We also have ratings for all the national shows for the past week. We also have how every segment on Raw and Impact did as far as gaining and losing viewers, as well as who did what in the key segments and who appeals to what.
We also have our regular weekly features with results of all the major arena events around the world, as well as all the major TV show
Also in this week's issue:
--Major attitude change in major company now looking at raiding big stars to rebuild
--Shocker talks about why he's been out of action
--One of the best wrestlers in the world is announced as coming to CMLL
--Update on business at Arena Mexico
--Annual King of Flyers match
--Plans for Jeff Jarrett's return to Mexico as AAA champion
--Latest New Japan vs. All Japan angle news
--New Japan opens tour and starts building the next PPV show
--Lineup for New Japan's next PPV show
--Pro wrestling world champion has MMA fight in a few weeks
--Disgraced former well known athlete faces Bob Sapp in a few weeks
--Two Hall of Famers battle for the first time ever
--A look at the WrestleReunion convention in Los Angeles
--More notes on Mike Tyson and Superstar Billy Graham meeting
--What Tyson remembers about pro wrestling
--Tyson appears at pro wrestling show
--Who was in this year's legends Battle Royal
--PWG has its biggest event of the year with many Dragon Gate stars
--Celebration of the Los Angeles territory
--Verne Gagne gets publicity as a Minneapolis theater has special showings of "The Wrestler" movie from 1974
--Other former AWA employees who were there
--How the event did
--Notes on a lot of lawsuits
--Former ROH star talks about why he's retiring in detail and looks back at his career
--Coach of one of pro wrestling's biggest stars passes away
--More on the death of wrestling trainee
--MVP talks the new Wrestling Retribution promotion and playing an all-new character
--How MVP got interested in being a pro wrestler
--Is he interested in returning to WWE
--Annual 16 Carat Gold tournament
--More on ROH vs. CHIKARA angle
--Hulk Hogan's return to the ring
--Ric Flair's new business deal and what does it mean
--Against All Odds PPV card
--Lots of crazy Hogan stories from his U.K. media work
--A look at the Bobby Roode and James Storm booking
--Why Hogan did the U.K. tour at the last minute
--How the U.K. tour did business-wise
--What angles didn't work in the U.K. and which ones did
--How TNA tried to save money on the tour
--Injury updates from the TNA tour
--What wrestling legend to Hogan invite to London
--TNA stars doing movies
--An update on Haywire
--One of the best promos likely of the year for a match that still may not happen
--Two of UFC's biggest stars want one last match with each other
--A special on ordering UFC PPV events
--Matt Hughes talks his future
--Update on GSP and who and when he will likely fight
--Notes on the 3-D airing of UFC 143 and how often 3-D airings of UFC shows will be taking place in movie theaters
--What fixture of the UFC is gone as of now
--Notes on a movie about one of UFC's all-time greatest fighters
--What recently fired star is Dana White at least open about thinking about bringing back
--Another of Bellator's potentially biggest fights is not going to happen and why
--Fedor Emelianenko's plan for next fight
--Career of Olympic star turned MMA fighter now in jeopardy
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series
plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article
and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth, and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as
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*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s,
Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and
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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund,
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*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world
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*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the
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*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
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*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
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*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
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*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
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*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart
signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
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*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
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*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
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--PWinsider.com is reporting that WWE is looking for a cruiserweight style show for the proposed network. This makes sense based on rumors of them showing interest in a lot of smaller independent talent. With the network's launch now months away, there is plenty of time for tweaking, changing and even dropping this idea.
--A clip of Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman was shown during a CBS special on the 30th anniversary of Letterman's Late show.
--The UFC has officially announced its next Fan Expo for 7/6 and 7/7 at the Mandalay Bay Convetion Center in conjunction with the 7/7 live show. This is also the weekend of the annual Observer/Figure Four web site convention in Las Vegas. Tickets are $40 for the Friday show and $45 for Saturday, or $60 for both days.
--A lengthy interview with John Morrison is at http://www.sportsvibe.co.uk/articles/other/sportsvibe-meets-former-wwe-superstar-john-morrison-15117/ He talks why he left, and his return to wrestling over the weekend on a show in the Philippines against Shelton Benjamin.
--Who do you expect to take this match?
Roy Nelson 52.6%
Fabricio Werdum 47.4%
--Who do you expect to win the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match?
Daniel Bryan 61.6%
Randy Orton 26.4%
Great Khali 3.7%
Cody Rhodes 1.5%
Big Show 0.9%
--Which of these matches will draw the most on North American PPV?
Rock vs. John Cena 49.4%
GSP vs. Nick Diaz if it happens 33.5%
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 14.0%
Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans 3.1%
--Who was the most valuable celebrity in WrestleMania history?
Mike Tyson 34.9%
Mr. T 33.7%
Donald Trump 12.0%
Cyndi Lauper 10.6%
Floyd Mayweather Jr. 2.9%
Lawrence Taylor 1.8%
William Perry 0.2%
--Mike Carlson, who is hosting the Super Bowl on BBC in the U.K., is the guest with Dr. Keith on a free show up on the site today. Carlson, who is the host of the NFL gams on Ch. 4, as well as a Wrestling Observer Newsletter subscriber for the past 25 years, talks about the Observer, his favorite wrestlers and promotions and football before the game. It's up here.
--Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis and Dan Severn will be receiving special awards at the 2012 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Wrestling Hall of fame ceremony in Waterloo, IA, this year. Laurinaitis will recieve the Frank Gotch Award for positive recognition to pro wrestling. Severn will receive the George Tragos award which goes to a wrestler who used his skill to excel in MMA. Also being honored are Kurt Angle and Don Curtis in the Hall of Fame, John Layfield getting the Lou Thesz Award and Bill Apter getting the James Melby Award. The Hall of Fame dinner will be on 7/13 and 7/14.
--There is a story here
about Legends House which is scheduled to start shooting shortly in Rancho Mirage, CA at the estate formerly owned by Harpo Marx.
--On the most recent "Art of War" podcast, Colt Cabana and C.M. Punk did a segment where Punk confirmed that a 3-disc WWE retrospective of his career is in the works and he's in charge of the roduct, including the music, the matches and who he wants interviewed. He didn't say anything about whether any pre-WWE matches would be allowed to be part of it.
Also on the podcast, Cabana said that a second volume of Wrestling Road Dairies, the highly acclaimed DVD he did with Bryan Danielson last year, would be produced over the next two months with Cabana,Luke Gallows and Cliff "Domino" Compton traveling the indie circuit from town to town. (thanks to Michael Bernstein)
--Alissa Flash will be appearing on KENS-5's Great Day San Antonio tomorrow at 9 a.m. to promote Saturday's show in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Chuch that she and Hernandez are headlining.
--An interview with Sean Waltman and Marty Jannetty is up here
--Chuck Langerman's daily pro wrestling trivia concerns veteran Monty Sopp, also known as Billy Gunn and Kip James. Growing up in Central Florida, Sopp never dreamed of being a pro wrestler. He wanted to become a cowboy and attended Donny Gay's Bull Riding School. Gay is a legend in that sport winning eight world bull riding championships in the 70s and 80s. Sopp attended Oviedo High School near Orlando and was a great high school athlete in a number of sports. He got scholarship offers from 20 colleges for football, but felt his future was in rodeo so accepted his lone rodeo scholarship offer from Sam Houston State. He ended up as a pro wrestler due to a chance meeting with Ron & Don Harris at a gym.
--Hulk Hogan will be co-hosting the Wendy Williams show on 2/9.
--This is the Kia commercial
that will air Sunday on the Super Bowl featuring Chuck Liddell and Motley Crue. (thanks to Jeff Gagliardo)
--The final interview with Angelo Dundee
, the famed boxing trainer of Muhammad Ali, who passed away yesterday at 90, was on The FanAddicts MMA show by subscriber David Wolf.
--Edge is one of the headliners at the 2012 Wizard World Toronto Comic Con on 4/15 and 4/15 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
--Rashad Evans will be doing analysis on Saturday night on the UFC weigh-in show tomorrow on Fuel at 4 p.m. and the post-fight show on Fuel after the PPV ends at 1 a.m. along with Jon Anik, Jay Glazer and Ariel Helwani.
--Mick Foley and Eve Torres are putting together a WrestleMania vacation where al proceeds after expsnes go to RAINN to help survivors of sexual violence. They are doing a $10 raffle where the winner gets 2 great seats to WrestleMania, round-trip airfare for two, 2 tickets to one session of the Axxess, 2 tickets to the Half of Fame, 3 nights at a four star Miami hotel and a lunch with Eve Torres and three other Divas. This is an idea rather than a concept and Foley is trying to hear from people on his twitter account to see if there is interest.
--ROH tickets for 5/12 in Toronto go on sale to the public tomorrow. They are on sale now for ROH Ringside members.
--ROH announced an after party for after Saturday night's TV tapings in Baltimore for Della Roses at 101 S Clinton St. in Baltimore.
--Bellator announced a 3/23 show (show No. 3 of the season) in Laredo, TX. The UWF promotion, which ran the Roger Huerta vs. War Machine fight, is co-promoting the show locally. (thanks to Eduardo Martinez)
--The Wall Street Journal today as a story on New York Giants receiver Devin Thomas and all his tattoos. He has an HBK tattoo, but it, as he explained, has nothing to do with Shawn Michaels but has to do with being dumped by a girl.
--Allysin Kay had her nose broken in three places in a match with Mia Yim on the AIW show on 1/29 in Cleveland which was a DVD taping for Smartmarkvideo. They are playing it up to build a program between the two. Here's a photo
--GCW on 2/4 in Oshawa, ONT at Harmony Hall headlined by Anthony Darko vs. Psycho Mike Rollins. Shawn Spears is also on the show.
--Here's a video of Chris Cruise doing a Traditional Championship Wrestling
control center segment.
--IWF is doing a Relay for Life fundraiser on 4/28 in Ntuley, NJ at the Frank A. Cocchiola Parks & Rec Building
--Kyle Matthews and Bandido Jr. were announced as the final two entrants in the ECWA Super 8 tournament on 4/7 in Newark, DE.