MON. UPDATE: Tonight's Raw & why there were two scripts written, Hell in Cell main event not decided as of this morning, Hogan lawsuit, Mania economic impact, UFC fight result changed, ROH star may need surgery

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Bryan and I will be back tonight to talk not only Raw, but ROH's Glory by Honor show, and the latest wrestling and MMA news.  You can also send questions to the show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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We're also looking for reports from the live Raw tonight in Nashville with dark matches and any matches taped for Superstars.  Scheduled for the show is the announcement of the main event of the Hell in a Cell show, which will be C.M. Punk vs. either Ryback or John Cena.  Two different scripts for tonight's show were written over the last few days.  One script is contingent upon Cena getting an evaluation today that he will be ready by the 28th. 

The other is contingent that he won't.  In storyline, either Punk will be in some form pressured into picking Cena, or avoiding Cena.  The storyline won't be that Cena is injured and can't take the match, although it is possible they could shoot an angle where Punk agrees and then Cena gets attacked to take him out, but I don't think they'd do it that way.  But if Cena isn't the opponent at the end of the night, it's because he won't be ready.

Also on tonight's show is Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes in the finals of the No. 1 contenders tag team tournament, with the winners facing Kane & Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell.We're also looking for reports on yesterday's WWE house show in Knoxville as well as Friday night's show in Jonesboro, AR.

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Monday's news, notes and links
--Hulk Hogan will be holding a press conference today to announce filing of lawsuits against Bubba the Love Sponge and his wife Heather, as well as against
--The Punk/Austin video on the front page is now officially released. Many people saw it a few weeks ago when it was leaked before hand.  Paul Heyman has a story hyping the video and talking about its background, shot in Hollywood on a closed set with Jim Ross, Punk and Austin on the Thursday before SummerSlam.

--WWE announced that WrestleMania generated a record setting $102.7 million in economic impact on the Miami metropolitan area according to the study by the Enigma Research Corporation. Atlanta the prior year generated $62 million.  That included $15.3 million in local taxes and they estimate $6.9 million was spent at local restaurants above and beyond what would normally have been spent, based on so many tourists being in town. WWE is expecting similar results with the show in the New York market (in East Rutherford, NJ) this coming April. 
--The Colorado Boxing Commission has overturned the result of the 8/11 UFC Jake Shields vs. Ed Herman fight due to Shields admitting taking an illegal substance that he tested positive for before the fight.  The fight is no considered a no contest.

--Ultimate Fighter set a record low with 624,000 viewers on Friday.
--Harlem Bravado suffered a broken nose in the Bravados vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander match at Saturday's ROH show in Mississauaga, ONT.  He will miss no ring time.  Mike Mondo appears to have suffered a broken leg and may need surgery.  He's going to get a second opinion today and then decide.  Truth Martini suffered a deep and nasty gash on his leg when Rhino threw him over the top rope and the guard rail sliced his leg up.
--ROH announced a May 4, 2013 iPPV from the Ted Reeve Arena in Toronto.  Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday at 10 a.m for ROH Ringside Club members and 10 a.m. Friday to the public. The next ROH show is 11/3 in Belle Vernon, PA and announced is Michael Elgin vs. Davey Richards in a rematch of one of the best matches of 2012, as well as Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the TV title.
--Jon Jones has said he is willing to coach Ultimate Fighter next season if asked, but will not do so against Daniel Cormier, saying Cormier doesn't have a big enough name and he's not going to help him get one off of him. 
--On Saturday, the third most searched for item on Google was UFC 153, behind Amanda Todd and New York Yankees. 
--Marcus Buchecha Almeida came close to getting an on Roger Gracie in a grappling competition match last night.
--I want to make note that the ROH, UFC and TNA shows over the weekend were all worth going out of your way to see.  All were really good.
--Pro Wrestling Illustrated announced they are listing Gail Kim as No. 1 in their top 50 women's issue that will be available on Thursday. Madison Eagles was No. 1 last year and Michelle McCool the year before.
Poll on ROH TV show?
Excellent 32.7%
Good 32.7%
Average 11.5%
Fair 1.9%
Poor 21.2%
        67.3% of those responding didn't see the show
Which fight do you think is bigger?
Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones 52.1%
Anderson Silva vs GSP 47.9%
Aside from John Cena, who is the strongest under-40 active pro wrestler as a Hall of Fame candidate?
C.M. Punk 36.9%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 31.7%
Sin Cara 16.3%
Randy Orton 12.8%
Perro Aguayo Jr. 2.3%
Best TV show of last week?
Raw 45.1%
Impact 20.7%
ROH 7.3%
UFC prelims on FX 6.9%
Bellator 5.3%
Saturday Morning Slam 4.9%
Smackdown 2.8%
Main Event 2.0%
Countdown to UFC 153 1.6%
UFC Tonight 1.6%
Ultimate Fighter 1.2%
Inside MMA 0.4%  
--Notes on WWE Classics on Demand for this week.  Among the things airing are:
SuperBrawl 2001
Nitro 6/23/97
Raw 6/23/97
TNT 8/9/85
Dory Funk Jr. & Jake Roberts vs. Jack Brisco & Mike Rotundo
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Harley Race
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Dick Steinborn
Ric Flair vs. Mick Foley 2/3 falls 2006 Vengeance
Nasty Boys vs. Public Enemy falls count anywhere SuperBrawl 6
DDP vs. Scott Steiner falls count anywhere WCW Greed
Taz vs. Bubba Ray Dudley falls count anywhere 1999 Hardcore Heaven
Raw 11/9/98
World Class Championshp Wrestling 1987 Parade of Champions from Texas Stadium (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--El Generico has not signed a contract with ROH and is still scheduled on Evolve and Dragon Gate USA iPPV shows.
--There will be an Evolve show on 12/8 in Voorhees, NJ as part of a double header with CZW's annual Cage of Death show.
--Mick Foley is doing a comedy tour of Australia with comedian Brendon Burns.  He's got shows on 2/6 in Brisbane, 2/9 in Sydney and 2/11 in Melbourne. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Traditional Championship Wrestling has reached a deal with OCTAPIXX LIVE to attempt to market their television show overseas in HD.  They will start shopping the product at Sportel Monaco later this month.
--Dana White appeared interested in a Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira fight.  On Twitter, when asked about Rampage asking for the fight after Teixeira called him out Saturday, he said, "Sounds good bro."
--Here's Adam Copeland (Edge) promoting Haven.
--Crossfire Wrestling on 11/3 in Nashville at the Fairgrounds has Matt Hardy vs. Paul Burchill and Chris Adonis (Chris Masters) in an open challenge.  Other matches already announced for the show are King Shane Williams defending the title against Carlito Colon, Shane Douglas vs. Arrick Andrews and Jerry Lynn vs. Kid Kash in a chain match.
--The NWA sent out a release saying that due to injuries in a show on 10/12 in Houston, Kevin Douglas was unable to defend his NWA jr. heavyweight title against Chase Owens on 10/13 in Kingsport, TN and that his injuries will results in him being out of action for more than 30 days.  NWA president R. Bruce Tharpe said that due to the 30-day rule, he is being stripped of the title effective two hours before the show in Kingsport. At the show, Owens won a match on that card that was billed as for the title and the NWA ruled Owens is the champion.  Owens will defend the title against Douglas on 11/24 in Rogersville, TN in a no time limit cage match.  There is likely more to the story than this.
--Dan Lennard and Mike Williamson talk the NWA title match with Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce that takes place on 10/27 in Melbourne, Australia.
--Future Stars of Wrestling on Saturday night at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas featuring Young Bucks vs. Suburban Commandos plus Kenny King vs. Daivari and Paul London appears.
--Tomorrow at 9 a.m. Eastern, the Glory kickboxing organization has a press conference featuring Giorgio Petrosyan (this guy is the best lightweight kickboxer in the world) to build up an eight-man 154 pound weight class tournament featuring Petrosyan and Albert Kraus that takes place on 11/3 in Rome, Italy.  The show will also stream live on their web site.
--Konnan and Court Bauer interview MVP (direct download). In the interview, he talks about getting into a fistfight with John Laurinaitis before leaving WWE, a possible WWE return, cornering Dave Bautista in his MMA fight, Brian Gewirtz, WWE divas and a new project on TV he's working on.
--ECWA from Saturday night in Carney's Point, NJ:  Napalm Bomb b Cujo the Hellhound, Jessie Kaye b Missy Sampson, Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields b Danny E & Ricky Martinez, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian b Matt Saigon, Bobby Shields b Bolo Young, Mr. Ooh La La & Coach Jim Shorts & Cole Callaway & Shockwave the Robot b Mike Tartaglia & Ricky Martinez & Gus Grand & Magnum, Chris Wylde kept ECWA title over Papadon and Breaker Morant.  Next show is 10/20 in Sewell, NJ at Sports and More.

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