WED. UPDATE: Ratings, main event announced, Fedor's people want big fight,TNA no-show and departure
Wednesday, 25 August 2010 06:36
The Countdown special for UFC 118 airs tonight at 7 p.m. on Spike.
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--USA was No. 1 in prime time ratings again for last week with a 2.5 average to 2.0 for TNT. Syfy was No. 13 at 1.0 (meaning NXT was below the station average) and Spike didn't crack the top 25. The two hours of Raw were No. 12 and No. 14 in the ratings, far lower than usual. The second hour was No. 8 in 18-49
--Strikeforce made official the Nick Diaz vs. K.J. Noons match for the welterweight title as the main event for 10/9 in San Jose at the HP Pavilion. Tickets went on sale today for Strikeforce newsletter readers and go on sale to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
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--M-1 Global sent out a press release saying Fedor wants Alistair Overeem next. Scott Coker had talked of making that fight next, but this past weekend had approached reps of Bigfoot Silva and asked them about fighting Fedor in December. M-1 has also asked that if the fight takes place, that Overeem will be subject to Olympic standard drug testing.
--The Sean Davis Project, known officially as Worldwide Wrestling Promotions, Inc., sent out a letter to its front office basically saying that payroll won't be starting until January. Some of the staff, who have been working for months, were supposed to start getting paid in September. R. Sean Pascoe (Sean Davis) wrote, "Well we have hit more than our fair share of bumps recently. To be honest, there are many forces in the wrestling business doing whatever they can to sabotage everything we are trying to do and doing everything in their power to make sure that this company will never launch." He also wrote, "This is a tough process and those working with us on the financial side realize now that there were mistakes made in setting things up and in order to guarantee that this company will not be one of the countless entities that have come out with a bang and have fizzled and burnt out before ever really leaving the ground, we have had to make some painful decisions that we are not at all happy about." Then they talked about not starting operations until 2011, but "we do not as of today have a firm date. That unfortunately means that contracts will have to be changed to a new starting date." So everyone will be given addendums to their contract to sign. Those who sign were promised extra shares of stock and the new contracts are supposed to spell out the company's health and benefits plan which is something WWE and TNA don't provide for their wrestlers. The letter also said, "On the positive side of things we did sign a major deal this week that I am going to be able to give you the details on very soon along with hopefully the news of an even bigger deal that will put us in a very advantageous position to launch our product." He said details on these deals would be out in a few weeks. Needless to say, few seem to be taking this as any kind of a positive.
--Last week's WEC show with Dominick Cruz vs. Joseph Benavides will be replayed at 9 p.m. tomorrow night on Versus, going head-to-head with Impact (except on the West Coast where the WEC show starts at 6 p.m.) and in some markets head-to-head with Bellator.
--Sheamus talks video games and tanning at http://espn.go.com/espn/print?id=5490370&type=blogEntry
--Colin McEnroe worries about the WWE Wellness policy at http://blogs.courant.com/colin_mcenroe_to_wit/2010/08/thats-gotta-hurt.ht ml
--It has been discussed about John Cena walking into the TD Garden on Monday and wearing the Lakers colors in his new T-shirt.
--Mick Foley talks about how Vader and Steve Austin worked too stiff at http://newsroom.mtv.com/2010/08/25/mick-foley-steve-austin/ He said Austin's opponents would say it privately but nobody could say anything publicly because he was Austin.
--Homicide will be appearing on the 9/11 Evolve show in Rahway, NJ
--Dragon Gate USA announced for 9/25 in Chicago Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw as a new match. The show also features Bryan Danielson vs. Yamato in a dark match and Dragon Kid vs. Shingo. The show will be a PPV taping.
--NWA Championship Wrestling has TV tapings tonight at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA (it will air on the MyNetwork affiliate in Los Angeles starting in October on Friday nights). We're looking for any reports on tonight's show.
--Sandman no-showed TNA television this week. His timing was impeccable. He missed his first flight in and I guess they told him not to bother taking a later flight.
--Masato Yoshino & Naruki Doi won Dragon Gate's annual Summer Tag League yesterday in Tokyo.
--Poll on Raw
23.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on ROH
74.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--What upcoming show are you most interested in?
UFC 118 47.1%
ROH iPPV 21.8%
WWE Night of Champions 18.2%
TNA No Surrender 10.4%
Strikeforce in San Jose 2.1%
--Mickie James will be appearing on the 9/11 BANG TV taping in Ocala, FL for Dory Funk Jr. James trained at Dory's camp years back.
--The episode of Chuck that Steve Austin filmed will air on 10/4. The first episode Austin did of Chuck airs Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. in Australia on Fox8 (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--The Dallas News today had a story on Skandor Akbar at http://www.dallasnews.com
--Shine Fights is giving fans the opportunity to become a PPV booker. They are doing a one-night lightweight tournament on PPV on 9/10 with Rich Crunkilton, Josh Shockley, Drew Fickett, Carlo Prater, James Warfield, Marcus Aurelio, Dennis Bermudez and Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett. Fans are encouraged to write to
for your first round pairings and the matches with the most votes will be the first round.
--WWE is advertising Sheamus vs. Randy Orton and John Cena vs. Wade Barrett with the rest of Nexus as Lumberjacks for the 9/13 Raw show in Cincinnati. I'll change several times between now and then. (thanks to Barry Johnson)
--CZW on 9/10 at the Arena in Philadelphia headlined by Chuck Taylor vs. Ricochet vs. A.R. Fox vs. Facade vs. Alex Colon vs. Thurteen and Team Macktion vs. Rob McBride & Rich Swann
--Sunday in Guadalajara: Bengala & Metatron & Trueno b Camorra & Disturbio & Semental, Astro Boy & Metalico & Starman b Inquisidor & Kid Tiger & Puma King, Metro & Rush & Stuka Jr. b Euforia & Polvora & Virus, El Terrible & Jushin Liger & Sangre Azteca b El Hijo del Fantasma & Mascara Dorada & Toscano, La Mascara & Mistico & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Atlantis & Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr.-DQ
--Saturday night at Veterans Field in Laredo: Tigre Universitario b Karla Maria in a hair match, La Diabolica & Sexy Flor & Tiffany (not the WWE wrestler) b Cinthia & Esther & Rossy Moreno when Rossy turned on her sisters, Corazon de Barrio & El Hijo del L.A. Park & Olimpico & Skam 13 b Angel Blanco Jr. & Athro & Dr. Wagner III & Super Parka, Mr. Aguila & Charly Manson & Oriental b Alebrije & Histeria & Psicosis, Intocable & Latin Lover & Marco Corleone b Lizmark Jr. & L.A. Park & Pirata Morgan (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Pure Wrestling Association from Sunday in Hamilton, ONT: George Terzis b R.J. City, Turcan Celik b Shawn Spears, Joey Allen b R.B The Usher, Super Kamikaze b Kwan Chang, Eddie Osbourne b Jessy Jones, Krystal Banks b Nikita, Reggie Marley & Eric Cairnie b Rhys Greenaway & Moondog Buddy, Geza Kalman Jr. b Brock Barker (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on 9/18 in Council Bluffs, IA at the National Guard Armory
--IWF on 8/27 at 8 p.m. and 8/28 at 7:30 p.m. at the IWF Centre in West Paterson, NJ
--Showtime All-Star Wrestling TV taping from Sunday in Nashville at the Stadium Inn before a sellout of 125 fans: Christian Jacobs b Ryan Genesis, Derrick King & Drew Haskins b Vordell Walker & J-Rod, Flash Flanagan b Johnny Bandana, Tommy Mercer b Jake Slater, Drew Haskins b J-Rod, Shane Williams b Arrick Andrews, Ryan Genesis b Christian Jacobs, Vordell Walker b Jake Slater, J-Rod b Cody Melton, Jocephus b Johnny Bandana, Drew Haskins b Nick Iggy, Chase Stevens NC Tommy Mercer. Wolfie D no-showed over a communication about the date issue (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Mecca Pro Wrestling on 9/25 in Cornwall, ONT at Murphy's Inn features Pierre Vachon vs. Randy Beery with Rick Martel as referee
--Future Stars of Wrestling from Sunday in Las Vegas at the Silver Nugget Casino: Iron Mike b Mike Da Lite, Kid Vegas & Frisco Flame b Tommy Danja & Corey Phillips, Funny Bone b Timothy Mandrake, Vintage Dragon b Mike Hiyashi, Ric Ellis d Remy Marciel, Al Katrazz & Jason Partain b Suburban Commandos, Franco D'Angelo b Mike Rayne, Rush b Michael Modest-DQ, Remy Marciel won ladder match for the No Limits title
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Cerveruz & Templario b Nube Roja & Relampago, Astaroth & Black Metal b Infierno & Titanio, Palacio Negro b Ebola, Sangre Azteca & Okumura & Nobuo Yoshihashi b Angel de Oro & Angel de Plata & Rouge, Maximo & Rotoporky b Atlantis & Mr. Niebla-DQ (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 9/4 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds.