MON. UPDATE: Ratings, WWE house show last night, ID of guy on Total Divas last night, MSG DVD, Anniversary of famous show, Tailgate party
Monday, 26 August 2013 15:18
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for reports from Raw tonight in Phoenix at
We're looking for dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else not evident from the live show. The only advertised match is C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel.
We're also looking for reports on the weekend house shows in Rio Rancho, NM, Las Cruces, NM and San Diego,
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Las Vegas, which is the end of the company's long West Coast tour.
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 took place, 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 differing 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 Champions, 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 from many people around him, more on the heat on Sin 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 WrestleMania finishes as well as the Reddit guy.
We also have notes on C.M. Punk's reaction to Ryan Braun, WWE video sales, 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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--Lineup for the next New Japan PPV show
--Upcoming CMLL tag title match in New Japan
--Hiroshi Tanahashi heads to the U.K.
--Major rock stars in Japan talk pro wrestling
--Update on wrestling in the Olympics
--Looking at the entire Jose Gonzalez autograph show situation
--WWC Night of Champions notes
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--NOAH star debuting with ROH
--Update on Richards & Edwards with ROH
--ROH running show on another WWE big show weekend
--Notes on ROH's last show in New York
--Behind Brooke Hogan being let go by TNA
--Hulk Hogan's expected return to TNA
--Notes on Devon being gone from TNA
--TNA's next major TV show and plans
--Notes on Bully Ray's title win
--More on the Jesse Sorensen being cut situation
--TNA's handling of Kurt Angle's situation
--Update on the Bound for Glory series and standings
--Notes on Howard Stern tie-in for Bound For Glory
--TNA weekend house show note
--Stefan Struve's medical condition
--Latest UFC PPV numbers
--Thoughts on upcoming UFC PPVs
--Dana White's reaction to the Biogenesis story
--GSP asks for outside drug testing and what it means
--Former WEC champ fined and suspended for steroid test failure
--Lots of new UFC matches, and matches being talked about
--First Countdown show on FS 1
--Boston legal controversy regarding minors attending shows
--Will UFC go head-to-head against Bellator
--Chael Sonnen speaks with the inspiration of his promos
--Dana White talks Ronda Rousey's mentioning of retirement and her Twitter responses
--Dana White talks Ben Askren
--UFC fighter fired after burglary conviction
--Rousey talks Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway
--UFC thinking about creating a regional circuit
--Notes on Eddie Alvarez settlement and contract
--How Bellator is gambling with this
--More on the Bellator PPV show
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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer radio talking Raw and the latest news. We'll also be taking e-mail questions sent to
--Countdown to UFC 164 airs at 10 p.m. tonight on Fox Sports 1. Rating of this will be very interesting.
--USA Network sent out a press release today noting for the eighth year in a row, they were No. 1 in the summer. They should trumpet it now, because ESPN is going to be No. 1 in the fall. Raw, Graceland, Burn Notice, Suits and Royal Pains were all given credit for leading USA to the win.
--Results from last night in Rio Rancho, MN
Prime Time Players b Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal
Great Khali b Hunico
Ryback b Kofi Kingston
Natalya & Kaitlyn b A.J. Lee & Layla
Cody Rhodes b Damien Sandow
Dolph Ziggler b Big E Langston
Alberto Del Rio b Christian to retain the World title
C.M. Punk b Curtis Axel (with Heyman) in a non-title match
--The guy who played the longtime guy who had the hots for Natty Neidhart on Total Divas last night used to wrestle for the 2000 version of Stampede Wrestling run by Bruce Hart as Rod Rage in the days when Mauro Ranallo did the announcing..
--The best of MSG DVD is being released by WWE tomorrow. Should have a commercial on Raw tonight. The only pre-1984 stuff on are Pedro Morales vs. Ivan Koloff, Bruno Sammartino vs. Superstar Graham and Bob Backlund matches with Ken Patera and Harley Race. The title is 50 years of history, although I think the first MSG pro wrestling show was around 1879 or 1880. Among those interviewed were
--NXT is on the free section of Hulu starting now.
--There will be a UFC 164 tailgate party Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in front of the Bradley Center in Milwaukee with live entertainment, food, beverages, merchandise plus autograph signings with Cain Velasquez, Matt Hughes, Urijah Faber and Daniel Cormier.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1955 - Don McIntyre beat Freddie Blassie to win the Southern title in Atlanta
1975 - Blackjack Lanza & Blackjack Mulligan beat Pat Barrett & Domenic DeNucci to win the WWWF tag titles in Philadelphia
1979 - Harley Race beat Dusty Rhodes to regain the NWA title in Orlando in a match where Terry Funk attacked and destroyed Rhodes before the match started
1991 - The Legion of Doom beat the Nasty Boys to win the WWF tag titles and Bret Hart beat Mr. Perfect to win the IC title in Madison Square Garden. I was at this show. It was the night Ultimate Warrior got fired, Randy & Elizabeth got married for storyline purposes.
1991 - Dragon Master beat Jerry Lawler in Memphis to win the USWA title
1994 - Bob Backlund & Warlord & Scott Putski beat Gedo & Jado & Hiromichi Fuyuki to win the WAR six-man tag titles
1999 - The Dudleys beat Spike Dudley & Balls Mahoney in Queens, NY to win the ECW tag titles
2000 - Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke beat Yoshihiro Tajiri & Mikey Whipwreck in Manhattan to win the ECW tag titles and Kid Kash beat Rhino to win the ECW TV title
--Petey Williams turned 32 today.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW?
57.4% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS REGARDING WATCHING UFC THIS WEEKEND
Watching Wednesday 63.8%
Watching Sunday's PPV 56.0%
51.7% of those responding say they're watching both. 31.9% said they're watching neither
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
Total Divas 12.7%
Fight Master 3.0%
AXS Fights 0.7%
Inside MMA 0.7%
--Former Southern California wrestler Mando Lopez passed away two years ago today at the age of 63. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--CWE from Saturday night in Selkiek, MB: Jess Youngblood & Red Thunder b Travis Cole & Brian Rich, Mentallo DCOR A.J. Sanchez, Danmy Duggan b Cannibal, Heavy Metal b Bobby Collins, El Bano & J.J. Sanchez b Kevin Cannon & Dick Blood, Val Venis b Rob Stardom, Anderson Tyson Moore b Matt Fairline-DQ, Val Venis & Danny Duggan b Rob Stardom & Heavy Metal (not the AAA) wrestler. Next show is 9/13 in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.
--CTWE from Saturday night in Bethany, CT before 600 fans: Ken Combs b Chris Students, Bandido Jr. b Kristian Frost, Mikey Webb won five-way, Homicide & Bobby Ocean b Rhino & Bryan Castle, Vladimir Joseph b Team Shazaam, Trent Baretta & Derrick Bateman b Antonio Thomas & Mike Mondo, Team Friendship won four-way over Monarchy, Marc & Ant Battle and Bill Carr & Dan Barry, Ricky Reyes b Michael Elgin, Eddie Edwards b Johnny Gargano, Kevin Nash & Bull Dredd b Platinum Entertainment, Lukas Sharp won Elimination match for CTWE title.
--New Focus Wrestling from Saturday night in Evansville, IN before 150 fans: Viper over Rowdy Red, Andrew Hunter and Ben Bray, Kyle Maverick b Just John in a chain on a pole match, Jessie Belle Smothers b Izza Belle Smothers, Johnny Richards b Doug Gilbert in a chain match, Scotty Wolf & Anthony Blaze & Flash Flanagan b Johnny Whiplash & Tempest & Bob Brazil Jr., Tracy Smothers b Gator McAllister, Khloe b Lady Vendetta, Rob Conway b Iron Baron, Dyron Flynn & Chris Norte & Chad Stallings & Rough Rider Roy b Canadian Kid & Big A & T-Bolt & Vic the Bruiser, Cliff Compton b Mad Man Pondo in a street fight. Next show is 9/28 (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on Friday night at Turner's Hall in Cleveland with Ethan Page vs. Michael Hutter (Derrick Bateman) vs. Eric Ryan vs Colin Delaney, plus a six-man ladder match involving Matt Cross and Flip Kendrick.
--Anarchy Wrestling from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 100 fans: Tommy Penirelli b Sweet Dreams, Corey Hollis b Slim J, Seven & Shaun Tempers b Jeremy Vain & Brodie Chase, CB Suave b Vandal, Dango Wynn b Andrew Pendelton III, Mike Posey b Caprice Coleman, Geter NC Mikael Judas. Next show is 9/14.
--PNPW from Sunday in Rainier, OR: Steve Rush b Johnny Obsession, Home Boy Quiz b Ethan HD, Christopher Ryseck b CC Poison, MJ won three-way over George Michael and Patrick Large (thanks to Charles Short)
--CMLL last night in Guadalajara: Samael & Pirana b Yaqu & Brillante Jr., Ebola & Rafaga & Demonio Rojo b Martin & Tony Escobedo & Divino, Exterminador & Demonio Maya b Esfinge & Sky Kid, Super Popular & Stuka Jr. & Sagrado b Tiger & Puma & Barbario Cavernario, Volador Jr. b La Sombra (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Jason Giambi came to the plate yesterday for the Cleveland Indians to the NWO Wolfpac theme. Well, he was a big pro wrestling fan at one point (thanks to Jeff Gorman)
--LA Leyendas de Lucha from yesterday in Los Angeles: Piloto Nuclear & Jalisco I & Triton & Huracan Ramirez Jr. b Principe Indu & Loverboy & Capitan Oro & Terror, Tornado Negro II & Enfermero Jr. & Sombra Infernal & Profeta Jr. b Kayam & Enigma de Oro & Rayo de Plata & Tony Casanova, Gran Colosso & Piolin & Corsario de Plata & Halcon Blanco b Dinamic & Franky Lima & KKK #1 & Indio Ramos, Vandal Drummond & El Hijo del Super Boy b American Mercenary & El Hijo de Principe Indu
--Premier Wrestling on 9/29 in Gilroy, CA at the Nine Lives Club has added Nick Ruiz (1-1) vs. Sledge (1-1). Main event is Jeff Cobb, a former Olympic wrestler, defending his Premier title against Brian Tannen, plus a No. 1 contenders match with Dave Dutra vs. Oliver John. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. at www.premierwrestling.com
--The World Series of Fighting announced Rick Glenn vs. Artur Rofi, Ozzy Dugulubgov vs Andrew Osbourne and Sidemar Honorio vs. Jimmie Rivera as prelims for the 9/14 show in Atlantic City. Glenn trains under Duke Roufus. Dugulubgov trains under Renzo Gracie. Honorio also trains under Renzo Gracie.
--Duane Ludwig is the guest today on the Joe Rogan Experience. It will air on Sirius SX The Virus channel Saturday at Noon Eastern time.