LAW Dec. 5 Update - CM Punk Taken Off TLC PPV
John Pollock / December 5, 2012 - 4:58pm
**CM Punk underwent a scope on his knee Tuesday and is off of the TLC pay-per-view show. Punk had reportedly been dealing with the pain in his knee for awhile and finally had it scooped by Dr. James Andrews, based out of Birmingham, Alabama and the traditional “go to” doctor for the WWE with any operations. A typical recovery time for this type of surgery is 3-4 weeks and despite the immediate focus being the TLC show, it would be more risky if he were to reinjure the knee and possibly put the match with The Rock at Royal Rumble in jeopardy and force their plans to change. The WWE has posted on their website that Ryback will now team with Kane & Daniel Bryan to take on The Shield in a TLC match with pinfalls and submissions the only way to win the match.
**The newest episode of Review-A-Wai is up featuring Wai Ting and I reviewing the January 23rd 1984 WWF card at Madison Square Garden with Hulk Hogan defeating The Iron Sheik to win the WWF Title for the first time. The show is up at http://lawradio.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=shows&action=display&thread=2173 and can also be downloaded on iTunes and the free Stitcher app.
**WWE Raw did a dismal 2.5 rating on Monday night on hours of 3,580,000, 3,370,000 and 3,360,000 and was their lowest average audience for a non-holiday show dating back to 1997. It’s a broken record so I won’t repeat what I have said a million times but trying to find a compelling “hook” to keep people tuned for the final hour seems impossible at this point and it’s simply fatigue.
**Ric Flair’s latest divorce proceedings have made their way onto TMZ with a story on Tuesday outlining the current problems with his fourth wife, Jacqueline Beems. The two were married in November 2009 just before Flair signed with TNA. Beems alleges that Flair was unfaithful throughout their marriage and has yet to receive any money that is owed to her. Beems had filed papers in Mecklenberg County alleging that Flair had agreed to pay her $4,000 a month in spousal support, a one-time fee of $15,000 for her legal costs and $14,000 in back payments dating back to July when they separated and has not received anything. She also claims Flair is making $1,000,000 a year right now.
**WWE Main Event is headlined by Antonio Cesaro Vs Kofi Kingston in a Champion Vs Champion match but neither of the titles are on the line.
**TNA has announced the following matches for tomorrow night’s edition of Impact from Orlando:
*Samoa Joe Vs Devon for the Television Title
*Jeff Hardy & James Storm & A.J. Styles Vs Bobby Roode & Kazarian & Christopher Daniels
*DOC Vs Kurt Angle
**Jimmy Korderas and I preview this Sunday’s TNA Final Resolution show:
**Former WCW, TNA and ECW performer Tony Mamaluke has announced online that he has retired after 14-years in the business. Mamaluke was trained by Dean Malenko and was signed to WCW early in his career as the bumping mouth piece for the tag team of Big Vito and Johnny the Bull. Mamaluke was introduced right after Vince Russo and Ed Ferrera came into the company in October 1999 but Mamaluke did not last long in the company and would transition over to ECW where he formed a team with Little Guido and was with ECW until it folded in March 2001. He was a performer that suffered tons of concussions early in his career as he continued onwards throughout the past decade with brief stops in Ring of Honor and TNA among other promotions.
**TNA is adjusting their pay-per-view schedule for 2013 with the elimination of two shows. Next year’s Lockdown event will move up a month and run on Sunday March 10th from the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas (the site of the 1997 Royal Rumble). The stadium will be configured for a smaller attendance as it can seat up to 65,000 people. The Rumble event from 1997 was heavily marketed to the Hispanic audience with a lot of AAA talent put on the show and they also marked the down the prices so the paid attendance was strong but the gate was smaller than you would expect for a show with over 40,000 in attendance. Internally within TNA the idea of dropping pay-per-view shows has been discussed for years with Dixie Carter telling me a few years back that she would love to eliminate some shows but their contracts with the various cable operators made that difficult to get out of.
**Nigel McGuinness has just released a documentary chronicling his career and winding it down earlier this year. The documentary was funded by fans through Kickstarter and can be purchased right now at http://nigelwrestling.com/.
**Stacy Keibler didn’t endear herself when speaking to ESPN about her pro wrestling past calling it a “stepping stone” but that she loved the experience and her fans for the eight-years she spent in the industry. When Keibler left the WWE it wasn’t on the best of terms and WWE didn’t promote her outside ventures and Keibler has never shown much interest in coming back for any cameo appearances.
**Here is the updated card for Ring of Honor’s Final Battle card coming up December 16th in Manhattan and airing at ROHwrestling.com at 2pm EST:
*Kevin Steen Vs El Generico in a Ladder War for the ROH Title
*Adam Cole Vs Matt Hardy in a non-title match
*Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs Vs The Briscoe Brothers Vs Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander for the Tag Titles
*Roderick Strong Vs Michael Elgin
*Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards Vs Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish
*Rhino Vs Jay Lethal
*Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas Vs Rhett Titus & BJ Whitmer in a Street Fight
*Prince Nana Vs RD Evans
*Jerry Lynn in his final ROH appearance
**TNA will kick off their 2013 pay-per-view schedule with Genesis on Sunday January 13th in Orlando at the Impact Zone and then will have no show in February and a two-month build for Lockdown.
**Dynamite Kid Tom Billington turns 54-years old today.
**Lance Storm reviews the 1974 edition of The Wrestler starring Ed Asner and many names from the AWA at that time including Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson at http://www.stormwrestling.com/120412.html.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**Forrest Griffin has suffered a knee injury and is off of the December 29th UFC 155 card in Las Vegas where he was scheduled to fight Phil Davis. UFC President Dana White announced he has a MCL tear and has also strained his ACL and will be unable to fight. There is no update regarding a new opponent for Davis or if he will remain on the UFC 155 card.
**Tomorrow on The MMA Report UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald and MMA Journalist Todd Martin stop by and my picks for the UFC on FOX 5 card this weekend. The show will be posted here and on iTunes if you subscribe to The MMA Report with John Pollock, program also airs Friday nights at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto.
**The latest edition of the UFC 360 magazine features an ad promoting TUF moving to Tuesday nights for Season 17 and promoting a debut date of January 22nd at 9pm EST with coaches Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen. The UFC and FX have yet to formally announce the move. They began filming Season 17 at the end of October and should be wrapping any day now.
**UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz appeared on a web interview with Todd Harris and Kenny Florian for UFC Tonight explain his most recent knee issue that will keep him sidelines for another 6-9 months.
**With the recent news regarding Cruz, UFC President Dana White has stated Interim Champion Renan Barao will fight Michael McDonald in early 2013. No word yet on whether Barao will become the new champion and ditch the “interim” label with Cruz out for so much longer than originally anticipated.
**A rematch between Urijah Faber and Ivan Menjivar has been signed for the UFC 157 card in Anaheim, California on February 23rd. The two fought at 145-pounds at the TKO 24 in January 2006 when Menjivar hit Faber with an illegal upkick and was disqualified. The two will contest their rematch at 135-pounds with Faber coming off a loss to Renan Barao at UFC 149 while Menjivar most recently submitted Azamat Gashimov at UFC 154 in Montreal.
**A heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Stefan Struve has been announced for the UFC on FUEL 8 card on March 3rd in Japan.
**This past Friday’s edition of TUF averaged 804,000 viewers featuring the much anticipated fight between Mike Ricci and Michael Hill.
**The Bellator 82 event this past Friday averaged 156,000 viewers headlined by Andrey Koreshkov winning the Welterweight tournament with a decision victory over Lyman Good.
REVIEW-A-WAI – January 23rd 1984 WWF MSG Show
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the card featuring Hulk Hogan defeating The Iron Sheik for the WWF Title)
REVIEW-A-RAW – December 4th 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting discuss Raw in Greensboro and the most annoying babyface ever)
THE LAW – December 2nd 2012
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew welcome A.J. Styles back to the show, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Wai Ting is in-studio)