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MON. UPDATE: Raw, Steve Austin, ROH TV, Story on SF bar brawl, Hogan on ESPN

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Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Houston.

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* Who actually did the first pro wrestling music video?

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* How "real" songs make wrestlers stand out in a sea of in-house productions.

And much more. Plus, as always, we have  all of the usual reviews and international news.

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The breakdown of the ROH deal on Destination America, how this affects TNA, the time frame of both company's deals with the station and why this went down is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also look at Daniel Cormier winning the world championship and questions arising, full coverage of UFC 187, Full coverage of Samoa Joe to NXT and the last special, the AAA World Cup coverage, Bischoff sues TNA and the UFC hall of Fame.

The new issue is up on the site at June 1, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: ROH to Destination America, Bischoff sues TNA, UFC Hall of Fame

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We look at TNA's actions over the past week since the original Observer story broke, the expansion in coverage of ROH, why the ROH deal got done, how Dixie Carter handled the situation, the conference call with TNA talent and how it went, the lineup for the first month of ROH on Destination America and the key show to watch, what to expect from the ratings, the ROH PPV schedule and the Samoa Joe situation with ROH.

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We also look at Elimination Chamber, the Rusev injury, Ronda Rousey and next year's WrestleMania, talk about a gimmick for a future NXT special, notes on the new season of Total Divas, Notes on someone who is a TV star that got a tryout as a WWE star this past week and how it went, A look behind the scenes on the Daniel Bryan/A.J. Lee angle, how WWE is changing its thoughts on talent, another celebrity angle, NXT dates and a look at the upcoming Australia tour.

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We also have a full breakdown on the UFC Hall of Fame and its new members.  We look at their histories, why they are in and more.

We've got first word on the Extreme Rules PPV business.

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--Update on the next ROH PPV show

--TNA changes up television tapings and why

--Dixie Carter reality show

--Christy Hemme leaves company

--History of TNA sale talks

--Samoa Joe on why he left TNA

--Dana White talks UFC 189

--Where ticket sales for the show are coming from

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--Update on UFC in New York and where it stands

--Sara McMann thinking of legal action on the Reebok deal

--This week's UFC show

--Tons of new UFC fights

--Lawsuit settlement results in apologies

--Suspended fighter thinks about going to Olympics

--Hector Lombard talks Josh Barnett

--Ronda Rousey at the  Wall Street Journal cafe brunch

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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

 

  • Bryan and I will be back late tonight covering Raw, the death of Tommy Rogers and taking e-mail questions that can be sent to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
  • With only two weeks before Money in the Bank, tonight's show is going to have to heavily push the top matches.  As noted yesterday, both Big Show and Randy Orton were already in San Antonio last night.  Daniel Bryan is also there, although just being there doesn't necessarily mean on TV given all the changes that get made.
  • After Raw tonight will be the Stone Cold podcast with Paul Heyman as guest, which should be entertaining.
  • WWE was the second biggest searched topic yesterday on Google with 200,000, which is along the lines of what a fairly good performing B show would do.  Kim Kardashian was the only thing above WWE.  While most of the searches were for Elimination Chamber, the most searched for wrestler yesterday was Kevin Owens.
  • There were technical problems with the show in Germany.  The show was interrupted several times on the German PPV broadcast of the show, even during the replay, which included missing the finish of the women's match, part of the IC title chamber match and the beginning of the main event.  The announcers claimed it was due to a thunder storm in New York, saying that's where they were getting the signal from.  Because Elimination Chamber has a negative connotation in Germany, it was called "No Escape," in Germany.  We got some, but not a lot of people noting streaming problems on the network for the show. (thanks to Sebastian essner)
  • Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart were in Bristol, CT, today doing some ESPN shows.  The video is here.  He was there to promote WWE's involvement in the Special Olympics.  He said he wanted to wrestle at WrestleMania next year. 
     
  • Stephen Amell on Twitter is pushing his program with "Cody"
  • Wednesday is a big day for UFC holding a presentation about its Athlete Health and Performance program, which is expected to include extensive talk on a new drug testing program and will be the introduction of new hire Jeff Novitzky as the UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance.  They will also be unveiling their new Athlete Marketing and Development Program.
  • TNA today announced a new television deal with Nuvolari TV in Italy.  Impact will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. and repeated Sundays at 11 p.m..  They will also air 2014 shows every weeknight at 6 p.m., as well as PPV events.
  • Dave & Mark Schultz head the 2015 class for the Peninsula (San Francisco Bay Area) Sports Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame is located at the San Mateo County History museum in Redwood City.  Dave & Mark, whose lives were featured in the movie "Foxcatcher," went to Palo Alto High School where both were state champions, NCAA champions and Olympic gold medalists in wrestling.
  • The Wednesday debut of ROH on Destination America will be the same show that aired this past weekend in syndication.  Hopefully they added at least an introductory package and some new interviews to explain the product itself at the start of the show.  
  • The story I told last night on Observer radio about Leslie Smith at the bar in San Francisco when a guy grabbed one of her friends butts and then spit and punched her is here.
  • Figures Toy Company, which has the ROH action figures deal, has reached agreements not only with the Young Bucks for action figures but also will New Jack, Cliff Compton, Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins) and Joey Ryan.
  • WWE stock had a bad day, dropping 44 cents to $13.86 per share.
  • XCite Wrestling and ECPW have a fund raiser on 6/19 in Binghamton, NY at the American Legion Post 80 as a tribute to Brendan Fields, who wrestled for both promotions under the name Spike Norton, and passed away on 4/6 in an auto accident.  Matt Cross of Lucha Underground (Son of Havoc) will be on the show facing Joe Gacy.
  • New Japan has Super Juniors matches tomorrow with Rocky Romero vs. David Finlay III, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Yohei Komatsu, Barbaro Cavernario vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish vs. Mascara Dorada. 
  • WIA from last night in Swansea, IL:  Brandon Espinosa won three-way over Kevin Lee Davidson and Da'Marius Jones, Clownman Jacko won Battle Royal, Brandon Aarons won three-way over Leone Mephisto and LaMarcus Clinton, Chase King b Tyler Copeland, Jimmy D b Darkside-DQ, Gavin Alexander & Jayson Virtue b Jonathan Napier & Jason Allen (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Like in the U.S., "San Andreas" opened No. 1 this weekend in Australia doing $3.22 million.  Three of the top four movies of the weekend in Australia featured wrestlers with Mad Max:  Fury Road (Nathan Jones) at No. 2 and Pitch Perfect 2 (Lana) at No. 4. (thanks to James Stanios)
  • Premier Wrestling on Sunday at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA at 250 Old Gilroy St at 5 p.m. with JR Kratos (7-2) vs. Dylan Drake (4-3) for the Premier title, Timothy Thatcher (2-2-1) vs. Marcus Lewis (4-3), Jeff Cobb (5-2-1) vs. Kaimana (1-2), Gabriel Gallo (2-0) vs. Sledge (4-4), Joe Graves (1-0-1) vs. Buddy Royal (2-3) and Will Cuevas (1-2) vs. Dom Vitalli (0-3).  Tickets are at www.premierwrestle.com
  • Ronda Rousey is selling her 2005 Honda Accord on eBay.  At one point after the 2008 Olympics, she was living in the car.  She had still kept the car until now.  The car has 156,000 miles and needs a new transmission. 
  • Diana Hart, the sister of Bret Hart and mother of Davey Boy Smith Jr., has a book called "A Cauliflower Heart" coming out on 7/1.
  • IWA Mid South Wrestling from last night in New Albany, IN:  Dale Patricks b Dewey Barnes, Zodiak b Dustin Levay, Kathy Owens b Adam Bueller, Hy-Zaya b JC Rotten, Corporal Robinson, American Viking, Mikey McFinnegan and Sugar Dunkerton, Try Out Show Rejects b Viking War Party, Joseph Schwartz b Mitch Page, Kongo Kong b Shane Mercer to retain the IWA Mid South title, Kongo Kong b Dewey Barnes to retain the title, Hy-Zaya b Kongo Kong to win the title (Thanks to Nick Maniwa)
  • Stone Cutter Wrestling is presenting a taped Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars PPV in inDemand and DirecTV in the U.S. and Shaw in Canada.
  • World Series of Fighting has a show on NBC Sports Network on Friday night from Edmonton headlined by Lance Palmer (9-1) defending the featherweight title against Chris Horodecki (21-5-1), Smeanlinho Rama (9-1) defending the heavyweight title against Blagio Ivanov (11-1), Mark Drummond (7-2) vs. Michael Hill (7-3) and Hakeem Dawadu (4-0) vs. Chuka Willis (4-0).
  • Premier Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Winnipeg:  Jacob Creed b Kraven Sicario, Moses Luke & Steven Styles b Kado & Jack Spade, Jackie Lee won over Scott Justice and Shao Ming, Jeremy James Sanchez b Antonio Scorpio, Mentallo won three-way over Alexander Prime and Mike McSugar, Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens b London Dynasty & Michael Clark, Chad Tatum b Shaun Moore, Shao Ming won Rumble.  Next show is 7/11 featuring Omega vs. Mentallo (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)
  • Sabu headlines on 6/12 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium for NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling, plus Sigmon & Elliott Russell vs. Chase Owns & Chris Richards. 
  • An interview with Ethan Carter III
  • Los Angeles comedian Dan Black does a joke Tough Enough audition tape

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

12:06 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Biggest Crybabies of all time!

1:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva's sexy bachelorette in Curacao gets heated when TJ destroy's Nattie's hopes of rekindling their marriage.

2:06 AM ET
STONE COLD PODCAST WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with Paul Heyman!

3:06 AM ET
WCW SOULED OUT 1997 Hollywood Hogan defends WCW Title vs The Giant. Hall and Nash defend the Tag Team Titles vs The Steiners.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Biggest Crybabies of all time!

7:00 AM ET
STONE COLD PODCAST WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with Paul Heyman!

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva's sexy bachelorette in Curacao gets heated when TJ destroy's Nattie's hopes of rekindling their marriage.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Biggest Crybabies of all time!

10:00 AM ET
FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Daniel Bryan - Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

10:30 AM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES Corey Graves gets a culture shock immersing himself within the fascinating world of Marvel Comics, from their headquarters in New York City!

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Eva's sexy bachelorette in Curacao gets heated when TJ destroy's Nattie's hopes of rekindling their marriage.

12:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Biggest Crybabies of all time!

1:00 PM ET
STONE COLD PODCAST WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with Paul Heyman!

2:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The Miz gives the contestants a taste of what life as a WWE Superstar means outside the ring. Back in the gym, the competition heats up.

3:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

4:00 PM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young hangs out with the cast of Entourage to discuss their behind-the-scenes experience of the movie in theaters June 3rd!

4:06 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

5:04 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

6:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING A look inside the life and career of CM Punk from his early success in ECW to the top of the WWE.

8:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

9:00 PM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young hangs out with the cast of Entourage to discuss their behind-the-scenes experience of the movie in theaters June 3rd!

9:06 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR A controversial group of superstars set out to better sports entertainment and would rely on one another to do so.

10:04 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

11:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!