THURS. UPDATE: Punching out doors = ratings; RVD's first defense; Urijah Faber Day; White guarantee



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        Superstars tonight on WGN America:
Goldust vs. Shad Gaspard
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Zack Ryder
John Morrison vs. Carlito
 
        TNA Impact from Monday is replayed at 9 p.m. tonight.
 
        Bellator tonight from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Fox Sports Net and Comcast Sports Net:
Jacob McClintock (170) vs. Ryan Thomas (167.5)
William Romero (145) vs. Patricio Pitbull (144.75)
Brett Cooper (169) vs. Steve Carl (169.5)
Dan Hornbuckle (170) vs. Tyler Stinson (170)
 
        Countdown to Aldo vs. Faber airs again on Friday at 5 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Eastern (2 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Pacific) on Versus.

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--Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was at the press conference this afternoon for Saturday night's WEC fight and announced Urijah Faber Day in Sacramento.  Some notes from the Countdown show, which debuted yesterday on both Spike and Versus.  It wasn't the best, but it was pretty damn good.  The show made Faber and Donald Cerrone come across as super babyfaces.
 
--Dana White guaranteed he would sign Jake Shields.  In an interview with All Headline News, White said, "Jake Shields is definitely going to leave Strikeforce and he's definitely coming to the UFC."  
 
--According to Tokyo Sports. Satoshi Kojima will announce this coming Thursday at the Korakuen Hell show that he is undergoing elbow surgery and will be leaving All Japan Pro Wrestling, ending his long association with Keiji Muto.  His final show will be on 5/2 in Nagoya.
 
--Hulk Hogan filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo Insurance, claiming the company never told him that his policy had a $250,000 top limit, and therefore put his entire worth at risk in the John Graziano lawsuit.  Attorney Will Florin is suing based on the idea Wells Fargo should have recommended an umbrella policy as opposed to the policy with a $250,000 top limit, claiming it was broker malpractice.
 

--Last night's Ultimate Fighter did a 1.5 rating.  That is shockingly high.

 

--Joe Stevenson vs. Takanori Gomi looks to be on board for 8/1 in Salt Lake City, while Kenny Florian was on his ESPN show and confirmed facing Gray Maynard on 8/28 in Boston.
--A note from last night's radio show regarding Tommy Young's injury that largely ended his career as a referee.  It was a match at Center Stage in November 1989 between Tommy Rich and Mike Rotunda.   Young has refereed since, but only on rare occasions and not taking bumps (thanks to Chris Cutrer)
 
--ESPN has a story on TNA wrestling cards from TRISTAR which will include the first trading card with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair together.  The story noted that signed Ric Flair trading cards go these days for $225 on the secondary market and that one Flair card from WCW sold for $1,175.  Story is at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?id=5122845    
 
--The only stuff I heard from the Cauliflower Alley Club banquet last night was that Ted DiBiase and Jim Ross gave great speeches in accepting the Iron Mike Mazurki and Art Abrams award.  Haven't heard much else, but Jim Ross did write that he met Awesome Kong and she would make a great WWE pickup.  
 
--Angelina Love's injury on Tuesday where she suffered a partial biceps tear and a torn ligament in her elbow was when her arm got caught in Tara's knee brace.  Tara and ODB are replacing the scheduled Love vs. Daffney (also injured) match at the TNA house shows tonight and tomorrow.
 
--Countdown to UFC 113, for Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua and Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley debuts after the Impact replay a week from tonight on Spike.  That's more than a week before the show.  Ultimate Fighter will again be the lead-in at 7 p.m. for Impact on Monday.   

 

--Frankie Edgar will be the guest on the Spike show Weekend PreGame wth Craig Carton tonight at midnight.

 

--Poll on NXT from Tuesday
Excellent 9.6%
Good 20.9%
Average 16.5%
Fair 13.9%
Poor 39.1%
        44.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who wins between Faber and Aldo?
Urijah Faber 60.6%
Jose Aldo 39.4%
 
--What was the best Monday night match?
RVD vs. A.J. Styles 39.5%
Jeff Hardy vs. RVD 35.0%
Undertaker vs. Jack Swagger 17.7%
HHH & Rey Mysterio & Edge vs. C.M. Punk & Luke Gallows & Chris Jericho 6.6%
Team Flair vs. Team Hogan 1.2%
 
--People Magazine at http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20362939,00.html?xid=rss-topheadl ines talked about Ryan Phillipe doing Raw on Monday.  It noted that Ricky Steamboat was a childhood hero to Phillipe who asked for a photo to be taken with him, and then loaded up on WWE merchandise for his kids.
 
--Alex Marvez talks to Frankie Kazarian at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/53194
 
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--Evolve on 5/1 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center has Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chuck Taylor, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Brad Allen, Chris Hero vs. Bobby Fish, Jon Moxley vs. Drake Younger, Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet, Kyle O'Reilly vs. TJP, Up in Smoke vs. Aeroform vs. Team Beyond, Mercedes Martinez vs. Brittney Savage, Gran Akuma vs. Hallowicked vs. Brodie Lee vs. Chris Dickinson and Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole
 
--Brad Armstrong headlines for Global Championship Wrestling on 4/24 in Pell City, AL at the Civic Center
 
--Devastation Wrestling Federation on Saturday in Pennsauken, NJ at Devastation University features a War Games.  When I was a kid, I'd have loved to have gone to Devastation University and be taught under the esteemed General Skandar Akbar
 
--IWA East Coast on 5/12 in Nitro, WV headlined by Chris Hero vs. Roderick Strong, plus Balls Mahoney appears.  Don't the people in that town know they are out of date and need to change the name of their city to Morrison, WV?
 
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--FULL on Sunday in Monterrey:  Jan Carlos & Solovino & Wolly Wonker (what a great name) b Crucifijo & Face Man & Principe Azteca, Bestia & Coco Viper & Sexy Girl b Chamaco Ortiz & Cop Machine & Gato Fantasma, Dark Shadow & Los Diluvios Negros I & II & Zodiaco b Bengali & Mongol Chino & Potro Jr. & Vaquero Romo, Los Difuntos I & II & Pierko el Boriqua b Humberto Garza Jr. & El Hijo del Ninja & Silver Star, Mistico & Averno & Mephisto b Astro Boy & La Sombra & Volador Jr.  Should be noted Mistico and Astro Boy are legit brothers.  And not in the cartoons.
 
--Perros Del Mal on Tuesday in Queretaro:  Dark Saint b Galaxi, Blanco & Fuego Latino b Lince & Rey Aztlan, Las Drabeks I & II b Alex Guajardo & Ursus-DQ, Leo won three-way over Sexy Diva and Medusa, X-Fly b Charly Manson, Perro Aguayo Jr. & Damian 666 & Halloween b El Hijo del L.A. Park & Lizmark Jr. & El Hijo del Santo (thanks to Kris Zellner)    
 
--FMLL Tomorrow night in Los Angeles at Salon Jerez features Charly Manson & El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Huracan Ramirez vs. Histeria & Profeta Jr. & Psicosis
 
--Mike Sawyer's clothing line Joe Knuckles will be sponsoring Larry Mir, John Gettle, James Lanham and Cathy Snell at tomorrow night's Tuff N Uff show at the Orleans in Las Vegas.  They are one of the main show sponsors and will have a booth at the event.
 
--Friday night's CHIKARA first night of the trios tournament at the Arena in Philadelphia has:
Curry Man & Los Ice Creams vs. Oriental & Alebrije & Cuije (Los Perros Del Mal team)
Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada & Tadasuke (Team Osaka Pro Wrestling) vs. Vin Gerard & Stigma & Colin Delaney
Arik Cannon & North Star Express vs. Tim Donst & Lince Dorado & Pink Ant
Daisuke Sekimoto & Kankuro Hoshino & Yuji  Okabayashi (Team Big Japan) vs. Mike Quackenbush & Frightmare & Hallowicked
Gran Akuma & Icarus & Chuck Taylor vs. Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton & Matt Classic
Jigsaw & Equinox & Helios vs. Generation Me (TNA) & Malachi Jackson
Fire Ant & Soldier Ant & Green Ant vs. Johnny Gargano & Flip Kendrick & Louis Lyndon
Claudio Castagnoli & Ares & Tursas vs. Valiente & Skayde & Turbo
 
--Matt Lindland vs. Kevin Casey was officially announced as the main event for the 5/21 Strikeforce show at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR.  Also announced was Roger Bowling (7-0) vs. Bobby Voelker (21-7).  The complete TV card on Showtime will also include Tyron Woodley (6-0, this guy everyone is talking about) vs. Nathan Coy (8-2) and Kerry Vera (2-0) vs. Julianna Pena (2-0).  Casey is best known for being the Jiu Jitsu instructor, friend and business partner of Spencer Pratt.
 
--Mick Foley headlines Deaf Wrestlefest on 5/2 in Pittsburgh at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.  Also on the show is Blue Meanie, Larry Zbyszko and David Sammartino
 
--ROH has released a facebook discount for both weekend shows, which are tomorrow night in Dayton and Saturday night in Chicago.  You can get a coupon at http://www.facebook.com/ringofhonor to get $5 off any ticket purchased at the door.  
 
--Pro Wrestling Warfare on 4/25 at the Orange Blossom Flea Market Rodeo Arena in Haines City, FL
 
--Rebecca Budig, who hosted WWE Sunday Night Heat on MTV in 2000, filed for divorce from her husband, former Bachelor star Bob Guiney.  They had been married since 2004 (thanks to Brian Henke)
 
--CWE from last night in Regina, SK:  Jimmy Jacobs b Dusty Lamborghini, Rick Matthews b Mike Rollins, A.J. Sanchez b Zack Mercury, Danny Duggan b Michael Elgin, Billy Gunn & Road Dogg b Wavell Starr & Cliff Corleone.  They run again tonight in Yorkon, SK

Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?