Saturday update: TUF Finale tonight, line-up, new WOL affiliate, Nicholson claims Abdullah Hep C positive, Bourne suspension, tons more



By Bryan Alvarez

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The only big show of the weekend is the Ultimate Fighter final on Spike at 8 p.m. tonight. All Japan also has its 35th annual Real World Tag League finals at the Yokohama Bunka Gym on Sunday.

We're looking for reports on last night's Smackdown house show in Chattanooga, a rare Friday night Smackdown show, as well as last night's CHIKARA show from the Arena in Philadelphia headlined by Sara Del Rey vs. Aja Kong and Manami Toyota vs. Toshie Uematsu at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Today has Raw in Sunrise, FL (Punk vs. Del Rio for WWE title, Cena vs. Miz street fight), Smackdown in Augusta, GA (Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton for World title in a cage match, Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett street fight), ROH in Spartanburg at the Memorial Auditorium (20 man Rumble for a title shot, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin; Jay Lethal vs. T.J. Perkins, Eddie Edwards vs. El Generico) and CHIKARA in Everett, MA (Aja Kong vs. Ayako Hamada).

The big show tonight is the Ultimate Fighter final. Facebook fights starting at 2:15 p.m. are Marcus Brimage vs. Stephen Bass, John Albert vs. Dustin Pague, Roland Delmore vs. Josh Ferguson, Steve Siler vs. Josh Clopton (a sub or injured Akira Corassani), and Dustin Neace vs. Bryan Caraway. The live fights on Spike at 8 p.m. have Johnny Bedford vs. Louis Gaudinot, Tony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards, John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw in the bantamweight tournament final, Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez in the featherweight tournament finale and Michael Bisping vs. Mayhem Miller.

Sunday has Smackdown in Columbus, GA, ROH in Greensboro (Haas & Benjamin & Edwards & Generico vs. Briscoes & Strong & Elgin in an elimination match), and CHIKARA in New York (Sara Del Rey vs. Ayako Hamada).

Raw is Monday in Tampa.

Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Jacksonville.

The final New Japan PPV show of the year is Sunday from Nagoya:
*Gedo & Jado vs. Killer Rabbit & Karl Anderson
*Tomoaki Honma & Tama Tonga & Ryusuke Taguchi & Tiger Mask vs. Toru Yano & Yujiro Takahashi & Tomohiro Ishii & Rocky Romero
*Hirooki Goto & Kushida vs. Takashi Sugiura & Atsushi Aoki in New Japan vs. NOAH
*Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Lance Archer
*Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Hideo Saito & Takashi Iizuka
*Prince Devitt vs. Davey Richards for IWGP jr. title
*Masato Tanaka vs. MVP for IC title
*Minoru Suzuki vs. Giant Bernard
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Tetsuya Naito in a No. 1 contenders match
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yuji Nagata for IWGP heavyweight title         Raw is Monday in Tampa.
 
 
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-- The final live UFC show on Spike TV takes place tonight. Line-up:
Facebook fights starting at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time
Dustin Neace (145.5) vs. Bryan Caraway (145)
Josh Clopton (144) vs. Steven Siler (146)
Josh Ferguson (134) vs. Roland Delorme (136)
John Albert (136) vs. Dustin Pague (136)
Stephen Bass (145) vs. Marcus Brimage (143)

Live on Spike at 8 p.m.
Johnny Bedford (136) vs. Louis Gaudinot (136)
Yves Edwards (155) vs. Tony Ferguson (155.5)
John Dodson (134) vs. T. J. Dillashaw (135.5) for bantamweight finals
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Diego Brandao (145) for the featherweight finals
Jason Miller (185.5) vs. Michael Bisping (186.25)

-- Bisping had to take two tries to make weight.

-- Dave will be doing live running play-by-play on the front page, then the two of us return later on this evening with a brand new Wrestling Observer Radio covering the event plus all the weekend news. Mike Sempervive and I will also return Sunday afternoon at 3 Pacific/6 Eastern with a brand new Wrestling Observer Live on Sports Byline USA, Sirius Satellite Radio ch. 94, XM Radio ch. 208, and streaming live worldwide on the front page of this website. I should note that the show will likely be pre-empted on Sirius until the end of football season. Good news is that if you live in or near Memphis, TN, you can now hear the show live every week on AM 560 "Sports 56" WHBQ. Thanks to Chris Coats and Eli Savoie at the station. If you work at a radio station and would like to pick up the show every week, contact Darren Peck at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- According to Devon Nicholson, Abdullah the Butcher's blood work was received yesterday by Nicholson's lawyers and Abby did, in fact, test positive for Hepatitis C. Nicholson advised everyone who had been cut by Abdullah or even been in a match with him be tested.

-- Footage of Dark Angel (Sarita) nearly killing herself on a dive two days before she went on to win the CMLL women's division in their annual bodybuilding contest (yes, CMLL does this) is up here. It actually looked WAY worse than I thought.

-- Reports we got from last night's Chikara Joshimania show were that it drew about 500, totally different crowd than your usual Chikara event (more people interested in Joshi than Chikara), and that aside from a "disappointing finish" to the Sara Del Ray vs. Aja Kong main event, the show was said to be incredible. Thanks to Paul.

-- Evan Bourne's 30-day suspension is over so he should be back on the road starting this weekend.

-- For those looking for the Ultimate Fighter Finale it's live on FX (Sky channel 124) from 1 AM Sunday morning. Thanks to Lee Wall.

-- In a correction from yesterday's update, Dee Snider is from the band Twisted Sister, not Kiss. Thanks to Grant.

-- Just want to say thank you to everyone who wrote in with well wishes regarding our cat Gracie.

-- WWE All-Stars review for the 3DS up here

-- SRG Films Plans Chris Benoit Tale Crossface

-- My Interview with Mick Foley – Part 1

-- Brooke Tessmacher talks being released from WWE, her TNA run, and more.

-- Two more vendor guests have been announced for the WrestleReunion event in Los Angeles from January 27-29, 2012 at the LAX Westin Hotel. Konnan has been officially announced as a vendor guest courtesy of RF Video. He was one of three names RF Video said they would be bringing along with Tori, although WrestleReunion wanted contractual assurance they will be coming due to Chavo Guerrero Jr. dropping out months ago. Konnan will be doing autographs and photos throughout the second day, Saturday. Raven will be running his own vendor under The Raven Effect. He will be a replacement in Breakfast with Champions after Mick Foley and the New Age Outlaws had to pull out due to Foley and BG James needing to be present at the Royal Rumble. Raven will also be participating in doing video ops (where paying fans will get to cut a thirty second promo with an available wrestler of their choice), doing a group deluxe photo op (rumored to be an ECW group shot involving Foley, Tommy Dreamer, and Mikey Whipwreck), and competing in the WrestleRoyal match on the Pro Wrestling Superstars show on Saturday. Thanks to Daniel Short.

-- NWA Smoky Mountain returns to The Bus Pit (240 E. Main St.) in Downtown Kingsport, TN on Thursday Night, Dec. 8 for another huge TV taping. This event will be their 1st ever Ladies Night. All women of all ages will be admitted for FREE to this event! One lucky lady will also win a date with any NWA wrestler of their choice!

-- Bobby Lashley, the current Shark Fights TEXAS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION, will be our guest on Figure Four Daily this coming Tuesday.

-- Tons of WWE DVDs and such up on this ebay auction.

-- There is a wrestling pilot being taped on December 6th in Los Angeles with M-Dogg 20 and Colt Cabana, and if you are interested in sitting in the audience as an extra, write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

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