TUES UPDATE: More Raw notes, Rumble line-up so far, expected twist, Rock is back, why McIntyre was a lumberjack, next UWF PPV title, MMA film an Oscar nominee, tons more
By Bryan Alvarez
We're looking for your thoughts on Friday night's UFC on FX so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports from Tuscon today for the Smackdown and NXT tapings as well as from tonight's TNA house show in Brussels, Belgium.
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's TNA show in Lowell, MA, Saturday's TNA show in Plymouth, MA and Friday night's ROH show in Philadelphia.
TNA also runs Thursday in Nottingham, Friday in Manchester and has the TV taping on Saturday in London. We're looking for reports on all of these shows.
A crazy week of UFC news, with the most in-depth look at fighter pay, as well as how this compares to boxers, wrestlers, NFL players and more is one of the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. The issue is on the site today, as is a new back issue from 1994 covering When World's Collide, one of the greatest PPV shows in history. You can also get the Observer by mail with ordering information below.
We also look at the UFC canceling its 3/24 PPV, what that means for the schedule for this year, plans for UFC in 2012 in Canada as we talk to Tom Wright of UFC Canada, what that means with the PPV schedule, what company benefits the most from that date being canceled and why with reasons you wouldn't think of at first. We also look at the Michael Bisping vs. Chael Sonnen fight with quotes from both guys, what the UFC's first company implemented drug testing really means, the test failure of King Mo Lawal, other fighters who have failed for Drostanalone and background of it, the weight-cutting issue in UFC, what happened with Anthony Johnson and the psychology and pros and cons of massive weight cutting. We also look at the major downsides including why UFC should be proactive instead of reactive. We also look at the officiating at UFC 142 in Brazil, including the Erick Silva loss, company reaction, and the next step.
We look at the ESPN piece, the reaction of Dana White, and tons more on fighter pay, UFC vs. WWE pay, UFC vs. boxing pay, Dana White argues with ESPN's Dan Rafael on the story and more.
We also have an update piece on Ric Flair, the WWE Hall of Fame, and what happens next.
We also look at Evan Bourne's second drug test failure, the tag team title change, and ramifications.
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We also have full coverage of UFC 142 from Brazil, with business notes, Brazil ratings, match-by-match coverage and poll results.
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--Update on Masakatsu Funaki after his surgery
--Third generation wrestlers from one of most famous family about to debut
--Matt Hardy returns to pro wrestling
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--ROH new PPV experiment and philosophy
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--Eric Bischoff gets new TV deal
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--Champion suffers broken hand
--Update on plans for a June PPV in Brazil from a soccer stadium
--How ticket sales are going for UFC events coming up
--New market UFC will debut in later this year
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Why the biggest match possible in one promotion is not going to happen
--Notes on reviews of "Haywire" with Gina Carano
--Update on Nate Marquardt
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner faces pro wrestler/fighter this weekend
--Notes on a new promotion and first main event
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-- Royal Rumble as of today has Punk vs. Ziggler for the WWE Title with John Lauranitis as special referee, John Cena vs. Kane in an End This Feud Please match, Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the World title in a cage match, and the 30-man Royal Rumble. Miz is number one in the Rumble. The gimmick this year, which they are playing up on TV and which apparently is going to lead to a twist of some sort, is that ANY WWE superstar is eligible to enter. Of course, that's not really true since there are only 30 slots and there are over 70 people on the roster, but go with it.
-- The March 12th Raw is billing Rock as appearing.
-- For the record, the WWE's storyline explanation for why Drew McIntyre, after being fired twice on Smackdown, was still working the lumberjack match, is that his firing was effective the end of the show. Yeah.
-- Just days after the Anthony Johnson fiasco, the new issue of UFC Magazine for Australia had a big article about how to cut weight safely.
-- Best of Raw and Smackdown 2011 comes out on both DVD and Blu-Ray next week.
-- The next UWF PPV debuts on March 25th and will be titled RUTHLESS REVENGE. Vinny and I will have a full review of THUG ASSASSINS tonight on the B&V Show.
-- The Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and Nick Nolte has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Warrior." Nolte played the father Paddy Conlon. Thanks to Daniel.
-- Haywire with Gina Carano took £1.2m (around $1.9m) this weekend in the UK and Ireland, enough to place it at #2, beating out Underworld: Awakening at #3 with £1.1m ($1.7m). War Horse was #1 with £3.2m ($5m). Thanks to Martin.
-- Chris (not Abyss) writes: Dixie Carter has announced that Lockdown will be held in Nashville, TN on April 15th. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, but starting today at 11am est will be a presale. The presale code is "cage". Tickets range from $15 to $150 plus taxes and fees. Just thought I'd pass this along.
-- Several Inside MMA clips available. Michael Bisping buries Chael Sonnen here. King Mo talks about his failed drug test and what's next here. And Mike Munoz talks about his surgery for bone chips and when he'll be back here.
-- Xtreme Couture MMA, 4055 West Sunset, Las Vegas NV 89118 will be holding a free open house on Saturday, Jan 28 from 9AM to 4PM. New membership deals all day and classes will run every half hour. From 1-3 they will be holding a fighter meet and greet with The Natural Randy Couture, Bellator LW Champ Michael Chandler, Evan Dunham, Tyson Griffin, Mike Pyle, Jay Hieron, Ray Sefo, Martin Kampmann, and many more. Thanks to Mike.
-- James Storm's wife gave birth last week.
-- UFC Tonight on FUEL has Dana talking future fights, Kenny Florian making predictions for this weekend's UFC on FOX event, and more.
-- There is a video herefrom RING KA KING showing Scott Steiner terrorizing fans. This is straight out of the 70s and 80s in Japan as he goes into the crowd and everyone runs in fear. This looks like the best wrestling show in years.
-- Jim Ross talks his recent car wreck, how important Raw was Monday, and more here.
-- Will the real Chael Sonnen please stand up?
-- Culinary Local 26, who are fighting to keep UFC out of New York State, are now fighting to get them kicked off FOX. They've got a new website up here, which is targeting Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping. They've got quotes unfit for television, noting that these men are about to fight Saturday night and it's reason to have UFC kicked off TV.
-- ROH announced Davey Richards (World Champion) vs. Jay Lethal (TV Champion) for the February 4th TV taping at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore.
-- Saturday, March 17, 2012 EWF Presents X8 Tournament Borderman Gymnasium A.K.A. - EWF Arena 501 E. Marion St. Converse, IN 46919. Doors open at 5:30 PM for Meet & Greet. Bell Time 7:30 PM. They are claiming Matt Hardy will "be in action".
-- Empire Wrestling at Academy Theater on Friday! Bell is at 8:00 p.m. www.academytheater.org. 119 Center Street. Avondale Estates, GA 30002. They run every Friday.
-- Chikara "The Thirteenth Hat" January 28, 2012 Saturday night at The Palmer Center! 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045 Doors at 6:30 pm, Belltime is 7:00 pm! Tickets on sale now! More info as always up at chikarapro.com.
-- From the promoter: Main Event just signed for the SWA Pro wrestling event at the forest city national guard armory on Feb 18th. The Wrecking Crew and Will Demented vs Ebony and Ivory with Alexis Parrish making her SWA Return after her years absence! Then for the AIWF Mid Atlantic Cruiser Weight Title it will be the champion Ethan Case vs ECW Original Chris Hamrick vs Mike Madden ( making his SWA debute) It also has been confirmed that Kidd Chaos has been signed for a title shot against the heavy weight champion BJ Hancock! Derek Ryze has demanded a face to face interview with Mike McCloud!! You can come see all of this and more for only 6 dollars!!! Doors open at 7 show starts at 8. BE THERE!
-- HPW Wrestling returns ro Columbus, IN Saturday Feb. 4th with 7 Big matches! HPW Wrestling Super Bowl Fall-Out Saturday Feb. 4th Bell 7:45pm Open 6:45pm Tickets $12 Kids 10-5 $10 4 & under Free
-- Power Trip Wrestling present 'We Run This Town' - "Raising Money for the Teenage Cancer Trust", Friday 10th February 2012, Stopsley Working Men's Club, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 8HG. Times : Doors open 7.00pm Show starts 7.30pm Tickets: £5 each, call 07594 304455 to reserve tickets now
-- Crossfire Entertainment, LLC Presents Crossfire LIVE! Fundraiser Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee LIVE Saturday, March 17, 2012 Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena 625 Smith Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 Belltime: 7:30 PM – Doors: 6:30 PM VIP Event Pre-Show: 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Fit Finlay is on the show.
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