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TUES. UPDATE: CM Punk interview, Boxer dies of in-ring injuries, Jerry McDevitt on concussion lawsuits, 15th anniversary of classic match, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

Tonight's contribution to Fox Sports 1's weight class-themed run of 10 nights of UFC programming focuses on the strawweight division with a 9:30 p.m. ET replay of the Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale main card from December with Carla Esparza vs. Rose Namajunas in the tournament final for the title and Jessica Penne vs. Randa Markos in the unofficial thrid place fight, which won Fight of the Night.

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The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) with a look at whatever is going on with NXT, plus notes on the upcoming WWE Jerry Lawler DVD as well as all of the usual reviews and international news.

The Kindle edition for non-subscribers isn't up yet, but you can still get the February 6th issue, featuring a a eulogy for the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Almanac and Book of Facts (which Kappa Publishing announced it is no longer producing) as well as all of the usual reviews and international news. It's available on the AmericanUK/IrelandCanadian, and Australian Amazon Kindle stores, as well as various other regional Kindle stores that I'm probably forgetting. 

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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Bill DeMott's resignation, what led to it happening, incidents that are claimed to have taken place and a rundown of developmental, is the headline story in the March 16 double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have an update on what is going on with Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon, the WrestleMania card, more on Rampage Jackson's Bellator contract and what was in it, Al Haymon's attempt to bring boxing back to the mainstream and how this relates to wrestling and MMA, Coverage of the New Japan Cup and a look at PWG.

The latest issue of the observer Mar. 16, 2015 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Bill DeMott resigns from WWE, Brock Lesnar-WWE impasse continues, PWG live report

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The lead story looks at Bill DeMott's tenure as head trainer for WWE developmental.  We look at how he got started as a trainer, We look at the history of the WWE developmental program, why it was a surprise at first that DeMott was made head trainer, more on the complaints regarding DeMott, the claimed language used and how this relates to what pro wrestling was.  We look at injury issues in developmental, why cameras were put on all practices, if there was a feeling DeMott was a time bomb, and why WWE handled this the way it did.

We look at other firings in WWE caused by outside pressure, including the departure of Hulk Hogan in 1992.  We look at different things said  by different former WWE performers regarding DeMott and this situation.  We also look at talent development itself.

We up date Brock Lesnar's contract situation and negotiations, his timing, how things that have taken place work in his favor.   We also update WrestleMania.

We look at the unique Rampage Jackson Bellator contract, where he said they breached, notes on the Bellator PPV, his guaranteed fight money and bonuses.

We also look at Connor Michalek and the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE signs book deal, Notes on this year's SummerSlam as well as the 2016 version, Daniel Bryan talks his return, the Rumble and his Mania match, current WWE value, Pat Patterson talks career to Chris Jericho, Patterson talks the first WrestleMania and Royal Rumble creation, John Cena honored, rundown of NXT shows and activities in Ohio, as well as a look at the WWE house shows and business notes from the past week.

We also look at the attempt with the Premier Boxing Championships to take boxing mainstream, and look at the debut show on NBC.  We compare the ratings and the difference in audience makeup to that of UFC.  We look at the PBC plans for 2015, and how they compare to what Vince McMahon did in 1984 and what the UFC did in 2005.  We look at upcoming events, what the goal is, decisions, talent pay and overall economics related to the show.

We update the New Japan Cup, with the next iPPV lineup, early notes on the Invasion Attack show along with coverage of the first two events.

We also look at PWG, its changes, what has happened regarding some ROH talent, as well as a look at their last show.

We also have complete win-loss records of all TNA talent in 2014.

We also look at WWE business for January in several categories, including live attendance and television ratings.

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.

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Also in this week's issue:

--CMLL lineup for its first major show of the year

--What CMLL is doing for fans who watch Dos Leyendas at the movie theaters

--Tournament final to crown new NWA light heavyweight champion

--Finals of the incredible partners tournament

--Update on Alberto Del Rio injury

--AAA iPPV show this week ad notes on how to order

--A look at AAA's TV tapings this past week in Mexico City

--A look at the debut of Brian Cage in AAA

--Keiji Muto loses W-1 title belt and a look at the singles and tag titles in the promotion, plus the cruiserweight tournament

--A look at this week's Dragon Gate iPPV show

--Early notes on the next major Dragon Gate shows

--Notes on the 2015 Champion Carnival tournament

--First real big test of the new NOAH booking

--Notes on future of New Japan World

--New Japan stars headed to U.K.

--Shoot tournament to crown a pro wrestling world champion starts in April

--Special perks for Observer readers over WrestleMania weekend

--Tons of notes on activities and shows over Mania weekend

--Update on the first New Japan PPV, how it did, as well as an update on the future of Global Force Wrestling

--Notes on Northeast Wrestling doing an indie show that did more than 2,000 fans

--A look at Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show

--Notes on the wXw 16 Carat Gold tournament

--Major Lucha Libre stars headed to he U.K.

--70s star resurfaces after winning battle over cancer and wrestles his first match in 24 years

--Another former UFC fighter now training for pro wrestling

--Notes on the next ROH PPV show

--Notes on the ROH shows with New Japan

--More on the Samoa Joe vs. Jay Briscoe ROH title match

--The biggest threat to ROH right now

--Lineups for this week's ROH house shows

--Matt Sydal injury notes

--A look at the next month of ROH television

--Changes in TNA television

--TNA tag team title notes

--Wrestler to debut this week with TNA

--New TNA TV contract

--Notes on this week's UFC show 

--Thoughts on the new Johny Hendricks

--UFC to have a four hour live show on FOX

--New UFC fights

--Pay records for the last Invicta show

--More on PPV potential of Rousey vs. Cyborg

--More on Burt Watson quitting UFC

--Watson talks about his departure

--A look at UFC's debut in The Philippines

--Next Bellator lineup featuring former star from Japan

--Renzo Gracie pleads guilty to assault charges

--Jason Miller arrested again

--Former UFC fighter tracks down robber

--Next Ben Askren fight

--Chael Sonnen returns to combat

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Tuesday Daily Update

  • If you're attending tonight's SmackDown/Main Event tapings, please send reports/spoilers to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.
  • Australian boxer Braydon "Brayd" Smith, 23, passed away Monday after being removed from life support. He had collpased 90 minutes after losing a 10 round decision on Saturday night and was put in an induced coma to try to bring down the swelling in his brain. As was the case with many boxing deaths, he fought in one of the lower weight classes, specifically featherweight, which is the 126 pound class in boxing. Since dehydration also reduces the the intracranial cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, cutting weight and then fighting without fully rehydrating increases the risk of various brain injuries. This was the case with Roufusport (gym owned by Anthony Pettis and his coach Jeff "Duke" Roufus) kickboxer Dennis Munson, who apparently barely rehydrate at all after his cut and also died from ring injuries.
  • The Boston Herald has an article about the various lawsuits against WWE (Nelson "Mabel/Viscera" Frazier wrongful death complaint, Vito Lograsso, Evan Singleton, and Billy Jack Haynes concussion lawsuits) spearheaded by local attorney Konstantine Kyros. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt was interviewed for the article and talked about how he will likely seek sanctions against Kyros for filing frivolous lawsuits.
  • “You have to be basing your allegations on a reasonable investigation of the facts. It’s not some creative writing exercise to see if you can get media attention. […] It’s an embarrassment to be a lawyer sometimes. It’s ridiculous that someone can ... try to blame someone because a gentleman with a weight problem died of a heart attack in the shower eight years after he last performed. It’s ridiculous to try and blame someone for that.”
  • Having read all of the complaints, it really does look like an uphill battle for Kyros. As McDevitt alluded to, they (especially the Frazier complaint) don't exactly read well-researched or like one of his clients actually have any kind of compelling evidence, instead just drawing conclusions like claiming Frazier was injured in every single one of his televised WWF/E matches, which are all listed.
  • WWE announced the full schedule of WrestleMania week content for next week on WWE Network. On top of the obvious stuff WrestleMania itself, the Hall of Fame, and their respective pre-shows, they're showing an interview Michael Cole did with Triple H and Arnold Schwarzenegger after the go-home Raw and bringing back WrestleMania Today at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. Last year, WrestleMania Today featured a lot of nice off the cuff in-character interviews at Axxess mixed in with various video packages about the major WrestleMania matches and some of the WrestleMania week festivities.
  • The big social media story of the day, so to speak, is WWE making a group of fans dressed up like various wrestling legends change into provided t-shirts or else be moved from the seats they paid $100 each for, which were dead center opposite the hard camera. The primary objsection seems to be that they weren't doing anything other than watching the show, so it's not much different or from or more distracting than the "gimmick fans" like Frank the Clown, Brock Lesnar Guy, Rick the Sign Guy, and so on. This is happened before with fans across from the hard camera who dressed as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, though they were actively playing to the crowd and legitimately distracting.
  • Fox Sports talked to CM Punk, mostly about his progress and getting advice from Brock Lesnar. Probably the most interesting part is that at times, he's having difficulty "letting go" and turning off some of his pro wrestling/working instincts: "But often I'll find I'm too light on guys if I'm rolling, my hips aren't heavy enough, it's like I'm trying to work with them like the old pro wrestling kicking in, and he had the same problem, so it's interesting to know that." He hasn't watched any pro wrestling since he left with the exception of when his wife tells him to watch something she's excited about, “but she never does."
  • John Cena talked to USA Today about wanting more "edgy" film roles like his part in Trainwreck, which is getting very positive reviews (both overall and for Cena when reviewers happen to single him out) coming out of a screening at South by Southwest.
  • A 22 year old Texas woman was arrested for biting the foot of a nine year old boy because he "wouldn't get out of her seat" while watching Raw. The original article doesn't exactly make it clear what their relationship was or why they were in the same house. When asked if she knew that she shouldn't have assaulted the boy, she told the police that "he shouldn't have kicked me."
  • Tatame in Brazil is reporting that Jessica Penne vs. Juliana Lima is the first fight booked for the May 30th UFC card in Golania, Brazil. Penne is coming off a split decision win over Randa Markos in the unofficial third place fight for The Ultimate Fighter 20, which took place at the finale in December and won Fight of the Night. Meanwhile, Lima is 1-1 in the UFC, losing to new strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her debut before getting a win over Nina Ansaroff.
  • Today is the 15th anniversary of CMLL's first pay-per-view event, Jucio Final, best known for the legendary main event where Atlantis won the mask of Villano III in a one fall Lucha de Apuestas. A decade and a half later, it's still the only match from Mexico ever to win the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Match of the Year voting. A mix of great matwork and bloody brawling, it's one of the most famous mask matches in the history of lucha libre and an absolute must-see. And yes, of course it's on YouTube.
  • WrestlingDVDNews.com released the full lineup for WWE's upcoming Jerry Lawler set. It looks a little bit better than it did initially, as the matchlist now includes his legendary loser leaves town match against Bill Dundee from Memphis in 1983, and the Blu-Ray includes his 1982 Memphis TV studio match with Ric Flair. Here's to hoping that WWE didn't have to source these from VHS or Beta (which they've had to do before) and somehow found master tapes.
  • It's been kind of forgotten that the Dundee match, which set a new gate record in Memphis and is one of the most famous matches in the history of the territory, was not the culmination of a long buildup. Both were in other feuds, but Dundee was leaving to book and wrestle in the new Georgia satellite territory in Chattanooga (best known for Jim Cornette's first run as a top heel manager), so the match was booked quickly and they built an entire TV show around promoting the match. The whole show is on YouTube in four parts: 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • As for the Flair match, keep your fingers crossed, because while it's a good match and a fun novelty since it's the only televised match between the two from the '80s (and Flair's only appearance in the WMC TV studio), it's much, much better, if all of the interviews right before and after the match are included. It didn't lead to anything since they didn't book Flair for any house shows again for three years, but for sheer entertainment value, the whole package is some of the best '80s wrestling you can watch. On YouTube, you can start by checking out Flair's amazingly backhanded interview and then move on to the match/angle proper (where Lawler lulls Flair into giving him a title shot on the spot), which takes up almost half an hour of TV time.
  • Smash Wrestling Any Given Sunday 3 results from Toronto this past Sunday, March 15: Preston Myles & Tyler Thomas def Abe Jackson & Dan O'Haire, Matt Cross def Brent Banks, Candice LeRae def Kimber Lee, The Goat Brigade (Kirk Warmack & Shane Sabre) def The Super Smash Brothers (Player Dos & Player Uno), Johnny Gargano def Tyson Dux, Josh Alexander def Gregory Iron and Mike Bailey and Pepper Parks and Scotty O'Shea and TARIK in a Six Way Elimination Match, Courtney Rush def Vanessa Kraven in a Chairs Match, Drew Gulak & TARIK def The Overdogs (John Greed & Sebastian Suave), and Chris Hero def Tommaso Ciampa

TOMORROW'S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:00 AM ET

WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
Rewind and Relive the rivalry between the last outlaws in WWE - The Undertaker and Triple H, and their epic match from WrestleMania XXVII.

1:00 AM ET

WWE COUNTDOWN  Counting down the Top Ten Most Mysterious Superstars of all time!

2:00 AM ET

TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS
Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff and Ricky Steamboat.

3:00 AM ET

TUESDAY NIGHT TITANS
Vince McMahon hosts Tuesday Night Titans with Lord Alfred Hayes. Guests include Bruno Sammartino, Roddy Piper, Bob Orton, and Ivan Putski.

4:00 AM ET

PRIME TIME WRESTLING
Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan host another edition of Prime Time Wrestling featuring Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, and many more.

6:00 AM ET

MONDAY NIGHT WAR
The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

7:00 AM ET

WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
Rewind and Relive the rivalry between the last outlaws in WWE - The Undertaker and Triple H, and their epic match from WrestleMania XXVII.

8:00 AM ET

WWE COUNTDOWN
Counting down the Top Ten Most Mysterious Superstars of all time!

9:00 AM ET

MONDAY NIGHT WAR
The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

10:00 AM ET

WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
Rewind and Relive the rivalry between the last outlaws in WWE - The Undertaker and Triple H, and their epic match from WrestleMania XXVII.

11:00 AM ET

WWE COUNTDOWN
Counting down the Top Ten Most Mysterious Superstars of all time!

12:00 PM ET

MONDAY NIGHT WAR
The strategies that helped Eric Bischoff build WCW would hasten the decline of both he and his company.

1:00 PM ET

WRESTLEMANIA REWIND
Rewind and Relive the rivalry between the last outlaws in WWE - The Undertaker and Triple H, and their epic match from WrestleMania XXVII.

2:00 PM ET

WWE COUNTDOWN
Counting down the Top Ten Most Mysterious Superstars of all time!

3:00 PM ET

LEGENDS HOUSE
When the WWE Legends engage a ruthless enemy in a game of live action role play (LARP), their strength as a group is tested.

4:00 PM ET

LEGENDS HOUSE
The WWE Legends play a game of 'How well do you know your roommates?' Then the group receives a visit from Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

5:00 PM ET

TOTAL DIVAS
Summer Rae takes her relationship with Fandango to the next level; Brie can't enjoy being a bride, and Trinity betrays Jon behind his back.

6:00 PM ET

WWE BEYOND THE RING
Packed with never before seen footage, this program profiles Triple H's entire career as well as his current executive role with the WWE.

8:00 PM ET

WWE NXT
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!

9:00 PM ET

LEGENDS HOUSE
The WWE Legends play a game of 'How well do you know your roommates?' Then the group receives a visit from Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

10:00 PM ET

TOTAL DIVAS
Summer Rae takes her relationship with Fandango to the next level; Brie can't enjoy being a bride, and Trinity betrays Jon behind his back.

11:00 PM ET

WWE NXT
The future is here. Witness the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!