WED UPDATE: WWE Hall of Fame TV show notes, Rousey-Mania, Hogan rips on Bret, Hogan's restaurant panned, Lawler talks health, Ratings, Diaz case against NSAC thrown out, Announcer Williams passes away, Star of Raw



 
        WWE Main Event tonight on Ion:
Big Show vs. Usos handicap match
Big Show vs. Brodus Clay
Big Show vs. Great Khali
Justin Gabriel vs. Titus O'Neil
 
         We've got a giant news week with the Observer with two regular issues and one back issue up on the site.  The back issue, which was up on the site Tuesday, covers the original Ultimate Ultimate tournament won by Dan Severn as well as the full story behind the end of women's wrestling in WWF in 1995, Madusa being fired and showing up on Nitro and throwing the WWF women's title belt in a garbage can on television.
 
        The two issues will be combined as a double issue for print subscribers and have a Wednesday release and a Thursday release on the web site.
               
        Our lead story updates the WWE situation leading into WrestleMania.  We look at the matches planned, the match in jeopardy, and what the status is for a number of wrestlers who have had matches talked about but those matches haven't even been teased yet on television.  We look at why there isn't any pressure on booking undercard matches, as well as talk about post-WrestleMania plans.
 
        We've got more on Undertaker, Ryback, Brock Lesnar and The Shield. 
 
        We've also got full coverage of the Elimination Chamber PPV, including business notes, match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings.
 
        We've also got the most detailed update on the status of wrestling going forward as an Olympic sport.  We've got more on the background of how wrestling being eliminated happened, the decision-making process, the appeal process,what legendary attempt to set an all-time Olympic record in the sport is being thwarted, as well as what the U.S. wrestling community knew.
 
        We also look at the history of sports voted out being brought back, why wrestling right now should not have been cut and why it does need to heed this warning and make necessary changes.  We look at the country very strongly pushing for wrestling to be brought back.  We look at why the future doesn't look bright even if wrestling is brought back.
 
        We look at the major and minor moves that the world wrestling community has taken in the past week, who got the blame, as well as thoughts from Kurt Angle, King Mo Lawal and Ben Askren regarding how the loss of the Olympics would have affected all of their lives and their career decisions.
 
        We also look at how this affects the entire infrastructure of the sport in the U.S. in ways most people haven't figured.
 
        We also have comments from Bill Watts, a former amateur wrestler who became a pro wrestling star and later a legendary promoter, and his thoughts on the subject.
 
        We've got a major feature on WrestleMania coming to the New Orleans Superdome.  We've got how it came about, as well as exclusive first news on what the planned main event is for WrestleMania 30.  We also look at the few WWE wrestlers who have worked the Superdome before, as well as The Rock talked about his only time in the building as an athlete, which was not as a pro wrestler.
 
        We also go back to the days when the Superdome was arguably the hottest big show setting in the U.S.  We have a history of pro wrestling at the Superdome starting in 1976 when Bill Watts and Leroy McGuirk took the gamble and what lineup they used to make the first show. 
 
        We have a history of pro wrestling in the building, including the all-time biggest shows, the biggest angles leading to the shows, and the greatest matches held in the building.  We look at the story of one of the greatest matches of its era that bombed at the gate.  We also look at the Nitro events at the Superdome and a rundown of the most successful shows.
 
        We've got a feature on Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche in leading to the most important woman's MMA fight in history.  We look at the unique dynamic of the fight, women's MMA on television, live ticket sales, previous women's fights on PPV, the UFC Prime Time shows building the fight, the reaction Rousey has received, background of Liz Carmouche and more.
 
        We have a feature on the Jack Swagger arrest and how it affects WrestleMania, as well as Dana White's new stance on TRT and some UFC statistics about big guys vs. small guys that will in some cases confirm what is the general feeling and in others show the exact opposite of what people think, as well as an investigation of terms like ring rust, UFC jitters and weight cutting issues.
 
        We also have notes on The Rock's schedule, what shows he is going to be appearing at and what shows he is going to be missing.  We also look at the scheduled over the next several weeks of Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar.  We've got a lot of news regarding how the WWE video game deal with Take 2 went down, and why it was so beneficial to THQ.  We look at who the big losers in the deal were.
 
        We also have more on Bruno Sammartino going into the Hall of Fame, who WWE wants to get to induct him, who Sammartino would pick and more.
 
        We also have notes on two other candidates for the Hall of Fame this year, and why both are unlikely to go  in the same year.  We also look at the Zeb Colter character, a WCW character that this may be similar to, R.J. Brewer talks about his gimmick being used, as well as a very interesting statistic regarding children watching WWE that is the exact opposite of what everyone thinks.
 
        We have a lot more on Tammy Sytch, as well as her apology to WWE, another WWE movie, El Generico in WWE, WWE going back to Japan, John Layfield talks the Public Enemy TV beating in the 90s, WWE injury updates, as well as new signings and people who have quietly left.
 
        We also have a rundown on UFC's weekend event on Fuel headlined by Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald.  We look at the show, the ratings, what happened with the fighters with the best records and the strange judging in spots.
 
        The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
        The Observer is now in its 29th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world.  The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe.  Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively.  They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world.  Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business.
 
       If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today.  With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you today.  Just sent your Visa or Master Card order with your name, address, phone number, card number and expiration date to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also order by paypal by sending to www.paypal.com and directing the funds to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also subscribe via check, cash or money order, as well as credit card by mail, by sending to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228. 
        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what gained and lost viewers.

        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Fan movement trying to spur change with Japanese wrestling on television
 
--A look at New Japan's anniversary show lineup
 
--What New Japan star has been training at the Blackhouse Gym with Anderson Silva
 
--A look at Oklahoma television icon and former pro wrestling announcer Danny Williams
 
--Story behind Ric Flair's latest TMZ publicity and his financial issues with his separation
 
--Another major show set for WrestleMania weekend
 
--Notes on TNA finishing up all its taped PPV shows of the year by the end of next month
 
--More on TNA's new German TV deal and how it really happened
 
--Hulk Hogan's criticism of Bret Hart.  Does it hold any water?
 
--A look back at where the Hogan-Hart issues started, stopped and started again
 
--A look at the weekend TNA house shows
 
--A look at ticket sales for all the upcoming UFC events
 
--Business notes for UFC 156
 
--A look at UFC as a business, profitability, revenue, what we do know and what we don't know
 
--Complete look at UFC 157
 
--Tito Ortiz representing Cyborg and her signing with Invicta.  The pros and cons of the deal
 
--What huge risk Invicta may be taking if some current negotiations are followed up on
 
--What happened with UFC and Nick Diaz
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Update on UFC's status in New York after a judge heard their case this past week
 
--What UFC can do, can't do, and prefers to do
 
--Major names talking about what fights they want
 
--More on UFC international business
 
--What big match UFC was looking at doing over Memorial Day and how it fell apart
 
--What match was scheduled for Sweden and why it's not happening there
 
--What Dana White told Cain Velasquez after Overeem lost
 
--New York Times looks at the Bellator/UFC promotional battle, what UFC wanted from Spike, what Spike wants from Bellator and more
 
--UFC developmental program to try and target a demographic
 
--Update on B.J. Penn and Frank Mir
 
--One of pro wrestling's biggest stars playing two groups against each other and where it seems to stand
 
--A major star from the 80s doing a retirement match and the unfortunate incident that made him such a big heel
 
--A look at CMLL's King of Flyers
 
--Promotion in talk with a new station
 
--Two companies that have nothing in common that are working together and why
 
--Big matches coming to Dragon Gate in Japan, England and the U.S.
 
--All-time legend returns to Japan
 
--Pro wrestler says he's going to attempt to make the Olympic team because of it being the last Olympics
 
--A look at the new AAA Canada group and why Lance Storm isn't happy about it after he was stiffed money
 
--The promotional war in Puerto Rico as well as a Puerto Rican group looking at running shows in California and New York
 
--More on Jake Roberts, DDP and Scott Hall
 
--Former pro wrestler who headlined at the Superdome and is now the star of a new TV show
 
--English language New Japan TV matches airing in Canada
 
--Former wrestler lands a role in a Showtime series
 
--Major TV situation involving ROH
 
--A look at the weekend ROH TV taping
 
--Nick Diaz's legal case is ruled on
 
        New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
 
        Our most requested issues in our history are:
 
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
 
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
 
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
 
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
 
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
 
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
 
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
 
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
 
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
 
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
 
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
 
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
 
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
 
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
 
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
 
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
 
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
 
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
 
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
 
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
 
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
 
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
 
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
 
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
 
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
 
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
 
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
 
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
 
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
 
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
 
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North America or $5 overseas.
 
Rates are:
 
        For the United States, it is $12 for 4 issues, $29 for 12, $55 for 24, $91 for 40 and $118 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $13.50 for 4, $33 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 or 52.  In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   For the rest of the world, rates are $15.50 for 4, $41 for 12, $78 for 24, $126 for 40 issues and $163 for 52 .
 
        If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
 
        We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods..
 
        To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
 
Wednesday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with the latest news.  We also have an update today talking about Jack Swagger and Jon Fitch/
 
--A story on Ronda Rousey and mom, AnnMaria DeMars at http://www.pe.com/sports/boxing/boxing-headlines/20130218-ufc-rousey-follows-in-moms-footsteps.ece  Mom was awesome at judo in the 80s, first American world champion, but by this time, you probably know that. 
 
--The New York Daily News at http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/ has a story on Ronda Rousey saying that she won't pose nude for Playboy.
 
--If you are sick of all the Rousey media, I'm just telling you, take your medicine ahead of time.  Everything Rousey related has been getting ridiculous web site hits on mainstream sports pages.  I know people have been told to do anything to get mentions of her in headlines over the next few days.  Whether this leads to a big buy rate, who knows.
 
--The WWE Hall of Fame TV show with Mick Foley, Bruno Sammartino and others will air on 4/9 at 10 p.m.  That's a Tuesday, so it won't have the benefit of being on Monday since Raw is three hours.
 
--We'll have more on this in the Observer, but Hulk Hogan rips on Bret Hart, with stuff that's actually quite stupid, blaming him for working cheaper as champion and thus people had less leverage to make money at http://www.fightingspiritmagazine.co.uk/art/news/176/hulk-hogan-twofaced-bret-hart-was-a-cheap-wwf-champion
 
--Someone who clearly has no understanding that pro wrestling is a business at http://www.buzzfeed.com/jpmoore/the-rock-would-like-to-remind-you-that-hes-apparently-still
 
--Hulk Hogan's restaurant got a really horrible review at http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do-food/dining/hogans-beach-restaurant-in-tampa-needs-some-heavy-lifting/1275626 (thanks to Mark Schreiner)
 
--Jerry Lawler did an interview on WMC-TV about his recovery at http://www.14news.com  He noted that he's gone from eating fried chicken five days a week to once a week.  He talked about how his father died young of a heart attack and his brother needs a heart transplant.  He noted that he never went to the gym and never worked out, and now he's starting to bike ride.  He can't wrestle because right now on blood thinners and it would be bad if he was cut.  But he does want to wrestle again.  He said he has almost no damage from the heart attack.    
 
 
--There are a limited number of meet and greet seats left for an evening with Gene Okerlund, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross on Friday night at the Northern Lights Theater at the Potawatomi Casino in Wisconsin.  It's a Q&A were all three will be telling stories from their careers.
 
--TNT beat USA in the cable ratings last week averaging 3.24 million viewers in prime time to 2.85 million for USA.  FX was No. 11 at 1.34 million.  Syfy was No. 16 at 1.13 million.  Spike didn't make the to 25.  The NBA All-Star Activities won the week for TNT as the  All-Star game did 8.02 million viewer and Saturday night festivities did 5.90 million viewers.  The three hours of Raw last week were No. 11, 17 and 18.
 
--Nevada District Court Judge Joanna S. Kishner of Clark County threw out Nick Diaz's case against the Nevada State Athletic Commission, saying that the commission had a perfect right to suspend Diaz for one year.
 
--Danny Williams, who was Leroy McGuirk's television announcer in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, passed away yesterday at 85.  He was an Oklahoma City television icon.  He had suffered a heart attack in October and died from complications of the heart attack.  (thanks to Pat Brooks)
 
TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY
35 years ago - Bob Backlund defeated Superstar Billy Graham in Madison Square Garden to win the WWWF championship.  Graham finished his reign with the unprecedented record of selling out every title defense but one (and that came close)
24 years ago - Ricky Steamboat beat Ric Flair in Chicago to win the WCW title in one of the most famous matches of that era.  Yes, that was me with former Chicago Bears running back Brad Muster and Steve Sims in the front row while the two were chopping the hell out of each other.  That was one of the better live matches I've ever seen.  And it was very cold that night. (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Johny Hendricks 57.1%
Carlos Condit 42.9%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
The Shield 47.8%
Zeb Colter 20.1%
C.M. Punk 14.2%
The Rock 10.1%
Paul Heyman 5.7%
John Cena 2.2%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 7.3%
Good 30.2%
Average 35.6%
Fair 12.2%
Poor 14.6%
        13.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHAT MATCH SHOW ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN?
UFC 158 44.3%
New Japan anniversary show 18.5%
TNA Lockdown 18.2%
ROH Anniversary show 9.6%
UFC in Japan Stann vs. Silva 3.8%
All Japan Sumo Hall 2.2%
AAA Rey de Reyes 1.9%
NOAH Yokohama 1.6%
 
--Larry Matysik was on KTRS radio last night in St. Louis and blew out their phone lines with more calls than they could handle talking an hour about the glory days of St. Louis Wrestling and the 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All-Time book.  We will be doing a show with Matysik in the upcoming days.  Matysik will be on 90.1 KSRQ in Thief River Falls, MN on George Schire's Rasslin Memories show at 11 a.m. Central time on Saturday.  You can listen at www.radionorthland.org
 
--The Forbes Magazine site at www.forbes.com has a story on Steve Austin plugging his new movie "the Package" as well as the current WWE video game.
 
--A story on Dwayne Johnson talking the movie Snitch and his acting career is at http://news.moviefone.com
 
--The Syfy.com web site has a preview episode of Robot Combat League hosted by Chris Jericho up.
 
--A story on Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter before Swagger went and screwed up, with an interview with Bryan Alvarez as well at http://nbclatino.com/2013/02/20/wwe-introduces-anti-immigrant-wrestler-and-manager-to-fight-latino-champion/
 
--There is a story on Maria Kanellis at http://manchesternewspapers.com plugging her appearance for World of Hurt Wrestling on Friday night in Whitehall at the Athletic Club. 
 
--The planned Dave Jansen vs. Marcin Held lightweight tournament final from last season that was supposed to take place in September, and was scheduled for 3/7, is being postponed due to one of the two being injured.  The show takes place from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA and has current season middleweight semifinals with Doug Marshall vs. Sultan Aliev and Dan Cramer vs. Brian Rogers, plus featherweight tournament semifinals with Mike Richman vs. Alexandre Bezerra and Frodo Khasbulaev vs. Marlon Sandro. 
 
--ROH announced these names for its 4/5 and 4/6 shows at the Manhattan Center for WrestleMania weekend:  Kevin Steen, Adam Cole, Mark & Jay Briscoe, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby Fish, Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal, B.J. Whitmer, Caprice Coleman, Cedric Alexander, Steve Corino, Jimmy Jacobs, Charlie Haas, Roderick Strong, ACH and Matt Taven.  
 
--EVOLVE will crown its first champion on iPPV on 4/5 in Secaucus, NJ.  The seedings are:  1. Chuck Taylor (10-5); 2. Ricochet (5-2); 3. AR Fox (7-6); 4. Jon Davis (5-4); 5. Rich Swann (3-2); 6. Samuray del Sol (2-3); 7. Sami Callihan (3-7); 8. Jigsaw (1-3).  The way it's bracketed is Fox faces Davis, and Ricochet, who has a first round bye, faces the winner.  There will be a four-way with Swann vs. Del Sol vs. Callihan vs. Jigsaw.  The winner of that mach faces Taylor.  Also on the show is Young Bucks vs. Super Smash Brothers and Johnny Gargano, Brian Kendrick, Uhaa Nation, Arik Cannon and more.     
 
--The Fight Network on Monday night had a different episode of the new Fighting Spirit (New Japan & CMLL) show, which featured a Tokyo Dome match with Takashi Sugiura vs. Hirooki Goto.  Nothing new is on the schedule for the next two weeks (thanks to Stephen Gray)
 
--The show is airing on TV in France for a few weeks.  They are up to episode eight there with Celian Varini doing the French language commentary on MCS Extreme. 
 
 
--Knokx Pro Wrestling from Saturday in Sun Valley, CA:  Parker Greaves b Greyson, Hillbilly Hero b Logan, Primal b Syko Stu and Poncho Castillo, EyeZ in Disguise b Maverick, Rapture #1 b Grizz, Jezette b Pedro, Lei'D Tapa (niece of the Barbarian) b Gabriella Cruz, Rikishi & Jacob Fatu & Ricky the Activist b Gangrel & Black Pearl & TMD.  Next show is 3/29 in Santa Clarita, CA at the Valencia High School with Rikishi and Gangrel appearing. (thanks to Clint Mayher)
 
--Former UFC fighter Keith Jardine appeared on an episode of the new version of Hawaii 5-O last week. (thanks to Grant Zwarych)
 
--Southern Championship Wrestling on 3/9 in Sanford, FL at the Salvation Army Gym with a one-night tournament for the SCW title that will include Stevie Richards, Chasyn Rance, Lince Dorado and others. 
 
--IWA East Coast on 3/8 in Nitro WV at the Kings Way Center is headlined by Kevin Sullivan vs. Ron Mathis, Mad Man Pondo vs. Chance Prophet and Sami Callihan vs. Facade.
 
--Definitive Wrestling International on 3/24 in Riverview, FL a the Flea Market.
 
--NWA Dawg on 4/20 in Clayton,NJ at the High School with Matt Cross vs. Biggie Biggs and Papadon vs. Tony Nese.
 
--Wrestling is Art on Saturday night in Haverhill, MA before 400 fans:  Suger Dunkerton b Francis O'Rourke, Kobald b Jervis Cottonbelly, The Batri b Drew Gulak & Estonian Thunderfrog, Chuck Taylor b AR Fox, Mike Quackenbush b Jaka, Tim Donst b Colt Cabana, Devastation Corporation b The Colony
 
--Wrestling is Art on Sunday in Bridgewater, MA:  Mike Quackenbush b Drew Gulak, Francis O'Rourke b assailANT, Jake b Anthony Stone, The Batri b J.T. Dunn & Aaron Epic & Estonian Thunderfrog, Brian Fury b Darius Carter, Tim Donst b A.R. Fox, Devastation Corporation b FIST, Colt Cabana b Green Ant
 
--There will be a benefit show for a seven-year-old battling leukemia on Sunday in Millersivlle, TN.  The show starts at 5 p.m. at he SAW Mill at 1214B Louisville Highway. 
 
--Terry Funk is scheduled for a wrestling convention on 5/11 at the Newark High School in Newark, CA.
 
--Sunday results from El Paso:  Galactico & Scorpio 2000 b Impostor Jr. & Dragon, Hurricane Hector (Eddy Guerrero's best friend growing up) & Cinta de Oro b Crazy 32 & Crazy 33, Maquina 45 Jr. & Impostor & Angelix b Ultimo Guerrero & Ultimo Samuray & Black Demon Jr.
 
--There is an Idolos Del Ring show coming on 4/14 to the El Paso Coliseum with El Hijo del Santo, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., L.A. Park and Mil Mascaras.
 
--River City Wrestling on 3/9 in San Antonio at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena with El Sicodelico Jr. vs. Michael Faith and Hernandez vs. Don Juan.
 
--Last night's episode of the game show "Let's Ask America" had a question where businessmen were asked what was the biggest business flop, New Coke or the XFL.  The XFL got 54% of the vote (thanks to Brian Henke)
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos
 
--EWA from Saturday night in Feeding Hills, MA:  Todd Hanson won four-way over Vinny Marseglia, Mikey Webb and Jeremy Leary, Mike Nice b The Mac, Bobby Fish b Bobby Ocean, The Purists b Capital Punishment, Johnny Idol b IM Valor in a taped fist match, Team Shazaam b Scotty Slade & Dudley Dawson, Alex Cypher b Tapu, Monarchy b Antonio Thomas & Frankie Arion.  It's the last show in the building but it was sold and it won't be housing anymore wrestling.
 
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla before 3,500 fans:  Siki Ozama II & Centauro de Fuego b Tigre Rojo Jr. & Dinamikoo, Artillero & Blue Center b Bengala & Asturiano, Astral b Pequeno Olimpico (who is CMLL world minis champion in a non-title match setting up a title bout), Virus & Raziel & Cancerbero b Starman & Magnus & Stigma, Stuka Jr. & Shocker & Blue Panther b Morphosis & Misterioso Jr. & Olimpico, La Mascara & Mistico & La Sombra b Psicosis & Volador Jr. & Kraneo-DQ (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Idolo & Divino b Demonio Rojo & Ebola, Gallo & Esfinge b Exterminador & Barbara Cavernario, Marcela & Goya Kong & Luna Magica b Tiffany & Zeuxis & Vaquerita, Triton & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Vangelis & Ephesto & Black Warrior-DQ, La Sombra & Valiente & Shocker b Averno & Volador Jr. & Mr. Niebla-DQ
 
--Jeff Gorman trying to get TNA to do a Gut Check for announcers talks at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pwpradio/2013/02/21/oh-you-didnt-know-ep-17--wrestling-news-rumors-wjeff-g
 
--Masakatsu Ueda vs. Jens Pulver and Kevin Belingon vs Thahy Vu was announced as semifinals for the bantamweight Grand Prix tournament on One Fighting Championships show on 4/5 in Kallang, Singapore.  how on 4/5 in Kallang, Singapore. 

Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?