MON. UPDATE: RAW/TNA NOTES; MYSTERIO UPDATE; TEST UPDATE; TNA STAR INJURED; ROH BIG MATCHES
Monday, 16 March 2009 07:15
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's TNA Destination X 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 also looking for reports on tonight's Raw tapings in San Antonio, with both the ECW matches and other dark matches. Ric Flair, Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper are all booked for tonight's show, which has a main event of Undertaker & Shawn Michaels vs. JBL & Vladimir Kozlov. We're also looking for reports from tonight's TNA tapings in Orlando, where they are billing "one of the biggest main events ever" without advertising what it is. Top matches are ODB & Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed and Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Yujiro & Tetsuya Naito.
We're also looking for reports from WWE weekend house shows on Saturday night in Lubbock and Beaumont, and yesterday in Waco and San Angelo, as well as Saturday night's TNA show in Cincinnati.
There will be tapings for two weeks worth of Smackdowns tomorrow night in Corpus Christi. First show will have Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP for the U.S. title.
TNA also tapes TV tomorrow night in Orlando.
A look at all the chaos that surrounded UFC this weekend, including the changing of the main events, Frank Mir's injury, Quinton Jackson, the show and how it all went down is one of several major stories in today's jumbo-sized issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The issue also has an update on Hulk Hogan's career, details behind the current financial issues, what he filed in court and what that says about not only wrestling at Wrestlemania, but other endeavors like television shows.
We also have a story about a WWE headliner who is talking about retirement very soon.
We also have the first official word on how the Royal Rumble did, and what that means for Wrestlemania. We also look at how the Rumble on PPV did compared to the other PPV shows in January and there is a shocking deal there. We also talk about the promotion of the event itself.
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We also have notes on one of pro wrestling's all-time greats who hinted this past week about wanting to come back for one last match, as well as an analysis of Christian's return to WWE.
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We've got an update on the Raven independent contractors lawsuit against WWE, including the judges rulings on why he threw the case out, where the case now stands, as well as TV analysts talk about the case including one who predicts that if it goes before a jury, the wrestlers will win big.
We've got a lot of notes on WWE business including some very interesting web site news as well as DVD sales news.
We've got features on six different people let go by WWE over the past week or weeks, details as to why and what was and wasn't expected. We look at a TNA star who wants to come to WWE, how WWE projects like DVDs and the album did this past week, as well as an analysis of the leaked Raw script.
We also have a look at the leading candidate for a site for Wrestlemania in 2011, and if it's in the site, a few possible Hall of Fame candidates from that city.
We also have a look at how WWE sees its roster, including rankings from top to bottom on all three brands, as well as a listing of all the second generation wrestlers currently in training, and a wrestler who is listed on the main roster but seems to have been forgotten even though Vince wanted him to be pushed and at one point he was earmarked for a major role.
We also discuss Lance Storm's recent articles on WWE doing seasons like in other sports with down time.
We've also got coverage of the latest Dream show, details on the next season of Ultimate Fighter including a rundown of the roster of the two squads, and coverage of Europe's biggest annual pro wrestling tournament featuring stars from several Japan offices, TNA and ROH.
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--Lots of new UFC matches
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--UFC 98 complete lineup
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--Rey Mysterio did work in San Angelo yesterday, so his knee injury in Lubbock wasn't serious at all. He had to be carried from the ring after he injured his left knee in Lubbock on Saturday night when he slipped off the ropes doing a 619. However, Shawn Michaels, scheduled for the main event, was not in San Angelo. We don't have a report as to why, but the belief was WWE pulled him from the show to help promote tonight's Raw. Michaels had worked on Friday and Saturday night, and is scheduled for one of tonight's TV main events.
--According to Tampa police, there will be nothing new on the Andrew Martin case as far as a cause of death for several weeks, pending toxicology reports.
--We once again got several reports that the picture and audio at the TNA PPV was out of synch for those watching on The Dish Network. This is the second time in recent months this has happened.
--The Navy veteran, Jesse Neal, who legitimately was a Navy vet, is a guy from the Team 3-D wrestling school. "Bernie Weber" was Mike Weber, who worked in marketing for WCW and now for TNA.
--Consequences Creed suffered a concussion in the Ultimate X match last night
as the three biggest stars of all-time. It notes that there are more than two dozen Lucha Libre promotions in Southern California alone.
--UFC is copying WWE for UFC 100 holding a Fan Expo on 7/10 and 7/11 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. We'll have more details as the show approaches.
--Announced for the 4/3 ROH Supercard of Honor show in Houston is Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Roderick Strong and KENTA vs. Davey Richards. They also announced Ric Flair's third appearance on his contract with the group would be on 6/26 in Detroit. Brent Albright vs. Claudio Castagnoli has been added for Saturday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
--The Army National Guard will be the sponsor of Wrestlemania
--THQ announced the UFC Undisputed video game will have Forrest Griffin on the cover, except in Canada, where Georges St. Pierre will be on the cover.
--The "Botchmania" sign in the opening match on last night's PPV, which was also on the last WWE PPV, was confiscated after the first match. I think some people may have thought it was the subtitle on the first half of the show.
--The SciFi Channel is changing its name to Syfy starting on 7/7. It's part of a rebranding campaign. Part of it is because SciFi as a term couldn't be trademarked and merchandised while they can trademark Syfy.
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--UFC TV programming for the week includes a replay of Ultimate Knockouts 4 tomorrow night at 9 p.m. head-to-head with ECW. The January 25, 2007, Spike special headlined by Rashad Evans vs. Sean Salmon airs Wednesday night from 9-11 p.m. There will be a one-hour Anderson Silva special at 8 p.m. on Thursday before Impact. There is also four hours of Unleashed on Sunday from 6-10 p.m.
--The NCAA Division I wrestling tournament, where no doubt a ton of future MMA stars will be coming from (and probably no future pro wrestling stars), takes place Thursday through Saturday in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center. The finals air live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. We will have coverage of this as the week goes on.
--Brock Lesnar is currently a 3-1 favorite over Frank Mir, which is ridiculous.
--Have the Orton vs. HHH angles on TV made you:
More interested in seeing their Wrestlemania match 19.3%
Less interested in seeing their Wrestlemania match 42.0%
Made no difference either way 38.7%
What exactly is the purpose of an angle?
Have the Matt vs. Jeff Hardy angles on TV made you:
More interested in seeing their match 24.9%
Less interested in seeing their match 29.2%
Made no difference either way 45.9%
--Who do you expect to win this match?
Bobby Lashley 85.0%
Jason Guida 15.0%
--In Chicago on Friday night, the Boys Basketball in the Smackdown time slot did a 0.5 rating while Smackdown did a 1.9, but the 2.7 from 11:45 to midnight was the highest quarter hour of the day on the station. This coming Friday will be the last week Smackdown airs on a delay Cin Chicago. (thanks to Rich Koz)
--FWIW, Suzanne Somers was on Fox News Friday night and said she uses HGH, saying she's only using the amount to keep up with what her body used to produce when she was younger. (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
--North Shore Wrestling on Saturday night in Peabody, MA at John McCarthy Elementary School (Hey, I really did go to Bret Hart Middle School): Mike Lynch & Billy King b Rocco Abruzzi & Perry Von Vicious, Max Bauer b Tony Bennett & Buddy Romano, Pizzazz b Biggie Greene-DQ, Sid Reeves b Johnny Royal, Chris Venom & Fred Curry Jr. (grandson of Wild Bull Curry) b Scott Reed & Psycho, Sonny Goodspeed b Bob Evans, Shane Sharpe b Alex Arion. Next show is 4/18 in the same location (thanks to Atlee Greene)
--NWA Charlotte from Saturday night before 650 fans. The show was described as being like a bad episode of TNA. Zach Salvation b Malachi & Ostgard, Nicky & Frank b Ace Rockwell & Chris Chance, Abel Adams & Will Snapp b Derrick Driver & Steven Walters, Josh Magnum b Dylan Kage, Krissy Vaine b Daffney (TNA's Governor Palin), Jeff Lewis b Brad Anderson (Gene's son), Ryan O'Reilly won three-way over Timber and Truitt Fields, Raven b Phil Shatter. They announced Abdullah the Butcher appearing on 3/28 and Jim Cornette on 4/11 (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--2CW Wrestling from Saturday night in Binghamton before 403 fans: J Freddie b Colin Delaney, Brian Fury b Zaquary Springate III, Alumni Club b Killer Steves, Homicide d Isys Ephex, Antonio Thomas b John Walters, Loca Vida b Colt Cabana, Brodie Lee b Hellcat, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley b Cheech & Cloudy, Jimmy Olsen b Slyk Wagner Brown and Jason Axe in a cage match. Next show is 4/10 in Watertown, NY at the Municipal Arena with Jim Duggan, Nigel McGuinness and Sara Del Rey, and 4/12 in Syracuse at the Pastime Athletic Club with McGuinness and Del Rey, plus 5/9 in Utica at the FOD Sports Complex with Samoa Joe.
--J.J. Dillon will come out of retirement to wrestle on 5/3 at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh. He noted that his first pro wrestling match was just over 40 years ago in Pittsburgh, doing a job for Killer Kowalski.
--CZW from Saturday night in Philadelphia: Jon Moxley b Jon Dahmer, L.J. Cruz b Sabian, Ryan McBride b Ruckus to keep Jr. title, Devon Moore b xOMGx, Tyler Veritas & Adam Cole b Jagged & Cole Colloway, Nick Gage & Nate Hatred & Mad Man Pondo b Brain Damage & Deranged & Toby Klein, Egotistico Fantastico b Drew Blood, Center Grey and Pinkie Sanchez, T.J. Cannon & Bruce Maxwell b Beef Wellington & Greg Excellent to win CZW tag titles, Danny Havoc b Thumbtack Jack to keep the Ultraviolent Underground title. Next show is 4/11 with McBride vs. Fantastico for the jr. title.
--GCW Max III on 3/26 in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall
--POWW from last night in Fox Lake, IL before 200 fans: Jimmy Blaze b Donnie Dynamite, XCon b Chris Chaos, Black Iron b Dehok, Ruff Crossing b Galactic Grappler, Justin James b Matt Mayhem, Great Malaki b Hardcore Craig, Scott Spade b Trevor Blanchard (thanks to Rob Myers)
--Championship Wrestling Alliance on Saturday night in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium features the company 5th anniversary show
--World Championship Fighting drew a sellout of 4,000 fans yesterday in Wilmington, MA: Jeff Remick b Josh Mellen, Jay Fortier b Robby Roberts, Nick Evangelous b Dymiti Shevchenko, Rick Hawn b Billy Flynn, Jimmy Grant b Nik Patnaude, Ryan Quinn b Travis Coyle, Anthony Leone b Chris Grandaison, Scott Rehm b Stephen Stengel, Damien Trites b Jose Lopez, Glenn Brown b John Benoit, Greg Rebello b Shawn DePaul, Mike Dolce (former UFC Ultimate Fighter) b Nuri Shakir (ref stop, 2:52 of the second round), Dan Ferrer b Dan Bonnell. Appearing at the show included Quinton Jackson, Kenny Florian, Johnny Jones, Marcus Davis, Jorge Rivera, John Howard, Dan Lauzon and boxer Mickey Ward.
--John Cena's song "Bad Bad Man" is featured in a TV commercial for the movie "Observe & Report" (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--The Fight Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday in Del Mar, CA at the Fairgrounds sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego. Among those appearing are Gina Carano, Bob Sapp, Diego Sanchez, Brandon Vera, Rickson Gracie, Joe Stevenson, Bruce Buffer, Tank Abbott, Renato Sobral, Greg Jackson, Vinny Magalhaes, Fabricio Werdum and Kimo. The press release is awesome because the names are actually listed as Gina Caran, Bob Sappy, Reanto Sobra, Fabric Werdum and Kino. On Saturday, there will be a 16-man submission tournament with Werdum, Ormulo Barral, Magalhaes and others.
--Ashley Massaro will not be in the women's Battle Royal at Wrestlemania
--TNA put out posters for an upcoming Germany tour built around Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Booker T and A.J. Styles and 14 other superstars. Next thing you know WWE will get on their case about the term superstars. (thanks to Markus Risser)
--Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Gastonia, NC before a sellout crowd: Chris Hamrick b Donnie Dollars, Amber O'Neal b Persephone, Andru Bane b J.W. Boss, Bobby Eaton b Jeff Justice, Ricky Morton & Reid Flair (managed by Ric Flair) b Buff Bagwell & Rikki Nelson
--LLA from last night in Los Angeles: Piolin b Mike Violence, Monje Maldito b Big Yellow, Sombra Infernal & Asessino Gemini b Vintage Dragon & Jaguar de Oro, Los Chivos & Cyanide b Black Metal & Capital Calico & Nightmare
--Former WCW promoter Gary Juster is promoting a Fight Party MMA event on 5/16 at the Gwinnett Arena in Atlanta
--Wild West Wrestling from last night in El Paso: Octopia & Sublime b Netza & Gecko, Principe RDB & Drako b Fuego & Astro Man, Peluchin I & II b Espectro III & Scorpio Jr., Maquina 45 & Baby Solis & Nacho Libre b Las Bestias I & II & Muneco Infernal, Villano V & Felino b Ultimo Guerrero & Crazy Boy 32. Damian 666 and Halloween appear next Sunday. (thanks to Albert Cerda)
---ACW tomorrow night at Bourbon Street Night Club in New Port Richey
--Johnny Kidd vs. Robbie Brookside was announced as the wXw main event for 5/2 in Oberhausen, Germany.
--Elite Fighting Championships on Saturday night at the Lynchburg Armory (an old Crockett stop) at 7 p.m.