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        We're also looking for the same on the M-1 Global PPV if anyone watches.
        We're looking for reports tonight from the TNA house show in Vicksburg, MS and the ROH Glory by Honor show in Chicago (Davey Richards vs. El Generico for the ROH title, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus for the tag titles, Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong in a non-title match, Briscoes vs. Young Bucks, Eddie Edwards vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Tommaso Ciampa and Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin vs. Mike Bennett vs. Grizzly Redwood).  We're also looking for reports form last night's TNA house show in Greenwood, MS.
        Weigh-ins for tonight's UFC 139
Facebook fights starting at 5:45 p.m.
Danny Castillo (155) vs. Shamar Bailey (158) - Bailey made no attempt to make weight and forfeited 20% of his purse
Seth Baczynski (171) vs. Matt Brown (171)
Nick Pace (141) vs. Miguel Torres (136) - Pace beforehand informed the commission he could not make 136 and forfeited 20% of his purse as he was medically ordered to stop cutting when he hit 139; Torres made 136 on his third attempt
Rafael dos Anjos (155.5) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
Tom Lawlor (185) vs. Chris Weidman (185.5)
Spike fights starting at 8 p.m.
Alex Soto (135) vs. Michael McDonald (136)
Ryan Bader (205) vs. Jason Brilz (204)
PPV at 9 p.m.
Kyle Kingsbury (205) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205)
Rick Story (170.5) vs. Martin Kampmann (170.5)
Urijah Faber (136) vs. Brian Bowles (136)
Cung Le (185) vs. Wanderlei Silva (185)
Dan Henderson (203) vs. Shogun Rua (205)
        We will have live coverage tonight on the site.  
        Bellator tonight has been moved to 7 p.m. on MTV 2, even though that means going against the Spike fights which they hate doing since they are the same network ownership.  They want to avoid the UFC PPV.  This is one of the bigger Bellator shows of this season.  There are prelims on starting at 5 p.m.
Fabio Mello (135.5) vs. Farkhad Sharipov (135.75)
Jonas Billstein (185.5) vs. Herbert Whisper Goodman (185.5) - Goodman formerly played in the NFL
Cosmo Alexander (157.25) vs. Avery McPhatter (156) - Alexander missed weight
Aldir Araujo (169.75) vs. Alton Barbosa (170.5)
Brett Cooper (185.5) vs. Jared Hess (185.5)
MTV fights
Rafael Dias (145.75) vs. Marlon Sandro (145.5)
Jessica Aguilar (117.5) vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward (114) - Aguilar didn't make weight
Hector Lombard (193) vs. Trevor Prangley (194.75) - Non-title fight at 195 pound catch weight
Eddie Alvarez (154) vs. Michael Chandler (154.5) for the lightweight title
        And for the lowest drawing MMA PPV of the year, M-1 Global has a show from the Olympic Arena in Moscow starting tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Eastern and 4:30 a.m. Pacific time:
Albert Durasev (182.3) vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (184.5)
Maribek Taisumov (155) vs. Josh Thorpe (155.4)
Juan Manuel Suarez (169.5) vs. Alexander Yakoviev (169.8)
Jose Figueroa (155.4) vs. Daniel Weichel (154.5) for the lightweight title
Fedor Emelianenko (238.3) vs. Jeff Monson (238.1)
        And ROH tonight in Sinclair
Alex Silva vs. Mike Mondo
Mike Bennett vs. Jamin Olivencia
Davey Richards vs. Kyle O'Reilly - heard this match was awesome
        Sunday is Survivor Series from Madison Square Garden, featuring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in his first match in 7 1/2 years.
The Rock & John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth
Alberto Del Rio vs. C.M. Punk for WWE title
Mark Henry vs. Big Show for World title
Randy Orton & Sheamus & Mason Ryan & Kofi Kingston & Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett & Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes & Jack Swagger & Hunico in an elimination match
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison for U.S. title
Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres in a lumberjack match for the Divas title
        Raw will be on Monday night from Hershey, PA.  Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
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--Dwayne Johnson has been attached as the star in "Monster Hunter's Survival Guide" based on the comic book. 
The new site will be out in early 2012.  Didn't they just re-design the site?
--There is a Survivor Series fan rally today at Madison Square Garden with a number of the wrestlers.

--Lots more media than usual at Survivor Series due to Johnson wrestling.

--They are setting up an interview room at TVs this week likely for DVD releases.

--Regarding tomorrow's Survivor Series I was told "Get ready for a three hour twitter commercial, don't say I never warned you."

--Talent has been told to push the new video game hard on their twitter feeds.
--We'll be back tonight after UFC 139 with Wrestling Observer radio, covering the show as well as talking the latest TNA and WWE news.
--Ronda Rousey appears to be the new darling of the MMA message boards after yet another armbar, this time in 34 seconds, on Julia Budd.  Don't watch the replay if you are squeamish.  When they talk about taking the arm out of its socket, it's rare that is a literal meaning.  Not this time.  Gene LeBell was with her doing a stopwatch gimmick that was so awesome.
--KENTA vs. Takeshi Morishima will be in the finals tomorrow of Pro Wrestling NOAH's Global League. 
--Raw on Monday is being built around the first time Kevin Nash and HHH are in the same building, so HHH will be there and they will likely announce that match as one of the main events for the TLC show on 12/18.
--Tommy Dreamer talks about his childhood memory when his hero, Bob Backlund, blew him off when he asked for an autograph at
--There was actually a yahoo article with the Iron Sheik commenting on the NBA lockout.  Sheik said, "NBA people don't be greedy piece of garbage, you lose the fan you lose the money, you need to show respect for the fan.  don't be the Virgil."
--Heath Slater's wellness suspension is up.
--Raw after the Royal Rumble in St. Louis on 1/29 will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
--Bellator CEO put it up to a fan vote for the final spot on tonight's TV show.  He gave them three fights to choose from in a Twitter vote, Brett Cooper vs. Jared Hess, Farkhad Sarpiv vs. Fabio Mello and Jessica Aguilar vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward.  60% of the people voted for the women's fight.
--Should TNA sign John Morrison
Yes 77.0%
No 23.0%
--Poll on Ultimate Fighter from Wednesday
Excellent 13.6%
Good 46.9%
Average 25.9%
Fair 6.2%
Poor 7.4%
        46,4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Daniel Bryan was at last night's Strikeforce show in Las Vegas.  He lives in Las Vegas.  He may have finally met Gene LeBell, who he named his hold after, as the two had never met, but both were there.  And it's not like there were a lot of people there. (thanks to Adam Geller) 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns the small town of Haddon Heights, NJ,  which has a population of about 8,000 people.  Yet at one time or another, among the residents have been NWA/WWWF champion Buddy Rogers, pool legend Willie Mosconi (as in pool on a table, not a pool you swim in), Steven Spielberg, Jess McGrath, Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A's and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.  Jimmy Reiher Jr., who later worked for WWE as Deuce of the Deuce & Domino tag team, was an excellent youth football player, but because Haddon Heights had no program for youth football, ended up playing in Haddonfield, NJ.
--The National Geographic Channel tonight at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern will air a replay of the "Slammed" pro wrestling special covering Northeast indie wrestling including NWS and ROH.
--Global TV in Canada will air a mini documentary on Devon Nicholson and his lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher on 11/26 at 7 pm.  WWE refused to allow anyone to be interviewed for the show.
--Jim Ross noted he's in Waco, TX today for the Oklahoma vs. Baylor game.  He's not headed to New York for Survivor Series.
--Christopher Daniels will be on ESPN 1420 KKEA in Honolulu on 11/21 at 2:05 p.m. Hawaii time.  You can listen at 8:05 p.m. Eastern at  Daniels appears Monday night for Action Zone Wrestling in Waipahu, Hawaii.     
--CWI from last night in Lindsay, ONT before 500 fans:  RJ City b Ethan Page, Jon Bolen b Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Raven b Guillotine Graham (Robbie McAllister), Tatanka b Boris Breshnev, X-Pac & Billy Gunn b Flatliners, Val Venis b Sylvain Grenier.  Brodie Lee, Greg Valentine and Road Dogg were all advertised and not there.  Chris Masters was there and did a masterlock challenge with a fan.  They run tonight in Caledonia, ONT with X-Pac & Gunn vs. Nasty Boys and Masters vs. Venis (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Shawn Hoodrich b TNT Mottley, Psycho Medic b Charles Jackson III, Damien Payne & Josh Crow b Nick Iggy & Mike Revick, L.T. Falk b Danny Copass, Wolfie D b Jocephus Gary Valiant b Sigmon (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--I Believe in Wrestling tonight at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando.
--Stephan Bonnar talks about his career and tonight's fight with Kyle Kingsbury at

--Imani Lee, a former WWE developmental wrestler who once appeared on Raw (he was the fake Cedric the Entertainer) faces Brandon Sayles in an MMA fight on 12/2 in Tampa at the St. Pete Times Forum on HDNet.  The show also features former TUF fighter Corey Hill.  
--Layla will be appearing at Wednesday's FCW show in Orlando.
--Lucha Libre from El Paso last night before less than 1,500 fans:  Imposter & Nacho Libre b Fussion & Firebird 2, Blue Demon Jr. & Tiger Man b Magno & La Migra, Dragon & Impostor Jr. & Baby Star b Utophia & Princesa Guerrera & Galactico 4, Cobarde & Cobarde Jr.  b Maquina 45 Jr. & Peluchin, El Hijo del Santo & El Hijo del Rey Misterio (the first one) b Las Bestias.  Demon Jr. was put on second because he had to fly to Miami for rehearsals for the Mira Quien Baila (think Dancing with the Stars for the Hispanic audience) finals.  He was eliminated  a few weeks back but everyone comes back for the final show. (thanks to Albert Cerda)
--In 30 seconds, you can see one of WWE's biggest problems at
--DOA Wrestling from last night in Keizer, OR:  Nate Andrews b Ricky Gibson, C.J. Edwards b Chuck Payne, Jeremy Blanchard & C.W. Bergstrom b Ugly as Sin-DQ, Rock & Roll Fantasy b J&E Experience, Dr. Kliever b Ugly as Sin-DQ in a gauntlet match, Left Coast Casanovas b Illuminat in a street fight.  They run tonight in Portland featuring Fit Finlay & Dr. Kliever vs. Ugly as Sin (thanks to Mike Sweetser)
--Empire Wrestling from last night in Avondale Estates, GA:  Vandal d Supernatural, Aesha b Warhorse 34C, Frankie Valentine NC Tommy Daniels, Najasism & Eric Walker & Sylar Class was a no contest, Ken O'Sullivan b Campus Yellow, Joey Kidman b Pandora, Seth Delay b Mr. Eric, Marko Polo b Ultimate Warhorse, Jon & Trey Williams b Cru Jones & Shaun Banks

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