SAT. UPDATE: Hall hospitalized; Angle pleads guilty; The new Strikeforce; Post-Mania reaction



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We're also looking for reports from last night's TNA house show in Cleveland and tonight's TNA show in Rostraver, PA at the Ice Arena, as well as tomorrow night's show in Moundsville, WV at the John Marshall Fieldhouse.
Strikeforce tonight from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, which airs at 10 p.m. live on Showtime:
Prelims:
Casey Ryan (185) vs. Paul Song (184.4)
Rolando Perez (140) vs. Edgar Cardenas (139)
Herman Terrado (170.5) vs. A.J. Matthews (171)
Joe Duarte (155.4) vs. Saad Awad (155.5)
Virgil Zwicker (222.4) vs. Brett Albee (218.5)
Robert Peralta (144.5) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (144.5)
Live fights on Showtime
Shinya Aoki (155) vs. Lyle Beerbohm (155.5)
Gegard Mousasi (205.5) vs. Keith Jardine (205)
Gilbert Melendez (154.8) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (154.2) for the Strikeforce lightweight title
Nick Diaz (169.8) vs. Paul Daley (169.4) for the Strikeforce welterweight title
We will have live coverage of the show tonight.  The arena we're told is not Internet friendly so we may not be able to post live, but the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.  If we can't post live, Mike Coughlin will be posting live with the TV portion at 10 p.m.
Bellator runs live tonight from Newkirk, OK on MTV 2 starting at 9 p.m.
Michael Chandler (155) vs. Lloyd Woodard (155) in the lightweight tournament semifinals
Jay Hieron (170.5) vs. Brent  Weedman (170.2) in the welterweight tournament semifinals
Ben Askren (170.6) vs. Nick Thompson (170.8) in a non-title match
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--Scott Hall was hospitalized after his "performance" last night in Fall River, MA, claimed to be due t heart issues.  He was a complete mess (check story put up earlier today) at the show and had to nearly be carried to and from the ring, and also fell asleep during his autograph session and couldn't even sign his name.  He was hospitalized earlier in the week as well.  Regarding reports he was hospitalized for an overdose earlier in the week, that we can't confirm, only that he was hospitalized, and that he was a complete mess the night before his hospitalization.
--It was a completely different atmosphere at the Strikeforce weigh-ins yesterday.  Paul Daley was yelling at Nick Diaz, and they had a pull-apart, but aside from that, it's very clear the idea that UFC and Strikeforce are separate competing companies is as silly as it sounded when it was first said.  A number of reporters who were regulars at Strikeforce for years were refused credentials (Josh Gross, Loretta Hunt, everyone from the Sherdog web site) just as they are not credentialed for UFC.  You could have seen that one coming.  There is a transition.  Several of the key people in the old WEC promotion were noticeable including former VP Peter Dropick, who has been moved to a position overseeing Strikeforce, as well as Reed Harris (WEC G.M.), Dave Sholler (WEC head of communications) and Sean Shelby (WEC matchmaker) were there.  I was told there would be no changes as far as running a show that would be evident tonight.  After tonight, Strikeforce won't be running another show until mid-June, at which point they are going to constantly run.  The number we were given was 17 shows between June and March.
--Repeats of "Tough Enough" aired on both E! and Bravo over the past few days.
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--Kurt Angle pleaded guilty yesterday on reckless driving charges from the incident in North Dakota on the tour last week.  Angle was fined $475, given one year unsupervised probation and a ten day suspended sentence.  In the case, which Angle did not appear at, it was revealed he did fail a blood alcohol test with an 0.83, slightly over the 0.80 legal limit.
--Trish Stratus was on the Dave LaGreca show on Sirius radio.  She was asked about John Morrison and very politely buried him, saying he was a talented wrestler but questioned his decision making.  She noted he wasn't interested in discussing spots with her, and after, when she went to hug him, he kind of blew her off and gave her the cold shoulder.  Several of the women in the promotion weren't happy because the originally planned muliti-person women's match was canceled, leaving a few women (Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Bella Twins) to do skits, and only LayCool to have a match.  This led to heat on Trish Stratus and Snooki because of the idea they took spots that women who had worked all year could have had.  Melina, Morrison's girlfriend, fits into that picture.  The crazy part of this is the women who weren't on the show lost their spot due to the timing issue, not because Stratus and Snooki were booked, and if they would have done it, it was Kelly Kelly and probably Eve Torres, not Melina, a heel, who were "victimized" by Stratus & Snooki being there (well, Kelly for sure, since Snooki got her original spot).  Sometimes I wonder about the IQ of people like that.  You get mad at people asked to be on the show instead of the people who made the decision to ask them?  Look, I get why people are upset and they've got every right to be.  But don't take it out on people who didn't make those decisions.  Is anyone home?  This reminded me of when Bill Goldberg was there in 2003 and Vince McMahon signed him to a contract for eight dates per month max, and a lot of the talent and even people in the officer got mad at Goldberg because he was making more money than almost anyone working eight dates per month. 
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--Chris Jericho appears on "That Metal Show" on VH-1 Classics tonight. 
--Dwayne Johnson will be on Ellen DeGeneras' talk show Monday.
--Jesse Ventura, running around saying crazy things for attention, will be on Coast to  Coast AM Monday morning.
--The latest Dragon Gate USA PPV which was very good, including a ****1/4 match with Akira Tozawa vs. BxB Hulk, airs at 6 p.m. Eastern tomororw.
--Who do you expect to win tonight:
Gilbert Melendez 83.3%
Tatsuya Kawajiri 16.7%
--When should Rock vs. Cena take place?
At WrestleMania neat year 62.7%
Sooner than WrestleMania 37.3%

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