We're looking for your thoughts on last night's TNA Turning Point Show as well as yesterday's New Japan Power Struggle PPV and Saturday'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
We're looking for live reports from Columbus, OH today from Raw, with Superstars matches, dark matches, attendance and anything else that wouldn't be evident from watching the live TV show. Besides the return of Jerry Lawler, tonight's show has John Cena vs. C.M. Punk plus Ryback vs. Brad Maddox and if Maddox wins, he gets $1 million. It's the Raw go-home show for Survivor Series so they will likely add a match or two.
We're also looking for reports on tonight's Impact tapings in Orlando, including some sort of a match to determine who faces Tara for the championship.
We're also looking for reports on the WWE shows from Saturday in Minehead, England, Lisbon Portugal, Friday's show in Cardiff, Wales and Friday's TNA show in Windsor, ONT at
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.
TNA will also be taping TV tomorrow in Orlando for the Thanksgiving shows. We're looking for reports on both of these shows.
Fuel tonight has part one of UFC Prime Time at 8 p.m., Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit at 8:30 p.m., Inside Tristar Gym at 9:30 p.m. and UFC welterweight round table at 10:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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*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
*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)
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*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
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*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)
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*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)
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*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)
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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.
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Monday's news update
--Before starting the news, since it is Veterans Day, I'd like to pay tribute to all veterans of not just the U.S. Military, but those in foreign countries as well who are reading this and thank you for your sacrifices, as well as all those reading who lost loved ones in military actions.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer radio. We'll be talking Raw, as well as Impact tapings, the New Japan show and other news. We'll be taking e-mails as well, but for today, to be topical, limit the e-mails to current Raw & TNA, the New Japan show, and the early days of UFC to
We'll be doing one or two Hall of Fame shows later this week so any e-mails on the Hall of Fame should wait for those shows..
--WrestleMania 29 sold 52,029 tickets on the first day or sales, breaking the 2002 first-day record for total sales of 51,620. The gate has already topped $10 million, making it the biggest pro wrestling gate in history. There have been WrestleManias in stadiums that could have sold more but they only did 35-40,000 on sale the first day and sold them out instantly. There are still tickets available and more to be released in the months to come.
--WWE announced that Kid Rock, The Muppets, Michelle Beadle of NBC Sports and Access Hollywood, and Flo Rida would all be appearing on their Tribute to the Troops special that airs on 12/19 on USA and 12/22 on NBC. they are pushing it as the 10th annual event. Vince McMahon, Eve Torres, Layla and The Miz will be traveling overseas and clips of them meeting with military personnel will appear on the show.
--Anderson Silva did an interview in Tatame magazine in Brazil saying that he's not going to call out GSP if GSP wins Saturday in Montreal. That could be a swerve. He also said that he's not looking at fighting again until late 2013, but that also could be posturing since UFC's 2013 plans involve one or possibly two gigantic Silva fights.
--Today is the 19th anniversary of the first UFC show held on November 12, 1993, in Denver. Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour today had some of the people at the first show including Royce Gracie, Art Davie, Kathy Long (announcer) and myself talking about memories of that.
--Regarding plans, at least as of late last week, Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Titus O'Neil and Darren Young were to be on Survivor Series, perhaps against each other, and perhaps in a match involving other people. Most likely something will be made clear on tonight's show either if this is happening or not.
--Cosmo the God, a 15-year-old who gained some notoriety for hacking the UFC's web site, as well as credit card fraud, arrested by the FBI several months back, was sentenced this week in Long Beach. The district attorneys office wouldn't comment on the case due to him being under age. He claimed he was put on probation until he turns 21 and until he is 21 he can't use the Internet without consent from his parole officer, nor can he use it without supervision, nor for any reasons other than education. He had to had over all his account logins and passwords and disclose in writing all devices he has access to that have the ability to connect with a network. He is also not allowed any contact with anyone with or even anyone with any association with the UG Nazi and Anonymous (two other hackers who took credit for taking down the UFC site briefly). He had to forfeit all his computers as well as a number of other items raided in his home. Any violations will result in three years in prison.
--UFC is planning a show on 2/23 in Anaheim at the Honda Center, likely the second PPV of the year.
--The first Raw of the year on 1/7 at the Tampa Bay Forum has a presale tomorrow at Ticketmaster with the pass code WWEVIP.
--Besides Survivor Series and UFC 154, there is an iPPV on Saturday night from the Extreme Rising promotion in Monaca, PA with Shane Douglas vs. Matt Hardy, Sabu vs. Devon Storm, Jerry Lynn vs. Homicide, FBI vs. BLK Out, Bestia 666 vs. Pesadilla, Perry Saturn vs. Luke Hawx and Stevie Richards vs. Papadon plus Raven, Rhino, Sandman, New Jack, Blue Meanie, Balls Mahoney and Joel Gertner.
--UFC Roundtable at 10:30 p.m. tonight on Fuel with Jay Glazer talking to Georges St-Pierre, B.J. Penn, Matt Serra and Renzo Gracie.
--USA Today will be doing a four-page UFC section in Friday's paper.
--The Barbara Blank (formerly Kelly Kelly) calendar which was something WWE had issues with her doing before they agreed to go their separate ways is now on her web site at http://www.barbarablank.com/store
--Matt Hardy vs. Adam Cole was announced by ROH for Final Battle on 12/16 in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom. We had reported that much some time back but today the company sent out a release making it official. The TV title will not be at stake. The original idea was a title match.
--47 years ago today in Denver, Mad Dog Vachon beat The Crusher to win the AWA world title for the fourth time (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Theresa Sareo Alive Again has its official New York premiere on 11/16 at the Marble Collegiate Church at 5th Ave. and West 29th St. in Manhattan. Evan Ginzburg, who started doing wrestling newsletters and was heavily involved in the movie The Wrestler is behind this documentary. It's about a singer and songwriter whose life was changed when an accident cause her to lose her right leg. Lanny Poffo is in the movie. Screening is at 6 p.m. with Sareo and Evan Ginzberg doing a Q&A live after the film.
--Smash Wrestling in Toronto on 1/6 announced Kevin Steen vs. Johnny Gargano as the main event in what right now would match the ROH champion against the Dragon Gate USA champion. The show is at The eZone.
POLL ON THE ROH TV SHOW
66.4% of those responding didn't see the show. This was the show featuring Adam Cole vs. Eddie Edwards from the Mississauga iPPV.
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
UFC from Macau 9.0%
UFC Prime Time: GSP vs. Condit 6.8%
Ultimate Fighter 5.1%
MMA Live 1.7%
UFC Tonight 0.6%
MMA Uncensored 0.6%
WHAT FIGHT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
Silva vs. Jones 36.1%
Silva vs. St-Pierre 26.0%
Rousey vs. Cyborg 19.4%
GSP vs. Diaz 6.6%
Dos Santos vs. Overeem 4.4%
GSP vs. Condit 1.9%
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 1.9%
Velasquez vs. Overeem 1.6%
Edgar vs. Aldo 1.4%
Silva vs. Weidman 0.5%
Cruz vs. Barao 0.3%
--CZW Night of Infamy from Saturday night in Voorhees, NJ before 300 fans: Pepper Parks over Dustin Rayze and Latin Dragon, Kimber Lee b Greg Excellent, Danny Havoc b Alex Colon, Azreal & Bandido Jr. b Blk Out and Toby Klein & Human Tornado, Matt Tremont & New Jack b Ron Mathis & Joe Gacy, A.R. Fox won over Lucky 13, Rich Swann and Shane Strickland to keep his TV title, Dave & Jake Crist b Mark & Jay Briscoe, Masada b Davey Richards to keep the CZW title. Sami Callihan did an interview and claimed he was going to take a crap in the middle of the ring. Adam Cole stopped him from doing so. Thank God for that. They brawled until being broken up so they're likely meeting at the next show (thanks to Tom Richards and Nate Stein)
--Earlier in the day they did a Brain Damage benefit show in the same building: A.R. Fox b Adam Cole, Jake & Dave Crist b Ron Mathis & Joe Gacy, Sami Callihan b Matt Tremont, Masada b Rich Swann, Toby Klein b Danny Havoc
--Anarchy Wrestling from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 110 fans: Aaron Epic b Eddie Graves, Shadow Jackson & Nemesis b Eli Evans & Ethan Case, Bo Newsome b Billy Buck, Brodie Chase & Billy Buck & Stryknyn b Shaun Tempers & Jacoby Boykins & Bo Newsome, Andrew Pendleton III & Brandon Parker b Najasism & Joey Rhymer, Anthony Henry b Bobby Moore, Tommy Penerelli & C.B. Suave b Kameron Kade & Kaiden Knight, Jerry Palmer b Mikael Judas in a cage match. They did a ten bell salute to Brad Armstrong. Bill Behrens said that Armstrong had the most perfect dropkick in the history of pro wrestling and he was the best wrestler in a family where everyone could go. He said he regretted that Armstrong never wrestled in Cornelia. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Christian Wrestling Federation on Saturday night in St. Petersburg, FL for a free show at the Tree of Life Church.
--Thanksgiving Throwdown in Lima, OH at the Civic Center.
--Lachadora 4 from Sunday in Durham, NC: Norwegian Nightmare b La Granada, Kid Vega b Vengadora, Seoul Crusher b Makara, La Guerrera b Abandonadea, Juicy Buns b Scrambler
--Revolutionary Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Jackson, OH at the YMCA with a War Games.