THURS. UPDATE: Celebrity wrestles on WWE TV this month, Takayama & Punk; Boxing star to MMA

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--WWE has announced Mary J. Blige, Nickelback, George Wallace, Maria Menounos and Miss USA Alyssa Campanella will be appearing on the Tribute to the Troops show in Fayetteville that will be tapes next week and airs 12/17 on NBC at 9 p.m. and also airs on USA.  Menounos will be wrestling on the show in a Divas match.  They will also have footage of the Bella Twins going to Afghanistan.   
--John Cena worked his match earlier today in 1980s Road Warriors Zubaz pants and a Ribera Steak House jacket.  Cena and all his friends the first night in Japan went to Ribera Steak House and ordered the big steaks which was the 1980s province for pro wrestlers in the Road Warriors, Bruiser Brody, Funk Brothers and Hulk Hogan era, and I guess decided to act like he was a late 1980s pro wrestler.  

--The Countdown to UFC 140, which is on Fuel, will also be a time buy on a number of Fox Sports Network stations.  On Fox Sports West, for example, the show will air on Saturday night at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., meaning the second showing is head-to-head with the Ultimate Fighter finals.  It also airs on Sunday at 5 p.m. and midnight, Monday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at 6 p.m. and several other slots during the week (thanks to Marc Geer)
--Yoshihiro Takayama and Nosawa were at the WWE house show in Yokohama, Japan today.  After C.M. Punk beat Alberto Del Rio in the main event, Takayama raised Punk's hand.  Funaki (as in Shoichi, not Masakatsu) also worked the show and got laid out by Miz in an angle. 
--It is official that there will be a Kurt Angle vs. James Storm match at TNA's Final Resolution PPV on 12/11.
--Hulk Hogan's son Nick has been sued by a woman named Marcela Posada, who claims she suffered significant injuries in a car crash with Nicholas Bollea in 2009 in Los Angeles. wrote on it and noted Posada never claimed injuries when police arrived on the scene two years ago.  She's asking for more than $25,000.
--The Miz will be appearing on Conan O'Brien on Thursday, along with Jeremy Piven and Blink 182.  Maybe Miz can talk to Piven about being guest host on one of the worst episodes in the history of Raw (thanks to Kevin Lagasse)
--Spike TV has announced a Best of Pride marathon from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 12/30 
--The UFC has announced $25,000 bonuses for the just completed season of Ultimate Fighter.  These are the categories and you can vote on the UFC facebook page:
Best Fight
Louis Gaudinot vs. Dustin Pague
Dustin Neace vs. Akira Corassani
John Dodson vs. John Albert
Dennis Bermudez vs. Akira Corassani
John Dodson vs. Johnny Bedford
Best Knockout
Diego Brandao over Steve Siler
Diego Brandao over Bryan Caraway
John Dodson over Johnny Bedford
Akira Torassani over Brian Pearlman
Diego Bandao over Jesse Newell
Best submission
Bryan Caraway over Marcus Brimage
Dustin Pague over Louis Gaudinot
T.J. Dillishaw over Roland Delorme
Dennis Bermudez over Akira Corassani
Roland Delorme over B.J. Ferguson  
--Mick Foley has comedy shows tonight in Windsor, ONT at Leo's Komedy Korne; tomorrow night in Toronto at the Underground Cinema and Saturday night in Waterloo, ONT at the Starlight. 
--A story on Foley and his comedy shows is at 
--On Colt Cabana's latest Art of War podcast, with Foley as guest, Cliff Compton and C.M. Punk were on in which Punk said, "I am on twitter @CMPunk that is my satirical way of making fun of how the WWE has beat the living shit out of twitter in the last couple of weeks."  (thanks to Michael Bernstein)
--Today's Stockton Record has an article listing candidates who deserve consideration but won't win Stockton Man of the Year.  It listed an 8th grader who testified in Congress, a group that organized a prom for special needs students, elementary school students who spoke about bullying, members of the City Council, a local person known for working on promoting healthy eating to children to combat childhood obesity, someone who made a video to combat Forbes Magazine saying Stockton was one of the most miserable places in the country, a city war hero of the past---
and Nick Diaz:  "This isn't about maturity or proper behavior or decision making.  The Stockton MMA fighter has none of those.  What he has is talent and presence and, if you get keep (or get) a head on his shoulders, the potential to be a Stockton athletic rallying cry ala Dallas Braden.  Perhaps this is a year early if he can win a huge upcoming fight and learn to act like an adult, maybe we'll have another Yaqui Lopez on our hands."
--Jonah Hill, who never quite made it on Raw, talks with James Brown of CBS Sports about his love for pro wrestling at  Hill insisted that pro wrestling was a sport and compared it with the Harlem Globetrotters, which is a fair comparison.  He also said his favorite wrestler was Roddy Piper.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns former WCW and WWF wrestler Curtis Hughes, who wrestled as The Big Cat and Mr. Hughes among other names.  Hughes is a 1983 graduate of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, where he was a high school All-American football player.  He only played briefly in college at Kansas City.  An alumni of Wyandotte High School was Ed Asner, a legendary actor who played the role of the babyface wrestling promoter in the original movie "The Wrestler," and who himself was a high school football star, although that was back in the 40s.  Asner was a big football rival, and later a close personal friend of Bob Orton, the grandfather of Randy Orton, and also remained friends with Verne Gagne.  Also actress Dee Wallace and former basketball star Lucius Allen of UCLA's national championship teams went to that school.  Hughes now trains wrestlers at the WWA4 Training School in Atlanta and occasionally wrestles.
--Herb Dean, the UFC referee, appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night.  He was brought in to referee the Ultimate Mustache Fighting segment battle with Herman Cain vs. Super Mario, which included run-ins by Luigi's mustache and Wilford Brimley's mustache, and included chair shots. (thanks to Michael Bernstein)
--There is an article in Vic Darchinyan, who is a very well known boxer, who said he will have at least one MMA fight in 2012 and claims he will become the first person to win world titles in both sports at (thanks to Tim Forge) 
--A reminder that there is a Toys for Tots drive at the Arena in Philadelphia for the weekend CHIKARA and CZW shows.  They are asking donations of unwrapped toys at collection bins that will be at the entrance of the arena for the shows which will be distributed as gifts for less fortunate children in the area.
--Dragon Gate USA announced Jon Davis and an Uhaa Nation have signed contracts with the group. 
--For those near Sherman Oaks, CA, there will be a screening of the Matt Hamill bio movie "The Hammer," along with a Q&A session with the film makers and stars tonight at the ArcLight in Sherman Oaks.  It starts at 8 p.m.  The producer, director, writer and the two main stars will all be in attendance.  
--Chaotic Wrestling on 12/3 in Littleton, NH at the Opera House features Tommy Dreamer vs. Brian Fury in the main event.
--Announced for Saturday's CZW show in Philadelphia at the Arena is an eight-man Big Japan match with Jaki Numazawa & Yoshito Sasaki & Masahiro Takanishi & Kamui vs. Ryuji Ito & Takashi Sasaki & Kengo Mashimo & Danshoku Dieno.
--80s Lucha star Super Boy is back wrestling in Southern California doing a father-and-son team with his son, El Hijo de Super Boy.  You can see them at!
--The New Jersey Herald ended up doing a story, which may have been pulled, as Gerald Fazzio, listed as assistant principal at Lafayette Township School stated he was one-half of the Executioners tag team with Terry Manton and he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.  There were tons of Executioners in indies, but the WWF Executioners were Killer Kowalski & John Studd, and Gerald Fazzio is not in the WWE Hall of Fame.
--Actor Lee Majors talks about Andre the Giant at  Andre in the 70s did an episode or two of "The Six Million Dollar Man," which Majors starred in and was a very popular show at the time, playing "Bigfoot."   I remember once in Los Angeles they had Andre do a loser leaves town match where the stips were that if Andre lost, he couldn't return to California, and they played it up that if he lost he couldn't do any acting live "The Six Million Dollar Man" based on the match stips.
--An MTV documentary called "Caged" debuts on 1/9 at 10 p.m.  It follows a group of people in a small town in Louisiana after high school trying to find a place in the world and their passion for MMA. 
--Shane Helms will be appearing at Sean Waltman's Royal Rumble VIP party on 1/28 in St. Louis at the Europe Night Club the night before the Royal Rumble.  The party will be 6-9 p.m. (or head to head with UFC on FOX).  There are 50 VIP tickets which guarantee fans a photo and autograph of both Helms and Waltman and participation in a live Q&A.
--Which of these fights do you have the most interest in?
Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg 62.7%
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 28.6%
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman 4.6%
Miesha Tate vs. Sarah Kaufman 4.0%
--Which of these fights do you have the most interest in?
Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida 47.5%
Michael Bisping vs. Jason Miller 25.4%
Nate Diaz vs. Donald Cerrone 13.9%
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 8.2%
Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 4.1%
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks 0.8%
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 12.5%
Good 34.3%
Average 17.3%
Fair 12.9%
Poor 23.0%
        21.0% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Zero 1 Pro Wrestling USA is doing a talent evaluation on 2/4 in Orlando.  Cost is $250.  The Sheik will be running it and the top person in the class will get round trip transportation to Japan plus housing and training at the Zero-One dojo in Tokyo.  The person will be responsible for food and drinks while in Japan.
--MPW on Saturday night in Simi Valley, CA at the Boys & Girls Club in a fund raiser for the Boys & Girls Club features Ryan Taylor vs. Scorpio Sky and Bo Cooper vs. Jacob Novak (formerly in WWE on NXT).
--Crossfire Entertainment at the Fairgrounds in Nashville on 1/14 featuring Mick Foley, Carlito, Brian Christopher, Shane Douglas, Chris Masters, Maria Kanellis, Rhino, Jerry Lynn and Chase Stevens. 
--Impact Zone Wrestling is doing a contest for free viewings of its next iPPV on 12/17 from Lawton, OK.  To be eligible for the drawing just go to and like and comment on any thread  or start a thread of your own.  Every week, one person will be randomly selected and notified on how to get a free viewing of the 12/17 show.
--Today is the 22nd anniversary of the first WWF show at the Erwin Center in Austin, TX, which drew a near sellout with Dusty Rhodes vs. Big Bossman as the main event.
--Shamil Zavurov defends the M-1 Global welterweight title against Yasubey Enomoto on a Showtime card on 12/9 from Costa Mesa.  Zavurov is a three-time world champion in sambo.
--A ten fight show from Sarnia, ONT will stream live on Saturday night on and be taped for The Score including former UFC fighter Rich Clementi vs. Chris Clements.

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