We're also looking for reports from tonight's Smackdown tapings in Hershey, PA. The announced main event is a weightlifting contest with Ryback vs. Mark Henry.
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's Smackdown house show in Baltimore, Friday's Raw show in Charlottesville, VA and Saturday's TNA show in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
We've got a WrestleMania update, full coverage of UFC 158, a look at the life and career of Booker T, as well as coverage of the major international shows all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter on the site today.
-- Bombarded with audio of late. Yesterday we had Nikita Koloff on, which is a mind trip if you believe he did a great job portraying a mad Russian during his career, Chris Jericho this morning talking WWE, Robot Combat League, Fandango, his WWE run with Shawn Michaels and more, Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks talking every major indy show, plus a bunch of Observer Radios, Observer Live, Bryan and Vinny Show tonight and more. WrestleMania season is always the best time to sign up as we've got tons of content every day, plus anytime you sign up you get full access to every show, interview, etc. that we have done dating back to 2005. So what are you waiting for?
-- As always, follow me on Twitter @bryanalvarez so you'll know when to call in, how to send questions for guests, etc. Plus you get pics of my cats.
-- Nick Diaz's lawyer has a statement on the front page regarding the weigh-in incident we talked about on Observer Radio last night. Basically, it sounds like they either want a title fight rematch or for GSP to vacate the title. A UFC rep was filmed before the fight telling Diaz's camp, "Here, they're going to allow you and Georges to have an extra hour. Just in case somebody doesn't make it. But the good news is, they don't count the decimal. If you're 170.2 it's 170. If it's 170.9. it's 170." He said Diaz's camp hadn't been told earlier because it was "an off-the-record type of thing". Obviously, the controversy is that in title fights there is no one-pound plus-or-minus, you have to make weight exactly for a title fight otherwise you forfeit 20% of your purse and the fight is non-title, and the belief from the Diaz camp appears to be that UFC was concerned that GSP couldn't make 170, so they allowed for an 0.9 pound overage, which is completely unfair.
-- The Quebec Commission is denying any wrongdoing, or that anything out of the ordinary occurred. They claim their rules have always allowed an overage in title fights and that it is uniformly applied.
-- There was also a controversy regarding the walkout gi that GSP wore at 158, provided by Hayabusha. Chang Sung Jung, the Korean Zombie, was very upset with it. Jung wrote: Hi. My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese 'Rising Sun Flag'. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not. Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of 'Militarism'. You can easily learn what they've done by googling (please do), although it's only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg. Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous. I know most of them are not militarists. I know most of them do not approve unjustified invasion, torture, massacre, etc. They're just ignorant. It's such a shame that many westerners are not aware of this tragic fact. Wearing Rising Sun outfits is as bad as wearing clothes with the Nazi mark on it, if not worse. Since you're influenced by Japanese Martial Arts, your wearing a headband designed after Japanese flag is understandable. But again, that huge 'Rising Sun' on your Gi means something else. Many people say GSP is the best Welterweight fighter throughout history, to which I totally agree. This means you have a great influence on every single fan of yours all around the world. And I do believe your wearing 'the symbol of War Crime' is a very bad example for them, not to mention for yourself. So, what do you reckon? Do you want to wear the same Gi next time as well?Both the gi-maker and St. Pierre publicly apologized and it was noted that the gi will thus never come to market.
-- Captain America: The Winter Soldier with GSP as Batroc The Leaper begins filming next month. GSP wasn't scheduled to fight again until the end of the year at the earliest anyway, so this shouldn't be a major issue for his fighting career. His trainers noted that his Achilles was fine and he's already back in training. Well, he better be if Diaz wants a rematch.
-- Take a trip back to 1997 with this article in the New York Post about why MMA should remain banned in New York. Pro MMA, that is. Amateur, unregulated MMA runs in New York regularly.
-- Bloody Elbow has a story hereabout Melvin Guillard facing assault charges in New Mexico.
-- Ric Flair was scheduled to get looked at by his doctor today after being sent home from Raw last night. All of his lines in the main event segment were given to Booker T. He was, as always, downplaying the situation and saying he felt fine.
-- World Series of Fighting claims that the reason Andre Arlovski wore UFC gloves last weekend was because they tried on a bunch of different pairs and the UFC brand was the only brand that fit him that night.
-- Stephanie McMahon talks gay marriage here.
-- Tara and Jessie Godderz have joined the cast of Tainted Dreams, a "scripted soap-within-a-soap" that shoots in New York.
-- UFC fighter Christian Morecraft announced on Facebook that for the time being, he was retiring. He said he'd seen too many unemployed broken bodies after guys retired, and he wanted to do something now to make a better living and, most of all, be happy.
-- Brandon Baxter interviews Dixie Carter here.
-- Story hereabout WWE and it's Hurricane Sandy aid efforts.
THIS DAY IN WRESTLING HISTORY WITH BRIAN HOOPS
1957 - Fred Blassie defeated Mike Clancy for the NWA World Junior
Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee
1962 - Hard Boiled Haggerty and Gene Kiniski defeated Mr. Kleen and
Whipper Billy Watson for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Title
in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1970 - Gene and Ole Anderson defeated George Becker and Johnny Weaver to
win the NWA Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina
1971 - Antonio Inoki defeated John Tolos for the NWA United National
Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California
1973 - Jerry Lawler and Jim White defeated Jackie Fargo and Jerry
Jarrett in a Hair vs. Title match in Memphis, Tennessee to win the
Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title.
1977 - The Medics won the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title by
defeating Tony Rocco and Bob Sweetan in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1978 - Jack Brisco won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Orlando,
Florida by defeating Bob Roop.
1978 - Baron Von Raschke defeated Johnny Weaver in Greensboro, North
Carolina to win the NWA Television Title
1978 - Dutch Mantel defeated Randy Savage for the NWA Mid-America
Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1980 - Don Muraco won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title from Manny
Fernandex in Miami, Florida.
1981 - Perro Aguayo defeated Gran Hamada in a tournament final in
Shimizu, Japan to become the first WWF Light Heavyweight Champion.
1984 - Eddie Gilbert and Tommy Rich defeated The Pretty Young Things
(Norvell Austin and Sweet Brown Sugar) to win the vacant AWA Southern
Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1984 - Johnny Rich defeated Rip Rogers for the Southeast NWA United
States Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama
1986 - Tui Selinga defeated Jerry Lawler in Honolulu, Hawaii to win the
NWA Polynesian Pacific Heavyweight Title.
1987 - Akira Maeda and Nobuhiko Takada defeated Shiro Koshinaka and
Keiji Muto for the IWGP Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.
1988 - Avalanche (P.N. News) and Mike Golden defeated The Southern
Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest
Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon.
1991 - The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho) defeated Eddie Gilbert
(subbing for Jerry Lawler) and Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA Tag Team
Title in Louisville, Kentucky.
1993 - Canek and Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Canadian Vampire Casanova
(Vampiro) and Pierrorth, Jr. in the final of a best-of-three match
series in Mexico City, Mexico to become the first CMLL World Tag Team
1993 - Ultimo Dragon defeated Negro Casas to win the UWA World
Middleweight Title in Mexico City.
1995 - Gedo defeated Lion Heart (Chris Jericho) in a tournament final to
become the first WAR International Junior Heavyweight Champion in Tokyo,
1999 - Steven Dunn wins the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title from Brian Adias
in North Richland Hills, Texas
-- Ed's Over the Top Radio with Craig and Cutrer running down Mania history here.
-- Let us pray this two-headed sharkdoes not attack.
-- Support the Lance Storm Wrestling and Dance Academy with an awesome new T-shirt here. These are the shirts we talked about on the radio show last week.
-- And don't forget our awesome new shirts here. As noted, you have until April 15 to order, because we're doing one giant batch and once they're gone they're gone forever.
-- From the promoter: You have read it right! The guys at BWC Films have secured the World famous ECW Arena (Asylum Arena) for their film premiere screening of the documentary, “Barbed Wire City… The Unauthorized Story of ECW” –Saturday, April 20th 2013. Purchase tickets now http://www.barbedwirecity.com/store/index.php?cPath=2
-- CAWS (Charity Appeal Wrestling Shows) are extremely proud to announce that we are welcoming, for two shows, exclusive guest appearances from Luton based boxer, and Southern Area Super Featherweight Champion, Michael Devine. Michael is a former South Luton school pupil, and he currently boasts a win loss record of ten matches, with nine wins, and one loss; so far in his career. The two professional wrestling events are on Sunday 28th April, and Friday 31st May 2013, and being held at The Hightown Club, Oxen Road, in Luton. They are being organised by CAWS (Charity Appeal Wrestling Shows), who have been featured on BBC Radio three times this year (BBC Three Counties Radio, and BBC Radio Northampton), and in the Luton News newspaper; and who's website can be visited at www.cawswrestling.com The events have been announced to be raising money for The FireFighters Charity (Sunday 28th April), and Bliss – for premature, and special care babies (Friday 31st May). The respective official websites for more information on each charity can be found at www.thefirefighterscharity.org.uk, and www.bliss.org.uk.
-- DEATHPROOF FIGHT CLUB presents Till Death Do Us Part May 31, 2013 Elements Nightclub 90 King St. West - 8pm bell time Tickets $15 in Advance $20 @Door Kitchener, Ontario For more info check out http://youtube.com/deathproofwrestling
-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! 17th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament Sat, April 13, 2013 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-6464. Always LOL at #1 POSITIVE PLACE. Should be DDP's address.
--This Saturday night, Mar 30th, Future Stars of Wrestling returns with Collision Course 2, 7:30pm at the Silverton Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas. The main event features, the 6'6" 375lb Champion Tyshaun Prince, defending against TNA X Division Champion Kenny King,with special guest referee King Mo. Also featured will be former WWE Tag Team Champion Paul London, along with Reno Scum, Elite Champ Remy Marcel, Shaun Ricker vs Brandon Gatson, and much much more. For more info, go to www.futurestarsofwrestling.com.
-- Glenn Robinson, manager and owner of Team Blackzilians today announced that decorated and highly respected boxing trainer Pedro Diaz is joining the Blackzilians and is now the Delray Beach-based team’s new coach for Boxing. Diaz is already training former UFC Champions Rashad Evans and Vitor Belfort out of JACO Hybrid Training Center, the home of the Blackzilians, and customizing programs for both athletes for their upcoming UFC fights, as well as the team’s entire roster of professional mixed martial artists.
-- On this week’s special edition of UFC TONIGHT: Before They Were Champions. Jon Jones. Anderson Silva. Cain Velasquez. Georges St-Pierre. These champions are household names now, but do you remember these men before they were champs? Get ready for a trip down memory lane as UFC TONIGHT looks back at some of the earliest fights from the UFC's best before they became champions. In this special episode, you’ll get to see GSP vs. Jay Hieron at UFC 48, Jon Jones vs. Jake O'Brien from UFC 100, Cain Velasquez’s UFC debut vs. Brad Morris at UFC 83, and Anderson Silva’s UFC debut vs. Chris Leben at UFN 5.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, Johny Hendricks arrives in Montreal for the biggest fight of his life as our cameras cover every moment leading up to his fight against Carlos Condit and follow Bigg Rigg in the aftermath of the fight that determines the next welterweight title challenger. As “The Mauler” prepares to headline the UFC’s return to Sweden in April, light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson shows off his family’s crib in the Swedish countryside that includes an unusual place for a gym. Then, go all-access for UFC 360’s photo shoot with the baddest man on the planet. Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez takes his new toy - the Harley Davidson motorcycle he won at UFC 155 - for a ride on the open road.