WED. UPDATE: New Japan PPV notes, UFC and WWE tickets, Mania 2000, New UFC fight in Sacramento, Cena personal trainer, Best Hall of Famer, Thoughts on Raw
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:39
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for reports on last night's TNA TV tapings in Orlando as well as tonight's tapings at
Tonight's Main Event on Ion at 8 p.m.
Goldust vs. Ryback
Usos vs. Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal
R-Truth vs. Damien Sandow
New Japan has an iPPV tonight/tomorrow at 4:30 a.m. Eastern and 1:30 a.m. Pacific time from Hiroshima as part of the tag team tournament.
Yoshi-Hashi & Kazuchika Okada vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka
Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii vs. Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Captain New Japan vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer
Shelton Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki vs. Doc Gallows & Karl AndersonTetsuya Naito & Bushi & La Sombra vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Liger
Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale vs. Togi Makabe & Kushida
Yuji Nagata & Tomoaki Honma vs. Rob Conway & Jax Dane
Manabu Nakanishi & Strongman vs. Gedo & Jado
Yohei Komatsu & Tiger Mask vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi
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We look at Vachon boxing Jersey Joe Walcott, his two WWE PPV appearance after he retired, his biggest AWA matches as a heel, the death of Grand Prix Wrestling, his time in Japan, his biggest feuds, Super Sunday in St. Paul, the death of the AWA, Vachon's WWF run, his being a cultural icon in Quebec, losing his leg, Celine Dion, TV commercials and more on the Vachon wrestling family.
We also look more at some of his most famous matches.
We also look at WrestleMania in 2015, WWE Network, Tribute to the Troops, return of Michal Hayes, who is making the major WWE decisions, Sin Cara, WWE stock and its future, WWE star engaged, Slammy Awards, Ziggler, DVD sales and what WWE is advertising is happening next. We also look at a new talent signing, a new football player trying out, and the 2000 WrestleMania.
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We've also got coverage of the Ultimate Fighter finals.
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--Starrcade lives, sort of
--More on Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards, and story behind his being gone from ROH
--Major newcomer headed to ROH for Final Battle
--TNA's top storyline
--TNA total lack of quality control
--Background of Le'D Tapa
--Notes on a lot of new TNA PPV matches upcoming
--Update on Matt Grice
--Next UFC show
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--Disappointing FOX lineup
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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Wrestling Observer radio is tonight with Jim Ross as our special guest.
--UFC Tonight airs at 7 p.m. Eastern time on FS 1 tonight. It also replays at 10 p.m. on FS 2. Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar airs at 11 p.m. tonight on FS 2.
--New Japan has added another iPPV on 12/21 from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. The last few years, they've had some awesome main events on that show. The 1/4 Tokyo Dome show will start just before 3 a.m. Eastern and midnight Pacific and be a $35 show.
--A note from a discussion on our Monday night radio show, before Mick Foley agreed to be in the main event of the 2000 WrestleMania in the four-way with HHH, Big Show and The Rock, the slot was scheduled for Chris Jericho. In fact, there were promotional materials done with Jericho in the match.
--Former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky debuts in UFC as flyweight to face Scott Jorgensen on 12/14 in Sacramento on the FS 1 undercard. Makovsky replaces the injured John Dodson.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1970 - Ray Mendoza beat John Tolos in Los Angeles to win the United National title
1972 - Kintaro Oki beat Bobo Brazil in Yokohama to win the NWA International title
1976 - Hercules Ayala & Victor Jovica beat Heigo Hamaguchi & Gordon Nelson in Caguas to win the North American tag team titles
1978 - Jerry Lawler beat Don Fargo in Memphis to win the Southern title
1979 - Bill Watts beat Mike George in Baton Rouge top win the North American title
1993 - Kevin Sullivan & Tazmaniac beat Shane Douglas & Tommy Dreamer to win the ECW tag titles in Philadelphia
1994 - Dandy beat Jaque Mate in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1999 - Rico Costantino beat Steve Bradley in Memphis to win the Power Pro Wrestling title
--Brooke Tessmacher of TNA turns 29 today.
--Betty Jo Hawkins passed away on this day in 1987 at the age of 57. Johnny Gilbert passed away on this day in 1990. Little Beaver passed away at 61 on this day in 1995. Calgary wrestling voice Ed Whalen was 74 when he passed away on this day in 2001. Steve Bradley was 32 when he passed away on this day in 2008. Hall of Famer King Curtis Iaukea was 73 when he passed away on this day in 2010.
--Besides the UFC show in Chicago, tickets also went on sale today for Fight Club members for the 1/15 UFC show in Duluth, GA at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. What an unwieldy name for a building. The fights advertised are a five-round fight with Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou, Cole Miller vs. Sam Sicilia and Lorenz Larkin vs. Brad Tavares. Tickets are priced at $225, $125, $75, $50 and $40.
--WWE comes to San Jose at the SAP Center on 2/8, with tickets from $21 to $97. There is a presale going on right now with the code WWEFAN. The presale ends at 10 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the public at Noon on Friday. The only names announced for the show are Randy Orton, Big Show and The Shield.
--For Raw on 2/10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, there is a presale going on now with the code wwefan
--WWE Raw will be in Providence, RI on 1/13. There is a presale which starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow using the code WWERI. Pricing is $95 to $15. John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a champion vs. champion match is the advertised main event. Don't ask why they would advertise that for a show in January. "The McMahons" are scheduled, although we've learned that doesn't mean anything.
--Universal has shut down production on Fast and Furious 7 while they try and figure out what's best to do after the death on Saturday of Paul Walker.
--K-1 announced a World Max Grand Prix on 1/11 in Gran Canaria, Spain
--Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson were at the Chicago Blackhawks game last night playing "Shoot the Puck." Both were interviewed at the show and came off well. Both scored a goal and the 1/25 show was mentioned in passing (thanks to David Kaplan)
--Update on the Extreme Rising show on the first date back at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia on 12/28
Steve Richards vs. ? for Extreme Rising title
Matt Hardy vs. Luke Hawx
Super Crazy & Pesadilla vs. Damian 666 & Bestia 666
Rhino vs. Devon Storm
Sabu vs. Facade
El Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Papadon
Plus Balls Mahoney, Blue Meanie, Gary Wolf, Joel Gertner, Rich Ortiz and more.
--John Cena has launched an on-line personal trainer web site where he coaches people and gives healthy eating recipes and special workouts at www.changetime.com
(thanks to Patrick Gronemann)
--Jim Cornette and Jerry Stubbs (Mr. Olympia) have been added to the Mid South Legends Fan Fest on 4/4 over WrestleMania weekend. The event will be in Chalmette, LA at the Sigur Center. There will also be a show with Mickie James vs. Angelina Love, plus a JYD Memorial Cup with Tommy Dreamer, Chris Adonis (Chris Masters), Lance Hoyt, Elijah Burke and more. There will also be a Q&A session on Mid South Wrestling with Cornette, Bill Dundee, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton. Tickets go on sale at Noon on Friday at midsouthlegends.com
--UFC and MusclePharm announced a multi-year sponsorship renewal deal.
--Elite Championship Wrestling from Sunday in Houma, LA before 200 fans: Tim Storm & Matt Riviera NC Purple Sonny Haze, Andy Dalton b Gregory James, Minotour b Americos, Jessica James DDQ Miss Dissslexia, Scott Phoenix b Steve Anthony in a TLC match. Next show is 12/28 with Storm & Riviera vs. Haze & Olympus.
--EWF is doing a Christmas Toys drive at its show on Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Covina, CA. GA is a $10 value unwrapped toy or a $10 donation for adults. For kids 12 and under, admission is a $5 unwrapped toy or a $5 donation. The toys will be given to needy children in the Covina area by the local Knights of Columbus. This is the 12th year they've been dong this.
WHO WAS THE BEST OF THESE HALL OF FAMERS?
Mitsuharu Misawa 61.9%
Harley Race 38.1%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Bad News Barrett 34.5%
John Cena 19.0%
C.M. Punk 18.8%
Dean Ambrose 7.5%
Stephanie McMahon 3.8%
Randy Orton 2.1%
POLL ON RAW
16.3% if those responding didn't see him
--High Impact Wrestling on 12/6 in Regina, Saskatchewan at the Hungarian Club with a one-night tag team tournament and what is billed as the Canadian retirement match of Short Sleeve Sampson.
--J.J. Dillon appears Saturday at a Toys for Tots benefit show at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club in Newark, DE.
--Squared Circle Live on 2/16 in Whitby, ONT at Live Act with the Adrenaline Cup tournament. Josh Alexander vs. Louis Lyndon headlines the show.
--New England Championship Wrestling on Friday night at 8 P.M. at the Cove Community Center with Antonio Thomas & Slyk Wagner Brown & Nick Shephard vs. Sean Burke & Jeremy Prophet & Genesis.
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Malefico & Espectrum b Leo & Black Metal, Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno & Arkangel de la Muerte b Smaker & Sky Kid & Gallo, Electrico & Astral & Fantasy b Pequeno Violencia & Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Black Warrior, Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero & Euforia b Titan & Diamante Azul & Brazo de Plata, Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto b CMLL trios champs Mistico & Valiente & Mascara Dorada in a non-title match.
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla: Akron & Akuma b Black Tiger & Robin, Camorra & Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr. b Asturiano & Magnus & Super Halcon Jr., Barbaro Cavernario & Cancerbero & Raziel b Sagrado & Stigma & Triton, Blue Panther & Delta & Titan b Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto-DQ, Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero & Niebla Roja b Atlantis & Mistico & Shocker (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--In Your Face Wrestling on 1/11 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Ballston Area Community Center is headlined by Tommy Dreamer.
--Maria Kanellis is doing a meet and greet in Denver on Saturday at the Westwood College South Campus. She'll be doing a meet and greet as part of a video game competition and help raffle off an Xbox 1 and PS 4. Doors open at 9 a.m. College students get in for free. Participants in the tournament can get $5 off entry fees if they bring a toy for a Toys for Tots drive.
--Sinclair Broadcasting has purchaseds WLUC CH. 6 in Marquette, MI and WPBN and WGTU in Saul St. Marie, MI. ROH is likely to start on both of these stations.
--James Storm faces Mikey Dunn at All-Star Wresting in Lewisburg, TN at the House of Pain.
--XICW from Sunday in Warren, MI: Jacob Hallows b Donnie Hallows, Breyer Wellington b Sean Tyler, Mark Gjoka b Chuck Wagon, Willie Watts b Max Morrison, Austin Manix b Rhino, Jamey Coxxx b Austin Manix, Caleb Stills b Paul Bowser, Movado b Brian Castle & Andrew Lee, TD Thomas & Mad Dragon b Chaz Montana & Dicky Bronson, Jimmy Jacobs & Vinny Scarboni & Sonny Scarboni & Bobby Lee b Zach Gowen & DBA & Eddie Venom & Jamey Coxxx
--The One Fighting Championships air live in Canada on The Fight Network on Friday at 6 a.m. Eastern time. The show features Kevin Belingon vs. David Aranda and Vincent Latoel vs. Eduard Folayang.
--The sketch on Heaven where Matt McCarthy references Terry Funk and Ric Flair is at http://peteholmes.com/video/heaven-i-knew-it
McCarthy aid he will be on the 12/12 episode with All Japan and New Japan buttons on his sweatshirt.'