The 200th Impact tonight at 9 p.m. on Spike:
*Hernandez vs. Samoa Joe
*Team 3-D vs. Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus in a tables match for IWGP tag team titles
*ODB & Tara & Awesome Kong vs. Angelina Love & Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne
*A.J. Styles vs. Matt Morgan in match one of best-of-three series
*Mick Foley & Bobby Lashley vs. Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash (Lashley doesn't actually wrestle in the match tonight)
Plus there is a sit down interview with Lashley
Superstars tonight on WGN:
*Yoshi Tatsu vs. William Regal
*John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd
*Randy Orton vs. Primo Colon
I was told this was probably the best Superstars show when it comes to wrestling quality to date.
Unleashed tonight on Spike at 8 p.m.:
*Tim Sylvia vs. Tra Telligman
*James Irvin vs. Terry Martin
*Stephan Bonnar vs. Sam Hoger
With the fall of Affliction and what transpires from it, along with a piece on the biggest drawing cards in history, with a unique look by comparing them with their eras to get a somewhat surprising look at who the most dominant long-term drawing cards have been in the history of the industry, we've got two issues of the Observer coming out next week. We also have a piece on what may have been the most hated tag team in pro wrestling history, full coverage of the WWE Night of Champions show, a look at the debut of Dragon Gate USA on PPV and an update on the TNA internal situation involving Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett.
The first issue is available right now on the web site to premium members. The second issue will be available tomorrow on the site.
The lead story goes in-depth with the folding of the Affliction promotion, how it unraveled, the Josh Barnett test failure, background of drug testing fighters dating back to the original test failures and the irony of that. We look at the talks for a new opponent for Fedor Emelianenko, comments from Barnett on the test failure, and where four different pro wrestlers fit into the talks.
We look at a lot of the Affliction contracts, a look at the different fighters whose futures are in play and the matches from the Affliction show that have already been picked up by UFC and Strikeforce. We look at the different fighters.
We look at the possibilities for Fedor Emelianenko going forward with both UFC and Strikeforce, the reports of a UFC deal, and the ramifications of Josh Barnett testing positive even though not being licensed.
We look at what caused Affliction to fail, when talks began with UFC, and how this affects UFC, where the Affliction fighters go, its affect on Strikeforce, and a look at the future of both Emelianenko and Barnett.
Our other lead story is the most in-depth look at the biggest drawing cards over the last 100 years of history in pro wrestling. We look at what pro wrestlers were the biggest drawing card in the world the most number of years, including the surprising No. 1. We also look at the two most overlooked historical figures when it came to drawing big crows. We look at the biggest drawing tag teams in history, the biggest draws not in the Hall of Fame, as well as the wrestlers with the most number of years as top ten draws, and the biggest draws in history.
We also have more on the TNA behind-the-scenes issues and the fallout of Jeff Jarrett being sent home, how it has affected creative, more on Jeff Jarrett and Karen Angle, and what would happen if TNA were to change the type of product it presents.
We've got full coverage of WWE's Night of Champions, with a look at the title changes, decisions made and changed the day of the show, business notes on the show, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results on the show.
We look at the WWE talent situation, the death of former WWE developmental wrestler Damian Steele, a new tag team being talked about, confusing booking as well , an update on Gerald Brisco, and the story behind a commercial that is still airing. We also have a lot of developmental notes.
We've got a feature on what may have been the most hated tag team in pro wrestling history, and a look at their actions and the gimmick in several territories where they became famous.
We also have a look at the 2009 edition of the G-1 Climax tournament including the lineups for every show.
We also have more on Ring of Honor moving to Monday night, as well as the first Dragon Gate USA PPV taping. We've got a look at the next two shows planned, how the first show did from a business standpoint, as well as match-by-match coverage and details of when and in what form the first PPV show will air.
We also have a feature on AAA's second biggest show of the year.
We have a look at what could be the final weekend of the career of Lance Storm, as well as his thoughts on it.
We have all of our usual regular features including results of the major arena events over the past week, details on the television ratings of all the national shows as well as the major television show reviews.
All subscriptions to the newsletter and web site for more than one month will include what is traditionally our most talked about and best selling issue of the year, the 2009 Hall of Fame issue. Starting this coming week in the Observer we are doing an historical look at the biggest draws in history and in looking at those numbers, a number of names come up as potentially overlooked candidates. We'll have more in that direction over the next few weeks as well as a Hall of Fame preview issue after all the ballots are cast but before the Hall of Fame issue itself. So several special issues are coming over the next six weeks.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sites
and has the most complete look at the business as a whole anywhere.
Also in this week's issue:
--The settlement of the Hogan family divorce case
--A newcomer starting imminently with TNA with a new name
--Notes on TNA's claims about Bobby Lashley
--Update on A.J. Styles
--Notes on the best-of-three Styles vs. Matt Morgan series
--Funny note on Taz's first interview
--Notes on the Foley/Nash segment on the go-home show
--Updated plans on the Hard Justice PPV
--Notes on the next TNA European tour
--TNA at the San Diego Comic Con and what transpired
--Update on Lashley plans including his next fight
--Notes on TNA weekend house shows
--Notes on the most recent TNA television tapings
--Update news on UFC 100 buy rate
--Comparisons to Wrestlemania
--Most successful markets for UFC 100
--UFC and ESPN
--Update on the Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson fight
--Thoughts on Internet response to fights and changing booking over it
--Update on Tito Ortiz and UFC
--White gets awarded
--Portland ticket sales
--Potential new rules and regulations in Nevada that will be discussed at the next commission meeting
--Notes on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show
--Notes on UFC financials
--How the UFC video game has affected THQ's financial fortunes
--How many units have been shipped thus far and where it ranks in the U.S. and U.K.
--Lots of new UFC fights being talked about
--Update and details of new MMA regulations being discussed in Massachusetts and what the timetable is for a Boston debut
--Michael Bisping talks the last punch from Dan Henderson
--Miguel Torres talks money and Brock Lesnar, and marketing of fighters
--Fallout of UFC 100 being on television in Mexico
--World title change in Mexico
--Notes on Arena Mexico show
--Former ECW, WWE and WCW star heads to Mexico to face L.A. Park
--A look at the annual wrestling expo in Mexico
--A look at the Hustle Aid with the reuniting of a tag team that was on 1979's biggest show
--The supposed retirement of a Hall of Famer, as well as a new actor being brought in as a regular character in a Japanese promotion
--Update on All Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH's junior heavyweight tournaments
--Akira Taue talks his first tour as President of Pro Wrestling NOAH
--Notes on the two Misawa Memorial shows planned
--Pro wrestling star places in bodybuilding contest and a look back at pro wrestling superstars who competed in bodybuilding while active
--Ric Flair talks Bret Hart
--New Ric Flair TV commercial being filmed
--A look at the biggest wrestling convention ever in the Carolinas and one of the biggest ever
--Details of ICP's 10th annual Gathering of the Juggalos featuring a ton of former WWE and WCW wrestlers
--Torrie Wilson talks about appearing on the network reality show
--Former headline pro wrestler talks running for mayor of Tampa
--Update on ROH shows in Toronto
--Updates on the Strikeforce show on 8/15
--A look at the big boxing vs. UFC showdown
--Fallout of the made up story on Kimo's death, who created it, legal action planned and TV pundits talk about the viability of such a lawsuit
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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
historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*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
Wrestlemania history books)
*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
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*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings,
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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 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
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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
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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
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*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of 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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--Jonathan Snowden on the Fedor offer at http://ringpsychology.worldpress.com/2009/07/30/dont-believe-the-ufc-spin-the-real-details-on-fedors-offer/ and Loretta Hunt at http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/m-1-fedor-not-offered-30-million-18816 Basically the claim from Joost Raimond of M-1 Global is the $30 million figure being used yesterday would only be if every PPV show did monster business and that the guaranteed figure is less than $2 million per fight, which would still be, by far, the largest contract the company has ever offered. All I can say on this is both sides are putting out propaganda attempting to get the public to see things their way. In the end the issue isn't money to Fedor as much as control of Fedor and M-1 Global won't give up that control unless they have no other alternative. Right now, they still believe there are alternatives.
--Dana White has a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m. where no doubt this will be discussed once again. Bryan and I will be doing a special live update immediately after the press conference.
--Just says after Josh Thomson and Strikeforce insisted that his fight with Gilbert Melendez was on, well, it was just announced that Melendez will face Mitsuhiro Ishida on 8/15. The match will be a five-round fight with Melendez's Strikeforce interim lightweight title at stake. The winner will unify the title with Thomson's belt when he recovers. Ishida beat Melendez via decision on December 31, 2007 in Japan.
--UFC reached a deal with the new ESPN in the U.K. starting with UFC 101 on 8/8. ESPN launches on 8/3 in the U.K. when ESPN America, Ch. 417 on Sky, becomes the new channel. All Sky and Virgin customers can get ESPN and all UFC programming will be on the station. ESPN will be free for the month of August in the U.K. (from Marshall Zelaznik's facebook page)
--Maryse had knee surgery on Tuesday in Birmingham under Dr. Jeffrey Dugas at Dr. James Andrews' Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. She is expected to be out of action at least three months.
--A very controversial article on UFC was an editorial in today's Boston Globe. A lot of Boston based fighters were unhappy about this one at http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/07/29/
--Lance Storm has an article on the four people he least enjoyed working with at http://www.stormwrestling.com/072909.html The worst by far was Koji Kitao. What a shock that was.
--Why is it so hard to make new stars in WWE
The booking has caused fans not to accept them because the rug has been pulled so many times 79.6%
The 50/50 booking 14.5%
The newer wrestlers don't have the talent to get over 4.3%
Fans won't accept the new wrestlers at the top 1.7%
--Which of these matches do you think would do the most business
Lesnar vs. Fedor 68.6%
Lesnar vs. Couture 18.0%
Lesnar vs. Mir 9.8%
Lesnar vs. Cro Cop 2.0%
Lesnar vs. Carwin 1.6%
--Will Cyborg vs. Carano break Kimbo vs. Tank's viewership record on Showtime?
--Will Cyborg vs. Carano be the highest rated television MMA match this year
--Updated Stacy Keibler bikini photos at http://www.vegasnews.com/10669/stacey-keibler-at-wet-republic-in-las-vegas.html
--Mick Foley will be doing an autograph signing on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at El Caribe in Brooklyn
--A New York Times book review on Jeff Leen's bio on Mildred Burke is at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/books/28gewen.html Basically the reviewer saw that this was a book on a pro wrestler, that wrestling is fake, and thus, why should there be a book on a wrestler.
--Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy) did a video blog saying he screwed up in media interviews. Read to me like it was more repeating his Paul Heyman cliff notes at http://heymanhustle.craveonline.com/blogs/21251-mr-andersons-mailbag
--An article on Ernie Ladd being put in the inaugural class of Grambling's sports Hall of Fame is at http://www.orangeleader.com/hssports/local_story_210114322.html
--In Reading, PA, where they have a Smackdown brand house show on Monday night, the local ad playing listed a three-way of C.M. Punk defending the title in a three-way against Kane and Great Khali. This is quite scary. It was booked when John Laurinaitis had pulled Jeff Hardy off all house shows after his contract expired at the end of this month. (thanks to Joshua Sites)
--Alex Marvez interviews Tully Blanchard at http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/44992
--John Cena and brother Dan Cena are organizing a muscle car show to benefit one of Dan's childhood friends' family on 8/15. Dan Fowler died of a heart attack at 37 two years ago. Dan Cena said when he was hired by the West Newbury, MA,, police department, he pushed to do an annual tribute event. Story is at http://www.newburyportnews.com/punews/local_story_196225424.html
--If you are a subscriber to the Dish Network, they have a promotion to get HBO and Showtime free for three months if you sign up for their automatic billing program, which takes about five minutes of time. (thanks to Steve Te Tai)
--Tomorrow night's American Steel Cagefighting show in Salem, NH headlined by Nate Lamotte vs. Doug "Flash" Gordon will be streamed free outside of New England at http://www.americansteelcagefighting.com starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
--Paradise Pro Wrestling on 8/9 in South Padre Island, TX at the Convention Center will be doing a TV pilot for a show called Lucha Americana starting at 5 p.m.
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla: Fuerza Chicana & Policeman & Toro Bill b Black Tiger & Blue Center & Tigre Rojo, Asturiano & Mini Fantasy & Pequeno Olimpico b Mr. Rafaga & Pequeno Black Warrior & Pierrothito, Dr. X & Escandalo & Virus b Pegasso & Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr., Blue Panther & Shocker & Toscano b Felino & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla-DQ, Ultimo Guerrero b Hector Garza-COR to keep CMLL heavyweight title
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara: Milenio & Skaxy b Hierro & Novato, Idolo & Metal Blanco b Acertijo & Malefico, Asesino Negro & Satanico b Casanova & Gallo, Mictlan & Sagrado b Misterioro Jr. & Shigeo Okumura, Blue Panther & Toscano b Tetsuya Naito & Yujiro
--AAA on Monday night in Nuevo Laredo: Ahijado de Oro & Brillante Star b Crazy Warrior Jr. & Drackon, Mascarita Sagrada & Mini Hombre sin Miedo b Mini Chessman & Mini Rio Bravo, Gato Eveready & Estrellita & Pimpinela Escarlata b El Brazo & Cinthia Moreno & Pasion Kristal in a lumberjack match, Estrella Universal & Hombre sin Miedo & Laredo Kid b Dark Cuervo & Dark Escoria & Dark Ozz-DQ, Chessman & Electroshock & Teddy Hart b Charly Manson & Jack Evans & La Parka (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Super Oprah vs. Nick Gage headlines on 9/20 at The Alley at Legends Xtreme in Turnersville, NJ
--The next Tuff-N-Uff show in Las Vegas at The Orleans will be on 8/22, headlined by Ryan Couture (Randy's son) vs. Jimmy Spicuzza, plus the return of former WWE developmental diva LaTasha Marzolla (1-0).
--Earlier today the BBC entertainment web site had a photo of Chuck Liddell up and called him "former boxer Chuck Liddell." (thanks to Roy Abraham)
---Mick Foley and Domenic DeNucci will be doing a free autograph signing on 9/13 at CollectorFest in Rochester, NY at the Webster Columbus Center from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
--Brooke Hogan at one point was the No. 1 searched term (after the Stern interview) on the Yahoo buzz index (thanks to Brian Henke)
--Dreamwave Wrestling tomorrow night at Streator High School in Streator, IL headlined by Jerry Lawler with all the proceeds going to Streator Unlimited, an organization that helps children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. They also have a show on Saturday night in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus with Ted DiBiase Sr.
--Arn Anderson will be on the Charlotte FOX channel show Got Game at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night to promote Greg Price's wrestling convention and the Four Horsemen reunion
--NWA MSW on 8/1 in Beaver, WV at the Fire Department headlined by Stro
--Gabe Sapolsky at www.Myspace.com/rohgabe looks at his thoughts on the Dragon Gate debut show.