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--The turmoil at Arena Mexico
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--Lineup for AAA's Guerra de Titanes, its last big show of the year
--What TNA wrestlers are involved
--Why Jeff Jarrett isn't defending his title on the show
--World champions team up next week
--Kojima anniversary show with interpromotional matches
--A show where fans voted on the lineup
--A look at two different movies coming based on the lives of pro wrestlers, including one that just started shooting
--Zuffa heavyweight star gets nose broken doing pro wrestling
--What has happened to Vladimir Kozlov and Bob Sapp
--Two MMA stars debut as pro wrestlers this past week
--Notes on Masahiro Chono promoting a show with several promotions
--Lots more on the Angelo Mosca/Joe Kapp situation
--A look at CHIKARA's Joshimania shows
--More on Bison Smith
--Updates on several 80s WWF stars
--Matt Hardy update
--Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions
--Updates on ROH in new television markets
--Notes on Final Battle
--More on the 80 minute match and it being on television
--Complete notes on Final Resolution card
--Business of Bound for Glory and Turning Point
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--More on TNA TV tapings and India project
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--Independent wrestlers get TNA tryout
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--Notes on Faber and Cruz and plans for the next season of Ultimate Fighter
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--What lessons UFC 140 will tell regarding PPV
--News on Alistair Overeem
--Plans for UFC 4th and 5th PPV shows of next year
--Why Keith Jardine wound up with a title match
--Update on Strikeforce/Showtime relationship
--How the women's division shakes out
--Next Strikeforce show
--UFC Facebook and twitter stats
--Lots of UFC cuts as well as lots of new fights
--UFC star and WWE star in competition for the same unique award having nothing to do with fighting or wrestling
--More on the New Year's Eve show in Japan
--Former CBS headliner sentenced to jail
--Boxing champion says going to do an MMA fight next year
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--Sorry for this being late, but what a crazy day as far as news went.
--According to Dr. Sebastian Mimerc, GSP's personal doctor on his injuries:
"It all started mid-October when Georges was preparing for the match with Carlos Condit. He injured his left knee doing a sparring session, sprained his MCL. He tried to continue his camp with the pain. He had a small injury to his right leg, a pulled hamstring. With injuries to both legs we decided to cancel the fight. He did rehab, he recovered completely.
While training a few weeks ago he tried to defend a takedown, hyperextended his right knee, but he was still able to walk, so he tried to continue training. A few days later, he felt the pain was increasing and he called me. We did an MRI on Monday morning. I saw him yesterday and examined him.
The MRI and the exam showed a full tear of the ACL and a partial tear of the meniscus. The treatment plan, considering the pain, surgery is mandatory. There is no way he can compete with such a problem with his right knee.
We're looking at ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. Regarding the expectations, we expect a full recovery in six to nine months. The success rate for this surgery is above 95%. I've been treating Georges and I've done full surgery on him twice. His recovery rate is off the charts. He has amazing genetics, amazing physical capabilities. I know Georges will be back to the same level of competition that he was before the surgery."
St. Pierre has to decide between two different types of surgery, where he's going to have the surgery, when and who will do it.
St. Pierre said that when he tore his ACL, which he said was a few weeks ago, but he was unaware of it, there was no swelling and no symptoms.
"I hyperextended my leg. I got up like nothing happened. I went to have dinner. I have some discomfort. I had some instability of my knee and I went back training the next day. But a few weeks later, when things should have been fine, I was in Las Vegas and I was training with Vitor Belfort, my knee felt unstable. Some positions I couldn't do, but I was still training. I called Sebastian and said, `I have some instability. He said, `Let's take a picture. Let's not take a chance.' We were all surprised because the symptoms of an ACL tear weren't there at all."
St. Pierre had words for Cesar Gracie, the manager of Nick Diaz:
"One of the reporters said Cesar Gracie said something bad about me and that doesn't surprise me. People are saying bad stuff, `He's finished.' It's very easy to hit on a guy when he'd down. We having a saying in French, life goes up and down. People will laugh at me now. I'm in a downfall. I'm injured. Soon I won't be injured, I'll be back on top. Mark my words, I'll be back as champion."
--Bryan and I will be back recapping all the news tonight on Wrestling Observer Radio. We'll also be taking e-mail questions on wrestling and MMA so you can send them to
We've also got Observer radio shows five of the next six days, as we've got a special show tomorrow with Ronda Rousey, Saturday night coverage of UFC 140, Sunday coverage of TNA's Final Resolution, and Slammy Award coverage of Raw on Monday night.
--New Japan has announced this for the Jan. 4 Tokyo Dome show:
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki for IWGP heavyweight title
*Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan for IWGP tag titles
*Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yan vs. Go Shiozaki & Naomichi Marufuji
*Hirooki Goto vs. Takashi Sugiura
*Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs. Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono
--We don't have numbers, but ESPN beat USA last week in the cable ratings race. FX was No. 9, Syfy was No. 12 and Spike was No. 22. The two hours of Raw last week were No. 13 and No. 16. An interesting note, and the reason why Raw opened so strong last week and probably why the rating was a little higher than it should have been, is that lead-in, NCIS, did a 3.3 rating. It was the first time I can ever recall the 8 p.m. USA Network show beating Raw on the same night. NCIS usually does well, but it never beats Raw. The first hour of Raw was No. 9 in the 18-49 demo.
--Douglas Somerson (Pretty Boy Doug Somers) filed a lawsuit against WWE saying he's owed royalty rights for WWE using his name and matches in videos, most notably in Shawn Michaels compilations with the Michaels & Marty Jannetty bloodbath from Las Vegas against Somers & Buddy Rose. He filed suit last week in Fulton County (Georgia) Superior Court saying they used his name and likeness without m making an attempt to compensate him and never signing him to a contract. The suit claimed Somerson is in bad health due to suffering what the suit claimed was 400 concussions and injuries to his neck, back, knees and foot.
--Former TUF winner Efrain Escudero is back with UFC and fights on the 12/30 show in Las Vegas against Jacob Volkmann. Escudero replaces an injured T.J. Grant. Escudero had been signed to fight in Houston next week but had to pull out of the bout.
--Jon Jones and The Rock are not only both nominated for ESPN's Sports Nations Awesomest Dude of the Year award, but in the first round of the tournament they must go head-to-head. Last year John Cena went to the finals of the fan voting before losing to Landon Donovan. Also nominated are Jared Allen, Tim Tebow, Kevin Durant Blake Girffin Travis Pastrana and Hope Solo. How can Hope Solo be an awesome dude?
--WWE has listed a 3/16 date in Montreal at the Bell Centre for a combined Raw & Smackdown show. For what it's worth, the Bell Centre web site lists the date for boxing and the local ticket outlets are selling tickets for a boxing event on that date with no mention of WWE. It's already been more than a year since WWE has come to Montreal. (thanks to Frank DeLuca)
--All steroid tests came back clean for UFC 139
--Who is the best heel?
Chael Sonnen 26.2%
Floyd Mayweather Jr. 25.6%
Mark Henry 18.0%
Michael Bisping 13.0%
The Miz 7.2%
Bobby Roode 5.7%
Alberto Del Rio 3.1%
Rashad Evans 1.2%
Interestingly today, the crowd cheered like crazy every time Sonnen opened his mouth.
--Of the next three PPV shows, what do you have the most interest in?
UFC 140 63.8%
WWE TLC 24.1%
TNA Final Resolution 12.2%
--Poll on Raw from Monday
18.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--From Chael Sonnen today:
"I can assure you on January 28th, it's one more in the win column, one more on the mantle and one more for the bad guy."
"I got no problem with Anderson Silva, but I'm not going to change my schedule to kick his ass. Don't kid yourself, Anderson's not going to be fighting me in America, Brazil or Antarctica as long as as I'm trying to get a decent Brazilian steak. Anderson's not going to fight me and don't believe the hype that he is."
"I don't believe Anderson's hurt. He showed up at the training camp of Wanderlei Silva. That was caught on tape. He was training with Machida. That was caught on tape. How hard is it to be world champion beating up on math teachers. Try and give Anderson my schedule. I think he's ducking me and Dan Henderson."
"I'm not a wrestler. I'm a fighter from the mean streets of West Linn, OR. Everybody is saying thanks to Fox for being on the show. I say, Fox, you're welcome. You've been telling people you have the American Idol. Well, now you finally do."
"I held public office and left the only way a person should, in handcuffs."
"I don't have huge confidence I can get Mark (Munoz) down and I'm not confident I can keep him down. I'm confident it he gets me down he can't keep me down. I've been in the spot before with people I can't get down and we have to go at it the old fashioned way."
The most heat was actually Rashad Evans and Phil Davis:
Evans: "I'd prefer the knockout win because Phil needs to get knocked out."
Davis: "One of your buddies, Jon Jones, said you don't have much of a chin."
Evans: I'll bet you won't be able to even put your hands on me. I'll bet, I'll guarantee you'll be the first to take a shot. I'll guarantee because I'm going to put my hands on you worse than that other dude from Penn State."
--Saturday night's Mares vs. Agbeko boxing match at the Honda Center in Anaheim did 1,161 paid, 918 comps and a $70,313.90 gate.
--CNN was copying WWE with this staff announcement on the departure of T.J. Holmes. "Since 2006, we've had the pleasure to work alongside him as he anchored CNN Newsroom and reported stories from throughout the world. We wish him well in his future endeavors." (thanks to Chris Cruise)
--There was a news story on a very tiny twitter sample of the most popular person in North Carolina at http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2011/12/the-most-popular-man-in-north-carolina.html
Of the 14 nominees, the only one who more people regarded negatively than positively (again, it was 23 of 35) was Ric Flair. Billy Graham based on the poll was the most popular. The other Billy Graham that is, beating out Dean Smith, Andy Griffith, Richard Petty and Michael Jordan.
--Updates on CZW injuries. Dustin Rayz broke his left leg and underwent surgery this past week. They put a 17 inch rod in his leg and it may be six to eight months before he can walk normally. Matt Tremont's foot was pieced on a nail board. Doctors have told him to stay off the foot for a while. He's not listening to that advice.
--Shocker posted on twitter that the reason he is off CMLL shows and no-showed a card last week is because he's having personal problems.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia. Rocky Ciarrocchi, who wrestled as Helter Skelter, who was friends with the like Trent Acid, is a 1998 graduate of St. John Neumann High School in Philadelphia. He trained at Larry Sharpe's Monster Factory but never graduated from the school. In the past, he's has paid big money to have matches with Steve Williams, Bob Orton, Chris Candito and New Jack, with the provision that he goes over. According to his myspace account, he works full-time as a mail clerk in the Philadelphia area.
--The reason some WWE on Demand episodes of Prime Time Wrestling and Old School house shows no being updated due to legal reasons, notably a September 10, 1988 Boston house show as well a 10 Count, Albano and Old School MSG shows.
--NAAFS debuts in West Virginia on 1/28 at the Morgantown, WV Events Center.
--UFC and THQ's Undisputed 3 ran 25 simulations of Saturday night's Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida fight. Of those, Jones won 18 times and Machida won 7. Machida only scored one knockout in the 25 matches. For more info you can go to http://di.dropbox.com/u/38308135/JonesVSMachida.zip
--NWS on 12/10 in Dunellen, NJ at the Knights of Columbus featuring Marty Jannetty vs. Danny Inferno,
--Former MMA fighter and brief WWE wrestler Daniel Puder's My Life My Power is the official charity of the 2011 Youth Rock Awards which take place on Saturday night at the Avalon in Hollywood.
--Michael Joy at
is selling his copy of the 1984 Night of Champions (Flair vs. Steamboat) card autographed by Flair.
--Classic Championship Wrestling from Sunday in Strathrov, ONT: Brent B b Sebastian Suave, Cezar b Sgt Dickson, Cherry Bomb b Ianna Titus, Deamon Reznor b Freak Show, Cody Deaner b Pepper Parks, Leah Von Dutch b Evilyn, Derek Wylde b Shawn Spears. Next show is 1/29.
--Great Canadian Wrestling from Sunday in Brantford, ONT: Buck Gunderson b Zaction Pact, Derek Platinum b Alex Vega, Gabriella Vanderpool b Kaitlin Diamond in a lumberjack match where the lumberjacks were all local Roller Derby skaters, Hayden Avery b Steve Brown, Sombra b Joey Allen, Rhino & Reggie Marley b Cousin Eddie & Jeff Black-DQ (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--In Your Face Wrestling on 1/14 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center
--Sunday in Guadalajara before 825 fans: Thunder Boy b Javier Cruz Jr., Infierno & Angel del Mal b Hierro & Esfinge, Leon Blanco b Gran Kenut, Magnum & Rey Trueno & In Memoriam b Gallo & Angel Azteca Jr. & Black Metal, La Mascara & El Hijo del Fantasma b El Terrible & Olimpico
--NWA and DAWG on 2/18 in Sickerville, NJ at the League Bound Sports Group features Brodie Lee, Ricky Reyes, Vordell Walker and more.
--Tickets for Sean Waltman's Royal Rumble pre-party on 1/28 in St. Louis at the Europe Night Club go on sale tonight at midnight. There are only 35 VIP tickets available. Visit www.MyWrestlingParty.com
for more details.
--There is an Adam Firestorm Memorial Rumble on Friday night at the Cloverdale, BC Fairgrounds with all the money raised going into a trust fund for Firestorm's son Thomas. For more info go to www.ASWCanada.com
--There is a show on Friday night at the Auditorio in Tijuana featuring The Psycho Circus vs. Los Payasos Tricolor and Jack Evans & Gronda II vs. Arandu & TJ Boy.