WED. UPDATE: Can Lesnar go to WWE?, Ratings, TNA India, Lesnar Japan; Legends House;Overeem vs.JDS

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        With Lesnar's MMA career having ended with the loss to Alistair Overeem, we look at his entire UFC career, we look at the divergent viewpoints on him, what is reality, what is silly, and more.  We look at the questions marks both he and Overeem faced going into their fight.  We look at Overeem's contract and what is shows about how much UFC main eventers actually earn, what has come out in court, why there is a court case regarding Overeem's deal and more.
        We look at Lesnar before, during the after the fight, why most are accepting Lesnar's retirement is legit even though nobody believes it when most fighters retire, Lesnar going to WWE, his prospects marketing wise, his legacy as a UFC fighter, realities of where he stands with former champions, as well as a look at the entire UFC 141 show.
        We look at what Dana White said to the fighters before the show and what materialized, how the title picture changed in a few weight classes based on results, business notes on the show, as well as early PPV numbers.
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        We also look at the nine hour plus Dream and Inoki New Year's Eve show.  We look back at the debut of the New Year's Eve tradition in Japan on a show that featured a number of both pro wrestling and MMA legends and set an Osaka Dome attendance record, as well as the shoot fight between the top two finishers for Wrestler of the Year that took place on New Year's Eve many years ago.  We look at the peak of the New Year's Eve fighting tradition in Japan, and it's fall, as well as how the programming put in its place this year did.
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--Notes on A-Rod and Torrie Wilson
--Reports on death of Hall of Famer are exaggerated
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--Notes on next ROH TV tapings and future matches
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--30-year-old solid level MMA fighter passes away tragically
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--Dana White was ambushed by cameras last night in Los Angeles and when asked if he'd late Brock Lesnar go to WWE, he said that he would, so that issue seems settled.  When asked about Fedor Emelianenko, he said Fedor was on the way down and "Fedor sucks."  Then he said he didn't want to say anything bad about him but he's on the down side of his career.
--There is an article at in the entertainment section about Harbhanjan Singh, the cricket star being affiliated with Ring Ka King, the new wrestling show on Colors in that country which pushed the show features Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Matt Morgan and Abyss.    
--TNA has reached a deal with SuperSport in Africa which will air its programming throughout the continent.
--Cable ratings for this past week saw all kinds of college football bowl games carry ESPN to a 3.9 prime time average.  TNT had a 1.9 prime time average while USA only finished third at 1.8.  FX was No. 15 at 0.9, Syfy was No. 18 at 0.8 and Spike was No. 20 at 0.8.  The two hours of Raw last week were No. 18 and No. 20, which is really low.  There were seven college and pro football games that week which beat Raw.      
--We will be back talking the latest MMA and pro wrestling news with Wrestling Observer radio late tonight.  You can also send questions on pro wrestling and MMA to the show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Our schedule for this coming week will include a Saturday night show covering Strikeforce and Sunday covering TNA Genesis.
--A note that Chuck Langerman, who does our daily wrestling trivia pieces, is undergoing serious eye surgery due to issues that have resulted in him having very limited version.  His surgery will be on Friday in Philadelphia so it will be a while before he's able to return to the site.  Best wishes to Chuck in his recovery. 
--A story on Brock Lesnar's run in New Japan pro wrestling years back is at
--Bloodstained Memories are hinting at an interview DVD release on Dynamite Kid at 
--A note from Monday is that Randy Orton turns 32 on WrestleMania Sunday this year, not 31.
--Jim Ross talks Michael Cole, Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar and more at
--Roddy Piper will be on the "Legends House" show that will be on the WWE Network.  Filming starts in a few weeks and it'll be one of the first series on the network when it debuts in April.
--Shawn Michaels got a shout out in a 50 cent song "LoveRance ft" where he says, "I be on that elite shit, that HBK, Heartbreak Kid freak shit."  Song is at  The line is about 40 seconds in. (thanks to Michael Shalik) 
--Tito Ortiz will be appearing on Friday night on CBS on the show CSI:  NY.  Ortiz appears in a show with the storyline that a cage fighter has been murdered by a stalker.
--Hall of Famers Jerry Lawler & Dory Funk Jr. will team up on 1/21 at Funk's show in Ocala, FL.  Lawler & Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Cory Weston face Shane Chung & Blain Rage & Fushicho Masuku & a mystery partner.  Lawler will also referee a Claudio Reiff vs. Hollywood Heather women's match. 
--On Australian TV, the Freddie Flintoff venture into Lucha Libre ended up being anticlimactic.  He injured his rib learning to run the ropes and couldn't do Lucha Libre.  Darren Gough, another former cricket player did wrestle in his place in a tag team match in Mexico and did okay. (thanks to Graeme Cameron) 
--There is an Internet pre sale for the 3/18 WWE return to Madison Square Garden with a joint house show featuring John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kane, C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan that started today at with the password "CENAPUNK."  There is also a pre sale that started today for the 3/20 Smackdown tapings in Newark at the Prudential Center with the password ROCKWWE or PRUCENTERWWE 
--Biggest News Story of September poll
Diaz misses two press conferences, pulled from title match with GSP 31.6%
WWE announces Rock will wrestle his first match since 2004 at Survivor Series 17.8%
Matt Hardy self destructs 12.8%
Raw's 2.71 rating is lowest for non-holiday show in almost 14 years 7.0%
ROH debuts on Sinclair Broadcasting 5.3%
Jon Jones beats Rampage Jackson to keep UFC light heavyweight title 4.4%
Jeff Hardy pleads guilty to 3 drug felonies, spends 10 days in jail 4.4%
SummerSlam does disappointing number with Cena vs. Punk rematch 4.0%
Culinary workers union tries to undermine UFC, attempts to get Fox to pull the deal 1.1%
Hulk Hogan retirement angle before Bound for Glory 0.9%
Cena breaks his own record for most WWE title reigns 0.6%
--Thoughts on Jericho's debut
Clever 53.1%
Bad 23.3%
So-so 23.4%
--Who do you expect to win this fight?
Junior Dos Santos 54.3%
Alistair Overeem 45.7%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 6.6%
Good 23.7%
Average 27.6%
Fair 15.1%
Poor 27.0%
        11.4% of those responding didn't see the show      
--WWE returns to the Bell Centre in Montreal on 3/16 with a Road to WrestleMania joint show with John Cena, C.M. Punk, Randy Orton The Miz, Big Show, Christian, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder and Kelly Kelly.
--Most U.S. homes will be able to watch Showtime for free this weekend with a free preview weekend.  This will include a ShowBox:  New Generation show on Friday night at 11 p.m. and the MMA show on Saturday night.  The MMA show starts at 8 p.m. with prelims on SHO Extreme, with the main card at 10 p.m. on Showtime.
--The last weekend of April will not only feature an ROH show on 4/28 in Chicago, but also a CHIKARA show that day in Chicago.  The Extreme Rules PPV will be at the All-State Arena in Chicago the next night.
--Esteven Payan debuts with Strikeforce as a late addition to Saturday night's card, facing Alonzo Martinez.  Payan replaces Bobby Green, who pulled out a couple of days ago due to an injury.
--UFC announced Anthony Perosh vs. Nick Penner for the 3/3 show in Sydney.  Perosh is from Australia and has been in UFC since they started running the country and looked good beating Cyrille Diabate in early November.  Penner, is an 11-1 fighter from Canada, who makes his UFC debut.
--The new People en Espanol magazine has a three-page feature on Blue Demon Jr. (thanks to Robert Miqueli)     
--Some more notes on the WrestleReunion event in Los Angeles.  The comedy event will take place on 1/27, after the Dragon Gate USA show ends, priced at $5 with Colt Cabana and Marty DeRosa.  The 1/29 Breakfast of Champions has been cut back from 100 slots to 64, due to lack of advanced sales.  Carlos Colon was scheduled but he won't be there due to travel issues.  Still expected are Kevin Von Erich, Scott Steiner, Vader, Tommy Dreamer, Mikey Whipwreck, Molly Holly, Spice (Nitro Girl, not chemical that gets WWE stars suspended), Kevin Sullivan, Rick Steiner, Fit Finlay, Harry Smith, Jimmy Hart, Raven and Godfather. (thanks to Daniel Short)
--Also announced for the WrestleReunion is 80s female manager Dark Journey (Linda Newton), who worked in Mid South and Crockett Promotions for a few years. 
--Lucha Libre returns to Minneapolis on 1/8 at El Nuevo Rodeo on 2709 E. Lake St. bringing Renagado Estrada from Juarez vs. Apostle 13 for a 3 p.m. show
--NWF from Sunday in Cincinnati:  Brothers Sanchez b Malpractice & Brian Dewey, Brody Cormick b Chris Majors, T-Money b Playboy, Pompano Joe & Nasty Russ NC Matt Stephens & Virus, Revolution b Perfection & Dustin Lillard, Danny Todd b Christopher Michael Lotus, Kyron b Muldoon & Roger Ruffen.  Next show is 1/7 in Fairfield, OH at the UAW Hall.  They also run 1/14 in West Harrison, IN at the Harrison Health & Fitness Center and 1/21 in Cincinnati at Bonekrushers Pro Wrestling Training Center.
--New England Championship Wrestling on 1/13 in Malden, MA at the Irish American Club with Bobby Fish vs. Eddie Edwards for the NECW title.
--Tommy Young, the former Crockett and WCW referee, has been added to the NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest weekend from 8/2 to 8/5 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place Hotel.
--I Believe in Wrestling on Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the Team Vision Dojo in Orlando   
--EWF on Friday night in Covina, CA at the Knights of Columbus 
--Former WWE wrestler Rodney Mack and wife Jazz are available for bookings and appearances through Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Both are based out of Lafayette, LA.
--Arianny Celeste as signed as an endorser of JACO, a training apparel company based out of Deerfield Beach, FL.  She will be both a model and a brand ambassador.

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