SUN. UPDATE: Debate on Diaz vs Condit; Storm talks TNA booking, Cena vs. Rock build, ROH next iPPV

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--The Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit decision has been the big topic of conversation today.  As noted last night, I had 48-47 for Condit but Bryan had 48-47 for Diaz.  I watched it again today and still had 48-47 but the only clear rounds for sure were rounds three and four for Condit and the other three could go either way.  As far as Diaz retiring, under normal circumstances I would dismiss it, but trying to predict the behavior of Nick Diaz based on usual people is a fruitless effort.  There were a number of close calls in the decision making.
--Dana White said that he didn't know whether Diaz would retire or not and hadn't spoken to him since the fight ended.  He said people like Cesar Gracie are the ones who need to talk with him, but said that if anyone, Diaz or anyone else, isn't 100% wanting to be a fighter, they probably should retire. had 48-47 for Condit and 29-28 for Mike Pierce over Josh Koscheck.  Dana White had those scores as well.  There is a list of fighters on twitter who had it for Diaz.  Among those were Jake Ellenberger, Jens Pulver, Cody McKenzie, Tim Kennedy Cung Le, Ronda Rousey, Yves Edwards, Pat Miletich, Dan Henderson Mark Munoz, Dave Camrillo, Joe Lauzon, Ariel Helwani and Matt Lindland.  I'm sure there were plenty of others who had it in the other direction as well.  Also echoing those thoughts were C.M. Punk who wrote, "I know exactly how Nick Diaz feels."  Seriously, I know what it's like to be disappointed and thinking you've got something you don't, as does everyone.  But I don't think anyone knows how Nick Diaz feels because nobody can get into his mind.
--For the record, Cecil Peoples only had round three for Diaz,which is actually one of the two rounds I thought Condit clearly won.  Patricia Morse Jarman also had round three for Diaz.  So even though I had Condit winning, those two scorecards were questionable.  Junichiro Kamijo had rounds two and five for Diaz which probably were his two strongest rounds watching a second time.  Dana White had one and two for Diaz.   
--In the most searched items last night, UFC 143 was No. 3, Diaz vs. Condit was No. 5, Diaz was No. 12 and Condit was No. 13.  Considering this weekend, that's saying something.   This morning, UFC 143 was still No. 3, with Diaz vs. Condit No. 8, Diaz No. 10 and Condit No. 16 which is amazing given today is the Super Bowl.  Usually strong showings in that indicates good PPV numbers.
--In predictions, Josh Nason and Oliver Copp were both 4-1 last night, missing only the main event.  I was 3-2, as was Bryan, Todd Martin and Mike Sawyer, while Mike Sempervive was 1-4.  I kind of consider myself 2-3, but so would everyone because of the feeling Koscheck really lost.
--Haywire is figured to be No. 18 in its third week of release with a prediction of a $1.2 million weekend.  Pretty bad drop. That would put it at $17.9 million.
--Roy Nelson had a completely sick cut over his right eye from a knee.
--WWE, which had banned its guys for years for doing interviews for the Daily Star in the U.K. for reasons that only they understand, gave them Zack Ryder for an interview this past week.  He put over John Cena for helping him get pushed and said he thinks Cena can empathize with him because Cena was in the same spot at one time.
--Lance Storm talks TNA Impact booking.
--Tommy Dreamer talks social media in his column in the Kingston Whig-Standard today.
--Ted DiBiase Jr. talks about using social media to build his career. He's got the idea of having the biggest international tailgate party ever at WrestleMania. Not sure if that is possible. 
--Jeff Katz's Wrestling Retribution Project trailer is up. (thanks to Erik Barnes and others)
--Poll on Part 3 of Diaz vs. Condit Prime Time
Excellent 67.2%
Good 20.3%
Average 3.1%
Fair 1.6%
Poor 7.8%
        53.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--Who should have won Wrestler of the Year in 2011
C.M. Punk 59.4%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 17.1%
Mark Henry 5.5%
Randy Orton 3.4%
John Cena 2.9%
The Rock 2.6%
Averno 1.9%
Masaaki Mochizuki 1.4%
L.A. Park 1.4%
Go Shiozaki 1.0%
Yuji Nagata 0.5%
--Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 13.5%
Good 55.9%
Average 20.7%
Fair 3.6%
Poor 6.3%
        36.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--Trish Stratus is selling DVD's of the movie "Bounty Hunters" that she stars in at her web site. She will personally autograph the first 100 orders at no extra charge (thanks to Ed Ludwig)      
--Condit did not make any indication whether he'll wait for GSP to be ready around November or take a fight in the interim.  While Josh Koscheck would have been the guy for that fight, the way that fight went down last night, I think he's out of the running and the best bets would be the winner of Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez or Johny Hendricks, but all would be tough as a PPV main event.
--Dwayne Johnson and John Cena went back-and-forth on Twitter Friday.  It started with Cena making a comment about how he's in Topeka (house show on Friday) and Dwayne was not.  Dwayne then wrote, "I was electrifying Topeka when you were sucking on yum rockets in college.  My boot.  Your ass."  And finally, Cena wrote, "So it's apparent that my actor buddy Dwayne doesn't like homosexuals or secondary education.  Very classy. Tell Brian to write u better stuff." 
--Chuck Langerman's daily pro wrestling and football trivia.  What do the following have in common?  Russ Francis, Harvey Martin, Kevin Greene, Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor, Steve McMichael, Jimbo Covert, Ernie Holes and Refrigerator Perry?  All did at least one pro wrestling match and played in at least one Super Bowl game.  I think Ernie Ladd was on the sidelines of a Super Bowl game and Vader may have been as well, but never played.
--DirecTV Ch. 123 and 124 aired the Facebook prelims of last night's UFC 143 show without any advertising or anything.  A few people stumbled into them.
--At the ROH TV tapings last night, they announced the main event for the next iPPV on 3/4 from the Manhattan Center in New York which is the 10th anniversary show, would be Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole and Briscoes vs. Young Bucks for the tag titles.  They announced Shelton Benjamin was suspended but he was actually working in the Philippines against John Morrison  last night.  Briscoes vs. Benjamin & Charlie Haas will be on the 3/31 iPPV from Fort Lauderdale.  There is also a 3/30 iPPV headlined by an elimination match for the ROH title with Richards vs. Roderick Strong vs. Edwards. 
--A story that got a lot of play on a former high school wrestler killing a would-be robber who tried to steal his phone. (thanks to Jose Gonzalez and many others)
--CBS-TV, WJZ, in Baltimore had a story on the death of Quentin Washington in the accident at Gillberg's wrestling school a couple of weeks back.  The story noted the family is planning legal action and is attempting to get a law changed to make it mandatory to have medical personnel on hand at all times any training of pro wrestlers is going on. 
--HWA from Friday night in Hamilton, OH in a benefit show for Dustin Rayz:  Tom McClane b Dre Jacobs, Greg Excellent b Jon Murray, Clark Konnor b Moondog Mooney, TKO and Michael Brody, Chris Hall b Alex Colon, Ron Mathis won three-way over Lord Matthew Taylor and Matthew Justice, DNA won three-way over Reed Bentley and Big Sue Jackson, Naveah over Kimber Lee and Lil Naughty, American Wrestling Warriors & Remi Wilkins b Heat Seekers & Juice Jennings, D.J. Hyde b Gerome Phillips, Irish Airborne & Sami Callihan b Bobby Beverly & Eric Ryan & Ricky Shane Page.  Next show is 2/25.  They also announced 4/20 and 4/21 in Hamilton, OH will be the 2012 Heartland Cup with Jake Crist, B.J. Whitmer, Dave Crist, Steve Corino, Drake Younger, Remi Wilkins, Billy Roc and D.J. Hyde. (thanks to Adam Sanders)
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  Cody Jones b Rex Andrews, Mike Reed b Bobby Adams, Christina Von Eerie b Santana Garrett, The Almighty Sheik b Larry Zbyszko to become the "real world champion, Chris Gray b Ryan Mitchell, Beastly Brody b Marcus Marquez, Lince Dorado b Sugar Dunkerton.  Next show is 3/3.  The real world champion is because Sheik has the NWA belt (he never gave it back when he was stripped) and Zbyszko still has the AWA belt from 1991 so both belts were put at stake. (thanks to Al Haft)
--Carlito will appear on 5/18 in Amsterdam, NY  for In Your Face Wrestling at America's Best Value Inn.
--NAWA from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  Mad Dog b Billy Club, Randy Wayne b Doberman-DQ, Li Fang & Russian Destroyer b Cowboy Adam & Crash, Franco D'Angelo b Nobe Bryant to win Texas title (thanks to Rob Moore)       
--Great Canadian Wrestling from last night in Oshawa, ONT:  the Hornet b Dman, Hardcore Hick & Cousin Eddie b Onyx & Derek Platinum, Anthony Darko b Psych Mike Collins, Buck Gunderson b Warhead, Steve Brown b Rip Impact, Gabrilla Vadnerpool b Sandra Bale, R.J. City b Shawn Spears-DQ (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Al Snow vs. John Skyler headline Old School Wrestling on 2/26 in Columbia, SC at the Hanahan Rec Center. 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before a packed house of 375 fans:  Miss Heidi b Camron Star, Stompin Steve & Cousin Cooter b Brian Klass & Aaron Armageddon & Fast Eddie, Bobby Black b Flash Flanagan, Ricky Ruckus b Dr. X, Donny Idol & Fuji Brown b TVZ, J.D. Marioni b Damien Cole, High Roller b T.J. Kemp & Rob Ramer.  Next show is 3/3.

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