By Bryan Alvarez
Tomorrow will be UFC 142 from Rio de Janeiro:
Facebook fight starting at 7 p.m. Eastern
Felipe Arantes (145) vs. Antonio Carvalho (144)
On FX at 8 p.m.
Ricardo Funch (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)
Yuri Alcantara (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146)
Gabriel Gonzaga (250) vs. Ednaldo Oliveira (229)
Sam Stout (155) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)
Live on PPV at 10 p.m.
Edson Barboza (154) vs. Terry Etim (155)
Carlo Prater (170) vs. Erick Silva (169)
Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Anthony Johnson (197)
Jose Aldo Jr. (145) vs. Chad Mendes (144) for featherweight title
Saturday also has Raw in Sacramento, Smackdown in Vancouver, BC and TNA in Reading, PA.
Sunday has a Raw house show in Oakland and a Smackdown house show in Prince George, BC.
Monday is the live Raw from Las Vegas, featuring Chris Jericho not talking, Kane and John Cena continuing their terrible angle, Brodus Clay actually being there and Zack Ryder being out with a worked injury most likely.
Tuesday will be Smackdown from Las Vegas.
A note that everyone who subscribes to the site this month will get the biggest issue of the year, the 2011 Wrestling Observer Awards issue that is coming out in a few weeks.
-- As noted on the front page, Anthony Johnson not only missed weight for tomorrow's UFC 142, but he "badly" missed weight. He walks around very heavy and always had trouble making 170, where he was absolutely gigantic in the cage, and this fight was taking place at 185 to help avoid those issues. A few days ago he was 215 and claimed he'd have no problem making 185. He stepped on the scale today and was 197. He must forfeit 20% of his purse to Belfort and there will be a stipulation. He will be weighed immediately before going into the cage with Saturday night, and if he is one pound over 205 (for a 185-pound fight – welcome to MMA), the fight will be canceled live on PPV.
-- There is a big Stephanie McMahon profile in the new Entertainment Weekly.
-- The Cubsfan writes about the death of MS-1 in a car accident here.
-- Kris Zellner writes: One of the true legends of lucha libre in the 1980's & 1990's, Pablo Fuentes Reyna also known as MS-1 one of the original Infernales with Satanico & Espectro Jr. passed away today in an auto accident. MS-1 debuted under his own name on July 12, 1978 and made enough of an impact early on the indy scene that he was signed by EMLL the next March. He was given a new gimmick called MS-1 and had a partner in MS-2 but he was so good that he was soon pushed as a singles wrestler not too long after. MS-1 had a Boba Fett from Star Wars type look going on and he rose up the rudo scale feuding with the top tecnicos of the day before having a mask match with Rayo de Jalisco Jr. on 7/2/82 with Rayo coming out victorious. EMLL loved his look so they wanted to get the mask off of him to show off his facial features and he became a rudo idol figure among the ladies. MS-1 would then launch into an legendary feud with Sangre Chicana that went for over 2 years basically and they had two of the greatest hair matches of the decade on 9/23/83 & 9/21/84 with MS-1 coming out as a loser in both but the matches were so great that he was still perceived a winner by the fans. During this time period, EMLL wanted to capitalize on the emerging popularity of the trios in UWA such as the original Los Misionarios de la Muerte (Negro Navarro/El Signo/El Texano) that they grouped up MS-1, Espectro Jr., & Satanico to become Los Infernales but they didn't become legendary until Pirata Morgan took Espectro's place to form the definitive version of the faction. MS-1 still had singles success throughout this run though taking the NWA World Lt. Heavyweight Title on numerous occassions in classic matches with Ringo Mendoza, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., & Cien Caras but those matches were still overshadowed by the feud between Los Infernales & Los Brazos (El Brazo/Brazo de Oro/Brazo de Plata) over the newly created Mexican National Trios Titles over 1985 & 1986 but in October of that year, Pirata Morgan left the Infernales to form Los Bucaneros with his brothers Hombre Bala & Verdugo so he was replaced by Masakre and the Infernales kept going strong as Masakre & MS-1 tagged up together to take Mexican National Tag Titles from Cien Caras & Mascara Ano Dos Mil on 3/26/87 and held them for over a year before losing to Angel Azteca & Atlantis on 4/6/88. This was the beginning of the end of the Infernales as Satanico was becoming a singles star and Masakre & MS-1 started feuding with each other with MS-1 taking Masakre's hair on 6/17/88. The definitive Infernales would ride again though in 1991 as Pirata rejoined MS-1 & Satanico and they became the first CMLL Trios Champions beating their old foes Los Brazos on 11/22/91 and then launched into a feud with Masakre who now was a member of another great trio in Los Intocables with Jaque Mate & Pierroth for the titles for the next year. This was a newish concept as it was rudos against rudos and these teams hated each other with a passion as they had some of the bloodiest brawls of the era. Brazos & Infernales kept going though as well during this time and their matches were as fierce as ever as well and this was considered part of the golden age of trios wrestling. MS-1 stayed loyal to EMLL throughout the boom of AAA in the mid 90's as both Pirata Morgan & Satanico would cross over and comeback until 1996 when MS-1 finally left on his own terms actually joining AAA of all things under another gimmick as Kripter. His last high profile match was dropping his hair to rising star Hector Garza on 11/27/95 at Arena Puebla. MS-1 then went into a semi-retirement as he started promoting shows in Naucalpan and eventually just disappeared all together over the last decade although he has been teaching lucha libre at a school in Huamantla. MS-1's triumps included taking the scalps of El Egipcio, Herodes, Negro Navarro, & Masakre and holding the NWA World Lt. Heavyweight Title on two occassions, Distrito Federal Heavyweight Title, Mexican National Trios Titles, & CMLL Trios Titles. Descanse en Paz el Eme Ese Uno.
-- There is a fundraising page up herein memory of Alex Whybrow, aka Larry Sweeney, who commited suicide last year. Karen Van Den Hende is doing a walk to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
-- The April 3rd Impact taping at Universal Studios will go head-to-head with WWE Smackdown, which will also be taping in Orlando at the Amway Center that night.
-- The New York Times reviews Fake It So Real, a documentary about the indy group MWF.
-- Spike is counterprogramming against UFC on FX 1 next week. The FX show is headlined by Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard, so from 7 to midnight on Spike they'll be running, yes, a Melvin Guillard marathon.
-- Dixie Carter talks hereabout how this is likely Sting's last year as an active wrestler. Seeing as to how he's wanted to stop being an active wrestler for a few years and it's always Dixie throwing huge money at him that gets him to return, this might really be it this time.
-- Hogan claims herethat he's going to shave his beard and moustache. I'll believe it when I see it. Thanks to Pete in Maryland.
-- New JR blog up here.
-- Whitney's appearance on Glove Up or Shut Up Radio is up here. As of today, hers is the second most-listened-to episode in history behind only UFC fighter Krzysztof Soszynski. She talks jiu-jitsu, the Team Viggity diet and training experience, Mrs. Cyborg, cats and more. Her Team Viggity journey with before and after pics, a diary and more are up here.
-- Gabe Sapolsky blogs about the final-ever ECW Arena show here.
-- Story on new WWE signee Britani Knight here.
-- Story hereon the legacy of Brock Lesnar in MMA and pro-wrestling.
-- Same author hereon the death of wrestling at the old ECW Arena.
-- Interesting story on Gina Carano here, where it's noted that for Haywire they digitally altered her voice to make it lower.
-- Jim writes: Mick Foley performed at the Stardome Comedy Club in Birmingham last night. I figured with niche audience, and the fact that he's not on weekly television, that ithe show might not sell out. The venue seats 500 and I eyeballed it at 400 folks. Just the seats around the very top were empty. He did an opening bit that I think he's done at all his other shows. He comes out to his WWE entrance music and acts like it was botched and says let's do it over again. Then comes out to Kurt Angle's old "You Suck" music. He acknowledged that he once lived in Montgtomery for a few months(when he was with Continental). He told stories of people ranging from Undertaker to Bob Holly. He still enjoys cutting on Al Snow. The show was very laid back and intimate. Nothing special, but enjoyable for fans of his. Most everyone stayed after the show to get photos and/or merchandise.
-- Smackdown tonight has Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show in a no-DQ, no-countout match, Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater, Cody Rhodes vs. Zeke for the IC Title, Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal, THE FUNKASAURUS vs. Tyson Kidd, David Otunga vs. Santino, Tamina vs. Natalya, and Drew McIntyre vs. Ted DiBiase in a match where Teddy Long is teasing that if Drew doesn't win he'll be fired.
-- From the promoter: New England Fights! And Nick DiSalvo Promotions are proud to announce the addition of a bantamweight bout between Portland, Maine’s Paul Gorman (8-7) and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)/Bellator veteran Anthony Leone (9-4) to their February 11th Fight Night mixed martial arts (MMA) event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
-- Pro Wrestling Evo has their annual Evo Eight Tournament tonight 1/13 in Concord, NC at Venu 29 with Cedric Alexander, Kirby Mack, Caleb Konley, Zack Salvation & John Skyler.
-- ROH is doing a weekend sale at ROHwrestling.com where you can buy three DVDs and get the fourth free, and they're also offering discounts on hoodies.
-- Who do you think should be the next person inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame?
Tito Ortiz 35.6%
Frank Shamrock 19.2%
B.J. Penn 9.7%
Brock Lesnar 6.5%
Pat Miletich 6.2%
Fedor Emelianenko 6.0%
Mirko Cro Cop 4.8%
Dan Henderson 4.0%
Forrest Griffin 2.6%
Wanderlei Silva 2.1%
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 2.1%
Rampage Jackson 1.2%
Which of these names most deserves to be on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Ultimate Warrior 19.4%
Kerry Von Erich 17.4%
Rick Martel 11.1%
Killer Karl Kox 9.3%
Blackjack Mulligan 8.1%
Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie 7.7%
Baron Von Raschke 6.6%
Bill Eadie 6.5%
Tiger Jeet Singh 6.2%
Chavo Guerrero Sr. 3.3%
Dick Slater 3.2%
Johnny Powers 1.3%
Which of these names deserves to be on the ballot the most?
Jake Roberts 28.2%
Barry Windham 24.0%
Rick Rude 16.1%
Davey Boy Smith 11.3%
Lex Luger 5.2%
Scott Hall 3.5%
Bam Bam Bigelow 3.4%
Adrian Adonis 2.8%
Sid Vicious 1.3%
Big Bossman 1.1%
Scott Norton 0.8%
Which of these names deserves to be on the ballot the most?
Great Sasuke 29.7%
Kevin Nash 15.2%
Ken Shamrock 13.2%
Hiro Matsuda 10.7%
Akira Taue 10.5%
Great Kabuki 8.1%
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 4.0%
Bearcat Wright 3.1%
Minoru Suzuki 2.4%
Rusher Kimura 2.0%
Michiaki Yoshimura 0.3%
Which of these teams most deserves to be on the ballot?
Steiner Brothers 35.5%
Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard 32.9%
Afa & Sika 5.3%
Black Gordman & Great Goliath 2.9%
Jimmy & Johnny Valiant 2.7%
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell 1.7%
Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy 1.7%
The Masked Interns 0.9%
Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson 0.6%
Mike & Doc Gallagher 0.4%
-- A trailer for PWG's newest DVD release from December is up here. You can almost never go wrong with PWG DVDs.
-- Chikara's schedule for the next five months. More at chikarapro.com.
2.25.2012 - Goodwill Beneficial Assoc. in Reading, PA
2.26.2012 - NYWC Sportatorium in Long Island, NY
3.24.2012 - Trio Sportplex in Vaughan (Toronto), Ontario, Canada
3.25.2012 - Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
4.14.2102 - Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, NJ
4.28.2012 - Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, IL
4.29.2012 - The Lafayette Theater in Lafayette, IN
5.20.2012 - The Highline Ballroom in Manhattan, NY
-- RESISTANCE PRO RISE at Excalibur (632 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL) January 13, 2012 $20 - All Ages 7pm
-- Pro Wrestling Phoenix runs tomorrow (1/14) at the National Guard Armory in Council Bluffs, IA.
-- Crossfire Entertainment, LLC Presents Crossfire LIVE! “Wrestling Revival” Fundraiser Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee LIVE THIS Saturday, January 14, 2012 Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena 625 Smith Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 Belltime: 7:30 PM – Doors: 6:30 PM