SAT. UPDATE: Morrison farewell, Wrestling character subject of new movie, Miz, Jones, Biggest star



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        The slowest weekend of the year continues with the only major show being tonight's Bellator season finale on MTV 2 at 9 p.m.
 
        Prelims start at 7 p.m. on the Spike.com web site. Live fights from Atlantic City are:
Marcin Held (156) vs. Phillipe Nover (155.6)
Patricky Pitbull Freire (155) vs . Kurt Pellegrino (155)
Eduardo Dantas (136) vs. Alexis Vila (135) in the bantamweight tournament final
Eric Prindle (264.8) vs. Thiago Santos (264.8) in the heavyweight tournament final
 
        Sunday will be Pro Wrestling NOAH's final major show of the year at the Ariake Coliseum:
Masao Inoue & Mikey Nicholls vs. Kento Miyahara & Shane Haste
Takeshi Morishima & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Akitoshi Saito & Mohammed Yone
Kenta Kobashi & Kensuke Sasaki vs. Takuma Sano & Shuhei Taniguchi
Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki & Taiji Ishimori vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Genba Hirayanagi
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Takashi Sugiura
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Ricky Marvin for vacant GHC jr. title
Jun Akiyama vs. Taiyo Kea for the Triple Crown
Go Shiozaki vs. KENTA for the GHC heavyweight title
 
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        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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--Another main eventer jumps to a rival promotion
 
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--Injuries to Dos Santos and Velasquez before the fight
 
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--What is said to be the best promotional television show
 
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--The highest rated fight in Mexico 
 
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--John Morrison is done with WWE with his contract extension ending on Wednesday.  Apparently he's not going to be on TV and they did an Internet blow off of his character where he walked into a limo that exploded.  Exploding limos in wrestling usually mean bad luck.
 
--Even though Tuesday's Smackdown show will be live at 8 p.m. on Syfy, most of the major Raw talent will be on its way to Yokohama, Japan and won't be available. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
 
--The pro wrestling character Tiger Mask will be the featured character in a new Tiger Mask movie which starts filming next week.

--There was an altercation at the Canadian Football League alumni luncheon yesterday involving Angelo Mosca and Joe Kapp, who were two of the biggest stars in the league in the 60s.  Kapp, who is 73,  shoved flowers in Mosca's face.  Mosca, who is 74, then hit Kapp with his cane.  There has been bad blood between Kapp and Mosca dating back to a dirty hit in the 1963 Grey Cup game (thanks to Chris Cooper).

--If anyone has contact information for Michael Modest or Donovan Morgan, let me know.
 
--There was a lengthy yahoo.com interview with Pete Rose where wrestling was brought up.  Regarding Kane, he said:  "He's a good man.  Glen's a great guy. Vince McMahon's a great guy.  I did three or four WrestleManias.  I have never in my life met a rassler in the WWE, WWE when I was doing it, that wasn't a nice guy, that didn't care about each other.  It's the best entertainment around.  I'll watch it today. The Rock is back now.  John Cena too.  He is the nicest guy in the world.  And the Big Show, Undertaker, Glenn, Kane is just a great guy.  My little grandson loves wrestling.  I get him tickets whenever they come to Cincinnati. "
 
--The Miz was back home for Thanksgiving and appeared on the local Ch. 19 news show, saying all the things he's supposed to say.  He's been ripping on R-Truth per storyline, said he likes the PG product because he wouldn't want to blade or take chair shots to the head (I'm not sure one has that much to do with the other as many promotions didn't allow blading historically and nobody should be doing chair shots to the head, but being PG is a different issue).
 
--We're also looking for information on last night Resistance Pro Wrestling show in Chicago that was promoted by Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.  The debut got national pub on Yahoo at http://news.yahoo.com/billy-corgan-starts-chicago-wrestling-company-160318815.html
 
--There is a story about Jon Jones helping train Holly Holm, one of the better known woman boxes, for her 12/2 showdown with Anne Sophie Mathis on 12/2 in Albuquerque that promoters are billing will decide the best female pound-for-pound boxer in the world.  Holm is also fighting MMA and has a 2-0 record to go with her 30-1-3 record as a boxer and hasn't since 2004.  Mathis is 25-1, and hasn't lost since 1995.
 
--A story on Kurt Pellegrino fighting Patricky Pitbull Freire tonight on Bellator is at http://on.app.com/stOOTW  Pellegrino, who announced his retirement after his last fight in March, said that tonight's fight may be his last fight and said he's no longer willing to travel to fight, leaving shows only in the New Jersey area for him.  Pellegrino in the story noted that he lost his last high school wrestling match, his last college wrestling match, his last Jiu Jitsu match and his last UFC fight, and he would rather end his competitive career with a win. 
 
--Who do you expect to win this fight
Rampage Jackson 73.5%
Ryan Bader 26.5%
 
--Who was the biggest all-around star of 2011?
C.M. Punk 45.9%
The Rock 25.9%
Manny Pacquiao 7.0%
Floyd Mayweather 5.3%
John Cena 4.1%
Anderson Silva 3.6%
GSP 3.0%
Hulk Hogan 2.1%
Brock Lesnar 2.1%
Randy Orton 1.1%
        There are some days when these poll results really reflect badly on the web site.  This is one of those days.
 
--Poll on Impact  
Excellent 13.0%
Good 26.9%
Average 20.4%
Fair 7.4%
Poor 32.4%
        49.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia notes independent wrestler Pryme Tyme Amy Lee is married to a former wrestler, Artie Palmer (Wolfgang Von Heller).  Palmer at one point was the handler for Victor the Wrestling Bear, who claimed to be undefeated in nearly 2,000 matches. 
 
--The complete card for CHIKARA's JoshiMania on 12/2 in Philadelphia at the Arena is:
Aja Kong vs. Sara Del Rey
Fire Ant & Soldier Ant vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano
Manami Toyota vs. Toshie Uematsu
Mayumi Ozaki & Mio Shirai vs. Ayako Hamada & Cherry
Kaori Yoneyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki & Hanako Nakaomori vs. Archibald Peck & Los Ice Creams
Gami vs. Sawako Shimono
Green Ant vs. Tim Donst
 
--Rasche Brown announced on his Facebook page that he's no longer affiliated with the Urban Wrestling Federation (thanks to Michael Barton)
 
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--A show in South Windsor, CT promoted by Jamie McGhee last night didn't take place at the last minute.  Luke Robinson, Robbie E, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt and Justin Credible were booked, all showed up at the building only to find the card was canceled and they weren't getting paid.  
 
--USWO from last night in Nashville:  Damien Payne & Josh Crow b Mike Revick & Nick Iggy, Mike Jablonski NC Bryan Casey, Jocephus b Psycho Medic, L.T. Falk b White Tiger-DQ, L.T. Falk & Nick Iggy & Mike Revick b White Tiger & Damien Payne & Josh Crow, Gary Valiant b Allen Shepard-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel) 
 
--CZW now has two wrestling schools. They have a school in Philadelphia with Adam Cole, Drew Gulak, D.J. Hyde and Sami Callihan as teachers at the Arena on Monday and Thursday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and you can call 302-345-1077 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.  They also have a school in Indianapolis with Scotty Vortekz and Drake Younger as teachers at 1151 S. Kentucky Ave. and for more info you can go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 317-384-2719 
 
--EWF from last night in Covina, CA:  Willie Mack b Robby Phoenix, Ryan Taylor b Joshua Dunbar, Jeremy Jaeger b Mondo Vega, Scorpio Sky b Tommy Wilson, Nikki Hollywood & Aiden Riley b Ashley Hollywood &Yvan Nakano, Ryan Taylor b Willie Mack, Jeremy Jaeger b Scorpio Sky, Brandon Gatson b County Bear, Jeremy Jaeger b Ryan Taylor to win Inland title tournament
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV show at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh-IrKdv0yA&feature=channel_video_title

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