MON. UPDATE: WWE releases, TNA contract expires, Notes on Raw, Former WWF star arrested, Insider gambling on wrestling, Mayweather-Alvarez, 10 years ago today was Iron Man match, UFC stars on talk show, New foe for Cybrog
Monday, 16 September 2013 13:18
Raw will be tonight in Cleveland. The show will be based on the fallout of Night of Champions, in particular Daniel Bryan's fast count title win over Randy Orton, Ryback joining with Paul Heyman, and getting the ball rolling since the next PPV, Battleground, is only three weeks away. Dusty Rhodes also appears on tonight's show.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tonight on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
***This Week's Observer***
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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--A look at the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Rush match for the Universal champion of champions tournament final
--Notes on AAA's next show honoring Antonio Pena
--Notes from this week's AAA TV taping
--Why all but one of the Dragon Gate titles is vacant and how they are filling them
--The change in hierarchy of All Japan that had been rumored is now official and who is in charge
--Some New Japan vs. NOAH matches upcoming
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--A rundown of this past week's New Japan iPPV show
--Wrestlers and MMA stars in movies
--A wrestling movie that is being talked about for potential major awards
--Update on WWC's Anniversary show as well as the first time Sting ever works in the country
--We look at who WWC is honoring and the biggest Puerto Rican star in wrestling on an international basis
--More on the Sting vs. Carlito build
--Wrestlers from all over the world congregate for the WWL weekend shows
--CMLL stars come to Los Angeles
--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
--Hulk talks why Hogan vs. Flair never happened at WrestleMania
--Hulk says who he wishes he could work with today
--TNA weekend house show notes
--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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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Aside from what was announced, the only thing we were told about tonight's RAW is a lot of talking.
--Mickie James' contract with TNA has expired as of today and she has not signed a new deal. ProWrestling.Net first reported it and TNA sources have confirmed it to us. It's not a given that she's gone as talks on a new deal are not dead.
--Mike Droese, formerly Duke "The Dumpster" Droese, was indicted on charges of selling morphine to undercover authorities in Tennessee.
--Pro Wrestling Insider has reported that Jesse White (Leon's "Vader" White's son), Luther Ward and Malik Omari have all been released from WWE developmental, since confirmed by WWE. White, as Jake Carter, was the only one who had made TV in any fashion, but hadn't been used of late.
--Insider gambling on WWE Night of Champions match results was heavy. There were huge last minute swings when insiders found out the results, although Alberto Del Rio was a big favorite over RVD. But that fight didn't have a huge swing. Every match with a huge late swing saw the betters pick the right winner.
--WWE stock fell to $9.77 per share after the news profits will be lower than expectations this year.
--WWE was only 9th in Google searches yesterday but it was over 200,000, which is a good number for a B PPV. Mostly football, NASCAR, Miss America and Breaking Bad stuff ahead.
POLL ON WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING
70.5% of those responding didn't see the show
HOW DID YOU WATCH MAYWEATHER VS. ALVAREZ?
Didn't watch it, have no interest in boxing 44.3%
Watched via illegal stream 20.5%
Didn't watch, too expensive 19.3%
Yes, watched at home 7.3%
Watched at a friends house 3.0%
Didn't watch because friends didn't want to watch 2.7%
Watched at a bar 2.3%
Watched at a movie theater 0.4%
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
66.1% of those responding didn't see the show
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
Ultimate Fighter 16.8%
Total Divas 9.8%
AXS fights 1.6%
World Series of Fighting 1.1%
UFC Tonight 0.5%
Inside MMA 0.5%
--Chris Jericho plays tomorrow night in Reading, PA at the Reverb.
--Last week's Ultimate Fighter replays tonight at 8 p.m. on FS 1.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1972 - Harley Race beat Pak Song in the finals of the tournament on Wrestling at the Chase to become the first ever Sam Muchnick Missouri State champion
1978 - Bob Backlund beat Superstar Billy Graham in a stretcher match at the Spectrum in Philadelphia
1994 - The Rock & Roll Express beat the Gangstas in Knoxville, but a controversial finish saw The Gangstas later awarded the SMW tag titles
1995 - The Pitbulls beat Raven & Stevie Richards in 2/3 falls in a dog collar match to win the ECW tag titles in Philadelphia
1998 - Olimpico beat Karloff Lagarde Jr. in Mexico City to win the CMLL welterweight title
2002 - Low Ki beat Spanky (Brian Kendrick) in Tokyo to win the NWA Int. jr. title
2003 - Brock Lesnar beat Kurt Angle 5-4 in a 60:00 Iron Man match on Smackdown from Raleigh, plus Eddy & Chavo Guerrero beat Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas to win the tag titles
2006 - Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli beat Austin Aries & Roderick Strong to win the ROH tag titles in New York
2007 - Batista won a three-way over Rey Mysterio and Great Khali to win the World title at the Unforgiven PPV
2010 - Jay Lethal beat Doug Williams to win the X Division title
2012 - At Night of Champions in Boston, Daniel Bryan & Kane beat R-Truth & Kofi Kingston to win the WWE tag titles and Eve Torres beat Layla to win the WWE Divas title.
--Phil LaFon, who also used the name Dan Kroffat (not to be confused with the original Dan Kroffat), part of one of pro wrestling's best tag teams with Doug Furnas, turned 52 today.
--An interesting trivia note is that C.M. Punk has never won at Night of Champions. (thanks to Emerson Witner):
2007 - lost to Johnny Nitro (Morrison)
2009 - lost world title to Jeff Hardy
2010 - lost to Big Show
2011 - lost to HHH
2012 - double pin with Cena
2013 - lost to Paul Heyman
--Update on WWE Classics on Demand
Bob Backlund vs. Adrian Adonis 1/18/82 Madison Square Garden
Umaga (with Vince McMahon) vs. Bobby Lashley (with Donald Trump) WrestleMania 23
Booker T & Stevie Ray vs. Rod Price & John Tatum from Global in Dallas 8/17/92
Bruno Sammartino vs. Ken Patera 8/29/77 MSG
Adrian Street vs. Chris Adams for Mid South TV title 10/20/84 Shreveport
Billy Robinson vs. Ken Patera AWA 11/8/81
Fit Finlay vs. Paul Burchill 5/26/06 Smackdown
Lord Al Hayes vs. Bobby Heenan 1/13/80 AWA
Lord Littlebrook vs. Cowboy Lang 6/14/86
WCW on TBS 7/30/88
--Some notable deaths in pro wrestling on this day include international headliner Bulldog Brower, who was 64 when he passed away in 1997; Ricky Gibson (older brother of Robert Gibson), who was 53 when he passed away in 2006, and mini Pee Wee James, who was 75 when he passed away in 2008.
--IWC Friday Night Fights on 9/27 in White Oak, PA at the Athletic Association has John McChesney vs. Logan Shulo. Zema Ion from TNA is also on this show.
--HXC Wrestling on 10/5 in Manchester, UK at the City Centre at the Manchester Metropolitan University Students Union at 7 p.m., with Mad Man Pondo, Davey Richards, Crazy Mary Dobson and Clint Margera.
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate has an iPPV on 9/20. Appearing at 6 p.m. for autograph signings include Jake Roberts, King Kong Bundy Justin Credible, Buff Bagwell and Matt Hardy. Roberts will act as commissioner of the iPPV show, which includes Kevin Matthews vs. Alex Reynolds for the PWS title, Colt Cabana vs. Buff Bagwell, Matt Hardy vs. Bonesaw, Dan Maff vs. Almighty Sheik and more.
--U-Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Goshen, IN: Denzel Bishop b Jynx, Hardcore Harry b Jeff King, Eli McFly b Kyle Maverick, Denzel Bishop b Big Daddy Dean, SuperDiva b Slim Trimmons, Louis Lyndon d Jack Thriller, Dru Skillz b Kharn Alexander and Ryan Epic in an elimination match, Painkillers b Scotty Young & Russ Jones, Jack Omen b Hakim Zane (thanks to Jeremy Parsons)
--A correction from yesterday's results listed from Oregon, Michigan, they are actually from Oregon, Ohio for NWA Championship International Wrestling (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--A wrestling fanfest is scheduled for 11/16 in Rome, GA at the Forum with Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Jake Roberts, Ole Anderson, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Ivan Koloff, Bill Eadie, Abdullah the Butcher, Raven, Scott Hudson, Teddy Long, Buff Bagwell, Luke Gallows, Randy Rose, Pat Rose, Ranger Ross and Cody Hall. For more info go to www.forumevents.org
--West Coast Wrestling Federation on 10/11 in Yuba City, CA
--Big Time Wrestling on 10/18 in Newark, CA at the Pavilion with Scott Steiner and Chris Masters.
--Right Coast Pro on 10/12 in Newark, DE at the Life Community Center with Matt Striker headlining against Billy Bax.
--UIPW on 11/3 at 2:30 p.m. in Scarborough, ONT at Rockpile East
--USWO on 9/15 in Millersville, TN before 45 fans: Kid Dynamite b Richard Lowe, Psycho Medic b Dyron Flynn, TNT Mottley over Zack Hartnell and Big Time Sexy in three-way, Chris Michaels b Kevin Weatherby, David Knox b LT Falk, Gary Valiant b Justin Grandberry-COR. Next show is 10/5 at the Sawmill. (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Smash Wrestling from yesterday for the CANUSA womens' cup: Veda Scott (USA) b Seleziya Sparks, She Nay Nay over Angie Skye and Jewells Malone to replace injured Courtney Rush on Team Canada, Vanessa Kraven (Canada) b Felina Azul, Xandra Bale (Canada) b Kimbef Lee, Candace LaRae (USA) b She Nay Nay, Christina Von Eerie (USA) b Lufisto in a no DQ falls count anywhere match so Team USA wins 3-2. Good main event, stiff work and crowd liked it. (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
--Premier Wrestling on 9/29 in Gilroy, CA at the Nine Lives Club for a 5 p.m. show headlined by Jeff Cobb (2-0) vs. Brian Tannen (2-0 for the Premier title, Dave Dutra (2-1) vs. Oliver John (1-0) for the next title shot, Timothy Thatcher (1-0) vs. Dylan Drake (1-1) and JR Kratos (1-2) vs. Kaimana (0-1). Presale tickets for $10 at www.showclix.com/event/PREMIERCOBBvsTANNEN
--BANG on Friday night in Ocala, FL at the BANG Sound Stage featuring Dory Funk Jr. and Amazing Kong.
--Real Warrior Entertainment from last night in South Windsor, CT before 300 fans: Foxx Vinyer & Ricky Martinez & Cam Zagami b Matt West & Mike McCarthy & TJ Richter, Sean Burke b Hype, Vladimir Joseph b Guy Alexander, Mike Bennett b Brandon Locke, Veda Scott b Mistress Belmont, Thomas Santel (Antonio Thomas) b Rhett Titus, Bill Daly b Shane Marvel, Todd Hanson b Brutal Bob Evans, Goldust b Papadon. Les Thatcher did the commentary and Nunzio/Guida was the commissioner.
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Brillante & Divino b Relampago Azul & Samael, Jocker b Idolo, Sky Kid & Smaker won tournament for B block for the vacant Occidental tag titles over Exterminador & Malefico, Espectrum & Infierno and Black Metal & Esfinge, Angel de Oro b Misterioso Jr., Barbaro Cavernario & Tomohiro Ishii & Okumura b Delta & Gallo & Guerrero Maya Jr. (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Bellator 100 on Friday night in Phoenix at Grand Canyon University on Spike:
Ron Keslar (10-3) vs. Sergio Junior (29-11) in the welterweight tourney first round
Brent Weed man (21-8-1) vs. Justin Bateman (14-3) in the welterweight tourney first round
Rick Hawn (15-2) vs. Herman Terrado (11-2) in the welterweight tourney first round
War Machine (13-4) vs. Vaughn Anderson (16-1-1) in the welterweight tourney first round
Douglas Lima (24-5) vs. Ben Saunders (16-5) in a match for the last welterweight tourney championship
--Cris Cyborg Justino faces Jennifer Columb on 9/20 in Las Vegas for Lion Fight at the Fremont Street Experience on AXS. This will be a Muay Thai rules fight as opposed to an MMA fight. It will be the first time in a few years that Cyborg has fought on regular television. Columb replaces the original opponent Martina Jindrova, who pulled out due to injury. Colomb is 10-0 with 10 knockouts. She's from France and making her U.S. debut.
--Rhino appears for CWE in Canada on 12/12 in Neepawa, Manitoba; 12/13 in Winnipeg; 12/14 in Selkirk, Manitoba and 12/15 in Beajesour, Manitoba
--Jon Jones and Mike Goldberg will be guests on TSN's Off the Record on Thursday, while Dana White will be on the show on Friday. The show airs at 5 p.m. Eastern weeknights, hosted by Michael Landsberg.