TUES UPDATE: Raw update, more audio coming, Paige makes history, Undertaker update, TNA using Low-Ki this weekend, more



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*Dragon Gate Mercury Rising iPPV from Saturday night

*The Wrestlecon show at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans

*TNA Saturday night in Dalton, GA

*Shimmer from Saturday

*The wrestling show from Friday night's Mid South Fan Fest in Chalmette, LA

*Friday night's TNA house show in Macon, GA

*Thursday night's TNA house show in Augusta, GA

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Smackdown and Main Event will be tonight in Lafayette, LA at the Cajun Dome.

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        We also look at a recent WWE web site article on matches that never happened at WrestleMania.  We look at the matches discussed, with more details on the ones that didn't happen, including what wasn't exactly accurate in the story, how things could have changed, what matches were seriously discussed, what stories don't add up, as well as a look back at the 1991-92 first Ric Flair vs. Hulk Hogan program.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major television shows over the past week, how the segments individually did on Raw and Impact, and results from all the major arena events.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Notes on the deaths of three key personalities in Mexico, including a regional star who had huge matches but wasn't well known nationally
 
--CMLL's biggest tournament of the year, the search for a new idol, all the details, how the matches all can be seen in the U.S.
 
--A rundown of the wrestlers and schedule
 
--Notes from the biggest shows of the weekend in Mexico
 
--Major title matches next week
 
--Many of the biggest stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s are back this coming week
 
--Latest angles in AAA
 
--Jumbo Tsuruta Memorial show
 
--Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show
 
--Chris Hero faces one of the best technical wrestlers in the world in Japan
 
--Notes on the first of the major Tokyo shows from New Japan
 
--Son of Hall of Famer in big match against current top star
 
--New reality TV show on wrestling being considered
 
--New promotion starting out
 
--One of the biggest indie shows of the year
 
--A great book about regional territorial wrestling from a promoter who worked from the ground up
 
--How this book differs from other books by promoters
 
--Most popular podcasts involving wrestlers
 
--Major show in Puerto Rico
 
--Carlos Colon's first Hall of Fame induction ceremony just took place
 
--Former wrestling show host on major sports show
 
--Upcoming retirement of one of the 80s biggest stars
 
--More on A.J. Styles and price of a top wrestler on the indie scene
 
--Plight of former top stars going on indies
 
--Jeff Hardy and Willow
 
--TNA Knockouts division notes
 
--A big surprise regarding someone talking about returning to TNA
 
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
 
--More on GSP, Chris Weidman and Johny Hendricks' surgeries
 
--New PPV main event and thoughts on it
 
--Lots of new fights
 
--Fights for title shots expected 
 
--Unique reason why fighter was pulled from TUF
 
--Last week's Bellator show
 
--Last week's World Series of Fighting show
 
--Upcoming WSOF shows
 
--Notes on a big grudge match that was 11 years in the making and the hostilities that came out of it
 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- I am in the airport getting ready to head home to Seattle after a crazy week in New Orleans. If you're a wrestling fan, WrestleMania week has become a must-attend event between all of the WWE shows, Hall of Fame, Mania, Raw, etc., plus all the other fun things to do indy-wise. There are also so many great people who attend, all people who love the same thing you do, and you will never feel out of place or embarrassed to be a fan. I had a great time, and I talk a lot about it on today's new FREE Figure Four Daily, which everyone can access here.

-- I land at 11:08 PM, and believe it or not, Vinny will be picking me up at the airport and we'll be heading back to the studio to do a new show getting Vinny's thoughts on everything that went down this weekend. I'll tweet when we're about to go live, our first live show in several days, so follow me @bryanalvarez. We'll be back to our normal audio schedule in the morning.

-- For those wondering about War Games possibilities, and we talked about it last night on the show, even though HHH used the word "WAR" to describe what was coming, and even though it's a four-on-four battle, we are told not to hold your breath, largely because there are no arena set-ups between now and SummerSlam that can accommodate two rings. Doesn't mean they can't do a one-ring War Games like Lockdown, or just a big cage match of some sort, but a two-ring War Games is very unlikely.

-- Undertaker was released from the hospital Monday after being held overnight for a serious concussion following his WrestleMania match with Brock Lesnar. He was walking around in a lot of pain yesterday, but it's hard to guage what that means since he's been walking around in a lot of pain since about 1991.

-- A correction from my own report on the Undertaker finish. They did, in fact, ring the bell after the pinfall. It was so surreal watching it live, and COMPLETELY different watching it later on the WWE Network. On the PPV, there was zero mistaking what happened. Live, everyone thought it was a botch or screw-up. I've talked about this on the audio for days, and will be talking about it for weeks to come, I'm sure.

-- Some coverage of Daniel Bryan and WrestleMania here and here.

-- Very negative story about WWE stock here.

-- Christy taking a role in TNA creative could spell trouble for one Sam Shaw.

-- Chris Harrington has a look at the reaction to WWE's Network numbers here.

-- TNA is doing a One Night Only: Xtravaganza PPV taping this weekend featuring, of all people, Low-Ki, so he's really not retired now. He made his return at the DGUSA shows over the weekend.

-- MICK FOLEY LIVE IN BALTIMORE TONIGHT: Tonight at the Baltimore Comedy Factory see three-time WWE champion, hardcore legend and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame Mick Foley LIVE as he takes center stage for his one-man spoken-word show. The show, which kicks off at 8pm, takes you on an insightful and hilarious journey through Foley’s 28 years of travel in and out of the larger than life sport that is professional wrestling. Tickets are available at the door tonight for just $25.

-- Jud writes: In addition to all the other mainstream coverage... Jon Stewart even shared his thoughts on the streak at the end of tonight's Daily Show.

-- For the first time in company history, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will come to San Antonio on Saturday, June 28 at AT&T Center. The main event will feature a five-round featherweight bout between two of the division’s top contenders and most exciting strikers in Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens .

-- Denis writes: In the first period of Monday night's Calgary Flames-New Jersey Devils NHL regular season game at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., a section of Devils fans were YESing during a video review of what turned out to be a disallowed Ryan Carter goal.

-- Patrick writes: With Paige winning the Divas title last night on RAW, she became the first person born in the 1990s to ever win a championship on the WWE main roster.

-- A story on Paige and her title win is up here.

-- Jim Ross' latest blog is up heretalking all sorts of topics from the weekend, WrestleMania and Raw.

-- Story on wrestling in the BBC that was the 7th most-read article on the site when it was sent to me here.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1908 - Gus Schoenlein defeated Fred Beell for the American Middleweight Title in Baltimore, Maryland.

1946 - The Swedish Angel defeated Everett Marshall to win the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Denver, Colorado.

1953 - Paul DeGalles and Tarzan Potvin defeated Bronko Lubich and Bud Rattal for the vacant Northwest Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1957 - Rito Romero defeated Danny McShain to win the NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title in Fort Worth, Texas

1957 - Danny Plechas defeated Juan Garcia for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Albuquerque, New Mexico

1960 - Torbellion Blanco defeated Pete Managoff in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title.

1964 - Neff Maivia defeated Hard Boiled Haggerty to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1966 - Al Costello defeated Alex Perez to win the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee

1967 - Pepper Gomez and Pedro Morales defeated Pat Patterson and Ray Stevens for the American Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title in San Francisco, California

1970 - Pantera Negra and Tony Rocco defeated Karl Heisinger and Kinji Shibuya for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.

1971 - Bobby Duncum and Woody Farmer defeated The Beast and Bulldog Brower to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.

1972 - Buddy Colt defeated El Mongol for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Griffin, Georgia.

1972 - Kinji Shibuya won the NWA Beat the Champ Television Title, defeating Don Carson.

1976 - The Mighty Canadian (Gene Kiniski) defeated The Super Destroyer to win the Amarillo NWA International Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas

1978 - Ox Baker defeats Carlos Colón to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Invader I won the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title from Pierre Martel.

1979 - Greg Valentine defeated Dino Bravo for the Toronto NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario.

1979 - Astro Rey defeated Dos Caras to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1981 - Dory Funk, Jr. won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida, from Barry Windham.

1982 - Mark Romero (Youngblood) defeated Gene Lewis for the NWA Central States Television Title in Kansas City, Kansas

1986 - Jerry Lawler defeated Bill Dundee to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1988 - John Tatum and Jack Victory defeated Shaun and Steve Simpson for the World Class Texas Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas

1989 - Chris Benoit and Biff Wellington defeated Makhan Singh (Mike Shaw) and Vokkan Singh (Gary Albright) in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title.

1990 - Larry Zbyszko defeated Mr. (Masa) Saito in St. Paul, Minnesota to win the AWA World Heavyweight Title

1991 - The Lightning Kid won the Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Fridley, Minnesota by defeating Jerry Lynn.

1995 - Eddie Guerrero defeated 2 Cold Scorpio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the ECW World Television Title

1995 - Buddy Landel defeated Bobby Blaze to win the SMW Heavyweight Title in Johnson City, Tennessee.

-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5 p.m. PST from Cabaret Theater inside Pechanga Resort & Casino (45000 Pechanga Parkway. Temecula, CA 92592). Bellator MMA will take place from Pechanga Resort & Casino on Friday, April 11th 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.

-- World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of exciting striker Melvin "The Young Assassin" Guillard to the company's lightweight roster. The UFC veteran signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in July.

-- The United Wrestling Coalition returns this Saturday, April 12 to the Browns Mills Fire House in Browns Mills, New Jersey with a 7:00 p.m. belltime. There will be a meet and greet beginning at 6:15 p.m., and all tickets are available for the low price of $10.

-- The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is pleased to announce that Lou Lauria has joined the company as Vice President, Governing Body Relationships and International Fight Week. In this role, Lauria will oversee the company’s relationships with national, continental, and international sports federations. He will also spearhead the UFC’s global expansion and influence during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.