We start with some sad news today, as Harvey Evers, better known to wrestling fans as Rip “The Profile” Hawk has passed away at the age of 82. Hawk was best known for teaming with Swede Hanson in the Carolinas in the 1960s. The team known as The Blond Bombers held the Atlantic Coast Tag Team Titles on four occasions and they worked almost exclusively as main eventers. Hawk was also credited as one of the individuals who helped boost the popularity of the TV show Wrestling at the Chase in St. Louis in the 1950s. He also assisted in making Ric Flair a star in the Carolinas, as Flair was introduced as the nephew of Hawk, and the two of them actually won the Mid Atlantic Tag Team Titles, which was Flair’s first championship.
Sin Cara has announced via Twitter that his knee surgery went well and he has returned home to Mexico. The Wrestling Observer reports that the surgery was actually arthroscopic knee surgery, and that Sin Cara should be cleared to wrestle again soon.
Kurt Angle has reached a legal settlement with Wafi Wahidi, whom Angle claimed was contracted to create Apps for his fitness programs for Angle foods. Angle announced in November that he was suing Wahidi and his company WabaSocial for $35, 000, claiming that they scammed him for $34, 700, as they never created the Apps.
TNA sent out a press release, stating that two new shows will be taped during Genesis weekend. These shows, which were only described as ‘ALL NEW programming presented by TNA Wrestling,’ will be filmed on January 12, 2013, but no further details were given.
TNA has announced a Gut Check seminar, which will take place on January 24 of next year at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Interested independent wrestlers can check out TNAGutCheck.com for more information.
There will be a WWE Royal Rumble Fan Fest on January 26 of next year, in Phoenix. This will feature a tournament, where the winner will receive a guaranteed slot in the rumble match. There will also be live musical performances, food trucks, interactive Superstar Q and A panels and a lot more.
This year’s Survivor Series did 212,000 buys, which is a significant drop from the last two years. Last year drew 281,000 buys with a main event of The Rock and John Cena against The Miz and R Truth, while the 2010 Survivor Series drew 244,000 buys with a main event of Wade Barrett against Randy Orton with John Cena as the special guest referee.
Here is the update lineup for the Extreme Rising pay per view on December 29:
BLK OUT vs. a mystery team in a steel cage match
Luke Hawk vs. Stevie Richards in a title tournament semi-final
Devon Storm vs. Rhino in a title tournament semi-final
The Title Tournament Finals
Jerry Lynn vs. Homicide
Hijo De Rey Misterio vs. Bestia 666
Sabu vs. Matt Hardy
As a preview for the LAW’s Best and Worst picks of 2012, come check out my picks in my latest blog: http://www.bagofchips.ca/blog/boc-awards-2012-best-and-worst-of-pro-wrestling-and-mma/.
Here are the categories for The LAW’s Best of 2012 show taking place Sunday night at Midnight EST on TSN 1050 Toronto and The TEAM 1410 in Vancouver with Dan Lovranski, Jason Agnew, John Pollock and Wai Ting making their picks:
BEST WRESTLER (Male)
BEST WRESTLER (Female)
BEST TAG TEAM
BEST ON THE MIC
BEST NON-WRESTLING PERFORMER
MATCH OF THE YEAR
FEUD OF THE YEAR
BEST PAY-PER-VIEW (Wrestling)
BEST PAY-PER-VIEW (MMA)
BEST TELEVISION SHOW
BEST MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST
BEST MMA FIGHT
BEST LAW INTERVIEW
Ultimate Fighter season 14 star Marcus Brimage has issued a challenge to winner of the upcoming UFC 155 bout between Max Holloway and Leonard Garcia. Brimmage currently trains at American Top Team and was preparing for a fight with Holloway. But because Cody McKenzie had to pull out of his UFC 155 fight due to injury, Holloway stepped up and took the fight with Garcia on short notice, leaving Brimage without an opponent.
It seems like Ronda Rousey has been making headlines all year, and she’s just made another one. The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion is being featured in Sports Illustrated’s Best of 2012 List. Rousey’s rise to stardom ranks number 65 on the list of top sports moments of the year.
Caros Fodor is the latest Strikeforce competitor to make the transition to the UFC. Fodor prepares to do battle with Sam Stout at UFC 157.
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – December 21st 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting chat with Nate Milton about being alive and #ImpactLIVE)
THE MMA REPORT – December 20th 2012
(John Pollock chats with Mark Hominick, Joe Antonacci, Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew)
REVIEW-A-WAI – ROH Joe Vs Kobashi
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Samoa Joe Vs Kenta Kobashi from 2005 w/ former ROH booker Gabe Sapolsky joining the show)
REVIEW-A-RAW – December 18th 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Slammy Awards, Ric Flair returns and more)
THE LAW – December 16th 2012
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew recap WWE TLC, ROH Final Battle plus Dave Meltzer and your calls)