SATURDAY UPDATE: Line-up for UFC 171 tonight, radio show schedule, Stephanie WWE Moms chat, Dave talks Hendricks KO power, Dana White talks CM Punk, tons more



By Bryan Alvarez | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @bryanalvarez

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We're looking for reports on tonight's final day of TNA TV tapings in Orlando with shows taped for parts of 3/27 and 4/3), as well as WWE's Team Cena crew in Austin, TX and the Team Bryan crew (Daniel Bryan, Christian, Wyatt Family, The Shield) in Laredo.

UFC on Saturday from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas\

Fight Pass fights at 6 p.m. Eastern

Daniel Pineda vs. Robert Whiteford

Bubba McDaniel vs. Sean Strickland

Will Campuzano vs. Justin Scoggins

Renee Forte vs Frank Trevino

Prelims on FS 2 at 8 p.m.

Alex Garcia vs. Sean Spencer

Dennis Bermudez vs. Jimy Hettes

Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story

PPV at 10 p.m.

Nikita Krylov vs. Ovince St. Preux

Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields

Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury

Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley

Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler for welterweight title

Sunday has WWE Team Cena in Dallas, so there is a UFC on Saturday night and a WWE late Sunday afternoon in the same arena, and Team Bryan is in Corpus Christi.

Raw on Monday is in San Antonio, with Undertaker scheduled for the show.

Smackdown is Tuesday in Houston with both John Cena and Undertaker booked for the show.

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Also in this week's issue:
 
--Popularity of wrestling in Mexico
 
--How the decline in Mexico differs from the decline in Japan
 
--Strange booking announcements
 
--The Mexican national incredible partners tag team tournament
 
--The last AAA original is no longer with the company
 
--A look at AAA TV plans after Rey de Reyes
 
--First foreigner vs. foreigner Open the Dream Gate title match main event
 
--Notes on the next Dragon Gate big show
 
--Promoter makes promise in national magazine that an April big show will air live on national TV
 
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's upcoming tag team tournament
 
--New Japan vs. NOAH program's next step
 
--Major U.S. star may be less than one month from starting with New Japan.  A look at the clues
 
--A look at the next few New Japan iPPV shows
 
--New Japan adds another overseas tour
 
--Hall of Famer's 60th birthday special show
 
--Feature movie coming up on overseas star
 
--A look at the death of Eikatsu Yoshida, the father of the greatest woman freestyle wrestler who ever lived and why it's made national attention in Japan
 
--A look at 16 Carat Gold tournament in Germany with a number of different major indie group champions and complete lineup
 
--Update on independent shows over WrestleMania weekend
 
--More on Stacy Keibler's wedding
 
--Wrestling personalities having success on iTunes
 
--Notes on new wrestling books
 
--Update on Buff Bagwell
 
--Where the most Hall of Famers have come from
 
--Gulf Coast wrestling reunion
 
--Notes on the wrestlers up for Cauliflower Alley Awards  this year
 
--Where are they now on a short-lived WWE performer who now has a very unique profession
 
--Major news involving Sinclair Broadcasting and their TV empire
 
--Updates on the ROH shows with New Japan
 
--Value of Japanese in ROH
 
--A look at the weekend ROH title change
 
--ROH star buries hatchet with WWE stars
 
--A.J. Styles upcoming ROH schedule
 
--A look at all the details of the weekend ROH shows
 
--Jeff Jarrett teases his big announcement and what former name in production is with him
 
--Notes on TNA's upcoming TV tapings
 
--Davey Richards talks WWE and ROH
 
--Update on Thiago Silva after his arrest
 
--Notes on this upcoming wee's UFC show
 
--UFC's upcoming dates in Europe for the next year
 
--Update on Conor McGregor
 
--UFC running two shows in different parts of the world on the same day
 
--Chael Sonnen talks competing without TRT
 
--California commissioner talks TRT
 
--Notes on UFC Fight Pass
 
--Anderson Silva throwing kicks
 
--Next Fight Pass card
 
--UFC injury updates
 
--Lots of upcoming UFC events
 
--Notes on Bellator's first PPV show
 
--A rundown of Bellator's last show and next show
 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Dave and I will be back late tonight with our weekend show talking UFC 171, all the news in pro-wrestling and mixed martial arts and more! Tomorrow we'll have Wrestling Observer Live on Sports Byline USA/Sirius Satellite Radio/Internet at 3 PT/6 ET for two hours, and then at midnight PT the Bryan & Vinny Show returns with NXT, ROH, TOTAL DIVAS~!, and more.

-- After Dark was a replay last night of our show with Seth Shostak of SETI from several weeks back. We'll return with a new show this Friday night.

-- Dave has a good story on Johny Hendricks and how he developed his KO power here. His trainer claimed if Johny lifts heavy for two weeks he can add 10-15 pounds of muscle.

-- Shocked at the amount of feedback for my debate with Todd about the Occupy Raw segment, including this full article here. I think some people are greatly overthinking all of this.

-- Stephanie McMahon will be involved in a twitter chat with the "WWE Moms" group Wednesday at 7 PM. You can join @WWEMoms.

-- They've officially changed Tensai's name to JOHN ALBERT.

-- WWE is in the process of shooting various workout DVDs, mostly at the NXT facility.

-- The Carlos Colon WWE Hall of Fame induction video is up here. As noted in the new Figure Four Weekly, they've shot WWE Network footage with Los Matadores where they are unmasked, I guess because Primo and Epico are inducting their father and instead of confusing viewers by "bringing them back" after a long hiatus, they'll just confuse viewers by revealing that they are not, in fact, Mexican bullfighters. Or something.

-- Dana White talks CM Punk here. He says Punk is a cool guy and they've hung out a lot, but he's never talked to Punk about whether or not Punk would fight. He said if Punk was interested he'd at least discuss it. Please don't hold your breath waiting for this to happen.

-- Jim Cornette audio interview about the Mid-South Legends Fanfest here

-- Mickie James enjoys parade here.

-- WWE has a new Signature Sounds DVD out: "Music has been integral in WWE history, especially anthems for all the greatest WWE Superstars. Since Sgt. Slaughter first made his entrance to the Marine Corp hymn in the early 80's, music themes have become synonymous with the Superstars themselves. Just hearing the first few notes brings the crowd to their feet. They are the songs that let the WWE Universe know that business is about to pick up. Now, get behind the music and learn the inside story behind the timeless anthems of WWE and the superstars. The DVD features interviews with the man behind the music, Jim Johnston, who composes all WWE music, and 25 tracks." It's out this Tuesday.

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (Thanks to Brian Hoops)

1905 - Tom Jenkins defeated Frank Gotch in New York City, New York to
win the American Heavyweight Title

1951 - Roy Shire defeated Jackie Nichols in Columbus, Ohio for the
Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title.

1956 - Whipper Billy Watson defeated Lou Thesz by countout to win the
NWA World Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario

1957 - Don and Red McIntyre defeated Don and Mark Lewin to win the
Georgia NWA International Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1962 - Chris and John Tolos won the Toronto NWA International Tag Team
Title in Toronto, Ontario, by defeating Bill Soloweyko and Whipper Billy
Watson.

1962 - Mario LaPentero and Billy Varga defeated Nick Bockwinkel and King
Koenig for the World Wrestling Association International Television Tag
Team Title in Long Beach, California.

1965 - WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Gene Kiniski by countout.

1967 - Jim Hady defeated Ripper Collins for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight
Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1968 - Bob Orton and Mad Dog Vachon defeated Doug Gilbert and Reggie
Parks to win the AWA Midwest Tag Team Title in Omaha, Nebraska

1968 - Waldo Von Erich defeated Ox Baker in Calgary, Alberta to win the
Stampede North American Heavyweight Title.

1968 - Ripper Collins and Curtis Iaukea defeated Jim Hady and The
Missing Link (Pampero Firpo) to win the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in
Honolulu, Hawaii

1968 - Cobra Kid and Scorpion defeated Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas to win
the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama.

1974 - Ron and Terry Garvin defeated Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller to
win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia

1982 - Ron Bass defeated Tommy Rich to win the NWA National Heavyweight
Title in Augusta, Georgia

1987 - The Killer Bees defeated Demolition to win the Frank Tunney Sr.
Memorial Tag Team Tournament and earn an immediate WWF Tag Team Title
match. WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim
Neidhart) defeated The Killer Bees to retain the title.

1987 - Mike Rotunda won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title by defeating
Ed Gantner in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the same event, The MOD Squad
(Basher and Spike) defeated The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong and Tracy
Smothers) to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title.

1991 - Tom Prichard defeated Jeff Jarrett for the USWA Southern
Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1993 - The Moondogs (Splat and Spot) defeated The Big Black Dog and
Brian Christopher to win the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee,

1998 - Tank defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight
Title in Memphis, Tennessee