FRI UPDATE: Weekend notes, Smackdown, MMA gruesome murder, X-Pac health woes, more



By Bryan Alvarez
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-- Quick update today from Vegas. There are tons of people here for the UFC Fan Expo. Hard to gauge but it appears more this year than last year. I was there very early in the morning and the line to get into the Expo was ridiculously long, looping around the length of the inside of the convention center. They're making a killing this weekend. Dave went to a Dana White Q&A and Dana, as usual, basically told everyone that UFC was coming to their country or their town soon. Except, surprisingly, San Diego, so it sucks to be you guys.

-- Weigh ins are at 4 PM at the Mandalay Bay. Dave will have results up on the site sometime soon. Either late tonight or tomorrow morning we'll do a new edition of Wrestling Observer Radio with tons of notes from the weekend and a final preview of the show.

-- I'm tweeting all weekend from Vegas at twitter.com/bryanalvarez. And sorry to break kayfabe, but no, those aren't really my sunglasses you goofballs.

-- We are proud to introduce the first-ever Wrestling Observer Shoot DVD with special guest Abdullah the Butcher. It's a two-hour plus sit-down interview covering his entire life, including stories from before he got into the business, memories of Japan, Puerto Rico, WCW, thoughts on some of the biggest names in the business, and more. There's also an hour of exclusive matches, bonus features including a tour of his world famous Abdullah the Butcher House of Ribs and Chinese food, and tons more. The trailer and pre-order information is up at wrestlingobservershoots.com. The DVD will also be available in retail outlets such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy. Thanks in advance for your support! We've got a number of big name guests lined up for future DVDs as well!

-- Smackdown tonight has Undertaker vs. Rey in a qualifying match for Fatal Four Way, Kane vs. Punk in a qualifier, Swagger & Drew vs. Kofi & Big Show, MVP vs. Luke Gallows, and, yes, Chavo & Dolph vs. Christian & Hornswaggle.

-- Mark writes: X-Pac was on the Cowhead show down here in Tampa (same show where Bubba and Kong had their infamous showdown) and he admitted to having Hepatitis C (reason he missed the TNA PPV he "no-showed") and also talked about a suicide attempt in Mexico that Ryan Shamrock saved him after.

-- Jenny Sjodin of Pro Wrestling Eve won the gold medal in the female division of Ground Control, the UK's premiere no-gi grappling tournament, last Sunday. You can watch footage of the final here. Her next stop is the 2010 US National Championships presented by Grappler's Quest on June 12th in New Jersey.

-- UFC 114 Predictions: Duffee will dust Russow

-- Flair talks to the Daily Star about how It's time to grow up. He's officially wrestling on the upcoming UK tour.

-- More with Flair here

-- A truly horrifying story. Cage Fighter 'Gouged Out Friend's Heart and Eyes' in Frenzy

-- Another article on it here

-- Alex Marvez talks to Mr. Wrestling II here

-- Dan Henderson, Gegard Mousasi and Tarec Saffiedine of Strikeforce will sign autographs this weekend at the Clinch Gear booth at the SENI MMA Expo in London. Henderson will also give an MMA instructional seminar on Saturday afternoon.

-- From the promoter: Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling debuts Friday May 28th at St Thomas More Church Gym, 4170 N. Amber Dr. Brooklyn, Ohio at 7pm with The Stro. CAPW also has Jerry Lawler booked for its 17th yr. ann. show Friday July 9th. for more info go to myspace.com/capw or CLEVELAND ALL-PRO WRESTLING on FACEBOOK

-- On Saturday evening, June 26th, CHIKARA comes to Michigan for the very first time, invading the greater Detroit area with a loaded card that will feature at least 7 matches. More at kayfabecommentaries.com

-- The Tri-State Wrestling Alliance (TWA), the predecessor of Eastern/Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) is returning to Pennsylvania for the first time in over 18 years, Saturday, June 5, 2010, Colonial Elementary School, 230 Flourtown Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA. Meet & Greet at 5:30 – 6:30 PM (for $25 ticket holders) . Bell Time at 7:00 PM. ECW predecessor running an elementary school. That's something else.

-- JCW Results May 26th, Minneapolis, Minnesota at The Cabooze.: Corporal Robinson Defeated Corporal Julio in a JCW Challenge Match, Weedman Defeated Aria Davari, Thomaselli Brothers defeated The North Star Express to retain tag team titles, Mad Man Pondo defeated Horace the Psychopath to retain JCW heavyweight title

-- Due to unforeseen circumstances, New Era Wrestling must cancel "May Meltdown" on May 29th. Tickets from this show will be honored when NEW returns to the Shelbyville Boys' Club on 7/11/10.

-- Pure Wrestling Association at the Kinsmen Carnival in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on May 27th, 2010: Joey Allen defeated David Daniel Ducker, Geza Kalman Jr. defeated Mr. Atlantis to retain the Pure Wrestling Title, Super Kamikaze defeated Eddie Osbourne to win the Ontario Title, Joey Allen, Mr. Atlantis & Super Kamikaze defeated Eddie Osbourne, Geza Kalman Jr. & David Daniel Ducker.

-- From Ed: This week on the DRUNKCAST join ED who will be live in VEGAS for this years F4W/Wrestlingobserver convention in Vegas. The show will be live from the convention Headquarters at Plant Hollywood Towers~! We will be joined by the two best pro wrestling and MMA reporters in the world Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez a long with a bunch of hosts of BLOGTALKRADIO shows including K4D, Angrymarks, Milk of Minutia, The Blowhard experiment, The wrestling Opinion Show, the Mutant Helpline, and the Mike Sawyer Show plus a bunch of crazy BOARD MEMBERS from F4W including VINNY V, GRANNY, and DR. Lucha~! This will be the craziest DRUNKCAST of all time~! You will be able to listen to it here. It will be a very special show.

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