FRI. UPDATE: Stockholder calls for major WWE changes in executive management, WWE to respond Monday, Three big shows this weekend plus WWE tour, Great TV show you probably missed, Bellator PPV, Buffer Brothers, 60 minute men
Friday, 16 May 2014 13:10
By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for reports on today's WWE shows in Leeds, England (Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns; Big Show vs. Kane; Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel) and in Turin, Italy (John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt, Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio, Usos vs. Rhodes Brothers vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper), as well as yesterday's show from Rome Italy, and tonight's TNA show in Hattiesburg, MS (Eric Young vs. Magnus for TNA title), Bobby Lashley vs. Gunner, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. EC 3 & Rockstar Spud for tag titles, Bully Ray vs James Storm, Seiya Sanada vs. Tigre Uno vs. Zema Ion for X title, Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky at
We're looking for reports on all the European shows and TNA show this weekend.
Usos vs. Goldust & Cody Rhodes non-title
Torito vs. Heath Slater
Nikki Bella vs. Natalya with Eva Marie as referee
Dolph Ziggler vs. Batista
Sheamus vs. Titus O'Neil non-title
Santino Marella vs Damien Sandow
R-Truth vs. Cesaro
John Cena vs. Erick Rowan
Titan Fighting Championships airs live tonight at 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network from Newkirk, OK
Jason Brilz vs. Raphael Davis
Dave Herman vs. Kalib Starnes
Walt Harris vs. D.J. Linderman
Brock Jardine vs. Daniel Roberts
Brian Foster vs. Gilbert Smith
Alvin Robinson vs. Gleristone Santos
Ring of Honor on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern War of the Worlds iPPV at www.ustream.tv/ringofhonor
is one of the biggest shows in company history
Adam Cole vs. Jushin Liger for the ROH title
A.J. Styles vs. Michael Elgin for the IWGP title
Young Bucks vs. Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish (managed by Filthy Tom Lawlor) for the ROH tag titles
Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe for the IWGP tag titles
Jay Lethal vs. Kushida for the ROH TV title
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Steen
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Michael Bennett
Gedo & Jado vs. B.J. Whitmer & Roderick Strong
Matt Taven & ACH & Tommaso Ciampa vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov & Takaaki Watanabe
Kazuchika Okada will also be in a major match that won't be against Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Bellator has the biggest show in its history on Saturday night from Southhaven, MS. Weigh-ins will be up on the site today at 6 p.m. Eastern time
Spike.com at 6 p.m. Eastern time
Cortez Phelia (2-0) vs. Brian Hall (7-2)
Anthony Lemon (2-3) vs. Codie Shuffield (4-0)
Ben Brewer (6-1) vs. AndyUhrich (8-4)
Justin Frazier (6-1) vs. Mike Wessel (13-7)
Zach Underwood (12-5) vs. Austin Lyons (10-3)
Spike TV at 8 p.m. Eastern
Goiti Yamauchi (16-2) vs. Mike Richman (16-4)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (19-3)
Nate Jolly (13-5) vs. Marcin Held (18-3)
Cheick Kongo (20-9) vs. Eric Smith (6-1-1)
PPV at 10 p.m. Eastern
Rickey Rainey (7-2) vs. Michael Page (5-0)
Blagoi Ivanov (11-0) vs. Alexander Volkov (20-4) in finals of the heavyweight tournament
Alexander Shlemenko (50-7) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Michael Chandler (12-1) vs. Will Brooks (13-1) for the interim lightweight title
Rampage Jackson (34-11) vs. King Mo Lawal (12-3) in finals of the light heavyweight tournament.
Saturday also has WWE in Nottingham, England (Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns) and Innsbruck, Austria (John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt), as well as TNA in Biloxi, MS (Eric Young vs. Magnus for TNA title, Bobby Lashley vs. Gunner, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Ethan Carter III & Rockstar Spud for tag titles, Bully Ray vs. James Storm, Seiya Sanada vs. Tiger Uno vs. Zema Ion for X title, Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne).
The WWE tour continues Sunday with shows in Cardiff, Wales (Orton vs. Reigns) and Birmingham, England (Cena vs Wyatt).
Raw is Monday in London, England at the O2 Arena. The show is built around the announcement of the future of the world title. As of yesterday, John Cena vs. Luke Harper was the scheduled TV main event, but that wasn't announced so is far from official.
Tuesday is a split crew. Half the crew will be in London again for Raw, which will also include an appearance of Hulk Hogan and John Cena. The Randy Orton, Shield and Big Show crew are scheduled for Sheffield, England.
Wednesday, the crew headlined by Orton and The Shield is in Orchies, France, while the crew headlined by Cena, Wyatt and Sheamus is in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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We also look at the Rosebuds, Adam Rose character, WWE's end of the year European tour and how TV will be shot and its booking, how much wrestling each week and does that affect ratings, why Drake Younger is in WWE as a referee, and update on a documentary on one of pro wrestling's all-time biggest stars.
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--Notes on this year's Cauliflower Alley Club awards and banquet
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--Former WWE star chokes out a thief while overseas
--Former TNA stars headed to ROH
--Update on Kurt Angle, his injury and his contract
--What his future looks like
--TNA Slammiversary, complete card, new programs and notes on all TNA television through mid-June
--A look at the TNA roster
--Who is left of the best paid talent
--A look at the last three TNA departures
--A look at angles planned and dropped
--What happened at the tapings this past week that led to the issue with many members of the production crew
--What was the issue and how was it resolved
--More on the Bobby Roode suspension angle
--More on the Samuel Shaw character
--Notes on TNA newcomer Rebel and her background
--Tons of new women debuting in TNA, or returning and how they did
--Funny story on Dixie Carter that started on Twitter
--TNA video game note
--TNA TV taping schedule news
--More on TNA talent
--UFC in New York, same story new year
--Lots of new UFC matches and thoughts
--UFC injury updates
--Return of Stefan Struve
--Strongest UFC PPV markets
--UFC working with other promotions for huge Fight week
--Thoughts on UFC rankings
--Why Brock Lesnar called Dana White last week
--Fighters agree to enhanced drug testing
--More new UFC dates
--UFC fighter competes in a very different sport over the weekend
--Eddie Alvarez injury situation
--How it happened, and the timetable
--The WWE connection with the Alvarez injury and treatment
--A look at the new Bellator PPV lineup and booking going forward
--Battle of former Pride stars on a June U.S. PPV debut of new promotion
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FRIDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--As of the market close, the stock finished at $11.27 per share. It steadied after bottoming out at $10.55 early in the day. The single day volume was almost 41 million shares trading hands. Keep in mind that an average day is probably a million shares. More important, there are probably around 47 million publicly traded shares in total. That doesn't mean everyone sold, because the same shares in many cases were sold multiple times. But it's beyond a frenzy. That's not good in the sense even at this price there hasn't been a substantial buy back. The stock is now undervalued, but they overpromised and they lost Wall Street's confidence.
--This is not the pub they want. Lemelson Capital has bought back into the stock at the new low price, but has called on the Board of Directors to make the move to replace the executive management team because of consistent money losses (read the May 12 Observer for actual details of actual spending vs. revenue), execution issues and material misstatements. The last one really hurt. They bought in but said in their belief, the fair value of the stock is $8.25 to $11.88. They were most upset that if the network does reach 1 million paid subscribers by the end of the year, the company will lose between $45 million and $52 million this year.
--Emmanuel Lemelson, CIO of the company, said, "This follows what we believe to be material misrepresentation by the company about both the performance and operating profit model of its WWE network, which the company was wrongly labeled a home run." Lemelson Capital told WWE that they should either replace the executive management team, or look to sell the business.
--In response, WWE has announced Vince McMahon and George Barrios will speak to stockholders at 11 a.m. Monday morning regarding the reaction. Vince himself lost about $350 million in the last 24 hours.
--Last night's airing of the King Mo vs. Rampage Jackson preview on Spike was a tremendous production as far as hyping a fight. For all you can say about Rampage, when he's on, few are better. He was very much like a 70s or 80s star babyface getting ready to end a program in the cage match. Not sure how many people saw it, but if enough did, it will have a significant effect on Saturday.
--A trailer for a new DVD about Jim Cornette's tour of the U.K. is at
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1963 - Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy beat Buddy Austin & The Great (George) Scott in Washington, DC to win the WWWF U.S. tag team titles
1963 - Wild Bull Curry beat Jack Dalton in Houston to win the Texas Brass Knux title
1964 - Verne Gagne beat Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha to win the AWA title
1967 - Togo Shikuma & Chati Yokouchi beat Jack Brisco & Gorgeous George Jr. in Little Rock to win the U.S. tag team titles
1967 - Boris Malenko beat Wahoo McDaniel in Tampa to win the Florida title
1969 - Archie Gouldie beat Angelo Mosca to win the North American title in Calgary
1969 - Doug Gilbert beat El Mongol in Atlanta to win the vacant Georgia title
1969 - Antonio Inoki beat Chris Markoff in the finals of the World League tournament
1970 - The Claw (Tom Andrews, who was also Intern #1) beat Lonnie Mayne to win the Pacific Northwest title
1972 - Paul Jones beat Jack Brisco in Tampa to win the Florida title
1973 - Johnny Powers beat Eric the Animal to win the North American title in Buffalo
1974 - Sandy Parker & Jean Antone beat Junko Sasak & Peggy Kuroda to win the WWA tag titles in Shizuoka
1975 - Antonio Inoki beat Killer Karl Krupp in Tokyo to win the World League tournament
1977 - Giant Baba beat Jumbo Tsuruta in the finals of the Champion Carnival tournament in Tokyo
1980 - Al Madril & Tom Prichard beat Jack Evans & Pampero Firpo to win the Americas tag team title
1981 - Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton beat Jerry Brown & Ron McFarlane to win the Tri-States tag team title in Tulsa
1981 - Kim Song (Kim Sung Ho) beat Tommy Gilbert in San Juan to win the Caribbean title
1981 - Mighty Inoue & Ashura Hara beat Paul Ellering & Terry Latham to win the IWA tag title
1983 - Bobby Eaton & Duke Myers beat Stan Lane & Steve Keirn in Memphis to win the Southern tag team title. Also on the show, Ken Patera beat Jerry Lawler to win the International title and Bill Dundee beat Dutch Mantell to win the Southern title
1987 - Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane beat Barry Windham & Ronnie Garvin in the tournament finals to win the U.S. tag titles in Atlanta
1991 - Villano III beat El Signo to win the UWA light heavyweight title and Silver King & El Texano won a tournament to become the first UWA tag champions.
1999 - Aja Kong beat Chigusa Nagayo in Tokyo to win the AAAW title
1999 - Naoki Sano beat Minoru Tanaka in Sapporo to become the first Independent world jr. champion
2003 - Susumu Yokosuka & Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito beat Cima & Suwa & Don Fujii in Tokyo to win the UWA trios titles
2012 - Akebono beat Daisuke Sekimoto in Tokyo to win the Zero-One Premium title
--Reader Jason Lynch noted to us that he got as free trial subscription to Fight Pass, but didn't renew for a paid subscription. He got an e-mail today offering him another free subscription.
--Actually what happened is UFC sent out an e-mail today to everyone who has ordered Fight Pass. They are giving everyone a new free week, touting that UFC 168 (Weidman vs. Anderson Silva; Rousey vs. Tate) goes up on the network, plus Ultimate Figher Brazil and features on Brock Lesnar and Royce Gracie. The one week free offer must be taken by 5/23.--This is a look at the Pontiac Silverdome today
--Birthdays today include Johnny Rodz (76), Charles "Godfather" Wright (53) and Mike Bennett (29)
--Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Andy Kaufman, who had a noted 1982-83 feud with Jerry Lawler that got worldwide publicity but among fans in Memphis is probably viewed as pretty overrated as far as importance to the history of the territory.
--Former ECW wrestler Alex Rizzo (Big Dick Dudley) was 34 when he passed away on this day in 2002. 60s star Ricky Cortez was 83 when he passed away in 2008.
HOW MANY BUYS DO YOU THINK BELLATOR DOES ON PPV
Under 25,000 42.9%
More than 126,000 6.5%
DO YOU THINK ROMAN REIGNS WILL BE IN TWO YEARS AS FAR AS BEING A TOP GUY?
He will never be the top guy, but will be like Randy Orton 40.4%
He'll be a star, ever reach John Cena level 39.0%
He won't be at the level of Orton 8.4%
He'll be at the same level as Cena 7.1%
He'll be a bigger star than Cena was 5.1%
WHEN DANIEL BRYAN RETURNS AND HIS PROGRAM WITH KANE IS OVER, WHO SHOULD HE BE PROGRAMMED WITH?
Bray Wyatt 18.6%
John Cena 10.2%
Wade Barrett 4.7%
Dean Ambrose 4.5%
Randy Orton 3.5%
Dolph Ziggler 3.3%
Roman Reigns 1.8%
Seth Rollins 1.4%
ARE YOU BUYING THE ROH IPPV?
No, will not buy an iPPV 19.2%
Yes, buying it because of loaded show with New Japan guys 17.4%
Yes, will always buy a good ROH show 16.2%
Am considering it, will decide on the day of the show 15.6%
No, have no interest in anything but WWE 14.1%
No, other commitments that night, otherwise would buy it 6.6%
No, don't trust the technology 5.4%
No, too expensive 2.7%
No, watching Bellator 2.7%
IF YOU ARE BUYING ROH, WILL YOU BUY NEW JAPAN FROM YOKOHAMA ARENA NEXT WEEK?
No, not interested in foreign wrestling 25.8%
No, not a good enough card 24.0%
No, Japanese commentary 19.7%
Yes, it's a big card 17.0%
Yes, always buy the New Japan stuff 13.5%
--In Your Face Wrestling on 5/17 in Delanson, NY at the Duanesburg Area Community Center
--On the recent Sin Limte radio show that Mike Sempervive and I did, in the conversation of who did the most 60 minute matches in their careers, the top five of modern times look to be Lou Thesz (by a huge margin) followed by either Harley Race or Dory Funk Jr., and then probably Ric Flair and either Pat O'Connor, Jack Brisco or Gene Kiniski. There are no such things as accurate records, although there are record books on-line or in print for several of these wrestlers. But Thesz clearly had the most.
--Also on Sin Limite, when talking about the Buffer Brothers, Michael and Bruce, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will go into their relationship in the new episode that airs on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on HBO. It's quite the interesting story. Michael was adopted after birth but went back to his birth last name after going into the army and then he later became a celebrity as a boxing announcer. Bruce was born years later, a big sports fan, and was already grown up I believe when he saw Michael, thought he resembled him and had the same last name, and brought it up to his father, who told him that it was possible he was his half-brother, and then Bruce eventually contacted Michael.
--Scorpio Sky, or Schuyler Andrews, will be doing his second MMA fight on 6/1 for the University of MMA promotion at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. He's worked in recent years with both TNA and WWE (one of the characters in the Kane/Daniel Bryan/Dr. Shelby characters)
--Interview with Fandango and Layla
--Alpha-1 Wrestling from Sunday in Hamilton, ONT: EZE Eric Cairnie b Josh Alexander, Justin Sane b Josh Rogen, Michael Elgin & Seleyzia Sparks b Jimmy Jacobs & MsChif, Kevin Steen won four-way over Brent Banks, Kyle O'Reilly and Mike Rollins, Tommy Dreamer b Scotty O'Shea, Ashley Sixx over Joey Kings, Ryan Swift, Shane Saber Alex Vega and John Greed, Alessaro Del Bruno b Ethan page for title. (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--CZW on 5/21 at the CZW Academy in Blackwood, NJ at 7 p.m. for a $5 show.
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 5/16 in Santa Maria, CA at the Radisson Hotel Santa Maria with Sinn Bodhi vs. Jeckles the Jester. This will air live and free at www.vendettaprowrestling.com
They also run on 5/17 in King City, CA at the Salinas Valley Fair at 8 p.m. with free admission with fair admission with Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Sinn Bodhi headlining. On Sunday, they will be at the Chowchilla Fair in Chowchilla, CA with Sinn Bodhi and Chavo Guerrero Jr. Show is at 7 p.m. and free with fair admission.
--BANG on 5/24 at the BANG Sound Stage in Ocala, FL at 7 pm.
--Ring of Combat takes place tonight in Atlantic City at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino with an iPPV show on www.GFL.tv
--A.J. Styles, Jake Roberts, Sean Waltman, Matt Striker, Willie Mack, Joey Ryan and Cold Cabana headline the Red Carpet Rumble on 6/15 in Port Heuneme, CA at the Oceanview Pavilion.