MONDAY UPDATE: VINCE RETURNS, LOTS OF PROMOTION FOR WEEKEND EVENTS; TRIGG'S NEXT FIGHT;NEW WWE HIRE
Monday, 19 January 2009 07:55
We're looking for your thoughts on both the UFC 93 and ROH Rising Above PPV shows, 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 live reports from Chicago tonight with the ECW show, dark matches and anything else not evident from watching the live show, as well as reports from tonight's Smackdown show in Muncie, IN and last night's Raw house show in Madison, WI.
Raw tonight has the return of Vince McMahon, plus C.M. Punk gets to challenge William Regal in a no DQ match for the IC title in his home city, as well as Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox and the JBL-John Cena contract signing for Sunday's Royal Rumble. It's the Raw go-home show for the Rumble, so they pretty much have to finalize if there are any new undercard matches tonight.
We're also looking for reports from the TNA house shows tomorrow night in Manchester, England and Wednesday in Birmingham, England.
The 2008 Awards issue of the Observer, a double issue that is traditionally the best selling issue of the year, comes out a week from today for print subscribers and later this week for those with web site subscriptions.
Today's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has a brief look at famous wrestling movies, a long story on UFC's PPV business with updated numbers and plans for the next six months as far as the shows, what is planned, what has changed in the past few days, where UFC 92 fit in from various different estimates, what led to the success of UFC 92, where it was the most successful and a look at the next several PPV events.
We also have a rundown of the good and bad of TNA Genesis, including what sobering reality hit at the show, along with a match-by-match rundown, updated injury situation, star ratings for every match and poll ratings for the show.
We also have the most detailed story regarding WWE cuts, both key office people, some very well known stars, developmental talent, referees and more. We look at the reasons the cuts were done, a background on the different cuts, where the company stands right now, as well as a look at the people cut and the retirement of Victoria.
We've got the first report on how Survivor Series did on PPV, and whether or not it really is still one of the big four, and how effective the build for John Cena's return and the last day hotshot Jeff Hardy angle really were.
We've also got an update on the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductions.
We've also got more on fallout from the Waxman hearings on drug use in pro wrestling and a funny story about how the WWE's new standards over who they sign and which of its biggest current stars would not be able to get in today due to not making the size requirement. We also have some major media reaction to the hearings. We also note the frequency of pot test failures, as well as some interesting notes when it comes to exemptions when it comes to baseball testing.
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--A first in the 75 year history of Lucha Libre
--One of the biggest matches in years falls apart and one participants says it was all a grandstand challenge to begin with
--AAA's first TV taping of the year
--Former WWE and TNA wrestler savages his trip to Mexico and says one of world's biggest promotions is incompetent
--A new dream match in Japan being talked about
--More cost cutting from two more of the major promotions
--A surprising moment at a Japanese show
--60-year-old long-time babyface goes heel
--Amateur national champion returns to pro wrestling this past week
--Update on Hiroyoshi Tenzan after surgery
--Nostalgia show based on glory days of Japanese wrestling
--Notes on Bruno Sammartino in Pittsburgh
--One of wrestling's biggest stars of the past 40 years has disappeared
--A look at the life of a football star who wrestled in the off season
--Update on Stevie Richards
--More on a continuing promotional fraud
--Update on ROH and HDNet talks regarding ROH's first major TV deal
--Mick Foley talks about how much wrestling he'd be expected to do
--Christy Hemme injury update
--Update on New Japan and TNA relations
--A look at the next month of TNA television
--Update on Quinton Jackson's status
--Lots on the next season of Ultimate Fighter
--Story of Roger Huerta leaving UFC
--Update on ticket sales to UFC next few PPV events
--More on promotion of Penn-St. Pierre
--Tons of new UFC matches for upcoming shows
--Update on Satoshi Ishii and UFC
--A look at the next two Spike TV specials
--More on K-1 New Year's Eve show
--Dream and K-1 Max plans for 2009 schedule
--Gilbert Yvel sanctioning update
--Affliction does new giveaway gimmick
--Freddy Roach talks about Fedor's boxing not being any good
--Promotion in serious negotiations for a U.S. major network prime time special
--Notes on new MMA book
--Looking back to when wrestlers tried to join an actors union more than 35 years ago and what happened
--Best selling wrestling DVDs
--Unlikely wrestler on the cover of a fitness magazine
--New WWE signings
--Two new books being started
--Details of weekend WWE house shows
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--Versus is pushing a must-see doubleheader on Sunday with the NHL All-Star game at 6 p.m., followed by WEC, featuring Jens Pulver vs. Urijah Faber's rematch and Jamie Varner vs. Cowboy Donald Cerrone for the lightweight title, at 9:30 p.m. If there is time between events, they will air an episode of Sports Soup. Versus NHL ratings are up 18% from last season so far, with Males 18-34 up 64%
--Affliction has a celebrity filled press conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Trump Tower Atrium which will include Donald Trump, Fedor Emelianenko, Oscar De La Hoya, Tito Ortiz and promoters Tom Atencio and Vadim Finkelstein. It is open to the public. They have another press conference at Noon on Wednesday at the House of Blues on Sunset in Los Angeles featuring all the fighters on the show as well as De La Hoya, Ortiz and the promoters.
--Frank Trigg has his next MMA match scheduled on 2/14 in Daytona Beach at the Ocean Center on a show the night before the Daytona 500. Also on the show are Terry Martin and former Tampa Bay Bucs defensive end Marcus Jones.
--Michelle Wilson, head of marketing for the U.S. Tennis Association, resigned last week. Rumors have her going to WWE, which recently cut loose Geof Rochester, who headed the marketing department. Wilson worked as VP of marketing for the XFL before going to work with the tennis organization.
--This week's UFC TV programming, besides the ten-hour block on Saturday against Affliction, will be two hours of Unleashed tomorrow night featuring Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson and Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day. Wednesday night also has a three hour block with matches like Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie and B.J. Penn vs. Caol Uno at 9 p.m., followed by episode two of the most talked about show, UFC Prime Time with St. Pierre vs. Penn buildup, which then replays at 10:30 p.m., and is followed by an Anderson Silva special at 11 p.m. Thursday night will air episode one of St. Pierre vs. Penn at midnight, followed by episode two.
--Tomorrow night will be the FSN documentary on Fedor Emelianenko
--Kofi Kingston is headed to Denmark after TV this week to do publicity regarding WWE getting television back in that country (thanks to Michael Madsen)
--Fox News reported that Linda Bollea caused a disturbance at the Sundance Film Festival today. They said that Linda, "donning a terrible fur coat and pink lipstick paraded her 19-year-old (he's 20) boy toy Charlie Hill up and down Main Street to fully utilize the photo ops and at one point traffic controllers had to stop the cars in every direction as so many fans and pas were crazily rushing to get a snap of the happy-to-ose twosome." Nick was there while Linda was making out with Hill.
--We will be hosting a live stream of an Affliction press conference on the site at 8 p.m. Eastern. You can e-mail in questions at
--Wrestling Observer Radio returns late tonight covering tonight's Raw as well as the latest news on the site.
--A couple of notes regarding the incident with Randy Orton and the fan from Saturday night's house show in LaCrosse, WI. Reader James Pollack said a fan in a red hat started bad mouthing Orton, Orton then got in his face, grabbed his hat and threw it back about 15 rows. Security jumped in to make sure the fan didn't do anything. Another said it was a lot made out of nothing as Orton was just getting into fans faces as he came to the ring and threw the guys hat.
--The Wrestler was No. 19 at the box office this week at $1.7 million in 144 theaters
--Strongest candidate for 2009 Hall of Fame
Fabulous Moolah 30.9%
Jesse Ventura 28.1%
Midnight Express 21.7%
Carlos Colon 5.5%
Dr. Wagner 2.1%
Roy Shire 1.9%
Bill Miller 1.8%
Masa Saito 1.2%
Seiji Sakaguchi 0.9%
The Assassins 0.7%
--Will Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn break the UFC all-time PPV record
--Should UFC bring Mark Coleman back?
Yes, but only in a legends match against someone of similar age 56.9%
--Inductions to the Memphis wrestling Hall of Fame are at www.memphiswrestlinghalloffame.com
Class of 2008 is Billy Wicks, Sputnik Monroe, Jackie Fargo, Jimmy Valiant, Tommy Rich, Eddie Gilbert, The Von Brauners, The original Heavenly Bodies (Al & Don Greene), Jerry Jarrett & Tojo Yamamoto, Tommy Gilbert & Eddie Marlin, Phil Hickerson & Dennis Condrey and Stan Lane & Steve Keirn.
--Wrestlezone on 1/31 at the Grangemouth Town Hall
--The 2008 Wrestling Observer Newsletter index, which has a listing of the main stories in every issue of the year, is available for $5 in North America and $8 overseas at
It's also free for anyone who orders $25 worth of pre-1991 issues to him. The entire expanded index covering every issue from 1983 to the present is $18 in North America and $28 overseas.
--The 1/24 IWC show in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center, featuring an appearance from Ric Flair, has the biggest advance in company history for a non-sold show except for their legends events.
--Metro Sports in Kansas City debuted a series called "Roller Warriors" last night, which replays Thursday at 9:30 p.m. It's a seven week series which is a documentary of the 2008 season of Roller Derby in that area. (thanks to Justin Kendall)
--NWA Anarchy from last night in Cornelia, GA before 160 fans: Don Matthews & Chip Day & Bo Newsome b Jeff Lewis & Jay Clinton & Mike Mosley, Hayden Young b Alan Funk (former WCW wrestler Kwee Wee), Shaun Tempers b Tyler Smith-DQ, Kimo b Chris King, Malachi b Adryan Hawkins, Azrael b Kyle Matthews, T.K. Cross b Seth Delay-DQ, Shadow Jackson & Ace Rockwell b Jeremy Vain & Rob Adonis
--Toni Baszo at
is looking for any footage of her husband, Scott Bazso, who passed away in November,. Bazso worked TV jobs for WWF in the 90s and worked a lot of California independents at that time.
--GCW on 2/20 in Oshawa, ONT at the Great Canadian Legion
--High Impact Wrestling on Friday night in Regina, Saskatchewan at The German Club
--All Star Wrestling on Friday night in North Vancouver at the Chief Joe Mathias Centre
--ECCW on Saturday night in Abbots,ford, BC at the Abby Arts Centre
--There will be a tribute show to the late Sailor Ed White aka Moondog King, a former WWF tag champ in the 80s, with two shows at the CLB Armory on Saturday for Republic Pro Wrestling
--Pat Patterson, the Hall of Fame wrestler who came up with the Royal Rumble idea from his experience working for Roy Shire in promoting the annual January Battle Royal, turned 68 today. Ron Killings turned 37.
--Tom Lister, who played Zeus as a foe of Hulk Hogan in both the movie "No Holds Barred," as well as in two PPV shows, will be in the Celebrity Rehab Sober House on 1/22 (thanks to Matt Obbema)
--Rich Tate's Atlanta wrestling nostalgia
77 years ago today: World champion Jim Londos won two straight falls over Blue Sun Jennings before a sellout crowd of 5,000 fans
59 years ago: Lillian Ellison, a few years before becoming Slave Girl Moolah and later, the Fabulous Moolah, lost to Celia Blevins in the semi-main event of the weekly show
41 years ago: Ray Gunkel & Buddy Fuller kept the world tag team titles beating Stan & Butcher Vachon
36 years ago: Haystacks Calhoun won a Battle Royal while Eddie & Mike Graham beat Sputnik & Rocker Monroe to keep the Georgia tag team titles. The original El Sicodelico worked in prelims.
35 years ago in Griffin: Mr. Wrestling II beat Robert Fuller in the main event, while Jerry Lawler, Bob Armstrong and Iron Sheik worked underneath
33 years ago in Augusta: Abdullah the Butcher & The Spoiler beat Dusty Rhodes & Dick Slater in the main event
30 years ago: Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff won the Georgia tag team titles from Jack & Jerry Brisco, while Dusty Rhodes no contest Angelo Mosca and Wahoo McDaniel & Thunderbolt Patterson beat Stan Hansen & Masked Superstar
--James Tolin at
is looking for a new home for his collection of 85 episodes of NWA Wildside (2000-2002) and 60 of the original weekly TNA PPV shows from Nashville
--Shawn Spears returns to Ontario indies with shows on 2/19 to 2/21 for GCW
--Paul London and Bryan Danielson are appearing for Pro Wrestling Octane on 5/2 and 5/3 in Bethnal Green, England (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--Jim Lersch at
is looking to purchase tapes of Mid South Wrestling and Houston Wrestling from 1983-87
--EvoLucha Entertainment wrestling from Saturday night in Newhall, CA before 163 fans: Johnny Nuemonic b Angel, 88 over Clay Motley and Steve Pain, Bo Cooper b Oso Loco, Rico Dynamite b Lucha Machine, B.C. Killer & Frank Alvarez b Jok & Pinky-DQ, Damien Arsenik b Famous B, Supreme b Shane Wells
--There will be an MMA inspired fashion show in Las Vegas on 2/18 at the Throwdown Research and Development Center near the Mandalay Bay with many fighters, celebrities and models appearing. For more info you can get in touch with
--Platinum Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Michigan City, IN: Syd & Chad Korsse & Doink b Ottis & Spaulding & Kaleb Alexander, Brian Nelson b Matt Longtime, Brutus Dylan over Kris Dazed and Johnny Longstocking, T.C. Washington b Shady Chris-DQ, American History Next b Patriot & Frankie DeFalco, Jim Neidhart b Derek St. Holmes, Erico b Colin Troy (thanks to Steve Stone)
--Steeltown Wrestling on 1/30 in Winnipeg at the Centre for Conscious Living
--AAW on Saturday night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club features Jimmy Jacobs vs. Ryan Boz in fans bring the weapons and Tyler Black vs. Davey Richards
--FCW on Saturday night in Cudahy, CA before 500 fans: Rogelio Ruiz b Vigilante, Brandon Gatson & Ryan Taylor b Cyanide & Vintage Dragon, Matt & Nick Jackson b Scott Lost & Joey Ryan, Fantasma & Hijo del Fantasma & Los Chivos b Fuerza Guerrera & Juventud Guerrera & Black Metal & Zodiac, L.A. Park & Tinieblas Jr. & Sr. b Scorpio Jr. & Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000. Fuerza and Juventud split up and challenged each other to a match on the next show (thanks to Jake Alexander)
--Marcus Aurelio vs. Chris Liguori and Paul Bradley vs. Nathan Coy headline for World Cagefighting Alliance on 2/6 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City
--No AWA on ESPN Classics for late Wednesday night this week due to Winter X Games Classics airing that night (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
--Mike Quackenbush works for Pro Wrestling Nexus on 1/31 in Gulfport, MS at the VFW Hall (thanks to Paul Guyton)
--Results from AAA's Saturday night in Naucalpan for the retirement of ref El Fresero: Atomic Boy & La Parkita & Octagoncito & Mascarita Divina b Mini Charly Manson & Mini Chessman & Mascarita de la Muerte & Mini Psicosis, Cynthia Moreno & Oriental & Mini Abismo Negro & Negro Contreras b Billy Boy & Gran Apache & Vicky Carranza & Mascarita Sagrada, Mr. Condor & Gallego & Angel Mortal b Decnis & Yuriko & Diva Salvaje, X-Pac & Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov b Joe Lider & Nicho & Hijo del Fresero, Psycho Circus b Laredo Kid & Alan Stone & Alebrije, Konnan & Zorro & El Brazo b Octagon & Super Porky & Gronda-DQ
--Mistico is working border town shows on 1/30 in Reynosa and 1/31 in Rio Bravo. Second night is Mistico & Volador Jr. vs. Averno & Mephisto
--Hector Garza & La Mascara & El Hijo del Fantasma won the CMLL trios titles from Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero & Negro Casas last night in Monterrey