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        UFC 136, Jon Jones vs. Rampage Jackson, airs at 7 p.m. Eastern time tonight on Fuel.  They will also be replaying part two of Diaz vs. Condit (the last five minutes of this are really great, although when it's over the fight you want to see isn't Diaz vs. Condit) at 10 p.m. followed by the UFC Countdown show for Saturday at 10:30 p.m.  For those on the West Coast, UFC Tonight airs at 10 p.m. Pacific time, the Diaz vs. Condit is replayed at 10:30 p.m. Pacific and UFC 136 airs at 11 p.m. Pacific.
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--Major attitude change in major company now looking at raiding big stars to rebuild
--Shocker talks about why he's been out of action
--One of the best wrestlers in the world is announced as coming to CMLL
--Update on business at Arena Mexico
--Annual King of Flyers match
--Plans for Jeff Jarrett's return to Mexico as AAA champion
--Latest New Japan vs. All Japan angle news
--New Japan opens tour and starts building the next PPV show
--Lineup for New Japan's next PPV show
--Pro wrestling world champion has MMA fight in a few weeks
--Disgraced former well known athlete faces Bob Sapp in a few weeks
--Two Hall of Famers battle for the first time ever
--A look at the WrestleReunion convention in Los Angeles
--More notes on Mike Tyson and Superstar Billy Graham meeting
--What Tyson remembers about pro wrestling
--Tyson appears at pro wrestling show
--Who was in this year's legends Battle Royal
--PWG has its biggest event of the year with many Dragon Gate stars
--Celebration of the Los Angeles territory
--Verne Gagne gets publicity as a Minneapolis theater has special showings of "The Wrestler" movie from 1974
--Other former AWA employees who were there
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--Notes on a lot of lawsuits
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--Coach of one of pro wrestling's biggest stars passes away
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--Is he interested in returning to WWE
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--An update on  Haywire
--One of the best promos likely of the year for a match that still may not happen
--Two of UFC's biggest stars want one last match with each other
--A special on ordering UFC PPV events
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--What recently fired star is Dana White at least open about thinking about bringing back
--Another of Bellator's potentially biggest fights is not going to happen and why
--Fedor Emelianenko's plan for next fight
--Career of Olympic star turned MMA fighter now in jeopardy
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--In the weekly cable ratings, USA was No. 1 this week in prime time with a 2.2 average to 1.8 for The History Channel and 1.7 for Disney.  FX was No. 8 at 1.2, While Syfy was No. 13 at 0.9.  Spike was not in the top 25.  Raw last week was No. 7 and No. 8 overall.  The first hour was No. 10 in the 18-49 demo.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with our midweek version of Wrestling Observer radio.  We'll be talking Smackdown, the Elimination Chamber, Celebrity Wife Swap, UFC 143 and other news topics.  We should also have plenty of time for e-mail questions so if you've got anything on pro wrestling or MMA you can send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--The press conference for UFC 143 will be at 4 p.m. Eastern time and will be available for streaming from the Mandalay Bay Hotel.  Nick Diaz will be there which means unpredictability will abound. 
--In what will possibly be the biggest PPV event of 2012, Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto was announced for 5/5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
--Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode will headline this week's TNA house shows which are tomorrow night in Columbia, SC at the Township Auditorium, Friday night in Florence and Saturday night in Concord.
--Saturday's UFC prelims on Fuel did 144,000 viewers.
--Georges St. Pierre talks about his return and why he wants to fight Nick Diaz at
--The Score in Canada announced that it will be televising the next season of Bellator.  The season stars on 3/9.  The shows will air live on on Friday nights and airing on television on tape delay on Saturday nights at 9 p.m., Sundays at 8 p.m. and Wednesday at 4 p.m.
--Chuck Langerman's daily pro wrestling trivia talks about former WCW announcer turned sports shock jock Mark Madden.  Madden is a 1978 graduate of Shaler High School in Pittsburgh, and in what is little known, one of his classmates and prettiest girls at the school in those days is Jim Ross' wife Jan.  Madden graduated from Duquense University in Pittsburgh, a school that also graduated Art Rooney, the founder and former owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as his son Dan, the team's current president and chairman.  Madden has been described as brilliant by those who know him, but is no stranger to being in controversy.  He played a part in Bill Watts being fired by WCW in the 90s, and he was fired by ESPN radio after making remarks about the late Ted Kennedy.  He also runs Street Hockey USA and coaches in tournaments.
--UFC is making an electronic version of its fight programs for Saturday night's show available to the public and it's free at
--Former Strikeforce star Brett Rogers will face reality TV fight Jeff Kugel in the main event of a show called "My Bloody Valentine" on 2/18 at the Palace in Auburn Hills, MI.  Kugel, who is 6-6 and 290 pounds, is the huge security guard on the reality TV show "Hardcore Pawn" that airs on TruTV.  Before that, he was an NHL enforcer with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, and his brawls got him suspended for life from the league.  Kugel, 31, beat Butterbean in an MMA fight.
--Ric Flair appears at Frank & Son Collectibles at the City of Industry, CA on 3/3 between 1-3 p.m. for an autograph signing.  For more go to
--Natalya has started her official web site at  She'll be doing weekly blogs and posting photos.
--By the way, they are continuing the Natalya farting gimmick going forward.   
--Evolve's angle from 1/14 at the Arena in Philadelphia with Sabu Tod Gordon, New Jack, Balls Mahoney and Justin Credible is now up at
--John Pollard noted The Miz's TV record since losing the title to John Cena is 15-32.  
--Best match on Raw Monday
C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan 93.0%
Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler 7.0%
--For the weekend's UFC & WWE
Best show of people who watched both shows
Royal Rumble 63.3%
UFC 36.7%
75% of those responding watched Royal Rumble.  77.2% of those responding watched UFC on FOX  As far as crossover, 85% of those who watched Royal Rumble also watched the UFC.  82.5% of those watching UFC also watched the Royal Rumble.
--Reasons people who watched the first UFC on FOX didn't watch the second
Other plans that night 36.1%
Didn't care about the card 26.1%
Watched something else on TV 21.0%
Didn't like the first show, didn't care to see a second one 14.3%
Lived on the West Coast, bad time slot 2.5%
--Poll on Raw from Monday
Excellent 40.7%
Good 43.0%
Average 6.2%
Fair 4.4%
Poor 5.8%
        9.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Nigel McGuinness is working on a documentary about the end of his pro wrestling career and is also doing a commissioner role for a West Virginia independent group.
--The annual Quebec Wrestling Awards and Hall of Fame inductees were announced yesterday.  El Generico won as Quebec's Wrestler of the Year as well as receiving the Edouard Carpentier Memorial Award as Quebec's Best Flying Wrestler.  LuFisto was named Woman Wrestler of the Year.  The Super Smash Brothers were named Tag Team of the Year.  NSPW of Quebec City was named Promotion of the Year.  Kevin Steen vs. ROH was named biggest news story of the year.
--Larry Moquin and The Sheik were both inducted into the Quebec Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Moquin was the second most popular wrestler in the 40s and 50s in the province behind only the legendary Yvon Robert.  He also booked the territory at one point, and wrestled in France, where he and Frank Valois first discovered Edouard Carpentier and brought him to Montreal where he became an international sensation in the 50s.  He retired in the 60s, but made a comeback in the early 70s working for the Vachon's Grand Prix Wrestling.  The Sheik wrestled often for All Star Wrestling in the late 60s and early 70s, with a number of main events against Jacques Rougeau.  They headlined a 1972 show outdoors at Jarry Park that drew 26,237 fans and was managed by Montreal's most famous manager, Eddie Creachman.  For more info you can go to
--AAW from Saturday night before a packed house in Berwyn, IL:  Danny Daniels & Jesse Emerson b Marion Fontaine & Tweek Phoenix, B.J. Whitmer b Mat Fitchett, Josh Raymond & Christian Able b Samuray del Sol & T.D. Thomas, J. Miller b Knight Wagner, Gregory Iron b Jordan McEntyre, Arik Cannon & Jimmy Jacobs b Irish Airborne, Zero Gravity & Dan Lawrence & MsChif b Clash, Shane Hollister b Louis Lyndon, Michael Elgin & Ryan Boz b Silas Young & Mason Beck.  Next show is 2/24.
--Former NCAA champion Bubba Jenkins has his second fight on 3/9 for Tachi Palace promotions in Lemore CA.  
--Action Zone Wrestling from Monday night in Waipahu, Hawaii:  Mark Anarchy over Jet Akuma, Rocko Shinoda & Sabaki, Kaimana b Sexy Aleki, Bobby Bold b Kenjiro Katahria-DQ, Urban Swag b Invincible, Jeff Cobb b Kris Kavanaugh in 2/3 falls.  The promotion announced the four wrestlers to represent AZW in the Pacific Challenge, a best two of three match series with two singles and a tag match against Team All Pro Wrestling, on 3/3 in Hayward, will be Cobb, Kaimana, Anarchy and Bolt.  APW announces its team on 2/19 (thanks to John LaRocca)
-Blitz Wrestling from Saturday night in Joliet, IL before 600 fans:  Mark Horning b Ashton Vuitton, Machine b Willie Da Bomb Richardson, Matty Starr & Zach Thompson b Buddy Roberts Jr. & Justin Reno, Robert Anthony b Ruff Crossing, Rhino b Jimmy Rockwell, Barry Ryte b Mike Anthony, Hardcore Binge b Stone Temple-COR Tony Rican b Ryan Slade-DQ, Dysfuntion b Tony Scarpone in fans bring the weapons barbed wire match (thanks to Steve Stone)
--The reality show "Last Man Standing" in Australia on ABC 2 has another wrestling themed show on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.  This week they are on the plains of Mongolia training and competing in Mongolian wrestling (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--CHIKARA has a kids free show on 2/25 in Reading, PA at the Goodwill Beneficial Association
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV is up at 

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