MON. UPDATE: Tons of Mania week news and notes, Steamboat no longer coach, Mousasi vs. Gustafsoon notes, Former WWE tag champ kidney failure, Notes on injurd WWE star, Celeb talks doing Mania, Punk talks Mania, New Raw & SD dates



 
We're looking for reports tonight from Washington, DC with the non-Raw stuff in particular.  They will be taping the matches for Friday's Smackdown tonight so we're looking for reports on those matches, any Superstars matches or dark matches and anything else not evident on the live show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Everyone involved in WrestleMania is scheduled for tonight's go-home show which by all accounts should be one of the best shows of the year since most of the key matches feel like they need a last week boost.

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        We look at the story and angles building the show, potential match outcomes and why for everything on the card as well as matches not yet announced that are being built.
 
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        We also look at the question regarding the next move for the IWGP title as well as who was copying Ric Flair, what former TNA star is in two title matches next week and more.
 
        We also have an update on C.M. Punk, current notes on the Extreme rules show, Mick Foley's TV role, more on the death of William Moody including reaction from Kane.  We also have notes on TV gigs Dwayne Johnson is doing, the release of Jack Doan, how WWE movies are doing, ratings vs. twitter followers, a correction on a new WWE signing, Bruno Sammartion in the Hall of Fame and who are expected to be doing the inductions.  We also have an update on the two different Sammartino movie projects and where they stand, notes on a new WWE head writer, a new writing position that has opened up largely to get one WWE wrestler over as a mainstream star. 
 
        We also look at an Attitude Era star who wants to come back but it's falling on deaf ears, notes on Chris Jericho's current run and future, what happened with Ric Flair when it comes to Raw on Monday, how Jericho got his black eye and another WWE wrestler biography.
 
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--Another nail in the coffin of the era of wrestling magazines
 
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--A look at major plans for the CMLL promotion
 
--A look at the 70th anniversary of wrestling at one of its legendary arenas
 
--Why a wrestler who just had his retirement show is returning
 
--Legendary Hall of Famer now in AAA
 
--Takeshi Morishima's 15th anniversary show
 
--Satoru Sayama's Real Japan Pro Wrestling card notes
 
--A look at the career and death of Bill Smithson, formerly Moondog Spike in the USWA
 
--Who was the original Moondog before pro wrestling?
 
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--A look at the creation of the Moondogs tag team
 
--How Smithson got started in pro wrestling
 
--Lots more on what happened with Chris Masters
 
--A look at al the publicity Masters has received
 
--What happened with the Extreme Rising shows this past week
 
--More on Sean Waltman's injury
 
--A look at the Jerry Lynn retirement show
 
--Another wrestler announces he's retiring next week
 
--Update on the movement to get wrestling back in the Olympics
 
--The return of Abyss and why
 
--More on Rick Bassman's autobiography project
 
--Cost of getting Hulk Hogan for an appearance
 
--Former WWE wrestler wants to try out for the NFL
 
--Pro wrestling's greatest announcing pair may be getting back together next month
 
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--Notes on a wrestling tour of India
 
--Update on  Chyna
 
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--Thoughts on new X Division rules
 
--What happened to Jeff Jarrett
 
--Former WrestleMania headliner says he's in talks with TNA
 
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--Update on health issues with Dan Hardy
 
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--Latest UFC advances
 
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--Ronda Rousey signs endorsement deal
 
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--Three successful boxing events coming this next month
 
--Olympic gold medalist scores another quick win
 
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Monday's News Update
 
 
--Ricky Steamboat is no longer coaching in WWE developmental.  He told everyone Goodbye on Thursday night.  He remains with the organization in the Talent Relations division.  
 
--As of right now, the Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Gustafsson main event fight for UFC on Fuel is still on.  It wasn't until about 10 p.m. Eastern last night that Dana White responded to myself and Ariel Helwani about the situation.  Mousasi was on the MMA Hour today and said as far as he knows, he's facing Gustafsson and hasn't been told differently.  It's a tricky situation because Gustafsson was apparently cut significantly in training. Reports from Sweden media indicated it would be unlikely he could fight, but the place is sold out and he's the reason. (You would think they'd have to offer refunds if he didn't fight since he's the reason they sold out the house.) The commission is in a weird place because I doubt any event they regulate will garner even a tiny percentage of the $2.3 million or more that the gate on Saturday will be. 

Regarding what I talked about on the radio show and the visa issue, Sweden would allow any fighter from Europe to replace Gustafsson, but again, UFC wouldn't want him replaced.  The problem is getting someone either from Europe or who has a visa that can work in Europe from the U.S., Brazil or another country, who could face Mousasi on zero notice and has a decent name. Ross Pearson vs. Ryan Couture is the No. 2 match, and that's tough to put that as a main event.  It's a different situation from the Strikeforce injuries where Showtime canceled airing the show, as Fuel is going to take the card under any circumstances. UFC doesn't have the domestic TV pressure but would have the pressure regarding the live show.

Ultimately, the commission there will decide, but would be under a ton of pressure.  The best case scenario is that they fight and the cut doesn't reopen.  The worst would be either the commission examines him in a few days and rules he can't fight since it's unlikely they can get a replacement at the last minute, or he does fight, the cut opens early and then everyone looks bad. This is a fight that looks to be a striking battle, so a fresh cut could be significant.
 
--Bobby Horne, who was Mo in the Mo & Mabel tag team in the 90, is in end stage renal failure and undergoing kidney dialysis as he prepares for a kidney transplant. His stepdaughter is donating one of her kidneys.  There is a benefit show for him on 4/20 in Franklin, NC at he Macon Community Building.  (thanks to Dr. Jerry Wiseman)
 
--Here's a story on the revenue WrestleMania week is expected to bring to New Jersey.
 
--Big Show talks WrestleMania.
 
--Sin Cara has been cleared to return after his concussion from a few weeks back.
 
--Invicta will be on iPPV on Friday starting at 7 p.m. with a 13-fight show for $9.95. Mauro Ranallo, King Mo and Julie Kedzie will do the announcing for what is probably the biggest all-women's MMA show ever held in the U.S.
 
--Michelle Wilson of WWE talks to David Bixenspan about the floor plan for Fan Axxess at the Izod Center.
 
--On Facebook yesterday, Pee Wee Herman wrote: "One week from right now:  Wrestlemania 29.  See you there."  Perhaps there will be an announcement involving him.
 
--As of last word, Sunday in East Rutherford looks to be cloudy with a high of 59.
 
--Here are the WWE related activities this week:

  • Tuesday:  Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez will pose for photos on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.  Sunday, the building will be lit up in WrestleMania logo colors from sunset.
  • Wednesday - A Military meet and greet at the Lexington Avenue Armory for the New York National Guard
  • Wednesday - Many children's hospital visits
  • Thursday - Press conference at Radio City Music Hall with Rock and John Cena.  The press conference will be streamed live on the WWE.com.
  • Thursday - Superstars for Sandy Relief with Sean Combs, Vince McMahon, Joe Buck and others
  • Thursday & Friday - WWE wrestlers visiting area schools for Anti-Bullying rallies
  • Thursday through Sunday - Fan Axxess at the Izod Center
  • Friday - John Cena rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange
  • Friday & Saturday - WrestleMania Reading Challenge at the Thomas G. Connors Elementary School in Hoboken
  • Saturday - Make a Wish Pizza Party with John Cena, R-Truth and Santino Marella
  • Saturday - WWE Hall of Fame
 
--WrestleMania airs live at AB1 in France for free starting at 1:15 a.m. Sunday night.
 
--C.M. Punk talks why he's got his problems with his 'Mania match with Undertaker.
 
--The two April Fool's stories from today is the WWE web site's story on the Intercontinental title tourney held in Rio de Janeiro that Pat Patterson won, and a New Japan story that Yuji Nagata will retire on Sunday's PPV show at Sumo Hall.
 
--The New York Post ran a story today about how some of the democrats in the state assembly were blocking the bill to legalize MMA, but the legislative director for Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Joseph Brady, fought in Cage Wars 18 on 3/22 in Albany, the state capital against a local tatoo-parlor owner, William Yager.  A you tube video Brady, at 334 pounds, who looks remarkably like a young Butcher Vachon, tiring out and losing a decision before 3,000 fans in a legal amateur show.
 
--Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Fighter at 6 p.m., Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m., and the Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva Fuel show at 9 p.m. followed by UFC 140 at midnight.  Remember, that's all three hours earlier on the West Coast.
 
--Glory (kickboxing) announced Peter Aerts vs. Jamal Ben Saddik in a heavyweight fight headlines its 5/3 show at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.  The other main events are Andy Ristie vs. Albert Kraus and Anderson Braddock Silva vs. Jaideep Singh, plus an eight-man 143-pound tournament. 
 
--Netflix Canada as of the weekend has added a lot of WWE documentaries.  Among those are:
  • The True Story of WrestleMania Volume 1
  • Hart & Soul:  The Hart Family Anthology
  • Rise & Fall of WCW
  • The John Cena Experience
  • Very Best of WCW Monday Nitro
  • The top 50 incidents in WWE History
  • Macho Madness:  Randy Savage Ultimate Collection
  • The Rock:  the Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment
  • The New and Improved DX
  • History of The Undertaker
  • Greatest Rivalries:  Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart
  • The Epic Journey of Dwayne The Rock Johnson
  • The Ladder Matches 2:  Crash and Burn
  • Undertaker: The Streak (thanks to Samantha and Adam Hamilton)
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1967 - Billy White Wolf beat Rudy LaBelle in Melbourne to win the IWA title
1984 - Devil Masami beat Judy Martin in Tokyo to win the All-Pacific womens title
1989 - Master of Pain, who later became the Undertaker, beat Jerry Lawler to win the USWA title in Memphis
1990 - WrestleMania 6 in Toronto headlined by Ultimate Warrior beating Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title in one of the more remembered matches in history.  Also Andre the Giant & Haku lost the tag titles to  Demolition.
1994 - Rock & Roll Express beat the Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Rey) to win the Smoky Mountain tag titles in Pikeville, KY
1995 - Lee Gak Soo (a Chinese martial artist) beat Jimmy Backlund (also Jimmy Del Rey of the Heavenly Bodies) to win the AWA light heavyweight title
1996 - Goldust beat Savio Vega at a TV taping in San Bernardino to win the IC title
2001 - WrestleMania 17, from Houston, often considered the high point of WWF popularity, saw Steve Austin beat The Rock in the main event to win the WWF title, as well as Kane won over Raven and Big Show to win the Hardcore title, Eddie Guerrero beat Test to win the European title and Chyna beat Ivory to win the women's title.
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE ROH TV SHOW?
Excellent 24.1%
Good 48.3%
Average 10.3%
Fair 3.4%
Poor 13.8%
        71.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE ON INTERVIEWS?
The Rock 76.2%
Ole Anderson 14.1%
Bill Watts 6.1%
Gorgeous George 3.6%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
TNA 34.0%
Raw 26.5%
ROH 12.2%
Ultimate Fighter 7.5%
Bellator 6.8%
CMLL 5.4%
Smackdown 4.1%
Saturday Morning Slam 2.7%
Inside MMA 0.7%
 
--WWE announced  the 6/10 live Raw will be in Richmond, VA at the Coliseum with the Smackdown tapings on 6/11 at the Greensboro Coliseum.
 
--Mike Kyle vs. Valentijn Overeem was announced for the main event of the Championship Fighting Alliance show on 5/24 in Sunrise, FL at the BankUnited Center.  Fallon Fox, the transgender woman fighter who has been the subject of a lot of controversy, is also scheduled on the show.
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Springfield, MO, had 600 in attendance for its TV taping where Lance Hoyt beat Tim Storm to win the TCW heavyweight title and John Saxon beat Kincaid to win the jr. heavyweight title.  The main event saw the 7-foot Titan pin Carlito.
 
--Progress Wrestling from last night in London:  Noam Dar b Dave Mastiff, Paul Robinson b MK McKinnan, Nathan Cruz b Jimmy Havoc, James Davis & Rob Lynch b Lee & Jim Hunter in a weapons match, Mexican Eagle b Mike Mason, R.J. Singh & Darrell Allen b Mark Andrews & Eddie Dennis, El Ligero b Ricochet to retain Progress title.  Next show is 5/19 in Islington, London. (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Friday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  SM King b Hype Gotti, Derek Cornell b Shawn Nautilus, Branden Juarez b Abu Colossus, Matty Star b Preston Maxwell, Joey Daniels b Merlin Dean Banks, Leslie Ray b Zach Thompson, Darren Russell b Zac James, Matty Star over SM King, Derek Cornell and Branden Juarez.  Next show is the 8th anniversary show on 5/24 at the Eagles Club in Council Bluffs.
 
--Suquamish Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Bremerton, WA:  Iron Buddah b Randy Zellers, Kaos b Demarcus James, Tokyo Monster Kahagas b Von Hess, Sonico b Mean Mark, Von Hess & Demarcus James b Randy Zellers & Kaos, Kevin Sullivan & Mean Mark b Iron Buddah & Dale Houston, Von Hess & Hot Hands Mendoza b Randy Zellers & Sonico.
 
--Suquamish Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Poulsbo, WA:  Kellen Raeth over Randy Zellers, Fallen and Franswah, Avarice & Bedlam b Christopher Ryseck & Ideal Protection-COR, Exile & Tokyo Monster Kahagas & The Grappler DCOR Kevin Sullivan & Von Hess & Hot Hands Mendoza, Badd Blood & Victor Price b Iron Buddah & Dave Turner, Sonico b Sonny O'Mara, Mean Mark b Dale Houston in a fans lumberjack strap match, Exile b Dale Houston to win ICW title.  Next show is 4/20 in Poulsbo at the Suquamish Tribal Center (thanks to Charles Short)
 
--If you don't have enough choices this weekend, ONE FC runs live on iPPV on Friday from the Singapore Indoor Stadium headlined by Shinya Aoki vs. Kotetsu Boku for the lightweight title.  Price is $9.99.
 
--Linda Hogan showed up as a guest on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" show this past week at the end of the show.  She was called a "Reality TV star."
 
--Anarchy Wrestling's annual Hardcore Hell show before a sellout 200 fans on Saturday night:  Joey Rhymer & B.J. Hancock b Bobby Moore & Adrian Hawkins, Seven b Seth Delay, Todd Sexton b Brent Wiley and Bo Newsome, Billy Buck b Jacoby Boykins, CB Suave over Tommy Penerelli and Stryknyn, Najasism & Vandal b Jon & Trey Williams, Shadow Jackson & Nemesis & Geter & Shaun Tempers & Jagged Edge b Brodie Chase & Slim J & Azrael & Jeremy Vain & Iceberg in a War Games match, Mikael Judas (Murphy of Gunner & Murphy fame) b Jerry Palmer.  Next show is 4/13.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--WWE Classics on Demand update for this week (thanks to Brian Hoops):
Edge Hall of Fame ceremony
Dudley vs. Edge & Christian 2/8/01
Edge vs. Jeff Jarrett 8/2/98
Damon Striker (Edge) vs. Meng from WCW 2/3/96
Edge vs. Ric Flair 5/24/04
ECW Anarchy Rulez 2000
The Twisted, Disturbed Life of Kane
 Nitro 9/22/97
Raw 9/22/97
Tuesday Night Titans 11/8/85
Vengeance 2005
Raw 1/25/99
WCW World Wide 6/26/93
Edge & Christian vs. Hardys 2000 Unforgiven cage match
Roc vs. HHH vs. Brock Lesnar from Australia 2002
Shawn Michaels vs Chris Jericho WrestleMania 19
Booker T & Rob Van Dam vs. Ric Flair & Batista 3/22/04
 
--There was a story in the New York Post about a ten-year-old boy who got into a fight with his mother on Sunday and disappeared after threatening to run away. The photo used of him had him wearing a John Cena t-shirt. 
 
--Metro Pro Wrestling on 4/13 in Kansas City at the Turner Rec Centre with ACH vs. Dan Walsh for the Central States title and Mike Sydal vs. Tyler Cook for the Kansas state title.  It's a TV taping for Metro Sports in Kansas City.

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