SUN. UPDATE: TNA Sacrifice preview, ROH iPPV fallout, Lesnar/Overeem on free TV, interesting polls



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Bryan and I will be back tonight after Sacrifice, talking tonight's show, the ROH show, Raw for tomorrow and more.  If you've got questions on the show you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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We're looking for reports on today's WWE shows with Raw in Rochester, NY and Smackdown in Youngstown, OH, as well as last night Raw show in Syracuse and Smackdown in Newark, DE, and Friday night's TNA show in Thibodaux, LA.

TNA Sacrifice tonight from Orlando:

- Bobby Roode vs. RVD in a ladder match for TNA title: Ladder matches up the stakes and are usually either very good or pretty bad, rarely in between.  It's another test to see the kind of worker Roode is in a different environment.  Since Roode vs. James Storm is the direction, RVD shouldn't win here, and I don't think he will because TNA is actually not about changing long-term storylines because of the feeling people can predict outcomes.

- A.J. Styles vs. Kurt Angle - It seems like Angle is going face.  These two have had great matches in the past.  I sense something with involvement from Daniels & Kazarian here to set up a tag feud.  The question is the Impact Zone crowd, which can be brutal on PPV nights, and a face vs. face match, although Angle hasn't really turned yet.

- Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for tag titles - On paper a good match.  We've gotten strong reports on these guys from house shows as well.

- Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson - I don't think anyone expects much out of this so they have a chance to overachieve.

- Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray - Should be a good match here.   Figure Joseph Park or Abyss or both (which would be really something) being involved at some point.

- Devon vs. Robbie E vs. Robbie T for TV title - Comes across as little more than time filler.

- Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher for Knockouts title - This may not be that bad if it's kept short. Tessmacher is a good athlete and Kim may be able to carry her through the rough spots.  Don't see a title change here.

So on paper, it looks to be a good show, not a guaranteed great show or anything.  I don't sense much interest compared to last month and a lot depends on the crowd and the top two matches.

UFC on Fuel today as the Ultimate Matt Hughes special at 7:30 p.m., The last two weeks of Ultimate Fighter from 9-11 p.m. and the prelims from the Jones vs. Evans show on 4/21 at 11 p.m. They are also going to air the prelims from the 2/26 show from Japan at 10 a.m. tomorrow which was a good show.

Monday has Raw tapings in Pittsburgh and Impact tapings in Orlando.  Raw features HHH doing a promo regarding Brock Lesnar.

Tuesday has a UFC live show on Fuel with these TV fights:

- Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald
- Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac
- Jeff Hougland vs. Yves Jabouin
- Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez
- Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie"

Tuesday also features the Smackdown and NXT tapings in Hershey, PA and a second night of Impact tapings in Orlando. 
 

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We look at profits, losses, dividends, how much money was lost so far on "Bending the Rules," why three overseas events that only drew 5,000 people each night were so profitable, expenses on starting a new network, an update on the new network, how much money was made on WrestleMania week before Mania itself happened, international expansion and the company's forecasts for the rest of the year.

We also look at how much the company looks to be spending on movies, as well as a look at house show business, merchandise, PPV, toys, video games, action figures, DVDs, 24/7 on demand, the magazines, the web site and more.

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--How the unmasking of a wrestler in recent weeks became a giant local television event
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--The last AAA TV tapings
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--Former TNA star getting high marks outside the U.S.
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--Wrestler pleads guilty to a second round of charges of sexual assault
--Former WWF and NWA star who was murdered gets honored
--Former wrestling TV announcer gets honored
--Son of former WWF wrestler gets five ear probation on assault charge
--A look at a major arena indie show that got incredible media coverage
--Hulk Hogan claims two former WWE stars are calling up looking to come in
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--Notes on the rest of the Ultimate Fighter season
--Bellator's last and next show
--MMA promotion and pro wrestling promotion planning on working together and jointly promoting each other
--Bobby Lashley's most recent fight

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Sunday's News Update
 
--We still haven't gotten a technical explanation of what went wrong with the ROH iPPV last night.  It is working today and people have seen the show, which is getting good reviews.  If there ever was a time a company couldn't afford an Internet screw up, after the Danielson vs. Punk thing and the two shows in March, this was it.  This is really going to be a test regarding the resiliency of wrestling fans when it comes to a No. 3 promotion.  If it was No. 1, while it would hurt as well (WWE once had a transmission issue due to a storm on a PPV but that was one time, not three in a row), the effects would not be devastating.
 
--Cesar Gracie is saying that they would have a statement tomorrow on why Nick Diaz no showed his grappling match with Braulio Estima last night in Long Beach, which was also an iPPV.  Quite the night for iPPVs.  Estima claims that he weighed in earlier in the day at 180 as contracted and not 185, as someone representing the Diaz camp complained that he had asked for at the last minute. UFC really need to quietly get Diaz some counseling except I'm sure if they tried, he'd refuse since it would cut time away from training.
 
--Ric Flair missed Friday night's TNA show in New Orleans.  I believe he missed Thibodaux since I didn't see his name listed in a report on the show. Nothing from TNA yet on that one, although they've got bigger issues to deal with today.
 
--Mason Ryan this weekend at house shows is working as a bodyguard for Dolph Ziggler, but not for Jack Swagger. 
 
--For those who never saw it, the Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem PPV will air at 1 p.m. tomorrow on Fuel as the lead-in for the weigh-ins for the show on Tuesday.  Weigh-ins are tomorrow at 4 p.m., followed by the 1/14 Aldo vs. Mendes PPV at 5 p.m. The Fuel in studio broadcast team for Tuesday's UFC show will be Jay Glazer and Rashad Evans for weigh-ins tomorrow.

For Tuesday, the schedule will be a pregame show at 7 p.m. Eastern with Glazer, Evans and Chael Sonnen, the fights starting at 8 p.m. live and then after the fights will be the post-game show at about 11 p.m. with Glazer, Evans and Sonnen.
 
--The first of the best-of-seven Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce NWA title series will be a first blood match on tonight's NWA Hollywood show in Glendale, CA.
 
--A note on something in yesterday's update: the 9/3 Labor Day Raw will be in Chicago. So the 6:30 p.m. start time would not indicate a Smackdown taping before hand but it's just the usual thing regarding post-July where Raw tapings are starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time in all cities. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
 
--WWE is coming out with a Falls Count Anywhere DVD, a three disc set.

--This is a crazy one: some Lucky's stores are selling Mistico action figures produced by CMLL back in 2007, as well as Strongman and Blue Demon (called Blue Diamond).
 
Poll on Bellator from Friday
Excellent 12.9%
Good 38.7%
Average 22.6%
Fair 16.1%
Poor 9.7%
*84.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
Poll on Ultimate Fighter from Friday
Excellent 29.4%
Good 47.1%
Average 10.6%
Fair 3.5%
Poor 9.4%
*62.4% of those responding didn't see the show
 
Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 9.2%
Good 36.2%
Average 33.6%
Fair 9.2%
Poor 11.8%
*42.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
Who was the most influential pro wrestler in history?
Hulk Hogan 40.3%
Gorgeous George 16.9%
Steve Austin 10.2%
Lou Thesz 7.9%
Rikidozan 6.2%
Superstar Billy Graham 4.5%
El Santo 3.4%
Buddy Rogers 3.2%
Frank Gotch 3.0%
Antonio Inoki 2.5%
Giant Baba 1.0%
Jim Londos 0.9%
  
--Greg Jackson has a press conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Hard Rock Showroom in Albuquerque to announce a 6/2 show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino headlined by Joey Villasenor (27-10) vs. Donnie Liles (13-5) and a series of matches involving local fighters.
 
--Today's New York Post has a mention of the 2012 New Jersey Drive of Champions, a gold tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ on 6/4, benefiting amateur wrestling.  Randy Couture is the event's honorary chairman and members of the 2012 Olympic team will be doing an exhibition. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan) 
 
--Empire Wrestling on Friday night before 60 fans in Avondale Estates, GA:  Jagged Edge b Vandal, Bria Blaze over Johnny Danger, Najasism and Marko Polo, Fed Yehi b Jacob Ashworth-DQ, Dany Only & Mason & The Witness DCOR Mr. Eric & Master Jae & Sylar Cross & Lee Roy, Tommy Daniels b Joey Kidman, Jon & Trey Williams b Vordell Walker & Kyle Matthews in two straight falls.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--Kyle Matthews talks about winning the Future Legends Award at the Cauliflower Alley Club, as well as training in Japan and training with the late Ted Allen.
 
--Millennium Pro Wrestling from last night in Simi Valley, CA:  A-List over Ray Tanaka and Jimmy Mayhem, Hector Canales b Austin Draven, Bar Room Saints & San Chowder b Righteous Indignation, Logan X b Tex Tunney in a street fight Mario Banks b Hobo-COR, Hellkid & Spectre & TV & Furious George b Vandal Drummond & Frankie Dee & Hed & Crayz, Bo Cooper b Gangrel-DQ.  Next show is 6/30 with Cooper vs. Canales for the MPW title.   They also inducted Kurt Brown (Vandal Drummond) into their Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Kurt.  (thanks to Scott Walton and Dan Farren)
 
--Here's an article on Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hitting himself with a bat that references Ultimate Warrior and Mr. Fuji.
 
--Brian Costello's 14th annual Clash at the Cove, at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend, IN, will be on 7/28 with Jim Duggan vs. Costello, Greg Valentine vs. Jay Peterson, Brutus Beefcake vs. Andy Chene and Bob Orton Jr. & The Ripper vs. Cosmic Kid & Pat Day.  Tickets are on sale at the box office at 575-235-9988
 
--Metro East Championship Wrestling from last night in Wood River, IL:  Dave Osborne b Chase King, Chris Logan NC Brandon Espinosa & Ace Hawkins, Count Kharfu b Mauler McDarby, Aiden Young b Gametag Fury 816-COR, Shawn Santel NC Jordan McEntyre, Jordan McEntrye b Mike Anthony, Eric Allen b Baron Aarons (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--Big Time Wrestling from Newark, CA last night before 450 fans:  Victor Sterling & L'Emperor b Arabian Assassin & Tony Vargas, Jason Styles b Syn, Davina Rose b Cheerleader Melissa, Ballard Brothers b Shane Kody & Aaron Solo, Daivari b Kimo to win their cruiserweight title, Ryan Von Kool b Matt Hardy-DQ, Bobby Lashley b Chris Masters.  Hardy has gained back some weight but gave the fans what they came to see.  Melissa said to have looked great.  Next show is 7/27 headlined by Chavo Guerrero Jr. (thanks to Derek Sousa)
 
--C4 Wrestling from Friday night in Ottawa, ONT before 225 fans:  Rush b Pat Skillz & Jeff Fury, Abe Jackson b Billy Gibson, Jagger Miles b Alex Vega, 3.0 b Dudleyville Afterparty, Michael Von Payton b Mike Rollins and Buxx Belmar in a three-way, Tyson Dux b Sexxy Eddy, Checkmate won three-way over Brent B & Jae Rukin and Mike Bailey & Scotty O'Shea, Twiggy b Portia Perez, Josh Alexander b Sebastian Suave, Stu Grayson b Josh Alexander.  Next show is 6/16.   (thanks to Dave Mugrave)
 
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from last night in Marysville, WA:  Brickhouse Bereta b Ethan HD, Mysterious Stranger b Dave Turner, Trixie Dynamite & Cadillac Callis & WildCard b Anni Richards & Kellen Raeth & Christopher Ryseck, Calibur b Damon James, Azul Angel b Joel Nelson in a submission match.  Trixie Dynamite came from Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship  Wrestling promotion. Aaron Bolo was at the show and announced his retirement due to head injures in a show a few weeks back in Canada (thanks to Charles Short)

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