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        The Elimination Chamber PPV takes place tonight at the Oracle Arena in Oakland:
*Raw Chamber - John Cena, Randy Orton, R-Truth, John Morrison, Sheamus and C.M. Punk - Winner gets a Raw title shot at WrestleMania
*Smackdown Chamber - Edge, Rey Mysterio, Wade Barrett, Kane and Drew McIntyre - Winner is world champion and defends at Mania against Alberto Del Rio
*The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler for the WWE title
*Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio
*Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel for tag titles
 
        We're have live coverage of the show starting at 8 p.m. 
 
        We're looking for reports on the Thursday night TNA house show in Beckley, WV.
 
        Raw will be Monday night in Fresno featuring the return of The Undertaker.
 
        Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday night in Sacramento.  There will be an NXT elimination.  
 
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        We also look at the TNA Against All Odds PPV, the mentality behind the show and why not to expect much growth in the TNA PPV business this year.
 
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--Future of Wanderlei Silva
 
--What UFC show expected to be a blockbuster is facing a challenge based on the schedule
 
--Former UFC fighter sentenced to 25 years in prison
 
--Behind the Bisping vs. Rivera feud
 
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--Former UFC star now a promoter
 
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--Christian and Goldust were both in town last night.
 
--Phil Davis was pulled from the 4/30 UFC 129 show in Toronto to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event on 3/26 in Seattle, replacing Tito Ortiz who had to be pulled from the show after needing stitches in his head from a cut in training.  Davis won't attempt to do both shows.
 
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--Kazshige Nosawa, who has wrestled all over the world as Nosawa, was arrested at 2 a.m. earlier today in Sendai, Japan, for allegedly being drunk and stealing a taxi cab before police apprehended him.  Nosawa was in Sendai for a New Japan PPV, where he was scheduled to team with MVP in his New Japan debut.  MVP instead teamed with Taichi to beat Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma.      
 
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--Billed as a live major network TV taping whatever that means is scheduled for the NJN TV Studios in Trenton, NJ on 4/2.  Must be over 16 to attend.  Shane Douglas will host the show with Kris Kloss and listed as the third host is Traci Brooks, but not sure about that with Brooks returning to TNA.  This is supposed to be a filming for TV pilot with Axl Rotten vs. Masada in a flaming tables match, Balls Mahoney vs. Lenn Oddity in fans bring the weapons, Corporal Robinson vs. Mad Man Pondo in a Tap Pai death match and Amanda vs. Mickie Knuckles in a Stockton Street fight.  I guess that means the Diaz brothers and their entire posse jump in.
 
--Jonathan Coachman talks about his days in pro wrestling and how he got hooked up with ESPN at http://astheworldturnsleft.com/?p=235  He says nothing negative and says while he doesn't expect to return to wrestling now that he has a family, he would never say never.  
 
 
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--Who should win the Raw chamber?
John Cena 37.8%
C.M. Punk 31.6%
John Morrison 20.5%
Randy Orton 4.1%
Sheamus 4.1%
R-Truth 1.8%
        So that many people think Morrison should win and headline at Mania? 
 
--Who should win Smackdown chamber?
Edge 43.4%
Alberto Del Rio comes in and wins 23.0%
Other 12.3%
Rey Mysterio 10.3%
Wade Barrett 7.0%
Drew McIntyre 2.4%
Kane 1.5%
 
--Poll on Strikeforce Challengers
Excellent 17.9%
Good 46.2%
Average 15.4%
Fair 7.7%
Poor 12.8%
        67.8% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 14.1%
Good 38.3%
Average 24.2%
Fair 6.3%
Poor 17.2%
        24.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
On TV viewing Friday
Watched only Smackdown 51.4%
Watched only Strikeforce 6.9%
Watched both 6.9%
Watched neither 34.7%
 
--HHH is featured in the new issue of Muscle & Fitness
 
--Former WCW wrestler The Stro is taking bookings at http://www.thestro.com
 
--Joey Ryan and Orion were two wrestlers used as mock security on Smackdown Friday night.
 
--EWF today in Yucaipa, CA at the Set Free Church at 6 p.m. featuring Terex vs. Crusader.  They also run 2/25 in Covina, CA at the Knights of Columbus Hall with Ryan Taylor vs. Scorpio Sky in a lights out match.  
 
--Weigh-ins for Friday night's MFC show will take place at 12:30 p.m. Mountain time on Thursday at the Kitaskinaw School on the Enoch Cree Nation reservation near Edmonton.  The show airs live Friday night on HDNet.
 
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL before an SRO crowd of 240:  Danny Boy b Mark Sterling, Ron Powers b Gary Jackson-COR, Dave Vaughn & Chris harges b Brandon Espinosa & Big Texan, Mike Sydal b Jeremy Wyatt, Ace Hawkins b Waco, Sean Vincent b Dave Osborne, Waco b LMC, Max Archer b Jason Static
 
--Les Thatcher's Elite Pro Wrestling Training Camp will be running a seminar from 5/13 to 5/15 in Manchester, GA sponsored by Pro Wrestling Revival.  There will be a Q&A on Friday and two full days of in ring training.  The training covers rookies through the advanced level.  For more info contact Brian Long at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--XWA Goldrush from Morecambe, Lancashire last night before 300 fans:  El Ligero b Jack Gallagher, Colossus b Zack Diamond, Joey Hayes b J.D. Sassoon, Jynkz b Ricky McKenzie, Alex Shane b Jynkz, Stixx won 15 man Rumble to win title (thanks to Greg Lambert)  
 
--Smoky Mountain Wrestling on Thursday night in Morristown, TN at the National Guard Armory has Ricky Morton vs. Jason Kincaid headlining the show. 
 
--GOUGE from last night in Wake Forest, NC:  Dino Cicero b Spoiler #2, Seymour Snott b Scrapyard Dog in a loser leaves town for 90 days match, Otto Schwanz b Sean Van Halen, Mickey Gambino & Frank Stelletto b Jimmy Cicero & Brian Perry and Krazy Killer Klowns, Sean Alexander DDQ Jimmy Jack Funk Jr.  Next show is 4/9 in Wake Forest at the MVP Sports Factory Gym.
 
--Chicago All Pro Wrestling from Friday night at the WAR Arena:  Gatto el Guapo & Senior Guapo & El Hijo del Mascaras b Diego Corleone & Colin Cambridge & Verde Diablo, Bryce Benjamin b Joey Marx, South Touchaz b Victoria's Secrets, Remy Rains b Bruiser Sixx, Discovery b Oriental Tigre Jr., Hammet b Ace Martino, Guardian del Amor & Furia Roja & Funebre b Emperador Azteca & Golden & Demencia (thanks to Nick Burgard)
 
--Hernandez, Lance Hoyt and Alissa Flash headline for River City Wrestling on 3/5 in San Antonio at the Good Shephard Lutheran Church.
 
--NWS from last night in Bloomfield, NJ:  Spyral b Devon Moore, TV Clown beat Judas Young and Nicky Oceans, Mike Dennis & Chris D'Andrea b Steve Scott & Nick Talent, J.D. Smoothie & Corey Havoc b Neko the Monkey Man & Botchagalup the Banana Boy (managed by George Steele), Gene Snitsky b Danny Inferno in a loser goes through a table match, Nigerian Nightmares & Princess Niya (who got a TNA tryout this past week) b Saddam Insane & Smith James & Jana.  Scott Hall was also there signing autographs.
 
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from last night in Marysville, WA:  Christopher Ryseck & Ideal Protection II b Dash Ventura, Ray Brooks b Ethan HD, C.J. Edwards b Bubba Blanchard, Kellen Raeth b Exile and J-Sin Sullivan, Nick Price & K.C. Spinelli b Azul Angel & Lylah Lodge, Cole Bishop b Damon James.  Next show is 3/5 at the Pacific Rim Restaurant in Marysville featuring Malia Hosaka (thanks to Charles Short)
 
 

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