WED. UPDATE: Bison Smith death; Sin Cara surgery; Ratings; Lesnar, Punk,Wrestling saves star's life



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        A quick note that Ultimate Fighter is not airing tonight as Spike is doing a Rambo marathon.  Plus the show traditionally doesn't air on Thanksgiving week.
 
        We've got another huge double issue this week of the Wrestling Observer, covering the return of the Rock and tons of WWE news involving Survivor Series, plans going forward and much more.
 
        We look at the Madison Square Garden crowd that made the show, the situation with John Cena and the reasons they are leery of turning him, the double standard in WWE when it comes to the Garden, the Zack Ryder situation, what Rock said off camera, Rock's goals for his comeback, the C.M. Punk title win, Vince McMahon's current commitment to Punk, who McMahon lost confidence in, notes on the TLC PPV show, the suspension of R-Truth, the real reason Vince McMahon ordered the R-Truth babyface turn, the WWE drug policy and drug policy i other sorts, more notes on the injury to Sin Cara and the plans for him and how it affects WrestleMania.
 
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        We look at the ups and downs of various available matches for the next special, what main event risks having a bad rating, new sponsors, how the audience for Velasquez vs. Dos Santos compares to the heyday of Raw, the biggest wrestling events, the real rating of the show in Brazil, and why more people actually saw the show than the ratings list.
 
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        We have a short item on the death of Bison Smith.
 
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        We also have part two in our rundown of UFC stars who have done pro wrestling over the years, looking at some of the legends in the sport, fighters who have done WWE and New Japan wrestling, and others who have dabbled in pro wrestling.
 
        In the ratings rundown we have the dichotomy of the person that fans are going crazy for more than almost anyone in the business this week and a look at his effect on the television audience.   We also look at one show that did its all-time low audience, and another that did one of its biggest audiences to date.  Plus, what segment on Impact this week gained nearly 400,000 viewers.  
 
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--El Generico talks about a car ride where he became friends with Bison Smith at http://www.twitlonger.com/show/eb34t9 (thanks to Michael Thomas) 
 
 
--Sin Cara had surgery to repair his torn patella tendon yesterday in Houston.
 
--ESPN won the weekly ratings race for prime time cable last week with a 3.0 average to 2.2 for USA.  FX was No. 12 at 1.1 Syfy was No. 18 at 0.8 and Spike was No. 22 at 0.7.  For Raw with Rock the three hours were No. 8, No. 9 and No. 19 for the week.  The third hour was No. 10 in 18-34 and the second and third hours were No. 6 and No. 7 in 18-49.  That's higher levels than the show has done in a long time.
 
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--A story on the new WWE Network, noting they are renting 66,000 square feet of production space in South Norwalk, CT is at http://www.thehour.com/story/515077/wwe-will-open-production-studio-in-south-norwalk
 
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This is the first of several trials he may be facing since there are similar cases in other counties. 
 
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--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia.  The famous Dr. Sam Sheppard, a neurosurgeon whose life the TV show "The Fugitive" was based on, was briefly a pro wrestler in Los Angeles.  He went by his name Dr. Sam Sheppard and was a celebrity at the time.  He used a nerve hold as his finisher, and was the inventor of the mandible claw, the move popularized again more than 30 years later by Mick Foley.
 
--The debut of Resistance Pro Wrestling is Friday night at the Excalibur Club in downtown Chicago.  There will be a four-man tournament for their title with Harry Smith, The Sheik, Kevin Steen and El Generico.  First round is Friday with the championship match on the second show.  Also Gran Akuma & Teddy Hart vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe, Halloween & Frightmare vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Tony Kozina in first round matches from the tag tournament, Colt Cabana vs. Petey Williams vs. Necro Butcher, and a women's Battle Royal.
 
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--Do you believe Zack Ryder will win the U.S. title
Yes 70.6%
No 29.4%
 
--Is the UFC burning out its audience by running too many events?
Yes 60.8%
Not yet but could be on the verge 29.1%
No, and it's impossible for them to run too many events 10.0%
 
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 7.1%
Good 50.0%
Average 21.6%
Fair 10.2%
Poor 11.1%
        15.4% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Which of these fights was the best
Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua 68.0%
Ben Henderson vs. Clay Guida 20.8%
Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler 11.2%
 
--The new TNA promotion geared for India will have its first TV taping in December.
 
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--The Fayetteville Observer talks Matt Hardy's legal situation at http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/11/23/1139270?sac=Local     
 
--Alex Marvez talks to Todd Grisham about working at ESPN at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/65645
 
--Quinton Jackson claimed on twitter that if they made a match between he and Stephan Bonnar that he would end Bonnar's career.
 
--Michael Costa, scheduled for Saturday's Bellator TV show for the final episode of the season, pulled out due to an injury from his fight with Lyman Good.  Because of the late injury, Good is off the show and the TV show will add Phillipe Nover, the former TUF fighter, debuting with Bellator against Marcin Held.
 
--The first fight earmarked for a 3/3 show that is scheduled at this point for Sydney, Australia is Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann.
 
--Chael Sonnen has teased a new fight announcement on Facebook writing:  "Fight fans, exciting news coming.  Stay tuned."
 
 
--The UWC in Pemberton, NJ on 12/3 has its annual Toys for Tots show at the Burlington County College.  Admission is one unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to donate to a needy youngster.
 
--CWE on 12/16 in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall
 
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--Legacy Fighting Championships on 12/16 is headlined by former Strikeforce fighter Mike Brozoulis vs. Jorge Patino and former UFC fighter Paul Kelly vs. Houston police officer Jeff Rexroad.  The show will air live on HDNet from Houston at the Arena Theater.
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling returns to iPPV on 12/30 from the Arena in Philadelphia for an 8 p.m. show.
 
--NWA Fusion on 12/10 in King and Queen, VA at the Elementary School
 
--HPW on 12/3 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds headlined by Ronnie Vegas vs. Flash Flanagan 
 
--Go Fight Live has announced CMFC Canada vs. China in Muay Thai on Friday night from the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC as an iPPV event.
 
--Johnny Rodz will be holding a wrestling show with his students at Gleason's Gym in New York on 12/10
 
--CHIKARA runs JoshiMania from 12/2 to 12/4 with shows in Philadelphia, Everett, MA and New York with Aja Kong vs. Sara Del Rey as the Philadelphia main event, Ayako Hamada vs. Aja Kong as the Everett main event and Del Rey vs. Hamada as the New York main event.  Coming in for the shows from Japan are Manami Toyota, Mayumi Ozaki, Mio Shirai, Kaori Yoneyama, Toshie Uematsu, Cherry, Gami, Tsubasa Kuragaki, Sawako Shimono and Hanko Nakamori.
 
--Ed and Cutrer talk Survivor Series at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer/201...-game-show
 
--A story on a local promoter in Pharr, TX complains about UFC and Bellator giving him problems (well, he used a Bellator fighter under contract and used the term Octagon) at http://fcfighter.com/post/texas-upstart-promoter-blasts-ufc-and-bellator-for-%E2%80%9Cintimidation%E
 
--UWC Championship Wrestling at http://www.youtube.com/UWCWrestlingVideos
 
--Wild Bill's Fight Night on 12/16 in Duluth, GA has free admission if you bring a toy for the Toys for Tots.  They also have $20 tickets to sit at ringside as part of a table for four.         
 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 12/3 in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Legion
 
--Rumble in the Cage on 11/26 from Lethbridge, Alberta from the Sports Pavilion with 16 fights featuring former UFC fighter Jesse Bongfledt vs. Brandon MacArthur in the main event.  This will also be a Gofightlive.tv iPPV.  
 
--Shark Boy has a holiday merchandise offer for his T-shirts for $13.99 plus a free autographed photo at www.sharkboy.net if you order by 12/20
 
--Championship Wrestling International on Saturday night in Caledonia, ONT before more than 800 fans:  Rip Impact b Hornet, Joey Valentyne b Mike Hart, Justin Sane b Scotty Turner, Ethan Page b RJ City, Brutus Beefcake & Luke Williams b International Assassins, Raven b Boris Brezhnev, Val Venis b Chris Masters, Guillotine Graham & Bolen b X-Pac & Billy Gunn to become vacant tag champs, Nasty Boys b Guillotine Graham & Bolen to win tag titles, Tatanka b Sylvain Grenier
 
--Tri City Wrestling on Sunday in Kitchener, ONT:  Josh Alexander b Johnny Wave, Cezar b Scotty Turner, Shawn Spears won three-way over Derek Wylde and Cody Deaner, Michael Elgin b Brent Banks, Cherry Bomb b Courtney Rush-DQ, Duncan Marshall & Scotty the Body & Ethan Page & Mike Rollins b Jake O'Reilly & Mr. Atlantis & Sebastian Suave & Jay Moore in an elimination match (thanks to Steven Ashe)
 
--Powerslam Productions on 12/17 has a 2:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. show at the Pike County Little Theater in McComb, MS headlined by  appearances by Paul Bearer.