Daily Update: Corgan/NWA, Chris Jericho, Anderson Silva

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WWE Raw live results: Fallout from Payback
WWE Payback live results: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
Brie Bella & Daniel Bryan’s baby expected to arrive past due date
Brock Lesnar defending Universal title at WWE Great Balls of Fire


WOL: WWE Payback fallout, Sheamus, Corgan and NWA, more! 5/1
WOR: WWE Payback, New Japan Naito vs. Juice, CMLL, mailbag, more! 5/1
B&V: WWE Payback 2017 post-show! 4/30

We’re looking for reports from Raw tonight in Sacramento with the dark matches and Main Event matches and any other notes not on the live show, plus from the WWE house show in Stockton to newstips@wrestlingobserver.com.

We’re also looking for your thoughts on both Payback and the New Japan show on Friday, 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.

Smackdown and 205 Live take place on Tuesday in Fresno.


Hirai Kawato & Yoshitatsu vs. Katsuya Kitamura & Tomoyuki Oka
Will Ospreay & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens
Tiger Mask W (Kota Ibushi) & Tiger Mask & Togi Makabe vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger
Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano & Jado & Rocky Romero & Baretta vs Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado & Taichi & Taka Michinoku
Cody Rhodes vs. David Finlay
Juice Robinson & Kushida vs. Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi
War Machine vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Tama Tonga & Tanga Roa for IWGP tag team titles
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Seiya Sanada & Evil & Bushi for Never six man titles
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega
Kazuchika Okada vs Bad Luck Fale for IWGP heavyweight title

The Raw crew opens the European tour on Wednesday in Rome, Italy.

FIGURE FOUR WEEKLY: 4/24/2017: Jinder Mahal’s surprising WWE title shot 

WWE’s booking rarely ever manages to be quite as surprising as what happened on last week’s SmackDown. Without any real build or any prior semblance of an ascent to the top of the card, Jinder Mahal became the number one contender for the WWE Championship by winning a six-pack challenge. It shouldn’t have been as surprising as it was given the wrestlers involved in that match, but it was only a week prior that Mahal was introduced to the SmackDown roster in the Superstar Shakeup by losing to Mojo Rawley and once again getting shown up by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: May 1, 2017: Vince McMahon movie in development, Mauro Ranallo/WWE situation, more

The idea of a Vince McMahon movie is actually going to happen and we’ve got some early details on it as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter; an update on the situation involving WWE and Mauro Ranallo, a look at the next two WWE PPV shows, a guy who in ten months went from an opening round loser on Ultimate Fighter to a viable title contender, a look at the Hall of Fame career of Maurice Smith and the latest from PWG.

Find out who was behind the McMahon movie and how that has changed, as well as the Ranallo situation, what happened and the repercussions and the overall situation, and look at the lineups for the next two WWE PPV shows and the main angles.

Coverage of the weekend UFC show inside.

Check out Dwayne Johnson movie news, new characters being pushed in WWE and why, interesting business dichotomy involving the Indian market, WWE looking for new stars from India, Mick Foley surgery news, A.J. Styles talks his attempting to wrestle Shawn Michaels, Shaquille O’Neal talks why his match with Big Show never happened, Injury updates, wedding update with Dean Ambrose and Renee Young, WWE wrestler leaves for Japan, new gimmicks to existing wrestlers, Shane McMahon and UFC story, WWE with a Japanese icon.

There is more on WWE releases, WWE booking, WWE stock market value, most watched shows on WWE Network, and highlights of all the major TV shows and of the arena matches over the past week.

Look at the career of Maurice Smith, what makes it noteworthy, how he molded MMA, kickboxing and pro wrestling into a long career and one of the most landmark matches in UFC history as well as twice headlining stadium shows as a pro wrestler and holding a kickboxing world title for nearly a decade.

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WON BACK ISSUE: April 3, 2000: Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo in charge of WCW, a look back at past Wrestlemanias, more 

After seemingly swimming in an ocean of rapidly declining numbers across the board, World Championship Wrestling went to a strange pair of people as its life preservers–Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo. In a decision that had been in the works for about one month according to company sources, Brad Siegel completed the circular back-stabbing game which wound up in, not almost, but actually a pro wrestling like tag team, of the two people, former enemies, with seemingly nothing in common, bound together by their hatred for common enemies.

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw and taking your e-mail questions that can be sent to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com.

I want to make mention that due to being honored on Wednesday by the Cauliflower Alley Club, most likely the Observer will be one day late this week. I think it’s the first time I’ve missed a Wednesday in so long I can’t even remember, maybe dating back to 2002. 

PW Insider reported that Billy Corgan is finalizing a deal to buy the NWA, name, rights and trademarks as well as the ability to control the NWA championship belts. We’ve confirmed the story is true, but there are no other details available right now.

Anderson Silva was on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani earlier today and said that if he doesn’t get a match with Yoel Romero on 6/3 for the interim middleweight title that he will retire. It’s silly to create an interim belt since Michael Bisping has been ready to defend, but Georges St-Pierre is the one who has delayed the match. Plus, if there is to be a match for the interim title, Romero should face Luke Rockhold, Robert Whittaker or Gegard Mousasi before Silva. Romero said that Silva was the only guy he’d be willing to fight right now, and if it’s not Silva, he’ll just wait to face the Bisping vs. GSP winner.

Chris Jericho is advertised for Raw tonight, but I’m guessing he’ll be on Smackdown tomorrow instead after winning the U.S. title last night.

The crew tonight leaves immediately after the show for Rome, Italy, where they have a show on Wednesday. The Smackdown crew leaves after tomorrow night’s show for Glasgow, Scotland, where they start their tour on Thursday. Both crews will be in Europe running house shows nightly, as well as doing television Monday and Tuesday, until returning to the U.S. for shows on 5/15 and 5/16.

Jeff Hardy lost a tooth last night after a kick from Sheamus in the tag team match when the chin hit his face. Matt was also busted open hardway under the right eye. Obviously the Roman Reigns stuff was all planned ahead of time.
WWE Payback was the fifth most searched term on Google yesterday with more than 100,000. That is well blow the 200,000 to 500,000 range that Raw PPV shows have been doing.
After Raw tonight on the WWE Network will be Table for 3 with Edge, Christian and Kurt Angle.
There will be a WWE 24 special on Finn Balor’s recovery from his shoulder surgery airing on the WWE Network after Raw on 5/15.
Comedian Ike Barinholtz was on Howard Stern today talking about different projects. He wrote “Central Intelligence,” which starred Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, and also starred in the movie “Sisters,” where John Cena had a role. Stern asked him which guy was a better actor and he said, “Right now it’s John Cena because I’m making a movie with him.” He said “Central Intelligence” was originally written with Ed Helms and Danny McBride as the leads and went around for years until Johnson’s production company saw it. Once Johnson liked it, he said all the doors opened to get it done. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
Today is Booker T’s 53rd birthday.
The Miami Herald on WWE charity work can be read about here.
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt was announced today for the UFC 212 PPV show on 6/3 in Rio de Janeiro.
The commercial for the New Japan live shows on 7/1 and 7/2 in Long Beach can be seen here.
Sean Waltman is said to be okay. He has been in touch with friends after disappearing off the grid for some time after not getting on the flight for a booking for IPW UK over the weekend.
Kevin Von Erich will not be appearing on Wednesday at the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet to get the Lou Thesz/Art Abrams Career Achievement award. He sent word that he can’t attend due to personal reasons and son Marshall Adkisson/Von Erich will be accepting for him.
An interview with Dave Bautista is here. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
A story on Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley is here.
Today’s pro wrestling quiz on wrestling movies and documentaries is here.
A correction from yesterday’s update. Shelton Benjamin’s match in Austin, TX over the weekend wasn’t his first match back from surgery. He wrestled on 4/21 in Queens, NY for Brri Combination Wrestling World War 360 against Mike Orlando in a time limit draw. (thanks to Michael Langan)
AAW on 5/6 in Chicago at the Logan Square Auditorium is almost sold out with Dave & Jake Crist vs. AR Fox & Rey Fenix for the tag team titles, Penta 0M vs. Keith Lee for the AAW Heritage title, Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Michael Elgin, Bobby Fish vs. Trevor Lee, Eddie Kingston vs David Starr plus Chuck Taylor, Sami Callihan, Colt Cabana and ACH. They also run 5/25 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with Dave & Jake Crist defending the tag titles against Team Tremendous (Dan Berry & Bill Carr), Keith Lee vs. Donovan Dijak, Lio Rush vs. Shane Strickland, plus Jack Swagger and Laredo Kid.
Jun Kasai worked for Battle Championship Wrestling in Melbourne, Australia on 4/28 beating Mad Dog in an ultraviolent rules match with light tubes, fire and all the other stuff doing what was a Freedom main event style bout. The previous week, the All Aussie Pro promotion in the same building drew more than 600 fan for Christopher Daniels retaining his ROH title over Jay Lethal in a great 20:00 main event.
Old Time Wrestling on 5/12 and 5/13 in Williamstown, NJ at the Monroe Business Center. The first night will have a one-night tournament and the second night features Kelly Klein of ROH.
Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling on Saturday night in O’leary, Prince Edward Island, Canada, saw Rene Dupree beat Hannibal to win the Canadian championship and set up a rematch on 5/13 in Smiths Falls ONT at the Memorial Center for Hannibal’s Great North Wrestling.
NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 5/13 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium claiming the biggest main event in company history with Ryback vs. Jax Dane, plus Chase Owens defends the Southeastern title against Anthony Henry.
Dynamo Pro Wrestling is on 5/13 in St. Louis at the Concordia Turners Gym.
ICW from yesterday in Glasgow, Scotland for a sold out show at Glasgow University: Lestyn Rees b Austin Osiris (Rees beat him twice in a row), Tyler Bate b BT Gunn, Jordan Deviln b Stevie Boy, The Marauders b Ravie Davie & Charlie Sterling to keep the tag titles, Davey Blaze & Wee Man b DCT & Coach Trip, Wolfgang b Jack Jester, Polo Promotions b Kings of Catch, Session Moth Martina b Kay Lee Ray in a non-title match, Kenny Williams NC Matt Cross in a ZeroG title match when Zack Gibson interfered, Joe Coffey b Pete Dunne to retain the ICW title. The next show is 5/12 in Leicester, England at the O2 Academy.

Today in Professional Wrestling History (5/1): John Cena wins WWE title at Extreme Rules

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