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FRI. UPDATE: Weekend preview, Austin talks being at next year's Mania, Pacquiao-Mayweather PPV numbers, Corgan at TNA tapings, Faber hosts animated series, Sammartino movie on TV Sunday, Joe vs Hero

By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Broomfield, CO (Dean Ambrose, Ryback, Rusev, Bad News King Barrett, New Day, Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Luke Harper) and NXT in Largo, FL to dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com
TNA starts four days of television tapings tonight in Orlando with a show on a two-hour tape delay tonight on Destination America, and tapings for the next two months over the next several nights.
Tonight's show has announced Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young for the TNA title with a special referee, A fans pick the stipulation match with Ken Anderson vs. Ethan Carter III which will either be falls count anywhere or an arm wrestling match) and Gail Kim & Awesome Kong vs. Taryn Terrell & Jade & Marti Bell.
They announced the special referee would be the return of a former TNA champion.  If that is accurate, the list of those possible is short consisting of:
Sting (highly unlikely with his WWE deal)
Samoa Joe (which would be a surprise)
Mick Foley (also seems affiliated with WWE right now having just done a show for the network, so a long shot)
A.J. Styles (would seem unlikely with his different commitments including ROH starting Tuesday)
Rob Van Dam (a possibility)
Bully Ray (would be the least surprising)
Chris Sabin (also a possibility)
RFA vs. Legacy showdown tonight in Robinsonville, MS at the Horseshoe Tunica Resort & Casino on AXS at 10 p.m. Eastern time
Damacio Page vs. Alexandre Pantoja in a champion vs. champion flyweight title match
Luke Sanders vs. Terrion Ware for the RFA bantamweight title
Mike Bronzoulis vs. Dave Burrow for the vacant Legacy lightweight title
Adam Townsend vs. Yuri Villefort
Kevin Gray vs. Brian Hall
Charles Byrd vs. Bojan Velickovic
UFC has an All fight Pass show starting at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time Saturday night from Adelaide, Australia at the Adelaide Entertainment Center
Ben Nguyen vs. Alptekin Ozkilic
Vik Grujic vs. Brendan O'Reilly
Alex Chambers vs. Kailin Curran
Dylan Andrews vs. Brad Scott
Lisa Ellis vs. Bec Rawlings
Sam Alvey vs. Daniel Kelly
Kyle Noke vs. Jonavin Webb
Hatsu Hioki vs. Daniel Hooker
James Matthews vs. James Vick
Sean O'Connell vs. Anthony Perosh
Brad Tavares vs. Robert Whittaker
Mark Hunt vs. Stipe Miocic
There is a Metamoris (grappling) iPPV on Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern time at www.metamoris.com from a secret location (I'm not making this up) with no fans attending somewhere in Southern California. 
Josh Barnett vs. Ryron Gracie
Chael Sonnen vs. Renato Babalu Sobral
Joe Lauzon vs. Dustin Danis
Xande Ribiero vs. Keenan Cornelius
Roberto Satoshi vs. Clark Gracie
Jeff Monson vs. mystery opponent
We'll be looking for reports Saturday on TNA from Orlando, WWE in Louisville, KY (John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Ryback, Rusev, Bad News Barrett, New Day, Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Luke Harper) and Charleston, WV (Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Kane, Bray Wyatt) and NXT in Orlando.
The U.S. Open finals in freestyle wrestling will air at 10 p.m. Eastern on Saturday night on Universal Sports live, and then will air tape delayed on Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.  Universal Sports is Ch. 625 on DirecTV, but a lot of people won't get that channel.
We'll be looking for reports on Sunday from TNA in Orlando, WWE in Lexington, KY (John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Ryback, Rusev, Bad News Barrett, New Day, Tyson Kidd, Cesaro and Luke Harper) and Wheeling, WV (Randy Orton, Roman Reigns,Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Kane and Bray Wyatt.
Monday is the live Raw from Cincinnati which is the go-home Raw for Payback, so they are going to have to put a card together, plus TNA finishes its tapings in Orlando.
Tuesday has the first night of the ROH/New Japan tour in Philadelphia. There is no live broadcast of his event. 
Delirious vs. Gedo
Jay Lethal vs. Takaaki Watanabe
Roderick Strong vs. Kushida
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Michael Bennett & Matt Taven vs. Young Bucks (ROH tag champ vs. IWGP heavyweight tag champs vs. IWGP jr. tag champs)
Tetsuya Naito vs. Michael Elgin
Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger
A.J. Styles vs. ? (Adam Cole at last word was doubtful for the show due to his shoulder not recovering as fast as hoped for)
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Evansville, IN.  No John Cena or Randy Orton announced for that show.
Wednesday is the second night for ROH/New Japan in Philadelphia.  There is no live broadcast of this event.
Michael Elgin vs. Kushida
Adam Page vs. Takaaki Watanabe
Roderick Strong vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tetsuya Naito vs. Kyle O'Reilly
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo
Jay Lethal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Jushin Liger
A.J. Styles & Young Bucks vs. Matt Taven & Michael Bennett & ? (also scheduled as Adam Cole)
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We also look at the finals of the Pro Wrestling NOAH tag team tournament.
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--Mexican national welterweight title change
--Legend says going to the promotion that made him a legend is something he's now sorry about
--Dream match of two of 80s top babyfaces
--Arena Mexico anniversary show coverage
--Just how many shows there were in Mexico City on one day
--A look at the AAA World Cup tournament
--AAA's version of SummerSlam announced including the main events
--A look at two major AAA TV tapings
--Two huge AAA events looked at
--President of one wrestling company becomes CEO of another
--Road to Keiji Muto tournament
--Champion Carnival coverage
--New Japan's return to U.S. TV
--Terry Funk has one more match booked
--The strangest elimination for a shot in a world title tournament
--Notes on Global Force Wrestling
--A look at the announcing situation
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--Lots of surprises when it comes to talent
--Clarification on different talent
--Notes on funeral of Verne Gagne
--Why a wrestler shot up his office
--Gene Okerlund at the funeral
--Gagne vs. Dick Hutton as pro wrestlers at the funeral
--Preston City Wrestling notes
--Unique match the company is booking
--Who is coming to the group over the next few months
--Different versions of the Ron Wright plane blowing up story
--Update on Ventura lawsuit
--Phil Baroni's pro wrestling debut
--What other MMA names as well as actor involved with Baroni's first match
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--Tasteless angle
--More on Lucha Underground and what comes next
--Update on Adam Cole in ROH
--TNA's next PPV show
--TNA China tour cancellation and fallout
--Morale issues
--Update on Jeff Hardy
--Update on Billy Corgan and TNA
--What international act TNA is pursuing
--Update on TNA and Destination America
--TNA announcing situation
--More on Samoa Joe leaving
--Kurt Angle in Vin Diesel movie
--Dana White talks Jon Jones
--More on Khabib Nurmagomedov injury
--Rashad Evans targets return
--A look at the UFC light heavyweight title situation with Jon Jones gone
--Jon Jones threatened legal action against the Nevada commission
--A look at the legal letter
--UFC injuries and fight changes
--Stipulations for this week's UFC main event
--Update on UFC ticket sales
--Why judo officials aren't happy with UFC's rise
--Fighter retires due to concussion concern
--Fighters in a match next week get very heated over steroid charge
--Bellator signs K-1 Grand Prix winner     
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--Steve Austin did an interview with Sports Illustrated where he said he was pretty sure he'll be at next year's WrestleMania, given that it's in Texas.  Austin said his issues with WWE were a minor copyright issue which has been resolved.   He said relations with Vince McMahon were great, and also that he has one or two major announcements that he expects to make over the next two to four weeks.
--Kevin Iole reports that DirecTV sold 1.15 million PPVs for Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.  Dish sold 500,000 PPVs, while AT&T uVerse and Verizon Fios reported 600,000 sales.  So, not including most cable company numbers they already have 2.25 million.  That could indicate anywhere from 4.25 million to 5.6 million buys.       
--Billy Corgan will be at all four days of TNA tapings.  He did an interview on Chris Jericho's podcast and came off very well in it.  As noted before, he is a very real wrestling fan, and not just a guy with cursory knowledge, even having attended shows in places like Arena Mexico.  All of the shows prior to Slammiversary are being taped over the next four days, so they'll be taping for TV shows that air through 6/26.
--Jim Ross noted that the tornados on Wednesday came within three to five minutes of his home, which is not the first time he's been in a near miss-situation. He also talks the E:60 piece, NXT injuries and more at www.jrsbarbq.com   
--FS 1 will be airing a comedy animated series called Fight Stories hosted by Urijah Faber which debuts Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m.  The first episode has Faber interviewing comedian Josh Wolf, actor Skylar Astin and Mario Lopez.
--For Mother's Day, KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh will be airing a two hour documentary on Bruno Sammartino's mother at 4 p.m. Sunday.  I think many of you know the story of her keeping Sammartino and her children alive, including being shot by the Nazis and still climbing the mountain where the family was hiding out to bring them food. 
--A story on that movie is at
--In what is the latest date thus far announced for Samoa Joe, he is facing Chris Hero on a 6/6 show in Toronto for Smash Wrestilng at the Franklin Horner Community Center.  There will also be an all female show at 4 p.m. that night with Candice LaRae, Veda Scott, Portia Perez, Cherry Bomb and Courtney Rush.
--Bill Brady has resigned as a member of the Nevada Athletic Commission.  This is quite the time with the drug testing issues and upcoming hearings involving Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, as well as the fallout of the Manny Pacquiao injury being withheld.  
--TNA is debuting a PPV this weekend with these matches:
Tigre Uno vs. Sonjay Dutt
Kenny King vs.  Pepper Parks vs. Jay Rios
Manik vs. John Yurn (Mr. 450 Hammet from Puerto Rico)
Crazzy Steve vs. Great Sanada vs. Cruz
Rockstar Spud vs. Dalton Castle
DJ Zema Ion vs. Mikaze
Taryn Terrell vs. Angelina Love vs. Brooke vs. Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne ladder match
Davey Richards vs. Eddie Edwards (this was the match where Edwards broke his heel legit)
All the winners in an Ultimate X match 
--Sting, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler and Paige all will be appearing this weekend at the Wizard World Convention in Philadelphia.
--Aero Star & Drago & Fenix from AAA have been announced for CHIKARA's King of Trios tournament that takes place 9/4 to 9/6 in Palmer, PA. They are the second team announced, with the first being A.J. Styles & Young Bucks.
1971 - Albert Wall beat Gwyn Davies in Manchester to win the British heavyweight title
1976 - Abdullah the Butcher beat Giant Baba to win the Champion Carnival tournament
1982 - Tony St. Clair beat John Quinn in Hanley to win the ASP heavyweight title
2010 - Koji Kanemoto & El Samurai beat Ryusuke Taguchi & Prince Devitt in Tokyo to win the IWGP jr. tag title and the Super jr. tag team tournament
2011 - Rui Yugaji beat Great Sasuke in Yahaba to win the Tohoku Jr. title
--On Wednesday's Inside the NBA show, Shaq took a big bump getting out of his chair.  Later they showed superimposed footage like Randy Orton gave him an RKO and Randy Savage gave him an elbow.  Charles Barkley called Randy Orton "HHH."  (thanks to Ramin Shariati)
--WFC on 6/13 in Dewey, OK at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
--CHIKARA debuts on 5/23 at the new Wrestle Factory at 4711 Wingate St. in Philadelphia at 7 p.m.
--The Fight Network in Canada will be doing both pre-and-post game shows for tomorrow's UFC and will air the show itself starting at 11 p.m. with the final four matches.
--Roper's Sports Bar in Fridley, MN is being torn down.  The club used to be the home of monthly shows in the 80s and 90s and wrestles like Sean Waltman and Jerry Lynn were regulars, and also appearing there included Masa Saito, Road Warrior Hawk, Brad Rheingans, Madusa and Mad Dog Vachon. (thanks to Mick Karch)
--Daniel Puder will be running an event on 6/21 in Pasadena, TX a the Convention Center.  He expects to run four shows this year.  
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Dr. Freezer & Meteoro b Relampago Azul & Thunder Boy, Cancerbero & Jocker & Raziel b Hombre Bala Jr. & Super Halcon Jr., & Virgo, Misterioso Jr. & Pierroth & Sagrado b Esfinge & Gallo & Triton, Angel de Oro & Dragon Rojo & Marco Corleone b Euforia & Felino & Niebla Roja, La Mascara & Rush & La Sombra b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--The Crash promotion runs tonight in Tijuana with Angelico & Blue Demon Jr. & Psycho Clown vs. Brian Cage & El Texano Jr. & Mesias, plus a four-way for the cruiserweight title with Angel Metalico defending against Drago, Pentagon Jr. and Zarco, plus El Hijo del Fantasma (King Cuerno) vs. Fenix and a tag title match with Black Boy & Rey Hours vs. Bestia 666 & Mosco Negro vs. Daga & Steve Pain.
--Want to send best wishes to longtime reader Jeff Sharkey, whose father passed away. 
--ROH is doing a Mother's Day sale with 20% off all live DVDs and those with ringside memberships can get 35% off.
--The Wall Street Journal is promoting a subscribers Q&A with Ronda Rousey in Los Angeles.
--Empire State Wrestling on 5/16 in Niagara Falls, NY at the Frontier Fire Hall with Demolition, Rich Swann, AR Fox, Ethan Page,. Josh Alexander, Chris Hero, PJ black and more.
--There is a story about an MMA trainer who spent 16 months in jail for a murder he didn't commit at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-dania-man-murder-charge-dropped-20150507-story.html
--Todo Loco, the two-time TV champion of New England Championship Wrestling, was injured and is out of tomorrow night's Iron 8 Championships at the Cover Community Center in Beverly, MA.
--Canadian Wrestling Elite on 5/15 in Morden, Manitoba at the Access Event Centre at 7 p.m.
--IPW on 5/30 in Simcoe,ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion.
--Notes on a movie Doc Young is involved with that includes Jake Roberts and a funding campaign:

Hiya Toxic Tutu Supporters, Toxic Avenger and Troma fans, and Mark Torgl fans, and hell - even Doc Young fans (both of you!) - I want to thank you all for the love and support you've provided in getting our new movie Toxic Tutu made.

The movie has not only the fun of the Toxic Avenger, but also crosses over into the wrestling world with Jonny Fairplay, Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant, and Jake the Snake Roberts all in the movie! 

I am reaching out to you all one more and hopefully last time to say we have started a new Indiegogo campaign to help finish Toxic Tutu.

It's in the can and we're deep into post production but still need funds to finish post and get us up on the screen!

You don't have to give a lot, just whatever you can! Every little bit helps!

This will be the first, and probably last film I ever appear in. Please help make my dream become a reality!

Please check it out at http://igg.me/at/toxictutu2015/x/6222202

--Interview with Los Traumas I & II at Greetings!

--Johnny Mundo interview at


--Kevin Sullivan podcast at

--Interview with Tevita "Micah" Fifita of TNA at




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