WED. UPDATE: Record audience for Dos Santos vs. Cain; Ratings, Spike adding new TV show; TNA cancel



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--The actual audience for the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight itself on FOX was 8.77 million.  Keep in mind that the actual U.S. audience would probably be closer to 10 million because it aired on Fox Deportes, and because of Velasquez, the ratings among Spanish viewers were higher than non-Spanish viewers.  It would make it the most watched MMA fight, boxing match or pro wrestling match on U.S. television in more than eight years.  What is even more impressive is that was a 64 second fight and in big fights, the rating usually grows by more than 1 million viewers so if it had gone any time, it's mind boggling where it would have ended up.
 
--In last week's ratings, ESPN averaged 2.8 in prime time to 2.0 for USA, likely thanks to the Penn State scandal coverage.  FX was No. 11 at 1.0, Syfy was No. 17 at 0.9 and Spike did not crack top 25.  The two hours of Raw were No. 14 and No. 18 overall.
 
--All the New York papers had short stories on the UFC suing to get into the state.  The New York Times story is at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/sports/ufc-sues-to-lift-new-york-ban-on-mixed-martial-arts-fighting.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print
 
--Spike TV announced it is doing its own weekly MMA television show called MMA Junkie Live starting in January, named after the web site.  The 30 minute show will be broadcast live from Times Square in New York.  The show will feature MMA reporters in discussion and debates on issues of the day as well as interview the top fighters.    
 
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--The TNA house show in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the famed Luna Park on Monday has been canceled.
 
--Who takes this fight
Urijah Faber 68.7%
Brian Bowles 31.3%
 
--Regarding purchasing Survivor Series this weekend
Not buying either way 53.7%
Not buying after TV, was considering it 26.1%
Buying before the TV hype, still buying 18.0%
Wasn't buying, now buying because of WWE TV hype 2.3%
        This indicates some damage has been done
 
--Which show does the most North American buys
UFC 139 68.6%
Survivor Series 31.4%
       
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 3.8%
Good 14.0%
Average 20.4%
Fair 15.2%
Poor 46.7%
        15.8% of those responding didn't see the show
  
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--Two people who have a connection to Gina Carano are fighting on Saturday in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock for the Lion Fight promotion.  Kit Cope, the former boyfriend of Carano, will be fighting, as will Elaina Maxwell, who faced Carano is the fight that really put Carano on the national map in San Jose. 
 
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--Meiko Satomura and Commando Boilshoi have been pulled from the JoshiMania CHIKARA shows due to injuies.  Satomura will be there doing a training seminar and Kaori Yoneyama is coming as a replacement for Bolshoi.  The shows are 12/2 in Philadelphia, 12/3 in Everett, MA and 12/4 in Manhattan, NY.  Hall of Famers Aja Kong and Manami Toyota are the headliners.
 
--From http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/george_women_h9alkFgoq00cjkwPuTNCOK noted how Stacy Keibler and former Clooney girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis were sat in close proximity to each other at a party at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Monday night and said how Keibler would never look at Canalis.
 
--UWC TV at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos
 
--There are three Toys for Tots shows scheduled at the Arena in Philadelphia this holiday season.  CHIKARA will be collecting for their 12/2 show that features Kong and Toyota.  CZW will be collecting on their Cage of Death show on 12/3 and there is also a Japanese indie summit show featuring wrestlers from four different Japanese groups on the afternoon of 12/3 and includes Dick Togo, Kudo, Danshoku Dieno Jun Kasai and Jaki Numazawa.  They are requesting unwrapped toys for donation and collection bins will be at the entrance of the arena for all three shows.  They will be given as Christmas gifts to needy children.
 
--AWWL on Saturday night in Marshall, MI at the MAC Activity Center with Sabu vs. Necro Butcher, plus former 80s star Tim Horner.    
 
--An interview with Headlocked comic book creator Mike Kingston is at http://twospotmonkeys.blogspot.com/2011/11/13-questions-with-headlocked-creator.html
 
--Paul Lazenby talks to Bas Rutten at http://www.paullazenby.com
 
--Dakota Cochrane, who upset Jamie Varner in September, is going to try out for the next season of Ultimate Fighter.
 
--Grapplers Quest hosts the World Series of Grappling and BJJ on Saturday in Las Vegas at the Sports Center on Sunset Rd.   
 
--A comic book about a wrestler fighting a gorilla is at http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com
 
--Showdown Fights on Friday night from Orem, UT at the UCCU Events Center airs live on iPPV from GoFightLive.TV featuring Jordan Smith vs. Josh McDonald.
 
--An interview with Dick Togo is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2011/11/04/18923671.html
 
--Faction MMA on Saturday night at the Fabulous Moolah Shrine Center Ballroom in St. Louis.  Another MMA fighter who shares the name of a former pro wrestler on that show is Mike Graham, who joins names like Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts (sadly no Terry Gordy), Rocky Johnson and John Hawk.
 
--Rashad Evans appears on Saturday night at the Pop Culture Vault Gallery in Delray Beach, FL from 8-10 p.m. at an art exhibit. 

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