Friday, 02 May 2014 11:40
Bellator tonight from Revel in Atlantic City
Prelims at 7 p.m. Eastern at Spike.com
Jay Haas (144.4) vs. Lester Caslow (145.5)
Amran Aliev (146) vs. Kevin Roddy (145.5)
Mike Bannon (155.9) vs. Sidney Outlaw (155.7)
Joe Pingitore (145.9) vs. Darion Caldwell (145.8)
Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods (186) vs. Eugene Fadiora (184.9)
Jesus Martinez (185.6) vs. Ryan Contadi (186.7)*
Gemiyale Adkins (172.4) vs. Dante Rivera (170.9)*
*Changed to catch weight fights when Contadi and Adkins failed to make weight
Main card at 9 p.m. on Spike
Mike Mucitelli (205) vs. Liam McGeary (204) in the first round of a light heavyweight tournament
Thomas Vasquez (134.6) vs. Marcos Galvao (136.8)*
Andrey Koreshkov (171) s. Justin Baesman (170.6) in the welterweight tournament semifinals
Joe Warren (134.6) vs. Rafael Silva (137)**
*Changed to catch weight when Galvao failed to make weight
**This was scheduled for the interim bantamweight title, Silva failed to make weight. It will be a five-round fight. If Warren wins, he gets the title. If Silva wins, he doesn't get the title.
Smackdown tonight on Syfy
Rob Van Dam vs. Jack Swagger
R-Truth vs. Alexander Rusev
Usos & Sheamus vs. Wyatt Family
Dolph Ziggler vs. Magneto (Damien Sandow)
Big E vs. Titus O'Neil
Dean Ambrose vs. Curtis Axel vs. Ryback vs. Alberto Del Rio for U.S. title
New Japan's Wrestling Dontaku will be on iPPV tonight from the Fukuoka International Center Arena at www.ustream.tv/njpw1972 starting at 3:40 a,m. Eastern time and 12:40 a.m. Pacific, which means watch it in the morning
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Tiger Mask & Kushida & Yohei Komatsu vs. Captain New Japan & Desperado & Bushi & Mascara Dorada
Young Bucks vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov for IWGP jr. tag titles
Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
Satoshi Kojima vs. Wes Brisco for NWA title - Stan Hansen will be at ringside
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata
Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi for IWGP jr. heavyweight title
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma for Never Championship
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe & Jushin Liger & Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga in an elimination match
Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazushi Sakuraba vs Daniel & Rolles Gracie
Kazuchika Okada vs. A.J. Styles for IWGP heavyweight title
Glory returns to Spike at 9 p.m. on Saturday night from Denver with a one-night four man heavyweight tournament that includes Sergei Kharitonov (5-3 as a kickboxer) vs. Anderson Silva (37-10-1, not the MMA star but a Brazilian kickboxer of the same name) and Ben Edwards (36-9-3) vs. Errol Zimmerman (101-11-1). Pat Barry of UFC fame will also be fighting on the card.
Saturday has WWE in Syracuse, NY (Cena, Sheamus, Wyatt Family, Shield) and TNA in Racine, WI (Magnus & EC 3 vs. Kurt Angle & MVP, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Bro Mans for tag titles, Bobby Roode vs. Ken Anderson, Seiya Sanada vs. Austin Aries for X title, Kenny King vs. Manik, ODB vs. Gail Kim).
Sunday is Extreme Rules PPV from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ
Evolution vs. The Shield
Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for WWE title
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt cage match
Big E vs. Bad News Barrett for IC title
Cesaro vs. RVD vs. Jack Swagger
Paige vs. Tamina Snuka for Divas title
Alexander Rusev vs. R-Truth & Xavier Woods handicap match
Hornswoggle vs. Torito in a Wee LC match
Dragon Gate has one of its biggest shows of the year late Sunday/early Monday from Nagoya's Aiichi Gym at 3 p.m. Eastern and midnight Pacific time at www.ustream.tv/dragongate
Mondai Ryu vs. Ryotsu Shimizu vs. Kotoka
Cyber Kong & Kzy vs. Uhaa Nation & Shachihoko Boy
Gamma & Yosuke Santa Maria vs. Genki Horiguchi & Jimmy Kagetora
Flamita vs. Jimmy Susumu for Open the Brave Gate title
Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Don Fujii for the Open the Twin Gate title T-Hawk & Eita & U-T vs. K-Ness & Dragon Kid & Super Shisa for Open the Triangle Gate titels
Ricochet vs. Yamato for Open the Dream Gate title
Naruki Doi vs. BxB Hulk vs.Jimmy Kanda vs. Cima vs. Masato Yoshino vs. Naoki Tanizaki in a cage of death match with the loser or his representative getting their head shaved.
Raw on Monday will be from Albany, NY.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped in Buffalo on Tuesday. John Cena is advertised on this show but Daniel Bryan is not.
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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Story in the New York Post here about UFC suing one single PPV pirate, who lives with his mom in Staten Island, for over $30 million.
-- After Dark Radio returns tonight with guest Matty Beckerman, director of ALIEN ABDUCTION, a new film available everywhere including Amazon and Amazon Prime. This will be a live interview so we'll be taking your Twitter questions as well. The show airs at 11 PT/2 AM ET on the Dark Matter Radio Network, which is linked up at artbell.com. More on the front page later today.
-- Also, if you haven't checked it out yet, we've got a FREE interview with MARIA MENOUNOS up right now here.
-- WWE today announced the WWE App won the fan-voted People’s Voice Award in the Sports Mobile & Apps category, as a part of the 18th Annual Webby Awards. WWE will be honored at the Webby Awards ceremony on Monday, May 19, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
-- The latest TNA Spin Cycle is up here.
-- As Billy on Twitter noted, excellent job everyone who participated in the Ultimate Warrior impersonation contest on the Bryan & Vinny Show last night! The winner, Sammy, gets an Extreme Rules PRIZE PACK courtesy of Juicy Drop Candy.
-- On Friday May 16th, Ring of Honor will be hosting a Landing Party for fans coming in for the ROH vs. New Japan-Pro Wrestling iPPV. The meet up will take place at LA LUCHA NYC from 5-7pm at 147 Av. A (Between 9 and 10th) in New York City. The Briscoe Brothers, Court Bauer and others will be attending. There will be an ROH Special Combo for fans dining at the restaurant: 3 Tacos + 1 House Draft Beer for $14 (you can substitute any soda/ nonalcoholic beverage for the same price).
-- Tonight at 5pm, Austin Aries will be conducting a pro wrestling seminar at The Orpheum. Admission is just $50. AriesRising featuring Austin Aries will be performing a special free concert after the Full Impact Pro event. The Orpheum, 1915 E. 7th Avenue, Ybor City, FL 33605. Article on him here.
-- Rob writes: In the new Amazing Spider-Man #1 there is a sub story starring a character who was at Spidey's wrestling match with Crusher Hogan (based on Hulk Hogan but switched to another character played by Macho Man in the first movie). At the Match the character receives Spider-Man's first autograph and appears to be inspired to put on a mask and be a hero too. There's a scene early where the main character is on a internet wrestling message board. The text reads "wrestling? Fake. And lame" to which three others respond "no".
-- Ultimo Dragon works tonight for Fighting Spirit Wrestling in Brooklyn at the Ludus Wrestling Academy. He's doing a show tonight, an autograph signing st 2 p.m. tomorrow and a seminar on Sunday at 2 p.m.
-- Our own Les Thatcher writes: Just a quick note this morning. Joe Turner passed away yesterday afternoon of brain cancer in a Mobile hospital. Not a major player nationally but important in southeastern territories with partner Bill Bowman as the Sky Brothers in Nashville, The Masked Interns on the Gulf Coast managed by Dr. Jerry Graham, and just Bowman & Turner in the Carolinas. Very important, there would have been no Dennis Condrey if not for Joe who was his brother in law and started Dennis in the business.
-- ROH: RINGSIDE: AN EVENING WITH JIM ROSS IS COMING TO TORONTO ON MAY 9TH. If you are in Toronto for ROH GLOBAL WARS, kick off the weekend by seeing Jim Ross LIVE at 9pm on Friday May 9th at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto as Embrace presents Ringside: An Evening with Jim Ross! The event will feature J.R. sharing classic stories from his 40 years in wrestling plus a special Q&A session with the audience! Purchase tickets here.
-- Fight The World Wrestling presents The Road To The Gold Friday, May 9th, 2014 Belltime - 6:30PM EST Queensboro Elks Lodge, 8220 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, NY 11373. Watch it live on iPPV at www.WWNLive.com. This show is only $4.99.
-- Newest edition of TAZ RADIO is up here.
-- The IWF is excited to announce a new date. Following their upcoming show Desert Storm on Sunday May 18th at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, the IWF heads to San Angelo, Texas, Friday June 20th. Names confirmed already include, Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Sabin, Trent Baretta, Brian Cage, Reno Scum, Redrum, and Tyshaun Prince. More names will be coming shortly. Go to http://www.iwflive.com/ for more information.
-- Preview for the new AJ Styles shoot interview from RF Video up here.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1964 - Mad Dog Vachon won the AWA World title from Verne Gagne in the Omaha Civic Center in front of 6,025 fans.
1982 - Buzz Sawyer defeated Tommy Rich for the Georgia National Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1983 - Tony Atlas defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair via disqualification at a Georgia Championship Wrestling event in Beckley, WV.
1987 - Curt Hennig defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California after Larry Zbyszko handed him a roll of quarters to knock him out.
1987 - WWF Intercontinental champion Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage in a steel cage match in Chicago, Illinois
1994 - Larry Zbyszko defeated Lord Steven Regal for the WCW Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1994 - Jake Roberts defeated Dirty White Boy Tony Anthony for the Smoky Mountain Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Harriman, Tennessee
1994 - Doug Gilbert defeated Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Memphis, Tennessee. On the same show Brian Christopher teamed with Doug's brother, Eddie Gilbert, to lose the USWA Tag Team Title to The Eliminators.
1996 - Dean Malenko defeated Shinjiro Ohtani to capture the WCW Cruiserweight champioship during a WCW Worldwide TV Taping at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.
1998 - Chris Benoit defeated Booker T for the WCW Television Title in Charleston, South Carolina.
2000 - Chris Jericho defeated Chris Benoit for the WWF Intercontinental Title during a Smackdown taping in Richmond, Virgini