SUN. UPDATE: Extreme Rules Preview, Punk talks debut, McGregor special starts tonight, Flair draws big crowd, Big weekend in U.K., Rock movie

By dave@wrestlingobserver.com”>Dave Meltzer

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Tonight is WWE Extreme Rules from Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time

*Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton cage match for the WWE title with the RKO banned:  The two got strong reviews for their main events in Europe and Rollins on PPV never disappoints.  Most likely the finish will involve Kane as the guardian of the cage door, and that Rollins will retain the title.  Still, a cage match where the finish involves outside interference makes Orton look dumb for suggesting it unless he wins. 

*John Cena vs. Rusev chain match for the U.S. title – With the rules that you have to touch all four corners rather than score a pin, this enables them to book a match without the loser doing a job.  Usually these kind of finishes are done in matches Cena loses.  But this could go the other way since they have worked to protect Rusev from losing on big shows via pin.  The chain may be a hindrance to the match as opposed to a benefit, but Cena is still a good big show wrestler.

*Daniel Bryan vs. Bad News Barrett for the IC title – This match is still being advertised even though it may not happen.  Most expect it won’t.  This would be a great time to debut Finn Balor out of nowhere and have him pin Barrett for the vacant title.  But that probably won’t happen.  However, Neville in that position is more likely.

*Roman Reigns vs. Big Show last man standing – Most WWE last man standing matches are good.  Reigns should win here.

*Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus kiss my arse match – I can see Sheamus getting his hand raised, but Ziggler kissing his ass is a tough visual, so don’t be surprised at post-match shenanigans.

*Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper street fight – This should be one of the best matches on the show.  Ambrose should win, and Harper has been put at the level of the guy who puts over the top faces when you need a good match.

*Nikki Bella vs. Naomi for Divas title – The Bellas phantom babyface turn continues.  The story here is more how much time they get, and where they are positioned on the show.

*Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. New Day for tag titles (pre-show match at 7:30 p.m.) – These teams tore it up in multiple team matches in Europe.  This should be one of the better matches on the show.

        On paper, this one looks good.  The only questions are the finishes and where the new programs go from  here.  We’ll have live coverage on the site starting at about 7:30 p.m.  

Raw will be live on Monday from Green Bay.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday from Moline, IL.

New Japan World at 4 a.m. Eastern Wednesday morning from Kumamoto, Japan

Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu & Jay White vs. Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta & Gedo

Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall

Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask & Mascara Dorada vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi & Kushida

Steve Anthony vs. Jushin Liger for NWA jr. title

Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Big Daddy Yum Yum for NWA heavyweight title

Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma & Alex Shelley vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Kenny Omega

Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba & Toru Yano

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Togi Makabe for Never Open weight championship

 
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–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

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–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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SUNDAY’S NEWS UPDATE

With two PPVs this weekend, Bryan and I have two shows.  Up on the site is a show covering both last night’s UFC and all the latest news from WWE, TNA, previewing tonight’s show, Ronda Rousey, Bill Goldberg and more with Tom Lawlor joining up again.  We’re going to try and have Lawlor on as much as possible after UFC events going forward and some pro wrestling events as well.  Bryan and I will be back late tonight with Extreme Rules coverage.

–Regarding the story we talked about of Tito Ortiz spending $257,000 on two tickets to the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, apparently it was something he did that was misinterpreted.  He didn’t buy tickets to the fight, but was in shock anyone would spend that kind of money buying tickets to the fight.

C.M. Punk was at the C2E2 convention today in Chicago for the announcement that he will be writing a new series of comic books for Marvel for “Drax the Destroyer.”  He also did a Q&A. Among the highlights:

*Told Jason David Frank, the Power Ranger dude, “Shut the f*** up” when it was brought up Frank’s continual challenges to him for an MMA fight.  It’s a grandstand deal because they are in far different weight divisions so there is no chance of it happening.

*He doubted that his debut would be in Chicago, feeling that would put too much pressure on him.  That surprised me, because I figured Chicago or Las Vegas would be the two most likely cities.

*When asked his favorite action star, he said A.J. Lee, saying she’s a little ass kicker.

*He said he will fight when his coaches feel he is ready to fight.

What’s the over/under on Punk chants during the show tonight?

FS 1 will be airing UFC Tonight episodes Monday through Friday next week for 30 minutes.  Dana White will be the guest on Monday.  Cain Velasquez will be on Tuesday.  Rashad Evans will be on Wednesday.  Ronda Rousey will be on Thursday and Cris Cyborg will be on Friday.  The fact they have Cyborg as a special guest should tell you a lot.

Conor McGregor’s reality show “Notorious”  airs on FS 1 tonight at 12:30 a.m. Eastern time and will continue with new episodes nightly through Friday. 

Glenn “Kane” Jacobs turned 48 today.

Today is also the one-year anniversary of the death of Conor Michalek.

As far as Google searches go for yesterday, Wladimir Klitschko was no. 5 at 100,000 behind Nepal, Freddie Gray, Cecily Strong and NASCAR.  UFC 186 was No. 9 with 20,000, which is the lowest number I can ever recall for a UFC PPV show.

The judge who gave one round to Fabio Maldonado over Rampage Jackson was Luc Lefebvre, who gave Maldonado round two.

Furious 7 was no. 1 at the box office for the fourth straight weekend, estimated at doing $18,26 million, beating Paul Blart: Mal Cop 2 at $15.5 million.

Jim Ross wrote that he’s looking at doing a show on 8/19 at the Washington, DC Improv, but it is not definite yet.  He’s probably do that as part of an East Coast swing since he’s already booked at the Gramercy Theater in New York on 8/22, the day before SummerSlam.  Ross noted that his 30 minute set before Mick Foley’s one hour show that they did on Friday night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, would not be televised, at least this week.  My impression is that it won’t be televised at all.  Foley’s show will air on Wednesday night on the WWE Network.

Maryland Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Glen Burne, MD drew 1,300 fans for a show headlined by Ric Flair.  Ll Green & Rick Powers b Drake Carter & Shaun Cannon, Drifty Money & Eric Chapel b Fed Up, Chuck Lennox & David Starr & Bo Nekoda b Brandon Scott & Lance Anoa’i & Fenix Fury, Sexy Steve & Jimmy Stars b Napalm & Solo, Buff Bagwell (unadvertised surprise) b Ken Dixon, Pat Bring b Sai Gon, Shane Strickland (Killshot in Lucha Underground) b Trevor Lee, Brian Cage b Cedirc Alexander, The Bruiser won three-way to keep the MCW tie over King McBride and Drolix.  Next show is 5/2 in Waldorf, MD at the Unique Sports Academy with Jerry Lawler and Rikishi.

Matt Hardy spoofs Go Fund Me fund raisers, saying that the original idea for them, which was good, has been perverted

Preston City Wrestling on Friday in Preston, England:  Juventud Guerrera won over Ryan Smile, Pete Dunne, Damiian Dunne, El Ligero and Charlie Garrett, Matt Taven & Michael Bennett b Martin Kirby & Joey Hayes, Dave Mastiff b Ashton Smith, Rob Van Dam b Bubblegum, Sha Samuels b Noam Dar, Zak & Roy Knight b Robbie Dynamite & Dean Allmark, Dave Rayne b Chris Masters in a blindfold match, T-Bone & Rampage Brown b Jeff Jarrett & Lionheart.  Jeff & Karen Jarrett and Eric Bischoff all turned on Lionheart in the main event.  Jarrett was wearing Bullet Club gear

The Saturday afternoon show:  Dave Mastiff b Noam Dar, Sha Samuels b Ashton Smith, El Ligero b Juventud Guerrera, Sabu b Pete Dunne, Roy & Zak Knight b Ryan Smile & Damien Dunne, Bubblegum b Lionheart, Chris Masters b Charlie Garrett, Joey Hayes & Martin Kirby & Rampage Brown & T-Bone b Jim & Lee Hunter & Matt Taven & Michael Bennett

Last night’s show:  The Hunter Brothers b Ryan Smile & Damien Dunne, Sha Samuels b Charlie Garrett, El Ligero b Pete Dunne, Joey Hayes & Martin Kirby & April Davids b Matt Taven & Michael Bennett & Maria Kanellis, Dean Allmark b Juventud Guerrera, Ashton Smith b Iestyn Rees, Rob Van Dam b Noam Dar, Lionheart & Dave Mastiff & Dave Rayne & Zak Knight & Roy Knight b Jeff Jarrett & Chris Masters & Bubblegum & T-Bone & Rampage Brown.

Announces for future shows in Preston is 6/5 headlined by A.J. Styles vs. Lionheart.  Styles accidentally broke Lionheart’s neck with the Styles clash and Lionheart made a big thing about how Styles should stop doing the move in articles and writings and Styles wasn’t happy he did it publicly rather than just contacted him.  So they are turning that into an angle.  7/11 they have an outdoor show with Team 3-D, Velvet Sky, Rockstar Spud and Ken Anderson.  8/7 they have Drew Galloway, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish coming (thanks to Jan Buxton)

Barrons’ this week has a big article on the WWE saying they like the company but feel the stock has a long way to fall because the subscriptions to the WWE network aren’t near the projected targets and that many people drop subscriptions (thanks to Dave Katz)

Texas is considering dropping all random drug testing of high school athletes for steroids.  The state has spent $9 million testing 63,000 athletes over the last eight years.  The state has cut funding of the program every year and there are signs it’ll be dropped completely. (thanks to Lou Pickney)

UFC is opening a 46,000 square foot UFC Gym in La Mirada, CA at 14920 La Mirada Blvd.  It will be the fifth UFC gym in Southern California.  There are 125 nationally including  11 major ones.

AXS is co-promoting an MMA show called RFA vs. Legacy Superfights that airs on 5/8 at 10 p.m..  The show will feature four fighters from the RFA vs. four fighters from Legacy Fights.  Burt Watson will be doing his old UFC role and running backstage and pumping up the fighters before the fights, and a big part of the show will be showing Watson in action.  The main event has RFA flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja (15-2) vs. Legacy champion Damacio Page (19-9), plus RFA bantamweight champion Luke Sanders (9-0) defends against Terrion Ware (13-3) while the Legacy lightweight championship will be at stake with Dave Burrow (13-5) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (17-8) battling for the vacant title.  Former UFC fighter Yuri Villefort faces Adam Townsend.

Rock Star Pro Wrestling has an iPPV on Friday night in Dayton, OH at the Rockstar Pro Arena headlined by Shane Douglas vs. Dustin Rayz.

A.J. Styles vs. Jimmy Rave headlines on 5/8 for ProSouth Wrestling in Piedmont, AL at 627 Southern Ave.

Former wrestler New Jack was the special guest on The Special Without Brett Davis comedy show on TV in New York.

Grand Slam Wrestling on 5/9 in Moosic, PA at the Moosic Youth Center.

Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL:  Sean Vincent b Daniel Gunner, Jim Hoffarth & Paloma Starr DDQ Ax Allwardt & Lucy Mendez, Daniel Eads b Curtis Wylde, Ken Kasa & Chris Hargas b Chaz Wesson & Keith Smith Jr., Little Kato b Bobby Dean, Red River Jack b Bull Bronson-COR, Flash Flanagan b Gary Jackson to win the Classic title (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)

Infinity Pro Wrestling on 5/30 in Bloomington, IN at the National Guard Armory.

L.A. Park, Pirata Morgan, Negro Navarro, Brazo de Oro, El Matematico and Blue Panther appear 5/17 in El Monte, CA at Florentine Gardens.

There was a big festival in Orlando at the WJRR Earth Day birthday celebration with 15,000 people that included a ton of wrestling using area wrestlers and outside the area wrestlers like Jody Kristofferson, Santana Garrett, Lince Dorado, Chasyn Race, Rhett Giddins, Crazy Mary Dobson, Mad Man Pondo and a ton of others.

Remix Pro Wrestling from last night in Marietta, OH:  Viper b Bulldozer, Chris Lerusso over Onyx, Adien Veil and Aaron Draven, Sassy Stephie & LuFisto & Veda Scott went to a draw, Jason Gory & Matt Conard & Ron Mathis b Chance Prophet & Young Bucks, Jock Samson b Marion Fontaine-DQ, Athena b Mickie James, A.J. Styles b Facade.  I saw a photo and it looked like they had a really big crowd for this.

Mark Henry working toward helping youth fitness in Austin, TX

A story on Bill Murdoch, who write Jack Brisco’s autobiography and works endlessly for charities in the Asheville, NC region
 

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

1971 – Mick McManus beat Vic Faulkner in Nottingham to win the European middleweight title

1985 – Osamu Kido won the round-robin UWF tournament with a 6-1 record

1986 – Genichiro Tenryu beat Ted DiBiase in Tokyo in the tournament final for the vacant United National title

1994 – Los Payasos beat Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000 to win the vacant Mexican national trios titles in a tournament final in Aguascalientes

1998 – Kyoko Inoue beat Lioness Asuka in Tokyo to win the TWWF title 

2003 – Jonny Storm beat Chris Hamrick in Sudbury, UK to win the FWA All-England title

2004 – Negro Casas beat Emilio Charles Jr. in Puebla to win the CMLL middleweight title

2013 – Averno beat Mistico in Mexico City to win the vacant Mexican national welterweight title.  This is the current Mistico, not the one who became the first Sin Cara

 
TODAY’S PRO WRESTLING VIDEOS (thanks to Thomas Rude)

WWE

The JBL & Renee Show (Episode 126)

4/23/15 Top 10 WWE Smackdown Moments

4/20/15 WWE RAW “Slam Of The Week”

4/23/15 WWE RAW “Slam Of The Week”

4/25/15 WWE Top Ten:  Extreme Street Fight Moments

INDY TV SHOWS

Monster Factory TV (Episode 5)

4/25/15 NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling TV

Powerbomb Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 22)

West Virginia Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 222)

4/24/15 Future Stars Of Wrestling “High Octane”

Imperial Wrestling Entertainment “BattleZone” TV (Episode 8)

MISC. STUFF

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 108)

4/24/15 CHIKARA Event Center

TNA

What Happened After Eric Young Snapped?  Who Left On A Stretcher

TOMORROW’S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)

2:00 AM 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 AM ET
WWE NXT Alex Riley looks to finally silence Kevin Owens in a heated rematch!

4:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS This week, WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Tyson Kidd take on Los Matadores. Plus, Bad News Barrett battles Jack Swagger.

5:00 AM ET
OLD SCHOOL Old school WWE card features Andre The Giant and Hillbilly Jim vs Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy. The Hart Foundation and more.

6:00 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!

9:00 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!

12:00 PM 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!

3:00 PM 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 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.

7:00 PM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

7:30 PM ET
RAW PRE-SHOW From WWE Studios in Stamford Connecticut. Scott Stanford, David Otunga and Corey Graves cover all the events leading up to Monday Night Raw.

8:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR Mick Foley’s unorthodox style makes him an unlikely success story and a unique weapon for WWE in their war with WCW.

9:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the Top Craziest Ladder Matches ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

10:00 PM 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.

11:06 PM ET
WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE The action continues with exclusive interviews, matches and fallout LIVE from Monday Night Raw.

11:11 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.<