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--What happened with Matt Brown and Nate Diaz
 
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--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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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Very busy day here.  First, happy birthday to my father.  Second, Bryan, myself and Tom Lawlor are up for the weekend edition of Observer radio talking UFC from last night as well as a ton of wrestling news including Taz, Daniel Bryan, Seiya Sanada, ROH and more.
 
--Want to thank everyone for their help with reports the past two weeks on the WWE's European tour.  Some great reporters from all over the continent.  There were lots of raves that we heard both internally and externally for three-way tag title matches with Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. New Day vs. Los Matadores and for Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins matches.  The latter will be on Sunday's Extreme Rules show.
 
--Very sad to report that Ron Wright, one of the all-time greats of East Tennessee Wrestling, has entered hospice car.  He's been ill for some time.  Wright was a top heel in the 60s and 70s and later became a manager for Smoky Mountain Wrestling of the Dirty White Boy,.  
 
--Tommy & Doug Gilbert have sued both WWE, ESPN and ESPN Classics saying the companies have televised matches of Eddie Gilbert and Doug Gilbert without permission and without paying any royalties.  They are looking for a percentage of profits and damages.  A similar lawsuit against WWE by Doug Somerson (Pretty Boy Doug Somers) went nowhere, as did a 1997 case filed by Ricky Steamboat  The only difference is whether there will be a distinction between appearing on a free television show and as part of the paid WWE Network.  If one is on a DVD, they do pay royalties to the performers on the DVD.  So there may be a distinction between a paid network and free television.  But that would not apply to ESPN.  Doug & Eddie Gilbert appeared on the GWF shows on ESPN in the early 90s that later were replayed on ESPN Classics.  Doug worked sparingly with WCW but Eddie did more, and both would be on early  ECW tapes and Eddie would have matches in WCW and multiple territorial libraries.  They also cite Eddie being in the WWE Encyclopedia, but the argument that he will get royalties for being featured in the book is going nowhere.  ESPN had a similar case thrown out filed by Stevie "Wild Thing" Ray, who is not the more famous Stevie Ray of Harlem Heat, but an 80s and 90s wrestler.
 
--WWE released a statement saying, "Throughout the years, WWE has acquired the legal rights to library footage of various former wrestling organizations including Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Mid Southern Wrestling among many others.  WWE has made these substantial investments to acquire these copyrighted works and has the legal right to use them.  Similar cases in the past have been unsuccessful and we expect this case to be dismissed."
 
--The suit just came out in the news today on TMZ, but was actually filed on 3/11 in Henderson County, TN Chancery Court for the 26th Judicial District.  WWE, ESPN and ESPN Classics filed a motion on Wednesday to get the cases thrown out citing that the cases of Somerson, Ray and Richard Blood (Steamboat) went nowhere.
 
--Cub Swanson believed that he suffered a broken jaw and a broken hand in his loss last night to Max Holloway.
 
--From the weekend, while a ton of NBA and NHL stuff trended on Google, the only thing MMA related from last night was Paige VanZant, and not Luke Rockhold.
 
--The 5/12 ROH card will be announced tomorrow.  I think some or all of the rest of the shows with New Japan will be announced shortly as well.  I do know that ROH and New Japan have finalized the shows.
 
--Ultima Lucha, the final episode of Lucha Underground in season one, that will air as a two-hour special, will be taped today in Los Angeles at the temple in Boyle Heights.  Rey Mysterio Jr. is there.  That may not mean anything major since he has been to many Lucha Underground tapings.  But they were looking for a major blow out final show.
 
--Missy Hyatt, real name Melissa Hiatt, was arrested in Leon County, FL over WrestleMania weekend on charges of grand theft of more than $300 and less than $10,000.  Hyatt said that a woman left a jacket in her truck, and made a scene about wanting it back.  She said she couldn't find the jacket, a scene was made, the woman called the police and claimed the jacket was worth $10,000, although similar jackets go for $75 to $150 on ebay.  She said she heard a warrant was filed for her, turned herself in, was in jail for three hours but expects it to be thrown out or bumped down to a civil matter..
 
--When Mick Foley tapes his one man show this coming Friday night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, for the WWE Network, both Jim Ross and John Layfield will join him on the show.  This will be the day after the next NXT taping, Thursday night, in the same building.
 
--Real bad situation with William Regal on Twitter last name.  He apparently received a phone call from a phone number in a Houston hospital, and I believe he has family there, saying "Everything you love will be taken away from you."  He tweeted more about it but did not the police have been called.  I hope that is settled as quickly as possible.  He later said, "Someone calling from St. Joseph's Medical Center in Houston, TX is calling and threatening to harm my family.  Could someone there please look into this.  Thank you."
 
--The South Florida Sun-Sentinel sports section has a major article on the ATT vs. Blackzillians feud that will be featured when Ultimate Fighter returns Wednesday night on FS 1.
 
--Hulk Hogan was on the Barrett Jackson TV auto action yesterday afternoon at the podium with a Classic 1969 Chevy Camaro Z-28 which was auctioned off for three charities, one of which was the Conor Michalek Fund.  The auction raised $150,000.  He put over HHH & Stephanie McMahon, talked about John Cena breaking his Make a Wish records and tore his shirt but kept it on.
 
--FIP from last night in Orlando:  Deimos won five-way over Arik Royal, Nick Richards, Curt Stallion and Mike Outlaw, Rhett Giddins & Bolt Brady & Jeff Boom b Chasyn Rance & Monster Tarver & Martin Stone, Jody Kristofferson b Jack Gallows, Celtic Sinners b Trailer Park Nation, Rich Swann b Roderick Strong, The Savages b Lince Dorado & Jason Cade, Maxwell Chicago b Aaron Epic-DQ, Blake Edward Belakus b Jonny Vandal in a dog collar match.
 
--Evolve from last night in Orlando:  Santana Garrett b Andrea, Ethan Page b Martin Stone, Rey Hours b Andrew Everett, Timothy Thatcher b TJ Perkins, Biff Busick b Roderick Strong, Davey Richards b Trevor Lee, Rich Swann & Johnny Gargano b Caleb Konley & Anthony Nese (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--A story on the Bec Rawlings vs. Lisa Marie Ellis twitter war which is leading to a UFC fight at 

http://www.news.com.au/sport/boxing/bec-rawlings-angela-magana-and-lisa-ellis-engage-in-graphic-twitter-stoush/story-fndkzthy-1227310247758 (thanks to Tim Forge)

 
--EWF has a fund raiser on 4/24 in Azusa, CA at VFW Post 8070 and on 5/1 at the City of Industry, CA at the VFW Post 1944.  The 4/24 show is a fund raiser for the family of Cincinnati Red.   
 
--TNA pushed that Friday's show will be an All-Knockouts show with the debut of the Doll House (Mia Yim & Marti Bell) with the only men's match being the Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young TNA title match.
 
--The second night of the Global Tag League tournament of Pro Wrestling NOAH will be tomorrow (late night) in Tokyo with tournament matches of Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda vs. Akitoshi Saito & Quiet Storm, Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Shelton Benjamin & Brian Breaker and Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Maybach #2.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1884  Professor William Miller drew Doug Dinnie in Melbourne in a match billed for the Australian championship.  It was three matches, the first being Greco-Roman, won by Miller, the second being Scottish, won by Dinnie and the third being Catch-as-Catch-can.  It was ruled a draw when Miller suffered a broken leg in the catch-as-catch-can match.  Of the 480,000 people who lived in Melbourne, 8,000 of them were at the show.
1974 - Bill Ross beat Jim Beaks in Stirling, Scotland to win the European lightweight title
1985 - Shunji Kosugi beat Keiichi Yamada (Jushin Liger) to win the New Japan Young Lions tournament
1986 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bruiser Brody in Sendai to win the International title.  This was Brody's last singles match loss in Japan.
2002 - Electroshock & Chessman beat La Parka Jr. & Mascara Sagrada in Torreon to win the Mexican national tag title
2011 - Big Show & Kane beat Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater to win the WWE tag titles in London
2014 - Pentagon Jr. & Sexy Star beat Drago & Fabi Apache in Mexico City to win the AAA Mixed tag team titles
 
--Bellator signed Justin Lawrence to a multi-fight deal, which is notable because Lawrence is a former UFC fighter who was fighting with the Resurrection Fighting Alliance, and most of that company's successful talent goes to UFC.
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 5/2 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds featuring Rob Conway, Flash Flanagan and LuFisto.
 
--Friday night St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling in Alton, IL:  Jordan Lacey won four-way over JJ Garrett, Joe Heiken and Everett Connors, ACH & Davey Vega b Mikey McFinnegan & Zakk Sawyers, Alexandre Rudolph & Jake Parnell b Matt Cage & Alex Castle, Jeremy Wyatt & Christian Rose b Ricky Starks & Steve O. Reno, Devin & Mason Cutter b Brandon Espinosa & Angelus Layne, Jonathan Gresham b Louis Lyndon, Danny Adams b Donovan Danhausen Trik Davis b Paco Gonzalez, Devin & Mason Cutter b Alexandre Rudolph & Jake Parnell, Jeremy Wyatt & Christian Rose b ACH & Davey Vega, Gerald James b JoJo Bravo 2/3 falls
 
--Saturday night St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling in Alton, IL:  Jojo Bravo b Mikey McFinnegan, Ricky Starks b Brandon Espinosa, Paco Gonzalez won six-way over Jake Parnell, Donovan Danhausen, Jordan Lacey, Alex Castle and Angelus Layne, Danny Adams b Steve O Reno, Zak Sawyers b Trik Davis, ACH b Louis Lyndon, Davey Vega b Jonathan Gresham, Mat Fitchett b Evan Gelistico, Alexandre Rudolph b Jon Heiken, Gerald James b Paco Gonzalez 2/3 falls, Devin & Mason Cutter b Jeremy Wyatt & Christian Rose to become first SLA tag champions. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--Pure Wrestling Association on 5/9 in Chatham, ONT at the John D. Bradley Centre.
 
--HCW on 4/15 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England at the Habberley Social Club.
 
--Pro Wrestling Live on 4/24 in Walsall, West Midlands, England at the Saddlers Club.   
 
--Just Do Wrestling on 4/26 in St. Helens, Merseyside, England at the Windle Labour Club.
 
--Vision Pro Wrestling on 4/25 in St. John, New Brunswick at the Simonds Lions Club.
 
--Pro Wrestling Australia on 4/24 in Camden, New South Wales, Australia at the Civic Centre.
 
--605 Championship Wrestling on 4/24 in Clarksburg, WV at the Uptown Event Center.
 
--NASW/UWC on Saturday night in Greensboro at the Lewis Rec Center.
 
--Real Tennessee Wrestling on Friday night in Columbia, TN at 915 S Garden St.
 
--CMLL from last night at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City:  Mercurio b Mini Fantasy, Sensei b Rebelde, Virus b Hombre Bala Jr. (fans threw money in), Bobby Zavala b Starman, El Terrible & Kamaitachi & Rey Bucanero b Blue Panther Jr. & Dragon Lee & Valiente, Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero b Maximo & Volador Jr. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from last night in Windber, PA:  Drake Carter & Shaun Cannon b LL Green & Rick Powers, G-Fed b Andrew Steele, Dirty Money b Fenix Fury, Sexy Steve & Jimmy Stars b Drolix & Chuck Lennox, Bill Collier & Jimi the Hippie b Rob Locke &* Joe Key, Brandon Scott b Bo Nekoda, Amber Rodriguez won three-way over Brittany Force and Sara Feeny, Matt Hardy & The Bruiser b Ryan McBride & Ken Dixon in a TLC match.  Next show is 4/24 in Glen Burnie, MD at Michael's Eighth Avenue featuring Ric Flair.
 
--ROH is now on TV twice a week in Fresno, on Saturdays at 10 p.m. on Ch. 5 and Sunday's at 5 p.m. on Ch. 6.
 
--Lucha Xtreme TV results from last night on Fresno TV:  Kevin El Devinio b Jesse Poole in an I Quit match, Al Azar b Elemento, CB 3 b Mike Rayne, Manny Fernandez b Mustafa Saed-COR (thanks to Jon Southerland)
 
--From Monday night in Las Vegas at the CAC banquet:  Gabriel Gallo & Dom Vitalli b Levi Shapiro & Buddy Royal, Rik Luxury b Johnny Devine, Tokyo Monster Kahagas won Battle Royal, Bryce Slaven b El Torito Juventud, Andy Brown & Viking Warrior & RJ Ruiz b Archimedes & Richie Slade & Father Juan Roman, Matt Riviera b Americos to keep the Western State Heritage title, Kat Von Heez & Bambi Hall & Bobby Sharpe b Kiara Dillon & Andrea the Giant & Short Sleeve Sampson, Steve Anthony b Jushin Liger to win the NWA jr. title, Jody Kristofferson b Martin Casaus, Sir Samurai & Drake Frost b CJ Kurz & Bobby Hart, Rosa Negra over Barbi Hayden, Andrea the Giant and Santana Garrett to win the Luna Vachon Cup, Tokyo Monster Kahagaus b Dylan Drake to win the CAC Cup. (thanks to Brian Wescott)    
 
TODAY'S WRESTLING VIDEOS (thanks to Thomas Rude)
 

MISC. STUFF


4/17/15 Apter's Alley

4/17/15 Chikara Event Center

WWE


4/13/15 WWE RAW "Slam Of The Week"

4/16/15 WWE Smackdown "Slam Of The Week"

4/16/15 Top 10 WWE Smackdown Moments

The JBL & Renee Show (Episode 125)

WWE Top Ten:  Biggest Breakups

INDY TV SHOWS


America's Most Like Wrestling TV (Episode 6)

4/18/15 NWA Smoky Mountain TV

Reality Of Wrestling TV (Episode 48)

Monster Factory TV (Episode 4)

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

2:00 AM 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.

3:00 AM ET
WWE NXT Sami Zayn returns to in ring action as he takes on Rhyno in this week's main event.

4:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS This week Superstars is brought to you from across the pond in London. Plus, a rematch from last week as R-Truth and Curtis Axel go 1 on 1.

5:00 AM ET
OLD SCHOOL Old School WWE card from the Maple Leaf Gardens features Hulk Hogan defending the WWE Title against Paul Orndorff. Ricky Steamboat and more.

6:00 AM ET
WWE EXTREME RULES 2014 It's time to get extreme! John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Batista, and your favorite WWE Superstars at Extreme Rules 2014!

9:00 AM 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.

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

1:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Coolest Catchphrases ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

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

3:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR An industry icon's transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

4:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Coolest Catchphrases ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

5:00 PM ET
WWE NXT Sami Zayn returns to in ring action as he takes on Rhyno in this week's main event.

6:00 PM 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.

7:00 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Seth and Randy each pick a stipulation for their title match at Extreme Rules, Big Show attacks Reigns, and Sheamus has extreme plans.

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

9:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

10:00 PM 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.

11:06 PM ET
WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE The action continues with exclusive interviews, matches and fallout LIVE from Monday Night Raw.

11:11 PM ET
HULK HOGANS ROCK N WRESTLING On this episode of Rock 'n' Wrestling, JYD turns to Hulk Hogan and friends to build a super racer to defeat Roddy Piper's infamous Hot Rod.

11:36 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.