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We're also looking for reports on today's WWE house shows in Liverpool and Nottingham, England, and the TNA house show in Jackson, TN. We're also on Friday night's TNA show in Murray, KY, as well as last night's Raw show in Minehead, England.
Monday has Raw TV tapings in Sheffield, England with Ricky Hatton as guest host and Smackdown in Cardiff, Wales, plus TNA is running in Nashville featuring former NFL star Frank Wycheck wrestling on the show.
Tuesday has Smackdown & ECW tapings in Sheffield, England, with Christian defending the ECW title against William Regal and John Morrison defending the IC title against Dolph Ziggler, as well as Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho in what may be their first ever singles match on television as TV bouts announced, plus Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk in a casket match as the dark match. Raw will run in Cardiff, Wales.
An update on the Hulk Hogan/TNA relationship is the lead story in this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at the real questions related to Hogan as far as running TNA, including what has been told to wrestlers he is recruiting about competition with Vince McMahon including a start date, as well as what those in TNA know and what Spike TV is saying.
We look at how history looks at this, as well as both the advantages and disadvantages of promoting pro wrestling in 2010. We look at when Hogan is likely to return, as well as the one example of Raw vs. Impact head-to-head historically and why that example changed a lot of minds about going to Mondays.
We look at Hogan's income and what it will take for him to stay in TNA, thoughts from people in the company, where things stand, people who look to be safe, those who aren't, as well as the track record of Hogan since the folding of WCW, and Eric Bischoff. We look at the good and bad of the first TNA rating since Hogan, Hogan's drawing power in WCW. We also look at the level of media interest and fan interest of the announcement of Hogan coming in and comparing it with other major events in TNA history, including what two wrestlers led to significantly more fan interest based on Internet responses than Hogan, as well as their effect on long-term business.
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We also have a look at the death of the Hustle promotion, the press conference talking about it, the hopes to revive it, as well as the unique list of major stars who performed for the promotion during its nearly six years of existence.
We also have a review of what is one of the best PPV shows of this year, the taped Dragon Gate "Untouchable" show, with match-by-match coverage and star ratings, including what was and wasn't good on the show.
We've got some updates on Survivor Series and even WrestleMania, ridiculous politics and Linda McMahon's campaign, notes on WWE PPV shows in 2010, notes on some guest hosts for Raw upcoming as well as how TNA ratings came up in WWE this past week.
We look at the HHH interview with Powerslam magazine and what does and doesn't make sense, as well, some notes on the 2010 Hall of Fame, an update on Edge's return, WWE movie notes, new DVD release and awards given the promotion.
We have notes on UFC's injuries and illnesses and how they affect and totally change the big show at the end of the year. We've got a detailed update on Brock Lesnar as well as a timetable of when he can possibly return, as well as what Paul Heyman was talking about regarding Lesnar turning down a movie role.
We've got updates on how UFC 104 looks to have done and comparing it with UFC 102. We also have tons of new UFC fights including the next probable Kimbo Slice match, as well as the lawsuit against a current member of the cast of Ultimate Fighter regarding a wrongful death. We have an update on UFC coming to a major market in 2010 and perhaps its first stadium show.
We also have more on DVR usage and how that affects Ultimate Fighter viewing this season as compared to last season.
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We also have an addendum to the Bill Miller Hall of Fame story, with a look back at the start of the Bruno Sammartino vs. Bill Miller feud and the unique angle, which included a rare pin fall loss by Sammartino in a singles match.
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--The CBS Strikeforce event did a 2.3 rating on the fast nationals from 9-11 p.m. It finished last among the four networks in the time slot and third among the four MMA events held on CBS. The Fedor fight started after 11 p.m., so isn't included, so the rating should end up higher including the main event. CBS averages a 4.1 rating in that time slot. They did win the time slot in Males 18-49.
--Right after the show ended last night, in Google trends, Fedor vs. Brett Rogers was No. 3, Fedor himself was No. 19, Jason Miller was No. 21 and Jake Shields was No. 24. However, this morning, all were out of the top 40.
--Emelianenko suffered an injury to his left hand punching Rogers as well as a broken nose on the first punch of the fight.
--We don't have a number on WrestleMania tickets but it was not one of those first day sellouts, nor did anyone expect it to be this year. Ringside is gone and there are plenty of tickets left in every other price range.
--Tiger Mask won the IWGP jr. title from Mistico earlier today at Tokyo Sumo Hall. Team 3-D retained the IWGP tag titles on the show going to a double count out with Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson.
--On the ESPN crawl this morning, they mentioned last night's show, but only mentioned Jake Shields beat Mayhem Miller and never mentioned Fedor's win. Amazing.
--The Chicago Sun Times had last night's fights with the top banner with a photo and a big article today. (thanks to Matthew Schreiner)
--Newsday on page A73 (not on the web site) did a story noting between last night's show, UFC 105 and the WEC show on Nov. 18 there are three big events that won't cost you a penny. They said with those three shows and UFC 106 on PPV, they called it The November to Remember. That has a clever ring to it.
--Poll on Smackdown
41.7% of those responding didn't see the show
--What do you expect to do a higher rating
Strikeforce on CBS 49.1%
UFC 105 25.6%
Ultimate Fighter finals on 12/5 25.3%
We'll see, but Kimbo fighting on 12/5 I think should top a 2.3
--Who is the best promoter right now?
Dana White 64.4%
Vince McMahon 15.6%
Dixie Carter 6.4%
Oscar De La Hoya 5.0%
Cary Silkin 2.2%
Vadim Finchelstein 2.1%
Scott Coker 1.7%
Gary Shaw 0.9%
Joaquin Roldan 0.7%
Bob Arum 0.5%
Paco Alonso 0.5%
--Sportsnet in Canada will be airing UFC 105 live on Saturday night at 3 p.m. Eastern time as well as on tape delay at 8 p.m. Spike will only air it as a prime time special at 8 p.m. The Countdown show will be tomorrow night at 11 p.m.
--Primal Conflict Wrestling on 11/21 in Charles Town, WV at the Jefferson County Community Center doing a show in honor of the late Leroy Miller. Sonjay Dutt vs. John Kermon is the main event. Julio Dinero also appears.
--ICW and Northwest Sports Cards of University Place, Washington has an autograph signing with Honky Tonk Man at Noon and 2 p.m. on 11/14 at the New Northwest Sportscards Stores in the Green Firs Shopping Center
--Today at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City for TV has Brazo de Plata & La Sombra & Volador Jr. vs. Averno & El Texano Jr. & Mephisto. Guadalajara today as Mascara Dorada defending the CMLL super lightweight title against Dragon Rojo. Culiacan has Elegido & Zorro vs Cibernetico & Chessman. IWRG in Naucalpan has Freelance vs. Micke Segura vs. Dr. Cerebro. Monterrey has Konan Big & Latin Lover & X-Pac vs. Konnan & Nicho & Kenzo Suzuki.
--LWA from last night in O'Fallon, IL: Jeremy Wyatt b Matt Cage, Devon & Mason Cutter b Pierre Abernathy & Evan Gelistico, Jordan Lacey b Rebelucha, Donovan Ruddick b Dash Rando, Davey Vega b Shane Hollister, Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz b Brandon Aarons & Brandon Espinosa & Mike Sydal, Gary the Nightowl b Adam Rew (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--NWS from Friday night in Belleville, NJ; Tyson the Finger Lickin Chicken b J.D. Smoothie, Joey Janella b Steve Scott, Manuel Moore & Luchador #1 b Corey Havoc & Soul Assassin, Nicky Oceans won three-way over Corvis Fear and Pastor George, Brittney Savage (who just worked Smackdown) b Nicky Oceans, Giant Silva & ECW Zombie & Vicious Vinny DDQ Danny Demanto & Nigerian Nightmares. The promoters noted One Warrior Nation, who is the fake Ultimate Warrior who at times claims to be the real one, no-showed. They buried him for not calling ahead of time.
--NWS from Saturday night in Dunellen, NJ: Chief Draven b Manny Moore, Sonny Boy Gulano b Soul Assassin, Jack Spade b Illegal Outer Space Alien, Nigerian Nightmares b Joey Janella & J.D. Smoothie, Nicky Oceans over Frightmare, Too Hot Steve Scott and Corvis Fear, Giant Silva b Goat Boy & Tier Man & Robert Pigeon & B. Fehrm in a one-on-four match
--Insanity Pro Wrestling Super junior tournament from last night in Indianapolis: Dustin Rayz b Marion Fontaine, Tim Donst b Ryan Rich, Ricochet b Aaron Williams, B-Boy b Chrisjen Hayme, Chuck Taylor b Flip Kendrick, Louis Lyndon b Billy Roc, Dustin Rayz over Tim Donst and Ricochet, B-Boy over Chuck Taylor and Louis Lyndon, Christian Faith & Scotty Vortekz & Joseph Schwartz & Sean Tylerstein & Jon Moxley b Dave & Jake Crist & Jesse Emerson & Apollo Starr & King Vu, Dustin Rayz b B-Boy to win the vacant IPW jr. title
--HPW drew a sellout 220 fans for its 11th anniversary show last night: Bobby Black b Dylan Bostic, Damien Cole b Dave Baine, T.J. Kemp & Gary Cherry b Tom Van Zant & Hillbilly Jed, Donny Idol b Cousin Cooter, Flash Flanagan b Average White Guy, Tank Toland DCOR J.D. Maverick, Ronnie Vegas & April Hunter b Pastor Pain & Curt Awesome, Hunter won bikini contest. Next show is 11/22 at 5 p.m. as a fund raiser for the Fireman's Cheer Fund with all tickets $5
--GOUGE from last night in Youngsville, NC before 200 fans: Wrestling Superstar b Mams Boy in a mask vs. loser leaves town match, Andrea the Giant b Mia the Scandinavian Sweetheart, Jimmy Cicero b Broderick McQueen and Otto Schwanz, Krazy Killer Klowns b Big Bad Bully & The Goat, Seymour Snott b Masked Magician, Trailer Park Heat b Frankie Fontaine, Damien Wayne b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr.-DQ, Seymour Snott b Cueball Carmichael
--Actor Ed O'Neill (Al Bundy) is on the cover of today's USA Weekend, the Sunday newspaper supplement in his BJJ garb and talks about his experiences with BJJ
--In Your Face Wrestling on 12/12 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center
--TCW from last night in Marysville, WA: Dash Ventura b Paul Raze, Exile b Darren Chase, Christopher Ryseck b Azul Angel, Cadillac Callis & Wildcard b Derek Drexl & Quiz, Bryan Alvarez b Mike Santiago, Becca Stoner (from MTV's Made) b Lylah Lodge, Dr. Kleiever b Aaron Bolo. Next show is Saturday night in Tulalp, WA at the Tribal Center (thanks to Charles Short)
--Action movie "Bad Guys" with Quinton Jackson in a main role comes out next week on DVD (thanks to Anthony Sullivan)
--MCPW on 12/5 in Kalkaska, MI