MON. UPDATE: Raw preview, Rebney rips UFC, UFC star announces retirement, Watts at Mid South fan fest, Angle on UK TV, Former WWE Diva on webisode, Matt Hardy, Best TV of week



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        We're looking for live reports on Raw tonight from Dayton, which is the go-home show for Royal Rumble, making it among the most important TV shows of the year.  We're looking for Superstars and dark match results, crowd notes, and any other highlights that wouldn't be evident from watching the live show.
 
        Dave Bautista returns to tonight's show, likely to confront Alberto Del Rio.  The Randy Orton/HHH & Stephanie confrontation that has been teased for weeks is expected.  One or two more undercard matches for the Rumble PPV are expected to be announced, as well as some sort of a face-off between Brock Lesnar and Big Show.
 
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*TNA house show from Albany, GA on Sunday
*WWE Team Punk show in Hammond, IN from Saturday
*TNA house show in Dothan, AL from Saturday
*TNA house show from Mobile, AL from Friday
 
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Grand Rapids, MI.
 
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         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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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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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, talking Raw, Bellator's announcements, Chris Leben and more.  You can send e-mail questions to the show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--I've got a bunch of stories up today on MMA fighting including
 
--The star of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Chris Leben, 33, announced his retirement on the MMA Hour earlier today.   
 
--Mick Foley has the following shows this week:
Wednesday he will be in Royal Oak, MI at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle at 8 p.m.   Thursday he will be in Toledo at Funny Bone.  Friday he will be in Kalamazoo at Wings Stadium at 7 p.m.
 
--This is interesting.  Luis Urive, will be wrestling on 2/1 in Mexico City (his first match since his WWE contract expired) under the name Sin Cara.
 
--Cowboy Bill Watts has been added to the Mid South Wrestling Legends Fan Fest on 4/4 in Chalmette, LA at the Sigur Centre on WrestleMania weekend.  Watts joins former Mid South stars including the Rock & Roll Express, Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey, Mr. Olympia, Bill Dundee, Mr. Wrestling II, Danny Hodge, Kamala and Dark Journey. 
 
--Regarding stories today of Jesse Neal retiring.  Neal doesn't want to travel because he now has a family, but will still wrestle on shows in Orlando (he's booked for I Believe in Wrestling on 2/8) and would take dates that pay well, but he's cutting back on his wrestling. (thanks to Al Haft) 
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1937 - Sandor Szabo beat Billy Hanson to win the Pacific Coast title in Oakland
1955 - Al & Tiny Mills beat Whipper Billy Watson & Paul Baillargeon in Toronto to win the Canadian Open tag team title
1959 - Killer Joe Christie beat Pepper Gomez in Dallas to win the Texas title
1961 - Pepper Gomez & Hogan Wharton beat Jet & Sputnik Monroe in Houston to win the Texas tag team title and Don Manoukian beat Ciclon Negro to win the Texas title
1962 - Fritz Von Goering beat Billy White Wolf to win the Pacific Northwest title
1964 - Don Leo Jonathan & Kinji Shibuya beat Dory Funk Jr. & Dory Funk Sr. in Vancouver to win the Canadian Open tag team title
1966 - Albert Wall beat Billy Joyce in Nottingham to win the British heavyweight title
1968 - Killer Karl Kox beat Mario Milano to win the IWA title
1970 - Kinji Shibuya & Mitsu Arakawa beat King Curtis Iaukea & Buddy Austin in Sydney to win the IWA tag titles 
1972 - Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel beat Red Bastien & The Crusher in Denver to win the AWA tag title
1973 - Earl Maynard beat Ripper Collins to win the Beat the Champ title in Hollywood, CA
1975 - Stomper Guy Mitchell beat Gene Kiniski in  Vancouver to win the Pacific Coast title
1976 - Lanny & Randy Poffo (Savage) beat the original British Bulldogs (Jonathan Foley & Edward Heath) in Mobile to win the Gulf Coast tag team titles
1978 - Jose Estrada beat Tony Garea in Uniondale, NY to become the first WWF junior heavyweight champion
1978 - Great Kusatsu & Animal Hamaguchi beat Afa & Sika to win the IWA tag titles
1979 - Thor the Viking (Scott Irwin) beat Terry Funk in St. Petersburg to win the Southern title
1980 - Raul Mata beat Alfonso Dantes to win the NWA world light heavyweight title 
1981 - Brad Armstrong won a tournament for the vacant Southeastern title in Mobile
1984 - Killer Khan beat Archie Gouldie in Calgary to win the North American title
1987 - Badnews Allen beat Ron Simmons in Tampa to win the Florida title
1987 - Mike Davis & Tommy Lane beat Jeff Jarrett & Billy Travis in Memphis to win the Southern tag team titles
1989 - Jerry Lawler was stripped of the AWA title when he refused to wrestle for the promotion any longer
1989 - Joe Malenko beat Masa Fuchi in Fukuoka to win the All Japan jr. title
1996 - Pierroth beat the original La Parka to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title in Mexicali 
1997 - Mitsuharu Misawa beat Toshiaki Kawada in Osaka to win the Triple Crown
1997 - Tomoko Watanabe & Kumiko Maekawa beat Manami Toyota & Mima Shimoda to win the WWWA tag titles on the same show Kyoko Inoue beat Takako Inoue to unify the WWWA & IWA world titles
2002 - Cibernetico beat Canek in Salamanca to win the UWA heavyweight title 
2002 - William Regal beat Edge in Atlanta to win the IC title
2007 - Super Delfin beat Hajime Ohara in Osaka to win the UWA welterweight title
 
--The WWE was shooting today for a NoH8 campaign.
 
--Kurt Angle will be on Sunday Brunch on Ch. 4 in the U.K. on Sunday morning promoting the TNA tour.
 
--Big Time Wrestling on 1/24 in Newark, CA at the Pavilion has a 16 man Battle Royal for the Roy Shire Battle Royal trophy.  Appearing on the show are Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, facing the Ballard Brothers.
 
--IPW UK from yesterday in Tonbrige, Kent, England:  James Davis b Lance Lawrence, Darrell Allen b Martin Kirby in the British national title tournament, Jonny Storm over Mark Haskins & Marty Scurll, Rampage Brown b Kris Travis, Danny Garnell b Jonathan Windsor, Dave Mastiff b Prince Devitt, Paul Robinson b Mexican Eagle, James Davis & Rob Lynch b Darrell Allen & RJ Singh, Zack Sabre Jr b Chris Hero.  Devitt wore the same body paint on this show that he did at the Tokyo Dome.  Sabre vs. Hero was a British style match.  Next show is 4/27 with  a 30 man Battle Royal at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge. (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--Rockstar Spud appears 2/16 for Paid Promotions at the Globe Arena in Morecambe, Lancashire. 
 
--Lance Storm talks Ultimate Warrior, Dave Bautista and Emma at http://www.stormwrestling.com/011914.html
 
--The Hardcore Justice PPV taped in Lowell, MA on 12/29 has already aired in the U.K., (it airs on 2/7 in the U.S.) and apparently it visually looked way better than the recent PPVs out of Orlando.  (thanks to Emerson Witner) 
 
--Jeff Cobb did the move I described in yesterday's update in his Saturday night match on Fresno'x Lucha Xtreme TV show on Will The Beast, who is a very heavy guy, doing a short Kamala gimmick.
 
--Barbie Blank (Kelly Kelly) stars in Headshots and Handcuffs, a webisode on Will Farrell's Funny or Die web site at http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/cb65e7f6cc/headshots-handcuffs-season-1-episode-3 
or at
 
--Superstar Billy Graham, Jimmy Valiant and Lanny Poffo are scheduled as guests on Wednesday night for a Scott Epstein tribute show on Evan Ginzberg's Legends radio at www.legendsradio.net
 
--NWA Championship Wrestling International from Sunday in Oregon, OH:  Austin Manix b Mikey Smalls, Terror Khan & Mustafa Mohammed b Louie Perez & Jacob Brawn, Kris Korvis b Andrew Lee, Dave Duponte b Lenzo Ravell, D-Ray 3000 & Will Studd b Owen Travers & Danny Shea, Brian Castle & Mr. Happy b Grizzly House Jones & Kris Korvis, Lou Marconi b Trey Miguel, Sebastian Rose b Chuck Wagon, Great Akuma b Malice, N8 Mattson & Benny Boone DDQ Krimson & Warchild, Nitro b Rhino-DQ (thanks to Leonard Brand)
 
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara:  Metero b Relampago Azul, Virgo & William Rock b Acertijo & Angel Del Mal, Rafaga b Leon Blanco, Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Leo & Halcon de Plata, Gallo b Arkangel de la Muerte-DQ to retain the FULL Chilean title, Dragon Rojo Jr. & Olimpico & Misterioso Jr. b La Mascara & Sagrado & Diamante Azul
 
--Toryumon has a TV taping on Sunday in Mexico City headlined by Blue Panther & Magnus (not the TNA wrestler) & Ultimo Dragon vs. Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero & Rey Bucanero (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling has a meet, greet and eat dinner with Matt Hardy on 5/24 in Las Vegas.  There will be 20 people max for a four course dinner at an Italian restaurant, a Q&A after dinner and photo op for $100.  For more info you can e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Mike Brown, the former WEC featherweight champion, will be doing a meet and greet, presumably without a Lucha mask, aat the 2/8 NEF show in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.  Brown was a state high school wrestling champion in Maine back in 1992 before going into MMA.
 
--Metamoris submission grappling on 3/29 at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles (only 700 tickets available) and iPPV has Eddie Bravo vs. Royler Gracie, Rafael Mendes vs. Clark Gracie, Keenan Cornelius vs. Vinny Magalhaes, Dean Lister vs. Renato Babalu Sobral, Gui Mendes vs. Samir Chantre and Zak Maxwell vs. Sean Roberts.
 
--NWA Florida Underground Wrestling on 1/25 in Tampa at the Doubletree Hotel featuring Bushwhacker Luke Williams and a main event of Matt Morgan vs. Michael Tarver.   
 
--Baja Stars promotion from Friday night in Tijuana:  Silver Star b Animal, Mazambula & Shamu b Pancho Cachondo & Super Xolo, Aero Boy & Violento Jack b Arandu & TJ Boy, El Satanico b Dandy (fans threw money in the ring, Dandy's Tijuana retirement match), L.A. Park & Super Parka b Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000-DQ
 
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 2/1 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Center with Jeff Connelly & Shane Andrews vs. Shawn Shultz & Sigmon.  
 
--Austin Aries interview is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6Oap0CjcdY
 
--There will be an autograph and photo session with Al Snow and Carlito on 1/25 at 5 p.m. at the MWF Studios at 360 Main St. in Melrose, MA.  For more info go to BostonWrestling.com
 
--New Age Old Tyme Wrestling from yesterday in Hadley, MA before 200 fans:  Matt Wysocki b Chris Students, Mickey Webb b Jeremy Leary, Toxis b Davianne, Tomahawk b Wulfgar, Tapu b Sam Moure, Alex Cypher b Brad Hollister, Antonio Thomas b Marshall McNeill, A.J. Cruise b Scott Slade, Purists b Monarchy
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW
Excellent 18.9%
Good 64.9%
Average 0.0%
Fair 2.7%
Poor 13.5%
        47.9% of those responding didn't see the show
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S WSOF TV SHOW
Excellent 11.5%
Good 57.7%
Average 11.5%
Fair 11.5%
Poor 7.7%
        61.2% of those responding didn't see the show
 
BEST TV SHOW OF THE WEEK
Raw 55.8%
ROH 12.4%
Impact 11.6%
UFC on FS 1 111.6%
WSOF 3.9%
Inside MMA 1.6%
Countdown to the Octagon 1.6%
MFC 1.6%
 
--Supreme Pro Wrestling from last night in Sacramento:  Adam Thornstowe b Chupacabra, Corvus & Mike Truex b Dejon Brown & Dominic Simon, Jeckles b Drake Frost, Sir Samurai & Jeff Cobb b Mustafa Saed & Joe DeSoul, J.D. Bishop & Flaco Loco b T-Lo & Kurai Hime and John Redito & Sione Fanu and Dusty Grimes & Scoot Robinson, Michael Hayashi over Ryan McQueen, Dexter St. Jock, Marcus Lewis and Leon Ikusa, Daniel Torch & Virgil Flynn b Clay Kurz & Bobby Hart-dq, Drake Younger b Sal Thomaselli to win the SPW title (thanks to Mike Millerick)   
 
--Homicide is out of the 2/8 Extreme Rising show in Pittsburgh due to a foot injury.  Sabu will be facing Stevie Richards in the main event on that show.  Jay Bradley, just released by TNA, will be a regular for this group.  Takaaki Watanabe of New Japan Pro Wrestling debuts on the 3/1 show at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia against Papadon, which also includes Sabu vs. Damian 666, Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney vs. 2 Tuff Tony & Matt Tremont and BLK Out vs. Hit Squad.

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