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FRI. UPDATE: Weekend preview, Jeff Hardy update, Mayweather-Pacquiao, Korea, Paige VZ TV commercial

By">Dave Meltzer

For this weekend, we'll be doing a poll on the New Japan Dontaku show with thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to">

Impact tonight is the Hard Justice show at 9 p.m. on Destination America

Taryn Terrell vs. Brooke for the Knockouts title

Rockstar Spud vs. Kenny King for the X title

Drew Galloway vs. Low Ki in a pipe on a pole match

Kurt Angle vs Eric Young stretcher match 

Saturday night in Las Vegas in Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which will be, by a wide margin, the biggest grossing one day combat sport event of all-time.   
Saturday has WWE in Hamilton, ONT (Dean Ambrose, Rusev, Ryback, Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, New Day, Kidd & Cesaro), WWE in Halifax, NS (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Kane) and NXT in Cocoa Beach, FL.

NEW JAPAN DONTAKU on Sunday (late Saturday night) at 3 a.m. Eastern and midnight Pacific time from the Fukuoka International Center Aren
Yuji Nagata & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Captain New Japan & Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida

Tetsuya Naito & Sho Tanaka vs. Kota Ibushi & Yohei Komatsu

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga & Cody Hall

Rocky Romero & Barreta defend the IWGP jr. tag titles against Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly and The Young Bucks

Kenny Omega defends the IWGP jr. title against Alex Shelley

Michael Bennett & Matt Taven & Maria Kanellis vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Amber Gallows

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata & Togi Makabe vs. Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba & Tomohiro Ishii

A.J. Styles & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto for Never Open weight title

Sunday has WWE in Oshawa, ONT (Dean Ambrose, Rusev, Ryback, Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, New Day, Kidd & Cesaro) and in St. Johns, NB (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler Big Show, Kane).



Super Crazy & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya (0-4) vs. Shelton Benjamin & Brian Breaker (2-2)

Akitoshi Saito & Quiet Storm (1-3) vs Chris Hero & Colt Cabana (3-1)

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. (3-1) vs. Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda (3-1)


Maybach Taniguchi & Maybach #2 (0-4) vs. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste (3-1)

Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka (3-1) vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto (1-3)

Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka (3-1) vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Katsuhiko Nakajima (3-1)

Raw will be Monday in Montreal, which is also Pat Patterson Appreciation Night.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Ottawa. 

We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE show in Syracuse, NY (Dean Ambrose, Rusev, Ryback, Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, New Day, Kidd & Cesaro) and tonight's NXT show in Tampa at">


The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with the most extensive look at Doug and Tommy Gilbert's lawsuit against WWE and ESPN that you'll find anywhere, with lots of details about WWE's history with lawsuits over video royalties, which past cases are or aren't relevant to this one what people often misunderstand about the Jesse Ventura lawsuit, when WWE actually started paying every wrestler royaltis, and much more. Plus, as always, we have  all of the usual reviews and international news.

Also, now available for the first time on Kindle (meaning Kindle devices and anything with the Kindle app) is Fall Guys, the seminal 1937 book that has been described as being like the 1930s version of the Wrestling Observer. It was surprisingly not on Kindle already, so we put together a nice version with a full table of contents w/ chapter marks, proper formatting on everything, etc. Right now it's available from the AmericanCanadian, and Australian Amazon/Kindle stores OR you can also buy it from anywhere in the world on PayHip, who will provide you with both Kindle and ePub (every other e-reader) format files, and you can either sideload them to your device or have them email it to your Kindle. 


Part one of the life and times of Verne Gagne is the lead story on a jam-packed issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is out today.  We've also got the most detailed look at the Jon Jones situation, the UFC light heavyweight title, as well as Ronda Rousey in WWE, Extreme Rules coverage, Payback notes, UFC 186, the life of Ashura Hara and four former wrestling personalities get elected to public office in one week.

Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 4, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Verne Gagne bio part 1, Jon Jones stripped of UFC title, bios of Ashura Hara & Rudy Reyna

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Our lead story looks back at the wrestling career of Verne Gagne, one of the most noteworthy pro wrestling of the 20th century.  We look at the booking of Gagne, the story of the promoter who promised Gagne an all-time attendance record for a title defense and he turned the match down and why, we look at the end of his career, Sports Illustrated ranking him as an athlete, his football career, his involvement in one of the biggest college wrestling matches of all-time, how Gagne spoiled the first Cael Sanderson record, Gagne and the Olympic games, starting as a pro wrestler, his rise to the top, his winning the world jr. title, and why he never won the NWA world heavyweight title.  We look at the creation of the AWA title, when the world title started getting fractured and why, the ironies of both Verne Gagne and Roy Shire as promoters, the expansion of the AWA, the AWA lifestyle, the biggest AWA angles, and Gagne vs Billy Robinson.

We also look at his training wrestlers, the Hogan era and the peak of the AWA.

We also have full details of the Jon Jones story, both why he got suspended and complete police records as to what happened this past week with his auto accident.  We look at his losing sponsors, Cormier vs. Rumble Johnson, UFC's position, and Cormier talks his title shot.

We also have more on Dana White's comments on Ronda Rousey in WrestleMania and the WWE's reaction, as well as UFC fighters doing pro wrestling in recent years.

We've got a full rundown of the Extreme Rules PPV, a look at Payback, plus match-by-match ratings and poll results from the show.

We also look at the Daniel Bryan situation, who is being groomed for a unique babyface push to stardom, disappearing of the curb stomp, next NXT special, Samoa Joe and WWE, Furious 7 box office marks, NXT on tour, a TV documentary on one of the biggest shows in WWE history coming,  and notes on talent cut this past week by WWE.   

We also look at the Demetrious Johnson conundrum, the flyweight division, the business of UFC 186 and match-by-match coverage.

We look at the career of Ashura Hara, including his biggest matches, why his career at the top in All Japan suddenly ended, his appearance in G-1, his rugby background, his IWE start, some of his famous matches and the 1987 tag team tournament.

We also look at four pro wrestlers elected to public office this past week.

We also have a bio on exotico star Rudy Reyna, including his start in pro wrestling, how much of a shoot his act was, his health issues and career highlights.

The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.

We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.

Also in this week's issue:

--More on the World Cup tag team tournament

--New major AAA shows

--AAA & Lucha Underground notes

--Top promotion star breaks nose and gets teeth knocked out

--Dragon Gate builds to one of its biggest events of the year on iPPV

--Update on New Japan World

--Kidani talks New Japan pay

--How business is going with New Japan

--New Japan big show rundown

--Update on Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling

--Different names being talked about

--Jarrett and Eric Bischoff and Jarrett's reactions to stories

--Bischoff history

--Missy Hyatt charges dropped story

--Bill Goldberg says he'll wrestle again and more notes on the subject

--A look back at Bill Goldberg in WWE and why it didn't work

--Why Goldberg's career in Japan ended

--Funny note on Kevin Nash

--Japanese star looking at working indie dates in the U.S.

--More notes on the future of Lucha Underground

--How close are they to being No. 2 in the market

--Notes going into the second season

--Why there is a premium on guys who can wrestle well

--Update on Adam Cole in ROH

--Notes on the booking of the ROH/New Japan shows

--Notes on the broadcasting of the entire tour

--ROH final show before the New Japan tour

--Notes on Jeff Hardy's injury

--ROH star returns from injury

--Lots on Billy Corgan signing with TNA and his thoughts on wrestling creative

--Wrestling stars get engaged

--Rampage Jackson talks TNA

--Another longtime performer out of TNA

--Taryn Terrell heel turn notes

--UFC on FOX ratings notes

--Notes on the Reebok sponsorship in UFC

--Reaction to those numbers

--UFC fighter sues another UFC fighter over a sponsorship deal gone bad

--UFC signs one of the best wrestlers in the world as a project

--Lots of new UFC fights

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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)

*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)

*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)

*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)a

*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)

*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)

*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)

*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our history)

*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)

*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)

*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)

*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)

*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)

*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)

*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)

*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)

*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)

*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)

*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)

*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)

*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)

*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)

*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)

*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)

*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)

*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)

*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)

*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)

*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)

*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)

*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)

*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)

*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)

*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)

*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)

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*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)

*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)

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*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)

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  • The claim is that the advance for PPV orders for Saturday's Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight are the strongest in the history of PPV to the point that they are asking for people to order today in case there are problems with companies who won't be able to handle the volume of Saturday night orders.
  • The plan is for the main event to start at 11 p.m. Eastern, which is an hour earlier than most major boxing PPV main events.  Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein and Roy Jones Jr. will be the lead announcers, so no Mauro Ranallo.  
  • I heard ridiculous numbers for scalper prices for not just the fight.  Weigh-ins are going for $200 in some cases.  One person purchased three tickets for $1 million for the fight ($333,333.33 per ticket) and there was also a $250,000 buy on the secondary market.  In Las Vegas alone, there are about 50,000 closed-circuit tickets available, all sold out, at $150 each. 
  • While the general rule for bar prices to air the fight are $30 per person based on the capacity of the bar or restaurant, one bar owner told us that the price they were quoted was $3,900 for their 49 seat bar, which they turned down.  A lot of bars have been turning down the price.  The person noted he was paying $360 for SD or $460 for HD for WWE shows until they went on the network and dropped them.
  • For those in Canada, this is a listing of places carrying the show.  As the site recommends, people should still call ahead to make sure 
  • Jeff Hardy, even though he just had surgery Wednesday due to a broken leg suffered in a dirt bike accident, he will be appearing on Saturday night in Cameron, NC for Chaos in Cameron 2 for OMEGA wrestling.  He got home last night from the hospital.  He is walking with crutches but is in a lot of pain.  Even though it was a bad break, doctors believe it will be strong upon healing with the titanium rod and plate put in.
  • The note yesterday regarding NXT shows in the Northeast being sold out was incorrect.  As of this morning, there were plenty of seats left for all three shows.  Tickets went on same to the public this morning.
  • Awesome story on the New Japan shows in North Korea 20 years ago this week with interviews with Ric Flair, Eric Bischoff, Scott Norton, Scott Steiner, Sonny Onoo, myself and others on the two largest crowds in pro wrestling history and the strange week
  • A note regarding a radio show from a few days ago regarding Chris Candido where I said he was in TNA so couldn't work the WWE One Night Stand show, he was actually planning on working that show because he was not under contract to TNA, and that he was also going to work the Shane Douglas Hardcore Homecoming show. 
  • Funeral arrangements for Verne Gagne are Tuesday at the Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie, MN.  There will be a visitation Monday night from 4-7 p.m. and 10-11 a.m. Tuesday.  The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Jim Cornette noted on our show with him yesterday that he's working the 6/12 and 6/13 shows for Global Force Wrestling in Jackson, TN and Knoxville.
  • Jeff Jarrett will be throwing out the first pitch at the Mississippi Braves minor league baseball game tonight to promote a 6/20 show at that stadium.  Jarrett will also be at the Jackson (TN) Generals game tomorrow night, promoting the 6/12 show at the same stadium.
  • The Huffington Post ran a story called "UFC Star Banned after fleeing hit-and-run with pregnant woman" and the photo used with the tease of the story was of Daniel Cormier.   
  • Hulk Hogan in Austraila promoting the WWE's August tour
  • Paige VanZant plays the teenage daughter in this TV commercial for Bissel vacuum cleaners
  • Masked Republic announced a commemorative Perro Aguayo Jr. T-shirt available at
  • One reader noted to us that he signed up for the WWE Network's free April trial, went to cancel yesterday, and was told he was being given May for free as well. 
  • Great White North Wrestling on 5/29 in Smiths Falls, ONT and 5/30 in Ottawa at the Earl Armstrong Arena featuring Brutus Beefcake.
  • Capital City Championship Combat on 5/23 in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club.
  • Ryback talks about his uncle who played major league baseball
  • Something new with Dave Bautista
  • A new Andre the Giant graphic novel
  • Notes on a Big Japan Pro Wrestling house show
  • Really great story by Mick Karch on Nick Bockwinkel
  • Notes on an undercard fight on Saturday night's PPV


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Interview With Brooke Following Her #1 KO Contendership Win


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WWE BEYOND THE RING The Greatest Superstars of the 21st century profiles 15 superstars that dominated the ring for the first decade of the 2000s.

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MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.

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TOUGH ENOUGH WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio and former NBA star John Salley are on hand to offer advice about teamwork to the dwindling group.

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS BIG SHOW Two worlds collided when undefeated boxing sensation Floyd 'Money' Mayweather took on the 7-foot Giant, Big Show at WrestleMania XXIV!

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WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.

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SATURDAY NIGHTS MAIN EVENT Randy Savage defends the WWE Title against One Man Gang. Demolition battle The British Bulldogs. Rick Rude, Ted Dibiase, and more.