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Monday, 16 December 2013 15:52
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on Sunday's TLC PPV as well as Saturday night's UFC show with a thumbs up, thumbs down and thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're looking for reports from Raw in Dallas tonight, with any notes that wouldn't be evident from the live Raw, dark matches, Superstars matches or anything else.
We're also looking for reports on last night's ROH show in New York.
On Tuesday night, there will be a taping for the 12/23 Raw show in Austin, TX.
On Wednesday night in San Antonio, there will be a taping for the 12/20 episode of Smackdown.
On Thursday night in Corpus Christi, there will be a taping for the 12/27 episode of Smackdown. WWE goes dark after Thursday and returns on 12/26 with the company's biggest domestic house show week of the year, hitting a number of major markets including New York, Chicago and Toronto.
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We've got a very news-heavy issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter up on the site today as well as a new back issue from 1996.
We look at Daniel Bryan and the Slammy Awards show, and how this is an example of a rapidly changing business and why the mixed messages and changing economic structure make things so much different than any other time in history.
We look at the last time the market changed wrestling history in a huge way and whether this will or won't. We look at the angle at the end of the Slammys, how it did and didn't build TLC and if all, some or none if the matches it did build will even happen and if it matters.
We look at all the awards, matches and angles from Monday as well.
We also have a look at the proposed WWE Network and UFC Network. We look at the similarities, differences and most important long-term goals, both how they are similar and how they are very different. We look at costs of original programming, how many subscribers the network would have needed had it been a TV network if WrestleMania was on it this year. We look at the business of PPV on the Internet alone, the highlights of each package and chances of each.
We also look at the changes in the upper echelon of WWE, and what they mean for Stephanie McMahon, Michelle Wilson and George Barrios. We look at who answers to who, how things are the same and how they are different.
We also look at WrestleMania coming to Santa Clara, how the decision was made, what was unique about the decision, how many cities were after it, and looking at WrestleMania site decisions in the future. We also look at what former NFL star in the 70s played a part in WrestleMania coming to Northern California.
We've got notes on the death of UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario, more on what was believed to have been the heart condition that caused his death, what happened the past two weeks and more.
We also have a feature on the UFC show in Australia and the greatest heavyweight fight in UFC history between Mark Hunt and Antonio Silva. We look at the career turnaround of Hunt, judging the fight, why everyone accepted the draw, the potential of a rematch, business and ratings notes from the show and match-by-match coverage.
We also look at Hulk Hogan and WWE, Stephanie McMahon's stock sales, Vince McMahon's WWE stock holdings, WWE's Tough pre-Christmas television taping schedule, what WWE star is their a name trademark issue with, a new WWE signing, Rock movie update and background on a new WWE announcing hire. We also have more on post-Christmas live shows, business from the past week as well as highlights from all the weekend house shows.
We also have the 2013 Japanese media awards for pro wrestling.
We've also got a look at the biggest non-WWE pro wrestling event of the year, the 1/4 show at the Tokyo Dome. We've got the complete lineup, an analysis of the card and recent history involving the headliners.
We've also got notes on the New Japan tag team tournament, as well as a look at the final night show.
We also look back at the career of Akira Taue with his retirement, as well as his farewell show report.
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--A look at this year's All Japan Real World Tag League tournament
--Next New Japan iPPV notes
--New Japan tag tourney rundown
--Dos Caras' final match in Japan
--Unique wrestling attendance record set this week
--Jake Roberts and wrestling
--Biggest stars of the Pacific Northwest
--A look at ROH's Final Battle show
--Maria Kanellis talks heat with Bella Twins
--Why the A.J. Styles situation makes TNA look bad
--What happened behind the scenes
--What Styles will be doing next
--The world of Indies
--Update on Sting
--A look at all of TNA's TV through January 9th and where the angles are going
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--Time Magazine lists Ronda Rousey as a game changer
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--More on Dana White's new reality show
--Pacquiao-Rios PPV vs. UFC the next week
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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, as well as the latest wrestling and MMA news, and taking questions that can be sent to the show to
--Sad to report on the death of Joe Camacho, a longtime Southern California fighter who has fought in Bellator in the past. Camacho, 41, was 13-19-3 in 35 pro fights, with his last fight being last month on a Bellator show. No report yet on the cause of death, but on Sunday, he was competing in Jiu Jitsu tournament in Long Beach.
--Forbes ran a list today of the ten biggest grossing actors of 2013:
1. Dwayne Johnson 1.3 billion
2. Robert Downey Jr. 1.2 billion
3. Steve Carell $964 million
4. Vin Diesel $887 million
5. Sandra Bullock $862 million
6. Paul Walker $789 million
7. Billy Crystal and John Goodman $743 million
9. Chris Hemsworth $701 million
10. Jennifer Lawrence $700 million
Fast and Furious 6 grossed $789 million on its own.
--We got way less response to both the UFC and WWE weekend shows as for a usual major event for either company. In the case of UFC, it did correspond with a bad rating . I had expected TLC to be well up from last year even with the weak undercard, but we shall see.
--There is a sale on the Barbed Wire City documentary on the history and ramifications of ECW for $14.95 and if ordered, it will be shipped out immediately. There is also a Direct download at Barbedwirecity.com at any time for $9.95.
--John Cena vs. Randy Orton for the title with Booker T as referee is advertised as the dark match tonight. If it happens, expect the same DQ win for Cena for Orton using a chair as they did at last week's tapings.
--A.J. Styles vs. Chris Hero was announced for the 1/26 Smash Wrestling show in Toronto. Here are confirmed dates for Styles
12/28 for Anarchy Wrestling in Cornelia, GA
1/19 for Premier Wrestling Xperience in Winston-Salem, NC
2/1 for Dreamwave Wrestling in LaSalle, IL vs. Christian Rose (Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards are also on the show), tickets at www.dreamwavewrestling.com
2/7 for Deep Southern Wrestling in Blue Ridge, GA
2/28 and 3/1 for Preston City Wrestling in Preston, England (replacing boxer Riddick Bowe who is off the show after an issue with his new management screwing up his deal, second date will be against Adrian "Lionheart" McCallum)
3/15 for Ultimate Wrestling Experience in Harrisburg, PA vs. AR Fox
--For those wishing to book A.J. Styles for shows, you can do so at
WHO SHOULD GET THE NEXT FLYWEIGHT TITLE SHOT?
John Dodson 25.0%
Ian McCall 22.8%
Ali Bagautinov 11.8%
John Lineker 11.8%
Joseph Benavidez 10.3%
Zach Makovsky 8.1%
Josh Sampo 4.4%
Alpetkin Ozikilic 3.7%
John Moraga 2.2%
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
53.8% of those responding didn't see the show
SHOULD URIJAH FABER GET THE NEXT BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE SHOT?
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
UFC on FOX 22.3%
Total Divas 11.2%
UFC on FOX prelims on FS 1 0.9%
Main Event 0.5%
Inside MMA 0.5%
UFC Tonight 0.5%
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1880 - John McMahon beat H.M. Dufur in Boston to win the American Collar and elbow championship
1941 - Miguel Blackie Guzman, the brother of El Santo, who a decade later was to become one of the all-time greats of Texas wrestling, beat Hall of Famer Tarzan Lopez in Mexico City to win the Mexican national middleweight title
1949 - Verne Gagne beat Leo Newman in Houston to win the Texas title
1952 - Ray Eckert & Fred Atkins beat Mike & Ben Sharpe to win the NWA tag titles in San Francisco
1962 - Doug Gilbert & Dick Steinborn beat Art & Stan Neilsen to win the AWA tag titles in St. Paul
1963 - Edouard Carpentier was awarded the WWA world title after a situation with Bearcat Wright in Indio, CA. More on that on tonight's radio show.
1966 - Mike DiBiase beat The Viking in St. Joseph, MO to win the Central States title
1970 - Billy Robinson beat The Destroyer in Honolulu to win the North American title
1970 - Oni Wiki Wiki & Mighty Atlas beat Lorenzo Parente & Bobby Hart in Nashville to win the world tag team titles
1971 - Ole Anderson beat Jack Brisco in Tampa to win the Florida TV title
1972 - George Gordienko & Super Hawk beat Danny Babich & Michel Martel to win the International tag team titles in Calgary
1975 - John Tolos & Rock Riddle beat Mickey Doyle & Mando Lopez to win the Americas tag team title
1977 - The Masked Canadian (Roddy Piper) beat Chavo Guerrero to win the Americas title in Los Angeles
1978 - Bobby Eaton & George Gulas beat Gypsy Joe & Tojo Yamamoto to win the Mid American tag titles in Chattanooga
1980 - Jackie Sato beat Nancy Kumi in Tokyo to win the WWWA title
1983 - Mike Rotundo beat Greg Valentine in a tournament final to win the Florida title in St. Petersburg
1984 - Blue Panther beat Matematico in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight title
1986 - Hacksaw Higgins & Kareem Muhammmed beat Stan Lane & Steve Keirn to win the U.S. tag team titles in Tampa
1986 - Badnews Allen beat The Falcon in Orlando to win the Bahamas title
1990 - At Starrcade in St. Louis, Lex Luger beat Stan Hansen in a bullrope match to win the U.S. title and Rick & Scott Steiner beat Great Muta & Masa Saito to win the Pat O'Connor Cup tag team tournament
1992 - Dandy beat Bestia Salvaje in Naucalpan to win the CMLL middleweight title
1994 - Silver King & El Texano beat Emilio Charles Jr. & El Satanico in a tournament final in Mexico City to win the vacant CMLL tag titles
1995 - Ludvig Borga (Tony Halme) bat Rambo in Bremen, Germany to win the CWA heavyweight title
2000 - Thunder & Lightning beat Barry & Kendall Windham in Carolina to win the WWC tag titles
2006 - Carlito beat Jon Heidenreich to win the Universal title in Caguas
2007 - Edge won a three-way over Undertaker and Batista to win the WWE title in Pittsburgh at the Armageddon show
--NWA Championship International Wrestling on Sunday in Oregon, OH: Kris Korvis b Bryan Castle, Bobo Brazil Jr. & D-Ray 3000 & Will Studd b Mustafa Mohammed & Owen Travers & Abdullah Farouk, N8 Mattson b Mikey Smalls, Trey Miguel b Elder Anthony, Nitro b Austin Manix, Lance Erickson b Krimson-DQ, Great Akuma b Malice, Mr. Happy b Grizzly House Jones, Sebastian Rose b Jason Kincaid, Nitro & Malice & Lance Erickson b N8 Mattson & Benny Boone & Austin Manix (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--Sid Vicious/Sycho Sid turned 53 today.
--Frank Gotch, the first American mainstream wrestling superstar and sports hero, died on this die in 1917 at the age of 39. Blue Demon, the second biggest star in the history of Mexican pro wrestling, died on this day in 2000 at the age of 78. Don "The Spoiler" Jardine was 66 when he passed away on this day in 2006.
--Premier Wrestling from yesterday in Gilroy, CA before a sellout 130 fans: Buddy Royal (1-1) b John Redito (0-1), Markus Lewis (1-2) b Dylan Drake (1-3), Dave Dutra (3-2) b Nick Ruiz (1-3), Almighty Sheik (2-0) b Julio Pedroza (1-1), Cole Pistol (1-0) b Nicole Savoy (0-1) in a women's match, JR Kratos (3-2) b Brian Tannen (2-2) in Tannen's last match before going to NXT, Sledge (3-1) b Timothy Thatcher (2-1) in a No. 1 contenders match, Jeff Cobb (3-0-1) d Oliver John (2-0-1) in a 30:00 title match. Savoy suffered a torn hamstring ending the women's match early. Sledge beat Thatcher with a knockout finish in a match worked UWFI style. People were raving about Cobb vs. John as a classic and chanting for five more minutes. No word on a new date because the location they were running has been sold.
--Hillbilly Jim appeared as a guest on the Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling show on Saturday night in East Carondelet, IL.
--IWC from Saturday night in Elizabeth, PA: Dalton Castle b John McChesney to win IWC title, RJ City b Shiima Zion (Xema Ion) to win the Super Indies title, Sexy Talented Dudes over Team Big League, Haught & Cute and Marshall Gambino & Bronco McBride in an elimination match for tag titles, Logan Shulo b Shane Taylor, Facade won three-way over Johnny Gargano and Colt Cabana, Andrew Palace b Matt Striker, Founding Fathers b Jon Bolen & HD Cannon & Sam Cassidy, Asylum b Jay Flash
--The Extreme Rising promotion that returns on 12/28 at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia will be broadcasting on iPPV through Highspots.com starting at 7 p.m. Eastern time. If you preorder, you can get to see the company's last show on VOD for free. The show features Stevie Richards vs. ? for the Extreme Rising title, Matt Hardy vs. Luke Hawx, Super Crazy & Pesadilla vs. Damian 666 & Bestia 666 and Rhino vs. Devon Storm.
--They also announced a 2/8 show in Pittsburgh at the Irish Centre with Richards, Hardy, Reby Sky, Rhino, Luke Hawx, Balls Mahoney, Devon Storm, Blue Meanie, Papadon, Facade, BLK Oout and Rich Ortiz.
--DDP's talk show in the U.K. schedule is
3/2 in London at the Leicester Square Theater
3/3 in Cardiff at The Glee Club
3/4 in Birmingham at The Glee Club
3/5 in Manchester at The Comedy Store
3/6 in Glasgow at The Garage
3/9 in Belfast at the Empire Music Hall
--Vitali Klitschko has vacated his WBC heavyweight title after five years. The 42-year-old Klitschko appears to be retiring due to working with political unrest in The Ukraine, where he is from. It appears he has retired, but was promised a shot at the title if he wants to return.
--New South Wrestling on 1/4 in Clarksville, TN is doing a Wounded Warrior Project benefit show with a Battle Royal plus Ali Shabazz, a Fort Campbell soldier, facing Chris Michaels.
--CWE on Saturday night in Selkirk, MB: Red Thunder b Mr. Inkredible, Heavy Metal b A.J. Sanchez, Dick Blood b Syko, Darren Dalton b Super Friends, Jess Youngblood b Blake Broadway-DQ, Danny Duggan b Camikaze, Robby Royce b Rex Roberts, Jon Cutler & Matt Fairline b Anderson Tyson Moore & Moses Luke, Rhyno b Tyler Colton
--CWE from yesterday in Beausejour, MB: Anderson Tyson Moore b Jess Youngblood, Rex Roberts b Bobby Collins, Heavy Metal b Red Thunder, Danny Duggan & A.J. Sanchez b MAN, Darren Dalton b Camikaze, Rhyno b Moses Luke. Next show is 12/27 at Rookie's Sports Bar in Winnipeg. Next tour is 2/19 to 2/23 across Manitoba, headlined by Chris Masters/
--Interviews with both Jim Ross and Jim Cornette are in Total Wrestling magazine at www.twmag.co.uk
--A show called Wrestling Mania takes place on 12/23 at Union Hall on Coney Island in Brooklyn. It's a monthly show of comedians and wrestlers talking about wrestling which includes comedians plus Matt Striker and Grantland writer David Shoemaker.