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We also have a look at the ratings of all the major television shows over the past week and results from all the major arena events.
Also in this week's issue:
--Update on CMLL's Gran Alternativa tournament
--Wrestlers on TV weekly who want to go back to their gimmicks from years ago
--Jeff Jarrett goes to Mexico
--AAA star in a major reality show
--Dragon Gate big show coverage
--Notes on this year's Champion Carnival tournament
--Update on All Japan jr. tournament
--Outsider captures major world title
--Update on KENTA and Pro Wrestling NOAH
--Update on Prince Devitt
--Hall of Famer hints at retirement after putting over protege
--Pro wrestling world title put up in a shoot match
--IGF announces its plans for the next several months
--Adam Copeland (Edge) talks about leaving wrestling, growing up as a fan and more
--Chavo Guerrero Jr. talks Chris Benoit on Chris Jericho's show
--CZW has big show
--Pro wrestling trivia note as it relates to one of the biggest celebrities of the last 100 years
--Update on the original Sin Cara
--Someone does a pro wrestling and pro wrestling match on the same day
--Latest from Puerto Rico
--Notes from the heyday of San Francisco wrestling
--Former TNA wrestler slowing down
--Whatever happened to???
--Notes on pro wrestling documentaries in discussion
--Former UFC fighter and former WWE star in international TV commercial
--ROH weekend show and what matches are being built for
--Vince Russo and TNA, an update
--How the TV has changed
--Notes on the next few TNA PPV shows
--What PPV show said to be really good
--Lots more backstage from the European tour
--A look at the TNA shows this past weekend
--More on Ronda Rousey in Hollywood
--Story behind her latest movie roles
--Details on the Jessica Eye situation
--The situation with the fighter on Ultimate Fighter who will not be going to UFC no matter what happens on the show
--More on UFC changing its bonus structure
--A look at the next show
--Dana White's latest TV show
--More on UFC prosecuting those who steal their PPVs
--Update on Anderson Silva
--Tons of new fights
--What UFC fighter is a Roller Derby coach
--New Bellator title fight
--Update on three-way TV battle in two weeks
--New promotion with national TV about to debut and notes on who is involved with the show including UFC's first superstar and a major name in pro wrestling
--Update on Ben Askren
--What boxing champion is interested in MMA
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking today's UFC show, as well as the latest pro wrestling news. You can e-mail questions to the show at
--Scott Hall dropped hints about being in the WWE Hall of Fame on Twitter yesterday. From the original Hall of Fame list from several weeks back, Hall, Mr. T and Paul Bearer were the ones not yet announced.
--The 2/24 Raw show in Green Bay with the return of Undertaker and Hulk Hogan is sold out. There are only 55 tickets available on Stub hub with the cheapest going for $137.
--The top three matches on the TNA One Night Only taping on 3/2 at Sumo Hall in Tokyo in conjunction with the Wretle-1 promotion, are Magnus vs. Kai for the TNA title, the Bro Mans vs. Shuji Kondo & Kaz Hayashi for the TNA tag titles and Austin Aries vs. Seiya Sanada for the X title. It's the first of several planned joint shows for the two companies, although it's the only one locked in at this point.
--There is still nothing official when it comes to the next New Japan iPPV show, although the presumption would be the anniversary show on 3/6.
--The Alicia Fox vs. Eva Marie match taped for Smackdown was edited off the show.
--The U.K. version of the show had none of the Valentine's Day messages that appeared in other countries. (thanks to Gary Mehaffy)
--Adam "Edge" Copeland has signed to do Wrestlecon on 4/5 in New Orleans.
--Clay Guida vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri was announced for 4/11 in Abu Dhabi.
--Rashad Evans undergoes surgery on Monday after his knee injury in training that took him out of the 2/22 fight with Daniel Cormier.
--Rain, who formerly worked for TNA as Peyton Banks, noted that she was in an automobile accident yesterday on the way to work. She wrote on Facebook today that she is still in the hospital, underwent surgery, and that her phone was also stolen. (thanks to Ed Loredo)
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1947 - Jack O'Brien beat El Santo in Mexico City to win the world welterweight title
1962 - Rikidozan & Toyonobori beat Luther Lindsay & Ricky Waldo in Tokyo to win the All-Asia tag title
1967 - Alan Miquet beat Jim Breaks in London to win the British lightweight title
1974 - Jackie West & Sharon Lee beat Mariko Akagi & Peggy Kuroda in Hiroshima to win the WWWA tag title
1975 - Gwyn Davies beat Tibor Szakacks in Manchester to win the British heavyweight title
1980 - Mike Graham beat Tatsumi Fujinami in Miami to win the Int. jr. title
1986 - Kazue Nagahori & Yumi Ogura beat Bull Nakano & Condor Saito to become the first Japanese women's tag champions of All Japan women
1991 - Eric Embry beat Bill Dundee in Dallas to win the Texas title
1992 - Fuerza Guerrera beat Khalifa in a tournament final in Puebla to win the CMLL welterweight title
1993 - Ron& Don Harris beat Moondogs Spot & Slat in Memphis to win the USWA title
1999 - Rock beat Mankind for the WWF title in a ladder match, Shane McMahon beat X-Pac to win the European title in a tag match with Shane McMahon & Kane vs. X-Pac & HHH in which the title was at stake
1999 - Cobarde beat Perro Aguayo Jr. in Nuevo Laredo to win the vacant UWA jr. heavyweight title
2004 - Hiroyoshi Tenzan beat Genichiro Tenryu in Tokyo to win the vacant IWGP title in the tournament final
2004 - Yumiko Hotta beat Momoe Nakanishi in Tokyo to win the A to Z title
2009 - Shingo Takagi & Dragon Kid & Taku Iwasa beat Masaaki Mochizuki & Don Fuii & Magnitude Kishiwada in Fukuoka to win Dragon Gate's Open the Triangle Gate title
--TNA is pushing that Jeff Hardy will be at the Fan Interaction the day before Lockdown in Miami on 3/8.
--The Willow vignette on TNA on Thursday was Jeff Hardy under a mask. He had used the character Willow the Whisp under a mask dating back to when he was a teenager.
--Announced as the dark match main event for the 3/18 Smackdown taping in Houston is John Cena & Sheamus & Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt & Kane & Alberto Del Rio
Update on the Dragon Gate USA shows this coming week
2/22 in Elmhurst, NY at the Queensboro Elks Lodge
Johnny Gargano vs. Cima for the Open the Freedom Gate title
AR Fox vs. Drew Gulak
Rich Swann vs. Trent Baretta
Anthony Nese vs. Biff Busick
Ivelisse vs. Su Yung
2/23 in Brooklyn, NY at the Lyceum
Roderick Strong vs. winner of Gargano/Cima for Open the Freedom Gate title
AR Fox vs. Chris Hero for Evolve title
Fire Ant vs. Jigsaw
POLL ON MAIN EVENT
66.5% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON ULTIMATE FIGHTER
81.6% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO IN WWE WAS UTILIZED THE WORST THIS PAST YEAR?
Dolph Ziggler 47.3%
Daniel Bryan 22.4%
Brock Lesnar 10.4%
A.J. Lee 6.3%
Big Show 2.1%
Mark Henry 1.4%
DID UFC MAKE THE RIGHT CALL BRINGING IN AN UNKNOWN WITH A STORYLINE FOR CORMIER?
Yes, they did the best with a bad situation 42.2%
Yes, with the storyline, I'm more interested 19.6%
No, these storylines cheapen the sport 14.7%
No, Cormier shouldn't be fighting someone who hasn't proven themselves 13.6%
WHO WINS TONIGHT?
Jacare Souza 85.1%
Francis Carmont 14.9%
POLL ON IMPACT
37.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--This season of TUF is like the tree falling in an empty forest. This coming Wednesday, the show is preempted again on FS 1 and will be on FS 2 at 10 p.m.
--A comic book from 1943 about a famous wrestler who becomes a super hero NIGHTMARE at http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com.au/
The hero's costume looks like a combination of La Parka and Mortis (thanks to James Hold)
--On The Price is Right yesterday, doing a couples theme, there was a husband and wife wearing a Daniel Bryan T-shirt with the "Yes, yes, yes" on the front.(thanks to Kevin Witt)
--Southern States Wrestling will celebrate 23 years in operation with its TV show this week at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night on WKIN or kingofkingspors.com which will have clips of Jerry Lawler, Dutch Mantell, Bill Dundee, Robert Fuller, Mongolian Stomper, JYD, Sabu and Curt Hennig with the promotion. They also have a TV taping on 2/21 in North Kingsport,TN at the Community Center. Admission is free. Seating is limited.
--Tommy Rogers has been added to the 4/4 Mid South Fan Fest over WrestleMania weekend. He'll be signing autographs and doing photo ops with longtime partner Bobby Fulton. A DVD will be taped from all this.
--MMA will be legal and regulated in South Dakota this year, with the goal of rules and regulations ready by 7/1. Promoters are now trying to get Sioux Falls to reconsider its ban of having MMA events in any city-owned facilities, which would include their major arena.
--A story on former wrestler Madusa, still working in Monster Jam after 14 years at http://m.app.com/entertainment/article?a=2014302140017&f=255
She said she gets beat up more in Monster Jam than she did in wrestling, and she spent several years working for All Japan women. She's doing a show tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Izod Center.
--Former woman's wrestling star Leilani Kai has opened a wrestling school in Clermont, FL. She has a 6,000 square foot facility. For more info you can e-mail to
or call 813-803-0444.
--The New England Fights promotion drew 3,000 fans last Saturday in Lewiston, ME, built around a grudge match with Marcus Davis vs. Ryan Sanders. Sanders, will now face Maine welterweight champion Gil de Freitas to headline the 5/10 show in Lewiston.
--Cesar Gracie on Twitter wrote: "Gilbert Melendez won't be punked by Dana White. If not careful our other guys will be leaving UFC for Bellator." He then took it down. He wasn't doing anyone any favors with that.
--Southern All-Star Wrestling from last night in Millersville, TN: LT Falk b Sigmon, Weatherbys b Wild Boys, Chris Richards NC Jocephus Brody, Team IOU b Mayhem, Charles Alexander over Josh Crow, Shane Smalls and Kaden Sade, Jason Kincaid over Shawn Shultz and Chase Owens to keep Smoky Mountain title, Shawn Shultz over Chase Owens and Jason Kincaid to keep the SAW TV title, Jason Kincaid over Chase Owens and Shawn Shultz to keep the Southern title, Iron Godz b Lords of Kaos (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--Sgt. Slaughter will be appearing at Collector's Realm on 3/29 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. at the Dutchess Marketplace in Fishkill, NY