SAT. UPDATE: PPV and Raw tonight, Bound for Glory, Twitter and business, Magnum TA, Stann, Angle
We're looking for reports from the WWE shows this afternoon with the Smackdown house show from Veracruz, and the Raw taping tonight from Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, as well as last night's Smackdown brand house show from San Luis Potosi at
Bellator tonight at 9 p.m. on MTV 2 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City:
Jacob Kirwan (155) vs. Rene Nazare (156)
Bryan Baker (183) vs. Vitor Vianna (185.2) in the middleweight tournament semifinals
Brian Rogers (185.5) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (185.5) in the middleweight tournament semifinals
Zach Makovsky (135) vs. Ryan Roberts (136.5) in a non-title match
ROH tonight on Sinclair Broadcasting:
Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin
Briscoes vs. All Night Express for the No. 1 contenders for the ROH tag team titles
AWE PPV starts at 9 p.m. tonight from Fisherville, VA:
Short Sleeve Sampson vs. Abo Shongo in a midget match
Dennis Condrey & Bobby Eaton vs. Randy & Bill Mulkey in a rematch of the Mulkeys one main event match that drew a sellout
Jim Duggan vs. Mohammad Akbar
Sonjay Dutt vs. Jamin Olivencia
Fit Finlay vs. Alex Silva
Perry Saturn (first match in nine years) vs. C.W. Anderson
Tommy Dreamer vs. Terry Funk
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson vs. Kevin Nash & ?
Also appearing are DDP, Lita, Rhino, Tully Blanchard, Baby Doll, Tammy Sytch, Ivan Koloff, Tracy Smothers, George South, Chris Hamrick and more.
Sunday is headlined by TNA's Bound for Glory PPV from Philadelphia. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. with Mexican America vs. Ink Inc. in a tag team title match that will air on Facebook and not on PPV. PPV is Winter vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne for the Knockouts title, Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan vs. Crimson, Austin Aries vs. Brian Kendrick for the X title, RVD vs. Jerry Lynn in a full metal mayhem (TLC) match, A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels in an I Quit match, Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson in a falls count anywhere match, Hulk Hogan vs. Sting and if Sting wins, Dixie Carter returns, and Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA title. Jeff Hardy will likely have a confrontation with Jeff Jarrett to build to a future match.
Sunday is also the WWE Smackdown tapings from Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. Mil Mascaras is announced as appearing on this show.
TNA will be taping Impact on Tuesday and Wednesday this week in Orlando. No day after the PPV taping.
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
--All Japan's next major show and the build up
--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
--Evans talks about being replaced as the next contender
--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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--Raw is being taped tonight in Mexico City. Some interesting things are expected including angle (s) stemming from reaction to so many people tuning out as the show went on. Between 9:30 and 10:45, more than 1.3 million viewers switched to other programming.
--Bound for Glory will not only be on PPV but also in 100 movie theaters nationwide. That's going to be a bomb of epic proportions. UFC, which outdraws TNA on PPV roughly 75-to-1, couldn't even make the theater thing work.
--A.J. Styles, in response to Hulk Hogan claiming that they gave him the shot but the people didn't respond:
"Frustration setting in when your own guys bury the company that u have worked so hard for...Brother."
--I was in a discussion yesterday with the head of a major promotion talking about how that every major company (UFC, WWE and TNA) that has embarked on usage of twitter and Facebook has ended up having their key business metrics (ratings, PPVs) decline, while the former two bring in literally millions of fans. There is a reason why. Stars killing their aura as stars. They get people to talk about them, but they also make people less want to pay to see them because they come across like they aren't stars. Not saying some people don't come across as stars or it's a negative, but the ones that do are the minority.,
--Tommy Dreamer's suitcase with his gear didn't arrive with him for tonight's match with Terry Funk on the AWE PPV show.
--Vickie Guerrero wrote on Twitter about being in awe of working at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City tonight, noting that it was 20 years ago when she was last in the arena cheering on Eddy Guerrero.
--Chuck Langerman's daily trivia concerns former wrestler Kevin Wacholz. Wacholz, a former Tough Man contest winner better known at Kevin Kelly and Nailz, now runs AAA Trailer Sales in Bloomington, MN. He was probably Vince McMahon's most hated wrestler. In 1992, Wacholz went to McMahon to argue about his SummerSlam payoff. Evidently he didn't get the answer he was looking for, so he attacked McMahon and was beating him up on the ground when a few guys heard the commotion and pulled him off. Knowing he was getting fired, he called police and claimed his actions were in self defense because McMahon had sexually assaulted him first. Nobody bought that story. Both sides filed charges on the other and ended up being dropped, but McMahon was unable to beat Wacholz in court and he did try. Later, when McMahon was on trial for steroid distribution in 1994, Wacholz claimed under oath that Vince directly told him he needed to get on steroids. That testimony made a lot of newspapers, but ultimately, the jury didn't seem to buy it and Wacholz was deemed (along with Pat Patterson of all people) as the single least believable witness in that trial. Considering the witnesses were all from wrestling, that's high praise or condemnation, depending on your point of view. That landed him a job in WCW, but he was so bad on his debut, that he was never used again, but was one of that Eric Bischoff crew that got a nice six figure paying job for a while when all they had to do was stay home and go to their mailbox every other week.
--The PBS radio show "On the Media" at http://www.onthemedia.org is covering the WWE walkout, noting the angle and asking why WWE performers aren't unionized. (thanks to Mark Schreiner)
--This week was the 25th anniversary of the auto accident with Magnum T.A. which ended his promising career.
--There is a movie being done regarding whatever happened to the players in the 2001 Army-Navy game, most of which ended up fighting in the war in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Among the people covered were J.P. Blecksmith, who was one of Brian Stann's best friends, his corner man in early fights (we had written about him in the Observer story on Stann a few weeks back) and was killed in battle in 2004; as well as Stann himself.
In the movie preview, Stann is written up as:
"As a Navy footballer, Brian Stann played middle linebacker, leading the Midshipmen's defense to three victories in four tries against arch-rival Army, his one loss being the 2001 game game. His football career helped him develop great courage and leadership skills, and it wasn't long after his graduation from Annapolis that those very skills would be put to test on the battlefield of Iraq.
Stann was commanding the 2nd Mobile Assault Platoon of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines when his unit was ambushed while trying to secure a bridge near Karabilha, Iraq. Stann and his men held out for six days under heavy attacks, during which time Stann coordinated air and tank support that eventually allowed them to be relieved. For his effort and leadership under fire, Brian Stann was awarded the Silver Star, the nation's third highest award for valor under combat.
Stan's dedication to his comrades hasn't ceased since he retired from the Marine Corps in 2008. Following his military career, Stann founded the nonprofit Hire Heroes USA, an organization that assists former military personnel in finding employment. He is also a rising star as a middleweight mixed martial arts fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship."
--There is an article on Kurt Angle trying out for the Olympics that takes him seriously at http://galvestondailynews.com/ap/f2e250/ It does say he's a long shot. He claims he's been training three to four hours a day with college All-American wrestlers in the Pittsburgh area. He said he's not training anything like the insane workouts he did in 1996 (they were so beyond insane it's amazing he survived). Angle again said he won't compete until the Olympic trials in late April, which would be his first competition in nearly 16 years.
--Will Bound for Glory set a TNA PPV record for buys?
--Will Bound for Glory do half of what Vengeance does?
--Poll on Impact
50.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--There will be a public memorial for Shawn Tompkins on 10/28 in Las Vegas at the Tapout Training Center. It's open to the public. there will be guest speakers, music, food, and an auction to benefit the Shawn Tompkins Memorial Fund to assist his family. Among those appearing will be Bas Rutten, Mark Hominick and Sam Stout. Tompkins passed away on 8/14 due to heart issues.
--Headlocked writer Mike Kingston (all weekend) and Jerry Lawler (who will be back tomorrow after going to Mexico City today) are at the New York Comic Con at booth N171 signing copies of the Headlocked comic book. If you order the collectors edition from www.headlocked.com today, Lawler will sign the book. On Friday, DDP, Raven and Green Ant were there. DDP had the longest lines, even more than Lawler, demonstrating his ten second pushups. (thanks to Jon Gretar Sigunjonsson)
--Michael Dunlap at
is looking for info on shows in the Phoenix area, particularly Lucha Libre style shows.
--AWWL Big Time Wrestling on 10/22 in Jackson, MI at Avenue Billiards
--Chris Jericho's radio show "The Rock of Jericho" airs on XM 164 at 5 p.m. today.
--Jericho will be in the U.K. from 11/2 to 11/13 for a 13 show Fozzy tour. Check fozzyrock.com for more details. A story on Jericho is in The Daily Star at http://www.dailystar.co.uk/inthering/view/215658/Chris-Jericho-back-for-UK-tour/ He talks about being a fan of C.M. Punk and his future in wrestling.
--Jericho and Fozzy are playing tonight at 11 p.m. at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.
--A story on Christopher Daniels leading into Bound for Glory is at http://www.ottawasun.com/2011/10/14/tans-daniels-ready-for-glory
--An interview with Bobby Roode is at http://tinyurl.com/5wwlqu5
--Bobby Roode goes to Australia on 11/5 for a Fan Viewing Party for Impact wrestling in conjunction with Fuel TV in that country. For more info go to http://www.foxsports.com.au/fueltvrtralia t
--Leonard Maltin's 2012 Movie Guide gives these ratings:
Fast Five (Dwayne Johnson) ***
Faster (Dwayne Johnson) **
A-Team (Quinton Jackson) **1/2
Expendables (Randy Couture, Steve Austin) **
The Other Guys (Dwayne Johnson) **1/2
(thanks to James Stanios)
--Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling debuts on 11/25 in Chicago at the Excalibur.
--United States Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Callahan, FL: Mikey b Johnny Armani, Vordell Walker b Jake Slater, Chasyn Rance & Santana Garrrett b Gary Garvin & Malia Hosaka, Super Destroyer b Teddie Stigma, Jason the Giant b John Carino, Blain Rage b T-Bone Taylor, Nuyoricanz b Loggers (thanks to Al Haft)
--NWA World Class Wrestling on 10/16 in Brownsville, TX with Adam Pearce defending the NWA heavyweight title against Ben Galvan and Kevin Douglas defending the NWA jr. title against Lowrider Pedrito. Chaz Taylor, a 90s star of Global Wrestling, is also on the show.
--Scott Barrett faces former training partner Carmello Marrero on 10/21 at the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando for the XFC in the main event of a show that will air live on HDNet.
--The latest name for the 1/27 to 1/29 WrestleReunion will be Fifi the Maid from 1993 WCW, real name Wendy Barlow, who was a valet for Ric Flair that year. She ended up being a high school teacher and is back as a valet at indie shows wearing the Fifi outfit. (thanks to Daniel Short).
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Michael Jablonski b Convict, Shawn Schultz b Nick Iggy, L.T. Falk b Bryan Casey, Fireball Roberts over Mike Revick and Shawn Hoodrich to win the vacant jr. title, TNT Mottley b Jocephus-DQ, Jeremiah Plunkett b Chris Michaels, Gary Valiant & Krull b Kliff Hanger & Damien Payne (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Orlando Pro Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Chasyn Rance b Cameron Mathews, C.J. O'Doyle b Wayne Van Duke, Luis Ruiz b Leo Cristiani, Santana Garrett b Cherry Layne, Garrett & Rance b Layne & Mike Reed, Jack LeDuc b Brandon Scherer to win OPW title, Jack LeDuc won Battle Royal
--Kevin Gill, who is part of the Juggalo Championship Wrestling promotion is doing a 24-hour video game playing marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network. Colt Cabana will be playing on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night with him. He starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow and you can watch him at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kevin-gill-extra-life-marathon You can donate at http://www.extra-life.org/participant/KevinGill
--An indie show on 11/18 in Lindsay, ONT at the Lindsay Exhibition as well as 11/17 in Niagara Falls, NY at the Rapids Theater and 11/19 at the Caledonia Fairgrounds are listing X-Pac, New Age Outlaws, Tatanka, Greg Valentine, Val Venis, Raven, Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Sylvain Grenier and Robbie McAllister. Tickets range from $22.50 up to $69.
--IWC's 10th anniversary show on 10/22 in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center headlined by Shiima Xion & Jimmy Demarco vs. Bubba the Bulldog and a mystery partner. There will also be two mystery wrestlers from the IWC's past. An 80s Memphis style video of Xion & DeMarco for the match is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0ChrR-Jq4k
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling tonight in Marysville, WA at the Pacific Rim Restaurant.