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--Jeff Hardy got another continuance today, this time asked for by the prosecution as they are waiting for lab results to come back on evidence seized in late 2009.  How come this never happens on TV crime shows? 
--Bobby Lashley will be facing John Ott on 3/25 in Kansas City for the Titan Fighting Championships on HDNet.  Ott replaces James Jack, who no-showed media appearances, photo shoots and hasn't returned any phone calls.  Ott, who has a 9-7 record, most recently fought as a middleweight, and is a competition bodybuilder.
--TNA may be losing television in Australia as its contract with Fox8 has expired with no new deal in place.
--The advertising for a show on 5/27 in Winnipeg lists Sin Cara on Raw, teaming with Evan Bourne against Nexus (so they will be back after Mania).  Percy Watson is also on the Raw roster, and Road Warrior Animal is listed as the special host.  The Miz vs. John Cena and C.M. Punk vs. Randy Orton headline.  Keep in mind this lineup will change at minimum every other week and the show may not have any of these matches. (thanks to Devin Cutting)     
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--The USA Network won the prime time ratings race last week with a 2.1 prime time average to 1.8 for Disney and 1.7 for Fox News.  Syfy was No. 13 at 1.1.  Spike did not crack the top 25.  Raw's two hours were No. 2 and No. 3 for the week, trailing only Jersey Shore that did a 5.4.  They were also No. 2 and No. 3 in 18-49.  
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 19.8%
Good 51.3%
Average 12.9%
Fair 4.6%
Poor 11.5%
        9.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on ROH TV from Monday
Excellent 32.7%
Good 32.7%
Average 16.4%
Fair 7.3%
Poor 10.9%
        68.6% of those responding didn't see the show
Will WrestleMania do 1 million buys worldwide
Yes 43.0%
No 57.0%
--Which of these people is coming off as the biggest star in the Mania build?
Jerry Lawler 33.8%
Miz 30.4%
Alberto Del Rio 18.2%
Randy Orton 10.4%
C.M. Punk 4.6%
Edge 2.6%
--If the deal with Jeff Hardy isn't an angle, he should be:
Fired 49.1%
Suspended until he completes rehab 25.9%
Suspended for several months 2.1%
They should bring in Road Warrior Animal catting it a merging of two of the greatest tag teams ever, the Hardly Warriors and send him to the top of the Dixie-tron 22.9%
If it's an angle:
Creative should be fired due to all the bad finishes 71.7%
TNA should offer refunds to the people who purchased the show 22.8%
Vince Russo should get a contract extension 3.4%
Eric Bischoff should get another promotion 2.0%
Regarding Victory Road, do you think?
This hurt TNA because of it being a shitty show 39.0%
Made no difference because almost nobody bought the show 57.9%
Helped TNA because more people are talking about the company 3.1%
Poll on Saturday night's Bellator TV show
Excellent 35.5%
Good 48.4%
Average 11.3%
Fair 1.6%
Poor 3.2%
        69.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Which of these matches are you most interested in?
Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko 44.3%
Alistair Overeem vs. Cain Velasquez 17.2%
Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz 11.4%
Lesnar vs. Overeem 11.4%
Royce Gracie vs. Cris Cyborg 9.3%
Frankie Edgar vs. Gilbert Melendez 2.1%
Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 0.4%
--Angelina Pivarnick calls Snooki a fat troll and a copycat for doing pro wrestling.  She also said she should have never worn those shirts she wore on Raw.  That's today's fun on
--Lita will be appearing on 4/10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Middletown Flea Market in Middletown, NY for an autograph signing
--New Era Wrestling on 3/19 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club
--The April issue of Men's Health has Georges St. Pierre on the cover.  He is the first MMA fighter ever to be on the cover of that magazine.  They talk about his background and his training regimen.  He said his goal in life is to get married and have five kids.  They talk about his career but somehow they leave out the loss to Matt Serra (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
--B4W on 3/26 in Boonton, NJ at the Elks Lodge
--NHPW on 4/30 and 5/1 in Morley, Western Australia has a tour that includes Dustin "Screech" Diamond, Colt Cabana and Balls Mahoney
--Monday CMLL in Puebla:  Blue Center & Lestat & Stigma b Ares & Centauro de Fuego & Fuerza Chicana, Dalis la Caribena & Goya Kong & Luna Magica b Amapola & Tiffany & Zeuxis, Loco Max b Escorpion in a hair vs. hair match, El Terrible & El Texano Jr. & Volador Jr. b Brazo de Plata & La Mascara & Maximo, La Sombra b Psicosis
--Sunday CMLL in Guadalajara before 1,100 fans:  El Hijo del Javier Cruz b Metalik, Drago & Leon Blanco b Astaroth & Hierro, Meteoro & Virgo b Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia, Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata & Stuka Jr. b Escorpion & Euforia & Vangelis, Atlantis & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero b La Mascara & Rush & Valiente
--Saturday night in Puebla:  Apolo Carrera Jr. & Baron Azul b Hechicero Maldito & Willy Bambino, Aguila America & Cerebero b Principe Orion & Vikingo-DQ, Psycho Circus b Aero Star & Gato & Super Fly, Mesias & La Parka b Ultimo Gladiador & Zorro-DQ
--IWRG from Sunday in Naucalpan:  Alan Extreme b Keshin Black, Dinamic Black & Golden Magic b Epidemia & Imposible, Eterno & Mari Apache & Mascarita Magnifica b Carta Brava Jr. & Sexy Star & Mini Charly Manson, El Hijo de L.A. Park & Multifacetico & Trauma I  b Comando Negro & Hammer & El Hijo del Pirata Morgan, Pantera & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Scorpio Jr. b Canek & Head Hunter I & Enrique Vera-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--UWC from Saturday night in Browns Mills, NJ:  Silly Billy & Slayer b Dave Patera & Philly Madison, Stephon Smith & Jael Rose b Sally D &  T-Bonz, Geoffrey Bravo b Rudo the Heel, Ripper & Billy Lassiter b Savage Payne & Mighty Mo, Warhead b Legion, Mighty Mo & Histerio Diablo b Ryan Blackheart & Justice Garrison, Andd Bivians b Adam Aces, Joe Rules & Bubba & Big Rig b Orphan & Twiggy Ramirez & Biggie Biggs.  Next show is 3/26 in Burlington at the County College (thanks to Chris Wilcox)
--World Wrestling Coalition on 4/9 in Aberdeen, OH at the Municipal Building including a husband vs. wife match with Ed Gonzales vs. Heather Owens
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Santa Maria, CA before 1,000 fans:  Famous B b Eric Cross, Sunami & Kadin Anthony b Hernandez & Jiminez, Nathan Graves b Lucha Machine, Gangrel b Disco Machine, Dana Lee won  three-way over Ray Rosas and Jardi Frantz, Joey Kaos b Rik Luxury to win VPW title, Shannon Ballard & Thunder Kitty b Omega & Buggy, Carlito b Billy Blade
--David Lagana interviews former WWE writers Seth Mates and Chris Gough at
--Balls Mahoney and Nunzio headline on Saturday night in Elmwood Park, NJ at The American Legion
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 5/20 and 5/21 in Lakewood, OH at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall featuring a two-night tournament with Sugar Dunkerton, Mad Man Pondo Tim Donst and Sonjay Dutt
--Ed and Cutrer and Craig talk the greatest promos ever and are joined by David Lagana at
--Colt Cabana defends the NWA title against J-Rod on Saturday night in Warner Robins, GA at Johnny G's Fun Center.
--An interview with Bruno Sammartino plugging his appearance on 4/3 in Atlanta is at

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