THURS. UPDATE: Special Mad Dog show, Cain injury, Pettis surgery, Bryan shaves someone else's beard, Vince return advertised again, 2 big tapings tonight and iPPV tomorrow, Miz movie, Austin, MSG, Cena, Rousey on last night's showi
Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:59
By Dave Meltzer |
TNA Impact tonight is the first show from the new version of the Impact Zone in Orlando:
*Bobby Roode vs. James Storm in a bullrope match for the TNA title tournament first round
*Samoa Joe vs. Magnus in a falls count anywhere match for the TNA title first round
*Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson - Either Aces and 8s disbands for good or Anderson must leave TNA
*Joseph Park vs. Abyss
*Gail Kim vs. another mystery wrestler
*Shark Boy returns
We're looking for reports on both this show, as well as whatever tapings are being done (they are taping four shows over three days this week) for next week's show.
In addition, NXT is taping four weeks tonight with Kofi Kingston, Kane, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards (most likely not advertised but expected) and possibly Colt Cabana (who was getting an announcing tryout) among those there. Antonio Cesaro vs. William Regal is being advertised. We're also looking for reports on this show.
The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is up, talking the launch of the WWE Network as well as an idea that was brought up that would almost guarantee a successful launch, but one that doesn't come without serious risks, and we look at the risk/reward ratio. We also look at the new hire, the economics of the network at different price points and other factors involved.
We also look back at all the controversy coming out of the UFC 20th anniversary show, including the judging of the GSP vs. Johny Hendricks fight, the reaction to the judging, the realities of the ten point must scoring system, a look at other scoring systems and each's flaws, GSP's comments after the fight, Dana White's comments after the fight, interesting poll results regarding the main event, stats regarding the effect of the half-point scoring system and Pride scoring, White's blaming the commission, GSP's issues, what cost Hendricks the fight, the 20th anniversary party, business on the show, match-by-match coverage, and how much everyone earned.
We also have a huge UFC history piece, on the period that shaped UFC, from its original show, talking with the people who were there from the start, their memories, what problems ensued, what went wrong, what went right and all the various luck that was involved in bringing the sport up, nearly killing it, and its successful second birth. We also look back at the beginnings of MMA in Japan with Pancrase, how quickly UFC became a hit, threats to the people running it, how Joe Silva first got involved, the UFC curse, the court fights, the politicians, the battle with John McCain, the battle in New York, the show in Dothan, AL, the turning point for the original UFC and more.
We also look at all kinds of ironies from the early years to the modern period, the changing of the rules, the first time back on PPV, the Shamrock vs. Ortiz feud, the Ultimate Fighter and the first time UFC hit 1 million buys on PPV.
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We also look at this year's Survivor Series, ticket sales, return of Rey Mysterio, Dwayne Johnson's latest movie project, WWE doing PPVs in Europe and does it make sense, new WWE signee, new products, Sheamus talks favorite WrestleMania moments, who the company is high on for the future, what wrestler with no push is selling merchandise well, Mickie James training at WWE, and Pat Patterson.
We also look at the WWE European tour with highlights from all the shows.
We also look at Antonio Inoki and his future in the Japanese senate after his latest escapade.
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--Wrestle-1 preparing its biggest show
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--Boxing champion starting pro wrestling
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--TNA sale update
--More on outside talent being contacted by TNA
--Notes on upcoming TNA PPV shows
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--Notes on the new Impact Zone in Orlando
--Gail Kim storyline
--Why Jon Jones isn't fighting
--Update on Anthony Pettis
--Update on GSP vs. Hendricks II
--More on first FOX special of 2014
--Update on Nick Diaz
--More on opening up women's 115
--Lots of new UFC shows and new UFC fights
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--Sports vs. entertainment in MMA
--Upcoming on the Bellator title picture with Askren gone and tournaments ending
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--Son of pro wrestler debuts in Bellator
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--We will be doing a special radio tribute show tomorrow for Mad Dog Vachon. The time isn't locked in but we will update on the front page. We'll have Montreal historian Pat Laprade back and also be taking phone calls so if you have questions or memories on Vachon you can call in.
--Mad Dog Vachon's death has gotten a lot of publicity throughout Canada, with all the major news outlets covering it, particularly in Quebec, where he was a cultural icon from things like TV commercials and things late in his career. Monteral Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted very positively about Vachon as soon as the word got out. (thanks to Jean-Francois Ducharme)
--The date for Anthony Pettis' knee surgery is 12/12.
--Lorenzo Fertitta did a press conference today. He said UFC would be doing 54 shows next year, but later said he misspoke and the number was actually 46. Many of those shows, including planned dates for a European arm of the promotion, will not air on U.S. television.
--UFC tickets for UFC 169 in Newark, NJ are available for newsletter readers today or those using the passcode OCTAGON
--Daniel Bryan shaving off the beard of Josh Reddick of the Oakland A's was all over the local media yesterday.
--"The McMahons" are being advertised for the 12/2 Raw show in Oklahoma City. Keep in mind the last time Vince McMahon was specifically advertised, a few weeks back, he never appeared and nothing was ever said about it. Vince is returning as a character at some point but they wanted to delay it as long as possible to build up heat on HHH & Stephanie before he came back.
--The 200th episode of NXT will be filmed tonight.
--TNA shot an angle on their video service where James Storm was at a bar and he got attacked by Bobby Roode. It'll probably air on Impact tonight too build up their bullrope match.
--The movie "Christmas Bounty," where The Miz is one of the stars, will debut on ABC Family on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Miz plays the ex-boyfriend and partner bounty hunter of a now elementary school teacher played by Fancia Raisa who has tried to leave him and her past behind with a new boyfriend.
--I'll be doing Steve Austin's podcast over the next few days. Not sure what day it will drop but it will be sometime next week.
--Speaking of Austin, he will be the debut guest of Chris Jericho on his new podcast show "Talk is Jericho" which starts on 12/4 on PodcastOne.
--John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio is being advertised as the main event for the 12/26 show in Madison Square Garden, which has traditionally been the best drawing U.S. house show of the year (the Christmas week MSG show) (thanks to Mike Omansky)
--John Cena is on Sports Nation on ESPN 2 today.
--There is a story at http://www.bloomberg.com
on whether the NFL is more hazardous than pro wrestling. I think the idea is that pro wrestling historically has been, but they are able to change their business so they can lighten up on head shots where the NFL, as a sport, can't change nearly as much.
--Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight bout has been added to the 1/25 show in Chicago. Not sure yet if this fight airs on FOX or FS 1. The main four bouts will be on FOX and right now it's the No. 2 fight behind the Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson main event.
--TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum, who was supposed to fight on the 12/14 show, but it out due to a torn PCL, will not require surgery.
--The Nevada State Athletic Commission today is holding a training session for judges and referees. They want to hold these four times a year rather than the current twice a year.
--Regarding last night's episode of Ultimate Fighter, both Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler wrote about last night's episode where Anthony Gutierrez missed weight and David Grant advanced to the TUF finals against Chris Holdsworth without having to fight. They noted a few things about how the episode was put together. The coach's challenge was actually filmed after Gutierrez failed to make weight, not before. At the end of the show, when Ronda Rousey was so mad about it, she insisted on cutting weight to 135 in 24 hours just to show that if you were tough enough mentally you could do it after Gutierrez basically quit on her. She went from 152 to 135 in one day, but they noted that was the day of the coach's challenge. So that rock climbing segment was 22 hours into her cut and she was 136 (or 142 depending on which version), depleted and dehydrated when doing the rock climbing segment, which is why she looked so much smaller and more ripped than in clips both before and after. Still, when Rousey flipped Miesha Tate off after beating her, she helped her PR even more. It'll be really interesting on 12/28 to see the fan reaction to her, but most expect she's the new Jon Jones. Baszler noted that she couldn't defend Gutierrez, but also noted that they are still good friends and talk all the time. Baszler, Gutierrez and Josh Hill (the nephew of the late Stomper Guy Mitchell/Gentleman Jerry Valiant) during the filming stayed up all the night talking pro wrestling during their six weeks in the house, none of which was shown.
--Mike Kyle suffered a broken toe in training and is out of the 12/7 WSOF main event against Anthony Johnson. They will face early next year. That makes Georgi Karakhanayan vs. Lance Palmer for the featherweight title the new main event for the show from Vancouver, BC.
--There is a story going around about a giant from India named Rajesh Kumar who is said to be training for WWE in Japan. That doesn't make sense because if he was training with WWE, it would not be in Japan. He's said to be 7-foot-5 and 335 pounds and 39 years old. He said he was encouraged to try out by Khali, who he met two years ago.
WHO SHOULD LEAVE AS CHAMPION?
John Cena 86.1%
Alberto Del Rio 13.9%
WHO SHOULD LEAVE AS CHAMPION?
Randy Orton 75.2%
Big Show 24.8%
WHICH FIGHT DRAWS BIGGER?
GSP vs. Johny Hendricks rematch 26.0%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch 25.2%
On their own, GSP fight, but Anderson's show will be bigger because of Rousey vs. Tate 48.8%
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
WWE Survivor Series 61.2%
New Japan tag tourney open 13.6%
Bellator season finale 11.6%
WHO WINS A HENDRICKS VS. GSP REMATCH?
--TNA tickets in Philadelphia for the 12/27 show at the Liacouras Center must not be doing well. E-mail blasts were sent out today that if you use the code TNASUNHOLIDAYS you can get two tickets regularly priced at $45 ($90 value) for just $30.
--TMZ ran a story on accusations that Scott Hall, DDP and Jake Roberts were in a scam regarding the money they collected. Nobody has accused them of not using the money for what they claimed, but there had been complaints people who were promised phone calls or other things haven't gotten them. Roberts said that he doesn't move so fast and they are still fulfilling the stuff and that nobody is getting ripped off.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1978 - Tony Garea & Larry Zbyszko beat The Yukon Lumberjacks (Scott Irwin & Zarnoff LeBeouff) to win the WWWF tag titles in Allentown, PA
1996 - Takako Inoue beat Reggie Bennett to unify the WWWA and IWA titles.
1999 - Evan Karagias beat Disco Inferno to win the WCW cruiserweight title while Norman Smiley beat Brian Knobs to become the first WCW Hardcore champion and Bret Hart beat Chris Benoit to win the WCW heavyweight title in the finals of a 32 man tournament. This all took place on the PPV in Toronto.
2000 - Billy Gunn beat Eddie Guerrero to win the IC title in Fort Lauderdale
2010 - Natalya beat LayCool to win the Divas title at Survivor Series.
--Sunday will be the 30th anniversary of the original Starrcade where Ric Flair beat Harley Race for the NWA title, the first major closed-circuit wrestling show in history as far as being done by a regional promotion. The first closed-circuit show was actually John Tolos vs. Don Carson in 1971, but that was only in Los Angeles to local movie theaters. The first national was Ali vs. Inoki in 1976.
--Bret Hart gave a replica championship title belt to the Calgary Hitmen hockey team, and there was a story about how that night they ended a losing streak. (thanks to Mark Takada)
--I wonder if Bret Hart being at the Survivor Series will play into a screw job finish in the Orton vs. Show match?
--Jake Roberts Ted DiBiase, Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Mr. Olympia Jerry Stubbs, Danny Hodge and Jim Duggan have been added to the Mid South Fan Fest on 4/4 in Chalmette, LA promoted by Traditional Championship Wrestling in conjunction with WrestleMania. Their participation is pending whether or not WWE wants them as a lot of talent doing other events has, because if WWE uses you they don't want you doing other events that week, that if WWE wants them they have the right to pull out.
--Vendor tables for the Mid South reunion are available. For more info e-mail
--The Los Angeles Times picked up that Hulk Hogan's suicide story, claiming he was so depressed when Hogan Knows Best was canceled, that the wanted to kill himself, but it was his fans that kept him from doing so, was completely different from the version he told in his book where he claimed Layla Ali called him right as he was about to pull the trigger (for the record, Ali has no knowledge of such a thing).
--Birthdays for today include Johnny Rich (55), Shane Douglas (49) and The Bella Twins (30).
--Dean Hart, the older brother of Bret, Owen, etc, died on this day in 1990. Ben Sharpe of the famed Sharpe Brothers tag team that is part of history in Japan was 85 when he passed away on this day in 2001. Texas prelim wrestler Benny Matta was 83 when he passed away on this day in 2011.
--A historical note regarding tomorrow, which is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. In Japan, because they were only a few weeks apart, the death of JFK and Rikidozan are always remembered together by people of that generation.
--The Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman U.K. tour continues to get a ton of negativity, although none due to the three men, who have gotten nothing but praise from fans. Fans have been asking for refunds. The Manchester event was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. but none of the three were able to get there until 8:30 p.m. The promoters posted that the tour is going to lose a fortune. There were reports that promoter Chris Duke was hospitalized with stress or a heart attack. Waltman wrote, "You can thank this jabronie Chris Duke for the F-up." Waltman promised London fans on twitter that they would be there on time and he hoped for a good show.
--One person at NXT today noted to us that you'd be shocked at how much they are stressing over TNA being in town head-to-head.
--New Japan's tag team tournament on iPPV will air tomorrow late night/early Saturday at 4 a.m. Eastern and 1 a.m. Pacific time. live from Korakuen Hall at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
We'll have more on that tomorrow. A number of shows from the tag tourney will be on iPPV.
--New England Championshp Wrestling on 12/6 in Beverly, MA at the Cove Community Center with Sean Burke & Jeremy Prophet & Genesis vs. Antonio Thomas & Slyck Wagner Brown & Nick Shepherd.
--PCWA on 11/23 in Mt. Carmel, PA at 600 W. 5th St.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling tomorrow night in Millesville, TN at the SawMill Arena with Cliff Compton vs. Shawn Shultz. Also Crimson of TNA fame will be there.
--Chaotic wrestling tomorrow night in Woburn, MA at the Elks Lodge and Saturday night in Littleton, NH at the Opera House with a four-way where fans can pick the main event stipulation.
--Dylan Postl (Hornswoggle) is in the trailer of the movie "Muppets Most Wanted."
--Heavyweight Scott Barrett (13-3) and welterweight Valdir Araujo (14-4) have signed multi-fight deals with WSOF for a 2014 debut.
--Former WWE wrestler Maven Huffman did a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" chat yesterday. He was doing pretty well until he was asked about wrestlers court. He wouldn't answer that one. He was honest on steroids. He said nothing was staged on the first season of Tough Enough. He also gave up the gimmick about tables, noting he'd rather go through a table then take the same bump in the ring. He said he no longer watches wrestling because it's too hard as it's not out of his system. It's at http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1r2mx1/i_am_maven_huffman_a_former_professional_wrestler/
(thanks to Neal Hager)
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling has its 300th episode of its TV show this weekend. Congratulations to them for keeping something around in such a tough wrestling environment.
--Rick Derringer, who wrote the song "Real American," was on Artie Lange last night talking about the show. He said he wrote it 30 years ago and it never went anywhere. Then Hulk Hogan found it and liked it so used it as his entrance music, and now it's really popular because both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have used it. (thanks to Jeff Beecher)