*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 main story is a look at the Hall of Fame and who was inducted. We've got not only a list of the ballot results but a breakdown of how the top candidates did with different groups. We also look at the near misses and background on them and a look at a number of the candidates who didn't get in, as well as a look at next year's ballot additions.
We have a look at the McMahon campaign for senate, results and the key factors at the end that caused her loss.
We've got a look at the death of 80s star Brad Armstrong of the famous Armstrong wrestling family, and his different roles in wrestling, why his full-time agree ended and notes about his death.
We also look at the booking about-face made by WWE with the change in Survivor Series. We talk about why the change was made, the new card, and more on the WWE title switch.
We've got a beginning look at the WWE financials, in particular more talk about the network, details on how the PPV shows did this year as compared with last year, why profitability is down, more on how much they are earning for the third hour of Raw, value of Brock Lesnar.
We also have notes on what percentage of WWE revenues goes to talent right now as compared with real sports. We also look at an update on what is going on in New York for WrestleMania week. We've got more on the WWE video game and future of THQ, WWE in talks for mega events outside the U.S., as well as European tour business. We have more on the background of Brad Maddox and how he got his spot and push. We also have updates on injuries and planned return dates for a number of WWE performers.
We also look at the return of Great Khali, Booker T talks his fight from a few years back with Batista, Daniel Bryan talks difficulty in getting management behind him, plus we've got all the business notes of the European tour and notes from all the events.
We also look at the debut and goals of the new World Series of Fighting promotion on its first show. We look at how the show did in ratings, the stars, the production and what it needs for financial viability.
We also look at Scott Steiner's second lawsuit against TNA, and why one of the charges involved is very serious, or the ultimate cheap shot.
Also in this week's issue:
--Notes on the last AAA TV taping
--Notes on Dragon Gate USA shows over the weekend in the U.S.
--Hall of Fame candidate and recuperation from neck surgery and what the doctors told him about his future
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's next major show
--The beginnings of the 2012 World League tournament
--A preview of the New Japan iPPV this weekend
--Notes on the finals of the New Japan Super junior tag team tournament
--Update on Tetsuya Naito and his return to pro wrestling
--Upcoming CMLL/New Japan joint shows announced
--Woman star for more than 26 years announces her retirement
--Akebono vs. Onita feud continues
--Notes from the funeral of Mike Graham
--NWA title decision
--Promoter from the 80s resurfaces looking at doing a pro wrestling reality show based on starting of a new promotion
--Update on Kelly Kelly
--Full lineup and television build for ROH Final Battle
--A look at where all the ROH TV angles are going
--More on the Hogan lawsuit regarding the sex tape
--Update on the Turning Point lineup
--Future of Eric Young in TNA
--Notes on the plans for TNA television between now and the end of the year
--What former WWE wrestler tried out for TNA
--A look at TNA developmental and Jessie
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
--UFC official talks about ramping up drug testing next year
--Preview of the UFC show this weekend
--Notes on the big matches planned for 2013 in UFC
--Notes on a directive within UFC as far as younger fighters goes
--Notes on UFC's dates for FOX this coming year
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Notes on Tough Enough for this season
--Ticket sale advances for upcoming UFC dates
--More on the Stephan Bonnar suspension
--Another UFC fighter talks retirement
--Notes on UFC video game
--Chael Sonnen building up his fight
--Notes on this season's Ultimate Fighter cast
--Eddie Alvarez contract update
--Notes on Bellator's first reality show and upcoming cards
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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)
--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.
WHAT WAS FLORIDA'S BEST FEUD?
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%
GREATEST CALIFORNIA TERRITORIAL FEUD?
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%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 25.6%
C.M. Punk 24.2%
John Cena 10.1%
Vickie Guerrero 9.4%
Paul Heyman 7.7%
Dolph Ziggler 5.1%
POLL ON RAW?
24.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--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.
--GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com 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.
--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