WED. UPDATE: Details on new TV show after Impact, Gargano injury, FX ratings, Carano press, Jericho

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--Craig Carton of Boomer & Carton fame on WFAN in New York announced today that he is hosting the new MMA Junkie TV show on Spike that debuts on Spike on Thursday night's at 11 p.m., right after Impact.  The first episode of the show will be on 2/23, which just so happens to be right before the new Bellator season debuts.  Carton will host, while Mike Straka, formerly with HDNet, and Nate Quarry, a former UFC fighter, will be the fight expert panel on the show.  It will be a 30 minute show serving as a preview to the Bellator show on MTV 2 the next night, as well as UFC events.   (thanks to Jeff Bradley)
--Johnny Gargano talked about his injury over the weekend.  He said it started with an injury to his back and pelvis in a match on 1/1.  He said it hurt and was nagging but worked through it.  He said he felt weird on Saturday night in Philadelphia, he cramped, started to swell in his low back and stomach if he'd stretch he'd get a twinge down both of his legs.  He said he was scared before getting in the ring and told Chuck Taylor to come out with a water bottle in case he'd need it.  He said that by 2:00 into the match, his legs stopped working and he couldn't feel them and was in horrible pain.  He said he still went 25 minutes and took a lot of stupid bumps.  He said once his adrenaline wore off and the match was over, he was hurting bad.  He said he collapsed when he got through the curtain.  He was taken to the hospital and given an IV, pain meds and a CAT scan.  He said he threw up several times and flew home the next morning.  He said he needed a wheelchair to get through the airport and was in bad pain on the flight and has been in bad for several days, and it looks to be where he's staying for a while. 
--Strikeforce tickets for the 3/3 show in Columbus, OH went on sale today to UFC Fight Club members.  The Internet presale is tomorrow and tickets go on sale to the public on Friday.  This is the show headlined by Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey in the most talked about women's fight in almost three years.  Tickets are $125, $75, $45 and $25.
--Even though FX is a higher rated network than Spike, Saturday night's UFC prelims did 880,000 viewers, significantly lower than the 1.0 to 1.7 million range the shows were doing on Spike.  The NFL game obviously hurt.
--A story on Gina Carano in doing fight scenes for "Haywire" (thanks to John Raad)
--Carano will be the featured guest on Conan O'Brien tomorrow night (thanks to Steve Te Tai)
--Century Media Records has signed a recording contract with the band Fozzy, which is fronted by Chris Jericho.  Jericho appears on KLOS 95.5 in Los Angeles tomorrow at 9 a.m. on the Mark and Brian show to discuss the deal.
--Ted DiBiase noted on twitter last night that he woke up yesterday with food poisoning but did wrestle.  He apologized for not being at his best.
--Big Show suffered a back injury last night.  We're not sure of the severity but we're told he landed wrong and hurt his match in the dark match against Daniel Bryan.
--One of our readers said that the only sign they saw taken at Raw in Anaheim was one that read Hogan vs. Warrior > Rock vs. Cena with photos of the Hogan-Warrior match.
--Joe Warren defends the Bellator featherweight title against Pat Curran on 3/9 in Hammond, IN.  It will be the second show of the new season.
--What did you do on Saturday night?
Watched UFC on PPV at home 11.4%
Watched UFC via illegal stream 10.0%
Watched UFC at a bar 4.6%
Watched UFC at a friends house 1.6%
Watched the NFL 40.9%
None of the above 31.5%
--Which of these men is the strongest candidate for a Hall of Fame ballot spot
Jimmy Hart 46.9%
Bill Goldberg 17.1%
Yuji Nagata 13.1%
Skandor Akbar 7.1%
Ultimo Guerrero 4.6%
Masato Tanaka 3.3%
Los Hermanos Dinamita 2.8%
Cima 2.7%
Hector Garza 1.5%
Naoya Ogawa 0.7%
Manabu Nakanishi 0.3%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 13.1%
Good 50.6%
Average 18.9%
Fair 7.3%
Poor 10.2%
        14.6% of those responding didn't see the show 
--Low Ki's debut with Evolve is here.
--There will be an ROH and CHIKARA doubleheader at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago on 4/28, the night before WWE's Extreme Rules PPV show at the All-State Arena.
--Regarding Dixie Carter saying she thinks Sting will retire at the end of this year, Sting responded saying, "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."
--If you're wondering the whereabouts of Mr. Anderson, he's returning at the TNA house shows this weekend.  They run Worcester, Plymouth, MA and Lowell, MA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
--A group called World Wrestling Fan Xperience (WWFX) runs on 2/4 at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines with John Morrison vs. Shelton Benjamin.  Also on the show are Chris Masters, Carlito, Hurricane Helms, Rhino, Snitsky, Luke Gallows, Daivari, Jimmy Yang and Billy Gunn, as well as Melina vs. Jillian Hall.  Interesting that they are all using their WWE names.
--The Daily Star talks to Michael Bisping about his fight with Chael Sonnen.
--UFC announced two Emmy award winning producers have been hired.  Kieren Portley will be the new Vice President of Studio and Spanish production, coming from ESPN Deportes.  Zach Candito will be Event Producer for the UFC weigh-in shows, and pre-and -post fight coverage on Fuel.  Portley's past includes working on MMA Live and Fantasy Football Now.  Candito produced MMA Live and Fantasy Football Now. 
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--The Riverfront Times has a nice article about Harley Race.
--CZW has announced a new location for upcoming shows now that the Arena no longer has wrestling.  They will run on 2/11 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone and 3/10 in Northeast Philadelphia at Boyle's World gym.  The annual Tournament of Death will be 6/23 in Townsend, DE at Marland Acres, where they have run shows in the past.

--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia talks about the building best known as the ECW Arena.  The building has had many names over the years.  From 1970 to 1986 it was a warehouse.  In 1986, Philadelphia business lawyers Elias Stein and Leon Silverman purchased the building, and still own it today.  It has since that time been known as Viking Hall, the ECW Arena, the XPW Arena, the CZW Arena, the Alhambra Arena, The Arena and the Asylum Arena.  With new extensive renovations, its future when it comes to pro wrestling is uncertain.
--Rima Fakih of Tough Enough was ordered to stand trial on misdemeanor drunk driving charges from her 12/3 arrest where police said they  found a partially empty bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne and her blood alcohol level was above legal limits.  Her trial will be on 3/14.
--The UFC Octagon Nation tour will be coming to Los Angeles on Saturday at Dodger Stadium before the MA Supercross event.  Fans can check out the UFC experience from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., with fitness stations, UFC gaming stations, an exhibit of UFC history, a Punch meter and more.
--NWA Ring Warriors tonight in Fort Lauderdale at the Armory.
--NCW in Montreal this past Saturday night drew 160 fans with Billy Gunn & X-Pac, as D-Generation X, beating Thomas Dubois & Mathieu St-Jacques in the main event.  Gunn & X-Pac were praised for their work and for staying late signing photos and autographs.  The same night in Quebec City, NSPW drew 317 fans with a main event of Fit Finlay beating Marko Estrada, on a show where Lance Storm trainee Simon Martel beat Kevin Steen to win the NSPW title. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--CMLL on Sunday in Guadalajara:  Demonio Maya & Acertijo b Indigo & Divino, Esfinge b Ebola, Espectrum & Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Metatron & Black Metal & Leon Blanco, Titan b Tiger-DQ, Mascara Dorada & La Mascara b Averno & Ephesto
--EWA on 2/14 in Agwam, MA a the Springfield Turverin featuring former WWE wrestler Antonio Thomas.
--Buffalo Championship Wrestling on 2/19 in North Tonawanda, NY at the Dom Polski Hall
--Results from Saturday night's Buffalo Championship Wrestling show in Buffalo:  Jordan Lennox b Matt Johnson, Brodie Lee b Rip Impact, T-Rex Express b Ron Falco & Frank the Tank-DQ, Rik Matrix b Mean Marcos, Brian Jennings b Nicki Rose, Nicki Rose won Bunkhouse Battle Royal (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Today's Sydney Morning Herald had a story on UFC fighter Kyle Noke, who is the local star being promoted for the 3/3 show in Sydney. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Here's a story on the 3/3 UFC show with Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. (thanks to Tim Forge) 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 3/9 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center in the first pro wrestling show in the building in more than one year.  Appearing at the show will be Papa Shango, The Shockmaster, The Godfather, Angelina Love, Shelly Martinez, Hot 97s Peter Rosenberg and Sam Roberts of the Opie & Anthony show.  The main event has Sami Callihan vs. Colt Cabana, plus Davey Richards vs. Dan Maff, Necro Butcher vs. The Sheik (managed by Abdullah the Butcher), Anthony Nese vs. Alex Reynolds, plus also wrestling on the show include Sid Vicious, Warlord, Barbarian, AR Fox, Amazing Red, Zema Ion, Reby Sky and Eddie Kingston.          
--Legends Dory Funk Jr. & Jerry Lawler team with Johnny Magnum an Cory Weston to face Shane Chung & Blain Rage & Jayson Falcone & Fushicho Masauku on Saturday night at the BANG Sound Stage in Ocala, FL.
--The Score Fighting Series on 3/16 in Hamilton, ONT at the Hamilton Place Theatre is headlined by John Alessio vs. Ryan Healy, plus Rich Clementi will be on the card.  Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the Copps Coliseum box office.
--Sunday in Tijuana:  Exodo & Invasor b Enigma & Tirano, Kamaleon Negro & Posedon & Metalica b Dragon Chino & Quinta Dimension Jr. & Lady Lee, Espectro II & Los Fugitivos I & II & Mosco Negro b Cincico & Viento & Zarco & Super Muneco-DQ, Damian 666 & Bestia 666 & El Hijo del Rey Misterio I b Extassis & Jonathan & Super Astro (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--There are shows on 1/29 in Reynosa and 1/30 in Hermoso billed as the Enrique Vera farewell tour.  Vera was a major star back in the 70s and 80s in Mexico and had a run where he was pushed in California as well.
--Traci Brooks and Alicia Webb (Ryan Shamrock) have been added to the WrestleReunion event in Los Angeles from 1/27 to 1/29 at the Airport Westin.
--An angle on Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling show over the weekend to build the 2/17 main event for the Excalibur in Chicago which is Harry Smith vs. Rhino for their heavyweight title.
--Martin Casaus of Tough Enough has his NWA UCW-Zero 10th anniversary show where he's bringing in Luke Robinson to faced him on 3/31 in Salt Lake City.

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