SAT. UPDATE: Tons of shows tonight, NJ finals, AJ finals, Slammys coverage, killer match tonight in NJ show, WWE debuts, Austin vs. Kobashi,

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        World Series of Fighting in on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. Eastern time Saturday from Vancouver, and in fact, next door to the WWE show.
Dwayne Lewis vs. Kalib Starnes
Sabah Fadai vs. Nick Newell
Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor in middleweight tournament semifinal
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Lance Palmer for WSOF featherweight title
        Invicta is on PPV on Saturday from Kansas City's Ameristar Casino
Free preshow on at 8 p.m. Eastern time and your usual PPV channel (except for DirecTV which is not carrying it)
Nina Arsanoff (5-4) vs. Munah Storm (5-2)
Sarah D'Alelio (7-4) vs. Tonya Evinger (11-6)
PPV at 9 p.m. Eastern time on all regular outlets plus for $14.95
Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-3) vs. Vanessa Porto (15-6)
Julia Budd (5-2) vs. Charmane Tweet (4-3)
Joanne Calderwood (7-0) vs. Katja Kankaanpaa (8-0-1)
Felice Herrig (9-4) vs. Tecia Torres (3-0)
Lauren Murphy (7-0) vs. Miriam Nakamoto (2-0, 1 no contest) to become first bantamweight champion
Barb Honchak (8-2) vs. Leslie Smith (6-3-1) for featherweight championship
*The Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha fight scheduled for the strawweight title was postponed as Gadelha was hospitalized last night with a bacterial infection after getting very sick, after she had completed weigh-ins. 
        Full Impact Pro iPPV at at 7 p.m. Eastern time
Lance & Harlem  Bravado vs. Dos Ben Dejos in a street fight
Roderick Strong vs. Andrew Everett
Rich Swann vs. Caleb Konley
Lince Dorado vs. Jesus De Leon
Jessica Havok vs. Leva vs. Su Yung
Washington Bullets vs. Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma
Maxwell Chicago vs. Earl Cooter
Johnny Vandal vs. Latin Dragon
David Starr vs. Josh Hess
        Family Wrestling Entertainment iPPV at 8 p.m. Eastern time at for $14.95
Semifinals and finals of a tournament
Alex Reynolds vs. Trent Baretta vs. Jorge Santi vs. ?
Brian Kendrick vs. Tony Nese
Chris Mordetzsky (Masters) vs. Ted DiBiase Jr.
Petey Williams vs. John Hennigan
Jigsaw & Wes Draven & Orange Cassidy vs. Joey Ryan & Rhett Titus & ?
Angelina Love vs. Ivelisse Velez
        Sunday has the New Japan iPPV show at for $25 from the Nagoya Aiichi Gym at 3:30 a.m. Eastern and 12:30 a.m. Pacific time.  It is the finals of the tag team tournament
Yohei Komatsu vs. Katsuyori Shibata - Somebody is getting their ass kicked in a not pleasant way here
Bushi & Kushida vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman vs. Rob Conway & Jax Dane
Tag team tournament semifinals:  Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Tag team tournament semifinals:  Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Kota Ibushi & Captain New Japan vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yoshi-Hashi
Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & La Sombra vs.  Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura & Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi & Gedo
Tag team tournament finals
        Sunday is also the finals of the All Japan Real World Tag League from Osaka.
        Sunday is also AAA's Guerra de Titanes from Tepic
Dinastia & Ludxor & Venum vs. Gran Apache & Machine Rocker & Mini Charly Manson
Jack Evans & Fenix & Angelico vs. Pentagon Jr. & Steve Pain & ?
Pimpinela Escarlata & Taya Valkyrie & Black Mamba & Jennifer Blake vs. Fabi Apache & Pasion Kristal & Yuriko & ? - Escape the cage rules, last person in loses hair
Blue Demon Jr. vs. Electroshock for Latin American heavyweight title
Psycho Circus vs. El Hijo del Fantasma & Silver King & El Texano Jr. for AAA trios title
Cibernetico & Perro Aguayo Jr. & Mesias & La Parka vs. Daga & Jeff Jarrett & Psicosis & Parka Negra managed by Karen Jarrett
        WWE has house shows on Sunday in  Spokane, WA and Yakima, WA.
        Raw will be the Slammy Awards show on Monday night in Seattle.
        Main Event and Smackdown are taped Tuesday night in Portland at the Coliseum.
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        We also have part two of our feature on the life and times of Mad Dog Vachon.  In this feature, we talk with Baron Von Raschke about his friend of 47 years, how Vachon helped so many people get their big breaks including Pat Patterson.  We look at Von Raschke's first career break as Vachon's tag team partner in Montreal, how he got the Baron Von Raschke name, what Vachon idea led to the first wrestling sellout at the Omni and the second half of Vachon's career.
        We look at Vachon's babyface run during the last glory period of the AWA, his appearance on Wide World of Sports, his run during the Hulk Hogan era, the story of when he opened the door on an airplane in flight, his legendary promos, his drawing power, and whe he first showed signs of being a star.
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        We also look more at some of his most famous matches.
        We also look at WrestleMania in 2015, WWE Network, Tribute to the Troops, return of Michael Hayes, who is making the major WWE decisions, Sin Cara, WWE stock and its future, WWE star engaged, Slammy Awards, Ziggler, DVD sales and what WWE is advertising is happening next.  We also look at a new talent signing, a new football player trying out, and the 2000 WrestleMania.
        We've got an update on UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario.
        We also have a lot of exclusive details on the new UFC digital channel.  We look at what will be on the channel, when it will start, the first three cards broadcast live, how it will change coverage of every UFC show and more.
        We've also got coverage of the Ultimate Fighter finals.
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows.

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Also in this week's issue:
--Latest from Arena Mexico
--Mexican national title change
--More on AAA's U.S. expansion ideas
--Why things are so much different now than 20 years ago when AAA was huge in many U.S. markets
--Why AAA is guaranteed a sellout for Guerra de Titanes this week
--Next Dragon Gate title match
--Coverage of the All Japan and New Japan tag team tournaments
--Update on Tokyo Dome show 
--Lots of new PPV dates announced for 2014
--New Japan iPPV show notes from this week
--A big tournament special live show that features stars from MMA, sumo, pro wrestling, baseball, UFC and more
--President of major MMA promotion will be doing a pro wrestling match this month
--First time Hall of Fame father teams with his son announced
--Update on Dynamite Kid
--More on all the talk shows coming to the U.K.
--A look at the wrestling business career of Joyce Farhat, the wife of The Sheik
--Former WWE star doing a documentary
--Two wrestlers over the age of 65 headlining another major show
--Family tournament
--End of a 22 year old wrestling promotion
--Starrcade lives, sort of
--More on Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards, and story behind his being gone from ROH
--Major newcomer headed to ROH for Final Battle
--TNA's top storyline
--TNA total lack of quality control
--Background of Le'D Tapa
--Notes on a lot of new TNA PPV matches upcoming
--Update on Matt Grice
--Next UFC show
--Anthony Pettis injury update
--Disappointing FOX lineup
--Update on Ben Askren
--UFC TV schedule for the new year
--Tons of new UFC fights
--A look at the major MMA shows of the weekend 
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--Information on the replay showings of last night's UFC show for the U.S, Canada and U.K., headlined by Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva is on the front page of the site.  It was probably the best heavyweight fight in UFC history.
--For Australia, it's on Fuel TV at 11:08 a.m. today, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on FS 2 and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Fuel TV. (thanks to Paul Robinson)

--We will have live coverage on the site of the Invicta show tonight.  I will probably do live coverage of the New Japan show, but that's not a lock.
--Dana White just announced that Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon (Lauzon is tied for Anderson Silva for best performance bonuses in UFC history with 12) will now be airing on FOX on the 12/14 show in Sacramento.
--Potential angle alert.  Shawn Michaels presents Superstar of the Year on Monday's Slammys.  Given that it is a fan web site vote, Daniel Bryan was expected to win. 
--WWE will run a house show at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on 2/16.  Tickets go on sale Friday at Noon.  Jhn Cena Albeto Del Rio, Wyatts and Daniel Bryan are advertised.
--Sam Johnson, formerly Sami Callihan, debuted in NXT as Solomon Crowe.  His gimmick is that he presses buttons on his tablets and the lights went out.
--Jessica Pena story is at
Steve Austin 60.8%
Kenta Kobashi 39.2%
John Cena 55.6%
Randy Orton 44.4%
Yes, in UFC 82.2%
Yes, in boxing 31.6%
Yes, in WWE 11.6%
        13.7% don't think championships mean anything in any of the three
Excellent 12.6%
Good 48.5%
Average 11.7%
Fair 3.9%
Poor 23.3%
        43.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--In the All Japan Real World Tag League tournament which ends tomorrow in Osaka, the championship match is Joe Doering & Suwama vs. Go Shiozaki & Kento Miyahara.  That's along way from Misawa & Kobashi vs. Gordy & Williams or Funks vs Sheik & Abdullah.
--On today's New Japan show, the tournament matches saw:
Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows advance to the final four beating Rob Conway & Jax Dane
Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka b Shelton Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan knocked Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale out when Captain pinned Devitt
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma advance beating Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii   

Superstar of the Year (Shawn Michaels presenter):  John Cena, Randy Orton, C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, Brock Lesnar
Diva of the Year (Eve Torres presenter):  A.J. Lee, Bella Twins, Naomi & Cameron, Natalya, Kaitlyn, Eva Marie
Double Cross of the Year (Shield presenters):  HHH turns on Daniel Bryan, Shawn Michaels turns on Daniel Bryan, Mark Henry turns on John Cena,
Match of the Year (Bret Hart presenter):  Undertaker vs. CM Punk, John Cena vs. The Rock, Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns from Battleground, HHH vs. Brock Lesnar cage match from Extreme Rules
Insult of the Year (Miz presenter):  Stephanie McMahon insults Big Show, A.J. insults Total Divas, Paul Heyman insults C.M. Punk, Zeb Colter
LOL Moment of the Year (New Age Outlaws presenters):  Rock concert, Vickie Guerrero gets fired (for like a day), Titus O'Neil throws up, Great Khali & Jinder Mahal play the flute to woo Santino Marella's cobra
How come the worst moments of the year that weren't funny are up for comedy awards? 
Extreme Moment of the Year (Mick Foley presenter):  The Shield triple power bombs Undertaker, Ryback spears John Cena through the lighting board, Punk canes the hell out of Paul Heyman, Wyatts angle with Kane
Fan Participation award (presents Prime Time Players):  Fandangoing, Yes Chants, Let's Go Cena/Cena sucks chants; What's Up
Other awards are
This is Awesome Moment of the Year
Trending Now Hashtag of the Year
Beard of the Year
Breakout Star of the Year 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1940 - George Penchoff beat Fred Atkins in Broken Hill, Australia to unify the Australian heavyweight championship.  They were two of the three dominant wrestlers of the era
1971 - Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk beat Giant Baba & Antonio Inoki in Sapporo to win the International tag team titles
1975 - Yoshiaki Fujiwara beat Kengo Kimura to win the Karl Gotch Cup
1976 - Shoji Kai beat Kengo Kimura to win the Karl Gotch Cup
1981 - Junkyard Dog beat Great Kabuki in New Orleans to win the Louisiana heavyweight title
1983 - Klondike Kate beat Mitzi Mueller in Leamington, UK to win the British women's title  
1987 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura beat Antonio Inoki & Dick Murdoch to win the MSG Tag team tournament.  This was the match I was talking about on last night's Sin Limite show
1988 - The Fantastics, Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton, beat Eddie Gilbert & Ron Simmons in the finals of the tournament for the U.S. tag team titles and Road Warrior Animal beat Dusty Rhodes via DQ so the Road Warriors got the six-man tag titles they had shared wit Rhodes
1989 - Riki Choshu beat Shinya Hashimoto to win the World Cup tournament at Sumo Hall in Tokyo
1990 - Terry Gordy & Steve Williams beat Stan Hansen & Danny Spivey at Budokan Hall to win the All Japan Real World Tag League tournament and the championship title
1996 - Raven beat Sandman in a barbed wire match in Philadelphia to win the ECW title
--For the tour that runs in Sacramento tonight and Spokane tomorrow, it looks like it's John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio & Damien Sandow in a handicap match, Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns plus Alexander Rusev from NXT is on the tour against Zack Ryder
--Not sure of the date, but it's Future Stars of Wrestling results from midweek in Las Vegas:  Jakob Austin over Crash Test Cody, Best, Mike Dalite, and Legacy, Big Duke b Cash, Alexander Hammerstone & Clutch b The Agency, Bryce Harrison b Brandon Gatson, Sinn Bohdi & Funny Bone b Heaven & Hell, Kenny King b Brian Cage, Greg Romero b Rush in escape the cage loser leaves town, Remy Marcel & Jack Manley b Sweet n Sour, Tyshaun Prince & Suburban Commandos b Reno Scum & Al Katrazz in a War Games match.  Disco Inferno did a Lava Lounge segment with James Storm and Robbie E where Storm superkicked Robbie E.  Robbie E also laid out Kenny King after King beat Brian Cage.
--Davey Richards will be at the CZW Cage of Death show. 
--WWE announced a 3/2 show in Moline.
--The Fight Network is now available in HD to MTS Ultimate TV customers in Manitoba  on either the Sports Fans Channel package or stand-alone for $1.99 per month.
--Dino Bravo's only child, daughter Claudia, gave birth to her first child (which would have been Bravo's first grandchild), named Rosalie, on Thursday. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--FIP iPPV results from last night in Orlando:  David Starr b Latin Dragon, Johnny Vandal b Maxwell Chicago, Caleb Konley & Andrew Everett b Jon & Trey Williams, Trent Baretta b Lince Dorado, Earl Cooter b Josh Hess, Mia Yim b Jessicka Havok, Pinkie Sanchez & Los Ben Dejos b Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma & Jesus DeLeon, Roderick Strong NC Rich Swann, Roderick Strong & Rich Swann b Bravado Brothers to win FIP tag titles
--St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Alton, IL:  Jojo Bravo b Dingo, Evan Gelistico b Alex Castle, Arik Cannon b Darren Dean, Brandon Espinosa b Darin Corbin, Kyle O'Reilly b Johnny Gargano, Davey Richards b Jeremy Wyatt, Davey Vega b ACH, Ricky Starks won three-way over Bolt Brady and Arya Daivari, Devin & Mason Cutter b Alex the Big Owl & Jordan Lacey, Gerald James b Mat Fitchett 2/3 falls  (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--J.J. Dillon appears tonight for ECWA at the Greater Newark, (Delaware) Boys & Girls Club).  At 6 p.m. Dillon will be posing for photos and signing autographs free.  He will be doing a farewell appearance as a manager on the live show.
--High Impact Wrestling last night in Regina, Saskatchewan before 325 fans in -45 below weather:  Bull Bodnar & Camikaze b Tommy Lee Curtis & VIP, Brett Evans & King Kash DCOR Dixie Dragon & Wavel Starr, Michael Allen Richard Clark b Asesino, Jeff  Tyler & Mentallo b Ace Riviera & Alexander Prime, Jeff Tyler & Mentallo b Dice Steel & Convict 0069, Short Sleeve Sampson & Ethan Hawke b Graves Family Freak Show (Sampson's retirement tour), Bull Bodnar & Camikaze b Jeff Tyler & Mentallo, Bull Bodnar b Camikaze, Rex Roberts b Tyler Colton, Rex Roberts b Robbie Gamble to win their title (thanks to Grant Zwarych)
--Pro Wrestling All-Stars from last night in Melvindale, MI:  Atlas Hytower b Frank Isaac Anderson, Chris Moore b American Eagle, Flex Armstrong b Chuck Stein, N8 Mattson b Lance Star, Movado b Roderick Street, Sabu b Darell Jackson (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--An interview with Jim Cornette is at

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