THURS. UPDATE: Hogan Super Bowl, Ross talks Mae Young, Flair UFC notes, Angle, White on Lesnar coming to UFC, WWE stock soars, WWE legend contract not renewed, Biggest shows upcoming



 
       
        Impact tonight on Spike TV:
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode cage match - If Angle loses, he can never go into the TNA Hall of Fame
Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson 
Sting vs. Ethan Carter III
Gail Kim vs. Madison Rayne for Knockouts title
James Storm vs. Gunner pole match with the TNA title match briefcase at stake
 
        Everything you would want to know about the WWE Network is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter on the site today.  The newsletter also looks at AAA coming to the U.S., the life and times of Mae Young and UFC Fight Pass, as well as updates on a lot of WWE deal negotiations.
       
        We look at how the WWE Network and upcoming TV rights negotiations change the entire nature of the WWE business in the lead story.  We look at the presentation of the WWE Network, comparisons with UFC Fight Pass, how they are the same, how they are different, the affect on the PPV business, how much money they are projected to profit based on different levels of subscribers, what is break even, where it will be available, both devices and what countries, and comparisons with similar things to determine how reasonable expectations are.
 
        We look at the business decision, the economics and exposure of wrestling.  We look at comparing ratings and expected purchasers.  We look at the original idea of a WWE channel from a dozen years ago and it's different changes in direction, what will and won't be on the station, a look at the different programming, shows that are being talked about.  We also look at the questions cable companies and satellite providers are faced with, the economics of UFC following suit, DirecTV's response, who cable companies found out about this, revenue splits, different fan bases being attempted to engage, the first live network TV special, advertising, how the talent is affected and what they have been told,does this change the nature and value of PPV shows and much more.
 
        We also look at AAA's attempt to break into the North American market.  We look at who is behind the project, comments from Mark Burnett, how this will differ from traditional Lucha Libre, as well as the history of AAA in the U.S. market and availability of the El Rey Network.
 
        We also look at GSP's comments regarding UFC drug testing and it being a key reason why he decided to step away from the promotion.
 
        We look at the life and times of Mae Young, both her original career and second career in WWE, how the women she wrestled with viewed it, how she was viewed as a wrestler during her prime.
       
        We also look at Daniel Bryan's babyface turn and the story behind it, where the Yes chants come from, when they were first acknowledged, Bryan's concussion and notes on it, Ultimate Warrior in Hall of Fame and the background on him and his career, as well as what led to his issues with Vince McMahon.  We have an update on Hulk Hogan's return to WWE, how long the Batista deal has been in the works, as well as updates on several more major stars regarding talks for WrestleMania.
 
        We also have ticket sale updates for Mania, Ric Flair update and his being at UFC, notes on Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, Dolph Ziggler, Bruno Sammartino, WWE stock, Stephanie McMahon selling stock, the Ryback/Titus O'Neil story, Paul Heyman DVD, update on Jake Roberts, preparing for a WWE tryout, WWE star in a movie, plus business notes from the past week and highlights from all the weekend house shows.
 
        We also look at UFC's first offering on Fight Pass, and how it did, as well as who showed potential.
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows.

        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.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Notes on the El Dandy retirement tour
 
--The latest from Arena Mexico
 
--The best older wrestler in the world and perhaps the greatest Mexican wrestler ever
 
--A look at AAA first few TV tapings of the year
 
--Indie names AAA is after
 
--Dragon Gate's first major matches of the year
 
--Dragon Gate's big show schedule for the next eight months
 
--Tokyo Dome rating
 
--New Japan talks running in the U.S. i 2014
 
--A look at the first Fantastica Mania show
 
--More on the recent arm wrestling TV show in Japan that featured wrestlers, MMA fighters and other athletes
 
--Father-and-son team sells out Korakuen Hall
 
--Matt Morgan retirement of sorts
 
--Evolve's big weekend
 
--Wrestling museum nearly floods
 
--WWE stars appear at WWC's first big shows of the year
 
--Update on Roderick Strong
 
--Update on Jeff Jarrett
 
--More on Toby Keith's negotiations to buy TNA
 
--Original plans for A.J. Styles
 
--Jesse Sorensen talks his departure from TNA
 
--The role on John Gabruck in TNA
 
--TNA releases
 
--Notes on TNA house shows
 
--More on UFC 168 PPV numbers and what they say
 
--Anderson Silva says he wants to return and talks about his condition
 
--Keith Kizer leaves his post as Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission
 
--Death of Mauricio Zingano
 
--Jones vs. Teixeira fight time and place and more on the fight
 
--Update on Dominick Cruz
 
--How tickets are selling for every upcoming UFC event
 
--UFC 171 PPV card
 
--More on Matt Brown getting into trouble for comments on women's fighting
 
--Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva notes
 
--Promotion of UFC 170
 
--Dan Henderson's contractual situation
 
--Bigfoot Silva update
 
--UFC fighter wants to take time off
 
--UFC pushes for fans to mobilize against state government law
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--A look at Bellator's next season events
 
--Bellator title match causes controversy
 
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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
 
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
 
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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
 
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
 
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
 
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*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
 
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
 
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
 
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
 
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--I'm looking for any info on contacting Jeff Leen, who authored the "Queen of the Ring" book.
 
--Fox Sports Live last night, advertised around Dana White addressing Georges St-Pierre, did 259,000 viewers, the most watched Wednesday show in the history of the nightly show.  
 
--Jim Ross talks Mae Young, who he knew well, at www.jrsbarbq.com 
 
--Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards were at the TNA tapings and I believe were already in a segment taped thus far.

--Hulk Hogan is filming a Super Bowl commercial today.  
 
--Daisuke Sekimoto suffered another knee injury and is out of this weekend's shows in Europe, for EWA, wXw and IPW U.K.  Prince Devitt will replace him on 1/19 in Tonbridge, Kent against Dave Mastiff.  Some tickets remain for the show, which also includes Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr.  Hero will be at a preshow meet and greet.  Devitt and Hero will be available after the show to those with VIP tickets. (thanks to Martin Bentlley)
 
--From live reports at last night's UFC show
*Herschel Walker and Ric Flair were the two big celebrities there to those live, bigger than Shaquille O'Neal.  Walker was very nice, taking photos with everyone.  Flair was kept away from fans.  The two sat together and all the fighters and staff seemed really excited both were there.  Flair loved the show and was hanging around with the fighters at the hotel the last few nights.
*Fans were whooing, very audibly, throughout the show, during almost every match.  They were going crazy for Walker until Fair arrived.
 
--For those asking why Flair was there, it's because girlfriend Wendy Barlow lives in Atlanta and he splits time between Central Florida (where daughter Ashley is training) and Atlanta.
 
--WWE 2014 Hall of Fame tickets were going very quickly today.
 
--Kurt Angle talks about his favorite cities to wrestle in, favorite matches and more at http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-places-wrestle/
 
--WWE is releasing Ultimate Warrior merchandise as part of their new deal with him that is more extensive than a usual legends contract.
 
--Dana White on Brock Lesnar coming back:  "Do we talk?  Yeah, me and Brock talk.  I said recently (Brock) said he had some regrets with MMA because he wasn't healthy, because he was going through those stomach problems the whole time he was here.  So he has regrets.  He told me he thinks a Brock Lesnar who was 100 percent could have done much better.  I told him, `you're out of your fucking mind.  You came in here with one fight, and you became heavyweight champion."
 
--White also said that Lesnar fighting again in UFC is "definitely a possibility."

- Myself, Josh Nason, Todd Martin, Oliver Copp, Mike Sawyer, John Pollock, and Front Row Brian were all 4-1 in the UFC picks from Wednesday night, all missing on Lorenz Larkin. Mike Sempervive and Steve Juon were both 3-2, and Lance Storm was 2-3.
 
--Brock Lesnar will be on the February Raw show in Los Angeles.
 
--WWE stock closed today at $19.00 a share.  That's the highest in ten years.  It should stay strong at least until the new TV deal is signed. 
 
--Mick Foley posted that his WWE contract expires soon.  Since Saturday Morning Slam was canceled, they are not going to renew him, but have a handshake deal to use him on a case-by-case basis.  He said the difference is that his own projects are now the priorities where as before his own projects had to be worked around whatever WWE wanted him to do.  He said he still wants to do a WWE produced live show on the network for the 15th anniversary of the release of Have a Nice Day, which comes up soon.  Foley's announcement is at https://www.facebook.com/RealMickFoley/posts/760297597333714      
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY
1963 - Dory Funk Jr. beat Gene Kiniski in Amarillo to win the North American title
1967 - Fritz Von Erich beat Joe Blanchard to win the Texas title in Fort Worth
1967 - John & Chris Tolos beat Don Leo Jonathan & Domenic DeNucci to win both the world and Canadian tag team titles in Vancouver
1968 - Paul DeMarco & Lorenzo Parente beat Ron & Terry Garvin to win the world tag team titles in Tampa
1968 - Bert Royal beat Peter Preston in Blackburn to win the British mid-heavyweight title
1970 - Domenic DeNucci beat Curtis Iaukea in Sydney to win the IWA title
1970 - On Battle Royal night in Los Angeles at the Olympic Auditorium, Rocky Johnson won the Battle Royal, beat the Great Kojika to win the Americas' title, and Fred Blassie & Don Carson beat Pepe Lopez & El Medico to win the Americas tag team titles
1976 - Gilles Poisson beat Cowboy Frankie Laine in Calgary to win the North American title
1981 - Steve O beat Kevin Sullivan in Atlanta to win the National TV title
1981 - Ernie Ladd beat Jake Roberts in Shreveport to win the Louisiana title
1982 - Jack & Jerry Brisco won the North American tag team titles from Dory Funk Jr. & Terry Funk in St Petersburg, and Ray Stevens beat Eric Embry to win the TV title
1982 - Matt Borne & Rip Oliver beat Rocky Johnson & Iceman King Parsons to win the Pacific Northwest tag team title
1983 - The Grapplers, Len Denton & Tony Anthony, beat Ken Lucas & Ricky Morton  to win the Southwest tag team titles in San Antonio
1985 - Rick Rude beat Pez Whatley in Tampa to win the Southern title
1985 - Ted DiBiase beat Brad Armstrong in Shreveport to win the North American title
1986 - Candi Devine beat Sherri Martel in Winnipeg to win the AWA women's title
1987 - Kevin Sullivan beat Lex Luger in Daytona Beach to win the Southern title
1988 - Kendo Nagasaki & Mr. Pogo beat Invaders I & III to win the world tag team titles in Guaynabo, PR
1992 - Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton beat Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes to win the WCW tag titles in a 2/3 fall match in Jacksonville
2000 - Chris Benoit beat Sid Vicious to win the vacant WCW title in Cincinnati.  Benoit quit the promotion the next day.
2005 - Rob Conway & Sylvain Grenier beat William Regal & Jonathan Coachman (subbing for Eugene) to win the WWE tag titles at a house show in Winnipeg
2005 - Chris Harris & James Storm beat Bobby Roode & Eric Young to win the NWA tag titles at Final Resolution in Orlando
2009 - La Sombra & Volador Jr. beat Averno & Mephisto in Mexico City to win the CMLL tag titles
 
--A seven minute MMA documentary that was part of the International Documentary Challenge is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Lqggp4gig
 
--Sue Parsons, the star of the documentary "Lovestruck:  Wrestling's No. 1 fan," now 62, suffered a broken pelvis, broken ribs and tissue damage in 2012, and suffered a lifelong limp, which saved her life.  On Sunday night, she was walking behind her husband, limping, when he was killed in a horrific crash that also killed two other people.  I remember meeting Sue Parsons, then Sue Chuter, a longtime subscriber, at a pro wrestling event at the Tokyo Dome in the 90s. (thanks to Leigh Flanigan)
 
--An interview with Austin Aries is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Oap0CjcdY  
 
--John Cena was on "Watch What Happens Live" on Brazo last night.  He was asked about Nikki Bella.  Not breaking kayfabe (Total Divas ended with them in a supposed relationship stalemate) he said that the relationship is complicated but he loves her but they have issues to work out.
 
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 2/7 in Cleveland at Turners Hall with Michael Elgin vs. Drake Younger and Louis Lyndon vs. Johnny Gargano, as well as Davey Richards vs. Bobby Beverly.
 
IF YOU HAVE EVER PURCHASED A NEW JAPAN IPPV, DID YOU GET THE TOKYO DOME SHOW?
Yes 60.3%
No, timing conflict 25.9%
It was the first time I ever bought a New Japan show, liked it 6.9%
Have ordered in the past, didn't like it 5.2%
Skipped because of the lineup 1.7%
Watched for the first time, didn't like it 0.0%
 
WHICH SHOW DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
Royal Rumble 72.1%
UFC 170 Rousey vs. McMann 12.0%
New Japan 2/9 Tanahashi vs. Nakamura 5.5%
UFC 169 Faber vs. Barao 4.8%
New Japan 2/11 Okada vs. Goto 3.1%
UFC Rockhold vs. Philippou 1.7%
New Japan's Saturday Fantastica Mania 0.7%
 
WHICH SHOW THIS WEEK DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
UFC Rockhold vs. Philippou 55.1%
New Japan Saturday Fantastica Mania 26.4%
New Japan's first Fantastica Mania 13.0%
World Series of fighting 5.6%
 
IF YOU WERE SPIKE TV, WOULD YOU?
Bid heavily for Raw & Smackdown, drop TNA 50.2%
Bid heavily for only Smackdown 19.6%
Switch to Jarrett 19.6%
Keep TNA 10.7%
 
WHO WILL HOLD THE UFC TITLE THE LONGEST FROM THIS DAY?
Ronda Rousey 39.3%
Jon Jones 19.0%
Cain Velasquez 17.8%
Jose Aldo 7.8%
Renan Barao 7.5%
Chris Weidman 6.8%
Anthony Pettis 2.0%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 94.0%
New Age Outlaws 3.0%
C.M. Punk 2.0%
Randy Orton 1.0%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 23.4%
Good 50.2%
Average 14.7%
Fair 5.2%
Poor 6.5%
        8.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--CMLL Monday night in Puebla:  Inquisidor & Disturbio b Meyer & Black Tiger Sr., Fuerza Chicana & Espiritu Maligno & Canelo Casas b Flyer & Tigre Rojo Jr. & Super Camaleon, Delta & Triton & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Puma & Tiger & Misterioso Jr.-DQ, Polvora & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Pierroth b Valiente & Brazo de Plata & Blue Panther, Mr. Niebla & El Terrible & Rey Bucanero b Atlantis & La Mascara & Shocker
 
--CMLL Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Rafaga b Leo, Hooligan & Rebelde & Hechicero b Starman & Star Jr. & Dragon Lee II, Silueta & Estrellita & Dark Angel b Tiffany & Amapola & Princesa Blanca, Virus & Felino & Gran Guerrero b Triton & Smaker & Gallo, Atlantis & Shocker & Diamante Azul b Mr. Niebla & El Terrible & Rey Bucanero-DQ
 
--A look at the September 22, 1980 show in Madison Square Garden with Bob Backlund vs. Harley Race and Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan is at http://placetobenation.com/titans-of-wrestling-18-wwf-at-msg-september-1980/ 
 
--There will be an event in Oshawa, ONT at the General Motors Centre from 1-5 p.m. a they will attempt to set a thumb wrestling world record in order for the arena to get a WWE live event.  The old record was 957 people in a continuous chain for five minutes.  They want people to come in, dress as their favorite wrestler or bring signs with them to tell them WWE should return to the market.
 
 
--Iron Sheik alarm clock at http://bit.ly/ironsheik     
 
--Chaotic Wrestling on Friday night in Woburn, MA at the Elks Lodge with Mark Shuman vs. MPG vs. Biff Busick.  Slyck Wagner Brown, Matt Taven and Tommaso Ciampa are also on the show. 
 
--Extreme Rising on 2/8 in Pittsburgh at the Irish Centre at 7 p.m. with Stevie Richards vs. Sabu for the world title, Rhino vs. Devon Storm in a falls count anywhere match, Luke Hawx vs. Rich Ortiz, Jay Bradley vs. Papadon, Facade vs. Matt Cross, BLK OUT vs. Dan Maff & Monsta Mack and Balls Mahoney.  If you purchase a ticket in the first three rows now you can get 2 free DVDs as well as admission into a preshow Q&A.  This offer expires Saturday at www.extremetixs.com
 
--Bellator announced on 3/21 in Wichita at the Kansas Star Arena:
Attila Vegh (29-4) vs. Emmanuel Newton (22-7) for the light heavyweight title
Lightweight tournament first round:
David Rickels (15-2) vs. Patricky Pitbull Freire (11-5)
Marcin Held (16-3) vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro (14-2)
Terry Etim (16-5) vs. Derek Anderson (10-0)
Brandon Girtz (10-3) vs. Derek Campos (13-3)
 
 
 
 

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