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In our piece on the WWE Network, we look at how the network affects PPV business, notes on the launch of the network and issues with it internally, notes on who is in charge right now, and politically more important, who isn't in charge as it denotes a changing of the guard when it comes to WWE power.
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We've also got a complete rundown of the Ultimate Fighter final show from Las Vegas, including a look at the John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw stoppage, the Tony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards decision, business notes on the show, including just how successful the Mayhem Miller vs. Michael Bisping fight was when it came to television.
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We also look at how the booking has failed the TLC PPV, more on Chris Jericho, Royal Rumble update, who did Vince McMahon say the company has dropped the ball on as far as talent, update on people dropping cable and satellite, jokes being made about who HHH has hired, former WWF star gives a totally delusionary interview plus notes on the returns to WWE of a number of wrestlers.
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We've also got more on the situation involving Abdullah the Butcher and Devon Nicholson and claims of Abdullah having Hepatitis C as claimed by Nicholson.
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Also in this week's issue:
--The turmoil at Arena Mexico
--What happened at the meeting of wrestlers this past week and why morale has gotten bad
--Legends show at anniversary
--Lineup for AAA's Guerra de Titanes, its last big show of the year
--What TNA wrestlers are involved
--Why Jeff Jarrett isn't defending his title on the show
--World champions team up next week
--Kojima anniversary show with interpromotional matches
--A show where fans voted on the lineup
--A look at two different movies coming based on the lives of pro wrestlers, including one that just started shooting
--Zuffa heavyweight star gets nose broken doing pro wrestling
--What has happened to Vladimir Kozlov and Bob Sapp
--Two MMA stars debut as pro wrestlers this past week
--Notes on Masahiro Chono promoting a show with several promotions
--Lots more on the Angelo Mosca/Joe Kapp situation
--A look at CHIKARA's Joshimania shows
--More on Bison Smith
--Updates on several 80s WWF stars
--Matt Hardy update
--Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions
--Updates on ROH in new television markets
--Notes on Final Battle
--More on the 80 minute match and it being on television
--Complete notes on Final Resolution card
--Business of Bound for Glory and Turning Point
--Spike president talks TNA and MMA crossover promotion plan
--More on TNA TV tapings and India project
--Reaction to Hogan on twitter
--Independent wrestlers get TNA tryout
--Notes on UFC countdown shows
--Notes on Faber and Cruz and plans for the next season of Ultimate Fighter
--Thoughts going into UFC PPV
--What lessons UFC 140 will tell regarding PPV
--News on Alistair Overeem
--Plans for UFC 4th and 5th PPV shows of next year
--Why Keith Jardine wound up with a title match
--Update on Strikeforce/Showtime relationship
--How the women's division shakes out
--Next Strikeforce show
--UFC Facebook and twitter stats
--Lots of UFC cuts as well as lots of new fights
--UFC star and WWE star in competition for the same unique award having nothing to do with fighting or wrestling
--More on the New Year's Eve show in Japan
--Former CBS headliner sentenced to jail
--Boxing champion says going to do an MMA fight next year
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--Regarding the Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem fight, there are a lot of rumors around. Here is what we know. This will likely be cleared up on Monday as Overeem is scheduled to apply for his license before the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Usually fighters licenses are rubber stamped unless there is an extenuating circumstance. People have noted Overeem, Keith Jardine and Vladimir Matyushenko all have license hearings on Monday, but in the case of the latter two, it is standard procedure for fighters over 35 to take more extensive medical tests and the process for granting the license isn't rubber stamped. Overeem's name on the list means there is a reason he needs to be there that is not specified, and Overeem is not over 35 years old.
Brock Lesnar as of last night was not told Overeem is out of the fight, nor as of last night had he been called about a potential fight with Frank Mir. Dana White denied Overeem was injured when asked and also that anything has changed regarding the fight. There is nothing going around about an injury that we've heard to begin with. Overeem left Las Vegas, where he had been training, to return to Holland. He said in his yahoo.com blog that it was because his mother had cancer. Regarding a steroid test, we've been able to confirm that Lesnar was asked to take a test a few weeks back and did. It is usual practice in Nevada if they are going to do a random unannounced pre-fight test of a major main event, they will test both fighters.
Several major MMA reporters including Kevin Iole and Josh Gross have hinted something is amiss and there were strong rumors last night that Mir would face Lesnar, even though White denied them. If it regards a pending hearing that hasn't happened, while behind the scenes White would no doubt be preparing for any outcome, he has to publicly say the fight is on, because right now, the fight is on. Mir said he was willing to take the fight. Mir was rocked in the fight, even though he won, and we're only three weeks away. Gross really didn't say anything more than what we wrote, that Overeem's license will be discussed at Monday's hearing which is factual as it is listed on the minutes of the meeting.
Anyway, this story will play out tomorrow.
--For tonight's show, as noted above there is a new stip in the Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy match. RVD vs. Christopher Daniels in a regular match with no stips will open the show per Dixie Carter's twitter.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking TNA Final Resolution, more on last night's show, Tribute to the Troops, Jon Jones, Alistair Overeem, and this will be probably the best night for questions as well so if you've got any questions on pro wrestling or MMA you can send them to
--Wrestling Observer Live will be on the site at 6 p.m. Eastern and 3 p.m. Pacific talking UFC 140 and Final Resolution.
--We have a long show up on the site talking about last night's show as well as the UFC news over the past few days.
--The AP ran a story yesterday about a Lucha Libre school called Lucha Libre Volcanica in Renton, WA taught by Jose Gomez.
--Tickets for the UFC show in Saitama, Japan are now on sale priced from 5,800 yen ($74) to 100,000 yen ($1,280) for a double headliner of Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson for the lightweight title and Rampage Jackson vs. Ryan Bader.
--UFC, but not the names of any of the fighters, was No. 17 in Google searches as of this afternoon. It was No. 11 last night. Lots of sports with Ryan Braun, The Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III, the Army Navy Game, ahead of it.
--The WWE's activities in conjunction with tonight's Tribute to the Troops show is noted at http://www.dvidshub.net
Mark Henry said that if he wasn't booked on the show he'd ask to be on the show. He was asked how much he can bench press and he said he thinks he could do 500 to 550 pounds but there is no need to. Henry, Hornswoggle and Jinder Mahal were there yesterday since the Raw crew had a house show.
--How should Dana White have handled the Miguel Torres situation?
Fined him 37.7%
Ignored it completely 22.2%
Suspend him 21.0%
Fired him, exactly what he did 19.2%
--Poll on Smackdown
44.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--We have to redo the poll on January's biggest event because there were so many UFC shows that I forgot the biggest one in the poll.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns Samoa Joe, Tank Abbott and Tito Ortiz. All three grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and knew each other. They all went to different high schools. Joe went to Ocean View High School, where he was an all-league football player. One of his teachers at Ocean View was Abbott's father, and Abbott's brother was one of his football coaches. Abbott went to Marina High School where he was a star on the wrestling team, and ended up wrestling in college even though during his UFC days they tried to keep that quiet because they liked the image that he was some untrained bar room brawler. Ortiz went to Huntington Beach High School. His high school wrestling coach was Paul Herrera, who once fought in UFC (getting one of the worst knockouts ever from Gary Goodridge) and also did at least one pro wrestling match for Kingdom in Japan. Ortiz placed fourth in the state meet as a senior. Along the way, he beat Jerry Bohlander. When he saw Bohlander was a star in UFC, he asked around how to join UFC and ended up as a training partner of Abbott's and was brought into UFC in 1997 as an alternate and caught on immediately.
--Ryan and Rener Gracie review TUF 14 and last night's show at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yAx-Uzw-Xs
An interesting note is on this they talk about C.M. Punk and about how he predicted all three main events last night correctly. Well, a lot of people did that. If he would have predicted the undercard correctly, that would have been a hell of an accomplishment because a lot of favorites went down hard and fast. (thanks to Patrick Gronemann)
--On our staff, Mike Sawyer went 4-1 (correctly going with Brian Ebersole over Claude Patrick in a fight that was very close) while myself, Bryan, Oliver Copp, Todd Martin and Mike Sempervive were all 3-2 (picking Patrick). Josh Nason was 1-4, violating the rule of thumb that you never pick Tito Ortiz in a fight.
--Fight Night MMA on 2/11 in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. They are noting that the 4,500 seat building is the same site of the Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali's ring name at the time) vs. Sonny Liston fight with the famed phantom punch, which is probably the single thing Lewiston, ME is based known for. Ryan Sanders vs. Dan Keefe, one of the better Northeast independent MMA middleweights, who is moving to welterweight, is the headliner.
--"The Wrestler" is on Ch. 10 on 12/27 at 8:55 p.m. in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
--PWX from last night in York, SC: Adam Page & Chiya Kid b Trevor Lee & Ben Taylor, Joey Janetty b Alex Augermius, Colt Cabana & Jake Manning & Grizzly Redwood b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. & Zane Riley & Mr. Elite, Craig Huffman b Arik Royal, 70 H 4 (managed by Mickie James) b Rhett Titus & Corey Havoc (managed by Amber O'Neil), Jerry Lawler b Matt Classic (Colt Cabana under a mask) (thanks to Michael Carpenter)
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla: Milenium & Stigma b Fuerza Chicana & Sauron, Angel Azteca Jr. & Metalico & Starman b Apocalipsis & Disturbio & Puma King, Amapola & Comandante & Princesa Sugei b Lady Apache & Luna Magica & Marcela, Olimpico & Psicosis & Volador Jr. b Angel de Oro & El Hijo del Fantasma & Valiente, Atlantis & Brazo de Plata & Jushin Liger b Mr. Niebla & Averno & Mephisto (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--This is the third day this week we've gotten something on Judy Arnold. This is a youtube from her 67th birthday party which she put up herself, with her skating and it really shows how well liked she is in her home town of Redding, CA as well as a tribute read about her career which is pretty impressive. 67 is kind of a magic number since in her heyday, she was No. 67 with the Eastern Warriors and she got the number in 1967. It's at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPhOuCgJOQ
(thanks to Steve Means)
--SICW from last night in East Carondolet, IL before 250 fans: LMC d Waco, Jamie Lyte b Max Archer, Kevin X b Bobby D, MsChif b Serenity, Chaz Wesson & Dave Vaughn b Big Texan & Sean Vincent-DQ, Gary Jackson b Chris Hargas, Ricky Cruz b Ron Powers-COR. Both Honky Tonk Man and Lanny Poffo appeared at the show. This show was a TV taping and will complete one full year for the promotion on Charter Cable 8 in the area (thanks to Larry Matysik)
--Jim Ross writes about his trip to Florida for FCW, and that he'd like to get more involved in developmental, as well as the Steve Austin DVD, John Morrison, John Layfield, Kurt Angle and Zack Ryder at http://www.jrsbarbq.com
--The British magazine "Front" in issue #163 there is a Q&A with John Morrison. He claims he's a genuinely amazing freestyle rapper. If he showed up five years earlier, maybe he'd be world champion. When asked the biggest asshole he ever met, he answered "Paris Hilton." (thanks to Steven Grant)
--Shawn Michaels 70 page eBook, "Diary of a Heartbreak Kid," is available for preorder on amazon at http://amzn.to/veGBSm
--Superstars of Wrestling on 2/4 at the GL1 Gloucester Leisure Centre with Wrestling Rampage 2012 featuring such names as Johnny Kidd, Robbie Brookside, Danny Collins, Drew McDonald and James Mason. Kidd, Brookside, Collins and McDonald were all solid stars from the 80s.
--Rapper 40 Glocc who is part of the Urban Wrestling Federation presentation, was arrested in Las Vegas when his girlfriend charged him with nearly choking her to death three times in one day. 40 Glocc, real name Lawrence White, was arrested a few months back but the story just broke on tmz.com Police said he got mad at his girlfriend for "playing him," so it her several times in the head, face, legs and ribs and choked her to where she couldn't speak or breathe, and claimed he strangled her two more times, until he fell asleep. She then called 911. Officers found bruising and swelling all over her face, particularly her throat. She claimed he had abused her for more than one year, but never went too police for fear he would kill her. He was charged with three counts of domestic battery by strangulation and coercion with force.
--NWA Anarchy from last night in Cornelia, GA: Bobby Moore & Andrew Pendleton III b C.B. Gibson & Tommy Daniels, Bo Newsome b Dustin Knight, Johnny Dangerous b Slim J, Shaun Tempers & Azrael b Billy Buck & Skirra Corvus, Adrian Hawkins b Jacob Ashworth, Anthony Henry b John Skyler, Mike Posey & Corey Hollis b Steven Walters & Seth Delay, Mikael Judas b Seven-DQ. Next show is this coming Saturday night with the annual Season's Beatings show with Seven vs. Judas in a no holds barred match and Hollis vs. Posey vs. Delay vs. Steven Walters in a ladder match.
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville: Cody Green b Damien Payne-DQ, Nick Iggy & Mike Revick b Shawn Hoodrich & Charles Jackson III, Wolfie D b White Tiger, L.T. Falk & Gary Valiant b Hoodrich & Jackson & Danny Copass, Josh Crow b Shane Eden, Raven & Tony Falk b Payne & Jocephus, Bryan Casey b Mike Jablonski. Ricky Morton will be on the 12/16 show (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)