**Last night’s edition of The LAW is up on the site with our Worst of 2012 edition chatting all the major categories with picks from Dan Lovranski, Jason Agnew, Wai Ting and myself. The show is available at http://fightnetwork.com/news/6383682:dec-31-edition-of-the-law-the-worst-of-2012/ and also on iTunes if you subscribe to Live Audio Wrestling. If you’re not a fan of us being negative than by all means skip this show but it’s always our most popular show of the year. We also chat with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and take your calls with your picks.
**If you would like to post your own “worst of” picks you can do so at http://lawradio.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=shows&action=display&thread=2291.
**Tonight is a taped edition of Raw, which will give last Monday’s show a run for its money in terms of the lowest audience for the show in 15-years. The ratings for these two-weeks mean nothing and are not going to be taken with any degree of concern and in all honesty next week’s show going against the BCS championship is going to be in tough as well even with The Rock returning. The matches for tonight’s show were taped on Saturday night in Washington, D.C. and here is what is on tap for tonight:
*Antonio Cesaro Vs Sgt. Slaughter in a non-title match
*Kane & Daniel Bryan Vs Drew McIntyre & Heath Slater in a non-title match
*Sheamus Vs Dolph Ziggler
*Big Show Vs Ricardo Rodriguez
*Kofi Kingston Vs Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title
**There is no Review-A-Raw tonight but we are back Wednesday with a new edition of Review-A-Wai as Damian Abraham from Fucked Up and “The Wedge” on Muchmusic is back for another show as we review episodes 1 and 2 from the XPW promotion.
**The WWE crew is off until Friday when the Raw crew hits Pensacola, Florida and the Smackdown crew heads down to Puerto Rico for a show in Mayaguez on Friday and San Juan on Saturday.
**The TNA crew is back on Thursday for a live edition of Impact from Orlando featuring the return of Sting and the announcement of the Wrestler of the Year for 2012.
**Ring of Honor has their first set of television tapings of 2013 this Saturday from the DuBurns Arena in Baltimore and have announced The Briscoe Brothers Vs Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander for the Tag Titles, Adam Cole Vs BJ Whitmer for the Television Title and Matt Hardy is also scheduled for the tapings. They will also be holding their Prospects tournament and have announced ACH, QT Marshall, Silas Young and Mike Sydal thus far for the tournament.
**The Extreme Rising card from Saturday night in Philadelphia is up on their website at http://extremereunion.net/ for $9.95 and be downloaded immediately. The show features the semi-finals and finals to crown the first promotional champion as well as Matt Hardy Vs Sabu.
**The DREAM 18 New Year’s Eve card held early this morning from the Saitama Super Arena was a pretty fun show with a lot of quick finishes throughout the card. The team of Mauro Ranallo, Frank Shamrock and Stephen Quadros really stood out for me and you could tell just how excited the crew was to be back in Japan (this was Ranallo’s first trip back to Japan since leaving Pride in 2006). Here are the results from the DREAM portion of the card:
*Will Brooks over Satoru Kitaoka by TKO in Round 2 – Brooks trains out of ATT and slammed Kitaoka at one point and was the stronger of the two. Kitaoka’s lower body resembled a mummy with how taped up he was.
*Marloes Coenen over Fiona Muxlow by armbar in Round 1 – this was a last minute addition to the card late last week. Coenen is one of the top 145-pound fighters in the world and the only thing holding her back from entering the UFC is getting down to 135 and is also associated with Golden Glory, which has been on difficult terms with the UFC for a long time. Coenen secured a belly down armbar and Muxlow defended well but succumbed as Coenen got better position.
*Hayato Sakurai over Phil Baroni by unanimous decision – Baroni looked good in the first two rounds but was spent by the end of the fight with the two wailing away at the close of the third round. Both are well into the twilight of their careers but Baroni continues to look good physically but is battling father time.
*Melvin Manhoef over Denis Kang by KO in Round 1 – Manhoef connected with a knee to the body flush that sent Kang down and out with Manhoef nailing him with a brutal shot near or at the back of the head upon his landing. This was classic Melvin Manhoef where he looks like a killer that can cause problems for anyone when he wins in quick fashion.
*Bibiano Fernandes over Yoshiro Maeda by triangle choke in Round 1 – This was a great fight for as short as it was with Fernandes getting his back, Maeda transitioning out and Fernandes getting it back, locking in the triangle and tightening the submission for the win. Fernandes nearly signed with the UFC earlier this year and was pencilled in for the UFC 149 card in Calgary but instead opted to sign with One FC for a lucrative amount of money.
*Shinya Aoki over Antonio McKee by TKO in Round 2 – Aoki connected with a hard shot to the nose of McKee in the second and sent him into the ropes where he followed through with more punches and McKee was caught bad by the initial shot and led to the stoppage, this was about as exciting an Antonio McKee fight as you will see.
*Georgi Karakhanyan over Hiroyuki Takaya by split decision – I thought the second round was the closest but Karakhanyan was the better striker.
*Tatsuya Kawajiri over Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision – this was not a great fight with Kawajiri taking Omigawa down for three-rounds, using elbows and smothering him for the whole fight. Omigawa tried to work off his back but Kawajiri was more active and no question as to who would be awarded the decision but a weak fight.
*Jerome LeBanner over Koichi in a kickboxing bout (three 2:00 rounds instead of the usual 3:00 rounds) – LeBanner outclassed Koichi for the first two rounds, Koichi landed a pair of shots in the third and then got blasted and put out with a beautiful right hand by LeBanner.
**The Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye event also took place early today featuring a mixture of professional wrestling and MMA fights on the card. The most notable MMA fights featured Mirko Cro Cop returning to action and stopping Wakakirin in 1:18 of the first round and 2008 Olympic gold medallist Satoshi Ishii defeated former UFC heavyweight Tim Sylvia by unanimous decision after three-rounds.
THE LAW – December 31st 2012
(Dan Lovranski, Jason Agnew, John Pollock and Wai Ting go through their Worst of 2012 picks plus Dave Meltzer and your phone calls)
THE MMA REPORT – UFC 155 Post Show
(John Pollock and Jason Agnew recap UFC 155, chat with Todd Martin and take your calls)
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – December 28th 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting chat final Impact of 2012 and Nate Milton shares his Best of 2012 picks)
THE MMA REPORT – December 27th 2012
(John Pollock chats with UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos, MMA Junkie’s John Morgan and UFC 155 picks)
REVIEW-A-WAI – WWF In Your House “Season’s Beatings”
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the December 1995 In Your House featuring Bret Hart Vs British Bulldog for the WWF Title, Hog Pen Match and debut of Xanta Klaus)