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Daily Update: 1 day until McGregor vs. Diaz; UFC 196, Daniel Bryan, Bellator, & Titan FC

McGregor vs. Diaz

The Final Day

Finally... the Mac has come back, to Vegas... and he's electrifying. The scene at yesterday's press conference was intense. If you missed it, it's available on our site here, and on fight pass. Some highlights were Diaz exclaiming, "F--- you, and f--- Jon Anik," which was followed immediately by Jon Anik asking Diaz a question. Diaz also had a lot to say about McGregor's training partners. According to Diaz, instead of training, McGregor has been "playing touch butt" in the park with some goofball with a pony tail (whatever that means), and Diaz has been training with the best in the fight game. McGregor's answers were all verbose, pithy, and business savvy, while Diaz's answers were laconic, petty, and hilarious. Diaz, apparently confused with how weight classes work, was adamant that he get credit for the fact that the fight is taking place at 170lbs. Ok, it's all yours. 

After the press conference, they did a square off photo op, which didn't last long as Diaz got right in McGregor's face with his fist nearly touching his nose until McGregor slapped his hand away, which led to an awesome pull apart. Pro wrestling bookers take note: This is how to book a pull apart angle! Of course, Diaz was very emotional which led to cameos by Jake Shields, and Nick Diaz, among others from Stockton, CA. Dana looked legitimately concerned trying to separate the two camps. McGregor got out of there much quicker than Diaz. Maybe he had a "touch butt" session to attend, but that's purely speculation.

The women were amicable and monotonous, especially Holm. She looked like she had been given some notes by her publicist right before she went on stage, and couldn't remember them. Neither woman had much to say, besides Tate cracking a joke about the boys being maniacs, and the girls being friendly.

Now we wait for the weigh-ins. The Wrestling Observer will have your weigh-in coverage live. No doubt we will get more of the same antics, but it will be interesting to see each mans' fully hydrated physiques, and hear what each fighter has to say. It does not appear that Diaz has been shaken by all the talk, and Conor looks ready for war. We will find out in 24 hours!  We are hearing from lots of people that the line for the weigh ins is HUGE! "Line for #UFC196 weigh ins stretches a full block in both directions & it's still early. Just crazy. #UFC" according to subscriber and MMA media member James McDaniel on Twitter.

The open for Saturday night's PPV is definintely worth watching.

UFC presents the UNSTOPPABLE press conference. Beginning at 5 PM eastern time, the press conference will highlight the big UFC events and fights taking place from April thru June, with many rumoured bouts being made official.  This will include Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

For the weekend, our show will be on Saturday night after the UFC, covering the UFC show tomorrow night, PWG tonight and other news.  You can send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

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We're doing a poll this weekend for UFC 196, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to Dave@WrestlingObserver.com

We're also looking for reports from tonight's WWE house show in Minneapolis (Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose, Kane vs. Bray Wyatt, Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio, Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch plus Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, and Wyatt Family), NXT show in Citrus Springs, FL and GFW in Coventry, England to Dave@WrestlingObserver.com

We're also looking for reports on the GFW shows on Wednesday night in Exeter, England and Thursday night in London.

TNA JOKERS WILD TAPED PPV AT 8 P.M. EASTERN (PPV and Streaming on Fite TV)

Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Crazzy Steve & Abyss

Eric Young & Bram vs. Trevor Lee & DJ Zema Ion

Tigre Uno & Mark Andrews vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz

Mahabali Shera & Rockstar Spud vs. Aiden O'Shea & Grado

Tyrus & Jade vs. Bobby Lashley & Gail Kim

Matt Hardy & Will Ospreay vs. Eli Drake & James Storm

Mike Bennett & Drew Galloway vs. Big Damo & Jimmy Havoc

All the winners go into a Royal Rumble style Battle Royal

BELLATOR ON SPIKE AT 9 P.M. EASTERN

Sirwan Kakai (135.6) vs. Joe Taimanglo (135.4)

Gouti Yamauchi (146) vs Bubba Jenkins (146)

Gilbert Smith (170.4) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (171)

Joe Warren (135.2) vs. Darrion Caldwell (135.6)

NEW JAPAN WORLD PRO WRESTLING ON AXS TV AT 9 P.M. 

A.J. Styles & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto for the IC title

     Tonight is the debut of Jim Ross as announcer with Josh Barnett

CMLL LIVE FROM ARENA MEXICO AT WWW.CLAROSPORTS.COM AT 9:30 P.M. EASTERN

Hombre Bala Jr. & Super Halcon Jr. vs. Cuatrero & Sanson

Marcela & Princesa Sugei & Vaquerita vs. Amapola & Dallys & Tiffany

Esfinge & Titan & Triton vs. Ephesto & Mephisto & Virus

Marco Corleone & Maximo Sexy & Ultimo Guerrero vs. Rush & Rey Escorpion & La Mascara

Kamaitachi vs. Dragon Lee for the CMLL lightweight title

Atlantis & Mascara Dorada & Volador Jr. vs. Barbaro Cavernario & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla

RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE TONIGHT FROM THE MYSTIC LAKE CASINO IN PRIOR LAKE, MINNSOTA AT 10 P.M.

Lemetra Griffin vs. Logan Storley

Dan Moret vs. Josh Wick

Reese Hernandez vs. Kassius Holdorf

Matt Brown (not the UFC fighter) vs. Chico Camus (former UFC fighter)

Melvin Blumer vs. Shawn West

        The scheduled main event with Raoni Barcelos vs. Landon Vannata for the featherweight title was scrapped because the challenger, Vannata, missed weight by 1.8 pounds and couldn't cut any more weight. Vannata tried to get the fight saved as a non-title fight but Barcelos turned it down.

PWG TONIGHT FROM RESEDA, CA (NO TV OR STREAMING)

Trevor Lee vs. Chuck Taylor

Chris Hero vs. Marty Scurll

Drew Galloway vs. Trent Baretta

Kyle O'Reilly vs. ?

Adam Cole vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Roderick Strong vs. Mark Andrews for PWG title

Young Bucks vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet for PWG tag titles

UFC 196 ON SATURDAY FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS

Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara

Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas

Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly

Marcel Guimaraes vs Vitor Miranda

Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb

Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch

PPV at 10 p.m.

Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Tom Lawlor vs. Corey Anderson

Gian Villante vs. Ilir Latifi

Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate for bantamweight title

Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz

We're looking for reports on WWE shows on Saturday in Saginaw, MI (Kane vs. Bray Wyatt) and Cedar Rapids, IA (Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose, Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio, Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch plus New Day, Usos and Dudleys and NXT in Bartow, FL.

Sunday has WWE shows in Kalamazoo, MI (Kane vs. Bray Wyatt) and Moline, IL (Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose, Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio, Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch plus New Day, Usos and Dudleys.

PWG ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. FROM RESEDA, CA

Chuck Taylor vs. Marty Scurll

Mark Andrews vs. Evil Uno

Trevor Lee vs. Drew Galloway

Ricochet & Matt Sydal vs. Chris Hero & ?

Adam Cole vs. Trent Baretta

Young Bucks vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly for tag titles

Roderick Strong vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for PWG tile

Raw will be live on Monday night from Chicago. The New Day vs. A.J. Styles & Chris Jericho for the tag titles is scheduled plus appearances by HHH, Shane McMahon and they are advertising Roman Reigns for the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Milwaukee.


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A look at TNA's financial situation, a preview of UFC 196, a review of Ring of Honor's 14th Anniversary PPV, plus tons of news.

The status of TNA as they are looking for more funding is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.  The strange situation with no announcements of future shows, the next planned TV tapings, what talent has been told, ratings, previous sales talks, what happened to the TNA fan base and where they made the wrong moves, how badly the business fell the last U.K. tour.
 
The build and business of UFC 196, why so many tickets are suddenly available, what is unique about the event's promotion, Diaz vs. dos Anjos as a PPV, the value of the title, previous biggest PPV headlined by a non-title match, breaking down the McGregor vs. Diaz fight and where both would go next.

The build to WWE's Roadblock show, a look at the attempts to build Dean Ambrose, and the state of WWE main events after WrestleMania.
 
The salaries of the leading corporate officers in WWE, what Vince McMahon really makes in ways that aren't directly listed,  who owns what percentage of the company and where Shane McMahon stands corporately.  Shane McMahon's attempts to buy sports franchises, his training for the Undertaker match.
 
Full coverage of Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping, how the middleweight division was hurt financially by the result, judging, 
 
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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Sad to report the passing of long time Japanese wrestling sensation Hayabusa. Eiji Ezaki, best known as Hayabusa, passed away on Thursday from bleeding on the brain. Hayabusa was one of, if not the first, to use the shooting star press. Hayabusa was known for his inventive offense and unique maneuvers, and made his name in the Super J cup. He was an inspiration to many high flying wrestlers we see today, such as Matt Sydal, Billy Kidman, and many others who use the SSP. He will be missed. This is the clip of him walking to the ring last year.

UFC also has announced a stadium show on 5/14 on PPV from Curitiba, Brazil at Arena de Baixada Stadium, which is a 42,000 seat soccer stadium, with the top matches being Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title, Ronaldo Jacare Souza vs. Vitor Belfort, Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia.

After today's New Japan show, the semifinals of the New Japan Cup on 3/12 in Aomori are Michael Elgin vs. Hirooki Goto and Toru Yano vs. Tetsuya Naito. The two winners meet later that night. The winner is then expected to challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP title on 4/10 at Sumo Hall.

AXS TV prior to Jim Ross' announcing debut on World Pro Wrestling at 9 p.m. has a one hour "The Voice vs.  Jim Ross" interview show at 8 p.m. Michael Schiavello's interviews with celebrities and fighters are usually really good and well researched.

You should go out of your way to watch at www.clarosports.com the Dragon Lee vs. Kamaitachi match live from Arena Mexico.  I'd  guess it goes into the ring at about 11 p.m. Eastern time.  The two had some of the best matches of 2015 and their first match in 2016 was among the best matches so far this year.  As far as just in-ring for a series of matches, it was the best of last year.

The New York Times has a story on the Hulk Hogan-Gawker trial, which gets underway on Monday.
 
WWE

  • The WWE is starting to promote that you can see WrestleMania for free this year on the WWE Network if you are a new subscriber. Dwayne Johnson posted a video on his Twitter account to kickoff the promotion. 
  • Daniel Bryan will be appearing tonight at 6 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL as part of the Chicago World of Wheels show.
  • Bryan is also appearing Sunday from 1-3 p.m. Sandy, UT at the South Towne Expositon Center as part of the Sale Lake City Autorama.
  • Jimmy Garvin talks going into the WWE Hall of Fame here, as well as here.
  • An interview with Carmella is here.

UFC

  • The company announced today it will be running a 6/18 show in Ottawa, ONT, which is expected to be an FS 1 show.
  • Here is a very good article in the U.K. about UFC, MMA and Saturday's show in London.
  • Jake Shields talks the altercation with Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor and him jumping in here.
  • If you are in Las Vegas for UFC 196, here are things around town:
    • Buffalo Wild Wings at the Miracle Mile Shops has Chris Weidman from 6-8 p.m. plus you can play the new EA Sports UFC 2 video game
    • The Hyde at the Bellagio gives you complimentary entry to the lounge from 5-10 p.m. and until midnight for the club with a ticket to UFC 196
    • Tao Nightclub at the Venetian has complimentary entry at 10 p.m. to the club with a UFC ticket
    • LAVO Casino Club at the Palazzo has complimentary entry at 8 p.m. with a UFC ticket
  • Jon Jones along with former pro wrestler/UFC fighter Justin McCulley and Rick Bassman are doing a campaign for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation
  • Three new fights were announced for UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreeb, Croatia onApril 10th. Bantamweight Ian Entwhistle takes on Alejandro Perez. Featherweights Lucas Martins and Robert Whiteford do battle and in a Strawweight fight, Maryna Moroz will fight the debuting Cristina Stanciu
  • ​Our own Paul “Ace” Fontaine has an awesome preview up about UFC 196, breaking down each match over at MMADraws.com.  

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Terry "Rhino" Gerin will be running for public office for the state house of representatives for his district in Dearborn, MI. He said that he told Vince McMahon about it and Vince said if there's anything they could do to help they would. He's pushing to improve salaries for teachers, upgrade road construction in the area and for more governmental accountability with tax dollars. We believes the public schools are greatly under funded.  Alex Marvez has a story here.
  • Kenny Omega returns to Winnipeg to headline the Premier Championship Wrestling 14th anniversary show at Doubles Bar on Saturday night.
  • Hart Legacy Wrestling on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Ranchmen's Saloon in Calgary headlined by Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Teddy Hart, plus Mat Hart, Zack Mercury, Brian Cage, Kenny Lush, Makhan Singh Jr. and more.  For more info go to hartlegacywrestling.com
  • Jim Ross talks his debut announcing New Japan Pro Wrestling here.
  • DJ Zema Ion will be replacing the injured Davey Richards in this year's ECWA Super 8 tournament on 4/23 in Woodbury Heights, NJ.  Six other men in are Jason Kincaid, Papadaon, John Skyler, Sean Carr, Danny Inferno and Robbie E. There is one spot left to be filled.
  • Evolve on 3/19 at LaBoom Night Club in Queens, NY for an iPPV
    • Timothy Thatcher vs. Matt Riddle for Evolve title
    • Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Johnny Gargano
    • Team Tremendous vs. Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley
    • Chris Hero vs. Tracy Williams
    • Sami Callihan vs T.J. Perkins
    • Drew Gulak vs. Fred Yehi
    • Ethan Page vs. Mike Bailey 
  • Tickets for Evolve's debut on 5/6 in Baltimore go on sale today at www.DGUSA.tv Chris Hero and Zack Sabre Jr. are announced. 
  • Rock Solid Wrestling on 5/8 in Port Perry,ONT at the Scugog Rec Center with Jim Duggan, Cody Deaner and Courtney Rush
  • CMLL from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Divino & Magnum b Malefico & Thunder Boy, Bengala & Flyer & Leono b Artillero & Inquisidor & Sadico, Angel de Oro & Stuka Jr. & Valiente b Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Niebla Roja, Mascara Dorada b Negro Casas to retain the CMLL welterweight title (fans threw money into the ring after the match), Brazo de Plata & La Mascara & Mistico b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora & Rey Escorpion (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • Pro Wrestling Revolution on 3/26 in Santa Rosa, CA at the Veterans Memorial Arena with Mistico and El Hijo de Rey Misterio as the headliners
  • Acclaim Pro Wrestling's Highway to the dangerzone tomorrow is sold out.
  • A story about the regular lunches with former wrestlers held in the Tampa area that have been going on for a decade or longer.
  • Tonight, Titan FC is back on UFC Fight Pass with one of the bigger non-UFC shows to have aired on the streaming service. Coming from Ridgefield, WA, the show is highlighted by 3 separate title fights and several former UFC fights mixed in with up and coming prospects.

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