LAW Jan. 25 Update - NXT Tournament for Rumble Spot
John Pollock / January 25, 2013 - 6:34pm
**Today’s edition of Review-An-Impact is up on the site with Wai Ting and myself along with Nate Milton chatting last night’s show at http://fightnetwork.com/news/36011:jan.-25-edition-of-review-an-impact/ as well as on iTunes by subscribing to Live Audio Wrestling. We chat about our trip to Montreal this past week, last night’s show, “Teflon Taz” and a big announcement from Nate.
**Here are the matches on WWE Smackdown tonight, which were taped on Tuesday night in Sacramento, California for the final show before the Royal Rumble:
*Wade Barrett Vs Sheamus in a non-title match
*Natalya Vs Rosa Mendes
*Randy Orton Vs Drew McIntyre
*The Miz Vs Darren Young
*Alberto Del Rio & Daniel Bryan & Kane Vs Big Show & Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow
**A reminder that the deadline for the Review-A-Wai Royal Rumble pool is tomorrow at Noon EST and is free to join at http://lawradio.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=feedback&action=display&thread=2359 with prizes including a WWE Best PPV Matches of 2012 DVD, WWE Money in the Bank 2012 DVD, Mankind and Chyna comic books and more.
**TNA finishes up their overseas tour tomorrow in London, England and includes two double tapings to cover all of the television for the month of February. The injury angle to Jeff Hardy that ran last night was the way to write him off television for the next month (though they could insert taped footage of Hardy so he has a presence on the shows).
**Antonio Cesaro Vs The Miz for the U.S. Title has been added to the Royal Rumble pre-show at 7:30pm EST and available on YouTube, Facebook and the WWE app.
**The WWE has announced an eight-man NXT tournament to take place this weekend in Phoenix at the Royal Rumble Fan Fest with the winner of the tournament getting a spot in the Royal Rumble. They have announced Corey Graves, Oliver Grey, Luke Harper, Xavier Woods, Conor O’Brian, Adrian Neville, Bo Dallas and Leo Kruger as the participants for the tournament.
**Next week’s edition of Impact Wrestling from Manchester, England will feature Open Fight Night and a steel cage match between Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson in a rematch from the 2010 Lockdown event.
**Dragon Gate USA starts their weekend of events in Santa Maria, California tonight with an 11pm EST start time and the following card:
*John Morrison Vs Akira Tozawa
*Johnny Gargano & Rich Swann Vs Jimmy Susumu & Ryo Saito
*The Young Bucks Vs Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon
*Jon Davis Vs AR Fox Vs Chuck Taylor
*Samuray Del Sol Vs Mystery Opponent
**You can catch our interview with Dragon Gate USA’s Open the Freedom Gate champion Johnny Gargano from yesterday on the site at http://fightnetwork.com/news/35980:interview-johnny-gargano-on-dg-usa-shows-this-weekend/.
**Dragon Gate USA will hold iPPV events on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon in Huntington Park, California and available at WWNLive.com.
**Jerry Lawler spoke to the New York Post today promoting the Royal Rumble and mentioned that Rikishi was contacted for the Rumble as a surprise entrant but had a commitment that he could not get out of and won’t be at the show. Lawler says there will be surprise entrants in the Rumble this year.
**Today’s edition of The MMA Report is up on the website featuring my chats with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, the voice of the UFC Mike Goldberg, MMAFighting.com’s Mike Chiappetta (including a Royal Rumble preview) and my picks for the FOX card tomorrow night. You can download the show at http://fightnetwork.com/news/36010:the-mma-report-w-john-pollock-gsp-mike-goldberg/ or subscribe to The MMA Report with John Pollock on iTunes.
**Here is the full card for the UFC on FOX 6 event set for tomorrow night in Chicago, Illinois at the United Center with their weigh-in results in brackets:
MAIN CARD (8pm EST on FOX)
*Demetrious Johnson (125) Vs John Dodson (124) for the flyweight title
*Quinton Jackson (204) Vs Glover Teixeira (206)
*Donald Cerrone (155) Vs Anthony Pettis (155)
*Erik Koch (145) Vs Ricardo Lamas (145)
PRELIMINARY FIGHTS (5pm EST on FX)
*T.J. Grant (155) Vs Matt Wiman (156)
*Hatsu Hioki (146) Vs Clay Guida (146)
*Pascal Krauss (171) Vs Mike Stumpf (170)
*Ryan Bader (205) Vs Vladimir Matyushenko (205)
*Mike Russow (256) Vs Shawn Jordan (251)
*Rafael Natal (185) Vs Sean Spencer (186)
FACEBOOK FIGHT (4:35pm EST)
*David Mitchell (171) Vs Simeon Thoresen (171)
**I will be doing a bonus show this weekend recapping the FOX card that will be up Sunday morning and will be available on iTunes by subscribing. Jason Agnew and I will be back with a post show on TSN 1050 Toronto next weekend covering UFC 156 and will also be doing a post show for UFC 157 on February 23rd.
**Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com interviews WWE champion CM Punk at his home in Chicago discussing the FOX card tomorrow night, facing The Rock at Royal Rumble, update on his knee and the last year of his career at http://www.mmafighting.com/2013/1/25/3913754/wwe-champion-cm-punk-talks-ufc-on-fox-6-showdown-versus-the-rock.
**Here are the main card results from the Bellator card last night in Thackerville, Oklahoma:
*Ben Saunders over Koffi Adzitso by unanimous decision (30-27 all) in the quarter-finals of the welterweight tournament
*Douglas Lima over Michail Tsarev by TKO at 1:44 of Round 2 in the quarter-finals of the welterweight tournament
*Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal over Przemyslaw Mysiala by KO at 3:52 of Round 1 in the quarter-finals of the light heavyweight tournament
*Ben Askren over Karl Amoussou by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) and the end of Round 3 to keep the Welterweight Title
**Next week’s Bellator card from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan will feature the four quarterfinal fights of the lightweight tournament on the main card on Spike TV.
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – January 25th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Impact with Nate Milton and discuss “Teflon Taz”)
THE MMA REPORT W/ JOHN POLLOCK – January 25th 2013
(Featuring: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Mike Goldberg and Mike Chiappetta)
INTERVIEW – JOHNNY GARGANO
(John Pollock chats with the Dragon Gate USA Open the Freedom Gate champion)
REVIEW-A-WAI – WWF Royal Rumble 1997
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the ’97 Rumble from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas)
REVIEW-A-RAW – January 22nd 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Raw from San Jose for the final Raw leading into the Rumble)
THE LAW – January 21st 2013
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew welcome Nigel McGuinness, Dave Meltzer, Rumble preview and more)