After the biggest weekend of the year, and maybe ever, this is the calm after the storm. WWE has given everyone off touring given they do TV and then both crews right after TV leave for Europe where the tour runs from Wednesday until 4/28. TNA is off this weekend after last night's taping, and ROH doesn't have another show until the iPPV on 5/4.
So for the weekend, it's strictly, MMA. AXS has the Legacy Fighting Championships tonight from Allen, TX at the Allen Event Center will Will Campuzano vs. Allan Nasciemento for the flyweight title, Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Din Thomas and famed Jiu Jitsu trainer Robert Drysdale vs. D.J. Linderman. It's a deeper card when it comes to name fighters than most of the Friday night AXS shows.
UFC runs tomorrow with a show on Fuel and FX that has a lot of ramifications.
Facebook fights at 5:30 p.m.
Sam Sicilia vs. Maximo Blanco
Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda
Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski
Fuel at 7 p.m.
Clint Hester vs. Bristol Marunde
Dylan Andrews vs. Jimmy Quinlan
Luke Barnatt vs Collin Hart
Kevin Casey vs. Josh Samman
FX at 9 p.m.
Bubba McDaniel vs. Gilbert Smith
Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano - Winner coaches the next season of Ultimate
Fighter and gets the next shot at Ronda Rousey
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Uriah Hall for the TUF championship
Urijah Faber vs Scott Jorgensen
Although a minor show as compared to the next two weeks, there are probably more stakes on this show than most. Every match on Fuel and the McDaniel vs. Smith match on FX are all likely loser leaves town style matches unless the loser looks impressive and they tear down the house. Tate vs. Zingano is a match where the winner will be put in position to be a superstar, a coaching spot on TUF and a major PPV main event. Hall vs. Gastelum is the TUF finale and Hall is coming out of the house fights with more momentum than any TUF competitor in years.
Raw is Monday in Greenville, SC at the Bi Lo Center. Nothing has been announced for the show other than C.M. Punk will be back doing a promo and they'll follow up on Cena vs. Ryback.
Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Knoxville.
-- Lots of site notes. First off, Wrestling Observer Radio with Mick Foley is up on the front page right now and FREE, so please spread the word in your various social media outlets. It's a great show as he talks the Hall of Fame, Jericho and the big elbow, Mr. Backlund, Bruno, his comedy tour and tons more.
-- All WrestleMania weekend newsletters are up now, both Observer (double issues) and Figure Four Weekly (live perspective, probably biggest issue of the year).
-- Speaking of Foley, June 2nd appearance at a major New York comedy club: Newly minted WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley will perform his one-man stand-up show, Mick Foley: Tales from Wrestling Past, on Sunday, June 2 at 7:30 PM, at Carolines on Broadway (1626 Broadway, between 49th and 50th Streets). Tickets are $25.00 per person, plus a two-drink minimum and can be purchased online at www.carolines.com. Reservations can be made by calling the Carolines on Broadway Box Office at 212.757.4100. Mick is a former WWE champion, a hardcore legend and a New York Times best-selling author. He's a globetrotting athlete and entertainer that has bled and sweated for hundreds of thousands of fans all across the world. Now Mick Foley has exchanged the world of headlocks, steel chairs and punches for the world of stories, banter and punch lines. Universally acclaimed as one of the most entertaining talkers in professional wrestling, Mick has decided to unleash his verbal talents on the world of stand-up comedy. With his understated combination of wit and easy-going, understated charm he's sure to enthrall fans old and new from behind the microphone. In his one-man show, Mick finds that escaping the worldwide shadow of WWE and one infamous match in particular has proven to be the greatest challenge of his twenty-seven year career. Along the way he also finds time to explain that his rollercoaster ride through the world of professional wrestling has given him a unique insight into subjects as diverse as politics, pornography and the quest for world peace.
-- GSP admitted in an interview yesterday that, in fact, he believed he weighed 170.4 pounds for his title fight with Nick Diaz last month in Montreal. The legal limit for a title fight is 170.0 on the dot. He said he was surprised as Diaz to learn that they were rounding down. Diaz's camp will likely go nuts when they hear this, but at the same time, GSP was wearing fight shorts and such when he weighed in so it's hard to believe he'd have missed weight had he stripped down. He was over, however, so there is something to this story.
-- Jim Ross has a new blog up here talking next week's Cauliflower Alley Club banquet (which Dave and I are attending, albeit very briefly and pretty much only for the banquet) and more.
-- A trailer for the next WWE Film, No One Lives, which features an appearance by dancing smiling Saturday Morning Slam kid's show babyface Brodus Clay, is up here.
-- Houston Texan cheerleaders happily Fandangoing here. WWE wants to make this into their own version of the Harlem Shake. You think I'm joking. The chart update is here. Song is at 37 in the Top 40 at present. It appears the BBC is refusing to play Ding Dong the Witch is Dead no matter what. An anti-Margaret Thatcher contingent fought to get it to number one.
-- Jamie writes: A little funny bit for the update if you want it- Everton (A big Soccer team in England) got inundated with requests to play Fandango's song before their game tomorrow. Initially the club tweeted that they would not do so (https://twitter.com/Everton, a bit down the feed) they seemed to get more requests (including Fandango tweeting out a picture of Liverpool's club logo, who are Everton's biggest rivals, the clubs are literally within 10 minutes of each other) and now they have turned around and will play it. (Also on Twitter Feed.)
-- The Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation issued a full statement on why they pulled Alexander Gustaffson from his fight last weekend. Everything you ever wanted to know about the process of getting cut and healing is in here, and when you read it, the fact that three doctors unanimously agreed with it strongly suggests that it was the right call. You can read it here.
-- TNA's British Boot Camp has been signed on by FUEL TV in Australia, but still no US or Canadian outlets. It was a fun show.
-- This fella did what can best be described as an attempted sunset flip in an amateur match. Called it the flying squirrel. He won. Click here.
-- Over the Top Radio tonight talking WrestleMania weekend. Ed in San Antonio refers to you, the listener, as a "geek". Ed said this. ED.
-- Miz talks Fantasy Football and more here.
-- Gangrel will be doing a meet and greet appearance at Grafitti Bar & Grill in Clinton Iowa THIS Saturday, April 13th from 9pm to Midnight hosting a concert. Price is $15 @ the door for the entire show with the meet and greet. Extra professional 8x10's will be available for purchase signed by him in person.
-- Grantland article on John Cena getting booed here.
-- Super busy day in history according to Brian Hoops:
1947 - Tarzan López defeated Black Guzmán to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title.
1948 - Mike Kelly defeated Gory Guerrero for the NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1958 - Verne Gagne defeated Dick the Bruiser in Chicago, Illinois to win the Chicago/Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title
1961 - The Mysterious Medics defeated Bobby and Don Fields in Mobile, Alabama for the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title
1963 - Karl Von Schober and Ricky Waldo defeated The Masked Destroyer and Jim Wright for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.
1967 - Ricky Romero defeated Stan Pulaski to win the California Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California.
1968 - Mr. Wrestling defeated El Mongol in Atlanta, Georgia to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title
1969 - Moondog Mayne defeated Luther Lindsay for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title.
1970 - Bill Watts defeated The Spoiler to win the Tri-State NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1972 - Bob Kelly defeated Don Fargo for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama. At the same event, Gorgeous George, Jr. defeats Bill White for the City of Mobile Heavyweight Title
1973 - The Wrestling Pro defeated Bob Kelly to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1976 - Don Leo Jonathan and Jimmy Snuka defeated Gene Kiniski and Siegfried Steinke to win the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1977 - Fritz Von Erich defeated Bruiser Brody in Dallas, Texas to win the NWA American Heavyweight Titles.
1980 - The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) defeated Ivan Putski and Tito Santana for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1980 - Bob Orton, Jr. and Tony Peters defeated Terry Gibbs and Bob Roop to win the International Championship Wrestling Southeastern Tag Team Title in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1982 - Bill Dundee and Steve Keirn won the AWA Southern Tag Team Title from Bobby Eaton and Sweet Brown Sugar in Memphis, Tennessee.
1983 - Ron Bass and Stan Hansen defeated Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA International Tag Team Title in Matsuyama, Japan.
1984 - The Spoiler defeated Brad Armstrong to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Wheeling, West Virginia.
1984 - The Grapplers (Len Denton and Tony Anthony) defeated Jerry and Ted Oates in Kansas City, Kansas to win the NWA Central States Tag Team Title
1985 - Cien Caras and Sangre Chicana defeated Cachorro and Ringo Mendoza for the Mexican National Tag Team Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1986 - Billy Jack Haynes defeated Bobby Jaggers to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Portland, Oregon.
1987 - Rick Steiner and Sting defeated Chris Adams and Terry Taylor to win the UWF World Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1988 - Kendo Nagasaki and Mr. Pogo defeated Chris and Mark Youngblood for the WWC World Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico
1990 - Robert Fuller and Kendall Windham defeated Brian Knobbs and Hurricane Walker (subbing for Jerry Sags) to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.
1990 - The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) defeated Matt Derringer to win the Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Fridley, Minnesota.
1991 - Eric Embry defeated Bill Dundee for the USWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas. At the same event, Jeff Jarrett defeated Tom Prichard to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title.
1993 - Simply Devine (Steve Doll and Rex King) won the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennesseee, defeating the Moondogs.
1997 - In Tokyo, Japan; Riki Choshu and Kensuke Sasaki defeated IWGP Tag Team Champions Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura to win the title.
1997 - The Shooting Stars (Jerry Faith and Troy Haste) defeated Flash Flanagan and Billy Travis for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, King Reginald (Reggie B. Fine) defeated Jerry Lawler
2000 - The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) defeated Steven Dunn and Jackie Fulton (subbing for Reno Riggins) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Waegwan, South Korea.
2000 - Chris Michaels defeated Sean Casey in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to win the OVW Light Heavyweight Title
-- Conor McGregor was on TV3 news at 5.30 in Ireland with a short interview while he was buying a new suit, describing how he's a big star now after his first UFC win. The TV3 5.30 news would be the second largest viewed news program in Ireland. He's been getting a lot of pub lately.
WHO IS THE BIGGEST STAR IN WRESTLEMANIA HISTORY?
Hulk Hogan 35.0%
Shawn Michaels 10.4%
Steve Austin 8.3%
The Rock 5.4%
Randy Savage 1.9%
Vince McMahon 0.5%
DID YOU LIKE WWE MAIN EVENT?
63.1% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WAS THE BIGGEST STAR IN AWA HISTORY?
Verne Gagne 50.1%
Nick Bockwinkel 31.6%
Hulk Hogan 7.8%
The Crusher 6.3%
Superstar Billy Graham 3.3%
Mad Dog Vachon 0.9%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF TUESDAY'S HALL OF FAME TV SHOW?
31.8% of those responding didn't see the show
-- 17th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament is Saturday at the Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702. Call (302) 836-6464 for details.
-- Bill Simmons did a podcast with Colin Cowherd today and mentioned he's pushing ESPN to do a "30 for 30" documentary on Andre the Giant. He said he'd need help from WWE to do so and he thought it would be the best "30 for 30" show to date. (thanks to Patrick Conkling)
-- Michigan MMA promoter Joseph Donofrio has announced the following statement regarding the Michigan State House's passing of House Bill 4167, regarding the regulation of amateur mixed martial arts in Michigan: "Yesterday marked an important day in the Mixed Martial Arts industry with the passage of House Bill 4167 regulating amateur competition in the state. For too long, the health and safety of amateur MMA fighters have been needlessly at risk because of the lack of state oversight. Sadly, during this time of unregulated combat, a fighter needlessly died. This bill rightly honors the memory of Felix Pablo Elochukwu by ensuring in the future that amateur fighters will be competing under the safest conditions possible. I've been honored to work with Representative Harvey Santana and members of the Michigan legislature toward passing this bill in the House. I look forward to its eventual passage in the Senate and its being signed into law by our Governor."
-- Skeptical of this, but for wrestlers with back pain, this might be something for down the road.
-- Kevin "KG" Gill (voice of Juggalo Championship Wrestling) will appear at the legendary Cauliflower Alley Convention in Las Vegas as part of the Casino Royal 2013 show at the Gold Coast Hotel on Monday April 15th, with a 6pm Door, 7pm show. Admission is free for all Cauliflower Alley Club members and non members can purchase tickets.