SAT UPDATE: Preview of No Way Out; World title change; UFC main event for Engalnd, Maynard on Guida, 2 new WWE DVD releases, DiBiase update, No Way out business picks, Hall of Fame candidates



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Sunday is WWE's No Way Out from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ:

*John Cena vs. Big Show cage match - If Cena wins, John Laurinaitis is fired. If Show wins, Cena is fired. It's a unique deal because going in, it's an attempt to draw a rating for Monday with the idea of who is fired.  The story is built around whether Vince McMahon will show up and sit next to Laurinaitis at ringside, in which case he'll probably play a part in the finish. Cena should win since we've already done the Cena loses and doesn't get fired storyline twice in the last two years.  hen again, we've had HHH and Vince both about to fire Laurinaitis when they've been attacked.  he stip didn't help the PPV, and it only makes the result of this match kind of useless when the angles have been done before and nobody has any belief in them.   

*C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane WWE title - Like the main event, this is more built around whose button is A.J. going to push and who becomes champion out of it as opposed to something passe like who is going to win.  Their segment on Raw on Monday lost viewers, but the mainstream (5 million viewers) and PPV purchasers (90,000 in the U.S. if this does well) are completely different consumers.  The ending is unpredictable, but whether that makes a difference with the belt is a different issue. It will be interesting with the New York market fanbase, which should mean Bryan and Punk both as babyfaces.

*Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler World title - Under normal circumstances, you'd say Sheamus is going over since Ziggler is only in this spot because Alberto Del Rio is hurt and Chris Jericho and Randy Orton, who would have been moved into the spot, are both suspended. The one reason Ziggler has a chance is this: as things stand, starting this coming weekend, there will be new lineups for both the Raw and Smackdown house shows. The usual idea is to have the WWE title on one show and the World title on the other. As of right now, Punk, Bryan, Kane and Sheamus are all advertised on the Smackdown brand. So is Sheamus, but Ziggler is advertised on the Raw brand. It will be interesting to see if the New York market goes for Ziggler here. They also have a shot at being the best match on the show.

*Christian vs. Cody Rhodes IC title - On paper, a very good match. Unlike last month, where there was not a lot of reaction to this, Rhodes is super popular in the New York market and Christian has respect since they know he's a good worker.

*Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for Divas title - Layla keeps winning, which makes me think Phoenix can win here but it really isn't a big deal either way. 

*Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez non-title Tuxedo street fight - Comedy match.  Marella should win although it's not like it really matters.

*Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga (Facebook and YouTube match at 7:30 P.M.) - In storyline, Clay has a torn MCL so that plays into the match. He didn't sell the injury at the house show last night, so I think it's an injury that only goes into effect the day after the TV airs.

The Fuel schedule for the next few days has Ultimate Insider tonight at 7 p.m., UFC Tonight at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Best of Pride at 8 p.m., Unleashed at 9 p.m. and UFC 136 Maynard vs. Edgar III at 10 p.m., followed by the recent FX show with Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall replayed at 1 a.m.

Tomorrow has Ultimate Fighter Brazil at 10:30 a.m., the Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger card at 2 p.m., Ultimate Fighter Brazil at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., and the prelims from UFC 146 at 11 p.m.

Raw will be live Monday from the Nassau Coliseum. Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Baltimore at the First Mariner Center. 

Latest Observer Alert: A Look At TNA
 
        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.
 
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        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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Saturday's news update
 
--Hiroshi Tanahashi regained the IWGP heavyweight title earlier today from Kazuchika Okada in the main event of the New Japan PPV show at Osaka Furitsu Gym. 
 
--Regarding notes in the report we got on last night's WWE house show in Augusta, ME on the site, the John Cena vs. Big Show & David Otunga match was not in a cage. It was advertised as Cena vs. Show in a cage match.  However, Sheamus vs. Kane was a cage match. It appeared Cena had to get out early as his match was put on before intermission, rushed, and he left, so they didn't bother with the time to set up and take down the cage, since they would have to set it up again for the final match on the show.
 
--The main event of the 9/29 UFC show in Nottingham, England is Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight bout.
 
--Regarding the story on Clay Guida braiding his hair, Gray Maynard said he had nothing to do with it and never protested Guida's hair. Guida was under the impression Maynard's camp filed a protest as the New Jersey commission said Maynard's camp had filed a protest.  I guess if there's no protest, then Guida would show up looking like he always does.  If not, something doesn't add up.

--Yves Lavigne will referee the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch.  The judges will be Patricia Morse Jarman, Junichiro Kamijo and Chris Lee.
 
--C.M. Punk will be on Jimmy Fallon live on Monday night. (thanks to Adam Lebow and many others)
 
--WWE will be releasing imminently two new DVDs.  There is a new John Cena DVD featuring Cena vs. Chris Jericho (December 14, 2008 Armageddon PPV), Cena vs. HHH vs. Shawn Michaels (November 22, 2009 Survivor Series match), Cena vs. Randy Orton (December 14, 2009 Raw match for Superstar of the Year) and Cena vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz (Cage match at Extreme Rules on May 1, 2011).

The other is a Zack Ryder DVD featuring Ryder vs. Christian (July 28, 2009 ECW TV show), Ryder with Hugh Jackman vs. Dolph Ziggler (September 19, 2011 Raw), Ryder & Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth (November 7, 2011 Raw), Ryder vs. Cena (December 5, 2011 Raw), Ryder & Orton vs. Ziggler & Wade Barrett (December 16, 2011 Smackdown) and Ryder vs. Ziggler U.S. title on December 18, 2011 at the TLC PPV.
 
--The Raw the day after SummerSlam (8/20) will be in Fresno at the Savemart Center.
 
--If you are in Canada, The Fight Network tonight airs ShoFight 20 from the O'Reilly Family Event Center in Springfield, MO.  In the U.S., the show will air in a few weeks on a tape delay on PPV.  The main matches are:

John Gunderson vs. Karo Parisyan in a five round fight for the welterweight title
Terry Martin vs. Kendall Grove in a five round fight for the middleweight title
Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm vs. Marcus Aurelio
Mike Wessell vs. Aaron Rosa
Chris McDaniel vs. Charles Bennett (the former Pride Krazy Horse)
Jonatas Noveas vs. Drew Fickett
Chris Gruetzmacher vs. Roli Delgado (a protege of Billy Robinson)
J.P Reese vs. Sevak Magakian
Lucas Overcast vs. Matt Lucas
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 9/14 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center has a falls count anywhere match for the PWS title with Kevin Matthews defending against Sami Callihan, Anthony Nese vs. Matt Hardy for the Tri State title, Demolition vs. Warlord & Barbarian in a late 80s feud, Shockwave the Robot vs. The Goon plus the return to wrestling of Ashley Massaro.
 
--Here's a nice article on Ted DiBiase Jr., talking about his father, his brothers, his grandfather Mike (himself a major star in the 50s and 60s after being a star college athlete) and Ted Sr. being a grandfather.
 
--A story on A.J., building to tomorrow's show, talking about growing up poor, saving money for wrestling school and dreaming of having her own action figure.
 
Which of these people most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Jake Roberts 28.9%
Barry Windham 23.2%
Rick Rude 14.5%
Davey Boy Smith 13.7%
Lex Luger 4.8%
Bam Bam Bigelow 4.2%
Scott Hall 2.8%
Adrian Adonis 2.4%
Yokozuna 2.4%
Sid Vicious 1.4%
Big Bossman 1.0%
Scott Norton 0.4%
 
Which of these people most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Great Sasuke 25.8%
Kevin Nash 20.8%
Ken Shamrock 17.0%
Hiro Matsuda 11.0%
Akira Taue 9.6%
Great Kabuki 5.5%
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 3.8%
Minoru Suzuki 2.4%
Otto Wanz 2.2%
Toyonobori 1.0%
Rusher Kimura 0.7%
Michiaki Yoshimura 0.2%
 
What did you think of MMA Uncensored?
Excellent 20.7%
Good 20.7%
Average 20.7%
Fair 3.4%
Poor 34.5%
*82.2% of those responding didn't see the show
 
What did you think of TNA Impact?
Excellent 42.0%
Good 45.8%
Average 7.1%
Fair 1.7%
Poor 3.4%
*25.6% of those responding didn't see the show
 
How many buys do you think No Way Out does in North America?
Less than 65,000 16.8%
66-75,000 9.7%
76-85,000 13.1%
86-95,000 19.3%
96-105,000 18.8%
106-115,000 13.6%
116-125,000 3.4%
126-135,000 1.7%
136-145,000 1.7%
More than 146,000 2.0%  
          
--The 6/30 Evolve show from Jacksonville has been confirmed to be an iPPV with both the local Florida Underground Wrestling matches and the Evolve matches will be on the iPPV show. The show at Potter's House Gym features Johnny Gargano vs. Silas Young, Chuck Taylor vs. Samuray del Sol, AR Fox vs. Tommy Taylor and Bobby Fish vs. Jon Davis.  They've announced a four-man round robin tournament from 6/28 to 6/30 with AR Fox, Bobby Fish, Jon Davis and Tommy Taylor.  Two points for a one, minus one point for a loss, a double DQ or double count out is zero points.  All matches have no time limit so no draws.  In the event of a tie, the two guys tied have a sudden death match.    
 
--Hannibal Pro Wrestling on 9/1 in Hawkesbury ONT with Scott Steiner vs. Jeremy Prophet and Lanny Poffo vs Sexxxy Eddy.
 
--Jon Southerland noted that Fresno, CA, now has two pro wrestling schools and promotions: North American Wrestling, which has been around for a few years, and Lucha Xtreme Wrestling, around for a few months. North American uses some wrestlers from APW in Hayward.  Lucha Xtreme has used Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Val Venis and Manny Fernandez runs the school.  Lucha Xtreme has no lucha and the TV is built around Fernandez, who is probably about 56 now.
 
--Tom "Milwaukee Mauler" Kerr ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is looking for a copy of the magazine Inside Sports from 1981 that ran a big WWF/pro wrestling feature with photos of Tony Atlas, Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter and more. He's trying to find out what month the issue was and who was on the cover.
 
--Tom Robinson will be doing Comedy Open Mic Night on 6/27 at Dino's Bar and Grill.  I think it's the one in Glenolden, PA, since there are quite a few places where the drinks will flow and blood will spill and if the boys wanna fight, you better let em. In the 80s, Memphis and Mid South did some cool videos to the Thin Lizzy song referencing Dino's, which I think was at the time a place in New Orleans. Michael Hayes on his one (and only album) did a cover which was made into a music video of a remake of that song around 1985 or 1986.  
 
--The TV show "At the Movies" in Australia saw Dave Stratton, Australia's best known film critic, give "Rock of Ages" ***1/2.  Kevin Nash is in the movie. (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 7/14 in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center with Carlito, Big Daddy V, Bushwhacker Luke, Boink the Clown (original Doink Matt Osborne) plus the pro wrestling debut of Bobby Crabtree, a heavyweight boxer who was an opponent for many of the biggest name heavyweights of the 80s. Chris Cruise calls the action and Ken Resnick handles interviews. They also run 8/11 in Clarksville, AR at the Marvin Vinson Multi Purpose Building with Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Tokyo Monster Kahagas.

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