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MON. UPDATE: Tonight's Raw, MMA in New York, NXT, JR fan fests, Bella Twins, Mayweather-Pacquiao

By dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave Meltzer

We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC show in Newark, NJ so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're looking for reports on NXT shows on Thursday in Gainesville, FL and Saturday in Jacksonville as well as yesterday's Lucha Underground tapings at dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We're also looking for reports on Raw tonight from Albany, NY.  It's the go-home show for Extreme Rules.  The only match announced is The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow with the winner getting the Miz brand.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tomorrow night in Providence, RI.

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We've got full coverage of the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony from two weeks ago along with a lot of backstage stories, truth vs. fiction on the stories told, as our lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have a ton of notes on ROH and the New Japan tour, Lucha Underground's future and what it needs, TNA and Destination America along with notes on Taz, the Briscoes, Daniel Bryan, the latest lawsuits against WWE and UFC and a look at WWE & TNA business for February.

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--Rey Bucanero gives his side of the Rey Mysterio Jr. retiring story

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--More on the upcoming World Cup trios tournament

--Unique major stipulation match in Dragon Gate in a few weeks

--A look at the off the charts Dragon Gate match this past week

--Notes on the upcoming King of Gate tournament

--Major name joins the NOAH feud that has gotten mainstream news coverage

--A look at NOAH's big show of the week

--Details of NOAH's Global Tag League tournament

--Three title matches including two from the U.S. on New Japan show in two weeks

--Notes on the return of the old FMW promotion with Atsushi Onita

--The shoot tournament going on for a pro wrestling world title

--News on Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling

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--Retirement of Tomoka Nakagawa

--Jim Ross and Lucha Underground and why they wanted him

--The current status of Lucha Underground

--What is the key thing to look at with  that promotion

--Notes on their big season ending show, the angles leading to it and the lineup

--Ideas they had and where they stand

--Why Lucha Underground is having trouble catching on even with strong television

--Notes on the weekend TV tapings and where the show stands well into July

--Why the Briscoes turned down WWE

--Notes on the upcoming ROH and New Japan shows and challenges in booking

--What would have happened had the Briscoes left

--Notes on the Killer Elite Squad in ROH

--Notes on TNA's finances and late payment

--The TNA/Destination America relationship and key factors on it

--More on Bobby Lashley's next fight

--Notes on TNA going back to doing a live PPV show and the time frame

--UFC pioneer Kevin Rosier passes away

--Notes on tons of new UFC fights

--What UFC star is looking to compete in the 2016 Olympics in what sport

--What happened with Matt Brown and Nate Diaz

--Notes on the latest lawsuit against UFC

--How UFC is doing on TV in Canada

--Former hockey fighter signs with UFC for Montreal

--Crazy Wanderlei Silva interview

--Thoughts on Phil Davis signing with Bellator

--Fight of the Year

--Bill Goldberg fighting update

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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • Regarding tonight's show, it's the final build-up for Extreme Rules.  With the Paige "injury" angle, unless she comes back and it's a three-way, that should lead to Nikki Bella vs. Naomi as the Divas title match on Sunday.  The big question regards Daniel Bryan and his scheduled IC title defense against Bad News Barrett that was scheduled for the show.  Brad Maddox is at Raw.  There will be an HHH announcement of Tough Enough, but I think that's the same thing linked on the front page of the web site in the WWE press release.
  • The New York Daily News ran a story today that several prominent U.S. Jewish leaders are opposing the legalization of MMA in New York because UFC is owned 10 percent by the government of Abu Dhabi.  A letter was sent out signed by "Friends of the Jewish community" sent to lawmakers and to run in Jewish publications in the state.  The group claims the United Arab Emirates are one of the most anti-semitic countries in the world.  A television ad is supposed to start airing.  There were 17 prominent Jewish leaders who signed the letter.  The belief is this is the latest move by the Culinary Workers union, which is trying to block MMA in New York because the Fertitta Brothers station casinos are nonunion.  The UFC noted that the Abu Dhabi government is considered a U.S. ally and owns a piece of both the Time Warner Center an Chrysler Building in New York.  Assemblyman Phil Godfeder of Queens, who sponsored the bill to legalize professional MMA in New York, and is an Orthodox Jew, said, "It offends me that there are those who will use any excuse to play politics with our economy.  This is just another tactic by the opposition to cloud the real issue."

The full story

  • There will be NXT tapings on Thursday night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
  • The GHC Global Tag team tournament continues on Thursday in Sendai with Super Crazy & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya vs. Akitoshi Saito & Quiet Storm and Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste vs. Daiske Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto.
  • Furious 7 was No. 1 at the box office in the U.S., and much of the world this past weekend, estimated at doing $29.06 million, beating the debuting Paul Blart:  Mal Cop 2 at $24 million.
  • The Bella Twins are on the cover of the new issue of "Muscle & Fitness" Hers.
  • This is crazy.  Do you realize the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is 12 days away.  They have still not announced a price for the PPV officially.  Apparently they haven't even printed up tickets yet either.
  • Jim Ross announced a number of appearances at wrestling conventions, which up until now, he'd been avoiding.  According to his blog at www.jrsbarbq.com, he'll be going to one in the U.K. on 6/20 and 6/21 that will include Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Trish Stratus, Lita, Ron Simmons, Howard Finkel, Godfather, Tatanka, Terri Runnels, Jackie Moore, Ashley Massaro, Demolition, Nasty Boys, Alberto El Patron, Jim Neidhart, Harry Smith, Marty Jones and Johnny Smith, and will do a meet and greet with Michaels on 6/22 in Manchester.  He also announced going to the New England fan fest in Providence on 6/26 and 6/27 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Ross tickets for his Gramercy Theater show went on sale today at Ticketmaster.
  • Ross also mentioned going to the NXT tapings this week.
  • Premier Boxing runs Friday night from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 knockouts) vs. James Stevenson (22-1, 15 knockouts) and Attur Azpilka (17-1, 12 knockouts) vs. Ty Cobb (18-6, 10 knockouts).  Was Tris Speaker unavailable?
  • Destiny Wrestling on 5/23 in Pickering, ONT at the Pickering Recreation Complex Arena with Kevin Nash as special guest plus Chris Sabin and Matt Sydal.  There will also be a Q&A with Nash at 4 p.m. that day before the show.
  • Miz and Summer Rae will be in New York promoting Marine 4 tomorrow.  
  • Dave Bautista and Eva Marie are scheduled at the Wizard World convention on 6/19 through 6/21 in Sacramento.

Eva Marie appears only on the Saturday date.

  • In the picks for Saturday, Jack Encarnacao and David Bixenspan both went 5-0, meaning they picked Max Holloway over Cub Swanson.  Me, Mike Sempervive, John Pollock and Steve Juon were 4-1, Frontrow Brian was 3-2 and Josh Nason, Todd Martin and Mike Sawyer were all 2-3.
  • Want to make mention if you are in Memphis of a major event on 5/23 called the Roundhouse Revival at the Mid South Coliseum.  There will be pro wrestling, with Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee, roundball, Rock & Roll, R&B, Roller Derby, rap and more all day.
  • Douglas Lima defends the Bellator welterweight title against Andrey Koreshkov on 7/18 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT  
  • We get this question all the time, but if you are in the U.S. and want to order tickets for New Japan major live events, you can go here
  • In yesterday's update, there was a mistake.  The Jumbo Tsuruta Int. title win over Bruiser Brody, which was Brody's last pin loss ever in Japan (and maybe anywhere), was on April 19, 1988.  We had it listed as 1986. (thanks to Guy Bogard) 
  • Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Millstadt,. IL:  Ken Kasa b Daniel Gunner, Chaz Wesson & Keith Smith Jr. b Ax Allwardt & Waco, Bull Bronson b Bubba Troll, Attila Khan b Jim Hoffarth, Sean Vincent d Curtis Wylde, Chris Hargas b Kevin Lee Davidson, Bob Orton b Ken Kasa & Travis Cook, Ron Powers b Flash Flanagan-COR, Gary Jackson b Brandon Espinosa-COR (thanks to Drew Abbenhaus and Patrick Brandmeyer)
  • Tyrus/Brodus Clay, as The Funkasaurus, headlines a show on Saturday night in Melbourne, Australia at the Ashwood Performing Arts Centre for Outback Championship Wrestling.
  • Tasmanian Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Launceston, Tasmania at Action Packed Stadium.
  • All Star Wrestling on 5/30 in Gibson, BC at the Gibsons & Area Community Center
  • The Crash Promotion on 5/8 in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal has Angelico & Blue Demon Jr. & Psycho Clown vs. Brian Cage & El Texano Jr. & Mesias, plus a four-way for the Crash cruiserweight title with Angel Metalico defending against Drago, Pentagon Jr. and Zarco, and El Hijo del Fantasma defends the AAA cruiserweight title against Fenix. 
  • Wrestling Abaddon from yesterday in Toronto:  Jason Kincade b Pinkie Sanchez, Joey Janela b Octavio, Lucky Beefcake (Lucky 13) b Dave 4.0 (Rip Impact), Danny Havoc b Joe Gacy, Lan-Doe b Latin Dragon, Azrael b Chase Owens, Blk Jeez b Carter Roth (thanks to Steven Ashe) 
  • Superkicked Wrestling & Rock show from Saturday night in Toronto:  Shane Sabre won three-way over Owen Christopher and Jon Atlas, RJ City b Space Monkey, Joe Coleman b Seleyzia Sparks, Kris Chambers & Young Miles b Trent Gibson & Channing Decker, Michael Elgin b Tommy End, Ashley Sixx b Brent Banks in a TLC match.  Next show is  5/30 with Ashley Sixx defending his title against Abyss in a Monsters Ball match.
  • Canadian Wrestling Elite on Wednesday in Yorkton, Saskatchewan at the Yorkdale Central School with Christopher Daniels and Chase Owens.  They also run Friday in Winnipeg at the Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall with Daniels vs Carter Mason and Owens vs. Jason Kincaid.
  • New England Championship Wrestling has the Iron 8 championship on 5/9 in Beverly, MA at the Cover Community Center.
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling from yesterday in Pontiac, MI:  Kongo Kong b Krimson, Hooligans b Ring Rydas, Shane Mercer b Rhino, Tracy Smothers b Necro Butcher, Mad Man Pondo & Crazy Mary Dobson b Super Strong Tiger & Spider Monkey, Weedman b 2 Tuff Tony to win JCW title (thanks to Leonard Brand)
  • Ethan Carter III headlines Wednesday night in Dayton for Rockstar Pro Wrestling at the Rockstar Arena. 
  • The brutality of boxing in this story
  • Longtime reader James Hold has just penned his latest pro wrestling fiction book  Check it out.

The OUT OF TEXAS series, which dates back to 2004, covers the adventures of a cat-turned-human who finds employment as a professional wrestler. Earlier entries received favorable reviews on the Wrestling Observer and Wrestling Armpit websites.

In this latest outing, a tropical gale, Kim, floods the Texas inland coast, causing our here to seek refuge at Entree the Giant, a local greasy-spoon diner. There, a trio of wrestling sisters, the Cutie Pies, request his aid in rescuing their father whom they believe was kidnapped by the infamous ND Bag. Never one to say no to a pretty face, our hero agrees to help. A wild night of fun and violence (not to mention pie fights, seances, and sewer roaches) follows.

If you are interested, please download a copy. Again, it's free. And if you'd like, check out some of my other work as well.

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

1945 - Gori Guerrero beat Jack O'Brien to win the Mexican national welterweight title

1968 - Mario Milano & Antonio Pugliese (Tony Parisi) beat Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard in Brisbane to win the IWA tag titles

1983 - Jim Breaks beat Steve Grey in Coine to win the British lightweight title

1989 - Mitsuo Momota beat Shinichi Nakano in Tokyo to win the All Japan jr. title

1996 - Akira Taue beat Steve Williams in Tokyo to win the Champion Carnival tournament

2001 - Etsuko Mita & Nanae Takahashi beat Mima Shimoda & Takako Inoue in Tokyo to win the WWWA tag title

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)

12:06 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

1:06 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki's marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva's Championship.

2:06 AM ET
WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE The action continues with exclusive interviews, matches and fallout LIVE from Monday Night Raw.

2:11 AM ET
HULK HOGANS ROCK N WRESTLING On this episode of Rock 'n' Wrestling, JYD turns to Hulk Hogan and friends to build a super racer to defeat Roddy Piper's infamous Hot Rod.

2:36 AM ET
USOS 10 HOURS TO HOUSTON The Usos -10 Hours To Houston captures the compelling story of twins Josh and Jon Fatu from childhood to their WWE Tag Team Title reign.

3:06 AM ET
WCW ROAD WILD 1998 Diamond Dallas Page teams with late night talk show host, Jay Leno, to face Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Goldberg, Sting, and more.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00 AM ET
HULK HOGANS ROCK N WRESTLING On this episode of Rock 'n' Wrestling, JYD turns to Hulk Hogan and friends to build a super racer to defeat Roddy Piper's infamous Hot Rod.

7:30 AM ET
USOS 10 HOURS TO HOUSTON The Usos -10 Hours To Houston captures the compelling story of twins Josh and Jon Fatu from childhood to their WWE Tag Team Title reign.

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki's marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva's Championship.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

10:00 AM ET
HULK HOGANS ROCK N WRESTLING On this episode of Rock 'n' Wrestling, JYD turns to Hulk Hogan and friends to build a super racer to defeat Roddy Piper's infamous Hot Rod.

10:30 AM ET
USOS 10 HOURS TO HOUSTON The Usos -10 Hours To Houston captures the compelling story of twins Josh and Jon Fatu from childhood to their WWE Tag Team Title reign.

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki's marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva's Championship.

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WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

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HULK HOGANS ROCK N WRESTLING On this episode of Rock 'n' Wrestling, JYD turns to Hulk Hogan and friends to build a super racer to defeat Roddy Piper's infamous Hot Rod.

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USOS 10 HOURS TO HOUSTON The Usos -10 Hours To Houston captures the compelling story of twins Josh and Jon Fatu from childhood to their WWE Tag Team Title reign.

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TOUGH ENOUGH Big Show stops by to offer advice to the contestants as the trainers begin to separate the pack by putting them through physical challenges.

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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.

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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.

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

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WWE BEYOND THE RING The bigger they are, the harder they brawl! True Giants is an in-depth look at sports entertainment's most successful gargantuan Superstars.

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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.

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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.

10:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

11:00 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.