SAT. UPDATE: UFC helps out Miller family; Kox issue; Zack Ryder and high school; Miz speaks;UFC 140



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        Tonight's UFC 140
 
Facebook fights starting at about 5:30 p.m.
 
John Cholish (156) vs. Mitch Clarke (154.5)
Rich Attonito (170.5) vs. Jake Hecht (170.5)
Mark Bocek (156) vs. Nik Lentz (156)
 
Live on ION at 7 p.m.
Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Walel Watson (135.5)
Dennis Hallman (158.5) vs. John Makdessi (155.5) = Hallman did not attempt to weigh in and get to 156 pounds so he was fined 20% of his purse
Jared Hamman (185) vs. Constantinos Philippou (185)
Krzysztof Soszynski (206) vs. Igor Pokrajac (205)
 
Live on PPV at 9 p.m.
Mark Hominick (145) vs. Chan Sung Jung (145.5)
Brian Ebersole (170.5) vs. Claude Patrick (171)
Tito Ortiz (206) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (204.5)
Frank Mir (260) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (239)
Jon Jones (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204) for UFC light heavyweight title     
 
 
         BAMMA 8 will air live on HDNet  at 4 p.m. Eastern (1 p.m. Pacific) from Nottingham, England with these fights
Paul McVeigh vs. Erik Perez
Diego Gonzalez vs. Andre Winner
Joey Villasenor vs. Judo Jim Wallhead
Jimi Manuwa vs. Antony Rea
 
        TNA Final Resolution will take place on Sunday in Orlando:
Bobby Roode vs. A.J. Styles in a 30 minute Iron man match for the WWE title
Kurt Angle vs. James Storm
Jeff Hardy vs. Jeff Jarrett - Either Hardy wins and gets a title shot in January or if he loses he leaves TNA
Matt Morgan & Crimson vs. Pope & Devon for the tag titles
Austin Aries vs. Kid Kash for the X title
Gail Kim vs. Mickie James for the Knockouts title
RVD vs. Christopher Daniels
Robbie E vs. Eric Young for the TV title
        Because the main event is going 30, some of the undercard matches are likely to be shorter than in the past.
 
        Sunday will be the TV taping for WWE's Tribute to the Troops special from Fayetteville before an audience of only those in the military and their families.  The show will then air from 9-11 p.m. on Tuesday on the USA Network and again on 12/17 on NBC in a one hour format.
 
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--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
 
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--Notes on UFC countdown shows
 
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--What lessons UFC 140 will tell regarding PPV
 
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--Update on Strikeforce/Showtime relationship
 
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--Next Strikeforce show
 
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--The Miz did an interview at http://hamptonroads.com to promote the three-hour Raw Monday in Norfolk.  When asked who the toughest guy in WWE was, he said it was him.  If he was more convincing at it, he'd be drawing as a main eventer instead of just being a main eventer.  He noted before going to foreign countries he learns words and phrases in their language (a smart man) and said his goal is to be in the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. 
 
--Should UFC have a 125-pound weight division?
Yes 65.2%
No 34.8%
 
--What are your plans regarding UFC 140
Watching via illegal stream 24.9%
Watching on PPV at my home 16.7%
Watching at a bar or restaurant 11.7%
Watching on PPV at somebody else's home 4.4%
Not watching 40.4%
 
--What do you think about the WWE Network
It will never end up being a success 59.5%
It will be a big money loser early but eventually be a success 25.9%
It will be a money loser, not a big money loser, but end up as a success 9.5%
It will be a success from the start 5.0%
 
--How many buys does UFC 140 do?
Under 200,000 10.2%
201-250,000 11.9%
251-300,000 13.0%
301-350,000 25.4%
351-400,000 10.7%
401-450,000 14.1%
451-500,000 6.8%
501-550,000 3.4%
551-600,000 1.1%
More than 601,000 3.4%
 
--Viewing plans for weekend shows
UFC 140 64.1%
TNA Final Resolution 15.7%
        Of the people watching Final Resolution, 55%, or more than half, are watching UFC 140.  28.9% are watching neither.  Interesting that based on this, the UFC numbers should be well up from usual (that's better numbers than any show including Survivor Series in quite some time), but when it comes to predictions, people have it in the usual PPV range.
 
--Poll on Impact
Excellent 15.0%
Good 35.0%
Average 23.3%
Fair 10.0%
Poor 16.7%
        58.3% of those responding didn't see the show.  Much higher than usual numbers regarding those who didn't watch the show.
 
--What was the biggest MMA news story of 2011?
UFC signs with FOX 57.9%
UFC purchases Strikeforce 10.7%
Injuries and other obstacles lead to almost every big money fight not happening 10.4%
Fedor loses twice, no longer considered a top tier heavyweight 5.6%
Decline in UFC PPV business 5.1%
First UFC show on FOX 3.6%
Ascension of Jon Jones 2.9%
UFC show in Toronto sets records 2.9%
UFC's TV ratings in Brazil 0.5%
Junior Dos Santos wins UFC heavyweight title 0.5%
 
--Tommy Dreamer talks about the life of an independent wrestler who goes out on weekends at http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDiplay.aspx?e=3398851  This is a good article.
 
--The next Evolve show will be 1/14 at the Arena in Philadelphia.  Appearing will be Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, Ricochet, Uhaa Nation, Sami Callihan, Pinkie Sanchez, Jon Davis, Bobby Fish, AR Fox, Cloudy, John Silver and Kyle Matthews.
 
--We're sorry to report on the death of Sharon Wisniski, better known as Sharon Valentine, the wife of the legendary Johnny Valentine, at the age of 67.  She had been living in Fort Worth.  She had battled a number of health issues in recent years.  Her last public appearance at a wrestling show was April 17, 2010, in Fort Worth for IHWE where she accepted a Hall of Fame induction for her late husband, who was one of the all-time greats.  Her memorial service was yesterday.  Just this past week, Dory Funk Jr., when asked the greatest wrestlers he ever faced, listed Valentine among the top six, and it was actually the first name he said, along with Terry Funk, Jack Brisco, Bruiser Brody, Billy Robinson and Wahoo McDaniel.  Terry Funk in nearly every conversation I have with him at one point or another says the thing modern wrestling would need more than anything is "a John Valentine."  (thanks to David Farmer)
 
--So Heath Slater last night was the No. 1 trending topic worldwide on Twitter.  I think that means he should be getting a WWE title shot at the Rumble.
 
--In the new biography of Howard Cosell that just came out (which I'm told is very good), there are several chapters on Muhammad Ali's relationship with Cosell and said Ali patterned himself after George "The Animal" Steele.  That would be difficult since Ali became a star before George Steele.  I think he meant Gorgeous George, even if the correct answer may really be Fred Blassie. (thanks to Houston Mitchell)
 
--Terry Allen aka Magnum T.A. will be appearing at the 2012 Charlotte fanfest.  He joins former announcers Bob Caudle and Rich Landrum as the first announced guests.  The event takes place 8/2 to 8/5 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place Hotel.
 
--On the Chad Duke Wrestling show, Dave Bautista said this about John Cena:
"I think they did the whole PG direction thing, I think that works for Cena.  The little kids love him cause he's a great character, he's someone they can look up to.  The girls love him, good looking guy, says all the right things, does all the right things, but the Hardcore fans can't stand him.  He is Mr. Hokey, Mr. PG to me.  He killed Hardcore edgy wrestling."
 
--Bautista will be on sexologist Dr. Susan Block's radio show tonight from 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. at http://tinyurl.com/RadioSUZY1
 
--Tickets for ROH's Final Battle may not be doing so well.  They've announced $10 off all General Admission tickets to all members (and you can get a free membership) to the ROH store.  If you are a ringside member at the ROH store, you can get $15 off all General Admission tickets.  This sale ends at 8 a.m. Eastern time on Monday.
 
--Cage Fury Fighting Championships tonight in Atlantic City is on GFL.TV as an iPPV headlined by former UFC fighter Greg  Soto (8-2) challenging the group's welterweight champion, Chip Pollard (5-2) on a show with four title matches.
 
--Tyron Woodley will be opening his ATT Evolution gym in St. Louis on 12/17.  As part of the grand opening there will be a toy drive, plus Randy Couture will be appearing on 12/19 from 6-10 p.m. launching his book tour for the release of his second book, "The Last Round."  
 
--Adam Pearce vs. Vance Nevada pre-match promos and match highlights for the new season of the CNWA show is at http://centralalbertatv.net/media/255/CNWA_-_Vance_Nevada_Adam_Pearce-Promo-show_3/
 
--GOUGE from Thursday night in Raleigh:  Mickey Gambino b Caleb Konley, Otto Schwanz b The Goat, Rob McBride & Seymour Snott b  Corey Havoc & Joey Janela, Jake Manning & Grizzly Redwood b Rhett Titus & Stoney Hooker, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Cedric Alexander, Colt Cabana b Young Boi, Colt Cabana b T. Dawg HG.  Next show is 1/7 in Butner, NC at the National Guard Armory. 
 
--IWC tonight in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center features John McChesney vs. Jimmy DeMarco vs. Shiima Xion for the IWC title.  Also appearing are Matt Cross, Hallowicked, Sami Callihan and more.
 
--Metro Pro Wrestling tonight in Kansas City at the Turner Rec Center featuring the retirement match of longtime area indie wrestler Pete Madden.  The show is a TV taping for their Saturday night show on Metro Sports.
 
--Wild Bill's Fight Night is doing its annual Toys for Tots benefit show.  You can get a free G.A. ticket for the 12/16 Wild Bill's show in Duluth, GA by donating a new toy or a ringside seat for only $20.  You can bring the toy to any MMA or kickboxing gym in the Atlanta area and drop
it in the Toys for Tots drop box and ask the gym for your free ticket or you can bring it to the show.
 
--River City Wrestling tonight in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
 
--Austin Collinsworth of Notre Dame was given a WWE style title belt for winning Special Teams Player of the year. 
 
--PWX from last night in Charlotte:  Caleb Konley b Joey Janela, Chiva Kid b Alex Avgernios, Jake Manning & Grizzly Redwood & Adam Page b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. & Zane Riley & Mr. Elite, Colt Cabana b Marcellus King, Mickie James b Amber O'Neil, Cedric Alexander b Rhett Titus-DQ (thanks to Michael Carpenter)
 
--The BBC in the U.K. ran a story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16097158 on R.J. Brewer (played by John Stagikas aka John Walters) of Lucha Libre USA. (thanks to Brian Wescott)

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