MON. UPDATE: Indie star Larocque in horrible accident, Smackdown in Canada, Cole, WWE investment call, Bret Hart, Hogan, Furious 7, WWE recruits, Flair to UK, Jericho new series, Japanese woman star retires

By Dave Meltzer
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We’re looking for reports on today’s three WWE shows, an afternoon show in Leeds, England headlined by Roman Reigns vs. Big Show, then most of that crew goes to Manchester, England for a Sunday night show where they will be joined by John Cena vs. Rusev.  The other crew headlined by Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton will be in Cardiff, Wales.
 
Raw is Monday in London at the O2 Arena.  The show is going on as we write this.
 
Tuesday has Smackdown tapings in London at the O2 Arena.  There is also a house show on Tuesday in Bornemouth, England.  The Smackdown headliners are scheduled as John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Big Show, Bray Wyatt and Dolph Ziggler.  The house show has Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Ryback, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper and Kane.
 
Wednesday there is a WWE show in Warsaw, Poland (Roman Reigns vs. Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Bad News Barrett, Sheamus) and Hamburg, Germany (John Cena vs. Rusev; Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton).
 
Thursday has shows in Budapest, Hungary (John Cena vs. Rusev, Roman Reigns vs. Big Show) and Toulouse, France (Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton).
 
Friday has shows in Dortmund, Germany (Roman Reigns vs. Big Show and Antwerp, Belgium (John Cena vs. Rusev, Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton).  
 

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–A look at the next month of ROH television and plans for the next PPV show
 
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–UFC lawsuit against New York State thrown out and why
 
–Fighter retires after finding out he’s had 30 concussions
 
–The crazy fight with Ronda Rousey and Walmart
 
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–Dana White on the WWE Network
 
–Notes on Ultimate Fighter Brazil
 
–Lots of new UFC fights
 
–Highest paid athlete of all-time
 
–MMA death
 
–Update on UFC legend and a recent arrest for brawling
 
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SUNDAY’S NEWS UPDATE

 
–Bryan and I will be back tonight to talk Raw, TNA and the latest news with Wrestling Observer radio late tonight.  You can also send questions to the show to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com
 
–Today is the 18th anniversary of Barely Legal, the first ECW PPV from Philadelphia, which was a huge deal at the time.
 
–A.J. Larocque, better known as A.J. Sanchez, a longtime Winnipeg independent wrestler was in a head-on crash on 3/21, which resulted in a shattered pelvis, broken hip, broken wrist, broken nose and ripped eyelid and part of his scalp was ripped up, when his head went through a windshield.  He’s still hospitalized and bedridden.  Sanchez was champion for Premier Championship Wrestling in Winnipeg.  Mick Karch has started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay medical bills at www.gofundme.com/qhp54aa since the injury leaves him  out of work for a long period of time.  He said he hasn’t asked the doctors if he’ll ever be able to wrestle again, saying he’s in fear of what the answer will be.  The Winnipeg Sun had a story on him yesterday.
 
Story is at

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2015/04/12/local-wrestler-aj-larocque-recovering-after-frightening-collision

–Very good story on Christy Mack’s trying to recover from the beating from Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver which was a national news story months back
http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/12627754/the-tragic-love-story-christy-mack-mma-fighter-war-machine
 
–Smackdown in Canada this week will be airing at 7 p.m. Thursday both this week and next week due to NHL playoffs.

 
–At the MTV Movie Awards last night Amy Schumer dressed up like a Luchador in a gag where she thought “Foxcatcher” was about pro wrestling.  She then cut a pro wrestling promo.  
 
–Lance Storm and I will be doing our first show together in several years on Wednesday.  
 
–WWE will be releasing a documentary on Ultimate Warrior tomorrow called Always Believe on DVD.  It’ll also have Warrior matches against Honky Tonk Man, Demolition Smash, Isaac Yankem (Kane), Rick Rude, Andre the Giant, Rick Martel and Papa Shango.
 
–Every Raw in 1998 has now been added to the WWE Network.
 
–Michael Cole was back on Raw today.  They originally were going to bring him back Monday but that turned into a controversial issue so the decision was made to hold him off TV for another week.
 
–Bad News Barrett accepted John Cena’s Open Challenge for the U.S. title early on Raw.
 
–WWE announced its next investment call will be on 4/30.  This isn’t as big a deal as usual since the big news is the network number as of 3/31, which has already been announced.  
 
–A correction from yesterday, the next ONE Championship show will be 4/24 starting at 8 a.m. Eastern time from Manila headlined by Ben Askren, who is the company’s biggest star.   We had said the next show was on 5/22 in Kallang, Singapore.
 
–The new season of Ultimate Fighter starts on 4/22 on FS 1 and on TSN in Canada. 
 
–Bret Hart was at a dinner in Houston last night to celebrate the 100th birthday of Aushwitz and Russian Gulas survivor David Mitzner.
 
–Hulk Hogan was announced by the Susan G. Komen Foundation as the Grand Marshal of its 2015 Washington, DC Race for the Cure event that takes place on 5/9 at the National Mall.  Hogan and Layla El (whose mother died from breast cancer very young) have created a Team WWE at the race.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY INTERNATIONAL(thanks to Graeme Cameron)
1970 – Albert Wall beat Steve Veidor in Nottingham to win the vacant British heavyweight title.  That may have been when Billy Robinson finally vacated it.
1980 – Antonio Inoki beat Tiger Jeet Singh in Naucalpan to win the UWA heavyweight title
1983 – El Satanico beat El Jalisco to win the NWA middleweight title
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1989 – Mariko Tsurugi & Devil Masami beat Miss A (Dynamite Kansai) & Harley Saito in Tokyo to win the JWP tag title
1991 – El Egipicio beat Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in Puebla to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1997 – Steele (Sean Morley aka Val Venis) beat Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in Mexico City to win the CMLL heavyweight title
2002 – Genichiro Tenryu pinned Keiji Muto to win the vacant Triple Crown title and Kendo Ka Shin beat Masa Fuchi to win the jr. title and Arashi & Nobutaka Araya beat Mitsuya Nagai & Shigeo Okumura to win the All-Asia tag titles
2002 – Etsuko Mita beat Yoshiko Tamura in Tokyo to win the NWA Pacific women’s title
2007 – Yuji Nagata beat Hiroshi Tanahashi in Osaka to win the IWGP title
2008 – Anthony W. Mori beat Masato Yoshino in Tokyo to win the Open the Brave Gate title
2011 – Yuji Nagata beat Seiya Sanada to win the Champion Carnival tournament
  
–Northern Wrestling Federation from Friday night in Cincinnati before 700 fans:  Brody Cormick & Big League b Jordan Lachey & Jeff Richards, Kyron b Pepper Parks, T-Money won Battle Royal to become Tri-State champion, Chris Harris b Anthony Bryant, Jeremiah & Ricky Cardinal b Karl Anderson & Rocky Romero, Abyss b Samson in a Monster’s Ball match, Rob Williams won eight-way cage match over Angel, Jay Donaldson, Virus, Titan, Pompano Joe, Matt Stephens and Nasty Russ, Nasty Russ b Rob Williams to win the NWF tie in a cage match.  Next show is 4/18 in Fairfield, OH.
 
–Furious 7 was No. 1 in Australia for the second straight week.  Well, it was No. 1 everywhere for the second straight week.
 
–Ric Flair appears 4/24 for Maryland Championship Wrestling at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD for a meet and greet.  They also have a show on 4/18 in Windber, PA at the Community Building headlined by Matt Hardy & The Bruiser vs. King McBride & Ken Dixon in a TLC match.
 
–Brian Fritz at Sporting News on WWE’s new signees
 
http://www.sportingnews.com/sport/story/2015-04-13/wwe-new-class-performance-center-nxt-recruits-uhaa-nation-kenneth-crawford-thomas-kingdon-levis-valenzuela?eadid=emailmw
 
–An article feeling WWE stock is undervalued and Wall Street doesn’t understand the network potential
http://seekingalpha.com/article/3065926-fear-strikes-at-the-wwe-network-causing-investors-to-go-psycho?source=email_rt_article_readmore&auth_param=u9jbf:1ainl5r:37e0a4a9fcc2670e387129ea5421f15d&uprof=45&dr=1
 
–A story on Ric Flair doing a speaking tour of the U.K. at
http://www.nottinghampost.com/WWE-legend-Ric-Flair-ready-meet-fans-East/story-26313893-detail/story.html
–A story on Chris Jericho’s new web series at 
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/wwe-star-chris-jerichos-web-788370
 
–Shimmer results from yesterday in Berwyn, IL:
 
Show No. 74
Crazy Mary Dobson b Portia Perez
Thunderkitty b Angelus Layne
Saraya Knight won four-way over Kay Lee Ray, Kimber Lee and Mia Yim
Yumi Ohka b Nicole Savoy – Outstanding match
Candice LaRae b Cherry Bomb
Jessicka Havok b Veda Scott
Evie & Heidi Lovelace b Courtney Rush & Xandra Bale
Athena b Vanessa Kraven-DQ due to interference from Tessa Blanchard
Cheerleader Melissa b Akino – Outstanding match.  The two noted before the match this is the first time they’ve wrestled in 13 years 
Nicole Matthews b Madison Eagles to retain Shimmer title
Dynamite Kansai & Aja Kong & Kyoko Kimura & Mayumi Ozaki b Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa & Hiroyo Matsumoto & Misaki Ohata in a no DQ match.  Great match.  Fuyuki Makata did the ring introductions and Kong spit at the crowd when they cheered for her. 
 
Show No. 75
Shazza McKenzie b Marti Belle
Miss Natural b Crazy Mary Dobson
Akino b Kay Lee Ray
Jessicka Havok b Melanie Cruise
Courtney Rush b Xandra Bale
Misaki Ohata b LuFisto
Athena b Tessa Blanchard
Nicole Savoy b Mia Yim
Cheerleader Melissa b Candice LaRae
Cherry Bomb & Kimber Lee b Evie & Heidi Lovelace to retain tag tiles
Madison Eagles b Saraya Knight
Kellie Skater & Tomoko Nakagawa b Nicole Matthews & Portia Perez in Nakagawa’s retirement match (thanks to Martin Bentley and Craig Russell)
 
–Joe Schilling and Phil Baroni have been going back and-forth on twitter.  Baroni said he’d be willing to fight Schilling tomorrow.  Schilling then offered 5/8 in San Diego, and Baroni said not that soon and he needed more time to prepare.  Well, Baroni was thinking MMA and then Schilling wanted it in kickboxing so it really does make sense.  
 
–Lucha Libre on 4/26 in El Paso at the Houchen Community Center with Cassandro, Puma King and Bobby Zavala.
 
–Lucha Libre Mexicana on 5/9 at the Olympic Theater in Chicago with El Hijo del Mascara Sagrada & La Mascara vs. Mr. Aguila & El Hijo del Espectro. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
–Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras (Sr.) & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Cien Caras Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario & Scorpio Jr. headlines on Sunday in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal.
 
–On 5/15 in Tijuana, they are doing a family feud match with Dr. Wagner Jr. & Dr. Wagner III & Silver King (Wagner Jr’s brother) vs. L.A. Park & El Hijo del L.A. Park & Super Parka (Parks’ cousin).
 
–XICW from yesterday in Warren, MI:  DBA won Battle Royal, Caleb Stills b Idris Abraham, Father Time b Mark Gjoka, Austin Manix b Movado, Owen Travers b Mad Dragon Hakeem Zane, MK Ultra b Willie Watts, Joe Coleman b Malcolm Monroe III, Orlando Christopher b Jeff Brooks, Painkillers b Zach Gowen & Jamey Coxx, Rhino b DBA (thanks to Leonard Brand)
 
–Premier Wrestling on 6/7 in Gilroy, CA at the IFDES Lodge-Portuguese Hall at 5 p.m. with JR Kratos (6-2) defending the heavyweight title against Dylan Drake (4-3).  tickets go on sale on 5/1 at www.premierwrestle.com
 
–The new issue of the National Enquirer has a photo of The Rock and Stephanie McMahon going face-to-face from WrestleMania.
 
–Ring Warriors taped TV on Sunday  in Miami, apparently for something overseas (thanks to Paul Kacprzak).
 
–One of our readers noted that her subscription to the WWE Network expired after six months and it was not automatically renewed (like it had been earlier).  So when she signed up, she got April free. 
 
TOMORROW’S WWE NETWORK SCHEDULE (thanks to Bert Duckwall)
 

12:05 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten most Thunderous returns ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

1:05 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS The Bellas clash as Brie’s wedding fastly approaches and Nikki avoids telling John about her previous marriage.

2:06 AM ET
WWE NETWORK EXCLUSIVE The action continues with exclusive interviews, matches and fallout LIVE from Monday Night Raw.

2:11 AM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

2:35 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!

3:05 AM ET
WCW BEACH BLAST 1992 Cactus Jack collides with Sting in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat in a 30 minute Ironman match and more.

6:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten most Thunderous returns ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

7:00 AM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

7:30 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!

8:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS The Bellas clash as Brie’s wedding fastly approaches and Nikki avoids telling John about her previous marriage.

9:00 AM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten most Thunderous returns ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

10:00 AM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

10:30 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!

11:00 AM ET
TOTAL DIVAS The Bellas clash as Brie’s wedding fastly approaches and Nikki avoids telling John about her previous marriage.

12:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten most Thunderous returns ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.

1:00 PM ET
FIRST LOOK: ALWAYS BELIEVE A First Look to watch exclusive content from WWE Home Video’s latest release, Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe!

1:30 PM 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!

2:00 PM ET
TOUGH ENOUGH Special Guest John Cena offers advice. The remaining contestants learn a lesson about courage before another potential elimination.

3:00 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.

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

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

6:00 PM ET
WWE BEYOND THE RING Hulk Hogan: Ultimate Anthology chronicles the Hulkster’s amazing career and spotlights some of his classic matches.

8:00 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.

9:00 PM ET
MONDAY NIGHT WAR An industry icon’s transformation propels Nitro to prominence, and forever changes sports entertainment history.

10:00 PM ET
WWE COUNTDOWN Counting down the top ten biggest backstabs ever in WWE history, as voted by the WWE Universe.

11:00 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.

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