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NJPW Invasion Attack

We'll be doing one poll this weekend, which will be on the Invasion Attack show which is late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. 

Today NXT is in North Charleston, SC and we're looking for reports on that show. We're also looking for reports on the Lucha Underground tapings today from Boyle Heights.


  • Ryusuke Taguchi & Juice Robinson vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
  • Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger vs. Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Hirooki Goto vs. Evil & Bushi
  • Matt Sydal & Ricochet vs. Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta for IWGP jr. tag titles
  • Kushida vs. Will Ospreay for IWGP jr. title
  • Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs.. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Yoshitatsu for Never trios titles
  • Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan for Never Open weight title
  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa (Camacho) for IWGP tag team titles
  • Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for IWGP heavyweight title

We're looking for reports on Sunday's Lucha Underground tapings from Boyle Heights.


Fight Pass at 10:30 a.m. Eastern

  • Alessio De Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Cyrial Asker vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Lucas Martins vs. Robert Whiteford

FS 1 live coverage at 1 p.m.

  • Filip Pejic vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Ian Entwistle vs. Alejandro Perez
  • Mairbek Taisumov vs. Damir Hadzovic
  • Zac Cummings vs. Nicolas Dalby
  • Maryna Moroz vs. Christina Stanelu
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
  • Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Nagannou
  • Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Derrick Lewis
  • Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos

Raw will be Monday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. HHH is advertised to be returning on the show.

Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in San Diego. It will be a skeleton crew because many of the key guys like Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Rusev, and The Wyatt Family will be leaving after Raw for Europe, where the tour starts on Wednesday in Milan, Italy. That means flying from Los Angeles to Milan and then working two straight weeks before flying back home. Those who stay for Smackdown and then fly Tuesday night to Europe are a crew led by A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho.  


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Figure Four Weekly 4/4/2016: Latest News on Wrestling Legal Battles

All the latest on legal battles occurring involving the wrestling business including Hulk Hogan/Gawker and WWE's concussion lawsuits.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: April 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: A look at a historic Wrestlemania weekend, NXT Takeover 

There has never been anything in the history of pro wrestling quite like this past weekend.

Never have more fans attended more events, nor has more talent been in the same place than in Dallas.

The difference in one year was amazing. Last year, in the San Jose area, WrestleMania came to town, people came from all over the world, and events were held throughout the city in conjunction with the weekend. There was an awareness that WrestleMania was in town, but it was more a tourist event and in the city itself, the interest was nothing compared to a major sports event. There were only about 15,000 tickets sold within a 100 mile radius of Santa Clara for last year’s show, but it still broke the company’s gate and merchandise records and most of the events put on by other companies did well.


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  • On the Friday evening edition of Sportcentre in Canada on TSN, the Top 10 must see moments of the week included Shaq entering the WrestleMania 32 battle royal. That moment came in at number 10 on the countdown.

UFC & Mixed Martial Arts

  • The weigh-ins for the Sunday morning/afternoon (EST) UFC show from Croatia are complete. Spoiler alert: everyone made weight. The show is headlined by former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos vs. rising contender Ben Rothwell. Prelims and main card will be on FS1.
  • Past TUF 19 finalist and former UFC fighter Dhiego Lima made his debut with Legacy FC last night on AXS TV, beating Antonio Tricoli via decision in the main event of Legacy FC 53.
  • UFC’s “Road to the Octagon” special airs Saturday FOX at 5 PM eastern. This will be a preview of next weekend’s big FOX show and will focus on the top three fights of Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira, Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson, and Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres.
  • Bellator signee Aaron Pico is working to get on the Olympic wrestling team and competes Saturday night against Frank Molinaro at 7 PM EST on NBCSN. If he beats Molinaro, he’ll be the first teenager to wrestle freestyle at the Olympics in 40 years. He’s downed Molinaro in both of their previous two bouts.
  • There is a somewhat loaded up regional MMA show Saturday at 9 pm eastern on GFL.TV as Z Promotions presents “Fight Night Medicine Hat” from Alberta, Canada. The show features former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton, Cody McKenzie, Josh Hill, and Antonio McKee. A full preview is available here.

Miscellaneous Pro Wrestling

  • Friend of the site Leva "Blue Pants" Bates broke her ankle in a match last night. Many of you may have had a chance to meet her this past weekend as she was kind enough to ride the bus with the group to WrestleMania. She will be unable to wrestle for quite a while, so if you'd like to support her, this is a link to her T-Shirt store. We wish her a speedy recovery.
  • This week's episode of 6:05 Superpodcast with David Bixenspan and Brian last features part 2 of their chat with Georgia referee/office manager Bobby Simmons (covering the time he worked for Jim Barnett), the final part of their talk with Ron Skoler (on promoting the AAA When Worlds Collide PPV), as well as discussions of everything from Adrian Adonis to '80s promos that mention steroids and much more.
  • Here are Paragon Pro Wrestling TV results for this week: Gentleman Brawler Eric Right and All Good Anthony Green beat Ethan HD and Greg Romero; Royce Isaacs beat Remy Marcel; Tag Team Champions Drew Donavon and Caleb Konley NC Jesse Sorenson and James Riley; PPW Champion Alex Chamberlain def Gangrel by DQ.
  • Delco Pro Wrestling’s first show is Sunday at the Briarcliff Field House in Llanwellyn, Pennsylvania .
  • Results from MWA in East Dundee, IL...Eric Fantabulous defeated Tommy Snow in a 1st blood match to become the new MWA MidStates Champion...Tigre Asciatico defeated Bazooka by dq...MWA Tag Team Champions Generation Concept defeated Shane Foster & Scarrs, & The Low Riders From Hell in a Triple Threat Match to retain the Titles...Starr beat Selena Grey...Bracito de Platino defeated Nino de la Calla in a Minis Match...MWA Heavyweight Champion Brian Blade pinned Chief Attakullakulla to retain the Championship.
  • Pro Wrestling RETURNS to Santa Cruz on Saturday April 9th 2016 at The VFW Post 7263 on 7th Ave in Santa Cruz CA. THIS IS A TV TAPING for Roku, Santa Cruz public access, and regional airing. **JUST ADDED** Chris Jericho's Favorite Wrestler, from Ring of Honor and NJPW, it's CHEESEBURGER!!!! - Presented by ComedySuplex.com.
  • Women's Wrestling Revolution on Sunday in Providence headlined by Santana Garrett vs. Deonna Purrazzo vs Jessicka Havok vs. Jenny Rose, plus Taeler Hendrix,Lufisto, Candice LaRae, Veda Scott and more.
  • Jim Duggan will be doing comedy shows at Yuk Yuks in Ottawa on 4/12 and 4/13.
  • Another Will Ospreay vs. Ricochet match will headline for Revolution Pro on 4/17 in  Sittingbourne, England.
  • ROH runs on Saturday, 4/23 in San Antonio, TX, at the Shrine Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.
  • Beyond Wrestling on 4/24 in Somerville, MA headlined by Donovan Dijak vs. Chris Dickinson plus Chris Hero, Colt Cabana, Tommaso Ciampa, Lio Rush and more.
  • MCW debuts in Galena MD with former WWE Superstar X-Pac in action. Purchase tickets here.
  • Evolve on 5/6 in Baltimore has Chris Hero vs Zack Sabre Jr. and Drew Galloway vs Ethan Page. On 5/7 in Queens at La Boom they have Drew Galloway vs. Johnny Gargano.  Marty Scurll, The Bravado Brothers, Drew Gulak, Tracy Williams, Matt Riddle, TJP, Fred Yehi and Lio Rush are also on both shows.
  • Bellator announced Jordan Parsons (11-2) vs. Adam Piccolotti (7-0) as a new lightweight bout for the 5/14 show in San Jose at the SAP Center.  Piccolotti is from the Bay Area so an attempt to make a new area star. King Mo Lawal vs. Phil Davis headlines the show, which also includes Michael Chandler vs. Josh Thomson.
  • Pro Wrestling Revolution presents Reina de la Revolucion, an eight-woman tournament on 6/4 in San Francisco at O'Connell High School.

Today in professional wrestling history: Jim Crockett Promotions purchased Bill Watts Universal Wrestling Federation