MON. UPDATE: RAW NEXT MONDAY IN JEOPARDY; UFC PROBLEMS; FLAIR; NEW WWE PPV GIMMICK CONCEPT
Monday, 18 May 2009 05:46
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's Judgment Day show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
Raw is live tonight from Louisville. At this point, the only matches announced are a women's Battle Royal, winner gets a title shot (shouldn't Mickie James already be getting the shot with two pins on the champion?) and one has to figure Santina should win and MVP vs. Matt Hardy for the U.S. title. With the next PPV only three weeks away, they are going to have to get the main events and angles for the top 3-4 matches pretty much set tonight and tomorrow night. We're looking for live reports tonight from the show with dark matches, Superstars bout, and anything else not evident on the live show.
We're also looking for reports on all three TNA weekend house shows, Friday night in Florence, SC, Saturday night in Greenville, NC and last night in Fayetteville.
Smackdown and ECW are taped on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
The most in-depth look at the current WWE business results is the lead story in today's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The jumbo-sized issue is currently available to web site subscribers. The issue also contains a look back at Eric Bischoff, the revisionist history of WCW and the upcoming WWE DVD on the subject. We also have more on the retirement of Chuck Liddell and where that stands, plus the 2009 roster directory of both WWE and TNA, with all the contracted talent, their real names and ages.
The lead story looks at WWE revenue for the last quarter, and compares it in every revenue stream with both the prior quarter as well as where the company stood a year ago. We look at why things are down in most categories as well as what categories are up. We look at how much last year's Wrestlemania meant to the bottom line, more on how this year's show did, including a look at major marketing changes this year and how they may have helped and who inspired one of the biggest ones.
We look at the building of the new television facility, Vince McMahon's talk about changes being made when it comes to producing movies, as well as where the WWE income came regarding all points in the world.
We look at the changes in the house show business the company has made due to the economy, the goal of making those changes and whether it has worked or not. We also look at a marketing tag line that may have already been dropped. We also look at merchandise sales at the house shows and a real interesting note on them.
We look at one Vince McMahon now feels is the most important barometer of how the company is doing, and more thoughts on PPV declines. We also look at declines in aspects of the business that the company has little control over as well as the affect of currency changes internationally and its effect on the company's bottom line.
We have an updated PPV chart showing that the declines in domestic are actually more serious than they appeared to be, as well as an update on the most popular DVDs last year as compared to this year. We look at video game shipments and Vince McMahon talks more about the PG rating and why the company is in that direction, and more on the revenue stream he expects to increase markedly next year. We also have a breakdown of where WWE income is now coming from.
We also have a feature on the different sides of the retirement of Chuck Liddell. We look at the issues between Dana White and John Hackleman, as well as talk with all three including Liddell. We look at why this situation is different from virtually every other fighter at the same age. We look at the plight of aging fighters, Dana White's thoughts about it and the reality of why he has no control over it. We also look at Liddell's current drawing power and what he's worth on a UFC show.
We have an update on Undertaker's health issues and his return, more on WWE plans for a new television show, a funny note from a recent WWE internal memo, a heat magnet gets new heat from an interview, some new signings, notes on old tapes, JBL talks about what he'd have done if he was Brock Lesnar and funny notes about WWE ignoring its own storylines on a show it shot an angle. We also have notes on how the house show booking is done these days, FCW people getting tryouts on the road, business notes from the past week as well as highlights from the WWE live events this past week.
We also have more thoughts on the WWE's DVD on the history of WCW and what is guaranteed will be missing. We look at many aspects of the WCW run that are forgotten in history, including ideas that both Jim Herd and Bill Watts had that were no different than what Eric Bischoff did and why they didn't work out for them. We also look at the difference in the TV industry in those days and why the 1989 version of WCW would have been considered a major success had it come along now because of those differences.
We also have a look at the ESPN E:60 piece on Dana White, with thoughts on the piece as well as the editing of the piece, including some notes that if you saw it, probably are important to read.
We also have our usual weekly features including the most detailed look at the TV ratings of the national shows, major TV show reviews and results from the major league arena events held over the past week.
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--Big mask vs. hair match canceled due to the swing flu
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--All Japan wrestlers announces retirement
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--Update on Billy Robinson, Terry Funk and Bret Hart
--More on a backstage real fight involving a former WWE star
--Lance Storm coming out of retirement
--Wrestler who does an ROH show complains about it afterwards
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--Rundown of ROH weekend events
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--Update on TNA Sacrifice PPV
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--Notes on new TNA television show
--TNA star has a featured role in a movie playing an MMA fighter from Russia
--Update on Bobby Lashley in TNA
--Update on MMA sanctioning in new states
--Update on ticket sales to UFC shows
--Dana White talks Kyle Maynard, Jose Canseco and Roy Jones Jr.
--Plans for coaches for the next season of Ultimate Fighter
--Head-to-head TV battle this week
--Update on Strikeforce ratings
--Business notes on Pacquiao-Hatton and where it stands on all-time lists
--Notes on Shooto's 20th anniversary event
--Former pro wrestling promoter starting out as MMA promoter
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--While not officially said, Ric Flair is expected to be on Raw tonight. He's doing a short-term program for a number of reasons. He's obviously been texting them wanting to come back and he does want to wrestle (reaction is mixed on that account, essentially it's up to Vince but last night's angle would seem to indicate he'll probably do something at the next PPV), and they believe the Raw ratings are down because of the lack of star power, and Flair has historically been a ratings draw. It's meant as sort of a filler program because they want to keep HHH out several more weeks. Flair worked an indie on Friday night in Lincolnton, NC and was on Saturday night at the NASCAR All-Star race as a celebrity guest of Coca Cola. The crowd and the announcers were doing the "Whooo" when they showed him doing it.
--There is a ton of controversy in Cologne, Germany over the 6/13 UFC show. On Sunday, the major newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeien Sonntagszeitung" had a top of the front page story talking about the brutality, it should be banned, basically U.S. 1997 all over again. Several citizens tried to petition the city council to get the event banned, and UFC compromised by now allowing anyone under 18 to attend the show. To me, that is a bad precedent to set, but they may have been forced into it. UFC doesn't draw significantly alive all that much under the age of 18. German boxing, which right now is doing gigantic business, is also trying to protect its turf.
--Also lots of problems with next Monday's Raw. The event was scheduled for the Pepsi Center in Denver, but the Denver Nuggets, the arena's prime tenant, were scheduled for a home playoff game that night with the Los Angeles Lakers. Raw is going to have to be moved. The secondary Denver Coliseum is a problem because it is believed the advance is more tickets than the Coliseum would hold for a taping. Plus, the whole conversion of tickets is a disaster. As of the last word, no decision has been made and no refunds are being offered. Ticketmaster acknowledged the situation noting the arena and WWE are working together to come up with a solution but the Nuggets are playing Monday night at the arena.
--WWE sent out a survey as they are planning a PPV where all the main event matches on the show will be submission matches. The four ideas for titles they are polling are WWE Submission Sunday, WWE Submit & Quit, WWE Breaking Point and WWE Total Submission. How about the WWE Abu Dhabi Entertainment Classic, or the WWE Mundials?
--Mirko Cro Cop's web site has a story that he is replacing the injured Todd Duffee against Mustapha Al Turk on the UFC 6/13 show in Cologne, Germany. We're awaiting confirmation of this and will update at that time.
--We will be back tonight late after Raw with another edition of Wrestling Observer radio. We'll be taking phone calls on the show so if you've got any questions, you can call by checking the site at about 11:20 to 11:30 p.m. Pacific time and there will be details on how to call in.
--Jesse Ventura is on Hannity tonight. He did "The View" today. That should make Mick Foley mad since they would never take him on the show and Foley's books blow away Ventura's books. Then again, Minnesota never elected Foley Governor.
--Mickie James pinned Beth Phoenix with her version of the DDT in the dark match last night in Chicago.
--Next ROH tapings after the ones in two weeks will be 6/19 and 6/20 in Philadelphia. D-Lo Brown will be at the tapings.
--Jerry Lynn vs. Austin Aries was announced for 6/13 in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom for the title as well as Jay Briscoe vs. Guido Maritato
--Shawn Spears debuts for ROH on 6/12 in Manassas, VA, and Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny King was announced for that show.
--Were there any issues ordering Judgment Day last night. We only got one e-mail from a Time Warner subscriber who couldn't order it, called them and they said the systems crashed (which may be their processing and not the PPV). But we didn't get any widespread reports of problems.
--Here's the UFC TV lineup for the week. UFC is on all day on Spike from 12:30 p.m. Every Ultimate Knockouts DVD will be broadcast from 3-9 p.m. There is a new Unleashed at 9 p.m. with Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz (great knockout finish), Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the interim title and the Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine main event from UFC 96. Ultimate Fighter's preview for Wednesday night is: "A Team USA injury (Jason Pierce?) becomes a nasty infection, while one of the Brits struggles with a career-threatening mental problem. Then, after the next preliminary fight, Dana is forced to make a controversial decision that could blow the competition wide open." There will be two hours of Unleashed from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday before Impact. The UFC 98 Countdown show airs Thursday night after Impact and will replay at 6 p.m. Saturday.
--Poll on Smackdown
24.3% of those responding didn't see the show. That's as good marks as any TV show has gotten in our polls in about a year. Also, the numbers who didn't watch were at Raw levels as opposed to the usual levels similar to Impact and even Ultimate Fighter. No ratings are available for the show yet, but it will be interesting if the better shows actually end up making a difference as time goes on.
--Greatest American athlete who was a pro wrestler for a living
Kurt Angle 43.8%
Danny Hodge 21.8%
Joe Louis 13.4%
Bronko Nagurski 7.1%
Shelton Benjamin 7.0%
Verne Gagne 4.0%
Russ Francis 1.1%
Leo Nomellini 0.7%
Big Daddy Lipscomb 0.4%
Alex Karras 0.3%
Bill Miller 0.3%
Paul Anderson 0.1%
--Who is the greatest fighter in UFC history?
Randy Couture 28.9%
Royce Gracie 19.6%
Georges St. Pierre 12.9%
Chuck Liddell 11.2%
Ken Shamrock 8.7%
Anderson Silva 7.3%
Matt Hughes 4.6%
Frank Shamrock 2.4%
Tito Ortiz 2.2%
B.J. Penn 1.2%
Pat Miletich 1.0%
--ESPN Radio in Chicago today on Waddle & Sllvy played the Miz's promo from last night. The hosts loved it, particularly the line about Alphonso Soriano's annual injury. They questioned where it was scripted and both hosts thought Miz's rant was not scripted and he did it off the top of his head. (thanks to R.L. Green)
--Superstars of CWA on Saturday night in Augusta, GA at the May Park Gym. Live musical performance at intermission as well.
--Photo Icon magazine at http://www.photoicon.com
has a bunch of Lucha Libre in the current issue, with Dos Caras on the cover. (thanks to Mark Coale)
--Latest from Taz at http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=87912513335&topic=8870
He talks about Kurt Angle, Michael Cole (likes him a lot by the way--most people who work with Cole have nothing but good to say about him--just he's in real tough position), talked about doing MMA, favorite match (Kurt Angle in MSG) and says UFC won't affect wrestling because of different fan bases but is killing boxing. Funny thing is, if you look at least demos, the UFC & WWE fan base is pretty similar between 18-40 although not under 18. UFC & boxing have very little similarity. When CBS aired Elite XC, the strongest markets were the strongest regional wrestling markets of the 80s and no similarity to markets with strong boxing tie-ins.
--NWA Anarchy TV tapings from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 130 fans: Todd Sexton b Bo Newsome, Skirrra Corvus over Frankie Valentine and Veterano IV, Steven Walters & Derrick Driver b Bobby Moore & Tyler Smith, Azrael b Don Matthews, Orion Bishop b Chris Mayne, J.T. Talent & Dew Pendleton III b Seth Delay & Brodie Chase, Mike Mosley & Andrew Alexander b Billy Buck & Chris King, Malachi b Skirra Corvus-DQ, Rob Adonis b Slim J, Truitt Fields & Ace Rockwell b Phil Shatter & Shaun Tempers (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Nikki Roxx vs. Rain (two former TNA wrestlers) have been added to WSU on 6/6 at the Darress Theater in Boonton, NJ headlined by a 60 minute Iron Woman mach with Mercedes Martinez vs. Angel Orsini
--MCPW Battle Ground from Saturday night in Traverse City, MI: Jeff King b Adam Renolds, Ringside Revue over Main Street Youth, Kosher Klub and NorthStar Express, Zach Gowen b Bryan Skyline, Tyler Black b Jimmy Jacobs (Mick Foley told the ref Jacobs used a chain so the match continued, and after the match, Mr. Socko felled Jacobs), Magnum Conroy b Team Make or Break, C.J. Otis & Arik Cannon b Christian Abel & Josh Raymond, Steve Amani b Jeff King in a dog collar match, Mikey Zeroe & Hardcore Harry b Gary the Freak & James Dillinger
--Super Hentai won the IWC Super Indy tournament on 5/15 in Elizabeth, PA and 5/16 in White Oak, PA, beating Justin Idol in the finals, but then Norm Connors had Johnny Gargano attack Hentai. WWC jr. champ Ricky Reyes defended his title the second night beating Davey Richards. Too Cold Scorpio beat Richards in the tournament, but lost in the next round to Colt Cabana. Elijah Burke lost in the tourney to Hentai while Cabana lost to Idol. (thanks to Joe Dombrowski)
--Mad Pro Wrestling on Friday night in Circleville, OH at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds Coliseum for the 4th anniversary show headlined by Nick Dinsmore vs. Jeff Cannon, plus Delirious faces Super Oprah.
--Pro Wrestling Fusion from yesterday in Fort Pierce, FL before 300 fans: J.C. Slater b 86 Murphy, Adam Evans b Jack Manley, Dagon b Craig Classic, Tommy Taylor b Shawn Osborne, Christopher Gray & The Sheik b Nick Primo & Korey Chavis, King Kong Fu b Francisco Ciatso, Chris Jones b T.J. Perkins, Steve Madison b Prince Iaukea (the former WCW cruiserweight champ) (thanks to Shannon Rose)
--Showtime has an open to the public press conference tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Atrium at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis featuring Robbie Lawler, Jake Shields, Kevin Randleman, Mike Whitehead, Phil Baroni, Joe Riggs and Scott Coker
--M-1 Challenge will be doing a TV taping on 6/5 at Kansas City's Memorial Hall. Team USA East faces Team Finland. They are doing the WWE deal noting tickets are priced "as low as $25." There is also Team France vs. Team England and Team Turkey vs. The World Team (coached by Gegard Mousasi), or 15 fights total.
--K&S Wrestlefest on 7/25 in Carteret, NJ at the Radisson Hotel has Darren Drozdov, Bill Irwin, Haku, Butch Reed, Mad Dog Vachon, Erik Watts, Chaz, Mike Shaw, Maven, David Taylor, Greg Valentine, Tony Anthony and David Flair.
--NWS on 5/29 in Ridgefield Park, NJ at the Knights of Columbus Hall and 5/30 in Flemington, NJ at the American Legion Post 159 features Bob Holly as the headliner.
--I Believe in Wrestling from Saturday night in Orlando: Nooie Lee b Brett Thunder, Kentucky Jordan b Luis Matos, Heartbreak Express b Raymond Snow & Zoe-DQ, Larry Zbyszko & Glacier b Bums R Uz, Nick Fame & Scott Davis b CNS Connection, QT Marshall b Gus Money, Chasyn Rance b Roderick Strong to keep title. Next show is 6/27 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Center (thanks to Ari Goldstein)
--ECWA from Saturday night in Newark, DE: Chase Del Monte b Hot Shot Mike Reed, Cha Cha Chance & Mega b Bazooka Joe & Scott Wright, Team Blaze b Team Richards, Logan Brothers b Rob Eckos & Billy Bax & Falah, Andrew Ryker b Jason Leigh, Prince Nana b Freak Nastty, Magnum & Hollywood Chick Magnets b Courageous Cruz & Heavyweights, Glen Osbourne b Maifu, King V b Frederick of Hollywood
--The Belgian Bodybuilding Championships were canceled after officials showed up to drug test the competitors and the bodybuilders grabbed their gear and ran off. "I have never seen anything like it and hope never to see anything like it again," said doping official Hans Coorman earlier today. The last contest in Belgium that was drug tested saw three-quarters of the participants test positive. This has been carried on AP. (thanks to Kevin Witt, Brian Hoops and many others)
--A wrestling themed movie "Bad Day to Go Fishing" was released in Spain and Uruguay according to a Variety article today at http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117940291.html?categoryid=31&cs=1
The movie is a dark comedy about a washed up wrestler, his con man manager being in a small 1961 town in South America. The review compared it to "The Wrestler" with strong production values and similar fatalism, but the characters were too cartoonish turning it into a curiosity piece with "minor theatrical potential."
--CWF from yesterday in New Eagle, PA: Dan Sandwich b Specialist, Zubov b Nick Mirra, Brock Singelton & Ian Jordan & Chris Marx b Devious Dee Drake & Lightning & Michael Facade, Bill Collier b Shane Valentine, Powerhouse Hughes b Scott Fowler, J-Ru b Assassin, Eric Xtasy b Justin Idol, Jason Gory b Kato-DQ (thanks to Darryl Grandy)
--Fog City Wrestling on 5/30 at 11 p.m. on Ch. 20 in San Francisco
--East Coast Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Eskasoni, NS before 418 fans: Alexander Saint b Adrian Starr, Chris Cooke b Sexton Phoenix, Spiderman b Ryan Storm, Julien Young & Sexton Phoenix b Lincoln Steen & Chris Cooke, Titus b Kowboy Mike Hughes-DQ. They run 5/31 in North Sydney, NS with Val Venis and Robbie McAllister