Saturday, 26 April 2014 12:27
We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE shows in Rockford (The Shield, Randy Orton, Kane as headliners) and Louisville (John Cena, Cesaro, Batista, Sheamus, Big Show, Wyatts as headliners).
Tonight's UFC from the Baltimore Arena
Fight Pass at 7:30 p.m.
Patrick Williams (135) vs. Chris Beal (135)
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Charlie Brenneman (155.5) vs. Danny Castillo (156)
Bethe Correia (135) vs. Jessamyn Duke (135.5)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (155.5) vs. Takanori Gomi (155.5)
Timothy Elliott (125.5) vs. Joseph Benavidez (125.5)
PPV at 10 p.m.
Andre Fili (145) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Yancy Medeoria (155.5) vs. Jim Miller (155)
Tim Boetsch (185.5) vs. Luke Rockhold (185.5)
Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Phil Davis (205.5)
Jon Jones (205) vs. Glover Teixeira (205) for the light heavyweight title
Sunday is TNA Sacrifice from Orlando live
Eric Young vs. Magnus for world title
Willow & Kurt Angle vs. EC 3 & Rockstar Spud
Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray tables match
Bro Mans & DJZ vs. Wolves handicap match for tag titles
Madison Rayne vs. Angelina Love for Knockouts title
Seiya Sanada vs. Tigre Uno for X title
James Storm vs. Gunner I Quit match
Ken Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw loser gets committed match
WWE on Sunday has The Shield and Randy Orton headlining in Peoria and John Cena, Big Show and Batista headlining in Evansville.
Monday is the live Raw from St. Louis. Daniel Bryan is scheduled on the show to confront Stephanie McMahon. RVD vs. Bad News Barrett in the finals of the IC title challenger tournament is scheduled plus Ric Flair is scheduled to return.
TNA will be taping the 5/1 Impact and parts of the 5/8 show in Orlando on Monday night.
Tuesday is live Main Event plus Smackdown tapings in Kansas City. Daniel Bryan is scheduled in Kansas City.
TNA will be taping parts of the 5/8 and all of the 5/15 Impact in Orlando on Tuesday.
A look at the documentary WWE did on Ultimate Warrior, filling in blanks, adding more detail, fact fiction and in between, is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is up on the site today.
The issue also looks at ROH's move to PPV, the Roddy Piper/Kevin Nash story with the story on what happened in 1997 that they are both arguing about, two UFC shows, notes on one of the year's biggest events, the G-1 tournament, and much more.
The lead story on Ultimate Warrior talks about the Warrior/Vince McMahon ups and downs, why there are more questions than answers about the subject, what the documentary didn't go near, what Warrior said he wanted last year to go into the Hall of Fame that he didn't directly get, why he had problems with Hulk Hogan, questions regarding health, his competition bodybuilding, his WCW run, the real story behind the supposed hold up for money on the day of SummerSlam 1991, the story behind his 1991 and 1992 departures, and more.
We also look at ROH's first attempt to do a live PPV show in June, including why now, how ROH is one of three new promotions that will debut on PPV over the next two months and looking at the tight PPV calender in June, plus how the company previously did on PPV.
We've got a complete rundown of both UFC shows over the past week, both the FOX show from Orlando with Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne and the FS 1 show from Quebec City with Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy. We look back at both shows, including how the business went and where the shows lead.
We look at the Kevin Nash/Roddy Piper argument and look back at 1997 and what led to the incident, what happened at the incident including multiple versions from the time.
We also have an update on Bryan Danielson, the angle that was set up for him to leave, his return schedule, the situation with DISH Network and WWE PPV shows, the complete card for Extreme Rules with matches not yet announced, WWE company worth, more on the Undertaker loss to Lesnar, why Mick Foley has no WWE deal right now, Dwayne Johnson movie updates, lots of news on WWE stock including analysts look at the network and TV rights, advanced ticket sales for the upcoming PPV shows, and an update on Rey Mysterio.
We also look at the angle where the fans turned on John Cena at Raw, if it makes sense for Cena to turn and what the holdups are, as well as a look at a new announcer in WWE, who Gerald Brisco thinks is someone who has never done a pro wrestling match with WrestleMania main event potential, Cena vs. Bryan as ticket sellers in 2014 and a look at WWE's tour of Saudi Arabia.
We've got a feature on the 2014 G-1 Climax tour coming this summer. We look at why there are major changes from last year even though last year was perhaps the greatest G-1 of all-time. We look at the human cost, schedule notes, and big changes as well as who to expect in it this year.
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--Wrestler gets perfect score from judges in a match he loses
--A look at the last two AAA TV tapings and next major shows
--Promotion looking to change philosophy after trouble drawing
--How they are going to try and create new stars and new business moves
--TNA stars head to Japan
--Update on Champion Carnival tournament
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--One of the best wrestlers in the world returns from injury
--Update on Jake Roberts
--More on the Iron Sheik documentary
--More on Jeff Jarrett's new group
--End of another ECW knockoff group
--British wrestlers Hall of Fame notes
--Gold medal vs. Hodge trophy winner in one of the most exciting matches on the amateur scene
--Update on ticket sales to ROH shows
--A look at the next several weeks of television
--A look at the probable New York main event
--Update on contract situations with a lot of TNA talent
--A look at TNA's future television schedule
--Complete TNA Sacrifice card notes
--Wrestler tries out for TNA who is part of one of the most famous wrestling families
--A look at the weekend TNA shows
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--Bounty put up against a champion, only this time it's for real
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--Advance ticket sales for UFC shows
--Dana White wants a legend to retire
--Update on Gina Carano negotiations
--Update on Rich Franklin
--The Sonnen vs. Silva situation, what happened in Brazil, and how Brazilians view what they are seeing
--New UFC shows
--Complete Bellator major show lineup
--Latest PPV numbers
--Onetime UFC fighter in a murder investigation
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas suffered a head injury in training this past week and flew him to California to be examined by specialists. He was ruled out for some time, so Joe Warren faces Rafael Silva for the interim title on 5/2 in Atlantic City. Warren was scheduled to face Dantas for the title and Silva was next in line to face the winner. The winner will face Dantas later this year.
--The New York Times has a story on Jon Jones at http://nyti.ms/1rq9NKJ
--Vitor Belfort says that he can pass all tests and he wants the title shot at Chris Weidman on 7/5 according to an interview in Brazil at mmafighting.com
--Preston City Wrestling from Preston, England yesterday: Martin Kirby b AR Fox, Steve Corino b Noam Dar, Dave Mastiff b Charlie Garrett, Dean Allmark & Chris Masters & Dave Rayne b Bubblegum & T-Bone & Rampage Brown, Petey Williams b El Ligero, Prince Devitt b Kris Travis, Joey Hayes b Danny Hope to retain PCW title in a lumberjack match. Among the lumberjacks were Vader, Terry Funk and Rikishi. Fans chanted "Please come back" at Fox, who few knew going in. Masters & Rayne came out to Ultimate Warrior music and did an Ultimate Warrior entrance while wearing
Warrior face paint. Masters worked the entire match as if he was Warrior Devitt vs. Travis said to be real good, and people were surprised Devitt won again. Fans were chanting "One more match" after. Rikishi gave Hayes a stinkface after the match, and then Vader gave him a Vader bomb. Funk danced with Rikishi to end the show. Next shows are 5/30 and 5/31 with Low Ki, Uhaa Nation, MVP, Al Snow and Juventud Guerrera. (thanks to Jan Buxton and Matty Barker)
--There is a kickstarter campaign for a proposed documentary called "Forefathers of Portland Wrestling" with the idea of producing a major historical document on pro wrestling in the Northwest from Joe Acton, Frank Gotch, Gorgeous George through the 130 years of wrestling in that part of the country. They are trying to raise $9,700. For more info go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/359614897/forefathers-of-portland-wrestling They've got a long way to go in fund raising.
--The Los Angeles Daily News had a series of features and video interviews with the Four Horsewomen, one of whom, Jessamyn Duke, is fighting on FS 1 tonight. The interview with Shayna Baszler tells how the group got its name and talks about why she thought the Four Horsemen were so cool at http://www.dailynews.com/MMA-four-horsewomen
IF YOU GET THE WWE NETWORK, WILL YOU RENEW AFTER SIX MONTHS?
Won't renew right away, but probably will in January to get Rumble and Mania 10.0%
POLL ON NXT
46.2% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON IMPACT
48.3% of those responding didn't see the show
HOW MANY BUYS DO YOU EXPECT TONIGHT'S UFC 172 TO DO?
Under 200,000 11.0%
More than 651,000 3.8%
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brain Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1976 - In one of the most famous matches of the era, Stan Hansen dropped Bruno Sammartino on his head in Madison Square Garden, breaking his neck and nearly ending his career. Sammartino continued the match and lost via blood stoppage to build up a match at Shea Stadium that drew more than 30,000 fans
1988 - The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) beat The Midnight Express to win the U.S. tag team titles
1992 - Johnny Hot Body beat Jimmy Snuka in Philadelphia to win the Eastern Championship Wrestling title
1994 - Samu & Fatu (Rikishi) beat The Quebecers in Burlington, VT on Raw to win the WWF tag titles
1999 - On a Nitro, Sting beat DDP to win the WCW title, but Page regained the title later in the show in a four-way. Rey Mysterio Jr. beat Psicosis to win the WCW cruiserweight title
2009 - At Backlash, Christian beat Jack Swagger to win the ECW title, and Randy Orton became WWE champion when Orton & Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes beat HHH & Batista & Shane McMahon
--Jill Thompson, the comic book artist who is friend with C.M. Punk and designed some of Daniel Bryan's gear, is at C2E2 in Chicago this weekend selling wrestling related art at her table. (thanks to Mark Coale)
--Christopher Daniels interview is at http://www.redeyechicago.com/entertainment/geektome/redeye-pro-wrestler-chris-daniels-debuts-in-aw-yeah-comics-20140424,0,2438369.story
--As noted, even with Extreme Rising canceled, the Masked Mania show will be taking place tomorrow afternoon at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. If you bring an Extreme Rising ticket, you can get an upgraded seat at the show on a first-come first-served basis starting at 2 p.m. Matches are: Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park, Solar vs. Negro Navarro, Mini Mariachi vs. Pierrothito, Christina Von Eeerie vs. Sumie Sakai for the Pro Wrestling Revolution title, Damien 666 & Bestia 666 & Sabu vs. Homicide & Blk Jeez & Ruckus, Cassandro vs. Matt Cross and more.
--Gerald Brisco will be appearing at Dory Funk Jr.'s BANG show on 5/24 at the BANG Sound Staqe in Ocala, FL.
--Davey Richards interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVsji3PJnTo
--Add Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn for the NXT Takeover special on the WWE Network on 5/29.
--Netflix has added Inside Out starring HHH, No Holds Barred with Hulk Hogan and Bending the Rules starring Adam "Edge" Copeland this week. (thanks to Daniel Beling)
--Prairie Wrestling Alliance from last night in Edmonton: Deryck Crosse b Travis Cole, Brody Malibu b Sheik Akbar Shabaz, Brandon Von Danielson b Brett Morgan, Michael Richard b Marky, Ultimate Adonis b Nightmare #2, Azreael b Priest, Richie Rage & Can Man Dan b Andy Anderson & William Saint (thanks to Dwayne Soper)