WED. UPDATE: Hall of Fame show, Rousey vs Cyborg new chapter, Ultimate Figther new night?, Ratings, Watch ROH TV before it airs, Ross talks Lawler, 80s star health issue, Response to Lawler angle, Fighters at theaters this weekend for UFC 154



By Dave Meltzer
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        Impact is a taped show on Thursday night.
 
        Main Event tonight has:
Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes for tag titles
Santino Marella vs David Otunga
 
        UFC Prime Time will be replayed at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time tonight on Fuel. 
 
        We have several lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up on the web site today.  We look at the return of Jerry Lawler, including thoughts on how it was handled on television and why it is emblematic of everything WWE wants the public to think it isn't, and why they can't shake that reputation.  We also look at how viewers reacted to Raw, when they tuned out, when they tuned in and how it made a difference in ratings.  
 
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        We also have a look at the business of WrestleMania 29, some of the biggest early advances in company history, notes no tickets that are available, how much Met Life Stadium will hold, will they be able to claim the usual building record with markup and if so what legendary piece of WWE history does that threaten.
 
        We also have a major feature on WWE business, looking at every category, and some notes not talked anywhere else regarding profitability, costs, whether the PPV business really is stronger than in the past, updates on how every PPV show did so far this year, costs of producing Raw, a rough estimate of how much WWE is getting paid for the third hour and how many added PPV buys is that figure worth.  We also look at what looks to be the future direction of where WWE concentrates its business.  We also look at what categories are up and down.
 
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        We also look at how much cash WWE now has on hand, why the trends will change in the fourth quarter, what led to the third quarter increases, how much WWE has gotten in tax incentives, a major lawsuit settlement, how much income WWE has made from all different parts of the world broken down, comparisons of how PPV is doing when you take The Rock and Brock Lesnar out of the equation, merchandise sales, home video sales, video game sales, notes on how much talent is making in licensing money and what WWE movies actually made money at the end.  We also have every major aspect of WWE business and profit margins.
 
        We also have thoughts on the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame including several names people have talked about.  We've got more on what happened in the Linda McMahon campaign including what last second Hillary they tried to throw that didn't happen.  We've got notes on the Tribute to the Troops show for this year, notes on the WWE 13 video game sales and the troubles THQ is in and how that relates to WWE.  We also update WWE talks about a stadium show for next year in the U.K. and why it is so difficult to do a major PPV in he U.K.  We also have early notes on plans for WrestleMania 30, WWE announcing, Roddy Piper, Steve Austin's Redneck Island show, notes on several more new WWE signees, the types of people they are looking for, all the WWE business notes from the past week as well as highlights of the last week of European tour dates.
 
        We also look at the end of the Strikeforce promotion, the move of the top stars to UFC and thoughts on Rousey vs. Cyborg.
 
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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
 
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--Son of former WWF star now tag team champion in Mexico
 
--Title match main event announced for AAA's final big show of the year
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's Global League tournament with standings and all of the results of the past week
 
--Notes on the joint New Japan/CMLL shows schedule in January
 
--Ultimo Dragon's 25th anniversary show
 
--A city street being named after recently deceased pro wrestling star
 
--Notes on Dynamite Kid documentary
 
--Former WWE headliner pleads guilty to felony mortgage fraud charge
 
--Former WWE star puts up hair in big match against top overseas star
 
--Former WWE performer adjusts to life after wrestling with new job
 
--Dragon Gate USA champion vs. ROH champion match
 
--Jeff Hardy talks upcoming contract negotiations and where they stand
 
--Notes on TNA tapings in January and February
 
--Notes on TNA's U.K. tour
 
--Notes on Sting angle
 
--Update on Kenny King
 
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--Lineup for Saturday's UFC show
 
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--More on Overeem vs. Bigfoot fight
 
--UFC makes major international partnership and what foreign market they are likely next headed to
 
--Talk of Anderson Silva vs. GSP and Silva's talking about taking nearly a year off
 
--UFC star signs Nike deal
 
--Dan Henderson vs. Machida update
 
--Advance for the FOX show in Seattle
 
--UFC hacker gets sentenced
 
--UFC injury updates
 
--New UFC fights announced
 
--World Series of Fighting business notes
 
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Wednesday's news update
 
--We've got a great interview with Larry Matysik today on the site talking the greatest 50 wrestlers of all-time, the Hall of Fame balloting, as well as the Von Erichs, Jerry Lawler and much more.  For those into history, this one is really good.  Bryan and I will be back tonight with a news show as well as taking your e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--An injury to Cody Rhodes took place in the tag title match that airs tonight on Main Event.  We don't have an update on the injury, which was from a match taped last night in Cleveland.
 
--The Ronda Rousey/Cris Cyborg war of words continued with Cyborg sending out a statement this morning that her doctor told her that if she tried to cut to 135 pounds that it would affect her ability to have children later in life.  Rousey's manager, Darwin Harvey, responded by saying that she just found a doctor to say that and they could easily find a doctor to say there would be no problems in her getting to 135.  "We want that fight because it's a big money fight.  We want to fight Cyborg and I think  Ronda can beat her at any weight.  But I believe if she's not taking drugs, 135 pounds will be absolutely no problem. . . but my personal belief is she can lose the weight. She would just prefer an advantage to fight at 145 pounds."
 
--Thanks to everyone for your nice words over the last two days.  Just want to let you know I appreciate it
 
--According to an interview with Malki Kawa, the manager of Jon Jones, Ultimate Fighter will be airing on Wednesday nights on FX starting in January with the next season.

--USA Network was only No. 3 in cable again this past week with an average of 2.68 million viewers in prime time, trailing Fox News at 3.42 million and ESPN at 2.98 million.  FX was No. 14 with an average of 1.27 million viewers in prime time.  Syfy Was no. 16 with 1.16 million.  Spike didn't crack the top 25.  Due to election coverage, none of the three hours of Raw came even close to the top 25.  Aside from the NFL and NASCAR, the top 25 was coverage from Fox News, CNN and MS NBC of the election.    
 
--Glory Promotions has opened a corporate office in Tokyo and starting a new business called Glory Sports Japan KK.  They are producing a New Year's Eve show in Tokyo.
 
--Johnny Gargano vs. Jon Davis for the Open the Freedom Gate title takes place on the Evolve 18 show on 12/8 in Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone.  Also on the show is El Generico & Samuray del Sol vs. Super Smash Brothers.  Others appearing include Chuck Taylor, AR Fox, Masada, Sami Callihan, Rich Swann, Jigsaw, Tony Nese and Papadon. . 
 
--ROH has announced Early Bird Access to the next three episodes of ROH television.  For $1.99, you  can watch the TV shows that are scheduled for air date on 11/17, 11/24 and 12/1.  That's shows with Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs vs. B.C. Whitmer & Rhett Titus, Davey Richards vs. Michael Elgin and Headbangers vs. Briscoes.  Each episode costs $1.99, with 15% off if you are a Ringside Club member.  The shows are at http://www.rohwrestling.com/ippv
 
--Jim Ross talks being at Raw on Monday at http://www.jrsbarbq.com  He pretty much says he's done with announcing for the time being.
 
--WWE is running 1/4 to 1/6 in Puerto Rico with the big show on the third night at the Auditorium in Ponce.  Interesting no shows in San Juan or Bayamon.  1/6 is Three Kings Day, a major holiday there and traditionally the local promotions run big shows on that day near San Juan.
 
--The new Mistico in Mexico suffered a shoulder injury on Monday night in Puebla landing wrong on a shooting star press.  He's been pulled from some dates. (thanks to Kris Zellner & Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--According to his wife on Facebook, 80s star Black Bart (Ricky Jones/Rick Harris) is undergoing surgery this week to remove his gall bladder. (thanks to Brian Hoops) 
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Ric Flair 73.3%
Terry Funk 14.0%
Ted DiBiase 4.3%
Ultimo Dragon 2.9%
Abdullah the Butcher 1.7%
The Destroyer 1.4%
Crusher 1.2%
Dory Funk Jr. 1.2%
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HOW WWE HANDLED THE JERRY LAWLER RETURN?
Bad all around 20.2%
They marred the great with the tacky 18.5%
One part great, the rest tacky 16.3%
Punk/Heyman thing was fine, clip of him being worked on was tacky 15.0%
Didn't care about it 9.6%
Great all around 9.1%
Punk/Heyman thing would be okay if it's building up a match, since it's not it's even worse 6.3%
Clips were fine, Punk/Heyman thing was tacky 5.0%
 
BEST MATCH ON RAW MONDAY
8 man tag 50.9%
John Cena vs. CM Punk 28.0%
Randy Orton & Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio 10.6%
Kane & Miz vs. Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes 10.6%
 
BEST PERFORMER ON RAW
Jerry Lawler 33.8%
C.M. Punk 28.5%
Daniel Bryan 11.0%
Mick Foley 7.5%
A.J. Lee 5.3%
Miz 4.8%
Ryback 3.8%
Paul Heyman 2.3%
Rey Mysterio 2.0%
John Cena 0.5%
Vickie Guerrero 0.5%
Jim Ross 0.3%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 7.6%
Good 26.2%
Average 19.3%
Fair 11.6%
Poor 35.3%
        14.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--There will be fighters doing autograph signings and meet and greets at many of the theaters that are doing the closed-circuit for GSP vs. Carlos Condit on Saturday night.  In California, Lavar Johnson will be in Fresno at Stadium 21, Cub Swanson will be in Rancho Mirage at the Century Theaters, Daniel Cormier will be at the Oakridge Theaters in San Jose and Myles Jury at the Marcos 18 Theaters in San Marcos. 
 
--Nam Phan replaces the injured Eddie Yagin on the 12/8 show in Seattle.  Phan faces Dennis Siver on the Fuel coverage of the show where the main events are on FOX.
 
--Tom DeBlass, who lost to Riki Fukuda in the opener on Saturday's show in Macau, announced his retirement today on his facebook page.  He said he's going to concentrate on family and his gym and helping his students.  
 
--OMEGA Wrestling returns on 1/15 in Durham, NC at the Northern Durham High School as a benefit event for former pro wrestler Chuck Coates who is battling Hodgkin's Disease.  The Hardy Boys will both be appearing on the show, as will Shane Helms, Christian York, Gunner, and CZW Anderson.
 
--CHIKARA in New York City on Sunday afternoon at the Highline Ballroom featuring former WWF tag champs Marty Jannetty & 1-2-3 Kid vs. Romeo Resell & Antonio Thomas, the former Heartbreakers and Heartthrobs.
 
--In Your Face Wrestling has a show and convention on 3/16 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Ballston Area Community Center.  For information for vendors or fans write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   
 
--Empire Wrestling Federation on Saturday night in San Bernardino, CA at the Sports Academy Fight Club.
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 11/23 in Cleveland at Turner's Hall is headlined by Johnny Gargano vs. Michael Elgin.  
 
--NWA Florida Underground Wrestling on 11/17 in St. Petersburg has Michael Tarver, Dark City Fight Club plus a main event of Amazing Kong (Kharma) & Jazz vs. Allysin Kay & Taylor Made..    
 
--Kong & Jazz are forming a tag team called Rhythm & Bruise.
 
--Extreme Fighting Championship on 11/24 in Parsippany, NJ at the Police Athletic League Hall.  The show is almost sold out.
 
--Jonny Fairplay will appear on the 11/24 show at the Kewadin Casinos in Michigan.
 
--Big Time Wrestling on Saturday night in Alviso CA at the Youth Center headlined by Chris Masters.
 
--With Tokyo Monster Kahagas winning the NWA heavyweight title, the National title, formerly held by Kahagas, has been vacated.  An announcement will be made regarding filling the National title vacancy.
 
--KnokXperience Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Sun Valley, CA at the Domain at 6 p.m. has a show headlined by Rikishi and Black Pearl called Thanksgiving Turmoil.
 
--This week's Super Fight League show airing live at www.YouTube.com/SFL is headlined by Baz Muhammad Mobarez of Afghanistan against Amr Wahman of Egypt and two middleweights from India, Satendar Bankura vs. Rajbir Singh.  The show airs 10:30 a.m. Eastern time and 7:30 a.m. Pacific time on Friday live from India.  
 
--Hardcore Roadtrip on 3/2 in London, ONT at the Ukrainian Center is an ECW reunion show with Sandman, Stevie Richards, C.W. Anderson, Blue Meanie, Axl Rotten, Vito Lograsso, Angel of Da Baldies, Jason Knight, Pitbull Gary Wolfe, Raven, Tod Gordon, Missy Hyatt and Bill Alfonso.
 
--Mecca  Pro Wrestling on 12/1 in Cornwall, ONT at Vu Night Spot 
 
--New England Fights on Saturday night in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.  The promotion has averaged 3,000 fans per show using local fighters.
 
--Progress Wrestling on 11/25 in North London, U.K. at the Boston Dome with El Ligero vs. Nathan Cruz as the headliner.
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 3,250 fans:  Akron & Siki Osama Jr. b Black Tiger & Blue Center, Dalis la Caribena & Lady Afrodita & Marcela b Mima Shimoda & Vaquerita & Zeuxis, Escandalo b Metatron, El Hijo del Fantasma & Sagrado & Triton b Misterioso Jr. & Namajague & Okumura, Maximo & Rush & La Sombra b El Terrible & Tama Tonga & Tiger-DQ, Mephisto b Mistico   
 
--Baja Stars Wrestling on Saturday night in Tijuana at the Auditorio has Atlantis & Negro Casas vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr. as the main event.
 
--Lucha Libre Dallas on Sunday in Grand Prairie, TX with Brazo de Plata & Tinieblas Jr. vs. El Hijo del Solitario & Pirata Morgan.
 
--Promociones Salinas tomorrow night in Laredo features Pirata Morgan.
 
--R&D Promotions on Friday night in Brownsville, TX has Axel & Huracan Ramirez vs. Mr. Aguila & Lizmark Jr.   
 
--The World Series of Grappling on Saturday in Las Vegas at the Sports Center at 121 E. Sunset Rd is a $10,000 submission grappling tournament being filmed for Fight Now TV.  More tan 600 competitors are expected.

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