Batista Gets New MMA Opponent, Daivari's Train Rescue, Jim Ross Humbled By Support

- For those following Batista's MMA aspirations, he has a new opponent. The former WWE star will no longer face Rashid Evans but will fight Vince Lucero. The fight will take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

- TMZ has an article now online on former WWE star Shawn Daivari putting an unruly train passenger in a rear naked choke hold when they began shouting threats. You can read the article at this link.

- Jim Ross was humbled by the showing of support during "JR Appreciation Night" at this week's WWE Raw. Below is one of many of JR's Tweets:


  • _JIM_

    That might not exactly be good news for Batista. Changing opponents this close to fight day isn't a good idea and really should be avoided. He prepared for Evans for months, but now is a week away and is facing someone totally different. He better hope the promoter's found him some bum.

    • havoc525

      Like Kimbo getting to fight a light heavyweight on national television?

    • mathew30

      peronally, this new guy has equally won as much as he has lost in fights, so even though this guys had more experince, it clearly shows hes not that deadly as hes full of mistakes to be caught oyt. which means dave has a great chance or at least equal due to the fact even though wrestling isnt mma, you still need to think fast etc

  • Chris H

    …did I miss that? I watched all of Raw and didn't see ANYTHING about JR except for him being in the ring with Punk and getting shouted at. Nothing from HHH, nothing from Vince.

    • jmt5887

      Yes you did. The actual event took place after the show was over.

      • snap

        You would think they would cut some of the backstage AJ nonsense and show the JR appreciation bits, particularly so the viewing audience can see WWE doesn’t just consider JR to be the butt of classless jokes.

        • Kevin

          The thing is, Vince is a businessman first and foremost. He knows that doing things like "JR Appreciation Night" after the show goes off the air will give the fans present in the arena something to go home and talk about, thereby leading to more fans appearing live at the next show (so they won't miss the action that isn't aired), thereby feeding Vince & Company more money. It's a great business strategy, and I'm betting that if we could see the numbers, we'd see that it's working.

  • FilipWow

    Richard I believe Dave is gonna lose he’s fighting a guy with 42 pro mma fights also one with former UFC champ Tim Sylvia

  • Dave Barton

    Bravo for Daivari!