WED. UPDATE: Emma firing and rehiring, Major TUE story, White talks UFC numbers for this week, may want legend to retire, Lawlor injured, Henry returns, Timing for WWE openings, Zack Sabre vs. Devitt, Flair, D-Lo Brown, UFC injury
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:40
By Dave Meltzer |
A rundown of the current WWE direction, including the SummerSlam card, key storylines, why John Cena got the title, the story behind the return of Chris Jericho, where Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt fit into the big picture, the Battleground card as well as Money in the Bank coverage are all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that should be up on the site shortly.
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The lead story looks at WWE long-term main event and title booking with the strengths and weaknesses right now. We look at the prospective SummerSlam card, and what main match looks to be off.
We look at Daniel Bryan's situation, the decision to go with John Cena as champion, Cena's future role in WWE, how long in advance this Cena title win was planned, and risks of going with Cena and how they mitigated that risk.
We look at fall PPVs and difference in importance of shows and why things have changed. We look at the details behind the return of Chris Jericho and A.J. Lee and Jericho's future. We also look at the Bad News Barrett injury, IC title Battle Royal. We also look at plans for Battleground.
We also have full coverage of Money in the Bank, business notes, satisfaction level, parts of the show that were very strange, gambling, show analysis and match-by-match coverage with star ratings. We also have poll results on the show.
Our story on the firing of Chael Sonnen goes into more detail on his test failures, testing for HGH & EPO, Dana White talks about the firing, previous UFC firings over drugs, and what really killed Sonnen.
We also look at the significance of the Sonnen positive test in the sorts world, the realities of HGH testing, why there are so many jacked up guys in a drug tested WWE, the message to the athletes, Vitor Belfort's explanation for his test failure, and why the situations with Belfort, Sonnen, Alistair Overeem and Wanderlei Silva point to gaping problems in MMA testing. We also look at the frustrating aspects of that story. We look at costs of testing, why outside agency testing is superior to companies handling the testing, the future of Sonnen as a fighter, broadcaster and personality, as well as prospects for him in other organizations.
We also have more on the situation with Emma, details on the arrest, and more.
We also look more at how extensive WWE future cutbacks are expected to be, the release of Josh Matthews, changes of late in WWE Network, the latest on big name international stars coming in, update on Tough Enough shooting, WWE star doing a movie right now but will remain on TV and in top angles, Dwayne Johnson battles depression, his box office success, football career, getting into wrestling, and his changes while in Hollywood. We also look at new Johnson projects and what it would take to get him back for WrestleMania next year.
We have notes on the WWE video game cover, Bruno Sammartino, Sting, what's new with Steve Austin, a last minute change in the show closing match at WrestleMania, WWE star says retirement isn't far away, Cesaro injury notes, former WWE wrestler talks about what killed the locker room, more names from NXT who are about to start on the main roster, NXT evaluations, lots of NXT news and injuries, Hulk Hogan's return, plus a look at all the weekend house shows.
We've also got complete coverage of the UFC doubleheader last week, business notes, controversies, a great promo and match-by-match coverage.
We also have our monthly WWE business rundown, looking at attendance, ratings, DVDs, and merchandise and break down what the numbers are really saying.
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--Latest from Arena Mexico
--International group announces iPPV at the worst time possible
--Notes on Dragon Gate's biggest show of the year and iPPV
--Notes on Wrestle-1's Sumo Hall show and the controversy over the TNA X title
--We look at the story behind Sanada defending against Great Muta when Sanada isn't champion
--We look at what this says about TNA in Japan and pro wrestling interest and credibility in Japan compared to the past
--We look at the matches TNA stars will be in on the show
--We look at the final week of a 42 year old wrestling company that was among the most successful pro wrestling companies in history in its heyday, accomplishing some things nobody else has ever come close to
--We look at the realities behind the end of the company and why nobody is noticing
--Former UFC title challenger returns to All Japan Pro Wrestling
--Notes on New Japan title change this week
--Hiroshi Tanahashi set to work DDT's biggest show of the year
--Former UFC fighter from Japan hired to train pro wrestlers
--A.J. Styles indie news
--The death of Audrey Russell, the wife of Lance Russell
--Notes on the death of Damien Farren
--Notes on a new wrestling TV pilot being shot this week
--Vince Russo talks ideas and Vince McMahon
--The story behind the ramp at Maple Leaf Gardens, including a big drawing heel, a murder and a return after a murder
--Former WWE performer gets a TV gig
--Former WWE performer shoots movie role
--Oldest living pro wrestlers
--Wrestler nominated for major sports award
--Why infamous killer quit as booker
--Notes on ROH going to the U.K.
--Lots of ROH contracts coming due
--What former WWE star was contacted about appearing on the ROH Best in the World show and wasn't there
--Future ROH dates of A.J. Styles and young Bucks
--Background of Michael Elgin
--Story behind Bound for Glory being in Japan
--Why the show won't be live and will that mean anything
--Notes on makeup of the show and finances
--Dixie Carter and the power bomb by Bully Ray
--Big TNA announcement
--Bully Ray's ideal promotions
--A look at TNA's next PPV show
--What part of TNA TV in recent years has been dropped
--A look at the names brought to TNA TV
--Who is staying and who is going
--The story behind the New York tapings
--Story behind Seiya Sanada as X champion
--Reactions to TNA's New York tapings
--What Bully Ray said about Brooke Hogan
--Four sides vs. six sides and Lance Storm's comments
--Chris Benoit discussed by MVP on Jim Ross' podcast
--A look at TNA television through mid-August with all the matches, angles and direction
--Pat Miletich goes into UFC Hall of Fame
--A look back at Miletich's career
--A look at this weeks' UFC fights
--Thoughts on the PPV numbers
--Thoughts on the main events
--More on UFC's deal for a Japanese network tournament and how it will work
--How this is the same as Ultimate Fighter and how this will differ
--What are the biggest obstacles
--Update on Rousey vs. Carano talks
--UFC big show schedule for the rest of the year
--UFC champion picking up key endorsements
--Return of Japanese stars from the glory days
--Rousey gets BJJ community up in arms
--Dana White talks 2015 schedule
--GSP gets bad publicity
--Forrest Griffin talks experience on TRT
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Lots of new PPV numbers
--Notes on WSOF live on NBC
--WSOF pay records
--One of the biggest crowds in MMA history went unnoticed
--Return to fighting of two very controversial characters fired by UFC
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WEDNESDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering all the latest news as well as taking your e-mail questions to
--Lots of people were surprised about the firing of Tenille "Emma" Dashwood (who has since been rehired) in comparison to others whose offenses were far worse. The WWE stated that upon further evaluation, Dashwood has been reinstated and would be punished. The only thing we heard is that people had brought up the Jake "Jack Swagger" Hager and Ariane "Cameron" Andrew cases in recent years, and how neither was fired. The company was getting criticized for what came off as an overreaction to a minor crime in comparison to those two. That's not to say it's the main reason, but it was confirmed that it was brought up.
--The book "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the quest to end Baseball's Steroid Era," which was excerpted in Sports Illustrated, reveals for the first time that Alex Rodriguez was given a TUE for TRT during the 2007 season. It noted that 111 TUE's for various drugs were given that season, but only two for testosterone. He got a second TUE for the 2008 season, where three players were allowed TRT. During a lot of the talk about MMA and TRT, the idea was that no other sports allowed it when that was never the case. TRT was approved in some cases in baseball and football, and WWE had several approvals as well.
--In an article by Yahoo's Kevin Iole, Dana White claimed that a study said that UFC activities this week in Las Vegas will have $175 million in economic impact on the city. That sounds awfully high since WrestleMania, which brings in far more travelers from around the world, barely does that number. White claimed Saturday's gate would top $5 million and Sunday's show would top $500,000. They only set up Sunday for 5,000 seats but apparently they are sold out and they are now opening up the upper deck at $50.
--White also said that if B.J. Penn loses on Sunday to Frankie Edgar, he will push Penn to retire. I think maybe talk of that should be done after the fight. If he loses but has a great fight with Edgar, who is top three or four in the division, than Penn may have life left as a featherweight. If Edgar runs through him, yes, then Penn probably should retire. That fight would have really helped as a strong third from the top on Saturday's PPV.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops):
1973 - Spyros Arion & Mark Lewin beat Hiro Tojo (Great Kabuki) & Waldo Von Erich in Adelaide to win the Austra Asian tag title
1982 - Steve Rickard beat Killer Karl Krupp in Auckland to win the British Commonwealth title
2000 - Zandig beat Tomoaki Honma in Tokyo to win the Big Japan death match title
2010 - Alex Koslov & Christina Von Eerie beat Aero Star & Lady Apache to win the AAA mixed tag team titles
--UFC Fight Pass will host media day at Noon Eastern time. The first hour will feature the cast of TUF 20 (the women's strawweights going in a tournament for the title), plus coaches Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis. At 1 p.m., Frankie Edgar & B.J. Penn will be doing media. At 2 p.m., Dana White talking to the media. Also during the day will be new interviews with Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey.
--Zack Ryder noted on twitter that WWE is no longer selling any of his merchandise at the WWEshop.com site.
--Mark Henry is scheduled to return on the 7/12 show in Madison Square Garden.
--Tom Lawlor suffered a training injury and had to pull out of his 7/19 fight in Dublin against Ilir Latifi. No word on the injury past that Lawlor doesn't think it will require major surgery. Lawlor is likely to be at some of the Observer/Figure 4 convention activities in the next few days. Bryan will be arriving tomorrow and I'll be getting in Friday. Friday night will be a banquet and a post-banquet party in Las Vegas. plus there are activities starting all day tomorrow for those in town for UFC 175.
--Even on Stubhub, there are only 206 tickets left for UFC 175, starting at $283 for the cheapest tickets.
--If you are an indie referee and have WWE aspirations, this may be a good time to contact WWE because three NXT referees are moving to the main roster, so there are likely spots opening. Do not apply unless you are in good cosmetic shape.
--Bret Hart turned 57 today. He will be on Raw Monday. WWE ref Charles Robinson turned 50, and unlike most in wrestling, he looks a lot younger. Scotty 2 Hotty turned 41.
--Mike DiBiase, the adopted father of Ted, was 45 when he passed away of a heart attack in the ring in Lubbock, TX in 1969. Mike was a major star in that part of the country and was a college wrestling All-American before that. Steve Stanlee was 90 when he passed away in 2010. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History.com)
--WWE stock was up 12 cents per share today, closing at $11.87
--Last week's first run episode of Ultimate Fighter did 341,000 viewers watching via DVR, which is only slightly less than a number watching live. It came close to being the first MMA television show to have more viewers via DVR than live.
--The Fight Network will be having regular coverage of UFC 175 from now through the weekend. They will carry weigh-ins live on 7/4 at 7 p.m. Eastern, the weigh-ins for the 7/6 show on 7/5 at 4 p.m. Eastern, a post show after the PPV and Monday at 7 p.m. will be recaps of both shows.
--Ric Flair will be doing a Q&A on both 7/19 and 7/20 for the Clickjab Entertainment convention in Phoenix at the Airport Marriott. Among those also appearing at the convention are Bret Hart, Bill Goldberg, Sean Waltman, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Lita, Edge, Brooke Tessmacher, Lisa Varon, Maria Kanellis
--Flair will be in Lawrenceville, GA on Saturday night for the Gwinnett Braves minor league game, throwing out the first pitch. He will also be doing an autograph signing.
--WWE announced a Smackdown taping on 9/23 in Little Rock.
--Thiago Alves suffered a knee injury and had to pull out of his 8/23 UFC fight in Tulsa where he was to face Jordan Mein. Mein will now face Brandon Thatch which could be a hell of a fight.
--Joanna Jedrzejczyk (6-0) will face Julianna Lima (6-1) as a new fight on the UFC's 7/26 show in San Jose.
--D-Lo Brown has been hired by Future Stars of Wrestling for its training school in Las Vegas. Brown joins the staff that includes head trainer Michael Modest, Kenny King and Sinn Bodhi. For more info, go to www.futurestarsofwrestling.com
--Anarchy Championship Wrestling on 7/20 in Austin, TX at Mohawk
--Future Stars of Wrestling on Sunday in Las Vegas before 450 fans: Allie Parker b Kikyo Nakamura, Jakob Austin Young over Virgil Flynn and Willie Mack, Big Duke b Cutler Wright, Sinn Bodhi b Lorenzo Henderson, Nick Bugatti , Evan Daniels and Eli Everfly in five-way, Michael Modest b Greg Romero-DQ, Hell Hounds over Los Pistoleros and Leon Hate & Jefe, Clutch b Killa Gorilla in a stretcher match, Brian Cage b Roderick Strong, Tyshaun Prince & Gods of War b Alkatrazz & Sweet n Sour, Whirlwind Generation b Suburban Commandos in ladder, match, Brandon Gatson NC Gregory Sharpe, Jakob Austin Young b Brandon Gatson to win No limits title and unmasked revealing Bryce Harrison. Next show is 7/27 at Sam's Town Casino in Las Vegas with Alkatrazz vs. Matt Hardy, Whirlwind Generation vs. Robbie E & Jessie Godderz plus Kenny King, Ethan Carter III, Disco Inferno, Michael Modest, Brian Cage and Willlie Mack.
--ACW Queen of Queens results from Sunday in Austin TX: Athena b Jenny Rose, Leva Bates b Angel Blue, Jessica James b Miss Dixx Lexia, Su Yung b Candice LaRae, Leva Bates b Athena, Su Yung b Jessica James, Su Yung b Leva Bates to win the tournament (thanks to Ed Loredo)
--Former NFL player Quinn Ojinnnaka, Moose in ROH, returns to I Believe in Wrestling on Sunday at 6 pm. to challenge Rhett Giddins for the Florida title. Giddins beat Ojinnaka for the title on 5/3. Chasyn Rance and Brittany are also on the show.
--Yesterday, during the U.S. vs. Belgium game on Univision, the Spanish language announcer at the 88:00 mark, suddenly said, in English, "To be the man, you've got to beat the man." (thanks to Luis Fontova)
--CWE Canada Day results from yesterday in Selkirk, Manitoba: Brain Rich b Bobby Collins, Bobby Jay b A.J. Sanchez, Moses Luke b J.J. Sanchez, Danny Duggan b Mike Mission, Matt Fairlane b Tyler Colton-DQ, Matt Fairlane & Danny Duggan & J.J. Sanchez b Tyler Colton & Moses Luke & Mike Mission. Next show is 7/26.
--Horizon Wrestling on 7/27 in Leonardtown, MD headlined by Greg Excellent vs. Rhett Titus
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla: Black Tiger & Millennium & Paris b Centauro de Fuego & Rey Apocalipsis & Toro Bill Jr., Arkangel de la Muerte & Nitro & Siki Ozama Jr. b Pegasso & Starman & Tigre Rojo Jr., Angel de Oro & Blue Panther & Stigma b Dragon Rojo & Polvora & Virus, Asturiano b Pequeno Black Warrior in a mask vs. hair match so Warrior lost his hair, Euforia & Pierroth & Ultimo Guerrero b Brazo de Plata & La Mascara & Maximo, Rush b Shocker
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Omar Brunetti & Metatron b Acertijio & Evola, Magnus & Starman & Stigma b Demonio Rojo & Rafaga & Yaqui, Goya Kong & Marcela & Silueta b Amapola & Princesa Blanca & Tiffany, Malefico b Stuka Jr., Gran Guerrero & Negro Navarro & Shocker b Blue Panther & La Mascara & Solar, Ultimo Guerrero b Atlantis (thanks to Kris Zellner & Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Solar vs. Skayde takes place on 7/6 in Chicago at Arena Jammba
--Stuka Jr. will be wrestling on an indie show on 7/12 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club along with former WWC star Noriega
--Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez & Homicide vs. Damian 666 & Halloween & Luke Hawx headlines an 8/15 show at the Auditorio in Tijuana.
--Low Ki vs. Christopher Daniels headlines for Right Coast Pro Wrestling on 7/26 in Newark, DE at the Life Community Church, the first singles match between the two in seven years.
--A.J. Styles vs. Steve Anthony headlines NWA SummerClash on 7/4 in Benton, AR on a show that also includes Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson vs. Matt Riviera & Greg Anthony, as well as Rob Conway.