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FRI. UPDATE: Everything going on in San Jose, WWE movie deal, TNA changes, Austin, Lawler, Undertaker

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By dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave Meltzer

We'll just do a daily schedule for this weekend because so much is happening.

I'll be at ROH so we're looking for reports on NXT, and King of Indies at dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

For live events in the area:

Wrestlecon is going on all day from until 5 p.m. Pacific time with more than 100 wrestlers appearing including Ric Flair, Bret Hat, Terry Funk Jushin Liger, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Vader, Mick Foley, Bobby Heenan, Konnan and Rey Mysterio.

Roman Reigns and A.J. Lee have an autograph signing at Barnes & Nobles on Stevens Creek Blvd. at 2:30 p.m.

Evolve iPPV at www.WWNLive.com at 6 p.m. Eastern 3 p.m. local time at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Ricochet vs. P.J. Black

Drew Galloway vs. Uhaa Nation

Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann vs. Caleb Konley & Brian Cage

Chris Hero vs. Biff Busick

Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommy End

AR Fox vs. Ethan Page

Drew Gulak vs. TJ Perkins

Wrestling Observer/Figure Four banquet at Fogo de Chao's at Santana Row in San Jose at 5 p.m.

WrestleMania Fan Axxess at the San Jose Convention Center at 6 p.m. with John Cena, HHH, Dolph Ziggler, Mark Henry, Kane, Ryback, Jerry Lawler, Eva Marie and Scott Hall.

World Premiere of "The Marine 4" starring the Miz at Summer Rae at Camera 12 movie theaters (walking distance from Fan Axxess) at 7 p.m.

ROH at the Sports House in Redwood City, CA at 8 p.m.

Jay Briscoe vs. Samoa Joe for ROH title

Jay Lethal vs. Jushin Liger for ROH TV title

Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Matt Taven & Michael Bennett for ROH tag team titles

B.J. Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs

Roderick Strong vs. Chrstopher Daniels

Michael Elgin vs. Frankie Kazarian

Mark Briscoe vs. ACH

Matt Sydal vs Tommaso Ciampa vs. Moose vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Caprice Coleman vs. Anderw Everett

Colt Cabana & Rob Van Dam comedy show at Quarternote in Sunnyvale at 7:30 p.m. and a second show at 9 p.m.

Mick Foley comedy show at the San Jose Improv at 8 p.m. (sold out)

King of Indies iPPV at www.wwnLive.com at 11 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. local time at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

First round matches:

Brian Cage vs. B-Boy

Jeff Cobb vs. Rik Luxury

Rey Hours vs. Lil Cholo

Jody Kristofferson vs. Willie Mack

Jeckles the Jester vs. Luster the Legend

Adam Thornstowe vs. Shaun Ricker

Vincenzo Massaro vs. El Mariachi

Dylan Drake vs. Timothy  Thatcher

Non tournament:  Ricochet vs. Matt Cross vs. Joey Ryan

20 man Roland Alexander Memorial Battle Royal

WWE NXT at 10 p.m. at the San Jose State University Rec Center (sold out)

No matches announced

10 p.m. Party at Shenanigans in San Jose with Kevin Nash, Rosita, Melina Perez, DJ Zema Ion, Al Snow, Gunner, Jessie Godderz, Shelly Martinez, Victoria, SoCal Val, Shane Helms, Chris Masters and more.

11:55 p.m. Kaiju Big Battel at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Midnight Marty DeRosa and Lanny Poffo comedy show at Quarternote in Sunnyvale

For tomorrow morning there is Fan Axxess at 8 p.m. at the San Jose Convention Center with Sting, Daniel, Bryan, The Usos, A.J. Lee, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, Stardust, Rosa Mendes an Boogeyman; 9 a.m. is Wrestlecon at the San Jose Garden Hotel.

Shimmer iPPV at www.WWNLive.com at 3 p.m. Eastern and Noon local time at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

One night tournament with Cheerleader Melissa, Candice LaRae, Mia Yim, Athena, Kimber Lee, Nikki Storm, Nicole Savoy, Cherry Bomb, Jessicka Havok, Portia Perez, Evie and Kay Lee Ray.

1 p.m. Jim Ross live show at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose

1 p.m. Fan Access at the San Jose Convention Center with Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, Bad News Barrett, Santino Marella, Adam Rose, Sin Cara and Paul Heyman.

For TV tonight:

New Japan World at 9 p.m. Eastern on AXS TV

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IC title (this was a great match)

 

Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike

Joe Warren (134.4) vs. Marcos Galvao (134.6) for bantamweight title

LC Davis (135.4) vs. Hideo Tokoro (135.6)

Francis Carmont (204.8) vs Guilhereme Viana (205.6)

Ryan Couture (156) vs. Dakota Cochrane (205.6)

There are also prelims starting at 7 p.m. on Spike.com

TNA Impact at 9 p.m. on Destination America

 

James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy main event 

One of the year's biggest issues of the Observer is out this week, looking at WrestleMania, plus an extensive look at the life and death of Perro Aguayo Jr., the Brock Lesnar decision in depth, a look at the build to WrestleMania, Kevin Nash biography and more.

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with a look at the current state of wrestling content piracy in light of recent developments like Tommy Dreamer's Facebook post and the arrest of WWE/UFC show capper "Sir Paul," as well as early notes on the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. and all of the usual reviews and international news.

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One of the year's biggest issues of the Observer is out this week, looking at WrestleMania, plus an extensive look at the life and death of Perro Aguayo Jr., the Brock Lesnar decision in depth, a look at the build to WrestleMania, Kevin Nash biography and more.

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--Samoa Joe talks his past and future

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--New Invicta show

--Reality show on a major show in UFC starts airing

--Lots of new UFC fights under consideration

--Update on Bellator's Shamrock vs. Kimbo fight

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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • Bryan and I will be doing shows for the next four nights, with tonight's show covering news, ROH, NXT, WaleMania and a lot more.  You can send questions in to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
  • Want to thank everyone involved in the Walemania show last night.  Really a good time.  I think it really lifted the spirits of Konnan and Rey Mysterio who have gone through a horrible last ten or so days.
  • Destination America has canceled all TNA programming on Saturdays going forward.
  • Ticket sales are the fastest in a long time for UFC 189, which is the 7/11 show in Las Vegas headlined by Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, but there are still tickets left as of this writing.
  • Here is a piece by Ryan Frederick UFC 189 Press Tour: The tension builds up between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor.  Includes links to all the current embedded series.
  • As noted last night, Rey Mysterio Jr. is not retiring.  He said he never spoke to Rey Bucanero in the first place and doesn't know how that story got started.
  • Jerry Lawler will be hosting the Hall of Fame ceremonies tomorrow night, not Eva Marie.
  • Steve Austin is not scheduled to be in town this weekend.  As for Dwayne Johnson, he's not saying anything about it, but is hosting Saturday Night Live in New York tonight.
  • Everyone is booked for Raw on Monday that is at WrestleMania, including Brock Lesnar, Sting and Undertaker.
  • Last night at Fan Axxess, besides Hideo Itami winning the tournament to get into the Andre the Giant Battle Royal , they unveiled an Ultimate Warrior statue with Warrior's wife and two daughters there.  HHH came out and talked about his interactions with Warrior before WrestleMania last year and talked about having to work through their previous problems.  Warrior's wife put over HHH as a pretty great guy.  They played Warrior's music and his wife and children shook the ropes.  
  • The show ended with Itami, Tatsumi Fujinami and HHH posing for photos together. (thanks to Mark Goebel)
  • Johnny Gargano injured his knee last night but isn't expected to miss any matches this weekend.
  • There is a World Series of Fighting show tomorrow night on NBC Sports Network.
  • Phil Baroni on Twitter said that he just got his flight and tickets to WrestleMania and is being brought in to sign a contract.  That's what he said.  Lots of MMA people are in town for the weekend.  Chael Sonnen will also be at WrestleMania but isn't arriving until Sunday. 
  • WWE studios and Gene Simmons of Kiss have signed  a three-picture co-production deal for a new company called Erebus Pictures which will finance and produce horror movies.  the first movie they are working together on is called "Temple."  The deal is that the company will  shop around for the worldwide rights for all the movies and WWE will promote the movies on television and all its other platforms.  The first movie will follow a team of highly trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down.  they begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena as they attempt to uncover who or what killed the team previously stationed at the compound.
  • WWE and Facebook will be working together on Sunday to promote each other, so expect lots of Facebook announcements during he show.  They are going to also push the fans at Levi's Stadium to comment on Facebook during the show.
  • Beneil Dariush will be facing Jim Miller on the 4/18 FOX card in Newark NJ.  Dariush replaces Paul Felder, who suffered a knee injury in training.
  • Tonight on FS 1

7 p.m. Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III

7:30 p.m. Ultimate Knockouts heavyweights

8 p.m. Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva II

8:30 p.m. Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt

9 p.m. Cain Velasquez:  Heart of a Warrior documentary

10 p.m. Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar (TV debut)

10:30 p.m. Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin (TV debut)

Tiger Mask & Sho Tanaka vs. Young Bucks

Captain New Japan & Mascara Dorada vs. Kenny Omega & Cody Hall

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Yohei Komatsu vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi

Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Tomoaki Honma vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Tetsuya Naito & Kushida & Alex Shelley vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta

Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo vs. A.J. Styles & Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi

  • Great Canadian Wrestling on 4/4 in Oshawa, ONT at the Harmony Creek Community Center.
  • FMLL on Sunday in Louisville has Atlantis & Blue Panther vs. Ultimo Guerrero & L.A. Park.
  • USA Championship Wrestling on 4/4 in Lebanon, TN at the National Guard Armory.
  • UFC Fight Pass will premiere a special Fightography segment on Dan Severn on Tuesday.  They also have a new Brock Lesnar series.
  • LDN Wrestling for Sunday in Margate, Kent, U.K. at the Margate Winter Gardens.
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 6/14 in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion.
  • Does anyone have contact info for George Napolitano?
  • During the Boomer and Carton morning show on WFAN in New York, the substitute hosts had WrestleMania brought and had no idea who Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns were and called it fake.  He said he went to a show once and the punches missed by a mile.  Taz then called in and talked about how it's not fake, how his career was cut short due to a neck injury but then acted like he was just joking around and talked about his new wrestling show.  Another co-host, who is a fan, then talked about the night Taz beat Kurt Angle in Madison Square Garden. (thanks to Jeff Rozner)
  • Kevin Gill interviews Adam Thornstowe about the King of Indies
  • Kenny Omega interview
  • Larry Zbyszko interview about the Sammartino feud, AWA title and the envelope with Baby Doll at
  • WrestleMania predictions from Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns
  • Really good story on Brock Lesnar
  • An article on lack of excitement leading into WrestleMania, Max Landis' Wrestling Isn't Wrestling, Perro Aguayo and more:
  • Randy Savage story in Sports Illustrated.  Pretty significant bullshit quotient.

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

1970 - King Curtis Iaukea & Buddy Austin beat Kinji Shibuya & Mitsu Arakawa in Sydney to win the IWA tag title

1970 - Bill Ross beat Jim Breaks in Stirling to win the European lightweight title

1988 - Bruiser Brody beat Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo to win the International title

1994 - Etsuko Mita & Mima Shimoda beat Mayumi Ozaki & Cutie Suzuki in Yokohama to win the JWP tag tiles

1995 - Manabu Nakanishi beat Yuji Nagata in Tokyo to win the New Japan Young Lions tournament

1996 - Lance Storm & Yuji Yasuraoka beat Gedo & Lion Do (Chris Jericho) to win the WAR Int. jr. tag titles

2003 - Ikuto Hidaka & Minoru Fujita beat Leonardo Spanky (Brian Kendrick) & Alex Shelley in Nagoya to win the Zero-One Int jr. title

TODAY'S PRO WRESTLING VIDEOS (thanks to Thomas Rude) MISC STUFF

Tosh.0 Web Redemption-Sting Wrestling Fan

5/11/15 Brad Armstrong Memorial 3 (Promo 1)

WWE

WWE Inbox (Episode 164)

Roman Reigns/Renee Young Snickers Commercial

Dean Ambrose's Journey To Wrestlemania

3/25/15 NXT--NXT Champion Kevin Owens Reacts To His Victory Over Finn Balor

3/26/15-Daniel Bryan Reveals His Plan To Steal The Show At Wrestlemania 31

Heyman Hustle:  Behind The Scenes During Wrestlemania Week

Canvas 2 Canvas-Wrestlemania 31 Goes Canvas 2 Canvas

Fight Network's Jon Pollock Interviews Jack Swagger

Fight Network's Jon Pollock Interviews Kevin Owens

3/26/15 WWE Smackdown "Fallout":  The Usos Have The Momentum

TNA

Low Ki Addresses Spud's Tactics For Defeating Him For The X Title

Kurt Angle Speaks After Winning The Title

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)

Saturday, March 28

1:00 AM ET
JOURNEY TO WM 30: DANIEL BRYAN Exclusive all-access pass following WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan behind the scenes before, during, and after his WrestleMania journey.

2:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA TODAY - FRI 2015 Live from WrestleMania Axxess, WWE Superstars and Legends share insights featuring exclusive interviews with Roman Reigns and John Cena.

4:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva Marie and Summer Rae battle outside the ring after being paired together; Ariane takes it too far when trying to become famous.

5:00 AM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO This episode of WCW Monday Nitro features a huge tag team main event when Sting teams with Hulk Hogan to face Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.

6:00 AM ET
WWE HALL OF FAME For the first time ever, the WWE Hall of Fame event is broadcast live in its entirety - only on the WWE Network!

10:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA TODAY - FRI 2015 Live from WrestleMania Axxess, WWE Superstars and Legends share insights featuring exclusive interviews with Roman Reigns and John Cena.

12:00 PM ET
JOURNEY TO WM 30: DANIEL BRYAN Exclusive all-access pass following WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan behind the scenes before, during, and after his WrestleMania journey.

1:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The story of the one of the most distinctive and storied championships in the world of sports entertainment and the men who held it.

2:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and Smackdown with This Week in WWE.

2:30 PM ET
WWE 24 The premiere episode of the original series, WWE24, takes you behind the spectacle of WrestleMania XXX and its most compelling stories.

3:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND Relive the historic final match of the WrestleMania IV tournament where Randy Savage took on the 'Million Dollar Man'.

4:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Exciting Celebrity Twists ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

5:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA TODAY - FRI 2015 Live from WrestleMania Axxess, WWE Superstars and Legends share insights featuring exclusive interviews with Roman Reigns and John Cena.

7:00 PM ET
WWE HALL OF FAME Maria Menounos hosts the most glamorous event of WWE. Superstars, Divas, Legends and celebrities walk the red carpet and tell all to Maria.

8:00 PM ET
WWE HALL OF FAME Randy Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger lead the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015. The WrestleMania eve tradition is live from Silicon Valley.

11:00 PM ET
WWE HALL OF FAME Randy Savage and Arnold Schwarzenegger lead the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015. The WrestleMania eve tradition is live from Silicon Valley.