MONDAY UPDATE: 3 HOUR RAW MAIN; UFC LIVE SPECIAL; WRESTLERS ON ESPN FEATURE; PENN TRIES A FIRST
Monday, 20 October 2008 06:47
We're looking for your thoughts on Saturday night's UFC 89, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
Raw will be live tonight in Corpus Christi, TX and we're looking for reports both on this show and on the Smackdown brand house show tonight in Hidalgo, TX. The show has already sold out with 7,000 fans, and will outdraw both the Raw and Smackdown tapings this week. The Smackdown & ECW tapings will be tomorrow night in Laredo headlined by HHH vs. Undertaker.
The aftermath of Bound for Glory and where TNA stands, as well as far more on behind-the-scenes or perhaps the most heavily covered MMA match by the mainstream media are headline stories in tomorrow's jumbo-sized issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue is available for web site subscribers today. To get the Observer sent by mail each week you can subscribe with details below, as well as get up to two free classic issues. We also have an update on Cyber Sunday, the WWE's involvement in a wrestling war in Mexico and how things have changed over the past week, what exactly happened with Scott Hall that has and hasn't been reported elsewhere, and one of the most bizarre criminal cases involving someone who was both an MMA fighter and a pro wrestler.
We also have notes on the debut of Hulk Hogan's new television show, why Terry Funk is furious at Steve Corino, what Bobby Lashley has been up to, Notes on the return of John Cena as well as some long-term WWE bookings plans, and what happened with Lance Cade to cause his release.
We also have a lot of notes on how it is becoming more and more clear that the economy is going to have a serious effect on the business until things stabilize.
We look at where the TNA promotion stands after its biggest show of the year. We look at early business indicators on the show, why they are taking a step backwards on PPV, the swerve attempt and if it worked, the strange Sting heel turn that has made Samoa Joe into a heel and what TNA right now is delivering that WWE won't. We've also got match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results on the show.
We also look at the aftermath of Kimbo Slice vs. Seth Petruzelli, as well as the line between sports and entertainment, legal incentives and illegal incentives when it comes to MMA, business realities that Elite XC faced, how the public has reacted due to the story being so simplified that most don't know it. We have comments from many of the particulars involved and where Elite XC goes from here, as well as the future of Kimbo Slice as a drawing card. We look at contradictory statements, the reaction from the Florida investigation into the fight, different comments by Seth Petruzelli, comments from Dana White and more background on that night that hasn't been reported.
We also have an update on Cyber Sunday, with the completed lineup and the promotion of the show.
We have an update on the wrestling war in Mexico with a major change in the television lineup after one week, ratings for week one, who the change looks to benefit, which promotion bringing up the rear not caring about TV ratings, yet another update on Dos Caras Jr. and notes on the WWE's Mexico tour this week.
We also have a match recently that Vince McMahon was raving about, as well as early notes on Survivor Series and Armageddon and the key things planned for both shows.
We also look at the booking of the return of John Cena, and different possibilities. We also look at why there are more three-hour Raws than before and the company reaction.
We also have notes on the return of Randy Orton, background of a newcomer to WWE television and some mainstream TV that WWE stars are doing.
We also have why there was a WCW like remembrance at TV this past week, as well as a look at Florida Championship Wrestling and the appearances of Ric Flair and John Cena as well as different characters being groomed for the main roster, including the tryout of a third generation wrestler. We also have notes on the best selling DVDs and notes on the weekend California house shows.
We have a look at Scott Hall's weekend, from the Fan Fest to the Iron Sheik roast, what happened, what wrestler didn't cause a scene but was also furious about the jokes about Owen Hart, as well as who missed the fan fest including one former WWE star who no-showed and never even called to say anything about it.
We also have a look at police cracking one of the most bizarre crimes involving an MMA fighter and pro wrestler that we've heard, that dates back 18 years.
We've got our usual weekly coverage with the most in-depth look at the ratings, including segment-by-segment on Raw and Impact, and how all the national pro wrestling and MMA shows did. We've got more on Smackdown's move to MyNetwork TV as well as more on how the MMA audience is a lot different from what was at first imagined.
We also have major TV show reviews as well as result from the major league arena events held around the world over the past week.
We also have coverage of New Japan's show this past week at Tokyo Sumo Hall.
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--Notes on the planned returns of four of the biggest stars in modern pro wrestling
--New booking direction of a company billed around feuding people who all came from the same city
--Former WWE star involved in a hair vs. hair match soon
--Funny story about a major drawing card in Mexico talking about what it would take to get him to go to WWE
--What promotion has totally revamped how it does TV in order to compete with WWE
--What angle has become the most talked about mainstream pro wrestling angle in months and where the angle is leading
--Alex Koslov talks about his jump
--Former TNA performer about to start in Mexico
--Update on the All Japan Sumo Hall show
--All Japan planning to open a new major market
--Update on title vs. title match
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--Update on Bobby Lashley's move into MMA
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--More on Hulk Hogan's new television show and funny stories surrounding the taping as well as where the idea of a judging panel judging match quality came from
--Update on Shane Douglas
--More on the movie "The Wrestler"
--Wrestler to be starring in a Jerry Seinfeld like television show
--Why Karen Angle is no longer with TNA
--Update on TNA videogame
--Why Johnny Devine left TNA
--Update on a TNA gimmick that was promoted and now is on hold and why
--The funny story of how Marcus Davis got involved in TNA
--ESPN doing a major feature on former pro wrestling star
--Notes on Chris Leben's background
--New UFC business deals signed
--Details of lots of new UFC matches on shows between now and the end of the year
--The return to PPV of Rachelle Leah for one night only
--Update on Tito Ortiz's back surgery
--Funny story about a sudden major MMA name who had tried to get into TNA
--Last Show XC card of the year and why the referee became the biggest story
--Update on a new Affliction deal
--Another network in talks for live MMA
--Latest on the Lee Murray case
--Former world champion wrestler now training quietly for an MMA career
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--The next three-hour Raw is 11/3 from Tampa, and promotion of it will start tonight as a celebration of 800 episodes of Raw. They will have Chris Jericho vs. Batista in a cage match and Shawn Michaels & HHH as DX vs. The Miz & John Morrison as the main events. Stars from all three brands will appear
--What was reported as a probable last week is now a definite as Spike will be airing another UFC live event on 2/7, the week after the Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn fight. St. Pierre vs. Penn will be for the welterweight title, giving Penn the chance to become the first person in UFC history to hold championships in two weight divisions at the same time.
--For whatever it's worth, our response level was way down from usual for Saturday night's UFC show so I'm not expecting a big rating.
--Josh Thomson vs. Yves Edwards for the lightweight title has been announced as the main event for the 11/21 Strikeforce show in San Jose.
--ESPN will be airing its 10-minute piece on Brock Lesnar at 7 p.m. Eastern and 4 p.m. Pacific. The UFC web site and ESPN.com will have two minute versions of the piece up tomorrow before the show. Among those on the piece will be Lesnar, Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart and myself. Goldberg gets the most time.
--UFC TV this week has Unleashed on Wednesday at 9 p.m. featuring Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir as the lead-in for the Roli Delgado vs. Junie Browning Ultimate Fighter match. Ultimate Fighter is now doing a first-run show on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. with a replay immediately following at 11 p.m. Countdown to Silva vs. Cote airs Thursday at 11 p.m. after Impact and will air at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the day of the show. All Access with Anderson Silva airs at midnight Thursday, after the Countdown show, and also airs at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. If you missed Saturday night's show, it will replay on Friday night at 9 p.m. and again on Sunday at 1 p.m. There will also be replays of the last two weeks of Ultimate Fighter airing from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. So 16 1/2 hours of programming this week.
--Ric Flair's next major appearance is Saturday at 1 p.m. for the grand opening of the Schewel's Furniture Store in Roanoke
--Poll on Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Wrestling
44.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Polls on the UFC decisions
Bisping vs. Leben
Bisping won 73.9%
Leben won 21.6%
Vera vs. Jardine
Jardine won 68.9%
Vera won 24.4%
--ROH on Saturday night in Edison, NJ at the Inman Sports Club: Briscoes vs. LAX, Austin Aries vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Go Shiozaki vs. Necro Butcher for the FIP title, Jerry Lynn vs. Tyler Black, Brent Albright vs. Davey Richards, Chris Hero vs. Claudio Castagnoli vs. Ruckus vs. Jigsaw vs. Rhett Titus vs. Jason Blade, Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Orisiran Portal and more
--Lance Storm put up a new Q&A on his site at http://www.stormwrestling.com/102008.html
talking about his time in WCW, Samoa Joe, Gail Kim, Kane, who he'd never let chop him and a match he'd jump at coming out of retirement for, even though it's unlikely to happen.
--Latest on the first round of the Battle of Los Angeles tournament has 11/1 bouts of Brandon Bonham vs. Kenny Omega, Bryan Danielson vs. Davey Richards, Low Ki vs. Roderick Strong, Joey Ryan vs. Scott Lost, Chuck Taylor vs. T.J. Perkins and El Generico vs. Nick Jackson vs. Masato Yoshino. Two more matches will be announced in the upcoming days (thanks to Keith Lipinski)
--The premiere of the documentary "Tiger Khan: Fire in the Blood" will be on 10/26 at the Pioneer Theater in New York's East Village at 9 p.m. There will be a Q&A with film makers Evan Ginzburg and Franco Frassetti after the showing.
--ESPN mobile alerts didn't send out the results of Saturday night's UFC until after the matches aired on the East Coast feed. Usually if a sports event is delayed on TV, ESPN mobile sends out the results when the event is over (thanks to Jereme Warneck)
--Jersey All Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Bayonne, NJ before 150 fans: Insane Dragon b Bandido Jr., Best Around b Hot Shots, Angel Orsini b Amy Lee, Chase Del Monte b Chris Dickson, Dixie & Azrael b Corvis Fear & Gavin Quest, Dan Maff & Rhino b Danny Demanto & Grim Reefer (thanks to Mike Omansky)
--The Killer Kowalski Memorial show will be on 10/26 in Malden, MA at the Irish American Hall, as a fundraiser for Kowalski's medical expenses. Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana and Ox Baker will be there
--Northeast Wrestling from Saturday night in Washingtonville, KY: Jason Blade b Michael Sane, Brian Anthony b Hale Collins, Big Daddy V b Rob Eckos, Jerry Lawler & Cherry b Romeo Roselli & Velvet Sky, Ralph Mosca b Ron Zombie, Booker T b Jalil Salaam
--Former UFC fighter and pro wrestler (as well as former ranked judo superheavyweight and college All-American wrestler) Emmanuel Yarbrough is now listed as the fattest athlete in the world after the death of Jose Luis Garza, who clocked in at 1,098 pounds. The claim is Yarbrough is now in the 800 pound range. He was billed at 640 pounds in 1994 when he faced Keith Hackney in UFC.
--Former wrestler Rasta the Voodoomon will be back as Terry Tate, office linebacker, in a new series of commercials.
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 125 fans: Sucio & Kareem Abdul Jamar b Antony Henry & Chris Mayne, Kyle Matthews & Andrew Alexander b Chad Parham & Seth Delay-DQ, Billy Buck & Chris King & Caleb Konley & Chip Day b J.T. Talent & Drew Pendleton & Bob E & Tyler Smith, Adrian Hawkins b Bo Newsome, Jeremy Vain & Rob Adonis b Lane Norris & Ben Woods, Iceberg & Azrael & Shaun Tempers b Mikal Judas & Shadow Jackson & Truitt Fields (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Championship Wrestling on 11/1 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
--CZW added Devon Moore & Drew Blood vs. B-Boy & ? to the Alhambra in Philadelphia on the next show on 11/8
--NWA MSW TV taping on 10/25 in Mount Hope, VA at the Community Center Building
--Empire Wrestling Federation from yesterday in Covina, CA: Black Metal b Icarus Eagle, Joshua Michael b Chato Cortez, Chris Kadillak b Capitan Calico, Espiritu Infernal & Black Spiderman b Dave the Bruiser & Chase Patrick, Black Metal b Extreme Loco, Cotton Candy b Damon Divine, Roger Ruiz b Cousin Chino, Shane Haste b Jason Watts, Kadillak won four-way over Ruiz, Espiritu Infernal and Divine, Extreme Loco won Battle Royal. Next show is 10/24 in Covina at the Knights of Columbus Hall headlined by T.J. Perkins vs. Joey Ryan
--Brian Knobs got TV time in a crowd shot, but not identified, at last night's Red Sox vs Devil Rays game (thanks to Edward Snyder)
--NWS on 11/1 in North Plainfield, NJ at the Social Club's Crystal Room with Giant Silva, La Momia, ECW Zombie, The Patriot and the Clown
--In Sweden on TV4Sport, a replay of Saturday night's UFC airs on Friday at 11 p.m., Countdown to UFC 90 airs at midnight, and UFC 90 goes live from 4-7 a.m. late Saturday/early Sunday, and then will be replayed at 11:30 p.m. Sunday night. (thanks to Daniel Carlsson)
--There will be an Internet PPV of a wrestling show from Albany live on Friday night featuring Nunzio. For more info go to www.gofightlive.tv
--Awesome Kong comes to BANG wrestling on 10/26 in Ocala, FL along with H.C. Loc and Hack Myers.