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--A note from earlier.  Mark Henry's match was so short and they went in the direction they did because of an injury to either the groin or hamstring.  The report we got is he has either a torn or severely pulled groin and need time off and shouldn't have worked but they needed to get the belt off him.
 
--Lots of talk last night after the show about how both of WWE's major champions first made their national name on the underground as stars in ROH.  Regarding the Daniel Bryan win, I think we've learned winning the title in WWE and being treated as a world champion are two different things.  But a lot of people who weren't viewed as world champion material got titles off the Money in the Bank for the first time, and some did better with it (Edge as the obvious one) than the company expected, and others (Jack Swagger) fell by the wayside.  Each case is different.
 
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--Dave Bautista said:  "excuse me!  did I hear that right?  Daniel Bryan World heavyweight champion.  ummmm...ok."  A lot of people got on his case over that and when people started going after him, he invited all the tough guys to come visit him at his gym in Tampa and noted he's been a supporter of the guy,noted he's aware of his hard work but "still...world heavyweight champion?"  If you think of the world title meaning what it did in the past, his comments make sense.  The world title was for a longtime established main eventer as the sign they were the biggest star in the sport at the time, not something handed out so everyone gets their turn.  Once you get past that mentality of what it was to what it is now, it really doesn't matter who is the champion as much as who is booked in the position the champion should be booked in.
 
--Gabe Sapolsky said:  "I think a boundary was broken last night by two remarkable athletes and people.  This just validates that the best talent and the new generation of stars can come from the independent wrestling scene.  I believe we have today's new stars in Dragon Gate USA and Evolve.  the new Punks and Bryans are at the top of their game in each promotion."  Give it a shot and enjoy the ride to the top of WWE.  Congrats to Punk and Bryan.  they both deserve this and worked hard for it."
 
--Kevin Nash talked last night like his match with HHH was the end of his career.  In WWE, it was at least considered the end as an active wrestler in WWE.  There is always the chance of a one-time nostalgia match like they do with Sgt. Slaughter, but I can't see any programs past something different for TV or one show for him at this point.
 
--Although John Cena claimed he would be watching the show last night at home on PPV, he was actually there in Baltimore.  It was a surprise he wasn't used at all.  Maybe they are trying to get over that stipulations mean something.  That's going to be a long tough road after the last decade in wrestling.
 
--Recently retired pro wrestler Devon Nicholson took second in the Canadian Olympic trials in Greco-Roman, losing in the finals yesterday in Winnipeg, in the super heavyweight (286 pound) division, so is an alternate for the 2012 games in London.   
 
--Alistair Overeem, Greg Jackson and Anthony Robles (2011 NCAA champion who won the title even though he only has one leg) are guests tonight on Inside MMA at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on HDNet.
 
--C.M. Punk appeared of Preston & Steve in Philadelphia today promoting Raw.  Interview was said to be fun.  He didn't talk at all about wrestling in Philadelphia pre-WWE but did mention he lived at one point in the Philadelphia suburbs.
 
--C.M. Punk after the show went off the air last night as a rib put the other end of his handcuff on Lilian Garcia and took her to the back.  Looked impromptu but she was a good sport about it.
 
--Tribute to the Troops based on fast nationals did either a 1.2 or 1.3 rating.  It would have been the second lowest rated show of the week among the big four networks.
 
--Ricardo Rodriguez got a lot of praise for his spot falling off the ladder through the tables last night.
 
--What full-time active wrestler has the strongest Hall of Fame credentials?
Kurt Angle 29.1%
Kenta Kobashi 25.9%
John Cena 17.3%
Jushin Liger 15.5%
Rey Mysterio 6.4%
Randy Orton 1.5%
Jeff Hardy 1.4%
Masakatsu Funaki 0.9%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 0.8%
Kensuke Sasaki 0.6%
Jun Akiyama 0.3%
Yuji Nagata 0.2%
 
--Poll on Saturday night's ROH TV show
Excellent 40.6%
Good 32.8%
Average 6.3%
Fair 7.8%
Poor 12.5%
        54.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--What upcoming show are you most interested in?
UFC 141 Lesnar vs. Overeem 44.1%
WWE Royal Rumble 35.6%
ROH Final Battle 9.3%
New Japan Tokyo Dome 7.7%
TNA Genesis 3.4%
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Impact 21.9%
ROH 18.0%
Smackdown 16.7%
Raw 13.3%
Tribute to the Troops 12.9%
Strikeforce 8.6%
Inside MMA 3.4%
CMLL 3.4%
Legacy Fighting Championships 1.7%
 
 
--Joe Batten, who won the intermediate division in grappling at the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto in April, was killed early Saturday night in a fight outside a bar in Cambridge, ONT.  He was 22.  Police found him at 2 a.m. after responding to a call about a fight outside a concert.  Normally on Friday night he would have been training but he had a shoulder injury.  Police did not reveal details as to the altercation but are looking to question five people, three men and two women, who left the scene together.
 
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--AAA has a TV taping tomorrow night in Chilpancingo with Dr. Wagner Jr. & Extreme Tiger vs. Octagon & La Parka, Jack Evans & Mesias vs. Perro Aguayo Jr.  & Perro Sorpresa (which translated means a surprise dog).  No TNA talent at the taping.
 
--All Pro Wrestling noted that Bryan Danielson was once the head trainer at their school in 2002, and noted that Sara Del Rey was one of his top students at the time. 
 
--Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings did an interview where he imagined various teammates as pro wrestlers.  The interviewer when asked about Matt Greene noted he said "Ric Flair or The Ultimate Warrior," and then the guy interviewing him asked how that was possible because you couldn't find two people more opposite.  Penner's reply:  "Yeah, but they're both showmen and Matt Greene is a showman."  Story is at ttp://goo.gl/fb/NN5k9
 
--Tony Atlas will be doing a special autograph signing at the 1/14 In Your Face Wrestling show in Ballston Spa, NY at the Area Community Center. 
 
--AOD/CWE from Friday night in Winnipeg:  Nate Hardy b Rick Matthews, Cliff Corleone & Mike Mission b Cory Diamond & Scottie Stylez, Darian Karisma b Zack Mercury-DQ, Moses Luke b Brian Rich in a flag match, Spyder & Darren Dalton b Mr. Nasty & Ike Idol, Matt Fairlane b Tommy Lee Curtis, Danny Duggan & A.J. Sanchez & Kevy Chevy b Mentallo & Team Impact.  Next show is 1/27 in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall featuring Val Venis.
 
--Fight Night promotions debuts on 2/11 in Lewiston, ME with three former state champions on the card.  They are John Raio (125 pound champion in 1995), Jesse Peterson (189 pound champion in 2000) and Cody Lightfoot (189 pound champion in 2002). 
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Jimmy Rockwell b Buck Albright, S.M. King b Jeff O'Shea, Abu Colossus b Joey Anderson, Brian Gott & Derek Cornell b Joey Daniels & Paul Daniels, Zach Thompson NC Mad Dog McDowell, Zach Thompson & Jimmy Rockwell b Buck Albright & Mad Dog McDowell, Sir Bradley Charles b Ryan Slade, Preston Maxwell & Shawn Nautilus & Zac James b Matty Star & Vic Victory & Darren Russell.  Next show is 1/14 in Council Bluffs at the National Guard Armory.
 
--HWA World War 3 from Saturday night in Hamilton, ONT:  Dr. Bones over Juice Jennings and Dre Jacobs, Clark Konnor & Jon Murray & Tim Lutz b Bobby Olsen & Jerry Andrews & Sid Fabulous, American Wrestling Warriors over Heat Seekers, DNA and Noble Bloods to win HWA tag titles, B.J. Whitmer b Drake Younger, Gerome Phillips b Chris Hall, Remi Wilkins b Nick Cutler in an I Quit match, Jake Crist b Jesse Emerson to win HWA title, Dave Crist b Ron Mathis to win HWA Luchador title (thanks to Adam Sanders) 
 
--Millennium Wrestling Federation on 3/24 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall is billing the show as the farewell show in the area with Paul Bearer and John Cena Sr. booked.
 
--FSW Holiday Havoc tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix with The Godfather Charles Wright, Val Venis, Johnny the Bull, Michael Modest, Alkatrazz, Shaun Ricker and Brandon Gatson.   Tickets are $10, or fee if you bring an unwrapped toy for donation. 

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