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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Destination X as well as more fallout of the weekend, and talking tonight's news.  If you've got any questions for tonight's show, you can send them 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 today's WWE joint branded house show in Rio Rancho, MN, as well as the Friday night Raw show in Amarillo and last night's Smackdown show in Lubbock.
        TNA's Destination X PPV will be Sunday from Orlando
*Lars Only (Johnny Yuma) vs. Mason Andrews (Scorpio Sky) vs. Rubix (Jigsaw) vs. Dakota Darsow.  Winner advances to the X division title tournament - It's hard to say how this match will be but you'll get a lot of attempts at big moves because all four will be looking for a deal, and deals with major promotions aren't easy to come by these days.
*Four singles matches as the tournament first round with the opening match winner joining Kid Kash, Doug Williams, Zema Ion, Sonjay Dutt,  Rashad Cameron (Jeez), Kenny King and Flip Casanova (Flip Kendrick) - The matches haven't been announced.  They'll probably be quick and again it's the first major PPV match for several of these guys.
*The winners of the four singles matches in an Ultimate X match for the championship
*Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe in the Bound for Glory series with a 15:00 time limit - Given the nature of the tournament, either guy can win.  Joe is doing well in the standings right now, so this may favor Angle.  But Angle is almost always good to great on PPV
*A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels last man standing - These two almost always have good matches, but this one, both due to the recent storyline and the last man standing stip should be more violent than their usual great technical display.
*Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries for TNA title - On paper this should be a great match.  This is the biggest match of Aries career.  The build has been good but you never know what you're getting with the Impact Zone fans.  Sometimes they end up not being into the main event after a long show, even when the guys work hard.  It's also notable that Sting, James Storm and Jeff Hardy, who are probably the three top babyfaces in the ring for the promotion are not scheduled on this show.  TNA has had momentum after a couple of very good PPVs in a row.  On paper this should be another one.  If the X matches deliver it could even be a great show.  But marquee wise, Aries on top is something company's traditionally wouldn't do and so many of the biggest stars aren't booked. 
        The prelims for last night's show will be replayed at 11 P.M. Eastern tonight on Fuel.  They aren't worth going out of your way to see.  UFC Tonight airs at 1 a.m., UFC Legends Round Table at 1:30 a.m.
        Tomorrow has a combined Raw and Smackdown  taping in Denver at the Pepsi Center.
        UFC has another show on Wednesday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose headlined by Chris Weidman vs. Mark Munoz.

LATEST OBSERVER ALERT: A Look At Chael Sonnen, WWE Network news

A look at Chael Sonnen before one of the biggest fights in UFC history, updated news on the WWE Network including lots of details that haven't been reported elsewhere about the new business model, the risk factors involved, surveys being taken, price points, flagship programming and more, as well as a history of the Olympics, pro wrestling and MMA headline the new double-issue of the Wrestling Observer.
        This is our traditional every four year issue when it comes to pro wrestlers in the Olympics and MMA fighters in the Olympics.
        The issue also includes coverage of the combined All Japan and New Japan joint show, and the story behind it that could change Japanese wrestling, more on what led to New Jack vs. Balls Mahoney, the story behind TNA ratings and why they are down, new WWE jobs offered and an update on Rock's first match back in nearly eight years back in November and where he stands now among Hollywood elite over the last 12 months.
        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 biggest wrestling crowds in history with coverage of the original World Wrestling Peace Festival put on by New Japan with help from WCW, the debut of someone who went on to be one of the biggest drawing cards of the last decade, and all the news from WCW, ECW and WWF from that time period.
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        Your guide to Silva vs. Sonnen's feud, how it started, what is and isn't real, news coverage, business notes, ticket demand, records set by the first fight, a record that will be set by the second fight, a look back at the first fight and more leads off the issue.
        We look at the biggest grudge matches in UFC history, why this fight will not fully reach its potential as a PPV draw, where Anderson Silva stood at the time of the first fight, what happened after the fight, what recent fights have shown about each guy, and who is Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva is looked at.
        We update the WWE network with notes on the latest plans, price ranges and what looks to be the best as well as ideas for the price range right now.  We look at the flagship programming and how this changes the very dynamic of how WWE does it business.  We look at a WWE channel vs. UFC, the attempts to get clearance for the station and how they expect to mobilize the fan base, how PPV will change for the fans and the wrestlers once the networks starts, and other new programming ideas.
        We also run down the All Japan and New Japan show at Sumo Hall, as well as guest stars for the Tokyo Dome, new grudge matches, and match-by-match coverage.
        We also look at what pro wrestler likely made the most money over the last 12 months, an update on Survivor Series numbers, plans for A.J., Linda McMahon's senate run and what has happened over the past week, Brock Lesnar's return, how John Laurinaitis' real -life power base is doing right now, notes on WWE asking Bruno Sammartino to be in the Hall of Fame this coming year and why it's not happening, who is planned to get a major push upon his return, wrestler quits WWE and why, more on the Money in the Bank PPV, tons of developmental news including who new talent is, business notes for the past week as well as notes from the weekend house shows.   
        As our Olympic issue, we look back at the three big names that came out of the last Olympics and became MMA stars, where they were four years ago, what we covered about them in that issue, who did good, why they didn't go back, and why so many Olympic medalists do worse in fighting and wrestling than those who don't place.
        We also look at how the Olympics and pro wrestling have changed greatly over the last 16 years with the emergence of MMA.  We also look at people who came out of the last Olympics and didn't do so well in MMA.
        We look back at the first Olympic gold medalist to become a pro wrestling star, as well as the last.  We look at the 11 pro wrestling Hall of Famers as well as a number of Hall of Fame candidates who came from the Olympics.  We also look at the toughest men in the country before there was MMA, and talk about all kinds of wrestling legends from Verne Gagne, Danny Hodge and Robin Reed.
        We look back at Hodge's career, what goal he talked about when it came to going for three gold medals, why it never happened, and how he was led into pro wrestling.  We also look at the pro wrestling legend who went to the Olympics only 18 months after he had taken up wrestling.  We look at one of the greatest heels in wrestling history who few knew had an Olympic wrestling background.  We look at the Olympians who have done both pro wrestling and MMA, including a wrestler who faced Kurt Angle in the Olympics and later set a TV ratings record in Japan for a fight with Bob Sapp.
        We look at well known pro wrestlers, and others who were not as well known, with their Olympic backgrounds.  We look at a pro wrestler who came out of the Olympics who was in one of the most famous TV commercials of its time.  We look at pro wrestlers who came out of sports like rowing, boxing and bobsled racing.  We also look at pro wrestlers who were affected by the 1980 Olympic boycott.
        We look at the era when pro wrestlers were not allowed in the Olympics, when it changed, and what active pro wrestlers went back and not only tried out for the Olympics, but made the team, and in one case even won a silver medal..  We also look at the name with the closest ties to modern pro wrestling who will be competing in London in a few weeks.
        We also have a list of every former Olympian currently in both pro wrestling and MMA, and what former gold medal winner turned down a pro wrestling offer that would have made him among the highest paid athletes in the country at the time. 
        We also have a listing of every pro wrestler and MMA fighter who ever won a medal in Olympic competition.
        We note the regulars, as well as the gimmick guys who did pro wrestling, including pro wrestling matches for people like Ali, Frazier and Karelin.  We look at the two men in the 70s who were Olympic heroes that became among the highest paid wrestlers of their time, but were truly never as big a stars as their promoters hoped.  We look at the twin brothers who almost surely would have been pro wrestling stars in the AWA, but when they were done competing, that group had folded.  We look at the first Olympic gold medalist to win the world heavyweight title, and it wasn't Kurt Angle, as well as the silver medalist who fell into a world title.  We also look at another silver medalist whose most famous pro wrestling match was one of the highest profile shoot matches in the last century.

         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 have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as previews of all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--What gimmick drew the second biggest full priced crowd of the year at Arena Mexico
--What current headliners son has just gotten started in pro wrestling but he's under a mask and its being kept quiet
--AAA continues to build for TripleMania and how TNA talent is involved in the storyline
--Vampiro talks his latest comeback
--Notes on All Japan's annual junior heavyweight tournament
--Former WCW wrestler and now a Japanese star about to celebrate a career milestone
--TNA sends talent to NOAH and a look at the company's next big card
--Grandsons of one of pro wrestling's biggest legends are about to debut in Japan
--Notes on the biggest New Japan shows of July
--The first ever singles match with Tiger Mask vs. Onita
--What was the promotion that beat UFC and WWE into a live paying show in China
--What former WWE star headlines that show
--Notes on the Extreme Rising second and third show
--More on New Jack and Balls Mahoney
--Who did well, who will be back and plans going forward
--A look at some of the new wrestling books coming out over the next several months
--Former WWE and ECW star beginning a new promotion
--90s star competes in another sport of late
--An indie group goes to Moscow and what former WWE star are they building around
--Hackers take over wrestler twitter accounts
--Notes on the next several weeks of ROH television and a major star off this summer
--A look at the weekend ROH shows
--Notes on TNA ratings and what the ratings show about the fan base and live vs. tape
--Update on TNA's lawsuit against WWE
--Notes on  Angelina Love and Shannon Moore being gone from TNA
--Update on  Destination X
--Update on the Bound for Glory series
--Lots of notes on the TNA Gut Check
--Claire Lynch angle in TNA
--How TNA shows do on DVR
--Kurt Angle has comments about the 2016 Olympics that may surprise you
--UFC's international expansion
--UFC fighters up for Espy awards
--What happened to the UFC web site hacker who feuded with Dana White
--Details of UFC's lawsuit against individuals who watched their PPVs on illegal streams
--Notes on Ultimate Fighter coming up, when it's being taped and when it starts
--Feuding camps
--Update on Georges St. Pierre
--Two well known stars issue challenges to each other this past week for a Toronto fight
--Even more injuries
--Update on Bellator TV situation
--Notes on One FC trying to become Asia's leading MMA group
--MMA group gets a strong television deal
--Former NCAA champion training for MMA
--Former boxing star says he's moving to MMA
--Former Japanese MMA star retires
--Resurrection in name only of one of the 90s leading groups
--Nephew of a sports legend tries MMA
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Sunday's News Updates
--Just want to make mention of how great it was to meet so many people who are from the site this past weekend at our convention.  Everyone was so nice and I love talking wrestling and MMA with people. It was fun to see people from before and to meet new people.  It just amazed me seeing people from all over the world.  Every year it gets bigger and I really wish I could have spent more time talking with everyone last night but we had the show to do and then I had to get back for today's show.  Hope you all had a good time. We'll be doing next year's convention in conjunction with the International Fight Week in Las Vegas in July and hope to see as many new people as possible.

Here's more UFC news and notes from the weekend:

--The annual UFC Fighters Summit takes place the next two days in Las Vegas, so expect a lot of Twitter stories coming out of them. Every year they bring people in to talk business, marketing, company goals, how they expect fighters to act, regulations, etc. Last year, the big thing was to get everyone on Twitter and give bonuses for those who got the most followers as well as those who were the most creative.

--In our web site predictions for last night, myself, Todd Martin and Mike Sempervive went 4-1.  Josh Nason and Mike Sawyer were 3-2, Bryan was 2-3 and Oliver Copp, who had been in first place all year, went 1-4.

--Regarding the finish of the Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen fight, the replay showed that the knee caught Sonnen high in the chest and thus was legal.  The thigh may have hit the head, or at least that's what was talked about because Sonnen's head was jarred, but that is a legal move.

--They announced a $7 million gate.  The crowd was an interesting mix of people from all over the world, with tons from Brazil who at times took over the building with chants in Portuguese and singing.  From what people there were saying, Anderson Silva in Brazil now is equivalent to a Kobe Bryant in the U.S.

--There were no answers or directions as far as where things are going next or new big fights. The guys in charge at UFC have so much on their plate, they are running on fumes.  Dana White said half kidding but more serious that he doesn't even know where he's going until he wakes up and they tell him.  He talked about doing the Fighter Summit and then flying to Australia for the first episode of TUF U.K. vs. Australia in Sydney.  He didn't even know until told whether he'd be in San Jose on Wednesday.

He also wouldn't say who the coaches were for either that show or the new TUF season in the U.S., which also starts filming soon.  He said the coaches for that have been picked.  The rumored coaches are Anthony Pettis and Donald Cerrone, but White wouldn't confirm or deny those names.

--Sonnen was on the Mark Levin radio show on Thursday plugging the PPV and his book, "The Voice of Reason."  Levin is a big UFC fan and did Bruce Buffer imitations. He said Sonnen was his favorite fighter.  He was out of character and talked about respecting Levin, who worked in the Reagan administration.  When asked his best friends in the sport, Sonnen said Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and Matt Lindland.  He said he's only broken his nose once in MMA but did many times in wrestling.  When asked how he got started, one day he showed up at the gym and Couture and Henderson had boxing gloves on instead of wrestling gear and he did what they did.  (thanks to Joe McMenamin)

--Tickets for the next major UFC show in Las Vegas on 9/1 at the Mandalay Bay Events enter, go on sale on Friday at $800, $600, $400, $250, $150 and $100 at Ticketmaster.  Fight Club members can get tickets on Wednesday and newsletter subscribers can get tickets on Thursday.

--UFC was the No. 1 searched for thing on Google on Friday and Saturday in the U.S.  Usually UFC searches peak on Sunday, and this doesn't even include Sunday.  Searches for UFC, UFC 148, Anderson Silva, Silva vs. Sonnen 2, UFC 148 results, Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiza were all among the top stuff being searched for yesterday.  For sports topics this week, it was five times that of Serena Williams, 20 times that of Adrian Peterson, five times that of Wimbledon, five times Ray Allen and five times that of Steve Nash.

--I was told that last night, ATT Uverse had the Facebook prelim fight on the PPV channel if you had ordered the event. (thanks to Don Boike)

--In response to a question I asked to Cung Le about fighting again, White joked how he was Le's translator and that Le wants to fight on the 11/10 show in Macao. Le speaks perfect English having lived in San Jose since the age of 2, so it was all tongue in cheek. White and Ortiz were very unhappy with the behavior of Forrest Griffin when he took the mic from Joe Rogan and interviewed Ortiz. My feeling is it was funny and would have been great at another time, but not on Ortiz's retirement night.

--Since we got this question asked a number of times last night, Anderson Silva said he was not interested in fighting Jon Jones. White said he was not pressuring Silva to move up from 185, saying he can fight there forever if he wants.

--We're looking to hear from people who saw the PPV at clubs just to compare attendance with prior events. The limited reaction we've got is that the crowds were as high as any show.

And now for everything else....

--Scott Hall & Sean Waltman did a signing at Frank & Son's Collectibles yesterday at the City of Industry, CA.  This was the make good for when Hall missed the last one.  We got good reports on this one.  They spent a lot of time talking to everyone there.

--Spike TV will be airing three hours of TNA on Thursday.  In another attempt to get people to at least start the show at 8 p.m., they are doing a show called "Impact Rewind," which will be a show following up on this past Thursday's show, that airs this coming Thursday at 7 p.m.  It'll probably be similar to the show that used to air after Impact.
--Variety did a story on how cable TV is doing this summer.  It was noted that ESPN and TNT are both up due to the NBA playoffs starting later in the year tan usual, as was TBS, while A&E is also on the rise.  USA network and FX were both noted for declines, and it was noted the heavily publcized new shows, Dallas (remake for the 80s classic show) and Anger Management (on opposite Impact) both started strong and fell strongly.  USA is down 21% while ESPN due to the NBA playoffs was up 128% for the first five weeks of summer.  On USA, they cited declines of NCIS and Raw (which actually isn't down that much) in the story.
--Ric Flair's first wrestling appearance since leaving TNA will be on the Juggalo Championship Wrestling annual Gathering of the Juggalos event which takes place from 8/8 to 8/12 at Cave in Rock, IL.  Not sure yet which date Flair will be at but likely the big wrestling event which takes place on the Saturday night is most likely.
--Dara Singh, a famous actor in India who is a Hall of Fame wrestler as the country's legendary star of the 50s and 60s, who was also a headliner in Europe and Japan, was in what was called very, very critical condition after a heart attack yesterday according to Dr. Ram Narain of the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital in Andheri, India.  A story is up at  Singh is 83. 
Prediction on UFC 148 buys?
Less than 600,000 7.1%
601-675,000 2.1%
676-750,000 2.8%
751-825,000 6.9%
826-900,000 14.4%
901-975,000 14.6%
976-1,050,000 23.0%
1,051-1,125,000 13.1%
1,126-1,200,000 9.0%
More than 1,201,000 7.1%
What do you consider the biggest non-WWE or TNA annual wrestling event?
New Japan Tokyo Dome 57.5%
AAA TripleMania 21.1%
G-1 Climax tournament 7.0-%
New Japan Top of the Super Juniors tournament 5.7%
CMLL Anniversary show 2.8%
All Japan Champion Carnival 2.2%
New Japan Cup 2.0%
WWC Anniversario 1.1%
All Japan Real World Tag League 0.7%
Will Silva vs. Sonnen beat WrestleMania domestic numbers?
Yes 60.9%
No 39.1%
*People must have been swayed in the last few days because we did a number of polls that responded the opposite in the past.
Who is the UFC's current biggest star?
Georges St. Pierre 41.6%
Chael Sonnen 17.8%
Jon Jones 16.9%
Anderson Silva 14.6%
Junior Dos Santos 3.7%
Cain Velasquez 1.4%
Tito Ortiz 1.3%
Nick Diaz 0.8%
Jose Aldo Jr. 0.7%
Matt Hughes 0.5%
Urijah Faber 0.4%
Dan Henderson 0.3%
What did you think of Thursday night's Impact?
Excellent 34.6%
Good 45.3%
Average 9.9%
Fair 3.6%
Poor 6.5%
*24.3% of those responding didn't see the show.  While it may not show up in the ratings, clearly live vs. tape means a ton on our web site as far as people watching the show or not.
--Regarding the upcoming ESPY awards, I'm getting stuff all the time from Golden Boy Promotions reminding people to vote for Floyd Mayweather Jr. for Best Fighter. Voting ends tomorrow night at midnight.  UFC has not sent anything out regarding Anderson Silva or Jon Jones, who was also nominated. 
--Shawn Michaels has reached a deal with Deuce Brand to create his own line of watches.  
--Traditional Championship Wrestling drew 1,200 as part of a free show at the Freedom Feast in Benton, AR:  Alucard b Alex Pain, Sigmon b Midnight Flyer, Greg Anthony b Dustin Heritage, Tim Storm b Shane Williams, Kowgirl Kissey b Miss Natural, Matt Riviera & Killer Nikels b Moe Stegal & Greg King Jr., Jim Duggan b Prince Al-Farat.  Bobby Eaton managed Duggan.  Next TV taping is 7/14 in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center with a Rumble, Bushwhacker Luke, Carlito and Big Daddy V.
--Ted Shorack, a journalism student at the University of Oregon, was looking for contact information on anyone still alive involved with the Portland Wrestling promotion. Email him: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
--Platinum Championship Wrestling from Wednesday night in Porterdale, GA before almost 500 fans for an outdoor show as part of the city's holiday celebration:  Najasism b Mr. Eric, Fred Yehi b Steve Goins-DQ, Brian Blaze won Battle Royal, Geter b Sylar Cross-DQ, Pandora & Dany Only & ? b Shane Marx & Jagged Edge & Marko Polo & Nina Monet & Ricky Nugent & Johnny Danger in a War Games match. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--World Pro Wrestling today in Bakersfield, CA with Blue Panther, Mr. Aguila and Super Parka. 
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Taylor, MI:  Jimmy Jacobs b Butler Geeves, Ring Rydas b Madman Pondo & Necro Butcher to retain tag titles, Colt Cabana b Zach Gowen, Kongo Kong b Weedman, 2 Tuff Tony b Rhino to keep JCW title, Corporal Robinson & Rudeboy b Nigerian Nightmares in what was said to be one of the bloodiest matches in JCW history, which is saying a lot (thanks to Kevin Gill)
--JCW from Friday night in Grand Rapids, MI:  Steve Corino b Zach Gowen, Breyer Wellington won three-way over Rhino and Sabu, Weedman b Jimmy Jacobs, Kongo Kong b Shockwave the Robot, Ring Girl Randy b Miss Geeves, Ring Rydas b Nigerian Nightmares, 2 Tuff Tony b Colt Cabana to keep JCW title, Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher b Rudeboy & Corporal Robinson  (thanks to Leonard Brand) 
--The Super Smash Brothers have been added to the 7/28 Taylor, MI and 7/29 Chicago shows for Dragon Gate USA.
--A story about Doink the Clown trending and mentioning Barry Horowitz was on a few days ago. (thanks to Jeff Bradley, David Lane and many others)
--Former WWF wrestler Robert "Kurrgan" Maillet will play one of the lead heels in the movie "The Mortal Instruments" where he'll team with Kevin Durand. Maillet is best known for roles in Sherlock Holmes and 300 and was with WWF in the late 90s.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 8/4 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium has Davey Richards, Kyle O'Reilly and Tony Kozina as Team Ambition.  So evidently O'Reilly's turn on Richards in ROH doesn't count here at least yet.
--The ECWA promotion noted that six of the 17 wrestlers on tonight's TNA PPV had competed in ECWA's Super 8 tournament in the past, including Christopher Daniels, a two-time winner.  Others included Bobby Roode (2002) and Austin Aries (2004, 2011). 
--U.K. Olympic wrestler Myroslav Dykun, who won a gold medal in the 2010 Commonwealth games, was banned for two years, dating back to 4/29 for a drug test failure for amphetamines at the British national championships in March.  Dykun, who was born in the Ukraine but moved to the U.K. in 2003 as the country attempted to get Eastern European wrestlers to help the local wrestlers develop into Olympic medal prospects.  But then the U.K. Olympic committee announced the new imports would be eligible for the Olympic team, which got a lot of U.K. wrestlers mad.  With the suspension, there will be only one U.K. wrestler in the Olympics, held in London in a few weeks, Olga Butkevych, who was also born in the Ukraine.
--Charlie Haas will be hosting a wrestling clinic at Noon at the XCW Institute in Denton, TX, for $40.
--"Magic Mike" (featuring Kevin Nash in a small role) opened in Australia on 7/26. The movie is in its second week in the U.S. and is estimated to do $15.6 million this weekend, putting it at No. 5.  Spider-Man is predicted to do $65 million for No. 1.  As noted, there is a Lucha Libre aspect of the storyline to that movie.  
--Animal Planet is currently advertising the debut of "Off The Hook: Extreme Catches," the new fishing show that stars Eric Young and debuts on 7/29.
--Paul Bearer, Gangrel and Brett DiBiase (Ted's younger brother) headline Tylertown Throwdown 2 on 8/4 in Tylertown, MS.  Brett was supposed to start in WWE and then blew out his knee at the wrong time. He ended up trying to stay with WWE as a ref before being let go.
--Georges St. Pierre kicked off the session today at the World Series of Poker, announcing "shuffle up and deal."  It's considered semi-prestigious and there is a big poker and UFC connection due to Las Vegas. (thanks to Dave Kaplan)
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville:  Justin Grandberry b Shawn Hoodrich, Mike Jablonski b Big Time Sexy, Shabba Shabbazz b James Duncan, Damien Payne b Lex Victory, Cody Allen b Hot Rod Biggs, Jocephus NC L.T. Falk, Mike Jablonski over Payne, Grandberry, Shabbazz and Allen.  Next show is 7/13 in Nashville with Jocephus vs. Raven (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Drew Corderio of Beyond Wrestling will be taking over as the promoter of the women's WSU group in New York from Sean McCaffrey after five years.  WSU does women's tapings largely aimed for the DVD market.
--Pure Wrestling Association Summer Assault on 7/28 in Kitchener, ONT at the Alpine Club.
--Lucha Xtreme TV from yesterday in Fresno at the TV studio before 50 fans:  D-Torch b Crimson Plague, Bobby Hart b Jeckles the Jester, Sheik Khan Abadi b Pistolero, Chavo Guerrero b Fuego Salvaje.  They announced a tournament for their own world tile with Chavo Guerrero being the first entrant (thanks to Jon Southerland)  
--NWA DAWG Pro Wrestling on 7/14 in Franklinsville, NJ at the Franklin Skating Center is headlined by Damien Wayne vs. Jerry Lynn and NWA jr. champ Kevin Douglas defending against Sebastian Cruz.
--NCW Femmes Fatales 9 in Montreal before 150 fans:  Angie Skye b Leah Von Dutch, Missy b Deziree, Veda Scott b Mary Lee Rose, Canadian Ninjaz (Portia Perez & Nichole Matthews) b Cherry Bomb and Sweet Cherri to become top contenders for tag titles, LuFisto DCOR Mercedes Martinez, Kira b She Nay Nay, Canadian Ninjaz b Sara Del Rey & Courtney Rush to win the Shimmer tag team titles, Cheerleader Melissa b K.C. Spinelli, Midwest Militia b Courtney Rush & Cat Power & Xandra Bale, Kalamity b Sara Del Rey.  Next show is 11/3 with LuFisto vs. Martinez in a cage match plus Melissa, Kellie Skater, Perez, Hailey Harted and Saraya Knight.  This was the first time the Shimmer tag team titles had ever changed hands outside of Berwyn, IL (thanks to Pat Laprade and Martin Bentley)
--IWA East Coast on 7/21 in Campbell's Creek, WV at Skateland with the Masters of Pain tournament with Masada, Mad Man Pondo, Danny Havoc, Matt Tremont, Devon Moore and others.
--CZW has an iPPV on 7/14 from Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone at 7:30 p.m. with an eight man scramble match, plus Drake Younger vs. Sami Callihan for the CZW jr. title in a one hour Iron Man match and AR Fox vs. Masada for the CZW world title.
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  C.J. O'Doyle b Jayson Falcone, Brandon Scherer b Josh Hess, Santana Garrett b Cherry Layne, J.D. Amazing b Tony Torres, Tim Zbyszko (managed by Larry) b Sultan Ali, Mike Reed b Luis Ruiz, Chico Adams b Chasyn Rance.  Next show is 8/3 (thanks to Al Haft)
--ECWA on 7/14 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club features War Games plus Papadon vs. Tony Nese.
--XICW on 7/15 in Warren, MI at The Ritz with Rhino, Michael Elgin, Truth Martini and All Japan's Black Bushi.
--NAWA from last night in Waxahachie, TX:  John Famous b Madd Dogg and Chris Cross, Joe Angelo Garcia b Justin Pain, Casey Cain & Scott Murdoch b Barrett Brown & Billy Club, Nobe Bryant b Cowboy Adam (thanks to Rob Moore)
--Trans-South Wrestling from last night in Union, SC:  Black Angel b Don E, Danny Dollar b K.C. McKnight, Cole McAbee b Kevin Blue, Eric Bradford b Dirty, Anthony Henry & Kameron Kade b George South & Baron Bullard, Deon Johnson NC The Barbarian (thanks to Thomas Simpson)

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What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?