THURS. UPDATE: UFC gives details of potential monster show, Linda's foe rips WWE deaths, Rougeau



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        We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Wallingford, CT at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   The show is headlined by Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle vs. James Storm and A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels.  Rob Van Dam is advertised for the weekend shows even though an injury angle with him took place on Sunday's PPV.  The same crew is working tomorrow night in White Plains, NY at the Westchester County Center and Saturday in Reading, PA at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center. 
 
        Impact tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike
Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne in a cage match
Crimson & Matt Morgan vs. Robbie E & Robbie T
ODB vs. Winter
Kurt Angle vs. James Storm - winner becomes No. 1 contender
Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy for TNA title     
 
        A bunch of UFC stuff on Fuel TV tonight.  UFC 136 (Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III) airs at 5 p.m., Countdown to UFC 142 airs at 8 p.m., Best of Pride Fighting Championships at 9 p.m., Unleashed at 10 p.m. and UFC Best of 2011 at midnight.                
 
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--At the UFC press conference today, they announced that filming of The Ultimate Fighter:  Brazil, airing on Globo, the major network in that country, starts soon.  Marshal Zelaznik of UFC noted that the show will have Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva as coaches.  Belfort vs. Silva and the finals of the two weight classes (featherweight and middleweight) will be on the June PPV show.  If all goes right, the show will be headlined by Anderson Silva defending his title.  If Chael Sonnen is the challenger, it will likely be in a 67,000-seat stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
 
--The UFC weigh-ins tomorrow from Rio de Janeiro will air live on Fuel at 4 p.m. Eastern.
 
--When they aired UFC 136 yesterday on Fuel, they edited off Chael Sonnen's interview after his win over Brian Stann with the loser leaves town challenge.   (thanks to Mike DeGeorge)
 
--Jacques Rougeau Jr. said that he expects his autobiography, which is already out in French, to be released in English sometime next month.
 
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--Christopher Shays, a former member of the House of Representative who is running as a Republican against Linda McMahon, ripped on Linda by saying, "Let's think about it.  She's got over 41 people 50 years and younger who've died in her jobs.  That's quite a job record that she's created."  Not sure if that is statistically accurate, but McMahon, who is trying to avoid talking about her background in wrestling in this campaign, instead of denying, just said Linda is focused on finding solutions for unemployment and that 160,000 people in the state are looking for work.    
 
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--Bellator has signed former UFC fighter Maiquel Falcao for its upcoming middleweight tournament.
 
--Who would you like to see face Jon Jones next?
Rashad Evans 53.1%
Dan Henderson 31.5%
King Mo 10.5%
Gegard Mousasi 2.8%
Phil Davis 2.2%
 
--Will any UFC show in 2012 beat WrestleMania for North American PPV numbers?
Yes 44.2%
No 55.8%
 
--Will Ultimate Fighter being live this year make you more likely to watch?
Yes 38.2%
No 61.8%
 
--Who do you consider the biggest active Japanese pro wrestling legend?
Kenta Kobashi 39.2%
Keiji Muto 28.2%
Jushin Liger 17.9%
Riki Choshu 3.8%
Kazushi Sakuraba 3.3%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 2.6%
Tatsumi Fujinami 2.4%
Masahiro Chono 1.4%
Kensuke Sasaki 0.5%
Yoshihiro Takayama 0.5%
 
--The Miz will be appearing at the Kmart store at 250 Floresta Blvd. in San Leandro, CA on Sunday morning at 10 p.m., before the house show in Oakland on Sunday at 2 p.m.
 
--Alex Marvez talks to Cliff Compton about his nightmare wrestling tour of Nigeria from last year at http://www.scrippsnews.com/content/marvez-cliff-domino-compton-still-living-nigerian-nightmare
 
--Dan Severn has been added to the WrestleReunion event in Los Angeles on Royal Rumble weekend.  Severn will also be in the 20 man Legends Battle Royal on 1/28.  Also added is Ivan Putski.
 
--The final Raw show before WrestleMania will be 3/26 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.
 
--Todd Grisham, who now is a regular on ESPN News, noted last night that he's battling kidney stones.  Ouch. 
 
--Bryan's wife Whitney is the guest at http://angrymarks.com/?ArticleID=16651 on Jiu Jitsu, women's MMA and Cris Cyborg.
 
--Lance Storm put up a lengthy Q&A at http://www.stormwrestling.com/011212.html
 
--Nate Stein sent a list of indie shows this weekend:
 
Friday
Zero-One BC in West Allis, WI at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Evo in Concord, NC at 363 Parkway North
NLW in Smethwick, UK at the Old Comrades Club
EWA in Parkville, MD at 2501 Putty Hill Ave.
 
Saturday
CZW at 2:30 p.m. at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia
Evolve at 8 p.m. at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia for an iPPV show
IPW in Mt Clemens, MI at the Gibraltar Trade Center
AIWF in Mt. Airy, NC at the National Guard Armory
DCW in Farmington, DE at the Farmington Fire Company
RWE in Muncie, IN at the Ross Center
FSW in Sun Valley, CA at the KnoxPro Arena
PPW in Pelham, NC at the Pelham Community Center
IYFW in Ballston Spa,NY at the Community Center
NWA UT in Salt Lake City
UW in Phelps, NY at the Community Center
DDW in Twardogora, Poland
 
Sunday
XICW in Warren, MI at The Ritz 
304 in Huntington, WV at the Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse  
 
--Adam Pearce vs. Michael Striker from Metro Pro Wrestling in Kansas City for the NWA title at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT-jDIebKdM
 
--John Zandig vs. D.J. Hyde in a battle of former and current owner was added to the CZW show on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
 
--HWA from Tuesday night in Hamilton, OH:  Jon Murray b Tom McClane, American Wrestling Warriors b Dre Jacobs & Aaron McCormick, Jerry Andrews b Gavin Thorson, Jake Crist b Reed Bentley, Gerome Phillips b Clark Konnor, Jesse Emerson b Remi Wilkins (thanks to Adam Sanders)
 
--Brazo de Plata is headed to El Paso on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. to headline a show at 7141 Stiles that also features Cassandro.
 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 1/20 in Norte-Dame-de-Lourds, Manitoba at the Notre-Dame Centennial Hall and 1/22 in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Legion.
 
--The play "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity" will be performed in Boca Raton, FL at the Caldwell Theater.  The local Coastal Championship Wrestling promotion is assisting with the production and wrestler Dirty White Boy (not Tony Anthony) is in the play which runs until 2/12, running every Wednesday through Saturday at 1 8 p.m. as well as matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak) 
          
--GOUGE on 1/21 in Roxboro,NC at the National Guard Armory.