By Bryan Alvarez
Today is Smackdown and NXT from Sacramento. Several Raw wrestlers are scheduled for this show including Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio. Sin Cara also returns on this show. There is also an Impact taping on Tuesday in Orlando, and a third Impact taping for Wednesday in Orlando.
The big question about the long-term future of Strikeforce and why UFC is now going to have to address the issue very shortly is one of the lead stories in one of two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.
We look at the future of both Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson coming off their big fight, the contract situation, and what decisions about their future need to be made. We also look at the show, the business of the show, the marketability of both men, as well as whether it was a success or failure in the first major women's MMA title fight under the Zuffa banner. We also look at the figure direction of Strikeforce fights coming off the show, the championship situation, as well as have comments from Emelianenko about his future, and Emelianenko, Herb Dean and Henderson about the stoppage.
We also have match-by-match coverage and poll results from the show.
Both issues are now up for web site subscribers. You can get a mail subscription to the Observer with information below. The Observer has the most detailed coverage of pro wrestling around the world, as well as insider UFC coverage not available anywhere else. We have about 14 new newsletters each month, usually six Observers, four or five Figure Four Weeklies and four or five back issues of the Observer each week.
We also have more on the fallout of the Zuffa/Golden Glory impasse and the victims, both innocent and other, in the crossfire.
We also have a historical piece on the NWA world heavyweight championship and the 60:00 draw. We look at the wrestlers who were in the most 60 minute world title matches during their career and also look at the few 90 minute matches.
We also have a rundown of AAA's No. 2 event of the year, Verano de Escandalo, with business notes, match-by-match coverage and how the TNA stars like Jeff & Karen Jarrett, Samoa Joe, Abyss and Mickie James performed, as well as a major return, the future of Jarrett's title run and the booking.
We also have an update on how WWE's Capitol Punishment did on PPV, as well as major numbers changes in the reporting of two recent shows. What did the experiment of putting R-Truth in a PPV main event deliver, how it compared with last year and what are now the four lowest bought shows in North America of the modern era.
We also have an update on the G-1 Climax tournament, update Hardcore Justice, more on the Bound for Glory series as well as a couple of wrestling weddings.
We also look at Dana White's comments to Sports Illustrated about the current state of UFC, his role in Strikeforce, what he says about declining ratings and PPV numbers as well a twitter vs. Internet.
We also have notes on Brock Lesnar's WWE non-wrestling deal, WWE DVD sales and WWE sub site traffic.
We also look at how well the term sports entertainment has been picked up by the public and why it only makes talent look bad when they use the term.
We also look at Jeremiah Riggs' talking about not making it to FCW.
We also have an update on SummerSlam, another reason why The Rock will be at Survivor Series, an update on Mick Foley in WWE, will Foley wrestle again, more on Sin Cara, an update on the stealing stuff from the Smackdown wrestlers bags when they were in South Africa, the next UFC vs WWE head-to-head battle, C.M. Punk talking about why he changed his mind, his thoughts on the reaction to the angle, ratings, and why his reaction to telling people to wait until the story plays out doesn't work in today's environment. We also look at the major problems in writing, the last super successful title feud and how it was nearly destroyed, and the time even Steve Austin couldn't prevent ridiculous booking from ruining a potential money feud. Punk also talks about what kind of match he doesn't ever want to do again, and who his favorite performer is.
We also have notes on a future WWE title change, as well as this week's talk about bringing back an old pr wrestling role, as well as an update on Undertaker and SummerSlam ticket notes.
We also have more on the health of John Morrison and why he came back, as well as Morrison talks last year's WrestleMania and Trish Stratus, what WWE star is expecting, as well as business notes from the past week in WWE and highlights of all the house shows.
We also look at the problems between UFC and Golden Glory and why what happened this past week with the releasing of Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen took place.
We also have our annual TNA roster directory, with the list of all performers in the company real names, age, years pro and sports and entertainment backgrounds.
We also have a look back at the beginnings of Wrestling Observer Live, how Bryan got involved with the show, and how pro wrestling changed in 2001 in ways that even a decade later it has never even come close to recovering from. We look at the deaths of WCW and ECW, why Wrestling Observer Live didn't last on regular radio at first, and what saved it.
We also have our usual weekly features including ratings for all the major national shows, broken down the segment-by-segment for both Raw and Impact, showing which segments gained and lost viewers and evaluated their performance from an audience level.
We also have results from all the major league pro wrestling and MMA events over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
Also in this week's issues:
--Big title rematch
--Wrestler mad that a promotion he isn't with used his family name and trademark for a tournament
--Hair match draws near sellout
--U.S. promotion looking like it will drop PPV
--A look at this past week's All Japan big show
--Wrestler turns politician returns to the ring next week
--Weight lifter set for pro wrestling debut
--Notes on a new junior heavyweight tournament
--Kenta Kobashi's next match back
--Jr. heavyweight tag team tournament notes
--Son-in-law of arguably the most influential wrestler in history is linked to national steroid scandal
--Nine-year-old in popular youtube wrestling match
--Lots of notes on the Devon Nicholson lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher
--More on Nicholson's background
--Butcher responds to the charges
--Update on Abdullah's health
--Chris Jericho goes into business with baseball and football star
--The biggest legends show in history talked about
--Notes behind Adam Pearce winning the NWA title again
--A look back at when one of WWF's biggest stars refused to work in certain cities and why
--What wrestler lost his job in WWF due to loyalty to another promoter
--Urban Wrestling Federation next PPV
--Rock star starts wrestling company
--Hall of Famer scheduled for first U.S. tour in 16 years
--Update on big CHIKARA show
--Fit Finlay does indie tournament
--Update on Hurricane Helms
--Death of Judy Sowinski
--Note on criminal charges against former WWE star
--Notes on ROH's first TV taping of the Sinclair era
--Bellator's middleweight tournament
--Major promotion sold, but does it have a future?
--Update on Brett Rogers after his recent arrest
--High level wrestlers going into MMA
--Athletic commission tries to kill MMA in his state
--What state is it currently a criminal offense to attend an MMA show
--Something in another sport causing officials to talk about banning MMA in one of its hotbeds
--TNA stars in movie
--TNA star wants to open new business
--Notes on TNA house shows and business
--Thoughts on upcoming UFC show
--UFC star gets two major league sponsors
--Cris Cyborg update
--Olympic silver medalist signs with Zuffa
--Movie planned on the life of UFC star
--Lots of new UFC matches
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-- Steve Austin on Attack of the Show last night teased a match with Punk at WrestleMania. "It would be a great match-up. I'm not saying it's going to happen. I'm not saying it's not going to happen. It's something to think about." He said if he were to have one last match, having it with Punk would be the way to go.
-- Hulk Hogan on BBC Radio today, regarding the London riots: "Maybe Hulkamania should run over there start dropping legs, hitting people with big boots and just stop the action."I am not making this up.
-- Zander adds: Just listened to a five minute interview with Hulk Hogan on Richard Bacon's show on BBC Radio 5 Live in the UK. Hogan pointed out that "Impact Wrestling" is the best rated wrestling company in the UK and said it was the same way in the USA and that they are "the little engine that could". When asked about Randy Savage, he put him over and said he was the greatest wrestler who ever lived and that he made more money with him than anyone else. Also said that if he was still alive he could still put the whole wrestling business "on fire" today. Asked about why wrestlers die young, he talked about the difficulty in adjusting when they leave the spotlight. He said there was no single case where someone died from steroid use and that it was rather a case of "all of the above", referencing drug overdoses. He told the story about going to pick his kids up early, coming back and missing out on the George Foreman grill and said he'd missed out on $465 million and counting. Asked about Sylvester Stallone, Hogan said Sly picked him up when Sly was 160lbs and Hulk was 320lbs. Regarding aging workers tarnishing their legacy, he said that when you're a legend it doesn't matter and when questioned as to whether he'd wrestle again, just said if he did "it'd be a fight". He did manage to crowbar in a reference to the channel and time of Impact. Finished the interview by cutting a promo on "Baconmania" for cutting his time short. A good little interview, Hogan was over-the-top in a good humoured way and came across well - he even got applause in the studio for his promo at the end. Definitely got the impression from his answer that he'll be wrestling again.
-- Post-Raw they did a Cena vs. Punk title vs. title match with Miz and Truth running in for the DQ, pretty much the same as they've been doing at all the house shows.
-- As noted on last night's Observer Radio, Melina traveled the loop with John Morrison this weekend, and then when they got to Raw WWE wouldn't allow her in the buildling.
-- Douglas Williams of TNA has a first-edition copy of Dynamite Kid's book, signed by Dynamite himself, that he is selling on eBay right now. The link is here. The book is currently out of print and was renowned as one of the best pro-wrestling books for a long time. Quite the deal for a collector out there.
-- Matt Hamill's statement on his retirement is here.
-- Hogan is celebrating his birthday by unveiling a nude picture of his daughter Brooke. These folksin particular are appalled.
-- Tony Nese, who did one of the X-Division qualifiers a few months ago, has signed with TNA.
-- Chad Mendez's hand is not broken and he'll be cleared to return to training in a few weeks. He does have torn and sprained ligaments in the hand and ankle.
-- Kaitlyn has lost ten pounds on the Caveman (Paleo) Diet. She's got a blog on it here. What a spokesperson she is. The blog is also an interesting look at the glorified life of a WWE superstar, sleeping four hours a night and being constantly burned out.
-- Tickets for UFC on Versus 6 on October 1st in Washington, DC, with Dominick Cruz defending the title against Demetrius Johnson, go on sale this week with prices ranging from $50 to $250. Other fights include Charlie Brenneman vs. Anthony Johnson, Pat Barry vs. Stefan Struve, Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman, TJ Grant vs. Shane Roller, Yves Edwards vs. Rafaello Oliveira, Michael Johnson vs. Paul Sass, and Mike Easton vs. Jeff Houdland. At least until half of the fighters pull out due to injury.
-- The UFC Prelims this week did 1.4 million viewers, about normal.
-- Who are the best tag team champions?
Haas & Benjamin 51.9%
Beer Money 38.5%
Bernard & Anderson 6.5%
Otunga & McGillicutty 3.1%
Who do you expect to win this fight?
Jim Miller 54.7%
Ben Henderson 45.3%
Which was the worst WWE cut?
D.H. Smith 29.9%
Chris Masters 27.2%
Vladimir Kozlov 6.1%
All were good cuts 21.2%
-- Princess Victoria: A career cut short . She broke her neck taking a piledriver in a WWF match, didn't even know until the match was over, and was never able to wrestle again.
-- Warriors of the Apocalypse, starring Blue Meanie, is out today in Wal-Marts and Family Video.
-- The audio of Edge on Right After Wrestling is up here.
-- Youshoot with Danny Doring is available right now at kayfabecommentaries.com.
-- The Urban Wrestling Federation PPV will be out on DVD "in every major retailer store and online" starting November 10th. It will feature bonus content, never before seen.
-- More on Stacy Kielber and George Clooney here.
-- From the promoter: The Australasian Wrestling Federation (AWF) is now on worldwide iPPV exclusively at www.WWNLive.com On Demand. Watch "Aussie Mania!" right now featuring the top stars of the Land Down Under. Introduce yourself to the wrestlers of the AWF in a 2 hour plus internet pay per view. Come in intrigued, exit an AWF fan! When you order this event you can watch it as many times as you want forever. You can also make money off this show with the WWNLive.com affiliate program. Go to www.WWNLive.com Affiliate section for more info.
-- Kid Kash vs Reno Riggins this Sunday (8/14), 3 PM at The Stadium Inn in Nashville, TN. This is Riggins first match in 7 years. Also appearing: Chase Stevens and David Young.
-- The audio of Shane Helms on Right After Wrestling is up here
-- New Billy Gunn interview here.
-- Ed, Craig and Cutrer interview Luke Robinson here, including talking about his work for a company that did wrestling videos directed at the gay market.