--Update on Buff Bagwell and more details regarding his accident.
--Death of independent wrestler Prince Malik
--Arrest of a former wrestler Whipper Watson Jr., the son of one of Canada's two most popular wrestlers in history.
--Jury overturns the verdict against Penthouse in the case of publishing nude photos of Nancy Benoit.
--More notes on the change in time slot of Impact and the good and bad of it
--Dixie Carter talks why PPV is declining
--Is PPV declining?
--More on the deal to get Ric Flair to attend the WWE Hall of Fame
--Dixie Carter talks the Garett Bischoff push, and compares his in-ring to several wrestlers on the roster
--Hulk Hogan threatens a lawsuit but nobody backs down
--Hogan says he's got new ideas for TNA going forward, and if they don't work, he's leaving
--Story behind cutting Anarquia
--Hogan's wife changes her story, says Hogan & Ed Leslie were not gay lovers
--Kurt Angle teams with Dwayne Johnson
--Sacrifice PPV lineup
--TNA weekend touring
--Notes on the next TNA television shows
--More on Nick Diaz's lawsuit against the Nevada State Athletic Commission
--What he's looking for and can he get it
--The whole medical marijuana controversy involving Diaz
--UFC fighter arrested for a DUI
--Main matches for UFC's debut in Calgary in July
--Updated info on UFC 147 in Brazil
--Early notes on UFC 150 in Denver
--Early notes on the August UFC show on FOX including storyline that will be built for the main event
--Thoughts on Mayweather vs. Cotto
--Notes on the New Jersey show on FOX
--Notes on what UFC is scaling the gate for and potentially its second biggest gate in history for Silva vs. Sonnen
--Dana White talks about bringing Sonnen to Brazil
--Fighter turns down an offered title shot
--Update on Rampage Jackson
--Lots of new fights and changes in cards due to injuries
--Dana White talks this season of Ultimate Fighter and ratings
--White criticized for talking gambling lines
--Update on contract situation with one of biggest stars of the past decade
--Chris Jericho's schedule for the summer
--More on the Bella Twins leaving
--Return of a star in a few weeks after knee surgery
--Wrestler in trouble for working too stiff
--Indie promotion without TV draws almost 4,000 fans with nostalgia lure bringing back 90s stars
--Wrestling PPV main event in jeopardy when world champion suffers legit biceps tear
--Wrestler on Bachelor like TV show doing a unique gimmick
--Karen Jarrett returns to wrestling managing Jeff
--Update on the Champion Carnival tournament
--Finals of NOAH's annual tag team tournament
--Two Hall of Famers meet for the first tie in a singles match
--Notes on the early days of Ricky Steamboat's career
--Notes on ROH Border Wars show
--ROH weekend show notes
--Notes on new TNA signee Alex Silva
--Dana White says he'll pull out of California if new bill passes, a look at the bill
--Marketing of Jon Jones
--Ronda Rousey challenged in grandstand play
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
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking today's UFC on FOX, Mayweather vs. Cotto, TNA, WWE as well as taking your questions to
. This will be the weekend show.
--We'll have live UFC coverage on the site starting at 4 p.m. We'll also have live boxing coverage after the conclusion of the UFC show.
--Fuel will be airing a post-fight recap show immediately after the conclusion of tonight's Miller vs. Diaz main event.
--Tonight's scheduled Smackdown house show lineup in Asheville:
Sheamus vs. Christian vs. Daniel Bryan for World title
Cody Rhodes vs. Big Show for IC title - Notable that on Smackdown last night they were pushing the idea of title rematches taking place at the weekend house shows, something they've never done in the past
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Natalya vs. Beth Phoenix - And in hindsight, what a fantastic buildup and split of their long-term partnership that turned into
Usos vs Hunico & Camacho
Great Khali vs. Jinder Mahal
Yoshi Tatsu vs. Drew McIntyre
--Updated Evolve lineups for this coming weekend:
5/11 Charlotte Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
AR Fox vs. Sami Callihan
Ricochet vs. El Generico
Fit Finlay vs. Jon Davis
Low Ki vs. Jigsaw
Johnny Gargano & Samuray del Sol vs. Chuck Taylor & Silas Young
5/12 in Concord, NC at the Cabarrus Arena
Johnny Gargano title defense against the winner of Chuck Taylor vs AR Fox vs. Jigsaw vs. Samuray del Sol that takes place earlier in the show
Sami Callihan vs. El Generico
Low Ki vs. Jon Davis
--Brian McGhee, the WWE developmental wrestler who posted what came across as a cry for help on his Facebook page a few days ago (it was in one of this week's issues) said he never posted that message and that his account was hacked.
--Although it varies by site based on the seating capacity, the general rule is that sports bars are paying double for tonight's boxing show that they would for a UFC show. So that's about $3,000 in the same place that would pay $1,500 for a UFC event.
--Ric Flair is referenced in the song "I don't like" by rapper Pusha T. The song features Kanye West, Big Sean and Jadakiss. It'll be the second single on the G.O.O.D. music compilation CD that's coming out this summer (thanks to Steven Ho)
--At last night's TNA house show in Ontario, CA, there was a live band playing RVD's entrance music. RVD beat Bobby Roode in a non-title match in the main event.
--After being knocked out in 56 seconds by Michael Chandler, Akihiro Gono, who has been fighting since 1994, announced his retirement. He did so at the press conference after the show was off the air.
--Mike Quackenbush said that Saturday's CHIKARA show in Chicago had 650 paid. (thanks to Keith Lipinski)
--UFC worked out a deal with Legacy Fighting Championships because Jamie Varner, who was scheduled to fight on this coming week's Legacy Fighting show, pulled out to face Edson Barboza on the 5/26 UFC show in Las Vegas.
--Ross Pearson, who was arrested last weekend for a DUI, was at The Ultimate Fighter gym last night in the background. Dana White also said that Pearson would not be pulled from his 6/22 fight with Cub Swanson in Atlantic City although White was not happy with Pearson's judgment noting he's got money and could have taken a cab, and has tons of friends in town.
What will be the rating of tonight's UFC show on FOX
1.5 or less 29.8%
2.6 or more 5.3%
There will be some really unhappy people if it turns out like that.
What did you think of MMA Uncensored
77.4% of those responding didn't see the show
Which upcoming bout are you most interested in?
Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen 45.0%
Brock Lesnar vs. HHH 19.1%
Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen 13.7%
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto 9.1%
Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson 5.8%
Frank Mir vs. Junior Dos Santos 2.9%
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm 2.7%
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada 1.8%
Poll on Impact
59.2% of those responding didn't see the show. That's a very high number for us which indicates people here are losing interest in the show.
--River City Wrestling tonight at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Activity Center in San Antonio.
--CMLL sold out Arena Puebla with 5,500 fans on Monday night: Lestat & Millenium & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Karsissma & King Jaguar & Policeman, Bronco & Inquisidor & Puma King b Hours & Metatron & Stigma, Delta & Sagrado & Stuka Jr. b Namajague & Vangelis & Virus, Brazo de Plata & Maximo & Rush b Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto, Dragon Rojo b La Sombra to retain the CMLL middleweight title
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 138 fans: Big Time Sexy b Mike Cobbs, Josh Crow b Justin Grandberry and Steven Green in a three-way, Damien Payne b Miss Rachel-DQ, Chrisjen Hayme b L.T. Falk, Jeff Daniels b Drew Haskins, Jocephus b Kid Kash-DQ (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Ultimate Cage Fighters on 5/12 in Sayreville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom for an all amateur card of 16 fights.