SAT. UPDATE: Brisco update, Why some wrestlers should avoid twitter, Weekend watching, Lashley
Saturday, 22 October 2011 12:06
We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE dual branded house show in Corpus Christi at
ROH tonight on Sinclair:
T.J. Perkins vs. Mike Mondo
Jay Lethal vs. Mike Bennett for TV title
Bellator tonight on MTV 2 at 9 p.m.
Ricardo Tirloni (154.75) vs. Steve Gable (155.5)
Christian M'Pumbu (201.75) vs. Travis Wiuff (205)
Eduardo Dantes (135) vs. Ed West (135) in bantamweight tournament semifinals
Marcos Galvao (135.5) vs. Alexis Vila (134.75) in bantamweight tournament semifinals
I've got a story on Vila up on the Yahoo Sports site right now. We'll have live coverage of the show here on the site later tonight.
Tomorrow is the WWE Vengeance PPV from San Antonio featuring Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena for the WWE title in a last man standing match, Mark Henry vs. Big Show for the world title, HHH & C.M. Punk vs. The Miz & R-Truth, Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes, Sheamus vs. Christian, Dolph Ziggler vs. Zack Ryder for the U.S. title, Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne vs. Ziggler & Jack Swagger for the tag titles and Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres for the Divas title.
All Japan has a Sumo Hall show late tonight U.S. time with Suwama vs. Jun Akiyama for the Triple Crown and Great Muta & Kenso vs. Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo for the tag team titles.
Raw will be live from Austin on Monday, while Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday in Houston. Raw and Smackdown will start the build for Survivor Series and the return of The Rock and both will be joint branded shows.
Wednesday will be TNA tapings in Macon, GA with James Storm vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA title plus Eric Young & Ronnie from the Jersey Shore vs. Rob Terry & Robbie E.
The annual Hall of Fame issue of the Observer is up on the sight today. It is a double issue, our traditional most talked about issue of the year.
We look at the three new entrants to the Hall of Fame with extensive biographies on former U.K. wrestling announcer Kent Walton, Curtis Iaukea and Steve "Dr. Death" Williams. These go into detail on all of their careers, and lives before and after pro wrestling. With Williams we've got an extensive overview of his life, from his high school and college days, his career in the U.S. and Japan, his battle with cancer, drug issues, and legacy. We also talk about the high period of Mid South Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and the politics in Jim Crockett Promotions and WCW, and what match cost him likely $1 million in future payoffs and why.
With Walton, we talk about the voice of wrestling in a country for 33 years, his background, as well as the history of U.K. wrestling on television, and with Iaukea, we talk extensively about the glory days of pro wrestling in places like Hawaii and Australia, plus his runs all over North America, his life after wrestling, the story of how he got into a Three Stooges movie, the day he quit the Oakland Raiders with an all-pro player in the middle of training camp, and how he got over first in Japan and made his name for two decades there as a main event star.
We look at the voting including not only the complete voting breakdown, how one gets in, who has been eliminated from the ballot and what huge names debut on the ballot next year which will make it the most interesting Hall of Fame election in years. We also have a breakdown of the voting by group, from active wrestlers, retired wrestlers, reporters and historians and who did well in what group.
For all the wrestlers who came close, we look at where their voting support came from and why they didn't get in.
We also have a rundown on the injury to Georges St. Pierre, how this changes UFC 137, business notes including an estimate on how much UFC revenues for the show will decrease by losing the main event. We look at this as a comparison of The Rock missing WrestleMania.
We also have a first estimate on the UFC 136 buy rate and the story that it tells. We look at the power of title matches on UFC purchases, fan reaction vs. selling, what matches were promoted and where UFC looks to be strongest. We also have more on the change in UFC start times. We also have a lot more on Chael Sonnen, licensing, and the second aspect of Sonnen being licensed. We look at Sonnen withdrawing his loser leaves town stipulation and likely why he said it in the first place.
We also have a lot of news regarding the WWE network and plans to launch it even sooner than you think. We look at ideas for new shows, a new concept when it comes to WWE and the PPV business, plus an update on Vengeance, more on Brock Lesnar in the WWE video game, next combined Raw & Smackdown taping for Smackdown, next live Smackdown, and more details on this year's Tribute to the Troops show.
We also look at two WWE executives profiled, behind the new nickname for John Laurinaitis, suspension of Heath Slater, what wrestler is getting strong reviews for his recent work, new concept of running angles off television, Vince's love/hate relationship with the divas on television, WWE going to Japan, the son of a Hall of Famer who just debuted with WWE, something the company did nice for its talent over the past week, Bret Hart talks more about his thoughts and what he says different from in the Hart vs. Michaels DVD, plus all the business notes and highlights from the house shows in Mexico.
We also look at two movies coming out based on UFC stars, one that will be in theaters in a few weeks.
We've also got full coverage of TNA's Bound for Glory show, including a look at Hogan stealing the show, the value of Hogan stealing the show, early business notes on the show regarding attendance and the debut of TNA as a theater product and comparisons to UFC's debut in the same marketplace.
We also have full details regarding what went down with the decision by Hulk Hogan to not have Bobby Roode win the title. We look at Roode vs. Storm, the prospective feud, having the title change on free television, the injury to Kurt Angle, the backstage reaction, why Hogan was able to make the call and the real decision making power in TNA right now no matter who tries to claim otherwise.
We've also got match-by-match coverage of the show, star ratings and poll results on the show.
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--Gerald Brisco has been released from the hospital in Tampa and is feeling better, resting at home after suffering a mild stroke earlier this week. Best wishes to Gerald on a quick recovery.
--Heath Slater on Twitter:
"As most of you already know, I am going to be out of the WWE spotlight for the next few weeks. Of course everyone is going to form their own opinions on why that is but I don't feel the need to explain myself to all the SLATER HATERS out there running their mouths. There R plenty of things on my mind that I would like to say to those people but Im not going to waste my time, my breath or my energy. Instead I'm going to focus all my efforts on being the best Superstar I can be MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO MYSELF, MY FRIENDS, FAMILY AND TRUE FANS I am sorry to have disappointed you. I made a simple mistake...everyone does once in a while. But trust me when I say I will NOT be making this one again. I PROMISE upon my return you will see a more determined, fearless, confident and improved person. Im going to be THE MAN I WANT TO BE. So let the countdown start.
Slater is currently suspended for 30 days after a failed drug test.
--If you are a frequent UFC PPV buyer and didn't order UFC 136, what was the main reason?
Watched it on an illegal stream 29.1%
Had other plans that night 16.5%
Didn't like the lineup 12.6%
Didn't feel the show had enough stars 11.0%
Two weeks since the last show I bought 8.7%
Went to a bar to see it 7.9%
Don't want to see shows with small guys headlining 7.1%
Not interested in Edgar vs. Maynard as a main event 3.9%
Watched with friends who bought it 3.1%
--Plans for watching this weekend
Very little WWE/Bellator crossover (2.9%) this weekend. 53.4% are watching none of the three shows. Based on usual levels, that is not looking good at all for Vengeance.
--What do you consider the real main event at Vengeance?
Punk & HHH vs. Miz & R-Truth 55.9%
Cena vs. Del Rio 25.9%
Henry vs. Show 18.1%
--Poll on Impact
34.2% of those responding didn't see the show
--Darrill "Titties" Schoonover has pulled out of his 11/11 fight with Bobby Lashley in Lubbock, TX due to a shoulder injury in training. Lashley is scheduled to face a new opponent in the main event for the now-vacant Texas heavyweight championship.
--As it turns out, Jeff Curran vs. Scott Jorgensen will be on the PPV show on 10/28. There was a lot of call for that match to be added when the GSP vs. Carlos Condit fight fell apart. However, UFC went with Brad Tavares vs. debuting Dustin Jacoby as the new PPV fight. However, Tavares pulled out of the show. Jacoby now faces debuting Clifford Starks (7-0), but that will be now on the Facebook portion of the show.
--Just a few weeks after saying he was retiring, Jamie Varner stopped Nate Jolly in 1:09 with punches from the top in the main event of last night's XFC show from Orlando on HDNet.
John Mahlow b Bruce Connors unanimous decision 30-27 across the board
Mikey Gomez b Mike Bernahrd via choke 3:50 second round
Nicolai Cury b Elijah Harshbarger armbar 1:27
Reggie Pena b Josh Clark decision 29-28, 30-27 29-28
Marianna Kheyfets b Molly Helseldecision 29-28, 29-28, 30-27
Carmello Marrero b Scott Barrett decision straight 30-27 scores
Jamie Varner b Nate Jolly ref stoppage 1:09
--Mick Foley on Thursday night performed two promos and acted like special enforcer at a pro wrestling comedy show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City.
--Another note from our radio discussion of champions who passed away while champion, is that Salvador Sanchez was the world featherweight champion in boxing when he died in an auto accident in 1982 (thanks to Andrew Richards and a few others)
--Chuck Liddell will be appearing as a guest star on Monday night on Hawaii Five-O on CBS. He will play the role of UFC star Chuck Liddell. So hopefully he'll be authentic at it.
--On the Fox/DirecTV impasse, this will affect the Fox network in certain markets: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Detroit, Gainesville, FL, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Phoenix and Tampa. According to Fox's web site paging talking about the impasse, they note their affiliates in those markets will be off DirecTV on 11/1 is DirecTV goes through with its threats. While I would be shocked this thing wouldn't be settled quickly, because there will be hell to pay within days of people not having access to Fox programming that is a lot bigger of a deal than the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight, that would black that fight out in those markets if the problems aren't resolved in some form.
--Branded Outlaw Entertainment at 7:30 p.m. today has an iPPV on Gofightlive.tv from San Antonio featuring Carlito, Shelton Benjamin, Funaki, Boogeyman, Paul Burchill, Rob Conway and Matt Bentley.
--GoFightLive.tv also has Impact Zone Wrestling at 5 p.m. today
--Chuck Langerman's wrestling trivia. Robbinsdale, Minnesota is a small community of only 14,000 residents located on the western border of Minneapolis. However, the following pro wrestlers went to high school in that city: Verne Gagne, Larry Hennig, Rick Rude, Tom Zenk, Brady Boone, Nikita Koloff, Curt Hennig, John Nord, Barry Darsow, Bam Neely and Greg Gagne.
--If you read a story that Khadimourat Gatsalov, a former Olympic gold medalist, signing with UFC, Dana White said the story is false.
--Tim Winters is selling his collection of WWF LJN wrestling figures and an XL ECW jean jacket for $100 at
--There will be a show tonight at the Loose Cockaboose Sports Bar & Grill in Columbia, SC with a Lethal Lottery.
--New York Wrestling Connection tonight in Deer Park, NY at the NYWC Sportatorium.
--Steven Segal will be appearing on 11/5 at The fight Ready Fitness Center in Scottsdale, AZ to raise money for MS from Noon to 4 p.m.
--Scott Coker has helped put together "Take a Swing for TurningWheels for Kids," a charity golf tournament on Friday in San Jose at the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club. The group is dedicated to raising money to provide 2,500 bicycles every year for area underprivileged kids as Christmas presents. Among those who will be appearing are Cung Le, Cain Velasquez, Frank Shamrock, Gilbert Melendez, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Justin Wilcox, Josh Thomson, Kyle Kingsbury, King Mo and many other area fighters.
--Marty Jannetty is going to become a trainer as well as wrestle for CHIKARA Pro. His debut will be 10/29 against Tursas in Reading, PA.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from last night in Atlanta: Nemesis & Brian Blaze & Geter b Jay Fury & Jon Williams & Trey Williams, Mr. Xcitement b Marko Polo-COR, Kyle Matthews & Vordell Walker b Warhorses 3.14 & #94, Zach Daniels & Sylar Cross & Master Joe b Simon Sermon & Tommy Daniels & De La Vega in an elimination match, Pandora NC Aesha Sunshine in an I Quit match, Seth Delay b Zackary Blane, Vandal b Eric Walker, Mason b Dany Only
--ECWA on 11/5 in Carney's Point, NJ at the YMCA of Salem County with Blue Meanie and SATs and 11/19 in Newark, DE at the Boys & Girls Club
--During the third place match at the Rugby World Cup with Australia vs. Wales, a young Australian fan celebrating an Aussie score wore a John Cena cap (thanks to Brian Henke)
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Nick Iggy & Mike Revick b Saint & Convict, L.T. Falk b Charles Jackson III, Shawn Hoodrich b Psycho Medic, Fireball Roberts & Josh Crow b Damien Payne & White Tiger, Jocephus b Super Barney, Bryan Casey b Michael Jablonski, Chris Michaels b Jeremiah Plunkett (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Power Trip Wrestling on 10/29 in Kettering, Northants, UK at the Corn Market Hall
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 11/5 in Columbus, IN for the promotion's 13th anniversary has Eugene & Donny Idol vs. Sign Guy & Diceman Ronnie Vegas with the loser of the fall getting their head shaved.