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--As noted earlier, the WWE will be doing its annual draft next week in Raleigh. Don't know how big a deal this is considering Smackdown talent has been on Raw virtually every week for months. It was described to me as a panic mood as this was scheduled for June. For what it's worth, John Cena has been announced for the Smackdown show the next day in Greensboro.
--Jeff Jarrett suffered broken ribs last night in his match with Kurt Angle. Angle was said to be okay after the match. Matt Hardy on twitter said that he thought he fractured his arm, but the only injury we heard about independently from the show was that of Jarrett. People who were on the plane with Hardy did not believe him to be hurt. When his girlfriend, Reby Sky, was asked on her Sirius show, she at first didn't know what anyone was talking about and laughed about it, then was told he put it on twitter and she sort of went with it.
--Mickie James is a few weeks away from returning to wrestle.
--The person who will be the babyface as "The Network" reveal will not be Dixie Carter.
--All Japan, Pro Wrestling NOAH and New Japan held a joint press conference earlier today to announce a charity show for earthquake and tsunami victims that will be the first time all three promotions worked together on the same show in years, taking place on 8/27 at Budokan Hall.
--Boxer Jeff Lacy's people sent out a press release saying they would accept a challenge from Nick Diaz to a boxing match. "Honestly, I was a little stunned. Nick has accomplished a great deal in mixed martial arts and is certainly one of the best in the sport. But getting in the ring with me for a boxing match is a path he needs to be very wary of taking. I'm willing to put it all on the line, anytime, anywhere. For the right price, I'm more than interested in heading to his turf and put my first in his mouth and silencing him."
--At yesterday's CHIKARA Pro show in Philadelphia, The Colony beat Osirian Portal and Team FIST beat Team Michinoku Pro, leading to The Colony winning the championship match. El Generico won the Rey de Voladores tournament beating 1-2-3 Kid in the finals with a brainbuster on the top turnbuckle. Also, Manami Toyota beat Madison Eagles. The video of all three nights is already available.
--Sean Waltman wrote this handwritten note on the wall of the locker room at CHIKARA Pro where he worked in his old 1-2-3 Kid gimmick and got a huge reaction all weekend: "Dear CHIKARA Pro, I will never forgot this weekend as long as I live. You are all the future of wrestling and it has been my honor to be here. I love you all from the bottom of my heart."
--Who do you think won this fight?
Marcos Galvao 64.3%
Joe Warren 21.7%
I was surprised it was this close as virtually everyone I spoke with after not only thought Galvao won, but that it wasn't even an arguable point.
--Best TV show of the past week?
Tough Enough 29.5%
UFC Prime Time: St. Pierre vs. Shields 9.2%
Ultimate Fighter 3.9%
Inside MMA 2.9%
--Poll on Bellator TV show
53.9% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Tough Enough tonight will have Big Show on and Stacy Keibler may also be on the show tonight.
--Shawn Michaels is now available for acting, commercials, print ads, endorsements, licensing deals, autograph signings, public speaking, corporate events or other appearances through Luke Munson at
and at 760-438-5709 and 619-312-5562. Only serious business inquiries.
--Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas defend the ROH tag titles against Mark & Jay Briscoe on 5/7 in Toronto/
--WWE has filed a trademark for the name "Kharma." That would be the name for a new piece of talent, which could be Awesome Kong (thanks to Stephen Haynes)
--The WWE house show on 4/22 in Ankara, Turkey has been canceled.
--The annual Cauliflower Alley Club activities started today in Las Vegas. We're looking for reports on that. Bryan and I will be at the banquet on Wednesday night and we'll be doing a radio show from there. We also have our usual post-Raw show tonight and if you've got any questions on wrestling or MMA you can send them to
--Evolve has its first iPPV tomorrow night at http://www.WWNLive.com
at 8 p.m. from B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York. The National Geographic Channel will be filming at the show for a documentary on the plight of independent wrestlers. Top matches are Austin Aries vs. Jon Moxley, Akira Tozawa vs. Chuck Taylor, 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. We're looking for reports on this show.
--Lance Storm talks about watching the Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Glamor Girls match from Madison Square Garden in 1987 and noted with sadness that such a quality of match will likely never happen in WWE again at http://www.stormwrestling.com/041811.html
--Big Show appears on Supah Ninjas on Nickelodeon on Friday night.
--Ron Lingron of Petaluma Speedway noted to us that HHH's theme music is in regular rotation when cars come out before the Saturday night races. Lingron, the announcer, is also in charge of the music. He also plays Ricky Steamboat's 80s entrance music. He noted that both he and the promoter of the races are big wresting fans and it's not unusual for them to be talking about Raw, but they don't ever talk about TNA.
--FEW from yesterday in Fort Wayne, IN: Adam Bueller & Ryan Epic won Battle Royal, Jacob & Donatello Hallows b Adam Bueller & Ryan Epic, Mr. Old School b Donnie Swenson, Jack Verville b SI, Jimmy Shalwin b Just Justin, Frankie the Face b Bobby Black, Mitchell Taylor & Mangler & Mr. Main Event b Timothy Made & Mike Musso, Jake Omen b Louis Lyndon, Dylan Bostic b Keith Creme. Next show is 5/22.
--EWF from Saturday night in Converse, IN: Dylan Bostic b Scotty Young, Osyris b Tyson Judge, Blackharts b Parker James & The SI and Last Kings of Scotland in three-way, Hailey Rose over Destinee Blade and Trash Cassidy, Marc Houston b Edwin Torres, Nate Phoenix b Pacman Jackson, Hillbilly Jedd b Bobby Steele, Just Justin b Dusty Dillinger-DQ, Jake Omen b Billy Gunn. Next show is 5/14.
--BANG on 4/23 in Ocala, FL at the Funking Conservatory.
--Ultimate Championship Wrestling on 5/21 in Pinconning, MI at the End of the World party at 2:45 p.m. with matches between bands playing in a concert.
--NWA Underground on Saturday night in Elkhart, IN: Big Deal b Kaleb Kosby, Jaron Skalka b Malice, Caden Ames b Nick Cutler, Zodiac Thrillers & Chris Rains b Dusty Bottoms & Gregory the Gorilla & Lance Storie, Dick the Bruiser Jr. b Blackjack Parsons, Hardcore Harry b Blue Inferno.
--UWC from Saturday night in Browns Mills, NJ: Warhead & Orphan b Legion & Big Rig, Unholy Alliance b Ripper the Heel & Billy Lassiter, Staten Island Wrecking Crew DDQ Mind & Muscle, Fierce Fuego b Slayer, Twiggy Ramirez b Geoffrey Bravo, Taylor Nicole b Jackie Daniels & Roxie Cotton, Secret Society b Blackhearted Justice, Biggie Biggs b Legion (thanks to Chris Wilcox).
--IWF 14th anniversary show on Saturday night at the IWF Centre in West Paterson, NJ.
--The first round of the ECWA Super 8 tournament which takes place on 4/30 in Voorhees, NJ live on iPPV at http://www.GoFightLive.tv
was announced as Sami Callihan vs. Adam Cole, Shockwave the Robot vs. Shiima Xion, Bobby Shields vs. Austin Aries and Rich Swann vs. Tommaso Ciampa.