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:
--All Japan world tag team title change
--Promotion working with two others to build two major shows in the next two months
--Update on Chyna after a weekend which saw her pass out three times in public
--Member of famous wrestling family arrested after fighting with his brother and police finding drugs on them
--Update on the Extreme Reunion promotion
--A look at the next several weeks of ROH television and the top matches for the next iPPV show
--Update on the Ric Flair situation and his future
--What the plans were for Flair
--More on the Flair going to WWE Hall of Fame
--Brooke Hogan coming to TNA and what that's all about
--TNA Sacrifice early PPV estimates
--Dixie Carter defends usage of Hulk Hogan
--More on Bobby Roode's record setting title reign, or what it?
--Update on Ring Ka King and the show that's now in the same time slot
--Details on new TNA contract signings
--New TNA idea on how to maximize buys of well received shows
--TNA star moving into acting
--Update on King Mo in TNA and The Four Horsemen
--Notes on the recent TNA house shows
--More on the arrest of Jon Jones and what that means as well as details of another incident
--Will this hurt Jones' drawing power?
--What will that do for his public image?
--How UFC on FOX did compared with baseball in the same time slot
--Dana White talks UFC ramping up drug testing
--Urijah Faber talks about his reaction to finding out Renan Barao was his opponent
--A look at who Renan Barao is and how his style matches up with Faber
--The story behind how Barao got the title shot
--Update on Michael McDonald
--Update on the health of Dana White after his suffering from Meniere's Disease
--Why Strikeforce's stars are not going to be in UFC and how long will this remain
--WWE and UFC may be losing one of their major sponsors if a bill being proposed goes through Congress
--Notes on UFC lobbying efforts in Congress
--Las Vegas police called due to threats left on Dana White's answering machine
--Former Ultimate Fighter announces retirement
--Lots more on the ratings of the last UFC show on Fuel, including some amazing stats
--Payoffs for the UFC on Fuel show
--A major role Gina Carano is up for
--Notes on the next UFC show on Fuel
--A look at a new MMA reality show that was just picked up and when it starts
--A look at lots of new UFC fights
--Fedor Emelianenko talks retirement
--Bellator fighter coming back from a long coma after being stabbed in a bar fight
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*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)
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*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)
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Thursday's News Update
--For UFC coverage over the weekend, the weigh-ins will be at 7 p.m. Eastern on Fuel tomorrow. There will be a two-hour prelim show on FX on Saturday night at 8 p.m., and the post-fight show on Fuel at 1 a.m. after the PPV ends.
--Brooke Hogan did a lot of media today for TNA. On the shows, they've actually pretended she's an executive with decision making power. She was doing stuff with ODB and Velvet Sky in New York and, let's just say it looks like Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio when they are all standing next to each other.
--John Cena is begin advertised on the 7/3 Smackdown show, which will air live on Tuesday.
--Kazushige Nosawa and girlfriend Masami Odate (wrestler Io Shirai) were arrested earlier today by Chiba Police at Narita Airport as police reported that they had found 75 grams of marijuana, worth about $5,000, hidden inside a portrait Nosawa had as both were returning together from Mexico. In related news, Black Tiger was dropped from this year's Best of the Super Junior tournament.
--Dwayne Johnson has signed for another movie, "Empire State," based on the real story of a 1980 robbery in New York City.
--New Japan and All Japan had a joint press conference today to announce a Fan Fest on 6/30 with matches, speeches with wrestlers, card games, display of title belts and more. Tickets will be $12.50 and only 600 people will be allowed in. It's the first experiment with doing a WWE & TNA style Fan Fest. The plan would be to do another one in January before the Tokyo Dome show if this is successful.
--For the 7/1 show at Tokyo Sumo Hall, they announced that Stan Hansen would be returning to Japan to appear and it will air live on television, with both the IWGP and Triple Crown champions headlining. The card won't be announced until after the Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi match on 6/16. But they announced there will be both pure All Japan and pure New Japan matches, as well as All Japan vs. New Japan matches.
--Fuel announced Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans and Ariel Helwani will be working the weigh-ins tomorrow and post-fight show Saturday night after UFC 146.
--Today is the anniversary of two major NWA title changes, as on May 24, 1973, Harley Race ended Dory Funk Jr.'s four plus years as world champion at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, and in 1984, Kerry Von Erich's short NWA title reign ended by losing to Ric Flair in Yokosuka, Japan. The Owen Hart Raw tribute show was on this date 13 years ago. It did a 7.2 rating with head-to-head-competition from Nitro.
Should Strikeforce relax its policy and allow Strikeforce fighters on UFC shows?
Yes, but limited to 1-2 matches a year to keep it special 45.4%
Yes, as much as possible 31.7%
No, exclusivity is better for business 14.1%
No, shouldn't risk their champions losing elsewhere as it ruins the titles 8.8%
What is your favorite international promotion?
New Japan 36.7%
Dragon Gate 21.7%
Big Japan 10.9%
All Japan 3.4%
What was the best of these matches?
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung 36.3%
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 35.0%
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar 11.3%
Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez 6.7%
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez 3.8%
Daniel Cormier vs. Josh Barnett 2.1%'
Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson 1.7%
Eddie Yagin vs. Mark Hominick 1.3%
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall 0.8%
Fabricio Werdum vs. Roy Nelson 0.8%
Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page 0.4%
If Daniel Cormier wins his next fight, should he get a UFC title shot?
Yes, undefeated, won a tough tournament 53.9%
No, needs to beat people in UFC first 28.4%
No, needs to establish more of a name to UFC fans first 17.7%
Who was the greatest touring NWA champion?
Ric Flair 58.1%
Lou Thesz 24.1%
Harley Race 7.3%
Terry Funk 4.2%
Buddy Rogers 2.0%
Dory Funk Jr. 2.0%
Gene Kiniski 1.3%
Jack Brisco 1.0%
--Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor from the current season of Ultimate Fighter has been added to the 6/1 show in Las Vegas which will air on both Fuel and FX.
--"Redneck Island," a new TV show hosted by Steve Austin, debuts on 6/9 on CMT in the 10 p.m. Saturday night time slot with a two-hour premiere. The premise is that Austin takes a crew of rednecks to a tropical island and puts them through a series of challenges, with eliminations every week. It's supposed to be both serious and comedic.
--Dragon Gate USA announced shows for 7/28 in Taylor, MI at the Gibraltar Trade Center and 7/29 in Chicago at the Congress Theater for the third anniversary show.
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling has an iPPV on Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern time from Farmington, NM featuring Shawn Daivari, Zach Gowen, Colt Cabana, and a tag match with Kevin Nash & Sean Waltman, managed by Scott Hall, facing The Headbangers.
--Fight Now TV on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. has a combined kickboxing and MMA show airing live from Sweden, headlined by former K-1 stars Carter Williams vs. Gokhan Saki and Errol Zimmerman vs. Semmy Schilt.
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara: Virgo b Thunder Boy, Hombre Bala Jr. & Metatron & Starman b Demonio Maya & Magnum & Rey Trueno, Gallo & Sagrado & Stuka Jr. d Espectrum & Misterioso Jr. & Rey Escorpion, Dragon Rojo Jr. & Volador Jr. b La Mascara & La Sombra, Atlantis b Mr. Niebla-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--El Hijo del Santo's Todos X Todos promotion runs tonight in Matamoros, tomorrow in Rio Bravo, Saturday in Reynosa and Sunday in Valle Hermoso, mostly border towns, with Mil Mascaras & Santo & Dos Caras (Alberto Del Rio's father) vs. Angel Blanco Jr. & Canek & El Hijo del Solitario on top.
--The next major shows at the Auditorio in Tijuana are tomorrow night featuring Perro Aguayo Jr. & Hector Garza vs. Carlito Colon & Steve Pain, and 6/2, with L.A. Park & La Parka & Super Parka vs. The Psycho Circus and Daga & Extreme Tiger vs. Joe Lider & Mortiz in an extreme rules match.
--PWS announced they are now offering a $30 package which gets you tickets for both 6/1 and 6/2 in Rahway, NJ for their big shows that feature a ton of name talent including Great Muta, Kai, Mil Mascaras, Vader, 2 Cold Scorpio, Tommy Dreamer, Ox Baker, Nasty Boys, Warlord, Barbarian, Slick, Koko B Ware, Marty Jannetty, Mark & Jay Briscoe, Adam Cole, Davey Richards, Anthony Nese, Scott Steiner and more.
--WWE.com listed fake twitter accounts for their wrestlers. But they didn't do their research since the account for Christian Cage they listed as an imposter for one of their wrestlers was actually for the actor Christian Cage (real name), who has been on shows like Californication on Showtime and Prime Suspect on NBC and in the movie Drive. It's funny because several WWE wrestlers know him.
--Sherry Jackson, a Roller Games skater from the early 70s and through the 80s, passed away earlier this week. We don't have any details but they was a babyface on teams like the Los Angeles T-Birds, Tri City Bucks, Baltimore-Washington Cats, and a heel with the Renegades and Detroit Devils and other teams. (thanks to Tom Wersderfer)
--Ring of Fire is pushing a 6/2 bout in Broomfield, CO at the First Bank Center with Leandro Veal, a former defensive tackle with the Broncos who played form 2003 to 2010 in the NFL, against former WWE wrestler Chad Wicks (Chad of the Dicks tag team), who is billed as 5-9 and 220 pounds, although no way is Chad close to 5-9.
--NWS on 6/1 in Stirling, NJ at the Long Hill Township Community Center featuring Matt Hardy. Hardy and Leilaini Kai headline the 6/2 show in Barnegat, NJ at the High School Gym.
--WPW on Sunday in Santa Ana, CA before 115 fans: War Hawg b Cyanuro, Jalapeno Lopez & Angel Guerrero b Red Spider &Imperial Romano Red Rum b Amazona, Frankie Segura Jr. & Sgt. Stryker b Super Nino & Mariachi Loco, Yumi & CybersRam b Lil Cholo & Infernal (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--DWI on 6/24 in Riverview, FL at the Riverview Flea Market has the third annual Boris Malenko Memorial Cup show at 1 p.m. featuring a Malenko Alumni Battle Royal. Joe Malenko, Dean's older brother, will be wrestling on this show.
--Stacy Carter appears at the Legends of the Ring convention on 6/2 in Monroe, NJ posing for photos in a bubble wrap bikini. For more info go to www.ecwaprowrestling.com