MON. UPDATE: MYSTERIO, JARRETT ON TNA TOUR; HOGAN'S BOOK; LASHLEY RIPPED BY UFC STAR;FLAIR TO VEGAS



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        Tuesday has Smackdown tapings in Cleveland most likely featuring Rey Mysterio losing the IC title to Dolph Ziggler, as that was the match planned and Mysterio's final match until early October unless they rescind his suspension (unlikely) will be on that show.  There is also another taping in Orlando for Impact.  They are doing three Impact shows over two days on Monday and Tuesday.

        Coverage of SummerSlam, a look at Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin going into their match, Bryan Danielson's decision and its ramifications, as well as an update on what figures to be one of the biggest promotional wars between big-time players of the next few years highlight in today's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 

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        We've got an in-depth look at the Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin match in November, as well as why and how the match got put together, what plans are for the fall season, a big head-to-head showdown being planned, Anderson Silva's comments on his contenders, as well as updates on all the UFC champions and what appears to be next for them.

        We look at why Lesnar is fighting in November and why Carwin got the nod over the others.  We've got comments from Dana White and Carwin building up the match, including Carwin playing the pro wrestling card.  We look at how both men match-up and what the match is likely to come down to.

        We also have a look at the changes in TNA, including an update on Jeff Jarrett's role with the company, as well as Kurt Angle gives more of an explanation to his arrest.

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    We've also got a feature on Bryan Danielson headed to WWE, why the timing was done for the move, Danielson's previous tenure in WWE, the size aspect, and what are the positives and negatives he brings to the WWE business, as well as its effect on the ROH business. 

        We also have a look at some major changes WWE is making in trying to help talent deal with problems that has faced talent over the years, including workshops the company is sponsoring for talent.

        We also have a look at a completely scary stat when it comes to WWE and UFC on PPV, as well as TNA, and how ratings of the three relate to them.

        We also look at how hot WWE is internationally.

        We've got notes on a former older WWE wrestler downplaying any talks of retirement.  We also have notes on a some major market WWE newspaper articles filled with misleading information regarding who watches the product and the affect of the change from PG-13 to PG.  We look at how that has really affected kids viewing.  We also look at how WWE is trying to publicly present itself and its audience with the competition from UFC as well as comments by John Cena and Ted DiBiase, some of which are hilarious.

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        We also have the announcement of one of the biggest stipulation matches of the year, and an update on a promotion that is trying to work out problems with its national network broadcaster going forward.

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--Lance Storm trains with Olympian for Canadian national TV spot

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--There was apparently a meeting called yesterday regarding creative and the subject of Rey Mysterio.  There was heat internally for doing the interview in Mexico.  All WWE talent has to have their interviews approved by the company as well as the subject matters approved.  Mysterio did not get the interview approved ahead of time.  Whether he thought since it was a Spanish language interview that he could explain himself to fans and potential sponsors in Mexico without it ever reaching the U.S., or he had a different idea isn't known.  There was talk that if they let a talent do this and don't punish him, they would be opening up what happened with WCW where talent would publicly bury the company.  Vince wanted all potential options on the table for Tuesday's show and Vince wanted something creative regarding the title change, so it not be just a simple Ziggler beats him in a singles match.  In fact, because that is "expected," I'd expect something different, although not different enough that Mysterio doesn't drop the belt.  Mysterio himself is hopeful that he can get the suspension overturned.

--Jeff Jarrett will be joining Jeremy Borash and Christy Hemme this week on a TNA promotional tour.  There are a lot of things planned, including the announcement of TNA coming to Australia.  They are all scheduled to appear on Rove McManus, a wrestling fan who is one of the leading late night talk show hosts in the country (thanks to Andrew Milgate)

--We had a lot of fun last night doing e-mail questions on a variety of wrestling and MMA subjects.  Bryan and I will be back tonight after Raw, with our Raw rundown, as well as an Impact taping rundown, where things look to be leading, and we will take more e-mails.  We'll also be doing phone calls.  This will be the only chance for phone calls until the weekend because we are doing an interview on Wednesday with Jeff Leen, author of the Mildred Burke book, talking about the history of women's pro wrestling.

--Impact on Thursday did a 1.1 rating

--The first review of Hulk Hogan's new book, "My Life Outside the Ring" is at http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6686238.html?industryid=47159   Interesting that the reviewer felt that the book was honest, saying wrestling fans will enjoy his honest look at his career and the history of pro wrestling.  The review state the first half of the book is fascinating talking about wrestling, but the book gets uncomfortable after his career ends, writing "exhaustively of his destructive marriage and his wife's alcoholism, and details his subsequent affair."  They claim the book gets cringe worthy as Hogan completely defends his son Nick.  The book comes out in October.

--John Canzano of The Oregonian, Portland's major paper, ripped Saturday's show and UFC itself at http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/  He said that somebody is going to die in the Octagon, that the state athletic commissions need to stop worrying about entertainment dollars and put the safety of fighters first, that they need larger gloves and refs need to stop fights sooner.  He said he left the show feeling conflicted and sick, and praised the guys for training hard and sacrificing, and noted Todd Duffee said he had to take out a student loan to pay for his travel costs.  Canzano has once voted America's best sports columnist by the APSE.  "I like the fighters.  I just don't like the fights," he wrote. The reporter got a lot of feedback, most but not all negative.

--Bryan Danielson will be signing autographs on Saturday at the Dragon Gate USA show at the Congress Theater in Chicago.  Danielson, Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler will all be doing a signing before the show, headlined by Danielson vs. Naruki Doi.

--UFC has an open to the public press conference tomorrow in Los Angeles at the Nokia Plaza with Dana White, Lyoto Machida, Mauricio Rua, Cain Velasquez and Ben Rothwell at Noon to 1 p.m.

--No UFC tonight on Spike.  In fact, very little all week.  There will be Unleashed hours at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday headlined by Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine in the first hour and Anderson Silva vs. Rich Franklin in the second.  The only other hour is the usual Thursday Unleashed before Impact headlined by Rashad Evans' famous knockout of Chuck Liddell

--The Young Bucks get a shot at The American Wolves ROH tag titles at the 9/11 tapings in Philadelphia, which has also added Dark City Fight Club vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe.  Kenny King vs. Tyler Black and Rhett Titus vs. Colt Cabana have been added to the 9/10 tapings. 

--A correction from yesterday's report.  The story regarding Russell Brand and Brooke Adams is not true.  Tracing the story, the original story is about Brand having a relationship with an 18-year-old model named Brooke Adams.  What happened was the My News website story we linked thought the Brooke Adams was the former WWE performer, a bikini model, with that name, and posted photos of her and the story.  In fact, there are two different bikini models of the same name. (thanks to Brian Cantor)    

--Nate Marquardt talks openly about Shane Carwin and Bobby Lashley.  He did not praise Lashley and said he thinks Lashley isn't serious about the sport at http://www.cagesideseats.com/2009/8/31/1009058/nate-marquardt-talks-about-mmas  

--Is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira deserving of a heavyweight title shot?

Yes, deserves the next shot after Shane Carwin 64.0%

No, needs one more win against a top guy 36.0%

--Thoughts on Saturday night's Wrestlemania TV special

Excellent 23.7%

Good 24.6%

Average 13.6%

Fair 9.3%

Poor 28.8%

        66.9% of those responding didn't see the show.  That's a huge total for a show that was so heavily hyped on WWE television the past few weeks.

--What was the best TV show of the past week?

Smackdown 64.0%

Impact 16.2%

ROH 4.6%

Inside MMA 3.7%

Raw 3.4%

AAA 2.4%

M-1 Global Breakthrough 2.4%

Superstars 1.8%

ECW 1.5%

   

--Ric Flair is coming to Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday signing autographs at Field of Dreams from 4-7 p.m. both days.  For more info you can call 702-792-8233.

--Mickey Rourke appears tonight on Inside the Actor's Studio at 7 pm. on Bravo to talk about "The Wrestler."

--Northern Wrestling Federation from Saturday night in Fort Wright, KY:  Roger Ruffen b Matt Stephens, Jay Donaldson b Eddie Browning, Samson b Jesse Hyde, Nasty Russ & T-Money b Warlock & Jac Attack, Pompano Joe b inGe, Scott Hayes & Larry D b Chris Harris & Mr. Hayes, Austin Meddler b Stewie Backlund, Ice & Sean b Mr. Reality Check & Stamp Lickage, Ryan Stone & Chad Allegra (Karl Anderson in New Japan) b Joey Ryan & Jeremy Hyde.  Next show is 9/12 in Fairfield, OH

--Riot City Wrestling on 9/12 in North Adelaide, Australia at Ascension

--EWF on 9/19 in Amboy, IN at the Community Center.  They also have a show in Muncie, IN on 9/26 at the baseball field at Ross Center featuring Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Jimmy Jacobs and Ro-Z and Zach Gowen.

--Dangerous Adrenaline Wrestling Gladiators on 9/10 in Sewell, NJ at the South Jersey Sports Arena.  This show was originally scheduled at the Glassboro, NJ Bowl and Rec Center, but the venue fell through.

--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before just under 200 fans:  Bo Newsome b Todd Sexton, Mike Mosley & Andrew Alexander b Billy Buck & Chris King, Skirra Corvus over Jay Clinton and Veterano IV in an elimination match, J.T. Talent & Drew Pendleton III b Steven Walters & Derrick Driver in a ladder match to win the NWA Anarchy tag titles, Seth Delay b Slim J in Brass knucks on a pole, Jeremy Vain b Shadow Jackson, Iceberg & Ace Rockwell & Mikal Judas & Shadow Jackson b Phil Shatter & Kimo & Shaun Tampers & Tank in a blood bath.  Ryan Solie, the grandson of Gordon, was the ring announcer for the match and has a bit of Gordon Solie's voice. (thanks to Larry Goodman)

--IWS Hardcore Heat on 9/5 in Montreal headlined by El Generico vs. Beef Wellington

--Robert Gibson and Stro headline for East Coast Wrestling on Thursday night in Myrtle Beach at The Plex

--Doug Basham headlines on Saturday night for Pro Wrestling Fusion in Temple Terrace, FL at the Rec Center.   Also appearing is Sinn Bodhi (Kizarny) and Prince Iaukea.

--Joe Borzotta at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it said he was cleaning out stuff and found results in a scrapbook of IWA television show (the Eddie Einhorn promotion) from 1975 and said if any historian or stat keeper wants them rather than him tossing they can e-mail him.

--CWA on 9/12 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium

--Krissy Vaine, who was in WWE developmental and briefly on the main roster has a 90 minute interview on www.diva-dirt.com where she talks about leaving the company, as well as the releases of Angelina Love and Taylor Wilde by WWE, and struggling with usage of pain killers, as well as her Smackdown debut, Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and John Laurinaitis.

--River City Wrestling on 9/5 in San Antonio at Church Triumphant features Homicide and Hernandez appearing  


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