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SAT. UPDATE: Big weekend continues, UFC announces new market debut, ROH caps off big week, and more

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If you didn't see the "UFC Fight Morning" card from Manila and want to check it out, the replays are:

Prelims: Tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET and late Monday night/Tuesday morning at 1:00 a.m. ET, both on Fox Sports 2.

Main Card: Tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2, late tonight/tomorrow morning at 3:00 a.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Monday at 8:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, and then the usual multiple replays on Fox Sports 2 throughout the week.

ROH has Global Wars '15 Night 2 tonight from the sold out Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto (live on internet PPV on ROHWrestling.com):

A.J. Styles & The Young Bucks vs. Kazuchika Okada, Rocky Romero, & Beretta
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. ACH  & Matt Sydal
Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Dalton Castle
The Kingdom vs. Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson
Michael Elgin vs. Gedo
KUSHIDA vs. Will Ferrara

Plus the following advertised as appearing: Jay Briscoe, The Addiction, Jay Lethal w/ Truth Martini, Moose w/ Stokely Hathaway & Veda Scott, War Machine, Watanabe, Donovan Dijak, ReDragon, Silas Young, Cedric Alexander, and The Decade.

Tomorrow night we've got WWE Payback live on PPV and WWE Network from the Baltimore Arena: 
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
John Cena vs. Rusev for the WWE U.S. Championship in an “I Quit” match
Ryback vs. Bray Wyatt
New Day (c) vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro for the WWE Tag Team Championship in a 2/3 falls match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Neville vs. King Barrett
The Meta Powers vs. The Ascension in the preshow match at 7:30 p.m. ET

Also tomorrow night, Shooto Brazil debuts on UFC Fight Pass at 6:00 p.m. ET with Shooto Brazil 54. Jason Chambers and Dominick Cruz (who's fantastic as a desk analyst on UFC shows) will handle the announcing on the card, which has these fights scheduled:

Felipe Froes vs. Paulo Guerreiro for the 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

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) and being the first week of May, features an extensive article demystifying what Sweeps mean for ratings and how it affects the wrestling business in 2015:

-- What do Sweeps periods actually measure?

-- Do Sweeps matter for cable at all?

-- What wrestling companies are they relevant to these days?

-- What was their past significance?

-- And 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. 

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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.

We also look at the Mayweather-Pacquiao business, and how it breaks down, live event business, Vegas closed circuit, bar business, how much Mayweather and Pacquiao figure to earn, Mayweather talks rematch, why the fight was so big, and the state of PPV in 2015. 

We also look at a big question as to how this relates to UFC going forward.

We look at the historical implications of Ronda Rousey on the Sports Illustrated cover.

We also have a rundown of ROH and New Japan working together in Philadelphia.

We've got a major piece on Global Force Wrestling.  We look at the talent list, notes on the schedule for different talent, notes on the taping schedule, different TV stations they are talking with, Spike talks about getting into wrestling, the business ideas behind all this, as well as thoughts on the talent and both who is surprisingly not listed.

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We look at last week's UFC show in Australia, the heavyweight title picture, the Mark Hunt stoppage and match-by-match coverage.

We also look at the latest Pro Wrestling NOAH major show, which included appearances by Kenta Kobashi and Yuji Nagata, as well as NOAH's Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial tour coming up next month.

We also have a business rundown for WWE & TNA and where things stand in the different categories.

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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

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--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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Saturday Daily Update

-- Elsewhere on the site:

- Former WWE writer Joe Franciosi, who was most recently part of the Championship Wrestling from Hollywood creative team, passed away after suffering a heart attack.

- No official word yet, but Brie Bella appeared to suffer a shoulder injury last night in State College, PA.

-- If you missed the UFC card from Manila and didn't DVR it, the replays of the main card are definitely worth a look if just for Mark Munoz's retirement fight against Luke Barnatt. Really nice, classy moment to cap off a very entertaining fight with a loud, partisan crowd hanging onto everything Munoz did. Neil Magny vs. Hyun Gyu Lim and the Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber main event are also well worth checking out.

-- UFC announced today that their debut card in Seoul, South Korea will take place on November 28th.

-- Also, for those who have been waiting on ROH to get the Philadelphia shows from this week up on their site as VOD purchases, night 1 (Briscoes vs. Nakamura and Okada main event) is now available, which is a couple days earlier than had been anticipated. 

-- The first obvious Billy Corgan fingerprints were on Impact last night, as The Dollhouse's new entrance music is "Doll Parts" by Hole, complete with a graphic plugging the song courtesy of Geffen Records and so on. Corgan and Courtney Love have been friends on and off for almost 25 years.

-- WMAR TV in Baltimore spoke to Jim Ross in advance of his "An Evening With Jim Ross" one man show tonight in the city. The text is mostly explaining his show, but there's some nice insight in the video clip.

-- If you play the WWE Supercard mobile game, they're giving away 300 free credits if you log into the game before the Payback PPV this weekend. Cat Daddy Games, the developer, doesn't do free credits for its games very often, so if you play Supercard at all, make sure to load it up and collect the credits.

-- Last night, Jeff Jarrett defeated NWA Western States Heritage Champion Matt Riviera to win the title in King City, CA at an NWA Vendetta Pro event.

-- Sheamus talked to Delaware Online answering fan questions to promote tonight's card in Newark at the Bob Carpenter Center. Great quote about what his favorite match was when he was growing up and why: "When Bret Hart won King of the Ring and beat Bam Bam Bigelow. I just loved watching Bret get beat down and beat down, but would still keep coming back. He had a lot of resilience and was able to take a beating. When you look at a lot of kids’ super heroes, good guys, they were the ones who seemed more human to me because he would take punishment, but he would still come back.

Every match, he looked like he’d been through a war. That definitely struck a cord with me. Like I’ve never been a fan of Supermans or God-like super heroes. I’m more into human aspects. That’s why I’m a fan of the Daredevil TV series. I think it’s really cool. I think that’s why people can relate to it. He goes through war and overcomes the odds. Never the biggest guy, but had more heart than anybody."

-- A few preview videos have popped up online of WWE's new Jerry Lawler Blu-Ray/DVD set that comes out Tuesday: The documentary intro, a teaser of the Andy Kaufman segment, and also a glimpse into the segment about Lawler first going to the WWF in 1993.

-- Today in history note for May 16th:

28 years ago, the Midnight Express of Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane won the United States Tag Team Title tournament about six weeks after Lane replaced Dennis Condrey, who had disappeared without a trace. Cornette kept up with every territory's TV show during his downtime, and when it became clear that Condrey wasn't coming back, Cornette had planned on contacting Tom Prichard (working in Alabama) for the spot. Before that could happen, Stan Lane, who was hired via Jim Crockett Promotions taking over Florida, was suggested by Jim Crockett Jr. Since Cornette, Eaton, and Lane were all old friends from Memphis, it immediately clicked that this was the perfect arrangement. Prichard would eventually join Lane as Cornette's Heavenly Bodies in Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

The Eaton/Lane team had a different role from the Eaton/Condrey team, which the U.S. Tag Title win kind of signified. With Condrey, they were a main event or near main event level team in the World Tag Title hunt and major, heavy heat getting angles with teams like The Road Warriors and Dusty Rhodes/Magnum T.A. The Lane team was more about having action-packed upper-midcard matches, especially on major shows, and that's what they're best remembered for.

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

12:30 AM ET
LIVE! WITH CHRIS JERICHO Chris Jericho brings his provocative and candid podcast to WWE Network with his first one-hour LIVE interview with WWE Superstar John Cena.

1:30 AM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and SmackDown with This Week in WWE.

2:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Trinity's inability to have sex frustrates Jon, and Bryan and Nikki shock Brie when they team up to stage an intervention.

3:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin enlists the help of four sexy WWE Divas and THQ video games to teach the remaining contestants all about creativity.

4:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Jericho shed his cruiserweight stigmas to make his mark on both WWE and WCW throughout the Monday Night War.

5:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Countdown Greatest High Flyers counts down the top ten greatest high flying superstars of all time!

6:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS Stardust arrives from the fifth dimension to battle R-Truth. Plus, Kalisto is in singles action against Heath Slater.

7:00 AM ET
WWE NXT With one week until Takeover, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens meet face to face in the ring to determine the fate of their NXT Championship Match.

8:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin enlists the help of four sexy WWE Divas and THQ video games to teach the remaining contestants all about creativity.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Countdown Greatest High Flyers counts down the top ten greatest high flying superstars of all time!

10:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Trinity's inability to have sex frustrates Jon, and Bryan and Nikki shock Brie when they team up to stage an intervention.

11:00 AM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and SmackDown with This Week in WWE. 

11:30 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Batista embodies his nickname 'The Animal'. Relive Batista's storied career with this biography of his life both inside the ring and out.

1:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN From the Texas Rattle Snake to Teddy Long, this episode will take a look at the top ten personalities ever to hold the title of GM.

2:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Countdown Greatest High Flyers counts down the top ten greatest high flying superstars of all time!

3:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio and former NBA star John Salley are on hand to offer advice about teamwork to the dwindling group.

4:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Former Tough Enough winner and John Morrison help contestants stay focused on a treacherous ropes course that gives Eric serious trouble.

5:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin enlists the help of four sexy WWE Divas and THQ video games to teach the remaining contestants all about creativity.

5:55 PM ET
WWE 24 In this edition of WWE 24, we reveal the personal story of this rising star, his family and his memorable experience at Wrestlemania 31.

6:30 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and SmackDown with This Week in WWE.

7:00 PM ET
WWE PAYBACK 2015 KICKOFF WWE Payback Kickoff LIVE from Baltimore. Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves and Booker T preview WWE Payback.

8:00 PM ET
WWE PAYBACK 2015 What goes around comes around as John Cena, Roman Reigns, and more of your favorite Superstars look to settle their scores at WWE Payback!

11:00 PM ET
WWE PAYBACK 2015 What goes around comes around as John Cena, Roman Reigns, and more of your favorite Superstars look to settle their scores at WWE Payback!