Maria Playboy, Knox returns, MVP defends, Heyman Hustle, more



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- No matches announced for Raw yet, but Maria will be unveiling her Playboy cover. Send that woman a late slip.

- Smackdown this Friday has yet another Big Dave vs. MVP match, this time with the US Title on the line. Don't expect a title change as Matt Hardy returned at the house shows this weekend, beating up MVP and posing with the belt afterwards. Very likely that match will be announced soon for WrestleMania.

- Rebecca Knox, who has been out of action since September 2006 with a head injury, returns to the ring on May 4th at the Chickfight TV taping in Ipswitch, Suffolk, UK. More info at chickfight.tv.

- James writes: Booker T's PWA trainee and former WWE diva search contestant Jessica Hatch was selected to be part of Maxim Hometown Hottie's contest. Jessica was the diva search girl that was doing tons of self promotion in the diva search and shes doing it again for Maxim throughout myspace and her official website. For those that want to check her out and vote for her visit http://www.maximonline.com/hotties/hotties_profile.aspx?key=1081&hottieId=1491

- There is a new Heyman Hustle up here.

- Fabio Costa of Roy Englebrecht Promotions is the latest CSAC drug failure. Three months and $500 for a marijuana violation.

- If you missed the IFL show this weekend, all the fights are up here, as provided by the company.

- Last night's Observer Live is up here. Thanks very much to Cutrer, who hosts a huge archive of past WOL's dating back to 1999 on our BOARD.

- Lucha results from the past few days courtesy Kris Zellner:

AAA March 1 – Plaza de Toros la Concordia de Orizaba (TV taping)
1. Pirata Morgan & Barba Roja & Drake & Pirata Morgan Jr. beat Los Barrio Boys (Alan & Javi & Kevin & Ricky)
2. Gran y Mari Apache & Jerrito Estrada & Yuriko defeated Gato Eveready & Estrellita & Octagoncito & Pimpinela Escarlata – Estrellita was stretchered out after a brutal Michinoku Driver by Mari.
3. The Psycho Circus (Killer Clown & Psycho Clown & Zombie Clown) beat Cuervo & Espiritu & Ozz – Los Hell Brothers came out and challenged the Clowns afterwards.
4. Ron “The Truth” Killings & Konnan & Zorro defeated Charly Manson & Chessman & Juventud Guerrera
5. Los Vipers Revolucion (Histeria & Mr. Niebla & Psicosis) beat Gronda II & Laredo Kid & Octagon – Abismo Negro attacked Los Vipers after the match but he got beatdown by both Vipers & La Legion until Cibernetico made the save after the lights went out and came back on.
6. Steel Cage Match with the first four guys leaving gaining entry in the Rey de Reyes: Alan Stone & Brazo de Plata & Elegido & Zumbido were the winners of the match. Other participants: Intocable & Electroshock & Escoria & Kenzo Suzuki

EMLL February 29 – Arena Mexico
1. Mictlan & Starman beat Caligula & Messala
2. Arkangel de la Muerte & Loco Max & Nitro defeated Fabian el Gitano & Flash & Super Nova
3. Felino & Maximo & Valiente beat Ephesto & Euforia & Nosferatu
4. Los Guerreros del Atlantida (Atlantis & Sangre Azteca & Ultimo Guerrero) defeated Grey Shadow & Negro Casas & La Sombra
5. Hector Garza & Marco Corleone & Mistico beat Los Perros del Mal (Perro Aguayo Jr. & Averno & Mephisto) by DQ when Mephisto fouled Garza.

EMLL March 2 – Arena Coliseo
1. Dr. X & Escandalo & Hooligan beat Sensei & Sombra de Plata & Trueno
2. Dark Angel & Luna Magica & Princesa Blanca defeated Amapola & Medusa & Rosa Negra – Angel challenged Amapola to a shot at her CMLL Femenil Title after the match.
3. Damian el Terrible & Hijo del Texano & Satanico beat La Mascara & Mictlan & Sagrado
4. Blue Panther & Dos Caras Jr. & Volador Jr. defeated Los Guerreros (Hijo del Lizmark & & Rey Bucanero & Sangre Azteca)
5. Ultimo Guerrero beat Marco Corleone with a foule behind the ref’s back.

Independent March 1 – Auditorio Municipal de Tampico
1. Aborto & Mensajero de la Muerte beat King Boy & Rayo Azteca
2. Darling Boy & Iron Boy defeated Alejandro Montana Jr. & Baby Ruiz
3. Alex Koslov & Oro Negro & Valiente beat Dr. X & Nitro & Silver Fox
4. 3 Way Hair vs. Hair vs. Mask: Maximo defeated Loco Castillo who was shaved. Felino was the other participant.
5. Perro Aguayo Jr. & Mr. Aguila beat Hijo del Lizmark & Rey Bucanero (subbing for Atlantis)

Monterrey March 1 – Arena Solidaridad
1. Atomo & Dark War beat Angel del Silencio & Rey Pantera
2. Dranser & Scravos defeated Dralion & Morvius
3. Torneo Cibernetico won by La Mascara after eliminating Caifan Rockero I – Order of Elimination: Principe Rebelde & Mongol Chino & Stuka Jr. & Androide & Raiden & Silver Star & Diamante Negro & Misterioso II & Virus & Hijo del Trueno & Mascara Purpura & Diluvio Negro I & Volador Jr. & Sangre Azteca & Caifan Rockero I

Toryumon Mexico March 2 – Arena Coliseo
1. Arkangel de la Muerte & Oscar Hanaoka & Negro Navarro beat Satoshi Kajiwara & Brian Lee & Amigo Suzuki
2. CMLL Minis Title: Pequeno Damian 666 battled Toshiya Matsuzaki to a double countout to retain his title.
3. Torneo de Parejas por la Copa Yamaha – Semifinals: Hijo del Texano & Olimpico defeated Alex Koslov & Marco Corleon
4. Torneo de Parejas por la Copa Yamaha – Semifinals: Brazo de Platino & Ultimo Dragon beat Atlantis Ultimo Guerrero by DQ when UG ripped off UD’s mask.
5. La Mascara & Maximo & Super Nova defeated Hiromi Horiguchi & Hajime Ohara & Shigeo Okumura
6. Torneo de Parejas por la Copa Yamaha – Finals: Ultimo Dragon & Yoshiko (?) beat Hijo del Texano & Olimpico

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