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--Talk of creation of a new Mistico and a new Rey Misterio Jr.
--Update on Perro Aguayo Jr. and his cancer
--AAA vs. TNA in-ring feud that starts this week, who will be there and future direction
--How Charly Manson gave the police officers such a bad beating
--How Manson was treated while in prison and how he got out
--Dragon Gate's big singles tournament of the year
--NOAH's European tour shows
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--Return of two of 1982-83's biggest and most lucrative feuds nearly 30 years later
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--More on the Shane Helms motorcycle accident
--The sad situation revolving around the end of Scott Hall
--CHIKARA Pro's title tournament
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--Health issues plague famous referee
--Unique tournament idea and how it worked
--A look at the ROH shows in Dearborn and Toronto
--TNA Sacrifice complete lineup
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--Mick Foley fund raising
--Why Chyna got called to come in
--Bound for Glory potential main event
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--Update on Georges St. Pierre's eye issue
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--UFC fighter retires
--Legal battle between former UFC stars
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Zuffa fighter talks steroids in MMA competition
--Brock Lesnar's drawing power and the next stadium show
--UFC star credits pro wrestling mentor for getting him in and teaching him his best hold
--Bellator coverage including plans for the rest of 2011
--NHL star making MMA debut
--Former UFC fighter arrested and another suspended
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--Tonight's Impact is very important because they've promised a new philosophy and if some change isn't apparent with it, the entire campaign they've started will be worth very little. The problem is you would want to do that hopefully while bringing in new talent that can make wrestling matter, and we've heard no talks in that direction.
--For now, the company is keeping the TNA name, as noted in the material sent yesterday. They are promoting the "Wrestling Matters" them all across their platforms. The company has also bought billboards all over Stamford with the "Wrestling Matters Again" tag line. I mean, seriously. One is a block from WWE headquarters.
--Tonight is also the Raw go-home show, although the main events are pretty clear for Sunday's Over the Limit show with John Cena vs. The Miz in an I Quit match for the WWE title, Randy Orton vs. Christian for the World title, Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole, R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio and Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the IC title.
--MVP won the IWGP IC title tournament yesterday in Philadelphia beating Toru Yano in the finals. Togi Makabe pinned Rhino in a street fight as the other main event. We heard another strong show. New Japan right now puts on really good major shows, but they are limited by a depressed Japanese not just wrestling scene but it seems like many formerly popular sports have no interest with the next generation.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering both the Raw and Impact tapings with Wrestling Observer radio. You can also e-mail in questions for tonight's show at
--A correction on the Paul Heyman doing interview coaching. It was the production company that made the call to use him. Spike TV had nothing to do with it.
--The Fight Network sent out a press release saying it has English broadcast rights to Tough Enough in Canada starting 5/23 at 7 p.m. where it will air the first two episodes. They will air two episodes in a row every Monday from 7-9 p.m. before Raw, and repeat 9-11 p.m. Wednesday and 5-7 p.m. Sunday.
--Best TV show of the last week:
Tough Enough 23.3%
Ultimate Fighter 4.4%
MMA Live 2.4%
Inside MMA 2.0%
--Best on Interviews
Mick Foley 59.8%
Jake Roberts 40.2%
--Poll on Bellator
78.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--What next Zuffa main event are you most interested in
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem 27.8%
Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin 25.1%
Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis 21.3%
Urijah Faber vs Dominick Cruz 18.7%
Rampage Jackson vs. Matt Hamill 6.1%
Nate Marquardt vs. Anthony Johnson 1.0%
--Evolve announced a style vs. style tournament for 5/20 at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ airing on live iPPV at http://www.WWNlive.com
. It's a one night tournament with first round matches of Rich Swann (Rich Swann style, which is the pro wrestling equivalent to Joe Son Do) vs. AR Fox (High-Flying), Tony Nese (standing combat) vs. Jon Davis (power), Brodie Lee (super heavyweight) vs. Sami Callihan (hard hitting) and Austin Aires (hybrid) vs. Bobby Fish (Puroresu Jr. heavyweight).
--The movie "Memphis Heat" debuts theatrically on 6/17 in Nashville at the Belcourt Theater. The movie got great reviews and had a successful three week movie run in the Memphis market. The movie covers the days of Sputnik Monroe and Billy Wicks to the early 80s with Jerry Lawler and Jimmy Hart.
--Luckily for Raw there is no NBA game tonight and next week they are up against Dallas vs. Oklahoma City and not the Heat vs. Bulls. However, Over the Limit will go against game three of the Heat vs. Bulls.
--Not that it really matters because TNA doesn't do much PPV business, but they weren't helped going against the Heat vs. Bulls and a Yankees vs. Red Sox game. The Heat vs. Bulls did a 7.4 metered market overnight rating.
--IPW UK and Pro Wrestling NOAH from last night in Sittingbourne, Kent, UK: Terry Frazier b Bobby Fish, Danny Garnell b James Mason, Kotaro Suzuki b Marty Scrull, Mark Haskins b Juventud Guerrera, Atsushi Aoki b Joel Redman, Sha Samuels won the British heavyweight title in a three-way over champion Dave Mastiff and Takeshi Morishima. (thanks to Andy Quildan)
--Colt Cabana vs. Christopher Daniels has been added to Saturday night's ROH Supercard of Honor in Chicago.
--Crossfire Entertainment Tribute to the Fairgrounds on Saturday night in Nashville before 807 fans: L.T. Falk b Damien Payne, Abriella b Miss Rachel, Maddox Brothers b Diamonds in the Rough, Arrick Andrews b Jocephus, Brian Christopher & Boogie Woogie Boy b Chris Hamrick & Kevin White, Hammerjack b Shane Williams, B.G. James & Wolfie D b Doug Gilbert & Tommy Rich, Jerry Lynn b Simon Dean, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson b Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton. The crowd gave both teams a standing ovation after the match. Next show is 8/20 with Jerry Lawler, Raven and Cassidy Riley, plus Jerry Lynn vs. Kid Kash (who jumped Lynn after his match with Simon Dean). (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--The Wrestlelicious promotion announced a partnership with Union Square Entertainment. In the press release, Wrestlelicious, an all-female promotion patterned after the 80s GLOW TV show, said they had a letter of intent "from a Viacom-owned cable network" to broadcast new episodes on 2011.
--Andre Davis is now facing nine more counts of sexual conduct with at last four individuals in January and February while being HIV positive and not informing them. Davis had already been indicted on counts involving 12 women in Hamilton country and these new indictments are in Warren County. Davis wrestled for HWA in Cincinnati for a number of years and had several bloody matches, so a lot of guys who worked with him when this news broke had to check to see if they were not infected.
--The 5/27 Tuff N Uff show, which is an MMA show the night before UFC 130 in Las Vegas, has been moved to the Cox Pavilion, headlined by Matt Church (5-0) vs. David Jordan (6-0).
--The live show at Wrestlefest 2011 at the Newark, CA Pavilion on Saturday night features Kevin Nash & X-Pac vs. Jason Styles & Ryan Von Kool, Amber O'Neal & Sassy Stephie vs. Sara Del Rey & Davina Rose, Nasty Boys vs. Dustin Ardine & Vinny Poochanelli, Honky Tonk Man vs. Shane Kody, Lanny Poffo vs. Aaron Solo plus Tony Atlas will wrestle on the show. There will also be a autograph show in the afternoon with a number of names including Bret Hart, Don Muraco, Jimmy Snuka and Bill Apter.
--Brandon Vera is doing a seminar at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Camp Springs, MD at his trainer Lloyd Irvin's MMA Academy.
--KSW, the leading MMA promotion in Poland, runs this coming Saturday night in Gdansk, Poland at the Ergo Arena with Mariusz Pudzianowski, coming off destroying Butterbean in his last fight, faces James "Exploding Ear against Kimbo" Thompson, plus Mamed Khalidox of Poland faces Matt Lindland.
--Josh Barnett is running a metal concert on 5/26 in Hollywood at the House of Blues to raise money for the American Red Cross in Japan, since Barnett has a strong connection to Japan, where he has both fought and wrestled. Barnett was a huge fan of the UWFI promotion in Japan before he became a fighter, and was a longtime fan of Japanese pro wrestling in general. Tickets are $15 and All Shall Perish, Animals as Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, Abysmal Dawn, Internal Corrosion and Thrown into Exile will perform at the show.
--Bill Goldbeg will be appearing at the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con on 6/18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The event will feature more than 300 celebrities including Billy Dee Williams.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling has another iPPV show on Wednesday night from the Modern Exchange in Southgate, MI with Sonjay Dutt vs. Jimmy Jacobs and 2 Tuff Tony vs. Butler Geeves for the JCW title as the main events.
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 100 fans in the first show since the transition of owners from Jerry Palmer to Franklin Dove: Gunner (TNA) b Chris Mayne, Aden Chambers b Jacob Ashworth to keep the Young Lion's title, Anthony Henry & Dustin Knight b Casey Kage & Brian Rivers to keep the Anarchy tag titles, Shaun Tempers b Caprice Coleman in a North American title tournament match, Bo Newsome b Skirra Corvus, Brodie Chase b Shaun Tempers in 4 seconds to keep the TV title, Kimo b Stryknyn-DQ, Shadow Jackson b Jacoby Boykins to keep the Anarchy heavyweight title, Murder One & A.J. Steele b Steven Walters & Caprice Coleman to keep the tag titles. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--NWA Chattanooga on 5/20 at Soddy Daisy Middle School headlined by Jimmy Rave vs. Seth Delay.
--The CZW Tournament of Death on 6/25 in Townsend, DE has announced Dysfunction, Masada, Necro Butcher, Jaki Numzawa and Masahi Takeda.
--The New York Times at http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/he-saw-plelty-before-the-bout-not-so-much-during-it/?emc=eta1
has a veru good story on Al Vass, who was a wrestler and later a referee in the New York area from 1961 to 1991, noting he's now a security guard at the St. George public library in Staten Island. He has photos of himself refereeing names like Argentina Rocca, Dr. Jerry & Eddie Graham through the era of Andre the Giant, Jimmy Snuka, John Studd and Lou Albano. He said he was spotted after winning a bodybuilding contest in 1960 by Abe Coleman.
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Marysville, WA: Kellen Raeth b C.J. Edwards, Exile b Big Ugly, Dash Venture won three-way over Christopher Ryseck and Home Boy Quiz, Malia Hosaka b Lylah Lodge, Nate Andrews b Draven Vargas, Damon James b Azul Angel, Dr. Kliever & J-Sin Sullivan b Jeremy & Bubba Blanchard to win the tag titles. Next show is 5/28 at the Pacific Rim Restaurant.
--Dory Funk Jr. returns to St. Louis on Saturday night at the East Carondelet Community Center, teaming with Danny Boy Hawkins & Gary Jackson vs. Ron Powers (who worked for a number of promotions in the 80s including World Class) & Kevin X & Sean Vincent. On Friday night there will be a meet and greet with Funk Jr. at the Community Center at 8 p.m. For more info call 618-286-339.
--NWA Rampage from Sunday in Warner-Robins, GA: Tigre Guerrero b Gabriel Xavior, Bobby Moore b Aaron Epic, Cru Jones & Shaun Banks b Caleb Konley & Cedric Alexander, Dark City Fight Club & Murder One & A.J. Steele b Jimmy Rave & Corey Hollis & Chip Day & Sal Rinauro, Kyle Matthews & Frankie Valentine b Sal Rinauro & Jeremy Vain, Corey Hollis b J-Rod as part of the North American title tournament, Dark City Fight Club b Murder One & A.J. Steele to keep NWA tag titles (thanks to Bill Behrens)
--There were three North American title tournament matches over the weekend. Kyle Matthews beat Chip Day on 5/13 in Piedmont, AL, Shaun Tampers beat Caprice Coleman on the NWA Anarchy show and Hollis beat J-Rod on the NWA Rampage show. Tempers vs. Hollis takes place on 5/20 in Soddy Daisy, TN at NWA Chattanooga, and Matthews vs. Ace Rockwell takes place on 5/28 at the NWA Anarchy show in Cornelia, GA.