We're also looking for reports from Sunday's Raw show in Syracuse, Sunday's Smackdown show in Cleveland, and TNA on Friday night in Dodge City, KS and Saturday night in Salina, KS.
Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam are taped tonight in Albany, NY.
-- Best wishes to my long-time buddy Craig of Over the Top Radio who just learned that his father has cancer. Everyone here is wishing him and his dad the best in this situation, and keeping our hopes up.
-- Big news for UFC as starting in August, the Speed Channel will be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 with availability in 90 million homes, nearly three times as many as get FUEL today, and UFC programming, including prelim fights, will become a regular staple. They'll also be airing live Fight Nights on the station, so it's almost the equivalent audience-wise of being back on Spike (well, at least a lot closer than it was when they moved to FUEL). FUEL is also being rebranded as FOX Sports 2, and an announcement about its future is forthcoming.
-- Congratulations to Jon Jones, whose wife just gave birth to a new daughter, Olivia Haven Jones. Daddy and new baby here.
-- Marine 3 with Miz is out on DVD and Blu Ray today so get your ass to Best Buy.
-- So after Raw, line-up for Mania thus far looks to be Rock vs. Cena for the WWE Title, Del Rio vs. Swagger for the World title, CM Punk vs. Undertaker for the streak, Brock Lesnar vs. HHH, Ryback vs. Mark Henry, and Shield vs. Sheamus & Randy Orton & Big Show.
-- Regarding the placement of Rock on the show, he didn't have to leave early. They put him there because they figured Rock is on regularly now and HHH's return and challenge to Brock would be the biggest thing on the show besides Undertaker's return, which was scheduled for the open and close of the show. They forgot to tell the fans that HHH's segment was the most important, apparently.
-- After Raw during the dark match with Shield, Big Show actually went up for the triple powerbomb. That'll be a spot to see. If you can't wait, click hereto see it.
-- Lots of Jack Swagger DUI signs confiscated last night.
-- Speaking of Swagger, if you want all the details on the man behind his character, RJ Brewer, I have a new interview with him up on Figure Four Daily right now, talking the genesis of the character, backlash, Lucha Libre USA, ROH, and tons more.
-- There is a video on WWE.com of a Mae Young birthday celebration that CM Punk didn't interrupt, with Stephanie presenting Mae with a WWE Divas Title belt. Mae wants to wrestle Stephanie when she turns 100. It's a nice little video.
-- Larry Matysik was bumped to Friday, for those asking. He'll be talking his new book, the 50 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time.
-- As noted on the front page, UFC to Winnipeg is official for 161 with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Shogun Rua and Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans if Henderson can be cleared to fight by then.
-- In what won't help his case either with UFC or the anti-pot crowd, Matt Riddle is talking about how it might be a conspiracy that he failed his drug test, noting he stopped smoking 20 days out and nothing should have come up, plus noting that others have failed pot tests and not been cut. He said if UFC asked him to come back a few years down the road he'd say no. OK. Someone tweeted the quote to Dana White, who responded, "We can make sure that happens."
-- Nick Diaz also did an interview saying the only negative thing he'd ever said about GSP was that he should do more. He said GSP was crazy for not accepting a fight with Anderson Silva.
-- Forrest Griffin said his knee is doing great and he hopes to be back in about eight months.
-- Steve Austin's Redneck Island renewedfor a third season.
-- Story on Sam Shaw signing with TNA here.
-- ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) announced the five remaining bouts for its return to Singapore on 5 April. Singaporean fighter Ronald Low makes his ONE FC debut against Malaysia’s Chen Yun Ting on the undercard while NCAA Division I wrestler and Princeton graduate Jake Butler faces Nuur Muhammad of India. Russia’s Yusup Saadulaev meets Brazilian Leandro Issa in a Bantamweight bout while Wushu World Champion and former SEA games and Asian games gold medalist Rene S. Catalan of the Philippines faces Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion Alex Silva. Also on the card, Pakistani MMA pioneer Bashir Ahmad meets Shannon Wiratchai of Thailand. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be broadcast live on STAR SPORTS across Asia. This historic moment will mark the first time ever a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event will be broadcast on the network. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be available in 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers.
-- CZWrestling.com - THIS SATURDAY, March 9, CZW 'Wanted' comes to The Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ with a 7:30 pm bell time.
-- WrestleMania weekend meet-up info from Ed:
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1934 - Leroy McGuirk defeated Hugh Nichols for the World Light Heavyweight Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1942 - Tom Zaharias defeated Orville Brown for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas
1949 - Buddy Rogers defeated Shei Lawrence to win the Jack Pfeffer-promoted version of the World Heavyweight Title in Pomona, California
1953 - Antonino Rocca defeated Buddy Rogers to win the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Cleveland, Ohio. This title was the Ohio branch of Boston's AWA title.
1959 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) defeated Mike DiBiase and Danny Plechas to win the Amarillo NWA International Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.
1959 - Chico Garcia and Chet Wallick defeated George and Sandy Scott for the Stampede International Tag Team Title
1962 - Mr. Kleen and Whipper Billy Watson defeated Gene Kiniski and Killer Kowalski for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1963 - Bob Brown and Bill Kochen defeated Frenchy Champagne and George Eakin to win the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba
1964 - Johnny Valentine defeated The Beast to win the Toronto NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario.
1965 - Johnny Barend and Magnificent Maurice defeated Chris and John Tolos to win the Detroit NWA World Tag Team Title.
1969 - Chris Markoff defeated George Cannon for the NWA Beat the Champ Television Title in Los Angeles, California.
1970 - Randy and Rip Tyler won the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Panama City, Florida, defeating Dick Dunn and Ken Lucas.
1971 - Wahoo McDaniel defeated Toru Tanaka to win the NWA American Heavyweight Title reign in Houston, Texas.
1977 - Billy Robinson defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA United National Heavyweight Title in Akita, Japan.
1977 - Dick the Bruiser defeat The Masked Stranger (Guy Mitchell) to win the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title
1978 - Johnny Weaver defeated Baron Von Raschke for the NWA Television Title in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1980 - Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Dick Murdoch to win the NWA United National Heavyweight Title in Kuroiso, Japan
1980 - Hans Schroder defeated Peter Maivia for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title.
1980 - Rocky Brewer and Pat Rose defeated The Blond Bombers (Wayne Farris and Larry Latham) to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville
1983 - Buddy Landel defeated Pierre Martel to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
1984 - Rip Rogers defeated Larry Hamilton for the NWA Southeastern United States Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama
1985 - Jay and Mark Youngblood defeated The PYT Express (Norvell Austin and Koko Ware) for the Florida NWA United States Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida
1986 - Kendall Windham defeated The Cuban Assassin to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.
1988 - The Ultimate Warrior defeated Harley Race and in a steel cage match; Randy Savage and Strike Force, defeated the Hart Foundation and the Honky Tonk Man in Boston, Massachusetts.
1988 - The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers) defeated Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden for the NWA Southeast Continental Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama
1989 - Phil Apollo and Eric Sbraccia defeated Joe Savoldi and Vic Steamboat for the International Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title in Augusta, Maine.
1994 - Kevin Sullivan and The Tazmaniac defeated The Bruise Brothers to win the held up ECW Tag Team Title. Also, Terry Funk defeated Shane Douglas in a Taped Fist match.
-- Young aspiring pro wrestler passes away.
-- World Series of Fighting announced exciting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) undercard action today, featuring local product Kris McCray (8-4) of Toms River, N.J. in a middleweight (185 pounds) scrap against battle-tested Danillo “Indio” Villefort(13-4) of Coconut Creek, Fla., and Waylon Lowe (13-4) of Philadelphia, Pa. squaring off withCameron Dollar (11-4) of Colorado Springs, Colo. in a featherweight (145 pounds) tilt, from Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. on Saturday, March 23.
-- SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES is proud announce the addition of "Regeneration X" ALLISON DANGER & LEVA BATES to all of our April events! They will be a part of SHIMMER 53 on April 6th as part of WrestleCon at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ, as well as SHIMMER 54-57 on April 13th & 14th at the Berwyn Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL!
-- The next !BANG! TV Taping, Support your Troops 89, "!BANG! A Mania" comes to the !BANG! TV Sound Stage in Ocala, Florida Saturday July 23rd - Featured on the card, !BANG! TV "Bombshells" Mickie James, Hollywood Heather, Claudia "The Claw" Reiff and Jessica "Power House" Hill - (Beautiful Ladies of !BANG! TV) Showtime is 7:00pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
-- Radio interview with So Cal Val here.
-- Poll on Saturday's ROH TV show
61.0% of those responding didn't see the show
Poll on Saturday's UFC on Fuel TV show
35.6% of those responding didn't see the show
What was the best TV show of last week
UFC on Fuel 21.6%
Ultimate Fighter 3.8%
UFC Tonight 1.4%
Saturday Morning Slam 1.0%
Main Event 0.5%
-- Interview with WOW Champion Lana Star here.
-- And a Matt Hardy interview here.