BIG FRI UPDATE: Weekend schedule, UFC weigh-ins, who almost missed weight, Mania tix, Guida on FOX decision to air one fight, Twitter trending results and analysis, James Storm injury update, tons more

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Not a major weekend at all, although WWE has its biggest house show run in a long time with the European tour. Most notable is Birmingham, England will have a UFC show tomorrow and will have a Smackdown house show on Monday.

The Smackdown house show on Monday and Raw house show on Tuesday are at the same time as the tapings, so there will be less if any crossovers on this week's TVs as compared to the TVs of late.

Tomorrow is UFC 139 on Spike, probably as a weak a numbered show as there has been in a long time. The Facebook prelim fights air live at 12:30 p.m. Eastern (that's 9:30 a.m. Pacific) with Chris Cariaso vs. Vaughan Lee, Chris Cope vs. Che Mills, Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jason Young, Rob Broughton vs. Philip De Fries and Justin Edwards vs. John Maguire. Spike will air the rest of the show on tape delay at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time. TV bouts are Terry Etim vs. Edward Faaloloto, Cyrille Diabate vs. Anthony Perosh, Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi, Renan Barao vs. Brad Pickett and Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz.

We will have coverage of the UFC show as it happens live tomorrow on the site.

Saturday also has Raw in Manchester, England, Smackdown in Vienna, Austria and TNA in Toledo.

Sunday has Raw in Sheffield, England, Smackdown in Cardiff, Wales and TNA in Windsor, ONT.

Monday has Raw in Liverpool, England (it'll be on a few hour tape delay and not live this week). Kevin Nash returns on the show and Brodus Clay will wrestle on the show. John Cena is scheduled for an ass kicking unless that changes. As for Jim Ross, who knows other than some verbal humiliation is likely. And there will be some references to The Beatles.

Smackdown on Monday will be in Birmingham, England.

Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT being taped in Liverpool. Raw will be in Newcastle, England.

We're looking for reports on all of the WWE and TNA shows this week.

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-- Mania tix on sale tomorrow to the general public at 10 AM Eastern.

-- Clay Guida and his camp said they had been under the impression that if the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight went less than two-and-a-half rounds, that Clay's number-one contender's match with Ben Henderson would air on FOX. Clay's manager John Fosco said, "I spoke with Joe Silva (UFC matchmaker), Joe said, 'Do you really think I want to have Guida vs. Henderson, a fight that can bring in ratings and bring in revenue, dark? Do you think that helps anybody?' And I believe Joe." Guida concluded it must have been FOX's call to only do one match on the special no matter how long Cain vs. Dos Santos went. This has been a constant topic of discussion all week on our shows.

-- The good news is, if you have FOX Deportes you can see Cain vs. Dos Santos, Henderson vs. Guida and Dustin Poirer vs. Pablo Garza. Bad news is almost none of you get FOX Deportes.

-- Weigh-in results for UFC 138 tomorrow. Yes, it's tomorrow.

Chris Leben (186) vs. Mark Munoz (186)
Renan Barao (136) vs. Brad Pickett (134)
Papy Abedi (170) vs. Thiago Alves (171)
Cyrille Diabate (206) vs. Anthony Perosh (205)
Terry Etim (156) vs. Edward Faaloloto (155)
Justin Edwards (170) vs. John Maguire (170) -- Facebook
Rob Broughton (258) vs. Philip De Fries (243) -- Facebook
Michihiro Omigawa (145) vs. Jason Young (145) -- Facebook
Chris Cope (170) vs. Che Mills (169) -- Facebook
Chris Cariaso (135) vs. Vaughan Lee (135) – Facebook

-- Thiago Alves shockingly missed weight, but then got some time to try again and was able to make 171.

-- For those in the area, the UFC on FOX weigh-ins will take place on the Santa Monica Pier next Friday.

-- So the Twitter trending experiment is over it appears. #bryanalvarez did not, in fact, trend worldwide. However, according to this chart, going from nobody tweeting about me to a bunch of people tweeting about me in a short period of time did, in fact, result in a big spike. WWE wins this round, although I feel better that Gonzo on Raw didn't trend Monday either. I will do more research and try again later. I think I just need to work on my timing, and trying to get more people to tweet in a smaller window of time. You can follow my twitter and future attempts at #bryanalvarez.

-- What is interesting is that according to, I had the largest number of people tweeting about me in the expected places, Washington state, US East Coast (usual wrestling strongholds), and the UK (we have tons of UK subscribers), but also, for reasons I cannot explain, Johannesburg, Africa.

-- For those concerned about James Storm's condition based on his claim on Twitter that he suffered a concussion and will be out eight weeks, well, he's wrestling at the house shows this weekend. TNA house shows have typically taken place in an alternate universe.

-- Smackdown tonight has Mark Henry vs. Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton in a streetfight (did you know they were having a major streetfight on Smackdown?), Ted DiBiase vs. Tyson Kidd, Alicia Fox vs. Natalya, Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett, Sin Cara vs. Epico (Orlando Colon in a new gimmick), and more.

-- In a correction from last night, Jersey Shore's season has ended so Ronnie on TNA is not going head-to-head with the real deal. Ronnie has three more episodes booked for TNA.


-- Miz from an interview today with "I enjoy MMA. I always think it's cool whenever a former WWE superstar goes into MMA and Brock Lesnar becomes the champion. That's an homage to the WWE. We are entertainment, that is what WWE does. MMA brings another side of entertainment but I feel like we're two different companies. Both are fantastic, both are great to watch." He has a lot more to say and you can watch the video here.

-- Want to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped Whitney and I in our quest to win a free gi from CTRL Industries. It's a planking contest, the wackiest planking picture wins, and Whitney's entry is up here-- planking in front of the biggest chicken in Bothell, WA (not me). Please check out the picture and click LIKE. Most LIKEs wins! If we win I'll do a bonus Figure Four Daily one week or something. Or make Vinny dance on video.

-- New After Dark today with Karl Stern and I talking all the news and any other topics you want us to discuss. This will be my seventh show since Wednesday, so if you've been fixin to listen to some audio at work of late, well, if you're not signed up you're missing out.

-- TUF did a 1.1 this week and 1.5 million viewers, their average for the season. If you haven't been watching this season, Mayhem Miller and Michael Bisping have been doing an awesome job as coaches and the fights are good.

-- From Billy Graham: I will not be going to New York for the Big Show Convention. I spoke with my liver transplant doctor today and he almost had a heart attack when I told him about my plans. In a nut shell he said this could be a suicide mission for me as the air pressure at 35,000 feet ( even though the air plane is pressurized ) could cause a catastrophic back up of pressure in my esophagus where there are hundreds of small blood vessels and just one of these vessels could rupture and I would then I have a massive " bleed " and no way to stop it, in other words vomiting blood at 35,000 feet. My doctor actually told me today if I go on this New York trip he will not treat me any longer and I am do to start the new anti hep c drug, Vertex, on Dec. 6. Sad to miss the show but my life comes first.

-- Chikara is doing a buy-two-get-one-free sale in their merchandise store this weekend. More up at

-- Dave has a story on Brad Pickett up hereon

-- Regarding the GSP Rushfit DVD that someone asked about on the radio show the other day, we got more responses in the last few days from people who said it was legit. One person said it was pretty difficult for a newbie, but if you're someone who has trained, it's a great thing to add to your regimen a few times a week.

-- Quick vid of Miz and Maryse on Halloween, with a few questions being asked about her WWE departure here.

-- So after last night, Turning Point card has Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy, RVD vs. Chris Daniels, Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim for the Women's title, Crimson vs. Matt Morgan, and Mexican America & Sarita vs. Ink Inc. & Toxene.

-- If I made $56,000 two years ago, $49,000 last year and $47,000 this year, am I
Doing better because my percentage drop was less than the previous year 9.9%
Doing worse because I'm making less money 90.1%

Who wins the featherweight division on TUF?
Diego Brandao 59.7%
Dennis Bermudez 14.3%
Bryan Caraway 14.3%
Akira Corassani 11.7%

Who has the hottest girlfriend of anyone in the featherweight division on TUF?
Bryan Caraway 45.8%
Akira Corassani 20.8%
Diego Brandao 18.8%
Dennis Bermudez 14.6%

Poll on Ultimate Fighter for Wednesday
Excellent 26.5%
Good 51.8%
Average 12.0%
Fair 4.8%
Poor 4.8%
40.3% of those responding didn't see the show

Dave's best polls ever.

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-- You can take a look at a bunch of cool ROH shirt designs here.

-- Liz Tracy, who is sponsored by, is doing her first MMA fight Saturday at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, OR, so if you love MMA and are in the area, you can show up and show your support. She's facing Emily Whitmier of Rise Above MMA, who has a 1-2 record. Tracy, who is taking the fight on two week's notice, is undefeated in BJJ competition. For more on Liz including pics, videos, bio, etc., you can click here.

-- Big Rob Terry: People of Wal-Mart

-- Interview with Antonio McKee here.

-- West Virginia's premiere independent wrestling company IWA East Coast returns to the King's Way Outreach Center (former Nitro Community Center) on November 8, 2011 with UFC Hall Of Famer, Former WWE Superstar, and Former NWA Champion DAN "THE BEAST" SEVERN! Tuesday - November 8, 2011 - 7PM King's Way Outreach Center (former Nitro Community Center) 302 21st Street Nitro, WV 25143 $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $15 Ringside

-- AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined returns to Internet Pay Per View this Sunday on Starting at 12pm eastern. Only $9.95

-- PWO Live action returns with our long-awaited Four Year Anniversary celebration! It takes place THIS Saturday evening, November 5 at the Arena in Streetsboro, Ohio, 1543 Streetsboro Plaza, 44241. Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm belltime. Tickets are $15 Preferred (Ringside) seating, $10 General Admission and are on sale now at and also at our proud sponsor Guitar Shack located on Rt. 303 in Streetsboro. You will get three solid hours of wrestling action and it WILL be a national television taping so bring your signs, be energetic and be prepared to become a TV star!

-- New interview with Prince Devitt here.

-- DREAMWAVE Wrestling returns to the Knights of Columbus in LaSalle, IL on Saturday night 11/5 featuring Colt Cabana, 4 on 4 Survivor Series matches and Former WWE/ECW Superstar "The Innovator of Violence" Tommy Dreamer! For info, go to

-- Ed and company talk the Bret vs. Shawn DVD tonight here.

-- Tulalip Championship Wrestling tonight in Marysville, WA at the Pacific Rim with GANGREL working the main event. Yes, Gangrel.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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