SAT UPDATE: Weekend schedule, great weigh-in, Rock and Rousey break century-old record, more

By Bryan Alvarez | bryan@wrestlingobserver.com | @bryanalvarez

We’ll be doing a poll this weekend from the UFC show in Newark, NJ so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

We’re looking for reports on today’s WWE shows in Zurich, Switzerland (John Cena vs. Rusev, Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton) and Nuremberg, Germany (Roman Reigns vs. Big Show), plus there is an NXT show in Jacksonville, as well as Thursday’s NXT show in Gainesville, FL at dave@wrestlingobserver.com .

UFC from Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center on Saturday

Fight Pass at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time

Eddie Gordon (186) vs. Chris Dempsey (186)

Diego Brandao (145) vs. Jimy Hettes (146)

George Sullivan (171) vs. Tim Means (170)

FOX at 6 p.m. (for the first time there are eight matches live on FOX)

Takeya Mizugaki (136) vs. Aljamain Sterling (136)

Corey Anderson (205) vs. Gian Villante (206)

Ovince St. Preux (205) vs. Patrick Cummins (205)

Jim Miller (156) vs. Beneil Dariush (155)

Felice Herrig (115) vs. Paige VanZant (115)

Cub Swanson (145) vs. Max Holloway (146)

Ronaldo Jacare Souza (186) vs. Chris Camozzi (185)

Lyoto Machida (185) vs. Luke Rockhold (185)

FIP on iPPV Saturday from Orlando at www.WWNLive.com at 4 p.m.

Arik Royal vs. Curt Stallion vs. Mike Outlaw vs. Nick Richards

Zane Riley & Earl Cooter vs. CJ O’Doyle & Sideshow

Jody Kristofferson vs. Jack Gallows

Blake Edward Belakus vs. Jonny Vandal in a dog collar match

Maxwell Chicago vs. Aaron Epic for the Florida title

Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma vs. Jason Cade & Aaron Solow

Roderick Strong vs. Rich Swann for FIP title

Evolve on iPPV Saturday from Orlando at www.WWNLive.com at 7 p.m.

Ethan Page vs. Martin Stone

Rey Horus vs. Andrew Everett

Davey Richards vs. Trevor Lee

Timothy Thatcher vs. TJ Perkins

Roderick Strong vs. Biff Busick

Street fight for Open the United Gate tag title: Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley vs. Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann

Pro Wrestling NOAH opens the Global Tag Wars on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo

Mitsuhiro Kitamiya & Super Crazy vs. Mohammed Yone & Daisuke Ikeda

Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Chris Hero & Colt Cabana

Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka vs. Maybach Taniguchi & Maybach #2

Takashi Sugiura & Masato Tanaka vs. Mikey Nicholls & Shane Haste

Raw will be live on Monday night from Albany, NY. The only match announced is The Miz vs. Damien Mizdow with the winner getting the brand.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tomorrow night in Providence, RI.

We’ve got full coverage of the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony from two weeks ago along with a lot of backstage stories, truth vs. fiction on the stories told, as our lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also have a ton of notes on ROH and the New Japan tour, Lucha Underground’s future and what it needs, TNA and Destination America along with notes on Taz, the Briscoes, Daniel Bryan, the latest lawsuits against WWE and UFC and a look at WWE & TNA business for February.

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We’ve got an update on Extreme Rules, the Paige angle, Furious 7 at the box office, Daniel Bryan being sent home, Jey Uso’s injury, Seth Rollins title win and lots of notes on new talent signed by WWE including backgrounds. We also look at plans for Tough Enough this year, UFC vs. WWE value, Another wrestler who may be getting a deal, and three names who are getting tryouts next month.

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Also in this week’s issue:

 
–Rey Bucanero gives his side of the Rey Mysterio Jr. retiring story
 
–Major indie show with huge names coming this week
 
–Unique angle in the Arena Mexico main event this week
 
–Key star injury
 
–Big show in Mexico being planned in two weeks
 
–AAA business since the Aguayo death and upcoming TV lineups
 
–More shows with Rey Mysterio Jr.
 
–El Hijo del Santo talks the Aguayo death and why he’s being heavily criticized on the subject
 
–More on the upcoming World Cup trios tournament
 
–Unique major stipulation match in Dragon Gate in a few weeks
 
–A look at the off the charts Dragon Gate match this past week
 
–Notes on the upcoming King of Gate tournament
 
–Major name joins the NOAH feud that has gotten mainstream news coverage
 
–A look at NOAH’s big show of the week
 
–Details of NOAH’s Global Tag League tournament
 
–Three title matches including two from the U.S. on New Japan show in two weeks
 
–Notes on the return of the old FMW promotion with Atsushi Onita
 
–The shoot tournament going on for a pro wrestling world title
 
–News on Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling
 
–News on a promotion claiming national exposure and the realities of the deal
 
–Who is involved with the new company
 
–Notes on upcoming PWG dates
 
–One of the most famous weird incidents in modern pro wrestling explained, the non-fast count by Nick Patrick at Starrcade 1997
 
–Update on Bobby Heenan
 
–Many top stars working Middle East
 
–Retirement of Tomoka Nakagawa
 
–Jim Ross and Lucha Underground and why they wanted him
 
–The current status of Lucha Underground
 
–What is the key thing to look at with  that promotion
 
–Notes on their big season ending show, the angles leading to it and the lineup
 
–Ideas they had and where they stand
 
–Why Lucha Underground is having trouble catching on even with strong television
 
–Notes on the weekend TV tapings and where the show stands well into July
 
–Why the Briscoes turned down WWE
 
–Notes on the upcoming ROH and New Japan shows and challenges in booking
 
–What would have happened had the Briscoes left
 
–Notes on the Killer Elite Squad in ROH
 
–Notes on TNA’s finances and late payment
 
–The TNA/Destination America relationship and key factors on it
 
–More on Bobby Lashley’s next fight
 
–Notes on TNA going back to doing a live PPV show and the time frame
 
–UFC pioneer Kevin Rosier passes away
 
–Notes on tons of new UFC fights
 
–What UFC star is looking to compete in the 2016 Olympics in what sport
 
–What happened with Matt Brown and Nate Diaz
 
–Notes on the latest lawsuit against UFC
 
–How UFC is doing on TV in Canada
 
–Former hockey fighter signs with UFC for Montreal
 
–Crazy Wanderlei Silva interview
 
–Thoughts on Phil Davis signing with Bellator
 
–Fight of the Year
 
–Bill Goldberg fighting update
 

Today’s News, Notes and Links

— Some site-related notes. As posted on the board, the Todd Martin show on Thursday is on an indefinite hiatus. If you listened to yesterday’s Wrestling Observer Live you are already aware that from this point forward, Observer Live guests who are able are going to continue on with special, members-only Figure Four Daily long-form interviews after the live shows with no commercials, segment constraints, etc. For example, Biff Busick yesterday appeared for 15 minutes on WOL, then afterwards we did a 35-minute Figure Four Daily exclusively for members (he was a very good guest, by the way, particularly if you are a fan of indy wrestling, PWG, EVOLVE, etc.). This will be the situation with most guests from this point forward, including Vampiro on Wednesday (who made it clear that, bro, he can talk for weeks if need be). Dr. Lucha will also be doing this if it works into his schedule, since many people have been asking about his full-length shows. We will also be joined tonight by FILTHY TOM LAWLOR for the UFC on FOX recap show with Dave and I, which should be a lot of fun. Tom, obviously, is a UFC fighter and has that special insight, and believe it or not he may know even more about Japanese pro-wrestling and the indies. I met him during WrestleMania weekend and he’s a great guy.

— And speaking of long-form interviews, once a week on Fridays we will be posting Best Of audio shows for members on the front page. Up right now is the interview Dave and I did a few years back with Ronda Rousey before she became Ronda Rousey. Well, I guess she was still Ronda Rousey at the time, but not the Ronda Rousey she is today.

— Speaking of Ronda Rousey, Furious 7, featuring herself and Rock among others, has already broken the $1 billion mark worldwide. It’s only been 17 days, and the $1 billion is the first $1 billion film in the 103-year history of Universal Studios. An absolutely incredible stat.

— Instant replay will be available during UFC on FOX 15 tonight. There is an older article herewhere Larry Hazzard of the New Jersey commission explains when and where it might be utilized during shows.

— So many amazing things about the Felice Herrig vs. Paige Van Zant weigh-in.

— Lilian Garcia told WWE.com that she’s ahead of schedule on her rehab and is about five weeks away from returning to the company after knee surgery.

— Impact next week is an All-Knockouts edition of the show.

— Mobile Sports Report announced that WWE fans used 4.5 terabytes of data during WrestleMania at Levi’s Stadium. The wireless there was great. I can only hope this leads to JBL touting this amazing stat nonstop throughout Raw on Monday.

— On sale date for the Ringside With Jim Ross Show on August 22 at NYC Gramercy Theater has been moved to this Monday at Noon at ticketmaster.com.

— Really good interview with Uhaa Nation up on the WWE.com website here. He references a lot of names you don’t normally see on WWE.com like Ricochet, Kurt Angle, etc.

— Samoa Joe will headline XICW Best In Detroit 10 on Saturday May 9th at the Imperial House in Clinton Township, MI. Joey Ryan also competes, making his first Michigan wrestling appearance since November 2009 at this event. www.xicwdetroit.com for more. Interesting that Joe has agreed to a May date.

— ROH announced that they’ve canceled their June 27th show in Pensacola, FL, and that refunds have been issued.

— Today in history with Brian Hoops:

1939 – Ed Don George defeated Steve Casey for the Boston AWA World Heavyweight Title in Albany, New York

1958 – Karl Heinkler and Kurt Von Brauner defeated Don Lee and The Mighty Yankee to win the Georgia NWA International Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1962 – Tex Riley and Gus Taylor won the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title from The Mysterious Medics in Mobile, Alabama

1966 – Buddy Austin and El Mongol defeated Thunderbolt Patterson and Alberto Torres to win the World Wrestling Association World Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California

1969 – El Mongol defeated Assassin #1 for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1969 – Bud and Ray Osborne defeated Bob and Fred Sweetan to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.

1972 – Paul Jones defeated Johnny Walker to win the vacant NWA Florida Television Title in a one night, 8 man tournament held in Tampa, Florida.

1972 – Dory Dixon and Raúl Mata defeated Goliath and Kinji Shibuya for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title in Costa Mesa, California.

1973 – Killer Karl Krupp and Fritz Von Erich defeated Kintaro Ohki and Umanosuke Ueda to win the NWA International Tag Team Title in Yaizu, Japan.

1973 – Jackie Fargo and Jerry Jarrett won the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee, defeating Jerry Lawler and Jim White.

1974 – Fritz Von Erich defeated The Texan (Blackjack Mulligan) for the NWA American Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1977 – Bill Dundee and Tommy Rich defeated Karl and Kurt Von Steiger to win the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1978 – The Iron Sheik and Bull Ramos defeated Jerry Oates and Jesse Ventura for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1981 – The Grappler and Super Destoyer defeated Junkyard Dog and Dick Murdoch to win the vacant Mid-South Tag Team Title in a one night, 9 team tournament held at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1981 – Brett and Buzz Sawyer defeated The Destoyer and Rip Oliver to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1987 – Rip Oliver won the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Portland, Oregon, defeating Ricky Santana.

1987 – Invader I defeated Jason the Terrible for the WWC Television Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Frankie Lancaster defeated Super Medic in a rematch from their April 11 match in Caguas to win the held up WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title

1989 – NWA International Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated NWA United National Heavyweight and PWF Heavyweight Champion Stan Hansen in Tokyo, Japan to unify all the titles, and become the first AJPW Triple Crown Champion.

1991 – Stan Hansen and Dan Spivey defeated Terry Gordy and Steve Williams for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team TItle in Tokyo, Japan

1992 – Haku and Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated SWS Tag Team Champions The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) to win the title in Tokyo, Japan.

1992 – Moondog Moretti defeated Ole Olsen for the West Coast Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Cloverdale, British Columbia

1997 – Steel (Val Venis) defeated Rayo de Jalisco, Jr. to win the CMLL World Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1998 – Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Jun Akiyama to win AJPW’s annual Champion’s Carnival tournament.

1999 – Los Juniors (Perro Aguayo, Jr., Blue Demon, Jr., La Parka, Jr. and Mascara Sagrada, Jr.) defeated Los Vatos Locos (May Flowers, Charly Manson, Nygma and Picudo) in Zapopan to win the Mexican National Atómicos Title.

2001 – Scott D’Amore defeated Tommy Dreamer to win the Border City Wrestling Can-Am Heavyweight Title in Oldcastle, Ontario. Later that night, D’Amore lost the title to Mikey Whipwreck.

2005 – At Madison Square Garden, MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro (with Melina) defeated WWE Tag Team Champions Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio to win the title.

2010 – At the TNA Lockdown PPV; Madison Rayne defeated Tara in a tag team match to win the TNA Knockouts Title. Also on the show; Kaz won the X Division Title.

— Juggalo Championship Wrestling Smokin’ Vs Drinkin’! Crofoot Ballroom 1 South Saginaw Street Pontiac, Michigan, Mi 48342

— Great North Wrestling Canadian Champion Hannibal (aka Devon Nicholson) will be trying out for a Defensive End position with the Ottawa RedBlacks CFL team this weekend in New Jersey. Hannibal is a former National Champion in Freestyle wrestling and Olympic Qualification Trials Silver Medalist in Greco Roman wrestling. This will be his final attempt at football if he does not make the team.

— Jushin Liger and Steve Anthony are embroiled in a feud which MUST CONTINUE! According to New Japan: “Liger lost NWA World Jr. Heavy-weight Title on 4/13 in Las Vegas, by being defeated by S. Anthony. NJPW immediately requested the re-match, and it will be realised at 4/29 Kumamoto Event.”

— Wrestling returns to the HPW Arena at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Columbus, IN Saturday May 2nd for “DERBY DAY DESTRUCTION” Former WWE Star & NWA World Champion “IRONMAN” Rob Conway , #5 Lady Wrestler by PWI Magazine LuFisto Returns along with OVW Star Shiloh Jonze, Flash Flanagan and Sexy Shawn Cook. Cowboy Marc Houston will be in the house!

— Bellator MMA is pleased to announce the signing of featherweight, Justin “The American Kid” Lawrence (7-2), to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. Born and raised in Missouri, Justin has been engrossed in combat sports from a young age, training in kickboxing as early as six-years-old. Lawrence ultimately parlayed this into over 150 wins on the amateur kickboxing circuit and also earned the distinction of being a two-time St. Louis’ Golden Gloves boxing tournament champion. Lawrence made his professional MMA debut in 2010 for Strikeforce and also went on to win under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, a spectacular 19-second head kick knockout of John Cofer.

TOMORROW’S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE

12:30 AM ET
WWE MUSIC POWER 10 The premiere edition of WWE’s all new top ten music countdown series. This week: the music of WrestleMania 31!

1:00 AM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and Smackdown with This Week in WWE.

1:30 AM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

2:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki’s marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva’s Championship.

3:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Big Show stops by to offer advice to the contestants as the trainers begin to separate the pack by putting them through physical challenges.

4:00 AM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

5:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

6:00 AM ET
WWE SUPERSTARS WWE Superstars features the best of the best in matches you’ll have to see to believe. You never know what to expect – so expect everything.

7:00 AM ET
WWE NXT Sami Zayn returns to in ring action as he takes on Rhyno in this week’s main event.

8:00 AM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Big Show stops by to offer advice to the contestants as the trainers begin to separate the pack by putting them through physical challenges.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

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10:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS Brie and Bryan get married, and Nikki’s marriage is finally exposed to John. The Divas compete at WrestleMania for the Diva’s Championship.

11:00 AM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING The bigger they are, the harder they brawl! True Giants is an in-depth look at sports entertainment’s most successful gargantuan Superstars.

1:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Big Show stops by to offer advice to the contestants as the trainers begin to separate the pack by putting them through physical challenges.

2:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

3:00 PM ET
WWE EXTREME RULES 2014 It’s time to get extreme! John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Batista, and your favorite WWE Superstars at Extreme Rules 2014!

6:00 PM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

6:30 PM ET
THIS WEEK IN WWE Get caught up on all the highlights from Raw and Smackdown with This Week in WWE.

7:00 PM ET
WWE NXT Sami Zayn returns to in ring action as he takes on Rhyno in this week’s main event.

8:00 PM ET
WWE EXTREME RULES 2014 It’s time to get extreme! John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Batista, and your favorite WWE Superstars at Extreme Rules 2014!

11:00 PM ET
WWE EXTREME RULES 2014 It’s time to get extreme! John Cena, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Batista, and your favorite WWE Superstars at Extreme Rules 2014!

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