**Tonight on The LAW we have a full preview of the Royal Rumble coming up as Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski and Jason Agnew taking your phone calls at 1-855-591-6876 and locally in Toronto at 416-870-1050 and asking who will win the Royal Rumble and how you would book the big match between CM Punk and The Rock next Sunday. Tonight on the program we will also be chatting with Nigel McGuinness about his documentary “The Last of McGuinness” that is available now chronicling his career and subsequent retirement following his run with TNA and independent appearances following that. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter will join us and on Title Bout Trivia you will have a chance to win fifteen issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter dating back to 1988 covering the first fifteen Royal Rumble events courtesy of Grant Zwarych. Tune in tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto, The TEAM 1410 in Vancouver and online here on the website to listen live.
**The Raw crew is in San Jose, California tomorrow night for the Raw tapings and then in Sacramento on Tuesday for the Smackdown and Main Event tapings with Ric Flair scheduled for both tapings.
**TNA’s overseas tour begins tomorrow with a show in Dublin, Ireland and then head to Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday before three shows in England. They will be taping four editions of Impact Wrestling during this tour with Jeff Hardy not on the tour due to his felony conviction. This coming week’s show was taped on Friday night headlined by Hardy Vs Christopher Daniels for the TNA Title.
**The Rock is currently scheduled for eleven more dates before WrestleMania 29 including the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on February 17th including two more Smackdown shows.
**Impact Wrestling on Thursday night did a 1.15 rating and averaged 1,600,000 viewers for the show built around the wedding for Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan.
**The debut Hart Legacy Wrestling event on Friday night in Calgary got some very strong feedback from readers that attended the show live. The show drew over 1,000 people to the Victoria Pavilion and will be returning to Calgary on February 22nd with Kevin Nash, Jushin Thunder Liger and John Morrison being advertised for their next show. Here are the results from the first show:
*El Generico & Samuray del Sol over Trent Barreta & Brian Cage, Cam!kaze & Pete Wilson and Ryan Rollins & Andrew Hawkes
*Jim NeidHart & Cat Von Heez over Johnny Devin & Miss Danyah and Ryan Rollins & Nikita Naridian
*Heavy Metal won a 12-man battle royal
*Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer over Bobby Lashley & Chris Masters by DQ
*Davey Boy Smith Jr & Lance Archer & Lance Storm over Bobby Lashley & Chris Masters & Johnny Devine
*Teddy Hart & Flip Kendrick & Cam!kaze & Pete Wilson & Brian Cage over Jack Evans & El Generico & Davey Boy Smith Jr & Trent Barreta & Samuray del Sol
**Lance Storm was doing commentary for the show, which was scheduled to air on taped delay on iPPV last night at www.hartlegacywrestling.com.
**There is an update on Superstar Billy Graham, who is currently at the Mayo Clinic and was diagnosed with double pneumonia at http://www.netnewsledger.com/2013/01/19/who-is-superstar-billy-graham/.
**There is a short write-up on Review-A-Wai at http://www.bigbluecage.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/three-wrestling-podcasts-you-should-listen-to/ and apparently we give off a “great” first impression to people.
**Here are the results from the UFC on FX 7 card on Saturday night in front of an announced crowd of 9,116 at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil:
*Francisco Trinaldo over C.J. Keith by arm-triangle choke at 1:50 of Round 2
*Ildemar Alcantara over Wagner Prado by kneebar at 2:39 of Round 1
*Yuri Alcantara and Pedro Nobre fought to a no contest after referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight after a forearm to the back of Nobre’s head
*Edson Barboza over Lucas Martins by submission due to strikes at 2:38 of Round 1
*Nik Lentz over Diego Nunes by unanimous decision (30-28, 30-27, 30-26)
*Ronny Markes over Andrew Craig by unanimous decision (29-28 all)
*Godofredo “Pepey” Castro over Milton Viera by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Khabib Nurmagomedov over Thiago Tavares by TKO at 1:55 of Round 1
*Gabriel Gonzaga over Ben Rothwell by guillotine choke at 1:01 of Round 2
*C.B. Dollaway over Daniel Sarafian by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Vitor Belfort over Michael Bisping by TKO at 1:27 of Round 2
**Here are the recipients of the $50,000 bonuses handed out after the event:
*Fight of the Night – C.B. Dollaway Vs Daniel Sarafian
*Knockout of the Night – Vitor Belfort
*Submission of the Night – Ildemar Alcantara
**During his post fight promo Vitor Belfort called Chael Sonnen a “clown” and told the UFC to send Sonnen home and allow him to have a rematch with Jon Jones (right after winning a middleweight fight with Anderson Silva sitting in the crowd and having no obvious challenger). Sonnen responded on the post show that he accepted Belfort’s challenge but he has to get rid of Jon Jones first and told Belfort he would be happy to assist in his travel for Belfort to meet Jesus.
**UFC president Dana White was not in Sao Paulo due to his recent ear operation but was tweeting throughout the card and was furious with official Dan Miragliotta for his stoppage of the Yuri Alcantara Vs Pedro Nobre fight and his late stoppage of the Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Thiago Tavares fight. A number of people were complaining about Miragliotta also stopping the Belfort Vs Bisping fight too early but White defended the stoppage and said if it was an early stoppage Bisping would have complained about it and he didn’t in his post fight interview.
**The middleweight division is now wide open with Bisping knocked off as the #1 contender for the next fight against Anderson Silva. Here are the most likely candidates:
*Hector Lombard – fighting Yushin Okami on March 3rd in Japan and probably benefits the most from the Bisping loss because timing wise it would out well if he beats Okami and could fight Silva in the summer. I don’t see Okami getting a rematch with Silva no matter how good he looks at this point.
*Chris Weidman – he is targeting a May return from shoulder surgery and Silva had already been cold on the idea of fighting Weidman because of his lack of drawing power and is probably a fight away from a title shot.
*Luke Rockhold – He has the same issue as Weidman where not a lot of people know him and Silva is going to be selective in choosing fights but Rockhold certainly is in a better spot today with Bisping out.
*Vitor Belfort – another rematch that is a hard sell because their February 2011 was so definitive with Silva stopping him.
*Costa Philippou – just beat Tim Boetsch and Rockhold has said he wants to fight Philippou, which is the likely fight to make next and winner of that fight could be propelled near the top.
*Dan Henderson – this my “wild card” pick where if Henderson beats Lyoto Machida on February 2nd and Jones gets past Chael Sonnen in April and they want to give Daniel Cormier the shot at Jones in the fall so rather than pass over Henderson yet again they give him a title shot against Silva and that could be the summer fight for the middleweight title.
**The UFC has announced that they hold their UFC on FUEL 9 card in Stockholm, Sweden on April 6th (the night before WrestleMania 29) headlined by Alexander Gustafsson Vs Gegard Mousasi. It is the UFC’s second card in Sweden after holding a FUEL card there last April.
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – January 18th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the wedding on Impact and chat with Nate Milton and take your feedback)
THE MMA REPORT W/ JOHN POLLOCK – January 18th 2013
(Featuring: Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine, Fight Network’s Robin Black and FX 7 picks)
REVIEW-A-WAI – WWF Royal Rumble 1991
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the ’91 Rumble featuring the battle royal and Ultimate Warrior Vs Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Title)
REVIEW-A-RAW – January 15th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review #RAW20, take your feedback and details on the Royal Rumble Pool)
THE LAW – January 14th 2013
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew chat with Dave Meltzer, review TNA Genesis and discuss The Rock Vs CM Punk, Del Rio winning title and more)