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Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Omaha.

The Countdown to UFC 143 airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Pacific tonight. UFC Tonight follows at 10 p.m. and a replay of part II of Condit vs. Diaz at 10:30 p.m.

        Our traditional best selling issue of the year is out today on the web site, the 32nd annual Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards issue.  Our annual readers poll is out and the awards issue has the top place winners in every category along with stories on the winners and a history of everyone who has won awards dating back to 1980.

 
        The awards covered this year are:
 
LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD FOR WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
 
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MVP
 
MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER
 
MOST OUTSTANDING FIGHTER
 
BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW
 
FEUD OF THE YEAR
 
TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
 
MOST IMPROVED
 
BEST ON INTERVIEWS
 
MOST CHARISMATIC
 
BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER
 
BRUISER BRODY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST BRAWLER
 
BEST FLYING WRESTLER
 
MOST OVERRATED
 
MOST UNDERRATED
 
PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
 
BEST WEEKLY TELEVISION SHOW
 
BEST PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR
 
BEST MMA MATCH OF THE YEAR
 
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
 
BEST NON-WRESTLER
 
BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
 
WORST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER
 
BEST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
 
WORST MAJOR WRESTLING SHOW
 
BEST WRESTLING MANEUVER
 
MOST DISGUSTING PROMOTIONAL TACTIC
 
WORST TELEVISION SHOW
 
WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR
 
WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR
 
WORST PROMOTION OF THE YEAR
 
BEST BOOKER
 
PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
 
BEST GIMMICK
 
WORST GIMMICK
 
BEST BOOK
 
BEST DVD
 
        We also update plans for WrestleMania and plans for a match not yet announced.  We also look at this past week's changes in the 2012 PPV schedule.  We also look at the Royal Rumble, an angle planned for the Rumble that was put on hold, update on the WWE network, who watches WWE programming right now and more on the Legends House show.
 
        We also look at the latest from WWE Films, why nobody cares about storylines, former TNA wrestler looking at getting into WWE, the return of The Rock to television, and WWE inadvertently starts up the media story they most want to go away.
 
        We also look at this past weekend's house shows, the new formula tried, was it a success or not and business notes from the past week.
 
        We also have all the news from the past week including a rundown of UFC on FX, a look at ratings for both the FX version of the show and the prelims on Fuel.  We look at where both stand for the stations, in the key demos, how FX drew for a Fight Night compared to Spike, as well as how Spike's counter programming did for the night.
 
        We also look at the main stories coming out of the show, along with match-by-match coverage of the show.
 
        We also look back at Mid South Wrestling in the 80s, the attempt to replace the Junkyard Dog that led to the brief period of stardom of Savannah Jack, who passed away this past week.
 
        We look at how Jack got into pro wrestling, who he played college football with who became a major star, how he broke in and found his way to Mid South Wrestling and the UWF, the list of JYD replacements in that territory that never panned out, his moment in the Sun, why it ended so quickly and the health problems that ended his career and plagued the rest of his life.
 
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         Also in this week's issue:
 
--CMLL's first major show of the year notes and what legends are being honored
 
--Star wrestler put out of action in an accident the likes of which you'll never believe
 
--Notes on AAA's first television taping on 2012
 
--What it looks like AAA is building for its first major show of the year
 
--Johnny Gargano injury situation
 
--A look at Dragon Gate's major show at Korakuen Hall this past week
 
--NOAH's first big show of the year, title changes and other big matches as well as two new title matches announced
 
--A look at New Japan's Fantasticmania, joint shows with CMLL
 
--More on the Jesse Ventura story
 
--Wrestling announcer whose career spans four decades in serious accident
 
--Pro wrestler sentenced to 32 years in jail this past week
 
--Pro wrestling promoter serving time in jail right now
 
--Behind the firing of Syd Eick from ROH
 
--A look at ROH angles going forward and the two shows this past week
 
--Early notes on TNA Lockdown and ticket sales
 
--Against All Odds main event situation
 
--Update on Jeff Hardy
 
--More people leaving TNA
 
--Notes on the India promotion and plans going forward
 
--Mr. Anderson talks leaving WWE
 
--More on Ric Flair in WWE Hall of Fame a second time
 
--Notes on all the TNA house shows this past week both in the U.S. and Europe
 
--Update on UFC PPV numbers
 
--Strikeforce ticket sales
 
--More on the box office results for Haywire and thoughts on the opening weekend
 
--Notes on UFC and WWE and their support of SOPA
 
--Dana White responds to hackers
 
--Stipulations on the UFC on FOX show this week
 
--Update on UFC doing its own drug testing
 
--More on King Mo Lawal's failed drug test
 
--Marc Ratner rules on Erick Silva vs. Carlo Prater fight from Brazil
 
--New UFC ad and what is behind it
 
--UFC millionaires
 
--Update on Mark Munoz after surgery
 
--More on the TUF Brazil show
 
--Notes on plans for TUF Australia vs. U.K, time frame, finals and a probable coach
 
--UFC banning more sponsors and why
 
--NFL star talks about wanting to do MMA after football is over
 
--Notes on the beginning of the next season of TUF U.S.
 
--UFC star in a Super Bowl commercial
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Early plans for April PPV in Atlanta and May FOX show
 
--Notes on the next Bellator show and its new time slot
 
--More on HDNet being sold and what that means for the MMA programming
 
--Details on new weekly MMA TV show on Spike that starts in March
 
--Former UFC and Strikeforce fighter sentenced to prison
 
--More on the grandson of a pro wrestling legend in MMA
 
--A new potential MMA star and opponent for the women's champion     
 
 
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***** -- UFC fighter Overeem charged with battery. This involves an incident after his fight with Brock Lesnar where he allegedly gave what I guess would be a pie-face to a woman at the Wynn hotel, causing her to "stagger back". Overeem is officially mum on the charges. He is due in court on February 21st. TMZ has more here.

-- Tickets for UFC 145, Rashad vs. Bones, go on sale February 17th. Show takes place April 21st at Atlanta's Philips Arena.

-- Dennis Hallman vs. Tony Ferguson has been added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey.

-- There is an awesome video on the AOL site hereof Hogan on the TNA UK tour using an 82-year-old lady's cane to whallop Bully Ray. Talk about harkening back to the 1950s.

-- As noted on the front page, Kharma gave birth to a little boy named Jamie on December 31st and will be married in June. Her fiancee, a wrestler, got her, no joke, a wedding ring shaped like a wrestling ring.

-- Smackdown did a 2.14 rating this week and 3.1 million viewers.

-- As noted yesterday, John Cena vs. Kane at Elimination Chamber is at this point scheduled to be a Last Man Standing match.

-- Jim Ross has a new blog up with Royal Rumble thoughts and more here.

-- One of the most hilariously wacky promos in awhile here. RD Evans in the background is the best.

-- EMLL Director Jose Luis Feliciano announced on his Twitter account yesterday that Prince Devitt would be coming to EMLL soon. Thanks to Kris Zellner.

-- Paul writes: I don't know if you're aware of it but the UFC countdown shows also air on the Speed channel. The one for 143 airs at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am Thursday night-Friday morning.

-- Timeline 1986 with George The Animal Steele is on sale right now here.

-- James writes: In today`s (Tuesday) Sydney Morning Herald is a photo with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler together at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

-- I'm interviewed on Ring Talk Radio about MMA and UFC on FOX here.

-- Gangrel and also a tag team cage match headline for Pro Wrestling Phoenix in Council Bluffs, IA on February 18th at the National Guard Armory.

-- Steve writes: “Reggie’s Prayer” a movie made by Reggie White in the mid 90’s around the Packers Super Bowl time, is on the TBN network this Saturday at 3pm EST. The main heel in this movie is Big Show, in what I think was his first movie role.

-- Grantland podcast with Court Bauer up here.

-- What was the best major show in January?
UFC 142 Aldo vs. Mendes 35.4%
Royal Rumble 22.8%
New Japan Tokyo Dome 15.8%
Dragon Gate iPPV 10.0%
UFC on FX Miller vs. Guillard 5.9%
TNA Genesis 5.5%
UFC on FOX 4.6%

What February show are you most interested in?
WWE Elimination Chamber 38.3%
UFC 143 Diaz vs. Condit 26.0%
UFC 144 Henderson vs. Edgar 20.7%
New Japan 2/12 Osaka show 8.8%
TNA Against All Odds 5.5%
UFC on Fuel Ellenberger vs. Sanchez 0.7%

-- The Gracies break down the CALF SLICER from the UFC FUEL prelims here.

-- Dusty Wolfe will be doing a clinic on Sat Feb 18th at the XCW Wrestling Institute in Denton Tx. Dusty will be mainly focusing on working as a heel. The clinic begins at 12 pm CST. Prices are as follows - Non XCW Institute Members to Partcipate-$20.00. Non XCW Institute Members non Partcipate in ring-$10.00

-- PWX will be at the Solomon Blatt Education Center on the campus of the USC in Columbia, SC on Saturday Feb 11. PWI Ultra J champion Caleb Konley defends against Edie Edwards, Rhett Titus, Corey Havoc and Joey Janella meet Ernie Osiris, Jake Manning and Grizzly Redwood;,plus more. General admission is $10, ringside $15. Tickets are on sale at http://www.highspots.com/. For more information, visit http://www.pwxperience.com/.

-- Ernie writes: Last night's new episode of "Mad TV" had a spoof on We Bought A Zoo, the latest Matt Damon film, it entitled WWE Bought A Zoo. Despite it being on a kid's channel, Mad has some pretty clever material that is certainly not juvenile, and have done other WWE spoofs in the past.

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