We're looking for reports from tonight's Raw show in Lexington, with dark matches, Superstars matches, estimated attendance and anything else not evident from watching the live show. Announced for tonight are Edge vs. Randy Orton and John Cena vs. all seven guys from Nexus. Florence Henderson of Brady Bunch fame is scheduled as the final guest host for a while.
We're also looking for reports from the TNA tapings both tonight and tomorrow night in Orlando.
Smackdown and NXT are being taped tomorrow night in Louisville. We'll be looking for reports on that show well. The only thing announced is Nexus returning to NXT.
We're also looking for reports on the WWE Saturday night show in Rockford, IL.
ROH tonight on HDNet at 8 p.m.
*Necro Butcher vs. Bobby Beverly
*Eddie Edwards vs. Andy Ridge
*Tyler Black & Jerry Lynn & Delirious vs. Austin Aries & Rhett Titus & Kenny King
Brock Lesnar talks about his win over Shane Carwin and the last several months of his life, his training, as well as the Cain Velasquez camp looks at what's next in the lead story in this coming Monday's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at one of the most dramatic heavyweight title fights in history, and the entire UFC 116 show, with match-by-match coverage, business notes, early PPV numbers, poll results and more reaction to what Dana White called his proudest moment in ten years as a promoter.
We also have an in-depth look at the strengths and weaknesses of a proposed Lesnar vs. Velasquez fight, the physical and mental advantages each man has, and a look at each man's mode of attack. We also look at the potential business ramifications of not only the match for UFC, but also a key aspect of how it may affect pro wrestling in the current most popular market in the world.
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We look at Bret Hart's comments on the Martha Hart lawsuit, thoughts about tapes of Owen Hart matches, Owen's kids learning about their father and more.
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--Update on AAA video game
--U.S. star quits international promotion after turn, may sign with U.S. group
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--Update on Carlito
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--Former WWE star getting big push in Japan
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--Bryan Danielson talks his firing, future on indies as well as the unique tournament he worked in Germany trying a new form of wrestling and how it got over
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--Famous wrestling couple expecting twins
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--Abyss talks about his Hardcore style
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--A ton of stuff is going on behind the scenes. Right now there is no deal between Paul Heyman and TNA, but talks are very much alive, but there are also very real sticking points. Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan are not at the television this week. Bischoff wrote last week this was the week he's putting family first (it's said he's at a biker rally). We had heard Hogan wasn't going to be there if the Heyman deal got close.
--Mick Foley is scheduled to return at TNA TV this week.
--Dixie Carter held a company meeting this afternoon before the taping, but just told people to tighten up their ring work and never brought up anything about the questions regarding Heyman that everyone had on their minds.
--UFC and Spike announced Demian Maia vs. Alan Belcher as the main event of the next UFC special on Spike, the 9/15 show from Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Other TV fights announced are the Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman rematch, Cole Miller vs. Ross Pearson and Jim Miller vs. Gleison Tibau.
--Masato Yoshino beat Yamato yesterday in Kobe to win the Open the Dream Gate title. On the same show, Shingo beat BxB Hulk in a hair vs. hair match.
--Yoshino was announced as coming to the U.S. for the Dragon Gate USA shows on 9/25 in Chicago and 9/26 in Milwaukee.
--Not much UFC programming this week on Spike. There are replays of Ultimate Fighter episodes in the middle of the night the next four nights. As far as prime time goes, Unleashed will air 7 p.m. Wednesday. The UFC Best of 2009 special airs 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday.
--A story on Linda McMahon campaigning over the weekend is at http://www.theday.com/article/20100710/NWS01/307109899/1044
--Best TV show of the past week
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MMA live 2.5%
--In 1997, a Yogi Bear cartoon was going to have an MMA inspired theme with ground and pound patterned after Royce Gracie and Mark Coleman, done by John Kricfalusi, but was edited off because people weren't ready for it. There is an article about that at http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2010/07/yogis-ground-game.html (thanks to Allan Lorde)
--UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar turned 33 today.
--The Manchester Evening News ran a story about International Sports Management, a Cheshire, U.K. agency which reps several athletes, and noted that it is getting funded by the founders of Setanta (which went down), Mark O'Meara and Shane McMahon. The new capital is being used to develop a presence in the U.S. market.
--Jimmy Jacobs vs. Sami Callihan is the main event for the Bonus card for ringside seat holders for the 7/24 Dragon Gate USA show at the Arena in Philadelphia.
--Stro, formerly Maestro, won the NWA Mountain State heavyweight title on 7/10 in Hinton, WV.
--Stacy Cornette wrote an update on Bobby Eaton, saying that he'll be hospitalized for a few more days as he's under observation and they are running more tests. He was hospitalized for fluid around his heart and lungs, but is on medication and starting to feel better.
--Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart, Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, Honky Tonk Man and The Nasty Boys will be appearing at the 4th annual Boulevard 500 Hot Rods & Bike Shows in Coquitlam, BC on 7/18 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. doing autographs and photos.
--EWF on Saturday night in Riverside, CA: Jaeger b Mexican Warrior, Devon Willis b Mercurio Jr., Coconut Joe b Eddie Mattson, IronMan b Tristin, Extreme Loco b Luis Castillas, Chris Kadillak & Jarek Mathews b Jeremy Jaeger & Roger Ruiz, Brandon Gatson b Mike Mountain, Ryan Taylor b Liger Rivera
--AWF on Sunday in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia at the Gosford RSL
--Tommy Dreamer and Mickie James headline in Dundalk, MD on 7/31 at The New Green Room for Maryland Championship Wrestling's annual Shane Shamrock Cup
--AIWF on Saturday night in Asheboro, NC: Shane Phoenix b Paco Loco, Kevin Stryker b Alan Rage, CoreyDuncom & bullet b Even Lee Devine & Chris Watts, Jimi Love b Sweet Daddy, Jimmy Parker b D.J. Hart, Matt Houston & Louis Moore b Charlie Dreamer & K.C. McKnight (thanks to Bobby Yates)
--AAA in Neza on Saturday night: Cosmotron & Principe Celeste b Tony Cirio & Tony Cirio Jr., Mini Charly Manson & Octagoncito b Mini Histeira & Mini Psicosis, Aero Star & Fabi Apache b Billy Boy & Sexy Star, Psycho Circus b Dark Cuervo & Dark Escoria & Dark Ozz, Electroshock & Silver Kain & Ultimo Gladiador b Octagon & La Parka & Pimpinela Escarlata (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Main event tonight in Puebla is Blue Panther & Porky & Shocker (if he shows up) vs. Felino & Ray Mendoza Jr. & Negro Casas.
--AIW on 7/17 in Strongsville, OH at McCarthy's Ale House in Strongsville headlined by Johnny Gargano vs. Tim Donst
--Irish Whip Wrestling on Sunday in Waterford, Ireland: Salem Soultaker over Skaterboy Jeebus and Wango Fantago, Aaron PAW b Kay Jutler, Great Walter Alexander b Biffo Murphy, Biffo Murphy & Aaron PAW b Kay Julter & Great Walter Alexander, Captain Rooney b Supermodel
--Scott Steiner and Abyss will be Parade Grand Marshals on 7/31 at the Ohio State Fair at 4 p.m. signing autographs building up an 8/1 show at the Ohio State Fair Coliseum headlined by Steiner vs. Abyss, Adam Peace vs. Phil Shatter and Shark Boy vs. Mike Posey.
--Round 5 collectibles is putting out action figures representing famous UFC matches, including Quinton Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva, Forrest Griffin vs. Quinton Jackson, Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar and Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz. They are also planning on doing similar figures for famous Pride matches. They are all scheduled to hit Toys R Us in the fall and other retailers for Christmas. They will be accompanied by an Octagon.
--Claudio Castagnoli on the Drunkcast at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edward-loredo
--NWA Main Event TV taping from Thursday night in Nashville before a sellout 180 fans: Phil Macchio b Panther, Orion Bishop b Bryan Casey, Will Owens & Damien Payne b Kid Fresh & Victor Kosmo, Corey Hollis b Seth Delay, White Tiger & Super Barney b Xavier Mustafa & Jeremiah Punkett, Chris Michaels b Shawn Shultz. Jerry Jarrett was at ringside at the show.
--The Philadelphia Inquirer has a story comparing Larry King's retirement as a talk show host and changes in that genre to the days of Bruno Sammartino and the changes in wrestling at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/
--Ace Wrestling from Saturday night in Union City, NJ: Bandido Jr. & Crowbar Devon Storm b Azrieal & Mike Donovan, Shawn Walker b Giovanni Marranca, Team Tag b Midnight Sensations, Rob Vegas b Benny Martinez, R&D X b BS Express, Jorge Luis Rivera & Steele Johnson b William Wyeth & Saints of Brutality, Bruno Marciano b Bobby Fish, Dan Maff won four-way over Mo Sexton, Christopher Daniels and Bryan Danielson to keep ACE title. Last two matches real strong (thanks to Thomas Simpson)
--Some photos from the Trent Acid show on Saturday at http://www.facebook.com/michaeltodarophotography
--Scheduled at the San Diego Comic Con for appearances from WWE are Miz and Eve Torres on 7/22 at 1:45 p.m., The Bellas and John Morrison on 7/23 at 11 a.m., Chris Masters and Melina on 7/24 at 11 a.m. and Kane on 7/25 at 11 a.m. All appear in the Mattel booth and will be signing for one hour.
--UFC fighter Jim Miller received his black belt today under Jamie Cruz, who trained under Renzo Gracie.
--Former OVW wrestler "Rock Star" Roni Jonah has written and directed a low budget movie called "Zombie Movie," with herself as well as other wrestling personalities including April Hunter, Al Snow and Snow's wife Cyndi. They are looking for people to dress up like zombies for a fee event on 7/30 at Noon at 9700 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville in conjunction with the Fight Night Film Festival.