By Bryan Alvarez
We're also looking for reports from tonight's Smackdown & NXT tapings in Toronto and Impact tapings in Orlando.
There will be a third day of Impact tapings on Wednesday in Orlando.
The return of Brock Lesnar, the story behind the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight getting on FOX, more on the first two UFC shows on FOX and thoughts on the two big heavyweight fights is one of our lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at the 12/30 date, Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem as a match, marketing of the fight and will UFC have its first hair vs. hair match.
We also have the summer WWE & TNA business charts, so you can see what is up, what is down, and some people may be surprised at the one aspect of business that is up, and more on how television ratings don't seem to have much correlation to business. We look at live attendance, TV ratings and PPV numbers for the last few months, what it all means, as well as television viewership of the various shows throughout 2011.
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We also look at a letter sent by the Culinary Workers union in Las Vegas to the Federal Trade Commission and their complaints regarding the business practices of UFC. We look at the items they bring up on a case-by-case basis.
We also have another in our series on this year's candidates for the Hall of Fame, with a look at the biggest drawing cards on this year's ballot. We also have a lot of notes on Edge, Sgt. Slaughter, Atlantis and others.
We also look at Rock at Survivor Series, the future of the Sin Cara character, lineup for Night of Champions, notes on Hell in a Cell matches, more on Santino Marella's auto accident, WWE injury updates, return to TV talked about for two legends, mystery G.M., the Divas take their feud seriously, and who is holding up the induction into WWE Hall of Fame of one of the greatest omissions.
We also update Gail Kim, JBL's potential to return, new WWE signee, Mick Foley's return, Edge talks about life after leaving wrestling and what question he's getting frustrated about being asked.
We also look at business numbers from the past week as well as details from all the major league house shows. We also have SummerSlam numbers.
We also look at the proposed return to wrestling of Bill Goldberg, as well as news regarding Batista and Chris Jericho, and proposals to run a bigger stadium show than WrestleMania.
We also have more on the career of Little Tokyo, the top midget star of the 70s and 80s.
We also have tons more on Matt Hardy and Kurt Angle's last week. We look at Angle's most recent arrest, his past arrests, his unique behavior as well as the writer and director of "Warrior" talks about Kurt Angle getting the role in the movie.
We also have our usual weekly features including ratings for all the major national shows, broken down the segment-by-segment for both Raw and Impact, showing which segments gained and lost viewers and evaluated their performance from an audience level.
We also have results from all the major league pro wrestling and MMA events over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.
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Also in this week's issue:
--First week of CMLL's Champion of Champions tournament yields bad news
--CMLL honors one of its longest lasting wrestlers
--Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero feud heats up
--Tragedy strikes a wrestler in AAA
--A look at Dragon Gate's upcoming weekend
--New Prime Minister of Japan and background as a fan as a wrestler
--Another wrestler looking at running for major political office
--Legends, freaks and fighters from other sports do major pro wrestling event this past week
--Major international star coming to U.S. promotion
--Another pro wrestler tests out MMA
--Another promotion claims they are doing PPV
--More on the Terri Runnels/New Jack court fight
--More on the arrest of Daffney
--More on death of Bill Kunkel
--Whatever happened to Steve Beverly
--Two former WWE female stars, one wants back in, the other has a major mishap
--A book on ESPN talks about the decision to get AWA wrestling
--Complete card for TNA No Surrender
--More on Styles vs Daniels program
--Bound for Glory series notes
--Ric Flair talks heath
--Former star hints returning to TNA
--More on the business of UFC 134 and UFC's PPV business this year
--A look at Anderson Silva as a draw
--Lots of injuries and new fights in UFC
--Olympic silver medalist debuts for Zuffa this week
--Notes on UFC's return to Japan
--Notes on Bellator's new season
--Fedor's proposed next fight
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-- The Strikeforce show this weekend drew only 274,000 viewers, which is pretty much a disatrous number. It barely beat the Bellator show on MTV2.
-- As noted on the front page, Daniel Cormier did, in fact, break his hand on Antonio Silva's giant head, so depending on how fast he recovers that could delay the Grand Prix finals, which were scheduled for January or February of 2012.
-- We've got a great one-hour interview with former WWE superstar Chris Masters up today, and it's FREE. Scroll down the right-hand side of the page to where it says "LATEST FREE RADIO SHOW", download and you're on your way. We talk everything from his first memories of wrestling to his most recent firing, which came just days after he was beating Jack Swagger on the road. We discuss how he got screamed at in his first week at Ohio Valley Wrestling, a legendary promo, working with one childhood idol and having another one massively disappoint him, the Masterlock challenge, battling demons for three years of his life, becoming one of the best workers in the company that nobody ever saw and when the switch flipped, and so much more. You can download the other free interviews as well, and I've said it many times, if you like the free shows I GUARANTEE you will love your subscription. In fact, a new listener named Mike just emailed us today to say, "Thanks guys! Bryan, I can personally vouch that your guarantee about signing up and loving the site is true. Between the newsletters and the radio shows, you all do a fantastic job." So don't miss out, join the fun!
-- The UFC on FOX press conference has been moved from September 15th to September 20th at 6250 Hollywood Blvd. Ticket sales have also been delayed a week, to the 21st.
-- Punk shirts were almost sold out immediately last night.
-- Dark matches for last night saw Mason Ryan beat Primo and Zack Ryder beat Drew McIntyre. Way to follow-up on the Ryder thing from last week's Raw.
-- The WWE Japan office reportedly announced that Raw is coming to Yokohama Arena on November 30th and December 1st for the Raw World Tour 2011. Tickets on sale September 24th, and allegedly all money will go to charity for the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
-- Just a reminder that I'm on Facebook at facebook.com/officialbryanalvarez.
-- Interview with Mick Foley up here.
-- Edge is also being billed for the September 20th Smackdown taping in Dayton, OH. That poor guy. He just did an interview talking about closure at SummerSlam and how he'd be fine never going through that curtain again, and now they want him there every week.
-- CM Punk will be on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani next week, it's 100th guest.
-- Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling, a show devoted to minis, debuts tomorrow at 10 PM Eastern on TruTV.
-- CMLL finally announced that their Anniversary show will take place on September 30th and be headlined by a ten-man cage match with Negro Casas, Felino (likely loser), Rush, Blue Panther, Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Texano, Hector Garza, Maximo and Mr. Aguila.
-- Last night, Tim Whistler, Larry Zbyszko's son, started wrestling training at the I Believe in Wrestling School alongside Cody Hall, under Scott Hall, Larry Zbyszko, and Chasyn Rance. Tim ring announced for the school event last Friday night and will be ring announcing this Friday night as well. Thanks to Al.
-- As of this afternoon Stacy Kiebler was trending number two on Yahoo.com, presumably for the George Clooney stuff.
-- Check this out. Jimmy Hart is on the right and Dionne Warwick is dancing in the cage above him. Thanks to Bob Barnett.
-- IWA East Coast returns to The Kings Way Center in Nitro WV on Tuesday September 20 at 7 pm with Sean Waltman, Necrobutcher and Sami Callihan.
-- David Lagana interviews the writer of 12 Rounds here.
-- Which of these UFC main events are you the most interested in?
Lesnar vs. Overeem 52.9%
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 21.5%
Jones vs. Jackson 14.8%
GSP vs. Condit 4.4%
Edgar vs. Maynard 3.1%
Miller vs. Bisping 0.9%
Mir vs. Nogueira 0.9%
Shields vs. Ellenberger 0.4%
Cruz vs. Johnson 0.4%
Leben vs. Munoz 0.4%
Belfort vs. Le 0.2%
What was the best of the weekend three show if you saw them all
TNA No Surrender 24.5%
31.0% of those responding saw all three shows. 49.3% of those responding watched none of the three. Of those, Strikeforce was watched by 48.2% of those responding. TNA was watched by 36.1% and Bellator by 38.1%.
Only 3.1% watched only TNA. Only 2.3% watched only Bellator while 10.4% watched only Strikeforce. As far as combination viewing, Strikeforce & Bellator and no TNA was 4.8%, Strikeforce & TNA and No Bellator was 2.0% and TNA & Bellator and no Strikeforce was exactly 0.0%
What do you consider the real main event for Night of Champions
Punk vs. HHH 87.7%
Cena vs. Del Rio 6.6%
Orton vs. Henry 5.7%
-- "Blood, Sweat & Fears", Lima, Ohio at UAW Hall 1440 Bellefontaine Ave., Door Open 6pm / Bell Time 7pm, Tickets $10 / 4 for $30 / $15 Reserved Front Row / $12 at the door.
-- “Metro Pro Wrestling” will hold their monthly live event in Kansas City, Kan. The show at Turner Rec Center (831 South 55th Street, Kansas City, KS 66106) will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with doors opening at 6:30. Friday night’s event features eight big matches, including a huge eight-man tag team elimination match in the main event of the evening. Tickets for Friday night’s show are available at http://www.metrowrestling.com and can also be purchased at Turner Rec Center the night of the event. Tickets start at only $15 for adults ($10 for children) and front-row seats are also available for only $20.
-- MuayThai Premier League (MPL) announced today that it signed a distribution agreement with a Canada-based sports media company, theScore Television Network (“theScore”) to bring world-class MuayThai to Canadian fans. theScore is the first major television network to air MuayThai in Canada. The first MPL event, “Stars & Stripes” is scheduled to air on September 13th, 2011 at 8 pm EST for theScore’s 6.8 million Canadian television audience. The event will feature such MuayThai legends as Buakaw, Julie Kitchen, Nathan Corbett and Baxter Humby, as well as upcoming talents, such as Artem Levin, Nieky Holzken, Valentina Shevchenko, Simon Marcus and many others, representing 15 countries in all.
-- Big interview with Lance Archer here.
-- Mike Sawyer has the latest on Mike Whitehead's legal issues here.
-- Interview with Rhett Titus here.
-- I Tap Boys has new full-color, fully-embroidered patches for sale here, plus the usual shirts, shorts, etc. Also, if you order $20 or more in merchandise you get a free t-shirt from the film "Warrior".
-- Upcoming Chikara events:
"Odyssey of the Twelfth Talisman"
Saturday evening - 9.17.2011
Live @ Brockton Boys & Girls Club
233 Warren Avenue in Brockton, MA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm, Doors open @ 6:30 pm!
"Martyr Yourself to Caution"
Sunday afternoon - 9.18.2011
Live @ The Highline Ballroom
431 West 16th Street in Manhattan, NY!
The action starts @ 4:00 pm, Doors open @ 3:00 pm!
-- Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk to Bill Apter here. Ed says it's one of the best shows they've ever done.