WED. UPDATE: Dana White talks GSP/Silva chances, JBL announcing update, Punk parade, Angle lawsuit

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UFC Main Event tonight on Ion:
*R-Truth vs. Heath Slater
*Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett
Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., UFC 154 GSP vs. Condit Prime Time replayed at 7:30 p.m., UFC 139 featuring Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua at 8 p.m., Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi at 11 p.m. and the prelims from the 10/13 show in Brazil are at midnight.

The 2012 issue of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame is now out and will be on the web site today.  This is the biggest and most talked about issue of the year.  Because there was so much news this week, of the six new inductees into the Hall of Fame, we only have three biographies this week.  We will have almost a second Hall of Fame issue in a few weeks with more biographies.  We also have part one of a story on the career of Brad Armstrong, Linda McMahon's election post mortem, WWE financials and a lot more.
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--Lots of new UFC fights
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--More on the Stephan Bonnar suspension
--Another UFC fighter talks retirement
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--Chael Sonnen building up his fight
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--Eddie Alvarez contract update 
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Wednesday's news update

--On a conference call, Dana White said that if GSP faces Anderson Silva, it would be either at a soccer stadium in Brazil, at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas or at Rogers Centre in Toronto. GSP first has to beat Carlos Condit on 11/17. He also said if Condit wins, they are not looking at doing Condit vs. Silva. White said the advance is now up to $3.1 million, which would be about 15,000 tickets sold for Montreal.  That would be a lot of sales in the past week.
--John Layfield said he had reached a full-time deal to stay on as the color commentator on Smackdown. He'll do exclusively Smackdown unless Miz is wrestling on Main Event, in which those weeks he'll also do that show.

--WrestleMania presale code which is good starting tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. is IZODVIP

--There are reports in Chicago that C.M. Punk will not just be part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, but will be the Grand Marshall. The parade will air on WGN.
--Kurt Angle is alleging that someone named Wafi Wahidi and his company WbaSocial scammed him out of $34,700.  He was supposed to make Angle a fitness app and Angle paid him the money to do so.  He said that Wahidi has since changed his company name and moved from Los Angeles to Denver and he's going after the guy with both civil and criminal complaints.   
--USA was No. 3 in prime time cable last week with 2.24 million viewers, behind Fox News at 3.06 million and ESPN at 2.65 million.  FX was No. 11 at 1.41 million, Syfy was No. 14 at 1.18 million and Spike failed to crack the top 25.  The three hours of Raw were No. 8, No. 10, and No. 20.  Last week, Ion averaged an 0.8 in prime time and Main Event did a 0.7, but that's because of Halloween.  Main Event has beaten the station average every other week.
--Tommy Lister, who was Zeus in WWF and Ze Gangsta in WCW and better known as an actor, plea bargained down to felony conspiracy in a mortgage fraud cause.  He agreed to turn state's evidence.  He had already pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud.  The allegation is he and others used false information (including fake bank statements) to obtain mortgages on homes in Los Angeles, defaulted on the loans, which caused the lenders to lose nearly $3 million. He also withdrew over $1 million in using the homes as collateral and failed to repay those debts, so is accused of gaining $4 million via fraud.
--Today is the 60th anniversary of the biggest wrestling match in the history of Mexico, the El Santo vs. Black Shadow mask vs. mask match at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City.  It was one of the highest rated television shows of that year.
--After a weak earnings report, THQ stock fell to $1.16 today.  It was as high as $25.10 earlier this year.  Things aren't looking good.  The company is partnering with Centerview Partners to raise capital or come up with other measures to stay afloat.
--Mick Foley will be on Imus in the Morning tomorrow on the Fox Business Network and the Imus radio show. The show airs from 6-9:20 a.m. (thanks to Steve Finn)   
--Trish Stratus will be on the Cardboard Connection radio show tonight.
--T.J. Grant vs. Matt Wiman has been added to the UFC on FOX show on 1/26 in Chicago.  The main event, announced yesterday, is Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson for the flyweight title.
--Roddy Piper was not happy about hearing about what Linda McMahon spent: "Can spend 90 million on losing election but won't give the people that earned that money for them medical or retirement help of any kind."
--The election was not even as close as it appeared last night.  As of a few hours ago, Chris Murphy was ahead 55% to 43% or more than any of the polls indicated.  A key difference according to analysts in Connecticut is that women voters did not trust her. Male voters were split on whether she was intentionally misleading people in advertising, while women voters overwhelmingly believed that to be the case. So, her own ads helped do her in.
--WWE will be running on 1/19 in Stockton, CA at the Stockton Arena.  Tickets go on sale on 11/23 at 10 a.m.
--USA will be a airing a WWE-themed episode of "The Soup" on 11/26 right after Raw.
--Tatame in Brazil is reporting Erick Silva will return to UFC to fight on the 2/2 show in Las Vegas.
--Here are some highlights of the finals of the Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce best of seven series.
Dusty Rhodes vs. Kevin Sullivan 22.4%
Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair 21.5%
Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr. 17.2%
Dusty Rhodes vs. Terry Funk 13.1%
Funks vs. Briscos 11.4%
Dusty Rhodes vs. Pak Song 4.5%
Eddie Graham vs. Boris Malenko 3.4%
Jack Brisco vs. Paul Jones 1.1%
Tim Woods vs. Buddy Colt 0.9%
Dusty Rhodes vs. King Curtis 0.9%
Dusty Rhodes vs. Killer Karl Kox 0.2%
Fred Blassie vs. John Tolos 50.5%
Pat Patterson vs. Ray Stevens 16.6%
Chavo Guerrero vs. Roddy Piper 9.4%
Ray Stevens vs. Pepper Gomez 8.7%
Fred Blassie vs. The Destroyer 6.9%
Lou Thesz vs Baron Leone 2.9%
Bob Roop vs. Kevin Sullivan 2.5%
Mil Mascaras vs. Black Gordman 2.2%
Lou Thesz vs. Leo Nomellini 0.4%
Daniel Bryan 25.6%
C.M. Punk 24.2%
Ryback 16.5%
John Cena 10.1%
Vickie Guerrero 9.4%
Paul Heyman 7.7%
Dolph Ziggler 5.1%
Kane 1.3%
Excellent 8.5%
Good 20.2%
Average 31.4%
Fair 13.5%
Poor 26.5%
        24.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--The debut of Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.
--The NWA sent out a release that Tokyo Monster Kahagas will defend his NWA title for the first time on 11/9 in Houston against Damien Wayne. announced new members of their Hall of Fame: The Armstrong Family (Bob, Brad, Scott and Steve), Dick Slater, Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller.  
--Peach State Wrestling from Carrolton, GA from Saturday night:  Ace Haven b Supernatural, Stupid the Clown b Mike Jackson, Ultimate Dragon b Joey Kidman, Shane Noles & Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much b Rick Michaels & Stoney Hooker & Bill the Butcher, Dusty McWilliams b Antonio Garza.  They started the show with a salute to Brad Armstrong.  Next show is 11/24 at the VFW Fairgrounds Ballroom in Carrollton with Mike Jackson and Ricky Morton, plus a TLC match with Rich Michaels & Stoney Hooker vs. Simon Sermon & Tommy Too Much with Nobles as referee.
--Scott Steiner headlines the CWE 4th anniversary show on 1/18 in Winnipeg.
--Names listed as attending the Roller Derby Hall of Fame activities this weekend in Philadelphia, which include a ceremony and old-timers game will include Larry Lewis, Judy Arnold, Little Richard Brown, Skinny Minnie Gwen Miller, Yvonne Riggins, Cindy Ogbin, Skip Schoen, Lois Decker, Lynne Congleton, Jeff Hart, Sute Thomas, Marti Zinni, Crystal Prioleau, Carrie Brightful, Debbie Dickerson, Rhonds Hill, Tony Trujillo, Ray Robles, Dave Martinez and Gina Valladares.
--In Your Face Wrestling on 3/16 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center will be doing a convention  in the afternoon combined with an evening show.  They are looking for vendors, so email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.
--CMLL from Monday in Puebla before 3,500 fans:  Black Tiger & Lestat b Fuerza Chicana & Sauron, Bengala & Soberano Jr. & Leono b Apocalipsis & Psycho & Inquisidor, El Hijo del Signo b Pegasso Extrema, Virus & Raziel & Cancerbero b Escandalo & Arkangel de la Muerte & Hooligan, Vangelis & Euforia & Misterioso Jr. b Maximo & Rey Cometa & Diamante, Tama Tonga & Mephisto & Dragon Rojo Jr. b La Sombra & Mascara Dorada & Mistico (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--CHIKARA on 11/11 in Cleveland at Turner's Hall headlined by 3.0 & Gran Akuma & El Generico vs. Young Bucks & Bravado Brothers.  Show is at 4 p.m.
--This week's weird Davey Richards story: Showtime All-Star wrestling is doing a benefit show for the Heritage Lions Club on Saturday at the Community Center in Old Hickory, TN.  Among those appearing are Chase Stevens, Kyle O'Reilly and Tony Kozina. Then today they announce Vordell Walker defends their championship against Richards in the main event.  A few minutes later, promoter Reno Riggins sent us a message that Richards would not be on the show.  He said ten days ago, everything was good, all arrangements were made and a plane ticket was purchased for him. But today he had heard Kozina that he was working a show in the Northeast on Saturday night. 

"I've heard of him pulling some sketchy moves with others in the past, so I don't know if this is more of the same case or some type of miscommunication.  Can't imagine where the miscommunication was though."
--The Poughkeepsie Journal will be having a story on the House of Hardcore Wrestling Academy in the city, which is Tommy Dreamer's wrestling school. Here's a video.
--Here's an Christopher Daniels audio interview.

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