LAW Dec. 8 Update - Kobashi Could Retire at Sumo Hall
John Pollock / December 8, 2012 - 4:11pm
**The WWE is in Norfolk, Virginia tonight to tape the annual Tribute to the Troops special that will air next week on the USA Network and NBC. There are a bunch of celebrity tie-ins and performances from various musical acts including Kid Rock with The Muppets also involved on the show.
**EVOLVE 18 takes place today at 4pm EST and available at WWNLive.com from Voorhees, New Jersey at the Flyers Skate Zone with the following card with Arda Ocal and Colt Cabana calling the show:
*Johnny Gargano Vs Sami Callihan for the Open the Freedom Gate Title
*Rich Swann Vs Jigsaw
*Chuck Taylor Vs Jon Davis
*Papadon Vs Masada
*Tony Nese Vs AR Fox
*A four-way with the winner of the four singles matches
*The Super Smash Brothers Vs Samuray Del Sol & El Generico
**Pro Wrestling NOAH has a show at Sumo Hall early Sunday morning and will feature a speech from Kenta Kobashi, which could be the announcement of his retirement. It was reported earlier this week by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that NOAH was not going to re-sign Kobashi because of their financial situation and led to a big protest with many key names in the company refusing to stay with the company if Kobashi was not retained. Kobashi was the key figure in building the promotion after leaving All Japan with the majority of the roster in mid-2000 and it was his March 2003 match with Mitsuharu Misawa where he won the GHC Title that led to their strongest business and one of the greatest title runs in Japanese history. Kobashi has been protected and moved down the card significantly over the past year few years with his litany of injuries and battles with cancer.
**The newest episode of Japanese Audio Wrestling with Chris Charlton and WH Park is up on the site at http://fightnetwork.com/news/35162:dec.-8-edition-of-japanese-audio-wrestling/ featuring their look back at the best of the year and a look ahead to the January 4th Tokyo Dome show. You can also subscribe on iTunes to the Live Audio Wrestling feed.
**Next week on Review-A-Wai we will be reviewing the new WWE 13 video game and will welcome Senior Designer of the game Bryan Williams to the show. You can leave feedback and post questions for Williams at http://lawradio.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=feedback&action=display&thread=2190.
**Greg Oliver and Steven Johnson will be our guests on The LAW Sunday night at Midnight EST chatting their new book “Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes and Icons” available now through ECW Press. Tune in on TSN 1050 Toronto, The TEAM 1410 in Vancouver and online here on the website.
**The Rock is doing a Twitter Q&A on Sunday at 1pm EST if you use the #RockTalk hash tag to ask questions.
**The Raw crew is in Newark, New Jersey on Monday night with CM Punk scheduled to be at the tapings and Vince McMahon also likely to be on the show for the TLC “go home” show. The Smackdown crew tapes their TV on Tuesday night in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
**James Storm could be on the sidelines for a bit after tearing the cartilage in his knee on Impact Thursday night during the six-man tag main event.
**Jerry Lynn has announced that his retirement match will be March 23rd next year and is the 25th anniversary of his debut match in 1988. Lynn will be working the ROH Final Battle card next Saturday in Manhattan and also has a match scheduled with Lance Storm for Pro Wrestling Syndicate next February.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**The UFC on FOX 5 card kicks off at 4:30pm EST today from the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington with the FOX portion beginning at 8pm EST. Here is the full card for tonight’s show:
MAIN CARD (8pm EST, FOX)
*Benson Henderson Vs Nate Diaz for the UFC Lightweight Title
*Alexander Gustafasson Vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
*BJ Penn Vs Rory MacDonald
*Mike Swick Vs Matt Brown
PRELIMINARY CARD (5pm EST, FX)
*Jeremy Stephens Vs Yves Edwards
*Rafael Assuncao Vs Mike Easton
*Ramsey Nijem Vs Joe Proctor
*Henry Martinez Vs Daron Cruickshank
*Abel Trujillo Vs Marcus LeVesseur
*Dennis Siver Vs Nam Phan
PRELIMINARY CARD (4:30pm EST, Facebook.com/UFC)
*John Albert Vs Scott Jorgensen
**A note to listeners that we are NOT doing a post show tonight on TSN Radio but we will be doing post shows next weekend for the TUF 16 Finale show and right after UFC 155 on December 29th.
**Henry Martinez came in over weight and wasn’t able to make the 155 limit and has forfeited 20% of his purse as a result. Nate Diaz also came in heavy but made 155 on his third attempt.
**Bellator had some bad luck last night with Shahbulat Shamhalaev coming down with food poisoning and being taken off the card and his tournament final against Rad Martinez likely being moved to the card next Friday, which is their Season 7 finale. Here are the two main card results that aired on MTV2:
*Anthony Leone over Zach Makovsky by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Jessica Eye over Zoila Gurgel by standing arm-triangle at 0:58 of Round 1
**XFC lightweight Nick Newell (a fighter with only one arm) won the promotion’s Lightweight Title on Friday night defeating Eric Reynolds and airing on AXS TV in the United States. This is a story that could get a lot of attention to outside media outlets and featured a classic call from Michael Schiavello as Newell won the fight.
JAPANESE AUDIO WRESTLING – December 8th 2012
(Chris Charlton and WH Park recap the year and look ahead to the Tokyo Dome show)
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – December 7th 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting chat with Nate Milton about Thursday’s show going into Final Resolution)
THE MMA REPORT – December 6th 2012
(Featuring: UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald, Todd Martin and UFC on FOX 5 picks)
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)