SUN. UPDATE: Tonight's PPV preview;Lesnar vs. Overeem update;WWE Major show tonight;2 awards shows



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        We're also looking for reports from the WWE Tribute to the Troops show tonight in Fayetteville as well as last night's WWE Raw house show in North Charleston, SC.
 
        TNA Final Resolution will take place on Sunday in Orlando:
Bobby Roode vs. A.J. Styles in a 30 minute Iron man match for the TNA title - This may be a challenge particuarly if it goes on last because the Impact Zone crowd has been tough on a lot of the main events of late including the Roode vs. Styles headliner at the last PPV.  On paper, you've got two really good workers but this isn't a slam dunk.  They ended TV with Styles having a knee injury so that may play a part in the story of the bout.

Kurt Angle vs. James Storm - Much depends on Angle's health.  Angle hasn't wrestled since October and if he's close to ready than this match should be very good.  These two are coming off a great TV match which is really where Storm's big push emanated from, everyone being so impressed with how good that match was.

Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett - Cage match with new stips, If Hardy wins, he gets a title shot in January on PPV and either Jeff or Karen Jarrett leave TNA.  If Jarrett wins, then Hardy leaves TNA.  The only way to win is to escape the cage.  Hardy is battling back problems so is limited but Jarrett is good enough that the match should be decent if not good. 

Matt Morgan & Crimson vs. Pope & Devon for the tag titles - Their TV brawl on Thursday was not encouraging when it comes to these four jelling together. 

Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash for the X title - Almost surely a good match here.  Plus Kash is into his persona more than most, they'll be up early when the crowd is fresh, so even though it is a heel vs. heel dynamic, Kash will likely be the de facto face for the night.

Gail Kim vs. Mickie James for the Knockouts title - Should be one of the better women's matches on PPV in a while.

RVD vs. Christopher Daniels - The styles didn't mesh all that well last month.  This is their second chance.

Robbie E vs. Eric Young for the TV title - The usual Eric Young comedy that almost always works with the live crowd.

        Because the main event is so long, if it comes through, it should be a good card because enough of the underneath stuff should come through.  But people are likely expecting a great main event with them going 30:00.  I think a lot of the judgment of the show itself will depend on how well the crowd reacts to the Roode vs. Styles match.
 
        The World MMA Awards airs tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.
 
        Raw will be a three-hour Slammy Award special show from Norfolk.  The main event will be Mark Henry vs. John Cena.
 
        TNA will be taping Impact on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this coming week. They will be taping four shows in total for air dates from 12/15 to 1/5.
 
        Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Raleigh.
 
        WWE Tribute to the Troops airs from 9-11 p.m. Tuesday night on the USA Network.
 
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        We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week, including the most details on Raw over the past two weeks, with segment-by-segment breakdowns with a lot of notes regarding what wrestlers are drawing ratings and what wrestlers are making people change the channel.  We also have the same for Impact and Ultimate Fighter finals. 

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--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
 
--Mexico ratings
 
--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
 
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--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
 
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--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
 
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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.
 
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--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
Excellent 10.7%
Good 47.6%
Average 20.4%
Fair 2.9%
Poor 18.4%
        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)

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