By Dave Meltzer
Impact tonight at 8 p.m.
Kurt Angle & A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for the tag titles
Gut check evaluation - does Taelor Hendrix get a contract
Kofi Kingston vs. Michael McGillicutty
Epico vs. Darren Young
Usos vs. Hunico & Camacho
Sin Cara vs. Antonio Cesaro
Kane vs. Heath Slater
There is an Evolve iPPV tonight at 7:30 p.m. from Ybor City, FL at The Orpheum available at www.wwnlive.com
El Generico vs. Samuray Del Sol
Chuck Taylor vs. Colt Cabana
AR Fox vs. Bobby Fish
Jon Davis vs Tommy Taylor
Johnny Gargano vs. Lince Dorado vs Tony Nese vs Alex Reynolds
Sara Del Rey vs. Santana Garrett
Caleb Konley & Scott Reed vs. Mike Cruz & Cheech
John Silva vs. Jake Manning
Bruce Santee vs. Kahagus FUW title vs. NWA national title
Michael Tarver vs. Deimos
Wes Brisco (Gerald's son) vs. Sam Shaw
James Boys vs. Kennedy Kendrick & Johnni Armani
Dakota Darsow (Barry's son) vs. Maxwell Chicago
Lince Dorado vs. Rocky Santiago
On Fuel tonight, UFC Tonight airs at 8 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 8:30 p.m., Best of Pride at 9 p.m., UFC Unleashed at 10 p.m., Ultimate Fighter Brazil at midnight, UFC Tonight at 1 a.m., Ultimate Insider at 1:30 a.m. and UFC Champions Roundtable at 2 a.m. Keep in mind all of those are Eastern time, and the West Coast would be three hours earlier.
We've got an update on WrestleMania numbers and what they mean, the legacy of Fedor Emelianenko, how Silva vs. Sonnen mirrors pro wrestling interviews from 40 years ago, an update on Ring of Honor and UFC after weekend shows, details on WWE's new TV, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, and tons more on John Cena among the highlights of the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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The legacy of Fedor Emelianenko is looked at with his announced retirement, career highlights, where he stands among the all-time greats, his skill set, biggest wins, when the chinks in his armor were first apparent and the legacy of dead promotions in his wake.
We look at the buildup of Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva with the latest interviews.
We also look at the good and the bad coming out of the ROH iPPV, including how much the misfires hurt the company, the problems ROH has in drawing and why, the audience reactions, the plight of Adam Cole and Michael Elgin being elevated, Kevin Steen's attempts to turn the crowd, as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
We also look at UFC's weekend, including judging Guida vs. Maynard, what happened after the fight, who blew a title shot, ratings and business notes from both shows, the story behind Franklin vs. Silva and the new stars in the Brazilian market. We've also got complete coverage of both shows.
We also look at the new WWE Main Event show on Ion, including where Ion stands as far as a network, WWE's return to Japan, the returns of Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio, the trend of the television business that most affects UFC and pro wrestling and where it stands, a WWE cross promotional effort, WWE video game pre sales, what major name who has been out of wrestling for eight years is at least thinking about returning for a big match, as well as Kenn Doane talks about why his WWE career faltered and a view of Doane from the outside.
We also look at new WWE hires, John Layfield's mountain climbing, update on the WWE Network, notes on how the business from May compared with last year in a number of categories, as well as sales of this year's Mania DVD compared to last year. We also look at a movie that will star one of the biggest stars in both pro wrestling and one of the biggest stars in MMA that will be filmed starting in a few weeks.
We've also got business notes from the weekend WWE shows and highlights from all the company's house shows of the week.
We also have a look at the famed Luchador Adorable Rubi, a landmark figure in the history of pro wrestling, where he came from, what American stars inspired him and his promoter, as well as his career highlights from his 70s heyday.
We also have notes on how Over the Limit did on PPV and the stipulation of John Laurinaitis' employment being at stake and if it sold PPV orders.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on how every segment of Raw and Impact this past week did. We also look at how the time slot move and going live has affected TNA numbers.
We also have reviews of all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--Details on the new Mistico
--Multiple women risk their hair in a big match this week
--Hall of Famer undergoes eye surgery this week
--TNA prelim wrestlers that have gotten interest outside the U.S.
--Upcoming Dragon Gate shows in the U.S. and one of its biggest events in Japan
--TNA stars coming to Pro Wrestling NOAH and the political significance of that move
--A look at NOAH's next major show
--Two of pro wrestling's biggest stars each announce 20th anniversary events
--Huge ratings for a pro wrestling world title change
--A look at major matches in July from New Japan Pro Wrestling including its biggest monthly show
--Ric Flair update including contractual stipulation
--Update on Scott Hall and Lex Luger
--Notes on Kevin Nash movie role
--More on TNA's lawsuit against Scott Steiner
--Details of Steiner's contract with TNA
--Steiner's twitter war with Brooke Hogan
--Update on TNA international
--More on the payoff on Styles and Dixie Carter
--Why it made no sense to do it when they did it
--Update on Destination X PPV
--More on the Sting being attacked angle
--Update on the X Division title
--TNA wrestler wins bikini contest
--Background of Taelor Hendrix and the cancer story
--Why Gut Check with a woman brings up different issues than with a guy
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
--Update on Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
--How many people now can get Fuel
--Fighter issues a challenge to opponent for stricter drug testing
--More on Brock Lesnar, UFC and WWE, as well as who he is most interested in fighting
--Fighter talks about giving up testosterone replacement therapy
--Lots of new UFC matches
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Thursday's News Update
--John Layfield (JBL) was unable to reach the summit of Mount Elbris in Russia today. He had to give up the climb at about 17,000 feet, some 1,500 from the summit due to hypoxia (frost bite) in his fingers, after about seven straight hours of climbing, and a combination of the doctor urging him not to continue and an impending storm. He called it the most disappointing day of his entire life as he had vowed to climb the highest summit in seven different continents to raise money for underprivileged children in Bermuda. Layfield was not an experienced mountain climber going into this. You have to give him all the credit in the world for at least giving it the best try possible.
--Linda McMahon has gotten expected negative media publicity in Connecticut based on her decision to not meet with any newspaper editorial boards. This doesn't surprise me as they've made the local media the enemy ever since WWE threatened to sue Chris Powell for saying she made her money in a pornographic business. She said she decided against meeting with newspaper editorial boards because she's out every day meeting with people. In her last campaign, there was that embarrassing clip at an editorial board where she talked about all the health measures she (as in Vince McMahon, my biggest complaint with Linda is her taking credit for the growth of the business and all the positives created by Vince McMahon while running from the sometimes racy product created by Vince McMahon) put in as President of the WWE. One reporter asked about all those things she has implemented, why do so many of your wresters keep dying young?
--WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt responded to the Manchester Journal-Inquirer's filed complaint with the Federal Elections Commission against WWE. They claimed harassment by the newspaper and that they have abused the FEC complaint process. McDevitt stated the complaint should be dismissed because the newspaper provided no factual basis to show any violation by WWE. He said the complaint was just an attempt to harass the WWE for respoinding to the newspaper's libelous statements.
--TNA has announced these new matches for Destination X
Ultimate X match to decide the vacant X Division title
A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels last man standing
Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle Bound for Glory series (that means they only have a 10:00 time limit)
--ROH TV taping on Friday night in Baltimore at the Du Burns Arena has Lance Storm vs. Mike Bennett, Roderick Strong vs. Adam Cole for the TV title, Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino vs. Kenny King & Rhett Titus & Jay Lethal, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Mike Sydal, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Matt Taven, Truth Martini vs. a local DJ in an arm wrestling match plus Kevin Steen will also defend the ROH title. Also appearing include Rhino, the Briscoes, Eddie Edwards, Michael Elgin, Mike Mondo and the Bravados.
--They also run Saturday night in Belle Vernon, PA at the Rostraver Ice Garden featuring an appearance of Bruno Sammartino. Matches include Kevin Steen vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH title, Briscoes vs. Michael Elgin & Rhino, B.J. Whitmer vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Rhett Titus vs. Charlie Haas, Eddie Edwards vs. Tommaso Ciampa plus Jay Lethal, Adam Cole, Kenny King, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Mike Mondo and Kyle O'Reilly appear.
--The UFC press conference for Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will be Tuesday this week instead of Wednesday (because Wednesday is July 4th) and take place at 11 a.m. at Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. It will air on You Tube and the UFC web site. It is open to the public.
--The open workouts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 7/5 at the Encore Hotel at the XS Night Club will have Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Cung Le and Patrick Cote. Sonnen and Griffin are at 11 a.m., Ortiz and Cote are at Noon and Silva and Le are at 1 p.m.
--They've also added participation in a local Art Night at 5 p.m. on 7/6 at the Cabana Suites at El Cortez.
--Five Finger Death Punch will perform live at 8 p.m. a the Mandalay Bay Beach at a beach party featuring fighters and Octagon girls.
--ESPN ran a poll on Sports Center asking if Anderson Silva's comments were good for the UFC. 67% answered yes.
--Along with Bibiano Fernandes, One Fighting Championship has signed one of Dream's biggest stars, Shinya Aoki. Aoki is also scheduled to debut on 8/31 on a show in Manila, Philippines.
--The Super Fight League announced Jeff Monson vs. Todd Duffee as the main event of its next show on 9/8 in Bengalore, India. Other fights announced for 10/6 in Channai, India are Trevor Prangley vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Satoshi Ishii vs. Jimmy Ambriz.
--WWE studios has purchaed producing rights and will help finance a Halle Berry movie called "The Hive." The movie will be shot this summer.
--For comparisons with UFC numbers on Fuel, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships on 6/9 did 214,000 viewers (second most in the history of the station behind a UFC event) and the 6/16 event did 141,000 (10th highest in the history of the station). Prelims on 6/1 was the fifth most watched show ever on the station, and on 6/22, was sixth most watched show ever on the station.
--The Soup on E! last night showed some WWE clips. They showed Alberto Del Rio putting Sheamus in an armbar from a few weeks ago and Joel McHale said, "That didn't help Del Rio win the match, but it did cause natural spring water to start flowing from Sheamus' nipples." They also showed the Stan Stansky and Arthur Rosenberg promo before a Ryback match and said that they were in the wrong business (thanks to Denis Gorman)
--Mahnseah Boley, 32, of Hilton, NY, an MMA fighter was sentenced to two years in jail yesterday for assaulting both his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend last year. He was convicted of two counts of third degree assault but was acquitted in April on charges of burglary and sexual abuse. Boley had already spent eight months in jail awaiting sentencing before being bailed out to join the armed forces. Both victims also got a five year protection order. Judge Matthew Murphy said he had considered giving Boley only probation, except Boley blew his case as in defending himself, Murphy believed he had shown no remorse and felt his actions were justified. He said that there is no legal rationale that would be justified for an old boyfriend to beat up a new boyfriend. Boley claimed he wasn't aware that in this country such a thing was illegal. In September, Boley got into a fight with a local doctor who had been dating his ex-girlfriend, beating him up on the doctor's front lawn. He broke the man's orbital bone and his nose, then chased his ex-girlfriend and roughed her up in the bathroom. Boley, a heavyweight with a 2-1 record, was knocked out in 1:02 by current UFC fighter Shawn Jordan in a 2009 fight in Irving, NY. If you're wondering how he could have fought in New York, it was on native American land. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
--Among the new items up on Netflix:
The Epic Journey of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Stone Colt Steve Austin: Bottom Line
Andy Kaufman: Intergender World champion
Mad Bull (a made for TV movie starring Alex Karras from 1977)
Best of King of the Ring
Ladder match 2: Crash and Burn
Best of WCW Clash of the Champions
You Think You Know Me? The Story of Edge
The Striking Truth: Documentary on Georges St. Pierre and David Loiseau (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--An interesting note on Raw is that even though Fort Wayne was never mentioned on the Monday broadcast, during the 30 second preview satellite test they do for the show, Fort Wayne as the site was listed on the graphic and mentioned. (thanks to Michael Langan II)
--WWE is now opening up NXT tapings to fans, as I guess they couldn't keep the place full with just students. The next taping is 7/12 and students are free but outsiders have to pay $10 for tickets. Kane and Cody Rhodes are advertised as the WWE stars at the tapings. Usually the stars work after the tapings in dark matches.
Who do you expect to win the Raw Money in the Bank match?
John Cena 54.5%
Chris Jericho 28.3%
Big Show 14.7%
Who was the greatest junior heavyweight champion?
Jushin Liger 29.6%
Chris Benoit 16.4%
Eddie Guerrero 15.6%
Dynamite Kid 12.2%
Danny Hodge 11.3%
Owen Hart 6.4%
Original Tiger Mask 5.8%
Nobuhiko Takada 0.9%
Chavo Guerrero Sr. 0.5%
Hiroshi Hase 0.5%
Shiro Koshinaka 0.5%
Koji Kanemoto 0.2%
Who was the best of these super heavyweights?
Andre the Giant 31.0%
Stan Hansen 27.9%
Bruiser Brody 18.7%
Dusty Rhodes 11.6%
Don Leo Jonathan 2.8%
Ernie Ladd 2.3%
Bobo Brazil 1.8%
Gorilla Monsoon 1.6%
Abdullah the Butcher 1.6%
King Curtis Iaukea 0.4%
George Gordienko 0.2%
Blackjack Mulligan 0.2%
Who was the best of these super heavyweights?
Hulk Hogan 15.2%
Terry Gordy 9.7%
Bam Bam Bigelow 5.0%
Kevin Nash 1.0%
Sid Vicious 0.9%
Scott Norton 0.6%
Big Bossman 0.4%
Gary Albright 0.3%
Who was the best of these super heavyweights?
Shinya Hashimoto 26.2%
Big Show 25.3%
Road Warrior Animal 9.1%
King Kong Bundy 8.8%
St. Slaughter 8.5%
Earthquake John Tenta 6.5%
Jerry Blackwell 3.4%
One Man Gang 3.1%
John Studd 1.9%
Brazo de Plata 1.6%
--The Globe and Mail in Canada at www.theglobeandmail.com
has a nice story on Hans Schmidt (thanks to Andrew Thomson)
--On Saturday, both HDNet and The Fight Network in Canada will be airing "It's Showtime," a kickboxing show from Brussels, Belgium featuring sometimes pro wrestler and MMA fighter Peter Aerts, one of the all-time legends of kickboxing. Aerts faces Tyrone Spong, who is very real competition. Daniel Ghita vs. Dzevad Poturak is also on the show. The Fight Network will do a taped show featuring Andy Souwer vs. Chris Ngimbi at Noon and follow with the live show at 3 p.m.
--And speaking of Peter Aerts, Extreme Rising did a "Pulp Fiction" montage (Aerts' trademark ring music) in a similar vein of the old ECW for this coming weekend's shows at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoQxC4Bs0HA
--BAMMA, a U.K. based MMA promotion has signed a deal with Ch. 5 where they will be airing a live show in September. (thanks to Matt Singh)
--Birthdays today of wrestlers include Alabama's top star of the early 70s, Cowboy Bob Kelly (76), Georgia regular Big Bill Dromo (75) and former WWE tag champ Jon Heidenreich (43). (thanks to Rich Tate)
--The Pure Wrestling Association on 7/1 has a show in Cambridge, ONT at Riverside Park before a fireworks show.
--CWE on 7/12 in Morris, Manitoba at the Southern Manitoba Convention Centre has Tito Santana vs. Anderson Tyson Moore. 7/14 in Souris, Manitoba at the Souris Community Hall has Santana vs. A.J. Sanchez. 7/15 in Virden, Manitoba at the Royal Canadian Legion has Santana on the card.