FRI UPDATE: A huge weekend upcoming, all the shows and details, tons of notes from UFC GSP vs. St. Pierre, notes from Impact in Chicago last night, all the info on meeting up with us Mania weekend, tons more



By Bryan Alvarez | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @bryanalvarez

It's a big week when it comes to international events, as well as the biggest UFC show of the first six months of the year will be on Saturday night.

We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw house show in Bridgeport, CT and the TNA house show in Corbin, KY (Bully Ray vs. Jeff Hardy for the TNA title, Bobby Roode & Austin Aries vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez for the tag team titles, Kurt Angle vs. Wes Brisco, James Storm vs Devon, Velvet Sky vs Taelor Hendrix for the Knockouts title, Magnus vs. Ken Anderson and Rockstar Spud vs. Jessie Godderz).

Tonight is also CMLL's first major show of the year, El Homenaje a Dos Leyendas, at Arena Mexico, honoring Salvador Lutteroth, who founded EMLL in 1933, and 60s star Rayo de Jalisco Sr.. It's a loaded show that includes a women's hair vs. hair match with Estrellita vs. Amapola, the return of Rayo de Jalisco Jr. teaming with Shocker & Rush vs. Universo 2000 & Mr. Niebla & El Terrible, the finals of the Parejas Increibles (heel and face tag teams) tournament with Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero vs. La Sombra & Volador Jr., and a mask & hair vs. mask & hair main event with Stuka Jr. (mask) & Rey Cometa (hair) vs. Namajague (mask) & Okumura (hair).

UFC 158 is Saturday night from the Bell Centre in Montreal:

Facebook fights at 6:35 p.m.

Reuben Duran vs. George Roop

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Issei Tamura

Rick Story vs. Quinn Mulhern

FX at 8 p.m.

Daron Cruickshank vs. John Makdessi

Dan Miller vs. Jordan Mein

Darren Elkins vs. Antonio Carvalho

Patrick Cote vs. Bobby Voelker

PPV at 10 p.m.

Mike Ricci vs. Colin Fletcher

Nick Ring vs. Chris Camozzi

Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt

Johny Hendricks vs. Carlos Condit

Georges St-Pierre vs. Nick Diaz for the welterweight title

Saturday night also has WWE Raw in Providence, RI, Smackdown in Hammond, IN, and TNA in Pikeville, KY.

Sunday features three major international shows.

AAA has Rey de Reyes from the bullring in Monterrey:

The Psycho Circus vs. Devil Rocker & Machine Rocker & Soul Rocker Rey de Reyes matches:

Cibernetico vs. Electroshock vs. Toscano & Perro Aguayo Jr. vs Silver King vs. ?

Ricky Banderas vs. Octagon vs. La Parka vs. Parka Negra vs. Pentagon Jr.vs. Heavy Metal

Dragon vs. Jack Evans vs. L.A. Park vs Chessman vs. Original Psicosis vs. Villano IV

Four way for AAA Fusion title (basically a TV title creation): Crazy Boy vs. Fenix vs. Juventud Guerrera vs. Daga

Four-way for vacant Reina de Reinas (Queen of Queens) title: Fabi Apache vs. Mari Apache vs. Taya Valkyrie vs. LuFisto

El Texano Jr. vs. Blue Demon Jr. for AAA Mega heavyweight title

Three winners from earlier in the show battle for the Rey de Reyes championship (essentially their version of King of the Ring, but with higher caliber stars).

All Japan has its biggest show so far this year at Sumo Hall in Tokyo:

Hiroshi Yamato & Hikaru Sato vs. Andy Woo & Sushi

Masa Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. Reid Flair & Kenso

Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki for All-Asia tag team titles

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Kaz Hayashi for World jr. title

Akebono & Ryota Hama & Yasufumi Nakanoe vs. Masahiro Chono & Joe Doering & Shuji Kondo

Keiji Muto & Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Masayuki Kono

Manabu Soya & Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki for world tag team titles

Masakatsu Funaki vs. Suwama for the Triple Crown title

New Japan also has the quarterfinals of the New Japan Cup tournament in Amagasaki:

Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Captain New Japan & Bushi

Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi

A tag match with IWGP heavyweight champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and jr. heavyweight champion Prince Devitt on opposite teams Tournament quarterfinals:

Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Yujiro Takahashi

Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii

Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano

Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson

Raw will have a house show in Binghamton, NY and Smackdown has a show in Toledo.

Monday's Raw will be from Pittsburgh. Appearing on the show advertised right now are HHH, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. Wade Barrett vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz for the IC title is also advertised.

Tuesday will be Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam tapings in Cincinnati.

        The newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which is on the site today, is a rundown of WWE business going forward, with a complete look at the company's future plans when it comes to the two places they expect to have the most growth, how they are strategizing it, and a look at why so many are skeptical of it.  We also look at every aspect of company business.
 
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        We've got tons more on Paul Bearer, including more thoughts regarding Paul Bearer and the WWE Hall of Fame, where the name Paul Bearer came from when it comes to pro wrestling, the other Percy Pringles, Percy Pringle's final appearance as a manager, what WrestleMania finish that is expected makes no sense.
 
        We also have notes on El Generico in NXT, where Dwayne Johnson is, developmental changes expected, Zeb Colter material, return of the Bella Twins and how it happened and more people in talks about returning.
 
        We also have the January business comparison, WWE movie business, Chris Jericho talks working for Vince McMahon and coping with the Chris Benoit situation, plus John Layfield on mountain climbing, Gerald Brisco scouting new talent for WWE, former WWE star wants to come back for one last program, new arm wrestling champion signed, Miz gives surprising answer when asked the greatest wrestler of all-time, as well as Stephanie McMahon's claims on the value of social media.
 
        We also look at a lawsuit filed by a former wrestler against WWE, Mark Coleman talks what current WWE star is the strongest guy he was ever in the ring with, updated post-Mania plans, WrestleMania returning to Orlando, plus all the business notes from last week and highlights from all the WWE live vents.
 
        We also look at the rise to the title of Bully Ray, with full coverage of TNA Lockdown, including business notes, what angle the Bully Ray/Brooke Hogan angle came directly from, what TNA desperately needs and have cut off happening, the Russo-itis booking that kills storyline credibility, as well as an update on the Bobby Roode contract situation and if there was any talk from WWE. 
 
        We have poll results, star ratings for the matches, and match-by-match coverage, along with what did and didn't work.
 
        We also look at AAA's attempt to get a foothold in the U.S. market, including the key aspect of the story in whether or not it works out.  We look at the key player behind it and notes on plans.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--Feuding former partners team up to take tournament
 
--A look at CMLL's first major show of the year
 
--All Japan owner claims he'll raid New Japan of top talent
 
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--Pro Wrestling NOAH's big show of the week
 
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--Why there is locker room unhappiness in TNA
 
--TNA business notes for January
 
--Hogan gets hacked
 
--Bubba the Love Sponge talks Hogan
 
--Christopher Daniels talks the genesis of his promos
 
--TNA's biggest house show probably of the year coming up in a few weeks in conjunction with WrestleMania
 
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--Update on Jesse Sorensen
 
--Wrestlers turning down offers for next week's TNA PPV tapings
 
--What the actual paid attendance was for UFC's Japan show
 
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--Entire Dana White/Mark Hunt scenario
 
--Update on the fight to legalize MMA in New York
 
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--Sports Illustrates talks Dana White as one of the most powerful men in sports
 
--Talks of plans for next year's Super Bowl weekend show, including a show actually in conjunction with the Super Bowl
 
--Stephan Bonnar talks his drug test failure
 
--Lots of new UFC fights announced

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- The eulogy read at Paul Bearer's funeral is up here.

-- Dana White buried Cesar Gracie in the post-press conference scrum yesterday, particularly Cesar's claim that Nick no-showing TV shoots didn't really cost tens of thousands of dollars because the guy scheduled to shoot everything lived fairly close in Northern California. Dana said that was one of the stupidest things he'd ever heard, noting that it didn't matter where a person lived, these were big-time TV professionals with expensive crews that cost a lot of money to work with. "I think Cesar is a dick. That's what I think. I think Cesar does some stuff that's just bullshit. You know what I mean? I don't think it's an act or a shtick, or anything else."

-- He also continued to bury guys on TRT, saying if they needed it to fight maybe they shouldn't be fighting anymore, and also said he presumed they had Herschel Walker under contract due to the Strikeforce sale, and if Herschel said he wanted one more fight maybe they could talk about it. Josh Nason has more on the front page.

-- If you haven't seen the video of the Diaz/St. Pierre presser on the front page yet, for the love of God watch it. There is nobody in the world like Nick Diaz. The only thing nearly as good as his inane ramblings is watching the reaction of GSP, particularly when Diaz says the reason he wanted to fight GSP in a hotel a few years back was because GSP shouldn't have been on HIS SIDE of the hotel.

-- Speaking of, more classic Diaz with former WWE announcer Todd Grisham asking him for more details on the hotel incident.

-- Josh Nason has tons of great stuff from the show up on the front page right now, and also appeared this morningon the LAW talking the show.

-- Undertaker is listed as appearing at the March 25th WWE house show in Philly.

-- Atlas Security had to deal with a fan last night at Impact who was just a little too upset at Bully Ray. Lots of reports that he's getting tremendous heat at the live events. TNA was very happy with both last night's Impact and Sunday's Lockdown PPV.

-- Lance Storm, on the other hand, has a lot of not so good things to say about the main TNA storyline, and also lots of notes on his training down at NXT last week. He's on the show this afternoon and will also be back next week to get back on schedule.

-- I don't usually do this in the updates but Steve wrote a great plug so I'm putting it in here! I am a returning subscriber. After a few years away from the site I decided to return this last month. Your shows with Vinny and Dave are by far my favorites although I enjoy all the sites content. You guys provide me hours of entertainment during my daily drives. Your discussions with Dave are fascinating while you, Vinny and Granny often have me laughing my ass off! Everyone should know this membership is a bargain at $10.99. Keep up the good work!

-- For those of you reading this going to WrestleMania, Ed in San Antonio has a Facebook page up herethat will have everything you ever wanted to know about what we're doing, when, where, etc. Also, follow me on Twitter @bryanalvarez because if we're going to meet up somewhere, I'll be posting all the details there. Also, if we're taking questions for guests I'll put it on Twitter, and if you have my updates sent to your phone you'll know immediately when we're going to be taking phone calls. So FOLLOW IT~!

-- Ricochet has strong words for Johnny Gargano here.

-- So Gargano has a response to Ricochet here.

-- This is all in reference to a Johnny Gargano & Ricochet & Rich Swann vs. CIMA & EITA & Mystery Opponent which has been signed for the April 5th Dragon Gate USA show on WrestleMania Sunday. The full card for that show and all the latest news from DGUSA and EVOLVE is up here.

-- Our own Les Thatcher is involved with this one: WRESTLING CARES Presents The First SUPERSHOW of the Wrestling New Year! SATURDAY APRIL 27th! At the Alexandria Ballroom, 501 S Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles! Bell Time: 6:00pm Hosted by ROH First Lady, MARIA KANELLIS! The Race for the Ring Tournament Begins! 8 HUGE Main Event Matches! With Wrestling as you've never seen it done before...Fast-Paced, Hard-Hitting Action, and WCA keeps Score for Every Match! Tickets starting at $20 On-Sale Now at WrestlingCares.com! VIP Front Row Tickets only $40 and gives you access to meet Maria and the Brightest Stars of Pro Wrestling! A Supershow for a Super Cause! Benefiting the Scott L. Schwartz Children's Foundation! Giving back to brave kids fighting cancer. Get more information on the promotion plus line-ups, posters and more by clicking here.

-- Jim Ross has a new blog up heretalking a number of topics including how Nick Diaz is actually doing UFC a favor with his recent behavior.

-- Kickstarter campaign started hereto help fund a movie about the life of Baron Von Raschke. They're almost halfway to the goal of $20,000 with 17 days left to go. We're going to try to get the Baron on the show.

-- Brock Lesnar is on the cover of the new issue of Muscle and Fitness talking his MMA career, road back to WWE after his bouts with diverticulitis that ended his stint in UFC, and more.

-- Brandon Baxter interviews Sting about Impact and more here.

-- Grantland has a big story on the Unwritten Rulebook of WWE, essentially predicting finishes at WrestleMania based on things like "HHH always wins in the end", here.

-- On the heels of the news that AAA was expanding to the United States, MLW Radio is back with a bonus show featuring Konnan Court Bauer sitting down to break it down from the show biz power brokers involved to the 2013-2014 business strategy as well as when AAA will begin touring the U.S. here. Heard this show was awesome.

-- TMZ talks to Ted DiBiase Sr. herewith DiBiase saying that while he still considers Virgil a friend, he hasn't talked to him in a long time.

-- Story on the pizza and burger restaurant that Tara of TNA opened this week up here.

-- "Heroes & Legends" Wrestling Fanfest SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013 Lutheran Health Sportscenter 3869 Ice Way Fort Wayne, IN 46805. Bret Hart and Ted DiBiase among those there.

-- Mark your calendars for the 50th anniversary of Wrestling at the Chase! See all of your old favorites. On hand will be Harley Race, Baron Von Raschke, Cowboy Bob Orton, Gerry Brisco, Greg Valentine and former Wrestling at the Chase commentator Larry Matysik. Hosted by Frank Cusumano. Date: May 10, 7:30pm Location: Argosy's Music Hall TICKETS ON SALE NOW! $20 Argosy Preferred Card discount, $25 general admission. See Guest Services or call 1-800-711-GAME(4263) for complete details. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

-- Poll on Main Event

Excellent 9.1%

Good 27.3%

Average 20.5%

Fair 13.6%

Poor 29.5%

72.3% of those responding didn't see the show

Which of this group was the best on interviews?

Ric Flair 63.8%

Dusty Rhodes 13.8%

Randy Savage 8.2%

Hulk Hogan 5.4%

Bret Hart 2.3%

Ted DiBiase 1.8%

Masked Superstar 1.4%

Bruiser Brody 1.1%

Rick Rude 1.1%

Tor Kamata 0.5%

Blackjack Mulligan 0.4%

Stan Hansen 0.4%

Which of this group was the best on interviews?

Mick Foley 43.2%

Jake Roberts 33.2%

Shawn Michaels 7.4%

Hawk 3.1%

Curt Hennig 2.6%

Jimmy Valiant 2.5%

Iron Sheik 2.5%

Konnan 1.7%

John Tolos 1.7%

Kevin Nash 1.1%

Vader 0.6%

Scott Hall 0.6%

-- This Day in History with Brian Hoops:

1905 - Tom Jenkins defeated Frank Gotch in New York City, New York to win the American Heavyweight Title

1951 - Roy Shire defeated Jackie Nichols in Columbus, Ohio for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title.

1956 - Whipper Billy Watson defeated Lou Thesz by countout to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario

1957 - Don and Red McIntyre defeated Don and Mark Lewin to win the Georgia NWA International Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1962 - Chris and John Tolos won the Toronto NWA International Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario, by defeating Bill Soloweyko and Whipper Billy Watson.

1962 - Mario LaPentero and Billy Varga defeated Nick Bockwinkel and King Koenig for the World Wrestling Association International Television Tag Team Title in Long Beach, California.

1965 - WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Gene Kiniski by countout.

1967 - Jim Hady defeated Ripper Collins for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1968 - Bob Orton and Mad Dog Vachon defeated Doug Gilbert and Reggie Parks to win the AWA Midwest Tag Team Title in Omaha, Nebraska

1968 - Waldo Von Erich defeated Ox Baker in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title.

1968 - Ripper Collins and Curtis Iaukea defeated Jim Hady and The Missing Link (Pampero Firpo) to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1968 - Cobra Kid and Scorpion defeated Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas to win the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama.

1974 - Ron and Terry Garvin defeated Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1982 - Ron Bass defeated Tommy Rich to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Augusta, Georgia

1987 - The Killer Bees defeated Demolition to win the Frank Tunney Sr. Memorial Tag Team Tournament and earn an immediate WWF Tag Team Title match. WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Killer Bees to retain the title.

1987 - Mike Rotunda won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title by defeating Ed Gantner in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the same event, The MOD Squad (Basher and Spike) defeated The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers) to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title.

1991 - Tom Prichard defeated Jeff Jarrett for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1993 - The Moondogs (Splat and Spot) defeated The Big Black Dog and Brian Christopher to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee,

1998 - Tank defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

-- GCW: Great Canadian Wrestling Dates Cold Snap "13" April 13, 2013 3:00pm Harmony Creek Community Centre Oshawa, Ontario Battle Ground "13" featuring former WWE superstar Koko B. Ware May 17, 2013 7:00pm Harmony Creek Community Centre Oshawa, Ontario

-- FUEL TV premieres UFC 101: GRACIE JIU-JITSU on Monday, March 18 (10:00 PM ET), featuring Rener and Ryron Gracie explaining the core positions, principles and techniques of the martial art that’s been made famous in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In the FUEL TV half-hour original, learn how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu enables a smaller person to defeat a larger more athletic opponent, and how submissions are used as a means of victory.

The two brothers open the show talking about their father Rorion, who created the UFC in 1993 to showcase the effectiveness of Jiu-Jitsu to the world, and how he choose their uncle Royce Gracie to fight in the early bouts. By applying the leverage-based techniques of Jiu-Jitsu, Royce proved that leverage and technique can overcome brute strength.

“In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we aim to win the fight in a series of phases, including closing the distance, executing the takedown, achieving the dominant position, and finishing the fight,” says Rener. Throughout the show, the two demonstrate these phases within the Octagon.

They discuss the importance of distance management: “Our grandfather once told us that in a fight, whoever manages the distance manages the damage that can be done,” says Rener. The brothers also highlight the primary positions including guard, side mount, full mount, back mount and how these lead to submission strategies including choke holds and joint locks.

Adding some more advice, Rener says: “This is what our Grandfather says about choke holds: There are no tough guys, everyone goes to sleep [in a choke hold].” The two name their three favorite Jiu-Jitsu submissions in UFC history, and discuss how Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is used in military, anti-bullying and women’s self-defense training. For more info on their programs, contact: www.Gracieuniversity.com.

-- Henry Cejudo, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and two-time author, will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Henry Cejudo made history during the 2008 Olympic Games by becoming the youngest USA Olympic Champion in wrestling at the age of 21. Henry Cejudo will be joined by fellow Olympic Champion Rulon Gardner. Rulon Gardner won Olympic gold in the 2000 Olympic Games by defeating Aleksandr Karelin of Russia.

-- Ex football player looking to get into pro-wrestling.

-- Over the Top Radio Road to WrestleMania series part III up here. I wonder if Ed knows they're going to run out of weeks.

-- Steve Austin on Adam Carolla's show here.

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