Raw will be tonight in Greensboro. We're looking for reports from the live show with Superstars matches, dark matches and anything else that wouldn't be evident from the live show.
Smackdown, Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam will be taped on Tuesday in North Charleston, SC. IC champ Kofi Kingston vs. U.S. champ Damien Sandow headlines the Main Event show.
A note regarding Christmas season specials. We've got specials both on the web site and for the print Observer. If you order a gift subscription to someone new of four months for the web site or 16 issues for the Observer, you will get either one month free on the web site or four issues free of the Observer. There is no limit to the number of gift subscriptions you can order.
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We have what is essentially a second Hall of Fame double issue of the Observer out today and already up on the web site. The issue features among other things, our Hall of Fame biographies on Lou Albano and Hans Schmidt, as well as a list of everyone in the Observer Hall of Fame. We also have the 2012 Wrestling Observer awards ballot.
We also update Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva, as well as the middleweight and welterweight division in UFC regarding what happens if that fight does take place. We look at St-Pierre's most recent comments on the fight, what he says about the size difference and how realistic it is, and why the weight of the fight is important.
We look at other alternates for both fighters and the risk of both doing and not doing the fight.
We also look at the Hell in a Cell buy rate, and what lessons it shows, whether it's about Ryback, getting a challenger ready, John Cena, and time between shows. We also look at the profitability comparison between one strong show and two weak shows, and why the most accurate read on what the number meant won't come for a few more weeks.
We've got the 2012 awards ballot along with the top place-winners in every category from last year.
We also have updates on The Rock returning to WWE and when, what he's doing, C.M. Punk's likely role at Mania, update on the WWE Network, Update on the TLC show, how atmosphere is different at Raw when Vince isn't there, lots of business notes in different categories and how they compare to a year ago, plus injury updates, a DVD update, Cena booking and merchandising and more and lots more from WWE.
We've got updates on three different pro wrestling tournaments that are going on in Japan right now with New Japan, Pro Wrestling NOAH and All Japan. We look at what the plans are for the winners of the Global League and the next two GHC title matches.
We've got our Hall of Fame bio on Lou Albano. We talk about his early life, the sports he played before pro wrestling and what sport he tried to go pro in first. We look at his early career as a wrestler, the hot period he was tag team champion during and why it abruptly ended. We look at the real story behind Albano's run as half of the WWWF United States tag team champions.
We look at how he switched over to being a manager and his first protege and how that set the standard for WWWF business for the next 15 years. We look at his most famous matches in the ring, the Jimmy Snuka turn and match, the Ivan Koloff vs. Bruno Sammartino program and story behind the 1971 title change.
We look at the Triumvirate of Terror and how the WWWF operated during the 70s, stories of Albano getting fired and rehired by Vince McMahon Sr., his tag team champions, and his original connection with Cyndi Lauper and how that changed pro wrestling.
We look at the first WWF shows on MTV and why they didn't continue. We look at Albano after WWF as an actor and media personality.
We also look at the first post-World War II German superstar in U.S. wrestling, Hans Schmidt. We look at the creation of Schmidt, why he became the star he did, the story behind his program with Verne Gagne, his glory years, his other big rivals, and his world title shots. We look at his run as U.S. champion, the period in the U.S. when pro wrestling had the most mainstream popularity (and it wasn't the 80s or the 90s), his main events in places like Madison Square Garden and Montreal, and the stars he influenced fro the next generation.
We also look at his retirement and life after retirement.
We also have an updated listing of the 25 biggest gates in pro wrestling and MMA of all-time, updated with the early figures from next year's WrestleMania.
Also in this week's issue:
--Mexican national women's title change
--New program for CMLL heavyweight title
--Latest tournament coming to Arena Mexico
--Lineup for AAA's final big show of the year, Guerra de Titanes
--Look at the major stipulation match on top
--Lots of U.S. wrestlers headed to Mexico for show next week
--Dragon Gate title changes hands twice i a week
--Veteran star returns after one year off due to neck problems
--Next NOAH big show
--Notes on New Japan's next iPPV show
--Notes on every match in the New Japan tag team tournament
--More on Antonio Inoki's New Year's Eve show including what star is coming out of retirement for the event
--BBC doing a show on pro wrestling
--Thanksgiving wrestling tradition in the Greensboro area
--More on the Robot Combat League and Chris Jericho
--Return of 80s promotion early next year and who is involved
--Jury awards family of 60s star nearly $1.8 million over circumstances leading to his death
--Bob Evans marathon week
--Where are they nows
--TNA Turning Point estimates
--Who is Spike working on doing a TV special on?
--More on Aces and 8s
--UFC 154 numbers and what they mean
--FOX's big idea for a blow-out UFC show in early 2014
--Update on the final Strikeforce show
--Feud between two Strikeforce stars
--More on Strikeforce people headed to UFC
--Tons of new UFC matches, injuries and retirements
--Business pub talks Sonnen vs. Jones
--Fighter makes claim about steroid use in UFC
--More on Bellator changes
--Bellator star retires
--Notes on the rest of this season in Bellator
--Fund raisers planned for former UFC star who lost his home in a fire
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*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
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*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)
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*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
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*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)
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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
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MONDAY'S NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS
--I'm sorry for this report going up late. I have a major Internet problem here today which is still continuing and thus far has people stumped on why it's not working. I'm basically out of commission so this report will be only regarding things I had when the Internet went out.
--As reported earlier, Tony Mamaluke announced his retirement yesterday. Mamaluke sent out a Facebook message saying he'd like to say it was wonderful and he had no regrets, made money and was famous, but said instead he was a good jobber in an era where there weren't many.
"I was a good hand when the era was all about me and not the show." He said he's not bitter, broken or unstable. He said he began his career 15 years ago to the day at a flea market show with three fans, that ended up being canceled. He thanked ECW, Little Guido and Dean Malenko, who he called his idol.
--UFC has confirmed that Dominick Cruz will be out of action for approximately 12 more months after his knee surgery last week. Cruz's body rejected the cadaver ACL that was implanted in a June surgery and he has to get it done again. This is a real bad situation for him because all in all he's going to have missed two years out of the prime of his career and MMA careers are now long. Plus, there is the question of his ability to come back from this.
--Dark Angel (aka TNA's Sarita) won the women's division of the annual CMLL bodybuilding contest for women on Thursday night for the 7th straight year.
--Vampiro lost his hair in the cage of death match that also included Chessman, L.A. Park, Dr. Wagner Jr., Cibernetico and Perro Aguayo Jr. Jeff & Karen Jarrett, not advertised for the show, did a run-in and busted a guitar over Park's head after he had escaped the cage. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Tonight on Fuel: Best of Pride at 8 p.m., prelims from the UFC in Montreal at 9 p.m. and the Rashad Evans special at 11:30 p.m.
--Chris Jericho's Fozzy tour of the U.K. this week:
> Tuesday in Plymouth, UK at the White Rabbit
> Wednesday in London at the Electric Ballroom
> Thursday in Cologne, Germany at The Underground
> Friday in Kerkade, Netherlands at the Rock Tempe
> Sunday in Paris at the Trabendo
> This coming Monday in Frankfurt at the Nachtleben
--ROH announced a 3/2 iPPV from Chicago, which I believe will be the first one of 2013. It will be the company's 11th anniversary show. They are also doing a TV taping on 3/3 also at the Frontier Fieldhouse in Chicago, so two straight nights in the same arena.
--John Cena will be hosting the CW Saturday morning block of programming for kids from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. this coming Saturday and it will be promoted as 'Cena Saturday'. It's built around Cena vs. Heath Slater on Saturday Morning Slam at 10 a.m.
--Gabriel Tuft, who was Tyler Reks, has been ripping on Cena via Twitter. He then made an insinuation when asked about Alex Riley that somebody was holding him down, insinuating it was Cena.
--Another WrestleMania event is a Legends of the Ring convention on 4/6 from 1-4 p.m. with, appearing in their gimmicks, Marty Wright and Boogeyman, Shane Helms as Hurricane, Nora Greenwald as Mighty Molly and Nick Dinsmore as Eugene. There will also be a super ticket for autographs from Lex Luger, Honky Tonk Man, Bob Orton Jr., Paul Orndorff, Ken Patera, Kamala (health permitting), Mr. Fuji, Tito Santana, Demolition Ax & Smash, Slick, Tony Atlas, Jimmy Snuka and Danny Davis (WWF version). For more info, email
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Blue Demon 35.5%
Negro Casas 18.2%
Gori Guerrero 14.0%
Alfonso Dantes 1.4%
Cavernario Galindo 0.9%
Rayo de Jalisco Sr. 0.9%
WHICH OF THESE SHOWS OVER THE NEXT WEEK ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN?
UFC on FOX 65.4%
TNA Turning Point 27.1%
AAA Guerra de Titanes (which took place last night) 7.5%
WHICH OF THESE EVENTS DID YOU WATCH OVER THE WEEKEND?
Cotto vs. Trout 19.2%
New Japan iPPV 17.8%
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
72.4% of those responding didn't see the show
WILL SATURDAY'S UFC SHOW DO A 2.0 RATING?
--Pro Wrestling Bushido on 12/9 in Modesto, CA at Fat City with T.J. Perkins vs. Cjay Kurz, Drake Younger vs. Mike Rayne, Sir Samurai vs. Jerry Lynn and Timothy Thatcher vs. Johnny Goodtime in a cage match for their title.
--Revolution Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Sittingbourne, Kent, England: Dave Mastiff b Karsten Beck, M.K. McKinnan b Rockstar Spud, Jim & Lee Hunter b James Davis & Rob Lynch, Big Van Walter b Michael Elgin, T-Bone b Sha Samuels-DQ, Kris Travis & Martin Kirby b Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr., Prince Devitt won four-way elimination match over Mark Haskins, Noam Dar and El Ligero to keep the Revolution Pro cruiserweight title. Next show is 2/10 with Marty Scurll vs. Rockstar Spud in a no holds barred match plus Colt Cabana appears. (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--The "Shahs of Sunset" reality show about rich Persians in Los Angeles that airs on Bravo had its season premiere last night. There was a dinner party where a bunch of girls were taking shots at one guy. He lost his temper and threatened to "Ric Flair all these motherf***ers." and made a motion like he was going to star throwing chops. This broke out into a big fight with the cast members and continues in next week's episode (thanks to Steve Te Tai)
--Shad Gaspard will be on AfterBuzz TV at 8:30 p.m. tonight, the Internet channel created by Maria Menounos. You can call in at 424-256-1729.
--CWE TV tapings on 12/14 in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Polish Legion taping two weeks of shows. The shows air on NACTV on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Tim Zbyszko b Wayne Van Dyke, Donovan Terrell b Gerson Sanchez, C.J. O'Doyle b Brandon Scherer, Chasyn Rance b Josh Hess, J.D. Amazing b Chico Adams, Lince Dorado & Santana Garrett b Aaron Epic & Justine Silver. next show is 1/13 at 5 p.m. with Chasyn Rance vs. Lince Dorado and QT Marshall. (thanks to Al Haft)
--CZW and Evolve have a Toys for Tots doubleheader on Saturday with Evolve at 4 p.m. and CZW at 7:30 p.m. at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ. They are collecting toys for Christmas and this is a great benefit that CZW does annually. It's CZW's biggest show of the year, the cage of death show with Matt Tremont vs. D.J. Hyde in the cage of death, Adam Cole vs. Sami Callihan no holds barred and Mazada vs. Drake Younger for the CZW title.
They also announced they will be accepting items to send to England for autographs from Dynamite Kid. There will be photo proof of the signing with a certificate of authenticity. They say this will be the last private signing they are doing with Dynamite kid. For more info, contact @JamesSoubasis (
). Deadline to send items is 1/1.
--The movie "The Package," starring Steve Austin and Dolph Lundgren, will be released on DVD and Blu Ray on 2/19.
--During "The Blitz" on SportsCenter when Chris Berman was talking about LaVon Brazil of the Indianapolis Colts, he mentioned Bobo Brazil. (thanks to Brian Henke)
--MLW Radio has a bookers roundtable
with Konnan, Gabe Sapolsky, Court Bauer and Mister Saint Laurent. They all tell stories of their experiences with AAA, Dragon Gate, ROH, indies and WWE.
--UFC announced the first UFC Gym outside the U.S. will be opening in Alexandria, Australia, just outside of Sydney. It is set to open in February at the Green Building Council at Sydney Corporate Park.
--Brutal Bob Evans' final 60:00 Iron Man match of the week saw him beat Vinny Marseglia 14-13 over 60:00. Final tally: he had two wins, two losses and three draws.
--EWF Jungle Slam 3 on Friday night at 8 p.m. from the Knights of Columbus Hall in Covina, CA. Admission is a $10 value unwrapped toy for an adult or a $5 value unwrapped toy for 12 and under. Joey Ryan vs. Brandon Gatson is the main event for the EWF title. They also run on 12/8 in San Bernardino at the Sports Academy Fight Center.
--MAV TV will be airing a King of the Cage TV on 12/20 at 11 p.m. Eastern and 8 p.m. Pacific headlined by former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Trevor Prangley vs., Tony Lopez for their light heavyweight title and Sam Liera vs. David Gomez for their welterweight title.
--Leslie Smith (4-2-1) vs. Raquel Pennington (3-2-1) was added to the 1/5 Invicta show in Kansas City at Memorial Hall. The show is headlined by Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza for their 115 pound title.
--The Grapplers Quest World Championships are Saturday in Asbury Park, NJ at the Convention Hall. Fight Now TV
will be taping for a delayed airing. There are divisions for all age groups and weight classes. Tom DeBlass will be doing a charity seminar at 10 a.m. on Saturday to raise awareness for autism.
--David Otunga and Natalya did a "Be a Star" rally today in Charleston, NC.
--NXT has a show on Saturday night in Live Oak, FL with a Ricky Steamboat autograph signing.
--APWA on 12/22 in Shinniston, WV at School Square on 83 Mahlon St. has a show with Robbie E and Miss Tessmacher.