MON. UPDATE: Notes on tonight's show, Response to Hell in Cell, Uso, Khali, Punk, Lawsuit filed



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        We're also looking for reports from Lafayette, LA for Raw tonight.  John Cena vs. C.M. Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio in a rematch from last night was announced for the dark match.  The main event for TV is scheduled as Cena & Punk & Sheamus & Mason Ryan & Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. Del Rio & Christian & Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger & David Otunga & Cody Rhodes.

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--Jerry Lawler will be returning on Raw tonight.  He was out last week selling the back injury.  He was hurt two weeks ago but could have come back last week and they were just trying to keep him out to put Mark Henry over.  Lawler was back wrestling over the weekend.
 
--There was talk in WWE of using the term Octoberto Del Rio like a Mr. October deal for Del Rio winning the title last night.  The idea was taken from the year UFC marketed "Brocktober."
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw and the latest wrestling and MMA news.  You can always send questions for the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--WWE wasn't happy with the Twitter response last night.  They also push twitter with the hopes of getting things to trend (to me it comes off so bad, like they are insecure and trying to act cool because of how forced it comes across) and the response was way weaker than most PPV shows which some were taking as a sign of a bad buy rate.  Our response level has also been below par.  There was already blaming it on the NFL, baseball and doing a show two weeks ago.    
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia regards Shane Douglas.  Douglas is a graduate of New Brighton High School in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.  In recent years, he returned to the school as a Social Studies teacher at the middle school and sponsor the boys club, but he's not teaching there this school year.  The most famous graduate of New Brighton High School is Terry Francona, who had been the manager of the Boston Red Sox until he stepped down on Friday.
 
--WWE told the AP that they were investigating the DUI of Jonathan Fatu (Jimmy Uso).
 
--They are doing an injury angle with Great Khali after the Mark Henry match on Smackdown on Friday night.  He'll be out of action for a while.
 
--The Advertiser in Lafayette at www.theadvertiser.com has a story today on C.M. Punk.  He said unlike others, if he got fired today, he'd be wrestling somewhere else like in Japan and said he's not somebody who tried wrestling because they failed at football first.  Tonight's dark match is the same Cena vs. Punk vs. Del Rio match as last night sans cage. 
 
--Randy Orton, Christian, Sheamus and Mark Henry from Smackdown are all advertised on tonight's show.
 
--Poll on Bellator
Excellent 22.2%
Good 47.2%
Average 13.9%
Fair 2.8%
Poor 13.9%
        74.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on ROH
Excellent 40.2%
Good 46.1%
Average 5.9%
Fair 2.0%
Poor 5.9%
        44.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 14.2%
Good 45.8%
Average 23.3%
Fair 5.0%
Poor 11.7%
        35.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Best TV show of the past week
UFC on Versus 29.7%
ROH 23.2%
Raw 15.9%
Impact 13.6%
Ultimate Fight 6.5%
Smackdown 5.8%
CMLL 3.3%
Inside MMA 1.4%
MMA Live 0.7%
        This past week had some really strong television across the board.
 
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--Devin Nicholson filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court of Justice against WWE claiming $5.8 million in damages for rescinding his contract offer in 2009 after he had tested positive for Hepatitis C.  It should note that in the lawsuit Nicholson claims Ty Bailey of WWE told him his contract being rescinded was not due to health conditions but due to licensing issues because certain states will not allow a wrestler with Hepatitis C to compete.
 
--Sonjay Dutt and B.G. James were in Nashville at the TNA offices this week working on a television project. This could be the Speed Channel show that Dutt was a part of.
 
--Bobby Lashley is returning to North American pro wrestling on 10/28 doing a show in Calgary for Stampede Wrestling that will also include Harry Smith, Teddy Hart and the Briscoes.
 
--UFC on TV the next few days.  Versus will be airing old WEC footage at 8 p.m., as well as the Pat Barry vs. Cheick Kongo fight night at 9 p.m..  Versus will be airing the Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle fight night tomorrow at 9 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m.
 
--UFC VIP packages for 11/19 in San Jose are available at vip.ufc.com which included backstage tours and meet and greets as well as floor seats for the UFC 139 show.  
 
--The BBC News web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15138109 has a story on 82-year-old Saleh Ghaleb, who wrestled a match on Friday night in Dariaston, England, not far from Birmingham.  The story said that the Guinness Book of World Records has a category for oldest pro wrestler and they are investigating. Shouldn't have to look hard because Mae Young did the match with LayCool last year on Raw at 87, although she never actually got into the ring. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
 
--The Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com did a story on the angle on Lucha Libre USA  where R.J. Brewer played the role of being the son of Gov. Jan Brewer with an anti-immigration character who hates Mexican wrestlers and wants to deport Mexicans who cheated and lied their way in, and does a deal where he says the guys under masks are guys doing that.  The story claimed they sell out every show at the 3,000-seat arena the tape at. 
 
--Lance Storm looks at the ROH television show at http://www.stormwrestling.com/100211.html
 
--There was a very unfortunate situation on Saturday at the Yokozuna Memorial show put on by WXW in Chester, PA at Harrah's Casino.  According to Chuck Langerman, Sandman & Road Dogg were in a tag team match and Sandman appeared to be in no condition to perform, spoke and was slurring his words, staggering around the ring and made some lewd remarks to women at a family oriented show.  Samu, who put on the show, came out and appeared to be very upset, and yelled at Ian Knox to hit him and get some heat.  He may have also hurt himself as he was holding his shoulder on the way back to the dressing room when Samu had to come out and get him.  Road Dogg left with a look of disgust on his face.
 
--Joe Reynolds said that regarding the UFC on Versus show in the U.K., that he had the same situation happen that he taped it, but when he forwarded it five minutes, he was able to watch the show.  However, Scott Newman said the problem was if you tried to tape it but wasn't watching it, some  Sky boxes will show a "no signal being received" error.  He said the way to get around it is to wake up at 2 a.m., switch from Premier Sports to another channel, then back to Premier Sports and hit record after the show beings.  Reader Steven Moseley noted that there has been no info in the U.K. yet on where the Velasquez vs. Dos Santos show on 11/12 will air.
 
--Tickets go on sale on Friday at Noon for the 12/3 UFC show at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.  This will feature the two finals at 135 and 145 of the current season of Ultimate Fighter, plus a five-round Jason Miller vs. Michael Bisping main event.  Tickets will be $450, $350 and $200.  Fight Club members can get tickets on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern time at ufcfightclub.com and an Internet pre sale to newsletter subscribers starts Thursday at 10 a.m. at ufc.com
 
--Some TV ratings for sports this weekend going against UFC and WWE programming.  On Saturday night, Notre Dame vs. Purdue did an 0.98 metered market rating on ESPN.  The Tampa Bay Ray vs. Texas Rangers game on TNT did a 1.78 metered market rating and the Yankees vs. Tigers playoff game did a 3.28, and Alabama vs. Florida on CBS did a 4.7 metered market rating.
 
--On Sunday against WWE, Texas vs. Iowa State on FX did a 0.65 metered market rating, Nebraska vs. Wisconsin on ABC did a 3.2 metered market rating and the Jets vs. Ravens NFL game did a 12.4 metered market rating.
 
--Big Time Wrestling from yesterday in Ogdensburg, NY before 230 fans:  Shockwave the Robot b Brother Ocean, Tony & Bam Bam Delphonzo b Flex Armstrong & Todo Loco, Jim Duggan b Vince Beach, Danny Miles b A.J. Mitrano, Nick Dinsmore b Mr. TA, Shane Douglas won three-way over Carlito and Slyck Wagner Brown (thanks to David Rude)
 
--On the TV Guide Network they ran a show (could have been a repeat) on the 100 moments that changed television.  No. 96 was Hulk Hogan beating Iron Sheik to win the WWF title (thanks to Matt Grzybowski)
 
--Cheerleader Melissa beat Madison Eagles yesterday in Berwyn, IL to win the Shimmer women's championship (thanks to Pat Laprade)
 
--Complete results of yesterday's Shimmer matches taped for DVD:  LuFisto b Mia Svensson, Allison Danger & Leva Bates b Nevaeh & Sassy Stephie, Nicole Matthews b Davina Rose, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Kellie Skater, Saraya Knight b Ariel, Courtney Rush b Nikki Roxx, Yumi Ohka b Mia Yim, MsChif b Tomoka Nakagawa, Athena DCOR Mercedes Martinez, Jessica McKay b Britani Knight (Saraya turned on her daughter and they had a big post-match brawl), Serena Deeb b Portia Perez in a no holds barred match, Cheerleader Melissa b Kana, Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Madison Eagles & Sara Del Rey to keep the tag titles, Kellie Skater b Davina Rose, Taylor Made b Veda Scott, Kalamity b Tomoka Nakagawa, Neveah & Sassy Stephie b Ashley Lane (Madison Rayne) & Mia Yim, Serena Deeb b Yumi Okha, Allison Danger & Leva Bates & MsChif & Christina Von Eerie b Bonesaw & She Nay Nay & Melanie Cruise & Mean Libre, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Jessie McKay Sara Del Rey b Courtney Rush, Athena b Mercedes Martinez-DQ, Kana b LuFisto, Britani Knight b Saraya Knight in a no DQ match, Ayako Hamada & Ayumi Kurihara b Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews to keep the tag titles, Cheerleader Melissa b Madison Eagles to win the title (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--Branded Outlaw Entertainment has a show on 10/22 in San Antonio at Studio 7 featuring Carlito, Funaki, Shelton Benjamin, Boogeyman, Paul Burchill, Rob Conway and Matt Bentley.  The show will also air live on www.GFL.tv on iPPV.
 
--The Australian show "The Hotseat," a quiz show, had another wrestling question.  A contestant was asked to identify what activity the term Lucha Libre refers to.  The person got it right.  He said he wasn't a wrestling fan, but he remembered Jack Black's movie and knew it was about pro wrestling. (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
 
--A Joe Palooka comic book about MMA was released today.  For more info you can go to http://www.Palooka.com  Joe Palooka in past incarnations was a boxing character who was an enhancement guy in that world.  The comic book will include the likenesses and names of real UFC stars including Rashad Evans, Anthony Johnson, Brendan Schaub and Dan & Jim Miller. 
 
--MV Promociones on Friday night in Tijuana at the Auditorio is headlined by Dr. Wagner Jr. defending the Latin American heavyweight title against L.A. Park and Extreme Tiger & Mesias vs. Konnan & Nicho.
 
--Fro those in Austria, Sky Austria said that Sky Select, which allowed people to buy WWE and TNA PPV shows, will not be available to UPC cable customers for the time being.  They are offering compensation and are giving away meet & greets for the WWE house show in  Vienna on 11/5 to raffle off. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)  
 
--M-1 Global announced Yasubey Enomoto vs. Josh Thorpe as official for the 10/14 show from Phoenix at the Grand Canyon University Arena that will air on Showtime in the Friday night at 11 P.M. time slot. 
 
--AWF Wrestling on Saturday night in Parramatta, Australia at the RSL and 10/15 at the AWF Dojo in Minto, New South Wales.
 
--CHIKARA on Friday night in Burlington, NC features Japanese woman star Kana and Osaka Pro tag team Atsushi Kotoge & Daisuke Harada, who face Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano in the main event, plus Sara Del Rey vs. Mike Quackenbush in the 12 large tournament and Kana vs. Madison Eagles.  The show will be at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
 
--NWA RPW from yesterday in Warner-Robins, GA:  Michael Stevens b Officer Chris Jacobs, Frankie Valentine b Adrian Hawkins, Jeremy Vain won a gauntlet that went 64:03 to became the NWA RPW champion which included Bobby Moore, Drew Adler, Corey Hollis, Jimmy Rave, Mike Posey, Adrian Hawkins, Frankie Valentine, Sal Rinauro, Ace Rockwell, Michael Stevens, Chip Day, Patrick Bentley, Shaun Banks, Murder One, Cru Jones, Rob Adonis, A.J. Steele, Kyle Matthews, and Luke Gallows, Cru Jones & Shaun Banks b Murder One & A.J. Steele-DQ to keep tag titles (thanks to Bill Behrens and Daniel Lee Lum)
 
--The DVD Bloodstained Memories will be released on 10/17 from all DVD retailers which features interviews with Chris Jericho, RVD, Roddy Piper, Keiji Muto, Christian and Jimmy Snuka.  The trailer is at http://www.youtube.com/watch/v=bSHEIHTDznU
 
--NXT reviewer Emerson Witner writes about the 1996 Royal Rumble at http://angrymarks.com/index.php?ArticleID=15413
 
--If you're near Charlotte, Mick Foley and Edge's stand-up to raise money for Shane Helms to do a video warning people against drinking and driving will be on Wednesday night.