Please keep Enrique Torres in your thoughts and prayers, as he has been hospitalized and unfortunately the family has been told he may not make it. Letâ€™s hope this Georgia legend answers the bell for another go.
According to a press release from World Wrestling Entertainment, Sunday nightâ€™s event drew 80,103 fans to Ford Field in Detroit, and they are reporting it to be the highest grossing live event in the history of the company, said to be $5.38 million in ticket sales. The city of Detroit has estimated that $25 million was pumped into their local economy over the weekend, which also consisted of the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, as well as a premiere of Steve Austinâ€™s film, â€œthe Condemnedâ€�, and many special appearances around town.
The road to Backlash, which will be held in Atlanta on April 29 at Philips Arena, began Monday night with a live RAW show from Dayton, Ohio. Based on the first forty minutes of the program, it is clear now that a full blown angle between John Cena and Shawn Michaels is in high gear. Thus, look for a rematch of their main event from WrestleMania to take place here. In case you missed it, Jonathan Coachman came out during a verbal duel between World Tag Team Champions Cena and Michaels to inform them that instead of the impromptu challenge rematch for the WWE Heavyweight Title, Vince McMahon had ordered them to put the belts up against ten teams in a battle royal. After they succeeded, Coachman came back out and threw ten more teams at them. During the second royal, Michaels threw Cena out of the ring, hence giving up the belts, which were eventually won by Matt & Jeff Hardy. In other matches: Ric Flair & Carlito over Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas when Haas submitted to Flairâ€™s figure-four leglock; the Great Khali over Super Crazy; Bobby Lashley retained the ECW Heavyweight Title in a â€œMcMahon-orderedâ€� handicap bout against Umaga & Armando Estrada in the main event.
Over at GWTK, Chad Parham has been chosen as the March Wrestler of the Month. It is the first time he has won the honor since the monthly selections began in October 2003. A former member of the Lost Boys team, Parham has been wrestling for about seven years, and is currently the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Champion, as well as claiming their Television title as well.
Results are in from Pro Wrestling Evolutionâ€™s card in Trion from March 31: Jason Hampton over the Big Wood in the opener; Brian Rivers & Dangerous Minds over Jerry Anderson & the Underground Mafia in a six-man tag bout; Luke Patterson over Lamar Phillips in a questionable finish; Kid Ego over Murder-One with outside help from Air-Paris; Paris over debuting Chris Silver; and Maul over Bobby Hayes in the main event by referee decision. PWE returns to the PWE Arena in Trion Saturday at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00. Call (706) 767-6741 for more information.
AWA World-1 South has a card scheduled Friday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. The event is to help raise funds for the schoolâ€™s athletic program, as well as the American Cancer Societyâ€™s Relay for Life, and matches will begin at 8:00 PM. Tickets range from $8 to $20, and are available now at the local Applebeeâ€™s location, Southern Office Supplies, the First Community Bank of Tifton, the ABAC Book Store, and the One Vision Media Group office. Bouts advertised include a Lights Out Match between Dave Holiday and Big Bank Barfield; Glacier defending the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title against Francisco Ciatso; K.I. Elite challenging the Heartbreak Express for the AWA World-1 Tag Team Championship; Steve Madison and Alexis Smirnoff (not the original) meet the Hillbillies; and Johnny Rodriguez is set to face Chase Adams. Call (229) 506-0307 for more information.