Tuesday, 25 September 2012 12:03
By Bryan Alvarez |
We're also looking for reports on these shows:
*Raw Saturday night in White Plains, NY (Big Show vs. C.M. Punk managed by Paul Heyman)
*Smackdown Saturday night in Sarnia, ONT (Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio)
*TNA Saturday night in Raleigh
*Thursday's TNA in Salem, VA
*Last night's Raw in State College, PA
We're also looking for reports on Tuesday's Smackdown will be taped from Buffalo's First Niagara Center.
THE OBSERVER LEAD STORY: THE HISTORY OF JERRY LAWLER IN MEMPHIS
The rich history of the Jerry Lawler era in Memphis wrestling is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer. The issue is currently up on the web site as well as a new issue from 1995 covering the first Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn UFC fight and the debut of Tank Abbott. That issue looks back at a huge weekend where I attended UFC, AAA and WCW major events in a three-way period with notes on all the shows, as well as the build to the debut episode of Nitro.
-- WWE confirmed today that the new NXT from Full Sail University will be airing on the new Hulu Plus channel.
-- The Linda McMahon debate is coming October 15th and you can watch it live online.
-- We will have Frank Shamrock on the show tomorrow talking his new book, Uncaged: My Life as a Champion MMA Fighter. Next week we'll have Jonathan Snowden on talking his new book, Shooters: The Toughest Men in Professional Wrestling.
-- There were actually two guys that hit the ring last night during the Ryback match with Miz. (Yes, they decided they would hit the ring with Ryback in there.) They were quickly carted away.
-- Showtime's full statement on the cancellation of the broadcast for this weekend's Strikeforce event (which resulted in Zuffa pulling the plug on the show since it made no sense to run it without a broadcast partner that would have paid rights fees): "Without our headline fighter and main event or a marquee undercard, we reluctantly informed Strikeforce that we could not continue with plans for the telecast." Fighters, particularly Pat Healy who spent thousands of dollars on his camp in preparation for the fight with Gilbert Melendez that got scrapped, are furious.
-- A shot of Melendez's separated shoulder is here.
-- A shot of John Cena's surgically-repaired elbow is here.
-- Not sure if D-Von returns to Impact to defend the TV Title on Thursday's Impact, but Hulk Hogan has been tweeting that he wants him back. He'd tweeted something similar a few weeks back, then deleted it.
What did you do regarding UFC 152?
Didn't watch, wasn't interested in the card 28.5%
Didn't watch, don't watch UFC shows 27.3%
Watched via illegal stream 15.4%
Bought it, would have under any circumstance 8.1%
Watched at bar/restaurant 8.1%
Watched at a friends house 6.2%
Bought it because of Jones vs. Belfort, wouldn't have without that match 3.8%
Bought because of the long gap between PPV shows 2.3%
What was the best of these shows?
WWE Night of Champions 36.6%
Strikeforce Rousey vs. Kaufman 28.1%
UFC 152 15.6%
TNA No Surrender 8.5%
WWE SummerSlam 7.6%
ROH Death Before Dishonor 3.6%
What do you think is the biggest of these upcoming shows?
WWE Hell in a Cell 28.5%
UFC 153 27.8%
TNA Bound for Glory 27.2%
New Japan Sumo Hall 9.8%
NOAH Yokohama 3.8%
UFC on FX Miocic vs. Struve 1.6%
AAA Heroes Enmortales 1.3%
Who do you want to see face Jon Jones next?
Dan Henderson 44.0%
Chael Sonnen 39.6%
Lyoto Machida 5.3%
Alexander Gustafsson 4.7%
Quinton Jackson 2.8%
Rashad Evans 1.9%
Phil Davis 1.4%
Shogun Rua 0.3%
-- Chael Sonnen has taken aim at Jon Jones again. From Sonnen's Twitter: What do you think will cost more? Your hospital tab or the settlement you made with the two broads from the backseat? Oh boy.
-- Edge's appearance on the season premiere of Haven last week helped bump the show to number one among adults 25-54 in its timeslot. The show aired on Syfy immediately after Smackdown, where Edge made a surprise return. It was the best numbers in that demo in two years for the show.
-- Anthony Perosh vs. Joey Beltran has been added to UFC on FX 6 on Saturday, December 15th fromt he Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia.
-- Dan Henderson will be cleared to resume training next month.
-- There is a video here of Ryron and Rener Gracie breaking down the Jon Jones/Vitor Belfort armbar spot from this past Saturday night with special guest Ed O'Neill of Modern Family and Married with Children fame. O'Neill is a Gracie BJJ black belt.
-- There is a shot of Ronda Rousey that was deemed "too sexy" for Oxygen Magazine here.
-- Andre Arlovski vs. Devin Cole has been added to November 3rd World Series of Fighting debut in Las Vegas.
-- Really nice story here about Big Show visiting a local high school and giving advice to kids who might feel like they are lost.
-- Preview for this week's UFC Tonight: On this week’s “UFC Tonight,” we preview this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV card, headlined by Stefan Struve versus Stipe Miocic. Get an inside look at how Struve and Miocic are training for this heavyweight clash. Plus, Rory MacDonald on his upcoming fight against BJ Penn and big training changes that he plans to make soon. Plus much, much more. (Please note, subject to change.) In this week’s “UFC Ultimate Insider,” Glover Teixeira has waited a long time for his UFC opportunity, but he intends to make short work of every opponent on his way to the title. Plus, the Gracie brothers break down Stefan Struve’s triangle submission of Pat Barry; Joe Rogan on the Ultimate 8 Flying Knees; and Rashad Evans is wired for sound during Jones vs. Belfort.
-- During the coverage of the Tulsa-Fresno State football game this weekend, they aired some shots of a lucha-themed restaurant in downtown Tulsa, mentioned the upcoming Luchpalooza street festival, and the announcers donned lucha masks when coming back from the commercial break. Thanks to Steve.
-- IWA East Coast returns to the Kings Way Center in Nitro WV on Saturday at 8pm headlined by Matt Hardy vs Masada! Plus Necrobutcher vs BJ Whitmer for the IWA EC title, Mad Man Pondo vs Matt Tremont, Irish Airborne defend the IWA EC tag team titles and much more
-- Josh Nason notes: Because of the NFL replacement officials and the debacle at the end of the Seahawks/Packers game Monday, there is a ton of WWE references being made (and there was even an errant MMA reference made on NBC's Sunday night broadcast). My gut instinct: they'll somehow turn this into a positive claim about them trending/Monday night traffic even though they didn't do anything directly to affect the chatter.
-- SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES is pleased to formally announce the addition of SHAZZA McKENZIE and RHIA O'REILLY to its October 27th & 28th weekend of events at the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL! Volumes 49-52 of the SHIMMER series will be filmed during the course of that weekend. Visit http://www.shimmerwrestling.com/ for tickets.
-- Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk to Lylah Lodge of World Of Hurt here.
-- Latest TCW TV show is up here featuring the company's first-ever ladder match.
-- The CM Punk Best in the World DVD that was linked wrong yesterday is up here.