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THURS. UPDATE: Stephanie interview, Khabib replacement for UFC 187, WWE movie, Rousey, Stann on Jones

By dave@wrestlingobserver.com">Dave Meltzer

Smackdown tonight on Syfy at 8 p.m.

Roman Reigns vs. Kane

Damien Sandow vs. Curtis Axel

Ryback vs. Luke Harper

Nikki Bella vs. Cameron non-title

New Day vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro for WWE tag titles

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose non-title 

After Smackdown, Chris Jericho will be interviewing Stephanie McMahon live on the WWE Network tonight. 

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with the most extensive look at Doug and Tommy Gilbert's lawsuit against WWE and ESPN that you'll find anywhere, with lots of details about WWE's history with lawsuits over video royalties, which past cases are or aren't relevant to this one what people often misunderstand about the Jesse Ventura lawsuit, when WWE actually started paying every wrestler royaltis, and much more. Plus, as always, we have  all of the usual reviews and international news.

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Part one of the life and times of Verne Gagne is the lead story on a jam-packed issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is out today.  We've also got the most detailed look at the Jon Jones situation, the UFC light heavyweight title, as well as Ronda Rousey in WWE, Extreme Rules coverage, Payback notes, UFC 186, the life of Ashura Hara and four former wrestling personalities get elected to public office in one week.

Latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter: May 4, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Verne Gagne bio part 1, Jon Jones stripped of UFC title, bios of Ashura Hara & Rudy Reyna

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Our lead story looks back at the wrestling career of Verne Gagne, one of the most noteworthy pro wrestling of the 20th century.  We look at the booking of Gagne, the story of the promoter who promised Gagne an all-time attendance record for a title defense and he turned the match down and why, we look at the end of his career, Sports Illustrated ranking him as an athlete, his football career, his involvement in one of the biggest college wrestling matches of all-time, how Gagne spoiled the first Cael Sanderson record, Gagne and the Olympic games, starting as a pro wrestler, his rise to the top, his winning the world jr. title, and why he never won the NWA world heavyweight title.  We look at the creation of the AWA title, when the world title started getting fractured and why, the ironies of both Verne Gagne and Roy Shire as promoters, the expansion of the AWA, the AWA lifestyle, the biggest AWA angles, and Gagne vs Billy Robinson.

We also look at his training wrestlers, the Hogan era and the peak of the AWA.

We also have full details of the Jon Jones story, both why he got suspended and complete police records as to what happened this past week with his auto accident.  We look at his losing sponsors, Cormier vs. Rumble Johnson, UFC's position, and Cormier talks his title shot.

We also have more on Dana White's comments on Ronda Rousey in WrestleMania and the WWE's reaction, as well as UFC fighters doing pro wrestling in recent years.

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We also look at the Demetrious Johnson conundrum, the flyweight division, the business of UFC 186 and match-by-match coverage.

We look at the career of Ashura Hara, including his biggest matches, why his career at the top in All Japan suddenly ended, his appearance in G-1, his rugby background, his IWE start, some of his famous matches and the 1987 tag team tournament.

We also look at four pro wrestlers elected to public office this past week.

We also have a bio on exotico star Rudy Reyna, including his start in pro wrestling, how much of a shoot his act was, his health issues and career highlights.

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Also in this week's issue:

--More on the World Cup tag team tournament

--New major AAA shows

--AAA & Lucha Underground notes

--Top promotion star breaks nose and gets teeth knocked out

--Dragon Gate builds to one of its biggest events of the year on iPPV

--Update on New Japan World

--Kidani talks New Japan pay

--How business is going with New Japan

--New Japan big show rundown

--Update on Jeff Jarrett and Global Force Wrestling

--Different names being talked about

--Jarrett and Eric Bischoff and Jarrett's reactions to stories

--Bischoff history

--Missy Hyatt charges dropped story

--Bill Goldberg says he'll wrestle again and more notes on the subject

--A look back at Bill Goldberg in WWE and why it didn't work

--Why Goldberg's career in Japan ended

--Funny note on Kevin Nash

--Japanese star looking at working indie dates in the U.S.

--More notes on the future of Lucha Underground

--How close are they to being No. 2 in the market

--Notes going into the second season

--Why there is a premium on guys who can wrestle well

--Update on Adam Cole in ROH

--Notes on the booking of the ROH/New Japan shows

--Notes on the broadcasting of the entire tour

--ROH final show before the New Japan tour

--Notes on Jeff Hardy's injury

--ROH star returns from injury

--Lots on Billy Corgan signing with TNA and his thoughts on wrestling creative

--Wrestling stars get engaged

--Rampage Jackson talks TNA

--Another longtime performer out of TNA

--Taryn Terrell heel turn notes

--UFC on FOX ratings notes

--Notes on the Reebok sponsorship in UFC

--Reaction to those numbers

--UFC fighter sues another UFC fighter over a sponsorship deal gone bad

--UFC signs one of the best wrestlers in the world as a project

--Lots of new UFC fights

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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE

  • We've got a special interview with Jim Cornette that is now up on the site.  We'll be doing fairly regular Thursday interviews going forward.
  • Even with an earnings call that I considered positive, Wall Street didn't think so.  WWE stock fell 94 cents per share today to $13.42.
  • John Makdessi, who just won in Montreal over this past weekend, will be on two PPV main cards in a row, as he'll be facing Donald Cerrone on the 5/23 show in Las Vegas.  Makdessi replaces Khabib Nurmagomedov, who suffered a torn meniscus in training.
  • Brian Stann last night on UFC Tonight had very interesting words about Jon Jones.  The thing that was notable is that Stann, who lived in Albuquerque and trained with Jones, when he was asked if he was surprised about what happened, said that he wasn't at all.  He indicated he could see things coming and gave indications it was about the type of people Jones was hanging with.  Stann pushed that Jones is going to have to change his life because he's hurt other people, such as the woman in the car accident, and that the cocaine test failure did not change him.
  • The 5/15 NXT show in Philadelphia is now sold out.
  • WWE is releasing a movie called "Vendetta" featuring Big Show and Dean Cain on 6/12.  Show plays a giant prison convict. 
  • Ronda Rousey will be on UFC Tonight at midnight Eastern time on FS 1, followed by the Conor McGregor reality show.  Dana White will also be on tonight's show and Cris Cyborg and GSP will be on tomorrow night's show. 
  • Wrestle-1 announced a tournament that will start on 5/16 called "The Road to Keiji Muto" where the winner gets a shot at Muto's championship.
  • The World Series of Fighting has fired former UFC star Melvin Guillard, which is no surprise given his issues with the company.
  • Undertaker, Sting, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Paige appear on 8/20 to 8/22 at the Wizard World Chicago
  • event.  Orton (4:30 to 8 p.m.) and Bryan (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) appear on 8/20.  Bryan will also do a Q&A at 8 p.m.  Undertaker (3-7 p.m.) and Paige (3:30-7:30 p.m.) appear on 8/21 with Paige doing a 7 p.m. Q&A.  Sting will appear 8/22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..
  • ROH just got one of its biggest clearances to date with TV in Dallas starting Saturday at 1 p.m. on KXTD-TV.
  • The U.S. Open wrestling tournament will air on Universal Sports on 5/9 at 10 p.m.
  • There is an autograph session before a show in Pickering, ONT at the Rec Complex from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. with $5 admission with Kevin Nash, Chris Sabin and Matt Sydal. 
  • Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-ins are at 6 p.m. Eastern tomorrow.
  • The Fight Network will be airing pre-fight coverage from 7-9 p.m. until the PPV starts. 
  • If you're in the Atlanta area, The National Fighting Championships is doing a showing of Mayweather-Pacquiao on Saturday night at 120 Tavern in Marietta.   To reserve a table you can call 770-509-3320.  There are different structure prices they are charging establishments depending on the capacity. We wrote it was $10,000 but we've found places that were being charged as little as $2,500 to $3,500, but even then that's way more than they've ever paid for that type of a show.
  • Rockstar Pro Wrestling has an iPPV tomorrow night from Dayton at the Rockstar Pro Arena featuring Shane Douglas.
  • There will be a Lucha Libre art show that will see characters with back stories come to life on 5/5 in St. Petersburg.  for more info go to http://palehorsedesign.com
  • GWN on 5/3 in Hamilton, ONT at the Ukranian Cultural Center.
  • Smash Wrestling from Sunday in Toronto:  Josh Alexander & John Greed b Super Smash Brothers, Scotty O'Shea b Robbie E, Tyson Dux b Tarik, Gregory Iron b Brent Banks, Candice LaRae b Courtney Rush, Drew Gulak & Biff Busick b Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards, Johnny Gargano b Matt Cross.  Next show is 5/17 in Toronto with Gargano vs. Alexander vs. Chris Hero, and the Gold tournament with Rich Swann, Trevor Lee, Tyson Dux, Candice LaRae, Drew Gulak, Biff Busick, Tarik Brent Banks, Gregory Iron and Scotty O'Shea.  They also have an all-women's show on 6/6.
  • Mid South Wrestling on 5/2 in Dyresburg, TN at the Herb Welch Wrestleplex with Steve Anthony, just back from New Japan, defending the NWA jr. title against Roderick Strong, plus Matt Riviera, managed by J.J. Dillon, against Elliott Russell.
  • Last week, Sal Bellomo sent a group of his wrestling students in Belgium to the Belgium's Got Talent show.  They passed the auditions and wrestled live on national TV.
  • CWE has a Lethal Lottery show on 5/22 in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.
  • CHIKARA runs on Saturday night in Haverhill, MA at St. Joseph's School.
  • UWC on 5/9 in New Egypt, NJ at the New Egypt Elks Lodge.
  • Chaotic Wrestling on 5/8 in Lowell, MA at the Polish American Veterans Club.
  • Classic Championship Wrestling on 5/3 in Chatham, ONT at the WISH Centre.
  • Jake Roberts will be doing a talk show on 7/31 at the Moose Lodge in Kitchener, ONT.
  • There is a Masters of Pain death match tournament on 5/2 in Charleston, WV at The Haunted Barn with first round matches of Matt Tremont vs. Mad Man Pondo vs. Ron Mathis in a cage match with each brings one weapon, Nick Gage vs. Sid Fabulous in a human pin cushion death match, Viper vs. Smokey C in a fans bring the weapons match and Josh Crane vs. John Wayne Murdock in a Garden of Eden death match.
  • Rob Terry has signed an endorsement deal with LegendSupps Bodybuilding Supplements that is launching Welsh Warrior as a drink.  Terry is going to name himself The Welsh Warrior as his new wrestling nickname.
  • Lion Fights on 5/22 in Las Vegas at the Outdoor Amphitheater at Sunset Station in Las Vegas with Muay Thai fights that will air live on AXS right after New Japan Pro Wrestling opens its second season that night at 9 p.m.   
  • Gouge on 5/3 in Durham, NC at Motorco.
  • ECCW on 5/23 in Vancouver, BC at the Russian Community Centre.
  • Alpha 1 Wrestling on 5/10 in Hamilton, ONT at the Knights of Columbus with Brian Myers, Josh Alexander, Ethan Page and Biff Busick.
  • Jersey Championship Wrestling on 6/13 at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ with appearances by Mick Foley, Scott Hall, Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts and wrestling in the main event will be Tama Tonga.
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse on 6/14 in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43.
  • Maryland Championship Wrestling on Saturday night Waldorf, MD at the Unique Sports Academy with Jerry Lawler & The Bruiser vs. Ken Dixon King McBride. Rikishi will also be there.
  • A story about the legitimacy of WWE app voting which is pretty funny.
  • Something on Dwayne Johnson's birthday.  He turns 43 on Saturday.
  • Matt Hardy, Terri Runnels and others doing Ric Flair impressions
  • A history of American MMA

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

2000 - Hector Garza beat Sangre Chicana in Monterrey to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title

2004 - Meiko Satomura beat Ayako Hamada in Tokyo to win the AAAW title

TODAY'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

5:00 PM ET
WCW SUPERBRAWL 2 WCW Superbrawl II features Sting challenging Lex Luger for the WCW World championship. Rick Rude faces Ricky Steamboat and more.

8:00 PM ET
TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Junkyard Dog, Jimmy Hart, Captain Lou Albano and more.

9:00 PM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against 'The Total Package' Lex Luger.

10:00 PM ET
LIVE! WITH CHRIS JERICHO Chris Jericho brings his uncensored podcast Live to WWE Network with special guest - WWE's Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon!

11:00 PM ET
TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Junkyard Dog, Jimmy Hart, Captain Lou Albano and more.

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:00 AM ET
WCW MONDAY NITRO On this episode of WCW Monday Nitro Hulk Hogan puts the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against 'The Total Package' Lex Luger.

1:00 AM ET
LIVE! WITH CHRIS JERICHO Chris Jericho brings his uncensored podcast Live to WWE Network with special guest - WWE's Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon!

2:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.

3:00 AM ET
WWE EXTREME RULES 2015 On the night WWE goes extreme, Seth Rollins defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton inside a Steel Cage and more!

6:00 AM ET
WWE NXT After the brawl erupted last week, NXT Champion Kevin Owens addresses the NXT Universe about Sami Zayn.

7:00 AM ET
MICK FOLEY HAVE A NICE NIGHT Renee Young and Byron Saxton host this entertaining assemblage of Mick Foley's most memorable and entertaining moments.

8:00 AM ET
MICK FOLEY: CHEAP POPS Join Mick Foley as he shares humorous tales full of wit and wisdom from the WWE hall of Famer's storied career.

9:00 AM ET
WWE NXT After the brawl erupted last week, NXT Champion Kevin Owens addresses the NXT Universe about Sami Zayn.

10:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie regrets quarreling with her husband when he delivers devastating news. Nikki's secret has John fearing the end of their relationship.

11:00 AM ET
LIVE! WITH CHRIS JERICHO Chris Jericho brings his uncensored podcast Live to WWE Network with special guest - WWE's Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon!

12:00 PM ET
WWE NXT After the brawl erupted last week, NXT Champion Kevin Owens addresses the NXT Universe about Sami Zayn.

1:00 PM ET
MICK FOLEY HAVE A NICE NIGHT Renee Young and Byron Saxton host this entertaining assemblage of Mick Foley's most memorable and entertaining moments.

2:00 PM ET
MICK FOLEY: CHEAP POPS Join Mick Foley as he shares humorous tales full of wit and wisdom from the WWE hall of Famer's storied career.

3:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.

4:00 PM ET
FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS BIG SHOW Two worlds collided when undefeated boxing sensation Floyd 'Money' Mayweather took on the 7-foot Giant, Big Show at WrestleMania XXIV!

4:30 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The Greatest Superstars of the 21st century profiles 15 superstars that dominated the ring for the first decade of the 2000s.

6:00 PM ET
LIVE! WITH CHRIS JERICHO Chris Jericho brings his uncensored podcast Live to WWE Network with special guest - WWE's Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon!

7:00 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.

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
FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS BIG SHOW Two worlds collided when undefeated boxing sensation Floyd 'Money' Mayweather took on the 7-foot Giant, Big Show at WrestleMania XXIV!

9:30 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The Greatest Superstars of the 21st century profiles 15 superstars that dominated the ring for the first decade of the 2000s.

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