FRI. UPDATE: Weekend schedule including big night tonight, Mad Dog Vachon, WWE Edwards & Richards, WWE shows, Brooke Hogan engagement, Survivor Series, Stephanie McMahon, UFC bout canceled
Friday, 22 November 2013 15:54
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for reports from Orlando tonight for the TNA tapings. TNA also will be taping tomorrow night in Orlando.
Bellator tonight is from Bethlehem, PA, the final show of the season:
Spike.com at 7 p.m.
Lester Caslow (145.3) vs. Jay Haas (145.2)
Brett Glass (155.7) vs. Brent Primus (155.5)
Bubba Jenkins (155.6) vs. Ian Rammel (155.8)
Ahsan Abdullah (153) vs. Mike Bannon (155)
Saul Almeida (145.9) vs. Goitl Yamauchi (152.3)
Live on Spike at 9 p.m.
Patrick Cenbole (155.4) vs. Terry Etim (155.5)
Ron Keslar (170.7) vs. Rick Hawn (170.5) in the welterweight tournament final
Will Brooks (156) vs. Alexander Tiger Sarnavskiy (155.4) in the lightweight tournament final
Alexander Shlemenko (184.7) vs. Doug Marshall (184.3) for the middleweight title
Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro for tag titles
Ryback vs. Great Khali
Naomi & Cameron vs. A.J. Lee handicap match
Rey Mysterio & Usos vs. The Shield
Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston vs Damien Sandow & Curtis Axel
Prime Time Players vs. Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal
Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper
Resurrection Fighting Alliance runs tonight from Broomfield, CO on AXS at 10 p.m.
New Japan has an iPPV tonight/tomorrow at 4 a.m. Eastern and 1 a.m. Pacific time at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
for $15 from Korakuen Hall for the opening of the 2013 tag team tournament
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu
Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman & Kushida vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Taka Michinoku
Yuji Nagata vs. Takashi Iizuka
Kota Ibushi & Bushi vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows
Toru Yano & Yujiro Takahashi & Jado vs. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin & Taichi
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Jax Dane & Rob Conway
Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii
Tetsuya Naito & La Sombra vs. Kazuchika Okada & Yoshi-Hashi
The biggest event Saturday night, besides Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios on PPV, will be Glory 12 from the Theater in Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. on Spike and The Fight Network . There will be a one-night tournament for the Glory lightweight championship with first round matches of Giogrio Petrosyan (78-1-1) vs. Andy Ristie (39-3-1) and Robin van Roosmalen (6-1) vs. Davit Kiria (21-8). Other fights are Jamal Ben Saddick of Morocco (24-3) vs. Ben Edwards of Australia (35-9-3) and the main event has Joe Schilling (16-4) vs. Wayne Barrett (3-0).
Sunday is Survivor Series from Boston's TD Garden:
Randy Orton vs. Big Show for WWE title
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for world title
C.M. Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
Cody Rhodes & Goldust & Usos & Rey Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose & Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro in a tradition Survivor Series elimination match
Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel for IC title
Bella Twins & Natalya & Jo Jo & Eva Marie & Naomi & Cameron vs. A.J. Lee & Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox & Aksana & Summer Rae & Kaitlyn & Rosa Mendes in an elimination match
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz in the pre show match at 7:30 p.m.
Raw is live from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Michael Strahan will be guest host.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.
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.
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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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--Gail Kim storyline
--Why Jon Jones isn't fighting
--Update on Anthony Pettis
--Update on GSP vs. Hendricks II
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--Son of pro wrestler debuts in Bellator
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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--We have a show up right now on the life and times of Mad Dog Vachon on the front page.
--Prime Minister Steven Harper tweeted about the death of Mad Dog Vachon yesterday. He had also tweeted about Georges St-Pierre beating Johny Hendricks on Sunday. (thanks to Ryan Pike)
--The funeral for Maurice Vachon will be on Tuesday at the Hoy/Kilnosk Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, IA at 2 p.m.
--Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards did work the NXT tapings last night as The American Pitbulls instead of the American Wolves. They lost the NXT tag champs The Ascension and aside from a double tope spot, pretty much got laid out. As far as what happens next, time will tell.
--Brooke Hogan broke up her engagement with Dallas Cowboys lineman Phil Costa. TMZ said that she has since moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to her mother.
--WWE returns to San Diego for a house show on 2/8.
--WWE will tape its first TV ever from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, a Smackdown taping on 2/11
--Everyone from UFC 167 passed all their drug tests.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1950 - Baron Leone beat Enrique Torres in Los Angeles to win that area's version of the world title
1954 - Lord James Blears & Joe Pazandak beat Gene Kiniski & John Tolos to win the International TV tag team titles in Los Angeles
1955 - Rikidozan beat King Kong Czaya in Tokyo to become the first All-Asia champion
1961 - Lord James Blears & Neff Maiava beat Shoulders Leo Newman & Ted Travis in Honolulu to win the Hawaiian tag team titles
1962 - Al Costello & Roy Heffernan, The Fabulous Kangaroos beat Tony Baillergeon & Maurice Lapointe to win the world tag team tiles in Jacksonville
1968 - The Assassins, Tom Renesto & Jody Hamilton, beat Ramon & Alberto Torres in Atlanta to win the Georgia tag team titles
1969 - Joe Scarpa (Jay Strongbow) beat Assassin #2 (Hamilton) in the tournament finals to become the first Georgia TV champion in Atlanta
1974 - Pampero Firpo beat John Tolos in Los Angeles to win the Americas title
1975 - Ron Miller & Johnny Gray won a tournament for the vacant Austra Asian tag titles
1976 - Superstar Billy Graham beat Dusty Rhodes in West Palm Beach to win the Florida title
1978 - Mando Guerrero beat Larry Sharpe in Honolulu to win the Hawaiian title
1982 - Kevin Sullivan beat Dusty Rhodes to win the Southern title in West Palm Beach
1984 - Jimmy Golden beat Austin Idol to win the Southeastern title in Birmingham
1984 - Invaders I & III beat Super Medico I & Black Gordman in Bayamon to win the WWC tag titles
1987 - Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels beat Mike Davis & Tommy Lane in Memphis to win the Southern tag team titles
1989 - Vader beat Canek in Naucalpan to win the UWA world heavyweight title
1992 - Scott Norton & Tony Halme (Ludwig Borga) beat Rick & Scott Steiner in Tokyo to win the IWGP tag team titles and Ultimo Dragon beat El Samurai to win the IWGP jr. title
1992 - Jeff Jarrett won a Battle Royal pinning Jerry Lawler to win the USWA title in Memphis
1993 - Buddy Landel beat Jeff Jarrett to win the Southern title in Memphis
1995 - Tex Slazenger beat Brian Christopher to win the vacant USWA title in Memphis
1997 - Ulf Herman & Christian Eckstein beat Rhino Richards (Rhino) & Jean Pierre Lafitte in Bremen, Germany to win the CWA tag titles
1998 - Billy Kidman beat Juventud Guerrera to win the WCW cruiserweight title in Auburn Hills, MI
1999 - The Harris Twins, billed as Patrick & Gerald beat Konnan & Billy Kidman to win the WCW tag titles in Auburn Hills, MI
2010 - The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to beat Randy Orton and take the WWE title
--Classics on Demand shows for this week
The 2013 Money in the Bank PPV
11/7/87 in Boston
Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 12/1/82
Prime Time Wrestling 12/18/89
WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE BIG SHOWS?
UFC 167 31.1%
New Japan Kings of Pro Wrestling 23.0%
UFC 166 17.5%
New Japan Power Struggle 9.8%
TNA Bound for Glory 8.7%
WWE Hell in a Cell 7.7%
WWE Battleground 2.2%
POLL ON MAIN EVENT
71.4% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON ULTIMATE FIGHTER
43.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHICH OF THESE GUYS HAS THE MOST LONG-TERM POTENTIAL?
Roman Reigns 45.3%
Dolph Ziggler 35.4%
Big E Langston 19.3%
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Johnny Valentine 20.9%
Mad Dog Vachon 19.1%
Fritz Von Erich 7.8%
Bill Watts 7.5%
Edouard Carpentier 5.4%
Whipper Watson 3.8%
Stanislaus Zbyszko 1.6%
--Rhino headlines for CWE on 12/12 in Neepawa, Manitoba; 12/13 in Winnipeg for the Rumble to Remember at the Holy Cross Gym Hall; 12/14 in Selkirk, Manitoba at the Memorial Hall and 12/15 in Beaujesour, Manitoba at the Brokenhead River Community Hall.
--Premier Championship Wrestling has a Cancer research fund raiser tonight at the Caso do Minho Portuguese Center in Winnipeg at 7 p.m. headlined by Brutus Beefcake, plus Adam Night vs. Antonio Scorpio.
--Wrestling Cares Association on 12/7 in Culver City, CA at the American Legion Post 46 featuring a tag team tournament with Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov, Scorpio Sky & Micah Taylor, The Ballard Brothers and Timothy Thatcher & Oliver John. For more info go to WrestlingCares.com
--Kurt Angle will be appearing as part of the Global 1D Day event tomorrow at the One Direction YouTube channel. Among those appearing with Angle will include Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, Celine Dion and The Muppets.
--Stephanie McMahon was honored yesterday by CableFAX as one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable television. She gave a speech noting that 40% of the WWE audience is women (Total Divas being 66% women viewers skews the average which is ranges from 30-34%) and claimed it was because of their storylines. Yeah. She also claimed that since going to PG, they haven't lost any fans and have gained new ones.
--The Thiago Silva vs. Ovince St Preux fight announced for 1/15 in Atlanta as the semi-main for the UFC show is now out as Silva pulled out due to injury.
--Evolve has shows on 1/10 in Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum, 1/11 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Complex and 1/12 in Jacksonville at the Edge Concert Hall. Among those appearing are AR Fox, Johnny Gargano, The Bravado Brothers, Ricochet, Chris Hero, Rich Swann, Young Bucks and Trent Baretta. They also have shows on 2/22 in Queens, NY and 2/23 in Brooklyn.
--CZW champion Drew Gulak faces Chris Hero on 12/14 in Voorhees, NJ on a live iPPV show at www.CZWiPPV.com
--RightCoast Pro on 12/7 in Newark, DE at the Life Community Church. Discounted tickets if you bring a nonperishable foot item to the show.