We're looking for reports on tonight WWE Raw house show in Huntsville, AL (C.M. Punk vs. Mark Henry, John Cena vs. Lord Tensai) and tonight's TNA house show in Ontario, CA at the Citizens Bank Business Arena (Bobby Roode vs. Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson vs. Robbie E, Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian, Tara vs. Winter and Pope D'Angelo Dinero vs. Hernandez).
Tonight is Bellator from Casino Rama in Rama, ONT:
Prelims on Spike.com
Nathan Gunn (169.6) vs. Dom O'Grady (170)
Matt MacGrath (179.6) vs. Nordine Taleb (179.4)
Cosmo Alexander (155) vs. Lorawnt-T Nelson (155)
David Harris (134.8) vs Nick Kirk (135.6)
Will Romero (148.8) vs. Matt Veal (145)
Live on MTV 2 and Epix at 8 p.m.
Ryan Ford (169.8) vs. Luis Santos (170)
Damian Grabowski (241.4) vs. David Huckaba (255.4)
Bryan Baker (171) vs. Ben Saunders (171) in the semifinals for the welterweight title
Michael Chandler (156) vs. Akihiro Gono (155.6) in a non-title match
Tonight is also the final first round match of The Ultimate Fighter with Andy Ogle of Team Faber against Mike Rio of Team Cruz.
Saturday is headlined by UFC on FOX for a full day of fights, ending with the biggest boxing PPV of this year and maybe of the past several years headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto. The show is from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
Facebook fights at 4 p.m. Eastern
Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis
Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola
Prelims on Fuel at 5 p.m.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish
Luis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker
John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss
John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott
Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson
Live on FOX at 8 p.m. (5 p.m. Pacific)
Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares
Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck
Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz
Saturday night has a Raw house show in Knoxville, a Smackdown house show in Asheville and a TNA house show at Rabbobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA. Sunday has a Raw house show in Chattanooga, a Smackdown house show in North Charleston, SC and a TNA house show outdoors at Rawhide Ballpark in Visalia, CA.
Monday is Raw from the Greensboro Coliseum. Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT being taped in Roanoke.
Friday News, Links and Notes
-- Junior Seau's family noted today that they will be donating Seau's brain to the Sports Legacy Institute to determine whether or not he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephelopathy. The former NFL linebacker committed suicide earlier this week.
-- Nick Hogan was granted an early release from his five-year probation today stemming from the John Graziano car crash in 2007. He served roughly 80 percent of the probation length.
-- John Lauranitis started working out in the ring this week.
-- Dana White confirmed the battle of the TUF Brazil coaches main event with Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort for UFC 147 on June 23rd somewhere in Brazil. At this point, no location is finalized due to issues getting buildings related to both a UN conference and noise ordinances. Another note: White has a summit planned over the next month to address fighter behavior.
-- Charges against Scott Hall that he choked his girlfriend were dropped due to insufficient evidence.
-- Buff Bagwell is already out of the hospital although his jaw is wired shut, he has plates in his face, and he's still got a long road to recovery.
-- Watch the episode of NWA Hollywood where Colt Cabana wins the NWA Title from Adam Pearce.
-- Scott Steiner continues to rant.
-- Primo, Epico and Hunico have signed with Abraham Washington Enterprises in WWE storyline.
-- UFC 1 is coming to PPV in Australia.
-- Sting was added to WWE's alumni page recently. Hogan has been on that page for years despite being a headliner in TNA, so don't read too much into it other than they've got a DVD featuring him coming out soon. Dixie Carter fully expects for him to re-sign for another year when his current deal is up.
-- New interview on the life and times of Mick Foley.
-- Jake writes: I don't know if this is a telling tale as far as "Haywire" on DVD with Netflix goes or just my point of view as a Netflix customer. I've been with Netflix since 2008 and I have never seen big demand for new releases like this year so far. If you don't return a DVD by a Saturday or Monday, you're pretty much out of luck to get a new release the week something new is out for rent. "Moneyball" actually debut on Starz cable channel a couple weeks ago while it was still on my Netflix queue listed as "very long wait". I thought this was going to be the same pattern for "Haywire" because I didn't send stuff back until yesterday (Wed). Turns out I'll be getting it in the mail tomorrow without any delay! That could mean they have plenty of copies or there's little demand to rent it. I know the movie didn't have much fanfare when it was on the big screen.
-- Regarding Jim Miller and $10 of every walkout shirt going to help support his ailing nephew, a page detailing the foundation and charity auction is up.
-- Smackdown tonight has Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (twice), Randy Orton & Big Show vs. Kane & Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston & Truth vs. Hunico & Camacho, Brodus Clay vs. Jack Swagger, Damian Sandow vs. Derrick Bateman, Layla vs. Natalya, and more.
-- Upcoming dates for Lylah Lodge, who is on the newest season of World of Hurt in Canada: May 4th WCWO in Indianapolis, IN (1151 Kentucky Ave) vs. Camron Star AND APW in Chesterfield, IN also vs. Camron Star, May 5th HPW in Columbus, IN with Stompin Steve vs. Camron Star and Damian Cole, May 6th UWF in Georgetown, KY vs. Heather Owens
-- "Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur", Chikara's next iPPV, takes place Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 Live at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA! Streaming live, worldwide via GFL.tv! Doors = 6:00 pm :: Belltime = 7:00 pm.
-- River City Wrestling presents FANdemonium on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Activity Center, 1630 Goliad Road in San Antonio, TX. The event will begin at 8 p.m. and the doors open at 7:30 p.m.
-- Latest episode of BRUISER TV is up.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Presents DIVIDE & CONQUER! Sat, May 5th, 2012 Greater Newark Boys’ & Girls’ Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702
-- Federation of Elite Wrestlers (F.E.W.) presents "BREAKING CURFEW" Saturday, May 12, 2012 The FIGHT House 2250 Pennsylvania St Fort Wayne. IN Doors open at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Bell time General Admission Tickets $7.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door
-- DDP is featured in this video that went viral this week.
-- Ed has the 200th episode of his show this week with himself, Craig, Cutrer and maybe some special guests.
What are your plans for Saturday night viewing?
UFC only 41.4%
Boxing only 7.5%
Would you purchase Hulu if there was original WWE programming on it?
Already have it 4.1%
What fight on Saturday are you most looking forward to?
Miller vs. Diaz 56.5%
Koscheck vs. Hendricks 22.6%
Johnson vs. Barry 13.4%
Palhares vs. Belcher 7.5%
What are your thoughts regarding the 5/12 ROH iPPV show?
Am buying the show 24.4%
Not interested in ROH enough to spend money on it 21.6%
Will not buy a PPV on the Internet 19.8%
Was interested in ROH but not anymore 11.9%
Won't spend money on pro wrestling no matter what it is 10.7%
Would have bought it, but bought the last one and production ruined it 6.7%
Usually wouldn't consider buying an ROH show but this one looks good 3.0%
Would consider buying an ROH show but this one doesn't look good 1.8%