TUES UPDATE: WWE confirms tape library purchase, more from Raw, ratings, Jericho predicts Ryback win, UFC star has charges dropped, Franklin talks TRT, tons more



By Bryan Alvarez

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Today is the Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam tapings in Providence, RI. Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler has already been announced for this show.

        A look at the hottest new star in pro wrestling, Ryan "Ryback" Reeves, is the lead story in one of two issues of the Observer out this week.  There are two issues on the web site and a double issue in the mail this week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  Both issues should be up on the site today along with a back issue from 1995.
 
        We look at the rise of Ryback, what the original plan was for Hell in a Cell, how it changed, the updated medical report on John Cena, and how everything went down leading to new Hell in a Cell main event.  We look at how the company is getting the match ready, as well as how the popularity of Ryback flies in the face of what everyone in wrestling tries to brainwash wrestles into believing.  We also look at how WWE's theme PPV concept backfired with this show, and look at a variety of finishes and scenarios.
 
        We look at the Cena vs. Ryback matches so far, business, the background of Reeves, Tough Enough, his years i developmental, days as Skip Sheffield and the Hell in a Cell show.
 
        We also have a look at Hector Garza's battle with lung cancer.  We look at his background and how he was a wrestler who has been a major star for two decades, but in reality, missed out on his potential for a number of reasons.  We look at his run in WCW and TNA, his brief experience in WWF, and his role in Mexico.
 
        Plus, we've got everything on the Hulk Hogan lawsuits, sex tape, police reports, Bubba the Love Sponge, Howard Stern, what is full of shit, why Hogan may not fare well in court even if he's in the right, and what things don't add up at all.
 
        We look at Bubba the Love Sponge's tirade against him, and an interesting note about his divorce.
 
        We also look at the decision to put Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen as the coaches for Ultimate Fighter and as the next light heavyweight title match.  We look at the dynamics involved that led to the decisions being made.
 
        We also have full coverage of TNA's Bound for Glory, the decision to make Jeff Hardy champion, when they company made the call on Devon, what terrible segment on Impact wasn't in the script, , business notes on the show, booking, poll results and star ratings for all of the matches.
 
        We also have a look at UFC 153, the build of Bonnar vs Silva, highlights from the show and match-by-match coverage with poll results.
 
        We also look at Ring of Honor's changes with Hunter Johnston taking over as booker from Jim Cornette, the problems going into Final Battle, the top matches at Final Battle, business notes from the show and match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
 
        We also have an update on C.M. Punk and the incident with the fan in Sacramento, More on Punk vs. Austin after the release of their video shot in August, latest on Mania plans, notes on the upcoming video game, WWE promoting the Rolling Stones and background of it, and latest polls on the Linda McMahon senate race.  We also look at what McMahon said last week that drew heavy criticism and her response to it.
 
        We also look at a new WWE promotional slogan, Jerry Lawler's return in Memphis, WWE reaching a settlement regarding paying millions in state taxes and backgrounds on two new announcing hires.  We also look at a new WWE video release, a former WWE employee says why Linda McMahon shouldn't be senator, Paul Heyman's road schedule, JBL has to apologize to Carlos Colon, and the latest announcing changes.
 
        We also have a ton of developmental notes, NXT tapings, El Hijo del Santo talks why he never went back to WWE, Christmas WWE television schedule, Raw delayed viewership, Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels event planned for Mania week, what wrestler nearly got into a fist fight with John Laurinaitis, plus business notes from the last week and coverage of the weekend house shows.
 
        We also look at more business notes from this year's WrestleMania, including the tourism effect and notes on how many locals attended the show.
 
        We also look at the death of Alex Karras, the former NFL and television star who was a pro wrestler for a few years.  In particular, we look at the famous feud with Karras vs. Dick the Bruiser and a pro wrestling match and an incident beforehand that got national publicity in the 60s and is a part of Detroit sports folklore.
 
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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
 
        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--The annual tournament in Mexico honoring Blue Demon
 
--Japanese title changes hands in Mexico
 
--The longest reigning champion in pro wrestling history retains once again with a storyline finish that dates back to a match in 1975
 
--Why RVD's X Division title win was a late decision
 
--Former WCW wrestler about to return to Mexico
 
--Japanese title matches in Mexico last week and this coming week
 
--A battle with two father-and-son teams with legendary fathers and newcomer sons going at it
 
--Upcoming Dragon Gate USA matches
 
--Hall of Fame candidate this year needs major surgery that will put him out for a long time.
 
--Feedback from the last New Japan iPPV show
 
--How iPPV is so different in Japan than the U.S.
 
--A unique concept tournament New Japan is doing next month
 
--Main event for Inoki's New Year's Eve show announced
 
--A look at Inoki's last show featuring a current Zuffa fighter
 
--Taka Michinoku's 20th anniversary show
 
--Tajiri's promotion does tournament for the title
 
--U.S. indie star wins Japanese world title
 
--Update on Bobby Eaton
 
--Full details on Tammy Sytch's latest arrests
 
--Vader/Harley Race notes
 
--Update on Lance Russell
 
--What historical stuff Lance Russell recently found
 
--Guilty plea involving the murder of a 90s wrestler
 
--U.S. Olympic team member makes pro wrestling debut this week
 
--Linda Hogan reality show role
 
--Jerry Lynn's U.K. retirement
 
--Former WCW and WWF wrestler sentenced to probation in steroid case
 
--A look at former WCW wrestler who after leaving won 22 straight boxing matches, all by knockout
 
--A look at the death of the former Stan Vachon and Stan Pulaski
 
--Arrest of a former 90s WWF wrestler whose debut match was against Edge
 
--Update on the Extreme Rising promotion
 
--A look at the TNA Hall of Fame ceremony
 
--Funny notes about Sting's interest in wrestling growing up
 
--Update on TNA lawsuit
 
--Notes on  Bound for Glory at theaters
 
--Sting talks Undertaker match
 
--Notes on the latest Strikeforce cancellation and what it means
 
--Reaction from fighters
 
--Future of Strikeforce
 
--FX vs. Spike in 2013
 
--Advance ticket sales for upcoming UFC events
 
--Update on Jeremy Stephens
 
--Rashad Evans talks future
 
--Anderson Silva hits milestone
 
--Notes on UFC future business changes
 
--A look at Roy Nelson's grandstand play to embarrass Shane Carwin
 
--Notes on the Jake Shields suspension
 
--UFC payoffs for the Minnesota show
 
--UFC Fighter career in jeopardy
 
--All-time UFC legend hasn't announced retirement, but figures he's retied
 
--Notes on cutting DaMarques Johnson
 
--New UFC fights
 

 
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- WWE confirmed reports today that they have acquired the Mid-South Wrestling tape library.

-- We don't have final numbers, but as noted on the front page, despite ridiculously strong competition from football, baseball and the third Presidential debate, Raw managed to not score the lowest viewership of the past 15 years.

-- Also as noted on the front page, John Cena became the first person to be awarded to completing 300 Make-A-Wish requests. Yes, that is the record for any celebrity in any field of sports or entertainment.

-- WWE '13altis out next week.

-- Hell in a Cell line-up after last night has Punk vs. Ryback for the WWE Title (the only match that actually takes place in the Cell, which is ironic because given the fact that they don't want to beat either guy, that's the one match on the entire show you wouldn't want in the Cell), Sheamus vs. Big Show for the World Title, Kofi Kingston vs. Miz for the US Title, Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Damien Sandown & Cody Rhodes for the tag titles, and Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio.

-- Jericho on Busted Open Radio said he had no inside knowledge, but cast his vote for Ryback beating Punk for the title at Hell in a Cell, staying undefeated, and going on to face Rock at Royal Rumble. For the record, I don't see that happening.

-- Don't forget, last night's Observer Radio with Dave Meltzer and myself is a FREE download off the front page right now. All we ask is that if you like what you hear, sign up for more!

-- Chad Mendes pled no-contest to a charge of public disturbance and his battery charge from a Hanford, CA bar fight incident on July 29th was dropped. He paid a fine and is free and clear.

-- Magnus has an article in the new Fighting Spirit Magazine talking about Samoa Joe being one of the best ever.

-- UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Condit, debuts November 6th at 10:30 EST on FUEL TV. It appears it's a one-off show as opposed to, say, a three-week series. There will also be another special called Training Day: Inside Tristar Gym, that airs on November 5th at 12:30 PM ET on FUEL.

-- For those who watched Mayhem Miller act like a complete fool on Ariel Helwani's show last week (he was "playing his character" from Here Comes the Boom, but it got awfully uncomfortable because he took it way too far), the follow-up interview with Helwani where he attempts to explain everything is here.

-- Mason Ryan made his return to TV as a lumberjack last night.

-- Rich Franklin, 38, has an interview herewhere he talks about TRT, saying fans see it as cheating, and when the time comes that his body starts to slow down, he'll likely choose retirement over getting on TRT to continue fighting. He got a lot of flack from fans for even suggesting he'd consider the treatment.

-- Tatame is reporting that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fought Dave Herman with a broken rib.

-- Trailer for the upcoming NWO DVD is up here.

-- Inside MMA reported that Anthony Pettis was hospitalized with a staph infection.

-- Amazingly clear Catch Wrestling footage from 1913.

-- Ed Soares talks wanting to see Anderson Silva vs. GSP.

-- Todd Harris and Bas Rutten will be commentators for World Series of Fighting 1, which takes place November 3rd at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Main card airs on NBC Sports.

-- If the Figure Four Daily interview with Adam Pearce on the front page wasn't enough, more here.

-- Upcoming MMA TV: On this week’s “UFC Tonight” Special Edition: Fighter Trivia, for the first time ever, four UFC fighters compete against one another to find out who’s best … at UFC Trivia. It’s the first-ever “UFC Tonight:” Fighter Trivia Challenge. Host Ariel Helwani quizzes UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, “UFC Tonight” Analyst Kenny Florian and Middleweight Michael Bisping about the UFC and pop culture trivia. Find out which fighter knows the most.

In this week’s “UFC Ultimate Insider,” we take an exclusive insider’s look at the trail Georges St-Pierre forged during his comeback from ACL surgery and the internal battles that he faced in his journey to reclaim sole ownership of the 170 pound title. We’ll take a look at the explosive Signature Moves of feared striker Cung Le as he prepares to meet Rich Franklin in China. Then, Joe Rogan offers his take on the brightest new stars to set foot in the Octagon who appears destined for title shots in the immediate future. And we’ll look at the inspiring story of Garrett Holeve’s pursuit of becoming a professional MMA fighter.

-- IWA East Coast returns to the Kings Way Center in Nitro WV on Saturday October 27 at 7pm headlined by Goldust vs Chance Prophet! For the IWA EC Title: BJ Whitmer defends against Facade! A no DQ grudge match between Mad Man Pondo and Ron Mathis and much more

-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! ECWA 4-EVER! Sat, November 3, 2012 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-6464

-- GOUGE presents Maul-O-Ween Sunday Oct 28, 2012 2PM show FREE to general public Raleigh, NC- Sadlacks Heros-Hillsbourgh St across from NC State bell tower

-- Over the Top Radio with Brutal Bob Evans is up here.

-- Big Show will be on Opie and Anthony today, so check out the replay if you can.

-- Latest TCW television show featuring Jerry Lynn among others is up here.

-- Which of these shows do you expect to do larger numbers?
UFC 154 GSP vs. Condit 63.9%
UFC 155 Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 36.1%

What rating do you think Raw did?
2.3 or less 20.2%
2.4 10.9%
2.5 17.5%
2.6 16.0%
2.7 16.9%
2.8 11.2%
2.9 3.0%
3.0 2.4%
3.1 0.3%
3.2 0.0%
3.3 0.0%
3.4 or more 1.5%

Do you think Strikeforce will be around one year from today?
Yes 15.5%
No 84.5%

Who do you expect to win this fight?
Rich Franklin 78.3%
Cung Le 21.7%

Who is the strongest Hall of Fame candidate from this list?

 

Who is the strongest Hall of Fame candidate from this list?

 

Who should get the next featherweight title shot?