We're also looking for reports from these shows:
WWE Raw Sunday in Charleston, WV
WWE Smackdown Sunday in Upper Marlboro, MD
WWE Raw from Saturday in Wheeling, WV
WWE Smackdown from Saturday in Reading, PA
TNA from last night in Baron Rouge, LA
-- Reader's Digest has published a list of the Top 100 Most Trusted People in America. The only wrestler on the list, and thus the MOST TRUSTED PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER IN NORTH AMERICA, is none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
-- We've updated the listing of our latest FREE radio shows on the right-hand side of the front page, including today's new show with Kevin Kleinrock talking everything from his new Viva LA Lucha project to Urban Wrestling Federation to Wrestling Society X. As a subscriber, you'd not only have already heard all of these shows, but we do anywhere from 10-15 new audio shows per week, plus for your subscription fee you get every single show we've ever done in our archives, dating back to mid-2005.
-- We'll also have a new Observer back issue, new Figure Four Weekly newsletter, new 10-Minute Audio update and new Bryan & Vinny Show up before the day is out. Tuesday always the busiest day of the week for me.
-- Extreme Rules official line-up after last night has John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE Title Last Man Standing, Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Title in a ladder match, HHH vs. Brock Lesnar in a cage, and Mark Henry vs. Sheamus, probably in a strap match or country whipping match.
-- The WWE Total Divas show is going to highlight the dating life of all the girls, including the Bellas (one of whom is dating Daniel Bryan and one of whom dated at least for a period John Cena) and Nattie Neidhart (dating Tyson Kidd, which kills off the TV angle of her dating Khali). Whole thing is weird because they're also doing storylines on the show involving storylines on TV.
-- Damian Sandow singing Orton's entrance was something he came up with and has been doing on Youtube for months now.
-- Miz is finished filming his Christmas movie and should be back in action at any time.
-- WWE WrestleMania 29 Blu-Ray with the entire Hall of Fame Ceremony and more is out next Tuesday. Hall of Fame in HD is worth the price.
-- Mike Bucci, aka Nova, has a big statement herewith his thoughts on Bob Holly apparently burying him in Bob's book. We'll have Holly on the show in a few weeks talking the book and his career and now what Nova had to say about his book and career.
-- Chris Weidman, understandably, was outraged that Anderson Silva missed his media appearances in LA yesterday while he had to take three days out of his training camp to do it all.
-- Story hereon a lawsuit based on the script for GI Joe 2. The writers of the original sequel claim that the sequel script that ended up being used (not theirs) was almost exactly the same, and they're asking for over $20 million in damages from Paramount/MGM and a hold to be placed on the Blu-Ray/DVD release. The wrestling tie-in, of course, is that Rock stars in the film.
-- Petition hereto try to get Eddie Gilbert into the WWE Hall of Fame.
-- UFC signed a three-year deal with BT Sports in the UK, which goes into effect on August 1st. BT Sports if the former ESPN UK, and the UFC programming will be on a new paid tier channel.
-- Pablo Garza and Antonio Carvalho have both been cut from UFC. Garza's statement is up here.
-- Chael Sonnen's latest is that the reason he wants a fight with Wanderlei Silva is because he wants an easy fight, and also because Wanderlei is broke.
-- Jose Conseco and Shaq are fueding on Twitter. It's amazing.
-- Mickie James' new Country Music album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay", (sounds like a heel turn coming) with eOne Music Nashville drops today. It's live on iTunes worldwide hereand also available in select Walmarts, FYE's, Best Buy online, as well as Amazon.
-- Preview of Irv Muchnick's new eBook on Jimmy Snuka and the Nancy Argentino case is up here.
-- TNA Thursday night has Sting & Kurt Angle & AJ Styles if he accepts vs. Aces & Eights, Bad Influence vs. Bobby Roode and Austin Aries with the winners getting a tag team title shot, and more.
-- ROH has a new Bryan Danielson DVD out at ROHWrestling.com.
-- This shouldn't have been so funny: Brodus Clay interview at LOCAL BOZO.com.
-- Trailer for the new Youshoot with Diamond Dallas Page talking a lot of WCW history and more up here.
-- Baron Von Raschke will talk with Frank Cusumano on KFNS Radio 590 AM in St. Louis on Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. He'll be plugging the Legends weekend at the Argosy Casino this Friday and Saturday. Larry Matysik will be on with Cusumano on KFNS Friday at 10:45 a.m. At this point, it appears likely that KFNS may do a live broadcast from the casino on the Friday evening question-and-answer.
-- On this week’s UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL EDITION: TITO ORTIZ FIGHTER’S CUT, the UFC Hall of Famer relives two of his biggest fights. First, The People’s Champ talks through his fight at UFC 51 where he faced Vitor Belfort. “This was one of the most memorable fights for me. Everything was on the line. I knew I had to push the pressure as much as possible and wait for him to make a small mistake.” Then, Ortiz watches his career-reviving battle against Ryan Bader at UFC 132. “One of my mottos is: prepare for the worst and the best will happen. Bader looked like a feared animal in the cage with a lion and he was going to get eaten at this time. Everything was on the line, my contract, my career, my legacy, my name.” Follow the link to watch a clip from the UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL EDITION: TITO ORTIZ FIGHTER’S CUT: http://youtu.be/-k87hmvpqiI.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, when it comes to the striking game in MMA, it’s largely about location. Hear the biggest names in the UFC breakdown the perfect place to land the most effective strike. Then, the 205-pound wrecking machine Glover Teixeira, who burst onto the UFC scene in 2012, has family in Connecticut who keep the talented Brazilian grounded. They will provide him all the motivation he’ll require in his run towards the light heavyweight championship. The athletic middleweight Luke Rockhold gained quite a reputation for his fluid movements and devastating power en route to becoming the Strikeforce middleweight champion. Hear from the newest addition to the UFC roster as he sits down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with host Jon Anik. Plus, UFC announcer Joe Rogan riffs on the phenomenon of fighters becoming overwhelmed when they step into the Octagon for the first time.
-- UWA Wrestling returns to Green Acres Flea Market in Alcoa, TN on May 9th. Belltime is 8 PM and Tickets are $6.
-- The JT Lightning Invitational Tournament May 24 & 25 • Turners Hall, Cleveland Ohio Friday: 7:30 pm • Saturday: 3:00 pm Fanfest, 6:00 pm show Tickets: $20/Show, $5 Fanfest ($40 combo packs that include Fanfest are available) www.shop.aiwrestling.com
-- There is a review of a Mick Foley show from Coventry up here. He's gotten a lot of great reviews for his show.
-- Video hereof Shawn Michaels and the new air rifle he's endorsing. He'll also be at the NRA Convention with Steve Austin.
-- Big day in history according to Brian Hoops:
1914 - Stanislaus Zbyszko defeated Americus (Gus Schoenlein) to win the World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Missouri.
1948 - Danny McShain defeated Miguel Guzmán for the Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas
1954 - Bull Curry defeated Ray Gunkel to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas
1955 - Lord James Blears and Gene Kiniski defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title
1956 - Larry Chene and Herb Freeman defeated Jack O'Reilly and Kurt Von Poppenheim to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1970 - Jerry Christy defeated Abdullah the Butcher for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta.
1970 - Terry Funk defeated Ricky Romero for the NWA Western States Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas.
1975 - George Gulas and Jerry Jarrett defeated Don and Ron Wright for the NWA Tennessee Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee. At the same event, Luke Graham won the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title from Don Kent
1975 - Giant Baba & Samson Kutsuwada defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Mike George in Enu, Japan.
1976 - The Super Destroyer defeated The Mighty Canadian (Gene Kiniski) to win the Amarillo NWA International Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas
1977 - José Miguel Perez defeated Hurácan Castillo in a tournament final for the vacant WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
1977 - WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham defeated Billy White Wolf (Sheik Adnan El Kassey) in the main event of a WWWF event in New Haven, CT.
1979 - Bill Dundee and Robert Fuller defeated The Assassins in a loser leaves town match in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title.
1979 - Blackjack Mulligan won the Amarillo NWA International Heavyweight Title from Dory Funk, Jr. in Odessa, Texas.
1981 - Rufus R. Jones defeated Bobby Jaggers for the NWA Central States Television Title in Kansas City, Kansas
1982 - Timothy Flowers and Adrian Street defeated Chris Adams and Ringo Rigsby to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Title.
1984 - World Class Championship Wrestling ran Fort Worth, Texas, headlined by NWA World champion Kerry Von Erich pinning Terry Gordy. Underneath, Killer Khan defeated Kelly Kiniski for the World Class Television Title.
1984 - Tommy Gilbert defeated Johnny Rich to win the NWA Southeast United States Junior Heavyweight Title in Birmingham, Alabama.
1985 - Jerry Oske defeated Randy Savage to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Louisville, Kentucky.
1986 - Jim Crockett Promotions ran Rhonda, NC, headlined by The Rock N' Roll Express defeated NWA World Tag Team champions The Midnight Express in a non-title match.
1988 - The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll and Scott Peterson) defeated Avalanche (P.N. News) and Mike Golden to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon,
1989 -At the WCW "Music City Showdown" PPV in Nashville, Tenn., Ric Flair pinned NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat to win the title, beginning his seventh reign. After the match, Terry Funk attacked Flair after Flair turned down a future title match with him, piledriving him on a ringside table. Flair would be "out of action" until the July 1989 Great American Bash PPV against Funk. Also, Michael Hayes (with Hiro Matsuda) pinned NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger to win the title
1999 - Nick Dinsmore defeated Rob Conway to win his third OVW Heavyweight Title in New Albany, Indiana.
2000 - At the final WCW Slamboree event, Jeff Jarrett defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion David Arquette and Diamond Dallas Page in a triple-tier steel cage match to win the title in Kansas City, Missouri.