Tonight is also the 57th anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Mexico, with the top matches being Rey Escorpion & Bobby Zavala vs. Atlantis & Hombre Bala Jr. in the finals of the annual Gran Alternativa tournament (a star teams with the prelim guy, and the prelim guy on the winning team is brought up to main events), Mistico vs. Averno in the finals of the tournament for the new Mexican national welterweight champion, Rey Cometa vs. Namajague in a hair vs. hair match and La Sombra & Rush & Mascara Dorada vs. Ultimo Guerrero & El Terrible & Volador Jr.
UFC 159 takes place on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Prelims on Facebook at 6:30 p.m.
Steve Siler vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Prelims on FX at 8 p.m.
Ruslam "Suplex Machine" Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff
Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
Bryan Caraway vs. Johnny Bedford
PPV at 10 p.m.
Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen for the UFC light heavyweight title
WWE Raw runs Saturday night in Lodz, Poland, while the Smackdown crew is in Mannheim, Germany.
Pro Wrestling NOAH's Global Tag team tournament ends on Sunday at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Sunday has the Raw crew traveling home while the Smackdown crew finishes up the European tour with a show in Cologne, Germany.
Raw will be live on Monday night in Columbus, OH, at Nationwide Arena, headlined by John Cena & Ryback vs. The Shield.
The All Japan Champion Carnival finals are Monday night at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Smackdown, Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
-- John Cook of Gawker.com has a statement herewhere he notes that while they'll take down the actual video of the Hulk Hogan sex tape as ruled by Pamela A.M. Campbell, a circuit court judge yesterday, they're not taking down the written recap of the tape of the viewer comments on it, since those are covered by the First Ammendment.
-- Dana White yesterday said if GSP wasn't willing to do the Anderson Silva fight than he was facing Jonny Hendrix next, and it would be soon. "Soon soon," Dana reiterated, suggesting an August fight date. Considering the millions and millions they'd have to spend to make it worthwhile, probably zero chance this fight would take place on UFC on Fox Sports 1 1 (and yes, that's what the first show will be called).
-- The Amazing Nate Diaz talking about his fight with Josh Thompson -- which, keep in mind, he lost -- on BJ Penn's site: "The last guy I fought, Josh Thomson, he was scared shitless when I was fighting him. It's unbelievable how scared he was in there. He was running for his life. He was making women -- woman sounds when I was fighting him. He was making fucking bitch ass lady sounds and that's not bullshit. I'm not here talking shit on him, this is reality. He was making woman sounds. He was fucking running off, running out of the clinch. I hit him in the face and he was going, 'Oh, oh, ehh!', and makes fucking woman sounds I've never even heard out of a man before during a fight. And I hear his corner and they're telling him to smile at him, smile at him, and I'm like, 'Yeah, smile motherfucker," and there was not a single smile came out of his mouth, he had a look of panic the whole fight. And you have to be in there to fight these guys to know that. This is how it went. I see him in other fights, he smiles at the other guy, bouncing around. He didn't have no time for that against me. He was frantic and trying not to get his ass whooped." You cannot invent people like the Diaz brothers. You can listen to the entire thing here. It starts at 11:48. Warning -- once you start listening you won't be able to stop.
-- Regarding lifting Mike Mitrione's suspension after just two weeks, White explained that the suspension wasn't about punishment but rather about giving the company time to decide what to do with him. He said they fined him a huge amount of money, so big that Mitrione called him "40 times" asking him not to fine him so much. Dave has an article on it here.
-- Jon Jones said he was very interested in a future fight with Alexander Gustaffson, and if he could work out the logistics and finances with Dana White he'd love to bypass a PPV in order to fight on FOX TV.
-- Since he's off the road, CM Punk will be attending his third straight UFC event this coming Saturday night, and will be hanging out backstage with his buddy Chael.
-- Bill Apter did an interview with Jake Roberts, who has completely turned his life around under DDP's tutelage. Roberts said his goal is to enter and win next year's Royal Rumble. Well, if he's lucky and stays on track, I think there's a decent chance he could accomplish 50% of that goal.
-- The documentary on Jim Crockett Promotions that was shooting for $16,000 on Kickstarter.com made its goal with minutes to spare last night.
-- Chael Sonnen talks about how he met his special lady here.
-- A look at Dwayne Johnson's new HERO TV show on TNT along with a trailer is up here.
-- Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk the news of the week here.
-- Katarina Waters, the former Winter in TNA, has a role in this web series.
-- HOW MANY BUYS DO YOU EXPECT UFC 159 TO DO?
Less than 350,000 14.1%
More than 801,000 8.7%
WHO WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WRESTLER OF THE LAST 35 YEARS?
Hulk Hogan 32.6%
Ric Flair 23.0%
Superstar Billy Graham 10.0%
Steve Austin 9.2%
Shawn Michaels 8.3%
Dynamite Kid 5.8%
Original Tiger Mask 2.9%
The Rock 2.9%
Randy Savage 2.5%
Roddy Piper 0.9%
Dusty Rhodes 0.7%
WHO WAS THE GREATEST PRO WRESTLING BOOKER?
Paul Heyman 30.6%
Vincent Kennedy McMahon 27.5%
Giant Baba 12.0%
Bill Watts 8.2%
Eddie Graham 6.7%
Jerry Jarrett 3.4%
Gedo & Jado 2.9%
Dusty Rhodes 2.4%
Vincent James McMahon 2.2%
Riki Choshu 1.9%
Roy Shire 1.2%
Antonio Pena 1.0%
WHAT WAS THE BEST ERA IN TNA HISTORY?
Scott D'Amore as booker 55.2%
Nashville weekly PPV era 17.7%
Current time with Bruce Prichard in charge of creative 13.6%
Dusty Rhodes as booker 8.2%
Vince Russo as booker 3.9%
Bischoff/Hogan in charge of Russo 1.5%
WHAT WAS THE BEST UFC SHOW THIS YEAR?
February 23 - Rousey vs. Carmouche 34.3%
April 20 - Benson Henderson vs. Melendez 31.9%
March 16 - GSP vs. Diaz 13.7%
March 2 - Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann 9.8%
February 2 - Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar 3.4%
April 6 - Gegard Mousasi vs. Ilir Latifi 2.0%
April 13 - Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen 2.0%
January 26 - Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson 1.5%
February 16 - Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald 1.0%
January 19 - Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping 0.5%
-- World Series of Fighting's second episode of Future Champs airs on NBC Sports at 7:30 p.m. Eastern and 4:30 p.m.Pacific time tonight.
-- Johnny Hendricks and Jamie Varner have signed sponsorship deals with Reebok.
-- Pete writes: I thought you might be interested, potentially for your daily update, that between innings at last night's Yankees/Blue Jays game in New York, a group Yankee players were asked about their favorite wrestler on the jumbotron. After Kevin Youkilis and several others answered Hulk Hogan, "Real American" was played over the public address system.
-- A bunch of Pain & Gain movie reviews out today including this one here.
-- 1976 - In Madison Square Garden, Stan Hansen defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino when the referee stopped the match due to excessive bleeding. Sammartino retained the title. This was the match that Hansen broke Sammartino's neck with a body slam.
1988 - The Fantastics defeated The Midnight Express to win the NWA United States Tag Team championship.
1992 - Johnny Hotbody defeated Jimmy Snuka in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to win the ECW (Eastern Championship Wrestling) Title.
1994 - At a Monday Night Raw taping, The Headshrinkers, Fatu & Samu, defeated The Quebecers in Burlington, Vermont to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship.
1999 - On a Monday Nitro event, Sting won the WCW World Title from Dallas Page in the opening match, only to lose it back to Page in the final match of the show in a four way match. Also on the show, Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Psicosis to win the WCW World Cruiserweight Title.
2009 - At the Backlash PPV, Christian defeated Jack Swagger to win the ECW Title. Also at the event, Randy Orton's tag team of Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes defeated WWE Champion Triple H, Batista and Shane McMahon. As a stipulation of the match, Randy Orton became new WWE Champion.