TUES UPDATE: Massive boxing star jumps ship, RJ Brewer talks WWE stealing his gimmick, how the new WWE Title supposedly came to be, Ronda's mom buries Cyborg, tons more

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

Tonight has UFC Tonight at 10 p.m., UFC Prime Time (this last episode) at 10:30 p.m. and a 30 minute Countdown show at 11 p.m.

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--Big matches that are being built up
--Next AAA TV taping
--Notes on Dragon Gate USA's WrestleMania week shows and who is coming from Japan
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--Pro Wrestling NOAH's big show of the week and angles being shot
--Champions from NOAH capture a second championship
--Thoughts on Masato Tanaka vs. Tomohiro Ishii and if it's a match of the year candidate
--Jushin Liger coming to the U.K.
--Notes on the return of Kensuke Sasaki
--Hall of Famer getting surgery on both knees to keep from a possible life in a wheelchair
--Return of a wrestler after two years in exile
--Onita vs. Akebono in an explosive barbed wire match
--Notes on an FMW nostalgia show
--More on the Hart Family Legacy promotion in Calgary and attempts to start AAA Canada
--Names scheduled for the first show
--Thoughts on the death of Jim Jeffers of the Mod Squad tag team
--Jerry Lynn's final Northeast match against Lance Storm
--Notes on Pro Wrestling Syndicate
--One of the most famous local wrestling stars returns at the age of 66 for a major angle
--Former WWE stars involved in an independent feature
--Notes on Sinclair Broadcasting's financials
--Notes on Jeff Hardy's new contract
--Dixie Carter's announcements at the Bellator show
--A.J. Styles TNA update
--Notes on ticket sales for TNA in Chicago
--Hulk Hogan's latest comments on TNA and its changes
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
--UFC drug test positive
--A look at TRT and Vitor Belfort
--Michael Bisping talks TRT
--This week's UFC lineup
--Why American fighters aren't thrilled about fighting in the U.K.
--What happened with UFC and Josh Barnett
--UFC's Memorial Day show looked at
--UFC's next show in Sweden looked at
--The next UFC on FOX show looked at
--A look at the TUF finals
--Lots more on women in UFC
--Ultimate Fighter news
--Will the Rousey vs. Carmouche special help the buy rate of the PPV?
--What Rousey will no longer talk about and why
--Crazy UFC schedule as the year goes forward
--More on Eddie Alvarez lawsuit against Bellator
--Did Tito Ortiz make a big mistake in how he's handling Cris Cyborg's career
--Ronda Rousey talks Cyborg not coming to 135
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Coverage of Bellator's last show
--Champion from Bellator signs with new group    

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- In what has been compared to if Rock signed with TNA or GSP signed with Bellator, Showtime today announced the signing of Floyd Mayweather away from HBO. Showtime will now promote his fights along with CBS TV, six over the course of the next 30 months, the first taking place May 4th when he takes on Robert "Ghost" Guerrero. While the financial details are being kept secret, they are claiming the new deal is "by far the biggest in the sport of boxing" and that Mayweather is "the highest paid athlete in the world" (stat comes from Forbes in 2012).

-- Big story on the signing from ESPN here.

-- The Jack Swagger/Zeb Colter storyline is getting a lot of press today, both on conservative blogs and radio shows and also for a story NBC is working on.

-- From RJ Brewer's Facebook: This will be the only time I respond to the questions I have received regarding WWE "stealing my stuff." I have been wrestling for Lucha Libre USA for almost 3 years and have been using that platform to speak against illegal immigration from the start. I have been featured on CNN, Fox News, The Geraldo Rivera Morning Show, front page of the LA Times, front page of the BBC, and most recently, ABC... Nightline. I knew it was only a matter of time before someone else took advantage of my press and success. For me to complain would say I am against capitalism, and that is not true in the least. The reason I have done what I have done is because this is not some silly wrestling storyline, this is real. My feelings are magnified for the camera and the live audience, but what I say comes from the bottom of my heart. This is why I was invited to the Sheriff Joe Arpaio walk, and asked to be a guest speaker at Rusell Pearce's (author of SB 1070) fundraiser. They say the most sincere form of flattery is imitation. I say imitation is suicide, because to try to be what someone else really is, is only killing who you are. Our audience is Latino, our wrestlers are Latino and that is why RJ Brewer is so effective. I don't need a mouthpiece. I don't need a machine behind me. I don't need human growth hormone and/or to be protected by a phony drug test only to be thrown out like yesterday's garbage when I am finished. RJ Brewer will always be 100% real, no matter how hard someone tries to diminish that. All I need are my views and a platform to spread them, and so far, that has worked just fine. Lucha Libre USA goes on tour this spring, stay tuned for dates and stay tuned for a documentary to be filmed about "Latin America's Favorite Enemy." Last year, an average of 3000 fans came out each night to watch us, and this year should be even better. Thank you.

-- Mediaite has a story on it here.

-- Story about the creation of the new WWE Title belt here. Apparently it's not wholly accurate. You can also buy the belt if you so desire for $440 by clicking here. As you can see, the side plates can be switched out for different champions, so if John Cena wins at WrestleMania he won't be running around all year with Brahma Bulls on the side of his belt. I know a lot of people don't like this belt, but my God, the spinner belt was an all-time horrible design and this is a huge improvement.

-- Ryan notes: On Raw, CM Punk said cena had never beat him and I immediately thought of twice that Cena beat Punk.. Cena pinned Punk in the Elimination Chamber in 2011 and Cena tapped out Punk during the 09 Slammy Awards in about a minute. Keep up the great work!

-- John at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes: I have four WrestleMania 29 tickets, section 224B, I'm looking to sell. If you could post this on the site, I would greatly appreciate it. Face value is $175 each.

-- Mickie James' new song, Somebody's Gonna Pay, is available for 99 cents on iTunes right now at this link.

-- There is a picture hereof Scott Hall, looking much older than his years, in a wheelchair, arriving to live with Dallas Page and Jake Roberts. Page is going to try to turn his life around like he seemingly has with Jake.

-- New interview with Jake up here.

-- Countdown to UFC 157 debuts on FUEL tonight at 11 Eastern, and will replay throughout the week. You can check out a preview by clicking here.

-- Ronda Rousey's mom, Dr. Ann Maria DeMars, who also happens to be the first American to medal in Judo at the World Championships, buried Cris Cyborg on the MMA Hour Monday night. We all know she's doing steroids. It's like the guy who gets caught with a DUI and says, ‘That's the first time I've ever drove drunk in my life.' Well, it's possible, but its not too likely. I would say that if you're a disciplined athletes and you can be disciplined enough to monitor your training and your weight and make your weight you committed to, why can't she do that too? Why should she get special privileges? I don't believe in special rules for special people and I think all of her reasons for not making weight are false. I say that because I competed for many, many years, and the thing about you can't cut weight because it might damage your chance of having children? Please. I had four kids and I competed for 14 years and I cut all the way down. To make weight once for three minutes to stand on a scale and someone offers you a bucket of money and you say you can't do it?She also noted that she thought Ronda was completely out of her mind when she first came to her and told her instead of going to college she was going to go into women's MMA.

-- Nate Marquardt replaces Johny Hendricks in the latter's previously-booked fight with Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16th. Hendricks will now face Carlos Condit after Condit's original opponent, Rory MacDonald, pulled out citing neck and back injuries that will keep him away from training for about the next four weeks.

-- TCW promoter Matt Riviera will be on Millionaire Matchmaker tonight.

-- Josh Barnett issued a statement about why he's not signing with the UFC, and while he wouldn't give the exact reason, he said he wanted something that the company had offered Eddie Alvarez and they said no. Could have been a signing bonus, could have been PPV points, could have been a number of different things.

-- Dave Doyle has a good story on Liz Carmouche in advance of this weekend's Rousey vs. Carmouche PPV here.

--New Japan has posted the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt match from 2010 herein anticipation for their non-title rematch coming up on March 3rd, where Tanahashi says if he loses he'll vacate the title and enter this year's New Japan Cup.

-- Just a reminder that Doc Young is back doing bookings for Figure Four Daily, so if you are a wrestler or promoter who wants to arrange an interview for the show, please contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- This day in history with Brian Hoops:

1920 - Paul Bowser defeated Billy Schoeber in Newark, Ohio for the American Middleweight Title.

1942 - Marshall Estep defeated Steve Brody to win the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1942 - Bill Longson defeated Sandor Szabo in St. Louis, Missouri to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title.

1943 - Bill Longson defeated Bobby Managoff for the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1957 - Wilbur Snyder defeated Hans Schmidt to win the Chicago NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois.

1959 - Don and Luke (Bobby) Fields defeated The Corsicans (Jean and Joe) in Chattanooga, Tennessee to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title reign.

1963 - Hiro Matsuda defeated Eddie Graham to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.

1966 - Bill Watts defeated Kinji Shibuya for the San Francisco NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California,

1969 - Gene Kiniski won the Hawaii NWA North American Heavyweight Title from Toru Tanaka in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1976 - Bob Geigel and Akio Sato defeated Ken Mantell and Ron Bass for the Central States NWA World Tag Team Title in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1978 - At a Maple Leaf Wrestling event in Toronto, Ontario, AWA World Tag Team Champions The High Flyers (Jim Brunzell and Greg Gagne) defeated AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel and Bobby Heenan to retain the title. Also, British Heavyweight Champion Billy Robinson defeated Duncan McTavish to retain the title. Also, WWWF Heavyweight Champion Superstar Billy Graham defeated Édouard Carpentier to retain the title.

1978 - Stan Frazier and Terry Sawyer defeated Dennis Condrey and Phil Hickerson to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1979 - Mark Lewin and The Spoiler defeated David and Kevin Von Erich for the NWA American Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas.

1994 - The Heavenly Bodies (Jimmy Del Ray and Tom Prichard) defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) for the SMW Tag Team Title in Taylor, Michigan.

-- Extreme Rising Pro Wrestling heads to Staten Island, New York for two back-to back live events that will feature a unique audience participation concept for both events --Friday, April 5th “Unscripted” and Saturday, April 6th“Underground” –where the fans attending will pick the wrestlers, the match stipulations, and will also include a fan fest with free autographs and pictures, as well as free beer for Friday’s event. Extreme Rising debuts Friday, April 5th and Saturday April 6th at the “Warriors of Wrestling Warehouse” located at 56 Van Street in Staten Island, NY with a 7:30pm bell time for each night. There are only 250 tickets on sale for each night. There will be no tickets available at the door. Seating is determined in the order tickets were purchased. There are limited seats in the building, with the remainder of space being standing room. The venue is 17 miles from the Meadowlands Expo Center where Wrestlecon is taking place and can be accessed by taxi. Both Extreme Rising events Friday, April 5th and Saturday, April 6th will be available live on iPPV. Full details on the Extreme Rising iPPV, and ordering information coming soon.

-- PREMIER is proud to announce the Jack Korpela to the PREMIER team. Jack will lend his voice to calling all the great wrestling action that PREMIER will provide. Jack has a great resume as a commentator and wrestling fans will remember him from his work on World Wrestling Entertainment television show, WWE Superstars. NXT, WWE Heat and Vintage Collection. He also hosted a show on WWE’s Classics on Demand called After Burnand as well as host of This Week in WWE, Fan Experience and Free For All. Jack’s extensive commentating career goes beyond the ring as he commentated motorsports on ESPN.

-- The Galactica Type Battlestar of the National Wrestling Alliance aka NWA Dangerous Adrenaline Wrestling Gladiators Returns to the Clayton High School in Clayton, NJ on Saturday Night April 20th with a 7:30pm Bell Time. Tickets are $15 for Ringside & $10 for GA

-- Chikara's TAMPA DEBUT is coming: CHIKARA: "Just Shadows in the Fog", Friday, March 8th, Live at The Orpheum, 1915 E 7th Avenue in Tampa, FL, Tickets on Sale Right Now! Doors = 7:00 pm Belltime = 7:30 pm. The official event page is up here.

-- Glory Sports International (GSI), the parent company of the world’s new premiere kickboxing league, announced today that it will bring it’s ROAD TO GLORY USA development fight series designed to identify America’s next great kickboxing superstars, to Capitale in New York, N.Y., on Friday, March 22. The winner of the eight-man,! single-elimination welterweight (170 pounds/77 kilograms) tournament featuring a host of prolific, up-and-coming competitors, will be awarded a $20,000 grand prize and a multi-year contract with GLORY, home of the world’s elite kickboxing champions and superstars. Tickets for the event are priced from $40 and can be purchased by phone at 516-458-4989. The tournament is being held as part of a kickboxing fight card being promoted by former world champion Louis Neglia.

-- Ric Flair has been added to the list of guests that will appear at “The Big Event” on March 2 at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel in East Elmhurst, N.Y. The event is presented by Sports Fan Promotions. Flair will be available to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

-- Over the Top Rope Radio with B Brian Blair here.

-- Regarding our annual Convention which will take place over July 4th weekend in Las Vegas in association with what will now traditionally be UFC's biggest show of the year, Ed in San Antonio with all the details below. If you have ANY questions, please email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday Night July 5th at a location to be selected on FREEMONT street DOWNTOWN Vegas.


Three Entrees Buffet @ $59.00 inclusive (includes tax, tip, room rental)

Banquet room will be reserved for four hours maximum.

Buffet will be served for 90 minutes.

Tossed Greens with Assorted Dressings, Italian Antipasto Salad, Caesar Salad, Fresh Sliced Fruits, Vegetable Relish Tray

Roast Pork Tenderloin, Herbed Roasted Chicken, Teriyaki Beef Shortribs,

Au Gratin Potatoes, Whipped Mashed Potato

Oriental Vegetables Stir-fry

Black Forest Cake

Above includes Dinner Rolls & Butter Coffee, Tea, Decaf., Brewed Ice Tea

*menu subject to change

The price is based on 50 people. This year a deposit of 20% (minimum of $590) is due when the contract is signed on March 1st. The remaining 80% is due by April 30th. payments can be sent via paypal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it We need at least 10 people to pay by the end of February and then all others need to pay before the end of April

As usual, Edinsanantonio will be trying to secure a suite on Freemont Street for an after party (usually until 2am). This costs extra and is based on donations only and the BYOB principal (bring your own booze)

New Japan Tokyo Dome 37.7%
WWE Royal Rumble 30.3%
WWE Elimination Chamber 11.7%
UFC on FOX Johnson vs. Dodson 6.0%
New Japan New Beginning 5.0%
UFC Aldo vs. Edgar 5.0%
TNA Genesis 3.3%
UFC McDonald vs. Barao 1.0%

Tanahashi vs. Okada 18.3%
Silva vs. Sonnen 17.8%
Punk vs. Bryan 12.3%
Rock vs Cena 10.0%
Cena vs. Punk 10.0%
Jericho vs. Punk 7.6%
Roode vs. Storm 6.5%
Rousey vs. Tate 6.0%
Steen vs. Richards 4.9%
Cena vs. Lesnar 4.2%
Jones vs. Evans 1.6%
Nagata vs. Stack of Arms 0.9%

Daniels & Kazarian 41.8%
Kane & Bryan 30.8%
Briscoes 6.8%
Rhodes & Sandow 5.7%
Young Bucks 3.8%
Haas & Benjamin 2.3%
Super Smash Brothers 1.9%
Shibata & Sakuraba 1.7%
Prime Time Players 1.7%
Sekimoto & Okabayashi 1.5%
Kojima & Tenzan 1.3%
Omori & Soya 0.6%

Kazuchika Okada 28.5%
Bully Ray 20.7%
Dolph Ziggler 17.2%
Michael Elgin 7.6%
Damien Sandow 6.8%
Titus O'Neil 4.3%
Austin Aries 4.1%
Kazarian 3.3%
Karl Anderson 3.0%
Adam Cole 2.2%
Magnus 1.5%
Rush 0.9%

-- On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, Ronda Rousey will be in studio to discuss her historic first women's UFC fight against Liz Carmouche this Saturday. Plus, we will preview that bout and the rest of the stacked UFC 157 Pay-Per-View card. And, hear Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen's candid thoughts on Dana White's new, tougher stance on TRT in the UFC. Watch all that and much more on the show tonight.

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