THURS. UPDATE: Why WWE is so interested in THQ bankruptcy, Sin Cara injury update, Lawler vs. Koscheck update, Rousey ticket sales, Daniel Bryan, Sapp returns to Tokyo dome, Officials for Cain vs. JDS, Flair vs. Punk



By Dave Meltzer
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        Impact tonight on Spike:
Devon vs. Kurt Angle for TV title
Tara vs. Mickie James for Knockouts title
Rob Van Dam & Kenny King vs. Matt Morgan & Joey Ryan
Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Robbie E
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries for TNA title 
 
        The Top 50 UFC moments of 2012 replays tonight at 8 p.m. on Fuel, followed by Ultimate Insiders at 8:30 p.m., Beset of Pride at 9 p.m., and Saturday night's show from Las Vegas is replayed at 10 p.m.
 
        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 are already up and the second issue is also up today.  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.
 
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--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
 
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--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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Thursday's news update
 
--In the THQ bankruptcy filings, WWE is owed $45 million.  No wonder they are watching these proceedings closely.  I had heard Vince McMahon was furious and I guess that tells you why.
 
--Pro Wrestling as far as the major companies are concerned is now on hiatus until after Christmas.  WWE goes back on tour on 12/26 while TNA goes back a few days later.  The next ROH show will be a TV taping on 1/5.  AAA has its final show of the year on Friday night.
 
--Sin Cara underwent knee surgery today.  Still awaiting details on the surgery.  Believe it to be arthroscopic surgery. 
 
--Showtime is having a free weekend from 1/11 to 1/13, which happens to coincide with the last Strikeforce show on 1/12.
 
--A few updates regarding the Robbie Lawler vs. Josh Koscheck match.  UFC has announced it officially for the 2/23 show in Anaheim and Lawler will be moving to welterweight, not Koscheck moving to middleweight..
 
--Tickets for the 2/23 UFC show in Anaheim can be ordered on a presale today at ticketmaster.com with the password UFCSOCIAL.  They technically go on sale tomorrow.
 
--Sports Illustrated put out a list of the 112 most memorable stories of the past year in sports.  No. 65 was the rise of Ronda Rousey.  It was the only mention of MMA on the list.
 
--The Los Angeles Daily News on Rousey (who was all over the Los Angeles media yesterday) at http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_22223555/ufc-ronda-rouseys-second-act-promises-be-bigger
 
--I don't know how ticket sales are going (and if they were through the roof one would think I would have heard by now), but the $300 seats are currently on the resale market for $800 and up.  
 
--Pain and Gain starring Dwayne Johnson trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch/feature=player_embedded&v=SEQ8jvvmYtw
 
--The complete video of Daniel Bryan with the young child with brain cancer is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAILjdlF7WU
 
--For those in Canada, Spike HD has debuted on Rogers Cable ch .490 (thanks to Adam Lebow) 
 
--Added to the 1/4 Tokyo Dome show is Bob Sapp vs. Manabu Nakanishi.  That will be.... interesting.
 
--If you want to know why WWE is looking at doing a network, the NFL network is expected to take in about $975 million in revenue this year, roughly $774 million from carriage fees and $201 million in advertising revenue.   
 
--Herb Dean will be the referee for the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos heavyweight title fight on 12/29.  The judges will be Glenn Trowbridge, Marcos Rosales and Tony Weeks.
 
SHOULD RIC FLAIR WRESTLE C.M. PUNK?
Yes, on PPV 17.0%
Yes, on TV 12.5%
No 70.5%
 
ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH RAW ON CHRISTMAS EVE?
Yes 22.4%
Yes, but not when it airs 41.2%
No 36.3%
 
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
Excellent 9.0%
Good 37.9%
Average 23.4%
Fair 10.3%
Poor 19.3%
        37.5% of those responding didn't see the show     
 
 
--A show called Hart Legacy Wrestling takes place on 1/18 at the Victoria Pavilion, the home of Stampede Wrestling in the 60s, 70s and 80s.  Among those scheduled on the show are Kevin Nash, Konnan (who actually worked early in his career for Stampede and taught Bret Hart the sharpshooter), Bobby Lashley, Chris Masters, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Teddy Hart, Jack Evans, Scotty Mac, Johnny Devine, Jason the Terrible, Flip Kendrick Samuray del Sol, Super Smash Brothers, Cody Hall, Matt Hart and appearances by people like Leo Burke, Great Gama, Abu Wizal, Jerry Morrow, The Cuban Assassin, Wayne Hart, Ross Hart, Keith Hart, Diana Hart-Smith, Georgia Hart-Annis, Alison Hart, as well as family members of area legends Dynamite Kid, Tom Stanton, Biff Wellington and Badnews Allen.
 
--Top Rope Promotions on 1/15 in Lexington, VA at the Anderson Center has Jim Duggan, Shawn Daivari, Katie Lea Burchill Winter, Dustin Rhodes and Angelina Love.
 
--Mike Mondo and Damian Dragon are the first two names announced for the 17th annual ECWA Super 8 tournament that takes place eon 4/13 in Newark DE.  As Mondo noted on the ROH show, he expects to be back in action in less than four weeks after suffering a broken leg on the last show in Mississauaga.
 
--TNA will be holding a Gut Check tryout on 1/24 in Nottingham, England.  It's a combination tryout and seminar hosted by D-Lo Brown.   I wonder if he's recruiting new members for Aces and 8s.   
 
--Over the Top Rope radio has Ed, Cutrer and Craig talking about the Wrestling Observer Awards and their picks at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer/201...ver-awards
 
--NWA FU on 12/22 in St. Petersburg, FL at the Wildwood Recreation Centre headlined by Kahagas vs. Bruce Santee for the NWA world title and Kennedy Kendrick vs. Michael Tarver.
 
--Glory fighting has signed a number of American fighters, including Kevin Ross (36-9).  In a trivia note, many years ago, Kevin Ross, who was a Muay Thai fighter back then, was dating Gina Carano when she was a heavy college girl, and brought her into the gym.  His instructor looked at Carano and said, "Oooh, baby, you fat" and she started training as a kickboxer largely to get her weight down.  I think that ranks up there with the story about Stacy Keibler's boyfriend telling her to try out for the Nitro Girls and Michelle McCool's husband telling her to try out for the Diva Search. 
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling has TV tapings on 1/4 and 1/5 in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center with Tommy Dreamer vs. Matt Borne the first night.  DDP appears the second night.  Former heavyweight boxer Bobby Crabtree who lost to some of the best heavyweights of another generation wrestles in the 1/5 main event.
 
--Names confirmed for Dragon Gate USA on 1/25 in Santa Maria, CA and 1/26 and 1/26 in Huntington Park, CA include Johnny Gargano, AR Fox, Samuray del Sol, Sami Callihan and the Young Bucks.  John Morrison will be there the first night.  The Santa Maria show will be part of a doubleheader with local promotion Vendetta Pro Wrestling.
 
--51 years ago today in Kansas City, Randy Orton's grandfather, Bob Orton Sr., beat Alo Leilani to win the Central States heavyweight title.  16 years ago today, The Eliminators beat The Gangstas in Middletown,  NY to win the ECW title (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on Friday night in Cleveland at Turner's Hall has Tim Donst vs. Eric Ryan and first time ever with Davey Richards vs. AR Fox, plus Colt Cabana & Marion Fontaine & Jock Samson vs. Submission Squad and Kyle O'Reilly vs. Ethan Page. 

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