TUES UPDATE: Brock vs. Overeem tickets, Survivor Series card, Windham update, AJ Styles update, OVW and TNA, new Cena DVD, tons more



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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.

Tonight 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.
 
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--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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-- Tickets for UFC 141, headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem, go on sale this week, Wednesday for Fight Club members, Thursday for e-newsletter subscribers, and Friday for the general public. Interesting in that the top ticket prices are $800 and the lowest are $75, so they've scaled down slightly from past Brock fights.

-- Survivor Series so far has Rock & Cena vs. Miz & Truth, Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk for the Raw Title, Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the World Title, Randy Orton & Sheamus & Mason Ryan & Kofi Kingston & Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes & Christian & Jack Swagger & Hunico, and Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder, though the latter has not officially been announced. It would appear HHH vs. Kevin Nash is being held off until TLC, which makes sense since it's not going to sell one extra buy for Survivor Series. Won't sell one extra buy for TLC either, but at least it's a main event on that show.

-- In a preview of this Saturday's UFC on FOX, Dave Meltzer looks at big-time UFC heavyweight title matches historically here.

-- Blackjack Mulligan did an interview with Mike Mooneyham talking about his son, Barry Windham, who suffered a heart attack and it's believed also a stroke two weeks ago, saying that HHH talked WWE into picking up the costs for all of Windham's health care and rehabilitation.

-- The Reunion with John Cena is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. This one got skewered by critics.

-- AJ Styles has a grade 2 ankle sprain. Keeps a normal person out two to four weeks but he's going to try to wrestle this Sunday. Yes, there is a TNA PPV Sunday. Based on timing, you should be able to order Chikara High Noon on gofightlive.tv and it'll be over by the time TNA starts. We've got a big interview up right now with Mike Quackenbush talking why Sunday is the biggest and most important show in Chikara history. It's also FREE, so download it on the front page.

-- Jim Ross said he'll be on Raw next Monday and will take the Michael Cole Challenge. I hope WWE has thought of a challenge by then.

-- From the OVW Facebook page: OHIO VALLEY WRESTLING For those who have asked, our big announcement will not change our training programs listed on our website. You can still join the OVW school. Also, this will not negatively effect our relationship with Ring of Honor Wrestling, nor will it prevent future TV Tapings.

-- Sam Stout vs. Thiago Tavares, and Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (yes, fighting again in two months) added to January's UFC in Brazil show.

-- From Sean Waltman's new website, mywrestlingparty.com: Sean "X-Pac" Waltman will be hosting at least two wrestling parties this year! He'll be running the second annual "MANIA Party" in Miami during WrestleMania weekend and now, he's headed to St. Louis, Missouri to put on the first annual "Rumble VIP Party". The event will take place on Saturday, January 28th - the night before the 2012 Royal Rumble - at the Europe Night Club in St. Louis.

-- Dragon Gate USA Bushido 2011: Code of the Warrior, November 12th, 2011, Special Belltime: 5:30pm, The Asylum Arena, 7 W. Ritner Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148. Tickets now on sale in the Store or by calling 267-519-9744. We will hold the tickets at the door for you and refund the shipping charge. Sabu will be available for pictures and autographs. Top matches include YAMATO vs. Chuck Taylor for the Open the Freedom Gate Title, CIMA & Ricochet vs. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon, Sabu vs. Pinkie Sanchez, Johnny Gargano vs. BxB Hulk, Brodie Lee vs. PAC and more.

-- ECW Arena is doing a Toys for Tots collection at the CHIKARA High Noon Show, at the Joshimania show, and at the 7th annual CZW Cage of Death show. New, unwrapped toys please.

-- I Tap Boys has a special offer today on women's jiu-jitsu and MMA gear – buy two items and get free shipping anywhere in the US (International shipping is $10 anywhere in the world). Don't order through the store – email your order to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will invoice you. A look at all the merch is here, including new photos of their newest model Briley. Plus, if you order $20 or more you'll get a FREE Warrior t-shirt. So yeah, good day to order stuff.

-- Speaking of, Liz Tracy, who is sponsored by I Tap Boys, won her MMA debut this weekend via repeated slams and decision. There is a story hyping up her debut here and video of the fight here. First fight I ever saw where you can hear someone scream, and I quote, "CRUSH HER UTERUS, LIZ!"

-- Sal Hamaoui talks DGUSA and EVOLVE DVD production, the iPPV revolution and more here.

-- Ric Flair also a legend in the world of rap.

-- Bounty Hunters with Trish Stratus picked up worldwide.

-- Another interview with Mike Quackenbush talking High Noon and Chikara here.

-- If you subscribe to the PWG mailing list, you can get five DVDs for $40 by clicking here. PWG shows almost always get universally rave reviews.

-- Story on the death of Joe Frazier here, including quotes from Ali.

-- Over the Top Rope Radio heretalking the Bret vs. Shawn DVD.

-- Kelly Kelly has a new Google+ page here.

-- I have one too, though it's not updated much (translation: at all at this point) here. But it's there, just in case.

-- Which of these events this coming week are you most looking forward to?
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 58.0%
Raw from Boston with Rock & Foley 35.4%
Turning Point 5.3%
Bellator 1.4%

Who do you expect to win this fight?
Velasquez 69.1%
Dos Santos 30.9%

Will UFC on FOX do a 3.5 or better rating?
Yes 52.5%
No 47.5%

-- As Mike Quackenbush noted today, the new Chikara album is available on iTunes right now by clicking here. It features original entrance music, plus the HIGH NOON theme featuring, no joke, STAN BUSH of the original Transformers cartoon. Not making this up.

-- Alpha Omega Wrestling debuts November 12in in Palm Springs, CA at the POWER Baseball Stadium, headlined by Chris Daniels vs. Eric Watts and Damon Divine vs. THE PROSECUTOR CHRIS LAW, who perhaps does a Todd Martin gimmick.

-- Roddy Piper will be appearing at The 4th Annual Lutz Memorial Cup on Saturday, December 3rd at Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia! Piper will be hosting a Piper's Pit interview segment, and his guests will be The VCW Tag-Team Champions Ross and James, The Hallstars.

-- Tatanka interview heretalking who he'd like to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame if the company ever asked.

-- Travis has a Pro Wrestling Torch collection complete from issue 60 in 1990 through 685 in December 2001, plus all yearbooks, annuals, and Torch talks from 1989-2001. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

-- Future Stars of Wrestling returns with a huge show, Sun, Nov 13th, 5pm at the FSW Arena, 6658 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas. Roderick Strong works the Dec. 11th show.

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