Saturday, 22 February 2014 15:18
A lot of stuff going on this weekend. We'll be doing polls Saturday and Sunday as well as radio shows after both PPVs.
Tonight is UFC 170 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas:
Fight Pass at 7 p.m.
Ernest Chavez vs. Yosdenis Cedeno
Erik Koch vs Rafaello Oliveira
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Zach Makovsky vs. Josh Sampo
Cody Gibson vs. Aljamain Sterling
Pedro Munhoz vs. Raphael Assuncao
Alexis Davis vs. Jessica Eye
PPV at 10 p.m.
Steven Thompson vs. Robert Whittaker
Mike Pyle vs. TJ Waldburger
Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia
Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins
Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann for the women's bantamweight title.
ROH will be taping television tonight at 7 p.m. with A.J. Styles vs. Michael Elgin, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jay Lethal for the TV title, Romantic Touch vs. R.D. Evans, Roderick Strong & B.J. Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas & Andrew Everett and the return of Eddie Kingston & Homicide.
TNA runs Saturday night in Beckley WV with Magnus vs. Samoa Joe for the title, Ken Anderson vs. Bobby Roode cage match, Gunner vs. James Storm, Bro Mans vs. Wolves for tag title, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky and Zema Ion vs. Eric Young.
WWE Elimination Chamber takes place Sunday in Minneapolis:
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Christian vs. Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro vs. John Cena Elimination Chamber for world title
The Shield vs. The Wyatts
Alberto Del Rio vs. Dave Batista
Big E vs. Jack Swagger for IC title
New Age Outlaws vs. Usos for tag title
Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Curtis Axel & Ryback preshow match at 7:30 p.m.
Dragon Gate USA on Sunday at 7 p.m. from the Brooklyn Lyceum with this new lineup Gargano/Baretta winner vs. Roderick Strong for the Open the Freedom gate title AR Fox vs. Chris Hero for Evolve title Fire Ant vs. Jigsaw
TNA runs Sunday in Morgantown, WV with Magnus vs. Samoa Joe cage match for TNA title, James Storm vs. Gunner, Bro Mans vs. Wolves for tag title, Bobby Roode vs. Ken Anderson, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky and Zema Ion vs. Eric Young.
Raw will be Monday in Green Bay with one of the biggest shows of the year, as Hulk Hogan returns to WWE, as does Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Plus it's the lead to the network.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Milwaukee.
-- Some live radio show notes for a packed weekend:
Dave and I will be back tonight with UFC 170 coverage shortly after the post-show press conference ends. This show will stream live on F4WLive Radio
Wrestling Observer Live will be a two-hour pre-show tomorrow, airing from 6-8 ET/3-5 Pacific. We'll be live on Sports Byline USA, Sirius Satellite Radio, American Forces Network, Cable Radio Network, TuneIn, etc.
We'll have a Bryan & Vinny & Craig WWE PPV post-show starting immediately after Elimination Chamber ends on F4WLive Radio. More on that in a moment
We'll also have a Wrestling Observer Radio talking Elimination Chamber and the WWE Network late Sunday night after the PPV on F4WLive Radio
-- When we are not on the air live, F4WLive Radio streams 24/7 through the link on the right-hand side of the front page. The latest free shows are always playing there on a rotation. You can also FAVORITE us on TuneIn Radio, which has an app for all smart phone, plus the Roku and other devices. The TuneIn app allows you to listen easily in your car via a Bluetooth connection or simple auxiliary cable hook-up. Just search "F4WLive" or "Wrestling Observer". TuneIn will soon be available on connected TVs and connected cars as well, so jump on the bandwagon and also please help spread the word about F4WLive Radio.
-- I should note that for the PPV post-show tomorrow, we may exceed capacity so some people may have trouble logging in. The issue is that the streaming provider won't upgrade our capacity until we exceed the old capacity. We shattered it for the post-Rumble show, and they've since doubled our capacity. If we hit that, well, they'll add another one-third. Eventually we'll have enough capacity to accommodate everyone. If you can't get on live, the show, along with every show we air, will be up for members within 5 minutes after its conclusion on the front page of the site, along with every other show we've ever done dating back to 2005. So with WrestleMania coming, and tons of shows on the way, now is the best time of the year to sign upand support the site!
-- As noted in this week's Figure Four Weekly, one source at Comcast said that customer service reps were being prepped to field calls regarding Comcast no longer carrying WWE PPVs after Elimination Chamber. Nothing has been said officially by Comcast or WWE, but it's a story to keep tabs on.
-- ROH made their big announcement at their HonorCon today. There were three, actually, including that they have worked out some merchandise and trading card licensing deals that fans should keep an eye out for. The big announcement was a partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling for shows in New York and Toronto this May featuring stars from both companies, including New Japan's biggest, IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. They had Naoki Sugabayashi, New Japan Chairman, and Tiger Hatori, working as translator, there to make the announcement. We'll have a video up on the front page regarding all of this likely in a few hours.
-- This morning on Good Morning America on there scroll at the bottom of the screen they acknowledged that Hogan was going back to WWE. Thanks to Josh.
-- If you haven't seen it, hereis the TMZ.com article that actually broke the story. We're told WWE was not happy it leaked out like this. Hogan, of course, returns to Raw Monday and will serve as "host" of WrestleMania. Which means one person will probably run into his fist, but that's about it. I presume he got medical clearance to tear his t-shirt off as well.
-- From the Hulk: "Well I guess it's that time again, I hope they are ready, this is gonna be the best run ever,it's great to finally be home,WWE4LIFE.ThankuHH". Also: "The WRESTLEMANIA return of Hulkamania has turned into a monster already,I'm so grateful to be back home brother HH".
-- Hogan also talks his return in the Huffington Post here.
-- WWE Black History Month with Naomi here.
-- Ronda Rousey is the third most-searched topic on Google as of this minute. Very rare, almost never before a fight unless there's an incident like Diaz/GSP or Sonnen/Anderson at weigh-ins or late press.
-- Choices Vegan Café in Miami will host a special Meet and Greet with Austin Aries during “Lockdown” weekend. Details coming soon.
-- Highlights of the new Celeste Bonin (former Kaitlyn in WWE) interview up here.
-- Zack Gowen interview heretalking Hulk Hogan, his WWE run, tons more.
-- Steve Corino heretalks why winning the ECW Title wasn't the biggest moment of his career.
-- A look hereat a new Andre the Giant book.
-- Jonathan Coachman recalls a great Hulk Hogan story here.
-- New interview with Prince Devitt here.
-- Empire State Wrestling presents "Reckoning Day" Saturday, March 1st, 2014 St. Johnsburg Fire Hall 7165 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, NY Doors Open: 5:00pm, Bell Time: 6:00pm
-- Busy day in history with Brian Hoops:
1943 - Bobby Managoff defeated National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Champion Bill Longson in Texas to become recognized as champion by promoter Tony Stecher in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1952 - Ron Etchison and Sandor Szabo defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe to win the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title in Oakland, California.
1957 - Pepper Gomez defeated El Medico for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.
1958 - Boris and Nicoli Volkoff defeated Reggie (Crusher) and Stan Lisowski to win the Chicago NWA World Tag Team Title in Chicago, Illinois.
1960 - Don and Luke Fields won the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title by defeating The Corsicans' (Jean and Joe) in Memphis, Tennessee.
1967 - The Medics defeated Terry Funk and Dan Miller to win the Southwest NWA North American Tag Team Title in Lubbock, Texas.
1971 - Fritz Von Erich defeated Toru Tanaka in Fort Worth, Texas to win the NWA American Heavyweight Title.
1973 - Killer Karl Krupp and Johnny Valentine defeated Kintaro Ohki and Seiji Sakaguchi to win the NWA International Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.
1974 - Harley Race defeated Archie Gouldie for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta.
1976 - Tommy Rich defeated Jerry Lawler in a No Disqualification match in Memphis, Tennessee to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Heavyweight Title
1978 - Dean Ho and Moondog Mayne defeated Black Gordman and Goliath in Sacramento, California to win the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title.
1978 - Ray Candy and Steven Little Bear defeated The Brute and Dr. X for the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1979 - Bob Sweetan defeated Randy Alls (Randy Rose) to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas.
1981 - Ivan Koloff and Ray Stevens defeated Paul Jones and The Masked Superstar for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1983 - The Great Gama defeated The Dynamite Kid for the Stampede World Mid-Heavyweight Title in Regina, Saskatchewan.
1983 - Dick Slater defeated Mike Rotundo to win the NWA Television Title in Columbia, South Carolina.
1984 - Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1986 - The Cuban Assassin defeated Kendall Windham to win the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.
1988 - The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton) in Memphis, Tennessee to win the held-up AWA World Tag Team Title.
1993 - The Moondogs (Splat and Spot) defeated The Harris Brothers (Don and Ron) for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1998 - At the WCW SuperBrawl pay-per-view event at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California; Booker T pinned WCW World Television Champion Rick Martel to win the title, also The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash (with Dusty Rhodes)) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) with Ted DiBiase)) to win the title and Sting pinned Hollywood Hulk Hogan after Randy Savage hit Hogan with a can of spray-paint to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title.