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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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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
--Notes on A.J. Styles in Japan and Mexico
--Update on the Global League tournament and all the matches of the past week
--A look at some New Japan big shows in 2014
--A look at the life of California independent promoter and wrestling school owner Roland Alexander
--A look at the golden age of APW and some of the stars that worked on Alexander's shows and what names came out of the APW school
--Former WWF star elected to political office
--Tons of stuff regarding Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards and WWE
--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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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- A huge thank you to all veterans out there. WWE is doing a deal today where a portion of all the money you spend on WWEshop.com goes to Hire Heroes USA.
-- Lots of in-house notes. First, our Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame 2013 show is up on the site right now. Phone lines were packed for an entire hour with your questions, comments and suggestions, plus Dave's feedback on future candidates, the genesis of the Hall and more. It's a great listen and you can check it out here.
-- I was a guest on Konnan and Court Bauer's MLW podcast last night talking the Death of WCW, issues with TNA today, Sasquatch and more here. Thanks to everyone for the great feedback.
-- For After Dark fans, the website has been relaunched at bryanalvarez.com. It's pretty bare-bones and will likely remain that way, but the most recent show will always be up there and available for free. You might also notice it includes a link to Producer Gareth. If you have any guest requests, please contact him with any information you have (contact info, etc.). He's the man responsible for all the great guests we had with the original After Dark run and he's amazing at his job, and our first guest is already tentatively scheduled for early December. We won't have guests every week, maybe once or twice a month, and the show format will remain the same with open lines and emails, plus a topic of the week. If you aren't a subscriber and couldn't hear Friday's show, well, click that link and you can listen to it.
-- Our new Board Terms of Service goes into effect later today with all sections moderated (except Major Psychological Issues, which will remain very loosely moderated -- just stay out of there). If you quit the Board anytime within the last eight years, give it a week or two before venturing in again. Since we really do have a ton of really awesome people subscribing and only a small handful of extremely vocal numbskulls, I suspect it will balance itself out quickly and return to its 2005 state where it was the best Board on the Internet. Yes, I am a man of great faith in the overall goodness of humanity.
-- Was told by someone at the Raw tapings that Dolph Ziggler takes a remarkably stupid bump tonight, "even by his standards".
-- Anderson Silva told the press in Brazil that he was impressed with Vitor Belfort's performance and that he thinks he deserves a title shot.
-- Chris Hero is heading to Dragon Gate USA: BREAKING NEWS: Chris Hero will wrestle at the DGUSA live iPPV from Brooklyn, NY this Sunday! Tickets & info at DGUSA.tv. Pre-order the live iPPV at WWNLive.com. We will have to re-book the card a little and will announce his opponent soon. He will be in a main event quality match!
-- WWE put up the final match of Eddie Guerrero's career, against Ken Anderson, here. It included an unprotected chairshot to the head that they edited out of the match. Thanks to Dan.
-- Dave breaks down the last two UFC events for MMAFighting.com here.
-- Scary article. Not really any new information unless you spent the last decade trying to convince yourself that there was nothing wrong with getting KO'd in MMA, or training without headgear on, or cutting massive amounts of weight.
-- WWE just put this up: 30 seconds of furious Goldberg spears
-- World Series of Fighting's first-ever Canadian fight continues to fill out, as three new preliminary contests have been booked for World Series of Fighting 7, including a light heavyweight matchup of Dwayne "D-Bomb" Lewis (13-8) vs. Kalib Starnes (15-8-1), a featherweight contest of Shawn Albrecht (9-5) vs. Josh Machan (11-4) and welterweights Michael "The Messenger" Hill (5-2) vs. Jordan Knippelberg (8-2). The trio of bouts take place on the preliminary card of "World Series of Fighting 7: Johnson vs. Kyle," which streams live on www.wsof.com starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on 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. PTfollowing prelims. Tickets for World Series of Fighting 7, which start at just $29, are available at TicketLeader.ca.
-- Wrestling Cares - Dec 7, Culver City, CA w/ Shelly Martinez, Cole, Gargano, & more; Facebook.com/WrestlingCaresAssociation; Twitter.com/WrestlingCares; WrestlingCares.com - Saturday, December 7 will see the return of Wrestling Cares with "The Ultimate Fun Time" at American Legion Post 46, 5309 Sepulveda Blvd in Culver City, CA with a 7 pm bell time, hosted by Shelly Martinez! Already announced for the Semi-Finals of the Race for the Ring Tournament: * Adam Cole vs. "The King of the 450" Steve Anthony * "The Whole Shebang" Johnny Gargano vs. "Greek God" Papadon
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1957 - Ray Stevens defeated Tor Kamata in Birmingham, Alabama for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title.
1965 - Mad Dog Vachon defeated the Crusher for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Denver, Colorado.
1977 - Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair in Richmond, Virginia to win the NWA United States Heavyweight Title.
1978 - In Nashville, Tennessee, Dutch Mantel defeated Mexican Angel for The NWA Mid-America Title but lost the title to Randy Savage later that night.
1978 - The Invaders defeated Kengo Kimura & Hiro Sasaki in Caguas, Puerto Rico to win the WWC World Tag Team Title.
1988 - Eric Embry defeated Jeff Jarrett in Dallas, Texas to win the World Class Championship Wrestling Light Heavyweight Title
1991 - Ted DiBiase defeated Virgil in Utica, New York to win back the Million Dollar Belt.
-- MMADudeBro podcast with Kevin Iole here.
-- Platinum Championship Wrestling to make debut at Actor’s Express December 4th. Actor’s Express, a theatre more associated for presenting cutting edge live dramas and comedies like the recent “Venus In Furs” and the upcoming “Pluto,” will be hosting a night of live professional wrestling as Platinum Championship Wrestling makes its debut at the theatre. Platinum Championship Wrestling, also known as PCW, brings its unique brand of spectacle, athleticism, and emotional drama to the venue for the first time on December 4th, 2013.
-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW?
57.1% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO HAD THE BEST KO FINISH ON SATURDAY?
Vitor Belfort 41.3%
Jeremy Stephens 28.3%
Brandon Thatch 16.3%
Omari Akhmedov 10.9%
Sam Sicilia .2%
Rafael Feijao 1.1%
POLL ON SATURDAY'S UFC SHOW FROM BRAZIL
35.9% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
UFC on Saturday 20.8%
UFC Fighting for a Generation 10.4%
UFC on Wednesday 4.5%
Main Event 2.6%
GSP vs. Hendricks Prime Time 2.6%
Ultimate Fighter 1.3%
Inside MMA 0.6%
-- See the first ever matchup, between former WWE Intercontinental & Tag Champ John Morrison and TNA Superstar Kenny King, in the battle of Tough Enough competitors, coming from FSW's When Stars Collide. Subscribe to FSW at www.youtube.com/futurestarswrestling and see matches featuring Austin Aries, Roderick Strong, Brian Cage, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Anthony Nese, Brian Cage, and the best up and coming superstars from around the US