SAT UPDATE: Kind of weird UFC schedule, weekend update, Quinn thesis on buyrates, Silva explains his side, Batista to NXT, tons more
Saturday, 31 May 2014 10:42
By Bryan Alvarez |
We're looking for your thoughts on Thursday night's NXT Takeover as well as Friday's New Japan show so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on last night's NXT tapings at Full Sail University in Orlando and last night's TNA show in Pikeville, KY (Bully Ray vs. EC 3 in a tables match, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Jessie Godderz & DJ Zema Ion for tag titles, Seiya Sanada vs. Tigre Uno for X title, James Storm vs. Ken Anderson, Magnus vs. Gunner, Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe and Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim)
Today we will be looking for reports on the WWE house show in Springfield, IL (John Cena, Bray Wyatt, The Shield and Sheamus as headliners) and TNA show in Corbin, KY (Bully Ray vs. EC 3 in a tables match, Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. Jessie Godderz & DJ Zema Ion for tag titles, Seiya Sanada vs. Tigre Uno for X title, James Storm vs. Ken Anderson, Magnus vs. Gunner, Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe and Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim).
There are two UFC shows today:
From Berlin, Germany on Fight Pass at 12:30 p.m. Eastern and 9:30 a.m. Pacific time
Ruslan Magomedov (249) vs. Viktor Pesta (240)
Maximo Blanco (145) vs. Andy Ogle (146)
Pawel Pawlak (171) vs. Peter Sobotta (170)
Iuri Alcantara (136) vs. Vaughan Lee (136)
Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (185)
Drew Dober (155) vs. Nick Hein (154)
Nicklas Backstrom (146) vs. Tom Niinimaki (145)
Luke Barnatt (185) vs. Sean Strickland (186)
Francis Carmont (186) vs. C.B. Dollaway (185)
Mark Munoz (186) vs. Gegard Mousasi (185)
From Sao Paulo, Brazil (a weigh-in story on this show is on the front page)
Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Matt Hobar vs. Pedro Munhoz
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Richardson Moreira
Ricardo Abreu vs. Wagner Silva
FS 1 at 8 p.m.
Mark Eddiva vs. Kevin Souza
Gasan Umalatov vs. Paulo Thiago
Ernest Chavez vs. Elias Silverio
Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
Rony Jason vs. Robert Peralta
Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Warlley Aves de Andrade vs. Marcio Alexander Jr. in TUF Brazil middleweight tournament final
Antonio Carlos Jr. vs. Victor Miranda in TUF Brazil heavyweight final
Fabio Maldonado vs. Stipe Miocic
Sunday is the weekend's biggest show, Payback from Chicago
The Shield vs. Evolution elimination match
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt last man standing
Sheamus vs. Cesaro for U.S. title
Bad News Barrett vs. Rob Van Dam for IC title
Big E vs. Alexander Rusev
Paige vs. Alicia Fox for Divas title
Torito vs. Hornswoggle mask vs. hair as the pregame show match
Raw will be live on Monday night from Indianapolis
New Japan has another iPPV at www.ustream.tv/channel/njpw1972 at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo
Rocky Romero vs. Taichi
Tiger Mask vs. Nick Jackson
Taka Michinoku vs. Matt Jackson
Mascara Dorada vs. Alex Koslov
Hiroshi Tanahashi & ? & Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi & Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga
Kushida vs. Bushi
Desperado vs. Kenny Omega
Jushin Liger vs. Ricochet
Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Alex Shelley
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Cincinnati.
An update on Daniel Bryan and the WWE title, plus plans for PPV, early talk on Money in the Bank, heads up this week's double issue of the Observer.
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The lead story updates Daniel Bryan's return, the WWE title situation, estimated time frame of Daniel Bryan's return, Money in the Bank, how the idea of PPV changes and what the new goals need to be and how that changes the buildup philosophy of the big shows.
We also go into a blow-by-blow of why the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva match is off and questions revolving around the Sonnen vs. Vitor Belfort fight.
We also look at the end of two different major streaks in UFC, the longest unbeaten streaks among major league performers in MMA history, the best streaks ever, the performance of T.J. Dillashaw, Dillashaw vs. Urijah Faber, the Duane Bang Ludwig situation as well as mapping out the UFC PPV business between now and the end of the year.
We also have early business notes on UFC 173, what fighter on the show nearly had to pull out, the plight going forward of Dan Henderson and the welterweight title situation. We've also got match-by-match coverage of UFC 173 as well as how much everyone on the show earned.
We also have an update on WWE Payback, notes on show promotion, NXT Takeover, Update on Rey Mysterio, schedule for three of the biggest stars outside of WWE to begin with WWE as of right now, more on the WWE stock, more on the next WWE video game, update on Undertaker, Update on the next show in Madison Square Garden, new WWE movie, WWE funding the California State Athletic Commission, SummerSlam celebrity idea floated, Behind the scenes at Smackdown, Lana when she was in college, future of T.J. Wilson, Bray Wyatt portrayal and why it's being done the way it is, Daniel Bryan talks when he was fired by WWE, money, the irony of his push and his booking. We also have more on Batista, Bill Goldberg, WWE TV, what stat WWE used to project domestic network subscriptions that is valid, funny story about plans changing, former WCW wrestler at Performance Center, plus a rundown of the WWE European tour.
We also look at how New Japan Pro Wrestling resembles the glory days of Jim Crockett Promotions, and what is both good and bad about that comparison, the rise of the promotion, why there are danger signs ahead, A.J. Styles as champion, what big show now has everyone concerned, New Japan's next major shows coming up and full coverage of Back to the Yokohama Arena.
We also have news on the Bellator PPV, what the number says, the affect of Eddie Alvarez not being there, what it means regarding future shows, the Alvarez-Will Brooks confrontation and future shows.
We also look at the return of CHIKARA Pro Wrestling.
We also look at the latest promotion to get a bona fide network deal and what that means going forward.
We also have a look at how WWE and UFC PPV business does and doesn't affect the other as well as a lot of notes on things that affect business, including time frame, price, start time, match quality, what the WWE network needs to do for UFC to consider following their lead on PPV and why options of taking UFC away from PPV right now are so economically foolish.
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--More on the movie "Foxcatcher"
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--Most successful indie promotion in North America and their methods
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--Indie star who was scheduled for an MMA fight this weekend and what happened
--Former wrestler and NFL star and his role in a major lawsuit that has gotten national publicity
--Chris Sabin update
--More on the next ROH PPV show
--Update on the ROH show in Cyclones Stadium in Brooklyn
--ROH/New Japan relationship update
--Reaction to Tom Lawlor in ROH
--Notes on TNA summer TV plans
--TNA talks of changes
--New York ticket notes
--A huge deal with a major sports league that greatly affects UFC
--A look at UFC doing two shows on the same day and the schedule
--Story behind a legit fight with a UFC title contender
--Return of UFC Prime Time
--Lots of new UFC shows and matches
--The crazy TUF controversy that led to ratings doubling
--Renzo Gracie legal situation updated
--Don Frye national TV ad
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Today's News, Notes and Links
-- Wanderlei Silva explains his side of the story here. He says he wants the fight with Chael Sonnen more than any fight in his life and will do whatever it takes to fight on July 5th, including taking any blood or urine tests that are demanded of him. Dana White has noted that at this time, Silva has not been released and is only off the July 5th card.
-- Mark Munoz put it best regarding two UFC events on the same day: "Kind of weird."
-- Since we have been talking about it on several shows, the Brendan Quinn thesis on UFC/WWE buyrates is up here.
-- HHH did a Twitter chat before NXT Takeover, and one of the questions asked was who he'd like to get into the ring with if he could choose anyone from NXT. He said Sami Zayn. Don't blame him.
-- Speaking of, the NXT Fallout show that everyone is raving about is up here.
-- Batista is being billed for the June 12th NXT tapings. It's expected that this coming Monday's Raw will be his final date on the main roster for awhile as he's taking some time off.
-- For the weekend, Mike Sempervive will host with Dave tonight for all of the post-UFC festivities. I'll be back with three shows tomorrow, Wrestling Observer Live at 3 Pacific/6 Easter, a post-Payback show with Vinny and Craig at 8 PT/11 ET, and another new Observer Radio with Dave starting around midnight. Always check my Twitter @bryanalvarez for exact times/changes. Live shows aside, downloads are always up for subscribers within about 10 minutes after the conclusion of a show. You can sign up here.
-- If you missed Wednesday's show, we got Dave a remote link to the main studio so it's just like the old days of Eyada all over again.
-- A look at WWE's Legends of Mid-South Wrestling DVD/Blu-Ray
-- One of many stories on the film I've been shooting in Seattle over the past two weeks here. If you want to see the first film I did with Mark Jones many years ago when he was at the Seattle Film Institute, click here.
-- Eric Young's next project: Impact Wrestling superstar, self-avowed adrenaline junkie and recently crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion “Showtime” Eric Young has spent the last two summers crisscrossing the country in search of the oddest and craziest fishing techniques for his Animal Planet series, Off the Hook: Extreme Catches. From fishing in the frigid Bering Sea with a hardened crew of commercial fishermen to free diving 50 feet beneath the surface in the tropical waters of Hawaii to catch an octopus, Eric has embraced some of the most insane fishing practices and trained with the masterminds who pioneered them. Now, Eric’s never-ending thirst for adventure continues on land in the new 10-part series No Limits, where he tries his hand at some of the most extreme physical activities throughout and beyond the continental U.S., dreamt up by some of the most passionate outdoorsmen on the planet. From the intrepid to the insane to the just plain dumb and the all-out dangerous, Eric tests his limitations like never before. Premiering Friday, May 30, at 8 PM (ET/PT), No Limits follows Eric as he showcases adrenaline-fueled adventures that take him to the edge of his comfort zone. This season, Eric travels to New York, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Maine and many other locations to experience hidden thrills and to discover the wild subcultures and lifestyles of those driven to live the extremes that the outdoors has to offer. Whether he’s searching for invasive pythons in South Florida, river boarding through Class IV rapids on the Ocoee River in Tennessee, or climbing an Alaskan iceberg from a paddleboard, Eric (and his iconic manly beard) won’t stop until he puts his signature move on the competition.
-- Mike Mooneyham gets an update on Ric Flair here. He talks about potentially going back on the road with the company.
-- Geoffrey writes: Minor news note, someone called into Jim Cramer's TV show tonight to inquire about WWE stock, and Cramer told the guy to stay away, that there was too much uncertainty with Network signups. Cramer's pretty influential, so it may lead to more short term losses.
-- Speaking of the stock, 2 Big Questions World Wrestling Entertainment Must Answer
-- Interview with Frankie Kazarian here.
-- The new After Dark Radio with David Hatcher Childress is up on the front page right now. I had so much fun interviewing him. If you loved the show, a full list of all of his books is available here.
-- West Coast Wrestling Connection posted this. Doesn't sound good: BREAKING NEWS: Do to an incident that took place earlier this morning, Jake "The Snake" Roberts will not arrive in Portland in time to be a guest on Flight 750 w/Chad Doing this afternoon. WC officials are currently investigating the situation as well as any individuals that may have been involved. Jake "The Snake" Roberts has agreed to be a guest on Flight 750 w/Chad Doing where he will discuss the incident in the near future. Jake "The Snake" Roberts will still be in attendance at both shows in Portland and Salem this weekend. Stay tuned for any further information or announcements.
-- Markus writes: wXw just announced that Johnny Moss, Jon Ryan and Zack Sabre Jr. had been in a car accident in the UK and therefore would not be able to make the show tonight in Oberhausen. Seemingly no serious injuries, but Johnny Moss is on his way to the hospital. Moss/Ryan as Reign of Terror were supposed to be in a street fight against tag champs Hot & Spicy. Sabre was supposed to be in a four way with Big Daddy Walter, Bad Bones and Axeman and will be replaced by Karsten Beck. The winner will get spot #25 and the guy being pinned spot #1 in the Shortcut to the Top, a Royal Rumble style battle royal that same night. The reduced it from 30 to 25 due to the UK guys not making it. Also on the card is Tommy End vs Chris Hero for the world title and the final match of the best of three series with Melanie Gray and Svetlana Kalashnikova.
-- Christian notes: If you haven't already heard or been informed. Brooke Adams and Robbie E. to participate in the Amazing Race - Season 25. They have been identified as one of the 11 teams at the starting line.
-- Jocelyn writes: It looks like The UFC Brazil card on Saturday night will be broadcast in French on TVA Sport in Québec. It will start at 9PM Eastern. Not sure what the penetration of the station is outside the province. I never watched UFC on that station, I believe Patrick Côté is the color commentator.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1937 - Red Berry defeated Hugh Nichols to win the World Light Heavyweight Title in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1940 - Jules Larance defeated Gil Knutsen for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Ohio.
1944 - El Santo won the Mexican National Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico from Tuffy Truesdale in a tournament final.
1965 - Pepper Martin defeated The Mad Russian for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title
1968 - Alberto and Enrique Torres defeated El Mongol and Hans Schmidt in Atlanta, Georgia to win the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title.
1969 - In Boston, Massachussetts, Killer Kowalski defeated WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino in a Texas death match.
1971 - Tom Jones and Billy Red Lyons defeated The Spoilers for the Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Title in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1972 - Karl and Kurt Von Brauner defeated Robert Fuller and Kevin Sullivan for the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee
1972 - The Professional (Doug Gilbert) and Mike Webster won the NWA Florida Tag Team Title from Boris Malenko and Bob Roop in Miami, Florida.
1974 - Gene and Ole Anderson defeated Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller to win the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1975 - Ed Wiskoski (Col. DeBeers) defeated Jerry Oates for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas.
1979 - Great Kojika and Motoshi Okuma won the AJPW All Asia Tag Team Title, defeating The Kiwis (Butch Miller and Sweet William) in Noshiro, Japan.
1980 - Dick the Bruiser defeated King Kong (Bruiser) Brody in Indianapolis, Indiana for the World Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title
1981 - Jake Roberts defeated The Grappler to win the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title in Shrevport, Louisiana.
1982 - In Memphis, Tennessee King Cobra defeated NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Champion Bobby Eaton to win the title
1986 - Ron Bass defeated Tyree Pride in Nassau, Bahamas to win the NWA Bahamas Heavyweight Title
1986 - Eric Embry won the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico by defeating Super Medico I
1991 - Los Villanos (I, IV and V) defeated The Hawaiian Beasts (Kokina (Yokozuna), Fatu and the Samoan Savage) for the UWA World Trios Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
1991 - Bill Dundee defeated Tom Prichard (subbing for Eric Embry) for the USWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas
1992 - Chi Chi Cruz (Corey Peloquin) defeated Gerry Morrow in Winnipeg, Manitoba to win the West Four Wrestling Alliance Canadian Heavyweight Title.
1999 - Bam Bam Bigelow and Diamond Dallas Page defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Kanyon and Saturn (subbing for Raven) to win the title during a Monday Nitro event from Houston, Texas.
1999 In Moline, Illinois Jeff Jarrett (with Debra) defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion The Godfather to win the title and The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Kane and X-Pac to win the title during a Monday Night Raw event.
2002- In Louisville, Kentucky Flash Flanagan and Trailer Park Trash defeated OVW Southern Tag Team Champions The Lords of the Ring (Rob Conway and Nick Dinsmore) to win the title.
2003 - In Carolina, Puerto Rico, Carly Colón won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Title by defeating Sabu, and Alex Montalvo defeats Pablo Marquez for the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title. Also at that show, Eddie Colón won the vacant WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title by defeating Dominican Boy in a tournament final.
2004 - In Montreal, Quebec La Résistance (Robért Conway and Sylvain Grenier) defeated WWE World Tag Team Champions Edge and World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit to win the title.
-- Masked Republic's much raved about MaskedMania event that took place at the former ECW Arena in April will be available only through Saturday via Highspots.TV. Still only $9.95, the event featured a stellar lineup of both Mexican mega-stars and the some of the best local luchadors from the Philly area including stars of Chikara, CZW, and Extreme Rising. Among the most raved about matches were the main event of Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. LA PARK, Cassandro vs. "Spartan" Matt Cross (who will be featured next week on American Ninja Warrior), and Solar vs. Negro Navarro. For the full lineup and ordering link visit http://www.MaskedMania.com
-- On June 14, 2014 American Icon Autographs has 50 confirmed professional wrestling stars and legends appearing to sign autographs and take photos with fans at Harrah’s Resort Southern California. The autograph signing runs from 10am -5pm, with individual times to be announced.