Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:47
Smackdown is Tuesday in Houston with both John Cena and Undertaker booked for the show.
-- Our next live show is at 9 PM PT/midnight ET, Bryan & Vinny & Craig talking Raw, Smackdown and WCCW. Starting this week we'll begin going through the WWE Network for classic reviews. Tonight we'll be talking episode #43 from 1982, which is up on the Network right now. Michael Hayes vs. THE GREAT RENESTO headlines this stunner.
-- Regarding the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, as of today the match is scheduled to be part of the main show on PPV. However, as always, once the show is timed out, it's possible it could be bumped to the pre-show.
-- Some bonus video from CM Punk -- er, Phillip Brooks on Talking Dead here. All people could talk about yesterday was how he looked 10 years younger on the show.
-- Cena & Undertaker beat Rowan & Harper in the post-Raw dark match last night. It was supposed to be Cena & Bryan but Bryan was "hurt" and they stretchered him off.
-- Undertaker appears live on WWE Main Event at 5 PT/8 ET tonight on the WWE Network to discuss Paul Heyman.
-- Mick Foley is doing a giant WrestleMania raffle to support RAINN. He'll be on our show tomorrow talking about it, and for more you can click here.
-- Regarding the "JBL outing himself as @CrankyVince" story from yesterday, we were told from someone there that they don't believe JBL is involved, that it's not one person but rather two and maybe three (some who may not even be with the company right now), and that the social media department is on a big kick to mess with Internet fans of late. In other words, the claim is not to read too much into it. But I have no idea who it is.
-- Chael's latest on Wanderlei: Why won't he sign? What else is he going to do? Go play tennis? That's out. He's got a racket but has no balls.
-- More an update than actual news, but one of our readers, William, contacted Dish Network for confirmation and was told that no, WrestleMania will not be available on Dish this year.
-- The full Rich Franklin on AfterBuzz TV episode where he takes everyone through his new passion, his juice bar, is up here.
-- In UFC 171 picks from Saturday, Mike Sawyer, Front Row Brian and Todd Martin all went 5-0. Mike Sempervive and Lance Storm went 4-1, Dave Meltzer and John Pollock went 3-2, Josh Nason and Steve Juon went 2-3, and Oliver Copp went 1-4.
-- Bill Goldberg and his Mopar will be featured on the car restoration show 'Graveyard Carz" tonight. The show will have multiple time slots. Mark Worman who owns the company mentions that he grew up with Portland Wrestling. Thanks to Paul.
-- During Monday's telecast of Chicago Cubs baseball on Comcast Sports, announcer Jim Deshaises (a former Houston Astro) made mention of wrestler Lars Anderson. Thanks to Tony.
-- A new reality show starring Chuck Palumbo premiered last night on Discovery. The show is about finding, rebuilding, and restoring classic cars. I watched it and it was pretty cool. Here is a link to the show's homepage. Thanks to Michael.
-- Legend's House debuts April 17 at 8 PM and they're already talking about shooting a second season with different legends later this year. Let's see how the first one does.
-- UFC on June 7 in Albuquerque on FS 1. Main event Benson Henderson vs. Rustam Khabilov.
-- If you liked the attempt to determine a linear WWE World Heavyweight Champion, well, here's the LINEAR TNA CHAMPION breakdown. Not nearly as wacky.
-- Regarding all the talk of linear champions, Karl Stern, who would know as well or better than anyone, writes: Been seeing all this talk about linear champions. Last year I tried to get from Frank Gotch to today. I wasn't able to ever make it work. I couldn't even get from Gotch to the NWA in 1948. Aside from the fact Gotch didn't lose even if you count the people he put over to the papers as the real world champion in his opinion (Roller among others) I still couldn't get to the 1940's. So as far as I could ever tell nobody can tie back to Gotch-Hackenschmidt. If anyone can I'd love to read about it.
-- The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Brazil for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. HENDERSON 2 live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Mar. 23 (7:00 PM ET), headlined by a five-round light heavyweight rematch of former UFC light heavyweight champion and current No. 7-ranked Shogun Rua(22-8) versus former Strikeforce Champion and No. 8-ranked Dan Henderson (29-11). Their first bout at UFC 139 in 2011 was considered one of the greatest UFC fights of all time, with “Hendo” scoring a five-round unanimous decision victory.
-- On March 29, when World Series of Fighting welterweight champion Steve Carl and challenger Rousimar Palhares headline World Series of Fighting 9, live on NBCSN, fans will find out who is the better fighter, but who is the smartest World Series of Fighting fan? For the first time ever, that question will be answered when fans participate in SHOUT TV's "Champions Challenge" game. The stakes are high as the fan that racks up the most points will win a new Ducati Monster street bike valued at nearly $10,000.
-- So whatever you thought of the shutdown angle, Chikara is doing well. Our 6.21.14 event in Chicago sold out in just 12 days - so we're adding another! CHIKARA is back at last! When we announced our 2014 tour would take us to Chicago, we had no idea the fervor this would unleash - the event completely sold out before some fans could even get tickets! But we don't want anyone to miss out on our annual visit to the Windy City! Today, we are pleased to tell our Illinois-area fans: you aren't out of luck! In cooperation with our friends at the Logan Square Auditorium, we are adding not just another card to the docket - "Quantum of Solace" - but an interactive fan event that we like to call the "Expansion Pack" to the day as well! Don't wait! Get tickets before they're gone: http://chikarapro.com/store.php
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-- K-1 will once again return to Spain on April 12th with an exciting night of fights featuring some of the most popular K-1 fighters from Spain and around the world. The main event will feature a clash between two Spanish superstars at 70kg MAX, with Elam Ngor meeting the ever-popular Maximo Suarez in what should be an amazing fight. The Battle for Spain will include fighters not only from Spain, but from Holland, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, England, Morrocco and many more.
-- Below is the first round of names confirmed for the American Icon Autographs presents Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore VI show outside of San Diego: Terry Funk; Tommy Dreamer; Ron Simmons; The Young Bucks Matt & Nick Jackson (IWGP Jr. Heavyweight & PWG Tag Team Champions). Saturday June 14th Harrah’s Rincon Casino in Valley, Center CA (just north of San Diego) 21 and Over. Tickets on sale soon with more than 30 names to be added to the weekend events.
-- New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced the addition of a professional lightweight bout to the fight promotion's May 10, 2014 card scheduled to take place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine. The fight is the third professional lightweight bout added to the "NEF XIII" fight card. The bout, which will be contested at a weight of 155-pounds, will feature Devin Powell (2-1) taking on Jonathan Lemke (3-1).
-- "Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts" will host a four-woman strawweight tournament, and the winner will be rewarded with a professional fight contract with Invicta Fighting Championships. The four women involved in the tournament include Texas' Jianna Denizard (5-2), Las Vegas' own Jamie Moyle (3-2), Arkansas' Laura Uyeda (5-0) and California's Molly Wren-Holmes (4-0). The opening round of the bracket takes place at Tuff-N-Uff's April 11 fight card at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event, which start at just $25, are available at Tuff-N-Uff's official website, tuffnuff.com.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1933 - Joe Dawson defeated Billy Meeske to win the Australian Heavyweight Title in Brisbane, Australia
1943 - Whipper Billy Watson defeated Jack Claybourne in Toronto, Ontario to win the Toronto NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title.
1952 - Ben and Mike Sharpe defeated Hombre Montana and Leo Nomellini for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title
1954 - Roy Shire defeated Marvin Mercer in Dayton, Ohio to win the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title.
1956 - Billy Varga defeated Al Loloati for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1957 - George and Sandy Scott defeated Jim Austeri and Ali Bey to win the Mid-Atlantic NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1959 - Papa Pasquale defeated Billy Wicks for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama
1960 - Ed Francis defeated Shag Thomas to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1963 - Louie Tillet defeated Bull Curry for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Fort Worth, Texas
1964 - Nick Bockwinkel and Nick Kozak defeated The Destroyer and Art Michalik to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Salem, Oregon
1964 - Larry Hennig and The Viking defeated Ken Lucas and Fritz Von Erich for the Amarillo NWA North American Tag Team Title in Lubbock, Texas.
1964 - Lee Fields and Mario Galento defeated The Mysterious Medics to win the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama
1968 - John DaSilva defeated George Gordienko for the New Zealand NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title in Auckland, New Zealand.
1971- In Tampa, Florida, The Texan defeated Bob Roop to win the vacant NWA Florida Television Title. After the match, The Texan unmasked, revealing himself to be Terry Funk.
1974 - Lou Thesz defeated Tommy Gilbert to win the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, The Infernos (Ron Gibson and Stan Pulaski) defeated Don Fargo and Rufus R. Jones for the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title
1976 - The Hollywood Blonds (Jerry Brown and Buddy Roberts) defeated Gorgeous George, Jr. and Greg Valentine in New Orleans, Louisiana to win the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title.
1981 - Ricky Cortez defeated Dick Garza for the Michigan Championship Wrestling Michigan Heavyweight Title in Port Huron, Michigan.
1983- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco in Boston, Massachusetts.
1984 - Ivan Koloff defeated Angelo Mosca, Jr. in Charlotte, North Carolina to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title.
1985 - Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated Manny Fernandez and Dusty Rhodes for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1986 - Black Bart defeated Sam Houston in Mooresville, North Carolina to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title.
1988 - Chris Benoit defeated Gama Singh to win the Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta
1995 - Greg Valentine won the NWA North American Heavyweight Title by defeating John Hawk in Dallas, Texas
1997 - Colonel DeBeers defeated Matt Borne to win the Championship Wrestling USA Television Title in Vancouver, Washington
-- CPW Wrestling Sunday, March 23 at 3:00pm. Goff Hall 381 Finkle Street, Woodstock, Ontario N4V 1A3.
-- Bellator MMA, the world’s largest tournament based mixed martial arts promotion and global health supplement and lifestyle company Bamboo Nutra announced today a new multi-year, multi-faceted sponsorship alliance making Bamboo Nutra the “Official Nutrition and Supplement Partner” of Bellator. On Friday, April 4th, live on Spike TV, the alliance formally kicks off during Bellator 115 from the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV. Bamboo Nutra will be strategically integrated throughout all live Bellator broadcasts on Spike in addition to activating a host of consumer touch points on-site and in-market during the coming years.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! 18th Annual ECWA Super 8 Tournament Sat, April 5, 2014 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place… Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-6464 http://www.bgclubs.org/page155812/greater-newark-boys-girls-club.aspx Doors Open: 6:00 PM Bell Time: 7:00 PM
-- Ed and the crew talk WWE Network shows here.