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--A correction from yesterday.  In the 80 minute match in Greensboro put on by ROH, the finish wasn't Eddie Edwards pinning Roderick Strong, but beating him via submission with a guillotine.  Ed Branscomb wrote:  "This was an insane match in good and bad ways.  Shelton was the first eliminated in about 48:00 after nearly an hour of brawling outside the ring with most of the guys taking suplexes and slams on the entry ramp.  Then the predictable booking of the WGTT and Briscoes eliminating each other leaving Strong & Michael Elgin vs. Edwards & El Generico, with seemingly 20-25 close two counts on big/dangerous moves between each fall before Generico went out to let Edwards make the big comeback 2 on 1.  Match was heated enough that even the kids in the audience remained interested, but it was exhausting to watch."
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--There is an M-1 event on Showtime on Friday night at 11 p.m. from Costa Mesa, CA. 
--The 2012 Elimination Chamber PPV is 2/19 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center.  Tickets go on sale on 12/17 from $250 down to $20.
--Tickets for the UFC's show on 1/28 in Chicago at the United Center taped for FOX go on sale for Fight Club members on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Central time and to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. Central time.  Ticket prices are $40 to $250. 
--Open workouts for UFC 140 will be at Xtreme Couture in Toronto at 700 Kipling Ave., on Wednesday at Noon.  Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir, The Nogueira Brothers and Tito Ortiz will be there.  There will be a press conference open to the public on Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern at RIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1.  Seating is limited so get there early
--The Chicago Sun-times had an article on Sunday on page 18 "Head injuries become a mission" talking about Chris Nowinski, who grew up in Chicago before going to Harvard.  Chris Benoit is brought up in the story along with Dave Duerson of the Bears and Bob Probert of the Blackhawks. (thanks to Matthew Schreiner)
--The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in upstate New York announced it will be inducting Jimmy Snuka, Junkyard Dog, Domenic DeNucci, Fritz Von Erich, Wendi Richter, Afa & Sika Anoa'i, Jim Cornette, George Gordienko, Maurice "French Angel" Tillet and Abe Coleman into its Hall of Fame in May in Amsterdam, NY.
--Joe Scarpa aka Chief Jay Strongbow missed a signing over the weekend due to injuries suffered in a fall at his home in Georgia.
--Maria Menounos is training this week with Ric Drasin in Sherman Oaks, CA for her match that will be taped this coming Sunday in Fayetteville as part of a Divas match that airs a week from Tuesday on USA and on 12/17 on NBC.
--Angelo Mosca will be in Los Angeles this week to tape a Dr. Phil show about letting go of grudges.  Wasn't it the other guy who didn't let go of the grudge after 48 years?  It allows Mosca to promote his new book.
--Jim Ross wrote that he will be in Tampa this week evaluating at FCW, and that he may stop at Raw tonight to visit Jerry Lawler and but it expected to be on Raw.
--SRG Films is looking at doing a movie on Chris Benoit called "Crossface," based on the book "Ring of Hell."  Sarah Coulter has been enlisted as the writer of the movie, which is scheduled to be filmed in late 2012.     
--Should Mayhem Miller be brought back to UFC?
Yes 80.9%
No 19.1%
--Which of these fights would you have the most interest in?
Sonnen vs. Bisping 87.1%
Sonnen vs. Munoz 8.0%
Bisping vs. Munoz 4.9%
        Talk about overwhelming.
--Who should win Japanese MVP this year?
Hiroshi Tanahashi 36.7%
Prince Devitt 27.7%
KENTA 9.0%
Jun Akiyama 8.0%
Go Shiozaki 6.9%
Shinsuke Nakamura 4.8%
Takashi Sugiura 3.2%
Masaaki Mochizuki 2.1%
Suwama 1.6%
--Best TV show of the past week?
Ultimate Fighter finals 45.3%
Impact 13.5%
Raw 13.1%
Smackdown 10.6%
ROH 10.6%
Ultimate Fighter 3.7%
CMLL 2.0%
Countdown to UFC 140 0.8%
Inside MMA 0.4%
--Randy Couture is headed to the U.K. for book launch parties on 12/9 in London at the Anaya Club ( for details), 12/10 in Nottingham at Nottingham Conferences  (, 12/11 in Manchester at Entourage The Printworks at the City Centre  (, 12/11 in Liverpool at Olympia  (, 12/12 in Leeds at the Loft  (, 12/13 in Glasgow at the Grosvenor Glasgow Hilton (, 12/14 in Dublin at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel ( and 12/14 in Newcastle at the Holiday Inn Jesmond Hotel (
--Lance Storm talks being on the road with WWE for 9/11 back in 2001 doing the show in Houston, and being stuck in the U.S. and unable to fly back to Calgary for a week at
--Storm has reduced the price of his ebook 50% for the holidays so it's only $3.99 at 
--There is banned copy of the Sin Cara T-shirt sent out by the WWE Japan shop before it was pulled that is floating around on ebay. (thanks to Joe Petrow)
--Chuck Langerman's daily trivia regards Kevin Nash.  Nash played basketball at the University of Tennessee with Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld.  Grunfeld played nine seasons in the NBA and is now the General Manager of the Washington Wizards.  King, a two-time first team all-NBA selection in 1984 and 1985 with the New York Knicks, was the best small forward in the league until he blew out his knee.  Nash himself played some basketball in Europe before his knees went bad and he got into pro wrestling years later.
--Chris Mordetzky, formerly Chris Masters, confirmed that he'll be a wrestler in TNA's new project where they will be doing tapings in India later this month.
--Comedian and actor Brody Steens from The Hangover and Hangover II as at the NWA Hollywood TV tapings yesterday.  A photo of him with Colt Cabana is at (thanks to Matt Daniels)
--Dory Funk is doing a discounted training program with emphasis on training to wrestle for the Japanese market.  For more info you can go to or call 352-895-4658  They have a New Year's Eve show at their BANG Sound Stage in Ocala, FL at 6 p.m. 
--GOUGE on Thursday night in Raleigh at the Packhouse featuring Colt Cabana, Rhett Titus Grizzly Redwood, Jake Manning, Cedric Alexander and Caleb Konley.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Clarksville, AR for a TV taping before 500 fans:  Genetic Perfection b Texas Tornadoes, Doink the Clown (Matt Borne) b Les Mayne, Dustin Heritage b Jeff Jett-DQ, Greg Anthony b Matt Murphy to win jr. title, Santa  Clause (Galan Ramirez) b Prince Al Farat, Malia Hosaka b Claudia Del Rolis, Matt Riviera b Shane Williams, Tim Storm b Alan Steele, Fit Finlay b Killer Nikels.  Next show is 2/4 headlined by Jim Duggan. 
--Dynamo Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Glen Carbon, IL:  Dan Walsh & Chris Hargas b Mad Dog McDowell & Jon West, Jeremy Wyatt b Kevin X, Billy McNeil & Jamie Lyte b Dice & Adam Rich-DQ, MsChif & Makaze b Alexander Rudolph & El Sanchez, K.C. Karrington b Mike Sydal, Shorty Biggs & Outkast b Sean Vincent & Jackal, Ricky Cruz b Mark Sterling (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer) 
--Zero-One is doing a U.S. training camp evaluation in Orlando on 2/4.  Must be 18 with a valid passport as they are looking for talent to train in their system in Japan.  The Headbangers will be coaching.  Fee is $250 and for more info you can go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
--Nik Lentz tells a story about choking Brock Lesnar in training and then what happened next at
--NWA Rampage Wrestling on Sunday in Warner-Robins, GA:  Rob Adonis & Bobby Moore b Tommy Daniels & C.B. Gibson, Nina b Anthony Andrews & Michael Stevens, Mikael Judas (Murphy in TNA) & Murder 1 & A.J. Steele b Jeremy Vain & Rob Adonis & Bobby Moore, J-Rod & Drew Adler & Ace Rockwell & Adrian Hawkins b Corey Hollis & Chip Day & Mike Posey & Patrick Bentley, Kyle Matthews won  Rumble and will get an NWA title shot at Adam Pearce on 12/18 at Johnny G's in Warner-Robins for a 2 p.m. show. 

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