By Bryan Alvarez
Bellator tonight on MTV 2 at 8 p.m. from Kingston, RI:
Jonas Billstein (185) vs. Perry Filkins (185)
Dustin Neace (146) vs. Marlon Sandro (145.5)
Dave Jansen (156) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (156) in a lightweight tournament semifinal
Rich Clementi (156) vs. Marcin Held (156) in a lightweight tournament semifinal
Legacy Fighting Championships tonight at 10 p.m. on AXS from Houston:
William Bush vs. Noel Ligon for vacant middleweight title
Robert Drysdale vs. Chris Reed
Angel Huerta vs. Saul Elizondo
Ray Blodget vs. Nick Gonzalez
UFC 154 is Saturday night from Montreal:
Facebook fights at 6 p.m.
Darren Elkins vs. Steven Siler
Azamat Gashimov vs. Ivan Menjivar
Matt Riddle vs. John Maguire
Antonio Carvalho vs. Rodrigo Damm
FX at 8 p.m.
Mark Bocek vs. Rafael Dos Anjos
John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout
Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs
Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara
PPV at 10 p.m.
Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
Costa Philippou vs. Nick Ring
Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann
Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit for the welterweight title
TNA has a show on Saturday night in Spartanburg, SC at the Memorial Auditorium.
Sunday is the Survivor Series from Indianapolis
*C.M. Punk vs. John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE title
*Big Show vs. Sheamus for the World title
*Team Foley (Kofi Kingston & Daniel Bryan & Kane & The Miz & Randy Orton) vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio & Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes* & Wade Barrett) in an elimination match. Rhodes may not participate due to suffering a concussion on Tuesday.
*Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth for the U.S. title
*Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn for the Divas title
*Bonus match to be added involving Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara (not announced but it was planned as of a week ago)
*Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook, You Tube and WWE.com
Raw will be live on Monday night from the Nutter Center in Dayton. Superstars will also be taped there,
Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in Grand Rapids. The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler has been announced as the main event for that show.
-- USA Today has tons of coverage of UFC 154 all weekend, including a very interesting story that estimates that if you add up all of GSP's endorsements, many of which involve deals signed when he was on the shelf with his ACL injury, he's making over $10 million per year.
-- Video and Dave's recap of the weigh-ins is up on the front page right now. For whatever it's worth, despite the long layoff GSP didn't look any different on the scale or worried or nervous. Looked to be in a great mood and eager to fight tomorrow. John Danaher, his BJJ coach, noted that it was a really tough camp, super tough for the first four weeks (he had limited mobility coming off his rehab), but by the end of it he felt GSP was back to normal. We'll find out tomorrow.
-- GSP: "I believe I’m different than what I was. I'm a more improved version, because I changed my schedule. My last fight was my worst fight. I was kind of burnt out mentally and physically. Now I don't feel that way. I’m happy to be here. I have a smile on my face. If you used to see me before my fight, oh, God, I was tired. I wanted to get to the end right away. Now, I try to appreciate every second of everything. Whether I'm doing the weigh-in, the media, the fight, I want to appreciate every second of it. Because I appreciate how important it is for me and I won't be able to live and feel that forever."
-- Not that it's any surprise, but Dana White confirmed Rousey has signed a UFC contract on Jim Rome. Rousey confirmed on her Twitter. So they both basically confirmed the as-yet-unofficial story that the Strikeforce/Zuffa relationship is dead after January.
-- Regarding Cody Rhodes, it appears the company isn't going to make a decision about Survivor Series until Sunday. They'll probably wait until then, test him the day of the show for concussion symptoms, and if he passes he'll work and if he won't he'll likely be replaced in the ten-man Survivor Series match by Tensai.
-- WWE has a countdown list of the top 20 superstars of the Attitude Era on WWE.com. Not surprisingly, Steve Austin is number one followed by the Rock and HHH.
-- A story on Hogan's sex tape argument being shot down in court, which we talked about Wednesday on Wrestling Observer Radio, is here.
-- I have to say, I was super impressed with the singing talents of our readers based on last night's Bryan & Vinny Show Karaoke Contest. Don't miss that one. Three lucky folks won copies of the WWE '13video game, and everyone else who participated won a $10 participation prize. It was worth it.
-- A friend of mine got his email hacked and a spam email got sent to me from his account that opened with "HOW'S IT GOING". I laughed.
-- FUEL TV telecasts two upcoming live shows around UFC 154: ST-PIERRE VS. CONDIT. Things begin on Friday, November 16 (4:00 PM ET) with the live UFC 154 WEIGH-IN ON FUEL TV, hosted by veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant. UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and UFC TONIGHT Analyst Kenny Florian join Bryant, offering analysis from FUEL TV’s Los Angeles studios. Two-time MMA Journalist of the Year Ariel Helwani conducts fighter interviews on-site in Montreal. FUEL TV wraps up coverage of UFC 154 Saturday night (1:00 AM ET), with the UFC 154 POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FUEL TV, live immediately following the Pay-Per-View. Jay Glazer leads the recap, with Cruz and Florian’s analysis, while Helwani conducts postfight interviews.
-- CWF Mid-Atlantic runs an i-ppv out of Gibsonville, NC's Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium this Saturday night with different types of elimination matches, such as the 2 out of 3 falls Triathlon Match, the old ECW "Ultimate Jeopardy" Match where everyone in the match puts something on the line like their hair or career and more. Full details are at http://survivor.cwf247.com
-- A 48 minute interview with the host of the T4 Show (Tech Today, Tech Tomorrow) and former ECW, WCW, WWE and TNA star Michael Manna a/k/a Stevie Richards. A great show covering both Apple's technology monopoly, marketplace competition for cell phones and tablets, his history in ECW and WWE, and his Extreme Rising appearance this weekend (11/17/12). Enjoy!
-- Our incredible, smart, quick-witted, fearless NXT reporter Emerson Whitner (also a great singer) has his first induction up at WrestleCraptoday. Meaning, he inducts someone, not he's being inducted. I don't think. Click and find out.
-- Filsinger Games has teamed up with wrestling promotion Ring of Honor to release an exciting new card game which is set for release on November 29! Ring of Honor is the third largest professional wrestling promotion in the United States and has some of its greatest stars like Kevin Steen, El Generico, Rhino, and the Briscoe Brothers. Filsinger Games has been releasing wrestling card games for 25 years including Champions of the Galaxy which was first released in 1987. Filsinger Games has licensed other games with wrestlers and wrestling organizations. They released Legends of Wrestling Card Game in 2003 featuring classic wrestlers throughout history like Jimmy Snuka and the Road Warriors. In 2010 they followed with Chikara Wrestling Game based on the exciting real-life promotion. The Ring of Honor game is due to be released on November 29. The game features 26 full color playing cards of Ring of Honor stars including Kevin Steen and El Generico. The introductory game offer includes game charts, dice, instructions, and ROH handbook with bios and special matches.
-- RF VIDEO has a Hillbilly Jim shoot interview that goes on sale today.
-- Jeff Walton on the California Classic Wrestling podcast here
-- CHIKARA: "The Cibernetico Rises" Sunday, November 18th Live at The Highline Ballroom in New York City! Tickets on Sale Right Now! Doors = 12:00 pm Belltime = 1:00 pm. More at Chikarapro.com!
-- We have more info for EVOLVE 18 on December 8th in Voorhees, NJ. The EVOLVE tournament is coming up at WrestleCon on April 5th. It is now known that everyone's Record will be very important with the seeding and brackets of the tournament. On December 8th, EVOLVE will present eight competitors the opportunity to gain two victories in one day. There will be four singles matches at EVOLVE 18. The four winners will then compete in a Four Way Freestyle later on the card. We'll have the four singles matches announced in the Black Friday edition of the WWNLive Alerts in just one week from today. Tickets for EVOLVE 18 are now on sale in the DGUSA.tvStore or by calling 267-519-9744.
-- Smart Mark Video and Wrestling is Fun have another LIVE free-per-view this Saturday night, featuring tons of stars from CHIKARA! It starts at 7PM and will air LIVE on http://www.SMVod.com for FREE!
-- Today in history, courtesy Brian Hoops:
in 1961, Hardboiled Haggerty and Bob Geigel were defeated for the AWA World Tag Team Titles in Rochester, Minnesota by Dale Lewis and Pat Kennedy.
in 1984, Jerry Blackwell defeated Harley Race for the Missouri State Heavyweight Title in St. Louis, Missouri.
-- Off the Top Rope Radio talks most disgusting promotional tactics in wrestling history tonight here.
-- Jim Ross has a new blog up here.