Tuesday, 22 April 2014 11:22
We're looking for reports on these shows:
*WWE Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*TNA Saturday in Winston-Salem at the Fairgrounds Annex with Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode tables match, Bro Mans vs. Wolves tag titles, Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim knockouts title, Magnus vs. Samoa Joe, EC 3 vs. Ken Anderson, James Storm vs. Gunner.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tonight in Hershey, PA. Daniel Bryan will be in Hershey but neither John Cena, Randy Orton or Dave Batista are currently listed for that show.
The death of Ultimate Warrior and preliminary cause of death, as well as what is being investigated at this point in regard to the death is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue is available on the site right now.
-- Regarding the Adam Rose party bus, whether it's at the building or not has nothing to do with whether Rose will be debuting or appearing. That bus travels to all of the cities and is used for the crew. To work, not have parties. Although all of the Rose vignettes you've seen on TV were shot on that bus the night before WrestleMania in New Orleans.
-- Yes, on the Raw post-show, Josh Matthews claimed the fans voted for a three-on-one for John Cena to HELP HIM, because three-on-one was the only option in which Cena would get his hands on Bray Wyatt.
-- For the record, the plan is not to turn Bray babyface until the Shield turns heel, so the two sides will continue to remain on opposite sides of the fence (with the exception of Roman Reigns, of course, who will split off).
-- UFC picks from Saturday results: Josh Nason Front Row Brian, and John Pollock all went 4-1 in Saturday UFC on Fox picks.Todd Martin, Mike Sempervive, Oliver Copp, and Mike Sawyer were 3-2, while Dave Meltzer, Lance Storm, and Steve Juon were 2-3. Pollock, Brian, and Copp were the only people to pick Fabricio Werdum correctly in the main event.
-- New big star in EA Sports UFC: Today EA SPORTS UFC revealed that gamers will have a chance to hit the Octagon as one of the greatest legends in UFC history – Royce Gracie. Winner of the first-ever UFC tournament, the original Ultimate Fighting Champion is ready to roll again on PS4 and Xbox One and gamers can unlock Royce in two different ways: Beat Career Mode: Fire up your copy of EA SPORTS UFC and start fighting! Finishing EA SPORTS UFC on Pro difficulty or higher will unlock the legendary Royce Gracie for play in the UFC’s Welterweight division. Pre-Order: Can’t wait that long to start submitting the opposition with Gracie? We don’t blame you. Pre-order here!
-- CMS/W Studies Pro Wrestling: Former MIT Students Cut Their Promos on the Value of Studying Pop Culture. Sam Ford, who offered a pro-wrestling class at, of all places, MIT in 2007, will be offering an Honors Colloquium for Western Kentucky University’s Honors College in Fall 2014 on Professional Wrestling and Popular Culture. I want to take that class.
-- Just a reminder that our free shows can be checked out on STITCHER every week.
-- Season 1 of the new pro wrestling interview show "On Your Mark with Mark E. Xtreme" has launched on YouTube and can be found at this link: Youtube.com/OnYourMarkShow Hosted by backyard wrestler "Mark E. Xtreme", Season 1 of "On Your Mark" will feature 10 episodes of exclusive interviews that are unlike anything pro wrestling has ever seen. Episode 4 with former WWE, TNA, and ROH Brian Kendrick has just been released.
-- Subscriber Shane Toepfer of Kennesaw State University is working on a research project about the preferences of wrestling fans in contemporary culture and is looking for participants to answer some questions in an open-ended survey. All that is required is for participants to share their thoughts and preferences about professional wrestling, and the link to the survey is here.
-- One of our readers notes: Jon Jones was on Live with Kelly & Michael today promoting Saturday's UFC show against Glover. He talked about growing up and his brothers, then showed a few striking techniques. This is perhaps the only interview I've seen of him where he came off fairly likeable.
-- For the record, Chuck Liddell says Glover Texeira will knock out Jones within three rounds.
-- Taz's first podcast through Blogtalkradio is up here. He starts taking calls and the very first person asks him about Raw and the Intercontinental Title tournament.
-- Preview for TNA Sacrifice up here.
-- Nancy Grace has RJ Brewer on her show this Thursday.
-- POLL ON TOTAL DIVAS
55.7% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO SHOULD DANIEL BRYAN BE PROGRAMMED WITH THIS SUMMER?
Bray Wyatt 27.8%
John Cena 9.8%
He should lose the title and be out of the top picture 6.8%
Bad News Barrett 4.3%
Randy Orton 4.1%
Dolph Ziggler 3.2%
Roman Reigns 2.7%
PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.7 or less 6.2%
3.8 or more 3.1%
WHAT DOES UFC'S BIGGEST PPV NUMBER?
Rousey vs. Carano 56.9%
Rousey vs. Cyborg 21.9%
Jones vs. Gustafsson 8.3%
Jones vs. Cormier 2.9%
Weidman vs. Belfort 2.9%
Velasquez vs. Werdum 2.5%
Weidman vs. Machida 1.7%
Rousey vs. Tate 1.3%
Hendricks vs. Condit 1.0%
Melendez vs. Pettis 0.4%
Rousey vs. Davis 0.2%
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1946 - Everett Marshall defeated The Swedish Angel for the Rocky Mountain Heavyweight Title in Denver, Colorado
1947 - Cliff Gustafson defeated Sandor Szabo to win the Minneapolis World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota
1949 - Sonny Myers defeated Danny McShain for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas
1952 - Pierre LaBelle and Juan Garcia defeated The Golden Terror and Danny Savic to the New Mexico Tag Team Title in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1953 - Danno MacDonald and David Johns defeated Paul DeGalles and Tarzan Potvin for the Northwest Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1958 - Rip Rogers (Eddie Graham) and Johnny Valentine defeated Albert and Enrique Torres to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1964 - Dick the Bruiser defeated Fred Blassie for the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California.
1964 - Nick Bockwinkel and Nick Kozak defeated The Destoyer and Dan Manoukian (subbing for Art Michalik) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Salem, Oregon
1966 - Rayo de Jalisco and Santo defeated René Guajardo and Karloff Lagarde in a tournament final for the Mexican National Tag Team Title.
1968 - Johnny Rougeau defeated Ivan Koloff to win the IWA International Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec
1968 - The Spoilers (Don Jardine and Smasher Sloan) defeated Billy Red Lyons and Fritz Von Erich for the NWA American Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas.
1969 - Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne defeated Karl and Kurt Von Steiger for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1973 - The Mighty Mongol defeated Bob Kelly to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title reign in Pensacola, Florida.
1977 - The Wrestling Pro defeated Ken Mantell to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama
1989 - Carl Styles defeated The Grappler for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Portland, Oregon
1996 - in San Bernadino, California; Goldust (with Marlena) pinned Savio Vega to win the held-up WWF Intercontinental Title
1996- In Albany, Georgia; The Giant (with Jimmy Hart) pinned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair (with Miss Elizabeth and Woman) after a chokeslam to win the title.
2000 - Rhino defeated ECW World Television Champion Yoshihiro Tajiri to win the title. At the same event, Tommy Dreamer defeated ECW World Heavyweight Champion Tazz to win the title, and Justin Credible defeated Tommy Dreamer to win the title at the ECW Cyberslam PPV in Philadelphia, PA
-- Are pro-wrestling dying at an unusual rate? This article is about a decade late.
-- Indy star Bambi Hall says her mother is still her hero.
-- Preview of the RF Video shoot interview with Nova here.
-- When We Were Bouncers looks at DON FRYE, MAN here.
-- Another Indiegogo fundraiser for a wrestling documentary up here. It's called At What Cost?: Anatomy of Pro Wrestling.
-- Excellent article in Deadspin called Why I Fixed Fightslooking at boxing.
-- Over the Top Radio with David Prazak here.
-- Stolen Kerry Von Erichmemorabilia recovered.
-- MaskedMania will take place on Sunday, April 27th at 5:00 PM at the former ECW Arena, now known as the 2300 Arena, located at 2300 South Swanson St in South Philadelphia. Doors will open at 4:30 PM, but VIP ticket holders will be admitted inside one hour earlier, at 3:30 PM to participate in a meet & greet with the Mexican megastars and have a chance to get autographs and photos from them. Only rows 1-3 are reserved seating, so fans wanting to insure the best seats in the house should purchase tickets in advance. The event is also being broadcast live worldwide as an internet pay-per-view event with top caliber service Highspots.tv providing streaming services. Fans can watch the event live from anywhere in the world for only $9.95 USD. The live iPPV will feature English commentary & can be ordered at pre-ordered at MaskedMania.com. For more information and tickets, visit the official website for the event at www.MaskedMania.com. A toll free information line for both Spanish and English is available by calling 1-888-656-1266.