SAT. UPDATE: TNA PPV taping results, World MMA award winners, Police believe former wrestler/TV star sexually assaulted hundreds, Best moments in Strikeforce history, Shine iPPV results



 
Bryan Alvarez and I will be back tonight talking the end of Strikeforce, history of Strikeforce, TNA, Smackdown, and more with Wrestling Observer radio. 

We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's Strikeforce show so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We're also looking for reports on tonight's Raw house show in Laredo, TX and Smackdown house show in Alexandria, LA, as well as Thursday's NXT tapings in Winter Park, FL and today's TNA PPV tapings in Orlando.

Lineup for Strikeforce from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City:

 
Prelims on Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m.

Ryan Couture (155.25) vs. K.J. Noons (156)
Tim Kennedy (186) vs. Trevor Smith (186)
Roger Gracie (186) vs. Anthony Smith (186)
Pat Healy (156) vs. Kurt Holobaugh (156)
 
Main card on Showtime in the U.S. and Super Channel in Canada at 10 p.m.

Ronaldo Jacare Souza (193.25) vs. Ed Herman (193)
Gegard Mousasi (205.5) vs. Mike Pyle (205)
Josh Barnett (249) vs.. Nandor Guelmino (229)
Daniel Cormier (230) vs. Dion Staring (240)
Nate Marquardt (170) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (170) for the welterweight title
 
TNA's first PPV of the year, Genesis, takes place live Sunday night in Orlando:

Women's Gauntlet match for the #1 contender position with Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Gail Kim, Miss Tessmacher and ODB
Devon vs. Joseph Park
Kenny King vs. Christian York
Rob Van Dam vs. King/York winner for the X title
James Storm vs. Christopher Daniels
Sting vs. Doc
Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan for the tag titles
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA title
 
        Sunday has a Raw house show in Corpus Christi, TX and a Smackdown show in Tyler, TX.
 
        Monday is the 20th anniversary Raw in Houston.  The only thing advertised is the return of Dr. Shelby.  The Rock will also be there.  As of a few days ago, Ric Flair was to be there although there have been names who were talked about for this show that were later told they weren't bringing guys from the past in.   Another person who has been a frequent star from the past guest noted that they never let them know until usually two or three days ahead of time.
 
        Tuesday will be Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam tapings in San Antonio.
 
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        We have a double issue of the Wrestling Observer this week, with part two of our business look back at 2012. 
 
        Our lead story looks at the road to WrestleMania, with coverage of Mania, the Royal Rumble, the direction things look to be going, the Dwayne Johnson schedule, lots of notes about the Rock-Punk confrontation and why it was booked the way it was.  We also look at the Alberto Del Rio world title win, the match with Big Show, and the reasons behind it.
 
        We also have complete coverage of what will almost surely be the biggest non-WWE pro wrestling event in the world of 2013, the annual Wrestle Kingdom show at the Tokyo Dome.  We look at New Japan Pro Wrestling today, the booking, why the turmoil took place behind the scenes the way it did, show business, New Japan plans for 2013, the next two New Japan PPV shows, TV numbers as well as match-by-match coverage with poll results and star ratings.
 
        We also have the 2012 chart with the wins and losses for every WWE performer over the course of the year.  We look at how many matches everyone of note worked during the year, who had the most matches, who won the most, who lost the most, the most frequent matchups, who headlined the most shows, as well as the winners and losers on the roster when it came to TV ratings.  We look at the most successful and least successful segments of the year.  We also look at WWE booking patterns.
 
        We also have a segment on the Iron men, the people who wrestled the most WWWF/WWF/WWE matches over the last 42 years, as well as the Iron men of the last 32 years.
 
        We've also got a feature on New Year's Eve in Japan, looking back at the original Inoki Bom Ba Ye show, the peak of New Year's Eve fighting, a look at the two competing major shows this year and the introduction to the business of Glory Sports, attempting to become the third big international player, along with the changes they've implemented and goals they're looking at.
 
        We also have more on the business of 2012.  We have our chart of WWE, Boxing and UFC on PPV and which companies had the most successful shows over the past five years. 
 
        We also look at the most popular personalities in boxing, wrestling and MMA for 2012, with a top 60 of the year in the U.S., along with rankings from the previous three years.  We look at the biggest new stars, who has fallen the most, and what promotions have gained or less traction in popularity over the past year.  We look at the people who hit the charts for the first time, as well as how the top stars differ worldwide and in Canada.
 
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        We also have a feature on The Amazing Zuma, and the night he and Argentina Rocca had one of the biggest pro wrestling matches ever held in Madison Square Garden.  We look back at his life, his big MSG run, and career after wrestling.
 
        We also have an update on the WWE Hall of Fame, the first Royal Rumble Fan Fest and group discussions, more on the Montreal screw job, major WWE marketing coup, more on WWE developmental, how the THQ bankruptcy affects WWE business and here things stand with it, notes on future Raw shows, update on Brock Lesnar, major WWE anniversary and the history of the originals of the WWE title, more independent stars getting tryouts, Ric Flair talks current product, and another WWE wrestler mad about a company graphic and why.
 
        We also have notes on all the weekend house shows and all the WWE business over the past week.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--More on Ric Flair's next match with back story 
 
--The rest of All Japan's first major show of the year
 
--Former WWE star headed to All Japan
 
--Longtime Japanese star has final matches for a while and unique reason he's leaving the business for now
 
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's first big show of the year
 
--Title match main eventers first face off in non-title match
 
--Lineup for the 2013 Fantasticmania shows
 
--90s star announces his retirement show 
 
--More on Billy Graham's latest health scare
 
--Crazy Tammy Sytch story
 
--A look at WWC's Euphoria show and unlikely main event alliance
 
--Wrestler from the 70s still a headliner at 66 years old
 
--A look at the life and career of Luigi Macera
 
--Chris Jericho's upcoming schedule
 
--Return of Omega Wrestling
 
--Roddy Piper headlines Crossfire Wrestling TV taping
 
--Dave Bautista acting career
 
--The hardest wrestling tickets to get in 2013
 
--Terry Funk talks retirement again
 
--Notes on Extreme Rising show
 
--Final Battle iPPV notes
 
--Upcoming ROH schedule
 
--A look at the TV taping for ROH, as well as what big matches they are promoting and apparent direction for the anniversary show
 
--Notes on all the TNA tapings for this week
 
--Lots of wrestlers returning to TNA
 
--Notes on wrestlers who have been dropped by TNA
 
--Behind Hulk Hogan's latest lawsuit filing
 
--Hogan's restaurant notes
 
--TNA getting more international distribution
 
--Notes on TNA Genesis plans
 
--TNA weekend house show notes
 
--Huge UFC business move 
 
--More on Alistair Overeem being reinstated
 
--UFC schedule notes
 
--MMA's future on Showtime thoughts
 
--Notes on the April FOX show
 
--Update on Gilbert Melendez
 
--Advances for the upcoming UFC shows all over the world, what is hot and what is not
 
--Promotion notes for UFC on FOX
 
--Notes on UFC's preview show for the next FOX card
 
--Yet another Overeem vs. Sapp confrontation, this time in a tug of war, on Japanese network TV
 
--Story behind the Eddie Alvarez/UFC/Bellator issues
 
--Dana White talks Jon Jones
 
--Lots of new UFC matches announced
 
--Time and day change for a weekly TV show
 
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TODAY'S NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS
 
 
--Results from today's TNA afternoon PPV taping from Orlando in a supposed blind draw tag team series:

- James Storm & Christian York b Gunner & Crimson
- Ken Anderson & Jessie Godderz b Doug Williams & Kid Kash
- Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe b Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Rob Van Dam
- Bobby Roode & Joseph Park b Robbie E & Zema Ion
- Devon & Doc b Hernandez & Alex Silva
- Matt Morgan & Robbie T b Joey Ryan & Al Snow
 
All the winners went into a Rumble style Battle Royal that came down to Storm eliminating Roode after a superkick.
 
--El Generico has been pulled from the 1/18 Hart Legacy Wrestling show in Calgary.  Jim Neidhart has been added.
 
--At 7 p.m. tonight, Fuel has a UFC 2012 year in review show.
 
--The World MMA Awards ceremony (hosted by Chael Sonnen) took place last night in Las Vegas and will air on 1/20 on Fox Sports Net.  The winners (timeframe is supposed to be from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2012) was:
  • Best Technical Clothing Brand - Clinch Gear (best technical, does that mean the clothes help you do submissions and escapes and what about the best brawling clothing brand?)
  • Best Promotion - UFC (Next time I watch the Football Awards, do they give out a best league to the NFL?)
  • Gym of the Year - Cesar Gracie Jiu Jitsu.  In the last year they had Gilbert Melendez injured for months, Nick Diaz lost and then got suspended, Jake Shields won and then got suspended.  But Nate Diaz did beat Jim Miller and Cowboy Cerrone.
  • Comeback of the Year - Frank Mir in his fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. This award can't decide if it's for the fighter coming back or for a comeback finish.
  • Best Lifestyle Clothing Brand - Bad Boy
  • International Fighter of the Year - Michael Bisping (over Anderson Silva, who didn't even get nominated)
  • Referee of the Year - Herb Dean
  • Coach of the Year - Rafael Cordeiro
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Leon Tabb
  • Journalist of the Year - Ariel Helwani
  • Best Technical Equipment - Pretorian
  • Submission of the Year - Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • Female Fighter of the Year - Ronda Rousey
  • Personality of the Year - Joe Rogan
  • Knockout of the Year - Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim
  • Media Source of the Year - Sherdog
  • Breakthrough Fighter of the Year - Chris Weidman
  • Fight of the Year - Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (beating out Henderson vs. Rua, Chandler vs. Alvarez, Zombie vs. Poirier  and Guida vs. Henderson)
  • Leading Man of the Year - Dana White (somehow, one of the nominees for this award was Shannon Knapp - at least they didn't call fighter of the year Male Fighter of the Year and still nominate Rousey)
  • Ring Card Girl of the Year - Brittney Palmer
  • Fighter of the Year - Jon Jones
 
--Joey Sprinkle has an interesting article on head injuries with some interesting thoughts on football helmets.
 
--The AP ran a story on Raw's 20th anniversary today. They had quotes from C.M. Punk, Jerry Lawler, Paul Heyman, Mick Foley and John Cena among others. 
 
--The Washington Post had a story on British TV star Jimmy Saville after a police report was released yesterday which listed 214 charges against the man who was once a pro wrestler in the U.K.  The report listed 34 rapes or serious sexual assaults and that 73% of his victims were under the age of 18 and 82% were female. The expectation is more victims are likely to come forward. (thanks to Chris Cruise)
 
--Gina Carano has made the gossip pages with a relationship with Henry Cavill, who stars in the upcoming Man of Steel Superman reboot. The two were together at the Critics Choice Awards show in Santa Monica on Thursday night.  Carano was nominated, but didn't win for Best Actress in an Action movie for "Haywire."  How do you get nominated for a best actress award when they dubbed over your voice?
 
WHAT WAS THE GREATEST MOMENT IN STRIKEFORCE HISTORY?
Fabricio Werdum submitting Fedor Emelianenko 28.7%
Carano vs. Cyborg fight 16.8%
Rousey vs. Tate fight 16.0%
Frank Shamrock vs. Cung Le fight 11.2%
Dan Henderson knocks out Fedor 10.1%
The first show in San Jose 6.3%
Shamrock vs. Baroni fight 4.5%
Scott Smith's miracle comeback vs. Le 3.0%
San Diego card with Diaz vs. Daley and Melendez vs. Kawajiri 1.5%
Second Melendez vs. Thomson fight 1.1%
First Grand Prix show in New Jersey 0.7%
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TNA'S PPV CHANGES?
Good overall 63.8%
Makes no difference 28.0%
Bad overall 8.2%
 
ARE YOU MORE OR LESS LIKELY TO BUY A TAPED PPV IF REPORTS ARE MATCHES WERE GREAT?
Yes, but would have to get great reviews 45.7%
Will buy taped PPVs generally because I'm a TNA fan 4.9%
No, will not buy a taped PPV 49.4%
 
WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING A MAJOR LUCHA LIBRE PROMOTION IF IT HAD U.S. TV?
Would have to be English language TV 34.3%
Yes 33.0%
Depends on product quality 19.5%
No, have no more time to follow a new promotion 13.2%
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IMPACT?
Excellent 16.0%
Good 36.0%
Average 19.3%
Fair 8.0%
Poor 20.7%
        32.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--The next Glory show will  be 3/23 in London, England at the Excel Arena headlined by Tyron Spong vs. Remy Bonjasky in an 11-match show that also includes Jordan Watson vs. Stone Cold Steve Moxon, Albert Kraus of K-1 Max fame vs. Andy Ristle and Liam Harrison vs. Mosab Amrani.
 
--WWE fun fact: Since the start of Raw 20 years ago, WWE catering estimated they have served 169 tons of meat, 51 tons of potatoes, 8,000 cases of vegetables and 500,000 cookies.  This will be the 1,025th episode of Raw if you're keeping track. 
 
--Michael Bisping was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live's breakfast show today talking about MMA and that if he beats Vitor Belfort on 1/19 in Sao Paulo, he gets a shot at Anderson Silva. (thanks to Paul Clay) 
 
--Last night's all-women SHINE iPPV from Ybor City, FL:

- Mia Yim b Tina San Antonio
- Santana b Leah von Dutch
- Nikki Roxx b Kimber Lee
- MsChif & Chirstina von Eerie b Taylor Made & Allysin Kay
- Jessicka Havoc b Reby Sky (said to be very good, finish was Matt Hardy throwing in the towel when Sky was in a submission move and refused to submit)
- Kimberly b Leva Bates
- Mercedes Martinez b Amazing Kong (formerly Awesome Kong).

The new heel stable called Valkyrie of Rain, April Hunter, Taylor Made, Allysin Kay and Ivelisse Velez attacked everyone after and claimed they were taking over. The next iPPV is 2/22 at the Orpheum in Ybor City, FL (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--Neo Wrestling's New Years Evolution on 1/26 in Niagara Falls, ONT at the Fight Club Canada featuring Rhino vs. Cody Deaner and a strap match with Crazy Steve vs. Notorious TID, as well as Tyson Dux vs. Tiberious King.
 
--Pure Wrestling Association on 1/20 in Lefroy, ONT at Grange Hall, 1/25 in Simcoe, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion. and 1/26 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club.
 
--Mecca Pro Wrestling on 2/2 in Cornwall, ONT at the Vu Night Spot. 
 
--Magnificent Championship Wrestling on 1/27 in Brantford, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion.
 
--Border City Wrestling on 2/8 in Windsor, ONT at the Caboto Club with Phil Atlas vs. Tyson Dux and Jerry Lynn's final match in Canada, plus Michael Elgin and Shawn Spears.
 
--Capital City Championship Combat on 1/19 in Ottawa at the Knights of Columbus Hall
 
--Monday night results from Puebla, Mexico from CMLL:  Asturiano & Milenium b Espiritu Maligno & Fuerza Chicana, Hours & Robin & Sensei b Espanto Jr. & Guerrero Negro Jr. & Zayco-DQ, El Hijo del Signo b Stigma, Namajague & Okumura & Virus b Fuego & Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr., Blue Panther & Brazo de Plata & Shocker b Mr. Aguila & Kraneo & Psicosis, El Terrible b Diamante Azul to retain the CMLL heavyweight title.
 
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Sky Kid b In Memoriam, Magnum & Rafaga b Halcon de Plata & Metatron, Bobby Zavala & Disturbio & Nitro b Angel Azteca Jr. & Magnus & Soberano, Gallo & Stuka Jr. & Triton b Cancerbero & Raziel & Sangre Azteca, Marco Corleone & Rush & Maximo b Euforia & Niebla Roja & Ultimo Guerrero (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--The next Tijuana show at the Auditorio is 1/25 with Baja Stars Wrestling promoting El Hijo del Santo & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Cien Caras & Dr. Wagner Jr.
 
--Today in wrestling history by Brian Hoops:
60 years ago today:  Yvon Robert & Whipper Billy Watson beat Al & Tiny Millers in Toronto to win the Canadian Open tag team titles
55 years ago:  Corsica Joe & Corsica Jean beat Yvon Robert & Billy Wicks in Memphis to win the that area's world tag team titles
45 years ago:  Bobo Brazil beat Killer Buddy Austin to win the WWA world title at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
45 years ago:  Bobby & Lee Fields beat Frank & Jack Dalton in Dothan, AL for the Gulf Coast tag team titles
42 years ago:  Bob Armstrong & El Mongol beat The Assassins to win the Macon tag team titles, King Ripper Collins & Mad Dog Lonnie Mayne beat Johnny Barend & Billy Robinson for the Hawaiian tag team title in Honolulu
40 years ago: Abdullah the Butcher beat Geoff Portz in Calgary for the North American title
39 years ago:  The Masked Interns beat Bearcat Brown & Don Greene to win the Mid-American tag team titles in Chattanooga
34 years ago:  Tully Blanchard beat Dale Valentine (better known as Buddy Roberts) to win the Southwest TV title in Austin, TX
33 years ago:  Kevin Von Erich beat Ox Baker in Dallas to win the American heavyweight title, Austin Idol beat Steve Travis to win the Georgia TV title in Atlanta
32 years ago:  Barry Windham beat Dory Funk Jr. in West Palm Beach to win the Florida title, Rip Oliver & Buddy Rose beat Joe Ventura & Jay Youngblood to win the Canadian Open tag team titles in Vancouver
31 years ago:  Bruce Hart beat Great Gama in Regina, Saskatchewan to win the British Commonwealth mid-heavyweight title
26 years ago:  Bob Bradley beat Dingo Warrior (later to be Ultimate Warrior) to win the vacant Texas heavyweight title, Crusher Jerry Blackwell beat Goliath (not the Goliath of Gordman & Goliath fame but a guy from Pittsburgh) to win the CWA super heavyweight title in Memphis, Wendell Cooley beat Tony Anthony in Birmingham to win the Alabama state title
 
--In Your Face Wrestling announced Tammy Sytch and Damien Darling at their convention on 3/16 at the Ballston Area Community Center in Ballston Spa, NY.  Also at the convention will be Al Snow and Tommy Dreamer.  The convention is Noon to 5 p.m. with a wrestling show at 7 p.m.
 
--New Era Wrestling on 1/19 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club headlined by Flash Flanagan vs. Tom Van Zant.
 
--BANG Wrestling on 1/26 in Ocala, FL at the BANG Sound Stage has Dory Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum vs. Cory Weston & Quinton Hitchcock in the main event.  Appearing at the show will be Jimmy Hart and Jerry Brisco.
 
--New England Fights on 2/2 in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee with Jesse Peterson (7-2) vs. Greg Rebello (14-5) for the Maine State light heavyweight title in a 19 match show of both professional and amateur matches.
 
--New England Championship Wrestling on 2/1 in Randolph, MA at the Knights of Columbus featuring Antonio Thomas vs. Johnny Thunder for the vacant NECW title.
 
 
--Traditional Championshp Wrestling on 2/9 in Jonesboro, AR has Hurricane Helms & John Saxon & Lars vs. Titan & Kincaid & Roosevelt.  Jake Roberts will also be making an appearance on the show.
 
--Byron Wilcott beat Carson last night in Houston to become the new NWA North American champion.

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