Friday, 01 March 2013 13:18
Tonight on AXS is the Legacy Fighting Championships from the Arena Theater in Houston:
Brandon Farran vs. Alex Morono
Jennifer Scott vs. Lauren Taylor
Todd Moore vs. Charlie Ontiveros
Antonio Banuelos vs. Rafael de Freitas
Jorge Patino vs. Derrick Krantz
Derrick Lewis vs. Ricky Shivers
Saturday has the UFC on Fuel from the famed Saitama Super Arena
Facebook at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time
Marcelo Guimares vs. Hyun Gu Lim
Alex Cacares vs. Kyung Ho Kim
Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokodome
Bryan Caraway vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
Fuel at 10 p.m Eastern
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Mizuto Hirota vs. Rani Yahya
Hector Lombard vs. Yushin Okami
Takanori Gomi vs. Diego Sanchez
Mark Hunt vs. Stefan Struve
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann
There is also an ROH iPPV, the company's 11th anniversary show. at 7:30 p.m. at www.rohwrestling.com from the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago Ridge, IL:
Kevin Steen vs. Jay Lethal for ROH title
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly for ROH tag titles
Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
Michael Elgin vs. Roderick Strong 2/3 falls
Adam Cole vs. Matt Taven for TV title
Charlie Haas vs. B.J. Whitmer
Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
Q.T. Marshall vs ACH vs. Silas Young vs. Mike Sydal vs. Adam Page vs. Tadarius Thomas
Saturday also has a Raw house show in Kingston, ONT, Smackdown in Kalamazoo, MI and TNA in Salina, KS (Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray, James Storm vs. Ken Anderson, Austin Aries vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr., Gail Kim vs. ODB, Samoa Joe vs Garett Bischoff, Magnus vs. Doc).
The big show on Sunday is the New Japan 41st anniversary show from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo:
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt non-title (If Tanahashi wins, he'll vacate the IWGP title)
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Lance Archer for the IC title
Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Kengo Mashimo & Taka Michinoku in an elimination match
Togi Makabe & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Toru Yano &
Takashi Iizuka & Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi
Kushida & Alex Shelley vs. Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask for IWGP jr. tag titles
Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue & Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson & Tama Tonga & Ryusuke Taguchi
Hiromu Takahashi & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
This show is not available in the U.S.
Sunday is also the ROH TV tapings from Chicago with Adam Cole vs. Matt Hardy for the TV title, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov challenging for the tag titles, American Wolves vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas and Athena vs. MsChif vs. Cherry Bomb vs. Scarlet Bordeaux.
Also on Sunday is Raw from Syracuse, NY and Smackdown from Cleveland.
Raw will be live on Monday from Buffalo. The Rock returns this Monday.
Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Albany, NY.
-- Craig of Over the Top Radio is going to be putting more Figure Four Empire T-shirts into production. We're going to do a six-week pre-order period and you must order during that time if you want to get one, because he's going to print up one big batch and then it'd doubtful any will be left over. A picture of the design and a simple ordering button will be on the front page in a few days, so if you want to grab what will be a collector's item in 6 weeks and 1 day, prepare to order! We hope to do a different design/shirt/sweatshirt, etc. every six months or so if the demand is there. I've seen the design and it's very cool.
-- Also a note that I'm going to be using Twitter to ask questions of guests for a little while, so if you want to get involved, follow me at @bryanalvarez.
-- As noted on the front page, after Impact last night the Lockdown card looks to be Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy in a cage match for the World Title; WAR GAMES Aces & Eights of Devon, Mr Anderson, DOC, Garett and KNOX (his creative new TNA name) vs. Team TNA of Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe, James Storm and Eric Young; Wes Brisco vs. Kurt Angle in a cage, Daniels & Kazarian vs. Roode & Aries vs. Chavo & Hernandez for the tag titles not in a steel cage match, and Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky for the women's title not in a cage match.
-- Attila Vegh beat Christian M'Pumbu via decision last night to win the Bellator Light Heavyweight title. The full show is up on the front page right now if you missed it.
-- Matt Riddle on getting cut from UFC for failing two pot tests in less than a year: "There's not much I can do," Riddle said. "I was prescribed my medicine and I'm going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don't want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it's just shitty, but it is what it is." His medicine.
-- Diego Sanchez noted on Twitter that because of an injury he gained FIFTY POUNDS, and had to cut that for his fight tomorrow versus Takanori Gomi. He was 165 yesterday.
-- It's Social Media Smackdown~! tonight, with Alberto Del Rio vs. Damien Sandow, Jim Ross returning to interview Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Prime Time Players, Antonio Cesaro vs. Miz in a best-of-three falls match, Randy Orton vs. Big Show, Heath Slater vs. Sin Cara, Fandango's kind-of debut, and more.
-- Put up an old TV match from 2000 at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, OR with Buddy Wayne and I that someone sent me from Youtube. I actually remember this match. Roddy Piper was there and his commentary on the match afterwards was, and I quote, "You guys went up, and you guys went down." I think I know what he meant.
-- The Briscoes video on the front page is the new best thing I ever saw this week. WWE passed on these men.
-- Jason MacDonald announced that he is retiring from MMA to focus on his crossfit gym and spending time with his family.
-- Video hereof GSP noting that he likes everyone in the media personally, but he despises doing it because he says the same thing 50 times, it's a waste of his time, and it's not fair if he has to do it and Nick Diaz doesn't.
-- Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Gustaffson at UFC on FUEL 9 on April 6th in Stockholm has been approved as a five-round fight.
-- Y2J video interview heretalking how he kept his return at Royal Rumble a surprise.
-- Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff looks to be added to UFC 159 at the Prudential Center on April 27th.
-- Clips from Anderson Silva's Muay Thai University launch party Friday here.
-- Absolute Intense Wrestling "Girls Night Out 8" Friday March 1st,2013 7:30pm Bell time Live From The Legendary Turners Hall 7325 Gutrie Avenue Cleveland,Ohio. Show will air on iPPV as well through Smart Mark Video.
-- Some international wrestling history from Graeme:
On 1974/3/1 Larry O'Dea defeated Don Carson in Melbourne in a tournament final to become the first WCW Australian TV champion
On 1972/3/2 Robert Bruce defeated John DaSilva in Upper Hutt to win the New Zealand version of the British Commonwealth title
On 1972/3/2 The Medics (Dale Lewis & Bob Griffin) defeated Don Carson & Dick Dunn in Sydney to become Austra-Asian tag team champions
On 1974/3/2 Mario Milano defeated Cylcone Negro in Melbourne to win the WCW World Brass Knuckles title
On 1977/3/2 Don Murraco defeated Ed Wiskowski in Melbourne to win the WCW North American title
On 1990/3/1 Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas defeated Toshio Kawada & Samson Fuyuki in Tokyo to win the All Japan All-Asian tag team title
On 1992/3/1 Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue defeated Steve Williams & Terry Gordy in Tokyo to win the All Japan World and International tag team title
On 1993/3/1 Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Muto in Yokahama to win the IWPG tag team title
On 1981/31 Villano 3 defeated Fishman in Naucalpan to win the UWA Light Heavyweight title
On 1992/3/1 Missionares de la Muerte ( El Signo, Negro Navarro & Black Power II) defeated Villanos I, IV & V in Mexico City to win the UWA trios title
On 1999/3/1 Perro Aguayo Sr & Jr defeated El Cobarde Sr & /Jr in Nueva Laredo to win the National tag team title
-- Tom Filsinger, the owner of Filsinger Games, and the creator of Champions of the Galaxy wrestling game will be a special guest at WrestleCon on April 5-7 in Secaucus, New Jersey.
-- The Road to WrestleMania heading through Buffalo.
-- Ed, Craig and Cutrer with part two of their history of WrestleMania series here.
-- Tickets are moving quickly for the Saturday, March 9, "The Darwish Brothers Presents EFC: Relentless" MMA Event in the Xanadu Theater at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than a week out from the event and co-promoter Hani Darwish reports that 70% of the tickets have already been sold.
-- One of our readers writes: I don't know if this was mentioned yet or not, but this week's Workaholics (a sitcom on Comedy Central) had a wrestling sub-theme. Midway through the show, one of the characters texted a female co-worker to arrange a luau party, but it was auto-corrected to Captain Lou party (due to the character confessing that he texts about Captain Lou Albano several times per week). The co-worker thought that she was arranging a party to meet Captain Lou, dressed up as him herself, and invited her female hockey teammates to the "Captain Lou party." Another recurring character dressed up as Jimmy Hart, and used his megaphone to cut a promo on a male character who later on had been beaten up by one of the female hockey players. It was pretty amusing and unexpected, I wanted to pass it along in case no one had yet. Thank you and take care.
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1952 - Ben and Mike Sharpe defeated Ron Etchison and Sandor Szabo for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title.
1953 - Al Kashey and Tom Rice defeated Bobby Bruns and Rikidozan to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1966 - Duke Keomuka and Fritz Von Erich defeated The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) and The Golden Terror to win the Texas NWA World Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1967 - Curtis Iaukea won the Hawaii NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii by defeating Johnny Barend.
1968 - Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas defeated Chin Lee and Pancho Villa to win the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama.
1972 - Goliath and Kinji Shibuya defeated Dory Dixon and Earl Maynard to win the NWA America'sTag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.
1975 - Pierre Martel defeated Carlos Colon for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in Bayaman Puerto Rico. At the same event, Toru Tanaka won a tournament final to become the first WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Champion.
1976 - At a WWWF in Madison Square Garden, Ric Flair defeated Pete Sanchez in his MSG debut. Also, Superstar Billy Graham and Ivan Koloff defeated WWWF World Tag Team Champions Louis Cerdan and Tony Parisi in a two-out-of-three falls match and WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Ernie Ladd to retain the title. WWWF United States Heavyweight Champion Bobo Brazil defeated Jerry Blackwell to retain the title.
1977 - Dick Murdoch defeated The Great Zimm (Waldo Von Erich) in Shreveport, Louisiana to win the NWA Tri-State North American Heavyweight Title.
1981 - Steve Keirn won the NWA National Television Title from Kevin Sullivan.
1981 - Villano III defeated Fishman for the UWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
1982 - Jerry Lawler defeated Dutch Mantel to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1986 - Ben Bassarab and Chris Benoit defeated Wayne Farris (Honky Tonk Man) and Ron Starr to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Regina, Saskatchewan
1989 - Carlos Colon won the WWC Television Title from Jason the Terrible in San Juan, Puerto Rico
1992 - Bam Bam Bigelow and Big Van Vader defeated Hiroshi Hase and Keiji Muto for the IWGP World Tag Team Title in Yokohama, Japan.
1992 - The Heartbreakers (Wendell Cooley and Frankie Lancaster) defeated Rex King and Ricky Santana to win the WWC World Tag Team Title in Mayagez, Puerto Rico
1993 - Jeff Jarrett won the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee by defeating Brian Christopher. At the same show, JC Ice defeated Danny Davis in a tournament final to become the first USWA Middleweight Champion.
1993 - Bobby Eaton defeated Tim Horner to win the SMW Television Title in Sevierville, Tennessee.
1997 - Flash Flanagan and Billy Travis defeated PG-13 (JC Ice and Wolfie D) to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1998 - Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Taz to win the ECW TV Title in Ashbury Park, New Jersey.
Will the WWE Network get 2 million subscribers?
Who wins this fight?
Brian Stann 64.5%
Wanderlei Silva 35.5%
Who would do the best business vs. Ronda Rousey next?
Miesha Tate 73.%
Sara McMann 9.9%
Liz Carmouche 5.8%
Cat Zingano 5.5%
Sarah Kaufman 5.5%
What do you attribute the rising Raw ratings to?
More appearances by Rock and Brock Lesnar 68.4%
Booking for the money players is better 9.3%
Punk & Heyman top heel dynamic 8.7%
Booking is better overall 8.1%
Better matches on television 3.2%
New performers getting pushed 2.4%
Poll on Wednesday's main event
69.0% of those responding didn't see the show