Tomohiro Ishii vs. Togi Makabe for Never Open weight championship
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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.
We’ve got a look at the career of Takeshi Morishima, with his title history, awards won, how he got started in pro wrestling, who he was compared to, why he never reached his potential, why he got the ROH title, his matches with Bryan Danielson, his outstanding 2007 year, what went wrong when he got his big push. We also look at his early career, his WWE tryout and what happened there, a well as some of his biggest matches.
We look at the legal situation involving Rampage Jackson and how things changed this past week.
We’ve got a look at UFC’s attempt to run in New York, going through both the legislature and the court system to be able to run in December at Madison Square Garden. We look at the crazy hypocrisy in New York laws, the real story behind them, the Culinary unions latest attempt to keep UFC out of New York, and UFC’s latest move in going to court.
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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.
We also look at his unique way of drawing blood, how he got his first pro wrestling break, the business that he and Caldwell did in the 60s, why he usually stayed in his home territory, and his own thoughts about his career.
We also look at the next season of Tough Enough, the change in Seth Rollins’ finisher, update on the business of Furious 7, More on the Russ McCullough lawsuit against WWE, Shawn Michaels talks the time he wanted to go to WCW and WWE asks him to be on next year’s WrestleMania, plus why he’s not interested in working in creative and his thoughts on who should be on top.
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.
We also have notes on WWE movies, WWE stars who want a reality show about their lives, Barrett talks why he dropped weight, contract notes from lawsuits against WWE, the Gilberts lawsuit against WWE, Batista talks a potential return, Samoa Joe note, NXT dates outside Florida, Jey Uso update, what creative is told about the women characters and what is says about why people don’t care about the WWE Divas, ROH star blasts WWE stereotypes, NXT weekend shows and notes on the last week of the WWE European tour with business notes and highlights of all the house shows.
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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Also in this week’s issue:
–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
–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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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
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*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
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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)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*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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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy’s win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair’s book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez–this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
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MONDAY’S NEWS UPDATE
The latest on Jon Jones is this. Jones has not yet turned himself into the Albuquerque police after an alleged hit and run after a three-car collision. The 25-year-old woman who Jones allegedly crashed into after a running a red light suffered a broken arm, but her pregnancy was not affected by the accident. Jones is being charged with a felony leaving the scene of a crime. A second car was also hit containing a 38-year-old male and three children ages 8 to 10. Jones is believed to have been driving a 2015 Silver Buick rental car from Enterprise in Albuquerque. The officers found a marijuana pipe with marijuana in it in the car that was abandoned, as well as paperwork belonging to Jonathan Jones, with indication he was an MMA fighter. They found his phone number and police called him multiple times with no response. A witness also recognized the man who ran as MMA fighter Jon Jones.
UFC has not made any announcements regarding Jones or his scheduled title defense against Anthony Johnson for 5/23. I’m not sure if UFC has bylaws regarding championships and within its contract with Jones with what they can or can’t do with a felony charge. The Nevada commission has already painted itself in the corner because of allowing Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight with a number of domestic violence charges as well as serving time and Mayweather even had sentencing on him delayed once so he could fight. Those are the privileges of being a big draw. This felony charge combined with the January drug test failure should lead to:
Both UFC and Nevada drug testing him frequently from this point forward. Nevada has its rules and limitations regarding in and out of competition, but UFC should be more proactive with its testing and create rules where at least hard drugs are illegal for fighters in and out of competition. But until those rules are put in place, you can’t implement them now. But this can serve as a lesson on how to write rules for the new policy and why out of competition drug failures for hard drugs should be taken seriously.
If they are legally able, they should pull Jones from 5/23 to at least allow him to get help, and if he refuses, then suspend him. If he has to be suspended, he should be stripped of the title.
Either way, the best course of action is to put Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson on 5/23 in a five-round fight that would either be an interim or regular title fight. Cormier isn’t ready, and he’s training for a fight two weeks later so there is a good shot he’ll at least be close, Ryan Bader has volunteered to step in, although I don’t think Bader is deserving of that spot right now. Either way, that leaves the 6/6 show without a main event.
One witness to the accident told police that Jones got out of the car after the accident and ran to the hills, before turning around and coming back to grab a “large handful of cash.” Then, according to witnesses, he ran off and jumped a fence and wasn’t seen again.
The New York state assembly is expected to discuss the bill to legalize MMA in the state tonight.
Andrei Arlovski, a teammate of Jones, who also lives in Albuquerque, said on twitter that he was just involved today in a four car hit-and-run accident.
Rudy Reyna, a well known Exotico wrestler in Mexico dating back to the 70s, and who in AAA during its high point in the 90s, passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness at the age of 69.
WWE is really pushing the work of Sara Del Rey as the women’s coach in Orlando of late. HHH pushed that Del Rey is not just the women’s coach, but a coach for both the men and the women. An article on that subject
ESPN sent out a release that its E:60 documentary on the WWE Performance Center will air on 5/5 at 8 p.m. The storyline of the documentary was to follow three amateur wrestlers in the system and there will be interviews with Vince McMahon, HHH, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Dwayne Johnson.
We’ve got nothing confirmed regarding King of the Ring. The belief is that there will be first round matches tonight and semifinals and finals on the one hour special tomorrow night, but WWE has not said anything. The impression we were given is that the original plan was not for the finals to be on Tuesday’s show as the original plan was for a series of Tuesday specials for King of the Ring and not just one. Things are apparently constantly changing.
WWE will be holding a Pat Patterson Appreciation night at the 5/4 Raw event at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The advertised main event is John Cena & Roman Reigns & Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins & Big Show & Rusev. There was a Patterson Appreciation Night scheduled a few years ago in Montreal, but it was the night that Jerry Lawler had a heart attack so it was canceled. The Patterson Appreciation Night would be after Raw ends, even though it would probably be the best thing all night.
UFC Tonight will air at midnight on FS 1 followed by the second episode of the Conor McGregor “Notorious” show at 12:30 a.m.
Les Thatcher noted to us in our talk about unions and wrestling that in 1973-74, Georgia Championship Wrestling had a health plan situation the likes of which we talked about (and other promotions in that era did have something similar). Every wrestler in the promotion put up $10 of his weekly check and if someone in the crew was injured, they would help out with medical bills from the money saved. Thatcher, Johnny Walker and Bob Armstrong were put in charge.
Premier Wrestling on 6/7 in Gilroy, CA at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese at 5 p.m. with JR Kratos (7-2) defending his Premier title against Dylan Drake (4-3). Tickets go on sale Friday at www.premierwerstle.com
17 years ago today was the night that DX drove that tank over to Nitro when both were taping in neighboring Virginia cities at the same time.
Future Stars of Wrestling from Saturday night in Las Vegas before 550 fans: Tyler Cintron won over Nick Bugatti and Greg Romero, J-Cash b Troy McClain-DQ, Cold Cold World b Hoss Hogg & Ryan Ramos, Vegas b Leon Hater, Ryan Taylor b Eli Quick, The Following b Clutch & Sugar Brown, Mike Dalite b Funny Bone, Phil Baroni (former MMA star) b Michael Modest, Tyshaun Prince NC Kevin Kross.
I believe that restaurants are being charged $10,000 to carry the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on Saturday.
Also should be noted that the Tito Ortiz story was a hoax and he did not spend $257,000 on tickets to the fight.
As far as the super high priced tickets, they are apparently not selling so great as Darren Rovell reported there were 310 tickets sold on Stubhub with the highest ticket price going for $15,000, and the average at $6,547. (thanks to James Brown)
A fund raiser for a memorial wall at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa to commemorate its wrestling tradition
WWE Network is doing a Mayweather special on Friday night to take advantage of all the Mayweather publicity for Saturday.
At a show yesterday in El Paso, it was announced that Magno was stripped of his version of the NWA welterweight title since he has signed with WWE. Impostor and Bobby Zavala did promos wanting the vacated title (thanks to Kris Zellner)
CWE on Friday night in Winnipeg: Elite 8 tournament: Jason Kincaid b Chase Owens, Tyler Colton b Shane Sabre, Anderson Tyson Moore b Antonio Scorpio, Christopher Daniels b Carter Mason, Adam Knight b Danny Duggan, Tyler Colton b Jason Kincaid, Anderson Tyson Moore b Christopher Daniels, Robby Royce b Mr. Inkredible, Bobby Jay won Battle Royal, Anderson Tyson Moore b Tyler Colton
CWE on Saturday night in Steinbach, Manitoba: Fabulous Creebirds b Travis Cole & Adam Race, Bobby Collins b Carter Mason, Adam Knight b Shane Sabre, Dick Blood & Billy Blaze DDQ Peg City Punishers, Tommy Lee Curtis b Adam Race, Jason Kincaid won three-way over Christopher Daniels and Chase Owns. Next tour is 6/22 to 6/26 around Manitoba with Justin Gabriel.
Furious 7 fell to No. 2 at the box office this past weekend in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
Bellator announced lightweights Malcolm Smith (4-4) vs. Luke Nelson (2-1) and middleweights Kain Royer (1-1) vs. Enrique Watson (1-0) in prelims for its 6/19 show in St. Louis headlined by Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice.
Smash Wrestling on 6/6 with shows at 4 p.m and 7 p.m at the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Toronto. The afternoon show is an all-women’s show with Vanessa Kraven, Allysin Kay, Heidi Lovelace, Cherry Bomb, Courtney Rush and Portia Perez.
Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA: Ryan Slade b Joey Daniels, Paul Daniels b Pat Powers, Jeremy Wyatt & Mark Sterling b Dalton Lee Roth & Purple, L-Ray b Zac James, Ryan Slade b Bradley Charles, Tony Cortez b Abu Colossus-DQ, Darren Russell b Chainsaw King in a dog collar match. Next show is 5/23 in Council Bluffs at the National Guard Armory with Scotty 2 Hotty headlining the 10th anniversary show.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL (thanks to Graeme Cameron) 1980 – Cachorro Mendoza beat El Satanico in Monterrey to win the NWA middleweight title 1987 – Yumi Ogura & Kazue Nagahori beat Yumiko Hotta & Hisako Uno (Akira Hokuto) to win the WWWA tag titles and on the same show, Chigusa Nagayo beat Leilaini Kai to win the All Pacific women’s title 1990 – Keiji Muto & Masahiro Chono beat Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto to win the IWGP tag titles in Tokyo 1990 – El Hijo del Santo beat Charles Lucero in Monterrey to win the UWA welterweight title 2001 – Pimpinela Escarlata beat Espectro Jr. in Toluca to win Mexican national middleweight title 2008 – Keiji Muto beat Shinsuke Nakamura in Osaka to win the IWGP heavyweight title 2008 – Halloween & Extreme Tiger (Tiger Uno in TNA) beat Crazzy Boy & Joe Lider in Zapopan to win the AAA tag team titles 2011 – Mini Psicosis beat Octagoncito in Zacapoaxtla to win the AAA minis title 2014 – Takao Omori beat Jun Akiyama to win the Champion Carnival tournament
TOMORROW’S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)
12:06 AM ET WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
1:06 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.
2:06 AM ET WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE The action continues with exclusive interviews, matches and fallout LIVE from Monday Night Raw.
2:11 AM 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.
3:06 AM ET WCW BEACH BLAST 1993 Sting and Dave Boy Smith face Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious. Ric Flair takes on Barry Windham. Dustin Rhodes faces Rick Rude.
6:00 AM ET WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
7:00 AM 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 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 COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
10:00 AM 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.
11:00 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.
12:00 PM ET WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.
1:00 PM ET EXCUSE ME! – A COUGAR COUNTDOWN EXCUSE ME! A Cougar’s Countdown takes us through the top ten most memorable Vickie Guerrero Moments.
2:00 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.
3:00 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.
4:00 PM ET WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG In the premier of Unfiltered, Renee Young hangs out with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins for a fun and revealing conversation!
4:10 PM ET MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.
5:00 PM ET WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.
6:00 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!
8:00 PM ET WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE To be announced, live WWE action and entertainment featuring top WWE stars.
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9:10 PM ET MONDAY NIGHT WAR WCW signs international superstars to bring an innovative, high-flying brand of excitement to Monday Nitro.
10:00 PM ET WWE COUNTDOWN Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.
11:00 PM ET WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE To be announced, live WWE action and entertainment featuring top WWE stars.