The first night of the Friday night TV wars begins with four shows going head-to-head on Syfy, MTV 2, Epix, Spike and FX. Bellator and Smackdown to head-to-head at 8 p.m. Bellator is on MTV 2, as well as on Epix in HD, with Smackdown on Syfy.
To celebrate, Dave and I are going to be back with a special show tonight after all of the action.
Bellator tonight from Hammond, IN:
Prelims on Spike.com starting at 6 PM:
- Bobby Reardans (146) vs. Kenny Foster (145.6)
- Josh Shockley (165.8) vs. Shamar Bailey (164.6)
- Sean McCorkle (281) vs. Richard White (277.6)
- Travis Wiuff (214.8) vs. Anthony Gomez (213.8)
- Jake Nauracy (135.2) vs. Cory Galloway (136)
MTV 2 at 8 p.m.
- Jeremy Spoon (145.6) vs. Daniel Straus (144.8) in featherweight tournament first round
- Alexandre Bezerra (145.4) vs. Genair da Silva (149) in featherweight tournament first round however da Silva failed to make weight
- Ronnie Mann (145.6) vs. Mike Corey (145.4) in featherweight tournament first round
- Marlon Sandro (145.6) vs. Roberto Vargas (145.4) in featherweight tournament first round
- Joe Warren (145) vs. Pat Curran (144.8) for Bellator featherweight championship. Warren was a guest on Figure Four Daily last year and was awesome.
UFC's The Ultimate Fighter will have 16 live matches to get into the house starting at 9 p.m. on FX. Spike will be airing the best of The Ultimate Fighter from 9 p.m. to midnight with Kimbo Slice hosting the segments during and between episodes.
The Super Fight League from Mumbai, India will running on Youtube Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. Eastern time with this lineup:
- Lena Ovehynnikova vs. Snaja Sucevic
- Xaver Foupa-Pokam vs. Joey Guel
- Satish Jha vs. Jimmy Ambriz (former pro wrestler with New Japan)
- Lakwinder Sekhon vs. Madura Rathnayake
- Mohd Shahid vs. Mayura Dissanakyake
- Hardeep Singh vs. Jeff Bailey
- Chaitanyha Gavali vs. Tiran Thakshala
- Neil Natasadu vs. Travis Bell
- Bob Sapp vs. James Thompson
Most of the fighters involved are from either India or Sri Lanka.
Also tomorrow afternoon is Mirko Cro Cop's retirement fight from Croatia, a kickboxing match against Ray Sefo which airs at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Fight Now TV (Cablevision Ch. 464) and DirecTV PPV (Ch. 123 and Ch. 124). You can also get it here.
The card also has: Ivan Posavaec (19-4) vs. Rocky Fabjan (34-5) Stefan Jelicv (6-1) vs. Michael Duut (15-5) Pacome Assi (11-6) vs. Agron Preteni (56-10) Mladen Dynamite Kujundzic (8-3) vs. ? Dzevad Poturak (47-16) vs. Ismail Londt (27-3) Mladen Brestovac (36-8) vs. Mourad Bouzidi (65-15) Daniel Ghita (39-7) vs. Sergei Laschenko (29-9) Igor Jurkovic (29-3) vs. Freddy Kemayo (60-18).
Saturday has a Raw show in London, ONT, Smackdown in East Lansing, MI and TNA in Pikeville, KY. Sunday has Raw in Buffalo and Smackdown in Kalamazoo, MI. Raw will be live from Cleveland on Monday featuring a sing-off between Rock and John Cena, plus a head-to-head confrontation between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Columbus, OH.
-- Smackdown tonight has Randy Orton/Sheamus/Big Show vs. Miz/Cody Rhodes/Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre vs. Hornswaggle in a match to determine whether Drew gets re-hired, Santino defending the US Title against Jack Swagger in a cage match, Mark Henry vs. Zeke, Teddy Long vs. John Lauranitis (yes on free TV with no build, not that anyone would have paid for it anyway) and Primo & Epico vs. Truth & Kofi Kingston in a non-title match.
-- Edge's movie, Bending the Rules, debuts in less than a dozen theaters nationwide this weekend. A list of theaters and more on the film is up here. If anyone sees it, send a report. Edge looks like a better and more natural actor than any of the other WWE stars currently doing films, but it's always hard to tell much watching trailers.
-- More on the transgender person who allegedly stole $50,000 from a WWE bank account by hijacking routing numbers is up here. Bond is set at $50,000, so hopefully they saved the money.
-- Regarding the TV tonight, Gary writes: "In Canada, because Bellator’s contract is with The Score, and The Score broadcasts Smackdown on Friday nights, the shows will be airing instead on Saturday nights. TheScore will be streaming Bellator shows live on its website at thescore.ca (which I assume will be blocked outside Canada) -- that was part of their announcement of an "expanded programming partnership" a month ago.
"Normally, the shows will be broadcast Saturdays at 8pm, but because of NCAA basketball, this week's show won't be airing until 11pm on Saturday night. BTW, I think FX Canada is probably available in many places -- I imagine a lot of people don't know they get it, since it's new (tomorrow will be the first time I'll be watching it). I get it and I certainly don't have the most comprehensive cable package."
-- As noted on the front page last night, Joe Parks is, indeed, an unmasked Abyss playing his own brother. Took me three segments to figure that out. Someone else noted he looked like Dave Marquez of the NWA. I think Dave has a better forehead. Apparently a bunch of fans were tweeting about whether or not it was Abyss because "Abyss" ended up trending on Twitter during the show.
-- UFC announced that they'll be doing a Primetime series for the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans late April title bout.
-- 345 Games and Spike TV announced yesterday the upcoming summer release of a new video game, Bellator: MMA Onslaught.
-- I am featured here as the INTERESTING EXPERT OF THE WEEK~! Sadly, no tilde bang. Everything you ever wanted to know about how this website, newsletter, radio shows, etc., got started. Well, a little bit about it, at least.
-- This post claims to string together every lie Hulk Hogan has ever told. It's suspect as it's barely even scratched the surface, but it's a fun read nonetheless.
-- Dolph Ziggler talks WrestleMania, why the locker room is siding with John Cena, why he dyed his hair brown at one point and tons more here.
-- Lance Storm talks about Wrestling Retribution Project here.
-- New interview with Colt Cabana here.
-- Ted DiBiase on his injury: "Update: torn ligament and small break, but NO torn tendon which means no surgery! Again, thank you all for your encouragement!" That poor guy needs all the encouragement he can get these days.
-- CW Anderson joins MLW Radio for part 1 of his conversation with Mister Saint Laurent about his career starting from being a top Major League Baseball prospect all the way to dominating Major League Wrestling. They talk Extreme Horsemen, MLW, his experiences with Ole and Arn Anderson, training at the WCW Powerplant, JJ Dillon, Paul Heyman, ECW and not getting paid for 6 months, crazy story behind his famous "I Quit Match" with Tommy Dreamer and more. You can also search iTunes for MLW Radio.
-- Next Urban Wrestling Federation show debuts March 25th with RUTHLESS REVENGE~!
-- We've got a great interview with Konnan and Dr. Lucha up for members right now with tons of scoops from CMLL and AAA.
-- Many have noted that the John Cena garden gnomes are not for sale on WWE.com right now. Hopefully, they sold out after Monday. There are, however, Rock garden gnomes. I suspect that'll be mentioned Monday as well.
-- UFC on Fuel 2 on April 14th (no big shows from UFC or Strikeforce until then) has Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva, Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann, Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago, Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver, DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire, and Damacio Page vs. Brad Pickett.
-- Shawn Michaels noted that he paid a visit to WWE LEGEND HOUSE. Can't wait for that. I wonder if the wrestlers are sequestered away with no access to cell phones or the Internet. And, if that's the case, how many would notice?
-- Who do you expect to win this fight?
Benson Henderson 53.0%
Frankie Edgar 47.0%
What was the biggest news story in February?
Diaz tests positive for marijuana, suspended, no Condit rematch 31.4%
Vince Russo quits TNA 19.2%
Rock-Cena confrontation on Raw- ratings don't increase 13.5%
Mania 2013 in New Jersey 7.6%
New Japan sold to Bushiroad 7.1%
UFC sells out in Saitama, Japan, Henderson beats Edgar to win title 5.7%
Undertaker vs. HHH made Hell in a Cell 4.8%
Condit beats Diaz 3.9%
Okada beats Tanahashi to win IWGP title 3.0%
Condit vs. Diaz does 410,000 buys 2.1%
GSP offers to vacate title to get a shot at Diaz 1.6%
Second All Together Now show 0.2%
What is the biggest event left this month?
Ultimate Fighter live debut 39.6%
TNA Victory Road 16.6%
All Japan 3-20 Sumo Hall Muto vs. Akiyama 14.3%
AAA Rey de Reyes 9.7%
ROH 3-31 6.5%
Dragon Gate USA 3-30 4.9%
Bellator debut 3.6%
ROH 3-30 3.6%
Dragon Gate USA 3-31 1.3%
Who should win: Rock or Cena?
Cena clean 38.4%
Rock clean 36.7%
60 minute draw 7.8%
Rock via outside interference to give Cena a new program 7.0%
Cena via outside interference to set up a Rock match 5.3%
No contest, join forces against 2 heels 3.1%
Double count out or double DQ 1.3%
Rock via DQ 0.4%
Cena via DQ 0.1%
-- Federation of Elite Wrestlers (F.E.W.) Presents: "Family FEWD" Saturday, March 10, 2012, The FIGHT House 2250 Pennsylvania St (isn't that the address of the White House?) Fort Wayne. IN Doors open at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Bell time. Sunny will be there.
-- FUNDRAISER for the YMCA of Salem County. East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Sat, Mar 10th, 2012 YMCA of Salem County 204 Shell Road Carney’s Point, NJ 08069 PHONE: 856-299-1493. Yes, Carney's Point.
-- From the promoter: "The UWC returns to the Browns Mills Fire House in Browns Mills, New Jersey (a half hour from Philadelphia) this Saturday at 7 PM for the UWC's 14th Anniversary Show! As part of this big celebration, it will be Fan Appreciation Night where the fans can pick some of the matches! Matches already announced include a UWC Tag Team Title Match as the Secret Society defend the titles against the Party Rockers with fans picking the special stipulation, a battle of the big men as Biggie Biggs battles X-Ray Stevens with the fans picking the special referee, and a UWC TV title match where The Ripper will defend against the fans' choice! Tickets are $10 and $8, priced affordably for families, and the UWC provides great family-friendly entertainment with no blood, no weapons, and no cursing, so we hope you can make it out!"
-- The latest edition of FSW High Octane is now available. This week's show features a huge main event. A 3 way match for the FSW Elite Title, featuring Willie Mack, Shaun Ricker, and Brandon Gatson. Also see Michael Modest, Funny Bone, Enemies of the State and more.