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THURS. UPDATE: More from NXT Takeover, Samoa Joe deal notes, What TNA talent has been told, White predicts 2 million buys for Rousey vs. Cyborg, Lawler, Angle

By Dave Meltzer
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We're looking for your thoughts on last night's NXT Takeover Unstoppable show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com  We're also looking for feedback from Saturday's UFC show.
 
We're also looking for reports from tonight's NXT tapings at Full Sail University in Orlando. 
 
Smackdown tonight on Syfy, taped in Norfolk
 
Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. Lucha Dragons vs. The Ascension vs. Los Matadores
Dolph Ziggler vs. King Barrett
R-Truth vs. Stardust
Macho Mandow & Axel Mania vs. Heath Slater & Adam Rose
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
 

The Beat the Streets wrestling from Times Square from this afternoon with the U.S. national team vs. Cuba airs tonight on NBC Sports Network at midnight. 
 
New Japan World has a live show at 5:30 a.m. Eastern and 2:30 a.m. Pacific
 
Jushin Liger vs. Yohei Komatsu
Alex Shelley vs. David Finlay III
Cavernario Barbaro vs Chase Owens
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba & Yoshi-Hashi
Rocky Romero vs. Bobby Fish
Trent Baretta vs. Kyle O'Reilly 
Mascara Dorada vs. Kushida
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Gedo
 
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We've also got notes on AAA's big show of he weekend, Verano de Escandalo, with many of the stars of Lucha Underground, as well as Rey Mysterio Jr.
 
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--One of biggest stars in Mexico under a police investigation and has been pulled from bookings
 
--Full details on how this went down
 
--Octagon first Arena Mexico appearance
 
--Big tournament coming up
 
--New Japan star headed to CMLL
 
--Huge head-to-head battle on Sunday with loaded shows a few miles from each other
 
--Lineup for the AAA World Cup tournament
 
--Notes on this week's iPPV of World Cup
 
--King of Gate tournament coming up to this finals this week
 
--One of the greatest pro wrestling stars of the 70s returns to Japan at the end of the month
 
--A look at all the New Japan Super Juniors shows of the week and complete New Japan World lineup of multiple shows
 
--Update on health of one of 80s biggest names
 
--More details on Global Force Wrestling including lineups for the first four shows
 
--Who are newcomers that they have added
 
--Who was pulled from the promotion
 
--An update on Scott Hall
 
--Update on Bill Goldberg and his appearance on a pro wrestling event
 
--Huge fund raiser to commemorate regional wrestling from the 70s with tons of area stars involved
 
--Notes on ROH Final Battle
 
--More on ROH signing of Moose
 
--Who else had made a play for him
 
--Main events for the next few ROH shows
 
--A look at ROH television over the next month
 
--Why this week's first-run Impact show didn't air in the U.S.
 
--A look at the Impact schedule and more on the time slot change
 
--TNA's U.K. tour notes
 
--More on Billy Corgan in TNA
 
--Dixie Carter talks to Steve Austin, fact vs. fiction
 
--TNA loses anther time slot
 
--A look at this coming week's UFC show
 
--Lots of UFC card changes and why
 
--UFC debuts in South Korea in the fall
 
--Who are the biggest stars from there
 
--Will UFC's books be made public due to lawsuit
 
--UFC expected to sign WSOF champion
 
--A look at all the activities in July in conjunction with UFC in Las Vegas and Fight Week
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--A look at Bellator's last show and next show
 
--Former Pride star put in jail
 
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--We will have an interview up today with Montreal historian Patric Laprade talking last night's NXT show as well as Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, The Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past weekend in Amsterdam, NY, and more.
 
--Thanks for all the compliments about this week's issue.  For those who didn't read it, the lead story is pretty much a must-read, given that the versions going around of it are leaving out key details.  The Nevada drug testing story is a game changer in the business.
 
--According to TNA talent, they've been told the rumors will be addressed at the next tapings.  In other words, at the end of June.
 
--Dana White yesterday on Jim Rome said that he guaranteed when Ronda Rousey faces Cris Cyborg that it would do 2 million buys.
 
--The clip of Jerry Lawler slapping Andy Kaufman was included in the final montage of David Letterman's final show last night and a glimpse of it was all over CNN this morning (thanks to Rishi Malhotra)
 
--Samoa Joe has a very unique deal with NXT in the sense he has very few restrictions on where he can work.  I was told it was similar to the Rhyno deal but for a lot more money.  His deal does include merchandise, and he had the same design T-shirt he wore already up for sale at shop.wwe.com (thanks to Jeff Parker)
 
--The National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo, IA, will have a special presentation at the Dan Gable Museum at 4 p.m. on 7/10.  Angle will be getting two Hall of Fame rings, one for his 1995 world championship and one for his 1996 Olympic gold medal.  Angle will not be appearing at the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame banquet on 7/11 as originally scheduled.  Scheduled at the banquet on 7/11 are Jim Ross, Gerald Brisco, Wes Brisco, J.J. Dillon, Baron Von Raschke, Danny Hodge, Jim Brunzell, Larry Hennig, Colt Cabana and Bob Holly, plus honorees Brian Blair, Wade Keller, Beth Phoenix, Matt Lindland and Greg Wojciechowski (Great Wojo).
 
--NWA Mid South on 6/20 in Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestle Plex features Tim Storm vs. Rob Conway vs. Alan Steel plus NWA jr. champion Steve Anthony vs. Seiya Sanada and Matt Riviera & Greg Anthony vs. Savio Vega & Americos.  Jim Cornette and Chris Cruise will be doing the announcing for the DVD.
 
--Last night on the show when we were asked if anyone had been sued over a shoot interview, well not a DVD, but as far as a podcast interview, there was C.M. Punk.
 
--Chris Hero will be facing Samoa Joe on 6/6 for Smash Wrestling in Etobicoke, ONT for Smash Wrestling Kicks ALS.  On 6/7, Hero will be doing a gauntlet match to raise money for ALS.  If fans can donate $2,000, he will wrestle for two hours straight against a variety of opponents.  This takes place at the Cross Body Academy in Waterloo, ONT.  For a $10 donation you can do a meet and greet with Hero plus see the matches and 100% of the money goes to ALS Canada.      
 
--CMLL's Dark Angel (Sarita in TNA, Sarah Stock) was one of the women in the Tyler Breeze ring entrance on the NXT show last night.
 
--WWE stock closed at $13.66 per share today, down five cents from yesterday.
 
--There was some heat from last night's NXT show because WWE oversold the show by a lot of tickets, meaning some ticketed customers couldn't get in, and the usual allotment of tickets to the Full Sail University students wasn't available, so there were a lot of angry people turned away.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
 
1965 - Toyonobori beat Fred Blassie in the finals of the World League tournament
1988 - Ciclon Ramirez beat Gran Markus Jr to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1990 - Cuchillo beat Yoshihiro Asai (Ultimo Dragon) to win the UWA middleweight title in Puebla
1993 - Dan Kroffat beat Masa Fuchi in Sapporo to win the All Japan world  jr. title
1996 - Mascara Magica beat Felino in Mexico City to win the CMLL welterweight title
2006 - Super Delfin beat Takeshi Minamino in Osaka to win the Tohoku Jr. title
2009 - Alex Koslov beat Extreme Tiger (Tigre Uno) and Alan Stone to become the first AAA cruiserweight champion
2010 - La Sombra & La Mascara & Mascara Dorada beat Hiroshi Tanahashi & Okumura & Taichi in Mexico City to win the CMLL trios titles
 
--Moose Ojinnaka is taking indie dates through Bill Behrens at www.sbibookings.com  He's based out of Atlanta.  Samoa Joe is also taking indie bookings based out of Tampa.  Others available include A.J. Styles (Atlanta), Christopher Daniels (Los Angeles), Frankie Kazarian (Los Angeles), Matt Sydal (Tampa) as well as the likes of Tommy Dreamer, Drew Galloway Sean Waltman,Abyss, James Storm, Eric Young, Kevin Nash, DDP, EC 3, Bully Ray & Devon, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Nunzio, Al Snow, ODB, Shannon Moore and Shane Helms.  
 
--TWE on Saturday in Middlesboro, UK at the Teeside University Student Union and Refectory Building.
 
--Joe Schilling vs. Hisaki Kato has been added to the 6/26 Bellator show in Mulvane, KS.  Bubba Jenkins (8-2), a former NCAA champion wrestler, faces Joe Wilk (18-10) in a featherweight bout on the same show.
 
--Jeff Jarrett is going to Mexico City on Sunday, saying he'll be scouting talent at the AAA World Cup tournament that will be on iPPV and do some commentary.
 
--Rockstar Pro Wrestling on 6/5 in Dayton at the Rockstar Pro Arena with Abyss vs. Ron Mathis and Davey Richards vs. Dave Crist
 
--Justin Gabriel, Michael Elgin, Jason Kincaid and Chase Owens headline for CWE on a tour with shows on 6/22 in Steinbach, Manitoba at the Legion Community Hall, 6/23 in Gimli, MB at the Gimli Dance Pavilion, 6/24 in Yorkton, SK at the Central School, 6/25 in Souris, MB and the Souris & Glenwood Memorial Complex and 6/26 in Winnipeg at the Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall.
 
--There is talk of tearing down the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which housed tons of major wrestling events over the years from the LeBell group, WWF, CMLL and AAA among others over the years.  If it is torn down, it will be to build a soccer stadium on the location.  With both The Forum and Staples Center, as well as the Honda Center, there really isn't a need for the Sports Arena these days. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez)
 
--Infinity Pro Wrestling on 5/30 in Bloomington, IN at the National Guard Armory headlined by Dave & Jake Crist. 
 
--One Championships and IMC Live are doing an MMA show in Guangzhou, China at the International Sports Arena on 6/20, coming off a sold out show in Beijing.
 
--The One Championship show tomorrow starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time from Kallang, Singapore, headlined by Shinya Aoki vs. Koji Ando.  It airs live in Canada on The Fight Network
 
Weigh-ins
 
Shinya Aoki (154) vs. Koji Ando (154.5) for lightweight title
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok (114) vs. Roy Doliguez (113.5) for strawweight title
Ev Ting (145) vs. Marat Gafurov (145)
Lowen Tynanes (153) vs.  Kuat Khamitov (154.5)
Eddie Ng (154.5) vs. Ariel Sexton (154.5)
Stephen Langdown (134.5) vs. A La Teng Hei Li (134.5)
Amir Khan (144) vs. Shannon Wiratchai (145)
Benedict Ang (143.5) vs. Waquar Umar (144)
Angela Lee (114) vs. Aya Saeid Saber (114)
Ali Yaakub (121.5) vs. Jianbing Yang (125)
 
 

--Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale headlines the Premier Boxing show at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC Saturday from the Agganis Arena in Boston.
 
--NWA Vendetta Championship Wrestling fro Sunday in Chowchilla, CA:  Ricky Ruffin b Perry Von Vicious, Holly Renee & Shane Ballard & Shannon Ballard b Kiara Dillon & Jinx the Jester & Jeckles the Jester, Tsunami b Mike Rayne, Cyanide & Vintage Dragon b Buddy Royal & Levi Shapiro, Matt Riviera b Jeff Jarrett for Western States Heritage title, Carlito b Ricardo Rodriguez (thanks to Joseph Duncan)
 
--A note regarding a debate on whether the 2002 WWE Global Warning show from Melbourne's Colonial Stadium (now Etihad Stadium) aired on PPV, it did not, but it was released on a commercial DVD.  The show drew about 56,000 fans with Rock vs. HHH vs. Brock Lesnar as the main event.
 
--Lucha Xtreme iPPV on Sunday from the Fresno's Grizzlies Stadium.  The only match announced is a fatal four-way for their heavyweight title from JR Kratos vs. Brandon Groom vs. Dylan Drake vs. Mike Rayne.  Tickets are $25 and include both the baseball game at 2 p.m. and the wrestling show which is scheduled to start at about 4:30 p.m.
 
--Evolve 43 on 5/30 at La Boom in Queens at 6 p.m. Eastern on iPPV
 
Drew Galloway vs. Biff Busick for Dragon Gate USA title
Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann vs. Drew Gulak & ? for tag titles
Caleb Konley vs. Davey Richards
Chris Hero vs Trevor Lee
TJ Perkins vs. Mike Bailey
Anthony Nese vs. Rey Hours
 
--Evolve 44 on 5/31 in Ronkonkoma, NY on Long Island
 
Drew Galloway vs. Roderick Strong for Evolve title
Davey Richards vs. Drew Gulak
Rich Swann vs. Trevor Lee
Biff Busick vs. Mike Bailey
Anthony Nese vs TJ Perkins
Rey Hours vs. ?
 
--On Monday Night's Chicago White Sox game against Cleveland, during the eighth inning, after Melky Cabrera of the White Sox made a great catch to the top half of the inning, they played "Rise of the Valkyrie" and a few people started a "Yes" chant (thanks to Jacob Burnett)
 
--WWE uploaded a lot of Raw's from 1997, but they skipped the episode where Rocky Maivia won the IC title from HHH and where Shawn Michaels lost his smile and retired when he was supposed to drop the title that night to Sid Vicious. (thanks to Dave Pordy)
 
--Bushwhacker Luke was added to Saturday's show in Pickering, ONT for Destiny World Wrestling.
 
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr. b Leono & Sensei, Arkangel de la Muerte & Disturbio & Furia Chicana b Black Tiger & Oro Jr. & Tigre Rojo Jr., Amapola & Reyna Isis & Tiffany b Estrellita & Goya Kong & Marcela, Angel de Oro & Stigma & Ttian b Morphosis & Hechicero & Ripper, Marco Corleone & La Mascara & La Sombra b El Terrible & Rey Escorpion & Vangellys, Rush b Ultimo Guerrero-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Barrie Wrestling on 7/1 in Orillia, ONT at Terry Fox Circle at Couchiching Park
 
--Acclaim Pro Wrestling on 5/30 in Ottawa, ONT at the SPK-Dom Polski
 
--C4 Wrestling on Saturday in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club with Pinkie Sanchez & Chris Dickinson & JAKA vs Buxx Belmar & Mike Bailey & Sexxy Eddy.
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix has its 10th anniversary show on Saturday in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory with Scott 2 Hotty in a ladder match.
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling on 6/19 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD has Mick Foley, Melina Perez, Rene Michelle, Mickie James, Tessa Blanchard, and Lisa Varon for a show called Ladies Night.  
 
--Cutting Edge Wrestling on 6/18 i St. John's Newfoundland at the CLB Armory. 
 
--Pure Wrestling Association on 5/30 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club.  They also run 5/22 in Courtenay, BC at the K'omoks First Nation Band Hall.
 
--Hard Knocks Fighting tomorow night at 11 p.m. Eastern on The Fight Network from the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary featuring former UFC fighter Nick Ring (13-3) in his first match outside UFC against Jason Zentgraf (8-2). 
 
--Prairie Wrestling Alliance on 7/4 in Edmonton, at the Northgate Lions Rec Centre  featuring Samoa Joe and Lisa Varon.  They also run on Saturday night in the same building. 
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on Friday and Saturday night in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School for the J.T. Lightning Invitational tournament.  Samoa Joe vs. Johnny Gargano takes place in a non-tournament match on Saturday night.  Among those in the tournament itself that starts on Friday are Too Cold Scorpio, Little Guido, Cheech, B.J. Whitmer, Doug Gilbert, Nick Gage, Raymond Rowe, Tyson Dux, Louis Lyndon, Josh Prohibition, DJ Zema Ion, Cedric Alexander, Colin Delaney, Jennifer Blake and Flip Kendrick.
 
--A story on Ronda Rousey saying she'd never fight Floyd Mayweather at

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2015/05/19/zing-ronda-rousey-says-shed-never-fight-floyd-mayweather-unless-we-ended-up-dating/?tid=HP_sports?tid=HP_sports (thanks to Chris Cruise) 

--FuRyu today release three New Japan themed home screen themes for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan with one NJPW logo and two Hiroshi Tanahashi. See http://www.furyu.jp/2015/05/3ds-theme-newjapanprowrestling.html for details. (thanks to Brian Cooper)

--Best of the Super Juniors preview at

http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/japan/new-japan-best-of-the-super-jr-xxii-preview-block-a
--John Hitchcock interview on Greensboro wrestling history

http://wunc.org/post/golden-age-professional-wrestling
 
--A story on the Generation X pro wrestling legacy

http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/05/generation-xs-pro-wrestling-legacy.html

--A story on Honky Tonk Man at
 

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/05/honky_tonk_man_to_shake_rattle.html#incart_river_mobile (thanks to Jim Ward)  
 

TODAY'S PRO WRESTLING VIDEOS (by Thomas Rude)
 

WWE


The JBL & Renee Show (Episode 129)

5/18/15 WWE RAW "Fallout":  Ziggler Gets The Girl

Elimination Chamber Declarations:  First Seen On The WWE App; April 19, 2015

WWE Canvas 2 Canvas:  Junkyard Dog Hits The Canvas

Zayn On Owens' RAW Debut

5/18/15 Top Ten WWE RAW Moments

NXT TakeOver:  Unstoppable Pre-Show

Rusev Reacts To Lana Kissing Dolph Ziggler:  WWE.Com Exclusive

5 Things-5 Forgotten Faction Members

INDY TV SHOWS


5/16/15 Southern States Wrestling TV

3XWrestling "All Stars Of The Midwest" TV (Episode 18)

Chaotic Wrestling "ChaotiCast" TV (Episode 29)

America's Most Liked Wrestling TV (Episode 11)

West Coast Wrestling Connection TV (Episode 51)

Anarchy Wrestling TV (Episode 484)

Pro Wrestling Syndicate TV (Episode 18)

5/1/15 Future Stars Of Wrestling "High Octane" TV

Smash Wrestling TV (Episode 52)

CWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling "Worldwide" TV (Episode 1)

TNA


IMPACT in 60:  May 15, 2015-Hardcore War!  Best Of 5 Tag Team Series And More!

The Question Mark (Episode 8)

MISC. STUFF


The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 114)

Jushin "Thunder" Liger On "The Apter Chat"

Top 5 Moves Of Max Smashmaster

CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go (Episode 416)

Michael Elgin on "The Apter Chat"

Dad You Don't Work, You Wrestle (Episode 120)

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

Friday, May 21,2015

12:00 AM ET
RAW FLASHBACK    The 1-2-3 Kid once again shows Razor Ramon his determination to win. Jerry 'The King' Lawler unveils a surprise for Bret Hart.

1:00 AM ET
FIRST LOOK    First Look: It's Good To Be King

1:30 AM ET
CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES    Corey Graves heads down to one of his favorite tattoo shops in the heart of New York City!

2:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN    Counting down the top ten most stylish ring attire ever worn by a WWE Superstar.

3:00 AM ET
WWE PAYBACK 2015    Seth Rollins defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4 Way Match against Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns!

6:00 AM ET
NXT TAKEOVER UNSTOPPABLE    Sami Zayn looks to end the title reign of his former best friend, NXT Champion Kevin Owens at NXT TakeOver Unstoppable.

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS    Ariane's mother calles with a desperate plea for help, and Eva is shocked when Jonathan makes a dangerous decision without her consent.

9:00 AM ET
NXT TAKEOVER UNSTOPPABLE    Sami Zayn looks to end the title reign of his former best friend, NXT Champion Kevin Owens at NXT TakeOver Unstoppable.

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS    Ariane's mother calles with a desperate plea for help, and Eva is shocked when Jonathan makes a dangerous decision without her consent.

12:00 PM ET
NXT TAKEOVER UNSTOPPABLE    Sami Zayn looks to end the title reign of his former best friend, NXT Champion Kevin Owens at NXT TakeOver Unstoppable.

2:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS    Ariane's mother calles with a desperate plea for help, and Eva is shocked when Jonathan makes a dangerous decision without her consent.

3:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR    In an era of shifting loyalties, WWE and WCW would each build a cornerstone in order to achieve stability.

4:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING    Learn about The Viper in and out of the ring as he reflects on his career to date. Hear about the past, present, and future of Randy Orton.

6:00 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS    Ariane's mother calles with a desperate plea for help, and Eva is shocked when Jonathan makes a dangerous decision without her consent.

7:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH    Legendary WWE Superstar The Rock and 'Psych' star James Roday give the remaining five contestants a lesson in charisma.

8:00 PM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS    WWE Superstars features the best of the best, in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect, so expect everything.

9:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING    Learn about The Viper in and out of the ring as he reflects on his career to date. Hear about the past, present, and future of Randy Orton.

11:00 PM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS    WWE Superstars features the best of the best, in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect, so expect everything.