Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:38
We're looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown tapings in Kansas City at
We're also looking for reports from tonights' TNA tapings in Orlando, where they will be taping part of the 5/8 show and the 5/15 show.Today is live Main Event plus Smackdown tapings in Kansas City. Daniel Bryan is scheduled in Kansas City.
TNA will be taping parts of the 5/8 and all of the 5/15 Impact in Orlando today.
A look at the documentary WWE did on Ultimate Warrior, filling in blanks, adding more detail, fact fiction and in between, is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is up on the site today.
The issue also looks at ROH's move to PPV, the Roddy Piper/Kevin Nash story with the story on what happened in 1997 that they are both arguing about, two UFC shows, notes on one of the year's biggest events, the G-1 tournament, and much more.
The lead story on Ultimate Warrior talks about the Warrior/Vince McMahon ups and downs, why there are more questions than answers about the subject, what the documentary didn't go near, what Warrior said he wanted last year to go into the Hall of Fame that he didn't directly get, why he had problems with Hulk Hogan, questions regarding health, his competition bodybuilding, his WCW run, the real story behind the supposed hold up for money on the day of SummerSlam 1991, the story behind his 1991 and 1992 departures, and more.
We also look at ROH's first attempt to do a live PPV show in June, including why now, how ROH is one of three new promotions that will debut on PPV over the next two months and looking at the tight PPV calender in June, plus how the company previously did on PPV.
We've got a complete rundown of both UFC shows over the past week, both the FOX show from Orlando with Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne and the FS 1 show from Quebec City with Michael Bisping vs. Tim Kennedy. We look back at both shows, including how the business went and where the shows lead.
We look at the Kevin Nash/Roddy Piper argument and look back at 1997 and what led to the incident, what happened at the incident including multiple versions from the time.
We also have an update on Bryan Danielson, the angle that was set up for him to leave, his return schedule, the situation with DISH Network and WWE PPV shows, the complete card for Extreme Rules with matches not yet announced, WWE company worth, more on the Undertaker loss to Lesnar, why Mick Foley has no WWE deal right now, Dwayne Johnson movie updates, lots of news on WWE stock including analysts look at the network and TV rights, advanced ticket sales for the upcoming PPV shows, and an update on Rey Mysterio.
We also look at the angle where the fans turned on John Cena at Raw, if it makes sense for Cena to turn and what the holdups are, as well as a look at a new announcer in WWE, who Gerald Brisco thinks is someone who has never done a pro wrestling match with WrestleMania main event potential, Cena vs. Bryan as ticket sellers in 2014 and a look at WWE's tour of Saudi Arabia.
We've got a feature on the 2014 G-1 Climax tour coming this summer. We look at why there are major changes from last year even though last year was perhaps the greatest G-1 of all-time. We look at the human cost, schedule notes, and big changes as well as who to expect in it this year.
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We also have a look at the ratings of all the major television shows over the past week, how the segments individually did on Raw and Impact, and results from all the major arena events.
Also in this week's issue:
--Wrestler gets perfect score from judges in a match he loses
--A look at the last two AAA TV tapings and next major shows
--Promotion looking to change philosophy after trouble drawing
--How they are going to try and create new stars and new business moves
--TNA stars head to Japan
--Update on Champion Carnival tournament
--Big surprise as a unique interpromotional program looks to be starting
--NOAH tag team tournament update as well as Nagata's latest title match
--Why New Japan star is banned from performing in one of Japan's legendary arenas
--New Japan iPPV coverage
--Big indie show sees a 90s star from another sport make his debut
--One of the best wrestlers in the world returns from injury
--Update on Jake Roberts
--More on the Iron Sheik documentary
--More on Jeff Jarrett's new group
--End of another ECW knockoff group
--British wrestlers Hall of Fame notes
--Gold medal vs. Hodge trophy winner in one of the most exciting matches on the amateur scene
--Update on ticket sales to ROH shows
--A look at the next several weeks of television
--A look at the probable New York main event
--Update on contract situations with a lot of TNA talent
--A look at TNA's future television schedule
--Complete TNA Sacrifice card notes
--Wrestler tries out for TNA who is part of one of the most famous wrestling families
--A look at the weekend TNA shows
--New Nevada commissioner
--Bounty put up against a champion, only this time it's for real
--A look at this week's UFC show
--Advance ticket sales for UFC shows
--Dana White wants a legend to retire
--Update on Gina Carano negotiations
--Update on Rich Franklin
--The Sonnen vs. Silva situation, what happened in Brazil, and how Brazilians view what they are seeing
--New UFC shows
--Complete Bellator major show lineup
--Latest PPV numbers
--Onetime UFC fighter in a murder investigation
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We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods..
To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $20 for shipping costs to Canada and $25 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.A look at the documentary WWE did on Ultimate Warrior, filling in blanks, adding more detail, fact fiction and in between, is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is up on the site today.
-- As many of you are aware, we usually post two free shows a week out of the 15 or so we produce. As of today, I've posted EVERY free show from November 2013 through today on the F4WLive stream -- over 42 hours of content playing 24/7. You can access the stream using the link on the front page; by clicking F4WLive.com; or by searching "F4WLive" on TuneIn Radio. For full access to ALL of our shows, including immediate On Demand download/podcast access after the live shows wrap up, sign up todayfor just $10.99 per month!
-- Also, if you run a wrestling website, you are welcome to syndicate our stream by embedding it on your site using any number of free streaming players. Click herefor the stream's URL. All we ask is that you credit our site with a link back to here. I'll have another post hopefully with some HTML code to help out later today or tomorrow.
-- Along with Dish Network and DirecTV, add AT&T U-Verse to those not carrying Extreme Rules. Going to be a fun investor's call on Thursday.
-- On the post-show last night, Ric Flair said you shouldn't read too much into him shaking hands with the Shield. OK then.
-- Cena beat Bray via DQ in the main event when the rest of the family (not the children) ran in, then Cena laid them all out with AA's.
-- Total Divas this week did 1.14 million viewers against heavy competition. Arianne doing a gimmick where she attempted to be the most annoying human being in the entire world in Vinny's car probably didn't help.
-- One of our readers just sent this: As of today, you can now download the WWE Network app on Xbox One. This is good news because previously it was still scheduled for a summer release. I just tried it out and it works great.
-- Tony writes: I thought this information might be of interest to you. Ever since WrestleMania, on the French versions of Raw and Smackdown, in place of the different graphics on the screen such as what is coming up, tournament brackets, etc… WWE inserts new graphics translated in French, which they had never done before. The problem is that the translations are Google Translation level, some of them make no sense, others have typos in them, to the point where even the announcers (the same ones who were at ringside at WrestleMania) make fun of them. It makes the company come across so bush league.
-- Jimmy Jacobs interview on SLAM here.
-- DGUSA released the Bad Influence (Daniels & Kazarian) vs. Bravados match for free here.
-- AJ Styles interview from the Fight Network here.
-- Very sad to see John Corrigan wrapping up his columns at the Temple News, but happy to hear that he's doing so because he's GRADUATING! His ring the bell column is up here.
-- A ton of updates from the F4W Executive Director of Events, Ed in San Antonio:
If you are thinking of going to Las Vegas the first week of July for our annual convention, all of the information is up on a Facebook page here.
We are doing a GO FUND ME for our good buddy Kenneth Nida, who as Barrock was one of our board mods as well, to get him and his lovely girlfriend to Vegas as well. He contracted a virus that attacked his heart and lungs and ended up missing WrestleMania and being hospitalized for weeks, which, trust me, is not cheap at all. The Gofundme.com page is hereif you'd like to donate.
Ed also has a gigantic WrestleMania photo album up here.
-- Craig writes: A UK energy brand called lucozade is copying the yes movement hash tag and is over twitter encouraging folks to take pics etc.
-- 40 years ago today, Bruiser Brody made his professional wrestling debut (wrestling under his real name Frank Goodish) losing to Bob Roop in a “lights out match” at the North Side Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
-- When We Were Bouncers looks at Ray Sefo here.
-- Lance Storm talks a bunch of different topics in his latest blog here. He'll be on Figure Four Daily tomorrow with a lot to say about how Daniel Bryan was booked on Raw.
-- Speaking of Lance, cool story hereon one of his trainees, Brody Malibu, including a nice video about his time at Lance's Storm Wrestling Academy. BTW, this is not Brady Malibu of the SPICE DIET fame, but rather his storyline brother.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1996 - Shinya Hashimoto defeated Nobuhiko Takada for the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan. At the same event, Great Sasuke defeated Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. Shinya Hashimoto defeated Nobuhiko Takada via submission to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
2001 - At the WWF Backlash PPV in Chicago, Jerry Lynn won the WWF Light Heavyweight Title from Crash Holly. Also, Triple H and Steve Austin won the WWF World Tag Team Title from Kane and the Undertaker.
-- PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.7 or less 18.4%
3.6 or more 2.5%
WHO DO YOU MOST WANT TO SEE JON JONES FACE NEXT?
Alexander Gustafsson 56.2%
Daniel Cormier 28.8%
Rashad Evans 5.3%
Anthony Johnson 5.0%
Dan Henderson 4.6%
WILL THE MAY 24 UFC SHOW HEADLINED BY BARAO VS. DILLASHAW FALL BELOW 100,000 BUYS?
WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
WWE Extreme Rules 72.2%
New Japan Dontaku 18.4%
19.7% are watching none of the three.
-- Chris Harrington looks at what WWE investors are going to want to know during WWE quarterly call Thursday here.
-- CZW Tag Titles Re-Match Added to May 10! 'Proving Grounds' airs LIVE on iPPV (CZWiPPV.com) on Saturday, May 10 from Flyers Skate Zone, 601 Laurel Oak RD in Voorhees, NJ at 7:30 pm! Just added: A rematch for the CZW World Tag Titles as new champions The Juicy Product (David Starr & JT Dunn) face The Beaver Boys (Alex Reynolds & John Silver)!
-- Empire Wrestling Federation 18th anniversary show: Friday, May 2nd, 2014 8 pm Knights of Columbus Hall Covina Calif 4315 N. Vincent Ave
-- SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES presents its "9th Anniversary Weekend" on Saturday & Sunday, October 18th & 19th, 2014 at the Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 26th Street) in Berwyn, IL! Volumes 67 & 68 in the SHIMMER series will take place on Saturday, October 18th. Volumes 69 & 70 in the SHIMMER series will take place on Sunday, October 19th. Mark your calendars, and make your plans to join us live as we celebrate nine years of bringing the very best in women's professional wrestling action to the Chicagoland area!
-- Team USA wrestlers Nahshon Garrett (57 kg/125.5 lbs.), Jimmy Kennedy (61 kg/134 lbs.), Jordan Oliver (65 kg/143 lbs.), Brent Metcalf (65 kg/143 lbs.), Logan Stieber (65 kg/143 lbs.), David Taylor (74 kg/163 lbs.), Ed Ruth (86 kg/189 lbs.), Kyle Snyder (97 kg/213 lbs.) and Randi Miller (women's: 69 kg/152 lbs.) were added today to the roster of American stars who will take on top international standouts in the Team USA vs. The World All-Stars international wrestling competition in support of “Beat the Streets,” set for May 7 at New York's Times Square. The nine star wrestlers join Olympic and two-time World champion Jordan Burroughs (74 kg/163 lbs.) and World silver medalist Helen Maroulis (55 kg/121 lbs.), who were announced by Beat the Streets and USA Wrestling as the first two U.S. competitors last week.
-- GOUGE presents Cinco de Mayhem Saturday May 3, 2014 Stem, NC- Stem Fire Hall doors open 6pm show at 7PM
-- TO ALL EXTREME RISING TICKET HOLDERS FOR 4/25, 4/26, and 5/3: Warriors of Wrestling will be honoring all Extreme Rising tickets for their "W.O.W. presents Full Throttle" show on May 3 due to the cancelation of all current Extreme Rising dates. You may bring your tickets from4/25, 4/26, or 5/3 to the ticket gate for free admission. Current Warriors of Wrestling stars "Mr. No Limits" Chris Banks, "Five Star Stud" Joey Ace, and Chris "The Show" Steeler were to make their Extreme Rising debut this Saturday. Details for the card can be found at warriorsofwrestling.com.
-- Superstars of Wrestling will host an event at the Spotswood Knights of Columbus, 30 Crescent Avenue, Spotswood, New Jersey this Friday night, May 2nd at 7:45pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit 10 month old Salvatore Taugue, who has recently undergone a series of heart operations to save his life