MON UPDATE: UFC TV tonight, Former WWE announcer in hot water, WWE star turning to MMA in 2012
Monday, 24 October 2011 13:06
We're also looking for reports on tonight's Raw in Austin, with Superstars matches, dark matches and anything else not evident from the live TV shoot.
Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday in Houston.
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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--Major stip match involving brothers vs. brothers feud
--What former WWE star is now using the name of one of the most famous overseas wrestling stars
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--Why Prince Devitt wasn't there
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--Spike makes first hint at future in MMA
--Notes on the hiring of David Lagana by TNA
--A look at TNA's outside projects
--Why Eric Bischoff has so much power in TNA
--Kurt Angle inducted into yet another Hall of Fame
--Jeff Hardy talks about being sent home and his return
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--More thoughts on Hogan's burial of A.J. Styles and Bobby Roode
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--Surprising UFC cut
--Notes on the final Strikeforce show of the year
--Update on Gina Carano
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--The UFC Countdown show airs tonight at 11:30 p.m. on Spike. It's only a 30 minute show, focusing on Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn, because the other 30 minutes focusing on GSP vs. Carlos Condit had to be cut. The show will also replay Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. on Spike and air Thursday at 8 p.m. on Versus.
--UFC will have another Countdown show on Sunday on the FOX network right after the NFL post-game show.
--Former WWE announcer Todd Grisham is in hot water with ESPN. While anchoring for ESPNNews, he used the term "trail of tears" in describing Oklahoma football fans after the loss on Saturday to Texas Tech. This sparked a lot of outrage because the term "trail of tears" is about Native American Cherokees who had their land taken from them in Georgia and had to move to Oklahoma. ESPN had to issue an official company apology. Grisham, who has Cherokee blood, said that he never even thought about that when making the comment and has since apologized. (thanks to Harrison Hewitt)
--Thanks to everyone who sent birthday messages today.
--Chuck Liddell appears as a guest tonight on Hawaii Five-O on CBS, playing Pro Elite star (not UFC star) Chuck Liddell.
--Inside MMA tonight at 8 p.m. on HDNet live featuring Cesar Gracie, Scott Coker, Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier. Gracie will be talking for Nick Diaz since getting Diaz to do the show wasn't easy.
--Harry Smith on "The Score" talking about going into MMA:
"There is an MMA career coming for me. I'd like to make my debut in the next year. It's been something I've really wanted to try out for a long time and now that I'm no longer with the WWE, it's time for me to train full time and go hard at it. I'm training with Dave Bautista's MMA facility in Tampa, and I'd also like to go train with Josh Barnett more and get more cage time with him and get my striking down 100% before I take a fight. I plan to keep training with Billy Robinson and enter some grappling tournaments next year. I have great natural strength for it."
--Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey have inked a new TV project for Scott Baio called "Daddy's Home." Baio will play an actor who was a big star ten years earlier who becomes a stay-at-home dad because of a deal he made with his wife so she can return to the limelight. Nick at Nite has ordered a pilot for the show.
--Kevin Nash expects to be medically cleared to wrestle by WWE doctors as of Friday. The reason he was not wrestling since shooting the angle was because of something that came up during his original physical, which they did after shooting the first angle.
--Added to the 11/5 ROH TV tapings is Young Bucks vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly.
--Melina Perez, who was supposed to wrestle Serena Deeb in the main event of an 11/19 iPPV from Deer Park, NY at the Sportatorium, will now face an opponent that won't be named until the night of the show. The show also features a women's War Games match.
--Greg Gumbel ripped Hulk Hogan yesterday during an NFL game on CBS, talking about the promo Hogan cut on Tim Tebow, saying when has Hogan's comments been relevant on anything.
--Chael Sonnen will be hosting the official UFC after party on Saturday night at The Nightclub at Encore.
--Should Travis Wiuff get a title shot at Christian M'Pumbu after beating him in a non-title match on Saturday?
--Poll on the ROH TV show on Saturday
44.8% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Poll on Bellator on Saturday
64.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Best TV show of the past week
Ultimate Fighter 16.7%
MMA live 1.8%
Inside MMA 0.9%
--ROH announced its return to Philadelphia for a show on 1/20 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory.
--Not that I expect much in the way of buys for Vengeance last night, but the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers World Series game head-to-head did a 10.1 rating on the metered markets. The Sunday Night Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints football game did an 8.2 rating on the metered markets. The latter number is the lowest Sunday night rating on NBC in a long time, and only half of what the game this same week last year did.
--WWE released a study claiming WrestleMania had $62.1 million in economic impact on the city of Atlanta this year. The year before show in Houston claimed $45 million. That would also be more than the UFC show in Toronto had, based on more people traveling instead of coming from the local market and with most staying in town three days or more.
--Serena Deeb suffered a serious concussion and will be out of action for the time being. She wrote on twitter that she is out of action indefinitely.
--An interview with Christopher Daniels here
--Chuck Langerman's wrestling trivia. Former ECW valet Angel Amoroso later tried her hand at MMA, but ended up with an 0-5 record, losing all of her fights via submission, including one high profile fight in Japan. She had her top torn off at the June 19, 1993 show at the ECW Arena, which was a huge deal at the time.
--And a second entry, Steve Austin, under the name Steve Williams, is a 1983 graduate of Edna High School in Edna, TX. He was an all-district running back on the football team, which got him a college football scholarship to North Texas State University in Denton, TX, during the height of the Von Erichs. Both Kevin Von Erich (as a football player) and David Von Erich (as a basketball player) attended North Texas State. Austin was also a discus thrower in high school.
--Nigel McGuinness is wrestling on 12/3 in Preston, England at Lava and Ignite in Preston. When he wrestles on 11/12 in Hamilton, OH for HWA at the Great Miami Events Center, his opponent will be Chad Collyer, who is returning from a long tour of the U.K. and Turkey.
--Announced for the first round of the Jeff Peterson Cup (which takes place 10/28 in Brooksville, FL and 10/29 in Crystal River, FL at the National Guard Armory in both cities) is Jake Manning vs. AR Fox, Flip Kendrick vs. Johnny Vandal, Chris Jones vs. Papadon, Bobby Fish vs. Jonathan Gresham, Lince Dorado vs. Louis Lyndon, Johnny Gargano vs John Silver, Jerrelle Clark vs. Aaron Epic and Mike Cruz vs. Pinkie Sanchez. There will also be a tag team Rumble.
--For the last five months, Bryan has been running the Jiu Jitsu program at a school near his house. One of his students, a girl from Fiji, just started a month ago. Last week they spent an hour working on basic chokes. Yesterday, Rob Lovi, a black belt from San Diego came to do a seminar and the girl, Rosi, stayed home because she thought it would be too advanced for her. An hour before the seminar was over, she went to Safeway. When he she got in the store, she saw a couple arguing in the parking lot over coupons. When she finished shopping, she came out and they were still arguing, and the guy punched his girlfriend right in the face. Then he was on the ground pounding on her. Rosi called the police and they tell her to get in her car and keep an eye on things. The girl is getting really beaten up, so Rosi got out of the her, snuck up from behind the guy and put on a rear naked choke. She said she panicked, but held on and wouldn't let go. After ten seconds, the guy was out cold. The cops showed up, woke the guy up and arrested him, but Rosi was freaking out. The officer told her, "You know you're not supposed to do that." He said of everyone in the class, if you were to pick the last person who was going to use their Jiu Jitsu to stop an assault in the parking lot, she would be that person.
--The New York Times has a story
on Linda McMahon talking with Joe Lieberman.
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA: Brian Gott & Derek Cornell b Zac James & Ryan Slade, Shawn Nautilus b Jeff O'Shea, Joey Daniels b Buck Albright, Sean Cruz over Zach Thompson and Jimmy Rockwell, Vic Victory b Preston Maxwell, Branden Juarez NC Darren Russell, Matty Starr b Tony Cortez. Next show is 11/12 at the National Guard Armory (thanks to Chris Havius)
--New Midwest Wrestling this coming Saturday night in Springfield, IL at Lanphier High School featuring the Fans Choice Awards and a full wrestling show.
--GOUGE from last night in Raleigh: Scrapyard Dog & Baron Von Fox b Redman & Vector, Leatherface b Terrific Thomas Ray, Mike West b ATL, Seymour Snott b Mickey Gambino, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. & Seymour Snott b Mickey Gambino & Mike West. Next show is Saturday night in Wake Forest, NC at the MVP Sports Factory.
--Larry Goodman and Trent Vandrisse talk OVW
--Underground Wrestling on Sunday in Sauget, IL: Poodoo the Cow & Dash Rando b Mephisto & Kurt Styles (was A.J. Angle busy?), Billy McNeil b Sensei Almighty, Devin & Mason Cutter & Neil Diamond (poor guy having to work indies after all those million selling records) b Havoc & BDT & Jon Boi-DQ, Brandon Espinosa b Mike Sydal, Amanda b Mickie Knuckles in a Hardcore casket match. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--Your Pro Wrestling on 11/5 in Jersey City, NJ at 90 Fleet St. featuring Christopher Daniels, Eddie Kingston, Ricky Reyes, Gran Akuma, Pinkie Sanchez and more.
--NAW Extreme Halloween on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Fresno Super Mall.
--Future Pro Wrestling on 10/28 in Wallington, Surrey, UK at Wallington Hall for a Trick or Treat show.