SUN. UPDATE: Top WWE star injured, New Japan stalwart passes away, Mickey G death, Ryan on UFC

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--Randy Orton has a stiff neck.  We're looking for notes from Newark but that's the reason Orton was pulled out of his cage match tonight with Sheamus in an angle with John Cena being put in the spot, and then Orton being put in a trios match where he did little and could be better protected.
--We've got UFC 118 coverage from right after the show up on the audio section.  We're looking for comments as far as how attendance was for people who saw the event in theaters and bars.  The early indication we've gotten from e-mails is bar traffic was way down from the last several shows and the theater crowds were small.  Dana White said he wasn't interested in promoting any more boxer vs. UFC fighters unless it's someone of the Mayweather caliber (who would be smart enough not to do it).  He also said he thought Kenny Florian choked against Gray Maynard.  He sure wasn't the same guy who fought Clay Guida. 
--Kotetsu Yamamoto, who worked for New Japan from day one until today as a wrestler, trainer, referee, television announcer and probably a lot more, passed away yesterday a the age of 68.   
--Mickey Garagiola, who was the ring announcer and Larry Matysik's sidekick on Wrestling at the Chase (and ring announcer for the WWF house shows in St. Louis until they started bringing their own), was Joe's older brother.  He was 89 years old when he passed away.  He was very much a loved cult figure in that city.
--Even though it was scheduled as a TV taping last night in Charlotte, they didn't film the Lucha Libre Masked Warriors show and instead did a house show.  The show is scheduled to be taking a hiatus from MTV 2.  That's how they are wording it.  It was supposed to have a 52-week commitment.  
--The Boston Herald at has a story on John Cena becoming an actor and mentioning tomorrow's 900th episode of Raw.
--Bob Ryan, the legendary Boston sportswriter on last night's show at  He noted Shaq and Tom Brady being there, said he felt the show copied Vince McMahon's wrestling but was better because it was real.
--Ron Borges, another longtime area writer at on Kenny Florian
--Regarding MMA fighters and steroid testing, readers believe
The major organizations should randomly test fighters year around like WWE 55.8%
The commissions should pool resources and test the major fighters year around 26.0%
The current day of the event testing is sufficient 8.0%
They should eliminate steroid testing from MMA completely 10.2%
--Prediction on UFC 118 buys
Under 300,000 6.9%
301-400K 3.3%
401-500K 8.8%
501-600K 21.9%
601-700K 20.0%
701-800K 19.8%
801-900K 12.9%
901-1 million 2.4%
More than 1 million 4.0%
--An interesting note is that K-Mart in preparation for the action figure roll out this weekend with the Hall of Fame series with old school WWF wrestlers uses the 90s WWF logo and not the WWE logo.  Interesting to see.    
--An NFL preseason game drew 5.73 million viewers against Impact on Thursday.  Jersey Shore had 5.82 million viewers, Burn Notice had 6.29 million and Royal Pains had 6.08 million viewers.
--Trish Stratus and Lita will be live in studio at 11 p.m. Eastern tonight on Live Audio Wrestling taking phone calls and e-mails and discussing a project the two are working on together.  It can be heard at 
--Lita also announced last night that she was planning on opening a Lucha Libre themed restaurant in the Atlanta area and she also has a movie project. (thanks to Arda Ocal)
--Twitter feud between Frank Mir's wife and Jenna Jameson.
Mrs. Mir:  "Look guys, even the classiest of women still have their breaking points...she is my breaking point.  When Forrest, who is Frank's training partner and Tito fought, she started screaming because I was cheering for Forrest.  I wasn't even being disrespectful.  I was so pissed but I hold myself higher than that."
Jenna:  "Mrs. Mir is just mad that her hubby gets paid chump change, and her Louis Vuitton is fake, much like her facade.  Mrs. Mir needs to stick to popping out kids and eating Bon Bons, and hating from afar.  Baby, I'm a self-made multiple millionaire.  Nuff said."
All I remember is that Mrs. Mir is a better promo than Frank.
--The Expendables was No. 3 this weekend with an estimated $9.5 million while The Other Guys was No. 5 with an estimated $6.6 million for the weekend.  Expendables was also No. 3 in Australia (thanks to James Stanios)
--A story on Strikeforce is at
--In-ring action from the AAA Heroes del Ring video game is at
--Shawn Michaels on Twitter said he wouldn't be at Raw tomorrow for the 900th episode because he has business meetings over the next two days.  I would have been surprised to see him because if he was going to make a cameo, I'd have figured it would have been in San Antonio a few weeks ago.
--The St. Petersburg Times on the death of Luna Vachon at
--On the ESPN web site just before fight time, 94% thought Kenny Florian was beating Gray Maynard (since Florian hosts the ESPN 2 Inside MMA show that's not a surprise).  Only 2% thought Penn and Edgar would go five rounds.  Only 31% thought Couture would beat Toney in the first round.  I mean, it's a fight and anything could happen, but Couture in round one was the most likely ending (thanks to Daniel Graulich)   
--The book The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies which listed the 100 greatest sports movies of all-time, listed "The Wrestler" at No. 24.  None of the other pro wrestling movies cracked the top 100.  The top ten were Rocky I, Hoosiers, Raging Bull, The Natural (who inspired some wrestler nicknames), Bull Durham, Slap Shot (I highly recommend this one because parts of this were taken from pro wrestling and it's the all-time classic hockey movie), Longest Yard (the original, not the one with Kevin Nash, Steve Austin, Bill Goldberg, Khali, etc.  in it, although Nash and Bob Sapp were great in the second version), The Hustler, Caddyshack and North Dallas Forty. (thanks to Chuck Langerman)
--A story on Mickie James moving from wrestling to music is at 
--Chicago Style Wrestling takes place on 9/10 at Guerin Prep High School in River Grove, IL with Greg Valentine headlining.
--Championship Wrestling Alliance from 9/24 at the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport, TN for an American Cancer Society benefit show.
--The ECWA returns 9/18 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club
--The web site MMAClassics is launching with training footage of Couture.   
--An article on boxing training in New England noting that the kids coming to boxing gyms are all looking at being MMA fighters and not boxers by Jack Encarnacao.  Some say boxing is still strong in inner cities but not suburbs, but noted that the kids at the UFC press conference didn't even know who James Toney was, but did know Marcus Davis.  Story is at
--Jim Ross talks UFC 118 at
--The documentary "Card Subject to Change" will play 9/11 in Atlantic city at the Claridge Theater at Bally's as part of the Atlantic City International Film & Music Festival.  The movie features Kevin Sullivan, Rhett Titus, Trent Acid, Necro Butcher, Sabu, Lacey Von Erich, Superstar Billy Graham and Terry Funk.
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville:  Mike Cobbs b Michael Patrick, Bruiser Bronson b Robbie Cook, Steven Green b Jamey Farrari, Pumbah b Shawn Hoodrich, Drew Haskins & James Duncan b Josh Crow & Petey Wright, Psycho Medic b Damien Payne, Will Owens b Mike Cobbs, Jocephus b Jeff Daniels-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)  
--Homicide, Munenori Sawa, Baby Doll and Axl Rotten have been added to the K&S Wrestling convention on 9/11 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
--Pro Wrestling World-1's Shinya Hashimoto Memorial Legacy Cup tournament opens 9/12 in Jackson, NJ at the Knights of Columbus
--Ground Breaking Wrestling on 9/26 in Mt. Clemens, MI at the Gibraltar Trade Center North featuring former WWE wrestler Angela Fong (Savannah) and former All Japan wrestler Brad Martin.  Colt Cabana and Shawn Spears headline.
--The opening of TNA Xplosion features Homicide, no longer with the company, Suicide, almost never used, and has Velvet Sky, Lacey Von Erich and Madison Rayne together even though they've split. (thanks to Robby O'Daniel)
--Kenny Omega headlines for Premier Championship Wrestling on 9/16 in Winnipeg at Dylans on Pembina. 
--UIPW on 9/18 in Toronto at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall features Steve Corino vs. Sebastian Dark
--IHWE from last night in Fort Worth before 250 fans:  Momo Omeba b Sebastian Envy, Jeff Brown b Airnon, Matt Borne NC Brent Masters, Brandon Collins b Khris Wolfe, Spoiler 2000 NC Showtime Scott Summers, Franco D'Angelo & James Johnson b Mike Foxx & Seth Shai.  They had a salute before the show to Tony Borne and Scandor Akbar.  Rob Moore, our longtime correspondent and reader was inducted into the IWHE Hall of Fame and Chico Torres announced his retirement as the DFW champion (thanks to David Farmer)
--SCW from last night in Suqamish, WA:  J.D. Mason over Maverick, Steve Rush and Adam X, Aaron Bolo b Mike Santiago, Butcher won Battle Royal, Hoss Tull b Son of Buddha, Dean da Drata b Keith Atkins, Lylah Lodge b Camrym O'Connor and K.C. Spinelli, Dash Ventura b Vagabundo-DQ, Dash Ventura b Josh Blaze & Alex Hawk, Dale Houston b Dash Venture, Damon James b Ethan  HD and Kellen Raeth, Iron Buddha & Marion Gein b Raven & Butcher (thanks to Charles Short) 
--NYWC from last night in Deer Park, NY:  Mikey Whipwreck b Stockade, Pat Buck & DJ Phat Pat b Dirty Moore & Dirty JT, Kieran Mansfield b Dan Eckos, Spyder & Victor Cruz b Benny & Manny Martinez, John Silver b Chris Forza, Dickie Rodz b Francis Kipland Stevens III, Tony Burma & Ryan Rush b Bruno Marciano & Tony Luke (Tony Mamaluke), Syther & Quiet Storm & Tommy Dreamer b Appolyon & Daemon Crowley & Azriel, Tony Nese b Papadon.  Next show is 9/11 with Bryan Danielson (thanks to Ken Lippe)  
--Sangre Santo in Toronto before 150 fans:  Bang Bang Pete & Alex Vega & Farhan Farouqi b Ashley Sixx & Anthony Fiasco & KGB, Tyson Dux & Cody 45 b Brent B & Angel de Guerra, El Hijo del Santo & X-tremo b James Champagne & El Sombra.  This may have been Santo's first time in Canada (thanks to Allan Cajilig)

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