**The newest edition of Review a Wai features Wai Ting and myself reviewing the October 1985 Halloween edition of ‘Saturday Night’s Main Event’ featuring Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant Vs King Kong Bundy & Bug John Studd plus the Halloween contest between the babyfaces and the heels. The show is available at http://fightnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/REVIEW-A-WAI-SNME-3-1985.mp3 and for free on iTunes and Stitcher.
**We will have an interview up on the website tomorrow with former WWE creative team member Brian Mann, who was part of the team this past summer chatting about a ton of issues including the internal happenings of the CM Punk angle over the summer.
**The WWE embarks on their 21-show European tour starting today with a show in Dublin, Ireland and then two shows Thursday in Bilbao, Spain and Nantes, France. The company will tape both ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown’ next week in Liverpool, England.
**WWE ‘Raw’ did a 3.1 rating on Monday night and averaged 4,487,000 viewers over the two-hours. The last time the WWE ran ‘Raw’ on Halloween night was back in 2005 and did a 3.4 rating on the USA Network, which was a big drop at the time from what they had been averaging but in 2011 I would call a 3.1 a good number considering the night and don’t know how much you could reasonably expect for a taped Rock promo to draw and not even being announced on television the prior week.
**The USA Network has announced that the December 12th edition of ‘Raw’ from Norfolk, Virginia will be a three-hour event. They have not announced if there will be a theme to the show but would make sense to be the annual Slammy Award show.
**Amy Dumas was backstage at ‘Raw’ in Atlanta this past Monday.
**The WWE will release their third quarter results on Thursday and hold a conference call at 11am EST. You can follow me on Twitter @lawradio during the conference call for notes from the call featuring Vince McMahon hosting the call.
**Sinclair Broadcast Group has purchased the broadcasting assets of Freedom Communications, which will include eight regional stations to add to Sinclair’s affiliates. The purchase price for the stations is set at $385-million but must first go through the Freedom Communication’s shareholder approval before the deal is finalized. The deal includes affiliate stations in the following markets:
*WPEC (CBS 12) West Palm Beach, Florida
*WWMT (CBS 3) Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michigan
*WRGB (CBS 6) Albany, New York
*WCWN (CW 45) Albany, New York
*WTVC (ABC 9) Chattanooga, Tennessee
*WLAJ (ABC 3) Lansing, Michigan
*KTVL (CBS 10) Medford-Klamath falls, Oregon
*KFDM (CBS 6) Beaumont-Port Arthur-Orange, Texas
**TMZ has a video of Ultimate Warrior discussing the Occupy Wall Street movement – in his gimmick.
**The Washington Post reports that a major steroid ring has been uncovered in Ohio with the dealers importing the drugs from China and working with a lab out of Tennessee. Authorities uncovered a volume of steroids with a street value of $600,000 along with $300,000 in cash and numerous assault weapons at the Ohio location. The identities of all the parties involved have not been revealed but one is listed as being a professional wrestler.
**Here is an interesting interview with the former Creative Director of the XFL Bruce Burke. (Thanks to Adam Lebow)
**Kelly Kelly is scheduled to be on the cover of Maxim Magazine in the December issue.
**Former WWE performer Joanie ‘Chyna’ Lauer will be holding an autograph session at Rick’s Cabaret on November 10th and signing copies of her upcoming movie ‘Backdoor to Chyna’ from Vivid Entertainment starting at 6pm EST.
**I think this guy has stumbled onto something great, I expect more to come:
**UFC President Dana White announced today during the UFC on FOX conference call that the only fight that will air on FOX November 12th is the Cain Velasquez Vs Junior Dos Santos regardless of how long the fights goes and therefore there is no chance of the Clay Guida Vs Benson Henderson fight airing that night on FOX.
**Paul Taylor has been forced to withdraw from his bout with Anthony Njokuani for this Saturday’s UFC 138 card in Birmingham, England. The UFC will not be adding an additional fight to replace the bout and will now move the Cyrille Diabate Vs Anthony Perosh fight to the main card. Taylor was in a recent car accident and suffered whiplash and that is the reason for the withdrawal.
**The first season of ‘Ultimate Fighter’ on FX in 2012 is going to feature Welterweight and Lightweight fighters with tryouts beginning December 5th in Las Vegas, Nevada. The coaches and debut date for the season have yet to be announced.
**The UFC has announced two bouts for the January 14th UFC 142 event for the promotion’s return to Rio de Janiero, Brazil:
*Jose Aldo Jr. Vs Chad Mendes for the UFC Featherweight Title
*Vitor Belfort Vs Anthony Johnson (this will be Johnson’s first fight at middleweight as he comes up from 170-pounds)
**The UFC announced today that Fuel TV will be carrying the weigh-ins for the UFC on FOX debut next Friday November 11th at 7pm EST.
**The UFC has handed out their first round of Twitter bonuses for the period ending September 1st with the following taking $5,000 for each of the categories they were listed in:
*Most Followers – Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Santos
*Highest Percentage of New Followers – Anderson Silva, Demian Maia, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Paulo Thiago
*Most Creative Tweets – Forrest Griffin, Benson Henderson, Joe Lauzon, Joseph Benavidez
**The UFC 137 preliminary fights did a 0.8 rating and averaged 1,100,000 viewers this past Saturday night. The one-hour broadcast featured Donald Cerrone Vs Dennis Siver, Bart Palaszewski Vs Tyson Griffin and Brandon Vera Vs Eliot Marshall (which had aired earlier in the night on Facebook).
**Bellator 56 dropped to 156,000 viewers this past Saturday on MTV2 featuring Ben Askren defeating Jay Hieron by split decision to keep his Welterweight Title and the semi-final bouts of the Bellator Heavyweight tournament.
**A featherweight bout between Diego Nunes and Manny Gamburyan has been added to the December 30th UFC 141 card in Las Vegas, Nevada.
**The return of ‘Fear Factor’ with host Joe Rogan is set for December 12th on NBC at 8pm EST. NBC began shooting the series this past August.
(Pollock and Wai chat the Oct. 1985 ‘Saturday Night’s Main Event’ Halloween Edition)
(Pollock and Wai chat ‘Raw’ on Halloween featuring The Muppets)
(The LAW chats with Harry Smith, Dave Meltzer, UFC 137 recap and more)
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the show plus Nate Milton stops by for his weekly segment)
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