TUESDAY UPDATE: More from Raw, Punk talks Lawler again, Kharma back, Jarrett talks Raw angle, Impact spoiler correction, new UFC Nike deal, tons more
By Bryan Alvarez |
We're looking for your thoughts on Sunday night's TNA Turning Point Show as well as Sunday'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 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 tonight 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 tonight in Orlando for the Thanksgiving shows. We're looking for reports on both of these shows.
Today's News, Notes and Links
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.
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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
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-- Jerry Jarrett on the Lawler angle from last night: "I watched WWE last night. Jerry Lawler was returning after surviving a life threatening heart attack. I sat watching the television with a feeling of pride that they were honoring the return of such a great wrestler. I sat thinking, "now this is real class". Just when I was appreciating the class WWE was showing, it ended suddendly with a juvenile cheap heat angle. I turned the television off and starting thinking about Linda McMahon's hard work and great expense running for the Senate. It is exactly this kind of programming that prevented her from becoming a Senator. Wrestling should have some limits and boundaries. If you offend great portions of the audience, it is a bad angle."
-- Punk is all over Twitter with heart attack jokes.
-- In an update from last night, apparently some viewers filled in their own blanks on the Impact spoilers. At this point Daniels vs. AJ is NOT planned for the Thanksgiving episode.
-- Junior Dos Santos signed an endorsement deal with Nike Brazil.
-- UFC in China Saturday did 88,000 viewers for the live airing, which is actually not bad considering the early morning time slot. The evening replay, in this week's live vs. taped doesn't matter debate point, did 143,000 viewers. Bellator dropped quite a bit to 148,000 viewers. TUF did 921,000, not a bad number of late. Dave has a story on the ratings here.
-- Anthony Perosh is off UFC on FX 6 after breaking his toe. Although some of you will read that and think a broken toe is no big deal, there is a picture of said toe available on the Internet, and, like an idiot, I clicked on it. This is a decision I deeply regret. Perosh's replacement against Joey Beltran will be Igor Pokrajac.
-- Eddie Yagin is off UFC on FOX 5 after being hospitalized with a brain injury suffered during sparring. His manager said it wasn't one specific shot, he just started to feel bad, began vomiting, and checked himself into the hospital. Doctors don't believe surgery will be necessary.
-- Michael Bisping said that if Anderson Silva is really going to take a year off, he wants a match for an interim 185-pound title in the meantime. Let's not get too excited until after next Saturday.
-- A trailer for The Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts. Jake is living with DDP and doing his yoga in an attempt to lose weight, get healthy and enjoy life. He's already lost over 20 pounds. It's a hell of a trailer.
-- Check out this fabulous Chael Sonnen infographic.
-- AJ Styles has signed to do his autobiography. Hopefully he doesn't finish writing it until after Bound for Glory 2013.
-- Amazing Kong, formerly Kharma in WWE, will have her first match back this Friday at the SHINE 5 live iPPV at WWNLive.com. It'll be Kong & Jazz vs. Mercedes Martinez & Rain. Jazz vs. Martinez is a feud that has been running through the SHINE series. There is a video introducing Kong here.
-- In 3 weeks, Chikara delivers their 11th season finale, "Under the Hood," at the Trocadero Theatre and live on iPPV! Thanks to their pals Smart Mark Video, you can watch it live on IPPV via SMVod.com and if you order it tonight only you can save! Until tomorrow morning, you can order the iPPV for just $14.99, a price that includes UNLIMITED Video on Demand access following the event. Order "Under the Hood" here.
-- This Saturday, SoCal Pro Wrestling in Oceanside, CA, at the Boys & Girls Club, 401 Country Club WayOceanside, CA. Tickets may be purchased at the door starting at 6pm. This Sunday, international star Drake Younger will be facing one of NorCal's best, Timothy Thatcher, for Supreme Pro Wrestling in Sacramento. 6200 McMahon Drive. Doors are at 4:30, show begins at 5.
-- On this week’s UFC TONIGHT: we hear from Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and Interim Champion Carlos Condit as they get ready for their UFC 154 Title Fight on Saturday. And we’ll let you know why UFC President Dana White missed the UFC's first trip to China – UFC ON FUEL TV 6 - last weekend. UFC TONIGHT will also reveal the location and dates for three upcoming fights. Plus, a who's who of training partners have joined BJ Penn for his upcoming fight against Rory MacDonald at UFC ON FOX 5. Find out who on the show. All that and a whole lot more.
-- November 23 at Turners Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Absolute Intense Wrestling presents Hell On Earth 8, and for the first time ever, it's Johnny Gargano vs. Michael Elgin.
UFC IN CHINA, TNA TURNING POINT AND NEW JAPAN POWER STRUGGLE: HOW MANY DID YOU WATCH?
WHAT WAS THE BEST SHOW?
New Japan 48.5%
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE AS THE WRESTLEMANIA MAIN EVENT?
Punk vs. Rock 31.4%
Undertaker vs. Lesnar 25.3%
Lesnar vs. Rock 10.7%
Cena vs. Undertaker 8.7%
Lesnar vs. Punk 8.5%
Undertaker vs. Rock 5.9%
Cena vs. Rock 5.1%
Undertaker vs. Punk 4.4%
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Chris Benoit 34.6%
Andre the Giant 24.7%
Jack Brisco 13.5%
Bruiser Brody 12.6%
Bob Backlund 6.1%
Fred Blassie 3.9%
Dick the Bruiser 2.8%
Bobo Brazil 1.7%
-- GOUGE returns to Rebus Works 301-2 Kinsey St in Raleigh this Saturday at 1 PM for another Food Truck rodeo.
-- ROH returns to Baltimore & The Du Burns Arena on January 5th, 2013 for their first event of the new year and first TV taping of '13. Tickets are on-sale here in the ROH Store.
-- This fella tattooed the Romney logo on his face. Romney then lost. He cites his day job as a pro wrestler and notes he's bummed. (Thanks to Terry)
-- Here's a story on Chavo Guerrero Jr.
-- Booker T puts over Fit Finlay as essential.
-- Check out Over the Top Radio with Lance Storm.
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