WED. UPDATE: NY Times odds on Linda winning election, WWE & Scooby do movie together, Jones vs. Chael, Cyborg challenges Ronda to parking lot street fight, ROH star injury update, Jericho talks leaving and new WWE stars, Ratings
By Dave Meltzer
Showtime has another Ronda Rousey special tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Nuvo TV, which is on a number of major cable systems including Comcast, debuts Fight Factory, a reality show about the personalities in the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, which debuts with two one-hour episodes at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight. Nuvo is on a staggered feed so it's 10 p.m. on the West Coast as well.
Fuel tonight has UFC 92 at 8 p.m. and Best of Pride at 11 p.m.
We've got a new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up today on the web site. The issue looks back at the out of the ring life of Red Bastien, one of pro wrestling's greatest characters and workers of the 60s and 70s, has a full recap of UFC 150 including the Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar decision, the business of the show, a look at the two big December UFC shows that have been announced and the heavyweight title picture, a huge story on this year's G-1 Climax tournament, TNA Hardcore Justice and a breakdown of a ton of recent WWE signings and backgrounds of the guys.
Our lead story on Bastien talks about his in-ring trademarks, his training of Sting and Ultimate Warrior, how he had a hand in the start of Roddy Piper's career, his thoughts on Ray Stevens, story telling, Bryan Danielson, how he started his career, the car crash and more.
We also look at the judging of Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar round-by-round, a look at what UFC should do with the top lightweight contenders and where Edgar should fit in, the business of the show, why people did and didn't order the show as well as match-by-match coverage.
We also look at UFC's big December plans with a FOX special and the year-end PPV. We also look at the Alistair Overeem situation, why Cain Velasquez is getting the next title shot and Overeem's television explanation of his issues.
We look at Kazuchika Okada's win of the G-1 Climax tournament, Karl Anderson going to the finals, the booking of the tournament, New Japan vs. WWE in Sumo Hall this past week, how Hiroshi Tanahashi is viewed in Japan, a look at the signings of Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba, how Sakuraba became such a big star in Japan and how he fell from the top, the Royce Gracie vs. Sakuraba background, as well as full coverage of Sunday's Sumo Hall G-1 finals and a history of the New Japan annual heavyweight tournament dating back to Antonio Inoki in 1974. We also have coverage of every G-1 match of the final week of the tour.
We also look at TNA's Hardcore Justice, the build to Bound for Glory, the Bound for Glory series update as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
We also look at ROH's Boiling Point iPPV show as well as the attempts to rebuild the iPPV business after the three disasters in a row.
We also have a look at the many new signings by WWE from recent tryout camps, a look at who the people are, their backgrounds, why the company is so hot on going after former college football players and more.
We also look at Linda McMahon's senate race, what the current polls say after her primary win, what the other candidates say, her new strategy and how it involves wrestling, as well as notes from the McMahon family 2011 tax returns, how much the family made last year and how much tax they paid as well as charitable contributions. We also look at the new WWE television shows, plans for hyping next year's WrestleMania, thoughts on televised Countdown shows, new major WWE executive hires, firing of Brian Jossie, What wrestler was scared to death of media last week, cutting of Sofia Cortez, C.M. Punk DVD ones, 2013 Half of Fame, and what was the third most profitable WWE movie release of the past decade and the answer will fool most.
We also have notes on the meeting before Raw SummerSlam thoughts, will Shawn Michaels wrestle again, Who HHH is high on, WWE celebrity notes, more on Kharma firing, WWE/NBC contract, changes in developmental and the latest developmental tapings, DVD viewership of Raw 1,000, Ziggler talks SummerSlam and a look at the WWE's latest overseas tour with all the business numbers.
We also have Olympic games coverage of U.S. wrestling, Kyoko Hamaguchi's last stand, Kayla Harrison and more.
We also have a feature on several other former Olympic athletes who went into pro wrestling over the years.
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--C.M. Punk says something that gets under Kurt Angle's skin
--Who is Claire Lynch, background
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--Jon Jones Nike deal
--Catching up on a lot of UFC business
--More on the arrest of Mayhem Miller
--Cris Cyborg talks Ronda Rousey
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--Dana White talks middleweight division
--Hector Lombard explains his poor performance
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--Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski
--Arrest of Frank Trigg
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Wednesday's news update
--Bryan and I will be back later today with Wrestling Observer radio, covering SummerSlam, Rousey vs. Kaufman, WWE signings, ratings, UFC weekend business and more from this week's Observer Newsletter. You can also send in questions for tonight's show to
--The New York Times also had a story and lists Chris Murphy beating McMahon in the general election as a 90% probability.
--Warner Brothers and WWE are co-producing a cartoon version of Scooby Doo with a WWE tie-in. The story is Scooby Doo and his gang solve a mystery of a crime that takes place around WrestleMania. Characters who will do voice overs and play themselves in the movie are Vince McMahon, HHH, John Cena, Kane, Miz, Brodus Clay, Santino Marella Sin Cara and A.J. The story is that Shaggy and Scooby win tickets to WrestleMania and they travel to attend the show, but a ghostly bear shows up with intentions on ruining the show.
--Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen are already doing a twitter war to build up a match that may never happen, and if it does, is a long ways away.
--Kevin Rudolf, who signs "Don't Give Up," the theme song for SummerSlam, will be performing the song live on Sunday.
--C.M. Punk is one of the headliners at the Wizard World Comic Con in Austin, TX 10/26 to 10/28.
--John Cena vs. Big Show is the advertised dark match for the 10/15 Raw taping in Nashville.
--Today is the three year anniversary of the Gina Carano vs. Cris Cyborg match in San Jose, which is still the second highest rated MMA match ever on Showtime and the largest crowd for an MMA show in San Jose that wasn't headlined by Frank Shamrock. There is a story on that anniversary at http://ihatejjr.com/content/gina-carano-vs-cris-cyborg-day-mma-history
--I should note that last week in watching the Ronda Rousey special on Showtime, when they had the clips of Carano, it was clear in a millisecond that Carano exuded so much more star power than Rousey it wasn't funny. Not saying Rousey wouldn't beat her in an MMA fight, because she almost surely would.
--Cris Cyborg did an interview with Tracy Lee where she challenged Ronda Rousey to fight her in the parking lot after the show tomorrow night. Cyborg lives in San Diego, where the Rousey vs. Kaufman fight takes place. Cyborg is suspended until 12/17 due to her steroid test failure.
--Evolve announced El Generico vs. Samuray del Sol on 9/8 in Voorhees, NJ as well as Sami Callihan vs. Masada. The show starts at 5 p.m. at Flyers Skate Zone and will be part of an Evolve/CZW doubleheader.
--The 10/13 ROH iPPV show from Mississauga, ONT will be headlined by Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin for the ROH title.
--Tommaso Ciampa said his knee popped out on Saturday night causing a sprain and a slight ACL tear but said he doesn't expect to miss any matches. He said he got hurt about two minutes into his match with Jay Lethal.
--Shine runs on iPPV on Friday night at 8 p.m. Eastern from Ybor City, FL. It's an all-women's show headlined by Jazz vs. Mercedes Martinez.
--Chris Jericho did an interview in the Austin Chronicle pushing Smackdown last night. In the interview, he noted that his opponent at SummerSlam has changed three times, from Sheamus to Daniel Bryan and finally to Dolph Ziggler. He praised Miz, Ziggler and Damien Sandow as guys he thinks can help carry the company going forward, talked about leaving and said he's excited where he's going but a little sad to leave. Story is at http://www.austinchronicle.com/blogs/music/2012-08-14/chris-jericho-from-y2j-to-sin-and-bones/
--In the cable ratings for last week Disney finished first in prime time with an average of 2.55 million viewers to 2.43 million for USA. Syfy was No. 10 at 1.19 million. FX was No. 14 at 1.05 million. Spike was No. 24 at 0.73 million. Raw last week was No. 2, No. 4 and No. 10. the Closer was first with a NASCAR race on ESPN No. 3. The final episode of this year's remake of Dallas was No. 6. In 18-34, Raw's second and third hours were No. 5 and No. 9. In 18-49, they were No. 4 and No. 7.
Poll on Monday's Raw
17.3% of those responding didn't see the show
What are you planning on watching this weekend?
Rousey vs. Kaufman 41.2%
20.9% are watching both. 28.7% are watching neither.
Predict domestic buys for SummerSlam
Less than 150,000 12.9%
More than 351,000 5.4%
--Hornswoggle will be throwing out the first pitch on 8/22 for the Milwaukee Brewers game in Milwaukee against the Chicago Cubs.
--Raw returns to Dallas on 2/25 and tickets are on sale with an Internet presale until Friday at 10 p.m. at Ticketmaster using the code DFWRTV
--Invicta Fighting Championships announced a 10/6 show in Kansas City at Memorial Hall that will be available live on he web for free.
Jessica Penne (9-1) vs. Naho "Sugi Rock" Sugiyama (8-0) for the 105 pound Atom weight championship
Shayna Baszler vs. Sarah D'Alelio
Barb Honchak vs. Aisling Daly
Tara LaRosa vs. Vanessa Porto
Leslie Smith vs. Cat Zingano
Michelle Waterson vs. Lacey Schuckman
Julia Budd vs. Elaina Maxwell
Carla Esparza vs. Lynn Alvarez
Ashey Cummins vs. Joanne Calderwood
Amy Davis vs. Stephanie Frausto
Jessemyn Duke vs. Marcieal Allen
Tecia Torres vs. Kaiyana Rain
Katalina Malungahu vs. Taylor Stratford
--There will be a live Ronda Rousey chat at 2 p.m. tomorrow at sports.sho.com/chat
--Friday's weigh-ins for the Rousey vs. Kaufman Strikeforce show will be carried live on Facebook at StrikeforceMixedMartialArts
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 10/12 has an iPPV from Rahway, NJ with Rikishi vs. Vader with Paul Bearer as the manager of Vader. Also scheduled for the show include Iron Sheik, Anthony Nese, Jim Duggan, Armando Estrada, AR Fox, Taka Suzuki, Tom Prichard and Necro Butcher. They also have a 9/14 show headlined by Sami Callihan vs. Kevin Matthews, Matt Hardy vs. Anthony Nese, Warlord & Barbarian vs. Demolition and appearances of Lex Luger, Velvet Sky, Ashley Massaro and Dennis Haskins (Principal Belding from Saved By The Bell).
--Tank Morgan, who headlined MSG once against Bruno Sammartino, passed away 21 years ago today at the age of 58. Dr. John Bonica, a pro wrestler who went on to be a very notable doctor, passed away 18 years ago today at 77. Paul Anderson, once the world's strongest man and an Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting, who was a world champion wrestler in Georgia but never lasted nationally as a top star, passed away 18 years ago today at 61. Jack Brickhouse, a noted baseball announcer who was also a national pro wrestling announcer both in the 50s, and later in the 90s with WCW, passed away 14 years ago today at the age of 82. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--Fozzy will be playing at the Soundwave Music Festival on 2/24 in Sydney, Australia as support for Metallica. The Fozzy "Sin and Bones" album is released in Australia on Friday. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Kevin Nash did an interview at www.sportstownchicago.com/kevinnash
claiming he said what he said about Punk and Daniel Bryan because they are on top and if he goes to WWE he wants to work with the people on top. I hope the guy who wrote the Grantland article hears that one.
--Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont of France (10-1) was announced as the main event for a 10/6 show at the Singapore Indoor Sadium for Onc Fighting Championships.
--Millennium Wrestling Federation's 11th anniversary show is 9/22 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall. Among those appearing are Teddy Long, Boogeyman, Big Daddy V, Paul Bearer, Al Snow and Little Guido.
--Classic Championship Wrestling on 9/16 at Noon at the Port Hope Fair in Port Hope, ONT. Shawn Spears and Bushwhacker Luke are on the show. They also run 9/14 in Delhi, ONT at the Delhi Harvesfest and 9/13 with at 5 pm. show in Kingston, ONT a the Kingston Fair. Luke, Michael Elgin and Spears are on that show.
--Jerry Brisco will make an appearance at Dory Funk's BANG show on 9/15 in Ocala, FL at the BANG Sound Stage.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Porterdale, GA at 2001 Main Street.
--Weigh-ins for Legacy Fighting Championships, which airs Friday night on AXS TV at 10 p.m., will be at the North Texas Yamaha in Lewisville, TX at 2 p.m. The card, headlined by Jared Rosholt, is at the Dallas Convention Center starting at 7 p.m. with prelims.
--Dreamwave Wrestling on Saturday night as "Fighting for Lily" a benefit show and silent auction to benefit a three-year-old battling cancer. There have been items WWE donated from C.M. Punk, Mick Foley, Roddy Piper and Maria Kanellis up for auction.
--EWF on 9/8 at the Borderman Gym in Converse, IN
--3XW wrestling on 8/31 in Des Moines at Baratta's Forte Coliseum featuring Perry Saturn.
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 9/8 in Atascadero, CA at the Colony Park Community Center features Brian Kendrick, Drake Younger, The Ballard Brothers and more.
--559 Fights on 8/18 in Hanford, CA at the Kings County Fairgrounds.
--Tommy Dreamer headlines for Chaotic Wrestling with shows on Friday night at 8 p.m. in Lowell, MA, Saturday at 7 p.m. in Littleton, NH and Sunday at 4 p.m. in Hudson, MA. The Lowell show is at the Polish American Veterans Club. The Littleton show is at the Littleton Opera House and the Hudson show is at the Hudson Elks Lodge. The Hudson show has a cookout and meet and greet at 2 p.m.
--NAAFS Rock n Rumble on 8/17 at the Jacobs Pavilion in Cleveland for a night of MMA fights. They also run 9/15 in Morgantown, WV at the Event Center.
--XCW Pro Wrestling of Denton, TX will be part of the annual Hot Wet Mss Festival on 9/1 with bands, food, waterslides and wrestling at 1 p.m. at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton.