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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- GSP to discuss his future Friday. Getting a lot of press in Canada.
-- Dave was at the WWE WrestleMania 31 press conference today in Santa Clara, CA, and his photo actually made it onto WWE.com.
-- Even though it was Daniel Bryan's hometown, the company was not expecting the crowd to hijack the final segment of the show last night. We'll have a lot more on this in the upcoming Figure Four Weekly since I was at the show live, as was Vinny. And, obviously, we'll be talking all about it on tonight's Bryan & Vinny Show.
-- Christian did a WWE exclusive video saying he'd been out of action due to concussions symptoms, and also because his wife just gave birth to a baby girl. He said that's the first and last time you'll hear him discussing his personal life. Congratulations to them.
-- We've got a new FREE Figure Four Daily with Stevie Richards/Michael Manna up here. Stevie has a second life as a tech guy so we talk everything from iWatches and gaming consoles (Stevie was legit the guy who would wrestle and then go back to his hotel room and play video games) to taking bumps onto thumbtacks. Really fun show.
-- Speaking of Stevie, info on the upcoming Extreme Rising show where he defends the heavyweight title against three question marks: PHILLY! PHILLY! PHILLY! EXTREME RISING PRO WRESTLING presents “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” Saturday, December 28th 2013 – 7pm Bell time. Doors open 6pm. Fan Fest 2pm – 4pm Arena (former ECW Arena) 7 W. Ritner Street (Corners of Swanson & Ritner) Philadelphia, PA 19148. Live event video promo http://youtu.be/VzTeb9aj5Fs
-- I'm interviewed hereabout the WWE Network, cable vs. Internet and tons more!
-- The download link for Sunday's FREE Observer Live is now up on the front page. It'll almost always be up right after the show Sunday despite the fact that it hasn't been for two weeks. Danny would have had it ready Sunday but there was an audio issue that he presumed as on the live show side, and he figured if he waited for the replay it wouldn't be there. Well, it was my fault, and it was there, so that's why it was delayed again.
-- According to WWE, "the 2013 Slammy Awards set a new record with 1.64 million votes via the WWE app, an increase of 180 percent from last year’s record-setting awards show." Amazing how they can tally up so many votes during a commercial break. The company insists the voting is legit.
-- This has been all over the Internet today: Raw script from 2000.
-- For the moment, the post-Raw spinerooni contest is up here. Seattle is the same city where a decade ago everyone tried to get Undertaker to do a spinerooni and he flatly refused and ran for his life.
-- WWE doing a deal with Living Social for tickets here.
-- Christmas Bounty is available on Amazon right now for $15. That's more than the rumored monthly cost of the WWE Network which gives you access to monthly PPVs.
-- By the way, there are people in WWE who have some insight into the Network behind the scenes who in an unofficial capacity (meaning, not because they work for the company but personally as wrestling fans) are pretty excited about the concept as it currently stands.
-- Lance Storm flips his lid on Ed's show regarding Impact here. We'll hear from him in the next day or two as well on our show.
-- Brian Papa, who has been a subscriber forever, has a Kickstarter herefor a new iOS wrestling video game he is trying to put together.
-- If you're on Stitcher, we'd love for you to nominate our shows for the 2013 Stitcher Awards. You can participate here. No, I am not above requesting this.
-- WHAT WAS WWE'S BEST MATCH THIS YEAR?
Punk vs. Lesnar 48.7%
Cena vs. Bryan 17.3%
Undertaker vs. Punk 15.9%
Cena vs. Punk on Raw 8.9%
Bryan vs. Rollins 6.6%
Cesaro vs. Kingston 2.6%
WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE SHOWS?
UFC Hunt vs. Silva 41.3%
UFC GSP vs. Hendricks 14.3%
New Japan Power Struggle 12.2%
UFC Velasquez vs. Dos Santo 10.6%
TNA Bound for Glory 8.5%
New Japan tag tourney final 3.7%
WWE Survivor Series 3.7%
WWE Hell in a Cell 3.7%
New Japan tag tourney first day 1.6%
UFC 11/30 Las Vegas 0.5%
IF YOU BOUGHT WWE PPV SHOWS IN THE PAST, WOULD YOU GET THE NETWORK?
Yes, to get PPVs cheaper plus the additional content 48.1%
No, not interested enough in WWE these days 29.0%
Not interested in WWE, but will get the network for the old footage 14.9%
Will get the network to get Mania, will drop it as soon as I can after 3.3%
Yes, but will still buy the monthly PPVs separately 1.2%
WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
WWE TLC 61.9%
UFC on FOX 39.2%
ROH Final Battle 13.3%
13.6% are planning on watching none of the three
-- Jim Cornette interview heretalking Family Guy and more.
-- Fight Stories with Urijah Faber on Youtube here.
-- Since Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon's funerals were held in Iowa and nothing was planned for Montreal, Pat Laprade (author of Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs) and Yves Theriault (director of the documentary on Maurice) are holding a commemorative night in memory of Maurice, this Wednesday, December 11 at a sports restaurant in Montreal. Many wrestling personalities have confirmed their presence such as Paul Leduc, Gino Brito, Gilles "The Fish" Poisson, Fernand Fréchette, Denis Gauthier Sr, Fernand Ste-Marie, "The Hangman" Neil Guay, Sylvain Grenier, Marc Blondin, Ludger Proulx, Armand Rougeau, Tony Mule and LuFisto. Paul "The Butcher" Vachon will also be there, alongside many of his brothers, his sister and many nephews and nieces, including Maurice's only son who actually wrestled, Mike Vachon. The event will be covered by many medias and is opened to everyone who'd like to pay one last tribute to Maurice.
-- Podcast talking Patera vs. Backlund here.
-- CZWrestling.com - THIS Saturday, December 14 is CZW's largest event of the year, at the Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak RD in Voorhees, NJ airing LIVE on iPPV! (Available for pre-order NOW at CZWiPPV.com!)
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1957 - The Atomic Blonds (Johnny Valentine & Chet Wallich) defeated Joe & Guy Brunetti for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1968 - The Medics (Billy Garrett & Jim Starr) defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Jose Lothario in the finals of a tournament to become the first NWA Florida Tag Team Champions.
1973 - Antonio Inoki defeated Johnny Powers for the NWF World Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan
1975 - Terry Funk defeated Jack Brisco to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Miami, Florida.
1977 - Don Kent defeated Lanny Poffo in Chattanooga, Tennessee to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title.
1980 - Antonio Inoki & Bob Backlund defeated Hulk Hogan & Stan Hansen in the finals of a tournament to win New Japan's first annual MSG Tag League.
1981 - Andre The Giant & Rene Goulet defeated Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami in the finals of a tournament to win New Japan's annual MSG Tag League.
1982 - Antonio Inoki & Hulk Hogan defeated Killer Khan & Tiger Toguchi in the finals of a tournament to win New Japan's annual MSG Tag League.
1995 - Combat Toyoda defeated Shark Tsuchiya in Tokyo, Japan to win the FMW Independent World Women's Title.
1999 - Genichiro Tenryu defeated Keiji Mutoh in Osaka, Japan to win New Japan IWGP Title.
2000 - At the Armageddon PPV held in Birmingham, Alabama; Edge and Christian defeated Bull Buchanan and The Goodfather, The Dudleys and Road Dog & K. Kwik to capture the WWF World Tag Titles. Also, Chris Benoit defeated Billy Gunn to win the Intercontinental Title.
-- Ring of Honor Year Three DVD on sale right now here.