By Bryan Alvarez |
We're looking for reports on yesterday's Smackdown show in Cardiff, Wales, Sunday's Raw show in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday's Raw show in Paris as well as the TNA house shows in Massena, NY, Rouses Point, NY and Barre, VT over the weekend, as well as today's Smackdown in London and Raw in Nottingham.
-- On Twitter, The Rock noted that his abdominal surgery was a complete success.
-- It was announced that the main event of next week's Raw will be John Cena & Ryback vs. Shield. WWE.com is teasing that there could be a mystery fourth member of the Shield.
-- We have a great free show up right now with Les Thatcher talking all sorts of topics including his thoughts on the aftermath of the Eric Kulas situation in ECW (as talked about by Dave and I last night on Observer Radio), the promotion's legacy and what they were fighting for, his upcoming Wrestling Cares Supershow and other events, Cauliflower Alley Club and how you can get involved, and tons more. You can also follow myself and the site's Twitter for free show updates.
-- Triple H video interview here talking WWE's new Performance Training Center.
-- Bobby Roode talks what happened a few months back with his TNA contract here. Good interview. He said he was four years into a five year deal and for whatever reason the final year didn't roll over.
-- As noted on the front page, the reason the Bellas were not on Raw was because they were in New York doing promo work for the new Total Divas! show on E! that debuts in July. Still doesn't explain why they came up with the goofy excuse for neither of them getting a title shot (they were pulled from the title match for cheating last week, which is preposterous on a show where half the finishes on an average week involve some sort of cheating), other than most likely the creative team just changed their minds.
-- This article speculates that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother of the two alleged Boston Bombers, might have suffered from CTE given he was an avid boxer.
-- Children interview Jeff Hardy here.
-- The guy working hardest to promote Saturday's UFC show is Michael Bisping: "A win over me will be the biggest win in his pathetic career. No one gives a fuck about Alan Belcher. It's going to be nothing more than a formality. All I have to do is slap your little face and take my check."
-- Meanwhile, Chael Sonnen is doing the pro wrestling-style psychology of putting over Jon Jones as the best ever, the man, he says, who could beat Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson on the same day. Yes, he said this. Idea, obviously, is that if he wins, which I don't think in his mind he thinks is all that great a possibility, he's beaten the best ever, and if he loses, well, he lost to the best ever.
-- UFC stuff in preparation for the weekend:
The Countdown to UFC 159 Begins Tonight On FUEL TV Go behind-the-scenes with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and challenger Chael Sonnen as they prepare for their showdown this Saturday night in Newark! Countdown to UFC 159 premieres tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on FUEL TV
Get Ready For UFC 159 Get ready for UFC 159 with free fights from the headliners, available in Road to UFC 159 on UFC on Demand, the Fight Stories Experience on Xbox Live and UFC.com
UFC & MetroPCS Take Over Herald Square The UFC & MetroPCS are taking over Herald Square on Wednesday, April 24th. The event will feature Q&A sessions, special appearances, UFC FIT(tm) demonstrations with interactive workouts, punch meters, music, giveaways by MetroPCS and more! Free and open to the public
Tickets Available For Upcoming UFC Events At Ticketmaster.com UFC 159: Jones vs Sonnen - Saturday, April 27 - Newark, NJ UFC 160: Velasquez vs Bigfoot II - Saturday, May 25 - Las Vegas, NV
-- This as well:
On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier sits alongside Kenny Florian to break down the stacked UFC 159 card. Plus, Cormier opens up on whether he'll next fight at heavyweight or light heavyweight. Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre is here to discuss everything from his new book to whether he'd rather fight Hendricks or Anderson. And, Chael Sonnen has a special message for Jon Jones, only on UFC TONIGHT.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, travel to Iceland to witness the origins of welterweight prodigy Gunnar Nelson. Watch Phil Davis deliver the play-by-play as Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson square off in a match to determine the 205 pound division’s next title challenger.Alan Belcher’s jiu-jitsu skill goes under the Gracie brothers Rener and Ryron’s microscope as they evaluate his technique to successfully neutralize Rousimar Palhares. Plus, we pay a visit to Montreal’s Tristar Academy, where they’ve gathered a dormitory full of fighters from around the globe looking to train with the best UFC stars.
-- And this:
UFC GYM celebrates the grand opening of its first gym in Manhattan in the heart of the financial district. Grand opening festivities will take place Wednesday, 4/24 (VIP party), Thursday, 4/25 (free classes, fitness assessments, etc.), and Saturday, 4/27 (viewing party). The new location is part of UFC GYM’s expansion following its acquisition of LA Boxing® earlier this year. With the addition of the current 81 LA Boxing locations in 23 states, UFC GYM will begin to franchise this new model of boutique clubs while preserving the character and guiding principles of its brand. Franchisees will have the unique opportunity to own and operate the new UFC GYM franchise model across the U.S. and the globe. VIP Party on Wednesday – RSVP to 212.968.1100 Complete grand opening details available at UFC.com
-- Karl Stern of the Classic Wrestling Audio Show now has his Stern Stick 1 collection of pro wrestling history files and audio interviews available as a digital download. The collection has tens of thousands of match results and other wrestling research plus over 40 hours of classic wrestling podcasts including interviews with people like Jeff Jarrett, Dr. Tom Prichard, Paul Bearer, Johnny Valiant, Pat Rose, and several notable wrestling historians. The price is only $5.99.
-- CZW charity show this Saturday at The Vogt Rec Center, 6700 Cottage Ave in Philadelphia, PA. Bell time 7 pm.
-- UWA returns to Green Acres Flea Market in Alcoa, TN, this Thursday. Tickets are $6 and Belltime is at 8 PM.
-- This Sunday, Pro Wrestling Bushido presents the third annual Warriors Way Tournament. This year the competitors are Sami Callahan, Drake Younger, Dylan Drake, Sir Samurai, Bobby Hart, Tj Perkins, B-Boy, and Brian Cage. Non tournament matches include former Olympian Jeff Cobb vs Timothy Thatcher and Adam Thornstowe vs Davey Richards. Show is at the Fat Cat Music House in Modesto, California.
-- The most active PR guy in wrestling, Chris Daniels,has a new interview here.
-- TCW Wrestling's Mississippi Madness will be held on Saturday, June 1, 6:30 p.m., in Meridian, MS, at the Frank Cochran Center (1725 Carousel Drive). Doors will open for the VIP Meet & Greet at 4:30.
-- Lance Storm has an article here on the Undertaker's streak, a topic we discussed on the show last week.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1935 - Wildcat Pete defeats Tetsuo Higami in Honolulu, Hawaii to become the first NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Champion.
1976 - Bob Backlund defeated Harley Race for the Missouri Title in St. Louis, Missouri
1978 - Paul Jones & Ricky Steamboat won the NWA World Tag Team Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, defeating Cyclon Negro & Baron Von Raschke, Gene & Ole Anderson, and Masked Superstar & Ken Patera in a tournament to win the belts.
1979 - The Assassins defeated Bill Dundee & Robert Gibson to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee. On the same show, The Mongolian Stomper defeated Toru Tanaka to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title
1985 - Ox Baker defeated Carlos Colon in San Juan, Puerto Rico to win the WWC World Heavyweight Title
1988 - Sting & Lex Luger, managed by Magnum T.A., won the third, and final, Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup tag team tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina by defeating Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson
1990 - Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig defeated Tito Santana in a tournament final in Austin, Texas to win the WWF Intercontinental Title.
1992 - The Heavenly Bodies (Stan Lane & Tom Pritchard) defeated The Fantastics (Bobby & Jackie Fulton) in a tournament final to become the first Smoky Mountain Wrestling Tag Team Champions.
2003 - Tiger Mask IV defeated Koji Kanemoto in Hiroshima, Japan to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
-- The English language version of Fire Pro Wrestling Returns will be released later today as a PS2 Classic on the Playstation Network. The game was originally released for the Playstation 2 in 2005 in Japan and 2007 in North America and Europe. Thanks to Andrew.
-- Over the Top Radio crew revisits the life and times of Mick Foley here.
WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE RECENT SHOWS?
UFC on FOX 35.1%
New Japan Invasion Attack 29.0%
ROH Supercard of Honor 11.8%
UFC 4/13 Faber vs. Jorgensen 5.7%
Dragon Gate 4/6 3.1%
UFC 4/6 from Sweden 0.4%
WHAT MAY SHOW DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
UFC 5/25 Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 26.4%
WWE Extreme Rules 24.7%
New Japan Wrestling Dontaku 24.4%
ROH Border Wars 12.5%
Mayweather vs. Guerrero 9.2%
UFC 5/18 Belfort vs. Rockhold 2.7%
WHO ELEVATED THEIR STOCK THE MOST ON SATURDAY?
Josh Thomson 66.7%
Matt Brown 16.0%
Gilbert Melendez 6.6%
Benson Henderson 4.9%
T.J. Dillashaw 2.1%
Chad Mendes 1.6%
Yoel Romero 1.2%
Joseph Benavidez 0.8%
WHAT PROMOTION HAS THE MOST MOMENTUM RIGHT NOW?
New Japan 41.9%