Friday, 11 April 2014 14:05
After the last week, we could use a quiet weekend, and it looks like we've got one.
We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA tapings in Orlando.
Bellator tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern on Spike.com from Temecula, CA.
Ricky Rainey (171) vs Andy Murad (178.9) - Yes, the guy missed weight by 8 pounds
Philipe Lins (205.1) vs. Travis Clark (205.1)
Carlos Eduardo (205) vs. Rodney Wallace (205.8)
Ron Keslar (170.8) vs. Karo Parisyan (170.7)
Joe Taimanglo (135.6) vs. Rob Emerson (136)
Brandon Bender (145.8) vs. Mario Navarro (145)
Josh Smith (154.8) vs. Poppies Martinez (155.1)
Dave Vitkay (184.4) vs. Keith Berry (185.4)
Joe Pacheco (185.9) vs. Brandon Halsey (185.8)
Main card on Spike TV at 9 p.m.
Mighty Mo (264.9) vs. Alexander Volkov (235.7) in heavyweight tournament semifinals
Joey Beltran (204.5) vs. Vladimir Matyushenko (205.5)
Nathan Coy (170.6) vs. Adam McDonough (170.9) in welterweight tournament semifinals
Blagoi Ivanov (255.7) vs. Lavar Johnson (245.3) in heavyweight tournament semifinals
WWE has a show Saturday night in Hidalgo, TX, featuring John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, The Rhodes, Brothers, The Wyatts and Kane. Daniel Bryan and The Bellas are off this weekend since he's getting married tonight.
TNA will be taping an Xtravanganza show, an all X Division show which will feature TNA talent as well as outsiders like Rubix (Jigsaw), Low Ki, Sonjay Dutt, Rashad Cameron, Trent Baretta.
Glory airs at 9 p.m. Eastern Saturday night on Spike from Istanbul, Turkey.
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's WWE show in Chattanooga with John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, Rhodes Brothers, Wyatts and Kane.
Raw will be Monday night in Birmingham. At this point, Brock Lesnar was not scheduled for the show.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Nashville. Batista is booked on the show.
-- We already have a new show up today with Chael Sonnen talking Ultimate Fighter Brazil, his brawl with Wanderlei Silva that airs this coming Sunday on Fight Pass, what's going on with CM Punk of all things, and more!
-- Bret Hart on Ultimate Warrior: I'm deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Jim Helwig, The Ultimate Warrior. I wish I'd been kinder to him in the last moments that we had this past weekend at WrestleMania 30. We did cross paths once or twice, but we were all so busy. I never went out of my way to see him, but if I could... I'd tell him he looked good. He looked content and he looked like he'd finally found happiness within his children and his wife. He never ever harmed me nor did we really work with one another... I wish we had. His final ring promo breaks my heart. I've many fond memories of times we shared, only now do they pile up in my head. I'd also tell him that he was right, he never was such a bad guy. My thoughts are with his wife and children. I never thought his time would be so short. I know one thing, I will never forget him. - Bret
-- As noted on the front page, WWE will pay tribute to Warrior on Raw Monday.
-- DDP comments on his appearance on Nancy Grace: I went on Nancy Grace last night expecting to discuss Warrior the man. Had I known the only topic discussed would be steroids I would not have participated. At the time I was also unaware of the list that was shown to the viewing audience. To imply that all of the wrestlers on that list died from steroids was wrong and for that they owe the families an apology. Again, my only intention was to discuss Warrior the man and share some stories about how dedicated he was to the wrestling business. I am saddened that was not what happened and my thoughts remain with his family.
-- If you are interested in checking out SummerSlam travel packages, click here. Apparently there aren't many left available so go quick.
-- Another look at this year's Champion Carnival tournament here.
-- Australian story on heart attack deaths in pro-wrestling here.
-- Preview video for TNA heading to the Manhattan Center here.
-- If you plan on going to Vegas for our annual Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online Convention over July 4th weekend, here is the preliminary info from the Executive Director of Events Ed. He'll have a new Facebook page up soon.
7 PM: Group dinner at Samba's Brazilian Steakhouse (cost usually around $50-60 per person)
9 PM: Some sort of Cirque du Soleil. Others go to find a strip club
4 PM (or so) : UFC Weigh-ins
6 PM: Convention banquet/dinner at Buca Di Beppo's. Cost TBD. Must pay for tickets in advance and seating is usually limited to around 50-60
9 PM: Banquet after party at the Riviera. A group usually gets together to do something at this time as well. Last year one group went to Penn and Teller and another went to Dice Clay.
10 AM (or so): UFC Fan Expo (weigh-ins for next day's card later in PM here)
11 AM: Pool party at a location TBD, weather permitting
1 PM: Pre-UFC meal at location TBD 3:30 PM (or so) : UFC Event. Some groups are going to see the event at a bar. Usually at least one group goes and sees some sort of other show
10 PM: Afterparty at Dick's Last Resort at Excalibur
10 AM (or so) UFC Fan Expo
2 PM: Kiss mini-golf just off the strip, close to Hard Rock
5 PM (or so) : UFC Event (TUF Finale)
9 PM: Karaoke at Brass Lounge on Freemont Street
11 AM: People that are still around will usually get together for brunch. I fly out at 7AM so I won't make it this year.
-- Article looking at WWE stock and more here.
-- A Warrior interview from a few years ago here
-- New interview with Austin Aries here.
-- WWE Studios' Oculus opens tonight so check it out.
-- Some wacky Mania stats from Deadspin here.
-- Story on Mick Foley's show last night here.
-- DID VINCE MCMAHON MAKE THE RIGHT CALL TO END THE STREAK?
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON UFC TRYING TO SIGN ROUSEY VS. CARANO?
Great idea, they should fight for the title 40.5%
They would be foolish not to do the fight if available and it will be their biggest fight of 2014 25.9%
Great idea, but should be a catch weight non-title fight 14.1%
Don't like it, Carano hasn't fought in almost five years, should not get a title match 9.6%
Don't have a credibility issue with it, but I don't think it will draw as well as people think 4.9%
Don't like it, Rousey has real challengers who should be getting title fights 4.9%
WHO WAS AMERICA'S GREATEST WRESTLER?
Danny Hodge 43.6%
Dan Gable 21.4%
Cael Sanderson 13.4%
David Schlultz 5.5%
Bruce Baumgartner 5.2%
Rulon Gardner 4.4%
John Smith 2.5%
Bill Smith 1.0%
Kenny Monday 0.8%
Jordan Burroughs 0.8%
Henry Wittenberg 0.8%
Robin Reed 0.4%
-- From Bryan, I gotta say, Robin Reed getting 0.4% means a lot of people need to Google and read about Robin Reed.
-- Ed's post-Mania show is up here. He did a really good job on Figure Four Daily earlier in the week talking the weekend as well.
-- PCW presents The Spring Olympics! Tuesday April 22nd, Actor's Express in Atlanta, GA. Doors open at 7:30, 8:00 PM belltime.
-- Chikara has a new art contest partnering up with the comics sight Project Rooftop. You can check it out here.
-- TONIGHT! FRIDAY April 11, 2014 Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 W. 26th St. Berwyn, IL) Doors: 7:00pm - Belltime: 7:45pm Front Row/Front Row Stage: $20 - SOLD OUT Second Row/General Admission: $15. Jimmy Jacobs works the main event.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1945 - Earl McCready defeated Dean Detton for the San Francisco Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in San Jose, California
1955 - Ed Francis defeated Baron Michele Leone in Tulsa, Oklahoma to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
1956 - George Gordienko defeated Lou Newman to win the Calgary NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title in Regina, Saskatchewan.
1957 - Don Curtis and Dizzy Davis defeated Great Bolo and Kurt Von Poppenheim for the Amarillo NWA North American Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.
1963 - Buddy Rogers is officially presented the WWWF World Heavyweight Title belt in Washington, D.C., after Rogers won a fictitious tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1967 - Frank and Jack Dalton defeated Danny Little Bear and Bobby Fields to win the Gulf Coast NWA United States Tag Team Title in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1967 - Enrique and Ramon Torres defeated Gene and Lars Anderson for the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Savannah, Georgia.
1969 - Alfonso Dantés and Mil Máscaras defeated The Black Angels for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.
1969 - Raul Mata defeated Dr. Wagner to win the vacant Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title.
1970 - Dale Lewis defeated Bob Orton for the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Jacksonville, Florida
1973 - Don and Ron Wright defeated The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Don Kent) to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title in Knoxville, Tennessee
1976 - Dr. Wagner defeated Alfonso Dantés for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Guadalajara, Mexico
1977 - Jerry Lawler defeated Rocky Johnson to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1977 - Shinobu Aso and Yumi Ikeshita defeated The Beauty Pair (Jackie Sato and Maki Ueda) to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Hiroshima, Japan.
1979 - Perro Aguayo defeated Gran Hamada for the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1981 - Jay Youngblood won the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1982 - Sangre Chicana defeated Atsushi Onita for the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title in Guadalajara, Mexico.
1982 - Bruce Reed and Sweet Brown Sugar defeated Dory Funk, Jr. and David Von Erich to win the Florida NWA North American Tag Team Title in Orlando, Florida.
1982 - King Kong Bundy and Bugsy McGraw defeated Kerry Von Erich and Al Madril for the World Class American Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1983 - Bob Armstrong defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title. This ended Lucas' third reign and began Armstrong's fifth.
1995 - The Rock 'n' Roll Express defeated Dick Murdoch and Randy Rhodes to win the vacant NWA World Tag Team Title in a tournament final in Dallas, Texas.
1999 - At the WCW PPV, Spring Stampede in Tacoma, Washington, Scott Steiner pinned Booker T to win the vacant WCW United States Heavyweight Title in the finals of a tournament. Also, Diamond Dallas Page defeated WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Sting in a Fatal Four-Way match, to win the title.
2010 - Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas was imploded.
-- Santino Bros Wrestling Academy will host a guest in ring training seminar with Drake Younger Saturday April 26th, 2014. Drake Younger is the KING of Positive Mental Attitude and has taken the West Coast Wrestling scene by storm in such a short time. Incredible match is a understatement to describe what Drake does inbetween the ropes. The Passion that Drake brings not only to the ring but to the locker room is life changing. I consider him a motivational speaker and his #PMA is contagious and will leave you ready to conquer the wrestling world. Drake has wrestled all over the world and will up your Wrestling game with his knowledge. With talent this IN DEMAND it was only a matter of time we would see him signed by WWE. Take this opportunity to expand your knowledge in the sport as Drake will work with you honing your skills and give you tips on what you need in order to strive and thrive as a Independent Professional Wrestler. Don’t miss it! Sign up now.
-- Ed notes: The recent release of the new Ultimate Warrior DVD and Blu Ray are both sold out on Amazon in Canada.