MON. UPDATE: Huge mid-week, WWE webisode cartoon, WWE ads, Huge convention, Rock TV show, new TNA show, New wrestling show on small network, Flair
Monday, 04 November 2013 11:50
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on Saturday night's Bellator show as well as Sunday's Dragon Gate iPPV show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're looking for reports from Greenville, SC for Raw with the dark matches, Superstars matches, and notes on anything else that wouldn't be available from the live show.
We're also looking for reports on Saturday's TNA house show in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
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.
The WWE European tour opens with a Wednesday show in Belfast headlined by Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan, plus Big Show, The Shield, The Miz and Dolph Ziggler.
New Japan's Road to Power Struggle iPPV at www.ustream.tv/njpw1972
will be on Wednesday at 4:15 a.m. Eastern and 1:15 a.m. Pacific (late Tuesday night) from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Gedo & Jado vs. Young Bucks in jr. heavyweight tag tourney semifinal
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Valiente & Bushi in jr. heavyweight tag tourney semifinal
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Captain New Japan & Kushida vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask
Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka
Tomoaki Honma vs. Bad Luck Fale
Shinsuke Nakamura & Brian Kendrick & Trent Baretta vs. Minoru Suzuki & Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito & Togi Makabe & Kota Ibushi vs. Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi vs. Karl Anderson & Prince Devitt
Finals of jr. tag team title
That's actually a hell of a non-major show lineup, particularly the last three matches.
UFC Fight for the Troops is Wednesday from Fort Campbell, KY with nine fights in a five hour television show that leads into Ultimate Fighter.
Facebook fights at 3:15 p.m. Eastern time
Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston
Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
Yves Edwards vs. Yancy Medeiros
Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz Larkin
FS 1 at 5 p.m.
Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven Siler
George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera
Bobby Green vs. James Krause
Michael Chiesa vs. Colton Smith
Rustam Khabilov vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal
WWE has a loaded house show on Thursday in Dublin, Ireland with both Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan and John Cena vs. Alberto De Rio headlining.
TNA does its final Impact on the road in Cincinnati with a same-day show and a second week show including the first round of the NTA heavyweight title tournament including Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Sabin in a Full Metal Maylem (TLC) match.
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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--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
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--First news on annual Japanese New Year's Eve show
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--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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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--This may be the best time of the year to subscribe to the Observer and the web site. We've done a number of extra shows including the Observer Sin Limite show over the weekend, we have a show with Chris Jericho scheduled for today, a great show on the history of Mid South Wrestling with Mid South expert Scott Williams, as well as a great show with Shayna Baszler last week (you'll like it a lot, especially those of you who like Billy Robinson). We have the first-ever Observer Hall of Fame issue on the site, and the 2013 Hall of Fame issue comes out this week. In addition, the other biggest issue of the year, the 2013 Awards issue is less than three months away and the balloting will open at the end of this month.
--WWE and Film Roman have reached a deal for 13 different three minute webisodes of a cartoon series called Camp WWE. It will be an adult themed comedy scripted by Mike Benson (Entourage) and similar to King of the Hill. The idea is WWE characters will be portrayed as if they were children (like in a Mick Foley Christmas book) who are all misbehaving so their parents send them to Camp WWE which is run by the no-nonsense disciplinarian Vince McMahon. I think he shames all of them for being too small and not good looking enough and for usage of pronouns and words like belt.
--There is going to be a close call based on WWE advertising this week. Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, The Shield and Big Show are listed for both Tuesday night in Charlotte and Wednesday night in Belfast. With travel and time difference, that could be a close call. The last time this happened there were a number of no-shows at TV.
--Cody Rhodes posted on Twitter about he and Dustin being in Brussels, Birmingham and Cardiff when the WWE advertising has them for the other tour.
--Via twitter, John Cena said that he was the one who sent the World title belt replica to David Ortiz for the Boston Red Sox World Series parade. Cena grew up a Red Sox fan. (thanks to Michael O'Brien)
--UFC weigh-ins for Wednesday's show (yes, they have FS 1 shows on both Wednesday and Saturday this week, and New Japan has iPPVs on Wednesday and Saturday this week) will be tomorrow at 5 p.m. Eastern. They'll be up on the site.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1970 - Mark Lewin & King Curtis Iaukea beat Kurt & Karl Von Steiger to win the IWA tag titles in Brisbane
1979 - Gran Hamada beat Rey Misterio (the original obviously) in Naucalpan to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1980 - Dory Funk Jr. beat Dusty Rhodes in Fort Lauderdale to win the Florida title
1982 - Greg Valentine beat Wahoo McDaniel for the U.S. title in Norfolk
1982 - Model Mimi Hagiwara beat Judy Martin to win the All-Pacific women's title
1985 - Rollerball Mark Rocco beat Chic Cullen in Bradford to win the world heavy middleweight title
1991 - Tom Prichard beat Eric Embry to win the Southern title in Memphis and Doug Masters & Bart Sawyer beat Jeff Jarrett & Robert Fuller to win the USWA tag titles
1993 - Keiji Muto & Hiroshi Hase beat Scott Norton & Hercules in Tokyo to win the New Japan MSG tag team tournament
1994 - The original Rey Misterio beat Misterioso in Mexicali to win the AAA middleweight title
1994 - 2 Colt Scorpio beat Jason to win the ECW TV title, but he lost it late in the show to Dean Malenko in Hamburg, PA.
--Mick Foley plays Wednesday at the Comedy Zone in Charlotte and Thursday at the Comedy Zone in Greensboro at 8 p.m.
--There is a huge wrestling convention this coming weekend in Flushing, NY at Terrace at the Park on Saturday. Among the names appearing are Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, Terry Funk, Kevin Nash, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho, DDP, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman, Matt Hardy, Al Snow, Sid Vicious, Howard Finkel, Joey Styles, Demolition, King Kong Bundy, Tito Santana, Greg Valentine, Bobby Heenan, Sgt. Slaughter, Brutus Beefcake, Paul Orndorff, Tammy Sytch, George Steele and the Rogueaus.
--Those who have good stories about being screw-ups can sign up for TNT's new "Wake Up Call" starring Dwayne Johnson. Johnson will motivate people into working harder and improving themselves. If you want to submit yourself or someone you know, you can send your name, age, city, contact info, photo and life situation to
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
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POLL ON BELLATOR SATURDAY NIGHT
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BEST TV SHOW OF LAST WEEK
Ultimate Fighter 7.6%
Prime Time: GSP vs. Hendricks 4.2%
Alvarez vs. Chandler countdown 0.8%
Inside MMA 0.8%
--Chris Jericho was on AMC's Taking Dead after Walking Dead last night. He was introduced as a WWE superstar and listed underneath him "WWE champion." He knew the series well and ended up the star of the show, coming on the heels of Marilyn Manson being a complete disaster in the same spot last week. Jericho was the second pro wrestler to appear on the show, the first being CM Punk. (thanks to Leonardo Mendez)
--TNA has added a 12/28 house show to its schedule at the Westbury Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday with Magnus, Kurt Angle and Bully Ray scheduled. (thanks to Thomas Brown)\
--Raymond Rougeau was reelected at a City Councilor in his hometown of Rawdon, Quebec in yesterday's election. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--Championship Wrestling from Hollywood did a sold show at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA yesterday: Peter Avalon & Ray Rosas b Che Cabrera & Sasha Darevko, Eric Cross & Sgt. Majors & ? b Rudy Tawalana & Angel Lopez & Daniel Joseph, Pinky b Brian Weston, Ricky Mandel won three-way over Mikey O'Shea and Big Duke, James Morgan b B-Boy, Joey Ryan b Drake Younger to keep TV title, Scorpio Sky b Matt Striker to keep Heritage title Samoa Joe b Willie Mack
--Ric Flair gave a pep talk to the Countryside High School football team before its game on Friday night with Pinelllas Park while in Florida. Flair did it as a favor to John Laurinaitis, whose son Zack, plays for Countryside.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Columbus, IN for the 15th anniversary show which raised $1,300 in cash and toys for the cheer fund: Fireman Bryan Baily, Eric Darlage and Mike Wilson won a Battle Royal, JD Marioni b Fiji Wildman, Ace Perry b Fast Eddie, TJ Kemp b TJ Powers, Blue Bomber & Chris Morrus b Damien Cole & Aaron Anarchy, Rob Ramer b Dash Venture, Kacee Carlisle b Jessie Belle Smothers, Tracy Smothers & Flash Flanagan b Shawn Cook & JKO. They announced Diceman Ronnie Vegas, Austin James, TJ Powers, and Sign Guy into the HPW Hall of Fame. Next show is 12/7 (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
--ECWA from Saturday night in Newark, DE: Kid USA b Big Gus Man, Matt Saigon b Bobby Shields, Ahtu & Napalm Bomb & Solu & Phil Sly b Breaker Morant & Apollyon & Body Snatcher & Black Ice, Mr. Ooh La La b Little Mikey, Chris Wylde & Jesssie Kaye b Ricky Martinez & Renee Michelle, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian b Papadon. Next show is a Toys for Tots benefit on 12/7 and J.J. Dillon will be there working as a manager.
--There was a CHIKARA event on Saturday at FDR Park in Philadelphia. This would be the first show since the promotion shut down. The idea is that the wrestlers themselves put the show on.
--Greg Jackson MMA and the Barnalillo County Deputies Association reached their goal of raising $10,000 for Deputy Robin Hopkins with just 120 donors in one week. Hopkins was seriously wounded on 10/26 in a gun battle and remains hospitalized at the University of New Mexico Hospital. They are continuing the donations at GiveForward.com under "Fighting for Robin." Top donations will get autographed gloves and clothing from Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, John Dodson and other fighters. The link is https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/0gc3/fighting-for-robin
--Top Rope Promotions from Friday night in New Bedford, MA before 225 fans: Sam Shields b Anthony Greene, Craig Costa b Bob Evans, Antonio Thomas b JT Dunn, Anthony Savage & Brandon Hogan b Gregory Edwards & Dick Justice, Mike Bennett b Jay Freddie, Vain b Punisher Van Slyke, Ran Waters & Kevin Perry b The Minutemen, Nick Steel b Jimmy Preston
--WWC from Saturday night in Bayamon, PR: Mike Mendoza b Steve Joel, Mighty Ursus b Galactico & Peter The Bad Romance, Rikochet b Samuel Adams to keep the jr. title, Xix Xavant b Ash-DQ, Chicano & ref Pelayito Vazquez b Diabolico & Orlando Toledo, Syler Andrews b Tommy Diablo, Chris Angel b Rey Fenix via DQ to keep the Universal title. Invader I was the referee. Carlos Colon was in Fenis's corner. Fenix is Ray Gonzalez. Invader and Colon started fighting and they announced Angel vs. Fenix next week for the title with Colon and Invader as referees. (thanks to Leonardo Mendez)
--UIPW from yesterday in Toronto: Michael Elgin b RJ City, Sebastian Suave b Rex Atkins, Rip Impact b Marc Hauss, Brent Banks b Davey Richards, Steve Brown b Kingdom James, Ethan Page b Alex Vega, Josh Alexander b Colin Delaney to keep the Union title. Next show is 12/29 at the Rockpile East Nightclub for New Year's Evil.
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara: Brillante Jr. & Meteoro b Relampago Azul & Pirana-COR, Demonio Rojo & Acertijo b Divino & Idolo, Metatron & Virgo & Sky Kid b Magnum & Infierno & Demonio Maya, Smaker & Gallo & Leon Blanco b Malefico & Exterminador & Rafaga-DQ, Euforia & Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero b Mistico & Mascara Dorada & La Sombra when Euforia gave Sombra a low blow, to set up a singles match this coming Sunday. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--CMLL starts on TV in the U.S. this coming Saturday in a 3 p.m. Eastern time slot on the Azteca America network, which is on DirecTV. It's also got a lot of local affiliates in most major Southwest markets.
--TIWF runs shows every Friday night in Maury City, TN and every Saturday night in Trenton, TN.
--Asylum Fight League on Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal at 8 p.m.
--CWE on 11/22 in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.
--UFC is opening a second gym in Corona, CA at 265 East Ontario Ave. in January. For more info you can call 951-547-0166 or go to urfcgym.com/southcorona
--Jay Lethal has a seminar on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Clinton Township, MI at the Imperial House for $25. He'll talk psychology, match structure, self marketing, how to get noticed and more. For more info go go
--Lethal also works that night for XICW with Marty Jannetty, Jimmy Jacobs, Tadarius Thomas and Truth Martini.