By Bryan Alvarez
We're also looking for reports on Sunday's WWE joint branded show in Lubbock Saturday night's Raw show in El Paso, Saturday's Smackdown show in Amarillo, as well as Sunday's 's TNA show in Hillsdale, MI.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight in St. Louis.
A look at the return of The Rock at Survivor Series, the fall of Matt Hardy, the fallout of Night of Champions, backstage at Raw and coverage of a number of major shows headlines this coming week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The lead story concerns the first match in seven-and-a-half years of The Rock, as we talk about ideas for the match, the good and bad from a business standpoint, his last match, his first major WWE match and the coincidences of that, the booking of the match and the Rock vs. Cena dynamic. We also look at how much Rock's appearance likely meant for WrestleMania, what Survivor Series is coming off doing, the UFC competition that weekend and crowd reactions.
We also look at all of Matt Hardy's legal issues, his latest arrests, details of the arrests, his girlfriend's claims of the story, what led to this latest arrest, his video saying he's going to rehab and a look at that. We also look at the legal issues he's facing.
We also look at the records set by John Cena at Night of Champions. We look at the background of Mark Henry and how he got to where he now is over 15 years, looking at pre-wrestling, his WWE signing and when it actually took place, his days as an Olympian, his beginning in WWE, his near firing, and his title win.
We look at the business of Night of Champions, a look at the decisions in he various title matches and story line ramifications. We also have match-by-match coverage with star ratings, but polls on this show, the UFC show and the ROH show.
We look at the final UFC Fight Night on Spike, what the Jake Ellenberger win means in the welterweight division, business notes on he show, how each match did in the ratings and the surprising ratings champ match for the night. We also have match-by-match coverage from the show.
We also look at ROH's Final Battle early notes, including head-to-head competition that day, and a rundown of the Death Before Dishonor iPPV show.
We also have a feature on Brian Stann, and how 9/11 changed his life, the friends he lost, how it made him a fighter, what it was like in the Naval Academy on that day, the reactions and a lot of memories. This is a really notable story about one of UFC's biggest stars, who fights in two weeks.
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--Pro wrestler involved in a major holocaust
--AAA's Heroes en Inmortales lineup including a number of TNA names being on the show
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--Hall of Fame wrestler returns to New Japan for one night
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--Sakuraba says how long he wants to continue fighting
--Fallout of the Mayweather fight
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-- Multichannel News reporting Mayweather vs. Ortiz drew in excess of 1 million buys, which speaks to the drawing power of Mayweather, since Victor Ortiz shouldn't have meant much.
--Hell in a Cell after last night has John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk in the cage for the title, Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton also in the cage for the World Title, Kelly vs. Beth for the Diva's belt, and Christian vs. Sheamus. Kofi & Evan vs. Dolph & Swagger is also likely taking place. More matches announced tonight one would presume.
-- Last night's football game did an 11.92 metered market rating which is very big.
-- Rey Mysterio will be needing a second surgery on his knee to reinforce his PCL, so he might be out of action even longer than first anticipated.
-- While Superstars appears to be dead as an online show due to low viewership, they're still taping matches for overseas distribution.
-- Bellator did 158,000 viewers this week, up from last week's show, which was a ratings disaster, but still not very good. UFC Prelims, however, did 1.6 million viewers, the third-best rating of all time for that show.
-- Tickets for UFC 139, Shogun vs. Henderson from the HP Pavilion, go on sale tomorrow for Fight Club members, Friday for the general public, at $400, $300, $225, $150, $75 and $50.
-- Reby Sky on Howard Stern talks Matt going to rehab here.
-- Apparently it was supposed to be a mystery last night who lowered the cage at the end of the show. A lot of the different angles were actually more to build up Vengeance than Hell in a Cell this coming Sunday.
-- For those who read last week's Observer, you will be pleased to know, as people inside WWE were, that it was a Happy Vince week.
-- For tonight's Shawn Michaels hunting show, Shawn and his wife Rebecca hunts whitetail while Shawn's son, Cameron, attempts to get his first buck. A family that shoots together stays together. Or something like that. This episode premieres tonight on the Outdoor Network and will be replayed many times.
-- For the October 7th Raw in Denver, they're billing the dark match main event as the WWE title being defended twice in one night. Del Rio, billed as champion, faces CM Punk, and the winner of that match faces John Cena. Card subject to change as always, and as it did since this advertising was put out. Thanks to Christopher.
-- A video plus replay info for UWF HOOD JUSTICE is up here. Vinny and I will be reviewing this show tonight and I know Todd Martin has a lot to say about it as well.
-- We have a great interview up today with former WWE creative writer Court Bauer talking the latest inside the company, including plans for the WWE Network, how far along they appear to be, morale, changes in creative and a lot more. Great show.
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-- For members, the rest of the week we've got shows scheduled with Jerry Jarrett talking the Memphis Heat DVD, John McCarthy talking his new book and the history of mixed martial arts, Lance Storm, Todd Martin, Josh Nason and probably a special MMA guest as well, plus two more Bryan & Vinny Shows and an After Dark Radio. And that just between now and Friday, and isn't counting shows that will be produced by all of our other great hosts.
-- Kris Zellner with the latest from Mexico: Mr. Aguila had some choice words regarding Maximo building up their participation in the big Infierno del Ring cage match on EMLL's 78th Anniversario show at Arena Mexico saying that Maximo not only defames lucha libre with his ugly body but he is an offense to the gay community with his fake exotico gimmick. Aguila said that Maximo comes from a great wrestling family and should be dedicated to being a great wrestler not some guy pretending to be a woman or gay. Aguila said that he respects gay people and Maximo should be ashamed of himself. Aguila went on to say that Maximo confessed to him years ago that he was a fan of the way he wrestled but his actions has been the complete opposite. Aguila then brought up Rey Bucanero being in the match and said that he owes him some payback for taking his hair last year in Arena Mexico after he used an illegal piledriver which Aguila blamed the commission for not seeing causing him to lose. Aguila said that he would take someone's hair to bring back as a trophy for his fans.
-- What was the best weekend show?
UFC 135 80.6%
Titan Fighting Championships 4.4%
Strikeforce Challengers 2.8%
Who will be the longest lasting from today of the current UFC champions?
Jon Jones 35.9%
Anderson Silva 27.6%
Jose Aldo Jr. 3.4%
Dominick Cruz 3.1%
Cain Velasquez 2.3%
Frankie Edgar 1.3%
Which champion vs. champion fight do you most want to see?
Silva vs. Jones 46.9%
GSP vs. Silva 39.9%
Jones vs. Velasquez 8.2%
Cruz vs. Aldo 2.1%
Edgar vs. GSP 2.1%
Aldo vs. Edgar 0.9%
Who should be WWE's biggest babyface star?
Sin Cara 4.0%
Del Rio 0.5%
If Bobby Roode wins the TNA title will you have?
More interest in TNA 37.5%
Less interest in TNA 5.7%
The same amount of interest in TNA 56.8%
-- Great British wrestling returns to TV this Winter with Varsity Pro Wrestling premiering a brand new high-impact wrestling show on My Channel (Sky 219). For ongoing updates about VPW-TV, join the Varsity Pro Wrestling group on Facebook, follow @varsitypro on Twitter or go to www.varsityprowrestling.com.
-- In Your Face Wrestling Presents Our anniversary event Season 5: Cauldron of Hate Saturday, October 1, 2011 7:00pm Ballston Area Community Center 20 Malta Ave. Ballston Spa, NY Directions: http://www.iyfwrestling.com/bacc.php
-- Wrestling Culture talks the Hall of Fame career of Terry Funk here.
-- AWE Night of the Legends PPV on October 15th from Augusta Expo in Fisherville, VA with Kevin Nash, DDP, Rock & Roll Express, Terry Funk, Jim Duggan, Fit Finlay, Tommy Dreamer, Lita, Perry Saturn and more, live on PPV at 9 Eastern / 6 Pacific for $24.95.
-- Former Ring of Honor owner Cary Silkin talks about the purchase of ROH by Sinclair, how you can watch ROH TV if you don’t have a Sinclair affiliate in your area, early feedback on the Sinclair debut, TV production, retention of talent, the CM Punk angle, the future of ROH on PPV, future of Nigel McGuiness in ROH, status of Colt Cabana and Chris Hero, meeting Dixie Carter, and more in this forty five minute exclusive interview.