There is 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.
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.
Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Just want to start off by apologizing for the audio quality of our show with David Shoemaker, AKA The Masked Man today. It was a hardware issue and not something that I can correct with post-production. After I found out I rebooted everything and my new recordings sound fine now, so I don't have any idea what the issue was. It was a great interview too, which is the most infuriating part. I guess if you're a fan of old-time AM radio you'll like what it sounds like. That's the best I can say. If you want to check out the book, which I recommend, here's the link: The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling. The show, which is free, can be heard here. I did learn a lesson about doing a sound test before the shows from now on.
-- For the love of all that's holy. Dixie Carter was promising a FORMER WORLD CHAMPION was returning to Impact on Thursday. FORMER WORLD CHAMPION. Not only is the FORMER WORLD CHAMPION in question a former tag champ, but it's PACMAN JONES. I don't even have the words.
-- TNA is looking for writers.
-- Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Title official for Survivor Series.
-- Libertarian Kane is the new "DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS" for WWE.
-- Bjorn Rebney and Dana White are going at it on Twitter again after Bellator's show on Saturday did 1.1 million viewers, peaking at 1.4 million, and Bjorn is now pointing out that the show did TEN TIMES the viewers of UFC's last event (Fight Night 30, which did 122,000 viewers on FS2).
-- That entire show replays Friday at 8 PM if you missed it, or if your DVR cut out during the main event.
-- Speaking of Dana, his latest video blog looking at the UFC 166 behind the scenes is here.
-- I'll be on MLW Radio for Konnan's Death of WCW book report today. We'll have a download link up later if you want to listen and can't hear the show live. Also, we've got a new Observer Radio this evening talking ten million hours of UFC and the latest news in wrestling and MMA. The Observer Hall of Fame issue I believe will be out later today. For the rest of the week we've got Todd Martin and Bryan & Vinny on Thursday, I believe Dr. Lucha at some point, Pat Laprade talking Montreal on Friday, plus a new After Dark Friday night.
-- Sad to hear about the death of Roland Alexander of All Pro Wrestling. He could be a controversial character but he was always very nice to me and even booked me for the Battle Royal at the legendary King of Indies event in 2001 which in many ways directly lead to the creation of Ring of Honor, and was the first time a lot of people were exposed to guys like Low-Ki, Bryan Danielson, Spanky and others.
-- With Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out, Alexander Gustaffson will now be facing Jimi Manuwa on March 8th. Manuwa is 15-0 in MMA and has finished every single opponent he's ever faced, 14 by knockout and one by submission.
-- Hacksaw Jim Duggan trying to raise money for shoulder surgery here.
-- Impact did an 0.9 and 1.1 million viewers this week.
-- Latest Impact Wrestling podcast with Bully Ray and more up here.
-- Alberto del Rio tweeted yesterday that he would be wrestling on one of his father Dos Caras' retirement shows in Mexico next February with permission from the WWE. Thanks to Kris Zellner.
-- Lex Luger talks Elizabeth and more here.
-- Looks like the Houston Astrodome, home of WrestleMania X7, is on it's way to DOOM.
-- World Series of Fighting is proud to announce the addition of Cody "Bam Bam" Bollinger (14-2) to the company's bantamweight roster. The 22-year-old Californian signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting and is expected to debut for the promotion in early 2014.
-- For Saturday's New Japan show in Osaka on PPV, in the tag team title mach with Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer (NWA tag champs) vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan (IWGP tag champs) vs. Rob Conway & Jax Dane, it will be a two fall match. The first fall will be for the NWA titles and second fall for the IWGP titles.
-- DGUSA returns live to Queens in two weeks, and a full look at the cards for the show so far is up here.
-- What's new with Paul Heyman? Excellent interview here.
-- Bobby Lashley faces Tony Melton Friday night at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa. Tickets at HardRockCasinoTulsa.com.
-- Mental Floss talks the pro-wrestling course at MIT.
-- CAN NEW JAPAN SUCCEED IN THE INTERNATIONAL TV MARKETPLACE?
Yes, good product 32.8%
No, not good product 2.5%
No, good product but the Japanese influence won't translate outside of Japan 64.8%
IF SURVIVOR SERIES IS BRYAN & PUNK VS. WYATTS, CENA VS. DEL RIO AND ORTON VS. SHOW, DOES IT BEAT LAST YEAR'S NUMBERS?
WHICH OF THESE EVENTS DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
Royal Rumble 43.4%
UFC 168 26.6%
New Japan Tokyo Dome 11.1%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Big Show 44.4%
Paul Heyman 22.8%
John Cena 18.3%
Randy Orton 4.9%
Stephanie McMahon 3.7%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RAW?
14.4% of those responding didn't see the show
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1963 - Luke Graham & Al Galento defeated Lonnie Brown & Bob Morrow in a tournament final to win the Southeastern Tag Team Titles in Augusta, GA.
1973 - Bobby Shane & Gorgeous George Jr defeated Tim Woods & Mr. Wrestling II to win the Macon Tag Team Titles in Macon, Georgia.
1983 - Jake Roberts defeated Ron Garvin to win the National Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1989 - Jerry Lawler defeated The Soultaker (Papa Shango/Kama/Godfather) for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis
1994 - Octagon & El Hijo del Santo defeated Love Machine (Art Barr) & Eddy Guerrero in a two out of three falls, Mask vs. Hair match at the AAA When Worlds Collide PPV.
1995 - Ahmed Johnson defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1998 - The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh & D-Von) defeated Masato Tanaka & Balls Mahoney for the ECW World Tag Team Title in New York
2000 - Bull Buchanan & The Goodfather defeated The Hardy Boyz for the WWF Tag Team Title in Houston, Texas
2000 - Crowbar defeated Reno for the WCW Hardcore Title in Chicago, Illinois.
2002 - Jerry Lynn defeated AJ Styles for the NWA:TNA X Division Title in Nashville, Tennessee
2006 - At the Cyber Sunday PPV, Ric Flair & Roddy Piper defeated the Spirit Squad to win the WWE World Tag Team Title. At the same show, Lita defeated Mickie James to win the WWE Diva's Title.
-- To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), the veterans service organization will debut “Wounded: The Battle Back Home,” a documentary film series that focuses on issues of critical importance to this generation of injured service members and their families through personal stories of struggle and resiliency. The project, produced in conjunction with Austin-based Flow Nonfiction, will launch Sunday, November 10, 2013 as part of special Veteran’s Day programming on “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC, with additional episodes airing over the course of the coming year on the cable news channel. The first installment in the series, titled “Shane,” centers on Marine service member, Shane Krutchen, who returned from Iraq seeking help with his horrific nightmares. Krutchen immediately felt ostracized and was discharged to a Veteran Affairs health facility with little understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder. Krutchen’s spiral led to a drug addiction and suicide attempt in 2009, but his connection with a WWP outreach coordinator helped him get clean and discover that mixed martial arts (MMA) was just the medicine he needed. Wounded: The Battle Back Home follows Krutchen, now married and expecting a child, days before a professional MMA fight as he prepares for a dramatic victory and the opportunity to honor 19 friends and fellow soldiers he lost in combat.
-- ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share has added four fights to the blockbuster Philippines card set to take place on 6 December at the state of the art SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Fan favorite Kevin Belingon is back in action against undefeated David Aranda Santacana, America’s Caros Fodor squares off against Vuyisile Colossa, Filipino Geje Eustaquio battles fellow countrymen Eugene Toquero and Heavyweight slugger Alain Ngalani battles the fierce brawler from Canada Paul Cheng. Tickets for ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH are on sale now at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220.
-- A look at the life of Doug Lindzy here.