SUN UPDATE: Night of Champions preview, Mayweather fallout, surprising challenge, WSOF fight canceled last minute, Riddick Bowe pro wrestling debut and rips Konnan, Watson off UFC in UK, Big Total Divas episode, WWE name birthday
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's WWE Night of Champions, as well as Saturday's New Japan Road to Destruction and Friday's CMLL show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on these weekend shows:
Sunday has WWE's Night of Champions on PPV from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit
- WWE Saturday night in Saginaw
- TNA Saturday night in Joplin, MO
- WWE Friday night in East Lansing, MI
- WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan: I expect nothing short of an absolute killer of a match. As far as the result goes, either way it should be something to lead to a rematch, because the other option for a title match in three weeks seems to be Orton vs. Big Show. I think a title change is early in the game, but given how badly they beat Bryan down in the buildup, maybe they'll go with it. Just hope if they do, it's not a three week thing. I don't see long-term Bryan because except for Orton, what heels do they have while they have other faces for Orton?
- C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman in an elimination match: It would appear that either Heyman gets killed or a new member of the Heyman stable gets introduced. Since Heyman is such a great TV character and Punk and he can go longer in this program, I'm hoping for the latter.
- World Champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam: RVD's work has been so much better since returning and Del Rio has had some of his best matches of late.
- U.S. Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler: If these two are given time, they should be able to have a great match. Ziggler has been losing a lot lately which is actually sometimes a signal he's getting the title. I would be surprised if that happens here, as it doesn't seem to be the right time for Ambrose to lose.
- Tag Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. winners of the preshow match with the Prime Time Players, Antonio Cesaro & Jack Swagger, Usos, Brodus Clay & Sweet T and 3MB. For what it's worth, The Prime Time Players worked the last two nights with Rollins & Reigns, and when they have a new match set for a PPV, they like to try it out on the road first. In that case. they would be the favorites to be in this match.
- Divas Champion A.J. Lee vs Brie Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya
With six matches scheduled, that either means several long matches or they will add a match to the card. Raw will be on Monday in The Miz's home town of Cleveland, while Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
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A look at one of the biggest weeks of the year, with the stories behind all of the major shows including WWE Night of Champions, the biggest PPV in six years from boxing, TNA's next event, New Japan and other big shows is the lead in this week's Observer.
We look at all the different shows including a look at Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez, thoughts on the biggest boxing events of the generation, records already set, buy rate and match predictions and where things go from here.
We also look at all the other big shows, including direction of New Japan and TNA, what makes this Night of Champions far more intriguing than a usual B show even though it's a two match show. We run down the card as well.
We also look at wrestling being brought back into the Olympics, the story behind it first being nixed and it coming back, what had to change and why, as well as a look at Tokyo getting the 2020 games and how it affects pro wrestling in Japan.
In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the debut of the world's longest lasting wrestling company of all-time, the former EMLL, now CMLL, we have a history feature.
We preview the Anniversary show and what led up to it, look at the careers of Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Volador Jr. and La Sombra and how they got to one of the biggest matches in Mexican wrestling history. We look at how all of their careers have intertwined, the go-home match the week before the show, as well as the complete card.
We also go through a history of the anniversary show, from the beginning of the promotion, where the anniversary idea came from, the legends of Mexican history like El Santo, Blue Demon, Mil Mascaras, Gori Guerrero, Tarzan Lopez and more, as well as the stars from anniversary shows who went on to fame in the U.S. like Rito Romero, Blackie Guzman, Ruben Juarez, Raul Mata and Ray Mendoza.
We look at many of the biggest matches in the history of wrestling in Mexico, the original fame of the first Tiger Mask, big matches with 19-year-old Eddy Guerrero, the rise in fame of Perro Aguayo, 20-year old Negro Casas as a big star, attempts to bring in Ric Flair for big shows, the match where they changed the finish at the last minute, as well as a look at the wrestlers with the most anniversary sow main events.
We also look at Dwayne Johnson and WWE films, WWE's latest major hire, departure of head writer again, Cody Rhodes angle, Bray Wyatt's music, house show advertising, Jim Ross trivia, Middle East touring, Lanny Poffo talks Randy Savage and the Hall of Fame and who he thinks should induct Savage if he goes in, NXT wrestlers being used on tours, why Cena may be back on TV before January, Total Divas, a physical Hall of Fame, lots of Dolph Ziggler comments, behind the scenes at Total Divas, athletes who started from scratch in WWE system with no indie training, a look at NXT TV and Sami Zayn main events, plus all the weekend business notes as well as details from all the arena events.
We also look at this past week's UFC show from Brazil, as well as the ratings for that show as well as for Ultimate Fighter and a major reason few are talking about as part of the decline. We also have coverage of the show.
We also have an updated story on Matt Grice, the UFC fighter involved in an auto accident who is battling to recover after brain surgery.
We look at the debut of Keiji Muto's new Wrestle-1 show, as well as a look at the first show and the unique way it was promoted.
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--Notes on AAA's next show honoring Antonio Pena
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--Wrestlers from all over the world congregate for the WWL weekend shows
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--ROH weekend show rundowns
--Kurt Angle update
--Hulk Hogan talks a number of subjects
--Hulk's version of why he went to TNA
--Hulk's version of his power in creative
--Hulk's thoughts on who the top young stars in wrestling are
--Hogan talks Rampage and Tito and ratings
--Hulk talks his all-time favorite wrestlers
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--Hulk says who he wishes he could work with today
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--UFC's 20th anniversary card coming together
--Is UFC losing interest with the casual audience and why?
--The story behind Miesha Tate and what Ronda Rousey didn't know or thought when Tate was brought on the show
--Dana White talks Dominick Cruz
--What FS 1 told Dana White after the first night on the station
--Why Sean Sherk retired
--The change in Nevada's policy on marijuana
--Pay records for the UFC show in Boston
--Fighter asked what percentage of fighters use PED's
--Tons of new UFC matches announced
--Update on Ben Askren's contract situation
--A look at this week's Bellator show
--A look at the retirement of Matt Riddle
--Latest on Mayhem Miller
--Megumi Fujii's retirement match
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer Radio recapping WWE Night of Champions, other weekend stuff and taking your email questions. Send them to
--I haven't heard anything about major odds swings with NOC tonight, but only minor ones. The impression I had is Vince McMahon was able to put a lid on internal gambling with SummerSlam and it doesn't seem to have changed since.
--From Saturday's Mayweather/Canelo fight, there is tons of heat on C.J. Ross, the judge who ruled the fight a 114-114 draw. She is just getting killed everywhere. Boxing judging is the same as MMA judging, except when you don't have one-sided rounds and there are 12, anything can happen. There was no doubt watching the fight who won, but there were close rounds. I am not sure there were six, but there were a few.
To show how big the fight was, there were six million Google searches for it where a giant UFC fight may be more than 1 million. By comparison, WrestleMania did about 1 million. In addition, our coverage of the fight was the most viewed story of the month, and this isn't even a boxing site. I know of one MMA site that may have set their all-time record for single day views yesterday, and it sure as hell wasn't for the WSOF show. It appears at the end of the day, there was more interest in this fight among MMA fans than even the biggest UFC shows, which tells you how big of a star Mayweather really is.
Bernard Hopkins is pushing the idea of fighting Mayweather at 160 pounds. Well, for the payday, he should push it as much as possible.
--Speaking of WSOF Saturday, there was a unique story that developed. Elvis Mutapcic, in the tournament to crown a middleweight champion, was not allowed to fight because a women with the commission said she was him take a pill before the fight that wasn't disclosed in his commission form. Mutapcic said it wasn't him, but his manager, dressed just like him, taking his heart medication. He then went and immediately took a drug test on his own, which came back negative for all banned substances. The commission said that there were prescriptions that weren't listed on his form and that hadn't been approved by the commission and the fight was canceled.
--On NFL coverage on FOX today, Dick Stockton made the statement that this past week's Ultimate Fighter did record ratings. Well, it was the highest rating in FS 1's few week history for a non-live sports event, but it was hardly what you would call record ratings.
--We got literally zero feedback on the New Japan show this weekend. Since our readers make up a large percentage of the total audience that buys New Japan iPPV shows outside of Japan, that's telling. The last two shows, even with the lower price, have done nothing at all.
--Kevin Nash, Mick Foley, Bret Hart and Chris Jericho were all at Comic Con yesterday in Montreal. Foley and Jericho both performed in Montreal that night. Bret Hart attended Foley's show and came on stage for an impromptu Q&A, and Foley's scheduled 45 minute show went 90 minutes (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--Foley is in Boston tonight at Nick's Comedy Club at 8 p.m, while Jericho plays at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto tonight.
--Riddick Bowe, 46, the former world heavyweight boxing champion, has signed for his first pro wrestling match on 3/1 for Preston City Wrestling, an indie group that uses a lot of U.S. stars. He's coming to the U.K. in late February for a press conference and contract signing. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
Somebody brought this up to Konnan and he wrote, "Obviously he needs paper." Bowe saw that and responded, "Obviously you need my fist up your ass. Who doesn't need paper Einstein."
--UK favorite Tom "Kong" Watson is out of the UFC 10/26 show in Manchester due to an injury. Alessio Sakara will now face replacement Magnus Cedenblad.
--The wedding of Natalya airs on Total Divas at 10 PM EST which goes head-to-head with the PPV except on the West Coast. It is bad planning on E Network's part to have the wedding tonight, although non-PPV viewership in the U.S. really isn't that large. It will hurt the rating which, by all rights, should have been the highest rated episode to date.
--Ultimate Fighter replays at 10 p.m. tonight on FS 2, followed by UFC 145 (Jones vs. Evans) at 11 p.m.
--WWE has hired back Shawn Spears, who is now in NXT.
--Classic Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Port Hope, ONT: Hijo del Bigote b Black Bushi, Rob Rage b Marcus Ryan, Asylum (the guy on Raw this week) b Jan Bolen, Seleziya Sparks (ROH) b Jasmine, Notorious TID b Phil Atlas, Freakshow b Matt Burns-DQ, Jan Bolen & Freakshow b Flatliners (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Davey Richards will be doing a Q&A on 10/9 at 8 p.m. at The LassO Gowrie in Manchester, UK.
--ROH's Rhett Titus turned 26 today. According to Wikipedia, Teddy Long turned 66 today. That sounds older to me given he got started in the mid-80s as a ref.
--U.K. heavyweight champion Billy Joyce was 65 when he passed away in 2000. By legend, Billy Joyce was a great shooter in the realm of a Karl Gotch or a Billy Robinson.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron):
- 1984 - Invader III beat Anibal in San Juan to win the UWA (Mexico) jr. light heavyweight title
- 1986 - Shiro Koshinaka beat Nobuhiko Takada in Fukuoka to win the IWGP jr. title. Those two had a killer series of matches during that era.
- 1986 - Black Bart beat Chris Adams in a phantom title change to win the World Class world title. I remember this kind of killed the title.
- 1988 - Toshiaki Kawada & Samson Fuyuki beat Shinichi Nakano & Shunji Takano to win the All-Asia tag title
- 1989 - Sheik Braddock & Ron Starr beat Jeff Jarrett & Matt Borne to win the USWA tag titles in Dallas
- 1991 - Lightning Kid beat Chaz Taylor to win the GWF light heavyweight title
- 1997 - Curt Hennig beat Steve McMichael in Charlotte to win the U.S. title
- 1998 - Jacqueline beat Sable to win the vacant WWE women's title on Raw in Sacramento
- 2001 - Scott Anton beat Barry Windham in Carrollton, GA to win the TCW (Dusty Rhodes group) title
- 2005 - Jeff Jarrett beat Raven to win the NWA title in Windsor, ONT
--Here's a story
of a 1993 altercation between Scott Steiner and Jacques Rougeau.
--CWE on 10/11 in Winnipeg headlined by Gene Snisky.
--Riddick (with Dave Bautista) was No. 3 at the box office this weekend at $7.01 million, behind Insidious 2 and The Family, both of which debuted.
--Kick Ass II (with Chuck Liddell) was No. 9 at the Australian box office this weekend. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from Sunday in St. Louis: Moondog Rover b Jackson Whitechapel, Andrew Wilder b Ace Hawkins, A.J. Williams b Dave Osborne-DQ, Brian James b Tony Raze, Brandon Espinosa b Da'Marius Jones, Lumberjacks b Webmster Stevie K & J-Mal Swagg, Gary Jackson NC Mephisto (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--Lucha Xtreme TV results from last night's show in Fresno: Crimson Plague b Zero, Al Azar b Elemento, Wiseguy b Brian Tannen-DQ. Next taping is 10/12 at the Pins and Strikes Family Entertainment Center in Elk Grove, near Sacramento. Weird they are taping in Elk Grove because that's hours away from Fresno. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Stacy Keibler is scheduled on the new syndicated Arsenio Hall Late Night show on Thursday, the first wrestling related guest on the new version of the show. The original was famous for the 1991 interview with Hulk Hogan where he said that he had only done steroids three times in his life, all to rehab from injuries. Later under oath, he admitted that was hardly the case.
--GOUGE from last night in Youngsville, NC: The Goat b Storm Maverick, Otto Schwanz b Red Hornet, Shawn Alexander b Trailer Park Heat, Guerrilla Ninja b Alas de Angel and Chaco in three-way, Mickey Gambino b Seymour Snott. Next show is 9/28 at Rebus Works in Raleigh at 6 p.m.
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
- Excellent 12.7%
- Good 38.2%
- Average 27.3%
- Fair 5.5%
- Poor 16.4%
40.2% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON BELLATOR
- Excellent 7.7%
- Good 30.8%
- Average 19.2%
- Fair 11.5%
- Poor 30.8%
64.9% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE HENDRICKS-GSP DRUG TESTING SITUATION
- Both are playing games, neither wants real drug testing 46.3%
- Neither are playing games, Hendricks doesn't want to spend money, GSP ha already spent his money 22.6%
- GSP is avoiding real testing and I don't trust VADA 12.4%
- Neither should be doing more testing as current testing is sufficient 10.2%
- Hendricks is avoiding real testing and using the not trusting VADA as an excuse 8.5%
--Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Cornelia, GA: Stryknyn b BJ Hancock-DQ, Steven Walters b Corey Hollis, Bobby Moore b Cody O'Connor, Shaun Tempers b Shadow Jackson-DQ, Anthony Henry b Victor Andrews, Kevin Blue won eight-man elimination match, Michael Judas NC Geter in a lumberjack match, to set up a cage match between the two on 10/26
--CIW from last night in Oregon, MI: Will Studd b Mitch Jackson, Damien Wayne & Lance Erickson b D-Ray 3000 & Sean Casey, Legion b Grizzly House Jones & Buzz Manson, N8 Mattson & Ben Boone b Tre Miguel & Andrew Lee, Mikey Smalls & Van Envy b Terror Khan & Mustafa Mohammed, D-Ray 3000 won Battle Royal, N8 Mattson & Ben Boone b Mikey Smalls & Van Envy, Legion NC Damien Wayne & Lance Erickson, Damien Wayne & Lance Erickson won thre-way over Legion and N8 Mattson & Ben Booone to win the Midwest tag team tournament, Sebastian Rose b Kris Korvis, Nitro b Damien Wayne to win NWA National title. Shane Douglas did a run-in beating up Mustafa Mohammed. (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Riot Pro Wrestling on 9/21 in Palm Bay, FL at the Palm Bay Hotel & Conference Center with Jesse Neal and Santana Garrett.
--I Believe in Wrestling on 9/22 in Orlando at the Team Vision Dojo with Jesse Neal, Santana Garrett and Larry Zbyszko.
--2CW from last night in Potsdam, NY before 300 fans: Cheech b Slyk Wagner Brown, Pete O Order & Bin Hamin b Dick Justice & Eric Timmins, Nick Ando b Gregory Iron, Colin Delaney b Mike Van Slyke, Sean Carr & Kage b Steve McKenzie & Loca Vida, Jason Axe d Johnny Gargano, Jay Freddie b Kevin Steen-DQ, Kevin Steen b Eddie Edwards, Isys Ephex b Matt Hardy (thanks to David Rude)
--Truth Martini presents Pro Wrestling Hooplah on 10/10 in Riverview, MI at Rocky's Pub with Rhino, Jimmy Jacobs, Zach Gowen, Scarlett and Seleziya
--There is a Lucha Libre themed restaurant in Santana Row in San Jose called Hot Tamales. There is El Santo memorabilia on the wall and two lifelike figures hanging from the ceiling dressed up as wrestlers (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)