THURS. UPDATE: Overeem files suit, WWE/Penn State connection, MMA fighters found dead



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        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.
 
        Impact tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike
Crimson vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero
Garrett Bischoff vs. Gunner
Jesse Sorensen vs. Zema Ion
Gail Kim & Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky & Mickie James for tag titles
Ronnie from Jersey Shore & Eric Young vs. Robbie E & Rob Terry
A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
Abyss & Mr. Anderson & Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett & Bully Ray & Scott Steiner
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm for the TNA title
        Bjorn Rebney of TNA will be guest commentator during the Styles vs. Daniels match.  A lot of short matches as you can tell by so many matches.
 
        Superstars tonight
Alex Riley vs. Michael McGillicutty
Justin Gabriel vs. Curt Hawkins
Daniel Bryan vs. William Regal
 
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--Alistair Overeem has sued his former management company, Golden Glory, in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that they owe him $151,000 in back pay based on their deal where they would get his money, but then he'd get 65% of the pretax money, and claimed that they misled him in signing the deal and is looking to get out of the deal.  Overeem has split with Golden Glory and now trains in Las Vegas at Xtreme Couture.
 
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--A radio interview by Madden on the story is at http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ycn-10407023 (thanks to Paul Nucci)
 
--While no surprise, UFC officially announced that the 12/30 Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem fight is for the No. 1 contender spot in the heavyweight division.  The show will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and tickets go on sale for UFC newsletter subscribers today, and to the public tomorrow at www.ticketmaster.com  Tickets range from $800 down to $75.  Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz is being pushed as the No. 2 fight on the show. 
 
--Chuck Langerman's pro wrestling trivia today is about one of the greatest man vs. man sports rivalries of the last 50 years, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier.  In the early and mid 70s, both Ali and Frazier lived in the Philadelphia area.  Ali lived in Cherry Hill, NJ in a 10,000 square foot home.  Frazier lived in Plymouth Township, PA in a house that had a swimming pool shaped like a boxing glove.  Jacqui Frazier went to Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School and was a major high school basketball star, and is now a lawyer.  She once boxed Laila Ali in what is still the most successful PPV show ever headlined by a woman's bout.   
 
--Two MMA fighters in Georgia were both found dead last night in Marietta, GA.  Wilbur South, 28, who fights at Wild Bill's under the name Sonny South, was found dead with his girlfriend, Mary Ellen Cano, 32.  No other details have been released.  A story is at http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/couple-found-dead-inside-1221653.html  (thanks to Daren Husband)
 
--There is an interesting wrestling history piece talking about the creation by Jerry Jarrett of the CWA world title, his plans to work with the AWA to unify the world title, why Jarrett stopped using the NWA champion (it's because they wouldn't let Jerry Lawler win the title in the late 70s), why the unification idea fell apart and the title disappeared is at http://kentuckyfriedwrestling.com/theword2/on-this-date-in-rasslin-history-jerry-lawler-defeats-superstar-billy-graham-for-cwa-world-title/
 
 
--Alex Marvez talks to Gail Kim about leaving WWE and coming to TNA at http://scrippsnews.com/node/65346
 
--Sad to report the death of U.K. wrestler Danny "Oxman" Robinson, who passed away at the age of 33 from liver cancer.  His funeral was held today in Sutton Coldfield, UK. (thanks to Lawan Hawizy)
 
--Will Saturday's UFC show create a new fan base of PPV buyers if the show is good?
Yes, considerable occasional buyers for big fights 33.4%
Yes, a small amount of occasional buyers 27.4%
Won't make a difference long-term 24.3%
Yes, will create a small amount of regular buyers 10.1%
Yes, will create a considerable number of regular buyers 4.7%
 
--Will Rock vs. John Cena set the all-time pro wrestling PPV record?
Yes 58.8%
No 41.2%
 
--Who would draw bigger numbers against Steve Austin in a singles match at Mania?
Brock Lesnar 68.2%
C.M.  Punk 16.5%
Undertaker 14.1%
HHH 1.1%
        Mind-boggling if you think about it.
 
--WWE is sending Hornswoggle to The Muppets movie premiere and will be doing a video feature on it.     
 
--Felice Herrig, a former kickboxing champion, faces Carla Esparza, a female wrestler from Atherton, CA, face off on the 12/2 XFC show from Tampa, which airs on HDNet and will be the co-main event of the show.  
 
--Christopher Daniels did an interview on "The Casey in the Morning Show" on KCLB-FM in Palm Springs at http://937kclb.com/user/721
 
--Spartan Fighting Championships tomorrow night from Ashland, KY headlined by Joe Blanchard vs. Dom Steele will be one of a number if GoFightLive.tv iPPVs this weekend.  They also have a Saturday night at 7 p.m. show from Lowell, MA headlined by Rich Clementi vs. Ronnie Rogers, a free MMA show at 3 p.m. from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, NJ and a free show at 8 p.m. from Fresno, CA. 
 
--They also have a CHIKARA show at 4 p.m. Eastern on Sunday and Impact Zone Wrestling show at 8 p.m. Saturday, the latter of which is free.
 
--Jay Briscoe on twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/jaybriscoe84/status/134408522006925314
 
--Clay Guida talks his fight with Ben Henderson and what it would take to get him to accept a hair vs. hair match (which Henderson wanted) at http://bit.luy/vsGCEE
 
--Eddie Kingston talks his match with Mike Quackenbush to create the first CHIKARA champion on Sunday's iPPV at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1AGjIQKxNE&feature=youtu.be
 
--Regarding Ted DiBiase Jr. and being on the U.S. national soccer team, that was quite the stretch.  DiBiase Jr. was a good youth soccer player, but younger brother Brett DiBiase was a better player tha he was and the national team never considered him either.      
 
--UFC is bringing Brittney Palmer back as a ring girl.  Yesterday Dana White on his twitter account did a poll asking if he should bring her back.  Well, you can imagine the response.  At the end of the day, he said the people decided and she's back.  As if.  And here I thought she was never gone, and just wasn't appearing at the shows because she was attending art school.  Next thing you know they'll be telling us that all the UFC fighters after the show do nothing but play video games over and over enough to where ESPN will report such a thing.   
 
--3XW on 11/25 in Des Moines at the Barratta's Forte Grand Ballroom headlined by Mark Sterling vs. Jeremy Wyatt and featuring Arik Cannon, Mike Sydal, Devin Carter and more.
 
--Gunner from TNA headlines for GXW on Saturday night in Richmond, VA at Club Aurora.
 
--NWA Fusion is at http://vimeo.com/31602665  
 
--UCW on Saturday night in Cave City, KY at Caverna High School is headlined by Brian Christopher vs. Wolfie D, plus Doug Vines, the ICW wrestler from the early 80s appears.
 
--Crossfire Entertainment runs the Nashville Fairgrounds Arena on 1/14 featuring appearances by Mick Foley and Maria Kanellis, plus Chris Masters vs Carlito, Rhino vs. Hammerjack, plus Cassidy Riley, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, David Young and Brian Christopher.
 
--New York Wrestling Connection on Saturday night in Deer Park, NY at the Sportatorium
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling in Las Vegas and Elite Xtreme Wrestling from Phoenix have merged and will use the name Future Stars of Wrestling in both cities.  They will have the same storylines and rosters, but run a Las Vegas television show and a Phoenix television show.  Names that will be appearing are Val Venis, Johnny the Bull, Chuck Palumbo, Kenny King, Michael Modest, Roderick Strong, Brandon Gatson, T.J. Perkins and more.  
 
--Great Sasuke was announced for the 1/27 to 1/29 WrestleReunion in Los Angeles.  An update from yesterday.  Maryse will not be wrestling on the show that weekend, but would appear on the show. 
 
--An interview with Bobby Lashley, who fights Karl Knothe tomorrow night in Lubbock, is at http://www.sportstownchicago.com/fightclub
 
--CNWA on 11/26 in Red Deer, Alberta at the Red Deer College Main Gym.
 
--An article plugging Smackdown tapings in Bridgeport, CT is at http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Big-Show-Mark-Henry-to-step-into-the-ring-as-WWE-2262382.php (thanks to Kevin Lagasse)
 
--Pro Wrestling Blitz from Saturday night in Joliet, IL:  Tony Rican b A.J. Smooth, Bobby Ryte b White Russian, Robert Anthony & Dysfunction & Machine b Tony Scarpone & Brandon Blaze & Willa da Bomb, Gilbert Lewis b Justin Dredd-DQ, Gringo Loco b Herroes, Rikishi & Mike Horning & Hardcore Craig b Ryan Slade & Matty Starr & Ashton Vuitton (thanks to Steve Stone)  



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