THURS. UPDATE: 2 new TV deals; Overpriced tickets; 2 promotional jumps; Evans gets the heat

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Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne
Garett Bischoff vs. Gunner
Traci Brooks vs. Gail Kim
A.J. Styles & Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett & Bobby Roode
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--Zuffa heavyweight star gets nose broken doing pro wrestling
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--TNA has extended its TV deal with Challenge TV in the U.K. for two more years, through the end of 2013.
--Dana White officially said today a deal has been made between Strikeforce and Showtime.  This has been known for some time but it's the first anyone has said so publicly.  He said that he hopes the official announcement regarding the details will come over the next week.  White also said that they are very close to starting a 125 pound weight class for UFC with the official announcement being made this weekend.
--There is tons of new audio up today on the site including Bryan's usual Thursday shows with Lance Storm and Todd Martin, plus a special Observer radio later today with Ronda Rousey.  Plus we'll have Observer radios on Saturday night after UFC 140, Sunday after TNA's Final Resolution and Monday night after the three-hour Slammys Raw hour.
--Tom Wright, head of UFC Canada, was on the Fan 590 in Toronto and it was brought up how Saturday's show is not sold out (it's very close and will be full and had a $3.6 million advance as of a few weeks ago, so it's not like it's doing badly).  Wright said the first show was a global event and this show is more of a local event.  He also noted it was the second show of the year in Toronto.  He noted that the plan may be to do one show per year in Toronto and one in Montreal each year.  When asked if tickets were overpriced, he said it was a fair comment but didn't agree or disagree, but said they would look at pricing the next time they come to Toronto.
--There is a real simple formula if tickets are overpriced.  If the expensive tickets sell and cheap tickets don't, they aren't overpriced.  If the cheap tickets sell out immediately but expensive tickets don't go at all, which has been the case at a lot of UFC events, then they are.
--The Miz is back on Conan O'Brien tonight, most likely pushing the Tribute to the Troops show.
--Miz promoting the taping, which will be held in Fayetteville on Sunday, at  The show will be taped at 8 p.m. at the Crown Coliseum featuring Mary J. Blige, Nickeback, George Wallace as well as Maria Menounos of Extra will be wrestling on the show.  Tickets are only available to military personnel and their families.
--Rashad Evans got in trouble for his comments to Jon Jones about "I'm going to put my hands on our worse than that dude did to them over kids at Penn State" yesterday.  Dana White said that Evans knows he shouldn't have said it.  White said he was mad at some of the negative stories that came out by people critical of UFC for what Evans said.   
--Kofi Kingston wasn't at Raw on Monday because he was in Afghanistan with Vince McMahon and the Bella Twins shooting footage for the show.
--AAA had a press conference today in Puebla to announce Guerra de Titanes and both El Texano Jr. and Toscano were there.  While never announced, it was widely expected Texano Jr. would show up at Guerra de Titanes when he quit CMLL.  Toscano had been heavily rumored as leaving, and the belief is several more are to follow because CMLL is seen by many right now as a sinking ship.
--The injury to Georges St. Pierre made the CBC National TV Newscast yesterday, with footage of him from a match.  They've never covered an MMA story as a major news story before (thanks to Roy Kendal) 
--Who do you expect to win this fight?
Michael Bisping 72.3%
Demian Maia 27.7%
Nick Diaz 69.9%
Carlos Condit 30.1%
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 55.3%
Tito Ortiz 44.7%
Best full-time pro wrestling company of 2011
WWE 45.1%
New Japan 23.0% 
Dragon Gate 13.6%
TNA 9.5%
NOAH 3.8%
AAA 2.8%
CMLL 1.3%
All Japan 0.9%
--"Fast Five" was the fourth highest selling DVD of 2011 in Australia.  "The Other Guys" was the most rented DVD of 2011 in Australia.  Dwayne Johnson was in both movies, although his role in the former was more significant than his role in the latter (thanks to James Stanios)  
--TNA has added show son 3/9 in Corbin, KY and 3/10 in Pikeville, KY. 
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--There is an internet presale for the Royal Rumble on 1/29 in St. Louis at starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow withthe password CHAMP.  Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday.

--There has been some talk of Michael Bisping dissing Chael Sonnen yesterday at the UFC press conference.  Actually Bisping said he met Sonnen and really liked him.  The comment in question was when it was brought up to Sonnen about how Dan Henderson said that he didn't think Anderson Silva was really hurt and was just avoiding himself and Sonnen, and Henderson said that Silva would suddenly get healthy if he was offered Michael Bisping.  That led to Bisping responding, "I seem to remember Dan Henderson being tapped out just like Chael did.  If he's bitter about it, don't talk shit about me."  Some then thought he meant being bitter was Sonnen but it was clearly directed to Henderson.
--Dana White said that both Sonnen and Henderson know Silva is really hurt and that everyone in UFC knows it, noting that if a star gets hurt, "We bring you to our doctors and they check you out and we find out if you're injured or not injured."  White said that nobody is faking an injury.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia is actually Roller Games trivia.  Judy Arnold, the former superstar captain of the Eastern Warriors, is now a born-again Christian and an ordained minister living near Sacramento.  Arnold was the stunt double for Raquel Welch in the movie "Kansas City Bomber."  
--Kelly Kelly will be judging an Ugly Sweater contest tomorrow at Jackson's Bistro in Tampa.  She said when she was called by WWE for a job that she was in her first year of college and wanted to be an anchorwoman for ESPN, or I guess that means Erin Andrews.   
--The Smackdown after WrestleMania in Orlando has a pre-sale starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the password WWEEBSHOW  at  The password actually calls it a B show.
--It was a bad day for THQ, which has both the WWE and UFC video game license.  Even with the early success of the WWE game, the company reported profits were 25% lower than Wall Street analysts expected due to the disappointing sales of its uBraw game tablet.  The stock price dropped 20% today. 
--Inside Ring of Honor at
--NWA Ring Warriors on 12/14 in Fort Lauderdale at the Armory with Dark City Fight Club defending the NWA tag titles against Billy Gunn & X-Pac as the main event.
---NWA Wrestling tonight in Nashville at the NWA Arena on 1056 E. Trinity Lane.  
--Cheerleader Melissa is another name involved in the TNA television tapings being done later this month in India. 
--Ring of Honor has added a number of shows from the past to its premium ringside section at  All events are free with a Ringside Premium Membership.  They are the October 16, 2010 Davey Richards vs. Christopher Daniels show form Chicago, August 13, 2006 from the U.K. headlined by Bryan Danielson vs. Roderick Strong, January 15, 2005 with Samoa Joe vs. Nigel McGuinness, Homicide vs. Bryan Danielson and Austin Aries vs. Colt Cabana; November 13, 2010 with Strong vs. Daniels and Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Kevin Steen & Steve Corino; January 14, 2011 with Tyler Black vs. Eddie Edwards; January 27, 2006 with Strong & Aries vs. Danielson & Jay Lethal and April 12, 2003 with Danielson vs. Paul London, Samoa Joe vs. Hernandez, Mickie James and Dusty Rhodes appearing.
--GXW on 12/17 in Hopewell, VA
--A video building the next NWA Fusion show on Saturday night in King and Queen, VA is at
--Francisco Drinaldo has suffered an undisclosed injury and is out of tomorrow night's M-1 Challenge event on Showtime.  He was scheduled to face Alexander Saranavsky.  Taking his place on last minute notice is Sergio Cortez.  The show airs live at 11 p.m.
--Besides the shows we've talked about, UFC 140, Turning Point and the Slammys special, as well as tomorrow night's Showtime MMA event, there will be BAMMA on Saturday afternoon from England on HDNet if you want to watch MMA all day long.  And the UFC prelims this weekend are two hours, from 7-9 p.m., live on ION.
--Edward Loredo did a two part series of Starrcade with part one at  and part two is 7 p.m. Eastern today at
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 1/20 in Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba at the Centennial Hall.
--Wrestler Ahtu of ECWA will be on the VH-1 Reality show "Why Am I Still Single" on Sunday night at 11 p.m.
--New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Carver, MA at the High School.
--Micro Championship Wrestling from last night in Watertown, NY before 300 fans:  Demo b Huggy Cub, Huggy Cub won three-way over Meatball and Justice, Justice b Meatball, Short Sleeve Sampson b Blix to win the title.  They played music throughout the matches.  Johnny G announced over the p.a. live.  Pat Tanaka was the referee. (thanks to David Rude)   
--In the MMA version of TNA signing Matt Hardy, Bellator has signed War Machine.
--CZW Excellent Adventure on 1/28 in Philadelphia at the Asylum Arena.
--Gary Graham at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it would like to hear from people who were at the Smackdown tapings on Tuesday night in Jacksonville.

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