PWTORCH.COM

Select List of Articles by Category Type



CONTACT US

 JUMP TO VIP SITE

VIP SIGN-UP INFO

JUMP TO MMATORCH

SEARCH PWTORCH

UGO AFFILIATE

A PROUD UGO AFFILIATE SINCE 1999


PWTorch is customized for your mobile phone such as your Blackberry. Just enter www.pwtorch.com on your phone's browser and choose the "Mobile" option. Samsung Omnia II users, download our free Widget. Apple iPhone users, download our free PWTorch App (search "pwtorch")



 

CALDWELL'S TAKE

CALDWELL'S DAILY BLOG 12/20: TNA PPV tonight, Notes from ROH's PPV last night, Linda McMahon's spin on history, Bobby Lashley notes

Dec 20, 2009 - 3:10:20 PM


Staff08Caldwell_120c_110.jpg
By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2009

-- A busy weekend of pro wrestling continues tonight with TNA's Final Resolution PPV featuring four of the five main-eventers from last month's very strong PPV. This month, the "champion TNA forgot" A.J. Styles defends the TNA World Title against Daniels and the Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe re-match will be two-out-of-three falls. The undercard will be hit or miss with gimmick matches, multiple-man matches, and two potential show-stealers with the Machineguns vs. British Invasion and ODB vs. Tara. The two main events are different enough from last month to warrant a serious look at ordering the PPV on those two matches alone.

-- Last night's Ring of Honor PPV was a big leap for the promotion airing a live pay event. It may have been too big of a leap, though, as the promotion's first live PPV event was hampered by production problems. ROH is saying the equipment malfunctions - live audio over video packages and ringside commentary not working - were a result of GoFightLive's equipment not functioning how it was tested earlier in the day during run-throughs. ROH is using the live PPV as a learning experience after evaluating where they are with production capabilities for live PPVs. ROH hasn't announced a second live PPV event, as the first step will be evaluating the successes and failures of the first event.

-- Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon is emphasizing her family's bankruptcy in the 1970s to "relate to the people of Connecticut" as part of her latest campaign strategy. The Hartford Courant published a lengthy interview/profile where Linda was able to present her spin on Vince McMahon failing as a promoter of a variety of different events prior to Vince buying the modern-day WWE from his father.

McMahon is using that background to say she knows what it's like to face a hard financial situation. Her sales pitch: "We need some folks in Washington with real-life business experience, so I jumped in with both feet because I think I have some unique qualifications." Hartford Courant interview.

-- Staying in Connecticut, several mainstream reports have referenced WWE as a product that would have to be boycotted if filmmaker Michael Moore has his way trying to boycott Connecticut due to Senator Joe Lieberman's position on health care reform. According to the Connecticut Post, Moore said he is angry that Lieberman bullied Senate leadership into stripping health care legislation of a public option or even a Medicare buy-in provison. Lieberman said he could not vote for a bill containing either. Conn. Post report.

Linda McMahon weighed in on the topic during the much-publicized Hartford Courant interview where she backed up Lieberman. Perhaps Moore will target pro wrestling during his next documentary. McMahon said: "I think Sen. Lieberman is voting with his heart and with his conviction, and he's standing up for what he believes is in the best interests of his constituents and the state."

-- TNA wrestler Bobby Lashley still does not have an opponent for his first Strikeforce fight in January. Lashley was at a Strikeforce press conference last night where he said he signed with Strikeforce for the main reason of moving up the heavyweight ranks to fight one of the top fighters in the world, Fedor Emelianenko. Sherdog.com report.


Send feedback on this article to pwtorch@gmail.com and we'll regularly publish reader feedback in the "Torch Feedback" category on the Main Listing.

For more BREAKING NEWS on WWE, TNA...
VISIT OUR AFFILIATE - PROWRESTLING.NET

For UFC & MMA NEWS & BLOGS:
VISIT OUR SISTER SITE - MMATORCH.COM

Upgrade to PWTorch VIP:

 DETAILS & SIGN-UP INFO (rates now as low as $2.99/month)

More Recent CALDWELL'S TAKE Articles
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

(c) 1999-2010 TDH Communications Inc. - All rights reserved.

STAFF PICKS - TOP TEN RECENT ARTICLES
LIVECAST AUDIO: Jim Ross talks live w/Wade Keller on Friday's PWTorch Livecast (now available on-demand)
VIP - PWTorch Newsletter #1385 (PDF & TEXT): WWE TLC Keller Report & Staff Roundtable, Mitchell on TLC, Parks on future WWE doc, Keller compares Ziggler & Sami Zayn’s characters, more
THIS WEEK'S TV RESULTS: Raw post-PPV, Super Smackdown, Main Event, NXT post-Takeover, ROH, more
C.M. PUNK MEDIA TOUR: Punk talks leaving WWE, heading to UFC, whether he will return, more
LIVECAST ALERT: Listen to the latest editions of the PWTorch Livecast at PWTorchLivecast.com



PWTORCH FREE AUDIO SHOWS
LIVECAST AUDIO: Jim Ross talks live w/Wade Keller on Friday's PWTorch Livecast (now available on-demand)
LIVECAST AUDIO: Thursday PWTorch Livecast (12/18) now available - James Caldwell & Greg Parks
LIVECAST AUDIO: Wednesday PWTorch Livecast (12/17) now available - Pat McNeill w/Bill Behrens
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (12/16) now available - Wade Keller & Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (12/15) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
LIVECAST AUDIO: Special PWTorch Livecast (12/14) following TLC now available - James Caldwell & Greg Parks

PWTORCH INSTANT POLL
MCNEILL LIVECAST POLL: What's your favorite part of "WWE Week?"
 
pollcode.com free polls
RAW POLL 12/15: Monday's Raw was...
 
pollcode.com free polls


RAW POLL 12/15: What was your initial impression of Lesnar vs. Cena build for the Royal Rumble?
 
pollcode.com free polls
WWE PPV POLL: Rate TLC 0-10 if you saw the PPV
 
pollcode.com free polls


WWE PPV POLL: What was the Best Match at TLC?
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

UPCOMING MAJOR EVENTS

SELECT LIST OF ARTICLES BY CATEGORY

ARTICLES GROUPED BY CATEGORY
NEWS REPORTS
NJPW NEWS: Jr. Hvt. suffers severe concussion, New Japan brings in NOAH stars for Tokyo Dome, updated Jan. 4 line-up
WWE WEEKEND TOUR: Ric Flair on the road, Reigns headlines one tour, Ambrose & Rollins headline other tour (Reports Wanted)
SATURDAY EVENTS: Big PWS iPPV with Styles vs. RVD, Nash & more, Velvet Sky headlines NEW, more shows
WWE NETWORK: Day 300 - Saturday, December 20 Schedule
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Ross details working agreement with Global Force Wrestling, how the deal with Jarrett was arranged, gameplan calling Tokyo Dome Show, what does he think of Striker as co-announcer?, what Tanahashi vs. Okada reminds him of, more
TNA RESULT: Robbie E. & Brooke on the Amazing Race finale
NEWS: How a big match of Styles vs. Ricochet turned "indy"
WWE NEWS: WWE launching "12 Days of Attitude" on Network; latest attempt to retain subscribers on monthly system
NEWSWIRE: Rock'n Christmas Eve, El Patron to P.R., would Rousey play heel or face?, Bully & Velvet booking, Steele talks biz
WWE NEWS: Super Smackdown TV ratings are in - live special flops on USA Network
FRIDAY TV: Super Smackdown on Syfy, Rock starring in two TNT shows, TNA duo on season finale of "Amazing Race"
WWE NEWS: Hulk Hogan reveals one key reason why he wants to wrestle again in WWE
PPV REPORTS
CALDWELL'S WWE TLC PPV REPORT 12/14: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Cena vs. Rollins, Roman Reigns involved, Ambrose vs. Wyatt, set-up for the Royal Rumble, more
CALDWELL'S WWE TLC PPV REPORT 12/14 (Pre-Show): Royal Rumble main event announced, New Day vs. Rhodes Bros., more
MCNEILL'S PPV BLOG 12/14: Live Blog for WWE TLC(&S) - ongoing thoughts & observations
RADICAN'S ROH "Final Battle 2014" PPV REPORT - ACH & Young Bucks vs. Addiction & Alexander, Briscoe-Cole blow off
CALDWELL'S ROH FINAL BATTLE 2014 PPV RESULTS 12/7: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live PPV from New York City
MCNEILL'S PPV BLOG 11/23: Live Blog for Survivor Series - ongoing thoughts & observations
CALDWELL'S WWE S. SERIES PPV RESULTS 11/23: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Team Cena vs. Team Authority, more
CALDWELL'S WWE S. SERIES PPV RESULTS 11/23 (Pre-Show): Heyman, Bad News, Fandango's in-ring return, more
RADICAN'S NJPW Power Struggle Report 11/8 - "Wrestle Kingdom" lineup takes shape, ReDragon-Time Splitters, Ishii-Goto MOTYC
KYGHT'S PPV EVALUATION - WWE Hell in a Cell: Best/Worst Match, Best Move/Finish, more!; Updates 2014 PPV Ranks
HIAC PPV VOTING: Poll Results for Overall Rating, Best Match, was the Bray Wyatt ending too screwy?
MCNEILL'S PPV BLOG 10/26: Live Blog for Hell in a Cell - ongoing thoughts & observations
TV REPORTS
PARKS'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 12/16: Complete coverage of Super Smackdown, including Rollins vs. Ziggler main event
JAMES'S WWE SUPERSTARS RESULTS 12/18: Kidd & Cesaro face Los Matadores, Summer vs. Emma
JAMES'S WWE NXT REPORT 12/18 - WEEK 131: Takeover fall-out, including Neville vs. Owens, Zayn's tiitle win, more; Overall Reax
DEHNEL'S LUCHA UNDERGROUND REPORT 12/17: Battle Royal & 10-way match set up main event (w/Analysis of Booking 101)
CALDWELL'S WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS REPORT 12/17: Wyatt vs. Ambrose Boot Camp TLC re-match, Team Cena vs. Team Authority, Hulk Hogan, D-Bryan, celeb videos, more
DEHNEL'S WWE MAIN EVENT REPORT 12/16: Rowan loses again, this time to Kane, plus Miz TV with Naomi, hi-jinks, more
CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 12/15: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Raw - TLC fall-out, Jericho GM for the Night, Lesnar returns, Steel Cage main event, more
METZGER'S ROH TV REPORT 12/14: Post-Final Battle episode features 2014 Tag Wars - Briscoes, Bucks, Daniels & Kaz, more
PARKS'S WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT 12/12: Complete coverage of Friday night show, including Erick Rowan & Dolph Ziggler & Ryback vs. Luke Harper & Kane & The Big Show
NXT TAKEOVER ROUNDTABLE REVIEWS 12/11: Caldwell, Parks, Radican, James, Chiverton, "Instant Reaction" Ben Tucker rate and review WWE Network special
JAMES'S WWE NXT TAKEOVER "R-EVOLUTION" REPORT 12/11: Zayn completes two-year quest, Owens debuts, more; Overall Reax
CALDWELL'S WWE NXT TAKEOVER RESULTS 12/11: Complete virtual-time coverage of Neville vs. Zayn for the NXT Title, Itami & Balor, Charlotte, Kevin Steen/Owens's debut, Corey Graves retires
OPINION & ANALYSIS
CALDWELL: The Top 5 Best Things In Wrestling This Week
ASK THE SPECIALISTS ROUNDTABLE: What One Rule Should be Brought Back/Fixed on WWE TV?
PARKS'S TAKE: Why is WWE loading up the pre-Royal Rumble episode of Raw?, plus Thoughts on New Japan U.S. announce team, Del Rio's first ROH matches, TNA re-branding, more!
MCNEILL LIVECAST POLL: What's the best part of WWE Week?
RAW POLLS 12/15: Vote on Monday's Raw & Lesnar-Cena hype
CALDWELL: What is WWE emphasizing coming out of TLC?, the answers capture the downfall of WWE's booking approach
WWE PPV REAX #1: Ziggler shines in hometown, but mixed reaction to Reigns's return, overall PPV, more
MCNEILL'S PPV BLOG 12/14: Live Blog for WWE TLC(&S) - ongoing thoughts & observations
TLC PPV POLLS: Vote on the PPV, plus Select Best match
Take The Stairs: McNEILL Previews WWE TLC 2014! (with a Wrestling History Lesson)
RADICAN'S A1 "King of Hearts 2013" DVD Report (8-17-13) - Alexander shines in tournamenet, rise of Johnny Wave, Banks defends ZG in Four-Way Elimination match
RADICAN'S ROH "Final Battle 2014" PPV REPORT - ACH & Young Bucks vs. Addiction & Alexander, Briscoe-Cole blow off
THE SPECIALISTS
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: The Top 14 Wrestling Figures of 2014
VALLEY'S TAKE: The Story of 2014 - The Rich Enough Beat The Super Rich ... or It Just Doesn't Kliq Anymore
HITS & MISSES - 12/16 WWE Super Smackdown: Reigns's return, Ryback / Rusev / Rollins / Ziggler, Uso Drama, Ziggler vs. Rollins
HITS & MISSES - 12/15 WWE Raw: Jericho, Lesnar's Return, The New Day, Roman Reigns, TLC fall-out, more
TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Raw is Jericho a/k/a What Has Happened To Raw?
TUCKER'S LIVE INSTANT REACTION: TLC was the product of WWE de-sensitizing their audience, requiring more dangerous bumps, plus what kind of TV did the McMahons buy for Christmas?
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Brock Lesnar vs. C.M. Punk - In-Depth Review of Their Values Heading in Opposite Direction
CHIVERTON'S NXT SCOUTING REPORT: Final Rankings before "Takeover," full preview of Neville vs. Zayn masterpiece
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Action Figure Spotlight - Tyson Kidd & Natalya, plus Real Value of WWE vs. ROH Autographs
TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Slammys Raw: "If you want something bland yet reliable, today's WWE is for you"
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Topps Takeover - Inside The Top Wrestling Trading Cards of 2014
VALLEY'S TAKE: My Public Apology to C.M. Punk, plus Random Thoughts on Batista's "Bond," Del Rio, more
PWTORCH EXCLUSIVES
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Ross details working agreement with Global Force Wrestling, how the deal with Jarrett was arranged, gameplan calling Tokyo Dome Show, what does he think of Striker as co-announcer?, what Tanahashi vs. Okada reminds him of, more
WCW STARRCADE FLASHBACK - 15 yrs. ago today: Goldberg vs. Hart at Starrcade '99, plus Sting vs. Luger
SMACKDOWN FLASHBACK: Report from previous USA Network special 2 yrs. ago - Punk & Heyman promo, A.J. & Ziggler feuding with Cena, Big E. debut, D-Bryan teaming with Kane
RADICAN'S A1 "King of Hearts 2013" DVD Report (8-17-13) - Alexander shines in tournamenet, rise of Johnny Wave, Banks defends ZG in Four-Way Elimination match
RADICAN'S ROH "Final Battle 2014" PPV REPORT - ACH & Young Bucks vs. Addiction & Alexander, Briscoe-Cole blow off
WWE TLC RETRO - 5 Yrs. Ago: Sheamus pushes Cena through table to win WWE Title, Taker vs. Batista, DX captures Tag Titles
SMACKDOWN RETRO - 15 yrs. ago: McMahon-Helmsley Era begins, Edge vs. Christian, Hardy vs. Hardy, Rock Main Event, more
NXT FLASHBACK - 1 Year Ago today: Sami Zayn vs. Adam Rose main event, Rusev writes off Hero, more
WWE RAW RETRO - 5 Years Ago: Mark Cuban goes through a table, Jericho vs. DX, Cena-Sheamus feud, more
RADICAN'S "Wake Up Time To Die w/Sex Fergusun" review - character driven interview features Gallows hilarious performance
TNA IMPACT RETRO: Dec. 3, 2004: Randy Savage appears on Impact, Jarrett defends NWA Title, Hall, DDP, more
RAW FLASHBACK - Dec. 1, 2008: Cena & Jericho in heated feud six years ago, Punk & Kofi, IC Title tournament, more
REFERENCE
WWE NEWS: Super Smackdown TV ratings are in - live special flops on USA Network
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in - post-TLC episode flops, viewership hits year-low levels
TV NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in for Friday's show, plus viewership for Rock's new TNT show
TITLES & CHAMPS: Ongoing list of 2014 Titleholders
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in - Slammys flops, Raw down 13 percent since Survivor Series
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in - Friday's show down 17 percent from previous two episodes
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in - Monday's show tumbles, falls back to pre-Survivor Series levels
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in - Friday's show draws another big audience despite holiday weekend
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in - did Survivor Series buzz translate to a 3.0 rating?
WWE NEWS: Smackdown TV ratings are in - Friday's show pops big TV rating leading into Survivor Series
TNA NEWS: Impact TV ratings are in for Wednesday's show
WWE NEWS: Raw TV ratings are in - how did the final show before Survivor Series fare?
PWTorch Free Podcast
LIVECAST AUDIO: Jim Ross talks live w/Wade Keller on Friday's PWTorch Livecast (now available on-demand)
LIVECAST AUDIO: Thursday PWTorch Livecast (12/18) now available - James Caldwell & Greg Parks
LIVECAST AUDIO: Wednesday PWTorch Livecast (12/17) now available - Pat McNeill w/Bill Behrens
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (12/16) now available - Wade Keller & Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (12/15) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
LIVECAST AUDIO: Special PWTorch Livecast (12/14) following TLC now available - James Caldwell & Greg Parks
LIVECAST AUDIO: Friday PWTorch Livecast (12/12) now available - Wade Keller w/Piermarini & MMATorch's Penick
LIVECAST AUDIO: Thursday PWTorch Livecast (12/11) now available - James Caldwell & Greg Parks
LIVECAST AUDIO: Wednesday PWTorch Livecast (12/10) now available - Pat McNeill & Jim Valley live w/Kevin Gill
LIVECAST AUDIO: Tuesday PWTorch Livecast (12/9) now available - Wade Keller & Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net
LIVECAST AUDIO: Monday PWTorch Livecast (12/8) now available - Bruce Mitchell & Travis Bryant
LIVECAST AUDIO: Friday PWTorch Livecast (12/5) now available - Keller interviews Justin Credible
VIP Exclusive Features
VIP - 12/19 Wade Keller Hotline - Ask the Editor: What are the odds of Vince McMahon ever doing an autobiography? Does Vince have a favorite match? Devon Dudley join A New Day? Did Punk gripes fade away already? (27 min.)
VIP - 12/19 Audio Flashback - Bruce Mitchell Audio Show: In-depth ECW DVD review including who looked good, who bad, where was truth shaded, plus Holly’s attack on Dupree at house show, Dusty as booker, McMahon dividend raise (60 min.)
VIP - 12/19 AD-FREE PWTorch Livecast & VIP Aftershow: Jim Ross talks with Wade Keller about upcoming NJPW Tokyo Dome PPV, teaming with Striker, Punk news, was McMahon right about Millennials, TLC, Ziggler, NXT (103 min.)
VIP - PWTorch Newsletter #1385 (PDF & TEXT): WWE TLC Keller Report & Staff Roundtable, Mitchell on TLC, Parks on future WWE doc, Keller compares Ziggler & Sami Zayn’s characters, more
VIP - 12/19 Audio Flashback - Wade Keller Hotline (11-24-2004): More on Holly-Dupree incident with a number of points of view and how Depree is handling it, suggestions for how Holly should have handled situation instead (12 min.)
VIP - 12/18 Audio Flashback - Wade Keller Hotline (11-23-2004): Tons of insider news on Holly’s attack on Rene Dupree at house show including locker room reaction, plus backstage news on Dusty’s first night as TNA booker, more (22 min.)
VIP - 12/18 Audio Flashback - Guttman Audio Show (11-23-2004): The Batista swerve and why it was a bad idea, a money-maker WWE is dropping ball on, why ECW won’t be brought back, Cena, Holly’s shoot, TNA redoing WCW (26 min.)
VIP - 12/18 Wade Keller Hotline - The News: More Punk interviews including reaction to irony of his leapfrogging into UFC and Vince-Dana comparison, Del Rio-ROH, Josh Mathews-TNA, Hall & Nash returning to Raw, more (22 min.)
VIP - 12/18 PWTorch Livecast: James Caldwell & Greg Parks: Week in Review including TLC fall-out, Sting vs. Hunter or Rollins at WM?, what is Punk trying to accomplish?, Lucha, ROH, more! (98 min.)
VIP - 12/17 Wade Keller Hotline - Ask the Editor: What can fans do to help wrestlers stay healthier? Why is Sting called Vigilante? Does New Day have a chance? Should WWE reference the NFL? Does NXT reflect Triple H’s vision? (34 min.)
VIP - 12/17 East Coast Cast (ep. #221): All of the WWE fall-out covered, how about Cena breaks Punk's record?, Reigns knocks teeth out, more! plus VIP Conversation (237 min.)
VIP - 12/17 PWTorch Livecast: Pat McNeill talks live w/wrestling agent & promoter Bill Behrens, plus VIP Aftershow w/Caldwell on News & Events (96 min.)