Daily Update: Anderson Silva loses; Weight cutting; Cena's True Grit

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Raw will be Monday in Nashville.  Undertaker is the guest star and Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks is scheduled with the winner getting a title shot.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Atlanta.

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The return to WWE of Shane McMahon, his history, and how the deal to bring him back was put together and why it happened now, is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
McMahon’s background, what about the TV angle is based on real life and what is based on fiction, where the idea for this year’s WrestleMania first came from and what year it was first planned for, the story on Roman Reigns, the blood, and why that angle took  place.  What the current deal is for McMahon, various possible scenarios and the situation with Roman Reigns.  Shane McMahon’s career in WWE, his attempts to run businesses in the past, high profile deals he attempted to put together that his father shot down, deals he tried to put together away from his father, and his latest venture and how changes in that company have changed his power. 
Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz on 3/5, including who was called, who was available, why Diaz got the shot and what his chances are.
Updated WrestleMania plans, where the Roman Reigns angle is headed, current card, scheduled guests and what key role is really not determined.

The Godfather, looking at his wrestling career, his pre-wrestling days, how he got into wrestling, why he was so popular with wrestlers, his different gimmicks and what he’s doing now.
The ramifications and lessons of Bellator’s last big show, what it says about what the public interest in the Kimbo vs. Dada and Shamrock vs. Gracie fights, what led to Dada’s hospitalization, ratings and business notes on the show and coverage of the event.
More WWE business and why a lot of the analysis of the network is shallow and missing key points.
Shinsuke Nakamura in WWE, reason he came to WWE that isn’t going to happen, John Cena update.  Kota Ibushi leaving New Japan, including an update on his plans, will he work for New Japan again, as well as WWE.


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Some Google search numbers for the past week measuring interest:

Monday – Shane McMahon (200,000) was No. 3 behind Rihanna and Saint West.

Tuesday – Conor McGregor (600,000) and Nate Diaz (500,000) were No. 2 and No. 3 behind Nevada caucus

Saturday – UFC was No. 2 (200,000) behind Stephen Curry.  Fight Pass (50,000) was No. 8.

Essentially what that means is McGregor vs. Diaz is probably doing a big number on PPV and if last night’s show was on PPV, it would have done decent business but not giant business. 

Here are the stats from Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping, Bisping outlanded Silva 108-75 according to FightMetric.com and 28-19 in the deciding fourth round, although nobody was arguing that Bisping wasn’t busier, just that Silva’s shots had more power and did more damage. Ultimately the fight comes down to how one scores the fourth and the vast majority had it for Bisping.

Inside MMA this week did a segment with George Lockhart and Andy Foster about weight cutting, noting that the problems are worse in MMA than boxing and Foster saying it’s gotten worse in recent years and we’re dodging bullets as far as a real tragedy on a major promotion television show. He said the cutting has gotten worse because with more money at stake, and so much of a difference in pay between winning and losing, fighters are willing to take greater risks to get any advantage.

Conor McGregor will be on Conan O’Brien on Thursday night to promote his fight. 


Commercials for John Cena’s new “True Grit” TV show started airing on FS 1 this past few days. The show debuts on 4/14 on FOX. The show is about four military leaders taking 16 civilians and breaking them up into teams and training them as if they were in the military and doing competitions (thanks to Ivan Adams)
The tease by Finn Balor about tomorrow is that “Bulletproof Balor Club Worldwide” T-shirts are being released tomorrow.
Enzo & Cass with Carmella in their corners worked the house show last night in Cape Girardeau, MO, first wrestling The Ascension and then teaming with Big Show against The Wyatt Family.  They are scheduled for today’s show in Jonesboro, AR.
Ryback is switching from face to heel depending on the night.  On Friday night in Denver, he walked out on the Usos in a tag match and walked out on them, but last night in Louisville, he worked as a face in a singles match with Rusev.
WWE (and to an extent UFC) have been getting a bunch of mentions in coverage of the Republican nomination race, largely in reference to Donald Trump.  David Heye compared Chris Christie’s announcement of his endorsement of Donald Trump to Andre the Giant walking about with Bobby Heenan the first time against Hulk Hogan.  (thanks to Richard Orloski)
During the third period of the Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals game on Friday night, they played Becky Lynch’s music. 
They are advertising Daniel Bryan Night on 3/27 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC and advertising Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose for the IC title and the debut of A.J. Styles. (thanks to Erik Patrick Thibault)  
For the Raw tapings in Pittsburgh on 3/14, they are advertising Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, HHH and Shane McMahon on the show.
Paige, Brie Bella and Natalya were on E’s “Countdown to the Red Carpet” show earlier today.
Natalaya’s appearance on “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” will be on 3/6 at 10 p.m. Eastern.  On the show, Natalya will try to make a connection with a loved one who has passed away.


In picks for yesterday’s UFC show, Mike Sempervive, Josh Nason and David Bixenspan all went 4-1 by picking Michael Bisping to win the main event.  Mike Sawyer, Ryan Frederick, John Pollock, Frontrow Brian and myself went 3-2, and Paul Fontaine and Steve Juon went 2-3.
Yesterday’s UFC show aired on TV in Holland and did 31,000 viewers, which is very good for a UFC show. Sander Schrik, the longtime WWE announcer for Eurosport in Holland made his UFC debut. He did a good job reportedly. Former Strikeforce and Japan star Marloes Coenen worked with him on the broadcast. (thanks to Henk Mulder)


Kurt Angle talks what is next for him after his TNA departure to ESPN in the U.K.
In a match where most were expecting Trevor Lee to put over heel champion Roy Wilkins for the Mid Atlantic championship last night on the CWF Mid Atlantic show, Lee instead won a match that went 104 minutes.  The match had a ton of run-ins, four or five referees laid out but it was wrestling and submissions and less high spots and kept the crowd most of the way (thanks to Edward Branscomb)  
A story on the Gulf Coast wrestlers reunion
Video of the angle with Great Khali where he was attacked and they tried to sell it as legit in India
A story on if boxing and tackle football should be banned
NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 3/12 in Elizabethton, TN at the Evolution Sports Gym with Jordan Kage vs. Toby Farley vs. Vince Brent as the main event,
All Pro Wrestling before a sellout 600 fans on Friday night in Daly City, CA:  Matt Carlos won 20 man Rumble, Rik Luxury b Will Roberts, Beatrice Domino b Holieded, Adam Thornstowe & Luster the Legend & Billy Gunn b Levi Shapiro & Buddy Royal & Joey Ryan, Will Cuevas b Willie Mack to retain Internet title (said to be tremendous), Jody Kristofferson b JR Kratos to win the Universal title.
Canadian Wrestling Elite from Friday night in Winnipeg:  Travis Cole b Carter Mason, Bobby Jay b Will Damon, Adam Knight b Danny Duggan, Bobby Collins & Rob Stardom won Gang Wars, Nate Hardy b Tommy Lee Curtis in a ladder match, Chase Owens b Colt Cabana, Mr. Inkredible & Antonio Scorpio b Blazin Dick, Tyson Moore b Tyler Colton to retain A list title.
Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Thursday night in Omaha:  Con Artiest b Brandon Wallace, Cuco Santiago b Blue Rocket, Darin Corbin b Devin Carter, Dalton Lee Roth b Joey Daniels, Zac James b Robert Storm, Mark Sterling & Pat Powers b Arik Cannon & Branden Juarez.  Next show is 3/12 in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory headlined by Cannon vs. Sterling for the heavyweight title.
Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Wood River, IL:  Jake Parnell b Garrett Shanks, Jayson Khaos b Ric Maverick, Evan Morris b The Snitch, Shorty Biggs & CJ Shine b Shawn Santel & Mauler McDarby, Brandon Espinosa b Keon Option, Kevin lee Davidson b Alexandre Rudolph, Jake Dirden d Outkast (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)  
Great North Wrestling before a sellout 650 fans last night in Hawkesbury, ONT:  Hannibal b Jeremy Prophet to win the Canadian title, Paul Rosenberg b Carlito, Dark b Big Daddy V (obviously not the original), Nathan Banner b Colin Oliver, Freak Nation b MVP & Blade, Green Phantom b Latino Connection, Spoiler & Jacques Lamoreaux b Sexy Eddy & Soa Amin, Gregory Carpenter d Rob Iamello, Knine b Raz Mansour, Stacy Thibault b Eve (thanks to Anthony Ambros)
Bracebridge Battle on 5/6 in Bracebridge, ONT a the Memorial Arena headlined by Jim Duggan, Cody Deaner and Courtney Rush (Rosemary in TNA)

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