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SUN. UPDATE: Aguayo coverage, Mania media and history, UFC fallout, History last night, Reigns peaking

By Dave Meltzer
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WWE continues with house shows on Sunday in San Diego (John Cena, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Big Show, Rusev) and Ontario, CA (Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett).and we're looking for reports on both shows to dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

Both Raw and Smackdown will be taped on Monday night in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.  The only thing that has been really pushed is that HHH will be there to address Sting.  It's really the most important Raw of the year, because it's the last one building WrestleMania.  Everyone including Brock Lesnar is booked.  Sting is not advertised but it would make no sense for him not to be there.

We've got a jam packed issue of news this week in the Observer, with the fallout of UFC 185 and the two title changes, The New Japan Cup and where the booking is going, the build toward Invasion Attack, more comments on the Bill DeMott situation in WWE, more on Rampage Jackson's Bellator contract and Scott Coker, under oath, goes through what happened in negotiations and why Bellator is suing, , plus we've got features on Larry Zbyszko and Tatsumi Fujinami and the WWE Hall of Fame, New Japan attempts to rebuild NOAH with a storyline that has gotten mainstream ink and the bus accident and problems leading to the Rey de Reyes show.

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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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--Lots of foreign stars head to England for Preston Championship Wrestling, including a star return from injury and a champion leaves

--Update on the Lucha Underground promotion

--More on Rey Mysterio and his leaving WWE

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--ROH tries to sign major act

--Update on the ROH show over WrestleMania week

--A look at the ROH weekend shows and business

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--Who the new champions are and how it happened

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--TNA TV schedule

--TNA ratings in Germany

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--TNA star misses TV for a while due to movie filming

--A look at what will happen on TNA television between now and early May

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--More on Rousey vs. Cyborg

--Why former TUF winner seems to have disappeared

--UFC fighter places in Jiu Jitsu tourney

--Two former Bellator champions test positive

--PBC signs a huge TV deal

--Notes on Phoenix Jones and his MMA debut

--Gracie vs. Hughes rematch signed

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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • There has been tons of worldwide media coverage for the death of Perro Aguayo Jr., largely due to the circumstances and that so much footage has been available.  It's a horrible tragedy, made worse by a lot of sensationalistic media giving the impression that Rey Mysterio Jr. killed him. 

There was a press conference yesterday in Tijuana where commission head Juan Carlos Pelayo said the death of Perro Aguayo Jr. was due to an accident in the ring and there was no blame.  Aguayo died at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, after he arrived in the hospital.  He suffered cardiac arrest in the hospital.

There were in-ring tributes to Aguayo Jr. all over Mexico and at a number of independent shows in the U.S. yesterday and I expect that to continue all week.  Since Lucha Underground has a lot of AAA talent, the vast majority of them knew Aguayo Jr. personally.  They had an in-ring ceremony at yesterday's tapings and Sexy Star and Fenix were crying very hard.  Fenix couldn't even stand and Konnan could barely talk.  Almost everyone was crying in the building.  There were a lot of Aguayo signs brought to the show but fans were asked not to hold them up because the shows taped last night and won't air for more than two months.

Aguayo Jr.'s funeral took place today in Guadalajara.  I don't have any details on it past that his father was there.  His father was not told about his son's death for a long time yesterday because he himself is in a bad way which, because he's so famous in Mexico, has been kept under wraps.

And yes, there have been death threats to Mysterio Jr.

Rey Mysterio was the single most searched for term on the Internet yesterday and as far as that goes, of the entire weekend so far.  

One fan who was at the WWE show in Anaheim said that he was surprised because nobody was talking about it, and there was a fairly substantial Hispanic crowd, and it's not like the death didn't make mainstream news and Rey Mysterio wasn't a well known former WWE star.  Several reports said Roman Reigns was super over at the show, more than Daniel Bryan, so at least with the usual house show audience, they accomplished what they set out to do.  The expectation is Reigns will be killed by the crowd even more Monday than Sunday if he wins the title with anything less than a brilliant scenario. 

Yet, it was the most read story yesterday on the Los Angeles Times web site. This is the story as it was covered internationally

New York Daily News coverage

Yahoo coverage

  • Our weekend Observer radio show is already up on the site talking Aguayo, why WWE considers Monday D-Day for Brock Lesnar, Dwayne Johnson wrestling again, UFC, Angle vs. Lashley, and a look back at WrestleMania 29.
  • John Cena will be on Jimmy Kimmel live Wednesday night to promote WrestleMania.
  • Much of the WWE talent will  arrive in the area on Tuesday morning.  Remember, there are no Smackdown tapings this week.  As is tradition on Mania week, Smackdown will have a few matches taped at Raw, and some cut-ins taped during the week.  Smackdown in Canada this week only will air on Thursday instead of Wednesday.  
  • Daniel Bryan on KNBR.com has a very good interview with Tom Tolbert promoting WrestleMania and all the WWE activities this week.
  • There are a lot of local TV ads for Fan Axxess.
  • Not a lot coming out of last night's UFC show.  Based on our own traffic as the show was going in, it had the least amount of interest of any show in a long time.  Although given the lineup, that was expected.  Not a lot in the way of news from the show aside from ref Eduardo Herdy stopping the Leandro Silva vs. Drew Dober fight just as Dober was escaping a not very dangerous guillotine in one of the worst ref stoppage finishes in UFC history.  There should be rules in place to allow bad calls like that to be review and overturned on the spot.  It should be noted that while Herdy was being called someone who knew nothing about the sport or the submission game, he's actually a BJJ black belt with a 2-0 MMA record.  The human element is such that mistakes happen but there should be means in place and rules that allow a mistake like that to be overruled and a fighter can continue.  Dana White was appalled, tweeting that Herdy should never referee again.  UFC paid Dober as if he had won the fight.
  • Dana White strongly implored the commission to change the result of that fight to a no contest.  The impression is that will not happen.
  • Regarding rumors that Herdy and Silva were actually teammates, that isn't true.  The confusion is that Herdy has a teammate named Leandro Silva, but it's a different fighter.
  • I've gotten feedback from a number of key people in wrestling regarding Conor McGregor at the UFC press conference on Friday and how he "gets it."  Like I said, if you're an aspiring wrestler, I'm not saying copy the guy, but you can learn a ton about overall heel demeanor from watching him.
  • UFC announced Giovani Decker as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager for Brazil.
  • Logan Steiber last night became only the fourth four-time NCAA champion in history, which was the big story at the tournament last night.  Steiber beat Mitchell Port of Edinobo 11-6 in what was put on as the main event of the show 
  • The New York Daily News had an extensive article looking back at the first WrestleMania
  • Max Landis' labor of love spoofing WWE for the past 15 years through the eyes of HHH.  He told me all about this a few weeks ago at the PWG show.  Pretty amazing stuff
  • In the same vein, a new song about The Young Bucks, Vince McMahon, Jim Cornette and me.
  • A look at the 20 year history of HooknShoot with Jeff Osborne, including how women's MMA got started as a somewhat structured  activity
  • AXS Fights this coming Friday will be a Muay Thai Lion Fight show from Temecula, CA, headlined by Kevin Ross (the former boyfriend of Gina Carano) defending his super lightweight title against Tetsuya Yamato, airing at 10 p.m. Eastern time, after the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura IC title match.
  • Premier Wrestling from Friday night in San Jose:  Gabriel Gallo (2-0) b Idris Jackson (1-2), Sledge (4-4) b Tyler Bateman (0-2), Jeff Cobb (5-2-1) b Dom Vitalli (0-2), Dylan Drake (4-3) b Julio Pedroza (3-3), Joe Graves (1-0-1) b Timothy Thatcher (2-2-1), Nicole Savoy (2-1) b Kahmora (0-1), JR Kratos (6-2) retained the Premier title over Marcus Lewis (4-3).  Great heat for the main event. Graves vs. Thatcher was a good technical match that the crowd liked.  Cobb is with Lucha Underground now.  Savoy is very athletic, needs more ring time but also has a good look.   
  • Big Time Wrestling from Friday night in Newark, CA before 1,200 fans:  Tony Vargas & Synn b Ballard Brothers-COR, Victor Sterling b Levi Shapiro, Frankie Kazarian b Kimo, Shane Kody & Chico Navarro & Mero Mero Kaka Meng & Jynx, Chris Masters b Jason Styles, Abyss b Joey Ryan.  Next show is 5/15 with Alberto Del Rio. (thanks to Derek Sousa)
  • ECW Super 8 tournament from last night in Woodbury Heights, NJ:  Jason Kincaid b Kai Katana, Corey Hollis b BJ Hancock, Jaxson James b Breaker Morant, Sean Carr b Napalm Bomb, Matt Saigon won over Bobby Shields and Ricky Martinez to win ECWA title, Jason Kincaid b Jaxson Jams, Corey Hollis b Sean Carr, Referee Phil Sly & J.D. Browning & Extreme Rednecks b Mr. Oui & Kid USA & Sam Shields, Renee Michelle b Tessa Blanchard to win ECWA women's title, Jason Kincaid b Corey Hollis to win the tournament.  Next show is 4/18 at the Woodbury Heights Convention Center.
  • Kissimmee Pro Wrestling from Thursday night in Kissimmiee, FL:  Gabriel Black b Chico Adams, Chasyn Rance b Ace Andrews, Mikey b Johnny Armani, Caribbean Sensation b Kody Kastle, Wayne Van Dyke b Tyranus, Santana Garrett b Ashley Mayberry to retain the NWA women's title, Santana Garrett & Andrea b Joey & Ashley Mayberry, Lince Dorado & Jay Rios & Jonathan Cruz b Aaron Epic & Aaron Solo & Jesus DeLeon.
  • Coastal Wrestling Federation from Friday night in Houston:  Cazador b Thrizo, Haywire b Medico del Loco, Mr Bigg b Phoenix, Mad Dog b Azul, Onyx Cooper DCOR Nate Lewis, Santana Garrett b La Reyna to keep NWA women's title.
  • I Believe In Wrestling on 3/28 in Orlando at the Team Vision Dojo.
  • Sonjay Dutt will be doing a seminar on 4/12 at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando for $30.
  • Great Canadian Wrestling on 4/4 in Oshawa, ONT at the Harmony Creek Community Hall featuring Rhino.
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling set its building record last night with 400 fans in East Carondelet, IL:  Sean Vincent b Waco, Bubba Troll b Daniel Gunner, Big Jim Hoffarth b Ax Allwardt-DQ, Curtis Wylde b Keith Smith Jr., Chaz Wesson d Brandon Espinosa, Bob Orton & Ricky Cruz & Red River Jack b Attila Khan & Bull Bronson & Chris Hargas 2/3 falls, Flash Flanagan b Bobby D, Gary Jackson b Ken Kasa to retain Classic title (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • River City Wrestling on 3/28 in San Antonio at the Guadeloupe Theater featuring former TNA star Hernandez.
  • Magnificent Championship Wrestling from last night in Brantford, ONT:  Del Bruno b Brandon Thurston, Mr. Atlantis b Kobe Durst, Vaughn Vertigo & Gabriel Fuerza b Ryan Swift & Eric Cairnie, Scott Chase b Tyler Tirva, Scotty O'Shea b Rex Atkins-DQ, Beautiful Beaa b Jennifer Blake, Rip Impact b Phil Atlas (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • Steel City Wrestling on 4/19 in Hamilton, ONT at Porcelain Records.
  • Acclaim Pro Wrestling on 3/30 in Ottawa, ONT at SPK-Dom Polski.
  • BTPW on 4/18 in Ottawa, ONT at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling article in the local newspaper
  • Prairie Wrestling Alliance from last night in Edmonton:  Brandon Von Danielson b Dylan Knight, The Sheiks won four-way to become PWA tag champions, Marky b Azrael, Brett Morgan b Michael Richard Blais, Gabriel LeStat b Chase Patrick-DQ, Colton Kelly b Frenetico (thanks to Dwayne Soper)
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling from last night in Frederick, MD:  Drolix & Chuck Lennox b Sudden Impact, Fenix Fury b Tremor, Sexy Steve & Jimmy Stars b Drake Carter & Shaun Cannon, Bodie Williams b Andrew Steele, Boogeyman b Andrew Steele, Brandon Dimarski b Hocus, Brandon Scott b Dirty Money, Matt Hardy & The Bruiser b Ryan McBride & Ken Dixon.  Next show is 4/18 in Windber, PA at the Windber Community Building.
  • Lucha Xtreme TV from last night on Fresno TV:  Thunder Rosa b Kikyo, Mike Rayne b Kevin El Devino, Brandon Pinion b Wiseguy 2/3 falls (thanks to Jon Southerland)
  • Empire Wrestling Federation on 3/28 at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, CA at 360 W. Court St.

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

2:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA XXX WrestleMania 30! On April 6, 2014, Superstars, Divas and Legends let the good times roll with a celebration thirty years in the making.

6:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and Smackdown with This Week in WWE.

6:30 PM ET
USOS 10 HOURS TO HOUSTON The Usos -10 Hours To Houston captures the compelling story of twins Josh and Jon Fatu from childhood to their WWE Tag Team Title reign.

7:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA XXX WrestleMania 30! On April 6, 2014, Superstars, Divas and Legends let the good times roll with a celebration thirty years in the making.

11:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA XXX WrestleMania 30! On April 6, 2014, Superstars, Divas and Legends let the good times roll with a celebration thirty years in the making.

 TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

3:00 AM ET
WWE NXT NXT goes on the road for the first time as they take over Columbus, Ohio during the Arnold Classic weekend.

4:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS Tag teams collide as The Lucha Dragons battle The Ascension in a rematch. Plus, Jack Swagger versus Adam Rose.

5:00 AM ET
LEGENDS HOUSE The WWE Legends play a game of 'How well do you know your roommates?' Then the group receives a visit from Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

6:00 AM ET
WRESTLEMANIA XXX WrestleMania 30! On April 6, 2014, Superstars, Divas and Legends let the good times roll with a celebration thirty years in the making.

10:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Rey Mysterio: The Biggest Little Man showcases some of the high-flying Superstar's most memorable moments and matches!

12:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA XXX WrestleMania 30! On April 6, 2014, Superstars, Divas and Legends let the good times roll with a celebration thirty years in the making.

4:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

5:00 PM ET
WWE NXT NXT goes on the road for the first time as they take over Columbus, Ohio during the Arnold Classic weekend.

6:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Summer Rae takes her relationship with Fandango to the next level; Brie can't enjoy being a bride, and Trinity betrays Jon behind his back.

7:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE It's WrestleMania week! Brock Lesnar gives a controversial interview, Orton issues a WrestleMania challenge, and Triple H gets honored.

7:30 PM ET
RAW PRE-SHOW From WWE Studios in Stamford Connecticut. Scott Stanford, David Otunga and Corey Graves cover all the events leading up to Monday Night Raw.

8:00 PM ET
WRESTLEMANIA REWIND Rewind and Relive the rivalry between the last outlaws in WWE - The Undertaker and Triple H, and their epic match from WrestleMania XXVII.

9:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Mysterious Superstars of all time!

10:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Summer Rae takes her relationship with Fandango to the next level; Brie can't enjoy being a bride, and Trinity betrays Jon behind his back.

11:06 PM ET
SCHWARZENEGGER HHH THE INTERVIEW 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Arnold Schwarzenegger and WWE Superstar Triple H sit down in this once-in-a-lifetime interview.

11:36 PM ET
WWE 24 The premiere episode of the original series, WWE24, takes you behind the spectacle of WrestleMania XXX and its most compelling stories.