THURS. UPDATE: WHITE CENTER OF CONTROVERSY WITH REMARKS; INJURIES; WWE AND BOOKER SETTLE; MANIA
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's UFC Fight Night, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
Tonight's Impact lineup:
*Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed & LAX vs. Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro & Kiyoshi & Sheik Abdul Bashir
*Team 3-D vs. Main Event Mafia Security
*Samoa Joe vs. Sting
*Taylor Wilde vs. Madison Rayne
*A.J. Styles vs. Scott Steiner
Key elements of the show is he will be the babyface team captain after Samoa Joe turned it down. They also continue to evolve Mick Foley into Cactus Jack.
It's a complete UFC & TNA night on Spike tonight, starting at 7 p.m. with Unleashed with Robert Emerson vs. Manny Gamburyan, Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson (2008 match of the year), Brock Lesnar vs. Heath Herring and B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk, followed by TNA, followed by a replay of the first episode of Ultimate Fighter at 11 p.m.
We look at the goals of Wrestlemania from a business standpoint, looking at the matches and all the ways the story lines have changed in so many of them over the last month, including angles dropped, a match-by-match look at the show as well as thoughts on how well the show will do business wise.
We also have notes on the future of the WWE movie division after the disappointing early returns of "12 Rounds," including a comparison to the other WWE movie releases, why the jury is still out on the project overall, success and failure of previous WWE movies as well as the WWE questionnaire regarding why the movie didn't do the business they projected.
We also have our annual business year in review and historical look, looking at attendance at WWE & WCW live events annually dating back to 1992, monthly ratings comparisons for the past four years to see how every WWE show has done, PPV numbers over the past three years as well as the last two years of Impact numbers, which yield a surprise. We look at how the ratings have gone up and down, as well as how PPV has gone up and down, and most notably, several major patterns emerge.
We look at annual ratings patterns and how they've changed, the future of Smackdown, a look at attendance dating back to the Hulk Hogan era and how it's completely different today, as well as some interesting notes about how the economy has and hasn't affected live show attendance. We look at angles WWE did in 2008 that worked, and others that didn't, as well as looked at the question as to whether the UFC does or doesn't affect WWE on PPV.
We also look at an aspect of TNA ratings that has been ignored.
We've got extensive coverage of Tazz leaving, as well as the unique demands of the job of announcing pro wrestling, more talk of the draft and goals of the draft, as well as lots more on John Cena and Dwayne Johnson, Shawn Michaels talks about the differences between last year's match with Ric Flair and this year's match with Undertaker, as well as more on Bret Hart inducting him into the Hall of Fame. We also have more on the letter Vince McMahon sent to more than 500 wrestlers who have been under WWE contract at one point in the last 25 years regarding company paid for drug rehabilitation. We have more on the release of the Legends of Wrestlemania game, more on Bill Watts in the WWE Hall of Fame, wrestling tape collections, a new movie starring a headliner in this year's WrestleMania, lots more on comments by Cena and Mr. Kennedy regarding steroids, the recruiting of someone a few years ago who never signed, why he didn't, and now he's a major MMA star, best selling DVDs, update on the WWE CD, lots of developmental news updates with even more name changes, Edge talks injuries as well as notes on the final WWE house shows before WrestleMania.
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--Josh Thomson's broken leg suffered yesterday came while sparring with Billy Evangelista for a scheduled fight on 4/11 with Gilbert Melendez. He will be undergoing surgery tomorrow and be out of action for two or three months.
--The Kids Choice Awards on Nickelodeon on Saturday night was the highest rated show last week on cable with a 4.7 rating. The two hours of Raw were No. 3 and No. 6. In 18-34 they were No. 2 and No. 8 and in 18-49 they were No. 1 and No. 3.
--For last week, USA was again No. 1 in cable with a 2.4 rating to 1.8 for Fox News. Sci-Fi was No. 15 at 0.9 and Spike was No. 18 at 0.8.
--There are also two stories on the http://msn.foxsports.com/boxing/ site including one by Alex Marvez addressing the situation, with Alex Marvez saying White made a dangerous mistake.
--Former WWE writer Ranjan Chhibber wrote a story on anti-semitism in wrestling and Paul Heyman at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/03/31/8956556.html
Heyman ripped on Bill Watts for anti-semitism. Colt Cabana also said that a WWE trainer once called him Kike Cabana in front of everyone.
--After bad publicity and a threat of legal action regarding Booker T's convention and different people being pulled, the two sides have reached a settlement where WWE agreed to let Jimmy Hart, who is apparently back in their good graces, to do the Booker T convention after previously pulling him.
--Booker T sent out a letter earlier today saying, "A few days ago I sent a letter to the wrestling world explaining my anger and remorse at how I felt the WWE handled the situation regarding their abrupt pulling of several invited guests to the Booker T Legends of Wrestling Fanfest. Within minutes of the letter being posted, we received hundreds and hundreds of e-mails showing your support of the Fanfest. It appears that the WWE got the message as well, as they have since allowed a true living legend, Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart to rejoin the Booker T Fanfest tomorrow here in Houston, Texas. This action restores my faith in the WWE and I'm grateful that they reconsidered. I want to thank everyone that has supported me and remember, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
--Nick Bockwinkel, one of the names reported as agreeing to do the Booker T event and then pulling out to attend the WWE festivities, said that he was contacted by someone who said he worked for Booker T and asked him if he was willing to do an autograph session. Bockwinkel gave him his price, but claimed there was no agreement and then when John Laurinaitis called him and gave him an offer, which was higher, he took the date because he said he had never confirmed the Booker T appearance, gotten an airline ticket or even full contact information.
--Nidia Guenard will be brought back for the Wrestlemania Battle Royal on Sunday
--Diego Nunes suffered a hand injury in training so his match with Cub Swanson on Sunday's WEC show in Chicago is off. Because of it being so late in the game, they were unable to get a replacement and Swanson won't be able to fight on the show.
--Tonight's episode of CSI has a pro wrestling theme (thanks to Ernie Santilli)
--Reader Ed Simpson said he got a postcard in the mail with Kenny Florian's photo with him saying that he wants to fight in his home state of Massachusetts and told people tot call Melissa at 617-259-2772
--Strikeforce officially announced its second major event on Showtime for 6/6 in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center, which is an awfully big facility for such a show, with Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Shields and a Strikeforce light heavyweight title match with Renato Sobral vs. Rafael Feijao. Lawler vs. Shields will be fought at a 182 pound catch weight.
--The Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Wilson fight scheduled for 5/23 in Las Vegas is out as Koscheck suffered a foot injury. They are looking for a replacement.
--Brooke Hogan is selling tickets to her 21st birthday party on 5/9 at Harrah's in Atlantic City
--The DVD of Never Surrender, an MMA movie that includes Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Quinton Jackson, Anderson Silva and heath Herring will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment on 4/28
--U.K. ratings for the week ending 3/22: Impact did 67,000 viewers. Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling did 52,000 viewers. TNA's Destination X PPV on a three-day tape delay did 44,000 viewers. Raw did 58,000 viewers live and 75,000 for the Thursday prime time replay. Smackdown did 60,000 viewers for the Friday night show,which started later than usual (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
--Poll on Raw's go-home show
15.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--What do you think is the real Wrestlemania main event
Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker 59.0%
HHH vs. Randy Orton 33.1%
Chris Jericho vs. Steamboat & Piper & Snuka 2.3%
John Cena vs. Edge vs. Big Show 2.3%
Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy 1.8%
Money in the Bank ladder match 1.4%
--How many UFC events do you think will beat out Wrestlemania on PPV this year?
0 12.4% (that will be difficult because there is really no chance Mania will beat UFC 94)
Two (UFC 94 and 101) seem to be a lock. After that, it's anyone's guess.
--Inside MMA on HDNet features an interview with Brock Lesnar tomorrow night on the show that airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Pacific, and is replayed constantly on Friday night and Saturday, talking about his thoughts on Frank Mir getting the fight postponed and his match with Randy Couture. On 4/10, they will air part two where he talks about the movie "The Wrestler," life in the WWE and his MMA future.
--UFC 89 (Michael Bisping vs. Chris Leben) airs 9 p.m. on Monday night on Spike going against Raw and the NCAA tournament.
--On 4/11, the same day as the Strikeforce show on Showtime, as well as boxing on HBO and the debut of the documentary "The Thrilla in Manila," Spike will be doing 10 1/2 hours of UFC programming from 1:30 p.m. to midnight including UFC 94 from 9 p.m.. to midnight headlined by the Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn fight
--G4TVs G4 Underground on Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern has a feature on hardcore wrestling
--Eric Bischoff will be on TSN's Off the Record tomorrow at 6 p.m. Eastern.
--EWF TV tapings on 4/18 in Fort Wayne at the Allen County Fairgrounds with Zach Gowen
--Fight Night in the Flats on 6/6 in Cleveland at the Nautica Pavilion
--Justin Black vs. Jason Riley headlines tomorrow night for NAAFS in Columbus, OH in a TV taping of MMA at the Promo West Pavilion
--Tickets for the 6/20 UFC show in Las Vegas at The Pearl at the Palms, the finals of this season's Ultimate Fighter reality show, as well as a main event of Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida go on sale Saturday at Noon Pacific priced at $354, $254 and $154.
--Tickets went on sale today for Mike Brown vs. Urijah Faber for the WEC featherweight title on 6/7 in Sacramento at Arco Arena. Tickets range fro $200 down to $40. The show will be live on Versus as the company decided against it being the PPV debut.
--Auburn Fight Night at the Auburn, AL Arena on 4/25 features an appearance by Junie Browning and the MMA debut of Kyle Maynard, born with no elbows or knees, fighting in an amateur match which has caused a ton of controversy since Georgia would not license him to do MMA but he decided he wanted to fight, and Alabama has now commission overseeing MMA.
--Amber Cummings at
is looking for information on former pro wrestler David Novak of the tag team The Bounty Hunters
--Eastern Wrestling Alliance has a free outdoor show on 4/25 at J.D. Byriders in Glen Burnie, MD
--This week on WWE 24/7 airs the Smackdown show from March 29, 2001. One match was edited off the broadcast, Chris Benoit & Test vs. Kurt Angle & Eddie Guerrero.
--John Berry at
is looking for someplace near Redwood City, CA that is airing Wrestlemania
--TheRingsideLive.com tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Eastern time has a Wrestlemania preview with Dave Hebner
--The Globe tabloid has an article on the death of Andrew Martin (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
--Maryland Championship Wrestling has a Wrestlemania viewing party at Loafers in Pike Catonsville, MD
--Michael Blum at
is looking to get contact info for Haru Egawa, the graphic designer who did several ECW designs and items with the Funks and Sabu as he's working on developing a clothing line.
--There is a Lanny Poffo autograph session on Sunday at Boston Pizza in Etobicoke, ONT from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boston Pizza will be broadcasting Wrestlemania. If attending, please bring a nonperishable food item.
--Dan Wahlers will be on Fight Network Radio with Mauro Ranallo at 3:10 p.m. tomorrow talking Wrestlemania on Sirius Ch. 98
--ISPW on 4/4 in Freehold, NJ at the 3-2 Count Athletic Training Facility with Judas Young vs. Danny Inferno in a TLC match, plus 80s heel ref Danny Davis faces Flash. Michael Modest, Danny Doring, Rick Fuller and Nunzio are also on the show.
--Chris Hero vs. Frankie the Mobster headlines 4/17 in Montreal for ROH, and Hero faces Necro Butcher on the 4/18 show in Markham, ONT. The Phoenix Twins face Austin Aries & Rhett Titus on 4/24 in Dayton while Kevin Steen & El Generico face the Dark City Fight Club. Bryan Danielson vs. Jimmy Rave is announced for 4/25 in Chicago Ridge as well as Hero vs. Tyler Black. Jimmy Jacobs vs. Necro Butcher has been added to Saturday's PPV taping in Houston at 2 p.m.
--CHIKARA Pro on 4/25 in Easton, PA at the Chrin Community Center with Ophidian & Amasis vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw in a 2/3 fall tag title match
--NWA MSW canceled its scheduled event tomorrow night in Bluefield, WV
--Insanity Pro Wrestling on 4/4 in Indianapolis at the Fountain Square Salvation Army Community Center
--Legends of The Ring VIII on 5/30 in Monroe, NJ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel has Sting, Eric Bischoff, Pat Patterson, Kurt Angle, Lex Luger, Konnan, Rick Martel, John Nord, Frenchy Martin, Sam Houston, Luna Vachon, Zeus, Ox Baker, Steve Keirn, Hillbilly Jim, Billy Jack Hayes and Ron Garvin appearing as well as Tony Anthony, Johnny Stamboli, Little Guido, Chuck Palumbo, Colin Delaney, Bushwhacker Luke, Kanyon, Manu, Nidia, Sean Waltman, Carlos Colon, Madison Rayne, Debra McMichael, Bob Holly, Rockin Robin, Kid Kash, Christopher Daniels, Mike McGuirk and Dick Kroll
--Jack Evans turns 27 today
--Former Mid South Wrestling announcer Riesor Bowden passed away eight years ago today at the age of 74. Victor Quinones, the longtime Puerto Rico promoter, passed away three years ago today at the age of 46
--The movie "Universal Soldier: The Return" starring Bill Goldberg will be released on BluRay on 4/14