Tonight is UFC 123 from the Palace in Auburn Hills, MI. Line-up and weight later in this update.
Sunday is the Survivor Series from Miami:
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett with John Cena as ref for WWE title
Kane vs. Edge for World title
Rey Mysterio & Big Show & Kofi Kingston & MVP & Chris Masters vs. Cody
Rhodes & Drew McIntyre & Alberto Del Rio & Tyler Reks & Jack Swagger in a
Survivor Series elimination match
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase for U.S. title
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kaval for IC title
Layla & Michelle McCool vs. Natalya in a handicap match for the Divas title
Raw will be live in Orlando on Monday night. That's probably why TNA moved tapings up a week because they were originally scheduled to go this week. Smackdown is taped on Tuesday in Jacksonville.
We've got two new issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week on the web site. Both are currently up, and a third issue, our weekly back issue, will be up later this week.
We have full coverage of the old school Raw from Hershey, PA, thoughts on the show, behind-the-scenes notes from the show, what can be learned from the show, Ross vs. Cole and where Vince McMahon comes in, ratings of every segment on the show, what was different about the ratings pattern from usual, thoughts on Gene Okerlund, what wrestlers on the show had an absolutely killer day, as well as notes on every segment.
We also have an update on Brock Lesnar, his UFC future, the Internet, twitter and message boards. We look back historically at when UFC has changed plans due to public reaction. We look at where Lesnar head is at, look at every alternative when it comes to who Lesnar could viably face next, who is unavailable, available, and what would come out of each of those potential meetings. We also look at the rewards and risks of other key matches in the heavyweight division. We also update Roy Nelson, Shane Carwin and the other UFC heavyweights, as well as the concept of UFC stars going to WWE.
We also tackle the WWE's top 50 DVD, looking at the list, the politics behind the list, the choice of Shawn Michaels for No. 1, how hard doing such a list really is, the last time WWE did a similar list and who was and wasn't in, as well as a top 50 list of the biggest money draws during the television era, limited to North America and thoughts on that list. We also look at the wrestlers who led to record breaking business years, as well as the wrestlers in the modern PPV era who have had the most great matches on big shows.
You can also get the Observer delivered by mail, with details below. For those who are web site subscribers, we have approximately ten issues put our each month as well as four or five issues of Figure Four Weekly each month.
We also look at the next to last WEC event, including a look back at the in-cage and business history revolving around Urijah Faber and his drawing ability. We look at what is next for the winners of the show, how everyone was paid, match-by-match coverage, poll results on the show and thoughts on the close matches.
We also have more on Val Venis in WWE, a lot of WWE injury updates including the three biggest stars for Mania, one who says he's in, one who hasn't said anything but an idea that has surfaced for him, and why that idea may fall through having nothing to do with him. Plus, we've got updates on the prognosis when it comes to long-term for Undertaker and C.M. Punk.
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--Tonight at UFC will be the return of the Pride theme music, as Quinton Jackson wants to become the old Quinton Jackson.
-- HHH returns at any time.
-- Weigh-ins for tonight's UFC:
1. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (205)
2. Matt Hughes (169) vs. B.J. Penn (169)
3. Tim Boetsch (205) vs. Phil Davis (205)
4. Joe Lauzon (155) vs. George Sotiropoulos (155)
5. Maiquel Falcao (185) vs. Gerald Harris (185)
6. (Spike) Matt Brown (170) vs. Brian Foster (170)
7. (Spike) Mark Munoz (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (185.5)
8. Dennis Hallman (170) vs. Karo Parisyan (170)
9. Edson Barboza (155) vs. Mike Lullo (155)
10. Paul Kelly (155) vs. T.J. O'Brien (155)
11. Nik Lentz (155) vs. Tyson Griffin (155)
-- Dave will be doing live ongoing play-by-play for free on the front page tonight live from Detroit starting with the prelims around 4:15 PM local time. We will then return tonight with the second of four straight radio shows. Last night we previewed UFC 123 in Detroit and talk WWE's cuts. Tonight we'll recap the PPV very, very late, Sunday we'll be up after Survivor Series talking the fallout, and Monday we're up after Raw. We've also got a new 90-minute Bryan & Vinny Show up, a new Figure Four Daily with Lance Storm, plus Wednesday's Figure Four Daily with Todd Martin. All really good shows. We also got a lot of great feedback to the show we did with Scott Norton Tuesday, so make sure you check that one out as well. The stuff about wrestling in North Korea in particular was fascinating.
-- You can't read too much into these things, but the main event of the December 28th MSG show is John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. The Miz vs. Wade Barrett for the title in a cage match, which may suggest the finish of tomorrow's PPV (or Raw Monday) will somehow involve all four guys.
-- Shawn Michaels and his wife and family were hit by a drunk driver last night who was going 50 miles per hour. Shawn noted that they were all fine as he drives "a tank", and that when he got out of the car he cut what I guess you could describe as a 90s HBK-upset-that-something-didn't-go-his-way promo on the guy.
-- We were told that Goose Mahoney, a WWE referee, was released, as was the Swagger Soaring Eagle.
-- Tiffany on her release: I am sad that I won't be able to work with Drew. He is the best thing in my life and I know he is going to do amazing things with WWE. WWE is still a major part of my family and will always be. I am so proud of my husband and will be his biggest cheerleader. If it wasn't for WWE, we would have never met. I love you Drew. Thanks for being my rock :)
-- She also wrote: You can catch me in Playboys Special Edition "Big Boobs, Hot Buns" on newsstands now!
-- Wade Barrett has does an interview here talking about how he grew up a WWF fan, always knew who the champion was, and how he doesn't expect to ever be remembered as a babyface.
-- CMLL's Mascara Dorada has relinguished his part of the Mexican National Trios Titles due to having a busy schedule defending all his other titles so there will be a poll on CMLL.com to determine his replacement. That's a unique way of doing it. Thanks to Kris Zellner.
-- Jim Ross has a new blog up here with a lot of Smackdown thoughts, including his belief that MVP's promo was perhaps the best of his career.
-- Great Khali got a chance to dance with Pamela Anderson during the filming of The Big Boss, the reality show he's working on back home that his similar to Big Brother in the US.