MON. UPDATE: UFC counters Strikeforce; Raw vs. Impact; New show starts Thursday; TNA house shows



This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  
      We're looking for reports from tonight's Impact tapings in Orlando as well as tonight's Raw tapings in Moline, IL at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   From Raw, we're looking for Superstars matches, dark matches, attendance and anything else that wouldn't be seen on the television portion of the show.
 
        Raw is from Moline, IL, with David Otunga as guest host.  No matches have been announced for the television show.  Smackdown & NXT are taped on Tuesday night in Chicago.
 
        TNA airs live on Monday from Orlando, starting at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m., with Team 3-D vs. Motor City Machine Guns being just added, Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson in a ladder match, The Pope vs. Desmond Wolfe, The Beautiful People & Daffney vs. Tara & Angelina Love & ODB & Hamada and an X Division Royal Rumble.  They will also be taping the 4/12 episode of Impact, the Lockdown go-home show, on Tuesday night in Orlando.
 
        ROH returns at 8 p.m. tonight on HDNet after two weeks off.
 
        We have one of the biggest issues of the year of the Wrestling Observer, our annual WrestleMania issue, coming out today for print subscribers.  If you are a member of the web site, you can get the issue right now.
 
        The issue looks at the end of four of the major WWE characters of the past generation and how it's not all that ironic that all are finishing up at the same time.  We look back at the Shawn Michaels sendoff and wrestling retirements, talk about his farewell speech.
 
        We also have full coverage of WrestleMania, with the show, match-by-match rundowns with star ratings, poll results, a look at another Shawn Michaels WrestleMania record, as well as a look at the 20 biggest money live events in pro wrestling and MMA history.  We also look back on Michaels' WrestleMania legacy.
 
        We also have full coverage of UFC 111.  We have early buy rate estimations, television ratings, as well as a detailed look at UFC vs. WWE when it came to day-by-day build and interest levels, as well as comparing the big stars. 
 
        We look at UFC's attempt to closed circuit the show into movie theaters around the country.  We look at the aftermath of the GSP fight with Dan Hardy, as well as a look at the welterweight division, Jon Fitch, Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin, weekend talk about major names in pro wrestling and possibilities with UFC, details on the situation with Thiago Alves, as well as match-by-match coverage.
 
        We also have coverage of the WWE Hall of Fame, as well as the other major shows in Phoenix like Dragon Gate USA and ROH during the biggest wrestling weekend of the year.
 
        We also have results of the annual poll on popularity and interest in pro wrestling.  We look at whether to the general public, it is up or down, as well as look at longtime trends.
 
        We also have a story on Ultimate Warrior, what he said about why he wasn't in the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, what his issues are, as well as notes on the Hall of Fame going forward.
 
        We also have the first word on 3/8 and who watched Raw & Impact on Tivo.  That's actually a fascinating subject because what happened that night surprised a lot of people.
 
        We also have a full breakdown of the 3/29 ratings, segment-by-segment for Raw and Impact.  We look at where Impact went wrong, as well as the lowest rated episodes of Impact in history.  We look at the retirement segments of Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, as well as a look back on how the Ric Flair segment did.  We look at what audience Impact lost this past week. 
 
        We also have more regarding locations of future WrestleManias, the penetration of the various TV channels that cover pro wrestling and MMA, more on Bill Goldberg's talks with WWE, Bret Hart's future with WWE  and WWE future movie plans.  Bret Hart also talks about his decision to come back, celebrities at WrestleMania, one of the world's greatest wrestlers was at WrestleMania and almost nobody knew he was there, as well as lots more from WrestleMania weekend.
 
        We also have where Bret Hart got his name, a wrestler who figures he'd have been an NXT star if his timing was right, Maria Kanellis talks life after wrestling, a look at developmental, comparisons of WrestleMania to the Oscars and Super Bowl for a community, Shawn Michaels talks about his first Mania match with Undertaker, a well known athlete in another part of the world that WWE is trying to recruit as well as notes on match lineups for post-Mania just released.
 
        We also have full reports on the other events in Phoenix held during WrestleMania week.
 
        We also have an update on the most popular personalities in pro wrestling and MMA for this year, who is up from last year, ad who is down.
 
    We also have our usual weekly features such as the results of the
biggest matches of the week and rundown of the major television shows.
 
    The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering
pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
 
   Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus
every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sites and has
the most complete look at the business as a whole anywhere.
 
   The Observer is now in its 28th year of being the leading insider
pro wrestling publication in the world. The biggest and most influential
names in the pro wrestling industry as well as the MMA industry, from
bookers, to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the
biggest current names, both on camera, and behind the scenes, along with
thousands of readers in all 50 states and 30 countries subscribe.  Many
have subscribed as long as 20 years or more straight. They get the most
detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world and
an accuracy from having the most inside sources that can't be found on
the web.  Everyone from Wall Street to the major offices to the TV
networks in U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in
the business. If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you
can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today. With a
40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you
today. Just send your Visa or Master Card order with your name, address,
phone number, Visa or Master Card number and an expiration date to
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you can order by faxing that information to
408-244-3402. You can also subscribe via paypal at
www.paypal.com and using the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it address or
subscribe via check, cash or money order, as well as credit card, by
mail, by sending to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, P.O. Box 1228,
Campbell, CA 95009-1228.
 
Also in this week's issue:

--A riot hurts future business in an arena
 
--Sabu resurfaces
 
--Member of a trio that changed wrestling announces his retirement
 
--First main event announced for TripleMania
 
--One of 90s biggest stars teases retirement angle
 
--A look at the Global singles tournament
 
--Major name targets August for his return
 
--Notes on Bobby Heenan and Bruno Sammartino
 
--A look at the late Tom Burton
 
--Notes on funeral of Baron Mikel Scicluna
 
--Antonio Inoki, Muhammad Ali and Hideki Matsui
 
--ROH's next Internet PPV lineup
 
--Impact time change
 
--Catalyst of the experiment
 
--Lethal Lockdown main events
 
--Background of new TNA character
 
--McMahon/Bischoff war of words
 
--How TNA is handling the tag team titles
 
--Bubba the Love Sponge injury
 
--Mick Foley update
 
--Matt Hardy says Jeff won't be in TNA long
 
--Shawn Michaels talks Ric Flair
 
--TNA weekend house show notes
 
--Lots of UFC match-up talks
 
--Editorial by Canadian Post on UFC in Ontario
 
--New MMA TV show starts on ESPN 2
 
--Research on how many people per home watch WWE & UFC PPV shows
 
--B.J. Penn and Anderson Silva talk moving up in weight classes
 
--New UFC fights
 
--UFC fighters cut
 
--Bobby Lashley MMA update
 
--Notes on first major K-1 Max show
 
--The Score ads another promotion
 
--Freak show PPV in May
 
        New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues can get free issues from the
last 18 years.  You can get 2 free back issues by ordering 40 or more
issues and one for 24.  Let us know which stories you are most interested
in and
we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got
coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every
major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings
and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits
into those descriptions over the past 18 years, as well as our biggest
issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial
issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue. Our most requested issues in
our history are:
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous
wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a
history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation
right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was
said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural
broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but
everything that was said between the two about the match that was going
to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon
steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article
and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner
networks)
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such
great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid
trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career
ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career
and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people
who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino,
Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally,
the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk
Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth, and the rise of fall of
Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say
was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals
and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the
plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the
night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined
for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the
controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as
historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the
seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s,
Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding
world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of
Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story,
Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock
Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the
company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the
business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best
and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and
Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his
background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on
Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year
with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund,
Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts
as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately,
due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details
of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in
pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle
and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the
history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a
look at their Hall of Fame)
 
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
 
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW,
as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and
behind the scenes of both shows)
 
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at
the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings,
Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental
territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized
issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul
Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
 
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
 
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
 
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double
issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on
its own, $7 overseas)
 
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New
Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
 
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller
Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
 
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame
week)
 
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class
Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
 
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame
inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and
Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from
the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working
in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7
overseas)
 
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of
Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him
tick as his real objectives)
 
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how
the industry was changed forever)
 
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How
Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro,
Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania
planned celebrity away)
 
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged
McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and
why it didn't click)
 
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and
Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why
there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real
reasons the company fell apart)
 
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8
overseas)
 
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)
 
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
 
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
 
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
 
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are
calling one of the best issues in history)
 
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his
influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas
including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler
Lewis)
 
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S.
women's wrestling) .
 
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at
the Greensboro Coliseum)
 
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8
overseas)
 
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
 
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
 
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks
of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on
its own, $8 overseas)
 
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers
and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
 
*September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8
overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)*September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
 
*September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our
most in-depth bios)
 
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North
America or $5 overseas.
 
Rates are:
 
For the United States, it is $12 for 4 issues, $29 for 12, $55 for 24,
$91 for 40 and $118 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $13.50
for 4, $33 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 or 52.  In Europe,
you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For the rest of the world, rates are $15.50
for 4, $41 for 12, $78 for 24, $126 for 40 issues and $163 for
52 .
 
If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228,
Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
 
We also have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our
latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about
the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz,
Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk,
Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry
Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods.
 
To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a
$60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer
articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that
is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is
$12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs
to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You
can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
 
 
--This should come as no shock.  UFC is putting UFC 110 (Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez; Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping, Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropolous) on Spike on 4/17 at 9 p.m., going head-to-head with the Strikeforce show on CBS.
   
--The funeral for former pro wrestler Tom Burton will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the CAC house on 1701 Sheila Anne Dr., in Mount Juliet, TN.  It's been very hard on Candi Divine, who had been with Burton on-and-off for around 20 years, as she also lost her mom six weeks ago.    
 
--CNN ran a three paragraph item on its web site on the death of Chris Kanyon.
 
--Chris Bell, who did the documentary "Bigger, Faster, Stronger," wanted to respond to on-line reports on the death of Kanyon.  "Great guy. A super nice guy and I'm just so angry that all of the web sites are dying that Test and other wrestlers have died recently due to complications with steroids.  It's a massive wave of misinformation.  Not to defend steroids, but how do we stop the nonsense of people who don't understand that painkillers and other drugs like Alcohol are the main cause of these problems? . . The other ting that makes me mad is that they always link a wrestler who has passed to Vince.  Whether it's my brother, who wasn't ever under contract, or Chris Kanyon, they always say former WWE star and they don't retrace the steps to show that the WWE is doing its best to prevent guys from this type of behavior now.  While I recognize there is a problem in wrestling, the fact that they blame it on steroids still ceases to amaze me."
 
--TNA or Spike did spend money on ads, as on Friday's Smackdown in San Francisco, there was an ad promoting Monday's Impact show starting at 8 p.m., focused on Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Jeff Hardy.
 
--Raw starts at around midnight tonight in Canada on The Score because they have the NCAA finals on live.  The general rule is ratings will be down as the NCAA finals usually takes a football-like hit on Raw.
 
--If there isn't enough weekly television, Bellator starts on Thursday night on Fox Sports Net.  It's live in many markets.
 
--There is a major indie MMA show on 4/24 at the Target Center in Minneapolis with Jeff Monson vs. Travis Wiuff as the main event.  Good luck to them, as running buildings of that size for non-brand name MMA makes as much sense as ROH or TNA running buildings of that size.  Several former UFC fighters like Dave Menne, Drew Fickett, Brendan Seguin, Brock Larson and Brad Kohler (former pro wrestler) are on the show.
 
--Last time I checked, Dana White fell to No. 11 in the Time Magazine poll of the most influential person in the entire world.  Conan O'Brien was running away with it.
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Raw 39.5%
Smackdown 16.5%
Impact 11.7%
UFC Fight Night 9.4%
Ultimate Fighter 8.6%
NXT 6.4%
AAA 2.3%
Superstars 1.9%
CMLL 1.1%
K-1 Max 1.1%
K-1 regular 1.1%
Inside MMA 0.4%
 
--Best of the recent big shows
WWE WrestleMania 60.4%
ROH Big Bang 14.6%
UFC 111 8.7%
TNA Destination X 4.5%
TNA Against All Odds 2.8%
UFC 110 2.8%
Dragon Gate Fearless 1.4%
UFC Fight Night 1.4%
WWE Elimination Chamber 1.4%
Dream 0.7%
UFC on Versus 0.7%
WEC 0.7%
 
--Which do you think did more buys in North America?
WrestleMania 71.2%
UFC 111 28.8%
        If this turns out to be the case, or even close, there will be some massive celebrations in Stamford
 
--What fight are you most looking forward to seeing?
Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans 34.4%
Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua 12.8%
Urijah Faber vs. Jose Aldo Jr. 11.5%
Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley 11.0%
Forrest Griffin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 9.6%
King Mo vs. Mousasi 7.3%
Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia 3.2%
Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley 2.3%
Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez 2.3%
B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar 2.3%
Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone 1.8% - Did anyone not see their first fight?
Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields 1.4% - CBS is banking on this one
 
--There is a story on Edmonton MMA promoter Mark Pavelich at http://albertaventure.com/2010/04/there-might-be-blood/?year=2010  When asked when it comes to fighters, does he look for talent or personality, he said, "I used to look just for straight talent, but now I'm more likely to say, `Okay, he can fight, but can he speak well on the microphone?  Does his image and name sell tickets?  Do people want to watch him live on HDNet?'"
 
--A story on The Young Bucks is at http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_14821020  They said it was TNA policy not to reveal how much they earn, other than they don't need a side job.
 
--The Hart Family DVD will be released officially tomorrow.  I've heard it's very good.  If anyone has seen it, let me know because this is one I'll probably get.     
 
--ROH announced a double main event for 4/24 in Chicago Ridge with Colt Cabana & El Generico vs. Steve Corino & Kevin Steen in a Chicago street fight, plus Tyler Black vs. Chris Hero for the ROH title
 
--Dragon Gate USA announced 5/8 in Toronto with Cima & Dragon Kid vs. Yamato & Shingo Takagi and Naruki Doi & Pac vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw 
 
--Christopher Daniels is available for indie bookings through Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   He can also work if you like as Curry Man and would be flown out of Los Angeles
 
--CMLL on The Fight Network in Canada tonight has Mascarita Dorada vs. Pequeno Warrior, Metro & Sagrado & Maximo vs. Misterioso Jr. & El Texano Jr. & El Terrible, and Dos Caras Jr. & Marco Corleone & Mistico vs. Negro Casas & Heavy Metal & Mr. Niebla in a show taped one year ago.
 
--Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling legends night on Saturday night in Gastonia, NC at the Forrest View High School with Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff appearing, plus wrestling will be Buff Bagwell and The Rock & Roll Express.
 
--Ovince St. Preux, a former linebacker at the University of Tennessee, faces Chris Hawk in a dark match on the 4/17 Strikeforce show on CBS.  Also on the undercard is Hunter Worsham, the son of early UFC fighter Cal Worsham and former TUF fighter Cale Yarbrough, who sounds like he was named after a 70s race car driver.
 
--Bobby Lashley officially confirmed that he would not be fighting on that show.  Right now there is no date booked for his next Strikeforce match, but the company at last word was scheduled for three major shows on Showtime coming up, one in May in St. Louis, and two in June.
 
--FoxSportsSouthwest.com has a story today on WEC fighter Shane Roller, who faces Anthony Njokuani on the 4/24 PPV show, talking about all the Oklahoma State wrestlers who have become MMA stars.  That has a chance to be an explosive match. The winner of this fight will likely face the Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone winner for the title.  Well, if that's Henderson.  If Cerrone wins, I can see a Cerrone vs. Jamie Varner match taking place.
 
--There is an article at http://www.kentucky.com/2010/04/05/1210655/not-your-usual-wrestling-smackdown.html interviewing Jeff Jarrett and promoting TNA shows in Corbin, KY, Pikeville, KY and Huntington, WV this weekend.  Jarrett noted that TNA couldn't financially run Rupp Arena at this point and noted TNA can't afford to run loaded house show cards and make money.  He said all of their shows are financial winners (the house show business right now is the most successful part of the operation because they run small markets with low advertising cost, don't bring that much expensive talent, and do well with merchandise.  Jarrett said TNA was going to start bringing the bigger names to house shows by the end of the year.     
 
--M-1 Selection results from Saturday night at Bally's in Atlantic City:  160-John Salgado b Renato Miglicaccio via split decision; 135 - Zach Makovsky b Josh Rave via guillotine 1:49 3rd round; 130 - Lennox Chance b Rami Ibrahim choke choke 4:46; 155 - Dennis Bermudez b Kevin Roddy via unanmious decision on 30-27 scores; 155 - George Sheppard b Mervin Rodriguez via split decision; 185 - Mike Geurin b Todd Chattelle via TKO ref stoppage :32 of round three; 155 - Pat Audinwood b Robert Conner via unanimous decision on straight 29-28 scores; 185 - Plinio Cruz b John Doyle on 30-26, 30-26 and 30-27 scores; 170 - Colin Schrader b John Smidt via guillotine :30 (thanks to Bob Trieger) 
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Dundalk, MD before 400 fans:  Ryan Slater & Joe Gacy b Harbor City Hit Squad and Joel Maximo & Joe Itel in a three-way, Rich Swann b CA Elliot, Ricky Blues Jr. b Ricky Blues, Fed Up b Ronnie Zukko & Cole Calloway in a tornado match, Ruckus b Amazing Red, Tom Brandi b Nui Tofiga in a strap match, Ryan McBride & Cobain b Adam Cole & Tyler Hilton, Team Macktion b Holy Rollers, Kent Brink b Josh Daniels (thanks to Joe Burrows)  
 
--Rikishi headlines for NWS on 4/16 in Cateret, NJ at the Holy Family Church.  On 4/17 in Tower City, PA at the Williams Valley High School, Rikishi & Samu will team up for the first time in many years.  The two were the Samoan Swat Team and Headshrinkers in the 80s and 90s
 
--Covey Pro Wrestling has a show on Ch. 68 in Shippensburg, PA on Saturday night at 11 p.m.  Last night's show was plugging a 4/24 date in Berkley Springs, WV at the High School with Tatanka (head trainer at their wrestling school), Sunny and Shane Douglas (thanks to John Mabry)
 
--Scott D'Amore's Maximum Pro Wrestling announced dates on 4/9 in Windsor, ONT at Assumption High School, 4/10 at 5 p.m. in Markham, ONT at the Fairgrounds, 4/11 at 3 p.m. in Woodstock, ONT, at the District Community Complex, 4/16 in Timmins, ONT at the McIntyre Arena, 4/17 in North Bay, ONT at the Ecole Seondaire Catholique Alongnquin and 4/18 in Brampton, ONT  at the Terry Miller Rec Center at 3 p.m.  Tommy Dreamer headlines the shows this coming weekend.  Kevin Nash appears on 4/17.
 
--Iron Sheik's retirement show on 4/14 in Melrose, MA, which also includes Paul Bearer, Boogeyman, Road Dogg, Jay Lethal and Chris Sabin takes place a Memorial Hall
 
--Ed, Cutrer and Craig are joined by Jimmy Jacobs at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Edward-Loredo
 
--FIP announced a 4/17 show in Crystal River, FL, as the Southern Stampede at the National Guard Armory with a12-man elimination match for the vacant FIP title that was held by Davey Richards.  In the tournament are Brad Allen, Bruce Santee, T.J. Perkins, Erick Stevens, Jon Moxley, Jigsaw, Chasyn Rance and Rhett Titus
 
--NWS from Saturday night in Kearny, NJ:  Devon Moore & Alicia b Danny Demanto & Marti Belle, Kevin Matthews & Nikki Roxx b J.D. Smoothie & Angel Orsini, Nicky Oceans & Jana b Joey Janella & Niya, Balls Mahoney & Jazz b Bison Bravado & Amber O'Neal, Mercedes Martinez b Melissa Coates, Moore & Alicia b Oceans & Jana, Matthews & Roxx b Mahoney & Jazz, Britney Savage b Tina San Antonio, Moore & Alicia b Matthews & Roxx to become the King & Queen of the ring for NWS
 
--Canadian Wrestling's Elite on 4/19 in Estevan, SK at the Wylie Mitchell Hall featuring The New Age Outlaws in a tag team match plus Jimmy Jacobs and Wavell Starr
 
--NAW on 5/22 at 630 H. St. in Fresno
 
--I Believe in Wrestling from Saturday night in Orlando:  Rich Young (Ricky Ortiz) b Carlos Rivera, Gus Money b Simon Sez, Mister Saint Laurent b Insane Wayne, Chasyn Rance b T.J. Perkins, Nooie Lee & Santana (Orlando Jordan's female) b Maxwell Chicago & Lucky O'Shea, QT Marshall b Ray Beez, Raymond Snow & Zoe b James Boys.  5/8 has Sean Waltman & Zoe vs. Rich Young & Chasyn Rance (thanks to Ari Goldstein)
 
--Wide Open West cable in Evansville just dropped HDNet.  Well, sucks if you live there.
 
--IWHE on 4/17 in Fort Worth at the Worth Heights Community Center will honor the late Johnny Valentine at the show

Who had the best show?

 

Who won the night?