– As seen Sunday night at WWE TLC, AJ Lee successfully defended the Divas Championship against Natalya after it was heavily speculated online that she would lose the title as punishment for a reported backstage incident with NBC personality Michelle Beadle at Wednesday’s Tribute to the Troops event—gamblers briefly predicted Natalya would win amidst reports of the ordeal (betting for the match was ultimately nixed from most sportsbooks), after Lee was considered a heavy favorite. Dave Meltzer stated this morning in a podcast on F4WOnline.com that Lee was always scripted to win the bout, as the match result was finalized before the story surfaced.
As reported earlier, WWE executives don’t want to draw any more attention to the Lee-Beadle story than necessary.
– Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett paid tribute to “Ravishing” Rick Rude on Sunday after sacking New York Giants star quarterback Eli Manning. Here is an animation of Bennett performing the late wrestler’s signature dance.
The Seahawks shutdown the Giants, 23-0.
– Hulk Hogan’s WWE theme song, “Real American,” briefly played this afternoon on Fox News as bumper music for a story tease on Iowa GOP Senate candidates.