SAT UPDATE: More weekend preview, actor can't get as big as Rock, Impact, JFK/World Class tie-in, Hendricks says GSP should give it up, tons more

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We're also looking for reports from the TNA TV tapings tonight in Orlando which will likely feature the finals of the TNA title tournament.

The biggest event Saturday night, besides Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios on PPV, will be Glory 12 from the Theater in Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. on Spike and The Fight Network . There will be a one-night tournament for the Glory lightweight championship with first round matches of Giogrio Petrosyan (78-1-1) vs. Andy Ristie (39-3-1) and Robin van Roosmalen (6-1) vs. Davit Kiria (21-8). Other fights are Jamal Ben Saddick of Morocco (24-3) vs. Ben Edwards of Australia (35-9-3) and the main event has Joe Schilling (16-4) vs. Wayne Barrett (3-0).

Sunday is Survivor Series from Boston's TD Garden:

Randy Orton vs. Big Show for WWE title

John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for world title

C.M. Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan

Cody Rhodes & Goldust & Usos & Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose & Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro in a tradition Survivor Series elimination match

Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel for IC title

Bella Twins & Natalya & Jo Jo & Eva Marie & Naomi & Cameron vs. A.J. Lee & Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox & Aksana & Summer Rae & Kaitlyn & Rosa Mendes in an elimination match

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz in the pre show match at 7:30 p.m.

Raw is live from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Michael Strahan will be guest host.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

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--Welterweight title change
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--Wrestle-1 preparing its biggest show
--A.J. Styles in Japan
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--New matches announced for NOAH's big year-end show including title matches featuring an ROH star, and a match featuring a former MMA star
--Notes on Price Devitt and his New Japan contract
--Lineup for the next several New Japan iPPV shows
--80s wrestling figure returns
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--Gail Kim storyline
--Why Jon Jones isn't fighting
--Update on Anthony Pettis
--Update on GSP vs. Hendricks II
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Today's News, Notes and Links

--There are hints of Ryback issuing an open challenge tomorrow night on the PPV
--The Prime Time Players vs. 3MB (as the Fabulous 3Birds) match taped for Smackdown is instead only on the web site and was not on last night's show.
Steve Austin 60.0%
Keiji Muto 11.3%
Jushin Liger 9.9%
Toshiaki Kawada 9.3%
Mick Foley 6.0%
El Hijo del Santo 1.8%
William Muldoon 1.2%
Dos Caras 0.6%
Excellent 15.8%
Good 41.1%
Average 15.8%
Fair 10.5%
Poor 16.8%
        42.1% of those responding didn't see the show
Yes, burning out he audience 76.1%
No, if people think there are too many, they'll just skip shows 23.9%

-- Kellan Lutz, who is playing Hercules (in a separate film from the one Rock stars in) notes that he was unable to get as big as The Rock did in his flim. He even says, and this is a quote: "There's not enough 'extra-curricular' stuff for that."

-- Interesting trivia note regarding the JFK assassination. Bill Mercer of World Class was the news reporter that covered it in Dallas and later joked that he was more famous for WCCW than for being the guy that broke the story of JFK's assassination in Texas.

-- If you're interested in the JFK topic, you should check out last night's FREE After Dark Radio, which is available here. It includes a debate between Ryan Thomson and Tom Filsinger about whether there was or was not a conspiracy. As another wrestling tie-in, Filsinger is the same Filsinger of Filsinger Games fame (Champions of the Galaxy, etc.). Gotten a lot of great feedback about the show so far. If you like what you hear, it's free so please spread the word.

-- Impact did 1.2 million viewers this week for their "free PPV" show, up from last week.

-- Rock's Off Pro Wrestling FanFest going on all day today in New York. Info is up here.

-- A preview for the Race to the Ring semi-finals is up here.

-- Johny Hendricks continues to rant and rave about last week's UFC 20th anniversary show, including on Inside MMAwhere he says if GSP can't handle being the champ he should just give up the belt.

-- More coverage of the death of Mad Dog Vachon here, here and here.

-- Story on Daniel Bryan heading into Survivor Series here.

-- A review of David Shoemaker's wrestling book in the Wall Street Journal here. He was on our show a few weeks back, which you can check out for free here. Disregard the awful audio quality, had a hardware issue that couldn't be resolved for that particular show.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1981 - Pedro Morales defeated Magnificent Muraco for the WWF Intercontinental Title at Madison Square Garden in New York City

1994 - Bob Backlund defeated Bret Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Title at WWF Survivor Series in San Antonio, Texas

1996 - Steven Dunn & Flash Flanagan defeated The Grim Twins (Ron & Don Harris) for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee

2008 - Edge defeated Triple H and Vladimir Kozlov to win the WWE Title at Survivor Series and John Cena defeated Chris Jericho to win the World Title.

-- Hard hitting MMA action returns to GFL as Lou Neglia and Dead Serious MMA Promotions LLC present "MMA at Club Pure" on Saturday, November 23 from South Amboy, New Jersey in an event that promises to bring together a host of blue chip prospects from the East Coast. Neglia and Dead Serious MMA Promotions are planning to blow the roof off by presenting a scheduled 14-bout card that is sure to have plenty of knockouts and submissions.

-- Baguio City-based Team Lakay mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, whose rigorous training has entered the final two weeks, are extra motivated and dedicating their fight to the victims of typhoon Yolanda. “We are dedicating our fight to the victims of Yolanda. Gusto namin sila mapasaya sa aming laban kaya doble ang aming ensayo ngayon (We want them to be happy with our fight that’s why we are training double time),” declared Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who will be fighting Japanese Koji Oishi in a much-awaited rematch on Dec. 6 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. The card, presented by ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC), Asi’s largest mixed martial arts organization, also features four other Team Lakay fighters, who are out to redeem glory for the country after suffering defeats early this year in the same venue.

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