Tonight: Impact & Superstars lineups
We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in New Orleans at Lakefront Arena (Bobby Roode vs. Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson, Kurt Angle vs. Garett Bischoff, Mickie James vs. Angelina Love, Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Hernandez & Gunner and Devon vs. Robbie E plus a live appearance by Ric Flair) at
The tour will continue with a show tomorrow night in Thibodaux, LA at Harang Auditorium.
Impact tonight on Spike at 9 p.m.
Velvet Sky vs. Brooke Tessmacher
Matt Morgan vs. Crimson
Austin Aries vs. Zema Ion for the X title
Devon vs. Robbie E for the TV title
RVD vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy
If Hardy or Anderson win, they get the title shot with Roode on Sunday at Sacrifice. If RVD wins, he picks the stipulations for his match with Roode. If Roode wins, RVD is out as his opponent and Roode can hand pick his opponent. Also, Christopher Daniels finally reveals the content of what he's had on A.J. Styles for all these months. WWE Superstars tonight
Tyson Kidd vs. Hunico
Santino Marella & Zack Ryder vs. Tyler Reks & Curt Hawkins
Ezekiel Jackson vs. Drew McIntyre
Natalya vs. Alicia Fox
New Observer Alert: WWE Business Examined In-Depth
Our quarterly look at every aspect of WWE business is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We break down why WWE had such a strong financial three months and why the stock price increased, looking at where the increases were, what it says about the long-term trends, and why WWE itself said that even with the big quarter that 2012 will end up on a cash flow basis behind 2011.
We look at profits, losses, dividends, how much money was lost so far on "Bending the Rules," why three overseas events that only drew 5,000 people each night were so profitable, expenses on starting a new network, an update on the new network, how much money was made on WrestleMania week before Mania itself happened, international expansion and the company's forecasts for the rest of the year.
We also look at how much the company looks to be spending on movies, as well as a look at house show business, merchandise, PPV, toys, video games, action figures, DVDs, 24/7 on demand, the magazines, the web site and more.
We look at all numbers compared to last year, including the actual revenue the company has taken in so far on PPV for Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber this year and last and some notes on why talent payoffs for wrestlers are so far behind those of other athletes who generate less revenue.
We look at what percentage of profits each revenue stream is for the company.
We also have a look at the return of Paul Heyman to WWE, including how everything went down the night he returned, and his role going forward.
We have a look at the ratings of UFC on FOX and what they mean, and why the August UFC show on FOX when it comes to long-term could be the most important show in company history. We look at the reasons the show didn't do well, and why people with ideas for a simple fix may be missing the biggest point. We look at the competition from boxing, as well as the history of MMA around the world and what that history has shown. We also look at the marketability of the next show, FOX's role, why people skipped the show based no polling, as well as a rundown of the card.
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We also look at the firing of Dustin Runnels and why. We've got an Over the Limit update, Vince McMahon's plans for political action, reaction to the You Tube prelims before Extreme Rules, HHH's funny weekend at the Mayweather fight and even funnier description of his injuries and the double standard in place. We look at C.M. Punk on twitter getting both positive and negative reactions to a controversy this past week the new rival campaign, an apparent change at the TV tapings, an update on the career of Steve Austin after signing a new deal, WWE star in a movie, the future of top babyfaces and WWE notes from France.
We have notes on WWE's debut in Brazil, strange weekend house shows and reports and business from all the events.
We also have a look at a name virtually no American wrestling fans would know, but who behind the scenes was one of the most influential players in the Japanese wrestling industry over most of the last 50 years in a story on the death of Gong Magazine founder and television announcer Kosuke Takeuchi. We look at his role in the business as well as the people he got started.
We also have a look at this year's Champion Carnival finals, as well New Japan's PPV show this past week and where both lead.
We also have more on the legal issues between Martha Hart and the WWE including aspects of one lawsuit being thrown out and a new lawsuit being filed. We talk about the issues and what points she has in her favor and what points she is making that are likely not to wind up in her favor.
We also have a story on the death of Mexican star MS 1.
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.
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
--How the unmasking of a wrestler in recent weeks became a giant local television event
--Notes on TripleMania
--The last AAA TV tapings
--Superstars from Mexico coming to Japan later this month
--Former TNA star getting high marks outside the U.S.
--Next major All Japan matches
--New Japan copies of former WWE concept
--Return to action of one of the greatest in-ring performers of modern times
--More notes on Chief Jay Strongbow including the story on his first Madison Square Garden main event
--More on Ricky Steamboat's story told at the Cauliflower Alley Club
--Update on the Vachon brothers
--Wrestler pleads guilty to a second round of charges of sexual assault
--Former WWF and NWA star who was murdered gets honored
--Former wrestling TV announcer gets honored
--Son of former WWF wrestler gets five ear probation on assault charge
--A look at a major arena indie show that got incredible media coverage
--Hulk Hogan claims two former WWE stars are calling up looking to come in
--More on Hogan's "game-changing" ideas
--TNA plans for big shows the rest of the year
--TNA's weekend house show notes
--The Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz situation, where it goes from here, if they will meet again
--Looking at the top contenders for face Faber on 7/7
--What happened to UFC in New York
--Tons of new fights and upcoming UFC and Strikeforce shows
--Plans for major events in conjunction with what UFC expects to be a huge UFC 148 event
--Upcoming Ronda Rousey fight
--Dana White says if things fall into place about plans for doing a huge show soon
--More on company drug testing
--More areas regulating MMA
--A UFC major draw appearing on iPPV while competing in a different sport
--Thoughts on the UFC/Strikeforce/Showtime relationship and what needs to be changed
--Notes on the rest of the Ultimate Fighter season
--Bellator's last and next show
--MMA promotion and pro wrestling promotion planning on working together and jointly promoting each other
--Bobby Lashley's most recent fight
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Thursday's News, Links and Notes
Spike, Bellator and TNA held a press conference today to announce the signing of "King" Mo Lawal. There wasn't much to it other than Mo will be going to OVW to start training as a pro wrestler at some point this summer, but first has to rehab his knee that he had surgery after surgery on so far this year due to a staph infection that nearly killed him.
The plan is not for him to be introduced on TV immediately on TNA, although the signing will be a focal point of MMA Uncensored Live tonight with Mo on (there was a hint Dixie Carter may be on as well, but that wasn't made clear). Mo will also be in Atlantic City tomorrow night on the Bellator show, being introduced and maybe doing commentary.
Carter said she kept this a secret from everyone in TNA (which must thrill the creative side if true) and that the only people who have talked about angles are her and Mo, who does have a fertile mind for this kind of stuff. From the Bellator standpoint, the plan is to hold a light heavyweight tournament starting in January on Spike with Mo in it. A healthy Mo, which is the key, is several classes above the light heavyweights in Bellator and he'd likely beat current champion Christian M'Pumbu, but will need to win a three-match tournament to get the title shot.
He does talk well and have natural charisma, has obvious athletic gifts and is also a pro wrestling fan. But you never know how anyone who has never done it will adapt to it, plus it's a lock he's going to be rushed onto TV before he's ready and pushed really hard. Even Kurt Angle, who was as much of a natural as anyone of the last 20 years, trained for about a year before being brought up and Brock Lesnar took 18 months.
With Mo, the idea is to do it within a few months and TNA standards for unproven talent getting over are very difficult. I'm not saying it's impossible, but you'll need the right adaptation (which he could have), the right knowledge of the game (which he could pick up), the right creative, really smart agents to lay out his matches, and the right first opponent or he could make a bad impression being green right out of the box.
Expect a "Before there was Bo, now there's Mo" type of promotional campaign on Spike, which is behind the deal. The idea is to make him a crossover star, which would mean Spike would give him other platforms, whether a reality show, hosting a show, etc. to build his name.
Carter and Bjorn Rebney had talked since Bellator went on MTV about someone who could do both. By that point, the obvious choice in Bobby Lashley was already gone from TNA.
Regarding the question of the possibility of Bellator in 2013 moving to 10 p.m. on Thursday after Impact (which moves to 8 p.m. next month), that question was asked a few times and they didn't answer it past that the time slot of Bellator hasn't been decided and it's something they constantly talk about. It really makes the most sense because Friday has proven to be a bad night for MMA.
--More on the John Cena divorce
: Raymond Rafool claimed that Cena blindsided Liz with the filing. She admitted they had issues and John approachrf her with a pre-divorce financial settlement package which she refused, wanting the relationship to work out.
--If you were wondering if the UFC's debut in Calgary on 7/21 would have trouble selling tickets with Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Erik Koch as the main event, well, the Saddledome tickets went on sale this morning, and after a few hours, there were only scattered singles.
--Gail Kim and Chef Robert Irvine were married earlier today in the Napa Valley in Northern California. I believe both TNA and WWE wrestlers attended.
--On CNBC's Mad Money, host Jim Cramer was asked yesterday about WWE stock. He screamed, "SELL, SELL, SELL, No Growth!"
--The Boston Globe (signup needed) has a very good story on the Jones family, Arthur, Jon and Chandler
. The plan is to try and market the brothers like the first family of U.S. sports. The story is mostly about Chandler, since he was just drafted by the New England Patriots. (thanks to Daniel Della Posta)
--We'll have more tomorrow but WWN Live is doing iPPVs
for Evolve Friday night at 8 p.m. and Saturday night at 8 p.m. from Charlotte and Concord, NC respectively
. Ring Of Honor
will offer their biggest match so far this year, Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen for the title from Toronto, Saturday night.
ROH didn't do itself any favors yesterday as in what was a smart move on the surface. To get people used to getting video from their web site, they put up a Bryan Danielson vs. C.M. Punk match but the interest was such that the video ended up not working, which after their problems with the previous two iPPV shows and now switching to themselves as a carrier, was not the best time for this to happen.
For Evolve, they had a deal for $9.99 for the live showing, $14.99 for live show and limited On Demand access and $24.99 for the live show, unlimited on Demand access plus a DVD of the show.
--ESPN had a story yesterday on C.M. Punk singing the national anthem at the Cubs game
. The Cubs twitter account got a number of requests for him to do so and since he's thrown out the first pitch at games before, they knew who he was and how to contact him. Punk said that when he's home he likes to see at least one Cubs home game per homestand. He joked about being handed the words to Take Me Out To The Ballgame
--Ad Age had a story on how social TV is changing the field in sports
quoting Bob Bowman, CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, who was formerly on the real-life WWE Board of Directors. WWE was also mentioned in the story, noting that on Friday night's house show in Huntsville they asked fans to vote on one of three choices for a match (they do this all the time actually) and said that 25% of the fan voted.
--Renan Barao said yesterday that UFC has not even approached him about a fight with Urijah Faber. That would seem to indicate Michael McDonald as the primary choice. I would think the announcement of the new opponent would be made on Ultimate Fighter tomorrow night, but at least, that's how I'd do it. Either Barao or McDonald to me are equally viable.
--WWE has signed a two-year on-line advertising sales agreement with Collective, an ad technology company, to handle all web site and video advertising in the U.K. The deal goes into effect on 6/1.
Who should win the four-way at Over the Limit?
Chris Jericho 24.7%
Alberto Del Rio 17.5%
Randy Orton 15.8%
Who wins this fight?
Anderson Silva 57.8%
Chael P. Sonnen 42.2%
I consider this good news for UFC because the idea fans are somewhat split on the fight as opposed to everyone thinking Anderson will win will help it draw.
Who do you think is the best heavyweight in MMA?
Junior Dos Santos 60.0%
Cain Velasquez 10.9%
Josh Barnett 8.2%
Alistair Overeem 7.7%
Frank Mir 5.0%
Fedor Emelianenko 4.2%
Daniel Cormier 1.5%
Cole Konrad 1.5%
Fabricio Werdum 0.5%
Bigfoot Silva 0.5%
Who is WWE's best talker right now?
Paul Heyman 41.6%
C.M. Punk 25.6%
Daniel Bryan 15.1%
Chris Jericho 8.2%
John Cena 3.5%
John Laurinaitis 2.1%
--Progress Wrestling on 6/24 in London, England has a show where nobody under 14 can attend and those under 16 need to be accompanied by an adult. Main event is Nathan Cruz vs. Marty Scurll 2/3 falls.
--The EWF in San Bernardino
is doing an iPPV shows in the future. The show they just did on 5/4 is available for $5.
--Eastern Wrestling Alliance on 5/12 in Agawam, MA at the Springfield Turnverin has the return of The Heart Throbs, Romeo Roselli & Antonio Thomas, as a team for the first time in two years. Talk about a great act that got butchered by being brought up before they were ready and having several key parts of the act changed to where they didn't do a thing on the big stage.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling presents the J.T. Lightning Invitatational tournament tomorrow night and Saturday at Turners Hall in Cleveland. There will also be a Q&A session with Brian Kendrick on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. and the admission is free if you have tickets for both shows. J.T. was a really good guy and fought a hell of a fight against cancer before dying in his early 40s.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling sent out a release that Ken Resnick had signed with the group, which has former head of WWE production Nelson Sweglar (who handled production in the 80s) and former WCW announcer Chris Cruise.
--NWA Rampage Pro Wrestling on 5/27 at 3 P.M. is headlined by Jimmy Rave vs. Kyle Matthews, Murder One vs. A.J. Steele and Davey Richards vs. K.C. McKnight.
--Chaotic Wrestling tomorrow night in Lowell, MA at the Polish American Veterans Club.
--Northeast Wrestling Spring Slam on 6/1 in Newbrugh, NY at NFA High School has Bobby Lashley, Kevin Nash, Jerry Lawler and front and center on the poster Nicole & Brianna fka The Bella Twins. The poster is awesome because BELLA TWINS is in gigantic letters as if they are ten times as big a stars as Lawler, Nash and Lashley, and the fka (as in formerly known as) is so tiny you'd need almost a magnifying class to find it, even though WWE owns the Bella Twins name since Garcia is their actual name. Robbie E and Luke Robinson are also on the show, but didn't make the poster. They also have a show on 6/2 in Waterbury, CT at the PAL Building with Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Taven and Hale Collins as the big stars.
--Mr. Chainsaw Pro Wrestling on 5/19 in Kalkaska, MI at The Kaliseum headlined by Sabu and Rhino.
--MCW announced Rhino as a new member of its roster. They run 5/19 in Middletown, OH at Madison High School featuring Ted DiBiase and Tommy Dreamer, and 6/3 in Bowling Green, KY with a live show after a minor league baseball game with Mick Foley, Matt Hardy and Reby Sky.
--Tatanka vs. Wavell Starr headlines 5/31 in Gladstone, Manitoba at the Gladstone Community Centre. They also run 6/1 in Winnipeg, 6/2 in Brandon and 6/3 in Anola, Manitoba with Tatanka as the headliner.