SUN. UPDATE: Turning Point preview, PPV title change, Mania tickets, Big Show, Cena, Linda McMahon campaign, New WWE announcer debuts, Major wrestling historical anniversary



By Dave Meltzer
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're looking for your thoughts on today's TNA Turning Point Show as well as today's New Japan Power Struggle PPV and yesterday's UFC on Fuel show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        We're also looking for reports on the WWE shows from yesterday in Minehead, England, Lisbon Portugal, Friday's show in Cardiff, Wales and Friday's TNA show in Windsor, ONT at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   
 
        TNA Turning Point PPV on Sunday from Orlando
*ODB & Eric Young vs. Tara & Jessie - This will be the first chance to see Jessie work in a match where he's allowed to have some offensive and do more than just run a away and comedy.  Well, this match probably is still geared for comedy.  Hopefully this is a tag title match and they change the titles, because if Eric Young leaves without dropping the belts, that's kind of silly.     
*Joseph Park vs. Doc (Drew Hankinson/Luke Gallows) - This also has to be worked as that weird Park comedy style but also a serious grudge match at the same time.  
*Rob Van Dam vs. Joey Ryan for X title - Their TV match was short and didn't give me much hope for this.  Matt Morgan is likely to get involved and I wouldn't be surprised to see a title switch.  
*Kurt Angle vs. Devon - I guess we'll see what level Devon is in a singles match because Angle can get a **** match out of Matt Morgan. 
*Samoa Joe vs. Magnus in no DQ match for TV title - A big test again for Magnus, who is one of those guys who on paper should have a big future ahead of him based on his look and his talking.  He's improved a lot in the ring and we'll see where he's at right now.
*Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for tag titles - Should be a fun match.  Maybe even a great one.
*Bobby Roode vs. James Storm vs. A.J. Styles - Winner is No. 1 contender for TNA title, loser can't get a title shot until October of next year - This match has both booking intrigue with the stips, all three could win and all three could lose.  With the winner facing Jeff Hardy, Roode makes sense as the heel.  Styles can be there and give Hardy a good match but Storm has been pushed stronger as a single of late.   
*Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries in a ladder match for the TNA title - TNA has never been able to touch WWE for the level of ladder matches, but on paper, this looks to be the one that can change that.  Hardy is the master and Aries is among the best workers in the business right now.
        On paper this looks like a card that is going to be carried by the top three matches, all of which figure to be good.
 
        Raw will air live from Columbus, OH on Monday night.  Jerry Lawler returns.
 
        Smackdown, Saturday Morning Slam and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Cleveland.  Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes was announced for Main Event for the tag titles.
 
        Monday will be the TNA TV tapings in Orlando for the show this coming Thursday.  TNA will be taping for Thanksgiving on Tuesday night in Orlando. 
 
        The 2012 issue of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame is now out and will be on the web site today.  This is the biggest and most talked about issue of the year.  Because there was so much news this week, of the six new inductees into the Hall of Fame, we only have three biographies this week.  We will have almost a second Hall of Fame issue in a few weeks with more biographies.  We also have part one of a story on the career of Brad Armstrong, Linda McMahon's election post mortem, WWE financials and a lot more.
 
        The main story is a look at the Hall of Fame and who was inducted.  We've got not only a list of the ballot results but a breakdown of how the top candidates did with different groups.  We also look at the near misses and background on them and a look at a number of the candidates who didn't get in, as well as a look at next year's ballot additions.
 
        We have a look at the McMahon campaign for senate, results and the key factors at the end that caused her loss.
 
        We've got a look at the death of 80s star Brad Armstrong of the famous Armstrong wrestling family, and his different roles in wrestling, why his full-time agree ended and notes about his death.
 
        We also look at the booking about-face made by WWE with the change in Survivor Series.  We talk about why the change was made, the new card, and more on the WWE title switch.
 
        We've got a beginning look at the WWE financials, in particular more talk about the network, details on how the PPV shows did this year as compared with last year, why profitability is down, more on how much they are earning for the third hour of Raw, value of Brock Lesnar.
 
        We also have notes on what percentage of WWE revenues goes to talent right now as compared with real sports.  We also look at an update on what is going on in New York for WrestleMania week.  We've got more on the WWE video game and future of THQ, WWE in talks for mega events outside the U.S., as well as European tour business.  We have more on the background of Brad Maddox and how he got his spot and push.  We also have updates on injuries and planned return dates for a number of WWE performers.
 
        We also look at the return of Great Khali, Booker T talks his fight from a few years back with Batista, Daniel Bryan talks difficulty in getting management behind him, plus we've got all the business notes of the European tour and notes from all the events.
 
        We also look at the debut and goals of the new World Series of Fighting promotion on its first show.  We look at how the show did in ratings, the stars, the production and what it needs for financial viability.
 
        We also look at Scott Steiner's second lawsuit against TNA, and why one of the charges involved is very serious, or the ultimate cheap shot.
 
        The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
        The Observer is now in its 29th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world.  The biggest and most influential names in the pro wrestling and MMA industry, from bookers to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest names on camera and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and more than 30 countries subscribe.  Many have subscribed for 20 years or longer consecutively.  They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going on all over the world.  Everywhere from Wall Street to the major offices to television networks in the U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business.
 
        If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today.  With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic issues sent to you today.  Just sent your Visa or Master Card order with your name, address, phone number, card number and expiration date to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also order by paypal by sending to www.paypal.com and directing the funds to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        You can also subscribe via check, cash or money order, as well as credit card by mail, by sending to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA  95009-1228. 
 
         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:
 
--Notes on the last AAA TV taping
 
--Notes on Dragon Gate USA shows over the weekend in the U.S.
 
--Hall of Fame candidate and recuperation from neck surgery and what the doctors told him about his future
 
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's next major show
 
--The beginnings of the 2012 World League tournament
 
--A preview of the New Japan iPPV this weekend
 
--Notes on the finals of the New Japan Super junior tag team tournament
 
--Update on Tetsuya Naito and his return to pro wrestling
 
--Upcoming CMLL/New Japan joint shows announced
 
--Woman star for more than 26 years announces her retirement
 
--Akebono vs. Onita feud continues
 
--Notes from the funeral of Mike Graham
 
--NWA title decision
 
--Promoter from the 80s resurfaces looking at doing a pro wrestling reality show based on starting of a new promotion
 
--Update on Kelly Kelly
 
--Full lineup and television build for ROH Final Battle
 
--A look at where all the ROH TV angles are going
 
--More on the Hogan lawsuit regarding the sex tape
 
--Update on the Turning Point lineup
 
--Future of Eric Young in TNA
 
--Notes on the plans for TNA television between now and the end of the year
 
--What former WWE wrestler tried out for TNA
 
--A look at TNA developmental and Jessie
 
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
 
--UFC official talks about ramping up drug testing next year
 
--Preview of the UFC show this weekend
 
--Notes on the big matches planned for 2013 in UFC
 
--Notes on a directive within UFC as far as younger fighters goes
 
--Notes on UFC's dates for FOX this coming year
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Notes on Tough Enough for this season
 
--Ticket sale advances for upcoming UFC dates
 
--More on the Stephan Bonnar suspension
 
--Another UFC fighter talks retirement
 
--Notes on UFC video game
 
--Chael Sonnen building up his fight
 
--Notes on this season's Ultimate Fighter cast
 
--Eddie Alvarez contract update 
 
--Notes on  Bellator's first reality show and upcoming cards 
 
        New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
 
        Our most requested issues in our history are:
 
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
 
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
 
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
 
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
 
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
 
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
 
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
 
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
history)
 
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
 
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
 
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
 
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
 
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
 
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
 
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
 
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
 
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
 
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
 
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
 
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
 
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
 
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
 
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
 
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
 
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
 
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
 
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
 
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
 
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
 
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
 
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
 
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
 
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
 
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
 
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
 
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
 
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
 
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
 
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
 
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bigelow)
 
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
 
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
 
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
 
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
 
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
 
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
 
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
 
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
 
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
 
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
 
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
 
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
 
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
 
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
 
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
 
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
 
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North America or $5 overseas.
 
Rates are:
 
        For the United States, it is $12 for 4 issues, $29 for 12, $55 for 24, $91 for 40 and $118 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $13.50 for 4, $33 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 or 52.  In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   For the rest of the world, rates are $15.50 for 4, $41 for 12, $78 for 24, $126 for 40 issues and $163 for 52 .
 
        If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
 
        We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods.
 
        To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
 
Sunday's news update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight to cover TNA and New Japan PPV shows, as well as the latest news.  You can also send e-mail questions in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--We'll have more later, but the New Japan show is getting rave reviews as one of the best PPV shows of the year once again.  You can order it at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw
 
--The only title changes were jr. titles, as Kushida & Alex Shelley beat Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov to win the IWGP jr. tag titles, and Prince Devitt beat Low Ki to win the IWGP jr. title.  There is talk of Devitt vs. Low Ki vs. Kota Ibushi in a three-way at the Tokyo Dome on 1/4.
 
--It looks like the next PPV will be 12/2 from Nagoya with the finals of the tag team tournament.  Teams entered are:  Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan, Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue, Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson, Yuji Nagata & Masaaki Mochizuki (Dragon Gate), Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii, Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi, Minoru Suzuki & Kengo Mashimo, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman, MVP & Shelton Benjamin, Rush & Diamante Azul, Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka, Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi and Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
 
--WWE will be releasing information tomorrow regarding the WrestleMania advance, although it reportedly topped 45,000 tickets sold.  There were only  $600 and  $400 tickets left as of this writing.  However, there are a lot of seats still to be released so there will be more ticket on sale dates.   
 
--Regarding WWE announcing, Jim Ross is scheduled for Raw tomorrow.  At this point, Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler are the regular announcing team for Raw and Ross is not scheduled long-term.  That could change.  My feeling is Ross is there just because people would want to see a Ross/Lawler reunion plus three hours is a long time.  I think Ross will be announcing until they are confident in Lawler.
 
--Both WWE crews flew home yesterday from Europe straight to Columbus, OH for Raw tomorrow.  Very long trip.  Reports were that the house shows toward the end of the tour were dragging compared to early in the tour.  The shows in recent days have been pretty much identical with what they've been the entire tour    
 
--We are looking for someone who can regularly cover WWE Main Event for us on Wednesday nights.
 
--Tomorrow is the 19th anniversary of the birth of UFC and its first show (November 12, 1993 in Denver).  Ariel Helwani at mmafighting.com will have a show featuring these people discussing the birth:
Royce Gracie (the first show)
Me
Art Davie (one of the first owners)
Campbell McLaren (who promoted the first show)
Kathy Long (who announced the first show)
Rener and Ryron Gracie
Too bad Zane Bresloff (local promoter of the first event) still isn't alive.

--The last two weeks of Ultimate Fighter air from  9-11 p.m. tonight on Fuel.  They will replay yesterday's Rich Franklin vs Cung Le show at 11 p.m. Eastern tonight.
 
--Big Show will be the special guest on Thursday's NXT tapings in Winter Park, FL.
 
--WWE announced a 1/18 date in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Carlson Center for the Smackdown brand.  Alaska in January sounds like so much fun.  Like 22 hours of darkness.
 
--John Cena has been added to the advertising at the 11/20 Smackdown TV tapings in Grand Rapids.  That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be on the show that week.  Because Smackdown TV tapings have been drawing subpar for some time, they like to add Cena to help sell tickets and then put him on in a dark match.
 
--Linda McMahon has been getting just killed in the media.  She probably would be anyway but her last two weeks really killed her.  Republican Christopher Shays, who ran against her, said she should have spent half the money she did, and studied the issues ore.  She said he staff should have given her a briefing paper every two weeks on all the major issues, had her study it, and give her a pop quiz.  He said she was clueless about the issues and spent money in image thinking that was enough.  The thing is, that's the world she came from.
 
--On HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher made fun of McMahon as one of the worst political candidates of the past four years (thanks to Leonardo Mendez) 
 
POLL ON FRIDAY'S BELLATOR TV SHOW
Excellent 13.0%
Good 34.8%
Average 21.7%
Fair 8.7%
Poor 21.7%
        79.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON FRIDAY'S ULTIMATE FIGHTER TV SHOW
Excellent 6.1%
Good 36.4%
Average 18.2%
Fair 15.2%
Poor 24.2%
        70.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON GSP VS. CONDIT PRIME TIME II
Excellent 30.3%
Good 42.4%
Average 6.1%
Fair 3.0%
Poor 18.2%
        70.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
HOW DID YOU WATCH OR NOT WATCH UFC ON FUEL
Don't get Fuel, wouldn't have been interested in watching if I did 19.2%
Wanted to watch, don't have Fuel 18.8%
Watching via DVR on a delay 17.5%
Watched live 16.3%
Get Fuel, didn't watch, not interested in UFC 9.2%
Watching on Fuel during one of their repeat showings 6.3%
Don't get Fuel, wouldn't watch because didn't like the card 5.4%
Get Fuel, wouldn't watch because didn't like the card 3.8%
Get Fuel, wouldn't watch because I didn't see it live, won't watch a replay 3.8%
 
ARE YOU WATCHING TNA TURNING POINT?
No, not interested in TNA 45.4%
Watching via illegal stream 24.9%
Not interested in this specific TNA show 17.4%
Buying the PPV 9.9%
Watching at a friend's house 2.4%
 
--Here Comes the Boom actually moved up to No. 6 at the box office this weekend with an estimated $2.55 million, putting it at more than $39 million after five weeks.  The Man with the Iron Fists which features Cung Le and Dave Bautista, was No. 9 in week two, at an estimated $2.49 million and has done an estimated $12.7 million.
 
--Leonard Maltin's 2013 Movie Guide book features ratings for these movies featuring fighters or wrestlers
Rock of Ages (Kevin Nash) **
Haywire (Gina Carano) **1/2
Journey 2 The Mysterious Island (Dwayne Johnson) **1/2
Warrior (Kurt Angle) *** (thanks to James Stanios)   
 
--I don't know if this is accurate or not, but it's being reported that today is the 65th anniversary of Gorgeous George's first match on network television from the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
 
--Coveh Solaimani is looking for a Ric Flair ring worn robe and is willing to pay $15,000 for the right robe.  He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 804-316-8177  
 
--Rene Pacquette, using the same name, debuted on TV as the host of the WWE Experience TV show with Matt Striker over the weekend (thanks to Ian Hamilton)
 
--Viewers Choice Canada is airing free GSP fights all week.  Monday will have the third Matt Hughes fight and the second Matt Serra fight.  Tuesday will have the Jon Fitch fight and the second B.J. Penn fight.  Wednesday will have the Dan Hardy fight and Thursday will have the Jaek Shields fight.  They should have picked smarter fights if they're looking to push PPV.  They are also airing replays of the entire GSP vs. Josh Koscheck season of Ultimate Fighter, the countdown of the best 100 fights in UFC history, and All Access.
 
--The second GSP vs. Josh Koscheck fight is available for free on UFC on Demand and the second Matt Hughes fight is available for free on the UFC on XBox live app. (thanks to Eric Bonin)
 
--Pro Wrestling Eve from yesterday in Sudbury, England on iPPV:  April Davids & Kaori Yoneyama b Blossom Twins (from TNA's U.K. reality show), Viper & Bete Noire b Kasey & Leah Owens and Ayesha Ray & Rhia O'Reilly, Janey Brtianico b Shanna, Erin Angel b Fiona Froaser, Emi Sakura b Kay Lee Ray to win JWP openweight title, Blue Nikita b Kristy Love, Angelina Love b Carmel Jacob-DQ, Carmel Jacob & Sara-Marie Taylor b  Angelina Love & Erin Angel, Viper & Bete Noire b April Davids & Kaori Yoneyama, Nikki Storm b Alpha Female to win Pro Wrestling Eve title, Emi Sakura b Nikki Storm to win Pro Wrestling Eve title (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--There will be a Christmas Eve Vale Tudo Japan show at the Tokyo Yoyogi Gym with a battle between 90s star Rumina Sato vs. fan favorite Hideo Tokoro.  Rumina Sato, Rey Mysterio and Jushin Liger are three of the main reasons there was a 155 pound weight class in UFC starting about 11 years or so ago.
 
--APW on 12/8 from the APW Garage in Hayward features Jerry Lynn's last time in Northern California.  It may be his first time as well.  They always seem to run these shows on UFC nights.
 
--Dylan Hales, Dave Musgrave, Alan Counihan and Dean Knickerbocker talk Brad Armstrong at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/12658 
 
--11/17 in El Paso at Southwest University's Events Center has Dr. Wagner Jr. & Dr. Wagner III vs. Angel Blanco Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario plus Antifaz del Norte & Mil Mascaras & El Sicodelico Jr. vs. Head Hunter A & Ari Romero & Super Parka.  Just hope that nobody sends Mascaras this because he's known to call promoters who book him second from the top and tell them he's not coming.
 
--Pirata Morgan and Laredo Kid headline on 11/15 in Laredo, TX at Arena Galaxy.
 
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 105 fans:  Michael Steele b Convict, Chris Norte b Shawn Hoodrich, Big Time Sexy b TNT Mottley, Justin Grandberry b Zack Hartnell, Chrisjen Hayme b Jeremy Flynt, Damien Payne b Psycho Medic (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
 
--Eastern Wrestling Alliance from last night in Parkville, MD for Rage in a Cage with all matches in a cage:  Hijynx b Bamm Bamm Roberts, John Berg b Blood, Trent Farrell over Shawn Webber, TJay Sykes & Ken Andrews, Desert Storm b Zack Matthews, Christopher Cardier b Cole Calloway, Harm City Fight Club b Johnny Malloy & Adam Poe, Apollo Cruz d Wes Mercer (Hogan/Orndorff tie hitting the floor finish), Hellcats b Shaun Cannon & Chris Burns (thanks to Joe Burrows)
 
--There will be a Zero-One Fighting Spirit Challenge on 2/3 at Noon at the APW Garage.  Officials from Zero-One will be evaluating talent along with The Sheik.  They are looking for tag teams.  Entrance fee is $260.  For more info go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Tribute Championship Wrestling on 12/15 in Middletown, OH with Jimmy Jacobs, George South, Zach Gowen, Jake Manning and more at Pm 555 North Verity Parkway.
 
--CWE from Friday night in Thunder Bay, ONT:  Nate Hardy & Tommy Lee Curtis b A.J. Sanchez & Dylan Davis, Mentallo DCOR Danny Duggan, Carlito b Gangrel, Mat Fairlane b Tito Santana-DQ, Tommy Dreamer won three-way over Kevy Chevy and Robby Royce.
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on 11/17 in Porterdale, GA at  2001 Main Street.
 
--Lucha Xtreme from last night on Fresno TV:  A.J. Kirsch b Fernando Cunha, J.R. Kratos & Brian Tannen NC Suburban Commandos, Skitzy & Big Dogg b Al Azar & Elementro, INS  Legacy NC Suburban Commandos.  The show airs on KAIL-TV at 9 PM. on Saturday (Comcast 13, DirecTV 53)

Send us a news tip: newstips@wrestlingobserver.com

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news from this site or from our newsletters, please include a link to www.wrestlingobserver.com

For the most in-depth and detailed news and analysis on pro-wrestling and MMA, always turn to Wrestlingobserver.com/Figure Four Weekly Online, the #1 website of its kind on the Internet. Members receive online access to both the Wrestling Observer and Figure Four Weekly newsletters and growing archives, Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer three times per week, the popular Bryan and Vinny Show three times per week, additional radio shows including Figure Four Daily with Alvarez, Mike Coughlin's Five Star Radio, the Dr. Keith Lipinski Show, The Adam and Mike Big Audio Nightmare, Tough Talk and the Karl Stern Wrestling History Show, the infamous BOARD, and more! Members also have full access to the thousands of hours of audio in our radio show archives which date back to 2005. For your convenience, we offer secure online payments using your VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover card or PayPal account. Don't miss out on the fun, sign up now! Don't miss out on the fun, sign up now!

Want full access? QUICK AND EASY SIGN-UP, AS LOW AS $9.99 PER MONTH!