SAT. UPDATE: New promotion debuts on national TV tonight, plus lots of name wrestlers on iPPV. 2 Hall of Famers birthday, Japanese legend announced as returning, WWE in Abu Dhabi notes, Hart vs. Flair, Cain vs. JDS on TV tonight
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE house show in Providence, RI (C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman, Alberto Del Rio vs. Great Khali for the world title) as well as the three shows in Abu Dhabi from Thursday through today at
Saturday's big TV event, besides the Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez PPV show, will be the debut of Glory from Chicago on Spike:
Tyrone Spong (89-5, who looks to be the guy they are building the company around, he's their light heavyweight champion) vs. Nathan Corbett (57-3)
One night tournament to crown the Glory world heavyweight title:
Gokhan Saki (79-16) vs. Rico Verhoeven (40-9)
Daniel Ghita (48-9) vs. Anderson Braddock Silva (36-9-1).
The tournament winner gets $250,000
Bazooka Joe Valtellini (9-1) vs. Karim Ghajji (92-8-1) in a welterweight fight
There is also a Family Wrestling Entertainment iPPV tonight at http://ustream.tv/channel/fwe-wrestling
Brian Kendrick vs. Joey Ryan
Petey Williams vs. Sonjay Dutt
Carlito vs. Tommy Dreamer
Chris Mordetzky (Masters) vs. Wes Draven
Rhett Titus vs. Jorge Santi
Paul London vs. Tony Nese for the Tri-Borough title
Ted DiBiase Jr. vs. Colt Cabana
John Hennigan (Morrison) vs. Matt Morgan for FWE title
Rosita vs. Ivelisse Velez vs. Kasey Ray
Cheerleader Melissa vs. Angelina Love vs. Serena Deeb
Young Bucks vs. Adrenaline Express vs. Trent Barreta & Bandido Jr.
Sunday has a WWE house show in Philadelphia, (C.M Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman handicap match, Alberto Del Rio vs. Great Khali for world title)
New Japan Pro Wrestling presents the King of Pro Wrestling on iPPV at 3 a.m. Monday morning Eastern time and Midnight Pacific time at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
The show airs live from Sumo Hall in Tokyo and is designed to be the company's No. 3 show of the year behind Wrestle Kingdom and the G-1 Finals.
Manabu Nakanishi & Super Strong Machine & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Takashi Iizuka & Yoshi-Hashi & Gedo & Jado
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi for IWGP jr. tag team titles
Minoru Suzuki vs. Toru Yano
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takaaki Watanabe vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma & Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt & Karl Anderson & Bad Luck Fale
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata (rematch of one of this year's best matches)
Yuji Nagata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Tetsuya Naito vs. Yujiro Takahashi for the Never championship and the Tokyo Dome main event slot
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Naomichi Marufuji for the IC title
Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP heavyweight title (rematch of many of the best matches of the past two years)
Raw will be live from the Savvis Center in St. Louis on Monday.
Smackdown and Main Event are taped Tuesday night in Kansas City.
We've also got a double issue of the Observer on the site today on the Observer icon on the right side of the front page, with the lead story talking about the return of John Cena and the questions it asks. We'll look at the current plans for Hell in a Cell, the injury to A.J. Lee, all the major questions that came up after Battleground, the fan reaction level, why so much went wrong and what questions it brings up about the current creative process.
We also look at gambling on WWE matches, an update on Rob Van Dam and Ricardo Rodriguez, along with full coverage of Battleground with match-by-match notes, star ratings and poll coverage from the show.
We also look at what happened with Dr. Wagner Jr., as well as what he said in public about AAA and what AAA said back.
We've got a note on the announced retirement of a Hall of Famer.
We've also got WWE and UFC touting their success and what does each company point to. We also note what former WWF star is gaining power behind the scenes, WWE being honored by the SLI, More on John Cena being sued, several new WWE signings, Darren Young talks his situation an why he did what he did, DVD ideas WWE is considering, Dusty Rhodes talks Hall of Fame, A look back at the end of Crockett Promotions, Details on new major WWE hire, two new WWE DVDs NXT, plus notes from all the house shows this past week.
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We also have a major feature this week on the life and times of Oregon wrestling legend Dutch Savage. We look at the career and life of the face of wrestling in that part of the country for much of the 70s, what he represented, his life before and after wrestling, how he came to Oregon, how he became a partner in the promotion and why he suddenly disappeared. It's a major feature on the world of pro wrestling in the Pacific Northwest and its unique characters, from Lonnie Mayne to Tony Borne to Buddy Rose to Bull Ramos to Roddy Piper to Jesse Ventura.
We look at one of the longest running television shows in U.S. history, why it ended, the make up of the crowds. We look at his most famous angles, the babyface turn, the coal miner's glove match, the documentary PBS made on him, practical jokes, his runs outside the Northwest including main event title challenges in San Francisco and Los Angeles, how he got into wrestling, Big Luke Brown of The Kentuckians.
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--Son of major pro wrestling star being pushed as potential Olympian
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--World Triangle League tournament notes
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--Update on UFC lawsuit against the state of New York
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--New Spike MMA programming
--Bellator's last show and next show
--Bellator fighter out of retirement
--Lots of notes regarding weight cutting
--WWE head-to-head with major MMA events
--Notes on the Glory debut on Spike
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Some major birthdays today including Dusty Rhodes (68), Big John McCarthy (51), Stan Hansen (64), Karen Jarrett (41) and Rodney Mack (43)
--Ernie Roth, who was also known as The Grand Wizard and Abdullah Farouk, among other aliases, passed away 30 years ago today at the age of 54. Samson Kutsuwada, a powerful All Japan prelim wrestler, was 57 when he passed away in 2004. Kutsuwada was best known as a guy when Karl Gotch was doing a wrestling demonstration, he was able to block Gotch from turning him and exposing his back which I guess is memorable because nobody else at the time could do it.
--The Frank Shamrock special on Spike was really something. Probably the best thing of its type that Spike has done with a fighter.
--Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk were announced earlier today as appearing on the 10/27 All Japan show at Tokyo Sumo Hall.
--On Thursday, a three-week reality series with Quinton Jackson will debut after Impact leading to the PPV fight with Tito Ortiz.
--Yesterday's WWE show in Abu Dhabi was, on paper, probably the weakest house show of the year when it came to depth with these results:
Kofi Kingston b Fandango
Santino Marella b Bo Dallas
Sami Zayn b Brad Maddox
Ryback b Justin Gabriel
Daniel Bryan & The Miz & Dolph Ziggler b Randy Orton & Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns with Booker T as ref
You probably have to go back a long ways for a house show like that.
--Mick Foley has an autograph show in Lafayette, LA tonight at 8 p.m. Freight Trail. This is only an autograph show.
--Fox Sports 2 will be replaying UFC 155 tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. That's the show with the second Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1975 - Abdullah the Butcher beat The Destroyer in Osaka to win the All Japan version of the U.S. title
1978 - Abdullah the Butcher & Ray Candy beat Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta in Asahikawa to win the International tag team title
1981 - Terry Gordy beat Michael Hayes in a taped fist match at the Omni in Atlanta
1992 - Bret Hart beat Ric Flair to win the WWF title in Saskatoon
1992 - Butch Reed beat Junkyard Dog to win the USWA title in Memphis
1998 - Ken Shamrock beat X-Pac in the finals of a tournament for the IC title in Uniondale, NY at the Nassau Coliseum
1999 - The Rock & Mankind beat The New Age Outlaws to win the WWF tag title in Birmingham
2008 - Sting beat Samoa Joe at Bound for Glory in Chicago to win the TNA title
--Omega Pro Wrestling tonight in Chapel Hill, NC at the Margaret Pollard Middle School has Matt Hardy vs. C.W. Anderson, Reby Sky vs. Amber O'Neil, Hurricane Helms vs. Shane Williams and Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. Ric Converse & Xsiris.
--Terry Etim from Liverpool, a former UFC fighter, debuts with Bellator on the 11/2 PPV show from Long Beach Etim will face Patrick Cenbole as part of the Spike prelims.
--Results from last night's AXS Fights Legacy 24 in Allen, TX:
Damon Jackson b Javier Obregon via triangle choke 4:12 2nd round
Charles Byrd b Mike Jasper split decision
Ryan Benoit b Cody Fuller TKO from strikes 4:53 first round
Holly Holm (former world boxing champion) b Niki Knudsen TKO strikes 1:18 second round
Henry Cejudo (2008 Olympic gold medalist in wrestling) b Ryan Hollins via decision
Carlos Ferreira b Chris Feist via unanimous decision
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S MAIN EVENT?
70.2% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THURSDAY'S SHAMROCK SPECIAL
61.0% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON IMPACT
36.2% of those responding didn't see the show
SHOULD ROUSIMAR PALHARES BEEN FIRED?
Should have been suspended for one year, not fired 19.9%
People sensationalized it, wasn't that bad, shouldn't have been punished 9.9%
SHOULD UFC CUT TOP TEN FIGHTERS?
No, it's a sport and the best guys shouldn't be cut 42.9%
Yes, if they can't draw and people don't want to see them 32.3%
Yes, if they are boring and not in title picture 15.4%
Yes, if they continue to have boring fights 9.4%
--Chris Jericho plays tonight in Calgary at Morgan's Pub. He'll be in Regina tomorrow at The exchange and in Winnipeg on Monday at the Union Sound Hall
--Pro Wrestling Hoopla from Thursday night in Riverview MI: Juntai Miller b Cadillac Jones, Zach Gowen & Gregory Iron b Bump N Uglies, Chaz Montana & Joe Byrd b Scarlett Bordeaux & KC Warfield, Rhino b Kongo Kong (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Get will wishes to longtime reader and Australian historian Kirk Beattie, recovering from surgery to repair torn ligaments in his shoulder.
--The Resurrection Fighting Alliance runs 10/25 on AXS from Des Moines at the Hy-Vee Hall at 10 p.m. They will be giving Pat Miletich a lifetime achievement award at the show. Miletich is part of the AXS broadcast team.
--There will be a night with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman on 11/19 at UTC at Kerrydale Suite, Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. They will also be at The Coronet on 11/21 in London.
--Christopher Daniels just finished doing a commercial for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There are photos at http://mjk.pr.com/Press/Daniels_Komen/
Daniels will be in the Orange County second holiday jingle video campaign which starts in mid-November.
--Uproar Pro Wrestling on 10/19 in New Port Richey FL at the Verizon Event Center.
--Michael Carpenter at
is looking for a tape of the 9/11 WWE Main Event TV show.