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        Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Tucson.
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--Our annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards issue is going to be up on the site on Wednesday.  This is one of our two biggest issues of the year, the other being the Hall of Fame issue.  Everyone who subscribes either to the web site or to the printed Observer will be getting the match this week.
--Today is the 28th anniversary of Hulk Hogan beating The Iron Sheik in Madison Square Garden to win the WWF championship.  It wouldn't be the beginning of Hulkamania, since that term was used in the AWA dating back a year or two before that, but some people claim it as such.  It did start Hogan's most famous WWF title run that lasted until early 1988. (thanks to Brian Burke)
--We don't have the rating at the moment but Friday night's UFC Fight Night on FX did 1.3 million viewers (likely an 0.9 range) which is a 32% drop from what the shows averaged on Spike.  The prelims on Fuel did 148,000 viewers which may make it the most watched show in the history of that station, if not close, although that was expected.
--The Giants-49ers game did a 32.5 rating based on the fast nationals.
--As of yesterday afternoon, Randy Orton was not scheduled for Raw tonight but he is scheduled for Smackdown in Tucson tomorrow and the plan was to advertise his return for Friday on Raw tonight.  Orton is in the Royal Rumble.  Orton actually returned yesterday in Las Cruces, NM, doing a house show attack on Wade Barrett after it being announced earlier in the show that he wasn't there and was being replaced by Ted DiBiase (who is actually injured and didn't wrestle either).
--John Cena is being honored today by the Make-a-Wish foundation by dedicating a WWE themed conference room in the charity's global headquarters.  Cena will be granting two wishes in Phoenix tonight.
--Hulk Hogan's return to the U.K. looks like it will lead to a lot of publicity for himself and TNA this week.  He is booked on ITV1's lunchtime show "Loose Women," which would be the U.K. equivalent of "The View" on Wednesday at 12:30 a.m.  The show is watched by around 1 million viewers daily.  He's then appearing on talkSPORT radio in the U.K. on Wednesday on the Hawskbee & Jacobs show between 1 and 4 p.m. (thanks to Stephen Lyon and Lee Wall)
--The Indian TV network Colors, which is available in both the U.K. and the U.S. (DishNetwork Asian package and AT&T UVerse international package) debuts Ring Ka King, the show currently being taped by Jeff Jarrett and crew in India on both Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern, the same time slot local time it airs in India.  We're looking for a correspondent to cover the shows, which feature a lot of major wrestlers both in TNA and former WWE talent like Chavo Guerrero and Harry Smith.
--Andre Davis, an Ohio based indie wrestler was sentenced to 32 years in prison today on 14 counts of felonious assault for sleeping with women and not disclosing to them that he was HIV positive.
--Mike Kyle vs. Gegard Mousasi has been added to the Strikeforce show on 3/3 in Columbus, OH.
--Daniel Bryan doing his ROH heel character on at  
--WWE announced the launch of a Russian language web site to support its debut show in Moscow on coming soon. 
--UFC has announced that Saturday night's show at the United Center in Chicago is sold out.  Keep in mind that UFC announces a sellout at about 95% and not 100% like WWE usually would. 

--Bryan and I will be back tonight with the radio show covering Raw as well as taking e-mail questions.  You can send questions today to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   This is the best day for e-mail questions because Wednesday's show will be devoted to the awards, and the weekend shows will be covering UFC on FOX and the Royal Rumble.  We also have a new call-in show with tons of questions mostly about wrestling history up on the site that we did yesterday.
--After UFC had Laurence Epstein pen an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal supporting SOPA, a group called claimed credit for hacking the UFC web site and had it down for a few hours.  Dana White blew it off, saying, "Lol, I'm not fucking ebay.  My website being down doesn't man shit.  I'm watching football today."  "I'm in the fight biz not the website biz. Who gives a shit!?"
--There was a major screw up with the WWE Axxess VIP tickets presale this morning.  The packages were supposed to go on sale for $130, however everyone who ordered due to the screw-up was charged $60, which was the General Admission charge.  This went on for about 25 minutes until Ticketmaster fixed the problem.  The WWE has agreed to accept all of those tickets purchased at the low price with the screw-up.  You can get tickets today before the public using the code AXXESS.  (thanks to Kevin O'Brien)
--When asked by if he would be disappointed if people remembered him more for his interviews than his fights, Chael Sonnen said:
"That would be a compliment.  I wouldn't feel bad about that.  You know, these guys want to talk about God, `Oh, I want to thank God.  I want to thank God.'  Listen, I'm a God-fearing man, go to church every Sunday and have since I was a boy.  But if I ever found out that God cared one way or another about a borderline illegal fist-fight on Saturday night, I would be so greatly disappointed that it would make me rethink my entire belief system."
--The orginal movie "The Wrestler" which starred Ed Asner, Verne Gagne, Billy Robinson plus The Bruiser & The Crusher from the 1970s is playing at The Parkway Theater in Minneapolis for several showings this coming weekend.  Its playing for $7.50 formost screenenings but there will be a Friday night screening for $14 at 6:30 p.m. which features a question and answer session with Greg Gagne.  They are also listing Verne Gagne to appear on Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m., but they also list "health limitations may apply."  Verne has pretty severe Alzheimer's so don't know about that one.  This is by no means a great movie, but if you are a wrestling fan, you'll love it in its own way.

--Kid Kash may have suffered a broken nose at the house show on Saturday night in Plymouth, MA.  He face was busted up after a three-way match with Shannon Moore and Jesse Sorensen.  He did work yesterday's show in Lowell, MA.
--With Johnny Gargano out of action, the new Friday night Dragon Gate USA card for Los Angeles at the Airport Westin is:
Cima &  Ricochet vs. Masaaki Mochizuki & Jimmy Susumu for the Open the United Gate title
Akira Tozawa vs. Pac
Masato Yoshino vs. Naruki Doi
Young Bucks vs. Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann
Low Ki vs. BxB Hulk
AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan in an anything goes match
Jon Davis vs. Caleb Konley
--Odds for Saturday's fights:
Phil Davis +120 to +153
Rashad Evans -150 to -213
Michael Bisping +300 to +385
Chael Sonnen -450 to -588
Chris Weidman -140 to -175
Demian Maia +120 to +140
--Mark Munoz, Michael Bisping, Mike Pierce and King Mo Lawal will be on Inside MMA tonight at 8 p.m. on HDNet  
--Poll on Saturday night's ROH TV show
Excellent 37.0%
Good 54.3%
Average 0.0%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 8.7%
        68.9% of those responding didn't see the show.  The trend is fewer people watching but those watching liking it more.  Or those who like it continue to watch it, unlike the other shows where people who don't like it continue to watch it while here those who don't just stop.
--Poll on Pro Elite's TV show
Excellent 6.9%
Good 20.7%
Average 34.5%
Fair 17.2%
Poor 20.7%
        81.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--Do you think the Rumble this year will do
Better than last year 15.5%
Same as last year 33.7%
Worse than last year 50.7%
--Best TV show of the past week
UFC on FX 28.7%
Raw 21.9%
Smackdown 21.1%
ROH 9.3%
Impact 8.1%
Prime Time:  Diaz vs. Condit 4.9%
CMLL 2.8%
UFC prelims on Fuel 1.6%
Pro Elite 1.2%
UFC Tonight 0.4%  
--ROH officially announced Mark & Jay Briscoe defending the tag titles (if they still have them) vs. Jigsaw & Hallowicked as the first of a series of ROH vs. CHIKARA matches on 4/28 in Chicago Ridge, IL on a day when both promotions will be running shows (CHIKARA afternoon, ROH evening) at the venue.   
--We're also looking for any reports on the Ring Ka King tapings currently going on in India.  They will be taping over the next several days.
--Chuck Langerman's daily trivia today concerns Gina Carano.  Gina Carano was a 2000 graduate of Trinity Christian High School in Las Vegas.  Her father was a backup quarterback, Glenn Carano, of the Dallas Cowboys who became a casino owner and was a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission when they did not license SEG's attempt to get UFC in the state.  Carano played volleyball, softball and basketball in high school.  As a senior, she was a point guard and team captain and led her team to the state championship.  She was very aggressive on defense, leading the league in personal fouls.  In 1982, the year Carano was born, Sarah Heath led her high school to the Alaska state title, and she is now better known as Sarah Palin.
--NYWC from Saturday night in Deer Park, NY:  Michael Mansfield b Mikey Whipwreck, Papadon b Steven Walters, Nikki Syxx b Violet Stevens, Rex Lawless b Alex Reynolds, Style & Finesse b DJ Phat Pat & Francis Kipland Stevens III, Tony Nese b Brandon Knight, Bandido Jr. b John Silver, J.T. Kasin NC Spyder, Mega & Tony Burma b Apollyon & Stockade.  Next show is the Psycho Circus on 2/18. at the Sportatorium in Deer Park.
--In Your Face Wrestling will be doing a live event in conjunction with this year's Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend, on 5/18 in Amsterdam, NY at America's Best Value Inn.
--C4 Wrestling from last night in Ottawa:  Lucky Sabitti b Jimmy Gavroche, Thomas Dubois b Pat Skills, Christopher Bishop & Lionel Knight b Johnny Wave & Alex Vega and Shane Matthews & Scott Parker to win tag titles, Michael Von Payton NC Rahim Ali, Ethan Page & Cecil Nyx & Chaz Lovely b Allesandrio Del Bruno & Brent B & Jae Rukin, Frankie the Mobster b Mike Rollins, Sebastian Suave & Mathieu St. Jacques b Player Uno & Scott O'Shea, Twiggy b Addy Starr in a man vs. woman match, Josh Alexander b El Generico, Stu Graysohn b Mike Bailey (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
--Former pro wrestling promoter Rob Zicari, as Rob Black, was inducted on Saturday night into the Porn Hall of Fame at the AVN Awards in Las Vegas.  The porn Hall of Fame is said to have even less credibility than the WWE Hall of Fame, in the sense that as long as you were around long enough and somebody knows your name, you're going to be in, sooner than later.  The biggest name to get in this year was Jenna Haze, who debuted in 2001 (thanks to Jake Koch).
--Empire Wrestling from Saturday night in San Bernardino, CA:  Dave the Bruiser b Chowder, Flecha Fugaz b Valiant, Vintage Dragon b Eddie Mattson, Roger Ruiz & Jeremy Jaeger b Rico Dynamite & Damien Arsenick, Sugar Sweetz b Joshua Dunbar, Brandon Gatson b Willie Mack, Mike Maze & Johnny Starr b Tommy Wilson & Freddy Bravo in a no rules match.  Ted DiBiase Sr. was at the show.
--The San Bernardino Sun yesterday had a front page story on Ted DiBiase Sr. being in the area and speaking at churches and his appearance at the pro wrestling show (thanks to Frank Mott)
--The current issue of the National Enquirer has a story on Hulk Hogan's dental surgery issues. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
--WrestleReunion has announced Shane Douglas returning for this weekend's events from 1/27 to 1/29 in Los Angeles (thanks to Daniel Short)
--Big Time Wrestling on 3/9 in Springfield, MA at the Mass Mutual Center with appearance by Bret Hart, Bobby Lashley, Carlito and a main event of Shane Douglas vs. Raven.  3/10 in Danbury, CT at the PAL with Hart and Lashley plus Douglas vs Carlito vs. Raven.  3/24 in Webster, MA at Town Hall has Bret Hart, plus Douglas vs. Harry Smith.  3/25 in Augusta, ME at the Civic Center, with Bret Hart, plus Fit Finlay, Carlito, Harry Smith and Douglas.
--Abdullah Farouk Jr. is looking for indie bookings and also looking to hear from wrestlers looking to go on overseas tours, as well as get in touch with Bill Mulkey, Penelope Paradise, Bambi and Peggy Lee Leather at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--AAW on Friday night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with Silas Young, Ryan Boz, Michael Elgin, Shane Hollister, Louis Lyndon, B.J. Whitmer, Jimmy Jacobs, Irish Airborne, Keith Walker, Truth Martini and more.
--Amazing Red has joined Papadon, Kekoa and Bobby Fish in the 16th annual Super 8 tournament on 4/7 in Newark, DE.
--CHIKARA has its first show of the year on 1/28 in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center with Gran Akuma vs. Icarus, Mike Quackenbush vs. Green Ant, Ophidian vs. Hieracan, Hallowicked vs. Archibald Peck and more.
--Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk with 80s star Buck Zumhofe at
--Pierre Carl Oulette talks about his career, Kevin Nash, Sid Vicious, backstage politics in WWF in the 90s, Brawl for All and more at
--Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis fight simulation video is at
--Freakshow Wrestling with Sinn Bodhi on Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. in Las Vegas as The Beauty Bar. eauty Bar. 

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