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        We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA show in Glens Falls, NY at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett and A.J. Styles vs. Jeff Hardy headline, plus Beer Money vs Gunner & Murphy for the tag titles, Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky for the Knockouts title and Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez.  
        TNA Impact tonight is the second show from Fayetteville:
Samoa Joe vs. Pope
Madison Rayne vs. Roxxi in a non-title match
Angelina Love & Velvet Sky & Winter vs. Angelina Pivarnick & Sarita & Cookie
Ink Inc. vs. Generation Me
A.J. Styles vs. Matt Hardy in a street fight
Sting & RVD vs. Jeff Hardy & Mr. Anderson
        The show also features a discussion about what went wrong in WCW.  They'd be better off if they focused today and what is wrong with TNA.
        Superstars tonight on WGN America
Zack Ryder vs. Vladimir Kozlov
Mark Henry & Great Khali & Natalya vs. Tyson Kidd & William Regal & Melina
Chris Masters vs. Tyler Reks
        TNA continues with shows on Friday night in Poughkeepsie and Saturday night in Rahway, NJ before the PPV from Orlando on Sunday.
        There is a Best of WEC special on Versus tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, and a replay of the Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann card from last week, including a match of the year candidate main event, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Pacific, and again at midnight Eastern and 9 p.m. Pacific.
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--Former WWE star to challenge for GHC title
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--Dana White confirmed the new UFC starting time with PPVs at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Pacific, kicking in at UFC 129 on 4/30 in Toronto, will be a permanent time change.
--Although there are reports that WrestleMania is sold out, checking Ticketmaster today there were still tickets available.  There are not a lot of tickets left, but a few minutes ago I was still able to get six ringside seats together in the 10th row but cheaper tickets are gone.
--Rock will appear live on the 4/4 Raw show in Atlanta, the day after Mania.
--Very sad to report that Jillian Hall went into labor yesterday at 14 weeks and lost her baby.  Our deepest sympathies to her and her family. 
--The Score in Canada made the official announcement of what we reported earlier in the week, that they have signed a new multi-year (said to be four year) deal with WWE.
--Kurt Angle did an interview with The Sun in the U.K. and said he would never go back to WWE.  His contract expires at the end of August but said the only question is how heavy a commitment he's willing to make in terms of schedule with TNA, not if he's staying or leaving.  Story is at  Of course understanding how Vince McMahon's mind works, the smartest thing he could say if he wanted to go back, and I'm not insinuating he thought this out or that's why he said it, is saying he would never go back.  He said when it came to his marriage breaking up that it ended up the best for everyone and she found Jeff and he found someone else.  
--A note that we did a show yesterday with Road Warrior Animal, Joe Laurinaitis on the site that was really good.  Worth going out of your way to listen to how the Road Warriors got started, the glory days in Crockett Promotions, the match in Minneapolis with the Fabulous Ones where they refused to put them over for the title, and controversy before the match with Hulk Hogan & Genichiro Tenryu at the Tokyo Dome, and a ton about Road Warrior Hawk, and how they both almost quit wrestling within a few weeks of their debut.   
--Bret Hart's new radio show is up at
--John Morrison claimed that he and girlfriend Melina are now banned from Skybar in Los Angeles.  Somehow I don't think this is something they should be bragging about, noting they are both partying too heavily.  WWE really needs to teach its wrestlers a class in common sense and twitter, because it's annoying once a month to see outright lack of common sense manifest itself by watching people do useless jobs on television just as they are starting to get momentum.  Don't be that guy. Or that girl.
--UFC 130 tickets go on sale on 3/19 at 10 a.m. to the public priced from $800 down to $75.  The Fight Club pre sale will be on 3/17 and the newsletter pre sale will be on 3/18.  This is the 5/28 show which is in conjunction with this web site's annual UFC convention.  The PPV fights are Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard for the lightweight title, Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill, Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne and Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago.  
--Alex Marvez talks with A.J. Styles at
--The Hollywood Reporter ran a story about a new WWE movie called "Barricade" starring Erin McCormack.  The story noted it was the first movie WWE will be producing without a wrestler in a featured role.  McCormack plays a father who is trapped in a cabin during a blizzard and then starts losing his mind.  They begin shooting next month in Vancouver, nor New Orleans, which is interesting.
--Jim Ross says he doesn't think Undertaker vs. HHH will be a streak vs. career match at 
--Regarding whether the current increase in WWE interest is short-term or long-term
Yes, it's a turnaround 5.8%
The gains are only due to bringing back older wrestlers who won't be regulars 40.4%
The gains are purely due to Rock and won't last 53.8%
--Should Hulk Hogan wrestle again?
Yes 11.8%
No 88.2%
--What best describes your feelings regarding Bellator on MTV 2
Not interested in seeing MMA with fighters I've never heard of 25.4%
Will watch it regularly 21.1%
Not interested in MMA at all 20.5%
Would watch it but don't get MTV 2 14.0%
Would watch it, but not on Saturday night 9.9%
Not interested in MMA if it's not UFC 9.1%   
--M-1 announced the full card for its 3/25 show in Norfolk, VA which will air live on Showtime at 11 p.m.
Magomed Sultanakhmedov vs. Tyson Jeffries for the vacant M-1 middleweight title
Artiom Damkovsky vs. Jose Figueroa for the lightweight title
Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Josh Bacallao
Vinny Magalhaes (former TUF finalist) vs. Jake Doerr
Arthur Guseniov vs. Mark Palbykin
--Stevie Richards isn't getting the $1 million prize for pitching a perfect game on MLB 2K11 because the contest isn't scheduled to start until 4/1.
--Mick Foley was at the New Jersey Nets game with the Golden State Warriors last night at the Prudential Center in Newark.  They showed him on the Jumbotron and he got a reaction.  (thanks to Denis Gorman)
--Cain Velasquez will be appearing on 3/23 at Humber College in Ontario.  He will be at the Orangeville campus at 9:30 a.m., the North campus at 12:30 p.m. and the Lakeshore campus at 3:30 p.m. (thanks to Mike Johnston)
--Shark Fights tomorrow night from Lubbock, TX on HDNet at 10 p.m. Eastern features Sean Shakour vs. Joseph Sandoval, Alex Cisne vs. Eric Davila, Lucas Lopez vs. Mike Bronzoulis, Tara LaRosa vs. Carina Damm and Matt Horwich vs. Danillo Villefort.  
--Ryan Jimmo vs. Emmanuel Newton for the MFC light heavyweight title has been added to the 4/8 show in Windsor, ONT at the Colosseum at Caesar's on HDNet.
--Big story in today's San Francisco Chronicle on six decades of Bay Area Roller Derby, built around Ann Calvello with old photos dating back to the 30s at  Most interesting is the comments from people on the story, the first being from promoter Jerry Seltzer, who knocks the current incarnation of the Bay Bombers at Kezar Pavilion while promoting the all girls shoot version of the game. 
--The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Road Warrior Animal's book at
--The annual 16 carat gold tournament takes place this weekend in Oberhausen, Germany with Zack Sabre Jr., Davey Richards, El Generico, Johnny Moss, Carnage, Yoshito Sasaki, Jon Ryan, Tommy End, Mark Haskins, Sami Callihan, Adam Cole, Kotaro Suzuki (GHC jr. champion), Go Shiozaki, Rico Bushido, Big Van Walter and Colt Cabana.  Tomorrow night's card has Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Bad Bones for the world title, Axeman vs. Karsten Beck vs. Kyle O'Relly vs. Marty Scurll, plus Carnage vs. Yoshito Sasaki, Callihan vs. End, Walter vs. Bushido, Shiozaki vs. Moss, Richards vs. Ryan, Generico vs. Kotaro Suzuki, Cole vs. Haskins and Cabana vs. Zabre Jr.  Semifinals and finals are Sunday. (thanks to Timo Knopf)      
--The MTV web site at has comments from James Durbin, an American Idol finalist, about WWE.  He hates John Cena and loves The Rock (thanks to Robert Anderson)
--Bellator weigh-ins for Saturday night's show in Shreveport on MTV 2 will be tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium. 
--Magen Boys Entertainment and Twin Wrestling host the Rethink Rumble on 3/17 at The Factory in Vaughan, ONT with Iron Sheik, Eugene, Kurrgan, Bushwhacker Luke, Dustin Diamond, Tatanka and Ted DiBiase Sr. all appearing.
--MWF on 3/19 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall has Slyck Wagner Brown vs. Shelton Benjamin, plus Paul Bearer, Doink the Clown Matt Osborne, X-Pac vs. Robbie E and Kaval.  
--Dory Funk's BANG on 3/26 at the Funking Conservatory in Ocala, TX features Claudia Reiff defending her BANG women's title against Mickie James.
--Fight Card Entertainment presents Vendetta on 4/16 in Melrose Park, IL at The SportsZone  
--ASW on Friday night in Tampa at Stroker's Billiards.
--3XW on 4/22 in Des Moines in a new location, All Play, headlined by Malia Hosaka.
--Canadian Wrestling Elite on 4/8 in Winnipeg at the Vince Leah Community Center.
--CMLL from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  In Memoria b Templario, Black Metal & Leo b Camorra & Rafaga, Metal Blanco & Palacio Negro b Kid Tiger & Puma King, Delta & Metro & Sangre Azteca b Cancerbero & Euforia & Polvora, Brazo de Plata & Toscano b Ephesto & Mephisto
--Monday night in Nuevo Laredo:  Decnis & Tito Santana (not the WWF wrestler) & Tigre Cota b Perseus & Street Boy & Zebu Jr., Black Mamba & Pit Bull & Rio Bravo II b Hombre sin Nombre & Rio Bravo & Sobredosis, Antifaz del Norte & Damian 666 & Bestia 666 b Psycho Circus, Electroshock & La Parka & Pimpinela Escarlata b Charly Manson & Tabu & Dark Escoria 
--UWE from last night in Tlalnepantla:  Angel de la Noche & Rey Krystal b Los Halcones Diabolicos I & II, Eros & Tortuguillo Ninja b Pequeno Demonio & Sharkman, Rocky Santana & Sadico & Terry Dos Mil b Black Terry & Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro, Halcon 78 Jr. & Las Traumas I U II b Kid Tiger & Puma King & Sadico, Felino & Mr. Niebla & Rey Bucanero b Los Payasos Tricolor, Hector Garza & Olimpico b Chucho el Roto & Iron Love (thanks to Kris Zellner)     
--WSL on 4/23 in North Platte, NE and the company is looking for local wrestlers who can drive in for the show.  They are also looking for local wrestlers in Galveston and Beaumont, TX for shows in July, as well as looking for people who can help with social marketing, as well as a booker with a successful track record at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--All Pro Wrestling has a TV taping on Saturday night at the APW Garage in Hayward, CA headlined by Dylan Drake vs. Blackwell.  Admission is three cans of food or an unwrapped toy for donation to the Alameda County Food Bank.  The show airs on Ch. 50 in the Bay Area and Ch. 14 in Salinas.    
--UWC on Saturday night in Browns Mills, NJ at the Fire House headlined by Twiggy Ramirez & Orphan vs. CB4.  Their new TV show is a
--Josh Nason has a feature in the March issue of Fight Magazine on Eddie Wineland, who faces Urijah Faber on 3/19 in Newark, NJ in both men's UFC debut. 
--An article on seeing pro wrestling live is at

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