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UFC Fight Night Rothwell vs. Dos Santos

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Fight Pass (winners in BOLD)

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

FS 1 

  • 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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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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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wresting Observer radio covering Blackjack Mulligan, Invasion Attack, UFC, Lucha Underground and a lot more.  You can send questions tot he show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com

Invasion Attack today was a pretty hot show. As noted on the front page, Cody Hall is okay after a scary moment early in the trios title match that he wasn't even part of. Tetsuya Naito won the IWGP heavyweight title over Kazuchika Okada in the main event.  The two junior heavyweight title matches, Ricochet & Matt Sydal vs. Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta and Kushida vs. Will Ospreay are worth going out of your way to see. 

MVP is no longer with Lucha Underground. He was fired because he did a podcast with some cast members and some spoilers got out during the broadcast. He did take the broadcast down as soon as the promotion informed him they had a problem, but they still let him go. He's been very classy about how he's publicly handling the situation.

Bellator's Aaron Pico failed to make the Olympic team in as close a battle as you can have with Frank Molinaro at 143 pounds. Molinaro, who scored criteria decisions over both Brent Metcalf and Logan Steiber, split two matches with Pico, with Pico winning the first 4-2, and Molinaro the second 4-3. The third was 4-4, but since Molinaro had the highest scoring move, a takedown with momentary back exposure worth four points, he got the decision. Pico would be the alternate provided the U.S. qualifies that weight for the Olympics which they would have to do either 4/22 to 4/24 in a qualifying tournament in Mongolia and 5/6 to 5/8 in a tournament in Turkey. The last word was that if Pico failed the make the Olympic team, he would start fighting for Bellator.

NBC Sports Network will be broadcasting more of the finals tonight starting at 10:30 p.m. including both defending world champions Jordan Burroughs at 72 kilos and Kyle Snyder at 98 kilos, plus the ridiculous 86 kilogram finals which was a tournament that included Bellator's Ed Ruth, Jake Herbert, Kyle Dake and David Taylor.


  • Mike Mooneyham has a story on Blackjack Mulligan.
  • At last word, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows were scheduled to travel to Los Angeles for Raw. That may mean nothing given they were in Dallas and Houston last week for TV and not used.
  • Bobby Roode told his local Peterborough, ONT newspaper, "I'm not officially signed yet. The Internet has blown up over it, and I mean, I'm close, but I don't want to spoil anything or ruin anything. I wait to wait until it's official." 
  • John Cena will be appearing on YES Center Stage on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. Center Stage is a one hour talk show hosted by Michael Kay on YES that has celebrity guests talking about their vocations. The show was already taped. (thanks to Jose Marrero)


  • More on the Leva Bates injury. It was during a Kaiju Big Battel appearance. She went for a flipping senton, slightly over rotated and the other wrestlers squirmed a bit resulting in her foot catching the mat and getting stuck a little as the rest of her slipped on the other wrestlers' suits. She was in a lot of pain, writhing on the mat, laying there for a little while. The other wrestlers were able to continue the match and she did gut it out and eventually give the ref a stunner (thanks to Jonathan Lyness)
  • There was a big story in Mexico where Octagon, the original, went to an autograph signing of Octagon Jr. Keep in mind he hates that AAA is using the gimmick but not him anymore. He yelled at him and ripped off Jr.'s mask, and had someone recording it for Facebook. Not once did Jr. respond verbally and physically and Octagon knew he wouldn't and exploited that. Most wrestlers have responded very negatively saying Octagon acted unprofessionally. Some fans were sympathetic because they'll be sympathetic to the guy who was the original with the character and a longtime legend.
  • The only thing combat sports related that made the Google searches this weekend was the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley fight with 1 million searches, which is a very high level of interest. 
  • More on brain damage from sports, this time heading in soccer where three of England's World Cup winning team have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and links are being made to heading the ball for many years. In 2007 a soccer player named Gary Speed hung himself kinda out of the blue, he played center midfield and was known for being a great header of the ball, no links were ever made between CTE and his death. (thanks to Craig Winn)
  • More on the UK story regarding racist portrayals in pro wrestling can be read here. (thanks to Lee Wall)
  • Combat Zone Wrestling from last night in Voorhees, NJ for Best of the Best 15. The crowd was down from years past. DJ Hyde opened the show with a ten bell salute to Kris Travis. Results: Jonathan Gresham won over Lio Rush and Joey Janela, Rickey Shane Page won over Ethan Page and Ryan Galeone, Shane Strickland won over Anthony Henry and Curt Robinson, David Starr won over Dave Crist and Dezmond Xavier, Brittany Blake won over Tony Nese, Aaron Williams and Ethan Case in a non-tournament match, David Starr b Shane Strickland (said to be the match of the night), Jonathan Gresham b Rickey Shane Page, Drew & Roy Gulak b Conor Claxton & Devon Moore, Tim Donst b Danny Havoc (non-tourney), Jonathan Gresham b David Starr to win the tournament with a figure four.  Next show is 5/14 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 4/17 in Ottawa at the Legion.
  • Paragon Pro Wrestling taped TV on Friday night in Las Vegas for four weeks.  Our report from Pat Laprade said the production was good and wrestling solid, but very old school with little in he way of high flying. Most of the wrestlers were said not to interact much with the crowd and didn't have a lot of charisma. There were 250 to 300 fans at he taping. Royce Isaacs beat Darin Corbin in the finals of a tournament to crown the American champion. The tournament started in the first hour of the taping. Alex Chamberlain retained the PPW tile over Gangrel in the fourth hour. The match was built up over the four weeks. Chamberlain kept looking for someone to have his back against Gangrel but every time he mentioned Gangrel, everyone would get scared an bail out. The best match of the night by far, also in the fourth hour, was Jessy Sorensen beating Caleb Konley.  They were also said to be the two best workers on the show. Matt Striker worked there with a headset on and was in the crowd, trying to get the crowd to chant things. He was off camera. 
  • NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 4/16 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.  It's the annual 12-man tournament.  There will be six first round matches and the winners go into a six-man final.  It was noted that every former winner of the tournament has gone on to win the NWA title, like last year's winner Jax Dane, the current NWA champion..  The first round matches have Jason Kincaid vs. Lio Rush, Chase Owens vs. Ethan Case, Kyle Matthews vs. Jimmy Rave, Jordan Kage vs. Timmy Lou Retton, Ali Shabazz vs. Shawn Shultz and Axton Ray vs. Anthony Henry.  There will also be a gauntlet match for the NWA U.S. tag team titles.
  • Wrestlemerica from last night in Barnesville, GA before 300 fans:  Johnny Nixx b Scott Beach-DQ, Southside Trash won three-way over Faces of Death and Sin City Mafia, Scotty Bullwinkle b Iceberg, Mr. Wrestlemerica (Fry Daddy) b Owen Knight, Amber Gallows b Kiera Hogan to retain NWA women's title, Carlito b David Tita, Zane Stevens b Tyson Dean to win the WrestleMerica title.  Next show is 5/14 with Stevie Richards and Teddy Long appearing.
  • Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno:  Manny Fernandez DCOR Anthony Idol, Homicide b Primal Warrior, Big Dogg & Skitzo DDQ Spirito & Guerrero de la Muerta.  Next tapings are 4/23 in Coalinga, CA at the West Hills Community College.
  • Riot Pro Wrestling from last night in Palm Bay, FL:  CT Brown b Chico Adams, Alex Porteau b Blaine McAllister, Santana Garrett b Shaniah Ariyana, Chisled Chase b Josh Hess & Alex Todd & Slade Porter, Josh Parker won Battle Royal, JD Amazing DCOR Tyranus, Ace Andrews & Rex Bacchus b Aaron Epic & Martin Stone (thanks to Al Haft)
  • Legacy Fighting Championships on 5/13 in Houston on AXS TV.
  • Smash Wrestling from last night in London, ONT:  Scotty O'Shea won over Cherry Bomb and Courtney Rush, Brent Banks b Dillon Andrews, Well Oiled Machines b Overdogs in a tables match, Cody Deaner b Tyler Tirva, Tyson Dux b Derek Wylde (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • WWC from last night in Hatillo, PR:  Angel Cotto b Morgan to retain jr. title, Peter the Bad Romance b OT Fernandez, Sensacional Carlitos b Revolucion #1, Mighty Ursus DDQ Super Gladiador, Chris & Steve Joel DDQ Revolucion #2 & #3, Mr. 450 Hammet b Gilbert-DQ, Chicano b Angel Fashion, Cuervo & Mike Mendoza DDQ Thunder & Lightning.  That's four non-finishes in eight matches (thanks to Leonardo Mendez Toledo)
  • Friend of the site Leva "Blue Pants" Bates broke her ankle in a match Friday night. 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.
  • 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: Owen Hart wins the Stampede Title, Jeff Hardy wins WWF IC Title