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By">Dave Meltzer

We're doing a poll on tonight's ROH Global Wars show from Toronto so you can send a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to">  We'll also be doing a poll on Sunday for WWE Payback.

We're also looking for reports on tonight's NXT show in Philadelphia and tonight's WWE house show in State College, PA (John Cena vs. Rusev; Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper, New Day vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro at">

ROH tonight at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto on iPPV at 7:30 p.m. Eastern at

Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. Jushin Liger & Matt Sydal non-title

Chris Sabin vs. Kushida

Moose & Gedo vs. Takaaki Watanabe & Silas Young

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. ACH

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. B.J. Whitmer & Adam page vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly

Kazuchika Okada vs. Cedric Alexander

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Elgin

Jay Lethal vs. Tetsuya Naito for TV title

Mark & Jay Briscoe & Roderick Strong & Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs. A.J. Styles & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Young Bucks

Bellator tonight from Temecula, CA at 7:45 p.m. Eastern

John Yoo (135.4) vs. Albert Morales (134.4)

Shawn Bunch (135.4) vs. Rolando Perez (135.3)

Steve Kozola (155.8) vs. Ian Butler (155.2)

A.J. Jenkins (146) vs. Arlene Blencowe (145.8)

Jesse Juarez (171) vs. Ricky Rainey (170.7)

Virgil Zwicker (206.7) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (205.6)

Jordan parsons (145.5) vs. Julio Cesar Neves Jr. (146)

Joe Taimanglo (136.2) vs. Antonio Duarte (135.1)

Benji Radach (186) vs. Ben Reiter (186)

Spike at 9 p.m. Eastern

Darion Caldwell (135.7) vs. Rafael Silva (135.7)

Fernando Gonzalez (170.9) vs. Curtis Millender (170.8)

Eduardo Dantas (135.2) vs. Mike Richman (139.8)

Brandon Halsey (188) vs. Kendall Grove (184.9) - If Grove wins, he becomes Bellator middleweight champion.  If Halsey wins, the title is vacant since he failed to make the 185 pound limit

Impact tonight on Destination America at 9 p.m. Eastern

Robbie E vs. Jessie Godderz

Brooke & Rebel vs. Jade & Marti Bell

Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Bobby Roode & Austin Aries

Kurt Angle & Micah & Drew Galloway & Bobby Lashley & Chris Melendez vs. Eric Young & Low Ki & Kenny King & MVP & Bram

Shine iPPV tonight in Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum

Santana Garrett vs. Mia Yim (Jade) for the Shine title

Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb vs. Brandi Wine & Malia Hosaka for the tag title

Rosa Negra vs. Taylor made Brass Knux on a pole match

Jessicka Havok vs. Su Yung (managed by April Hunter)

Andrea & Jayme Jameson vs. Crazy Mary Dobson & ? (SoCal Val and Daffney in corners)

Leva (Blue Pants) vs. Tessa Blanchard

Leah Von Dutch vs. Thunderkitty (managed by Leilani Kai)

Amber Gallows vs. Xandra Bale

UFC very early Saturday morning in Pasay, Philippines

Fight Pass at 7 a.m. Eastern

Nolan Ticman (126) vs. Yao Zhikui (125)

Roldan Sangcha-an (126) vs. Jon Delos Reyes (125)

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern

Ning Guangyou (135) vs. Royston Wee (137)

Li Jingliang (171) vs. Dhiego Lima (170)

Zhang Lipeng (155) vs. Kajan Johnson(155)

Tae Hyun Bang (156) vs. Jon Tuck (156)

Mark Eddiva (145) vs. Levan Makashvili (145)

Phillipe Nover (145) vs. Yui Chul Nam (146)

Hyun Gyu Lim (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)

Mark Munoz (186) vs. Luke Barnatt (185)

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Costas Philippou (186)

Frankie Edgar (146) vs. Urijah Faber (146)

Saturday also has WWE shows in Newark, DE (Roman Reigns vs. Kane, Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus, Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt) and Atlantis City (Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton, John Cena vs. Rusev, Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose) as well as NXT finishes up its Northeast tour with a show in Albany, GA.

WWE Payback from the Baltimore Arena Sunday on PPV and WWE Network

Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for WWE title

John Cena vs. Rusev for U.S. title in an I Quit match

Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt

New Day vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro 2/3 falls

Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus

Neville vs. King Barrett

Axel Mania & Macho Mizdow vs. The Ascension (preshow match at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time)

Shooto Brazil airs on UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. Sunday

Felipe Froes vs. Paulo Guerreiro for featherweight title

Rony Torres vs. Benito Tavares

Luiz Cane vs. Ricardo Silva

Pedrinho Falcao vs. Thiago Manchinha

Guilherme Jacare vs. Edson de Souza

Felipe Colen vs. Alex Trem Bala

Oton Jasse vs. Marcio Breno

Ivan Paiva vs Antonio Pedreira

Yago Bryan vs. Carlos Eduardo

Guilhereme Doin vs. Denilson Oliveira

Matheus Nacacche vs. Alir de Oliveira

Elves Oliveira vs. Lucas Bigous

Raw will be live on Monday night from Richmond, VA.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Norfolk, VA.

The story behind the Elimination Chamber as a network special, why and how it came about, as well as a look at the next two WWE major shows, Payback and Elimination Chamber and NXT Takeover, is the lead story in this week's Observer.  We also have a look at the injury situation with Daniel Bryan, Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami.  We also look at the Mayweather-Pacquiao business, New Japan & ROH working together for big shows, a detailed story on Global Force Wrestling including talent and television outlets and the TV scene, a lawsuit that has nothing to do with WWE & UFC, but where the result will be very important to both, Tough Enough, has NOAH turned the corner, as well as the monthly business rundowns for WWE & TNA.

The latest Wrestling Observer: May 18, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Last minute Elimination Chamber special, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao destroys PPV records

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The lead story looks at the addition of the Elimination Chamber show, why this is being done, plans for the future and how this relates to it, the Elimination Chamber card as well as notes on the Chamber matches.  We also look at Daniel Bryan and the poor job of pushing his appearance and how they are pushing the Payback main event.

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--Wrestler fired once from major promotion, doesn't last long on his return

--The Santo Memorial tournament for 2015

--Notes on the format of the AAA World Cup tournament

--Who is now heading two promotions at the same time and why the move was made

--Update on Dragon Gate's King of Gate tournament

--Minoru Suzuki promoting a show

--New Japan lineups for all the big shows in June as well as the Dominion PPV in July

--Notes on this year's Best of the Super Junior tournament

--Hall of Famer and health issues noted

--Shinya Hashimoto Memorial show

--Fujinami vs. Funaki Battle of Hall of Famers for the first time

--Notes from the AGON promotions and main event pay

--Notes on a promotion which claimed a TV deal and it falling apart

--Details on all TNA television through mid-June, with matches, angles and destinations

--A look at TNA's Slammiversary show

--Notes on TNA's prospects on PPV

--Update on Jeff Hardy

--Notes on the best of five series between the Wolves vs. Aries & Roode

--Update on TNA money issues

--Update on TNA creative team

--A look at those who returned to TV this past week and who is long and short-term

--Who turned down an offer to come in

--TNA announcing situation

--Notes on TNA's relationship with AAA

--What happened with TNA and Wrestle-1

--Can TNA talent work for GFW

--Best stuff at the TNA tapings

--Updates on UFC PPV numbers

--Managers meeting and why

--Dana White's reaction regarding complaints about the Reebok deal

--An interesting legal question stemming from the deal

--UFC schedule notes

--Anthony Pettis injury notes

--Josh Barnett vs. Ryron Gracie

--Metamoris news

--Fight Pass promotion

--New Fight Pass deals made

--Rousey talks coaching vs. Cyborg

--Lots of new UFC fights

--Active UFC fighter sort of does a pro wrestling match

--Huge Bellator signing of Olympian

--This week's Bellator show 

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  • Absolutely tragic the situation with Corey Hill, who passed away after complications from pneumonia.  With his size and wrestling, people thought if he got experience that he could have been a force at lightweight with experience, but he suffered that horrible broken leg.  I met him years ago and he had these big shoulders and was 6-foot-4, and that's a legit height, with muscular arms, but his bones were so light that he was walking around without cutting at 162 pounds.
  • New Nevada guidelines on drug test failures.  When you talk a three year ban for steroids, you are in most cases ending a career on the first offense.  Second offense is another four years.  They are also looking at fining 50-75% of the purse on a first offense for steroids and PEDs.  It's two years first offense for stimulants and they will test out of competition.  First offense for sedatives, muscle relaxers, sleep aids, anxiolytics, opiates and marijuana is 18 months and a 30-40 percent fine.  UFC usually follows NSAC regulations on their international shows.  I know that UFC was looking at a two year ban.  There is a political thing here in the sense this applies to boxing as well.  The UFC people were for much longer punishment for PEDs at least, while the boxing people were not as adamant as there was the belief that would put pressure on the commission to not follow the UFC's guidelines.  Instead, they came out with even stronger punishment than UFC was asking for.  I do think 18 months for a first marijuana positive is insane, but this is as hard line on steroids as you can be.    
  • For this weekend, we won't be doing a show tonight, but we are planning an early Saturday show covering tonight's ROH and tomorrow's UFC show, plus a Sunday show after Payback.
  • The Global Force Wrestling web site has a roster page and names that weren't in this week's Observer that are on the page are Takaaki Watanabe, Shelton Benjamin, Scott Hall (who is doing house shows 6/20 and 6/21), Jimmy Rave, Jamin Olivencia and the name that Tyrus is using is George T. Murdoch.  And now, he is not the son of Dick Murdoch.
  • No word at this point regarding the formerly almost live 6/26 Impact show on a Friday will be taped with the Impact move to Wednesday.  They could bring people in on 6/24, or they could air the 5/22 show that was taped but not scheduled to Air on Destination America and then move everything back one week.  But that is a mess because all the PPV announcements except the main event were being saved for the "live" show.  But they could add them in post-production.  Given date references on almost every show and other things I'm aware of, this move decision had to have been made within the last three days.  Impact won't be going head-to-head with Lucha Underground's first show because Impact starts at 9 p.m. and Lucha Underground is at 8 p.m.
  • In Canada, The Fight Network is following suit and Impact will move to Wednesday at 9 p.m., meaning that the first hour of Impact in Canada goes against the second hour of Smackdown.   
  • WWE Studios closed a $35 million credit line with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  The money will be used to allow WWE Studios more aggressively bid for movies and well as produce movies in conjunction with other studios.  The company is basing itself around mid-budget movies like The Call and Oclus.  They announced a new movie called Incarnate, starring Mark Henry, and a second Scooby Doo WrestleMania mystery starring Hulk Hogan.
  • New Japan World will be airing every show of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.  The 5/22, 5/30, 6/5 and finals on 6/7 will all be live.  The other shows, which are on 5/23, 5/25, 5/26, 5/27, 5/29, 5/13, 6/2/ 6/3 and 6/4 will all be up sometime one day later.
  • Tonight's NXT show in Philadelphia has Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor for the NXT title plus a four-way with Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch vs. Bayley.  Baron Corbin will also face an ECW original.  Rumor has it being Bully Ray.  They are trying to position NXT like ECW for the Philadelphia market to the point of bringing in Joey Styles for the shows and Mick Foley was brought in last night.
  • Vince McMahon did an interview with the Chicago Tribune after being inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame there and when asked about WrestleMania in Chicago, said it wasn't out of the running, noting they people can put on jackets if it's cold. 
  • Premier Boxing announced Adrian Broner vs. Shawn Porter as the main event for an NBC Prime Time show on 6/20 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in La Vegas.  The other fight will be Errol Spence Jr. vs. Roberto Garcia.
  • Benson Henderson pulled out of his fight against Michael Johnson that was originally to headline the 7/12 UFC show. 
  • A WWE house show on 7/11 in Nashville has a pre-sale going in with the code NASHVILLE.  
  • WWE stock was down two cents per share today to $13.67
  • The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame has its induction ceremony in Amsterdam, NY (right near Albany, where NXT ha a show).  The inductees are Joe Malciewicz, an early century wrestler and longtime San Francisco promoter; Great Gama; Pedro Morales, Whipper Billy Watson, Curt Hennig, Rick Martel, Vivian Vachon, The Freebirds, Jim Crockett Sr. and Jumbo Tsuruta.  Those attending include Michael Hayes, Riki Martel, Wendi Richter, Brian Blair, Larry Hennig, Lanny Poffo, Ray Licameli (second Doink), Ann Casey, Joyce Grable, Domenic DeNucci, The Destroyer Dick Beyer, JJ Dillon, Paul Vachon, Bugsy McGraw, Davey O'Hannon, and Johnny Mantell.
  • These are the odds for Payback.  Keep in mind these don't mean much until probably an hour before the show starts

Seth Rollins -1050

Roman Reigns +700

Randy Orton +1000

Dean Ambrose +1500

John Cena -1050

Rusev +550

New Day -320

Kidd & Cesaro +240

Neville -155

King Barrett +115

Dolph Ziggler +180

Sheamus -260

Ryback +140

Bray Wyatt -180

  • The 7/13 Raw in Atlanta has a pre-sale going on right now with the code ATLANTA
  • Roderick Strong needed stitches after being busted up hard way in his match with Hiroshi Tanahashi on Wednesday night.  Strong really has been a standout on this tour.
  • Jeremy Barron (Dr. Reginald Heresy) earned his Master's Degree in Social Work from Westfield State University with high honors.  Barron has been working in New England for years.  Congrats to him.
  • Lana, billed as C.J. Perry, has a small role in "Pitch Perfect 2," which is released nationally tonight (thanks to Bob Pivoroff)
  • A story on Frankie Edgar
  • While last night's NXT show was close to full, tonight's show was being papered locally during the week.
  • Destiny World Wrestling on 5/23 in Pickering, ONT at the Recreation Arena with Phil Atlas vs. Matt Sydal vs. Tyson Dux as the main event, plus Cody Deaner and a guest appearance by Kevin Nash.
  • Lucha Libre VIP on 5/24 in Houston at Club La Boom has Atlantis & Guerrero Maya Jr. & ? vs. Black Star & Misterio Negro & Poder Nocturno.
  • Samoa Joe has a booking on 7/4 for PWA in Alberta. 
  • AAW tomorrow night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club headlined by Christian Rose vs. Arya Daivari.  They also run 6/19 in Merrionette Park, IL with Chris Sabin vs. Johnny Gargano and Christian Faith vs. Louis Lyndon.
  • CHIKARA on 5/23 in Philadelphia at the Wrestle Factory and 5/24 in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center.

1981 - Chigusa Nagayo beat Itzuki Yamazaki for the Japanese jr. title

1995 - Reggie Bennett beat Manami Toyota in Niigata to win the IWA title

1999 - Lady Apache beat Mariko Yoshida in Naucalpan to win the CMLL women's title

2011 - MVP beat Toru Yano in Philadelphia to become the first IWGP IC champion

TODAY'S PRO WRESTLING VIDEOS (thanks to Thomas Rude)


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5/14/15 Top Ten WWE Smackdown Moments

Hulk Hogan Is Grand Marshall at the 2015 Susan G. Komen Washington D.C. Race For The Cure

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America's Most Like Wrestling TV (Season 1, Episode 6)

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The Queen's Court (Episode 3)

Jay Lethal On "The Apter Chat"

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Ringside Collectibles' "Ringside Or Riot" (Season 4, Episode 25)

Dad You Don't Work, You Wrestle (Episode 119)

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Trouble In Paradise Jesse Godderz Is Moving On From The BroMans

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