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We look at how many new subscribers the free February brought in, why WrestleMania taking in far less revenue than before is not alarming, how February free compared to November free, what the next big questions regarding the network are and when we will know the answers, the future of NXT, what Vince McMahon said about Sting, and details of lots of new WWE television shows and what it says about both the direction of the network and the relationship of the company with one of its all-time biggest stars.
We’ve also got more on Brock Lesnar’s new contract, updates on Dwayne Johnson, trouble after WrestleMania,, 2017 WrestleMania, Hall of Fame thoughts, story behind why Scott Steiner was banned from the Hall of Famer, Notes on Jimmy Jacobs to WWE, when Paul Heyman found out about Brock Lesnar signing, his thoughts on the negotiations, Daniel Bryan talks Roman Reigns, how he thinks the Reigns situation and Batista situation were different, Bryan talks Mania, Jim Ross on Bryan vs. Reigns, Bryan talks the details of his neck injury and the recovery from it.
Bill Goldberg talks about his relationship with WWE, we look at the Nikki Bella/A.J. Lee angle, Samoa Joe notes, changes on the 4/13 Raw show, Why Scotty 2 Hotty and Brian Christopher were not at the Hall of Fame with Rikishi, Phil Baroni and WWE, C.J. Parker giving notice, Ric Flair’s funny comments that made Michael Cole change the subject and two new WWE movies.
We’ve got an update on the medical examiner’s cause of death for Perro Aguayo Jr., how big the story was in Mexico, the plight this past week of Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr., the funeral of Aguayo Jr., Dorian Roldan talks the Aguayo death, Santo talks the Aguayo death, and his doctors talk about whether he came in with a serious injury.
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Also in this week’s issue:
–Former fired main eventer brought back and what it says
–Full details on Pro Wrestling NOAH’s upcoming tag team tournament
–The latest on the NOAH vs. Suzuki-gun feud
–Major news on Invasion Attack
–Update on New Japan ticket sales
–Jim Ross talks Okada
–Notes on New Japan’s big show of he week
–More on the upcoming debut of Global Force Wrestling
–More on how the Tokyo Dome show did on PPV
–More on the death of Cincinnati Red
–WWE star’s new comedy show
–Update on Mysterio and Lucha Underground
–Future of Lucha Underground
–Thoughts on the promotion touring
–End of the season notes
–More on Alberto El Patron and injuries and real fights
–More on the New Japan visit to ROH in May
–A look at other New Japan stars coming to ROH
–ROH star gives notice
–TNA inks Canadian English language TV deal
–More on thoughts regarding TNA embracing U.K. as a home promotion
–Notes on Destination America calling key shots with TNA
–Destination America changing programming
–TNA signing new overseas deals including getting a deal with a station that used to carny WWE
–Thoughts on McGregor vs. Aldo and featherweight records
–Amazing interest in the McGregor-Aldo press conference
–UFC first quarter and second quarter business notes
–UFC major executive gone
–Notes on Cris Cyborg’s deal with UFC
–This week’s UFC show
–Lots of new UFC matches
–More on commission overturning fight result
–Fourth Horsewoman signs contract
–Update on Nick Diaz
–Possible next fight for Josh Barnett
–Next Invicta show top fights
–Match of the year candidate in Bellator
–Bellator talking to a top ten ranked heavyweight boxer
–New Bellator fights
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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)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
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*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*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)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*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)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*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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THURSDAY’S NEWS UPDATE
– On UFC Tonight last night, Ariel Helwani reported that Ronda Rousey has no deal with WWE to do anything going forward. At the same time, according to people in the mix with the talks, what happened at WrestleMania was very much meant as an angle for next year’s WrestleMania, and not a stand alone thing. But today, there is no return date scheduled for her this year.
– WWE’s Jerry McDevitt filed a 47 page response to the Billy Jack Haynes lawsuit against the company. He was asking for the judge to throw out the case based on statute of limitations for such a claim, given that Haynes worked for WWE from 1986 to 1988, and also venue issues, since the suit was filed in Oregon and there are no allegations of any claims taking place in the state of Oregon. McDevitt cited a number of statute of limitations standards which were all long surpassed. He also wrote that Haynes made no attempt to explain how he discovered that his alleged depression and symptoms of dementia were specifically linked to concussions during the period he worked for WWE.
– Dolph Ziggler isn’t’ injured. The change from the advertised Daniel Bryan & Ziggler vs. Sheamus & Bad News Barrett match on Smackdown to Bryan vs. Sheamus in a singles match was just that they changed plans.
– Notes on this weekend’s UFC coverage on FS 1. Weigh-ins for Saturday’s show will be at Noon Eastern time (9 a.m. Pacific) on FS 1. The early weigh-ins are because it’s an early show so it gives guys required time to rehydrate after weighing in. The announcing crew this weekend is Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier and Heidi Androl.
Coverage on FS 1 begins with the pre-game show at 10 a.m. Eastern or 7 a.m. Pacific, and then the live show goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jon Anik and Brian Stann will call the fights. There will be a post-show wrap-up at about 4 p.m. on FS 2.
– There is also a Best of Lyoto Machida special at 10 p.m. on Sunday and an Ultimate Knockouts special at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
– The Fight Network debuts Impact on Friday night at 9 p.m. and will also have a number of repeats of the show, with the first being at 1 a.m. late Friday night. They will also air TNA’s Greatest Matches at 8 p.m. on Friday as the lead-in to Impact. Xplosion will debut on Saturday nights at 11 p.m.
– UFC 83, the Matt Serra vs. GSP show from Montreal, will air in its entirety on The Fight Network on Sunday at 9 p.m. and be replayed multiple times this week (thanks to Paul Fontaine)
– Premier Boxing Championships debuts on CBS on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern time and Noon Pacific, meaning it’s going head-to-head with the UFC. Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 knockout) will defend his light heavyweight title against Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 knockouts) and Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 knockouts) vs. Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 knockouts also in a light heavyweight fight.
– Glory kickboxing will be on Spike tomorrow night from Dubai, UAE headlined by Robin Van Roosmalen defending his lightweight title against Andy Ristie, plus Gabriel Varga vs. Moab Amrani for the featherweight title and a four-man middleweight tournament with Alex Pereira, Wayne Barrnett, Simon Marcus and Jason Wilnis. Mauro Ranallo and Stephen Quadros will be the announcers.
– There is a pre-sale for the ROH show on 8/22 at MCU Field in Brooklyn the night before SummerSlam with the code ROHBKLYN
– Bellator announced this TV lineup for 5/15 in Temecula, CA on Spike
Brandon Halsey (8-0) vs. Kendall Grove (21-14) for the middleweight title
Eduardo Dantas (16-4) vs. Mike Richman (18-5)
Virgil Zwicker (13-4-1) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (12-4)
Fernando Gonzalez (23-13) vs. Curtis Millender (7-1)
– C.M. Punk was one of the participants Tuesday night in the “Shoot The Puck” contest at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings game at Chicago Stadium. Shooting from the blue line, Punk sent the puck into a small opening in front of the goal and won $100. He was weaning a Blackhawks #13 jersey with Punk on the back (thanks to Dave Mann).
– For those going to the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet next week in Las Vegas, there will be free wrestling shows at the Gold Coast Hotel on 4/12 and 4/13.
– Jeff Gagliardo, one of our readers who is a regular at the RockBar Theater in San Jose said that he’s never seen a turnout like the one Jim Ross had on Saturday. He said perhaps Y&T on New Year’s Eve, but that was promoted like crazy all over the area. The RockBar Facebook page just posted almost 300 photos from the show.
– There was a Ray Stevens ring jacket on display at Axxess at the WrestleMania museum section which also featured mostly robes and memorabilia from Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior.
– There is a Barney Sevilla tribute show on 4/19 at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana headlined by Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Cien Caras Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario & Scorpio Jr., plus Bestia 666 and Nicho are on the show.
– On 4/24 in Tijuana at Gimnasio Independencia there is a show headlined by El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Bestia 666 & Steve Pain vs. Rey Hours & Misterioso Jr. & Blood Eagle, and Halloween & Damian 666 & Nicho vs. Oriental & Los Traumas I & II.
– UWC on 4/18 in Wrightstown, NJ at Kelly’s Bar.
– Wrestling tomorrow night in Columbia, TN at The Old Harvey’s Gym. The show is free.
– WWE stock was up 13 cents a share today to $13.73.
– Empire State Wrestling on 4/4 in North Tonawanda, NY at the St. Johnsburg Fire Hall with Anthony Nese vs. Johnny Gargano plus Candice LaRae vs. Brittany Force and a bull rope match for the ESW title with Blackjack Phoenix vs. Bill Collier.
– ECWA on 4/18 in Woodbury Heights, NJ headlined by Matt Saigon vs. Bobby Shields at the Woodbury Heights Community Center.
– NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling at the Radisson in Santa Maria has Matt Riviera vs. Brian Kendrick for the Western States Heritage title. Riviera retained the title over Chris Masters on the 3/27 show in the same building.
– Santana Garrett defends the NWA women’s title tomorrow night in Ybor City for a WWN Live iPPV against Mia Yim’s Shine title.
– Mid South Wrestling Association on Saturday night in Rockwood, TN at the National Guard Armory.
– DOA Wrestling on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk, England at the Trimley Sports & Social Club.
– Dropkixx Wrestling on Saturday night in Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex, England at the Balmoral Community Centre.
– Conwy County Wrestling on Saturday at Llandundno Junction, Conwy, Wales at the Llandudno Junction District Labour and Social Club.
Preston City Wrestling results from Saturday in Preston, England: Ashton Smith over Martin Kirby, Joey Hayes, Dean Allmark, Joseph Conners and El Ligero, Viper & April Davids b Liberty & Angelina Love, Roy & Zak Knight (brothers of Paige) b Will Ospreay & Davey Richards, Bubblegum b Ken Anderson, Dave Mastiff won 30 man Rumble. Mastiff gets a title shot at Chris Masters on 7/11 in a free Tribute to the Troops show (thanks to Jan Buxton)
– oWo Wrestling tomorrow night in Amory, MS at the East Amory Community Center.
– SCW Ohio on Saturday in Zanesville, OH at the Newton Township Fire Department.
– Eddie Kingston is off the CHIKARA shows in the U.K. this weekend. The shows are at the WulfrunHall in Wolverhampton, England.
– PWX on 4/11 in McKeesport, PA at the Wrestleplex.
– Pro Wrestling Phoenix results from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA: Joey Daniels b Purple, L-Ray b Mad Dog McDowell, Bradley Charles b Dalton Lee Roth, Zac James b Branden Juarez, Jon West b Michael Ray, Chainsaw King b Darren Russell last man standing, Tony Cortez & Derek Cornell & Brian Gott b Arik Cannon & Mark Sterling & Jeremy Wyatt. Next show is 4/25.
RSW on 5/1 in Collingwood, ONT at the Collingwood Curling Club with an appearance by Ted DiBiase in support of the Special Olympics, plus Cod Deaner headlines.
– Smash Wrestling on 4/26 in Toronto for a 5 p.m. show at the Franklin Horner Community Center with Matt Cross vs. Johnny Gargano for the Smash title, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Drew Gulak & Biff Busick, Tyson Dux vs. Tarik, Candice LaRae vs. Courtney Rush and more.
– CWE on 6/23 in Gimli, Manitoba headlined by Justin Gabriel.
-Rockstar Pro Wrestling has an iPPV tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Eastern from Dayton’s Rockstar Pro Arena with Ron Mathis vs. Matt Tremont, Shane Douglas vs. Jake Crist and Kevin Sullivan vs. Ganger.
– Hulk Hogan’s Micro Championship Wrestling on 4/3 in Philadelphia at The Deck at Harbor Pointe in Essington, PA and 4/4 in Allentown, PA at the Econo Lodge.
Story on the Raw after WrestleMania
– A look at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony
– A story on why the WWE stock price went down after Monday’s announcements and the strong WrestleMania
– A story on Devon Nicholson joining the new Crucial Conflict Wrestling promotion that opens in May in North Carolina
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– Hulk Hogan got swerved into an embarrassing retweet that has made some mainstream publicity
– Daniel Bryan talks why he wants to wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura and Hideo Itami
INTERNATIONAL ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1943 – Tarzan Lopez beat El Santo in Mexico City to win the Mexican national welterweight title
1969 – Bruno Elrington beat Tibor Szakacs in London to win the Royal Albert Hall Trophy
1978 – Kung Fu beat Fishman in Mexico City to win the Mexican national welterweight title
1982 – Mascara Ano 2000 beat David Morgan in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1990 – Gran Hamada beat Zandokan in Mexico City to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1996 – Danny Collins beat Alan Kilby in Croydon to win the British lightweight title
1999 – El Hijo del Santo & Negro Casas beat Bestia Salvaje & Scorpio Jr. in Mexico City to win the CMLL tag title
–Uhaa Nation is scheduled to start this coming week with WWE.