MON. UPDATE: Ross announcing, Dreamer injury notes, Why people don't watch TNA, Mania tickets
Monday, 08 November 2010 06:53
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's TNA Turning Point 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 looking for reports on tonight's Raw show at the Manchester Evening News Arena, the Smackdown house show in Newcastle, England, and the TNA tapings in Orlando (A.J. Styles vs. Stevie Richards announced), as well as Friday's Raw show in Cardiff Wales and the weekend Northeast Wrestling shows.
Smackdown, which has announced Dolph Ziggler vs. MVP for the IC title, will be taped on Tuesday at the Manchester Evening News Arena. TNA tapes more Impact tomorrow night in Orlando.
The WWE continues touring on Wednesday with Raw in Innsbruck, Austria and Smackdown in Brussels, Belgium. Thursday has Raw in Nantes, France and Smackdown in Nuremberg, Germany. Friday has Raw in Geneva, Switzerland and Smackdown in Cologne, Germany (which is the same metro area as Oberhausen, where UFC runs the next night).
ROH tonight on HDNET
*Christopher Daniels talks his world title match against Roderick Strong in Mississauaga, ONT
*Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Bravado Brothers
*Eddie Edwards vs. Necro Butcher for TV title
*Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli vs. Dark City Fight Club
We've got a huge issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter up on the site today, looking at a post mortem of the Linda McMahon Senate run, a huge feature on WrestleMania, update on Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker, more details on major WWE injuries and how they affect the show and a look at the mentality as they start putting together next year's biggest show. We also have all the details on the WEC merger with UFC, why it happened, when the decision was made and who knew, as well as a look at the life and career of the Flying Frenchman, Edouard Carpentier, and from various sources, the real story behind one of the most talked about matches in the history of pro wrestling, the 1957 Lou Thesz vs. Carpentier match.
We have a major story on the road to WrestleMania, updating key injuries, the prospects of headliners, whether it's good or bad to use MMA fighters with wrestling backgrounds on the show, an update of where the Lesnar situation stands and some surprises on that account, reasons why Lesnar should do the show if he can, an update on Lesnar and WWE, C.M. Punk's situation, Bill Goldberg's situation and more.
We've also got a complete look at the UFC/WEC merger, looking at the business side, why it had to happen, how this will affect jobs within the company, title matches, depth of PPV shows over this past year and television deals. We also talk with Urijah Faber, the face of WEC, for his thoughts and what he knew. We look at what needed to happen to facilitate this, why it took place now, matches that have been changed, the first WEC match on a UFC show coming in only a few weeks, who will be in charge of booking, what two weight classes will be affected the most and more WEC history.
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We look at what went wrong in the McMahon campaign, the influence of pro wrestling on the campaign, the moment the campaign was derailed and whether pro wrestling helped or hurt her in the end. We look at what also didn't come out in the press about the campaign that would have both helped and hurt her, her role in the WWE, her future in politics and whether this is the end, or just the beginning.
We have an update on Rey Mysterio, a feud of heels being talked about, lots of different storyline ideas discussed over the last week including dropping of some program ideas, how the world title situation has changed, a feud being suggested that I think won't happen, more on the incident at a Linda McMahon late rally, signing of Val Venis, Survivor Series update, a WWE wrestler who was quietly cut without anything being said, Lita return, reaction to Pee Wee Herman, and lots of company business news.
We also have more a WWE performer in a magazine contest, why some people are glad the election is over, and what numbers in a foreign country tell us about WWE PPV and UFC PPV, as well as WWE's strongest overseas markets. We also look at changes being made in WWE training and why, more Hall of Fame talk, a look at the Fan Appreciation show as well as weekend house show business and highlights.
We also have a giant feature on the life and times of Carpentier. We look at what he will be best known for, circumstances of his death, reaction to his death, his championship history, the championships he created and why the June 14, 1957 Thesz vs. Carpentier match is one of the most important single matches in the history of the business.
We also go behind the scenes of that match, why the Carpentier title win was really erased from the record books, and why Carpentier's title reign fell apart. We look at how Carpentier played a part in the creation of numerous world titles, the unique situation of his second WWA title win, his pre-wrestling background and where the name Carpentier first came from.
We look at his arrival in North America, his training, his world title run, how quickly he became a superstar after arrival, why he was picked to win the world title, his relationship with Eddie Quinn and how that helped and destroyed his career, the famed riot at Madison Square Garden and repercussions of that match. We look at his world title challenges later in his career, the history of pro wrestling in Montreal, the era of Grand Prix Wrestling, his role in the career of Andre the Giant, some of his most famous matches, and how he's known currently in Montreal. We also look at his matches with Hulk Hogan and his role in the setup of the Montreal version of Hogan vs. Andre the Giant.
We also have an in-depth look at the ratings of all the national shows this past week, including how every segment on Raw and Impact did, as well as a look at what audience was retained and changed in the Smackdown move to Syfy.
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--Thanks everyone to all the positive feedback on the current issue and the story on Edouard Carpentier.
--Tommy Dreamer wrote that he didn't have a broken wrist, but was seeing the doctor today to find out what was wrong with his wrist, which he injured posting his arm doing a frog splash on Rob Van Dam at last night's TNA Turning Point PPV show.
--ESPN 2 tonight at 10 p.m. will be airing the documentary "A Fighting Chance," about congenital amputee Kyle Maynard's attempt to fight in MMA last year.
--We'll have a different schedule this week for Observer radio due to the live events. We'll be back tonight running down the Raw show, TNA tapings and taking e-mail questions at
Wednesday night will be a call-in show. Thursday night we'll have an extra show covering both the second to last WEC show as well as Impact. The usual Thursday night Bryan and Vinny show will be moved to Friday night. Saturday night we'll be back with coverage of UFC 122 from Oberhausen, Germany.
--Jim Ross was back announcing last night. He did the second quarter broadcast of the Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game in Oklahoma City for the Celtics radio network. Sean Grande, the radio voice of the Celtics, is a huge wrestling fan. Grande asked Ross who he would put on his Mount Rushmore for wrestling and he said Thesz, Hogan, Austin and Sammartino. Grande seemed surprised he didn't mention Flair, and Ross said that he figured as Mount Rushmore he had to limit it to four. (thanks to Shaun Jordan)
--Best wrestler of these Hall of Famers
Gori Guerrero 33.3%
Blue Demon Sr. 24.5%
Lizmark Sr. 5.8%
Cavernario Galindo 3.0%
Rene Guajardo 2.1%
Alfonso Dantes 1.5%
Rayo de Jalisco Sr. 1.5%
--Best TV show of the past week
Ultimate Fighter 15.6%
--If you don't watch Impact, what is the main reason
Feel intelligence is insulted or get embarrassed watching it if people are around 30.3%
Everything seems rushed, don't remember it when it's over 19.1%
Like the show, but the logic issues made me stop watching 15.9%
Don't make stars 5.1%
Bad storylines 4.7%
Too many angles 4.7%
WWE and UFC is all I have time for 4.7%
Matches/interviews are bad 4.2%
Don't build matches well 3.7%
Not interested in their roster 3.7%
Too many run-ins 2.5%
No stars 1.4%
--Saturday was the 16th anniversary of the AAA When World's Collide PPV from the Los Angeles Sports Arena which was one of the best pro wrestling events of the past 20 years.
--In the U.K., UFC 123 on 11/20 programming starts at 1:15 a.m. on ESPN with the Countdown show, followed by MMA Live, and then the show itself starts at 3 a.m.
--WWE Superstars on Sky 1HD on Friday night in the U.K. didn't have any commentary on the first segment. The commentary was back after they came back from the add break in the Jack Swagger vs. Kaval match. (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
--Some cable systems accidentally put up the preview for next week's Raw instead of tonight' show, which lists the appearances of names like Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Iron Sheik, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes and others. (thanks to Robb Block)
--Two NWA titles changed hands over the weekend. The jr. heavyweight belt went from Mike Quackenbush to Craig Classic on 11/6 in Fort Pierce, FL. The women's title saw Tasha Simone beat Rachel on 11/6 in Lebanon, TN to win the vacant title. (thanks to Bill Behrens).
--Sheldon Goldberg sent out an e-mail today officially announcing the folding of New England Championship Wrestling. He told the wrestlers on Saturday night in Quincy, MA that he was ending the promotion after ten years. They taped five weeks of TV so they will remain on Comcast on Demand in New England until the end of the year. He will continue to do his Mouthpiece Wrestling show on Saturday night's on WWZN in Boston.
--Former WWE wrestlers Steve Ketcher, who worked as Steve Gatorwolf, is running MMA shows on Thursday and Friday night in Chinle, AZ on the Navajo tribe reservation. He's holding tournaments in lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight with $500 prizes and 16 man brackets. He's also promoted six pro wrestling events in Arizona in December.
--Rampage Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Warner-Robins, GA before 75 fans: Kyle Matthews & Mike Posey b Anthony Andrews & Zac Edwards, A.J. Steele b J Stakka, Corey Hollis & Chip Day b Drew Adler & Michael Stevens, Shaun Banks b Adrian Hawkins, Murder One b Simon Sermon-DQ, Mike Posey b Bobby Moore, Mike Stratus & Jake Slater b Evan & Kevan Rymer, J-Rod b Cru Jones, Kyle Matthews b Jeremy Vain-DQ. Dark City Fight Club will appear on their 12/4 show. They have TV on My 41.2 in Macon
--The crew from Pro Wrestling Illustrated was at the 11/6 WSU iPPV show giving Mercedes Martinez an award for WSU Wrestler of the Year and highest ranking independent wrestler in their women's top 50. Results from Saturday night in Union City, NJ: Amber b Brittany Force, Melissa Coates b Jennifer Cruz, Brittney Savage b Sassy Stephanie, Belle Saints b Jana & Cindy Rogers to win tag titles, ODB b Portia Perez, Rain b Jamilia Craft, Jessicka Havok b Amy Lee, Serena b Traci Brooks, Angel Orsini b Alicia, Mercedes Martinez b Jazz, Orsini b Rick Cataldo, Orsini b Cindy Rogers, Orsini b Jana, Orsini b Melissa Coates, Orsini b Brittney Savage, Belle Saints b Jamilia Craft & Jennifer Cruz, Sassy Stephanie b Brittnay Force, Traci Brooks b Amber, Luscious Latasha b Amy Lee-DQ, Serena won four-way over Alicia, Jazz and Portia Perez, Jessicka Havok b ODB, Mercedes Martinez b Rain in 35:00 in an I Quit match to keep the WSU title. Next sow is 3/5 in Union City with Martinez vs. Serena for the title and Orsini vs. ODB.
--NWS on Saturday night in Sayreville, NJ at the Knights of Columbus Victorian Hall with Julio Dinero and Val Venis.
--If anyone has contact info for Lenne Hardt, the former Pride ring announcer, let me know.
--WAR on 12/4 in Lima, OH at UAW Hall with a TLC match and a cage match.
--ECWA on 12/4 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club
--Dory Funk's BANG on 11/20 in Ocala, FL at the Sound Stage with three team-intergender tag team match as the main event. Dory Funk Jr. will be wrestling on the show.
--Former UFC fighter Luigi Fiorvanti was announced for a 12/10 M-1 show in Moscow, Russia against Shahrijar Abassov
--FSW has its biggest show of the year on Friday night in Las Vegas at the Silver Nugget Casino with a three-team TLC match on a show that includes Michael Modest and Brian Cage. They have TV every Friday night at 1 a.m. on the MyNetwork station in the market.