THURS. UPDATE: Hulk Hogan sex tape, Doug Furnas funeral, TUF details, Joe Rogan on wrestling
Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:25
By Dave Meltzer |
The Lead: Impact & Superstars Tonight, Busy Friday Ahead
We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Covington, KY at the Bank of Kentucky Center headlined by Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle vs. James Storm vs. Bully Ray, plus A.J. Styles vs. Kazarian, Gail Kim vs. Tara, Ken Anderson vs. Christopher Daniels, Alex Shelley vs. Kid Kash and Eric Young vs. Rob Terry at
. TNA also will be running in Corbin, KY tomorrow night and Pikeville, KY on Saturday night.
TNA tonight on Spike at 9 p.m. MMA Uncensored airs on Spike directly after the show.
- Gail Kim & Madison Rayne vs. Eric Young & ODB for the Knockouts tag team titles
- Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion
- Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray for TNA title
- Matt Morgan & Crimson vs. Robbie E & Robbie T - winners get tag title shot at Victory Road
- Jeff Hardy & Garett Bischoff vs. Kurt Angle & GunnerWWE Superstars:
- Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler - this was said to be big show quality
- Justin Gabriel vs. Heath Slater
- Ted DiBiase vs. Jinder Mahal - this was the bout where DiBiase suffered his broken heel bone
UFC Ultimate Insider airs tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Fuel and Best of Pride airs at 9 p.m. tonight on Fuel.
New Observer Alert: Cena/Rock in-depth, Doug Furnas remembered, Rise of Rousey
A look at the John Cena/Rock program and the questions that have come up this week, plus part one of our look at Doug Furnas, the rise of Ronda Rousey, the first shots in the Friday night war, and a look at WWE profits in every division, a look at some of WWE's ancillary income, the movie division, Ring of Honor's iPPV, a look at what Rock has and hasn't meant to ratings and more on the build to WrestleMania is all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at the life of Doug Furnas, including how he got in the Can-Am Express, his career in Japan, his life after wrestling, his amazing powerlifting career, how Kevin Sullivan got him into pro wrestling and the way his debut was set up, football, leaving Japan for WWF and more.
We also look at what has and hasn't worked so far in the Rock-Cena program and the reason for the current battle plan, as well as its risks.
We also look at television viewing on Friday nights from this point forward, the likely winners and losers and who people say they will be watching.
We look at Saturday's Strikeforce show and the future of women's MMA. We look at the Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey feud, Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman and the future of the Strikeforce brand.
We also have more on WWE business, including total attendance numbers for the last three years, the unique way house show profitability has risen while attendance has gone down, how much the company spends for a television taping and a PPV show, the WWE business revenue streams vs. those of UFC, plus magazine, video division and movie divisions, and business increases and cutbacks, as well as how much income the company derives out of the U.K.
We also have more on the John Laurinaitis vs. Teddy Long feud, matches for Mania, updates on Kharma and Wade Barrett, the WWE Network, Dwayne Johnson's movie career and how that relates to future wrestling, what happened to Mark Henry's push, HHH's contract, plus for a number of wrestlers going forward, Edge talks Hall of Fame, twitter embarrassments, WWE tryout news, plus notes on all the WWE weekend house shows with highlights and business notes.
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We also look at the UFC show in Australia, the controversy and behind the scenes regarding the judging of the Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson fight, and match-by-match coverage.
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--A look at the complete card for AAA's Rey de Reyes
--Notes on the big angle being set up and the L.A. Park possible turn
--Dragon Gate title change
--All Japan's major show of the week setting up the 3/20 card
--Update on Kenta Kobashi
--Ownership of New Japan
--Plans going forward for New Japan under new ownership
--Potential match of the year
--Lineup for the 2012 New Japan Cup tournament
--Zero-One's anniversary show
--ROH's latest TV tapings
--More on Hulk Hogan sex tape
--Vince Russo talks about his departure from TNA
--TNA star in movie role filming this week
--Brian Kendrick talks his TNA departure
--Eric Bischoff sells a new network show
--Ring Ka King update
--Samoa Joe & Magnus turn
--Lawsuit filed against TNA
--Changes in TNA on television
--TNA weekend tour notes
--More on upcoming television shows
--The decision to make Frankie Edgar the top lightweight contender
--Arguments for Edgar and for Pettis to get the next shot
--More testosterone therapy questions
--Chael Sonnen apology swerve
--More new UFC fights
--Schedule until the end of July
--More on the cast of this season's Ultimate Fighter
--Controversy over Michigan commission
--Mirko Cro Cop's retirement
Thursday's News, Notes & Links
--Hulk Hogan did an interview on TMZ about the sex tape and pegged the time line as right after splitting up with Linda and before he started dating Jennifer (that is the safest time to say), claiming there was a four-and-a-half month period where he went wild, drinking and was with several different brunettes, had no idea he was being taped and didn't know why if someone secretly taped him that it took so long to surface. It was theorized the person with the tape must have come on hard financial times of late.
One of the TMZ guys who saw clips of the tape said by looking at Hogan and what he was saying on the tape he could tell it was several years ago. His lawyer, David Houston, threatened civil action and criminal prosecution and jail time if the film is released, saying it would be a felony. Steven Hirsch from Vivid Video, who evidently wants to distribute the tape, wrote a personal letter to Hogan saying that he thinks there would be big money for him if they distributed the tape.
--Jim Hellwig's response: "HH sex tape? Don't need more boring proof Terry is impotent with tiny, shriveled up balls. And finding out he's lesbian is 2 much 4 even me." Seriously, what a lowlife creep.
--It's been mentioned before here, but the visitations for Doug Furnas will be Friday at 6 p.m. at the Commerce High School Gym in Commerce, OK, where he grew up, and the funeral will be at the high school gym on Saturday at 2 p.m. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sports Legacy Institute center for the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. They are also establishing a Doug Furnas scholarship fund at Commerce High School.
--Park Lane has announced that the Affliction T-shirt brand has gone through recapitalization with New Evolution Ventures, LLC and Bob Meers (former Reebok CEO) has acquiring an interest in Affliction Holdings, LLC. Both Affliction and Tapout have gone through some major financial changes. Tapout was recently sold for only $12 million (which based on lawsuits from investors was less than their debt) after all the talk of them rolling in money. That company fell apart financially as soon as Mask passed away.
--Regarding tomorrow night's Ultimate Fighter, the fighters have been told who they are facing this week but the matches won't be announced to the public. However, starting with the first episode, the matches for the next week's show will be announced one week in advance. Jon Anik will be the host of the show, but they have decided to broadcast the fights themselves just like in the past, with no commentary.
--At the end of Tuesday night's show, Daniel Tosh of Tosh.O again plugged his memorabilia auction and mentioned an autographed Arn Anderson action figure, giving a Four Horseman hand sign. He also had David Wills ("It's Still Real to Me") on for a long segment. (thanks to Steve Kowalczyk)
--There is more AKA drama as Josh Koscheck, who trained there his entire career until a falling out with Javier Mendez, has continued to blast them. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani
had an interview with Koscheck recently. Mendez went out of his way not to bury Koscheck publicly in an interview with us
a few weeks ago, thinking it wouldn't be good for the team since he still has some friends and AKA guys are going to go to Fresno and train with him.
--Anthony Robles, who won last year's NCAA tournament at 125 pounds even though he was born with only one leg, has been hired to join the ESPN crew broadcasting this year's NCAA tournament. The finals air on 3/17 on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.
--On a recent edition of Joe Rogan's podcast
, he talked about how popular pro wrestling is in Japan (well, if it was the 90s he'd be correct as right now, it is nowhere close to as popular in Japan as it is in the U.S.). He said when they were in Japan that Helwani tried to get him to go to a show, which I'm guessing was the NOAH show at Korakuen Hall. He talked about how different Japanese wrestling is that they have real fighters doing worked matches, like Tim Sylvia vs. Jerome LeBanner (not the best example of Japanese wrestling and more the equivalent of bringing someone to American wrestling and talking about Aksana vs. Cameron Lynn) and that they really blast each other and do real submission moves. Too bad they were one week early because last weekend, there was some great stuff at Korakuen Hall.
Rogan said he thinks there is no tougher job than being a pro wrestler. I wouldn't go that far, it is very tough, but guys who have trained for the NCAA tournament or Olympics in wrestling or judo have told me in comparison, pro wrestling was a piece of cake. He said that when he met Hulk Hogan, he was surprised at what a mountain of a man he was and how difficult it must be for a guy that size to take bumps. (thanks to Marcos Cortest)
--Saddened to report the death of Tommy Weathers, who passed away on Tuesday from cancer. Weathers was a well known referee for several different promotions in the Southeast during the 70s and 80s. The visitation is tomorrow from 5-8 p.m at Grissom Funeral Home in Cleveland, TN, with a ceremony at 10 a.m. at Lee Cemetery in McDonald, TN. Here's an online guest book
--The show "I Am Bruce Lee" that aired last night on Spike was the highest rated and most watched documentary in the history of the network, nearly doubling the record set by "Facing Ali." The show did a 1.0 rating.
--Nigel McGuinness is doing a documentary regarding his retirement from wrestling and his retirement tour and is looking for funding
--TMZ reported that Dwayne Johnson just purchased a 13,153 square foot mansion in Southwestern Ranches, FL from Vernon Carey of the Miami Dolphins. He bought the home about three weeks ago for $3.45 million. The home features a theater with its own ticket booth.
Who do you expect to win this fight?
Cain Velasquez 78.9%
Frank Mir 21.1%
Who do you believe was the strongest wrestler of all-time?
Mark Henry 29.6%
Bill Kazmaier 16.7%
Brock Lesnar 9.6%
Ken Patera 8.7%
Bruno Sammartino 7.8%
Ted Arcidi 6.7%
Doug Furnas 6.0%
Scott Norton 5.7%
Steve Williams 4.1%
Paul Anderson 2.5%
Superstar Graham 1.4%
Louis Cyr 1.2%
Which of these people will hold their title the longest?
Jon Jones 43.1%
Anderson Silva 14.7%
Ronda Rousey 12.9%
Jose Aldo Jr. 8.1%
Dominick Cruz 2.5%
Junior Dos Santos 1.6%
Luke Rockhold 0.9%
Gilbert Melendez 0.9%
Benson Henderson 0.7%
--The Illinois House committee gave tentative approval for legislation that would allow Hardin County officials the ability to tax people who attend the 'Gathering of the Juggalos' annual convention/concert/wrestling show. The tax will go to defray the large law enforcement and clean-up costs the city has to endure from the event. It will also give the county the ability the ban the events. They are looking at a 6.5% sales tax for tickets to events near Cave-in-Rock, IL.
--Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino for the Open the Freedom Gate title has been announced for the 3/31 Dragon Gate USA iPPV show i Miami. He's also working all three dates that weekend as well as the 4/13 Evolve show in Toronto.
--Kimbo Slice has his fourth pro boxing match under Gary Shaw Promotions on 3/24 in Springfield, MO, taking on Mike Glenn, a 34-year-old who has never boxed professionally, but has fought in MMA.
--Christopher Daniels will be on WKDP-FM radio tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in Corbin, KY, promoting the TNA house show tomorrow night.
--Michael Bisping has been added to The MMA Show Live on 5/12 and 5/13 in Birmingham, England at the NEC. Bisping will be doing a debate about MMA judging with Marc Goddard and Gareth Davies. Among those scheduled to appear are Rashad Evans, Brittney Palmer, Kenny Florian, Jake Shields, Paul Daley, Brendan Schaub, Rory MacDonald, Stefan Struve, Jimmy Wallhead, Jimi Manuwa, Jack Marshamn, Andre Winner, Vladimir Matyushenko, Brad Pickett, Ross Pearson, Tom Watson, Ian Freeman, Jorge Rivera, Frank Trigg, Mark Coleman, Dan Severn and Keith Jardine.
--Two matches with the Young Bucks vs. All Night Express have been added to the ROH iPPV shows at the end of the month in Fort Lauderdale. On 3/30, they will face off in a street fight, and on 3/31 in a tornado match.
--Big Time Wrestling on 3/9 in Springfield, MA at the MassMutual Center and 3/25 in Augusta, ME at the Civic Center is advertising Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Bret Hart, Carlito and Raven. Not sure who is on what card.
--Adam West, who played Batman in the 60s, put a photo of himself on Facebook with the cast of WWE Legends House, so he will be appearing in one of the episodes. This is the second time West has been involved in pro wrestling as he did an angle with Jerry Lawler on Memphis TV about 30 years ago.
--Lanny Poffo and Devon Nicholson have announced they are starting a new wrestling promotion called Hannibal Pro Wrestling. Nicholson said he would not wrestle for the promotion, but the 57-year-old Poffo said he would be wrestling on the shows.
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 5/4 in Rahway, NJ will feature an appearance by Bret Hart.
--Great Bear Promotions on 3/25 at Holmes Chapel, England at the Lunge Bar at 6 p.m. American wrestler Jonathan Gresham will be on the show.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 5/11 and 5/12 in Cleveland at Turners Hall with a tournament to honor J.T. Lightning, who passed away from cancer in August at age 41. One of his final requests was for people not to forget him so they are going to be doing an annual tournament. Names announced so far are Archibald Peck, Dave Crist, AR Fox, Uhaa Nation and Jake Crist. There will be 24 men total in the tournament.
--New Era Wrestling on 3/17 in Shelbyville, IN at the Boys Club.
--The movie Haywire opens in Australia on 3/15. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 3/18 in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Legion features Honky Tonk Man.
--The PWX one year anniversary show on 4/28 at the Orlando National Guard Armory.
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