By Dave Meltzer |
The Lead: Busy Weekend Closes, Show Reports Needed, Rock At RAW Monday
Raw will be live Monday from the TD Garden in Boston with Rock, Shawn Michaels and HHH all scheduled to appear. Undertaker has been pulled from the advertising and Teddy Long will be General Manager. Smackdown is Tuesday from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, with John Laurinaitis as General Manager.
This Week's Observer: Double Issue featuring WrestleMania build, Rock/Cena & Punk/Jericho promos
We've got another double issue of the Observer out this week. The new issue is already available on the web site right now, as is another back issue from 1994 covering UFC IV and all the wrestling news from that period.
We look at the build for WrestleMania, the Rock-Cena promo, the Punk-Jericho promo, the internal predictions, the ratings, including exactly what happened with the ratings in the last segment and the goals of building the Mania match, and more importantly, what the Mania match can't do for long-term business. We update the card announced as well as other matches teased, as well as how the key demos fluctuated in the last half hour of the show.
We also have coverage of the business of WWE with a rundown of the final quarter as well as the entire year of 2011. We look at why the company is losing money for the first time in years, what divisions are up, what divisions are down, how it differs from last year, the dividend, and comments by Vince McMahon about the last few months as well as the company going forward.
We look at ticket sales and internal PPV predictions for WrestleMania, as well as the theory on how this show will build the company going forward. We look in depth at the problems of the film division and will it continue and for how long is it safe in the wake of all the money losses. We also look at an update on the network, why Vince McMahon said they are strong going into the network and why the stats he used may not really indicate strength in that marketplace.
We look at the money earmarked for the network's debut in 2012, and how to look at whether or not it is successful past the obvious bottom line because of opportunity costs changing.
We also look at his talk about recent non-WWE sports deals for content, as well as a look back at the historical cycles of pro wrestling in North America over the past 60 years. We look at how the stock price is doing, as well as go into almost every facet of the business.
We look at WWE revenue over the past three years and what part of the world it comes from.
We look behind the small gain in attendance and why part of that is misleading. We also look at ticket prices and merchandise, as well as compare grosses from this year and last year.
We also look at what recent PPV hit rock bottom, and why PPV numbers were up this past year. We've got a chart listing all the PPV numbers for the past three years, as well as another chart looking at "Rock less" numbers, basically if you take Rock out of the equation, the overall trend of PPV numbers over the past four years.
We also look at a major lesson this year brought forth when it comes to big angles and PPV shows.
We look at why Superstars and NXT are not on television right now, as well as why one sector being down was so disappointing. We look at toys, video games, novelty products, magazine sales and web site revenue.
We also have a year-by-year look at WWE business final numbers.
We also have a look at the Wrestler of the Year for the U.S. and Japan annually dating back the past 30 years.
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More On The New Observer: UFC Back To Japan, Wrestling/MMA Connection, Tons More
We also have a look at UFC's return to Japan after 11 years, why the show sold, what the show indicated about the Japanese market, what kind of a crowd attended and how it differed from a pro wrestling crowd and a Pride crowd, a look back at the Benson Henderson title win over Frankie Edgar, stats on striking and takedowns, judges scoring, where the lightweight division goes, what Edgar is being pressured to do, and whether Edgar should move down in weight.
We look at the business stats of the show, gate, TV ratings on FX and early PPV numbers, the TV situation in Japan, and a look at the Japanese favorites on the show.
We've also got match-by-match coverage of the show, poll results and more.
We also look at the next Raw, tons of details on this year's Hall of Fame ceremony, where Ric Flair stands, Undertaker health update, Rock box office notes, more on Legends House, Rey Mysterio's return and WWE business notes from the past week as well as highlights from all of the weekend house shows.
We've also got the third part of our history of the UFC/pro wrestling connection, with notes and profiles on 16 more current and former UFC stars who have done pro wrestling.
We've also got a preview of Friday night wars, which start on 3/9 with four different stations broadcasting pro wrestling or MMA in prime time. We look at how the night is going to shake up, the first Bellator show, as well as a look at the 32 fighters who will be competing on 3/9 to become Ultimate Fighter cast members. We look at their backgrounds, records and who are the favorites coming in.
We also have our in-depth look at the ratings of the national shows, including how every segment of Raw and Smackdown did, what gained in audience, and what lost in audience.
We also have our weekly features with the results from the major events held around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--CMLL's first major show of 2012 and how the advance looks
--A world champion vs. world champion match coming this week
--Sisters-in-law battle for national championship
--Sons of legends in a feud building to a three-way mask match
--Health update on a major fixture in Mexican wrestling
--Build to the Rey de Reyes show
--Longtime star celebrates 25 years in pro wrestling and they don't even shoot an angle
--Rey de Reyes eliminations
--Unique Dragon Gate angles from the past week
--A look at more matches when Dragon Gate returns to the U.S>
--Kenta Kobashi health update
--Keiji Muto appears in major NOAH main event
--New ownership makes announcements about radio and television of New Japan going forward as well as notes on big shows coming up
--Hall of Famer in wrestling returns to the ring in sumo
--Zero-One's anniversary show
--Update on Shane McMahon
--WWE Hall of Famer autobiography released in a few weeks
--Notes on a TV pilot featuring a lot of former WCW & WWE stars
--More on the dressing room brawl between Brian Knobs and New Jack
--Son of 70s pro wrestling star now ranked No. 7 in the nation in wrestling going into the NCAA's
--Story about the youth of Andre the Giant
--Longtime European star and former ECW wrestler announces retirement
--Cauliflower Alley honorees
--Update on 16 carat gold tournament this week
--Update on ROH's anniversary show
--Update on TNA Victory Road show
--More on Eastbound and Down on HBO and Ric Flair connection
--Update on Ring Ka King, ratings, angles and more
--A look at the next few weeks of Impact television
--A look at the major MMA shows this week
--Update on ticket sales to major UFC events
--Gina Carano's drawing power and Ronda Rousey
--Will the Strikeforce Grand Prix ever end?
--Update on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
--Lots of new UFC matches
--Ultimate Fighter Brazil U.S. airing
--Forrest Griffin talks Tito Ortiz
--MMA heavyweight battles for life after bar room stabbing
--MMA Uncensored talks the death of Pride
--How hard it has become to sell tickets to MMA in Las Vegas
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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)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*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
*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)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*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)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*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)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*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)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
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*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
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*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
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*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
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Sunday News, Notes & Links
--There will be a memorial for the late Doug Furnas on Friday night at 6 PM and Saturday at 2 PM at the Commerce, OK, High School Gym where Doug and younger brother Mike (also a pro wrestler) went to school.
--Zuffa was really embarrassed last night regarding Brandon Saling, who fought Roger Bowling in what was a hell of a fight. He had an '88' symbol (a reference to 'Heil Hitler') tattooed on him, and worse, had a prior conviction for raping a girl who was under the age of 13. I don't think we'll be seeing him again. Scott Coker said that nobody in Zuffa was aware of any of this until during the show when it came out and noted Saling is licensed to fight by several different state commissions including in Ohio.
--Smackdown was being rewritten with the realization this Friday's show goes head-to-head with the debut of The Ultimate Fighter. The two shows only go head-to-head this coming Friday and again on 6/1 for the finals since TUF starts right as Smackdown ends most weeks. However, Bellator will be running 8-10 p.m. head-to-head weekly, although they historically have only pulled about 200,000 viewers per week.
--Journey 2: The Mysterious Island was expected to be No. 6 this weekend doing $6.93 million and is at $85.6 million in the U.S. alone after four weeks.
--Speaking of Rock, he is already in Boston for tomorrow's show which is officially sold out, a rarity for Raw shows of late. They were pushing that there would be a confrontation between Shawn Michaels and HHH on the show, as they had hinted on television. John Cena & C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho & Kane is being advertised as the main event, which is likely the dark match. (thanks to Josh Nason and others)
--Kazuchika Okada retained the IWGP title beating Tetsuya Naito in the main event of today's New Japan 40th anniversary show at Korakuen Hall.
--Finals of the wXw 16 Carat Gold tournament in Oberhausen, Germany: Semifinals: El Generico b Johnny Moss, Tommy End b Zack Sabre Jr., Jay Skillett & Jonathan Gresham b Chris Rush & Aaron Insane, Absolute Andy & Bad Bones NC Drake Younger & Mike Schwarz, Jon Ryan b Noam Dar, Fit Finlay won 2/3 falls from Johnny Kidd, Big Van Walter & Daisuke Sekimoto & Kim Ray & 2Face b Yoshihito Sasaki & Axeman & Karsten Beck & Robert Dreissker in an elimination match (Walter & Sekimoto final survivors), Douglas Williams b Michael Dante, Zack Sabre Jr. & Marty Scurll b Emil Sitoci & Ricky Marvin, El Generico b Tommy End to win the tournament (thanks to Timo Knopf)
--Ben Henderson will be the guest tomorrow night on HDNet's Inside MMA.
--As of early this afternoon, the No. 7 searched for news story in the U.S. on Google was Rousey vs. Tate.
--Urijah Faber interview here.
--FEW on 3/10 in Fort Wayne, IN at The Fight House featuring Tammy Sytch.
--MPW from last night in Simi Valley, CA: Sam Chowder b Frankie D, Austin Draven & Fern Owens b Spectre & J.J. Steele, Sean Christian b Hed, Nikki the New York Knockout b Amanda-DQ, Hector Canales b Hobo, Top Notch Segura & Tsunami b Ray Tatanka & Jimmy Mayhem, Mario Banks b Logan X, Dr. Vandal Drummond (Kurt Brown) b Hell Kid, Bar Room Saints b Creep Show, Bo Cooper b Billy Blade. Next show is 4/7 (thanks to Scott Walton and Dan Farren)
--IWA East Coast from last night in Nitro, WV: Zak Vincent b Smoky C, Viper b Matt Connard, Chance Prophet b Aaron Draven-DQ, 2 Tuff Tony b Shane Douglas, Bulldozer b Jason Kincaid, Chance Prophet & Juggulator b T.J. Phillips & Trik Nasty to win tag titles, Mad Man Pondo b Tommy Dreamer (thanks to Scott Milam)
--Today's Sun Herald in Australia in the travel section has a list of 20 reasons to visit Mexico City with one of them to see Lucha Libre. (thanks to James Stanios)
What did you think of Smackdown?
--In non-wrestling stuff, Gary Mehaffy (who writes for this site) has written a full length play called "Granny's Flat", playing at the Studio Theater in Island Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland on March 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 9 pounds. It's a comedy that has wrestling references.
--Here's a video interview with The Bollywood Boys of Ring Ka King from Global TV in Canada.
--Oliver continues to know. He's taken the lead in the predictions race, going 4-1 again in this tough weekend of Strikeforce and UFC picks, ahead of me, Josh Nason, Mike Sempervive and Mike Sawyer who went 3-2. Todd Martin was 2-3. Copp got all the main fights right except Daley vs. Misaki. I missed Daley vs. Misaki and Kampmann vs. Alves.
--WSU's 5th anniversary show in Deer Park, NY before 100 fans: Athena b Leva Bates, Lexus b Rain, Bonesaw & Jenny Roses b Rick Cataldo & Isabel Suena, Jennifer Cruz b Becky Bayless, Marti Belle b Tina San Antonio, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie b Alicia & Brittney Savage, Jena & Latasha b Lexus & Destiny to win tag titles, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie b Jena & Latasha to win tag titles, April Hunter b Annie Social, Jessica Havok b Mercedes Martinez to win the WSU title and end Martinez's three year reign (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--GOUGE from last night in Creedmoor, NC: Frank Stalletto b Terrific Tom, Trailer Park Heat b Terrific Tom, Trailer Park Heat b Otto Schwanz-DQ, Mickey Gambino b Mike West, Bobby Savage & Fabulous Frankie b Gluteus Maximus & Taker, Lou Marconi b Seymour Snott, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Damien Wayne-DQ. Next show is 4/14 in Roxboro, NC at the National Guard Armory.
--NAWA from last night in Waxahachie, TX: Randy Wayne b Doberman in a bullrope match, Li Fang & Russia Destroyer b Cowboy Adam & Crash, Mike Foxx b Nobe Bryant, Bryant won 15 man Battle Royal (thanks to Rob Moore)
--Trans-South Wrestling from last night in Union, SC before 150 fans: Alex Avgerinos b Stoney Hooker, Joey Leone b Don E., Bradford Steele & Cruiser Lewis b Cody Fairview & Cole McAbee, Wampus b Michael Frehley, Stoney Hooker b Jeff Connelly, Deon Johnson NC Dirty (thanks to Thomas Simpson)
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Chico Adams b Mister Saint Laurent, Mike Cruz b Super Grover, Santana Garrett b Christina Von Eerie, Ray Beez b Josef Von Schmidt, Tony Torres b Jose Salinas, Lince Dorado b Chasyn Rance. Next show is 4/7 featuring the debut of Tim Zbyszko, managed by Larry. (thanks to Al Haft)
--CWF Mid Atlantic from last night in Burlington, NC: Killbillies b The Set, Nick Richards b Chase Dakota in Iron man mach over 15:00, Donnie Dollars NC Meccha Mercenary, Ray Kandrack b Mark James, Ric Converse b Jason Miller, The All Stars b Black Wrestlers Brigade, Arik Royal & Chiva Kid b Trevor Lee & Ben Tyler, Adam Page b Xsiris. Next shows are 3/16 in Lexington, NC and 3/17 in Burlington, NC (thanks to Brad Stutts)
--APW from last night in Hayward, CA: Dylan Drake b Levi Shapiro, Adam Thornstowe b Sheik Khan Abadi, Perry Von Vicious b Dalton Frost, Dave Dutra b Randy Myers, Derek Sanders b Mr. Wrestling IV, Will Rood b Rik Luxury, APW vs. Action Zone Wrestling in Hawaii challenge series: Dylan Drake & A.J. Kirsch (APW) b Mark Anarchy & Bobby Bolt, Kaimana (Action Zone) b Jeckles, Timothy Thatcher (APW champion) b Jeff Cobb (AZW champion). Apparently the main event was off the charts great.
--Here are details on the Zero-One tryout camp.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from last night in Columbus, IN before a sellout 350 fans: Fuji Brown won three-way over Aaron Armageddon and Darren Knight, Ricky Ruckus b Tom Van Zant, Stompin Steve b Sabotage Styles in loser wears a dress, Damien Cole & Camron Star b J.D. Marioni & Miss Heidi, Donny Idol b Mr. X-DQ, Rob Ramer b T.J. Kemp, Bobby Black b Flash Flanagan, High Rollers b Cooter & Joey Owens. Next show is 3/31 featuring Eugene. (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 3/10 in Lumberton, NC at the Indoor Flea Market featuring Shane Helms.
--Gregg Doyle at CBS Sports on last night's Strikeforce show. (thanks to Dennis Gorman)
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling's 4th anniversary show from last night in Marysville, WA: Calibur X b Home Boy Quiz, Brickhouse Bereta b Nate Andrews, Kellen Raeth b Dave Turner, Trixie Dynamite b Annie Richards-DQ, Jorel Nelson b Damon James, Exile & Azul Angel & J-Sin Sullivan b Jonas Albert Robinson & Sid Sylum & Azeem the Dream in an elimination match. Trixie Dynamite is from Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling TV show. Next show is 4/7 at the Pacific Rim Restaurant in Marysville with Trixie Dynamite back in a mixed tag. (thanks to Charles Short)
--Matt Hardy and Shane Helms worked Saturday in Thomasville, NC.