After Dark Radio 10/25: Daniel Zaleski talks Sodder Children mystery, your calls, emails and more!

Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:04

After Dark Radio with Bryan Alvarez returns today with special guest Daniel Zaleski, who is working on a documentary on the mysterious disappearance of the Sodder children nearly a half century ago! Tons to discuss, many unanswered questions, and many mysteries to consider. Plus, phone calls, emails and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

OVW TV report for Saturday's TV show

Friday, 24 October 2014 19:57

By Jimmie Daniel 
This is a recap of OVW TV Episode 792 that will be aired in Louisville on 10/25 and is available online at http://www.ovwrestling.com/tv/792
 
"Anchorman" Gilbert Corsey is in the ring to interview OUR OVW Director of Operations Trailer Park Trash. Gilbert says TPT is being welcomed back tonight as it's been a while since he's been in the ring. (Although TPT came out last week to check on Mohamed Ali Vaez and Gilbert mentioned that he hadn't been around lately.) TPT says that he lost his father in July and has had to deal with family issues. He says he was close to his father and the loss hit him hard, even contemplating leaving the wrestling business but then decided that the best thing was to get back to the business. TPT says he was real close to his dad and they talked every day, mentioning that his dad passed away on 7/28 after getting sick earlier that month. TPT is getting all choked up talking about this as Michael Titus comes out. Titus tells TPT to get over it and says that TPT is disrespecting everyone by airing his dirty laundry on TV. Titus adds that TPT has simultaneously dismantled a formerly great wrestling company and even killed his own father by being a selfish, narrow-minded POS!! Titus accuses TPT of being so cheap that he used a shoebox instead of a casket!! Here comes OUR OVW Owner "Nightmare" Danny Davis followed by a bevy of OVW personnel. Davis grabs Titus by the jacket but Titus slips away and escapes through the ropes as TPT bows his head in the corner. Gilbert calls for a break as TPT is consoled.
We return to see Davis on the mic, saying that losing a parent is hard and it took its toll on TPT. Davis adds that when we lose a loved one it really hits home, and then thanks the fans for their time.
 
We go to the announce table with Corsey and "Fan Advocate" Terry Boddie, who are both disgusted with Titus' actions and wonder why this happened. Boddie says TPT showed a lot more restraint than he would have. Gilbert says it would be OK with him if we never see Titus again! OUR OVW Ring Announcer Shannon the Dude introduces the first match.
 
Match #1: Dapper Dan vs "Primetime" Robbie Walker
Gilbert tells us that Dan asked for this rematch from last week after losing to Walker while also noting that this is the third match between the two, with each having a win. Joe Wheeler is the ref here as Walker rushes the ring and unleashes a flurry of offense. Dan takes a chinbreaker but dodges a Cosmic Kick and rolls out to gather his thoughts. Back in, Dan blocks an armdrag and hammers away on Walker, stomping him in the corner then peppering him with jabs and knocking him to the canvas. Dan grabs Walker by the throat and gives him a backbreaker. Walker gets back up and ducks a lariat then dropkicks Dan before trying another Cosmic Kick. Dan catches Walker's leg and pulls him into a suplex position but like last week, Walker rolls forward. This time Walker only gets 2 and tries another Cosmic Kick but Dan ducks, grabs the leg, and rolls up Walker with the Handful O'Tights for the pin.
Walker initiates a sore loser attack that consists of a single Cosmic Kick that flattens Dan!
 
OVW Medical Guy is examining Rump Thump's knee in the back, saying that RT did the right thing by resting it because it looks good. RT says the avocados that Medical Guy told him to eat helped too! Body Guy walks up and questions Medical Guy's credentials. Body Guy also points out that he was the one who took out RT's knee and that is the reason Medical Guy is even here. Body Guy says he will take on RT when he is cleared to wrestle. Medical Guy says he has already cleared RT so it’s on for tonight!
 
Out to the ring comes the No Class Connection (Leon Shelly & Deonta Davis). Davis tries to rap on the mic but is interrupted by Michael (not PS) Hayes. Davis is not pleased with being interrupted but Hayes says no one cares what they have to say. Hayes acknowledges that they are trying to make a name for themselves but they are going about it the wrong way, suggesting that when they step in the ring to work their asses off and not to come out rapping. Davis is offended by this and tells Hayes to apologize or they will put the boots to the man with one leg! Hayes says that there is one dog that protects this yard and they are looking at him! Davis gets all up in Hayes' face and shoving takes place. Hayes fires up and dispatches both Davis and Shelly from the ring. Hayes then says there is a guy sitting at home with something that belongs to him-OUR OVW TV Champion Chris Silvio. Hayes admits that Silvio caught him slipping and took advantage and pinned him in the ring but he is here and ready for a rematch so that he can get the title back.
 
A clip is shown of Silvio sitting alone in the back with the TV title belt. Silvio says that he is the most contemporary wrestler in OVW and happens to be the "worlds" TV champion which kind of puts him at the top of the mountain. He says that for so long no matter who was on the roster, he always had to scratch and claw to get to that spot. Here in 2014, he tells everybody watching that's never going to happen again. He is not appearing in the ring on TV this week but will be in Elizabethtown, KY on 10/25 to defend the title thus everybody who hates him and wants him to go away will have to pay their hard-earned money to see him. Silvio always wanted people to look up to him but he's no Jamin Olivencia and he's no Michael Hayes, so the people have decided to make him a villain. He says he will play that part but ain't going nowhere without the belt.
 
Match #2: "Big Cheese" Raul Lamotta & David Lorenz vs TerreMex (Randy Terrez & "Mexicutioner" Roberto DeLuna
Scruffy Ref is in charge as Gilbert lauds TerreMex as being the most well-rounded team in OVW. Gilbert also mentions that Lamotta has been testing out new partners lately but seems to be frustrated with Lorenz, who gets shoved out to center ring to start the match. Boddie mentions that Lamotta is laughing at Lorenz as he gets chopped hard by DeLuna and generally worked over to start.
 
Lamotta reaches in and yanks Terrez down by the hair before tagging himself in. Lamotta hits a short arm clothesline then tags himself right back out. Lorenz kind of falls on Terrez for a cover then gets back up only to miss an elbow drop. DeLuna comes in to spinebuster Lorenz as Lamotta walks to the back, claiming that Lorenz shows no respect! DeLuna holds up Lorenz so that Terrez and plant him into the mat and pin him.
Gilbert says it's a matter of when, not if, TerreMex will get a tag title shot.
 
Medical Guy is in the back talking to Mohamed Ali Vaez, saying that he has looked over all the scans and images and concludes that there is lots of damage to Vaez' brain. He tells Vaez not only can he not wrestle tonight, but will have to quit wrestling altogether! Medical Guy suggests that Vaez could take some ancillary position in the business. Vaez has his head in his hands as Medical Guy starts his tale of being in the business for ten years and being trained by Dusty, etc. Vaez stands up and yells, saying he doesn't care who trained Medical Guy and that he has wasted ten years of his life! Vaez walks away but encounters the Congregation (Rev. Stuart Miles, "Altar Boy" Jade Dawson, & "Apostle" Jake Glasure) in the doorway. Miles tells Vaez that whatever bad news he has received, with faith all things are possible. Vaez keeps on walking.
 
Miles is in the ring with Ryan Howe's guitar. Gilbert believes that he should investigate Miles' background (after all, sweeps are coming up pally!!) as it pertains to being a pastor. Miles does not say "hello sinners" but says "hello everyone". His Good Word today is "humility" as it takes a man to stand in front of someone that he has wronged and say he's sorry. He calls out Howe, adding that he has instructed Dawson and Glasure to stay in the back. Howe comes out with a guitar case and opens it to reveal Miles' Good Book. Miles says he is sorry and wants to trade, so Howe motions for him to put the guitar in the case and close it. Miles complies then asks for the book, so Howe tosses it to him. Naturally, Dawson and Glasure run out and attack Howe from behind but the Wild Boyz ("The Teflon Don from Boca Raton" Eddie Diamond & "Party Starter" Bud Dwight) come out and clear the ring. Miles is shown standing at the entrance holding up the guitar while the book is left in the ring for Howe to pick up. So all this was for naught. 
 
Match #3: The Body Guy (w/Big Jon Body) vs Rump Thump
Joe Wheeler is the ref here as RT stares down Big Jon. Body Guy immediately goes after the knee but RT manages to get away. RT does some armworking until Body Guy throws him to the mat. Body Guy misses a kneedrop that was aimed at RT's knee and RT resumes armworking, finishing it off with making a wish with Body Guy. RT misses a splash and Body Guy tries grapevining the leg but RT kicks him away then hits the Rump Thump (the move) for the pin.
Big Jon initiates a "my partner didn't win attack", driving RT's knee into the mat. RT appears to be in pain as Medical Guy comes out to check on him.
 
The camera pans over a line of people in the back who are being addressed by OUR OVW Senior Official "Paragon of Virtue" Josh Ashcraft. (Hey, there's a female in the line!!) Ashcraft says he didn't get to his position in OVW by being a gofer, instead he was a go-getter! Ashcraft wants the group to listen and learn from him, since he made senior official by beating Chris Sharpe, who they will never have the pleasure of meeting thanks to him. Ashcraft is talking down to some unseen "big beefy guy" when Timmy Danger walks up from behind and whacks Ashcraft with a chair then tells the class that they are dismissed!
 
Match #4: One-half of OUR OVW Tag Team Champions Shiloh Jonze vs Mr. Marvelous Melvin Maximus
Jonze is out wearing glasses as Nick Dumeyer Ref is in charge here. Gilbert mentions that Titus was removed from the building earlier. Also notable is that Jonze's partner Eric Locker is not here tonight. Jonze attacks at the bell with chops but Melvin hulks up and clubs away on Jonze. OUR OVW Champion "Mr. 1859" Cliff Compton comes out to the announce table as Melvin hiptosses Jonze to the apron. Compton says he is out here to scout Melvin, adding that he thought that they were friends until Melvin interfered in his match last week. Gilbert inquires about strategy to which Compton says that Melvin is a big guy but he's wrestled bigger guys, so he will tire out then knock out Melvin. Meanwhile, Jonze comes off the top but Melvin catches him and sideslams him. Melvin misses a splash and Jonze jumps on his back to go for a sleeper as Compton says it feels great to be the champ again and he doesn't plan on giving it up anytime soon. Compton also notes that the OVW title belt is nicer than Gilbert's four Emmys! Compton does acknowledge that Melvin had made great progress in his short career but is still much less experienced compared to himself. After Melvin slows down and staggers a bit with Jonze on his back, he squashes Jonze in the corner to make him let go. Jonze tries to climb back on but Melvin snapmares him then gives him a Samoan drop. Melvin charges but Jonze sidesteps and Melvin rolls out to the floor. Jonze follows and beats on Melvin, who then whips Jonze into the announce table. Jonze hits the Eyepoke of Doom and grabs the belt but Compton confronts him about taking it and snatches it away. Jonze slugs Compton and heads to the ring. Compton grabs the belt and climbs in the ring to hit Jonze. Melvin is also back in the ring as Jonze ducks and Compton hits Melvin with the belt, laying him out on the mat for the DQ.
Nick Dumeyer Ref checks on the fallen Melvin as the show goes off.
 
THOUGHTS: It felt like there was stuff happening at random this week with Titus just walking out and ripping TPT then Hayes' confrontation with the No Class Connection before he challenges Silvio. Where was Locker this week? (especially with both Titus and Jonze coming out) I enjpyed Compton at the announce table. The obvious highlight of the show for me was Danger's chairshot on Ashcraft. Overall, I wasn't sure what to make of this episode, so I'll give a slight thumbs down.
 

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Friday, 24 October 2014 13:17

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Friday, 24 October 2014 13:15

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There are two PPVs this weekend, plus the start of a New Japan tour with a junior heavyweight tag team tournament and the continuation of the Global League tournament with Pro Wrestling NOAH.  We'll be doing polls after both the UFC and WWE shows with thumbs up, thumbs down , thumbs in the middle and a best and worst match that can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
We're looking for reports on tonight's NXT show in Jacksonville at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Bellator tonight from the Kansas City Arena just outside of Wichita:
 
Spike.com fights starting at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time
 
David Rickels (155.6) vs. David Ramos (155.7)
Alex Huddleston (253.5) vs. Derek Bohi (260.6)
Nate Jolly (156) vs. Aaron Derrow (158.8)
Anthony Dizy (145.9) vs. Darion Caldwell (145.8)
Sam Oropeza (184.2) vs. Gary Tapusoa (184.1)
Gzim Selmani (264.9) vs. Daniel Gallemore (264.9)
Marcio Navarro (156) vs. Cody Carrillo (156)
Ricky Musgrave (145.5) vs. Joe Wilk (145.6)
 
Spike TV at 9 p.m.
 
Rick Hawn (156) vs. Dave Jansen (156)
Marloes Coenen (145.9) vs. Annalisa Bicci (145.2)
Bobby Lashley (247.1) vs. Karl Etherington (258)
Emanuel Newton (204.1) vs.Linton Vassell (204.5) for the light heavyweight title
 
We'll have live coverage of this show on the site tonight.
 
Late tonight early tomorrow morning at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo is the beginning of the New Japan junior heavyweight tag team tournament.  This is not available on iPPV
 
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Young Bucks
Ryusuke Taguchi & Fuego vs. Taichi & Desperado
Alex Shelley & Kushida vs Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov
Bushi & Mascara Dorada vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii
 
Global League continues on Saturday in Sasebo
 
Mikey Nicholls vs. Chris Hero
Mohammed Yone vs. Masato Tanaka
Satoshi Kojima  vs. Colt Cabana
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Shane Haste
 
No WWE house shows this weekend.
 
UFC from the Maracanazinho Gym in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday
 
Fight Pass at 7 p.m.
 
Fabricio Camoes (158) vs. Tony Martin (157) - 158 pound catch weight since both missed weight
Gilbert Burns (155) vs. Christos Giagos (156)
 
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
 
Felipe Arantes (146) vs. Andre Fili (146)
Scott Jorgensen (128) vs. Wilson Reis (125) - Jorgensen missed weight
Yan Cabral (156) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155)
William Macario (170) vs. Neil Magny (171)
 
PPV at 10 p.m.
 
Beneil Dariush (156) vs. Diego Ferreira (156)
Darren Elkins (145) vs. Lucas Martins (146)
Fabio Maldonado (205) vs. Hans Stringer (206)
Phil Davis (205) vs. Glover Teixeira (205)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (145) for featherweight title
 
We're looking for reports from Saturday's ROH TV taping from the Lakeland Center in Lakeland,  FL with Matt Sydal vs. Adam Cole, Jay Lethal vs. ACH for the TV title, A.J. Styles vs. Hanson, Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Michael Bennett & Matt Taven, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Cedric Alexander and more.
 
Sunday is WWE's Hell in a Cell from Dallas
 
A.J. Lee vs. Paige for the Divas title
Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella - Loser has to be the winner's "assistant" for 30 days
Goldust & Stardust vs. Usos for tag team titles
Sheamus vs. The Miz for U.S. title
Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro 2/3 falls for IC title
Big Show vs. Rusev
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins in a Hell in a Cell match
John Cena vs. Randy Orton - winner gets a WWE title shot at Brock Lesnar
 
The Global League on Sunday from Fukuoka
 
Yuji Nagata vs. Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi vs. Masato Tanaka
Takashi Sugiura vs. Chris Hero
Takeshi Morishima vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Satoshi Kojima
 
Raw is Monday in San Antonio.
 
Global League Monday in Oita
 
Mikey Nicholls vs. Quiet Storm
Takashi Sugiura vs. Mohammed Yone
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Colt Cabana
Akitoshi Saito vs. Shane Haste
 
Global League from Tuesday in Shimonoseki
 
Mohammed Yone vs. Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi vs. Chris Hero
Takeshi Morishima vs. Shane Haste
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Akitoshi Saito  
 
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Houston.
 
The current Wrestling Observer Newsletter covers why next week is so important for WWE, looks at Hell in a Cell, the Cain Velasquez injury, Chris Weidman being a hero outside the ring, and has major bios on Ox Baker and Dr. Ken Ramey, plus updates several contracts.
 
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The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
We look at why a week from today is one of the most important days of the year for WWE, particularly when it comes to Wall Street's feelings about its future.  We look at network subscriptions and what would be good or bad, why the expected stock run-up ended after one day, what those in Wall Street don't realize about the network number that could help WWE, how WWE core business has been dong of late, as well as a look at current booking.
 
We look at what was the plans for the WWE title situation leading to WrestleMania, how the latest angle makes things curious, the Randy Orton turn, as well as Hell in a Cell.
 
We also look at how Cain Velasquez got hurt, the particulars of the injury, Werdum vs. Mark Hunt, Velasquez on not fighting in Mexico, Hunt's challenges in taking the fight on short notice, as well as a rundown of champions injuries this year.
 
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We also have two major bios, one on Ox Baker and the other on Dr. Ken Ramey, two major stars of the 70s.
 
With Baker, we look at his life and career, why his bark was worse than his bite, his calling card, the deaths of Alberto Torres and Ray Gunkel, the heart punch gimmick, his biggest rivals, his start in pro wrestling, his first WWWF run, why his second WWF run is almost completely forgotten, his history in St. Louis, the story behind his role in "Escape from New York," his talents outside of wrestling, life after wrestling, training wrestlers, the riot in Cleveland, outside the ring fights, the politics in Japan and working with Randy Savage.
 
We also look at Chris Weidman's out of the cage heroics in possibly saving the life of a 94-year-old neighbor.
 
We've got a feature on Dr. Ken Ramey, the most underrated manager of all-time.  We note the difference between Ramey and other legendary managers, what famous manager stole his original nickname, his work at ringside, the legend of The Masked Interns, and how he got into pro wrestling.  We look at when he planned to quit wrestling and what he was going to do with his life and how fate intervened.
 
We look at the angle which started him as a manager, their problems in Florida, Ramey's unique philosophy of working ringside.  We look at the history of the Interns and their roots in Mexico, why Ramey is considered the greatest manager ever in Northern California, the second version of The Interns and their most famous angle, his brief babyface run, and life after wrestling.
 
The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.
 
We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--A dream match in Mexico that isn't happening
 
--CMLL injury notes
 
--Japanese women stars come to Mexico
 
--A hair vs. hair match where both wrestlers got their heads shaved
 
--Another member of a famous wrestling family debuts with CMLL
 
--Dragon Gate title change
 
--A look at the next major Dragon Gate show with four title bouts
 
--More on Wrestle-1's major Keiji Muto 30th anniversary show
 
--Participants in this year's All Japan Real World Tag League tournament
 
--Triple Crown title defended in Canada
 
--Update on the Global League
 
--More news from the Tokyo Dome show
 
--More on the announcers for the show
 
--New Japan jr. tag team tournament and what's up for the winner
 
--Talks regarding dual promotion shows early next year
 
--Upcoming New Japan iPPV dates
 
--More on New Japan's next major show
 
--Yoshitatsu in Japan and his gimmick
 
--Terry Funk wrestling one more time in Japan and the match announced
 
--Son of pro wrestling star training for world championships in judo
 
--Hall of Fame candidate career in jeopardy
 
--U.K. hosts New Japan stars and Austin Aries
 
--Okada vs. Aries match
 
--Ronda Rousey comes to PWG
 
--Hardys vs. Young Bucks
 
--New Japan champs wrestle in U.S.
 
--More on WWC anniversary shows this coming week
 
--Rival WWL draws strong indie crowd with many well known names
 
--Update on Lucha Underground TV
 
--A look at the TV tapings held over the weekend
 
--A look at the ROH TV tapings
 
--Former UFC fighter starts training for pro wrestling
 
--Japanese viewpoint on Bound for Glory
 
--Who in Japan is TNA talking about
 
--UFC TV situation in Canada updated
 
--More on Cung Le and the bungled drug test situation
 
--UFC schedule for the next several weeks
 
--Aldo record notes
 
--Lots of new UFC fights announced
 
--Cormier comments on feud with Jon Jones
 
--Stephan Bonnar talks injuries and fight with Tito Ortiz
 
--More on War Machine's suicide attempt
 
--Mayhem Miller's arrest update
 
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)

*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)

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*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)a

*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)

*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)

*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)

*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our history)

*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)

*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)

*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)

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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)

*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)

*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)

*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)

*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)

*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)

*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)

*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)

*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)

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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)

*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)

*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)

*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)

*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)

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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--The first of our four straight days of shows is today with a one hour plus interview with Chris Jericho, talking current WWE, Mexico in the early 90s and Negro Casas, Dancing with the Stars.  We'll also have shows tomorrow after UFC, Sunday after Elimination Chamber and Monday after Raw.
 
--We're also looking for someone who can cover Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network for the site on Wednesday nights. 
 
--While the prelims for UFC 179 tomorrow will not be airing in most of Canada, they will air on TVA Sports 2 live, which is a Quebec sports channel.  TVA Sports airs Montreal Canadiens hockey at the same time. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
 
--Nobody seems to know who will main event Sunday's PPV.  Seth Rollins, in Digital Spy, when asked if that's important to him, said, "Yeah it is.  I'd be lying to you if I didn't say that it was.  We won't know the answer to that question until Sunday comes.  Of course it's important.  I want to go on last every single night, regardless of the match, regardless of the show, but you throw in the added elements that we're going up against a Cena-Orton match, which has been headlining pay-per-views for the last decade, that's something huge."
 
--I really don't see a reason for Cena vs. Orton to go on last.  I know there's a risk that people may not react as big to Rollins and Ambrose last, but the risk goes both ways and I'd rather put them out there to establish they can close.  If it doesn't work, lesson learned.  But you have to position them to have that chance.  Nothing is gained from Cena-Orton last except not giving Ambrose and Rollins the shot to succeed or fail in that spot.  It's not like ticket selling or PPV buying or network ordering changes one person based on that order and they've already promoted it the way they've promoted it.
 
--Cain Velasquez's minor right knee surgery yesterday was considered a success and he should be back training at the start of December and ready to fight by early March.
 
--Undertaker was at the performance center this week at the tryout camp.  He's going to be working more with the developmental talent going forward. 
 
--Good article in Rolling Stone on Dean Ambrose headed into Sunday's PPV at
 
--Thanks to everyone who wrote about my birthday. 
 
--Scott Jorgensen was fined 20% of his purse for missing weight.  Because Fabricio Camones and Tony Martin worked out a deal together to move their weight to 158 pounds, neither was fined.

--WWE stock closed down seven cents today to end the week at $13.27 per share. 

--Bobby Lashley talks tonight's fight with Karl Etherington at http://www.spike.com/video-clips/tjqzsz/bellator-mma-lashley-vs-etherington-putting-everything-together
 
--Conor McGregor in Brazil at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sBfknA9nZro

--Brian Fritz talks to Matt Hardy at

--An article on the social stigma of speaking out against abuse in combat sports at
 http://www.cagepotato.com/mmas-last-taboo-sexual-abuse-and-the-sports-silent-victims/

--John Hennigan (Johnny Mundo/Morrison) on the debut of Lucha Underground at
 

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1956 - Mitsuo Surugaunmi beat Michiaki Yoshimura in a tournament final in Tokyo to become the first Japanese jr heavyweight champion
1967 - Paul DeMarco & Lorenzo Parente beat Kurt & Skull Von Stroheim to win the world tag team titles in Tampa
1970 - Lonnie Mayne beat Mr. Fuji to win the Pacific Northwest title
1974 - Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel beat The Crusher & Billy Robinson in Winnipeg to win the AWA tag team title
1976 - Alfonso Dantes beat Carlos Plata in Guadalajara to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1979 - Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood beat Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke to win the NWA tag title
1979 - Bobby Eaton beat Dutch Mantel (Zeb Colter) in Nashville to win the Mid American title
1980 - Tiger Jeet Singh beat Antonio Inoki in Okinawa to win the UWA title
1980 - Tony Atlas beat Dennis Condrey in Atlanta to win the Georgia title
1981 - Steve Regal (not William Regal) beat Buddy Rose to win the Pacific Northwest title
1982 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Harley Race in Kitani to win the United National title
1983 - Jimmy Garvin beat Chris Adams in Fort Worth to win the Texas TV title
1987 - Mayumi Ozaki beat Rumi Kazama to win the UWA womens' title in Tokyo
1984 - Fit Finlay beat Marty Jones in Hull to win the world mid heavyweight title
1993 - Lance Storm beat Hiroyoshi Yamamoto (Hiroyoshi Tenzan) in Hannover to win the CWA jr. title and Larry Cameron & Mad Bull Buster (Gary Wolfe) beat Mile Zrno & David Taylor to win the CWA tag titles
1993 - The Nasty Boys beat Marcus Bagwell & Too Cold Scorpio to win the WCW tag titles
1998 - The Dudleys beat Sabu & Rob Van Dam in Cleveland to win the ECW tag titles
1999 - At Halloween Havoc in Las Vegas, Rick Steiner beat Chris Benoit to win the WCW TV title, Bill Goldberg beat Sting to win the WCW title which was stripped the next day, Harlem Heat beat Konnan & Billy Kidman and Brian Knobs & Hugh Morrus (Bill DeMott) in a three-way to win the WCW tag titles
 
--When asked what it would take to make him a headliner, Dolph Ziggler said in an interview with The Sun in the U.K., "There's one huge thing my character would have to do:  He'd have to talk on the microphone (so the crowd could) get to know that character just a little big better than a guy who does really good wrestling matches."
 
--Cody Barbierri, the Social Media manager who made the remarks "That's Del Rio's job" when he was asked to clean up his plate in catering, which led to Del Rio allegedly slapping him hard and getting fired, is no longer with WWE.
 
--Yesterday when mentioning Len Crosby as Texas tag team champion in the 50s, better known as Lenny Montana, he was also Luca Brasi in the movie "The Godfather" and his real name was Lenny Passoforo. (thanks to Crimson Mask)
 
--A Drew Galloway video building up an already sold out show in Glasgow, Scotland at http://youtu.be/oMM_i08HR4w
 
--Goldy Locks, the former TNA announcer, appears on The Learning Channel's Extreme Cheapskates show on Wednesday at 9 p.m.  It's a show with her band on tour where she'll do all kinds of penny pinching things.
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 11/28 at Turners Hall in Cleveland with Johnny Gargano vs. Ethan Carter III, Marion Fontaine vs. Rockstar Spud and Alex Shelley vs. Josh Prohibition.
 
--Dropkixx Academy Showdown no Saturday in Essex, England at the Ilford Sports Club.
 
--CWE on 11/7 at Rookie's Sports Bar in Winnipeg.
 
--Smash Wrestling on Sunday in Mississauga, ONT at the Canlan Sportsplex with Matt Cross vs. Gregory Iron, plus Rhino vs. Tyson Dux, Michael Elgin vs. Johnny Gargano and more.
 
--Funk vs. Brisco continues on Saturday night in Ocala, FL at the BANG Soundstage with Dory Funk Jr. & Brian DeMario & Gabriel Zimmerly vs. Wes Brisco & Shane Chung & Dalton Drellich 
 
--Headlocked writer Mike Kingston will be at the Vermont Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday in Burlington, VT to promote Headlocked:   The Last Territory.
 
--In conjunction with the movie "Foxcatcher," which comes out in a few weeks, Mark Schultz has released an autobiography "FOXCATCHER:  The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John DuPont's Madness and the Quest for Olympic Gold."  I started reading the book a few days ago and it's quite the read, going through the ups and downs of Schultz including being amazing how much his lone UFC fight meant to him. 
 
--Cindy Dandois is out of Invicta FC 9, so Kaitlyn Young will face Raquel Pa'aluhi on the 11/1 show in Davenport, IA on Fight Pass.
 

Three people miss weight at weigh-ins for UFC 179 today

Friday, 24 October 2014 11:36

Weigh-in notes for UFC 179

Prelims on Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Eastern time

Fabricio Camoes (158) vs. Tony Martin (157) - Both agreed to a 158 pound catch weight fight

Gilbert Burns (155) vs. Christos Giagos (156)

FS 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern time

Felipe Arantes (146) vs. Andre Fili (146)

Scott Jorgensen (128) vs. Wilson Reis (125) - Jorgensen missed weight by two pounds

Yan Cabral (156) vs. Naoyuki Kotani (155)

William Macario (170) vs. Neil Magny (171)

PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern time

Beneil Dariush (156) vs. Diego Ferreira (156)

Darren Elkins (145) vs. Lucas Martins (146)

Fabio Maldonado (205) vs. Hans Stringer (206)

Phil Davis (205) vs. Glover Teixeira (205)

Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (145) for UFC featherweight title

 

Wrestling Observer Radio 10/24: CHRIS JERICHO is back to talk his book, career, and more!

Friday, 24 October 2014 11:37

Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer returns today with special guest CHRIS JERICHO to talk all sorts of topics including his new book, stories that he later recalled and couldn't believe didn't make the cut, balancing all of his projects in life and tons more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

FREE TODAY: Oct 24 Doc Young's Wrestling Weekly: Daniel Bryan in the Territories, HIAC Picks, more~!

Friday, 24 October 2014 07:36

Les and Vic discuss what Dave Meltzer and Larry Matysik said about how far Daniel Bryan could’ve gone in the territory days and whether Les agrees with their assessment…or not.  We’ll also talk Ox Baker, Ken Ramey and the awesome piece Dave did on him in the Observer, go over Les’ Observer HOF ballot, discuss the nuances fans and wrestlers can take from the Thesz/Silverstein match we invited you to watch on youtube last week, and pick another match to watch for discussion next week!  Plus, our picks for WWE Hell in a Cell! Best of all this show is completely FREE, so please post the link or file elsewhere and help spread the word about wrestlingobserver.com! If you like what you hear, sign up for a subscription as we produce anywhere from 12-15 new radio shows every week, plus members have full access to over 6,000 archived audio shows dating back to 2005, plus hundreds of new and archived Wrestling Observer and Figure Four Weekly online newsletters. It's a steal, so sign up and join the fun!

 

 

UFC News: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver official for Boston

Friday, 24 October 2014 07:28

Conor McGregor
Photo courtesy of The Telegraph.UK

By Josh Nason, Wrestling Observer


The UFC officially announced Friday that featherweight star Conor McGregor will face Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. The January 18, 2015, event will be broadcast on Fox Sports One.

McGregor (16-2) is coming off a September 1st round TKO win over Dustin Poirier that cemented him as a top contender to the UFC 145-pound crown along with Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, and Dennis Bermudez. Siver (22-9-0-1) came off a long layoff due to a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test failure and defeated Charles Rosa by decision in October.

The event will air following the NFC Championship game on Fox, essentially acting as a lead-in for the FS1 show, and will air directly against the AFC Championship game on CBS. This could provide problematic locally for ticket sales and media interest if the New England Patriots are involved in the title game. It's also interesting they are going to head to head with a much-watched football playoff game, but as Ariel Helwani pointed out, only the prelims should be affected by that.

Throw in the local coverage of the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox offseason activities, and the potential for bad weather, and it adds up to an interesting challenge for the UFC -- even with one of their brightest stars in the middle of everything. Look for some strong supporting acts to be put on the show. 

 

WWE NXT Network Report: Adrian Neville vs. Titus O'Neal, Sami Zayn declared victor of imaginary match

Friday, 24 October 2014 05:00

WWE NXT TV: Adrian Neville vs. Titus O'Neil

By Emerson Witner

Before getting started, please tune into the Wrestling Outsiders, every Wednesday at 10pm EST.

The Ascension defeated Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger

We kick things off with the longest reigning champions in NXT history. Mind you they were not champions for as long as NXT Redemption was a thing. Jordan and Dillinger are teaming for the fourth time ever, entering the ring with a record of 1-2.

Jordan started the match and got less offense than the usual jobbers of the week used to get. He got beaten down by the former champions, and crowd favorites. Dillinger tagged in, got dropped immediatelty and pinned after the Fall of Man.

- After the match, Hideo Itami hit the ring, like a dumb baby face, and got beaten down by his larger foes. I wonder what all those people in Japan are thinking, when WWE made a big deal to get NXT on television because Itami would be on there. Itami got dropped with the Fall of Man.

- Rich Brennan fucked up horribly. He talked about how Tyler Breeze lost a #1 Contender's Match to Sami Zayn last week and how will we reply now? Well the problem with that is there was no such match last week. Zayn beat Kidd in a regular match and Breeze was last seen beating Mojo Rawley.

Tyler Breeze pinned CJ Parker

CJ Parker was last seen being defeated by Baron Corbin twice in less than 30 seconds. These two used to feud when Parker was a do gooding baby face. Now it's just a battle of heels. Breeze has moved to his new seasonal residence of Helsinke, Finland. Someone has to be from there now that Tony Halme passed away.

Parker got the heat with a punch to the face, which actually is a dastardly move when you do it to Breeze. Mojo Rawley came out, holding his shoulder. Breeze took that as his cue to make a comeback and won with the Beauty Shot.

Nothing ended up happening. Mojo walked around the ring and just stared at Tyler.

- The girl who is not Devin Taylor interviewed Titus O'Neil, who said he is going to win the NXT Title tonight. Girl couldn't stop giggling.

- Baron Corbin walks in the rain and rides a motorcycle, which makes him a different breed.

The Vaudevillains defeated Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy

Somehow these two acting the same way they always do translated to them having a different attitude. Murphy and Blake are a regular jobber team, Murphy was said to use “Aussie Strong Style” whatever the hell that is.

Aiden English with one of the more unique moves I have ever seen, by throwing Murphy's injured arm onto the mat time and again. Blake got the hot tag, which consisted of one woman in the crowd screaming. The announcers got way too excited for a nip up by Blake. The Vaudevillains now use an uppercut/neckbreaker combo for the win.

Sasha Banks submitted Bayley

This match has been set up by the love of my life continually attacking Bayley after her matches. Last week Sasha tried to pull Becky Lynch into her troupe, so we will see if Becky turns heel.

Bayley was much more aggressive this week, selling the angle and being mad at Sasha. John Cena could learn from Bayley. Yeah, I just said that. Sasha ran the ropes before...delivering a bitch slap. Ole Anderson is growing hair so he can pull it out. Banks won with the Bank Statement, which is the Crippler Crossface, only without hooking the arm.

After the match, Sasha beat down Bayley until Becky Lynch ran in for the save. Becky then swerved us by picking up Bayley and attacking her from behind. Sasha applauded this and then Becky raised Sasha's hand, cementing their new relationship.

- Backstage, Carmella was bragging on the phone to someone when Enzo walked in and called himself 4G because he is well connected. Anyhoo Enzo got Carmella a match with Emma next week.

NXT Champion Adrian Neville defeated Titus O'Neal

Titus is cashing in his 50 or 60 Redemption Points for a shot at Adrian Neville. God I miss the days of NXT Redemption. JTG turning Jacob Novak into a tool. Vladimir Kozlov teaching Konnor how to break boards. Lucky Cannon's Robe. Tyson Kidd and Yoshi Tatsu feuding because Tyson ripped the leg of Yoshi's action figure. Maxine being a slut because she once went on a date with Johnny Curtis years before she started dating Derrick Bateman. Those were the good old days.

Neville was too fast to keep track of, so Titus kicked him in the ribs, which was a very effective way to slow him down. Neville then went for a Springboard WhatAManeuver, but Titus simply pushed him to the outside. Titus slapped on a bear hug, which is a finisher on TNA's WrestleMania semi-main event.

Neville finally got tired of being squeezed, so he kicked Titus in the ribs, but ran face-first into the bottom of Titus' foot. Neville eventually knocked the big man down with two feet to the face and retained his title with the Red Arrow.

Sami Zayn came out and congratulated Neville, before saying he is on a mission to win the NXT Championship. Neville agreed to give him a title shot any time in the future, which Zayn said he will hold him to. Neville finished the show saying he is not worried because Zayn cannot win the big one. So that does it for this week. Until next week, remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!

 

Bryan & Vinny Show 10/24: Granny returns to set up Halloween pet costume contest, full TNA Impact review, tons more!

Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:59

Bryan & Vinny Show returns tonight with tons to discuss including a full review of what turned into a pretty fun edition of TNA Impact, Granny's segment with her usual Q&A and the announcement of next week's HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST, some more throwback songs and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

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