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THURS. UPDATE: NXT main event, Court ruling on Rampage again, Ziggler strange message, McGregor TV series debut

By">Dave Meltzer

We're looking for reports on tonight's NXT tapings in Winter Park, FL at">

Smackdown tonight on Syfy:

Dolph Ziggler & Neville vs. Sheamus & Bad News Barrett

Natalya vs. Naomi

Ryback vs. Rusev

Kofi Kingston vs. Cesaro

Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins & Luke Harper


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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.

The latest Wrestling Observer:  April 20, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWF Hall of Fame feature, latest WWE concussion lawsuit, UFC Poland debut

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Our lead story updates the Daniel Bryan situation and the strange lack of information out on the subject, as well as runs down every match on the show and where WWE goes from here.

We also look at UFC's PPV this week being off the Dish Network.

We've got an update on Lucha Underground, including the end of the TV season, what talent and fans were told about the future of the company, the public reason for the hiatus, what's the real question going forward, its prospects, where the promotion stands right now for the future and what it needs, plus a full rundown of Ultima Lucha, the last two episodes of the season and what angles to look for the next season.

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We've got a long feature on the Tennessee legend, Ron Wright, who passed away this past week.  We look at the legendary Ron Wright vs. Whitey Caldwell feud and some of the most famous matches, why Wright considered wrestling only a hobby, as well as his being shot at and his plane being blown up and other craziness of being perhaps the greatest heel ever in the backwoods towns in Tennessee and Kentucky.  We look at his career from his amateur days as a teenager, the irony of the Caldwell feud, how he and Caldwell got into pro wrestling at first, plus comments from Les Thatcher, Jim Cornette and others.

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We also look at John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns on top as draws, schedule of NXT tapings for the next year as well as a look at a number of not yet announced WWE overseas tours.

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We also look at this year's Cauliflower Alley Club banquet, looking at the history of the organization, who was there, the appearance of Nick Bockwinkel, highlights of speeches from the honorees, Jake Roberts' complaint about indie shows, Jushin Liger defending his NWA jr. title, Gerald Brisco talking Brock Lesnar and Jack Brisco and much more.

We also look at Jeff Jarrett's Global Force Wrestling as the first shows are announced, and look at what the company needs to be viable.

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--Notes on the death of 80s star El Verdugo

--Latest from Arena Mexico

--Changes in CMLL weekly schedule

--Top indie vs. top CMLL star note

--More on AAA's World Cup show this coming month

--Perro Aguayo Jr. situation remains in the news with a major press conference featuring a Congressman and many sports stars

--Dragon Gate announces huge show with three title bouts and a huge stipulation match

--Wrestler runs for the senate in Japan this week

--Update on Champion Carnival tournament

--Update on NOAH tag team tournament

--Notes on next New Japan big show

--Notes on New Japan newcomer

--Notes on current New Japan tour

--One of the major companies from the 90s returns and its history

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

--Biggest woman's star ever and best drawing barbed wire match wrestler ever team up

--Lance Russell tribute in Evansville with Jerry Lawler

--Oldest living wresting personalities

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

--Dreamer gets TV deal

--Bill Apter writes autobiography

--New book coming on history of women's wrestling

--Promotion folding

--Same person wins major pro wrestling title and pro boxing match within hours

--Another wrestling history book on the way

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

--Nearly two hour match on Mexico show

--New Japan and ROH tour and lineups

--Notes on Taz leaving TNA

--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

--New UFC fights

--New Bellator fights

--Something to think about regarding Pacquiao-Mayweather and how big it really is

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*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)

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

*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

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  • The New Jersey Supreme Court upheld the appellate court ruling today in allowing Rampage Jackson to fight on Saturday's UFC show in Montreal.  Bellator attempted appeal Tuesday's ruling overturning their injunction against Jackson fighting on the Montreal show against Fabio Maldonado.
  • Today would have been the 54th birthday of Terry Gordy, which is notable since his Japanese clone, Takeshi Morishima, just retired this week.
  • Today is the 38th birthday of John Cena.  Cena wrote on Instagram that he's had a 100 degree fever all week.
  • Dolph Ziggler wrote this today:

"I've got the boyz to make the noize!  Years in the marking, almost as long as we've been waiting for you to connect!  Trust me, he connects. Frustrated, outdated, I really wanna be overrated.  Overachievement and charisma almost equal being tall and wearing marital beads on your mouth, yet I'm the one with the attitude problem. It's not `what can the system do for you,' it's `what can you do for the system'.  You've got 5 months to prove that "I" need "YOU"  This is for everyone screwed over bc they did what they weren't supposed to, GET OVER it, you mad, bro? sad for a guy who never loses.  BTW haven't you kissed enough ass, fella?  Bang your head.

Well at least one of those sentences has to do with his match with Sheamus on Sunday.

  • Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT title headlines the next NXT special on the WWE Network on 5/20.
  • The only other thing I've heard at this point from Florida at the NXT tapings is that Mojo Rawley is back.  He actually wrestled over the weekend at one of the house shows.
  • The Conor McGregor documentary that people raved to me about when it was on Ireland TV will air nightly from Sunday through next Friday with each new episode at 12:30 a.m. on FS 1 
  • UFC Tonight will air every night Monday through Friday next week at midnight on FS 1.
  • The FS 1 crew for this weekend's UFC prelims, pre-fight show and post-fight show will be Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani.
  • Takanori Gomi vs. Joe Lauzon has been added to the 7/25 FOX show in Chicago.
  • A three judge panel in the Missouri court of appeals affirmed ESPN's legal victory over Stevie Ray (an 80s/90s wrestler who is not the same Stevie Ray that was Booker T's brother) regarding suing for money for being featured on wrestling television shows that have continued to air.    
  • All Mayweather vs. Pacquiao tickets sold out in one minute, but there were really only about 500 that went on sale to the public.  Stubhub has tickets on sale right now.  The cheapest is $5,796 and the most expensive is $141,575.25.  That's not a misprint.  I heard the closed circuit location tickets that charged $150 are now being resold for about $700. 
  • AAA has announced two Japanese teams for its 5/24 World Cup show at the Palacio de los Deportes.  The teams are Yoshihiro Takayama & Atsushi Kotoge & Taiji Ishimori from NOAH and Tiger Mask (Koji Kanemoto) & Masamune & Kenzo Suzuki as the other team.
  • C.B. Dollaway, who fights Michael Bisping on Saturday, noted that he was held up in customs in Montreal for six hours. 
  • The All Japan Champion Carnival tournament ends on Saturday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.  The final matches before the actual final has
  • B block - Akebono (3-1) vs. Joe Doering (3-1) and Jun Akiyama (3-1) vs. Kento Miyahara (2-1-1)
  • A block - Suwama (2-1-1) vs. Takao Omori (3-1) and Go Shiozaki (2-1-1) vs. Yutaka Yoshie (1-3)
  • had a story about Eva Marie training with Brian Kendrick for her return and to be a more serious wrestler studying people like Super Crazy and Tajiri and the All Japan women for style ideas.  She said shes' not quite ready to return and wants more intense training before starting back at TV.
  • Paulie Malignaggi vs. Danny O'Connor will be one of two fights on the Premier Boxing show on 5/29 at the Barclays Center that will air on Spike.
  • On the case where Missy Hyatt was arrested  last month, the Tallahassee District Attorney declined prosecution and were talking about filing charges against her accuser for filing a false police report.  A woman accused Hyatt of grand theft when she left a jacket in Hyatt's rental car and then Hyatt couldn't find the jacket. 
  • WWE stock closed up 47 cents today to $14.66, so it's up from the past few weeks.
  • For those who listened to last night's audio show where we talked about the NXT announcers, Rich Brennan and Corey Graves mispronouncing Finn Balor's finisher, they actually did pronounce it correct (coup de grace) but the American pronunciation of it, while acceptable, that I grew up with, wouldn't be technically correct.  Kind of like how Gordon Solie and Bill Watts were really the only one to pronounce suplex correctly and everyone else pronounces it wrong so the wrong one is also acceptable.  Also, the crowd being dead for some of the matches wasn't because they were tired, because last night's matches were taped early not late. 
  • #WWE2K15 is available for prepurchase and 10% off
  • Destiny Wrestling on 5/3 in Mississauga, ONT at the Dan Kolov Arena at Santino Marella's Battlearts Gym features PJ Black (Justin Gabriel) vs. Brian Cage in a TLC match.
  • IWA East Coast Masters of Pain death match on 5/2 in Charleston, WV at The Hunted Barn with a one-night death match tournament with Matt Tremont vs. Mad Man Pondo vs. Ron Mathis, plus Nick Gage returns and several others.  There will be a fans bring the weapons match and a woman's title match as well.
  • EWF has a fund raiser for the Greg Daves (Cincinnati Red) Memorial Fund tomorrow night in Azusa, CA at the VFW Post 8070 with six matches including Katarina Leigh (Winter).
  • WWA on 4/25 in Gassway, WV and 4/26 in Kingwood, WV with Ricky Morton, Greg Valentine, Tokyo Monster Kahagas, Sonjay Dutt,  Bobby Fulton of The Fantastics, Dasher Hatfield.  Ron Garvin appears on the 4/26 show. 
  • The Bella Twins and Sin Cara appear 6/19 to 6/21 at the Wizard World convention in Albuquerque at the Convention Center.
  • Tuff N Uff on 5/15 in Las Vegas at the Cannery Hotel Casino with more than 12 fights at 7 p.m.
  • Todd Martin joins Rob McCarron and Jeff Hawkins talking Extreme Rules
  • Chaos in Cameron 2 on 5/2 at Union Pines High School in Cameron, NC with Jeff Hardy and Shane Helms headlining.
  • CHIKARA on 5/2 in Haverhill, MA at the St. Joseph's School with Chuck Taylor and Eddie Kingston.
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling tomorrow night at Michael's 8th Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD featuring Ric Flair, Brian Cage, Cedric Alexander and Trevor Lee.  Cage faces Alexander on the show which features The Bruiser vs. King McBride vs. Drolix as the main event.
  • Sean Spencer pulled out of his scheduled 5/23 fight with Mike Pyle due to injury.  UFC is looking for a new opponent for Pyle.
  • Dory Funk Jr. will return to Osaka to wrestle on 5/31 in a tag match teaming with Osamu Nishimura to face Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Masa Fuchi.  I wonder if Funk has ever wrestled Fujiwara in the past as they've always been with different companies.
  • Drew Galloway defends the Evolve title against Roderick Strong on 5/31 in Ronkonkoma, NY at Center Island Sports.  Evolve also runs 5/30 in Woodside, Queens, NY for a 6 p.m. show at La Boom.  Mike Bailey debuts on the show.  Strong only appears on the Sunday show.  Chris Hero appears only on the Saturday show.  Appearing on both shows include Galloway, Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, Anthony Nese, Caleb Konley, Biff Busick, Drew Gulak, Trevor Lee and Rey Hours.
  • News on both Hulk Hogan and the old Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa
  • Story on Mick Foley's comedy show tomorrow night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL
  • A story on HHH talking about Floyd Mayweather and being in his entourage
  • A story about Anderson Silva trying out for Brazil's Tae Kwon Do team
  • At least one cable company is charging $70 for Saturday's UFC show in HD.  All others are charging $60 that we're aware of. 
  • Brian Cage interview
  • Ron Wright article
  • The only known Ron Wright vs. Whitey Caldwell footage from their 1962 hair match
  • Ric Flair will be signing autographs at Celebrity Sports in Plantation, FL on Saturday.
  • Brian Fritz and I discuss everything pro wrestling
  • Tickets for the 6/20 WWE show at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas are on sale with the presale code WWFAN
  • D-Lo Brown has opened up a wrestling school with Precision Pro Wrestling in Las Vegas at the Proving Ground Arena at 2797 E. Tropicana Avenue.  For more info you can call 702-292-6558 or e-mail
  • Doug Williams was the first man named to the new Morecambe Wrestling Hall of Fame.  He was inducted in a ceremony on Saturday night.  There were on screen coagulations sent by Stevie Knight and Christopher Daniels. 
  • The Fight Network this weekend will air One Championships tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. from Manila, The Philippines headlined by Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos.  They also have live coverage of Enfusion Live 28 in Ziina, Slovakia at the Hockey Stadium at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and at 7 p.m. will have the pre-show for UFC 186 as well as post-show coverage.

Weigh-ins for the show:

Ben Askren (170) vs. Luis Santos (170) for the welterweight title

Mark Striegl (135) vs. Casey Suire (135)

Geje Eustaquio (125) vs. Analpong Bunrad (122)

Eugene Toquero (125) vs. Brianata Rosadhi (125)

Edward Kelly (145) vs. Jimmy Yabo (145)

Amir Khan (149) vs. Bashir Ahamd (150)

Nicholas Lee (125) vs. Liu Xiao Yang (125)

Wang Ya Wei (145) vs. Sunoto (143)

  • Combat Zone Wrestling is looking for a Video Editor, Graphic Designer and Promotional Coordinator.  If interested, send your resume and portfolio to
  • Absolute Intense Wrestling tomorrow night in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School with The Young Bucks vs. Colin Delaney & Cheech, Mickie James vs. Athena vs. Veda Scott vs. Candice LaRae and Josh Alexander & B.J. Whitmer & Eddie Kingston vs. Rickey Shane Page & Ethan Page & Dick Justice.
  • Future Stars of Wrestling on Saturday night in Las Vegas at the Silverton Casino features Phil Baroni vs. Michael Modest in Baroni's first pro wrestling match.  Disco Inferno will manage Modest.  Kevin Kross vs. Tyshaun Prince will also be on the show. 
  • Former Dallas announcer Mark Lowrance will be at the IHWE Old School Hustle shows on 6/6 and 6/7 in Crowley, TX at the Rec Center.  Appearing on the shows will be Charlie Haas, Lance Hoyt, Rodney Mack and Barbi Hayden.  They will also have Hall of Fame inductions into the IWHE Hall of Fame for Lowrance, and will also honor Steve Williams, Leroy McGuirk and Steve Cox.
  • XICW on 5/9 in Clintown Township, MI for Best of Detroit 10 at the Imperial House features Samoa Joe vs. Rhino, Joey Ryan vs. Orlando Christopher plus Zach Gowen and Truth Martini.
  • Hard Knocks Fighting Championships on 5/22 from the WinSport Complex in Calgary headlined by former UFC fighter Nick Ring vs. Jason Zentgraf.  The show will air on The Fight Network. 
  • Perros Del Mal will be working with Masked Republic to distribute their merchandise outside of Mexico for the first time, including a Perro Aguayo Jr. tribute T-shirt.   
  • Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 4/25 in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory headlined by a dog collar match with Chainsaw king vs. Darren Russell.


1958 - Jack Dempsey (not the boxer) beat Mick McManus in London to win the British welterweight title

1966 - Billy Robinson beat Billy Joyce in Manchester to win the British heavyweight title

1977 - Dynamite Kid beat Jim Breaks in Manchester to win the British lightweight title

1978 - Siva Afi beat John DaSilva in Auckland, New Zealand to win the New Zealand heavyweight title

1981 - Giant Baba beat Bruiser Brody to win the Champion Carnival tournament

1991 - Jaguar Yokota & Hiromi Okamura beat Joyce Grable & Judy Martin in Hiroshima to win the NWA Int. women's tag team titles

2006 - Susumu Yokosuka beat Ryo Saito in Tokyo to win the Open the Dream Gate title

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

8:00 PM ET

TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS   Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Kamala, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Mr. Fuji.

9:00 PM ET

WCW MONDAY NITRO    'Macho Man' Randy Savage battles The Giant in the main event. Ric Flair faces Eddie Guerrero. Madusa makes a shocking announcement.

10:00 PM 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 PM ET

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

11:00 PM ET

TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS    Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Kamala, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Mr. Fuji.


12:00 AM ET

WCW MONDAY NITRO    'Macho Man' Randy Savage battles The Giant in the main event. Ric Flair faces Eddie Guerrero. Madusa makes a shocking announcement.

1:00 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.

1:30 AM ET

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

2:00 AM ET

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

3:00 AM ET

WWE EXTREME RULES 2014    It's time to get extreme! John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Batista, and your favorite WWE Superstars at Extreme Rules 2014!

6:00 AM ET

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

7:00 AM ET

CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES    Corey Graves gets a culture shock immersing himself within the fascinating world of Marvel Comics, from their headquarters in New York City!

7:10 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.

8:00 AM ET

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.

9:00 AM ET

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

10:00 AM ET

WWE BEYOND THE RING   Celebrate 20 of the coolest, baddest and most dominant stables in sports-entertainment history!

12:00 PM ET

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

1:00 PM ET

CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES    Corey Graves gets a culture shock immersing himself within the fascinating world of Marvel Comics, from their headquarters in New York City!

1:10 PM 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.

2:00 PM ET

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.

3:00 PM ET

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.

4:00 PM ET

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!

6:00 PM ET

WWE QUICK HITS    WWE Quick Hits 3 brings you some of the most unique, entertaining, and sometimes outrageous clips, unearthed from the depths of WWE Network.

6:30 PM ET

CULTURE SHOCK WITH COREY GRAVES   Corey Graves gets a culture shock immersing himself within the fascinating world of Marvel Comics, from their headquarters in New York City!

6:40 PM 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.

7:00 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.

8:00 PM ET

WWE SUPERSTARS    WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything.

9:00 PM ET

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!

11:00 PM ET

WWE SUPERSTARS    WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you'll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect - so expect everything.