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Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Smackdown, No Way Out, Impact, Ultimate Fighter, Tito Ortiz and the rest of the current news on Wrestling Observer radio.  Since it's the mid-week show, there will be plenty of time for Q&A so you can send questions in to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ultimate Fighter Brazil airs at 6 p.m. Eastern on Fuel tonight.  Ultimate Inside airs at 7:30 p.m. and the final Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard show, UFC 138, airs at 8 p.m.  Friday's Demetrious Johnson vs. Oliver McCall show airs at midnight Eastern.  Ultimate Fighter Brazil airs again at 2 a.m.  Edgar vs. Maynard airs again tomorrow at 5 p.m.  UFC Tonight airs tomorrow at 8 p.m.  Ultimate Insider airs tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.  Best of Pride airs tomorrow at 9 p.m.  Keep in mind that's three hours earlier on the West Coast of the listed times.

Is TNA on the rise, and if so, what is their ceiling?  A look at TNA with coverage of Slammiversary is the lead story in the new double issue of the Observer.  We look at the history of the promotion, its most valuable players, with our usual big show coverage.
 
        We also look in depth at UFC's issues with injuries, card changes, sorting it out, a look behind why the decisions that were made had to be made, who is unhappy, thoughts on the next FOX main event, why injuries are happening with such frequency and Dana White makes a plea to camps.
 
        We also look at WWE acquiring the Mid South Wrestling tape collection, including a look at the key things in wrestling in the 80s that, had they happened, the business could have looked far differently.  We look at the deal that was on the verge of happening that fell through, as well as the many factors that killed the UWF/Mid South. 
 
        We also look at the tape collections that aren't owned by WWE, a background of some of the things on them, and the value of such tapes.
 
        We also look at the Ultimate Fighter no longer going live, notes on the new season, when it'll be taped, when it'll air, as well as a number of new planned Ultimate Fighter seasons around the world expected to debut within the next year.
 
        We also have our annual WWE roster directory, with everyone's ages, years pro, real name and backgrounds of all the major roster talent and the top developmental talent.
 
        We also have a look at UFC's plans over the next year for international expansion and growth.  We look at a new TV deal, as well as plans for new reality shows, a huge show planned for November and how many shows and on the books for different parts of the world in 2013.
 
        We have coverage of this year's Best of the Super Junior tournament, and of the latest UFC show on FX.
 
        The issue will be on the site today if you are a web site member.  We also have a new back issue on the site from 1995 which covers the fallout of WrestleMania that year, Shawn Michaels turn details, Sabu being fired by ECW, as well as coverage of the legendary and boring second Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie fight.  Last week's back issue, in the archives, covers that year's WrestleMania as well as probably the show with the single greatest collection of talent in one night of any pro wrestling show in history, held the same day as WrestleMania at the Tokyo Dome.  There were 14 different Hall of Famers wrestling on the show, and two others part of the presentation and I would doubt there is a show in history that could boast a number that large.
 
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        We look at TNA's improved product, is there evidence yet that it's a direction that will make a difference, business notes from Slammiversary, the good and bad of the show, who the real key people are in the survival of the company, what happened to Jerry Jarrett, who knew about Sting in the Hall of Fame, the background of Christian appearing on the show, and thoughts on Destination X.
 
        We also have our match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results from the show.
 
        We look in detail at all the various injuries in UFC, the motives for the changes, the message that Chael Sonnen sent to Michael Bisping and more.
 
        We look at the turning point of Mid South Wrestling, the period when it was the most watched wrestling television show in the United States, why that period was brief, the 1985 deal that fell through that would have changed the history of wrestling, what killed the promotion, as well as what the WWE acquired in the tape collection, who were the featured stars, and a list of still existing wrestling tape collections not owned by WWE.
 
        We also have an update on the TNA lawsuit against WWE, the move WWE made, what isn't going to happen any time soon because of it, and more on Ric Flair's contractual situation right now.  We also look at how Linda McMahon has risen in the polls and why, and how close the Connecticut senate race looks to be.  We look at who supports McMahon, who doesn't, and what role wrestling plays in it.
 
        We also have an update on Shane McMahon, what he's doing in business right now, and how the company is doing. 
 
         We also look at how the talent relations department in WWE has changed, who is in, who is out, and what the mentality is regarding new talent.  We look at how HHH has shaped the new department and changes that are expected to happen.
 
        We've got an update on Brock Lesnar, UFC and WWE and the reality of Lesnar's potential future as a fighter.  We also look at his schedule in WWE for this year and next.
 
        We also look at the WWE house show business.  We look at changes in who is going to be on what tour, who is going to be on television, why the changes are made, who is coming back, who isn't advertised as coming back and how the business is doing overall.  This covers the biggest names right now in the company.
 
        We've got more on Randy Orton, Chris Jericho's schedule, advanced orders for the video game, developmental plans, who they are looking at.
 
        We also look at a WWE tryout and who the company is scouting, and the thought process of recruiting college sports stars vs. independent wrestlers and the positives and negatives of each.
 
        We've also got updates on The Rock, Kelly Kelly, JBL's mountain climbing and Raw plans, Punk rips on an episode of Raw,  Vader and more.
 
        We also look at how major sports, TV and advertising executives right now perceive the value and interest in boxing, UFC and WWE now and as compared to five years ago.  This is actually very important, because that perception drives so much of the key decision making.
 
        We look at more WWE releases, a wrestler who quit, wrestlers who are doing enhancement work, the last FCW tapings, a member of a legendary wrestling family getting a tryout, Steve Austin's new TV show, the WWE tour of Spain and how business went, and notes on all the house shows from the past week.
 
        We look at the final two days of the Best of the Super Junior tournament as well as New Japan's next PPV show.  We also have a history of the championship matches in the tournament dating back to the first major New Japan junior tournament in 1984.
 
         We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on the this week's Raw and the last two weeks of Impact.  We look at the Vince effect on the ratings, what segments gained and lost viewers and where the growth was.  We also look at how the time slot move and going live has affected TNA numbers.

        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:

--AAA teasing a Hall of Famer headed to this year's TripleMania
 
--One of the best wrestlers in the world announces his engagement to a TV star
 
--Update on a number of pro wrestling injuries
 
--Two Hall of Famers, an 80s legend vs. 90s legend, meet for the first time later this month
 
--Wrestler released from jail after arrest on drug charges
 
--Update on Sabu after his problems that kept him off the Extreme Reunion show
 
--Retired pro wrestler wins major TV reality show
 
--Pro wrestling legend honored in Canada
 
--The second annual wrestling Beat the Streets in Times Square
 
--Great Muta returns to U.S.
 
--Former NFL star vs. former WWE wrestler in MMA fight, what happened
 
--Boxer who fought the greatest heavyweights of his era does angle on indie show
 
--Newest member of one of the most famous wrestling families stars wrestling
 
--A book about the toughest wrestlers in history
 
--New all-women's iPPV promotion
 
--Coach talks about what Tough Enough winner she was against winning
 
--Former WWF announcer gets job as news anchor
 
--One of pro wrestling's best performers says he will retire next year
 
--Notes on the next ROH iPPV show
 
--Morale notes at TNA and why
 
--Notes on the A.J. Styles/Dixie Carter angle
 
--Notes on wrestlers who received TNA tryouts
 
--New TNA TV deal
 
--More on the background of TNA Gut Check
 
--Raw vs. Impact vs. Smackdown viewership in the U.K.
 
--More on the UFC video game license change and THQ says why it gave the license up
 
--A look at how the WWE & UFC games have been doing the last few years
 
--Official numbers for UFC 146
 
--Updates on UFC big show ticket sales
 
--The current UFC all-time record gate in the U.S. and can UFC 148 break that record
 
--More on the Nick Ring situation in Calgary and Ring's thoughts on the muggers he helped catch
 
--UFC star doing Dancing with the Stars
 
--How other sports are doing on Saturday nights right now
 
--More on the making of Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn
 
--Problems with training partners being stars in the same weight class
 
--What New Yorkers feel about the MMA ban, latest poll numbers, and a breakdown by age and demos
 
--UFC star talks once again about doing pro wrestling
 
--Brock Lesnar as a UFC Hall of Famer
 
--New matches announced
 
--A look at Bellator's summer schedule 
 
--One of the most recruited wrestlers in history by colleges is now about to start an MMA career
 
--More on the Pacquiao-Bradley decision
 
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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
history)

*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)

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*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)

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*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)

*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)

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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)

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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)

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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)

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Wednesday news update:

--The edition of NXT taped last night in Manchester, NH, and airing on the web site today is the final episode before the debut of the all-new NXT which would start the tapings from Full Sail University.  As I said when Jim Ross said it was doubtful this would be the case, everything can and will change at any time.

--A potential major story regarding UFC in the U.K. broke today as ESPN U.K., the flagship station of the UFC, did not pick up any rights to the English Premier League soccer.  A similar failure saw Setanta in the U.K. collapse, which at one time was UFC's home.  This move is expected to cost ESPN U.K., which is a pay service there similar to Showtime, in subscribers since soccer was their biggest selling point.  Telephone company BT outbid ESPN and is planning on launching its own sports channel on the back of the soccer league, which moves in the fall of 2013.  The Premier League got a 71% increase in rights fees, continuing the worldwide trend of escalating rights fees for sports, which if it continues, will likely greatly benefit UFC outside the U.S. (thanks to Will Cooling)
 
--The WrestleMania 28 DVD sold 53,000 units for $907,000 and was No. 16 in its first week of release. It was the only sports DVD in the top 30 overall.
 
--At the show last night in Manchester, NH, they announced the release of "No Holds Barred," the 1989 movie starring Hulk Hogan that Vince McMahon financed. The response to the ad was a combination of laughing and groaning as they showed the cheesy trailer. (thanks to Matt Cail)
 
--The Daily Telegraph in Australia had a story about Ultimate Fighter Australia vs. U.K.  The story noted Joe Silva being in Australia scouting fighters for the show.  It was announced the show will be filmed in Sydney starting in July, the coaches will be named shortly and will air on Foxtel's FX channel in Australia in September.
 
--John Cena will be appearing at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on 8/9
 
--As it turns out, Friday's Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha match has been changed from a split decision to a unanimous decision.  Ric Bays, the judge who scored 30-27 for Rocha, claimed that he had messed up which corner each fighter was from and he meant to score it for Pierce. The fact this took four days to come out and wasn't corrected within minutes after the fight is strange to say the least.
 
--On Observer radio on Monday night, it was asked about the origins of the yellow card system used in Stampede Wrestling.  It actually came from Germany.  Bruce Hart saw it there and added it to Stampede with the idea that three yellow cards became a red card or a DQ, but they almost never, if ever, did that. (thanks to Trent Walters and many others)
 
--Evolve on 6/29 is doing a Legends of the Bayfront as part of a doubleheader with Florida Underground Wrestling.  Among those appearing will be Ron Simmons, Kevin Sullivan, Gerald Brisco, Hector Guerrero, Mike Graham, Ron Bass, Bugsy McGraw, Barry Darsow and Fidel Sierra.  Also being honored at the show will be Gordon Solie, Eddie Graham, Boris Malenko, Tyree Pride, Bob Cook, King Curtis Iaukea, Frankie Lancaster, Mark Starr and Jerry Gray.  The event takes place at the Wildwood Rec Center in St. Petersburg.  The Evolve cad has Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor, El Generico vs. Silas Young, AR Fox vs. Jon Davis, Bobby Fish vs. Tommy Taylor and Samuray del Sol vs. Tony Nese, plus Colt Cabana and others. 
 
--Birthdays today include Bryan (37), Mike "Virgil" Jones (50), Jacques Rougeau Jr. (52) and Glen "Headbanger Thrasher" Ruth (43).
 
--Today is also the 30th anniversary of the death of Chief Peter Maivia, the grandfather of Dwayne Johnson, who passed away from cancer at the age of 47.  Maivia was a major wrestling star in the 70s, a main eventer everywhere he went.  Diablo Velasco, who trained more legitimate wrestling superstars than the next five trainers combined, passed away 13 years ago at the age of 80.

It's also the third anniversary of the death of Mitsuharu Misawa, who should be right near the top of any list of the greatest pro wrestlers of this generation. 
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH sold out Korakuen Hall earlier today for a Misawa tribute show.
 
Will No Way Out break the 100,000 buy mark in North America?
Yes 25.9%
No 74.1%
 
What are your thoughts on Raw going to three hours?
Like it 7.5%
Not sure 15.2%
Don't like it 77.3%
 
What are your feelings on TNA?
I'm more into it than I was six months ago 60.5%
Less into it than six months ago 8.2%
The same interest as six months ago 31.3%
 
Poll on Raw:
Excellent 6.5%
Good 26.3%
Average 21.8%
Fair 16.6%
Poor 28.8%
*15.8% of those responding didn't see the show 
 
--Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling has the first part of a four part documentary.
 
--Brett Rogers' Bellator debut on the 6/22 show in Chester, WV on MTV 2 will be against Kevin Asplund (15-1). Asplud and Rogers both have the same manager and have been training partners and friends.  
 
--Diamond Dallas Page and UFC fighter Gabriel Gonzaga are currently working in a movie called "Sensory Perceptions" that is being filmed in Middletown, CT.  Tommy Dreamer is also in the movie (thanks to Sean Leser)
 
--Dr. Wagner Jr., Pirata Morgan and Rossy Moreno are scheduled to headline the K-Padre Festival on Sunday in El Paso.  Wagner Jr. will that same night headline across the border in Juarez and Gimnasio Kiki Romero on a show with Los Payasos and Fishman Jr.
 
--CZW's Tournament of Death on 6/23 at 2:30 pm. on Ebenezer Church Road in Townsend, DE has a first round of:
Drunken Scaffold match:  Devon Moore vs. Danny Havoc vs. Lucky Thurteen
Ultraviolent Ladder match:  Drake Younger vs. Rory Mondo
Pain of Glass match:  Masada vs Scott Summers
Ultraviolent bat match:  Matt Tremont vs. Abdullah Kobayashi
 
They also have an iPPV on 7/14 from Voorhees, NJ at Flyer's Skate Zone with Drake Young vs Sami Callihan in a one hour ultraviolent rules Iron man match, Jake Crist & Greg Excellent vs. Dave Crist & D.J. Hyde and more.
 
--Latest TV for UWC Championship Wrestling is up.
 
--IWC Super Indy 11 will be 6/23 in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center with a one-night Super Indy tournament with Facade, Davey Richards, Kyle O'Reilly, Chuck Taylor, Sami Callihan, Gory, Matt Justice, Rickey Shane Page, Aiden Veil and more.  Matches announced for the first round are Gory vs. Justice, O'Reilly vs. Taylor, Veil vs. Richards and Callihan vs. Page.  Logan Shulo vs. John McChesney for the IWC title is also on the show.
 
--Crossfire Entertainment on 8/4 in Nashville at the Fairgrounds has announced Jillian Hall vs. Jessicka Havok, Hammerjack vs. 2 Tuff Tony & Corporal Robinson, Harry Smith vs. Jerry Lynn, Scott Steiner vs. Kid Kash and Shane Williams vs. Brian Christopher.
 
--CWE from last night in Winnipeg:  Kevy Chevy b Rick Matthews, Matt Fairline b Nate Hardy Danny Duggan b Anderson Tyson Moore-DQ, J.J. Sanchez b A.J. Sanchez, Axe & Darren Dalton b Kevin Cannon & ?. 
 
--ShoFIGHT will be doing a big show in Springfield, MO, at the O'Reilly Family Event Center on Saturday night. The show is going to be taped for later viewing in the U.S. on PPV and will be airing live in Canada on The Fight Network:
 
John Gunderson vs. Karo Parisyan
Derek Brunson vs. Kendall Grove
Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm vs. Marcus Aurelio
Matt Kovaks vs. Mike Wessell
Jonatas Noveas vs. Drew Fickett
Chris Gruetzmacher vs. Roli Delgado
Lucas Lope vs. Sam Alvey
 
--Kevin Nash headlines Saturday night in Converse, IN at Borderman Gym against Mark Vandy for EWF.

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