We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week.
We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show
Also in this week's issue:
--Wrestler arrested on robbery and kidnapping charges and garnering national publicity in his home country
--Mexico celebrity turns to pro wrestling, legendary star takes promoters to task
--Update on Masakatsu Funaki after his surgery
--Third generation wrestlers from one of most famous family about to debut
--Matt Hardy returns to pro wrestling
--Tribute to Los Angeles territorial wrestling
--One of biggest crowds for a U.S. indie in months
--ROH new PPV experiment and philosophy
--Notes on this week's RH shows
--Notes on TNA's television schedule for the next several months
--Lots of updates on Ring Ka King, the new India promotion which starts airing next week
--Who is on the roster, when the show will air, where it will be available, who is putting it together
--Hulk Hogan update
--TNA in the U.K. notes
--Notes on Sting's future
--Next TNA PPV outside of Orlando
--Eric Bischoff gets new TV deal
--Kurt Angle twitter fun
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
--Official numbers for Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem
--Update on Kenny Florian's career
--Lorenzo Fertitta talks what they've learned about the PPV business and who is competition
--GSP talks about who he wants to fight next and why
--MMA's version of the Rock vs. Cena one year build
--Champion suffers broken hand
--Update on plans for a June PPV in Brazil from a soccer stadium
--How ticket sales are going for UFC events coming up
--New market UFC will debut in later this year
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Why the biggest match possible in one promotion is not going to happen
--Notes on reviews of "Haywire" with Gina Carano
--Update on Nate Marquardt
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner faces pro wrestler/fighter this weekend
--Notes on a new promotion and first main event
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--A few more notes coming off last night's show. The best match bonus went to Christian Morecraft vs. Pat Barry, but when Dana White started getting people on twitter telling him it should have been Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian, he gave them a bonus as well. Best submission went to Jim Miller and best knockout to Nick Denis. All got $45,000.
--We've had no update as of yet regarding Ted DiBiase last night. He had to be helped out of the ring, not sure if it was selling the crossroads from Cody Rhodes or not. Big Show, who tweaked his back on Tuesday in Las Vegas, worked with Daniel Bryan last night. Mark Henry was advertised last night and not there due to his groin injury so I'm guessing he won't be at the rest of the weekend house shows. Randy Orton was also in some advertising for the weekend shows and not there. He's still scheduled for Raw on Monday in Phoenix but I could see them pulling him from that and having him be a surprise in the Rumble. In fact, I'd make that call.
--The Chikara/ROH feud is to set up a doubleheader on 4/28 in Chicago. It started with the Briscoes vs. Jigsaw & Hallowicked and put Jigsaw through a table while tying Hallowicked's mask to the bottom rope. Mike Quackenbush came out and Cary Silkin got involved. Then Dasher Hatfield, Frightmare, Ultramantis Black and the Ant Colony came out to distract the Briscoes and Jigsaw rolled-up Mark. This sets up a title match on 4/28 in Chicago and likely other interpromotional matches when CHIKARA and ROH both run the same building for afternoon and evening shows.
--Jim Cornette appeared this morning on the Norfolk FOX affiliate news to promote tonight's show.
--Haywire is estimated at being No. 5 for last night at the box office with a $2.9 million first night gross and is expected to do in the $8.6 million range. That's the low end of the very modest expectations that were out for the movie. That's not a success, although those types of movies often do well internationally. "Underworld: Awakening" did an estimated $9.8 million last night for the top spot.
--Roger Ebert gave "Haywire"
a strong review. He expected her to be a considerable box office success, saying that within her range, she's good and that she had him hooked after the first scene. (thanks to Will Bartley)
--What shows are you planning on watching this weekend
UFC on FX 54.2%
Pro Elite on HDNet 12.2%
86% of those saying they were going to watch Pro Elite also said they were watching the UFC show. 44.1% said they weren't watching either show
--What do you is the biggest show of the weekend?
UFC on FX 68.7%
New Japan Fantasticmania 2 shows 20.4%
NOAH in Osaka 9.0%
Pro Elite 2.0%
--Who will be the next Zuffa champion to drop their title?
Miesha Tate 34.8%
Frankie Edgar 22.8%
Junior Dos Santos 18.6%
Luke Rockhold 8.3%
Anderson Silva 3.8%
Dominick Cruz 3.8%
Jon Jones 2.4%
Gilbert Melendez 2.4%
Jose Aldo Jr. 0.7%
--Poll on Impact
55.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--NBC Sports (formerly Versus) will be airing its fight Fight Night boxing series from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. A story in the Philadelphia Inquirer today noting this did say that the former Bingo Hall is best known for its role in the rise of extreme wrestling more than a decade ago.
--Jerry Lawler & Dory Funk Jr. team up in an eight man tag match tonight in Ocala, FL for the BANG promotion. Lawler & Funk Jr., who wrestled several times in major matches in Memphis, team with Johnny Magnum & Cory Weston vs. Shane Chung & Blain Rage & Fushicho Masuku & Jayson Falcone.
--Tommy Dreamer writes a story about Edge
. An interesting trivia note about this story is Dreamer said that he first met Edge in 2001 at a show in Los Angeles (a UPW show when they were running the Galaxy Theater which was pretty first-class way above indie standard shows) and went to an IHOP together with Christian. As it turned out, I was at that show as well and that restaurant. It was right after the death of Johnny Valentine. He noted they traveled together in their WWE days (Dreamer was not yet with WWE at the time and came in to work Samoa Joe as I recall). He said he wishes he could induct him, but knows it won't happen, but hopes Christian gets to.
--Here are some photos of Shawn Michaels
at the 12th annual Golden Moose Awards show in Las Vegas yesterday. (thanks to Anne Licuz)
--A note from yesterday's report: those at THQ have said that the story going around and reported here that Chris Jericho would be released as a free downloadable character for the new WWE 12 game are not true. Jericho is not in the game.
--There is a major Chyna meltdown on Twitter that actually happened a few days ago. I would describe it, but that would require a far greater level of reading comprehension of complete insanity than I have. Suffice to say she doesn't like Vince McMahon and I think wants to fight him, but I'm not sure of that.
--In the UFC on FX predictions last night, Mike Sempervive, Todd Martin and Mike Sawyer all went 4-0. I went 3-1, as did Oliver Copp, both missing on the Duane Ludwig vs. Josh Neer fight. Josh Nason went 2-2. I easily could have gone 1-3 because I was going back-and-forth on three of the four fights (only the Easton fight and really, the judges could have gone either way on that one as well). In the end even though I thought Melvin Guillard matched up in a way where he should beat Jim Miller, I kind of counted on Miller not being finished and thus Guillard finding a way to get submitted.
--Jesse Neal and Christina Von Eeerie were at the FCW tapings this week, but weren't there working.
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Tim Renesto & Saint b Josh Prada & Nick Iggy, Jason Xavier b Josh Crow, Allen Shepard b Mike Revick, L.T. Falk b Bully Douglas-DQ, Raven b Jocephus, Damien Payne b Gary Valiant-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--CZW runs the Fountain Square Salvation Inn on 2/4 in Indianapolis.
--GOUGE tonight in Roxboro, NC at the National Guard Armory.
--Crossfire Entertainment runs again on 3/17 at the Nashville Fairgrounds with Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Fit Finlay, Brian Christopher and a mystery partner vs. PG-13, Hammerjack vs. Sinn Bodhi, Kid Kash vs. Jerry Lynn, Cassidy Riley & Chase Stevens vs. David Young & Sigmon and Shane Williams vs. U-Gene.
--Big Time Wrestling on 3/16 in Newark, CA at the Fairgrounds with Harry Smith and Chris Masters.