SAT. UPDATE: Raw main event, New Japan PPV lineup for tonight, WWE house show, Former WWE star hosts comedy show, Notes on next UFC show, No. 1 contender, Feud of the decade, Bella Twins and more



 
 
We're also looking for reports from tonight's Raw house show in Roanoke, the Smackdown house show in Columbia, the TNA house show in Grand Forks, ND, as well as last night's Raw show in Asheville, NC and TNA show in Bemidji, MN.
 
New Japan's iPPV takes place on Sunday in Japan, which is a Saturday night start of 2 a.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Pacific.  The first place finisher in the A block faces the second place finisher in the B block, and then second place in A faces first place in B.  The two winners then meet for the championship.  So no matches have been announced for the show other than Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata will be doing a match as well.

Tomorrow is also AAA's last major show of the year, Guerra de Titans from Guadalajara headlined by a cage of death with the last man left in the cage losing his mask or hair with Dr Wagner Jr., Cibernetico, Vampiro, L.A. Park, Perro Aguayo Jr. and Chessman, plus Mesias defends the AAA Super Mega championship against El Texano Jr. and a ladder match for the cruiserweight title with Juventud Guerrera, Fenix, Daga, Teddy Hart, Psicosis, Jack Evans, Joe Lider and a mystery wrestler from TNA.
 
Sunday also has Raw in Anderson, SC, Smackdown in Florence, SC and TNA in Grand Forks, ND.
 
Also on Sunday, check your local listings but in most places it will air at 3 p.m. Eastern and 12 PM Pacific.  FOX will have a one-hour preview show for the 12/8 fight card in Seattle, focusing on Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz for the lightweight title, B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald and Alexander Gustafsson vs. Shogun Rua.
 
Raw will be on Monday night from the Greensboro Coliseum. Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in North Charleston, SC.  IC champ Kofi Kingston vs. U.S. champ Damien Sandow headlines the Main Event show.
 
Fuel tonight has Ultimate Fighter at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m., Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson at 9 p.m., UFC 139 at 10 p.m. (that was a great show) and the UFC from China at 1 a.m.  All times are Eastern, three hours early on the West Coast.
 
THE LATEST OBSERVER: HALL OF FAMERS IN-DEPTH

We have what is essentially a second Hall of Fame double issue of the Observer out today and already up on the web site.  The issue features among other things, our Hall of Fame biographies on Lou Albano and Hans Schmidt, as well as a list of everyone in the Observer Hall of Fame.  We also have the 2012 Wrestling Observer awards ballot.
 
        We also update Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva, as well as the middleweight and welterweight division in UFC regarding what happens if that fight does take place.  We look at St-Pierre's most recent comments on the fight, what he says about the size difference and how realistic it is, and why the weight of the fight is important.
 
        We look at other alternates for both fighters and the risk of both doing and not doing the fight.
 
        We also look at the Hell in a Cell buy rate, and what lessons it shows, whether it's about Ryback, getting a challenger ready, John Cena, and time between shows.  We also look at the profitability comparison between one strong show and two weak shows, and why the most accurate read on what the number meant won't come for a few more weeks.
 
        We've got the 2012 awards ballot along with the top place-winners in every category from last year.
 
        We also have updates on The Rock returning to WWE and when, what he's doing, C.M. Punk's likely role at Mania, update on the WWE Network, Update on the TLC show, how atmosphere is different at Raw when Vince isn't there, lots of business notes in different categories and how they compare to a year ago, plus injury updates, a DVD update, Cena booking and merchandising and more and lots more from WWE.
 
        We've got updates on three different pro wrestling tournaments that are going on in Japan right now with New Japan, Pro Wrestling NOAH and All Japan.  We look at what the plans are for the winners of the Global League and the next two GHC title matches.
 
        We've got our Hall of Fame bio on Lou Albano.  We talk about his early life, the sports he played before pro wrestling and what sport he tried to go pro in first.  We look at his early career as a wrestler, the hot period he was tag team champion during and why it abruptly ended.  We look at the real story behind Albano's run as half of the WWWF United States tag team champions. 
 
        We look at how he switched over to being a manager and his first protege and how that set the standard for WWWF business for the next 15 years.  We look at his most famous matches in the ring, the Jimmy Snuka turn and match, the Ivan Koloff vs. Bruno Sammartino program and story behind the 1971 title change.
 
        We look at the Triumvirate of Terror and how the WWWF operated during the 70s, stories of Albano getting fired and rehired by Vince McMahon Sr., his tag team champions, and his original connection with Cyndi Lauper and how that changed pro wrestling.
 
        We look at the first WWF shows on MTV and why they didn't continue.  We look at Albano after WWF as an actor and media personality.
 
        We also look at the first post-World War II German superstar in U.S. wrestling, Hans Schmidt.  We look at the creation of Schmidt, why he became the star he did, the story behind his program with Verne Gagne, his glory years, his other big rivals, and his world title shots.  We look at his run as U.S. champion, the period in the U.S. when pro wrestling had the most mainstream popularity (and it wasn't the 80s or the 90s), his main events in places like Madison Square Garden and Montreal, and the stars he influenced fro the next generation.
 
        We also look at his retirement and life after retirement.
 
        We also have an updated listing of the 25 biggest gates in pro wrestling and MMA of all-time, updated with the early figures from next year's WrestleMania. 
 
        The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
        The Observer is now in its 29th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world.  The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe.  Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively.  They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world.  Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business.
 
        If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today.  With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you today.  Just sent your Visa or Master Card order with your name, address, phone number, card number and expiration date to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also order by paypal by sending to www.paypal.com and directing the funds to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also subscribe via check, cash or money order, as well as credit card by mail, by sending to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA  95009-1228. 
 
         We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on how every segment of Impact this past week did.  We look at what segments gained and lost viewers
 
        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Mexican national women's title change
 
--New program for CMLL heavyweight title
 
--Latest tournament coming to Arena Mexico
 
--Lineup for AAA's final big show of the year, Guerra de Titanes
 
--Look at the major stipulation match on top
 
--Lots of U.S. wrestlers headed to Mexico for show next week
 
--Dragon Gate title changes hands twice i a week
 
--Veteran star returns after one year off due to neck problems
 
--Next NOAH big show
 
--Notes on New Japan's next iPPV show
 
--Notes on every match in the New Japan tag team tournament
 
--More on Antonio Inoki's New Year's Eve show including what star is coming out of retirement for the event
 
--BBC doing a show on pro wrestling
 
--Thanksgiving wrestling tradition in the Greensboro area
 
--More on the Robot Combat League and Chris Jericho
 
--Return of 80s promotion early next year and who is involved
 
--Jury awards family of 60s star nearly $1.8 million over circumstances leading to his death
 
--Bob Evans marathon week
 
--Where are they nows
 
--TNA Turning Point estimates
 
--Who is Spike working on doing a TV special on?
 
--More on Aces and 8s
 
--UFC 154 numbers and what they mean
 
--FOX's big idea for a blow-out UFC show in early 2014
 
--Update on the final Strikeforce show
 
--Feud between two Strikeforce stars
 
--More on Strikeforce people headed to UFC
 
--Tons of new UFC matches, injuries and retirements
 
--Business pub talks Sonnen vs. Jones
 
--Fighter makes claim about steroid use in UFC
 
--More on Bellator changes
 
--Bellator star retires
 
--Notes on the rest of this season in Bellator
 
--Fund raisers planned for former UFC star who lost his home in a fire
 
        New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
 
        Our most requested issues in our history are:
 
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
 
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
 
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
 
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
 
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
 
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
 
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
 
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
 
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
 
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
 
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
 
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
 
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
 
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
 
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
 
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
 
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
 
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
 
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
 
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
 
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
 
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
 
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
 
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
 
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
 
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
 
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
 
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
 
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
 
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
 
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North America or $5 overseas.
 
Rates are:
 
        For the United States, it is $12 for 4 issues, $29 for 12, $55 for 24, $91 for 40 and $118 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $13.50 for 4, $33 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 or 52.  In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   For the rest of the world, rates are $15.50 for 4, $41 for 12, $78 for 24, $126 for 40 issues and $163 for 52 .
 
        If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
 
        We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods..
 
        To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
 
SATURDAY NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS
 
--As of yesterday, John Cena & Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big Show was planned for Raw on Monday. It's not advertised and can change, but it's planned. 
 
--The New Japan iPPV lineup for at 2 a.m. Eastern and 11 p.m. Pacific from Nagoya, Japan for the finals of the tag team tournament, also available via pay per stream.
 
> Yuji Nagata & Masaaki Mochizuki & Ryusuke Taguchi & Bushi vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taka Michinoku & Taichi & Kengo Mashimo
> Rush & Diamante Azul vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Jado
> Tag team tournament semifinals:  Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
> Tag team tournament semifinals:  Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson
> Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman vs Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
> MVP & Shelton Benjamin vs. Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
> Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata
> Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida vs. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo
> Winners of the semifinals face off

This isn't the usual New Japan PPV show with all the title matches.  This year's tournament to me didn't mean much as the teams didn't have much of a reputation together as combos except Tenzan & Kojima.  It makes no sense for Archer & Smith to win the tournament since they are already tag champs, and the tournament winners should face them for the titles on 1/4.  The semifinal tag team is to set up Tanahashi vs. Okada, while the third from the top match sets up Nakamura vs. Sakuraba, the two top matches at the Dome show.  On paper, every match exept the Nakanishi match will probably be good.  Tenzan & Kojima semi may be good if they get enough time, and the tournament final will get every chance to be good.  The MVP match has a chance to be very good in particular if they jell, and the Tanahashi-Okada will be good with each team having their designated guy to get heat on.  Nakamura & Ishii's tag match is a sleeper on the show.  I'll bet it'll be great.
 
--The Raw house show last night in Asheville, NC, -- the first WWE house show since coming from the U.K -- was the same show as they had been doing on the U.K. tour every night.  A.J. wins the Divas title in a three-way, only to have it taken away by Vickie Guerrero.  Then A.J. stops Vickie from interfering so John Cena beats Dolph Ziggler.  The new twist is when Ryback beats C.M. Punk via DQ in the main event, it's because of the interference of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns as opposed to just random heels on the show. 
 
--Corey Graves is on the road with the Raw tour.  He used to be Sterling James Keenan and is one of the better guys in developmental.
 
--Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout for the WBA super welterweight title takes place tonight from Madison Square Garden and airs tonight on Showtime.
 
--John Hennigan (John Morrison) will be appearing tonight as the Celebrity Host doing comedy at "The Midnight Show" at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles.  Tickets are $5.
 
--On the latest MMA Beat on MMAFighting.com, Mike Straka said GSP would ask for $50 million to do a fight with Anderson Silva, claiming he would want about what he'd make for the rest of his career.  Needless to say, if he does that, the fight isn't happening and he knows that.
 
--For the 12/8 UFC show in Seattle, they will be doing five+ straight hours of live television.  The FX show is scheduled from 5-8 p.m. Eastern and 2-5 p.m. Pacific.  The show in Seattle starts at 1 p.m.  The FOX fights are 8-10 p.m.  With Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson out as the FX main event, the new main event is Seattle's Michael Chiesa vs. Marcus LeVesseur.  Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez has been added to the FX show.
 
WHICH OF THESE FIGHTS ON TOP WOULD YOU MOST LIKELY BUY A PPV WITH?
Ronda Rousey 65.3%
Benson Henderson 16.6%
Jose Aldo 12.4%
Dominick Cruz 2.9%
Demetrious Johnson 1.9%
Renan Barao 1.0%
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Kenta Kobashi 29.7%
Mitsuharu Misawa 24.9%
Jushin Liger 24.3%
Karl Gotch 12.8%
Toshiaki Kawada 5.1%
Shinya Hashimoto 1.6%
Akira Maeda 1.0%
Hiroshi Hase 0.6%
 
WHAT IS THE REAL MAIN EVENT FOR UFC ON FOX?
Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz 66.5%
B.J. Penn vs. Rory MacDonald 27.4%
Shogun Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson 6.1%
 
WHO IS THE NO. 1 CONTENDER FOR GSP?
Johny Hendricks 65.9%
Nick Diaz 21.4%
Jon Fitch 6.6%
Nate Marquardt 3.5%
Jake Ellenberger 1.3%
Josh Koscheck 0.9%
Demian Maia 0.4%
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST FEUD OF THE 80'S?
Freebirds vs. Von Erichs 44.5%
Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk 24.2%
Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff 10.8%
Bruno Sammartion vs. Larry Zbyszko 10.6%
Midnight Express vs. Fantastics 3.0%
Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol & Tommy Rich 2.8%
Ted DiBiase vs. Jim Duggan 1.9%
Ted DiBiase vs. Junkyard Dog 1.5%
Andre the Giant vs. Killer Khan 0.8%
 
DID YOU LIKE IMPACT?
Excellent 17.1%
Good 43.9%
Average 15.4%
Fair 8.1%
Poor 15.4%
        32.8% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--On this day in history:

> 106 years ago today - Fred Beel beat Frank Gotch in New Orleans to win the American heavyweight championship in what was a very famous match
> 74 years ago today- Mildred Burke captured the world women's title from Betty Nichols in Columbus, OH
> 71 years ago today - Count Billy Varga beat Wild Red Berry in Hollywood, CA to win the World light heavyweight championship
> 51 years ago today - Fritz Von Erich beat Dick the Bruiser in Detroit to win the U.S. title
> 51 years ago today - The Assassins beat Don McIntyre & Ray Gunkel to win the Southern tag team titles in Atlanta
> 39 years ago today - Stan Stasiak beat Pedro Morales to end Morales nearly three year reign as WWWF champion in Philadelphia to set up the transition back to Bruno Sammartino as champion that took place nine days later
> 34 years ago today - Big Daddy Ritter, who later became the Junkyard Dog, won the North American title in Calgary beating Alo Leilani
> 33 years ago today - Sterling Golden, who later became Hulk Hogan beat Dick Slater to win the Southeastern heavyweight title in Knoxville
> 29 years ago today - Terry Taylor beat Buddy Land el to win the Mid American title in Lexington
> 26 years ago today - Al Madril & Brian Adias beat Lance Von Erich & Dingo Warrior (who later became Ultimate Warrior) to win the World Class tag team titles in Fort Worth (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--Here's a story on what it's like wrestling Dory Funk Jr.
 
--BANG has a show tonight in Ocala, FL at the BANG Soundstage with Dory Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Cory Weston & Hitchcock vs. Sheik Masih & Wes Brisco & Ron Rymer & Brian Davis
 
--After Stanford beat UCLA today, Fox's Erin Andrews noted that the Stanford players didn't show much emotion after winning and said they reminded her of "Stone Cold Austin". The other announcers laughed. (thanks to Garry Kamansky)
 
--The new Dragon Gate USA web site was launched yesterday but there were problems talking orders but they switched back to the old system.  For everyone who couldn't place orders, they are still 50% off all Dragon Gate USA DVDs, 33% off Evolve DVDs and 40% off all gear.
 
--Monday CMLL results from Puebla:  Lestat & Dinamiko b King Jaguar & Centauro de Fuego, Bobby Zavala & Disturbio & Hooligan b Stigma & Black Tiger Sr. & Pegasso Extrema, Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito & Pequeno Black Warrior b Fantasy & Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito, Rey Cometa b Puma King, Mr. Aguila & Mr. Niebla & Euforia b Shocker & Blue Panther & Mascara Dorada, La Sombra b El Terrible in a non-title match
 
--Tuesday CMLL in Guadalajara:  Infierno & Thunder Boy b Virgo & Black Metal, Esfinge & Smaker b Rafaga & Espectrum, Espanto Jr. & El Hijo del Signo & Hooligan b Magnus (not the TNA guy) & Angel Azteca Jr. & Pegasso Extrema, Estrellita b Princesa Blanca to win Mexican national women's title, Titan & La Sombra & Angel de Oro b Psicosis & Negro Casas & Dragon Rojo Jr.-DQ (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--Lion Fight Muay Thai debuts on AXS TV from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on 1/25 at 10 p.m.
 
--The former Bella Twins appear on 12/15 in Bethany CT for CTWE at the Town Hall.
 
--Bob Evans' Iron Week continued, losing to Adam Cole 12-11 on Wednesday and beating Biff Busick on Thursday in 60:00 Iron man matches before going to an 8-8 draw with Antonio Thomas yesterday.  His final match was this afternoon at the Davey Lopes Rec Center in Providence, RI against Vinny Marseglia.
 
--Jeff Gorman wants to become the first announcer to do TNA Gut Check.
 
--New England Fights first show of 2013 will be 2/2 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME headlined by Greg Rebello (14-5) vs. Jesse Peterson (7-2).
 
--The Bella Twins appear at the Wizard World Comic Con in New Orleans today and tomorrow at the American Icon Autographs booth.  Also among those appearing this weekend are C.M. Punk, Lita and Maryse.
 
--We're looking to see if anyone has contact information on Bull Pain.
 
--Romeo Roselli was on The Food Network's show "Restaurant Stakeout" today.  Roselli is also on the nominating committee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards that come out in January.
 
--There is an ad on KVCW in Las Vegas, which is the CW affiliate, that has picked of the WOW Superheroes reality show  and will start on 12/9 in a Sunday at 11 a.m. time slot.  The concept is a reality show about new wrestlers training that will build to a live show in Las Vegas. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
 
--Rudos Promociones from last night in Richfield, MN:  Alas de Fuego & Mexican Boy b Renegado Estrada & Apostle 13, Guerrero rebelde b Sur Star, Chintin b Ciriaca, Frankenstein b Loba.  Next show is 12/16 in Minneapolis (thanks to Marv Rubin) 
 
--Dutch Mantell is doing a show to help raise money to fund Amelia's Law, a project he's working on since the death of his granddaughter.  The show is tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Marysville, TN at the Alnwick Community Center and tickets are $10 and $7.  Those wrestling on the show include Ricky Morton, George South, Tom Prichard, Misty James, Wolfie D, Shane Williams, and Jimmy Golden.  There are a number of items donated by WWE and TNA talent as well as by Steve Austin for auction.      
 
--There is a benefit show tomorrow at 2 p.m. at LaVergne, TN at 121 Old Nashville Highway behind Advanced Auto on Murfreesboro Rd., for a woman in the area with huge medical bills.
 
--Jeff Siegel, an old friend of mine from Chicago, said that the Nikki St. John vs. Melanie Cruise match he saw last night at the Resistance Pro show was the best women's match he's ever seen live.
 
--Ron Simmons will be at the MWF Studios in Melrose, MA to sign autographs and pose for studio pictures and do a video interview tomorrow at 5 p.m. with Paul Bearer.
 
--Some CHIKARA stuff videos here and here.
 

Send us a news tip: newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news from this site or from our newsletters, please include a link to www.wrestlingobserver.com

For the most in-depth and detailed news and analysis on pro-wrestling and MMA, always turn to Wrestlingobserver.com/Figure Four Weekly Online, the #1 website of its kind on the Internet. Members receive online access to both the Wrestling Observer and Figure Four Weekly newsletters and growing archives, Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer three times per week, the popular Bryan and Vinny Show three times per week, additional radio shows including Figure Four Daily with Alvarez, Mike Coughlin's Five Star Radio, the Dr. Keith Lipinski Show, The Adam and Mike Big Audio Nightmare, Tough Talk and the Karl Stern Wrestling History Show, the infamous BOARD, and more! Members also have full access to the thousands of hours of audio in our radio show archives which date back to 2005. For your convenience, we offer secure online payments using your VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover card or PayPal account. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up now! Don't miss out on the fun, sign up now!

Want full access? QUICK AND EASY SIGN-UP, AS LOW AS $9.99 PER MONTH!

Who should Sting wrestle if he does at Mania?

 

Will UFC be doing PPV shows in five years?

 

What rating will UFC on FOX do?