THURS. UPDATE: Shake-up in WWE office, Velasquez update, UFC ratings, Rock new proejct, Alexander memorial show, Mania tickets, WWE star turns heel on twitter, Kennedy wins bonus with torn quad, Reaction to TV shows

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        We're looking for reports on today's WWE show in Dublin, Ireland, as well as tomorrow's shows in Glasgow and Brussels.  The WWE European tour will continue on Saturday in Birmingham and Munich.  Show reports can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
        We're also looking for reports from Cincinnati tonight for the TNA TV tapings, in particular the second show that will be taped for next week.
        Impact tonight on Spike at 9 p.m.
Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Sabin in a Full Metal Mayhem match for the TNA title tournament
ODB vs. Velvet Sky vs. Brooke Tessmacher in a No. 1 contenders for the Knockouts title match
        They are also pushing a Sting interview talking about the future of the Main Event Mafia.
        What is the most talked about issue of the year of the Observer is now out and on the front page, the 2013 Hall of Fame issue.  It's a double issue and is also available by mail and is traditionally one of our two best selling issues of the year.
        The issue features a complete look at the voting, not just overall, but in every category, as well as a comparison with last year's results and an analysis of the voting by category.  We look at the plight of several of the candidates, including those who increased or decreased, and also have two lengthy career bios in this issue.  We will have two more bios coming down the line.
        We look at those who dropped off the ballot and those who will be added onto next year's ballot.  We also look at how the new candidates did.
        We also have a complete analysis of the WWE business and why the profits are the lowest in years but the stock price is the highest in years.  We look at why this contradiction is the case and the reason people are bullish on WWE going forward.  We look at what it would take for these projections to come true and what is going on with television that both strengthens the position of WWE and TNA, but also weakens it.
        We look at how an increase in rights fees from television can be a game changer and what it could mean in comparison to PPV, what two stations would benefit the most by attempting to get WWE programming but  how one of them would hurt WWE in other ways even if they could get more money for the product.
        We also look at the proposed network and the economics of it.
        We also look at every WWE revenue stream and how it did both in garnering income and also in expenses, as well a an update on WWE cash on hand, differences in profits from the last two years in every category, and an updated look at the movie division.
        We look at what television show is the company's biggest profit margin show.  We also look at WWE in the realm of non-wrestling programming and history.  We also look at how Daniel Bryan's quest for the title has done and even Vince McMahon's negative reaction to SummerSlam.
        We've got charts with the revenues for the quarter and what parts of the world they came from, regarding where WWE is going up or down, as well as each category profits.  We also have updated numbers on how WrestleMania ended up on the all-time list.
        We also look at a goal for John Cena building to this year's WrestleMania, Cena talks about the Ric Flair title record, why Eva Marie is getting a push, an update on Survivor Series and more on Roman Reigns.
        We also look at the new star they are grooming for a top spot, a new series of history items WWE is doing, the origin of the term judo chop in pro wrestling and the illegal karate thrust days of the business, two major new signings and thoughts on other prospects including an international star in talks, Chris Jericho on his weight, touring, diet, HHH's comments, WWE future and his web series.  We also look at the WWE's new web project, Jim Ross comments on WWE business and the PPV industry and an update on Rey Mysterio.
        We also have an update on WWE house shows.
        We've also got a look at Bellator's biggest show in its history, the Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler program, what readers thought of who won, and where Alvarez vs. Chandler stands historically, as well as updating the Alvarez tug-of-war between UFC and Bellator.  We look at the situation with King Mo.
        We also look at the wrestling career of Doug Lindzy, best known as Doug Gilbert and The Masked Professional during a 24 year career as a full-time journeyman wrestler.  We look back to the biggest win of the career of The Professional, but how he flopped from there and was quickly gone from the area.  We look at his run as AWA tag team champion and the angles in his heyday in Georgia, as well as his various physical transformations.
        We've also got full coverage of the Dragon Gate PPV show from Osaka over the weekend.
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows.
        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:
--Wrestler celebrates 36 years as a headliner
--One of the retirement matches of Dos Caras
--Latest from Arena Mexico
--Wrestlers participating in bodybuilding show including a former TNA star
--El Hijo del Fantasma talks why he left CMLL for AAA
--Fantasma notes problems in CMLL
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--A look at the life of California independent promoter and wrestling school owner Roland Alexander
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--Departure of the last link to the beginnings of ROH
--Notes on ROH Final Battle plans
--A look at the last ROH show
--Update on TNA sale talks
--Janice Carter's memo to talent
--Why it was done
--Why there is value in TNA going forward
--What could kill TNA dead that is completely out of their hands
--What happened with dropping the OVW affiliation
--A look at the TNA title tournament
--Notes on the new Impact Zone
--Who in TNA is garnering more power
--Where A.J. Styles' future stands
--Notes on the weekend TNA house show
--Lots of new UFC fights
--A look at the middleweight division
--A look at the next UFC show in Newark
--Why Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem ended up in Newark and not Las Vegas
--What fight and why will have the most strongest drug testing in UFC history
--Who is footing the bill for it
--Poll regarding the next UFC video game cover athletes
--A look at the last few weeks of the Bellator season and the main fights
--Bradley vs. Marquez PPV numbers
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--We have a ton of audio up on the site this week with interviews with Chris Jericho, David Shoemaker, a history of Mid South Wrestling show with Scott Williams, a history of Montreal wrestling show that will be taped tomorrow with Patric Laprade, and we still have a Hall of Fame show coming.  We did talk Hall of Fame on today's show but will have a call-in Hall of Fame show next week.  .
--A quick note that the New Japan iPPV will be tomorrow night.  It's an earlier start than most shows, as it's a midnight start on the West Coast so I'm planning on covering it live.  Usually because they do a preshow match, it actually starts closer to 2:40 a.m. Eastern and 11:40 p.m.Pacific time.  As expected, The Young Bucks, Matt & Nick Jackson, winners of the tag team tournament that ended on yesterday' iPPV show, challenging Taka Michinoku & Taichi for the IWGP jr. tag team titles was officially added earlier today.   
--There was a big shakeup in WWE yesterday.  We don't have full details but Pete Leone, who was Paul Levesque's closest confidante and main assistant was let go.  Another key confidante of his was also let go.  Jane Geddes has switched from being Head of Talent Relations to working in his office on Connecticut and running the office.  There is a new Head of Talent Relations but we don't know the name yet.  There is a lot more going on as well.
--The UFC's debut in Mexico, which had been tentatively planned for April at Arena Ciudad in Mexico City, is out because they want to go in with Cain Velasquez.  Velasquez suffered a left shoulder injury. At this point it's not known what the injury is or how serious it is, but it came from the fight with Junior Dos Santos and he's had an MRI done on the shoulder.  Until the results come in, there can be no movement regarding his next fight.
--Dwayne Johnson's latest project is a move called Seal Team 666.  Johnson will lead a group of Navy Seals who battle supernatural threats.  At this point there is no word on when the movie will film.  Johnson will both star in the movie and be an executive producer.  Speaking of Johnson, he is pretty much completely healed up from the injuries suffered at WrestleMania. 
--There is no funeral information regarding Roland Alexander as of yet, but they are doing a Roland Alexander Memorial Show tomorrow night at the APW Garage in Hayward, CA at 7:30 p.m.  All proceeds will go to help pay for funeral expenses for Alexander, who was left broke due to all his health problems in recent years, notably suffering two strokes and no longer having medical insurance.  The show is going to be very long as best I can tell since they say "No end time is listed for this event, as the show will progress as long as needed for the Tribute show."
--For last night, the three-hour Fight for the Troops main show (not including the 5-7 p.m. Eastern time portion) did 641,000 viewers.  Ultimate Fighter did 583,000 viewers. 

--Sheamus, Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio, Mick Foley, Kaitlyn, Jimmy Hart, Alicia Fox and Booker T will be in New Orleans for the WrestleMania ticket sale kickoff on 11/15 at Champions Square in New Orleans at 5 p.m.
--The Miz is now a heel.  If you missed it, it's because he turned on Twitter on Monday night.  He did a heel promo at yesterday's WWE show in Belfast to set up a match with Kofi Kingston, where he worked heel style.
--The former world champion on Impact tonight is Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals, who held the TNA tag team titles years ago.
--Tim Kennedy's knockout of Rafael Natal was No. 3 on ESPN's plays of the day for today.  It probably would have been higher if they knew that Kennedy had suffered a torn quadriceps muscle a week ago and fought on it, which is insane.  He said there was no way he was not going to fight on that show.
--UFC weigh-ins are at 1 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow on FS 2.  Yes, there is another show on Saturday.
--Want to make mention thanking Chris Aiken for one year covering WWE Main Event for the site.
--The AV Club web site is doing a 1993 week and they listed the movie Mr. Nanny starring Hulk Hogan as the least essential and worst of pop culture for that year.
--Genki Horiguchi defends Dragon Gate's Open the Brave Gate title against Rich Swann on 11/16 on the Dragon Gate USA show in Elmhurst, Queens and the Queensboro Elks Lodge.  The show is headlined by Johnny Gargano defending the Open the Freedom Gate title against Jimmy Susumu.  Horiguchi & Susumu vs. Bravado Brothers will be on the 11/17 show at the Brooklyn Lyceum headlined by Gargano vs. Masaaki Mochizuki.
--Karl Anderson on the New Japan press conference for tomorrow night's Power Struggle show at
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1901 - Tom Jenkins beat Dan McLeod to win the American heavyweight title
1964- Domenic DeNucci beat Killer Kowalski in Melbourne in the first major IWA title change
1968 - Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes beat Tommy & Terry Martin (The Burke Brothers from Eastern Canada) to win the North American tag team titles in Kansas City
1970 - King Curtis Iaukea beat Stan Stasiak in Melbourne in the last IWA title change
1982 - Paul Orndorff beat Masked Superstar in Atlanta to win the National heavyweight title
1984 - Bill Dundee beat Adrian Street in Shreveport to win the Mid South TV title
1985 - Junkyard Dog beat Randy Savage via count out to win the Wrestling Classic tournament on PPV in Chicago, which was a forerunner of the King of the Ring PPV
2010 - Robbie E beat Jay Lethal to win the TNA X division title
--Azteca America claims that they are not airing CMLL wrestling as was reported here and elsewhere.  A company spokesperson said it is not on the schedule nor do they even know what CMLL is.  It should be noted that the CMLL show starting on Saturday is on the Azteca Ameica web site.  But it's not on the company's programming grid for Saturday.
Excellent 28.6%
Good 25.0%
Average 25.0%
Fair 7.1%
Poor 14.3%
        74.3% of those responding didn't see the show
Excellent 50.0%
Good 25.0%
Average 10.7%
Fair 3.6%
Poor 10.7%
         57.6% of those responding didn't see the show
Yes 14.1%
No 85.9%
New Japan 67.7%
TNA 8.9%
ROH 8.9%
Bellator 8.5%
AAA 6.0%
--Jim Duggan raised $6,500 on to pay for needed shoulder surgery.
--Rob Terry and Jay Bradley will be sent by TNA to the next Wrestle-1 tour of Japan from 11/16 to 12/1.  A.J. Styles faces Seiya Sanada in one of the main events on the 11/16 show at Korakuen Hall for the Styles version of the TNA title.
--A look back at what is considered one of the greatest matches in Lucha Libre history, the double mask vs. double hair match with El Hijo del Santo & Octagon vs. Love Machine & Eddy Guerrero 19 years ago this week at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

--Sinclair Broadcasting the parent company of ROH, announced today that its profits rose 39 percent from last year due to stronger automotive advertising among other things.  The quarterly profits were $36.65 million, which may be enough top upgrade ROH television production.  Quarterly revenues were $318,950,000
--Squared Circle results from Sunday in Whitby, ONT:  Louis Lyndon over Jeff Vertigo, El Hijo del Bigote, Matthieu St. Jacques, Tomas Dubois and Flip Kendrick, Kevin Steen b Mike Rollins, John Greed b Michael Elgin, Steady Wave b Check Mate to win tag titles Will White b Preston Myles, Ethan Page b TD Thomas, Tyson Dux b Davey Richards, Josh Alexander b Brent Banks 2/3 falls.  
--Matt McCarthy, a cast member of the Pete Holmes Show on TBS, is doing a wrestling podcast called We Watch Wrestling.
--MEXPRO Wrestling from Saturday night in Huntington Park, CA:  CjayKurz over Virgil Flynn and Tyler Bateman, B-Boy b JD Horror, Willie Mack over Jacob Diaz and SoCal Crazy, Eric Watts b Joey Ryan, Los Bandidos b Born Stars, Cjay Kurtz b Willie Mack to become the first MEXPRO U.S. champion, Homeless Jimmy b Necro Butcher in a fans bring the weapons match (thanks to Mike Hartsfield)
--In a funny story, on the WWE web site, there was a section for top 15 WCW losers like Maestro, High Voltage (who were nicknamed at the time High Dosage) and the world famous Mulkey Brothers.  One of the guys listed was Lodi, complete with a picture advertising RF Video in the background and match video of him getting killed by Goldberg with a big RF Video sign in the background. (thanks to Gary Mehaffy)
--CMLL from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Martin & Tony Escobedo b Sadico & Ebola, Inquisidor & Super Comando & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Leo & Esfinge & Black Metal, Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugei & Dallys la Caribena b Silueta & Luna Magica & Aphrodita, Atlantis & Angel de Oro & Blue Panther b Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Escorpion & Polvora, Rush & Shocker & La Mascara b Vangellys & Tama Tonga & El Terrible.
--Rush vs. Shocker vs. El Terrible headlines this coming Monday's CMLL show in Puebla. 
--CMLL from Monday in Puebla:  Meyer & Tiger Rojo Jr. b Herodes Jr. & Guerrero Negro Jr.-DQ, Robin & Leono & Asturiano b Siki Ozama I & Inquisidor & Fueza Chicana, Marcela b Dallys la Caribena to keep the CMLL women's title, Brazo de Plata & Maximo b Felino & Puma,. El Terrible & Shocker & Negro Casas b Rush & Vangellys & La Mascara, La Sombra b Volador Jr. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--Notes on the possible return of CHIKARA at
--The Saskatchewan government introduced legislation on Tuesday to create an athletic commission which would open the door for MMA events in the province.   
--The Iron Sheik got a lot of pub in Toronto as on CTV in a story about Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitting to smoking crack cocaine and refusing to resign from office, they showed Iron Sheik visiting him at  Sheik was also on the cover of today's Toronto Star showing him arm wrestling Ford.
--CZW's biggest event of the year, the 15th annual Cage of Death show, will be on 12/14 from Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ with a cage of death main event of Danny Havoc & Devon Moore & Lucky Thurteen vs. Drew Blood & Ron Mathis & Rory Mondo & Matt Tremont, Alex Colon vs. Shane Strickland for the TV title, Christina Von Eerie vs. Kimber Lee and Greg Excellent vs. Pepper Parks.  There will be a Toys for Tots collection at the show and for those who purchase tickets on-line, you can get admission to the 4 p.m. CZW Q&A session with talent.
--Bellator weigh-ins are at 6 p.m. today at the Mist Nightclub inside the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK for tomorrow night's show on Spike headlined by Cheick Kongo vs. Peter Graham.
--New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Beverly, MA at the Cove Community Center with Sean Burke vs. Slyck Wagner Brown as the main event. plus Antonio Thomas & ? vs. Jeremy Prophet & Genesis.
--The Todos x Todos group runs Juan de la Barrera Gym in Mexico City on 11/30 with El Hijo del Santo vs.  L.A. Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. El Hijo del Solitario.
--Promociones Cholo on 11/21 at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana has Brazo de Oro & La Mascara & Mistico vs. Morphosis & Oriental & Rey Escorpion.   
--A preview of a Paul Roma interview by RF Video is at
--An interview with Antonio Thomas talking training, his gym, WWE developmental and more at
--559 Fights on 12/6 at the Fresno Convention Center with Chris Hueta vs. Art Hernandez as the main event.
--X8 promotions on 11/23 in Converse, IN at the Borderman Gym has a one-night tournament.
--New England Fights weigh-ins are tomorrow at 2 p.m. Eastern at the Fusion Lounge at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston, ME.  The show is Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
--In Your Face Wrestling from Saturday night in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center with Justin Credible vs. Guillaume de Sade 
--A story on the late Doug Lindzy (Doug Gilbert from the 60s and 70s) at
--A podcast on the 2013 Hall of Fame at 
--Bellator will host open tryouts on 12/14 at the Daddis Fight Camps at 1719 Washington Ave., in Philadelphia.  Registration is at 10 a.m. with tryouts at 11 a.m.  Fighters must bring gear, a mouthpiece, a protective cup and MMA or boxing gloves.  Fighters must also be unrestricted free agents with no contracts with any other organization.  All weight classes are welcome.  There will be grappling and striking tryout  There will be no live sparing.  Also bring an MMA ID card or an profile page with a photo.  For more info go to
--Golden Boy Live airs on The fight Network on Monday night form Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.  It will also air on FS 1 with Luis Ramos Jr. vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr.

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