Tuesday, 10 January 2012 14:45
By Bryan Alvarez
We're also looking for reports on the WWE weekend shows, which include Friday night in Jackson, MS Saturday night in Tyler, TX and Birmingham, AL and Sunday in San Angelo, TX and Baton Rouge.
Today has the Smackdown tapings in Laredo featuring Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal. Nevertheless, Laredo, a border town, has been one of WWE's strongest markets for many years, with very enthusiastic fans. TNA also tapes TV in Orlando on Tuesday.
-- Dana White during a taping of UFC Tonight on FUEL said that if they put together the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight it will probably take place in Brazil in a huge soccer stadium. The clip never made the air, though it's up on our front page right now.
-- Randy Orton tweeted that he's off to the Bahamas for a family vacation tomorrow. He can work on his tan while rehabbing his back.
--Kurt Angle on the Busted Open Radio Show admitted that Bobby Roode was supposed to win the title at Bound for Glory and they changed the finish that night before they went to the ring. Angle said he was in disbelief at the time, noting that he had a torn hamstring and couldn't really wrestle. He also said he was disappointed in 2010 with how often the show would be written and then Hogan and Bischoff would come in and want things re-written. He said he didn't think they were wrong, and in fact agreed with Hogan's changed 100%, but thought they should have approached Vince Russo about changes earlier in the week.
-- Alex Riley beat Antonio Cesaro (former Claudio Castagnoli, now on the road with WWE) in the dark match at Raw last night. Cesaro was said to look good.
-- If you want to try to meet John Cena in the Fruity Pebbles contest, the link to do so is here. Don't tell Kane.
-- Jesse Ventura has an interview herewhere he demands a retraction from the Navy SEAL who claims he punched Ventura out in a bar a few years back for disrespecting the military.
-- Chris Hero vs. Michael Elgin has been added to “The Homecoming 2012” on January 20th in Philadelphia, PA.
-- From TNA, new foreign TV deals: IMPACT WRESTLING, home to Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, “The Icon” Sting, Kurt Angle and the biggest names in professional wrestling, are delighted to announce that New Zealand’s SKY Television will begin airing flagship program “IMPACT WRESTLING” weekly on the BOX (SKY channel 005), in addition to monthly pay-per-view events which will be available on SKY ARENA. IMPACT WRESTLING will air every Saturday at 9:30pm on the BOX starting Saturday January 21st with New Zealand fans now able to watch stars including Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode and Kurt Angle each Saturday Night. The show will air just one day after the U.S. broadcast to ensure continuity with TNA pay-per-view events which will be broadcast LIVE on SKY ARENA. IMPACT WRESTLING continues its strong growth in Australia. Fuel TV, Australia’s only dedicated 24-hour action sports channel have acquired new programming to complement the weekly screening of IMPACT WRESTLING Saturday Nights at 8:30pm. “Xplosion” and “Greatest Matches” will join the line-up of weekly shows broadcast on Fuel TV. “Xplosion” will air every Saturday Night at 7:30pm AEDT starting January 14th with a special catch up episode airing at 6:30pm AEDT on January 14th. "Xplosion" features exclusive interviews and matches with your favourite Superstars. Get caught up with all the news, results and upcoming matches on IMPACT WRESTLING and monthly pay-per-views events. TNA’s GREATEST MATCHES will feature the very best matches from all the TNA Pay-Per-Views over the last two years and is set to start in February on Fuel TV!
-- UFC on FUEL 2 from Stockholm, Sweden on April 14th has Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Stann, Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Paulo Thiago, DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire, Cyrille Diabate vs. Jorgen Kruth, Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef, Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad, Papy Abedi vs. James Head. Several of the new names here are signees that hail from Sweden.
-- At around noon today, TNA Champion Bobby Roode had a brief phone interview on WCCC FM, in Hartford, CT, with mid-day personality Mike Karolyi. He was plugging the TNA house show coming to the Oakdale in Wallingford, CT, this Thursday night. He came across well, as far as handling the questions given to him. A couple things he mentioned included: that he's been in the buisness since 1998, and some days he feels great, and other mornings, he feels like a 90 year old. He also jokingly asked what the weather forecast will be for Thursday. When the road schedule was brought up, Bobby said he only has 3 off days in the entire month of January. Submitting this news tip: Keith Lagasse of New Britain, CT.
-- Wrestler Austin gives blessing to Tebow?. Even I saw this one coming.
-- We have a great new interview up right now with Johnny Gargano, the current Open the Freedom Gate champion for DGUSA, who headlines what is billed as the final-ever wrestling show at the famed former ECW Arena in Philadelphia this coming weekend versus Rich Swann. The show is available worldwide on iPPV at WWNLive.com. We also talk a bunch of other wacky topics including his match with Brodus Clay on Superstars a few months back, horror films, and more.
-- Whitney has a new Team Viggity after picture up at itapboys.com. More to come in the next few weeks. There is also a package deal in the I Tap Boys store where you can get discounted Viggity training and a sports bra. Viggity's website is up at teamviggity.com, where Whit is now a spokesperson.
-- ZERO1 USA is holding a wrestling camp on Feb 4, 2012 @ 10am in Orlando, FL. The winner will receive round trip airfare to Japan and housing at the Zero1 Dojo. Zero1 Owner - Yoshiyuki Nakamura will be in attendance to evaluate talent, as well as former ZERO1 World Heavyweight Champion The Almighty Sheik, former WWF Tag Team Champions - The Headbangers and many more. For details visit: http://www.prowrestlingfusion.com/zero1-usa-camp-2012/
-- From Chikara: In less than 3 weeks, CHIKARA kicks off Season 11 at Easton's Palmer Center on Saturday night, January 28th. Any CHIKARA fan who brings 3 paying guests with them to the event will be admitted ABSOLUTELY FREE! Our live event experience is without peer, and there's no better way to share it than with friends! So round up three of yours and bring them to The Palmer Center on Saturday night, January 28th. Every fan that brings 3 paying customers with them, we'll admit free to the event! If you already purchased your ticket to the event, and you end up bringing 3 fans with you, we'll refund you the purchase price of your ticket!
-- Josh Nason is working on a big guest for our MMA-themed Figure Four Daily on Wednesday afternoon.
-- Do you think Saturday's UFC 142 will crack 200,000 buys?
Who do you predict to take this fight?
Ronda Rousey 61.7%
Miesha Tate 38.3%
Who is the greatest woman wrestler of all-time?
Manami Toyota 32.7%
Trish Stratus 20.9%
Fabulous Moolah 17.9%
Bull Nakano 9.4%
Mildred Burke 7.0%
Akira Hokuto 7.0%
Chigusa Nagayo 2.7%
Lioness Asuka 1.0%
June Byers 0.9%
Jaguar Yokota 0.6%
--Who do you expect to win this match?
Jose Aldo Jr. 81.3%
Chad Mendes 18.7%
-- A correction to the Monday Update note on the front page. Rosita will not be going to London for the TNA tapings. Apparently they left her off. Both Scott Epstein and WrestleReunion are now making her appearance at the convention official as Epstein is bringing her in through his vendor.
-- Photos of Torrie Wilson and Alex Rodriguez frolicking here. So yeah, she's in shape.
-- WrestleReuion has announced that American Icons and Autographs will be bringing in Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and Larry Zbyszko to the Los Angeles event. This will be the second year Zbyszko will appear at the LA event, having been a VIP guest in 2010 during which he wrestled on the Ring of Honor show. Beefcake and Zbyszko join Greg "The Hammer" Valentine and Lanny Poffo, both of whom were previously announced. Thanks to Daniel.
-- MEXPW will be having a vendor at the convention as well. They will be brining Supreme, Messiah, and Kris Kloss.
-- Wide Open Wrestling wishes to announce a tribute show for professional wrestler the Ugandan Giant Kamala, to be held at Buck’s Celebration Center 209 W. Stateline, S. Fulton, TN (across from Buck’s Party Mart) on Sunday January 15, 2012 at 5PM. The proceeds from this event will be donated to Kamala to help with accumulating medical bills from three recent surgeries as a result, amputation of his left leg forcing him to retire.
-- Mick Foley makes a one-night-only stand-up appearance at the Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham, AL on 01/12 at 7:30.
-- On Saturday, January 14, 2012, Kid Kash will be facing off against Jerry Lynn in a return grudge match at Crossfire Entertainment’s Wrestling Revival at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds Sports Arena.
-- Mixed Martial Arts is back in a big way at California's largest fitness event, The Los Angeles Fitness Expo Saturday and Sunday, January 28-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Halls G & H. The Expo will feature two full days of MMA seminars and interactive demonstrations where attendees can learn from the best in the sport, up close and personal. The latest in fight gear and clothing will be featured on the exhibit floor.
-- MLW Radio has a new show up at: www.MLW.com and on iTunes with Harry "Brakuss" Smith. Harry talks with Mister Saint Laurent about his future in pro wrestling and MMA, training at a haunted New Japan dojo, mentoring by Bret, WWE being shady, WWE's logic behind not using the name Harry Smith, MMA training with Dave Bautista, cramming for high school exams during MLW tours, origins of BRAKUSS and a lot more.
-- New interview with Court McGee up here.
-- The Weekly Wrestling and MMA Showfirst episode up here.
-- Over the Top Radio looks at Ric Flair here.