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MON. UPDATE: Cena injured, NJPW next PPV card, Joe ROH update, TNA & ROH, Raw, Rousey nomination

By Dave Meltzer
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We're looking for live reports on Raw from New Orleans tonight.  It's the go-home show for Money in the Bank.  If it seems fast for that, it's because it is.  We're looking for dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show. 

We're also looking for reports on these shows:

WWE Saturday night in Baton Rouge

WWE Sunday in Lake Charles, LA (John Cena, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Ryback, King Barrett)

New Japan World has another show that will be up Wednesday (not live as the show is on Tuesday from Korakuen Hall), but it's unique because it's the Suzuki-gun show, which means it's more a NOAH show, although a lot of New Japan stars are on it:

Genba Hirayanagi & Hitoshi Kumano vs. Jack Gamble & Jon Webb

Zack Sabre Jr. & Gedo vs. Captain New Japan & Captain NOAH

Jushin Liger & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Taichi & Desperado

Takashi Sugiura & Daisuke Harada vs. Shelton Benjamin & Taka Michinoku

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yuji Nagata

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan for NWA tag tiles

Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Yoshihiro Takayama

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Lafayette, LA.

In a busy news week, we've full coverage of all of UFC's changes when it comes to drug testing, as well as other things the company is doing for fighters, looking at the pluses, the minuses, and the loopholes in the new system of drug testing.  We also look at Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin, Samoa Joe in WWE and how it's changed, Destination America and wrestling, we've got a look at Money in the Bank, Elimination Chamber, the death of Tommy Rogers, UFC in Brazil, Dwayne Johnson's latest projects and the retirement of Masashi Aoyagi.

The Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter:  June 8, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Tommy Rogers bio, Austin-Lesnar notes, WWE signs Samoa Joe full-time, more

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The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.

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We look at Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin, Austin's promo on the WWE Network, Austin vs Lesnar history, and the value of next year's WrestleMania on PPV and the Network.

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Also in this week's issue:

--Update on this year's Busca de un Idolo tournament

--Latest big matches from Arena Mexico

--Former star from more than 20 years ago returns to Arena Mexico for the first time in decades

--More on the AAA World Cup show

--Notes from the last two sets of AAA TV tapings

--Wrestle-1 world tour notes

--Road to Keiji Muto tournament

--Dragon Gate King of Gate tournament

--Next big Dragon Gate matches

--Cryptic tweet by an American who wrestles in Japan

--An interesting what if regarding New Japan bookings

--Politics of wrestling regarding New Japan

--What New Japan may have to change

--Notes on the Super Juniors tournament and all the results

--Benefit show for cancer-striken star

--Genichiro Tenryu's final match in Osaka

--Update on GFW

--Mid Atlantic wrestling reunion

--Update on Terry Funk

--Update on Lucha Underground and Alberto Del Rio

--More on NESN deal

--What wrestling star has a 3.83 GPA in collage right now

--ROH notes from the weekend shows

--Really weird stuff in TNA

--Contract singing announcements

--Notes from a second TNA conference call with talent

--What happened with Tyrus and GFW

--GFW reaction

--TNA 2015 Hall of Fame plan that fell through

--Notes on TNA arena events

--Update on legislation to get UFC in Madison Square Garden

--Looking at Sara McMann's complaints about he Reebok deal

--The business and income of Ronda Rousey

--UFC boosts minimum

--UFC lawsuit update

--Upcoming UFC title matches

--What happened with the Leslie Smith street fight on Saturday night

--UFC makes a number of cuts

--Update on T.J. Grant

--Update on Rashad Evans

--Lots of new UFC fights

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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • Bryan and I will be back tonight after Raw, talking WWE, the next UFC show, New Japan Super Juniors final as well as taking e-mail questions to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
  • It is official that Samoa Joe's 6/20 match in New York will be his last ROH appearance for now.  The hope was for him to be able to do more matches, but for obvious reasons, that's now out of the question.
  • John Cena may have suffered a broken nose yesterday in a house show match with King Barrett in Lake Charles, LA.  Cena's nose was all bloody after delivering the attitude adjustment on Barrett for the finish.  He grabbed the mic after the match and said he thought he may have broken his nose. 
  • The Daniel Puder season of Tough Enough will start airing on Wednesday on the WWE Network.  That was an interesting season as it included Ryback, The Miz, and the guy Stephanie McMahon thought was going to be the biggest star in the company, Daniel Rodimar, at the time a huge Dave Draper look alike who ended up quitting because he was earning more money in real estate than in wrestling. 
  • There is a kick starter fund raiser to do a documentary on Chyna, with the idea it follows her leaving Japan to return to Los Angeles and discover old friends, hang with celebrities and start a new life.  As it last word, they had $185 raised out of $10,000 the first day.  One would think the worst thing for her would be to go back to hanging with celebrities in Los Angeles.
  • TNA has four title matches with its Destination X show on Destination America on Wednesday.  Kurt Angle defends in separate matches against Rockstar Spud and Austin Aries, while Taryn Terrell defends against Awesome Kong, and there is an Ultimate X match for the X title that Spud vacated when going for the world title.
  • ROH has a show already covered here on the sight with Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows from New Japan appearing.
  • WWE sent out a press release today stating they have a half billion social media followers.  They also said that John Cena is the most followed American athlete on Facebook with 36 million likes. 
  • Whether anything comes of this on the show tonight, or on the web site, they did tape a segment of Dean Ambrose partying in New Orleans while holding the title belt.
  • Big day for WWE stock, up 68 cents per share to $15.56, its highest point in several weeks..
  • Next New Japan PPV show is 7/5 from Osaka Jo Hall in the company's biggest show since January: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Yohei Komatsu vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata & Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada & Sho Tanaka Young Bucks defend IWGP jr. tag titles against Rocky Romero & Barreta and Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Bad Luck Fale Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Kenny Omega vs. Kushida for IWGP jr. title Togi Makabe vs. Tomohiro Ishii for Never Open weight title Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows for IWGP tag titles Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Toru Yano Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for IC title A.J. Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada for IWGP heavyweight title        
  • Ronda Rousey was not given a nomination in the Kids Choice sports awards from Nickelodeon for best female athlete.  She was nominated for Sickest moves, Queen of Swag and Biggest Powerhouse.  No other MMA fighters or pro wrestlers got nominations.
  • Today is the 25th anniversary of the Mitsuharu Misawa win over Jumbo Tsuruta at Budokan Hall which led to the period that All Japan Pro Wrestling did more than 200 consecutive sellout shows in Tokyo.  Not a typo.  I think with the benefit of hindsight, it would have been the most important pro wrestling match I ever saw live.
  • Expect the promotion for Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock to ramp up starting tomorrow with a conference call.
  • Ric Flair has been added to the 8/1 Dutchess Stadium show in Wappingers Falls, NY put on by Northeast Wrestling.  Flair will be doing autograph signings and meet and greet on a show that incudes Rey Mysterio Jr., Alberto El Patron, Samoa Joe, Jerry Lawler, Mickie James, Luke Williams, Lanny Poffo, Larry Zbyszko, Matt Taven, Michael Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Donovan Dijak, Hanson and The Young Bucks.
  • Daniel Puder & Major Mark vs. Jessy Sorenson & Alex Chamberlain headlines a 6/21 My Life My Power entertainment show in Pasadena, TX/
  • An injury to Goiti Yamauchi pulls him  out of a fight on the 6/26 Bellator show in Mulvane, KS against Pat Curran.  Curran will now face Emmanuel Sanchez, whose nickname is El Matador.  The match will air on Spike.
  • Some of the biggest names in the history of Florida wrestling will be at an event on Thursday night at the former Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, the former home of Tampa wrestling.  The place is now the Jewish Community Center.  Tickets are $60 and $38 for a fund raiser that will raise money for a wall that will preserve the history of wrestling in Florida.  Appearing include Terry Funk, Buddy Colt, Danny Miller, Bugsy McGraw, Kevin Sullivan, Brian Blair, Steve Keirn, Jerry Brisco, Rocky Johnson, Hector Guerrero, Tiger Conway Jr., Fred Ottman, Dean Malenko, Joe Malenko, Ron Fuller, Greg Valentine, JJ Dillon, Ron Bass, Ric Flair, Lanny Poffo, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, Ricky Steamboat, Luke Williams, Roman Reigns, Jimmy Hart, Bo Dallas, Kofi Kingston, Ricky Hunter, Norman Smiley, Fidel Sierra, Kendall Windham, Jerry Sags, Leilaini Kai, Brutus Beefcake, Sherri Lee, Stu Schwartz, Dotty Curtis (wife of Don Curtis), Jonard Solie (son of Gordon Solie), Bob Cook, Nicole Alonso (daughter of Mike Graham, granddaughter of Eddie Graham), Diane Gossett (wife of Mike Graham), Joel Deaton, Bill Alfonso, Scott McGhee and Al Perez.
  • J.J. Dillon promoting the event in a Miami Herald article
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Columbus, IN before 154 fans:  AJ Hawkins b Dash Venture, Mark Houston b Body Guy & Dillen Dynamite, Shiloh Jonze b Shawn Cook, Eddie Felson b Bobby Black, TVZ b The Intangibles, Stompin Steve b Mitch Johnson, Flash Flanagan b Rob Ramer to win the HPW title.  Next show is 6/27 with a show at the JD Byrider parking lot to fill the local food shelves drive.  Admission is six cans of good and bring your own lawn chairs. (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
  • A Smash Wrestling women's show on Saturday in Toronto:  Jewels Malone b Kaitlyn Diemond, Cherry Bomb b Miss Danyah, Courtney Rush b Xandra Bale, Vanessa Kraven b Jennifer Blake, Portia Perez won three-way over Veda Scott and Angie Sky, Candice LaRae b Allysin Kay (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • Premier Wrestling from yesterday in Gilroy, CA:  Dom Vitalli (1-2) b Will Cuevas (1-2), Joe Graves (2-0-1) b Buddy Royal (2-4), Gabriel Gallo (3-0) b Sledge (4-5), Timothy Thatcher (3-2-1) b Marcus Lewis (4-4), Jeff Cobb (6-2-1`) b Kaimana (1-3), JR Kratos (8-2) retained the heavyweight title over Dylan Drake (4-4). 
  • CMLL from Saturday night in Mexico City at Arena Coliseo:  Robin b Rebelde, Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeno Violencia, Cancerbero b Soberano, Raziel b Oro Jr., Estrellita & Marcela b Dallys & Tiffany-DQ, Atlantis & Maximo & Mistico b Felino & Luciferno & Vangellys
  • The only thing of note trending on Twitter was UFC 188 with 2,374 tweets today.  Obviously there will be more tomorrow.
  • WXW True Colors 2015 takes place Friday night in Munich, Germany with Tommy End vs. Ricochet and Colt Cabana vs. Kim Ray.  They also run Saturday night in Fulda, Germany with Tommy End vs. Karsten Beck and a 30 man Rumble.  They will have a world tag team tournament from 10/2 to 10/4 (thanks to Markus Gronemann
  • A.J. Styles is booked for WXW on 8/29.
  • Jersey Championship Wrestling on Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. at Six Flags in Jackson, NJ featuring Mick Foley, Sandman,Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, Sean Waltman, Jim Duggan and Scott Hall. 
  • Acclaim Pro Wrestling on 7/4 in Ottawa, ONT at Dom Polski-SPK
  • Woodland Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Woodland, WA:  Patrick Large b CJ Edwards, Hot Hands Mendoza b Dave Turner, Avarice & Mary Jane Payne b Christopher Ryseck & Anni Raeth, Jorel Nelson b Hanzo Takahashi, Malia Hosaka b Mary Jane Payne, Exile b Kellan Raeth-DQ (thanks to Charles Short)
  •  NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on Friday night in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with Jason Kincaid vs. Vince Brent vs. Sabu for the Southeastern title.  Rob Conway, Ricky Morton and Chase Owens are also on the show.
  • The Fusion Network, a new network owned by Univision an ABC has a new show on-line called Outpost, and this is a look at wrestling in Bolivia where a 44-year-old woman is the top face
  • An interview with Big Show
  • Another interview with Big Show

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron)

1976 - Maki Ueda beat Jumbo Miyamoto to win the WWWA title.  Ueda, who was 15 at the time, is probably the youngest world champion of a major promotion that I can recall, and was also one of the most popular woman wrestlers of all-time in her very short career, as well as a rock star at the time.

1979 - Cachorro Mendoza beat Sangre Chicana in Mexico City to win the vacant Mexican national middleweight title

1984 - Fit Finlay beat Marty Jones in Carlisle to win the world mid heavyweight title

1985 - Dynamite Kid beat Mighty Inoue in Takamatsu to win the NWA Int. jr. title

1990 - Stan Hansen beat Terry Gordy at Budokan Hall to win the Triple Crown

1999 - Kendo Ka Shin beat Koji Kanemoto in Tokyo to win the Best of the Super Juniors tournament

2001 - Masahito Kakihara & Mitsuya Nagai beat Yuji Nagata & Togi Makabe in Tokyo to win the vacant All-Asia tag titles

2003 - Keiji Muto & Arashi beat Satoshi Kojima & Jimmy Yang in a tournament final to win the vacant All Japan world tag title

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:06 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

1:06 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John's kept a secret from her. Rosa's unaware she's competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

2:06 AM ET
THE WWE LIST Whether it's winning the Diva's Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter... These Divas do it all to stay trending.

2:36 AM ET
FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

3:06 AM ET
WCW STARRCADE 1994 Hulk Hogan defends the WCW World Title against The Butcher. Sting battles Avalanche. The Nasty Boys face Harlem Heat. Jim Duggan vs. Vader.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

7:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John's kept a secret from her. Rosa's unaware she's competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

10:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

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TOTAL DIVAS Nikki is devastated when she discovers John's kept a secret from her. Rosa's unaware she's competing in her pursuits of an NFL player.

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WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Ten Most Unique Matches of all time!

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WWE BEYOND THE RING Follow Batista's path from the struggles that drove him away from WWE to his triumphant return in 2014.

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TOUGH ENOUGH The last two contestants standing prepare for a final match at the WWE training facility. Stone Cold announces the winner live at RAW!

3:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH In the pursuit to become a WWE Superstar, eight hopeful athletes compete for a million dollar WWE Contract and find out who is Tough Enough!

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FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Daniel Bryan - Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

4:30 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Whether it's winning the Diva's Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter... These Divas do it all to stay trending.

5:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

6:00 PM ET
FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Daniel Bryan - Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

6:30 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Rey Mysterio: Life of a Masked Man features exclusive and candid comments from the Ultimate Underdog on his sports entertainment path!

8:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH In the pursuit to become a WWE Superstar, eight hopeful athletes compete for a million dollar WWE Contract and find out who is Tough Enough!

9:00 PM ET
FIRST LOOK A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video's latest release, Daniel Bryan - Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes!

9:30 PM ET
THE WWE LIST Whether it's winning the Diva's Championship, or posting a very flattering photos on Twitter... These Divas do it all to stay trending.

10:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

11:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH In the pursuit to become a WWE Superstar, eight hopeful athletes compete for a million dollar WWE Contract and find out who is Tough Enough!