We'll also be taking polls on Night of Champions tonight.
We're looking for reports from tonight's WWE joint show in Youngstown, OH (Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena; Del Rio vs. C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan & Sheamus vs. Mark Henry & Christian) and tonight's TNA house show in Wilkes-Barre, PA, with results, highlights, attendance and other notes. We're also looking for a report on Thursday night's TNA show in York, PA.
The biggest event tonight is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz boxing match on PPV. It will be interesting to see the WWE's buy rate tomorrow, because UFC usually impacts WWE significantly the next day, and Mayweather is going to do more buys than all but the top tier of UFC shows.
UFC Fight Night tonight from New Orleans
Facebook fights at 6 p.m.
Jorge Lopez (171) vs. Justin Edwards (171)
Robert Peralta (145.5) vs. Mike Lullo (146)
Mike Stumpf (171) vs. T.J. Waldberger (171)
Seth Baczynski (171) vs. Clay Harvison (170)
Donny Walker (135.5) vs. Ken Stone (136)
Lance Benoist (170.5) vs. Matt Riddle (171)
Evan Dunham (156) vs. Shamar Bailey (156)
Vagner Rocha (155.5) vs. Cody McKenzie (155.5)
Live fights on Spike at 9 p.m.
Alan Belcher (186) vs. Jason MacDonald (185)
Jonathan Brookins (145.5) vs Erik Koch (146)
Court McGee (184.5) vs. Dongi Yang (186)
Jake Shields (171) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
We will be having live coverage of the UFC show starting at about 6 p.m. Eastern time.
ROH lineup at 7:30 p.m. at WWW.Gofightlive.tv for an Internet PPV has:
Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus in a ladder match with a contract for a tag team title match at stake
Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong - first fall pin fall, second fall submission match, third fall if needed 15:00 Iron Man match, winner becomes top contender for the ROH title held by Davey Richards (who is on tour with New Japan right now)
Shelton Benjamin vs. Mike Bennett
Charlie Haas vs. Michael Elgin
Jay Lethal & Homicide vs. Tommaso Ciampa & Rhino
Young Bucks (Generation Me) vs. Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly) vs. Bravado Brothers
Jimmy Jacobs vs. El Generico
A reminder that Bellator tonight is at 7 p.m. on MTV 2, because they don't want to go head-to-head with UFC and allow fans to see both. It's the first round of the middleweight tournament
Bryan Baker (184.25) vs. Jared Hess (185.5)
Zelg Galesic (184.5) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (185.5)
Sam Alvey (185.5) vs. Vitor Vianna (184.75)
Victor O'Donnell (185.5) vs. Brian Rogers (185.5)
Sunday is WWE's Night of Champions PPV from Buffalo with HHH vs. C.M. Punk, Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the WWE title, Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry for the World title, Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. Miz & R-Truth for the tag titles, Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase for the IC title, Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger vs. John Morrison vs. Alex Riley for the U.S. title, Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas title.
Raw on Monday is from Cleveland.
Monday also has a New Japan PPV from Kobe, Japan, headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP heavyweight title.
Smackdown and NXT tapings on Tuesday are from Dayton.
Wednesday night will be the final two weeks of Impact tapings before Bound for Glory, taking place in Knoxville. Based on story line they would be having a Bobby Roode vs. James Storm match on one of the two shows, plus the Hulk Hogan retirement ceremony, whatever that is supposed to mean. It's also the debut of the new season of Ultimate Fighter.
With coverage of why this past week was a bad one for WWE business wise, the Hulk Hogan retirement speech, a crazy week from UFC with arguably its biggest fight of 2011 being changed and why, coverage of Strikeforce and the behind-the-scenes talk on that promotion, plus the fundamental issues wrong with TNA, and coverage of their PPV and television shows, we've got two issues of the Observer out this week.
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Our lead story looks at WWE's business week, in particular ratings against week one of football. We look at how the show has done
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We also look at Hulk Hogan's latest retirement speech and look at the different types of games that may be being played here, regarding if he's gone, what would that mean, why it makes no sense for Bound for Glory and why it's so imperative right now for TNA to deliver ratings in a few weeks. We look at Hogan's run in TNA, if anyone can care these days about any retirement speech, and what Hogan said in the final segment of Impact that airs on the 29th.
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We also look at the situation with Nick Diaz, B.J. Penn, GSP and others after a week of change in the UFC's biggest show. We look at
Diaz's punishment for missing the press conferences, Penn's long-term goals, how bad a financial hit Diaz is likely to take, the dynamic of the
show, the story behind the ticket sales of the show, and a look back at Diaz's track record in recent years. There are comments from Dana White, talk about why GSP vs. Diaz would have been huge box office and looking at the Penn vs. Diaz fight, as well as where it currently stands.
We also have a feature on Jeff Hardy, after pleading guilty a three felony distribution of drug charges. We look at why Hardy needed to
avoid a trial. We look at the terms of his sentencing, how this may affect his career, things said in court, as well as Hardy's track record
from the last six years. We look at Hardy's most recent WWE tenure, and why he ended up in TNA, and the incidents that WWE did and didn't ignore in his rise to the top of the business, and that TNA both did and didn't ignore.
We also have an update on Kevin Nash's role in WWE, explanations he's given publicly, things said privately and more, as well as the story behind the Survivor Series immediate sellout and the return to the ring of The Rock in November. We also have more on when Linda McMahon is expected to announce her running for senate and why, update on Night of Champions, HHH talks about changes they are looking to make when it comes to recruiting wrestlers as well as more changes to how creative in WWE is being structured. We also look at a head writer who has left, more on the WWE Network, Edge talks about he end of his career, WWE returns to Japan, A date floated for Shawn Michaels returning to Raw, as well as business notes from the past week and highlights of the weekend arena events.
We look at the fallout of the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals, both matches and business. We've also got match-by-match
coverage and poll results. We look at the shocking rating and put it into perspective as well as what it means, and a look at why the show did
so poorly on TV.
We also have full coverage of TNA No Surrender, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results, as well as an
early look at where Bound for Glory seems to be going.
We also have Mick Foley talking TNA exit, Raw ratings in Canada, what major changes have been made since February in viewing habits of Raw.
We also have a look at one of the most historic pro wrestling events of the year, All Together Now, the joint venture of All Japan, New
Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH. We talk about the atmosphere of the show, notes about it, plus match-by-match coverage with star ratings, the good and bad and unique crowd.
We also have notes on CMLL's plans for its anniversary events over the next few weeks.
We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week as well as how every segment did when it comes to gaining and losing
viewers on both TNA & WWE's A shows.
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
Also in this week's issue:
--Update on Roddy Piper and his injury
--More on changes in the tour where Bill Goldberg is to return to wrestle and who right now is earmarked as his opponent, as well as the names on tour.
--Much more on Kurt Angle's DWI case, including what happened when he was pulled over and why he was pulled over.
--Hulk Hogan sticks his foot in his mouth talking about Angle.
--More on CMLL's Champion of Champions tournament
--Hall of Famer's 40th anniversary event including the return of many major 70s and 80s stars
--Chavo Guerrero Sr. returns to wrestling in Mexico
--Mexican promotion bringing in a number of U.S. stars
--Sting's Mexico debut opponent official
--TNA names going to Mexico this week
--A look at the Dragon Gate USA weekend
--Why some wrestlers are improving so fast
--New potential stars
--Lots of problems
--Update on attendance
--Four star matches
--90s wrestlers coming out of retirement to honor one of that era's biggest promotions
--Notes on All Japan's jr. tourney
--Former U.S. champion out with herniated disc
--Return to the ring of Marufuji
--NOAH big singles tournament
--Next major event at the Tokyo Dome
--Champion vacates title due to injury
--New Japan PPV show corning
--One of the greatest woman wrestling stars in history brings back her persona for one night and why she disappeared from wrestling
--Daughter of pro wrestling legend makes her final bid for an Olympic gold medal
--Update on the Wrestling Revolution Project
--Controversy over the return of Stampede Wrestling
--Teddy Hart's latest insanity
--More on the Greg Valentine/Lanny Poffo/Devon Nicholson issues with a blow-by-blow
--Planned TV show featuring two former WWE stars
--Former WCW wrestler returns after nine years out of action
--CZW Cage of Death
--70s and 80s headliner starts promoting his autobiography
--Story on shooting death of former pro wrestler ad details behind it
--Sons of two major wrestling stars training for pro wrestling
--More stations to pick up ROH down the road and where
--Notes on ROH & Urban Wrestling Federation contracts
--Warrior movie talk and box office
--Lots of new UFC fights between now and the end of the year
--How UFC ticket sales for all the upcoming shows are doing
--What famous person is UFC inviting to a show early next year
--Former WWE star vs. former boxing champion fight falling through
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*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article
and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth, and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as
historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s,
Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and
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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund,
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*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world
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*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the
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*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings,
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*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
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*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
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*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
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signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
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*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
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--Bryan and I will be back late tonight with tons of news, including coverage of both the UFC and ROH shows, plus lots of pro wrestling news. We also will be doing a show tomorrow and Monday night, and did a special show yesterday covering the announcement of The Rock's match at Survivor Series and talked the movie "Memphis Heat," which is about the territorial days of Memphis wrestling and we will talk about that more in the weeks to come. That match is a five vs. five Survivor Series match where Rock & John Cena will form a tag team.
--Warrior was No. 7 at the box office last night taking in $897,000. Given what it did the first weekend, which was disappointing, this is about what would be figured for last night.
--There was an article in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune talking about Ed Asner, the famous actor, who is in town doing a play where he's a one man show playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It noted that he left the party to promote the play early to have dinner with a friend, Verne Gagne. Gagne did a movie called "The Wrestler" in the mid-70s and Asner, who was already an award winning TV actor for playing Lou Grant in two popular television series, was the star, playing the role of a wrestling promoter in Minneapolis. In fact, while I would never call it a good movie, it's a movie that every wrestling fan should see because it's a good depiction of pro wrestling in the 70s. Asner was also good friends with the late Bob Orton Sr., Randy's grandfather, as they grew up and I believe were rivals as high school football stars.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia notes that Dean Simon, better known as Dean Malenko, graduated in 1978 at Tampa Catholic High School even though Simon was Jewish. He went to high school with Patrick Tanaka, who went on to become a very underrated pro wrestler and who has in the Hogan Micro Championship Wrestling show on Wednesday night. Malenko is the son of the late Boris Malenko while Tanaka's father wrestled as Duke Keomuka, and was a legendary heel in Texas.
--Poll on Hulk Hogan's Micro Championship Wrestling
79.8% of those responding didn't see the show. Now a good start to say the least.
--Who needs to evolve more?
Somebody needs to tweet that to Paul & Phil.
--Will Velasquez vs. Dos Santos to a higher rating than Raw of the same week?
--Who do you consider the biggest star in WWE right now?
The Rock 53.6%
John Cena 25.5%
C.M. Punk 17.8%
--What do you think of Rock & Cena team up at Survivor Series
Good idea 18.3%
Not sure 26.6%
Bad idea 55.2%
--Best TV match of the past week?
Roode vs. Kazarian 30.5%
Orton vs. Rhodes on Raw 27.5%
Sting vs. Flair 26.2%
Kingston vs. Miz 15.9%
--Poll on Impact
45.9% of those responding didn't see the show. These are better scores than TNA has been getting by a significant level.
--Bill Behrens, who books Scott Steiner, has informed us that Scott Steiner is not booked for ECPW on 9/23 in Jersey City, NJ as a replacement for Kevin Nash. He's also not booked for 9/24 in Fairless Hills, PA at the Bucks County Tech School even though advertised, at an autograph session on 9/24 in Staten Island a Bar Grill. Steiner will be on 9/24 for MECW in Indiana.
--For you fans of Chael Sonnen, in response to Michael Bisping asking for a middleweight title shot at Anderson Silva, he wrote: "Bisping, yo make good points about deserving a title shot. After all, you did beat, umm, well, aah...Hum and then there was...A, Wait, what?"
--Former NWA President Howard Brody along with Larry Brannon (Vito DeNucci) have opened up a new wrestling company called Ring Warriors, LLC. Brody formerly ran the Ring Warriors company in the 90s which syndicated New Japan Pro Wrestling in Europe. They plan on doing shows in Florida and the Caribbean, debuting in November. Brannon will be COO and in charge of talent while Brody will be CEO and run the business. To start with, they want to run one show a month.
--Abyss and Brutus Magnus from TNA worked last night's AAA TV tapings in Puebla.
--The Urban Wrestling Federation announced its second PPV will debut on 9/25 at 8 p.m. and 11 PM. Eastern. It'll be on inDemand, DirecTV and Dish Network. Among the wrestlers on the show will be Rich Ortiz (Ricky Ortiz from WWE), Homicide, Eddie Kingston, Bestia, Ruckus, Murder One and the SATs.
--During today's Penn State vs. Temple football game, there was a fight and the announcers compared it to a battle between Killer Kowalski vs. Dick the Bruiser. Andy MacConney asked if Kowalski ever wrestled Bruiser. While I can't recall off the top of my head in the territorial days since I don't remember Kowalski in Indianapolis, in the 50s the two would have had to have as they were two of the biggest stars and both were on top only facing top ten level guys. So even with no dates, it would have had to have happened a number of times.
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 11/12 in Queens, NY at the Elks Lodge which now has Bob Backlund vs. Jerry Lynn, Teddy Hart vs. Amazing Red, Tony Nese vs. Alex Reynolds in a ladder match, Shiima Xion (Zema Ion in TNA) vs. Devon Moore vs. Brian XL vs. Wes Draven plus an elimination match with Jay Lethal & Tatanka & Virgil & Jim Duggan vs. Justin Corino & Smith James & John Silver & Pat Buck.
--Orlando Pro Wrestling from last night in Orlando: D. Ramos b Wayne Van Dyke, Carlos Rivera b Aiden Altair, Brandon Scherer b Chasyn Rance, Luis Ruiz b Jason Hanley, Brandon Scherer b Carlos Rivera to win the title, Rivera won Battle Royal. Larry Zbyszko was the host of the show. (thanks to Al Haft).
--Bruiser Wrestling tonight in Lima, OH at the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center featuring Dick the Bruiser Jr. and Bobo Brazil Jr.
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Josh Crow b Shawn Hoodrich, Nick Iggy & Mike Revick b Bully Douglas & Slade, Kliff Hanger DCOR L.T. Falk, Bryan Casey b TNT Motleym, Allen Shepherd b Gary Valiant, Raven b Jocephus to win USWO title (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--AOD and CWE on 10/2 in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall featuring Teddy Hart.
---CZW tonight in Hunt Valley, MD at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn.
--Article on Jake Shields here.
--Pure Power Wrestling from last night in Lethbridge, Alberta: Sydney Steele b Great Kasaki, Bulldog McBain b Dusty Lamborghini, Heavy Metal won three-way over Kato and Matt X Static, Big Jess b Agent Red-COR, Harry Smith (David Hart Smith) b Mark Posey (thanks to Dwayane Soper)