MON. UPDATE: WWE internal reaction following TLC, Neilsen & Twitter partnership, Extreme Rising, Brian Stann working with WWE, Dragon Gate, Big day in history

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Raw is live tonight from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia based around the fallout from last night, including A.J. going heel, Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez going face, and The Shield going over as a new hot act. We're also looking for reports on Saturday night's WWE house show in Wilkes-Barre, PA, which is something of a run through without the gimmicks for the TLC show tomorrow in Brooklyn.
Smackdown will air live and commercial free on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the USA Network, not Syfy.  There will also be a taping for the Christmas Eve Raw show, as well as Main Event, with Kane vs. Cody Rhodes. WWE Tribute to the Troops airs Wednesday night on the USA Network. 
Fuel tonight has a replay of the Australia show at 9 PM EST. UFC 141, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem, will be replayed at midnight. 
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A look at the lessons learned and full coverage of the UFC on FOX show, as well as notes of Dwayne Johnson's schedule both within WWE and elsewhere are among the items covered in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be on the site today.  It is one of two new issues today, with the other being a back issue from 1995 with coverage of what was, at the time, the biggest money pro wrestling live event in history, the Keiji Muto vs. Nobuhiko Takada match at the Tokyo Dome.
        We look at the significance of the rating and positives of the show.  We've got a list of the 15 most watched MMA television matches in U.S. history.  We look at how every match on the FOX special did in the ratings, match-by-match growth, the future of the lightweight champion Benson Henderson, ratings from Saturday and how they compare to what FOX usually does, the next FOX show, how the prelims did, the main event heat, the future of B.J. Penn, plus match-by-match coverage with poll results on the show.
        We also look at the retirement of Kenta Kobashi and Pro Wrestling NOAH's last big show of the year.  We give the background as to why Kobashi announced his retirement, his status in Japanese wrestling, what his career is a case study of, a look back at the formation of Pro Wrestling NOAH, some talk of Kobashi's last match and who they are looking to have involved, plus a rundown of Sunday's show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo and interesting notes regarding many of the losers on that show.
        We also look at Dwayne Johnson's first quarter schedule including a number of Raw dates, notes on the C.M. Punk vs. Ryback television match they talked about as upcoming, Randy Orton's injury, a major heel being talked about for a face turn and why, Slammy Awards notes as well as notes on all of next week's WWE programming, WWE video game sales, two WWE stars who recently have gotten engaged, notes on WWE talent development as well as an update on the best prospects including the first of the big football players to make NXT, Mark Henry update, notes on people leaving, and house show notes.
        We also look at the UFC's announcements regarding GSP vs. Nick Diaz, Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche and Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald and what they all mean.  We look at how the Rousey vs. Carmouche fight transpired and risks involved with the promotion of it.  We look at the decision-making leading to GSP vs. Diaz and Dana White's explanation.  We also look at the reaction of Johny Hendricks, notes on Rousey vs. Cyborg and how close that may be, comments from Rousey, Miesha Tate, White, Monte Cox and others on the first women's main event.  We also look at who will be in charge of the women's division, UFC's ticket selling in Anaheim, undercard and more.
        We've also got notes on the 2012 Tokyo Sports pro wrestling awards, plus a background on them and a list of every MVP dating back to 1974.
        We've also got coverage of TNA's Final Resolution PPV, including match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.  We look at the main event stories, injuries leading up to the show, and how the storylines did or didn't resonate with the live audience.
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         We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on how every segment of Raw 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:
--CMLL's year end spectacular lineup
--Major benefit show in Mexico ends up with a strange result
--CMLL false advertising talent
--Arena Mexico title match this past week held up and why
--Former WWE star debuts with Dragon Gate in U.S. next month
--Former TNA wrestlers also becoming regulars on Dragon Gate USA shows
--Yuji Nagata worked as a guest in a Dragon Gate match
--Rundown of All Japan's last big show of the year, featuring Masakatsu Funaki putting the Triple Crown up against Manabu Soya putting up the future of his world tag team title duo
--Notes on the major matches in January in All Japan
--Vader returns to All Japan and teams with Keiji Muto
--Pro wrestling show this past week draws 25,000 fans to a stadium
--All Japan world tag champs defend in rival promotion
--Notes on the IGF New Year's Eve television deal and it's not nearly what it's cracked up to be
--Mirko Cro Cop appears on pro wrestling show doing shoot match against a pro wrestling star
--El Generico headlines major Japanese show against Kenny Omega
--Continuation of the feud between 80s junior heavyweight stars
--Notes on the life and career of Hippie Mike Boyette
--What part of the country was he best known in
--More on Ric Flair
--Supreme Court ends a case involving the family of a well known wrestling star
--More on the retirement of Jerry Lynn
--Legends of Stampede Wrestling return for a big show at the Pavilion in Calgary along with a number of major modern names
--A look at Puerto Rico's biggest rivalry of the past decade, Carlito vs. Ray Gonzalez, this time in a hair vs. hair match
--What other Americans are now working in Puerto Rico
--Notes on the 2013 class of the Amsterdam based Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
--Notes on the CZW Cage of Death show
--Former WWF star writing autobiography
--Legendary talk show hosts talks about his favorite wrestlers, his 50 year association with the product and gives a sobering note about the current product
--WWE star from years back comes out of retirement after seven years away
--Notes on CHIKARA iPPV
--Dan Severn talks about his association with pro wrestling
--Notes on the ROH Final Battle
--Update on Jim Cornette
--Spike President Kevin Kay predicts big things for TNA in January
--Notes on the return of Sting, Velvet Sky and Eric Young to TNA
--Mickie James talks her surgery
--Bully Ray talks the elimination of two PPV shows
--Notes on major items at TNA television the next few weeks
--Notes on this week's UFC events
--Notes on the retirement of Mark Hominick and why
--Notes on who is and isn't being brought in from Strikeforce
--Who Anderson Silva says he is willing to defend his title against, but who he thinks will never get a title shot
--Strikeforce personality into a major sports Hall of Fame
--Ronda Rousey honored by men
--Update on Diego Sanchez
--Lots of new UFC matches made this week
--Anderson Silva contract talks
--What will be a very telling note regarding two money and talent decisions Bellator will have to make
--Notes on last week's Bellator show as well as the upcoming one
--Gate for Pacquiao vs. Marquez
--One-armed fighter captures championship
--Update on Gina Carano
--Lineup for the Dream New Year's Eve show at the Saitama Super Arena including one surprise name announced
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--Vince McMahon and HHH were praising everyone's work last night after TLC. One person with the company noted the idea (which I would be almost certain won't be done) was using the photos of John Cena with Nikki Bella to explain A.J. turning on Cena. However, it involves somebody not with the company. The photos did have an effect on the Raw show after as they felt enough of the audience knew and they put a one week hold on the A.J./Cena stuff because of the feeling it was too fresh and people would see it as fake.
--An interesting number will be the number of late buys purchased for TLC this week as to whether the great word of mouth coming out of the event causes people to buy the show who had previously decided to skip it. There are usually very few late buys, but when TNA first started doing PPVs and they had a rep for consistently delivering hot shows, they did a 15% increase at times in business on late buys. That was also a very different era.

--As far as new injuries went last night, R-Truth got a deep gash in his knee and that was the only serious thing we've heard about. B.J. Whitmer was walking around fine backstage after going headfirst through a table at ROH Final Battle.
--Dolph Ziggler was on the Preston and Steve show on WMMR in Philadelphia promoting Raw tonight.  He was in complete kayfabe mode the entire interview, described as more of a corporate non-stop speech as opposed to answering any questions. It was said it was clear he was on auto pilot, because he kept talking about everyone flying in late last night when Philadelphia is a drive down the turnpike from Brooklyn.      

--Neilsen and Twitter have announced a partnership to try and put together TV Twitter ratings that they are hopeful will be ready by the start of the 2013-14 television season. The ratings they are looking for is the number of people who are on Twitter during various TV shows. The numbers out now are the number of Twitter messages and Facebook messages regarding a show the night of the show, which is something different.
--The Extreme Rising show on 12/29 from the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in Philadelphia will be airing as an iPPV. It will be the first time they've been able to do an iPPV from Philadelphia.  They will crown a champion with the final four, starting with semifinals with Stevie Richards vs. Luke Hawx and Rhino vs. Devon Storm. Jerry Lynn has his final match in Philadelphia against Homicide, Gangstas vs. Blk Out in a cage match, Sabu vs. Matt Hardy, El Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Bestia 666 and Facade vs. Jay Bradley.   
--John Cena was on NBC's Today this morning promoting Tribute to the Troops on Wednesday on USA.
--WWE announced a partnership with UFC star Brian Stann, who runs Hire Heroes USA, an organization that helps veterans in getting jobs, both making contacts for openings as well as helping them in training. WWE itself has announced it will try and hire more veterans for its open positions.  The announcement was made today to help promote Wednesday's Tribute to the Troops show.
--Inside MMA tonight on AXS has Bjorn Rebney as guest talking about Bellator's move to Spike.
--In the predictions for the weekend UFC shows, myself, Josh Nason, Oliver Copp, Todd Martin and Mike Sawyer all went 3-2 while Mike Sempervive went 2-3. Everyone missed on the Mike Ricci vs. Colton Smith fight.
--Tickets went on sale today for Dragon Gate USA' s show on 1/25 in Santa Maria, CA, as well as 1/26 and 1/27 in Huntington Beach.  John Morrison headlines the Santa Maria show and will also be doing photos and autographs at the show.
--Jon Davis has signed a contract extension with Dragon Gate USA.   
--Today is the 33rd anniversary of one of the biggest Madison Square Garden shows of all-time, which featured nine different Hall of Famers.  The show was a TV taping for New Japan's television show and also featured the biggest NWA title match program of the time and four different world championships from three different groups.  Results of the show saw:

- Larry Zbyszko (still as a babyface) b Bulldog Brower
- Riki Choshu & Seiji Sakaguchi retained the NWA North American tag team titles beating Badnews Allen & Jo Jo Andrews
- Mike Graham b Johnny Rodz
- Hulk Hogan (Madison Square Garden debut) b Ted DiBiase with a bearhug and DiBiase passed out
- Bob Backlund b Bobby Duncum in a Texas death match.   This was a weird one.  It was billed on television as Backlund defending the title.  However, earlier in the month, Backlund had lost the title to Antonio Inoki, and the title was declared vacant  after a rematch.  Since this aired in Japan, Backlund was never announced on the show as champion, only that the match was for the title.  Backlund did not come to the ring with the belt.  However, to those in attendance, they all assumed Backlund was defending and nothing was ever said differently.  There was a power play attempt by New Japan to have Inoki vs. Backlund, as opposed to Backlund vs. Duncum (the WWF's main feud) as the main event but a compromise was reached where Inoki would defend his NWF world title on the show. 
- Antonio Inoki b The Great Hossein Arab (who later became the Iron Sheik) to retain the NWF world title (essentially equivalent to today's IWGP title)
- Harley Race b Dusty Rhodes when the match was stopped due to blood to retain the NWA title
- Pat Patterson b Domenic DeNucci to retain the IC title
- Tatsumi Fujinami b Johnny Rivera to retain the WWF jr. title
- Ivan Putski & Tito Santana b Victor Rivera & Swede Hanson to retain the WWF world tag team titles
- 106 years ago today - Frank Gotch beat Fred Beel in Kansas City to regain the American heavyweight title and help set up the first Gotch vs. Hackenschmidt match
- 44 years ago today - Fritz Von Erich & Dan Miller beat The Spoiler & Gary Hart to win the American tag team titles
- 34 year ago today - Dino Bravo beat Gene Kiniski in Toronto to create the NWA Canadian heavyweight title which was a fixture on Maple Leaf Garden shows through 1984
- 17 years ago today was a WWF In Your House PPV headlined by a great match with Bret Hart beating Davey Boy Smith to retain the WWF title.  Also 17 years ago today at Arena Mexico, Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Atlantis to win the CMLL light heavyweight title.
- 12 years ago today was the final Starrcade show held at the MCI Center in Washington, DC.  Scott Steiner beat Sid Vicious to retain the WCW title in the main event after a low blow
- 4 years ago today was WWE Armageddon on PPV headline by John Cena & Batista over Fit Finlay & King Booker and Undertaker over Mr. Kennedy in a last ride match.
(thanks to Brian Hoops)

Excellent 39.2%
Good 39.2%
Average 7.8%
Fair 2.0%
Poor 11.8%
        69.6% of those responding didn't see the show
I don't like it, Hendricks deserves the shot, but it's just a decision with no negative repercussions 39.7%
Good move, it's the fight I wanted to see 37.9%
Bad move, this will hurt UFC in the long run 22.3%
No interest in ROH 29.5%
No interest in buying an iPPV 26.8%
Watched it 26.2%
Got burned on ROH iPPVs in the past, lost interest 13.9%
Didn't like the lineup, didn't watch it 3.6%
Won't buy a concert on PPV 44.5%
Not interested in the Rolling Stones 40.4%
Didn't buy because price was too expensive 7.6%
Bought it 4.1%
Skipped it to watch UFC or boxing 3.5%
Not a UFC fan 43.0%
Only watch big shows 21.0%
Already was watching WWE & ROH, didn't have the time 11.0%
Prior commitments 10.7%
Didn't like the lineups 9.3%
Watched boxing instead on Saturday 5.2%
--Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore turns 37 today.
--Paul Morton, a longtime referee in Tennessee and father of Ricky Morton, was 89 when he passed away two years ago today. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--This week on WWE Classics on Demand:

Rock Bottom 1998 PPV
Monday Nitro 7/28/97
Monday Raw 7/28/97
Tuesday Night Titans 3/13/85
The life of Eddie Graham
Eddie Graham & Dusty Rhodes vs. Bob Roop & Bob Orton Jr.
Eddie & Mike Graham vs. Karl Von Steiger & Bob Orton Jr.
Eddie Graham vs. Buddy Colt (which took place 39 years ago today where Colt won the Florida title)
Eddie & Mike Graham & Kevin Sullivan vs. The Samoans & Don Carson
Hell in a Cell III and IV
Legends Roundtable on the Evolution of Hardcore wrestling
WCW on TBS 5/28/88
Raw 12/7/98
2001 Tribute to the Troops
--On the ABC TV show "The Chew", they did a segment on cookies and a discussion broke out about The Wild Samoans.  The question was whether The Wild Samoans was the name of people or a cookie. Michael Symon, a host, then talked about Lou Albano, and said that Jimmy Snuka was cousins with the Samoans.  Well, they are all cousins in that sense. (thanks to Josh Guarino)
--The NWA crowned new tag team champions on Saturday night in San Antonio has Scot Summers & Ryan Genesis beat Kory Chavis & Lance Hoyt (New Japan's Lance Archer).  Hoyt was subbing for Jon Davis, who missed the show for personal reasons.  After the match was over, Hoyt, who brought his IWGP tag title, issued a challenge for he and Davey Boy Smith Jr. to face the new champions.
--Battling Bombshells from Saturday night in Hollywood, FL:  Angel Rose & Callypso b Solo Darling & Cherry Layne, Sianne Duvall b Leva Bates Santana Garrett b La Morena, Su Yung & Amazona b Silvie Silver & Melissa Coates, Frank Sloan won Battle Royal, Rosa Negra b Kacee Carlisle to win the NWA women's title.
--Future Stars of Wrestling on Sunday in Boca Raton, FL:  Beastly Brody b Shawn Prime, Chasyn Rance b T.C. Reid, Johnny Vandal b Aron Agony, Jesse Neal b Sean Allen (thanks to Al Haft)
--Wolfie D will debut for Traditional Championship Wrestling under the name Cerebus at the 1/4 and 1/5 tapings in Fort Smith, AR.
--Chris Nowinski appeared on a special on CBC that aired last night on brain injuries.
--Singer King Louie has a song called "Val Venis" named after the former WWF star that was No. 92 on the Pitchfork music web site for the best 100 tracks of 2012. (thanks to James Stanios)
--John Dananay of World Class Memories noted that it was 44 years ago today that the last Dallas Sportatorium show where Ed McLemore was listed as the promoter book place. McLemore had already really lost his position as the man in charge to Fritz Von Erich a few years earlier.
--XICW has announced what they are calling their biggest show in history on 1/6 in Warren, MI, at the Ritz Bar and Grill featuring Rhino vs. Matt Hardy and Michael Elgin vs. Zach Gowen.  Even though Elgin and Truth Martini broke up violently yesterday, Martini is listed as Elgin's manager for the match.  Show is at 5:30 p.m.
--Mike Quackenbush vs. Colt Cabana was the first match announced for National Pro Wrestling Day on 2/2 in Philadelphia, a doubleheader where independent groups across the country will appear on an iPPV hoping that it helps expose their products to a larger audience.

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