THURS UPDATE: HHH interview, Hogan arm wrestling, TNA major star contact up soon, Actors on steroids, Ratings, Bellator 100, One of 80s best workers retires



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON

Impact tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike:

  • James Storm & Gunner vs. Frankie Kazarian & Bobby Roode in a non-title match
  • Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt in a non-titlematch
  • Christopher Daniels vs. Hernandez vs. Joseph Park vs. Jay Bradley in a street fight with 20 BFG points at stake
  • ODB vs. Gail Kim
  • Sting & Rampage Jackson & Samoa Joe & Magnus & mystery partner vs. Devon & Ken Anderson & Wes Brisco & Garett Bischoff & Knux with the loser of the fall having to leave TNA forever.

Bellator's Fight Master airs after Impact.

We've got two issues up of the Observer this week, both a 1996 back issue covering the saga of Brian Pillman, and the newest issue covering the saga of John Cena.

Our lead story looks at Cena's injury, the reaction of the live crowd in Anaheim, roughly when the injury tookplace, notes on the surgery, on Cena's final interview, why the injury can be viewed as a blessing in disguise and what it forces WWE to do right now.  We also look at questions regarding Cena's injury, notes from Bob Holly's book about the WWE program, thoughts from other wrestlers on Cena, Cena's public statements on steroid and PED use which are stronger than almost anyone in pro sports, WWE scheduling changes with Cena out and what may end up as Cena's very unique legacy and position in the history of the industry.

We've got full coverage of  SummerSlam, looking at the big two fantastic matches, analysis of the booking of the main event, more on the McMahon family storyline going forward, the WrestleMania symposium and controversy coming out of it, as well as a look at the key comments that probably caused the dffering opinions on it.  We look at the various Ric Flair stories including one the company probably didn't like and the wide variety of reactions the symposium got.

We look at what Ric Flair was in town for, and how the WWE handled things after the fact.

We also look at the Alberto Del Rio/Drew McIntyre story, or at least the version that went across the company the day after.

We also look at the business notes on the show, a rundown of what is on the board and what looks like is being built up for Night of Champoins, a dark horse idea for one of the top matches, and a look at the new RVD/Ricardo Rodriguez pairing.

We've also got our usual PPV coverage with match-by-match rundown with star ratings and poll results of the show.

We also have a look at the debut of FS 1 with UFC  Fight Night.  We look at the business moves that were paid to insure 90 million homes had the availability to see the show, and how and why from a financial standpoint they are opening up far weaker than expected.

We also look at the first night ratings, and the growth throughout the show.  We look at other business, the stories post-show, as well as match-by-match coverage.

We also have a major feature on Darren Young coming out.  We look at where the idea likely came from, the media reaction, stars who had come out previously to little media interest, the sad final chapter of Kanyon and WWE history when it comes to sexual orientation of employees.  We look at why those who thought Young was risking his career couldn't have been more wrong.  We look at how WWE handled it on television, and company reaction.

We also have an update on Dwayne Johnson and WWE and what an affiliate business was told about who they have major plans for.  We also look at a major star from the past they are in talks with, as well as notes on Ultimate Warrior in Los Angeles.

We have more on next year's WrestleMania, as well as Steve Austin's reaction when it comes to wrestling again.

We've got a note on the WrestleMania 2015 location and something that likely didn't make WWE happy regarding the negotiations.

We've got tons of comments on Daniel Bryan based on a long feature story on him, with quotes frommany people around him, more on the heat on Si Cara, his injury, the Legends of WrestleMania mode in the video game, more on the WWE's unknown rules of wrestling, the repackaging of the Colons, and gambling and the WrestleMani finishes as well as the Reddit guy.

We also have notes on C.M. Punk's reaction to Ryan Braun, WWE video sals, Brock Lesnar fighting again,the Jerry Lawler museum and Rob Van Dam taking heat from TNA fans.  We also look at the Total Divas show.

 
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--Notes on  Eddie Alvarez settlement and contract

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Thursday's News Update

- Here's part of a Grantland interview HHH did with David Shoemaker and Bill Simmons where they talk about Vince McMahon, Steve Austin, and the changes in television.  Some of the stuff was really funny. A lot of people noted his "dirt sheet" stuff and just think if this was a real sport or real entertainment person saying this.  As someone who has covered wrestling along with other sports and entertainment, there are times when wrestling is so stuck in the dark ages and isn't even aware of it. 

The Wade Keller phone call story with DDP, is apparently true, but the funny part of the story is the guy who endlessly ripped on DDP was Bruce Mitchell, not Wade Keller, and Mitchell continued to do so long after that phone call.  The whole idea that somebody "flipped" sounds good if you actually never read the publication. Since I read Mitchell, the entire point HHH tried to make wasn't valid on the actual thing he brought up.  It's a good interview, especially HHH outing the Punk pipe bomb promo as being all a work (which everyone knows) but Punk has always trained to maintain an aura of legitimacy to his angle at the time. They also talk a physical Hall of Fame, doing creative and a lot more.

--The Ric Flair podcast on Steve Austin's show, at least part one, is now up.

--Dana White, after last night talking about making Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, says it's in jeopardy because Silva wants PPV points.

--Tyron Woodley vs. Josh Koscheck has been added to the 11/16 UFC show in Las Vegas. 

--The announced Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson fight on 11/9 in Brazil will be at light heavyweight, not middleweight.

--PWInsider.com reported today that A.J. Styles' contract will be expiring next month and that there has been very little attempt by TNA to sign him to a new deal.  Styles is going back to his old gimmick starting tonight.  Styles kind of acknowledged it on his Facebook page asking fans if they want to see him in TNA, ROH, WWE or Japan.

--Controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be doing an arm wrestling match with Hulk Hogan tomorrow at the Fan Expo in Toronto.  It takes place tomorrow morning at the Intercontinental Hotel.  Hogan is one of the biggest stars coming to the Fan Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Among those also appearing include Bobby Orr, Carrie Fisher, David Hasselhoff, Dean Cain, Linda Hamilton, Stan Lee and Joe Montana. Ford doesn't have the greatest reputation as he made headlines with the accusations he was a crack user and is an admitted alcoholic. (thanks to Ben Hearsum

Of the top sports stars, Hogan is charging the third highest price ($85) per autograph, behind Orr ($299) and Montana ($99).

--In a recent WWE filing, it mentioned that it has an investment in an unnamed touring entertainment product.  Apparently this will be in The Marvel Experience, which will have Marvel super heroes like Captain America and Spider-Man in costume and tour arenas in 2014. 

--The Hollywood Reporter had a big story on actors using steroids and GH.  The story claimed Henry Cavill bulked up naturally.  One trainer estimaed 20% of top actors are using PEDs and that Growth Hormone is more popular than ever.  It noted how difficult it is to get six-pack abs past the age of 40, and listed Oliver Stone,  Nick Nolte and Dixie Carter (not the TNA President) as users of HGH and also mentioned Arnold Schwarzenegger,Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent and Tyler Perry.  The story mentioned Dwayne Johnson who they said claimed to be natural for his role in Pain & Gain.  UFC trainer Mike Dolce talked about how steroid use in Hollywood is no different than in baseball in that people's incomesdepend on how they look.  Dolce was negative on it, sayhing it's a short-term improvement but then your hormonal chemistry can go to hell.

--Shine Wrestling is doing an iPPV tomorrow night in Ybor City, FL at www.WWNLive.com  with Amazing Kong, Angelina Love, Mercedes Martinez, Ivelisse Velez, Christina Von Eeerie and more

--Here's a story on Mick Foley doing his stand up show in Jacksonville on Sunday. (thanks to Shelton Hull)

--Here's a story on Natalie Neidhart promoting the WWE house show on Sunday in Ontario, CA, and Total Divas.

ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)

  • 1894 - Tom Cannon beat Tom McInerney in Liverpool, England to become the first European Greco-Roman champion.  This is the title that was later won by George Hackenschmidt, who came to the U.S. as champion for his match with Frank Gotch in 1908.
  • 1967 - Skull Murphy beat Tex McKenzie in Melborne to win the IWA title
  • 1975 - Great Mephisto beat Rocky Romero (not the current one) to win the WCW Brass Knux title in Sydney
  • 1976 - Ray Mendoza beat Audaz in Monterrey to win the UWA light heavyweight title
  • 1982 - Wahoo McDaniel beat Sgt. Slaughter in Charlotte to win the U.S. title
  • 1992 - Mitsuharu Misawa beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the Triple  Crown
  • 1993 - Atsushi Onita beat Mr. Pogo in Nishihomiya to win the FMW World Brass Knucks title
  • 1993 - Vampiro Canadiense beat Vampiro Americana (who is now JBL) to win the FILL world heavyweight title
  • 1999 - At summerSlam, Mankind won a three-way over WWF champion Steve Austin and HHH to win the title for a day with Jesse Ventura as ref.  The original plan was for HHH to win the title, but they didn't want Ventura to raise the hand of a heel, so they put Foley over and had HHH beat Foley for the titl.  Jeff Jarrett beat D-Lo Brown on that show to win both the IC and European titls and Undertaker & Big Show beat Kane & X-Pac to win the WWF tag team titles.

--Anthem Media Group, the parent company of The Fight Network in Canada, has purchased My Combat Channel from former UFC fighter Fabiano Iha.  The channel is on Grande Communication in  Texas.  The plan includes a 50/50 joint venture to expand My Combat Channel into new territories, and giving The Fight Network the North American rights to its library and rights for all platforms.

--An update on WWE Classics on Demand for this week (thanks to Brian Hoops):
  • 2013 Elimination Chamber PPV
  • ECW Unreleased Volume 1 parts 5 and 6
  • WWE 4/30/83 from the Spectrum in Philadelphia
  • WWWF Championship Wrestling 12/31/77
  • ECW 10/9/98
  • Prime Time Wrestling 11/27/89

-- Here's an article on the late John "Earthquake" Tenta.

--In the cable ratings for the week, USA was once again No. 1 with 2.70 million viewers on average during prime time.  Syfy was No. 18 at 1.06 million.  Spike was No. 22 at 854,000.  Raw finished No. 8, No. 10 and No. 16 for the week (the three different hours)  The second and third hours were No. 7 and No. 9 in 18-49.

--"Seven Levels of Hate," a DVD covering the seven match Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce series for the NWA title, will be available for DVD pre-orders starting at midnight Eastern time tonight.

--Bellator announced its 100th show will be taking place on 9/20 in Phoenix at Grand Canyon University, the same place TNA recently ran a PPV from.  The show features Ben Saunders vs. Douglas Lima with the winner getting a shot at Ben Askren's welterweight title, that is, if Askren is still with the promotion.  Former NCAA champion Bubba Jenkins will be on the show and they will have the first round of a welterweight tournament with Sergio Junior (29-11) vs. Matt Riddle (7-3), Mark Scanlon (9-2) vs. Herman Terrado (11-2), Justin Baesman (14-3) vs. Brent Weedman (21-8-1) and Vaughn Anderson (16-1-1) vs. War Machine (13-4).  That's kind of a joke that after all that has gone down, they still have War Machine in their promotion.

--Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Waylon Lowe was added to the 9/14 World Series of Fighting TV lineup for the show on 9/14 in Atlantic City on NBC Sports Network.  It will be the opener of the TV card.

--WXW from Saturday night in Dinkelsbuh, Germany:  Toby Blunt b Kim Ray, Karsten Beck b Da Mack, Freddy Stalh b Demolition Davies, Ilja Dargunov b Axel Dieter Jr., Ricky Marvin & Super Crazy b Axel Tischer & Ivan Kiev, Axel Deiter Jr. & Da Mack b Lance & Harlem Bravado, Maxi Schneider b Michael Schenkenberg, Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker b Jay Skiller & Ricy Marvin, Tommy End b Bad Bones to win the wXw title

--WXW from Sunday night in Dinkelsbuh, Germany:  Maxi Schneider & Michael Schenkenberg b Lance & Harlem Bravado, Kim Ray b Chris Brookes, Sasa keel b Ivan Kiev, Bad Bones & Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker b Axel Tischer & Freddy Stalh & Karsten Beck, Axel Dieter Jr. & Da Mack b Kenbai & Pete  Dunne, Emil Sitoco b Super Crazy, Ilja Dragunov b Toby Blunt, Tommy end b Rcky Marvin to retain the WCW title.  Davey Richards was announced as appearing 10/3 to 10/6. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)

--Pro Wrestling Battlarts announced shows on 9/26, 10/24 and 11/21 in Oshawa, ONT at the Polish Alliance Hall.

--ICP's television show airs every Wednesday night on the Fuse Network at 11 p.m. with Greg Valentine and Vampiro as regulars.

--CMLL from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Esfinge & Metatron b Demonio Maya & Evola, Magnus & Sky Kid & Soberano b Disturbio & Herodes Jr. & Sadico, Amapola & Princesa Blanca & Pricesa Sugei b Lluvia & Luna Magica & Marcela, Angel de Oro & Blue Panther & Titan b Ephesto & Mephsto & Polvora-DQ, Mascara Dorada & Mistico & Valiente b Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero

--Jerry Estrada, one of the great workers of the 80s and early 90s, actually did a retirement match on Sunday in Monterrey.  He's been physically cripped up for years.

--Toryumon is doing a TV taping for Japan on Sunday in Mexico City healdined by Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero and Brazo de Platino & El Hijo del Fantasma & Ultimo Dragon vs. El Terrible & Gran Guerrero & Rey Bucanero.

--Mascara Dorada wrestles on Saturday night in Oxnard, CA at Physique Now, as well as Sunday in East Los Angeles and the Boys & Girls Club (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" sims)

--AAW tomorrow night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with Shane Hollister vs. Junai Miller, Eddie Kingston vs. Silas Young, ACH vs. Kyle O'Reilly plus Michael Elgin and Davey Richards appear.

--BANG runs Friday night in Ocala, FL at the BANG Sound Stage.

--The planned XSE shows in Florida, built around appearances by Ric Flair, were canceled.  The story the wrestlers were told is Flair pulled out to take other bookings and they didn't want to run without the advertised biggest star.

--Wrestling and Respect on 10/5 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall.

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