EPISODE 08: Thanksgiving Feast
DATE: November 26th 2009
On this special THANKSGIVING edition of Fight-ON re-live Survivor Series, UFC 106 and TNA Turning Point. Then we'll talk Brock Lesnar's illness, Jim Ross' return date, Shane McMahon's venture into MMA, Jamie Noble's retirement and much more! Then we'll give you some ideas for Black Friday shopping--FOR THE WRESTLING FAN! All this and much more.
- Traditional Survivor Series Match: The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus vs. John Morrison, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Finlay and Shelton Benjamin
- Winners: Drew McIntyre, The Miz and Sheamus
- Batista def. Rey Mysterio
- Traditional Survivor Series Match: Randy Orton, Legacy, CM Punk and William Regal vs. Kofi Kingston, Christian, MVP, Mark Henry and R-Truth
- Winner: Kofi Kingston
- World Heavyweight Title Match: Undertaker def. Chris Jericho and Big Show
- Traditional Survivor Series Match: Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix, Layla, Alicia Fox and Jillian Hall vs. Mickie James, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, Eve and Melina
- Winners: Melina and Mickie James
- WWE Title Match: John Cena def. Shawn Michaels and Triple H
- Forrest Griffin b. Tito Ortiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
- Josh Koscheck b. Anthony Johnson via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:47 of Round Two
- Paulo Thiago b. Jacob Volkmann via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira b. Luiz Cane via TKO (strikes) at 1:56 of Round One
- Amir Sadollah b. Phil Baroni via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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- Ben Saunders b. Marcus Davis via KO (knees, punch) at 3:24 of Round One
- Kendall Grove b. Jake Rosholt via submission (triangle) at 3:59 of Round One
- Brian Foster b. Brock Larson via TKO (strikes) at 2:35 of Round Two
- Caol Uno fights Fabricio Camoes to a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
- George Sotiropoulos b. Jason Dent via submission (armbar) at 4:36 of Round Two
Prowrestling.net Reports: WWE Hall of Famer Jim Rossupdated the blog section of JRsbarbq.com. The following items are among the highlights.
-Ross on whether he's targeting WrestleMania 26 for his return: "Read on line where I was returning to WWE at WrestleMania. This info was attributed to my friend and former broadcast partner Jerry Lawler. I don't know if I confused the King when we last spoke or if he was simply misquoted which is more likely but the story is not accurate. When talking with Jerry about when I was going to return, I mentioned that there was NO time table due to not knowing when the facial nerve on the right side of my face was going to kick start. I mentioned that IF it was going to be close to WrestleMania that it might be good just to wait and return at WM26. The facial nerve could ignite tomorrow...or next week...or 2-4 months from now. No one knows."
JIM ROSS will be back to call WrestleMania, according to his colleague and best pal Jerry 'The King' Lawler.
The Sun Reports: The WWE Smackdown commentator suffered a Bell's Palsy attack last month and hasn't been able to work since.
It was the third time he has been struck down with the condition, which paralyses the facial nerve leaving victims unable to control their muscles on the affected side.
Fans were worried they may never hear Ross — considered the best wrestling announcer of all time — commentate on a match again.
But Lawler insists he is recovering well and will be back for the WWE's showpiece event on March 28 next year.
Lawler told SunSport: "Bell's Palsy almost has the same effect on a person, as far as your facial features, as a stroke.
"But the only good thing about it is that in 90 per cent of the cases, over time, the nerves regenerate and it corrects itself.
"This was JR's third attack of Bell's Palsy and this was a pretty major one.
"I texted him last night, and spoke with him this past week, and he's doing better but says it will probably be a few months before he's facially ready to be back on television.
"It takes that long for those nerves in your faces to regenerate. He is basically talking out one side of his mouth right now.
"But when you talk to him, when you just hear his voice, you can't tell. He doesn't have slurred speech any more.
"There's a strong possibility that WrestleMania could be when he makes a return.
"Even if it's a situation where he could return a little bit before that, it might be best to just wait and let him come back at Mania — as the comeback of JR would be a big draw.
"He is the voice of the WWE and WrestleMania wouldn't be the same without hearing him."
Raw commentator Lawler also spoke to us about the return of another legend — Hulk Hogan.
The Hulkster will soon start work for WWE's rival firm TNA — but The King insists few people in Vince McMahon's promotion are fussed.
Lawler added: "I've told this to a lot of people, and I don't know if they believe it, but no one in the WWE ever talks about TNA.
"There is no concern whatsoever.
"They don't acknowledge, think or worry about them, they're not even a blip on the radar screen.
"Even with Hulk Hogan, I don't think the WWE feel they are any threat at all.
"Maybe they don't worry if TNA does well as competition is a good thing.
"The best years WWE had was when we were embroiled in the big war with WCW."
UFC President Dana White spoke to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday and provided yet another update on Brock Lesnar's health status. While it was reported earlier this week that Lesnar was suffering from a bacterial infection in his intestines, it turns out he actually had a hole in his intestine and has not been 100% for an entire year.
"Brock was in big pain, he was hurting.... We don’t know if he’ll ever fight again. He had a hole in his intestine. The (stuff) was leaking into his stomach. That’s what was causing him so much pain. That and he had abscesses. The doctor told him he hasn’t been right for a year. His immune system has been trying to fight this thing and that’s why he was susceptible to getting sick.... We’ll find out more next week. We’re going to send him to the Mayo Clinic for a couple of days. I don’t know what to say. It’s looking better now than last week, but what that means, I don’t know."
Brock Lesnar is scheduled to visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN early next week for a battery of tests. His trainer Greg Nelson spoke to the Star Tribune this week and sasid, "No one can tell, but it seems right now it's something he'll definitely recover from." While this should be considered good news, Nelson stressed that it's too early to tell when Lesnar will fight again.
Current Dragon Gate booker and Former ROH and ECW booker Gabe Sapolsky attended the WWE TV tapings on Tuesday night in Philadelphia and wrote the following on his MySpace:
I stopped by the Smackdown taping last night and left after CM Punk's promo. Punk was great, but the taping sucked. Most of the wrestlers were robotic (stop at top of ramp, pose, walk into ring, ignore entire crowd and turn to hard cam, pose, turn back to ramp and wait for opponent). Everything was formulaic. I sat there for two hours from the opening bell waiting through dead time between matches and endless videos before Smackdown actually started. However, it wasn't all bad as Tommy Dreamer is still over in Philly and Punk is a superstar. Anyway, my point. I saw some crappy wrestling lately that turned me off to the business.
WWE Superstar Chris Jericho responded with the following on his Twitter:
Dammit if Gabe Sopolsky wasn't impressed, then what chance does the WWE have to survive even one more day??? Breadline, here I come...
"Don't worry about the breadline Mr. Jericho, you are always welcome in Dragon Gate USA or EVOLVE," Sapolsky wrote. "Better yet, Mr. Jericho, consider yourself invited to 11/28 Philly or 1/23 (Chicago) DGUSA events and compare it to Smackdown yourself."
The mainstream media is known for frequently looking down at the pro wrestling industry, but every once in a while, it is wrestling that gets the last laugh.
A press conference for the Australian Hulkmania tour turned into an angle Wednesday, as opponents Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair staged a brawl for the live crowd--it ended with Hulk Hogan bleeding profusely in front of the on-site media.
Though it was clearly a work, a number of mainstream media sources ran stories under the impression that the "brawl" was legitimate.
"Pro-wrestling has a long history of orchestrating rivalries between crowd favourites and villains...Bouts are often staged with the outcome preordained...This track record has led to speculation that today's events are nothing more than a promotional event," said ABC News Australia, acting as if those dismissing the events as storyline are merely "speculating."
Perez Hilton covered the story from a similar perspective, acting as if it was going out on a limb in saying, "we don't buy it."
One similarly cannot ignore MTV Australia's take on the story: "While it’s unclear whether it was a publicity stunt or a bona-fide brawl, there’s little doubt the scene upset onlookers."
Though the most recent mainstream takes on the issue are coming to the realization that the brawl was staged, many are still treating the storyline nature of the attack as a news story in and of itself.
Brock Lensar's chiropractor Larry Novotny has told the Associated Press the UFC Heavyweight Champion has been released from the hospital and is at home in Alexandria, Minn.
Novotny added Lesnar will not be making a decision on his fighting career until his health situation has improved.
Dixie Carter wrote on her twitter page yesterday that Lesnar had undergone minor surgery, so it is a good sign he has been released so quickly after that.