WED. UPDATE: Hardy case update, Angle pub, TNA injur update, Bret talks WWE change, Fitch surgery

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        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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--If you weren't keeping track, today is that day of the month, when Jeff Hardy gets another continuance.  Today his lawyer, James Van Camp, asked for a continuance until August saying Hardy needed time to have a drug treatment assessment done.  This is not admitting to a problem, just that Hardy will be independently evaluated whether Hardy needs therapy and if no, get a treatment plan, which is a step in the right direction.  The motion will be decided on 6/27.  For more you can go to
--They teased Chris Jericho's elimination last night as he was down to the final two, even though he tied for second place when it came to the judges scores on "Dancing with the Stars."  That does not necessarily mean he finished second from the bottom, but this was twice in three weeks that he was in the final two.  One of the judges did say that it was ridiculous Jericho was in the spot.  In a vignette where they asked the judges about each person, they said Jericho was basically an unknown, but he is an incredible performer, but doesn't necessarily have the movements of a dancer.   
--Jericho writes about this week's shows at
--After being checked out by the doctor, Jeff Jarrett has badly bruised ribs, but not broken ribs as first believed.  He didn't wrestle last night but did do a physical angle with Kurt Angle.
--The AP ran a story on Kurt Angle's sentencing last week from his reckless driving charge a few weeks ago in North Dakota.  It had already been reported here.  He was ordered to pay $475 in fines, to one year probation, given a ten-day suspended jail sentence and undergo a chemical dependency evaluation.  The AP story mentioned he was a pro wrestler but TNA was not mentioned.  
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--Does anyone know if there are any current or retired wrestlers with family members affected by autism? 
--Bret Hart believes WWE is wrestling and doesn't understand why they don't want to use the word.  "I'm kind of scratching my head about that.  I don't know that it makes any difference.  Wrestling is wrestling.  Call it whatever name you want, it's still wrestling."  He also noted he was never asked to induct Shawn Michaels into the Hall of Fame.  Michaels a few years ago brought up his name saying he thought Hart would give a more honest appraisal of his career than others.  Story is at
--Jon Fitch got word yesterday that he will need shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum.  This will likely keep him out of action until the end of the year. 
--In cable ratings for last week, USA was No. 1 at 2.1 followed by Disney also at 2.1 and TNT at 1.6.  Tough Enough is a slight detriment to those ratings and it is now very close.  Last week's two hours of Raw were No. 6 and No. 9. Pawn Stars with a 4.5 rating was first.  Hour two was No. 9 in 18-34.  The two hours were No. 5 and No. 7 in 18-49. 
--Bryan and I are headed to Las Vegas today for the annual Cauliflower Alley Club banquet.  We'll have a full report up on tonight's radio show.  You can also ask questions for tonight's show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--In the pay TV ratings in Australia, dominated by rugby, WWE Raw was No. 33 with 37,000 viewers, Smackdown was No. 65 with 26,000 and NXT was No. 99 with 22,000.
--Details on Big Show on Supah Ninjas on Friday night is at
--ROH announced Davey Richards vs. Kenny King for 5/7 in Toronto.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling tonght on iPPV from Southgate, MI has Zach Gowen & U-Gene vs. Bull Pain & Isabella Smothers, Rhino vs. Sexy Slim Goodie, Sabu vs. 2 Tuff Tony, Colt Cabana vs. Weedman, Corporal Robison vs. Bryer Wellington and Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sal the Man of 1,000 gimmicks in match two of a loser leaves town best of three series.  It's avilable at 8 p.m. on   
--Jeremy Borash did something unique on Twitter on Monday.  Because there are no TNA house shows this weekend, he did a thing where whatever city he got the most responses from would get a Tweet N Greet with him and a TNA star on Saturday.  So he's headed to Nottingham, England.
--The segment with R-Truth lighting up the cigarette and blowing it in John Morrison's face was edited out of Raw in the U.K. airing (thanks to Gary Mehaffy)
--A story on John Morrison's frustrations with being unable to quite hit the top level, and his explanation for growing his beard (because he thought it would make him look more the part) is at
--Best recent major MMA fight
Nick Diaz vs. Paul Daley 39.8%
Diego Sanchez vs. Martin Kampmann 22.0%
Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua 17.0%
Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung II 10.0%
Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera 2.3%
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland 2.3%
Brian Ebersol vs. Chris Lytle 1.5%
Dan Henderson vs. Rafael Feijao 1.5%
Gegard Mousasi vs. Keith Jardine 1.5%
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani 1.2%
Gilbert Melendez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri 0.8%
--What May show are you most interested in?
UFC 131 Edgar vs. Maynard 42.4%
WWE Extreme Rules 30.4%
Pacquiao vs. Mosley 22.2%
TNA Sacrifice 5.0%
--Best recent pro wrestling match
Undertaker vs. HHH 57.8%
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett Lockdown 15.0%
Haas & Benjamin vs. Richards & Edwards 9.7%
Smackdown Elimination Chamber match 6.2%
Pac vs. Akira Tozawa 3.5%
Eddie Edwards vs Christopher Daniels II 2.9%
Fortune vs. Immortal Lethal Lockdown 2.7%
Edwards vs. Daniels I 1.6%
A.J. Styles vs. Matt Hardy Victory Road 0.6%
--Strongest 2011 Hall of Fame candidate
Edge 42.2%
Rock & Roll Express 19.9%
Lou Albano 14.0%
Steve Williams 10.3%
Gary Hart 3.9%
Dr. Wagner Sr. 2.5%
Batista 2.0%
Red Bastien 1.4%
The Assassins 1.4%
Mick McManus 1.2%
Kinji Shibuya 0.8%
Hans Schmidt 0.5% 
--Lance Storm talks about ECW reunions and his feelings on them, as well as why he didn't do Hardcore Justice at
--Internet pre sale opened today for the WWE Smackdown show on 7/24 in White Plains, NY at the Westchester County Center.  You can go to and order using the password THECORRE.
--Funny tweet of the day:  Diana Smith, the mother of Harry "David Hart" Smith:  "I actually think my son Harry Smith could compete in Pride, MMA/UFC now as a high level wrestler, he's honestly that good!  Ask Josh Barnett."  I don't mean to say the idea of Smith in MMA is a bad idea. Billy Robinson once told me that he thought with 18 months of training with him that Smith could win the UFC heavyweight title, he was that impressed with him in the time he trained him.  Just that it would be very difficult right now for Smith to be able to compete in Pride.
--NWA East on 4/29 in Pittsburgh at the Jacob Woll Pavilion       
--Eastern Wrestling Alliance from Saturday night in Chicopee, MA:  J.T. Fox b Cameron Matthews, Elia Markopolous b Lukas Sharpe, Mercedes KV b Taeler Hendrix, The Mac & Shane Marvel b Dr. Heresy & Golden Burke, Kid Mikaze b Bobby Ocean, Jeremy Leary b Alex Cypher, Justin Tunis & Aaron Morrison b Zack Static & Doug Summers (not the 80s star) via DQ
--Friday night in Tijuana:  Camaleon de Oro & Venum Black & Rubi Gardenia b Cinico & Viento & Zarco, Angel Metalico & Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger & Super Astro b Bestia 666 & Tony Rivera & TJ Boy & X-Fly, Damian 666 & Halloween & L.A. Park b Psycho Circus-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Jeff and Karen Jarrett will be honorary crew members for Joe Denette Motorsports at the Nashville Superspeedway this weekend.
--Sengoku's Yasubey Enomoto has signed with M-1 Global and replaces the injured Rashid Magomedov on the 4/28 show in St Petersburg, Russia.  He faces Shamil Zavurov for the M-1 welterweight title on the show which airs live at
--A U.S. vs. Russia Freestyle wrestling dual meet is scheduled outdoors in New York at Times Square on 5/5.  It will be held at Duffy Square on 46th Street and shown on the huge TV screen at Times Square.  It starts at 6 p.m.  Matches have not yet been announced.
--UFC is doing a sweepstakes for the UFC 131 show for two to get two tickets to the show, round trip airfare, hotel accomodations, spending money though THQ.  The sweepstakes is available to those who can get to level five on the UFC Facebook game at
--Results from the FSW Charity show in Las Vegas Monday night as part of the Cauliflower Alley Club festivities:  Robby Phoenix won Battle Royal, Teddy Stigma over William Saint and Chicano Flame, Taylor Made b Sassy Steffy, Los Ben Dejos b Rexx Reed & Manimal, GQ Gallo & Dom Vitali b Khan Kussion & Mike James, Kid Vegas & Sugar Brown & Bryce Harrison b Richie Rotten & Preacher & Glenn Ulrich, Sinn Bodhi & Stacy Carter b Massive Damage & Sexy Samantha, Sammy Savard b Noah Lott, Cyanide & Vintage Dragon b The IWI, Funny Bone won four-way over Brandon Gatson, Chupacabra and Famous B, Franco D'Angelo b Matt Riviera.  Next show is 4/22 at the FSW Arena.     

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