THURS. UPDATE: Comcast decides on WWE PPVs, Jake Hall of Fame induction, Big MMA night tomorrow, Who is watching what the next two nights, Styles vs. Hero, Ticket demand for Monday, Ventura lawsuit



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
 
        The first live event on the WWE Network is NXT Arrival starting at 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. pregame show with Kevin Nash, Bret Hart and Paul Heyman.
*Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn 
*Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville for the NXT title
*Paige vs. Emma for the NXT title
        There will be several other matches in a show that will be produced like a two-hour long PPV show.
 
        Impact tonight in a taped show from London, England at 9 p.m.:
*Bro Mans vs. Wolves vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian for TNA tag titles
*Douglas Williams vs. Ethan Carter III
*Samoa Joe vs. Bad Bones John Klinger
*MVP vs. Bobby Roode
*Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky vs. Le'D Tapa & Alpha Female
        Kurt Angle will be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame as the feature event on the show.
 
        We've got one of the biggest issues of the year out, another double issue with in-depth notes on the WWE Network launch, full WWE annual financial figures and an analysis of what is good, what is down, what matters, what doesn't, and the whys in every category.  This is the most in-depth look at the business of WWE in the sense of the past, present and future, including a rundown of WWE business dating back to 1994.  We also have coverage of two PPVs, early notes on the business of UFC 170 and what is and isn't true about Ronda Rousey marketing and drawing.
 
        Our lead story runs down the launch of the WWE network.  We look at the problems from a technical standpoint, complaints and what was and wasn't a surprise about how things were handled.  We look at the big questions going forward, responses from WWE and MLBAM, overseas viewing, and even a look at early orders.
 
        We also look at some shocking stats about early orders and how they pertain to possible future gains in viewers down the line, both domestically and internationally.  We look at polls on viewer responses so far, their satisfaction, lack thereof, how well it's worked for them and more.  We also look at what this now seems to mean for the PPV business.
 
        We look at the first NXT special, what content advertised to be there was and wasn't there, what the weekly TV schedule will be, what old shows are up, Chris Benoit on the network, Over the Edge, why things weren't working, what PPVs are there but hard to find and what PPVs aren't there and why, expected and unexpected edits and more.
 
        We've also got full coverage of WrestleMania and how the card stands, what is being teased for the show, what stars don't have matches, as well as full coverage of the Elimination Chamber show from the Target Center in Minneapolis, with match by match coverage, poll results and star ratings.
 
        We also have the annual WWE financial look, with profits, expenses, losses, gains and losses in very aspect of the WWE's business.  We look at the movie business and changes, hidden costs, places where expenses went up, how revenue was among the best yet profits were among the worst for any year in company history.  We look at cash flow, cash on hand, the stock price and why it has started to fall, the upcoming TV deal, why the company already expects major losses for the first quarter of 2014, and when everything will be a lot more clear about the future of WWE's business and why.
 
        We look at how the changes will change the very fabric of how pro wrestling has been since its inception, and what aspects of creative will lessen greatly in importance.  We look at network subscriptions, UFC Fight Pass and its goals, , television talks, C.M. Punk, Vince McMahon talks company business, who will and won't carry PPVs going forward, why television viewership of WWE shows is guaranteed to drop, maybe in more than half by the fall, as well as social media and value.
 
        We also look at, by percentage, where WWE's revenue came from in 2013, and how it has changed over the last year.  We also chart where the revenue comes from, as well as the value of the U.K. to WWE.
 
        We look at the WWE's movie business, house show business, profits, merchandise, licensing, home video, magazine and web site business as well as an update on profits and losses of movie releases.
 
        We also look at the best selling DVDs from the year, a PPV chart covering every show over the past three years as well as an analysis of the PPV business and what lessons it tells us about what and who draws, including the value of a promo, value of a title belt, and crowd response vs. money drawing.  We look at what PPV shows were surprisingly successful, the surprising best B show performance of the year, what shows didn't do well and the No. 1 disappointment on PPV.
 
        We look at the value of the title unification match, look at TV revenue numbers, Christmas season selling,  and a year-by-year look at revenue and profits, and key factors going back 20 years.
 
        We also have more on Hulk Hogan's return to WWE, why the rating wasn't as high as it should have been, notes on developmental, WWE editing footage, Steve Austin talks backstage in WWE, how the business  is changing for characters, RVD talks WWE future, what WWE T-shirt may have a legal issue, Internet interest in various characters after the last few TV shows, what WWE stars have the most and least twitter followers, Indie stars getting WWE looks in a few weeks and latest on house show directions.
 
        We also have a feature on the retirement of Hall of Famer El Hijo del Santo.  We look at him, his famous father, his awards, his biggest feuds, the Santo name, problems with his family and with other promoters, the start of his popularity, and his biggest feuds and mask match record.  We also look at his most famous match ever in the U.S., the feud his family killed, his singles match with Rey Misterio Jr. and his final match with AAA.
 
        We also have a look at what the Gilbert Melendez deal was about, how it's a landmark deal and what is says about the future for top fighters.  We look at his schedule going forward, the lightweight division, if this hurts Bellator, the featherweight division, UFC contracts and Eddie Alvarez.
 
        We've also got coverage of UFC 170, who is Patrick Cummins, what happens next for Daniel Cormier, Sara McMann and Ronda Rousey, the controversies on the stoppages and more.
 
        We look at the business of UFC 170, the push of Rousey as UFC's biggest star and if that's true or not.  We look at the two big matches for Rousey, neither of which may ever happen, and in particular, Rousey vs. Cyborg, risks and rewards.  We look at Cyborg's latest spin on the situation and her challenge to Rousey, as well as match-by-match coverage, announced pay for all fighters and more.
 
        We also look at an interview Kurt Angle did talking about his battling drug addiction.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--The Legends honored at this year's Dos Leyendas show
 
--The biggest match ever in Mexican wrestling
 
--Former WCW wrestler health issue
 
--Title vs. title program being looked at
 
--TripleMania
 
--AAA's big show at Juan de la Barrera Gym and angles coming from it
 
--Dragon Gate USA weekend
 
--Big title matches for Dragon Gate
 
--Former Pride star and UFC fighter makes surprising pro wrestling appearance in an impromptu match
 
--More on this year's Champion Carnival tournament
 
--New Japan vs. NOAH program notes including big matches coming shortly
 
--Legendary rivals from 1990 form a tag team
 
--Notes on a Pro Wrestling NOAH big show
 
--A new match-up in New Japan being teased
 
--Prince Devitt talks WWE offer
 
--Promoter and wrestling star in trouble over serious fiscal allegations
 
--Jake Roberts update
 
--Pro wrestling legend in a national TV reality show
 
--A look at how pro wrestling podcasts are doing
 
--Canadian Olympic medalists in pro wrestling
 
--Retirement mach for a 90s star coming in April
 
--Amazing win streak in wrestling ends
 
--Big ROH weekend and a look at the New Japan tie-up
 
--Coverage of the ROH anniversary show and television taping
 
--How WWE's TV negotiations affect the smaller promotions
 
--More on Jeff Jarrett's goal to start a new promotion and what he's said
 
--Notes on TNA's PPV taping from Japan, with the complete lineup and how it came about
 
--Notes on TNA's Lockdown PPV, including what match is in jeopardy
 
--Why the TNA tag title change happened at a house show
 
--How UFC's Machida vs. Mousasi show did, and what was and wasn't misleading about the rating and what it showed
 
--Update on Thiago Silva after his arrest and being jailed
 
--Update on UFC Fight Pass
 
--A look at the next UFC show
 
--UFC new broadcast team
 
--Cult hockey player signs with UFC
 
--Tons of new UFC fights including almost a complete card for April
 
--Notes on Bellator's season opener
 
--New TV show about to air featuring former UFC legend
 
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I discuss the Nevada State Athletic Commission's ruling on banning testosterone use exemptions among fighters up on the front page.
 
--Comcast has made the decision to continue offering WWE PPVs.
 
--Odds in the Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort fight went from -200 in favor of Weidman to -375 in minutes this afternoon.

--Chael Sonnen was asked yesterday about what would happen if TRT was banned for him at http://fightnetwork.com/news/45406:chael-sonnen-bjorn-rebney-on-the-mma-report-w-john-pollock/

--DDP will be inducting Jake Roberts into the WWE Hall of Fame on 4/5.  Well, he's the right guy in this situation.  He will also be doing DDP YOGA workshops at the Holiday Inn New Orleans Westbank on 4/4 and 4/5. For more info go to http://www.ddpyogaworkships.com  
 
--Tomorrow will be a big MMA night with Bellator and WSOF both head-to-head.  Bellator airs at 9 p.m. on Spike with both Rampage Jackson and King Mo Lawal fighting.  World Series of Fighting has a taped show from Vancouver headlined by Ryan Ford vs.  Joel Powell and Steve Mocco vs. Smealinho Rama at 9:30 p.m. on NBC Spots Network.  And CBS Sports Network features Titan Fighting from Kansas City at 11:30 p.m. with Mike Ricci vs. Jorge Gurgel.
 
--Bellator and Everlast have produced a new MMA glove that will be debuting tomorrow night.  The glove has a curved striking surface that aids proper hand form, redesigned foam to maximize hand protection and additional padding to protect the thumb and pinkie from breaking, the two most common hand breaks.
 
--A.J. Styles vs. Chris Hero in ROH on 3/22 in Dayton at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.
 
--Bruno Sammartino at the Dapper Dan event in Pittsburgh at http://www.post-gazette.com/life/seen/2014/02/11/Dapper-Dan-festivities-held-at-the-David-L-Lawrence-Convention-Center/stories/201402110036

--Regarding rumors of Jim Ross being back in WWE, what happened is he was in Stamford today doing an interview for the Paul Heyman documentary, a trip in conjunction with his being in New York to promote and do his two shows on Saturday.
 
--Curiosity over C.M. Punk possibly being at Raw on Monday has caused tickets on the resale market to go up.  The prices had been weak in the sense you couldn't get more than face value for tickets, but now they are up $20 across the board.  There were 387 tickets on the secondary market. (thanks to Mike Miazga)
 
--Do not use DX catch phrases on Facebook to rub it in when breaking a confidentiality agreement in a lawsuit settlement at http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/26/3961605/daughters-facebook-boast-costs.html
 
--There is a story on http://pagesix.com/02/26/ about author Scott McEwen asking Jesse Ventura to drop his libel case against the widow of Chris Kyle.  Kyle claimed he knocked out Ventura in a bar in 2006 when Ventura was talking badly about George W. Bush.  Ventura claimed he was never punched.  Kyle was killed last year but Ventura continued his lawsuit against Kyle's widow.  The murder trial for Kyle's alleged killer is scheduled in May, the same time Ventura's case would also go to court.
 
--A show tomorrow night in Spartanburg, SC at the old Memorial Auditorium features a 6 p.m. meet and greet and 8 p.m. bell time on a show with Ric Flair, Vader, Matt Hardy, Shane Helms, Jimmy Valiant, Magnum T.A., The Patriot, Rock & Roll Express, C.W. Anderson and more.  More than 500 ringside tickets have been sold.  A story on the show is at http://www.goupstate.com/article/20140226/articles/140229830
 
--Hulk Hogan debates Roddy Piper with Gene Okerlund as the moderator on 3/21 at the Hilton University Place
in Charlotte. 
 
--An interesting note that because of all the blood, Starrcade 85 on the WWE Network is rated TV-MA.  The next two are rated TV-14. (thanks to Mark Rushford)
 
 
--We are still getting a decent amount of complaints regarding the network and things not working, but the number had dwindled greatly over the last 24 hours.  The WWE network hotline agent said the Xbox 360 will be working as of 6 p.m. Eastern tonight.  I guess we'll see. (thanks to Terry Schalk)
 
--Cage Warriors from Dublin, Ireland airs at 4 p.m. Eastern on Saturday on The Fight Network headlined by former UFC fighter John Maguire vs. Saul Rogers and Benny Alloway vs. Jack Mason.
 
--New Japan has officially announced that both the 3/6 Anniversary show from the Ota Ward Gym with Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi and the 3/23 New Japan Cup finals will be on iPPV.  Their Japanese agent is also listing the first two rounds of the New Japan Cup on 3/15 from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo and 3/23 in Nagoya as iPPV shows.  It's not yet listed on Ustream, but most likely will be.
 
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?
NXT Arrival 60.5%
TNA 28.8%
        23.9% are watching neither.
 
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING FRIDAY?
Smackdown 41.5%
Bellator 20.5%
World Series of Fighting 9.5%
Titan Fighting 5.5%
 
WHICH OF THESE FIGHTS DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN?
Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort 44.3%
Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 29.6%
Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira 22.5%
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa 3.6%
 
--WWE stock dropped 22 cents today to $22.74.  It's now a pretty substantial drop since the network debuted
 
--A story on the worst drawing WWE PPVs is at http://whatculture.com/wwe/wwe-8-modern-ppvs-performed-miserably.php
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1940 - Joe Cox beat Yvon Robert in Montreal to win their version of the world title
1958 - Alberto & Enrique Torres beat Casey & Danny McShain to win the Texas tag team titles
1962 - Johnny Barend & Magnificent Maurice beat Art & Stan Neilson for the AWA tag title
1964 - The Fabulous Kangaroos, Al Costello & Roy Heffernan, beat Ernie Ladd & Edouard Carpentier in Bakersfield to win the WWA tag titles
1967 - Gorilla Monsoon beat Bruno Sammartino via count out in a WWWF title match in Madison Square Garden
1970 - Abdullah the Butcher beat Billy Robinson in Calgary to win the North American title
1970 - Domenic DeNucci & Bobo Brazil beat Kinji Shibuya & Mitsu Arakawa in Sydney to win the IWA tag title
1971 - Mark Lewin & Killer Kowalski beat Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes in Melbourne to win the IWA tag title
1973 - Giant Baba won what was possibly the greatest name talent tournament of all-time to become the first PWF champion
1974 - Danny Miller beat Ole Anderson in Raleigh to become the first Mid Atlantic TV champion
1975 - Jonathan Boyd & Norman Fredrich Charles III beat Dutch Savage & Jimmy Snuka to win the Pacific Northwest tag team tiles
1976 - Chavo Guerrero and father Gori Guerrero beat Karl Von Brauner & Senior X to win the Americas tag team title
1976 - Adorable Rubi beat Dr. Wagner in Mexico City to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1977 - Fishman beat Blue Demon in Guadalajara to win the Mexican national welterweight title
1978 - Don Leo Jonathan & John Quinn beat Black Avenger & Don Wayt to win the Canadian tag team title in Vancouver
1980-  John & Rick Davidson beat Chris Adams & Tom Prichard to win the Americas tag team title in Los Angeles
1981 - Gino Hernandez beat Chavo Guerrero to win the Int. jr. title in Houston
1981 - David Shults beat Leo  Burke in Calgary to win the North American title
1983 - Bob Sweetan beat Tully Blanchard in San Antonio to win the Southwest title
1983 - Fishman beat Sangre Chicana in Naucalpan to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1984 - Danny Davis & Hubert Gallant beat Bruce Hart & Davey Boy Smith to win the International tag team tiles in Vancouver
1984 - Killer Tim Brooks beat Scott Casey in San Antonio to win the Southwest title
1985 - Dory Funk Jr. beat Carlos Colon in Bangor, ME to win the ICW world title and the WWC Universal title
1988 - Eagle Sawai & Mariko Tsurigi beat Miss A (Dynamite Kansai) & Xochitl Hamada in Tokyo to win the JWP tag title
1999 - Super Delfin beat Olimpico in Nagoya to win the CMLL welterweight title
2000 - Kenta Kobashi beat Vader to win the Triple Crown
2000 - At No Way Out in Hartford, Kurt Angle beat Chris Jericho to win the IC title and the Dudleys beat the New Age Outlaws to win the WWF tag team titles
2007 - Shinjiro Otani beat Yuji Nagata in Tokyo to win the Zero-One world title
 
--AAW tomorrow night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with Shane Hollister vs. Colt Cabana for the AAW title, Michael Elgin & Ethan Page vs. Louis Lyndon & Marion Fontaine, ACH vs. Rich Swann, Eddie Kingston vs. Lince Dorado and more.  They also have a show there on 3/21 with Cabana, Eddie Kingston and Jimmy Jacobs.
 
--The first episode of AAW:  Pro Wrestling redefined on MaddyGTV which is on the Roku box airs this coming Wednesday night at 7 p.m. 
 
--Anderson Silva has signed a deal with ICM Partners for worldwide representation for acting and producing films, and well as for endorsements.
 
--A link to the Iron Sheik article is at http://www.playboy.com/playground/view/i-will-make-you-humble
 
--An article on independent wrestler Shynron is at http://wp.me/p40oTb-cu  
 
--Scott Wallask on watching a Madison Square Garden show on the WWE Network at http://bostongardenbalconywordpress.com

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