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Former WWE Star Planning MMA Debut, Update on WWE’s Troops Tribute, NXT

– Stan sent word that this week’s WWE NXT had 25 minutes and 2 seconds of in-ring action, up from the previous week.

– WWE’s 2011 Tribute to the Troops special will air on Saturday, December 17th at 9pm EST on NBC. It will run for an hour as usual. We noted before that WWE will tape the special at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Sunday, December 11th.

– As noted before, former WWE Superstar David Hart Smith was at the UFC Fan Expo last weekend. When asked about MMA, Smith said he has been training under Josh Barnett and Billy Robinson with plans to make his debut in 2012 some time.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • RoxanneConner

    @ironcross: How do you think he came to train with Barnett 😉

    Anyway, good luck to him. I suspect that in the next few years we will see a considerable exodus of pro wrestlers into MMA. Hopefully we see some lighter guys. So far we’ve only gotten heavyweights.

  • ironcross

    harry is a steroid freak he can hang with sonnen in the back

  • venom

    I wonder what DH’s momma has to say? That sucks the Tribute to the troops is only an hour.

  • Tom… Just Tom

    Best of luck to Harry. Hope he kicks ass!!

  • Billy Robinson is probably ten times the grappler then Barnett, and a bar none legend in Catch Wrestling. He’s working with some great people. Hope he does well.

  • Mike Oxafloppin

    Plus you have to add in the fantastic grappling skills of the guy whos training him, Josh Barnett. If Smith can be successful he’s going to be a beast

  • JIR

    Thats good news on David Hart Smith he has the build to be successful in MMA and with his grappling skills he will be fun to watch