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[ClickWrestle Download of the Day] Amazing Kong vs. Cheerleader Melissa.

[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Erik Watts (1967) celebrated a birthday today. Today in Memoriam: Mr. Ebony (46, 1999), Mike Anthony (35, 2003), and El Shereef (2006). .. [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]

[Misc News] Don’t forget the highly acclaimed movie “The Wrestler” starring Mickey Rourke and Marissa Tomei opened in theatres today. The film is already getting some serious Oscar buzz; check out the preview at http://www.fandango.com/thewrestler_78651/movieoverview

[WWE News] WGN America will begin broadcasting a weekly one-hour program from WWE in April, called “WWE Superstars”. More details on the program and what can be expected should be forthcoming.. [reported by Rich Tate]

[WWE Event] ECW will be taped with Raw on December 29th, 2008 and every Monday in January.. [reported by Devin Cutting]

[ROH News] It’s official. After listening to claims made by both competitors and weighing the situation very carefully, ROH officials have sanctioned a huge match for 12/27 at Final Battle! The heat between Tyler Black and Austin Aries has been building, especially after Black scored a clean pinfall over Aries in suburban St. Louis earlier this month. Now these two will battle it out again. This time, ROH officials have upped the ante. Austin Aries and Tyler Black meet in New York, and the winner of this contest will be declared the Number One contender to the ROH World Championship! Go to www.rohwrestling.com

[ChickFight] Join the ChickFight forum and let your voice be heard at http://www.chickfight.tv/forum — for more information on ChickFight, be sure to keep an eye on http://www.chickfight.tv

[SHIMMER DVD] Dave Prazak and his team are putting the finishing touches on Volume 21 and Volume 22 of the SHIMMER DVD series. Expect both titles to be available from www.ROHwrestling.com during early January.

[WSU News] Free 5 Minute Cage Match Video Preview & History Timeline of Angel Orsini/Mercedes Martinez Feud is now available at http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7rv3l_wsu-angel-orsini-vs-mercedes-martin_sport ..

[Radio] Monday Night Mayhem had WWE Armageddon PPV Fallout Coverage (w/Scott Hudson, Jim Molineaux, & The History Of WWE.com’s Graham Cawthon) plus Armando Estrada (in his first post-WWE interview). To listen to the show, go to www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/121508.wax

[Indy Event] Crowbar Devon Storm vs. Julio Dinero in a Tables Match to headline NWS “Holiday Havoc 2008” Saturday Night 12/27 in Long Branch, New Jersey. Follow NWS on the Web at www.nwswrestling.com

[European Event] Rob Van Dam will be appearing at the Superstar Wrestling event in Newcastle, England on March 14th, 2009. Go to http://superstarwrestling.co.uk for info about Superstar Wrestling.. [reported by Devin Cutting]

[Book Review] Bret Hart‘s highly praised autobiography “My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling” was released in the United States and can be purchased at virtually every commercial book store in your area. I was fortunate enough to pick up the book in Canada when it was released here last year and I cannot recommend it enough. There is no doubt that the “Hitman” has led an extremely fascinating life worthy of being published and appreciated by the billions of his fans all over the world. From his harsh upbringing as one of twelve kids fathered by the grizzled Stu Hart to becoming a multi-time World champion to his glorious induction into the WWE Hall of Fame – it’s all covered in this epic 570 page book! If you haven’t done so already, go out and get this book because I am positive that you will not regrete it. You can also get the book online at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca, or any of the other major online book dealers. It’s the perfect Christmas present for the wrestling fan on your list! – Brad Dykens (OnlineWorldofWrestling.com)

[BLOG] Former Ring of Honor booker Gabe Sapolsky has posted a blog on his myspace which can be read at http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=344162817&blogID=454868575

[Website] Our friend Mark James from www.memphiswrestlinghistory.com has let us know that he has some exciting things happening on his Memphis Wrestling History website with lots more new stuff to come in 2009. Check it out.

[Article] MyNetworkTV looks beyond ‘WWE Friday Night SmackDown’ [reported by Mike Informer]

[ROH News] “Dirty” Ernie Osiris has uncomfortably asked ROH Officials to let the fans know that he will accepting donations at all upcoming Ring of Honor events in the hopes that one day he’ll be able to afford a “battery-operated beard trimmer” and “semi-decent ring gear”. Thank you.

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