By Bryan Alvarez |
Something of a quiet weekend with the Raw brand off tour and no major MMA shows.
We're also looking for reports from last night's show in Dalton, GA. The only news we got from the show is that Angle had to be helped to the back and the main event with Angle vs. Anderson ended abruptly. Angle has been working on hamstring injury for the past week, perhaps suffered in his TV match with Jeff Hardy, because he was very limited in what he could do at the house shows last week.
There are no Raw house shows over the weekend because the crew had the tough travel week last week, going straight from Raw to Australia, then straight back without the usual mid-week break. The Raw crew goes back to work on Monday night.
We're also looking for reports on these weekend events:
Smackdown opens its tour on Saturday night in Hamilton, ONT. Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton are the big three stars for the weekend tour. Orton had last week been pulled from these shows. TNA runs Saturday night in Gainesville, GA at the Georgia Mountain Center promoted as a homecoming for A.J. Styles, who is from Gainesville. ROH is in Charlotte at the Metrolina Trade Cente (Mark & Jay Briscoe & Rhett Titus vs. Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong, Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Caprice Coelman & Cedric Alexander vs. Lance & Harlem Bravado, Jay Lethal & Adam Page, Mike Mondo vs. QT Marshall).
Saturday is also the Evolve iPPV show at 5 p.m. Eastern:
- El Generico vs. Samuray del Sol
- Richochet vs. AR Fox
- Rich Swann & Super Smash Brothers vs. Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak & Orange Cassidy
- Sami Callihan vs. Masadsa
- Johnny Gargano vs. Jon Davis
- Christina Von Eerie vs Marti Belle
The big show of the weekend is TNA No Surrender from Orlando:
- Austin Aries vs. The Armbreaker (Drew Hankinson/Luke Gallows)
- Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe in Bound For Glory semifinals
- James Storm vs. Bully Ray in Bound for Glory semifinals
Winners of the semifinals meet for a title shot at Bound for Glory:
- Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle for tag titles
- Rob Van Dam vs. Magnus
- Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt for X title
- Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara for Knockouts title
Raw will be Monday night in Montreal. The big hook is that Bret Hart returns to Montreal's Belle Centre for the first time as a performer in nearly 15 years, since the legendary 1997 screw-job match with Shawn Michaels. In addition, it is being locally advertised as Pat Patterson Appreciation Night, although it is possible if not most likely those festivities will not be on television.
Smackdown will be taped in Ottawa on Tuesday.
THIS WEEK'S OBSERVER: THE 2012 HALL OF FAME BALLOT IS HERE
We've got a double issue week of the Observer, with two major features. We're looking at the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot, including a history of the voting. We look year-by-year at who has come close, and how trends in the business have changed. We look at the voting, how it's done, who does it, and who appear to be the strongest candidates. We also look at the new candidates on the ballot this year. We also have some research regarding Mexico, looking at who has won the Wrestler of the Year award in Mexico annually since the advent of Lucha Libre. We examine a lot of the close candidacies, the effect of death of voters and who is on the ballot from each region.
-- Bully Ray re-signed with TNA.
-- Dave Bautista was on MMA Uncensored Live last night (watch the whole episode) and noted that he got dropped for the first time in training last week, going head-up with Stephan Bonnar. He apparently loved the experience. He said he would be interested in returning to WWE at some point but was going to wait until the PG era died down a bit. He better not be holding his breath about that one. He said he'd like to work with HHH again (by far his most successful feud at the box office during his run), and also perhaps Brock Lesnar. He said if the deal was right he'd fight Lesnar in MMA, but he'd prefer to do a pro-wrestling battle instead. Me too.
King Mo on the show noted he'd be debuting for TNA in October. He just started training in Ohio Valley Wrestling. That will be an interesting story to follow as one month of training before a live TV debut has disaster written all over it 99 times out of 100. Or maybe he's the next Kurt Angle.
-- CSAC head Kathi Burns admitted today that they only tested two fighters on the Strikeforce Rousey vs. Kaufman show last month, those being Rousey and Kaufman. Both came up clean. Nobody else was tested, and they claimed that was not due to budgetary concerns, but rather, well, just because they didn't. CSAC is an absolute mess right now.
-- Speaking of Ronda Rousey, Rolling Stone has a bit in their latest issue detailing her "feud" with Kim Kardashian and outright proclaiming her the best female fighter ever.
-- As noted on Impact last night, Spike is giving TNA a one-hour countdown special before Bound for Glory on October 14th at 7 PM Eastern. Basically, it's a one-hour pre-show including one live match that you don't have to tune into the barker channel to see. WWE has been wanting something like this before their PPVs but USA hasn't bit yet. The TNA pre-show will also include highlights of Sting going into the Hall of Fame. Christian is doing the induction as part of the deal between WWE and TNA stemming from Ric Flair showing up at the WWE Hall of Fame this past WrestleMania weekend.
-- As noted on the front page, Bound for Glory has Austin Aries vs. Armbreaker (could have sworn Bobby Roode had an armbreaker finisher), James Storm vs. Bully Ray in a Bound for Glory semifinal, Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy in another semifinal (and their match on Thursday was great if you didn't see it), finals of the tournament, Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara for the Knockouts title, Daniels & Kazarian vs. AJ & Kurt Angle is Angle is healthy enough to go (he may have re-injured his hamstring for seemingly the third time this year at the house show last night), RVD vs. Magnus, and Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt for the X-Title.
-- Dave has a new story up here talking about how the cancellation of UFC 141 was a – wait for it – FORTY MILLION DOLLAR HIT. Any by hit, I mean hit to the pocketbook.
-- WWE did an exclusive video of AJ saying that while she lost her mind on Monday, she's feeling much better now and will be in a great state of mind when she introduces Bret Hart to the live audience in Montreal on Monday. Uh oh.
-- Very wacky article about Kane and Eve visiting India here. Kane talks Bollywood Theatre and majoring in English literature, and Eve, described as John Cena's on-screen girlfriend (???) strikes a muscle post next to a masked Kane in street clothes.
-- Don't forget the EVOLVE iPPV tomorrow night. We've got a one-hour interview with Gabe Sapolsky from this week talking the event, next year's giant WrestleCon in association with WrestleMania weekend, rumors of him negotiating with ROH from a few months back, and more. It's a great interview.
-- Regarding the World Series of Fighting announce team that was reported on this site and elsewhere (Kurt Angle, Bas Rutten and Michael Schiavello), sources close to WSOF say the announce team as listed and reported is not official.
-- Fox Sports has reported Tim Boetsch vs. Chris Weidman is official for the UFC's end of year show on December 29th.
-- Also confirmed, Sara McMann vs. Liz Carmouche for Strikeforce's 11/3 date in Oklahoma City.
How many buys would you predict for Anderson Silva vs. GSP?
Less than 700,000 7.3%
901,000-1 million 10.0%
1.0 to 1.1 million 17.9%
1.1 to 1.25 million 25.5%
1.26-1.5 million 23.0%
More than 1.5 million 12.7%
Who should Rock wrestle at WrestleMania?
C.M. Punk 49.5%
John Cena 17.7%
Brock Lesnar 17.5%
Randy Orton 1.7%
What should WWE do regarding three hour Raws?
It's a mistake, we already know it, work toward going back to two hours ASAP 56.4%
Smile, take the extra money, ratings aren't going to drop too much 16.0%
Give it time, evaluate it after football season 9.6%
Give it time, evaluate it after Mania 9.6%
In time, people will get used to three hours and it will do no harm 6.3%
In time, it'll be a bigger success than two hours 2.1%
-- HOOPLA with Truth Martini
-- Dutch Pro Wrestling on November 18th at the Leuningjes Arena (Julianastraat 49) in Poeldijk (next to The Hague), the Netherlands. Bully Ray and Tajiri are already confirmed and there is at least one other big name to be announced in the next week or two. For more info on the promotion, click here.
-- Red Canvas Fight Promotions, the only fight promotion to showcase the ‘Art of Submission’ in the cage and on the big screen, is set to make their debut in the mixed martial arts world in September with ‘Art of Submission 1.” Red Canvas Presents: ‘Art of Submission 1’ will take place on Saturday, September 15 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. Fans can also watch the fights live via internet pay-per-view on MSXN.TV.
-- A preview for the RF Video New Jack vs. Balls Mahoney face-off is up here. Whatever it is between the two, there were police stationed there just in case anything got out of hand.
-- If you live in South Florida a huge card is scheduled for next Saturday night, September 8th at the German American Clubhouse, 6401 Washington Street, Hollywood. Bell time is 8 p.m. The full lineup includes: Former WCW Champion and WWE superstar Vader vs. former TNA star Jesse Neal; "The Marquee" Bruce Santee (NWA Ring Warriors Grand Champion) vs. Chance Prophet; a four team tournament to crown NWA Ring Warriors Global tag team champions with Mosh & Thrasher (The Headbangers), Mikhail Ivanov & Aleksander Chekov (The Red-Devil Fight Team) managed by Adam Barisano, Wes Brisco & "The VIP" Cassidy Riley, and Steve "the Moose" Madison & Tommy Vandal; La Rosa Negra (Battling Bombshells Cahmpion) vs. "The Diva Beater" Sienna Duvall; "Iceman" Buck Q vs. Vordell Walker; and Billy Fives vs. Johnny Vandal.
-- Latest DOA Pro Wrestling TV show is up here.
-- New audio interview with Downtown Bruno, aka Harvey Whippleman, here.
-- East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! 45th ANNIVERSARY SHOW "CHAMPIONS COLLIDE!" Sat, Sept 15, 2012 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702 Doors Open: 6:00 PM Bell Time: 7:00 PM
-- New interview with Dolph Ziggler here
-- Over the Top Radio tonight talking the news of the week here.