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        We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's TNA Turning Point PPV as well as last night's UFC on Fox.  Regarding UFC on Fox, let us know if you saw the full version, international version or the one hour FOX version because those are three very different types of shows and reactions.  We're also looking for a best and worst match for TNA, and if you saw more than just the FOX version for UFC.
 
        We're also looking for reports on today's CHIKARA iPPV, last night's ROH show in Philadelphia and today's ROH show in New York.  We're also looking for reports on Thursday's Smackdown show in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday's Raw show in Nottingham, England, Wednesday's Smackdown show in Brussels, Belgium, and yesterday's Raw in Minehead, England and Smackdown in Frankfort, Germany.
 
        Turning Point PPV tonight:
*Bobby Roode vs. A.J. Styles for TNA title - What on paper looked to be a great match, will have limitations with Styles coming in injured.  My brain still can't grasp the idea of announcing your PPV main event in the last 30 seconds of the go-home show, unless your goal is to see if you can do the lowest buy rate of the year.
*Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett - Both usually good workers, so this will be an interesting test to see where Hardy stands
*RVD vs. Christopher Daniels in a no DQ match - Should be good as well
*Mexican America & Sarita defend the tag titles against Ink Inc. & Toxine.  I still think it's ridiculous to have the tag titles at stake in a mixed trios match.  Maybe next they can put the Wimbledon singles title on the line in a mixed doubles match.
*Matt Morgan vs. Crimson - I understand people have been blowing up their twitters begging for this dream match.  Well, in somebody's fantasy that's happening.
*Mr. Anderson & Abyss vs. Scott Steiner & Bully Ray - Why not.  Bully Ray is always fine on a PPV.  Abyss now has monster powers again according to Gunner.
*Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash vs. Jesse Sorensen for the X title - Should be a fun match
*Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts title - The idea of bringing Kim in as a heel was because they needed a good worker to have title matches with Sky, so we'll see.
 
        Dragon Gate on iPPV tonight from New York at 8 p.m.
Yamato vs. Johnny Gargano for the Dragon Gate USA title
Pac vs. Ricochet
Cima vs. Masato Yoshino
Sabu & AR Fox & Jon Davis vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez
Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann vs. Akira Tozawa & BxB Hulk
Brodie Lee vs. B.J. Whitmer
Uhaa Nation & John Silver vs. Scott Reed & Caleb Konley 
 
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--A few notes regarding last night's preliminary rating.  The reason the number listed here was different from a number of sites is because the first version of the overnights that people went with measured the FOX network from 9-10 p.m.  The problem is that on the West Coast, where UFC is strongest, the FOX network from 9-10 p.m. was airing filler programming and not the UFC, which aired from 6-7 p.m.  So UFC got "credit" for the lower rated filler stuff, lowering the national number.  The number we put up was adjusted for the West Coast 6-7 p.m. airing being put into the UFC rating.  The rating is good considering the fight only went one minute.  I'd have expected a higher number, but the show actually would have solidly beaten my expectation had the fight gone five rounds.  UFC was thrilled with the number.  It was the most watched MMA show ever in the United States, which it should have been, but still impressive considering there was almost no fighting on the show.  For more on the rating there should be a story up by me at http://www.Yahoo.com
 
--Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson for the UFC lightweight title was announced last night for the 2/26 (2/25 in U.S.) show in Saitama, Japan. Dana White said it would be the main event.  That's interesting only because for Japan, that fight won't mean much, although I expect they'll load it up with Yushin Okami, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Kid Yamamoto as well as fighters from the boom period in Japan like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
 
--We've got a complete rundown from the show on the audio show from last night as Bryan and I were both in Anaheim.  We'll talk more about the show on tonight's audio, as well as the rating, and cover Turning Point.
 
--The Raw crew after the show last night in Minehead, England was able to find a feed for the UFC show.  If they saw the international version, they probably liked it.  Our reaction has been very different as the international version also included Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida, which was an excellent fight, and DaMarques Johnson vs. Clay Harvison.  I at this writing have not yet seen the FOX version.  The FOX version was not aimed at UFC fans.  Whether the 5.7 million viewers were mostly UFC fans or mostly first-timers (and actually I'm betting the vast majority were already fans) is anyone's guess. 
 
--What should also be interesting is the Spike number head-to-head.  All day on Spike they were plugging "Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Tonight 9/6 p.m.  It was a special called Velasquez vs. Dos Santos, but actually aired taped fights of both men head-to-head with their FOX fight. (thanks to Todd Vikov) 
 
--There is a major non-UFC fight on Bellator this coming Saturday night (head to head with UFC) with Eddie Alvarez defending the lightweight title against Michael Chandler. 
 
--Also there is a Strikeforce show on Friday night on Showtime this coming week with Rhonda Rousey back in action against Julia Budd. 
 
--Several Bellator ads aired on the FOX show last night in South Florida for the upcoming show in Sunrise, FL at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.  Three different commercials aired.
 
--For last night's show, I was 4-1 (missing the main event) as was Todd Martin and Josh Nason.  Oliver Copp and Bryan Alvarez were 3-2 and Mike Sempervive was 2-3.  Nason was the only person to correctly pick the main event. 
 
--New York Times coverage of the show was at http://nyti.ms/tzJ6yv
 
--Bob Arum talks UFC at http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/boxing/arum_ring_golden_olj23tzvA66a0VNN53nAlM  Arum said that MMA and boxing are not in competition as he thinks MMA draws white fans who don't follow boxing.  "They thought they would hurt us, instead they got hurt because they got buried.  But I think  the fact they're just on for an hour helps us."    
 
--Fedor Emelianenko's younger brother Alexander Emelianenko was knocked out by Magomed Malikov in 23 seconds last night at the M-1 Challenge show in Astrakhan, Russia that was a worldwide iPPV show.  The promotion has another iPPV on 11/19 in Ufa, Russia headlined by Dmitry Samoilov vs. Mario Miranda, while they have a traditional PPV on 11/20 live from the Olympic Hall in Moscow headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Jeff Monson.
 
--Superstar Billy Graham was released from the hospital yesterday where he'd been battling pneumonia for several days.  Graham was sent home with strong antibiotics.
 
--Which of these fights do you think does the biggest PPV numbers?
Lesnar vs. Overeem 49.7%
Silva vs. Sonnen 27.0%
St. Pierre vs. Diaz 19.3%
Jones vs. Evans 4.0%
 
--Who was the best regional promoter?
Jim Crockett Jr. 26.2%
Vince McMahon Sr. 18.1%
Sam Muchnick 16.9%
Jerry Jarrett 12.7%
Bill Watts 12.6%
Eddie Graham 4.6%
Frank Tunney 2.7%
Roy Shire 2.6%
Paul Boesch 2.0%
Jim Barnett 1.6%
 
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 22.8%
Good 35.2%
Average 16.6%
Fair 10.4%
Poor 15.0%
        47.6% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Former Penn State football star and defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, who was all over the news as the defendant in the sex abuse scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job, was born in Washington, PA.  The biggest wrestling star out of Washington, PA was former NCAA champion Sylvester "The Predator" Terkay.  Terkay wrestled at North Carolina State, where in the 1992 NCAA tournament, he lost 2-1 in the finals to Kurt Angle, who he outweighed on that night by 70 or so pounds.  He then won the title in 1993.  Terkay also fought in both K-1 and in MMA for Japanese groups,
 
--Famed hockey announcer Don Cherry last night on Hockey Night in Canada noted that Sheldon Souray of the Dallas Stars is dating Kelly Kelly.  That's hasn't been a secret for months, ever since Kelly kissed Souray at ringside at a show and also wore his jersey to the ring when they were in Dallas.  Bret Hart also appeared on the show in a segment called "Why I Love the Game," talking about the night he won the WCW title beating Chris Benoit in Toronto, and  how he then celebrated with Wayne Gretzsky and his kids, and also said that he actually liked wrestling in Edmonton more than Calgary.  You can see it at


 (thanks to Adam Lebow)
 
--Hector Garza, the CMLL world heavyweight champion, quit the promotion and said he was joining the Perros Del Mal group, which means he'll likely be headed to AAA. (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)  
 
--There was some sort of a backstage argument during last night's OVW show in Louisville with Cliff Compton and Mohammad Ali Vaez.  They were arguing about a low blow finish but after it had already been done.
 
--Chris Jericho a few days ago on twitter wrote, "Let me get something straight, I will never wrestle for the WWE again. But there is some big news coming up in the world of dance."
 
--Lance Storm talks twitter and questions to avoid asking him  at http://www.stormwrestling.com/111311.html  He also talks about working with legends like Terry Funk, Gene Kiniski, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Satoru Sayama and Abdullah the Butcher.
 
--Fox News ran a story on Gregory Iron, who wrestles while having Cerebral Palsy at http://video.foxnews.com/v/1272933370001/wrestler-overcomes-cerebral-palsy (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)  
 
 
--WrestleReunion has announced its Breakfast of Champions program as part of the convention on 1/29 from 9-11 a.m. will include Mick Foley, Kevin Von Erich, Big Van Vader, B.G. James, Billy Gunn, Scott Steiner, Molly Holly, Spice, Tommy Dreamer, Mikey Whipwreck, Kevin Sullivan, Rick Steiner, Fit Finlay, Harry Smith, Charles "Godfather" Wright, Jimmy Hart and Carlos Colon. 
 
 
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville:  TNT Mottley b Shawn Hoodrich, Damien Payne & Josh Crow b Nick Iggy & Mike Revick, Mike Jablonski b Bryan Casey, L.T. Falk b White Tiger, Psycho Medic b Josh Prada, Jocephus b Raven to win USWO title, Gary Valiant b Bully Douglas (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--2CW from Friday night in Watertown, NY before 350 fans:  Kevin Graham & Mike VanSlke won elimination match over Steve McKenzie & Loca Vida and The Beast & Dewey, Sean Carr over Zachary Springate III  and Muscle Marcos, Cheech b Tomasso Ciampa, Eddie Edwards b Nigel McGuinness, Slyck Wagner Brown b Mike Bennett, Jason Axe b Jay Freddie, Colin Delaney & Jimmy Olsen b Paul London & Brian Kendrick.  McGuinness looked good and gave a speech putting over Edwards in his first match in more than a year. (thanks to David Rude)
 
--Interview with Jakob Hammermeier at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=15902 and Mike Quackenbush at http://angrymarks.com/?AritcleID=15953  
 
--Scott Steiner and Rob Terry are in the ECPW DVD "Prison Yard Brawl" that was just released. 
 
--Drago & Zorro vs. Chessman & La Parka headlines this coming Friday night at the Auditorio in Tijuana.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA before 80 fans:  Supernatural b Campus Blue, Brian Glaze b Eric Walker, Vandal b Ken O'Sullivan, Marko Polo b Warhorse 47 BC, Vordell Walker b Kahagas, Rachael Tension & Dany Only & Joey Kidman & Mr Eric & Master Jae & Union Jack & Leroy & Michael Hirsch & Sylar Cross & Zackary Blaine & Zach Daniels b Jay Fury & Shane Marx & Chip Day & Jon Williams & Trey Williams & Tommy Daniels & Mason & De La Vega & The Phantom & Lethal Litigator in a 40:00 elimination match (thanks to Larry Goodman)
 
--Congrats to long time reader James Argento, whose first child, Aidan, was born on Monday.
 
--The movie "Warrior" with Kurt Angle was No. 6 this past week in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--AWWL from last night in Jackson, MI:  Randi West b Serenity and Mrs. X, Frank Stine b Lobo, Cy-Risk b Mike White, Big Country b Cecil Cerveza, Jerome Pruitt b Cody Tu Tone, Jason Harris b Jumpin Jimmy K, Whipdog Johnson & Tim Horner Jr. b Badman Marvel & Hotstuff Rivera, Viking b Frank Stine, Rastakhan b Harker Dirge-DQ     
 
--SICW from last night in East Carondolet, IL before 235 fans:  Bobby D b Moondog Rover, Chase King b Aidan Young, Max Archer & Kevin X b Dave Vaughn & LMC, Chaz Wesson b Big Texan-DQ, Ricky Cruz b Waco, Dave Vaughn DCOR Kevin X, LMC b Max Archer, Ron Powers won three-way over Gary Jackson and Chris Hargas.
 
--Joel Gertner and Steve Corino will be appearing on 12/1 at Connie's Ric Rac for the Tom Robinson (longtime Philadelphia fan and old friend of ours) and his 42nd birthday party comedy show.  The show is geared toward Hardcore wrestling fans.
 
--NWA Fusion from last night in King & Queen, VA:  Assafi b Tre Black, Derrick Van Doom b Ryan Zane, Stephon Smith & Larry McHale b Executioners, Sean Denny b Ryan Nuzi, Larry Horsley b Shorty Smalls-DQ, A-1 won Incredible partners random draw match, Preston Quinn & Pat Cusick b Mempho Mofo & Victor Griff.  Next show is 11/19 in Gloucester, VA and 12/3 in Norfolk.   
 
--Squared Circle Wrestling from Friday night in Milton, ONT:  Sebastian Suave b Alex Vega, Marcus Marquez b Kalvin Kriss, KGB b Fist Pumpers in a handicap match, O.P. Kross b R.J. City, Alex Vega & Kalvin Kriss & Xanada Bale b Empire, Pepper Parks b KGB, Michael Elgin b Brent Banks (thanks to Steve Ashe)
 
--NWA Anarchy TV tapings from last night in Cornelia, GA:  Vassar & Dangerous b Hexton & Canon, Adrian Hawkins b Zack Daniels, John Skyler & Bobby Moore & Andrew Pendleton b Jacob Ashworth & Skirra Corvus & Cb Gibson, Tommy Daniels b JC Walker, Slim J & Brian Casanova b Mike Posey & Corey Hollis-DQ, Mike Posey b Seth Delay, Billy Buck & Anthony Henry b Shaun Tempers & Bo Newsome, Cedric Alexander b Corey Hollis, Stryknyn & Dany Only b Nemesis & Shadow Jackson.  Next show is 11/26 with Adrian Hawkins vs. Dustin Knight as the main event.
 
--NWA Coastal on 11/19 in Bayville, NJ at the Elks Lodge
 
 

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