Tuesday, 11 March 2014 14:19
We're also looking for reports from the WWE house show in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
Smackdown is Tuesday in Little Rock.
Part one of the life and times of Billy Robinson, plus updates on WrestleMania, the end of TRT, NXT Arrival and the best UFC show this year highlight the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up on the site today.
-- No, the Andre the Giant statue is not really seven feet tall and made of solid gold, you geeks.
-- What is true is that Vince McMahon DETESTED the shirt that Lawler wore on Raw last night.
-- Jericho on Daniel Bryan: Congrats to @wwe for finally embracing what has been in front of their faces the whole time… @WWEDanielBryan #nextworldchampion
-- Foley has a love letter for WWE about the situation as well on his Facebook page here.
-- At the moment, our next live show will be the Bryan & Vinny Show tonight at 9 PM PT/Midnight ET talking Raw, Smackdown, giant gold statues and a lot more. I apologize for no call-in show this week, we had some big tech issues Monday that involved me rebuilding the studio. Actually, it was an entire weekend project.
-- Big E, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kington, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Ryback were all announced for the battle royal at WrestleMania.
-- Anderson Silva posted a video on his Instagram of him kicking a balance ball over and over again. Guy is insane.
-- Raw Backstage Fallout from last night is up hereand includes Dolph Ziggler being critical of Daniel Bryan for using fans and hijacking the show to get his way.
-- Today is the 20th anniversary of UFC 2, which was John McCarthy's debut in the company as a referee.
-- Today is also the five-year anniversary of the death of Charles "Mask" Lewis of Tapout fame, which is a really big deal in the mixed martial arts community.
-- ROH is doing a deal where they're slowly announcing the names of the New Japan stars that are coming over for the joint shows in May. Announced so far are Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi, the two biggest stars in the company.
-- Bellator announced yesterday that their first-ever PPV would be taking place on May 17th in Memphis with Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler in the main event, and Quinton Jackson vs. King Mo Lawal as the semi-main. Memphis is Quinton's hometown.
-- Pre-sale tickets for the WWE May 6 Smackdown Taping at Buffalo's First Niagara Center go on sale March 12. The password is WYATTS. Thanks to Tom.
-- UFC Countdown show this week schedule
Re-airs for Countdown UFC 171:
FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, 3/11, 8pm ET
Saturday, 3/16, 4:30pm ET
FOX Sports 2
Monday, 3/10, 6pm ET and 2am PT
Tuesday, 3/11, 2pm ET and 1am ET
Wednesday, 3/12, 11pm ET
Thursday, 3/13, 1am ET
Friday, 3/14, 4pm ET and 9pm ET
Saturday, 3/15, 6pm ET
-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CST from the Horseshoe Hammond. Bellator MMA will take place from Horseshoe Casino on Friday, March 14th with the first fight taking place at 5:45 p.m. CST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.
-- Article on WrestleMania's top five celebrity moments here.
-- Chris writes: Just a note. During the Dallas Stars vs Columbus Blue Jackets Stars player Rich Peverly collapsed due to a heart issue. It was a scary scene. Thank God he came too but is being evaluated. Both teams were shaken up and agrees to postpone the game. So much for "the show must go on"
-- The National Wrestling Alliance has named James Beard to the position of Director of Talent Relations. Beard, a 2013 Texas Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee, is a 30-year veteran in professional wrestling both in the United States and abroad, both in the ring as a referee and behind the scenes as a television writer, creative consultant, booker, talent agent and promoter.
-- Longtime professional wrestling stars Jon Stewart who performed as Illustrious Jonnie Stewart in the AWA & business partner and co creator Christopher Jackson who performes as Cueball Carmichael mostly in the NWA National Wrestling Alliance have entered into a deal to produce a wrestling reality show they created with Emmy Winning Executive Producer, Adam Wakenfeld, at Documentary Makers, Inc.
-- Northeast Wrestling returns to the Bethany Town Hall, 40 Peck Road in Bethany, CT on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. for RETRIBUTION!
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1941 - Bronko Nagurski won the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota, defeating Ray Steele.
1952 - Hombre Montana defeated Mike Sharpe in San Francisco, California to win the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title
1963 - Mitsu Arakawa defeated Kinji Shibuya defeated Gene Kiniski and Mr. X for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1967 - Ray Stevens won the San Francisco NWA United States Heavyweight Title by defeating Bill Watts in San Francisco, California.
1968 - Aldo Bogni and Bronko Lubich defeated Eddie Graham and Lester Welch to win the Florida NWA Southern Tag Team Title in West Palm Beach, Florida
1971 - Ken Lucas and Johnny West defeated Jack Morrell and Eddie Sullivan for the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1972 - Masa Saito defeated Dory Dixon for the NWA Beat the Champ Television Title in Los Angeles, California.
1972 - Yasu Fuji and Chati Yokouchi won the Central States NWA North American Tag Team Title in Wichita, Kansas, from Omar Atlas and Daniel Little Bear
1977 - Sonny King defeated Rip Tyler for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama
1980 - Paul Ellering and Sheik Ali Hassan defeat Kened Lucas and Billy Robinson to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky
1989 - Al Perez defeated Mike Graham for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida
1989 - Jeff Jarrett defeated Dutch Mantel to win the Championship (formerly Continental) Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1989 - Jason the Terrible and Steve Strong defeated The Batten Twins (Bart and Brad) to win the WWC World Tag Team Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico
1991 - Jerry Lawler defeated Terry Funk for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1993- Sting pinned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader to win the title in London, England.
-- AJ Styles interview heretalking turning down WWE, his family and more.
-- USA Presents CLASH OF THE TITANS PRO WRESLING: VIPS First Row Ringside 40$ includes 2 autograph photos and a 1 digital print; VIPS Second Row Ringside 35$ includes 1 autograph Photo and I digital Print; VIPS Third Row Ringside 25$ includes 1 digital print; General admission 15$ 20$ at Door Kids 12 and under 10$ at Door; Doors open at 12.30 for the VIPS; General Admission 1.30pm. Both ROH and TNA stars will be working this show.
-- On March 23rd 2014, Fringe Pro Wrestling is extremely proud to present Outbreak 2.0 at Stoney Creek United Church, 1 King Street West, Stoney Creek on the corner of King St W and Lake Ave.
-- The 1st Annual Fight! 4 Cancer Sunday, April 13th 2014 The Great Hall 1087 Queen Street West Toronto, Canada 3pm Doors 4pm Action. An evening of Pro Wrestling & Live Music with 100% of Net Proceeds in support of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
-- ROH has a new AJ Styles t-shirt on sale here.
-- ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, returns to the Philippines for another blockbuster event on 2 May 2014 at the world-renowned SM Mall of Asia Arena. The main event will feature reigning ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes defending his title against Japanese sensation Masakatsu Ueda. Two of the top Featherweights in Asia, Rob Lisita and Yusuke Kawanago, will also meet in what is expected to be a slugfest, while rising Malaysian star Gianni Subba battles local favorite Eugene Toquero in Flyweight action. Tickets for ONE FC: RISE OF HEROES are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron at PHP 3,180, Lower Box at PHP 1,280, Upper Box at PHP 640 and General Admission at PHP 220. Pre-sale packages are available from 11 March till 23 March.
-- This week on MLW Radio, Konnan catches up with Disco Inferno. The two talk about Money Mayweather hitting the Vegas strip clubs, Disco and Konnan wrestling in a WCW ladder match over a rubber disco duck, fans hijacking WWE shows, Disco’s time working on both the WCW and TNA booking committees and more: http://traffic.libsyn.com/mlwradio/118disco.mp3