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        Tonight's Impact lineup:
Bobby Roode vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title
Hernandez & Rob Terry vs. Scott Steiner & Abyss in Wild Card tag tourney first round
Zema Ion vs. Tony Nese in the first of a best of three series for a shot at Austin Aries' X title
Gunner vs. Farewell to Jesse Neal
Samoa Joe vs. Magnus vs. Douglas Williams & Robbie E in Wild Card tag tourney first round
Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray
        Superstars for tonight:
Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger
Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. Primo & Epico in a non-title match
Justin Gabriel vs. Drew McIntyre
Trent Baretta vs. Hunico
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        We also have a blow by blow on Alistair Overeem and drug testing.  We look at the schedule of tests he has to take, as well as a time line of everything that has gone down in the last month, why people are suspicious, Overeem's growth, Overeem's success and how this could affect the outcome of Lesnar vs. Overeem as well as handicapping the fight.
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--Notes on a show where fans picked the main event matches
--Major show featuring a ton of big stars canceled and why
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--Why early 2012 will be challenging for UFC on PPV
--Lots of new UFC matches
--Forrest Griffin talks about his career winding down and Tito Ortiz
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--Showtime and Strikeforce announced a deal for 6-8 shows in 2012, likely on Saturday night.  The shows will be done differently, as the new shows starting on 1/7 will have prelims on Showtime Extreme from 8-10 p.m. with the top matches airing from 10 p.m. on Showtime.  There will be no separate Challengers events shows as in the past, as the prelims will largely be what the Challengers events were.  The heavyweight division will be dropped in Showtime with the top guys moving to UFC.  Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett will still fight for the finals for the Grand Prix tournament, likely in March.  The winner of that will have one more fight on Showtime.  Both women's divisions are being kept.  So the idea is no longer for Cris Cyborg to drop to 135, which never made sense since she has a hard enough time getting to 145.  Dana White will be more involved in both the promotion and the production of Strikeforce events.  He'll work with David Dinkins Jr. of Showtime in handling the production.
--On Saturday, it's going to be a doubleheader with Carl Froch vs. Andre Ward in the Super Six final from Atlantis City on Showtime followed by the Strikeforce show from San Diego, which is why Strikeforce's TV won't start until 10:30 p.m.
--Brock Lesnar's name was on the court docket on a hunting violation charge today in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  Fish and Wildlife officials charged Lesnar and Chad Stryker with three counts of violating the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Act--improper affixation of tags, spoilage of skin and edible flesh and possession of a controlled animal.  The charges were continued until 1/19.  Neither Lesnar nor Stryker were in court. 
--The Expendables 2 will be released on 8/17 with a cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  No Steve Austin.  The first version did $274 million worldwide.
--Weigh-ins for Strikeforce will be at 4 p.m. tomorrow in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center 
--In the World Misleading Headline of the Year award, a web site called has a headline:  "Wife leaves Brutus Beefcake amidst gay wrestling scandal."  The lead talks about Barbara Leslie leaving Ed Leslie after discovering he had an affair and insinuating it was with Hogan.  Of course, in the quotes from Barbara Leslie, she made it clear she didn't believe Ed and Hulk have a sexual relationship other than made a joke "I thought he left me for a woman, now I'm not so sure."  She made it clear she doesn't believe Ed and Hulk were ever lovers and that she does believe he had several affairs during their marriage, but with women.       
--Not much to this, but a story on whether cable execs are worried about UFC putting big fights on Fox is at
--Shawn Michaels has gotten an endorsement deal with Under Armour for 2012.
--Michaels will be doing a Q&A tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time at 
--Tajiri was announced as a new guest at WrestleReunion on 1/27 to 1/29 in Los Angeles at the Airport Westin.  He will be a vendor guest brought in by RF Video and wrestling on the Saturday night show in a tag team with Mikey Whipwreck.  Mascarita Dorada was also announced as wrestling on the Saturday night show as well as the Sunday afternoon PWG show. (thanks to Daniel Short)
--The Score in Canada will be airing a four-hour WWE marathon on 12/31 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. airing two episodes of Vintage Collection and a replay of the Smackdown show from the night before.
--The on-line pre sale for the 2012 Elimination Chamber PPV show from Milwaukee's Bradley Center takes place starting at 10 p.m. tomorrow with the code CAGE.
--Google released annual U.K. status in a bunch of categories regarding searches.  In "Fastest Rising Sports Term," which would basically mean things searched for that were never searched for in the past (meaning big name athletes for years or major annual events wouldn't make the list), WrestleMania 27 was no. 7 and Randy Savage was No. 9.  Wimbledon did make the list as "Wimbledon 2011."  No. 1 was Haye vs. Klitschko. (thanks to Brett Birks and Stephen Lyon)
--Mick Foley has a comedy club show tonight in Long Island at the McGuires Comedy Club.  All money will go toward homeless children getting Christmas presents.  All tickets will include being able to meet with Foley.  
--Blue Panther was given a two week suspension by the Distrito Federal Box y Lucha commission for using a tombstone piledriver on Negro Casas this past Friday night.  However, since Panther vs. Felino in a hair vs. hair match is the main event for tomorrow night's Sin Piedad show at Arena Mexico, the suspension will begin on Saturday.
--Gunner, Pope and A.J. Styles left after the TV tapings for Mexico where they will be part of Guerra de Titanes tomorrow night in Puebla, which is AAA's last major event of the year.
--Scott Steiner, Abyss, Magnus and Chavo Guerrero are booked for the India tour where they will be taping a ton of television over the next week for airing in India.
--What do you think is the real main event for the TLC PPV?
Punk vs. Cena vs. Del Rio 65.8%
HHH vs. Nash 12.3%
Ryder vs. Ziggler 11.5%
Booker T vs. Rhodes 5.8%
Mark Henry vs. Big Show 4.4%
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett 0.3%
--What early 2012 UFC main event are you most interested in?
Ben Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 44.1%
Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz 34.8%
Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis 12.7%
Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Chad Mendes 3.2%
Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger 1.3%
Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller 0.6%
Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann 0.3%
--Poll on Tribute to the Troops
Excellent 31.8%
Good 31.0%
Average 16.3%
Fair 6.2%
Poor 15.1%
        53.3% of those responding didn't see the show      
--Respect Your Universe, a clothing company, has signed on as an official UFC event sponsor.  They will be the named sponsor for five PPV shows over the next year starting with the 12/30 Lesnar vs. Overeem show.  This consists of the logo on display at the shows, live announcements of the brand during the bouts, TV promotion, web site tie-ins and their inventory will also be sold on the UFC web site.
--Today's Chuck Langerman daily trivia concerns Vickie Guerrero.  Vickie Lara grew up in El Paso and graduated in 1986 from Clint High School.  She was a dancer and a cheerleader growing up.  She graduated from Allied Medical College with a certificate in Medical Billing.  From 1986-1988 she was a cheerleader for the El Paso Diablos minor league baseball team.  She met Eddy Guerrero on a blind date.
--A web site called came out up with a list of the "Guys we wish we were in 2011" which included Georges St. Pierre was No. 21 (what, you wish to have 3 major injuries and reconstructive knee surgery, plus have probably $10 million you were expecting to make vanish?), Manny Pacquiao was No. 20, Dwayne Johnson was No. 17 and C.M. Punk was No. 5.  Ryan Gosling was No. 1. 
--Dead Serious 2 on on Saturday night at 7 p.m. from the Rahway Rec Center in New Jersey is an MMA show headlined by R.J. Starace vs. Daniel Carbonel.
--Ring of Fire will be on on Saturday night at 9 p.m. from Broomfield, CO, headlined by Tyler Toner (12-3) vs. Nick macias (9-4), plus former IFL champion Ryan Schultz and Michelle "Bobcat" Blalock. 
--There will also be a signing and toy drive from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday at the First Bank Center in Broomfield featuring UFC stars Donald Cerrone, Duane Ludwig, Ed Herman as well as Joe Warren, Eliot Marshall and Chris Camozzi. also has two pro wrestling events this weekend, PWO Brawl in the Hall on Saturday night at 6 p.m., and Impact Zone Wrestling on Saturday night at 8 p.m.  
--New Era Wrestling on Saturday night in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club.
--New England Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Blackstone, MA at the Millersville Men's Club with Bobby Fish vs. Brian Fury.   
--3XW on 12/30 in Des Moines at the Barratta's Forte Center for Holiday Havoc 3 headlined by Mark Sterling vs. Jeremy Wyatt and Arik Cannon vs. Jimmy Rockwell.
--CWE Fan Appreciation night tomorrow night in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall.  There is also an after party at Alvie in the District.  If you have a ticket to the wrestling show you get free VIP entry into the party.
--A correction from yesterday. The movie "The Wrestler" will be airing on Ch. 10 in Australia on Saturday night at 8:55 p.m., not on 12/27. 
--On The Soup, they aired a clip of the week from the finish of the four-way match on Raw on Monday with Dolph Ziggler vs Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Zack Ryder.
--Che Mills and John Hathaway are guests along with referee Marc Goddard on The Cage, talking the 2011 year in review at   
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory.
--Future Stars of Wrestling on tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern featuring Reno Scum vs. Kenny King vs. Leon Hater.
--The PTC is back in the news saying that NBC has tossed its principles out the window by hiring Howard Stern as a judge on "America's Got Talent."
--A company called is doing a Fantasy MMA deal where you draft teams, have a salary cap, and you get points for wins and losses of your fighters in real shows, as well as points for punches, takedowns, reversals, knockdowns, submissions, etc.  Randy Couture was part of the 50-person field in UFC 140 and finished 16th.
--HWA on Saturday night in Hamilton, OH at the Great Miami Events Center with Jesse Emerson vs. Jake Crist for the heavyweight title and a TLC match with Ron Mathis vs. Dace Crist, plus Drake Younger vs. B.J. Whitmer.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?