SAT. UPDATE: Cena talks whether he's at PPV, Lesnar & Overeem plug bout, new WWE shows; Austin,Hulk



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        Showtime has a doubleheader tonight starting at 9 p.m. with the Carl Froch vs. Andre Ward Super Six Final from Atlantic City as the lead-in for Strikeforce from San Diego.

        Tonight's Strikeforce lineup:

        Prelims (not available on television or Internet)

Chris Brown (170) vs. Herman Terrado (170.5)

Fernando Gonzalez (186) vs. Eddie Mendez (186)

Devin Cole (248) vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones (265)

Roger Bowling (170) vs. Jerron Peoples (180.5)

Caros Fodor (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (156)

        Live fights on Showtime at 10:30 p.m.:

Billy Evangelista (156) vs. K.J. Noons (156)

Ovince St. Preux (206) vs. Gegard Mousasi (206)

Cris Cyborg (145) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145) for women's featherweight title

Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155) for lightweight title

*Peoples missed weight by 10.5 pounds.  Before weigh-ins, he had told Bowling's camp that he wasn't going to be able to make weight and they made an agreement where he would get to 179.  Well, he even missed that.  So he was find 20% of his purse and Bowling's camp agreed to allow the fight to go on.

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--Gabriel Gonzaga is back with UFC and will be fighting on the 1/14 show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil against Edinaldo Oliveira.  Gonzaga is a late replacement for Rob Broughton.  Gonzaga was cut one year ago after losing to Brendan Schaub, but he has a famous 2007 win over Mirko Cro Cop and headlined by PPV with Randy Couture for the heavyweight title.
 
--Tickets go on sale for UFC Fight Club members on Monday at 10 a.m. for the 3/3 show in Sydney, Australia at the Allphones Arena.  If you're not a member, you can get tickets on Tuesday at 10 a.m. using the code word UFCAUSSIE and they go on sale to the public on Wednesday.  The main event is Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann, plus the first round of the flyweight title tournament with Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani and Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall.
 
--Booker T did an interview with the Baltimore Sun saying he's not going to be wresting full-time with twin babies and he's happy with what he's doing right now.  He said he's having a tough time becoming a commentator and is really not that excited about being in the ring and said he considers this like a last hurrah.  He said the staff has helped him a lot on announcing and at first didn't think he was going to make it.  Story is at http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/pro-wrestling/bs-sp-wwe-booker-t-1218-20111216,0,4135577.story

--Cinemax is airing the debut of the movie "Beatdown" which features Michael Bisping and Bobby Lashley tonight at 10 p.m.
 
and also on Boomer & Carton plugging the show at http://www.msg.com/videos/mick-foley-wfans-boomer-carton-on-msg-1216.79276  Foley said it hasn't been since the late 90s when so many young guys were hitting their stride all at the same time, noting Rhodes, Ziggler, Miz, Wade Barrett, Shamus and Punk.    
 
--There is a lengthy interview with Cowboy Bob Ellis, now 82, who was one of the biggest stars of the 60s.  Joe Garagiola listed Rip Hawk, Gene Kiniski and Cowboy Bob Ellis as the three guys he remembers most when he got his announcing break as a wrestling announcer.  For those who don't know Garagiola, he was one of the most famous television stars of his era as NBC's baseball announcer and sometimes host of the Tonight show during the 70s.  Anyway, story is at http://www.examiner.com/fight-sport-in-national/cowboy-bob-ellis-interview-part-1
 
--A story on Lance Storm visiting his old high school in North Bay, ONT, and talking to students about staying away from drugs and steroids is at http://www.nugget.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3407272
 
 
--Tully Blanchard has been added to the 2012 NWA Fan Fest in Charlotte from 8/2 to 8/5.  He joins the previously announced Magnum T.A. in attending.
 
--Jens Pulver was knocked out by a knee to the head by Tim Elliot in the second round in last night on Resurrection Fighting Alliance show 
 
--Empire Wrestling from last night in Avondale Estates, GA:  Jay Fury & Chip Day & Pandora & Hayden Young & Phantom b Campus Strike Force, Terry Lawler b Zackary Blane, Fred Yehi b Warhorse 3.14, Sylar Cross & Master Jae DCOR Jon & Trey Williams, Jagged Edge b Eric Walker, Dany Only b Kyle Matthews, Nemesis b Seth Delay, Mason b Zach Daniels, Shane Marx b Tommy Daniels.  Next show is Friday night at the Academy Theater.
--Xtreme Fighting Championships comes 2/10 to the Knoxville City Coliseum for a show that will air live on HDNet.  Jamie Varner will be headlining the show. 
 
--The next CHIKARA show will be 1/28 at the Palmer Center in Easton, PA.  They also have some posters autographed by Aja Kong and Manami Toyota and other items stemming from Joshimania at http://myworld.ebay.com/chikarawrestling2007/
 
--Squared Circle Wrestling on 1/28 at the Variety Village Children's Gymnasium in Scarborough, ONT.  All seats are $20 with all proceeds going to the Variety Village Children's Charity.  Michael Elgin, Tyson Dux and Pepper Parks are among those appearing.
 
--Peter Paulsen is looking for a regular supplier of Japanese women's pro wrestling DVDs and looking to hear from people who have large collections at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Octagon & La Parka defend the Mexican national tag titles against Silver Kain & Chessman in the main event of the Christmas night show at Arena Naucalpan. 
 
--NYWC from last night in Deer Park, NY:  John Silver won three-way over AR Fox and Papadon, Tony Burma & Mega b Juicy Justin & Da Fireman, Francis Kipland Stevens b Victor Cruz, Rob Vegas & Azerial & Bandido Jr. b Spyder & J.T. Kasin & Braydon Knight, Alex Reynolds b Tony Nese, Stockade & Mikey Whipwreck & Rex Lawless b Michael Mansfield & DJ Phat Pat & Danny E, Nikki Syxx b Marti Belle, Apollyon b John Silver.  Next show is 1/6 at the Northport Middle School and 1/21 in Deer Park at the Sportatorium.