SUN. UPDATE: GSP vs. Silva, Sonnen talks, WWE injury updates, Angle taking time off, WWE on ABC
Sunday, 11 April 2010 06:01
We're looking for your thoughts on yesterday's UFC 112 PPV, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on today's Raw house show in Liverpool, England and Smackdown house show in Manchester, England, as well as the TNA house shows on Friday night in Pikeville, KY and last night in Huntington, WV.
The almost live (a few hour tape delay actually) Raw will be Monday from the O2 Arena in London, with David Hasselhoff as guest host. There is also a Monday night Smackdown house show in Nottingham, England.
Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT being taped from the O2 Arena in London. There is also a Raw house show in Sheffield, England.
TNA Impact is a show taped from last Tuesday. TNA now has a three hour block on Mondays from 7-10 p.m. on Spike, featuring a one-hour pregame show.
There is UFC Unleashed programming on Spike today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. First and last hour have Matt Serra vs. Matt Hughes and Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping. Second hour is a Hughes special. Third hour has GSP vs. Matt Serra and Hughes vs. B.J. Penn. The fourth hour is Hughes vs. Royce Gracie and B.J. Penn vs. Caol Uno.
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.
We also have full coverage of the ROH Big Bang PPV show, looking at it from a financial standpoint, the idea of PPV's on the Internet, show quality, the return of Christopher Daniels and match-by-match coverage.
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We also look at a number of all-time MMA records that have been broken or are on the verge of being broken the Anderson Silva, B.J. Penn and Georges St. Pierre.
We also look at the controversy regarding Linda McMahon's answers to a questionnaire when she applied to be on the Connecticut Board of Education, and how that has become news in the state this past week. We look at the key controversial questions, and her answers.
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.
We also have an update on WWE PPV business, looking at how the raising of prices this year has affected business. We've got results of how the Elimination Chamber show did, what was notable by the number and comparisons with last year.
We also have the most in-depth look at the ratings of all the major pro wrestling and MMA TV shows over the past week, including how every segment on Raw and Impact gained or lost viewers and what happened during the head-to-head hour. We look at the future of Impact in the new time slot as well.
We've got an update on the Extreme Rules PPV, a lot of talk regarding the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame and names that are already being talked about, including two names never associated with WWE. We also have more on the Hall of Fame from the live perspective as well a the television show.
We look at another city trying to get into the WrestleMania hunt as well as WWE plans when it comes to announcing when and what cities will be getting WrestleMania over the next several years.
We have more from WrestleMania, an update on the future of Jim Ross, an update on the future of Batista, greatest match in Mania history, notable absences at the WWE company post-Mania party, changes in Smackdown after the show was already taped, more on the release of Lance Cade to little fanfare, more on WWE business as well as the current European tour.
More on WWE fans and voting in elections, a new heel stable that has been talked about featuring two wrestlers not yet on the main roster, Bill Goldberg jokes about returning to wrestle with a current NFL star as a tag team, an update on wrestling fans Monday night viewing habits when it comes to Tivo, as well as some surprising names on a listing of the fittest men in the world, including a WWE star and two MMA fighters.
We also have our usual weekly features such as the results of the
biggest matches of the week and rundown of the major television shows.
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--We have a lot more on the UFC on the radio show Bryan and I did last night after the show. Dana White was very unhappy, calling it the worst he's ever felt after a show, most notably upset with Anderson Silva. He actually talked about making his next title defense a prelim, but that makes no sense. White said it was the first time he'd ever walked out of a main event and said the main event was a disgrace and an embarrassment. On TV, they started pushing Silva vs. GSP, but White said that Silva doesn't deserve a match with GSP. For the record, GSP has said if Silva wants to fight at 170, he is willing to take the fight.
--Chael Sonnen after last night's fight: "there's people out there that need (to be) beaten up, and he's (Anderson Silva) one of them. And I have a moral obligation to society to beat him up."
--Right now, HHH is only booked on television and PPVs and not on house shows due to neck problems.
--Ezekiel Jackson's injury wasn't diagnosed at last report but the early belief was a torn quad, which would be a long rehab.
--Ted DiBiase was busted up hard way and had several staples put in his head.
--Chris Jericho is now in the U.K. He had other commitments that caused him to miss some of the Smackdown shows. He's not injured.
--Undertaker is working a part-time schedule, although he was booked last Tuesday in Chicago and was actually focal point of promoting the Smackdown tapings and wasn't there.
--Kurt Angle will work Saturday's Lockdown PPV and then will be taking a month off to heal up. Although he used the term heal up, he then said "To TNA fans, I am not injured."
--For episode three on Wednesday of Ultimate Fighter, the preview reads: "One fighter's dream comes to an abrupt end, opening the door for another to return. Team Ortiz struggles to find harmony during training. Two middleweights leave it all in the cage for a slot in the quarters."
--Sports Center earlier today showing Texas Stadium being imploded, noting highlights are NFL games, college football national championship games and Kerry Von Erich's win over Ric Flair.
--WWE wrestlers Big Show, R-Truth and the Bella Twins are on Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC tonight.
--The Daily Caller had an article on Friday using the fact WWE hired Candice Michelle, who did 58 fetish movies, while Linda McMahon was still with the company as ripping on her for saying her wrestlers were good role models to children. Candice Michelle was completely defensive of Linda McMahon. The Rob Simmons campaign has of course jumped on this.
--Phil Mushnick mentioned the death of Chris Kanyon and the lawsuit he filed against WWE a few years ago in his New York Post column today.
--As of this afternoon in Google searches, No. 1 is the implosion of Texas Stadium. Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia was No. 14.
--A WEC show originally scheduled for 6/20 in Calgary, will instead take place at the Rexall Place in Edmonton.
--Poll on Superstars
64.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on UFC 112 buy rate
Under 200,000 10.7%
701 or more 5.9%
--Poll on the Bellator TV show
76.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--What did you think was the real main event of UFC 112 going in
Silva vs. Maia 50.0%
Penn vs. Edgar 28.3%
Hughes vs. Gracie 21.7%
--Poll on Smackdown
28.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--TNA's biggest problem
Bad storylines and lack of consistency 30.8%
Feels too much like WCW, and thus comes off like a failure 20.5%
Bad management 12.9%
Too much reliance on older wrestlers 10.6%
No vision 8.4%
No ability to connect with the fan base 5.5%
Inability to make stars 3.9%
Not enough wrestling on the TV show 2.9%
Too many angles 2.0%
Bad pacing of TV show 1.3%
Bad branding 1.2%
--Biggest wrestling star of the past 50 years
Hulk Hogan 48.3%
Steve Austin 21.7%
Ric Flair 9.1%
The Rock 6.9%
El Santo 4.5%
Bruno Sammartino 3.7%
John Cena 1.8%
Big Daddy 1.4%
Antonio Inoki 1.0%
Dusty Rhodes 0.8%
Giant Baba 0.6%
Perro Aguayo 0.2%
--CZW from last night in Philadelphia at the Arena: Joe Gacy won over Little Mondo and Ryan Slater, Greg Excellent b Alex Colon, Drew Gulak b Tyler Veritas, AR Fox over Aaron Arbo and Andy Harner, Irish Driveby b Drew Blood & Devon Moore, Scotty Vortekz b Thurteen, Egotistico Fantastico b Nick Gage using a taco pizza as a foreign object, Zero Gravity b Team Macktion (crowd turned on this match after a lot of missed spots), Sabian d Adam Cole to keep the jr. title, Drake Younger & Eddie Kingston b Best Around to become CZW tag champs, Jon Moxley b Sami Callihan to keep the CZW title, Masada & J.C. Bailey & Brain Damage b Scotty Vortekz & Eddie Kingston & Drake Younger in a match with barbed wire bats, thumb tacks in bats and a water cooler bat. Next show is 5/8 with Zandig vs. Brain Damage (thanks to Bob Magee)
--Shimmer DVD taping results from last night in Berwyn, IL: Kellie Skater b Naveah, Nikki Roxx & Arie b Melanie Cruise & Annie Social, Lufisto b Rachel Summerlyn, Mercedes Martinez b Jamila Craft, Allison Danger b Rayna Von Tosh, Madison Eagles b Sassy Stephie, Jessie McKay b Cat Power, Sara Del Rey b Tenille (was she managed by the captain), Misaki Ohata b Daizee Haze, Ayumi Kurihara b Tomoka Nakagawa (best match on the show), Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b MsChif & Cheerleader Melissa, Malia Hosaka b Leva Bates, Melanie Cruise & Annie Social b Rachel Summerlyn & Jessica James, Lufisto b Cat Power, Mercedes Martinez b Kellie Skater, Ayumi Kurihara b Nikki Roxx, Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa b Misaki Ohata & Jamiliia Craft, Nicole Matthews b Jessica McKay, Sara Del Rey b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Allison Danger b Portia Perez, Madison Eagles b Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif b Dark Angel Sara Stock (Sarita) to keep Shimmer title (thanks to Lee Hamilton)
--Thursday's Oklahoma Daily had an article on Jesse White, the son of Vader, who briefly played football at the University of Oklahoma and graduates from the school this year, following his father's footsteps into pro wrestling. Jesse White and his father debut as a tag team in three weeks in Japan. They noted Vader is down to 340. Jim Ross was quoted in the story. (thanks to Marcos Cortest)
--SoCal Pro Wrestling on 4/17 in Oceanside, CA at the Boys & Girls Club featuring Adam Pearce defending the NWA title against Tommy Wilson plus the Ballard Brothers
--AWF has an eight-man tournament for a show on 4/25 in Whitby, ONT at the Class Act Dinner Theater at 2 p.m. Dan Paysan defends his AWF title against the winner of a tournament with Zaquary Springate III, Johnny Puma, Jackal, Loca Vida, Ryot, Danny Dynamic, Asylum and Pepper Parks.
--Top Rope Promotions drew 500 fans in Fall River, MA on Friday night on a show featuring Jake Roberts over Bob Evans with a DDT, plus Demolition Ax, Spike Dudley and Brutus Beefcake. Next show is 6/4 with Awesome Kong.
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 145 fans: Psycho Medic & Crusher Eric Hodge b Tiny Bear & Convict, Arrick Andrews b Big Bully Douglas, Kid Kash b Lani Kealoha, Mark Anthony b Eric Hodge, Josh Crow won four-way over Shawn Hoodrich, Dyron Flynn and Steven Green, Jeff Daniels b Kevin Dunn to keep USWO title, Gary Valiant b Chrisjen Hayme-DQ, L.T. Falk & Rud Switchblade & Johnny Punch b Damien Payne & Bad Boy Dixon & Lee Cross (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Varsity Pro Wrestling from Thursday night in Basingstoke, UK: Rob Holte b Christopher Starr, UK Kid b Jake McCluskey, Bryan Clark b Robbie Everest, UK Kid b Rob Holte, Rob Holte won Battle Royal (thanks to Ross Williams)
--On Friday night's Cincinnati Reds game with the Cubs, Reds announcer Marty Brennaman talked about his favorite moments with the team. He listed broadcasting three World Series teams, Pete Rose's 4,192nd hit, and also mentioned when Randy Savage came into the booth. Savage showed up in his ring outfit in the booth. Players and fans went crazy, but owner Marge Schott didn't like it and it never happened again (thanks to Zach Baker)
--NWA Charlotte on 4/24 in Metrolina Expo Building C with Mikael Judas vs. Kimo (not that Kimo)
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 5/8 in White Plains with Teddy Hart & Amazing Red vs. Jack Evans & Desmond Wolfe, Butterbean vs. Kevin Matthews, A.J. Styles vs. Paul Birchall, Jerry Lynn vs. Vampiro, Doink the Clown (Matt Osbourne) vs. Jim Duggan and Dan Maff vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero. Velvet Sky and Leticia Cline will also be appearing on the show.
--CMLL on Thursday in Neza: Aguilita Misteriosa & Mini Flash b Mini Hooligans I & II, Carta Brava Jr. & Halcon Tarin & Halcon Tarin Jr. b Bizarro & Canalla & Ice Killer, Brazo Cibernetico & Brazo de Platino & Super Brazo b Demonio Negro & Escandalo & Loco Max, Dark Angel (Sarita) & Lluvia & Marcela b Amapola & Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugei, Volador Jr. & La Sombra b Felino & Mistico
--AAA on Friday night in Tijuana: Alquimista 3000 b Loco Man, Poseidon & Tigertron b Cardenal Jr. & Rambo Star, Angel Metalico & Hours & Spyder Black b Mr. Maldito & Pancho Cachondo & Tony Casanova, Jack Evans & Extreme Tiger b Joe Lider & Nicho, Silver King & Zorro b Cibernetico & La Parka
--Today at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City is headlined by Porky & Strongman & Hector Garza vs. Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero. Guadalajara has Mistico & La Sombra & Mascara Dorada vs. Averno & El Terrible & El Texano Jr. Naucalpan has Alebrije & Canek (the original) & Scorpio Jr. vs. El Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Pirata Morgan (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Booker T beat Jack Sloan too win the PWA heavyweight title on a show last night in Edmonton. Samoa Joe also worked on the show. Maybe the Edmonton Oilers are the ones holding him captive and he's going to come back and think he's a hockey player because Russo saw Tooth Fairy. (thanks to Dwayne Soper)
--NYWC from last night in Deer Park, NY: Chris Forza b John Silver, Danny Demanto b Pat Buck, Syther & Joey Braggiol b Stockade & Crowley, Azrieal b Quiet Storm, Alex Reynolds b Beenny, Knuckle Dusters b Francis Kipland Stevens & Matias, Britney Savage b Traci Brooks, Tony Mamaluke b Josh Daniels, Big Time Rush b Celtic Saints, Tony Nese b Bruno Marciano. Next show is 4/17 in Port Jefferson, Station at the Elks BPOE Lodge (thanks to Kenny Lippe)
--Canadian Wrestling Elite on 4/22 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan at the Agri-Pavillion has New Age Outlaws vs. Rick Matthews & Big Daddy Cash, plus Jimmy Jacobs and Wavell Starr