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--One of the big feuds of 1988 returns in a match in a few weeks
 
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--Ric Flair at WrestleMania
 
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--UFC has been filming footage for a Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields prime time show.  However, there have been no announcements made regarding the show, or a time slot.  If they were doing three weeks, the first week would have to be this week.
 
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--A note regarding TNA in Australia.  While Impact is no longer on the air in that country, Foxtel does air old episodes of TNA Epics on the Fuel Channel on Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. (thanks to Michael Gregson) 
 
--In his first fight since being cut by UFC, Patrick Cote won a 29-28 decision across the board over Kalib Starnes at the Ringside MMA show at Bell Centre in Montreal last night before 4,000 fans.  Cote said his goal was to be back in UFC by the end of the year. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
 
--The world premiere for the movie "Bail Enforcers," starring Trish Stratus was over the weekend at the Actionfest Film Festival in Asheville, NC.  Adam Copeland and Lisa Varon were both there.  Copeland, who lives in Asheville, was trying to be low key and didn't seem to want attention, but Varon seemed to enjoy the attention she got.  The theater was about 40% full, mostly wrestling fans and some action film fans, who seemed to enjoy it.  According to Nathan Ludwig, the storyline isn't original at all and some of the acting is pretty wooden, but the fights are decent and Stratus has good screen presence.  The dialog is extremely profane and this is not a movie for kids, but there are some funny lines.  Stratus participated in the Q&A after the movie with the cast and director.  She was asked if she had any heat doing a non-WWE movie and she said no heat at all, and that WWE had agreed to promote the movie. 
 
--Poll on Ultimate Fighter
Excellent 2.0%
Good 26.5%
Average 37.8%
Fair 15.3%
Poor 18.4%
        41.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 17.4%
Good 49.3%
Average 18.8%
Fair 2.8%
Poor 11.8%
        31.4% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 12.1%
Good 15.3%
Average 15.3%
Fair 12.9%
Poor 44.4%
        44.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who do you perceive is the biggest of these stars
Dwayne Johnson 54.0%
Hulk Hogan 10.4%
Manny Pacquiao 10.2%
Brock Lesnar 7.6%
Steve Austin 5.5%
Floyd Mayweather Jr. 5.0%
Georges St. Pierre 4.2%
HHH 1.2%
John Cena 1.1%
Jeff Hardy 0.8%
 
--Tough Enough airs tonight on G4 at 9 p.m.
 
--Nothing last night or today from Strikeforce on Google searches.  A bunch of trending stuff.  Scott Hall and Jesse Ventura were both top 20 last night.  Ventura was off CNN replaying his Piers Morgan interview.
 
--Hall's reps told TMZ they were upset that the footage of Hall was being promoted and advertised for a taped iPPV airing.  That was smart if they were upset, going to TMZ and having it turn into a story which advertised the show to a much larger audience.
 
--Today's Detroit Free Press at http://www.freep.com has a front page story on Rima Fakih, who was Miss Michigan before winning Miss USA.  (thanks to Jeff Westfall and many others)
 
--An article on the Memphis wrestling documentary Memphis Heat is at http://www.memphismagazine.com/Memphis-Magazine/March-2011/Gong-Show/
 
--PWG from last night in Reseda, CA:  Peter Avalon b Johnny Yuma, Candice LaRae b Portia Perez, Roderick Strong b Willie Mack, Low Ki b Akira Tozawa (crowd went nuts for it), Johnny Goodtime b Ryan Taylor, Claudio Castagnoli b Joey Ryan, Matt & Nick Jackson (Generation Me) b El Generico & Ricochet (thanks to Steve Yohe) 
 
--wXw from yesterday in Philadelphia:  Emil Sitoci over Brandon Gatson, Chuck Taylor and Johnny Gargano, Sami Callihan b Bad Bones, Michael Elgin & Johnny Moss b Brodie Lee & Big Van Walter, Karsten Beck b Necro Butcher, Kyle O'Reilly & Adam Cole b Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr., Daisuke Sekimoto b Chris Hero to keep wXw title, Jun Kasai b Drake Younger in a no rope barbed wire match.  Sekimoto vs. Hero was said to be fantastic and Cole & O'Reilly vs. Scurrl & Sabre Jr was also great.  (thanks to Timo Knopf)
 
--CZW from last night in Philadelphia for the annual Best of the Best show:  Zack Sabre Jr. over Akuma and Jonathan Gresham, Adam Cole over Kyle O'Reilly and Johnny Gargano, Sami Callihan over Jake Crist and AR Fox, Daisuke Sekimoto over Brandon Gatson and Chuck Taylor, Devon Moore & Mark & Jay Briscoe b Robert Anthony & Philly's Most Wanted where both the singles and tag titles were at stake so Moore won the CZW title from Anthony, Adam Cole b Zack Sabre Jr., Sami Callihan b Daisuke Sekimoto, Danny Havoc b Jun Kasai to win the Ultraviolent Underground title, Adam Cole b Sami Callihan to win the Best of the Best tournament.  Next major show is 5/14 in Philadelphia.
 
--Chris Jericho is booked on The Tonight Show on Wednesday (thanks to Jon Southerland) 
 
--IWF Premier Pro Wrestling today in Golden, CO at the Buffalo Rose.
 
--Trish Stratus appeared on The Morning Jolt on Out Q 98 on Friday talking Tough Enough, Yoga, Rehabbing her injured back and came across very good on the show (thanks to Garrett Miller)
 
--The San Francisco Bay Guardian ran a piece about the Roller Derby championships held a few weeks ago at Kezar Pavilion at http://www.srbg.com/print/pixel_vision/2011/04/01/roller-derby-san-francisco-treat talking about Jim Fitzpatrick's work on keeping his childhood dream still alive.
 
--On yesterday's SportsNation/Bracket Show, they did a WrestleMania moment segment.  They did a question on who was more dominant, Undertaker or HHH.  They showed Andre choking Bob Uecker, Kane giving Pete Rose a tombstone, Floyd Mayweather against Big Show and Undertaker vs. HHH.  Michael Beadle, one of the hosts, is a big wrestling fan. 
 
--Rob Van Dam has been added to the 2011 NWA Wrestling Legends fanfest from 8/4 to 8/7 in Atlanta.  RVD will be there on 8/5.  for more info go to http://www.nwalegends.com
 
--CMLL on Tuesday in Guadalajara before a poor crowd of 550 fans:  Leon Blanco b Astaroth, Drago b Virgo, Arkangel de la Muerte & Dr. X & Hooligan b Angel Azteca Jr. & Sensei & Angel de Plata, Psicosis & Mr. Aguila & Alebrije b Palacio Negro & Metal Blanco & Metatron, Strongman & Rush & Toscano b El Terrible & Olimpico & El Texano Jr.
 
--La Sombra defends the old NWA Historic welterweight title against Psicosis on today's Family Sunday show at Arena Mexico while Strongman & Porky & Black Warrior face Hirooki Goto & El Terrible & El Texano Jr..  Mascara Dorada & Rush & Toscano vs. Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas & Felino battle in the Guadalajara main event today.  While Strongman & Sombra & Mascara Dorada vs. Goto & Psicosis & Alebrije headline in Puebla tomorrow night (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha Sims)
 
--Michael Matthews is putting for sale a collection of Mid South Wrestling/UWF booking sheets and format sheets for television which cover the period from December 9, 1981 through May 25, 1986 at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPl.dll?ViewItem&item=1405328984950
 
--Superstar Billy Graham posted promos on Chris Jericho at http://youtu.be/jxmBLRjVPsg and http://youtu.be/inruo4nUKSw and one on Abdullah the Butcher at http://youtu.be/b_K0RtUhWvQ  His latest deal is demanding to be removed from the WWE Hall of Fame as a protest for them inducting Abdullah the Butcher.
 
--A new podcast called "Curtain Jerks" is a comedic look at wrestling at http://www.comedypodcastnetwork.com/podcasts/Curtain_Jerks_Podcat_003.mp3
 
--St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling on Friday night in Granite City, IL:  Alexandre Rudolph b Billy McNeil, Davey Vega b Kyle O'Reilly, Adam Raow won four-way over Christian Rose, K.C. Karrington and Jordan Lacey, Rachel Summerlyn & Jessica James b Gerald James & Dorian Vitor,  ACH b Davey Richards, Dan Walsh b Dingo, Darin Childs & Khris Wolfe b R.D. Evans & Darin Corbin, Mat Fitchett b Arik Cannon, Evan Gelistico b Akira Tozawa (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)  
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Dundalk, MD before 500 fans:  Kirby Mack b Aden Chambers, Da Nu Bloodz b Drolix & Napalm Bomb, Nui Tofiga b Zachary Shane, Ronnie Zukko b Nathan Crown, Boogeyman b Alexander James, Josh Daniels b Vordell Walker, Ryan McBride b Bruiser, Holy Rollers b Fed Up, Tyler Hilton b Cobian, Fed Up & Cobian b Holy Rollers & Tyler Hilton (thanks to Joe Burrows)  
 
--Billy Whack is looking at selling his footage of C.M. Punk starting out as a backyard semi-pro wrestler for the Lunatic Wrestling Federation in the Chicago suburbs from 1997-99 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Jeremiah Riggs of Tough Enough talks the show at http://www.sportsownchicago.com/fightclub (thanks to Steven Muehlhuaseun)
 
--Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the Boston Red Sox catcher, is using the Evolution theme when he comes up to bat (thanks to Adam Hughes)
 
--TWA from yesterday in Sewell, NJ:  Tony Stetson b J.J. the Ring Crew Guy, Kid America b Texas Hangman, Shockwave the Robot b Timothy Richards, Bobby Shields b Chris Wylde, Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon b Glenn Storms & Zach Lorenzo, Breaker Morant b Cujo the Hellbound (thanks to Paul Verlander)
 
--CWE from Friday night in Winnipeg before 180 fans:  A.J. Sanchez won three-way over Ryan Wood and Matt Fairlane, J.J. Sanchez & Big Cliff b Brian Rich & Scotty Rapper, Bobby Jay & Rick Matthews b Paul Arcidi, Moses Luke & Sabertooth b Zack Mercury & Danny Duggan, Billy Blaze b Kevy Chevy, Robby Royce & Anderson Tyson Moore b Tommy Lee Curtis & Tyler Colton, Mentallo b Gangrel (thanks to Shane Madison)
 
--NWA on 4/23 in Jacksonville, FL at Sin City with Colt Cabana vs. The Sheik
 
--In Your House Wrestling on 4/30 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center      
 
--There is a show on 4/15 at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana with The Psycho Circus vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. & Damian 666 & Halloween plus Angel Metalico & Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger & Super Astro vs Bestia 666 & Tony Casanova & TJ Boy & X-Fly.
 
--Duke Myers and Archie "Mongolian Stomper" Gouldie DVDs are complete at http://www.crowbarpress.com/shoots/index.html  This is the first shoot interview Gouldie, a somewhat mythical heel in Western Canada, has ever done.
 
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  Jack LeDuc b David Duperon, Mike Reed b Milo Beasley, J.D. Amazing & Wayne Van Dyke & Brian Badical b Maxwell Chicago & Conner Murphy & Jason Hanely, Santana b Black Tigress, Lince Dorado b Brandon Scherrer, Alex Porteau b Alby Gonzalez, James Boys b 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ray Beez b Q.T. Marshall (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--IWF from last night in Woodland Park, NJ:  Latin Lover Chachi b Joey Golden, Jana b Larry Lawson arm wrestling, Donte Arcade b Frank Scoleri, Aaron Stride & Jarrett Foster b Austin Williams & Marc Corino, Kraig Stagg b Karson Slade, Kevin Knight & Flex Freeman & Danny E b Franciz & Chris Steeler & Damian Adams.  Next show is 4/23 at the IWF Centre.
 
--Ultimate Cage Battles drew a sellout of more than 2,000 fans in Parma, OH for a show that included a guest appearance by Wanderlei Silva.   Pro results:  Daron Cruickshank b Tiawan Howard, Justin Lawrence b Pete Martin, Torrance Taylor b Kyle Baker, Matt Masterson b Cortez Coleman, Joe McCall b Patrick Harman, Edouardo Pamplona b Joe Bunch (TKO :14 into the third round).  Show was promoted by former MMA and pro wrestling star Dan Bobish.
 
--Millersville Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN:  Anthony Wayne b Lee Cross, Kevin Weatherby b David Matthews, LBK b Dave Adkins, Kevin & Cody Weatherby b Wildboys, Arrick Andrews & Derek Neal b Hammerjack & Kenneth King (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
 
--NWA Top Rope Wrestling from last night in Lebanon, TN:  GQ b Anthony Wayne, Lee Cross b LBK, Jared Crow over Kevin Dunn and Panther, Hammerjack b David Adkins, Lee Condrey DDQ Damien Payne
 
--GOUGE from last night in Wake Forest, NC:  Sean Van Halen & Foxx b Generation Elite, Otto Schwanz b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr., Nathan Crown b Leatherface, Jimmy &  Dino Cicero b Bad Romance-DQ, Damien Wayne b Seymour Snott, Vordell Walker b Lou Marconi.  Next show is 4/14 in Raleigh at the Rebus Artworks as part of the Food Truck Rodeo.
 
--NWA Anarchy from last night in Cornelia, GA before 220 fans paying 4,000, for the company's biggest gate in three years:  Todd Sexton over Seth Delay and Steven Walters, Brodie Chase b Shaun Tempers, Anthony Henry & Dustin Knight b Andrew Alexander & Billy Buck, Andrew Pendleton III & Mike Mosley and Lance Vasser & Johnny Dangerously in four-way, Tank & Kimo b Nemesis & A.J. Steele, Adrian Hawkins & Caprice Coleman & Patrick Bentley & Sal Rinauro & Chad Parham b Jimmy Rave & Corey Hollis & Mike Posey & Chip Day & Jeremy Vain, Jacob Ashworth b Skurra Corvus, Jacoby Boykins and Bo Nesome in four-way, Youth Gone Wild b Dany Only & Strknyn to win tag titles, Azrael b Slm J in a barbed wire massacre bout, Shadow Jackson b Seven in a cage match (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling from Fort Smith, AR last night before 500 fans:  Dustin Heritage b Jacob Kilgore Angel b Chas Cardinton, Jazz b Malia Hosaka, Rodney Mack b Bull Schmnitt-DQ Greg Anthony b Jimmy Youngblood, Jeff Jett b Michael Barr, Jerry Lawler & Matt Riviera b Tom Storm & Apoc to win tag titles.  Bobby Eaton also appeared on the show.  This group starts TV on 7/9 on My 5.2 on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. on and 7/11 on Local Access Ch. 6 in Russellville on Mondays at 7 p.m.     
 
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from last night in Marysville, WA:  Dr. Kliever b C.J. Edwards, Patrick Large b Nate Andrews, Exile b Hoss Tull, Azteca & Juventud 3000 b Vagabundo & Peligro, Quiz b Dash Ventura, M.J. Aurora b Lylah Lodge-COR, Kellen Raeth b J-Sin Sullivan in a falls count anywhere match.  Next show is 4/14 at the Pacific Rim Restaurant (thanks to Charles Short)
 
--Renegade Outlaw Wrestling on 4/16 in Amarillo at the Nat Ballroom  

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