THURS. UPDATE: Goldberg talks wrestling at WM 27, UFC copies WWE idea, Bischoff, New promotion TV
Thursday, 08 April 2010 07:31
We're looking for reports at
on today's WWE tour events from the Europe. Raw will be in Newcastle, England and Smackdown will be at the O2 Arena in Berlin, Germany. We're also looking for reports on the TNA house show tonight in Corbin, KY (A.J. Styles vs. The Pope, Jeff Jarrett vs. Beer Money handicap match, Beautiful People vs Tara & Angelina Love, Brian Kendrick vs. Kazarian) as well as the Bellator show tonight in Hollywood, FL.
Evan Bourne & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Chavo Guerrero & Zack Ryder
MVP vs. Carlito
Beth Phoenix vs. Layla
Bellator lineup for tonight:
Casey Vanier (154.5) vs. Joe Duarte (156)
Bao Quach (145.25) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (145)
Joe Warren (144.5) vs. Eric Marriott (144.75)
Roger Huerta (155.25) vs. Chad Hinton (155.25)
Countdown to UFC 112 airs tonight at midnight on Spike. A lot of Fox Sports Net affiliates will also be airing the show. Here in the Bay Area, the Countdown show airs at 7 p.m. Pacific, right before the debut of the Bellator show. Countdown also airs tomorrow night at 11 p.m. on Spike. Spike also airs a tape of Monday's Impact tonight at 9 p.m.
Raw continues Friday night in Glasgow, Scotland and Saturday night in Dublin, Ireland.
Smackdown continues Friday night show in Dublin, Ireland and a Saturday night show in Glasgow, Scotland.
TNA continues with shows tomorrow night in Pikeville, KY and Saturday night in Huntington, WV.
The story of Chris "Kanyon" Klucsaritis, who passed away this past week, is the major feature in this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. This is a major in-depth bio, looking more at him outside of wrestling, his battles with depression, friends talk about his suicide and his life. We also cover his love for wrestling and his wrestling career.
This is going to be the most in-depth look at his life, through the eyes of many who knew him.
The issue is available today for web site subscribers and you can have the issue sent to you with information underneath on getting a regular weekly mail subscription to the Observer.
The story talks of the circumstances of his death, one friend talks about his last few months. We talk about his love for wrestling, what happened when he was no longer in pro wrestling, what he was doing in the final days before his death, his mental anguish over his homosexuality, his start in pro wrestling, his training under Moolah, and his glory days in WCW.
We look at his various WCW gimmicks, what role pro wrestling did and didn't play, his behind-the-scenes roles in pro wrestling and how so many wrestlers got a first break through him, Club Kanyon in Atlanta, what went wrong in WWF, the night he got yelled at by Arn Anderson for stealing the show and his last major WWE angle.
We look at his complaints regarding WWE, his coming out, his appearances on Howard Stern, his retirements, his desperate attempts for attention in recent years, his roles in Hollywood, his life before and after wrestling and much more.
We also look at Lance Storm's comments on TNA and the issue of concussions in wrestling.
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We also have a look at the history of pro wrestling at Texas Stadium, looking at one of the biggest matches in wrestling history, the background of the match, as well as the other shows promoted by Fritz Von Erich that he considered so big they had to move the big match outdoors, which were mostly built around major championship challengers by family members. We look at the big matches, the successes and the failures of those shows.
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--Dana White today said UFC is planning on copying the WWE Tribute to the Troops idea with a live show within the next three months in Afghanistan.
--The next Dream show in Japan will be 5/29 at the Saitama Super Arena. We had it listed as 5/8 last night when we first listed the Nick Diaz vs. Hayato Sakurai main event.
--Ultimate Fighter last night did a 1.2 rating.
--The dropping of HDNet may be throughout WOW cable because we got a report it's been dropped in Columbus, OH as well. (thanks to Devin de Gruyl)
--In U.K. ratings for the week ending 3/28, or pre-Mania week, Impact drew 120,000 viewers on Bravo, Raw did 97,000 live for the go-home show and Smackdown did 135,000 viewers. A Hall of Fame taped airing did 58,000 viewers (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
--TNA will be raising money for the American Red Cross for the recent Mine disaster in West Virginia at their three weekend house shows this week. Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett and the Beautiful People will be at the arenas at 5 p.m. for photos and autographs in exchange for any monetary donation.
--Eric Bischoff will be appearing at all three TNA house shows this weekend.
--Outsports has a story on Orlando Jordan at http://www.outsports.com
It pushes that Orlando Jordan, a real-life bisexual, is also playing that role on Impact, and being billed as the first openly bisexual wrestler for a major U.S. promotion.
--The Reading Eagle ran a story about Andre the Giant's drinking stories at http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=211215
with the idea he once drank 127 beers at the bar in Reading before passing out, based on an account in Moolah's book. They questioned whether it was true. Well, I mean Moolah didn't even get the story right how she won the title in her own book.
--Kevin Nash doesn't like "The Band" as the name for the group, and noted they can't use the Wolfpac. So he's searching for a new name.
--Christian and Dos Caras Jr., using the name Dos Caras and wearing his mask, had the reported best match on the show yesterday in WWE's debut of the current Raw tour in Vienna, Austria. Caras Jr. had been using the name Alberto Banderas in FCW.
--ASW tomorrow night in Tampa at Strokers Billiards
--Urijah Faber is doing an autograph signing on Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the new UFC Gym in Rosemead, CA. They are doing a raffle to give away free tickets to the 4/24 show in Sacramento.
--Empire Wrestling Federation from Thursday night in San Bernardino: Jarek Matthews b Jeremy Jaeger, Mike Mountain b Omar Slam Duncan, Johnny Starr b Jason Emerald, Bar Room Saints b Cedric the Hitman & Eddie Mattson, Liger Rivera b Freddy Bravo, Ryan Taylor b Roger Ruiz in a lumberjack match
--The Hershey, PA WWE show referenced yesterday is a Smackdown taping on 4/27 where they are advertising Jericho vs. Edge for the title, or at least were on TV commercials this week (thanks to Devin Carter)
--Chuck Liddell's Wax Museum figure will debut on 5/29 at Madame Tussaud's in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The figure will be unveiled first on 5/28 at 10:30 a.m. at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. He becomes the first UFC fighter with a wax museum figure.
--Pride Fighting Championship returns to Spike TV this coming Wednesday night after Ultimate Fighter. Matches are Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Enson Inoue, Shogun Rua vs. Ricardo Arona, Jens Pulver vs. Kenji Arai and Makoto Takimoto vs. Zelg Galesic
--Poll on NXT
35.2% of those responding didn't see the show
--Prediction on who wins between B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar
That's about as one-sided as any match I can recall.
Best match on Monday
Kurt Angle vs. Mr. Anderson 41.2%
Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger 28.1%
Christian vs. Ted DiBiase 14.5%
RVD vs. James Storm 14.5%
Show & Miz vs. Cena & Otunga 1.7%
--Chris Jericho is featured in the new issue of Beatweek Magazine
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara: Virgo & Metero b Thunder Boy & Johnny Dinamo, Cerveruz & Infierno b Metatron & Astaroth, Ebola b Exterminador, Gallo & Diamante b Euforia & Polvora, Brazo de Plata & Maximo & La Mascara b El Terrible & El Texano Jr. & Asesino Negro. This sets up Porky vs. Asesino Negro for next Tuesday in a hair vs. hair match (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--Brazilian TV producer Tito Gomes at
is looking to get in touch with Paulo "Giant" Silva
--EWF on Saturday night in Muncie, IN at the Ross Community Center headlined by Ro-Z and Jimmy Jacobs
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from Tuesday night in Pontiac, MI before 507 fans: Mad Man Pondo b Krimson, Weedman b Officer Jack Offerson (Colt Cabana), Thomaselli Brothers b Michigan Militia, Corporal Robinson b Shawn Daivari
--Combat Championship Wrestling on 4/9 in St. Petersburg at the Advantage Village Academy with Colt Cabana vs. Shawn Spears reviving their OVW feud, Bam Neely & Sinn Bodhi vs. Moses Youngston & Steve Lewington (DJ Gabriel) plus Ricky Ortiz, former Jerry Lawler wife Stacy Carter, The Sheik and Erick Stevens.
--NWA East on 4/10 in McKeesport, PA at the Jacob Woll Pavilion
--North American Wrestling tapes tomorrow night at the Dojo at 3068 N. Sunnyside Ave. Suite #103 on Fresno, CA.
--CHIKARA announced these matches for 4/23 in the first round of the King of Trios tournament - Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin & Ryan Cruz vs. Tim Donst & Lince Dorado & Pink Ant, Daisuke Sekimoto & Kankuro Hoshino & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Mike Quackenbush & Hallowicked & Frightmare, Gran Akuma & Icarus & Chuck Taylor vs. Dasher Hatfield & Suger Dunkerton & Matt Classic, Jigsaw & Equinox & Helios vs. Generation Me & Malachi Jackson and Claudio Castagnoli & Ares & Tursas vs. Valiente & Turbo & Skayde.
--I was told I was mistaken in referring to Trina Michaels yesterday as a former porn star. She's doing a live porn chat session today so that makes her still active. (thanks to Thomas Diehl Jr.)
--War Machine vs. Tex Johnson headlines Wild Bill's fight Night on 4/17 in Duluth, GA. They figured after Junie Browning on the last show, that it was time to bring in War Machine on this show. They are billing it as the biggest Wild Bill's Fight Night show to date.
--Cage Wars Championship premiers 4/10 on the Extreme Channel in the U.K.
--Legends of the Ring autograph show on 5/15 in Monroe, NJ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with Earl & Dave Hebner, Ivory, Giant Bernard, Monty Brown, Jeff Jarrett, Kurrgan, Tiger Jackson, P.N. News, Mike McGuirk, Gerald Brisco, Bruce Prichard, Sean Mooney, Pete Gas, Rodney, Joey Abs, Rhino, Rico Costantino, Tiger Jeet Singh, Tiger Ali Singh, Sonjay Dutt, Justin Credible, Mike "Norman the Lunatic" Shaw, Traci Brooks, Chrsity Hemme, Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne, Dixie Carter, Tammy Sytch, Petey Williams, Tajiri, Jimmy Valiant, Jose Luis Rivera, Moondog Rex, Kamala, Ivan Koloff, Domenic DeNucci, Angelo Savoldi, Evan Karagias, Tommy Dreamer, Super Crazy, Jimmy Rave, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, C.W. Anderson, Chris Harris, So Cal Val, Ken Doane, Amazing Red, Bobby Heenan, Cheerleader Melissa, Mr. Fuji and Beulah McGillicuddy
--Hulk Hogan is doing a tryout radio show on Howard Stern's channel on Sirius Monday night at 7 p.m.
--Shark Fight 10 on 4/24 in Lubbock, TX at the Fair Park Coliseum is headlined by Anselmo Martinez vs. Eric Davila, billed as a story of two home town best friends who have had a falling out and are now rivals.