SUN. UPDATE: Must read article, Total Diva back tonight, Last night's injuries, Betting odds on big matches, TNA PPV news, Best Hall of Fame candidates, Predictions
Sunday, 10 November 2013 15:49
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on Saturday'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 also looking for reports on today's WWE house show in Cardiff, Wales.
We're also looking for reports on these shows:
*WWE Friday in Brussels, Belgium
*TNA Friday night Canton, OH
*WWE Thursday in Dublin
*TNA Saturday in Toledo
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.
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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--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
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--Notes on ROH Final Battle plans
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--Update on TNA sale talks
--Janice Carter's memo to talent
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--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
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Total Divas is back at 10 p.m. tonight on E!
--The weekend Observer radio show is a special 90 minute show covering the UFC & New Japan big shows as well as TNA news.
--Sean Waltman needed ten stitches from being nailed with a ladder shot by Terry Funk last night.
--Rony Jason last night, after losing to Jeremy Stephens, punched through a wall at the dressing room. He sliced up his forearm and needed 30 stitches.
--Yuji Nagata won the NOAH Global League tournament that ended today.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1956 - Chief Big Heart beat Danny McShain in Sydney, Australia to win the North American title
1967 - Wilbur Snyder & Pat O'Connor beat Harley Race & Chris Markoff in Chicago to win the AWA tag team titles. Markoff was a sub for Larry Hennig, who was champion.
1969 - Killer Karl Kox beat Billy Robinson in Perth to win the IWA title
1972 - Lorenzo Parente & Bobby Hart beat Jerry Lawler & Jim White to win the Mid American tag team titles in Nashville
1982 - Alan Kilby beat Fit Finlay in London to win the British mid-heavyweight title
1987 - Matt Borne beat Ted Arcidi in Midland, TX to win the Texas title
1997 - Eddy Guerrero beat Rey Misterio Jr. in Memphis to win the WCW cruiserweight title
2000 - Lance Storm beat General Rection (Bill DeMott) to win the U.S. title in London, England
--For Saturday, GSP is a -230 favorite over Johny Hendricks and Rashad Evans is a -175 favorite over Chael Sonnen. The odds on Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman have closed up a lot, as Silva is only a slight favorite and there is one place where Weidman is the favorite. Ronda Rousey ranges from an 8-to-1 to 10-1 favorite almost universally over Miesha Tate. Tate has said if Ronda armbars here she would want to shoot herself in the cage. I hope the Nevada State Athletic Commission checks her corner for handguns.
--Tickets for the TNA PPV taping on 12/30 in Poughkeepsie at the Mid Hudson Civic Center with Tommy Dreamer vs. Bully Ray in a falls count anywhere street fight go on sale on Friday.
--Grown Ups 2 was No. 9 at the box office this weekend in Australia. (thanks to James Stanios)
--In predictions last night, me, Josh Nason, Mike Sawyer and Oliver Copp were 4-1 (all missing Jeremy Stephens' win over Rony Jason). Mike Sempervivie was 3-2 and Todd Martin was 2-3. Sawyer is the only one who got Stephens fight right, but he picked Dan Henderson to win the main event, as did Martin.
--Regarding the refunds for the Extreme Rising show on 12/28, the letters being sent refunding money tells people that they can't accept PAYPAL for tickets and merchandise but all ticket ordered are reserved, but the have to make a new payment by tomorrow at 4 PM. or they will lose their tickets. For any questions send to
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WHO IS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES?
Curt Hennig 10.8%
Ivan Koloff 7.9%
Gorilla Monsoon 4.2%
Sgt. Slaughter 3.1%
Jimmy Hart 2.7%
Mr. Wrestling II 2.7%
Gary Hart 2.6%
Gene Okerlund 2.6%
Howard Finkel 2.4%
Pedro Morales 2.2%
--Birthdays today include Bob Orton Jr. (64), Bill DeMott (47), Katarina Waters (Winter) (33) and Ryback (32).
--Dick the Bruiser died on this day 22 years ago at the age of 62. Killer Karl Kox died two years ago today at the age of 80.
--EWF from last night in Ontario, CA: Vintage Dragon b Tommy Cruise, Rock Riddle b Roger Ruiz, Triangle of Terror b Game Changers, Spector b Clay Towzer, Patient Zero b Brut Moreto, Sean Midnight over Cruise Silencio, Fiji Wildman and Silent Warrior, Andy Brown b Lockjaw, Awesome Kong b Tara, Rip Malibu b Sebastian Lee (thanks to Scott Walton)
--The New England Fights show last night in Lewiston, ME drew 2,000 fans with a sow featuring all local fighters. Next show is 2/8 in Lewiston, ME.
--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis: Abe & Gabe b Moondog Rover & Jackson Whitechapel, Mephisto b A.J. Williams, Ace Hawkins b Andrew Wilder, Dave Osborne b Da'Maruis Jones, Brian James b Jimmy D, Mephisto b Ace Hawkins, Brian James b Dave Osborne, Brandon Espinosa b Gary Jackson-DQ, Brian James b Mephisto to win the King of St. Louis cable tournament (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--In Your Face Wrestling on 1/11 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center
--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno: Mike Rayne b Kevin El Divino, Brandon Pinon b Wiseguy, Jeff Cobb & Mike Rayne & Super Tiger DCOR Suburban Commandos & General Pogo, JR Kratos b Brian Tannen (now in WWE) in a bullrope match. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Anarchy Wrestling on 11/23 in Cornelia, GA at the Anarchy Arena.
--World of Sport Wrestling returns on 11/17 in Croydon's Fairfield Halls. It's being billed as a taping for a 50th anniversary of World of Sport with Matt Kaye (Matt Striker) vs. Johnny Kidd (a 70s legend) with Johnny Saint as referee, plus Joe E Legend. There will be a retirement ceremony for Saint. Also appearing include Wayne Bridges, Tony Walsh, Johnny Kincaid, Jackie Turpin, Paul Lincoln as well as female bodybuilder Sarah Bridges and reps from Olympic wrestling in the U.K.
--There was a Dave Bautista sighting last night on HBO boxing. Bautista was in the corner of Nonito Donaire holding a Philippines flag. (thanks to Todd Martin)
--USWO from last night in Millersville, TN before 62 fans: LT Falk b Pizza Boy Chad Hyatt, Kevin Weatherby & Big Time Sexy & Psycho Medic b Zack Hartnell & TNT Mottley & Saint, Miss Rachel b Sex Kitten Kathy, David Matthews b Fireball Roberts, Josh Crow b Charles Alexander, Chris Michaels b Scott Hayes, LT Falk b David Knox, Fireball Roberts won Battle Royal. Next show is 12/7.
--I Believe in Wrestling on 11/17 at the Team Vision Dojo at 5 p.m. headlined by Jesse Neal vs. Lince Dorado and Santana Garrett vs. Aaron Epic.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on 11/16 in Porterdale, GA at 6 p.m..
--Adam Kayoom suffered a broken rib in training and is out of Friday's One FC show in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. He was to face Nobutatsu Suzuki. Vitor Pinto will be replacing him. The other main event is Yusup Saadulaev vs. Adrian Moraes