**A new survey put out by DirectTV indicates that the major U.S. major carrier is interested in carrying the WWE Network and asking various price points consumers would be willing to pay. The survey options range from $12.99 up to $29.99 per month with the caveat that the WWE would be placing eleven of their twelve pay-per-view events on the network excluding WrestleMania. This obviously is a viable option for the network but will massively erode their pay-per-view business and quicken that process if more carriers pick up the network. We will be chatting about this with Dave Meltzer more in-depth on Sunday night on The LAW.
**New Japan Pro Wrestling presents their New Beginning iPPV late tonight at 1am EST from Hiroshima at the Sun Plaza Arena and is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 for $25 with the following card:
*Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Karl Anderson for the IWGP Title
*Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
*Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kengo Mashimo
*Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto & Wataru Inoue
*Togi Makabe vs. Yujiro Tanahashi
*Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima for the IWGP Tag Titles
*Prince Devitt vs. Ryusuke Taguchi for the IWGP junior heavyweight title
*Kushida & Alex Shelley vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Kozlov for the IWGP junior heavyweight tag titles
*Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Yoshi-Hashi & Jado & Takashi Iizuka vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Tama Tonga & Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger
**We have a new episode of Japanese Audio Wrestling up on the site with Chris Charlton and WH Park previewing
**The Raw crew is in Springfield, Missouri tonight for a live event and then head to Cape Girardeau, Missouri tomorrow. The Smackdown crew is in Champaign, Illinois tonight and then in Louisville, Kentucky tomorrow. The Raw tapings are in Nashville on Monday night featuring The Rock on the program.
**Mark Henry has been added to the Elimination Chamber match for next Sunday’s pay-per-view joining Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio with two more participants to be added on Monday.
**Dixie Carter announced on Thursday’s night Bellator card that Jeff Hardy has signed a new contract with TNA and that contract is believed to be for two-years and Hardy will be 37-years old by the end of that deal. His current contract was set to expire at the end of this month. The WWE also added him to their alumni section this week at http://www.wwe.com/superstars/jeffhardy.
**Pro Wrestling Syndicate is holding an event tonight in Metuchen, New Jersey at The Sports Plex headlined by Jerry Lynn vs. Lance Storm but that match is in jeopardy as Lance Storm has been grounded in Toronto for the past 24-hours due to the massive snowstorm.
**TNA Impact did a 1.0 rating and averaged 1,410,000 viewers for the taped show in Manchester, England.
**The following matches will be on Impact next week, taped a few weeks back in London, England:
*Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle
*Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries (yes, one week after winning the tag titles)
*Rob Van Dam vs. James Storm
*Christopher Daniels vs. Magnus
**Hulk Hogan speaks to Patrick Lennon of the U.K. Star discussing TNA moving down to four pay-per-view events and questions if the wrestling business is Dixie Carter’s passion or just a hobby and needing to take the company to the next level if they want to compete or simply be a smaller organization.
**Late night tweets from Kevin Nash:
Taz has an iron clad contract,that allows him to interact in felony acts and keep his job.Why don’t they raise 4 fingers on each hand?Ouch!
That’s all I wanted to comment about,story line is getting weak buy adding sub mid card players,history always repeats its’self
I love watching pro wrestling, not trying to shit on the product.Just feel the show should revolve around Angle.who would kill the crew
**This week’s edition of The MMA Report features a great interview with UFC welterweight Matthew Riddle discussing his fight with Che Mills next weekend, his problems this those using TRT, his UFC 149 drug test failure for marijuana and thoughts on Quinton Jackson. Plus Damon Martin of Bleacher Report stops by and more at http://fightnetwork.com/news/6384400:the-mma-report-w-john-pollock-matt-riddle-damon-martin/.
**Bellator’s card on Thursday night averaged 807,000 viewers featuring the middleweight title fight between Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao along with the quarterfinals of the featherweight tournament.
**A middleweight bout between Francis Carmont and Lorenz Larkin has been announced for the undercard of the UFC on FOX 7 event on April 20th in San Jose, California.
**The UFC has added a light heavyweight bout between former Strikeforce fighters Gian Villante and Ovince St. Preux to the UFC 159 card on April 27th in Newark, New Jersey underneath the Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen light heavyweight title fight.
THE MMA REPORT W/ JOHN POLLOCK
(John Pollock chats with UFC welterweight Matthew Riddle and Damon Martin from Bleacher Report)
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – February 8th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting chat with Nate Milton about Impact in Manchester, Tables Match and more)
JAPANESE AUDIO WRESTLING – February 8th 2013
(Chris Charlton and WH Park preview NJPW iPPV, Flair and AJPW drama, KENTA wins GHC Title and more)
REVIEW-A-WAI – ECW Wrestlepalooza 1997
(John Pollock and Wai Ting welcome Toronto comic Dylan Gott to review ECW Wrestlepalooza ’97)
REVIEW-A-RAW – February 5th 2013
(John Pollock and Wai Ting chat Raw from Atlanta featuring Brock Lesnar killing The Miz and more)
THE LAW ROUND TABLE
(John Pollock chats with former WWE creative team members Alex Greenfield and Court Bauer for close to an hour)
THE LAW – February 3rd 2013
(Dan Lovranski and Jason Agnew welcome Dave Meltzer, your phone calls and the return of the roundtable)