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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:
--How CMLL's first big show main event got changed due to injury
--Upcoming CMLL big shows
--CMLL star heads to China
--Notes on the upcoming Rey de Reyes show from AAA
--Update on the original Sin Cara and why he won't be on TV for a while
--A look at AAA and CMLL's shows over the weekend
--One promotion folds and another goes on hiatus over the past week
--Jake Roberts notes
--Update on Lionheart after injury
--Update on Extreme Rising
--How wrestling related podcasts are doing
--What famous kids movie character was patterned after a former pro wrestling star
--Upcoming big ROH shows
--Update on Rampage Jackson and pro wrestling
--Notes on this week's Lockdown show
--TNA after Lockdown
--TNA TV overseas
--A look at the weekend TNA house shows
--Biggest woman's fight of all-time
--Update on Rashad Evans
--Update on UFC's major new TV deal
--UFC's biggest week of the year
--Diaz Brothers notes
--Tons of new UFC fights
--Bellator's first PPV
--Notes on the first week of Bellator TV
--Major TV show this weekend featuring MMA legend
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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the latest WWE, UFC and TNA news as well as taking e-mail questions to
--On the WWE Network tonight they will be adding two more late 1982 episodes of World Class Championship Wrestling (the 11/10 episode is a key part of the build to the famous Flair vs. Kerry Christmas night show if it's what I think it is), a April 11, 1993 Raw episode, the 2012 Royal Rumble, a 1984 house show from Maple Leaf Gardens and the March 25, 2001 episode of Raw.
--We got no complaints at all regarding the delivery of the Main Event show last night. At least that's promising. Just about everyone seems to be able to get the network in the U.S. that has ordered it. The only complaints we've gotten are from people who got billed even being told they had it free until a certain day. The WWE web site this morning was still listing a free trial week.
--MMA fighter Booto Guylain, 29, died as a result of injuries suffered in a 2/27 fight in South Africa. He suffered head injuries, was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with swelling and bleeding on the brain. Guylain had taken a lot of elbows on the ground and there was a feeling the referee stopped the fight late.
--This may be a first, but on 3/15 in Blue Ridge, GA at Fannin County High School, Deep Southern Championship Wrestling is going to do a Tower of Doom match, which is two rings stacked on top of each other, with the match able to take place in both rings.
--A.J. Styles is booked pretty solid now. He's booked every Saturday through the end of May, and then all through June as well. He's still taking Friday and Sunday dates at
Given the asking price he's getting per show, he's doing very well on the indie scene right now.
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner Mac Danzig announced his retirement.
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Junior Dos Santos 89.5%
Stipe Miocic 10.5%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW
Daniel Bryan 45.1%
Seth Rollins 22.9%
Paul Heyman 20.1%
Bray Wyatt 3.4%
Brock Lesnar 2.6%
Stephanie McMahon 2.2%
John Cena 0.7%
POLL ON RAW
5.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Hulk Hogan appears tonight on Toy Hunter on The Travel Channel. On the show, he's looking for display items for his Hogan's Beach restaurant and shop.
--Buck Zumhofe was found guilty today on 12 counts of criminal sexual contact. Yesterday, Zumhofe claimed the charges that he molested his daughter were untrue. Zumhofe denied the testimony saying he never had sexual contact or engaged in any other inappropriate behavior with her. Story is at http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/428343/
--Danny Castillo vs. Charlie Brenneman has been announced for the UFC show on 4/26 in Baltimore.
--UFC 171 Countdown will air on Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Pacific on FS 1. In other words, head-to-head with TNA Lockdown. The show will focus on Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title, Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley and Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury.
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.
--Shawn Daivari and Alicia Webb (Ryan Shamrock) are taking indie bookings at
--After spending all that money on the Super Bowl commercial with Hulk Hogan and 90s icons, Radio Shack yesterday announced it would be closing up to 1,100 stores around the country and will do a rebranding strategy.
--Big Time Wrestling on 5/17 in Newark, CA at the Memorial High School will have a convention from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Ric Flair, Scott Hall, The Godfather, Gangrel, Chavo Guerrero, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson and Molly Holly. There will also be a lie wrestling show that night. There are also vendor tables. Admission to the convention is $5. Supertickets are $125 with admission to the convention and an autograph and photo (with your camera) of each main star.
--Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa defend their Shimmer tag tam titles on Sunday in Tokyo against Madison Eagles & Evie. It's only the second time the titles will be put at stake in Japan.
--Paid Promotions on 3/15 in Blackpool, England headlined by Joey Hayes & Bubblegum vs. Cyanide & Craig Kollins
--Superstars of Wrestling on 4/12 in Woodbridge, NJ at the Avenel Columbus Council Building with Shane Douglas, Tony Atlas, Gary Wolf, Pat Buck and more.
--EWF from Friday night in Covina, CA: Dan Joseph b Eddie Matson, Richie Slade b Patient Zero, Mega King Tommy Wilson b Andy Brown, Prince Raccid Naijar b Brandon Gatson, B-Boy & Chris Kadillac & Ray Rosas b Terex & Ryan Taylor & Mondo Vega (thanks to Frank Mott)
--Daniel Bryan's win over Kane on Main Event was his 100th televised singles match win on TV. Since November 2006, the only wrestlers with 100 TV wins are C.M. Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kane, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Big Show, Mark Henry, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler.
--Betty White was on Conan O'Brien last night and they asked her about Raw. She said it was fun. They showed a photo of her with the New Age Outlaws.
--Daniel Cormier was named honorary captain of the U.S. freestyle World Cup team that will compete on 3/15 and 3/16 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. Cormier won a silver medal in the 2005 World Cup. The U.S. hasn't won a World Cup since 2003.
--WWE stock closed today at $27.10 per share, another big gaining day. Volume wasn't like yesterday, but still triple a normal day.
--Steve Bosse, a former hockey enforcer who was scheduled to make his UFC debut on 4/16 in Quebec City, is out of the show due to an injured shoulder.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops)
1934 - Leroy McGuirk beat Hugh Nichols in Tulsa to win the world light heavyweight championship
1942 - Tom Zaharias beat Orville Brown in Kansas City to win the MWA world title
1949 - Buddy Rogers beat Sheik Lawrence to win the Jack Pfefer version of the world title in Pomona, CA
1953 - Argentina Rocca beat Buddy Rogers to win the AWA title in Cleveland
1959 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) beat Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas in Amarillo to win the International tag team titles
1959 - Chico Garcia & Chet Wallick beat George & Sandy Scott in Calgary to win the International tag team titles
1962 - Whipper Billy Watson & Mr. Kleen beat Gene Kiniski & Killer Kowalski in Vancouver for the Pacific Coast tag team titles
1964 - Johnny Valentine beat The Beast in Toronto to win the U.S. title
1965 - Johnny Barend & Magnificent Maurice beat Chris & John Tolos in Detroit to win the world tag team tile
1969 - George Cannon beat Chris Markoff in Los Angeles to win the Beat the Champ title
1971 - Wahoo McDaniel beat Toru Tanaka in Houston to win the American title
1977 - Billy Robinson beat Jumbo Tsuruta in Akita, Japan to win the United National title
1977 - Dick the Bruiser beat The Strangler (Guy Mitchell) to win the WWA title
1978 - Johnny Weaver beat Baron Von Raschke in Charlotte to win the Mid Atlantic TV title
1980 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Dick Murdoch in Kuroiso, Japan to win the United National title
1980 - Hans Schroeder beat Peter Maivia in Honolulu to win the Hawaiian title
1983 - Buddy Landel beat Pierre Martel in Bayamon to win the North American title
1984 - Rip Rogers beat Larry Hamilton in Birmingham to win the Southeastern jr. heavyweight title
1985 - Mark & Jay Youngblood beat Norvell Austin & Koko Ware in Tampa to win the U.S. tag team titles
1986 - Kendall Windham beat Cuban Assassin in Tampa to win the Florida title
1988 - Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers beat Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden in Dothan, AL to win the Southeastern tag team titles
1994 - Kevin Sullivan & The Tazmanic (Taz) beat The Bruise Brothers to win the held up ECW tag titles and Terry Funk beat Shane Douglas i a taped fist match.
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Metatron & Virgo b Ebola & Demonio Maya, Super Comando & Artillero & Akuma b Star Jr. & Smaker & Sky Kid, Amapola & Princesa Sugei & Dallys b Lluvia & Goya Kong & Estrellita, Atlantis & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b El Terrible & Barbaro Cavernario & Herodes Jr.-DQ, Mistico & Volador Jr. & Titan b Averno & Ephesto & Rey Escorpion (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--A French movie called "Wrestling Queens" about a woman who forms a troupe of women wrestlers is playing in Sydney, Australia right now as part of the French Film Festival (thanks to James Stanios)
--In Your Face Wrestling on 3/15 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center with Justin Credible & Chip Stetson & Pierre Vachon vs Tommy Dreamer & Rhino & Bobby Ocean.
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla: Akron & Fuerza Chicana b Ares & King Jaguar, Amapola & Dallys & Princesa Blanca b Estrellita & Lluvia & Marcela, Morphosis & Okumura & Olimpico b Stigma & Stuka Jr. & Triton, Rey Bucanero & Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero b La Mascara & Maximo & Rush, Mistico & Mascara Dorada & Valiente b Barbaro Cavernario & El Terrible & Felino to retain the CMLL trios titles (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Chuck Palumbo will be starring in a reality show called Lords of the Car Hoards on The Discovery Channel which debuts on 3/17 (thanks to Jon Zepnick)
--AAW Pro Wrestling Redefined on MaddyGTV tonight at 8 p.m. Eastenr time and on the AAW YouTube Channel.
--Matt Saigon is the final entrant in this year's ECWA Super 8 tournament in Newark, DE on 4/5
--Austin Aries appears Friday in Ocala, FL at the Marion Theater for a red carpet movie premier of the film GMO OMG about chemical companies taking over our food supply. Free tickets can be obtained at
--Aries will also do a Meet and Eat on 3/8 at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Choices Vegan Cafe at 646 Northeast 79th Street in Miami.hea
--Extreme Rising sent out a press release stating that Luke Hawx win over Stevie Richards on the ECWA show on 3/1 that was announced in the building as an Extreme Rising title change was a non-title match, Richards is still the champion and would defend against Hawx on 4/26, and it was a mistaken announcement.
--IWF on 3/29 in Phoenix at the Celebrity Theater with Rich Swann vs. Ricochet vs. JT Dunn vs. AR Fox, Chris Masters vs. Chris Hero plus Young Bucks, Carlito, Mascara Dorada, Ultimo Guerrero, Valiente, Reapper, Shad Gaspard, Hurricane Helms and a main event of John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin.