SAT. UPDATE: Big head-to-head tomorrow; Fighter loses ear; Ratings; Edge vs. Jericho,WWE on twitter
We're looking for reports from last night's TNA house show in Sioux City, IA, as well as tonight's Raw show in Greenville, SC, and tonight's Smackdown show in St. Louis.
Tomorrow has one of the biggest head-to-head competitions of the year, as CMLL presents Sin Salida at Arena Mexico, while AAA presents its biggest event of the year, TripleMania, at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. TripleMania will include the return of Perro Aguayo Jr., doing an expected run-in, with Los Perros Del Mal, in the main event. Expect surprises on both shows as both groups are trying to get indie talent in and the promotional battle is very similar to WWF vs. WCW circa 1998. Well, if both were getting killed on television by a foreign group at the same time. Also, Raw tomorrow will be in Columbia, SC and Smackdown will be in Indianapolis. We're also looking for reports on the MTV 2 Lucha Libre promotion that has its first taping on Sunday in Rancho Mirage, CA.
Raw on Monday is a three-hour special from Miami, with the cast of The A Team, including Quinton Jackson, as guest hosts. All wrestlers from both brands are being brought in for the show. They are doing a Cyber Sunday like show where fans will vote for matches and stipulations, although here we are Saturday and nothing has been put up for voting. Reportedly the matches won't be decided until Monday. Actually, I think the Cyber Sunday concept works a lot better for a television show than a PPV, but we'll see.
Tuesday has Smackdown and NXT tapings in Tampa, with the first episode of the new season of NXT. Rey Mysterio & Big Show vs. C.M. Punk & Jack Swagger in a cage match is the expected dark match main event.
A look back at UFC 114, coverage of the first season and a preview of the second season of NXT, update on the WWE injury situation and how it's changed plans, a feature on Tito Ortiz's attempt to return from surgery, what happened to Japanese MMA and a study that believes there will be major changes coming over the next year when it comes to television viewing, which would have a significant effect on both pro wrestling and MMA highlight this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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Our lead story looks at the business of Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson and it's standing as one of the great grudge matches of modern history. We look at the PPV numbers, live numbers, sports bar response, comparisons with biggest shows, as well as what is next for Evans and Jackson.
We also look at the strategy of the fight, the controversy over the Nogueira-Brilz judging, the making of a new star in John Hathaway, along with match-by-match coverage, poll response as well as how much the fighters earned for the show.
We also look at updates on Randy Orton and Undertaker, the WWE's response to the injuries and how long both are slated to be out of action.
We've got a look at Wade Barrett winning NXT, the background of Barrett, future for Justin Gabriel, as well as a scouting report and background on the all people in season two, as well as a look at the stupid names they were given.
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--At today's Pancrase show, fighter Shigeku Uchiyama ended up with his ear ripped off, similar to what happened to Mick Foley in Germany. Uchiyama was winning his match against Masaya Takita, who was bleeding. While executing a takedown, Uchiyama's ear got caught in the ropes and the top of it was torn right off. The match was immediately stopped at 2:57 of the second round, and ruled that Uchiyama was unable to continue.
--TNA Impact on Thursday did another 0.9 rating, although actual viewers were down 21% from the prior week, largely due to the NBA playoffs.
--The Masked Warriors TV show will be taped at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Sap in Rancho Mirage, CA. A story is at http://www.inlandsocal.com/ The show interviews Marco Corleone (Mark Jindrak), who is neither Mexican nor masked, but it being used as the company's top star.
--There is a huge story on Linda McMahon at http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/ It's a favorable portrayal of the McMahon family, pretty much the McMahon mythology of pro wrestling history, including spots you'd probably gag reading. Linda gets credit for figuring out how to make money from Vince's creativity. You know, because when Vince went to Japan and saw how Inoki did it and Linda was at home, somehow Linda was able to tap those ideas from Inoki. She got credit for everything from names of wrestlers to catch phrases, to the idea of putting wrestling on PPV. She claimed the admission wrestling was fake "was really the launching point for the company to start moving into more mainstream entertainment." There was some stuff on the steroid issue including a quote by Linda that she doesn't know the long-term effects of steroid use which has gotten her a lot of criticism, but she really said nothing really wrong as much as something that came off really bad to the public for a politician to say. The story does get interesting at the end in talking about the Republican convention and her endorsement.
--McMahon is criticized for her remarks at http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/linda-mcmahon-risks-of-l ong-term-steroid-use-are-unknown.php?ref=fpbig
--More on that at http://www.theday.com/article/200100603/INTERACT010403/100609881
--Late last night, several hours after Smackdown aired, in the most searched for items in the U.S. on Google, the following were in the top 20:
1. Did the Undertaker die?
2. What happened to The Undertaker?
4. Is the Undertaker dead?
15. Mark Calaway
16. Orbital bone
--Megumi Fujii faces Sarah Schneider on Thursday night's Bellator show from Hollywood, CA. Fujii, 19-0, is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
--Strikeforce has announced new dates with a Challengers show on 7/23 in Everett, WA, and a major show on 8/21 in Houston.
--As noted, WWE wants all of its talent on Twitter, but the rule is that you can only talk of wrestling in its storyline form as your character and not as your real person. For all the talk of WWE wanting to be like a television show, are prime time drama stars told by their producers to get on twitter and pretend their storylines are their real thoughts? Anyway, a list of legit accounts is http://www.wwe.com/social/twitter/
--Bryan and I will be back tomorrow with Wrestling Observer radio. With no PPV show this weekend, this is a good weekend to get questions answered so write to
with anything regarding pro wrestling or MMA and we'll answer as many as we can.
--On PTI on ESPN, they showed a clip of an old boxing match with the fastest KO on record. One guy went to touch gloves and the other just nailed him with a left hook, knocking the guy out cold and he ended up going out on a stretcher with an oxygen mask on. As they show the guy wheeled out on a stretcher with an oxygen mask on, Michael Wilbon said that's the kind of fun moment you just can't get when you watch MMA. (thanks to Chris Najdek)
--Alex Marvez talks to Steve "Puppet the Psycho Dwarf" Richardson at http://www.scrippsnews.com/content/marvez-puppet-psycho-dwarf-big-midget- wrestling.
--A story on John Cena as co-grand marshal of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 on Sunday at the Pocono Raceway is at http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=5247547 It notes Cena as a fan of NASCAR, the Celtics, Red Sox and the Patriots.
--An interview with Mark Henry promoting tomorrow's show in Columbia SC is at http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0605Raw
--The current lineup for the show has Chris Jericho vs. Edge in a street fight (because of the lack of depth on the face side and John Cena having a commitment) as the main event, they went to a heel vs. heel match billed as a WrestleMania rematch. Second from the top is Sheamus vs. Mark Henry.
--Poll on Impact
34.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Poll on Superstars
59.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--Justin Rego, one of the guys on The Bachelorette, was a former student at Ron Hutchison's wrestling school in Toronto
--The new Memphis Wrestling TV show debuted today. We're looking for any thoughts on the show. There is a story about the return at http://www.californiachronicle.com/articles/yb/145835363
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from Monday night in Denver: Wardog won three-way over FFX and Kam Burnquist, Haters (Thomaselli Brothers) b Derrick Stone & Prodigy, Corporal Robinson b Mad Man Pondo to regain JCW title in a four-corners of pain match
--JCW from Tuesday night in Salt Lake City: Weedman b Gato Verde, Mad Man Pondo b Kahn Kussion, Thomaselli Brothers b Braddock & Matagi, Corporal Robinson b Mach Martinez
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 6/25 in Las Vegas at the Silver Nugget Casino headlined by Raven, Michael Modest and Kenny King. There will also be a Raven seminar on wrestling on 6/26 for $50 with Modest coaching with him. For more info go to
--Jerry Wiseman at
is looking for an address to contact Red Bastien
--The next WSU show in Union City, NJ is on 6/26
--On the ESPN post-game of the Lakers-Celtics game on Thursday night, Stuart Scott made references to MMA, BJJ and even Bruno Sammartino when showing an argument that ended up with a double technical foul.
--EWF on 6/27 in San Bernardino has Blue Demon Jr., Adam Pearce, Mascara Sagrada, Percy Pringle and X-Pac appearing. I don't know about X-Pac wrestling with Hepatitis C
-NWA Metro Pro Wrestling tonight in Kansas City at Memorial Hall in a show taped for the Metro Sports Channel. Adam Pearce, Tommy Dreamer and Trevor Murdoch headline, and they are going to honor Bob Geigel at the show.
--Tonight on GoFightLive.com will be a free Ring of Combat Amateur show at 8 p.m., a PPV of Ring of Fire from Denver at 8:30 p.m. headlined by Cat Albert vs. Ivana Coleman, and a PPV of Rumble in the Cage at 9:30 p.m. from Lethbridge, ONT with a 16 fight show.
--Thursday night in Naucalpan: Comando Negro b Keshin Black, Tomoka Nakagawa b Ayumi Kurihara, Avisman & Gringo Loco & El Hijo del Diablo b Micke Segura & Las Traumas I & II, Bombero Infernal & Maldito Jr. & Samoth b Black Terry & Cerebro Negro & Dr. Cerebro, Cima & Nosawa & Kenzo Suzuki & Akira Tozawa b Gato Eveready & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Pantera & Veneno (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--USWO last night in Nashville before 75 fans: Josh Crow won three-way over Dustin Hanson and Jason Xavier, Psycho Medic b James Duncan, Jocephus b Dyron Flynn, Chris Ganz & Chris Lightning b Eric Hodge & Anthony Wayne, Gary Valiant b Jonny Demento, Damien b Nore Havoc, Wolfie D & L.T. Falk b Chrisjen Hayme & Drew Haskins to win USWO tag titles (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--NYWC tonight in Woodside, NY on 6/5 at St Sebastian's Parish Center
--There is an interview with me at http://www.thesportsstuff.com