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FRI. UPDATE: Weekend update, Daniel Bryan injury note, Kliq reunion, Spike TV in U.K. airs British Invasion, TNA star gone, Ross, Crazy, Doc on Japanese wrestling, Hardys, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

By Dave Meltzer
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We're looking for reports on today's WWE shows in Dortmund, Germany (Roman Reigns vs. Big Show) and Antwerp, Belgium (John Cena vs. Rusev, Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton) a well as yesterday's shows from Budapest, Hungary, Toulouse, France and NXT in Gainesville, FL at dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com .
 
Impact on Spike tonight
 
First round matches in tag team tournament for the titles vacated by Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards due to Edwards breaking his heel:
 
Matt & Jeff Hardy vs. James Storm & Khoya
Rios & Tigre Uno vs. Bram & Ethan Carter III
Austin Aries & Bobby Roode vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz
Ken Anderson & Rockstar Spud vs. Low Ki & Kenny King
Winners of the four matches in an Ultimate X match for determine the new TNA tag team champions
 
Evolve on iPPV tonight from Ybor City, FL at www.WWNLive.com  at 9 p.m.
 
Antony Nese vs. Martin Stone
Caleb Konley vs. Rey Hours
Rich Swann vs. Ethan Page
Biff Busick vs. T.J. Perkins
Johnny Gargano vs. Davey Richards
Roderick Strong vs. Timothy Thatcher 2/3 falls
 
Aside from the UFC show, largely a quiet weekend.  There is no AXS show tonight, and New Japan on AXS finished its season so there is nothing again until late May.  Also nothing on Spike tonight.
 
UFC from Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center on Saturday
 
Fight Pass at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
 
Eddie Gordon (186) vs. Chris Dempsey (186)
Diego Brandao (145) vs. Jimy Hettes (146)
George Sullivan (171) vs. Tim Means (170)
 
FOX at 6 p.m. (for the first time there are eight matches live on FOX)
 
Takeya Mizugaki (136) vs. Aljamain Sterling (136)
Corey Anderson (205) vs. Gian Villante (206)
Ovince St. Preux (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)
Jim Miller (156) vs. Beneil Dariush (155)
Felice Herrig (115) vs. Paige VanZant (115)
Cub Swanson (145) vs. Max Holloway (146)
Ronaldo Jacare Souza (186) vs. Chris Camozzi (185)
Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Luke Rockhold (185)
 
The WWE European tour ends on Saturday with shows in Zurich, Switzerland (John Cena vs. Rusev, Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton) and Nuremberg, Germany (Roman Reigns vs. Big Show), plus there is an NXT show in Jacksonville.
 
FIP on iPPV Saturday from Orlando at www.WWNLive.com at 4 p.m.
 
Arik Royal vs. Curt Stallion vs. Mike Outlaw vs. Nick Richards
Zane Riley & Earl Cooter vs. CJ O'Doyle & Sideshow
Jody Kristofferson vs. Jack Gallows
Blake Edward Belakus vs. Jonny Vandal in a dog collar match
Maxwell Chicago vs. Aaron Epic for the Florida title
Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma vs. Jason Cade & Aaron Solow
Roderick Strong vs. Rich Swann for FIP title
 
Evolve on iPPV Saturday from Orlando at www.WWNLive.com at 7 p.m.
 
Ethan Page vs. Martin Stone
Rey Horus vs. Andrew Everett
Davey Richards vs. Trevor Lee
Timothy Thatcher vs. TJ Perkins
Roderick Strong vs. Biff Busick
Street fight for Open the United Gate tag title:  Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley vs. Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann
 
Pro Wrestling NOAH opens the Global Tag Wars on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
 
Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Super Crazy vs. Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda
Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Chris Hero & Colt Cabana
Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Maybach #2
Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka vs. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste 
 
Raw will be live on Monday night from Albany, NY.  The only match announced is The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow with the winner getting the brand.
 
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tomorrow night in Providence, RI.
 
We've got full coverage of the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony from two weeks ago along with a lot of backstage stories, truth vs. fiction on the stories told, as our lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have a ton of notes on ROH and the New Japan tour, Lucha Underground's future and what it needs, TNA and Destination America along with notes on Taz, the Briscoes, Daniel Bryan, the latest lawsuits against WWE and UFC and a look at WWE & TNA business for February.

 
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--Rey Bucanero gives his side of the Rey Mysterio Jr. retiring story
 
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--Unique major stipulation match in Dragon Gate in a few weeks
 
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--Notes on the upcoming King of Gate tournament
 
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--A look at NOAH's big show of the week
 
--Details of NOAH's Global Tag League tournament
 
--Three title matches including two from the U.S. on New Japan show in two weeks
 
--Notes on the return of the old FMW promotion with Atsushi Onita
 
--The shoot tournament going on for a pro wrestling world title
 
--News on Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling
 
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--Update on Bobby Heenan
 
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--Retirement of Tomoka Nakagawa
 
--Jim Ross and Lucha Underground and why they wanted him
 
--The current status of Lucha Underground
 
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--Ideas they had and where they stand
 
--Why Lucha Underground is having trouble catching on even with strong television
 
--Notes on the weekend TV tapings and where the show stands well into July
 
--Why the Briscoes turned down WWE
 
--Notes on the upcoming ROH and New Japan shows and challenges in booking
 
--What would have happened had the Briscoes left
 
--Notes on the Killer Elite Squad in ROH
 
--Notes on TNA's finances and late payment
 
--The TNA/Destination America relationship and key factors on it
 
--More on Bobby Lashley's next fight
 
--Notes on TNA going back to doing a live PPV show and the time frame
 
--UFC pioneer Kevin Rosier passes away
 
--Notes on tons of new UFC fights
 
--What UFC star is looking to compete in the 2016 Olympics in what sport
 
--What happened with Matt Brown and Nate Diaz
 
--Notes on the latest lawsuit against UFC
 
--How UFC is doing on TV in Canada
 
--Former hockey fighter signs with UFC for Montreal
 
--Crazy Wanderlei Silva interview
 
--Thoughts on Phil Davis signing with Bellator
 
--Fight of the Year
 
--Bill Goldberg fighting update
 
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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

 
--Our weekend show will be tomorrow night after the UFC.  I love FOX shows because they end two plus hours earlier than PPV and FS 1 shows.
 
--According to those on the tour, Daniel Bryan looks to have suffered a concussion at the 3/31 Smackdown tapings in the match with Sheamus where he got busted up.  Obviously if he was diagnosed with a concussion he wouldn't have been in the ring the last few weeks, so if that's the case, it was something they figured out Tuesday since he was sent home after the show.  But they clearly knew he was hurt because they were protecting him since the Fresno show. 
 
--WWE has produced a Kliq reunion DVD for release on 7/28.  It's Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Sean Waltman and HHH getting together plus a documentary on the history of the Kliq.
 
--Spike TV just launched in the U.K. and will air a four-hour block tomorrow night with the Bellator British Invasion countdown show at 9 p.m. and the Bellator British Invasion show from 2/27 airing at 10 p.m. (thanks to Matthew Singh-Dosanjh)
 
--TNA has released Seiya Sanada from his contract.  He wants to stay in the U.S. and work.  You can book independent dates on him through @JimmySuzuki1  Releasing Sanada who was a real talent that they had promised to use well tells me the TNA relationship with Wrestle-1 isn't in good shape.  
 
--The on-sale date for Ringside with Jim Ross on 8/22 in New York at the Gramercy Theater scheduled for today has been moved to Noon on Monday at Ticketmaster.com
 
--A 30 minute documentary on boxers Daniel Jacobs and Anthony Dirrell called "Never Give Up:  A Boxing Survival Story" airs tonight on Spike at 11:30 p.m.  This builds up next Friday's show on Spike with Jacobs vs. Caleb Truax and Dirrell vs. Badou Jack.  
 
--Mitsuhiro Kitamiya has chosen Super Crazy to be his partner, replacing the injured Takeshi Morishima, in the Global tag team tournament for NOAH that starts Sunday.
 
--The NBA announces blood testing for GH at

http://www.nba.com/2015/news/04/16/nba-and-nbpa-to-introduce-hgh-blood-testing/index.html (thanks to Denis Gorman)
 
When you start seeing athletes nailed at a fairly substantial rate for GH is only when you should take that seriously.
 
--Fox Sports 4 in Australia started a weekly UFC News show last night hosted by Richie Vaculik, Elvis Sinosic and Australian sports broadcaster Tara Rushton.  Vaculik announced he had just signed a new four-fight contract with UFC and is looking to fight in July.  The first guests were Demetrious Johnson, Luke Rockhold and Robert Whitaker.  Show is at

http://www.foxtel.com.au/got/whats-on/foxtel-insider/fox-sports/ufc-fight-week.html

--Something of a cool English language documentary originally on NHK in Japan on Japanese wrestling history and the local indie scene
 
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpbW9vx6-oM&feature=youtu.be
 
--This is the Mayweather-Pacquiao Countdown show before it airs on Showtime tomorrow night http://s.sho.com/1J4olnr
 
--Matt & Jeff Hardy talk the tag team tournament tonight at www.youtu.be/oj1E23uKSOs
 
--A crazy story involving a wrestler who became a deputy in Tulsa and is now charged with murder at
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/16/tulsa-sheriff-hit-with-pro-wrestler-suit.html?via=newsletter&source=DDMorning
 
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to  Graeme Cameron)

1975 - Jumbo Miyamoto beat Mariko Akagi in Tokyo to win the WWWA title
1983 - Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Ron Bass & Stan Hansen in Nagasaki to win the International tag team title
1985 - Lola Gonzalez beat Jaguar Yokota in Mexico City to win the UWA women's title
1989 - Tornado Negro beat Negro Casas in Tijuana to win the WWA welterweight title
1995 - Rey Misterio Jr. & Octagon & Super Muneco beat Tony Arce & Vulcano & Rocco Valente in Mexico City to win the Mexican national trios titles
1996 - Rayo de Jalisco Jr. beat Apolo Dantes in Mexico City to win the CMLL heavyweight title
1996 - Steve Grey beat Mal Sanders in Gravesend, UK to win the world middleweight title
2004 - Villanos IV & V beat Emilio Charles Jr. & Scorpio Jr. in Acapulco to win the UWA tag titles
2006 - Negro Casas & Mistico beat Averno & Mephisto in Mexico City to win the CMLL tag titles
2010 - Bison Smith & Keith Walker beat Takeshi Rikio & Mohammed Yone in Osaka to win the GHC tag title
2011 - Masaaki Mochizuki beat Masato Yoshino in Tokyo to win the Open the Dream Gate title
 
--ASWF tomorrow night in Tuckerman, AR at the Valiant Arena.
 
--National Fighting Championships on 4/25 at Center Stage in Atlanta.
 
--Vancouver Island Pro Wrestling on 4/24 in Duncan, BC at Eagles Hall and 4/25 in Port Alberni, BC at the Bavarian Centre.
 
--Total Action Wrestling on 4/25 in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England at the Dunstable Leisure Centre and 4/26 at Jury's Inn in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.  
 
--Supreme Pro Wrestling on 4/19 in Sacramento at 6200 McMahon Drive.
 
--Scottish Wrestling Entertainment on 4/25 in Dundee, Scotland at Ardler Complex.
 
--Next Wrestling Elites on 4/25 in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada at the Kin Centre.
 
--Premier British Wrestling on 4/25 in Airdrie, North Lanakarshire, Scotland at Town Hall featuring Grado.
 
--Trevor Murdoch is taking indie dates at Trevor.Murdoch@aol.com
 
--ROH canceled its 6/27 date in Pensacola, FL.  If you have tickets, refunds should be available at help@rohwrestling.com
 
TODAY'S WRESTLING VIDEOS (thanks to Thomas Rude)
 

TNA


Matt Hardy Talks The Hardys Setting Their Sights On Tag Team Gold

Bram Talks About Teaming Up With EC3 For Tag Team Gold

Austin Aries And Bobby Roode Teaming Up For Tag Team Gold

Rockstar Spud And Mr. Anderson Talk Teaming Up For Tag Team Gold 

I'm With Spud Wednesdays (Episode 25)

The Question Mark (Episode 4)

WWE


WWE Inbox (Episode 167)

Five WWE Matches That Really Happened

Roman Reigns Responds To The Big Show

4/15/15 NXT '"Breakdown" Featuring Enzo & Colin WIth Carmela

4/13/15 Top 10 WWE RAW Moments

Vince McMahon Pays Tribute To Ultimate Warrior

4/16/15 WWE Smackdown "Fallout"-Fandango Is Fired Up

Kane Has A Lot On His Mind-FIRST SEEN ON THE WWE APP: April 13, 2015

Roman Reigns Is Attended To By Medical Personnel-FIRST SEEN ON THE WWE APP; April 13, 2015

INDY TV SHOWS


Michigan Championship Wrestling Association "Epic" TV (Episode 2)

3/27/15 Future Stars Of Wrestling "High Octane" TV

4/4/15 Future Stars Of Wrestling "High Octane" TV

SMASH Wrestling TV (Episode 47)

America's Most Liked Wrestling TV (Season 1, Episode 3)

Reality Of Wrestling TV (Episode 47)

MISC. STUFF


EVOLVE Top Ten

Ringside Collectibles' "Ringside Or Riot" (Season 4, Episode 21)

Thoughts From The Throne (Episode 10)

AnarchyPro "Internet Beatdown" (Webisode 7)

POWW "Inside The Ropes" (Episode 6)

Dad You Don't Work, You Wrestle (Episode 117)

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 106)

LUCHA UNDERGROUND


Meet The Ring Announcer:  Melissa Santos

Warriors Of Lucha Underground:  Drago

FULL SHOWS


4/11/15 Atlantic Pro Wrestling (Full Event)

 
TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE
 

12:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The bigger they are, the harder they brawl! True Giants is an in-depth look at sports entertainment's most successful gargantuan Superstars.

2:00 AM ET
WWE NXT Sami Zayn returns to in ring action as he takes on Rhyno in this week's main event.

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 Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki's marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva's Championship.

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 EXTREME RULES 2010 John Cena vs Batista in Last Man Standing match for WWE Championship. Edge takes on Chris Jericho in a steel cage match.

9:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki's marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva's Championship.

10:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The bigger they are, the harder they brawl! True Giants is an in-depth look at sports entertainment's most successful gargantuan Superstars.

12:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Big Show stops by to offer advice to the contestants as the trainers begin to separate the pack by putting them through physical challenges.

1:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever 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
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

3:00 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Hulk Hogan defends the WWE Championship against King Kong Bundy. Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine battles Koko B. Ware. Jake Roberts and more.

4:30 PM ET
WWE MUSIC POWER 10 The premiere edition of WWE's all new top ten music countdown series. This week: the music of WrestleMania 31!

5:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and Smackdown with This Week in WWE.

5:30 PM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

6:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR An industry icon's transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

8:00 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Hulk Hogan defends the WWE Championship against King Kong Bundy. Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine battles Koko B. Ware. Jake Roberts and more.

9:30 PM ET
WWE MUSIC POWER 10 The premiere edition of WWE's all new top ten music countdown series. This week: the music of WrestleMania 31!

10:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and Smackdown with This Week in WWE.

10:30 PM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

11:00 PM ET
SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Hulk Hogan defends the WWE Championship against King Kong Bundy. Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine battles Koko B. Ware. Jake Roberts and more.