SUN. UPDATE: White on main event; Mania tickets sale update; WWE DVD top 50, UFC headliner bout



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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
 
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--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
 
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--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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--Dana White said Nate Marquardt choked last night, and blamed his corner for bad advice, telling him he was winning a fight that he was losing.  White said that even thought the main event wasn't very exciting, that Yushin Okami will be getting a middleweight title shot at the Vitor Belfort vs Anderson Silva winner.
 
--Not sure why things changed but yesterday the first 11 rows were listed as sold out for Mania, but this morning it was down to only the first eight rows sold out.  They priced a lot of rows at $850 which is why there are seats available, although tickets are available throughout the stadium.  There will be a huge crowd and lots of tickets have been sold, but it's not like a few years ago.  
 
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--Former UFC fighter Jonathan Goulet lost to Chris Clements last night in Montreal fighting for Ringside Promotions.  Clements won via second round knockout and Goulet was unable to get up for several minutes.  After the fight, Goulet was talking about retiring on his twitter (thanks to Patric Laprade)    
 
--Our weekend Observer radio show for today is already up, covering such subjects as the aftermath of the death of Eddy Guerrero (and to an extent Chris Benoit), UFC 122, Lesnar vs. Mir III, Thursday's Impact show and TNA's direction going into the next PPV, Pacquiao vs. Margarito, Old School Raw and more.
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 8.0%
Good 27.0%
Average 25.0%
Fair 14.0%
Poor 26.0%
        46.8% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Who was the best of these Hall of Famers
Eddy Guerrero 70.9%
Dynamite Kid 29.1%
 
--Which did you think was more petty, WWE doing a DVD listing Flair at No. 17, Hogan at No. 23 and Bruno at No. 24 on the greatest wrestlers of all-time, or Dana White not allowing fans to vote on Frank Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz and Mark Coleman vs. Maurice Smith for the top 100 fights as chosen by fans in UFC history?
WWE 70.0%
UFC  30.0%
            
--We've gotten a ton of letters on that WWE listing.  It is what it is.  I was told months ago it was going to be an embarrassment, and it actually was more than expected. 
 
--AAA is doing a taping for Fox Sports Espanol tomorrow night with Dr. Wagner Jr. & Zorro vs. Jack Evans & Chessman and Cibernetico & Hernandez vs. Mesias & Electroshock as the main matches.
 
--IWRG from Thursday night in Naucalpan:  Centurion b Nemesis, Carta Brava Jr. & Hammer b Dinamic Black & Saruman, Amarillo & Negro & Rojo b Alan Extreme & Comando Negro & Guerrero Negro, Los Oficiales b Bobby Lee Jr. & Decnis & El Hijo del Pierroth-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
 
--Alex Marvez talked to Tony Atlas at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/57724
 
--Another story on Urijah Faber talking the end of WEC at http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/mark-la-monica/urijah-faber-reflects-on-end-of-wec-1.2458295
 
--Jushin Liger was announced for K&S Wrestlefest on 12/11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel in Essington, PA.  He'll be doing autographs or photo ops for $25 or both for $35.
 
--Slam Championship Wrestling from last night in Gloucester City, NJ:  JoJo won 15 man Battle Royal, Miquele Temple b J.L. Cruz, Latin Connection b La Familia, Twiggy Ramirez b Bull Perez, King Kaluha b Mike Goldstein, Breaker Morant b JoJo (thanks to Paul Verlander)
 
--Empire Wrestling Federation from last night in Covina, CA:  Tommy Wilson b Hector Canales, Scorpio Sky b Liger Rivera, SoCal Crazy b Johnny Star, Bo Cooper b Joshua Dunbar, Wilson b Scorpio Sky, SoCal Crazy b Bo Cooper, Wilson b SoCal Crazy to win Inland title
 
--New Era Wrestling from last night in Shelbyville, IN:  Cousin Cooter b Skip Raddison, P.T. Hustla b Gary Cherry, Osyris won Battle Royal, T.J. Kemp b Joey Owens, Troy Van Zant & Jon Wall b Bobby Black & Hillbilly Jedd, Donny Idol over Dylan Bostic and Tyson Judge, Osyris b Damian Cole.  Next show is 12/11 in Shelbyville at the Boys and Girls Club.
 
--NWA Southwest from last night in Sherman, TX:  Chaz Taylor b Steve Anthony, Michael Faith b Michael Barry, Jasper Davis b John Saxon, Ken Carson & Joey Diamond DCOR Nobe Bryant & Jerome Daniels, Spoiler 2000 b Rod Price, Phil Shatter (Murphy in TNA) b Jaykus Plisken to keep NWA National title (thanks to Rob Moore)
 
--Last night in East Carondelet, IL before 121 fans:  Dave Vaughn DCOR Brandon Espinosa, Ron Powers & Chris Harges b Big Texan & Waco-DQ, Danny Boy b Jason Static, Jerome Cody b Chance King, Waco b Max Archer, Ace Hawkins b Webmaster Stevie (thanks to Larry Matysik)
 
--Millennium Pro Wrestling from last night in Simi Valley, CA:  Tournament for the title:  Ryan Taylor b Mario Banks, Billy Blade b Jeremy Jaeger, Brandon Parker b Fern Owens, Kyle Haystacks b Tool, Brandon Parker b Billy Blade, Ryan Taylor b Kyle Haystacks, Ryan Taylor b Brandon Parker to win title (best match), Hellkid b Logan X, T.J. Perkins b Omar Slam Duncan, Nikki the NY Knockout b Claudia Del Solis (thanks to Dan Farren and Scott Walton).  Next show is 1/30 at Yankee Doodles in Simi Valley with Tammy Sytch. 
 
--IWF Thanksgiving Thunder takes place Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the IWF Centre in West Paterson, NJ.
 
--Championship International Wrestling from last night in Jackson, MI before 375 fans:  Mongolian Butcher b Hoss Monahan, Nitro b Krimson, Mean Libre b Brittany Force, D-Ray 3000 b Christopher Saint, Dave Duponte & Chris Korvis & Aaron Orion b 1/2 Ton Hillbillies & Jayden Jackson, Brian Castle & J.D. Mason b Doink the Clown & Nacho Libre, Azure b Justin Mane.  Next show is 12/4 in Waldron, MI (thanks to Leonard Brand)
 
--IWF tonight in Golden, CO at the Buffalo Rose

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