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SAT. UPDATE: Further notes on death of Perro Aguayo Jr., UFC & NCAA previews, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

Tonight:

The NCAA National Wrestling Championship Finals air live from St. Louis at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Ohio State has already clinched the team championship, but the finals by weight class go like this:

125 - Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State) vs. Zeke Moisey (West Virginia)

133 - Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) vs. Cory Clark (Iowa)

141 - Logan Steiber (Ohio State) vs. Mitchell Port (Edinboro) [Stieber is attempting to become the fourth man in NCAA history to win four titles]

149 - Drake Houdashelt (Missouri) vs. David Habat (Edinboro)

157 - Isaiah Martinez (Illinois) vs. Brian Realbuto (Cornell)

165 - Alex Dieringer (Oklahoma State) vs. Taylor Walsh (Indiana)

174 - Tyler Wilips (Pittsburgh) vs. Matt Brown (Penn State)

184 - Gabe Dean (Cornell) vs. Nate Brown (Lehigh)

197 - Kyle Snyder (Ohio State) vs. Kyven Gadson (Iowa State)

HWT - Nick Gwiadowski (North Carolina State) vs. Adam Coon (Michigan)

UFC has a Fight Night card from Rio de Janiero, Brazil spread out across three different platforms for American viewers, at least:

Prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET

Fredy Serano vs. Bentley Syler

Jorge de Oliveira vs. Christos Giagos

 

Prelims on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET

Cain Carrizosa vs. Leonardo Mafra

Drew Dober vs. Leandro Silva

Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kevin Souza

Akbarh Arreola vs. Francisco Trinaldo

 

Main Card on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET

Andre Fili vs. Godofredo Pepey

Gilbert Burns vs. Alex Oliveira

Shayna Baszler vs. Amanda Nunes

Tony Martin vs. Leandro Santos

Josh Koscheck vs. Erick Silva

Ryan LaFlare vs. Demian Maia

This was the card that was originally set to be headlined by Urijah Faber vs. Raphael Assuncao, and with the Maia-LaFlare co-feature moved up to the main event as well as , it's not especially deep. The main event is definitely an interesting fight, as it's Maia's first back since being hospitalized with a bone infection and his first fight against a ranked opponent since his back to back losses to Jake Shields and Rory MacDonald that derailed his run at a title shot. This will either be the beginning of LaFlare's rise or a new beginning for Maia.

Koscheck, in the last fight of his contract, is a late replacement for for Ben Saunders, who would've made a big splash with a win. Whatever happens, with Erick Silva in there, the fight should be exciting while it lasts, but it could be very, very ugly for Koscheck, who was constantly rubbing his bad eye after getting hit by Jake Ellenberger a few weeks ago.

Elsewhere on the site, we have the Secret Psychic Spy's betting picks as well as a preview of the top two fights. If you're looking for technical breakdowns of each fight on the card, then Patrick Wyman at Sherdog has exactly that.

Also, if you're attending any of this weekend's WWE house shows, please send a report to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with a look at whatever is going on with NXT, plus notes on the upcoming WWE Jerry Lawler DVD as well as all of the usual reviews and international news.

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Bill DeMott's resignation, what led to it happening, incidents that are claimed to have taken place and a rundown of developmental, is the headline story in the March 16 double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have an update on what is going on with Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon, the WrestleMania card, more on Rampage Jackson's Bellator contract and what was in it, Al Haymon's attempt to bring boxing back to the mainstream and how this relates to wrestling and MMA, Coverage of the New Japan Cup and a look at PWG.

The latest issue of the observer Mar. 16, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Bill DeMott resigns from WWE, Brock Lesnar-WWE impasse continues, PWG live report

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--Renzo Gracie pleads guilty to assault charges

--Jason Miller arrested again

--Former UFC fighter tracks down robber

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Saturday Daily Update

-- Some additional information on the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. has come out since the original reports early this morning: MedioTiempo spoke to the athletic commission doctor and the official cause of death is being given as cervical spinal trauma. While additional camera angles have surfaced, it's still very unclear what happened since he seems like he might be out of it before the spots that people initially believed were responsible (since they were when he lost consciousness). The doctor was in the back tending to another wrestler with a spinal inury when everyone noticed something was wrong with Aguayo.

There have been a lot of comparisons to the deaths of Oro (Mexican wrestler who suffered a brain injury taking a "Kobashi bump" on his head off a chop) and Mitsuharu Misawa (suffered horrific neck damage, never got it checked out, and was internally decapitated by a bad bump on a back suplex). Unless there's an autopsy and there's some indication what kind of motion caused the injury, we may never know exactly what happened, though.

-- For those not familiar with lucha libre, Aguayo was the top heel in AAA and a major star in Mexico going back to his debut at 16 years old in 1995, and was arguably the most charismatic wrestler of his generation. A few matches to check out to remember him with (some are the first part of matches uploaded in multiple parts).

vs. Juventud Guerrera (AAA 6/18/95 - Olympic Wrestling Rules) - Perrito's pro debut. He's green, of course, but he's game and brings plenty to the match.

vs. Mistico (CMLL 2004?) - Arguably the best singles match of Mistico's original big main event run.

vs. Universo 2000 (CMLL 2006 - Hair vs. Hair) - Not their best match together (can't find it online), but the climax of my personal favorite Perrito feud.

vs. El Hijo del Santo (CMLL 2006) - Brawling, dives, technical wrestling, mask ripping, everything that makes lucha libre great.

vs. Myzteziz (AAA Sin Limite 2/28/15) - Great match against the original Mistico from a few weeks ago.

Descanse en paz.

-- SoCalUncensored has some additional details about the career of Cincinatti Red, who also passed away. Worth checking out to know more about the guy than just that he was Samoa Joe's original trainer.

-- CM Punk's UFC fighter portraits have started popping up after being added to the Getty Images editorial collection. He's clearly lost weight. UFC takes these of everyone so websites with Getty subscriptions have photos of as much of the roster as possible, and in Punk's case, they now have "CM Punk as a UFC fighter" photos.

-- A new photo of WrestleMania set construction showed up on Twitter last night.

-- Contrary to speculation, Mick Foley won't be adding a new show this week in San Jose since there very little time time to promote it.

-- VICE has a nice article abotu Sandra Gray, WWE's seamstress best known for her appearances on Total Divas. Most awesome thing learned from the article: She recently held a fashion show as a benefit for a local domestic violence shelter, and the models were WWE talent, including Cesaro and Roman Reigns.