UPCOMING WEEKEND EVENTS
There are a number of different and unique major events this weekend. The NCAA wrestling tournament began today in Madison Square Garden with two sessions. The entire tournament is on ESPN 3. Tomorrow night and Saturday night they will air the semifinals and finals on ESPN. CMLL’s Dos Leyendas show will be on iPPV tomorrow night starting at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time. You can order the CMLL here. Both New Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH have major shows, although New Japan World is not scheduled to air the Nagoya show. UFC runs Sunday in Brisbane, which is Saturday night prime time in the U.S.
URshow.TV has the unique mixed boxing, pro wrestling, MMA and grappling show Sunday on iPPV. Tank Abbott failed his physical by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission so they are looking at the last minute for a new opponent for Dan Severn. Tank Abbot was replacing the previously scheduled Ken Shamrock. This show also features Roy Jones, Jr in a boxing match against a fan/contest winner (Vyron Philips) for a chance to win $100k, Kurt Angle and Rey Mysterio are scheduled for a pro wrestling match on the show along with Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping in a grappling match. Chael and Bisping were both guests on Josh Nason’s Punch Out! Check it out!
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SMACKDOWN TONIGHT FROM CINCINNATI
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz
Goldust vs. Bubba Ray Dudley
Kofi Kingston vs. King Barrett
Kevin Owens vs. A.J. Styles non-title
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SUBSCRIBERS READ IT HERE: March 21, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: UFC 196 breaks records, New Japan Cup, WWE Road Block
We’ve got a major history issue! The life of Hayabusa. The story behind one of the more noted sports owners, Eddie Einhorn, and his two major forays in pro wrestling. Our lead story goes into the records set at UFC 196, including why PPV numbers were so strong, lessons about the UFC audience, what the audience wants from big fights now, the value of stars and momentum and what comes next. Update on what may be the end of UFC’s long struggle to get legalized in New York.
WrestleMania update, the entire lineup, ticket sales, compared previous company records, boxing attendance record, more people talked about for the WWE Hall of Fame this year, physical Hall of Fame location, WWE TV revenue compared to NASCAR, Foley talks Mania, Foley’s new show, WrestleMania in Europe, NXT TV taping dates, WrestleMania 2017, William Regal’s warning to wrestlers, Heyman signs a new distribution deal, AAA star gets tryout, interesting career and role John Cena’s grandfather played in major league baseball and college baseball.
What happened in the Chris Jericho vs. Neville match including the ironies of the WWE officiating. WWE’s most underutilized talent is right now, full coverage of Roadblock.
NJPW struggles, major shows upcoming, the New Japan Cup finals, NJPW’s current trajectory.
Major story on the life and career of Hayabusa, childhood, becoming a wrestling fan, start in the business, rise to stardom, career title history, the politics that hampered his career, injuries, big show matches, his career breaks, the heyday and fall of FMW, the various attempts restart it. The end of his career, how close he came to death, his thoughts while he was paralyzed.
Results of Nikkan Sports fan voting awards, Japan’s major newspapers, the best of 2015.
Eddie Einhorn, his role in making college basketball a popular television sport, and his attempt in the 1970s to get into pro wrestling and ran opposition to the NWA and WWWF. The background of Pedro Martinez, his partner, including when he ran wrestling in Madison Square Garden and his famous fight with Toots Mondt.
The ratings of all the major wrestling and MMA programming from the past week, as well as results of the major arena events around the world and reviews of the key television shows.
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THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE
As things stand right now, New Day vs. League of Nations match at WrestleMania appears to be a three vs. four handicap match. Originally it was a six-man tag.
Dwayne Johnson and Mark Walhberg are being sued for $200 million on the claim that they took the idea for the TV show Ballers from the plainfitts work “Off Season.” The lawsuit had been filed some time ago, but the $200 million figure just came out earlier in the week. More here.
In the Hogan vs. Gawker trial, attempts by Gawker to play the entire 30 minute sex tape before the jury were turned down. The court ruled Gawker could only have the 1 minute and 41 seconds they had posted shown to the jury. Closing arguments in the case are set for tomorrow. More on the case.
Impact on Tuesday night did 307,000 viewers for the 8 p.m. show and 123,000 for the 9 p.m. replay. It was the largest total in seven weeks for the show and the replay was the biggest number since moving to Pop TV. It shows that at this stage, being almost live does help TNA’s numbers. In the past it has made no difference.
Funeral services for Gary “Charlie” Fulton will be tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Marion, OH at the Marion Cemetery. It is requested that any donations be made in his memory to the Marion Area Humane Society.
Kota Ibushi is confirmed for the Kaiju Big Battel show on 4/1 in Dallas. More here
Superstar Billy Graham was scheduled to be coming to WrestleMania in Dallas but he broke a bone graft and was at risk of a dislocation of his artificial hip and is not allowed to travel.
Chris Jericho appeared on The Weather Network’s Celebrity Forecast this week.
WWE stock had a big day, closing up 87 cents per share to $18.74.
An interesting business
A new fight for UFC 200 in the works is Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson. Another fight also not announced but in the works for that show is Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne.
On UFC Tonight last night they reported that UFC is interested in using Cris Cyborg on the 5/14 soccer stadium show in Curitiba, Brazil. We talked extensively about that last night on the audio show.
Former bantamweight champion Renan Barao is moving to featherweight to face Jeremy Stephens on a 5/29 show. The location for the show has not been announced.
A special on the first Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier fight will be airing on Monday night at 10:30 p.m. on FS 1.
Jon Jones on why he was happy to see Conor McGregor lose
ONE Championship has a show tomorrow morning in Yangon, Myanmar on iPPV at http://www.onefc.com/livestream for $9.99. The main event is Aung La S Sang vs. Mohamed Ali.
Hiroshi Tanahashi on why he wants to be ROH champion
Jay Lethal vs. Lio Rush for the ROH title and Matt Sydal vs. Kyle O’Reilly has been added to the 4/1 ROH show in Dallas.
The official ROH wrestling ring playset is up for order at www.figurestoycompany.com The ring comes with the first ever action figure of Michael Elgin.
Highlight video of the 16 Carat gold weekend in Oberhausen, Germany
House of Hardcore announced these matches for April dates. On 4/15 in Queens, NY, they have Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Hero and Billy Gunn vs. Sami Callihan. On 4/16 in Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena, they have Van Dam vs. Rhino and Gunn vs. Bull James (Bull Dempsey).
Among the events scheduled for Fite TV this weekend are:
*King of Kings World Series Kickboxing from Vilnius, Lithuania at 1 p.m. Eastern Saturday for $5.99
*Evolve 56 from Queens, NY at 6 p.m. Eastern Saturday for $14.99
*CFFC MMA from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Eastern Saturday for $9.99 featuring former UFC fighter Louis Gaudinot
*Midwest Championship Fighting from North Platte, NE at 8 p.m. Eastern Saturday for $9.99
*Tier 1 Wrestling from Brooklyn with Michael Elgin, Timothy Thatcher and Anthony Nese at 4 p.m. Sunday for $4.99
*Evolve 57 from Brooklyn at 8 p.m. Eastern Sunday with Drew Galloway & Johnny Gargano vs. Team Tremendous for $14.99
*World Combat Arena Kickboxing at 7 p.m. Eastern Monday for $3.99
Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis were backstage on Tuesday at the TNA tapings.
TNA was taping an all-women’s PPV show this afternoon in Orlando and among those who were brought in were Leva Bates (Blue Pants), Shelly Martinez, Veda Scott, Barbi Hayden, Deonna Purrazzo, Cherry Bomb, Jayme Jaemson and Allysin Kay.
Sami Callihan vs. Ethan Page has been added to the 4/1 Evolve show in Dallas at 4 p.m. as is Marty Scurll vs. Fred Yehi.
Mackenzie Dern, a world champion in BJJ, will be making her MMA debut with Legacy FC on a 7/22 show in Dallas that will air on AXS. Dern will fight at 115. She won the 132 pound division title at the 2015 Abu Dhabi championships as well as the World Jiu Jitsu championship last year at 130 pounds.
The Wrestling Revolver on 6/10 in Clive, IA at the Seven Flags Event Center with Michael Elgin, Rhino, Tommy Dreamer, Billy Gunn, Johnny Mundo, Bob Holly, Scotty 2 Hotty and Bull James.
Maryland Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Frederick MD at the Indoor Sports Center features Tommy Dreamer & Drolix & Chuck Lennox vs. King McBride & Joe Keys & Rob Locke, plus Billy Dunn vs. Ken Dixon
Rockstar Pro Wrestling on Friday night in Dayton, OH at the Rockstar Pro Arena.
IWA East Coast on 4/16 in Nitro, WV with B.J. Whitmer vs. Chance Prophet vs Ron Mathis, plus Johnny Gargano, Candice LaRae and more.
Maryland Championship Wrestling on 6/18 in Waldorf, MD at the Regency Furniture Stadium for Base Brawl 2016 with Ron Simmons, Sean Waltman and Billy Gunn.
Old Time Wrestling at 2 p.m. Saturday in Williamstown, NJ at the Monroe Business Center with an all stipulation match show.
Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 4/2 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds featuring appearances by Jimmy Valiant and a Doink the Clown.
Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA: Branden Juarez b Pat Powers, Cuco Santiago b Mad Dog McDowell, Zac James DCOR Preston Maxwell, Blue Rocket b Brandon Wallace, Paul & Joey Daniels b Dalton Lee Roth & Purple, Mark Sterling b Arik Cannon. Next show is 3/22 in Omaha at the Waiting Room Lounge.
C4 Wrestling on Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Ottawa at the Vanier Columbus Club with 2 Cold Scorpio, Franky the Mobster, and more.
Wrestling Night in Collingwood, ONT at the Curling Club featuring Mick Foley appearing, the retirement match of Robbie McAllister, Cody Deaner vs. Tyler Tirva and Rosemary from TNA vs. KC Spinelli.
Tennessee wrestler Toby Farley suffered a dislocated AC joint and tore three tendons in his shoulder and will be out of action for six months. He was forced to vacate the Smoky Mountain wrestling Empire title.
There is a Lucha Lire show on 3/27 at 4 p.m. at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia with Canek Jr., El Hijo de Fishman, Leon Negro, Tzuki, Demus and Super Comando.
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai has been added to the 5/20 Bellator show in Boise, ID, which has a main event of Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef for the middleweight title.
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