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Kenny Foster (146) vs. Daniel Stratus (145.4) in a featherweight tournament semifinal
Bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky (135.4) vs. Chad Robichaux (134.2) in a non-title match
Patricio Pitbull Freire (145.8) vs. Wilson Reis (145.6) in a featherweight tournament semifinal
Featherweight champion Joe Warren (136.8) vs. Marcos Galvao (136.6) in a non-title match
        Sunday is the TNA Lockdown PPV with Sting vs. Mr. Anderson vs. RVD for the TNA title, Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett 2/3 falls (first fall submission rules, second fall pinfall rules, third fall escape the cage rules), Beer Money & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. Ric Flair & Matt Hardy & Abyss & Bully Ray in Lethal Lockdown, Madison Rayne puts up the Knockouts title against the hair of Mickie James, Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan, Pope vs. Samoa Joe, an X Division Escape the cage match and Orlando Jordan & Eric Young vs. Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal vs. Scott Steiner & Crimson vs. Douglas Williams & Magnus in a four-way match.  Every match on the show is in a cage.  There is also a Devon vs. Anarquia match free on the PPV channel at 7:30 p.m.
        WWE runs Sunday with Smackdown in Newcastle, England and Raw in Nottingham, England.  The CHIKARA King of Trios tournament ends on Sunday in Philadelphia.
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        The retirement and career of Edge is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  In our story, we go through his career from the start to the finish, how final appearances as an active wrestler, what happened both on and off camera at the final Smackdown tapings, why he will likely be back on television soon, his injuries, other wrestlers who have ended their careers as world champion and details on how, a discussion of Edge in the Hall of Fame, what most of the talent did and didn't know, what the loss of Edge means to the company, how he got into the company, the story behind his early title wins, the match that both made and shortened his career, the Edge/Lita/Matt Hardy story, his rise to world title status and why he stuck there, and many of his career angles.  We also have comments from some of the biggest names in the industry on him.
        We also look at the death of Larry Sweeney, and an update on Perro Aguayo Jr. and Scott Hall.
        We also look at the first major Strikeforce show under the Zuffa banner, looking at the stories that came out of the show, the judging in Mousasi vs. Jardine and what the ratings said.
        We also look at WWE changes, how Wall Street has reacted, what other aspects of WWE are likely to be changed, more fallout from WrestleMania, WWE All-Stars video game, Jericho on Dancing with the Stars, More notes on Tough Enough, Changes HHH is looking to make, Steve Austin talks wrestling, celebrity earnings, and a national wrestling champion being recruited by WWE.
        We also look at 25 years later in the death of one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, El Solitario, but a name that very few in the U.S. know anything about.
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--The FBI seizing offshore on-line poker sites including a sponsor of Strikeforce and a number of MMA fighters.  UFC had banned poker web sites as sponsors.
--The Rock will return to Raw on the 5/2 show, which is also his 39th birthday which will be part of the show.  The show is coming from Miami, where he has a home and went to college.
--Chris Jericho posted a video asking for people to vote for him on Monday night for Dancing with the Stars.  It's getting to be crunch time and historically wrestling fans have not supported wrestlers on this show to the level of their performance on the show and at least as of two weeks ago that was the case with Jericho as well.
--Boxing promoter Lou DiBella indicated interest in matching up Sergio Martinez with Nick Diaz in a boxing match after he said that his twitter account was overloaded by MMA fans asking about such a potential match.  Diaz was on Inside MMA last night and said he was going to switch to boxing because Strikeforce has nobody for him to fight and guys ranked above him don't want to fight him.  (read that:  Everyone knows his Achilles heel is top level wrestlers, Strikeforce has carefully avoided matching him with high level wrestlers, and now his most likely opponents are high level wrestlers). 
--Dan Severn and Art Jimmerson, both of who have losses to Royce Gracie in 1993 and 1994, have challenged him to a match on 8/27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Gracie seemed to think he would be facing Matt Hughes.  I can't even imagine that they'd put Severn in with Gracie due to the weight differential.  
--UFC Prime Time St. Pierre vs. Shields airs on Spike tonight at 11 p.m.  
--On last night's Smackdown show in the U.K., where the whole show was talking about Edge being retired, they had ads for the U.K. tour listing Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio as the main event. (thanks to Paul Clay) 
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 11.8%
Good 16.4%
Average 19.1%
Fair 9.1%
Poor 43.6%
        45.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Ultimate Fighter
Excellent 7.9%
Good 43.4%
Average 26.3%
Fair 10.5%
Poor 11.8%
        47.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Biggest weekend show
TNA Lockdown 57.9%
Bellator 42.1%
--Who should be top babyface on Smackdown?
Christian 48,0%
Randy Orton 13.0%
John Morrison 12.0%
C.M. Punk 6.4%
Kofi Kingston 4.1%
The Miz 3.1%
Alberto Del Rio 1.7%
Kane 0.8%
Cody Rhodes 0.8%
Big Show 0.6%
--Poll on the first week of UFC Prime Time
Excellent 20.7%
Good 46.6%
Average 15.5%
Fair 0.2%
Poor 15.5%
        56.7% of those responding didn't see the show  
--The Fight Network is airing last year's Lockdown show at 5 p.m. Sunday commercial free, which includes that great Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson cage match.
--Lance Storm writes about the career of Edge at  He has does a Q&A asking about Vince McMahon, Austin Aries, Michael Cole and more at
--The National Geographic cable channel is filming at Tuesday night's Evolve show in New York City at B.B. King's doing a story on independent wrestlers struggling to make a big company.
--A story on Rima Fakih is at  The story talks about people from the Arabic community thinking she's a bad role model because of all the swearing they showed her doing this past Monday.
--TNA is doing a Coastal Chaos Cruise in conjunction with the Final Resolution PPV.  The cruise starts at $479 per person and will be a three nigh cruise from 12/8 to 12/11 starting at Port Canaveral, FL and heading to the Bahamas.  Names on the cruise include A.J. Styles, Beer Money, Kazarian, Chris Sabin, Velvet Sky, Jeff & Karen Jarrett and Mr. Anderson.
--A really great interview Bryan and Josh Nason did with Joe Warren, who headlines tonight's Bellator show, is at  I also have a story on Warren at in the UFC section.
--Time Warner on Demadn has a Lockdown 30 minute preview special as well as a UFC 129 special which covers the top three matches on that show.
--The Fight Network in Canada announced they have acquired broadcast rights to Cage Warriors, a U.K. based promotion, and will air eight events this year starting with a 4/24 show from London.  They also run 5/28 in Ireland and will have shows in Jordan this year (the country, not the TNA wrestler which would be kind of gross) as well.
--NWA Subtle Hustle on 4/23 in Jacksonville, FL at Sin City headlined by Colt Cabana defending the NWA title against The Sheik, Dark City Fight Club vs. Briscoe Brothers for NWA tag titles and Craig Classic vs. Lince Dorado for the NA jr. title. 
--Rockstar Wrestling Alliance on 4/23 in Tucson, AZ at the El Casino Ballroom
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 95 fans:  Shane Williams b Arrack Andrews (taped for Showtime All-Star Wrestling TV), Psycho Medic b Kid Dynamite, Nick Iggy & Jamey Farrari b Saint & Tim Renesto, Damien Payne b Steve O, Panther b Kevin Dunn, Gary Valiant b Jason Nesmith, Chris Michaels b Wolfie DQ-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Heartland Wrestling Association from last night in Hamilton, OH:  Reed Bentley b Tim Lutz, Mustafa Saied b Clark Konnor, Sid Fabulous b American Kickboxer II, Dave Crist b Jon Murray, Jake Crist b Dustin Rayz, Chris Hall & Dameon Daniels b Brutally Handsome and Noble Bloods, Jesse Emerson b Jake Crist, B.J. Whitmer NC Gerome Phillips.  Next shows are 4/22 and 4/23 in Owensville, OH as part of the Heartland Cup (thanks to Adam Sanders).
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from last night in Avondale Estates, GA:  Brandon Kage b Mason-DQ, Pandora NC Campus Strikeforce, Najasism b De La Vega, Rick Michaels & Simon Sermon b Brian  Blaze & Geter-COR, Marco Polo (wouldn't he be too old to be wrestling these days?) b Lee Roy, Vandal & Thomas Johnson b Shane Marx & Aisha Sunshine
--NWS has gotten Kurt Angle to appear on 5/6 in Manville, NJ and 5/7 in North Middletown, NJ.  Carlito is also on those two shows as well as a 4/30 sow in Brick, NJ at the Elks Lodge.  
--Christopher Daniels will be on WLW in Cincinnati between Noon and 3 p.m. at before the PPV show.
--Stars of Wrestling tonight at the Alameda County Fair in California with Kamala, Honky Tonk Man and Koko B. Ware.

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