MON. UPDATE: Last night's main events, UFC specials this week, Snooki, UFC activities



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        Raw features Trish Stratus returning to Raw to face Vickie Guerrero and if Vickie loses, she must leave Raw, Daniel Bryan defends the U.S. title against Sheamus, and Sheamus loses, he quits something or other and we all know how serious those stips are.  Snooki will be the guest host.  The guide to the show says Rock will respond to Miz and John Cena.  The dark match is Cena & Orton & HHH as a trio against Miz & Punk & Sheamus with Michael Cole as referee.
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        Smackdown and NXT are taped on Tuesday in Kansas City at the Sprint Center.  TNA also tapes Impact in Orlando on Tuesday. 
 
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        We also look at TNA peaking for the 3/3 show and how it did, as well as what the UFC rating head-to-head said.  We look at what UFC fans are doing more and more of, as well as what happened with each show.
 
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--Regarding last night's main event, while there were examples of short main events that weren't advertised ahead of time, like when C.M. Punk and Edge cashed in their Money in the Bank matches, or Hogan beating Yokozuna at the 1993 WrestleMania in Las Vegas, the only other show ending like last night was Rick Steiner beating Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously in a cage match at the 1991 Great American Bash in 2:00.  It should be noted that while that match went on last, it was never billed as the main event on the show.  Although the 1991 Bash was legendary in being one of the worst PPV shows ever. (thanks to Emerson Witner) 
 
--At least some talent have been getting photos taken with Snooki this afternoon at the show in St. Louis 
 
--This week on Spike there are two UFC related specials.  A new show called Jon Jones In the Moment will air directly after Impact on Thursday night at 11 p.m. and replay on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m., building Jones up for his title match with Shogun Rua on Saturday night.  Countdown to UFC 128 debuts tomorrow night at 11 p.m., then airs Thursday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
 
--Lots of UFC this week on Spike.  They have old Fight Nights airing tonight from 5-9 p.m., and again from 1-3 a.m.  There is Unleashed tomorrow afternoon from 3-5 p.m. and a fight night tomorrow night at midnight.  There is a fight night on Wednesday night at midnight.  Saturday will have a Pride marathon from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and UFC up through 10 p.m. with the prelims from  Newark airing live.
 
--The WWE All-Stars video game with the theme "2 Generations, 1 Ring" will be advertised heavily during Major League Baseball and NBA games coming up, as well as during the NCAA Division I basketball tournament.
 
--The Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival features the world premiere of the movie "Like Water," a story on the live of Anderson Silva.  We don't have the date but the festival runs 4/20 to 5/1 in Lower Manhattan
 
--There a story about Linda McMahon running for senate at http://www.theday.com/article/20110312/OP04/303129977
 
--The Connecticut Post at http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/ has a story on regulation of both pro wrestling and MMA in the state.  Eileen Daily, a Democrat, Vice Chairman of the Public Safety and Security Committee noted that they were interested in the subject of wrestling regulation.  The story noted UFC runs toward regulation and WWE runs from it.  Daily said she wasn't convinced of the argument that MMA and wrestling were apples and oranges.  When it comes to business, they may not be.  When it comes to regulation, they are, which is not to say wrestling shouldn't be regulated, but the things they should be regulated and rules need to be completely different if such laws are passed.
 
--Irv Muchnick talks about McMahon's probable senate run at http://bit.ly.hjx7Ax
 
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--Bryan and I will be back tonight after Raw and Impact tapings, covering both shows as well as talking about the UFC/Strikeforce deal.  Again, because we're already getting so many questions regarding the UFC/Strikeforce deal, for tonight, you can send questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it but limit it to that story as well as current TNA and WWE.
 
--UFC this weekend has a pre fight press conference free and open to the public at Radio City Music Hall in New York at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday with Shogun Rua, Jon Jones, Urijah Faber, Eddie Wineland and Nate Marquardt.  Chuck Liddell and subway hero Joe Lozito will be part of the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday marching with the New York Fire Department starting at 11:30 a.m.  There are open workouts at the Hilton at Penn Station in Newark at the Gateway Center from Noon to 2 p.m..  Frankie Edgar and Stephan Bonnar appear at Best Buy in New York on 14th St. and 4th Avenue in Manhattan at 4 p.m.  Chuck Liddell will be at the fight club Q&A at the Prudential Center practice rink at 2 p.m. on Friday, while weigh-ins play the countdown video at 3 p.m. with the fighters going on the scale at 4 p.m.
 
--Booker T's PWA run a show on Saturday night in Clear Lake, TX for a filming of a show called First Ladies of Wrestling.  They didn't give much in the way of detail, but Shawn Daivari was the host and they introduced Jackie Haas, Stacy Carter, Alicia Webb and Sharmell Huffman, all in semiformal dresses, as well as ODB, who was not dressed like the others.  The women did not wrestle on the show and they all left the arena before the wrestling show ended.  Nitro Girl Chae was in attendance and Sharmell noted it was her birthday, and they had the crowd sing Happy Birthday to her. Shelton Benjamin was also there but not part of the TV taping (thanks to Nick Rangel)
 
--The UFC was nominated for Best Pro Sports League at the 2011 Sports Business Awards.  The other nominees were the NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Soccer.  The nominees were chosen buy a panel at the Sports Business Journal.
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Raw 39.0%
Impact 15.1%
Smackdown 12.9%
ROH 11.9%
Bellator 10.1%
Inside MMA 2.5%
MMA Live 2.5%
AAA 2.2%
Shark Fights 1.9%
Superstars 1.9%
 
--TNA's move out of the Impact Zone was
A big plus 58.1%
A minor plus 24.3%
Negligible 15.5%
A detriment 2.2%
 
--Greatest wrestling announcer of all-time
Jim Ross 57.9%
Gordon Solie 16.7%
Jesse Ventura 5.2%
Joey Styles 5.0%
Lance Russell 4.8%
Vince McMahon 3.7%
JBL 3.0%
Jim Cornette 1.3%
Bob Caudle 0.8%
Marty O'Neill 0.6%
Dick Lane 0.5%
Larry Matysik 0.5%  
 
--Bret Hart makes an appearance on 4/6 in Staten Island at Bistro on 2561 Hylan Blvd. from 1-4 p.m.  For more info call 347-992-0038
 
--Jonny Fairplay will appear on the 4/1 Dragon Gate USA show in Burlington, NC and has talked like he would become a heel manager looking to sign the winner of the Breakout Challenge on the show.
 
--Kevin Nash noted that his party in conjunction with WrestleMania in Atlanta at the Sutra Lounge had all VIP tickets sold in a few hours.  They are adding 25 more VIP tickets and 25 G.A. tickets to party on the Friday night before Mania with him and X-Pac.  Every ticket holder gets a photo and/or autograph with both.  He teased Scott Hall being there.  Tickets are at http://www.itsmyseat.com//events/167966.html
 
--The WWE house show in Honolulu scheduled for 7/6 has moved to 7/2. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez)
 
--Dragon Gate USA is donating 20% of all DVD sales this week to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund.  You can order at http://www.DGUSA.tv or calling 267-519-9744. 
 
--Yamato, Pac, Masato Yoshino, Masaaki Mochizuki and Susumu Yokosuka have been announced for the June tour which is 6/3 in Foxborough, MA and 6/4 on Long Island.
 
--Chasyn Rance, 27, had a court date on charges of lewd and lascivious battery of a minor (basically sex with an underage girl) moved from this week to July. (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--Former UFC fighters Jake Rosholt, a former 3-time NCAA champion,  and Roli Delgado, a protege of Billy Robinson, will be fighting in the prelims for Bellator this coming Saturday night in Concho, OK at the Lucky Star Casino.  Rosholt faces John Bryant.  Delgado faces Jameel Massouh, a former WEC fighter.  The main card is the first round of the featherweight tournament with Patricio Pitbull Freire vs. Georgi Karakhanyan, Zac George vs. Wilson Reis, Kenny Foster vs. Eric Larkin (former Hodge Trophy winner) and Nazareno Malegarie vs. Daniel Straus.
 
--Tammy Sytch appears on Sunday in Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone for Tri State Wrestling for a 2 p.m. show.    
 
--There is a new Australian book that has just come out called "From the Dreaming to the Dreamers:  The Australian wrestling tradition," which covers all styles of wrestling from aboriginal style, colonial style, amateur style, as well as pro wrestling, as well as a great chart that explains amateur wrestling, pro wrestling, judo, Jiu Jitsu and MMA which all came from the same tree.  For more info it's at http://sidharta.com.au (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
 
--Canadian Wrestling Elite on 4/8 in Winnipeg at the Vince Leah Community Center
 
--IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand:  Fire Mountain b Neo Justice, Jordan Invincible b James Shaw, JPE won three-way over Misty and Evie, Alexander & Jon E. King b Saint Chaos, Travis Banks won 20 man elimination rumble, Dal Knox b Vinny Dunn to win the IPW title (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
 
--CHIKARA results from yesterday:  Jakob Hammermeier b Green Ant, Osirian Portal b Tim Donst & Tursas & Pinkie Sanchez, Sara Del Rey b Toshie Uematsu, Throwbacks b Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood in a lumberjack match, Frightmare b Obariyon, Sinn Bodhi b Ultramantis Black, Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw b Fire Ant & Soldier Ant 2/3 falls to keep tag titles, Claudio Castagnoli b Eddie Kingston due to heel ref Bryce Remsburg. (thanks to Michael Bernstein)
 
--Ross Stuart has an interview with Jerry Lynn at WrestleTalk.net. 
 
--NWS on Friday night in Long Branch, NJ at the Bucky James Community Center headlined by Tito Santana and Danny Demanto.  On Saturday night in Stirling, NJ at the Long Hill Township Community Center, Sabu headlined vs Demanto in a cage match.
 
--Cage Contenders 8 in Tallagh, Dublin, Ireland before a sellout 540 fans:  Oisin Cobunrs b Sean Knox, Luke Cochran b Stephan Heathe, Alan Corcoran b Barry Connolly, Vilmars Errinberg b Chris Stokosa, Keith Cody b Patrick Murphy, Ian Cleary b Jason Pedlow, Alan Duffy b Damien Krowczy, Jonathon Dargan b Staz, Conor Cook b Richie Crossdale, Richie Ivory b Michael Putlak, John Walsh b Eoin Dempsy, Paddy Holohan b Steve McCombe, Conor Mcgreggor b Mick Wood, Benjamin Davis b Thomas Murnika, John Shiel b John Redmond, Cathal Pendred b Liam Shannon (thanks to Neil Marshall) 
 
--An interview with former NWA champion Ron Garvin is at http://www.SquaredCircleSideshow.com
 
--DWA pro wrestling from Saturday night in Trenton, OH:  Parker James b Chris Zion, Dan Severn b Eric Trice, Brutus Beefcake & Greg Valentine d Demolition Dan Severn b Sgt. Ledbetter to win DWA title, Purple Reighn b Evan Da Malice & Erico (managed by Tammy Sytch).   (thanks to Adam Sanders)
 
--NWA on 3/19 in Norwood, OH, 4/15 in Hamilton, OH and 4/22 and 4/23 in Owensville, OH

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