WED. UPDATE: Cena divorce settled, Major non-wrestling star injured in fight scene in WWE flick, Ratings news, UFC deals, New name at 1000th Raw, UFC tickets Smackdown matches, Punk appearances
By Dave Meltzer |
Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering the latest news in pro wrestling and MMA, as well as taking e-mail questions to
On Fuel tonight, UFC from All Angles featuring Michael Bisping airs at 7:30 p.m while UFC 140, headlined by Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida, will air at 8 p.m. Countdown to UFC 149 airs at 12:30 a.m.
NEW OBSERVER ALERT: Road to 1000th RAW, Dara Singh, Money In The Bank
A look at WWE building the 1,000th Raw, coverage of Money in the Bank, more on WrestleMania week in New York, as well as a look at one of the most famous pro wrestlers of all-time on a worldwide basis, Indian cultural icon Dara Singh, are among the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The issue is on the site today if you are a web site member. We also have a new back issue on the site from 1995 featuring WWE's move into doing monthly PPV shows with the debut of the "In Your House" concept. the WWE's final show ever in the old and legendary Boston Gardens, and the death of Buffalo institution Ilio DiPaolo, as well as a look at legendary matches including Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue in the Champion Carnival final of that year, and Antonio Inoki vs. Ric Flair before the largest crowd in pro wrestling history in Korea. We also have all the news from WCW, ECW and WWF from that time period.
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We look at plans and thoughts on Raw No. 1,000, including what Steve Austin is currently doing and the build for SummerSlam.
We also have full coverage of the Money in the Bank PPV, including early business indications, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results of the show.
We also have full coverage of both the UFC show on Fuel in San Jose and the Strikeforce show in Portland from the past week. We look at who is Chris Weidman, ratings of the show, issues regarding Weidman being marketable, as well as a rundown of the middleweight contenders picture and where Weidman stands. We also look at Dana White's reaction to the crowd, and how the best match of the night never even aired on television.
We also have more on the Strikeforce brand, the situation with the champions, the problems with the idea of title vs. title matches against the UFC champion, as well as future Strikeforce events.
We look at WrestleMania week activities updated.
We also look at WWE's buying a stake in Tout and how it is going to be marketed, Dwayne Johnson talks a possible new film role, how much Linda McMahon has spent so far in her latest run for senate as well as notes on her campaign literature. We also look at the departure of Kharma and a number of new people starting with WWE in developmental. We look at the recruiting process, including the types of people they are now scouting.
We look at the match order on PPVs, more ideas for new WWE television programming, Brock Lesnar's schedule, WWE star writing a book, the NXT tapings and who has been impressive, as well as notes on the only weekend WWE house show.
We look at the life and career of Dara Singh, including a lot of notable trivia about the most famous wrestler to a generation in India. We go through some of his most famous matches, including his bouts with Lou Thesz, Thesz's thoughts of Singh, the reaction to his death in India, his movie career, pro wrestling in India and more.
We also have a look at one of the biggest non-WWE shows in pro wrestling of this year, AAA's TripleMania show at the new Arena Ciudad in Mexico City on 8/5.
We also look at the Association of Boxing Commissioners meeting when it comes to scoring UFC fights, including criteria changes and the arguments regarding the half-point system as well as results of fighters polls on both the half-point scoring system and on announcing scores to the fighters or to the public after every round.
We also have more on four more pro wrestlers who came from the Olympics including someone who was a major overseas drawing card for years, and others who didn't become big in pro wrestling because they started too late in life.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on how every segment of Raw and Impact this past week did. We look at what segments gained and lost viewers.
We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as previews of all the major television shows.Also in this week's issue:
--Mini star loses mask and reveals identity
--59th anniversary of wrestling at Arena Puebla and what main event sold out the house
--Well known father teams with his two sons for the first time on a major show
--Opening of All Japan's junior heavyweight tournament
--Retirement of a long-term veteran
--Notes on this year's Fire Festival
--IGF title change
--Dave Bautista and MMA, movies, and being a music video director
--Former WCW and TNA wrestler talks retirement due to injuries
--Former WCW star arrested this past week
--Tammy Sytch checks in to rehab
--Notes from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz pro wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony with John Layfield, Dan Severn and more, as well as the story behind Kurt Angle not being there and why there was so much heat on him, and how it was all settled
--Arrest of former WWE wrestler
--Possible career ending injury to former WWE wrestler
--Lawsuit filed against Ultimate Warrior
--Notes on Bob Backlund
--Pro wrestling debut of Cody Hall, Scott's son
--One of the greatest woman wrestlers of all-time returns to the U.S. in September
--Update on Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie
--Someone with a pro wrestling connection hired as an announcer for the upcoming Olympics
--Former WWE wrestlers gets TV acting role
--More on ROH contract situations and what went down with Kenny King
--When Davey Richards is expected back for ROH
--More on proposed angle between ROH and Gabe Sapolsky
--Notes on weekend ROH house show
--More on Hulk Hogan and his next surgery
--TNA PPV news
--Who are the mystery guys in TNA
--How the DirecTV impasse affects TNA
--Update on the Hardcore Justice PPV
--Bound for Glory series update
--More on technicalities of the series
--What current TNA star entered the Diva search and didn't make the top ten
--More notes from the UFC Fighters Summit
--More on Forrest Griffin getting testosterone replacement therapy
--Notes on the upcoming U.S. and Australia/U.K. series of Ultimate Fighter, coaches, start times, dynamics and more
--Lots of new UFC matches
--A look at how busy the UFC schedule is going forward
--UFC show moved
--Notes on the Calgary show this week
--Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans talk future and possible division changes
--Junior Dos Santos talks his return
--Next Bellator TV show as well as when the new season is scheduled to start
--Notes on an upcoming MMA movie featuring major movie stars
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Wednesday's News Updates
--Those expecting a public battle with John Cena and his ex-wife Liz, well, that's not happening. The two have settled their divorce issues quietly and all matters have been sealed. It only made sense that would happen.
--Actress Halle Berry was hospitalized after an accident on the set filming the movie "The Hive," which WWE and Troika Pictures are co-producing. She suffered a head injury in a fight scene last night and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the movie is being filmed. David Otunga has a leading role in this movie.
--Jim Ross did a radio interview in Norman, OK today and said he would be in St. Louis for Raw on Monday. That was largely expected but wasn't official.
--Strikeforce's show on Saturday night on Showtime did 420,000 viewers, which, if you consider the lineup, that's really good.
--For the cable ratings last week, USA was in first place with 3.08 million viewers on average in prime time for the week, beating Disney at 2.85 million. FX was No. 5 at 1.89 million. Syfy was No. 15 at 1.12 million. Spike didn't crack the top 25. The two hours of Raw last week were No. 11 and No. 15 overall. The show didn't crack the top ten in 18-34. The second hour was No. 8 in 18-49.
--The UFC 149 press conference will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern time. At press activities this week, Hector Lombard said that even if he beats Tim Boetsch on Saturday night and is offered a shot at Anderson Silva, he doesn't want Silva next
. He said he wants a fight with Mark Munoz because he's mad at something Munoz said about him. He said if offered a title shot, he would turn it down 100%.
--UFC is doing a promotion with Edge shaving gel
with fans getting to vote for who most deserves a sponsorship deal. Candidates are Dominick Cruz, Chris Weidman, John Dodson, Joseph Benavidez and Rory MacDonald. The idea is that these are five fighters on the 'edge' of greatness.
--WWE announced a joint show on 9/15 in Portland, ME at the Civic Center with John Cena vs. Big Show in a cage match, C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE title, Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio for the world title plus Kane, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Christian, Cody Rhodes Sin Cara, Santino Marella and A.J. with tickets from $15 up through $95. Tickets go on sale 7/28 at 10 a.m.
--There were more than 100,000 searches on Sunday and Monday on Google for WWE. That would be the highest total of the past several days in sports with the exception of NBA basketball star Jeremy Lin.
--Smackdown will be taped on 9/25 in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.
--Jimmy Papa, who wrote entrance music for WCW as well as the song "Badstreet USA", has sued WWE claiming that they registered the rights to several of his songs and claimed ownership of them so they could pay themselves the royalties instead of him.
--Vinny Magalhaes returns to UFC on 9/22 in Toronto to face Igor Pokrajac. Magalhaes lost in the finals of the Ultimate Fighter season eight to Ryan Bader.
--Undefeated former heavyweight All-American Jared Rosholt (younger brother of former UFC fighter Jake Rosholt) faces Derrick Lewis on 8/17 in Dallas for Legacy Fighting Championships to create a heavyweight title. The show, which includes Will Campuzano vs. Jimmy Flick, will air on AXS TV.
--Metro Pro Wrestling on Saturday night at the Turner Rec Center in Kansas City features a 2/3 fall match as match No. 4 in the Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce best of seven summer series.
--The Connecticut Democratic Party has launched a web site pushing for Linda McMahon to release her tax returns. The Democrats claim McMahon's campaign is "About Nothing," and for voters to not give her a free pass into the senate. Christopher Shays and McMahon are debating on the NBC affiliate in Hartford right now. McMahon said she would release them when they are done. McMahon had requested a filing extension and hasn't competed her tax return for this year.
--There are only 118 tickets left on Stubhub for Saturday's UFC 149, but they are now going for below face value. There were a few tickets as low as $35, but you can get tickets for $79 pretty easily.
--Smackdown matches for Friday night's TV:
- Primo & Epico & Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young & Hunico & Camacho
- Zack Ryder vs. Damien Sandow
- Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
- Road Warrior Animal vs. Heath Slater
- Sheamus & Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler
--C.M. Punk will be appearing at the Wizard World Ohio Comic Con on 9/29 in Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. He also will be appearing Thursday on The Bower Show on ESPN Radio in Hartford (97.9 FM) and New Haven (1300 AM) between 3 and 7 p.m. The show is taking questions from fans for Punk on Facebook
--Among the birthdays today in wrestling include Carlos Colon (64), Al Snow (49), Great Sasuke (43) and Joey Mercury (33). John Kronus passed away five years ago today at the age of 38. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--Two of the most famous pro wrestling shows in Montreal history took place on July 17th. Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of the July 17, 1957 show at Delorimier Stadium where Killer Kowalski beat Gene Kiniski to win the Montreal version of the world title for the 11th time before 21,851 fans. Iron Mike Mazurki was the special referee.
40 years ago yesterday was the second biggest crowd in the history of Montreal wrestling, on July 17, 1972. The Rougeau's All-Star Wrestling held a card which sold out Jarry Park with 26,237 fans with main events of Johnny Rougeau vs. Abdullah the Butcher and Jacques Rougeau Sr. vs. The Sheik. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--A 25-minute radio documentary on Bruiser Brody, which includes myself, Larry Matysik, Terry Funk, Stan Hansen, Nick Bockwinkel, Hulk Hogan and Dusty Rhodes can be downloaded from the Fight Network.
Do you expect John Cena to win the title on the 1000th RAW?
Should fighters be allowed to compete with testosterone replacement therapy?
Yes, the way it is being handled now is fine 7.2%
Yes, if they have a dire medical need, but it seems too easy to get approved 35.7%
No, not under any circumstances 57.1%
Did you like Monday's Raw?
*14.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--Clips of a shoot interview with Tammy Sytch talking about going into rehab
--Bret Hart will be doing a four hour pro wrestling seminar, working with Cassidy Riley and Chase Stevens, on 8/4 in Nashville for $100. For those interested, email
. There will also be a show that night at the Fairgrounds with an appearance by Hart, as well as Shane Douglas. Matches include Goldust vs. Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn vs Harry Smith and Shane Williams vs. Brian Christopher, plus a tournament for the Crossfire title.
--The all-women Shine promotion debuts on iPPV
Friday night headlined by Sara Del Rey vs. Jazz. Dragon Gate USA will be on iPPV on 7/28 Taylor, MI, (Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa for the Open the Freedom Gate title, Cima & AR Fox vs. El Generico & Samuray del Sol, Yamato vs. Ricochet) and 7/29 from Chicago (Cima & AR Fox vs. Ricochet & Rich Swann for Open the United Gate tag titles, El Generico vs. Akira Tozawa, Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor I Quit match).
There will also be seminars on 7/28 in Taylor by Akira Tozawa and 7/29 in Chicago by Yamato. Cost is $149 for one date or $199 for both. If you sign up, you can attend all future Dragon Gate seminars for half price and is also a way to make contacts with the promotion. Tryouts alone are $49. For more info, email
--Rampage Pro Wrestling on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Warner Robins, GA at Johnny G's features Jimmy Rave & Kyle Matthews vs. Chip Day & Corey Hollis, plus appearances by Davey Richards, Kyle O'Reilly and Tony Kozina.
--In yesterday's update mentioning the CHIKARA King of Trios tournament, the new team is actually Warlord, Barbarian and Meng, not Warrior, Barbarian and Meng.
--CWE on Sunday in Virden, Manitoba: Kevin Cannon b Vance Nevada, Kat Von Heez b JS McStrongArm, Bobby Sharp b Tommy Lee Curtis, Danny Duggan b A.J. Sanchez, Tito Santana b Robby Royce-DQ, Tito Santana & Tommy Lee Curtis b A.J. Sanchez & Bobby Sharp. CWE has a free show tomorrow night in Winnipeg at the Northern Hotel. They also have a tour with shows on 8/16 in Carman, 8/17 in Winnipeg and 8/18 in Portage La Prairie headlined by Brian Christopher.
--3X Wrestling on 7/27 in Des Moines, IA, with Benjamin Sailer defending the 3XW title against Davey Richards, Mark Sterling vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Tony Kozina vs. Jaysin Strife. The show takes place at Baratta's Forte Center in Des Moines and taped for local television.
--The Score Fighting Championships return to Hamilton, ONT on 8/25 with John Fraser vs. Josh Hill (billed as Canada's two best independent bantamweights) as the headliner. The show is at the Hamilton Place Theater.
--Robbie McAllister debuts for Steeltown Pro Wrestling from 8/24 to 8/26 in Gimli, Manitoba, 8/25 in Selkirk and 8/26 in Arborg.
--Catch Cage Contender on 7/28 at 10 a.m. on Fight Now TV (Cablevision 464). The show is actually taking place this coming Saturday at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin, Ireland, with Neil Wain vs. Neil Robinson and local star Rodney Moore vs. Dean Lister.
--The 2012 National Amateur Kickboxing Championships will take place 8/9 to 8/12 at Queeny Park in St. Louis. This will include members of the U.S. national team that competes in the Pan-America Championships in Brazil in December.
--FSW on 7/22 in Las Vegas at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall with a cage match with Alkatrazz vs. Tyshaun Prince. Also on the show is the return of Paul London & Brian Kendrick as a tag team, plus Michael Modest.
--Brian Knobbs will be appearing from 8/16 to 8/19 in Kansas, doing a seminar from 8/17 to 8/19 at The Factory in Salina, KS for $100 per day, or $250 for all three days. The seminars are 8/17 from 4-8 p.m., 8/18 from 10 am. to 2 p.m. and 8/19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. He will also host a show on 8/18 in the building and doing an autograph signing at Hooters on North Rock Rd. in Wichita from 6-8 p.m. on 8/16. Call 316-530-2529 or visit Facebook
for more info.