LAW July 14 Update - Impact Audience Down 26%
John Pollock / July 14, 2012 - 6:09pm
**The WWE has a house show in Tucson, Arizona tonight with both brands working the show and then head to Phoenix for ‘Money in the Bank’ tomorrow night.
**This past Thursday’s edition of ‘Impact Wrestling’ was hurt by the DirecTV blackout with the show only averaging an audience of 1,100,000 (their lowest mark in two-years for overall audience). In comparison last week’s show averaged 1,490,000 viewers so they were down 26%, which is slightly more than would have been expected. DirecTV affected approximately 20,000,000 homes with the blackout, who could not access the show on Thursday.
**Tomorrow night on The LAW Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski and Jason Agnew will have a full review of the ‘Money in the Bank’ show and taking your phone calls at 1-855-591-6876 and locally in Toronto at 416-870-1050. We will also be joined by TNA X Division Champion Zema Ion as well as Dave Meltzer of the ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter’ and more. Tune in at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto and online here on the website.
**The TNA crew has a house show in Memphis, Tennessee tonight headlined by Austin Aries Vs Jeff Hardy.
**Ring of Honor has a rare house show tonight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the following lineup:
*Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs Vs The Briscoe Brothers
*Eddie Edwards Vs Rhino
*BJ Whitmer Vs Roderick Strong
*Michael Elgin Vs Silas Young
*Jay Lethal Vs Mike Mondo
*Kyle O’Reilly Vs Tadarius Thomas
*Rhett Titus Vs Mike Sydal
*Tony Kozina Vs Samson Walker
**Former WWE official Jimmy Korderas and myself preview ‘Money in the Bank’ for tomorrow night with our picks:
**The WWE website reported on Friday that Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder and Justin Roberts were involved in a car accident when they were leaving the San Diego Comic Con and their limousine was rear-ended. All are said to be okay and not expected to miss any time including Ziggler at tomorrow night’s pay-per-view.
**At this past Thursday’s ‘NXT’ tapings at Full Sail University they began a tournament to crown the first NXT Champion featuring both FCW talent and lower card WWE performers including Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal and Michael McGillicutty.
**Chris Jericho tweeted that he was very happy with his match with Sheamus from ‘Smackdown’ this week and was one of his best matches since returning this year.
**Jeff Jarrett turns 45-years old today while Bully Ray is 41.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**Tonight the Strikeforce organization is running a show from Portland, Oregon at the Rose Garden with the main card kicking off at 10pm EST on Showtime in the U.S. and Super Channel in Canada. The preliminary fights are airing on Showtime Extreme in the U.S. prior to the main card but no not have a broadcast outlet for Canada. Here is the card for tonight’s show:
*Luke Rockhold Vs Tim Kennedy for the Strikeforce Middleweight Title
*Nate Marquardt Vs Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Title
*Roger Gracie Vs Keith Jardine
*Lorenz Larkin Vs Robbie Lawler
*Jorge Masvidal Vs Justin Wilcox
*Mizuto Hirota Vs Pat Healy
*Jordan Mein Vs Tyler Stinson
*Nate Moore Vs Jason High
*Joe Duarte Vs Ryan Couture
**For a preview of the Strikeforce card you can catch ‘The MMA Report with John Pollock’ from last night featuring guests Luke Rockhold and Mauro Ranallo chatting tonight’s card and a full recap of this past Wednesday’s UFC on FUEL 4 card at http://iphone.tsn.ca/tsnpodcasts/MMAReport_071212.mp30.
**A lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and Melvin Guillard has been announced for August 11th at UFC 150 in Denver, Colorado underneath the Benson Henderson Vs Frankie Edgar rematch for the UFC Lightweight Title.
**The UFC has added two more bouts to the September 22nd UFC 152 card set for the Air Canada Centre in Toronto with Joseph Benavidez meeting Demetrious Johnson to crown the very first UFC Flyweight Champion and a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann. The UFC had already announced a welterweight bout between the returning BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald for that card.
**It was revealed on Friday that UFC light heavyweight Forrest Griffin was the latest fighter to be granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for testosterone replacement therapy for his bout with Tito Ortiz last Saturday at UFC 148. Griffin is 34-years old and showed noticeably signs of fatigue during his fight with Ortiz. This debate is only going to intensify because it’s not an open and shut ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer but rather a philosophical debate over what the modern athlete should or should not be allowed to use as technology and medicine rapidly increases. There is the one camp that feels the use of artificial testosterone (the base chemical of steroids) should be banned from the sport while others believe it is no different than a golfer having laser eye surgery to have perfect 20/20 vision and if medicine and remedies are available why should an athlete be exempt from the benefits of medicine? Let’s make one thing clear though and that is Griffin did not break any rules and went about obtaining a TUE the proper way and tested within the state’s allowable ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone and if you have a problem it’s a problem with the system and not the athlete in this case. Last weekend’s card featured a number of fighters attached to TRT with Shane Roller on the undercard getting off of TRT for his fight and showing no signs of any issues in his victory while Chael Sonnen was on TRT for his fight with Silva and appeared his weight cutting if nothing else played more of a factor on his conditioning than anything.
**The NSAC also announced on Friday that all drug tests from UFC 148 last weekend came back clean.
**Next Saturday night Jason Agnew and I will be doing a post show immediately after UFC 149 in Calgary on TSN 1050 Toronto and taking phone calls all show long.
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