WED. UPDATE: Flair in Boston, ratings, Anniversary, White on HHH, DGUSA star on Smackdown, Orton



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--Ric Flair's appearance at the Boston Red Sox game yesterday got a ton of media in the area.  It was noted that the sportscasters all treated Flair like he was a big star, and made no fun of wrestling.  Flair also is a huge sports fan so they like it when he can talk about baseball or football and know what he's talking about.  The Boston Globe article is at http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2011/09/21/ric_flai r_visits_red_sox_clubhouse/   
 
--The annual one-night ROH Survival of the Fittest tournament was announced for the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Dayton on 11/18.
 
--Today is the 78th anniversary of the debut of the EMLL promotion (now CMLL) founded by Salvador Lutteroth, which is considered the birthday of Lucha Libre.
 
--As it will be likely for the next few months, ESPN was No. 1 on cable due to the NFL, doing a 3.3 prime time average to 2.2 for USA and 1.8 for Disney.  FX was at 1.0, Syfy at 0.9 (No. 13) and Spike at 0.7 (No. 23).  The first hour of Raw was only No. 25 and the second hour wasn't in the top 25, so that's as bad as Raw has done in a long time, with its lowest rated non-holiday, regular Raw episode in almost 14 years.
 
--Dana White on HHH at the UFC press conference today:  "His father in law is just starting to let him talk in public now.  He'll get better at it."
 
--Real main event for Hell in a Cell
Cena vs. Punk vs. De Rio 80.3%
Orton vs. Henry 19.7%
 
--Who do you expect to win Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck
Koscheck 74.5%
Hughes 25.5%
 
--Poll on Monday's Raw
Excellent 10.6%
Good 40.4%
Average 23.4%
Fair 8.4%
Poor 17.3%
        16.1% of those responding didn't see the show 
   
 
--In Dayton last night at the Smackdown tapings, the guy who lost to Brodus Clay on Superstars, called Joey Grey, is Dragon Gate's Johnny Gargano.  He had "Gargano" trunks on except they covered up some of the letters"
 
--More on the Orton vs. Rhodes deal from last night.  Rhodes was busted open from a shot with the ring bell, not from his own mask.  There were pools of blood on the mats around the ring.  Rhodes blood was all over his body, from his shoulders to his legs.  The table, which didn't break, was also covered in blood.  At least five towels were used to wipe up the blood.  It was said to be between a .8 and a 1.0 on the Muto ridiculous blood scale.  It's going to have to be heavily edited for television and the camera work at the time concentrated on close-ups of Orton's face and not showing Rhodes at all. (thanks to B. Hilliard)
 
--The Miz was on his new radio show today called "1st and Awesome," on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210 and XM 87) playing up the angle where he and R-Truth were fired.  The show airs weekly at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.  
 
--Eddie Edwards will be appearing on the CHIKARA shows on 10/29 in Reading, PA and 10/30 in Williamsport, PA.
 
--Boutwell Auditorium, the weekly pro wrestling venue in Birmingham, AL, which has been closed down since August, is the subject of either being renovated or possibly destroyed.  A story is at http://blog.al.com/spotnews//print.html
 
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--The cover of the new Steve Austin DVD WWE is releasing can be viewed at http://lockerz.com/s/140488284
 
--Kelly Kelly has a legit facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BarbieBlankOfficialPage  She decided since there are so many fake Kelly Kelly Facebook pages to launch a real one. (thanks to Angel Aramboles)
 
--Announced for ROH on 11/6 in Collinsville, IL (just outside St. Louis) besides Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly has Davey Richards, Jay Lethal, Briscoes, All Night Express, Eddie Edwards and El Generico appearing.  ROH will be airing on KDNL on Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. and Sunday at midnight.
 
--TNA has a show on 11/6 in Windsor, ONT at the WFCU Center.  You can order tickets at www.wfcu-centre.com/password  The password is JARRETT. (thanks to Stephen Gray)
 
--AM New York has a gossip page mention of Stacy Keibler, now a big name because of her romance with George Clooney. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
 
--Rulon Gardner is being inducted into the Alan & Gloria Rice U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling Hall of Fame on 10/1 in Minneapolis at Augsburg College's Christensen Center Commons. 
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia looks at Nickla Roberts, better known as Baby Doll.  A second generation wrestler, the daughter of Nick Roberts, a favorite from Lubbock, TX, and Lorraine Johnson, one of the best in-ring female wrestlers of all-time, Roberts graduated in 1980 from Lubbock High School.  She set the school record in the shot put and also threw the discus.  The name Baby Doll came because that was the name of Tully Blanchard's favorite strip club in San Antonio, plus before she arrived in Jim Crockett Promotions, for years Ric Flair would use the term "Baby Dolls" to describe the women he hung around with.
 
--Ultimate Fighter in Australia will be airing on Friday nights at 8:30 p.m. on their version of Fuel TV (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Chris Jericho announced the return of his radio show, The Rock of Jericho on Saturday nights at 7:12 p.m. on XM 164 starting on 10/8.
 
--WWE announced a TV deal for Smackdown to air in Portugal on Sundays at 7:45 p.m. on SIC Radical.  It will be a one hour edited version of the show, plus WWE Experience will be airing right after at 8:45 p.m.
 
--Muay Thai champion Cosmo Alexander makes his MMA debut on the 10/1 Bellator show from Lake Charles, LA.  This will be on the undercard of the show that night that airs on Spike.com.  The main TV card on MTV 2 will be the first round of the heavyweight tournament with Ron Sparks vs. Mark Holata, Neil Grove vs. Michael "Not a Freebird" Hayes, Thiago Santos vs. Blagoi Ivanov and Eric Prindle vs. Abe Wagner (who has a win over Tim Sylvia)    
 
--The Score announced the main event for its 10/14 Score Fighting Series show in Hamilton at the Hamilton Place Theater has Joe Doerksen vs. Brett Cooper. 
 
--IWA Mid South King of the Death match tournament on Saturday night in Bellevue, IL:  Bucky Collins b Markus Crane, Neil Diamond & Cutter & Devon Cutter & Joey Grunge b Reed Bentley & Jimmy Fletcher & Damien Payne, B.J. Whitmer b Masada, Devon Moore b Pinkie Sanchez in a four corners of hell match, Drake Younger b Mason Cutter in glass match Simon Sezz b Rory Mondo, Matt Tremont b Freakshow in a Fans bring the weapons match, Drake Younger over Devon Moore, Simon Sezz and Matt Tremont in a no rope barbed wire light tubes match to win the tournament (thanks to Adam Sanders).
 
--EWF on 10/14 in Converse, IN featuring Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
 
--A double main event of Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park and Extreme Tiger & Mesias vs. Konnan & Nicho headline on 10/7 at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana.
 
--There is a show in Tijuana at Auditorio Municipal on Friday night with The Psycho Circus vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. & Damian 666 &* Halloween.
 
--Carlito, The Patriot and Blue Meanie headline a  show on 10/15 at Retro Fitness in East Norristown, PA as part of breast cancer awareness month.
 
--CZW runs this weekend in Germany, with shows on 9/24 and 9/25 in Wolverhampton at Planet Night Club.  They also run 9/30, 10/1, 10/2 and 10/3 in Oberhausen, Germany.  Among those headed to Germany for the tour are Sami Callihan, Devon Moore, Masada, D.J. Hyde, Adam Cole, Chuck Taylor, Drew Gulak and Jon Ryan, plus Japanese wrestlers Yuko Miyamoto, Jaki Numazawa and Yoshito Sasaki.
 
--NWA MSW TV tapings on 10/1 in Beckley, WV at Chili Night.
 
--Smackdown was No. 41 on Pay TV in Metro Sydney last week with 32,000 viewers.
 
--Bill Behrens is booking Ricky Ortiz, formerly of WWE, who is currently with the UWF promotion.  You can book him for wrestling or autograph shows at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--A story on what ever happened to Jerry Oates, a former 70s and 80s star out of Georgia, is at http://www.ajc.com/news/ex-pro-wrestler-works-1184038.html
 
--They are teasing that for the AWE 10/15 PPV show that Diamond Dallas Page will take Doug Ward's place as Kevin Nash's partner against Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson.  That's not official, but they are certainly teasing a storyline that ends in that direction.  The new poster for the Night of Legends show has photos of those four as the featured players.
 
--There is a story in the Daily Telegraph in Australia at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/boxing/ where Quinton Jackson said Michael Bisping is a better fighter than he ever was, and will do more in the sport.  I'm sure those statements will thrill fans worldwide.
 
--The movie "Fast Five," with Dwayne Johnson will be released on DVD and Blu ray on 10/4 (thanks to Michael Carpenter)
 
--Insanity Pro Wrestling on 10/1 in Indianapolis at the Community Center with Dave Crist vs. Tarek the Legend, Drake Younger vs. B.J. Whitmer and AR Fox vs. Arik Cannon.
 
--Fit Finlay vs. Al Snow plus Maria Kanellis, The New Age Outlaws, Kid Kash, Val Venis, Becky Bayless, Wolfie D and more are announced for Crossfire Entertainment on 11/5 in Nashville. 

--I Believe in Wrestling on Saturday night in Orlando at the I Believe in Wrestling School with Larry Zbyszko as the host.
 
--Sunday in Guadalajara:  Evola b Divino, Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito b Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito, Puma King & Rafaga & Tiger b Pegasso & Rey Cometa & Sensei, Shigeo Okumura b Gallo, Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto b Brazo de Plata & Mascara Dorada & Maximo (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)  
 
--In a weird story, film of two eight-year-olds doing grappling was condemned by the British Medical Association and became a BBC story with the idea they were doing MMA.  Even though the story noted no punching and kicking was allowed, they were going for pins and it was all grappling, Chris Cloke, head of child protection awareness at the NSPCC said, "We would strongly discourage parents from letting their children take part in this kind of fighting.  It's quite disturbing that some of those involved in the bouts were as young as weight, an age when they are still developing physically and mentally.  The organizers of these events should think very carefully before allowing children to be involved when they are egged on to inflict violence."  In our country this would just be age group wrestling but there it was presented like eight year olds were doing MMA.  Story is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-14998593
 
--Greg Jackson's MMA series VI on 10/22 from the Hard Rock in Albuquerque has Joey Villasenor vs. Chuck Parmelee of Shark Fight and Matt Levya vs. Federico Lopez as the double main event.

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