Daily Update: Eric Young and Bobby Roode, NCAA Championship, UFC

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Ethan Page vs. Fred Yehi

TJ Perkins vs. Mike Bailey

Sami Callihan vs. Tracy Williams

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Drew Gulak

Matt Riddle vs. Chris Hero

Timothy Thatcher vs. Caleb Konley for Evolve title

Johnny Gargano & Drew Galloway vs. Team Tremendous for Evolve tag team title


Roy Jones Jr. vs. Vyron Phillips in a boxing match

Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Kurt Angle in a pro wrestling match

Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping in a grappling match

Shannon Ritch vs. Marvrick Harvey in an MMA fight


Womens’ Battle Royal

Men’s Battle Royal

Joey Ryan & Candice LaRae vs. Keisuke Ishii & Shigehiro Irie vs. Akito & Yasu Urano

Saki Akai & Makoto Oishi & Lady Beard vs LiLiCo & Kota Umeda & Mizuka Watase

Antonio Honda & Hiroshi Fukuda vs. Tatsumi Fujinami & Leona

Extreme title in Barbed wire power point no power blast match:  Kendo Ka Shin vs. Super Sasadango Machine

Falls count anywhere:  Kota Ibushi & Gota Ihashi vs. Sanshigo Takagi & Jun Kasai vs. KENSO & Michael Nakazawa

Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Minoru Suzuki

Danshoku Dino vs Akebono

Tetsuya Endo & Konosuke Takeshita vs. Daisuke Sasaki & Shuji Ishikawa for KO-D tag team titles

Isami Kodaka vs. Harashima for KO-D open weight title


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The biggest pro wrestling news of the weekend is the departure of Eric Young and Bobby Roode from TNA.  There is the irony that the two started together and left together, and in real life, they’ve been good friends dating back before TNA when both were starting out as indie wrestlers in Ontario.  There is nothing confirmed, but within the industry, the belief is Roode is WWE-bound. 

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At the Evolve show last night, William Regal announced that there would be qualifying matches for the Global cruiserweight tournament that will take place on Evolve shows.  That’s throwing them a pretty big bone.  The matches and dates haven’t been announced, and whether those matches will be on WWNLive or WWE Network hasn’t been announced either.

Kyle Snyder beat Nick Gwiazdowski to win the NCAA heavyweight championship in what was pushed, and rightly, so, as the biggest heavyweight championship match in recent memory.  There have been a few which, due to the notoriety after the face (Brock Lesnar vs. Stephen Neal in 1999, Kurt Angle vs. Sylvester Terkay in 1992) look big but at the time it was never someone on an 88 match winning streak against the defending world champion, let alone a sold out Madison Square Garden as the venue.  Snyder was very lucky regulation time expired before Gwiazdowski escaped to get a 5-5 tie, and then scored a takedown in overtime to win.  Both wrestlers will be headed to the Olympic trials in three weeks, with Snyder in the 215.6 pound division and Gwiazdowski at 286.

Today’s New Japan show from Amagasaki which featured Tomohiro Ishii retaining the ROH TV title over Evil will be put up on New Japan World on a tape delay.  It wasn’t up as of this writing but should be up in the next 24 hours. 

As far as Google searches for the weekend, Gawker was No. 1 on Friday with 500,000, which would include the interest in Hulk Hogan winning his case.  Last night Frank Mir was No. 7 with 100,000.  A lot of people are talking that he should retire.  Before the fight, Mir said he felt that he could go another five to ten years.


The matches not official yet for WrestleMania are expected to have the angles finalized tomorrow night, which would be the IC title match and the second women’s match involving Brie Bella and Lana and their multiple partners.
While he still has matches left in NXT (the match with Shinsuke Nakamura on 4/1 is scheduled as his last one), this was Sami Zayn’s last weekend doing NXT tours. 
Sheamus will be a guest on Conan O’Brien on Thursday night on TBS at 11 p.m., to likely promote WrestleMania. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
The Sting documentary will debut on the WWE Network on Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern time.
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Last night during the FS 1 broadcast, they announced a 5/29 FS 1 date from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas headlined by Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt.  The two are both 24-year-old upcoming bantamweights and it looks like they want to focus on them so that the winner can get into the top mix.  Matches announced were:

FS 1

Garbrandt vs. Thomas Almeida

Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens in Barao’s featherweight debut

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story

Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda

Jorge Masvidal vs. Lorenz Larkin

Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder

Abel Trujillo vs. Diego Ferreira

Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor

Also announced for Fight Pass for that night is Jake Collier vs. Keith Berish and Chris De La Rocha vs. Adam Milstead.

RTE in Ireland is refusing to air a Conor McGregor commercial for Budweiser for fear it will encourage young people to drink alcohol  There are guidelines in the country that the station follows where it refuses to allow people who are heroes to young people to market alcohol.
Marlon Vera has started a Go fund Me for his daughter’s rare health condition


Dragon Gate is opening up social media accounts in English: Twitter, Facebook, and The store for international fans
Mike Mooneyham has a nice article on Gary “Charlie Fulton” who passed away last week
Trina Michaels was the mystery obsessive fan of Barbie Hayden on Thursday’s TNA One Night Only PPV taping.  This was big for her because her original goal in wrestling was to get into TNA.
Kurt Angle writes remembering one of his closest friends
Evolve results from last night in Queens, NY:  TJ Perkins b Sami Callihan, Ethan Page b Jack Gallows, Drew Gulak b Fred Yehi, Chris Hero b Tracy Williams, Caleb Konley & Anthony Nese b Team  Tremendous, Zack Sabre Jr. b Johnny Gargano, Timothy Thatcher b Matt Riddle to retain the Evolve title.  Hero vs. Williams said to be outstanding and Sabre vs. Gargano as well.
AAW on Friday night before a sellout of 400 fans in Berwyn, IL:  Sami Callihan & Dave Crist b Shane Hollister & Crane, Mat Fitchett b Drew Gulak (excellent match), AR Fox b  Davey Vega to keep the Heritage title, Zero Gravity & Colt Cabana b Buck Nasty & Eddie Machete & Connor Braxton, Tommaso Ciampa b Jack Evans Chris Hero b Silas Young, Kong Kong b Moose, Sami Callihan b Ricochet to retain the AAW title.  Callihan will defend against Ciampa on 4/9 at the Logan Square Auditorium.  They also announced the Jim Lynam Memorial tournament on 10/7 and 10/8 with the Chicago area.  
Absolute Intense Wrestling is back on 4/8 in Cleveland at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Booker T as a guest.
CWE on 5/25 in Souris, Manitoba as part of a late May tour that will include Frankie Kazarian, Silas Young and Lio Rush. 
CHIKARA runs its annual King of Trios tournament over Labor Day weekend in Easton, PA.
United Pro Wrestling Association on Saturday night in Wilmington, NC with Stro (WCW wrestler) defending his title against Eric Young.
World League Wrestling from last night in Troy, MO:  Mike Outlaw b Justin D’Air, Jon Webb b Karim Brigante, Trevor Murdoch b Roy Lewis, Miss Natural won three-way over Stacey O’Brien and Lucy Mendez, Jayden Fenix b Mike Sydal, Michael Magnuson & Dave DeLorean b Steve Fender & Mark Sterling to win the tag titles (Thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno:  Kevin El Devino b Usagi, El Spirito b big Dogg-DQ, Guerrero de la Muerta b Sktizo-DQ, Mortal b Chat Douglas-DQ to retain title.  The next taping is 4/23 in Coalinga, CA at the West Hills Community Center featuring Homicide.  The connection is Homicide is close with Manny Fernandez, who is involved with this promotion.
Before tonight’s Evolve show, Tier 1 Wrestling is right now running in Brooklyn for a show featuring Timothy Thatcher vs Tommaso Ciampa, and if Ciampa wins, he gets an Evolve title shot.
Championship Wrestling Entertainment from Friday night in Fort Pierce, FL:  JB Cool b Slade Porter, Irish Jack b Craig Classic, Santana Garrett b Rachel Fernandez, TC Reid & Mike Monroe b Derek Steele & Kamelot, Chico Adams & Ace Andrews & Rex Bacchus b Lince Dorado & Jon Cruz & Maxx Stardom, Irish Jack won Battle Royal, Rhett Giddins b Tyranus to keep CWE title.  Next show is 5/6. (thanks to Al Haft)
ECCW on 3/26 in New Westminster, BC at the Sapperton Pensioners Hall.

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