Wednesday, 12 October 2011 17:39
The tour has Raw shows continuing on Thursday night in Merida, Friday night in Puebla and Raw is being taped on Saturday night at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City before probably 15,000 people.
Smackdown's shows are Thursday at Arena Monterrey, Friday in San Luis Potosi (Alberto Del Rio's home city), Saturday in Veracruz and the TV tapings are Sunday at Los Palacio de los Deportes.
We're looking for reports on all of these events.
Ultimate Fighter airs tonight on Spike with two fights at 10 p.m. Eastern.
Our annual Hall of Fame issue of the Observer, the most talked about issue of the year, will be coming out in next week. If you are a print subscriber and sign up for this set, you will be getting the issue. It will be a double issue with bios of new Hall of Famers, complete voting records and a detailed story plus the updated list of Hall of Fame members.
WWE's most heavily hyped DVD release of the season, the Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels face-to-face with Jim Ross as moderator, is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The DVD looks back at the career of both men, with a heavy emphasis on one of the most famous matches in history, the 1997 Survivor Series match. In our new issue, we look back at the careers of both men, their legacies in the sport, the events leading to the double-cross and looking back 14 years, perspective on how it went down and a key, perhaps the key person involved, in what ended up leading to Vince McMahon making the call that he did.
We look at the DVD, comments from both men, historical accuracy, the Vince McMahon viewpoint, how Jim Ross directed traffic, the emotion from both men and why this DVD will be tough to top in future releases.
We look at what has been said that makes sense and a key thing said that to this day still doesn't make sense. We look at who knew, and the key phone call with Vince McMahon, Michaels and HHH, in Michaels own words about how it went south.
We look at how much wrestling has changed and how something that was so big then looks so silly now. We look at both men's career before WWE, what frustrated Shawn Michaels so much when his WWE career started and how something that was considered a positive for him in the ring in the AWA was such a negative in WWE. We look at the unique perception of size in pro wrestling in those days, as well as the days of The Rockers and The original Hart Foundation in the 80s and early 90s.
We talk about the night The Rockers won the tag team titles, only to have it erased from history, and the reason why given publicly as well as the real reason. We look at Bret Hart talking about one of his worst matches ever in the company.
We look at Hart winning the IC title, and why Hart thought it was a breakthrough, as did Jim Ross, and why Michaels did not, but what Michaels saw that Hart did that was a breakthrough for him. We look at why the Hart Foundation and Rockers would often close shows while being considered mid-card acts. We look at the reasons WWE on house shows used to put the main event in the middle of the show instead of at the end.
We look at Hart talking about the main event scene before he headlined, and a person he said was a friend, and was also a friend of Michaels, who he said was not successful as champion and pointed to the specific match where he knew the man's reign was going down.
Both men talk about their friendship when they were starting, and how it fell apart in the last two years they were together. We also look at the brief period when Bill Watts came in as booker, and how this affected both men because of his opinions of them.
We look at business, as well as Hart talking about one of his title reigns that in his heart he said felt like it meant nothing, and what famous title reign it can be compared with. We look at Hart having one of the better matches in company history but it being one of the least purchased PPV shows.
We look at different statements made by Michaels in 1996 and 1997 and how Hart took them badly, and Michaels response. We look at the first time WCW approached Hart and the unrest in the WWE locker room.
We look at Hart and Michaels attempting to work everyone into believing they were shooting and ended up working themselves into ruining what could have been a major program.
We look at why the 1997 WrestleMania was not headlined by the Michaels vs. Hart title match return as originally planned. We look at Hart saying he believes Michaels was faking his knee injury that caused a brief retirement and Michaels response to that accusation.
We look at the incidents that caused the two to mistrust each other, attempts at working things out, and why they kept falling apart. We look at why the two never wrestled in a major singles match for a year-and-a-half when they were the two top guys in the company, and both admitting blame.
We look at what caused the Survivor Series double-cross to take place, including a number of important matches where the finishes were changed that led to hostility and why the dynamic was what it was.
We look at what Vince McMahon had said for years and was never said in this DVD. We look at where Eric Bischoff fit into everything, whether Hart ever refused to drop the title, the buy rates of the big shows of that year and how telling they were, and what happened when Vince McMahon decided to have Bret Hart win in Montreal and why it didn't happen.
We also look at the dynamic between Bret Hart and HHH in 1997, and where The Rock fit into the equation. We also look at the one thing WWE feared most could have happened in the ring in Montreal. We look at Michaels' reaction in hindsight on Montreal, as well as the original plans for a double-cross finish and why it didn't happen the way McMahon envisioned it.
We also look at why Hart even came to Montreal and why he could have easily skipped it contractually. We look at what Michaels regretted, and what he didn't regret, about what happened. We also look at the fight with Bret Hart and Vince McMahon, the scene in Wrestling with Shadows with Julie Hart telling off HHH, and Michaels attempting to get closure from Hart, taking a first step, but then never taking the next step and why.
It's one of the most talked about, perhaps the single most talked about controversy in pro wrestling and the first time the participants were together answering questions on it.
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--What famous wrestling character is being brought back and if it is a good idea
--The Leyenda de Plata tournament
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--Story behind Kenta Kobashi being out as Vice President of NOAH
--Next NOAH title match
--A look at New Japan's annual tag team tournament
--The 40th anniversary show of Mil Mascaras going to Japan
--Ric Flair, Edge and Mick Foley work on the Shane Hems fund raiser, a look at his injuries and comments on what happened including the stars who gave private donations
--A look at the indie wrestling PPV show this week
--What former WWE wrestler was at UFC this past week and is talking about going into MMA, wanting to be a star there, and then return to pro wrestling
--Notes on ROH television and thought son the show
--Notes on Bruce Prichard as head of creative in TNA
--More on Bound for Glory
--Notes on Hulk Hogan's video game, as well as the first night he was called Hulk Hogan
--Update on Ric Flair
--Who deserves the praise for the Bobby Roode videos
--Update on charges against Kurt Angle
--A look at TNA's tour of Quebec
--UFC's primary sponsor on FOX
--A look at the Toronto UFC show and the announcement of Jones vs. Machida
--Jones talks Rashad Evans
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--The last Strikeforce show of the year
--Fighter who isn't Chael Sonnen says he'll retire if he loses
--Bellator welterweight tournament update
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--There was a major shakeup this week at Spike TV. Brian Diamond, who was hands on for both the UFC and worked heavily with TNA is out, and added to the Spike as Senior Vice President of sports and multi-platform programming is Jon Slusser. Slusser will work directly under Kevin Kay, the president of Spike TV. Slusser will be in charge of creative live, multi-platform socially driven events aimed at the male audience, including plans to air live MMA shows in the future. This is the first time Spike has publicly said they will be back airing live MMA, although it had been widely assumed.
--TBS won the cable ratings race this week with a 4.0 prime time average due to baseball to 2.2 for USA and 2.1 for Disney. FX was No. 6 at 1.4, Syfy was No. 11 at 1.0 while Spike failed to crack the top 25. The two hours of Raw were No. 11 and No. 15 this past week. The second hour was No. 10 in 18-49.
--Dixie Carter on twitter said she would be returning to TV on Sunday's Bound for Glory as Sting tries to win the company back for her.
--Esquire Magazine named Gina Carano as the 6th hottest woman in the world. I don't know about that one. She was behind Rosie-Huntington Whiteley, Emma Stone, Beyonce, Esparanza Spalding and Mario Bello and one spot ahead of the other athlete in the top ten, Hope Solo of the U.S. soccer team.
--Kurt Angle and Don Curtis were announced as 2012 inductees into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz pro wrestling Hall of Fame. The Hall is about honoring pro wrestling stars who had legitimate wrestling backgrounds, and pickings are getting slim as most of the key ones are in. Curtis was one of the last majors not in, and Angle may be the first inducted while still a full-timer. The inductions will be 7/13 and 7/14 at the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, IA.
--We're looking for any reports on the Wrestling Revolution tapings going on this week at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles. A lot of major names including MVP, Karl Anderson and Ken Doane are among the crew, with Tommy Dreamer and Lance Storm as agents. Everyone is being given new names and characters for 13 weeks of tapings being done this week, with tons of matches taped each day. Prince Devitt did not come for the tapings, but Chris Hero was added to the cast since there has been a delay in his WWE start.
--The Nickelodeon TV show "Family BrainSurge" taped several months back airs tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Eastern with Eve Torres, John Morrison, The Miz, The Bella Twins and Kofi Kingston.
--ROH announced for 11/6 in Collinsville, IL it'll be Jay Briscoe vs. T.J. Perkins and Jay Lethal vs. Mark Briscoe. They also announced a 1/7 show in Baltimore at the Du Burns Arena, where they will tape four weeks worth of television.
--They also announced Davey Richards vs. El Generico as the main event for 11/19 in Chicago Ridge, IL with the ROH title at stake. The storyline is Generico will be going for the triple crown of holding the ROH title, the TV title and the tag team titles.
--There was a out of control brawl on Saturday night in Flint, MI at an unregulated amateur MMA show. It started with people in the corners fighting and escalated before the Flint police showed up to restore order.
--R.J. Brewer vs. Magno in a hair vs. mask match headlines Saturday morning's Lucha Libre USA Masked Warriors television show on MTV 2 at 10 a.m. Plus Shane Helms will be debuting on the show. These shows were taped months back.
--The FIFA 12 video game, a soccer game, includes an RKO spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFzfMMLFU0g
--TNA is advertising like crazy in Philadelphia for Bound for Glory. One person in the area noted he's never seen more advertising for any show in the history of the city. There are billboards on major highways and tons of commercials on sports radio. Even if you had no idea about TNA, you would know about the show. The radio ads call it "the biggest PPV of the year is coming to the Liacorus Center." The billboards have Sting in his joker face paint so older fans who don't watch wouldn't even know who it is. Everything is pushed around Hulk Hogan, with no mention anywhere of Kurt Angle or Bobby Roode.
--The Kevin Nash/Ricky Morton feud is in a Jonathan Snowden story at http://bleacherreport.com/articles/890895-wrestling-with-the-recession-kevin-nash-and-ricky-morton-wage-class-warfare
--When Hulk Hogan was on Howard Stern today, there was a discussion involving Dave Bautista. Scott the Engineer on the show bowled in a tournament and was pitched on Batista being on the show. They made the decision he wasn't a big enough star. Scott then denied the story but Garry Dell'A'Bate said he would call the guy who brokered the deal for Scott to bowl in exchange for getting Bautista on the show. There was a reference on the show as well to a woman Bautista was dating. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
--ESPN in the U.K. announced that on 10/29 it will air MMA Live at 1:15 a.m. with the UFC 137 PPV headlined by GSP vs. Carlos Condit starting at 2 a.m.
--Bobby Lashley vs. Darrill Schoonover headlines Shark Fights 21 on 11/11 in Lubbock, TX. The card will be taped for Fuel TV, airing on 12/23.
--Today's Chuck Langerman wrestling trivia is about the famous attorney Jerry McDevitt. McDevitt is best known by wrestling fans for his work in defending the McMahons and WWE in a lot of cases, the biggest being the 1994 steroid distribution acquittal of Vince McMahon. McDevitt is currently a partner in the law firm K&L Gates, and graduated the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 and Duquense Law School in 1980. He was a senior at Pitt when Tod Gordon, the founder of ECW, was a freshman on the same campus. He started working with the WWE in 1987 when he got Jim Neidhart off on federal charges of assaulting a flight attendant on a flight to Pittsburgh. Since then, McDevitt and his firm have a very strong record in cases involving WWE.
--Which will draw more on PPV
Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva 52.9%
Cena vs. Rock 47.1%
I guess we'll see. It could be close.
--What promotion are you most interested in right now?
New Japan 4.8%
Dragon Gate 2.6%
--Poll on Raw
This was the single worst result I can ever recall for a Raw show in history. But it also should be noted we got double the usual reaction. 11.9% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Sunday in Guadalajara: Eros b Templario, Hierro & Magnum b In Memoriam & Metalik, Pequeno Violencia & Relampago b Shockercito & Ultimo Dragoncito, Puma King & Rafaga & Tiger b Dragon Lee & Metal Blanco & Palacio Negro, Hector Garza & La Mascara & Rush b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & El Texano Jr.
--Zach Gowen, Marco Corleone and Jimmy Yang from the U.S. will be appearing in Toluca, Mexico on Saturday night for Extreme Air wrestling.
--Davey Richards is also appearing in Mexico this weekend for shows on Friday and Saturday night, including an ROH title defense against Daga on Saturday in Tulancingo.
--Tijuana on Friday has La Mascara & Mascara Dorada & La Sombra vs. Averno & Psicosis & Volador Jr. at Auditorio Municipal.
--At a New Jersey Devils game on Monday night, during a break, they honored a local soldier who was headed to Afghanistan and played the song "Real American" (thanks to Jeff Bukantz).
--NWS on Friday night in Union, NJ at the Elks Lodge features Carlito and Robbie E. Saturday night in Old Bridge, NJ at the Knights of Columbus Hall features Carlito as well.
--Former wrestler Angelo Mosca talks about his rivalry with Gene Kiniski, Jimmy Snuka and the Iron Sheik as Canadian heavyweight champion at http://video.thescore.com/watch/arda-ocal-with-angelo-mosca
--Bellator star Daniel Straus faces veteran Jason Dent in the main event of the NAAFS Caged Fury 15 show at the I-X Center in Cleveland.
--Munenori Sawa will be appearing with Kaiju Big Battel on Friday night at the Warsaw in Brooklyn and Sunday in Philadelphia at the Union Transfer. This will be Sawa's final two appearances in the U.S. as he is set to retire in early November in Japan. A clip preview is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqX-NM6Tn6E
--New York Wrestling Connection on Sunday at St. Sebastian's Parish Center in Woodside, NY featuring a cage match with Michael Mansfield & Francis Kipland Stevens vs. Stockade & Kieran with Jimmy Snuka as referee.
--NWA Top Rope on Saturday night in Lebanon, TN at 220 E. High Street.
--Taichi Palace Fights on 12/2 in Lemoore, CA at the Taichi Palace Hotel and Casino features Ian McCall, the top ranked 125 pounder defending his flyweight title against former WEC fighter Will Campuzano.
--Tina Mucciolo Peters, the sister of Louie Spicolli, noted to me that every year on her birthday, which is today, she remembers her 23rd birthday when she came home and found, on her pillow a color program from the WWF European tour (that he had just come back from) where every wrestler on the tour signed it, including the referees and note she would treasure it forever.
--Frank Shamrock hosts Nor Cal Fight Fest in Blue Lake, CA on Saturday night at the Blue Lake Casino & Hotel. He will also be giving a motivation speech to the Fortuna High School football team before their homecoming game on Friday night.