MON. UPDATE: Raw preview for tonight, Matt Grice update; Total Divas, Hogan pub, Foley & Jericho on tour, Terry Funk, WWE reality show wrestler enters Bellator cage
Monday, 09 September 2013 12:51
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for live reports from Toronto tonight from Raw at
We're looking for Superstars matches, dark matches, attendance and anything else that wouldn't be on the live show.
Thus far advertised is Dustin Rhodes (today it's Dustin Rhodes, when it was first announced it was Goldust but they quickly switched it to Dustin Rhodes) vs. Randy Orton and if Rhodes wins, and Cody apologizes, he can get his job back. Edge will be there promoting two different Syfy show appearances. Vince McMahon and Christian are also both advertised for tonight's show but he was also advertised for all the weekend shows so not sure if he'll be there and if he can wrestle or not. It's the go-home show for Night of Champions. Locally they are advertising C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman & Curtis Axel, but that is likely a dark match.
We're looking for reports on these weekend shows:
We're looking for reports on tonight's shows:
*Sunday's WWE A team today from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan, C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel)
*Wrestle-1 Sunday from Tokyo Dome City Hall
*TNA Saturday night in Bethlehem, PA (Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title, James Storm & Gunner vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian for tag titles, Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Zema Ion for X title, A.J. Styles vs. Bobby Roode, Gail Kim vs. ODB, Ken Anderson vs. Magnus).
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday night in Ottawa.
Lots of news in the Observers this week. This week's back issue on the web site is huge historically, as WCW had just taken the lead in the Monday Night Wars and WWF filed a lawsuit against them for the portrayal of Kevin Nash & Scott Hall. It was big at the time, and ended up even bigger historically. The wording of the lawsuit is almost hilarious when you consider how the booking turned out.
Our new issue talks more about the biggest stars in WWE and UFC and their marketability. We look at a number of wrestlers on the WWE roster and look at when their popularity peaked, when it fell, and interesting notes including when wins and losses matter a ton, who benefits most when heels constantly beat down babyfaces, and what WWE headliner is so much more effective as a heel than a face, "but you already knew that."
We also update Night of Champions and what key question will be answered about the WWE audience that weekend.
We've got full coverage of UFC 164, including the story behind Anthony Pettis' rise to stardom, business notes on the show, an old story involving The Crusher in Milwaukee, early PPV estimates, the future booking of Pettis and Jose Aldo, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
We also update UFC's move to Fox Sports 1 including many changes made over the past week, what the rating for last Wednesday's show said, a staggering note in the Condit vs. Kampmann two fight series and a TV analyst notes one reason Ultimate Fighter may be hurting this year as compared to the past.
We also look at the UFC roster when it comes to star power and compare it to three years ago and what type of star is missing. We look at UFC on Spike compared to ESPN and why the traditional sports network goal would not have been the best thing for growth. We look at the position UFC is in leading to its biggest four month period in years on PPV. We examine the top stars in UFC today and where they stand as well.
We also look at Konnan's interview where he talked about WWE attempting to buy AAA a few years ago. We look at what was going on at the time and why WWE would have been interested. We look at how things are different today. We look at WWE expansion plans and why they fell through. We look at why the deal didn't go through when it was proposed, as well as how it was proposed.
We also have more regarding WrestleMania in 2015 and 2016, WWE injury updates, more new names of WWE wrestlers, more on the WWE tryout camp, Dolph Ziggler update, more on Ted DiBiase Jr. leaving WWE and what his next plans are, Ted Sr. talks his son leaving, Mid South Wrestling DVD, Cody Rhodes wedding, Next wee's Raw, Total Divas, update on Shane McMahon, Memphis legends show as well as WWE weekend business note and house show highlights.
We also look at the career of retired former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk.
We've got coverage of the UFC show in Indianapolis, as well as an interesting note on UFC Fight Night business.
We also examine the controversy regarding Bellator's Kong Mo vs. Emanuel Newton fight and calling it an interim title fight.
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--The only update on Matt Grice, the UFC fighter who underwent emergency brain surgery last night after his car was rear-ended, is that the swelling around his brain is going down and that his eyes are responsive to light. He remains in ICU at the University of Oklahoma Presbyterian Hospital.
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio talking Raw and the latest news. You can also send questions for tonight's show to
--Raw tonight goes against an NFL doubleheader on ESPN. The first game is the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins which goes against the first two hours of Raw. The second game is Houston at San Diego that starts at about 10:15 p.m. Eastern against the third hour..
--Raw being in Toronto also means watch out for unique crowd reactions, and even more unique announcer reactions if the fans cheer the "wrong" guys.
--Besides being on TV tonight to promote two shows on Syfy, Edge is advertised to appear in Ottawa for tomorrow night's Smackdown tapings.
--The final episode of this run of Total Divas, with Natalya's wedding to Tyson Kidd, will air on Sunday head-to-head with Night of Champions. The show will resume in the same time slot in November.
--ESPN Classics in Canada will be airing Global Wrestling Federation from the early 90s Monday through Thursday of this week at 11 p.m. Eastern time. The shows feature Steve Austin, Booker T, Stevie Ray, Sean Waltman, Buff Bagwell, Cactus Jack and John Layfield all getting some of their first national TV exposure. (thanks to Jamie Adams)
--With ticket sales slow, TNA will benefit the community by giving away free tickets for Thursday's No Surrender tapings. If you donate five nonperishable food items to Slumberland Furniture on 4265 Rusty Road, you will get a free ticket for the show.
--Hulk Hogan got a lot of publicity as he was on the sidelines of yesterday's Dallas Cowboys game with the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium, since Brooke Hogan is engaged to Phil Costa of the Cowboys. Ever the showman, Hogan was wearing a New York Giants shirt when shown on TV, got booed loudly, tore the short off and had a Cowboys sleeveless shirt underneath. LeBron James was there, and even though he was dressed in Cowboys merch, they still booed him. (thanks to Dave Lane, Denis Gorman and many others)
--There is a Total Divas marathon today on E!
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1926 - Billy Meeske beat Clarence Weber in Melbourne to win the Australian title in a battle between the country's two biggest stars of the era
1967 - Bruno Sammartino beat Gorilla Monsoon in a Texas death match to keep the WWF title in Boston
1973 - John Da Silva beat Robert Bruce in New Plymouth, New Zealand to win the British Commonwealth title. Bruce, after retiring from wrestling, later became New Zealand's biggest theatrical agent.
1975 - Skandor Akbar beat Moose Morowski in Melbourne to win the Austra Asian title
1977 - 19-year-old Satoru Sayama, 3 plus years before becoming the original Tiger Mask, beat Ringo Mendoza in Guadalajara to win the world middleweight title
1977 - Tony Atlas & Tommy Rich beat The Executioner (?) & Pak Song to win a one-night tournament for the vacant Georgia tag team titles
1980 - Afa & Sika beat Tony Garea & Rene Goulet in a tournament final for the vacant WWWF tag titles in Allentown
1986 - Dusty Rhodes beat Arn Anderson in Columbia, SC to win the NWA TV title
1988 - Shunji Takano & Shinichi Nakano beat Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki to win the All-Asia tag title in Chiba
1993 - Shane Douglas was awarded the ECW title (when it was Eastern Championship Wrestling) via forfeit from Tito Santana
1993 - Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas beat The Patriot (Del Wilkes) & The Eagle (James Hines) to win the All-Asia tag title in Koyama
1994 - La Parka beat Lizmark in Rio Bravo to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1994 - Latin Lover & Heavy Metal beat Tony Arce & Rocco Valente in Monterrey to win the Mexican national tag team title
1996 - Latin Lover beat Pimpinela Escarlata in Nuevo Laredo to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
2000 - Rhino beat Kid Kash in Mississauaga, ONT to become the final ECW TV champion
--Mick Foley has shows this week with a Wednesday night show in Hartford at Funny Bone, Thursday in East Providence at the Comedy Connection, Friday in Boston at Nick's Comedy Club and Saturday in Montreal .
--Chris Jericho and Fozzy are also on tour playing at Patchoque, NY at The Emporium on Thursday, at BB King's Blues Club in New York on Friday, at the Theatre Corona Virgin Mobile in Montreal on Saturday and in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Sunday.
--In the birthdays for yesterday, Wendi Richter was not listed and should have been. Most places list her birthday as September 6, 1961, but a friend of hers told us it is actually September 8, 1961.
POLL ON WRESTLE-1 DEBUT SHOW
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POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
51.3% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON BELLATOR
62.8% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WAS THE BEST WRESTLER TO EVER COME OUT OF THE OLYMPICS?
Kurt Angle 64.4%
Jumbo Tsuruta 11.3%
Danny Hodge 9.1%
Verne Gagne 7.5%
Karl Gotch 1.7%
Masa Saito 1.4%
Riki Choshu 1.4%
Mad Dog Vachon 1.4%
Hiroshi Hase 1.1%
Henri DeGlane 0.6%
Earl McCready 0.3%
BEST TV SHOW OF THE WEEK
Total Divas 14.0%
Ultimate Fighter 11.0%
UFC Fight Night 9.3%
Joe Warren special 3.5%
Main Event 2.3%
Ronda Rousey special 2.3%
AXS Fights 0.6%
---Johnny Phere vs. Damon Leigh headlines for PAID Promotions on Saturday night in Fleetwood, UK at The Loft. They also run 10/13 in Morecambe at The Globe Arena.
--Leroy McGuirk, a longtime world light heavyweight champion who later ran pro wrestling in what eventually became the Mid South territory, passed away on this day in 1988 at the age of 78. McGuirk started a number of wrestlers in their careers including Danny Hodge, Jack Brisco, Bill Watts as well as Jim Ross started his career as a referee and later an announcer for McGuirk.
--A UFC show called "On the Brink in Boston" about the build to the show three weeks ago airs on FS 2 at 11:30 p.m. tonight.
--Trans South Wrestling from Saturday night in Union, SC before 250 fans: Kameron Kade b Bobby Wolfert, Jake James b Cueball Carmichael, Josh Powers b TK Starwalker, Chase Brown b Baron Bullard, Dean Richards b Alex Avgerinos, Danny Dollar & Brandon Phoenix b Erik Thompson & Craig Huffman, Peter Kasaa & Dean Johnson b Manny Fernandez & Hunter Thompson-DQ. Terry Funk worked the show managing Kassa & Johnson against heel manager Thomas Simpson. Funk cleaned house on all the heels at the end of the match, getting an insane pop. Next show is 10/19 for a 5 p.m. show at the Union County Ag Fair.
--Terry Funk and Manny Fernandez did a seminar on Saturday afternoon that was filmed for an RF Video release.
--Replays of CMLL shows are at http://deportes.terra.com.mx/luchas/videos/ (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--Among the stuff currently on WWE Classics on Demand is:
10/20/86 Madison Square Garden show built around a tag team Battle Royal
UK Fan Favorites Part 1 & 2
Stampede Wrestling from 1979 (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--The visa issue that prevented Ricky Marvin from wrestling in Ontario Saturday night is that before he went to catch his flight on Thursday, the Canadian Consulate told him he wasn't getting a visa due to something he filled out wrong on his visa. When he found out what the issue was and corrected it, they told him it couldn't be approved for another 21 days (thanks to Colin Brackenridge)
--Michael Bisping was on BBC Radio 5 live breakfast this morning pushing his fight with Mark Munoz on 10/26. Good short interview (thanks to Paul Clay)
--Ring Wars Carolinas on Saturday night in Raeford, NC at the Hoke County High School as part of the turkey festival.
--Future Pro Wrestling from yesterday in the UK, but didn't get the city sent to me: Rockafella Foundation b Team Defend, Traditionalists b WWA, Thomas Chamberlain b RJ Singh, Sexy Beasts b Harlem & Lance Bravado, Greg Burridge b Wolf Alexander, Jonny Storm & Doug Williams b Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr. (thanks to Darren Rogers)
--Ayako Hamada has been added to the Shimmer shows on 10/19 and 10/20 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.
--GOUGE on Saturday night in Youngsville, NC at the National Guard Armory
--Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling on 9/21 in Graham, NC at the Southern Alamance High School has Scott Steiner, Buff Bagwell, Nikita Koloff, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on 10/5 in Porterdale, GA at 2001 Main St. with a Battle Royal and the winner gets a title shot at the belt of their choosing that night.
--The Chicago Tribune over the weekend had a long story on the two Frank Gotch vs. George Hackenschmidt matches.
--UIPW from Sunday in Pico Rivera, CA before 300 fans, which is not good for flying in 11 CMLL wrestlers for the show including major names like Sombra, Volador Jr., Rush, Virus and others: Buddy Love b Big Home Double, Oso Loco b Rey Volcan Jr., Pequeno Shamu b Clascicos Shadow, Sean Black b?, Joey Kaos & Trigger Gonzalez & Tito Escondido & Rico Dinamita b Pantera Azteca & Jesus Cruze & Suburban Commandos, Hudson Envy & Lady Lee b Amazona & Yumi, Thunderwolf b Jaguar de Oro, Phoenix Star & Zokre & ? b Hector Canales & Durango Kid & Super Kendo II, Golden Scorpion & Paikal & Robby Phoenix & Rubi Gardenia b Extassis & Kanalla & X-Torm & Zarco, Diamante Azul & Lestat & Mariaichi Loco b Infernal & OG Playboy & Histeria, Valiente & Flecha Fugaz & Amagin Jr. & Extreme Tiger b Virus & Latino Blanco & Lil Cholo & Bobby Rios, Psicosis & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Super Natural b Rush & L.A. Panda & Stuka Jr., Volador Jr. & Euforia & Shamu Jr. b El Hijo de Rey Misterio II & La Sombra & Misterioso. The 11 a.m. start time may not have been the best idea. Rey Misterio (the original, uncle of WWE wrestler was honored at the show) (thanks to Alfredo Esparza)
--Three Canadian fighters, Elias Theodorou, Matt MacGrath and Jason Saggo are all doing fund-a-fighter campaigns hoping to help pay their travel expenses to get to Toronto for the TUF tryouts for the Canada vs. Australia season coming up. For more info go to FundaFighter.com
--Stacy Keibler was on Michael and Kelly today talking about Fashion Week and her TV show.
--CMLL yesterday in Guadalajara: El Hijo del Javier Cruz & Indigo b Pirana & Tapatio, Black Metal & Idolo b Acertijo & Jocker-DQ, Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Gallo & Leo in finals of Occidental tag team title tournament, Angel de Oro & Mistico & Rey Cometa b Felino & Misterioso Jr. & Negro Casas-DQ
--Baja Stars Wrestling on 9/27 in Tijuana at the Auditorio has Canek & L.A. Park vs. Carlito Colon & Dr. Wagner Jr.
--90s stars The Head Hunters headline a LWE show in Houston at La Tia Pancha.
--Rob Sinclair is out of the Bellator lightweight tournament due to a knee injury. The lineup for the 9/27 show in Portland, OR at the Moda Center on Spike has a first round heavyweight tournament main event with Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer, plus first round lightweight tourney fights with Marcus Davis (22-9) vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (23-1), John Alessio (24-16) vs. Will Brooks (10-1), Martin Stapelton (12-1) vs. Saad Awad (14-5) and Ricardo Tirloni (15-4) vs. Rich Clementi (45-22-1).
--An interesting undercard fight has Ryan Healy vs. Marcin Held, the leglock specialist. Also in the prelims is former Tough Enough competitor and pro wrestler Jeremiah Riggs, who faces Peter Aspinwall.