We're also looking for reports on Sunday's Wrestlecade show in Winston-Salem, NC.
Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped tonight in Bossier City, LA. John Cena vs. Damien Sandow will be the main event on this coming week's Main Event show.
Coverage of where WWE and UFC are going after the big weekend shows are the headline stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at WWE plans, both announced and in the planning stages, following up Survivor Series. We look at the background of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, where they came from and their respective strengths and weaknesses.
We look at the Survivor Series booking, who were the standouts, why booking of one performer has changed greatly, the card for the TLC PPV, plus a rundown of the show with poll results and star ratings.
We also look at UFC in 2013, with a look at every division, including the women. We look at the top contenders, which divisions have depth, which are lacking, as well as a look at the Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva proposed fight as well as Silva vs. Jon Jones, and how that affects both weight divisions. We look at the questions regarding championship fights vs. big money fights.
We look at the contenders who have a shot at being stars, and those who deserve shots but maybe don't have that, as well as who can make themselves stars coming up or bring their careers back. We look at the weak divisions, as well as the questions regarding women being put in PPV main events. We also look at the status of Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg and why most feel Cyborg will inevitably fight her. We also look at the idea of Rousey as a coach on Ultimate Fighter.
We also look at the return of St-Pierre, questions answered and others not by his performance. We look at the Patrick Cote vs Alessio Sakara controversy, as well as one of the most disagreed with decisions in a long time. We also look at the business results of UFC 154, including not selling out in Montreal and why, the value of prim time, and thoughts on PPV and closed circuit numbers.
We also have match-by-match rundowns from the show.
We also update the MMA television landscape for 2013 when it comes to the games being played by FX and Spike, why nobody will confirm dates for January, a well as what is and isn't booked already.
We also look at a major project on the books for WWE next year. Steve Austin talks about Austin vs. Hogan and who he thinks should be in he Half of Fame. Edge talks why women in WWE leave so often. We also look at why Miz turned face, who is booking house shows nowadays, who is able to get away with more, the story behind the Sammartino Hall of Fame reference, Linda McMahon gets more pub after her campaign and another match planned for Mania. We also look at new names for WWE trained wrestlers and who they are, as well as more on WWE scouting, details of the last NXT tapings, and who people are highest on in developmental. We also look at the developmental cuts and delayed viewership of Raw.
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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
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.
-- Cena on Twitter today regarding the AJ angle: Many mixed opinions of a kiss last night. My apologies, my emotions got the best of me and 1moment overshadowed a gr8 match. Never again. ... @WWE my focus is where it should be @HEELZiggler and then the WWE championship ... I will do my best to keep my personal life...personal.
-- Daniel Bryan also tweeted this: Hmmm... I smell corruption! "This week: #WWEBryan 585 - 408 #WWEKane http://hashtagbattle.com/#battle/w/%23WWEBryan/%23WWEKane … via @hashtagbattle. In fact, it was corrupt, as has been much of the supposed Twitter voting of late. Funny that someone in WWE would go public with it.
-- Official for TLC after last night: CM Punk vs. Ryback in a TLC match, which sounds like a scary prospect for a number of reasons; Big Show vs. Sheamus in a CHAIRS MATCH; and Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett for the IC Title.
-- On today's UFC on FOX conference call, Eric Shanks of FOX said they are trying to convince Dana to move the Super Bowl show in 2014 to New Jersey the night before the Super Bowl on FOX in New Jersey.
-- Miz will be a guest host on Extra this Thursday. Hopefully he's more of a babyface than he was on MizTV on Friday.
-- Former WEC ring announcer Joe Martinez, who was excellent, will be doing ring announcing duties for UFC on FX 6 on December 15th at Bruce Buffer will be busy in the US with another UFC show that same weekend. This has been a long-time dream for Martinez.
-- Interview here with Dong Hyun Kim claiming 90% of fighters are on PEDs. Think that's a little high.
-- Luke Hawx, Byron Wilcott and Matt Lancy were among the security guards on Raw last night.
-- Alessio Sakara re-signed with UFC despite being on a three-fight losing streak. His last loss was the DQ to Patrick Cote at UFC 154 in a fight he'd have clearly won if he'd avoided repeated blows to the back of Cote's head.
-- Smackdown this week did 2.6 million viewers, down slightly from the week prior. Impact was also only slightly down to 1.2 million viewers, and given the show aired on Thanksgiving night, that's a very good number.
-- The Daily Mirror is reporting that UFC on FUEL 7 will air from the Wembley Arena on February 16th. Well, they were reporting, the report has since been pulled. Others have confirmed that date through UFC.
-- For Brutal Bob Evans' Iron Week (Iron Man Matches every day for seven days), so far he lost to Bob 12-11 in a match that actually went 70 minutes because the timekeeper screwed up, went to a draw with Todd Sople 13-13, and tonight faces Julian Starr. Bob is on the show soon to talk about the fallout and stories from the crazy week.
-- ROH has a Tuesday Rollout Sale featuring CM Punk here.
-- Although Samuray Del Sol was dubbed Octagon Jr. in AAA last week, he'll still be working as Samuray for all of his US dates.
-- The Shield interview from last night's Raw:
-- Latest Raw Backstage Fallout from last night:
-- Jerry Lawler on Superstar Toys:
-- Preview of WWE '13 Downloadable Characters release:
-- Teaser for Rashad Evans on special UFC Tonight episode:
-- Latest TCW TV show with some of the best production values in the country:
-- Trina Michaels is taking wrestling bookings, and this is her demo reel:
-- FSW High Octane Wrestling featuring the Young Bucks:
-- - Edge is scheduled to be on Wrestle Talk on Challenge TV in the United Kingdom on Sunday at 11 PM after Impact Wrestling. Thanks to Terri Bey.
-- KnokXperience presents X-MAS REUNION Saturday, December 15th at 6PM The Domain 11108 Tuxford St. Sun Valley, CA 91352 Tickets: $10 at the door
-- Preview for tonight: On this week’s UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL EDITION: RASHAD EVANS FIGHTER’S CUT, FUEL TV gets intimate with former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans as he watches two of his most memorable fights and explains his actions and thoughts during the bouts. Starting with his UFC 88 upset against Chuck Liddell and then going into his UFC 92 title fight victory over Forrest Griffin, Evans discusses his feelings going into the Octagon, and then breaks down his approach and reactions to each battle he faced. Along the way, his explanations go from serious to humorous to awe struck as he overcomes the odds in one fight and fulfills his promise in the other. In his UFC 88 bout, he reveals that he forgot vital equipment before the fight: “I couldn’t wait to get in the cage. I was so excited about the fight, I even forgot my cup. I had to use Nate Marquardt’s dirty cup. He had just fought the fight before mine. It was all wet and stinky, but I had to wear it. I had no choice.” From there, Rashad explains his nipple tweak, breaks down the fight, his changing strategy, and his reaction to knocking out Liddell. “I had no idea how big it was at the time. It took me to get to the locker room to go, ‘Wow, did that just really happen? I just knocked out Chuck Liddell and I knocked him out bad.’ It’s a moment that when I get in a bad situation, I look back at it because that signifies me overcoming big, tremendous odds and I did it and I knew I could do it again.” Evans wraps with what winning the championship belt felt like at UFC 92: “It did not sink in that I won the belt. It just felt like I won another fight, and it felt good. But when Dana put that strap on me, I looked at myself on the screen and I said to myself, ‘Wow, I’m the champion. I’m the best in the world.’ When I’m done with my career, this is the victory I’m going to remember. This was a really great moment.”
-- This weekend: Canada’s Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, will be broadcasting BAMMA 11 live from Birmingham, U.K. this Saturday, December 1, at 4 p.m. ET. Fight Network’s live broadcast of BAMMA 11, emanating from Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena, is headlined by Jack “The Hammer” Marshman vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam in a middleweight showdown.
-- The real link for Ed's Black Friday show with Peachmachine is here.
-- UNWRAPPED, NECW's final event of 2012 on Friday night, December 7 at the Millerville Men's Club, 8 Lloyd St, Blackstone, MA with an 8 PM bell time.
-- MASKED REPUBLIC ANNOUNCES 2013 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES – WORLDWIDE. Opportunities exist for both in-person (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) and remote (various cities worldwide) internships for 2013. Resumes are being accepted now through December 21st. Opportunities exist in a number of areas including television production, post-production, and PR/marketing. Info here.
-- ECWA Pro Wrestling TOYS for TOTS, THIS Sat, Dec 1st in Newark, Delaware. East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! ECWA TOYS FOR TOTS Sat, December 1, 2012 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702 (302) 836-6464
IF YOU BUY UFC PPV SHOWS, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING PURCHASING A SHOW HEADLINED BY RONDA ROUSEY?
Based on this, of people who buy almost every or most shows
Of people who buy all or almost all UFC shows
64.3% will buy any show with Rousey on top
14.3% will decide based on the undercard
21.4% will not buy the show
Of those who only buy major shows
39.2% will see her fighting anyone as a major show and buy it
37.3% would consider based on undercard
23.5% would not buy a show headlined by her
Of those who buy 6-10 shows per year
63.6% will buy
27.3% will decide based on undercard
9.1% will not buy
However, this poll also indicates she's bringing an additional 30.3% of people who rarely buy UFC PPV shows to the table.
Overall, of people who have purchased a UFC event in the past
70.1% said they will buy a show headlined by her
16.2% said it would depend on the undercard
13.6% said they would not buy
If her fight was with Cyborg the percentages change
75.0% said they will buy that fight
13.6% said it would depend on the undercard
11.4% would not
DO YOU AGREE WITH THE MOVE THAT BELLATOR CHAMPIONS LOSING THE TITLE SHOULD GET AN IMMEDIATE REMATCH?
Yes if the fight is competitive and it warrants it 78.2%
Yes, every champion should get a rematch 11.8%
No, you should have to win a tournament to get a title shot 10.0%
WHAT PROMOTION DO YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING RIGHT NOW?
New Japan 18.9%
Dragon Gate 2.3%
All Japan 0.7%
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Randy Savage 39.5%
The Rock 26.5%
Buddy Rogers 13.1%
Dusty Rhodes 9.8%
Roddy Piper 8.2%
John Pesek 1.4%
Yvon Robert 0.9%
Argentina Rocca 0.7%