WED UPDATE: Strikeforce tonight, Danielson update, Show on NBC, Harts vs. Usos, cool TNA angle, more



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The background and rundown of the most talked about wrestling angle in many years is the main story in one of two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter coming out this week. We talk about the angle, the background of the angle, what happened, how plans were changed, who knew about it ahead of time, and lots of thoughts on it.

We also look at the new philosophical shift in WWE which led to the angle. We look at why, and the examples of a new mentality when it comes to WWE booking. We also look back at invasion angles of the past, why they didn't work, and why the circumstances are different now. We also look at several companies around the world also doing similar angles and how the results have been.

We look at the plight of the NXT show including more background on people debuting this past week, potential of the angle, mistakes made by others trying to do similar angles, thoughts on follow-up and what needs to be done, as well as a detailed look at the ratings of every segment on the three hour Raw show.

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-- Line-up and weights for tonight's Strikeforce show in Los Angeles on Showtime:

1. Robbie Lawler (195) vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral (193.5) in a catch weight bout
2. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (171) vs. Marius Zaramoskis (169.5)
3. Tim Kennedy (185.5) vs. Trevor Prangley (185.6)
4. Conor Heun (159.5) vs. K.J. Noons (159.5)
a. R.J. Clifford (159.5) vs. Jeremy Umphries (159.5)
b. Marcus Kowal (134.75) vs. Hugo Sandoval (135.5)

-- Dave Meltzer is in Los Angeles for the show and will be doing live running play-by-play on the front page. We'll be back later tonight with a new edition of Wrestling Observer Radio talking all the matches on the show plus the latest news in wrestling and MMA. Christopher Daniels will also be my guest on Figure Four Daily this afternoon, and you can post questions for him here.

-- Bryan Danielson updated his Twitter: Still not the right time, other than to say this: I am now available for independent bookings.

-- Big Show will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight.

-- Hart Dynasty vs. the Usos is official for NOT the PPV. Instead, it'll be taking place tonight at the Florida Championship Wrestling house show in Deland, FL. I don't know where in Deland, FL, because, as has happened several times with FCW press releases, I read the entire thing three times through and there was no location specified for the show except "Deland, FL". So basically, go to Deland, FL and I guess you'll just run into it. Alex Riley of NXT, the current FCW Champion, will be defending on the show as well. Sadly, no PERCY WATSON. But Shad Gaspard is scheduled to work.

-- As of today, no guest host has been announced for this coming Monday's Raw.

-- The Jay Lethal/Ric Flair segment at the TNA tapings last night was apparently awesome.

-- Mickie James will be all over the place doing media for her new Strangers & Angels country music album this week. She's on America's Nightly Scoreboard on June 17th at 7 EST, Redeye on June 18th at 3 AM EST, Fox & Friends at 6 AM EST on June 18th, Strategy Room at 11:45 AM EST on June 18th, Opie & Anthony on Sirius XM Radio (airdate not set yet), and Busted Open on Sirius (no airdate yet).

-- Oh my God. Forrest Griffin's new book. THIS COVER.. Guess that explains the beard on TUF.

-- MVP and Kofi will be at Toys R Us in Times Square New York on Saturday June 19 at 1pm.

-- Pat Barry is at E3 today. He was there yesterday with his arm and foot in a case. He broke both in his fight with Crocop Saturday. Thanks to Bill.

-- Pro-Wrestling:EVE's "The Female Fight Machine" Jenny Sjödin won the Silver Medal in the Women's Advanced Division of the 2010 US National Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships promoted by Grappler's Quest in New Jersey, USA.

-- Ryan writes: Not sure if anyone knows or cares, or if this has already been covered. But I just moved to Louisville, KY and joined a gym called Ideal Fitness, and the man that showed me around and filled out my paper work and the head of the personal trainers is Matt Cappotelli. I didn't even recognize him until I noticed his name on the paper work. He seemed to be in good shape and when I realized who he was he seemed pretty excited and seems to still love the business.

-- To follow up yesterday's update, yes, in fact, The Best Around who wrestle for TWA use "You're the Best" from the original Karate Kid as their theme song.

-- There is a seminar with Tully Blanchard coming up in Charlotte, and for more info you can click here.

-- A shocking report here. Will WWE's Cena follow Lesnar to mixed martial arts? 'No way'.

-- For those that haven't seen it yet, the realtor listing for the Hart House is up here. It's been completely restored and looks great. It's $5 million.

-- Grant writes: On Jeopardy tonight another wrestling category. The $800 category in Sports Bios and Memoirs: This ex WWE and reality star wrote "My Life Outside the Ring". Only one of the contestants clicked in but she correctly answered the Hulkster.

-- JCW from Farmington, New Mexico, June 12th, McGee Park: Weedman defeated Prodigy, FX, and KM Burnquist in a fatal four way, Madman Pondo defeated Mosh Pit Mike, JCW Heavyweight Championship: Corporal Robinson d Ruthless Wayne Thomas, Tag Team Non Title Match: Corporal Robinson W/Violent JJ and The Weedman defeated The Haters

-- Sweet Saraya Knight, Zebra Kid and Ricky Knight are doing an all-female seminar this weekend in Norwich, Norfolk, with a free all-girls show following day two. To book places on the training camp please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 07979302203. The event takes place at The Breckland Community Centre in Breckland Road, Costessy, Norwich and doors open at 6.30pm.

-- Amazing (Awesome) Kong debuts for Chikara on the July 25th show teaming with Raeesha Saed to take on Sara Del Rey & Daizee Haze.

-- CZW presents TOURNAMENT OF DEATH 9, Saturday, June 26th, 2010, The Ultraviolent Underground - 3PM Belltime, Townsend, Delaware. For tickets and more: www.czwrestling.com

-- From the promoter: There is a special Legends Of Wrestling event in the Philadelphia area this Thursday, June 17th. Admission is totally FREE! Join Krausey & JJ for the MMA & Sports Xtreme Show LIVE at RP McMurphy's Bar and Grill located on 2623 MacDade Blvd in Holmes, PA 19043 from 8pm to 10pm for a special Legends Of Wrestling edition. Guests include Diamond Dallas Page, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, King Kong Bundy and some surprises. There will be MMA celebrities, lots of giveaways and even an Xtreme Cage Hottie Contest at 10pm for cash. For more info call 610-583-2254. Go to http://www.mmasportsexpo.com/ for all the details or to watch the show live. You can listen on ESPN 950am Philadelphia. If you live in the Philly area, be there in person and have a great time!

-- Just a note that Friday's Tulalip Championship Wrestling show with Vinny and I teaming up against Chris Ryseck & a mystery partner (the dude just won't learn) will NOT be an outdoor show. Too goddamn cold here in Seattle here in JUNE. But it will still be awesome. More at tulalipchampionshipwrestling.com.

-- Audio interview with Mercedes Martinez up here.


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