MON. UPDATE: UFC starts new network in U.S./Canada, Raw tonight, Jim Ross show debut details, New TNA PPV match, UFC injujry, Punk, 50th anniversary of pro wrestler vs. boxer, Ratings, Wrestling sketch on TBS tonight, Weekend PPV details, Best TV show



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        We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw show from Oklahoma City with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else that wouldn't be evident from the live show.  Locally they are advertising "The McMahons and HHH," for whatever that means, and it may not mean a thing given the last time Vince McMahon was advertised for Raw he didn't appear.  There will be a John Cena/Randy Orton contract signing on tonight's show.  
 
        There is a New Japan iPPV from Hakata Star Lanes in Fukuoka late tonight/tomorrow morning at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time and 1:30 a.m. Pacific time at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
 
Yuji Nagata & Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka & Jado
Bushi & Kushida vs. Rob Conway & Jax Dane
Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi
Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
 
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Tulsa.
 
        TNA Impact will be taping the Final Resolution show (for 12/19) on Tuesday night in Orlando with Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle 2/3 falls and Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus.  They also will be taping on Wednesday and Thursday night.  We're looking for reports on all of those tapings. 
 
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        A coverage of where WWE stands coming out of Survivor Series, as well as part one of a two-part series on the life and times of Mad Dog Vachon lead off this week's double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  The issue is available on the site today.
 
        We look at the fame of Vachon, his extensive career title history from all over the world, and the legends of wrestling in Montreal.  We look at why Vachon was so famous mainstream and the major political leaders who spoke this past week about his death.
 
        We look at Mad Dog the wrestler, Mad Dog the fighter, Mad Dog the Olympian and more.
 
        We look at his start in wrestling, the start of the career of brother Paul the Butcher, one of the great practical jokes in the history of the Calgary territory, Mad Dog and Gorgeous George, Mad Dog in Hawaii and where he got the shaved head from.  We also look at the origin of the Mad Dog Vachon name, his multiple runs as AWA champion, his matches as AWA champion against rival world champions including the night the AWA champion faced the WWWF champion on an NWA show.
 
        We also look at his career in Montreal, his early tours of Japan, and one of the most famous angles in AWA history setting up the Mad Dog vs. Crusher feud.  We also look at the night Mad Dog set the North American gate record for pro wrestling, and the night he broke that card.
 
        We also look at the Vachons vs. LeDucs feud, the heyday of Grand Prix Wrestling and the biggest wrestling match ever in Quebec and how it was actually a late replacement idea, and how Mad Dog sold out Jarry Park.
 
        We also look at WWE's upcoming plans, the push of Roman Reigns, the betting on WWE matches, if Survivor Series is actually a big four show to wrestling fans and WWE hurting its PPV business.
 
        We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
 
        We also have more on WrestleMania ticket sales, Royal Rumble ticket sales, the WWE network, the Hulk Hogan latest suicide attempt story, stories that need to be watched by both those in WWE and UFC, as well as Bill Goldberg tells the real story about WrestleMania 30, would he wrestle there, if he's been approached, pro wrestling vs. NFL vs. MMA, wrestling Steve Austin and more.
 
        We've got more on Daniel Bryan, Chris Hero, Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, Dwayne Johnson, WWE movies, a current WWE star talking about retiring, another giant from India, update on Christian and Maven, the world of developmental and who is looking good, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards in WWE Cody Rhodes talks about a shoot on television, WWE employee makes news for indecent fro yeas ago, WWE title unification and more.
 
        We also look at New Japan's annual tag team tournament, standings, upcoming iPPV lineups, who has the best shot at winning and why, as well as full coverage of opening night from Korakuen Hall and highlights of the next three dates.
 
        We also have our 2013 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards ballot.
 
        We've also go an overview of Bellator's completed season, including notes on business, Friday vs. Thursday, did the big show help, what were season highlights, plans for next year, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, as well as big title matches and what is upcoming.
 
        We also have notes on the punishment Antonio Inoki was given for going to North Korea a few weeks ago.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and how every segment on Impact did as far as gaining or losing viewers.  

        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Why a lot of wrestlers are upset with CMLL management
 
--A look at recent Arena Mexico shows
 
--What top heel is turning face and what top face is being booed
 
--A look at CMLL's last big tournament of the year
 
--Results of the annual CMLL bodybuilding contest
 
--What former TNA star placed second
 
--Some big matches upcoming
 
--Full lineup for AAA's Guerra de Titanes
 
--A look at the last two TV tapings building up the big show
 
--What Hall of Famer got involved in an angle and looks to be coming out of retirement
 
--Main event for Dragon Gate's last major show of the year
 
--New gimmick match idea Dragon Gate is doing
 
--A look at the All Japan big show of the last week and where the angles are going
 
--All Japan's expenses
 
--New group being put together
 
--A look at the Akira Taue retirement show with the lineup
 
--What happened with Davey Richards and who is taking his place
 
--Debut of a son of a Hall of Famer
 
--80s legend suffers significant injury, will gut through one match but then take it easy
 
--Return to the ring of Genichiro Tenryu at 63 years old
 
--New Year's Eve pro wrestling events in Japan
 
--Update on Dynamite Kid after a stroke
 
--El Hijo del Santo talks injuries
 
--UFC fighters wrestling professionally at Madison Square Garden next week
 
--A look at the 2014 classes of two Halls of Fame
 
--Necro Butcher explains his side of domestic violence charge
 
--Thanksgiving tradition of wrestling returns to Greensboro with card and names involved
 
--WWC's year-end show notes
 
--Former wrestling magazine publisher passes away
 
--PWG's All-Star weekend noes
 
--Mid South Wrestling reunion at this year's WrestleMania weekend
 
--Former  TNA wrestler retires
 
--Loads of injuries to former WCW wrestler
 
--Celebrities doing pro wrestling
 
--Matysik celebrates 50 years in wrestling
 
--ROH notes on Final Battle for this year
 
--TNA's taping schedule
 
--TNA Final Resolution lineup
 
--Upcoming house shows
 
--Return of Madison Rayne
 
--Abyss/Joseph Park storyline ending
 
--Thoughts on Sports Illustrated story on Dixie Carter
 
--Carter's life growing up
 
--How she ended up running TNA
 
--New TNA plans
 
--Notes for the next month of TNA television
 
--Business of UFC 167
 
--What percentage of crowd came from Canada
 
--What records were set
 
--How much GSP really earns
 
--List pay vs. real pay
 
--GSP talks future
 
--Jon Jones talks retirement
 
--UFC schedule update for 2014 
 
--Ticket sales for upcoming UFC events
 
--Will UFC 168 set records?
 
--CSAC head Andy Foster addresses judging problems
 
--Dana White new TV show
 
--Cain Velasquez injury updates
 
--Anthony Pettis health update
 
--Who almost got into a fight with Bisping
 
--UFC fighter suddenly retires
 
--Another UFC fighter says he's one fight from retiring
 
--More UFC plans for New York
 
--UFC plans overseas
 
--Lots of injury updates
 
--Tons of new UFC fights made
 
--Notes on Invicta and World Seres of Fighting
 
--Next Glory show 
 
   New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
 
        Our most requested issues in our history are:
 
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
 
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
 
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
 
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
 
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
 
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
 
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
 
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
 
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
 
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
 
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
 
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
 
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*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
 
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
 
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
 
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
 
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
 
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
 
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
 
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
 
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
 
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
 
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
 
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
 
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
 
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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio covering Raw and all the latest MMA and pro wrestling news, plus you can send e-mail questions for the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--UFC announced today it will be starting a digital Internet subscription network.  It will launch within a few weeks with its first major event being the 1/4 show in Singapore.  The network will be available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand and feature live airings of the many UFC shows for next year that won't be on television (market specific shows that will have limited number of name fighters and focus on developing regional talent and airing prime time locally).  The network will also feature Ultimate Fighter seasons not on U.S. and Canadian TV as well as access to the UFC's video library and a lot of other programming.  At this point, no pricing has been announced.
 
--Here are some notes regarding Jim Ross' shows at the Gramercy Theater in New York.  He will be doing two shows, right now one is at 5 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. on 3/1.  Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday.  There will be a special Internet presale that will start on Wednesday with a code that we will have on the site at some point tomorrow.     
 
--We were incorrect yesterday when saying that Paul Walker had completed filming Fast and Furious 7 when he passed away Saturday in the tragic accident.  He still had two important scenes left to shoot this week and they were going to have to make a decision how to deal with it.
 
--Tommy Dreamer has been added to the 12/28 TNA PPV taping in Lowell, MA, in a tables match against Ethan Carter III.
 
--Davey Richards wrote a long Facebook post today saying it's pretty crappy that he doesn't get a farewell match as was scheduled on 12/14 in New York.  He was pretty mad about it in hindsight saying that "ROH is about heart.  I hope they find theirs again."  He pushed for fans to continue to support the promotion for the guys in the locker room.
 
--Extreme Rising has announced a 2/8 show in Pittsburgh.  Tickets are on sale for $5 off floor seats and fan fest tickets at http://www.extremetixs.com/index.php?cPath=2  The promotion starts on television in the Philadelphia area in January and will be broadcasting its shows also on the Internet.
 
--Jim Ross on TSN's Off the Record at  
Part 1: http://www.tsn.ca/videohub/Default.aspx?collection=134&show=137152§ion=Sports
Part 2: http://www.tsn.ca/videohub/Default.aspx?collection=134&show=137153§ion=Sports
 
--Ring of Honor starts on TV in Fresno this coming Saturday night at 7 p.m. on KRFE, the local CW affiliate. (thanks to Jon Southerland) 
 
--Akira Corassani, who took the illegal knee from Maximo Blanco 25 seconds into their fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas at the UFC show, had his nose broken in five different places and also suffered a concussion. 
 
--C.M. Punk will be appearing at the Wizard World Portland Comic Con which takes place on 1/24 to 1/26 in Portland, OR.  He's one of the headliners listed along with Norman Reedus of Walking Dead, William Shatner, Stan Lee, Adam West, Billy Dee Williams, Ron Perlman and Bruce Campbell.  Punk will appear only on Friday.
 
--There is a lot of talk today about it being the 50 year anniversary of what is being promoted today as the first MMA match on U.S. television when Judo Gene LeBell, a pro wrestler with a judo background, beat boxer Milo Savage on December 2, 1963, in Salt Lake City in what was a judo vs. boxing match.  There had actually been a number of wrestler vs. boxer matches over the years previously, many works and some shoots.        
 
--Mick Foley has comedy shows this week with a Wednesday night show in Lexington, KY , Thursday in Louisville at the Comedy Caravan at 7:45 p.m. and Foley will be competing in the International Fruitcake Eating competition on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Santa's Candy Castle in Santa Claus, IN, and will be doing an autograph signing there after the contest is over.  Hopefully he won't wind up like Titus O'Neil.  He's also got shows at 7 p.m. and 9:44 p.m. on Sunday in Bloomington, IN at the Comedy Attic.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1961 - Antonio Poza beat Rene Guajardo in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title
1974 - Blackjack Lanza beat Fritz Von Erich in Dallas to win the American title
1974 - Giant Baba beat Jack Brisco in Kagoshima, Japan to win the NWA world title in Baba's first title win
1979 - The Assassins beat Steve Regal & Hector Guerrero in Memphis to win the AWA tag titles
1983 - El Satanico beat Lizmark in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title
1983 - Kevin & David & Kerry Von Erich beat Ric Flair & Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts as The Freebirds (Hayes was gone having lost a loser leaves town match) to win the World Class six-man tag titles in Dallas
1991 - Tom Prichard beat Eric Embry to win the Southern title and Jerry Lawler beat Kamala to win the USWA title in Memphis
 
--Saturday's UFC show will be replayed tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern on FS 2.
 
--For last week (week before Thanksgiving), ESPN was No. in cable with 3.04 million viewers on average in prime time.  USA was No. 4 at 1.92 million.  Syfy was No. 17 at 1.08 million and Spike was No. 25 at 760,000.  The three hours of Raw were No. 8, 11 and 13.  Smackdown was No. 25.
 
--TNA has added a house show no 1/10 in Bristol, TN at the Vance Middle School.   
 
--WWE will have a house show on 2/9 in Fresno.
 
--Anyone reading this site can get 10% off making customized wrestling style action figures of themselves as a Cyber Monday special.  The code at www.myfaceonafigure.com is OBSERVER.  
 
--Tonight on the Pete Holmes show, which airs at midnight on TBS after Conan O'Brien, there is a sketch where Pete Holmes plays St. Peter and Matt McCarthy plays a guy who has just arrived at the gate who thinks he's Ric Flair and 1983 Terry Funk in Japan.  McCarthy is a former WWE writer who is a regular cast member on the show.
 
--Next week's Total Divas features Jon and Trinity (Jimmy Uso and Naomi) having more problems because Jon is jealous; Nikki and Brie start feuding (remember that angle that started several weeks back and was then forgotten about) and Natalya has to put down Gizmo the cat.
 
--Tickets for the UFC show on 1/25 in Chicago at the United Center go on sale on Wednesday for Fight Club members at 10 a.m. local time, Thursday for newsletter subscribers (password is CHICAGO) at 10 a.m. local time, and to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. local time.  Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson is the main event of a show that will air live on FOX.
 
--Tickets for the UFC show on 1/15 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA also has the same timetable.  The password there is ATLANTA.  The main event there is Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou.
 
--Herb Dean was named referee for the Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva main event on 12/28 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
 
--Michael Schiavello, King Mo Lawal and Miesha Tate will be the announces for Saturday night's Invicta PPV from Kansas City.  The broadcast plans are a one hour free show at 8 p.m. Eastern that will air on the PPV stations as well as www.invictafc.com  The PPV starts at 9 p.m. Eastern for $14.95 throughout Canada and the U.S.  All cable systems in the U.S. will be carrying it but DirecTV is not carrying the show.
 
--Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker honored UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis today at the Governor's office in Madison, WI.  Pettis grew up and still lives and trains in Milwaukee.  :"It's great to see people from Wisconsin living out their dreams," Walker said. 
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Ric Flair 70.2%
Terry Funk 29.8%
 
POLL ON ROH TV FROM SATURDAY
Excellent 43.2%
Good 40.5%
Average 5.4%
Fair 2.7%
Poor 8.1%
        58.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
DID SATURDAY INCREASE YOUR INTEREST IN ROUSEY VS. TATE?
Increased interest 14.0%
Decreased interest 14.0%
Made no difference 72.0%
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S UFC SHOW
Excellent 7.5%
Good 33.3%
Average 31.2%
Fair 11.8%
Poor 16.1%
        26.2% of those responding didn't see the show
 
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
Impact 30.4%
Ultimate Fighter finale 16.7%
Total Divas 16.7%
ROH 11.3%
Raw 9.5%
Smackdown 8.3%
Main Event 4.8%
Ultimate Fighter 2.4%
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Relampago Azul & Pirana b Meteoro & Brillante Jr., Idolo & Xavier Cruz Jr. b Acertijo & Joker-DQ, Metatron & Divino & Black Metal b Ebola & Magnum & Sadico-DQ, Shocker & Esfinge & Angel de Oro b Euforia & Exterminador & Tiger, Rey Escorpion b Rush to retain the CMLL light heavyweight title in 16:00 after a low blow behind the referees back. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner  
 
--Lilian Garcia will be auctioning off a number of outfits worn on television starting on 12/9 at 1 p.m. Eastern time at www.closetsforcauses.com with all money to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation.
 
--CHIKARA as part of an angle it's doing is claiming it is selling its intellectual properties to the highest bidder.
 
--KSW MMA will air live at www.KSWTV.com from Wroclaw, Poland on 12/7
 
--One FC will be airing on iPPV on 12/6 from the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines starting at 8 a.m. Eastern time headlined by Koji Oishi defending the featherweight title against Honorio Banario.
 
--Former UFC favorite Leonard Garcia faces Kevin Aguilar on 12/6 in San Antonio at the Cowboys Dancehall in the main event for Friday night's AXS Fights show.  This goes head-to-head with the UFC show on FS 1.
 
--Rhino vs. Rex Roberts headlines on 12/12 in Neepawa, Manitoba at the Yellowhead Arena for CWE.
 
--Main Event World League Wrestling from Saturday night in Alliance, OH:  Alexander Crowley b Scott Owens, Dirty the Clown b Buddy the Bulldog, Glenn Chaney b Chase Aarons, Bouncer b Shawn Blaze, Tripp Lee DCOR Kenny Hendrix, Ryan Burke b Shawn Reznikk-DQ, Sara Feeney b Angel Dust, Johnny Gunn & Eli Thomas b Levi Masterson& Lones Oaks (thanks to Jeff Gorman)
 
--A story about a local judge in his connection with Championship Wrestling from Florida a long time ago is at http://staugustine.com/sports/national-sports/2013-12-02/retired-judges-tangle-local-wrestling-history#.UpvioSft6Js (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--Showcase Pro Wrestling on Friday night in Woonsocket, RI at the Showcase Pro Wrestling Training Center has a free show for everyone who brings an unwrapped toy to benefit the Angel Tree Project.  If not tickets are $8.  A similar show will be on 12/28 at the Attleboro Moose Lodge in Attleboro, MA, which features the retirement match for Gary Gold, who started in the business more than 30 years ago. 
 
--Independent results from Ciudad Juarez yesterday before a disappointing crowd:  Princesa Guerrera & Chabel Guerrola Jr. & ? b Mr. Master & Piloto Suicida & ?, Mini Fussion & Espartaco b Pequeno Peluchin & Akanthus, Fussion & Titanik & Aspid b Vary & Ghost Ryder & Hermes Jr., Centniela & Black Fish & Ultimo Samuray b Perrush-ka & Emulo & Trimegistro, Cassanndro & Pagano & El Hijo de L.A. Park b Magno & Niebla Roja & Silver King Jr., L.A. Park & Dr. Wagner Jr. b Atlantis & Ultimo  Guerrero when Wagner Jr fouled Guerrero and Park pinned him.  Atlantis and Guerrero teased dissension at the start but got along the rest of the match. (thanks to Albert Cerda)
 
--AAW from Saturday night in Berwyn, IL:  Ethan Page & Ricochet b Zero Gravity, Silas Young & Jimmy Jacobs b Irish Airborne, Heidi Lovelace b Heather Patera, Kyle O'Reilly b Louis Lyndon, Keith Walker b Seaman & Moondog Bernard, Matt Cage b ACH to win the Heritage title, Markus Crane & Dan Lawrence & Knight Wagner b Tony Rican & Marion Fontaine & MsChif, Marek Brave b Christian Rose in a loser leaves town match, Jimmy Jacobs & Silas Young b Ethan Page & Ricochet to win the Allegiance tag team tournament, Kevin Steen b Shane Hollister to win the AAW title.
 
--A Lucha Libre show comes to Duluth, GA at the Santa Fe Mall on 12/15 with Mascara Dorada vs. Cassandro and Extreme Tiger & El Hijo del Rey Misterio vs,. Dragon Rojo Jr. & Niebla Roja.  
 
--Wrestling Cares on 12/7 in Culver City, CA at American Legion Post 45 with Johnny Gargano vs. Papadon and Adam Cole vs. Steve Anthony in the semifinals of their tournament plus Ballard Brothers vs. Timothy Thatcher & Oliver John vs. Scorpio Sky & Ryan Taylor vs. Alex Koslov & Rocky Romero plus Katarina Leigh (Winter in TNA) vs. Tracy Taylor.

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