Friday, 23 May 2014 14:36
We're looking for reports on yesterday's WWE house shows in Dublin, Ireland and Liege, Belgium, as well as Tuesday''s WWE house shows in Orchies, France and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
We will be doing polls this weekend on both the UFC and New Japan shows.
Friday has the Cena crew in Oberhausen, Germany and the Orton crew in Strausborg, France. The European tour ends Saturday has the Cena crew in Berlin and the Orton crew in Rotterdam, Holland.
We're looking for reports on all of these shows.
Smackdown on Friday night from London:
Dolph Ziggler vs. Batista no DQ
Nikki Bella & Eva Marie vs. Naomi & Cameron with Summer Rae as referee
Sin Cara vs. Bo Dallas
Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio non-title
Usos vs. Erick Rowan & Luke Harper
UFC 173 takes place on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas:
Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m.
Jingliang Li vs. David Michaud
Aaron Phillips vs. Sam Sicilia
Anthony Njokuani vs. Vinc Pichel
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Mitch Clarke vs. Al Iaquinta
Chico Camus vs. Chris Holdsworth
Tony Ferguson vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Michael Chiesa vs. Francisco Trinaldo
PPV at 10 p.m.
James Krause vs. Jamie Varner
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Francisco Rivera
Jake Ellenberger vs. Robbie Lawler
Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson
Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title
New Japan's Back to the Yokohama Arena takes place late Saturday night at 1:40 a.m. Eastern and 10:40 p.m. Pacific atwww.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask & Desperado & Mascara Dorada vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Bushi & Kushida & Alex Shelley
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Yujiro Takahashi & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Wes Brisco & Rob Conway for NWA tag titles
Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka vs. Shelton Benjamin & Minoru Suzuki
Tetsuya Naito vs. Bad Luck Fale
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rolles Gracie
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi for Never Open weight title
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Katsuyori Shibata & Hirooki Goto - winner gets a title shot at
Anderson & Gallows for IWGP tag tiles
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Daniel Gracie for IC title
A.J. Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada for IWGP title
Raw will be Monday night from Knoxville with Daniel Bryan advertised on the show. While not official, as of yesterday, they were planning on a Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose match.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday from Atlanta.
We go into detail on WWE finances with the new television deal, the new WWE prospectus, exactly what the company needs out of the network to break even for 2015, to make up for lost PPV in 2015, to make profits back to 2010 levels, and how many subscribers it needs over the next five years to actually break even to actually cover all the start up costs. We also look at the new TV detail with more information as to where it looks to fit, why they didn't get what they wanted, why the number may be actually less than anyone is indicating, the conference call, vague numbers and why Wall Street threw them for a loop.
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..
-- And yet another law firm says it's launching an investigation into WWEfor "possible breaches of fiduciary duty".
-- Dave has a look hereat the Bellator ratings from Saturday night.
-- So after all the talk for months by the original Sin Cara that he had the rights to the Sin Cara name in Mexico, lo and behold now he says he thinks he should have a new name to break free from his past characters.
-- Dana White said yesterday that if Ronda Rousey faced Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match he'd chew her up, but in an MMA fight or a street fight she'd destroy him. This has been a talking point in MMA for at least a week now.
-- Uhaa Nation re-signed with EVOLVE/DGUSA.
-- Was Shawn Michaels' first run better or worse than his second run in terms of match quality? A statistical look here.
-- The Thursday night Bryan & Vinny Show is up right now with Granny IN STUDIO~! for I believe the first time, at least for a normal Bryan & Vinny program. I got a role in a film and due to the shooting schedule we'll probably have to do next week's show on Friday morning as well. After that, I'll be finished up. My call time tonight is 6:30 PM, so it's possible I won't be home in time to do After Dark as scheduled. I will tweet out updates through the evening. If the show doesn't air tonight it'll air next week as normal. One way or another, my guest will be Mark D. Levitz, the director, producer and writer of the documentary film I Survived BTK, which follows Charlie Otero, whose family was the first victim of the BTK serial killer. BTK was actually captured during the making of the documentary. Besides Amazon, it's also available on Netflix streaming right now if you want to check it out. After Dark airs most Friday night at 11 PM Pacific/2 AM Eastern on the Dark Matter Radio Network at darkmatterradio.net, or through artbell.com.
-- A look at the most famous character in the history of Wrestling at the Chase here.
-- This video has gone viral. Amatuer MMA fighter taps out to avoid having to beat up his opponent anymore.
-- ROH is doing a Memorial Day sale, 20% off DVDs and 10% off apparel.
-- Story on Dave Millican, who makes championship belts for a number of promotions most notably WWE, here. Yup, he made CNN.
-- Mike Quackenbush the special guest on the ChikaraCastat Angrymarks.com this week.
-- On that topic, I was unaware of this until today but you can actually buy WWE title belt finger rings, including a Winged Eagle ring. Check them out here.
-- If you are going to Vegas for the Figure Four/Wrestling Observer Convention in association with the two big UFC shows over July 4th weekend, Ed is constantly updating the Facebook page with new information here.
-- JR's barbecue sauce is heading to Canada: The Belly Buster Submarines is proud to announce the partnership between legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross and his family owned BBQ sauce. JR’s BBQ Sauce is expertly handcrafted using only the finest ingredients, passed down through family generations. The Belly Buster Submarines, Toronto’s most delicious sandwich franchise, is pleased to offer JR’s BBQ Sauce and its unique and distinct line up of flavours, including JR’s Original and new JR’s Hot BBQ Sauce. After being one of the top sellers of BBQ sauce in the US and the UK, JR’s BBQ Sauce will finally be made available in Canada.
-- IF YOU GET THE WWE NETWORK, WHAT WAS YOUR PRIMARY REASON?
Not any one reason, combination of things 35.3%
The PPVs 28.6%
Older footage of the territories 14.3%
Library of old PPV 9.9%
Old WCW footage 4.8%
Old WWF footage 3.6%
NXT TV show 1.6%
Other weekly TV shows 0.8%
Main Event weekly 0.4%
Legends House 0.4%
Older World Class footage 0.4%
WOULD YOU HAVE GOTTEN THIS WWE NETWORK IF PPVS WERE NOT PART OF THE PACKAGE?
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS REGARDING UFC 173?
Not watching because I don't watch UFC shows 30.3%
Not watching, not interested in the card 20.6%
Watching via illegal stream 11.5%
Would buy this as a PPV at a lower price 10.3%
Watching at a bar/restaurant 7.3%
Buying the PPV 6.1%
Watching prelims on TV, not the PPV 6.1%
Watching with friends 4.2%
Not watching, weak main event 3.6%
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS REGARDING NEW JAPAN AT YOKOHAMA ARENA?
Not watching because I won't get an iPPV 15.5%
Not watching because I'm not interested in foreign wrestling 15.0%
Not watching, card isn't strong enough 12.5%
Will wait for reviews after the show, then decide 12.0%
Would have watched, but a bad weekend for a show 10.5%
Watching on iPPV, not live 10.0%
Not watching because I won't watch any non-WWE wrestling 8.5%
Would watch at a lower price 8.5%
Watching iPPV live 7.5%
-- Pinnacle Fighting Championships today announced that its upcoming event,PinnacleFC 7: Pittsburgh Challenge Series, will be streamed via Internet Pay-Per-View via GoFightLive this coming Saturday night, May 24th. The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. ET live from the Greentree Sportsplex in Pittsburgh.
-- Bill Goldberg is now a part of Podcast One: Former WWE Star, NFL Lineman and motor sports enthusiast Bill Goldberg premiered today with Who’s Next with Goldberg on PodcastOne.com, the leader in audio on-demand programing and a division of Courtside Entertainment Group. Who’s Next with Goldberg launched today with racing legend Tony Stewart. Goldberg and Stewart talk shop as they take you behind the scenes of professional racing and share the adrenaline filled experience with his legion of followers. As a former NFL lineman, actor and undefeated Pro Wrestler, Goldberg talks to his celebrity friends every week as they share the real stories behind some of their real life adventures.
-- Speaking of Goldberg, a story hereabout why he chose UGA.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1906 - Frank Gotch defeated Tom Jenkins to regain the American Heavyweight Championship in a three fall match that lasted 57 minutes.
1961 - Wilbur Snyder & Leo Nomellini defeated Hard Boiled Haggerty & Gene Kinisky in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the AWA World Tag Team Championship.
1992 - Steve Austin defeated Barry Windham for the WCW Television Title in Atlanta, Georgia.
1996 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama defeated Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue for the All Japan Tag Titles in Sapporo, Japan