By Bryan Alvarez
Actually a slow Halloween weekend with the exception of the Saturday night MMA shows.
There are no major pro wrestling shows in the U.S. on Saturday night, which is amazing when you think about it.
The big weekend show is UFC 137 from Las Vegas. The Facebook fights start at 6 p.m. with Dustin Jacoby vs. Clifford Starks, Chris Camozzi vs. Francis Carmont, Danny Downes vs. Ramsey Nijem and Brandon Vera vs. Eliot Marshall. On Spike TV at 8 p.m. they have Tyson Griffin vs. Bart Palaszewski and Dennis Siver vs. Cowboy Donald Cerrone. The live PPV fights are Hatsu Hioki debuting against George Roop, Jeff Curran vs. Scott Jorgensen with Curran vowing to retire if he loses, Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson, Cheick Kongo vs. Matt Mitrione and Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn.
Also on Saturday is Bellator coming from Memorial Hall in Kansas City on MTV 2. The heavyweight tournament semifinals have Neil Grove vs. Thiago Santos and Eric Prindle vs. Ron Sparks. The main event has Ben Askren defending the welterweight title against Jay Hieron.
Monday is Raw from Atlanta with Jim Ross vs. Michael Cole in some sort of a challenge with the Raw announcing job at stake. Smackdown and NXT are taped on Tuesday in Greenville, SC.
The return of The Rock at Survivor Series is the subject of the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The issue is up on the site today, and a back issue was put on the site yesterday. In addition, our most talked about issue of the year, the Hall of Fame issue is available on the site for web site subscribers, and you can still get the issue with a new print subscription if requested.
-- Blackjack Mulligan said there was great improvement in Barry Windham today but that he had a long road ahead of him. He now has some feeling in his fingers and toes. Doctors still aren't sure whether it was a massive heart attack or a stroke or both that took him down several days ago.
-- A correction from a report on the site yesterday. The information on the condition of Killer Karl Kox, attributed to a Wrestling Classics post by Steve Harmes, is both correct and incorrect. The information on the condition from Kox's son Cody is accurate, but it was not Harmes, but a former wrestler who does not post under his real name, who posted the information from Cody. We apologize for the error.
-- Don't have a name yet but one WWE release so far today.
-- Not that nobody expected it, but Impact last night was back down to a 1.14 rating wtih 1.5 million viewers. The final segment, with the Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe number-one contenders match and the Bischoff family feud, did a 1.06. The show started at a 1.3 and fell from there. To be fair, it was going up against what was apparently an amazingly awesome World Series game that did an 8.11 and 21.1 million viewers, a game that had many wrestlers tweeting that it reminded them of Michaels vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania. Lots of nearfalls and hope spots and kicking out of finishers apparently.
-- Well, this is interesting. If you go to Zack Ryder's Youtube page you get this message: This video contains content from WWE, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.I would bet the issue is cleared up by later today or tomorrow, but we'll see.
-- From MVP's Twitter: MVP 1st time I tune in to Impact to watch @JEFFHARDYBRAND & I see Bischoff’s son angle is more important than the HVYWT title angle?????Hey, at least that angle had Ric Flair cutting a great promo. Without that it would have been beyond insufferable.
-- The full undercard for the UFC on FOX debut will air live on Facebook. Obviously if Cain Velasquz vs. Junior Dos Santos is over in, say, a minute, they'll put as many of the best of these as possible on the FOX special. Matches:
Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson
Pablo Garza vs. Dustin Poirier
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Ricardo Lamas vs. Cub Swanson
Clay Harvsion vs. DaMarques Johnson
Robert Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier
Paul Bradley vs. Mike Pierce
Matt Lucas vs. Aaron Rosa
Alex Caceres vs. Cole Escovedo
-- For those in the UK: Premier Sports are delighted to announce our latest UFC offering. The massive heavyweight title fight featuring Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on Sunday 13th Nov, 2am will be live and free-view only on Sky channel 433.
-- Nick Diaz was recently tested for drugs of abuse by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and passed. They didn't test him for performance-enhancing drugs. He'll be tested for everything on fight night. Testing a fighter who previously failed a test is standard operating procedure in Nevada. Apparently not in Texas.
-- Dana White noted yesterday that no matter what happens in the Penn vs. Diaz fight Saturday night, Carlos Condit is still first in line for the 170-pound title shot against GSP. St. Pierre is currently rehabbing his knee and should be able to resume training in about two months, provided it doesn't turn out he needs surgery. Condit vs. GSP would likely take place around February 2012.
-- Dana also said TUF: Brazil was a done deal and they were looking to run as many events and possible down there.
-- Dave has a great story on Nick Diaz and the fight Saturday here. Diaz is Diaz. It would be nice if his supposed lawyer that he pays $100,000 to every year to tell him what to do and where to be would tell him that he's honest-to-God going to make more as a UFC main eventer than a low- or mid-card boxer.
-- Jason writes: I'm just passing along this email as effective November 1st HDNet will be leaving Rogers Digital Cable. Back in 2009 HDNet was pulled from Bell ExpressVu. I'm not sure if its a Rogers move or an HDNet move as I have heard rumors the HDNet is going to be an online subscription or if Rogers is just replacing HDNet with FX Canada. More to come.
-- Smackdown tonight has an update on Mark Henry and Big Show after they destroyed the ring last week, Christian vs. CM Punk, Truth & Miz vs. Air Boom in a non-title match, Wade Barrett vs. Trent Baretta, Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match (obv), Daniel Bryan vs. Tyson Kidd and more.
-- We'll be joined on After Dark Radio tonight by Dave Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Drexel University Department of Physics, author of A User's Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty. Going to be an awesome show. More info is up at afterdarkradioshow.com and you can also LIKE us on Facebook at facebook.com/afterdarkradioshow. If you love this show, please spread the word about it!
-- Out of character Dolph Ziggler interview here.
-- Podcast discussion on why pro wrestling is better than MMA here.
-- Chikara weekend schedule:
"No Safety in Numbers"
Saturday evening - 10.29.2011
Live @ The Goodwill Beneficial Assoc. Hall
100 Madison Avenue in Reading, PA!
The action starts @ 7:00 pm, Doors open @ 6:30 pm!
"Maiden Flight of the Great Condor"
Sunday afternoon - 10.30.2011
Live @ The Campbell Street Center
600 Campbell Street in Williamsport, PA!
The action starts @ 4:00 pm, Doors open @ 3:30 pm!
-- Speaking of Chikara, in preparation for their first-ever live iPPV on November 13th, we'll be joined by Ultramantis Black this coming Tuesday and Mike Quackenbush the Tuesday after, so if you have questions, we'll have a thread on the board in the radio show section for both very soon.
Who do you expect to win this fight?
Nick Diaz 51.4%
B.J. Penn 48.6%
Who is the greatest welterweight of all-time?
Matt Hughes 14.9%
Who is the WWE's second biggest regular star?
C.M. Punk 41.8%
Randy Orton 25.7%
Mark Henry 9.8%
Alberto Del Rio 3.3%
What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter reality show
41.9% of those responding didn't see the show
-- Garett Bischoff now has a Facebook page up here.
-- Josh Nason talked to Scott Jorgensen who takes on Jeff Curran on Saturday at UFC 137 here.
-- Melbourne City Wrestling in Australia held their anniversary supershow, titled 'Wrestleclash' which is now available online for viewing here. The event was held on Saturday October 22, at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne, Australia and featured a special appearance by Raven, former Shimmer Champion Madison Eagles and all the best male and female professional wrestlers from all around the country, as well as live music from local rock outfit 'Gretchen Lewis', in a three hour spectacular.
-- This Sunday, October 30th, CollectorFest Monthly will have another show and sale at The Webster Columbus Center (a.k.a. The Knights of Columbus) at #70 Barrett Drive in Webster, NY 14580. CollectorFest Monthly is the only monthly sports cards and collectibles show in Western New York with free admission and a gift at noon. T.V. Wrestling Superstar Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake will make a rare appearance, meeting the public and signing autographs as well. This $15 signing session runs from 12:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. while the show/sale runs from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
-- New UWC Championship Wrestling TV up here.
-- Review of Matt Hamill's life story film up here. They say the lead, who plays Hamill, is great, but that the movie is full of your usual sports cliches.
-- Alex Marvez interviews BULL BUCHANAN here.
-- Due to scheduling conflicts with some of the announced talent, New England Championship Wrestling has announced the postponement of the Iron 8 tournament(scheduled for Nov. 13, 2011 at the YMCA in Malden, MA) to sometime in spring 2012. NECW felt it would be better to postpone the event than risk some talent being unable to appear. Anyone who has already purchased tickets will be refunded. Details on getting refunds will be annonuced shortly.
-- Steeltown Pro Wrestling and the City of Selkirk has joined forces to present a live pro wrestling event as a fundraiser for the annual Parade of Lights at the Selkirk Memorial Hall on Saturday November 19, 2011. SPW officials will also be collecting non-perishable food, new and gently worn clothing and unwrapped toys for the Selkirk Food Bank and the Selkirk Hamper Drive at the door of the Selkirk Memorial Hall throughout the evening of Saturday November 19th. The City of Selkirk and Steeltown Pro Wrestling have formed a successful team several times in the last few years. SPW helped raise $400 in 2009 and $250 in 2010 for the Parade of Lights and the Selkirk Hamper Drive. This will be the third year that the City of Selkirk and Steeltown Pro Wrestling team up for a Parade of Lights fundraiser. Several local wrestlers are scheduled to appear on the November 19th card including Matt Fairlane, SPW Heavyweight Champion Ike Idol, Mr. Nasty and Rob Stardom from Selkirk, Gibby Guerrero from Gimli and Chip Fletcher from Arborg. Tickets are set at $12 at the door and can be bought in advance at the Garry Theatre of Selkirk. Doors will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. with bell time scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
-- Ed will have news of the week and a review of the Bret vs. Shawn DVD here.