Smackdown is tonight from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT with John Laurinaitis as General Manager.This Week's Observer: Double Issue featuring WrestleMania build, Rock/Cena & Punk/Jericho promos
Tuesday's News, Notes & Links
-- Dave will have more details in tomorrow's Observer, but the Rousey vs. Tate show on Saturday night did 431,000 viewers, up about 25% from the last show, but far from the most-watched Strikeforce show in history.
-- UFC on FX 2 did approximately 1.4 million viewers on Friday night.
-- New issue of Figure Four Weekly is out right now for members with stories on the rise of Ronda Rousey, the ROH 10th Anniversary show, WrestleMania changes and updates, UFC on FX 2, Rock vs. Cena, all the TV reviews from the past week and more. It's available both in text format to read on the web and also as a full-color illustrated eight-page PDF, which looks great on the iPad and other tablets, plus it can be printed out to be read elsewhere. Check it out on the front page if you haven't recently.
-- Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem for the UFC Heavyweight title has been added to the Memorial Day weekend UFC event in Las Vegas. Edson Barboza vs. Evan Dunham is the semi-main at this point.
-- Not surprisingly, Brandon Saling's license has been revoked by Ohio and New Jersey following an investigation Monday into his fight application. Saling, who was covered with (to put it mildly) questionable tattoos, is also a registered sex offender and has a domestic violence charge from 2008. He fought Saturday night on the Strikeforce show and this all came out after the fight.
-- Smackdown tonight has Randy Orton vs. Kane as the main event.
-- The next live Smackdown is listed as taking place on April 10th, according to the Syfy website.
-- UFC Tonight on FUEL this evening has an interview with Ian McCall about his fight this past weekend, the forced Chael Sonnen apology to Anderson Silva, plus Faber and Cruz previewing the new live season of Ultimate Fighter that kicks off this Friday.
-- PWInsider is reporting that since the WWE Network is being delayed until, well, God knows when, WWE Classics on Demand will continue indefinitely. Originally it was going to be dropped from most every cable system by WrestleMania. That means tonight, on Bryan & Vinny, more CLASSICS ON DEMAND~!
-- Michael writes: D"uring the CM Punk, Sheamus, Jericho, and Bryan match on RAW tonight, the ticker at the bottom of the screen said "Edge in "Breaking the Rules" - in theaters this Friday!" Except, as the little icon of the movie poster reminded us, the movie is called BENDING the Rules."
-- Rampage Jackson went raging on Twitter last night, writing that he was going to fight one more time for UFC and then be done, not with fighting, just with the organization itself, which he referred to as, get this,"U FIGHT CHEAP". Oh yeah. I don't think this was drunk tweeting so my proposed breathalyzer app wouldn't have stopped this one. This one, no app would have prevented. Between this and his Fighters Only interview celebrating feeling like a 25-year-old again with his TRT prescription from an anti-aging doctor, it has been a fascinating week for this guy.
-- James notes: "All kinds of ads for Ring of Honor ‘this weekend,’ on the local CBS affiliate in Albany, NY."
-- Tickets for UFC on FOX 3 with Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller headlining go on sale this Friday, with the Fight Club pre-sale start Wednesday. Show takes place on May 5th from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
-- ROH has a two-disc Bryan Danielson best-of DVD, which I would bet is just about the most awesome DVD of the last several months, up for sale here.
-- Two different shows up today with Whitney from itapboys.com talking Rousey vs. Tate. Her pre-fight prediction, which was dead-on, is up on Stevie J's show here, and her post-fight appearance on the Wombat Sports (Women's Combat) podcast is up here.
What show Friday are you going to watch live?
Ultimate Fighter 27.3%
Spike's Best of Ultimate Fighter 3.8%
Who do you consider the biggest star in Strikeforce?
Ronda Rousey 63.8%
Josh Barnett 19.4%
Gilbert Melendez 12.1%
Miesha Tate 1.8%
Luke Rockhold 1.3%
Daniel Cormier 0.7%
King Mo 0.7%
Gegard Mousasi 0.2%
What was the best fight so far this year?
Tate vs. Rousey 44.4%
Henderson vs. Edgar 29.7%
Kaufman vs. Davis 14.4%
Ellenberger vs. Sanchez 11.5%
Who would you most like to see on the WWE main roster?
Dean Ambrose 36.6%
Seth Rollins 30.9%
Richie Steamboat 13.7%
Husky Harris 10.7%
Xavier Woods 2.3%
Sofia Cortez 2.2%
Raquel Diaz 2.0%
Damien Sandow 0.8%
Leo Kruger 0.8%
-- 3XWrestling, an Iowa-based pro wrestling program filmed in Des Moines and other Iowa locations, can be seen every Saturday at 6 p.m. on KWKB ch. 20 (eastern Iowa CW affiliate) and every Monday at 1:30 a.m. on KCWI ch 23 (central Iowa). Episodes will also be available here and here after they are broadcast on television.
-- On Saturday, March 10, the Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) is back in Portland, OR for Rumble @ The Roseland 62. The FCFF is bringing three outstanding Title Fights including the return of Josh Bartlett the 185-pound FCFF Champion and FCFF veteran Heavyweight fighter: Damion Martindale. The FCFF is still buzzing off the excitement of their January event, in which the FCFF celebrated 10 years in business with a blowout, sellout event. The FCFF is the premiere cage fighting organization in the Northwest; Inside MMA (television show) coined the FCFF the as the “Golden Gloves of MMA.” Fighters are making their way from four states to compete on March 10th at Rumble @ The Roseland 62. Do not miss it! Tickets are on sale at Tickets West (Safeway) and at the door of the Roseland Theater starting at 6pm with the fights beginning at 7pm. This show will be airing live at gofightlive.tv. I went to the last show and it was awesome.
-- FSW returns to the FSW Arena, 6658 Boulder Highway, in Las Vegas, this Sunday, March 11th, 5pm, for a star studded show featuring 2 big title matches. FSW Champ Alkatrazz defends against Leon Hater, and FSW Tag Champs Reno Scum defend against FSW Arizona Champion Tyson Tyler & Johnny The Bull. Also scheduled, Michael Modest, Brandon Gatson, Von Dooms, Alofa the Samoan Tank and more.