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--Both WWE and CMLL have press conferences scheduled tomorrow in Mexico City.  Most likely the subject of Mistico will be the focal point of one, if not both.  Jim Ross wrote on his web page that he was going to Mexico City for a WWE press conference, which I believed is being taped for Monday's Raw show.  CMLL will also be announcing its Dos Leyendas card, its first major show of the year.   
--M-1 Global and Showtime today officially announced a television deal that will start with a live show on 3/25 at 11 p.m. from the Constant Center in Norfolk, VA headlined by Artiom Damkovsky vs. Jose Figueroa and Tyson Jeffries vs. Magomed Sultanakhmedov.  Very interesting politically.  This was likely part of the deal to get Fedor Emelianenko to sign with Showtime and Strikeforce.
--In the cable ratings for last week, USA was No. 1 in prime time at 2.3 although TNT was right on its heels at 2.3.  The two hours of Raw were No. 8 and No. 16.  Jersey Shore (5.6) and NBA All-Star activity topped he list.  The second hour of Raw with Rock's return was No. 10 in 18-49s.    
--Some more Chris Jericho media as he winds down his book tour.  He will be in Los Angeles tomorrow.  He will be on Bud & The Manchild radio show in Syracuse at 11 a.m., will be part of a press conference at 12:30 at the Nokia Theater for the Golden God Awards, and do a book signing at the ESPN Zone at LA Liver from 6-7:30 p.m.  Friday he will be on Monsters in the Morning on WTKS radio  at 9 a.m., on ESPN 1080 in Orlando at 10:30 a.m., on 680 The Fan in Atlanta at 1 p.m., with Newstalk 1010 in Toronto at 1:30 p.m., appear on the Cowhead Show in Tampa at 4:15 p.m. and then do a book signing at Barnes & Noble in Tampa on North Dale Mabry Highway from 7-9 p.m.
--U.K. ratings for the week ending on 2/13 saw Raw do 149,000 viewers live and 59,000 for a Friday replay. Smackdown did 133,00 0 for its first run show.  Impact in its debut on Challenge TV did 134,000 viewers, the most viewers ever for a TNA show in that country, so the move to the more watched station from Bravo is already paying off.  The last Impact episode on Bravo, for comparison, did 37,000 viewers (thanks to Ian Hamilton).
--Due to an injury to Karlos Vemola, Luiz Cane's new opponent for the 3/19 UFC show in Newark, NJ, will be Eliot Marshall, the former TUF contestant who was cut and is being brought back. 
--Tickets went on sale for Evolve 7 on 4/19 in Manhattan at B.B. King  Blues Club & Grill at Times Square.  Among those on the show are Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, Jimmy Jacobs, Sami Callihan, Akira Tozawa, Jon Moxley, Silas Young and Zack Sabre Jr.
--Today on Wrestling Observer Radio we will have interviews with both Bruce Hart, talking about his new book "Straight from the Hart," and with Charlie Haas, talking Saturday night's ROH iPPV.
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 23.1%
Good 48.3%
Average 12.8%
Fair 6.8%
Poor 9,0%
        7.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on ROH TV show from Monday
Excellent 40.0%
Good 47.3%
Average 7.3%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 5.5%
        58.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Which event this weekend are you most looking forward to?
UFC 127 64.0%
ROH iPPV 33.5%
MFC on Friday 2.5%
--Which event next weekend are you most looking forward to?
TNA special TV show 33.5%
UFC head-to-head on Versus 33.5%
Strikeforce on 3/5 27.1%
Bellator debut on MTV 2 5.9% 
--NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood will be preempted on Friday night on KDOC-TV, which is airing an Anaheim Ducks NHL game.  The show will air on Saturday night at 11 p.m.  
--Bas Rutten appeared this week on "Bigger Loser," and they said Rutten was Rulon Gardner's trainer when Gardner fought Hidehiko Yoshida in Pride.  (thanks to Joe Babinsack)  
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--Jerry Lawler will be appearing on Friday night in Dayton at the Dayton Gems hockey game at Hara Arena.  He will be doing autographs and taking photos and dropping the puck at the start of the game, as well as more signing during intermission.
--Ted & Brett DiBiase team up on 3/16 in Punta Gorda, FL for FCW at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center.
--Some additional GA and standing room tickets have been released for Saturday's NAAFS Caged Fury show at Grays Armory in Cleveland featuring undefeated Dan Spohn vs. former UFC fighter Josh Hendricks.
--A correction from an item yesterday.  The Raven seminar on 4/18 in Las Vegas is not associated with the Cauliflower Alley Club or being held at the reunion site.  CAC will be holding free seminars at the Gold Coast Hotel that week.
--Lance Storm talks WrestleMania 15 at
--IPW from Saturday night in Whangaparoa, New Zealand:  Ninja Fury b Rocketman, Neo Justice NC Fire Mountain, Alexander b Liger, Mega Kate Deluxeo b Britenay, Saint Chaos b Jon. E King & Lucius, James Shaw b Jordan Invincible, Pat Schick b Pirate Burns, Vinny Dunn b Dal Knox in a 30:00 Iron man match (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Regarding the J.C. the Outpatient story from a few days ago and ECW.  No, he never wrestled in ECW.  John Kissell is a New Jersey wrestler who was one of those kind of guys who would tell people that he was Mankind in WWE on the days Mick Foley was in another city.  He was also the guy who worked the restaurant angle with Balls Mahoney a few months back.
--Sunday in Guadalajara before 1,500 fans:  Nube Roja b Thunder Boy, Metalico & Trueno b Drago & Infierno, Goya Kong & Silueta b Comandante & Princesa Blanca, Cancerbero & Inquisidor & Polvora b Angel de Oro & Gallo & Metal Blanco, Brazo de Plata & El Hijo del Fantasma & Valiente b El Terrible & El Texano Jr. & Rey Bucanero.  El Satanico was doing the TV and he and Porky got into it and Porky challenged the mostly retired Satanico to a hair match. (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Monday night in Puebla before 2,750 fans:  Ares El Guerrero & Centauro de Fuego b Blue Center & Silver, Asturiano & Fabian el Gitano & Metalico b Demus 3:16 & Espiritu Maligno & Durango Kid, Escorpion & Raziel & Puma King b Nitro & Hooligan & Loco Max, Polvora & Virus & Nosferatu b Diamante & Angel de Oro & Rush, Mascara Dorada & La Mascara & Blue Panther b Ultimo Guerrero & Atlantis & Averno
--AIW from Friday night in Lakewood, OH:  Benny Boone over Knight Wagner and Joey Luciano, Da Latin Crime Syndicate b Lights Out & Mr. RBI Duke b Lamont Williams, Jessika Havoc b Angeldust, Gregory Iron b Shiima Xion, Marion Fontaine b Facade, A Call 2 Arms b Aeroform & Irish Airborne, Tim Donst b Colt Cabana, Johnny Gargano b Bobby Beverly, Tim Donst won annual gauntlet for the gold
--ASW runs Friday night at Stroker's Billiards in Tampa featuring Tammy Sytch as a special guest signing autographs
--Team Quest is opening a new facility in San Jacinto, CA with classes in Muay Thai, BJJ, Submission wrestling, Fitness, Sports Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing and MMA for children.
--3XW on 3/4 at the Des Moines Social Club headlined by Mark Sterling vs. Brain Ash in a lumberjack match.
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--TCW on Saturday night in Ahoskie, NC at the Ahoskie Inn
--Former UFC and Pride star Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou headlines for KSW on 3/19 in Warsaw, Poland and Torwar Hall, facing Poland's top light heavyweight, Jan Blackhowicz.  The live show is sold out but it will air live on Polsat Sport in Poland.
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 3/12 in Santa Maria, CA at Lakeview Junior High School headlined by Carlito and Gangrel
--GCW Cabin Fever on Friday night in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall headlined by Cody Deaner and Derek Wylde
--Dr. Wagner Jr. headlines on 3/13 in El Paso at Eastwood High School on  a show that also includes Super Parka, Rayman and Pirata Morgan.
--New Millennium Wrestling on Saturday night in Balch Springs, TX at the Balch Springs Rec Center is headlined by Jerry Lawler vs. Matt Riviera
--On OTTR, Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk about the return of the Rock and also talk with Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims at 
--Alpha 1 Wrestling on Sunday in Hamilton, ONT:  Johnny Wave b Tyson Dux, Luis Aveiro NC Bruno Davis, Mike Rollins b Ashley Sixx, Timothy Krane won four-way over Alessandro Del Bruno, Anthony Fiasco and Andrew Davis, Derek Wylde b Josh Alexander and Cheech, Michael Elgin b Colin Delaney, Ethan Page b Rhino, Justin Sane b Brodie Lee
--Tri City Wrestling on Sunday in Kitchener, ONT:  Mr. Atlantis b Adam Jacobs, Mr. Atlantis b Tomer Shalom, Kwang Chung b Mr. Atlantis, Brent B b Johnny Wave, Scotty O'Shea over Primo Scordino, Tyler Tirva and K.C. Andrews, Courtney Rush b Gabriella Vanderpol, Duncan Marshall b Lithium, Duncan Marshall b Justin Graves, Daemon Reznor b Duncan Marshall, Rhino b Michael Elgin, Brent B b Cezar, Xandra Bale b Sabrina Kyle, Scotty O'Shea b Anthony Darko, Sebastian Suave b Robbie McAllister
--Neo Spirit Wrestling on Saturday night in Niagara Falls, ONT before 300 fans:  Derek Wylde b Pepper Parks, Tiberious King b Cody Deaner, Cherry Bomb b Courtney Rush, Andrew Davis b Michael Elgin, Ashley Sixx b Sebastian Suave, Nick Vickers b Scotty Turner, Italianos b Anthony Darko & Crazzy Steve, Derek Wylde b Tiberious King (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--MCW/PWA on 3/20 in Guelph, ONT at Red Chevron 
--IWF on Saturday night at the IWF Center in Woodland Park, NJ
--Ron Garvin and Ron Bass have been added to the NWA Wrestling Legends Fan Fest in Atlanta from 8/4 to 8/7 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Hotel.  For more info go to

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