SAT. UPDATE: Notes on Raw this week, Ratings, new TNA character, Why tonight is major ofr UFC, UFC/TNA crossover, What company grew the most this year, Bruiser Brody, Film Festival, Iron Sheik and more
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC 166, 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 tonight's WWE shows in Louisville and Monterrey, Mexico, as well as reports from the other cities on the Mexico tour.
The big event of the weekend is UFC 166 from the Toyota Center in Houston
Prelims on Facebook at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time
Kyoji Horiguchi (10-1, 135) vs. Dustin Pague (11-9, 135)
Jeremy Larsen (8-4, 1 no contest, 145.5) vs. Andre Fili (12-1, 148.5) - Fili was fined 20% of his purse for missing weight
Tony Ferguson (14-3, 155) vs. Mike Rio (9-2, 156)
Adlan Amagov (12-2-1, 171) vs. T.J. Waldburger (16-7, 170.5)
Prelims on FS 1 at 8 p.m.
K.J. Noons (10-6, 156) vs. George Sotiropolous (14-5, 155)
Sarah Kaufman (16-2, 135) vs. Jessica Evil Eye (10-1, 135)
Hector Lombard (32-4-1, 1 no contest, 169) vs. Nate Marquardt (35-12-2, 171)
Tim Boetsch (16-6, 186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (14-5, 186)
PPV at 10 p.m.
John Dodson (15-6, 125) vs. Darrell Montague (13-2, 126)
Shawn Jordan (15-4, 255) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (15-7, 257)
Gilbert Melendez (21-3, 156) vs. Diego Sanchez (26-5, 156)
Daniel Cormier (12-0, 224) vs. Roy Nelson (20-8, 249)
Cain Velasquez (12-1, 241) vs. Junior Dos Santos (16-2, 240) for the heavyweight title
Sunday is Bound for Glory from San Diego
Preshow on Spike at 7 p.m. Eastern
Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz in a gauntlet series for a title shot on PPV
Bound for Glory on PPV
ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher for the Knockouts title
James Storm & Gunner vs. ? for tag titles
Manik vs. Jeff Hardy vs Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin in an Ultimate X match for X title
Sting vs. Magnus
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
Bully Ray vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title in a no DQ match
Sunday has WWE shows with the Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton team in Carbondale, IL and the C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman team coming from Mexico and not getting a day off, running in Tupelo, MS.
Raw will be live on Monday from the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis. No matches have been announced but they will be doing a contract signing segment with Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, plus an angle with HHH and Big Show. Shawn Michaels will be on the show again this week.
Smackdown and Main Event will be on Tuesday in Birmingham, AL.
The new issue of the Observer is up on the site on the front page on the Observer icon, and we've got a great back issue up from 1996, covering the history of New Japan Pro Wrestling as it was during that period.
We look at the latest changes in WWE, how Hell in a Cell currently stands, as well a how it changed over the past week.
We also have a look at the death of El Brazo, a part of the legendary Mexican trio of Los Brazos that helped popularize the genre, and was part of one of the largest and most influential wrestling families of all-time.
We look at his death, the family, the original Brazos, the night El Brazo shared in what was at that time the largest single night payoff in the history of Lucha Libre and why. We look at the split of Los Brazos and what he did after that point, as well as the transition into La Braza at the tail end of his career.
We also look at the Tanahashi vs. Okada feud, comparing it to notable feuds in wrestling history, as well as full coverage of the Kings of Pro Wrestling show. We run down the entire Kings of Pro Wrestling show with match-by-match converge with star ratings as well as poll results. We look at the post-match angle, the next iPPV lineup, the next full PPV lineup, the additions to the Bullet Club and the story behind the Gracies coming in.
We also look at how the match changed in the days before, as well as notes on business and the crowd.
We also have more on John Cena's return, Hulk Hogan's future, holdups of going to WWE, false advertising of talent, Bray Wyatt update, notes from a leaked memo to announcers, Dwayne Johnson plans for early next year, Update on Michael Hayes, Update on WWE gambling odds, was the Bryan vs. Orton finish planned in advance, Jim Ross opens up on wrestling booking, what can be learned from this year's PPV success, Ross' future business, Mysterio notes, Barrett notes, Bryan talks engagement and wedding, as well as the Yes chants.
We also look at some of HHH's latest directives about changes he wants in the company and what kind of people they are and aren't looking to sign right now. We look at others getting tryouts. We also have WWE business notes and highlights from all the weekend live events.
We also have a look at Frank & Ken Shamrock, what was in the Spike TV documentary as well as a lot that wasn't in it. We look behind the shooting, the rivalry, the heyday of Frank Shamrock, the building blocks of Strikeforce, his UFC title run, how Ken Shamrock started in pro wrestling the first time, how that led to the debut of MMA, how Frank Shamrock got started in fighting, how he became Frank Shamrock, where Karl Gotch fits into this, the split from Lion's Den and a potential fight between the brothers.
We've also got full coverage of the UFC's last show in Brazil, the Shields-Maia fight, the firing of Rousimar Palhares, and the business indicators.
We also look at the debut of Glory on Spike.
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--Preview of Bound for Glory
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--Notes on the TNA tapings from the past week
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--Reality show star talks her time in TNA
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--Lorenzo Fertitta talks TNA PPV numbers for 2013
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--UFC fighter robbed
--Bjorn Rebney does a unique grandstand challenge to UFC and he'll let Ben Askren go free and clear
--THQ files suit against UFC
--Details of UFC's video game moving from THQ to EA
--The future of GSP
--UFC star has to apologize in the latest in Twitter hi jinx
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Details on the first Bellator PPV including the complete lineup for the show
--A listing of Bellator first-run programming on Spike over the next few weeks to build the PPV
--Bellator champ out of action for a few months
--Business notes on last week's UFC show
--Exactly how much of a pay hit is it to go from UFC to Bellator
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Regarding Raw doing a contract signing just a few days after Impact, on occasion such apparent total copies of angles are things planned out in advance that are a coincidence. This would not fall into that category.
--In the cable ratings for last week, USA fell to No. 6 averaging 1.71 million viewers in prime time. TBS, with baseball, was first at 4.20 million and ESPN was second at 2.70 million. Syfy was No 15 at 1.01 million and Spike was No. 22 at 782,000. The three hours of Raw were No. 20, 21 and 22.
--Davey Richards on Twitter said he broke his news and was knocked out in a match last night in the U.K. Not sure what would or wouldn't be true out of that.
--Michael Hutter's EC3 gimmick is that he's the nephew of Dixie Carter. They made that clear on the TV Thursday.
--Jack Brisco was mentioned on FS 1 today during the Oklahoma State football game when they talked about famous athletes who came out of Oklahoma State. Jack was a Hall of Fame pro wrestler, NWA world champion from 1973 to 1975 and the 1965 NCAA champion. He was one of the best in-ring performers of his generation.
--Today on ESPN, Bill Murray took down Lee Corso and dropped a few knees on him during the morning pregame show. I was told that Murray was hardly Harley Race, and there were wrestling mentions by the announcers (thanks to Andy MacConney)
--John Pollock of Live Audio Wrestling is in St. Petersburg, Russia for The Fight Network covering the world combat games. He's working with Mike Swain, who was an Olympic bronze medalist in judo, for judo competition. Swain was originally the protege of Badnews Allen and went to college with me at San Jose State University where he was a multi-time national champion. The original UFC owners tried to recruit him for that sport, but he was a little too small back in the days of no weight classes.
--Marc Ratner and Michael Mersch from UFC are coming to Russia for the games and to do work on a potential show in Russia in 2014.
--Today is a major event for UFC in Mexico in particular. The main matches are airing on Televisa there, which is the most widespread coverage they've had for a show I think since the Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir second fight. I also see it as the biggest heavyweight fight in MMA since Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Cro Cop in 2005.
--There will be a UFC post-game show on FS 2 at 1 a.m. tonight
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1955 - Bert Assirati beat Ernie Baldwin in London to unify both versions of the British heavyweight title
1956 - Rolando Vera beat El Santo in Monterrey to win the NWA world middleweight title
1956 - Fred Blassie beat Wild Bull Curry in Atlanta to win the Southern title
1960 - Isao Yoshihara beat Kiyotaka Otsubo in Tokyo to win the Japanese light heavyweight title. Yoshihashi went on to become a major promoter in the late 60s into the early 80s.
1972 - Johnny Valentine beat Abdullah the Butcher in Cleveland to win the NWF world title
1972 - Bobby Shane beat Tim Woods in Tampa to win the Florida TV title
1973 - Hiro Tojo & Hito Tojo (Akihisa Mera aka Great Kabuki & Samson Kutsuwada) managed by Big Bad John beat Mark Lewin & Spyros Arion to win the Austra Asian tag titles
1979 - Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta beat Abdullah the Butcher & Ray Candy in Kuriyama to win the International tag team titles
1985 - Carlos Colon beat Abdullah the Butcher in San Juan to win the Universal title
1987 - Hector Guerrero & Dr. D beat Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee to win the AWA tag titles. This change was only recognized in Memphis
1993 - Masayoshi Motegi beat El Texano in Tokyo to win the WING & WWA jr. title
1997 - Keiji Muto & Masahiro Chono beat Kensuke Sasaki & Kazuo Yamazaki to win the IWGP tag titles in Kobe
2001 - Vader & Too Cold Scorpio became the first GHC tag champs beating Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito in the finals of a tournament in Yokohama. On the same card, Tatsuhito Takaiwa beat Yoshinobu Kanemaru to win the GHC jr. title
2001 - Road Dogg beat Jeff Jarrett to win the WWAS title in Perth, Western Australia
2002 - Sabu beat Pitbull Gary Wolfe in Philadelphia in a tables match to win the 3PW title
2003 - Big Show beat Eddie Guerrero in Baltimore to win the U.S. title
2004 - Shelton Benjamin beat Chris Jericho to win the IC title in Milwaukee and Chris Benoit & Edge beat La Resistance to win the Raw tag team title
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RAMPAGE 4 REAL?
80.6% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING?
UFC 166 53.0%
TNA Bound for Glory 31.5%
31.1% weren't planning on watching any of the three. 52% of those who said they were watching Bound for Glory also said they were watching UFC 166.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO BE THE BEST FIGHT ON TONIGHT'S UFC SHOW?
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez 51.6%
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 26.8%
Jessica Eye vs. Sarah Kaufman 7.8%
Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson 7.2%
John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague 2.0%
Hector Lombard vs. Nate Marquardt 2.0%
George Sotiropolous vs. K.J. Noons 2.0%
Shawn Jordan vs. Gabriel Gonzaga 0.7%
WHAT COMPANY GREW THE MOST THIS YEAR?
New Japan 59.4%
WHAT WAS THE BEST PROMOTED BIG EVENT?
Mayweather vs. Alvarez 38.3%
New Japan Tokyo Dome 15.8%
UFC GSP vs. Diaz 9.5%
CMLL 80th anniversary show 2.4%
--The Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival has added the 1985 movie "I Like to Hurt People," built around the dying days of The Sheik's promotion in Detroit. It will air on 11/23 at 1:15 p.m..
This is the schedule of events right now:
11/21: 90 minutes of short films on pro wrestling followed by Colt Cabana on stage watching bad wrestling
11/22: Seven Layers of Hate on the Adam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana series and the politics behind the movie. Pearce will be there for a ost-screening Q&A
11 a.m. Sadermania about the friendship between Hulk Hogan and Chris Sader
4 p.m. Barbed Wire City, a look at the rise and fall of ECW. Producers Kevin Keirnan and John Philipavage will be there along with a number of ECW personalities for a Q&A
8 p.m. Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, which is not a Lucha movie but a movie where Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas and Kurt Angle go to war against Zombies
--Pro Wrestling Battlarts on Thursday night in Oshawa, ONT at the Polish Alliance Hall headlined by Cody Deaner vs. Josh Alexander.
--Iron Sheik roasts are scheduled for 11/6 in Kingston, ONT at the Alehouse, 11/7 in Toronto at the Royal Theater on College Street and 11/8 in Hamilton, ONT at the Lincoln Alexandre Theater. Tickets are at www.ticketweb.ca/snl/Search.action?query=iron+sheik
--USCW from Thursday night in Callahan, FL: Spirit Kid b Frank Burbank, JD Amazing b Gabriel Black, Rhett Giddins b Chico Adams, Santana Garrett b Lizzie Parris to keep the women's title, Jake Slater DCOR Mighty Heinrich (thanks to Al Haft)
--If you are in Denver, there is a UFC 166 party at Boone's Tavern where a number of local fighters will be watching the show.
--Fringe Pro Wrestling on Sunday in Hamilton, ONT at 222 Queenston Rd.
--Squared Circle Live on 11/3 in Whitby, ONT at the Class Act Dinner Theater with Tyson Dux vs. Davey Richards and Josh Alexander vs. Brent Banks, Kevin Steen vs. Mike Rollins, Michael Elgin vs. John Greed and Tadarius Thomas vs. Ethan Page.
--There will be shows under either the Evolve or Dragon Gate banners on 11/16 in Queens at the Elks Lodge and 11/17 in Brooklyn at the Lyceum with Johnny Gargano, AR Fox, Young Bucks, Ricochet, Rich Swann, Trent Baretta, Anthony Nese, Chuck Taylor, Jon Davis, Bravado Brothers and more. Ricochet vs. Nese will be on the 11/17 show.
--Shine Wrestling on Friday night will be a live iPPV from Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum with Rain vs. Hiroyo Matsumoto, Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Valkyrie & Iveslisse, Jessicka Havok vs. Saraya Knight, Amazing Kong vs. Madison Eagles, Shanna vs. Mia Yim vs. Savannah Summers, Nikki Storm vs. Nikki Roxx and Mercedes Martinez vs. Kimberly.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from last night in Millersville, TN: Drew Haskins & Jeremiah Plunkett b Nathan & Matt Star, Hammerjack & Gator McAllister b LT Falk & Kevin Weatherby, Jason Nation b Hot Rod Biggs-DQ, Wolfie D & Charles Alexander b Hammerjack & Gator McAllister, Chase Stevens b Hot Rod Biggs, Jocephus b Wolfie D, Chris Michaels b Jason Nation (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--Big Time Wrestling from last night in Newark, CA: Merro Merro Kaca Meng b Sinn, Shane Ballard b L'Emperor, Victor Sterling b Vinnie Massaro, Kimo b Brian Cage, Chris Masters b Shane Ballard, Shane Kody b Almighty Sheik-DQ for throwing fire, Scott Steiner & Nathaniel Sweet b Ryan Von Kool & Tony Vargas. Apparently this was one of the best shows they've done. They are back on 12/6 with Sheik vs. Kody in a street fight (thanks to Derek Sousa)
--CZW will be doing a food drive at Night of Infamy 12 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone on 11/2. They are requesting all fans to bring at least one nonperishable food item with you. It could be a can of soup, a box of instant macaroni & cheese, stuffing, etc. All food donations will be taken tot he Campout for Hunter.