Saturday's News, Notes & Links
--The Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans Prime Time show debuted last night on FX and we got almost no feedback to it. Nothing is listed regarding a replay. It also airs the next two Fridays right after Ultimate Fighter.
--Dana White said on twitter that the Frank Mir vs. Cain Velasquez fight would go on as scheduled on 5/26. This morning he told us that they have to wait until the commission meeting before they make any move other than there will be a heavyweight title fight on the show.
--The headline story and most read story this morning on CNN was about the first Jerry Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman match in Memphis on April 5, 1982. Author Wayne Drash was at the Mid South Coliseum and interviewed both Lance Russell and Dave Brown for the story. They went a little overboard in crediting that feud with transforming the pro wrestling industry with the idea it paved the way for celebrity involvement in wrestling, but celebrity involvement in wrestling went back to the beginning of time. Story is at http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/07/us/kaufman-lawler-wrestling-match/index.html?hpt=hp_c1 The story said the attendance was a sellout 11,200 but actual attendance was 8,100. The Lawler vs. Kaufman feud never sold out in Memphis. Early on, it dew above average crowds but was never a through the roof success. The most successful show was actually 13 months later with Lawler vs. Kaufman & The Colossus of Death (Duke Myers) that drew 9,194 and Kaufman's last appearances drew 3,000 to 4,000. (thanks to many people, most notably Scott Bowden, who himself writes about the first match at
--Cobo Arena in Detroit is about to be torn down. A banquet hall and convention center show room will take the spot in around 2014. There is an article in the Detroit News at http://www.detroitnews.com that talks about it and does mention it as the original home of the Detroit Pistons, and mentions pro wrestling and Roller Derby, but focuses on it as a concert hall. The arena was the home of Big Time Wrestling during The Sheik's big run and was particularly strong from about 1965 to 1975 as one of the hottest arenas in the country. WCW also ran the building, and it was also the home of the second and most particularly awful Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn UFC show. In fact, the first time UFC ever sold out a 10,000 plus seat arena was for that show at Cobo. (thanks to Jake Koch)
--Matches on the newly released Edge DVD Adam Impact (Edge) vs. Christian Cage 1995 indie match Edge & Christian vs. Hardys vs. Test & Albert vs. Too Cool 6/25/00 Edge vs. Eddie Guerrero 9/26/02 Edge vs. Randy Orton 7/19/04 Edge vs. Matt Hardy ladder match 10/3/05 Edge vs. John Cena TLC match 9/17/06 Edge vs. Shawn Michaels street fight 1/22/07 Edge vs. Undertaker 3/30/08 WrestleMania Edge vs. Christian 5/17/10 Edge vs. Kane vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio TLC mach 12/19/10 Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Big Show vs. Kane vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Wade Barrett Elimination Chamber 2/20/11 Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio 4/3/01 Edge's last singles match at WrestleMania
--HBO Sports will be doing a Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out show on 4/21 at 10:30 p.m., or head-to-head with the UFC PPV. It will be replayed a number of times on HBO prior to his 5/5 fight with Miguel Cotto.
--Corey Ledesma, the creative director of WWE Games, announced for the WWE 13 video game that the Road to WrestleMania mode has been scrapped and will be replaced by a Story Mode. There will be a group of changes announced and it's no secret Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler have been doing stuff for the games of late regarding older talent involvement. (thanks to Cohen Morrison).
--For info if a movie theater in your area is airing Lockdown you can go to TNAonscreen.com
--ROH starts on TV tonight at CW-15 in Albany, NY at 9 p.m. (thanks to Jim Caldwell)
Do you think Lockdown will beat 20,000 buys? Yes 13.0% No 87.0%
If Brock Lesnar wrestlers at Extreme rules, will it beat 175,000 domestic buys? Yes 75.8% No 24.2%
Who will win the New Japan Cup? Hiroshi Tanahashi 37.6% Karl Anderson 32.5% Hirooki Goto 19.1% Togi Makabe 10.8%
Should Alistair Overeem's win over Brock Lesnar be overturned? Yes, the stalling of the tests last year and missing test result combined with the failed test is more then enough evidence for a reasonable doubt 36.9% No, he tested clean on the week and day of the fight 34.7% Yes, he was given a conditional licence and violated the terms of the license 28.4%
Poll on Impact Excellent 19.0% Good 41.9% Average 19.0% Fair 9.5% Poor 10.5% 58.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate announced on 6/1 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center there will be a show that features the Great Muta and Kai from All Japan Pro Wrestling. On 6/2, Muta and Kai will be doing a seminar at the Sportatorium in Deer Park, NY. Only 50 people will be allowed to attend and you can reserve a spot at www.ProWrestliongSyndicate.com PWS also on 6/2 has its 5th year anniversary show in Deer Park.
--The next PWS live show is 5/4 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center headlined by Sami Callihan vs. Jay Lethal, Matt Hardy vs. Colt Cabana, Jerry Lynn vs. Marty Jannetty, Adam Cole vs. Brian XL vs. Samuray del Sol vs Zema Ion, Maria Kanellis & Brittney Savage vs. Jillian Hall & Reby Sky, Amazing Red vs. Dan Maff, Young Bucks vs. Kevin Matthews & Devon Moore, plus appearances by Bret Hart and Rocky Johnson.
--Mick Foley's Hardcore Comedy Tour featuring Rev. Bob Levy and Brad Thacker announced shows on 5/3 in Columbus, OH at the Woodlands Tavern 5/4 in Cleveland at the Grog Shop 5/5 in Dayton at the RockStar Pro Wrestling Arena 5/6 in Covington, KY at the Entertainment Complex. For more information you can contact Brad Thacker at email@example.com
--Charles Oliveira vs. former TUF winner Jonathan Brookins has been added to the 6/1 show in Las Vegas as this season's finale./
--I Believe in Wrestling tonight at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando features the debut of Tim Whistler as Tim Zbyszko, managed by father Larry, who faces Gorilla Hanley. Lince Dorado, Chasyn Rance and Mister Saint Laurent are all in action as well.
--ESPN Outside the Lines at 9 a.m. tomorrow has a story on a Tough Man fight in Tulsa that ended up taking the life of former University of Tulsa linebacker George Clinkscale.
--Results of today's Super Fight League show in Chandigarh, India which aired live on youtube Ryan Healy b Paul Kelly decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 Pierre Daguzan b Chaitanya Gavali unanimous decision Bharat Khandare b Soro Ismael tap from punches 2:16 Alexander Shlemenko b Minowa-man ref stoppage after knee 2:20 Anup Kumar b Dilanga Rathneveeera choke 1:45 2nd round Ricky Ranjeet Sahni b Salika Senanayake ref stop from punches 4:36 Colleen Schneider b Cherie Buck ref stop from punches 2:29 2nd round Todd Duffee b Neil Grove ref stop from punches :34 They were giving away tickets at the local colleges and to "upper class" people in the area. They were afraid of very rowdy fans buying tickets and disrupting the show. Tons of security there. This was Duffee's first pro win since 2009. --Lucha Libre on 4/15 in Minneapolis at the New York Plaza run by Rudos Promociones.
--Big Time Wrestling on 6/1 in Victorville, CA at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds with Jim Duggan, Shane Douglas and Chris Masters.
--On the Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling show on 5/19 in East Carondelet, IL, Gerald Brisco and Larry Matysik will be at the show for the 53rd anniversary of the debut of Wrestling at the Chase. Brisco will also be doing a meet and greet and Wes Brisco, Gerald's son, will be on the car.
--A Wrestling for Charity fund raiser on 4/21 in Sunnyvale, CA at the Peterson Middle School features Rikishi and Matt Cross (of the last season of Tough Enough).
--New Japan Chairman Takaaki Kidani on twitter noted that he attended an AWA show in Chicago 24 years ago noting that Jerry Lawler vs. Kerry Von Erich was the main event and said that he met Tatsumi Fujinami at this show. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez).
--All World Wrestling League on 4/14 at Avenue Billiards at the AWWL Event Hall at 2410 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson, MI has an iPPV show called Burning Desire. It'll air on GFL on tape on 5/5 from 8-10 p.m. They are doing a tournament for The Sheik's old U.S. title belt with the Sheik's tons promoting the show. The iPPV will include interviews with stars of The Cobo Arena era of Big Time Wrestling, including Flying Fred Curry and Killer Tim Brooks.
--CZW Best of the Best takes place on iPPV on 4/14 from Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.
--Dutch Pro Wrestling on 5/19 at the DPW Arena in Poeldjik (next to the Hague) in The Netherlands. Appearing will be Chris Masters, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Joe E. Legend, Billy Gunn and Mark Haskins. There will also be an afternoon Q&A with Guerrero and Gunn. Tickets are at http://dutchprowrestling.com/DPW/Grandslam.html
--MCW from last night in Dundalk, MD at the New Green Room in a Bodyslam Autism II special show: Josh Daniels & Napalm Bomb b Team Gemini, Foreign Exchange b Ghetto Mafia, Buck Chyld b Hoss Hagood, Jimmy Cicero b Adam Flash, Alexander James b Chris Clow, Nui Tofiga b Tyler Hilton, Mike Bennett (managed by Maria Kanellis) won over Pinnacle and Shawn Patrick,Fed Up b Black Wallstreet, Christian York over Ryan McBride, Ricky Reyes and Ronnie Zukko. Next show is 7/7 with Nui Tofiga defending the MCW title against Christian York and Adam Flash & ? vs. Tyler Hilton & Matt Hardy (thanks to Jessika Heiser)
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 85 fans: Josh Crow won three-way over Big Time Sexy and Lightning Bolt Kid, Mike Jablonski b Sigmon, Steven Green b Shawn Hoodrich, Miss Rachel b Damien Payne, Gary Valiant & L.T. Falk b Tim Renesto & Saint, Jocephus b Drew Haskins. Kid Kash vs. Jocephus headlines this coming Friday night. (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--NWA Dynamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Glen Carbon, IL: Jake Dirgen b El Sanchez, Alexandre Rudolph b Jackal, Billy McNeil & Jamie Lytle b Dan Walsh & Chris Hargas, Shorty Biggs & Outtkast b MsChif & Makaze, Santana Garrett b Christina Von Eerie, Ricky Cruz b Kevin X, K.C. Karrington b Cancun Kid, Bumrush Brothers b Electric Unicorns to won tag title tournament, Kagahas b Adam Pearce-DQ in an NWA title match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)