THURS. UPDATE: Great McGuinness article, Generico in WWE, new Chamber match, White talks 20th annivesary, Angle on Bellator tonight, New WWE flick, Best world champion, Jericho

By Dave Meltzer
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        Impact tonight at 8 p.m. taped from London:
Magnus vs. Christopher Daniels
Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Blossom Twins & Party Marty vs. Tara & Gail Kim & Jessie Godderz
James Storm vs. Rob Van Dam
        The singles matches were part of a storyline where Hulk Hogan is looking to find an opponent for Jeff Hardy at Lockdown.         
        Bellator tonight
8 p.m. on
Mont McMullens (265.7) vs. David Mejia (264.3)
Aaron Johnson (185.5) vs. Brennan Ward (185.6)
Kyle Bolt (185) vs. Joe Pacehco (185.9)
Johnny Buck (170.5) vs. Chris Mierzwiak (170.5)
Timothy Goodwin (135.9) vs. Mike Maldonado (135.9)
10 p.m. on Spike
Sultan Aliev (185.5) vs. Mikkel Pario (185.7) in first round of the middleweight tournament
Doug Marshall (185.5) vs. Andreas Spang (186) in first round of the middleweight tournament
Brett Cooper (185.2) vs. Norman Paraisy (185.8) in first round of the middleweight tournament
Dan Cramer (185.9) vs. Brian Rogers (186) in first round of the middleweight tournament
Eduardo Dantas (134.6) vs. Marcos Galvao (134.7) for the bantamweight title
        Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 8 p.m., Part one of Rousey vs. Carmouche at 8:30 p.m., GSP vs. Josh Koscheck at 9 p.m., Diego Sanchez vs. Paulo Thiago at 10 p.m., this week's Ultimate Fighter at 11 p.m., and Rousey vs. Carmouche episode two at midnight.
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--Hall of Famer getting surgery on both knees to keep from a possible life in a wheelchair
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--Notes on Pro Wrestling Syndicate
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--Will the Rousey vs. Carmouche special help the buy rate of the PPV?
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--More on Eddie Alvarez lawsuit against Bellator
--Did Tito Ortiz make a big mistake in how he's handling Cris Cyborg's career
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--Lots of new UFC fights
--Coverage of Bellator's last show
--Champion from Bellator signs with new group    
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Thursday's News Update
--Mike Sempervive and I will be back tonight talking TNA, Bellator, the Olympics booting wrestling, the 2012 Awards and UFC Prime Time tonight.  You can also send questions for tonight's show and we will answer every serious one sent in the next few hours to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--We have a feature on the front page on episode two of the Rousey vs. Carmouche Prime Time show.  It debuts tonight at midnight.  It also airs at 1:30 a.m. (10:30 p.m. Pacific time), 9 a.m. Saturday on Fuel, 11 a.m. Saturday on FX and 2 a.m.  late Saturday on FX.
--UFC weigh-ins are at 11 a.m. Eastern tomorrow.  Odds are slim of me getting up for those on a Friday.
--Dana White talked about doing a huge 20th anniversary show in November once again yesterday, talking about headlining with a dream fight.  He also said Anderson Silva told him he was open at fighting at 170.
--Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka for the Divas title is now official for Sunday's Elimination Chamber show.
--El Generico used his same mask in FCW working a show last night.  He didn't wrestle on the show but did appear in his outfit in front of the fans.  Kris Kristofferson was also at the show last night.  His son Jody is signed with WWE a Garrett Dylan.
--Donald Rumsfeld has gotten some pub pushing the IOC to reconsider its dropping of wrestling.
--Kurt Angle will be on tonight's Bellator show asking people to sign a petition to get wrestling back in the Olympics.
--Lucia Rijker, best known from the movie "Million Dollar Baby," is on tonight's UFC Prime Time talking about Ronda Rousey.
--The Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold fight will be the main event on a show on 5/18 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil in Santa Catarina.
--WWE Studios has greenlit a comedy movie called "Cruisin for a Bruisin," written and directed by Adam Bhala Lough, on two rule-breaking ex-cops to get back together for revenge on the crooks and corrupt senator who killed their mentor.
--A story on Chris Jericho, who will be hosting the Robot Combat League show on Syfy is at
Luke Rockhold 53.5%
Vitor Belfort 46.5%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 49.0%
The Rock 24.7%
Kevin Steen 8.0%
Alberto Del Rio 6.7%
KENTA 5.1%
Jeff Hardy 4.2%
El Terrible 1.3%
El Texano Jr. 0.7%
Cima 0.2%
Masakatsu Funaki 0.0%
Excellent 7.8%
Good 47.8%
Average 31.1%
Fair 3.3%
Poor 10.0%
        46.7% of those responding didn't see the show
C.M. Punk vs. The Rock 87.9%
Chamber match 5.7%
The Shield vs. John Cena & Ryback & Sheamus 5.5%
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show 0.8%
Yes 20.5%
No 79.5%
--Tommy Dreamer turned 42 today.  Nelson Frazier (Big Daddy V/Big Daddy Voodoo/Mabel) turned 41.  Hustler Rip Rogers, one of pro wrestling's best trainers, turned 58.
THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Grame Cameron)
56 years ago:  Primo Carnera vs. King Kong Czayja drew 22,000 fans in Sydney, setting what was at the time the all-time attendance record for Australia
45 years ago:  Killer Karl Kox beat Cowboy Bob Ellis in Melbourne to win the IWA world title
45 years ago:  Thunder Sugiyama & Toyonobori beat Al Costello & Don Kent, the Fabulous Kangaroos, to win the TWWA world tag team titles in Osaka    
31 years ago:  Dutch Mantell beat Jerry Lawler in Memphis to win the Southern title
19 years ago:  Eddie Gilbert beat Jerry Lawler to win the USWA title in Memphis on the same show Brian Christopher beat Doug Gilbert for the Southern title
17 years ago:  Brian Christopher beat Tommy Rich for the Southern title and Jesse James Armstrong (Road Dogg) & Tracy Smothers beat PG-13 for the USWA tag titles
--Hardcore Roadtrip on 3/2 in London, ONT has Sabu vs. 2 Cold Scorpio, Little Guido vs. Kid Kash, Axl Rotten vs. Angel, Balls Mahoney vs. Warhed in a staple gun match, Kevin Sullivan, Christian York, Petey Williams, Devon, Gary Wolfe, Al Snow, Joey Ryan, Big Vito, Sandman, Tod Gordon, Raven and more.
--Glory Promotions runs 3/23 in London at the Excel Arena headlined by Tyrone Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky and Albert Kraus vs. Andy Ristie.
--A video of Johnny Gargano with a 13-year-old with blood platelet disorder who needs chemo and IVIG inufions at 
--Insane Championship Wrestling from the U.K. TV show is at
--Women of Wrestling run 3/9 at the Eastside Cannery in Las Vegas
--Rob Van Dam will be signing autographs as well as signing his RVD's Twisted Perception Soldiers of Karma Graphic Novel from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hollywood Book and Poster table at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention on 2/24.  For more info go to
--Eddie Ng vs. Arnaud Lepont has been added to the 4/5 One FC show in Kallang, Singapore at Singapore Indoor Stadium.
--Nate Quarry will be on "Comic Book Men" Thursday night on AMC in conjunction with his comic book "Zombie Cagefighter"  He's also at halfway through the show on the I Sell Comics podcast and also talks about his UFC career.
--UWC Championship Wrestling at
--Ivan Koloff has been announced for the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest on 8/1 to 8/14 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place Hotel.  This will be the 11th show of its type Greg Price has put together since 2004.
--So Cal Val has been added to The Big Event autograph show on 3/2 in East Elmhurst, NY.  For more info go to  She'll be joined by Mickie James, Barbara Blank (Kelly Kelly), Miss Tessmacher, Jerry Lawler, Jeff Jarrett, Dustin Diamond of "Saved by The Bell" and Stacy Carter.
--Ed Soares Resurrection Fighting Alliance has its second show on 3/22 in Denver at the First Bank Center and will air live on AXS TV.
--Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk Bruno Sammartino going into the WWE Hall of Fame at
--The Fight Network in Canada will be debuting a two-hour block in the U.S. on The Pursuit Channel every Saturday night at 11 p.m. Eastern time.  One of the shows that will air is Texas Fight Night, a show about the MMA scene in Texas.  That show also will air every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on The Fight network in Canada.
--Tyron Woodley of UFC has signed a deal to be represented by Malki Kawa.
--Antonio Cesaro on the Brian Soscia show at    

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