WED. UPDATE: 50 Greatest Moments of 2012 special tonight, 2 WWE TV shows; THQ files bankruptcy, Notes for next week's Raw, Ratings, Alvarez gets UFC offer, new UFC fights, Mania vs. GSP-Diaz



By Dave Meltzer
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        Two WWE TV shows tonight:
 
        Main Event on Ion at 8 p.m.
Kane & Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow for tag titles
Santino Marella &  Zack Ryder vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young
 
        Tribute to the Troops on USA Network at 9 p.m.
Sheamus & Randy Orton (who gets injured in this match) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Big Show
Ryback vs Alberto Del Rio
Kane & Daniel Bryan & R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre & Heath Slater & Jinder Mahal
The Miz vs. Damien Sandow
Eve Torres vs. Layla in a non-title match
Sin Cara & Brodus Clay & Great Khali & Hornswoggle vs. Primo & Epico & David Otunga & Tensai
John Cena vs. Antonio Cesaro
        Also appearing include Kid Rock, Flo Rida and The Muppets.
 
        Tonight on Fuel at 7 p.m. is a special on the 50 greatest moments in UFC of 2012.  The Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes UFC 142 PPV airs at 8 p.m.  The Australia show from Friday replays tonight at midnight.
 
        With so much news coming out of WWE this past week, as well as major shows from UFC and ROH, we've got two issues of the Observer coming out this week on the web site along with the weekly back issue from 1995.  The back issue and the first issue will be on the site today, with the second issue out tomorrow.  For mail subscribers, they are combined into one double issue.
 
        Our lead story talks about the return of Ric Flair to WWE, with lots of exclusive details on the deal.  We look at the ratings for his segment, ratings overall, why not advertising Flair ahead of time was done even though it probably hurt the potential rating of the show.  We also look at what age group was the strongest to see Flair, an answer that will surprise people.  We also look at Flair's status with WWE, what angle is talked about, and what he will or won't be allowed to do as of today, but how the original ideas were already changed.
 
        We look at the biggest issue regarding him being signed, and a second potential issue.  We look at what Flair was ordered to do in Philadelphia when he got there, who knew and why, as well as a look at the segment.
 
        We also look at the situation with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara and why the angles were shot.  We also look at the return of Tommy Dreamer, how the ratings fell for his return, and what his situation is with the company.
 
        We also look at the debut of Big E Langston, give background on him, and note how recently the plans were made to bring him in with this role.  We also look at the talent most likely to follow him in from NXT.  We look at his background and why Langston fit into so many things different people in the company like from talent.
 
        We also have a look at the Raw Slammy Awards show, with a complete rundown of every segment on the show, stories behind them and how the audience came and went during each segment.
 
        We've also got a complete rundown of the TLC PPV, with notes on the show, the business of the show, the finishes, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
 
        We also have the same coverage for both UFC shows over the weekend.
 
        We've got more on the implosion of the Pro Wrestling NOAH organization with the official word of five more major stars leaving the group.  We look at their final matches, who they are, and what is next.
 
        We also have an update on how Ring of Honor looks going into 2013.  We look at the inherent problems with the group, attempts that have been made to expand the audience, the competition for Final Battle, the business for Final Battle, the farewell to Jerry Lynn, the Steen vs. Generico ladder match, the roles of Matt Hardy, Nigel McGuinness and what ROH star gave notice before the show started.
 
        We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results on the show.
 
        We also have an update on Randy Orton, WrestleMania 2013, Punk vs. Ryback and why 1/7 is going to be a very tough night for WWE.  We also look at a Hall of Fame wrestler who was in talks about returning to WWE for Mania and where it stands.
 
        We also go into detail about the WWE's affiliation with Hire Heroes USA, a group run by UFC star Brian Stann.  We look at how this happened, why it happened and what to expect from it.
 
        We look at ideas that have at least for this week  been dropped.  We have surprising notes on the network, Punk's return, Big Show talks tag team philosophy, what you'll probably never see him do again, who he thinks are future stars and someone in developmental he's high on.  Ryback talks getting to No. 1.  Why JBL is getting hate reaction from a group of sports fans.  We look at Mike Tyson talking WWE booking, DVR usage during Raw, new WWE signings and house show notes.
 
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        We also look at Twitter and Neilsen ratings with some interesting data about this week and thoughts of what can and can't be learned in theory, and why WWE and UFC already have the metrics in place as to what is and isn't working.
 
        We also look at the career of Volk Han, who had his retirement match over the weekend.
 
         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.
 
Also in this week's issues:
 
--More on how to view the New Japan Tokyo Dome show outside of Japan
 
--What New Japan star was Hiroshi Tanahashi concerned about leaving
 
--A new angle the company is starting from a major mainstream magazine
 
--What TNA star is rumored to be headed to New Japan
 
--New Japan star wins in legitimate sports competition
 
--More on Final Resolution and what it says about Jeff Hardy
 
--Kurt Angle talks injury situation
 
--What happened with TNA in Germany and the lay of the land there
 
--Update on Scott Steiner vs. TNA legal actions
 
--Eric Bischoff gets into a new business
 
--Former WCW star talks going to TNA
 
--Notes on El Hijo del Sting
 
--Why Magnus had the injury angle done
 
--Update on TNA injuries
 
--Update on UFC 158
 
--Lessons learned from UFC on FOX
 
--More on the matchmaking of UFC 158
 
--A look at UFC's return to Japan
 
--Why the former mainstream stars in Japan in UFC aren't on the show
 
--A look at what Kid Yamamoto wants to do next
 
--Business changes within FOX Sports and how UFC may be affected
 
--Updates on ticket sales to upcoming UFC shows and what they say
 
--Update on the next UFC show on FOX
 
--What fighter blew his chance to be on network TV and how
 
--What the rating of the next UFC on FOX show will tell us
 
--Update on Nick Diaz vs. Nevada State Athletic Commission in court
 
--Middleweight title picture
 
--Bantamweight title picture
 
--Pay for the fighters at the last few shows
 
--What next for fighters of the last season of Ultimate Fighter
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Three UFC fighters in an upcoming movie
 
--Funny poll from 1996 and what it says
 
--A look at CMLL's year-end show
 
--The death of Faisan and a look back at a historical match from 30 years ago
 
--All Japan early year lineups and first major show
 
--All Japan regular about to lave for unique reason
 
--All Japan Fan Appreciation show notes
 
--Notes on Kenta Kobashi training for his last match
 
--How two New Japan Hall of Famers were covered in major U.S. newspapers this past week and why
 
--Former pro wrestler wins by landslide in Japanese senate race
 
--Japan's biggest woman's wrestling star of the past year announces retirement
 
--Notes on the debut of the grandson of Japan's biggest star ever
 
--Two first time ever matches over WrestleMania weekend
 
--Pro wrestler on cast of Bravo reality show
 
--Another pro wrestling star going into stand-up comedy
 
--A new book out on the history of Hawaiian wrestling
 
--King Mo's Bellator debut
 
--Last Bellator show on MTV 2
 
--PPV numbers for Pacquiao-Marquez
 
--More on Japan's New Year's Eve show
 
--What former pro wrestler was the high school football coach of a Heisman Trophy winner
 
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Wednesday's news update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Ric Flair, Smackdown, the latest UFC news and taking your e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--THQ Inc., the video game partner of WWE (no longer of UFC as they sold the license to EA a few months ago) filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy to alleviate past debts and were sold in an assets purchasing agreement by Clearlake Capital Group, LP.  The deal includes Clearlake putting up $37.5 million in financing.  They will continue to operate business subject to court approval.  This is a story to watch.  Right now nothing has publicly come out regarding WWE, but this could go in many different ways regarding the license as well as owed royalties from this year.   
 
--A note regarding last night.  They taped this coming Monday's Raw last night in Pittsburgh (results are on the site) and the main event was John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Christmas Street fight.  After the match, Del Rio who was the heel, turned back and was shaking hands with fans.  We'll see what does and doesn't end up airing.
 
--In the cable ratings for last week ESPN was No. 1 with 2.89 million viewers in prime time to 2.78 million for USA and 2.39 million for Disney.  FX was No. 16 at 1.25 million and Syfy was No. 21 at 930,000.  The three hours of Raw last week were No. 9, No. 14 and No. 17.   
 
--Eddie Alvarez got his first offer from UFC.  Bellator has two weeks to either match the offer or decline to match the offer.  Apparently the offer was not anything like what Hector Lombard got since Bjorn Rebney said Bellator does have the capability to match it according to a report by Loretta Hunt having interviewed him. 
 
--A note on the December 17, 1979, Madison Square Garden show that we covered on Monday.  Mike Graham was an unannounced sub for a wrestler who was unknown and listed in the program, Dynamite Kid, who was scheduled to make his MSG debut.  Not sure of why he wasn't on the show.
 
--C.M. Punk was on the Chris Hardwick Nerdist podcast.  Hardwick is the host of the Walking Dead after show that Punk was on. (thanks to  Mark Coale)
 
--After shows this week, there will be Raw tapings before WrestleMania in Pittsburgh on 3/18 and Philadelphia on 3/25.
 
--In changes for the 12/29 UFC 155 show in Las Vegas, Max Holloway will replace Cody McKenzie as the opponent of Leonard Garcia.  Derek Brunson will face Chris Leben, replacing the injured Karlos Vemola.
 
WHAT DOES MORE DOMESTIC PPV BUYS?
WrestleMania 66.2%
GSP vs Diaz 18.1%
Sonnen vs. Jones 15.7%
        I would not favor WrestleMania in this one.   Very surprised at this result.
 
WILL BELLATOR AVERAGE 0.5 ON SPIKE?
Better than 0.5 48.1%
0.5 10.6%
Less than 0.5 41.3%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW
Ric Flair 60.6%
The Shield 10.4%
C.M. Punk 6.1%
A.J. Lee 5.5%
Dolph Ziggler 4.0%
Big E Langston 4.0%
New Age Outlaws 3.4%
Tommy Dreamer 2.8%
Daniel Bryan 1.5%
John Cena 1.1%
Vickie Guerrero 0.8%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 29.6%
Good 45.2%
Average 11.3%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 8.3%
        9.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--Alexander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor, who was a star in the Pride days, announced his retirement today on Facebook.  He said he would no longer be able to fight because of health problems caused by old injuries.
 
--The Dream/Glory New Year's Eve show from the Saitama Super Arena is going to stream as an iPPV for $20 
 
--Tickets for UFC 157, headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche in Anaheim at the Honda Center go on sale today to Fight Club members.  They go on sale to the public on Friday.  This is the most interesting on sale for UFC in months.
 
--Trailer for "Pain and Gain," a new movie starring Dwayne Johnson at http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/12/19/michael-bay-drops-his-most-excessvie-trailer-ever-for-pain-gain/

--Patrick Cote has announced he's dropping from middleweight to welterweight.  
 
--USA Today's web site had a brief note on Steve Borden Jr., the son of Sting, being recruited by the University of Kentucky.
 
--A story on Daniel Bryan meeting with a boy in Pittsburgh suffering from cancer made actually a lot of media today.  Here is the Pittsburgh news report at http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/12/18/wwe-star-makes-local-boys-dream-come-true/
 
--Chris Masters on Twitter said that he expects to work for CMLL in February. 
 
--ROH announced Matt Hardy will return for shows on 1/5 in Baltimore at the TV tapings at the DuBurns Arena and 1/19 in Milwaukee.
 
 
--A story on the Blossom Twins on TNA's new U.K. reality show is at http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4705422/twins-teach-by-day-wrestle-by-night.html (thanks to Lee Wall)
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on Friday night in Cleveland at Turner's Hall has The End of the World show featuring Davey Richards vs. AR Fox and Colt Cabana & Marion Fontaine & Jack Samson vs. The Submission Squad.  Also appearing include Tim Donst, Veda Scott Gregory Iron, Matt Cross, Kyle O'Reilly, Johnny Gargano, Eddie Kingston, Chuck Taylor and more.
 
--PWX on 1/11 in Pittsburgh at the PWX Wrestleplex.
 
--Masada, Drake Younger, Danny Havoc and CZW owner D.J. Hyde head to Japan for Big Japan shows from 12/30 and 1/5 including three shows at Korakuen Hall on 12/30, 12/31 and 1/2.
 
--A new WWF videotape book covering 1990-93 is available at www.lulu.com  The book is called The Complete WWF Video Guide Volume 2.
 
--Wrestling Culture podcast talks with John Lister about the BBC documentary on wrestling and Big Daddy in the Hall of Fame at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/112658
 
--Sunday in  Guadalajara for CMLL:  Azteca de Oro & Indigo b Hippie & Relampago, Rey Trueno & Mr. Trueno b Black Metal & Virgo, Halcon de Plata & Leon Blanco b Espectrum & Malefico-DQ, Barbaro Cavernario b Smaker to win Occidental middleweight title, Namajague & Mr. Niebla & Okumura b Angel de Oro & Shocker & Titan,
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla:  Ares & Siki Osama Jr. b Milenium & Tigre Rojo Jr., Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Warrior & Pierrothito b Mini Fantasy & Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito, Cancerbero & El Hijo del Signo & Raziel b Astruano & Metalico & Stigma, Kraneo & Morphosis & Olimpico b Diamante & Sagrado & Triton, Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. & La Sombra b Euforia & Mephisto & Niebla Roja, Atlantis b Ultimo Guerrero
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Leo & Sky Kid b Evola & Thunder Boy, Esfinge & Gallo b Exterminador & Rafaga, Angel Azteca Jr. & Magnus (not TNA wrestler) & Starman b Arkangel de la Muerte & Hooligan & Inquisidor, Angel de Oro & Shocker & Titan b Black Warrior & Misterioso Jr. & Olimpico, Brazo de Plata & Marco Corleone & La Sombra b Mr. Aguila & Psicosis & Ultimo Guerrero
 
--Saturday night in Durango:  Mascarita Divina & Mascarita Dorada b Mini Chessman & Mini Psicosis, La Braza & Pimpinela Escarlata b Jennifer Blake & Cinthia Moreno, Black Metal & Mr. CNOP & Joe Lider b Dark Escoria & Negro Sosa & Ultimo Gladiador, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Elegido & La Parka b Chessman & Drako & L.A. Park (thanks to Kris Zellner & Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
--This day in wrestling history:
74 years ago today:  Cy Williams beat Yvon Robert in Montreal to win that city's version of the world title
65 years ago today:  Tug Carlson beat Orville Brown in St. Joseph to win the MWA world title
55 years ago today:  Dory Funk Sr. beat Bulldog Danny Plechas in Amarillo to win the North American title
50 years ago today:  The Destroyer & Don Manoukian beat Haystacks Calhoun & Abe Jacobs in Los Angeles to win the NWA International TV tag team championships
49 years ago today:  Sonny Myers & Pat O'Connor beat the Mongolian Stomper & Mike Sharpe Sr. to win the tournament in Kansas City to become the first North American tag team champions
45 years ago today:  Billy Robinson beat Toyonobori in Okayama, Japan to become the first IWE world heavyweight champion
43 years ago today:  King Curtis Iaukea beat Billy Robinson in Sydney to become the IWA world heavyweight champion
39 years ago today:  Ken Mantell beat Danny Hodge in Jackson, MS, to become the new NWA world junior heavyweight champion
18 years ago today:  Tommy Rich beat Brian Christopher in Memphis in a loser leaves town match for the USWA heavyweight title (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
 
 

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