By Bryan Alvarez
Tonight's Ultimate Fighter has two more quarterfinal matches with Chris Saunders (Team Faber) vs. Vinc Pichel (Team Cruz) and Andy Ogle (Team Faber) vs. Al Iaquinta (Team Faber). The two winners will have to fight again this coming Friday night.
Bellator tonight from Lake Charles, LA
Mark Holata (250.6) vs. Abe Wagner (248.8)
Josh Burns (206) vs. Richard Hale (205.5)
Andrew Koreshkov (170.8) vs. Derrick Krantz (170.8)
Booker Arthur (145.4) vs. Shannon Slack (146)
E.J. Brooks (156) vs. Kalvin Hackney (156)
Josh Quayhagen (158.2) vs. Cliff Wright (155.6) - Quayhagen failed to make weight
MTV 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Kevin Asplund (239) vs. Ron Sparks (264.6)
Jessica Aguilar (115.6) vs. Megumi Fujii (116)
David Rickels (170.6) vs. Karl Amoussou (170) in the welterweight tournament semifinals
Maiquel Falcao (186) vs. Andreas Spang (185.8) in the middleweight tournament final, winner faces Alexander Shlemenko for the vacant title later this year
Saturday we're looking for reports from the WWE dual brand house show in Florence, SC and the ROH house show in Richmond, VA (Jay Briscoe vs. Charlie Haas Uncensored match, Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs, Briscoes vs. Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin, Eddie Edwards vs. Mike Bennett, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Adam Cole, Jay Lethal vs. Mike Mondo, Chris Silvio & Paredyse vs. Jeff Early & Zak Hilton).
Saturday's big event is Strikeforce from the HP Pavilion in San Jose
James Terry (11-4) vs. Bobby Green (17-5)
Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific
Quinn Mulhern (17-2) vs. Yuri Villefort (6-0)
Gian Villante (9-3) vs. Derrick Mehmen (12-4)
Virgil Zwicker (10-2) vs. Carlos Inocente (5-0)
J.Z. Cavalcante (18-4-1, 2 no contests) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (12-3-1)
Showtime a 10 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Pacific
Nah-Shon Burrell (8-1) vs. Chris Spang (4-1)
Rafael Feijao Cavalcante (11-3) vs. Mike Kyle (19-8-1, 1 no contest)
Gilbert Melendez (20-2) vs. Josh Thomson (19-4, 1 no contest) for lightweight title 5 rounds
Josh Barnett (31-5) vs. Daniel Cormier (9-0) in heavyweight Grand Prix 5 rounds
The only major event on the agenda on Sunday is WWE's Over the Limit PPV from Raleigh:
Zack Ryder vs. Kane
John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis, no DQ, no count out, if Laurinaitis loses he's fired
C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan for WWE title
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio for World title
R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler for tag titles
Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for Divas title
Raw will be live on Monday in Richmond, VA.
Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Bad things happen in Wilkes-Barre.
-- TMZ is reporting that John Cena's wife is attempting to get his divorce petition thrown out.
-- While WWE is claiming the three-hour Raw switch is "permanent", there are people within the company who believe things will be back to normal by the end of the year, whether that be because the first hour is dropped or it moves to the proposed WWE Network or it becomes simply a recap pre-show to build to the 9 PM hour. All of this, obviously, is subject to constant change. But one important thing to note is that a permanent 5 PM start time would dramatically affect any west coast tapings, as Los Angeles shows, for example, would have to start at 4:30 PM on a work day, which would be a complete nightmare. Pretty much every single person we talked to in WWE over the last day or so has expressed complete dread at this move.
-- Ashley Flair, Ric's daughter, has signed with WWE. She's been training for awhile now. Not sure if one has to do with the other, but this comes on the heels of Ric Flair no-showing TNA house shows last weekend, and he wasn't at TV this week either.
-- Brooke Hogan, as noted on the front page, has been signed by TNA to take on the role that Karen Jarrett vacated, Head of Knockout Law or whatever it was. She's got a really tough act to follow aside from the obvious issues of being Hulk Hogan's daughter with no pro-wrestling experience to speak of. She debuts May 31st on the first of the new live summer series for TNA. So yes, no experience on live television.
-- Urijah Faber's opponent for July 7th will be announced live on Ultimate Fighter tonight.
-- Gabe Sapolsky on his Facebook after being sent a cease-and-desist from ROH lawyers: You stop yourself from saying something 1000 times, but the one time you take 30 seconds and write something out of anger it blows up beyond your imagination. If you are reading this the bottom line is all you really care about is great wrestling, good storylines and something compelling. We had two awesome EVOLVE shows last weekend. Jon Davis stepped up and put in the best weekend of his career. AR Fox showed why we called him the "#1 draft pick" last year with three very different, amazing matches. Low Ki proved why he is now an esteemed veteran. El Generico made his case for being among the elite in the world. Sami Callihan and Ricochet both proved why they are at the top of the list of today's new stars. Johnny Gargano was a Champion in every sense of the word, including giving a 5th grader and her family a memory they will always cherish. The list goes on and on with Samuray Del Sol, Jigsaw, Chuck Taylor, Silas Young all delivering and everyone on the undercard doing their part. Our staff of Ivan, Bryan, Sean and Brandon among others, led by Sal, worked tirelessly to put on those two memorable events and great iPPV streams. I took the attention away from all that by losing my cool for a moment and lashing out with profanity. I can't make any promises in the future, but I'll remember this lesson. I ended up doing the last thing I wanted to do - take the attention off the wrestling that we all care about.
-- We have full NXT at Full Sail University taping results on the front page. They taped a month's worth of shows and that was too long for fans to sit there with almost exclusively developmental talent. Tyler Black debuted on the show as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose worked a dark match. Sean Waltman was backstage at the show and they announced Dusty Rhodes as new Commissioner.
-- Interesting, all the Memorial Day heavyweight fighters (Junior Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velaquez and Bigfoot Silva) are all picking Daniel Cormier to beat Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce World Grand Prix tournament tomorrow. Last I checked, Barnett is a very slight favorite. I'm picking Barnett but wouldn't be surprised at all if Cormier beat him.
-- The Dixie/AJ video from last night is up here.
-- Barnett today said, "I don't care what people say. I see my experience as being the biggest advantage in this fight. All that experience comes with all the years of training and all the fights I've had and all the different opponents, (basically) all the times I've been in the ring as a pro wrestler, as a fighter. Experience is a pretty easy word to throw around. But I don't think it’s as simple to just say experience. I have to believe ultimately in everything I do and everything I possess. So it’s the same as before and the same that it’s always going to be."
-- Smackdown tonight has Sheamus vs. Randy Orton, CM Punk vs. Kane, Santino vs. Cody Rhodes with neither title on the line, Daniel Bryan vs. Zack Ryder, Truth & Kofi vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young, and Damien Sandow booked versus Yoshi Tatsu.
-- Gunner signed a new three-year deal with TNA.
-- For those going to the Vegas Convention, our own Peachmachine will be competing in the Grappler's Quest tournament on Friday. I believe his weight class starts at 11 AM, and the open weight is at 1 PM.
-- "Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur", the company's next iPPV spectacular, takes place Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 Live at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA! Streaming live, worldwide via GFL.tv! Doors = 6:00 pm :: Belltime = 7:00 pm
-- What do you think of Raw going to three hours?
Positive move 7.8%
Negative move 84.9%
Makes no difference 7.3%
What do you think of Impact going live?
Positive move 45.8%
Negative move 5.4%
Makes no difference 48.8%
Would you be more likely to watch Bellator if it airs after Impact?
Don't watch Impact, won't watch Bellator 28.5%
Will probably watch at the beginning more, pick and choose based on fights from there 20.1%
Won't watch Bellator no matter what the time slot 17.6%
Watch Bellator, will continue to 12.0%
Don't watch Impact, will watch Bellator in that time slot 8.1%
Watch Impact, but won't watch Bellator 7.5%
Rarely watch Bellator, would more often in that time slot 5.3%
Watch it now, will stop watching if it's on Thursday 0.8%
Can Brian Stann vs. Hector Lombard do a 2.0 rating?
If Ronda Rousey fights Cyborg, will it set the Showtime ratings record?
No, because MMA has cooled off since Carano vs. Cyborg 26.4%
Not a record, but will come close to a record 23.5%
No, because Rousey won't have the drawing power Carano had 18.0%
-- Chael Sonnen dances and attempts to spell "Trina" with "TNA" here.
-- Front row tickets for the next SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES events will go on sale at http://www.shimmerwrestling.com/ this Sunday, May 20th, at 6pm Central time. Front row seating typically sells out very quickly once the tickets go on sale (sometimes within a matter of hours), so be sure to pick them up on Sunday night if you are interested in front row seating for the events. Instructions to purchase front row tickets will be posted on the web site at that time.
-- Christian makes a guest appearance at the FCW show tonight, Orlando Armory 2809 S. Ferncreek Drive, Orlando, FL 32856.
-- MVP sat down with former WWE Creative Exec and MLW Exec Producer Court Bauer for part 1 of his conversation on MLW Radio talking about how his (almost) run in MLW, how he signed with WWE, Chris Benoit & Undertaker mentoring him and how that experience was, WWE's locker room, and a huge WrestleMania bump the office banned him from doing. You can listen to the show here.
-- Pro Wrestling Phoenix runs our 7th Anniversary show this Saturday 5/19 at the National Guard Armory in Council Bluffs, IA.
-- Brodus Clay did a fun interview with CBS Radio's Chad Dukes, of 106.7 the Fan DC. He tells an awesome story about John Cena helping him get on the show. Check it out here.
-- Inside MMA will talk exclusively to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Shane Carwin live on Monday, May 21st in his first broadcast interview since back surgery last year.