-- New technology could change how traumatic brain injuries are diagnosed. Very interesting article. The claim is the new brain scan is like an HD TV compared to a fuzzy black-and-white, which is how the old process is described.
-- Dixie Carter update on Jesse Sorensen: @TNASorenson met w/doctors this wk & is out for up to a yr. We’re blessed he will be back at all. He’s staying positive. No comment on Zima.
-- Big article in the New York Post today about how the WWE Network is having isuses getting off the ground. It claims they don't have a single cable or satellite partner deal yet. Not one. Whether that's the case or not, that's what they're reporting, and I would hate to be in the WWE office today. You can read it here.
-- I have been informed that Mickie James and Velvet Sky are, in fact, going by the name THE HARDCORE PIGEONS. It's taken me an hour to wrap my head around that one.
-- Thiago Alves, who made weight at 170.5 yesterday, apparently put on almost 30 pounds in the next few hours.
-- We have a bonus Figure Four Daily up today with Truth Martini talking Sunday's ROH 10th Anniversary show. The event, which is available on gofightlive.tv, is only $10 (actually, $9.99), both to introduce the concept to new viewers and also, I would presume, to celebrate 10 years.
-- Sheamus will be at the FCW show in Kissimmee, FL tonight. Dusty Rhodes will also be appearing this Saturday night in Lake City as part of FCW’s 2012 Tour.
-- Not sure why Quinton Jackson needed TRT when he could have just used GAMMA-O.
-- Almost 400 consecutive print issues of Figure Four Weekly up on eBay here.
-- Smackdown tonight from Seattle has Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler in a good match, Big Show vs. Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, Santino vs. Heath Slater, Eve vs. Natalya, Justin Gabriel vs. Drew McIntyre in a match – get ready – were if Drew loses he's fired, and more. I've got a full review in the new Bryan & Vinny Show that went up Tuesday.
-- Triple H is booked as wrestling on the March 18th Madison Square Garden show. No opponent is listed at this point.
-- Cubsfan has a big preview of tonight's CMLL Dos Leyendas show here. He'll also be doing a live chat on his site during the show.
-- Speaking of lucha, Steve Sims and I will be joined by Konnan on Figure Four Daily next week.
-- Lots of news out of Mexico from Kris Zellner:
AAA announced today that Jeff Jarrett would be making his next defense of his AAA Mega Heavyweight Title against El Mesias at the big Rey de Reyes show on 3/18 in Zapopan.
On the eve of Dos Leyendas, Blue Panther said that he is excited to be in the main event of such a grand show that is honoring two legends in Salvador Lutteroth & Bobby Bonales but he has to admit that he is worried about losing his hair. BP said that he has battled Negro Casas for 30 years and he is one of the most dangerous opponents you can face and to face him in such a big match he has to be prepared for anything because they are equals in almost every way. BP said that their rivalry has exploded since last Summer after the Forjando de Idolo tournament where it was a battle of their students against each other but it turned into a personal battle between the teachers to prove who was the better man. BP said that their rivalry is now coming to a culmination after months of buildup and hostility where it has become more personal than ever especially after Negro's brother Felino lost his hair to him last December. BP said that he expects the match to be a battle of atrition but he will win although he has mentally prepared himself for a loss and will accept a defeat like a man. BP was then asked if a loss will force him into retirement and he said that he has no plans to retire as he has plenty to give lucha libre.
Negro Casas in response said that he is anxious about the match because he wants to see who is the better man between him & BP and the butterflies in his stomach have been growing by the day. Negro said that he admires BP as a fighter and that he has had many matches both with BP as a partner and a rival but none compared to the one coming up tomorrow night at Arena Mexico because this match could define both men's careers. Negro said that their careers have been like looking in a mirror because there are many similarities but he thinks their match will be unpredictable because both men know each other so well that they are going to use some different techniques to try and trick the other man. Negro does think he has the speed advantage though but does admit that BP may be the better technical wrestler so one offsets the other. Negro talked about Felino losing his hair to BP last December and he said that the loss won't affect him because he is defending his own heritage not his brother's. Negro said that the rivalry will continue until one or the other retires because no matter who wins or loses the loser of the match will try to avenge their loss to the end.
Hijo del Medico Asesino who promised he was going to FCW all last year is down there and has been there since January and now has his new gimmick. He is still masked and his name is Benicio Salazar.
-- Whitney from I Tap Boys is up here talking Rousey vs. Tate this weekend, the Smackdown tapings with Santino, and more.
-- Ring Rust Radio with a number of different interviews up here.
-- Pretty cool Limited Edition Andre the Giant "Villain" - 12x18 Officially Signed, Dated and Hand-Stamped Art Print
-- Should WWE get out of the movie business?
They should give the next model a chance to work and decide from there 26.0%
What do you think tonight's UFC show will do in the ratings?
0.8 or less 35.1%
1.9 or more 3.9%
Which show draws a higher rating?
UFC on FOX tonight 63.0%
Strikeforce on Showtime 37.0%
Regarding Sunday's ROH iPPV show, what best describes your feelings
Am buying because I like the show or hype 14.8%
Am buying because of the $9.99 price, wouldn't at $14.99 3.8%
Have never bought before, am doing so because of price 1.6%
Have never bought before, am doing so due to lineup 0.9%
Don't buy iPPV shows 29.2%
Wouldn't buy an ROH show 27.8%
Have bought ROH in the past, but don't like this lineup 12.0%
Haven't bought in the past, would consider buying, but not this lineup 9.9%
-- LEGENDS OF THE RING 14 Saturday June 2, 2012 Doors open at 8:30 am Crowne Plaza Hotel – Monroe, New Jersey Exit 8a NJTPK www.legendsofthering.com
-- EWF Presents X8 Tournament Borderman Gymnasium A.K.A. - EWF Arena 501 E. Marion St. Converse, IN 46919 Doors open at 5:30 PM for Meet & Greet Bell Time 7:30 PM, "FORMER WWE/TNA SUPERSTAR MATT HARDY WILL BE IN ACTION!"
-- PINFALL: A pro-wrestling documentary in HD
-- Baltimore Sports Blog has a story on Tate vs. Rousey here
-- Local boy done did good story here
-- Interview with Trish Stratus here
-- Matt Farmer and Nicki Syxx are guests on Ed in San Antonio's show tonight, talking a bunch of things including road stories from the late 90s in the Northwest, some of which, unfortunately, probably involve me and Craig.