By Bryan Alvarez
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.
***** -- 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.