Monday, 12 March 2012 13:29
By Dave Meltzer |
The Lead: Rap vs. Rock battle on RAW tonight
Scheduled for tonight is a sing-off between Rock and John Cena, a head-to-head confrontation between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, most likely the announcement of the John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long teams for WrestleMania in a six vs. six match as well as a guest appearance by James Roday of Psych, promoting an episode this week that will include The Miz.
We're also looking for reports from yesterday's Raw show in Buffalo, yesterday's Smackdown show in Kalamazoo, Saturday's Smackdown show in East Lansing, MI and Saturday's TNA show in Pikeville, KY.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped on Tuesday in Columbus, OH. Inside MMA airs tonight on HDNet at 8 p.m.
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.
We also update ROH, the direction of the company, and its last iPPV show from New York, the 10th anniversary show.
We've got notes on Josh Barnett's attempt to get licensed, as well as coverage of CMLL's first big show of the year, and notes on Royal Rumble PPV business. We also have our in-depth look at the ratings of the national shows, including how every segment of Raw and Impact did, what gained in audience, and what lost in audience.
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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
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Monday's News, Notes & Links
--We're looking for someone who can cover the Ring Ka King TV shows for the remainder of the season.
--In the six vs. six match at WrestleMania, lots of names have been discussed for the spots. The heel side was pretty much confirmed as Alberto Del Rio, Christian, Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and David Otunga. A number of names have been discussed for the face side including Evan Bourne, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara with the latter two dependent upon injuries. Three names are said to be a lock: Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, but anything is subject to change at the last minute. Other names under consideration include Great Khali, Brodus Clay and Ezekiel Jackson.
--The Ultimate Fighter on FX debut averaged 1.3 million viewers for its nearly three hours on Friday night. That's much lower than expected and worse news was the ratings pattern was terrible, constantly declining throughout the show. Spike's old TUF shows averaged 653,000 viewers head-to-head.
--Happy birthday today to Mae Young, who turned 89.
--Another birthday today is Bomber Jack Lord, no relation to the star of the Hawaii 5-0 tv series. Lord has been around since the regional days of Alabama wrestling and he and Mike Jackson are two key reasons why the Alabama independent scene has been strong for the last two plus decades. He also starred in the documentary "Southern Discomfort."
--Brodie Lee hasn't yet signed with WWE, but has been offered a developmental deal. It's expected he will wind up there.
--Linda Bollea wants to see the Hulk Hogan sex tape. She did a TMZ interview saying she thinks it will help her in the defamation lawsuit that Hulk filed against her. In the suit, Hogan charged that Linda was lying in her book when she said he was abusive and cheated on her. He also sued for going on a web radio show, saying that a birdie told her that Hulk and Ed Leslie were having an affair, which is ridiculous. She believes the tape may give evidence that Hogan was cheating on her. Hogan claims the tape was from a four month period after she split up with him but before he started dating current wife Jennifer.
--Odds from 5Dimes on some upcoming fights:
Eddie Alvarez -210
Shinya Aoki +160
Jon Jones -550
Rashad Evans +425
Jim Miller -210
Nate Diaz +175
Johny Hendricks -100
Josh Koscheck -120
Alistair Overeem +145
Junior Dos Santos -165
Cain Velasquez -400
Frank Mir +325
Vitor Belfort -360
Wanderlei Silva +270
Anderson Silva -325
Chael Sonnen +250
Daniel Cormier +110
Josh Barnett -130
Ben Henderson -105
Frankie Edgar -125 (from Sportsbook, the only place with odds, which is interesting since Henderson won the first but Edgar is favored in the rematch)
--On the WWE.com Greatest Matches site being free, as noted yesterday, it is only free for the U.S. If you live in Canada, at least as of today, it was geoblocked and you could not view it, even if you subscribed to the original site. There was no explanation on the site about it (thanks to Scott Keith)
--The New York Post today had an op-ed piece on MMA, noting that as the 40th anniversary of Title IX, women should be allowed to fight in the state which still bans men's fights as well. An interesting trivia note is that until the early 70s, women were not even allowed to wrestle in New York state with the idea that banning them from pro wrestling was protecting them against breast cancer. Seriously.
--All the polls for last night were doctored by a flurry of votes in a short period of time changing what had been the pattern.
--On Twitter, Rampage Jackson said he will fight his last UFC fight and then leave but that he still wants to fight in MMA. He said he wants out because "The UFC knew I was hurt in almost every fight I was hurt in, but instead of saying thanks 4 not pulling out, they talk shit about a poor job."
--I don't know if this is a hint about the draft, but Mark Henry vs. John Cena is being advertised for Raw brand house shows in May. The draft show is tentatively scheduled for a three-hour Raw on 4/23 in Detroit.
--Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, cut by UFC after missing weight in his last fight and losing to Vitor Belfort, has signed for a 5/25 HDNet show in Kansas City at Memorial Hall for the Titan Fighting Championships. No opponent has been named.
--Roddy Piper will make an autograph appearance on Saturday in Ronkonkoma, NY at the FTW St. Patty's Day Brawl show at Center Island Sports. For more info, call 631-546-8557.
--Jeremiah Riggs talks about Steve Austin, Bill DeMott, UFC, MMA fighting and more. Look for the podcasts with his name on that link.
--Here's a story on former developmental wrestler Jacob Novak, who was cut after an injury.
--The Toronto Star ran a blistering review of the movie "Bounty Hunters" starring Trish Stratus in yesterday's paper. The review said: "Hilarious! The movie is so inept it could become a cult favourite, especially if Stratus develops a movie career. Her fights are the best thing about the flick, which is DVD only. Her featurette interview is sweet, if naive. Otherwise, hack director Patrick McBreaty (Psycho Ward) reminds us of he worst days of tax shelter cinema, when pseudo-American movies were made on Canadian taxpayers' backs and most were horrible. Like this one." (thanks to Chris Cooper)
--Last night on the Canadian TV show "Got Talent," they had wrestlers Aidan Pringle and Travis Watters doing a wrestling match. They were treated like geeks. They did basic moves, until one gave the other an F-5 on the stage. Two of the judges voted them off, but judge Martin Short gave them an "yes."
--A Kevin Sullivan interview talking about his 3/29 match in Fort Lauderdale over WrestleMania weekend when he teams with Gangrel to face Steve Madison & Cassidy Riley.
--Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman will be hosting a WrestleMania party at Miami's Oceans Ten on the Friday night before the show. Appearing will include Nash, Waltman, Billy Gunn, Tammy Sytch, Harry Smith and Robbie E.
--In what I think is a pretty smart PR move, WWE has added a new feature to their website called Teachers' Corner where school teachers talk about using WWE in some form to help get their kids interested in studies.
--The annual ECWA Super 8 tournament, now in its 16th year, takes place on 4/7 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club with Papadon, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian, Bobby Fish, Amazing Red, Azrieal, Gregory Iron, Kyle Matthews and Bandido Jr.
--Former wrestler Phillip Thies, better known as Damien Demento and Mondo Kleen, has an art exhibit in New York City called "Karnal." He'll be appearing on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York at 2 p.m. tomorrow on "The Artsy Fartsy Show."
--Dan Henderson, Thiago Silva and Chandella Powell have been added to the MMA Show Live in Birmingham, England on 5/12 and 5/13.
--C4 Domination Wrestling from Saturday night in Ottawa before 275 fans: Sebastian Suave b Sexxxy Eddy, Chris Bishop & Lionel Knight b Alex Vega & Johnny Wave, The After party and 3.0, Twiggy b Addy Starr, Darkko b Michael Von Payton, Josh Alexander won three-way over Michael Elgin and Kevin Steen, Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois b Mike Bailey & Player Uno, Stu Grayson over Scotty O'Shea, Jae Rukin and Brent B to retain his title. Next show is 4/21. (thanks to DAve Musgrave)
--FEW from Saturday night in Fort Wayne, IN on a show that featured an appearance by Tammy Sytch: Joseph Schwartz over Eli McFly and Austin Manix, Ryan Epic b Wicked Natas, Bam Hanson over Mark Vandy and El Grande Loco, Ernie Balls b Marion Fontaine, Jack Thriller b Louis Lyndon, Remi Wilkins b Badd Blood Barron, Mitchell Taylor b Osyris, Dusty & Justin Dillinger b Mr. Main Event & Jimmy Shalwin, Jack Verville b Steele
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 160 fans, the largest in a long time, for a show featuring Gunner. Seven & Brian Casanova b Mike West & Raymond King, Gunner b Mike Posey, Dany Only & Stryknyn b Jacoby Boykins & Chirs Mayne, Bo Newsome over Jacob Ashworth, Skirra Corvus and Steven Walters, Zack Daniels over Tommy Daniels and Vandal, Anthony Henry b Bobby Moore, Mikal Judas b Brian Casanova. Next show is 3/24 with ticket prices dropped to $8. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Jonathan D'Antoni wrote that he saw the new Filmfax magazine with Mil Mascaras on the cover, which talked about his history in Mexican cinema. The article as 8-10 pages with photos of him and a shot with he and El Hijo del Santo.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling from Saturday night in Morristown, TN: Jeff Connelly b Bryan Kyle-DQ, Daniel Mulligan b Mountain Goat Jack, Chris Richards & Tony Givens b Beau James & Josh Crawford in a chain match to win the PWF tag team titles, Kole Layton King b Jeff Connelly, Jason Kincaid b Menace, Keith Knox & Jeff Connelly b Bryan Kyle & Derek Billings in a street fight. Next show is 3/30 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium headlined by the Smoky Mountain Cup tournament.
--NYWC from Saturday night in Long Beach, NY: Francis Kipland Sevens & Phat Pat b Rob Vegas & Mike Donovan, Nikky Syx b Brittany Savage, Mikey Whipwreck & Rex Lawless b Braydon Knight & JT Kasin, Mega & Tony Burma b Victor Cruz & Apollyon, Pat Buck b Justin Corino, Big O won Battle Royal, Alex Reynolds b Tony Nese, Alex Reynolds & Tony Nese b Brian XL & Amazing Red. Next show is 3/31 in at NYWC Sportatorium in Deer Park, NY. (thanks to Kenneth Lippe)
--CWE from Thursday night in Winnipeg: Big Sexy Beasts b Alliance of Defiance, Paul Arcidi b Dusty Lamborghini, Zack Mercury & Axe b Nate Hardy, Danny Duggan b Rick Matthews, A.J. Sanchez & Kevy Chevy b Marius & Agent Red, Tommy Dreamer & Darren Dalton & Spyder b Sons of Anarchy in an Extreme rules match.