WED. UPDATE: Mayweather sentenced to jail; WWE legend terrible news; Punk & Bryan, Ratings, Sonnen

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--Floyd Mayweather Jr. pleaded guilty today to a domestic assault charge and will have to serve 90 days in jail as part of his plea bargain.  They must have really had him for him to plea bargain down and still have to serve time.  He also has to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.  The plea keeps him from serving trial on a felony charge that he hit his ex-girlfriend (the mother of his kids) and threatened two of their children during an argument in September 2010.  Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich pushed for him to serve time saying that he has been in trouble before and hasn't been properly punished and that because of who he is he's been able to get away with it.  Mayweather's attorney tried to argue that the public would be better served if he did community service work.  The judge ruled based on Mayweather admitting that he hit his ex-girlfriend and twisted her arm in front of two of their children, ages 9 and 10.
--Terrible news.  James "Kamala" Harris, now 61, is going to need a second amputation on the upper part of the leg that he previously had his foot amputated on due to problems stemming from diabetes.
--Gabe Sapolsky talks about C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan being WWE champions at
--Cable ratings for last week saw USA again at No. 1 due to the poor NFL rating a week ago Monday.  USA averaged a 2.3 in prime time to 1.8 for Fox News and 1.7 for ESPN, which counts on a lot bigger numbers than that during football season.  FX was No. 15 at 1.1, Syfy was No. 21 at 0.8 and Spike was not in the top 25.  Of the three hours of Raw last week for the Slammys, they second hour was No. 14, the third hour was No. 16 and the first hour was not in the top 25.  Very rare an hour of Raw isn't top 25.  The second hour was No. 10 in 18-34 and in 18-49 for the week.
--Chael Sonnen will appear on TSN's Off the Record, the show he walked out on a few weeks ago.  They are billing it as Round 2:  Sonnen vs. Landsberg on Friday at 5 p.m. Eastern on TSN. 
--ROH has announced a meet and greet autograph session on Friday at 6:15 p.m. with Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards and Dan Severn.  For $20 you can get a souvenir 8x10 autographed by all three and only 200 will be produced and hand numbered individually. 
--Jesse Ventura, 60, has threatened a lawsuit against for a story that he was pulled over by police on Monday while tailgating in California.  Ventura said that the last time he was in California was in July.  He said this story has become a front page news story in Minneapolis.  Ventura said he hasn't even left Minnesota in a month. (thanks to Steve Gerweck)
--Chuck Langerman's wrestling trivia today talks about Dylan Summers aka Necro Butcher:
1) Dylan Summers was a gifted student growing up in Morgantown, WV.  He skipped 6th and 7th grade and entered high school at the age of 11.  He was only 15 when he graduated high school
2) He is billed at times at 6-2 and 270 pounds, but in high school, he started wrestling in the 98 pound weight class and as a senior wrestled at 126.
3) During the week he is a gentle man who enjoys reading history.  Between his current and former marriage, he has six children.
4) He is a U.S. Army veteran.  When he started wrestling on Texas indies, he used the name Private Dylan Summers.
5) He credits Insane Hardcore Wrestling promoter David Farmer from Fort Worth as the person who came up with the Necro Butcher gimmick.
--Strikeforce today announced Nah-Shon Burrell (7-1) vs. James Terry (11-3) in a welterweight bout and Trevor Smith (9-1) vs. Gian Villante (8-3) in a light heavyweight bout for the 1/7 show in Las Vegas.  Most likely both fights will air on Showtime Extreme in the preliminary airings of the show at 8 p.m. that night before the main card at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
--UFC has invited fans to its UFC 141 press conference on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in the main lobby.  The press conference will be streamed live.
--Philip DeFries vs Stipe Miocic was announced today for the 2/15 UFC show in Omaha that will air on Fuel.
--Who will be UFC's biggest star on January 1, 2013?
Jon Jones 33.8%
Brock Lesnar 32.2%
GSP 11.6%
Nick Diaz 5.0%
Junior Dos Santos 4.8%
Chael Sonnen 4.5%
Alistair Overeem 3.8%
Anderson Silva 2.0%
Urijah Faber 0.9%
Frankie Edgar 0.7%
Dominick Cruz 0.7%
Rashad Evans 0.2%
--What brand will grow the most in 2012?
UFC 33.5%
ROH 23.5%
WWE 14.3%
Bellator 10.2%
TNA 7.5%
Dragon Gate 3.9%
New Japan 2.9%
Strikeforce 1.9%
Dream 1.5%
CMLL 0.5%
AAA 0.2%
--Best of these recent big shows?
UFC 140 Jones vs. Machida 35.9%
WWE TLC 29.8%
UFC 139 Henderson vs. Rua 12.5%
WWE Survivor Series 10.6%
Ultimate Fighter final Bisping vs. Miller 5.2%
TNA Final Resolution 4.7%
Strikeforce Melendez vs. Masvidal 1.2%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 26.1%
Good 50.5%
Average 10.5%
Fair 4.2%
Poor 8.7%
        15.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--John Pollock has a funny audio of him calling up complaining about the advertising for TLC with John Cena, who wasn't on the show, at
--An 18-year-old Hamilton woman, Madison Doyle, was arrested and charged with accessory to murder in the case involving 22-year old Joe Batten, who was killed in a brawl outside of a concert in Cambridge, Ont.  Police are looking for other suspects involved in the slaying.  They are in particular looking for Wayne Moore, 21, who has a warrant out for second degree murder in relation to the case.  Batten had won his division at the UFC Expo in no gi grappling on April in Toronto.  Police also released for the first time that Batten's death was due to multiple stab wounds suffered during a fight involving a number of people in the parking lot of the Masonic Tempe in Cambridge early Saturday morning. 
--Lance Storm has added a referee training program to his Storm Wrestling Academy school in Calgary.  If you are interested you can go to
--The Ottawa Citizen has a story on Devon Nicholson making it as the first alternate for the Olympic team as a super heavyweight in Greco-Roman wrestling at
--Jim Ross talks about Daniel Bryan winning the title and Bryan's character, Zack Ryder and more at  He also talks about how Mid South Wrestling had the Rock & Roll Express as instant huge stars before their first match in the territory.  By the way, that story is no exaggeration.  They created so much interest in them through the Jarrett company produced music videos that they didn't have to get over, they already were.
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 120 fans:  Anthony Henry b Bo Newsome, Slim J & Bryan Casanova b Lane Vasser & Johnny Dangerous, Jacob Ashworth & Skirra Corvus & Dustin Knight b Andrew Pendleton III & John Skyler & Bobby Moore, Adam Pearce retained NWA title over Shaun Tempers, Seth Delay over Steven Walters, Mike Posey and Corey Hollis in a ladder match, Shadow Jackson & Nemesis b Dany Only & Strknyn, Seven b Mikal Judas-DQ.  Congrats to Dan Wilson on the birth of his daughter Lorelai Elizabeth Wilson on 12/6.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--A clarification on something earlier this week.  Michael Chandler of Bellator lives in St. Louis and was at Tyron Woodley's gym opening, but his main training facility is Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for his fights.
--A short film featuring wrestlers from Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks is at
--Brian Soscia of Mix 106.1 in Philadelphia has a new interview from this week with C.M. Punk at
--Tyler Mane, who used to wrestle as Nitron in WCW, Japan and Mexico and later became an actor, will be appearing at the Day of the Dead II show from 3/9 to 3/11 in Peachtree City, GA.  He played Sabretooth in XMen, plus has been in Joe Dirt, Scorpion King and Devil's Rejects.
--Val Venis headlines for CWE on 1/27 in  Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV at
--A funny deal is on Netflix for the video of The Top 50 Superstars of all-time, on the cast, they list Steve Austin, Adrian Adonis, Capt. Lou Albano, Muhammad Ali, Ole Anderson, Eric Angle, Kurt Angle, Andre the Giant, Rodney Anoia and Dave Bautista.  Likely just the first names who appear in alphabetical order on the video in some form.   (thanks to Brian Burke) 
--The final CZW show at the Arena in Philadelphia on 1/14 has Sami Callihan vs. Rich Swann and Azraieal & Bandido Jr. vs. Ruckus & Alex Colon for the tag titles.  The show takes place at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.  As noted in a story already up on the site, it looks like the days of wrestling at the former ECW Arena are over after a meeting between local promoters and new management.
--NWA Rampage Pro Wrestling from Sunday in Warner-Robins, GA:  Murder 1 & A.J. Steele b C.B. Gibson & Tommy Daniels, Michael Stevens b Chris Jacobs, Mike Posey & Corey Hollis & Chip Day b Frankie Valentine & Drew Adler & Anthony Henry, J-Rod & Sal Rinauro b Cru Jones & Shaun Banks, Mikael Judas b Bobby Moore, A.J. Steele b Jeremy Vain-DQ, Adam Pearce b Kyle Matthews to retain NWA world heavyweight title
--NWS has three shows set for January.  1/21 in Stirling, NJ at the Long Hill Community Center features Traci Brooks, Jillian Hall and Nora Greenwald (formerly known as Molly Holly); 1/27 in Brick, NJ at the Elks Lodge (Boogeyman vs. ECW Zombie) and 1/28 in Manville, NJ at the VFW.

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