Friday, 14 October 2011 12:51
By Bryan Alvarez
Showtime has an M-1 Global show from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix tonight at 11 p.m. with these TV bouts:
Yasubey Enomoto (168) vs. Josh Thorpe (166)
Tom Gallicchio (170) vs. Daniel Madrid (165)
Arthur Guseinov (185) vs. Eddie Arizmendi (186)
Kenny Garner (255) vs. Maxim Grishin (220) for the M-1 Global interim heavyweight title
Vinny Magalhaes (204) vs. Mikhail Zayats (205) for the M-1 Challenge light heavyweight title
Tomorrow will be two WWE shows, a 1 p.m. Smackdown show in Veracruz, plus Raw will be taped tomorrow night at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. They moved Smackdown to an afternoon show so the top names from Smackdown can be brought to Mexico City for Raw.
Bellator tomorrow night from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City:
Fights live on Spike.com at 7 p.m.
Brian Kelleher vs. Claudio Ledesma
Andria Caplan vs. Adrienne Seiber
Ryan Contaldi vs. Tim Carpenter
Karl Amoussou vs. Joey Kirwan
Duane Bastress vs. Daniel Gracie
Live on MTV 2 at 9 p.m.
Jacob Kirwan vs. Rene Nazare
Bryan Baker vs. Ryan Roberts in the middleweight tournament semifinal
Brain Rogers vs. Alexander Shlemenko in the middleweight tournament semifinals
Bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky vs. Ryan Roberts in a non-title match
Sunday is headlined by TNA's Bound for Glory PPV from Philadelphia. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. with Mexican America vs. Ink Inc. in a tag team title match that will air on Facebook and not on PPV. PPV is Winter vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts title, Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan vs. Crimson, Austin Aries vs. Brian Kendrick for the X title, RVD vs. Jerry Lynn in a full metal mayhem (TLC) match, A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels in an I Quit match, Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson in a falls count anywhere match, Hulk Hogan vs. Sting and if Sting wins, Dixie Carter returns, and Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA title. Jeff Hardy will likely have a confrontation with Jeff Jarrett to build to a future match.
Sunday is also the WWE Smackdown tapings from Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Mil Mascaras is announced as appearing on this show.
TNA will be taping Impact on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in Orlando. No day after the PPV taping.
Our annual Hall of Fame issue of the Observer, the most talked about issue of the year, will be coming out in next week. If you are a print subscriber and sign up for this set, you will be getting the issue. It will be a double issue with bios of new Hall of Famers, complete voting records and a detailed story plus the updated list of Hall of Fame members.
WWE's most heavily hyped DVD release of the season, the Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels face-to-face with Jim Ross as moderator, is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The DVD looks back at the career of both men, with a heavy emphasis on one of the most famous matches in history, the 1997 Survivor Series match. In our new issue, we look back at the careers of both men, their legacies in the sport, the events leading to the double-cross and looking back 14 years, perspective on how it went down and a key, perhaps the key person involved, in what ended up leading to Vince McMahon making the call that he did.
We look at the DVD, comments from both men, historical accuracy, the Vince McMahon viewpoint, how Jim Ross directed traffic, the emotion from both men and why this DVD will be tough to top in future releases.
We look at what has been said that makes sense and a key thing said that to this day still doesn't make sense. We look at who knew, and the key phone call with Vince McMahon, Michaels and HHH, in Michaels own words about how it went south.
We look at how much wrestling has changed and how something that was so big then looks so silly now. We look at both men's career before WWE, what frustrated Shawn Michaels so much when his WWE career started and how something that was considered a positive for him in the ring in the AWA was such a negative in WWE. We look at the unique perception of size in pro wrestling in those days, as well as the days of The Rockers and The original Hart Foundation in the 80s and early 90s.
We talk about the night The Rockers won the tag team titles, only to have it erased from history, and the reason why given publicly as well as the real reason. We look at Bret Hart talking about one of his worst matches ever in the company.
We look at Hart winning the IC title, and why Hart thought it was a breakthrough, as did Jim Ross, and why Michaels did not, but what Michaels saw that Hart did that was a breakthrough for him. We look at why the Hart Foundation and Rockers would often close shows while being considered mid-card acts. We look at the reasons WWE on house shows used to put the main event in the middle of the show instead of at the end.
We look at Hart talking about the main event scene before he headlined, and a person he said was a friend, and was also a friend of Michaels, who he said was not successful as champion and pointed to the specific match where he knew the man's reign was going down.
Both men talk about their friendship when they were starting, and how it fell apart in the last two years they were together. We also look at the brief period when Bill Watts came in as booker, and how this affected both men because of his opinions of them.
We look at business, as well as Hart talking about one of his title reigns that in his heart he said felt like it meant nothing, and what famous title reign it can be compared with. We look at Hart having one of the better matches in company history but it being one of the least purchased PPV shows.
We look at different statements made by Michaels in 1996 and 1997 and how Hart took them badly, and Michaels response. We look at the first time WCW approached Hart and the unrest in the WWE locker room.
We look at Hart and Michaels attempting to work everyone into believing they were shooting and ended up working themselves into ruining what could have been a major program.
We look at why the 1997 WrestleMania was not headlined by the Michaels vs. Hart title match return as originally planned. We look at Hart saying he believes Michaels was faking his knee injury that caused a brief retirement and Michaels response to that accusation.
We look at the incidents that caused the two to mistrust each other, attempts at working things out, and why they kept falling apart. We look at why the two never wrestled in a major singles match for a year-and-a-half when they were the two top guys in the company, and both admitting blame.
We look at what caused the Survivor Series double-cross to take place, including a number of important matches where the finishes were changed that led to hostility and why the dynamic was what it was.
We look at what Vince McMahon had said for years and was never said in this DVD. We look at where Eric Bischoff fit into everything, whether Hart ever refused to drop the title, the buy rates of the big shows of that year and how telling they were, and what happened when Vince McMahon decided to have Bret Hart win in Montreal and why it didn't happen.
We also look at the dynamic between Bret Hart and HHH in 1997, and where The Rock fit into the equation. We also look at the one thing WWE feared most could have happened in the ring in Montreal. We look at Michaels' reaction in hindsight on Montreal, as well as the original plans for a double-cross finish and why it didn't happen the way McMahon envisioned it.
We also look at why Hart even came to Montreal and why he could have easily skipped it contractually. We look at what Michaels regretted, and what he didn't regret, about what happened. We also look at the fight with Bret Hart and Vince McMahon, the scene in Wrestling with Shadows with Julie Hart telling off HHH, and Michaels attempting to get closure from Hart, taking a first step, but then never taking the next step and why.
It's one of the most talked about, perhaps the single most talked about controversy in pro wrestling and the first time the participants were together answering questions on it.
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We also look at the framework and how far in advance when it comes to big shows that WWE creative is talking about. We look at ideas that have been thrown around this past week, and almost for sure aren't going to happen. We've got more on Brock Lesnar in the WWE video game, as well as Lesnar talking about the two matches he's most interested in doing if he were to come back for a big show. Lesnar for the first time comments about how he probably will do something in the ring with WWE again.
We look at Rock's return and what is being advertised. We also look at a lot of backstage stuff in WWE with the current storyline. We look at show changes from what it scripted to what ends up, as well as a look at Jim Ross being taken off Raw as an announcer. We also look at where Vengeance seems to be going, the Sin Cara feud, Mil Mascaras in a WWE ring, the Mexico tour, Road Dogg's return to WWE and C.M. Punk turning down a WWE movie role.
We also look at a new WWE signing, more twitter tales of a guy whose career is not looking healthy right now, as well as business notes from the weekend and notes from all of the WWE house shows.
We also have notes on UFC changing the PPV starting time, and different reasons why this may have happened.
We also have a look at one of AAA's biggest events of the year, Heroes Inmortales, how it did, what the problems were, the shocking turns of two of the company's biggest babyfaces as well as Jeff Jarrett, Magnus, Abyss, Sting and Velvet Sky all appearing on the show.
We also look at the real story about the sad state of former WWE and TNA star, Travis Tomko. We look at the particulars of his arrest, and his drug addiction.
We also look at New Japan's latest PPV show, its booking going forward, and its next PPV show.
We also look at the former UFC name who went into pro wrestling who is accused of killing a cell mate in prison.
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--More details on the shooting death of Dr. X this past week and a look back at his career
--Why his CMLL career ended
--What famous wrestling character is being brought back and if it is a good idea
--The Leyenda de Plata tournament
--All Japan's next major show and the build up
--Story behind Kenta Kobashi being out as Vice President of NOAH
--Next NOAH title match
--A look at New Japan's annual tag team tournament
--The 40th anniversary show of Mil Mascaras going to Japan
--Ric Flair, Edge and Mick Foley work on the Shane Hems fund raiser, a look at his injuries and comments on what happened including the stars who gave private donations
--A look at the indie wrestling PPV show this week
--What former WWE wrestler was at UFC this past week and is talking about going into MMA, wanting to be a star there, and then return to pro wrestling
--Notes on ROH television and thought son the show
--Notes on Bruce Prichard as head of creative in TNA
--More on Bound for Glory
--Notes on Hulk Hogan's video game, as well as the first night he was called Hulk Hogan
--Update on Ric Flair
--Who deserves the praise for the Bobby Roode videos
--Update on charges against Kurt Angle
--A look at TNA's tour of Quebec
--UFC's primary sponsor on FOX
--A look at the Toronto UFC show and the announcement of Jones vs. Machida
--Jones talks Rashad Evans
--Evans talks about being replaced as the next contender
--The last Strikeforce show of the year
--Fighter who isn't Chael Sonnen says he'll retire if he loses
--Bellator welterweight tournament update
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-- Jeff Hardy finished his mandatory 10-day jail sentence yesterday.
-- Today is the five-year anniversary of Anderson Silva as UFC Middleweight Champion.
-- If you want to see the DX reunion in Dallas, it's up right now here.
-- Smackdown tonight has a 41-man battle royal with the winner getting a shot at Mark Henry later in the show, Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly, Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus, Sin Cara Negro vs. Justin Gabriel, Zach Ryder & Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger, and more.
-- They are doing an injury angle with Evan Bourne, who is, in fact, fine and working the Mexico tour.
-- Speaking of Ryder, his latest Z! True Long Island Story is here.
-- Dave Meltzer looks at whether Silva vs. Sonnen II is likely in his new Yahoo column here.
-- WWE is doing a poll asking fans to name a potential Divas road trip series for the WWE Network. Do any of these potential shows sound like good ideas, by the way? Anyway, the choices are WWE Divas Hot Wheels, WWE Divas Road Trip, WWE Divas Heels on Wheels, WWE Divas Joy Ride and WWE Divas Detour, the latter of which, quite frankly, sounds like a porn film. WWE has a team that actually comes up with these names.
-- Kurt Angle was scheduled to be on a Philly drive-time radio show today (Preston and Steve) to promote Bound for Glory but no-showed. Doesn't sound good.
-- Hogan was on Boomer & Carton on WFAN in New York today. He plugged TNA over and over, like never before. Best gems were: A) He used to fight in Pride in the late 70s because New Japan was affiliated with Pride and would send its guys there. B) People talk about the Shea Stadium show, but in the South, he was selling out baseball stadiums all the time before the Shea Stadium show.
-- Steve Austin on comments Brock has made about him in interviews for WWE '12. "So @DCBROCKLESNAR was talking trash about me...very interesting. Gonna finish my beverage and mull this one over...catch y'all tomorrow. Trying to go to sleep..but this @DCBROCKLESNAR thing is winding me up a bit...relax....breath...relax...breathe....no use..to be continued.. At a bit of a crossroads here. on one hand go after @DCBROCKLESNAR after his comments..on other hand deer season is very near. #decisions."Brock said Austin chicken-shitted out of fighting him years ago. This was during the period where Vince was pissed at Austin and booked him to lose to Brock in a throw-away match that Austin (rightly) found so preposterous that he walked out.
-- TUF was back up to 1.5 million viewers this week, which is fine.
-- The latest Hulk Hogan Micro Championship Wrestling show did an 0.57 with 677,000 viewers. Probably the end of the road for this one.
-- This week's Figure Four Weekly talked about on Japan Miruhon.net here.
-- Steven Seagal Hired To Control US-Mexico Border. Illegal immigrants should now watch out for front kicks.
-- Chris noted that despite Hogan's claim that he's no longer supporting Obama, in fact this videoof him from a few years back suggests that he never supported him. Hogan in not-being-totally-truthful shocker.
-- A brutal review hereof the new Hulk Hogan's Main Event video game. This guy says in the six years that he's been doing this he's never reviewed a worse game. Yikes.
-- Brand new interview with Chris Daniels here.
-- From Chris Jericho's Twitter: Just recorded the return of The Rock Of Jericho! Talked Uproar, Beatles, A7X and in the studio, The Art Of Dying! All on Sat 5pmEST on XM164
-- Latest ROH video wire is here, and a preview for this weekend's TV is up on the front page.
-- Kenneth writes: Last night on Conan he told a joke about Hogan no longer supporting Obama. He followed it up by saying Obama isn't worried because he still has the support of The Iron Sheik and Triple H.I LOL'd.
-- Interview herewith Ben Muth, a former football player and Lance Storm trainee who is signed to Wrestling Revolution Project, and who also just happens to be a co-worker with our own Vince Verhei at Football Outsiders.
-- CM Punk looks at the WWE '12 video game here. We will be interviewing two of the developers of the game within the next two weeks, so get ready to post your questions on the board.
-- Only a few days left to watch the second Urban Wrestling Federation show on PPV. A fifteen minute trailer is up here. It's history at the end of the month.
-- Video hereof a cop who happened to come upon a sleeping wrestler parked on the side of the road, and the wrestler woke up decided now was the time to perform a takedown and ground and pound. The officer was finally able to shove him off, so poor mount control by the attacker, and taser him, bro.
-- Wife, two others guilty of first-degree murder of 'Croatian Giant'. The giant, Ivan Radocaj, was a former pro-wrestler.
-- Headlocked writer Mike Kingston (Fri, Sat, Sun) and Jerry Lawler (Fri, Sun) will be at New York Comic Con at booth N171 signing copies of Headlocked. As a special offer, if you order the collected edition from www.headlockedcomic.com by Saturday, the books will come signed by Lawler.
-- Sinn Bodhi's Freakshow Wrestling DVD is coming soon and there is a preview up here.
-- David writes: During the Pittsburgh and Washington hockey game Aaron Asham of Pittsburgh knocked out Jeff Beagle during a fight. After the fight Asham did the CM Punk sleeping gesture he does before the GTS and here in Canada he's getting called classless and bush league.Actually, Frank Shamrock did that gesture long before both CM Punk and Mickie Rourke.
-- Interview with young fighter Justyn Riley here. And yes, his parents spelled his first name with a "y".
-- James notes: Actor Joel Edgerton in the movie "Warrior" did most of the fight scenes himself under the tutelage of MMA fighter Greg Jackson.
-- Who has the best shot at making the Hall of Fame this year?
Rock & Roll Express 31.8%
Lou Albano 16.5%
Steve Williams 16.3%
Jesse Ventura 10.7%
Fabulous Moolah 10.2%
Gary Hart 6.3%
The Assassins 3.3%
Hans Schmidt 1.5%
Mick McManus 1.0%
Henri DeGlane 1.0%
Kinji Shibuya 0.8%
Red Bastien 0.8%
Who do you expect to win this fight?
Eddie Alvarez 88.9%
Michael Chandler 11.1%
What did you think of Ultimate Fighter on Wednesday?
41.4% of those responding didn't see the show
-- Tri-State Wrestling Enertainment, LLC presents East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Sat, Oct, 15th, 2011 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
-- Traditional Championship Wrestling will present "Throwdown in the Downtown 7" on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from the Event Center in Ft. Smith, AR. This is a TV taping.
-- Ed and his crew of miscreants are interviewing Bushwacker Luke tonight here.
-- From the promoter: This upcoming Saturday, October 25, we have a big guest star on our professional wrestling show in Belgium. Japanese legend Dick Togo is in Europe right now as part of his worldwide retirement tour. He already retired on Japanese soil in June. He already toured Australia and all around Europe like England, Finland and Germany. Tomorrow he will be in Belgium. These are the details for the show: Place: Zaal "De Blaaspijp". Address: Sterrestraat 8, 8680 Koekelare, Belgium. Tickets: 10 Euro presale, 12 Euro at the door. Shows starts at 8 PM with doors opening at 7.30.