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        The tour continues tomorrow with Raw in Nantes, France and Smackdown in Nuremberg, Germany.  Friday has Raw in Geneva, Switzerland and Smackdown in Cologne, Germany.  Saturday has Raw in Milan, Italy which is the closing date of the Raw tour, and Smackdown in Mannheim, Germany.  The WWE's European tour ends on Saturday with Smackdown in Istanbul, Turkey.
        The next-to-last WEC show takes place tomorrow night in Las Vegas at the Pearl at the Palms Hotel, headlined by Urijah Faber vs. Takeya Mizugaki, Chad Mendes vs. Javier Vazquez and Joseph Benavidez vs. Wagnney Fabiano.
        Ultimate Fighter airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Spike.
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--Injury to a main event name landing on his head taking a huracanrana off the top
--One of the most famous fat men in wrestling is fat no more, or at least, not as fat
--Shortest main event in modern history of one of the world's most famous wrestling arenas
--Mexico ratings over the past two weeks
--Major star on the verge of leaving now looks to be staying with his group
--Promotion gets a short-term TV deal on a minor U.S. network
--Several ex-WWE stars headline a successful show in Mexico
--Another retirement announcement
--Promotion announces first ladder match in its history--title shot going to the winner
--World tag team champions from two different promotions set to meet in a few weeks on a major show
--Complete rundown of this year's G-1 Climax tag team tournament
--Start of a junior heavyweight tag team tournament 
--Hall of Famer faces his protege in a few weeks
--Former pro wrestling superstar, Olympic wrestler and even Pride fighter, starts retirement tour
--One of the biggest pro wrestling stars of the past 25 years undergoes heart surgery
--Updates on Bruno Sammartino movie, including what stipulations he has for it to be made and a look back at his childhood
--Lots of former WWE stars starting overseas tour
--Changes in Hulk Hogan's life
--Changes starting in TNA and why
--Update on Jeff hardy's legal situation
--Tivo viewership and Raw, Smackdown, Impact and Ultimate Fighter
--Wrestling woman star in bikini contest
--Background of Robbie E
--UFC fires fighter after steroid test positive
--The making of the heel Josh Koscheck
--Back story of what happened in the issue with Koscheck and the male nurse, Brad Tate
--Update on UFC 121 PPV and comparisons with Lesnar vs. Carwin
--How did the Velasquez marketing work out
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--Update on Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans
--Lots of new UFC fights
--A look at Herschel Walker's next opponent
--A PPV fight that has been proposed
--Ken Shamrock to fight again
--Another former Olympian goes into MMA
--MMA show that included four pro wrestlers and a former boxing world champion
--K-1 gets terrible news from the ratings Gods
--K-1 Max World Grand Prix notes
--Judo gold medalist vs. former pro wrestler match
--Update on the annual New Year's Eve show
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--The Internet pre sale for WrestleMania starts at 10 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow and lasts until Friday at 10 p.m.  You can order tickets at using the password ATLANTA.  Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m.
--Variety ran a story about the WWE film division at  They basically said WWE films flop theatrically but do well on home video.  They noted how Walmart locked down an exclusive on "Legendary." is airing a collection of free fights the next few days, through Saturday, featuring the fighters that are on Saturday night's UFC 122 show.  The nights being shown are Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia, Yushin Okami vs. Evan Tanner, Jorge Rivera vs. Kendall Grove, Alessio Sakara vs. Joe Vedepo and Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Shane Primm.
--ESPN led the cable ratings this past week with a 2.6 prime time average to 2.3 for Fox News (election coverage) and 2.2 for USA.  Syfy was down to 0.8 and the No. 20 spot even with Smackdown.  Spike was No. 21, with an 0.7 average prime time rating.  Raw was No. 14 and No. 17, largely due to all the election coverage. 
--Mick Foley will be a guest on the Daily Show tonight, promoting "Countdown to Lockdown."  I'm not finished with the book, but it's really good.    
--Ted DiBiase Sr. has been officially added to the list of those appearing on Monday's Old School Raw show from Hershey, PA.  His name had been talked about unofficially for two weeks.
--Jerry Lawler's infection is a staph infection.  At first it was believed to be a non-staph infection.  Ross wrote today on Twitter that it was confirmed as a staph infection and it's possible doctors may need to cut the infection out.
--Quinton Jackson will be a guest tomorrow night on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, promoting his fight with Lyoto Machida on 11/20 in Detroit.
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 5.4%
Good 33.0%
Average 28.1%
Fair 11.3%
Poor 22.2%
        24.0% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Of these active wrestlers, who would you say was the best wrestler over their career?
Kurt Angle 44.5%
Undertaker 24.0%
Rey Mysterio 9.4%
HHH 4.1%
A.J. Styles 3.9%
Edge 3.4%
John Cena 33.%
Sting 3.1%
Randy Orton 2.8%
Samoa Joe 1.4%
Jeff Hardy 0.2%
--Poll on ROH TV on Monday
Excellent 48.1%
Good 34.6%
Average 3.8%
Fair 3.8%
Poor 9.6%
        66.7% of those responding didn't see the show
--Jeremy Stephens once again got to book his own match, as he challenged Marcus Davis, who is moving to lightweight.  The fight has been agreed to but is not official, for 1/1 in Las Vegas.  
--Chris Jericho suffered a pulled abdominal muscle while performing with Fozzy recently according to his twitter.
--OVW announced there will be four shows in four nights from 12/8 to 12/11 at the Davis Arena in Louisville.  There will also be a tryout session on 12/4 and 12/5 put on by OVW with Jim Cornette and John Laurinaitis scouting talent.  The first show is 12/8, an OVW TV taping, which will include Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas returning to the promotion.  12/9 and 12/10 will be ROH TV tapings, with Haas & Benjamin, Roderick Strong Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli, Eddie Edwards, Briscoe Brothers, Christopher Daniels, Homicide and more.  The OVW singles title and tag titles will be defended on the ROH tapings shows.  There will also be another OVW show on 12/11.  If you have a ticket stub for the ROH shows, you can get $3 off any ticket price.  They have a special for $37 where you can get tickets to all four shows.  For those coming from out-of-town a special rate has been set up at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in Louisville.  If you ask for the ROH rate, you can get a $79 per night rate.
--Gabe Sapolsky talks new stars of 2011 and his thoughts on last week's Dragon Gate USA shows at
--Austin Aries vs. Chuck Taylor, Homicide vs. Jon Moxley, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Bobby Fish, Ricochet vs. Adam Cole and Jimmy Jacobs vs. Johnny Gargano headline for Evolve on 11/20 in Union City, NJ at the Ace Arena.  To win a pair of tickets to this show you can e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   There will be a drawing for free tickets.  Please only enter if you can attend this show.  The winner will be drawn on Friday.
--The new WWE release on the career of Bobby Heenan had listings.  It's mostly a series of skits and angles, including some AWA stuff from the 70s, but mostly WWF and WCW.  It includes Heenan matches from the AWA against Lord Al Hayes, Greg Gagne, teaming with Nick Bockwinkel against Hulk Hogan, as well as WWE matches with Sal Bellomo and Ultimate Warrior   
--A Los Angeles Times story at talks about how a pro wrestling promoter may be responsible for the birth of one of the most famous sports franchises in history.
--When WWE returns to England in April, the TV tapings will be 4/18 and 4/19 at the O2 Arena in London.
--Cain Velasquez appeared today on Opie & Anthony.
--Vinny Magalhaes, who went to the finals a few seasons back in TUF, will debut with M-1 Global against Alihan Magomedov on the 12/10 show in Moscow, Russia.
--NEW on 11/13 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club.
--Rodney Wallace will replace Glover Teixeira on Friday night's MFC show in Edmonton at the River Cree Coliseum, facing David Heath.  Teixeira had visa issues coming from Brazil.  Wallace is a former UFC fighter.  The show airs live on HDNet.
--On Pawn Stars Monday night, a man came in wanted to sell a copy of the original script from the movie "Goldfinger," a James Bond classic.  He said it was the copy owned by Harold Sakata ("Oddjob" in the movie), who was a major pro wrestling star in the 50s and 60s as Oddjob Tosh Togo, as well as an Olympic silver medal winning weightlifter.  The script sold for $500.
--Championship Wrestling International on Saturday night in Caledonia, ONT before 1,000 fans:  Rip Impact b Anthony Darko, Tyson Dux b Doink the Clown, Rico Montana b Colin Delaney, Turcan Celik b R.J. City, X-Pac b Sebastian Suave, Flatliners won three-way over Highlanders, Hell Razors and Billy Gunn & Road Dogg, Steve Corino b Michael Elgin, Jim Duggan b Big Daddy Hammer, Tatanka b Tyson Dux, Scott Steiner b Brutus Beefcake.  Sid Vicious was advertised to face Beefcake but wasn't there.  (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Announced as undercard fights for the 12/4 Strikeforce show in St. Louis are Fernando Bettega (doing a NXT gimmick, his pro is Jacare Souza), Max Matyniouck (pro Gegard Mousasi) and Patrick Cummins (pro is Mayhem Miller).  Bettega faces Wayne Phillips of San Jose's AKA team, Martyniouck faces Justin Lawrence, Cummins, who wrestled at Penn State, faces Terrell Brown.  The show features Dan Henderson vs. Renato Babalu Sobral for the next light heavyweight title shot, Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith, Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland, Antonio Silva vs. Valentijn Overeem (former pro wrestler and older brother of Alistair) and Herschel Walker vs. Scott Carson.    
--John Alessio vs. Phil Collins takes place on the Taichi Palace Fights show on 12/2 in Lemoore, CA, which also features Isaac DeJesus vs. former WEC star Micah Miller as well as former WEC fighter Tim KcKenzie, former UFC fighter Jay Silva and even former New Japan pro wrestler Jimmy Ambriz. 
--NWA Florida on Saturday night in Fort Pierce drew around 545 fans:  Vordell Walker b Kazuchika Okada, Dark City Fight Club b Guidos, Lince Dorado b Christopher Gray, Sinn Bodhi b Dagon, Tommy Taylor b Shawn Spears (Taylor then announced his retirement from wrestling after a great match), Craig Classic b Mike Quackenbush to win the NWA jr. title, The Sheik b Phill Shatter-DQ
--Shark Boy headlines on 11/13 in Monessen, PA for MVP Wrestling
--Eddie Kingston vs. Homicide headlines for CHIKARA on 11/21 in its final event at the Arena in Philadelphia for this year. 
--ECWA is taking a poll for who people want to see in next year's 15th annual ECWA Super 8 tournament.  The poll is at
--Shane Douglas will be doing a seminar on 11/26 as well as wrestling on the Classic Championship Wrestling show in Lebanon, PA that night.
--UWC on Saturday night in Browns Mills, NJ at the Firehouse and they have a 12/4 Toys for Tots show in Pemberton,NJ at the Burlington County College.
--WSU and NWS are doing a joint show on 12/11 in Dunellen, NJ at the Knights of Columbus with Alicia vs. Nikki Roxx (Roxxi in TNA), plus Little Guido appears.   
--GWN Championship Wrestling on Sunday in Hamilton, ONT at theGermania Club
--A look at the poster of the 1975 movie "Wrestling Queen," which starred Diane "Vivian" Vachon and, as he was known in Quebec, Jean (Andre the Giant) Ferre is at
--All Star Wrestling on Friday night in  Tampa at Strokers Billiards. 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.

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