Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tonight in Tulsa.
TNA Impact will be taping the Final Resolution show (for 12/19) on Tuesday night in Orlando with Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle 2/3 falls and Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus. They also will be taping on Wednesday and Thursday night. We're looking for reports on all of those tapings.
We've got our holiday special for all newsletter and web site subscribers. Anyone who orders a gift subscription for a friend who is a new subscriber for four months will get one free month added to your subscription. Just make sure when you order to note it is the holiday special.
A coverage of where WWE stands coming out of Survivor Series, as well as part one of a two-part series on the life and times of Mad Dog Vachon lead off this week's double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue is available on the site today.
We look at the fame of Vachon, his extensive career title history from all over the world, and the legends of wrestling in Montreal. We look at why Vachon was so famous mainstream and the major political leaders who spoke this past week about his death.
We look at Mad Dog the wrestler, Mad Dog the fighter, Mad Dog the Olympian and more.
We look at his start in wrestling, the start of the career of brother Paul the Butcher, one of the great practical jokes in the history of the Calgary territory, Mad Dog and Gorgeous George, Mad Dog in Hawaii and where he got the shaved head from. We also look at the origin of the Mad Dog Vachon name, his multiple runs as AWA champion, his matches as AWA champion against rival world champions including the night the AWA champion faced the WWWF champion on an NWA show.
We also look at his career in Montreal, his early tours of Japan, and one of the most famous angles in AWA history setting up the Mad Dog vs. Crusher feud. We also look at the night Mad Dog set the North American gate record for pro wrestling, and the night he broke that card.
We also look at the Vachons vs. LeDucs feud, the heyday of Grand Prix Wrestling and the biggest wrestling match ever in Quebec and how it was actually a late replacement idea, and how Mad Dog sold out Jarry Park.
We also look at WWE's upcoming plans, the push of Roman Reigns, the betting on WWE matches, if Survivor Series is actually a big four show to wrestling fans and WWE hurting its PPV business.
We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
We also have more on WrestleMania ticket sales, Royal Rumble ticket sales, the WWE network, the Hulk Hogan latest suicide attempt story, stories that need to be watched by both those in WWE and UFC, as well as Bill Goldberg tells the real story about WrestleMania 30, would he wrestle there, if he's been approached, pro wrestling vs. NFL vs. MMA, wrestling Steve Austin and more.
We've got more on Daniel Bryan, Chris Hero, Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, Dwayne Johnson, WWE movies, a current WWE star talking about retiring, another giant from India, update on Christian and Maven, the world of developmental and who is looking good, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards in WWE Cody Rhodes talks about a shoot on television, WWE employee makes news for indecent fro yeas ago, WWE title unification and more.
We also look at New Japan's annual tag team tournament, standings, upcoming iPPV lineups, who has the best shot at winning and why, as well as full coverage of opening night from Korakuen Hall and highlights of the next three dates.
We also have our 2013 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards ballot.
We've also go an overview of Bellator's completed season, including notes on business, Friday vs. Thursday, did the big show help, what were season highlights, plans for next year, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, as well as big title matches and what is upcoming.
We also have notes on the punishment Antonio Inoki was given for going to North Korea a few weeks ago.
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We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and how every segment on Impact did as far as gaining or losing viewers.
We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
-- Jim Ross will be on Wrestling Observer Radio tomorrow, only for subscribers. Should be an awesome show.
-- Ronda Rousey talks awesome stories about her mom and more on Jimmy Kimmel here. Totally different Ronda Rousey from the one who showed up on Saturday night at the TUF finale.
-- Slammy categories for Raw next week in Seattle are:
Superstar of the Year
Extreme Moment of the Year
Insult of the Year
Double-Cross of the Year
This is Awesome! Moment of the Year
"Total Diva" of the Year
LOL! Moment of the Year
Match of the Year
-- I'll be there!
-- After whatever happened with Michael Hayes that got him sent home recently, he was back working at Raw last night.
-- This week's Raw Backstage Fallout is here.
-- Impact is actually taping tonight, tomorrow and Thursday in Orlando.
-- Susan G. Komen has a commercial where celebrities from Orange County parody Jingle Bells, and Christopher Daniels is among those involved. Dude can carry a tune. Cameo appearance by Spanky at the end.
-- Although the show has traditionally been bullet-proof in terms of holidays, sports events, etc., Impact took a big hit on Thanksgiving last week, doing only 921,000 viewers. That's way down from Thanksgiving last year as well when they did 1.2 million viewers.
-- Shout-out to Lance Storm who is buried in a blizzard right now.
-- Shayna Baszler of Ultimate Fighter appears for When We Were Bouncers today.
-- Little Person, Big Showman. Lots of talk about the word "midget" in pro-wrestling. Also features Christopher Ryseck, described as, and I quote, a "regular-sized douche". Ryseck beat me in my final-ever wrestling match, at least so far, a few years ago.
-- Excellent new and FREE Figure Four Daily up right now with Colt Cabana.
-- Since we mentioned Judo Gene last night on Observer Radio, a video here called The Roots of Fight featuring his protege Ronda Rousey.
-- Gene is also on Joe Rogan's latest podcast here.
-- Gabe Sapolsky posted a question on Twitter about whether he should call Davey Richards, and a few minutes later Davey Richards wrote on his timeline "Yes".
-- Yahoo did a list of the top 10 most-searched-for athletes of the year, and THREE MMA fighters were listed -- Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano for obvious reasons, and Tito Ortiz.
-- TCW's latest TV show is here. Some of the best production values in this country.
-- Sony Six, the official broadcast partner of TNA in India, posted this on their Twitter: "#TNA superstars’ @RealKurtAngle & @gailkimITSME to visit #India next week & you have a chance to meet them. Stay tuned to know how! Excited?" This will be Kurt Angle's second visit to India. In 2010, he was on a three-city promotional tour of TNA in India along with Mick Foley and Jay Lethal. Thanks to Himanshu.
-- Many references to me in the commentary for this AAW tag team match. They believe I look like one of the wrestlers in the match, Brett Gakiya. And, in fact, they're right, though that was about 25 pounds ago.
-- Top 10 UFC middleweights take center stage when the Ultimate Fighting Championships heads to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. In the night’s main event, former STRIKEFORCE middleweight champ and current No. 6 contender Luke Rockhold (10-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) meets the ninth-ranked Costa Philippou (12-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.) in a five-round bout. Also on the card, Augusta, Ga. native Cole Miller (20-8, fighting out of Coconut, Creek, Fla.) returns to the Octagon® following his recent win to take on Sam Sicilia (12-3, fighting out of Spokane, Wash.) at featherweight.
-- If you love After Dark Radio, check out the Facebook page here. Andrew will be working to keep it alive and well with new articles and such. Don't forget, show airs LIVE Friday nights at 11 PM Pacific/2 AM Eastern on the Dark Matter Radio Network at Artbell.com, or through the show website, afterdarkradioshow.com.
-- WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Bret Hart 60.5%
Hulk Hogan 39.5%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF TOTAL DIVAS?
54.0% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
New Japan tag tourney finals 17.8%
World Series of Fighting 17.4%
39.6% of those responding aren't watching anything. The biggest crossover was UFC & WSOF since they are the two most convenient, both on free television.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PRO WRESTLING TV SHOW?
Raw 1997-2001 47.7%
Nitro 1996-1998 13.7%
Mid South 1982-86 9.7%
World Class 1983-85 6.0%
Memphis 1982-85 4.4%
All Japan 1990-94 4.4%
Georgia 1977-81 2.8%
Raw current 2.6%
Florida 1970-75 1.8%
AAA 1992-94 1.4%
New Japan 1980-84 0.6%
WHAT WEEKEND SHOW DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
New Japan 25.3%
World Series of Fighting 4.0%
All Japan tag tourney finals 2.3%
Cage Warriors 0.6%
Legacy Fighting 0.6%
One FC 0.6%
-- Not sure what it is about December 3rd, but a super busy day in history according to Brian Hoops:
1942 - Ed "Strangler" Lewis defeated Orville Brown to win the Ohio version of the Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Ohio.
1942 - John Katan defeated Earl McCready for the Toronto British Empire Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1943 - Swedish Angel defeated Orville Brown to win the Kansas City version of the MWA World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas
1952 - Leo Jensen defeated Bonnie Muir for the vacant Australian Heavyweight Title in Sydney, Australia.
1959 - Dory Funk, Sr. defeated Antoine Leone in Amarillo, Texas to win the Amarillo version of the NWA North American Heavyweight Title.
1960 - In San Bernadino, California, Stan Holek and The Preacher defeated Sandor Szabo and Edouard Carpentier for the NWA International Television Tag Team Title.
1962 - Eric Pomeroy and Ray Andrews defeated The Medics for the NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee
1963 - Ciclon Negro and Masked Terror defeated Wilbur Snyder and Dick the Bruiser to win the American Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title.
1963 - Joe Blanchard defeated Billy White Wolf for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.
1965 - Bobby Fields won the NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Title by defeating Danny McShain in Lafayette, Louisiana.
1966 - Michiaki Yoshimura and Kintaro Ohki defeated Eddie Morea and Tarzan Zorro to win the vacant All Asia Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1967 - El Goliath defeated Henry Pirousso for the Mexican National Heavyweight Title in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
1970 - Gene Kiniski defeated Giant Baba for the NWA International Heavyweight Title in Osaka, Japan
1971 - Dr. X (Jim Osborne) defeated Ramon Torres in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
1975 - The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) defeated Abdullah the Butcher to win the Pacific Wrestling Federation United States Heavyweight Title in Kiryu, Japan.
1976 - Chavo Guerrero, Sr. defeated Dr. Hiro Ota to win the NWA America Heavyweight Title
1976 - The Wrestling Pro defeated Ken Lucas for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Ozark, Alabama.
1976 - In Dothan, Alabama, Rip Tyler won the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title by defeating Dick Dunn.
1977 - Billy Spears defeated Johnny Eagles for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in New Brocton, Alabama.
1982 - Mad Dog Lafaib defeated Invader I to win the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
1983 - Dick Slater defeated Rufus R. Jones to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Hampton, Virginia.
1983 - Bob Armstrong won a tournament for the vacant NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama.
1984 - Ted DiBiase and Hercules Hernandez defeated The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) to win the Mid-South Tag Team Title in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1984 - The Interns (Don Bass and Roger Smith) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985 - Fuerza Guerrera defeated El Dandy for the Mexican National Welterweight Title.
1989 - Sangre Chicana defeated Perry Aguayo to win the Universal Wrestling Association-promoted WWF World Light Heavyweight Title
1990 - Steve Doll and Scotty the Body (Raven) defeated The Wrecking Crew (The Grappler and The Equalizer) for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Coos Bay, Oregon.
1991 - Hulk Hogan pinned The Undertaker to win the WWF World Title in San Antonio, Texas.
1992 - Jesse Barr and Ryuma Go won the Championship Wrestling USA International Tag Team Title in Funabashi, Japan, by defeating The Bruise Brothers (Ron and Don Harris).
1993 - Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi won the annual Real World Tag League to win the AJPW World Tag Team Championship.
1995 - Ronnie Roberts defeated Boogie Woogie Brown to win the ECWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Wilmington, Delaware.
1998 - King Kong Bundy defeated Romeo Valentino for the Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Denton, Maryland.
2006 - Bobby Lashley won the ECW Title in an Extreme Elimination Chamber match over Big Show, Rob Van Dam, CM Punk, Test and Hardcore Holly.