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--Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers pleaded guilty to third degree domestic assault in charges that he beat up wife Tiuna and was sentenced to two months in prison and three years probation.  He has about five weeks left to serve because he had already served three weeks when originally arrested.  For more at http://www.startribune.com/local/south/134765048.html  (thanks to Kyle Shiely)
 
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--CHIKARA's Sunday Joshimania show in New York at the Highline Ballroom has:
Sara Del Rey vs. Ayako Hamada
Manami Toyota & Sawako Shimono & Hanako Nakamori vs. Aja Kong & Mio Shirai & Tsubasa Kuragaki
Mayumi Ozaki vs. Kaori Yoneyana
Cherry & Fire Ant & Soldier Ant & Green Ant vs. Toshie Uematsu & Obarlyon & Kodama & Kobald
Los Ice Creams vs. Throwbacks
Gami vs. Portia Perez
UltraMantis Black vs. Brodie Lee 
 
--What is your feeling on The Rock headlining WrestleMania this year?
The right move for business 71.7%
The right move for business,but he still shouldn't be because it's not fair to the wrestlers who work all year for the spot 22.2%
Not the right move for business, so he shouldn't be 6.1%
        Is it better  for the wrestlers to make less money based on fewer people getting the show to have someone not full-time headlining?  Should Undertaker also not be on the show this year in a main event capacity?
 
--Should UFC bring back Chris Leben in one year?
Yes 60.5%
No 39.5%
 
--Who was the best babyface?
Hulk Hogan 32.0%
Steve Austin 18.7%
Bruno Sammartino 15.2%
Bret Hart 7.2%
The Rock 6.6%
Dusty Rhodes 5.0%
Kenta Kobashi 4.5%
Jerry Lawler 3.8%
Ricky Morton 3.7%
Andre the Giant 1.5%
Antonio Inoki 1.0%
Road Warriors 0.9%
 
--Poll on Monday's Raw
Excellent 6.1%
Good 55.0%
Average 22.7%
Fair 6.8%
Poor 9.4%
        14.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--ROH has announced a $10 General Admission ticket for both Saturday's show in Spartanburg, SC and Sunday's show in Greensboro.  Both are available at www.Ticketmaster.com  You can also get GA tickets for both shows for $10 at the door the night of the show.    
 
 
--Jerry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for handheld footage of a WWE house show in Providence on January 30, 1992 showing an Undertaker vs. Sid match and the post-match brawl from that match.
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 12/3 in Clarksville, AR at the Marvin Vinson Center features Fit Finlay vs. Killer Nikels, plus Matt Borne as Doink the Clown, Bill Apter and a guest appearance by Santa Claus.
 
--There will be a benefit for Michael Morgan, the cousin of Matt Morgan, on Friday night in Clifton, NJ at Pub 46 to raise money for his family.  Michael Morgan was a 32-year-old police officer who was shot and killed during a robbery in Paterson, NJ.
 
--A story on the connection between Vince McMahon and David Black through their wives is at
http://concussioninc.net/?p=5025
 
--An interview with the mother of John Graziano is at http://www2tbo.com/news/breaking-news/2011/nov/23/debra-graziano-harbors-no-anger-over-crash-sons-br-ar-326708/  That woman has been through way too much, between her son's accident, her husband ordering a hit on her and also having to battle the Hogan family in court,
 
--Rampage Pro Wrestling on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Johnny G's in Warner-Robins, GA with matches to determine who faces Adam Pearce for the NWA title.  Pearce will be wrestling for the group in the same location on 12/18.
 
--Fight Now TV, a U.S. 24-hour fight channel, will be airing Instinct MMA on Friday night from Quebec City headlined by former UFC fighter Pete Spratt facing Martin Grandmont.  The station is on Ch. 464 on Cabelevision as part of their IO Sports & Entertainment pack.
 
--Mr. Anderson talks Jeff Hardy's return at http://www.thesun.co.uk/wrestling
 
--World 1 on Sunday in Jackson,NJ with a Battle Royal plus Steve Corino vs. Sam Shields and Colby Corino vs. Ricky Landell 
 
--APW on Saturday night at the Garage in Hayward, CA has a TV taping which includes former Tough Enough wrestler A.J. Kirsch, Jody Kristofferson and a main event of Larry Blackwell vs. APW champion career vs. title in a no DQ falls count anywhere match.
 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on Sunday in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Legion featuring a Battle Bowl match
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling on http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos   
 
--WSU returns on 1/12 in Stirling, NJ at the Long Hill Community Center with a women's wrestling show featuring Jillian Hall vs. Traci Brooks with Molly Holly as referee, a 10 woman Battle Royal and Mercedes Martinez vs. Jennifer Cruz for the WSU title.
 
 

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