Jan. 11 News Update: Raw Tops Smackdown in Television Viewers


**Timothy Smith, who wrestled as Rex King and Timothy Well throughout his career, died on Monday at the age of 55. He was best remembered for his time teaming with the late Steve Doll as the Southern Rockers in the Pacific Northwest and later as Well Dunn in the World Wrestling Federation. The team was also working in Smoky Mountain Wrestling during their time with the WWF as the two promotions had a working agreement at the time. After their stay in the WWF, King began working in Puerto Rico and did a few matches for WCW in 1996 and 1998 along with a string for matches for ECW in the latter half of 1998. King had not been in great health and was listed as being “incapacitated” over the last number of years. In 2012, an inaccurate report came out that he had died and ended up speaking with SLAM Wrestling to clear up the story.

**Tuesday night’s episode of Smackdown was down with an average of 2,553,000 with Raw beating the number by over 300,000 viewers and facing the big college championship game. It would have be a bit of a disappointment given that John Cena’s return two-weeks away saw a big jump and his first match did not.

**A new episode of Total Divas airs tonight at 9pm Eastern and focuses on Paige’s neck injury. Numbers for the show have grown since the move to the new timeslot on E!

**AXS TV will be airing the Wrestle Kingdom 11 main event between Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega this Friday night with Jim Ross and Josh Barnett calling the match. AXS will be airing four episodes over the next month with matches from Wrestle Kingdom 11 with Ross and Barnett calling the matches this week in Los Angeles.

**Rich Swann vs. Neville is the latest match that had been added to the Royal Rumble card on January 29th. The Cruiserweight title match was set up at the close of Tuesday night’s 205 Live show.

**The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL will be coming out Thursday February 2nd during the week leading into the Super Bowl. The documentary was directed by Charlie Ebersol, who is the son of Dick Ebersol.

**Pro Wrestling Guerilla returns with a show on February 18th in Reseda and have announced the following card:
*Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Chuck Taylor for the PWG title
*Ricochet vs. Lio Rush
*Adam Cole & The Young Bucks vs. Sami Callihan & Jake Crist & Dave Crist
*Trevor Lee vs. Cody Rhodes
*Matt Riddle & Jeff Cobb vs. Brian Cage & Michael Elgin
*Marty Scurll vs. Jay White

**The WWE stock closed at $18.99 on Wednesday.


**On Thursday on The MMA Report, I will be chatting with BJ Penn ahead of his return this Sunday night against Yair Rodriguez. We will also be speaking with litigation lawyer Erik Magraken about Mark Hunt’s lawsuit against Brock Lesnar, Dana White and Zuffa LLC.

**ESPN was the first to report that Mark Hunt has filed a civil suit against Brock Lesnar, Dana White and Zuffa LLC over the two failed drug tests from Brock Lesnar for their fight back in July at UFC 200. Hunt is alleging racketeering, fraud and negligence among the charges in the suit and is seeking “millions” in damages. Hunt was extremely vocal after Lesnar tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene. Lesnar failed an out-of-competition test on June 28th but the results did not come back until after their fight on July 9th and also failed a drug test that was administered on the night of the fight. Lesnar has since been fined $250,000 and suspended for one-year by both the NAC and USADA.

**The UFC has announced that the welterweight title rematch between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson will take place at UFC 209 on Saturday March 4th in Las Vegas. There had been lots of back-and-forth between the two since their majority draw at UFC 205 last November. Thompson posted a photo last week of his signed bout agreement and was pushing Woodley to sign his and take the fight. Woodley had been angling for big fights with the Diaz brothers and Michael Bisping among the names being thrown out.

**The discussion of a possible Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight is going to heat up again after Mayweather’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday. Mayweather stated they tried to make the fight with McGregor with an offer of $15,000,000 for McGregor and a percentage of the pay-per-view and Mayweather getting a guarantee of $100,000,000 and points on the pay-per-view. Mayweather was clear it would be a Boxing fight if it were to occur and challenged the UFC and Dana White to make the fight.

**This Sunday’s UFC Fight Night card in Phoenix will feature Jon Anik and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier calling the event.

**The UFC was originally planning to run back-to-back cards in Las Vegas on Friday March 3rd and 4th but have opted to cancel the Friday night card, which would have aired on Fight Pass. The Friday night show didn’t have any fights announced and instead they will only run the UFC 209 pay-per-view that weekend.

**Bellator has announced they will be running a card in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Friday February 24th at the SSE Arena. The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight fight between Liam McGeary and Chris Fields and have also announced that featherweight James Gallagher will be fighting on the card against an opponent to be announced.

**The UFC has announced a women’s strawweight fight between former champion Carla Esparza and Randa Markos for the UFC Fight Night event on February 19th in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Both were members of TUF Season 20, which Esparza won to become the inaugural women’s 115-pound champion in December 2014.

REVIEW-A-SMACKDOWN – Jan. 11th 2017
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review Smackdown from Baton Rouge, John Cena pins Baron Corbin, Cedric dumps Fox, more entrants in Rumble, Ziggler turn, reviews of 205 Live and Talking Smack)
REVIEW-A-RAW: “United Mates of America”
(John Pollock & Wai Ting review Raw in New Orleans, Chris Jericho wins the U.S. title in handicap match over Roman Reigns, The Undertaker enters the Royal Rumble, Mick Foley shaves his head, your feedback and more)
(Jason Agnew, Dan Lovranski, John Pollock and Braden Herrington make their picks for the Worst of 2016 and then play “Likely / Unlikely” as they make predictions for 2017)
(Chris Charlton & WH Park are joined by Jojo Remy to review Wrestle Kingdom 11 and the incredible main event, New Year Dash, all the big angles shots, the return of Suzuki-gun and so much more on this mammoth edition of the show)
KEEP IT 2000 – Episode 2: What a Funk Wants
(Brian Mann & Nate Milton review the January 10th 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, which was Vince Russo’s final Nitro during his first tenure with WCW as head writer)
THE MMA REPORT – The 2017 Prediction Show
(John Pollock welcomes Ariel Helwani from MMA Fighting to play “Likely / Unlikely” as we look back at 2016 predictions and make new ones for 2017 and a new game as well!)
(In their first show, Martin Bushby and Oli Court provide an overview of the U.K. wrestling scene, the key promotions, a look at the WWE’s U.K. tournament, the recent ITV World of Sport pilot and more)

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