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Daily Update: WWE RAW, Kurt Angle rumors, Mitrione signs with Bellator

Monday Night RAW

It is a loaded Raw tonight with the Vince, Shane & Stephanie McMahon, HHH, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Undertaker advertised. Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns are in Pittsburgh plus Mick Foley was expected to appear a few weeks ago on this show.  Reigns was lifting weights at a local gym earlier today.

Regarding the Kurt Angle rumors, while you never can say never in wrestling, WWE has consistently not been interested in him in ten years.  Regarding the report we had of HHH and Angle seeing each other at the Arnold Fitness Expo last week, according to those close to the situation, while both were there, the report was not the case and there was no interaction between the two.

WWE officially announced Jacqueline Moore for the Hall of Fame.  The story was already in their WrestleMania magazine but they will claim Fox Sports as the exclusive when announcing it on Raw tonight.

Bryan and I will be back on Wrestling Observer Radio tonight talking Raw, New Japan, ratings and the rest of the news as well as talking e-mail questions that can be sent to mailbag@wrestlingobserver.com


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Raw will be in Pittsburgh tonight.  Among those advertised are Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, HHH and Stephanie McMahon.  Roman Reigns is not advertised for the show but he and Daniel Bryan are in Pittsburgh right now.  Mick Foley is also expected on the show.  

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Cincinnati with Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, A.J. Styles, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt advertised.


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MONDAY NEWS UPDATE

London Mayor Boris Johnson said in The Independent that he is "dead keen" on getting WrestleMania in the U.K.  (thanks to Murdo MacKenzie)

Even though AAA's Garza Jr. (Humberto Garza III) this past week said our reports of him in talks with WWE were just rumors, guess who is in Orlando today at the Performance Center?  Garza Jr. was one of the people up for several unofficial slots for Mexican wrestlers in the upcoming cruiserweight television series on the network.

Impact tomorrow night will be almost live with Matt Hardy vs. Ethan Carter III and Jeff Hardy's return vs. Eric Young.  As of yesterday, the show was being listed from 9 p.m. to 11:10 p.m. so they are giving them an overrun.  The show will actually be taped two hours ahead of time but will be pushed as being live. (thanks to Joe Puccio)

The NCAA Division I wrestling tournament will air on Friday and Saturday night on ESPN.   All six sessions from Madison Square Garden will air on ESPN 3. 

Bellator signed Matt Mitrione to a multi-fight contract.   It was announced today on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani at mmafighting.com 

New Japan announced four title matches for this coming weekend.  On 3/19 in Nagoya, Katsuyori Shibata defends the Never Open weight title against Satoshi Kojima while Tiger Mask defends the NWA jr. title against former champion Steve Anthony.  On 3/20 in Hyogo, Kenny Omega & The Young Bucks defend the Never Open weight six man titles against Hiroshi Tanahashi & Michael Elgin & Juice Robinson and Tomohiro Ishii defends the ROH TV title against Evil.

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WWE

  • A press conference was held today at the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital to announce a multi-year partnership between WWE and The V Foundation for Cancer Research which would be the money raised by WWE fans for Conor's Cure.
  • Universal Orlando announced that a Willy Wonka inspired Chocolate Factory and restaurant and not a WWE Hall of Fame, museum and restaurant will be replacing NBA City at Universal Citywalk.  So anything regarding the physical Hall of Fame is back up in the air. (thanks to many) 
  • SummerSlam travel packages are now available from WWE which include tickets to the show.  Tickets for the show itself go on sale on 4/2.
  • Stephanie McMahon will be on the Rachel Ray show on Friday.
  • Mick Foley talks his raffle, WrestleMania, and WWE creative: You can also listen to the interview here
  • Cesaro talks about his injury and his history in Pittsburgh for KDKA in Pittsburgh
  • Hershey, PA House Show results provided by Jordan Cassatt:

Dolph Ziggler and The Usos d. The Miz and the Dudleys

RUSEV w. Lana d. Sin cara by sub. 

Damien sandow and Neville d. Bo Dallas and Heath slater. W/ Curtis axel - Rose was missing

Ryback d. Tyler Breeze

Sasha and Becky d. Tamina and Naomi  - Paige was special ref. Paige helped Becky and Sasha win

KALISTO d. Alberto del rio to retain the United States championship 

AJ Styles d. Kevin Owens by DQ Match was for the IC Championship 

HERSHEY STREET FIGHT! Big Show and Kane d. Erick Rowan and Braun STROMAN!

UFC/MMA

  • UFC announced a partnership with GuardLab, which will make mouthpieces for all UFC fighters and also offer UFC branded mouthpieces to the public.
  • Daniel Brown was announced today to face Alan Patrick on Saturday night's UFC show in Brisbane, Australia (Sunday in Australia).  The fight will air on FS 1.  Brown is a Australian fighter from Cage Warriors who will be making his debut.  Patrick was to face Chad Laprise, but Laprise will instead face Ross Pearson on Fight Pass in the featured Fight Pass match.  Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo was the Fight Pass top bout on the show, but Trujillo had a visa issue regarding getting into Australia.
  • World Series of Fighting announced a 4/2 show on NBC Sports Network from Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  Matches announced are David Branch defending his middleweight title against Clifford Starks and a match for the vacant welterweight title with Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino, plus Vinny Magahlaes vs. Jake Heun and Abu Azaitari vs. Danny Davis Jr.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Zack Sabre Jr. won the 11th annual 16 Carat Gold tournament in Oberhausen, Germany last night before a sellout of 750 fans.  Bad Bones John Klinger and Absolute Andy had to go to the hospital Saturday night after both took a bad table bump.  Klinger had a bruised shoulder and heel, but should be back in action shortly.  Andy has two cracked ribs, a concussion and his lower lip was split open.  He'll be out longer.  Karsten Beck also teased retirement on the show:

Tournament quarterfinal match:  Drew Galloway b Angelico

Semifinals:  Axel Dieter Jr. b Drew Galloway

Zack Sabre Jr. b Sami Callihan

Bobby Gunns & Vincent the Beast & Silas Young b Big Daddy Walker & Mike Schwarz & Timothy Thatcher

Aaron Insane & Toni Storm b Kevin Roadster & Melanie Gray in a mixed tag team match

Ilja Dragunov & Julian Negro retained the wXw tag titles over David Starr & Shane Strickland

Da Mack over Emil Sitico, Kim Ray and The Rotation for the top contender spot for the Shotgun title

Jurn Simmons b Tyler Bate to retain the wXw title

Marty Scurll & Trevor Lee b Mike Bailey & Will Ospreay

Sabre Jr. b Dieter Jr. to win the tournament (thanks to Markus Gronemann)

 

  • There was a Charlie Smith Appreciation show held on Saturday night in Nowell, GA for SFCW, drawing the largest crowd in company history (500 total, 400 paid, raising $3,500 for the Cauliflower Alley Club) which included appearances by Ole Anderson (who they announced was the original Rock), Paul Orndorff, Brian Blair, Bobby Simmons, Mac McMurray, Charlie McGowan, Joel Deaton, Billy Black, Steve Lawler, Ranger Ross, Jerry Stubbs, Terry Lawler, Joyce Grable, as well as the wives of Wahoo McDaniel, Bill Dromo and Darrell Cochran.  Smith was a referee and office worker in Georgia who has been part of the business since 1954, and still goes to shows nearly every weekend.  At the show they joked that Smith was the referee when Cain fought Abel.  Damien Silva & Dax Anthony b Drew Game & Twisted. Jamie Holmes won Charlie Smith Battle Royal, Pandora won three-way over Misty James and Chelsea Diamond, Beau James & Buddy Burke b Lobo & Billy Jack, Drew Adler & Michael Stevens b Brian Kane & Rick Michaels, AJ Steele & Bobby Hayes b Drew Blood & Tetchi Makuji, Joel Deaton & Steve Lawler & Johnny Carno b Chris Nelms & Big Andy & Russian Assassin, Jagged Edge b Terry Lawler in a falls count anywhere match.  They  announced the next show would be 4/2 in Monroe, GA. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
  • Alicia Webb, the former Ryan Shamrock, suffered a seizure on 3/3 while working at a booth at a heath expo, and fell to the floor face first due to exhaustion and broke her nose on both sides according to www.prowrestlingsheet.com  Doctors were not able to pinpoint the problem that led to the seizure which has her concerned.  She will need surgery to fix her nose. 
  • FITE TV announced deals with Real Fighting Championships out of Tampa and KTFO with the 2/26 Real Fighting show and the 2/19 KTFO show being available for viewing right now.
  • Aden Chambers was announced as the final entrant in the ECWA Super 8 tournament on 4/23 in Woodbury Heights, NJ at the Community Center. 
  • Coastal Championship Wrestling from yesterday in Coral Springs, FL:  Tony Da Black b Julio Guadalupe, J-Dawg Brooks b Xander Vargas, Santana Garrett b Tammy Lynn, Stefan Guadalupe b Hero Byronico (thanks to Al Haft)
  • In Your Face Wrestling from Saturday night in Albany, NY:  Bobby Ocean won Battle Royal, Garrett Holiday b Zack Clayton, Myzery & Damien won over Trip & Axel Lennox, Benjamin Blackwell & Wreckingball Legursky and Ronnie Ribs & GA West, Sean Carr b Tyrek, Foxx Vinyer won three-way over Damon Ravage and Cody Deaner to win IYFW New Breed title, Bob Holly b Bobby Ocean, Vigo & Steve Kruz b Roman Dominguez & Salvatore Morocco in a tables match, Kenedi Copeland & La Diva b Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo, Dewey Murray b Sebastian Kelly, CJ Scott b Doug Summers, Jimmy Jact Cash won over Shooter Storm and Anthony Greene, Scott Norton & Drake Evans & Chip Stetson & Leon Oddity (managed by Kevin Nash) b Eric Emanon & Thomas Brewington & Cassius Cutcher & Ricky Williams
  • Dory Funk's BANG has a TV taping on 3/19 in Ocala, FL at the BANG TV Sound Stage.
  • United Wrestling Coalition's 20th anniversary show on Saturday night in Wrightstown, NJ:  Geoffrey Bravo b Nate Mustang, Rudo the Heel b Big Rig, Billy Lassiter & Bobby Piper b Orphan & Warhead, Great Cerenzio won three-way over Fredo Majors and Ripper, Philly Madison b Spectrum, Joe Rules & Mark Malaccio & Silly Billy b Don Montoya & Rick Silver & Bubba in a legends match.  Next show is 4/9 at Kelly's Banquet Hall. 
  • Pentagon Jr. headlines for AIW on Friday night at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Cleveland.  There will also be a 30 man rumble, Ethan Page vs. Zack Sabre Jr., Ray Rowe vs. Pentagon Jr., Alex Shelley vs. Candice LaRae, Cedric Alexander vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Joey Janela, Eddie Kingston vs Frankie Flynn and the "wedding" of Dick Justice and Missy Hyatt.
  • Pro Wrestling Eclipse from yesterday in Oshawa, ONT:  Buck Gunderson b Alessandro Del Bruno, Bee Machine won four-way over Puma Punku, Buishido, Ben Gail and Bearicade, Rage NC Jesse Amato, Space Monkey b Kobe Durst, John Atlas b Jim Nye, Phil Atlas b John Atlas, Tyler Tirva b Ethan Page, Joshua James & Tyson Dux b Cody Deaner & Will White. (thanks to Steven Ashe)
  • IWF March Madness on 3/19 and 3/26 at the IWF Centre in Nutley, NJ.

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