TUES UPDATE: Off-air Raw notes,Mayweather/Alvarez twist, UFC and Bellator fighter retires, article about title belts and tons more
By Bryan Alvarez |
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*WWE A team Sunday 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).
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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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--Update on CMLL's Champion of Champions tournament
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--Update on an international group's plans for U.S. expansion
--Notes on the Dragon Gate tag team tournament
--Japanese star teasing dropping his gimmick
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--AAA high flyer headed to Japan to challenge for jr. title
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--New promotion debuting on iPPV this week and lineup
--Diamond Ring does one of its biggest shows in history
--Update on the fate of wrestling in the Olympics
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--Terry Funk doesn't stay retired
--More of Ric Flair on Steve Austin's podcast
--Lots of major stars head overseas for a prospective new promotion
--Update on the WWC Aniversario show build
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--Update on A.J. Styles contract situation
--Story behind the Styles promo on Impact
--More about the craziness of the Bound for Glory series
--Notes on TNA's next major TV show
--Update on Wanderlei Silva
--Chael Sonnen's next fight ideas
--UFC making a move and spending big money
--UFC debuting in new markets
--Ticket sales for all upcoming UFC events, what is good and what isn't so good
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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Have a great interview with Sonjay Dutt up on the front page right now where he talks about, among things, participating in THE REVERSE BATTLE ROYAL that TNA had many years ago (they actually had TWO, which is really more shocking than the fact that they came up with the concept). You can follow Sonjay on Twitter here. Really fun show.
-- From live reports, Daniel Bryan was the most over guy on the show last night with "YES!" chants inside the building and outside all the way down the street after the show. There were also chants of "FREE HEALTH CARE" during Heyman's promo if you were trying to figure out what the people were saying.
-- Another person who was at the show said, "Daniel Bryan is a superstar like I've never seen before."
-- Quite the twist here if you've been watching the Mayweather/Alvarez Countdown specials (check front page if you haven't seen the latest episode). Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez's mouthpiece, won't be there Saturday night according to a statement by Oscar: Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is the ring and mine in treatment. I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility. I explained this to Canelo and he understood that my health and longterm recovery from my disease must come first. Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family.
-- NFL GERMAN SUPLEX. Pretty damn good one too.
-- Adam Copeland interview on Haven here.
-- Paul Varelans bouncer stories here.
-- Former UFC fighter Matt Riddle announced he was retiring due to the fact that MMA was unable to pay the bills.
-- Article hereon the disaster that is drug testing for the GSP vs. Johny Hendricks fight. Neither side is coming out of this looking particularly good.
-- TNA No Surrender preview for Thursday's TV show here.
-- Newest Impact Wrestling podcast with Hulk Hogan, Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and Gail Kim is up here. That's quite the mix of personalities.
-- An ode to Mid-South Wrestling here.
-- New edition of the Justin Credible reporttalking Edge and Goldust, HHH, Stephanie and more.
-- IPW Hardcore Wrestling featured in a new Eminem video here. Wrestlers involved are Cuban Assassin and Haystacks Calhoun Jr.
-- Fun interview with Dave Millican talking championship belts, including the new WWE Title here.
-- Interview herewith one of the story producers of Total Divas, who is, in fact, a long-time wrestling fan.
-- The VIP password for the October 29th Smackdown in Tampa is WWEVIP.
-- MMADudeBro podcast talking to Shawn Jordan and Tonya Evinger here.
-- PREDICT THE RATING FOR RAW
2.6 or less 14.2%
3.5 or more 3.7%
WHAT IS THE MAIN EVENT FOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS?
Orton vs. Bryan 88.4%
Punk vs. Heyman & Axel 6.5%
RVD vs. Del Rio 5.0%
WHO WAS THE GREATEST STAR IN TENNESSEE WRESTLING HISTORY?
Jerry Lawler 88.6%
Jackie Fargo 11.4%
WHO SHOULD WIN THE TNA FINAL FOUR?
A.J. Styles 50.9%
Austin Aries 18.5%
Bobby Roode 6.0%
-- 1951 - Don McIntyre defeated Art Nelson in a two of three falls match to win the Southern Heavyweight Title in Augusta, Georgia.
1968 - The Spoiler & Gary Hart defeated Fritz Von Erich & Grizzly Smith in Dallas, Texas to win the NWA American Tag Team Title
1980 - Harley Race defeated Giant Baba for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Ohtsu, Japan
1983 - Austin Idol defeated Ken Patera in Memphis, Tennessee to win the AWA International Heavyweight Title.
1988 - United States Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) defeated Four Horsemen members Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1990 - Brian Lee & Don Harris defeated Jeff Jarrett & Jeff Gaylord for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1995 - Yoshinari Ogawa defeated Dan Kroffat (aka Phil LaFon) in Tokyo, Japan to win the All-Japan World Junior Heavyweight Title.
2001 - Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Chris Kanyon for the WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title in San Antonio, Texas.