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THURS. UPDATE: NXT tonight, WWE presentation at JP Morgan, UFC, Rousey on WWE return, Beat the Streets

By dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave Meltzer

We're looking for reports on tonight's NXT show in Philadelphia at dave@wrestlingobserver.com">dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We'll be doing polls this weekend on both Friday night's ROH Global Wars show from Toronto and WWE's Sunday Payback show in Baltimore with thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match.

Smackdown tonight from Evansville:

Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus

Non-title:  Seth Rollins vs. Ryback

Tyson Kidd vs. Kofi Kingston

Neville vs. Bo Dallas

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

ROH tomorrow night at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto:

Matt Taven & Michael Bennett vs. Jushin Liger & Matt Sydal non-title

Chris Sabin vs. Kushida

Moose & Gedo vs. Takaaki Watanabe & Silas Young

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. ACH

Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. B.J. Whitmer & Adam page vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly

Kazuchika Okada vs. Cedric Alexander

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Elgin

Jay Lethal vs. Tetsuya Naito for TV title

Mark & Jay Briscoe & Roderick Strong & Raymond Rowe & Hanson vs. A.J. Styles & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Young Bucks

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.

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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.

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.

We also look at the new season of Tough Enough including the nature of the contract to the winner, Steve Austin talks WrestleMania 32, the Owen Hart DVD controversy, new movie projects with Dwayne Johnson and Dave Bautista, a night Raw is going to have to be special show next year, WWE injury notes, Fourth generation wrestler gets a WWE tryout, WWE angle news, When they had ideas for Justin Bieber at SummerSlam, Jerry Lawler day, Sheamus talks his career, WWE raising ticket prices for premium seats, WWE tryout notes, most popular shows on WWE Network, WWE Japan tour notes, why Jericho vs. Balor was put on the Japan show, Lesnar story involving the brother of a famous actor and notes and business of all the arena events from the past week.

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.

The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.

We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.

Also in this week's issue:

--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

--Update on Dragon Gate's King of Gate tournament

--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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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • We've got the first new episode of Observer Sin Limite up on the site today where I went through one hour's worth of recent questions on a ton of different topics.
  • Sami Zayn was at last word not scheduled on the road for the NXT shows this week due to his injury. 
  • I was interviewed yesterday for the Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock countdown show on Spike.  They also interviewed Shamrock, Slice, Scott Coker and Josh Gross that I know of for the piece. 
  • WWE's George Barrios will be doing a presentation on Tuesday at the J.P. Morgan 43rd annual technology, media and telecom conference in Boston on Tuesday.
  • There is a presale going on currently for a WWE event on 7/25 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles using the code WWEFAN.
  • Paragon Pro Wrestling has a TV taping on 6/9 at Sam's Town Live at the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.  Jessy Sorensen is the group's champion.  Caleb Konley, Joey Ryan and Gangrel also appear.
  • WWE stock closed today at $13.69 per share, up three cents.
  • The annual Beat the Streets wrestling event at Times Square in New York will be a week from today featuring the U.S. vs Cuba national teams.  It will be the first time the Cuban wrestling team has competed in the U.S. since the 2003 world championships in Madison Square Garden.  The U.S. team competing is loaded, including four former Hodge Trophy winners, including Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs, as well as Jake Herbert, Brent Metcalf and David Taylor.  There is also a match between current Division I champion Alan Derringer of Oklahoma State vs. Division II champion Joey Davis of Notre Dame college.  Davis is a three-time Division II champion who has yet to lose in college. There will also be four women's matches.  The event stats at 3:45 p.m. with the U.S. vs. Cuba at 5:45 p.m.
  • Wrestling at the Chase anniversary show on Saturday night in East Carondelet, IL at the East Carondelet Community Center featuring Stan Hansen appearing as well as Barbara Goodish, the wife of Bruiser Brody, for a Brody tribute at the show.
  • UFC weigh-ins are at 7 a.m. Eastern time (4 a.m. Pacific) in Pasay, Philippines on FS 1 tomorrow morning.  The FS 1 crew working the show are Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Kenny Florian, TJ Dillashaw and Heidi Androl.  The TV coverage on Saturday starts with a pre-game show at 7 a.m. Eastern and the fights start at 8 a.m. Eastern.  The post fight show will be on FS 2 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
  • The Countdown to UFC 187 will air at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on FS 1, building Anthony Johnson vs. Daniel Cormier and Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort's fight on 5/23,.  It will be followed by UFC Insider at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with Chris Weidman and Anthony Johnson featured. 
  • Ronda Rousey talks about what a famous pro wrestler told her about retiring from pro wrestling and a WWE return
  • Evolve on 5/30 at La Boom in Woodside, Queens and iPPV at www.WWNLive.com

Drew Gallowayvs. Biff Busick for the Open the Freedom Gate title

Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann defend the Open the United Gate tag titles

Davey Richards vs. Caleb Konley

Chris Hero vs Trevor Lee

TJ Perkins vs. Mike Bailey

Anthony Nese vs. Rey Hours

  • Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion runs 7/18 in Toronto at the Ted Reeve Community Center with The Young Bucks and Rhino. 
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 6/14 in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #43 headlined by Will White vs. Tyson Dux.
  • Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 6/6 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds
  • PWX on 5/30 in McKeesport, PA at the PWX Wrestleplex.
  • GOUGE on 5/16 in Raleigh at Nicklepoint Brewery at 5:30 p.m. for a free show.
  • Wrestlepalooza VI on 6/20 in Minneapolis at the First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis. with Arik Cannnon, Zero Gravity and Arya Daivari.
  • Former ROH announcer Jeff Gorman is now the P.A. voice for the Lake County Captains minor league baseball team.
  • CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 2,500 fans:  Black Tiger & Robin b Ares & El Hijo del Signo, Fuerza Chicana & King Jaguar & Metalico b Flyer & Lestat & Soberano, Delta & Fuego & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Morphosis & Pierroth & Sangre Azteca, Angel de Oro & La Mascara & La Sombra b Kraneo & Rey Escorpion & Ripper, Negro Casas & Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero b Atlantis & Rush & Maximo (thanks to Kris Zellner)
  • Sunday in Oceanside, CA at the Show Palace has Angel Blanco Jr. & Jalisco & L.A. Park vs. Cien Caras Jr. & Damian 666 & Pirata Morgan.
  • Sunday in El Monte, CA at the Florentine Gardens has Angel Blanco Jr. & L.A. Park & Sin Limite vs. Acero Dorado & Cien Caras Jr.& Pirata Morgan, plus Blue Panther, Negro Navarro, Jalisco, Brazo de Oro, Mano Negra and El Matematico.  
  • Rey Bucanero works Sunday for Pro Wrestling Revolution in California.
  • Sabu faces Scrapyard Dog on 5/16 in Mt Airy, NC at the National Guard Armory. 
  • All Pro Wrestling on 6/12 in Daly City at the Bayshore Community Center across from the Cow Palace with MVP, Joey Ryan, Candice LaRae,Timothy Thatcher and Ricardo Rodriguez plus Dylan Drake & Will Cuevas & Jody Kristofferson & Jeckles & Jinxx vs. Almighty Sheik & Boyce LeGrande & KMJ & Will Rood & Damien Grundy.
  • ECWA on 6/20 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center headlined by Matt Saigon vs. Ricky Martinez.
  • The Atlantic Grand Prix promotion returns for a 12 day tour from 5/20 to 5/31.  In order, they run in Borden, PEI, Souris , PEI, O'Leary, PEI, Black's Habour, New Brunswick, Cocagne, New Brunswick, Pictou, Nova Scotia; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, Digby, Nova Scotia, Berwick, Nova Scotia and Truro, Nova Scotia (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • CWE on Friday night in Morden, Manitoba at the Access Event Centre.
  • CWE on 6/22 to 6/26 in Steinbach Gimli, Yorkton, Souris and Winnipeg, Manitoba has a tour with Justin Gabriel and Michael Elgin.  
  • A mockumentary movie is being made featuring stars from The Toxic Avenger. It follows it's star, who's been in seclusion for 30 years and is now hitting the convention circuit, until his travels bring up many questions and even stranger truths, that seem to cause mass greed.

The movie stars Mark Torgl (Melvin the Mop Boy from Toxic Avenger), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Founder), Jonny Fairplay, Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant, and Jake the Snake Roberts. Our own Doc Young is an Associate Producer and has a small cameo. 

The movie has launched an indiegogo campaign to finish post-production. Check out the perks. You may even get a chance to be in the movie!

Ronda Rousey on body image

Ronda Rousey on her rivalry with Miesha Tate

Ronda Rousey on Cyborg

Ronda Rousey on her upcoming fight with Bethe Correia

Ronda Rousey on her future

Ronda Rousey on transgender opponents

Ronda Rousey on her mother

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL

1964 - Gene Kiniski & Calypso Hurricane & (Ciclon Negro) beat Toyonobori & Michiaki Yoshimura in Yokohama to win the All-Asia tag team titles

1966 - Jerry London beat Rene Guajardo in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title

1973 - Great Kusatsu & Rusher Kimura beat Mad Dog Vachon & Ivan Koloff in Funabashi to win the IWE tag title

1974 - Giant Baba beat Mr. Wrestling (Tmi Woods) to win the Champion Carnival

1993 - Heavy Metal beat El Hijo del Santo in Mexico City to win the WWA welterweight title

2005 - Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Satoshi Kojima in Tokyo to win the IWGP title and Minoru Tanaka & Hirooki Goto beat Koji Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue to win the IWGP jr. tag title

2008 - Shingo Takagi & Gamma & Yamato beat Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino & BxB Hulk to win the vacant Open the Triangle Gate titles

TODAY'S PRO WRESTLING VIDEOS 

TNA

The Question Mark (Episode 7)

Bully Ray Explains Why He Returned To Referee The Main Event On IMPACT

WWE

5/11/15 Top 10 WWE RAW Moments

5/11/15 WWE RAW "Fallout":  Men Of Few Words

5/11/15 WWE RAW "Fallout":  Brie Bella On Daniel Bryan's Decision

5/11/15 WWE RAW "Fallout":  Sheamus Has Plans At WWE Payback

INDY TV SHOWS

America's Most Liked Wrestling TV (Season 1, Episode 5)

Metro Pro Wrestling TV (Episode 138)

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

12:00 AM ET
RAW FLASHBACK The Undertaker battles the British Bulldog, The Smoking Gunns look for tag team gold, and Marty Jannetty makes his return to the WWE.

1:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING In the mid-90s a group of renegades invaded WCW and revolutionized the sports-entertainment industry. This is the story of the nWo.

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

3:00 AM ET
WWE PAYBACK 2014 Payback...it's what's best for business! Don't miss WWE Payback, Sunday, June 1, at 8PM ET/5PM PT, live on WWE Network.

6:00 AM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Wintess the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!

7:00 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.

8:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING In the mid-90s a group of renegades invaded WCW and revolutionized the sports-entertainment industry. This is the story of the nWo.

9:00 AM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Wintess the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!

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
WWE BEYOND THE RING In the mid-90s a group of renegades invaded WCW and revolutionized the sports-entertainment industry. This is the story of the nWo.

12:00 PM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Wintess the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!

1:00 PM 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.

2:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING In the mid-90s a group of renegades invaded WCW and revolutionized the sports-entertainment industry. This is the story of the nWo.

3:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Jericho shed his cruiserweight stigmas to make his mark on both WWE and WCW throughout the Monday Night War.

4:00 PM 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.

5:30 PM ET
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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.

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WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young hangs out with Wiz Khalifa for a fun and revealing conversation!

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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.