-- Info on the Rock's next movie project is up here.
-- Dave Meltzer and I will be back tomorrow night after the show to run down the card in detail and talk Lockdown. We'll be back Sunday after the TNA PPV and Monday after Raw as well. There may be a Bryan & Vinny Show tonight based on Vinny's schedule. He was unavailable for last night's show.
-- New York Times talks Kurt Angle shockingly pulling out of the Olympics citing a hamstring injury so severe that he's working Lockdown Sunday here. The NEW YORK TIMES wrote about this, and also claimed Kurt was a WWE wrestler. Whenever things like this happen I find it cause for concern regarding the rest of the content of the most popular news website and the third biggest print news source in the entire country. The Kurt story also took precedence over Cael Sanderson, the greatest wrestler our country has produced in the last 30 years and who placed 5th in the world last year, announcing he's pulling out. Whole thing is preposterous.
-- Gary adds: Just got back from holiday in Tenerife, Canary Islands. This morning on BBC World News they ran a crawler at the bottom of the screen about two sports stories. One was a pretty major football/soccer story. The other said "Ex-WWE wrestler and Olympic Gold Medallist Kurt Angle admits defeat in his efforts to compete at London, 2012." I guess he's even worked the BBC!
-- EVOLVE 11 runs tonight in Toronto with Fit Finlay vs. Sami Callihan, Low-Ki vs. Generico and Johnny Gargano vs. someone who is not AR Fox headlining. It's available on iPPV at WWNLive.com. Fox posted on his Facebook that he wasn't being allowed into Canada, so I guess we'll see what happens. We have a great interview with Gabe Sapolsky up on Tuesday talking all the news in Dragon Gate and EVOLVE, including a lot of thoughts on the WrestleMania weekend shows, here.
-- Tommy Dreamer and Joey Styles talk the 15th anniversary of ECW Barely Legal. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. Wow.
-- If you very badly need to see the Smackdown legend's show from Tuesday, it replays tonight on Syfy.
-- Kensuke Sasaki was announced today to be the latest star to appear at the big Lucha Fan Fest in Mexico City in May. Thanks to Kris Zellner.
-- The Viggity has an article on how to lose 10 pounds for life up here.
-- New Japan and Capcom putting out t-shirts together here.
-- A big preview of UFC on FUEL here.
-- Our Lady Peace talks Chris Benoit here.
-- Big Grantland article on Daniel Bryan here.
-- This Saturday, April 14th, The Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers, in association with Morpheous Productions and the Silver Snail Comic Shops, presents its most important event of the year: WRESTLESTOCK. The show will be held at Royal Canadian Legion Hall No.10 (1083 Pape Avenue @ O'Connor) in Toronto. Doors open at 7:00pm. Bell time is 7:30pm. Tickets are just $20 and are available at the Silver Snail (367 Queen Street West) and $tretch Thrift Store (974 Pape Avenue) or online at www.WrestleStock.com. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the show. Steve Corino vs. Michael Elgin headlines.
-- From the former MEXPW: MEXPW Changes Name to MEXPRO to Avoid Lawsuit. Today we announce that we have officially changed the name of our company from MEXPW to MEXPRO. As many of you know, we received numerous emails from an attorney representing XEG/XTV/Rick Mahr & Associates (parent company of the long-deceased XPW) notifying us that unless we change our name, they would file suit against us for trademark violation. We had until March 30th, 2012 to comply. "If the new XPW was ever serious about trying to relaunch it's dead brand, then they would have already produced something on their own. They obviously don't have any passion for pro wrestling." says MEXPRO owner, Mike Hartsfield. "They purchased the company from Rob Black back in 2003 and they did nothing with it for years. Kevin Kleinrock, Kris Kloss and myself spearheaded the "Cold Day in Hell" and XPW 10 Year Anniversary shows; we did it for the fans, not the money. Those two shows were the only events XPW has had since they purchased the name." "Seeing that our new company is off and running with people in place and diehard dedicated fans, the natural thing to do is what's best for business. One would expect everyone to work together and take advantage of a very special opportunity. Instead we were strong-armed into changing our name, while those with more money than us, more "power" than us, come in out of nowhere and try to take something very special away from us. Our legal council and trademark specialists agreeded with us, saying "their claim is frivilous and they don't have a case; they can't trademark "Pro Wrestling" (PW)." "MEXPRO is a very simple company with a true D.I.Y. attitude", Hartsfield continued. "I'm not here to teach these guys what it's all about. I'm also not interested in changing anyone's diapers. In any event, we are pushing on and pushing forward, considering we don't have the monetary resources at this time to disprove their case and we aren't interested in their bully mentality. So we move on, we move forward!" MEXPRO presents “Cease and Resist” set for April 14th at the Arena in Los Angeles, CA
-- Shelly Martinez will appear tonight (April 13) on KSAT-12's newscast during sports. Greg Simmons will interview her as she prepares for her River City Wrestling debut tomorrow (information on the show below). KSAT-12 is the ABC-affiliate in San Antonio, Texas, and the newscast begins at 10 p.m. CST. River City Wrestling -- San Antonio's brand of professional wrestling -- will hold its 10 Year Anniversary Show on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Activity Center, 1630 Goliad Road in San Antonio, TX. The event will begin at 8 p.m. and the doors open at 7:30 p.m.
-- Join Ed, Craig, and Cutrer this week for OTTR as they discuss all the news of the week in pro wrestling. Ed will say something dumb while purposely slurping on his bong right into his mic, Craig will say something factually incorrect and rewrite history, and Cutrer will say something knowledgeable and try and restore everyone's faith in the show. So everyone please join us for another uplifting edition of OTTR, if not go watch Fairly Legal and piss off. Link is here.
-- Who would draw the best as a new opponent of Junior Dos Santos?
Frank Mir 39.7%
Cain Velasquez 25.2%
Dan Henderson 17.9%
Mark Hunt 9.0%
Roy Nelson 4.8%
Bigfoot Silva 2.4%
Fabricio Werdum 1.0%
Will Lesnar vs. Cena beat the Chicago Cena vs. Punk or last year's Survivor Series on PPV?
It will beat neither 45.9%
Will beat both 32.6%
Will beat Cena vs Punk, behind Survivor Series 21.5%
Should UFC take action in regard to drug testing?
Should do Olympic drug testing 46.1%
Should do some random testing 25.3%
Should do a program like WWE 17.4%
No, leave it to the commissions 11.2%
Who should be champion after this match?
Bobby Roode 36.9%
James Storm 63.1%