FRI UPDATE: Weekend schedule, Dave on Mrs. Cyborg, developmental talent going on the road, surprise visit to FCW, Angela Mosca talks brawl on TV today, tons more



By Bryan Alvarez

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A light weekend schedule heading into the holiday season.

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Tonight also has the final two major shows of the year in Mexico. AAA has Guerra de Titanes from the baseball stadium in Puebla with Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park for the Latin American heavyweight title, Drago & Jack Evans & Fenix vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. & Hector Garza & Halloween, Mesias vs. A.J. Styles (If Mesias wins, he gets a title shot at Jeff Jarrett, but if he loses he can't get a shot), Cibernetico & Electroshock & Zorro vs. Octagon & La Parka & Silver Kain, Psycho Circus vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero & Gunner & Chessman, Extreme Tiger & Joe Lider vs Nicho & X-Fly in a flaming tables match, Pimpinela Escarlata defends the Reina de Reinas title against Sexy Star in a lumberjack match and minis with Mascarita Divina & Mascarita Dorada & Octagoncito vs. Mini Chessman & Mini Histeria & Mini Psicosis.

CMLL has Sin Piedad from Arena Mexico with Blue Panther vs. Felino in a hair vs. hair match, plus the return of Marco Corleone teaming with Maximo & Rush vs. Negro Casas & Rey Bucanero & Mr. Niebla. Saturday's big show is Strikeforce on Showtime starting at 10:30 p.m. (after the Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch boxing match) with Gilbert Melendez vs. Jorge Masvidal for the lightweight title, Cris Cyborg vs. Hiroko Yamanaka for the women's featherweight title, Ovince St. Preux vs. Gegard Mousasi and K.J. Noons vs. Billy Evangelista.

WWE runs a Saturday night house show in New York at the Nassau Coliseum.

Sunday is the TLC PPV from Baltimore with C.M. Punk defending the WWE title against The Miz and Alberto Del Rio in a three way TLC match, Mark Henry vs. Big Show in a chairs match for the World title, Kevin Nash vs. HHH in a ladder match, Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett in a tables match, Cody Rhodes vs. Booker T for the IC title and Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the U.S. title. Nothing announced for John Cena at this point.

Monday night Raw is from Philadelphia.

Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Richmond, VA.

        We have a number of holiday specials that will continue until Christmas for those of you looking at a wrestling present for family or friends, or even enemies if you wish.
 
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        We've got notes on more plans regarding the WWE Network, including a first year budget, where money would come in, when the idea of the network really started and what negotiation period many years ago caused Vince McMahon to feel that he needed to do the network.  We look at more of the problems facing it, as well as why the difference between the makeup of wrestling fans in another era and this era makes interest in the network itself more of an issue.  We look at notes on other similar networks as well as the end of WWE Classics on Demand.
 
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--CMLL's last major event of the year including the hair match
 
--The end of Jushin Liger in CMLL
 
--Two new wrestlers show up at AAA's press conference and the storyline they are doing
 
--Recruiting for wrestlers leaving CMLL
 
--Notes on a big house show and why things may be looking up in parts of Mexico
 
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--One of the world's best wrestlers tears ACL and is about to have surgery and will be out for months
 
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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
 
--Hall of Fame wrestler tries to outdo Cena and Rock, sets up challenge for a gimmick match in 2017
 
--Potential end of wrestling in one of the U.S.' most famous arenas
 
--More on Abdullah the Butcher including his response to the lawsuit claiming he infected Devon Nicholson with Hepatitis C
 
--Legendary 80s name having fund raisers to pay medical bills for new surgery
 
--Autobiography just released on Hall of Famer
 
--Danny Davis talks about losses in trying to keep OVW afloat since WWE pulled out
 
--Notes on the current state of WWE developmental
 
--Update on Chris Hero
 
--Longtime star has final U.S. match this past week
 
--Member of famous wrestling family just releases autobiography
 
--Why Nick Gulas used to claim that he saved the wrestling business
 
--Another famous wrestling family is about to debut a 4th generation member after he finishes high school this year
 
--Update on Fit Finlay
 
--Huge newspaper article talks about old days when wrestling was at its peak and notes on many of the biggest names
 
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--Update on ROH Final Battle show
 
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--Notes on the TNA related promotion in India that starts taping this week including the roster
 
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--Karen Jarrett talks about her background as a wrestling fan
 
--Karen Jarrett talks Vickie Guerrero
 
--Eric Bischoff rips on Linda Bollea
 
--TNA wrestler films reality show pilot
 
--Notes on the next several weeks of TNA tapings.
 
--Lots of notes on the background of Miguel Torres being fired and how it all went down including comments from Dana White
 
--Business notes on the last show in Las Vegas
 
--More details on the tournament to crown the first UFC flyweight champion
 
--Big fight among smaller guys signed
 
--How business is going for the first UFC show in Japan in more than a decade
 
--More on the Showtime/Strikeforce negotiations and how that impacts future bookings
 
--Details of the first foreign season of Ultimate Fighter and where it's airing
 
--How this foreign Ultimate Fighter differs from the Spike version and how it will be the same
 
--GSP denied in major award
 
--Notes on a lot of January UFC programming and where it will be
 
--Lineups for upcoming Strikeforce shows
 
--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
 
--Why Fedor is facing Ishii in Japan
 
--Update on the New Year's Eve show in Japan
 
--Former UFC star gets into major trouble overseas with the law and is posting on Facebook while trying to keep from being arrested
 
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-- Dave has a great article on Mrs. Cyborg, who defends her 145-pound title against Hiroki Yamanaka tomorrow night on Showtime, here.

-- New interview with Dave Batista heretalking whether he'll return to wrestling anytime soon, his MMA/jiu-jitsu career, why people don't take Miz seriously, and more.

-- Seth Rollins, the former Tyler Black, goes on the road with WWE starting after Christmas.

-- Story hereabout Linda Hogan and her 23-year-old boyfriend Charlie Hill (he used to go to school with Brooke) attempting to fix their ailing relationship.

-- "Mr. Pec-Tacular" Jessie Godderz, who is under a TNA deal, debuted for OVW TV last night. He's one of the guys who has been sent to Louisville by the company to train.

-- Pee Wee Herman stopped by WWE developmental yesterday.

-- At the end of the last episode for 2011, Miz was part of the guest highlights when Psych returns with new episodes starting in February. Thanks to those who sent.

-- Angelo Mosca is on Dr. Phil today discussing his brawl with Joe Kapp a few weeks back. If you haven't seen it, video of the incident is up here(and about a million other places). They asked Kapp to do the show as well and he turned it down.

-- Chris writes: I just wanted to send a quick note that on tonight's episode of the Mentalist, the criminal wears a lucha libre mask very similar to Mil Mascaras. I think they called him the lucha libre bandit.

-- Smackdown tonight has Zach Ryder & Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler & Wade Barrett (got great reviews), Cody Rhodes vs. Daniel Bryan, Big Show vs. Dolph Ziggler, Alicia Fox vs. Natalya, Epico & Primo vs. Usos, Ted DiBiase vs. Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal vs. Sheamus (thank God there was no finish on Raw or people wouldn't care about this match).

-- Zack Ryder's latest Youtube show is up here.

-- JR's latest blog is up here.

-- Alex Marvez has a story on Shelton Benjamin up here.

-- This guyvery pissed off at the WWE and UFC and their usage of Twitter.

-- Audio inteview with Kyle Watson up here.

-- WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

-- Cody Rhodes and the WWE bring a different kind of action to the troops

-- What genre will have the biggest PPV of 2012?
Boxing 42.5%
UFC 34.6%
WWE 22.9%

Which genre will have the highest rated TV show of 2012?
UFC 69.4%
WWE 25.2%
Boxing 5.4%

Will UFC gain in popularity in 2012
Yes 47.9%
No 21.4%
Stay the same 30.7%

Who wins this fight?
Brock Lesnar 67.1%
Alistair Overeem 32.9%

-- Sean Waltman, aka X-Pac, is keeping track of upcoming wrestler-hosted parties (Royal Rumble, etc., including his own and one with Billy Gunn), here.

-- From EVOLVE Wrestling: "The wrestling related tenants of The Asylum Arena (former ECW Arena) are meeting with the new ownership in the next few days. We should know more about the future of the building then. As it stands now, EVOLVE 10 is the last scheduled wrestling event in that historic venue."

-- I Tap Boys is offering their sports bras at 25% off this week at itapboys.com. By far the most popular item outside of the hoodies, and a great gift for any girl you know who trains MMA or jiu-jitsu. Available in blue, pink and black and red.

-- Bret Hart video interview talking characters in wrestling here. I think the most notable thing about it is the fact that the man interviewing him is named "Vezzy Parmesan".

-- Insane Clown Posse ‘Big Ballas Christmas Party’ – LIVE Event Only, Saturday, December 17, 2011, St. Andrew’s Hall in Detriot, Michigan

-- Starrcade part 3 with Ed and friends heretonight.

-- NWA Top Rope will be having their show next week on Sunday, December 25, 2011, at the Corsica Joe Arena. For more information on NWA Top Rope, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NWATopRope.

-- If you are in the Bothell/Woodinville area and looking to train Gracie jiu-jitsu, our school has a new website up here. We are a Pedro Sauer affiliate, and the school also runs karate and kickboxing classes.

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