FRI UPDATE: Giant weekend schedule, Buck Zumhofe likely in prison for life, TNA contract updates, Sheamus heel turn, tons more



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A heavy iPPV pro wrestling weekend with shows from Japan, shows with Japanese content from the U.S., and a slew of MMA events.

We'll be doing a poll tomorrow night on the ROH Toronto show.

We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA tapings in Orlando.

Smackdown tonight:

Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose for U.S. title

Rob Van Dam & Big E vs. Bad News Barrett & Cesaro

Kofi Kingston vs. Alexander Rusev

Santino Marella & Emma vs. Fandango & Layla

Roman Reigns vs. Mark Henry

Los Matadores & Torito vs. Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre & Hornswoggle

Batista vs. Seth Rollins

John Cena & Usos vs. Wyatt Family

Bellator tonight from Rama, Ontario

On Spike.com at 7 p.m.

Brian Rogers (185.6) vs. Adrian Miles (186)

Stuart Austin (228.6) vs. Craig Hudson (261.3)

Jason Meisel (158.7) vs. Remy Bussieres (155.5)

Chris Kalades (129.5) vs. Malcolm Gordon (129.9)

Chris Horodecki (145.9) vs. Marlon Sandro (145.9)

Spike TV at 9 p.m.

Nick Rossborough (244.1) vs. Raphael Butler (262.2)

Marius Zaromskis (170.1) vs. Vaughn Anderson (170.6)

Eric Wisely (159.5) vs. John Alessio (160)

Daniel Weichel (145.8) vs. Desmond Green (145.2) in featherweight tournament final

Evolve tonight from Elmhust, NY at the Queensboro Elks Lodge at 8 p.m. at www.wwnlive.com

J.T. Dunn vs. Blake Edward Belakus

Bravado Brothers vs. All Ego & Walking Weapon

Caleb Konley vs. Rich Swann

Johnny Gargano vs Biff Busick

Jigsaw & Tim Donst vs. Fire Ant & Green Ant

Chuck Taylor vs. Drew Gulak

Anthony Nese & Trent Baretta vs. AR Fox & Uhaa Nation

Maximum Fighting Championships on AXS TV at 10 p.m. on

Jerrid Burke vs. Shane Campbell

Aaron Gallant vs. Marcus Edwards

Jesse Brock vs. Kevin Croom

Victor Valimaki vs. Bill Wilder

Tom Gallicchio vs. Kurt Southern for lightweight title

Sam Alvey vs. Wes Swofford for middleweight title

There is a Dragon Gate iPPV that actually took place several hours ago that it up at www.ustream.tv/dragongate from today's Korakuen Hall show with King of Gate tournament matches.

Jimmy Susumu vs. Cyber Kong

Jimmy Kanda vs. Naoki Tanizaki

BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi

T-Hawk vs. Akira Tozawa

Masato Yoshino & Ricochet & Shingo Takagi vs. Eita & Flamita & Yosuke Santa Maria

UFC is tomorrow from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati

Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time

Anthony Lapsley vs. Albert Tumenov

Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall

Nik Lentz vs. Manvel Gamburyan

FS 2 at 8 p.m.

Johnny Eduardo vs. Eddie Wineland

Yan Cabral vs. Zak Cummings

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague

Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal

FS 1 at 10 p.m.

Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka

Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts

Neil Magny vs. Tim Means

Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch

Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou

Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva

ROH on iPPV at www.ustream.tv/RingofHonor at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Jushin Liger vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Jado

A.J. Styles & Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo Takaaki Watanabe vs. Michael Elgin

Young Bucks vs. Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero vs. Alex Shelley & Kushida for IWGP jr. tag titles

Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen for ROH title

Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Matt Taven vs. Silas Young for TV title

Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. B.J. Whitmer & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish

Roderick Strong vs. Cedric Alexander

ACH vs. Michael Bennett

We're also looking for reports from TNA in Orlando. They will be taping shows at both 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. for two different upcoming PPV shows.

Evolve also has another iPPV on Saturday night at at 8 p.m. at www.wwnlive.com

Ryan Rush vs. Blake Edward Belakus

Josh Alexander vs Tim Donst

Caleb Konley vs. AR Fox

Bravado Brothers vs. Fire Ant & Green Ant for Open the United Gate tag titles

All Ego vs. Jigsaw vs. Anthony Nese vs. Chuck Taylor

Trent Baretta vs. Uhaa Nation

Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann I Quit match

WWE has the weekend off as they start the European tour in mid-week.

Raw will be live Monday night in Greenville, SC.

Smackdown and Main Event will be from Greensboro on Tuesday night. John Cena is once again booked on Smackdown. Daniel Bryan will be part of the crew that leaves after Raw for Europe.

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--A look at the two New Japan/ROH shows with card updates
 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Buck Zumhofe will almost certainly spend the rest of his life in prison as he was given a minimum 25 consecutive years (over double the 12 years the charges would normally have brought) with a 10-year conditional release should he live to be 87. There is a story on it here. He still faces charges for when he attempted to flee the courtroom some time back. That could net him another decade. In addition to a minimum 25 years in prison, potentially 35 years after his next sentencing, and 45 years if he gets that and you add in his conditional release, the judge also fined him $200.

--Kurt Angle will be out of action for another five months after knee surgery with the angle on Impact the cover story for it.

-- For the record, when Sheamus kicked Ambrose during the battle royal last Monday, that was supposed to be his heel turn. It appears fans haven't figured that out yet. We'll see what they do with him on Monday.

-- John Cena wants to work with Big E. Langston at some point, possible post-SummerSlam.

-- Chris Sabin's deal expired and he's a free agent. As Chris Daniels noted on our show Tuesday, Kazarian has about a month left on his deal and the expectation is that it will not be renewed either. Meanwhile, they signed BRAM.

-- In what is probably a sign of things to come for the WWE Network, Netflix has announced that they are raising the price $1 to $8.99 for new subscribers, and that the old rate will stay in effect for current subscribers for the next two years.

-- UFC weigh-ins are at 4 ET today for tomorrow's show. They won't air on TV until 6:30 ET on FS 2.

-- Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo over July 4th weekend in Las Vegas are available here.

-- And speaking of, all the info on our annual Vegas Convention that same weekend is up on the Facebook page here. That should answer all of your questions, but if you have more you can email the Director of Events, Ed, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- Update on Amy Weber. She's performing May 4th alongside the Jazmin Sisters and Carmen Electra.

-- Story on wrestler Hannibal on CTV here.

-- A look back at this day in history with Jerry Lawler becoming King of Memphis here.

-- Colt Cabana says he got his education from pro-wrestling here.

-- Vince Russo's new site, which is a little bit of wrestling and a lot of everything else, is up here. He's also on Twitter @pyroballyhoo. Yes. He's got a column up now talking about the easiest talents to produce through his pro-wrestling booking run.

-- We're looking for someone who will be watching ROH Global Wars tomorrow who can help us with play-by-play on the front page. If you're available, email Dave at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- The next WWE at Madison Square Garden show is July 12th, not July 19th as reported yesterday.

-- New all-wrestling social network up here.

-- New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA), the Northeast’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, today announced that there would be a major fight announcement regarding former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion of the World Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia (31-9) at the fight promotion's "NEF XIII" event this Saturday, May 10, at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. While NEF MMA executives have not confirmed the exact content of the message to be delivered to the crowd, co-owner and promoter of the company, Nick DiSalvo, revealed that the Sylvia announcement would regard his involvement with an upcoming fight card in Maine.

-- LION FIGHT 16 airs live on AXS TV starting at 6:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast will feature play-by-play and color commentary by legendary MMA fighter and coach Pat Miletich alongside renowned sports commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello.

-- 1940 - Herb Parks defeated Prince Ilaki for the Pacific Coast Light Heavyweight Title in Eugene, Oregon.

1950 - Ben and Mike Sharpe defeated Ray Eckert and Hard Boiled Haggerty to win the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title.

1951 - Buddy Rogers defeated Bobby Managoff to win the Montreal Athletic Commission's World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec.

1957 - Ben and Mike Sharpe defeated Leo Nomellini and Enrique Torres for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title in Stockton, California

1957 - Bob Geigel defeated Don Curtis to win the Amarillo NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas.

1957 - Pat O'Connor and Whipper Billy Watson defeated Bill and Ed Miller for the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario.

1958 - El Medico defeated Pepper Gomez to win the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1961 - Guy Mitchell and Bob Rasmussen defeated Gypsy Joe and Skull Murphy to win the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Macon, Georgia.

1961 - John DePaulo and Stan Mykietowich defeated Frenchy Champagne and Ole Olsen in Winnipeg, Manitoba to win the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title.

1966 - Tony Borne and John Tolos defeated Paddy Barrett and Tom Geohagen for the Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia

1967 - Jack Brisco and Gorgeous George, Jr. defeated The Assassins to win the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title in Little Rock, Arkansas

1967 - Jose Lothario and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Rocket and Sputnik Monroe for the Florida NWA World Tag Team Title

1968 - Ron Etchison and Sonny Myers defeated Bob Brown and Bob Geigel to win the Central States NWA North American Tag Team Title in Kansas City, Kansas.

1969 - Mario Milano defeated The Spoiler (Don Jardine) for the International Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title in Sydney, Australia,

1972 - Boris Malenko and Bob Roop defeated Bobby Shane and Bearcat Wright for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.

1972 - At a Georgia Championship Wrestling event in Macon, Georgia, The Assassins (Jody Hamilton and Tom Renesto) defeated NWA Macon Tag Team Champions Bob Armstrong and Bill Dromo to win the title.

1972 - The Royal Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles) won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title by defeating Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne

1973 - Jerry Lawler and Jim White defeated Jackie Fargo and Jerry Jarrett for the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

1975 - PWF Heavyweight Champion Giant Baba and WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino wrestled to a no contest in Tokyo, Japan. It was the first WWWF title match ever held in Japan.

1975 - Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller defeated NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions Assassin #2 and Toru Tanaka (with Rock Hunter) to win the title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1975 - J.C. Dykes defeated Dick Dunn for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama

1975 - Big Bad John defeated Rip Tyler to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Meridian, Mississippi.

1975 - The Missouri Mauler and Steve Rackman defeated Ron Miller and Larry O'Day for the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia

1981 - Carlos Colón defeated Killer Karl Krupp to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title and WWC North American Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

1983 - Dutch Mantel defeated Bill Dundee to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1987 - Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) defeated Steve Keirn and Mark Starr for the CWA/AWA International Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1988 - Jerry Lawler defeated AWA World Heavyweight Champion Curt Hennig to win the title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1989 - Mike Graham and Dustin Rhodes defeated Southern Force (Black Bart and Bobby Jaggers) for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in Tampa, Florida.

1992 - The Sioux War Party (Dancing Wolf and White Cloud) defeated The Canadians in the finals of an eight-team tournament in Hamburg, Pennsylvania to win the vacant IWCCW Tag Team Title.

1992 - Ole Olson defeated Moondog Moretti to win the West Coast Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Cloverdale, British Columbia

1993 - The Head Hunters defeated Yukihiro Kanemura and Miguel Pérez, Jr. in the finals of a four-team tournament in Saitama, Japan to win the vacant W*ING World Tag Team Title. At the same event, El Texano won the WWC/W*ING World Junior Heavyweight Title from Masayoshi Motegi

1994 - Brian Christopher defeated Doug Gilbert in a hair vs. title match to win the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee,

1999 - In St. Louis, Missouri, Raven and Saturn defeated Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko (with Arn Anderson) and WCW World Tag Team Champions Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio in a three-way match to win the title. Also, Kevin Nash pinned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Diamond Dallas Page to win the title.

-- WHEN DOES LIL NOG PULL OUT OF THE FIGHT WITH RUMBLE JOHNSON?

This week 12.6%
Before the end of May 16.5%
Before the end of June 31.1%
In July 9.7%
He will fight him 30.1%

OF THE CURRENT GROUP OF WWE TOP STARS, WHO IS THE STRONGEST HALL OF FAME CANDIDATE?

Brock Lesnar 57.3%
Daniel Bryan 25.1%
Randy Orton 16.6%
Batista 1.0%

IF YOU GET THE WWE NETWORK, WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

U.S. 77.2%
U.K. 6.9%
Rest of Europe 5.8%
Canada 5.3%
Africa/Asia/Middle East 1.6%
Australia 1.1%
Italy 1.1%
Japan 0.5%

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ULTIMATE FIGHTER?

Excellent 6.7%
Good 23.3%
Average 33.3%
Fair 13.3%
Poor 23.3%
70.9% of those responding didn't see the show

-- Tomorrow night, May 10th, New England Championship Wrestling returns to Beverly with a very special event, the 2014 IRON 8 Championship, at the Cove Community Center, 19 East Corning Street in Beverly with a 7 PM bell time.

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