MON. UPDATE: Former rock star on Raw and who is teased being there, Lots of TV tonight, Another 2 UFC injuries, TNA star hosts his own TV show, ROH works to fix iPPV problems, WWE PPV issues last night, Sabu returns, Next UFC PPV,
By Dave Meltzer |
Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw as well as the latest pro wrestling and MMA news with Wrestling Observer radio. We will be doing Observer radio shows every day between now and the 25th with the possible exception of the 21st, so we'll have plenty of time for answering questions and you can send them to
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's WWE No Way Out show from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ, 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 live reports from Raw tonight at the Nassau Coliseum. No matches are announced, but it will be the first Raw appearance ever from Cyndi Lauper, a huge part of WWE's growth in the 1984-85 period. John Laurinaitis will make his farewell speech. There is a tease of Paul Heyman being there, as well as a tease of Zack Ryder making his Long Island homecoming. Angle alert: Kevin Nash said on Twitter that he was going to be there but he may have just been ribbing.
We're also looking for reports on Saturday night's TNA show from Houston as well as both the WWE house shows on Friday night in Augusta, ME and last night in Lowell, MA. Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Baltimore at the First Mariner Center.
Is TNA on the rise, and if so, what is their ceiling? A look at TNA with coverage of Slammiversary is the lead story in the new double issue of the Observer. We look at the history of the promotion, its most valuable players, with our usual big show coverage.
We also look in depth at UFC's issues with injuries, card changes, sorting it out, a look behind why the decisions that were made had to be made, who is unhappy, thoughts on the next FOX main event, why injuries are happening with such frequency and Dana White makes a plea to camps.
We also look at WWE acquiring the Mid South Wrestling tape collection, including a look at the key things in wrestling in the 80s that, had they happened, the business could have looked far differently. We look at the deal that was on the verge of happening that fell through, as well as the many factors that killed the UWF/Mid South.
We also look at the tape collections that aren't owned by WWE, a background of some of the things on them, and the value of such tapes.
We also look at the Ultimate Fighter no longer going live, notes on the new season, when it'll be taped, when it'll air, as well as a number of new planned Ultimate Fighter seasons around the world expected to debut within the next year.
We also have our annual WWE roster directory, with everyone's ages, years pro, real name and backgrounds of all the major roster talent and the top developmental talent.
We also have a look at UFC's plans over the next year for international expansion and growth. We look at a new TV deal, as well as plans for new reality shows, a huge show planned for November and how many shows and on the books for different parts of the world in 2013.
We have coverage of this year's Best of the Super Junior tournament, and of the latest UFC show on FX.
The issue will be on the site today if you are a web site member. We also have a new back issue on the site from 1995 which covers the fallout of WrestleMania that year, Shawn Michaels turn details, Sabu being fired by ECW, as well as coverage of the legendary and boring second Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie fight. Last week's back issue, in the archives, covers that year's WrestleMania as well as probably the show with the single greatest collection of talent in one night of any pro wrestling show in history, held the same day as WrestleMania at the Tokyo Dome. There were 14 different Hall of Famers wrestling on the show, and two others part of the presentation and I would doubt there is a show in history that could boast a number that large.
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We look at TNA's improved product, is there evidence yet that it's a direction that will make a difference, business notes from Slammiversary, the good and bad of the show, who the real key people are in the survival of the company, what happened to Jerry Jarrett, who knew about Sting in the Hall of Fame, the background of Christian appearing on the show, and thoughts on Destination X.
We also have our match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results from the show.
We look in detail at all the various injuries in UFC, the motives for the changes, the message that Chael Sonnen sent to Michael Bisping and more.
We look at the turning point of Mid South Wrestling, the period when it was the most watched wrestling television show in the United States, why that period was brief, the 1985 deal that fell through that would have changed the history of wrestling, what killed the promotion, as well as what the WWE acquired in the tape collection, who were the featured stars, and a list of still existing wrestling tape collections not owned by WWE.
We also have an update on the TNA lawsuit against WWE, the move WWE made, what isn't going to happen any time soon because of it, and more on Ric Flair's contractual situation right now. We also look at how Linda McMahon has risen in the polls and why, and how close the Connecticut senate race looks to be. We look at who supports McMahon, who doesn't, and what role wrestling plays in it.
We also have an update on Shane McMahon, what he's doing in business right now, and how the company is doing.
We also look at how the talent relations department in WWE has changed, who is in, who is out, and what the mentality is regarding new talent. We look at how HHH has shaped the new department and changes that are expected to happen.
We've got an update on Brock Lesnar, UFC and WWE and the reality of Lesnar's potential future as a fighter. We also look at his schedule in WWE for this year and next.
We also look at the WWE house show business. We look at changes in who is going to be on what tour, who is going to be on television, why the changes are made, who is coming back, who isn't advertised as coming back and how the business is doing overall. This covers the biggest names right now in the company.
We've got more on Randy Orton, Chris Jericho's schedule, advanced orders for the video game, developmental plans, who they are looking at.
We also look at a WWE tryout and who the company is scouting, and the thought process of recruiting college sports stars vs. independent wrestlers and the positives and negatives of each.
We've also got updates on The Rock, Kelly Kelly, JBL's mountain climbing and Raw plans, Punk rips on an episode of Raw, Vader and more.
We also look at how major sports, TV and advertising executives right now perceive the value and interest in boxing, UFC and WWE now and as compared to five years ago. This is actually very important, because that perception drives so much of the key decision making.
We look at more WWE releases, a wrestler who quit, wrestlers who are doing enhancement work, the last FCW tapings, a member of a legendary wrestling family getting a tryout, Steve Austin's new TV show, the WWE tour of Spain and how business went, and notes on all the house shows from the past week.
We look at the final two days of the Best of the Super Junior tournament as well as New Japan's next PPV show. We also have a history of the championship matches in the tournament dating back to the first major New Japan junior tournament in 1984.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on the this week's Raw and the last two weeks of Impact. We look at the Vince effect on the ratings, what segments gained and lost viewers and where the growth was. We also look at how the time slot move and going live has affected TNA numbers.
We also have results from all the major arena events around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--AAA teasing a Hall of Famer headed to this year's TripleMania
--One of the best wrestlers in the world announces his engagement to a TV star
--Update on a number of pro wrestling injuries
--Two Hall of Famers, an 80s legend vs. 90s legend, meet for the first time later this month
--Wrestler released from jail after arrest on drug charges
--Update on Sabu after his problems that kept him off the Extreme Reunion show
--Retired pro wrestler wins major TV reality show
--Pro wrestling legend honored in Canada
--The second annual wrestling Beat the Streets in Times Square
--Great Muta returns to U.S.
--Former NFL star vs. former WWE wrestler in MMA fight, what happened
--Boxer who fought the greatest heavyweights of his era does angle on indie show
--Newest member of one of the most famous wrestling families stars wrestling
--A book about the toughest wrestlers in history
--New all-women's iPPV promotion
--Coach talks about what Tough Enough winner she was against winning
--Former WWF announcer gets job as news anchor
--One of pro wrestling's best performers says he will retire next year
--Notes on the next ROH iPPV show
--Morale notes at TNA and why
--Notes on the A.J. Styles/Dixie Carter angle
--Notes on wrestlers who received TNA tryouts
--New TNA TV deal
--More on the background of TNA Gut Check
--Raw vs. Impact vs. Smackdown viewership in the U.K.
--More on the UFC video game license change and THQ says why it gave the license up
--A look at how the WWE & UFC games have been doing the last few years
--Official numbers for UFC 146
--Updates on UFC big show ticket sales
--The current UFC all-time record gate in the U.S. and can UFC 148 break that record
--More on the Nick Ring situation in Calgary and Ring's thoughts on the muggers he helped catch
--UFC star doing Dancing with the Stars
--How other sports are doing on Saturday nights right now
--More on the making of Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
--Problems with training partners being stars in the same weight class
--What New Yorkers feel about the MMA ban, latest poll numbers, and a breakdown by age and demos
--UFC star talks once again about doing pro wrestling
--Brock Lesnar as a UFC Hall of Famer
--New matches announced
--A look at Bellator's summer schedule
--One of the most recruited wrestlers in history by colleges is now about to start an MMA career
--More on the Pacquiao-Bradley decision
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Monday's News Update
--A note regarding last night's show and the report here: the finish of Christian vs. Cody Rhodes was a spear and pin by Christian, not a frog splash. Christian had been using the frog splash as his finisher of late.
--With the NBA playoffs last night, I don't see No Way Out having done strong numbers but I didn't think it would even factoring that in. The U.S. Open also did big last night, but I'm not sure how much that hurts although it did good numbers in the 18-49 demo. The NBA game did a 10.4 rating and 15.36 million viewers with the Open doing a 7.3 rating.
--C.M. Punk is scheduled on Jimmy Fallon tonight after Raw.
--In what will be very interesting, UFC tickets for 8/4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles go on sale this week. The fights they are pushing are the scheduled TV fights for the live FOX network special: Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera, Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader, Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell and Terry Etim vs. Joe Lauzon. Tickets are priced from $200 down to $30, a lower scale than usual. Fight Club members can get tickets on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Internet pre-sale for newsletter readers is Thursday at 10 a.m., and the public can get tickets on Friday.
--The new show on Animal Planet hosted by TNA's Eric Young called "Off the Hook: Extreme Catches," is meant as a comedy show where he goes all over the country and tries to be a fisherman. It debuts on 7/29 in a Sunday at 9 p.m.
--Some UFC on Fuel notes: The Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall show is replayed tonight at 9 p.m. UFC Champions Roundtable with Jay Glazer airs tonight at 11 p.m. followed by Ultimate Insider at 11:30 p.m. and the UFC 136 PPV (final Edgar vs. Maynard) at midnight. For tomorrow, the Countdown to Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin airs at 9 p.m., followed by the usual UFC Tonight at 10 p.m. and Ultimate Insider at 10:30 p.m.
--Moving ahead in the week, the weigh-ins for Friday's show with Clay Guida vs. Gray Maynard will be 4 p.m. on Thursday Eastern time and the weigh-in for the Silva vs. Franklin show at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Friday night show will have Fuel matches from 6-9 p.m. on FX. FX is airing the show at 6 p.m. live on the West Coast.
--ROH announced that for its iPPV on Sunday at 5 PM EST, they have signed with Acquia to resolve all the problems that took place on the last show. They will have an engineer on hand at the show to resolve any issues that may come up. They may take down the ROH site for 12-36 hours Wednesday or Thursday to get everything ready for Sunday. Anyone who purchased the 5/12 Border Wars show before 5 a.m. on 5/13 will get Sunday's show free if they have not asked for a refund for that show. There will be tickets available at the door on Sunday at the Manhattan Center.
--UFC Roundtable tonight at 11 p.m. after Raw on Fuel features Jay Glazer hosting a show with Royce Gracie, Mark Coleman, Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture.
--We got a few emails about people with DirecTV having problems ordering No Way Out by phone. Reader Jason Blanton said he called at 7:45 p.m. and was kept on hold for 35 minutes. He said he was told they were updating the system and unable to process orders. You would think they wouldn't update the night of a WWE PPV show.
I was also told some clubs, including more than one Buffalo Wild Wings, had problems early on ordering the show from DirecTV. We heard at least one, in Danbury, CT, the manager was on the phone for more than an hour trying to get the show. (thanks to Phil Strum of the Poughkeepsie Journal).
--Sabu has been officially added to the Extreme Rising shows on 6/29 in Corona, NY and 6/30 in Philadelphia. His matches have yet to be announced.
--We've already got two UFC injury notes and it's barely lunch time on the West Coast. For the first time ever, a TUF finalist will not be able to go for the championship as Daniel Sarafian, scheduled against Cezar Mutante on Saturday's TUF Brazil final, is out with an arm injury. He's being replaced by Serginho Moraes, who Sarafian best in the semifinals. It will still be for the TUF middleweght tournament final. The other injury is Luiz Cane, out of the 8/11 show in Denver where he was to face Yushin Okami. His replacement is Rousimar Palhares, who is a bigger name to most people.
--This is the lineup for Saturday's UFC PPV in Rio, Brazil:
- Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
- Cezar Ferreira (Mutante) vs. Serginho Moraes in TUF Brazil middleweight finals
- Rony (Jason) Mariano Bezerra vs. Godofredo Pepey in TUF Brazil featherweight finals
- Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Hacran Dias vs. Yuri Alcantra
Rest of the show
- Rodrigo Damm vs. Anistavio Medeiros
- Francisco Drinaldo vs. Delson Heleno
- Hugo Viana vs. John Teixeira
- Leonardo Mafa vs. Thiago Perpetuo
- Wagner Campos vs. Marcos Vinicius
- Milton Vieira vs. Felipe Arantes
--From yesterday's update, the Bobby D injury on the SICW show was a planned angle as Ron Powers gave him a piledriver through the table. It wasn't an injury that led to booking on the fly. However, Has Wesson's injury keeping him off the same show was a legit injury.
--C.M. Punk's title reign is now the longest since John Cena's September 17, 2006 to October 2, 2007 run. Interesting also should be the stat on what is the longest any WWE champion has ever gone without being in a PPV main event. (thanks to Doug Nunnally)
What are your plans regarding this weekend's UFC shows?
Watching both 22.9%
Watching neither 48.9%
Watching only the PPV 6.1%
Watching only the FX show 22.1%
Which of these men most belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Jeff Jarrett 26.1%
Jun Akiyama 21.3%
King Kong Bundy 20.0%
Badnews Allen 10.7%
Hiroyoshi Tenzan 6.9%
Shinjiro Otani 4.7%
Huracan Ramirez 1.4%
Yoshiaki Yatsu 1.4%
Dorell Dixon 1.3%
Umanosuke Ueda 0.6%
Which one of these men most belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Arn Anderson 54.5%
Tito Santana 15.0%
Kevin Sullivan 8.8%
Fit Finlay 6.6%
Jim Duggan 3.7%
Ron Garvin 2.3%
Pirata Morgan 2.0%
Brazo de Plata 1.4%
Billy Jack Haynes 1.0%
Death Missionaries 1.0%
Steve Wright 0.4%
What was the best TV show of the past week?
Titan Fighting Championships 2.9%
Inside MMA 1.0%
UFC Tonight 1.0%
UFC Insiders 0.3%
--Jason Hervey of TNA was on the Playboy Channel morning show. At the end of the interview, he mentioned TNA briefly, saying it airs live every Thursday night and that the next time on the show, he may bring in some crazy wrestlers. (thanks to Brian Swanson)
--HBO and Showtime will both be running boxing PPVs on 9/15 from Las Vegas. The HBO one will be the big one with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez, while Showtime has Canelo Alvarez vs. Victor Ortiz. (thanks to Jose Echavarria).
--Celebrating birthdays today include Larry Hennig (76) and Big Vito LoGrasso (48). Ripper Collins, who was a great talker and showman and a legend in the Hawaiian wrestling scene, passed away 19 years ago today. Rod Tronguard, a former AWA and WWF announced, passed away seven years ago today, while Trent Acid passed away two years ago today. (thanks to Rich Tate)
--Today would have been the 66th birthday of Bruiser Brody, who was murdered in 1988 in Puerto Rico.
--Perry Saturn defends the 3XW title against Mark Sterling on 6/29 in Des Moines at the Baratta's Forte Center. This will be a TV taping for their TV show on local CW affiliates KWKB and KCWI in Iowa.
--Charles Warburton noted that he took his kids to see a monster truck show on Saturday at Metlife Stadium next to the Izod Center and saw Paul Heyman there with his kids. He joked how funny it was to see him there instead of on stage last night. The other thing he noted was it was mind-boggling since WWE had so many empty seats last night, that nobody was there from WWE either trying to push the show or paper (WWE hates papering feeling it decreases the value of tickets and leads to people thinking it's a free event) with more than 25,000 people there. It's funny because the stereotype was WWE and monster trucks drew the same audience, which I'm sure was never true. Heyman was probably there to see Madusa, who he used to manage in the early 90s and was on the show.
--Mike Tyson's one man show that he was doing in Las Vegas will be coming to Longacre Theater on Broadway in New York for six shows shortly.
--Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian and Rocky Martinez of ECWA have been hired as extras tonight for Raw so they'll be there for pull-apart duty or if they are small enough, Ryback duty.
--SPW from last night in Sacramento: Perry Von Vicious won three-way over Brittany Wonder and Levi Shapiro, Code Warriors b Virgil Flynn & D-Troch, Sir Samurai b Sledge, J.R. Kratos b Mike Rayne, Mustafa Saed NC Timothy Thatcher, Clay Kurtz b Joe Desoul, Reno Crum b Brian Tannen & Drake Frost, Bobby Hart b Rik Luxury to retain SPW title.
--GOUGE on Saturday night in Butner, NC at the National Guard Armory
--WAWW from last night in Costessey, England: Miss Mina b Rhia O'Reilly, Jewell b Emma Ford & Kasey Owens in a handicap match, Destiny b Penelope, Liberty b Sweet Saraya, X-Cute Sweet & Eloanne b Violet O'Hara & Brioney, Skarlett b Lady Lory, Amazon b Phobia, Queen Maya b Aurora Flame (thanks to Lee Burton)
--John McChesney is out of the 7/7 UIPW show in Toronto at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall and is being replaced by Pepper Parks.
--ECWA on 7/14 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club features War Games/
--New England Fights before almost 3,000 fans on Saturday night in Lewiston, ME:
155 - Josh Parker b Chris Ramos unanimous decisoin
135 - Hassan Mahmood b Ernie Ornelas choke round one
155 - Bruce Boyington b Keegan Hornstra KO round one
170 - Josh Bellows b Ryan Cowette KO round 1
155 - Jamie Harrison b Andrew Robertson strikes round 1
170 - Ryan Sanders b Raw Shawdee guillotine round two
265 - Tim Sylvia b Randy Smith TKO in 12 seconds