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TUES. UPDATE: Elimination Chamber notes, Green Ranger still calling out CM Punk, ROH/NJPW show tonight, and more

by David Bixenspan | davidbix@wrestlingobserver.comFollow @davidbix

TV and major show notes for tonight:

The replay of the E:60 documentary about WWE developmental airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. This one is well worth going out of your way to watch or DVR if you didn't catch it last week. 

ROH has War of the Worlds Night 1 with NJPW guest talent at the 2300 Arena (former Viking Hall/ECW Arena/New Alhambra Arena) in Philadelphia. No internet pay-per-view, unfortunately, but it's one heck of a lineup:

Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchida Okada.

IWGP Champion AJ Styles vs. a mystery opponent
ReDragon vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Thunder Liger 
Tetsuya Naito vs. Michael Elgin 
ROH Tag Team Champions The Addiction vs. IWGP Tag Team Champions The Kingdom vs. The Young Bucks. 
ROH TV champion Jay Lethal vs. Watanabe
Roderick Strong vs. KUSHIDA
Delirious vs. Gedo in the Battle of the Bookers


The newest issue of Figure Four Weekly is up on the site for subscribers (subscribe here) and being the first week of May, features an extensive article demystifying what Sweeps mean for ratings and how it affects the wrestling business in 2015:

-- What do Sweeps periods actually measure?

-- Do Sweeps matter for cable at all?

-- What wrestling companies are they relevant to these days?

-- What was their past significance?

-- And more.

Plus, as always, we have  all of the usual reviews and international news.

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. 


The lessons learned and the aftermath of Mayweather-Pacquiao is the lead story of a double issue of the Observer, which also includes the history of the UWA promotion, one of the strongest promotions in history but one that few American fans know anything about, , as well as a detailed look at the WWE business as it stands, was WrestleMania really a money loser (it wasn't but the books say it was and why), how the WWE network is doing, Sami Zayn on Raw and his injury, New Japan's last PPV, NOAH's tag tourney final, the UFC Reebok deal, Hall of Fame, WWE Payback and so much more.

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We look at the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and what can be learned from it regarding business, why it worked, the questions regarding the shoulder injury and how it was handled, the lawsuit filed against Pacquiao, and why the ceiling of interest was busted so badly.

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We also look at what show was a ratings success, a look at WWE's current estimates for profitability next quarter and subscription numbers, we look at where WWE profits the most by category and a history dating back to 2011, we look at every aspect of company business as well as revenue by geographical area.  We look at the money WWE looks to make from television this year, the last remnants of PPV, a breakdown of how all the recent WWE movies did, the house show business, the merchandise business, the video game business, best selling DVDs, web site and more.

We also have a feature on Sami Zayn and his injury and how things had to be changed.  We look at what the debut was patterned after.

We also look at Payback, Hulk Hogan talking one more match and claiming he was approached by UFC, pro wrestlers who actually were approached by UFC, the real story behind the WWE/Tapout connection and it's not what people think, Stephanie McMahon being gone form Raw, Stephanie talks Ronda Rousey, thoughts on women in WWE going forward, return of Chris Jericho and dates, Rock box office, curb stomp update, More WWE injuries, NXT ticket sales, ESPN piece, NXT as a facility, Bischoff and Prichard talk Monday Night Wars and 1997 Survivor Series, Michelle Beadle  and HHH, Linda McMahon rumors, Former star writes a book, WWE in China, Next WWE movie, plus notes from all the house shows over the past week and business notes.

We also look at New Japan's Dontaku show with match-by-match coverage, ratings and poll results.

We also have a huge historical feature on the UWA promotion, which from the mid-70s through the early 90s was one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world.  We look at the life and career of Carlos Maynez, who passed away last week.  We look at how he and his uncle got started in wrestling and how the UWA got off the ground.  The UWA story, both its rise and fall, is interesting, because of how similar it is to many U.S. groups and the lessons very clear about the ups and the downs.

We also look at the legends of both Lucha Libre, but also Japanese and American pro wrestling who headlined the company's biggest shows, including Canek's matches with the likes of Andre, Thesz and Hogan. 

We look at how the UWA got started, how big its first show was and the key move made in beating the opposition's champion on the first show.  We also look at the gimmick, still used today, that they used on two of their biggest early shows.

We look at the two Thesz vs. Mascaras matches, and how UWA wooed so much top talent.  We look at the big stars of the company, and them pushing smaller talent and women.  We look at the building of Canek to be one of the most important figures in Mexican wrestling history, as well as their big 1978 run of 20,000 attendance shows week after week and the hotshot booking involved.

We look at the El Toreo heyday, and the legends involved in those shows, as well as the small town wrestling, the breakup of the company, its legendary matches and attempts to run opposition.

We also look at the final run of sellouts including what American star was in the main event of the last two.

We look at the factors in the fall of the promotion.  We also look at the kidnaping of Carlos Maynez in 1997 and what happened.

We've got a story on the Reebok deal with UFC and he reaction to it.

We also look at one of Dragon Gate's biggest shows of the year and the cage match of death on top.

We also look at the finals of the Pro Wrestling NOAH tag team tournament.

We also have a feature on the revamped UFC Hall of Fame, and what part WWE played in its long-term goals.  We also look at many of the leading candidates.

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Also in this week's issue:

--Mexican national welterweight title change

--Legend says going to the promotion that made him a legend is something he's now sorry about

--Dream match of two of 80s top babyfaces

--Arena Mexico anniversary show coverage

--Just how many shows there were in Mexico City on one day

--A look at the AAA World Cup tournament

--AAA's version of SummerSlam announced including the main events

--A look at two major AAA TV tapings

--Two huge AAA events looked at

--President of one wrestling company becomes CEO of another

--Road to Keiji Muto tournament

--Champion Carnival coverage

--New Japan's return to U.S. TV

--Terry Funk has one more match booked

--The strangest elimination for a shot in a world title tournament

--Notes on Global Force Wrestling

--A look at the announcing situation

--A look at the talent

--Lots of surprises when it comes to talent

--Clarification on different talent

--Notes on funeral of Verne Gagne

--Why a wrestler shot up his office

--Gene Okerlund at the funeral

--Gagne vs. Dick Hutton as pro wrestlers at the funeral

--Preston City Wrestling notes

--Unique match the company is booking

--Who is coming to the group over the next few months

--Different versions of the Ron Wright plane blowing up story

--Update on Ventura lawsuit


--Phil Baroni's pro wrestling debut

--What other MMA names as well as actor involved with Baroni's first match

--The biggest angle i Roller Games history

--Tasteless angle

--More on Lucha Underground and what comes next

--Update on Adam Cole in ROH

--TNA's next PPV show

--TNA China tour cancellation and fallout

--Morale issues

--Update on Jeff Hardy

--Update on Billy Corgan and TNA

--What international act TNA is pursuing

--Update on TNA and Destination America

--TNA announcing situation

--More on Samoa Joe leaving

--Kurt Angle in Vin Diesel movie

--Dana White talks Jon Jones

--More on Khabib Nurmagomedov injury

--Rashad Evans targets return

--A look at the UFC light heavyweight title situation with Jon Jones gone

--Jon Jones threatened legal action against the Nevada commission

--A look at the legal letter

--UFC injuries and fight changes

--Stipulations for this week's UFC main event

--Update on UFC ticket sales

--Why judo officials aren't happy with UFC's rise

--Fighter retires due to concussion concern

--Fighters in a match next week get very heated over steroid charge

--Bellator signs K-1 Grand Prix winner     

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Tuesday Daily Update

-- As always, if you're attending the SmackDown/main event tapings, which are in Evansville, Indiana, we'd love for you to send a report/spoilers to

-- As Josh noted earlier, per a press release from HBO and Showtime, the official number for the Floyd Mayweather  Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view is now sitting at 4.4 million buys and counting, about 2 million more buys than the previous record holder, which was HBO's Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya PPV in 2007. That event drew 2.48 million buys off the first edition of HBO's "24/7" series hyping the main event fight.

The MMA record is 1.6 million for UFC 100 (Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II to unify UFC's heavyweight titles plus Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves for the welterweight title and Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping in the Ultimate Fighter coaches' fight), while the pro wrestling record is WrestleMania 28 in Miami with 1,253,000 buys for the first John Cena vs. The Rock match.

-- Some notes on the switch of the May 31st Corpus Christi house show to the Elimination Chamber WWE Network "pay-per-view" special:

- Per the news post about the show being added, the Elimination Chamber matches themselves will be for the Intercontinental and World Tag Team Titles, with the World Heavyweight Title and Intercontinental Title defended in other matches. Well, about the non-Chamber matches, what it says is "Plus, U.S. Champion John Cena will compete and the WWE World Heavyweight Title will be defended," which is an odd way to word it.

- If you were wondering if this was something WWE had planned for a while but were keeping secret, then at least two months ago, that's not the case. The calendar of events that WWE included as an exhibit in their annual lawsuit to give them the rights to seize bootleg merchandise at WrestleMania lists the May 31st show in Corpus as having the largrr house show capacity (8,653) and not the smaller capacity used for TV tapings (7,636, listed since there are SmackDown tapings scheduled for September 22nd and January 5th) or whatever the even smaller PPV capacity would be.

- Though the listing for the show was changed to Elimination Chamber at some point overnight. still has the event listed as WWE Live. So far, there's no indication as to whether or not existing ticket holders will need to have their seats changed or if WWE will just elect to use the house show entrance set. Right now on StubHub, the only tickets available on the floor across from the hard camera are listed at about a 4x markup.

-- Ronda Rousey, in the midst of her book tour, is on the latest Sports Illustrated cover, billed as "the world's most dominant athlete." This is the second MMA cover in the magazine's history, though really she's the first MMA fighter to actually be spotlighted on the cover, as the prevous cover, in 2007, was a photo from the Roger Huerta-Leonard Garcia fight to hype a more general UFC/MMA story. For whatever it's worth, which probably isn't much, that gives MMA two SI covers to one apiece for amateur wrestling (Danny Hodge in 1957, before he went pro) and pro wrestling (Hulk Hogan in 1985).

-- Rousey also has a signing of her new book, "My Fight / Your Fight," today from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the SoHo UFC Gym New York City at 277 Canal Street.

-- UFC announced the addition of live Shooto Brazil cards to Fight Pass, pretty much as soon as possible, which could include this coming weekend's card, but that's not even close to a guarantee. The events are already being aired live in Brazil, so it's just a matter of UFC making sure they can get a reliable stream set up.

-- Jason David Frank, A.K.A. Tommy the Green Ranger from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is calling out CM Punk again, this time with a YouTube video. He's claiming Punk "started it" while also pointing out he challenged Punk to a MMA fight long before Punk signed with the UFC. Then he counters Punk's claim that this is about making/getting "CM Punk money" by asking fans to post on their social media accounts about which of the two gives more free stuff to fans at convention appearances. All in all, though, he just seems frustrated by the nature of Punk's responses to the call-outs, like acting as if he doesn't really know who he is.

-- Of all of the things to make the cover of a major market daily newspaper, who would've expected Nick Gage's release from prison to get that treatment from the Philadelphia Daily News? Gage was a CZW mainstay who robbed a bank and was identified by area wrestling fans when his photo showed up in the news. The cover refers to him as an "Ultraviolent Wrestling Icon" in the headline accompanying a photo of his scarred/cut up back. It's actually a very good article focusing on his time behind bars and his CZW return.

-- On a similarly odd/surprising note, the Associated Press picked up a story from Greg Phillips of the Dothan Eagle about a Gulf Coast/Southeastern/Continental reuinion show this weekend and it ran nationally. Great quote from Robert Fuller about what made wrestling in Dothan special: “You know what it was? It was the people. These people don’t come to just be here. They come to have a great time. People get out of their seats and they get excited and they enjoy it. When you’re in the ring, it’s just like a football game. When you’re running a touchdown and the whole crowd stands up and cheers, you get a rush in your heart that really makes you feel good. And Dothan produces an awful lot of that.” They also talked to Ron Fuller, Austin Idol, and Don Fargo, who fondly recalled what he dubbed "an X-rated match."

-- Dave's postmortem for UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt is up at He also has an article about Luke Rockhold's training camp for last month's victory over Lyoto Machida.

-- From the latest Global Force Wrestling press release: GFW CEO and founder Jeff Jarrett and newly announced GFW Legend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan will take part in the traditional first pitch on May 28 at Dell Diamond prior to the game between the Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers-Triple A) and visiting El Paso. They also will be meeting fans and signing autographs. During the game tickets will go on sale for the GFW show on Sept. 27 in Round Rock. Remember, the GFW house shows are able to have more or less full access to whatever indie talent they want for the time being, so the presence of Duggan, who's in the rotation of WWE in-house legends, doesn't mean much.

-- Today in history note for May 12th:

19 years ago, the WWF ran the first Kuwait Cup tournament, won by Ahmed Johnson, in Kuwait City. This was the period where international touring was carrying enough of the business that they were visting a lot of new locales. Some of the matches aired on Raw in Canada when the show was preempted in the States by U.S. Open Tennis, and some like Shawn Michaels vs. Yokozuna and Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart only aired in Kuwait.

TODAY'S WRESTLING VIDEOS (thanks to Thomas Rude)


5/8/15 New England Championship Wrestling "Online Extra"

Top 70 Moves Of D'Lo Brown

POWW "Inside The Ropes" (Episode 9)

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 112)

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 113)

Ringside Collectibles' "Ringside Or Riot" (Season 4, Episode 24)

CHIKARA "Podcast-A-Go-Go" (Episode 415)

Global Force Wrestling:  The Roster Reveal


Paige Trains And Tones For The Ring:  WWE Body Series

WWE Inbox (Episode 170)

WWE Canvas 2 Canvas:  A "Classy" PIece Of Art

18 Moves That Floored Superstars:  WWE Fury; May 10, 2015

WWE Top Ten:  Tag Team Miscues

Happy Mother's Day From WWE

The JBL & Renee Show (Episode 128)

5/4/15 WWE RAW "Slam Of The Week"

5/7/15 WWE Smackdown "Slam Of The Week"


West Virginia Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 224)

Pro Wrestling Syndicate TV (Episode 19)

Reality Of Wrestling TV (Episode 53)

AIWF Mid-Atlantic Wrestling TV (Episode 215)

West Coast Wrestling Connection TV (Episode 50)

Anarchy Wrestling TV (Episode 483)

5/9/15 Southern States Wrestling

Premier Wrestling Federation "Torch" TV (Episode 2)

5/9/15 NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV

Victory Championship Wrestling "Victory Wrestling Showcase" TV (Episode 102)


TNA In 60:  May 8, 2015


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

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WWE COUNTDOWN Countdown Greatest High Flyers counts down the top ten greatest high flying superstars of all time!

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TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin enlists the help of four sexy WWE Divas and THQ video games to teach the remaining contestants all about creativity.

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

11:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Countdown Greatest High Flyers counts down the top ten greatest high flying superstars of all time!

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TOUGH ENOUGH Stone Cold Steve Austin enlists the help of four sexy WWE Divas and THQ video games to teach the remaining contestants all about creativity.

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

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WWE COUNTDOWN Countdown Greatest High Flyers counts down the top ten greatest high flying superstars of all time!

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EDGE CHRISTIAN SMACKDOWN SPECIAL Edge and Christian's 15th Anniversary SmackDown Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness...Enough Said.

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

4:10 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan's wrestling careers are in jeopardy, and Brie's attempt to save their future puts Nikki in a tough spot with John

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TOTAL DIVAS Trinity's inability to have sex frustrates Jon, and Bryan and Nikki shock Brie when they team up to stage an intervention.

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WWE BEYOND THE RING A unique documentary following WWE Superstar John Cena in and out of the ring, including his intense preparation for WrestleMania.

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

9:00 PM ET
WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG Renee Young hangs out with Wiz Khalifa for a fun and revealing conversation!

9:10 PM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan's wrestling careers are in jeopardy, and Brie's attempt to save their future puts Nikki in a tough spot with John

10:00 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.

11:00 PM ET
WWE NXT The future is here. Wintess the entertainers, the leading men and women, the Superstars of tomorrow - this is NXT!