WED. UPDATE: Lesnar update, Rock sells house, JBL climbing Mount Everest, new ROH shows, Bret Hart

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We're looking for reports on today's Raw show in Madrid, Spain, as well as the rest of the Raw tour which continues tomorrow in Seville, Spain, Friday in Valencia, Spain and Saturday in Barcelona.

Bryan and I will be back late tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering Smackdown, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, another UFC show on Friday, this week's Observer as well as taking your e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NEW OBSERVER ALERT: Randy Orton situation and Brock Lesnar in-depth

The most detailed look at the Randy Orton situation, as well as an update on Brock Lesnar when it comes to WWE, are among the major stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We look at every report and every aspect of the Orton suspension.  We also look at the Frank Mir exemption for testosterone, the state of testosterone exemptions in MMA right now and some very strange goings on in that direction.

We also have a ton of news regarding plans being made for the 1,000th episode of Raw, the folding of yet another major MMA company and sale of the oldest continually running MMA promotion in history.

We also look at the PPV industry in 2012, including UFC, boxing and WWE and what kind of years it not appears all three are going to have.  We look at who looks to be up, who looks to be down, how the UFC's recent all-heavyweight show looks tohave done and whether or not such a show will be done again next year.

We also look at the behind-the-scenes of the THQ license for UFC moving to EA.

We also have more on the WWE's legal issues with reporter Chris Powell, how the story has grown, the effect it has had on the Linda McMahon campaign, what it means in the big picture and how it is being covered.

Plus, we look at the end of season 15 of the Ultimate Fighter, and how things have changed with the show, its popularity, and star making capability.

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Our lead story covers Randy Orton.  We look at the various news reports and try and make sense over what seems plausible and what doesn't.  We look at WWE's reaction in the past to marijuana positives, how this suspension differs from some of the more recent ones like Rey Mysterio, Evan Bourne and R-Truth, and looking at various different reports on WWE's reaction and Orton's future with the company.

We also look at WWE's star power going forward and where Orton would fit in, a look at the Smackdown main level stars, moves that have been made to bolster Smackdown attendance, what the writing team knew about Orton and why the booking for Orton on the way out made no sense.  We look at how Orton is viewed in general by the wrestlers.

Plus, we look back, in detail, at all of Orton's major issues and suspensions in the past, and what does and doesn't add up about them.  We look at all the active talent on the roster with two strikes already, about how much money it is expected Orton figures to lose based on this suspension, and how this version of drug testing came to being and what incident was the black eye to the policy.

We also look at Frank Mir's situation, when it got started and why it is so perplexing.

We look at plans for Raw No. 1,000 on 7/23 in St. Louis, and different ideas batted around, and what is already being advertised and planned.  We also look at what the writing team is under pressure to come up with this summer and how difficult that will be.

We also have an update as to what is happening regarding Lesnar and WWE, why certain things have and haven't happened on television of late.

We also look at a story regarding the television industry, sports and bidding that will greatly affect UFC and possibly WWE when current contracts run out.

We've got more on the next WWE video game, more on exactly what went down with Chris Jericho in Brazil, and the release of Tom Prichard.  We look at a notable Prichard story.
We also have notes on Raw on Tivo.  We also look at Steve Austin's new TV show, run-throughs for the next PPV, Ted DiBiase talks about his future, the Million Dollar Man gimmick and why it didn't work for him like it did for his father.  We've also got all the WWE business notes from the past week as well as details from all the weekend house shows.
We look at the rise and fall of Japanese MMA, including how it first got started from pro wrestling, the rise of Mirko Cro Cop, the celebrity fighters, and why it went down, as well as the folding of one promotion and sale of another longtime MMA group to a pro wrestling promoter.
We've also got complete coverage of the Ultimate Fighter finals, with the business notes on the show, poll results and match-by-match coverage as well as earnings on the show.  We look at the great Michael Chiesa story and whether or not it will make him a big star, as well as what the future holds for the show.  We also look at the future of many of the fighters on the cast of the just completed season.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on the last two weeks of Raw with segment-by-segment numbers where you can see how each segment did, as well as what audience John Cena moved the most and least.

We also have results from all the major arena events around the world over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.

Also in this week's issue:

--CMLL's biggest stip match in a long time
--New Japan star challenges for CMLL title
--Official TripleMania announcement of date and place
--Probable TripleMania main event
--Who was on the semifinal of the first ever AAA show 20 years ago and was in the main event in the return to that arena in Veracruz over the weekend
--Major international star shows up as a surprise for AAA
--Three former WWE stars headline in Mexico
--Major injury screws up major plans for Pro Wrestling NOAH
--NOAH holds matches against both All Japan and New Japan
--Longtime New Japan star talks about an injury and potential return
--Standings of the Best of the Super Junior tournament and all of the matches over the past week
--Former WWE star challenges for IGF title against former K-1 star
--Update on Genichiro Tenryu
--Return of the famous Great Kabuki
--The grandson of arguably the most influential wrestler of the 20th century talking about getting into pro wrestling
--One of wrestling's all-time greatest winning records hurt with loss this past week
--Update on Shane Douglas' Extreme Reunion group with a new name and new focus
--Major indie show headlined by WWE star against Luke Robinson
--Updated news on TNA's lawsuit against WWE, what the suit it about
--Lots of notes regarding TNA's live TV shoot and why everyone was so happy it went smoothly
--Plans going forward for live TNA shoots
--Dixie Carter talks about the optimum number of PPV shows per year
--Talk about the TNA Hall of Fame
--Update on Chris Sabin in TNA
--What TNA badly needs that has snuck up on them
--Who is behind TNA's recent successful angles
--Updates on Slammiversary
--Notes on the TNA big surprise
--Behind the Gut check segments and what is and isn't real about them
--Notes on the Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva fight
--Tons of new UFC fights announced and changed
--Notes on the next UFC Countdown show
--A look at the career of Kenny Florian
--Surprise of B.J. Penn returning
--More on the Jon Jones situation
--Behind all the talks when Thiago Silva got hurt over who to face Shogun next
--Two MMA documentaries just released covering major UFC stars
--A look at where Cyborg vs. Rousey stands
--Rousey's next title defense
--Lots of UFC cuts
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Wednesday's news update
--Regarding Brock Lesnar, the best way to look at this right now is that until a contract is signed, nothing is for sure.  Lesnar is always going to play his leverage. He did it in UFC and is doing it in WWE.  The people in both companies who deal with it won't be happy, but when you can draw fans, you can be very aggressive in your business dealings and get away with it.  At the end of the day, both Dana White and Vince McMahon are businessmen and regardless of how much fun they have dealing with him, if they believe he can draw, they will go out of their way to try and get him on the show. 

But the HHH announcement of talking about the Lesnar angle at the No Way Out PPV is meant to increase buys, perhaps convince fans that Lesnar will be there and buy the show without advertising him, and build SummerSlam, not to kill off the angle.  We've got a lot more on the WWE situation in this week's issue. White, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't commented on Lesnar since 5/27.
--Wrestler Andre Davis, who is already serving 32 years in jail for having sex with women without letting them know he was HIV positive, has plea bargained from a similar incident in Butler County in Ohio down to felonious assault.  Davis, 30, found out he was HIV positive when he was about to sign a deal to be a WWE referee, but it was canceled due to the results of his blood test.  He was convicted of 14 counts of felonious assault for having unprotected sex with women without informing them in Hamilton County.  He's also facing a trial right now for nine more counts in Warren County.
--Some notes for Friday's UFC show, which is a Fuel prelims and FX main show from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Karyn Bryant, Joseph Benavidez and Frank Mir will be doing the analysis from studio with Ariel Helwani doing the interviews from Fort Lauderdale.  The weigh-ins will be at 4 p.m. Eastern tomorrow.  Fuel will air live fights from 6-9 p.m. Friday and FX will air from 9-11 p.m. Saturday.  Ian McCall vs. Demetrious Johnson will headline.  Benavidez will face the winner to determine the UFC's first flyweight champion in a match expected to take place in the fall.
--The next hearing in the TNA vs. WWE lawsuit that was scheduled for this coming Monday was moved to 7/12 at 9:30 a.m.
--SilverVision announced that its production issues have been resolved and WrestleMania 28 DVDs are now available.
--John Layfield is planning on climbing Mount Everest for real. His goal is to climb the highest mountain in all seven continents to raise money for the Family Center which is a charity for needy children in Bermuda, where he now lives. WWE told today that they will pledge $250,000 and promote Layfield's charity.
--ROH runs its next show on 6/15 in Charleston, WV for a TV taping with Kevin Steen vs. Eddie Edwards for the ROH title, Jay Briscoe vs. Charlie Haas in a Texas death match, Jay Lethal vs. Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong vs. B.J. Whitmer vs. Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole, Davey Richards vs. Mike Mondo and All Night Express vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander.
--After that will be the 6/24 Best in the World iPPV from the Manhattan Center in New York with Steen vs. Richards for the title in an anything goes match and if Richards doesn't win, he never gets another shot at Steen.  The next regular TV taping is 6/29 in Baltimore at the Du Burns Arena with Lance Storm appearing.  At 6/30 in Rostraver, PA, at the Ice Arena, they've announced Steen vs. Strong for the title plus a meet and greet with Bruno Sammartino.
--Dwayne Johnson has sold another of his homes, this one in Hidden Hills near Los Angeles, for about $4.9 million.  The 9,120 square foot home had six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a pool and a theater.

--Birthdays today include Ahmed Johnson (42), ODB (34), Gunner (32) and Drew McIntyre (27).
--Firas Zahabi, the trainer of Rory MacDonald, said today on Mauro Ranallo's MMA Show that MacDonald's recent challenge to B.J. Penn, which Penn accepted, was suggested to them by UFC and they were open to it.  He said the fighters decided on it but behind the scenes UFC wanted it.
What do you consider the real main event for No Way Out?
Punk vs. Bryan vs. Kane 55.8%
Cena vs. Big Show 38.0%
Sheamus vs. Del Rio 6.2%
Do you agree with a panic booked Raw with Cena vs. Cole after the 2.7 rating?
Yes, that's how TV works 16.2%
No, panicking after one bad rating that's explainable isn't worth changing direction 83.8%
Should wrestlers with two strikes not be pushed to the main event level?
Yes 44.2%
No 55.8%
Poll on Raw
Excellent 3.3%
Good 13.8%
Average 22.6%
Fair 15.4%
Poor 45.0%
*20.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--Brighthouse Cable in Tampa/Orlando has added Fuel in HD starting this morning as part of its sports package.  They had Fuel before, but only in standard definition.  You have to subscribe to the Sports Pack to get the channel.  Most Brighthouse customers will have the availability to get Fuel in HD.  (thanks to Christopher Kull)
--The two guys who got squashed by Ryback last night in Columbia, SC were called Tony Andriotic and Kevin Mahoney.  They are indie wrestlers Michael Freehly & John Skyler.  Both were announced as being from Clemson, the college sports rival of University of South Carolina, the hometown college in Columbia.  Skyler is actually a South Carolina grad.  Frehley, who is in the Army Reserve, heads to Afghanistan tomorrow.  Best of luck to him.
--The 8/4 WWE house show in Pensacola was canceled.
--Bret Hart will be doing a seminar on 8/4 in Nashville, who will be working with Cassidy Riley.  The two best from the seminar will be chosen by Hart to appear at the live show that night at the Fairgrounds.  The first 25 applicants can attend for $100 and the rest the price would increase to $175.  The seminar is open only to experienced men and women wrestlers.  For more info, go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Mick Foley has a signing on Sunday at the Wrestling Universe store in Flushing, NY.
--WSU, an all-women's group, has an iPPV on 616 from Deer Park, NY at the Sportatorium on Go Fight Live headlined by Jessicka Havok vs. Mercedes Martinez.
--Wrestlers Rescue is doing a fundraiser for the high medical bills incurred by James "Kamala" Harris, who has lost both of his legs due to problems with diabetes.
--CWE on Sunday in Anola, Manitoba:  Mentallo b Tyler Colton, J.J. Sanchez b Shadow Xtreme, The Axe b Darren Dalton, Danny Duggan b A.J. Sanchez, Kat Von Heez b Alexis Anderson, Tatanka NC Moses Luke, Tatanka & Darren Dalton b The Axe & Moses Luke.  Next tour is 7/12 to 7/15 with shows in Morris, Manitoba, Winnipeg, Souris and Virden headlined by Tito Santana.
--CWE also has a free show on 6/12 at the Northern Hotel in Winnipeg.
--ECWA from Saturday night in Newark, DE:  Bobby Shields b Cole Callaway, Jessie Kaye b Tina San Antonio, Damien Dragon & Matt Saigon b Azrieal & Bandido Jr., Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian b Aden Chambers, Corey Blaze b Mike Kehner, Mr. Ooh La La b Mike Tartalgia, Chris Wylde b Breaker Morant, Papadon b Adam Cole.  Next show is 7/14 at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club with War Games plus Papadon vs. Anthony Nese..
--Dreamwave Wrestling has a free show at Hegler Park in LaSalle, IL on Friday headlined by Davey Richards vs. Nick Brubaker.  They also run Saturday night in LaSalle, IL at the Knights of Columbus Hall with Richards as the headliner along with the debut in Illinois of Shockwave the Robot.    
--Wrestler Adam Thornstowe will be competing in the NPC Nevada State Bodybuilding championships on Saturday in Reno.
--Wrestler Sir Samurai will be competing on Sunday in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. (thanks to Kitty Gould)
--MSW from last night in Beckley, WV:  Zac Vincnt won Battle Royal, Matt Conrad b Big Buddy Love, Zac Vincent b Suji Synge, Lance Erikson b Ryan Arbaugh, Matt Conrad & Lance Erikson b Zac Vincent & Buddy Love.
--Gabriel Owens sent in this trivia note of wrestlers who have also done G.I. Joe. The answers are Sgt. Slaughter, of course, The Rock, Roddy Piper and William "Refrigerator" Perry.
--In the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die," one is by The Dictators called "Go Girl Crazy" from 1975. Several wrestlers are mentioned on the album including Verne Gagne, Dick the Bruiser and Haystacks Calhoun, called Haystacks Balloon. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Platinum Championshp Wrestling on 6/16 in Porterdale, GA
--Grizzly Redwood is now taking indie bookings through Bill Behrens and is based in Philadelphia.  Others new are Nate Webb, the announcer of the Half Pint Brawlers TV show out of Indianapolis, Luke Hawx and tons more including Christopher Daniels, Amazing Red, Jay Lethal, Delirious, Jimmy Rave, Alex Koslov, Doug Williams, Gunner, Robbie E, Shannon Moore, Sonjay Dutt, Eric Young, T.J. Perkins, Young Bucks, Jesse Neal, Nunzio, Tommy Dreamer, Fit Finlay, Devon, Scott Norton, Billy Gunn, DDP, Kevin Nash, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Rodney Mack, Al Snow, David Taylor, Robert Gibson, Jerry Jarrett, Vince Russo, Big Daddy V, Dutch Mantel, Steve Corino, Boogeyman, Kenn Doane, Paul Burchill, Rob Conway, Kevin Thorn, Joey Ryan,Adam Pearce, Cliff Comptonl Rich Ortiz, Christian York and tons more.
--Latest UWC TV is up.
--GOUGE tomorrow night in Raleigh, NC at Rebus Works 

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