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--Want to thank Bryan last night.  We have a family emergency and my son was in ICU and needed an emergency procedure done at midnight (he's out of the hospital now and doing fine, cross your fingers) and he didn't fall asleep until shortly after that so I didn't even get home until after 1 a.m. to watch Raw and Bryan stayed until 2:30 a.m. when we finally had to do the show since it was just getting ridiculous, and I hadn't had a chance to see the last 40 minutes or so.  This week's issue may be one day late.  We'll see.  So anyway, after seeing the whole show, I thought it was really good.
--Brock Lesnar pleaded guilty in court today through his attorney in Medicine Hat, Alberta on the hunting charges from last week (reported on last week, the actual charges stemmed from November 19, 2010).  He pleaded guilty to improper tagging of an animal and was fined $1,725 and given a six-month hunting suspension.  The other two charges, leaving meat to rot and illegal possession of wildlife, were then dropped.

Lesnar said:  "In November 2010 I went on a filmed hunt in Alberta, Canada.  It was sponsored by Fusion Ammunition and guided by Trophy Hunters Alberta.  In Alberta, Americans can't hunt without a licensed outfitter.  The outfitter is there to make sure you follow the rules.  I had two deer tags for the trip which meant I could legally shoot two deer.  On the first day of the trip,  I shot a mule deer.  On the second day, I shot a white tail.  Videos from the hunt have been on the Internet for over and year.  After I shot the mule deer, I failed to immediately tag it.  As far as I was involved, that's all there is to it.  Now it's resolved.  I paid my fine today.  It's the kind of thing that happens to hunters all the time.  I want to thank the Canadian authorities for their cooperation in resolving this misunderstanding.  I love Canada and I can't wait to go back to Alberta for a hunt.

--ROHWrestling.com is offering the two prior Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards matches, from 3/5 and 6/26, free on its web site.  The first is up today and the second will be up tomorrow.  The second is getting a lot of talk for match of the year.
--UFC events are now available on XBOX live starting yesterday.  For the first 25,000 people who sign up, you can watch UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem free.
--The Lesnar vs. Overeem countdown show debuts tomorrow night on Fuel at 10 p.m.  It won't air on Spike until the night before the show.
--Junior Dos Santos will be doing a Q&A before the UFC weigh-ins on 12/29 in Las Vegas at 2 p.m.
-- Someone on Twitter asked Cena if WWE was really selling "CENA SUCKS" t-shirts (they are, they're at the arenas, they read "Let's go Cena" with "CENA SUCKS!" in giant letters underneath), and Cena replied, "They have wanted too since 2008. I told them no. Finally I just said I don't care. I'm fine with the way things are. Some like me. Some don't."  So now you too can hate John Cena so much that you'll buy merchandise where a percentage of it goes right to his pocketbook.
--WWE has a new interview with Shawn Michaels up talking about the pressure of being the show-stealer at WrestleMania, whether he ever basked in the glory of his great matches, and how his attitude changed over the years.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia concerns the one and only Ric Flair.  Richard Fliehr was a 1968 graduate of Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI.  Wayland Academy is a co-ed boarding school.  Ric's parents sent him there as an alternative to send him to military school thinking he needed to go somewhere to get himself under control.  Just not happening.  Ric was not the best student (which kept him from playing football at the University of Minnesota).  In high school, he competed in wrestling, football and track.  He was a fullback and a middle linebacker, threw the shot and in 1966 he was Wisconsin state private school wrestling champion at 181 pounds and in 1967 he was champion as a heavyweight.  He had to spend an extra year in high school due to grades.
--Josh Nason noted that WWE actually won six Mashable Awards.  They also won for Best Social Good Cause Campaign for the 'Be A Star' program.
--To show how last minute, at least to some people, the Daniel Bryan win was, for the 12/30 show at the Izod Center, they have revised the card since Bryan will defend, listing it as a three-way cage match with Bryan vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry for the title.  The most notable thing is that in releasing the new card, whoever is in charge (John Laurinaitis) forgot that Daniel Bryan was booked against Hunico so the current advertising lists both matches.
--Paul Heyman put up the Gabe Sapolsky column on CM Punk and Daniel Bryan being WWE and World Champions on his Heyman Hustle site here.

--The New York Times had an interesting article on Bonnie Hammer with a few quotes from Vince McMahon including her taking credit for some changes in the presentation of wrestling.

--Gina Carano is on the cover of the new issue of Elle Magazine to promote the movie "Haywire" which will be coming out in a few weeks meaning expect to see her doing a lot of promotional work.
--For Raw in Chicago next week, they will be bringing the cage, because being advertised locally is Punk vs. Del Rio in a cage match for the title.
--In the death of Joe Batten, the 22-year-old who in April won the intermediate no-gi tournament as part of the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto, 20 investigators in Cambridge, ONT are working on the case.  Batten died after a fight after a concert on Friday night.  The police have thanked a number of people who were there for coming forward on the case.  The police have kept quiet the details other than there was a fight outside the hall that involved a lot of people.  They are also not releasing the cause of death for reasons having to do with the investigation.  Story is here.

--Hulk Hogan is shooting another Rent-A-Center commercial today.
--Here is a listing of the matches on the WWE's Best PPV matches of 2011 DVD which will be released next week
  • From Royal Rumble:  Edge vs. Dolph Ziggler and Royal Rumble
  • From Elimination Chamber:  Edge vs. Mysterio vs. Kane vs. McIntyre vs. Show Chamber match
  • From Mania:  Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes, Undertaker vs. HHH
  • From Extreme Rules:  Christian vs Alberto Del Rio ladder match
  • From Capital Punishment:  Mysterio vs. C.M. Punk
  • From Money in the Bank:  Del Rio vs. Kingston vs. Bourne vs. Swagger vs. R-Truth vs. Miz vs. Alex Riley vs. Mysterio Raw Money In The Bank plus Cena vs. Punk
  • From SummerSlam:  Christian vs. Randy Orton
  • From Night of Champions:  Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry, HHH vs. C.M. Punk
  • From Hell in a Cell:  Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix, Cena vs. Punk vs. Del Rio
  • From Vengeance:  Mark Henry vs. Big Show
There are also some Blu-Ray exclusives like Orton vs. Christian from Capital Punishment, and Orton vs. Punk for Mania.
-- There is a CM Punk interview here starting at the hour and 15 minute mark.

--They are advertising Cena vs. Kane as the main event for the Raw house show on 3/5 in Boston, plus Punk in a title defense.
--Respect Your Universe, a new UFC sponsor apparel company has signed up Jon Fitch as its first fighter to be signed to an endorsement deal.
--Federation of Elite Wrestlers (F.E.W.) Presents "FEW Years Revolution" Saturday, January 7, 2012 The FIGHT House 2250 Pennsylvania St Fort Wayne. IN. Doors open at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Bell time. Tickets are $7.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door.
--Interviews with Michael Elgin and Jermaine Johnson up here.

--Rob Van Dam is auctioning off one of his one-of-a-kind singlets to raise money to help pay the large medical bills of his friend Shane Helms.  He's auctioning off the singlet he worse at the Final Resolution PPV against Christopher Daniels and in his TV match that airs over the next few weeks against Gunner.  For more info you can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
--Shawn Michaels will be making these personal appearances
1/11 in Columbus, OH at the Dead Down Wind booth at the ATA show from 10-11 a.m.
1/12 in Columbus, OH at the Carbon Express booth at the ATA show from 1-3 p.m.
1/18 in Las Vegas at the Outdoor Channel booth from Noon to 1 p.m.
2/2 in Las Vegas at the Sci Fi Convention at the Outdoor Channel booth from 1-2 p.m. (thanks to Carl Dantes)
--Powerslam Wrestling from 1/22 in Whitby, ONT at the Class Act Dinner Theater headlined by Matt Burns vs. Pepper Parks and Mike Rollins vs. Will Calrissian
--An interview with Sugar Dunkerton here.

--ECWA New Year's Resolutions on 1/7 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club headlined by Papadon vs. Johnny Silver
--One of our readers who asked not to be credited was at the grand opening of Tyron Woodley's gym in St. Louis ATTEvolution in the Rock Hill section.  He talked about just how gracious Randy Couture was talking with everyone, signing for everyone and posing for photos for four hours straight, even he was supposed to be on break.  They also praised Marcus Brimage of Ultimate Fighter, saying he was hilarious and charming and talked about putting the jock on Michael Bisping's face.  They also praised Michael Chandler who trains at the gym.

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