Late Saturday news update: Famous anniversary, New UFC fight, Tokyo Dome, notes on new TNA PPV
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on today's New Japan Power Struggle PPV, 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 on today's TNA show in Toledo (James Storm vs. Bobby Roode last man standing, Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries X title, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. Joseph Park & Eric Young, Magnus vs. Garett Bischoff, Knux vs. Ken Anderson, Le'D Tapa vs. ODB, Ethan Carter III vs. Dewey Barnes).
We're also looking for reports on these shows:
*WWE Friday in Brussels, Belgium
*TNA Friday night Canton, OH
*WWE Thursday in Dublin
Sunday has WWE in Cardiff, Wales (Randy Orton vs. Big Show) and Glasgow, Scotland (John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio).
Pro Wrestling NOAH has the finals of the Global League tournament on Sunday at Noon at Korakuen Hall including Takeshi Morishima vs. KENTA..
Raw is Monday in Manchester, England.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Manchester, England. There will also be a show on Tuesday headlined by Randy Orton vs. Big Show in Newcastle, England.
Wednesday has WWE house shows in Zurich, Switzerland and Nottingham, England.
--This is the completion of the update since UFC was one of those all-day things.
--Today is the 16th anniversary of the Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels match in Montreal that is probably one of the five most famous matches in North American pro wrestling history.
--Lance Storm & Yuji Yasuroaka beat Jushin Liger & El Samurai 17 years ago today in Tokyo Sumo Hall to win the International jr. heavyweight tag team tiles.
ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING THE NEW JAPAN SHOW?
Yes, but late 36.7%
No interest in New Japan because of the language issue 21.1%
No interest in seeing any new wrestling 14.1%
Would watch but bad time slot 13.3%
Watched live 11.7%
Didn't like the card, not watching 3.1%
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Rory MacDonald 83.2%
Robbie Lawler 16.8%
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
No shows 33.7%
New Japan 31.2%
Almost everyone who said they were watching Bellator also said they were watching UFC.
POLL ON IMPACT
33.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Sergio Pettis vs. Will Campuzano has been added to this coming Saturday's UFC 167 show. Campuzano replaces the injured Vaughan Lee.
--Not a lot of news coming out of the UFC show. Obviously Vitor Belfort has to be the top contender for the middleweight title, even though it wasn't a middleweight fight he won. An impressive show with a lot of explosive finishes and a hot crowd.
--White said that Belfort could fight anywhere he wants including Nevada no matter what Keith Kizer says.
--TNA is adding a show on 12/30 in Poughkeepsie at the Mid Hudson Civic Center as a taping for a PPV show called Old School, with Tommy Dreamer vs. Bully Ray in a falls count anywhere street fight on the card. They shot the angle for this match at Dreamer's House of Hardcore show tonight in the same building.
--The top two matches for the 1/4 Tokyo Dome show are Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP title and Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IC title. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto was strongly hinted at, as well as Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi for the IWGP jr. title. Already announced was Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rolles & Daniel Gracie.
--With the death of Roland Alexander, nobody knows the future of All Pro Wrestling and the school and the Gym Wars shows. The impression I was given today is that it is more than likely over, which makes me sad I missed the last show. Kudos to Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian for sending in a videotape to the show. Robert Thompson came out of retirement to wrestle and Jody Kristofferson flew in from Florida (where he's still living after being released by WWE) to wrestle on the show. They apparently announced prior to the Adam Thornstowe vs. Timothy Thatcher match that it was the last singles match in APW, which is when it sunk in the promotion is most likely done.
--IPW UK from today in Swanley, Kent, UK: James Davis over Mexican Eagle, Big Bear Barrington, Jamie Farrell, Ryan Smile, Will Ospreay & ?, Jonny Storm b James Davis, Uhaa Nation b Jonathan Windsor, Leah Von Dutch b Olivia, Sha Samuels b Dan Head, Darrell Allen & RJ Singh b Joel Martinengero & Lace Lawrence. Next show is 12/7 at the White Oak Leisure Centre with Uhaa Nation,Mary Scurll and Mark Haskins (thanks to Martin Bentley)
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