MON. UPDATE: Huge week coming, WWE injury update, WWE video game news, new TNA announcer, History of UFC, Greatest heavyweight, Extreme Rising, New Alliance of promoters
Monday, 21 October 2013 15:33
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's TNA Bound for Glory and Saturday night'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
Raw will be live tonight 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. Mick Foley on Twitter seemed to indicate he'd be there.
We're also looking for reports on all the WWE shows in Mexico as well as yesterday's WWE house show in Tupelo, MS.
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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Also in this week's issue:
--MMA rules match in pro wrestling headlines big show this week
--A most unlikely pro wrestling star that did MMA
--Notes on CMLL and AAA's big shows this week
--More on Dr. Wagner Jr. being stabbed
--More on the wrestlers who were robbed while traveling to a show at gunpoint
--Two of the biggest American stars ever in Japan return together for the first time in years later this month
--Manami Toyota works for All Japan Pro Wrestling
--Notes on New Japan's junior heavyweight tag team tournament featuring several U.S. names
--Tetsuya Naito talks about his three career goals
--New Japan signs two new wrestlers, one a national champion and national team member
--More on the Low Ki retirement
--Notes on the return of the Extreme Rising group
--News on Andre the Giant 20 years after his death
--Notes on two ROH stars who have just gotten married
--Restaurant angle shot to lead to ROH show
--Why one ROH performer hasn't been around and won't be for several months
--Preview of Bound for Glory
--What match makes no sense based on their rules
--Problems the show has going in, and they are plenty
--Notes on the TNA tapings from the past week
--More TNA house show news
--Reality show star talks her time in TNA
--More on new characters in TNA
--Lorenzo Fertitta talks TNA PPV numbers for 2013
--Why Lorenzo Fertitta was studying WWF
--Fertitta talks how he ended up owning UFC and negotiations to buy it
--What he says was one of the company's stupidest marketing moves
--What he would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight
--A look at the next UFC show
--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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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio talking Raw and talking your e-mail questions to
--This is a crazy weekend coming up including these events:
WWE Hell in a Cell on Sunday
Saturday includes a UFC show in the afternoon, WSOF at night, ROH big show at night
Friday has New Japan iPPV (late Thursday/early Friday) and Bellator
--Lots of WWE video game news
WWE 2K14 downloadable content program for Xbox Live on-line and Xbox 360 and PS 3 has NWO Kevin Nash, Scott Hall Randy Savage, Syxx, Curt Hennig, Scott Steiner and The Giant. The NWO pack is available for $8.99. The Giant is free of charge. the Accelerator is available for $1.99 for release on 10/29. . . WWE Superstars and Moves Pack: Fandango (with the greatest video game entrance they've ever done), Big E Langston, Bella Twins and Summer Rae with 30 new moves including Black Widow by A.J. Lee and Koji Clutch by C.M. punk. They will be available for $7.99 and Summer Rae is free of charge.
--There will also be a WWE Legends and Creations Pack in January with Bruno Sammartino (first time in), Dusty Rhodes, Rick Rude and Jake Roberts, as well as Virgil as a manager.
--Bray Wyatt was off crutches this weekend and walking around fine at the shows in Mexico. It was said to me that he's ready to go.
--For a week from Wednesday (this week is a recap show) on Ultimate Fighter: "It's the final two preliminary fights. In the men's tournament, Anthony Gutierrez is slated to take on Team Tate's Cody Bollnger. On the women's side, Sarah Moras is matched up against 6-1 Peggy Morgan of Team Rousey. As the UFC hopefuls prepare for the biggest matchups of their careers, one fighter's dream is jeopardized when the weight cut gets tough. Watch to see which fighters will solidify their spots in the semifinals."
--Gil Corsey, the new interviewer with TNA, who debuted last night, is the announcer for OVW.
--Todd Keneley and Adam Pearce were among those backstage at Bound for Glory.
--As if the football game drawing 25.87 million viewers on the overnights didn't help TNA enough, there were problems with a lot of Time Warner subscribers in the Northeast who weren't able to order the show.
--Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock will be appearing on Thursday's TSN Off the Record. That should be interesting.
--Some star ratings of movies with wrestlers in Leonard Maltin's 2004 Movie Guide
Fast & Furious 6 (Dwayne Johnson, Gina Carano) **1/2
Snitch (Dwayne Johnson) **1/2
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Dwayne Johnson) **
Pain & Gain (Dwayne Johnson) *1/2
The Call (David Otunga) **
Spring Breakers (Jeff Jarrett) DUD
Man with the Iron Fists (Dave Bautista, Cung Le) **
Magic Mike (Kevin Nash) ** (thanks to James Stanios)
--The first Raw of 2014 will be 1/6 at the Baltimore Arena. Presale begins on Halloween.
--Some birthdays today include Butch Miller of the Bushwhackers (69), Hollywood John Tatum (54), Horace Hogan (48) and Chris Hamrick (47).
WHO IS THE ALL-TIME GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT IN MMA?
Fedor Emelianenko 52.6%
Cain Velasquez 28.9%
Randy Couture 18.5%
WHICH OF THESE FIGHTS WAS THE BEST?
Diego Sanchez vs. Gilbert Melendez 55.1%
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 30.6%
Wanderlei Silva vs. Brian Stann 11.7%
Jessamyn Duke vs. Raquel Pennington 2.6%
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
Prelims of UFC 166 27.1%
Ultimate Fighter 4.5%
Prime Time: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 2.8%
Main Event 1.7%
Countdown to UFC 1666 1.1%
Rampage 4 Real 0.6%
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1955 - Ray Gunkel & Wilbur Snyder beat Duke Keomuka & Danny Savich to win the Texas tag titles in Houston
1960 - Red Blassie beat Ray Gunkel in Atlanta to win the Southern title
1968 - Rocket Monroe beat Cowboy Bob Kelly to win the Mississippi title
1969 - Fritz Von Erich beat Johnny Valentine in Dallas to win the American title
1969 - Danny Hodge beat Chuck Karbo in Little Rock to win the North American title
1971 - Dick Murdoch & Bobby Duncum beat Larry O'Day & Ron Miller in Tampa to win the Florida tag team titles
1972 - The Sheik beat Flying Fred Curry in Honolulu to win the Hawaiian title
1974 - Ernie Ladd beat Carlos Colon in San Juan to win the North American title
1976 - Akihisa Takachiho (who later became Great Kabuki) & Samson Kutsuwada beat Ted & Jerry Oates in Gifu to win the All-Asia tag titles
1976 - Mike George & Super Intern beat Mad Dog Vachon & Baron Von Raschke for what was billed as the world tag team title in Kansas City
1977 - Ricky Steamboat beat Ric Flair in Charleston, SC to win the U.S. title
1977 - Victor Rivera & Texas Red (Red Bastien) beat Black Gordman & Great Goliath in Los Angeles to win the Americas tag team title
1978 - Ken Patera beat Tony Atlas in Greensboro to win the Mid Atlantic title
1979 - Manny Fernandez beat Terry Funk in Orlando to win the Florida title
1982 - King Kamaka (Tor Kamata) & General Hiro beat Mark Lewin & Al Perez in Auckland, New Zealand to win the Austra Asian tag team titles
1983 - Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood in Richmond to win the NWA tag titles
1985 - Phil Hickerson beat The Mongolian Stomper in Memphis to win the International title
1985 - King Parsons beat John Tatum in Fort Worth to win the Texas TV title
1986 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo to win the International title on a show headlined by Riki Choshu beating Terry Funk to keep the PWF title
1989 - Pirata Morgan beat El Satanico in Cuernavaca to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1990 - Los Brazos beat Villanos I & IV & V in Naucalpan to win the UWA trios titles
1992 - Riki Choshu & Shinya Hashimoto beat Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki in Hamamatsu to win the Madison Square Garden SG League tag team tournament
1996 - HHH beat Marc Mero to win the IC title
2001 - Edge beat Christian in a ladder match to win the IC title and Chris Jericho beat The Rock to win the WCW title
2001 - A.J. Styles won a four-way over Petey Williams, Christopher Daniels and Chris Sabin in Evansville to win the IWA Mid Sough title
2003 - Doug & Danny Basham beat Eddie & Chavo Guerrero in Albany, NY to win the WWE tag title
--If you didn't see it on Thursday, UFC165, with the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson fight will air at midnight tonight on FS 2.
--Border City Wrestling drew 800 fans on Saturday night in Windsor, ONT for its 20th anniversary show: Moose b Bry Sullivan, Action Jackson & Aiden Prince b John E Bravo & N8 Mattson, Larry Destiny won gauntlet over Mike Legacy, Tommy Wonder, Gutter, Denny Kass, Mickey Dole, Sinn, Bobby Clancy, Pat Ryan and Otis Apollo, Kongo Kong b Brad Martin, Angelina Love b Jasmine, Kushida won four-way over Jimmy Jacobs, Brent B and Petey Williams, Rikishi b Johnny Swinger, Rhino b Krimson, Phil Atlas & Cody Deaner & Cody Hall (managed by Scott Hall) b Scott D'Amore & Tyson Dux & Jon Bolen. Jake Roberts was also there as a special guest and DDT'd manager The Beholder and put his python on him. Kongo Kong then laid out Roberts. (thanks to Stephen Gray)
--David Marquez announced today an alliance involving Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, West Coast Wrestling Connection from Oregon, Ultra Championship Wrestling from Utah, Future Stars of Wrestling from Nevada, Championshp Wrestling from Arizona, Traditional Championship Wrestling from Arkansas, Metro Championshp Wrestling from Kansas, River City Wrestling from Texas, New York Wrestling Connection from New York and New England Championship Wrestling. The group wall work together to trade talent and have a touring united champion. There are no dues or membership fees but all promoters must have local television to join. The group will be called the United Wrestling Network.
--One Fighting Championships runs 11/15 in Stadium Putra in Malaysia and Melvin Yeoh vs. AJ Lias Mansor to crown the Malaysian national featherweight champion.
--Bellator on 11/15 from Revel in Atlantic City:
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall for the middleweight title
Patricio Pitbull vs. Josh Wilcox in the featherweight tournament final winner gets a title shot
Marcos Galvao vs. Tom McKenna
Nah Shon Burrell vs. Dante Rivera
--Sabu will be appearing on the 12/28 Extreme Rising show at the Arena in Philadelphia. Others announced for the show include Stevie Richards, Matt Hardy, and Devon Storm. Super Crazy & Pesadilla vs. Damian 666 & Bestia 666 is also on the show.
--Shimmer results from yesterday in Berwyn, IL
Midianne b JK Kennadi
Nikki Storm b Heidi Lovelace
Mia Yim b Melanie Cruise
Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb b Crazy Mary Dobson & Mary Lee Rose
Saraya Knight b Thunderkitty
Kana b Allysin Kay
Portia Perez b Hiroyo Matsumoto
Mercedes Martinez b Santana Garrett
Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Sassy Stephie & Neveah
Madison Eagles b Jessicka Havok
Hikaru Shida b Nicole Matthews
Cheerleader Melissa b LuFisto
Santana Garrett b Neveah
Jessica Havok b Crazy Mary Dobson
Mia Yim b Angie Skye
Thunderkitty b Taylor Made
Nicole Matthews b Heidi Lovelace,
Leva Bates b Nikki Storm
MsChif b Heather Patera
Hiroyo Matsumoto b Portia Perez
Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa b Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb to keep tag tiles
Christina Von eerie b Saraya Knight in Three Stages of Hell
Madison Eagles won three-way over Hikaru Shida and Kana
Mercedes Martinez b LuFisto when Cheerleader Melissa hit LuFisto with the title belt
Melissa was there but she didn't wrestle on tape 61. That would be the first DVD that she didn't wrestle on ending a streak of 60, although she appeared on this one as well.
--UPW Monster's Brawl at Braun's Bar & Grill in Akron, NY with Taelor Hendrix, Vader, Nasty Boys and Zema Ion. They also run 11/16 in Rochester, NY at the Eagles Club with Matt Striker.
--NWA Championship International Wrestling from last night in Oregon, OH: Justin Mane b Jacob Hollows, Will Studd b Kevin Guttierez, Mustafa Mohammed b Mikey Smalls, Nitro & Malice b Terror Khan & The Beast-DQ, Shane Douglas b Kris Korvis-DQ, Grizzly House Jones b Trey Miguel and Andrew Lee in a handicap match, Jon Bolen b Renzo Lavell, Sebastian Rose b Dave Duponte-DQ, Great Akuma b D-Ray 3000 in a ladder match, Shane Douglas & Sebastian Rose b Austin Manix & Kris Korvis, Nitro DDQ Kushida to keep the NWA National title (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand: Alfred Valentine b Pat Schisk, Curt Chaos b Pirate Burns, 10 & 7 b Aaron Henry & Jakob Cross,Khan b Mason Daniels, Tykade b Kingi, Evie b Britneay, Vinny Dunn b James Shaw in a blindfold match (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Supreme Pro Wrestling from last night in Sacramento: Ryan McQueen won Halloween Costume Battle Royal, Jackles Jester b Sione Finau, Rik Luxury & Corvus b Dominick Simon & Dejon Brown, Marcus Lewis over Scott, Dusty Grimes and Joe DeSoul, Cjay Kruze & Bobby Hart b Drake Frost & Dexter St. Jock, Drake Younger b Virgil Flynn, Ryan McQueen over Sir Samurai T-Lo Insano, John Reditto and Mustafa Saed (Gangstas), Jeff Cobb b Sal Thomaselli-DQ. Next show is 11/17 at St. Peter's Hall in Sacramento (thanks to Mike Millerick)
--Bill Dundee, Scott Steiner and Tammy Sytch appear on 11/2 for UCW Recoil in Owensboro, KY at the Next Level Indoor Sports Facility.
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Lince Dorado NC Maxx Stardom, Lince Dorado & Maxx Stardom b Jason Cade & Blae Archer, Cameron Jacobs b Alan Stratton, Chico Adams b Frank Burbank, Freight Train b Cameron Jacobs, Rhett Giddins b Gabriel Black, Jesse Neal b Aaron Epic to keep the Florida title with Larry Zbyszko as referee (thanks to Al Haft)