WWE Superstars preview: Mark Henry vs Chris Masters, Shelton Benjamin vs Tyler Reks, R-Truth vs Charlie Haas, and Kelly Kelly vs Beth Phoenix

OK, I’ll confess that I’m not a fan of either Mark Henry or recent World Wrestling Entertainment returnee Chris Masters, but I would get a kick out of seeing the Masterlock applied on The World’s Strongest Man.

Tune in to this week’s WWE Superstars to see if that will happen. Here’s the teaser from WGN America.

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WWE Superstars preview: Kofi Kingston/Mickie James vs. Carlito/Rosa Mendes and John Morrison vs. David Hart Smith

Kofi Kingston and John Morrison are two of the most talented young stars in World Wrestling Entertainment today, and they’ve both been winning the crowd over and generating a lot of excitement.

That makes this week’s WWE Superstars a big treat as these two will showcase their skills in separate big matches.

Here’s the teaser from WGN America for this week’s episode.

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WWE Superstars preview: Rey Mysterio vs Mike Knox

As everyone who knows me is well aware, I’m a big fan of pro wrestling, particularly World Wrestling Entertainment. So it’s great that starting today, I’ll be able to give regular weekly updates on WWE Superstars.

WWE Superstars is an hour-long show that airs exclusively on WGN America, and what makes it unique is that it features Superstars and Divas from all three of the WWE brands: Raw, ECW and SmackDown.

Check out the WWE Superstars video.

Here’s the teaser from WGN America for this week’s episode.

Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio will find himself in a hairy situation when he faces the monstrous Mike Knox on WWE Superstars. Can the Ultimate Underdog pull off another impossible victory? Find out on Thursday 8p east | 8p west on WGN America!

If you’re on Twitter, you might also want to follow @wgnamericathurs You can also check out the WGN America WWE Superstars Facebook Page. You can interact with other fans on Twitter and Facebook and join in the fun, including trivia questions that test your WWE knowledge.

So, who am I rooting for? Rey Mysterio, of course. Heck, does anyone ever root for Mike Knox, heh.

WWE pro wrestler Chris Jericho is top Twitter Trending Topic: Is Chris Jericho better than Chuck Norris?

Twitter users who are not fans of World Wrestling Entertainment or professional wrestling in general are now probably scratching their heads, wondering who the heck this Chris Jericho is who now happens to be the top Trending Topic on Twitter as of this writing.

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Well, Jericho is one of the top stars of the WWE and is currently a heel (a wrestler playing a villainous character) who is one half of the Unified Tag Team Champions along with The Big Show.

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Triple H’s 40th birthday: Videos of cake surprise attack after Monday Night Raw went off the air

Triple H turned 40 on July 27, and after this week’s Monday Night Raw broadcast ended, his father-in-law, World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon, had a surprise for The Game a.k.a. The Cerebral Assassin.

Here’s the link to the TMZ.com clip.

Below are some clips of the cake surprise attack posted on YouTube by fans who attended this week’s Raw, which was held in Washington, D.C. and featured National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O’Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers as guest host. Check out my previous blog entry for Shaq’s encounter with The Big Show.

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Spoiler alert: Videos of Shaquille O’Neal vs The Big Show on Monday Night Raw

Stop reading if you haven’t seen this week’s Monday Night Raw and don’t want spoilers.

The moment it was announced that National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O’Neal of the Cleveland Cavaliers was going to be the guest host on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw, you had to know he was going to square off against “the world’s largest athlete,” The Big Show.

Well, Raw didn’t disappoint, and Shaq, a huge pro wrestling fan (in more ways than one, heh), was very entertaining and looked like he felt right at home. Maybe we’ll see him involved in WrestleMania 26 next year.

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Latest wrestling and MMA headlines

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Thor movie update: Natalie Portman cast as leading lady Jane Foster

Sure, as Princess Amidala, Natalie Portman became the love interest of the man who would become one of the most bad-ass villains of all time, Darth Vader (just delete from memory how emo the young Anakin Skywalker a.k.a. Boy Band Vader was). Still, that’s probably nothing compared to being the first love of a bona fide God of Thunder.

Marvel Studios has announced that Portman will play nurse Jane Foster in the movie “Thor,” which is slated for release in May 2011. Foster was Thor’s first love in the early issues of the latest Marvel comic to be adapted for the big screen.

Here’s an excerpt from the article on Marvel.com News.

Portman will star opposite Chris Hemsworth who will play Thor and Tom Hiddleston who will play the villain Loki. Kenneth Branagh will direct the film.

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige will produce “Thor.” Principal photography for the film is set for early 2010. The film will be released in the US on May 20, 2011 and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

By the way, I’m not sure how true those persistent rumors were for the past few years that World Wrestling Entertainment pro wrestler Triple H was in the running for the role of Thor in the new movie, but obviously he won’t be playing the God of Thunder.

WWE SmackDown/ECW Live in Manila videos: House show at Araneta Coliseum, Philippines

Here are some video clips on YouTube from the July 10 World Wrestling Entertainment SmackDown/ECW Live in Manila house show at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Philippines.

Awesome ringside view — thanks to the fan who shared this on YouTube. Here are Parts 1, 2, 4 and 5 from this user; I can’t seem to find Part 3.

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UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir results

Congratulations to Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who destroyed UFC interim heavyweight champion Frank Mir in just two rounds to retain his title and become the undisputed champ at UFC 100.

Here’s an ESPN clip showing highlights of the Lesnar-Mir fight.

I know Brock’s post-fight antics will give people even more reason to hate him, but frankly, Mir was talking a lot of shit before the fight. In fact, lots of MMA fans slam Lesnar just because of his pro wrestling background as a former World Wrestling Entertainment champion. Never mind his outstanding amateur wrestling background as the NCAA Division I champion, his uncanny speed for a man that big, his punching power, and, most important, his burning need to win. Critics just love bringing up his WWE past in order to bring him down.

Of course, Brock seems to enjoy playing the role of villain, and it’s that ability to play a great heel (a pro wrestling term for someone who plays a villainous character) that he seems to have brought over from WWE. Some MMA fans may hate it, but that ability to trash talk and “cut a promo” is part of what makes him a colorful fighter and a pay-per-view draw. Besides, it’s not like other MMA fighters haven’t been trash talkers — the two Huntington Beach Bad Boys, Tank Abbott and Tito Ortiz, immediately come to mind. Heck, Mir was doing a lot of trash talking, before Brock shut him up inside the octagon.

Even UFC president Dana White claimed to be shocked by Brock’s post-fight antics. White is also saying that he hopes to bring in to the UFC Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko to square off against Lesnar in what would certainly be the biggest MMA fight in history. Fedor, the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion of rival MMA organization Affliction and the last Pride Fighting Championships heavyweight champ (he remained an undefeated champ, but Japan-based Pride FC was bought out by the UFC), is considered the best fighter of all time by longtime MMA aficionados.

Meanwhile, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre easily retained his title with a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves. Will we finally get that dream superfight between St-Pierre and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva? I’ll be rooting for Silva, if that happens.

Check out UFC.com for the UFC 100 fight card and complete results.