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        Nothing significant has been pushed for either show.  WWE is advertising John Cena vs. Kane as the main event, but that is likely a dark match.  They are also pushing Chris Jericho for tonight.  Impact is just pushing the show as a follow-up for last night's Genesis show. 
        Tuesday has the Smackdown tapings in Laredo featuring Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal.  Nevertheless, Laredo, a border town, has been one of WWE's strongest markets for many years, with very enthusiastic fans.  TNA also tapes TV in Orlando on Tuesday.
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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.
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--More on the new CMLL world champion
--Angle being dropped and wrestlers getting new characters
--Identities revealed of two decade long regulars
--90s star resurfaces as a new member of Perros Del Mal
--The retirement of Abdullah the Butcher and a Japanese ceremony to take place
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--Notes on end of the year shows in Japan
--Controversy over world jr. title name
--Notes on A-Rod and Torrie Wilson
--Reports on death of Hall of Famer are exaggerated
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--A look back at 70s star Buddy Colt
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--Notes on next ROH TV tapings and future matches
--Notes on the Genesis PPV
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--State of UFC's welterweight division
--Behind the return of Miguel Torres
--Updates on Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos
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--Notes on the UFC return to Japan and how tickets are doing
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--30-year-old solid level MMA fighter passes away tragically
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--A new MMA related television show debuts tonight on MTV at 10 p.m. called "Caged" a reality show about aspiring fighters.
--Both of Alistair Overeem's drug tests taken the week of the event came back clean.  The 12/30 Las Vegas show saw every fighter except Jon Fitch tested and everyone came back clean.
--Besides Antonio Cesaro, also on the weekend WWE house show run was Husky Harris.  Harris worked in tag matches teaming with Drew McIntyre in losing to Ezekiel Jackson & Trent Baretta in both Montgomery, AL and Baton Rouge.  In both cases, they had McIntyre do the job for Jackson.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with our weekly post-Raw show, covering both Raw and Impact tapings tonight.  We should also have time for questions, so you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--On last night's show we talked about a rumored Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva fight that was being reported in different places.  Right now it doesn't look like that fight will happen.  There is no confirmed date on Velasquez coming back.  While the fight could happen, Silva is not even the primary choice as his first opponent.  But it all depends on scheduling, when he'll be ready and who will be ready at around the same time.
--Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren was announced today to the 22nd class of the University of Missouri's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.  Askren in his induction bio, was called possibly the most dominant MU athlete in any sport ever.  Askren can be argued was second best college wrestler (behind Cael Sanderson who is the clear No. 1) of the past decade, winning two Hodge Trophies and compiling a 153-8 record.  He was 2nd in the nation in 2004 and 2005.  In 2006 and 2007, he went 87-0 in winning two national titles.  He was the first-ever four-time All-American at Missouri.  In scoring 91 pins, he broke the school record of 47, almost doubling it.  He's currently 9-0 in MMA.
--Just to make something clear regarding yesterday's report, in referring to woman fighter Rosi Sexton as Dr. Rosi Sexton, she does have a PHD, but she does not have a medical degree.  But is she is practicing osteopath.  Nevertheless, she wrote an excellent article (see yesterday's update) regarding MMA and performance enhancing drugs.
--A story on yesterday's WWE house show in San Angelo, TX is at
--The National Enquirer has a story this week claiming Jennifer Hudson wants David Otunga to quit wrestling.
--Rampage Jackson, Cheick Kongo and Johnny Strong are guests on Inside MMA tonight at 8 p.m..  They also have interviews with Scott Coker and Miesha Tate.  The show airs at 8 p.m. and midnight Eastern tonight on HDNet.
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--Poll on Saturday's ROH TV show
Excellent 37.8%
Good 31.1%
Average 13.3%
Fair 6.7%
Poor 11.1%
        63.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best TV show of the past week
Smackdown 25.3%
Raw 23.6%
ROH 15.9%
Impact 14.3%
Strikeforce 12.6%
UFC Tonight 4.4%
CMLL 2.2%
Inside MMA 1.6%
--FEW from Saturday night in Fort Wayne, IN:  Mike Musso b Wicked Natas, Mitchell Taylor b El Grande Loco, Bam Hanson b Ryan Epic, Dusty Dillinger b Mr. Main Event & The Mangler, Osyris b Hollywood Court, Steele b Badd Blood Barron, Jack Thriller b Louis Lyndon, Bam Hanson won Elimination match (with all the winners of the previous matches on the show, earning him a shot at the title whenever he asks for it), Jack Verville b Jimmy Shalwin.  Next show is 3/10 at the Fight House in Fort Wayne.
--HWA from Saturday night in Hamilton, OH:  Dre Jacobs b Tom McClane, Jerry Andrews b Dale Patrick, Chris Hall b Mikey D, Gerome Phillips b Gavin Thorson, Jeff Mayhem & Troy Marcum b Jeremy Madrox & Kaden Assad, Jon Murray & Clark Konnor b Team Yum, B.J. Whitmer b Remi Wilkins, Jake Crist b Juice Jennings, Jake Crist b Ricochet to keep the Luchador title.  They run next tomorrow night in Hamilton. 
--WAR on 2/4 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall headlined by a Battle Royal
--A look at a foreign news piece on USA is at 
--Jake Ellenberger has signed a management deal with One Punch Management.
--New England Championship Wrestling on 1/13 in Malden, MA as one of the biggest shows in its history, Evolution, headlined by Bobby Fish defending his title against Eddie Edwards.
--In an interesting deal, The Young Bucks, an ROH tag team, will be appearing on the 1/27 Dragon Gate USA show in Los Angeles, with the Bucks & AR Fox vs. Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann.  Also added to that show is BxB Hulk vs. Sami Callihan, the first time these two have ever wrestled in a singles match.
--Other new matches for that weekend is the 1/28 Pro Wrestling Superstars show will have Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri vs. Caleb Konley & Cedric Alexander and Jake Manning vs. Roderick Strong.  (thanks to Daniel Short)
--NWS and WSU on 1/21 in Stirling, NJ at the Long Hill Township Community Center features Traci Brooks vs. Jillian Hall with Nora Greenwald (Molly Holly) as referee. 
--Former WWE referee Jimmy Kordreas talks about the Royal Rumbles from 1988 to 1991 at 
--CHIKARA announced that any group of three people paying to attend the 1/28 show in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center can get one person in free.  Matches announced are Gran Akuma vs. Icarus and Mike Quackenbush vs. Green Ant.
--NWA Rampage Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Warner-Robins, GA:  Chip Day b Chris Jacobs, J-Rod b Corey Hollis, Usual Suspects b Anthony Henry & Ninja, Frankie Valentine b Mike Posey, Frankie Valentine b Patrick Bentley-DQ, Frankie Valentine b Chip Day, Drew Adler b Adrian Hawkins, Mike Posey & Patrick Bentley b C.B. Gibson & Tommy Daniels, Anthony Andrews b Sal Rinauro, Shaun Banks b Jeremy Vain-DQ, Cru Jones & Shaun Banks & Kyle Matthews NC Rob Adonis & Bobby Moore & Jeremy Vain
--Lion Fight Promotions is doing a Muay Thai show on 2/25 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino called Battle in the Desert 5.  Tickets are not yet on sale. 
--I Believe in Wrestling from Saturday night in Orlando:  Chasyn Rance b Gus Money, Mister Saint Laurent b Aiden Altair, Santana Garrett b Christina Von Eerie, Ray Beez b Mike Cruz, J.D. Amazing b Bobby Adams and Tony Torres in a three-way, Larry Zbyszko b Mike Reed, Lince Dorado b Aaron Epic.  Next show is 2/4 with Dorado vs. Rance and Garrett vs. Von Eerie (thanks to Al Haft)
--Absolute Intense Wrestling presents Girls Night Out on 1/29 in Cleveland at the Puritas Lutheran Church with Sara Del Rey vs. Mickie Knuckles, Cherry Bomb vs. Allysin Kay and Mia Yim vs. Marti Belle.

--FSW from yesterday in Las Vegas at Sam's Town Hall:  Rexx Reed won Fray, Beast b Mike Dalite, Hater Nation b Kid Vegas & Bryce Harrison, Tyshaun Prince b Rush, Chuck Palumbo b Jayson Cash, Suburban Commandos b Von Dooms, Funny Bone b Sikou--DQ, Kenny King b Brandon Gatson, Reno Scum b Val Venis & Dexter Verity, Tyson Tyler & Johnny the Bull & Michael Modest b Alkatrazz & Franco D'Angelo & Remy Marcel
--All Pro Wrestling Gym Wars on Saturday night in Hayward at the Garage featuring a pick the winner 20 man Battle Royal.  Fans buy a raffle ticket for $1 and if their number is called, they pick a wrestlers name out of a hat.  If the wrestler they pick wins the Battle Royal, they get a $50 gift certificate from Best Buy.  Also on the show is former WWE Tough Enough wrestlers A.J. Kirsch & Eric Watts as a tag team against Corvus & Omega, plus eight other matches.

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