LAW Jan. 18 Update - Superstar Billy Graham Hosptialized
John Pollock / January 18, 2013 - 4:33pm
**Today’s edition of Review-An-Impact is up on the site with Wai Ting and I recapping last night’s wedding on Impact and running through the entire show along with Nate Milton at http://fightnetwork.com/news/35855:jan.-18-edition-of-review-an-impact/ and you can also subscribe on iTunes to Live Audio Wrestling for all of our shows.
**Nigel McGuinness will join us this Sunday night on The LAW to discuss his new documentary “The Last of McGuinness” at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto, The TEAM 1410 in Vancouver and online here on the site as well.
**Here are the matches set for WWE Smackdown tonight, which were taped this past Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas and airing at 8pm EST in SyFy and The Score in Canada:
*The Miz Vs Primo
*Antonio Cesaro Vs Kofi Kingston in a non-title match
*Kaitlyn Vs Aksana in a non-title match
*Kane & Daniel Bryan & Randy Orton Vs Wade Barrett & Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes
*Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus Vs Big Show & Dolph Ziggler
**The WWE Raw crew has a house show in Los Angeles at the Staples Center tonight featuring the return of Rey Mysterio advertised for the event and then head to Ontario, California tomorrow night. The Smackdown crew is finish up a two-show tour of Alaska today in Fairbanks and then head to Stockton, California tomorrow. The Raw and Smackdown crews have a joint show Sunday in Fresno.
**Former WWWF champion Superstar Billy Graham is in bad shape right and has been admitted to a Phoenix hospital and diagnosed with double pneumonia according to his representative Scott Epstein and showing early signs of heart failure. Graham has had extensive medical problems for the better part of the past two decades and received a liver transplant in 2002 that he was in desperate need of. We wish all the best to Graham during this difficult time.
**The Hart Legacy Wrestling show takes place tonight at the Victoria Pavilion in Calgary with a 7:30pm start time and is scheduled to run on their website tomorrow night at hartlegacywrestling.com. They are advertising Teddy Hart, Harry Smith, Chris Masters, Lance Archer, Jack Evans, Bobby Lashley, Konnan, El Genericho, Flip Kendrick, Ricochet, Johnny Devine and The Super Smash Brothers so this show isn’t running cheap. Kevin Nash has stated that due to his wife having the fly he will not be able to make the show tonight.
**Ring of Honor has a show in Dearborn, Michigan with the following lineup:
*Kevin Steen Vs Tadarius Thomas for the ROH Title
*The Briscoe Brothers Vs Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards for the Tag Titles
*Jay Lethal Vs Steve Corino
*Michael Elgin Vs Rhino
*Rhett Titus & B.J. Whitmer Vs Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
**The Ring of Honor crew then heads to Milwaukee tomorrow night for another live event featuring a four-way main event for the ROH Title.
**PWinsider.com was the first to report that the TNA lawsuit against the WWE was dropped this past week and removes any obstacles for the WWE to begin signing former TNA talent with Ric Flair at the top of the list and others that have since left the company including Alex Shelley, who is currently working with New Japan Pro Wrestling if the WWE has interest in him.
**Tyson Kidd underwent knee surgery Thursday after tearing his ACL and injuring his meniscus. Kidd noted that he dropped weight before the surgery to assist with the recovery, which will be in the 6-9-month range. Kidd injured the knee on a house show back on December 27th.
**The Rock has signed on for the lead role in “Hercules”, which will begin shooting in early 2013 according to IMDB and is scheduled for a release in August 2014.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**Today’s edition of The MMA Report (which is up a day late due to Bellator’s debut on Spike last night) is up on the site at http://fightnetwork.com/news/35856:the-mma-report-w-john-pollock-tarec-saffiedine/ featuring my chat with the final Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine along with Fight Network’s Robin Black to chat Bellator’s debut on Spike and the Lance Armstrong interview with Oprah and my picks for UFC on FX 7. You can also subscribe to The MMA Report w/ John Pollock on iTunes. The show also airs tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto.
**Here are the main card results from Bellator 85 last night in Irvine, California and airing on Spike TV:
*Pat Curran over Patricio “Pitbull” Freire by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) to keep the Featherweight Title
*Mikhail Zayats over Renato Babalu Sobral by TKO at 4:49 of Round 1 to advance in the Light Heavyweight tournament
*Michael Chandler over Rick Hawn by rear-naked choke at 3:07 of Round 2 to keep the Lightweight Title
*Jacob Noe over Seth Petruzelli by TKO at 2:51 of Round 1 to advance in the Light Heavyweight tournament
**Next week’s Bellator card will feature Welterweight champion Ben Askren defending his title against Karl Amoussou along with the promotional debut of Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal against Przemyslaw Mysiala in the Light Heavyweight tournament along with the four opening round fights for the welterweight tournament.
**Here is the card for the UFC on FX 7 event tomorrow night in Sao Paulo, Brazil with the weigh-in results in parenthesis:
MAIN CARD (9pm EST on FX and Rogers Sportsnet)
*Vitor Belfort (185) Vs Michael Bisping (186)
*C.B. Dollaway (186) Vs Daniel Sarafian (186)
*Gabriel Gonzaga (255) Vs Ben Rothwell (258)
*Khabib Nurmagomedov (155) Vs Thiago Tavares (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (6pm EST on FUEL TV and Sportsnet One)
*Godofredo Castro (145) Vs Milton Viera (146)
*Ronny Markes (186) Vs Andrew Craig (185)
*Diego Nunes (145) Vs Nik Lentz (145)
*Edson Barboza (154) Vs Lucas Martins (154)
*Yuri Alcantara (135) Vs Pedro Nobre (136)
*Wagner Prado (206) Vs Ildemar Alcantara (201)
FACEBOOK PRELIM (5:35pm EST)
*C.J. Keith (157) Vs Francisco Trinaldo (154.5) – Keith was given two-hours to make weight
**Bellator has announced that the delayed Lightweight tournament finals from Season 7 between Dave Jansen will take on Marcin Held March 7th.
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – January 18th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the wedding on Impact and chat with Nate Milton and take your feedback)
THE MMA REPORT W/ JOHN POLLOCK - January 18th 2013
(Featuring: Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine, Fight Network's Robin Black and FX 7 picks)
REVIEW-A-WAI – WWF Royal Rumble 1991
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the ’91 Rumble featuring the battle royal and Ultimate Warrior Vs Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Title)
REVIEW-A-RAW – January 15th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review #RAW20, take your feedback and details on the Royal Rumble Pool)
THE LAW – January 14th 2013
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew chat with Dave Meltzer, review TNA Genesis and discuss The Rock Vs CM Punk, Del Rio winning title and more)