LAW June 25 Update - WWE Announces New TV Show
John Pollock / June 25, 2012 - 6:09pm
**Tonight the WWE is in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the ‘Raw’ tapings featuring the return of Chris Jericho after his thirty-day suspension along with Paul Heyman responding to Triple H . John Cena is also pushing a major announcement to be made tonight. Vickie Guerrero is serving as the guest General Manager for both shows this week.
**Last night’s edition of The LAW is up on the site as well as iTunes and Stitcher with Jason Agnew and I running through all the major news events of the week including the Claire Lynch angle on ‘Impact’, a recap of the ROH iPPV and a busy weekend of MMA. Plus our chat with Perry Saturn, Dave Meltzer of the ‘Wrestling Observer Newsletter’ stops by and a dramatic edition of Title Bout Trivia. You can download the show at http://fightnetwork.com/news/31877:june-24-edition-of-the-law-w-perry-saturn/ or on iTunes and Stitcher.
**If you are in Toronto than you can catch ‘Raw’ on the big screen at The Fox and Fiddle at 535 Danforth Avenue with Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski hosting our weekly Monday night parties with wrestling trivia, prizes and lots more.
**Wai Ting and I will be back with Review-A-Raw later tonight after the show and taking your feedback to the show, which you can post on The LAW message board.
**The full 20-minute interview I conducted with Perry Saturn is up on the website and iTunes discussing the ‘Extreme Rising’ event he is working this Saturday in Philadelphia, his disappearance and problems with drugs, the deaths of some of his close friends and his work with Florida Championship Wrestling currently. The show is available at http://fightnetwork.com/news/31883:interview-perry-saturn-on-drug-addiction-benoit-and-more/.
**The WWE announced a new broadcast television with ION Television to air a weekly Wednesday night show called ‘WWE Main Event’ featuring talent from both shows that will be taped Monday and Tuesdays. The show will launch on October 3rd of this year and will be a one-hour show. On paper this sounds like another ‘B’ show akin to the purpose that ‘Superstars’ served for WGN from 2009-2011. The company has become very aggressive when it comes to producing original content for the purpose of raising television rights fees, which is the dominant pillar of the company business model at the present time.
**I posted a full report on the ‘Best in the World’ iPPV from Ring of Honor yesterday and we also chatted about it throughout the show last night. Overall this was a much better effort from a technical standpoint with few problems for those tuning in. There were a few issues regarding those using iPads but the issues were fixed quickly. The main event got over very well to the live audience and both men killed themselves getting the match over so I don’t want to sound like the effort wasn’t there because they went above and beyond in that regard. I’m not a big fan of the mentality that they have to destroy their bodies for a main event because there were bumps in that match that were just way too much specifically with Steen taking an ungodly amount of punishment on his back including a double underhook suplex onto a ladder and it’s those kind of bumps that you feel when you’re older. ROH has a really hot character in Steen right now and the idea of forcing him across as a heel to the audience seems tough after the way he has been portrayed as the anti-hero for so long and the crowd refuses to hate him at this point. As I mentioned on The LAW the Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly match was the highlight of the show for me with Cole suffering a nasty gash and appearing to have had two teeth knocked out (and there was a close up of a tooth in the ring after the match), which the crowd responded to very well and took the match up a notch with the legitimate injury to Cole and his babyface firing up at the end. O’Reilly also came off really well in the match and promo before the main event challenging Davey Richards down the road. The show was essentially a make good show to those that purchased ‘Border Wars’ and got burned and the quality of the stream was excellent and with fewer issues hopefully they can regain faith from those that were sceptical before yesterday’s show.
**Ring of Honor returns to iPPV on Saturday September 15th with ‘Death Before Dishonor X’ in Chicago Ridge, Illinois at the Frontier Fieldhouse.
**Last Thursday’s edition of ‘Impact Wrestling’ did a 0.95 rating and averaged 1,240,000 viewers.
**Tommy Dreamer is launching his own wrestling company entitled House of Hardcore with their debut show set for October 6th in Poughkeepsie, New York with a slick teaser trailer released on Sunday night:
**A cryptic tweet from Matt Morgan:
Had a great time on this visit to Connecticut. Conducted some very good business(stay tuned!)& got to see entire family. 2birds,1stone.
**Layla turns 35-years old today.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**The UFC 148 conference call today got very heated between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen with Silva providing the following quotes:
First of all, Chael is a criminal; he’s been convicted of crimes, and he doesn’t deserve to be in the Octagon. And when the time comes, I’m going to break his face, and break every one of the teeth in his mouth.
Right now, I’m focused on what’s in the future. I’m going to beat Chael’s ass out of the UFC. He’s never going to want to fight again when I’m done with him.
It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, side, top, it doesn’t matter. Chael Sonnen is going to get his ass beaten like he’s never been beaten before. I’m going to do something that has never been done before. I’m going to break all his teeth, his arms, his legs; he won’t be able to walk out of the cage. I know that he’s listening. No more shit-talking; the game is over. It’s on now.
**UFC President Dana White also stated on the conference call that they are expecting UFC 100 level of buys for this show, which would be in the range of 1,600,000 buys that the July 2009 event did featuring Brock Lesnar Vs Frank Mir and Georges St-Pierre Vs Thiago Alves.
**Tickets for UFC 152 on September 22nd at the Air Canada Centre will be going on sale July 27th. The card is tentatively headlined by Rory MacDonald taking on B.J. Penn in a welterweight bout. UFC President Dana White stated this past weekend that the Junior Dos Santos Vs Cain Velasquez Heavyweight Title fight is unlikely to be happening on the Toronto show anymore.
DOWN LOAD THE JUNE 24TH EDITION OF THE LAW
(Agnew and Pollock chats news, ROH iPPV and welcome Perry Saturn and Dave Meltzer)
DOWNLOAD THE LAW’S 20-MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH PERRY SATURN
(John Pollock speaks with Perry Saturn about Extreme Rising, drug issues, Chris Benoit and more)
DOWNLOAD THE LAW’S UFC 147 POST SHOW
(John Pollock and Jason Agnew review the card and chat with UFC Featherweight Cub Swanson and Fight Network analyst Robin Black)
DOWNLOAD THE ROAD TRIP TO ATLANTIC CITY PODCAST
(John Pollock and Jason Agnew review UFC on FX 4 and their trip to Atlantic City)
DOWNLOAD THE JUNE 22ND EDITION OF REVIEW-AN-IMPACT
(Wai Ting and Nate Milton review Open Fight Night and results of the A.J/Dixie contest)
DOWNLOAD REVIEW A WAI – WWF KING OF THE RING 1999
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Billy Gunn’s crowning moment)
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