MON. UPDATE: Aftermath of Survivor Series, TNA in danger of losing TV, Rock, Jericho tease
We're looking for your thoughts on both Saturday night's UFC 123 and last night's Survivor Series, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
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Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Jacksonville.
ROH tonight on HDNet
Jim Cornette introduces the Kings of Wrestling & Shane Hagadorn's match with the Briscoes & Papa Briscoe for Final Battle in New York
Daizee Haze vs. Sara Del Rey
Colt Cabana vs. Erick Stevens
Davey Richards vs. Shawn Daivari
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--Dolph Ziggler did not suffer a broken nose last night. He was being examined for a concussion but the impression we got was it didn't look like he had one.
--Lots of talk regarding Matt Striker blowing the call by, when Randy Orton pinned Wade Barrett, acting like it was great because now Cena was out of Nexus, when that was to happen if Barrett won.
--Really interesting to see that TNA and WWE are now both running essentially the same major angle where the top babyface (Kurt Angle and John Cena) are doing retirement gimmicks. The idea is it'll pay off at the other end I guess.
--The guy Cena hugged on the way out, after Michael Cole, was the sign guy who is at shows all over the country and was on "Deal or No Deal."
--I'd expect HHH back very soon. If Cena is kept off TV for any length of time, I just don't see them doing Raw without either Cena or HHH on the show. Even when Nexus destroyed Cena in a beatdown that should have put him out for some time, they didn't want to do Raw without Cena.
--I don't know if this is necessarily a great excuse, but if last night's numbers aren't strong, they went against a Giants vs. Eagles game on NBC was the fourth best overnight rating in the history of Sunday Night Football, doing a 15.9 rating and 24 share, the best prime time rating for a November football game in 12 years. This season is killing as of the four biggest games in history, three were this season (others being Cowboys vs. Redskins at 16.4, and Vikings vs. Packers which went same night as Bragging Rights and did a 16.0 on the overnights.
--John Cena fired was the No. 5 search on Google late last night. Survivor Series was No. 13.
--The U.K. version of Bravo, which airs TNA Impact, shuts down on 1/1. It was known to be shut down imminently, but the date wasn't official. No word on TNA in the U.K. getting a new station.
--Frankie Edgar was brought in by coach Rex Ryan to give a speech to the New York Jets before their Saturday night game against the Houston Texans. He talked about being ahead on points of Tyson Griffin and being caught in a kneebar with one minute left and needing to find a way out. He also talked about how nobody believed he had a chance against B.J. Penn, and then beat him twice. Quarterback Mark Sanchez credited Edgar's speech for inspiration in the come-from-behind win. Story is at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/sports/football/22jets.html
--David Arquette was introduced to the crowd last night in Miami before the show started as a former WCW world champion.
--Dwayne Johnson will appear on George Lopez Tonight on TBS on Thursday night to promote the movie "Faster." He's also on Jay Leno Tuesday, and Craig Ferguson and Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday.
--Luke Gallows has pulled out of doing all future interviews. No reason given except citing personal and professional reasons and commitments
--Dragon Gate USA has started a sale right away on its web site with everything 30% off for this week. They also announced a Manhattan debut on 1/28 as part of a tag team tournament, with a show at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square. It's a small club. They also run the next tour on 1/29 at the Arena in Philadelphia and 1/30 at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ. All three shows will lead to the creation of the Open the United Gate tag team champions. The tournament bracketing will be announced on Friday.
--Best TV show of the past week
Raw 71.5% - That's as big a percentage as I can ever recall for this poll
Ultimate Fighter 5.6%
UFC 123 prelims 5.0%
Finding Hulk Hogan 4.7%
K-1 Max 1.7%
Inside MMA 0.6%
--Poll on Smackdown
34.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best wrestler of these Hall of Famers
Shawn Michaels 53.0%
Bret Hart 47.0%
--Chris Jericho teasing people on Twitter writing this morning, "Off to Orlando." Raw is being taped in Orlando. Probably has nothing to do with Raw but he's looking for a reaction. He's said if and when he returns, he doesn't want anyone to know about it ahead of time.
--This will be the lightest week for UFC television programming probably in years. The only show on Spike will be a replay of last week's Ultimate Fighter episode, airing at 10:17 p.m. Wednesday. The final two episodes of the season air from 9-11 p.m. on 12/1.
--A correction from yesterday. The 2007 SUV that Vickie Guerrero is putting for sale on ebay was a tribute to Eddy, not Eddy's car given that Eddy died before that car came out.
--Wes Briscoe, the son of Gerald, is being brought to TV this week for evaluation. Lots of the FCW guys will be at the tapings since both shows are near Tampa.
--Linda McMahon is taking out a lot of TV ads in Connecticut this week thanking people for voting for her. Everyone sees this as a sign she's running again.
--A Wade Barrett Q&A in the Baltimore Sun is at http://tinyurl.com/2f43vnf
talking about all the advice he got from Chris Jericho.
--Friday night's Strikeforce show will be replayed on Sho 2 at 10:30 p.m. tomorrow night.
--NYWC from Saturday night in St. James, NY: Pat Buck b Matias, Rex Lawless & Stockade b Alex Moore & J.T. Kasin, Dimitrios Papadon b Victor Cruz, Mikey Whipwreck & Syther & Kipland Francis Stevens b Dickie Rodz & Michael & Kieran Mansfield, Marty Fames b Spyder-DQ, Apollyon b Crusher Doogan, Tony Burma & Ryan Rush b AMLL, Alex Reynolds b Bruno Marciano, John Silver & Robbie E (TNA) b King Mega & Chris Forza. Next show is 11/27 in Deer Park (thanks to Ken Lippe)
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Marysvlle, WA: Kellen Raeth b Exile-COR, Azul Angel & J-Si Sullivan b Calibur X & Delirium, Lylah Lodge b Nate Andrews, Phantasmo & Cole Bishop & Ethan HD & Nick Price, Dash Venture b Damon James in a lumberjack strap match. Next shows are 12/17 and 12/18 at the Pacific Rim restaurant. First night features wrestlers from Hoosier Pro Wrestling in Indiana. Second night has a Rumble Battle Royal. (thanks to Charles Short)
--Real Championship Wrestling on 12/4 in Baltimore is doing a fund raiser for the National Kidney Foundation at the DuBurns Arena. Bryce Frazier, the two-year-old son of regular Derek Frazier, who headlines the show against Christian York, is suffering from Stage Five Kidney Reflex Disease and has had multiple surgeries. Also Mark Briscoe vs. Nick Gage, Jay Briscoe vs. Sabian, and Jaimilia Craft & Mia Yim vs. Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze.
--IWF from Saturday night in West Paterson, NJ: Damian Adams b Marc Corino, Jana won three-way over Alissa and Jennifer, Austin Williams b Travis Blake, Kevin Knight b Dr. Hurtz, Flex Freeman b Aaron Stride, Kraig Stagg b Joey Golden & Tommy Nero in a handicap match, Franciz b Chachi
--WSU on 12/11 in Dunellen, NJ at the Knights of Columbus featuring Nikki Roxx vs. Alicia, Angel Orsini vs. Athena and more.
--Taz wrote yesterday that what he put on twitter was that he was mad about his son's football team losing a championship game. He then said he's working on something that hasn't been done before in wrestling. He did say he shouldn't have tweeted it was a money thing he was mad about.
--XICW teams with Gleaners Food Bank to help feed the needy for a show on 12/5 in Warren, MI at The Ritz, with all seats $5 or a donation of five canned goods. Zach Gowen, Bill Skullion, Truth Martini and N8 Mattson headline.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on Friday night in Lakewood, OH at St. Gregory's Byzantine Hall.
--CHIKARA season finale is 12/12 in Reading at the Goodwill Beneficial Association with Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Ares and Eddie Kingston vs. Tursas on top.
--Tri State Wrestling in Voorhees, NJ before a full house of 230 fans: Damian Dragon b Chris Wylde, Shockwave the Robot b Nicky Benz, Blue Meanie & Kid America & Courageous Cruz & Corey Blaze b Mr. Ooh La La & Cujo the Hellhound & Jason Leigh & Timothy Richards, T.J. Cannon & Bruce Maxwell over Team Macktion and Matt Logan & Chase Del Monte, Breaker Morant DCOR Bobby Shields, Paul Lopresti b Larry Winters in an MMA rules cage match, Tony Stetson b Glen Osbourne in a cage match. Next show is 1/30 at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees.
--Lance Hoyt aka Vance Archer is taking indie bookings through Bill Behrens at
He is based in Dallas.
--Jesse Neal was at the SPW show in Sacramento yesterday visiting his girlfriend, Christina Von Eerie.