mentioned that was his wife (thanks to Mike Nason)
 
--A press conference today in Boston with Boston University and Chris Nowinski's Sports Legacy Institute announced the study of the brain of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, who committed suicide in February revealed he had chronic traumatic encephaloopathy (CTE).  Given his own making sure his brain was donated to SLI would, his behavior at the end of his life and his years in the NFL would have made it a surprise if he didn't have CTE.
 
--A story on  Big Show doing an episode of "Burn Notice" this coming season as a heel, described as a "low-IQ lowlife who works as a hired hand or more dangerous foes."  His character was listed as 6-6 and 300 pounds with a long rap sheet.  Why are they underplaying his size to that degree?  Usually it's the other way around.
 
--Jeff Blatnick, Rashad Evans, Kurt Angle, Dan Gable, Rulon Gardner, Tom Brands, Kendall Cross and recent NCAA champs Anthony Robles, Darion Caldwell and Bubba Jenkins will be on hand with a number of actors and NFL stars for the Times Square U.S. vs. Russia wrestling meet on Thursday night.
 
--A video of Big Show talking with Brian Fritz about his relationship with Undertaker, when he knew he was being drafted (like the second his name was called), Rock returning, Edge retiring and even Dancing with the Stars at http://blip.tv/play/AYK4gjIC
 
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--Lance Storm talks about how people are too sensitive about wrestling in regards to the angle that led to Fit Finlay being fired at http://www.stormwrestling.com/042811.html
 
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--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 14.9%
Good 54.5%
Average 19.8%
Fair 6.6%
Poor 4.1%
        37.6% of those appearing didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 16.0%
Good 12.3%
Average 17.0%
Fair 11.3%
Poor 43.4%
        47.3% of those appearing didn't see the show
 
--How many rounds do you think Jake Shields won against GSP?
0 39.4%
1 39.1%
2 15.8%
3 5.7%
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Tough Enough 26.6%
Raw 24.9%
Countdown to UFC 129 9.2%
Impact 9.2%
Prime Time:  St. Pierre vs. Shields 9.2%
Smackdown 7.5%
Ultimate Fighter 4.6%
AAA 2.3%
CMLL 2.3%
Inside MMA 2.3%
MMA Live 1.7%
 
--Should Mark Hominick get a rematch with Jose Aldo?
Yes 55.7%
No 44.3%    
 
 
--In Your Face Wrestling on 6/25 in Ballston Spa, NY    
 
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 5/21 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditroium.
 
--Wrestlefest 2011 on 5/21 in Newark, CA at the Pavilion is an autograph show with Jimmy Snuka, Tony Atlas, Sean Waltman, Honky Tonk Man, Nasty Boys, Lanny Poffo, Bret Hart, DDP, Jimmy Hart, Amber O'Neal, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Ted DiBiase, Jim Neidhart, Sara Del Rey, Kevin Nash, Generation Me and Virgil scheduled to appear.
 
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--Wrestlers listed for the first UWF PPV this summer are Homicide, Ruckus, Slyck Wagner Brown, Joel & Wil Maximo, Murder One, Rasche Brown, Scorpio Sky, E.C. Negro, K.C. Blade Brian XL, Ricky Ortiz (former WWE wrestler), Grim Reefer, Qeenan Creed, Dope, Lance Lude, Bestia 666 and Eddie Carnage.
 
--The Steve Austin movie "Hunt to Kill" has been released on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--CHIKARA is doing a tribute to Larry Sweeney with a 12 Large tournament on 5/21 in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center with Claudio Castagnoli, Jigsaw, Sara Del Rey, Fire Ant, Brodie Lee, Vin Gerard, Hallowicked, Icarus, Ultramantius Black, Amasis and Mike Quackenbush as they battle in a tournament to crown the first CHIKARA champion.
 
--Reader John Nicoll noted Michael Cole using the word "wrestling" last night during Alberto Del Rio's ring entrance.  They were talking about his Greco-Roman background, and the term is believed to be okay when describing the sport of wrestling.
 
--A story on a web site that combats piracy of things, including Colt Cabana's recent Wrestling Road Diaries DVD, is at http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/05/02/050211-apps-technews-piracy-1-2/  The story quoted Sal Hamoui who believes piracy costs Evolve and  Full Impact Pro several hundred thousand dollars annually.  
 
--Next Level Wrestling on 5/12 in Knoxville at The Zone Sports Complex with Paul Birchill, Rob Conway, Nick Dinsmore, Mike Mondo, Cliff Domino Compton and current Strikeforce fighter Ovince St. Preux.
 
--A story  about the Half Pints Brawler promotion that was on Spike is at http://www.pitch.com/2011-04-28/news/half-pint-brawlers-midget-wrestling-kato/
 
--The Fight Network video but together by Robin Black and Wai Ting on Mark Hominick is at http://vimeo.com/23032002
 
--A 10 man War Games headlines the 5/8 CWE show in Winnipeg at Rockbar on Pembina Highway.  Also on the undercard is Nick Eugene Dinsmore and WWE contracted talent Illena vs. Jordyn Brooks in a battle of Lance Storm trained women.
 
--WWEClassic.com have uploaded May videos with a Latino theme, with a lot of matches with Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio, as well as the final WCW Clash of the Champions, Viva Las Divas, a Trish Stratus vs. Melina match from 2005 and the Christian vs. Edge ladder match. 
 
--NWS on Saturday night in Brick, NJ:  Mike Dennis b Bobby Youngblood, Spyral b Manuel Manny Moore, Slayer b Joey Janela, Chris D'Andrea b A.C. Kewl, The Equalizer & J.D. Smoothie & Nicky Oceans DDQ Ali & Illegal Outer Space Alien & Steve Zapf, Johnny 'Ringo b Rocco Dorsey, Ray Ray Marz b Judas Young, Carlito b Danny Inferno
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Sir Bradley Charles b Darin Corbin, Branden Juarez NC Darren Russell, Shawn Nautilus b Supafli & Sean Cruz, Matty Star b Zac James & Ryan Slade, Jimmy Rockwell b Mad Dog McDowell-COR, Arik Cannon b Zack Sabre Jr., Brian Gott & Derek Cornell b Joey Daniels & Zach Thompson, Angelus Layne b Joey Daniels-DQ, Preston Maxwell b Abu Colossus, Jaysin Strife & David Clark b Tony Cortez & Akira Tozawa    
 
--Eastern Wrestling Alliance on Friday night in Feeding Hills, MA at the Springfield Turnverein.
 
--NWS on 5/6 in Manville, NJ at the VFW Hall featuring Kurt Angle, Carlito and Smith Hart, and 5/7 in North Middletown, NJ at St. Catherine's Church Gym with Carlito, Kurt Angle and Smith Hart there as well.
 
--Our condolences to Kevin Martin, who wrestles as Corey Havoc.  His father died on Saturday night.  He got the word just as the NWS wrestling show was about to start.  Martin performed at the show, not letting on that anything was wrong.
 
--AAW on 5/13 in Merrionette, Park, IL featuring Sabu, Shane Douglas, Stevie Richards, Nova, Blue Meanie, plus Alex Shelley vs. Michael Elgin, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Arik Cannon, Zero Gravity vs. Irish Airborne, and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins will also appear.
 
--Great North Wrestling on 5/14 in Hawkesbury, ONT with Devon Nicholson and Jim Duggan headlining.
 
--Florida Underground Wrestling on 5/3 at the Gasoline Alley Cafe in Largo, FL with Bruce Santee vs. Fidel Sierra.

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