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        Tomorrow is the Smackdown taping in Lexington.
        ROH tonight at 8 p.m. on HDNET:
*Austin Aries vs. mystery opponent
*Necro Butcher vs. Bison Smith
*Tyler Black vs. Rhett Titus
*KENTA vs. Chris Hero
        An examination of the WWE major programs, where they stand, and how they are handicapped by the current PPV theme situation, is the lead story in one of two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.
        A second issue lead story will be the history of the golden age of pro wrestling in Northern California.  We used the Hall of Fame biography on Roy Shire, who promoted pro wrestling in Northern California from 1961-1981, as a theme to look back at one of the strongest territories during those years.  This is one of the biggest historical pieces we've ever undertaken, as we look back at who Roy Shire was, who Ray Stevens was, Pat Patterson, Moondog Mayne, Pepper Gomez and so many others.
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        We look at the background of Punk vs. Undertaker, what happened, why it happened, and decisions that have been changed and where things go from here.  We also look at the other main event programs in the company going forward.     
        The San Francisco feature looks at the heyday, the many ways the wrestling industry today has been impacted by Shire as a booker, the legend of Ray Stevens, the story behind the famous Cow Palace Battle Royals that led to the Royal Rumble, a look at the most famous shows Shire put on, his biggest feuds, and a rundown of 20 years of ups and downs.
        We look at Roy Shire as a wrestler in the 50s, how he got started as a promoter, the heyday of National All-Star Wrestling, one of the highest rated wrestling television shows in the country, with lots of comments from people who were around from the start.  We look at Roy Shire's first show ever at the Cow Palace, Shire's first big angle, his most remembered angles, the Stevens vs. Gomez feud, Shire's philosophy of what a wrestling match was, and the ironies of his run and how that relates to Vince McMahon, Verne Gagne, Bill Watts and others who came after him.
        We look at Stevens vs. Sammartino, the Texas death matches, the atmosphere during the heyday of wrestling at the Cow Palace, the end of the Ray Stevens era, the Pat Patterson era, how television shaped the history of pro wrestling in this part of the country.  We look at Shire burning out as a booker, the heyday of Moondog Mayne, Bob Roop, Kevin Sullivan and Buddy Rose, attempts to buy and steal the territory and what actually killed the territory.
        We look at his decision to shut down, his final show, as well as the first pro wrestling personality to pose on a Playboy cover (and it was more than 30 years before Sable) as well as the alumnus of Roy Shire's wrestling who went on to become a major television star and had one of the most successful wall posters of anyone over a ten year period.  
        We look at Shire's philosophy of television, as well as the big name sports star he tried to lure into pro wrestling as well as his famous feud with a boxing Hall of Fame legend.  We look at his problems getting along with people, some of the most controversial issues during his run, and so many of the obstacles he dealt with.  We look at his attempts to kill pro wrestling after his run was over.
        We also have full coverage of the two major shows of the week.  We've got coverage of the WWE Hell in a Cell show, with poll results, business notes, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and more.  We also have coverage of Dream 11, looking at the good, bad, ugly, with match-by-match coverage and more on the company's next show.
        We also look at Kimbo Slice and UFC setting record ratings with the Ultimate Fighter reality show.  We look at just how strong the show was with Males 18-34, the records set as well as other records which were not set.  We look at the change in marketing of Slice, the fight itself, Roy Nelson talks about Kimbo and his future and lessons to learn regarding marketing of Slice.
        We also have a look at the SummerSlam buys, how they compare with last year both worldwide and domestic, and the key lessons of this year's show now that the numbers are in.
        We also have updates on Jeff Hardy and his court situation, Rock's appearance, Linda McMahon's campaign, Undertaker's future, Jim Ross' future and things to look for, as well as a former WWE star who canceled an interview saying he was negotiating to come back, injury updates, some new WWE doctrines, more on Matt Hardy, the WWE's best selling DVDs this year, as well as updates in other business categories.
        We also have a look at a new WWE signing, who was top three in the world in another sport, what former WWE star actually set up a famous Hollywood marriage, as well as the origin of the name of the current WWE star.
    We also have a look at the ratings for all the major pro wrestling
and MMA shows on television over the past week.

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biggest matches of the week and rundown of the major television shows.

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--Dana White gets high ranking
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--Matt Hughes talks future
--Movie about to come out featuring three former or current UFC champs
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--60 Minutes last night did a scary piece on the affect of concussions.  Chris Nowinski was not on the piece, although Dr. Robert Cantu, who works with him, was on the piece.  It only covered football but it's hardly a stretch to see that some styles of pro wrestling, and MMA and boxing in general are also going to feature the kind of problems that football players of 25 years ago are starting to go through.  The big difference is the NFL has programs in place to financially help those people in getting as good care as possible.  The New Yorker at rintable=true has a story on that subject.  Nowinski's work is noted in the article which tries to make a comparison of the NFL with dog fighting, and also mentions the possibility by doctors that steroid use combined with concussions may be a factor in the degeneration of the brain.   
--Maria Menounos and Nancy O'Dell will be hosting Raw tonight to raise awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) which O'Dell made a previous appearance on WWE programming about (she was booed that time, but I doubt she'll be booed tonight).  Menounos was going to wrestle on the show tonight, but pulled a hamstring in training on Saturday night, so not sure if she will or not.  She is still doing the show.  Both women were plugging the show on Indianapolis early drive-time radio.  Both women said Randy Orton was their favorite.  
--Versus announced a tape delayed airing of the World MMA Awards ceremony (it will be taped 12/30 in Las Vegas), airing in January.  There is balloting going on for a number of awards and can be cast at with a video with Arianny Celeste and Dave Farra with all the nominees.  There are a ton of categories.  Fighter of the Year is GSP, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Mike Brown and Brock Lesnar.  Fight of the Year is Brown vs. Urijah Faber, Clay Guida vs. Diego Sanchez, Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva (?), Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir (?) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture.  Best KO is Rashad Evans (Chuck Liddell fight from September 2008), Dan Henderson (Bisping), Lyoto Machida (Evans), Nate Marquardt (Demian Maia) and Anderson Silva (Forrest Griffin).  Man of the Year nominees are Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, Scott Coker, Charles Lewis and Joe Silva.  Female fighter of the year is Gina Carano, Megumi Fujii, Sarah Kaufman, Cris Cyborg and Rosi Sexton.  Coach of the year is Mark Dellagrotte, Greg Jackson, Ricardo Liborio, Greg Nelson and Shawn Tompkins.  Best Ring Girl is Arianny Celeste, Edith Larente, Holly Madison (one show), Natasha Wicks and Logan Stanton.  I'm up for Best MMA Journalist with Kevin Iole, John Morgan (MMA Junkie), Gareth Davies (Telegraph) and Joe Ferraro (MMA Connected in Canada).
--Maryse is scheduled to return imminently to television.
--WWE is looking at changing the name of the May PPV, with the three names being Riot Control, War Games and Multimania.
--Jim Varsallone of the Miami Herald wrote in response to what we said about the AP story on WWE that is circulating newspapers all week.  He said that his comments where he said he hasn't heard any complaints from fans about the new direction was in response to a question about kids.  "Whether in person, via e-mail, Forum or Q&A, of course people have made positive and negative comments to me about the WWE angles, the talent, the wardrobe and the hierarchy as well as the over abundance of salt on their arena popcorn."  He said young fans are all positive toward the company and the show.   
--We're back looking for new TV reporters with the spots open being for Superstars on Thursdays and ROH on Mondays.  
--There is no UFC on television tonight.  Tomorrow has Unleashed from 8-9 p.m. headlined by Michael Bisping vs. Jason Day.  Wednesday will have one hour of Unleashed at 9 p.m. headlined by Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Hughes followed by episode five in this season's Ultimate Fighter reality show.  Thursday will have an hour of Unleashed at 7 p.m. followed by a TUF replay right before the three-hour Impact.  Friday night from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. will have the July 19, 2008 show headlined by Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin
--Spike TV announced today that they will be doing a one-hour special live from UFC 104 at 9 p.m., airing Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer and Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Berry, similar to what they did before UFC 103.  This seems to indicate they are going to do this as a regular thing.
--Undertaker will be working and headlining this week's upcoming tour of Mexico
--Sara Del Rey will be on Figure Four Daily as a guest tomorrow.  For questions for Sara Del Rey you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   You can also use that address for questions for tonight's show.  For questions for Del Rey please put Sara Del Rey in the subject line.
--We will be back late tonight after Raw with Wrestling Observer radio.  We'll talk Raw, the latest news and answer questions which you can send in by sending in to the questions link on the front page.
--On on 10 most gruesome sports injuries, they showed the 2001 Sid Vicious broken leg.  They were so well aware that they called Sid Vicious a "punk rocker of the wrestling circuit."  The Corey Hill injury didn't make the list.
--Quinton Jackson with a Mohawk looking an awful lot like Brett Rogers as B.A. Baracus is at owhawk/
--Dutch Mantel tells a long story about meeting Kane years ago and giving him his first break in Puerto Rico at
--The UFC episode of "The Simpsons" (you can watch it on the front page) has a Dana White-like character called Chet (called the public face of the sport) playing a charismatic publicity hound.  The cage is called The Deceptagon.  It starts with Homer talking Bart to a show and then all the kids at school want to fight.  Marge wants it banned.  She goes to a show and ends up fighting Chet and beats him with an armbar after Bart interfered to help his mom and Chet was going to attack Bart, causing Marge to Hulk up. (thanks to Jonathan D'Antoni)
--"Damaged" starring Steve Austin, released to video in the U.K. last week, was No. 5 at the I-Tunes UK store and No. 3 at HMV in the U.K.
--Jim Ross at is critical of Strikeforce for not saving the Gina Carano fight for CBS.  Well, just about everyone in the MMA business sort of has said the same thing.  
--WWE has made legal threats to the Wine School of Philadelphia.  Seems the school has a class called "Sommelier Smackdown," and WWE sent a cease-and-desist letter to the school for using the term "Smackdown."  Keith Wallace, founder and director of the school, said WWE doesn't have a legal leg to stand on because they don't own the term "Smackdown."  
--Best TV show of the past week
Smackdown 29.1%
WEC 16.0%
Dream from Yokohama Arena 11.2%
Ultimate Fighter 11.2%
Impact 9.7%
Raw 8.7%
ROH 5.8%
ECW 3.9%
AAA 2.4%
Superstars 1.9%
--Who won Cerrone vs. Henderson?
Donald Cerrone 51.6%
Ben Henderson 33.9%
A draw 14.5%
--Who was the best of these Hall of Famers?
Tatsumi Fujinami 30.4%
Karl Gotch 27.6%
Masahiro Chono 25.2%
Riki Choshu 12.9%
Masakatsu Funaki 3.8%
--Best fight of the past week plus
Cerrone vs. Henderson 73.9%
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya 19.6%
David Heath vs. Mike Nickels 6.5%
--An update on reader Richard Handley and his attempt to raise money for a hyperbaric chamber is at
--Ozzy Osbourne's date for hosting Raw is 11/2 in Worcester
--Mike Mooneyham writes on Gordon Solie and the new book on his life at
--NWS on 10/10 in Manville, NJ:  The Patriot & Vicious Vinny b Corey Havoc & Jack Spade, Indian Chief Draven b J.D. Smoothie & Soul Assassin, Ophidian b Frightmare, Nigerian Nightmares b Nikko the Monkey Man & Sonny Boy Gulano, Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten DCOR Danny Doring & Julio Dinero, Corvis Fear won a TLC match over Sabu, Danny Demanto and Nicky Oceans  
--Courtney Marshall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for tapes of Bob Luce Championship Wrestling shows
--Carolina Wrestling Showcase from Saturday night in Asheboro, NC:  Les Parker b Evan Fury, Jason Pain & Alan Rage b Jimmy Parker & Shooter, Jason Pain DDQ Shooter, El Sanador b Jason Parker, Guerrero Ninja b Alas de Angel in a mask vs. hair match so Angel got his head shaved, Lumbee Warrior b Mark Stratus (thanks to Bobby Yates)
--Showtime All Star Wrestling from Saturday night in Nashville before 700 fans at the Fairgrounds (largest crowd in the building since TNA left taping there) for a Reno Riggins TV taping.  Jerry Jarrett was there, but it was not footage for him to sell in syndication overseas:  Wolfie D b Sean Casey, Rick Santel b Mike Taylor, Drew Haskins b Hammerjack-COR, Andy Douglas b Chase Stevens in a tables match (great match), Derrick King & J.T. Stahr b Vordell Walker & L.T. Falk, Jon Michael Worthington b Jesse Emerson, Michael Shane b David Young, Rob Roy McCoy b T.J. Harley, Kid Kash b Al Snow in 26:13 to keep the SAW International title. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--In Your Face Wrestling on Saturday night in Ballston Spa, NY:  Vigo won Rumble, Good Lord Willing b C.J> Scott, Bobby Ocean d Bobby Fish (NOAH), Northern Studd b Vigo-DQ, Pierre Vachon & Scott Reed & Jamar Justice b Guillaume DeSade & Ian Daniels & War in an elimination match, Scott Scarsdale & Etanna b Bert Williams & Maxx Burton, Drake Evans b Fronz Roddy in a last man standing match
--Daniels and Tara will be doing an autograph signing at UC-Irvine (site of Bound for Glory) on Thursday from 1-2 p.m. at the Humanities Ring Mall.  Brother Devon and Velvet Sky will be doing a signing at Noon on Friday at the Student Center Ring Mall.
--Irv Muchnick plus his Benoit book tomorrow night on KRON in San Francisco (the station that airs Smackdown locally) at about 6:45 p.m. with Gary Radnich
--Monday Night Mayhem noted that speculation that Andy Sandberg of Saturday Night Live would co host Raw on 10/26 in Buffalo wasn't the case as his agent told Mayhem Sandberg would not be hosting that show.
--Wanderlei Silva will be doing a Meet & Greet in Atlanta on 10/29 limited to 30 people for $100 for an all you can eat wings dinner at Hooter's, ringside tickets to Wild Bill's Fight Night the next night, an MMA glove signed by Silva and a Fight Night T-shirt at  Diego Saraiva vs. J.J. Mix headlines the show.
--In a revival of a famous feud of about 15 years ago, Tyler Fullington will face Raven on Halloween Night at Boyle's World Gym in Philadelphia for Pro Wrestling Unplugged
--Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, CA will be airing a premier screening of "Wrestling Then and Now" and "Hard Knocks" on 11/7 at 7:30 p.m.  Director Dwayne Walker will be there answering questions as will The Ballard Brothers.
--Weekend Hardcore stunt is at
--Future Shock Wrestling from yesterday in Macclesfield, UK:  Raynaldo b Nordic Warrior, Melanie Price & Joey Hayes & Danny Hope b Jermain Eventer & Damon Leigh & Sweedish Tigress, Jack Toxic & Alex Cyanide b Adrenaline & Samurai, Stixx b Sparx, Clinton Steele  & Dave Breaks b Carl Clinch & Xander Cooper, Sam Bailey b Chris Egan (thanks to Mike Fitzgerald)
--Ed Loredo and Cutrer and Craig interview me at
--GOUGE from Saturday night in Wake Forest, NC:  Damien Wayne over Surfer Jay Odyssey & Brawny Garvin, Mia the Scandinavian b Fruity Joose, Otto Schwanz b Mamas Boy, Trailer Park Heat b Frankie Fontaine-COR, Krazy Killer Klowns b Wrestling Superstar & Jimmy Jack Funk Jr., Seymour Snott b Cowboy Willie Watts.  Next show is 11/7 in Youngsville, NC
--Texas All-Star Wrestling from Saturday night in Humble, TX:  Bobby 2 Badd b Dark Star & ZenZen, Mysterious Q b Bret Basics, Dylan Star b Alex Evans, Hector Montoya b Scoby Gober, Nick Daniels b Ryan Davidson-DQ, Zen Zen won street fight.  Next show is 10/17 in Humble, TX at Coaches Sports Bar
--Saturday night in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center features Fire Ant & Soldier Ant vs. Brodie Lee & Grizzly Redwood, Player Dos vs. Frightmare plus Young Bucks, Claudio Castagnoli, Mike Quackenbush and Sal Rinauro
--I Believe in Wrestling on 10/17 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Center with Chasyn Rance (managed by Larry Zbyszko) vs. Raymond Snow
--Pro Wrestling Fusion on 10/17 in Fort Pierce, FL at the PAL Center

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