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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- If you read the article on the front page about WWE's attempt to package all of its programming together for a massive rights fees package that could include Smackdown moving days and going live, the Variety article on the subject is up here.
-- Shockingly, Anderson Silva turned down Chael Sonnen's offer to be one of his coaches for the next TUF: Brazil season.
-- Regarding a discussion on last night's Wrestling Observer Radio, we can confirm that AJ Styles and TNA are in negotiations for a new deal. There have been rumors over the last 48 hours that a deal has already been signed but we cannot confirm that. Styles has at least nine independent bookings between now and March, so one way or another he's far from unemployed.
-- TNA is doing a Road to Lockdown tour with cage matches on the road, so my presumption is that Lockdown will actually be on PPV this year.
-- Firas Zahabi on GSP's current mental state: "Georges is right now the happiest I've ever seen him. His mood is better, he's sleeping better, he's gaining weight, muscular weight, not fat. The stress was making him weaker, miserable, he was suffering. He didn't have peace. He had too much stress in his life. Now we're doing jiu jitsu and wrestling for fun." He says he thinks ultimately GSP will fight again.
-- These creep me out, but here are the UFC on FOX Phantom Cam (mega slow-mo) highlights.
-- The latest Raw Backstage Fallout is here.
-- Shawn Michaels said his appearance on Raw was a last-minute deal. There is nothing to any speculation online about a Punk vs. Shawn match. As I've mentioned for week, I still think Michaels vs. Bryan at WrestleMania is virtually guaranteed this year despite all denials.
-- The selfie gimmick by the announcers on Raw was Vince McMahon's personal outrage over Barack Obama taking a selfie during Nelson Mandela's funeral. Vince was a big Mandela supporter and is not a fan whatsoever of Obama.
-- Kevin Nikels was released from NXT today.
-- Great interview with the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase online for subscribersright now. Lots of insight into developmental, his career, plus what happened with Ted DiBiase Jr., and why he's no longer with WWE.
-- Here we go. from Midiatica: In the most bizarre matchmaking in recent history, Brazil will possibly watch the first professional MMA fight between man and woman in its history. Shooto Brazil announced on Tuesday that its 45th edition, set to take place on Dec. 20 in Rio de Janeiro, will feature a three-round bantamweight fight between Emerson Falcao (0-1) and Juliana Velasquez (0-0). Nova Uniao’s Falcao made his MMA debut last April, suffering a first-round submission loss to Benny Blackat at Upper Sport Combat 2. Velasquez, one inch shorter, trains at Team Nogueira.
-- New podcast interview with Big E. Langston here.
-- Mom accused of shooting son with gun she used to kill ex-husband. Welcome to South Florida. MMA tie-in.
-- Mark Jindrak talks working in Mexico and more here.
-- WHO WAS THE SECOND GREATEST PRO WRESTLING PROMOTER OF ALL-TIME?
Giant Baba 34.1%
Bill Watts 17.5%
Vince McMahon Sr 14.1%
Sam Muchnick 13.7%
Jerry Jarrett 7.6%
Jim Barnett 5.1%
Eddie Graham 3.7%
Jack Curley 1.0%
Hisashi Shinma 0.6%
Billy Sandow 0.6%
Paul Bowser 0.6%
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Steve Austin 84.3%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 15.7%
WHO SHOULD RANDY ORTON FACE AT ROYAL RUMBLE?
C.M. Punk 34.0%
Daniel Bryan 33.2%
John Cena 13.4%
Big E Langston 5.8%
Roman Reigns 5.6%
Big Show 1.7%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF TOTAL DIVAS?
52.7% of those responding didn't see the show
IF YOU WATCHED THE JAN 2013 FOX SHOW HEADLINED BY DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON, BUT NOT SATURDAY, WHY?
Wasn't aware there was a show 28.6%
No longer interested in UFC 23.2%
Less interest in UFC, didn't care for the card 16.1%
Other plans, would have liked to see it 15.2%
Watched the show last year because of Rampage Jackson, no equivalent star this year 9.8%
More interested in John Dodson as a challenger than Joseph Benavidez 4.5%
Better overall card last time 2.7%
-- Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, has signed an agreement with OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, to launch on December 17, 2013, adding an additional 25 territories to Fight Network’s worldwide reach, including its significant subscriber base in Canada. Fight Network HD will now be available in countries across the Middle East and North Africa region. The new 24/7 HD channel will fuel the adrenaline of fight fans across the MENA region. OSN Fight Network HD will be a one-stop-shop for the thousands of fans of combat sports, a genre that is rapidly gaining popularity across the region.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1906 - Frank Gotch defeats Fred Beel in Kansas City, Missouri to win the American Heavyweight Title
1965 - Chris and Ken Lucas defeaedt The Mysterio Medics in Dothan, Alabama to win the Gulf Coast version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Title
1968 - Fritz Von Erich & Dan Miller defeated The Spoiler & Gary Hart to win the NWA American Tag Team Title (later to become the World Class World Tag Team Title) in Dallas, Texas.
1970 - Kim Il and Pak Song defeated Gorgeous George, Jr. and Rufus R. Jones to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title.
1971 - The Royal Kangaroos (Jonathan Boyd and Norman Frederick Charles) defeated Beauregard and Dutch Savage for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.
1973 - Buddy Colt defeated Eddie Graham for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title
1973 - Buck Ramstead and Mr. X (Guy Mitchell) defeated The Samoans (Afa and Sika) to win the Vancouver version of the NWA Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1977 - The Hollywood Blondes (Jack Evans and Larry Sharpe) defeated Carlos Colon and Victor Jovica for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Jose Rivera and Invader I defeated The Samoans (Afa and Sika) for the WWC World Tag Team Title, and Joe Novak defeated Hercules Ayala for the WWC Caribbean Heavywight Title.
1978 - Dino Bravo defeated Gene Kinishi in Toronto, Ontario to become the first holder of the Toronto version of the NWA Canadian Heavyweight Title.
1978 - Tiger Conway, Jr. and Bull Ramos defeated Killer Karl Krupp and Mark Lewin for the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.
1979 - Bob Backlund defeated Bobby Duncum in a Texas death match to win the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Title in Madison Square Garden.
1985 - Bob Brown defeated Brett Sawyer in Ames, Iowa to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title.
1987 - El Gran Markus, Jr. defeated Super Halcon in Acapulco, Mexico for the Mexican National Heavyweight Title.
1988 - Hercules Ayala defeated Ricky Santana for the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1989 - Leo Burke defeated Carlos Colon to win the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
1993 - Gran Hamada defeated Villano IV in Tokyo, Japan for the WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title.
1995 - Dr. Wagner, Jr. defeated Atlantis in Mexico City, Mexico to win the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title
1999 - In Nashville, Tennessee Masato Tanaka defeaed Mike Awesome for the ECW World Heavyweight Title.
2000 - Kevin Nash & Dallas Page defeated Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Polumbo to regain the WCW World Tag Titles at Starrcade in Washington, DC.
2005 - In Edison, New Jersey; Austin Aries and Roderick Strong defeated Sal Rinauro and Tony Mamaluke to win the ROH Tag Team Title.
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