We'll have the full weekend schedule and more updated here a little later on.
-- We've got a lot of info up on the front page right now concerning the death of Reid Flair. All we know is that he was found by police in a hotel room early this morning. We'll have more in the coming hours, but for the moment there is a link on the front page with the first local news story on the death, plus Dave and I did an audio update earlier this morning with what we knew about the story and some insight from Dave into Reid's relationship with his father. This is a very sad story.
-- Reid had actually just turned 25 last month. The story is starting to get press everywhere. Police were called at 10:35 AM this morning to the Residence Inn in SouthPark, where Reid was found unresponsive. All we know is that authorities do not suspect foul play.
-- Ric's agent posted on Facebook: We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid Fliehr, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing. Reid was 25 and an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler. No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time.
-- As noted, the Baron Von Raschke show was postponed due to this news. We'll update on when we get it rescheduled.
-- We will have one more radio show later today, hopefully on a lighter note, After Dark, which will begin taping at midnight Pacific/3 AM Eastern. We'll have more on the front page later but the topic will be local legends, weird stories from your personal neck of the woods. You can email your stories with "After Dark" somewhere in the subject line of body of the email, or you can call 425-482-1686 starting at midnight Pacific to try to tell your story on the air. The show is a lot of fun and hopefully a good diversion. Emails and phone lines remain open to any topic, however if you call to talk wrestling, sports or politics, it probably won't be a long call.
-- Unlike on Jay Leno, Rock talked a ton about wrestling on Jimmy Kimmel last night. He was there with the WWE Title, plugged WrestleMania hard, and noted that if he beat John Cena at WrestleMania than the match was real, but if he lost it was all phony. He also talked about bodybuilding, his massive cheat days every eight weeks or so, plus the sixty movies that he's currently in the middle of shooting and promoting.
-- Andre Arlovski's camp is upset that Arlovski broke his jaw in the first round of his World Series of Fighting match with Anthony Johnson last Saturday night. Why are they upset? Don't things happen in a fight? Well, what happened was the timekeeper apparently forgot to start the timer on time, so Arlovski actually got his jaw broken in an exchange that came after the five-minute round should have ended. They actually fought for nearly six minutes. Arlovski was actually knocked down twice during that period.
-- It is being reported in the Chinese media that undefeated bantamweight Jumabieke Tuerxun has signed with the UFC. He'd be the second Chinese fighter the company has signed.
-- A healthier Scott Hall talks his road to recovery here.
-- Video of Mrs. Cyborg violently punching things in training here.
-- More on the Nick Diaz/GSP weigh-in controversy hereincluding text messages between Diaz's lawyer and Mike Mersch of UFC regarding the issue.
-- Josh Neer, Caros Fodor, Jon Manley and Brock Jardine were all cut from UFC.
-- Dave Doyle reports the felony assault arrest of former UFC star Rory Markham here. Markham hasn't fought in like 3 years.
-- Extreme Rising issued a statement about their WrestleMania weekend cancellations, noting they were due to low tickets sales and saying they didn't know why the sales were so low. The statement said that refunds could be made through PayPal or through the purchaser's credit card company.
-- Clips of Evan Bourne's return to action last night in Tampa up here.
-- WWE launched a WrestleMania channel on Yahoo! here. He faced the now-unmasked former El Generico.
-- It was announced that Maria Menounos will be inducting Bob Backlund into the WWE Hall of Fame. I know that sounds nuts but she's always claimed that she idolized Backlund growing up, and a few years ago they worked together on a comedy bit and have been close friends ever since. She does absolutely love pro-wrestling and at least for awhile there were discussions about having her do another match this year in a multi-person tag.
-- If you haven't seen it, Ed's page with everything you ever wanted to know about how to meet up with us for fun and excitement over WrestleMania weekend is here.
-- On the Australian PPV channel Main Event, if you look at the on screen guide for TNA's Unfinished Business PPV, they list Bobby Roode vs. Lance Storm instead of Bobby Roode vs. James Storm. Thanks to Jason for the hilarious screenshot.
-- PREMIER returns on Sunday, June 9th in Gilroy, CA. 9 Lives Club, 7430 Monterey St in downtown Gilroy will once again host this event. Signed to appear is Big Japan and Combat Zone Wrestling star, "The Psycho Shooter" Drake Younger. Stay tuned to www.premierwrestle.com for the announcement of the main event and the rest of the matches on our second event. Show starts at 5 PM and Doors Open at 4:15 PM.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1933 - Ray Steele won the California Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California, defeating Jim McMillen.
1939 - Steve Casey won the American Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title (no the Verne Gagne promotion) in Boston, Massachusetts, defeating Gus Sonnenberg.
1955 - Bulldog Curtis and Tommy Martinez defeated Kurt Von Poppenheim and Leo Wallick to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1956 - Pat O'Connor defeated Lord Athol Layton for the vacant Toronto NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario.
1960 - Karl and Kurt Von Brauner defeated Tex Riley and Len Rossi for the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.
1961 - Guy Mitchell defeated Skull Murphy in Columbus, Georgia for the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title
1962 - Don Curtis and Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) defeated Karl and Kurt Von Brauner to win the Florida NWA World Tag Team Title in Jacksonville, Florida
1969 - In Boston, Mass; WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated The Sheik in a steel cage match.
1972 - Jim Barnett's Mid-South Sports changes its name to Georgia Championship Wrestling.
1973 - Ben Justice and Tojo Yamamoto to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title from The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Don Kent) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1973 - The Brute (Bugsy McGraw) defeated Gene Kiniski to win the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia
1976 - Buck Robley and Bob Slaughter (Sgt. Slaughter) defeated The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) for the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma
1977 - Mr. Wrestling II defeated James Dillon for the NWA Macon Heavyweight Title in Macon, Georgia.
1979 - Salvatore Martino (Bellomo) defeated Gene Kiniski to win the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1980 - Ray Stevens and Greg Valentine defeated Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1980 - Austin Idol defeated Mr. Wrestling II to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion in Atlanta, Georgia.
1982 - Bugsy McGraw defeated José Lothario to win the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Fort Worth, Texas
1984 - Billy Jack (Haynes) defeated Kendo Nagasaki (Kazuo Sakurada) for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Lakeland, Florida.
1984 - In Kansas City, Kansas; The Grapplers defeated Jerry and Ted Oates to win the vacant NWA Central States Tag Team Title.
1987 - At Wrestlemania III in Detroit, Michigan; Ricky Steamboat (with George Steele) pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) to win the title and WWF Champion Hulk Hogan pinned André the Giant (with Bobby Heenan) to retain the title.
1993 - At the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee; Lauren Davenport defeated USWA Women's Champion Miss Texas to win the title and The Moondogs (Splat and Spot) defeated USWA Tag Team Champions Brian Christopher and Scotty Flamingo to win the USWA Tag Team Title.
1994 - Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo) defeated The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre) in London, England to win the WWF Tag Team Title.
1997 - Brian Christopher defeated Elijah to win the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, Flash Flanagan and Billy Travis won the USWA Tag Team Title from The Truth Commission (The Interrogator and Recon).
1998 - At Wrestlemania XIV in Boston, Mass; Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) in a Dumpster match to win the title and Steve Austin pinned WWF Champion Shawn Michaels to win the title.
-- Eastern Canada’s MainStream Wrestling Entertainment embarks on the 12th Annual Spring Tour: 9 Nova Scotia events capped with two New Brunswick engagements. Certainly, this year’s host of talent from Canada, USA, Turkey, Jamaica, and Mexico promise to unveil exciting, character-driven action in the ring, but during the day they will educate children on how to enjoy fulfilling lives by developing self-empowerment methods. Wrestlers will draw upon their own varied experiences and educational backgrounds to deliver enlightening messages throughout the Region, continuing MSW Commissioner Kirk Starratt’s “Believe” Campaign, introduced in 2010.
-- NWA Houston Presents "Parade of Champions" … a tribute to Paul Boesch April 20, 2013 Houston Athletic Fencing Center Bell Time 7:30pm. Main event if NWA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway vs. Chris Masters.
-- New interview with Damian Sandow up here.
-- Phil Strum interviews Paul Heyman here.
-- From Legends of the Ring regarding an autograph signing with Edge:
We are excited to announce we have just signed Adam "Edge" Copeland to appear at LOTR 16 on June 8th at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe
Ticket packages as follows
RATED R VIP 250.00 (A 350.00 value save 100.00)
Only 20 of these tickets will be sold!
1 combo (1 photo op and 1 autograph or 2 autographs) and 5 extra Items you will be on of the first 20 in line.
Standard VIP Pricing:
1 autograph and 1 photo opp or 2 Autographs 100.00
Extra autographs 50.00 (limit 5 autographs per VIP Ticket)
A total of 200 extra autographs will be available
Tickets will go on sale at 9:00am TOMMOROW! SATURDAY March 30,2013
The quicker you purchase the lower number you get!
These will go quick so purchase as soon as they go onsale!
For more information, go to: www.legendsofthering.com
-- ROH also sent this:
All Star Autograph Signing In NYC
-13 of ROH's Elite Will Be Available For The Fans!
The tickets are sold-out, the anticipation for the iPPV broadcast is building, and now for the icing on the cake, Ring of Honor has finalized all the details on a huge autograph signing for "Supercard of Honor VII" on Friday April 5th! This one is so big we are kicking the doors open at 5:30pm to accommodate everyone!
From 5:30 - 7:00pm thirteen of Ring of Honor's stars will be available for the ROH faithful:
- ROH World Champion Kevin Steen
- Mark & Jay Briscoe
- Adam Cole
- the “Self Proclaimed Icon” Matt Hardy
- "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson
- “American Wolf” Davey Richards
- “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards
- "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin
- Roderick Strong
- Jay Lethal
- “The Outlaw” Charlie Haas
- "Buzzsaw" BJ Whitmer
You will be able to get an 8x10 or 1 personal item signed for $10 per person OR for the combo price of $100 you can get one from each! Any items beyond the first will cost an additional $10 each. Remember the doors open at 5:30 and the autograph signing will runs from 5:30 - 7:00pm so make sure you are there in plenty of time to take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet so many ROH stars in one place at the same time!
It's "Supercard of Honor VII" and we are celebrating honor all weekend long in NYC!
For more information go to http://www.rohwrestling.com/.