Saturday, March 3, 2007

Weekend Pro Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts news and notes

By Art Shimko

-- Ring Of Honor is back in Liverpool, England on Saturday evening, here's the info from their website:

Ring Of Honor
March 4th, 2007- 5:00pm belltime
The Liverpool Olympia
West Derby Road, Liverpool L6 9BY
Tickets will be available to purchase at the box office on the day of the event.
- Samoa Joe vs. Homicide w/Julius Smokes
- Fight Without Honor: Nigel McGuinness vs. Jimmy Rave
- Jay & Mark Briscoe challenge any team in Europe and they will defend the ROH World Tag Team Titles if they make it past Saturday in Liverpool with the belts.
- Roderick Strong & Davey Richards vs. Shingo & Naruki Doi
*if Shingo & Doi win the ROH World Tag Titles on Saturday they will put them on the line
- Falls Count Anywhere Match: BJ Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs
- Matt Sydal vs. PAC
- Colt Cabana vs. Delirious
- Allison Danger & Sara Del Rey [SHIMMER]

-- Nigel McGuinness in it to win it

-- 23 markets including St. Paul; Nashville; Richmond, VA; Springfield, MA; Charleston, S.C.; Tallahassee; Tampa; Pittsburgh; Flint, MI and Baltimore may lose their CW affiliates and its programming which includes Friday Night Smackdown, all this because of negaotions between Comcast and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. over retransmission fees that Sinclair wants for broadcasting CW's content. Sinclair threatened to pull the plug on the CW a few days ago but with negotiations going on the CW affiliates will remain on the air until 3/10. [sources: St. Paul Pioneer Press; The Baltimore Sun; and Mike Informer/]

-- Houston Curtis (CEO of Big Vision Entertainment) released a statement regarding the state of WSX on MTV, for now the show will not be canceled but the channel is taking WSX off its Tuesday night time slot. For now the four previous WSX episodes and WSXtra can be seen at and MTV Video-On-Demand until it's decided when the next episode will air.

-- Bam Bam Bigelow's autopsy report concluded that lethal levels of cocaine and anti-anxiety drug benzodiazetine where found in his system when he died. Another contributing factor to Bigelow's death was arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (narrowing of small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart).

-- Frank Serpe will be replacing Michael Sileck as WWE's new Chief Financial Officer.

-- There's a Raw house show in Albuquerque at The Pit on Sunday, bell time 5PM. On 3/13 Smackdown at ECW are taping at the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, N.J.

-- The Wrestlemania Fan Axxess tour will be at the King Of Prussia Mall (outside of Philadelphia) on 3/17 from 12PM-8PM.

-- Where Are They Now? Catching up with Smash

-- J.R.'s latest blogs are here and here.

-- Hulkster attends Anna Nicole's funeral.

-- IWC wrestlers Sterling James Keenan, Current IWC Tag Team Champions, Shiima Xion & Jason Gory and Justin Idol will be on next Saturday's CZW card.

-- Layin' down a Smackdown!

-- The tradition of Saturday night Atlanta wrestling

-- Summit Promotions on 3/16 at PULS8 Sport Centre on Gayton Road in King's Lynn, England featuring 'MexiMuscle', the crafty ring veteran and invading WAW star 'Rowdy' Ricky Knight, Flamboyant new star Danny Blaze and many more.

-- UFC takes place on Saturday night at 10PM EST on pay-per-view. We'll be hosting the lastest CARE/Jabronis preview here Saturday afternoon. Casey, Euan and myself did a podcast previewing the show.

-- UFC 68 odds:
- Tim Sylvia -275 vs. Randy Couture +215
- Matt Hughes -625 vs. Chris Lytle +425
- Drew McFedries +200 vs. Martin Kampmann -260
- Rich Franklin -500 vs. Jason MacDonald +350
- Jason Lambert +325 vs. Renato Sobral -425
- Rex Holman +235 vs. Matt Hamill -295
- Jon Fitch -325 vs. Luigi Fioravanti +250
- Gleison Tibau -260 vs. Jason Dent +200
- Jason Gilliam +325 vs. Jamie Varner -425

-- Chuck Liddell had some trouble during his appearance on WFAA's Good Morning Texas Thursday to promote the upcoming movie 300 and talk some UFC. Host Gary Cogill later on cut a promo on Liddell and talked about his experience interviewing a rough-looking Iceman. Liddell sent a text message to expaining that he consumed Nyquil late the night before.

-- MMA fighter Eric Wray who trained with American Kickboxing Academy passed away Wednesday morning and was pronounced dead on arrival when taken to the hospital. No cause of death is known at press time. We send our condolences to Wray's family and friends.

-- Kazushi Sakuraba vs Jurij Kiselov, Melvin Manhoef vs Yoshiki Takahashi and Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs Katsuyori Shibata have been added to HERO'S 3/12 show at Nagoya Rainbow Hall. []

-- Pennsylvania’s latest decision will help MMA, Next Level grow

-- Ohio Native To Headline UFC Event

-- Putting a Dent in Ultimate competition

-- Sumo wrestling to debut at Arnold Sports Festival
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