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The big show of the weekend is UFC 186 live from Montreal:

Main Card on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi for the UFC Flyweight Championship
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado in a 215 lb. catchweight fight
Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway in a middleweight fight
John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell in a 160 lb. catchweight fight
Yves Jabouin  vs. Thomas Almeida in a bantamweight fight

Prelims on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET
Patrick Cote  vs. Joe Riggs in a welterweight fight
Alexis Davis vs. Sarah Kaufman in a women’s bantamweight fight
Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena in a lightweight fight
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud in a lightweight fight

Prelims on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET
Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements in a welterweight fight
Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau in both fighters’ strawweight debut
Randa Markos vs. Aisling Daly in a strawweight fight

For fun fights, this is not necessarily a bad card by any means, but as everyone has been talking about for weeks, it feels like a stretch for $60 (or $70 for some reason if you have Verizon Fios), and that's even more pronounced coming a week after a much stronger card that was broadcast on free, over the air TV. There's no real reason that Ovince St. Preux vs. Patrick Cummins (the best, most relevant prelim without any local fighters) couldn't be on this PPV to at least deepen the main card.

Still, there's plenty to look forward to. Kyoji Horiguchi is one of the best prospects at flyweight division and clearly a special fighter. It seems way to early for a title shot, but of the ranked flyweights, he and Jussier Formiga were literally the only two ranked fighters that were on a win streak in the division at the time the fight was bookd who also hadn't faced Mighty Mouse. While, by all rights, Johnson should retain and there's no real reason not to pick him, Horiguchi does have the type of skillset (odd rhythm, big knockout power, very fast, and unpredictable striking choices) that makes a big upset at least theoretically possible.

Outside of the main event: Rampage has promised an entertaining fight vs. Maldonado after complaining for years about being booked against fighters who rely on their wrestling, but he may not be himself with the stress of the legal battles. John Makdessi, meanwhile, also goes into his fight with Shane Campbell coming off being sued this week by Gegard Mousasi because his Fear the Fighter apparel company is alleged to have not paid Mousasi the sponsorship money he's due. So we have two theoretical action fights that could potentially be marred by the fighters not having their heads completely in the fight. Keep an eye out for Thomas Almeida, though, who's run through his opponents so far.

In the prelims, the women's fights are all interesting in one way or another: Davis returns from her 16 second loss to Ronda Rousey to beat Kaufman, who's already beaten her twice and tends to have entertaining fights. Rakozcky and LeTourneau are the first UFC bantamweights to move down to strawweight, while the late addition of Daly vs. Markos, a battle of two aggressive grapplers, is the sleeper fight of the night and is worthy of a much higher placement on the card.

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

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--Update on NOAH tag team tournament

--Notes on next New Japan big show

--Notes on New Japan newcomer

--Notes on current New Japan tour

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--Promoter announces that a current UFC star will come in and challenge for their pro wrestling world title

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--Sad update on former UFC & New Japan star Brian Johnston

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--Who is the only guy to be in Broken Skull Challenge, Tough Enough and Ultimate Fighter

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--Notes on Sanada laving TNA

--More on people's pay being behind in TNA

--Funny story about TNA television in Canada

--Latest on TNA television

--More litigation involving Wanderlei Silva and the Nevada commission and how the ruling could hurt regulation of he sport

--More on the UFC July schedule

--Notes on the new season of Ultimate Fighter

--Background of the Dan Lambert-Glenn Robinson feud

--Two major MMA shows this weekend

--Dana White blasts AKA Gym and AKA responds

--Bill in Nevada to increase tax on live boxing and MMA

--Anderson Silva issues challenge for fight

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--New Bellator fights

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Saturday Daily Update

--Mick Foley's show last night in Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University will air on Wednesday night on the WWE Network.  Jim Ross did 30 minute as a warm-up act, but I don't believe that was taped for the network.

-- Elsewhere on the site:

- For subscribers, the new Figure Four Weekly goes in-depth into past lawsuits against WWE over royalties and how they may or may not impact Doug and Tommy Gilbert's lawsuit.

- WWE released Brian Reid (who used the name Tony Briggs), Laszlo Vandracsek, Courtney Freeman, Leyvonna Zakari, and Dustin Mueller from NXT. Outside of Briggs, none of them were regulars on TV.

- Josh Nason's UFC 186 preview w/ the Observer panel picks for the main card.

- The Secret Psychic Spy's UFC 186 betting picks.

-- The PC version of WWE 2K15 is coming out this Tuesday, April 28th, and pre-orders are available on Steam. Our review of the console version is available in the November 21, 2014 edition of Figure Four Weekly, which is available as a free sample issue that everyone can check out even if they're not a subscriber.

-- Meanwhile, some reviews of the WWE 2K mobile game came out during the week from Technology Tell and Both are pretty negative. On the other hand, the reviews of the mobile version of EA Sports UFC (a free to play title with various in-app purchases_ that have come out from Phones Review and Pocket Gamer are pretty positive.

-- This week's episode of Beau James' Southern States Wrestling show is a tribute to Ron Wright, including the only surviving clips of him wrestling Whitey Caldwell, audio of a promo from 1973, footage of a match vs. Louis Tillet, and a couple segments from when he was a manager in Continental Championship Wrestling and USA Championship Wrestling in the late '80s. James also has another audio-only Wright promo up on his YouTube channel. Fantastic stuff that everyone should check out immediately.

-- The Japan Times interviewed Ladybeard, the Australian expat who now lives in Japan and works for various indies there.

-- Smith Hart talks to Devon Nicholson about whether or not he's ever actually cooked and eaten roadkill. Yes, really. 

-- New Jack is interviewed on New York comedy show The Special Without Brett Davis 

-- Nice article about a British indpendent promotion paying tribute to a fan, Rachel Andrew, who passed away suddenly.

-- The Marietta Times previews OVW's semi-annual Throwdown for the Pound, Humane Society a Humane Society show that takes place tonight in Marietta, Ohio.

-- On Saturday, May 9, Grand Slam Wrestling presents 'Vinny vs. Lymphoma', a benefit for Vinny Reyrat, a pro wrestler battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, at Moosic Youth Center, 606 Main ST in Moosic, PA at 7 pm.

-- ProSouth Wrestling announced A.J. Styles vs. Jimmy Rave as the main event of their May 8th card. The venue is located at 627 Southern Avenue in Piedmont, AL. Bell time is 7:00 PM. For more information on ProSouth Wrestling, check out their Facebook page.

-- PCW 5upershow 2 results from Preston, England earlier today: Dave Mastiff b Noam Dar, Sha Samuels b Ashton Smith, El Ligero b Juventud Guerrera, Sabu b Pete Dunne, The UK Hooligans (Roy and Zak Knight) b Ryan Smile and Damien Dunne, Bubblegum b Lionheart, Chris Masters b Charlie Garrett, Joey Hayes, Martin Kirby, Rampage Brown, and T-Bone b Jim and Lee Hunter, Matt Taven, and Mike Bennett w/ Maria.


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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.

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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.

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

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WWE SUPERSTARS This week, WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Tyson Kidd take on Los Matadores. Plus, Bad News Barrett battles Jack Swagger.

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

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

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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.

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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!

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TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin tests the commitment of 14 men and women as they compete to become the next WWE superstar.

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

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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.

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THIS WEEK IN WWE HHH returns and has an immediate impact on the Championship Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules, plus the return of the hit show Tough Enough.

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WWE EXTREME RULES 2015 KICKOFF Extreme Rules Kickoff Live from Chicago!. Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Corey Graves and Booker T recap events leading to Extreme Rules.

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WWE EXTREME RULES 2015 Extreme Rules 2015 LIVE from Chicago's Allstate Arena! Orton v Rollins in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match and more!

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WWE EXTREME RULES 2015 Extreme Rules 2015 LIVE from Chicago's Allstate Arena! Orton v Rollins in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Match and more!