On his podcast, Steve Austin said the reason Shane McMahon is doing the WWE’s interview with Mick Foley and not himself is that he is rehabbing his right shoulder, where he had recent surgery for a rotator cuff injury as well as a torn labrum and AC joint injury, suffered at WrestleMania match when he was doing the in-ring angle.  His arm is currently in a sling for four weeks and said he was going to go to Baltimore to do the interview but felt he didn’t want to jeopardize the recovery of the shoulder.

We’re looking for reports on tonight’s NXT show in Salina, KS at newstips@wrestlingobserver.com. The show starts a three-show run with shows on Friday night in Oklahoma City and Saturday night in Tulsa.
 
SMACKDOWN AT 8 P.M. TONIGHT ON THE USA NETWORK

The Miz vs. Sami Zayn non-title
Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel vs. The Vaudevillains
Natalya & Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte & Emma
Zack Ryder vs. Rusev
Usos vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
Usos & Roman Reigns vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows & A.J. Styles

        Bob Backlund returns in his new role as the “Life Coach” for Darren Young on tonight’s show.

THE ROUNDUP

TUF 23 recap: The strawweights battle in their first fight of the season
WON Preview: WWE Payback, Hulk Hogan sues Gawker, tons more
UFC begins post-UFC 200 plans with some interesting July fights
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons dies after hit and run incident 
Smackdown taping results: Even Steven night, Raw rematches


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Figure Four Weekly 5/2/2016: Hulk Hogan suing Gawker – Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker a second time, this time for leaking the contents of sealed documents to the tabloids. Find out all the details in this weeks issue of Figure Four Weekly.


Wrestling Observer Newsletter

READ IT HERE: May 9, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: WWE Payback review, Hulk Hogan suing Gawker, tons more 

The claimed new era with Shane and Stephanie McMahon on Raw, fallout of Payback, lineup for Extreme Rules and current WWE situation is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. There is also a detailed story on Hulk Hogan’s latest lawsuit and his claims of how the sex tape went from Bubba the Love Sponge to the National Enquirer, including details of Hogan being blackmailed by people with the tape and the FBI sting operation regarding the tape and why it didn’t end there.  

Next there is a detailed look at Ryback’s situation with WWE, New Japan’s Dontaku show and the Super Juniors tournament, the economic value of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor to a show, and plans for a new PPV show next month.
 
The lead story updates the status of Shane McMahon, the story behind Payback and how it leads to Extreme rules, the injury to Enzo Amore, the booking that gets almost nobody over and the match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
 
As it regards the Hogan story, this issue examines all the players involved, his latest lawsuit and more details on the FBI sting operation regarding the sex tape.
 
Ryback’s complaints about WWE, how things went down in his meeting with Vince McMahon, notes about WWE contracts, how wrestlers are paid in WWE and why that isn’t the case anywhere else, his philosophy about everyone being paid the same and more, all in the latest Observer issue.
 
Finally, more on the Adam Rose situation, changes to the WWE Network, notes on a WWE network survey, notes on Camp WWE, how the show changed and why, notes on some WWE firings this past week, as well as new hirings, update on WrestleMania 2018, Paul Heyman reality show update, Bruno Sammartino honored, notes on contract situation with different talent, DVD plans for the next 18 months, injury updates and returns, fallout of Ric Flair TMZ as well as notes regarding his podcast and other future Flair projects, notes on the next Takeover lineup, update on Bryan Danielson, More on the cruiserweight tournament, lots of WWE business updates and a former giant Olympian talks about his WWE offer and plans of eventually going there. All this and much more in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

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NOTICIAS ACTUALIZACIÓN DE JUEVES

Kazuchika Okada vs. Matt Sydal has been added to Wednesday’s ROH TV tapings in Toronto at the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto. 

Very sad news that Billy Wicks, who was the most popular wrestler in Memphis in the late 1950s, has been moved to Hospice Care after a stroke several days ago. Billy Wicks was an avid Observer reader who would often send letters whenever we wrote about that era of wrestling.     

Another sad note is that Dennis Hilgart, who was one of the great wrestling promoters during the territorial era, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 77. Hilgart promoted a number of cities for Verne Gagne, most notably Milwaukee and Green Bay and later Las Vegas and San Francisco/Oakland (they used Leo Nomellini’s name as the promoter but Hilgart was the real guy handling the nuts and bolts of the shows). Milwaukee from 1969 to 1975 was a huge wrestling hotbed with legitimate sellouts almost every month due to The Crusher.  Hilgart also promoted in the area with WWE years later.

Adam Rose removed his doctor’s letter and all references to it from his Twitter, no doubt ordered by the company. The company has not made any statements about the content of the doctor’s letter or the Rose situation. He remains under suspension for a Wellness policy violation.

Regarding Eric Young on NXT last night, he hasn’t signed a deal with WWE as of yet.

WWE

The WWE Global cruiserweight series has been given a name change, to just the Cruiserweight Classic. There may be changes in the taping schedule as well but that isn’t official. 
After the NXT tapings on Thursday of last week, Paul Levesque introduced Sean Hayes as the new strength and conditioning coach. Hayes was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Texans. He replaces Matt Wichlinski who has been in that position for a few years and whose name came up in some talent complaints during the time that Bill DeMott was let go. Hayes is best known for doing an impersonation of Randy Savage last year which aired on the HBO TV show Hard Knocks.
Stock closed at $16.80 per share today, up 14 cents from yesterday. It’s been in the same range for several weeks and there isn’t any sign of big movement in either direction.
Tickets for the 7/16 show at Madison Square Garden with John Cena, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, New Day and Kevin Owens are on sale now using the code GARDENLIVE
Here is a very interesting interview with Gabe Sapolsky on working with  WWE and the cruiserweight series.
Sami Zayn promotes Raw in Omaha this week.

UFC

Lots of new UFC fights are in the works on the front page. It should be noted that these fights have not been signed yet, which is interesting that UFC is announcing fights only under discussion.
Combate Americas runs Monday night at the LA Exchange in Los Angeles. The show will start at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. local time and be live on Fight Pass with the final hour at also airing in Spanish on NBC Universo. Ricky Palacios vs. Brandon Royval and Stephanie Alba vs. Paulina Granados are the main bouts. Palacios of Team Alpha Male is one of the company’s signature stars. Alba and Grandos have fought twice with Granados beatnig her both times when they were amateurs, but this is their firsrt bout against each other as pros. 

MISCELLANEOUS

Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern for ROH’s All-Star Extravaganza shows on 9/30 and 10/1 at the Lowell, MA Memorial Auditorium. The 9/30 show, on a Friday night, will be a live PPV. The Saturday show will be a TV taping. The top names from New Japan Pro Wrestling will be on the show.
TNA Impact on Tuesday night did 303,000 viewers for its only airing of the night. 
TNA announced Jessie Godderz has signed a new contract. As written about in the new Observer, TNA is trying to lock in everyone to changed deals. 
Jay Lethal will be throwing out the first pitch at the Chicago White Sox vs. Minnsota Twins game tomorrow, to help build the PPV on Sunday where Lethal defends his ROH title against Colt Cabana in the main event.
Bellator announced two new fights for the TV card on 5/14 from San Jose, with the return of Evangelista Cyborg Santos (21-16) vs. Saad Awad (18-7) at welterweight and Adam Piccolotto (7-0) vs. Ray Wood (6-1). The other TV matches are King Mo vs. Phil Davis Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt and Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger.
The Fight Network in Canada starts a wrestling block at 9 p.m. Eastern time tonight with both CMLL and AAA. 
Kurt Angle will be doing a meet and greet at the grand opening of Trevor Murdoch’s KC Pro Wrestling Training Center on 5/14 in Lenexa, KS. VIP ticket holders for $50 from 11 a.m to Noon can get photos and autographs. General Admission ticket holders for $25 can get an autographed 8×10 photo and meet Angle. For more info call 913-645-8826 or go to www.eventbrite.com and search for KC Pro for tickets.
Jim Ross is working with the Imperial Wrestling Revolution group for OklaMania on 7/16 in Shawnee, OK at the FireLake Arena. There will be a 5:30 meet and greet on 7/16 with Ross, Jim Cornette, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman, MVP, Ethan Carter III, Mickie James, Jeff Jarrett, Karen Jarrett, Bull Dempsey, Billy Gunn, Matt Sydal, Lance Archer and Ross & Marshall Von Erich.  There will be another show on 7/17 in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center with a convention from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring appearances by Sting, Jim Duggan, Jim Ross, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy Ethan Carter III, Mickie James, MVP, Jeff Jarrett, Karen Jarrett, Ray Rowe, Hanson, Dalton Castle, Abyss and Moose.
Pro Wrestling Revolution will be holding matches on Wednesday night at the San Jose Earthquakes soccer game as part of Mexican Heritage Night at Avaya Stadium.
Reader Joe Pinzone is casting an international travel show about families that move to a new country.  He was looking to do a show on wrestlers moving to a new country for work, from the U.S. to a new country like the U.K., Mexico or Japan (not Canada).  He is looking for English speaking wrestlers living in a new country either full-time or part-time living in the new country either full-time or part time.  For those interested contact him at joepinzone80@gmail.com.
Paul Fontaine looks at tomorrow’s ONE show.
Johnny Mundo talks Lucha Underground.
Here is a story regarding Neilsen measuring digital viewership.
AAW tomorrow night in Merrionette Park, IL at 115 Bourbon Street features Sami Callihan vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the AAW title, Pentagon Jr. vs. Fenix, Michael Elgin vs. Juice Robinson, Hooligans & Buck Nasty vs. Dan Barry & Chuck Taylor & Colt Cabana, Candice LaRae vs. Jessicka Havok, Silas Young vs. Donovan Dijak, Heidi Loveless vs. Kimber Lee and Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett vs. AR Fox & Moose.  They also run 6/17 at the same location with Drago, Chris Hero, Johnny Gargano, Cedric Alexander, Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett.
Harley Race’s World League Wrestling TV show can be seen here. In this week’s edition, you will see Jayden Fenix against “Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal plus a 3-way dance for the WLW Ladies Championship as current and 8-time titleholder “Miss Natural” Heather Patera defends against Stacey O’Brien and Lucy Mendez. Former WCW Executive Vice President and WWE Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff even makes a brief cameo this week.
As expected, Octagon Jr. is back as Flamita and has a big match on 5/21 at Arena San Juan Pantitlan in Mexico City against Mascara Dorada in a battle of two of Mexico’s most accomplished high flyers.  Also on the show is Black Terry, the same Black Terry from the 80s, teaming with Bestia 666 vs. Cavernario & Hechicero.
This is the Fite TV schedule for this weekend

Friday at 7:30 p.m. Golden Boy Promotions from Las Vegas from Marvin Quintero vs. Petra Petrov Free

Friday at 8 p.m. Evolve 60 from Joppa, MD headlined by Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for $14.99

Saturday at 1 p.m. SuperKombat:  New Heroes kickboxing from Bucharest, Romania for $5.99

Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Evolve 61 from Queens, NY headlined by Drew Galloway vs. Johnny Gargano for $14.99

Sunday at 8 p.m. Ring of Honor Global Wars from Chicago for $34.99

NWA Parade of Champions taped over WrestleMania weekend in Fort Worth with Jax Dane, Rob Conway, Matt Riviera and Jim Cornette for $9.99 

CMLL from Monday night in Puebla: Black Tiger & Meyer b Ares & Guerrero Especial, Oro Jr. & Pegasso & Soberano b Espiritu Maligno & Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr., Estrellita b Dallys and challenged her for a shot at the CMLL women’s title next week, Angel de Oro & Stigma & Stuka Jr. b Ephesto & Luciferno & Mephisto-DQ, El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Vangellys b Cavernario & Felino & Negro Casas, La Mascara b Caristico.  Caristico wanted a mask vs. mask match with him, but that isn’t happening in Puebla most likely (thanks to Kris Zellner)
Big Time Wrestling from Saturday night in Bluefield, WV: The Patriot b Benny Jux, Billy Gunn b Bam Shaw, Harlem Bravado b Bryan Montgomery, The Barbarian b Mr. TA, Flex Armstrong b Danny Miles, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson b George South & Jake Manning (thanks to Leonard Brand)
Grand Slam Wrestling on 5/14 in Moosic, PA at the Youth Center.
Pierre-Carl Oullet is making his return to the ring after more than five years after his retirement on 5/21 against Jake Matthews for the MWF in Valleyfield, Quebec. Ouellet retired in February 2011, opened a bar, but of late has started hitting the gym hard and he was contacted about doing a match (thanks to Pat Laprade).
H20 Wrestling on 6/10 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center with Shane Douglas vs. Eddie Kingston and Kevin Sullivan vs. Matt Tremont.
ECWA on 5/21 in New Castle, DE at the Asbury United Methodist Church.
Rockstar Pro on iPPV tomorrow night from Dayton at the Rockstar Pro Arena can bee seen here.
XICW on 5/14 in Clinton Township, MI at the Imperial House has Abyss, Crazzy Steve, Rockstar Spud, Zach Gowen and Zahra Schreiber (ex-WWE developmental talent who was Seth Rollins girlfriend at one point).  They also run 5/15 in Warren, MI at the Ritz with Alex Shelley, Kongo Kong, Tyson Dux, Crazzy Steve and Abyss in a Monster’s Ball match. 
MCPW on 5/21 in Kalkaksa, MI at the Kaliseum with Rhino, Zach Gowen, Flip Kendrick and Mikey Zeroe of the TV show Amazing Race in a cage match.
Tier 1 Wrestling on 5/20 in Brooklyn at the Floyd Bennett American Legion. headlined by Homicide vs. Rude Boy Riley.  Also on the show include Tracy Williams, Matt Riddle and Caleb Konley.
National Fighting Championships on 6/11 in Atlanta at Center Stage features the first winner take all purse fight in Georgia in ten years with Jared Gooden vs. Amir Dadovic.  They also run 7/22 in Kennesaw, GA at Electric Cowboy.
Stardom on Tuesday in Tokyo:  Alpha Female b Azumi & Hiromi Mimura & Starlight Kid in a 1 vs. 3 handicap match, Kaori Yoneyama won three-way over Alex Lee and Dosa Atenea, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Momo Watanabe, Kaegetsu & Kyoko Kimura b Jungle Kyouna & Queen Maya, Io Shirai & Santana Garrett b Kairi Hojo & Mayu Iwatani.  They runSunday at Korakuen Hall with Shirai vs. Iwatani for the World of Stardom title and Garrett vs. Hojo for the Wonder of Stardom title. (thanks to  Al Haft)

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