LAW Nov. 28 Update - Cornette Taking Sabbatical from ROH
John Pollock / November 28, 2012 - 4:07pm
**The latest edition of Review-A-Wai is up on the website with Wai Ting and I reviewing the WWE Survivor Series from 2003 in Dallas, Texas headlined by Bill Goldberg Vs Triple H for the World Title and a Buried Alive Match between The Undertaker and Vince McMahon. The show is up at http://fightnetwork.com/news/34912:review-a-wai-wwe-survivor-series-2003/ and also available on iTunes by subscribing to Live Audio Wrestling and on the free Stitcher app for smart phone users.
**Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Jim Cornette is taking a sabbatical from Ring of Honor for an indefinite period of time. Cornette apparently had a major blow up backstage at the recent television tapings in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania without any specifics for the blow up provided. Hunter Johnston will be taking over the remaining duties that Cornette was carrying out in regards to the production of the show. It was back in October that Cornette was removed as booker for the group but was still in charge of the production of the shows. Cornette will not be attending Final Battle on December 16th in Manhattan.
**Due to scheduling issues there will not be an edition of Review-An-Impact, we will be back next week.
**WWE Raw did a 2.9 rating and averaged 3,910,000 viewers. There was a noticeable drop in the third hour with the first two-hours staying consistent with 4.1 million viewers and dropping to 3.4 million in the final hour.
**Dixie Carter posted today that Gail Kim Vs Mickie James has been added to tomorrow night’s edition of Impact Wrestling. The show will also feature Rob Van Dam defending the X Division Title and a tag match with A.J. Styles & James Storm Vs Christopher Daniels & Kazarian.
**The WWE has announced Antonio Cesaro Vs Kofi Kingston in a Champion Vs Champion match for next week’s Main Event show.
**There is a rather amusing article today on WWE.com looking at the greatest invasions in pro wrestling history. When discussing the infamous 2001 invasion it reads “William Shakespeare himself couldn’t have written the familial crisis that befell the McMahon family in spring 2001 when Shane McMahon purchased the folding WCW from under his father’s nose, robbing The Chairman of what should have been the crowning victory of the Monday Night War.” Unfortunately Shakespeare was not available that summer and what could have been the biggest storyline in wrestling history...was not.
**Luke Hawx worked a dark match at the Smackdown tapings in Bossier City, Louisiana on Tuesday night.
**I had a chance to watch the new N.W.O. Revolution documentary that the WWE just released examining the many incarnations of the group from 1996-2002. The inclusion of Vince Russo and Lex Luger was minimal at best with very little of either’s interview being used. Russo was basically used to explain the failure of the N.W.O. 2000 idea (when they formed in late 1999) and blamed it on Bret Hart getting injured at the time with the concussion and with Hart out it was not going to work. Cody Rhodes was really good on this documentary as he was a massive WCW fan at the time while his father was in the thick of things and was at the Bash at the Beach event in 1996 when Hogan turned. Rhodes tells a great story of watching the Souled Out pay-per-view in 1998 and being so disgusted when his Dad joined the N.W.O. and his mother had to have Dusty call Cody to calm him down. There is a ton of praise for the original version of the N.W.O., they discuss in detail Eric Bischoff’s plan to create two competing brands with WCW and the N.W.O. and give the latter their own show (a concept that failed at the time) and the downfall of the group with so many members, the split into the Hollywood and Wolfpac versions and trying to revive it numerous times to diminishing returns. For all the criticism WWE can get for viewing their own creative contributions through rose coloured glasses – they totally dismissed the 2002 version with Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall (and later adding Sean Waltman, Shawn Michaels and Booker T) as a complete flop with zero impact and the weakest attempt of them all. If there is one area they glossed over and didn’t discuss in enough detail it was the prolonged build up to the Hulk Hogan Vs Sting match at Starrcade 1997 and was a complete disaster that match and the outcome was because in my opinion that was the peak of the N.W.O. run and everything was messed up that night from the finish to the performances of both, an indecisive finish and vacated title. WCW was still super hot in 1998 and did their best business that year but certainly was a step down creatively from what 1997 produced and then culminated in the January 4th 1999 show at the Georgia Dome where the tide really did turn on the night of the “one finger finish”. It’s very similar to the Attitude Era special they just put out, it’s a very documentary clocking in at under an hour with some new interviews mixed with stock interviews and not unearthing any new facts that the educated fan would be alarmed by.
LAW MMA UPDATE
**FX Executive Eric Shanks stated on the UFC on FOX 5 conference call yesterday that he is trying to convince the UFC to run their annual Super Bowl card in New Jersey next year on the eve of the Super Bowl (which takes place at MetLife Stadium) and air it on FOX.
**Dana White also noted on the call that they were very happy with how UFC 154 did on pay-per-view stating it was a great weekend for the UFC and “the king of pay-per-view is back” in reference to Georges St-Pierre without being specific on any of the metrics from the show.
**Tomorrow on The MMA Report I will be chatting with TUF 16's Mike Ricci about the feud with Michael Hill and the experience of being in the house plus Paul "The Mauler" Lazenby stops by and a new segment I'm introducing. The show will up here on the website as well as on iTunes by subscribing to The MMA Report with John Pollock.
**MMA Junkie has reported that Pat Healy will now be fighting Jorge Masvidal on the January 12th Strikeforce event from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Healy was originally scheduled to challenge Gilbert Melendez for the Lightweight Title but Melendez will not be ready to fight by that date due to his ongoing shoulder injury that forced him out of their fight this past September and the subsequent cancellation of that card.
**One FC and Glory Sports International have signed an agreement to exchange talent and is expected to lead to a number of One FC fighters competing on the New Year’s Eve show that Glory Sports is putting together under the DREAM banner. No fighters have officially been announced by One FC for the card.
**This Saturday Fight Network will be airing BAMMA 11 live from Birmingham, England at 4pm EST and headlined by Jack Marshman Vs Xavier Foupa-Pokam.
**Enjoy this quiet weekend in MMA as the schedule is about to get insane for the next few months with the following major shows set:
*December 7th – Bellator 83 - Shahbulat Shamhalaev Vs Rad Martinez
*December 8th – UFC on FOX 5 – Benson Henderson Vs Nathan Diaz
*December 14th – Bellator 84 (Season 7 Finale) – Dave Jansen Vs Marcin Held
*December 14th – UFC on FX 6 from Australia - George Sotiropoulos Vs Ross Pearson
*December 15th – TUF 16 Finale on FX – Roy Nelson Vs Matt Mitrione
*December 29th – UFC 155 – Junior dos Santos Vs Cain Velasquez
*January 5th – Invicta FC 4 – Alexis Davis Vs Shayna Baszler
*January 12th – Strikeforce “Champions” – Nate Marquardt Vs Tarec Saffiedine
*January 19th – UFC on FX 7 – Michael Bisping Vs Vitor Belfort
*January 26th – UFC on FOX 6 – Demetrious Johnson Vs John Dodson
*February 2nd – UFC 156 – Jose Aldo Vs Frankie Edgar
REVIEW-A-WAI – WWE Survivor Series 2003
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review the Survivor Series featuring Bill Goldberg Vs Triple H, a Buried Alive Match and Team Austin Vs Team Bischoff)
REVIEW-A-RAW – November 27th 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting review Raw from Lafayette, Louisiana featuring CM Punk Vs Kane)
THE LAW – November 25th 2012
(The LAW welcomes The Score’s Arda Ocal in-studio for a round table chat plus Dave Meltzer and a look towards the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2013)
REVIEW-AN-IMPACT – November 23rd 2012
(John Pollock and Wai Ting are joined by Nate Milton for the full show chatting the Thanksgiving edition of Impact)
THE MMA REPORT – November 22nd 2012
(John Pollock welcomes Dan Hardy, Jordan Mein, Robin Black and John Ramdeen)