WED. UPDATE: WWE opens European tour, Henderson talks TUF and Jones, TV show canceled due to Hurricane, New Japan PPV, Dragon Gate show, GSP talks No 1; Austin TV show, Star of Raw, new iPPV show



 
Bryan Alvarez and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio talking all the current news. You can send questions to the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're looking for reports from today's Raw house show in Strasbourg, France at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as the WWE opened up its annual November tour of Europe today. 

After today, Raw moves to Nantes, France on Thursday, Newcastle, England on Friday and Manchester, England on Saturday. Smackdown opens up in Lyon, France tomorrow, with a Friday show in Hamburg, Germany and a Saturday show in Leipzig, Germany.

Two matches are confirmed for Tuesday's Smackdown tapings in Birmingham, England. For Main Event, it'll be Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett. For Smackdown, it'll be Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio falls count anywhere.
 
WWE Main Event tonight on Ion at 8 p.m.:
- Randy Orton & Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio & Titus O'Neil & Darren Young
- Wade Barrett vs. Tyson Kidd
 
On Fuel tonight, UFC 137 with B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz airs at 8 p.m. 

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We look at the current WWE situation, including Hell in a Cell and the build for Survivor Series and Royal Rumble as the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up on the site today.  We also have a new back issue from 1995, talking about the build to the first Nitro and the building of what at the time was the biggest money live pro wrestling event in history in Japan.
 
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Our lead story looks at every aspect of the Ryback situation, the decision on who won, how the actual finish came to be, as well as looking back at the early career of a number of major names in wrestling including how Lou Thesz won his first world title, why Brock Lesnar wasn't involved in the finish at Hell in a Cell, why the traditional Survivor Series main event hasn't been done in nearly two decades, as well as full coverage of the PPV with poll results and star ratings for every match.
 
        We also have a look at the life, wrestling career, announcing career and the influence of Jeff Blatnick on the sport of MMA.  We look at the origination of the term Mixed Martial Arts, how it got popularized in pro wrestling before UFC, how Blatnick named the sport and when it happened.
 
        We also look at the fight UFC had for survival in the late 90s and some amazing ironies about that period.  We look at why Jeff Blatnick was used by UFC as its point man, including discussions Blatnick had with the most powerful people in the cable industry at the time.  We look at why Blatnick was no longer associated with UFC and how he resurfaced as a key figure in MMA in the Northeast.
 
        We look at how Blatnick first became involved in UFC, as well as his amazing career as a wrestler, from his beginnings not liking wrestling, to his college career including a match with Steve Williams that may have cost him an NCAA title.  We look at his Olympic days, from the 1980 boycott year to his 1984 gold medal win, and his battles with cancer.
 
        We look at his move into announcing, his offers from pro wrestling including one that few know about that would have involved him being in a major executive position with the No. 2 wrestling company in the world at one point.
 
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        We also have a very strange story regarding the payment to Donald Trump for WrestleMania in 2007, as well as more on Linda McMahon's spending for the current senate race, the latest polls, where Linda is losing ground and the latest dirt spread by both sides.  We also look at the media coverage of the campaign.
 
        We also have more on the WWE's women's division, Brock Lesnar's future, what type of backgrounds have seemed to work in women's wrestling, the sales of C.M. Punk's DVD, notes on the WWE video game, a WWE movie project, promotion for WrestleMania, notes on he WWE Network, the European tour, Ric Flair coming to WWE, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure and DVR viewership of Raw.
 
         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:
 
--Title change at Arena Mexico
 
--Update on Hector Garza
 
--Next AAA tapings
 
--Lineups for Dragon Gate USA shows this weekend on iPPV
 
--Major Dragon Gate angles for Japan
 
--Notes on the build for the annual Real World Tag League event in Japan
 
--Bracketing and key matches in the tournament
 
--Combined All Japan and New Japan shows in Taiwan
 
--Battle of tag champs in a singles match
 
--GHC tag title change and where that belt is going
 
--Notes on final major NOAH show of the year
 
--Update on Tajiri's promotion in Japan using several top Americans
 
--A promotion lets the fans make the card
 
--Notes on tha attempted comeback of Jake Roberts
 
--How Mike Graham's pro wrestling career got started and his first major TV angle
 
--The angle that got Mike Graham out of Eddie's shadow and let to Dusty Rhodes being the biggest star in Florida wresting history
 
--Who booked the angle
 
--NWA title vacated and match to decide the new champion
 
--Extreme Rising runs in the Pittsburgh area and plans for WrestleMania weekend
 
--The History Channel doing a feature on an 80s wrestler
 
--Notes on this weekend's ROH TV tapings
 
--Notes on Hulk Hogan's quick settlement with Bubba the Love Sponge
 
--Bound for Glory PPV notes
 
--TNA star doing outside media work
 
--TNA wrestler hospitalized with kidney issues but already back
 
--The strange TNA announcing dynamic
 
--Lineup for Turning Point thus far and new matches likely added
 
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
 
--Notes on the ungodly hour the next UFC show will be airing at
 
--New UFC television specials over the next two weeks
 
--Story on UFC no longer running at The Palms in Las Vegas
 
--Lots of new UFC matches announced
 
--Plans for UFC light heavyweight division and how they changed
 
--Notes on the next season of TUF Brazil including a June main event
 
--UFC fighter nearly loses home in Hurricane
 
--Stephan Bonnar retires
 
--UFC PPV estimates
 
--Chad Mendes legal issues and sentencing
 
--A few UFC cuts
 
--The Eddie Alvarez contract situation
 
--Controversial officiating on Bellator show
 
--Lots of shows this coming weekend on TV
 
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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS
 
--I was a guest on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour today, up at www.mmafighting.com talking about the history of UFC, including shows from the 90s, sitting with David Hasselhoff at UFC V, meeting Jeff Blatnick, as well as the World Series of Fighting show on Saturday night. Also on the show, Dan Henderson said that if he was asked, he would have coached TUF against Jon Jones.
 
--No MMA Uncensored tomorrow night on Spike.  The show, which airs live, was canceled due to problems getting people in and filming in Manhattan due to Hurricane Sandy.
 
--Old news from the last campaign resurfaced about Linda McMahon running WWE, collecting millions of dollars in state subsidies to create jobs and then laying off 10% of the workforce three years ago.
 
--Here's video footage of C.M. Punk at the Austin Comic Con, talking about who he'd like to wrestle, what dream matches would he like to see and more. Scheduled for 30 minutes, he stuck around an hour plus.
 
--The New Japan 11/11 show from Osaka headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi for the IWGP heavyweight title is officially back on Ustream for $25.  I'm told it's better to order in advance than the day of the show due to potential issues.
 
--Dragon Gate USA noted that all three scheduled shows this weekend, 11/2 in Everett, MA, 11/3 in Voorhees, NJ and 11/4 in Deer Park, NY are still happening with all three shows on iPPV. Soldier Ant is off the Saturday show in Voorhees, so it'll now be ACH vs. EITA as the bonus match at 7:30 p.m. for the live crowd only.  For 11/4, it'll be Tony Nese & Papadon vs. Scott Reed & Caleb Konley in Deer Park. There will also be a seminar and tryout for independent wrestlers on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Deer Park with Genki Horiguchi and Ryo Saito training Japanese style.    
 
--Georges St-Pierre, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, said he believed Frankie Edgar was the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He said Jon Jones is No. 2 and Anderson Silva is No. 3.    
 
--There is a story in the Calgary Herald by Dave Deibert about how the GSP vs. Carlos Condit fight in Montreal was a tough sell because only 14,000 tickets have been sold, but that's misleading. At the same point almost three weeks out, GSP vs. Josh Koscheck had sold 16,000 tickets.  So it's slower, but that was a huge grudge match with far more TV pub, so it would be expected to be slightly slower. GSP vs. Koscheck ended up drawing a crowd announced at 23,152, which is still the second largest in UFC history.  
 
--Redneck Island starring Steve Austin begins season No. 2 on CMT on 11/10 in the 9 p.m. time slot.
 
DID YOU LIKE RAW?
Excellent 3.2%
Good 12.1%
Average 32.3%
Fair 17.7%
Poor 34.7%
        16.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
BEST OF THESE SECOND GENERATION WRESTLERS?
Jake Roberts 37.7%
Mil Mascaras 16.2%
Dick Murdoch 15.0%
Kerry Von Erich 9.1%
Alberto Del Rio 6.7%
David Von Erich 5.7%
Brad Armstrong 4.1%
Jacques Rougeau Jr. 2.1%
Kevin Von Erich 1.2%
Dos Caras Sr. 1.0%
Jay Young blood 0.7%
Raymond Rougeau 0.5%
 
WHAT NOVEMBER SHOW ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
UFC 154 46.9%
Survivor Series 23.1%
New Japan iPPV 19.3%
TNA Turning Point 7.7%
UFC in Macao 2.3%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR ON RAW?
C.M. Punk 35.6%
Mick Foley 20.8%
Paul Heyman 11.2%
Ryback 10.1%
A.J. Lee 6.8%
Vickie Guerrero 6.3%
Daniel Bryan 4.7%
Rey Mysterio 1.6%
Randy Orton 1.4%
Alberto Del Rio 0.9%
Kane 0.5%
 
--Here's a Robbie E and Robbie T of TNA interview
 
--Drum Media in Sydney, Australia, has an interview with Mick Foley talking about the process of writing as well as stand-up comedy (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--The 11/17 Extreme Rising show from Monaca, PA headlined by Shane Douglas vs. Matt Hardy will air on iPPV.
 
--John Cofer vs. Mike Rio has been added to the 12/15 UFC show in Las Vegas on FX.
 
--Mike Pierce faces Seth Baczynski on 12/8 in Seattle in a prelim for the UFC show on FOX. Pierce replaces the injured Kyle Noke.
 
--Besam Yousef, who was to face Matt Riddle on the UFC 11/17 show in Montreal, is out with an injury but John Maguire will be taking his place. Riddle just signed on for the fight when Steven Thompson was injured.
 
--Wrestlezone from Saturday night in Aberdeen, Scotland before 160 fans:  Holyrood Blonds b Granite City Hotshots, Aspen Faith b Cyso, Blue Thunder b Scott Maverick, Crusher Craib b Sterling Oil & Damien, Brian Starr & TJ Rage b Davey Annan & Scotty Swift, Bingo Ballance b Johnny Lions
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on 11/3 in Porterdale, GA at 2001 Main St.
 
--On this day in history 33 years ago, Giant Baba beat Harley Race in Nagoya to become the NWA world heavyweight champion.  14 years ago Mitsuharu Misawa beat Kenta Kobashi to win the Triple Crown in Tokyo.  That was also an all-time classic match (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--Weigh-ins for the World Series of Fighting will be at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and streamed Friday starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.
 
--UAW on 12/1 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall.
 
--Sunday results from Guadalajara:  Acertijo b Azteca de Oro, Barbaro Cavernario & Infierno b Esfinge & Leo, Eros & Smaker & Espectrum b Gallo & In Memorium & Rafaga, Puma King & Tiger b Guerrero Maya Jr. & Rey Cometa-DQ, Dragon Rojo Jr. b El Hijo del Fantasma to retain NWA Historic middleweight title.
 
--Watch Super Fight League on 11/3 on YouTube for free at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning EST and 8:30 AM PST with Michael Page vs. Haitham Tantawy and Daniel Amar Singh vs. Michael Pereira.
 
--ECWA on Saturday in Newark, DE at the Boys & Girls Club headlined by Chris Hyde defending his ECWA title against Papadon, Tony Mamaluke and Josh Daniels.
 
--A screening of "Theresa Sareo Alive," which has nothing to do with wrestling past the fact Lanny Poffo appears in it, will be on 11/16 at the Marble Collegiate Gym on 5th and West 29th St., in New York.  It won several awards at various film festivals. 
 
--CWE television debuts on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday on UWF Manitoba Ch. 30, Westman Communications Cable 12, CBS-TV Ch. 30 and will start on Bell Express Vu in Manitoba starting 11/29.
 
--Here's a story on Bob Costas that features a photo of Costas interviewing Hulk Hogan, Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda from the 80s.
 
--There will be the annual Roller Derby Hall of Fame ceremony and an old-timers game on 11/10.  Larry Lewis will be there to accept his Hall of Fame award.  Margie Laszlo will not be able to attend due to health issues.  Skating in the old-timers game will include Little Richard Brown, Skip Schoen  Debbie Dickerson, Cindy Ogbin, Dave Martinez, Ray Robles and Tony Trujillo.  Judy Arnold said she would skate if her back isn't bothering her.  Don Lastra and Teri Toledo are confirmed as referees.  The babyfaces will be the Warriors since this is in Philadelphia and the heel swill be the T-Birds.  Other maybes include Gwen Miller, Joan Killer Kazmerski, Jan Vallow, Pam Schwab, Bob Dancel, Mike Falaningam and Peggy Fowler.    
 
--Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are Loretta Behrens, Delores Doss, Margie Laszlo, Larry Lewis, Bob Lewis, Bob Satterfield and Frank Deford (not as a skater but for his articles and his book on the subject). 
 
--Here's a clip from a Christy Hemme interview.
 
--The Score Fighting Series announced Brandt Dewsbery vs. Ryan Dickson and Alex Ricci vs. Kevin Morin on 11/23 in Hamilton, ONT.  The top fights are Jordan Mein from Strikeforce vs. Forrest Petz and Josh Hill vs. Rafael Rabello from the Hamilton Place Theater. The show airs live on The Score in Canada and AXS in the U.S.
 
--TMZ.com has a story that Amy Weber, who was part of JBL's entourage for a while until quitting WWE, has released a naked Playboy spread.  This is her cover: she claimed her laptop was stolen on Wednesday and the laptop contained a nude spread she had shot for Playboy.  She claims, rather than have the pictures surface on a seedy web site, she said she and her management team decided to release them themselves. 

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