WED. UPDATE: White on FOX special; Kelly Kelly; Ultimate Fighter on FX; Ratings, Rock, ROH
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 16:06
We're looking for reports on today's Raw show in Dublin, Ireland at
NXT on the WWE web site today:
Usos vs. Johnny Curtis & Tyson Kidd
Kaitlyn vs. Tamina
Titus O'Neal & Percy Watson & A.J. vs. JTG & Derrick Bateman & Maxine
The WWE European tour continues tomorrow with a Raw show in Nantes, France and a Smackdown show in Bilbao, Spain. On Friday, Raw will be in Amneville, France and Smackdown will be in Graz, Austria. Saturday has Raw in Manchester, England and Smackdown in Vienna, Austria.
Ultimate Fighter airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Spike.
The latest on Nick Diaz, Georges St. Pierre, Dana White and the aftermath of UFC 137 and build to the Super Bowl Saturday show headlines the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We also have features on and health updates on Barry Windham and Jacques Rougeau and notes on Windham's career, full coverage of UFC 137 and a historical look at the first generation of UFC fighters who at one point or another crossed over into pro wrestling.
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We look at how Dana White hyped the GSP vs. Diaz match, lots of comments from Diaz, retirements of B.J. Penn and Mirko Cro Cop and what happened next, contract talks, early buy rate and business info, how much all the fighters got paid on the show, poll results and repercussions. We also look at the ramifications of the show.
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--Dana White said today that on the FOX special on 11/12, that the only fight that will air will be Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos. Even if the fight only goes one round, that will be the only fight airing. Not sure what they'd do with the rest of the hour at that point. The weigh-ins for the show will air at 4 p.m. on 11/11 in Fuel TV.
--Sinclair Broadcasting announced it has purchased eight new television stations from Freedom Communications. The stations, many of which will air the ROH television show, are WPEC in West Palm Beach, FL; WWMT in Kalamazoo, MI; WRGC and WCWN in Albany, NY; WTVC in Chattanooga; WLAJ in Lansing, MI; KTVL in Medford, OR; and KFDM in Beaumont, TX. (thanks to Adam Lebow and Kevin Lagasse)
--Ultimate Fighter tryouts will be on 12/5 in Las Vegas in the Dallas Ballroom at the Texas Station Casino starting at 8 a.m. Applications must be filed out by 12/1 at UFC.com They are looking for lightweights and welterweights for what would be the first season of the show in 2012 airing on FX. This will be the first season where all the fights will air live on Friday nights.
--Kelly Kelly will be on the cover of the December issue of Maxim.
--Sky Sports in the U.K. announced today it was getting out of the boxing PPV business, meaning the only PPV events will be WWE.
--In the cable ratings for last week, USA was No. 1 at 2.2 followed by ESPN at 2.0 and Disney at 1.8. FX was No. 6 at 1.2, Syfy was No. 18 at 0.8 while Spike didn't crack the top 25. The two hours of Raw were No. 4 and No. 9. The first hour trailed only Monday Night Football, Walking Dead on AMC and the NASCAR Sprint Cup (3.5). The hours were No. 5 and No. 7 in 18-49.
--Want to send condolences to two people who help this site very much, John Raad, on the passing away of his father last night and Mike Kuzmuk, whose brother passed away this morning. Both had something in common as Raad's father and Kuzmuk's brother Kenny used to bring them to wrestling in Madison Square Garden when they were growing up.
--Dwayne Johnson was on Entertainment Tonight last night from the set of the movie "G.I. Joe 2" in New Orleans, where he's been for the past many weeks. (thanks to Brian Henke)
--Out of touch quote of the day, from Bob Arum at the Manny Pacquiao press conference call this morning: "The steroid problem is fading into the past." (thanks to John Pollock)
--ROH runs 12/2 in Spartanburg, SC at Memorial Hall, the old Crockett TV taping location in the 80s; land 12/3 in Greensboro. Spartanburg will have a Rumble style Battle Royal with the winner getting an ROH title shot. Greensboro, at the Special Events Center at the Coliseum, has an elimination match with Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin & Eddie Edwards & El Generico vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe & Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin.
--The history of the BxB Hulk vs. Yamato feud, leading to the 11/11 no rope no DQ match in Revere, MA on the Dragon Gate USA show, is at http://youtu.be/2pX2tZlhXN8
--Georgia Wrestling History announced its 2011 Hall of Fame class of Stan Hansen, Ric Flair, Ted Allen, The Road Warriors, Doug Gilbert, Ron West and Jerry & Ted Oates.
--How did you watch Diaz vs. Penn
Illegal stream 23.6%
Didn't watch as I don't watch UFC PPV shows 19.2%
Didn't watch due to other plans that night 16.4%
Watched on PPV at home 12.3%
Didn't watch as not interested in the show 9.2%
Didn't watch because of the price 9.0%
Watched at a bar 5.9%
Watched at a friends house 2.3%
Watched on the Internet through a purchase 1.3%
Attended live in Las Vegas 0.8%
--Did Monday's Raw make you:
More interested in buying Survivor Series 4.0%
Less interested in buying Survivor Series 19.5%
Made no difference, am buying either way 22.6%
Made no difference, not buying 54.0%
--Are you going to watch Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
--For UFC 139 and Survivor Series I'm planning on:
Watching both 23.9%
Only watching UFC 32.8%
Only watching Survivor Series 23.9%
Watching neither 19.4%
--Poll on Raw
21.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--The Washington Post today has a story on an Ohio steroid ring, which was uncovered and led to 32 indictments, including Kris Shield, an area pro wrestler who uses the name Chris Carnage.
--Interesting to note that both UFC and WWE are in England on Saturday night.
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia. Former pro wrestler Darren Drozdov was a 1987 graduate of Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, NJ. At 6-3 and 240 pounds, Drozdov played both quarterback and the defensive line in high school and was an all-state defensive end as a senior. He never wrestled in high school, instead played starting center on the school basketball team and also was a shot putter, and was voted Most Athletic in his senior yearbook.
--The season finale of Shawn Michaels' MacMillan River Adventures on The Outdoor Channel will air on Saturday night at 7 P.M., Ch. 606 on direcTV and Ch. 396 on Dish. (thanks to Carl Dantes)
--There is a pre sale going on for the TNA house show coming to Albany using the password JAMESSTORM
--HWA on Saturday night in Norwood, OH: Tim Lutz b Jamie Northstar, Team Mathis b Team Murray in an elimination match, Kentucky Buffet b Jerry Andrews & Sid Fabulous, Neveah b Angelus Layne, Jesse Emerson b Chris Hall, Noble Bloods b Heat Seekers, Dustin Rayz b Remi Walkins, Dave Crist b Jake Crist in a 45:00 Iron man match. Next show is 11/12 in Hamilton, OH headlined by Nigel McGuinness vs. Chad Collyer with Matt Stryker (not the WWE announcer) as special referee. (thanks to Adam Sanders)
--Great Canadian Wrestling on 12/2 in Oshawa, ONT
--Great Canadian Wrestling from Sunday in Strathroy, ONT before 45 fans: Hardcore Hick b Caleb Stills, Rip Impact won three-way over Bryan Castle and Benjamin Bon, N8 Mattson b Robbie McAllister, Bushwhacker Luke NC Cousin Eddie, Buck Gunderson b Derek Platinum, Robbie McAllister & Bushwhacker Luke & Caleb Stills b Cousin Eddie & Hardcore Hick & N8 Mattson (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Insanity Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Indianapolis at the Community Center headlined by Drake Younger vs. Scotty Vortekz and Sami Callihan vs. B.J. Whitmer.
--Tri State Wrestling on Saturday night in Carney's Point, NJ at the YMCA of Salem County headlined by Papdon vs. Johnny Silver
--Chyna will host a party on 11/10 at Rick's Cabaret in New York City and will pose for photos and sign porn DVDs.
--Daniel Puder hosts an Anti-Bullying Concert tomorrow at 10 p.m. at the Good Hurt Nightclub in West Los Angeles including a number of television and movie actors as well as pro athletes.
--Tito Santana will be the guest celebrity on Sunday at the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation's annual Spaghetti dinner in Edison, NJ at the Edison Elks Lodge from 2-6 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance and $13 at the door with all donations going to the cause.
--NCW on Saturday night at the York County School of Technology in York, PA featuring Tony Atlas and The Patriot, plus a 30 man Battle Royal.
--FMLL on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, CA featuring La Parka, Blue Demon, El Hijo del Rey Misterio (advertised just as Rey Misterio), Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, El Solitario (as in his son), Misterioso, Octagoncito and Mascarita Dorada.
--A Cage vs. Cons MMA event will take place on 11/19 at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena featuring police officers vs. ex-cons hosted by Tom Lister, better known as Zeus from the late 80s WWF.
--Angela Fong, who was Savannah in WWE a few years back, was a contestant yesterday on "Let's Make a Deal."
--Bobby Green (16-5) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (12-3-1) and Keith Berry (10-8) vs. Andreas Spang (6-1) have been added as prelims to the 11/18 Strikeforce show at the Pearl at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.