Sunday, 13 September 2009 06:58
We'll have live coverage of the show from Montreal starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Gainesville, GA, headlined by Kurt Angle vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title, as well as last night's WWE tri-branded house show in Ottawa, ONT, as well as last night's TNA house show in Dalton, GA.
*Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz for U.S. title
*Great Khali vs. Kane in a Singapore Glen Jacobs match
*Christian vs. "Bill" (William Regal) for the ECW title
*Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. MVP & Mark Henry for the tag titles
*DX vs. Legacy in a falls count anywhere in the Bell Centre
*C.M. Punk vs. Undertaker in a screw job vs. gogoplata match for the World title
*Randy Orton vs. John Cena in the loser must say I Quit match for the WWE title
It's our Hall of Fame month, as we've got a Hall of Fame preview this week running down many of the candidates in this year's election in Monday's issue of the Observer. We will run down the remaining candidates next week, and the following week will be our traditional biggest issue of the year, the regular Hall of Fame issue.
All subscriptions to the newsletter and web site for more will include what is traditionally our most talked about and best selling issue of the year, the 2009 Hall of Fame issue, which is now just a few weeks away.
The issue is available today on the web site for premium members as is a back issue from 1992, put up this week for premium members on the site.
The issue looks at Gene & Ole Anderson, The Assassins,Atlantis, Red Bastien, Carlos Colon, Big Daddy, Edge, George Gordienko, Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero, Gran Hamada, Volk Han, Owen Hart, Curt Hennig, Chris Jericho, Rocky Johnson, Ivan Koloff, Konnan, Karloff Lagarde, Mark Lewin, Jose Lothario, Midnight Express, Mick McManus, Bill Miller, Fabulous Moolah, Pedro Morales, Dick Murdoch, Rey Mysterio, Kendo Nagasaki, Jackie Pallo, Blue Panther, Rollerball Rocco, Rock & Roll Express, Rick Rude, Sabu and Masa Saito, including previous finishes and strengths and weaknesses as candidates.
We also have notes on changes in PPV plans in WWE, with both the positives and a major negative regarding themed shows. We also look at the Undertaker-C.M. Punk program and the mentality behind the changes.
We've got notes on the Khali/Big Show backstage skirmish in Puerto Rico. We have notes on a change regarding drug testing penalties, thoughts on Batista, update on Umaga, company's last ditch effort to keep Jeff Hardy from leaving, Jerry Lawler as mayor and Lilian Garcia's departure, as well as an update on the best selling DVDs this year with updated numbers, as well as an update on WWE.com traffic and orders.
We also have notes on the Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial shows planned for 9/27 at Budokan Hall and 10/3 in Osaka, including what is planned, and why this is in many ways the end of an era, including the dream match-up of pro wrestling legends for the first and probably last time, as well as the reuniting of one of the best tag teams in history after nearly a decade apart. There is also talk of a onetime only tag team of legends and we look at the interest level in the events.
We also look at the details behind the firing of Angelina Love, as well as internal TNA thoughts regarding the idea of monthly PPV shows.
We also have a feature on Nigel McGuinness and WWE, as well as how this affects ROH going forward. We look at McGuinness' final scheduled matches. We look at the style differences McGuinness and Danielson will be facing as well as what they'll need for success in WWE. We look at the status of other ROH stars as well as what this means to the ROH fan base.
We also look at the Dragon Gate USA experiment, looking at both the PPV show and the taping of the second show in Chicago. We look at the issues that face the company going forward, as well as dates to remember and reactions to the Chicago event.
We also have a feature on someone who only had three pro wrestling matches in his career, but all three were main events against legends, one set the all-time record for the largest pro wrestling gate of its time (and it wasn't that long ago), the second was a major show and the third was the biggest pro wrestling event ever held in his home country. We look at the unique circumstances of the man's career and his background before pro wrestling that led him to gaining one of the most conclusive wins in history over a wrestling legend who did very few jobs during his career.
We also have notes on the death of career of Joe Novo, who wrestled as Joe Nova and Butcher Brannigan around the world. We look at his career and life after wrestling.
We also have an update on the WWE PPV business, with some good news. We look at reasons why the first show with a marked increase from last year took place, and what that means when it comes to themed events.
We also have our usual look at the ratings of all the national TV shows over the past week, including notes on one show doing its best numbers in months and another doing its worst numbers in a year, as well as the plight of week two of season two of Bully Beatdown.
We also have our usual weekly features such as the results from the major league events held around the world over the past week, and rundown of the major television shows.
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--Another debuting son of a member of a prominent three generation wrestling family
--Jushin Liger faces off with Mistico this coming week
--Terry Funk advertised big coming to Mexico for event
--Perhaps the No. 2 wrestling promotion in the world facing financial difficulties based on the weakening economy
--Full lineup for the Antonio Pena Memorial show
--TNA and Dragon Gate stars in big match
--The debut of the new version of Hustle featuring the first Liger vs. Kawada meeting since high school wrestling days
--Legends trio headlining tour in Japan
--Update on potential tearing down of a wrestling landmark
--A look back at the first $100,000 gate in pro wrestling history
--Doctor who prescribed medication to wrestler who passed away from overdose pleads guilty
--Hulk Hogan's book
--Old time regional promoter wants back in the game
--RVD returns to wrestling this past week
--Former WWE star has written three books and hoping to get them published
--Giant teenage son of 90s star debuts
--Notes on TNA's planned tour of Australia
--Hogan talks TNA
--Update on UFC plans for shows between now and the end of the year
--Rashad Evans talks about his fight being postponed with Quinton Jackson
--How Hollywood is the latest unique obstacle in UFC booking
--Problems in the middleweight division at the top
--A problem with newcomer in light heavyweight division not wanting a title shot
--Why major heavyweight fight coming up should be changed
--Former WWE wrestler who coached Shane Carwin and trained with Brock Lesnar gives thoughts on the fight
--Speech fighters were told at the last PPV about having exciting fights
--New UFC TV deal and details
--New UFC matches
--Japanese star announces retirement at the end of the year
--Super Hulk tournament changes again with the addition of The Unknown Hulkster
--Notes on first round of K-1 World Grand Prix airing live in the U.S.
--Update on Fedor vs. Brett Rogers
--Gina Carano to star in movie
--Debut of two-time Olympic wrestler in Strikeforce later this month
--More on Mayweather-Marquez promotion
--Biggest boxing star to date says he will be fighting MMA
--Verdict in regarding the shooting death of Justin Eilers
--Notes on Dolph Ziggler from high school and college
--Former WWE executive takes high profile position with video game company
--Celebrity guest host dating diva
--WWE wrestler undergoes major surgery
--Details on all the weekend house shows
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
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*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our history)
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth, and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
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*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
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*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
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*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
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*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
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*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
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*September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
*September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
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--While contracts are not signed, at this moment the planned main event for 11/14 in Manchester is Randy Couture vs. Brandon Vera. Both sides have agreed to the fight which is a first after numerous different possible matches were talked about for this show. The Telegraph and Gareth Davies in the U.K. broke the story earlier today and we've since had it confirmed. This came after the plan of two days ago for Dan Henderson vs. Nate Marquardt fell through. The show is not a PPV, but a tape delayed event Saturday night prime time event on Spike.
--The Sanford Herald ran a Jeff Hardy story picked up in today's Charlotte News-Observer at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1687204.html The key notes that hadn't come out is that Hardy's wife was at home during the raid but was not arrested. I don't know if they are legally married, although they've been together for years, and she has referred to Jeff as her husband. The raid took place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Chief Deputy Neil Godfrey of the Moore County Sheriff's Office said the case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible. The trafficking in opium charges are because Vicodin is considered a member of the opiate family. If he was convicted of trafficking, it would be mandatory lengthy prison setence. The Charlotte paper reported 3-14 years but we're told the current statute in North Carolina for trafficking opiates is 70 months (5 years, 10 months). I don't see the trafficking charge sticking, although in North Carolina it is based on quantity in possession, not actual evidence of selling. (thanks to Matt Cail)
--Sylvan Grenier is backstage at the PPV tonight and is under the impression he is going to get an offer. WWE also asked Wayne Cryderman, a Montreal wrestling trainer, to send a few of his guys to the show, so they were looking for extras to appear. (thanks to Patric Laprade and Alex Robinson)
--At least as of a few hours ago, Evan Bourne was scheduled for a dark match tonight.
--Melina has a finger injury. She and John Morrison did an autograph session in Downtown Montreal before almost 300 people yesterday. Morrison acted like he wasn't bothered his match was canceled. He was polite and didn't say anything wrong as fans kept telling him they were mad the bout was off. Melina had a splint on her fingers.
--Oliver Copp saw the UFC 103 Countdown show and says it's time to up the predictions on buys, saying it's the best Countdown show since 100.
--Jenna Morasca is very unhappy about her TNA firing. Story is at http://www.thesun.co.uk
--To split up assets from the divorce, Hulk Hogan's mansion on the Hogan Knows Best show is for sale for $13.9 million. The beach house is also for sale.
--Fox Sports.com was the first national non-wrestling site besides TMZ to report on the Jeff Hardy arrest at http://msn.foxsports.com/other/story/10058978/Ex-WWE-champ-Jeff-Hardy arrested
--ESPN The Magazine in this week's issue has a big feature on Shannon Ritch, as the MMA perennial jobber
--Do you expect Jeff Hardy back in WWE in 2010?
Yes, unless he is convicted of a felony 52.3%
No, they won't bring him back 28.4%
Yes, even if he is convicted of a crime 19.3%
What does Jeff Hardy's arrest make you think about the WWE Wellness policy?
I believe the policy is legit and it all took place in the last two weeks 7.5%
I believe it's legit but people have learned how to beat the system 45.7%
I don't have faith in it and believe it's purely a cosmetic policy 46.9%
Poll on Smackdown
26.7% of those responding didn't see the show
--Not a surprise, but Dave Herman finished Don Frye in 60 seconds via TKO in the main event of last night's Shark Fights show in Amarillo
--The funeral for Kerry Brown will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home on Broadway at Furby in Winnipeg
--The WWE legal department took issue with the advertising for a show in Barnesville, GA for the Georgia Old School Wrestling promotion last night. There was advertising for a wrestler named Warrior (One Warrior Nation) and Batista (as in Jay Batista). According to Bill Bailey, the program director of FUN 101.1 FM in Thomaston, GA, the station received a call from Lauren Dienes-Middlen, the WWE's VP of Intellectual property, concerning a guest appearance by promoter Joey Roberts. The station had aired an interview yesterday morning with a wrestler called One Warrior Nation (which it is possible would be WWE owned I.P. since it was a WCW name and they bought all WCW I.P.) During the interview, the wrestler made it clear he was not the Ultimate Warrior, although the promoter would refer to him as "Warrior." Bailey said he also received a phone call from someone who claimed he was Warrior, that he was not appearing at the show, and there was an e-mail that was from Jim "Warrior" Hellwig that verified calling the station. The poster listed Batista, as in Carolinas wrestler Jay Batista, but the poster was later changed to calling him simply The Beast, billed as Carolina NWA tag team champions. The promotion did not receive permission from Bill Behrens, the NWA Georgia member, to use the NWA name and there is no such title in the NWA. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Notes from WWE's house show last night in Ottawa. Kingston vs. Miz, doing a practice run for tonight, stole the show. Report was that tons of people were there expecting to see Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio, since it was advertised as a tri-branded show, even though neither were being advertised. (thanks to Nick Carter)
--Border City Wrestling from last night in Tecumseh, ONT before 500 fans: Brad Martin b Jimmy Jacobs, Mat Duvall b Conrad Kennedy III, John E. Bravo over Sebastian Suave, Xtremo and Crazzy Steve in a four-way, Cody Deaner b Kris Chambers, Jon Bolen b Robbie McAllister, Hailey Rogers & Turkan Sellick b P.J. Tyler & Jake O'Reilly, Petey Williams b Kushida (Hustle), Tyson Dux b Phil Atlas.
--Border City Wrestling from Friday night in Embro, ONT before 300 fans: Tyler Tirva b Jake O'Reilly, Mat Duvall b Brad Martin, P.J. Tyler b Hailey Rogers, Xtremo won three-way over Kris Chambers and Sebastian Suave, Turkan Sellick b Conrad Kennedy III, Kushida b Crazzy Steve, Robbie McAllister & Derek Wylde b Tyson Dux & Jon Bolen
--Next BCW show is 11/13 in Windsor at the Armouries with an appearance as a referee by Kurt Angle
--Highlights of a Santino Marella interview, totally in character (well, he's not the same person out of character) at http://www.bite.ca/video/TheSurfSantinoMarellaHighlights/
--IWF private party last night in West Paterson, NJ: Frankie Amantea b Jarrett Foster, Jana b Jennifer, Mad Dawg Jenkins b Franciz
--The first meeting of Jushin Liger vs. Mistico takes place today at the CMLL tapings at Arena Coliseo with The Super Sky Team of Mistico & La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs. Liger & Team No Limit (Naito & Yujiro). Guadalajara has Hector Garza & La Mascara & Toscano vs. Atlantis & Mr. Niebla & Ultimo Guerrero. They are also doing an Independence Day special on Wednesday night in Arena Coliseo with Hector Garza & Hijo del Fantasma & La Mascara defending the CMLL trios titles against Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto. Navajoa tonight has La Parka & Jack Evans vs. Teddy Hart & Silver King. There is a benefit show for famous boxer Pipino Cuevas in Pachuca with the last man getting his head shaved or unmasked with Dandy, Fantasma, El Signo, Super Muneco and Villanos III & IV. IWRG in Naucalpan has Ricky Cruz of Puerto Rico teaming with Stuka & Trauma I vs. Fuerza & Juventud Guerrera & Veneno (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--No Limit Pro on 10/2 in Woburn, MA at the Elks Lodge
--Championship Wrestling Alliance from last night in Kingsport, TN: Scotty Roberts b Jeff Baker, Nick Hammonds & Bryan Wayne b Cody Ices & Scott Sterling, Shockwave the Robot b Greg Rocker, Chase Owens b Kole Layton King, Alyx Winters b Tony Givens, Chris Richards & Jason Kincaid b Keith Knox & Wayne Adkins, Robbie Cassidy b Sigmon. Next show is 9/26 in Johnson City, TN at the Legion Street Rec Center.
--Ryan Roberts vs. Eric Marriot (14-1) has been added to the Titan Entertainment Combat Sports Championships on 10/2 at Kansas City's Memorial Hall
--Lance Storm and Bryan Alvarez discuss their favorite cruiserweights at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Edward-Loredo
--Jersey All Pro Wrestling from last night in Beachwood, NJ: Louis Lyndon b Eric Ryan, Azrieal b Mo Sexton, Sara del Rey b Hailey Hatred, Garden State Gods b Faith in Nothing, Bandido Jr. b Flip Kendrick, Danny Demanto b Kevin Thorn-DQ, B.G. & Kip James b Heavy Hitters, Dan Maff b Necro Butcher (thanks to Mike Omansky)
--DCW on 9/19 with Kids Night in Piqua, OH at the National Guard Armory
--All Star Wrestling from last night in Lewisburg, TN: Mike Jablonski b Anthony Wayne, Eric Robertson b Brawler Mark, Heavy D b Gypsy Joe-DQ, Yukon Jack b Bobby Lowe, Ryder b Eric Robertson. Next show is 9/19 with Ricky Morton vs. Ryder as the main event (thanks to Lekisha Oliver-Burdine)
--wXw had a Hardcore shows in Troisdorf, Germany yesterday. Afternoon show before 226 fans: Tommy End b Terry Frazier, Jon Ryan b Zack Sabre Jr., Bad Bones b Erick Stevens, Martin Stone NC Big Van Walter, Masada b Drake Younger. Evening show before 260 fans: Bad Bones & Carnage b Yasin Shirkan & K.os, Lazio b Markus Seeman, Absolute Andy b Sternau, Erick Stevens & Martin Stone & Zack Sabre Jr. & Tommy End b Big Van Walter & Sha Samuels & Terry Frazier & Jon Ryan, Drake Younger & Jimmy Havoc b Axeman & Bernd Foehur in a TLC match, Masada b Thumbtack Jack. Mike Quackenbush was announced for shows on 10/31 and 11/1 which will be Dragon Gate shows (thanks to Timo Knopf)
--Dave Bixenspan on the fall of World Class Wrestling in Texas and the USWA period in Dallas at http://www.cagesideseats.com/2009/09/12/1027464/startup-sidetrack-special-the-fall
--Today's Kennebec Journal has a story on George Steele coming yesterday to Augusta, ME, to make an appearance dedicating a new softball field. Steele talks about how he didn't have to wrestle and could just run around with a green tongue and eat turnbuckle. It noted he is a member of the Michigan coaching hall of fame and said when he led his wrestling team to a state title win in 1969, that none of his students knew he was a pro wrestler, because he worked only the Northeast, and wore a mask when wrestling in Michigan. Story is at http://kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com/sports/stories/6844756.html
--ECWA last night announced its annual Super 8 tournament, which used to be one of the big indie shows of the year, on 10/10 in Newark, DE, at the Boys & Girls Club with Metal Master, Tommaso Ciampa, Mike Tobin, Quiet Storm, Nick Logan, Prince Nana, Dan Eckos and Mikaze.