Raw, TNA, Steph, HOF, Brooke, more



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Raw is a taped show tonight headlined by Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Hardy in what we're told was a really great match. Also, Vince McMahon faces Hornswaggle with the stipulation being that if Finlay interferes, he's FIRED. Obviously this is all a build towards some sort of Finlay/Vince match at WrestleMania. WWE is currently in the middle of a South American/Mexican tour with Edge beating Rey Jr. in the main events.

Vinny and I will be up late tonight with a FREE Bryan & Vinny Show running down this event. Also, if you're a member don't forget to check out last night's show with a complete run-down and analysis of the TNA Against All Odds PPV.

Some site updates: Some of you are still having problems with the one-time PayPal sign-ups. Hopefully that will be fixed tomorrow, or within the next few days. For now, recurring PayPal works (which you can cancel later if you wish), and credit card payments work. If you order via credit card you won't get a confirmation screen or e-mail for now, but it should go through. Thanks to everyone for your patience. Again, if you spot any bugs or anything of that nature, please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Trenesha Biggers, who was actually in one of the Diva Searches, was the gigantic woman who debuted as Scott Steiner's manager on TNA last night.

If anyone attends the TNA tapings tonight and tomorrow we'd love a report for the front page.

Jonny Fairplay is in Orlando right now and claimed he will be signing a contract with TNA. We'll see. Years back Dixie Carter was super high on him.

TMZ.com has a WORLD EXCLUSIVE scoop: Stephanie is pregnant. This was actually in Figure Four Weekly last Tuesday.

Highlander Rory McAllister tore a pec and is out six months.

WWE Hall of Fame tickets go on sale March 1.

Brooke Hogan was at the Grammy's last night.

Miami rapper Pitbull has agreed to perform at the Kimbo vs. Tank Strikeforce show at the BankUnited Center this Saturday night. I cannot wait for that show. SLOBBERKNOCKER~!

TNA announced the return at some point of the WORLD X CUP. They said they'd be getting talent from Japan, Mexico and elsewhere for this one.

Osaka Pro "Osaka Hurricane 2008" results from DAN~!: Daisuke Harada & Takoyakida def. Robert Tanaka & Tadasuke; Ultimo Dragon, Takaku Fuke, Flying Kid Ichikawa & Atsushi Kotoge def. MASAMUNE, Hideyoshi, Kamui & Condor; Zeus def. Jinsei Shinzaki; Akebono, Super Delfin & Kuishinbo Kamen def. Miracle Man, Ebessan III & Kanjyuro Matsuyama; Naomichi Marufuji def. Billy Ken Kid in Kid's big return match; Zero & GAINA def. Tsubasa & Asian Cougar to retain the OPW Tag Titles; in the main event, Tigers Mask def. Black Buffalo to retain the OPW Title, forcing Buffalo to unmask. He unmasked as Kaisuke Yamada from IWA Japan. He was kicked out of Bad Force (the lead heel group of Osaka Pro) and was offered a chance to join Sekigun (Osaka Pro's home unit). He gave no answer, but did shake the hand of Tigers. Also on the show, Atsushi Kotoge joined Bad Force following the tag title match. Zeus also challenged Akebono.

What did Brock Lesnar's 90-second loss to Frank Mir in his UFC debut mean for his future as an MMA fighter? This week's brand new, 23,000-word Figure Four Weekly newsletter breaks down the entire story in detail! We'll go back to the very beginning of Brock's combat sports career, his time in high school and college wrestling, the story behind his first NCAA Title win, how he got drafted into WWE (including major changes in who is being drafted now and why), who much he was paid, and memories from having watched him from the very beginning in OVW. We'll talk about his WWE career, how he progressed, why he left for football and how he did there, the lawsuit WWE filed and how he got out of it, how this led to an MMA career, plus a first-person account of his very first fight. We've got a detailed look at the last few months of his life, his training, how much he's weighing these days and what he looks like, and how it all lead to this, his first UFC fight. Besides a full review of the fight and the show, we'll break down his battle with Mir blow-by-blow, look at what UFC and the fans thought of him going in and coming out, and examine whether this was a devastating loss or something that might actually have been good for all parties. We'll also look at his strengths and weaknesses and look at how he might fare with other fighters, including Tim Sylvia. We've also got a look at Antonio Nogueira's world title win and what it means, possible challengers, the show itself and whether it was effective in perhaps hooking first time fans, Dana White's marketing acumen and why he's an amazing promoter, and so much more. We'll also look at how much everyone got paid on the show, including an irony about Brock's payout. I feel like I could have written a book about this story. Of course, that's not all. We've got tons of details on all the wrestlers who were released from WWE this week with inside details as to why, a look at the future of OVW, more on Bobby Lashley, tons of quotes from a very intriguing Paul Heyman interview that really gives a glimpse inside his booking mind, notes on Chris Harris signing with WWE, ratings for ECW and Raw and what the hourly numbers mean, a Torrie Wilson update, Phil Muchnick talks steroids again, Hulk Hogan talks politics, WWE threatens to boycott a state and why, former WWE star set to return heads to developmental, interesting WWE poll question that shows they may be paying attention, Hogan talks his reality show, bad news for Linda in the divorce trial, JBL's new product appears to bomb, Valentine's Day tips, a potential new signee, and more. In TNA news we have the latest on Raven, a nutty Kurt Angle interview (though not as nutty as usual), TNA ratings including quarterly breakdowns and the record they broke this week, changes to the taping schedule and what it might mean, DVD notes, TNA woman doing porn, and more. In UFC and MMA news we have more about Lesnar including thoughts on his height and weight, how Mir prepared, Dana challenges Randy, Chuck's next fight, Ricco Rodriguez returning, tons of future line-ups including UFC Fight Night 13 and UFC 82, Dana talks Sherk, former UFC fighter facing charges for biggest heist in UK history, fighter who was near death on the road to recovery and what happened, another Nogueira wins a title, dumbest man in MMA, more on YAMMA, a group folds, IFL notes, Cage Rage line-up with two Shamrocks, and more. Also, notes on Bobby Heenan's health woes, wrestling TV show already cancelled, Warrior insanity, tons of notes from CMLL including the reuniting of a great team and a possible babyface turn, one of the best matches in years, and all the details on the ROH cutbacks and why it's happening. Vinny also compares ONE TREE HILL to Impact. Which is superior? The weekly newsletter, the online version of which members can read every Tuesday (we also have a hardcopy available for a few dollars more per month), has been covering all the news in the world of pro-wrestling and MMA since 1995. It is by far the biggest weekly newsletter available on the Internet (probably on any subject), and we go into far more depth on every story than any other news source you will find anywhere online. Of course, we also have full reviews of every major TV show including Raw, Smackdown, TNA, ECW, Derby City Wrestling, and Human Weapon. Of course, as a member you also get full access to ALL new and archived radio shows dating back to 2005, plus all the new and archived (320-plus issues) Figure Four Weekly newsletters dating back to 2001. To sign up, please click here, or PayPal users can use the Quick Buy link at the top of this page to be online within 60 seconds. Rates start at just $7.99 per month (27 cents a DAY), so it's a steal. Thanks for your support!

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Cena hooks up with NASCAR

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