We also have our weekly features with the results from the major events held around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--Yet another new idea for a pro wrestling tournament
--Arena Mexico 56th anniversary show
--Update on All Japan Champion Carnival tournament
--Update on NOAH tag team tournament
--Tatsumi Fujinami 40th anniversary show
--A look at highlights of Fujinami's career
--Two Japanese sports legends meet in the ring for the first time
--President of one of the biggest wrestling companies in the world works as a heel manager on a minor show
--Former MMA heavyweight champion signs to make pro wrestling debut next month
--Update on Buff Bagwell's injuries
--Famous anniversaries in recent weeks
--The latest ECW revival attempt
--U.S. Olympic trials
--New books coming out
--Former WWE wrestler now fighting MMA
--ROH back on the road
--Lockdown PPV estimates
--PPV main event being tried out on the road
--The last episode and the future of Ring Ka King
--Looking at taping TNA television on the road
--Update on James Storm
--Notes on upcoming TNA television
--TNA house show notes
--Update on Nick Diaz
--UFC signs a champion from Bellator and details behind it
--Update on MMA legalization in New York
--A look at the next Fuel live special
--Update on B.J. Penn
--In hindsight, what actually killed Strikeforce as an independent group
--Decorated wrestler who once beat Ben Askren signs with UFC
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Coverage of one of the biggest fights in Bellator history
--Fedor's next fight updated
--Gina Carano tag teams with The Rock
The Most Popular Observers Ever
New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories 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
*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)
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
* September 8, 2008 (2008 Hall of Fame double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas; part one of Killer Kowalski bio)
* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
* September 22, 2008 (The amazing career of Killer Kowalski, one of our most in-depth bios)
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Saturday's News Update
--An update on Buff Bagwell. Bagwell is breathing and eating on his own which is a major upgrade as he could have passed away from his auto accident on Monday. His breathing tube was removed on Wednesday and he's talking and eating solid foods and is going to make it. (thanks to Doc Young from Marty Jannetty's facebook page)
--We have a lot of talk about the Rey Mysterio suspension on today's radio show, where we also talk the WWE Shareholders meeting, last night's Ultimate Fighter, Smackdown and last night's TNA house show, as well as TNA in general.
--The main event for the UFC 149 show on 7/21 in Calgary will be Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Erik Koch for the featherweight title. There were hopes of getting that fight moved up to the proposed 6/23 show in Brazil but Aldo Jr.'s camp said he wouldn't be ready in time.
--Right now the plan is still to have a PPV on 6/23 from Brazil, but the location has yet to be finalized. I've heard two locations in discussion and an announcement is likely forthcoming.
--Dana White confirmed that no Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson for Calgary, and with the announcement of Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson in Denver for UFC 150 on 8/11, that probably means Jones would be fighting in September.
--Edge is apparently going to let his contract expire. Edge's five-year WWE contract expires on Monday. He was offered a new deal to remain exclusive to the company and didn't sign. He will be a special guest at the Resistance Pro show on 5/11 in Chicago.
--Lyle Beerbohm has signed with Apex Sports Agency as far as his management goes.
--Low Ki vs. Jigsaw was announced for the 5/11 Evolve show in Charlotte and Low Ki vs. Jon Davis was announced for the 5/12 show in Concord, NC.
--ABC News on Thursday ran a story about a puppy named Jack who got tangled up in Cactus and was found with the cactus spikes all over his body, and they nicknamed him Cactus Jack. (thanks to Shelton Hull)
Poll on Thursday's MMA Uncensored
81.0% of those responding didn't see the show
Poll on Impact
52.8% of those responding didn't see the show
Will UFC 146 do triple the buys in North America of Extreme Rules?
--Robbie E will be throwing out the first pitch at the Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball game on 5/25 and also at a 5/26 game in Washington PA. The latter will be to promote a house show at the park in Washington, PA on 7/28.
--There will be an MMA show this coming Friday night in Milwaukee at the Potwaatomi Expo Center featuring Dustin Ortiz, a former Strikeforce fighter, and Sergio Pettis, the younger brother of Anthony Pettis. The top fights are Rick "Gladiator Glenn vs. Charon Spain Dustin Ortiz vs. Josh Robinson and Pettis vs. Chris Haney.
--GSP, Dwight Howard, Sergio Garcia and Serena Williams have signed on to endorse Mission EduraCool, an instant Cooling towel which will be distributed nationally at sporting goods stores.
--Dimo's Pizza at 3643 N. Clark St. in Chicago, the home of pro wrestling this weekend, announced the all vegan Anaconda Vise pizza and the Go To Sleep pizza (not vegan) will be available 5/8 to 5/14. That is in honor of C.M. Punk singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a Cubs game that week.
--Elite Combat Sports on Saturday night in Redwood City, CA at the Fox Theater with an all-amateur show. Not sure about putting on a live MMA show head-to-head with both Mayweather vs. Cotto and UFC on FOX. Nikko Jackson, the son of former UFC fighter Eugene Jackson, will be in a welterweight title fight.
--River City Wrestling on 5/5 in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Activity Center will have an auction and the highest bidders can pick the matches.
--The wrestlers from River City Wrestling will be at Sideliners Grill on San Antonio tomorrow night where you can watch the Extreme Rules PPV for free.
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Danny Copass & Cody Green & Lightning Bolt Ki b Josh Crow & Saint & Big Time Sexy, Shawn Hoodrich b MDK, Steven Green b Justin Grandberry, L.T. Falk b Tim Renesto, Damien Payen b Miss Rachel, Jocephus b Danny Copass, Jocephus b Shawn Hoodrich, Gary Valiant b Jeff Daniels (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Empire Wrestling from Thursday night in Atlanta before 100 fans: Jon & Trey Williams b Master Jae & Sylar Cross, Vandal b Tommy Daniels, Brian Blaze & Aesha Sunshine & Jagged Edge b Fred Yehi & Pandora & Mason, Dany Only & Phantom b Hayden Young & Chip Day, Supernatural b Curry Kid, Kyle Matthews & Vordell Walker b Zach Daniels & Corey Hollis, Marko Polo b Mr. Eric, Shane Marx b Strykyn.
--The Funks vs. Briscos is back as 5/5 in Ocala, FL at the BANG TV Sound Stage has Dory Funk Jr. & Cory Weston vs Wes Brisco & Shane Chung
--XFC Music City Mayhem on 6/22 in Nashville on HDNet is headlined by Scott Barrett (12-3) vs. Gabe Salinas-Jones (5-1-1) in a heavyweight match.