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FRI. UPDATE: Huge weekend, New Japan PPV, UFC Star pranked, WWE star back, Nakamura vs. Bryan

By dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave Meltzer

For this weekend, we'll be doing our poll on the New Japan Invasion Attack show 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">dave@wrestlingobserver.com
 
No WWE house shows this weekend but we're looking for reports from NXT in Palatka, FL tonight and Orlando tomorrow night at dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

AGON ON iPPV tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern from the Cellular Arena in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Brent Metcalf vs. Aaron Pico - This is a pre-match of what will likely be the rivalry to determine who makes the 2016 Olympics at 143 pounds.  Both are top 20 in the world.  Pico is a high school junior right now who is already under contract to Bellator. 

Henry Cejudo (2008 gold medalist) vs. Tony Ramos (2014 NCAA champion and world team member)

Matt McDonough (2010 NCAA champion) vs. Angel Escobedo (who beat McDonough two weeks before he won the NCAA title)

Derek St. John vs. Jason Welch

Phil Keddy vs. Deron Winn

Justin Mejia vs. Austin Gomez (this year's California state champion vs. Illinois state champion)

Michael Kemerer vs. Fredy Stroke (this year's Pennsylvania State champion vs. Iowa state champion)

Alex Marinelli vs. Josh Shields (Ohio State champion vs. Arizona State champion)

Shine on iPPV tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern from The Orpheum in Ybor City, FL

Mia Yim vs. Santana Garrett Shine title vs. NWA title

Kimber Lee & Cherry bomb vs. Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa in Shine title vs Shimmer title unification

Jessicka Havok & Leva Bates vs. Sweet Saraya Knight & Su Yung no DQ

Nikki Storm vs Andrea

Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle vs. Crazy Mary Dobson & Solo Darling

Allysin Kay vs. Kay Lee Ray

Madison Eagles vs. Rosa Negra

Evie vs. Tessa Blanchard

Shazza McKenzie vs. Miss Rachel

 

New Japan World Pro Wrestling at 9 p.m. on AXS

Kazuchika Okada vs. A.J. Styles for IWGP heavyweight title

Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Kota Ibushi for IWGP jr. title

Young Bucks vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov for IWGP jr. tag title
 

TNA Impact tonight on Destination America at 9 p.m.

Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Lashley for TNA title

Eric Young vs. Bobby Roode submission match

Bram vs. Magnus falls count anywhere match

Glory kickboxing from Dubai airs tonight on Spike at 9 p.m. Eastern time 

Robin Van Roosmalen vs. Andy Ristie for lightweight title

Mosab Amrani vs. Gabriel Varga for featherweight title

Alex Pereira, Wayne Barrett, Simon Marcus and Jason Wilnis in a four-man middleweight tournament for a title shot

Saulo Cavalari vs. Artem Vakhitov

 

Legacy Fighting Championships tonight on AXS at 10 p.m.

Kathina Catron vs. Amber Stautzenberger

Rodney Allison vs. Daniel Hauenstein

Zach Church vs. James Warren

Mike Budnik vs. Evan Cutts

Justin Rader vs. Ricardo Ramos

Jonny Carson vs. Daniel Pineda

UFC on FS 1 at 11 a.m. Eastern for a rare morning/afternoon show from Fairfax, VA

Justin Jones (185.5) vs. Ron Stallings (185)

Shmail Abdurahimov (255) vs. Timothy Johnson (263.6)

Gray Maynard (155) vs. Alexander Yakovlvev (155.75)

Liz Carmouche (134.5) vs. Lauren Murphy (135)

Diego Ferrerira (155.5) vs. Dustin Poirier (155.5)

Clay Guida (146) vs. Robbie Peralta (145)

Milana Dudieva (135.5) vs. Julianna Pena (136)

Michael Chiesa (155.5) vs. Mitch Clarke (155)

Al Iaquinta (155.5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (156)

Ricardo Lamas (145.5) vs. Chad Mendes (145.5)

Masvidal missed weight but came back and dropped 1/2 pound and made it later.

ROH runs Saturday in San Antonio with Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish defending the tag titles against Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian, plus Alberto El Patron's final ROH match, teaming ACH & Matt Sydal vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe & Roderick Strong, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Raymond Rowe & Hanson, Dalton Castle vs. Donovan Dijak and Michael Elgin vs. Cedric Alexander.

New Japan Invasion Attack at 3 a.m. Eastern time/midnight Pacific on New Japan World live from Sumo Hall in Tokyo

Yohei Komatsu & Captain New Japan & Alex Shelley & Kushida & Yuji Nagata vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Ryusuke Taguchi & Sho Tanaka

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga & Cody Hall 

Young Bucks vs. Trent Baretta & Rocky Romero for IWGP jr. tag titles

Kenny Omega vs. Mascara Dorada for IWGP jr. title

Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. Michael Bennett & Matt Taven for IWGP tag titles

Togi Makabe & Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano

Kazuchika Okada vs. Bad Luck Fale

A.J. Styles vs. Kota Ibushi for IWGP heavyweight title    

Raw will be live Monday night from Austin, TX.

Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Dallas.

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We look at who were the most popular and talked about characters on the show, booking changes, show changes and more.

We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.

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Bill Goldberg talks about his relationship with WWE, we look at the Nikki Bella/A.J. Lee angle, Samoa Joe notes, changes on the 4/13 Raw show, Why Scotty 2 Hotty and Brian Christopher were not at the Hall of Fame with Rikishi, Phil Baroni and WWE, C.J. Parker giving notice, Ric Flair's funny comments that made Michael Cole change the subject and two new WWE movies.

We've got an update on the medical examiner's cause of death for Perro Aguayo Jr., how big the story was in Mexico, the plight this past week of Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr., the funeral of Aguayo Jr., Dorian Roldan talks the Aguayo death, Santo talks the Aguayo death, and his doctors talk about whether he came in with a serious injury.

We also look at the NXT show in San Jose, business notes on the show, why Vince McMahon extended the time, reaction to HHH, and full coverage of the show.  We also talk about what the NXT crowd showed about the plight of women performers in WWE.  We also look at the NXT tournament, and future of the NXT brand.

We also have full coverage of the ROH show in Redwood City, with match-by-match coverage and star ratings.

We also look at other stars of the weekend, and the other shows, nostalgia, hot matches and new stars.

We also have an exclusive look at New Japan's new U.S. TV deal, as well as what matches will be airing on what nights from when it starts.

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Also in this week's issue:

--Former fired main eventer brought back and what it says

--Full details on Pro Wrestling NOAH's upcoming tag team tournament

--The latest on the NOAH vs. Suzuki-gun feud

--Major news on Invasion Attack

--Update on New Japan ticket sales

--Jim Ross talks Okada

--Notes on New Japan's big show of he week

--More on the upcoming debut of Global Force Wrestling

--More on how the Tokyo Dome show did on PPV

--More on the death of Cincinnati Red

--WWE star's new comedy show

--Update on Mysterio and Lucha Underground

--Future of Lucha Underground

--Thoughts on the promotion touring

--End of the season notes

--More on Alberto El Patron and injuries and real fights

--More on the New Japan visit to ROH in May

--A look at other New Japan stars coming to ROH

--ROH star gives notice

--TNA inks Canadian English language TV deal

--More on thoughts regarding TNA embracing U.K. as a home promotion

--Notes on Destination America calling key shots with TNA

--Destination America changing programming

--TNA signing new overseas deals including getting a deal with a station that used to carny WWE

--Thoughts on McGregor vs. Aldo and featherweight records

--Amazing interest in the McGregor-Aldo press conference

--UFC first quarter and second quarter business notes

--UFC major executive gone

--Notes on Cris Cyborg's deal with UFC

--This week's UFC show

--Lots of new UFC matches

--More on commission overturning fight result

--Fourth Horsewoman signs contract

--Update on Nick Diaz

--Possible next fight for Josh Barnett

--Next Invicta show top fights

--Match of the year candidate in Bellator

--Bellator talking to a top ten ranked heavyweight boxer

--New Bellator fights

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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • In one fight, Floyd Mayweather is expected to surpass the all-time annual earnings record of any athlete in history, which would be about $115 million for Tiger Woods in 2008 and $110 million in 2009.
  • WWE Battleground PPV takes place on 7/19 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.  That building already just hosted Survivor Series in November and the NCAA tournament two weeks ago.
  • Sami Zayn returned to action after his shoulder injury at last night's NXT show in Tampa.  He beat Baron Corbin and then did an angle with Kevin Owens. 
  • WWE has a poll right now on its web site on who most deserves a title shot.  At last word, Roman Reigns was winning.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura, in response to the suggestion by Daniel Bryan that they have a match that airs both on the WWE Network and New Japan World:  "Anytime, anywhere I saw yes."  Isn't he supposed to say Yeaoh?
  • This is an update for the European tour which starts Wednesday.
  • One tour will have John Cena vs. Rusev for the U.S. title, Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton for the WWE title and Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper as the top matches..  The other tour has Roman Reigns vs. Big Show in a street fight, Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett for the IC title and Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler.  The reason this seems unbalanced with Cena and the WWE title on the same tour is because when the lineups were put together, Reigns was going to be champion, not Rollins.
  • As noted in this week's Observer, Steve Austin was never scheduled for any events this past weekend in San Jose.  He had never agreed to do anything.  Whether some people thought he was going to be there, that I don't know but I was told consistently leading up to the event and it's been confirmed that was never scheduled for anything and he's not the type who comes just to hang out.
  • Dwayne Johnson got the nod over Jimmy Fallon last night on Spike on the debut of Lip Sync Battle hosted by LL Cool J.  Johnson sang "Shake It off" and "Stayin Alive".  The show drew 2.21 million viewers on the first airing and 2.47 million on the replay.  Smackdown was the most watched show on cable last night with 2.74 million viewers.  Here is video.
  • Furious 7, which opened last night and did $15.8 million, is expected to hit $120 million to $130 million this weekend and break the all-time record for the month of April.  Dwayne Johnson and Ronda Rousey are both in the movie.  Fast 6 opened at $97 million.   
  • Justin Roberts on WWE's creating a story regarding both Ultimate Warrior and Conor Michalek
  • Jake Crist may be having to retire due to compressed vertebrae and severe lower back spasms caused by herniated discs.  He's wrestling his childhood idol, Shane Douglas, in what may be his final match tonight in Dayton for Rockstar Pro Wrestling at the Rockstar Pro Arena.   
  • Ultimate Fighter Brazil debuts on Fight Pass on Monday night and on Globo in Brazil on Sunday.
  • Chris Weidman, Cain Velasquez and Luke Rockhold will be guests on Inside MMA tonight at about 12:30 a.m. (after the fights)
  • Speaking of Rockhold, he got pranked on Wednesday for April Fool's when he was told Lyoto Machida was injured and his fight was off.  It's not of course.
  • UFC Fight Pass has added a new Fightography special with Dan Severn. and talked about his fight with Royce Gracie in 1994.
  • Jeff Monson headlines MMA Kings tonight in Fort Lauderdale, taped for airing on 4/16 on CBS Sports network at 10 p.m.  Here is a story on the show.
  • Daniel Bryan's autobiography is scheduled to be released on 7/21. 
  • WWE Studios is working with Richwater Films to produce two action movies, "Eliminators" and "Rampage."  Eliminators will star Scot Adkins and features Wade Barrett, about a former U.S. federal agent in the witness protection program who has to come out of hiding after his home is invaded and trying to save his daughter.  Rampage will is about an American counter terrorism operative who has to work with the British to take down a dangerous terrorist.
  • If you hadn't heard, Michael Cole will be back announcing on Raw Monday.  That's insane after claiming he broke his neck, but after Byron Saxton's performance, I kind of figured that would happen.    
  • Jerry Lawler will wrestle Bill Dundee on 5/23 in Memphis as a fund raiser trying to raise money to save the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis.
  • The Hulk Hogan Micro Championship Wrestilng shows scheduled for tonight in Philadelphia and tomorrow night in Allentown, PA have both been canceled because the promotion did not file the required paperwork with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.  Ticketholders can get a refund at the point of order, PhillyEventsTix.com
  • River City Wrestling tonight in Kirby, TX at the Turner Club with Sean Waltman and Hernandez.
  • Bobby Lashley has signed to be the spokesperson for Nutrabolics, a Canadian supplement company.
  • WWE has successfully moved to get the lawsuits filed by Evan Singleton and Vito LoGrasso moved from Pennsylvania to Connecticut.  They are also attempting to get the Nelson Frazier and Billy Jack Haynes suits moved to Connecticut.  All WWE contracts specially state that any legal action is agreed to be in Connecticut.
  • C4 Capital City Championship Combat on 4/18 in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club with Buxx Belmar vs. Josh Alexander as the main event.
  • CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Bengala & Robin b Furia Roja & Mr. Trueno, Cancerbero & Raziel & Virus b Omar Brunetti & Esfinge & Gallo, Sagrado b Blue Panther Jr., Blue Panther & Marco Corleone & Maximo b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Shocker-DQ, Mistico & Valiente & Volador Jr. b Ephesto & Lucifereno & Mephisto-DQ
  • Renegades of Wrestling on 4/11 in Laredo, TX at the ROW Headquarters.
  • Wrestle Force on 4/8 in Crawley, West Sussex, England at the Maidenblower Community Centre.
  • All Star Wrestling on 4/11 in Lebanon VA at the Lebanon Middle School featuring Jimmy Valiant
  • Velocity Championship Wrestling on 4/5 in Memphis at 3035 Directors Row headlined by DJ Zema Ion.
  • New England Championship Wrestling on 4/11 in Everett, MA at the Rec Centre with Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Mike McCarthy.
  • Total Action Wrestling on 4/12 in Leighton Buzzard, England at the Brooklands Club.
  • LDN Wrestling on 4/9 in Deal, Kent, England at the Astor Theatre,.
  • 4FW on 4/11 in Thatcham, Berkshire, England at the Thatcham Catholic Hall.
  • Pro Wrestling South on 4/10 in Bristol, TN at the National Guard Armory featuring Ricky Morton.
  • Pro Wrestling Ulster on 4/6 in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland at the Seagoe Hotel.
  • IWF Slam on 4/11 in Tupelo, MS at Goodtime Charlie's.
  • ECCW on 4/11 in Cloverdale, BC has a fans bring the weapons War Gems Chamber of Extreme match.  Jeff Jarrett appears on the show.
  • Premier Boxing Championships on 4/11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on NBC with Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson.
  • Reborn Wrestling on 4/11 in Johnson City, TN at the Trinity Assembly of God
  • A story on a woman who went on Tinder to get a date for WrestleMania
  • Story on the set of Lucha Underground
  • Match of the month balloting
  • Maria Menounos cuts a Dusty Rhodes promo on Ric Flair
  • Ch. 2 in Baltimore on the death of Perro Aguayo Jr.

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

1949 - Tarzan Lopez beat Bobby Bonales to win the Mexican national middleweight title

1980 - Antonio Inoki beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the NWF title

1983 - Riki Choshu beat Tatsumi Fujinami in Tokyo to win the WWF Int. title

1992 - El Satanico beat Lizmark in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title

1993 - Yukihiro Kanemura & Mitsuhiro Matsunaga beat Freddy Kruger (Doug Gilbert) & Leatherface (Mike Kirchner) to win the WING tag title

2005 - Aja Kong beat Meiko Satomura in Yokohama to win the AAAW title
 

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

INDY TV SHOWS

America's Most Liked Wrestling TV (Episode 4)

Smash Wrestling TV (Episode 45)

Reality Of Wrestling TV (Episode 45)

WWE

Wrestling With Rosenberg:  NXT's Charlotte Flair

Wrestling With Rosenberg:  Paige

Wrestling WIth Rosenberg:  Stardust

Wrestling WIth Rosenberg:  Bray Wyatt

Wrestling WIth Rosenberg:  Eva Marie

Wrestling WIth Rosenberg:  Finn Balor

Wrestling With Rosenberg:  Dean Ambrose

Wrestling With Rosenberg:  Paul Heyman

What's Wrong WIth This John Cena vs. Randy Orton Match?

Roman Reigns Reacts To His Wrestlemania Defeat

5 Things-5 Live WWE TV Fails

TNA

I'm With Spud Wednesday (Episode 23)

Between 3 Screens:  EC3 And Mr. Anderson Talk About...

MISC. STUFF

Dad You Don't Work, You Wrestle (Episode 115)

4/2/15 CHIKARA Event Center

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 102)

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event revisits some of greatest matches and moments from SNME!

1:30 AM ET
FIRST LOOK THE ROAD IS JERICHO A first look at Jericho's new home video! Jump in a limo and ride with Chris as he shares his favorite stories while traveling the country.

2:00 AM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!

3:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything.

4:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS While at Brie's bachelorette party in Mexico, Eva Marie struggles with her sobriety, and Nikki reveals a secret from her past!

5:00 AM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro the fallout from World War 3! Sting teams with Lex Luger to take on Brain Pillman and Arn Anderson.

6:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS While at Brie's bachelorette party in Mexico, Eva Marie struggles with her sobriety, and Nikki reveals a secret from her past!

7:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin tests the commitment of 14 men and women as they compete to become the next WWE superstar.

8:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The war comes to a shocking conclusion, upstaged only by the talents that cross enemy lines in the years that follow.

9:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA 31 At WrestleMania 31, Brock Lesnar defends his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns and Sting takes on Triple H.

1:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

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 QUICK HITS WWE Quick Hits brings you some of the most unique, entertaining, and sometimes outrageous clips, unearthed from the depths of WWE Network.

3:00 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Kamala battles Jake 'The Snake' Roberts. The Hart Foundation defend the WWE Tag Title against The British Bulldogs. Randy Savage and more.

4:30 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Randy Savage faces The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship. King Kong Bundy battles Paul Orndorff. Hulk Hogan and more.

6:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Greatest Tag Teams ever to form in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The war comes to a shocking conclusion, upstaged only by the talents that cross enemy lines in the years that follow.

8:00 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Kamala battles Jake 'The Snake' Roberts. The Hart Foundation defend the WWE Tag Title against The British Bulldogs. Randy Savage and more.

9:30 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Randy Savage faces The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship. King Kong Bundy battles Paul Orndorff. Hulk Hogan and more.

11:00 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Kamala battles Jake 'The Snake' Roberts. The Hart Foundation defend the WWE Tag Title against The British Bulldogs. Randy Savage and more.