LAW Feb. 20 Update - Jack Swagger Arrested
John Pollock / February 20, 2013 - 5:40pm
**TMZ broke the news on Wednesday that Jack Swagger (Jake Hager) had been arrested on Tuesday night following the television tapings in Biloxi, Mississippi. The first report stated it was for a speeding offence but in a subsequent update it was revealed that Swagger has been charged with driving under the influence (alcohol limit is .08% in Mississippi), drug possession and speeding, which are all misdemeanor offences within the state.
With Swagger in the midst of the biggest push of his career the comparisons are easy to make to Rob Van Dam, who was arrested in the summer of 2006 while he was holding both the WWE and ECW championship with the company furious over the arrest and lost all faith in him during that time period.
The LAW has contacted the Sheriff’s office in Mississippi and are awaiting further information and will update when that information becomes available.
**Today’s edition of Review-A-Wai is up on the website at http://fightnetwork.com/news/36560:review-a-wai-donahue-and-geraldo-cover-wwf-scandals/ with Wai Ting and I taking a look at the 1992 editions of Phil Donahue and Gerald Rivera’s “Now It Can Be Told” programs dealing with the WWF scandals of the early 90’s that rocked the industry. You can also get the show on iTunes by subscribing to Live Audio Wrestling and on the free Stitcher app for smart phone users.
**Jimmy Korderas and I review this past Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber event and share our thoughts:
**Raw averaged 4,660,000 viewers on Monday night and up significantly from the week prior but did show a decrease from hour to hour with the first being the most watched.
**The USA Network is scheduled to air the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony from 10-11pm EST on Tuesday April 9th.
**John Cena vs. CM Punk will headline next week’s edition of Raw from Dallas, Texas, which they are gearing up to be a big show with the return of Brock Lesnar also scheduled for next week and a segment involving Vince McMahon challenging Paul Heyman to a fight, which likely sets up Lesnar vs. Triple H.
**ESPN has a story on Take Two Interactive taking over the WWE’s video game license from THQ and plans to go ahead with a new release this fall entitled WWE 2K14.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**Tomorrow on The MMA Report I will be chatting with Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp, MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani and a full preview of UFC 157. The show will be posted on the website and also available on iTunes by subscribing to The MMA Report with John Pollock.
**Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com broke the news today that the UFC has cut sixteen fighters with the biggest name being Jon Fitch among those cut with a full list of those listed below:
*Jon Fitch – defeated Erick Silva last October at UFC 153 in perhaps the best performance of his career and earned the Fight of the Night bonus, he is coming off a one-sided loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156 and is the most controversial cut with a 14-3-1 record in the UFC and challenges for the welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 87 in August 2008.
*Paul Sass – a lightweight fighter, who is one of the most exciting submission grapplers to watch but is coming off two straight losses to Matt Wiman last September and this past weekend to Danny Castillo.
*Jacob Volkmann – a lightweight with a 6-2 campaign at 155 since cutting down in 2010 and lost his last fight to Bobby Green earlier this month at UFC 156.
*Jay Hieron – a welterweight, who was brought back to the UFC and lost a decision to Jake Ellenberger last October and was stopped in 0:36 by Tyrone Woodley at UFC 156.
*Mike Stumpf – a welterweight who has lost three of his last four with consecutive losses to T.J. Waldburger and to Pascal Krauss in January on the undercard of the FOX card.
*Mike Russow – a Chicago based heavyweight, who had one of the biggest comeback wins against Todd Duffee at UFC 114 in May 2010 but coming off losses to Fabricio Werdum last June and Shawn Jordan in January on the undercard of the FOX event.
*Wagner Prado – Prado was 0-2 with a no contest after three fights in the UFC. He had a unique story as he was on a reality show in Brazil saying he wanted to be a MMA fighter and the Noguiera brothers brought him in to train.
*Che Mills – a welterweight and was in a co-feature last April at UFC 145 against Rory MacDonald where he did well for the short time the fight was standing and dominated once MacDonald took him down. He fought this past weekend losing a split decision to Matthew Riddle featuring a bizarre 29-28 scorecard for Mills.
*Terry Etim – a lightweight coming off two losses as he was the recipient of Edson Barboza’s wheel kick knockout of the year last January at UFC 142 and returned this past weekend dropping a decision to Renee Forte.
*Simeon Thoresen – Debuted with win on first UFC card in Sweden last year and followed with losses to Seth Baczynski and David Mitchell.
*C.J. Keith – Came into the lightweight division undefeated and lost to Ramsey Nijem last June and Francisco Trinaldo at the FX 7 card last month in Sao Paulo.
*Motonobu Tezuka – a late replacement to fight Alex Caceres last November in China and lost a split decision and was given a second fight this past weekend where he lost to Vaughan Lee by unanimous decision.
*Josh Grispi – Was once scheduled to challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight title but got hurt and then lost four straight ending this past weekend with a loss to Andy Ogle.
*Jorge Santiago – was cut by the UFC in 2010 and brought back to fight Gunnar Nelson this past weekend and lost by unanimous decision.
*Ulysses Gomez – Came in as a potential contender in the new flyweight division but is gone after losing fights to John Moraga and Phil Harris and adding salt to the wound was learning of his release on Twitter.
*Vladimir Matyushenko – first fought for the UFC back in 2001 and challenged then light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz for the title at a replacement for Vitor Belfort at UFC 33. He returned in 2009 and posted a 4-3 campaign at 205 with losses in his last two to Alexander Gustafsson and Ryan Bader and was coming off a torn Achilles tendon injury for his last fight.
The cuts are more a reality of economics along with supply and demand. The UFC is massively over staffed right now when it comes to fighters under contract and for all the names you can probably throw out with the question “why is so and so still under contract and not one of these guys?” well chances are that person you named has a fight coming up and are probably on the chopping block if they lose their next fight. The UFC is expanding with the addition of the women’s bantamweight class and also giving all the fighters on the current season of TUF a fight at the end of the season and need to contract the roster. The UFC has 33 cards earmarked for 2013 and roughly 12 fights per show. Realistically Fitch is the one you can argue got shafted here but the other side of the coin is that he’s dangerous enough that he can knock off contenders and doesn’t serve a purpose from the business side when arguing with the sports purist who doesn’t understand how the #9 ranked welterweight has been released. I’m not saying I would have made the Fitch call but there is an argument and it was only last October that Fitch was saying publically he needed to win his fight with Erick Silva.
**Showtime made a massive announcement Tuesday with the signing of Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a 30-month, six-fight contract beginning with his next fight on May 4th against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and likely shifts the balance of power from HBO to Showtime with the biggest pay-per-view draw in the sport coming to their network. The press release from Mayweather Promotions called this the “richest individual athlete deal in all of sports”. Mayweather’s last fight went against the UFC on FOX 3 card in May of 2012 but the UFC will avoid going against this fight as they run on FOX on April 20th this year in San Jose.
**It was announced on UFC Tonight Tuesday by Ariel Helwani that a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Glover Teixera and a lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and KJ Noons has been added to the UFC 160 card on May 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada on Memorial Day weekend. The card is headlined by Cain Velasquez defending the heavyweight title against Antonio Silva.
**Rory MacDonald is out of the UFC 158 event on March 16th in Montreal, Quebec with his manager Lex McMahon telling Ariel Helwani that MacDonald suffered a neck injury and needs to rest for the next 3-4-weeks. This has resulted in a few changes on the main card with MacDonald’s original opponent Carlos Condit now scheduled to fight Johny Hendricks while Jake Ellenberger will now fight Nate Marquardt. The way the welterweight division is shaping up it seems like a lock that Hendricks would get the next title shot with a win over Condit but if he loses that could open the door to Demian Maia getting the next title shot. The card is headlined by champion Georges St-Pierre defending the title against Nick Diaz.
**The UFC on FUEL 7 card averaged 195,000 viewers this past Saturday for the live afternoon airing and averaged another 116,000 viewers for the prime time replay in the U.S.
REVIEW-A-WAI – Phil Donahue and Geraldo
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review both talks shows covering the WWF’s early 90’s scandals)
REVIEW-A-RAW – February 19th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Raw from Lafayette featuring a marching band, new WWE Title and more)
THE LAW – February 18th 2013
(The LAW recaps WWE Elimination Chamber, Lance Storm discusses HLW issues, Dave Meltzer stops by and more)
INTERVIEW – Lance Storm
(John Pollock chats with Storm about the issues from the Hart Legacy Wrestling show, working with Jerry Lynn one last time and more)
THE MMA REPORT W/ JOHN POLLOCK
(A bonus show with a full review of the UFC on FUEL 7 card from London, England)
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – February 15th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Impact from London, England and chat with Nate Milton)