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UFC 210 live results: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson II
CMLL Arena Mexico results: Reyes del Aire
UFC International Fight Week to see some changes
AAA’s Joaquin Roldan passes away at 63 years old
Two bizarre situations mar UFC 210 weigh-ins
WOL: MMA disasters, DJZ update, Dr. Lucha, tons more! 4/7
Wrestling Weekly: WWE Superstar Shakeup Speculation Station 4/7
B&V&G&J: Raw, NXT, Starrcade 1984, Granny’s WrestleMania Report, more! 4/7
We’re looking for reports on Saturday’s ROH TV tapings in Baltimore. They’ll be doing four weeks of shows starting at 2 p.m.with Marty Scurll vs. Frankie Kazarian for the TV title and Silas Young vs. Bobby Fish.
UFC 210 FROM THE KEY BANK ARENA IN BUFFALO ON SATURDAY
Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m.
Magomec Bibulatov (13-0, 126) vs. Jenel Lausa (7-2, 124.8)
Irene Aldana (7-3, 135.6) vs. Kaitlyn Chookagian (8-1, 134.8)
Josh Emmett (11-0, 155.6) vs. Desmond Green (19-5, 154.2)
Gregor Gillespie (8-0, 154.8) vs. Andrew Holbrook (12-1, 156)
FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Jan Blachowicz (19-6, 204.2) vs. Patrick Cummins (8-4, 205.4)
Shane Burgos (8-0, 146.0) vs. Charles Rosa (11-2, 145.2)
Sean Strickland (18-1, 170) vs. Kamaru Usman (9-1, 170.2)
Myles Jury (15-2, 145) vs. Mike De La Torre (14-6, 146)
PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern
Will Brooks (18-2, 155.6) vs. Charles Oliveira (21-7, 152.8)
Thiago Alves (21-11, 170.6) vs. Patrick Cote (23-10, 170)
Cynthia Cavillo (4-0, 115.6) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (6-1, 116)
Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2, 185.8) vs. Chris Weidman (13-2, 185.8)
Daniel Cormier (18-1, 205) vs. Anthony Johnson (22-5, 203.8) for UFC light heavyweight title
NEW JAPAN SAKURA GENESIS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 2:40 A.M. EASTERN AND 11:40 P.M. PACIFIC TIME ON NEW JAPAN WORLD
Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & David Finlay vs. Hirai Kawato & Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura
Togi Makabe & Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask W (Kota Ibushi) & Tiger Mask vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa & Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Yoshi-Hashi & Rocky Romero & Baretta vs. Minoru Suzuki & Desperado & Taka Michinoku
Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi vs. Gedo & Jado for IWGP jr. tag titles
Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. War Machine for IWGP tag team titles
Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr. for Never Open weight title
Hiromu Takahashi vs Kushida for IWGP jr. title
Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata for IWGP heavyweight title
Raw will be Monday night from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Nothing has been announced for the show other than the Superstar shake up. That will also continue in Tuesday in Boston.
FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 4/3/2017: Memorable moments make Wrestlemania 33
Despite the match quality and show length being similar, WrestleMania 33 was much better than its predecessor. That’s largely due to just having more memorable moments than WrestleMania 32. The Undertaker’s retirement is what will define this year’s show, even if he clearly held on too long. Jim Ross’ return to the WWE broadcast booth was a nice touch and necessary to stress the magnitude of Undertaker’s final match. The Hardys coming back brought genuine excitement while making the Raw tag team title ladder match feel like a big deal. And John Cena proposing to Nikki Bella at least gave reason for what was a nothing mixed tag after such a great build.
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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: April 10, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Wrestlemania 33 review, WWE financials, more
Our annual WrestleMania double-issue of the Observer is out today, covering not only the big show, but also the entire week in Orlando with NXT, ROH, the top indie shows and even the NXT tapings.
Stories on New Japan’s quick sellouts and plans for their first U.S. shows, behind-the-scenes bullying in WWE and what’s next in WWE, in this issue.
Plus, look at all of the business numbers for WrestleMania, how to analyze the network number and what numbers need to be out before fully getting a picture of everything, the gain of subscribers this year as compared to the past two years and how much time the average subscriber spends during Mania week watching the network. Also, look at the live gate, what aspects of the show were the most talked about, general public reaction compared to big UFC events, and television ratings for the prelims.
Undertaker’s retirement, the Cena proposal, return of the Hardys sans gimmick, Goldberg vs. Lesnar, ring psychology, length of matches, as well as when the finishes were finalized and the gambling money came in, inside.
This issue also has match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results for WrestleMania, NXT Takeover and ROH Supercard of Honor.
Read about the returns to WWE of Jim Ross and Drew Galloway and the backgrounds of everything as well as the unique Ross/New Japan/WWE dynamic that under normal circumstances would be unheard of, and also look at how the situation with Galloway went down.
Also, look at the dynamic of the Takeover show and why decisions were made the way they were.
This issue goes through the plans for the New Japan shows in Long Beach, what will be on the shows and goals of the shows.
Finally look at the highlight matches during the week from smaller promotions in Orlando.
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WON BACK ISSUE: March 13, 2000: Beyond the Mat controversy, New York Daily News stories on wrestling deaths and drugs, more
The controversy over the movie “Beyond the Mat” grew this past week when pressure tactics from the WWF caused the USA Network, UPN and Cris Craft Communications to all ban any advertising on any of their programs for the film. While some were surprised at the lengths Vince McMahon would go to attempt to bury the movie, it has been clear for some time by anyone who understands the “with us or against us” and no in between philosophy of McMahon, that he felt the movie wasn’t “with us.”
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
Seemingly as a comment on his ongoing situation, Mauro Ranallo tweeted last night: “‘Three things cannot be hidden: The sun,the moon,and the truth.’ -Buddha.” Ranallo also thanked fans for their support.
After involving himself in the Ranallo situation yesterday by claiming that ESPN doesn’t report on “rumors,” Jonathan Coachman said that he’s done covering WWE for ESPN, noting that he doesn’t have the time and has a big project coming up. He also said that there’s no bullying culture in WWE.
Justin Roberts posted a message about why he wrote his book and the culture that he experienced in WWE.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Tye Dillinger are working NXT’s house show loop in Atlanta, Georgia, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Concord, North Carolina on April 13th-15th.
Jinder Mahal responded to people saying his physique doesn’t look natural in an Instagram post: “#TBT to a few weeks ago, no idea exactly when or where… Anyone else on the roster have veins in their abs ??… And of course I’ll get a hundred ‘steroid’ or ‘wellness’ comments …. I’ve been tested multiple times since coming back, and have never once in over 6 years with WWE had any issues. Follow my IG stories or my SnapChat and you can see that no one is out-training me, and no one is out-dieting me.”
Mike Mooneyham has an article for the Charleston Post and Courier about The Undertaker’s retirement.
WWE uploaded a video on The Undertaker’s 20 greatest moments.
Kane was interviewed by Gulf News in Dubai. He said that him returning to the ring is to be determined and commented on Undertaker’s retirement by saying that it feels like a chapter has closed.
Chris Jericho announced that “But I’m Chris Jericho,” a reality TV web series on him, has been picked up for a second season. The first season premiered on ActionTV’s YouTube channel in 2013.
Ricochet will miss OTT’s ScrapperMania III show on April 15th due to an injury he suffered over WrestleMania weekend. He was scheduled to team with Will Ospreay & Ryan Smile against Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks but has now been replaced by Lio Rush. Ricochet tweeted about the injury: “Hey everyone, to clarify on my situation, there is nothing super serious wrong but doc said I should rest a bit. I’ll be A-okay in no time!”
A similar match is also scheduled for Revolution Pro Wrestling’s Epic Encounter event on April 13th with Ricochet no longer on the card. The Young Bucks & Omega will team against Smile, Rush & Shane Strickland.
Jim Ross confirmed that he’ll still be calling NJPW on AXS even after returning to WWE. As Dave Meltzer has reported in the Observer, Ross has a non-exclusive deal with AXS and officials from the station expected him to continue.
XWA UK announced Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Keith Lee for their show at the Resistance Gallery in London on July 22nd. Simon Gotch will also appear on that show after parting ways with WWE.
After missing a match for Defy Wrestling in Washington last night because of a family emergency, Penta El 0M landed in Chicago for his Heritage title match against AR Fox for AAW tonight.
Impact Wrestling launched a new YouTube series with Josh Mathews and Madison Rayne, which includes a look at what indie appearances Impact’s wrestlers will be making over the weekend.
Jon Anik tweeted that UFC 210 tonight will be the first UFC show without any booking contributions from Joe Silva since before he officially started in February 2001.
Jon Jones picked Daniel Cormier to beat Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in tonight’s main event.
The final episode of Embedded prior to UFC 210 features some of the aftermath of Daniel Cormier initially missing weight before making it.
A video by MMA Fighting looks at the final stages of Chris Weidman’s weight cut.
Dana White claimed that tonight’s show is sold out.
From Paul Fontaine on today’s Bellator show: “Bellator 176 ran this afternoon from Torino, Italy and aired live on Spike TV. Rafael Carvalho (14-1) and Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1) fought in the main event in a rematch of their terrible fight at Bellator 155. This time it was much better with Carvalho retaining the belt with a fourth round KO after a head kick. The rest of the card wasn’t much to write home about with no real names. Anastasia Yankova (5-0) won a decision over Elina Kallionidou (5-2) in the co-main after missing weight in a 130 lb catchweight fight. Local prospect Valeriu Mircea (16-4) picked up his first Bellator win with a decision over Djamil Chan (13-4). In the opener it was two fighters making their Bellator debut with Mihail Nica (6-0) scoring a 36 second submission win over Samba Coulibaly (11-5). Bellator is back with another European show from Budapest, Hungary next Friday, April 14th.”
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