WED. UPDATE: UFC TV plans for 2012, What will happen Saturday, Ratings, Storm, Velasquez, Helms

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        We're looking for reports on today's Raw house show in Nottingham, England and Smackdown show in Brussels, Belgium.
        Ultimate Fighter tonight has Dennis Bermudez vs. Akira Corassani in the featherweight semifinals, winner goes to the live show on 12/3, plus one of the wildest pranks in TUF history.  
        Tomorrow has Raw in Glasgow, Scotland and Smackdown in Zurich, Switzerland.  Friday has Raw in London at the O2 Arena and Smackdown in Gdansk, Poland.  The tour finishes on Saturday with Raw in Minehead, England and Smackdown in Frankfurt, Germany, before the crew returns for a three-hour Raw featuring The Rock and Mick Foley from Boston on Monday.
        UFC Prime Time, the Velasquez vs. Dos Santos preview show, replays at 8 p.m. tonight on Fuel.  
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--A lot of 2012 UFC plans were talked about by Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, and FOX execs like David Hill, Eric Shanks and George Greenberg.  The plan starting in the new year will be four FOX specials which will air from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday nights, airing two or three fights.  There will also be six live events that will be two hours in length airing on FX, and six live events on Fuel that will be three hours in length.  For PPV shows, they will air the early prelim matches on Fuel, the last two prelims on FX and then go live on PPV. 
--The most notable thing is that Fuel is going to be almost the UFC channel.  They are planning on airing 2,000 hours of UFC programming next year, which, if you're keeping track, is five-and-a-half hours per day, and that number may go up more than down.  It will include all kinds of taped shows, talk shows, Pride shows, UFC events, UFC prelims, and any international versions of Ultimate Fighter.  So without changing its name, it's almost like it'll be the UFC network.
--Lorenzo Fertitta said that there are no plans to air two shows on the same night.  Dana White had talked about it for 2/25, which would have been a FOX special as the lead-in for a PPV show.  He said they could do it, it won't happen 2/25, but right now there are no plans for such a night.
--They also noted on Saturday's TV show, they won't be pushing UFC 139 that much, but will instead focus on pushing UFC 141 with Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem, with both appearing on the show, and pushing that the winner of Dos Santos vs. Velasquez faces the Lesnar vs. Overeem winner.
--White has been pushing Pacquiao vs. Marquez almost as good as the boxing promoters, talking about how you can sit at home Saturday night, watch the UFC heavyweight title fight, and then buy the Pacquiao PPV.         
--Today is the 14th anniversary of the Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels match in Montreal.  Who knew that 14 years later there would be a video released where it was still the main subject talked about.
--Even with football, USA was No. 1 in prime time on cable last week with a 2.4 average to 2.2 for ESPN and 1.8 for Disney.  FX was No. 9 at 1.0 and Syfy was No. 11 at 1.0.  Spike was No. 21 at 0.7.  The two hours of Raw were No. 6 and No. 10.  For 18-49 Raw was No. 6 and No. 7.
--Jeff Bukantz noted in the talk about the death of Joe Frazier, that the first Ali vs. Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden was four weeks to the day, in the same arena, of the Pedro Morales WWWF title win over Ivan Koloff.
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--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia.  ROH wrestler Rhett Titus was a 2005 graduate of Lacey Township High School in Lanoka Harbor, NJ.  Titus played offensive tackle and defensive end on the Lacey Township football team.  The most famous graduate of the school was former NFL running back Keith Elias, who played halfback at Princeton and later went on to play with the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts.  Elias was also a big wrestling fan growing up.
--A story on Cain Velasquez's background is at
--A story on the Shane Helms benefit event that featured Ric Flair, Mick Foley and Edge is at
--The Liverpool football club has a video of Sheamus visiting them at  Ted DiBiase, who is also a soccer fan, went with him.  DiBiase said he nearly qualified for the U.S. national soccer team.  Is there anything to that?  I had heard he was a good high school football player but never heard that.  (thanks to Tony Garvey) 
--ESPN in the U.K. announced its schedule for 11/19.  The UFC Countdown show airs at 12:30 a.m., followed by MMA Live at 1:30 a.m. and the live PPV headlined by Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua and Cung Le vs. Wanderlei Silva is at 2 a.m.
--Aja Kong vs. Meiko Satomura was announced for CHIKARA's Joshimania show on 12/3 in Everett, MA.  They will be doing three nights using women wrestlers from Japan as the stars on 12/2 in Philadelphia, and also 12/4 in New York.
--Jason Segel, who is part of the Muppet movie project, was on Jay Leno last night, and asked if he was working on any good sketches for Saturday Night Live this weekend, which he is hosting.  He said he may do an Andre the Giant impression, and then do an impression of Andre from "The Princess Bride" and sounded just like him. (thanks to Michael Bernstein) 
--WWE has sent out advertising for Monday's Raw listing John Cena & Randy Orton & C.M. Punk vs.  The Miz & R-Truth & Mark Henry as the main event.  That's probably the dark match. (thanks to Josh Nason) 
--Bruce Buffer did the ring announcing at the World Series of Poker main event last night on ESPN, doing his, "It's time!" catch phrase after introducing the players (thanks to Daniel Short)
--Bill Eadie aka Masked Superstar aka Demolition Ax has been added as a guest for the WrestleReunion in Miami over WrestleMania weekend.  He will be wrestling as well.
--Mark Madden has gotten some publicity because people have discovered he actually broke the Sandusky story back in April and the rest of the media pretty much ignored it, and now it's the biggest sports in sports.
--Bill Reiter has a lengthy story on Dana Whit at the web site
--A video going around making fun of Bob Arum for his previous comments on MMA is at (thanks to Brian Angstadt)
--Who will win this fight?
Ben Henderson 60.9%
Clay Guida 39.1%
Who do you most want to see face Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight title?
Urijah Faber 45.0%
Renan Barao 35.7%
Brian Bowles 19.3%
--Will next week's Raw do a 3.6 rating?
Better than a 3.6 9.9%
3.6 itself 8.2%
Worse than a 3.6 81.9%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 3.9%
Good 8.2%
Average 24.1%
Fair 17.4%
Poor 46.5%
        27.1% of those responding didn't see the show.  Much larger not seeing it than any time in a long time, and poor results overall.
--Jerry Lawler talks how long he's going to wrestle, changes in wrestling and the rise of UFC at  
--They also announced that Maryse will be a guest at the 1/27 to 1/29 convention in Los Angeles.  She will be doing autographs and also wrestle on one of the shows.   
--Former UFC fighter Rich Clementi faces Ronnie Rogers at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA for Victory Promotions on Saturday night which airs live on
--Former TUF fighter Ryan McGillivray returns to the Maximum Fighting Championships for a 1/27 show in Edmonton.
--Jim Fitzpatrick noted that the San Francisco Bay Bombers will be doing their annual Toys for Tots benefit game on 12/17 in Pleasanton at the Alameda County Fairgrounds with the Bay Bombers facing the All-Stars.
--New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Abington, MA at the High School headlined by D.C. Dillinger & Brian Fury & Brandon Locke vs. Matt Taven & Julian Starr & Nunzio.
--Chaotic Wrestling on 11/11 in Woburn, MA at the Elks Lodge  
--NWA Coastal on 11/19  in Bayville, NJ at the Elks Lodge featuring Ricky Reyes, Vordell Walker, El Bronco from the Caribbean and Tommy Cairo
--Tijuana at the Auditorio on 11/18 has Drago & Zorro vs. Chessman & La Parka as the main event.
--UWC Championship Wrestling at
--MMA and Muay Thai fights on 11/19 in St. Louis at the Moolah Shrine Temple.  All seats are $35.  Moolah Shrine Temple?  I wonder if they have a Mildred Burke Shrine Temple anywhere.
--Tom "Kong" Watson is raising money for Children in Need at   
--Sara Del Rey talks about Aja Kong and the WWE women's division at

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