WED, UPDATE: TNA sues Steiner over Twitter remarks, Former WWE wrestler says Cena broke up his engagement to Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Ratings, UFC notes, Maynard vs. Guida, Hall of Fame
By Dave Meltzer
On Fuel tonight, UFC Tonight airs at 6 p.m. Eastern, Ultimate Insider at 6:30, Countdown to UFC 147 (that's a PPV this Saturday) airs tonight at 7 p.m., and prelims from UFC 146 air at midnight.
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We look at a number of questions regarding an MMA Hall of Fame, how it would differ from a UFC Hall of Fame, the weakness of the UFC Hall of Fame, who is in the UFC Hall of Fame, who are the most talked about people who could be in that aren't and why, questions regarding Brock Lesnar, Tank Abbott, Gina Carano, Bob Sapp and other notable attractions of the past.
We also break down various candidates and put them into five different categories regarding who should and shouldn't be in. We also speculate on the future of the UFC Hall of Fame, and also ask questions regarding two key issues that would keep most candidates out of a sports Hall of Fame that are uniquely different in MMA.
We also look at WWE's No Way Out, with full coverage of the show included polls, business, match-by-match coverage with star ratings, stories behind the booking, where things are probably headed next month and more.
We also have more on Randy Orton's drug test failure, what he actually failed for, how WWE changed plans greatly because of it and what Orton wants.
We also have an update on the Linda McMahon campaign, including how wrestling was brought up in political debates, reactions and policy. We've got an update on Ric Flair's status, what Vince McMahon wants regarding new signees to the company, plans for blueprint of the three hour Raw shows, Vince's new philosophy on announcers behavior, what happened to Eve Torres, and Chris Jericho talks future.
We also have notes on the new WWE video game, who is in charge of booking house shows, Randy Savage in the WWE Hall of Fame, Brock Lesnar returning and WWE Raw in Mexico.
We also look a lot at WWE developmental, Vader's reaction to WWE, the future of NXT, why it's no longer on the Internet, as well as notes from the last taping. We've got updates on Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, viewership of Raw on DVR, as well as WWE business notes from the past weekend and house show highlights.
We also cover the New Japan Dominion PPV, look at the records when it comes to the IWGP title, the title reign of Kazuchika Okada, and full show coverage.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on the this week's Raw and Impact. 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:
--A web site streaming live overseas matches every week
--New Japan star to challenge for CMLL heavyweight title
--TNA star in a TV feud in Mexico
--A look at the reality show premise CMLL is doing on its shows
--Updated Mexico TV ratings
--Changes in AAA booking explained
--A look at the angles leading into TripleMania along with new major matches added to the show
--What American stars are scheduled on the show
--Notes on All Japan's annual junior heavyweight tournament
--Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial show notes
--What wrestler from the past got carried away on that show and ended up hurt
--Notes on NOAH's next big show
--Update on Davey Richards in Japan
--Notes on 2012 Fire Festival tournament
--Shinjiro Otani anniversary show
--Lots more on tape collections not owned by WWE including what is left in one of wrestling all-time best markets
--One of the best in-ring wrestlers explains why he is retiring next year and his disappointment with wrestling
--Notes on the Best in the World show from ROH
--ROH upcoming dates
--Notes on the weekend ROH combined show and TV taping
--Does TNA have momentum
--Early Slammiversary numbers
--Update on Chris Sabin and Matt Morgan in TNA
--Notes on the Bound for Glory tournament
--What is different from last year
--What still doesn't make sense from the tournament
--Thoughts on TNA's X Division title and what it's worth right now
--Who TNA should make a push to get
--Notes on Eric Young's new TV show
--Notes on TNA female star competing in a national bikini contest
--Update on King Mo
--Notes on weekend TNA house shows
--A major UFC tradition they are looking at starting
--Behind the Feijao suspension and how that screws up the Strikeforce light heavyweight title picture
--Notes on the weekend UFC shows
--The controversy over Clay Guida's hair
--Alistair Overeem talks his return and what he said that doesn't make sense
--Notes on how other sports are now doing on Saturday nights
--Health update on Demetrious Johnson
--News on lots of UFC special TV programming
--How FOX is going to help promote the upcoming major shows
--Why there is an extra PPV match at UFC 148
--Lots more UFC card changes
--U.K. ratings for UFC
--Thoughts on the latest judging snafu
--More on drug testing in UFC
--Former trainer files suit against Anderson Silva
--Notes on UFC's return to the U.N.
--New Bellator signees
--Pacquiao vs. Bradley business notes
--International group with a long-term TV deal
--Updating the Bob Sapp career
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Wednesday's News Update
--TNA has filed a lawsuit against Scott Steiner for his remarks on Twitter on Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan. The company's claim is that Steiner's last contract, which expires at the end of last year, had a clause that stated as a contract provision Steiner could not "make any statements or provide information, written, verbal or otherwise, which directly or indirectly disparages or casts in a negative light any TNA officers, employees, representatives, affiliates, shareholders, licensees and/or past or current TNA talent." It comes down to a few things, notably whether this clause applies to a period after he is no longer under contract, and what provisions TNA officer Bischoff, who insulted Steiner (admittedly in response) is under. They noted tha they contacted him on 5/10 and told him to stop, but he has continued. They are also looking for a permanent injunction from the court to order Steiner to stop saying bad things about them. Story is at http://nashvillecitypaper.com
--The lawsuit states, "In blatant disregard of the parties' Agreeement, Steiner has engaged in a concerted effort to disparage TNA, its wrestlers, and other talent and cast hem in a negative light."
--It noted after being warned, Steiner continued to Tweet negative things about Brooke Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Steiner's contract paid him
$2,000 for each TV date and each house show and $2,500 for each PPV show.
--Want to make mention we've got a very interesting interview currently up on the site with Matt Hardy done earlier today. It is probably a lot different than you would have expected with a lot of thoughts in retrospect about a long-term wrestling career and the toll it takes on you. We've got tons of audio coming up over the next few days including Terry Funk on Friday, as well as Observer radios every day except tomorrow between now and Monday.
--Disney was No. 1 for the week in the cable ratings with a 3.0 average to 2.6 for USA and TNT. FX was No. 9 at 1.3, Syfy was No. 17 at 1.1 and Spike was No. 23 at 0.8. The three hours of Raw last week were No. 7, No. 8 and No. 14 for the week. In 18-34, the second hour was No. 6 and third hour was No.3 In 18-49, the second hour was No. 3 and the first hour was No. 1.
--The weigh-ins for Friday's UFC show in Atlantic City take place tomorrow at 4 p.m. Eastern time and will be on the site live. Weigh-ins for Saturday's PPV from Brazil will be at 3 p.m. on Friday.
--We're looking for someone in Canada who can cover the M-1 show that airs at Noon tomorrow on The Fight Network headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Pedro Rizzo, as well as someone who can cover Friday night's Bellator show.
--Eve Torres will be back on Raw on Monday.
--Brian Ebersole, who faces T.J. Waldburger on Friday night's UFC show, said on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour earlier in the week that he's looking at dropping from 170 after this fight to 155 and talked about wanting to face Nate Diaz or Jim Miller. He also said he'd like to face Nick Diaz.
--Ovince St. Preux vs. T.J. Cook looks to be added to the 8/18 Strikeforce show in San Diego which is headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman for the women's bantamweight title.
--Added to the 9/29 Fuel show from Nottingham, England is Jason Young vs. Robert Peralta. Peralta has won eight in a row, including beating Dream star Hiroyuki Takaya in San Diego last year.
Who do you think wins this fight?
Gray Maynard 55.9%
Clay Guida 44.1%
Which of these people most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Afa & Sika 33.9%
Satoshi Kojima 11.0%
Yoshihiro Takayama 9.2%
Angelo Mosca 8.4%
Hector Garza 5.8%
Mighty Igor 3.8%
Mascara Ano 2000 3.2%
Bull Ramos 3.0%
Latin Lover 2.2%
Manabu Nakanishi 1.0%
Which of these people most deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Chief Jay Strongbow 38.3%
Haystacks Calhoun 15.8%
Gino Hernandez 10.6%
Bob Orton Sr. 7.2%
Boris Malenko 6.6%
Dick Hutton 6.6%
Tojo Yamamoto 4.8%
Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy 3.1%
Leo Nomellini 2.8%
Lonnie Mayne 2.6%
Primo Carnera 1.5%
Bobby Bruns 0.2%
Poll on Raw from Monday
13.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the very first TNA show, a PPV show from Huntsville, AL (thanks to Jacob Burnett)
--Mick Foley appeares on 7/12 in Ocala, FL doing a comedy show as part of the BANG event, called "A Night of Comedy and Wrestling."
--AAW on Friday night in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club features Silas Young & Irish Airborne vs. Jimmy Jacobs & Arik Cannon & B.J Whitmer, plus Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O'Reilly and Sami Callihan vs. Davey Richards, as well as Colt Cabana and Samuray del Sol.
--C4 on Saturday night in Ottawa before 240 fans: Sebastian Suave b Player Uno, Alex Vega over Sexxxy Eddy, Jagger Mile and Abe Jackson, Cicil Nyx & Chaz Lovely b 3.0 & Ethan Page, Michael Von Payton b Eddie Kingston, Christopher Bishop by himself over Aeroform and Brent B & Jae Rukin to keep tag tiltes, Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois b Kevin Steen & Frankie the Mobster, Twiggy b Vanessa Kraven in an inter gender match, Josh Alexander over Stu Grayson, Mike Bailey, Tyson Dux, Scotty O'Shea and Michael Elgin to win the C-4 title. Next show is 9/29.
--Grapplers Quest has its 2012 Toronto championships on Saturday in Brampton, ONT at the Brampton Soccer Stadium. More than 1,000 competitors are expected.
--Lucha Xtreme airs every Saturday night at 8 P.M. on KAIL-TV (Comcast 13/713, DirecTV Ch. 53) in Central California.
--Empire Wrestling on Friday night at the Academy Theater in Avondale Heights, GA.
--Infinity Pro Wrestling on 6/30 in Bloomington, IN at the National Guard Armory with Austin Aries, Sugar Dunkerton and others in a One-night tournament. There will also be an Austin Aries clinic with four hours of instructions, promo class, TNA scouting and more that afternoon at 1 p.m. Sign-ups are $50 at
--Corey Hill, the former TUF fighter known for his nasty broken leg in 2008, has signed a long-term contract with the XFC. XFC has a show on Friday night from Nashville on HDNet.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 6/30 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium with a cage of death match WAr Games style, Ricky Morton appears plus a four-way match for a shot at the NWA jr. title.
--The wrestling book all or nothing, about the 1PW promotion in the U.K. and its history, is avaialble on Kindle at http://amazon.com/dp/B008CFWEJ0
all over the world.
--Dennis Haskins, who played Principal Belding on "Saved by the Bell," and is a big wrestling fan, will be appearing on the 9/14 Pro
Wrestling Syndicate show in the role of commissioner for the show in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center. The show will be an iPPV headlined by Demolition vs. Powers of Pain, Matt Hardy vs. Anthony Nese and Shockwave the Robot vs. The Goon (80s star Bill Irwin). Saved by the Bell, Demolition, next thing you know, they'll be bringing back J.R. Ewing.
--CMLL on Sunday in Guadalajara: Astral & Meteoro & Azteca de Oro & Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito b Demus 3:16 & Spark & Nitrito & Pierrothito & Metatron in an elimination match with Ultimo Dragoncito beating Demus 3:16 in the final, Vangelis & Niebla Rojo & Demonio Maya & Puma King b Dragon Lee & Triton & Sky Kid & Smaker, Atlantis & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Mr. Niebla & Felino & Sangre Azteca, La Mascara b Mephisto to retain the Mexican national light heavyweight title
--CMLL on Monday in Puebla before a near sellout crowd: Siki Ozama & Ares El Guerrero b Millenium & Dinamico, Sensei & Leono & Metalico b Bobby Zavala & Hooligan & Taurus, Amapola & Lady Aphrodita & Seductora b Marcela & Luna Magica & Dalis la Caribena, Atlantis & Blue Panther & Angel de Oro b Psicosis & Olimpico & Black Warrior-DQ, Marco Corleone & Rush & Maximo b Rey Escorpion & Ultimo Guerrero & Dragon Rojo Jr. to keep the CMLL trios titles. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 6/30 in Selkirk, Manitoba at the Friendship Centre
--In Your Face Wrestling on Saturday night in Whitehall, NY at the Whitehall Athletic Club headlined by J.P. Black vs. Bobby Fish.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 6/30 in Columbus, IN at JP Byriders in the parking lot. Admission is six cans of food per person to help stock up the local food bank for the needy, and bring your own lawn chairs to watch.
--Pro Wrestling EVO on 6/30 in Concord, NC at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center has a $1.99 iPPV headlined by Zack Salvation vs. Cedric Alexander
--Lucha mania on 8/19 in El Paso a the County Coliseum featuring Blue Demon Jr., L.A. Park and Latin Lover.
--Progress Wrestling on Sunday is Islington, England at The Garage headlined by Nathan Cruz vs. Marty Scurll.
--Chaotic Wrestling on Friday night in Lowell, MA at the Polish American Veterans Club, Saturday night in Littleton, NH at the Opera House and Sunday in Hudson, MA at the Elks Lodge. Among those wrestling in Lowell are Tommaso Ciampa, Eddie Edwards and Matt Taven.
--Sunday results from El Paso: Marcela & Baby Star b Rossy Moreno & Princesa Guerrera, Cobarde & Cobarde Jr. b Kenish & Galactico, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Magno b Pirata Morgan & Rey Escorpion (not the CMLL wrestler of the same name). Cobarde has said he is going to retire after his next match. (thanks to Albert Cerda)