SUN. UPDATE: Notes on tonight's TNA show, Updates on UFC in Toronto, Lesnar sales, Rock, Jericho



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        We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's TNA Lockdown PPV from Cincinnati, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're also looking for reports on the WWE shows on Thursday in Munich, Friday in Dortmund, yesterday in Kiel, Germany and today's shows in Nottingham and Newcastle, England.
 
        We're also looking for reports on all three nights of the CHIKARA King of Trios shows in Philadelphia.
 
        Lockdown will start at 7:30 p.m. with a live pregame show featuring Devon vs. Anarquia.  We'll have live coverage on the site starting with that match.
 
        PPV matches at 8 p.m. Eastern, with all matches in a cage:
*Sting vs. Mr. Anderson vs. RVD for the TNA title
*Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett (first fall submission only; second fall pinfall only; third fall escape the cage rules)
*Lethal Lockdown with Beer Money & Kazarian & Christopher Daniels as the Fortune team vs. Immortal team of Ric Flair & Matt Hardy & Abyss & Bully Ray
*Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James Knockouts title vs. James' hair
*Matt Morgan vs. Hernandez
*Samoa Joe vs. Pope
*Orlando Jordan & Eric Young vs. Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal vs. Douglas Williams & Magnus vs. Scott Steiner & Crimson - winning team becomes top contenders for Beer Money's tag team title
*X Division Escape the Cage match to determine the top contender for the title
 
        Monday will be Raw TV tapings at the O2 Arena in London, plus a Smackdown house show in Liverpool. 
 
        Tuesday will be a Smackdown taping at the O2 Arena in London, plus a Raw house show in Cardiff, Wales, and a TNA taping in Orlando.
 
        Wednesday will be a TNA taping in Orlando, plus WWE house shows in Salzburg, Austria and Brussels, Belgium.
 
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--TNA is expecting a crowd in excess of 6,000 for today's show in Cincinnati, which would be one of the biggest in the history of the company.  Not sure paid vs. paper, but we did note that lots of discounts were being sold two-for-one this past week.  
 
--Some notes regarding the UFC 129 show in Toronto.  The advance sale for the Fan Expo in Toronto is will above the level of the previous Fan Expos in Las Vegas.  There are Q&A's on 4/29 with Bruce Buffer (11 a.m.), Dana White (12:30 p.m.), Joe Rogan (2 p.m.) and Chuck Liddell (4:30 p.m.)  Herb Dean has a rules and referee seminar on 4/30 at 11 a.m. while Tom Wright, who heads up UFC Canada, has a Q&A at 12:30 p.m.    
 
--The UFC 129 weigh-ins will be held at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, not at Rogers Centre.  Usually weigh-ins are held in the same building the show is in.  The Ricoh Coliseum is adjacent to the fan expo, so I have a feeling they will have to turn people away, so advice is to get to weigh-ins early.
 
--If you don't have tickets for the show, there are still plenty available at Stubhub and you can still check into the Renaissance Hotel adjacent to the Rogers Centre which has a number of rooms with stadium view that are still available.
 
--We didn't get a number, but the UFC 131 show on 6/11 in Vancouver, where tickets went on sale this weekend headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos, did not sell out or sell at the rate the first show last year with Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin did.  The advance was healthy and was at a pace where you would expect a sellout.
 
--A huge story on Devon Nicholson from the Sun newspapers in Canada regarding his testing positive for Hepatitis C is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2011/04/16/18016631.html  The story noted he is still wrestling and talks about his treatment for the disease which thus far has not been effective.
 
--Dwayne Johnson will be on Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night.  If Chris Jericho is voted off Dancing with the Stars, he would be on the show with him as the guests are Johnson, Sammy Hagar, the Belle Brigade and the castoff earlier that night on Dancing with the Stars.  Johnson will also be on George Lopez Tonight on Wednesday night.  Johnson's guest hosting of a Saturday Night Live when he was still a full-time wrestler with Vince McMahon, Big Show and Mick Foley airs on VH-1 Classic on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. (thanks to Adam Lebow and Jon Southerland)
 
--Johnson on twitter wrote about a woman showing up at the Houston Airport wanting to meet him claiming to be his sister.  He doesn't have a sister.  As it turned out, the women drove four hours with her sons to meet him and they all bought plane tickets even though they had no flight to meet him.  He said he met with them and told people, "next time don't lie."
 
--The Jay Leno show with Jon Jones where Kirsite Alley falls all over him, well not exactly, will be repeated Wednesday night.
 
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--UFC has booked a U.K date for 10/15.  They have holds on both Nottingham and Liverpool.  If Dan Hardy appears, Nottingham would become the favorite since Hardy is from that city.
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 45.3%
Good 41.9%
Average 5.1%
Fair 0.9%
Poor 6.8%
        22.5% of those responding didn't see the show.  Edge farewell led to some of the best numbers this show has done.
 
--What do you consider the real Lockdown main event
Angle vs. Jarrett 48.0%
Lethal Lockdown 26.3%
Sting vs. RVD vs. Mr. Anderson 25.7%    
 
--The final four teams in King of Trios at the Arena in Philadelphia are Great Sasuke & Jinsei Shinzaki & Dick Togo, Icarus & Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor, The Ants and the Osirian Portal.  Sean Waltman as 1-2-3 Kid faces El Generico in a singles match today.
 
--HHH's entrance music was played during the third period of last night's NHL playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Boston (thanks to Denis Gorman)
 
--Maryse Ouellet is doing a contest asking for fans to send her photo shoot ideas and she will do the best one in three weeks.  The best idea photo shoot that is, not do the person who wins the contest.  I want to make that crystal clear.  It's at http://twitter.com/maryseOuellet
 
--Chris Jericho as the matchmaker is at http://www.nypost.com  It's more on Pia Toscano of American idol being set up with Mark Ballas of Dancing with the Stars through Chris Jericho.
 
--Fire marshals are suspicious regarding a fire that was set at a pro wrestling school in Staten Island.  Story is at http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8074027  Police believe someone broke into the Warriors of Wrestling Center in New Brighton on Thursday morning and torched the place.
 
--BAMMA 6, a major MMA show on British TV, takes place on 5/21 at the Wembley Arena in London with Tom Watson defending his middleweight title against Murilo Ninja Rua.  The show will air live on the U.K. version of Syfy (thanks to Matt Singh)
 
--Friday night in Tijuana:  Eteta Suicida b Canalla, Poseidon & Zeus b Jonathan & Transformer, Super Astro & X-Torm b Espectro II & Kamikaze-DQ, Bestia 666 & X-Fly b Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger to keep IWL tag titles, Psycho Circus b Damian 666 & Halloween & L.A. Park-DQ
 
--AAA tapes tonight in Pachuca with Dr Wagner Jr. & Psycho Circus vs. Damian 666 & Halloween & Lizmark Jr. & X-Fly plus Drailon (Gato Eveready) & Joe Lider & La Parka vs. Charly Manson & Cibernetico & Dark Escoria.
 
--CMLL at Arena Coliseo today has Blue Panther & La Sombra & Strongman vs. Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--EWA from last night in Parkville, MD before 300 fans:  Wesley Mercer b Shaun Cannon in a ladder match, Cace Rawlings b Jean Jean LeBon, Blood & John Berg b Fed Up, J.D. Roberts b Harold Ian Verelli, Hyjinx b Drolix, J.D. Roberts & Chace Rawlings won Rumble (thanks to Joe Burrows)
 
--The detailed journal of an Evansville girl have led to the arrest of Charles Popp, 32, an area pro wrestler who is being charged with rape and sexually forcing himself on a teenage babysitter in 2010 when she was 14 and 15 years old.  Story is at http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/apr/15/no-headline---16a9xrape/ 
 
--CWF Mid Atlantic from last night in Burlington before 200 fans:  Chase Dakota b Arik Royal, Walter Eaton & Roy Wilkins b Jason Miller (not Mayhem) & Mark James, Kamikazi Kid won four-way, Donnie Dollars b Arrick Andrews, Ray Kandrack b Rob McBride, Adam Page & Jason Blade b Ty Dillinger & Michael McAllister, Mecha Mercenary DDQ Lee Valiant, Brad Attitude & Steve Greene b Ric Converse & Xsirirs.  They are doing joint shows on 5/13 and 5/14 with CHIKARA Pro (thanks to Randy Hedrick)
 
--NWA Main Event from Thursday night in Nashville:  Mickie Knuckles won Battle Royal, Anthony Wayne & Dyron Flynn b Kevin Dunn & Jamey Farrari, Trash Kan Graham b Super Barney, White Tiger b Shane Williams, Psycho Medic & White Tiger & Steve O & Mickie Knuckles b Richard Lowe & Damien Payne & Shane Smalls & Jessie Belle, Big Bully Douglas & Ox Harley b Anthony Wayne & Frank the Tank (thanks to Andrew Becker)
 
--Millersville Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN:  Anthony Wayne b Lee Cross, LBK b Anthony Wayne, Ox Harley b Derek Neal, Hammerjack b Bully Douglas, Mickie Knuckles b Jesse Belle, David Mathews  b Shane Eden, Kevin & Cody Weatherby b Wildboys  (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
 
--PGWA/WXCW from last night in Nashville:  Misty James b Mickie Knuckles, Christie Ricci b Nikki Diamond, Jessie Belle Smothers b Sin-D, Abriella b Amanda Ruffin, Heather Owens b Miss Rachel, Nemesis b Tracy Taylor to win PGWA and WXCW women's title (thanks to Lavonda Bell)
 
--A story on Jay Hieron of Bellator, who faces Rick Hawn on 5/7 for the welterweight tournament final and summer title shot at Ben Askren is at http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/mark-la-monica-/li-s-jay-hieron-continues-on-his-journey-1.2822508
 
--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis:  Tony Race b Webmaster Stevie K, Jimmy D b Chase King, Ace Hawkins b David Osborne, Johnny Courageous b Jaysin Static, Brandon Espinosa b LaMarcus Clinton, Gary Jackson b Big Texan-DQ, Max Archer d Wayne Mitchell (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--Phil Davis is doing a seminar on 5/7 back in State College, PA, where he went to college and won a national championship, at the Central Pennsylvania Mixed Martial Arts School.  You can register before 5/1 for $50.  For more info go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 814-422-5425
 
 

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