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--Nick Diaz was 45 minutes late for today's UFC press call, but Dana White blamed it on a PR snafu.  Geez, I got several e-mails about it and I'm not even in the main event, kind of hard to believe the guy in the main event never got the notice.  When they finally got Diaz on the line, he said he never knew he had a call today.  He said he woke up and his phone was dead, but his brother got a hold of him finally.  Cesar Gracie, Nick's manager, said Nick never knew about the call and didn't answer the phone because he was training and nobody told him about it.  Dana White claimed his side dropped the ball.  
 

--Tonight's Impact tapings feature Ronnie from Jersey Shore making his debut and Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe with the winner getting a shot at James Storm's title.

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--In a wrestling related story, Monday Night Football numbers are down this season, blamed on the quality of match ups.  It also noted that both CBS and FOX rating are up on Mondays.  Because football is down, ESPN is not running away with the prime time ratings race like it usually does this time of year.
 
--This past week saw TBS on the back of baseball playoffs in first with a 2.9 prime time average to 2.3 for ESPN and 2.1 for USA.  The two hours of Raw last week, which was the terrible show from Oklahoma City, were No. 9 and No. 13.  The only shows beating Raw were Monday Night Football, Jersey Shore, Walking Dead, the Michigan vs. Michigan State college football game and an episode of Sports Center as well as various baseball games.  The first hour of Raw was No. 7 in 18-49.  
 
--Playwright David Mamet, who wrote "Redbelt," has an opinion piece in today's New York Post pushing for the legalization of MMA in New York at http://www.nypost.com/Page/Uuid/2e32642c-f9f6-11e0-8239-883be32e018b
 
--Just a note on something we talked about on the show earlier this week.  The John Minton III, who was an associate producer of the piece on Scott Hall that airs tonight on ESPN, is not the son of John Studd, nor related to John Studd. whose real name is also John Minton 
 
--ROH has announced a policy with the ROH title involving non-title matches.  Whenever an ROH champion is in a non-title match instead of it being called non-title, it will be called a "Proving Ground" match  the stipulation is that if the champion loses a "Proving Ground" match, or goes to a draw, he will get an automatic championship shot within 60 days.  They also announced ROH champion Davey Richards vs. Kyle O'Reilly in a Proving Ground match on 10/30 for Rampage Pro Wrestling in Warner-Robins, GA at Johnny G's Fun Center.
 
--A rematch of the Jay Lethal ROH TV title win over El Generico that aired a few weeks back was announced for the 11/5 TV tapings in Louisville. 
 
--The main event on Monday's Raw with John Cena & Jim Ross vs. Alberto Del Rio & Michael Cole gained about 1 million viewers.
 
--The Los Angeles Times web site today noted that Channing Tatum and Steve Carell will be lead characters in Bennett Miller's movie "Foxcatcher."  The movie will be about the 1996 murder of Olympic gold medal winning wrestler David Schultz by John du Pont of the du Pont family.  "Foxcatcher" was the name of the wrestling team du Pont funded that many of the top U.S. wrestlers in that era were part of.  Tatum would play Schultz, which will be a hard one for me since there is no resemblance whatsoever.  The movie is still in the talking stages.
 
--The TV show in Australia, "At the Movies" reviewed "Warrior" last night with both Australia lead film critic David Stratton and the other critic giving it ***1/2 although Stratton said he did not like MMA after seeing the movie, thinking it was too violent.  Well, yeah, I could see where he's coming from because I wouldn't like it much in the version in that movie. (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--A story on who are the leading supporters of candidates for president listed an interesting note.  Jon Huntsman, a republican running for the nomination who is being given little chance, has as his top three political donors being Fertitta Entertainment ($32,000), The Ultimate Fighting Championship ($26,500) and Station Casinos ($26,000).  Station Casinos are also run by the Fertitta family.  The donations came from the Political Action Committee of each organization.  Huntsman was an ambassador to China at one point, a market UFC covets, but I'm not sure if the two are related.  (thanks to Whilden)           
 
--Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff on the James Storm title win on twitter:
 
Bischoff:  "Having a blast watching Internet marks react.  Candy from a baby!"
Hogan:  "Goodmorning Hulkamaniacs, can't wait for all the Rood (sic) fans that turned to haters to see the big picture, thank God we still have real marks."
 
--Should TNA have changed plans as they did regarding Bobby Roode winning the title at Bound for Glory?
No, no reason not to stick with the plans 82.7%
Even though Hogan was right about Roode not being championship material, Angle is hurt so Roode should have still won 8.7%
Yes, Roode isn't at that level 5.0%
Yes, Roode is at that level, but the timing wasn't right and he should win it later 3.6%
 
--Will Vengeance beat last year's Bragging Rights on PPV?
Yes, better show and would beat last year's numbers 25.4%
Yes, will beat it because last year's show went the same weekend as Lesnar vs. Velasquez and this year doesn't have that problem 23.9%
No, will do worse this year 50.7%
        I really have a hard time believing it will do worse than last year.
 
--Greatest star in All Japan history
Mitsuharu Misawa 29.3%
Giant Baba 27.3%
Kenta Kobashi 14.3%
Jumbo Tsuruta 9.0%
Stan Hansen 5.8%
Bruiser Brody 5.5%
Terry Funk 3.5%
Toshiaki Kawada 1.7%
Abdullah the Butcher 1.2%
Genichiro Tenryu 1.0%
Mil Mascaras 0.8%
Dory Funk Jr. 0.5%
 
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 4.2%
Good 11.1%
Average 22.1%
Fair 22.5%
Poor 40.1%
        33.0% of those responding didn't see the show 
 
--Representatives Patricia Strachota and Mark Horadel and State Senator Glenn Grothman have introduced a bill is Wisconsin that would give individual communities the right to ban people from competing in, operating, marketing, attending or promoting MMA.  It stems from the town of Polk, WI, which has enacted a local law because the town leaders didn't like a show that took place in 2009.  It is notable that all three voted in favor of legalizing and regulating MMA when it came up last year.
 
--While Jamie Varner said he was retiring on twitter a couple of weeks ago, he is fighting on Friday night on HDNet in the main event of the XFC show from Orlando against Nate Jolly.
 
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner Efrain Escudero faces Cesar Avila on Saturday's Bellator show from Yuma, AZ as part of the fights that will take place on the Spike.com web site.  Escudero, who is 17-3, was cut after his third UFC loss to Charles Oliveira.
 
--Saturday at 10 a.m. on MTV 2's Lucha Libre:  Masked Warriors has Rellik (that's killer spelled backwards for all you Johnny the Bull fans) & Sydistiko vs. The PR Powers to become the first-ever LLUSA tag team champions. 
 
--The final two events of the Independent Wrestling Federation based in West Paterson, NJ are 10/22 and 10/29 at the IWF Centre in Woodland Park, NJ.
 
--RF Video has announced they will be bringing Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Terri Poch (Tori/Terri Power) as vendor guests for WrestleReunion from 1/27 to 1/29 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel.  Poch, who was in WWF for several years, and also had a run in Japan, currently runs a yoga studio in Portland, OR. (thanks to Daniel Short)
 
--In Your Face Wrestling on 11/12 in Ballston Spa, NY at the area Community Center.
 
--River City Wrestling on 11/5 in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
 
--C.M. Punk will be appearing on Friday night for FCW in Kissimmee, FL at the Osceola Heritage Park Expo Center.  Also appearing at the show will be Mason Ryan, Jinder Mahal, Ricardo Rodriguez, Trent Baretta and Kaitlyn.
 
--Chaotic Wrestling on Friday night in Lowell, MA at the Lowell PAV features Tammy Sytch as the headliner plus a Trick or Treat Battle Royal.
 
--CZW on 11/5 in Indianapolis at the Salvation Army Gym headlined by Devon Moore defending his title plus first round matches for the CZW jr. title with AR Fox vs. Uhaa Nation, Dustin Rayz vs. Ryan McBride and Jon Gresham vs. Drew Gulak.
 
--Power Trip Wrestling on 10/29 in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England.
 
--Sara Del Rey vs. Serena Deeb headlines on 10/29 for CHIKARA Pro in Reading, PA at the Goodwill Beneficial Association.  Eddie Edwards vs. Jigsaw  and Eddie Kingston vs. Vin Gerard are also on the show.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.    
 
--The return of the Control Center, a fixture of WWE programming, featuring former WCW announcer Chris Cruise, is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgPIyBU0uU&feature=player_embedded
 
--State Farm Insurance is doing a TV commercial based on Aaron Rodgers holding a WWE title belt from the Super Bowl win earlier this year.  You can see it at http://www.mediabistro.com/agencyspy/state-farm-steals-aaron-rodgers-titl e-belt_b24709
 
--A new web series called "The Gym" stars Canadian pro wrestler Brady Roberts at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q77CU8gtj8k  Roberts was also featured in the second season of "World of Hurt," with Roddy Piper, and works for Tajiri's Smash Wrestling in Japan.
 
--Dave Prazak and K.C. Spinelli are on a podcast talking about the recent Shimmer tapings at http://ringbellesonline.com/2011/10/19/wow-podcast-29-with-kc-spinelli-da ve-prazak/

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