THURS. UPDATE: Live Impact notes, why rating was down last week, Bisping injury update, TNA intro music for WWE legend TV show,Orton on Twitter, Jericho, Nash, Kelly, WWE trademarks, Morrison update



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        Impact tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern live from Orlando
Kurt Angle & A.J. Styles & Sting vs. Bobby Roode & Christopher Daniels & Kazarian
A four woman match, winner faces Gail Kim on Sunday's Slammiversary PPV 
Contract signing for Joseph Park vs. Bully Ray
The show opens at 8 p.m. with a Dixie Carter interview to talk about the A.J. Styles angle
 
        The Raw tour will continue tomorrow in Valencia, Spain and finish on Saturday in Barcelona before the crew returns back for the three hour Raw in Hartford featuring the return of Vince McMahon.
 
       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 to have done and whether or not such a show will be done again next year.
 
        We also look at the behind-the-scenes of the DQ 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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Thursday's news update
 
--UFC weigh-ins are at 4 p.m. Eastern today on Fuel, or 1 p.m. Pacific.  You can also watch them live on the site.  UFC Tonight airs at 8 p.m. on Fuel and Ultimate Insider at 8:30 p.m. 
 
--Michael Bisping will be undergoing minor arthroscopic knee surgery which is why he's out of the 7/21 show in Calgary where he was to face Tim Boetsch.  He probably can be ready to fight by mid-September. 
 
--While it was slow getting out, the ratings for Impact last week were exactly what you would expect.  The first hour did a 0.78 and the second hour did a 1.00.  That says the low overall number was exactly because people didn't tune in for the first hour at 8 p.m. since the show has started at 9 p.m. for years.  But the second hour also shows going live meant zero difference, since there was more advertising and hype leading into this show than any Impact in months, but the rating was the same in the hour people are used to watching.
 
--Steve Austin's new TV show "Redneck Island" debuts on Saturday night at 10 p.m. on CMT and will replay at 1 a.m. as well as 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.  An interesting note is that the theme song for the show will be "Longnecks and Rednecks," which is James Storm's entrance music.
 
--Among the wrestlers at last night's CMT Music Awards were Steve Austin, James Storm, Jeff & Karen Jarrett and Crimson. 
 
--Kelly Kelly has taken a leave of absence from WWE, which explains her signing with the ATA Agency.  She will be attempting to work in modeling and acting under her real name Barbara Blank.
 
--Randy Orton returned to Twitter last night, only to say, when asked about his suspension, "When I'm able to tell you, I will.  Until then, don't believe everything you read."  Not sure why he wouldn't be able to say.  Someone asked if he would be a heel when he comes back and his response was, "We can only pray."
 
--The final FCW TV taping at the Tampa gym is tonight with the Dean Ambrose vs. William Regal match that has been promoted with a slow build for months.  Dusty Rhodes & Jim Ross will be calling at least some of the action.
 
--Kevin Nash plays one of Stacee Jaxx's (character played by Tom Cruise) bodyguards in "Rock of Ages" (thanks to Robert Miqueli)
 
--Eli Cottonwood has decided to leave WWE developmental for another job. 
 
--Chris Jericho performed in London last night with Fozzy as the semifinal act under Ugly Kid Joe.
 
--There are teases in Mexico that Kurt Angle will be part of TripleMania which is on 8/5, with the idea of Angle joining with Jeff & Karen Jarrett. 
 
--USA only placed fourth in the weekly cable ratings race last week, doing a 2.3 in prime time.  The History Channel with Hatfields & McCoys paving the way averaged a 6.0, while ESPN with NBA playoffs did a 4.5 and TNT with NBA playoffs did a 3.2. The two hours of Raw were only No. 17 and No. 18 for the week and not in the top ten in any key demo. 
 
--WWE had applied for trademarks "Raw Active" and #Raw Active" for on-line chat rooms and social networking during the three hour shows that start next month.
 
--There is an interview with Les Thatcher at Slam Wrestling at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2012/04/28/19691191.html talking about his career and the art of announcing.
 
--A video plugging Extreme Rising on 6/30 in Philadelphia at the National Guard Armory is at http://youtu.be/K0og_a7_gUk  The top matches on that show are Jerry Lynn vs. Homicide, Gangstas vs. Blk Out, Stevie Richards vs. Luke Hawx, FBI (Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke) vs. Dramatics plus Matt Hardy, Devon Storm, Blue Meanie, Gary Wolf, Balls Mahoney, CZW Anderson, Bestia 666 and Pesadilla appear. 
 
--John Morrison will be performing tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the iO West improv theater in Los Angeles.  Tickets are $10.  For more info go to http://ioimprov.com/west/io/shows/cut-that-promo-1  That same theater is doing a $10 closed circuit showing of WWE's No Way Out live.
 
--Today's birthdays include the world's greatest living wrestling ring announcer, Howard Finkel (62), and the world's greatest living author in the two dozen concussion weight class and one of the greatest promo men in wrestling history, Mick Foley (47). 
 
--The CNN web site at http://marque.blogs.cnn.com/ has a story on Brooke Hogan.  Same old storyline about how Hulk had no idea she was hired and treating it like she's really an executive with the company running the women's division.  Amazing to see how many sort of real news outlets just are covering wrestling in storyline form as if the storyline is real.
 
Do you believe Brock Lesnar will ever fight again in UFC?
Yes 59.6%
No 40.4%
 
What do you think of Brock Lesnar's deal right now with WWE?
Was a good deal, WWE handled it poorly 49.7%
Was a bad idea the way the deal was structured and isn't working out 29.6%
Everything is fine 14.0%
Was a good deal, Lesnar handling it poorly 6.8%
 
Which of these matches do you have the most interest in?
Silva vs. Sonnen 30.6%
Lesnar vs. Undertaker 19.5%
Lesnar vs. HHH 11.3%
Lesnar vs. Rock 11.1%
GSP vs. Diaz 8.2%
Rousey vs. Cyborg 8.1%
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 6.0%
Roode vs. Storm 5.3%
 
Who wins this fight?
Rory MacDonald 69.5%
B.J. Penn 30.5%
 
Who was the best technical wrestler of this group?
Jushin Liger 31.4%
Tatsumi Fujinami 12.9%
Adrian Adonis 11.4%
Jumbo Tsuruta 9.5%
Volk Han 8.4%
Satoru Sayama 6.5%
El Hijo del Santo 4.0%
Masa Saito 3.2%
Dos Caras 2.3%
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 2.3%
Nobuhiko Takada 1.3%
 
--There is a very interesting story about the death of former NHL player Derek Boogaard that reads like a pro wrestling death story when it comes to doctors and prescriptions at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/04/sports/hockey/in-hockey-enforcers-descent-a-floor-of-prescription-drugs.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2
 
--mun2 sent out a press release touting May ratings, being the best in the history of the station, and credited a number of shows including WWE Raw (which airs on Wednesday nights).  They noted being up 53% from last year in total viewers in prime time.  For hard numbers, their prime time average went from 67,000 viewers to 102,000 viewers.
 
--UFC sent out a release noting the Australia vs. U.K. season which will have tryouts this month (actually I think in the next week or two) in Sydney and London will be for 155 pound and 170 pound fighters.  The coaches have not been named and filming will start within the next few weeks.
 
--CMLL on Tuesday in Guadalajara:  Sky Kid b Virgo, Metatron & Black Metal b Malefico & Infierno, Mercurio & Demus 3:16 & Nitrito b Azteca de Oro & Astral & Ultimo Dragoncito, Virus & Polvora & Misterioro Jr. b Stuka Jr. & Valiente & Gallo, Ultimo Guerrero & Mr. Aguila & Dragon Rojo Jr. b Marco Corleone & Atlantis & Maximo.
 
--CMLL on Monday in Puebla:  Black Tiger & Silver b Policeman & Siki Osama Jr., Astral & Bam Bam & Mini Fantasy b Nitrito & Pequeno Olimpico & Pequeno Warrior, Escandalo & Hooligan & Loco Max b Arissma & Fuego & Stima, Diamante Azul & Shocker & Valiente b Namajague & Okumura & Yujiro Takahashi, Dragon Rojo & Rey Escorpion & Ultimo Guerrero b Marco Corleone & Maximo & Rush
 
--6/16 in San Diego at the Gonzalez Sports Academy has Dr. Wagner III & El Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Damian 666 & Bestia 666 (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
 
 
--Today on the Stoney & Bill show on Detroit sports radio, they did a show with callers on who should be the faces on the Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling. The names mentioned the most were Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Andre the Giant and Randy Savage.  The hosts kept talking about how the 80s and 90s are so much better than today.  There was only one mention of John Cena from a caller, but callers did bring up HHH, Undertaker and Kane.  There was also one mention of Edge from a caller who said that it was oneof his sons picks.  Stoney said WrestleMania III was one of the most fun events he ever saw.  They also played promos of Ric Flair, Savage, Ultimate Warrior and others.  The hosts raved about the Flair promo.  Jim Duggan got a few mentions.  Very few mentions of Steve Austin.  They also got into a discussion about George Steele, who before retiring to Florida, lived most of his life in Madison Heights, MI as a high school football coach (thanks to Mike Malasev)
 
--Today's Birmingham Press & Sun-Bulletin at http://www.pressconnects.com/assets/mp3/CB19036966.MP3 has an interview with Sheamus talking about bullying while plugging a house show.  He was pushing Be a Star heavily.    
 
--Vince Russo will be live on Matty P's radio happy hour tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern.  The call-in show is at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rockydennisface01/2012/06/08todd-bridges-former-wwe-tna-heda-writer-vince-russo-live
 
--Adam Pearce appears on Rafters Radio from 8-10 p.m. Eastern time which is 1150 AM in Southern Illinois plugging his feud with Colt Cabana and can be streamed at http://www.wggh.net   
 
--Sonjay Dutt on the Echoes of the Ring youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/EchesoftheRing  He's also at http://sonjaydutt.blogspot.com with stories in his career.  
 
--Jessie Godderz (a TNA developmental project who was the bodybuilder on "Big Brother" several years back) & Rudy Switchblade won the OVW tag titles last night at the tapings in Louisville.  Godderz is also featured in the May/June issue of the newsstand magazine Planet Muscle and will have something on him next month in Muscle & Fitness.
 
--Classic Championship Wrestling on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Tillsonburg, ONT:  Shawn Spears b Alan Coulter, Aiden Prince b Abe Jackson, Ianna Titus b Jewells Malone, Cezar b Bry Sullivan, Cezar b Buck Gunderson, Freakshow b Phil Atlas, Derek Wylde b Tyson Dux, Tyler Tirva b Cody Deaner to win CCW title (thanks to Steven Ashe)
 
--Jonny Storm headlines a Charity Appeal Wrestling Show on 6/29 in Luton, Bedfordshire, U.K. at the Hightown Club at 7:30 p.m.
 
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 6/23 in Atascadero, CA at the Colony Park Community Center with the Ballard Brothers and Raven as headliners.    
 
--River City Wrestling on 7/7 in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Activity Center with Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez vs. The Head Hunters of the 90s IWA fame.
 
--CZW Tournament of Death on 6/23 in Townsend, DE has:  Lucky Thurteen vs. Danny Havoc vs. Devon Moore in a drunken scaffold match, Drake Younger vs. Rory Mondo in an Ultraviolent ladders match, Masada vs. Scott Summers in a glass pain match and Abdullah Kobayashi from Big Japan Pro Wrestling vs. Matt Tremont in a Big Japan death match with bats in the first round.
 

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What are you watching this weekend?

 

What was the best TV show of the past week?