The Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields three week Countdown specials debut at midnight tonight on Spike and will be replayed at 1:30 a.m.. Spike also has UFC from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Ultimate Fighter at 9 p.m. so you can see Brock Lesnar attempt to make chicken salad out of chicken shit, or so he says.
The retirement and career of Edge is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In our story, we go through his career from the start to the finish, how final appearances as an active wrestler, what happened both on and off camera at the final Smackdown tapings, why he will likely be back on television soon, his injuries, other wrestlers who have ended their careers as world champion and details on how, a discussion of Edge in the Hall of Fame, what most of the talent did and didn't know, what the loss of Edge means to the company, how he got into the company, the story behind his early title wins, the match that both made and shortened his career, the Edge/Lita/Matt Hardy story, his rise to world title status and why he stuck there, and many of his career angles. We also have comments from some of the biggest names in the industry on him.
We also look at the death of Larry Sweeney, and an update on Perro Aguayo Jr. and Scott Hall.
We also look at the first major Strikeforce show under the Zuffa banner, looking at the stories that came out of the show, the judging in Mousasi vs. Jardine and what the ratings said.
We also look at WWE changes, how Wall Street has reacted, what other aspects of WWE are likely to be changed, more fallout from WrestleMania, WWE All-Stars video game, Jericho on Dancing with the Stars, More notes on Tough Enough, Changes HHH is looking to make, Steve Austin talks wrestling, celebrity earnings, and a national wrestling champion being recruited by WWE.
We also look at 25 years later in the death of one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, El Solitario, but a name that very few in the U.S. know anything about.
The issue will be up on the site today. A back issue from early 1994 will also be up this week. Between the Observer and Figure Four Weekly, we have about 14 issues put up every month and dozens of new audio shows for web site subscribers including coverage after the shows of every major pro wrestling and MMA event.
You can also order print copies of the Observer with details below.
We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what viewers came and left. In particular this week we look at the post-WrestleMania, as well as first looks at Tough Enough, Ultimate Fighter, Hall of Fame show and more.
We also have our usual weekly features with results of the major arena shows from around the world, and the major TV show rundowns and reviews.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
-- Linda McMahon here says she's considering another Senate run but has not made a final decision yet.
-- Still no word on Perro Aguayo Jr. They're still waiting to see if the tumor they removed last week is cancerous.
-- Upcoming WWE PPV dates: TLC is December 18th in Philly, Royal Rumble is January 29th, 2012 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, and February 19th is Elimination Chamber from Hartford, CT.
-- Sal Hamaoui on Figure Four Daily said that while it's not announced officially, they've already secured buildings for two Dragon Gate shows on WrestleMania weekend 2012.
-- Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz and Jake Ellenberger vs. Sean Pierson are the featured fights for the one-hour Spike TV prelims show prior to UFC in Toronto on April 30th.
-- More on Andre Davis, the wrestler who worked independents the last few years while HIV-positive, is up here.
-- Steven writes: I forgot to email you that they played Edge's theme song in between innings on Tuesday night at the Chicago White Sox game. Not sure how newsworthy that is but thought it was interesting. He must have a fan in the booth or maybe A.J. Pierzynski got it played.
-- Keith Lipinski is hosting a King of Trios free pre-show free this coming Friday. You can check it out by clicking here.
-- It's fixed now, but TNA misspelled "RVD" on his T-shirt page on the website earlier today.
-- WWE returns to the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky on July 30th, 2011 at 7:30 PM.
-- Jim Ross' latest blog is up here.
-- Christopher Daniels will be Mark Schlemmer’s radio guest on WONE in Dayton, OH today at 4:20 ET. You can listen live at www.wone.com. Daniels also did an interview with Nudge from WXEG in Dayton. The complete interview will be posted here: http://www.wxeg.com/pages/nudge.html. Highlights of the interview will be aired on Nudge’s show tonight.
-- Austin Aries talks Jon Moxley, who he faces at next Tuesday's EVOLVE show in Moxley's last match before going to WWE, here.
-- Val Venis cuts a wrestling-style promo on John Morrison that I guess is supposed to be a shoot here.
-- UFC announced Diego Sanchez vs. Andrew McInnes, Ryan Hall vs. Jorge Britto and Fabio Holanda vs. Nolan Dutch for the Grappler's Quest event at the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto on April 29th and 30th. The former two are first-round four-man tourney matches and the latter is a superfight. Fabio is the head trainer of Brazilian Top Team Montreal.
-- From the promoter: Legends of the Ring returns to NJ with their 12th installment of another can’t miss wrestling fanfest. Mark your calendars as on May 7th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Monroe, NJ LOTR will take place. LOTR is a pro wrestling fanfest and autograph extravaganza giving wrestling fans all over the globe the chance to meet dozens of wrestlers from all eras in one place at one time
-- Regarding University of MMA, which Todd Martin talked about on Figure Four Daily yesterday, here are the details of the first show: Named as a declaration on behalf of amateur MMA (mixed martial arts) fighters throughout California, the University of MMA (aka “The U”) will present its long-anticipated first stand-alone show on Sunday, April 17th, right in the heart of Tinseltown, at the legendary and majestic Avalon Hollywood. Doors open at 3:00pm, and First Fight at 4:00pm. Tickets are now on sale through the University of MMA website (www.UofMMA.com). “I’m very excited about this show. Southern California is one of the richest areas in the country for amateur MMA talent and we'll provide the best fighting environment for these mixed martial artists to develop and graduate on to the pros,” said University of MMA founder and promoter Turi Altavilla. University of MMA officials announced that matchmaking was in progress and well on track to showcase nine to twelve amateur MMA bouts, with fighters representing an array of Southern California teams such as Werdum Fight Team, Dynamix Martial Arts, West Coast Jiu Jitsu, PKG, Legends MMA, Team Quest, Bond Squad MMA, 10th Planet Burbank and Van Nuys, Sweet Science, and Destiny MMA.
-- The Eastern Wrestling Alliance returns to action this Saturday night, April 16, at the Christ’s Community Church at 103 Springfield Street in Chicopee, MA. The doors open at 7pm for this event with tickets available for $10 for adults and $7 for children under 10 years of age, with the action starting at 7:30pm.