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 issues:
--New Japan Super Junior tournament
--Hall of Famer out of action with broken ribs
--Former ECW star announces retirement after car accident
--A look back at the career of Gorgeous George Jr.
--Wrestler convicted of sodomy with a 12 year old girl
--Movie doc covers a former WWE star in life after wrestling
--The Junior Danny Hodge Trophy winner
--Former WWE stars and stars of the Lucha Libre world converge
--Update on Ric Flair
--Daughters of legends thinking about going into pro wrestling
--TNA big surprise
--Gail Kim wedding
--Hulk Hogan sex tape details
--Notes on TNA's return to the U.K.
--Ric Flair Hall of Fame story
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
--Notes on upcoming TNA television
--Dana White health update
--More on Nick Diaz's court case against the Nevada commission, how it went and where it goes from here
--More on UFC Calgary ticket sales
--Another Ultimate Fighter series announced
--Notes on Ronda Rousey's return
--Former Ultimate Fighter winner retires
--Former UFC star runs for state senate
--Notes on UFC 147 in Brazil
--Lots of new UFC fights announced
--Social media with Ronda Rousey
--Mother's Day special at Arena Mexico
--Future of La Parka
--AAA Night of Champions show
--Pro Wrestling NOAH big show of the month
--Misawa Memorial Show
--Notes on Bellator's last show and next show as well as summer plans
--Update on a lawsuit regarding WrestleMania 24
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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Sunday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Over the Limit as well as taking a lot of questions so you can send them in to
--Some notes out of last night's show. Both Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier broke their hands in the first round of the fight last night. Barnett broke his left hand and Cormier broke his right hand. Gilbert Melendez said that he would not give Josh Thomson a rematch, saying three is enough, unless they doubled or tripled his pay.
--Cesar Gracie tweeted that Melendez fought the fight with a back injury. There had been reports of Josh Thomson being injured going into the fight, and he at one point confirmed a wrist injury. After the fight, he denied any injuries while Melendez said that anyone who comes into a fight without injuries means that they haven't trained hard enough. He didn't say that to mock Thomson, but just to say that injuries are a way of life when you are fighting at that level.
--I've got stories two stories on last night's show on the UFC page at www.yahoo.com
I'm not working for them any longer, but I was covering it since Kevin Iole asked me to and Kevin's a great friend.
--While I didn't see him, I was told Hammer was at the show in San Jose to support Daniel Cormier.
--Sin Cara returned at the house show in Florence, SC last night, beating Hunico in the opener. Fans remembered him and he got a good reaction.
--With Renan Barao being moved to the interim title match with Urijah Faber on 7/7, Ivan Menjivar, who Barao was scheduled to face, will now face Mike Easton in a match expected to air on the FX prelims.
--As noted in the preview to the PPV, it was one year ago today that Randy Savage passed away due to a heart attack.
--On last night's ROH TV show, it was announced that next week's show would be airing the Davey Richards vs. Kevin Steen title change from Toronto.
--Brian James, the current WWE producer/agent and former Road Dogg, turned 43 today. (thanks to Rich Tate)
What did you think of Friday's Bellator?
81.1% of those responding didn't see the show
What did you think of Friday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?
54.5% of those responding didn't see the show
Who did you think wins Ultimate Fighter?
Al Iaquinta 43.9%
Michael Chiesa 32.5%
James Vick 18.4%
Vinc Pichel 5.3%
Who wins this fight?
Urijah Faber 47.7%
Renan Barao 52.3%
Poll on Smackdown
41.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--UFC tickets for the 7/11 show in San Jose at the HP Pavilion headlined by Mark Munoz vs. Chris Weidman and Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson go on sale on Tuesday to Fight Club members at 10 a.m. Pacific time, and to newsletter subscribers on Wednesday at 10 a.m. They go on sale to the public on Thursday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $175, $100, $75 and $50.
--There was a story today in the San Bernardino Sun, Southern California paper, about a car show yesterday. One of the cars on display was a 1964 Impala presented by Tomas Vazquez, president of The Imperials Car Club. Vazquez noted that the car was owned by a pro wrestler named Batista, who was both a big fan and a friend of Eddy Guerrero. Batista rebuilt the Impala and was going to give it to Guerrero as a gift, thinking he could have it for his own use and also use it for his ring entrances. However, before he could give it to him in 2005, Guerrero passed away. "He was just about to give it to him." The car had a large mural of Guerrero on the trunk.
--Eric Thames, the right fielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, came to the plate to C.M. Punk's old "The Fire Burns" music in yesterday's game (thanks to John Reid)
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL before a full house of 300 fans: Dan Walsh & LaMarcus Clinton b Max Archer & Tony Raze, Big Texan b Bobby D, Chris Hargas DCOR Dave Vaughn, Ken Kasa b Jimmy D, Chaz Wesson b Waco, Alexandre Rudolph b Shorty Biggs, Wes Brisco (managed by father Gerald Brisco) b Sean Vincent, Ricky Cruz b Ron Powers to win their Classic title with Gary Jackson as referee. Powers had held the title for 420 days. (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer and Larry Matysik)
--CHIKARA from last night in Easton, PA: Dasher Hatfield b Ophidian, Obariyon & Kodama & Kobald & Tim Donst & Jakob Hammermeier b Rorshach & Lance Steel & Shane Storm & Crossbones & Jolly Roger, Meiko Satomura & Kagetsu b Dash Chisako & Sensai Sachiko, Darkness Crabtree b Mixed Martial Archie via decision in an MMA spoof match with blind judges, Gekido b Chikara Wrestle Factory, Colt Cabana b Mr. Touchdown, Jigsaw & Shane Matthews & Green Ant & Sara Del Rey b Eddie Kingston & Scott Parker & Soldier Ant & Saturyne.
--Josh Reddick of the Oakland A's, who is a big pro wrestling fan, predicted what will happen on tonight's Over the Limit show at http://www.csnbayarea.com
--Paul O'Brien, a writer from Ireland noted to us that he's written a crime fiction novel called "Blood Red Turns Dollar Green," which is set in the old pro wrestling territorial days.
--Former WWE wrestlers Marc Copani (Mohammed Hassan) and Shad Gaspard have teamed up for a 255-page graphic novel called "Assassin and Son, Vol 1: Path of Vengeance." There's an easy joke about Nick Patrick in there. The urban western is set in New York with the main character being Donovan Braddock, a one-man killing unit who works with a team of assassins known as "The Horsemen." C'mon, the horseman? When Braddock tries to leave his old life behind, his wife is murdered in front of him and his young son, sending them looking for revenge. There is an excerpt up on youtube at http://bit.ly/JWlfsN
You can also go to AssassinAndSon.com
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 6/2 in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center has Jim Duggan, Disco Inferno, and a guest appearance from Bobby Eaton. Chris Cruise and Ken Resnick will be calling the action and they launch a one-hour high definition show in July in several markets. They also have a 7/14 taping with Bushwhacker Luke Williams and Carlito. Amazing that they have Hi-Def and ROH doesn't.
--Hannibal Pro Wrestling on 9/1 in Ottawa headlined by Scott Steiner's last shot at the Canadian heavyweight title held by Jeremy Prophet.