Sunday, 06 July 2008 05:41
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's UFC 86, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
Raw TV is tomorrow night in New Orleans while Smackdown and ECW are being taped on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge. They did three weeks worth of Impact tapings a few weeks back so no TNA tapings this week.
A note for both print and on-line, that what is traditionally the biggest issue of the Observer each year, the 2008 Hall of Fame issue, which comes out in late August, will be part of the package for all new subscribers who sign up for 12 issues of the print edition or three months of the web site.
The changing face of the WWE brands is the focus again of tomorrow's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which is available today for premium members on the web site.
We look at the title picture and title changes over the past week and sort out what has worked, and what needs work in looking at the key changes in depth. We look at the nature of the changes and look back at how similar things have worked in the past.
We also have full coverage of the Night of Champions PPV, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings, poll results and early business notes on the show.
We also have a look at a huge potential story involving the oldest promotion in the world, its television, its announcing, the magazine industry and how it all ties together. We look at what incident has springboarded some major changes that could result in the loss of network exposure and detailing what has gone down in the past week. We look at the potential long-term ramifications as well as a new show as the promotion tries to cover its bases.
We've got a feature on Forrest Griffin and Quinton Jackson and what at one point looked to be the biggest UFC fight of the first seven months of the year and why at this point it looks like it may not be. We look at the career of each, how the Ultimate Fighter season went down, the Countdown show, the retirement stipulation, ticket sales and what has been missing, as well as how Griffin has changed his training.
We also have a look at what exactly happened with Bret Hart and the Hall of Fame ceremony over the weekend regarding his problems with Greg Oliver. We have notes from Mike Chapman, the man who put the museum and Hall of Fame idea on the map, on the incident, have several eye witness reports, Hart's rationale, as well as the controversial list of greatest Canadian wrestlers that in a sense initiated the problems as well as what Hart said caused him to do what he did. We look at the greats of Canadian wrestling. We also look at the state of the Dan Gable museum after the massive floods hit Waterloo.
We have a rundown of the roster changes and what they mean, what writers in the past have been highest of whom, including some surprising thoughts on different talent that is moving.
We also have an update on WWE long-term schedule changes, more news regarding Wrestlemania weekend, behind-the-scenes with Michael Hayes' first day back at Smackdown and what he requested to do, an update on the Jim Ross move to Smackdown and also how things were going in Houston on his first day on the new show. We've got an update on the Great American Bash PPV, as well as a major change talked about in how the HHH character will be portrayed going forward. We also look at WWE's looking for new characters, explaining both some recent pushes as well as different wrestlers from other groups that they are showing interest in bringing in. We look at the background of one wrestler they are looking at to fill a hole in the roster and a few others they have on their radar for the same hole.
We look at comparisons in viewers between the final segment on Raw with the Flair retirement and the Kimbo Slice fight on CBS. We also look at some card changes for WWE going forward.
We also have a crazy story of unprofessional behavior and insanity within the MMA industry that went public.
We've got our usual weekly rundown of not only the ratings of the major shows this past week, but what the ratings mean. We've got results from the major league arena events held over the past week as well as the major TV show reviews.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sites and has the most complete look at the business as a whole anywhere. The Observer is now in its 27th year of being the leading insider pro wrestling publication in the world. The biggest and most influential names in the industry, both from bookers, to promoters to Hall of Fame wrestlers and fighters to the biggest current names, both on camera, and behind the scenes, along with thousands of readers in all 50 states and 30 countries subscribe. Many have subscribed as long as 20 years or more straight. They get the most detailed and inside coverage of what is going
on all over the world and an accuracy from having the most inside sources that can't be found on the web. Everyone from Wall Street to the major offices to the TV networks in U.S. and Japan turn to the Observer for what is going on in the business. If you are a new subscriber ordering 24 or more issues, you can get one free classic issue of your choice sent to you today. With a 40 issue subscription, you can get two free classic
Also in the issue:
--Jim Ross' farewell to Raw speech
--New characters on WWE TV and their background
--Potential new character being brought to Raw
--WWE wrestler who says he wants to do a few shootfights and the reality of if that's possible
--Funny story regarding an announcer Vince recruited for the lead voice on Raw
--More on Kofi Kingston and his background
--Best selling wrestling DVDs
--Debut of new WWE signing
--Jim Ross future restaurant plans
--Weekend business notes and house show highlights
--TNA stars headed to another promotion for a megashow
--Update on major shows at Arena Mexico
--Perro Aguayo Jr. talks TNA and WWE
--Update on wrestlers leaving AAA
--Long-time group furious with each other over members lying to each other
--Americans moving to Mexico City full-time
--Huge mainstream angle in Mexico that begins build to the next major event
--New angle teases
--A wrestler expected to get a major summer push to the top
--Current WWE star involved in the top angle of an international promotion where he faces his biggest career rival
--Fire Festival tournament
--A look at the All Japan major show of the month
--Major Jr. heavyweight tournament coming
--WWE cut starts in Japan this past week
--Update on the G-1 Climax tournament
--More on Cima's future
--Latest Hogan family craziness
--Return of the Ultimate Warrior
--Another bad sign for a former major superstar
--Rock movie update
--Chris Bell talks WWE and drug problems, scapegoats, Vince McMahon and more
--A TV show based on pro wrestling in development including bringing back a 70s TV announcer in a role a the local promotion TV announcer
--The fake Stone Cold story
--One of the major executives in North America and his family ties to a pro wrestling legend
--One of the most famous actors in the country at an indie wrestling show over the weekend
--Notes on future ROH big events
--Weekend ROH rundown including new angles, why Bryan Danielson is being used the way he is, WWE 80s legend, NOAH current star and more
--TNA European tour notes
--More on Frank Trigg and pro wrestling
--Update on Victory Road PPV
--Update on Scott Steiner injury
--Update on UFC ticket sales for the next few shows
--Lots of new major UFC matches, including some surprises and why
--Lots more on the return of Jesse Taylor to UFC after very little time off
--A city Dana White has on his radar and the reason why
--Matt Riddle, who was there, talks of Jesse Taylor's night that cost him his Ultimate Fighter final spot
--K-1 show rundown
--Update on the CBS/Showtime Elite XC doubleheader with new matches, proposed matches and why certain things being talked about on the Internet are not likely to be happening as said as well as plans to build new stars
--Coverage of the Strikeforce show in San Jose, including business notes, payoffs, Strikeforce vs. WWE at HP Pavilion and the Thomson vs. Melendez fight
--Drug test changes a television fight in few weeks
--Update on what constitutes the back of the head
--Jay Larkin talks the current state of MMA
New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major story (ies) of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those
descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue. Our most requested issues in our history are:
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our history)
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth, and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their
Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
*October 15 (2007 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas including inductions of The Rock, Tom Packs and the original Strangler Lewis)
*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
*December 31, 2007 (History of Ric Flair and the heyday of wrestling at the Greensboro Coliseum)
*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
*March 24, 2008 (Life and times of Gary Hart)
*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
You can also order any of these issues on their own for $4 in North America or $5 overseas.
For the United States, it is $12 for 4 issues, $29 for 12, $55 for 24, $91 for 40 and $118 for 52. In Canada and Mexico, rates are $13.50 for 4, $33 for 12, $61 for 24, $101 for 40 and $131 or 52. In Europe, you can get the fastest delivery and best rates by sending to
. For the rest of the world, rates are $15.50 for 4, $41 for 12, $78 for 24, $126 for 40 issues and $163 for 52 .
If you order by mail with a check, cash or money order (P.O. Box 1228, Campbell, CA 95009-1228), you can get $1 off in every price range.
We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk, Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods. To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
--Some stuff on the American Boxing Commission's meeting from this past week and the new rules. Nick Lembo of the New Jersey Athletic Control Board noted that these are only suggestions, and not new rules implemented. Each state would have to individually decide on the changes. The problem is if some states do and others don't, you have the same sport with different rules and that's screwed for the fighters. Lembo said he supports the rule banning smothering and deleting the Dusty Rhodes bionic elbow as an illegal move. However, he is against implementation of the new weight classes that have been such a hot topic. Both New Jersey and Ohio are against this new rule suggestion.
--We don't have the Smackdown ratings yet, but based on the fast nationals, the numbers were only down about 20% from usual which for July 4th is a very good showing.
--ESPN News last night ran about 30 seconds of highlights of the Griffin vs. Jackson match. It was not played up as any kind of a big sporting event this weekend on ESPN. On Sports Center, it was No. 9 on plays of the day and that was it, about a ten second clip. There was 1,000 times as much coverage for the Hot Dog eating contest.
--Get Smart was No. 4 at the box office this weekend and is estimated at doing $11.1 million. It will top $100 million overall by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. It was No. 2 in Australia at $6.3 million (thanks to James Stanios)
--PWG has put out a 9-hour DVD for $19.98 through Big Division Entertainment at http://www.bvdvd.com Matches date back to Samoa Joe vs Bryan Danielson in 2004, and feature Adam Pearce, Frankie Kazarian, C.M. Punk, Christopher Daniels, Jack Evans, Super Dragon, A.J. Styles, James Gibson (Jamie Noble), Davey Richards, Roderick Strong, Cima, Pac, Kaz Hayashi and many others
--WWE will have a special event on 8/9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. live on Venice Beach, CA with Mr. Kennedy, Carlito, Miz, John Morrison, Funaki, Shannon Moore, Tommy Dreamer, Mike Knox, Layla and Candice Michelle
28.7% of those responding didn't see the show. Remarkably low number for a July 4th show and better results than usual for Smackdown.
--TNA's Spin Cycle features Jim Cornette morphing into Nick Gulas, plus Frank Trigg and a personable Roxxi at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_thBSIPvQ8curl-http://www.tnawrestling.co m The goal for this show is to become a 30-minute half-comedy half serious half-promotional (the only show with three halves) show on Spike.
--The Baton Rouge Advocate News at http://www.2theadvocate.com/entertainment/22871029.html has a story on John Morrison plugging the Smackdown tapings in the city. The paper had an old talent list with Batista, C.M. Punk and Kane.
--The DVD of "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" can be ordered at www.amazon.com or www.BiggerStrongerFasterMovie.com for the 9/30 release
--Honky Tonk Man, Iron Sheik (drawing little attention), Dawn Marie, Gail Kim, Al Snow, Scotty 2 Hotty, Virgil, Christy Hemme, George Steele and Mick Foley were at the Wizard World Chicago convention over the weekend
--Jorge Oliveira defends the PFC light heavyweight title against Isaiah Larson in the main event on 7/18 in Lemoore, CA for the Palace Fighting Championships. Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall moves to middleweight to face Phil Collins. If it's a singing battle, the Rhino is in trouble.
--Tickets for the AAA TripleMania tour shows on 7/26 in San Jose at HP Pavilion are priced from $73 down to $43.
--Tank Toland and Drake Younger headline on 8/23 in Muncie, IN for Pro Wrestling Renaissance at the Delaware County Fairgrounds
--CZW on 7/12 at the New Alhambra in Philadelphia with Nick Gage vs. Drake Younger for the world title, Chuck Taylor & Sonjay Dutt vs. Pinky Sanchez & Sabian and Trent Acid vs. Devon Moore
--Ronald LeBreton Jr., who competed for Invincible Entertainment on 6/21 in Ontario, CA, tested positive for marijuana and got the $500 fine and three month suspension out of it.
--Ron & Don Harris are managing former American Idol participant Bucky Covington, who has a contract with Sawyer Brown's label (thanks to Richard Sullivan)
--Blood, Sweat and Ears will tour Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan from 8/10 to 8/26. Joe Legend will be there from 8/15 to 8/27. Rhino and Traci Brooks appear on 8/17 in Swift Current. Other shows are 8/10 in North Bay, ONT, 8/12 in Sault Ste. Marie, 8/13 in Thunder Bay, 8/15 in Yorkton, 8/16 in Regina, 8/20 in Kenora, ONT, 8/21 in Dryden, ONT, 8/23 in Kapuskasing,, ONT, 8/24 in Timmins, ONT and 8/26 in Manitoulin Island, ONT
--Congrats to reader Greg Merreighn on the birth of son Ian on Friday. Also congratulations to Florida wrestler Lou Cypher on the birth of daughter Angeline Rose on 6/25
--A correction from a few days back. The Bill Shaw who left WGN was not the same Bill Shaw who ran WCW in the 90s. That Bill Shaw is the VP of Administration at Turner Enterprises
--Great Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Phenix City, AL before 225 fans: Murder One b John Bogie, David Young b Orion Bishop, Cru Jones b Scotty Beach, Shaun Banks b J-Rod-DQ, Young b Murder One, Jones b Banks, Jones b Young to win tournament, Johnny Swinger NC Micah Taylor (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--3K Wrestling is doing a Shinya Hashimoto Memorial tournament on Friday night in Limerick, PA and a show in Morganville, NJ the next night. In the Hashimoto tournament are Ricky Landell, Jerry Lynn, Jake Manning, Guillotine LeGrande, Ricky Reyes, Josh Daniels, King Kaluha and C.W. Anderson
--National Wrestling Superstars on Thursday night in Seaside Heights, NJ at Our Lady of Perpetual Health Parrish features Blue Meanie, The Zombie (replacing Balls Mahoney who got an overseas tour) and Tammy Sytch
--Thursday night in Toluca: Cinthia Moreno & Fabi Apache b La Diabolica & Ayako Hamada, Psycho Circus b Billy Boy & Gato Eveready & Super AAA, El Brazo & Decnis & Gran Apache b Alan & Chris Stone & Super Fly, Elegido & Mascara Divina & Octagon b Black Abyss & Histeria & Psicosis, Mesias & Zorro & Kenzo Suzuki b Chessman & Vampiro & La Parka
--Thursday night in Chilpancingo: Mr. Alianza & Diestro b Los Diablos Rojos I & II, Alas de Plata & Alibastik Jr. b Astro Nave & Rey Jaguar, Lady Apache & Marcela b Amapola & Medusa, Bam Bam & Tzuki b Pequeno Damian 666 & Pequeno Halloween, La Mascara & Maximo b Loco Max & Mephisto, Dr Wagner Jr. & Dos Caras Jr & Alex Koslov b Atlantis & El Terrible & Olimpico
--Tonight's Arena Coliseo TV taping has Dos Caras Jr. & Mistico & Volador Jr. vs Atlantis & Mr. Niebla & Ultimo Guerrero. Guadalajara has Hector Garza & Hijo del Fantasma & La Mascara defending the CMLL trios titles against Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto. Toluca tonight has Chessman & Cibernetico vs. Konnan & Teddy Hart (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--XWA Vendetta from last night in Morecambe, UK: Spud b El Ligero, Stixx NC Martin Stone, Manchester Massive b Kartel, Jules Lambrini b Juice, Stevie Knight won four-way over Johnny Phere, Sam Slam and Jonny Storm
---Carolyn, the Sunshine girl today in the Sun Media chain in Canada for today, listed the most memorable moment of her life meeting with Chris Benoit after a WWE show.
--On inDemand's previews for this month's PPVs, UFC 86 got more time than every other show combined. UFC had a five-minute preview show with Dana White and Joe Rogan building up the show. WWE Great American Bash got 30 seconds, as did Cotto-Margarito. TNA got five seconds. That probably also gives you an idea of how well they expect each respective event to do.
--Even though Dory Funk has retired, he now says he wants to do a singles match with Keiji Muto
--Empire Wrestling Federation from last night in San Bernardino: Chris Kadillak b Dave the Bruiser, Marcuis Pitsonopolous b Rowdy Ruben, Ryan Taylor b Mercurio Jr., Sir Samurai (managed by 70s star Rock Riddle) b Brandon Gatson, Vizzion DCOR J.D. Bishop, Liger Rivera & T.J. Perkins b Sonny Samson & Terex, Scorpio Sky b Scott Lost
--Mike Mooneyham has a story on John Cena at http://www.chareston.net/news/2008/jul/06/cena_shows_softer_side_wrestlin g/
--Rich Tate's Atlanta Wrestling nostalgia:
77 years ago today: Jim Londos retained the NWA title beating Tiny Roebuck in two straight falls
72 years ago: Jack Dempsey refereed the main event where Doug Wyckoff bet Scotty Dawkins
63 years ago: Wild Bill Longson retained the NWA title beating the Green Hornet, who turned out to be David Mann
52 years ago: Zebra Kid beat Gory Guerrero and Don & Red McIntyre beat Jerry Graham & Danny McShain
35 years ago: Tim Woods pinned Bill Watts in the main event
29 years ago at the Omni: Wahoo McDaniel beat Ernie Ladd in the main event to keep the Georgie title and Dusty Rhodes & mini Little Bobo beat Killer Karl Kox & Bobby Heenan, plus Tommy Rich beat Ole Anderson in a Texas death match and Stan Hansen & Tony Atlas beat Blackjack Lanza & Masked Superstar, Bob Brazil beat Ivan Koloff and Missouri Mauler beat Jerry Brisco
28 years ago at the Omni: The Assassins beat Dusty Rhodes & Ole Anderson plus Harley Race no contest Tommy Rich in an NWA title match and Kevin Sullivan & Austin Idol no contest Abdullah the Butcher & Mark Lewin and Mr Wrestling II no contest Masked Superstar
27 years ago in Augusta: Terry Gordy & Jimmy Snuka beat Ted DiBiase & Steve O to win the National tag team titles
26 years ago in Macon: Ric Flair beat Bob Armstrong to retain the NWA title
--Today is the 23rd anniversary of Tito Santana beating Greg Valentine in a cage match to win the IC title in Baltimore (Thanks to David Frederick)
--The BBC News had this feature on Lucha Libre at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7489673.stm
--Notes on DDP at 52 at http://www.miamiherald.com/675/story/594444.html