TNA has its second taped PPV tonight, called Jokers Wild. It's a show somewhat themed after the old WCW Battle Bowl concept. The idea is a group of tag teams are put together at random, and then the winning teams are put into a Royal Rumble at the end of the show. The tag matches end up being:
James Storm & Christian York vs. Gunner & Crimson
Douglas Williams & Kid Kash vs. Jessie Godderz & Ken Anderson
Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Rob Van Dam vs. Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe
Bobby Roode & Joseph Park vs. Robbie E & Zema Ion
Hernandez & Alex Silva vs. Devon & Doc
Matt Morgan & Rob Terry vs. Joey Ryan & Al Snow
Gauntlet Rumble Battle Royal
ROH has its Border Wars iPPV on Saturday from the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto:
Jay Briscoe vs. Adam Cole for ROH title
Taiji Ishimori vs. Eddie Edwards
Davey Richards vs. Paul London
Matt Taven vs Mark Briscoe for TV title
B.J. Whitmer vs. Rhett Titus I Quit match
Michael Elgin & Jay Lethal vs. SCUM (if Elgin & Lethal win, SCUM leaves
ROH, if SCUM wins, then Matt Hardy gets an ROH title shot and Steve
Corino becomes full-time TV announcer)
Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. Tadarius Thomas & ACH
There is also a Cage Warriors show from Cardiff, Wales on Saturday headlined by Jesse Taylor vs. John Phillips which airs live at 4 p.m. Eastern time in Canada on The Fight Network.
Saturday night has Raw in Wheeling, WV, Smackdown in Reading, PA and TNA in Baton Rouge, LA.
Sunday has Raw in Charleston, WV and Smackdown in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Raw is live on Monday night from Roanoke with Brock Lesnar returning.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Raleigh.
-- Make sure you check out the top of this update for info on all the shows this weekend, including TNA's Joker's Wild PPV that debuts tonight and plays all month long and tomorrow's ROH iPPV with Jay Briscoe vs. Adam Cole and Davey Richards vs. the returning Paul London. Also, make sure to catch Smackdown tonight as the Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback match is said to be really good. The two are good friends and travel buddies in real life.
-- Eddie Alvarez on Twitter updated his situation with Bellator: "Sorry I been absent lately guys. Here are some updates. I recently just sold an investment property in order to wait this trial thing out. I didn't want to sell, it was supposed to be a retirement thing but that's how shit goes, very happy it's sold and I'm packing now. I am taking the funds from the sale of the home and moving to Florida me and my family, I leave in a few days to search out a rental. I'll be training as if I have a fight no matter what the circumstances. We will be going to trial and there will be NO settlement. I want to see this thing through and let the truth come out in the end. I needed time to renovate and sell my home anyway in order to move to Florida, so this may have come as a blessing. My goal is to move to Florida, train with the best team and coaches in the world, beat this court case, become No. 1 in the world and keep it. I am in no hurry. This has always been a marathon for me, not a sprint, and time will only make me more dangerous when I fight, I promise. Since 18 I have fought at least every roughly 5 months so I have been learning a lot from this break. Thank you guys for [your] support. Every tweet positive or negative does help!! This is just a pit stop that's put there for a reason. Miami has unsanctioned fights somewhere for cash. Told my wife I might need to take the drive down there on the weekend, stay sharp."
-- Dave has a great article/interview with King Mo about his first OVW matches here. Mo reveals that, in fact, he had a secret debut in Holland over Christmas several months ago.
-- Steve Austin to attend the NRA National Convention.
-- A transcript of the entire WWE investors conference call from yesterday is available here.
-- At the NXT tapings last night John Cena promised that the next time he came to town he was going to wrestle on the show. They also start a tournament on May 23rd to crown the first NXT Women's Champion. The belt was on display during Axxess weekend.
-- Sweet Metamoris II promo video herefor the June 9th iPPV headlined by Kron Gracie, the son of Rickson, against Shinya Aoki. It's an all-BJJ pro tournament where there are no points and if nobody has gotten a submission after 20 minutes the match is ruled a draw.
-- If you're a fan of MMA, watch this videoin as high a quality as your computer allows. It's amazing.
-- ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING THE NEW WWE DIVAS REALITY SHOW?
Undecided at this point 13.0%
DO YOU THINK ANDERSON SILVA VS. CHRIS WEIDMAN WILL DO 500,000 BUYS?
Right at 500,000 13.0%
POLL ON MAIN EVENT FROM WEDNESDAY
56.6% of those responding didn't see the show
This would possibly be the best response for a television show in the history of our polls. If not, it's pretty close.
ARE YOU GETTING THE NEW JAPAN IPPV SHOW? Have never bought one before, not interested 40.0%
Watching it Friday on delay 23.1%
Not buying, waiting for matches to show up for free 16.4%
Would buy, but not for $25 9.2%
Watching it live 4.6%
Have never bought before, but am giving it a try 3.1%
Have bought before, no longer interested 2.1%
Have bought before, but not interested in the show because of the main event 1.0%
Have bought before but not interested in this show because of the card 0.5%
-- Jon Jones' toe injury explained here.
-- Pro Wrestling Revolution on The Travel Channel! Pro Wrestling Revolution owner Gabriel Ramirez was in Tijuana,Mexico this past year, taking part in a project with the Travel Channel, filming a new show with Andrew Zimmern, called “The Border Check”. The premier debuts this May 5th at 5pm on Travel Channel. The Border Check - Andrew Zimmern discovers the food and fun that blur the line between the US and Mexico. He joins the Border Patrol for a day, he samples delicious, homemade cuisine. samples some of the best empanadas that he’s ever tasted, visits Hotel Caesar’s in Tijuana, birthplace of this famous salad and learns about a wrestling form called Lucha Libre.
-- Scott Kent, CEO of Lion Fight Promotions, today announced he is introducing a women’s championship division and that the undefeated rising star of women’s Muay Thai, Tiffany Van Soest, will face Lucy Payne for the first ever Lion Fight Featherweight title. Van Soest and Payne are set to fight each other at LION FIGHT 10 on Friday, July 26 live from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and as part of the nationally televised card on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
-- Lucha notes from Kris Zellner: Todos x Todos held a contract signing today with Dr. Wagner Jr. & L.A. Par-K for their upcoming match on 5/11 at Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City and both men yet again declared their intentions for having a mask match. Hijo del Santo has gone on record saying that such a match will have to take place at the Plaza de Toros in Mexico City which seats 41,000 and TxT reiterated that today by saying there will be another press conference soon announcing such a show. It was also announced at the press conference that Lady Apache will make her TxT debut in a female Ruleta de la Muerte match. UWE & LEGEND announced yesterday that the 6th annual Lucha Fan Fest will take place this year at Arena Lopez Mateos and will feature over 100 luchadores who will either work matches, sign autographs, or both. These shows used to take place at the Centro Banamex or Plan Sexenal in Mexico City so this is a smaller venue this year.
-- From the promoter: We invite EVERYONE to join us in NEW YORK this Saturday, May 4th for a live screening of BARBED WIRE CITY (with Q&A to follow immediately) at the GRAMERCY THEATRE located at 127 E. 23rdStreet in New York, NY 10010. Doors open 11am. Film at 12 noon. Q&A immediately following. Drinks and Food after that. Tickets available from Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com and the box office at the GRAMERCY THEATRE. For more information click here
-- There are pro wrestling feuds. And then there's Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A.Their series of matches rank among the bloodiest and most intense programs of all time and set a new standard for brutality in the rough-and-tumble Mid-Atlantic territory in 1985. The two will come together once again, smack dab in the heart of Crockett territory, during the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest August 1-4 in Charlotte. This time, however, they will return as special guests for an opening night Q&A session that will help kick off the annual event. Magnum also will be inducted into the Hall of Heroes the following evening.
-- Very busy day in history according to Brian Hoops:
1884 - H.M. Dufur defeated James McLaughlin for the American Collar-and-Elbow Title in Chicago, Illinois.
1951 - Sonny Myers defeated Dennis Clary for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas.
1956 - Joe Scarpello defeated The Mystery Man to win his third Midwest Wrestling Association Junior Heavyweight Title in
1957 - Don McIntyre defeated Kurt Von Brauner to win the Georgia NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1961 - The Mysterious Medics defeated Jackie and Joey Fargo for the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama
1963 - Dick Steinborn defeated Tarzan Tyler to win the Georgia World Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1963 - Lee Fields and Joe Scarpa (Jay Strongbow) defeated Tiger Tomasso and Pancho Villa for the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama
1967 - Paul DeMarco and Luis Hernandez defeated Jim Bernard and Tarzan Tyler to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in San Antonio, Texas.
1967 - Ripper Collins and Curtis Iaukea defeated Johnny Barend and Hans Mortier to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1968 - Ron Etchison won the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title from Harley Race in St. Joseph, Missouri.
1969 - Karl and Kurt Von Steiger defeated Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1974 - Buddy Colt defeated Bill Watts for the Tri-State NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida
1976 - Big Bad John and Bill Dundee defeated Plowboy (Stan) Frazier and Jerry Lawler to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1979 - Mr. Sato and John Tolos defeated Akihisa Takachiho (The Great Kabuki) and Ricky Romero) to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.
1980 - The Sheik defeated Mighty Igor in Detroit, Michigan for the Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title. At that same event, Frankie Laine and George Steele won the Detroit NWA World Tag Team Title from John Bonello and Randy Scott.
1982 - Jimmy Garvin defeated Mr. Wrestling II for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in West Palm Beach, Florida
1983 - Bret Hart defeated Leo Burke for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Regina, Saskatchewan
1985 - Ted DiBiase and Steve Williams defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) to win the Mid-South Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas
1990 - John Tatum defeated Bill Dundee for the USWA Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.
1991 - Eric Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA Heavyweight Title reign in Dallas, Texas.
1992 - The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton in a steel cage match to win the title in Chicago, Illinois.
1993 - Papa Shango defeated Jerry Lawler in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title
1995 - IWGP Tag Team Champion Keiji Mutoh defeated IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto to win the title in Fukuoka, Japan.
1998 - Booker T defeated Chris Benoit for the WCW World Television Title at a house show in Savannah, Georgia
-- CTWE Pro Wrestling debuts LIVE on iPPV TOMORROW, Saturday, May 4, 2013, as CTWE Presents BriccoMania V!!! CTWE shows are FAMILY-FRIENDLY as always. For only $14.99 you get TEN big matches featuring former WWE Superstars Bobby Lashley and Trent Barreta plus all the stars of CTWE! $14.99 not only gets you the LIVE iPPV but also includes UNLIMITED FREE REPLAYS! The action starts at 7:00PM est. To order via iPPV visit here. BOBBY LASHLEY wrestles on this show.
-- Ed and crew look back at the WWF/WWE title on Over the Top Radio tonight here.