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Impact tonight on Spike:

- Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy no DQ, no time limit for TNA title
- Alex Shelley & Shannon Moore vs. Austin Aries & Zema Ion
- Battle Royal for shot at Gail Kim's Knockouts title
- There is also a Bobby Roode/Sting angle and the return of Ric Flair.

Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Insider at 8 p.m. and a second show at 8:30 p.m., an Unleashed show at 10 p.m. and a replay of last night's card starting at midnight.

WWE Superstars tonight:

- Mason Ryan vs. Jack Swagger
- Primo & Epico vs. Santino Marella & Alex Riley
- Maxine vs. Aksana

This Week's Observer: Nick Diaz, Inside The Elimination Chamber

The saga of Nick Diaz, his future, and a look at his track record, as well as coverage of Vince Russo being out of TNA, the new IWGP champion, coverage of the TNA and New Japan PPVs, and the latest on Rock, Cena and the road to WrestleMania leads off this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer.

The new issue is up on the web site right now, as is a back issue from 1994.

We look at the plight of Diaz, what his pot use has cost him so far in his career, notes on his failed test, when it was administered, and what the test showed.  We look at the idea of pot testing, what is next for Diaz as far as protocol, possible suspensions, prior athletes in Nevada who have tested positive twice for pot, as well as how this affects Carlos Condit.

We've got more on PPV buys for Diaz vs. Condit, why Condit was agreeable to the rematch and what happens next.  We also look at how Georges St. Pierre fits into this story.  We look at UFC disciplinary problems of the past, the background of how Diaz's UFC career has gone to date, as well as a blow by blow of Diaz's track record from 2006 to the present.  We also look at other major stars who have tested positive twice.

We've also got the background of what happened to Vince Russo, how it changes TNA, Russo's background with the company dating back to 2002 and why he left.

We also look at the 2013 WrestleMania and early plans, more Rock television appearances, Elimination Chamber updates and how the replacement for Randy Orton went down as well as a look at the Orton  injury.

We've got more on Rock's latest movie, as well as his next movie and notes on his movie career.  We've got more on Shawn Michaels and Undertaker appearances on Raw, a major internal shakeup in WWE including one of the highest-ranked executives with the company being let go this pats week.  We also look at how his link with WWE is being talked about in Rick Santorum's presidential campaign.

We look at the biggest WWE merchandise sellers, why some WWE stars were not booked to Abu Dhabi this past week, more on WWE's commitment to market a certain demographic based on their perception of the future of the business, and why the dates of WWE's return to Japan may not be the best.

We've also got more on Steve Austin's next movie, more on Legends House, Bury the Miz week in WWE, the next two live Smackdown on Syfy, John Cena and his wheels, a new DVD being released that will air classic WCW matches, and Linda McMahon's campaign.

We also have more on an MMA fighter copying a WWE star's finishing move, the new R-Truth character as well as WWE business notes from the past week and house show highlights from both the Abu Dhabi tour and the California tour.

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More On This Week's Observer: New Japan & TNA PPVs, WWE news and results, Jesse Sorensen updates

We also look at Sunday's New Japan PPV from Osaka, the three title changes, background of new IWGP champion Kazuchika Okada, thoughts on the show, on Hiroshi Tanahashi's title reign and whether changing the title was a mistake or not.

We also have full coverage of Against All Odds, including the Jesse Sorensen injury and a health update, more on Taz not being on the show and commentary, the double-edge sword of Orlando and why they don't do more PPV shows outside the Impact Zone, as well as the booking, match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings for the show.

We also have a look at the career of Mike Bernardo, one of the biggest stars of the glory days of K-1, where he fit in, his feud with Peter Aerts and why he was one of the most famous and popular foreign athletes in Japan of the 90s and why his career ended the way it did.

We also have a look at how one cable company is looking at changing the way they offer the product, and the very significant affect this will have on both MMA and pro wrestling is more companies in an attempt to keep from losing customers, follow in this direction.

We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week.  We also have how every segment on Raw and Impact did as far as gaining and losing viewers, as well as who did what in the key segments and who appeals to what.  

We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show reviews.   

Also in this week's issue:

--A Hall of Famer gets financial backing and is trying to raid a major promotion to get talent

--CMLL's first major show of the year, the main event and angles building it

--Hall of Famer captures world title

--One of the best wrestlers in the world and his start date with CMLL

--Incredible partners tag team tournament

--A look at AAA's booking with the different factions

--Notes on Jeff Jarrett's return to AAA

--Notes on new stars AAA is grooming

--Update on AAA's first major show of the year, the Rey de Reyes show

--Dragon Gate USA offers bargain priced PPV show

--Next major Dragon Gate match in Japan

--Top two matches for the next NOAH big show

--Kensuke Office name change and first show under the new name

--Retirement of Japanese wrestler

--New factions and a heel turn in NOAH

--Interpromotional title match

--More notes on the folding of a promotion that was headed by a former WWE and ECW star

--Zero-One 11th anniversary main event

--Two Hall of Famers meet in March for the first time ever

--More on what may be the biggest indie show of the year involving major name U.S. talent

--Update on Batista

--Ultimate Warrior appears at a pro wrestling show for the first time in years

--A name to look out for as a potential pro wrestler or MMA fighter

--How the JBL character came to be

--One of biggest arenas in the country books a pro wrestling event next month, not for WWE or TNA

--Biography on one of the early world champions who set a longtime Madison Square Garden record gate

--Tribute to wrestler who passed away draws a number of former stars

--New markets that will be getting ROH TV

--New ROH big show notes

--Thoughts on recent ROH television

--Injured ROH star returns

--Real TNA numbers for England

--Hulk Hogan talks TNA and what is has, what it lacks and the mentality of the wrestlers

--Notes on the reaction to New York Giants star Brendan Jacobs and the two weeks worth of angles he shot

--How the Jacobs deal went down

--Update on Ring Ka King television and ratings

--TNA agent in a movie that gets released next week

--Sting talks about doing WrestleMania

--Daughter of longtime wrestling name wants to get into TNA's Knockouts division

--TNA house show notes

--TNA television for the next few weeks

--Notes on the TNA Victory Road PPV and Lockdown

--Gate numbers for Diaz vs. Condit

--Lorenzo Fertitta talks a number of big UFC fights over the next few months

--Notes on Ultimate Fighter Brazil and airing in the U.S.

--Final rating for UFC on FOX

--Why there is a four-hour PPV coming up

--Gina Carano's second leading role

--Notes on UFC's return to Japan

--Full details on the next UFC special on FOX as well as the competition that night

--More on Alistair Overeem's legal issues with Golden Glory and how much they are now asking for after the Lesnar fight

--ESPN magazine covers UFC when talking about greatest feuds in sports

--Top UFC star hinting retirement

--Rules in UFC on three round vs. five round main events

--Overeem joins new camp

--Fights added and fights that have fallen apart in the last week

--Details on the next season of Ultimate Fighter and the Faber vs. Cruz plans

--Something people may not have thought about regarding airing Ultimate Fighter live every Friday night

--One of the best athletes in sports contacts Dana White for marketing ideas

--Lots of title fights announced for Bellator's new season

--Reports regarding the future of Bellator's leading star

--The Bob Sapp indie pro wrestling and MMA update

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Thursday's News & Links

--The WrestleMania press conference took place earlier today. John Cena, HHH, Rock, Sheamus, Mark Henry and The Bella Twins appeared along with Vince McMahon, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York Giants Chairman/CEO John Mara and New York Jets CEO Woody Johnson. At the press conference, Rock said that he would be involved on the show. David Diehl and Zak DeOssie of the Giants and Kyle Wilson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Matt Slauson and Donald Strickland of the Jets also appeared.

--Jesse Sorensen was released from the hospital yesterday, but has a long recovery after suffering a fractured C-1 vertebrae when the knee of Zema Ion cracked him in the head doing a moonsault outside the ring at last Sunday's TNA PPV. It will be a long time before he can return to the ring, but he is expected to be able to resume his career at some point.

--There is a big BBC story on Kurt Angle going for the Olympics. It's interesting to note that Angle has gone from saying that he would go to the finals in the trials from saying it would be a miracle if he made the team and is now doing it to just enjoy the journey, which he didn't have time to enjoy in 1996. I think the reason nobody is taking him seriously is because he's still on the road with TNA. He noted that his own family -- and he comes from a family of wrestlers --isn't taking him seriously.

When he talked of trying out for the 2004 Olympics in 2003 (which would have been a major long shot then but at least he was young enough at age 35 instead of 43), he talked of taking a year off pro wrestling. When asked his chances of making the team, he said "Slim to none."

--Chris Hero's WWE ring name is Kassius Ohno.  I'm not sure if that makes him a former Olympic gold medalist in boxing, a speed skater or one of the worst wrestling managers of all-time.

--On the death of Mike Bernardo on Tuesday, we've heard a number of reports that it was a suicide.  New Japan announced that even though Bernardo never wrestled for the group, he was such a big name to New Japan fans that they will have a ceremony honoring him on 3/4 at Korakuen Hall. I have a story in the newest Observer about him.

--The 3/30 Dragon Gate USA iPPV show headlined by Pac vs. Low Ki will be available for only $1.99.

--A new book on Detroit wrestling in the 70s called "This Saturday Night II:  Return to the Cobo," a photo album by photographer Dave Burzynski (later a manger in the Sheik's territory) has just been published.

--Here's a story on Brandon Jacobs appearing on Impact tonight. When the story lists NFL players who have done pro wrestling, the list has William Perry (who did one match), Ernie Holmes (who did a few) and Lawrence Taylor (who did one), as opposed to NFL players who became major pro wrestling stars like Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Ladd, Wahoo McDaniel, Brian Pillman, Dick the Bruiser, Hard Boiled Haggerty and others.    

--Worst TV show of 2011?
Micro Championship Wrestling 32.9%
Impact 28.6
NXT 22.4%
Raw 16.2%

--Worst feud of 2011?
Michael Cole vs. Jim Ross 27.6%
HHH vs. Kevin Nash 22.2%
Hulk Hogan & Eric Bischoff vs. Dixie Carter 11.4%
Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole 10.3%
Edge vs. Kane 7.7%
Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara 6.8%
Winter & Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky 5.5%
Crimson vs. Matt Morgan 4.8%
Samoa Joe vs. Pope 2.9%
Sting vs. Immortal 0.7%

--Best creative head in pro wrestling?
Jim Cornette/Hunter Johnson 33.5%
Vince McMahon 17.1%
Mike Quackenbush 17.1%
Gedo & Jado 13.0%
Gabe Sapolsky 8.8%
Konnan-Dorian Roldan 5.1%
Vince Russo/Eric Bischoff/Bruce Prichard 4.1%
CMLL creative 1.2%

--Which show are you most interested in?

WWE Elimination Chamber 53.1%
UFC 144 46.9%  

--Chuck Langerman's daily pro wrestling trivia concerns Alex Rodriguez's current girlfriend Torrie Wilson.  Wilson, a graduate of Capital High School in Boise, ID, was a cheerleader who was also on the school track team.  As a teenager she had anorexia nervosa and bulimia because she was constantly trying to lose weight and become a model.  She went to Boise State and studied nutrition.  She was named Miss Galaxy in 1998, winning a fitness competition, and was on Playboy covers in May 2003 and March 2004, as well as on the front page of FMH in September 2006.  Both Rodriguez and Wilson are 36 and Rodriguez is three days older than Wilson.

--A funny story is that in Canada, Federal security services listed both Greenpeace and PETA as "multi-issue" extremist groups that pose a threat to Canadians.  Documents obtained by the Globe and Mail showed that from 2005-2009, they were listed as groups that have demonstrated the intent and capability to carry out attacks against critical infrastructure in Canada. 

The current government had issues with several environmental groups that are trying to block projects to drill on the British Columbia coast.  And yes, that did lead to an offshoot about how Daniel Bryan could be a terrorist. How about Mac Danzig or Jake Shields? Here's a story on Bryan being linked to terrorism.

--Mike Francesca on WFAN in New York went off on how he couldn't believe a Governor would attend a WWE press conference.  He was asked about pro wrestling and said he had heard of The Rock as some guy who did bad movies, but had never heard of John Cena. He said the last wrestling match he saw was around 1960 with Bobo Brazil and Argentina Apollo.   

--The WWE angle with John Cena, Eve Torres and Zack Ryder was spoofed last night on "The Soup," with Joel McHale making fan of Ryder. (thanks to Denis Gorman)

--Mick Foley is doing a raffle with the winner getting two tickets for this year's Mania, two tickets to Raw the next night, two tickets to the Hall of Fame ceremony, a lunch with Eve Torres and three other WWE women, three nights of lodging at a luxury hotel, a $3,000 travel allowance and $500 for other expenses as well as $1,663.75 for tax liability for winnings.

--Alex Marvez interviews Howard Brody about his return to promoting.

--In Grantland founder Bill Simmons' mailbag, he answers a question about New York Knicks' star Jeremy Lin being equivalent to CM Punk, a former Simmons podcast guest.

- Here's a story on a girl who invited the aforementioned Lin to her sorority formal, but actually had no idea who he was, who he played for and thought his name was Jerry Lin...which led to this story on wrestler Jerry Lynn.

--Bret Hart will be appearing and signing autographs on 6/16 in Lakewood, NJ at the Lakewood Blue Claws baseball game (thanks to Jeff Bradley)

--Mick Foley, who is headed to the U.K. for a comedy show tour, talks about his role in wrestling and notes that while he and Chris Jericho both do things outside of wrestling, he believes Jericho could do comedy, whereas he could not do Dancing with the Stars.

--Here's a Sports Illustrated deal with photos from every WrestleMania.

--As of yesterday, the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match was scheduled to open Sunday's PPV.

--IGF pro wrestling champion Jerome LeBanner fights MMA on 2/25 in Poland against Marcin Rozalski which will air live.

--Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson takes place on 4/28 in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall for an HBO TV fight.  There is a press conference on Wednesday at Times Square's Planet Hollywood.

--Here's a NPR blog about a video by the group Lambchop who filmed their song "Gone Tomorrow" at the Stadium Inn in Nashville using wrestling footage, as well as footage of Jocephus and Wolfie D around the hotel.

--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling has a St. Louis style rules Battle Royal as well as Ricky Cruz vs. Ron Powers headlining Saturday night in East Carondolet, IL.  Rules are a 12 man Battle Royal, first ten eliminations are over the top rope, leading to a singles match between the two finishers. 

As a trivia note, that match set up the first Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jack Brisco match that tuned away thousands and caused a riot at the box office from people who couldn't get in.  Brisco and Bill Miller were the last two and Brisco pinned him to get the title shot.  Although I think the reason they had the sellout was more the angle where Pat O'Connor trained Brisco on how to reverse the spinning toe hold into the figure four leglock.

--Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, Billy Gunn, Shane Helms, The Headbangers and Robbie E will be doing a Pro Wrestling Report party on 3/30 at Ocean's Ten on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami during WrestleMania week.  There is a $99 price for getting in early and a private meet and greet with Nash and other guests, or a $15 in advance General Admission ticket.

--Samson Walker who debuts with ROH tomorrow night at the Cincinnati show is a Cincinnati based independent wrestler named B.J. Walker, who is from California wher he was Sexy Sonny Samson.  He moved to Ohio in 2009 at the suggestion of Karl Anderson.

--New Japan star Karl Anderson headlines a Saturday night NWF show in Fairfield, OH at the UAW Hall which also includes 80s star Bobby Fulton of The Fantastics.

--Watch All Pro Wrestling's latest TV show.

--Scorpion King 3, which features Dave Bautista and Kimbo Slice, is available now on DVD in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)

--The current issue of Filmfax magazine has a cover story/interview with Mil Mascaras talking about the Mil Mascaras vs. Aztec Mummy movie. (thanks to Mark Coale)

--Ring Wars Carolinas on 3/3 in Red Springs, NC at the High School.

--Here's a story on Stacy Keibler.

--Universal Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Marietta, GA at the Sprayberry High School Gym is doing a fund raiser for a student who was the lone survivor of a car accident that killed her parents and her sister.  She is still hospitalized.  Sprayberry football coach Billy Shackelford will wrestle in the main event, teaming with Buff Bagwell (who went to that high school in the 80s) and Scott Steiner, facing Mike Knox & Luke Gallows & Brodie Chase.  David Taylor, Johnny Swinger and Chase Stevens are among those working the undercard.

--New York Wrestling Connection has its biggest show of the year, Psycho Circus, on 2/18 in Deer Park at the NYWC Sportatorium with a barbed wire, TLC, fire and thumb tacks match with Mikey Whipwreck & Rex Lawless & Apollyon & Stockade vs. Alex Reynolds & Mike Mansfield & Mega & Tony Burma.

--Jay Bradley, who worked in WWE developmental for a few years and had a very brief run on Smackdown, has some not positive comments about Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis.

--There is a benefit for a longtime independent wrestling fan in Philadelphia -- Dustin Walls -- who passed away on Monday due to cancer and left behind a wife and daughter.

--Combat Zone Wrestling owner D.J. Hyde is doing a seminar and tryout before the 2/25 HWA show. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.

--Two fights added to the 3/16 Score Fighting Series show in Hamilton, ONT at the Hamilton Place Theater has Shane Campbell vs Derek Boyle and Ryan Dickson vs. Chris St. Jean.

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