MON. UPDATE: TNA & WWE taping news, Foley TV, Helms rips on Michaels, TV tomorrow, Tiffany on indie



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        We're also looking for reports on the Saturday night WWE house show in Jackson, TN and yesterday's WWE show in Ontario, CA,.
 
        Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT from Dayton while TNA tapes another episode of Impact in Orlando.     
 
        ROH on HDNet at 8 p.m.
El Generico vs. Bobby Shields
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--No injuries coming out of the Final Resolution show.  Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe at last word were both scheduled for the TV tapings this week, as well as Ric Flair.  Hulk Hogan will be off as long as they are selling the stipulation of his injunction that keeps him out of the company.  The first part of the show was very good but the last three matches fell flat.  
 
--Randy Orton was off this past weekend's house shows due to his neck injury, which on TV they are selling as a knee injury.  Not sure when he's due back on house shows but he is supposed to be doing TVs, particularly since Orton vs. Miz is scheduled as the main event for the TLC show on 12/19.   
 
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--Shane Helms on his weekly web show totally ripped on Shawn Michaels.  He called Michaels his least favorite wrestler of all-time saying that even though Michaels was one of his idols growing up, he let him down as a person meeting him, calling him the biggest hypocrite in the wrestling business and said about Michaels' religion, "his whole religious gimmick is a fucking work."  Later he called Michaels one of the biggest drug users in the history of the business, and said he had snorted more cocaine and done more steroids than anyone in wrestling.  I kind of doubt that one.
 
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--Not that this is going to make much difference in the buy rate for last night's show, which is likely to be not good at all, but the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens game head-to-head did a 14.6 in the metered markets (final numbers will be out later).
 
--For Saturday, when it comes to major sports going against the UFC & Strikeforce shows, the Florida State vs. Virginia Tech game on ESPN did a 2.01 metered market rating, the Connecticut vs. South Florida game on ESPN 2 did a 0.79 metered market rating and the Oklahoma vs. Nebraska game on ABC did a 5.3 metered market rating.  The SEC game on CBS that wasn't in prime time did a 6.4 not going against the MMA shows.      
 
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--Former WWE wrestler Tiffany, going by her real name of Taryn Terrell, will face Alissa Flash on 2/5 in San Francisco at the O'Connell High School Gym.  
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Raw 48.1%
Strikeforce 19.3%
Impact 9.4%
Ultimate Fighter final live 7.5%
ROH 3.9%
AAA 3.0%
Inside MMA 2.8%
Ultimate Fighter 2.8%
Smackdown 1.7%
Reaction 1.4%
XFC 0.3%
 
--Who should get the next show at Rafael Feijao for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title?
Dan Henderson 68.7%
King Mo 15.4%
Gegard Mousasi 9.8%
Mike Kyle 6.1%
        Interesting that Strikeforce did a similar poll on the air and Kyle finished first.   
 
--A note from yesterday's report on the show in Mt. Pleasant, MI by World Pro Wrestling.  The attendance was 3,000 and The Road Warrior who was on that show facing Rick Steiner was not Joe Laurinaitis but another guy doing the gimmick.  They also reportedly did announce before the show that Roddy Piper wouldn't be there and offered refunds. (thanks to Leonard Brand)  
 
--On Saturday's "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic, a member of the audience won a prize for stumping host Eddie Trunk, which was a WWE DVD.  Apparently the guy wasn't pleased with his prize and the crowd started laughing.  Trunk (who is friends with Chris Jericho) just told the guy to pick a new prize.  Was told it really made wrestling look uncool.  (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
 
--NZWPW and IPW combined show on Friday night in Levin, New Zealand:  Rufguts b Mischa Ivanoff, Link Van Haggard won four-way over Johnny Idol, Mickey Rave and Rocketman, Tykade b Axo, Dal Knox & J.C. Star & Travis Banks b Vinny Dunn & A-Class & Ninja Fury, Misty & Rehua b JPE & Liger, Tykade won Battle Royal (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
 
--Vanguard Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Suffolk,VA before 200 fans:  Lutz Memorial tournament:  Roderick Strong b Chris Escobar, Steve Corino b Phil Brown, Caleb Konley b Chase Stevens, Bolo Yung (Dirty Money in OVW) b C.W. Anderson, Steve Corino b Roderick Strong-DQ (Eddie Guerrero fake belt shot finish), Bolo Yung b Caleb Konley, John Kermon NC Austin Aries, J-Sinn & Lance Lude b Austin Aries & John Kermon, Bolo Yung b Steve Corino to win the tournament (thanks to Tim Noel)
 
--Rampage Pro Wrestling TV tapings from Saturday night in Warner-Robins, GA for a TV taping:  Mike Posey over Anthony Andrews and Bobby Moore, Ace Haven & Scott Spade b Brandon Collum & Johnny Viper, Dark City Fight Club b Ace Haven & Scott Spade, Adrian Hawkins & Michael Stevens & Drew Adler b Corey Hollis & Chip Day, Dark City Fight Club d Murder One & A.J. Steele going to a TV time limit draw at 21:11 to retain the NWA tag titles, Jay Fury & Nemesis b Aaron Epic & Ninja #9, Mr. Jones b Blain Rage, J-Rod b Cru Jones & Shaun Banks-DQ, Jimmy Rave NC Kyle Matthews.  Next show is 12/18 with a 10 man elimination tag team match. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--NWS on Friday night in Kenilworth, NJ:  Nick Gregory b Paco Loco, J.D. Smoothie b Snake Eyes, Justin Blackwell b Corvis Fear, Julio Dinero b B. Fehrm, Steve Gipke b Antony Scorace, Julio Dinero b Val Venis, Mike Dennis & Joey Janella & Martie Belle b Steve Scott & Nick Talent & Brittney Savage
 
--NWS on Saturday night in Woodbridge, NJ:  Corey Havoc & Nicky Oceans b Justin Blackwell & Nick Gregory, Nick Napoleon b Paco Libro, J.D. Smoothie & Chris Steeler b Mike Dennis & Joey Janela, Pat Budk d Corvis Fear, Val Venis b Julio Dinero
 
--Pro Wrestling World 1 from yesterday in Jackson, NJ before 175 fans:  Kid America & Bobby Shields b Steve & Colby Corino, Adam Cole d Sam Shields, Kid America b Monster C, Sam Shields b Super Sweet, Adam Cole b Bobby Dempsey, Ryan Sawyer b Damian Dragon, Colby Corino & Roxie Cotton b Reiko & Richard Guilla & Sumie Sakai when Corino pinned Guille so Denver Street has to leave World 1 for one year, Chris Rockwell b Steve Corino, Adam Cole b Ryan Sawyer to win the third annual Shinya Hashimoto Memorial Cup
 
--CHIKARA ends its season on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Reading, PA at the Goodwill Beneficial Association with Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Ares 
 
--NWA Championship Wrestling on 12/10 in Chattanooga area at the Daisy Church of God Rec Center in Soddy Daisy with kids under six free 
 
--UWC on Saturday in Pemberton, NJ in the Toys for Tots fund raiser in which they collected more than 900 toys and 16 bicycles, for a show featuring the return of  Tom "Reckless Youth" Carter. Show drew 350 fans:  Mighty Mo (clearly not the more famous one) & Fierce Fuego & Bori Guana b Billy Lassiter & Ripper, Taylor Nicole b Joe Rules, Warhead b Legion,  Justice Garrison & Ryan Blackheart b Dave Patera & Philly Madison, Silly Billy won a Rumble, Biggie Bigggs over Twiggy Ramirez and Reckless Youth to win the UWC heavyweight title.  Next show is 1/15 in Browns Mills, NJ at the Fire House.
 
--Larry Goodman, Trent Vandrisse and Murder One interview the Dark City Fight Club at 8 p.m. tonight at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/psp
 
--The movie "They Live" starring Roddy Piper from 1988 will be playing at the 92YTribeca theater in New York on Friday night.
 

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