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--I want to apologize to everyone regarding the web site issues over the last 24 hours.  I really don't have an explanation but it was as frustrating for us as it was for you, particularly during the Survivor Series and post-SS.  The issues hurt the live report on the site but hopefully that won't happen again.
 
--The best part of last night's show may have been something that didn't even make the air, which was The Rock's interview after the show went off.  Part of it was the crowd interaction with him with the "You still got it" chants and he said, "I always had it."  He put over Zack Ryder, who was getting chants all night.  I have no idea why they didn't have Ryder win the U.S. title last night because the unique nature of last night's crowd would have garnered a reaction for it that they won't be able to quite reach anywhere else.  He joked around, thanked the audience for their reaction, said he wasn't coming back for the money, and then joked that he is getting a lot of money, and once again talked about how special Madison Square Garden is regarding his grandfather and father wrestling there.  There were some people noting that he was about to break down and he said, "The Rock doesn't cry."  It was spontaneous and came off great, and when it was over, he said "It's just the beginning."  He said November 20, 2011 was the highlight of his wrestling career.  It's at http://tinyurl.com/btaddc8
 
--I'm pretty sure he's back on the movie set in New Orleans this morning and not on Raw.
 
--His mom, Ata Johnson, was shown in the front row and she noted how she had all these memories as well, because to her, both her father (Peter Maivia) and ex-husband (Rocky Johnson) worked all over the country in territories and how to them, being in Madison Square Garden was a career highlight, and she never thought she'd have another moment where someone from her family would headline there.  MSG was a huge part of the night for them because of the stature MSG held as a wrestling arena and sports arena when he was growing up and his father and grandfather were active and the coincidences of it being the first big match of his career, the last previous match, and the arena where it became clear he was going to be a to tier superstar (the ladder match in 1998 at SummerSlam that he actually lost to HHH).
 
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--There were almost 50 mentions of twitter on last night's show.  It didn't bother me nearly as much as on Raw last Monday.  The graphics on the screen to me aren't intrusive, but when the commentators put over twitter and talk about trending on twitter over and over during the show, that's where it gets annoying.
 
--Urijah Faber, Tito Ortiz and Ronda Rousey will be on Inside MMA tonight at 8 p.m. on HDNet. and replays at 12:30 a.m. Eastern time. 
 
--The Chicago Tribune at http://www.chicagotribune.com had in its "About Last Night" gossip column by Luis Gomez a mention of C.M. Punk winning the title saying there's nowhere near the buzz for it as there was in July and blamed WWE for botching his storyline and the way he was booked since his return.  Gomez said that WWE has managed to get him to stop watching wrestling which he's never missed since high school.  But he did say he was considering watching tonight.  He wrote how casual fans who came back for Punk's angle have gone back to watching football.  I agree with his booking sentiments but numbers don't bear out that statement at all.
 
--The New York Daily News gossip section at http://www.nydailynews.com/ has a brief story on last night's show focusing on Rock's return.
 
--Boy did I do badly on Saturday.  Bryan and I were both 1-4 at UFC 139 tying for last place.  Mike Sempervive and Mike Sawyer were 4-1 while Todd Martin, Josh Nason and Oliver Copp were 3-2.  
 
--The Bella Twins turn 28 today.  Afa Anoi'a of Wild Samoan fame turned 69 today.
 
--Hulk Hogan's twitter retirement ended up being shorter than C.M. Punk's departure from WWE over the summer.  He's already back.  
 
--Best Buy has a store exclusive box set for UFC, "Ultimate Fight Collection 2011" for $80 for this week.  The usual price is $135.  It's a 20 disc set of UFC 116 to UFC 131, Three Fight Nights, Three Versus shows and some extras including many unaired fights. (thanks to Daniel Short)
 
--A funny story about the authenticity of WWE 12.  If you play the Daniel Bryan character, Michael Cole insults him the entire match, calling him a wimp who paid $100 to go to wrestling school.  Pretty sure he paid a hell of a lot more than that to be trained by Shawn Michaels. (thanks to Jim Valley) 
 
--There was a lot of national publicity regarding the PPV yesterday morning that nobody saw where Fedor Emelianenko beat Jeff Monson, because Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was at the show.  It made papers all over the country (teased on the front page of the San Jose Mercury) because Putin was booed.  It's also on the main page of the Drudge Report.
 
--Mick Foley, who was not on the show last night even though he was in town doing a post-show comedy gig, is doing a Hardcore Comedy Tour with Rob Mailloux and Dylan Gott.  Shows are all $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  He's playing 11/30 in Oshawa, ONT at The Groove Lounge, 12/1 in Windsor, ONT at Leo's Komedy Korner, 12/2 in Toronto at the Underground Cinema; 12/3 in Waterloo, ONT at Starlight and 12/4 in Buffalo at the Wasteland Game Room.
 
--They are advertising Mark Henry vs. Big Show vs. Randy Orton with Booker T as referee as the main event for the 12/13 Smackdown TV tapings in Raleigh.  That's likely the dark match. (thanks to Ryan Day)
 
--Randy Orton did an interview today to promote the video game that comes out tomorrow talking about subjects like The Rock (he's done an about face on him) and Brock Lesnar at http://www.sportstownchicago.com/randyorton  He also has an interview with Court Bauer at http://www.sportstownchicago.com/fightclub 
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV taping on Saturday night in Pine Bluff, AR before 500 fans:  Shane Williams b Gary Gram, Texas Tornadoes b Tommy Rich & Dustin Heritage, Soul Train Jones b Jon Michael Worthington, Matt Riviera b Killer Nikels-DQ, Matt Murphy b Greg Anthony to win jr. title, Sigmon b Matt Boyce, Genetic Perfection b Tornadoes, Tim Storm b Jeff Jett.  Jake Roberts was there as a manager and DDT'd heel manager Boyd Bradford.  Stacy Carter was also there as a manager.  Next TV taping is 12/3 with Fit Finlay, Malia Hosaka, Matt Borne as Boink the Clown (not Doink) and Bill Apter as an interviewer.
 
--Dory Funk Jr. will be doing a wrestling clinic on 11/23 in Nashville at 6 p.m.
 
--Bert Prentice is also promoting a Thanksgiving night show in Nashville at the NWA Arena with Jerry Lawler, Dory Funk Jr., Chase Stevens, Doug Gilbert, Brian Christopher and the crew from Funk's BANG promotion is also coming in.
 
--Lance Storm has a new Q&A up at http://www.stormwrestling.com/112011.html
 
--Devon Nicholson does a Q&A with the Thunder Bay Net News ledger at http://netnewsledger.com/2011/11/21/mini-documentary-on-former-professional-wrestler-devon-nicholson-to-air-on-november-26/  This plugs the show that airs on Saturday on Global TV in Canada.
 
--DOA from Sunday night in Portland, OR:  Christopher Ryseck b Brickhouse Bereta, Aaron Bolo b Calibur X, Illuminati & C.J. Edwards & Chuck Payne & Dave Turner b Left Coast Casanovas & Kellen Raeth & J&E Experience, Mike Santiago b Artemis Spencer, Cole Bishop & Azeem the Dream & Ravenous Randy & Honky Tonk Kid b Jeremy Blanchard & C.W. Bergstrom & Ricky Gibson & Patrick Large, Ethan HD b Exile, Fit Finlay & Dr. Kliever b Ugly as Sin.  Next show is 12/10 (thanks to Mike Sweetser)
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia notes that both James "Sandman" Fullington and Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman, who has used Sandman on his shows, are both from Broomall, PA.  Feldman was a male model while Fullington at one point was a male exotic dancer at the Pulsation's Night club in Glen Mills, PA before starting in pro wrestling.
 
--Pro Wrestling Evo on Saturday night in Concord, NC before 100 fans:  Corey Hollis b Chip Day, Charlie Dreamer b Zane XCore, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Drew Myers, K.C. McKnight b Robyn Golphin, Joey Silvia b Cedric Alexander (said to be a great match), Zack Salvation & Jake Manning b Marcellus King & Circo  so Circo had to unmask (thanks to Jeremy Polk)
 
--Former UFC fighter Wilson Gouveia faces Dwayne Lewis in the co-main event with Antonio McKee vs. Brian Cobb on the Maximum Fighting Championship 32 show on 1/27 at HDNet from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton.
 
--USWO from Saturday night in Nashville:  Super Barney b Convict, Cody Green b Mikey Jones, L.T. Falk b Charles Jackson III, Johnny B & Chad Hyatt b Hammerjack & Brewster, Josh Parade b Mike Revick, Kevin & Cody Weatherby b Saint & Lightning (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--Natalya, Layla and Tyson Kidd are to appear on Wednesday at the FCW show in Orlando.
 
--Victory Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Everett, MA before 125 fans for the Tony Rumble Memorial show:  Nick Farenheight b J.T. Dunn, Dollar D b Sean Feeney, Danny Ramirez b Taka Suzuki, Andy MacKenzie & Makua b Big Bear Matouch & Bare Knuckle Burley, Jason Rumble b Steve Beck, D.C. Dillinger won Battle Royal (thanks to Edward Wise)
 
--Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling debuts on Friday night at the Excalibur Night Club in Dearborn, IL with Harry Smith, Teddy Hart, Cheerleader Melissa, Lisa Marie (Tara using a different ring name for legal purposes), Colt Cabana, Raven, Justin Credible, Shane Douglas and more.
 
--Lucha World podcast at http://www.luchaworld.com/?p=11172 with Kurt Brown talking Hector Garza's jump an the latest Mexican news.
 
--Empire Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
 
--Showcase Pro Wrestling on 12/2 is doing a Toys for Tots fund raiser on 12/2 at the SPW Arena in Woonsocket, RI.  If you bring an unwrapped toy, you will get a free ticket to their 12/30 show.  If you attend their 12/3 show in Attleboro, MA at the Moose Lodge with an unwrapped toy you can also get a free 12/30 ticket.
 
--C4W Explosive Wrestling on Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, SC at the X Sports Center.

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