We're also looking for reports on Saturday night's Raw show in in Wichita, Smackdown in Cedar Rapids and TNA in Rahway, NJ.
Smackdown and NXT are taped tonight in Kansas City at the Sprint Center. TNA also tapes Impact in Orlando.
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-- Continued best wishes to those in Japan. One of our friends over there who lives in Tokyo talked about going to the supermarkets and seeing the shelves barren of white bread, cup of noodle, etc. "Life is not normal at all," he wrote. Red Cross donation info up here
-- As noted on Observer Radio last night (a FREE download, by the way, scroll down the right-hand side of the front page to download it, as well as Sunday's Wrestling Observer Live on Sirius Channel 125 and Sports Byline USA), Jim Ross's knee and ankle are hurting after Jack Swagger put him in the ankle lock on Raw. No wonder his selling was so good. He talked about it on his Twitter, saying he had more respect for MMA submissions now. Hopefully he turns out all right.
-- The word from backstage, and Ross on his website didn't seem to be aware of this, was that the plan as of today is that he'll call at least two matches at WrestleMania.
-- Snooki was well-liked backstage and people couldn't believe how short she was. She's about 4'10" legit, so a good four inches shorter than even Rey Mysterio.
-- Bret Hart on Twitter last night: The main difference between TNA and WWE is the same as the difference between WCW and WWE: Vince McMahon
-- Like Water, a documentary on Anderson Silva, debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. It follows his preparations and eventual victory over Chael Sonnen in one of the most exciting fights of the last few years. Amazing how many documentaries just happen to hit gold. On that note, Hammil, an indy film based on the life of Matt Hammil (not a documentary, they found a deaf actor to play the lead role) one both the Breakthrough Film award at the 2010 AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film this past weekend at the Miami Film Festival. More on this story up here.
-- If anyone has the Raw episode following the McMahon limo explosion, we have someone looking for it so please drop me a line and I'll forward your info along.
-- Daffney on her Twitter suggested she'll be filing a worker's comp suit against TNA based on being released and I guess not being compensated for injuries she suffered on the job.
-- Hogan on Twitter apologized for using the term "tsunami" in a TNA promo last night. He said the term had already been edited off the show and that it was due to him going out there unscripted, and that he meant nothing by it.
-- Dana White and Max Maven were celebrity presenters at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills this weekend, doing a fundraiser for Shane's Inspiration, a group that sponsors playground facilities that can be used by disabled kids. Dana White's presence was because the primary sponsors of the event are Lucinda and Craig Piligian, and Piligian's company produces "The Ultimate Fighter" series. Dana was clearly in a great mood due to the Strikeforce acquisition. The event raised almost half a million dollars, and about a quarter of that came from Dana White who, during an auction that was part of the evening, put in some huge bids.
-- Hispanic Business has a story on Snooki and WWE here.
-- On Coast to Coast AM last night they had Kevin Malarkey on, who says his son Alex was paralyzed in a car accident at age six, was "internally decapitated", and remembered floating above the car and seeing angels pull his father to safety. When asked what the angels looked like, Alex replied, "Professional wrestlers with wings." Alex also noted that there was harp music in Heaven and that it was "awful."
-- Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warrior is doing a unique contest for fans of the program. The sweepstakes is taking place on the Lucha Libre USA Facebook fan page and the winning contestant will receive the entire line of action figures signed by each of the luchadors. The action figure line includes Marco Corleone, Lizmark Jr., Tinieblas Jr., Super Nova, Charly Malice, and Sydistiko. Fans can go to facebook.com/MaskedWarriors, “Like” the page, and enter the sweepstakes.
-- MWF SOUL SURVIVOR VII: A Dark Night, Live Wrestling - Autograph / Photo Fanfest - Raffle - Auction and more. This Saturday, March 19th, 2011 - Help the MWF "Keep The Kids Off The Streets!" Memorial Hall - 590 Main St. - Melrose, MA. Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, X-Pac, Kaval, Paul Bearer, Matt Borne and John Cena Sr. (Cena's legit father) will all be there.
-- Hulk Hogan street art in SoCal here. As in Southern California, not in SoCal Val. To my knowledge.
-- Countdown to UFC 128 premieres on Spike tonight. Spike also has a new concept show debuting after Impact on Thursday concentrating on Jon Jones' preparations for Saturday.
-- Trish looking fine on the cover of the new Oxygen Magazine here.
-- There is an interview with Mike Quackenbush talking pop culture here.
-- Just a quick note from yesterday's Chikara results, we cited the finish to the main event as "heel ref Bryce Remsburg" when actually it was the other ref who was a heel ref, and he took out Remsburg in order to make the count himself.
-- Xtreme Knockout 10 – Saturday APRIL 9TH, 2011 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights Start at 8pm Official XKO 10 Weigh-ins Friday April 8th at 3 pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE), THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015
-- From the promoter: Northeast Wrestling would like to thank the over 2,500 fans that came out to see the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. Northeast Wrestling and the Galleria at Crystal Run management did everything in our power to make sure that Shawn meet as many fans as possible.
-- TASW's "SCAR WARS" is this Saturday night March 19th, at the Kingdom Arena, located at 3702 FM 1960 West at Walters road in Houston. The Kingdom Arena is located in the Olde Oaks Shopping Center right at Walters road on 1960. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm.
-- LEGENDS OF THE RING 12, Saturday May 7, 2011 Doors open at 9:00 am, Crowne Plaza Hotel – Monroe, New Jersey, Exit 8a NJTPK. MVP has been added to the line-up. www.legendsofthering.com
-- David Lagana on Over the Top Radio here.