Wednesday's News and Links
--Regarding the earlier post on WrestleMania, it will most likely be announced for April 7, 2013 at MetLife Stadium. The March 31 date would be highly unlikely since that's Easter Sunday (thanks to Kevin Lagasse and Devin Cutting)
--In the ratings for last week on cable, USA was No. 1 with a 2.1 prime time average to 1.8 for Disney and 1.6 for The History Channel. Syfy Was No. 10 at 1.0 while FX was No. 11 at 0.9. Spike once again failed to crack the top 25. Last week's two hours of Raw were No. 6 and No. 9 overall, as well as No. 7 and No. 9 in 18-34 and 18-49.
--Regarding a note in this week's Observer and David Lagana's title as Director of Creative Writing for TNA, he was given that title on 11/1, when he was first hired by TNA, so that title is not reflective of anything related to Vince Russo leaving the company.
--WWE has once again changed its business approach to the movies. They announced a three movie deal with Fox Home Entertainment which will include "The Marine: Homefront," the third movie in the series. John Cena will NOT be in the lead role.
--Dana White said yesterday that there is a chance the 6/16 show with Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen may be held in Rio de Janeiro instead of Sao Paulo, but Sao Paulo is the first choice. There is a noise ordinance in the city post midnight and because of the time difference, the UFC show is likely to last until close to 3 a.m. local time with the main event going on last. There is no other venue available except the outdoor soccer stadium.
White also said that he has been granted more control of Strikeforce, saying they had a meeting with Showtime this week that went well. He said things are going to slowly change but didn't give details.
White also said that Carlos Condit will not be fighting until Georges St. Pierre returns. So if Jake Ellenberger wins impressive tonight, he'll face the Condit vs. GSP winner, as opposed to facing Condit first.
--The next WWE movie, "Bending the Rules," starring Adam "Edge" Copeland, has a very small theatrical release starting 3/9.
--The Ultimate Warrior will be making an appearance at the 3/23 Northeast Wrestling show in Poughkeepsie, NY at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. The show also has John Morrison, Melina, Velvet Sky, Matt Hardy, Fit Finlay and Jerry Lawler. Here's a news story on the show. (thanks to Phil Strum and many others)
--Chuck Langerman's daily pro wrestling trivia concerns Roderick James McMcMahon, better known as Jess McMahon. Jess McMahon is the grandfather of Vincent Kennedy McMahon, and was the first pro wrestling promoter in the family. Jess McMahon was born in New York in 1882, a son of hotel owners who immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. Jess McMahon was a very smart child, and ended up graduating from Manhattan College at the age of 17 with a commercial degree. He was a big sports fan growing up. He was a boxing matchmaker and promoter at Madison Square Garden and promoted his first pro wrestling show in 1925, and continued to promote wrestling in the Northeast into the early 50s. His son, Vincent James McMahon, followed in his footsteps promoting out of Washington, DC in the late 50s.
--Will Russo, who worked in production for TNA, followed his father in leaving the company over the weekend.
--We're looking for info on booking John Hennigan.
--Ric Flair is scheduled to go on the road this coming weekend at TNA house shows. Flair will manage Gunner in a match against Garett Bischoff.
--Best show of 2011
WWE Money in the Bank 49.6%
UFC 139 14.8%
ROH Best in the World 10.7%
PWG DDT 4 5.3%
CHIKARA King of Trios 3.8%
New Japan Tokyo Dome show 2.0%
ROH Final Battle 1.6%
UFC 129 1.6%
New Japan G-1 Climax finals 1.0%
CHIKARA High Noon 1.0%
K-1 World Grand Prix 2010 0.6%
--Who is the biggest star so far in 2012?
The Rock 36.3%
C.M. Punk 31.2%
Nick Diaz 14.7%
Chael Sonnen 6.8%
John Cena 3.1%
Hulk Hogan 2.4%
--Are you watching UFC on Fuel tonight?
Would but I don't get Fuel 24.7%
Not interested in the lineup 19.1%
I never watch UFC 15.9%
I rarely watch UFC 10.8%
Would watch but have other plans 3.2%
--Poll on Monday's Raw
14.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Who do you believe is the biggest omission in the WWE Hall of Fame?
Bruno Sammartino 60.3%
Randy Savage 23.8%
Bob Backlund 6.3%
Lou Thesz 6.0%
Dick the Bruiser 0.9%
Frank Gotch 0.5%
Whipper Watson 0.5%
Gene Kiniski 0.5%
Johnny Valentine 0.5%
The Crusher 0.4%
Strangler Lewis 0.3%
Jim Londos 0.2%
--Miz will be appearing at the Cartoon Network's Hall of Game Awards this coming weekend.
--Tickets for UFC 145 on 4/21 in Atlanta, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans, went on sale to UFC Fight Club members today, and go on sale to newsletter readers tomorrow with the presale password ATLANTA. They go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern time.
--Fight Now TV based in New Jersey has its first Super Saturday Live this week. It starts with judo from Dusseldorf, Germany at 11 a.m. featuring some of the best players in the world including those expected to compete in the Olympics. The station is going to be carrying all major international judo competitions live. At 4 p.m. they will be airing Cage Warriors Fighting Championships live from London, England. and at 7 p.m. they will be airing live boxing from Montreal headlined by Adonis Stevenson defending the IBF super middleweight title against Jesus Gonzales.
--You can watch Saturday's ROH TV show free right now.
--A documentary produced by Spike TV called "I am Bruce Lee" featuring Dana White, Cung Le, Jon Nones, Gina Carano, Gene LeBell and Ray Boom Boom Mancini is airing for one night tonight at selected movie theaters around the country. To find out if there is a theater in your area airing the movie, you can go here. LeBell, who worked with Lee in Hollywood, has some amazing promos.
--Teddy Hart is off the Friday night Resistance Pro Wrestling show (Billy Corgan's promotion) that runs at The Excalibur in Chicago. He's being replaced by Ricochet. The show includes Harry Smith vs. Rhino, Melanie Cruise vs. Sassy Stephie, Almighty Sheik vs. Steven Walters, Robert Anthony vs. John Skyler, Sugar Dunkerton & Aaron Epic vs. Dany Only & Eddie Graves, Matt Cross vs. Mr. 450 vs. Ricochet and Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson vs. Matt Cage & Alex Kastle. Tickets are half priced with a student ID.
--Jon Jones is featured in the launch of Network of Champions, a 24-hour Youtube channel devoted to athlete lifestyle and comedy. His first video is up, training with the Broome County (New York) Sheriff's Office doing combat, driving and attack dog training.
--William Regal's commentary made Bill Simmons' Grantland web site.
--The new Brittney Palmer Playboy cover is out. The magazine hits newsstands on Friday.
--Volador Jr. defeated La Mascara last night in Guadalajara to become the new NWA world middleweight champion.
--Also last night in Pachuca, Hector Garza beat X-Fly to become the new Mexican national heavyweight champion.
--Also officially announced for Sunday at Arena Mexico has Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto defending the CMLL world trios title against The Love Buffet of Marco Corleone & Rush & Maximo. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Not sure if this is a listings error, but Sportsnet1 in Canada earlier this week was listing tonight at midnight airing the Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz PPV on Ch. 426 Congeco for free. That wouldn't sound right because replays are still airing on PPV this week. (thanks to Grant Zwarych)
--Jimmy Snuka has his own official Youtube page.
--PWS on 3/9 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center has Sami Callihan vs. Colt Cabana, Sid Vicious vs. Matt Hardy, Davey Richards vs. Dan Maff, Necro Butcher vs. The Sheik (managed by Abdullah the Butcher), Anthony Nese vs. Alex Reynolds, plus Amazing Red, AR Fox, Zema Ion, Eddie Kingston and more. Also appearing at the show will be Papa Shango, Shockmaster, Shelly Martinez, Angelina Love, Ox Baker, Jerry Lynn and Marty Jannetty.
--Xavier Nowlin at firstname.lastname@example.org is looking for old Nitro and Raw tapes.
--UWC on 3/10 in Browns Mills, NJ at the Fire House for the company's 14th anniversary show.
--The UWC TV show for this week is up.
--MMA Fight Night 4 on 2/17 in Newton, PA at the Newton Athletic Club.
--NWS on 2/17 in Union, NJ at the Elks Lodge featuring Tommy Dreamer and mini star Short Sleeve Sampson. They also run 2/18 in Bloomfield, NJ at the High School gym with Dreamer, Crowbar, Sandman and Marty Jannetty, as well as 3/3 in Island Heights, NJ at the Fire Company Hall headlined by Jannetty and Danny Inferno.
--CZW returns to Philadelphia on 3/10 at Boyle's World Gym on Roosevelt Blvd.
--Former UFC fighter Rob Emerson returns to fighting on 3/9 for the Tachi Palace promotion in Lemoore, CA, facing Savant Young.
--New Era Wrestling on Saturday night in Shelbyville, IN, at the Boys Club featuring Bobby Black & Dylan Bostic vs. Troy Van Zant & Jon Wall in a cage match.
--FWE on 2/25 in New York at The Hall in St Paul with Tommy Dreamer vs. Charlie Haas, Tara vs. Maria Kanellis, Winter vs. Brooke Tessmacher plus Big Daddy V, Jay Lethal and Mike Bennett.
--The Australian show "Last Man Standing" on Friday on ABC2 at 8:30 p.m. has another wrestling themed segment. This week they go to Senegal to do Senegal style pro wrestling, which is very different from the pro wrestling we know. (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--Stevie Richards has been added to the 3/29 Battle of the Belts show by NWA Ring Warriors on 3/29 in Fort Lauderdale as part of WrestleMania weekend. Richards will face Robbie E.
--Main Event Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Live for an iPPV for $7.50 right now shows matches with Jimmy Rave vs. Sonjay Dutt, Kenn Doane vs. Brian Cage and Johnny Gargano vs. Kyle Matthews.