SUN. UPDATE: Cody Rhodes talks growing up, Wrestlers who are assholes in real life, Doc you should see, Hall of Fame spots, Value of X title, PPV has huge competition

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Bryan and I will be doing our weekend Observer radio tonight covering No Way Out as well as the weekend news.  We've got a ton of shows in the next week.  With the exception of Thursday, we'll have shows every day between now and June 25th.  Next weekend has UFC and Bellator on Friday, UFC on Saturday and the ROH iPPV on Sunday.  You can send questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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We're also looking for reports on last night's TNA show from Houston as well as both the WWE house shows on Friday night in Augusta, ME and last night in Lowell, MA.

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
*C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for the WWE title
*Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler for the World title
*Christian vs. Cody Rhodes for the IC title
*Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas title
*Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez in a non-title Tuxedo street fight
*Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga (Facebook and You tube match at 7:30 P.M.) - In storyline Clay has a torn MCL so that plays into the match.

Our preview for the show is in yesterday's update.  We'll have our usual live coverage on the site starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.  Looking at the lineup, it looks to be a good show.  Nothing stands out as a sure fire great match although the top four matches all should be very good.  Whatever marquee the show has resets on the main event, and he stipulations.  They've done the fake firings to death, without ever honoring them so I don't know that anyone will buy for the show for that.  The NBA playoffs go head-to-head and aren't going to help at all.  When wrestling is hot, it can go against anything short of the Super Bowl and do well, but that isn't the case now.

The Fuel schedule for today has 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., UFC Tonight at 1 a.m. and Ultimate Fighter Brazil again at 1:30 a.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.

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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Sunday's news update
--Mike Mooneyham has a story on Cody Rhodes today. He notes Rhodes, born in 1986, actually has almost no memories of when his father was a wrestler.  He somewhat remembers the polka dot era, but he remembers him more as a retired wrestler who worked for WCW in various capacities.  Unlike with his older brother, who almost never saw his dad when he was growing up as that was Dusty's heyday, Dusty helped coach Cody's football team in high school and attended all of his wrestling matches, and even his practices.  The story had a father's day theme.
So everybody, call your father right now.
--Ed Hannan has a story on C.M. Punk in the Lowell Sun previewing last night's show.
--Here's a bunch of stories on Deadspin of people having real life encounters with pro wrestlers who turned out to be rude or assholes to them. Apparently Shawn Michaels had quite the rep in San Antonio years back.  What a shock that is. (thanks to Steve Apprenrodt and many others)
--Here's an interview with Memphis Heat co-executive producer Sherman Willmott. I should mention if you've never seen Memphis Heat, you should go out of your way to do so.  Just an awesome documentary on what was a landmark wrestling promotion in its day.  There have been very few wrestling companies in history that had the kind of crossover mainstream appeal wrestling had in Memphis during the 70s and early 80s.
--Tim Sylvia knocked out Randy Smith in 12 seconds in the main event of an MMA show last night in Lewiston, ME. It was Sylvia's first match ever in his home state and drew 3000 -- a great crowd these days for independent MMA.
Which of these people/acts most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Iron Sheik 47.3%
Valiant Brothers 9.9%
Sheepherders/Bushwhackers 9.9%
Bob Orton Jr. 6.8%
Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji 7.5%
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell 6.1%
Stan Stasiak 3.2%
Paul Jones 2.9%
Bearcat Wright 2.1%
Bob Roop 2.1%
Cyclone Negro 0.8%
Victor Rivera 0.3%
Which of these people most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Paul Orndorff 27.0%
Greg Valentine 22.0%
Don Muraco 13.6%
Peter Maivia 9.8%
Rocky Johnson 5.1%
Kevin Von Erich 4.5%
Tommy Rich 4.3%
Ken Patera 4.0%
Jerry Blackwell 2.8%
David Von Erich 2.5%
John Studd 2.3%
Blackjack Lanza 2.0%
Should TNA have Austin Aries vacate the X title?
No, even if belts mean nothing, the goal should be too make them mean something 64.1%
No, it makes the X division belt a joke 18,0%
Yes, belts mean nothing so it doesn't matter 10.9%
Yes, a one week tease is more important than a title reign these days 7.1%
Poll on Smackdown?
Excellent 8.7%
Good 36.5%
Average 29.4%
Fair 11.1%
Poor 14.3%
*37.6% of those responding didn't see the show.
--Paul Lazenby does a commentary about women in MMA and boxing and how those who don't take advantage of their attractiveness and market it are stupid. He also talks about some advice he gave to a former WWE Diva that he recognizes in hindsight was dumb.
--Today is the 53rd anniversary of pro wrestling being held weekly (and as long as I can remember, twice a week) at Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara.  Atlantis & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. vs. Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas & Felino headline.
--Chris Masters, under his real name Chris Mordetzsky, headlines Old School Championship Wrestling in Charleston, SC at the Hanahan Rec Center on June 24th.
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 71 fans:  James Duncan won a three-way over Big Time Sexy and Cody Allen, Shawn Hoodrich b Justin Grandberry, Lex Victory b Saint, Gary Valiant b Hot  Rod Biggs, L.T. Falk b Damien Payne, Jeff Daniels b Drew Haskins (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--The Expendables 2, which features Randy Couture, opens in Australia on 8/30 (thanks to James Stanios)
--Scott Steiner has more Twitter fun today ripping on Eric Bischoff.  
--EWF from last night in Converse, IN:  Parker James b Frank Stein, Scotty Young b Mr. Fitness, Randi West b Hailey Rose, Lamar Johnson b K.T. Williams, Troy Miller over Osyris, Roderick Street, Mike King, Andy Santos and PJB in a ladder match, Mark Vandy b Kevin Nash
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL:  Sean Vincent b Max Archer, Alexandre Rudolph b Matt Murphy, Chris Hargas & Sean Vincent b Ron Powers & Big Texan-DQ, Ken Kasa b Heath Hatton, Jimmy D b A.T. Brooks, Waco b Jack Dirden, Dave Vaughn b Chris Hargas, Ricky Cruz NC Gary Jackson when Kasa and Vaughn interfered.  They had to scramble as Bobby D was injured in the tag team match with Powers, and Vincent was put in the match midway to replace him.  Plus Chas Wesson hurt his back at his real job and couldn't wrestle (thanks to Larry Matysik and Patrick Brandmeyer)
--WSU iPPV results from last night in Deer Park, NY:  Marti Belle b Jessicka Havoc, Kalamity b Sweet Cherry, Tina San Antonio b Annie Social, LuFisto b Leva Bates, Jennifer Cruz & Ezavel Sueana & Nikki Syx b Kimber Lee & Jessie Brooks & Jana & Latasha in an elimination match when Cruz was the last woman left, Allisyn Kay b Terra Calaway (is Punisher Levesque far behind?), Brittney Savage b Sassy Stephanie, Alicia b Lexus, Lexus won 24 woman  Rumble, Casket match for WSU title:  Jessicka Havoc b Mercedes Martinez (thanks to Paul Paster)
--Lucha Xtreme TV tapings from last night in Fresno before 50 fans at the KAIL-TV studio:  Manny Fernandez (80s star) b Bobby Hart-DQ, Jeckles the Jester b D-Torch, Sheik Khan Abadi b Steve Stamp, Vinny Massaro NC J.R. Kratos when Fernandez attacked Kratos (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--A story on former UFC fighter and former pro wrestler Manny Yarbrough and Delta banning him from flying on their flights even though he was willing to purchase three seats on a trip to Europe this week.
--All Pro Wrestling from last night in Hayward, CA:  Will Rood & Boyce LeGrande DDQ Perry Von Vicious & Damien Grundy, Rik Luxury b J.R. Kratos, Mikey Jay & Daniel Torch b Corvus & Omega, Billy Blade b Sir Samurai, Jeckles b Dalton Frost, Brittany Wonder b Savannah Riley, Adam Thornstowe b Dylan Drake, SU/KA b Matt Carlos & Shane West to retain APW/Vendetta Pro dual tag titles Mustafa Saed (90s star of Gangstas tag team) b Brian Tannen, Tiimothy Thatcher b Dave Dutra to keep the Universal title.  Next show is 7/7.  Thornstowe vs. Drake was the best APW match so far this year according to booker John LaRocca.
--APWA on 6/23 in Shinnston, WV.  they also have a meet and greet for all fans who buy advance tickets at Fox's Pizza Den at 5:30 p.m.
--Superstar Billy Graham talks about arriving in Calgary in the late 60s for the start of his pro wrestling career and meeting Stu Hart.  Doug Hepburn, who is referenced in Graham telling this story, was considered among the strongest men in the world at one point.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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