TUES UPDATE: More from Raw, Survivor Series so far, huge Chikara iPPV, Twitter madness, tons more
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:54
By Bryan Alvarez
We're looking for your thoughts on Sunday night's WWE Vengeance PPV, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
Smackdown and NXT are tonight Tuesday in Houston.
Wednesday will be TNA tapings in Macon, GA with James Storm vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA title plus Eric Young & Ronnie from the Jersey Shore vs. Rob Terry & Robbie E.
The annual Hall of Fame issue of the Observer is up on the sight today. It is a double issue, our traditional most talked about issue of the year.
We look at the three new entrants to the Hall of Fame with extensive biographies on former U.K. wrestling announcer Kent Walton, Curtis Iaukea and Steve "Dr. Death" Williams. These go into detail on all of their careers, and lives before and after pro wrestling. With Williams we've got an extensive overview of his life, from his high school and college days, his career in the U.S. and Japan, his battle with cancer, drug issues, and legacy. We also talk about the high period of Mid South Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and the politics in Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW, and what match cost him likely $1 million in future payoffs and why.
With Walton, we talk about the voice of wrestling in a country for 33 years, his background, as well as the history of U.K. wrestling on television, and with Iaukea, we talk extensively about the glory days of pro wrestling in places like Hawaii and Australia, plus his runs all over North America, his life after wrestling, the story of how he got into a Three Stooges movie, the day he quit the Oakland Raiders with an all-pro player in the middle of training camp, and how he got over first in Japan and made his name for two decades there as a main event star.
We look at the voting including not only the complete voting breakdown, how one gets in, who has been eliminated from the ballot and what huge names debut on the ballot next year which will make it the most interesting Hall of Fame election in years. We also have a breakdown of the voting by group, from active wrestlers, retired wrestlers, reporters and historians and who did well in what group.
For all the wrestlers who came close, we look at where their voting support came from and why they didn't get in.
We also have a rundown on the injury to Georges St. Pierre, how this changes UFC 137, business notes including an estimate on how much UFC revenues for the show will decrease by losing the main event. We look at this as a comparison of The Rock missing WrestleMania.
We also have a first estimate on the UFC 136 buy rate and the story that it tells. We look at the power of title matches on UFC purchases, fan reaction vs. selling, what matches were promoted and where UFC looks to be strongest. We also have more on the change in UFC start times. We also have a lot more on Chael Sonnen, licensing, and the second aspect of Sonnen being licensed. We look at Sonnen withdrawing his loser leaves town stipulation and likely why he said it in the first place.
We also have a lot of news regarding the WWE network and plans to launch it even sooner than you think. We look at ideas for new shows, a new concept when it comes to WWE and the PPV business, plus an update on Vengeance, more on Brock Lesnar in the WWE video game, next combined Raw & Smackdown taping for Smackdown, next live Smackdown, and more details on this year's Tribute to the Troops show.
We also look at two WWE executives profiled, behind the new nickname for John Laurinaitis, suspension of Heath Slater, what wrestler is getting strong reviews for his recent work, new concept of running angles off television, Vince's love/hate relationship with the divas on television, WWE going to Japan, the son of a Hall of Famer who just debuted with WWE, something the company did nice for its talent over the past week, Bret Hart talks more about his thoughts and what he says different from in the Hart vs. Michaels DVD, plus all the business notes and highlights from the house shows in Mexico.
We also look at two movies coming out based on UFC stars, one that will be in theaters in a few weeks.
We've also got full coverage of TNA's Bound for Glory show, including a look at Hogan stealing the show, the value of Hogan stealing the show, early business notes on the show regarding attendance and the debut of TNA as a theater product and comparisons to UFC's debut in the same marketplace.
We also have full details regarding what went down with the decision by Hulk Hogan to not have Bobby Roode win the title. We look at Roode vs. Storm, the prospective feud, having the title change on free television, the injury to Kurt Angle, the backstage reaction, why Hogan was able to make the call and the real decision making power in TNA right now no matter who tries to claim otherwise.
We've also got match-by-match coverage of the show, star ratings and poll results on the show.
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Also in this week's issue:
--Lots of wrestlers trying out for WWE spots this week
--Famous wrestler eliminate from reality show
--A look at the turns of La Parka and Octagon
--Major stip match involving brothers vs. brothers feud
--What former WWE star is now using the name of one of the most famous overseas wrestling stars
--Title change in Japan
--The next NOAH major show takes shape with two new matches
--NOAH's major singles tournament
--Thoughts on the Scott Hall E:60 piece
--Hall's past in rehab
--What Hall was telling his friends just this past week about his plans
--Lots of details on the Wrestling Revolution Project
--Why Prince Devitt wasn't there
--Characters and the idea behind the 13-week series
--Different wrestlers as their new ring names
--A look at some of the best matches that were taped
--Shakeup at Spike TV and where that stands for TNA wrestling
--Spike makes first hint at future in MMA
--Notes on the hiring of David Lagana by TNA
--A look at TNA's outside projects
--Why Eric Bischoff has so much power in TNA
--Kurt Angle inducted into yet another Hall of Fame
--Jeff Hardy talks about being sent home and his return
--TNA working with another promotion on a promotion vs. promotion angle
--Sting talks about Jeff hardy
--More on the case of John Graziano
--More thoughts on Hogan's burial of A.J. Styles and Bobby Roode
--New TNA front office exec hired
--Hogan video game reviews
--MMA names contacted by TNA
--Notes on upcoming TNA TV shows
--Surprising UFC cut
--Notes on the final Strikeforce show of the year
--Update on Gina Carano
--New UFC matches and new UFC injuries
--Bellator upcoming matches including what could be the most interesting of the season
--More on the end of an era, one of the biggest annual events of the year is no more
--Floyd Mayweather numbers update
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-- While it hasn't been officially announced, as of last night the idea was HHH vs. Nash in a stipulation match of some sort at Survivor Series. A Smoke and Mirrors Match, in other words. That in addition to Cena & Rock vs. Miz & Truth, and Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk.
-- Jim Ross on Michael Cole's challenge on Raw: Should I go to Atlanta next Monday night to accept Cole's challenge? What do I have to prove? I smell a rat. If anyone w/ a brain thinks that next week in ATL @ RAW that between Cole & GM I have a chance in hell to come out ok you're pet coon goofy.
-- And Nash: have worked harder in the last year than in my life.Feel better than I did at 30.Haters hate,but my body is ready,mind right.smells like$$$
-- We are told that if you are sick of WWE's Twitter stuff now, prepare to vomit around Royal Rumble and WrestleMania time.
-- What is arguably Chikara's biggest show in its history, HIGH NOON, takes place Sunday, November 13th at 4 PM ET from Philadelphia. I've been waiting years for the company to run an event on gofightlive.tv, and this will be the first. Info on how to order the show is here. I should note that about a week ago when I went on a tirade on Bryan & Vinny Show about how badly wrestling sucked at the moment, more people emailed and told me to check out Chikara than any other promotion. Main event of the show is Eddie Kingston vs. Mike Quackenbush to crown the first-ever GRAND CHAMPION OF CHIKARA. We'll have more videos up in the next few days, but you can check out a High Noon preview package by clicking here.
-- Also, due to a serious concussion, Serena Deeb is out of this Saturday's Chikara show in Reading, PA, and Marty Jannetty is in to face Tursas in a US vs. Finland match-up. Serena talks her concussion and more here.
-- ROH Death Before Dishonor IX, the last iPPV featuring the ladder war between All Night Express and Bricoes, is out now on DVD here.
-- Harry Smith talks his desire to get the Bulldogs into the Hall of Fame here.
-- Alan Belcher, 27, was awarded this jiu jitsu black belt this week.
-- Gail Kim interview heretalking about how she knew she'd end up back in TNA and has no regrets about quitting WWE. Well, not yet.
-- Until further notice, the official All Pro Wrestling website has been moved from allprowrestling.com to allprowrestling.net.
-- The inaugural Rogers Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala is scheduled at the Westin Ottawa this Saturday, October 29, 2011. One of the featured guests is Daniel Puder who’s taking a stand against bullying with his new “My Life My Power” book. Puder is making headlines in the U.S. with his program and hopes to make an impact north of the border. He is renowned for winning the first ever WWE “Million Dollar Tough Enough” and is currently an undefeated MMA fighter. Puder himself was bullied as a teen and is looking forward to coming to Ottawa to share his important message. He will be visiting Sacred Heart Catholic School on Friday, October 28th at 1:30-2:30pm and speak to the 500 students in grades 8 and 9.
-- The season premier of the stop animation show "Robot Chicken" had a clip with the Junkyard Dog here. Thanks to Paul.
-- David writes: Tonight here in Boston during Raw they aired a local ad for the upcoming 3 hour Raw in Boston. There was a big surprise at the end of the ad after advertising that The Rock will return to Boston and a 6 man tag team dark match with Cena, Orton, and Punk vs. Miz, R-Truth, and Mark Henry they then said also a special appearance by Mick Foley so it looks like he will indeed be returning on this date. Looking forward to attending that event. I just thought I'd pass that information along. Foley is also advertised on the TD Garden website http://www.tdgarden.com/calendar/335.html Again he is mentioned after the 6 man tag team match.
-- Marty Jannetty will be a guest instructor at Chikara Wrestle Factory this week, in addition to appearing for CHIKARA this weekend.
-- What was the best of these recent shows?
UFC 136 Maynard vs. Edgar 23.0%
ROH Death Before Dishonor 18.4%
TNA Bound for Glory 17.2%
UFC 135 Jones vs. Jackson 11.6%
WWE Vengeance 11.1%
UFC on Versus Johnson vs. Cruz 10.4%
WWE Hell in a Cell 3.9%
WWE Night of Champions 3.9%
UFC Fight Night Shields vs. Ellenberger 0.5%
If you are a usual UFC PPV buyer, what are your plans for Saturday?
Not buying, watching via illegal stream 18.1%
Not buying because of the GSP injury 16.7%
Not buying because of too many shows, burned out on product 15.1%
Watching at a bar 11.0%
Buying, always buy UFC shows 9.7%
Not buying, other plans that night 9.4%
Watching at a friend's house 5.7%
Not buying because card is weak 5.0%
Not buying because don't like Penn vs. Diaz as a main event 4.0%
Buying, Penn vs. Diaz is a good main event 3.0%
Buying, like the card 2.3%
Greatest wrestling announcer of all-time
Jim Ross 56.5%
Gordon Solie 22.0%
Lance Russell 8.3%
Jesse Ventura 5.0%
Vince McMahon 4.3%
Kent Walton 1.4%
Frank Bonema 0.9%
Larry Matysik 0.8%
Dave Brown 0.2%
Bill Watts 0.2%
Dick Lane 0.2%
Ed Capral 0.2%
Greatest foreign wrestler in Japan?
Stan Hansen 42.4%
Bruiser Brody 14.4%
Terry Funk 13.3%
The Destroyer 7.7%
Andre the Giant 7.5%
Lou Thesz 4.3%
Fred Blassie 4.3%
Abdullah the Butcher 3.1%
Dory Funk Jr. 1.1%
Mil Mascaras 1.1%
Billy Robinson 0.7%
Ben & Mike Sharpe 0.3%
-- CZW's 'Deja Vu' on Saturday, November 5 in Fountain Square Salvation Army Gym, 1337 S. Shelby ST in Indianapolis, IN
-- NWA-MSW TV Taping, Sat. Nov. 5th, City Gymnasium, Philippi, WV, 7:30pm Showtime
-- Tri-State Wrestling Enertainment, LLC presents East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Sat, Nov, 5th, 2011 YMCA of Salem County 204 Shell Road Carney's Point, NJ 08069 (Just 15 miles from Newark, DE!!!) Doors Open: 6:00 PM Bell Time: 7:00 PM
-- Ed and his crew talk the WON Hall of Fame here.