FRI. UPDATE: Weekend preview, WM 30 location, Christian, Bisping rips Belfort for steroids, next big New Japan date, Olympics,

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA show in Huntington, WV at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The card has  Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries, Bully Ray (who I seriously doubt will be wrestling due to his legit quad injury) vs. Devon, Bobby Roode vs. James Storm, Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez, Tara vs. Velvet Sky, plus Kurt Angle will be appearing.
        Also tonight is the Maximum Fighting Championships from Edmonton, Alberta .  The show airs live tonight in AXS TV.
        UFC runs tomorrow in London from Wembley Arena:
Facebook fights at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time
Ulysses Gomez (9-3, 126) vs. Phil Harris (21-10, 1 no contest, 125)
Motonobu Tezuka (19-5-4, 135) vs. Vaughan Lee (12-8-1, 134)
Stanislav Nedkov (12-0, 1 no contest, 185) vs. Tom Kong Watson (15-5, 185)
Josh Grispi (14-4, 144) vs. Andy Ogle (8-2, 145)
Danny Castillo (14-5, 156) vs. Paul Sass (13-1, 156)
Renee Forte (7-2, 156) vs. Terry Etim (15-4, 155)
Main card at 3 p.m.
Matt Riddle (7-3, 1 no contest, 170) vs. Che Mills (15-5, 1 no contest, 170)
Ryan Jimmo (17-1, 205) vs. James Te Huna (17-5, 205)
Jorge Santiago (23-10, 170) vs. Gunner Nelson (10-0-1, 169)
Cyrille Diabate (20-8-3, 206) vs. Jimi Manuwa (12-0, 204)
Dustin Poirier (13-2, 145) vs. Cub Swanson (18-5, 146)
Renan Barao (31-1, 1 no contest, 134) vs. Michael McDonald (15-1, 134) for the interim bantamweight title 
        Saturday night has TNA in Beckley WV, at the Convention Center.
        Saturday night also has ROH in Cincinnati at the Masonic Center with Davey Richards & Adam Cole & Michael Elgin vs. Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino, Roderick Strong vs. ACH, B.J. Whitmer vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Jay Lethal vs. Tadarius Thomas, Mark Briscoe vs. Nate Webb, Jay Brisco vs. QT Marshall and Charlie Haas vs. Pepper Parks.
        Sunday is the weekend's biggest show, the Elimination Chamber PPV from the New Orleans Arena:
The Rock vs. C.M. Punk for WWE title, title can change hands via DQ or count out
John Cena & Ryback & Sheamus vs. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show for world title
Elimination Chamber for world title match:  Daniel Bryan vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger vs. Mark Henry
Antonio Cesaro vs. The Miz for the U.S. title
Kaitlyn vs. Tamina Snuka for the Divas title
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow in the pregame show match at 7:30 p.m.
        TNA finishes up its weekend tour on Sunday in Morgantown, WV at the Events Center.
        Raw will be Monday night in Lafayette, LA where WrestleMania will start to take shape. 
        Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Biloxi.
        Tonight on Fuel has the Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman show from San Jose from last year at 6 p.m. and the show that featured the Dustin Poirier vs. Korean Zombie 2012 match of the year winner at 9 p.m., followed by the Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva show at midnight.
        For tomorrow on Fuel, the Rousey vs. Carmouche prime time part two airs at 9 a.m., UFC Tonight at 9:30 a.m., the weigh-ins from today are repeated at 10 a.m., the Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le show is at 11 a.m., the pre-fight for tomorrow's London show is at 2 p.m., live coverage from 3-6 p.m. and post-fight coverage at 6 p.m..  It also replays in prime time from 8-11 p.m.
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Friday's News Update
--Drew Brees tweeted that WrestleMania will be at the Superdome in New Orleans.  Everyone has been under that impression for months.  It's expected to be announced imminently, like as soon as Sunday.
--The direction for most of the high-card guys for Mania should be more evident on Monday.
--Christian is ready to return.  If he's not on TV this coming week, that would likely mean the decision is to wait until after Mania to bring him back.  Usually that's the case with injured guys.  If they're not going to be used at Mania, they wait until after to bring them back.
--WWE is not going to Japan for August shows in Sumo Hall this year.  Instead, they have booked the building for 7/4 and 7/5.  The idea after last year was not to come in during the G-1 Climax because it invites a direct comparison with New Japan, and last year New Japan garnered more attention, and higher attendance and WWE didn't come across as the strongest wrestling company.
--Michael Bisping at the UFC weigh-ins ripped on Vitor Belfort saying, "He's been busted for that (steroids) in the past and now he's allowed to put steroids into his asshole.  What can I say?  He's a fucking cheat.  But I want a rematch with the guy."There's probably like 0.1 percent of the world that actually has low testosterone.  But for some reason, a shit load of fighters have low testosterone."
--Smackdown tonight
Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry
Layla vs. Tamina Snuka
Brodus Clay & Tensai vs. Jinder Mahal & Heath Slater
The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes
Zack Ryder vs Jack Swagger
Chris Jericho vs. Big Show
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
51 years ago:  Rikidozan & Toyonobori beat Luther Lindsay & Ricky Waldo to win the All-Asia tag titles in Tokyo
44 years ago:  The Masked Medics (Billy Garrett & Jim Starr), who later became The Interns, beat Bobby & Lee Fields for the Florid tag team titles in Tampa
37 years ago:  Gwyn Davies beat Tibor Szakacs in a tournament in Manchester, England to win the Joint Promotions British heavyweight championship for the third time
22 years ago:  Eric Embry beat Bill Dundee in Dallas to win the Texas title
20 years ago: Ron & Don Harris beat Moondogsl Splat & Spot to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
14 years ago:  The Rock beat Mankind in a ladder match and Shane McMahon beat X-Pac in a European title match.
9 years ago:   Eddie Guerrero beat Brock Lesnar, with the help of Bill Goldberg, to win the World title at the Cow Palace in San Francisco
Ric Flair 41.5%
Bruno Sammartino 16.1%
Hulk Hogan 8/2%
Steve Austin 7.9%
Bret Hart 7.4%
Lou Thesz 7.1%
Nick Bockwinkel 3.4%
Harley Race 2.6%
The Rock 1.9%
Shawn Michaels 1.6%
Bob Backlund 1.3%
Jack Brisco 0.8%
Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz 58.0%
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen 24.4%
Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez 7.6%
Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettish 4.6%
Colin Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 3.4%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 2.1%
Excellent 38.3%
Good 40.4%
Average 10.6%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 10.6%
        60.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--New Japan's next big show on 3/3 at Korakuen Hall won't be on iPPV, but will air live on Samurai TV.  Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt will now be a non-title match, but if Tanahashi loses, he said he will give up his title and go into the Japan Cup tournament to regain it.  Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lance Archer for the IC title is official.
--The Olympics dropping wrestling got a decent amount of press in Australia, even though wrestling isn't that popular there.  Satirical sportswriter Richard Hinds devoted his column in the Sydney Morning Herald to it, saying FILA's decision not to send anyone to the meeting was "like not feeding your pet crocodile."
--Most cable systems will have Raw listed as one three-hour show instead of three one-hour shows for DVR purposes on Monday.  I'd still check to be safe if you are planning on DVRing the show.  As far as why it happened, it was the USA Network that send its schedule as three one-hour shows instead of the usual one three-hour show last week.
--EFC on 3/9 at the Xanadu Theater at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City headlined by Fabian Rosario (6-) defending his welterweight title against Danny Massa (2-2).
--Nate Quarry was on Comic Book Men last night, asking the comic store to sell his self-published comic book called "Zombie Cage Fighter" (not about Chan Sung Jung) and the store agreed if Quarry was to put together an MMA match, which he did. (thanks to Gregory Lisa)
--Kendra Lust (not her real name), a porn star, was on The Wrestling Soup last night and totally deni3ed all rumors about her and John Cena.  She said she heard about it when people were asking her on twitter about the story.  She said that even though she is not the type who would respect marriages, she still lnever slept with John Cena and in fact has never met him.  She said nobody from WWE has ever contacted her about shutting down her twitter page.  The hosts said that wrestling fans on Twitter were "the biggest groups of morons on the planet."  She did say she has attended live wrestling shows and is a fan of pro wrestling, which is why she had a naked photo with only the spinner belt covering her.  It was a replica belt, not the real one, and the name plate was blank.  I guess the photo of her with the belt was taken to mean she had an affair with Cena.  She did say that she would have sex with Cena if he would pursue her. (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--Missy Sampson talks about problems at the last PWS show with travel due to the blizzard at\
--Mark Rollerball Rocco will be the guest of honor at the 6/15 Revolution Pro Wrestling show in the U.K. that Jushin Liger appears at.  Liger, when he was early in his career in Japan as Flying Fuji Yamada, faced Rocco many times in the U.K.   
--The World Series of Fighting has a press conference tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern at the MMA World Expo, which takes place in New York at the Jacob Javits Center.  Appearing will be Andrei Arlovski, Anthony Johnson, Tyson Nam, Marlon Moraes, Dave Branch, Igor Gracie and Ray Sefo.  They will be promoting their show on 3/23 in Atlantic City on NBC Sports Network.
--Former pro wrestler Korcito Korchenko  now stars in a TV show called Big Rig Bounty Hunters, which debuted last night on The History Channel. (thanks to Barry Werner)
--Michael Elgin has pulled out of the 4/13 Super 8 independent tournament in Newark, DE.  He will be replaced by Antonio Thomas.
--All-Star Wrestling on 2/22 in Surrey, BC at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds with a Coal Miner's Glove match
--PWF Northeast Pro Wrestling's 11th anniversary on 2/23 in Providence at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center.
--Larry Matysik will be appearing on the John Carney show on KTRS radio 550 AM in St. Louis at 10 p.m. on 2/18.  They will be talking his new book on the 50 Greatest Wrestler of All-Time.

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