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SAT. UPDATE: Tons of IPPV/Streams, Roldan on Aguayo death, NXT San Jose videos, Pederneiras on PEDs, and more

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by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.com

The WrestleMania weekend internet stream lineup for tonight is:

 

3:00 p.m. ET  Shimmer IPPV at WWNlive.com from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (Ongoing as this update goes up, only IPPV option includes video on demand after the fact) features a ChickFight tournament where the winner will get a shot at the Shimmer Championship. In the title match, Nicole Matthews defends against Tomoka Nakagawa, while the first round tournament matches are Portia Perez vs. Evie, Nicole Savoy vs. Candice LeRae, Nikki Storm vs. Cherry Bomb, Kay Lee Ray vs. Kimber Lee, Athena vs. Mia Yim, and Cheerleader Melissa vs. Jessicka Havok.

 

7:00 p.m. ET WWN Live Mercury Rising IPPV at WWNlive.com from the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds features Evolve Champion Drew Galloway vs. Dragon Gate USA Open the Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano in a title unification match (Austin Aries & Roderick Strong vs. Ricochet & Uhaa Nation; AR Fox vs. PJ Black, Chris Hero vs. Timothy Thatcher; Biff Busick vs. Drew Gulak vs. T.J. Perkins vs. Tommy End, Mia Yim & Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb vs. Nikki Storm & Nicole Matthews & Portia Perez, plus Rich Swann, Ethan Page, Caleb Konley and Brian Cage

 

7:00 p.m. ET WWE Hall of Fame red carpet show on WWE Network

 

8:00 p.m. ET WWE Hall of Fame from the on WWE Network from the SAP Center in San Jose with the inductions of Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rikishi, Tatsumi Fujinami, Madusa, Connor Michalek and Larry Zbyszko.

 

11:00 p.m. ET King of Indies Night 2 IPPV at WWNLive.com with Ultimo Dragon vs. Juventud Guerrera as the featured non-tournament match and the rest of the tournament, starting with these quarterfinal matchers: Brian Cage vs. Jeff Cobb, Rey Horus vs. Willie Mack, Luster the Legend vs. Adam Thornstowe, and Timothy Thatcher vs. Vinnie Massaro.

 

2:00 a.m. ET NJPW has a Road to Invasion Attack card live from Hamamatsu on NJPW World. Smaller show with tag matches across the board.

 

Also, on the MMA side of the coin, World Series of Fighting has a live card from Phoenix, Arizona at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network headlined by Justin Gaethje defending the lightweight title against Luis Palomino and Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva in a first round match in the light heavyweight title tournament. Hamill-Silva is a rematch of both men's last fights, which is widely considered one of the first fights of 2013.

 

We're looking for reports from every show tonight, whether they're the IPPVS (can be live thoughts or impressions watching at home) or the untelevised shows like WWE Fan Axxess (general thoughts on the show and results of any NXT matches), the third annual WrestleCon (including the Mania Memories brunch and Eric Bischoff-Bruce Prichard Face Off discussion), An Evening with Jim Ross, and the WrestleCon Supershow. Please send all reports to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com. Thanks!

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with a look at the current state of wrestling content piracy in light of recent developments like Tommy Dreamer's Facebook post and the arrest of WWE/UFC show capper "Sir Paul," as well as early notes on the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. and all of the usual reviews and international news.

Also, now available for the first time on Kindle (meaning Kindle devices and anything with the Kindle app) is Fall Guys, the seminal 1937 book that has been described as being like the 1930s version of the Wrestling Observer. It was surprisingly not on Kindle already, so we put together a nice version with a full table of contents w/ chapter marks, proper formatting on everything, etc. Right now it's available from the AmericanCanadian, and Australian Amazon/Kindle stores OR you can also buy it from anywhere in the world on PayHip, who will provide you with both Kindle and ePub (every other e-reader) format files, and you can either sideload them to your device or have them email it to your Kindle. 

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One of the year's biggest issues of the Observer is out this week, looking at WrestleMania, plus an extensive look at the life and death of Perro Aguayo Jr., the Brock Lesnar decision in depth, a look at the build to WrestleMania, Kevin Nash biography and more.

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One of the year's biggest issues of the Observer is out this week, looking at WrestleMania, plus an extensive look at the life and death of Perro Aguayo Jr., the Brock Lesnar decision in depth, a look at the build to WrestleMania, Kevin Nash biography and more.

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Saturday Daily Update

-- AAA General Manager Dorian Roldan visited Japan this past week and gave an interview to blogger Enuhito where they discussed the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. According to Roldan, what did the fatal neck damage was the bump Aguayo took to the floor where he hit the back of his head and neck on the apron, as the mat and padding that normally covers the edge of the apron had been pulled down throughout the show.

-- During WWE's annual Business Partner Summit today, Stephanie McMahon tweeted a quote from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, seemingly endorsing it in the process: ”Philanthropy is the future of marketing, it's the way brands are going to win." Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch quickly chimed in with replies, noting that this is not exactly the wisest sentiment to express publicly even if it's not exactly a secret, to say the least. It's also the day after the WWE/Make-a-Wish Foundation pizza party and the same day that Connor Michalek is getting the first annual Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame.

-- Without any advance promotion, Stephanie McMahon streamed part of the NXT show in San Jose last night from her phone on the Meerkat app, and it's been archived on YouTube. Since she's shooting on a phone camera in the back of the building, the wrestling itself isn't especially watchable, but you get a decent view of the entrances, including Bayley's. Elsewhere on YouTube, there are videos of Triple H's speech and many of Hideo Itami hitting the Go 2 Sleep, including this one from ringside.

-- A couple Roman Reigns articles on mainstream sports sites;

Fox Sports has a straight-up interview with him talking about his football days, Brock Lesnar, his entrance, and more.

Yahoo Sports has an article titled "WWE's Roman Reigns' real story is better than his fake one" which goes fairly in-depth into his football career, growing up in a wrestling family, and the negative response ho him from adult fans in the last few months.

-- For those of you who are into that sort of thing, someone was able to catch a lighting test of the WrestleMania entrance set on video and put it on YouTube.

-- John Pollock interviewed Kevin Owens for The Fight Network about his time in WWE so far and the status of his knee injury.

-- EVOLVE has a recap of Thursday night's Evolve 39 card on YouTube.

-- Andre Pederneiras, the owner and head coach of Nova Uniao, best known for Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, told UOL in Brazil that UFC may be less exciting if they institute strict drug testing. That's not necessarily something a prominent coach should be saying.