THURS. UPDATE: UFC TV schedule, WWE rehires member of famous tag team, Rousey tickets, Odds for TLC show, Two stories on Dwayne Johnson, More on New Year's Eve, Ryback says he wants to blow Cena out of the water



By Dave Meltzer
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        Impact tonight is a taped show from Monday:
Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne
Wes Brisco & Garett Bischoff vs. Robbie E & Robbie T
Bully Ray vs Jessie
Rob Van Dam vs. Kenny King in a non-title match
Jeff Hardy & James Storm vs. Aces and 8s
 
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        A look at the lessons learned and full coverage of the UFC on FOX show, as well as notes of Dwayne Johnson's schedule both within WWE and elsewhere are among the items covered in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be on the site today.  It is one of two new issues today, with the other being a back issue from 1995 with coverage of what was, at the time, the biggest money pro wrestling live event in history, the Keiji Muto vs. Nobuhiko Takada match at the Tokyo Dome.
 
        We look at the significance of the rating and positives of the show.  We've got a list of the 15 most watched MMA television matches in U.S. history.  We look at how every match on the FOX special did in the ratings, match-by-match growth, the future of the lightweight champion Benson Henderson, ratings from Saturday and how they compare to what FOX usually does, the next FOX show, how the prelims did, the main event heat, the future of B.J. Penn, plus match-by-match coverage with poll results on the show.
 
        We also look at the retirement of Kenta Kobashi and Pro Wrestling NOAH's last big show of the year.  We give the background as to why Kobashi announced his retirement, his status in Japanese wrestling, what his career is a case study of, a look back at the formation of Pro Wrestling NOAH, some talk of Kobashi's last match and who they are looking to have involved, plus a rundown of Sunday's show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo and interesting notes regarding many of the losers on that show.
 
        We also look at Dwayne Johnson's first quarter schedule including a number of Raw dates, notes on the C.M. Punk vs. Ryback television match they talked about as upcoming, Randy Orton's injury, a major heel being talked about for a face turn and why, Slammy Awards notes as well as notes on all of next week's WWE programming, WWE video game sales, two WWE stars who recently have gotten engaged, notes on WWE talent development as well as an update on the best prospects including the first of the big football players to make NXT, Mark Henry update, notes on people leaving, and house show notes.
 
        We also look at the UFC's announcements regarding GSP vs. Nick Diaz, Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche and Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald and what they all mean.  We look at how the Rousey vs. Carmouche fight transpired and risks involved with the promotion of it.  We look at the decision-making leading to GSP vs. Diaz and Dana White's explanation.  We also look at the reaction of Johny Hendricks, notes on Rousey vs. Cyborg and how close that may be, comments from Rousey, Miesha Tate, White, Monte Cox and others on the first women's main event.  We also look at who will be in charge of the women's division, UFC's ticket selling in Anaheim, undercard and more.
 
        We've also got notes on the 2012 Tokyo Sports pro wrestling awards, plus a background on them and a list of every MVP dating back to 1974.
 
        We've also got coverage of TNA's Final Resolution PPV, including match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.  We look at the main event stories, injuries leading up to the show, and how the storylines did or didn't resonate with the live audience.
 
        We also have a story on the Spike TV and Bellator relationship, the debut of Bellator after Impact on Thursday, the first fights on the debut show as well as notes on week two, and other Bellator programming on Spike.
 
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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 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.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--CMLL's year end spectacular lineup
 
--Major benefit show in Mexico ends up with a strange result
 
--CMLL false advertising talent
 
--Arena Mexico title match this past week held up and why
 
--Former WWE star debuts with Dragon Gate in U.S. next month
 
--Former TNA wrestlers also becoming regulars on Dragon Gate USA shows
 
--Yuji Nagata worked as a guest in a Dragon Gate match
 
--Rundown of All Japan's last big show of the year, featuring Masakatsu Funaki putting the Triple Crown up against Manabu Soya putting up the future of his world tag team title duo
 
--Notes on the major matches in January in All Japan
 
--Vader returns to All Japan and teams with Keiji Muto
 
--Pro wrestling show this past week draws 25,000 fans to a stadium
 
--All Japan world tag champs defend in rival promotion
 
--Notes on the IGF New Year's Eve television deal and it's not nearly what it's cracked up to be
 
--Mirko Cro Cop appears on pro wrestling show doing shoot match against a pro wrestling star
 
--El Generico headlines major Japanese show against Kenny Omega
 
--Continuation of the feud between 80s junior heavyweight stars
 
--Notes on the life and career of Hippie Mike Boyette
 
--What part of the country was he best known in
 
--More on Ric Flair
 
--Supreme Court ends a case involving the family of a well known wrestling star
 
--More on the retirement of Jerry Lynn
 
--Legends of Stampede Wrestling return for a big show at the Pavilion in Calgary along with a number of major modern names
 
--A look at Puerto Rico's biggest rivalry of the past decade, Carlito vs. Ray Gonzalez, this time in a hair vs. hair match
 
--What other Americans are now working in Puerto Rico
 
--Notes on the 2013 class of the Amsterdam based Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame
 
--Notes on the CZW Cage of Death show
 
--Former WWF star writing autobiography
 
--Legendary talk show hosts talks about his favorite wrestlers, his 50 year association with the product and gives a sobering note about the current product
 
--WWE star from years back comes out of retirement after seven years away
 
--Notes on CHIKARA iPPV
 
--Dan Severn talks about his association with pro wrestling
 
--Notes on the ROH Final Battle
 
--Update on Jim Cornette
 
--Spike President Kevin Kay predicts big things for TNA in January
 
--Notes on the return of Sting, Velvet Sky and Eric Young to TNA
 
--Mickie James talks her surgery
 
--Bully Ray talks the elimination of two PPV shows
 
--Notes on major items at TNA television the next few weeks
 
--Notes on this week's UFC events
 
--Notes on the retirement of Mark Hominick and why
 
--Notes on who is and isn't being brought in from Strikeforce
 
--Who Anderson Silva says he is willing to defend his title against, but who he thinks will never get a title shot
 
--Strikeforce personality into a major sports Hall of Fame
 
--Ronda Rousey honored by men
 
--Update on Diego Sanchez
 
--Lots of new UFC matches made this week
 
--Anderson Silva contract talks
 
--What will be a very telling note regarding two money and talent decisions Bellator will have to make
 
--Notes on last week's Bellator show as well as the upcoming one
 
--Gate for Pacquiao vs. Marquez
 
--One-armed fighter captures championship
 
--Update on Gina Carano
 
--Lineup for the Dream New Year's Eve show at the Saitama Super Arena including one surprise name announced
 
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Thursday's news update
 
--This is the UFC schedule on TV for the next few days
Tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern are the weigh-ins for the Australia show.  Jay Glazer, Benson Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Karyn Bryant will be hosts on Fuel.
Friday at 5 p.m. will be the weigh-ins for the Las Vegas show:  Jay Glazer, Benson Henderson, Chael Sonnen and Heidi Androl will be hosts.  Heidi Androl is coming to UFC in the Strikeforce deal on Fuel.
Friday at 6 p.m.:  Fuel airs the prelims from Australia
Friday at 9 p.m. - FX airs the main card from Australia
Friday at 11 p.m. - Fuel has the recap show from Australia
Saturday at 7 p.m. - Fuel airs the prelims from Las Vegas
Saturday at 9 p.m. - FX airs the main card from Las Vegas
Saturday at midnight - Fuel airs the recap show from Las Vegas
 
--Very heartwarming story on Dwayne Johnson's childhood friend Milton at http://www.cigarcitymagazine.com/people/item/dwayne-the-rock-johnson/
 
--WWE has hired Kip Sopp (Billy Gunn/Kip James) as a new trainer for Tampa.
 
--Tickets for UFC 157 (Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche; Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida; Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar) at the Honda Center in Anaheim go on sale on 12/19 to Fight Club members, 12/20 to newsletter subscribers and 12/21 to the public.  Tickets are priced at $350, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50.  So we'll get a very quick indication at least as far as live ticket sales how this goes.
 
--The gambling site www.paddypower.com is offering odds for TLC.  Man, a gambling site should never offer odds on wrestling.  Anyway, here's the stuff
 
Dolph Ziggler is a 4-1 favorite over John Cena.  I guess they don't factor in win-loss records.
The Shield is a 5-2 favorite over Daniel Bryan & Kane & Ryback
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara are an 11-4 favorite over Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes
Wade Barrett is a 3-1 favorite over Kofi Kingston
Antonio Cesaro is a 7-1 favorite over R-Truth
Big Show is a 9-4 favorite over Sheamus
 
--Another Dwayne Johnson story, ESPN on his college football days with interviews with teammates at http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/15186/how-good-was-the-rock-at-football     
 
--ROH announced an agreement with Ooyala as a new on-line video platform for hosting live and on-demand streaming events.  According to the release, you should expect faster loading times, no more buffering and live DVR functionality for iPPV shows.  There will also be instant avilability of replays.  All sounds great to me.  They've got a show at 2 p.m Sunday and this will all be in effect for Final Battle. 
 
--A couple of fights added to the New Year's Eve show produced by Dream and Glory at the  Saitama Super Arena.  They've added an MMA match with Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Michihiro Omigawa, and two kickboxing matches with Yuichiro Nagashima (the famous cross-dressing kickboxer who is also a pro wrestler) vs. Robin Van Roosmalen and Jerome LeBanner, who was IGF world champion in pro wrestling until recently, against Koichi Pettas.
 
--Ryback said his goal is to blow John Cena out of the water as a star, saying he believes he will be WWE champion for many years to come.  He predicted a boom period coming with him, Cesaro, Rhodes, Sandow and Ziggler on top.  Story is at http://www.digitalspy.com/celebrity/interviews/a445038/wwe-ryback-interview-my-goal-is-to-blow-john-cena-out-of-the-water.html 
 
--An interview with Kofi Kingston promoting Sunday's PPV is at http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/wwe-brings-tlc-to-brooklyn-s-barclays-center-1.4325936  Pretty much in character stuff.
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST MATCH ON RAW?
Kingston vs. Cesaro 55.2%
Shamus vs. Ziggler 26.1%
Four-way tag match 14.3%
Cena vs. Show 4.4%
 
WHO WINS THIS FIGHT?
Rory MacDonald 55.8%
Carlos Condit 44.2%
 
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST MMA TV MATCH IN THE U.S.?
Griffin vs. Bonnar I 45.1%
Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 19.7%
Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz III 16.9%
Kimbo vs. Seth Petruzelli 4.7%
Kimbo vs. James Thompson 4.4%
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers 3.4%
Nate Diaz vs. Benson Henderson 2.2%
Kimbo vs. Roy Nelson 1.6%
Rampage Jackson vs. Dan Henderson 1.6%
Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Leben 0.3%
 
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Bruno Sammartino 54.5%
Harley Race 45.5%
 
HOW MANY BUYS DO YOU PREDICT FOR ROUSEY VS. CARMOUCHE?
Under 150,000 18.5%
151-200,000 12.3%
201-250,000 17.3%
251-300,000 16.2%
301-350,000 10.8%
351-400,000 8.5%
401-450,000 4.6%
More than 451,000 11.9%
 
--Kurt Angle said he is going to be out of action for a few weeks with the groin tear that he did work on Tuesday night.  That's because TNA isn't running anything for a few more weeks.
 
--Natalie Slater raised $5,780 in her cancer charity Grand for Life fund raising, some of which was through a birthday donation from C.M. Punk who agreed to match whatever was donated from the outside, which was the largest single birthday donation they have ever received.  She is still raising money at http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/488688  Slater is friends with Punk and released this youtube video at http://youtu.be/bH9ZSNxcyu8
 
--Shad Gaspard's latest Beast Mode project at http://youtu.be/Z-eZQfBi6ow
 
--Jim Darrell, who worked as Boris Zhukov, and who we were talking about last night on the show, turned 53 today.  Brad Rheingans, who trained Brock Lesnar and Don Frye for pro wrestling and trained Jeff Blatnick to winning a gold medal, turned 59 today.  It was 19 years ago today that Larry Cameron passed away. 
 
--Some history notes
49 years ago today - The infamous double cross where Fred Blassie was supposed to win the WWA world title (at the time one of the major world titles in wrestling) from Bearcat Wright at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.  Wright, who was a 6-7 285 pound former undefeated heavyweight boxer, decided during the match he wasn't going to lose.  He didn't.  The next day or two, they were at a small town, Wright's opponent "didn't show up" unbeknownst to him.  The sub was Gene LeBell.  Wright left the ring, got in his car, and the next thing you know, he was working in Arizona.  Wright was a gigantic drawing card in the early 60s and would have been remembered possibly as one of the all-time greats, but he didn't get along well with promoters.
24 years ago today - Jerry Lawler beat Kerry Von Erich via blood stoppage in Chicago to unify the USWA, AWA and World Class titles on the SuperClash PPV that was the first and last show of its kind.
24 years ago today - Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy beat Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada to win the All Japan tag team tournament.  That match was awesome.
23 years ago today - They did the Iron Man Starrcade tournament in Atlanta where Sting won over Lex Luger, Ric Flair and Great Muta.  The big story there was Muta lost to all three, and then decided to quit the promotion and go to Japan, where he became one of the biggest stars of the 90s.  The Road Warriors won the tag team division, but were pinned by the Steiners, which at the time was huge news since the Road Warriors never lost.
14 years ago today - Rob Van Dam & Sabu beat The Dudleys in Tokyo to win the ECW tag titles
7 years ago today - Rey Mysterio & Batista won the WWE tag titles over John Morrison & Joey Mercury in Springfield, MA
4 years ago today - The Miz & John Morrison beat CM Punk & Kofi Kingston to win the WWE tag titles in Hamilton, ONT.
 
--If anyone has rights to a photo of Keiji Muto blowing green mist, let me know.
 
--A story on legendary wrestler Wolf Ruvinskis, who later became a movie star in Mexico, and him playing in a soccer game in 1945 at http://sfunion.net/?p=4214 (thanks to Mark Coale)
 
--The 10th annual Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup on 12/14 and 12/15 at The Orpheum in Ybor City, FL has Mike Cruz, Shane Strickland, Jonathan Gresham, Lince Dorado, Jay Cruz, Papadon, Samuray del Sol, AR Fox, Maxwell Chicago, John Silver, Eddie Rios, Jon Davis, Johnny Vandal, Derek Ryze and Joey Janela plus one more guy to be announced tomorrow.  This is being said to be the final Peterson Cup.  Jeff Peterson was a Florida independent wrestler who died from leukemia at the age of 21.  First round matches on Friday night are Papadon vs. ?, Gresham vs. Ryze, Davis vs. Silver, Vandal vs. Dorado, Cruz vs. Fox, Rios vs. Del Sol, Cruz vs. Chicago and Janela vs. Strickland.      
 
--The Mirror has a preview of a show that just aired a few hours ago on the glory days of British wrestling at http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-previews/thursday-must-see-tv-timeshift-to-wrestlings-1486775
 
--Ed and Craig talk wrestling and UFC at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer/201...d-ufc-news
 
--Chaotic Wrestling on Friday night in Lowell, MA at the Polish American Veterans Club and Saturday in Littleton, NH at the Opera House.
 
--Arianny Celeste will be doing autograph sessions on Friday and hosting an after show party on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel, where the fights take place Saturday night.  The autograph session is 3-5 P.M., in front of the Hard Rock Store tomorrow.  The party starts at 12:30 a.m. at Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock.  The party itself actually starts at 10 p.m. with a $20 cover for women and $30 for men. She doesn't show up until 12:30 a.m.
 
--Sunday's show, Grapple at the Garden, the first college wrestling event in the history of Madison Square Garden, which includes a head-to-head Oklahoma State vs. Cornell dual meet among many things on the show, will air on Fight Now TV (Cablevision 464) on New Year's Day at 7 p.m.
 

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