Tuesday, 18 February 2014 12:01
We're also looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown tapings in Colorado Springs with Christian vs. Sheamus as the announced main event.
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's TNA show in Abilene, TX.
-- Just a note that aside from the new Wrestling Observer Radio, which is up right now, we won't be having any new shows up on the site today, but will be back with a vengeance on our normal schedule tomorrow.
-- WWE will release its fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday. Going to be a very interesting conference call just days before the launch of the Network. I'm sure this will be asked about as well: WWE's exclusive negotiating period with NBCU for our flagship television programs, 'Raw' and 'SmackDown,' has now expired. While we were unable to reach an agreement with NBCU during this period, we have certainly appreciated our long and productive partnership. With year-round, live programming that is highly coveted by programmers, distributors and advertisers, we are extremely excited about our future. We look forward to engaging with potential partners who recognize the value of having the #1 show on cable and live content delivered 52 weeks a year.
-- Ronda Rousey x Sara McMann promo for their fight here.
-- Regarding the lack of promotion of the Network on Raw last night, they are planning to do a heavy pitch at Elimination Chamber. Why they chose the PPV, especially since there will be satellite carriers not airing it, and not the show that will draw four-plus million viewers is beyond me.
-- After the show ended, everyone hit a finish on Dean Ambrose, including Cesaro swinging him about 100 times.
-- Sheamus vs. Christian headlines tonight's Smackdown tapings.
-- A story on WrestleMania in the Independent here.
-- All the details on ROH's HonorCon this weekend: Are you ready for #HONORCON? Ring of Honor is celebrating its 12th Anniversary with an interactive fan convention and admission is FREE! On February 22nd from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, the stars of ROH will gather to spend the day with you at the National Guard Armory. There will be lots of ROH athletes signing autographs and doing exclusive Q&A sessions. Ever want to stand in the ROH entranceway just like "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin or World Champion Adam Cole? We will have a special photo opportunity for you to step into their shoes! We we also present an ARM WRESTLING TOURNAMENT between some of the stars of ROH. For collectors, you will have the opportunity to buy rare, one-of-a-kind items and a wide variety of Ring of Honor merchandise, including limited edition apparel. Finally, you have to be there LIVE to witness a huge announcement from Ring of Honor! Admission is free! But if you want to get the most out of your #HonorCon experience, check out the #HonorCon VIP wristband. With the VIP Pass, you pay one price and don't have to worry about purchasing individual autographs.The #HonorCon Band, a $120 value, will allow you to receive an autograph from every ROH star that is signing, as well as to participate in any special photo opportunities. Buy in advance to save! Also, only #HonorCon VIPs will receive a FREE #HonorCon T-Shirt sponsored byBarbershop Window! #HonorCon Bands are available for purchase now by clicking HERE for just $59.99 (over a $120 value). HOURS AND LOCATION: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Pennsylvania National Guard Armory; 2700 Southampton Road; Philadelphia, PA 19154; Admission is FREE!!!! The special announcement is at 3:00 PM.
-- I don't know what it is, but was told the announcement is really cool and will not disappoint.
-- Ronda Rousey will be on the Pete Holmes show a week from tonight.
-- 2K today announced Levi McIntire of West Portsmouth, Ohio as the winner of the WWE® 2K14 WrestleMania 30 contest. The winning screenshot entry, chosen by the WWE Games community and featuring a fantasy WrestleMania 30 matchup between WWE Superstars Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, provided McIntire with an all-expense-paid trip for two to the pop culture extravaganza of the year, WrestleMania 30, scheduled for Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The screenshot is available for viewing at wwe.2k.com/WM30Moment/.
-- Should be noted that the winning screenshot, as voted by fans, was Randy Orton RKO'ing Daniel Bryan off a ladder through tables.
-- Q&A with Prince Devitt here.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1978 - WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham defeated Bruno Sammartino in a steel cage match in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1984 - Brad Armstrong defeated Ted DiBiase in Atlanta, Georgia to win the Georgia National Title. Armstrong was wrestling under a mask as "Mr. R". DiBiase thought it was Tommy Rich under the mask as Rich had been wrestling as Mr. R in previous weeks. DiBiase was rolled up and pinned by Armstrong after DiBiase pulled off the mask and realized it wasn't Rich.
1985 - One of the most famous matches in WWF history, "The War To Settle The Score" between WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper took place in Madison Square Garden. At the same event, Lelani Kai defeated Wendi Richter to win the WWF Women's Title.
1993 - Kerry Von Erich committed suicide with a handgun on his father's ranch in Texas.
1995 - "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert died of a heart attack at the age of 33 in his apartment in Puerto Rico
1996 - Johnny B. Badd defeated Lex Luger in Norfolk, Virginia to win the WCW World Television Title
1996 - At the Louisville Gardens in Kentucky, WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart defeated Diesel in a steel cage match when Hart escaped the cage as Undertaker came up through the canvas and pulled Diesel into the hole.
-- Lenny, who has been doing a good job covering this story, writes: I just wanted to give you an update on HB 2573, the bill requiring the department of licensing to conduct a review of the need for regulation of theatrical wrestling events in Washington State. The bill passed the House late last night 82-14, which is pretty encouraging. It goes to the Senate next. No word on a hearing date yet.
-- Have heard nothing but good reviews of John Cena on the Steve Austin podcast.
-- Speaking of podcasts, and Steve Austin, Jim Ross' podcast kicks off tomorrow at PodcastOne with Austin as guest.
-- On April 5, 2013 in Amherst, Virginia, the North American Catch Wrestling Association will be hosting their Regional Qualifier submission wrestling tournament, the Virginia Shooter's Challenge will take place at Amherst County High School 139 Lancer Lane Amherst, VA 24521. This tournament will be held under traditional American catch wrestling rules, where you can win by submission or pin. There are no points, no politics, and no sandbagging. Grapplers of all styles, organizations, and levels of experience are welcome. Early and online registration is only $40, whereas door registration will cost $60. Registration covers both weight division and absolute division, and will end at 12 midnight EDT, March 28, 2014. Registration forms, rules, and regulations can be found on NACWA’s website, at http://NACWA.weebly.com.
-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW?
60.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SATURDAY'S UFC SHOW?
35.8% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WOULD YOU BE MOST INTERESTED IN SEEING NEXT CHALLENGE FOR THE MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE?
Jacare Souza 54.1%
Lyoto Machida 45.9%
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
UFC Machida vs. Mousasi 5.4%
Main Event 3.2%
Inside MMA 1.6%
Ultimate Fighter 0.6%
UFC Tonight 0.4%
-- With a stacked main card already in place that includes two championship contests, World Series of Fighting 9's full lineup is now complete with the addition of six preliminary bouts. The intriguing contests include no less than 10 of Las Vegas' finest mixed martial artists, as the "Fight Capital of the World" will be well represented on the card. The new matchups include featherweights Chris "Gritz" Gruetzemacher (11-1) vs. John "Guns" Gunderson (34-15), bantamweights Sean Cantor (1-0) vs. Bryson Hansen (6-1), welterweights "Filthy" Phil Dace (9-4) vs. Danny "Dee1" Davis (8-8-1), bantamweights Jimmy "Rabbit" Jones (4-2) vs. "Ruthless" Rudy Morales (2-0), lightweights Gil Guardado (2-0) vs. Jimmy Spicuzza (2-0) and debuting lightweights Tanner Cowan (0-0) vs. A.J. Williams (0-0).
-- CWE Friday February 21st- Winnipeg, MB; Location: Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall (290 Dubuc St.); Time: Doors Open 6:30pm, Bell time 7:00pm.; Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door; Advance Tickets Available at: Rudy's Video (668 Sheppard St.), Blade Hair Design (3-1341 Henderson Hwy), Video 1001 (576 Mountain Ave)
-- The Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers returns to the Rockpile East Nightclub (2787A Eglinton Ave East, Scarborough, Ontario) on Sunday March 9th for WRESTLESTOCK! Door open at 3:30pm. Bell time is 4pm sharp. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are currently on sale at Rockpile East, at Silver Snail Comics (329 Yonge Street, Toronto) and online at www.wrestlersunion.ca.
-- Sat, Feb. 22 Empire Wrestling Federation - American Sports University 360. W. Court St. San Bernardino, Ca. 7:00 PM
-- Latest When We Were Bouncers blog
-- ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) has agreed to a landmark agreement with Mall of Asia Arena. The historic deal will see Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion partner up with the most iconic arena in Philippines to hold ONE FC events twice a year in Manila. Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Pasay, Philippines. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000. The Arena officially opened on June 16, 2012.