Early Fri update: Weekend update schedule, Taker vs. HHH, Sting on why he didn't go to WWE, more

By Bryan Alvarez

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I had to leave very early this morning Pacific time, so Dave will add the weekend schedule and such to this update in a few hours.

-- I am in Atlanta and will be heading to the ROH show tonight, so if anyone reading this attends, and I know there are many who will, stop by and say hi. With everything going on this weekend I'm not sure all that I will be attending. I have tickets to Hall of Fame and WrestleMania so those are definites obviously. I will be trying to get in ROH tomorrow and at least one Dragon Gate as well. All of the DGUSA/ROH shows are on iPPV, so check out rohwrestling.com and DGUSA.tv for more. I'll probably be doing audio updates after the shows, but that schedule is subject to change based on circumstances. For sure Dave and I will be up Sunday night after Mania, and I'll be back home and in studio for Monday night's post-Raw/Tough Enough/Hall of Fame show. I'll try to get some guest contributors on in the next few days as well. From now until Monday I will try to update my Twitter regularly with news, info, and wacky scoops (such as how there are several cheerleading squads that just happened to be booked at the WWE hotel), so you can follow me at @bryanalvarez.

-- As of yesterday it still wasn't 100% which match was going on last Sunday, but the feeling was that it was going to be Miz vs. Cena for the title with Rock's appearance. Vince will probably change his mind all the way up to show time. It is believed they've got something really big planned with Rock, which isn't really news, and that is why they announced weeks back that he was going to be on Raw this coming Monday night.

-- Very likely there will be a battle royal Sunday for all the guys not on the show.

-- Not sure how long it will be up, but on the official Mania site if you click here there is a brief recap of the first Taker vs. HHH match, including notes that Taker won. Vince had called a directive that during the build-up to this feud there would be no mention of the first match the two had together.

-- Yesterday was Shawn Michaels' 12th anniversary.

-- HBK will be doing a Mania Week diary here.

-- Interviews with Sting and Brock Lesnar here. Sting says he turned down Mania for the same reason he always does, that being WWE's track record with former WCW stars. He said he'll be interested in hearing what they do with Hunter and Taker.

-- The GSP Rush to the Top PPV special, which features clips from his very first pre-UFC matches, premieres tonight on Dish Network. Other dates: DISH Network (April 1), DirecTV (Apr. 4 – CH # 120), Avail-TVN (Apr. 11) and iN DEMAND (Apr. 12), as well as via Video On Demand, for only $9.95. Check listings for replays through the entire month of April and into May. More info on Twitter @IntegratedPPV

-- Grapplers Quest, The World’s Largest Grappling Tournament is hosting the official 2011 East Coast Grappling Championships featuring $15,000 in cash and prizes on Saturday, April 9th at Asbury Park Convention Center in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Event will crown three hundred East Coast U.S. Champions in Submission Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling for competitors of all ages, skill levels, teams and independents welcomed. Pre-Registration discounts end, Wednesday, April 6th at 11:59 PM. A $205 value Special bonus offer includes a free seminar with UFC Fighter, Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino, a Limited Edition Fighter T-Shirt, $25 off at the door pricing, a Free Grapplers Quest DVD, plus Free Entry into the Judo Throwdown or Wrestling Takedown Challenge divisions, register now, go to: http://www.grapplersquest.com/products/2011-beast-east-competitor-registration or competitors can register and/or weigh-in at-the-door, Friday, April 8th from 5:00-8:00 PM or doors open at 7:00 AM on Saturday, April 9th.

-- An old John Cena interview here, back before he even won the title for the first time, talking rap and more.

-- The American Idol contestant who is the Hogan fan has been showing off his custom made WWE spinning belt with the engraving "Crazy James" on it.

-- During the Dodgers game on ESPN tonight, they had a shot of announcer Vin Sully, who had an autographed picture of the Honky Tonk Man behind him. Check it out here

-- Paul Lazenby talks MMA, whether friends should fight friends, and a lot more here.

-- This should be something else: Join The Sandman, Pitbull Gary Wolf, and Tod Gordon THIS SUNDAY at the Penthouse club and get a complimentary viewing of WrestleMania along with autographs, photographs, surprise guests, and the hottest dancers anywhere in Philadelphia. Festivities start THIS SUNDAY, April 3 at 6 pm. The Penthouse Club is located at 3001 Castor Ave in Philadelphia, PA. For more information on The Penthouse Club, visit ThePenthouseClubPhilly.net.

-- Full card for Night on of King of Trios on April 15th has Team Michinoku Pro (Great Sasuke/Dick Togo/Jinsei Shinzaki) vs. Team Minnesota (1-2-3 Kid/Arik Cannon/Darin Corbin), Team Dragon Gate (Super Shisa/Akira Tozawa/Kagetora) vs. The Spectral Envoy (Hallowicked/Frightmare/UltraMantis Black), Amazing Red & The Maximos vs. Mike Quackenbush/Jigsaw/Manami Toyota, Team Australia (Tama Williams/Percy/Kabel) vs. F.I.S.T. (Icarus/Chuck Taylor/Johnny Gargano), Team Osaka Pro (Atsushi Kotoge/Daisuke Harada/Ultimate Spider, Jr.) vs. The Throwbacks (Dasher Hatfield/Sugar Dunkerton) with Matt Classic, Sinn "Kizarny" Bodhi & The Batiri (Obariyon/Kodama) vs. The Colony (Fire Ant/Soldier Ant/Green Ant), The Osirian Portal (Ophidian/Hieracon/Amasis) vs. Team 3.0le! (El Generico, Scott "Jagged" Parker/Shane Matthews), Da Soul Touchaz (Willie Richardson/Acid Jaz/Marshe Rockett) vs. Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Tim Donst/Delirious/Jakob Hammermeier). More info at chikarapro.com

-- Chikara also announced the pre-show will stream live for free here.

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