MON. UPDATE: Notes for RAW tonight, spend a night with Team 3D, new UFC Boston match, Mid-Atlantic documentary, Santino opening a MMA/wrestling school, tons more



 
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--Foreign pro wrestling group claims they are running a 50,000 seat stadium and will be loaded up to get ready
 
--How a different group was planning on dong the match his year
 
--Longtime Mexican star announces retirement
 
--Pro wrestling star tabbed for international version of Survivor
 
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--Full-time Canadian pro wrestling stars this weekend
 
--Seiya Sanada getting big matches
 
--Ryo Saito essentially in the same position
 
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Monday's News Update

-- Tonight's RAW is being advertised around two segments: Brock Lesnar and HHH go face-to-face and the Chris Jericho vs. Fandango dancing contest. Edyta Sliwinska -- a dancer on "Dancing with the Stars" -- is there as Jericho's partner for the show. They will also update since it's the PPV go-home show for Sunday, including the situation with the match scheduled as a ladder match with Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for the world title.

At least as of yesterday, Ziggler was off the card, but if he can pass imPact testing, he could be put on. Summer Rae is scheduled to be Fandango's dance partner, which means the brunette had other commitments tonight.  Well, Jericho has the big advantage in a dancing contest.  If they were playing football, it would be the other way around.
 
--There is a good chance stemming from Smackdown that a The Shield vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane & Kofi Kingston match will take place either tonight or tomorrow.  Also, is Mark Henry turning face and did it already happen, and how does that relate to Sunday's strap match with Sheamus?

--There will be ads all over Raw tonight most likely pushing the WrestleMania DVD release, the company's best seller each year.  The DVD includes both the show (including the preshow, and post show) and the complete Hall of Fame ceremony.
 
--Raw is not expected to do well tonight in Canada since it goes against game seven of the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff series. (thanks to Steve Khan)    
 
--Even though Raw is from Tulsa, Jim Ross will not be part of the show as he had a commitment to tape an episode of Shawn Michaels' hunting show which started today.  He'll be somewhere in Texas filming for a couple of days. He's hunting hogs with bows and arrows and Michael Cole is training to climb Mt. Whitney.
 
--Bully Ray & Devon are doing a one-night talks show Q&A on 6/8 in Monroe, NJ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel called "An Evening with Team 3-D."  It will take place that day at 6 p.m.
 
--Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson is the second official match for the 8/17 UFC show in Boston on Fox Sports 1.   
 
--There is a new reason for a match not taking place. Invicta announced that Laura Sanko has pulled out of her fight with Livia Von Plettenberg at the 7/13 iPPV show (Cris Cyborg vs. Marloes Coenen main event) because she found out she was pregnant this week.  
 
--Greg Price and John Andosca are putting together a feature-length documentary called "Mid Atlantic Memories" on the old Crockett territory.  They will talk with fans, referees, managers, announcers and promoters and cover the 60s through the 80s.  The idea is to do a theatrical release in the area and later release it as a DVD, but the big thing will be the theatrical release and trying to get it airing on television.
 
--TNA has tickets on sale for its January U.K. tour with dates on 1/30 in Glasgow at the Hydro, 1/31 in Manchester at the Arena, 2/1 in London at Wembley Arena and 2/2 in Birmingham at the National Indoor Arena.  They are pushing the Glasgow show, an Impact taping, as the first pro wrestling event ever in the arena.
 
--Raven and Perry Saturn will be appearing at the Chicago Premiere of "Barbed Wire City" at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, IL on 5/23 at 7:30 p.m.  They will do a Q&A session with producers John Philipavage and Kevin Kiernan. 
 
--The legendary Danny Hodge turned 81 today.  Jimmy Yang turned 32 today.
 
--It was on this day in 2000 that Jumbo Tsuruta passed away at the age of 49.  Longtime Boston promoter Abe Ford passed away in 2002 on this day at the age of 90. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History.com)
 
SHOULD JAY BRISCOE HAVE BEEN MADE TO APOLOGIZE AT THE ROH HOUSE SHOW?
Yes, no other option 42.8%
Yes, he should have, but only if he believed he should have, should not have been forced 35.1%
No, he shouldn't have had to 22.1%
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW
Excellent 16.7
Good 50.0%
Average 8.3%
Fair 8.3%
Poor 16.7%
        70.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW THIS PAST WEEK?
Impact 31.5%
Raw 21.8%
Main Event 19.4%
Smackdown 9.7%
ROH 8.9%
CMLL 4.0%
Saturday Morning Slam 2.4%
MFC 0.8%
Inside MMA 0.8%
Ultimate Insiders 0.8%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST ERA FOR WRESTLING?
1998-2001 WWF 35.9%
1990-1996 All Japan 17.2%
1983-86 Jim Crockett Promotions 12.9%
1984-88 WWF 11.2%
1996-98 WCW 9.5%
1983-85 Mid South 3.9%
1983-85 World Class 3.5%
1991-97 New Japan 2.1%
2003-05 NOAH 1.5%
1984-87 All Japan 1.2%
1992-95 AAA 1.0%
1981-83 New Japan 0.2%
 
--Betting odds on upcoming UFC events:
For this Saturday:
Luke Rockhold ranges from a -115 to -130 favorite over Vitor Belfort, who ranged from +110 to -115.  So Rockhold is a very slight favorite as a consensus
 
For UFC 160
Cain Velasquez  ranges from -635 to -700 over Bigfoot Silva, so those are major odds
Junior Dos Santos is generally -400 over Mark Hunt
Glover Teixeira is generally -280 over James Te Huna
Gray Maynard is generally -210 over T.J. Grant
 
For UFC 161
Renan Barao is looking -500 over Eddie Wineland
Rashad Evans is a slight favorite or dead even with Dan Henderson
Shogun Rua is a favorite at -165 over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
 
For UFC 162
Anderson Silva is about -265 over Chris Weidman
 
--Lorenzo Fertitta today told the Syracuse Post-Standard that they are looking at running a show at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse once MMA is legalized in New York.  He said in 2011 he met with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about doing such a show, even proposing the idea of GSP vs. Johny Hendricks and selling the place out, which holds about 49,000 people.  They also talked about a potential Jon Jones title defense, since Jones is from nearby Endicott, NY.  He said they would like to run shows during a one year period in Buffalo, the Carrier Dome, Albany and Madison Square Garden and predicted between the four shows doing 85,000 tickets sold and $12 million.  The deadline for this year is if the Assembly brings it to a vote by 6/30.  Privately, and in some cases publicly, those in UFC are more negative than possible to the idea that will happen this year.    
 
--UFC announce Bruce Buffer's autobiography, "It's Time:  My 360 degree view of the UFC" is being released tomorrow by Crown Archetype. 
 
--Santino Marella is opening up a school for both wrestling and MMA in Toronto in July called "Battle Arts Academy.".

--Damien Sandow who started in OVW, got a lot of local pub including throwing out the first pitch at Friday's Louisville Bats minor league baseball game and visiting schools in the area.  It was pushed that Sandow used to live in Louisville (during his OVW days as Aaron "Idol" Stevens)
 
--Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole was announced for ROH's 6/1 show in San Antonio.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1938 - Vic Christy beat Don McIntyre for the world title recognized in Montreal, Toronto and Buffalo, in Buffalo
1940 - The French Angel, Maurice Tillet, a huge box office star at the time, beat Steve Casey for the AWA title in Boston
1954 - Dory Funk Sr. beat Roy Shire to win the Southwest jr. heavyweight title in Amarillo.  They ended up being two of the most powerful men in wrestling ten years later.
1954 - Ben & Mike Sharpe beat Ronnie Etchison & Enrique Torres in Stockton to win the Pacific Coast tag team titles
1959 - Ed Francis beat Al Lolotai to win the Hawaiian title   
1960 - Rikidozan beat Leo Nomellini in Tokyo to win the World League tournament.  This would be kind of like if today they built up a match with a wrestling star bigger than Hogan against Ray Lewis while he was still active.
1960 - The Flying Scott Brothers, George and Sandy, beat Emil & Ernie Dusek in St. Joseph, MO for a version of the world tag team titles
1964 - Shag Thomas & Robert Duranton beat Curtis Iaukea & Cowboy Cassidy in Honolulu to win the Hawaiian tag team titles
1965 - The Assassins beat Kurt & Karl Von Stroheim in Los Angeles to win the WWA world tag team tiles   
1966 - Giant Baba beat Wilbur Snyder via count out to win the World League tournament
1967 - Giant Baba beat The Destroyer in Yokohama to win the World League tournament    
1967 - Killer Kowalski beat Billy White Wolf to win the IWA title in Melbourne
1969 - Lonnie Mayne & Tony Borne beat Kurt & Karl Von Steiger to win the Pacific Northwest tag titles  
1970 - Humberto Garza, the father of Hector Garza, beat Rene Guajardo in Monterrey to win the Mexican national middleweight title 
1972 - Paul DeMarco & Lars Anderson beat Rocky Johnson & Pepper Gomez at the Cow Palace in San Francisco to win the world tag team titles
1973 - Waldo Von Erich & Hiro  Tojo (Samson Kutsuwada) beat Larry O'Dea & Ron Miller in Sydney to win the Austra Asian tag titles
1975 - Victor Rivera & Domenic DeNucci beat The Valiant Brothers  in Philadelphia to win the WWWF tag titles
1975 - Mike DuBois (later Alexis Smirnoff) & Lard Alfred Hayes beat The Beast & Johnny Weaver in Halifax to win the International tag team titles
1978 - Jerry Oates beat Ed Wiskoski to win the Pacific Northwest tag titles
1979 - Wahoo McDaniel beat The Spoiler (Don Jardine) to win the American title in Houston
1983 - Harley Race beat Jerry Blackwell in St. Louis to win the Missouri State title
1984 - Rick Martel beat Jumbo Tsuruta in St. Paul to win the AWA title
1985 - Randy Savage beat Jerry Oski in Memphis to win the Southern title
1988 - Barry Windham beat Nikita Koloff in a tournament final in Houston to win the U.S. title
1991 - Jeff Jarrett & Robert Fuller beat The Texas Hangmen to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis while Bill Dundee beat Eric Embry to win the Southern title 
1996 - Pimpinela Escarlata beat the original La Parka in Nuevo Laredo to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title  
2007 - Kurt Angle won a three-way over Christian Cage and Sting to win the TNA title in Orlando
 
 --Here is an on-demand feature of old pro wrestling from various Canadian companies. This is footage that appeared on some Canadian taped PPV shows years back called Icons of Wrestling.
 
--NWF from Saturday night in Florence, KY:  Dustin Lillard & Johnny Robinson b The Executioner & Malpractice,e Jason Cross over Ron Mathis and Miguel Sanchez, Justin Lane b Roger Ruffen, Matt Stephens & Kyron over Brody Cormick & Jason Montross and Anthony Bryant & Jesse Hyde, Pompano Joe b T-Money Rob Williams b Jay Donaldson-COR, Angel b Larry D, Jeremiah & Nicholas b Aaron Extreme & Kasey Kaos, Joseph Park (TNA) b Danny Todd to win the Tri States title.  Chris Park was originally trained and started with his promotion.  Next show is 5/18 at the High School in Williamstown, KY. (thanks to Nate Pelley)
 
--Roy Nelson hosted a special screening of the new Star Trek: Into Darkness movie at Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas on Saturday night.  Among those in attendance were Mike Pyle, Don House and Mike Sawyer from this site.
 
--Regarding the Great Mephisto from 1944, he was not Judo Jack Terry either.  He was an old-time shooter who Frankie Cain (the Great Mephisto in the 60s, 70s and 80s) grew up watching and took the name from.
 
--C4 Wrestling from Saturday night in Ottawa:  Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois over MVP (not the former WWE guy) & Ethan Page, Deeno & Cheeky and Brent Banks & Jae Rukin, Travis Toxic b Leon St. Giovanni, Alex Vega b Cheech Hernandez, Buxx Belmar over Pinkie Sanchez and Sexxy Eddy, Vanessa Kraven won a six-way intergender match with Jodi D'Milo, Angie Skye, Giant Tiger and Garry Banacheck, Scotty O'Shea b Amasis, Cecil Nyx & Chaz Lovely b Super Smash Brothers, Scotty O'Shea over Josh Alexander and Mike Bailey.  Next show is 6/15.  All C4 Wrestling shows are available at www.smartmarkvideo.com
 
--Charity Appeal Wrestling on 5/31 in Luton, Bedfordshire, UK a The Hightown Club.
 
--Bob Holly talks his WWE career as he promotes his book.
 
--On last night's All-Star Apprentice, Trace Adkins was trying to bring in celebrities to help him in his final task for the shows and mentioned trying to get in touch with Big Show but he was unavailable. (thanks to Steve Dickinson)
 
--Future Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Wallington, Surrey, England before 250 fans:  Jimmy Havoc b Marty Scurll (TNA), Joel Masters b Naom Dar, Sir Thomas Chamberlain b El Ligero, Greg Burridge b Ashely Reed, Sir Thomas Chamberlain b Joel Masters, Greg Burridge b Jimmy Havoc, Swords of Essex b Rockerfeller Foundation, Sir Thomas Chamberlain b Greg Burridge to became the first FPW champion (thanks to Darren Rogers)
 
--Wrestling is Art from Saturday night in Haverhill, MA before 350 fans:  Estonian Thunderfrog b Kobald, Francis/Frank O'Rourke b Anthony Stone, Jaka b Brian Fury, Jigsaw b Antonio Thomas, Juan Francisco b Jerris Cottonbelly, Devastation Corporation b Batiri-DQ, Sho Funaki b Green Ant
 
--Devon Nicholson is back in the wrestling business, and will be promoting a show no 8/31 in Hawkesbury, ONT. Here's an update on his hepatitis.
 
--AAW on 5/17 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club for Day of Defiance with Sami Callihan vs. Shane Hollister last man standing, Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Michael Elgin & ACH, Samuray del Sol vs. Silas Young and more including Louis Lyndon, Colt Cabana, Keith Walker and Jimmy Jacobs.
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 5/24 in Council Bluffs, IA at the Eagles Club

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