MON. UPDATE: New WWE title match program this week, Jaggers funeral, Stern talks Hogan sex tape, TNA team lose titles, New TV show announced, WWE star surgery, Punk doc

By Dave Meltzer
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        Raw tonight is live from Sacramento with the return to television of Vince McMahon, doing a state of the union address.  John Cena also appears on the show.  They are also going to do a C.M. Punk vs. Ryback angle as on this coming weekend's Raw shows, they are going with that as the main event title match. 
        We're also looking for reports on these shows tonight:
*Raw Sunday in Spokane, WA
*Smackdown Sunday in Reno
*Raw Saturday night in Yakima, WA
*Smackdown last night in Anaheim Saturday
*TNA Friday night in Hot Springs, AR
*TNA Saturday night in Fort Smith, AR
       Tuesday is Smackdown and Main Event tapings in San Jose.  Randy Orton vs. Big Show will be the taped main event for Main Event.
        Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Fighter at 6 PM., a replay of Friday night's FX card at 7 p.m., a replay of Ultimate Fighter at 8 p.m. and a replay of last week's UFC Tonight with the Dana White interview at 11:30 p.m., followed by UFC 147 at midnight.
        Both WWE and UFC set record low ratings this past week for their flagship television shows.  In the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, we look at what led to the low Raw numbers as well as what was the star segment of the show, how when people usually turn off Raw, they skyrocketed and what segments lost audience.  We also look at the plight of Ultimate Fighter, as well as history on Raw battling football as the season goes on.
        The issue will be up later today on the web site.  A new back issue from 1995 is currently on the site.
        We also have a look at Brock Lesnar's financial value to WWE so far, and if he's worth his massive pay.  We look at how Extreme Rules and SummerSlam did, including some very strange results that are hard to explain.  We also look at why Lesnar is likely to be offered a new contract by WWE when this one expires. 
        We also look at the former WWE star and Hall of Famer who had been in secret negotiations and why they fell through at present.
        We also have a look at the latest ESPN poll on the popularity of WWE, UFC and Boxing across every age group.  The poll is interesting because the general public perception of who is actually most interested in all three genres, and even television ratings, tell a very different story.  We also look at how boxing and wrestling's popularity have changed over the past decade and why one of the three has the best chance of increasing for reasons few have really picked up on.
        The poll shows a lot about where WWE may be making mistakes with their approach.  It also has Lorenzo Fertitta talking about how his sport has decreased in popularity in recent years and his reaction to it.
        We also look at New Japan opening up in the iPPV business on an international basis this week.  We look at how the Japanese marketplace makes iPPV more viable than the U.S. marketplace.  We also look at attempts over the years to market Japanese pro wrestling in the U.S.  We also look at the first card, with notes on all the participants and every match.
        We also have a full rundown of the UFC show in Nottingham, England, with background on the show, all the financial numbers, injury notes, judging and match-by-match coverage.
        We also have a story on the departure of Kelly from WWE, talking about the background of how it all went down, how she got started in pro wrestling to begin with, why so many people have been leaving WWE, and what is next for her.
        We also have a major feature looking at the 2013 WrestleMania, including directions for all the major names.  We look at why one match up where the angle was shot a long ways back is unlikely to happen.  We look at different potential usages of big names, as well as what people internally have said about Undertaker. 
        We also update Hell in a Cell, update Jerry Lawler and John Cena.  We also look at a former star looking at returning, the tag team tournament, what department in WWE is undergoing major changes, notes on house shows, an update on Edge and his neck surgery, Randy Orton's schedule for the next few weeks, WWE stars talk about their backgrounds, notes on another tryout camp, C.M. Punk's schedule this pat week, WWE's relationship with Full Sail University in Florida, Michael Cole's new role, update on Steve Austin, as well as business notes from WWE over the past week and details of all the weekend house shows.
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         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
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Also in this week's issue:
--NWA historic middleweight title changes hands
--One of the oldest active titles returns as champion who has held the title for 37 years will defend it this week
--Major national star rushed to hospital with high fever and infection
--A look at the recent AAA TV tapings
--Notes on Heroes Inmortales, one of AAA's signature big evens of the year
--A look at the next Dragon Gate PPV show
--How title shot was decided
--Notes on next Dragon Gate USA tour shows
--All Japan and New Japan combine for shows in Taiwan
--NOAH notes on a title change and a tournament
--Japanese star breaks Karelin's all-time world championship record
--Genichiro Tenryu vows a return and a look at his probable first opponent back
--Update on Japan's New Year's Eve tradition and plans being made
--The wacky world of Inoki Genome Federation
--U.S. indie star wins major title in Japan
--First Legend Pro Wrestling show on 2013
--Daughter of 70s and 80s star makes name for herself in another sport
--Update on George & Stacy
--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's first House of Hardcore show
--Daivari talks about choking out an unruly passenger on a bus
--Former WWF star gets movie role next to DeNiro
--Australian WCW Hall of Fame notes
--TNA sued by longtime star
--Lots of notes regarding Bound for Glory
--Update on Aces and 8s angle
--Update on overseas wrestlers who will be appearing at the TNA tapings over the next few weeks
--UFC PPV update
--Notes on UFC's new hire to run European operations
--What the problems have been in Europe to far
--A look at this week's UFC show
--Update on Jon Jones
--Update on the middleweight division
--Why two major fights fell through this past week
--Lots of new fights
--How a UFC announcement has great impact going forward on the next few WrestleManias
--Shane Carwin talks his knee injury and his fight with Roy Nelson
--What state Dana White said he's avoiding
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Notes from Bellator's debut
--Notes on a triple head-to-head MMA battle this week
--Notes on all three shows
--Who is Vince Lucero, the new opponent for Bautista
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Monday's news update
--Bryan and I will be back late tonight covering Raw, the ROH booking change and the New Japan iPPV show.  I believe the show, which is nearly four hours, is available at until Tuesday.  It's well worth seeing.  The 1/4 Tokyo Dome will be available worldwide on iPPV.  No word if any big shows in November or December will be. 
--A memorial service will be held for Robert Jeaudoin, better known as Hangman Bobby Jaggers, a solid star from 1971-1989, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the  Community Christian Church in Council Grove, KS.  It will be a military funeral due to his service in Vietnam.  Memorial contributions, which will go to his grandchildren's education can be sent c/o Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, P.O. Box 273, Council Grove, KS  66846.  Jeaudoin passed away on 9/30 at the age of 64.  We have a story in this week's issue and will have a larger story in two weeks. 
--Linda McMahon is leading Chris Murphy in the polls at (thanks to Jim LeMond)
--Howard Stern and Robin Quivers were discussing the Hogan sex tape using the New York Daily News article, and promoting his appearance on the show tomorrow.  They wanted to talk to Bubba the Love Sponge about it, but he said that legally he couldn't talk about the subject.  They made fun of the quality of the video being like night Google vision, and of Hogan answering his cell phone in the middle of sex and saying his stomach looked big because he had just eaten. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)  
--C.M. Punk was interviewed by Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour that just ended at

--Wrestlers appearing at the New York Comic Con this week:
Dolph Ziggler on Saturday
Angelina Love Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Vader Thursday and Saturday
Booker T on Saturday
The former Bella Twins on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Brutus Beefcake on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Greg Valentine on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Kelly Kelly - Dates not official
Kevin Nash - Daets noot official
Robbie E on Friday
Tito Santana on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Velvet Sky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday   

--An interview with Chavo Guerrero is at
--Among the items on Classics on Demand for this week
The March 17, 1975 Madison Square Garden show (Bruno Sammartino vs. Spyros Arion Texas death match)
Rise and Fall of ECW
ECW 5/12/98
WWF Mania 2/693
World Class Championship Wrestling part one of the 1987 Texas Stadium show (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Apparently the C.M. Punk documentary from the DVD leaked out on the Internet earlier today and WWE legal had to quickly get involved.  
--WWE on Friday night in Jonesboro, AR has a joint Raw and Smackdown show with this lineup
C.M. Punk vs. Ryback for WWE title
Sheamus vs. Big Show for world title
        No other matches announced other than Kane, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, The Miz, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes and Brodus Clay will be appearing. (thanks to Andrew Matlock)
--Bellator will be casting its new reality show with tryouts on 11/10 at the American Top Team Gym in Coconut Creek, FL.  For more info you can call 954-822-4945.  An application to tryout is at and video submissions can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   They will be doing lightweights and welterweights.  You have to be over the age of 21 and have at least three professional wins, and a pro record of .500 or better.  The show will air on Spike early next year.  No details as to the format of the show.
--KENTA & Maybach Taniguchi beat Samoa Joe & Magnus, as expected, earlier today to win the GHC tag team titles in Yokohama, Japan, when KENTA pinned Magnus.
--Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) underwent surgery about a month ago to remove his gall bladder.  Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
--Jeremy Stephens management team, Evolution Agent, sent out a release saying that Stephens legal issues stemmed from attending a homecoming party in Des Moines last year, and someone was disorderly, drunk and asked to leave.  That person got into a fight with another person, and they claim Stephens' name came up because he was at the party.  They say he was not arrested, or ever contacted about any charges or told there was an outstanding warrant before his arrest on Friday morning, hours before he was scheduled to fight Yves Edwards.  Because he was held in jail in Minnesota on the warrant from Iowa, he was unable to fight. 
--TNA signed a television deal for Impact to air on FX Middle East at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights.  The station goes into a number of countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa.  They also struck a deal in Egypt with Dream TV to air Xplosion and TNA's Greatest Matches.  They also now appear on GSP TV in Romania on Mondays at 8 p.m. and Xplosion on Wednesday at 8 p.m. as well as tape delay airings of PPV shows.  They also signed a renewal with Grammy Sport One in Thailand.
--After tonight, the WWE's return to Sacramento will be a TV taping on 1/22 at the Power Balance Pavilion.  Ticket sales start tonight during the Raw event.
--There will be a Christopher Daniels radio appearance at at 6 p.m. Eastern tomorrow or WCCR 94.5 FM in the Williamsburg, KY area.      
--Barbie Blank (Kelly Kelly) won a Dare 2 Be Different Award at the 2012 Action Icon awards yesterday.
--Cody Rhodes got a black eye in his match (Rhodes & Miz vs. Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara) yesterday in Reno.
Who do you think wins this fight?
Jon Fitch 60.0%
Erick Silva 40.0%
Which of these did you watch Saturday night?
Bautista PPV 22.7%
Invicta 8.9%
One FC 0.8%
None 70.1%
What was your favorite promotion ever?
WWF 1997-2001 38.4%
WWF 1984-1990 13.0%
Crockett 1984-87 12.0%
ECW 1995-98 10.9%
WCW 1996-98 10.1%
Mid South 1982-1986 4.8%
World Class 1983-1985 2.9%
Current WWE 2.5%
Georgia 1977-1981 2.3%
Memphis 1980-1985 1.9%
Crockett 1977-1983 1.1%
What was the best TV show of the past week?
Main Event 26.1%
Impact 16.3%
UFC on FX 15.2%
Raw 14.7%
Smackdown 6.0%
ROH 6.0%
UFC prelims on Fuel 6.0%
Saturday Morning Slam 3.8%
Bellator 3.3%
Ultimate Fighter 1.1%
Inside MMA 1.1%
MMA Uncensored 0.5%
--CHIKARA Pro from yesterday in Gibsonville, NC, before a standing room crowd of 210 fans:  Dasher Hatfield & Mark Angelosetti b Harlem & Lance Bravado, Ophidian b Gran Akuma, Saturyne b Amber O'Neal, Handsome Stranger b Walter Eaton, Jakob Hammermeier & Tim Donst b DeviANT & Soldier Ant, AssailtANT b Super Dunkerton, Fire Ant & Green Ant & Mike Quackenbush & UltraMantis Black & Hallowicked b Chuck Taylor & Icarus & Obariyon & Kodama & The Shard when UltraManis pinned Icarus.  Excellent main event and fun show overall. (thanks to Bruce Buchanan and Chris GST)
--ECWA from Saturday night in Newark, DE:  Appollyon & Rex Lawless b Nigerian Nightmares, Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon b Azrieal & Dixie, Mr. Ooh La La b Little Mikey, Kirby Mack & Derek Ryze b Sam Shields & Chris Rockwell, Kekoa & Aden Chambers b Ricky Martinez & Danny E, Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon b Appollyon & Rex Lawless, Kekoa & Adam Chambers b Kirby Mack & Derek Ryze, Chris Wylde b Papadon, Adam Chambers & Kekoa b Damian Dragon & Matt Saigon to win the K-Cup tag team tournament.  Next show is 10/13 in Carney's Point, NJ at the YMCA of Salem County.    
--WBW Quest for the Gold on 10/6 in Sardinia, OH:  Jake Ashworth b Corey Mason, C.O. Hustler b Tejo Kahn, Lil C b Devil Anderson, Eclipso S. Powers b Pompano Joe, Flash Fury d Matt Taylor, Brutus Beefcake & Jason Legend b Papa Dingo & Tyson Rogers.  Next show is 11/3 in Sardinia at the Old School Building at 116 College Ave.
--Belleview Pro Wrestling from last night in Belleview, FL:  Aaron Epic b Gabriel Vega, Tim Zbyszko b Aaron Epic, Josh Hess b Gersom Sanchez, Rafael Altair b Josh Hess, Chico Adams b Chasyn Rance, Santana Garrett b Chasyn Rance (thanks to Al Haft)
--Pacific X-Trme Combat runs 11/17 at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, The Philippines, the same building that One FC sold out (a 15,000 seater) a few months back.  The show is being taped for AKTV in The Philippines.  The group's debut show on 9/1 sold out a smaller building and claimed 500,000 TV viewers on AKTV, which is a substantial number in a market of that size.  The show is based on using local fighters from The Philippines, Guam, Japan and Korea.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 10/13 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium
--Wrestling for a Cause on 10/12 in Sanford, FL at the High School Competition Gym with Buck Quartermaine, Bruce Santee, Simon Sez, Tommy Taylor, Mike Cruz, Steve Madison and more.
--Vintage Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Sanford, FL at the Salvation Army Gym 
--NWA Coastal Championship on 10/13 in Bayville, NJ at the Elks Lodge. 

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