SAT UPDATE: Big weekend schedule, UFC notes for tonight, National Pro Wrestling Day, ROH taping, new HP Pavilion match, more



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We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC 156, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We're also looking for reports on last night's WWE house show in Chattanooga, last night's TNA show in Florence, SC, tonight's WWE shows in Montgomery, AL and Greenville, NC, tonight's TNA show in Fayetteville, today's ROH TV tapings in Baltimore and today's National Wrestling Day shows in Philadelphia.

Tonight's ROH TV tapings are at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore with Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin for the ROH tag titles and if Haas & Benjamin lose, they can never team up in ROH again; Semifinals and finals of the Top Prospect tournament, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards & Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Mia Yim vs. MsChif plus Kevin Steen, Matt Hardy and Rhino are all at the tapings.

UFC 156 tonight from Las Vegas:

Facebook fights at 7 p.m.

Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera

Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura

FX at 8 p.m.

Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann

Jay Hieron vs. Tyson Woodley

Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau

PPV at 10 p.m.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall

Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Rashad Evans

Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Bigfoot Silva

Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Frankie Edgar for the UFC featherweight title

National Pro Wrestling day, live at the Pennsylvania State National Guard Armory in Philadelphia. There are 26 different promotions and more than 70 wrestlers on the two shows. They will also be on iPPV at www.SMVOD.com for $14.99 for both shows or $9.99 seperately. If you are in the area, admission to the shows are free. We're looking for reports on both shows.

1 p.m.

Bolt Bradley vs. ACH vs. Lukas Sharp vs. Surfer Mitch in Rey de Voladares first round

Too Cold Scorpio vs. Jojo Bravo vs. Oliver Grimsley vs. Shane Hollister in Rey de Voladores first round

Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino (ROH)

Sugar Dunkerton & Aaron Epic vs. Eric Corvis & Chris Dickinson (Beyond Wrestling)

Kaiji Big Battel match

Colt Cabana vs. Mike Quackenbush

Josh Alexander vs. Ethan Page (Absolute Intense Wrestling)

Saturyne vs. Juan Francisco de Coronado (Wrestling is Fun)

Drew Gulask vs. Francis O'Rouke (Wrestling is Respect)

Arik Royal & Echiva Kid vs. Ric Converse & Trevor Lee (CWF Mid Atlantic)

7 p.m.

Marti Belle vs. Ezavel (WSU)

Winners of the first two matches at 1 p.m. meet in the finals of the Rey de Voladores

Devastation Corporation vs. Proud Oak & Thunderfrog (Wrestling is Awesome)

3.0 & The Colony vs. FIST & Los Ice Creams (CHIKARA)

Tony Nese & Apollyon vs. John Silver & Alex Reynolds (New York Wrestling Connection)

Mat Russo & Heidi Lovelace vs. Tripp Cassidy & Reed Bentley (Wrestling with Heart)

Hurricane Helms & Matty de Nero vs. Ophidian & Kobold

AR Fox vs. Shane Strickland (Evolve)

Maximos vs. Angel Ortiz & Mike Drazik (Fighting Spirit Wrestling)

John McChesmey vs. Logan Shulo (IWC)

Jay Bradley & Darcy Dixon vs. Robert Anthony & Thunder Kitty (Resistance Pro Wrestling)

Sunday has WWE house shows, both 1 p.m. shows so they will be over long before the Super Bowl, in Birmingham, AL and Augusta, GA.

Raw will be live from Atlanta on Monday. Brock Lesnar is scheduled on the show. The Rock is not scheduled as of last we heard.

Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Jacksonville.

The annual Royal Rumble issue of the Observer will be up on the site today. We also have a new back issue up from 1995 which talks about the history of Smoky Mountain Wrestling, the night Hulk Hogan lost it on a live PPV, and the beginning of what ended up being the story that led to MMA being banned in New York, a ban that, strangely enough, still exists today.

Our lead story is coverage of the Royal Rumble, why Rock won, why Cena won, the Rumble scorecard of every entrance, elimination, who got eliminated as well as the all-time record for most time in the rumble over the course of a career, Most eliminations over the course of a career and other Rumble trivia.

We've got an update on the Elimination Chamber PPV and more on WrestleMania, including an update on Chris Jericho and his long-term schedule, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results on the show.

We've also got full coverage of the UFC on FOX show, including what the show has established, lots of business notes on the show including major news regarding the advertising on the show and how important the December show was. We look at the main event, how Anthony Pettis ended up as the star of the show, as well as match-by-match coverage and poll results.

We also look at Ric Flair's aborted return as a wrestler and why it didn't happen in running down the All Japan show this past weekend in Tokyo. We look at what happened with Flair, as well as the Invasion of the Burning group into All Japan and the direction of the next few big shows.

We also have an update on Brock Lesnar in WWE, including his schedule thus far, what is going on regarding his contract, notes on his next contract, and different matches that can be booked with him going forward. We also look at a worked injury that is a cover for real surgery, an Undertaker update when it comes to his career, notes on next year's WrestleMania and history of wrestling in that building. We also look at the major players when it comes to running the WWE, who they are, what they earn, including exactly to the dollar what HHH was making in his last year as a regular active wrestler.

We also look at a potential major business move the company is embarking on, the business notes for the past month in several major categories, plans going forward for WWE big shows, changes in how the house shows are done, plus an update on the WWE video game license and video game going forward. We also look at viewership for WWE secondary programming, executives the company is looking for, and Alberto Del Rio talks about WWE in Mexico.

We've also got lots more on the judges decision regarding the Eddie Alvarez contract dispute. We look at the arguments on both sides and comparisons made. We also have lots of comments from Dana White regarding Alvarez and the arguments put forth.

We also have more on Randy Couture signing with Spike TV, details on it and a look back at Couture's relationship with UFC.

We've also got a feature looking back at the career of Trish Stratus as she's inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

We've also got coverage of the last UFC on FX, the middleweight division, the Vitor Belfort questions, and match-by-match coverage.

We also have notes on the PPV numbers for the TLC show in December and what wrestler who should benefit the most from it.

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- For the record, Cain Velasquez is picking Alistair Overeem to beat Bigfoot Silva tonight.

-- Overeem threatens Bigfoot here

-- Frankie Edgar weigh-in video talking the cut to 145 here.

-- Dave and I will be back later this evening with a full recap of UFC 156, plus we'll be talking all the latest news in pro-wrestling and MMA. If we have time we'll hit some questions as well. Dave is in Vegas and will be doing live running play-by-play of the show on the front page starting around 3:30 PM Pacific/6:30 PM Eastern.

-- Dave also has a very good article up hereabout the "dying industry" that is PPV.

-- ROH tapes tonight in Baltimore with Briscoes vs. Haas & Benjamin with the stipulation being that if the challengers lose they must split up (lots of talk of Benjamin perhaps going to WWE, so if they split up I'd suspect that's the reason), Finals of the Top Prospect tourney with Matt Taven, QT Marshall, Silas Young, and Tadarius Thomas, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong vs. American Wolves & Michael Elgin, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Jay Lethal, Mia Yim vs. MsChif, and Nigel McGuinness will confront Matt Hardy.

-- Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero has been added to UFC on FOX 7 from the HP Pavilion on April 20th.

-- Apparently Tensai is getting over as the dancing fat man at the house shows.

-- Are you watching UFC 156?
No, don't watch UFC 34.3%
Yes, I usually don't get UFC PPVs but like the show because of the depth 24.1%
An interested in seeing the show but I've got other plans that will get in the way 20.4%
Only watch big shows, don't see this as a big show 9.3%
Usually don't watch UFC, watching specifically for the main event 5.6%
Not watching because I don't like the card 3.7%
Not watching because I don't like the main event 2.8%

If you are watching, how are you watching?
Illegal streaming 29.3%
Buying PPV at my home 28.4%
Watching it at a public establishment 26.7%
Watching at a friends house 14.7%
Watching it on the road 0.9%

What did you think of Bellator?
Excellent 27.3%
Good 40.9%
Average 20.5%
Fair 4.5%
Poor 6.8%
57.3% of those responding didn't see the show

What did you think of Impact?
Excellent 24.1%
Good 46.8%
Average 20.3%
Fair 2.5%
Poor 6.3%
35.8% of those responding didn't see the show

-- This day in history with Brian Hoops

1914 - Charlie Cutler defeats Henry Ordemann to win the American Heavyweight Champion in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1928 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeated Wayne Munn in Michigan City, Indiana win the Illinois and Michigan version of the World Heavyweight Title and unify it with his undisputed title.

1957 - Ed Francis and Henry Lenz defeated Red Bastien and Roy Heffernan to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1978 - Dory Funk, Jr. and Larry Lane defeated Brute Bernard and Frank Morrell in Amarillo, Texas for the NWA Western States Tag Team Title.

1981 - The Bounty Hunters (David and Jerry Novak) defeated Bill Dundee and Tommy Rich in a no-disqualification Title vs. Hair match for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1986 - The Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton) defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) in Atlanta, Georgia to win the NWA World Tag Team Title

1986 - Dirty Rhodes (Roger Smith) defeated Buddy Landel for the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, Rick Casey (Wendell Cooley) defeated Dutch Mantel to win the CWA International Heavyweight

1987 - - Austin Idol defeated CWA International Heavyweight Champion Soul Train Jones to win the vacant AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1991 - Brad Anderson and The Hood (Ricky Santana) defeated The Wrecking Crew (The Equalizer and The Grappler) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon.

-- Story on the death of Don Arnold here, wrestler and nudist

-- Story on Cena and Daniel Bryan attending the Wizard World Convention this year here.

-- Steve Austin says No substitute for experience

-- Interview with Marti Belle here, who is wrestling today at National Pro Wrestling Day

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