SAT. UPDATE: Slammiversary preview, White in Hall of Fame, UFC fighter out of retirement, Fandango talks growing up as a fan, Former great promo turned nut case, WWE star returns last night, Ross & Foley live talk shows, Buying Slammiversary



 
We're looking for reports on today's WWE house shows in Bethlehem, PA (Smackdown without the name) and Manchester, NH (John Cena vs. Ryback, Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett), as well as ROH makes its debut in San Antonio at the Shrine Auditorium (Jay Briscoe vs. Davey Richards for the ROH title, ACH vs. Jay Lethal, Michael Elgin & B.J. Whitmer vs. Scum in a tornado match, Matt Taven vs. Eddie Edwards in a non-title match, Adam Cole vs. Roderick Strong, and Mark Briscoe vs. a member of SCUM at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
We're also looking for reports on last night's WWE show in Glens Falls, NY.
 
Sunday is headlined by TNA's Slammiversary show from the Agganis Arena in Boston on PPV with this lineup:
 

- Bully Ray vs. Sting for the TNA title in a no holds barred match - The stips are that if Sting loses, he doesn't get another title shot for the rest of his life, as he's vowed he only needs one shot.  If Bully is going in the direction of a Hogan match, it makes sense for Hogan to screw him out of the title.  However, when Ray first won the title, it was supposed to be a long reign.  Watching TV, I had the sense that Hogan gets foiled again and that's the heat, so we'll see.  Really, it seems that nobody is excited about this match.

- A.J. Styles vs. Kurt Angle - Technically a shot at an excellent match.  Crowd hasn't known how to take Styles of late so when he does wrestle, it's been a struggle to get crowd reaction.  Still, on paper this or the tag title match should steal the show.

- Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. Austin Aries & Bobby Roode vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. James Storm & Gunner in a four-team elimination match for the tag titles - Should be good.  Should go long.

- Jeff Hardy & Samoa Joe & Magnus vs. Wes Brisco & Garett Bischoff & Doc - Weak heel team and feels like kind of a waste of Hardy in there with the heels they've got.

- Devon vs. Joseph Park for the TV title - Devon isn't much in singles.  Park is hit or miss in the sense he's great at his gimmick, but half the time of late on TV, the gimmick hasn't been getting that good reactions.

- Kenny King vs. Chris Sabin vs. Suicide in an Ultimate X match for the X title - These style matches are usually good.   Nobody cares about the X Division these days.   

- Taryn Terrell vs. Gail Kim last person standing - The question is how well can Kim carry  Terrell here and how much time and latitude they are given with the last man standing, but it coming so early in the show most likely.

- Jay Bradley vs. Sam Shaw - Winner goes into the Bound for Glory series.  I like Bradley.  He's gotten over better on TV than his push.  Shaw showed potential but was very green when he was last in TNA.  We'll see how much he's improved since then, since he never did wrestle in his match to get into this bout.

Boston should be a hot crowd.  TNA did one of its most successful PPVs ever many years back in Lowell and haven't returned to the area for PPV since.
 
Sunday also has WWE house shows in Augusta, ME (Cena crew) and Poughkeepsie, NY (Orton crew). Sunday's Best of the Super Junior show will be in Akashi, Japan with Hiromu Takahashi vs. Trent Barreta, Bushi vs. Brian Kendrick, Alex Koslov vs. Jado, Kenny Omega vs. Taka Michinoku, Ricochet vs. Titan, Jushin Liger vs. Alex Shelley, Prince Devitt vs. Taichi and Kushida vs. Ryusuke Taguchi.
 
Monday is Raw from Hartford, CT. There is also a Super Juniors show in Ehime, Japan on Monday with Takahashi vs. Romero, Bushi vs. Koslov, Liger vs. Barreta, Tiger Mask vs. Jado, Ricochet vs. Taichi, Shelley vs. Titan, Omega vs. Kendrick and Taguchi vs. Michinoku.
 
Tuesday is Smackdown and Main Event tapings from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
 
Tuesday's Super Juniors show is from Osaka with Shelley vs Takahashi, Tiger Mask vs. Kendrick, Barreta vs. Rocky Romero, Koslov vs Michinoku, Kushida vs Jado, Bushi vs. Omega, Titan vs. Devitt and Liger vs. Ricochet. 

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We've got a double issue this week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be on the site today.  The main feature is a look at the life and career of Hector Garza, as well as the harrowing story of the recently arrested former AWA wrestler Buck Zumhofe, notes on TripleMania, Payback, the King of Gate tournament, a match of the year candidate and a lot more.
 
        We have a lengthy look at Garza's career, all over the world from the U.S., Mexico and Japan.  We look at what he's known for, his role in WCW, the political and economic reasons why Mexican wrestlers in other eras were so much bigger stars in the U.S., his father's role in wrestling, what current star he started out with and the lay of the land in early 90s Mexican wrestling.
 
        We look at the decisions regarding his push, his first major feud, his appearance at the World Wrestling Peace Festival, his tenure as part of the big four with AAA, his appearances on WWF television, his debut with WCW and the mentality of the Mexican wrestlers in WCW at the time.
 
        We look at his biggest matches, his first major heel turn and feud, his hair matches with Latin Lover and Perro Aguayo Jr., what killed his planned major push in TNA, his Perros Del Mal days and the cancer that ended his life.
 
        We also have a feature on the sex crimes related to former AWA star Buck Zumhofe.  This is one of the sicker stories we've ever reported.
 
        We also look at the WrestleMania numbers, how it compares to the biggest shows of all-time, a look at every pro wrestling show that has topped 1 million worldwide buy, and more from the show.
 
        We also have full coverage of UFC 160, including a hoped for plan for the biggest UFC show in history and what needs too happen to make it work, business notes on the sow, what was tough about selling the PPV, as well as match-by-match rundowns, how much everyone was paid for the show, and poll results on the show.
 
        We also look at the knee injury suffered by Cat Zingano and the Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate fight, including about when it is likely to take place and a story behind the Rousey vs. Tate feud.
 
        We also look at what WWE wrestler has a lot of heat on him and why he won't be around for a while, Jerry Lawler's return to wrestling and his thoughts on why he suffered his heart problem, lots more stuff on the WWE network and plans, lots of WWE injury updates, plans for the Payback PPV, Why Cena vs. Ryback changed and why it's going to hurt the PPV card, notes on the Wyatt Family and where they came from, The Flintstones movie, lots of new WWE signees including one that is appearing on a different TV show right now, Undertaker & Kane out of character, Fast and Furious box office notes, WWE's April business rundown and the NWA in another generation.
 
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        We also have a feature on Randy Savage, two years after his death, as well as the story of the arrest of UFC fighter Reza Madadi.
 
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        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Top tier Mexican stars issue hair vs. hair challenge
 
--CMLL's Busca de Idolo tournament
 
--King of Gate tournament notes
 
--New president of Al Japan
 
--Match of the year candidate
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's next major show
 
--Full coverage of the Best of the Super junior tournament final
 
--Big show which featured shoot and worked matches together
 
--Why Madison Square Garden may have to move
 
--An update on wrestling in the Olympics and where it stands
 
--Update on Bobby Eaton
 
--Thoughts on what would have happened had ECW gotten on USA in 2001
 
--More on several matches Terry Funk will be working this summer
 
--Update on an attempt to bring back a territorial promotion from the 70s and what has happened since it started
 
--Another older promotion looking to come back
 
--Update on wrestling in Puerto Rico
 
--Current pro wrestling star wants to go into boxing
 
--Update on John Morrison
 
--Son of Hall of Famer arrested on gambling charges
 
--Update on recent WWE cuts
 
--Next ROH show
 
--TNA Slammiversary lineup
 
--Changes in Impact
 
--TNA Hall of Fame thoughts
 
--Updates on King Mo and Zema Ion
 
--A look at this week's TNA TV show
 
--Major retirements in UFC
 
--Advance ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
 
--Update on the latest strange reason that makes no sense why UFC isn't likely to be legalized in New York this year
 
--Lots of new UFC matches
 
--Plans for the FS 1 main event
 
--Plans for what could be the biggest UFC show in history, and why the odds are against it
 
--Lots of matches being talked about
 
--More thoughts on Vitor Belfort and Fallon Fox
 
--What Georges St-Pierre is up to next
 
--Daniel Cormier's future
 
--Fighter donating all of his next fight purse
 
--How much it would cost UFC to raise minimums
 
--Famous boxer tries MMA
 
--The latest on Bob Sapp
 
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SATURDAY NEWS, NOTES AND LINKS
 
--Dana White was inducted last night into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
 
--There are tons of rumors flying around about All Japan in the wake of Nobuo Shiraishi officially taking over as president, including that a number of wrestlers, including Keiji Muto may be leaving after something expected ended up not happening.  When asking around in Japan about it, the general reaction was, if you were in Japan, you'd understand that nobody cares.  At a show in Yokkaichi, Shiraishi claimed Muto wsa leaving but then on Facebook said he was in negotiations with Muto.        
 
--TMZ had an item that Hulk Hogan will be appearing at the PPV Sunday even with a burned left hand.  He noted he's lucky he signs with his right hand.
 
--Shane Del Rosario has pulled out of the 7/6 UFC show against Dave Herman.  He'll be replaced by Gabriel Gonzaga.
 
--Mike Brown will be coming out of retirement for a fight with Akira Corassani on the 8/17 show in Boston. Brown was born in Maine.
 
--Tonight on Fuel has the prelims for Saturday's PPV at 8 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 10 p.m., UFC Tonight at 10:30 p.m. and UFC 136 (Edgar vs. Maynard III) at 11 p.m.
 
--Here's a very good story on Fandango. He was a big fan of Juventud Guerrera and Dean Malenko growing up.  This was the cover story in this week's Hartford Advocate, a weekly paper in the city.

- Here's Bully Ray promoting tomorrow's show in the Boston Herald.
 
--Jesse Ventura was interviewed by the AP, saying he's looking at running for President with Howard Stern as his running mate.  Ventura used to come across really good years ago on interviews, but now, he comes off as some paranoid nut case.
 
--Evolve has a live iPPV at www.WWNlive.com at 8 p.m. Eastern time from Jacksonville, FL:

AR Fox vs. Eita
Johnny Gargano vs. Tomahawk T.T.
Shane Strickland vs. Samuray del Sol
Caleb Konley vs. Tommy Taylor
Young Bucks vs. Anthony Nese & Brian Cage
Jon Davis vs. Chuck Taylor
Lince Dorado vs. Johnny Vandal
Bravado Brothers vs. Andrew Everett & Derek Ryze
 
THIS WEEK ON WWE CLASSICS ON DEMAND (thanks to Brian Hoops):

1999 Royal Rumble
ECW Massacre on 34th Street 2000
HHH King of Kings Parts 1 & 2
Nitro 10/20/97
Raw 10/20/97
Tuesday Night Titans 12/13/85
Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee vs. Gary Young & John Tatum 9/3/90 Dallas
Jerry Lawler vs. Eric Embry 4/29/91 Dallas
Jerry Lawler vs. Curt Hennig 3/12/88 AWA TV
Jerry Lawler vs. Randy Savage from Memphis
Steve Austin vs. Bob Holly 1996 King of the Ring tournament
Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect 1993 King of the Ring tournament
Shawn Michaels vs. King Kong Bundy 1997 King of the Ring tournament
Jerry Lawler vs. Mankind 1997 King of the Ring tournament
Razor Ramon vs. Bam Bam Bigelow 1994 King of the Ring tournament
Raw 2/22/99
WCW Worldwide 7/10/93
 
--Here's an interview with Dean Ambrose plugging Monday's Raw show in Hartford.
 
--Hunico returned to action after knee surgery on last night's WWE show in Glens Falls, NY.  Even though the WWE web site listed it as Team Orton last night, it was Team Cena, so exactly everyone advertised on the web site as appearing wasn't there.  Cena beat Ryback in a tables match to get them ready for one of their matches on 6/16.
 
--Some birthdays today: Nick "Bully" Busick turned 59, Ian Rotten turned 43, James Storm turned 36 (think about that for a second) and Marco Corleone also turned 36.
 
--George "Crybaby" Cannon, a wrestler, manager and later promoter, passed away 19 years ago today at the age of 62.  Calvin "Prince" Pullins, a Chicago & Indianapolis based wrestler, passed away on this day seven years ago, two days before his 74th birthday. 
 
--Here's some raw footage from the 1987 Crockett Cup tournament in Baltimore (thanks to Greg Merreighn)
 
--Jim Ross will be doing one-man talk shows on 8/24 in Cardiff, Wales at the Hilton Hotel, 8/25 in Leicester at the Square Theater and 8/26 in Manchester, England at the Comedy Store. London VIP tickets are already sold out, but other tickets can be purchased here.
 
--Mick Foley has these June talk show dates:
6/2 in New York at Caroline's at 7:30 p.m.
6/6 in Bellmore, NY at The Brockerage at 7 p.m. (this show is sold out)
6/9 in Syracuse at Funny Bone at 7:30 p.m.
6/13 in Asheville at The Gray Eagle at 8 p.m.
6/19 in Dayton at Funny Bone at 7:30 p.m.
6/20 in Newport, KY at Funny Bone at 8 p.m.
6/22 in Fairhaven, MA at the NEWP Fan Fest at 11 p.m.
 
--Tommy End from The Netherlands won the wXw unified title from Axel Tischer at today's show in Oberhausen, Germany before 306 fans.  The main event was Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker vs. Drake Younger & Masashi Takeda for the tag titles and it was still going on at last word.  Results:  Axel Deiter Jr. & Da Mack b Kim Ray & D.J. Hyde, Ilja Drgunov b Robert Schild, Vincent Schild b Jay Skillet, Sasa Keel b Toby Blunt, Paul Tracey b Karsten Back in a strap match, Aaron Insane b Marty Scurll and Michael Dante in a  three-way, Bad Bones b Johnny Moss.  They have another show tomorrow with Younger vs. Takeda in what is billed as Younger's final death match.  They also announced Zack Sabre Jr., AR Fox and Daisuke Sekimoto as the first participants in the World Triangle league from 10/3 to 10/6 in Oberhausen. (thanks to Markus Gronemann)
 
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING BUYING SLAMMIVERSARY?
Didn't buy Lockdown, not buying Slammiversary 84.3%
Bought Lockdown, buying Slammiversary 8.6%
Bought Lockdown, not buying Slammiversary 4.0%
Didn't buy Lockdown, am buying Slammiversary 3.0%
 
AS FAR AS YOUR DECISION MAKING WENT, WHAT BEST DESCRIBES IT?
Won't buy a TNA PPV 43.6%
Won't buy any PPV 29.5%
Will buy a TNA show, but not buying this because don't like the card 9.1%
Will buy a TNA show, buying this because I like the overall card 6.2%
Will buy a TNA show, not buying because of the main event 5.0%
Will buy a TNA show, am buying because of the length of time between shows makes it more special 2.1%
Will buy a TNA show, not buying because none of my friends want to se it 2.1%
Will buy a TNA show not buying because I've got other plans 1.7%
Will buy a TNA show, am buying specifically for the main event 0.8%
 
CAN FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO ALVAREZ DO 1.8 MILLION BUYS ON PPV?
Yes 37.8%
No 62.2%
 
COULD A JONES VS. SILVA AND VELASQUEZ VS. DOS SANTOS UFC DOUBLE MAIN EVENT SELL 1.6 MILLION BUYS?
Yes 48.4%
No 51.6%
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT IMPACT?
Excellent 9.9%
Good 22.5%
Average 28.8%
Fair 14.4%
Poor 24.3%
        36.6% of those responding didn't see the show.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron):

1945 - Bobby Bonales beat El Santo to win the Mexican national middleweight title
1948 - Sandor Szabo beat Bronko Nagurski in Minneapolis to win the area's version of the world title
1956 - Buddy Rogers beat Pepper Gomez in Houston to win the Texas title
1960 - Edouard Carpentier & Sandor Szabo beat Art Michalik & Legs Wilson in Los Angeles to win the International TV tag team title
1962 - Jackie Fargo & Dandy Jack Donovan beat The Medics in Dothan, AL for the Southern tag team title
1966 - Rene Goulet & Pepper Martin beat Tony Borne & Professor Hiro to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1971 - Brian Maxine beat Clayton Thomson in Croydon, England to win the British middleweight title
1973 - The Samoans (Reno & Tio) beat Mike Graham & Kevin Sullivan to win the Florida tag team titles in St. Petersburg
1973 - Bull Ramos & Clay Spencer (Ken Mantell) beat Dutch Savage & Steven Little Bear to win the Pacific Northwest tag team titles
1973 - Black Gordman & Great Goliath beat Raul Reyes & Ray Mendoza to win the Americas tag team titles
1974 - Jim Dalton & Bruce Swayze beat Carlos Coon & Miguel Perez Sr. to win the North American tag team titles in Caguas, Puerto Rico
1976 - Jim Breaks beat Bobby Ryan to win the British lightweight title
1978 - Tor Kamata beat Giant Baba via DQ in Akita to win the PWF title
1979 - Ronnie Garvin beat Alexis Smirnoff in Knoxville to win the Southeastern title
1979 - Jose Lothario & El Halcon beat Mark Lewin & The Spoiler to win the American tag team titles in Houston
1981 - Bill Dundee beat Stan Lane to win the U.S. junior heavyweight title in Memphis
1981 - Jimmy Golden beat Ken Lucas in Birmingham to win the Southeastern title
1983 - Jaguar Yokota beat La Galactica in Omiya to win the WWWA title and Lioness Asuka beat a pre-Dump Kaoru Matsumoto to win the Japanese title
1985 - Black Bart beat Ronnie Garvin in Atlanta to win the National title
1985 - Invader III beat Denny Brown to win the vacant WWC jr. title
1986 - Marty Jannetty beat The Shadow to win the Central States title in Marshalltown, IA
1987 - Jeff Jarrett beat Moondog Spot in Memphis to win the Mid American title
1990 - Kerry Von Erich beat Matt Borne in Dallas to win the Texas title
1990 - Dandy beat Angel Azteca in Mexico City to win the NWA world middleweight title
1991 - TNT (Savio Vega) beat King Kong to win the WWC TV title in Bayamon
1995 - Latin Lover & Panterita del Ring beat Fuerza & Juventud Guerrera in Texcoco, Mexico to win the Mexican national tag team titles
1996 - Pitbull #2 beat Shane Douglas to win the ECW TV title in Philadelphia
1996 - Brian Christopher beat Jerry Lawler in Memphis to win the USWA title
2008 - Edge beat Undertaker in a TLC match to win the vacant world title
 
--Homicide suffered a concussion in a match last night against Papadon on the Impact Championship Wrestling show in New York  
 
--UFC 161 in the airs on ESPN U.K. on 6/15 starting at 1 a.m. with the prelims and 3 a.m. with the main card, headlined by Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans.
 
--Another episode of UFC From All Angles airs Monday night at 11 p.m. on Fuel.  Rener & Ryon Gracie talk about the birth of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the beginnings of UFC and their goals as Jiu Jitsu instructors.
 
--Jay Rasulo, the CFO of Disney (parent company of ESPN) on the emerging Fox Sports 1:  "People are going to spend a lot of money, they're going to step up to bid on a lot of rights, and they're going to wind up a distant No. 2.  So, I feel pretty confident about our hand." 
 
--WrestleZone Scotland's fifth anniversary show was today in Aberdeen Scotland at the Beach Ballroom, the first time wrestling played in the building since a 1986 match with Johnny Saint vs. Len Ironside.  Jim Duggan and Billy Gunn were scheduled on the show.
 
--With Matt Tremont and Joe Gacy out of the 6/8 CZW Tournament of Death in Townsend, DE, the first round now has Masada vs. Ron Mathis in an Ultraviolent dog collar match, Danny Havoc vs. Rory Mondo in an Mummifield barbed wire match, Lucky 13 vs. Scotty Vortekz in an ultraviolent ladder match and D.J. Hyde vs. Takumi Tsukamoto in a pains of glass match.  Drake Younger also faces Devon Moore in a scaffold match on that show. Tremont is back out of action due to issues with his pancreas.
 
--An update on names coming to the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Fan Fest 8/1 to 8/4 in Charlotte at the Hilton University Place include Jim Cornette, The Midnight Express, The Rock & Roll Express, Barry & Kendall Windham, Tom Prichard, Les Thatcher, Jerry Brisco, Leilani Kai, Bob Caudle and a lot more to be named.
 
--An Australian band called the Psychotic Turnbuckles has an album called "Destroy Dull City" which has a song called "The Sudan Butcher," about Abdullah the Butcher.  Something was lost in the translation somewhere because the back of the CD cover lists the sons as "The Susan Butcher."  "Destroy Dull City" was from a fake quote by Victor Rivera in a 1979 Apter magazine where had said two guys going out there just doing a wrestling match is "Dull city."  They also do a remake of the 60s song, "The Crusher." (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Santino Brothers Wrestling Showcase from Thursday night in Bell Gardens, CA:  Voodoo Kaos b Damien Arsenick-DQ, Kayam b Dragon Mask, Mickey O'Shea b Fern Owens & Ali Hussein, Hoss Hogg b B.C. Killer, Bruno Santana & Che Cabrera b Eddie Randle & Ryan Kidd, Shelly Martinez b Mariah Moreno (thanks to Dan Farren)
 
--Smash Wrestling on 7/28 in Bowmanville, ONT at the Carlington Beech Centre with Tyson Dux and Alex Vega as headliners.   
 
--Christopher Daniels talking Slammiversary.
 
--Border City Wrestling on 7/19 at the Caboto Club in Windsor, ONT with Phil Atlas vs. Kongo Kong as the main event.