WED. UPDATE: Ratings, new UFC sponsor, Upcoming shows, ROH signings,Monday's TV shows,Mania viewing

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        Spike has UFC all day today with episodes of Unleashed from 4-9 p.m. as the lead in for week two of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, which airs tonight at 9 p.m., 11 p.m. and midnight.
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        We also look at the business records for WrestleMania, looking at where the show stands including a list of every WWE show in history that has topped 60,000 in attendance, which numbers were real, faked or papered, as well as the 25 biggest gates in North American pro wrestling and MMA history including figures that have never been reported up to this point.  We also look at who has drawn the most top 25 gates in history.  We also have a listing of the wrestlers who have had the most match time in the history of WrestleMania.
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--Gran Alternative tournament
--Coverage of the Dragon Gate USA weekend
--A look at iPPV for the company and why it may save the promotion
--We look at the storylines and explanation of the Austin Aries deal
--Biggest Japan show of the week
--Brother of one of the biggest stars of this generation passes away
--One of the big feuds of 1988 returns in a match in a few weeks
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--Chris Jericho on Dancing with the Stars update
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--The legend of a show that drew 110,000 fans
--Former WCW PPV draw goes into a different Hall of Fame
--More on Sir Oliver Humperdink
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--Annual King of Trios tournament
--Swerve gets caught
--Larry Zbyszko on Chris Jericho
--German promotion comes to the U.S. with its best workers
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--First man in history ever named to the Lou Thesz and Glen Brand wrestling Halls of Fame
--Ric Flair at WrestleMania
--Kurt Angle's latest weekend on twitter
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--Gina Carano update
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--In the weekly prime time ratings on cable, USA was No. 1 again this past week at 2.3, ahead of Disney in second at 1.8 in prime time.  Syfy is No. 16 at 0.9 while Spike is No. 24 at 0.6.  Raw last week was No. 5 and No. 9, behind two episodes of Pawn Stars, American Pickers and the Kids Choice Awards.  It was No. 6 and No. 8 in 18-34 and No. 5 and No. 8 in 18-49.
--UFC announced a renewal of its Bud Lite sponsorship for "multi-years."  They will increase from two to four per year as the main sponsor on PPV shows.  They also sponsor a 9/17 show on Spike where UFC runs from New Orleans. 
--The 6/26 UFC show on Versus is confirmed coming from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, the company's debut in the city.
--MTV Tres debuts Impact weekly at 11 p.m. Friday nights staring this week.   
--ROH announced signings of Rhett Titus, ring announcer Bobby Cruise, referee Todd Sinclair and wrestler Michael Elgin.
--On Fox Sports in Australia, the top rated shows on the stations of the past week included Smackdown at No. 41 with 36,000 viewers on Fox8, and Raw at No. 50 with 33,000 viewers. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk) 
--Bryan and I will be back with Observer radio tonight.  Since WrestleMania is over, we'll be back to doing questions on any subject pro wrestling or MMA related and you can send them in for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Also heard today's Figure Four show with Joe Warren was great. 
--The WWE Hall of Fame special will air again at 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. Eastern on Saturday/Sunday on Universal HD.  Tough Enough will air at 8 p.m. and Raw and Smackdown also air.  So WWE programming runs from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday/Sunday on the station.
--USA replays Tough Enough at 1 a.m. late Saturday night and 9 a.m. on Sunday, as well as Noon on Monday (thanks to Michael Langan and Mike Lamont)
--Cody Rhodes talks video games at
--Jackie Haas, a winner of season two of Tough Enough as Jackie Gayda, will be doing a weekly blog on the show at  
--How many people did you watch WrestleMania with
Nobody 33.9%
1 other 17.2%
2 others 10.0%
3 others 9.1%
4 others 7.3%
5 others 5.5%
6 others 3.1%
7 others 2.0%
8 others 1.9%
9 others 1.6%
10 others 1.9%
11 or more 6.7%
--Was this year's WrestleMania better than last year's show?
Yes 22.6%
No 77.4%
--Did the show help or hurt WWE going forward
Helped 14.1%
Hurt 42.0%
Made no difference 43.9%
--What match disappointed you the most at Mania?
Bryan vs. Sheamus being off the show 41.7%
Cena vs. Miz 31.2%
Lawler vs. Cole 15.6%
8 man tag 3.6%
Edge vs. Del Rio 3.4%
Undertaker vs. HHH 2.1%
6 person mixed tag 1.4%
Orton vs. Punk 0.7%
Rhodes vs. Mysterio 0.5%
--Poll on Hall of Fame show
Excellent 8.1%
Good 34.0%
Average 21.1%
Fair 12.9%
Poor 23.9%
        26.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on final ROH show on HDNet
Excellent 73.1%
Good 17.3%
Average 1.9%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 7.7%
        70.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on debut of Tough Enough
Excellent 38.3%
Good 48.6%
Average 7.9%
Fair 2.3%
Poor 2.8%
        23.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 10.5%
Good 40.4%
Average 27.0%
Fair 8.8%
Poor 13.3%
        6.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--A story I'm sure everyone is thrilled to hear.  Jason Ellis was on Howard Stern this morning and mentioned that he had sex with Chyna.  He said the only reason he did it was for the experience of doing it with someone with bigger arms than he has. Couldn't he have at least pulled Kirstie Alley?  He claimed Chyna told him he was bigger than HHH.  Nice to see she's over him.
--CHIKARA has announced a Rey de Voladores (King of Fliers) on 4/16 and 4/17 in conjunction with the three night King of Trios from 4/15 to 4/17 in Philadelphia at the Arena.  Zack Sabre Jr. and Pinkie Sanchez are in the tournament.
--Top Rope Promotions has its 30th anniversary show as an iPPV on Sunday night and will include appearances by Scott Hall, Spike Dudley and Ox Baker, plus Scott 2 Hotty, Tommaso Ciampa and Colin Delaney will wrestle and there will be an eight-man ladder match.  It's on
--NWA Subtle Hustle on 4/23 in Jacksonville, FL at Sin City featuring The Sheik vs. Colt Cabana for the NWA world heavyweight title, Briscoes vs. Dark City Fight Club for NWA tag titles, Craig Classic defends the NWA jr. title against Lince Dorado and Kyle Matthews vs. Christopher Gray, winner gets a jr. title shot.
--A story on Luke Robinson, a favorite in Tough Enough, is at
--A claim that WWE wrestlers weren't happy with Snooki is at   
--Candice Michelle, Lilian Garcia and Torrie Wilson will be doing Tough Enough commentaries after the shows on Monday nights at
--"Canvasman," a documentary on Robbie Ellis, airs on 5/12 at 10 p.m. on Maine Public Broadcasting Network.  They will have an interview with Ellis at 9:30 p.m. followed by the documentary.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling on iPPV tonight for $4.99 at features Jimmy Jacobs, Bull Pain, Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher vs. Bump N Uglies in a barbed wire tacks, tables and ladders match, and Corporal Robinson & 2 Tuff Tony & Rhino vs. Beyer Wellington & Haters.  Sabu, Rob Conway and U-Gene are also scheduled.  A story on the sow is at
--Austin Aries vs. Jon Moxley takes place on the Evolve 7 show on 4/19 in Manhattan, NY at B.B. Kings Clues Club & Grill in Times Square.  It will be Moxley's final match with the promotion before going to WWE.
--NWA All-Star Wrestling on Saturday night in Lebanon, VA at the Russell County Conference Center.
--Akira Tozawa headlines for Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 8/30 in Council Bluffs, IA.
--Pro Wrestling Blitz from Saturday night in Joliet, IL:  Mike Horning b Ryan Slade, Death Waking Terror b Nerds, Sparrow b Tokyo Twin Yu, Brandon Blaze b Zack Thompson, Justin Dredd b Tony Rican, Jimmy Rockwell b Tokyo Twin Mi-DQ, Tony Scarpone b Dysfunction, Ego Fantastico b Hardcore Craig-DQ (thanks to Steve Stone)
--NWS on Friday night in Edison, NJ at the High School Gym with Sal Sincere and Nick Dinsmore, Saturday night in Atco, NJ at the Assumption School Gym with Sal Sincere, Nick Dinsmore and Gene Snitsky and Sunday in New Castle, DE at the Nur Shrine Temple.
--Canadian Wrestling Elite on 4/8 in Winnipeg at the Maples Community Center
--Jimmy Snuka appears as the guest m.c. for the Colossal Tussle on Saturday night at the 3-2 Count Gym in Freehold, NJ, headlined by Mo Sexton vs. Josh Daniels in a 15 round Iron man match. 
 --CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 2,500 fans:  Stigma & Asturiano b Sauron & Akron, Loco Max & Hooligan & Tigre Blanco b Starman & Black Tiger & Angel Azteca Jr., Rush & Toscano & Black Warrior b Felino & Okumura & Negro Casas, Strongman & La Mascara & Maximo b Hector Garza & Volador Jr. & Hirooki Goto, Ultimo Guerrero b Mr. Niebla to retain CMLL world heavyweight title (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--Next WSU iPPV is 6/25 from the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ featuring a 25 man Rumble Battle Royal, Mercedes Martinez vs. Brittney Savage, Nikki Roxx vs. Serena Deeb and more.
--Saturday night in Morelos:  Canelo Casas won Elimination match, Maximito & Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeno Olimpico & Pierrothito, Dalis la Caribena & Dark Angel b Amapola & Princesa Blanca, Scorpio Jr. & Averno & Mephisto b La Mascara & Mascara Dorada & Toscano, Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero b Felino & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Juan Sanchez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for photos of Jimmy Snuka, Honky Tonk Man, Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine, Kevin Nash & Scott Hall & Sean Waltman in the NWO, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Nasty Boys and Diamond Dallas Page.     
--Tom Prichard has a three-day seminar from 5/20 to 5/22 at the IWF Wrestling School in Woodland Park, NJ,
--Ed Loredo talks WresteleMania weekend experience at
--Pro Wrestling is scheduled every Thursday night at the Pit Pro Wrestling Training School just outside of Hollywood, CA.  Rocky Romero appears on the 4/14 show.
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling's third anniversary show on 4/9 in Selkirk, Manitoba at the Memorial Hall 
--Kelley Renee vs. T.J. Cunanan in a women's fight headlines a Greg Jackson show in Albuquerque at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on 4/9, that also includes Julie Kedzie vs. Kaitlin Young, who both have losses to Gina Carano.

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