Tuesday, 24 September 2013 13:44
We're also looking for reports tonight from Smackdown and Main Event in Milwaukee. You can send the results here or text to 408-218-6562.
We're also looking for reports on these weekend shows:
WWE Saturday and Sunday in Hidalgo, TX
WWE Sunday in Springfield, IL
TNA Saturday in Tucson at the Convention Center (Bully Ray vs. Samoa Joe for TNA title, Manik vs. Frankie Kazarian for X title, Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode), James Storm vs. Hernandez, ODB vs. Le'd Tapa for Knockouts title, Eric Young vs. Christopher Daniels
With such a busy news week, we've got a double issue of the Observer that will be up on the site today.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- No update on Randy Orton after they cryptically mentioned on Raw that he might be hurt after being dropped on his head. No idea if that's good or bad. If there was nothing to it we'd normally have heard something by now.
-- Punk told people he was fine after the table bump on Monday night. Looked like a terrible landing.
-- The Angelo Savoldi tribute video that kicked off Raw is here.
-- Great FREE interview with George the Animal Steeleon the front page right now talking his career, breaking into wrestling, working Bruno Sammartino in main events while also coaching and teaching part-time, the disease that nearly killed him in the 80s, how he beat it, working on ED WOOD with Johnny Depp, his new book and tons more.
-- We have more free shows on the right-hand side of the front page. Keep in mind we do 10-12 new shows per week plus have over 5,000 in the archives dating back to 2005, and it's only $10.99 per month to sign up. Should note Keil wrote in a few days ago with this: Signed up 10 days ago for your audio package after listening to the free shows for a year. Your plug is so on. The audio portion is second to none, and is great because a lot of different voices and views that get heard. You all do great work with all the updates and polls. Thanks for being in my head with the promo for a year.
-- John McCarthy on the MMA Hour Monday noted that the doctor was very close to stopping the fight due to the cut over Jon Jones' eye on Saturday night. He said everyone was asking the doctor not to stop it, including Jones and his corner. John said he told the doctor that it was the fifth round, they should let them finish up, and if it got really bad he promised he'd take Jones back over to the doctor for another examination. Had the doctor stopped it, Alexander Gustaffson would be UFC light heavyweight champion right now. McCarthy said he felt it was even going into the fifth round but that Jones did enough in that round to win him the fight.
-- Steve Austin was also on the show and said in regards to wrestling at WrestleMania next year, he felt the chances were pretty slim.
-- Austijn's podcast with Jim Ross will be out today.
-- WWE tossed from Federal court.
-- The ROH Death Before Dishonor show from this past weekend is now available for streaming at ROHwrestling.com.
-- Regarding the Bryan & Vinny Show the other day when talking about Undertaker doing interviews out of character, Kirk writes: I believe the interview you are talking about was from the show Off The Record with Michael Landsberg during the period when they had TV on TSN in Canada.
-- Video preview for UFC 166 is up here.
-- UFC 165 Backstage Pass.
-- Latest with Nate Diaz is he refuses to fight on November 30th because he doesn't want to miss his high school reunion. Someone tell him that doesn't mean his whole school gets high.
-- TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEEK! UFC 168: Weidman vs Silva 2 Presented by Bud Light Saturday, December 28 MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV; UFC Fight Club Presale Starts Wednesday, Sept. 25 - 10am PT; UFC VIP Packages On sale Wednesday, Sept. 25 - 10am PT; UFC Newsletter Presale Starts Thursday, Sept. 26 - 10am PT Presale Password: CHAMPION; Public On-Sale Starts Friday, Sept. 27 - 10am PT
-- Phantom Cam highlights (SUUUUUUUUUUUPER slow motion) from UFC 165, which are both awesome and creepily frightening, are up here.
-- World Series of Fighting's first-ever event in Florida continues to fill out, and a light-heavyweight matchup of Francisco "Kiko" France (8-3) vs. Hans Stringer (21-5-2) and a bantamweight contest of Chad "Robo" Robichaux (10-2) vs. Andrew "The Golden Boy" Yates (7-0) are the latest additions to the lineup. Both matchups take place on the World Series of Fighting 6 preliminary card, which streams live on the promotion's official website, WSOF.com, and precedes the night's two-hour, nationally-televised main card on NBCSN.
-- Trailer for the UFC Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 is on sale here.
-- John writes: Here's my interview with Spike Eskin, son of notorious Philly sportscaster Howard Eskin, on bringing pro-wrestling coverage back to mainstream radio.
-- Impact officially did a 1.1 and 1.3 million viewers Thursday.
-- This Thursday night, September 26, come on down to Hokkaido as we film their new TV commercial and join DJ Victor Ng for karaoke. NECW stars Mike McCarthy, announcer Kevin Castro, NECW Legend Jonny Idol, plus Sheldon Goldberg & Paul Richard will be on hand. You could end up being seen in the commercial or on a segment taped for TV. Hey, we may even stick around and watch NECW in the bar when it comes on TV later that night! Join us around 8 PM for all the fun!
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1960 - Hard Boiled Haggerty (sub Gene Kiniski) & Len Montana defeated Tiny Mills & Stan Kowalski in a 2/3 falls match to win AWA Tag Team Title in St. Paul, Minnesota
1963 - Gory Guerrero defeated Ali Bey in El Paso, Texas to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title
1984 - Greg Valentine defeated Tito Santana in London, Ontario, Canada to win the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title.
2000 - The Hardy Boyz defeated Edge & Christian in a cage match to capture the WWF World Tag Titles at the Unforgiven PPV in Philadelphia, PA.
-- Mike writes: Was watching the morning news on the local Fox affiliate in Milwaukee this morning. The Smackdown show is this evening in Milwaukee, so they had Damian Sandow on for an interview. He came out with his MITB briefcase but wasn't in character. He came off as well spoken and humble. Nice little three minute spot for him.
-- Lance Archer on Over the Top Radio here.
-- The MMA Dudebro podcast has an interview herewith Michael Winslow, guy from Police Academy who does all the sound effects who also happens to be a big MMA fan.
-- New ROH T-shirts here, including a new one for Jay Briscoe.
-- Mike writes: The Fight Network in Canada is airing a program on Mondays called Fighting Spirit Wrestling that is showing old NJPW matches. Tonight's show had Suzuki vs Giant Bernard and now I'm watching Tajiri vs Tanahashi, I think from last year's G1. It's quite fun.
-- New Impact podcast with David Lagana, Bill Banks and Bob Ryder here.
-- WHAT IS WRESTLING'S HOTTEST PROGRAM?
Daniel Bryan vs. HHH 37.7%
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton 24.9%
C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman 21.7%
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Bullet Club 6.5%
Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero 3.6%
A.J. Styles vs. Dixie Carter 2.9%
Hulk Hogan vs. Bully Ray 1.7%
Volador Jr. vs. La Sombra 1.0%
WHAT IS MMA'S HOTTEST PROGRAM?
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 62.8%
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva 15.8%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 13.2%
Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez 8.1%
HAS YOUR OPINION OF RONDA ROUSEY CHANGED BASED ON TUF?
Not at all, still interested in seeing her fight 28.6%
Not at all, but not interested in seeing her fight 18.4%
Somewhat, still interested in seeing her fight 17.1%
Major change of opinion, now more interested in seeing her fight 10.7%
Somewhat changed my opinion, more interested in seeing her fight 9.0%
Not at all, more interested in seeing her fight than before because of the story 8.1%
Major change of opinion, no longer want to see her fight 5.1%
Somewhat, lost interest in seeing her fight 3.0%
WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE RECENT SHOWS?
WWE SummerSlam 66.5%
UFC 165 21.7%
UFC 164 4.8%
CMLL 80th anniversary show 4.5%
WWE Night of Champions 2.6%
WHO IS THE BIGGEST STAR RIGHT NOW?
Daniel Bryan 35.9%
Floyd Mayweather 25.7%
Dwayne Johnson 24.8%
C.M. Punk 2.7%
John Cena 2.3%
Hulk Hogan 2.2%
Ronda Rousey 1.8%
Jon Jones 1.5%
Brock Lesnar 1.3%
Canelo Alvarez 0.5%
Randy Orton 0.5%