Tuesday, 29 January 2013 15:37
By Bryan Alvarez |
Smackdown, Main Event (a tournament for an IC title shot starts) & Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in San Diego.
We're also looking for reports on all the Friday night Dragon Gate USA show in Santa Maria, CA.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Rey Mysterio was backstage at Raw Monday night but not used.
-- For those who didn't see it, here's the awesome Paul Heyman/Vince McMahon segment from Raw. Vince McMahon did not, in fact, break his pelvis, although that's the storyline explanation for him being gone and HHH returning to seek revenge. Despite the worked diagnosis, Vince didn't get stretchered out, walking out on his own power after the show was over.
-- Also, post Raw, they did a birthday celebration angle with Sheamus that ended with Dolph Ziggler getting beaten up by him and Cena.
-- WWE is doing a new deal where every now and then they "accidentally" spoil what's about to come next on Twitter or Facebook or via "technical screw-up" on Raw (such as when they played Flair's music right before the commercial break that ran before his "surprise" appearance). They are hoping this will cause people to, I don't know, tweet their friends and tell them to tune in for the surprise. Personally, if I wanted people to tweet their friends to tune in, I would say on national television, "COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK, THE RETURN OF RIC FLAIR!" I suppose you couldn't do that for Brock's return, but I'm not exactly sure how effective this strategy is. Not that it's a big deal or will ruin enjoyment or anything. Just that, in some cases, alerting the world on TV would be more effective than secret hints directed at a tiny portion of your audience.
-- My brief appearance on ABC Nightline in a piece on LLUSA and RJ Brewer is up here. This was taped months ago but bumped repeatedly.
-- Upcoming WWE house shows feature John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston handicap matches, and Team Hell No vs. The Sheild for the titles.
-- Hulk Hogan's explanation for tweeting a photo of Brooke's legs that got him all sorts of flack everywhere from Twitter to TMZ.com: "Brooke works out for 2hrs a day,a fan takes a picture,Brooke love it,tweets back thank u,proud dad tweets it,creeps and perverts everywhere. Need a break from all the haters got more good positive stuff to do,bye see u much later. HH"
-- Brooke has comments here.
-- Sad update on the Tammy Sytch story here.
-- Latest JR BBQ blog is here.
-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:
1981 - Junkyard Dog & Killer Karl Kox defeated Ernie Ladd & Leroy Brown in Biloxi, Mississippi to win the Mid-South Wrestling Tag Team Title.
1993 - The Bad Breed (Axl & Ian Rotten) defeated John Hawk (JBL) & Bobby Duncum Jr. in Dallas, Texas to win the Global Wrestling Tag Team Title.
1996 - Konnan defeated the One Man Gang for the WCW U.S. Heavyweight title.
1999 - Baldo (Albert/A-Train/Matt Bloom) defeated Jerry Lawler in a tournament final in Memphis, Tennessee to become the first Memphis Power Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Champion.
-- New England Fights! (NEF) is pleased to announce the weigh-ins for its Fight Night VI event. Fight Night VI, a mixed-martial arts ("MMA") event, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 2 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Doors will open to the public at 5:00 pm, and the first fight is set to begin at 6:00 pm. Weigh-ins for the event will take place the previous day, Friday, February 1, in the Fusion Lounge at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center. The Ramada is located at 490 Pleasant St. in Lewiston. Weigh-ins will begin at 3:00 pm. They are open to the public and free to attend. Members of the press and public are encouraged to join NEF at the Ramada on Friday afternoon. Fighters and promotion executives will be available for interviews, statements, photographs, and videos at the request of press. Press can contact the promotion's director of media operations Pete Czymbor with any specific questions or requests at 508-728-5125.
-- On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, Chael Sonnen, UFC light heavyweight number-one contender and current coach on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, makes his official debut on the show, breaking down all the stories of the week and analyzing upcoming fights alongside Kenny Florian. Plus, UFC President Dana White welcomes Chael to the show on his first day, and sits down with us for an exclusive interview talking about various topics including some names coming and going from the UFC. Our analysts will break down all the story lines heading into this weekend’s massive UFC 156: ALDO VS. EDGAR card, featuring the World Featherweight Championship between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. Chris Weidman has a message for Anderson Silva, plus Light Heavyweight Champ Jon Jones has a welcome message for our newest UFC TONIGHT personality.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, Michael McDonald celebrates his 22nd birthday. But unlike most his age, McDonald has the opportunity to become the youngest UFC champion ever. Sacramento is home to a brotherhood of fighters who call themselves Team Alpha Male. The bond between these fighters is unmistakable and their success lies in their dogged approach to training and recruiting sparring partners who are fully committed to Mixed Martial Arts. Dan Henderson’s career achievements put him in a stratosphere all his own. As he makes yet another run at a championship, Hendo illuminates his action packed memories. Finally, when a fighter lands a knockout punch there is nothing in life that comes close to it. In the fighter's own words, hear about the unique feeling of a knockout.
-- WHAT SHOULD BE THE MAIN EVENT AT WRESTLEMANIA THIS YEAR?
The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar 29.4%
Rock vs. John Cena vs. C.M. Punk 26.9%
Rock vs. John Cena 20.5%
Rock vs. C.M. Punk 11.0%
C.M. Punk vs. Brock Lesnar 5.5%
John Cena vs. C.M. Punk 2.1%
HHH vs. Rock 2.1%
Rock vs. Ryback 1.9%
Punk vs. Ryback 0.5%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF THE ROYAL RUMBLE?
Chris Jericho 62.4%
Dolph Ziggler 23.4%
John Cena 3.8%
Cody Rhodes 3.1%
Daniel Bryan 2.9%
Kofi Kingston 1.4%
Randy Orton 0.4%
WHO CAME OUT OF UFC ON FOX AS THE BIGGEST STAR?
Anthony Pettis 74.9%
Demetrious Johnson 9.2%
Glover Teixeira 7.8%
Rampage Jackson 6.8%
Ricardo Lamas 1.4%
WHO SHOULD GET THE WINNER OF ALDO VS. EDGAR?
The Korean Zombie 59.9%
Ricardo Lamas 21.4%
Clay Guida 9.9%
Dennis Siver 5.9%
Chad Mendes 1.6%
Nik Lentz 1.3%
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING WHO WON THE TWO BIG MATCHES AT RUMBLE?
Made sense both won given Mania direction 55.1%
Neither should have won 21.2%
Rock should have won, not Cena 19.4%
Cena should have won, not Rock 4.2%
-- On Friday, April 26 at the legendary Kingsport Civic Auditorium "The American Wolf" Davey Richards will challenge Chase Owens for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
-- Over the Top Radio with Mike Sempervive talking 80s Crockett here.
-- Magnus talks British Wrestling here.