Saturday, 08 March 2014 17:05
A huge week coming up, with a full touring schedule.
UFC is Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. Eastern live from London on Fight Pass:
Louis Gaudinot (126) vs. Phil Harris (125)
Igor Araujo (171) vs. Danny Mitchell (170)
Roland Delorme (134) vs. Davey Grant (136)
Brad Scott (186) vs. Claudio Henrique da Silva (185)
Luke Barnatt (186) vs. Mats Nilsson (184)
Cyrille Diabate (205) vs. Ilir Latifi (205)
Omari Akhmedov (170) vs. Gunnar Nelson (170)
Brad Pickett (125) vs,. Neil Seery (125)
Melvin Guillard (156) vs. Michael Johnson (155)
Alexander Gustafsson (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (205)
Saturday also has Glory at 9 p.m. from Zagreb, Croatia featuring Mirko Cro Cop vs. Remy Bonjasky and Andy Ristie defending the Glory lightweight title against Ky Hollenbeck. The Glory on Spike shows have delivered more consistently great big shows than pretty much anyone over the past few months, although Cro Cop vs. Bonjasky is two guys years out of their primes.
Saturday also has WWE in Madison Square Garden with a loaded up card that includes John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Daniel Bryan, Bray Wyatt as well as HHH as a second in the Bryan match with Kane. Saturday also has a weak WWE show in Salt Lake City with Christian, Big Show, Sheamus and The Shield as headliners. ROH runs Saturday in Chicago Ridge, IL (Adam Cole vs. Chris Hero for ROH title, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Young Bucks with ROH tag champions defending against IWGP jr. tag champions, Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Eddie Kingston & Homicide, Kevin Steen vs. Cedric Alexander, Michael Bennett vs. Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin vs. Tyson Dux, Matt Taven vs. Silas Young, ACH & Tadarius Thomas vs. Roderick Strong & B.J. Whitmer).
Sunday's highlight show is TNA Lockdown from Miami:
A few card changes. Kurt Angle vs. Ethan Carter III is out due to Angle not being ready after knee surgery. We'd reported from the announcement of the match that it was iffy at best. TNA announced Angle having knee surgery today, which is a work, as the surgery was weeks ago. All matches are in a cage:
Great Muta & Seiya Sanada & Yasufumi Nakanoueno vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie
Kazarian & Chris Sabin
Tigre Uno vs. Manik
Ken Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
Gunner vs. James Storm last man standing
Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim for Knockouts title
MVP & Jeff Hardy & Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Bobby Roode & Austin Aries &
Robbie E & Jessie Godderz in a Lethal Lockdown match for control of wrestling operations
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe, match can only end via submission or knockout for TNA title
WWE runs Sunday with Team Cena in Jonesboro, AR (John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista) and in Jackson, TN (Christian, Big Show, Sheamus, The Shield).
Raw will be Monday in Memphis. Besides the regulars, Hulk Hogan and Undertaker and both announced for the show. Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman are not announced, which doesn't mean they aren't there, although the idea at one point was not to book Undertaker and Lesnar on the same show until the go-home show.
Smackdown is Tuesday in Little Rock.
-- Following today's show, Dana White announced that Alexander Gustaffson was next in line for the title shot against the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Texeira.
-- Dana also flipped his lid on ESPN today and their article about TRT, outraged at the claim he'd "flip-flopped" on it. "That story was such a sham, and of course, they ran the shit out of it because it's negative, half of it wasn't true or was just embellished. It's rampant throughout MMA. 500 guys in MMA and five guys can't have exemptions now."
-- Although Kurt Angle has been "removed" from the Lockdown PPV (he was actually never really going to be on the show), the good news is that he has signed to appear in SHARKNADO 2. YES.
-- George Barrios talks about the WWE cable deal here. Really nothing new to report. They hope to make an announcement late April/early May.
-- John Cena claims he was really hurt in the brawl with the Wyatts even though his injury was written into the script that night: "And yes rumor mill folks. Both left groin was strained and fluid in right ankle. Hobbled thru it. Ice and device called MarcPro got me back. Wasn't gonna hobble down road to @WrestleMania #evenstronger #nevergiveup"
-- These segments are awesome. Conan O'Brien's seven-minute review of WWE 2K14 in the Clueless Gamer segment here.
-- Former UFC fighter Thiago Silva actually released from jail Friday on a $25,000 bond. He's charged with a number of crimes including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The story of his arrest is up on FOX Sports here. TMZ has a story on his release here.
-- And over the side he goes. Some shots of Paul Lazenby's latest stunt work here.
-- Davey Richards says he's happy WWE said no to him here.
-- Brian Fritz also interviews Davey in audio form here.
-- From the promoter: On his 24th birthday, Chase Owens defeated Ricky Morton at an NWA Smoky Mountain event at Volunteer High School in Church Hill, Tennessee on Friday to win his third NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Championship.
-- WHO WOULD YOU CONSIDER THE GREATEST PUPIL OF BILLY ROBINSON?
Ric Flair 56.2%
Kazushi Sakuraba 16.3%
Ricky Steamboat 15.9%
Josh Barnett 7.6%
Ken Patera 2.4%
Sgt. Slaughter 1.6%
POLL ON IMPACT
51.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
TNA Lockdown 30.0%
UFC from England 29.3%
45.0% aren't watching anything
-- MCPW returns to action on May 3, 2014, from the hallowed ground of The Kaliseum in Kalkaska. Historically, “Battleground” has been the biggest show of the year for MCPW, and has played host to guest superstars such as The Sandman, Mick Foley, Rhino, and Goldust.
-- What a nothin happenin day in history, per Brian Hoops:
1983 - The Samoans, Afa & Sika, defeated Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1996 - ECW Tag Team Champions The Eliminators retained the title by defeating The Pitbulls and ECW World Champion Raven defended the title by defeating The Sandman at a house show in Queens, New York.
-- Josh writes: I just got back from the Florida panther game. At the beginning of the game it was announced that MVP was there. JB was sitting next to him. When he was announced you could hear a pin drop. I was probably the only person who knew who he was.
-- Sneak preview of RF Video's latest shoot with Bruce Prichard here.
-- Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of GLORY 14 Zagreb, the world’s premier kickboxing action, on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Emanating from Zagreb, Croatia’s Arena Zagreb, GLORY 14 Zagreb is headlined by world-renowned heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (22-7-0, 12 KOs) making his GLORY debut against fellow living legend Remy Bonjasky (98-12-0, 36 KOs). The bout is a rematch from 2002, which Filipovic won by TKO.