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By">Dave Meltzer

Not a lot of major stuff this weekend aside from the two PPV events.

Impact tonight on Destination America at 9 p.m.

Debut of Jade & Marti Bell as The Doll House

Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne vs. Brooke vs. Angelina Love for the women's No. 1 contender spot

Taryn Terrell vs. Awesome Kong for the Knockouts title

Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young for the TNA title 

Invicta tonight from Kansas City on Fight Pass at 8 p.m.

Gina Begley (135.5) vs. Sijara Eubanks (135)

Shannon Sinn (125.3) vs. Maureen Riordon (125.5)

Delaney Owen (114) vs. Sharon Jacobson (115.6)

Lacey Schuckman (114.8) vs. Jenny Liou (118.2)

Peggy Morgan (145.7) vs. Latoya Walker (146.5)

Ediane Gomes (134.8) vs. Raquel Pa'aluhi (135.9)

Amanda Bell (146) vs. Faith Von Duin (145.6)

Roxanne Modaferri (125.7) vs. Vanessa Porto (126.5)

Katja Kankaanpaa (114.6) vs. Livia Renata Souza (113.9) for strawweight title

        Porto, Walker and Liou were all fined 25 percent of their purse for missing weight.  Pa'aluhi missed weight her first try, made it later, but was still fined 15 percent by the commission for missing the first time.

Premier Boxing tonight from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Spike at 9 p.m.

UFC 186 on Saturday from Montreal

Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m.

Aisling Daly vs. Randa Markos

Valerie Letourneau vs. Jessica Rakoczy

Chris Clements vs. Nordine Taleb

FS 1 at 8 p.m.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud

Bryan Barbarena vs. Chad Laprise

Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman

Joe Riggs vs. Patrick Cote

PPV at 10 p.m.

Thomas Almeida vs. Yves Jabouin

Shane Campbell vs. John Makdessi

Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway

Rampage Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado

Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi for flyweight title

ROH will be taping two hours of television Saturday night in Hopkins, MN.  Matches announced are Jay Lethal vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the TV title, Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Hanson & Rowe, Adam Page vs. ACH (this is a big match for them),  Roderick Strong vs. Silas Young, Bobby Fish vs. Arya Daivari, Michael Elgin vs. Caprice Coleman plus the return of ODB.

Sunday has WWE Extreme Rules from Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time

Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton cage match for the WWE title with the RKO banned

John Cena vs. Rusev chain match for the U.S. title

Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett for the IC title - This match is still being advertised even though it may not happen

Roman Reigns vs. Big Show last man standing

Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus kiss my arse match

Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper street fight

Nikki Bella vs. Naomi for Divas title

Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. New Day for tag titles (pre-show match at 7:30 p.m.)

Raw will be live on Monday from Green Bay.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday from Moline, IL.

New Japan World at 4 a.m. Eastern Wednesday morning from Kumamoto, Japan

Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu & Jay White vs. Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta & Gedo

Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall

Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida

Steve Anthony vs. Jushin Liger for NWA jr. title

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Big Daddy Yum Yum for NWA heavyweight title

Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma & Alex Shelley vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Kenny Omega

Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Togi Makabe for Never Open weight championship

We'll be doing weekend polls on both the UFC and WWE shows with thumbs up, down or in the middle along with a best and worst match to">


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--Update on NOAH tag team tournament

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--Notes on current New Japan tour

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  • At today's UFC Q&A session, Georges St-Pierre was asked about going to WWE.  He said he thought he was too small (he's 195 pounds right now) because he thought everyone was 250 pounds there like when he was a kid.  He talked about being a big fan growing up of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.  He did say he would love to do a one-shot appearance like Ronda Rousey did.  As far as fighting again, he was non-commital.  He did say if he was to compete it would be fighting, as he said he's either not doing it or going to be all in, when asked about doing a grappling match in Metamoris.
  • Samoa Joe was in Winter Park, FL last night at the NXT tapings.
  • For the first time I can recall, UFC will be closing down the arena tomorrow night for a PPV show due to low ticket sales.  Only the bottom portion of the Bell Centre will be used.  As of yesterday, there were 5,400 tickets sold for the show.  There will be a lot more than that in the building because comps are not that hard to get.  One person told us a story that they were able to get 20 free tickets.  I was told as far as walkup in Montreal, that Steve Bosse would have meant more than Rampage Jackson, although in the big picture for PPV obviously Jackson means more.
  • Josh Matthews does Impact solo again this week so they haven't gotten a new co-host for him.    
  • Marvel Comics will announce a new C.M. Punk comic book on Sunday at the C2E2 convention in Chicago.
  • Rampage Jackson yesterday said that working for TNA killed his interest in pro wrestling.  He's said that before.
  • Today is the 26th anniversary of the first pro wrestling event ever held at the Tokyo Dome, which drew 43,000 fans and set the all-time pro wrestling gate record of $2,781,000 (Hogan vs. Warrior broke the mark the next year in Toronto).  Olympic gold medal winning judoka Shota Chochyashvili beat Antonio Inoki in the fifth round to win the World Martial Arts championship in the main event.  Big Van Vader won a four-man tournament to win the vacant IWGP title beating Tatsumi Fujinami and then Shinya Hashimoto.  Kickboxing legend Benny Urquidez did his only pro wrestling match, a draw with Shinya Asuka.  Jushin Liger beat Kuniaki Kobayashi, which was notable because Kobayashi was the big Japanese rival of Tiger Mask.  Lou Thesz was there as a referee.  A number of top Soviet amateur wrestlers and judokas made their debuts on the show.
  • I've been reading more of Bryan Danielson's autobiography this past week (I'm still not finished) but it is amazing how honest it is.  There are a lot of people who will have a lot of fantasies shattered in this one. 
  • Eric Young was the host of the Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL playoff game last night in Nashville.  Rusev & Lana were both at the game wearing Predators jerseys.
  • Weird Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos fight this morning in The Philippines.  Santos took Askren down three times (Askren would try for takedowns and constantly get reversed) and then 2:30 in, Askren went for another takedown, but got his finger in Santos' eye and Santos couldn't continue to it was ruled a no contest.


Wang Ya Wei b Sumoto Peringkat via TKO 1:21 third round

Xiaoyang Liu b Nicholas Lee knockout 1:59

Amir Khan b Bashir Ahmad doctor stoppage 3:20 third round

Edward Kelly b Jimmy Yabo choke 4:05

Eugene Toquero b Brianta Rosadhi TKO from strikes 3:41

Anatpong Bunrad b Geje Eustaquio via split decision

Mark Striegl b Casey Suire choke 3:48

Ben Askren NC Luis Santos to retain the welterweight title

  • The 5/22 PWG show in Reseda, CA, sold out in four minutes.
  • Michael Page vs. Rudy Bears at welterweight has been added to the 7/17 Bellator show in Uncasville, CT.
  • IWF on 5/2 in Nutley, NJ at the Parks & Rec Center headlined by Tommy Dreamer and Tito Santana.
  • An interview with John Cena from talkSPORT in the U.K.
  • Tuesday night CMLL in Guadalajara:  Dr. Freezer & Reycko b Evola & Exterminador, Flash II & Soberano & Stigma b Canelo Casas & El Hijo del Signo & Sadico, Puma King & Tiger & Virus b Dragon Lee & Fuego & Triton, Angel de Oro & Brazo de Plata & La Mascara b Ephesto & Luciferno & Mephisto, Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero b Mistico & Valiente & Volador Jr. to set up a CMLL trios title match (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • Jake Roberts and Terry Funk will be appearing at the RF Video table at Chiller Theater in Parsippany, NJ today through Sunday.  More info
  • In that Dolph Ziggler rant, some of the words were from Quiet Riot's song "Metal Health," which was the entrance music in the 80s for the Missing Link. (thanks to Joe Puccio and others)
  • WWE 2K is now out in the Google Playstore for $7.99 and had 5,000 downloads as last look.  The reviews seem to want a control button on screen, but overall people were satisfied with it, but are hoping future updates will include things you cannot do on the console game, or at least add more things from the console game (thanks to Daniel Beling)
  • AAW on 5/1 in Marionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street with Josh Alexander vs. Eddie Kingston vs. Samoa Joe for the AAW title, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Davey Richards, Ethan Page vs. CJP, Johnny Gargano vs; Chris Sabin and more.
  • National Fighting Championships on 4/25 at 8 p.m. at Center Stage in Atlanta
  • Former AWA TV announcer Ralph Strangis is leaving his job as an annuoncer with the Dallas Stars
  • A story on Blake Murphy in Australia
  • Why Dwayne Johnson should host the Oscars


1965 - Mitsu Arakawa beat Dominic DeNucci in Melbourne to win the IWA title

1968 - Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy beat Mario Milano & Antonio Pugliese in Brisbane to win the IWA tag title

1984 - Clive Myers beat Mal Sanders in Croydon to win the European middleweight title

1987 - Stan Hansen beat Hiroshi Wajima to win the vacant PWF title in Yokohama

1992 - Steve Gray beat Mal Sanders in Walthamstoe to win the European middleweight title

1993 - Sakie Hasegawa & Kaoru Ito beat Bat Yoshinaga & Tomoko Watanabe to win the Japanese womens' tag title

2012 - Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora beat Takuya Sugawara & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi in Tokyo to win the NWA Int. lightweight tag titles

2013 - Aja Kong & Hikaru Shida beat Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto to win the Oz Academy tag team tiles

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


Five Things You Didn't Know About John Cena

Sheamu Discusses His New Attitude And Why The Era Of Underdogs Is Over; April 22, 2015

WWE Inbox (Episode 168)

4/23/15 WWE Smackdown "Fallout"-Seth Rollins Is Not Happy


I'm With Spud Wednesdays (Episode 26)

IMPACT WRESTLING Unlocked:  IMPACT Top Five Of April 17, 2015

EC3 Gives Some Insight About His "Major Announcement"

Who Is Laura Dennis?  Find Out Before TKO Night Of Knockouts


America's Most Like Wrestling TV (Episode 7)

Smash Wrestling TV (Episode 48)

Reality Of Wrestling TV (Episode 49)


Dad You Don't Work, You Wrestle (Episode 118)

Ringside Collectibles' "Ringside Or Riot" (Season 4, Episode 22)


12:00 AM ET

WWE BEYOND THE RING   Witness some of the rarest matches from Hulk Hogan's 30-year career. This special is an absolute must-watch for all Hulkamaniacs!

2:00 AM ET

WWE NXT    Alex Riley looks to finally silence Kevin Owens in a heated rematch!

3:00 AM 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.

4:00 AM ET

TOTAL DIVAS    Nikki plans a future without boyfriend John Cena. Eva's life is turned upside down when she must decide between family and her husband.

5:00 AM ET

WCW MONDAY NITRO    'Macho Man' Randy Savage battles The Giant in the main event. Ric Flair faces Eddie Guerrero. Madusa makes a shocking announcement.

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

TOTAL DIVAS    Nikki plans a future without boyfriend John Cena. Eva's life is turned upside down when she must decide between family and her husband.

10:00 AM ET

WWE BEYOND THE RING    Witness some of the rarest matches from Hulk Hogan's 30-year career. This special is an absolute must-watch for all Hulkamaniacs!

12:00 PM ET

TOUGH ENOUGH   The remaining contestants' agility is tested when they are tasked with serving lunch to a busy crowd at a 50's diner while on roller skates.

1:00 PM ET

WWE COUNTDOWN   Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

2:00 PM ET

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

2:30 PM ET

WWE QUICK HITS    WWE Quick Hits brings you some of the most unique, entertaining, and sometimes outrageous clips, unearthed from the depths of WWE Network.

3:00 PM ET

SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT    Hulk Hogan battles Harley Race. 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase faces Randy Savage. Greg Valentine collides with Brutus Beefcake.

4:15 PM ET

STONE COLD PODCAST MR. MCMAHON   WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

5:30 PM ET

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

6:00 PM ET

WWE COUNTDOWN    Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00 PM ET

MONDAY NIGHT WAR    Mick Foley's unorthodox style makes him an unlikely success story and a unique weapon for WWE in their war with WCW.

8:00 PM ET

SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT    Hulk Hogan battles Harley Race. 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase faces Randy Savage. Greg Valentine collides with Brutus Beefcake.

9:15 PM ET

STONE COLD PODCAST MR. MCMAHON    WWE Hall of Famer and Icon Stone Cold Steve Austin will have a no holds barred LIVE interview with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

10:30 PM ET

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

11:00 PM ET

SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT   Hulk Hogan battles Harley Race. 'Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase faces Randy Savage. Greg Valentine collides with Brutus Beefcake.