TUES UPDATE: Sting tweet, new stip for Main Event, Business Insider on Network, tons more
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 13:06
By Bryan Alvarez |
We're looking for your thoughts on Saturday night's UFC 175, 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 from these shows:
*WWE Sunday in Toronto (John Cena, Randy Orton, Reigns, Wyatt Family, Ziggler, R-Truth, Rusev, Cesaro and Kingston)
*WWE Sunday in Kingston, ONT (Rollins, Ambrose, Del Rio, E, Sheamus, Sin Cara),
*WWE Saturday in Broomfield, CO
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped tonight in Ottawa. Smackdown has Roman Reigns vs. Rusev as the main event. Main Event has Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio last man standing for the U.S. title and a Chris Jericho Highlight Reel with Bret Hart.
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.
Today's News, Notes and Links
The new double issue also has a major story on PED use in MMA, pro wrestling, limitations of drug testing, what is and isn't tested for when and where, along with the complete story of the situation with Chael Sonnen and his prospective future.
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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.
The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.
We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--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
-- Sting cryptically tweeted this today: "07.14.14". The belief is it's unrelated to WWE, but if it turns out that's incorrect we'll update ASAP.
-- Business Insider has a rather critical look at the WWE Network and why WWE is doing another free trial week.
-- Everything you ever wanted to know about the upcoming Ladies and Gentlemen, My Name is Paul HeymanDVD/Blu Ray, which is out in August.
-- Also out next week: WWE: United We Slam - Best of Great American Bash.
-- Dave looks at whose fortunes rose and fell coming out of UFC's International Fight Week here.
-- Antonio Inoki returning to Pyongyang North Korea for a big show at the end of August.
-- The case against Chael Sonnen, whose testosterone level in early June was a shockingly low 50, is here.
-- Raw Fallout with Bret Hart up here.
-- New Guardians of the Galaxy trailer with Big Dave Batista here.
-- We have a brand new FREE Figure Four Daily with Mason Ryan up on the front page right now! It also will be streaming throughout the day along with our other most recent shows on our FREE 24/7 stream at F4WLive.com. The stream is available for free through TuneIn Radio as well by searching "F4WLive". Spread the word!
-- Big thank you personally to everyone who came to the F4W/WON Convention in Las Vegas this year. If you missed Sunday's show, Dave and I are already planning some big stuff for next year including a live radio show taping Q&A session. EdinSanAntonio will slowly be gathering information as the year goes on since he's the official Convention coordinator. You can always get hold of him at
-- Speaking of the Convention, Paul Fontaine wrote in with this: "I'd like to pass on my thanks to all the Empire members who reached out and passed on their condolences to me and my family over the death of my father last Wednesday. We buried him today and it was really tough but the kind and heartfelt messages that were sent and also given in person in Vegas were appreciated and really helped me and my family get through it."
-- Today's ROH Tuesday roll-out concentrates on Michael Elgin here.
-- The Bullet Club’s Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows along with Rocky Romero started their own podcast for MLW. The first episode just dropped. They talk with other wrestlers while in Japan and take you inside New Japan. It’s called Talk’n Shop and is available at http://www.MLW.com right now.
-- Don't know what to make of this.
-- Arianny reports on the hottest dude in UFC.
-- Transformers x WWE Mash-up here.
-- This coming Friday on Over The Top Radio~! Ed and Cherry Brown will be recapping the Vegas Convention with site members who were there in person. Anyone there is welcome to call in, this Friday at 9:00 pm EST at blogtalkradio.
-- Pure Wrestling Association presents “Summer Assault: 9 Year Anniversary” July 19th, 2014 Alpine Club – 464 Maple Avenue Kitchener, Ontario, Doors Open at 7:00pm Bell Time at 7:30pm VIP in at 6:30pm
-- The city of Vancouver, BC, has proclaimed July 12 2014 'Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Day" to recognize ECCW as they perform at the historic Commodore Ballroom for the second time.
-- Commercial just ran during Raw advertising a main event on the Orlando Smackdown 7/22 event of a 6 man tag match: Roman Reigns/Dean Ambrose/Sheamus vs Seth Rollins/Kane/Bray Wyatt. Thanks to Jared.
-- NWA Smoky Mountain returns to Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium on Saturday, July 26. Kids 12 and under will be admitted FREE with a paying adults. All seating for this event will be first come, first serve. However, Advance Ticket holders will get in 15 minutes early, so they can get the first shot at getting the best seats.
-- The legendary tournament started in 2000 by Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW) is making its return on November 14 at the Manville VFW Hall in Manville, NJ. The Jersey J-Cup Tournament has featured top independent wrestling talent from all over the country, and served as the launching point for the headlining careers of several individuals as well. Past entrants in the J-Cup have included: CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, AJ Styles, Homicide, Jay Lethal, Low Ki, Alex Shelley, Judas Young, Reckless Youth, Super Dragon, Mike Quackenbush, The Briscoes, Johnny Storm, B-Boy, Jigsaw, Matt Striker and Sonjay Dutt.
-- Saturday July 12th, Slackers of O'Fallon, MO will be holding an in-store event and autograph signing with World League Wrestling stars Harley Race, Bobby Eaton, Leland Race, Dustin Bozworth, Stacey O'Brien, and Kyle Roberts! Come hang out with us from 5-7 on the 12th!
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1991 - The Barroom Brawlers defeated Jeff Jarrett & Robert Fuller for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
2002 - Jeff Hardy pinned WWE European Champion William Regal to win the title
-- AAW Friday July 18, 2014 115 Bourbon Street Merrionette Park, IL Doors open: 7:00pm Belltime: 7:45pm