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        We're also looking for reports from weekend house shows of the Smackdown show on Saturday night in Lubbock, yesterday's Raw show in Bakersfield, yesterday's Smackdown show in Canyon, TX and Friday's TNA show in Elmira, NY.
        Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT being taped in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Arena.  The Smackdown main event is Rey Mysterio & John Cena & Randy Orton & Edge & John Morrison & R-Truth vs. C.M. Punk & Dolph Ziggler & Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre & Kane & King Sheamus.  TNA also runs its second night of Impact tapings in Orlando. 
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        We look at how the Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua fight happened step-by-step, including the ramifications of the fight, potential future of Rashad Evans, the two events where a match caused a late ticket rush, a look at both the match and promotion of the GSP vs. Silva fight and what people are saying about it.  We also have business notes on UFC 126 including early buy estimates, as well as match-by-match coverage, pay records and poll results on the show.
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--Update on the Arena Mexico shows
--20th anniversary show for longtime star coming later this month
--Mexico ratings
--A look at AAA TV tapings
--What former WWE star headed to AAA
--What concept is a foreign promotion looking at doing as a reality show
--What former WCW wrestler looks to be coming to AAA
--A look at Dragon Gate's latest U.S. weekend
--How iPPV did going two nights in a row with little advanced buildup
--Longtime star retires to go into politics
--Son of Hall of Famer set to debut against one of his father's biggest rivals
--Reuniting of a legendary 90s group
--All Japan debuts new Americans and changes tag title
--A look at an upcoming tag tournament
--Two MMA superstars, a 70s wrestling icon and former WWE stars all appear on big international show
--What match involving two ex-WWE wrestlers did the promoter tell the guys to go home early because the match was so bad
--Update on Sir Oliver Humperdink
--Val Venis talks his own past issues with prescription pills
--Lawler vs. Dundee continues
--Former WWE Diva says she's leaving wrestling
--A look back at Sputnik Monroe
--The Osirian Portal youtube video
--A look back at hypnosis used in wrestling as a gimmick
--A look at Gail Gagne's sexual misconduct case
--More on the Ric Flair situation in Europe
--Updated Against All Odds lineup
--New Hogan venture
--Angle talks contract
--Matt Hardy update
--Taylor Wilde retirement match
--Another TNA departure
--Notes on TNA weekend shows    
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--Arguments in legislature on UFC
--What fighter who hasn't won a fight since 2006 headlines a show where tickets are selling like crazy
--UFC fighters moving down in weight
--Update on UFC Memorial Day weekend show
--Notes on the Brock Lesnar season of Tough Enough
--Dana White talks about Internet piracy
--Walker and Diaz and the last Strikeforce rating
--What show gained 200,000 viewers in one minute and when
--Strikeforce talks a Japan show
--What MMA star and WWE writers are collaborating on a project
--Notes on the new season of Bellator and its scheduled time slot and why it's not a good idea    
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--While this was not confirmed to us, the belief was that Jerry Lawler would not be appearing on Raw tonight due to the death of his mother, Hazel, at the age of 90, yesterday.  As noted, we send our condolences to Jerry, Brian and Kevin on the loss.
--Regarding the announcement of the guest host tonight.  Dwayne Johnson teased that it is him on his facebook page with a photo of himself in the ring and the words "Finally."  For what it's worth, I've heard two other names today as well from people in WWE, but they are likely just two people who will be announced for some roles on the show, who are Bob Barker and Justin Bieber.
--Don't know if this is related to the show or not, but Bob Barker is scheduled on Craig Ferguson tonight after Letterman. (thanks to Adam Lebow)
--Dragon Gate USA announced for 4/2 in Atlanta the main event of Cima & Naruki Doi & Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann, as well as Pac vs. Akira Tozawa and Jon Moxley vs. Stalker Ichikawa.
--Dragon Gate USA also announced a 9/10 show in Chicago at the Congress Theater and 9/11 in Milwaukee at the Miramar Theater.
--Saturday night's Strikeforce show will air on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. on Showtime Extreme  
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--Chris Jericho's schedule this week for book signings is Tuesday at Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ at 7 p.m.; Wednesday at Noon at Borders on Broadway in Manhattan; Wednesday at 8 p.m. he's doing both a speaking and a signing at Book Revue in Huntington, NY; Thursday at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Boston University; Friday at 7 p.m. in Baltimore at Enoch Pratt Free Library; Saturday at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in McLean, VA and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ.
--Jericho's schedule for tomorrow includes doing radio from 6 a.m. to 9:10 a.m..  6 a.m. on WWZD in Tupelo; 6:10 a.m. on  KNEN in Norfolk, NE; 6:20 a.m. at KRZN in Billings; 6:30 at WBSX in Scranton, PA; 6:40 a.m. at WLUM in Milwaukee; 6:50 a.m. at WEGE in Lima, OH; 7 a.m. at WXZZ in Lexington, KY; 7:10 a.m. on WKLX in Nashville; 7:20 a.m. on WAZR in Harrisonburg; 7:30 a.m. at KWNG in Minneapolis; 7:40 a.m. on WTGE in Baton Rouge; 7:50 a.m. on WDCM in Marion, OH; 8 a.m. on KISW in Seattle; 8:10 a.m. on KZZX in Alamogordo, NM; 8:20 a.m. on WZRR in Birmingham; 8:30 a.m. on WZMX in Hartford; 8:40 a.m. on WISX in Philadelphia; 8:50 a.m. on KLPX in Tucson and 9 a.m. on WSB in Atlanta.  He will then appear live at Hot 97 in New York from 10-11 a.m. 
--He's also doing the Wendy Williams show tomorrow.
--For Wednesday, he'll be on the CW 11 Morning News in New York at 7 a.m.; on the Opie & Anthony show on Sirius XM at 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.; on Sirius XM on the Busted Open with Dave & Doug show from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; and a 10 a.m. interview on The Fan 590 in Toronto 
--Generation Me issued apologies on twitter for missing the PPV as they were stuck in the Salt Lake City airport.  As it ended up, Paul London was in the same airport they were. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--Terry Funk appeared at the WWE show yesterday in Canyon, TX on the campus of West Texas A&M.  He gave a speech about how the college produced so many pro wrestlers, and talked about the death of his father.  In the middle of his promo, The Corre came out and then all the faces came out for the save.
--Should Fedor fight again?
Yes, but he needs to train at a modern level camp and drop to 205 47.0%
No, time has passed him by and he's too old to compete against the top competition 26.4%
Yes, but he needs to drop to 205 15.5%
Yes, he can still compete at the highest level as a heavyweight 11.1%
--Who do you expect to win the Strikeforce tournament?
Alistair Overeem 60.9%
Fabricio Werdum 11.1%
Josh Barnett 8.1%
Antonio Silva 7.3%
An alternate 6.3%
Sergei Kharitonov 5.8%
Brett Rogers 0.5%
--Which show does the most PPV business?
Lesnar vs. Dos Santos 38.6%
Pacquiao vs. Mosley 31.7%
WrestleMania 19.9%
GSP vs Shields 9.8%
--Best TV show of the past week
Strikeforce 39.4%
Raw 17.1%
Impact 13.5%
Smackdown 12.4%
ROH 8.4%
AAA 2.0%
Inside MMA 2.0%
Strikeforce prelims on HDNet 2.0%
MMA Live 1.6%
Superstars 1.6%
--There is a new movie called "Monster Brawl" which lists stars as Robert Malliet (Kurrgan), Herb Dean, Jimmy Hart and Kevin Nash.
--Media savvy Miz at promoting tonight's show.  He talked about Real World and Tough Enough.  He credited Miz girl for making his title reign.
--Irv Muchnick talks about Shawn Michaels, the Hall of Fame, the chair shots to Lance Cade and Cade's death at 
--Dan Marino talks about growing up in Pittsburgh and watching studio wrestling every Saturday and that his father and Bruno Sammartino, his favorite wrestler, grew up together at
--The Des Moines Register yesterday had a old-time photo of the week of Strangler Lewis at (thanks to Ryan Fredrickson)
--Big Time Wrestling on 3/27 at 4 p.m. in Augusta, ME at the Civic Center with Roddy Piper, Ted DiBiase Sr., Carlito and Shane Douglas 
--Lance Storm does a Q&A at  He talks about indie bookings, Tough Enough, UFC, women's wrestling and training.
--Shane McMahon and wife Marissa were at the wedding of New York Yankees announcer Michael Kay to broadcaster Jodi Applegate on Saturday night. (thanks to Barry Werner)
--West Coast Wrestling Company from Saturday night in Lake Elsinore, CA:  Vintage Dragon & Thunderwolf b A-List, Tyler Bateman b Eric Cross, Kid Vegas b Kyle Haystacks-DQ, Tony Leo b Jacob Diez, Devin Sparks over Brandon Gatson and Ryan Taylor.
--An article on HHH and Stephanie McMahon's personal trainer Joe Defranco on HHH's routine after coming back from his most recent surgery at (thanks to Manfredi Giammanco)
--A tribute show for Nightmare Ted Allen, billed as "A Nightmare to Remember" took place on Saturday night in Villa Rica, GA before 650 fans:  George South won Battle Royal, Terry Lawler & Air Paris b David Young & Bobby Hayes, Sal Rinauro & Billy Knight & The Patriot b Jimmy Rave & Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Jamie Holmes, Bambi & Lee Thomas b Peggy Lee Lather & Todd Zane, Chip Day won eight-way, Kyle Matthews b Brad Armstrong, Steve Lawler & Jon Michaels b Joel Deaton & Mr. Atlanta.  Among those appearing were Bobby Simmons (longtime Georgia ref and front office man), Jimmy Powell, Cowboy Bob Kelly, Joyce Grable, Doug Somers, Keith Steinborn, Charlie Smith, Curtis Smith (one of the Infernos) and Gene Lavelle.  Ted's fiancee Karen was there as was his mother.  Also there were former announcers Steve Prazak and Scott Hudson, Jerry Oates, Mike Golden and Hacksaw Higgins
--Mickie James has been added to the WrestleReunion roster for 4/3 in Atlanta, the afternoon of Mania. (thanks to Daniel Short)
--Kevin James, who went to high school with Mick Foley, is shooting an MMA movie called "Here Comes the Boom."  There is a casting call for the movie on Friday at 10 a.m. at Boston Casting Inc. in Boston.  For directions go to  You need a photo and an MMA related resume.  They are looking for actors 18-22 who look younger to play high school students.  Must be clean shaven.  Dress to be young and bring a head shot.        
--No drug test failures from UFC 126.  Those tested all cleared, who were Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, Jake Ellenberger, Jon Jones, Miguel Torres, Donald Cerrone, Chad Mendes, Paul Taylor, Demetrious Johnson, Mike Pierce and Kyle Kingsbury.    
--The guy who apprehended the New York subway stalker is crediting MMA and the UFC, saying he was a fun and picked the stuff up from watching the shows for so many years.  He's been all over the media, and then marked out when Brian Kilmeade interviewed him on the Fox News Channel morning show, as he knew Kilmeade from announcing the first UFC show in 1993. (thanks to Steve Te Tai)
--WSU's 4th anniversary show on 3/5 at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ headlined by Mercedes Martinez vs. Serena
--Cyrus Aaron Parvizi, 16, from Van Nuys, disappeared on 1/29 and was last seen at the WrestleReunion at the LAX Airport.  He's been missing for a few weeks and there is no evidence of foul play.  For anyone with any information should call detectives at 818-374-0001 
--MICW on 2/26 in Dundalk, MD at the Arena features Paul Bearer
--AIW on Friday in Lakewood, OH
--Matrix Fights IV on 4/22 in Philadelphia at the Sheet Metal Worker's Union Hall is headlined by Chris Wing vs. Jesus Martinez.  The show is promoted by former commissioner Jimmy Binns Jr., who was once the enemy of NWA fans during the 80s wrestling war when as a commission member he got a ban on blading in the state.  WWF wasn't doing blood at the time and NWA countered with copious amounts, to the point a big show was almost shut down by Binns when Wahoo McDaniel's blade got lodged in his forehead scars
--CHIKARA Pro on Saturday night in Reading, PA at the Goodwill Beneficial Association
--The Cartoon Network's animated series MAD has a WWE spoof tonight.
--Isys the Amazon, the 6-9 woman, has a TNA tryout tonight.
--NWA on Saturday night in Franklinville, NJ at the Franklin Skating Center with Phill Shatter (Murphy in TNA) against Chance Prophet for the NWA National heavyweight title.      
--SoCal Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Oceanside, CA at the Boys & Girls Club with Tommy Wilson vs. Brandon Parker as the main event.
--CWE on 3/4 in Winnipeg at the Maples Community Center headlined by Mentallo vs. Kenny Omega, plus Honky Tonk Man. 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Supafli b David Clark, Shawn Nautilus b Derek Cornell, Sean Cruz b Darren Russell, Jimmy Rockwell b Zack Thompson, Sir Bradley Charles and Joey Daniels, Chris Havius b Branden Juarez-DQ, Brian Gotti b Zac James, Preston Maxwell b Tony Cortez, Tony Cortez & Jimmy Rockwell & Supafi b Preston Maxwell & Jaysin Strife & David Clark.   Next show is 3/12 in Council Bluffs.  
--FSW on Friday night in Las Vegas before a sellout 250:  Caleb James b Eddie Guardado, Remy Marcel & Bryce Harrison b Sikou & Jefe, Sugar Brown b Scotty Eyce-COR, Reno Scum b Von Lockheart & Alexander Greywolf, Vintage Dragon b Chupacabra, Michael Modest & Mike Dalite b Showtime & Gregory Sharp, Funny Bone & Rush & Beast b Leo Hater & Legacy & Mr. Smith, Franco D'Angelo b Jason Partain, Eugene (Nick Dinsmore) & Kid Vegas b Sinn Bodhi & Khan Kussion
--Several Canadian indie wrestlers like Brady Roberts and Randy Myers are in web series called Battleground, about a fight club.  First episode is at

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