Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:12
*WWE Sunday in Norfolk
*TNA Sunday in Spencer, IA
*WWE Saturday in Charlottesville, VA
New Japan has an iPPV late Tuesday night (4:30 a.m. Eastern, 1:30 a.m. Pacific) from Korakuen Hall as the retirement show for Wataru Inoue:
Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
Ryusuke Taguchi & Desperado vs. Kushida & Bushi
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Gedo & Jado
Yuji Nagata & Super Strong Machine & Captain New Japan vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tetsuya Naito & Togi Makabe & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshi-Hashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tomoaki Honma vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata.
-- Josh Matthews at the WrestleMania press conference referred to John Cena as Nikki Bella's "fiancee". She quickly corrected him. All I know is that there are people in the company who believe that's where Total Divas is headed, so may have been a spoiler by Josh. Could also have just been him being confused.
-- Josh writes: On Good Morning America they had Hulk Hogan and John Gena on to promote WM. Among the highlights: The host dropped Bray Wyatt's name and told Cena the match would steal the show. The host asked if Hogan and Cena would ever team up. Hogan said anything can happen in WWE. They did a deal with a fan where he was told he would have to wrestle Cena on the plaza. Then Cena (who was shown on a titantron like screen) held up an April fools sign. Campy but effective.
-- If you heard the Jim Ross Wrestling Observer Radio, the Toronto show on May 9th in association with ROH has tickets on sale right now by clicking here. That's a big-time weekend so go quick if you're interested.
-- There is a Brock Lesnar section up on Fight Pass and they've got interviews up there with Rock, Steve Austin and Jim Ross talking his WWE and UFC career.
-- Our next live show is the Bryan & Vinny & Craig Show talking Raw, Smackdown and the WWE Countdown best bloopers show which I am so excited to watch. That show airs at 9 PT/midnight ET. All shows link up on the front page, or you can go to F4WLive.com, or favorite F4WLive on TuneIn Radio. The latest free show plays 24/7 on the stream all day every day.
-- Amazing Mark Briscoe promo hyping up Friday's SuperCard of Honor show in New Orleans here. Very limited tickets still available last time I checked. I'll be there and I'm very excited for the show. Make sure you stop by and say hi if you see me.
-- Another make good just came through for DGUSA in New Orleans. Masato Tanaka has now been added to the Saturday: Six Man Tag Team Tournament First Round Match- Masato Tanaka, Chris Hero & Roderick Strong vs. Ricochet, AR Fox & Rich Swann. As noted yesterday, also added to the weekend are matches involving Low-Ki and Chris Daniels & Frankie Kazarian (live show only due to TNA deals). A full look at all of the line-ups for not only DGUSA but all of the shows running during the WWNLive Experience in New Orleans is up here.
-- Speaking of excellent videos, great hype video for the return of Low-Ki to DGUSA here.
-- By the way, my personal schedule for Mania weekend looks to be: Jim Ross Thursday if I can get there on time (plane lands 10 minutes before he goes on stage); ROH Friday night; WWE Hall of Fame Saturday night (gotta go, Ultimate Warrior was my favorite wrestler when I was a kid) (seriously); WrestleMania Sunday; Raw Monday. Also, obviously, all of the WON/F4W dinners, brunches, etc., plus hopefully a trip to see Kenneth Nida, one of the WWNLive shows, the Haunted New Orleans walking tour, and one of the AXXESS events. Will do as many radio shows as I can.
-- Latest from Chikara: We asked our fans, and the message came through loud and clear: Put the Season 14 Premiere event "You Only Live Twice" on iPay-Per-View. And when the CHIKARMY speaks, we listen. So that we can deliver this event to you at the optimal level that the medium of live streaming will permit, we have upgraded the Palmer Center's internet service specifically for "You Only Live Twice". With a dedicated line and much higher speed we can provide the best possible stream for our worldwide fanbase. Our 5.25.14 iPay-Per-View will be offered for $16.99 US, but in the month of April, we are pleased to offer this limited-time special: Pre-order the iPPV from our partners Smart Mark Video before 5.1.14, and you'll get the event for just $12.99! Craving a sweeter deal? How about this - when you pre-order our May iPPV event "You Only Live Twice" from Smart Mark Video, we'll give you the brand new eBook "CHIKARA: Press Start" for your smart phone or tablet device ABSOLUTELY FREE! For information on how to get all of this, pre-order, etc., head to chikarapro.com.
-- Collin Makamson, who called into our show yesterday, is doing a talk on pro-wrestling in World War II in New Orleans tomorrow if you happen to already be in town for Mania. Check out all the details by clicking here.
-- Paul Heyman talks Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and WrestleMania here.
-- Ten of the worst gimmicks of all time list here.
-- OMG, BROMAN'S SELFIE MUSIC VIDEO
-- Your guide to the Champion Carnival 2014 from All Japan here.
-- Jericho talks WrestleMania and why he's not involved here.
-- On Friday, April 4th, Legacy Fighting Championship, in conjunction with Fresquez Productions, Inc. and Wink Tactical Striking, takes over the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, NM with a stacked professional and amateur fight card. The Texas based promotion will be host to one of its biggest main events of the year when Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm takes on Juliana Werner for Legacy’s inaugural women’s Bantamweight Championship.
-- WHAT WILL BE THE BEST MATCH AT WRESTLEMANIA?
HHH vs. Bryan 54.7%
Undertaker vs. Lesnar 17.5%
WWE title match 12.9%
Cena vs. Wyatt 7.5%
Shield match 4.3%
Battle Royal 0.9%
Tag title 0.6%
WHAT IS YOUR INTEREST LEVEL IN WRESTLEMANIA?
Down from previous years 37.7%
Up from previous years 34.9%
Same as previous years 27.4%
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WRESTLEMANIA
Will buy the show no matter what 43.1%
Buying based on getting the network, would not have bought otherwise 30.%
Not getting it 16.6%
Not watching it 9.8%
ASIDE FROM WRESTLEMANIA, WHAT IS THE BIGGEST SHOW THIS MONTH?
UFC Jones vs. Teixeira 50.6%
New Japan Invasion Attack 38.1%
TNA PPV 6.5%
UFC Browne vs. Werdum 2.6%
UFC Nelson vs. Nogueira 2.3%
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1989 - Master Of Pain defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1990 - At Wrestlemania VI in Toronto, Canada; Demolition defeated the Colossal Connection, Andre the Giant and Haku to win the WWF Tag Team championship. WWF Intercontinental champion The Ultimate Warrior pinned WWF champion Hulk Hogan to win the WWF World Title.
1994 - The Rock N' Roll Express defeated the Heavenly Bodies (Tom Pritchard & Jimmy Del Ray) for the SMW Tag Team Title in Pikeville, Kentucky
1996 - Goldust defeated Savio Vega to win the WWF Intercontinental Title at a Raw taping in San Bernadino, California.
2001- At Wrestlemania 17 in Houston, Texas; Kane beat Raven and Big Show to win the WWF Hardcore championship, Eddie Guerrero pinned Test to win the WWF European championship, Chyna pinned Ivory to win the WWF Women's championship and Steve Austin pinned The Rock in a No DQ match to win the WWF World Title
-- Superstars Of Wrestling Returns To Spotswood At The Knights Of Columbus Hall 30 Crescent Avenue On May 2 With A 7PM Bell Time
-- Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler won’t be the only lightweights featured on Bellator’s inaugural pay-per-view as Bellator Lightweight Tournament winner Will Brooks will be back in action and face Nate Jolly on Saturday, May 17th from The Landers Center, located just outside Memphis. The fight joins a card headlined by Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, who will complete MMA’s greatest trilogy, while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will battle King Mo in a light heavyweight tournament final. Tickets for the event are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and The Landers Center Box Office.
-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m. PST from the Silver Legacy Hotel (407 N Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501). Bellator MMA will take place from the Reno Events Center on Friday, April 4th with the first fight taking place at 4 p.m. PST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 6 p.m. PST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.
-- EXTREME RISING PRO WRESTLING returns to the former ECW Arena (now 2300 Arena) for a jam packed weekend with two big live events Friday, April 25th with“SPRINGTIME BEATDOWN” and Saturday, April 26th with “Extreme Rising Anniversary”. Both events begin at 8pm, with doors opening at 7pm. The Arena is located at 2300 Swanson Street Philadelphia, PA 19148.
-- Trina Michaels on Over the Top Radio here.
-- A return to the days of classic TV studio professional wrestling will debut Saturday, April 19th at the Richfield/Minneapolis American Legion! The great young stars of “Steel Domain Wrestling” will showcase their talent with a great evening of action being taped for future broadcast on the internet. Harkening back to the days of the Twin Cities-based juggernaut, the American Wrestling Association, the matches will be held in a smaller venue, recreating the atmosphere of days gone by. The broadcast will officially be called “Championship Wrestling from the Twin Cities.”