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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Brock Lesnar Retires from UFC


Just yesterday we previewed the Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem fight at UFC 141, and now tonight we can report that Brock Lesnar's career in the UFC is officially over.  Lesnar was defeated with ease by Overeem, and the once explosive Brock we used to see in UFC was long gone.  Leading in to the fight, tons of experts said that the key to Brock winning was using his wrestling skills and avoiding stand up with Overeem.  Brock pretty much did the opposite by trying to stand up with Overeem, and eventually a couple of knees to the body and finally a liver kick from Overeem sent Lesnar to the ground before the referee stopped the fight.

All of this happened in just over 2 minutes.  Lesnar barely got a couple of punches in, and failed at taking Overeem down at all.  After his horrible showing, Brock Lesnar announced his retirement from the UFC.  Lesnar has been given much credit from the MMA community and fans after the fight for even attempting to fight again after the surgery that removed a foot of his colon.  Lesnar also claimed that had he won, he had already promised his wife (Sable) that he would have retired after winning the title one more time.

Within seconds of Lesnar's retirement, the Internet was buzzing with rumors and predictions that Lesnar would be on his way back to WWE.  While I think that is definitely possible at some point, I don't think we will see it for a good while.  It would be hard for WWE to promote Brock's return so close to such a crippling loss.  I think when the time is right, WWE will use Brock for a big match but not for a full time return.  

Brock Lesnar had a good run in UFC that created a ton of interest whether fans loved him or hated him.  Brock created "must see" fights that made money for all parties involved.  Brock retiring is a big loss for many crossover fans from the wrestling world that may have tuned in just to see Brock's fights.  It will definitely be interesting to see where Brock Lesnar's career goes from here.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Brock Lesnar Returns to the UFC Tomorrow Night (12/30/11)


After 14 months away from the UFC due to surgery, Brock Lesnar returns tomorrow night to do battle with Alistair Overeem.  Overeem was the last Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion before the division was absorbed by UFC, and he will make his UFC debut tomorrow night.  I mention the date because UFC 141 isn't on the usual Saturday night, but is on Friday night due to the holiday. 

The heavyweight battle at UFC 141 will determine the number 1 contender for the UFC Heavyweight Title, and will be a battle of explosive beasts that isn't expected to go the distance.  Most everyone has said this will be a classic striker vs. wrestler battle, with Overeem going for a KO and Lesnar looking for a takedown.  Lesnar last fought 14 months ago when he was knocked out by Cain Velasquez, which has many questioning if he is fully prepared for this major fight.  Overeem hasn't lost a fight in 4 years, but UFC President Dana White pointed out that he doesn't feel Overeem has fought any of the best fighters in the world lately.  Can he hang with UFC's big boys in the heavyweight division?

The trash talking has been going on for weeks, with Overeem claiming he's going to send Lesnar back to WWE.  Lesnar claims he feels better than ever after his surgery, and seems hungry to get the UFC Title back.  Unlike wrestling these days which doesn't give us anything on holidays, UFC is giving us a great kickoff to the New Year's weekend.  Lesnar vs. Overeem will be explosive, and will give us a pretty clear view of the heavyweight action we will see in the UFC in 2012.

As wrestling fans we can't help but go for Brock in his big comeback fight, but one has to wonder if Overeem's striking will bring Lesnar down, especially if it's a body shot coming off such major surgery.  If your around the Las Vegas area, tickets to UFC 141 are still available, be there for this epic showdown tomorrow night!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Randy Orton Injured...or is he?

Randy Orton was injured at last friday night's Smackdown taping in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was in a Falls count anywhere match against Wade Barrett, where the finish of the match saw Orton thrown down a flight of stairs. Randy Orton's Twitter account posted a message last friday night that said "Randy was injured at tonight's Smackdown event and more details to follow on WWE.com as they become available."

Now the next question has to be "Is he really injured?" So often when WWE superstars get injured it's just so they can have some time off to spend with their family or so the WWE can workout the storyline. In Orton's case it's probably so the WWE can tweak the storyline a little bit. The World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will be defending his newly won title against the Big Show. Once the Daniel Bryan vs. Big Show storyline is over you will probably see Orton make his return and be the new challenger for the title. So if you're a Randy Orton fan, don't worry, I'm sure that he's just fine. This "injury" is just so the WWE can do some creative work and so that Orton can take a break and spend some time with his family.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Daniel Bryan Wins the World Heavyweight Championship at TLC


The biggest news coming out of the TLC pay per view is the World Heavyweight Championship win by Daniel Bryan.  Bryan of course was not scheduled in a match on the PPV, but rather cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase after Big Show defeated Mark Henry for the title.  Just after winning, Big Show was attacked by Henry and laid out, prompting Bryan to hit the ring and cash in.

So Daniel Bryan is now officially the World Heavyweight Champion.  I use officially because just a few weeks ago WWE tested the waters by having Bryan "win" the title by cashing in on Mark Henry, only to have Teddy Long reverse it due to Henry not being cleared to wrestle. Well this time around word is that Henry is legitimately injured and the decision was made to do the title change tonight at TLC. 

Now the question is, how long will Daniel Bryan hold the belt.  My prediction....not very long.  I think Bryan could be pushed as a legit champion that even though small, has an arsenal of submissions that can defeat any one at any time.  But my gut feeling is that WWE won't run with a smaller guy as champion for very long, and I could see him dropping the belt to Big Show or even Henry soon. 

Other results from TLC:

CM Punk retained the WWE title over Miz and Alberto Del Rio
Cody Rhodes retained the IC title over Booker T
Sheamus defeated Jack Swagger
Triple H defeated Kevin Nash
Beth Phoenix retained the Divas Championship over Kelly Kelly
Randy Orton over Wade Barrett after an RKO through a table
Air Boom retained the tag titles over Epico and Primo
and Zack Ryder defeated Dolph Ziggler for the United States Championship

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lita Arrested

Former WWE Diva Lita (Amy Dumas) was arrested December 9th in Columbia County, Georgia. She was pulled over for excessive speeding, then it was discovered that she was driving on a suspended/revoked license. She was arrested and taken to jail, she was later released on a $2,200 bond. So now all three former members of "Team Extreme"(Lita, Matt Hardy, and Jeff Hardy) have been in legal trouble this year.

But Lita isn't taking it too seriously, she posted a response on her Twitter account saying "You guys make a Team Extreme jailbird graphic yet? Get to work! Slackers!" She may make fun of the whole situation but one thing she can't make fun of is her upcoming trial. She will be facing the charges of excessive speeding and driving while her license was suspended/revoked. So from everyone here at the Pro Wrestling Roundup, we wish Lita good luck in her trial and we hope it all turns out well.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lilian Garcia Set to Return to WWE

A bit of unexpected breaking news from WWE.com today, as it has been announced that Lilian Garcia has re-signed with WWE and will be the new full time Smackdown ring announcer. 

For anyone that isn't aware, Lillian was the WWE ring announcer for 10 years beginning in 1999 and retiring in 2009 to pursue other interests.  Lilian was also known for her powerful renditions of the national anthem that she performed on a regular basis during that time frame.  Since she left, WWE has tried out a few different female ring announcers but none of them had the presence of Garcia. 

Lilian Garcia had been hosting the RAW Aftershow on Afterbuzztv.com and featuring former WWE talent on the show, but it remains to be seen if she will continue in that role now that she is back full time with WWE.  While everyons is happy to see Lilian is returning, many wish Lillian was coming back to RAW and we can't argue that we would rather look at her every Monday than Justin Roberts, but time will tell how the ring announcer situation will work out.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Skip Sheffield returns to the WWE


Skip Sheffield returned to action for World Wrestling Entertainment November 3, 2011 at the Raw house show at the Bank Atlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This was his first appearance since he broke his ankle at a WWE house in Hawaii in August of 2010. His appearance was a big surprise because last week he was removed from the official WWE roster page on WWE.com. While it is not known who he was introduced as, he told a fan last week that he was going to be re-introduced in the WWE as "Ryback", and the WWE recently trademarked the name. The name change was due to the fact that the WWE wants to push him as a "Babyface" character, so the injury may have been a good thing. It enables Sheffield to distance himself from the "Heel" character that he was when he was a member of the "Nexxus" and now he can reappear in the WWE as "Ryback". So now the question is "Will Skip Sheffield be able take his new persona and become one of the top "Babyface" characters in the WWE?" Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see if "Ryback" really is going to be a big part of the future in the WWE.