THURS. UPDATE: YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE THE FREAK SHOW MATCH SIGNED; FOLEY'S FAVORITE SEGMENT; ABBY
We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Knoxville at
Show is Jeff Jarrett vs. Booker T, Team 3-D vs. Beer Money for the tag titles, Angelina Love vs. ODB for the Knockouts title, Abyss vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir, Consequences Creed vs. Kiyoshi, Eric Young vs. Cute Kip and Brutus Magnus vs. Shark Boy. They are doing an old SMW region tour running tomorrow night in Corbin, KY, Saturday night in Huntington, WV and Sunday in Pikeville, KY with similar lineups.
Tonight's Superstars lineup on WGN at 8 p.m. Eastern:
*Evan Bourne vs. Paul Burchill
*Gail Kim & Maria vs. Alicia Fox & Michelle McCool
*Carlito vs. Ted DiBiase
Tonight's Impact lineup on Spike at 9 p.m.
*Tag team tournament first round: Amazing Red & Suicide vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley
*Homicide vs. Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams
*Awesome Kong vs. Madison Rayne in stretcher match
*Abyss vs. Cody Deaner
*Samoa Joe & A.J. Styles vs. Kevin Nash & Booker T
The show includes the debut of a new British alliance of Brutus Magnus, Rob Terry and Doug Williams. They also tease who is under the Suicide mask. And there is a segment that opens the show with Mick Foley and Kurt Angle that Foley was extremely happy with, I believe. I only know he said an upcoming segment they did was one of his favorite things he's done in wrestling and this would have to be it. Still, from live reports, I was told this was not as good a show as some of the recent ones.
Spike also has two hours of Unleashed from 7-9 p.m. with Roger Huerta vs. Leonard Garcia, Clay Guida vs. Marcus Aurelio, and a one hour Royce Gracie special featuring matches with Ken Shamrock, Keith Hackney, Gerard Gordeau, Jason DeLucia, Kimo and Ron Van Clief from 1993-94.
This coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter features part one of a two-part feature on Buddy Rose. We also run down the WWE scene in detail coming out of Backlash, the new changes with the new rosters and a look at Judgment Day.
We've also got updates on Jeff Hardy's situation, Matt Hardy's injury, full coverage of one of the best received WWE PPV shows in a long time, as well as a detailed look at the UFC middleweight and light heavyweight scene, a look at Reid Flair and his issues and Dana White teases a big surprise.
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We look at early reports on the death of Buddy Rose, including what he was best known for, his most famous programs, the legend he was compared to early in his career and his interaction with some of the biggest stars in wrestling over the past 35 years. We look at a long forgotten incident at the Cow Palace that was unheard of at the time, one would think should have gotten him blackballed out of wrestling, and in fact, did no damage to his career. We look at the paradox of Rose, what isn't reported about his appearance at the first Wrestlemania, growing up and his early career.
We examine the WWE title situation coming out of Backlash and the moves made at the show. We look at Judgment Day, where the HHH angle looks to be going, an update on Jeff Hardy's situation with WWE, match-by-match coverage, business, star ratings and poll results on the show.
We also have an update on how the swine flu has affected the wrestling scene in Mexico, and the scene in general there, and just how unusual cancelling big shows have been.
We've got notes on Reid Flair's arrest and strong thoughts regarding his situation.
We've got a feature on UFC big match booking, looking at early returns on the UFC 97 buy rate, the new major matches UFC has put together for shows this summer, how the Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin fight being put together went down and thoughts on how it will go and booking of Silva from here. We also look at talks about Anderson Silva vs. Georges St. Pierre, as well as where Fedor Emelianenko stands in the equation, as well as how these matches down the line affect the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
We look more at the draft and who knew what, why WWE has made so many cuts even though business is profitable, we look at what leading analysts have said about the WWE business and which areas there is concern with. We also look at how much Kevin Dunn earned last year and minor good news regarding the movie "12 Rounds."
We've also got an update on Trish Stratus, a Mysterio ratings note, a funny story about how an entire movie had to be moved to accommodate a WWE wrestler's schedule, the WWE sends out one of the world's most misleading press releases, more on the Punk-Kane botched finish, Bret Hart talks about Shawn Michaels and inducting him into the Hall of Fame, what network was shooting footage at Backlash for a non-wrestling related story, and notes on the announcing at PPV shows going forward. We also have a rundown of the best selling wrestling and MMA DVDs, and a rundown of every show this past week during the lucrative European swing, including the creation of a new tag team.
We also have an update on Bobby Lashley's activities, Jeff Jarrett talks Vince McMahon, what incident that took place a decade ago in reality probably led to TNA being formed, a look back at the Jarrett-Steve Austin problems, a new role being discussed for Taz in TNA after his first role ends, more on the Lockdown crowd, notes on the debut of Sarah Stock and Amazing Red, what wrestlers were being talked about backstage about being called at the last minute for the recent TV tapings as well as Mick Foley's next book, his thoughts on being world champion and one of his favorite promos. We also have notes on the TNA weekend business.
We also have a lot more in looking at Chuck Liddell's retirement, particularly after early PPV numbers came in, and lots more Dana White controversy.
We also have our usual weekly features including ratings of all the major shows, as well as breakdowns regarding who watches, the age group that watches, and segment-by-segment for the major shows. We also have results from the major league arena events held throughout the world including the WWE European tour with every show, as well as the major TV reports.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Hall of Famer puts up mask next week
--Major injury to the namesake of a WWE superstar
--Death of former Texas territorial wrestler
--Notes on Triple Mania coming up
--A huge series of controversies regarding a main event on one of the year's biggest shows and the governing athletic commission and their explanation of the double standard
--The last round of Konnan/Juventud Guerrera publicity
--AAA looking to bring in great Japanese high flyer
--More on wrestlers leaving AAA
--Former WWE stars forming a tag team in Japan
--More on Dragon Gate's U.S. arrival
--All Japan tag tourney finals and next Triple Crown match
--Veteran star honored for 35 years as a full-time pro wrestler
--What Canadian stars got strong reviews in Japan this past week
--Update on the NOAH tag team tournament
--Rare champion vs. champion match in NOAH set for a few weeks
--Two retirements this past week
--The death of Memphis TV wrestling
--A TV station anniversary and how a local wrestling institution fit into the coverage
--Return of Terry Funk
--A major endorsement deal in the negotiating stage with Ric Flair
--Notes on the NFL draft involving the son of a pro wrestling legend, and the grandson of a 60s star from a famous family
--Former WWE diva will star on a short-term network reality show
--Promoters talk about closing their promotion
--Famous actor's son getting into pro wrestling
--Former WCW 90s star up for the post of athletic director at a major college
--Forgotten trivia about a major television actress in the 70s who it is almost completely unknown started her career as a wrestling diva, and how one of the biggest stars of this generation benefited from it as she was married to a major Hollywood director
--What ROH needs for television going forward and what the HDNet TV show has taught us
--Updates on ROH injuries
--Notes on a major ROH contract that is about to expire
--Notes on the next ROH PPV show
--A look at the weekend ROH house shows
--Jarrett talks about who he thinks will be future TNA stars
--A look at Bobby Lashley's MMA schedule
--Funny story regarding new name of TNA wrestler
--White talks more about Loretta Hunt
--Thoughts on White talking about Fedor
--White talks about sponsors
--Notes on some major media pieces coming on White
--Thoughts on the next UFC show
--An argument between two of the top light heavyweights who may fight later this year at the UFC offices
--What international superstar was in the background during the filming of Ultimate Fighter
--Lots of business news regarding UFC in Canada and the U.K.
--More new UFC matches
--TUF star cut
--Why the next Ultimate Fighter finals on Spike are going to be different from those in the recent past
--A look at the biggest international marquee MMA event in several months, updates on the lineup and the star power not announced they are working on for the show
--A look at the last K-1 show
--Update on the next few Strikeforce shows
--More on the Gina Carano contract
--Major promoter who is going to fight in June maybe on PPV
--Changes in California State Athletic Commission
--Hype shows win Emmy Awards
--Former UFC star and pro wrestling star fights this weekend
--Former Hodge trophy winner has second pro fight
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--In the Ultimate freak show, the next Dream show on 5/26 announced the first round of the Super Hulk Grand Prix tournament with these matches:
*Gegard Mousasi (former middleweight champ, moving up to heavyweight) vs. Mark Hunt (290-pound kickboxer)
*Bob Sapp vs. Minowaman (former middleweight, popular gimmick performer)
*Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (light heavyweight) vs. Jan Nortje (6-8, 340 pounds)
*Choi Hong Man (7-2, 330) vs. Jose Canseco (yes, that Jose Canseco)
That's what happens when you are desperate for ratings and have no athletic commission. The show will air in the U.S. on HDNet on 5/29
--Former TNA wrestler Sonny Siaki will be donating his kidney to brother Bernard on 6/5 at Duke Hospital. Sonny was finally cleared after months of testing to be a compatible donor. Sonny largely gave up his pro wrestling career for this and we wish him and his brother the best of luck in surgery.
--With the New Orleans Hornets eliminated from the NBA playoffs last night, the WWE is free to use the New Orleans Arena for the 6/7 Extreme Rules PPV. WWE had to secure a date at a secondary arena in New Orleans in case the Hornets and NBA needed that date. (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--The first Dragon Gate USA show sold out the first three rows yesterday, which was the first day tickets were put on sale. Show is 7/25 in Philadelphia at the Arena and tickets are available starting in row four at www.DGUSA.tv
--With Mistico and Misterioso Jr. not coming to Japan for the 5/5 Korakuen Hall show due to the Swine Flu, New Japan has signed a new main event of Hiroshi Tanahashi & Koji Kanemoto vs. Takeshi Morishima & Kota Ibushi. That's going to be awesome at the Hall.
--We've got a ton of new stuff up in the last 24 hours including the current Observer, a 1992 Observer covering one of the most amazing periods in the history of the business and actually a subject we should talk about on our next Observer radio show, our usual Wednesday call-in show where we also talk lots of WWE & Buddy Rose, and today's Figure Four Daily featuring Lance Storm and Bryan Alvarez debating the merits of TNA, which apparently turned out to be quite the show.
--With James Irvin out with a torn meniscus, UFC is working on Drew McFedries vs. Professor X, Xavier Foupa-Pokam for the 5/23 show in Las Vegas
--I'm looking for someone in the Tampa area who can supply me with weekly DVDs of Florida Championship Wrestling. It's real important to me to keep up with WWE developmental prospects.
--Poll on ECW TV show
--Who do you think will win this fight?
Anderson Silva 67.4%
Forrest Griffin 32.6%
--J.J. Dillon is doing his farewell match, and with Domenic DeNucci being 74, I don't know how many matches he's got left on a show at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf on 5/3 in Pittsburgh. Main event is DeNucci & Dr. Cody Michaels & Shane Douglas vs. Dillon & Lou Marconi & Frank Staletto, plus Brutus Beefcake vs. King Kaluha and soon to be MMA promoter Bubba the Bulldog wrestling as well. Missy Hyatt is also appearing. On the poster, the photo of DeNucci looks to be when he was about 30 from his 60s heyday.
--Iron Sheik was on both Stern and Opie & Anthony today to promote the DVD of the Iron Sheik roast. They were plying him with beer all day and Sheik ended up peeing on himself during the Opie & Anthony show.
--OVW at last night's tapings in Louisville did an angle with Bin Hamin of the heel Insurgency group drove a spike into the eye of Dean Hill, which is the strongest angle the long-time TV announcer for the group has ever done.
--IHWE on 5/17 is running the famed Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, the first time that building has run a wrestling show since a 1997 WWE show. They are doing it as part of filming of a documentary. That arena used to be the site of the wrestling show on KTVT every Saturday night during the glory days of Texas wrestling.
--The Toronto Star has an interview with Abdullah the Butcher, the ultimate worker. In the interview, he said he was 49 years old but the reporter wrote he is believed to be closer to 70. Abdullah wrestles tonight in Toronto at The Factory at http://www.thestar.com/article/626626
Interview is definitely funny
--Midwest Combat Challenge 8 on 5/23 in Akron, OH at the Chapparell's Community Center with an MMA show
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 5/24 in Las Vegas at the Rancho Swap Meet at 4 p.m. They are offering an event package for California fans of two ringside tickets, a hotel room at Station Casino, a $50 bar tab and $25 dinner certificate plus two free $30 admissions to Badda Bing Gentleman's Club all for $130. Michael Modest, Matt & Nick Jackson, Kenny King and Derrick Neikirk are scheduled. The package is available at www.eventbrite.com
--KFRR-FM Director of Programming Jason Squires noted to us that there is no buzz for the Strikeforce show on 5/15 in Fresno, saying there is so much local MMA it's ridiculous, noting the area has PFC, Pure Combat, Warrior's Cage and WarGods and he doesn't think anyone will draw big numbers in the market unless it's UFC.\
--GCW on 5/7 in Oshawa, ONT at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall features Jim Duggan and Robbie McAllister, plus Masayuki Kono vs. Gutter
--EWA on 7/11 at The Factory in Toronto. Show is at 6 p.m. and everyone with a ticket you can get into the Dave & Buster's UFC 100 party that will include a UFC fighter in a private room for just $5 extra. The wrestling show has Tyson Dux vs. Johnny Devine and Derek Wylde vs. Kris Chambers
--NECW on 5/9 in Benson, NC
--Jared Hawkins wrote us that he felt TNA's poor crowds at the recent Ohio swing was based on the buildings. His complaint about the Niles, OH show is he went to the show in the building last year, bought a G.A. ticket, and ended up having to stand the whole time and the ceiling was too low for the X Division wrestlers to do their thing. He said he would be more than willing to attend a TNA show but didn't want to go to the building, even though it was within walking distance of his work.
--New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame dinner banquet and induction ceremony is almost sold out. Tickets are $20 including an Italian dinner. For info contact
. Honorees will be Jason Sanderson, Dave Padula, Sheldon Goldberg, Bobby Riedel (who is scheduled to be inducted by Ted DiBiase Sr. & Jimmy Hart although those names are not confirmed), Gino Martino, Ox Baker, Paul Lauzon, Power Company Twins, ref Slick Willie Jackson, the late Steve Bradley (inducted by friend Alex Arion), Jim Kettner (inducted by Simon Diamond) and Kevin Landry
--Insanity Pro on 5/2 in Indianapolis at the Fountain Square Salvation Army Community Center featuring Colt Cabana
--Cue Ball Carmichael sent us a message regarding his portraying the role of George "The Animal" Steele Jr. He said he's worked out a deal with Jim Myers (George Steele) to play his son, but it is not something he will do on indies. He said he would only do it on a promotion with television and that Myers has full creative control because he created the character.
--On the Dave Glover show, they talked about Kyle Maynard and his MMA fight over the weekend and said that MMA needs to now have midget matches. After the news today, I don't think we're far away from that.
--CHIKARA is sending four wrestlers, Golden Lynx, Frightmare, Ophidian and Amasis to the Chris Candido Memorial J Cup tournament on 5/16 in Manville, NJ at the VFW Hall
--There will be an MMA show at the Sun Dome in Tampa on 7/10 promoted by Tom Crowther's World Fighting Championships
--D-Lo Brown will appear on the 5/24 CHIKARA show in Philadelphia at the Arena. The show includes Fire Ant & Soldier Ant vs. Chuck Taylor & Icarus in a double hair vs. double mask match, plus Glacier & D-Lo Brown vs. Colin Delaney & Vin Gerard
--Hoosier Pro on 5/2 at the HPW Arena in Columbus, IN with Diceman Ronnie Vegas vs. Hillbilly Jed plus April Hunter manages Vegas
--Added to the 5/8 ROH show in Boston is Brent Albright & Erick Stevens & Colt Cabana vs. Jimmy Rave & Claudio Castagnoli & Joey Ryan. Also, Matt & Nick Jackson debut at the 5/29 TV tapings in Philadelphia.