THURS. UPDATE: UFC cuts after Saturday's show; Ratings; Bryan, Lesnar, Jericho



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        We're looking for any reports on tonight's TNA house show in Wallingford, CT (Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson for the TNA title, Jay Lethal vs Kazarian vs. Robbie E for the X title, Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James for Knockouts title, Beer Money vs. Ink Inc.) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        Impact tonight on Spike:
Jay Lethal vs. Abyss
Madison Rayne & Sarita vs. Mickie James & Velvet Sky
Douglas Williams vs. Rob Terry
Motor City Machine Guns vs. A.J. Styles & Kazarian
RVD vs. Jeff Jarrett
 
        Superstars tonight on WGN America:
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Zack Ryder
Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry vs. Ted DiBiase & Tyson Kidd
JTG vs. Tyler Reks
Chris Masters vs. Curt Hawkins
 
        Here's the weekend schedule:  Tomorrow night will be both Strikeforce Challengers Series from Nashville (Tyron Woodley vs. Tarec Saffiedine, Daniel Cormier vs. Devin Cole, Abongo Humphrey vs. Ovince St. Preux, Dr. Rhadi Ferguson vs. John Richard and Julia Budd vs. Amanda Nunes) and the debut of the latest Dragon Gate USA PPV show (Masato Yoshino vs. Yamato, Cima vs. Shingo, BxB Hulk & Homicide vs. Jon Moxley & Akira Tozawa, Austin Aries & Genki Horiguchi & Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann and Jimmy Jacobs & Arik Cannon).  Key things on the Strikeforce show is that Cormier will become an alternate in the heavyweight tournament with a win.  Budd is being groomed for a title shot at Cris Cyborg if she wins.
 
        There will also be a Raw house show Friday night in Augusta, GA and a TNA house show is Westbury, Long Island (Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan for TNA title, Lethal vs. Kazarian for X title, Rayne vs. James for knockouts title) .
 
        Saturday will be a Raw house show in Montgomery, AL and a Smackdown house show in Lexington. 
 
        Sunday will be TNA Genesis from Orlando which is TNA's best wrestling lineup on PPV in several months:
Matt Morgan vs. Mr. Anderson for the No. 1 contendership for the TNA title
Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett in an exhibition match
Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon
Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money for tag titles
Douglas Williams vs. A.J. Styles for TV title, belt vs. Styles leaving Fortune
Jay Lethal vs. Kazarian for X title
RVD vs. mystery opponent
Samoa Joe vs. Pope
Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James for knockouts title
 
        WWE also has a Sunday night Raw house show in Memphis and a Smackdown house show in Knoxville.
 
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        Tuesday is the Smackdown and NXT tapings in Birmingham.   
 
        And if you haven't seen Henderson vs. Pettis, the 12/16 show airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Pacific on Versus. 
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        We look at exactly what went down with Sonnen that got him into trouble, details of the con game, what is likely to happen to him, the UFC reaction, what UFC plans were for him and more.
 
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--Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee and Marcus Davis were all cut following their losses on Saturday night's UFC 124 PPV.
 
--Due to all the bowl games, ESPN averaged a 5.3 rating in prime time last week, which would be the highest rating I can recall any cable network has averaged in prime time in years if ever over a full week.  USA was No. 2 at 2.0.  Syfy Was No. 18 at 0.8 and Spike was not top 25.  As it turns out, the second hour of Raw was actually No. 24 for the week, not No. 22 as the first listing we were given had. 
 
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--As of at least first thing this morning, a decision was not made regarding whether Alistair Overeem's fight with Fabricio Werdum will be a three round non-title fight or five round title fight in the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament.  The basic gist is they don't want different rules for different matches, but they do want the title in play as part of the tournament, so they are working on a consistent solution if that's possible.
 
--Odds for first round matches
Fedor Emelianenko -500
Antonio Silva +300
 
Sergei Kharitonov -100
Andrei Arlovski -130
 
Alistair Overeem -270
Fabricio Werdum +210
 
Josh Barnett -300
Brett Rogers +240    
 
--Tickets for the Strikeforce 2/12 show in East Rutherford,. NJ go on sale to the public on 1/14, with a pre sale to Strikeforce newsletter subscribers on 1/12.  
 
--Scott Coker will be on Inside MMA on ESPN 2 tomorrow night talking about the tournament.
 
--Poll on Raw from Monday
Excellent 23.8%
Good 46.7%
Average 13.6%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 10.3%
        10.5% of those responding didn't see the show  
 
--Poll on ROH TV from Monday
Excellent 54.0%
Good 32.0%
Average 4.0%
Fair 6.0%
Poor 4.0%
        63.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--What was the biggest news story of July?
UFC 116 Lesnar vs. Carwin 54.6%
Paul Heyman doesn't go to TNA 15.1%
Ricky Steamboat badly injured, career finished, due to bleeding on the brain 14.3%
Miz wins Money in the Bank 8.0%
TNA sets domestic house show attendance record in Brooklyn 2.6%
DDT draws 9,000 at Sumo Hall 2.2%
Michael Kirkham passes away from MMA ring injuries 2.2%
Lucha Libre Masked Warriors debuts on MTV 2 0.6%
Toni Adams passes away 0.4%
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling on 1/19 in Southgate, MI at the Modern Exchange with Corporal Robinson vs. Bull Pain in a barbed wire match and Sabu vs. Kongo Kong, plus Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher and more. 
 
--Evolve announced its fan awards for 2010.  Best card was Evolve 5 headlined by Bryan Danielson vs. Munenori Sawa.  Match of the Year was Danielson vs. Sawa.  MVP was Chuck Taylor.  Breakout star was Chuck Taylor.  Breakout match was Sawa vs. TJP.
 
--New Era Wrestling on 1/22 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club
 
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--Daniel Bobish's Ultimate Cage Battles on 1/15 in Parma, OH at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex headlined by former UFC fighter Forest Petz against former NFL star Whisper Goodman.     
 
--Premier Championship Wrestling tonight in Winnipeg at Dylans on Pembina with Adam Knight and national grappling champion Donny Dicaprio.
 
--Lance Storm talks about his regrets about his wrestling career at http://www.stormwrestling.com/010611.html  
 
 
 


Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?