By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on Thursday's NXT Arrival show, 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 WWE Team Cena show in Jacksonville, FL (John Cena, Randy Orton, Rhodes Brothers, Alberto Del Rio, Big E) and Team Bryan show in Cedar Falls, IA (Daniel Bryan, The Wyatts, The Shield, Sheamus, Kane) plus TNA in Johnson City , TN (Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson cage match, James Storm vs. Gunner, Ethan Carter III vs. Dewey Barnes & Norv Fernam, Chris Sabin & Zema Ion vs. Manik & Kenny King, Samuel Shaw vs. Chase Owens plus Rockstar Spud and ODB).
We're also looking for reports on last night's TNA show in Columbia, SC.
TNA has a One Night Only PPV taping with the Wrestle-One promotion on Sunday at Sumo Hall in Tokyo. Advance tickets for the show have been poor.
Satoshi Kojima vs. Yasufumi Nakanoueno
Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim
Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Masakatsu Funaki vs. Bobby Roode
Yoshihiro Takayama vs Abyss
Keiji Muto & Rob Terry & ? vs. Rene Dupree & Masayuki Kono & Samoa Joe
Austin Aries vs. Seiya Sanada for X title
Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo for tag titles (this could be a three-way adding the Bro Mans)
Magnus vs. Kai for the TNA title
Sunday also has Team Cena in Moline, IL, Team Bryan in Bloomington, IL and TNA in Knoxville (Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson cage match, James Storm vs. Gunner, Ethan Carter III vs. Dewey Barnes & Norv Fernum, Chris Sabin & Zema Ion vs. Manik & Kenny King, Samuel Shaw vs. Shawn Shultz plus ODB and Rockstar Spud).
Monday is the live Raw from Chicago, which has its own intrigue. Brock Lesnar and Dave Batista are advertised. Undertaker and Hulk Hogan are not advertised. The Wyatts vs. The Shield is the announced main event.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Detroit at the Joe Louis Arena.
We've got one of the biggest issues of the year out, another double issue with in-depth notes on the WWE Network launch, full WWE annual financial figures and an analysis of what is good, what is down, what matters, what doesn't, and the whys in every category. This is the most in-depth look at the business of WWE in the sense of the past, present and future, including a rundown of WWE business dating back to 1994. We also have coverage of two PPVs, early notes on the business of UFC 170 and what is and isn't true about Ronda Rousey marketing and drawing.
Our lead story runs down the launch of the WWE network. We look at the problems from a technical standpoint, complaints and what was and wasn't a surprise about how things were handled. We look at the big questions going forward, responses from WWE and MLBAM, overseas viewing, and even a look at early orders.
We also look at some shocking stats about early orders and how they pertain to possible future gains in viewers down the line, both domestically and internationally. We look at polls on viewer responses so far, their satisfaction, lack thereof, how well it's worked for them and more. We also look at what this now seems to mean for the PPV business.
We look at the first NXT special, what content advertised to be there was and wasn't there, what the weekly TV schedule will be, what old shows are up, Chris Benoit on the network, Over the Edge, why things weren't working, what PPVs are there but hard to find and what PPVs aren't there and why, expected and unexpected edits and more.
We've also got full coverage of WrestleMania and how the card stands, what is being teased for the show, what stars don't have matches, as well as full coverage of the Elimination Chamber show from the Target Center in Minneapolis, with match by match coverage, poll results and star ratings.
We also have the annual WWE financial look, with profits, expenses, losses, gains and losses in very aspect of the WWE's business. We look at the movie business and changes, hidden costs, places where expenses went up, how revenue was among the best yet profits were among the worst for any year in company history. We look at cash flow, cash on hand, the stock price and why it has started to fall, the upcoming TV deal, why the company already expects major losses for the first quarter of 2014, and when everything will be a lot more clear about the future of WWE's business and why.
We look at how the changes will change the very fabric of how pro wrestling has been since its inception, and what aspects of creative will lessen greatly in importance. We look at network subscriptions, UFC Fight Pass and its goals, , television talks, C.M. Punk, Vince McMahon talks company business, who will and won't carry PPVs going forward, why television viewership of WWE shows is guaranteed to drop, maybe in more than half by the fall, as well as social media and value.
We also look at, by percentage, where WWE's revenue came from in 2013, and how it has changed over the last year. We also chart where the revenue comes from, as well as the value of the U.K. to WWE.
We look at the WWE's movie business, house show business, profits, merchandise, licensing, home video, magazine and web site business as well as an update on profits and losses of movie releases.
We also look at the best selling DVDs from the year, a PPV chart covering every show over the past three years as well as an analysis of the PPV business and what lessons it tells us about what and who draws, including the value of a promo, value of a title belt, and crowd response vs. money drawing. We look at what PPV shows were surprisingly successful, the surprising best B show performance of the year, what shows didn't do well and the No. 1 disappointment on PPV.
We look at the value of the title unification match, look at TV revenue numbers, Christmas season selling, and a year-by-year look at revenue and profits, and key factors going back 20 years.
We also have more on Hulk Hogan's return to WWE, why the rating wasn't as high as it should have been, notes on developmental, WWE editing footage, Steve Austin talks backstage in WWE, how the business is changing for characters, RVD talks WWE future, what WWE T-shirt may have a legal issue, Internet interest in various characters after the last few TV shows, what WWE stars have the most and least twitter followers, Indie stars getting WWE looks in a few weeks and latest on house show directions.
We also have a feature on the retirement of Hall of Famer El Hijo del Santo. We look at him, his famous father, his awards, his biggest feuds, the Santo name, problems with his family and with other promoters, the start of his popularity, and his biggest feuds and mask match record. We also look at his most famous match ever in the U.S., the feud his family killed, his singles match with Rey Misterio Jr. and his final match with AAA.
We also have a look at what the Gilbert Melendez deal was about, how it's a landmark deal and what is says about the future for top fighters. We look at his schedule going forward, the lightweight division, if this hurts Bellator, the featherweight division, UFC contracts and Eddie Alvarez.
We've also got coverage of UFC 170, who is Patrick Cummins, what happens next for Daniel Cormier, Sara McMann and Ronda Rousey, the controversies on the stoppages and more.
We look at the business of UFC 170, the push of Rousey as UFC's biggest star and if that's true or not. We look at the two big matches for Rousey, neither of which may ever happen, and in particular, Rousey vs. Cyborg, risks and rewards. We look at Cyborg's latest spin on the situation and her challenge to Rousey, as well as match-by-match coverage, announced pay for all fighters and more.
We also look at an interview Kurt Angle did talking about his battling drug addiction.
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Also in this week's issue:
--The Legends honored at this year's Dos Leyendas show
--The biggest match ever in Mexican wrestling
--Former WCW wrestler health issue
--Title vs. title program being looked at
--AAA's big show at Juan de la Barrera Gym and angles coming from it
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--Big title matches for Dragon Gate
--Former Pride star and UFC fighter makes surprising pro wrestling appearance in an impromptu match
--More on this year's Champion Carnival tournament
--New Japan vs. NOAH program notes including big matches coming shortly
--Legendary rivals from 1990 form a tag team
--Notes on a Pro Wrestling NOAH big show
--A new match-up in New Japan being teased
--Prince Devitt talks WWE offer
--Promoter and wrestling star in trouble over serious fiscal allegations
--Jake Roberts update
--Pro wrestling legend in a national TV reality show
--A look at how pro wrestling podcasts are doing
--Canadian Olympic medalists in pro wrestling
--Retirement mach for a 90s star coming in April
--Amazing win streak in wrestling ends
--Big ROH weekend and a look at the New Japan tie-up
--Coverage of the ROH anniversary show and television taping
--How WWE's TV negotiations affect the smaller promotions
--More on Jeff Jarrett's goal to start a new promotion and what he's said
--Notes on TNA's PPV taping from Japan, with the complete lineup and how it came about
--Notes on TNA's Lockdown PPV, including what match is in jeopardy
--Why the TNA tag title change happened at a house show
--How UFC's Machida vs. Mousasi show did, and what was and wasn't misleading about the rating and what it showed
--Update on Thiago Silva after his arrest and being jailed
--Update on UFC Fight Pass
--A look at the next UFC show
--UFC new broadcast team
--Cult hockey player signs with UFC
--Tons of new UFC fights including almost a complete card for April
--Notes on Bellator's season opener
--New TV show about to air featuring former UFC legend
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--John Cena is working through a groin strain, or at least that's what he said last night at the house show. His leg was heavily taped up when working in North Charelston, SC last night. He called the injury a groin strain, not a groin tear. We're awaiting an update on him. It is possible this is just storyline playing up the hospital deal from Raw, as that is company policy to sell TV series in public. Orton worked on the injury during the match for heat as opposed to leaving it alone.
--Tuesday's Vancouver Province had an article and photo of Hulk Hogan regarding his return to WWE. The article was in depth but never mentioned Hogan had worked for TNA (thanks to Ed Ludwig)
--We've heard from people with Roku boxes that said since WWE tweeted the update that has fixed the problem and things are working on the network. Others have said it's most working fine but when trying to watch Starrcade 84 and WrestleMania rewind they got kicked off the network.
--Apple TV has been sending out emails to people outside the U.S. who have purchased the network through them that they are sending them refunds because the service is only allowed in the U.S.
--Entertainment Weekly had a story on the WWE Network. (thanks to Michael O'Brien)
--Hopefully for his sake this is part of a planned angle, as Dolph Ziggler went on twitter to complain that they edited out the "We Want Ziggler" chants from the sound on last night's Smackdown show. If it is, what a weird angle. If it isn't, what a weird decision.
WHICH MATCH WAS BETTER
Cesaro vs. Zayn 55.3%
The Shield vs. Wyatts 44.7%
POLL ON IMPACT
53.4% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?
Chris Weidman 73.8%
Lyoto Machida 26.2%
DO YOU BELIEVE FIGHTS ON TRT WILL:
Continue to use PEDs, and now they're being tested less 49.1%
Continue to use PEDs but commissions will test them as much 38.8%
Follow the rules and fight with no PEDs 12.1%
--Starbuck returned to Japan after a neck injury to win the Wrestle New Classic title from Tajiri on Thursday night in Tokyo.
--Kemper Arena, the building that Owen Hart fell to his death in, but has become obsolete with the opening of the Sprint Center in Kansas City, is in a battle between two sides for control of the future of the largely empty building. One side, American Royal, wants to tear it down and replace it with a small agricultural and multipurpose center. The other, Foutch Brothers, wants to turn it into a regional youth sports building. Mayor Sly James is with the former, meaning a demolition is likely. There is a story at http://bitly/NsNU0a
(thanks to Joey Sprinkle)
--Big Time Wrestling sold out the Spartanburg, SC Memorial Auditorium with 1,612 fans last night, which included an appearance by Ric Flair. Results: Kenny James b George South Sr., Zane Reilly & Josh Powers b Alex Rizzo & Cedric Alexander, Sojo Bolt b Reby Sky, Flex Armstrong NC Big Van Vader, Shane Helms b Slyck Wagner Brown, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson & Jimmy Valiant b Bam Shaw & Beny Miles & Mr. T.A., Matt Hardy b C.W. Anderson (thanks to Michael Carpenter)
--Even though it is on Fight Pass, next week's UFC show from London is airing on TV in Canada on Sportsnet 360. (thanks to Paul Fontaine)
--Kurt Angle was part of a quick sketch on British TV this morning on Soccer AM. He appeared with character Franky Fryer and took part is ins "Keep Me Nut Down" section. This was filmed when Angle was in the U.K. a few weeks ago. It was mentioned Angle worked for TNA and they were touring the country (thanks to Sean Coleman)
--Cage Warriors is live in Canada on The Fight Network starting 4 p.m. Eastern time headlined by John Maguire vs. Saul Rogers from Dublin, Ireland.
--Today on the WWE Network (all times Eastern)
3 p.m. 2013 Royal Rumble
6 p.m. Smackdown 8/25/99
7:30 p.m. WWE Smackdown Backstage Pass replay
8 p.m. Steve Austin Beyond the Ring DVD
10:30 p.m. This Week in WWE
11 pm. Austin DVD replay
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1952 - Mike & Ben Sharpe beat Ronnie Etchison & Sandor Szabo to win the world tag team titles in San Francisco
1953 - Al Kashey & Tom Rice beat Rikidozan & Bobby Bruns to win the Hawaiian tag titles in Honolulu
1966 - Fritz Von Erich & Duke Keomuka beat The Destroyer & Golden Terror to win the world tag team titles in Dallas
1967 - Curtis Iaukea beat Johnny Barend to win the U.S. title in Honolulu
1972 - Kinji Shibuya & Great Goliath beat Earl Maynard & Dory Dixon to win the Americas tag team titles in Los Angeles
1975 - Pierre Martel beat Carlos Colon to win the North American title in Bayamon, PR, and Toru Tanaka won a tournament to become the first Caribbean champion
1976 - Main matches in Madison Square Garden. Ric Flair made his debut beating Pete Sanchez. Superstar Billy Graham & Ivan Koloff beat WWWF tag champs Tony Parisi & Louis Cerdan via count out, Bruno Sammartino beat Ernie Ladd to keep the WWF title and Bobo Brazil beat Crusher Blackwell to keep the U.S. title
1977 - Dick Murdoch beat Great Zimm (Waldo Von Erich) in Shreveport to win the North American title
1981 - Steve Keirn beat Kevin Sullivan in Atlanta to win the National TV title
1981 - Villano III beat Fishman in Naucalpan to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1982 - Jerry Lawler beat Dutch Mantel in Memphis to win the Southern title
1986 - Chris Benoit & Ben Bassarab beat Honky Tonk Wayne Farris & Ron Starr to win the International tag team tiles in Regina, Saskatchewan
1989 - Carlos Colon beat Jason the Terrible to win the WWC TV title in San Juan
1992 - Bam Bam Bigelow & Big Van Vader beat Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase in Yokohama to win the IWGP tag team titles
1992 - Wendell Cooley & Frankie Lancaster beat Rex King & Ricky Santana in Mayaguez, PR to win the WWC tag titles
1993 - Jeff Jarrett beat Brian Christopher to win the Southern title and J.C. Ice beat Danny Davis in a tournament final to become the first USWA middleweight champion
1993 - Bobby Eaton beat Tim Horner to win the SMW TV title
1998 - Bam Bam Bigelow beat Taz to win the ECW TV title in Asbury Park, NJ
--PCW Road to Glory from last night in England (Not sure the city): Kris Travis b Martin Kirby, Dave Rayne b Grado, Joey Hayes b Robbie X, Dave Mastiff b Jonathan Gresham, Bubblegum b The Godfather, Chris Masters b Cyanide, Chris Hero b Noam Dar, Mike Bennett b Danny Hope (Bennett used the GTS, playing off all the C.M. Punk chants) Rampage Brown & T-Bone b A.J. Styles & Lionheart. Lionheart walked out on Styles and Brown pinned him after a piledriver. This sets up Styles vs. Lionheart today. (thanks to Jan Buxton)
--Evolve and Dragon Gate USA have announced some main events for WrestleMania week in New Orleans:
4/3 has Chris Hero defending the Evolve title against Trent Baretta
4/4 has Johnny Gargano defending the Open the Freedom Gate title against Ricochet
4/5 has a six-man tag team match from Dragon Gate.
--Thursday night in Pachuca, Mexico: Brazo Cibernetico & Brazo de Oro Jr. b Robin & Zony, Goya Kong & Muneca de Plata & Princesa Blanca b Amapola & Dallys la Caribena & Tiffany, Maximo & Rush & La Sombra b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Shocker-DQ, Marco Corleone & La Mascara & Volador Jr. b Barbaro Cavernario & Felino & Mr. Niebla (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Sin Cara vs. Black Warrior for the Baja Stars middleweight title headlines tonight's show at the Auditorio in Tijuana.
--Misterioso vs. Rocky Romero for the UIPW middleweight title headlines a show at the Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles tomorrow
--St. Louis Anarchy from last night in Alton, IL: Jojo Bravo b Evan Gelistico, Brandon Espinosa b Bolt Brady, Devin & Mason Cutter b Dan Walsh & Jeremy Wyatt, Darin Corbin b Angelus Layne, Arik Cannon b Ricky Stars, Roderick Strong b Gerald James, Jordan Lacey over Alex the Big Owl and Alex Castle, Danny Cannon b Zakk Sawyers, Kyle O'Reilly b Christian Rose, Johnny Gargano & Nick Jackson b Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--From David Letterman: "America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that pro wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked."
--Pro Wrestling Experience from last night in Quincy, MA: Mike McCarthy NC Jon Thornhill, Tony Atlas & Caleb Konley b Soviet Assault, Jimmy Jacobs b Chasyn Rance, Jeremy Prophet & Rex Lawless vs. Brian Rich & Marko Estrada (result not listed), Brian Cage b Danny Duggan to win heavyweight title (thanks to Al Haft)
--wXw drew its new attendance record of 613 yesterday in Hamburg, Germany: Michael Dante b Robert Kaiser, Ivan Kiev b Kim Ray, Sasa Keel b Michael Schenkenberg, Tommaso Ciampa b Freddy Stahl to keep the TV title (Stahl got a standing ovation after the match), Ivan Kiev b Michael Dante to earn a spot in the 16 Carat Gold tournament, , Axel Tischer b Ivan Kiev, Tommy End b Bad Bones John Klinger, Axel Dieter Jr. & Da Mask kept tag titles over Karsten Beck & Sha Samuels. Next show in Hamburg is 7/19. Tony St. Clair and Mike Ritter along with wXw co-owner Christian Jakobi announced Power of Wrestling and wXw have a joint show on 5/15 in Hannover at the Schutzenplatz called Catch Roulette.