We look at how the WWE handled everything, what Vince McMahon and HHH were doing, the role of Michael Cole, the role of the audience, the final segment on Raw, WWE heart monitoring, as well as some heart attack deaths that took place in the ring in the past.
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We also have why the C.M. Punk/Paul Heyman relationship was developed on television, what name continues to surprise WWE officials in regard to popularity, Raw getting bad dates coming up, notes on this past week's Raw show, the 2013 PPV schedule, major DVD releases currently on the schedule for 2013, Heyman talks Brock Lesnar and UFC Half of Fame and notes on Lesnar after this year's WrestleMania.
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--Japan vs. Mexico tournament
--Notes on CMLL's biggest show of the year coming up
--Wrestlers unhappy about being ignored on big shows
--AAA's Heroes Inmortales lineup, company's next major show
--Notes on new signings
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--Former WWE wrestler returns to All Japan
--Notes on the All-Asia tag team title tournament
--Early notes on NOAH jr. tag team tournament featuring ROH stars
--Notes on Paul London in Japan
--Kazushi Sakuraba's first match back in New Japan announced for the September PPV show
--Complete New Japan September PPV card
--Notes on the build for Okada vs. Tanahashi
--Two former WWE wrestlers forming a tag team to feud with Kojima & Tenzan in Japan
--Notes on the 20th anniversary show of the debut of Yuji Nagata
--Oldest IWGP champion
--Promotions not thinking long-term and only short-term and risking long-term careers of superstars
--Another well-known wrestler gets elected to political office
--Update on the National Wrestling Alliance
--Notes on the death of Richard Byrne
--Notes on the tour of Aruba with big crowds, including names like Jerry Lawler, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Roddy Piper and Rhino
--Well known indie wrestler attempting to battle back from pain killer addiction
--British star Anaconda passes away
--Notes on ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV
--Notes from the ROH house show in Charlotte
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--Notes on Devon not being signed
--Notes on TNA new TV special
--Trivia note about the best matches on TNA shows
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
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--A weekend where FX will be running live shows on Friday and Saturday night
--Jon Jones continues to talk
--Daniel Cormier says he wants Jon Jones
--Dana White talks a number of potential matchups
--Dana White talks more about the canceling of UFC 151
--White talks about instant replays
--Sara McMann's Strikeforce debut
--More on Rousey vs. Cyborg
--Michael Bisping one-liners
--UFC fighter arrested
--UFC's first show in Macau top bouts
--UFC fighter retires
--More on the future of MMA Uncensored
--Dave Bautista on his MMA debut and thoughts
--How the K-1 show did on iPPV
--Notes on the debut of the World Series of Fighting
--The MMA murder case that got national attention
--Another MMA fighter arrested on vehicular homicide charges
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Monday's news update
Some post-event NOC notes:
Even though John Cena rolled his ankle last night, the backstage report is that he's walking around fine and at least as of two hours ago was scheduled to wrestle on tonight's show, so no time off for the weary.
The Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio program, at least for TV, ended with that Brogue kick for now. The plan was for Big Show to return to start a program with Sheamus tonight, which at least today is scheduled to lead to a Hell in a Cell match on 10/28.
There was an issue last night with Verizon FiOS last night. At 7:59 p.m., the feed went out. They said it was a network problem with the HD feed, but you could still watch in SD. There were also Verizon customers who had trouble ordering the show (thanks to Leon Peters)
Zack Ryder was the only babyface on the show to get 100% cheers. As noted, both Cena and Randy Orton got a lot of boos last night. Orton wasn't happy with his reaction, mouthing "f*ck you" at the fans chanting "Orton sucks". He flipped them off and got into a heated yelling match with one fan including challenging him to meet him after the show.
At the beginning of the main event, somebody passed around "Cena Sucks" signs right at ringside on the side facing the hard camera. They were visible early in the match but they were confiscated quickly. When you saw fans looking away early in the match, it was because they were distracted by all the signs being confiscated.
--Jesse Ventura will be the guest on Piers Morgan tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN.
--I've got a quick story
on Sarah Kaufman's injury that takes her off the 10/6 Invicta Fighting Championships show where she was to face Kaitlin Young. Young will now face Leslie Smith in a rematch of one of the best fights in the history of the new promotion.
--There were problems with the ROH TV show as WNYO and WUTV, both out of Buffalo, which are the shows that also go into Toronto, aired a repeat of the show from the previous week. (thanks to Robert Bihari and many others)
--John Layfield will be doing Raw tonight, but he's leaving Friday to attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro so he won't be on Raw next week. Layfield said, "I was very rusty, especially at times, but had a blast" in regard to the show. He also noted the tthat he, Jerry Lawler and Dutch Mantel were all born on November 29th. Of course John was born in 1966, while Lawler and Mantell were both born in 1949. Layfield said he weights 245 pounds which is the lightest he's been since the age of 20.
--Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas and Davey Richards vs. Mike Bennett will be a qualifying match for Survival of the Fittest which takes place this coming Saturday night in Baltimore for ROH's TV tapings at the Du Burns Arena.
--Matt Morgan was back working last night at the TNA house show in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Morgan first tried a run-in early in the show but security got him out of there. Later, after a James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy match was over with a draw finish that put heat on ref Brian Stiffler, Morgan hit the ring and nailed Stiffler for the easy face pop with a carbon footprint.
--Kurt Angle had to be helped to the back again after the main event at last night's TNA house show, a trios match with Angle & A.J. Styles & Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian. Angle said on Twitter that he wasn't hurt as bad as you think and isn't missing any appearances.
What did you think of Saturday's ROH TV show?
79.2% of those responding didn't see the show
What do you consider as the No. 2 pro wrestling company in the world?
New Japan 41.6%
Dragon Gate 2.6%
Who was the greatest NWA champion of all-time?
Ric Fair 60.2%
Lou Thesz 21.1%
Harley Race 8.5%
Terry Funk 2.8%
Buddy Rogers 2.6%
Jack Brisco 2.5%
Dory Funk Jr. 1.4%
Gene Kiniski 0.5%
Pat O'Connor 0.4%
What did you watch on Saturday night?
ROH iPPV 7.9%
Martinez vs. Chavez PPV 8.8%
Alvarez vs. Lopez on Showtime 8.8%
None of the above 72.7%
--AAW on Friday night at in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club at 7:45 p.m. features Silas Young vs. Michael Elgin in an I Quit match and Sami Callihan & B.J. Whitmer vs. Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly as well as Shane Hollister vs. ACH, plus Irish Airborne, Colt Cabana, and more.
--New England Championship Wrestling on 11/2 in Randolph MA at the Knights of Columbus.
--Romeo Roselli has started a new web site
covering his latest movie work, Food Network TV shows he'll be regularly appearing on, his personal training business and upcoming pro wrestling matches including main eventing for Northeast Wrestling this coming Saturday night in Fishkill, NY at the Dutchess Stadium show that includes Hulk Hogan.
--ECWA 45th anniversary show from Saturday night in Newark, DE: Napalm Bomb b Cujo the Hellhound, Danny E b Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian, Tony Mamaluke d Josh Daniels, Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields b Damian Dragon & Matt Saigon, Aden Chambers b Bobby Shields, Cole Callaway & Mr. Ooh La La b Michael Tartar & Ricky Martinez, Chris Hyde b Papadon to unify Tri States and ECWA titles
--Showtime All-Star Wrestling TV taping from Saturday night in Nashville before 250 fans as part of a fair show with fans coming and going: Chris Michaels b Tat2, Tony Kozina b Darren Dean, Jeremiah Plunkett b Shawn Hudson, Jeff Daniels & Jocephus b Drew Haskins & Lani Kealoha (who was the last guy doing the TNA gut check as Kris Lewie), Vordell Walker NC Chase Stevens, Tracy Taylor b Jesse Belle, Jon & Trey Williams b Canadian Cougar & Darren Dean, Chris Michaels b Micah Taylor, Psicosis (the original) b Fiera Roja, American Gigolo b Scott Hayes, Jeff Daniels & Jocephus b Bodie Williams & Chris Cline, Jeremiah Plunkett b Ryan Howe, Vordell Walker b Tat2, Crimson b Luke Gallows. Since the latter two are under contract to TNA, their match wasn't taped for television. They promoted the show on TeleFutura locally around Psicosis being there (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Supreme Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Sacramento: Mikey Jay b Brittany Wonder, Circumsexy b Forst & Tannen, J.R. Kratos & Bobby Hart b Circumsexy, Drake Younger NC Mustafa Saed (Gangstas), Perry Von Vicious b D-Torch, Clay Kurtz over Joe DeSoul and Virgil Flynn, Jeckles the Jester b Sir Samurai
--North American Wrestling Rankings
, which keeps track of wrestlers TV and PPV matches started in November 2006, noted that Kane's win over Kofi Kingston on Smackdown was his 100th TV win. He's one of five people to hit 100 TV wins over the last six years, behind C.M. Punk (140), John Cena (123), Randy Orton (125) and Sheamus (108). Kingston is next on the list with 90 (thanks to John Finnegan)
--Empire Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
--Skayde (Jorge Rivera) will be doing a wrestling clinic on 10/6 in San Antonio from 1-4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Skayde trained a lot of the current crew with Dragon Gate, as well as CHIKARA. The clinic is $25 and please reserve a spot in advance. For more info call 210-842-8398.
--WAR on 10/6 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall.
--Japan's Yumi Ohka of Pro Wrestling WAVE has been added to the Shimmer shows on 10/27 and 10/28 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club which will be tapings for a series of DVDs.
--AM New York had a gossip piece regarding Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler hanging out. The two have been best friends and at one time lived together dating back to the Nitro days. The story said they went to Toy Restaurant together on Thursday for some sushi and cocktails.