Monday update: Mania ticket sales, WWE shooting angles many won't see, UFC picks contest, GSP talks pro-wrestling, and who his favorite wrestler was

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Raw tonight is a taped show going on right now in Liverpool. The main event is John Cena & Zack Ryder vs. The Miz & R-Truth.

We're also looking for reports on today's Smackdown house show in Newcastle, England, TNA on Thursday night in Mount Pleasant, and Smackdown on Thursday in Bilbao, Spain.

Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT being taped in Liverpool while Raw will be in Newcastle.

Wednesday has Raw in Nottingham and Smackdown in Brussels, Belgium. Thursday has Raw in Glasgow, Scotland and Smackdown in Zurich, Switzerland.

The latest on Nick Diaz, Georges St. Pierre, Dana White and the aftermath of UFC 137 and build to the Super Bowl Saturday show headlines the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also have features on and health updates on Barry Windham and Jacques Rougeau and notes on Windham's career, full coverage of UFC 137 and a historical look at the first generation of UFC fighters who at one point or another crossed over into pro wrestling.

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We look at how Dana White hyped the GSP vs. Diaz match, lots of comments from Diaz, retirements of B.J. Penn and Mirko Cro Cop and what happened next, contract talks, early buy rate and business info, how much all the fighters got paid on the show, poll results and repercussions. We also look at the ramifications of the show.

We look at the career of Barry Windham, his heyday, the second part of his career and his two most famous matches with Ric Flair as well the story behind his near miss of winning the world title for the first time.

We also have notes on Evan Bourne's drug test failure and the bigger picture message, as well as the tag team title.

We also have an update on the Strikeforce brand and negotiations between UFC and Showtime, and what types of things have been talked about.

We have a feature looking back at the stars of the early years of the UFC and those who either came from or went into pro wrestling from that era, from the ones you would know like Tank Abbott, Ken Shamrock and Don Frye, to those you may not know about.

We also have early notes on the WWE 12 video game, the story behind the release of Maryse and background on the Diva Search where she got her deal, what angle seemed to destroy her upward momentum and more. We also look at what there was unhappiness about at Raw this week, as well as a look at Raw and Smackdown on social media. We've got more on Mick Foley's return, the European tour, update ont he WWE Network, September business notes when it comes to DVD sales, web visitors and merchandise, PPV locations for 2012 and more on the Ross vs. Cole program. We also look at a wrestler who hasn't been on TV much of late after a quick push and a Fit Finlay WWE update.

We also have the first buy rate estimates for WWE Night of Champions headlined by C.M. Punk vs. HHH, how it compares with last year and if this is good or not.

We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week. We also have a breakdown of Raw and Impact and what segments gained and lost viewers so you can see what segments and personalities people tune in and out from. We look at the affect of The Rock, The Muppets, Halloween and the World Series on the shows over the past week.

We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show reviews.

Also in this week's issue:

--The weekly Friday night show at Arena Mexico sets a new standard and it isn't good

--What is the main reason for the disastrous attendance

--Notes on the 35th annual Real World Tag League participants

--All Japan heads to Taiwan

--New Japan team defends NOAH titles

--Death of a U.K. celebrity who was once a pro wrestler

--Update on Killer Karl Kox

--Update on Travis Tomko

--Update on MVP

--Shocking allegation by messed up former WWE star

--Son of famous wrestling star talks going into the business

--Update on TNA Turning Point PPV lineup

--Spike talks about sending Impact on the road

--Notes on how the Bobby Roode vs. James Storm angle played out

--Notes on the wrestling debut of Garrett Bischoff and Ronnie from Jersey Shore

--More Hogan business projects

--Notes from the weekend TNA house shows

--Notes from the next two weeks of Impact television

--How they changed the title and injury angles

--Update on the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix finals

--Who is likely most affected by whether or not Showtime renews with Zuffa

--First international season of Ultimate Fighter

--Countdown to Dos Santos vs. Velasquez

--Lots of new UFC matches made over the past week

--Changing weight classes

--Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen update

--Next UFC show

--Ultimate Fighter update

--New UFC announcer

--Additions to the Lesnar vs. Overeem show

--UFC twitter bonus report

--Plans for Bellator on Spike

--What changes are being talked about

--Where Viacom is expected to put money into

--Notes on the last and next Bellator show

--Mayweather vs. Ortiz buy rate info

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--Want to apologize for the server issues on the site this morning. This made it hard to access the site at times today and we were also unable at times to put up new articles. This may end up going up late because of it.

--The advance ticket sales for WrestleMania for the weekend were $6.3 million, blowing away all company records for a first weekend. Part of this was higher ticket prices than ever before. Part of this was The Rock vs. John Cena main event and having the show in Miami. An all-time gate record for pro wrestling is assured for this show when all is said and done. At this point we don't know how many tickets that entails.

--UFC is not only having a press conference on Wednesday for Saturday's Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight, but anther press conference at 5 p.m. Eastern time and 2 p.m. Pacific in Santa Monica to announce Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem.

--The UFC Countdown show is re-airing this week on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on Fuel and on Friday night at 6 p.m.. The weigh-ins will be airing live on Fuel at 7 p.m. Eastern time on Friday and replayed at 11:30 p.m.

--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, as well as taking your questions that you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

--WWE is now shooting web only angles. Among them this week are someone has stolen Beth Phoenix and Natalya's car; John Cena did his interview responding to The Rock's interview (good to see that wasn't on Raw last week), and John Morrison talks about his losing streak. Another losing streak angle.

--Georges St. Pierre talked pro wrestling on the LAW last night noting his favorite was Shawn Michaels because he liked the great villains. He said his favorite fighters to watch are also the villains. It's a story I've repeated many times when he basically being led by reporters to try and knock fighters who cut promos like Josh Koscheck and said that you need people like that for the good of the sport and his favorite fighters are Tito Ortiz and Phil Baroni.

--Sean Waltman on twitter today said he would have a major announcement tonight. He noted he is not at Raw, but will make the announcement during Raw. We know that there has been talk for months regarding Waltman having some position within the company, probably in developmental.

--TNA has a show booked for 1/13 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY, a WWE stronghold since the beginning of time.

--For UFC 138, Mike Sempervive, Todd Martin and myself all went 4-1. Mike Sawyer was 3-2 and Josh Nason and Oliver Copp were 2-3.

--Bobby Lashley's opponent for a Friday night fight in Lubbock will be Mark Martinez (4-1). This marks the fourth different opponent slated for Lashley on this show, which will not air live but will be televised on Fuel TV on 12/23.

--The movie "Haywire" with Gina Carano had its world premiere yesterday at Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood yesterday. If anyone attended, we'd love to hear a report. I had heard the fight scenes were great in the movie.

--Chuck Langerman's daily trivia today is not about wrestling, but boxing, and one of the most famous boxing matches of all-time. On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden in the first of their three fights. As noted this week, Frazier is fighting for his live with advanced liver cancer. Frazier won a unanimous decision, although Ali, in doing interview after interview, managed to get much of the public to believe he actually won the fight. Arthur Mercante, the ref in that bout, got $750.

--Bobby Roode was in Australia this weekend promoted TNA (he was advertised on the house shows but TNA sent Ric Flair on the road) and did an interview, somewhat in character, at He said he hoped to be out of the business in ten years, and that Bret Hart was the first name that comes to mind as far as someone he looks up to and was a big influence. He said he was close friends with Christian and has known him for a long time.

--Chris Jericho interview at

--If you didn't watch UFC 138 on Spike, why?

Never watch UFC 29.7%

Watched college football instead 17.5%

Weak lineup 13.5%

Other plans 11.4%

Too many MMA shows, have burned out on it 11.4%

Only watching big shows and this wasn't one 9.2%

Watched pro wrestling instead 5.2%

Watched Pro Elite instead 1.3%

Didn't like the main event 0.9%

--Poll on Saturday's ROH TV show

Excellent 37.2%

Good 33.3%

Average 10.3%

Fair 7.7%

Poor 11.5%

49.4% of those responding didn't see the show

--What was the best TV show of the past week?

Impact 25.6%

UFC 138 25.6%

Smackdown 17.6%

ROH 17.6%

Ultimate Fighter 6.6%

Raw 6.2%

Pro Elite 0.9%

--Today's Memphis Commercial Appeal at has a story on Dave Brown, the former pro wrestling announcer, talking about his career as the Ch. 5 weatherman. It did talk about pro wrestling and Lance Russell recruiting him to be his co-host back in 1967. He started doing the weather in 1972. There are pages and pages of responses to the article, and wrestling comes up in a lot of them.

--CHIKARA is doing a contest where the winner gets free tickets to every CHIKARA show for as long as either they or the promotion still lives. One week from now, a winner will be picked. For more info go to They also have an iPPV called High Noon with Eddie Kingston vs. Mike Quackenbush to crown the CHIKARA champion, UltraMantis Black & Hallowicked vs. Ares & Tim Donst and Young Bucks vs. Colony plus El Generico Colt Cabana, Sara Del Rey and more on Sunday at 4 p.m. Eastern time from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia.

--WWE is advertising Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the title and Big Show & Sheamus vs. Mark Henry & Christian for a super show on 12/17 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. (thanks to Mike Omansky)

--Pac vs. Brodie Lee and Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez in a street fight has been added for the Dragon Gate USA show on Saturday in Philadelphia. Arik Cannon & Sanchez vs. Scott Reed & Caleb Konley has been added to the 11/11 show in Revere, MA.

--IPW on Saturday night in Hibiscus Coast, New Zealand: Kingi & Alexander b TNT, Rocketman b Liger, Clementson Brothers b Pat Schisk & Justin Decent, Brian St. James b Link Van Haggard, James Shaw won three-way over Ant and Danny Jacobs, Vinny Dunn b Dave O'Connor

--KPW on Saturday night in Wellington, New Zealand: Charlie Roberts b Stix, Dane King b Bull Addams, Queen Hollie b Jessie, Jade Diamond DCOR Tank, Sara Jay b Nurse Payne, H-Flame & Lazarus Volt b King Wilbur & Jimmy Foxx, Shane Whitehead b Kade Morgan. Kade Morgan is the nephew of the owner of the promotion, Rip Morgan, who was part of the Sheepherders tag team at one point. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)

--Sara Del Rey talks about her concussion and her career at

--Chyna will be getting an award on Friday night in New York in the porn industry's Fleshbot Awards at the Highline Ballroom in New York for Mainstream to Porn Crossover.

--Insanity Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Indianapolis: HyZaya b Aaron Epic, Jeremy Hadley b Sugar Dunkerton, Dustin Rayz & Ricky Shane Page won over Eric Ryan & Bobby Beverly, Doug Charlez & Aaron Extreme and Matt Cage & Alex Castle in a four-way, Jesse Emerson b Uhaa Nation, Remi Wilkins & Sue Jackson & Clark Konnor & Stitch Sypher & Reed Bentley b Dave Crist & Alex Colon & David Davidson & James Avery & Simon Sezz, Chris Hall b James Reeves, AR Fox b Ricochet to win IPW jr. title, Jake Crist won three-way over Sami Callihan and B.J. Whitmer to win IPW title, Scotty Vortekz b Drake Younger in a fans bring the weapons cage match

--Stampede Wrestling Ontario from Sunday in Barrie, ONT before about 375 fans: Jeremy Prophet b Ryan Wood, Jake O'Reilly b Scotty Kendrick, Mike Hart won Battle Royal, Turk Salik b Tomen Shalom, Guillotine Graham (Robbie McAllister) b Crazy Steve, Al Snow b R.J. City, Justin Rego & Jodi b Buck Gunderson & Ali, Harry Smith b Fit Finlay. Jason Sensation was the ring announcer and mixed up a few names. Smith vs Finlay said to be really good with a lot of good mat work and high impact strikes. They went 18-20 minutes with Smith winning with a sharpshooter. Smith did a catch-wrestling style match. It will be released in some form later.

--Real Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Baltimore before 200 fans: Runaways b Hellcats, Pat Anthony b Ruckus, Milo Shizo b Alex Payne, Robbie Mireno b T-Jay Sykes, Niles Young & Core b Greg Excellent & Kindred, Sabian won over Derek Frazier and Shiima Xion in a three-way, Azrieal b Christian York in an I Quit match (thanks to Joe Burrows)

--NWS on 11/18 in Kearny, NJ at the High School Gym with Danny Inferno, plus The Zombie vs. Boogeyman. They also run 11/19 in Edison, NJ at St. Matthews Parish Gym featuring Zombie vs. Boogeyman, 12/2 in Kenilworth, NJ at the Veterans Center with Marty Jannetty, Steve Mack, New Jack and Louie Ramos, and 12/3 in Parlin, NJ at St. Bernadette's Church with Marty Jannetty and New Jack.

--WSU on 11/19 in Deer Park, NY for an iPPV headlined by Melina, plus a War Games women's match.

--Ed, Cutrer and Mike Sempervive talk Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at

--BANG on Saturday night in Ocala, FL at the Bang TV Soundstage has Dory Funk Jr. & Johnny Magnum & Cory Weston managed by Mickie James against Shane Chung & Blain Rage and a partner. Mickie James will also be working in a women's tag team title match.

--ECWA holds the Kangaroo Cup tag team tournament on 11/19 with shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Newark, DE at the Boys & Girls Club. They tournament will be on the 7 p.m. show with Matt & Bryan Logan, Asylum & Matt Burns, Damian Dragon & Matt Saigon, All Money is Legal, Chris Rockwell & Sam Shields, T.J. & Kirby Mack, Alex Reynolds & Johnny Silver and Bandido Jr. & Azrieal. Plus Papadon defends the ECWA title against Chase Del Monte.

--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on Sunday in Winnipeg at the Royal Canadian Legion Polish Branch.

--K&S Promotions has an autograph show on 12/3 in Essington, PA at the Ramada Hotel with Sgt. Slaughter, One Man Gang, Roddy Piper, Bob Orton, Slick, Rip Rogers, Pat Patterson, Wayne Bloom, Mike Enos, Zach Gowen, Baron Von Raschke, David Taylor, The Nasty Boys, Gail Kim, Jay & Jules Strongbow, J.T. Smith, Nunzio, Tito Santana, Alan Funk, Angelina Love, Crimson, and SoCal Val.

--Corey Hill, the UFC fighter who was on TUF early in his career and suffered the most gruesome broken leg in UFC history, will face Charlie Rader on 12/2 at the XFC show in Tampa at the St. Petersburg Times Forum that will air on HDNet.

--In Your Face Wrestling on 11/12 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center

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