TUES UPDATE; Daniel Bryan injury, another TNA departure, lots of site audio, identity of Lemon, Tom Lawlor talks Granny and heads to New York for ROH, tons more



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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- As noted all over, Daniel Bryan undergoes neck surgery on Thursday. The word is that it's a minor surgery, but there are people in the company concerned. He's currently expected out six to eight weeks.  We've got tons of audio on this subject up on the site today.

-- Add Hernandez to the list of guys done with TNA as of this moment due to his contract expiring.

-- Based on the angle where MVP got into a fight, TNA is doing a worked suspension of Bobby Roode by MVP.  Roode didn't appear on any of the TV's that were taped through 6/12.   

-- Ryan Katz, one of the producers in NXT, played the Lemon in the Adam Rose skit last night.

-- Add Mickie James and Rikishi to the list of those in consideration for next year's WWE Hall of Fame induction.

-- Big shout-out to Filthy Tom Lawlor of UFC who gave Granny a shout-out, by name, on the MMA Hour yesterday. He'll be going to New York to corner ReDragon at the ROH War of the Worlds show this coming Saturday night.

-- I am seven hours away from the Grand Canyon as I type this, and already today I've got a brand new Figure Four Daily up with tons of news on Daniel Bryan's injury, his upcoming surgery, reaction from inside the company, and more, plus reviews of Smackdown, NXT, Total Divas and more. It's up on the front page right now for subscribers. -- We've also got a brand new Dave and Mike Show up on the front page talking Raw last night and much more. Thanks to them for doing the show while I'm on the road. They'll be back tomorrow as well. I'll be doing as many shows as I can but cell service and Internet at the Grand Canyon is said to be very spotty.-- Polish phenom Marcin Held is stepping back in the Bellator cage on Saturday, May 17th as the submission ace will battle Nate Jolly from the Landers Center live on Spike TV. The night is headlined by the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final between MMA icon Rampage Jackson and King Mo, along with Michael Chandler facing Will Brooks for the Bellator Interim Lightweight Title, while Tito Ortiz squares off with Middleweight World Champion Alexander Shlemenko, all on Pay-Per-View. Previous scheduled to face Will Brooks; Jolly will now fight Held in a 158 lbs. catchweight fight live on Spike TV. Making his Bellator debut, Jolly holds a 13-5 professional record and has record five victories by KO or submission. Known for his ability to grind, Jolly looks to make his mark in the Bellator cage on May 17th. Held earned his spot in the Season 10 Lightweight Tournament final with dominate submission victories over Derek Anderson and Rodrigo Cavalheiro and is scheduled to face Patricky Pitbull in the Bellator Tournament Final in Fall 2014 live on Spike TV. The Polish phenom has won eight of his previous nine fights and has recorded 10 of his 18 professional victories by submission. Only 22 years old, Held is looking for another quick finish from The Landers Center on May 17th.

-- BattleGrounds MMA (www.battlegroundsone.com) announced today that it has filled the last remaining spot for O.N.E., its highly-anticipated, one-night, eight-man welterweight (170 pounds) tournament at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, June 27, with two-time world championship contender and two-time, one-night tournament winner Brock Larson (37-8) of Brainerd, Minn.  The eight men in the throwback tournament for $50,000 are mostly ex-UFC fighters, including Dennis Hallman (53-14-2, 1 no contest), Cody McKenzie (15-4), Chris Honeycutt (4-0, who placed second in the NCAAs), Luigi Fiorvanti (24-11), David Mitchell (14-4), Josh Bryant (14-4) and Roan Carneiro (16-9).

-- New interview with Jade Chung (video, in fact) here.

-- Check this out, 16 WWE themes played on a ukulele here.

-- POLL ON SATURDAY'S UFC SHOW
Excellent 47.9%
Good 24.4%
Average 2.5%
Fair 8.4%
Poor 16.8%
35.7% of those responding didn't see the show

WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
UFC Fight Night 31.6%
Impact 21.4%
Raw 12.1%
ROH 12.1%
NXT 10.7%
Smackdown 4.9%
Total Divas 4.9%
Bellator 1.0%
Ultimate Fighter 0.5%
UFC Tonight 0.5%

WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
ROH 44.1%
Bellator 11.0%
48.6% said neither. Only 3.7% are watching both.

DID LOSING EDDIE ALVAREZ MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOU IN BUYING THE BELLATOR SHOW?
No, would not buy an MMA PPV show 41.3%
No, would not buy a non-UFC MMA PPV show 30.6%
Yes, it made a difference, was going to get it, now won't 24.0%
Am still getting it 4.2%

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

-- 1938 - Vic Christy defeated Don McIntyre to win the Montreal and Toronto World Heavyweight Titles in Buffalo, New York

1940 - The French Angel defeated Steve Casey for the Boston AWA World Heavyweight Title in Boston, Massachusetts

1954 - Dory Funk defeated Roy Shire for the Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title in Amarillo, Texas

1954 - Ben and Mike Sharpe won the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Tag Team Title by defeating Ron Etchison and Enrique Torres in Stockton, California

1959 - Ed Francis defeated Al Lolotai for the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1960 - Rikidozan defeated Leo Nomellini to win the second-annual JWA World League Tournament.

1960 - George and Sandy Scott defeated Emil and Ernie Dusek to win the Central States NWA World Tag Team Title in St. Joseph, Missouri

1963 - Karl and Skull Von Stroheim defeated Gino and Tony Calza to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1964 - Robert Duranton and Shag Thomas defeated Cowboy Cassidy and Curtis Iaukea for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1965 - The Assassins defeated Karl and Kurt Von Stroheim for the World Wrestling Association World Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.

1966 - Giant Baba defeated Wilbur Snyder to win the eighth-annual JWA World League Tournament.

1968 - Don Carson and The Red Shadow defeated Dennis Hall and Ken Lucas to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1969 - Tony Borne and Moondog Mayne defeated Karl and Kurt Von Steiger to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1971 - Eddie Sullivan defeated Bob Kelly for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

1972 - Lars Anderson and Paul DeMarco defeated Pepper Gomez and Rocky Johnson for the San Francisco NWA World Tag Team Title in San Francisco, California.

1973 - Hiro Tojo and Waldo Von Erich defeated Ron Miller and Larry O'Day to win the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia.

1975 - Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera defeated The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy and Johnny) for the WWWF World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1975 - Mike DuBois and Lord Alfred Hayes defeated The Beast and Johnny Weaver for the Eastern Sports Association International Tag Team Title in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1975 - Dr. X defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama

1978 - Jerry Oates defeated Ed Wiskoski to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title.

1979 - Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Spoiler for the NWA American Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas

1983 - Harley Race defeated Jerry Blackwell in St. Louis, Missouri to win the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Title.

1983 - Velvet McIntyre and Penny Mitchell defeated Joyce Grable and Wendi Richter to win the NWA World Women's Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta

1983 - The Great Tio defeated The Masked Miser (Angelo Poffo) to win the International Championship Wrestling Television Title in Beckley, West Virginia

1984 - Rick Martel defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1985 - Randy Savage to win the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title by defeating Jerry Oske in Memphis, Tennessee.

1988 - Barry Windham defeated Nikita Koloff to win the vacant NWA United States Heavyweight Title in a tournament final in Houston, Texas.

1991 - Robert Fuller and Jeff Jarrett defeated The Texas Hangmen (Killer and Psycho) for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same event, Bill Dundee defeated Eric Embry to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title.

1995 - Doug Gilbert won the USWA Heavyweight Title by defeating Brian Lee in Memphis, Tennessee

1996 - Pimpinela Escarlata defeated La Parka for the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

2005 - Tom Prichard defeated Rick Steiner in Irondale, Alabama to win the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title

2007 - Kurt Angle defeated TNA World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage and Sting in a three-way match to win the title in Orlando, Florida.

-- BodyslamYourBrain.com has two free passes to give away for two great IPPVs at the end of May, thanks to our friends over at Smart Mark Video. The Grand Prize winner will receive a free pass to watch CHIKARA’s IPPV event on Sunday May 25th, 2014 “You Only Live Twice“. The Runner-up will receive a free pass to watch Wrestling is Fun!’s IPPV event on Saturday May 24th, 2014 “Tag World Grand Prix 2014“. Here’s how to enter: All you need to do is fill out the form on our website with a valid email address to enter. We’ll be picking a winner on Thursday May 22nd, 2014! Good luck! Enter here.

-- Marcus writes: I got two tickets each for the upcoming RAW and SmackDown tapings at the O2 in London next Monday and Tuesday. Unfortunately, we are not able to fly out to London so I would like to sell them at face value to anybody who is looking to attend. I can either send them out (depending on where you are in the world, as there is only a week left) or people can pick them up at the arena from two of our buddies who are flying over. These are floor seats by the entrance ramp. Details: WWE RAW (5/20, O2, London), Block C2, Row F, Seats 32 & 33 at £79,40 / 97 / $134 each. WWE SmackDown (5/21, O2, London), Block C2, Row D, Seats 32 & 33 £79,40 / 97 / $134 each. People can contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if interested.

-- Brian writes: 30 years ago today (May 13, 2014), Rick Martel defeated the late "Jumbo" Tsuruta to win the AWA World Heavyweight Championship in St. Paul, Minnesota.