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        Tonight's TLC PPV from Baltimore:

*C.M. Punk vs. The Miz vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE title in a TLC match.  You know you'll get a lot of big moves out of this match because all three know the TLC score.  As far as result goes, the original plan was Punk.  It would be too early to take it from him and neither of these guys would be the right guy as champion right now.  None of that matters, since ratings are down and the mentality is a WWE title change will boost the ratings the following Monday, so we'll see what happens.  Should be a good match, but just given the way Miz and Del Rio have been booked, plus no John Cena on the show, I don't see this as a main event that is going to make anyone want to see the show.

*Mark Henry vs. Big Show in a chairs match for the World title.  Promo work for the match has been strong, but it's the third time in a row and the second one didn't get over live.  This isn't the time to take the title from Henry, and Show wouldn't be the guy to give it to, but again, the mentality of changing the title on PPV is also in place.

*HHH vs. Kevin Nash in a ladder match.  I expect a lot of thought to be given to this match because you have two guys with no booking limitations put on them who pretty much have to have a match that gets over, particularly Nash, because a lot of people are expecting him to fail.  I expect effort, no craziness and probably some twist and turns.

*Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett in a tables match.  These two would have a great regular match if they were given 15:00.  The tables match actually takes away from them instead of giving them something to make the match better.  But still should be good, and probably no worse than the second best match on the show.

*Cody Rhodes vs. Booker T for the U.S. title.  Because Booker hasn't done a big televised match in years in WWE, they'll probably have early momentum.  It's a big match for Rhodes, who has been hit-and-miss with these kind of opportunities in the past.  Good TV build, the question is what percentage of the fans in Baltimore follow Smackdown.

*Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the IC title.  If they have time the match will be really good because of Ziggler.  They should change the title.  The finish probably should be a fluke banana peel because long-term Ziggler probably has more value to the company and should be moved up on the shows.

        There has been talk of adding another match to the show since there are only six.  John Cena insists he will not be in Baltimore and will be watching on PPV. 

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--WWE last night at the Nassau Coliseum was selling a "Cena sucks" T-shirt.  Will be interesting to see if people bought it or not.
--John Cena is also on the box of selected "Fruity Pebbles" cereals as part of a joint promotion with WWE.
--At the Juggalo Championship Wrestling show last night, Corporal Robinson announced that due to untold numbers of concussions, and back and neck injuries, he has to retire effective immediately.  He also said he was vacating the JCW title.
--Results from the show in Detroit at a sold out St. Andrews Hall:  Bull Pain b Weedman, Headbangers b Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher, Zach Gowen b Isabella Smothers, 2 Tuff Tony & Butler Geeves b Breyer Wellington & Kongo Kong & Rob Conway.  Next show is New Year's Eve at the Palladium in Worcester.
--We got very little response last night to Strikeforce.  Even less than for TNA so that doesn't bode well for ratings.  The one thing that may help is coming right after Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch, because that fight got a lot of publicity. 
--Devon Nicholson has been competing this weekend in the Canadian Greco-Roman Wrestling Olympic trials in Winnipeg.  He's in the finals, a best two of three, today.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia is about Bob Barnett of Huntington Beach, CA.  Barnett is a divorce lawyer who graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge and Northrop Law School.  He grew up in New York City and was friends with Jon Bauman of the band ShaNaNa.  His father was a lawyer who worked with the head of the New York State Athletic Commission.  Vince McMahon Sr. would often come to the law offices and on several occasions, 12-year-old Vincent Kennedy McMahon would be with his father.  Bob and Vince knew each other and both had the same favorite wrestler at the time, Dr. Jerry Graham and both enjoying throwing cherry bombs in toilets.  What a shocker.  "Vince was a smartass like myself," he remembered.
--Mike Mooneyham has an excellent story on former wrestler Buddy Colt at  Colt was one of the biggest stars in wrestling when his career ended when his ankle was crushed in an airplane crash.  He was flying the plane in bad weather.  The crash involved himself, Mike McCord (who came back to be Austin Idol), Gary Hart (who suffered a lot of bad injuries and really couldn't bump much after that) and Bobby Shane (who people talked about as a potential booking genius who would be one of the most influential figures in the game had he lived, but Shane died in the crash).
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More popular 11.8%
Less popular 55.6%
About the same 32.7%
--What do you expect to be the best match on tonight's PPV show?
Punk vs. Del Rio vs. Miz 44.6%
Ziggler vs. Ryder 25.1%
HHH vs. Nash 12.1%
Orton vs. Barrett 8.7%
Rhodes vs. Booker 6.5%
Henry vs. Show 3.0%
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 12.7%
Good 46.8%
Average 29.1%
Fair 3.8%
Poor 7.6%
        37.3% of those responding didn't see the show.
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--Mickie James will be doing an autograph session on 1/14 at the City of Industry, CA at Frank and Sons Collectibles. (thanks to Daniel Short)
--St. Louis Anarchy results from last night in Granite City, IL:  Shorty Biggs won four way over Bolt Brady Aiden Young and Jamie Lyte, Davey Vega b Arik Cannon, Darin Childs & Khris Wolfe & Alexandre Rudolph b Hooligans & Jordan Lacey, Gerald James b Chuck Taylor, ACH b Jeremy Wyatt, Serenity won four-way over Rachel Summerlyn, Portia Perez and Lillie Mae, Robert Evans & Darin Corbin b Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly, Dingo b Mat Fitchett in a dog collar match, Dan Walsh b Evan Gelistico in an I Quit match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)  
--WWE Vintage Collection didn't air in the U.K. due to live sports and wont' be airing until Wednesday morning. 
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  Chasyn Rance b Aiden Altair, Mister Saint Laurent b Bobby Adams, Aaron Epic b Santana Garrett, Jesse Neal b J.D. Amazing, Rey Beez b Q.T. Marshall to win the Florida title, Beez b Mike Reed to keep the Florida title, Lince Dorado b Mike Cruz to win the cruiserweight title.  Next show is 1/7 (thanks to Al Haft)
--A fund has been started to raise money for James "Kamala" Harris, for medical bill assistance as Harris had no insurance and is facing rising bills from his foot amputation, plus is unable to work at the present time.  The fund is at The Renasant Ban, P.O. box 97, Sardis, MS  38666.  They are also looking at doing a benefit show for him in February.
--NAWA Big Time Wrestling on 1/7 in Waxahachie, TX at the Killertorium.
--CWF Mid Atlantic anniversary show from last night in Burlington, NC before 350 fans:  Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander b Chase Dakota & Rudy Lewis, Caleb Konley & Amber O'Neal b Trevor Lee & Becky Bayless, Joe Black b Aric Andrews, Nick Richards & Adam Page b Ty Dillinger & Michael McAllister, Sara Del Rey b Mia Yim, Mecha Mercenary b Rob McBride, Ric Converse b Jason Miller, Roy Wilkins & Walter Eaton b Arik Royal & Chiva Kid, Donnie Dollars b Ray Kandrack, Xsiris b Mikael Yamaha (thanks to Brad Stutts)
--CZW on 1/14 for an afternoon show at the Asylum Arena features Eddie Kingston vs. Joker and AR Fox vs. Uhaa Nation.

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