Tuesday, 06 May 2014 12:45
We're also looking for reports on the weekend TNA house show in LaCrosse, WI.
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-- Absolutely heart-wrenching WWE Make-A-Wish video here.
-- Among the most popular WWE Superstars of all time, WWE Superstar John Cena returns to the Wizard World Tour at the inaugural San Antonio Comic Con on Sunday, August 3, as announced today by Wizard World, Inc. He will sign autographs and pose for photo ops from Noon - 4 p.m. at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
-- CNN covers lucha libre here.
-- The Conor McGregor vs. Cole Miller showdown we talked about on Observer Radio last night is up here.
-- The Goldbergs on ABC have a pro-wrestling-themed edition of the show tonight.
-- Speaking of, Raw Backstage Fallout with Adam Rose here.
-- Total Divas did under a million viewers going head-to-head with WWE Extreme Rules.
-- Impact did an 0.9 rating this week and 1.1 million viewers. First quarter was the highest and the final quarter was the lowest-rated on the show.
-- Interview with former WWE wrestler Tyler Reks here.
-- Abby writes: I just wanted to correct the posting for Albany's next WWE show. I believe the date of the show is 11/4 and it's going to be a Smackdown taping. Same presale code though.
-- YAMATO beat Ricochet in 20:50 in the semi-main event for the Open The Dream Gate title in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan at the Dragon Gate Dead Or Alive PPV. Ricochet only had the belt for 64 days. Thanks to Patrick.
-- ROH has a Creating Excellence DVD out today featuring matches with CM Punk, Claudio Castagnoli (Antonio Cesaro), Bryan Danielson and more here.
-- Brian writes: 30 years ago today (May 6, 2014), the late Kerry Von Erich defeated "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to win the National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. Also, Fritz, Kevin, & the late Mike Von Erich defeated Michael Hayes, the late Terry Gordy, & the late Buddy Roberts to win the World Class Championship Wrestling World Six Man Tag Team Championship.
-- New interview with Rob Conway talking New Japan, NWA and more here.
-- Collision Course is set for Friday, May 30, 2014, at NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling’s SAW Mill at 1214B Louisville Highway in Millersville, Tennessee. Tickets are available online at www.nwasaw.com for $20 for VIP tickets, which includes a special meet and greet with the wrestlers, a special color event program, free sodas, burgers and hotdogs off the grill. Doors open for the meet and greet at 5:00 p.m. General admission tickets are also available at www.nwasaw.com for $10. Bell time is 8:00 p.m. For more information on NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling, visit the official website at www.nwasaw.com or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/nwasaw. Satoshi Kojima works this show.
-- NWA Smoky Mountain debuts at Cherokee High School in Rogersville, TN on Friday, May 9 at 8:00 PM. This event is a fundraiser for the school's athletic program. Already signed for this event, "The Battle of the Beasts" as "Godzilla" Jax Dane returns to take on Chris Richards!
-- It's a huge weekend of returning legends at Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW) this week! Both Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Jerry "The King" Lawler will bring the experience and guile they acquired in their Hall of Fame careers to the JCW ring - Friday in Manville for Lawler, and Saturday in Middletown for both Lawler and Roberts. Joining them at both events will be the WWE Diva formerly known as "Marlena", Terri Runnels!
-- WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE IF YOU WATCHED EXTREME RULES ON THE NETWORK?
Minor glitches, no serious problems 38.9%
Slightly annoying 11.1%
IF YOU SUBSCRIBED TO THE NETWORK, HOW DID YOU WATCH EXTREME RULES?
On network live 68.1%
On network taped 16.6%
Didn't see the show 9.5%
On PPV 2.8%
At a friends house 2.5%
POLL ON TOTAL DIVAS
62.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST SHOW OF THE WEEKEND?
-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m. EST from the Casino Rama Arena (5899 Rama Rd, Rama, ON L3V 6H6, Canada). Bellator MMA will take place from Casino Rama on Friday, May 9th with the first fight taking place at 7 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 9 p.m. EST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.
-- IWF 'HOME SWEET HOME' Public Grand Opening Events All New IWF Centre, Franklin Ave, Nutley, NJ Sat, May 17, 7:15 pm -&- Sun, May 18, 4:15 pm. Family-Friendly Live Exhibitions. All Access Pre-Event Fan Fest begins 30-minutes before bell-time.
-- Busy day in history with Brian Hoops:
1921 - Dtanislaus Zbyszko defeated Ed "Strangler" Lewis in New York City, New York to win the World Heavyweight Title
1938 - Don McIntyre defeated Vic Christy for the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Buffalo, New York.
1946 - Al Szasz defeated Paavo Ketonnen to win the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title in Portland, Oregon
1953 - Killer Kowalski defeated Verne Gagne to win the Montreal World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec
1953 - Leo Nomellini and Enrique Torres defeated Ben and Mike Sharpe for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title in San Francisco, California.
1958 - Black Hawk and Nelson Royal defeated Doug Donovan and Bill Savage for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1960 - Ed Francis and Bill Savage defeated Tony Borne and Shag Thomas to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title
1966 - Alberto and Enrique Torres defeated The Mysterious Medics to win the vacant Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in a one night tournament final in Atlanta, Georgia.
1969 - Alberto and Ramon Torres defeated Treach Phillips and Karl Von Stroheim for the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1974 - Rip Tyler defeated Bob Sweetan in Shreveport, Louisiana to win the NWA Tri-State Brass Knuckles Title.
1976 - Bob Kelly defeated Duke Miller for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
1978 - Carlos Colón defeated Ox Baker in Bayamón, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title. At the same event, The Hollywood Blondes (Jack Evans and Larry Sharpe) defeated Victor Jovica and Chief Thundercloud for the WWC North American Tag Team Title and Hurácan Castillo and Pierre Martel win the WWC World Tag Team Title from Invader I and José Rivera.
1980 - Masa Saito defeated Steve Keirn for the NWA Florida Television Title in Tampa, Florida.
1982 - Black Tiger (Marc Rocco) defeated Gran Hamada for the WWF Junior Heavyweight Title in Fukuoka, Japan.
1982 - Joyce Grable and Wendi Richter defeated Princess Victoria and Sabrina to win the NWA Women's World Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Missouri.
1982 - King Kamaka and Baron Von Krupp defeated Mark Lewin and Steve Rickard for the NWA Australian Tag Team Title in Auckland, New Zealand.
1984 - At the first annual Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions event at Texas Stadium, Rock 'n' Soul (King Parsons and Buck Zumhofe) defeated WCCW American Tag Team Champions The Super Destoyers I and II, (Bill and Scott Irwin) Also, Fritz, Kevin and Mike Von Erich defeated WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts), to win the title. And, Kerry Von Erich defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair to win the title.
1984 - King Kong Bundy and The Masked Superstar defeated The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) to win the NWA National Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1984 - Crusher Lisowski and Baron Von Raschke defeated The Sheiks (Jerry Blackwell and Ken Patera) for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
1988 - Makhan Singh defeated Owen Hart to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta,
1990 - Matt Derringer defeated The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) for the Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Barron, Wisconsin
1994 - Jack Steel defeated Scott D'Amore to win the Border City Wrestling Can-Am Heavyweight Title in North Bay, Ontario.
1994 - The Mongolian Stomper defeated Mike Samson for the Southern States Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Fall Branch, Tennessee.