Wednesday, 14 April 2010 09:10
The Raw tour finishes up with a show tomorrow night in Lievan, France and shows on Friday and Saturday night in Belfast, Ireland before returning to the U.S. for Raw in New Jersey.
Smackdown runs tomorrow night in Hannover, Germany, Friday night in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday night in Innsbruck, Austria and Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey before returning for television. We're looking for reports on all of these shows.
Tonight on Spike will have Unleashed from 8-10 p.m. with Lyoto Machida vs. Shogun Rua in one of the most controversial judging decisions in recent history, Frank Trigg vs. Josh Koscheck plus an hour of Royce Gracie matches. Ultimate Fighter is at 10 p.m. and The Best of Pride Fighting Championships airs at 11 p.m. with Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Enson Inoue, Shogun Rua vs. Ricardo Arona, Jens Pulver vs. Kenji Arai and Makoto Takimoto vs. Zelg Galesic.
The most detailed look at the changes in WWE television, with the Smackdown move to Syfy, future of NXT and how the deals went down is one of the lead stories in this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also have more on the mentality of Chris "Kanyon" Klucsaritis leading to his suicide death. We also have a look at the many revelations that have come out in the Linda McMahon campaign, with a detailed look at what they were, what was going on at the time, how the campaign is going and how voters are affected.
We also have full coverage of UFC 112, including thoughts on the behavior of Anderson Silva, the decision in the B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar match, what is next for Penn, Edgar and Silva, how this show was marketed differently, what is claimed set Silva off, and business notes from the show.
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The lead story goes through the financials of the show, the real reasons it's leaving MyNetwork and going to Syfy, what contract specifications led to this, the expense of producing WWE caliber television, as well as why NXT was no longer a valuable show for Syfy.
We look at both the differences in available homes between Syfy and MyNetwork, plus how this may end up being slightly worse than just that percentage difference for demographic reasons. We look at the difference in viewership of the two stations and the pluses and minuses. We look at current Smackdown ratings, how this move should affect Syfy ratings overall. We look at the clearance of the various stations that air wrestling and MMA currently and the decision to keep the show on Fridays.
We look at correspondence that gives some idea of the mentality of Chris Kanyon, actually years ago, but that may have another clue as to why things happened, as well as more comments from Jim Mitchell.
We look at the details of the memo written by Linda McMahon in 1989 related to Dr. George Zahorian and WWF breaking ties that has become a campaign issue. We look back at the trial of Zahorian, the 1994 trial of Vince McMahon, the government's weak case and the key component they couldn't prove. We go through the story, the reaction of the principles, how Rob Simmons is trying to turn it into a campaign issue and the effectiveness of it, along with Connecticut media coverage.
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--In a crazy story, Jim Cornette sent an e-mail to Terry Taylor of TNA saying he meant no ill will toward anyone in the company except Vince Russo, and then wrote a descriptive letter saying he regularly wakes up from dreams in which he's in the act of murdering Vince Russo, will willingly go to jail for what he will do the next time he sees him. The letter says he hopes TNA goes under becuase of the stupidity Dixie Carter has exhibited in employing Russo and the WCW murderers. He said he's mad at Jeff Jarrett for talking him into working with Russo, and Carter, for employing Russo and lying to him why he was fired and not saying it had to do with Ed Ferrara behind hired. He wrote he liked Mike Tenay Don West, Keith Mitchell, David Sahadi, Bob Ryder, all the talent and even Dave Penzer. Cornette even posted the letter on his web site at http://www.jimcornette.com
--TNA responded with attorney Guy Blake of Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes saying they have notified law enforcement officals in Kentucky that the letter contains terroristic threats claiming he woud wish to commit a crime which would result in death or bodily injury with his threats on Russo. They wrote the e-mail satisfies all the elements needed and it is irrelevant whether he actually intended to do anything he said. They wrote that Vince Russo has experienced extreme fear for himself and his family and TNA management shars his concern, for not only Russo, but all of their employees, staff members and talent. They also wrote that his talking about the details of his firing publicly were considered by TNA to be releasing confidential company information.
--USA won the ratings race last week with a 2.4 prime time average to 1.5 for Fox News. Syfy was No. 13 at 0.9 and Spike was No. 24 at 0.6. Raw's two hours were No. 2 and No. 8, with ESPN's coverage of The Masters No. 1 (4.0 rating) and No. 3. In 18-34, neither hour of Raw was top ten. In 18-49, the hours were No. 2 and No. 4 with an hour of Pawn Stars No. 1 and South Park No. 3.
--Dana White today on Rome is Burning said Anderson Silva would be defending his title next against Chael Sonnen, and that if he fights the way he did on Saturday night, he will be fired. He said Silva didn't act like a champion, didn't fight and said he talked with Silva after and we'll see the next fight if he changes. He said he was very embarrassed by the match but there is nothing he can do to Silva financially. He claims his company is the most honest company when asked about why happened with Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell. Okay. He said you have to wait and see. He said he doesn't think Fedor is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, but that many do, but it takes two sides to make a deal work and he wants to make that deal work. (thanks to Terri Bey and Chris Callan)
--Matt Hardy's right biceps was checked out and it was just a bad bruise. He had feared a muscle tear. It looked nasty, but he is in good enough shape to continue working the European tour.
--Ezekiel Jackson had surgery yesterday in Birmingham under Dr. James Andrews for a partially torn quad. He will be out of action for about six months.
--Bison Smith & Keith Walker won the GHC tag titles from Takeshi Rikio & Mohammed Yone earlier today in Osaka
--B.J. Penn was on Opie & Anthony. While it is not official, it is most likely that there will be a Penn vs. Frankie Edgar rematch during the summer. Penn was on Kevin & Bean on KROQ in Los Angeles yesterday and noted he'd been asked about doing a rematch. (thanks to Jeremy Rudometkin)
--The Miz appearing on the TV show Blue Peter is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s3684/Blue_Peter_13_04_2010/ There is also a segment on Roller Derby
--ODB wrote on her Facebook regarding Monday's TV show: "Just watched from my DVR the Knockouts match. Wow, WTF is happening to our division?" No brownie points picked up there.
--Brock Lesnar talks WWE in doing video game promotion for UFC at http://sports.espn.go.com/videogames/news/story?id=5079589 This interview must have been done around UFC 111 when they had the video game promotional deal since they talk about Lesnar being with Paul Heyman (they were together at the event).
--For Saturday night, there are books with Dan Henderson as a 4-1 favorite over Jake Shields. Those odds seem way too long. Gegard Mousasi is at -275 with King Mo, which sounds about right, and Gilbert Melendez is at -160 and Shinya Aoki at +130 for their lightweight title fight. Interesting that many rank Aoki No. 1 in the world, yet Melendez, lower top ten, is the favorite.
--Gregory Shane Helms will talk about his WWE release on the debut of the new GeekWeek Live show at 7 p.m. tomorrow on GeekWeek.com
--Chuck Liddell will be appearing Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m. at the grand opening of the Ultimate Iceman Store at 588 California Blvd., in San Luis Obispo.
--Strikeforce weigh-ins for Saturday night's show on CBS will take place at 4 p.m. Central time at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza in Nashville.
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--Wrestlelicious signed a TV deal to start in May on The Fight Network in Canada
--New York Times story on the Smackdown move to Syfy is at http://tinyurl.com/y7q3k6g They are spinning it that cable is the place to be rather than broadcast.
--Poll on Monday
Raw was better 30.7%
Impact was better 24.2%
Didn't watch Raw 4.6%
Didn't watch Impact 18.9%
Didn't watch Raw or Impact 21.5%
--Poll on Raw
18.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Impact
36.2% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on ROH
75.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. Gran Akuma & Akira Tozawa on 5/7 in Windsor for Dragon Gate USA
--Shimmer from Sunday in Berwyn, IL for DVD release: Kellie Skater b Jessica James, Jessie McKay b Sassy Stephie, Malia Hosaka b Rayna Von Toth, Mercedes Martinez b Tomoka Nakagawa, Melanie Cruise b Allison Danger, Daffney b Rachel Summerlyn, Hiroyo Matsumoto b Lufisto, Cheerleader Melissa b Misaki Ohata, Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews b Nikki Roxx & Ariel, Ayako Hamada b Daizee Haze, Ayumi Kurihara b Sara Del Rey, Madison Eagles b MsChif to become new Shimmer champion, Jamilia Craft b Malia Hosaka, Rachel Summerlyn b Kellie Skater, Cat Power b Navaeh, Allison Danger & Jennifer Blake b Melanie Cruise & Annie Social, Tomoka Nakagawa b Jessie McKay, Portia Perez b Tenille, Sara Del Rey b Misaki Ohata, MsChif b Daffney, Sarah Stock (Sarita) b Nicole Matthews, Daizee Haze b Ayumi Kurihara, Mercedes Martinez b Hiroyo Matsumoto, Cheerleader Melissa b Ayako Hamada (thanks to Lee Hamilton)
--Lance Storm talks WrestleMania V at http://www.stormwrestling.com/041410.html
--Jimmy Snuka will be given a lifetime achievement award on 5/2 at 2 p.m. from the American Wrestling Federation in a show in King of Prussia, PA
--A television commercial on Monday night for a 5/22 Supershow in Cincinnati lists John Cena vs. Sheamus and Jack Swagger vs. Edge as the two title matches (thanks to Brian Henke)
--Former Vince McMahon enemy Stan Kroenke may end up as one of the most powerful men in sports. He's working on a deal to get majority ownership in the St. Louis Rams (he's got a small minority stake in the team right now). If it goes through, he would own teams in the NBA, NHL, NFL, Premiere League Soccer, MSL and Major League Lacrosse leagues.
--Sunday in Guadalajara: Relampago b Cerveruz, Astaroth & Hierro b Evola & Rafaga, Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Magnum & Samurai, Diamante & Metal Blanco b Euforia & Okumura, Mascara Dorada & La Sombra & Mistico b Averno & El Terrible & El Texano Jr. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Maximum Pro Wrestling on Sunday in Woodstock, ONT: Bang Bang Pete & Buck Gunderson b Alex Vega & Dolce, Michael Elgin b Demius, Tyler Tirva b J.T. Playa, Crazzy Steve & Phil Atlas b Boris Brezhnev & Sebastian Suave, Jake O'Reilly b Brad Martin, Brent B won four-way over Tornado, James Champagne and Xtremo, Jon Bolen b Anthony Fiasco, Tommy Dreamer b Manabu Soya, Robbie McAllister b Tyson Dux to win Max Pro title. They have shows on Friday night in Timmons, ONT at the McIntyre Arena headlined by Kevin Nash, Robbie McAllister, Tyson Dux and Manabu Soya; Saturday in North Bay, ONT at the Ecole Secondaire Catholique Algonquin at 3 p.m. with McAllister, Dux and Soya, and Sunday in Brampton, ONT at 3 p.m. at the Terry Miller Rec Center with the same crew (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Florian Franke wrote that David Hasselhoff being a big deal in Germany is a myth. He said he was big in Germany in the 90s but today nobody cares about him and many don't even know who he is.
--IWF 13th anniversary weekend on 4/23 and 4/24 features Bushwhacker Luke and Tom Prichard
--CCW on 4/23 in St. Petersburg with Daffney, Big Vito, Jerrelle Clark, Ricky Ortiz, Jesse Neal, Bam Neely, Cuban Assassin and Stacy Carter (who will wrestle)
--FIP Southern Stampede on 4/17 in Crystal River, FL which will have a 12 man elimination match for the FIP title vacated when Davey Richards left the promotion. Among those in the tournament are Craig Classic, Caleb Konley, Ronnie the Red, Stigmata, Johnny Vandal and Sugar Dunkington
--All Star Wrestling on 4/23 in New Westminster, BC at Carpenters Hall
--The Championship Wrestling Alliance announced effective immediately, all of their shows will admit Armed Forces personnel free with a military ID. They run Saturday night in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
--In good news, University of Buffalo wrestler Dan Bishop was released from a rehab center earlier this week after he was able to walk for 45 minutes unassisted. Bishop suffered a broken neck and damage to a major artery during the Mid-American Conference wrestling tournament on 3/6, and it was feared he would never walk again. He expects next month to walk on stage and get his diploma during the graduation ceremonies. Doctors were credited with acting quickly and giving him emergency surgery, fusing the two vertebrae back together and putting a metal plate and permanent screws to support his spine.
--Ground Xero Wrestling on 4/17 in Hopewell, VA the Community Center
--Nunzio headlines for BWO on 4/16 in Garfield, NJ at the High School
--NWA Pro Wrestling Fusion on Friday night in Sanford, FL at the Seminole High School Gym with Big Vito, New Heavenly Bodies, Dark City Fight Club and Scoot Andrews returns. Steve Corino has been pulled off the show. I think he's still in Japan for Zero-One.
--Classic Championship Wrestling on 4/24 in Lebanon, PA at Eagles Hall
--New England Championship Wrestling is doing the Breakthrough Bash all summer, a Young Lions type of tournament
--GOUGE on 4/17 in Wake Forest, NC for its 4th anniversary show
--A TLC match with the Ballard Brothers vs. Johnny Yuma & Johnny Goodtime headlines SoCal Pro Wrestling on 4/17 in Oceanside, CA a the Boys & Girls Club, which also includes Adam Pearce defending the NWA title against Tommy Wilson
--Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling on 5/1 in Anderson, SC at McCant's Middle School with appearances by Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff plus wrestling on the show are Buff Bagwell, Rock & Roll Express and Midnight Express.
--Ian Loveland vs. Xavier Desrochers headlines Wreck MMA on Friday night in Gatineau, Quebec at the Robert Guertin Arena