We're looking for your thoughts on Sunday night's TNA Turning Point PPV as well as Saturday night's UFC on Fox. Regarding UFC on Fox, let us know if you saw the full version, international version or the one hour FOX version because those are three very different types of shows and reactions. We're also looking for a best and worst match for TNA, and if you saw more than just the FOX version for UFC.
We're also looking for reports on Saturday's Dragon Gate USA show in Philadelphia and Sunday's Dragon Gate USA show in New York, as well as Thursday's Smackdown show in Zurich, Switzerland, Wednesday's Raw show in Nottingham, England, Wednesday's Smackdown show in Brussels, Belgium, and Saturday's Raw in Minehead, England and Smackdown in Frankfort, Germany.
Today is a Smackdown and NXT taping in Bridgeport, CT and Impact tapings in Orlando.
The record setting first weekend gross for WrestleMania is among the lead stories in the newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which also has a detailed preview of Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos and why it's one of the biggest fights in UFC history, the business of UFC on network TV, and the biggest money events in UFC and WWE history.
We also have our updated quarterly look at WWE business, looking at the quarterly report in every aspect. We look at the ideas for the WWE Network, talk about the planned launch time, reactions from those in the company and how many employees and how much money will be spent between now and the end of the year to get the network going.
We look at 2011 financially for both UFC and WWE so far, Vince McMahon calls another network a failure, his goals for the network, what shows will likely be on the network and what shows won't. We look at the two different concepts for WWE on PPV going forward. We look at Vince's reaction when it was brought up that WWE had a buzz over the summer and seems to have lost it.
We also look at the movie business, where WWE revenue is coming from as far as different parts of the world, live event business, PPV business including a chart of all the PPV numbers for the first nine months of the past three years. We look at what the average house show is bringing in, both in ticket sales, ticket revenue and merchandise sales. We've got updated numbers on how WrestleMania did, how Money in the Bank did, as well as SummerSlam and Night of Champions. We look at the prospects for Survivor Series and Rock's return, what the return of HHH meant on PPV and what figures are misleading due to new contracts.
We also look at the home video business, the toy business, the video game business, magazine business and the contract with the USA Network.
The issue is available today on the web site, as is a back issue from 1994 as part of ten issues of the Observer and Figure Four available to web site subscribers. We also have the Observer as a print newsletter available with details below.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
We also have more on Vince McMahon, why Smackdown and Raw are different these days, a songwriter suing WWE, update on Shane McMahon, UFC in Madison Square Garden, WWE drug testing, update on Survivor Series, Brock Lesnar vs. Steve Austin, Vince McMahon donates to presidential campaign, update on Averno in WWE, update on Great Khali and a tweet that turns a champion into a job guy.
We also note GSP's favorite WWE wrestler, more complaints about a new star getting pushed, return of Kane, a 2012 program, WWE back in Japan, WWE developmental notes, WWE business notes from the past week in the U.K. and highlights of all the European events.
We also have full coverage of UFC 138, including details on the ratings, how much each match gained or lost viewers, and the fallout of Chris Leben vs. Mark Munoz and the emergence of Renan Barao as a bantamweight star and potential title challenger, plus what finish is now in the UFC record books.
We also look at the Japanese New Year's tradition, Antonio Inoki's attempt to keep it going, his idea of a show and where the networks' heads are at right now.
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 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.
-- Dave Meltzer, Todd Martin and I will be up with a special Observer Radio later this afternoon looking at the UFC/New York lawsuit. The Wall Street Journal coverage of the story is up here.
-- With the NBA season likely not happening, WWE is going to try to book bigger cities for Raw over the next several months. They have also casually discussed (nothing serious at the this point), trying to get a big name NBA player for a WrestleMania angle in Miami. At least one major, major star is a big WWE fan.
-- John Cena's little league coach on Raw last night was local worker Johnny Vegas. Thanks to Edward.
-- Survivor Series at MSG line-up after last night has Rock & Cena struggling to get along in a tag team battle versus two other guys, Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk, Mark Henry vs. Big Show, Randy Orton & Sheamus & Mason Ryan & Kofi Kingston & Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett & Cody Rhodes & Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger & Hunico, plus Beth vs. Eve for the title.
-- Hogan on Rock: The ROCK looked jacked,in perfect shape,dieted down and in the zone! He looks better than any wrestler/actor I've ever seen!total respect HH
-- WWE on WWE on Twitter on Twitter: DID YOU KNOW?: @WWE #Raw had more social media mentions Monday night than the Top 5 broadcast TV shows COMBINED! trendrr.tv. I DID NOT KNOW THAT, BUT THANK GOD I KNOW THAT NOW!
-- Not one single advertiser of any note looks at trendrr.tv.
-- Dan Severn will be coming into ROH to act as Eddie Edwards' trainer as he gets in shape for his title rematch with Davey Richards at Final Battle this year. I wouldn't be surprised to see them do a deal where Davey Richards brings in an old Severn nemesis as well. Royce Gracie is doubtful, God knows what Ken Shamrock is doing right now, so might vote goes for TANK ABBOTT.
-- Jonah Hill, star of The Sitter, is the Raw guest host next week. That's exactly what they need on the post-Survivor Series show.
-- Shane Carwin was scheduled for back surgery today and will be out 12 weeks. He said on HDNet last night that he's "definitely" returning to action.
-- HDNet signed a multi-year deal with BAMMA in the UK.
-- Smackdown did a 2.0 this week with 3 million viewers.
-- Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch added to UFC Japan.
-- For the 2012 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, inductees are JBL for the Lou Thesz Award (individual in wrestling who has taken skills learned there into the public realm), Bill Apter (journalism), and Kurt Angle and Don Curtis for the general Hall of Fame. Award weekend is July 13th and 14th in Waterloo, IA.
-- Masaaki Mochizuki, CIMA, BxB Hulk, Akira Tozawa, Masato Yoshino, Naruki Doi, PAC, and Susumu Yokosuka have all been announced as coming in for the DGUSA and PWG shows at WrestleReunion on January 27th, 28th and 29th in Los Angeles.
-- Show on the history of the Maritimes here. Alert Buddy Wayne.
-- MCW debuts in Middletown, OH at Madison High School on Friday, November 18th with Scott Steiner, Carlito, and Nigel McGuinness headling.
-- New England Championship Wrestling to present "Unwrapped" on December 10th in Carver, MA at Carver High School, 60 South Meadow Road, with a 7 p.m. bell time. All tickets are just $10 and benefit the Carver High School Hockey Program. Scheduled to appear are former WWE & ECW star Nunzio, NECW Champion Bobby Fish, Matt Taven, and more.
-- Classic Championship Wrestling returns to Eagles Hall 116 8th Street in Lebanon,Pa on Friday November 25th,2011 for "Black Friday Mayhem". On this night you will see WWE Hall Of Famer Tito Santana team up with Lobo Loco to take on "IL Capo" Jason Gotti and Petey Noxious in the Main Event. All this and more.
-- Gail Kim promos her upcoming AIW match here
-- WSU returns to live iPPV on GFL.tv this Saturday night with Breaking Barriers II.
-- Who do you think wins this fight?
Ben Henderson 58.2%
Frankie Edgar 41.8%
Who should Cain Velasquez face next?
Frank Mir 37.6%
Roy Nelson 32.4%
Fabricio Werdum 15.6%
Cheick Kongo 9.4%
Brendan Schaub 2.9%
Travis Browne 2.1%
Will Survivor Series beat 225,000 domestic buys?
-- Great story on Perry Saturn and his many battles of late up here.
-- Brand new interview with Robert Roode up here.
-- Check out the Hart Foundation costumes. Bret himself retweeted this photo.
-- Lance Storm looks at the WCW Invasion ten years later here.
-- A look at the ten greatest managers in wrestling history here. Mae Young is listed. Lou Albano is not.
-- Victory Championship Wrestling presents the 12th Annual Tony Rumble Memorial Show this Saturday night with a 6:30 p.m. bell time at the Rec Center in Everett, MA. Headlining the event will be the "Boston Bad Boy" Jason Rumble challenging VCW Champion Steve Beck.
-- Tri-State Wrestling Entertainment, LLC presents East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! ECWA DOUBLEHEADER & the First Annual ECWA K-CUP TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT Sat, Nov, 19th, 2011 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place Newark, DE 19702
-- Cool deal from NWA Hollywood: On December 4th, NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood will be teaming with the United States Marine Corps and their Toys for Tots program. The mission of the Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the months leading up to Christmas and distribute those toys as gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. "We're happy to be working with the Marines this year on the Toys for Tots program. Our fans have never let us down when we've asked them for help and we anticipate hundreds of new, unwrapped toys to be collected at the Glendale Studios on the 4th," said NWA Producer Rod Dovlin. Coinciding with the Toys for Tots drive is the monthly NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood/KDOC-TV taping. This event has a 3:00PM bell time and will be open to the public absolutely free! A full card will be released in the coming days. Tickets will be available at the door and guests will be seated on a "first-come, first-served" basis. The Glendale Studios is located at 1239 South Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, please visit www.toysfortots.org.
-- SoCal Pro Wrestling $5 WRESTLING THIS FRIDAY! Admission to this event will be $5 for all ages. Escondido Sport & Fitness 130 E Lincoln Ave Escondido, CA Belltime: 7pm
-- Ed and crew interview Harry Smith here.