We're looking for reports on tonight's TNA house show in Johnson City, TN, (advertising A.J. Styles, Austin Aries, James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Madison Rayne, Bobby Roode, Miss Tessmacher, Rob Van Dam, Zema Ion, Devon, Mr. Anderson and Matt Morgan as appearing) and NXT tapings in Winter Park, FL (Big Show as the special guest) at
Rob Van Dam vs. Kid Kash for X title
Eric Young vs. Jessie
Kurt Angle & Garett Bischoff vs. Devon & a masked biker
Battle Royal for the No. 1 contender for the Knockouts title spot
James Storm vs. Bobby Roode - Winner gets a title shot at Jeff Hardy at Final Resolution
TNA continues its tour with shows on Friday night in Knoxville at the City Coliseum and Saturday night in Spartanburg at the Memorial Auditorium, which are both kind of legendary pro wrestling venues.
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.
We also have a new back issue from 1995 up on the site including full coverage of the first ever Nitro vs. Raw head-to-head, which show had the advantage where and attitude coming out of both shows. We also have notes of the building up of what was at that point in time the biggest grossing pro wrestling event in history.
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.
We've got comments by Vince McMahon from the quarterly investors conference, updated numbers on WrestleMania, expenses of the different divisions, what kind of increases WWE should be getting from television with all the new programming and lessons from WCW about programming but also how it is different now. We also look at the next major show contract coming due.
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.
Also in this week's issue:
--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
--Notes from the weekend TNA house shows
--A look at the next few weeks of TNA television
--Lineup for Saturday's UFC show
--Lots of new UFC dates announced and thoughts on the show
--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
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
*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)
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*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)
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*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)
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* 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)
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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..
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.
Thursday's news update
--There are local radio station giveaways for Survivor Series tickets in Indianapolis all week.
--The trailer for Nigel McGuinness' documentary is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBNLuRorKbE
It's really good. We'll be doing a lot more regarding this project as it comes closer to fruition.
--Matt Mitrione replaces the injured Shane Carwin against Roy Nelson on 12/15 in Las Vegas in the FX Ultimate Fighter finals. Story at
--Fuel TV has a series of specials on Bruce Lee tonight from 8-11 p.m.
--Weigh-ins for UFC 154 are at 4 p.m. Eastern time and we'll have them live on this web site as well as Fuel will be carrying them. The final episode of UFC Prime Time will air Friday night at 11 p.m. after Ultimate Fighter.
--As far as UFC 154 coverage goes, the weigh-ins will have Karyn Bryant host along with Dominick Cruz and Kenny Florian plus Ariel Helwani will be home in Montreal (that's where he grew up) doing interviews at the weigh-ins. Jay Glazer hosts Fuel's post-fight coverage at about 1 a.m. with Cruz, Florian and Helwani.
--A correction from yesterday when saying there were no San Juan or Bayamon shows on the next WWE tour in January of Puerto Rico. The 1/5 show is at the Jose Agrelot Coliseum in Hato Rey, which is the major San Juan arena. I saw it listed as in Hato Rey, as opposed to San Juan.
--Tickets for the UFC on FOX on 1/26 at the United Center in Chicago go on sale on 11/30 to the public, 11/28 to Fight Club members and 11/29 to newsletter subscribers. Tickets are $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $40 with Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson for the flyweight title as the main event, plus Rampage Jackson vs. Glover Teixeira, Donald Cerrone vs. Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas vs. Erik Koch, Clay Guida vs. Hatsu Hioki, Mike Russow vs. Shawn Jordan and Matt Wiman vs. T.J. Grant.
--Today would have been Randy Savage's 60th birthday.
--Today is also the 23rd anniversary of the Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk I Quit match from Troy, NY. At the time it was the second most-watched match ever on cable TV.
--The Raw after Royal Rumble will be on 1/28 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
--The draw for the brackets for the Glory 16 man tournament on New Year's Eve in Japan takes place in Tokyo on Tuesday. It will air live on GloryWorldSeries.com for free at 6 a.m. Eastern time and 3 a.m. Pacific time. The top eight seeds were announced, in this order, as Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Remy Bonjasky, Peter Aerts, Errol Zimmerman, Anderson Silva (not that one), and Sergey Kharitonov.
--Shine Wrestling has an iPPV tomorrow night from Ybor City, FL at www.WWNLive.com
headlined by Rain & Mercedes Martinez vs. Amazing Kong & Jazz. Daffney will be the live host of the show. Also appearing include Nikki Roxx (Roxxi in TNA), Ivelisse Velez (Tough Enough/NXT), Sojo Bolt (TNA), Su Yung (FCW) and others.
--Sabu vs. 2 Cold Scorpio headlines on 3/2 for the Hardcore Roadtrip promotion in London, ONT with a 2 p.m. show. They show also features a one-night tournament for the Hardcore Roadtrip championship with first round matches of Pitbull Gary Wolf vs. Jason Knight, CZW Anderson vs. Blue Meanie, Stevie Richards vs. Vito Lograsso and Axl Rotten vs. Angel of Da Baldies. They will have two shows that day, with the semifinals and finals of the tournament at 8 p.m. Also appearing include Sandman, Raven, Tod Gordon, Joel Gertner and Bill Alfonso.
--Kid Kash worked the OVW tapings last night beating Elvis Pridemore. Taryn Terrell also won the OVW women's title from Heidi Lovelace in a babyface match. The big program there is Crimson (as a heel) vs. Rob Terry (as the lead face) with The Wildcards, Raul Lamotta & Shiloh Jonze) taking out Terry's knee with a lead pipe.
--Mick Foley will guest host E Street Radio tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. Eastern time, playing a number of Springsteen songs and telling stories. (thanks to Barry Werner)
--On WWE Classics on Demand right now they have
NWA Clash of Champions from 6/14/89
Tuesday Night Titans 8/23/85
Antonio Inoki vs. Iron Sheik for NWF title from 12/17/79 in Madison Square Garden
Iron Sheik vs. Cesar Pabon from 2/10/79 AWA
Iron Sheik vs. Tito Santana for the WWE title 1/21/84 Philadelphia
Sting vs. Iron Sheik from WrestleWar 89
WCW on TBS 5/21/88
Ted DiBiase & IRS vs. Randy Savage & Ultimate Warrior 11/14/92 (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Tickets for the Raw taping in Washington, DC on 12/29 for the New Year's Eve Raw go on sale tomorrow with the precode of WWEPUNK
--Jimmy Snuka's autobiography was just released.
BEST OF THESE BIG SHOW MATCHES
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki 29.8%
C.M. Punk vs. John Cena Night of Champions 21.8%
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries ladder match 10.3%
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm Bound for Glory 9.2%
Big Show vs. Sheamus Hell in a Cell 7.7%
Kevin Steen vs. Michael Elgin Glory by Honor 7.4%
Davey Richards vs. Jay Lethal Glory By Honor 4.1%
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries Bound or Glory 3.3%
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Yujiro Takahashi 3.0%
Low Ki vs. Kota Ibushi 2.6%
Low Ki vs. Prince Devitt 0.7%
BEST OF THESE RECENT FIGHTS
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort 24.6%
Matt Wiman vs. Paul Sass 20.0%
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez 16.2%
T.J. Grant vs. Evan Dunham 13.1%
Takanori Gomi vs. Mac Danzig 7.7%
Jon Tuck vs. Tiequan Zhang 6.9%
Jimi Manuwa vs. Kyle Kingsbury 5.4%
Michael Johnson vs. Danny Castillo 3.8%
Diego Nunes vs. Bart Palaszewski 2.3%
BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS
Hulk Hogan 36.1%
Eddy Guerrero 29.4%
Stan Hansen 10.1%
Antonio Inoki 6.8%
Danny Hodge 6.8%
Verne Gagne 6.4%
George Hackenschmidt 3.9%
Curtis Iaukea 0.8%
BIGGEST SHOW THIS WEEKEND
UFC 154 69.5%
Survivor Series 30.5%
IF YOU DIDN'T BUY THE NEW JAPAN IPPV, WHY?
Won't buy an iPPV 25.1%
Not on TV, no familiarity with product 23.6%
Would buy, but bad time slot and don't want to watch on tape 17.3%
Language barrier 12.5%
No interest in New Japan Pro Wrestling 9.0%
Didn't like the card, will consider buying Tokyo Dome show 5.5%
If it's not WWE, can't be bothered watching it 1.8%
Didn't like the match quality 1.3%
--Does anyone have info on the presale code for the WWE show in Houston on 1/14?
--NWA Coastal on Bastille, NJ at the Elks Lodge on 11/17. Tickets are $10 and kids under five are free.
--A Wrestling for NOAH charity event takes place on 12/9 at 5 p.m. in Hamilton, ONT at 205 Cannon St. with live bands and wrestling.
--There are Targets that are selling the 3-DVD set Edge - A Decade of Decadence for $5, as well as the 3-disc Rock set for the same price. (thanks to Steven Grant)
--On Sunday between 2-3 p.m. at The Museum of Sydney as part of the Sydney (Australia) Stadium Exhibition, curator Matthew Holle will interview former pro wrestler Len Holt. Holt was a pro wrestler who worked numerous shows at the stadium, as well as did security and bodyguard work for stars who came to the stadium including The Beatles, The Monkees and Liza Minelli. He was a wrestling star in the 50s as the Australian jr. heavyweight champion and worked semifinals underneath Gorgeous George and Lou Thesz, and was a jobber for World Championship Wrestling when Jim Barnett was running. There are a lot of pro wrestling and Roller Derby artifacts when it was big in Australia in the 60s with Ralphie Valladares and Ann Calvello, at the exhibition. (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--MWF on 12/29 in Everett, MA at the Rec Center has Carlito and Boogeyman as headliners.
--BANG Wrestling on 11/24 in Ocala, FL at the Funkin Dojo features Wes Brisco and Dory Funk Jr. wrestling.
--Jake Bray at
is looking to sell his two $100 tickets to Survivor Series for $150 total. Seats are in Section 113.
--At the Roller Derby Hall of Fame ceremonies over the weekend in Philadelphia, Larry Lewis was the only one to accept his plaque live and make a speech. Judy Arnold (the biggest female star ever in Philadelphia) didn't skate because of a bad back and Skinnie Minnie Miller had a sore ankle. The only names from the 70s who skated were Dave Martinez, Ray Robles, Tony Trujillo as heels for the T-Birds and Little Richard Brown, Cindy Ogbin, Skip Schoen and Joe Vecchioine as faces for the Warriors. Gootch Gautieri, using his cane as a weapon, was the heel manager of the T-Birds while Judy Arnold was the coach for the Warriors. About 200-250 fans were there. Other names old-time fans may remember who attended were Pete Boyd, Lois Decker, Vickie Molesan, Jeffrey Hart, Lynn Congleton, Crytal Prioleau, announcer Steve Grossman, Debbie Dickerson and Spanish announcer Oscar Rosario.