Tuesday, 06 December 2011 14:30
By Bryan Alvarez
We're looking for reports on Saturday night's Smackdown show in Augusta, GA, Saturday night's ROH show in Spartanburg, Saturday night's CHIKARA show in Everett, MA, as well as Sunday's Smackdown in Columbus, GA, Sunday's ROH in Greensboro and Sunday's CHIKARA in New York.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight in Jacksonville.
We have a number of holiday specials this weekend that will continue until Christmas for those of you looking at a wrestling present for family or friends, or even enemies if you wish.
-- Vince McMahon was not at Raw last night. They said he was in Afghanistan getting footage for Tribute to the Troops, which airs next Tuesday. HHH was in charge of the show with him gone. I guess that's why he was unable to come out and save poor Santino from Kevin Nash.
-- At this point, the word is that there is going to be a pretty good hint about who the viral videos are for the night after the TLC PPV.
-- Expected line-up for TLC last night after RAW:
CM Punk vs. Miz and Alberto Del Rio in a three-way for the WWE Title
Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the World Title
HHH vs. Kevin Nash in a LADDER MATCH with a sledgehammer hanging above the ring – this one sounds really scary
Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the US Title
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
-- I don't even know what this is supposed to mean, but someone decided to vandalize the TLC Wikipedia this morning by removing every match and adding AJ vs. Gail Kim in a "No Holds Breed" match. It's fixed now.
-- TUF Finale did 2.5 million viewers and peaked with 3.5 million for the main event. These are actually very good numbers considering the Spike/UFC feud led to zero promotion for the event the week of, including UFC plugging it by saying, "Check your local listings."
-- Rock on his Twitter said the new "Boots to Asses" t-shirt is the best-selling shirt in WWE today.
-- UFC has a press conference tomorrow at 2 PM Chicago Time at the United Center for UFC on Fox 2. Rashad Evans, Phil Davis and others will be there. The public is invited.
-- Evan Bourne is back from his suspension as evidenced on Raw last night. He lost to Epico at the Superstars tapings.
-- Dixie Carter talks Bobby Roode's heel turn here. This is the first of two parts. Presumably they'll be airing these on Impact this Thursday as well.
-- Interview with Randy Orton heretalking his favorite match, his training these days, when he wants to retire and how, and more.
-- Kharma is getting married. TMZ.com has a photo hereof her engagement ring, which is, in fact, shaped like a wrestling ring. I'm not making this up.
-- They don't mess around. The JoshiMania shows from Chikara this weekend are already available on DVD by clicking here.
-- What did you think of Saturday night's ROH TV show?
56.6% of those responding didn't see the show
Best recent big show main event?
Punk vs. Del Rio Survivor Series 24.3%
Edwards vs. Strong Death Before Dishonor 24.0%
Rock & Cena vs. Miz & Truth Survivor Series 16.7%
Henry vs. Orton Night of Champions 7.1%
HHH vs. Punk Night of Champions 5.7%
Del Rio vs. Punk vs. Cena Hell in a Cell 5.2%
Del Rio vs Cena Vengeance 4.6%
Aries vs. Kendrick Bound for Glory 4.6%
Morrison vs. Ziggler Survivor Series 3.8%
Roode vs. Styles Turning Point 3.8%
Who is the most likely to go into the Hall of Fame next year?
John Cena 28.8%
Lou Albano 16.5%
Brock Lesnar 14.9%
Rock & Roll Express 14.4%
Jesse Ventura 8.0%
Gene & Ole Anderson 6.1%
The Assassins 3.3%
Carlos Colon 3.3%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 2.3%
Mick McManus 1.2%
Hans Schmidt 0.9%
Enrique Torres 0.5%
-- Lance Storm's first e-book is half-off for the holidays, so you can get it for $3.99 right now by clicking here. He's working on part 2 as we speak.
-- If you haven't seen it, the Andre the Giant parody from Saturday Night Live two weeks ago is up here.
-- Ed and Friends talk Starrcade history here.
-- Authentic Sports Management announced that they have signed Eddie Alvarez.
-- Due to Anaheim Ducks Hockey, NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood is being shifted to Friday at 2:00 AM and the producers have decided to re-run last weeks episode. Also, on Saturday Dec. 17th, a new episode will air at 9:00 PM. They are scheduled to return to our normal Saturday time slot at 4:00 PM on Dec. 24.
-- Story in HOY hereabout Lucha Libre USA.
-- Fans are trying to help raise money for Dustin Rayz, who broke is leg at the CZW show this weekend and needs surgery. Info is up here.
-- Another David Lagana project, this time involving motocross, is up here, along with tour dates.
-- Chris Jericho and Steve Austin heading to Anaheim in January for the first ever Rock & Roll Roast. Info up here.
-- WWE.com has a story on the return of Lilian Garcia here.