By Bryan Alvarez |
We're also looking for reports on these shows:
*TNA from Thursday night in Dalton, GA, Friday night in Atlanta and last night in Gainesville, GA
*K-1 iPPV from the Los Angeles Sports Arena
Smackdown will be taped tonight in Ottawa.
THE OBSERVER: THE 2012 HALL OF FAME BALLOT, NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
We've got a double issue week of the Observer, with two major features. We're looking at the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot, including a history of the voting. We look year-by-year at who has come close, and how trends in the business have changed. We look at the voting, how it's done, who does it, and who appear to be the strongest candidates. We also look at the new candidates on the ballot this year. We also have some research regarding Mexico, looking at who has won the Wrestler of the Year award in Mexico annually since the advent of Lucha Libre. We examine a lot of the close candidacies, the effect of death of voters and who is on the ballot from each region.
-- We have tons of Jerry Lawler news and notes on the front page. Nothing new to report since the latest update. He underwent a coronary angioplasty and is resting at this point in an unnamed Montreal hospital which he checked into under an assumed name. The first 24 hours after a heart attack are critical and it seems that the news has been largely positive thus far, so that's a good time.
-- The only thing we've heard from Smackdown is that it's pretty quiet backstage and likely to be a tame show tonight. No word on who will do announcing yet.
-- The Lawler story got mainstream press all over the world. Too many to link here, but if you click hereyou can start culling through if you wish.
-- Video hereof Jerry Lawler's appearance in Aruba this weekend, complete with a piledriver on Chasyn Rance.
-- The Kickstarter page for John Philapavage's documentary that we discussed on today's Wrestling Observer Radio is here. They have eight days left and a fair amount of money to still raise.
-- Dana White noted today that Quinton Jackson is off UFC in Rio with an injury. He was scheduled to face Glover Teixeira in what was supposedly his final UFC fight.
-- As noted on the front page, Konnan and Mr. St. Laurant interview me about the history of the website and newsletter, Death of WCW, current events and a lot more here. I had a great time and hope to return to the show soon. Supposedly Konnan is going to read the book and a book review is coming.
-- Josh Nason and I also have a new FREE interview with Ariel Helwani on the main page, which is a lot of fun and a nice change of pace after a lot of bad news yesterday. Ariel is very passionate about MMA and pro-wrestling as well, and in fact was such a hardcore wrestling fan that he used to order the Wednesday night TNA PPVs. Seriously. A really fun show with a very nice guy.
-- Tensai beat Justin Gabriel and Santino beat Jinder Mahal in the Superstars matches last night in Montreal.
-- A pre-show battle royal was added to Night of Champions with the winner facing Antonio Cesaro for the US Title later in the PPV.
-- Tommy Dreamer has a very nice story hereabout his memories of his first day of wrestling school, which mean a lot to him today as he just opened the doors of his own school. He's got ten students so far.
-- Fun interview with Paul Lazenby, in full Steve Austin stuntman regalia, talking to Royce Gracie here. If Royce grew a mustache he'd look exactly like his father at the same age. He says if he could fight anyone one more time, it would be Matt Hughes. "I wasn't there that day," he said. That fight caused a big rift between him and his brother Relson, who essentially said Royce disrespected Helio in the fight by doing Muay Thai instead of BJJ.
-- ROH officially announced today that Matt Hardy would be in attendance for this weekend's iPPV, something we discussed on last night's Observer Radio.
-- The stars of Super Star Wrestling invade Blue Ridge Summit, PA this Saturday for "Slammin' Summit Spectacular". The location is Mountain Shadows Restaurant at 14945 Buchanan Trail E, Blue Ridge Summit, PA with a bell time of 5PM. Tickets are only $12 for front row and $10 for general admission. And you can save $2 if you bring your own chair! Call 1 (717) 794-2705 for tickets or get them at the door.
-- WWE NXT returns to Ft. Pierce, FL this Friday night at the Fenn Center with Cody Rhodes vs. NXT Champion Seth Rollins. The event is part of the WWE NXT Live Tour.VIP Ticket Holders will receive access to the autograph session featuring the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and Cody Rhodes at 6pm while all other ticket levels will receive access at 6:30pm. Eight big matches including Rhodes vs. Rollins will be featured on the card as well as divas action.
-- Among the biggest indy events of the year, CHIKARA's King of Trios 2012 starts this Friday and runs through Sunday in Easton, PA. We will try to get a guest on to talk the weekend later this week.
-- For Pro Wrestling Revolution: After 4 years as part of the National Wrestling Alliance, including having the NWA board ask us if they could dub the Pro Wrestling Revolution Minis Title the NWA World Minis Title back in 2009, Pro Wrestling Revolution says goodbye to the NWA as we look ahead to our bright future, including more joint ventures with Masked Republic. 2012 continues to be a banner year for us. Last weekend we performed in front of amazing fans at the San Jose Earthquakes, a Major League Soccer game. This coming Sunday we are “double booked” as we team up with the Oakland A’s of Major League Baseball for their Fiesta Day at 10:00 AM and later in the night we main event the Santa Cruz County Fair at 7:30 PM. Last month we drew over 1000 fans to our show in Watsonville which capped off an entire week of shooting a lucha themed episode of an upcoming 3Net (Sony/Discovery) series. It should be the 1st time wrestling appears in 3D on TV in the U.S. A number of our stars ended up in this year’s PWI 500 thanks in part to their exposure on Masked Republic’s Viva La Lucha PPV series and our relationship as the company’s exclusive developmental territory will be expanding over the next year as Viva La Lucha launches as a weekly TV series in international syndication and we work closely with Masked Republic on other television projects. Our championship belts are consistently defended across the United States and throughout the World. Our Heavyweight, Minis, and Women’s titles have been defended regularly in Mexico. Our women’s title was even defended on CMLL television and was most recently defended in Lebanon. So, we thank the National Wrestling Alliance and former member David Marquez for all of his dedication and support for Pro Wrestling Revolution over the past 4 years and we look forward to this coming weekend and then 2013, our 5th Anniversary year, which is surely to be our biggest and best yet!
-- For those who read Kris Zellner's column on the front page earlier this week, the Mr. Wrestling II/Assassins promo is up here.
-- IWA East Coast returns to the Kings Way Center in Nitro WV on Saturday, 9/29 at 8pm headlined by Matt Hardy vs Masada. Also appearing include Necrobutcher, BJ Whitmer, Mad Man Pondo, Irish Airborne and much more.
-- STEEL CAGE MAIN EVENT at SoCal Pro Wrestling THIS Sat Night Oceanside, CA, at the 2012 Boys & Girls Club 401 Country Club Way Oceanside, CA.
-- The newest member of the female independent wrestling organization SHIMMER is Davina Rose. She spoke with Robert Krupár from about various topics.
-- Craig and the crew talk the news in wrestling last week here.
-- Casting call for wrestlers here.
-- DREAMS Project presents "livE Your DREAMS-Face Your Nightmare" at the Birdsboro Community Center, 201 East Main Street, Birdsboro, PA, on Sunday, 9/23.
-- From Fuel regarding this week’s UFC Ultimate Insider: "Spend 12 hours inside the camps of Octagon veterans Michael Bisping and Brian Stann as they prepare for their UFC 152 bout. With a potential middleweight title shot on the line, see how both men are taking their training to another level. Then, the first UFC Flyweight Champion will be crowned at UFC 152, but the new division is stacked with talent. Joe Rogan introduces fans to the division and its many talented fighters in this entertaining riff. Finally, a fighter has to possess a specific mentality to achieve UFC success. Vitor Belfort details what it takes and the warrior code that he lives by. Go beyond the Octagon, as “UFC Ultimate Insider” delivers an all-access pass with unparalleled coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, making it the hardest-hitting sports magazine show ever. Every week, tune in for unprecedented access, including in-depth profiles of the UFC’s biggest stars, tell-all features, and compelling backstage footage hosted by Jon Anik. New episodes air on Tuesdays at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT on FUEL TV."
Should Brock Lesnar be in the UFC Hall of Fame?
Should Jeff Hardy have won the BFG series?
No, should have been Storm, that was the obvious year long direction and shouldn't have dropped it 49.4%
No, they should have put over someone else, other than he or James Storm 24.4%
Yes, he's the most popular guy and would have the best drawing match with Aries 21.6%
Yes, he's the most popular guy and should be champion 4.6%
What is the biggest upcoming UFC main event?
GSP vs. Carlos Condit 44.9%
Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez 43.3%
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort 7.0%
Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo 4.8%
Are you more or less interested in the upcoming TUF season?
More because of Roy Nelson 32.9%
Less because I'm not into these coaches as much as Faber and Cruz 10.5%
Less because it's taped 8.7%
More because it's taped 7.7%
More because of Shane Carwin 1.5%
What do you think of the job WWE is doing with new talent?
Bringing them up too slowly 51.7%
Bringing the wrong ones up 34.4%
Doing a good job getting new talent over 13.8%