MON. UPDATE: New TV show debuts Wednesday; Jericho, Cena, Rock, Edgar vs. Melendez, Kong, Foley



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--Just want to express sympathies to the many friends of Alex Whybrow aka Larry Sweeney who are reading this.  The guy was a charming and entertaining person and he had more than major league talent.  His death is in my ways similar to that of Chris Klucsaritis, in the sense his being bipolar took control of him.   
 
--UFC and Spike officially announced today that the three-week Georges St. Pierre vs. Jake Shields show will debut on Wednesday night at midnight.  Nothing like advanced warning.
 
--Some notes on tonight's TV.  Tough Enough airs both at 8 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. on the USA Network.  John Cena will be the guest on tonight's show.  ROH no longer airs on Mondays.  Chris Jericho will be on Dancing with the Stars.  They teased his elimination last Tuesday.  The tease does not mean he was necessarily in actual danger of being dumped, however a source with knowledge of the voting has told us Jericho has not done as well in fan voting as he has in dancing so he is under pressure at this point.
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw as well as the latest goings on in wrestling.  You can e-mail questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    We do have an update on Larry Sweeney today and will have Chris Hero, who trained him and traveled with him for years, for a special show tomorrow as well.
 
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--Johnson was on Ellen DeGeneres today.  Like on his other shows, he talked about doing WrestleMania, facing John Cena next year, and plugged Fast 5.
 
--Chris Jericho was on "That Metal Show" on Saturday night.  He didn't talk much wrestling other than talking about how weird it was to perform before sellout crowds in wrestling to crowds of less than 100 with Fozzy playing clubs.  He talked about his band, the book and Dancing with The Stars.  Trunk said he admired Jericho's ability to eat fatty fried foods at restaurants and keep in shape.  They showed a clip of him from WCW in 1999 cutting a promo on the crowd.  Jericho saw the clip, said he remembers partying too heavily the night before and was pretty hung over doing the promo.  (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
 
--The Connecticut Post has a story at http://www.ctpost.com on tonight's WWE Raw event.  Of note is that even though the Webster Bank Arena is a small arena, it is not sold out yet.  Raw is working on a streak of seven straight weeks being sold out.   
 
--Who would you rank as the No. 1 lightweight in the world
Frankie Edgar 51.0%
Gilbert Melendez 30.9%
Eddie Alvarez 8.0%
Gray Maynard 4.1%
Anthony Pettis 3.8%
Shinya Aoki 2.2%
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Strikeforce 35.0%
Tough Enough 20.9%
Raw 16.7%
Impact 7.3%
ROH 6.8%
Smackdown 4.3%
CMLL 2.6%
Superstars 2.1%
Ultimate Fighter 1.7%
Maximum Fighting Championships 1.3%
AAA 0.9%
Bellator 0.4%
 
--Who would you predict in an Edgar vs. Melendez match?
Edgar 51.2%
Melendez 48.8%   
--Saturday night's Strikeforce show is replayed on Showtime Extreme tomorrow night at 10 p.m.  It was a great show. 
 
--A review of the WWE movie "That's What I Am" which stars Ed Harris, and features Randy Orton (who got a decent review for his performance) is at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/reviews/
 
--Tom Robinson, a longtime fan from Philadelphia who got double-crossed by Sandman in a boxing match put on by Damon Feldman, whose daughter and her middle school friends were hanging out and four of them were run into by a guy with no license.  One of the kids, Anthony Oswald, 14, was thrown 90 feet, stopped breathing and was in an induced coma and his heart stopped four times.  Today, Oswald, who was given little chance to survive, was able to do his ABCs and knew his name and other things.  Mick Foley heard the story today, and offered to drive down to Philadelphia and appear free to do a two-hour autograph session to raise money for his treatment.  This will be on 5/8 from 1-3 p.m. at Tailgators at 60 E. Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights, PA.  It will be a $15 donation for autographs.
 
--CZW from yesterday in Union City, NJ for International Incident:  Joker & BLK Jeez b Bandido Jr. & Azrieal, Sami Callihan b Kyle O'Reilly, Drew Gulak b Zack Sabre Jr., Adam Cole b Rich Swann, AR Fox over Ty Hagen, Ryan McBride, Ryan Slater, John Gresham and Alex Colon, Jon Moxley b Jake Crist, Devon Moore b Robert Anthony to keep CZW title, Daisuke Sekimoto b D.J. Hyde, Jun Kasai b Necro Butcher in a death match.  Next show is 5/14 at the arena in Philadelphia.
 
--Talks about the move of WWE to drop wrestling from its name and an interview with Australian manager Mark Williamson at http://kirbyyourenthusiasm.libsyn.com/what-would-chris-benoit-do-ep-11-dad-you-re-only-making-it-worse-
 
--WWE already has Sin Cara merchandise out. (thanks to Josh Jabcuga) 
 
--Dark City Fight Club defends NWA tag titles against Big Bully Douglas & Ox Harley on Saturday night for NWA Top Rope in Lebanon, TN at the Corsica Joe arena.
 
--Pro Wrestling Eve ran a womens' tournament over the weekend:
Friday night in Norwich, England:  Nikki Storm over Saraya Knight, Rhia O'Reilly and Amazon, Erin Angel over Sara-Marie Taylor, Super Janey B and Pollyanna, Shanna over Liberty, Destiny and April Davidis, Alpha Female over Carmel Jacob, Em Jay and Kay Lee Ray, Jenny Sjodin over Britani Knight and Molido, Nikki Storm b Erin Angel, Alpha Female b Shanna, Saraya Knight b Blue Nikita, Britani Knight won Battle Royal, Britani Knight b Jenny Sjodin.
Saturday night in Sudbury, England:  April Davidis & Jenny Sjodin & Shanna b Erin Angel & Rhia O'Reilly & Blue Nikita, Super Janey B b Pollyanna, Destiny b Saraya Knight, Carmel Jacob & Sara-Marie Taylor b Liberty & Kay Lee Ray, Britani Knight b Jetta, Nikki Storm b Alpha Female, April Davids & Jenny Sjodin b Amazon & Destiny, Shanna b Saraya Knight, Erin Angel b Blue Nikita, Rhia O'Reilly b Em Jay, Alpha Female & Super Janey B b Carmel Jacob & Sara-Marie Taylor, Britani Knight b Nikki Storm to win the two-day tournament and become Pro Wrestling Eve champion. 
        They are running in conjunction with the IPW shows on 10/8 and 10/9 in Doncaster, England with Shawn Michaels and Vader doing autograph sessions.   
  
--PGWA runs at the Stadium Inn in Nashville on Saturday night.
 
--Wrestling for Charity Saturday night in Santa Rosa, CA:  Kryptonite won Battle Royal, Ryan Von Kool & Davina Rose b Mother Truckin Otis & Buggy Nova Kimo, Rik Luxury & Matt Carlos and Aaron Solow & Perry Von Vicious, Vennis DeMarco & Omega b Chicano Flame & G.I. Joe, Chupacabra b Jody Kristofferson, Adam Thornstowe b Dave Dutra, Dana Lee b Shannon Ballard, Hurricane Helms & Kryptonite b Billy Blade & Kadin.  They raised $1,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Santa Rosa.  Next show is 6/18 at the Boys & Girls Club (thanks to Robert Haugh)
 
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara before perhaps the worst crowd in years if not decades at Arena Coliseo, of 250 fans:  Xavier Cruz Jr. b Templario, Drago & Exterminador b Virgo & Hierro, Mascarita Dorada & Electrico & Maximito b Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Violencia & Pequeno Black Warrior, Mr. Aguila & Polvora & Misterioso Jr. b Diamante & Sagrado & Valiente, Negro Casas & Felino & Mr. Niebla b Mascara Dorada & Rush & Toscano (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--Great White North Championship Wrestling on 4/17 in Hamilton, ONT at the Ukranian Cultural Center of Hamilton
 
--TWA NWE on 4/17 in St. Catherines, ONT at the TWA Powerhouse Training Facility
 
--Cody Deaner, Michael Elgin and Derek Wylde headline for Classic Championship Wrestling on 5/1 in Tilsonburg, ONT at The Legion.
 
 
--Dream Wave Wrestling iPPV from Saturday night before a sellout in La Salle, IL:  Marshe Rockett b Matt Mayday, Hammett over Dan Lawrence and Mason Beck, Juice b Colt Cabana, Matt Heiden b Justice Jones (Terry Funk refereed and helped Heiden win), Acid b Nick Brubaker, Zero Gravity b The Becks and Greg Glover in a tag team tables match, Austin Roberts b Steve Boz, Acid b Kevin Thorn to win Dreamwave title.  Jason Hades announced he's leaving the promotion.  Next show is 5/7 with Lex Luger appearing.  Road Dogg appears on 6/4.  Ivelisse Velez of Tough Enough, who worked for this promotion, was also at the show.      
 
 
---Combat Sports Expo on 4/23 at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA feature Jason Mayhem Miller.  For more info you can go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--NWS on Saturday night in Atco, NJ:  Mike Dennis & Chris D'Andrea b Corey Havoc & J.D. Smoothie, Spyral vs. Joey Janela vs. B.Fehrm went to a draw, Nicky Oceans b Eugene, Manu b Danny Inferno in a loser gets put through a door, Nigerian Nightmares & Princess Niya b Sal Sincere & Rampage Rogers & Marti Belle
 
--Funkdafied Wrestling Federation from last night in New Castle, DE:  Ole Skool won Battle Royal, J.D. Smoothie b Mike Dennis, Nigerian Nightmares b T.C Cash & Trevor Justice &  Mike Goldstein, Cindy Rogers b Marti Belle and then Rogers announced she was retiring due to neck problems, Jimmy Storm & Julio Jackson b Chio Frost & Russian Commando, B. Fehrm won  three-way over Cocky Johnson and Vince Bono, White Lotus b Funky White Boy.  Next show is 4/30 in Brick, NJ with Carlito
 
--Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole was announced as a first round match in the Super 8 tournament on 4/30 in Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone. 
 
--Longtime subscriber Ken Hesser is opening a law firm in Florida and if anyone has legal issues you can e-mail him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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