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        We're also looking for reports on the WWE Smackdown house show tonight in Reading, PA, last night's Smackdown house show in Verona, NY and Friday night's Raw house show in Newark, DE.

        Spike will be airing part one and part two of the Greatest 100 fights countdown (now that Tito has signed, do they have to re cut the special?) from 8-10 p.m. tonight.  From 10 p.m. to midnight is a replay of the September 19, 2007, Spike special headlined by Kenny Florian vs. Din Thomas and Chris Leben vs. Terry Martin. 

        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 out today.  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.


        Both issues are available right now on the web site to premium members. 


        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.   


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     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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--I have a story on Yahoo today on the Fedor Emelianenko signing by Strikeforce in the UFC section of Yahoo Sports

--A second autopsy on Arturo Gatti, done in Montreal, has not ruled out homicide in his death.  The Quebec autopsy felt the investigation by Brazilian authorities was incomplete, noting injuries the Brazilian authorities had not seen.  They said they needed to wait for toxicology test results to come to a conclusion on the death.  The Brazilian police at first accused his wife, Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, of murder, but later claimed they believed Gatti hung himself with a strap from a handbag from a staircase column seven feet from the ground.  Gatti's family believed that to be impossible.   

--Jeremy Piven's guest tonight on Raw will be Dr. Ken

--We got a backstage report saying that everyone is acting all star struck at WWE with Piven there.

--TNA drew a 1.3 rating on Thursday for show No. 200

--Marty Elias was let go as a WWE referee this weekend 

--Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Blackjack Mulligan, who suffered a mild stroke over the weekend.  Mulligan is the father of Barry & Kendall Windham, father-in-law of Mike Rotunda and grandfather of Bo & Duke Rotunda who are WWE developmental wrestlers 

--We will be back late tonight with Wrestling Observer Radio.  We'll be taking phone calls tonight on Raw, Fedor, or anything else you want to talk about at about 11:30 p.m. Pacific time.  Check on the site at about that time for details.   

--The Countdown to UFC 101 special airs tomorrow night at 11 p.m., right after ECW.  It will also air on Saturday at 6 p.m. 

--Also this week on Spike will be the Countdown to the Top 100 fights special part three at 8 p.m. tomorrow, part four at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and part five at 8 p.m. on Thursday before Impact.  There are also Unleashed specials on Friday from 7-9 p.m. featuring Frankie Edgar vs. Tyson Griffin, Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Alves and Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz.  Leading to Saturday's PPV, Spike will air Unleashed from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

--Chris Jericho was among the top twittered topics last night.  I think that was having to do with some Chuck Norris is so tough type of jokes. (thanks to Mark Coale, Scott Lapensee and many others)

--ROH announced KENTA & Bryan Danielson & Roderick Strong vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards & Chris Hero for the TV tapings on 8/14 or 8/15 in Philadelphia

--ROH TV feedback

Excellent 25.4%

Good 41.8%

Average 9.0%

Fair 9.0%

Poor 14.9%

        67.2% of those responding didn't see the show

--Who would you pick to be TNA's head booker

Paul Heyman 48.8%

Jim Cornette 43.3%

Kevin Nash 3.8%

Vince Russo 2.2%

Kevin Sullivan 2.0%

--Who do you expect to win this match

Anderson Silva 68.6%

Forrest Griffin 31.4%  

 --On Google, Vernon Forrest (funeral today I think) was No. 38 most searched and Fedor was No. 88.  Nothing on Piven but there will be tonight almost for sure.   Ultimate Fighter was No. 3 on Yahoo searches overall and No. 1 in sports.

--The Los Angeles Police Department will be holding two lucha libre matches as part of the annual "National Night Out" tomorrow night.

--A story on the five most degrading moments in WWE Divas history at  Good article (thanks to Jon Taconix)

--WEC announced this lineup for 9/2 in Youngstown, OH:  Dave Jansen vs. Rich Crunkilton, Akitoshi Tamura vs. Damacio Page, Anthony Pettis vs. Alex Karalexis, Yves Jabouin vs. Raphael Assuncao, Scott Jorgensen vs. Rafael Rebello, Erik Koch vs. Wagnney Fabiano, Manny Tapia vs. Eddie Wineland, Muhsin Corbbrey vs. Anthony Njokuani, Ox Wheeler vs. Charlie Valencia and a main event of Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson for the interim lightweight title

--The American Boxing Commissioners had its annual conference this past week in New Orleans and established an MMA officials training committee with Nick Lembo of New Jersey, Keith Kizer of Nevada, Bernie Profato of Ohio, Dr. Sherry Wulkan (Dave's cousin Sherry), Dr. Joseph Estwanik (who older wrestling fans would know as he was on Crockett & WCW shows selling injury angles), Andy Foster, Chad Kurle and Jeff Mullen    

--Besides tickets at $100, $65 and $55, you can get tickets for $22 for Bound for Glory on 10/18 in Irvine, CA 

--On Saturday night, IWC promoter Norm Connors had a video on Who was stalking Daizee Haze that wasn't quite complete by the time it was supposed to air on his show, so while the video was being redone, Connors went into the ring and sang "Keep Your Hands to Yourself."

--Speaking of Connors, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ran a story on him at 

--The Pro Wrestling Fusion show on Saturday night in Tampa drew 700 paid and more than 900 in the building, which would be the largest paid attendance for an indie show in the Tampa area in a long time.  The Shane Twins and Prince Iaukea were the only names on the show.

--Justin Credible put on a convention yesterday in Cronwell, CT.  Among those at the convention were Scott Hall, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Marty Jannetty, New Jack, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney, Spike Dudley, Jason Knight, ODB, Bob Backlund, Stevie Richards, Gorgeous George (the Savage valet in the 90s, the other one would be quite the coup), Nidia, Ryan Shamrock (not the MMA fighter but the WWE valet), Dawn Marie, Missy Hyatt, Joy Giovanni, King Kong Bundy and Ox Baker.  Josh Giernza reported some of the talent was drinking a lot even at 10 a.m.  He said New Jack was rude to everyone, went on a tirade out of nowhere and started cursing.  He thought it was funny but there were a lot of kids there and it became a problem.  A guy gave Scott Hall an A.A. book to sign.  He wasn't amused, threw the book in the guys' face and told him to get to fuck out.  Hall wasn't in a good mood already.  Funk had a copy of the old ECW title belt and Race had a copy of the old NWA title belt.

--Time Warner in Demand has a UFC 101 preview in their Events Free preview section (thanks to Suju Abraham) 

--Sean Hummel is selling an autographed Ric Flair worn robe on eBay that he won in a WWE magazine trivia contest three years ago.  His wife is making him sell it.   

--An Ireland newspaper, The Post, with a story on WWE at

--New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Quincy, MA at the National Guard Armory headlined by Max Bauer vs. Alex Arion in a cage match 

--FCW on Friday night in Brooksville, FL at the Hernando County Fairgrounds Auditorium, Saturday night at the Orlando Armory and 8/15 in Dade City, FL.   

--At the Movies in Australia reviewed Public Enemies, which Don Frye is in.  One reviewer gave it ***1/2 and the other gave it *** (thanks to James Stanios)

--Real Championship Wrestling from yesterday in Dundalk, MD before 150 fans:  Zach Matthews & Simon Ryme b Jimmy Starz & Core, B-Boy b Sabian, Skull b Steve Diaz, Devon Moore b Delirious, Ruckus b John Kermon & Monsta Mack in three-way, Rhett Titus & Drew Blood b Greg Excellent & Pinkie Sanchez, Daizee Haze b Sara Del Rey, Mark & Jay Briscoe b Best Around, Homicide b Claudio Castagnoli, Core & Sabian won Battle Royal, B-Boy b Devon Moore to become RCW champion (thanks to Joe Burrows)

--Front Row Wrestling from Friday night in Rochester, NH:  Sonny Goodspeed b Tony Spencer, Todd Sopple b Dan Thunder, B.A. Tatum b Panther Martin, Tony Star b Stephen Marriott, Shawn Justin Sharpe & Cameron Blaise b Johnny Vegas & Doc Heresy, Mistress Belmont over Vanity Vixen and Kimaya, Setheron b Justin Shaype, Antonio Thomas won Iron man match

--Mercedes Martinez, who wrestled over the weekend in Karrinyup, Australia, defends her WSU women's title against Nikki Roxx (Roxxi) on 8/8 for ACE Wrestling in Union City, NJ, which also has Dan Maff vs. Colt Cabana

--WAR on 8/8 in Wapakoneta, OH at 1 p.m. with a free grandstand show as part of the Auglaize County Fair headlined by Al Snow     

--ISPW on 8/22 in Freehold, NJ at the ISPW Arena features a 60:00 Iron Man match with Danny Inferno vs. Judas Young, plus Iron Sheik, Nunzio, Danny Doring vs. Christian York, Crowbar vs. Bobby Fish, Rick fuller vs. Chase Del Monte and more.  It's a Muscular Dystrophy Association benefit show.

--FWA from yesterday in Broxbourne, UK:  Zack Sabre Jr. & Marty Scrull b Joey Hayes & C.J. Banks, Bubblegum b Dave Moralez, Joel Redman b Terry Frazier, Pac d Leroy Kincade, Stixx & Paul Malen b Dave Rayne & Sam Bailey, Rockstar Spud over Jonny Storm, Jody Fleisch and Mark Haskins, Martin Stone b Doug Williams (TNA) (thanks to Michael Fitzgerald)

--There will be a golf tournament put on by MMA Agents to benefit the family of Ryan Bennett, taking place on 8/11 in Southern California.  For more info you can go to

--NWA Anarchy TV tapings from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA:  Brodie Ray Chase & Seth Delay b Dustin Knight & Anthony Henry, Todd Sexton b Veterano IV, Kimo b Mikal Judas, Jeremy Vain b Slim J, Bo Newsome b Mike Posey, Dany Only & Stryknyne & Andrew Alexander & Mike Mosley NC Don Matthews & Jessco Blue & Chris King & Billy Buck, Talent & Money vs. New Wave had no ending, Phil Shatter b Truitt Fields.  It was noted this show took place on the 37th anniversary of the death of Ray Gunkel, the biggest star in Georgia at the time

--A story on CHIKARA Pro is at

--There is a Job Centre posting in Nottingham, England advertising they are looking for a pro wrestler.  Actually they are looking for people interested in their training school (thanks to Ian Hamilton)


Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?