By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's Elimination Chamber show and last night's UFC 170 show, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on today's TNA show in Morgantown, WV with Magnus vs. Samoa Joe cage match for TNA title, James Storm vs. Gunner, Bro Mans vs. Wolves for tag title, Bobby Roode vs. Ken Anderson, Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky and Zema Ion vs. Eric Young.
We're also looking for reports on last night's TNA show in Beckley, WV and Friday night's show in Huntington, WV.
WWE Elimination Chamber takes place tonight in Minneapolis:
*Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Christian vs. Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro vs. John Cena Elimination Chamber for world title - On paper this should be a great match, when you look at the talent in the ring and Chamber matches usually deliver. Most expect Orton to win, but the stories will involve how Bryan and Cena are protected in defeat (provided neither wins), and if they elevate Cesaro with a strong showing before beating him
*The Shield vs. The Wyatts - The obvious betting line here is the Wyatts winning due to Shield dissension. We do know that a rematch on Raw has been talked about so even though they are not booked against each other for Mania, this doesn't look like a one-and-done.
*Alberto Del Rio vs. Dave Batista - The only finish is a fairly quick and very decisive win for Batista. But Batista as far as crowd reaction goes, has been fading fast. So has Del Rio, actually. Even though this has been pushed for weeks, it has never felt to me like a big PPV match and tonight has felt like a two match show.
*Big E vs. Jack Swagger for IC title - Just a PPV win for Big E. Hopefully it's on early and they get some time. If it's on late, it's most likely not getting over.
*New Age Outlaws vs. Usos for tag title - This could go either way, and it's another match where there has been talk of a TV rematch. If they aren't doing a title switch on PPV and are putting heels over in the top two matches (if, in fact they do that), I'd do a title change here because it doesn't matter the finish really and it's just balancing out.
*Darren Young vs. Titus O'Neil - Another one that can go either way. I see O'Neil with more singles potential, so based on that, he'd be more likely to win.
*Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Curtis Axel & Ryback preshow match at 7:30 p.m. - Axel has, in the past, gotten a good babyface reaction in Minneapolis, where his grandfather was a longtime city wrestling legend and his father was an even better wrestler.
Dragon Gate USA tonight at 7 p.m. from the Brooklyn Lyceum with this new lineup at www.WWNlive.com
Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong for the Open the Freedom gate title
AR Fox vs. Chris Hero for Evolve title
Fire Ant vs. Jigsaw
Bravado Brothers vs. Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak for Open the United Gate tag titles
Rich Swann & Shane Strickland vs. Anthony Nese & Trent Baretta
Caleb Konley vs. Tim Donst
Yosuke Santa Maria vs. ?
Raw will be Monday in Green Bay with one of the biggest shows of the year, as Hulk Hogan returns to WWE, as does Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Plus it's the lead to the network.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped Tuesday in Milwaukee.
The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is up on the site today.
A lot of major things going on behind the scenes in pro wrestling and MMA this week and we've got the most detailed coverage. We've got a lot on the WWE negotiations for a new television deal, what WWE wants, why the ceiling for NBC Universal may not be that high, the value financially of the WWE programming to USA and Syfy, as well as the value from a ratings standpoint. We look at other suitors, as well as those who have appeared to express no interest in the product. We look at the most interesting aspect of the talks, which is that the place WWE should want to be the least may be the key to them getting the most.
We also look at the lessons of UFC this year and how they apply to WWE negotiations.
We also look at the situation with the WWE and the cable companies, including the threat of The Dish Network not carrying Elimination Chamber, how much this will cost Dish Network, it's affect on WWE, the domino theory, as well as previewing the Elimination Chamber show.
We've got a story on the wrestling career of Nelson Frazier Jr., better known as Big Daddy V, Mabel and Viscera. We look at his 21 year career in the ring, from WWE to Japan to the indies, as well as his biggest career run.
We also have more on the WWE Network, Promoting Raw, why certain things aren't being pushed, Hulk Hogan's latest legal action, a major contract set to expire, WWE 2014 Hall of Fame notes, NXT special notes, New WWE hires, Naomi's injury, top star getting WWE tryout, WWE injury updates, WWE movie updates, as well as business notes from the weekend shows and highlights.
We've got a huge Hall of Fame feature on 2013 inductee, the recently retired Kensuke Sasaki. We look at his life inside and outside the ing, what he's best known for in Japan outside of pro wrestling, his start in the business, rise to prominence, the pro wrestling scene in Japan when he was growing up, the All Japan vs. New Japan war, and how it all built to his biggest career matches.
We've got his career title history, awards as well as a look back at his biggest matches, his complete Dome record, his in and out of the ring feud with Shinya Hashimoto, his relationship with Riki Choshu, his marriage to Akira Hokuto, his tag team with Hawk, his U.S. title run in WCW and why it changed, his run to his first IWGP title win, the career of his wife, the two biggest crowds in pro wrestling history, his matches with the Steiners, his MMA fights and much more.
We also have a feature on Gilbert Melendez and his signing a provisional deal with Bellator, including exactly what this means to the business, how this changes the business, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney talking about how things have changed, will UFC counter, the back story on Melendez and Rebney's original meeting, how negotiations went down, and the Melendez'Thomson Strikeforce era.
We've also got full coverage of UFC Fight Night from Brazil, the longest show in UFC history, with all the match-by-match coverage.
We've also got notes on C.M. Punk with the Chicago Raw looming.
We've got a story on the death of Ryu Nakata and his role in Japanese wrestling over the last 35 years, the rise and fall of Pr Wrestling NOAH and the politics behind the scenes after the financial bottom fell out.
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Also in this week's issue:
--The end of a 61 year era in pro wrestling
--Several title changes in Mexico
--A look at what appears to be the direction for CMLL's first big show of the year
--Two major stars being talked with by AAA
--More on TNA's One Night Only PPV show being taped in Tokyo with the Japan vs. TNA lineups
--Rundown of All Japan's junior heavyweight tournament and final standings
--Notes on the next major All Japan show
--Talks of an interpromotional angle for early April
--New Japan business notes including advances for upcoming shows
--Notes on the champion vs. champion match at New Japan's anniversary show
--Notes on New Japan coming to the U.S.
--Update on Prince Devitt
--Rundown of the New Japan Cup tournament
--Kenta Kobashi's latest ideas
--Promotion that got killed by the injury bug
--A look at ROH's Anniversary show
--Joe Koff issues apology for an interview
--Notes on Jeff Jarrett's latest moves
--Update on Kurt Angle
--New TNA signing
--TNA business notes
--Notes on the TNA weekend house shows
--Build to UFC 170 and attempting to create a new storyline in two minutes
--What happened after Rashad Evans got hurt
--Update on Rashad Evans
--Georges St-Pierre updates on his thoughts about returning
--Dana White talks Rousey's pay
--Thoughts on UFC 170 on PPV
--White talks Rousey vs. Cyborg
--Advances for all the upcoming UFC shows
--Update on Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
--Dana White blasts Alistair Overeem and Overeem responds
--White talks the future of PPV
--Update on Anthony Pettis
--Lots of new UFC fights
--UFC suing people who illegally watch their PPVs
--Nate Quarry talks financial treatment of fighters
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back late tonight talking the Elimination Chamber show as well as WWE financials and more. You can send questions to the show to
--The WWE Network App is up on PS 3 and PS 4. Episodes of Raw and Smackdown from 2012 and 2013 are expected to be available on the WWE Network at launch.
--Steve Austin and C.M. Punk were both at the UFC show last night. Austin was in the front row and introduced to the crowd, and got the biggest pop of any celebrity. Punk was also in the front row, next to Dana White, which means White must consider him a big deal. He was not introduced, which I would guess would have been because he wouldn't have wanted to be.
--Miz, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry are the guest panel for the pre-show and during the show analysis on tonight's PPV.
--Advertised as the main event locally for Tuesday's Smackdown show in Milwaukee is Daniel Bryan & Sheamus & Batista vs. Alberto Del Rio & Kane & Bray Wyatt.
---Jim Ross is doing his first U.S. talk shows with a pair of shows this coning Saturday night at the Gramercy Theater in Manhattan, New York. Tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com
. There are also meet and greet tickets, but only for the first show as they are sold out for the second show.
--WWE was not planning on announcing Hulk Hogan's return on a Friday, since they save that for bad news. It was supposed to either be announced tonight or tomorrow, but they felt, due to TMZ announcing it (and it was hardly a secret since people in wrestling had known for a while) that their hand was forced. They weren't happy about it. They were getting so much media crawls and mentions that they felt they had to make it official.
--WWE is going to be pushing Hulk Hogan merchandise starting like yesterday.
--There is no significance to Gilbert Melendez being on ESPN all weekend talking UFC 170. ESPN hired him independently. He could very well keep his job as a UFC analyst even if he works for Bellator a the deals are separate.
--Cliff Compton didn't wrestle at last night's ROH tapings due to a concussion from the Friday night Anniversary show.
--From last night, me, Josh Nason, Todd Martin, Front Row Brian, John Pollock and Steve Juon all went 5-0. Mike Sawyer went 4-1 (picked McMann), Oliver Copp went 4-1 (picked Maia), Mike Sempervive went 4-1 (picked Robert Whittaker) and Lance Storm went 4-1 (picked Robert Whittaker). Honestly, upsets have not happened much this year.
--For last week, USA was second in cable at 2.55 million viewers in prime time to TNT at 2.88 million. TNT's big numbers were for the NBA All-Star game and other All-Star game related activities. Aside from NBA stuff, Walking Dad, Talking Dead and Good Luck Charlie, Raw beat everything else last week with spots 6, 8 and 10. In 18-49, Raw had spots 8, 9, and 10.
--A new MMA TV show called Combate Americas debuts tonight on mun2. It's a Spanish language show, aimed at that audience. It will also have Wednesday night replays after Raw on mun2, which are aimed at English language viewers. Campbell McLaren, who started UFC, is behind this project, which also includes Royce Gracie, Eddie Alvarez, and a number of Spanish language celebrities including Piolin and Daddy Yankee.
--Speaking of TV, there are a few weeks of even more craziness coming. UFC has shows every weekend, Bellator's new season debuts on Friday and will be weekly through May, Titan Fighting debuts on Friday, and Total Divas is back in three weeks on Sunday.
--For yesterday, there were more than 500,000 searches for Ronda Rousey. That's a huge number. It was second for the day behind El Chapo Guzman, the drug kingpin in Mexico who was arrested, at 1 million. That's not the number a GSP or Anderson Silva show will do, but it is above most. It was third for the last several days, also trailing the hockey coverage at the Olympics.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1979 - Mighty Inoue & Animal Hamaguchi beat Kantaro Hoshino & Kotetsu Yamamoto in Tokyo to win the IWA tag tiles
1980 - Dick Murdoch beat Jumbo Tsuruta in Kagoshima to win the United National title
1983 - Ashura Hara & Mighty Inoue beat Great Kojika & Motoshi Okuma to win the All Asia tag titles
1984 - Genichiro Tenryu beat Ricky Steamboat to win the vacant United National title (David Von Erich was champion when he passed away two weeks earlier)
1990 - WWE had a live prime time special on NBC. It was supposed to be built around Hulk Hogan vs. Randy Savage with Mike Tyson as referee. However, Tyson was knocked out by Buster Douglas so didn't appear. Douglas did instead, and after Hogan won, Douglas knocked out Savage.
1996 - Super Leather (Mike Kirchner) beat Hiskatsu Oya in Tokyo to win the FMW Brass Knux title
1996 - Gedo & Lion Do (Chris Jericho) beat Lance Storm & Yuji Yasuraoka in Sendai in a tournament final for the Int. jr. tag team title
2002 - Esther Moreno beat Lady Apache in Veracruz to win the Reina de Reinas title
2003 - Shinya Hashimoto beat Keiji Muto in Tokyo to win the Triple Crown
2005 - Cima & Naruki Doi & Shingo Takagi beat Masaaki Mochizuki & Susumu Yokosuka & Kennichiro Arai in Tokyo to win the Open the Triangle Gate title
2008 - Dr. Wagner Jr. beat Nicho (Psicosis) in Tijuana to win the WWA jr. light heavyweight title
2008 - Mistico (Sin Cara) beat Angel Blanco Jr. in Esenada to win the WWA middleweight title
--Yosuke Santa Maria is on tonight's Dragon Gate USA show from Brooklyn. He does an exotico gimmick and is an undercard highlight performer in Japan.
--Jim Ross noted in his blog at www.jrsbarbq.com
that Jerry Lawler did not pack a jacket even though it's freezing in Minneapolis. Lawler's gimmick, among many things, is he doesn't wear a jacket.
--Richard Wilson, the Renegade in WCW, passed away from suicide at 33 on this day in 1999. Sonny Myers was 53 when he passed away on this day two years ago. That's the Vancouver Sonny Myers, who took his name from the more famous Sonny Myers of Kansas City fame.
WILL WWE PPV SHOWS BEING MOVED TO THE NETWORK HELP:
Help UFC 26.0%
Help TNA 5.3%
Help Boxing 1.4%
POLL ON IMPACT
49.9% of those responding didn't see the show\
WHO SHOULD BE THIS YEAR'S HALL OF FAME MAIN EVENTER?
Ultimate Warrior 61.8%
Jake Roberts 25.2%
Scott Hall 6.8%
Mr. T 6.1%
WHAT IS THE NO. 2 PRO WRESTLING COMPANY IN THE WORLD?
New Japan Pro Wrestling 62.1%
--For the 4/27 MaskedMania show at the ECW Arena, the main matches are Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. L.A. Park, Cassandro vs. Matt Cross, Ophidian & Amasis & Green Ant vs. Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy & Papadon plus Solar, Negro Navarro, Damien 666, Bestia 666, Sabu, Luke Hawx, Blk Jeez, Ruckus, Ultimo Panda and Christina Von Eerie. Tickets are at www.MaskedMania.com
--Pro Wrestling All Stars from Friday night in Melvindale, MI: Atlas Hytower b Chase Matthews-DQ, Movado b Swat Guy, Chuck Stein b Frank Isaac Anderson, Randi West b Jackie B, Great Akuma won three-way for cruiserhardcore title over Sabu and N8Mattson, Roderick Street b Joseph Schwartz (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--I Believe in Wrestling from Friday night in Orlando: Willie Brown & Aaron Solo & Mike Young b Joey Mayberry & Kafka & Antonio Gonzalez, Tristan Keali'i & Heather Lynn b Gabriel Black & Lizzie Parris, Josh Hess d Jason Cade, Chasyn Race b Santana Garrett, Aaron Epic b Mikaze, Rhett Giddins b Russell Payne, Hercules Gomez b Lince Dorado to win the heavyweight title. Next show is 3/9. (thanks to Al Haft)
--Reader Ivan Adams noted going to Hardee's yesterday and buying a large combo pack and getting a Bellator Cup with photos of eight fighters including Rampage Jackson, pushing Bellator as being the toughest tournament in sports and Spike TV.
--BANG on 3/1 in Ocala, FL with a woman's lights out match on top with Hollywood Heather vs. Jessica Hill.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN: Jimmy Fletcher b Gator McAllister, LT Falk b Jordan Kage, Ox Harley b Mikey Watkins, Miss Rachel b Jessicka Havok, Lance Erikson b Andrew Hunter, Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful b TNT Mottley & Ali Shabbaz, Kevin Weatherby won Battle Royal (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--wXw from Wickede, Germany on Saturday: 2 Face b Robert Schild, Mike Schwarz & Toby Blunt b Kasten Back, Chris Rush b Aaron Insane, Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker b Sasa Keel & Kim Ray, Axel Deiter Jr. & Da Mack b Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham to keep the tag titles (said to be bet match), 2 Face b Chris Rush to win the tournament to get into the 16 Carat Gold tournament, John Klinger (who was on TNA this week) b Freddy Stahl. Next show is 2/28 in Hamaburg. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
--GOUGE from yesterday in Fuquay Varina, NC: Eskimo Joe b Mecha Mercenary, Otto Schwanz b Masked Magician, Seymour Snott b Timmy Lou Retton, Jake Manning b TK Stark, Krazy Killer Klowns b Pat Powers & Zebadiah Munson, Alas de Angel & Dragon Quetzal b Nilo & Chaco, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Ulrich Von Vorse. Next show is 4/3 in Raleigh at Maywood Music Hall
--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno: Wiseguy b Jesse Poole, Big Dogg b Trap Johnson, Super Tiger & Al Azar b Marcus Eriks & Elemnto (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Riot Pro Wrestling from last night in Titusville, FL: Lince Dorado & Willie Brown & Mike Young b Josh Hess & Jason Cade & Adrian Armour, Maxwell Chicago b Kafka, Gabriel Black & Joey Mayberry b Oso Panda & Aaron Solo, Santana Garrett b Lizzie Parris, Aaron Epic b Chip Day, Russell Payne b Sylar Cross, Hercules Gomez b Rhett Giddins, Lince Dorado &Aaron Epic b Tim Zbyszko & Chico Adams. Next show is 3/22.
--NWA Ark-la-Tex from Gilmer, TX last night: Nobe Bryant b Ashton Jacobs, Black Bart Jr. b Jamie Holley, Scott Putski b Killer McKenzie, Manimal b Hank James-DQ, Bree Ann b Diamond Ice, Tokyo Monster Kahagas NC Alex Porteau, Kahagus & Putski b McKenzie & Porteau (thanks to Rob Moore)
--Ultimate Championship Wrestling from yesterday in Bay City, MI: Renzo Lavelle b Diego Davinci, Brian Castle b Danny Shay, Bry Sullivan b Mr. Tennessee, Jasmine b Ingrid Isley, Jacob Hallows & Mad Dragon b Caleb Stills & Justin Mane, AustinManix NC Marty Jannetty, Marty Jannetty & Caleb Stills & Justin Mane b Austin Mannix & Jacob Hallows & Mad Dragon, Petey Williams b Great Akuma, Gavin Quinn and N8 Mattson to win the lightweight title, Legion b Dave Duponte & Pete Christie in a street fight, Rhino b Phil Atlas