- Josh Barnett signs multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA
- Flamita replacing Yamato at Impact United We Stand
- WWE invites HBO's John Oliver to WrestleMania
- Brutus Beefcake rounds out this year's WWE Hall of Fame class
- Stephanie McMahon to make WM main event announcement on Raw
- VIDEO: 'Last Week Tonight' covers WWE independent contractor status
- Juice Robinson answers Bully Ray's G1 Supercard open challenge
- WOL: John Oliver segment, WrestleMania, RAW, more! 4/1
- B&V: NWA World Championship Wrestling from 1988 plus special potpourri! 3/31
- DragonKing Dark: The bees are dying 3/31
- WOR: The passing of Vickie Funk, All Pro Wrestling, WrestleMania notes 3/31
We're looking for reports on yesterday's WWE show in Hershey, PA, ROH yesterday in Baltimore, the non-Raw stuff from Washington, D.C. tonight and the Smackdown house show in Roanoke tonight to email@example.com.
The final Raw before WrestleMania is tonight in Washington, D.C. with an all-hands on deck show including Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey all advertised. The show has Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair & Ronda Rousey vs. The Riott Squad and if Lynch, Flair or Rousey turn on the other they are out of WrestleMania, Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio (why?), Beth Phoenix & Natalya & Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. The Iicnonics & Nia Jax & Tamina and The Revival vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black for the Raw tag team titles. There is also a Smackdown house show in Roanoke, VA.
The Smackdown and 205 Live tapings are Tuesday in Baltimore. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade has been announced for the show as well as a contract signing for Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston.
F4W NEWSLETTER: Figure Four Weekly: Looking at the WWE HOF and the 2019 class
While interest has inevitably decreased over the years, the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony feels like less of an essential part of WrestleMania weekend than ever.
There are a few major reasons why the Hall of Fame ceremony has lost some of its luster. As WrestleMania week has become a destination for promotions from the United States and abroad, fans have to make difficult decisions on how they're going to spend their time and money.
The Conor McGregor situation is the lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Look at the investigation into him, his retirement, the timing, and why the retirement and Dana White's reactions are both a public bluffing game.
Read the update on the WrestleMania card, both matches announced and those not yet announced, the Charlotte Flair title win and what it changes about the show, the multiple changes in the top part of the show, the women in the main event, the interest level in the different shows that week and more.
Also look at the New Japan Cup, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results, on the entire last week of the tournament and the final show.
Look at Vince McMahon's stock sale, how much he sold, how much he got and why, as well as the XFL launch and problems with the AAF. Look at the AAF's new goal.
Look at the retirement of the Bella Twins and their careers, the value of Total Divas and their future plans.
Examine the lawsuit settlement with the wrestlers who have sued Lucha Underground, and the interesting note of the person who backed out of the suit.
Also look at Cain Velasquez's crossing over into pro wrestling and his deal with AAA, including what they attempted to do with him, the storyline building him up and the wrestlers it looks like he'll appear with.
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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE
Bryan and I will be back tonight to talk about the John Oliver show, Raw, late Mania notes and the rest of the news. For tonight's show, we're looking for questions on the HBO piece from last night by John Oliver. Any other questions can be sent to later shows. For any questions you can send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The injury to Mercedes Martinez yesterday looked like it came from a power bomb by Hiroyo Matsumoto. It was Martinez & Cheerleader Melissa vs. Dash Chisako & Matsumoto on the Shimmer show in Berwyn, IL. Chisako was on the top rope, and was waiting to frog splash Martinez, but could see she was hurt, and came down. Martinez has holding her side. When Melissa saw the injury, she grabbed a chair and hit Chisako in the back for a DQ ending to get the match over. They took a several minute break. Fortunately the injury wasn't as bad as feared. She was hospitalized with bruised ribs. Charlie Morgan suffered some torn ankle ligaments in a later match where she teamed with Jessica Troy against Kris Wolf & Charlie Evans.
Martinez wrote a thank you message to everyone who thought about her situation. She said when she was in the ring she couldn't breathe, lost feeing in her face, her left side was in shock and she was in unbearable pain. She said it was very scary.
Results were: Harlow O'hara b Rocky Radley, Martina won Battle royal, Cherry b Veda Scott, Jessicka Havok & Nevaeh b Steph DaLander & Indi Hartwell, Jessica Troy b AQA, Leva Bates won four-way over Miranda Alize, Delmo Exo and Zoe Lucas, Shotzi Blackheart b Sierra, Shazza McKenzie b Thunder Rosa, Samantha Heights & Brittany Blake b Rosemary & Dust, Kimber Lee b Charlie Morgan, Dash Chisako & Hiroyo Matsumoto b Cheerleader Melissa & Mercedes Martinez-DQ, Nicole Savoy b Allysin Kay to keep the Shimmer title, Zoe Lucas b Penelope Ford, Britt Baker b Kimber Lee, Thunder Rosa & Holidead b Miranda Alize & Hyan, Cheerleader Melissa b Solo Darling, Dash Chisako won three-way over Keira Hogan and Cherry, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Su Yung, Charlie Morgan & Kris Wolf (last match for Shimmer before retiring) b Charli Evans & Jesssica Troy, Samantha Heights b Dusty-DQ, Nicole Savoy b Shazza McKenzie to keep the title.
- The first part of the WWE/FOX deal, long before the October start, is that parts of the NXT pre-show will air on FOXSports.com and the Fox Sports app, along with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. It will include the WWE 2K Challenge. Four finalists from around the world will be competing in semifinals at 1 p.m. on Friday at Fan Axxess. This won't be on all those streams but will be highlighted on the Xavier Woods Up Up Down Down show as well as WWE 2K on Facebook and Twitter. The winner will face off with A.J. Styles at about 6:30 p.m. on the NXT pre-game show, airing on the WWE Network YouTube, the Fox platforms and USANetwork.com. If the person beat Styles they win the Million Dollar Challenge.
- The Miz appears Thursday in New York at BUILD Studio to talk WrestleMania and the WWE/Snickers relationship. It's a free event.
- Roman Reigns has announced he would be raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Eve Torres will be brought to WrestleMania for Fan Axxess. Alicia Fox, who hasn't been around of late, will also be signing.
- Ruslan Magomedov is the first UFC fighter to get a lifetime ban from the promotion. He tested positive for Ostarine in 2016 and was suspended for two years. Then on 10/10 he tested positive for steroids Methyltestosterone and Stanazolol. And his third strike came on 2/5 when he refused to be tested when USADA came.
- A video of Omega and Callis is here.
- A video building Darby Allin vs. Anthony Henry is here.
- Premier Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Winnipeg before a sellout 400 fans: Leo & David London b Jack Pride & Damian, Dragneel b JL Spiker, Moses Luke b Ella Blake, Adam Knight & Darren Dalton b Robby Royce & ATM, Don Callis & Bobby Schink & Travis Cole b Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens, & Donny Dicaprio, Antonio Scorpio won three-way over Jay Walker and Alix Vanna to keep the PCW title. This is the Omega show we wrote about yesterday. (thanks to Andrew Shallcrosas)
- AEW is releasing a T-shirt for the next 24 hours with 100 percent of all sales going to Kulture City for autism awareness.
- Evolve on Thursday at Noon in Queens, NY at www.wwnlive.com: Austin Theory vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the Evolve title, Eddie Kingston & Joe Gacy vs. Konosuke Takeshita & Mao for Evolve tag titles, Montez Ford vs. Shane Strickland, Angelo Dawkins vs. Colby Corino, Darby Allin vs. Anthony Henry, Kazusada Higuchi vs Curt Stallion, AR Fox & Leon Ruff vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Harlem Bravado vs. Adrian Jaoude.
- wXw on Thursday at 4 p.m. in Queens also on WWN Live: Bobby Gunns vs. Shigehiro Irie for the wXw title, Aussie Open vs. Anthony Henry & JD Drake for the wXw tag titles, Marius Al-Ani vs. Emil Sitoci for the Shotgun title, Lucky Kid vs. David Starr, Absolute Andy vs. Chris Brookes, LAX vs. Alexander James & Jurn Simmons, Darby Allin vs. Avalanche, Lufisto vs. Yuu.
- DDT on Thursday at 8 p.m. in Queens on WWN Live: Daisuke Sasaki vs. Konosuke Takeshits, Mao vs. Sanshiro Takagi weapons Rumble, Harashima & Kazusada Higuchi vs. Akito & Ethan Page vs. Shigehiro Irie & Jason Kincaid, Soma Takao & Tetsuya Endo vs. Yukio Sakaguchi & Masahiro Takanashi, Battle Royal for Ironman heavymetalweight title, Danshoku Deino & Antonio Honda vs. Joey Ryan & Royce Isaaacs, Miyu Yamashita vs. MakiIto.
- Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Thursday night in Omaha: Branden Juarez b Santos Barbosa, Duke Cornell & Moonshine Russell b Jack Darling & Uncle Ricky, Willy Sweet b Brett Bishop, Tim Boston b Seto Kobara, Preston Maxwell b Bigote, Pat Powers NC Devin Carter, Tony Cortez & Paul Daniels & Joey Daniels b Con Artiest & Branden Juarez & Brett Bishop. Next show is 4/24 at the Waiting Room Lounge in Omaha.
- White Wolf Wrestling from Saturday night in Madrid, Spain: Jason Jupiter won Rumble, Alex Soul & Viral NC Chad Parker & Mike Murdoch, Elvis Harrison b Noah Striker, Jason Jupiter b Pl Badia to win the Triple W absolute title, Will Ospreay b A-Kid. People have been raving about the main event. (thanks to Paul Sosnowski)
- Ivelisse Velez is teaching at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando. Larry Zbyszko has a class on 4/11 at 4 p.m.
- I Believe in Wrestling on Friday night at the Team Vision Dojo.
- SoCal Val signed with The Wrestling Agency in the U.K., which is handling bookings for a number of U.K. wrestling personalities. For booking info you can send to email@example.com.
- Barrington Hughes vs. Jacob Fatu has been added to Thursday's MLW show.
- SHIMMER 109: Sierra def. Thunderkitty with a Superkick. Shazza McKenzie def. Alisha Edwards with a splits stunner into crossface for the submission, Indi Hartwell (with Steph De Lander) def. Allie Kat with a springboard dropkick, Shotzi Blackheart def. Miranda Alize, Hyan, AQA, Penelope Ford, and Kiera Hogan in a six-way lucha scramble with the Back Lagoon to Miranda, Dash Chisako and Hiroyo Matsumoto def. Blue Nation (Jessica Troy and Charli Evans) with a frog splash (D'Lo Brown style) from Dash to Charli, Solo Darling (with Willow-on-a-Stick) def. Zoe Lucas with a cloverleaf, Hudson Envy def. Aerial Monroe, Kimber Lee, and Kris Wolf in a four-corners match, Dust retains the Heart of SHIMMER Title by hitting Leva Bates with her flag while the ref is distracted by Rosemary, Cheerleader Melissa and Mercedes Martinez retain the SHIMMER Tag Titles against the Sea Stars (Ashley Vox and Delmi Exo) following a top rope curb stomp to Ashley Vox, Nicole Savoy retains the SHIMMER Title against Britt Baker with the Savolock. Hudson Envy attacks after the match.
- SHIMMER 110: Charli Evans def. Cherry, Hyan def. Aerial Monroe with a Glam Slam, Jessicka Havok def. Sonya Strong in a surprisingly competitive match, Steph De Lander (with Indi Hartwell) def. Veda Scott, Nevaeh, and Brittney Blake with a big boot to Nevaeh, Su Yung def. Shotzi Blackheart with an airplane spin into a Michinoku Driver, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Dash Chisako def. Twisted Sisterz (Thunder Rosa and Holidead) with a Rock Drop from Matsumoto to Thunder Rosa, Allysin Kay def. Shazza McKenzie by sitting out a sunset flip attempt and leaning into the ropes, Rosemary def. Samantha Heights with a spear, Charlie Morgan def. Mercedes Martinez with a jumping DDT, Nicole Savoy retains the SHIMMER Title against Hudson Envy with the Savolock.
- The Women's Wrestling Extravaganza podcast covered all three nights of RISE/SHIMMER.
The insane schedule of events this week in New York (thanks to Phil Stamper):
- Wed, Apr 3 - Dojo Wars - Colossal Sports Academy at The Coliseum, 333 Preston Ave, Voorhees, NJ - 8 pm - CZWrestling.com
- Wed, Apr 3 - Pizza Party Wrestling - Phil Sheridan Building, Ridgefield Park, NJ - 7 pm
- Wed, Apr 3 - UPWA - Wayne PAL Building, 1 Pal DR, Wayne, NJ - 7 pm
- Wed, Apr 3 - WrestlePro - Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E Milton Ave, Rahway, NJ - M&G 6 pm, Event 8 pm - WrestleProOnline.com
- Wed, Apr 3 - Battle Club - Brooklyn Stuy Dome, 312 Koscuiszko ST, Brooklyn, NY
- Thu, Apr 4 - Absolute Intense Wrestling - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 11 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - DDT (WWN Live) - La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd, Woodside, NY - 8 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Thu, Apr 4 - Game Changer Wrestling - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 4 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - IWTV - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 12 pm - IWTV.com
- Thu, Apr 4 - Inter Species Wrestling - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 8 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - Powerbomb.TV - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 12 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - Destiny x Fight Club Pro - NYC Arena, 9112144 TH Place, Jamaica (Queens), NY - 3 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - Evolve (WWN Live) - La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd, Woodside, NY - 12 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Thu, Apr 4 - Impact Wrestling - NYC Arena, Jamaica/Queens, NY - 8 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - Kaiju Big Battel (WWN Live) - La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd, Woodside, NY - 11:55 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Thu, Apr 4 - Major League Wrestling - Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd ST, Long Island City, NY - 7 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - NXT - Brooklyn Pier 12, Brooklyn, NY - 6 pm
- Thu, Apr 4 - WrestleCon Supershow (WrestleCon) - Hilton New York Midtown Ballroom, New York City, NY - 7 pm - WrestleCon.com
- Thu, Apr 4 - WXW (WWN Live) - La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd, Woodside, NY - 4 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Fri, Apr 5 - Blackcraft Wrestling - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 11:59 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - Black Label Pro - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 4 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - Chikara - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 12 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - D2W - William J. Hocking American Legion 91, 99 N Main ST, Wharton, NJ - 8 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - Game Changer Wrestling - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 8 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - 205Live, NXT, NXT UK - Brooklyn Pier 12, Brooklyn, NY -1 pm, 6 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - Battle In The Big Apple (WrestleCon) - Hilton New York Midtown Ballroom, New York City, NY - 11 am - WrestleCon.com
- Fri, Apr 5 - Fight the World - Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, 8405 78th Ave, Glendale, NY - 7 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - IPW:UK - NYC Arena, 91-12 144th PL, Jamaica, NY - 12 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - Joey Ryan 1st Annual Penis Party (WrestleCon) - Hilton New York Midtown Ballroom, New York City, NY - 8 pm - WrestleCon.com
- Fri, Apr 5 - Major League Wrestling - Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd ST, Long Island City, NY - 7 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - NXT - Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY - 6:15 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - Rev Pro UK (WrestleCon) - Hilton New York Midtown Ballroom, New York City, NY - 4 pm - WrestleCon.com
- Fri, Apr 5 - Shimmer (WWN Live) - La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd, Woodside, NY - 12 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Fri, Apr 5 - Stardom - NYC Arena, 91-12 144th PL, Queens, NY - 4 pm
- Fri, Apr 5 - WrestleCon USA vs. The World - Hilton New York Midtown Ballroom, New York City, NY - 11 am - WrestleCon.com
- Fri, Apr 5 - WWN SuperShow (WWN Live) - La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd, Woodside, NY - 4 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Sat, Apr 6 - Chaotic Wrestling (Benefit for Connor's Cure) - Rahway Recreation Center, 3 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ - 2 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - Game Changer - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 12 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - International Wrestling Syndicate - White Eagle Hall, 337 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ - 4 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - Monster Factory - 541 Mantua Ave, Paulsboro, NJ - 7 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - United Wrestling Coalition - Kelly's Banquet Hall, 14 Railroad Ave, Wrightstown, NJ - 7 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - WrestlePro vs. Combat Zone Wrestling - Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E Milton Ave, Rahway, NJ - M&G 6 pm, Event 8 pm - WrestlingProOnline.com, CZWrestling.com
- Sat, Apr 6 - House of Glory - NYC Arena, 91-12 144th PL, Jamaica, NY - M&G 12 pm, Event 2 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - MoreThanMania.com Wrap Up (WWN Live) - The Bell House, 149 7th ST, Brooklyn NY - 2 pm - MoreThanMania.com
- Sat, Apr 6 - NXT UK - Brooklyn Pier 12, Brooklyn, NY -8 am, 1 pm, 6 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - Uncanny Attractions - House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY - 6:30 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - Wrestling Revolver (WrestleCon) - Hilton New York Midtown Ballroom, New York City, NY - 11 am - WrestleCon.com
- Sat, Apr 6 - New Japan Pro Wrestling/Ring of Honor - The Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan, NY - 7:30 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - Ring of Honor - The Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan, NY - 7:30 pm
- Sat, Apr 6 - WWN Live Experience - The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY - MoreThanMania.com
- Sun, Apr 7 - Capitol Wrestling - Don Ricky Catering Hall, 37-39 Bloomfield Ave, Newark, NJ - 12 pm
- Sun, Apr 7 - Family Pro Wrestling - Elmwood Park Recreation Center, 500 Boulevard, Elmwood Park, NJ - 12:30 pm
- Sun, Apr 7 - NXT, NXT UK - Brooklyn Pier 12, Brooklyn, NY -8 am
- Sun, Apr 7 - WWE, NXT, NXT UK (Women Collide) - Brooklyn Pier 12, Brooklyn, NY - 12 pm
- Sun, Apr 7 - Squared Circle Project - Nyack Center, Nyack, NY - 1:30 pm
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