MON UPDATE: RAW tonight, Dominick Cruz hurt, weekend ratings, Dreamer on Seau, Owen Hart anniversary
Monday, 07 May 2012 14:53
By Dave Meltzer |
Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, the latest changes in the UFC show and taking your questions so you can send them to
We're looking for your thoughts on Saturday night's UFC on FOX, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're looking for reports from Raw in Greensboro tonight with the dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show.
We're looking for reports on yesterday's Smackdown in North Charleston, SC, Saturday night's Raw show in Knoxville, Saturday night's Smackdown show in Asheville, Saturday night's TNA show in Bakersfield and Friday's Raw show in Huntsville, AL, and TNA show in Ontario, CA.
Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT being taped in Roanoke. New Observer Alert: Brock's First Match Back
Between Brock Lesnar's first WWE match in years, the WWE stockholders meeting with tons of comments by Vince McMahon about the company's future, the life and times of 70s icon Chief Jay Strongbow, behind the drug test failure of Rey Mysterio and much more, there will be two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.
The first issue is already up on the site and the second will be up later today. A back issue from 1995 is also up covering the life and times of Eddie Gilbert as well as the first ever Hulk Hogan vs. Vader major match.
Our lead story looks at the WWE Extreme Rules show, what Brock Lesnar brought to the table, why the company decided to beat Lesnar in his first match, what happened after the match ended, and why that decision all depends on what you believe Lesnar is there for.
We look at how Vince McMahon was thinking, as well as looking at a lot of similar situations in wrestling history and how promotions handled them. We look at what the response was, what the future is for Lesnar vs. Cena, a look at the numbers. We also look at the business of the show, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results from the show.
We also look at the WWE philosophy that has become so strange and paranoid, as well as the success of the Youtube prelim fight.
We also look at the change in the movie business philosophy, plans for movies, more plans for the network, Vince McMahon guarantees the company will grow over the next year and strange quoting of statistics. A look at the real statistics when it comes to ratings and house shows for WWE this year. We talk a lot of the business moves, a new television show being taped that is being kept secretive, PPV numbers, plans for a lot of upcoming movies, PPV on TV vs. Internet, UFC vs. WWE on PPV, WrestleMania outdoors and future of TV and movies.
We also look at the life and times of Chief Jay Strongbow, including his career records and biggest matches.
We've got notes on the suspension of Rey Mysterio, what happened, when the test took place, wrestlers who have two strikes, what the policy is regarding wrestlers who have two strikes and then leave, his previous violation and a look at the last few years of his career as well as his world title reigns.
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--UFC fighter arrested for a DUI
--Main matches for UFC's debut in Calgary in July
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--Fighter turns down an offered title shot
--Update on Rampage Jackson
--Lots of new fights and changes in cards due to injuries
--Dana White talks this season of Ultimate Fighter and ratings
--White criticized for talking gambling lines
--Update on contract situation with one of biggest stars of the past decade
--Chris Jericho's schedule for the summer
--More on the Bella Twins leaving
--Return of a star in a few weeks after knee surgery
--Wrestler in trouble for working too stiff
--Indie promotion without TV draws almost 4,000 fans with nostalgia lure bringing back 90s stars
--Wrestling PPV main event in jeopardy when world champion suffers legit biceps tear
--Wrestler on Bachelor like TV show doing a unique gimmick
--Karen Jarrett returns to wrestling managing Jeff
--Update on the Champion Carnival tournament
--Finals of NOAH's annual tag team tournament
--Two Hall of Famers meet for the first tie in a singles match
--Notes on the early days of Ricky Steamboat's career
--Notes on ROH Border Wars show
--ROH weekend show notes
--Notes on new TNA signee Alex Silva
--Dana White says he'll pull out of California if new bill passes, a look at the bill
--Marketing of Jon Jones
--Ronda Rousey challenged in grandstand play
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Monday's News Update
--Everything on tonight's RAW is last minute. As of noon today, the show had changed twice since they had gotten off the airplane and later in the afternoon HHH and Vince were telling the writers about a third set of changes.
--Dana White has confirmed that Dominick Cruz tore his ACL. No word on what the plans are but one would expect Urijah Faber to face another opponent in an interim title match since if Cruz needs surgery, he'll likely be out for close to a year.
--WWE is going to be running a major viral campaign starting imminently on its website. It may be up already but will be running strongly on the site in pop-ups starting on 5/14.
--Taiyo Kea beat Suwama to win the Champion Carnival tournament earlier today at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
--The 5/19 Strikeforce show on San Jose has announced this as the complete lineup:
Showtime Extreme at 8 p.m.
Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort
Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehman
Virgil Zwicker vs. Carlos Inocente
J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Showtime at 10 p.m.
Nah-Shon Burrell vs Chris Spang
Rafael Feijao vs. Mike Kyle
Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson for lightweight title
Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett in the heavyweight Grand Prix finals
--Ultimate Fighter on Friday did 954,000 viewers. Smackdown did 2.71 million.
--Best of Pride airs at 8 p.m. tonight on Fuel.
--Scott Steiner is threatening to embarrass Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff on Twitter.
--There will be 3 pro wrestling iPPV shows this coming weekend, with Evolve running on 5/11 in Charlotte and 5/12 in Concord, NC at WWNLive.com, while ROH has its biggest show on 5/12 in Toronto at ROH.com
--Kofi Kingston missed the Raw house shows over the weekend as he was taping a show called "Fact or Faked" about ghosts for the Syfy network. WWE is working on giving Kingston & R-Truth a name and have a fan survey on their web site.
--Owen Hart would have been 47 years old today, which Jim Ross talked about
. He also notes with tonight's show in Greensboro the 1988 Ric Flair vs. Sting Clash of Champions match where in one day Sting went from an unknown to a star and Danny Hodge using a Kimura, in those days called a double wrist lock, on Dick Murdoch in a dressing room encounter. All those fighting stories with Hodge and I've still never heard one where he came up on the short end except for his two boxing losses.
--Tickets for UFC 149 on 7/21 in Calgary at the Saddledome go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. local time for Fight Club members, Friday for newsletter subscribers and Saturday at 10 a.m. local time for the public. The cheapest ticket will be $105.75 and ringside front row is $716.75. This is the first show in the market. Will be interesting. We were expecting a first day sellout since it's the debut of UFC in Alberta, where it has done strong PPV numbers, but not sure with Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Erik Koch as the main event.
--Really good article in yesterday's Omaha World-Herald
which was on the front page of one of their sections on the famous Vachon brothers. Mad Dog has been living in Omaha for some time. (thanks to Jeremy Morong and many others)
--For what this is worth, when one of our readers, Peter Rusling, asked Sky if there is any chance of them picking up UFC TV rights, they wrote back, "I have checked for you, and unfortunately, we have no plans for Sky Sports to acquire these rights."
--The WrestleMania DVD will be out tomorrow, which includes the Hall of Fame ceremony. It has been for the past several years the company's best selling DVD of the year.
What was the best TV show of the past week?
UFC on FOX 27.3%
Ultimate Fighter 1.3%
Inside MMA 0.6%
UFC Insiders 0.4%
UFC Tonight 0.2%
--Anyone who contributes to Rob Schamberger's kickstarter campaign
to paint every pro wrestling world champion will be eliible to win a drawing for a painting of Harley Race which will be signed by Race.
--Jim Rome today mentioned HHH being in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. entourage on Saturday night. (thanks to Ben Miller)
--Fuel announced these comparisons from April of last year. They were up 260% in viewers and 450% in Males 18-49. They were up 275% in prime time. They were up 767% in late night. 4/14 (the day of a live UFC show) was the most watched day in the history of the network and April was the second highest rated overall month behind February. It's still not that many viewers. They had 340 hours of UFC programming which averages more than 11 hours per day.
--Frank Mir, Jamie Varner and actor Jon Huertas of Castle are on Inside MMA tonight at 8 p.m. on HDNet.
--Dimo's Pizza in Chicago has the Anaconda Vise (spelled vice) pizza and the GTS special all week. It's just for one week. The restaurant is just steps from Wrigley Field and C.M. Punk will be singing during the 7th inning stretch at a Cubs game this week.
--TNA from last night in Visalia at the Ballpark had Gunner b Pope D'Angelo Dinero, Tara b Winter, Mr. Anderson b Robbie E, Jeff Hardy b Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe & Magnus b Christopher Daniels & Kazarian to keep the tag titles, Rob Van Dam b Bobby Roode in a non-title match. All the matches were solid other than Angle vs. Hardy was described as doing what they needed to do to get over. Small crowd but those there were into everything (thanks too Jason Squires)
--Roger Gracie vs. Keith Jardine has been added to the Strikeforce show on 7/14 in either Portland, OR, or Indianapolis. Gracie is moving down to middleweight. The guy is almost 6-foot-5. Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Marquardt for the vacant welterweight title is also expected.
--Our annual web site convention dinner will be on 7/6 in Las Vegas after the UFC weigh-ins. We have a weekend full of convention activities and we'll have more on it in the days to come.
--Dory Funk Jr. on his web site
is pushing the Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Cory Weston vs. Wes Briscoe & Shane Chung & Mighty Vesuvius match as the first Funk vs. Brisco match since 1983 in Savannah, GA.
--Noted author John Irving in his new novel, "In One Person" created a character who is a transsexual former wrestler who now works as a librarian called Alberta Frost. Business Week has a story on it. (thanks to Mike Kuzmuk)
--A story on Adam Hollioake
, the former cricket star who made his MMA pro debut over the weekend going to a draw.
--Irv Muchnick noted that Andy Pettite's double clutch in his testimony at the Roger Clemens perjury trial was very much like Hulk Hogan's double-cross of prosecutors in the 1994 Vince McMahon trial. It shows how careful prosecutors should be, but often aren't, on this type of case.
--Perry Saturn won his first championship in more than a decade beating Arik Cannon and Sir Bradley Charles in a three-way on 4/27 in Des Moines to win the 3XW Pure Wrestling championship. The next show is 5/25 in Des Moines featuring a Gauntlet for the Gold for the 3XW title. Ted DiBiase will be appearing for the group on 6/8 in Grimes, IA and 6/9 in Boone, IA.
--IWA East Coast from Friday night in Clendenin, WV: Matt Connard b Ben Boone, Viper b Bulldozer, Zak Vincent b Jason Kinkaid Matt Tremont b Drake Younger, Chance Prophet & The Juggulator b Flippin Ain't Easy, Mad Man Pondo NC T.J. Phillips (thanks to Scott Milam)
--SoCal Pro Wrestling on 5/19 in Oceanside, CA at the Boys & Girls club with Tommy Wilson vs. Marty Jannetty as the main event.
--Lion Fight Muay Thai on 5/12 from Las Vegas at the Hard Rock headlined by Joe Schilling vs. Simon Marcus will stream live starting at 8 p.m. Eastern as an iPPV from Go Fight Live.
--Results from Sunday in Saltillo with a one-night tag team tournament featuring AAA wrestlers: La Parka & Zorro b La Braza & Pimpinela Escarlata, Aero Boy & Violento Jack d Fierro & 911, Silver Kain & Ultimo Gladiador b Argos & Toscano, La Parka & Zorro b Fierro & 911, Silver Kain & Ultimo Gladiador b Aero Boy & Violento Jack, Silver Kain & Ultimo Gladiador b La Parka & Zorro, Silver Kain & Ultimo Gladiador b Espartaco & Green Demon to win the tournament
--Big Time Wrestling on Saturday night in Newark, CA at the Memorial High School featuring Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley, Chris Masters and Shawn Daivari.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Pine Bluff, AR for a TV taping before 500 fans: Alan Steele b Lars Manderson, Greg Anthony b X-Cal, Killer Nickels b Gary Gram, Soul Train Jones b Prince Al Farat, Tim Storm b Michael Barry, Miss Natural b Stacy O'Brien with Tammy Sytch as referee, Nickels b Manderson, Genetic Perfection b Ricky Morton & Dustin Heritage-DQ, Tim Storm b Boink the Clown (Matt Osborne). Sytch showed up in condition to perform and was great. Next taping is 6/2 in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center with Jim Duggan, Disco Inferno, Boink the Clown and more. It will be the first taping for the group's new one-hour TV show that debuts in July.