WED. UPDATE: Warning to Ohio wrestlers; Edge tribute; Carnival finals; Great Flair commercial



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        We're looking for reports on today's Raw show in Glasgow, Scotland at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The WWE European tour continues with Raw on Thursday night in Belfast, Friday night in Dublin and Saturday night in Birmingham, England.  Smackdown starts tomorrow night in Munich, with Friday night in Dortmund and Saturday night in Kiel.
 
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--Former wrestler Andre Davis, who wrestled as Andre Heart out of Cincinnati through 2010 was arrested for felonious assault today because he was HIV positive and had sex with a woman without informing her.  He found out in 2009 he was HIV positive.  He had an agreement with WWE to start as a referee, and it is likely that when they put him through a battery of tests that he found out.  He disappeared for months and then showed back up in Cincinnati and said his contract from WWE was pulled because he had felonies for back child support.  He was wrestling in matches until about six months ago.  If you have worked with him, particularly if there was any blood in those matches, you should get checked out.  Area referee Brandon Tolle noted that at least five area wrestlers are being tested because they worked bloody matches with him, and Tolle refereed bloody matches with him.  A story is at http://www.wlwt.com/news/27529839/detail.html
 
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--Yuji Nagata beat Seiya Sanada earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo to win the annual Champion Carnival tournament.  
 
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Great Sasuke & Dick Togo & Jinsei Shinzaki (Michinoku Pro) vs. Sean Waltman & Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin (Team Minnesota)
Super Shisa & Akira Tozawa & Kagetora (Dragon Gate) vs. Hallowicked & Frightmare & UltraMantis Black (Team Spectral Envoy)
Amazing Red & Jose & Joel Maximo vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw & Manami Toyota (one of the greatest woman wrestlers of all-time)
Tama Williams & Percy & Kabel (Australia) vs. Icarus & Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano
Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada & Ultimate Spider Jr. (Osaka Pro) vs. Dasher Hatfield & Sugar Dunkerton & Matt Classic
Sinn Bodhi & Obariyon & Kodama vs. Fire Ant & Soldier Ant & Green Ant
Ophidian & Amasis & Hieracon vs. El Generico & Scott Parker & Shane Matthews
Willie Richardson & Acid Jaz & Marshe Rockett (Da Soul Touchaz) vs. Tim Donst & Delirious & Jakob Hammermeier    
 
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--Martin Kampmann vs. John Howard has been added to the 6/26 UFC show in Pittsburgh.
 
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--Steve Austin talks growing up, when he started watching wrestling, his football days and how he got into pro wrestling at http://www.macon.com/2011/04/11/1521919/stone-cold-steve-austin-is-out.html 
 
--WWE returns to New England for a Raw taping on 7/11 in Boston and Smackdown on 7/12 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. (thanks to Michael Carpenter)  
 
--Great Sean Waltman interview with Bryan up on the site today. 
 
--In the weekly cable ratings, USA finished first last week with a 2.2 prime time average to 1.7 for Disney.  Syfy Was No. 11 at 1.0.  Spike didn't make the top 25, and No. 25 was 0.6.  Raw was No. 3 and No. 5 last week behind iCarly (4.6) and Pawn Stars (4.1).  In 18-34, it was No. 2 for the second hour with Rock but the first hour didn't place, and in 18-49, the second hour was No. 1 and first hour was No. 5.    
 
--In U.K. ratings, for the week before WrestleMania, Raw did 177,000 viewers, which is a big number for that show, Smackdown did 98,000, which is below usual, and Impact did not crack the top 10 shows on its station, which means less than 125,000, or way down.  A WrestleMania preview special did 125,000 viewers. (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
 
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--Mickie James will be appearing Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Columbia Chevrolet in Northeast Cincinnati promoting Lockdown.
 
--Who would you predict to win this match?
Georges St. Pierre 87.7%
Nick Diaz 12.3%
 
--Should Top Rope Promotions have allowed Scott Hall to go out in the condition he did?
Yes, they paid him and audience paid to see him 16.4%
No, should not have been allowed to perform in that condition 83.6%
 
--Is WWE expanding into buying new business a good thing or a bad thing?
Good thing to diversity 17.0%
Bad, company has never done well in non-wrestling businesses 83.0%
 
--Poll on Saturday's Bellator TV show
Excellent 9.4%
Good 54.7%
Average 14.1%
Fair 6.3%
Poor 15.6%
        73.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who should have been kicked off Tough Enough
Ryan 50.7%
Rima 34.0%
Matt 15.3%
 
--What did you think of Monday's Tough Enough
Excellent 33.2%
Good 47.6%
Average 8.5%
Fair 2.6%
Poor 8.1%
        19.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Monday's Raw
Excellent 14.6%
Good 44.0%
Average 25.5%
Fair 6.4%
Poor 9.5%
        10.8% of those responding didn't see the show 
 
--Former WCW announcer Chris Cruise, now a news broadcaster, has this piece on sports doping at http://www.voanews.com/learningenglish/home/health/Sports-Doping-119605554.html
 
--A story on the proposed shutting down of the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis, and in the story, the highlights mentioned were The Beatles playing, and Jerry Lawler's matches with Andy Kaufman and Curt Hennig is at http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/apr/12/
 
--Legnds of the Ring on 5/7 in Monroe, NJ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel has a convention that includes Jim Ross, Dusty Rhodes, Ken Shamrock, Vader, Dan Severn, DDP, The Godwinns, Terry Taylor, Mike Tenay, Brad & Bob Armstrong, Bill Eadie, Barry Darsow, MVP, Kurt Angle, Carlito, Chyna, Tori, Rosita, Robbie E, Tugboat, Jushin Liger, Prince Devitt, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Stacy Carter, Perry Saturn, Paul Bearer, Kimona, Lacey Von Erich, Virgil, Daffney, Tammy Sytch, Danny Doring, Cuban Assassin, J.J. Dillon, Smith Hart Tank Toland, Billy Gunn, Bart Gunn, Ron Simmons, Road Warrior Animal, Eric Young, Balls Mahoney and Big Vito.
 
--Donations in the name of Alex Whybrow (Larry Sweeney) can be made to Thresholds, an organization that works with people with severe mental illness at http://www.Thresholds.org
 
--Bret Hart is now doing a radio show on sportstalkNETWORK.com called The Hitman & Groberman Show.
 
--Bret Hart will be appearing in Staten Island on Saturday for an autograph session.  For more you can call Debbie at 973-985-9925 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Val Venis says something about John Morrison at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7SWb-IH86g (thanks to Randy Jacobs)
 
--Evolve on Tuesday night in Manhattan at B.B. Kings Blues Cafe & Grill headlined by Austin Aries vs. Jon Moxley, Chuck Taylor vs. Akira Tozawa, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Shiima Xion, Johnny Gargano vs. Jon Davis, Jigsaw & Frightmare vs. Facade & Jason Gory, Sami Callihan vs Zack Sabre Jr. AR Fox vs. Rich Swann and Silas Young vs. Tony Nese.
 
--Go Fight Live on Saturday night has Showdown Fights from Orem, UT headlined by Tim McKenzie vs. Jordan Smith; Cage Fury Fighting from Atlantic city featuring Andre Gusmao vs. Tim Williams; and Ring of Fire from Denver with Brandon Thatch vs. Chris Holland.
 
 
--Former WEC head Scott Adams is doing another benefit show for the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling team on 5/20 in Bakersfield.
 
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 5/6 and 5/7 in Lumberton, NC at the Indoor Flea Market
 
--NWA MSW on 4/15 in Alderson, WV at the Community Building and 4/16 in Montgomery, WV at the Old Middle School Building
 
--MWF Night of Champions on 6/4 in Bridgeport, CT at the Shehan Center with Shelton Benjamin, Paul Bearer, Jay Lethal and John Cena Sr.
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 5/27 in Elmhurst, NY headlined by appearances by Mick Foley and Sid Vicious, plus Eddie Kingston, Sami Callihan and Dan Maff will be wrestling on the show.
 
--PWF in East Tennessee is looking for talent for shows this summer.  For more info contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--AAW on 4/16 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club headlined by Justin Credible vs. Jimmy Jacobs and Dan Lawrence vs. Keith Walker
 
--IndyGurlz on 4/16 in Boonton, NJ at the Elks Lodge headlined by Cindy Rogers in one of her last matches before a planned retirement, facing Mercedes Martinez.  Sara Del Rey, Sumie Sakai, Madison Eagles, Portia Perez and Niya are also on the show.
 
--Football reporter Chuck Carroll has been hired to do play-by-play for Afa's WXW promotion out of Florida. 
 
--Ryan Howe of Tough Enough, known in Nashville as Diamond Steel, appears tomorrow night for NWA Main Event at the NWA Arena in Nashville.  Mickie Knuckles is also on the show.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at 119 Center St.
 
--Tim Donst and Leonard Chikarson talk the King of Trios at http://www.mikeandtompresent.com
 
 

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Will Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira next week top 400,000 buys?