TUES UPDATE: Huge week upcoming, GSP talks future, UFC 20-year special, anniversary of Firestorm death, tons more
By Bryan Alvarez |
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
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/njpw1972will 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 Mayhem (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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--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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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Today marks four years since a very good friend of mine, Adam Firestorm, passed away at the age of 32. We were having matches together in gymnastics gyms dating back to 1995-1996, long before either of us officially got involved in wrestling. Thanks to Ian Hamilton for the reminder.
-- The UFC 20 year TV special airs 9-11 p.m. Eastern, 6-8 p.m. Pacific on FS 1. Worth going out of your way to see. Second GSP vs. Hendridcks prime time is 8:30 p.m. tonight before the UFC special.
-- Very interesting quote from GSP when asked if he'd ever fight Rory MacDonald. He said of course not, which is no surprise. But then he added, "I'm not interested in fighting him. There's other ways of doing things. I have plans for the future, other things. I can't talk about it right now, but people will see soon."
-- GSP also told MMA Junkie that he'd like UFC to get rid of the round system. Fifteen minutes nonstop for normal fights and 25 minutes nonstop for title fights. Don't hold your breath on that one.
-- Two new episodes of BUT I'M CHRIS JERICHO up on his site today. Obviously if you haven't checked out Jericho's interview with Dave and I yesterday, get to it!Tons of great feedback so far.
-- Interview with Rey Mysterio heretalking about when he may return to the ring. May be later this year, may be 2014. He's trying not to rush it for once. Originally he wanted to be in the ring for the tour of Mexico. He did one brief, safe match but that was it.
-- Last night's Raw Backstage Fallout is here.
-- Big night for Dolph Ziggler. John writes: I thought you and your readers might find this kind of interesting: according to NorthAmericanWrestlingRankings.blogspot.com, which started keeping track of wrestlers’ records and ranking them as of Nov. 2006, when Dolph Ziggler defeated Curtis Axel on the 11/4/13 episode of Raw it was his 100th televised singles victory! That makes him the first wrestler to reach triple digits in both wins and losses!
-- Renzo Gracie intimated on the MMA Hour today that he'd fight in UFC again. He said he met with Dana White last week and Dana offered him a check to not fight. He said his counteroffer was to take a UFC fight for free. Dana refused to let him fight for free. He came out of the meeting confident that he'd get at least one more fight, likely at 155, his "real fighting weight".
-- Article on TNA's return to Universal Studios Florida for a new Impact Zone here.
-- Article on a Billy Corgan about whether Corgan could afford to buy TNA after his tweet to Dave here.
-- Interview with David Shoemaker, aka The Masked Man, here. He'll also be on Figure Four Daily with myself and Josh Nason tomorrow.
-- Want to profusely thank everyone who checked out my interview with the International Association of Internet Broadcasterslast week. As of yesterday, after only three days, it was already by far the most-listened-to broadcast they've ever produced.
-- ROH's Charm City Challenge available on DVD here. If you're an ROH fan be sure to check out Kevin Kelly's interview on the show today, some great stuff as always with a very good announcer.
-- Some schedule changes for Bellator: After a grueling Middleweight Title defense on September 7th, Alexander Shlemenko will now face Doug Marshall on November 22nd from Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In its place, the Heavyweight Title fight between Vitaly Minakov and Alexander Volkov will now be featured on the November 15th fight card from Revel in Atlantic City. Rampage Jackson will make his long awaited debut from Revel on November 15th as the MMA icon will battle Bellator veteran Joey Beltran, along with the conclusion of the Season 9 Bellator Featherweight Tournament as Justin Wilcox battles Patricio Pitbull. November 22nd will be headlined by the afore mentioned Shlemenko-Marshall Middleweight Title fight, as well as the Lightweight Tournament Finals as Tiger Sarnavskiy takes on Will Brooks for a $100,000 Tournament prize and guaranteed title shot, along with the Welterweight Tournaments Finals and the Bellator debut of Matt Riddle and Terry Etim.
-- UFC GYM is pleased to announce the opening of a second 24-hour gym in Corona, Calif. continuing to impact the way people approach fitness and TRAIN DIFFERENT. UFC GYM South Corona will be located at 265 E. Ontario Ave., at the corner of Main St. and Ontario Ave., and is scheduled to open in January 2014. An enrollment center is now open at the gym, where memberships are available at special pre-opening discounts. To find out more about UFC GYM South Corona call (951) 547-0166 or visitufcgym.com/southcorona.
-- World Series of Fighting will soon crown the second champion in company history as Rick "The Gladiator" Glenn (14-2-1) meets Georgi "Insane" Karakhanyan (22-3-1) for the promotion's inaugural featherweight title. The two meet at "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which takes place Dec. 7 at PNE Agrodome in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The night's main card airs on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT following prelims that stream on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com. Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca
-- For the WWE show in Columbia, SC tomorrow, You can still get second row tickets for the show even though there has been a lot of advertising. Wednesday night is a hard night when a mostly evangelical Christian city has church events out the wazoo. Thanks to Thomas.
-- New angry interview with the Iron Sheik herefor Askmen.com.
-- New TCW TV show with the Rock & Roll Express in action here.
-- Kickstarter page for Wrestling with Disaster -- the moviehere.
-- MMADudeBro podcast herewith Cody Bollinger.
-- Over the Top Radio talking pro-wrestling and Halloween here.
-- Interview with former WWE writer Andrew Goldstein here.
-- Careful with them bounties, kids.
-- CZW's biggest event of the year, 'Cage of Death' returns Saturday, December 14 on iPPV at the Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak RD in Voorhees, NJ at 8 pm!
-- All Star Wrestling returns to Maple Ridge, BC on Friday November 15th., 8PM, doors open at 7:30pm. Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre 12150 224th St., Maple Ridge
-- ON WEDNESDAY, WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING?
New Japan 15.6%
4.5% are watching both shows. 55.1% are watching neither.
FOR THIS WEEKEND, WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING?
New Japan 24,1%
WHY HAVE RECENT WWE PPVS BEEN DOWN?
People knew screw jobs were coming, didn't want to pay for them 45.3%
Promotion of Daniel Bryan as babyface headliner was counterproductive 43.9%
Randy Orton shouldn't be a main eventer 5.4%
Daniel Bryan shouldn't be a main eventer 4.0%
Promotion of Randy Orton on television was counterproductive 1.4%
PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.4 or less 10.2%
3.4 or more 3.7%
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1974 - Chief Bold Eagle & Chief Little Eagle defeated the Royal Kangaroos to win the Georgia Tag Team Titles in Atlanta, Georgia.
1990 - Terry Funk defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1994 - In Philadelphia, PA; The Public Enemy defeated Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipwreck in a Brawl Games match to win the ECW World Tag Team Title.
2000 - Steve Corino won a Double Jeopardy match to win the ECW World Heavyweight Title over Jerry Lynn, The Sandman and Justin Credible in Villa Park, Illinois.
2001 - During an edition of Raw at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, Test defeated Edge for the WWF Intercontinental Title. On the same show, the Rock defeated Chris Jericho for the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
2002 - Edge & Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit for the WWE (Smackdown) Tag Team Title in Manchester, New Hampshire.