SAT. UPDATE: WWE wedding, Sting, Hogan on WWE show in UK, WWE Network, WWE moive, WWE in SI, Warrior, UFC special today, Jericho book, WWE shareholders meetring news
Saturday, 12 April 2014 12:07
By Dave Meltzer |
We're looking for reports on today's TNA shows, with the World Cup being taped this afternoon in Orlando and X-Travaganza, an X Division show, being taped tonight. We're also looking for a report on tonight's WWE show in Hidalgo, TX, featuring John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, The Rhodes, Brothers, The Wyatts and Kane to
Glory airs at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight night on Spike from Istanbul, Turkey
World light heavyweight tournament semifinals and finals
Gokhan Saki (79-16, 56 knockouts) vs. Nathan Corbett (57-4, 45 knockouts)
Tyrone Spong (90-5, 60 knockouts) vs. Saulo Cavalari (28-2, 18 knockouts)
Errol Zimmerman (101-11-1, 42 knockouts) vs. Ben Edwards (36-9-3, 31 knockouts)
Robin van Roosmalen (31-6, 19 knockouts) vs. Marat Grigorian (35-4-2, 18 knockouts)
The show airs live in Canada during the afternoon on The Fight Network, which also has Pacquiao-Bradley prelims at 7 p.m. Eastern, Cage Warriors at 9 p.m. and K-1 from Spain at 11 p.m.
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's WWE show in Chattanooga with John Cena, Big Show, Sheamus, Rhodes Brothers, Wyatts and Kane.
Raw will be Monday night in Birmingham. It will be a tribute show for the Ultimate Warrior. A second tribute show for Warrior will air on Wednesday night on the WWE Network.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Nashville. Batista is booked on the show.
We've got a new double issue of the Observer up today covering the death of Ultimate Warrior, the end of the streak, WrestleMania, Jeff Jarrett's promotion and all the news in the biggest wrestling news week of the year.
We look at the details of the death of the Ultimate Warrior, his health, was the speech the result of something he knew, did he have a premonition of dying young, the keys who his success in wrestling and why it didn't last and more.
We look at his days as Blade Runner Rock, working in Mid South Wrestling and in Texas, Big Van Vader, how he got over in WWE, the IC title run, Owen Hart, the matches with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, why his title run didn't work, people's childhood hero, his bodybuilding fanaticism, his bodybuilding career before wrestling, Sting, his WCW run, his name change, his family, his return to WWE, his projects after wrestling and more.
We also have a piece by Frankie Kazarian talking about growing up with the Ultimate Warrior as his favorite wrestler.
We also look at the end of the streak. We look at the match, other matches it compared to, the story of the streak, why the streak ended, and the real choice Vince McMahon made. We also look at how hard they tried to keep it a secret and if it worked. We also look at the injuries to Mark Calaway.
We also look at the rise of Daniel Bryan to WWE champion, the story of this year's WrestleMania, how the stream held up, Extreme Rules, plus match-by-match rundowns with star ratings.
We also have a look at the business of the WWE network, why it will be a success to a degree but the jury is out on it being a game changer. We also look at how many subscribers WWE budgeted the network to get this year and next year and the acceleration of its growth that is budgeted as well as how many PPV buys they budgeted WrestleMania to do this year.
We also look at satisfaction levels of the network.
We also look at the 25 biggest grossing shows in history in North America.
We also have an in-depth look at the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. We look at the real star of the Hall of Fame this year, the courting of Ultimate Warrior, the Warrior DVD, the Carlos Colon controversy and all of the speeches.
We also examine the beginnings of Global Force Wrestling with Jeff Jarrett.
We've got a look at the New Japan Invasion Attack show, the angle to bring in A.J. Styles, the situation with Prince Devitt, the Gracies, and Naito vs. Ishii feud, the next PPV as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
We also update the Gina Carano vs. Ronda Rousey situation.
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Also in this week's issue:
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--Build to major New Japan match
--New Japan's Taiwan tour
--Mid South Fan Fest
--History of Mid South Wrestling
--Bill Goldberg and Jim Ross speeches and notes
--ROH TV taping
--TNA taping schedule
--Why people in TNA remain nervous
--Several TNA injuries
--TNA creative updates
--John Gaburick talks about TNA
--Why Sonnen vs. Silva was moved
--Lots of UFC moves
--Cutting of Jake Shields
--Tons of new UFC fights
--Dana White's latest issues with the Diaz Brothers
--UFC star whose career was thought to be over may be fighting soon
--Lots of show over the next week
--Tons of new fights
--Ronda Rousey legal issues
--Update on Sting
--What can be done with Sting
--Talks about future WrestleManias
--Main Event off Ion
--Story behind people out of the company
--Update on Shane McMahon and his business and how it's doing
--Where was Ric Flair
--Legends Roundtable thoughts
--Stan Hansen's big moments in Japan
--The act that broke up on twitter
--Former NFL All-Pro signs with WWE to a unique deal
--Rollins talks the rise of Roman Reigns
--C.M. Punk update
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SATURDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--An update on a story in the current Observer. On the Sting/WWE deal, WWE sent Sting his contract several days ago, but as of yesterday, he had not returned it. The belief is they were on terms and an agreement is in place, but as of yesterday, pen to paper on Sting's side hadn't been returned. There is no indication of any serious hold-up at least from the WWE side. Those in the company even before WrestleMania were working with the impression he was on board.
--Hulk Hogan is booked for the 5/20 Smackdown show in the U.K. at the O2 Arena in London.
--This is from last night's Resurrection Fighting Alliance show, where Junior Maranhao literally fell off his stool after the fourth round of the show in Cheyenne, WY, and the doctor, and his corner, allowed him to come out in the fifth round. Kudos to Pat Miletich and Michael Schiavello as announcers for being outraged. I can't believe it happened after seeing it. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1nrh33_rfa-4-11-14_sport
--Oculus, which WWE Studios was involved with, looks to be a big success as it grossed $4.9 million last night alone. It looks to finish No. 3 for the weekend behind Rio 2 and Captain America: Winter Solider.
--This week's Sports Illustrated has a collage of photos of famous sports stars that have done WrestleMania (Muhammad Ali, Lawrence Taylor, Pete Rose, Floyd Mayweather Jr and Mike Tyson) and also mentioned Brock Lesnar beating Undertaker's streak (thanks to Robert Miqueli)
--They are expecting to be taping interviews on Monday backstage for the Wednesday's Warrior documentary on the WWE network.
--VH1's Best Week Ever gave Daniel Bryan the award for having the best week ever this week.
--TMZ wrote that WWE sent two employees to Arizona after Warrior died to comfort his wife and family. They are there to handle things for her while she concentrates on her daughters.
--Low Ki, Rubix (Jigsaw), Sonjay Dutt, Rashad Cameron and Trent Baretta are booked for tonight's TNA X-Travaganza PPV taping in Orlando.
--UFC's Road to the Octagon airs on FOX today in most markets at 5 p.m. Eastern and 2 p.m. Pacific time today. WOFL in Orlando, the home market of the show they are promoting, which is the show on Saturday on FOX from the Amway Arena, is airing their regular 5 p.m. newscast. The idea was using UFC as a lead-in for the NASCAR race. WSNV in Miami is also airing the local news. It airs tomorrow afternoon in Orlando and tomorrow night in Miami. Those are the only two of the top 56 markets in the country that aren't airing it today.
--James Storm signed a multi-year contract with TNA per head of Creative John Gaburick's twitter account.
--Not that this has anything to do with anything, but when you figure her performances a few months out, isn't it kind of mind-boggling that Mickie James isn't on national television with a significant role?
--Promotional material for Chris Jericho's next week, "The Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea," came out today at www.blabbermouth.net
The book will be released on 10/14 including hopefully, how he worked being a heel so well that Mickey Rourke that the work turned into a shoot, his feud with Shawn Michaels, escaping from Icelandic volcanos, as well as meeting Bob Barker, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Al Sharpton, Mike Tyson and his relationship with Vince McMahon.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1947 - Tarzan Lopez beat Blackie Guzman to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1948 - Mike Kelly beat Gori Guerrero (Eddy's father) in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title
1958 - Verne Gagne beat Dick the Bruiser in Chicago to win the U.S. title
1961 - The Medics beat Bobby & Don Fields in Mobile to win the Southern tag titles
1963 - Karl Von Schober & Ricky Waldo beat The Destroyer & Jim Wright to win the International tag titles in Calgary
1967 - Ricky Romero beat Stan Pulaski to win the California state title in Los Angeles
1968 - Mr. Wrestling Tim Woods beat El Mongol in Atlanta to win the Georgia title
1969 - Lonnie Mayne beat Luther Lindsay to win the Pacific Northwest title
1970 - Cowboy Bill Watts beat The Spoiler (Don Jardine) in Tulsa to win the North American title
1972 - Cowboy Bob Kelly beat Don Fargo in Mobile to win the Gulf Coast title
1975 - Ron Miller beat Bobby Hart in Melbourne to win the WCW Brass Knux title
1976 - Don Leo Jonathan & Jimmy Snuka beat Gene Kiniski & Sigfried Stanke in Vancouver to win the Canadian Open tag titles
1977 - Fritz Von Erich beat Bruiser Brody in Dallas to win the American title
1980 - Afa & Sika beat Ivan Putski & Tito Santana in Philadelphia to win the WWF tag titles
1980 - Bob Orton Jr. & Tony Peters beat Terry Gibbs & Bob Roop to win the Southeastern tag titles in Knoxville
1982 - Bill Dundee & Steve Keirn beat Bobby Eaton & Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware) in Memphis to win the Southern tag titles
1983 - Stan Hansen & Ron Bass beat Giant Baba & Jumbo Tsuruta in Matsuyama to win the International tag titles
1984 - The Spoiler beat Brad Armstrong in Wheeling, WV to win the National heavyweight title
1984 - The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) beat Jerry & Ted Oates in Kansas City to win the Central States tag title
1984 - Keith Haward beat Mal Sanders to win the Southern Area middleweight title
1985 - Sangre Chicana & Cien Caras beat Ringo & Cachorro Mendoza in Mexico City to win the Mexican national tag title
1986 - Billy Jack Haynes beat Bobby Jaggers in Portland to win the Pacific Northwest title
1986 - John Quinn beat Tony St. Clair in Hanley to win the ASP world heavyweight title
1987 - Rick Steiner & Sting beat Chris Adams & Terry Taylor in Atlanta to win the UWF tag titles
1988 - Kendo Nagasaki & Mr. Pogo beat Chris & Mark Youngblood in San Juan to win the WWC tag title
1990 - Robert Fuller & Kendall Windham beat Brian Knobs & Hurricane Walker to win the Florida tag titles in Tampa
1990 - Dave Blair beat Mal Sanders in Warminster to win the Southern Area middleweight title
1991 - Eric Embry beat Bill Dundee to win the Texas title in Dallas and Jeff Jarrett beat Tom Prichard to win the Southern title
1993 - Steve Doll & Rex King beat The Moondog in Memphis to win the USWA tag title
1997 - Riki Choshu & Kensuke Sasaki beat Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura in Tokyo to win the IWGP tag titles
1998 - Zap I & Zap T beat Takako Inoue & Kumiko Maekawa in Tokyo to win the WWWA tag titles
2000 - Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson beat Steven Dunn & Jackie Fulton (subbing for Reno Riggins) to win the NWA tag titles in Waegwan, South Korea
2009 - Commando Bolshoi & Megumi Yabushita beat Keito & Yumiko Hotta to win the JWP tag titles
--Johnny Gargano is headed to Texas for IHWE on 6/8 in Fort Worth at the Cendera Center on a show that includes Matt Riviera Seth Shai, Michael Faith and Tim Storm, pus appearances by the family of Terry Gordy, James Beard and Black Bart. The show will feature a Terry Gordy Memorial Battle Royal.
--There will be taped PPVs on inDemand cable called Wrestling's Bloodiest Wars that start next month. It's bloody matches from the collection owned by Steve Karel, who worked with ECW and Urban Wrestling Federation.
--Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, a big wrestling fan, is now using Ultimate Warrior's theme when he comes up to bat. (thanks to Steve Khan, John Dananay and many others). That's not to be confused with the Adam Jones who was the football player who worked for TNA.
--The WWE shareholders meeting is 4/25 at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT. This is a business meeting, not an entertainment meeting. It is limited to stockholders or authorized representatives with evidence of stock ownership. You will need to get a ticket in advance to proving proof of ownership such as a bank or brokerage account and sent it to WWE, 1241 E. Main St., Stamford, CT 06902 Attn: Corporate Secretary. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
--AAW from last night in Berwyn, IL: Justice Jones & Bernardino & Mallaki Matthews b Moondog Bernard & Sea-Man & Marcus Edwards, Irish Airborne b Eddie Cruz & Jay Rios, Eddie Kingston b Ty Colten, Athena & Heidi Lovelace b Jessicka Havok & Nevaeh, ACH b Silas Young, Kyle O'Reilly b Alex Shelley, Matt Cage won six-way over Louis Lyndon, CJ Esparza, Christian Faith, Juntai Miller and Knight Wagner, Saraya Knight b Arik Cannon in a street fight, Ethan Page & Michael Elgin b Lince Dorado & Rich Swann, Ryan Boz b Markus Crane, Shane Hollister b Jimmy Jacobs to retain the AAW title. Kingston vs. Young set up a cage match on 5/2. Irish Airborne also faces Page & Elgin on that show. (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--GOUGE from last night in Creedmoor, NC: Mickey Gambino b Mr. Huxtable, Seymour Snott b Gluteus Maximus, Masx Venom b T-Dawk HG, Chaco b Alas del Angel, Ulrich von Vorse b Masked Magician, Trailer Park Heat b Timmy Lou Retton, Mr. Wrestling III (Steve Corino) b Josh Powers, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Otto Schwanz.
--Chris Wylde vs Ricky Martinez from ECWA has been added to the 4/25 ECWA show in Philadelphia at the Asylum Arena (formerly ECW Arena). The show features Stevie Richards vs. Sabu for the Extreme Rising title, Rhino vs. Devon Storm falls count anywhere, Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten vs. 2 Tuff Tony & Matt Tremont, Luke Hawx vs. Rich Ortiz, Papadon vs. Sonjay Dutt, BKL Out vs. Hit Squad vs. Sonjay Dutt, and more.
POLL ON NXT TV SHOW
49.6% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON YESTERDAY'S UFC SHOW
68.8% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON IMPACT
41.3% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Chris Weidman 74.3%
Lyoto Machida 25.7%