TUES UPDATE: Solving the Chris Park/Parks mystery, DiBiase surgery update, Shaq and Mania, Bischoff idiotic tweet, Idiot's Guide to Booking, UFC on TUF ratings, tons more
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 13:03
By Bryan Alvarez |
We're looking for reports from Sunday's Raw show in Buffalo, Sunday's Smackdown show in Kalamazoo, Saturday's Smackdown show in East Lansing, MI and Saturday's TNA show in Pikeville, KY.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight in Columbus, OH.The Latest Observer: Cena/Rock in-depth, Doug Furnas remembered, Rise of Rousey
A look at the John Cena/Rock program and the questions that have come up this week, plus part one of our look at Doug Furnas, the rise of Ronda Rousey, the first shots in the Friday night war, and a look at WWE profits in every division, a look at some of WWE's ancillary income, the movie division, Ring of Honor's iPPV, a look at what Rock has and hasn't meant to ratings and more on the build to WrestleMania is all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at the life of Doug Furnas, including how he got in the Can-Am Express, his career in Japan, his life after wrestling, his amazing powerlifting career, how Kevin Sullivan got him into pro wrestling and the way his debut was set up, football, leaving Japan for WWF and more.
We also look at what has and hasn't worked so far in the Rock-Cena program and the reason for the current battle plan, as well as its risks.
We also look at television viewing on Friday nights from this point forward, the likely winners and losers and who people say they will be watching.
We look at Saturday's Strikeforce show and the future of women's MMA. We look at the Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey feud, Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman and the future of the Strikeforce brand.
We also have more on WWE business, including total attendance numbers for the last three years, the unique way house show profitability has risen while attendance has gone down, how much the company spends for a television taping and a PPV show, the WWE business revenue streams vs. those of UFC, plus magazine, video division and movie divisions, and business increases and cutbacks, as well as how much income the company derives out of the U.K.
We also have more on the John Laurinaitis vs. Teddy Long feud, matches for Mania, updates on Kharma and Wade Barrett, the WWE Network, Dwayne Johnson's movie career and how that relates to future wrestling, what happened to Mark Henry's push, HHH's contract, plus for a number of wrestlers going forward, Edge talks Hall of Fame, twitter embarrassments, WWE tryout news, plus notes on all the WWE weekend house shows with highlights and business notes.
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--A look at the complete card for AAA's Rey de Reyes
--Notes on the big angle being set up and the L.A. Park possible turn
--Dragon Gate title change
--All Japan's major show of the week setting up the 3/20 card
--Update on Kenta Kobashi
--Ownership of New Japan
--Plans going forward for New Japan under new ownership
--Potential match of the year
--Lineup for the 2012 New Japan Cup tournament
--Zero-One's anniversary show
--ROH's latest TV tapings
--More on Hulk Hogan sex tape
--Vince Russo talks about his departure from TNA
--TNA star in movie role filming this week
--Brian Kendrick talks his TNA departure
--Eric Bischoff sells a new network show
--Ring Ka King update
--Samoa Joe & Magnus turn
--Lawsuit filed against TNA
--Changes in TNA on television
--TNA weekend tour notes
--More on upcoming television shows
--The decision to make Frankie Edgar the top lightweight contender
--Arguments for Edgar and for Pettis to get the next shot
--More testosterone therapy questions
--Chael Sonnen apology swerve
--More new UFC fights
--Schedule until the end of July
--More on the cast of this season's Ultimate Fighter
--Controversy over Michigan commission
--Mirko Cro Cop's retirementThe Most Popular Observers Ever
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-- Ted DiBiase had shoulder surgery today and apparently it went well.
-- As of last night, the word was that Shaq doing WrestleMania was a dead issue. Which begs the question why Shaq did all that media saying he was going to be on the show. He is on Conan next Tuesday so we'll see what he has to say.
-- Also upcoming: Chris Jericho on Jimmy Fallon next Wednesday and Rock on Live with Kelly next Friday the 23rd. (Thanks to Adam)
-- In a follow-up to last night's fun and exciting Observer Radio, I have been in communication via Twitter with JOE PARK, ESQ., regarding the disappearance of his brother Chris. According to Mr. Park, the reason he is Joe PARK and his brother is Chris PARKS is because Wikipedia (and Mike Tenay, James Mitchell, and numerous others) is incorrect. The family's real last name is Park. Ironically, a day earlier, regarding a different subject, he had posted that Wikipedia was never wrong. I guess you learn something new every day.
For the record, in terms of Abyss history, he was listed officially in TNA for a long time as "Chris Park", and in fact, when he used to wear that jumpsuit, it had "PARK" written on the back, not "PARKS". However, as noted above, the announcers and others kept calling him "Chris Parks" repeatedly, and in fact, on Impact Thursday, when his brother first showed up and told the security guy that he was "Joe Park", the security guy said, "I'll get this checked out for you, Mr. Parks." Anyway, you can follow Joe Park and help out in the search here.
-- My Twitter is here. I will be live Tweeting through much of WrestleMania weekend (including thoughts on the ROH shows, WrestleMania, etc.), so if you aren't following me, now's the time to jump on board.
-- Speaking of social media, a Facebook post from Eric Bischoff late last night: Just had a beer here in Nashville. Bartender asked me I worked for the boss "Jeremy Borash". When I asked "WTF" that was supposed to mean, I was told emphatically that Jeremy has represented himself as an "owner" of TNA. Jeremy is a low rent bit player who should be fortunate he has a job.
-- Full line-up for UFC on FUEL 3 on May 15th: Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung, Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens, Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin, Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac, Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald, Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah, T.J. Grant vs. Carlo Prater, Cody McKenzie vs. Aaron Riley, Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang, Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo, Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus, Azamat Gashimov vs. Alex Soto.
-- Vince Russo is now doing seminars on how to book pro wrestling. The comedy writes itself. These are, quoting from the press release, "limited engagements". So you don't want to miss it. You will learn things such as how to create larger-than-life personas and personalities (you know, all the larger-than-life personas and personalities that he's developed over the last decade in TNA), avoiding the pitfalls of politics (didn't he write a book about how the pitfalls of politics nearly killed him?), and, this is the best, "how to generate ratings".
Presumably he's going to talk about generating consistent 1.1s for about the last five years straight and not when Impact moved to Monday nights and collapsed to an 0.8, or how to consistently get an audience to turn off the show as it progresses. I did note that he apparently will not be going into detail in this exclusive seminar about how to absolutely decimate PPV buyrates to levels never before seen in pro-wrestling history. Maybe that's in the next limited engagement. For info, email
-- Thanks to everyone reading this for helping make Bryan Alvarez – Interesting Expert of the Month the number-one article of the entire month on ProfNet Connect.
-- In Glass Half Full News, UFC officially announced that TUF: Live had gotten off to "a strong start" in the ratings. Strong start meaning an 0.9 rating and an audience that declined throughout the show.
-- If you're heading to Miami for WrestleMania 28, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman will be hosting their second annual pre-party that Friday night. The party will be at Oceans Ten and starts at 8pm. Come party with Nash, Waltman and a host of other superstars, including Billy Gunn, Sunny, Harry Smith, Robbie E and more! Details and tickets can be found at PWRShow.com.
-- Newest episode of The Slam TV show up here.
-- New TCW wrestling TV show here.
-- ROH is doing a sale today with five out-of-print DVDs back in stock. Check out the selection here.
-- Interview with IZW superstar Erica here.
-- Cool story here about a boy with cancer meeting his hero John Cena.
-- Ed and pals talking the WWE Hall of Fame here.
-- Stephen with WrestleMania Fan Axxess meet-and-greet times:
Superstar Schedule & Appearances
Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Appearances by Kane, CM Punk, R Truth, Jack Swagger, Beth Phoenix, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Vickie Guerrero, Hornswoggle, Santino Marella, Mark Henry, Edge, Wade Barrett, AJ, Christian, Daniel Bryan, The Great Khali, and more!
Friday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Appearances by The Miz, Triple H, Teddy Long, Kofi Kingston, Gene Okerlund, David Otunga, Justin Gabriel, Paul Bearer, Dusty Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Vickie Guerrero, John Cena, Drew McIntrye, The Bellas, Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler, Dolph Ziggler, and more!
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Appearances by Christian, Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, Jimmy Hart, Jim Ross, Gerry Brisco, Zach Ryder, Drew McIntrye, Paul Bearer, Teddy Long, Booker T, Lita, Eve, Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Rowdy Piper, Layla, and more!
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appearances by Shawn Michaels, Beth Phoenix, Kane, Ezekiel, Ricky Steamboat, Primo, Epico, Rosa, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, The Miz, Alicia Fox, Natalya, The Funks and more!
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Appearances by Wade Barrett, Mick Foley, Drew McIntyre, Ted DiBiase, Brodus Clay, Naomi, Cameron, Hornswoggle, Paul Bearer, Kane, R Truth, Kaitlyn, AJ, Teddy Long, Mason Ryan, Jinder Mahal, Layla and more!
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Appearances by Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mark Henry, Christian, The Bellas, R Truth, Alicia Fox, Lita, The Big Show, The Great Khali, Primo, Epico, Rosa, Rowdy Piper, Santino Marella, Paul Bearer and more!
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appearances by Sgt. Slaughter, Rey Mysterio, The Usos, Drew McIntrye, Kelly Kelly, Jimmy Hart, Layla, Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Jinder Mahal, Howard Finkel, Tony Atlas, Gene Okerlund, Alex Riley, Hillbilly Jim, The Funks and more!
-- A double main event has been signed for EVOLVE 11 on April 13th in Toronto at the Doubletree by Hilton - Toronto Airport on 655 Dixon Road. Tickets are now on sale in the www.DGUSA.tv Store or by calling 267-519-9744. The live iPPV at www.WWNLive.com can be pre-ordered now. The double main event is Fit Finlay vs. Sami Callihan in a rematch of a bout people raved about, and Generico vs. Low Ki.
-- UFC on FUEL this week goes behind the scenes with Ultimate Fighter: Live. Show airs at 10:30 PM Eastern.
-- Episode 2 of the 3X Wrestling TV show is up here.
-- Ted DiBiase is doing a Facebook caption contest here.
-- Crossfire Entertainment, LLC Presents Crossfire LIVE! Fundraiser Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee LIVE Saturday, March 17, 2012 Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena 625 Smith Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 VIP Event Pre-Show: 5:30 – 6:30 PM Belltime: 7:30 PM – Doors: 6:30 PM
-- LIVE PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING returns to Lima, Ohio on April 7th as W.A.R. Wrestling presents "FOOL'S GOLD" at the UAW Hall 1440 Bellefontaine Ave. 45804. Come out and witness the best professional wrestling around with 8 hard hitting, high flying, action packed matches that has thrilled thousands of fans over the years and Lima, Ohio's best kept secret for entertainment.
-- Adam writes: Currently watching QUANTUM LEAP on G4 right now, in 2012, and right now they're airing an episode about the main character playing the role of a pro wrestler during the 50's in ATL. Terry Funk plays the role as the main heel. Just blown away to see this on TV right and figured I'd share.
-- Who do you predict will win the Ultimate Fighter this season?
Christiano Marcello 17.4%
Justin Lawrence 17.4%
Darion Cruikshank 15.5%
Myles Jury 11.6%
Chuck Tickle 9.0%
Vinc Pichel 5.2%
Michael Chiesa 4.5%
Joe Proctor 3.9%
Mike Rio 3.2%
Sam Sicilia 2.6%
Which of these announcers has the best Hall of Fame credentials?
Joey Styles 29.5%
Bob Caudle 20.7%
Tony Schiavone 18.6%
Mike Tenay 11.1%
Les Thatcher 6.6%
Dr. Alfonso Morales 6.6%
Dave Brown 3.9%
Marty O'Neill 1.0%
Frank Bonema 0.8%
Ed Capral 0.6%
Steve Stack 0.6%
Who was the best performer as a color commentator?
Bobby Heenan 51.4%
Jesse Ventura 19.1%
Paul Heyman 8.5%
Jim Cornette 5.5%
Jerry Lawler 4.7%
Roddy Piper 1.4%
Michael Hayes 1.3%
Les Thatcher 1.0%
Who has made themselves or been made into the biggest star this year?
Ronda Rousey 65.7%
Nick Diaz 18.2%
Kazuchika Okada 6.8%
Benson Henderson 6.1%
Carlos Condit 1.9%
Miesha Tate 0.7%
Pat Curran 0.7%
Who is the next Zuffa champion to drop their title?
Junior Dos Santos 29.7%
Anderson Silva 16.9%
Luke Rockhold 12.0%
Benson Henderson 11.8%
Dominick Cruz 9.3%
Jon Jones 6.6%
Ronda Rousey 6.4%
Gilbert Melendez 2.7%
Jose Aldo Jr. 1.0%