Saturday has Raw in Springfield, MO, Smackdown in Champaign, IL and TNA in Vicksburg, MS.
The biggest show of the week is Sunday's New Japan "The New Beginning" PPV from the Hiroshima Sun Plaza Arena. The show starts at 1 a.m. late Saturday night/early Sunday morning Eastern time and 10 p.m. Pacific time, since it's an afternoon show in Japan. The show can be ordered at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 Lineup has
*Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Tama Tonga & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Jado
*Alex Shelley & Kushida vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov for the IWGP jr. tag titles
*Prince Devitt vs. Ryusuke Taguchi vs. the IWGP jr. title
*Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan for the IWGP tag team titles
*Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi
*Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kengo Mashimo in a non-title match
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Karl Anderson for the IWGP heavyweight title
WWE has a Raw house show on Sunday in Cape Girardeau, MO and a Smackdown show in Louisville, KY.
Raw will be live from Nashville on Monday night. The Rock is scheduled on the show. Brock Lesnar is not at this point advertised for the show.
Smackdown, Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Little Rock.
-- Very sad to report the death of Dr. Keith Lipinski's father after a battle with cancer. His obituary is up here. He was a big wrestling fan and a funny guy and helped produce a great son.
-- For those gravely concerned about my marriage, don't panic. Whitney and I are both working on projects right now in the sun looking at the Pacific Ocean, with humpback whales breaching in the distance. I have, in fact, managed to get a lot done in between hiking the Na Pali coast, tanning, sightseeing, and everything else that goes along with taking a honeymoon trip to Hawaii. Whitney spent a lot of time and effort arranging all of this, and I spent a lot of time and effort mobilizing everything I do so that nothing would conflict. She has tons of pics up on Facebook if you're friends with her and I've got some pics and such up at Twitter (@bryanalvarez). I've also got shows up with Dave, Dave and Bruno, Dr. Lucha, Todd Martin, and even a Granny segment from last night. Also want to thank Vinny for taking over PDF creation of the newsletter, which is how I'll be able to get issues out the next two weeks as well. Having a great time and want to thank everyone for helping make it happen.
-- FUEL TV announced they are getting their first ever title fight main event: UFC® ON FUEL TV travels to Wembley Arena in London, live, on Saturday, Feb. 16 (3:00 PM ET) and marks the network’s first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) title fight. The seventh installment of UFC® ON FUEL TV is highlighted by Renan Barao’s first interim title defense in the bantamweight division against top contender Michael McDonald. Barao is riding a 19-fight win streak (4-0 in the UFC, 31-1, 1 NC), while McDonald (8-fight win streak, 4-0 in the UFC) could become the youngest fighter in the UFC to win a title at the age of 22. The Barao vs. McDonald main event is preceded by five exciting undercard matchups, all televised by FUEL TV, while FOXSports.com live streams the six-fight Prelims.
-- The Ronda Rousey/Liz Carmouche UFC Primetime episode (first of three) that everyone is raving about is up on the front page right now.
-- OK, Liz is awesome: How was UFC prime time? I don't have cable.
-- The new Fruity Pebbles boxed with John Cena front and center taking over for Fred Flintstone are hitting store shelves this week. This is a much bigger rollout than even last year when Fruity Pebbles was central to the Rock/Cena storyline (well, a bigger talking point at least). Last year he was only on the box top, this time he's the main eventer.
-- Lyoto Machida currently a 2-1 favorite over Dan Henderson.
-- The two-year old doing WWE impersonations that was created as a contest entry for the Bryan & Vinny Show not only won the contest and went viral online, but was sent around as a mass email to WWE employees a couple of days ago. It's almost broken 50,000 views on Youtube, at least the version that we posted. May be others floating around as well.
-- As noted yesterday, Dixie Carter announced that Jeff Hardy had signed a new multi-year deal with the company, which has been expected for the last several months. Interestingly, WWE just added him to their Alumni section.
-- TMZ story here on CM Punk meeting the guy who got shot in the face and said Punk losing the title was actually a worse thing for him that week here.
-- Rock on Bruno going into the Hall of Fame: Congratulations Bruno Sammartino: 2013 #WWEHallOfFame You're the greatest WWE Champion of all time. Thank you for paving the way. #Hero
-- WWE is going back to South Africa July 30th through August 3rd. It's being billed as a "Smackdown Brand" show even though there really aren't Raw and Smackdown branded house shows anymore with everyone working everywhere.
-- Revolution Pro Wrestling have announced that Jushin Thunder Liger will be appearing for them in the UK for the first time in 25 years, and for the first time in that character, as he was Fuji Yamada when he wrestled on World of Sport. The show is being held at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on June 15th, with tickets on sale from revolutionprowrestling.com from February 25th. Prince Devitt and Marty Scurll have already been announced for the show.
-- WWE Inbox with guys talking which moves hurt the most here.
-- DO YOU THINK ROUSEY VS. CARMOUCHE WILL OUTDRAW ALDO VS. EDGAR?
WHAT MATCH ON SUNDAY'S NEW JAPAN SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki 50.0%
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Karl Anderson 24.7%
Prince Devitt vs. Ryusuke Taguchi 9.3%
Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan 6.7%
Alex Shelley & Kushida vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov 6.0%
Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue vs. Katsuyori Shibata & Kazushi Sakuraba 2.0%
Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Takahashi 1.3%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY'S WWE MAIN EVENT?
56.1% of those responding didn't see the show
-- From the brains behind it: Wanna help Deaf and Hard of Hearing get subtitles on wrestling DVDs? Why not get behind Wrestling with Subtitles; a Seattle upstart organization who have amassed over 1100 followers on their Twitter and 1500 signatures on their petition on Change.org. They have also gained a ton of wrestling personalities' support including Dolph Ziggler, Gail Kim, Rowdy Roddy Piper, and Goldberg. Help founder Max Zaleski make this a reality for wrestling fans all over the world! Link with more info up here.
-- Katie sent this in: Last Friday, I went to the opening of an art show called "Velvet Legends of Wrestling" at the Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle (http://www.ltdartgallery.com/). All the art is pro-wrestling-themed and painted on black velvet. The show runs until Feb. 24th. While, "black velvet," and, "professional wrestling," in the same sentence might sound like next week's challenge on RuPaul's Drag Race, the combination makes for a rather thoughtful collection of paintings. If you get the chance, I suggest you check out this show just to see this riff on "the Kiss" by Gustav Klimt (http://www.ltdartgallery.com/product/macho-kiss-by-jonathan-cooper-original-30-x-30) in person.
-- Video clips of a Urijah Faber signing here
-- Sneak peak of the Pearce vs. Cabana Seven Levels of Hate DVD here.
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1917 - World Heavyweight Champion Earl Caddock defeated Wladek Zbyszko in Des Moines, Iowa.
1954 - Fred Blassie defeated Don McIntyre in Birmingham, Alabama to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title
1957 - Don and Mark Lewin defeated Chief Big Heart and Red McIntyre for the Georgia NWA International Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1963 - Eddie Graham defeated Fred Blassie in Atlanta, Georgia to win Georgia's version of the World Heavyweight Title
1966 - The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) and The Golden Terror defeated Kanji (Antonio) Inoki and Duke Keomuka to win the Texas NWA World Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1967 - Dennis Hall and Roger Kirby defeat Frank and Jack Dalton for the Gulf Coast NWA United States Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama, ending the Daltons' second reign.
1971 - At Madison Square Garden in New York, WWWF United States Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales pinned WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff to win the title.
1973 - Bob Kelly defeats The Mysterious Medic for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1975 - Ric Flair defeats Paul Jones for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Title in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ending Jones' second reign. This was Flair's second-ever pro wrestling title.
1975 - Abdullah the Butcher defeated Bobo Brazil for the Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Detroit, Michigan
1980 - Stan Hansen defeated Antonio Inoki for the National Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan
1985 - Chris Adams defeated Kerry Von Erich to win the World Class American Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas,
1986 -Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana to win the title in Boston, Mass.
1988 - Max Pain (Daryl Peterson) defeats Jerry Lawler for the Continental Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1992 - Jushin Liger won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title by defeating Norio Honaga in Sapporo, Japan
1992 - Tom Prichard defeated Eric Embry in Memphis, Tennessee for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1999 - Roddy Piper pinned WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart to win the title during a WCW Monday Nitro event from Buffalo, New York.
-- JJ Dillon interview heresaying he's surprised TNA is still in business.
-- Good year for Sinclair Broadcasting, owners of ROH, who saw their stock go way up. ROH isn't mentioned, obviously, and a lot of the increase came from tons of new political advertising during the election season.
-- From the promoter: We hope you will plan to join us tomorrow, Saturday, February 9 for JONESBORO JAM. in Jonesboro, AR at the NE AR District Fairgrounds (7001 E. Johnson). Doors open for the VIP Meet & Greet at 4:30 p.m., all others at 5:30 p.m. This international TV taping will feature the legendary Jake "The Snake" Roberts andThe Hurricane! Tickets are still on sale and start at only $15. Kids 5 and under are free!
-- Ed and the crew talk Bruno going into the Hall of Fame and more tonight here.