Daily Update: Weekend shows, UFC notes, Chelsea Green

DAILY UPDATE

Latest News:

Two matches announced for ROH 19th Anniversary Hour One  
Charly Caruso reportedly done with WWE   
Big E-Apollo Crews sit-down interview set for WWE SmackDown   
Update on technical features for WWE Network on Peacock  
WWE WrestleMania 37 approaching sellouts for both nights   
Hulk Hogan & Titus O’Neil to host WWE WrestleMania 37   
UFC notes: Lightweight title fight set, White accepts Khabib’s retirement  

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WON NEWSLETTER: March 22, 2021 Observer Newsletter: UFC running Florida with full crowds, WrestleMania tickets

A look at how WrestleMania tickets, the COVID situation, UFC running Jacksonville all tie together is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.

We look at WWE’s attendance goals, foreign attendance, ticket prices, Super Bowl COVID spreading, Spring break, the WrestleMania card updated, Dana White’s decision to run a full house indoor show, his planned big card, why so many people UFC fighters have gotten COVID than wrestlers, as well as a look at the most recent COVID outbreak in NXT.

Also in this issue:

New Japan Cup with coverage of all the shows of this past week, with results, notes and star ratings for all the Cup matches.

WWE’s move to Peacock and the functions, Eric Bischoff Hall of Fame story, Charlotte Flair movie starring role, Tyson Fury vs. Drew McIntyre, WWE Network gift cards, how WWE & AEW did against sports programming this past week, Canadian WWE ratings, Danny Burch injury, new WWE signees, A&E schedule for WWE programming, UFC star talks going to WWE, WWE market value, most-watched shows on WWE Network and Paul Weight talks how WWE nixed his business idea.

Saturday’s UFC show, with the stories from the fight, future direction as well as match-by-match coverage.

A story that isn’t there now, but based on things being worked on that will greatly change all combat sports as well as pro wrestling and look at what changes can and can’t be done.

A major feature on Buddy Colt, one of the biggest pro wrestling stars of the 1970s, who passed away last week.  We look at his career, his similarities with an all-time legend and the plane crash that led to the end of his in-ring career.  We go into detail on the crash, the injuries he and the others had, his thoughts on the business, his interaction with Muhammad Ali, his breaking in Brian Blair and what he taught him, the first interracial match in Georgia, the death of Eddie Graham and the end of Championship Wrestling from Florida and much more.

More into detail on the ratings than any other source, we have how every segment on NXT and AEW did as well as how it did with different age groups, genders and more, plus a look at all other wrestling shows of the past week.

Results of the major pro wrestling events of the past week.


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FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE

Garrett Gonzalez and I will be talking the latest news tonight on Wrestling Observer Radio and have John Arezzi as a guest.

UFC 262 announced on 4/24 with Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight title (I give my thoughts on that one in the current issue) will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston and they will attempt to sell more than 18,000 tickets in the building. SportsBetting.ag is listing Oliveira as the -155 favorite.

The New Japan Cup semifinals will be at 4 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning live from Sendai in New Japan World.  The finals will be at 1 a.m. Eastern late tomorrow night also from Sendai. We’ll be doing weekend polls on both shows as well as the WWE Fast Lane show, so you can vote thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle for each show and a  best and worst match to dave@wrestlingobserver.com

The lineup for the semifinal show:

Juice Robinson & Yuya Uemura vs. Jeff Cobb & Great O’Khan
Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi & Sho vs. Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens & Jadeo
Tetsuya Naito & Sanada & Bushi vs. Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi & Douki
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi & Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White & KENTA & Yujiro Takahashi
Will Ospreay vs. David Finlay
Shingo Takagi vs. Evil

The New Japan Roku Channel stuff for this week has Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryu Lee and Sho & Yoh vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Desperado from last year in Osaka.

There is a video of Julija Stoliarenko of UFC, who fainted twice at weigh-ins going around. She made weight at 135.5, then collapsed. She was helped up and collapsed a second time.  The doctors canceled her scheduled fight tomorrow against Julia Avila.  This is a broken record but something needs to be done about weight cutting or there will be a major tragedy.

Tomorrow’s UFC show starts at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN +.  At 10 p.m. the show will air on both ESPN 2 and ESPN+:

Bruno Silva (126) vs. JP Buys (126)
Montel Jackson (136) vs. Jesse Strader (137.5) – Strader forfeits 20 percent of his purse to Jackson for missing weight
Trevin Giles (185.5) vs. Roman Dolidze (185)
Leonardo Santos (155.5) vs. Grant Dawson (156)
Marion Reneau (136) vs. Macy Chiasson (136)

ESPN2 fights:

Tai Tuivasa (264.5) vs. Harry Hunsucker (249)
Kenan Song (171) vs. Max Griffin (170.5)
Adrian Yanez (1135) vs. Gustavo Lopez (136)
Cheyanne Buys (115) vs. Montserrat Ruiz (115)
Gregor Gillespie (155.5) vs. Brad Riddell (155.5)
Derek Brunson (185) vs. Kevin Holland (183)

Smackdown tonight has Michael Cole doing a face-to-face with Big E and Apollo Crews prior to their IC title match on Sunday.  Edge vs. Jey Uso with the winner being the special enforcer for Sunday Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan Universal title match is the main event, plus Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax for the Smackdown women’s title.

Chelsea Green is backstage at Smackdown tonight. That doesn’t mean she’s on the show, but she is there. She’s been out of action with a broken wrist.

The movie about the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles can be screened at 9:30 p.m. Eastern tonight.

The NCAA wrestling tournament semifinals will be on ESPN tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern. The consolation round finals are tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. Eastern on ESPN 2. The finals are at 7 p.m. tomorrow night on ESPN.

ESPN will have a special tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. as the first part of a four-part documentary on Randy Couture. The other three parts will air on ESPN+.

Triiller promotions is announcing that they will allow 100 fans to attend the Mercedes-Benz Stadium show on 4/17 headlined by Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul in a boxing match.  The 100 fans will be the only fans allowed in the arena.  Too be entered into the giveaway you have to be a registered and active Triller app user, must comment on at least 30 Triller videos over a three-day video and post a video saying why you deserve to attend the show in person. Triller will provide travel, hotel and access to the show to each of the 100 winners and their guests. Complete rules are at TrillerFightClub.com

WWE
Current odds for Sunday’s Fast Lane show from BetOnline.ag
Roman Reigns -1000 vs. Daniel Bryan +525
Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax -300 vs. Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair +200
Drew McIntyre -550 vs. Sheamus +325
Alexa Bliss -200 vs. Randy Orton +150
Big E -300 vs. Apollo Crews +200

There will be a Beth Phoenix ICONS documentary that airs on 3/28 on Peacock.
UFC
Cody Garbrandt vs. Rob Font will headline a show on 5/22.
Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw returns after a two year suspension for doping to face Cory Sandhagen in a fight that is likely to determine a title contender on 5/8.
Sijara Eubanks vs. Karol Rosa has been announced for a 6/12 PPV show.
AEW
The Britt Baker vs. Thunder Rosa match on Wednesday peaked at 450,000 viewers in 18-49 which was the high point of either show.
An interview with Roger Wayne, the voice actor who did the audiobook for the Young Bucks book.
OTHER NOTES
RIOT Lucha’s Coviodiotas show airs at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday from Monterrey on the Luchamania Monterrey YouTube channel.  The show is free, but they are asking for donations for talent that has been out of work for a year.  There is a big main event with Arez defending his RIOT title against El Hijo del Vikingo.  Anyone who donates $25 or more will be put into a raffle for two Humberto Carrillo action figures that he will personally autograph.
Kevin Eck’s weekly ROH News rundown.
SWE Fury TV Show Results from this week’s episode
Justin Credible vs Blood Hunter went to a no contest after Credible came to the match under the influence and unprofessionally left the match 4 minutes in.
Rene Michelle beat Myra Madrid
John Ovari and Mike Anthony beat MOE in Tag Team Competition
Rodney Mac Retained the SWE Television Championship over Chris Liland
Christi Jaynes retained the SWE Women’s Title defeating Sue Yung
Mantell beat Max Castellanos in a street fight
The full show can be seen here. The next SWE Fury TV Taping is this Saturday March 20th at the Canton Civic Center in Canton TX featuring a Battle Royal to crown a Texas Heavyweight Champion, appearances by Mark Henry, Melina, Teddy Long, Selina De La Renta and Charlie Haas. More event information is at SWEFury.com

Cage Fury, which is the promotion that C.M. Punk announces for, has shows on UFC Fight Pass on 4/1 and 4/2 at the 2300  Arena in Philadelphia.  The 4/1 show features welterweight champion Bassil Hafez (6-2-1) defending against Evan Cutts (11-4).  The 4/2 show has Zulkarnaiyn Kamchybekov (4-1) vs. Jesse Smith (4-0) battling for the vacant lightweight title.  Limited tickets will be on asle for both shows.
Pro Wrestling Australia runs 3/27 on FITE TV featuring Robbie Eagles & Aussie Open vs. The Velocities & Matt Diamond, plus Shazza McKenzie appears.
Bare Knuckle Boxing runs tonight on the Bare Knuckle boxing app at 9 p.m. Eastern with Leonard Garcia vs. Joe Elmore as the main event.
The PFL will be streaming content every Friday night at 9 p.m. on the Fubo Sports Network.  The hour-long show will promote upcoming shows, air old footage and talk about the goings on with the promotion.
AXS will be airing the 2012 Bound for Glory show on 3/30 which was headlined by Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy.
Innovate Wrestling on 3/27 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Center featuring Chase Owens vs. Gustavo Aguilar and Jordan Kage vs. Toby Farley.
KSW has their super heavyweight match at www.KSWTV.com tomorrow from Lodz, Poland.  The main event has their big draw, former world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowki (265 pounds) vs. Bombardier, billed as the Sengalese wrestling legend, who weighed in at 333 pounds.  There is also a bantamweight title match with Artun Tacic (135) defending against Sebastian Przybysz (135).sint  
Jordan Oliver vs. Simon Gotch has been added to the MLW Never Say Never show on 3/31.

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