We're also looking for reports on today's Smackdown house show in Cardiff, Wales, today's TNA show in Nashville (A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley vs. Scott Steiner, Beer Money & Frank Wycheck--former NFL star vs. Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry; Abyss vs. Rhino in Monsters Ball; Tara vs. Velvet Sky and D'Angelo Dinero vs. Homicide vs. Suicide), yesterday's WWE house shows in Liverpool and Nottingham, England, and Friday night's TNA show in Murray, KY, as well as Saturday night's Raw show in Minehead, England.
Tonight has a taped Raw which has just finished, from Sheffield, England with Ricky Hatton as guest host. We'll have spoilers on the front page shortly.
Tuesday has Smackdown & ECW tapings in Sheffield, England, with Christian defending the ECW title against William Regal and John Morrison defending the IC title against Dolph Ziggler, as well as Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho in what may be their first ever singles match on television as TV bouts announced, plus Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk in a casket match as the dark match. Raw will run in Cardiff, Wales.
Spike is airing the September 19, 2007 Fight Night show headlined by Kenny Florian vs. Din Thomas head-to-head with Raw. Countdown to UFC 105 airs at 11 p.m. on Spike, right after Raw.
ROH tonight on HDNet:
*Chris Hero vs. Bobby Dempsey
*Kevin Steen & El Generico vs. Super Smash Brothers
*Sal Rinauro vs. Rasche Brown
*Bryan Danielson & Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards
An update on the Hulk Hogan/TNA relationship is the lead story in this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We look at the real questions related to Hogan as far as running TNA, including what has been told to wrestlers he is recruiting about competition with Vince McMahon including a start date, as well as what those in TNA know and what Spike TV is saying.
We look at how history looks at this, as well as both the advantages and disadvantages of promoting pro wrestling in 2010. We look at when Hogan is likely to return, as well as the one example of Raw vs. Impact head-to-head historically and why that example changed a lot of minds about going to Mondays.
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We also have a look at the death of the Hustle promotion, the press conference talking about it, the hopes to revive it, as well as the unique list of major stars who performed for the promotion during its nearly six years of existence.
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We've got some updates on Survivor Series and even WrestleMania, ridiculous politics and Linda McMahon's campaign, notes on WWE PPV shows in 2010, notes on some guest hosts for Raw upcoming as well as how TNA ratings came up in WWE this past week.
We look at the HHH interview with Powerslam magazine and what does and doesn't make sense, as well, some notes on the 2010 Hall of Fame, an update on Edge's return, WWE movie notes, new DVD release and awards given the promotion.
We have notes on UFC's injuries and illnesses and how they affect and totally change the big show at the end of the year. We've got a detailed update on Brock Lesnar as well as a timetable of when he can possibly return, as well as what Paul Heyman was talking about regarding Lesnar turning down a movie role.
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--The Fayetteville Observer has a story on prescription abuse and pro wrestling at http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/11/08/947884 They also have a story on Jeff Hardy's arrest and how it could threaten his career at http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2009/11/08/945217
The story quotes his father as saying that Jeff doesn't even want to talk with him about the case. They quote Greg Price as saying that even if convicted, no promoter won't use Hardy.
--All legal situations involving Kurt Angle and Trenesha "Rhaka Khan" Biggers were settled today prior to a scheduled hearing. Biggers dropped all charges and claims against Angle and the court threw out the protective order against him. Both agreed not to contact the other or to behave in an inappropriate manner toward the others. Angle also agreed not to take any actions against Biggers and agreed not to be critical of her over the incident.
--Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair appeared on Saturday night on the "Sports Tonight" TV show in Australia with Hogan doing an interview, Flair interrupting, and then babyfaces and heels on the tour brawling. They were pushing the idea of the tour around Team Hogan vs. Team Flair. (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--Funeral information on Adam Dykes aka Adam Firestorm. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at 6270 126th St., Surrey, BC V3X 1T9
--Notes on UFC programming this week. There will be four hours of Unleashed from 7-11 p.m. tomorrow night. The four main events are Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn, Rich Franklin vs. Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin (their first fight from 2006) and Matt Hughes vs. Joe Riggs. Wednesday has two more hours of programming from 8-10 p.m. before Ultimate Fighter's new episode airs at 10 p.m. and replays at 11 p.m. Thursday has Unleashed from 7-9 p.m. with main events of Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia and Chuck Liddell vs Jeremy Horn. Friday night will air UFC 75, headlined by Dan Henderson vs. Quinton Jackson and Michael Bisping vs. Matt Hamill from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday. Saturday has a marathon of episodes five through nine of this season's Ultimate Fighter from 1-6 p.m., plus more Unleashed at 7 PM. with Couture vs. Gabriel Gonzaga. UFC 105 airs live on Spike at 8 p.m. and replays at midnight. For those in Canada, the show airs live at 3 p.m. Eastern on SportsNet.
--Spike TV has posted these previews for the rest of the TUF season. Nov. 18: "Questions continue about whether Matt Mitrione will fight, prompting a visit from Dana. Kimbo battles an injury with hopes of returning as a replacement. Teammates Brendan Schaub and Jon Madsen face off in the second quarterfinal fight." There is no show on Thanksgiving Eve as they have decided to do a two hour special from 9-11 p.m. with the final two episodes. Here's the scoop on the final show: "Dana talks to Kimbo about replacing Mitrione. Marcus Jones unleashes his rage outside the cage. The last two quarterfinals are fought, followed by the semifinal announcements." The semifinals will both air in the second hour.
--There is a very good interview with Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy) as well as with Dusty Rhodes at http://pojoslam.blogspot.com by Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal/
---A story on Mad Dog Vachon being inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame at http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Vachon+lived+name/2200735/story.htm l When Billy Robinson was on our radio show last week, he said that if UFC was around during Vachon's prime, he was very confident Vachon would have been a world champion. Mad Dog in the story claimed he had 30,000 matches, which is completely ridiculous, because if he had one match every day since he was born in 1929 until today, he would only have 29,200 matches.
--Raw will have a new theme and new open starting next week at MSG, with the song "Burn It To The Ground" by Nickelback as the new theme.
--We'll be back tonight on Observer radio talking Raw, Survivor Series, Strikeforce fallout and more. You can send questions on the front page of the site and we'll try and get to as many as you can.
--Updated news is that Fedor Emelianenko did not suffer a broken nose in the fight on Saturday night with Brett Rogers. However, he did suffer a hand injury, which may have been a dislocated left thumb.
--A piece on Frankie Edgar is at http://www.inasectv.com/view_episode.php?id=114
--Samoa Joe noted he was in Nashville watching demo tapes of wrestlers sent to TNA. On his twitter, he wrote as advice, "Dear wrestlers, fuck your intro video, include actual wrestling on your DVDs" and "No lights plus fuzzy camera equals thrown out DVD. Please send it in watchable, common sense."
--Who do you think would win between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko under UFC rules
--Who do you think would win under Strikeforce rules
I don't know about that. Lesnar could win, but Fedor would go in as a heavy favorite. There are just so many more ways he can win.
--What was the best TV show of the past week?
CBS Strikeforce 46.7%
Ultimate Fighter 7.3%
Strikeforce Challengers Series 0.8%
Inside MMA 0.5%
--Scott Random noted he went to Chicago for the Strikeforce show, drove by a strip club heading for a pizza place, and saw the big sign of Steve McMichael hosting Monday Night Football parties weekly at the Blackjack Gentleman's Club in Elgin, IL.
--Yesterday's radio show quiz for the Roller Derby DVDs
1) What teams played in the 1972 game in Chicago that drew 50,000 fans (correct answer is Midwest Pioneers vs. Los Angeles T-Birds)
2) What skater was known as both The Golden Girl and the Blonde Amazon (Joan Weston)
3) What boxing legend's son was a major Roller Derby star and what was his son's name (Sugar Ray Robinson, and son Ronnie Robinson)
4) Who is the only person in both the wrestling and Roller Derby Hall of Fame (Dick Lane, Los Angeles wrestling announcer and Los Angeles T-Birds announcer)
5) What two skaters had one of the most famous feuds and were on the cover of TV Guide in the U.S. (Gerry Murray and Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn around 1951)
6) What two Roller Derby legends ended up wife swapping (Charlie O'Connell and Mike Gammon; Charlie is now married to Mike's ex, Judi McGuire, a former skater; Gammon ended up with Charlie's ex-Vickie Cooper, who was also a skater but far less memorable of one)
We had a ton of correct answers for the first question, and the second as well, a few for the third, fourth and even a half dozen for the 5th, but nobody got the sixth. The first person to get the answers were Andrew McMahon on New Brunswick on question four, Adam Suzan of Jericho, NY for question two and Vincent Bonnano of Las Vegas for question one.
--Eve Torres wasn't at Raw tonight because she was sent for a promotional trip to Australia. No, not to promote the Hogan tour.
--WWE will be on The Food Network's Dinner Impossible show on Wednesday at 10 p.m. Among those on are Stephanie Levesque, Big Show, Santino Marella and The Miz. (thanks to Chris Callan)
--Some TNA talent today are filming a holiday ad for Shop TNA. Abyss is wrapping gifts and Homicide is answering phones.
--The Daily Star talks with Terry Etim at http://dailystar.co.uk.posts/view/107049/Etim-s-quiet-but-deadly/ and Michael Bisping at http://dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/107459/Who-s-the-daddy-/
--Tickets for the 12/19 Strikeforce show in San Jose go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. to Strikeforce newsletter subscribers and to the public on Friday. Cung Le vs. Scott Smith and Matt Lindland vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza are the top two matches announced, plus Robbie Lawler and King Mo will be in matches. The show airs live on Showtime.
--Since it has been brought up, some are confused about a Couture vs. Vera fight being listed as being on Showtime on 11/20, that is the Kim Couture vs. Kerry Vera fight.
--Jason Clevett talks Adam Firestorm at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/11/08/11672586.html
--Greg Oliver has a talk with Baron Mikel Scicluna, a WWF regular in the 60s and 70s, who is battling cancer at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/11/01/11597591.html
--EWP from Thursday night in Morristown, TN before 125 fans: Shawn Schultz b Steve O, Jeff Anderson b Tommy Mercer, Sigmon b Drew Haskins, Death Row Inmates b Steve O & Tommy Mercer, Trooper T b Beau James-DQ, Ricky Morton b Shawn Schultz. Next taping is 11/19. The TV starts airing in Knoxville on 11/15 at 11:30 p.m. on Ch. 8 Comcast, Ch. 15 Charter and Ch. 30 DirecTV/Dish.
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 85 fans: Steven Walters & Derrick Driver & Chris King & Billy Buck b Andrews Alexander & Mike Mosley & Jay Clinton & Mr. Black, Todd Sexton b Jacob Ashworth, Shadow Jackson & Mikal Judas b Jeremy Vain & Orion Bishop, J.T. Talent & Drew Pendleton III b Don Matthews & Jessco Blue, Seth Delay & Mike Posey b Slim J & Bo Newsome, Adam Chambers over Azrael, Hayden Young, J-Rod and B.J. Hancock, Edward Chastain (Iceberg wrestling in a dress shirt for his final match) & Truitt Fields b Phil Shatter & Shaun Tempers. When the show was over, all the babyfaces surrounded the ring and fans chanted "You're a legend" at Chastain. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Dundalk, MD before 400 fans: Queenan Creed over Andrew Ryker and Chad Austin, Jim Christian b Eagle, Beachboy Vinnie & Jammin Joe b Drew Pain & C-Fed, Duane Gill & Barry Hardy b Holy Rollers, Headbanger Mosh b Bob Starr, Lucifer b Cat Burglar, Kent Brink b Ronnie Zukko, Ricky Blues b Agent Orange, Ruckus b Ryan McBride, Steve Camruy & Joe Thunder b Harbor City Hit Squad, Dave the Wave McAllister won Battle Royal (thanks to Joe Burrows)
--Rebellious Wrestling Federation on 11/14 in Ashton, IL at the Mills & Petrie Memorial Building
--Kerry Brown tribute card in Winnipeg tomorrow night at the Marlborough Hotel. Lots of veterans of Winnipeg indies will be wrestling, with a video tribute to Brown, clips of Brown vs. Badnews Allen, Ron Ritchie and Freddy Peloquin. Former area wrestling announcer Joe Aiello will be the m.c. Wrestlers are coming from throughout Canada to appear.
--Australian Wrestling Federation on 11/14 in Niagara Park at the Central Coast Youth Club
--Brian Kendrick wrestles on 11/14 in Burlington, NC at the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium