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        Monday has Raw in Liverpool, England, which will air worldwide on a tape delay.  We should have the show rundown on the site before the show airs.  Kevin Nash returns as a wrestler on the show and Brodus Clay will also be wrestling on the show.  There is also a Smackdown brand show in Newcastle, England on Monday so the crossover of Smackdown guys on Raw will be less than usual, if at all.
 
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--Regarding last night's UFC broadcast, the broadcast in Canada, the U.K., and the rest of the world was different from what we saw on Spike.  In those markets, they heavily hyped the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight and they didn't do nearly the hype for San Jose.  Mark Munoz's post-fight interview aired.  It was so weird to see the main event end and have them rush off without even interviewing Munoz on the Spike broadcast so they could start Blue Mountain State on time.
 
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--An update on Chris Jericho, who is in the U.K. right now touring with Fozzy, is at http://www.leftion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/chris-jeriho/id/4042
 
--What MMA fighter had the most potential to be a top pro wrestler
Quinton Jackson 42.1%
Bas Rutten 11.4%
Kimbo Slice 10.5%
Frank Mir 7.7%
King Mo 7.5%
Gina Carano 7.3%
Frank Shamrock 4.7%
Randy Couture 2.8%
Rashad Evans 2.6%
Kevin Randleman 1.5%
Forrest Griffin 1.5%
Wanderlei Silva 0.6%
 
--If Velasquez vs. Dos Santos run short, they should:
Air Henderson vs Guida 55.4%
Air the best undercard fight 22.9%
Air the fight with the best finish 15.1%
Don't air another match 6.6%
 
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 29.9%
Good 48.9%
Average 11.7%
Fair 3.6%
Poor 5.8%
        38.0% of those responding didn't see the show    
 
--An attempted robbery at a motel in Los Angeles was stopped by two Jiu Jitsu practitioners, Brent Alvarez, 33, and Billy Denney, 28.  Alvarez, the owner of a martial arts gym in Eugene, OR, and Denney, one of his students, were getting off an elevator last week when they saw someone forcing the motel clerk to empty the cash drawer.  Alvarez saw a weapon, and went after the guy.  He got the guy in a body lock and choke while the clerk called police.  Luis Rosales, 31, was arrested and police found him carrying a loaded 9mm handgun.
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia.  Back when Shawn Michaels was married to his first wife, Michaels, in Philadelphia for a show, flew home to attend his wife's graduation from interior design school.  The flight had a layover in Atlanta.  Michaels bought a tie for the graduation ceremony at the airport but he had no clue had to tie a tie, so he went to a complete stranger in the airport and asked him for help. 
 
--There will be a Domenic DeNucci roast on 12/3 at the DoubleTree Hilton in Pittsburgh/Green Tree (currently the Radisson Hotel/Green Tree).  It will take place at 1 p.m.  For more info called Dr. Mike Martini at 412-480-9531.
 
--The movie "Warrior" opened at No. 5 at the box office in Australia with a gross of $1 million. (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA:  Supernatural b Zackary Blane, Pandora b Campus Orange, Jay Fury NC Eric Walker, Jon Williams & Trey Williams DCOR Nemesis & Brian Blaze, Zach Daniels b Chip Day, Phantom b Sylar Cross, Vandall b Warhorse 47 BC, Dany Only b Seth Delay 2/3 falls.
 
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Marysville, WA:  Ron Sutherland b Amun Sorrow, Christopher Ryseck b Brickhouse Bereta, Anni Richards b Sunni Daze, Dash Venture b Azeem the Dream, Kellen Raeth b Gangrel, Damon James & Aaron Bolo b Azul Angel & Exile, Cole Bishop & Calibur X and Ideal Protection II & Christopher Ryseck in a four corners elimination match to win the TCW tag titles (thanks to Charles Short)
 
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville:  Psycho Medic b Guido Andretti, Fireball Roberts b Shawn Hoodrich, Damien Payne & Josh Crow b Nick Iggy & Michael Jablonski, L.T. Falk b Bryan Casey, Jocephus NC 2 Tuff Tony, Gary Valiant b Bully Douglas.  Raven returns as USWO champion to defend against Jocephus on 11/11 (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--NAWA from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  James Johnson b American Ninja, Joe Pearce b Mad Dogg, Nobe Bryant b Masx Muscles, Cowboy Adam & Tim Storm b Li Fang & Doberman (thanks to Rob Moore) 
 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before 325 fans:  Cruel Intentions b TVZ, Cooter Clampett & Fugi Brown & Stompin Steve b Aaron Anarchy & Sabotage Styles & Fast Eddie, Brian Brown b QT in a thumbtacks arm wrestling match, J.D. Marioni b T.J. Powers, Ricky Ruckus b Eric Deaven in a first blood match, Lylah Lodge & Dylan Bostic b Damien Cole & Camron Star, Flash Flanagan & Officer Greg Burns b Bobby Black & Shawn Cook, U-Gene & Donny Idol b Diceman Ronnie Vegas & Sign Guy.  Sign Guy and Fast Eddie both ended up with their heads shaved by promoter Jerry Wilaon and U-Gene.  Next show is 12/3 in Columbus, IN.
 
--Showtime All-Star Wrestling and NWA Top Rope tonight run in Lebanon, TN at the Corsica Joe Arena with a benefit show for Mrs. Pat Gregory, the mother of Lisa Sweet and mother-in-law of Bully Douglas, to help pay for her massive medical bills.  Chase Stevens vs. Chris Michaels headlines the show.
 
--Mid Missouri Wrestling last night in St. Louis:  Big Texan b Chase King, Lumberjacks NC Phil E. Blunt & Jimmy D, Dave Vaughn b LaMarcus Clinton, Johnny Courageous d Ace Hawkins, Brandon Espinosa b Max Archer, Ricky Cruz b Dave Osborne, Gary Jackson b Jimmy D (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--EWA from last night in Feeding Mills, MA:   I.M. Valor b Shane Sharpe, Dan Da Man b Shane Marvel, Valkyrie b Mafi the Tongan Warrior, Doug Summer b Zachary Pierre Beaulieu-COR, Sebastian Reese DDQ Shane Sharpe, Pursits b Punk n Pre United, Adrian Vine b Mac, Taka Suzuki & Alex Cypher & Chris Mooch b Johnny Idol & Dr. Reginald Heresy & William King in a bunkhouse match.  Next show is 1/14.
 
--There is a contest for free tickets to the CHIKARA High Noon show next weekend in Philadelphia at http://www.phillyphanatics.com/2011/11/05/heel-turns-musings-of-a-wrestling-god-26/
 
--There is a bus trip from New York to Philadelphia for that show that leaves at 12:30 p.m. on 9th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd street in Manhattan in front of Starbucks and a block from the Port Authority.  Tickets, including transpiration and a G.A. seat for the show are $55.  You can go in a luxury bus and watch wrestling footage on the drive.  For more info call Richard Parker at 347-531-7947 or write This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it      
 
--Jake Shields interview at http://www.thecampussocialite.com/kicking-n-streaming-podcast-w-ufc-fighter-jake-shields/
 
--CWE on Friday night in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall with a 50 man Rumble.
 
 

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