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By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
 
        A fairly quiet weekend and I think we're due for one.  No WWE house shows because they are starting on Wednesday with an 11-day tour of Europe.
 
        Smackdown tonight:
Usos vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins
Prime Time Players vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Bella Twins & Natalya vs. A.J. Lee & Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox
John Cena & Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro & Damien Sandow
 
        The biggest show in Bellator's history takes place tomorrow at the Long Beach Arena.
 
        Prelims on Spike.com
Darren Smith (4-3) vs. Josh Smith (8-5)
Joe Camacho (13-18-3) vs. Cleber Luciano (8-5)
Mike Guymon (14-6-1) vs. Aaron Miller (14-8)
Brandon Halsey (4-0) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5-1)
Jesse Juarez (20-8) Joe Williams (10-3)
Alejandro Garcia (14-5) Cristiano Souza (7-1)
 
        Main card on Spike TV at 9 p.m.
Mike Richman (15-3) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-6)
Mike Brounzoulis (15-5) vs. Joe Riggs (39-14) for $100,000 Fight Master winning purse
Pat Curran (19-4) vs. Daniel Straus (21-4) for featherweight title
King Mo Lawal (11-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (21-7-1) for interim light heavyweight title
Michael Chandler (12-0) vs. Eddie Alvarez (24-3) for lightweight title
 
        TNA runs a sold show Saturday night in Mt. Pleasant, MI at the Soaring Eagle Casino with Gail Kim vs. ODB for the Knockouts title, Chris Sabin vs. Manik for the X title, Jessie Godderz & Robbie vs. James Storm & Gunner for the tag team titles and Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode. 
 
        ROH runs tomorrow night in Cincinnati at the Masonic Center with Jay Briscoe vs. Kevin Steen, Matt Taven vs. Adam Page for the TV title, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jay Lethal vs. Mark Briscoe vs. Michael Bennett with the winner getting a TV title shot at Bound for Glory, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Roderick Strong, Davey Richards vs. ACH, Michael Elgin vs. Silas Young as well as non-wrestling appearances by Nigel McGuinness, B.J. Whitmer and Adam Cole (who is out with a concussion)
 
        Dragon Gate has an iPPV on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. Eastern and 1:30 a.m. (late Saturday, two hours difference because Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m.) Pacific at www.ustream.tv/dragongate
Cost is $25.  Pretty much guaranteed to be way more value than that action wise if the last two shows are any indication.
Jimmy Susumu & Ryo Saito & Jimmy Kanda vs. Super Shisa & Shachihoko Boy & Ryotsu Shimizu
Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin & Jimmy Kagetora vs. Mondai Ryu & Kzy vs. Don Fujii & Gamma
U-T & Yosuke Watanabe & Flamita & Rocky Lobo vs. Cima & Masaaki Mochizuki & Ciba & Tsubasa
Genki Horiguchi vs. Anthony Nese for the Open the Brave Gate title
T-Hawk & Eita vs. K-Ness & Dragon Kid for the Open the Twin Gate titles
Yamato & BxB Hulk & Cyber Kong vs. Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi & Uhaa Nation for the Open the Triangle Gate titles
Masato Yoshino vs. Naruki Doi for the Open the Dream Gate title
 
        Raw will be Monday night from Greenville, SC.
 
        Smackdown is Tuesday night in Charlotte.
 
        There is also a rare Wednesday night WWE house show with the tour that will leave after the show for Europe, this will be held in Columbia, SC.
 
        UFC Fight for the Troops headlined by Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal takes place Wednesday in Fort Campbell, KY on FS 1.     
 
        We have the first of two straight weeks of double issues of the Observer up on the site today given that it is Hall of Fame season.  Plus, the new back issue is the original 1996 Hall of Fame issue so you can read about the original class of no-brainers as well as next week will have the 2013 voting breakdown.
 
        The lead story of the new issue looks at the fallout of Hell in a Cell, including what insiders have said about Shawn Michaels and how what happens next should be the real determinant of whether or not the Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton finish was an effective move.
 
        We look at where the WWE PPV and house show programs are going, the real reason John Cena won the world title, what friends of Shawn Michaels say regarding wrestling again, the title record totals of Cena and Randy Orton and all-time records, what audience swelled the ratings for Cena's return to television and fan reaction to the Hell in a Cell show.
 
        We look at indications for SummerSlam, how Daniel Bryan as top babyface will be evaluated, as well as our usual PPV coverage with notes on odds, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results of the show.
 
        We also have the full story of what went down with Bellator as they lead into the biggest show in company history.  We look at Saturday's card, the ramifications of Tito Ortiz's injury, the usage of Rampage Jackson, the change in the heavyweight tournament, could Ortiz vs. Jackson have made it on PPV, Jackson's new fight and likely why it's happening the way it is.  We also look at costs of live TV vs. PPV, the decision made to put the big show on TV, and the hidden ramifications of Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler and why it's so important to Alvarez.
 
        We also have more regarding the WWE Network, a book on the life of a WWE legend that is being done, Dwayne Johnson's latest television moves, Chris Jericho's new web series, notes on the new season of Total Divas, WWE honored for its medical care for talent, and what current WWE star will be out of action for a while over this coming summer.
 
        We also look at a major name athlete looking for a WWE deal, return of Mark Henry, ideas for new DVDs, and why Matt Morgan isn't in WWE and what that says about other older talent and TNA talent.
               
        We also look at an announced major WWE deal that has quietly fallen through, WWE going international this month, notes on other name wrestlers and WWE status, and tons of news from developmental.  We also look at Ken Shamrock talking about wanting to get back in, Shelly Martinez talks why she was fired, notes on a college football starter who was recently signed and others in developmental as well as what NXT star are they trying to find a spot for and why.
 
        We've got full coverage of the UFC show from Manchester, England, including notes on viewership, the middleweight picture, what happened in Guillard vs. Pearson, was Rosi Sexton correct regarding a double standard, business notes as well as match-by-match coverage.
 
        We also have notes on a pro wrestling world heavyweight championship match that they are saying is going to be a legitimate shoot involving names that have MMA experience 
 
        We've also got an awesome article by Pat Laprade going back in history and looking at the first member of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Class of 2013, including a look back at one of the most controversial and debated matches in the early history of pro wrestling.
 
        We also look at New Japan's next big shows and its junior heavyweight tag team tournament with the newcomers.  We've got full coverage of the weekend iPPV, the heavyweight tag team tournament lineup and the card for another of the most loaded PPV shows of the year.
 
        We also look at All Japan's attempt to run a major show at Sumo Hall, based around the return of the Funk Brothers, one of the most legendary tag teams in the history of the country.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and  Impact this past week did and what gained and lost viewers.
 
        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--The crazy Lucha Libre attempt to do a worked MMA match
 
--What made it so strange to watch
 
--Wrestling publication celebrates 60th anniversary
 
--Major promotion works with top indie talent for unique tag team match
 
--A look back 20 years ago to the death of a wrestler who was expected to be a franchise player of the past generation
 
--Notes on Dragon Gate's next iPPV show
 
--Who were the best actual shooters in the glory day of New Japan Pro Wrestling and what Hall of Famer never thought as a shooter makes the list
 
--Global League tournament news
 
--First news on annual Japanese New Year's Eve show 
 
--A joint tour of two of the five biggest wrestling companies in the world working together for a week
 
--Alex Shelley injury notes
 
--New Japan announces overseas event for next year
 
--Sometimes ROH talent working several New Japan main events
 
--What wrestlers have been voted the most often into top ten Match of the Year award contenders in the history of the Observer awards
 
--New concept of pro wrestling debuts, shoot matches, MMA stars and even a hair vs. hair stipulation
 
--Legendary sportscaster in New York and his pro wrestling background
 
--A look back 30 years to the strange circumstances regarding the death of the Grand Wizard, one of wrestling's all-time great managers and how his death showed people in New York that pro wrestling finishes were worked
 
--A look at ROH's big weekend show and its next several weeks of television coming out of it, as well as the main event for the year's big event
 
--Paid attendance for Bound for Glory
 
--More on TNA sale talks with exclusive info
 
--Who isn't interested in purchasing the company
 
--What the sale talks and Hulk Hogan situation seem to indicate
 
--A look at the TNA schedule for television and house shows through early February
 
--TNA's new promotional concept
 
--How TNA is spinning the move back to Orlando and cutting back on dates
 
--First estimates on Bound for Glory buy rate
 
--TNA star does grandstand challenge for high profile fight
 
--Notes on future PPV tapings
 
--What has the cutting back on TNA PPVs shown about PPV strategy
 
--A look at the A.J. Styles vs. Dixie Carter storyline
 
--Where the story is going and what doesn't seem to make sense
 
--The future of Eric Bischoff in TNA
 
--Update on who is in charge of the creative direction of TNA without Bischoff
 
--What newcomers are gaining power in TNA
 
--Jessy Sorensen talks the recovery from his injury and thoughts on treatment from TNA
 
--Examples of wrestling having no regard for its fans and it just being something they don't even see
 
--Christopher Daniels responds to comments by Vince Russo
 
--More on the UFC Super Bowl shows
 
--What fighter's knee injury cost him way over one million dollars in lost income
 
--Tons of notes regarding the UFC PPV business
 
--Survey on people who didn't buy the last two UFC PPVs and why it is concerning
 
--UFC TV schedule for 2014
 
--Major notes on UFC's new Europe strategy
 
--How ticket sales are going for the upcoming UFC events
 
--Notes on UFC 20 year anniversary special
 
--Thoughts on the special
 
--The series of good and bad things that led to UFC being where it is
 
--The most important pieces of good and bad luck in UFC history
 
--UFC gets award
 
--UFC fighter scheduled for next PPV is pulled over steroid test failure and why this one is controversial
 
--New UFC fights
 
--UFC lightweight star talking of dropping down
 
--Notes on the biggest gate in history
 
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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--As expected based on writing in this week's issue, TNA has ceased ties with OVW as of today.  The expectation is all TNA contracted talent will be asked to relocate to Orlando, but that is not official.
 
--Janice Carter also sent out an e-mail today to all TNA contracted talent telling them not to believe the rumors and that TNA is not up for sale.  It certainly was this past week.
 
--We've got a special show on Mid South Wrestling on the front page today.  We really only scratched the surface on the promotion and so many topics never got talked about so we'll hopefully do another soon.  Mike Sempervive and I are doing our monthly Wrestling Observer Sin Limite show tomorrow night, all questions so if you have any you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Eddie Alvarez was all worried about his wife today landing at LAX, and may not have been the only fighter in town for tomorrow night's show with similar feelings.  Hopefully the stress doesn't affect anyone tomorrow night.
 
--Mick Foley hits the old Mid Atlantic hotbeds this coming week with shows on Wednesday in Charlotte at The Comedy Zone at 8 p.m., Thursday in Greensboro at the Comedy Zone at 8 p.m., and then on 11/9 in Queens, NY at Terrace On the Park.
 
--On FS 2 tonight, the Michael Bisping vs. Vitor Belfort show airs at 8 p.m. tonight, followed by a replay of this week's Ultimate Fighter at 10 p.m.   Saturday will have a replay of UFC Prime Time GSP vs. Hendricks at 7 p.m., on FS 2, Ultimate Fighter at 8 p.m. on FS 2 and the Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida PPV at 9 p.m. on FS 2, followed by prelims from UFC 166 at midnight.  For those on the West Coast, everything is three hours earlier.
 
--Today's New York Daily News in the entertainment section has a review of the WWE 2K14 video game. It only got 2 stars and was recommended only for people who want to get the game every year. 
 
--Damien Sandow is in Paris today on a WWE promotional tour for the video game.
 
--Bellator weigh-ins are 5 p.m. Pacific time at the lobby of the Long Beach Arena, free and open to the public. 
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1949 - NWA world heavyweight champion Orville Brown was injured in an automobile accident that forced him to retire.  Lou Thesz, another world title claimant at the time, was scheduled a few weeks later to lose the title unification match.  Instead, with Brown retired, the NWA decided to recognize Thesz as champion, and he dominated the title during the entire television boom period up through 1957.  While Thesz had been a major star since the late 30s, this was the period he became a legend in the business and the NWA became the dominant title in pro wrestling.
1974 - George Guliovas & Mario Milano beat Ciclon Negro & Lorenzo Parente to win the Austra Asian tag team titles and Ken Medlin beat Alan Pinfold to win the light heavyweight title
1977 - Jackie Sato beat Maki Ueda to win the WWWA title.  If this is the match I'm thinking, it was the biggest woman's wrestling match in history up until that time.  In Japan, this was bigger than Andre vs. Hogan on Saturday Night's Main Event, women selling out Budokan Hall and giant national TV audience
1980 - Franco Columbo beat Americo Rocca in Mexico City to win the Mexican national welterweight title 
1980 - Roddy Piper beat Paul Jones in a tournament final in Richmond to win the Mid Atlantic title
1981 - Ted DiBiase beat Paul Orndorff to win the North American title
1981 - Dory Funk Jr. beat Bruiser Brody in the finals of the International title tournament.  This was an eight-man single elimination tournament with one of the most loaded lineups ever, 7 Hall of Famers out of 8.  The first round was Dory Funk Jr. vs. Tiger Toguchi, Abdullah the Butcher vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Giant Baba vs. Terry Funk and Jack Brisco vs. Brody
1984 - Danny Collins beat Steve Grey in Croydon to win the British welterweight title
1990 - Jushin Liger beat Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit) at Budokan Hall in Tokyo to win the IWGP jr. title
1992 - El Texano beat Villano V in Naucalpan to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1996 - Shinya Hashimoto & Scott Norton beat Keiji Muto & Rick Steiner in Hiroshima to win the annual New Japan MSG tag team tournament      
2003 - Mark & Jay Briscoe beat Izzy & Dixie to win the ROH tag team titles
2005 - Kane & Big Show beat Trevor Murdoch & Lance Cade to win the WWF world tag team titles
 
POLL ON EPISODE ONE OF UFC PRIME TIME
Excellent 22.2%
Good 50.0%
Average 11.1%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 16.7%
        72.3% of those responding didn't see the show
 
IF YOU WATCHED TUF MOST OF THE SEASON AND DIDN'T WATCH WEDNESDAY, WHY?
Have lost interest in the show 44.8%
Watched World Series instead 39.7%
Schedule conflict 15.5%
 
POLL ON MAIN EVENT
Excellent 12.5%
Good 25.0%
Average 25.0%
Fair 8.3%
Poor 29.2%
        65.7% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON THIS WEEK'S ULTIMATE FIGHTER
Excellent 18.5%
Good 50.0%
Average 18.5%
Fair 7.4%
Poor 5.6%
        44.9% of those responding didn't see the show    
 
Classics on Demand for this week
Nitro 12/29/97
Raw 12/29/97
New and Improved  DX
SummerSlam 2005
DX vs. Shane McMahon & Kane & Rock & Steve Austin
DX vs. Dudleys & Chris Jericho
Shawn Michaels Hall of Fame
Michaels & HHH vs. Jericho & Big Show
DX & Vince McMahon vs. Randy Orton & Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase Jr.
DX vs. Miz & John Morrison
DX vs. Randy Orton & Edge
Smackdown 4/29/99
Raw 5/3/99
WCW World Wide 8/14/93
Plus assorted Survivor Series matches from history
 
--Dragon Gate USA has announced for 11/16 in Queens, NY at the Elks Lodge
Johnny Gargano vs. Jimmy Susumu for the Open the Freedom Gate title
Young Bucks vs. Lance & Harlem Bravado for the Open the United Gate title
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Anthony Nese
 
Also for 11/17 in Brooklyn at the Lyceum:
Johnny Gargano vs. Masaaki Mochizuki
Ricochet vs. Anthony Nese
        Genki Horiguchi, AR Fox, Trent Baretta, Rich Swann, Chuck Taylor and Jon Davis will also be on both shows.
 
        There will be a seminar on 11/16 and tryout with Genki Horiguchi and Masaaki Mochizuki. 
 
--Upstate Pro Wrestling on 11/16 in Rochester, NY at the Eagles Club headlined by Kevin Dunn vs. Ron Falco and Colin Delaney vs. Cloudy
 
--A legends show in Youngstown, OH on Sunday at the Covelli Center features a Piper's Pit with Jimmy Hart, plus Sean Waltman, Brutus Beefcake, Marty Jannetty, Bushwhacker Luke Williams and Tatanka.
 
--During last night's NFL game in Miami on the NFL Network, Hulk Hogan was shown on the screen. There was also a Hogan imposter shown on the screen. (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--One FC on 11/15 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia on iPPV headlined by Adam Shahri Kayoom vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki to crown the first welterweight champion.
 
--The annual Roller Derby Hall of Fame event and game will be next weekend on 11/9 at the Penn Jersey Roller Derby
 
--FUW on iPPV at 9 p.m. tonight from Tampa at the Tampa Pitchers show headlined by Michael Tarver vs. Sam Elias and Bruce Santee vs. Tyson Tomko at www.WWNlive.com plus Matt Morgan, Rich Swann, AR Fox and Lince Dorado. 
 
--AIW has an iPPV at http://smvod.com/aiw for $14.99 tonight at 7:30 p.m. from Cleveland's Tuners Hall with a one-night tag team tournament plus Johnny Gargano vs. Jonathan Gresham.
 
--Wrestling for a  Cure II in South Bend, IN at The State Theater with 16 matches with Rhino Shark Boy and Brian Costello.  The show benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Nearly $1,000 worth of raffle prizes have been donated from local businesses as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Indianapolis Colts and Indianapolis Pacers.
 
--Mark Henry was on TMZ today because he dressed up like Ric Ross for Halloween  
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Vicksburg, MS with Tim Storm, Lance Hoyt, Michael Tarver, Vordell Walker, Matt Rivera
 
--A look at the greatest matches in Halloween Havoc history at http://placetobenation.colm/the-ten-best-halloween-havoc-matches/
 
--A benefit show for local promoter Mike Sircy, who is suffering from heart and kidney problems and has open heart surgery scheduled for Monday, will be on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Lebanon, TN at the Wilson County Fairgrounds Turner Evans Building.  Admission is a $5 donation.
 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from last night in Detroit:  Rude Boy b Terror Khan, Matt Cross over Colt Cabana and Jimmy Jacobs, Necro Butcher b 2 Tuff Tony to win the JCW title.  Rude Boy challenged him for a match in December.

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