By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's Money in the Bank show and last night's Strikeforce show on Showtime at
We're also looking for reports on these shows from last night:
1) WWE joint branded show in Tucson
2) TNA runs at AutoZone Park in Memphis
Today's WWE Money in the Bank PPV from Phoenix:
*C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan for WWE title with A.J. as referee - This on paper looks to be a ****+ match as these two always deliver when matched with each other. It would appear that the storyline revolves around what A.D. will do regarding who she picks to be champion. They could have her choose one or the other, or do something where the Money in the Bank winner comes out and cashes in tonight after winning earlier in the show.
*John Cena vs. Big Show vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane in the Raw Money in the Bank match - For what it's worth, if they are going to add people who are "former WWE champions" which is the qualification, those allowed in would be Rey Mysterio, The Miz and Mick Foley. Mysterio is returning this week as he's advertised on Tuesday's show. Miz is expected back soon. Foley is a super long shot and really the last thing I'd want to see is him involved in a match like this/
*Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the world title - They'll probably have a good match. Phoenix is a heavy Hispanic market so Del Rio can get his heat by insulting Mexicans.
*Cody Rhodes vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Santino Marella vs. Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow, Tensai vs. Christian vs Tyson Kidd in the Smackdown Money in the Bank match - Ziggler and Rhodes appear to be the favorites. Sandow would be the dark horse if they want to jump-start him. You could say the same for Tensai, but I just don't see him in a top position until he connects better even with the investment in him.
*Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Hunico & Camacho (on You Tube at 7:30 p.m. Eastern)
With only four matches announced for the PPV and virtually every main line star already there, we'll probably get the Ryback squash, maybe the Brodus Clay squash, perhaps something with Jack Swagger or Heath Slater, and the obligatory Divas match. I really can't imagine this not being a good show because of the big four matches, most likely three, if not all four, are going to deliver. I don't think there's ever been a bad Money in the Bank match. The Raw and Smackdown ones look to be different with all the high risk stuff likely on Smackdown and probably more of a four-way with judicious usage of the ladder as a weapon more than climbing and crazy bumps in the Raw match.
On Fuel tonight, they've got a replay of last week's episode of TUF Brazil at 9 p.m., the new episode at 10 p.m. and the Munoz vs. Weidman show from Wednesday night replayed at 11 p.m.
The 999th episode of Raw will be on Monday night in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Smackdown will be on Tuesday night in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Arena. Rey Mysterio is advertised on the show We're looking for your thoughts on last night's UFC on Fuel, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
A look at the future for Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva, as well as full coverage of UFC 148, all the business notes, ratings, PPV numbers, Brazil numbers, records set, other records not set is one of our lead stories in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We also have a look at the Austin Aries TNA title win, the story behind it, why it's significant, and full coverage of Destination X and TNA's title picture future.
We also have more on the DirecTV-Viacom issues, Impact becoming a three-hour block, the controversial Kenny King to TNA issue and notes on the 2012 G-1 Climax tournament.
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Our lead story looks at UFC 148 as far as worldwide interest and coverage goes, as well as thoughts on the performance of both men, why this fight was different than the first fight between the two, looking at the variables, the knee, the talks of protesting, the reality of a rematch, why Anderson Silva was in such hot water with the Nevada commission, why other fighters were calling him a cheater and more.
We also have early thoughts on the PPV number, where it stands, the key media coverage, the reason why the number wasn't as high as its potential, live show business notes, records set, Silva's new records, Silva's future, Sonnen's future, the retirement of Tito Ortiz, the Ortiz vs. Griffin feud as well as match-by-match coverage as well as how much the fighters got paid for their matches.
We look at how the DirecTV/Viacom issue affects TNA as long as it lasts.
We also have an update on the 1,000th episode of Raw, including lots of names confirmed, others rumored and who should be on the show.
We look at plans for the three hour show, lots of new WWE signings, Injury updates and new main events planned and being advertised. We've also got notes on the WWE business over the past week and highlights from all the weekend house shows.
We've also got a look at Austin Aries as X champion and the Destination X show, the Bobby Roode vs. James Storm feud, what surprised me about the audience reaction and how it shows TNA did a good job in promoting the match in at least one way, thoughts on TNA's X Division and its newcomers, the A.J. Styles vs Christopher Daniels feud, as well as match-by-match coverage and star ratings.
We also look at the new TNA show, "Rewind," look back at the similar show from 2010, the reason for the show and what kind of numbers it needs to do to be competitive in that slot.
We also look at the 22nd annual G-1 Climax tournament. We look at the participants, the blocks and the main matches each night, as well as thoughts on who should be the favor ties for what is one of the traditional biggest events of the year in pro wrestling.
We also look at both sides of the Kenny King situation, with the ROH side, the King side, and thoughts on his decision and how he handled his business. We also look at the ROH tag team title situation.
We look at some ironies in what happened and why TNA likely didn't worry about any decision they made.
We've also got a look at Aniversario, the biggest weekend of the year in Puerto Rico, including the Knockout vs. Divas series with one of TNA's biggest stars facing a longtime WWE regular, as well as the former WWE stars on the show. We also look back to the glory days of Aniversario and some of the biggest events in the history of the island when wrestling there was at its height. We look back to the incident Puerto Rico wrestling is most remembered for. We also have a look at the current stars and the imports.
We also have an update on how many homes all the TV stations that carry wrestling and MMA are available in with people dropping cable and satellite over the past year.
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:
--Update from Mexico
--The last tapings that air in Mexico before TripleMania and what TNA stars are being brought in
--Sad news about NOAH's big show of the week
--New Japan opens its tour and new direction of some programs and new title matches coming over the next few weeks
--A strange story regarding the arrest of Nosawa
--Shinjiro Otani's 20th anniversary show and the outsiders and interesting matches brought in
--The first paid show inside China of this period before WWE and UFC get into the country
--Update on Ric Flair
--Debut of two new promotions including one by a former WWE star and who he's using
--Update on Davey Richards in ROH
--Where Kyle O'Reilly fits in
--This week's ROH show
--A look at angles they considered that fell through
--Lots of notes on Bound for Glory this year
--Update on the Bound for Glory series
--More on the Claire Lynch angle
--What new TV show is looking at a key person in TNA to be one of the stars of the show
--A family member of one of WWE's top execs is looking at a TNA deal
--Ironic notes of what Paul Heyman said to Spike two years ago when they were in talks
--Notes on someone who was talked about for a TNA role and how his doing Bound for Glory will be difficult
--A new non-wrestling project Kurt Angle is working on
--Abyss wrestles in the U.S.
--TNA's only house show of the past week
--Update on Alistair Overeem and what happened with he and Dana White
--Update on Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez
--Update on UFC on FOX
--Dana White talks about why he was mad at the Brazil PPV
--Notes on Ronda Rousey's ESPN Magazine cover
--New Ronda Rousey TV show details
--More on future booking of Rousey
--This week's Strikeforce show
--UFC Fighter Summit notes
--Notes on Fuel TV's UFC plans going forward for the rest of the year and into next year
--Notes on U.S. airing of the Australia/U.K. version of Ultimate Fighter
--How the Brazil version has been doing on Fuel
--Notes on new UFC signings
--UFC injury updates
--Notes on why a fight where both fighters agreed to extensive drug testing isn't going to have that level of testing
--Lots of new UFC fights
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Sunday's News Updates
--We'll be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering tonight's Money in the Bank, Smackdown and taking your e-mail questions to
--A number of different promotions are looking at running over WrestleMania weekend in the New York/New Jersey market. As noted, ROH already announced a Friday night show for that weekend at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Dragon Gate USA will announce its shows for that weekend tomorrow. Evolve, Dragon Gate USA, CZW, CHIKARA and SHIMMER are all working together and there will be doubleheaders and tripleheaders on the Friday and Saturday and all the promotions are looking at peaking at that point to have their biggest events of the year.
--Last night at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Waterloo, IA, when Kurt Angle wasn't there, they presented his Hall of Fame award to Gerald Brisco. Brisco then auctioned it off, getting $250 for it. Angle was furious about it. Angle wrote:
"Jerry Brisco made a mockery out of me and the Dan Gable Museum Hall of Fame by auctioning off my award. This award is a huge honor. U Spit on Me. Due to obligations I had with my wedding, I could not attend HOF. I even made a ten minute video proudly accepting the great honor. I'm disappointed I couldn't go, but devastated Jerry gave away my award. Very classy Jerry."
--I don't know all the circumstances regarding this, but the people involved in the Hall of Fame were very upset about Angle pulling out. According to local newspaper reports, they claimed Angle wasn't going to be there due to TNA obligations, but it was noted Angle wasn't even booked on last night's TNA house show. Angle in that tweet claimed it was an obligation having to do with his wedding.
--Last night in Memphis, in the Bound for Glory series matches, it was Mr. Anderson over Pope D'Angelo Dinero and James Storm over Magnus, with each winner getting seven points.
--Tammy Sytch is apparently going into rehab tomorrow. She was in the emergency room Friday night and her boyfriend was insistent on her getting help. She did an RF Video shoot today where she talked about what has been happening in her life that led to what happened on Friday.
--The Sand Springs Leader in Oklahoma reported that Ryan Collins, a local independent wrestler, has signed a WWE developmental deal. I'm not familiar with him. K.C. McKnight, a longtime Carolinas indie wrestler was also signed. WWE is getting aggressive new in looking for new talent.
--John Cena was announced for the Wizard World Chicago Comic con in Chicago on 8/9. He'll be there from 4-8 p.m. signing autographs on the opening day of the show.
--A correction regarding yesterday's item about The Daytime Show and Daffney, Santana Garrett and Christina Von Eerie being on it to promote the debut of the Shine promotion. While they are in studio tomorrow morning, their segment will air on the Wednesday show. They are promoting an all-women's promotion on iPPV that debuts 7/20 with a show in Ybor City, FL.
--John Cena won his 100th match of 2012 last night in Tucson. He'll bad glad to know. His record so far this year is 100-4-4. That's because he always wins at the house shows. So far this year, Daniel Bryan has done the most matches, with 113. His record is 35-74-4. Brodus Clay is 78-1 and Ryback is 52-1. (thanks to Stefan Gorges)
--Dave Bautista was on G-4 from the Comic Con talking about "The Man with the Iron Fist," a martial arts movie filmed in China that he is starring in that will be released on 11/2. He said that Filipino Martial Arts, which he has been studying for years, helped him more in doing the movie than pro wrestling. He talked about doing his MMA fight on 10/6 as well. Really no talk about pro wrestling.
--Also on G-4, Sarah Underwood, one of their hosts, walked around at the Comic Con in a John Cena body suit, similar to a sumo suit. Randy Couture was there with the other stars of Expendables 2. (thanks to Mike Lano)
--Last night's Showtime card will be replayed on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. on Showtime and also be on Showtime On Demand starting today.
--In the only dark match on last night's show, Jason High beat Nate Moore in 26 seconds with a guillotine.
Who do you think takes this match?
Michael Bisping 68.5%
Brian Stann 31.5%
Who do you think takes this match?
Donald Cerrone 85.3%
Melvin Guillard 14.7%
How many North American buys will tonight's Money in the Bank show do?
Under 65,000 10.5%
166,000 or more 5.3%
What do you most attribute the UFC 148 buys to?
The story of the first fight 30.4%
Chael Sonnen's interviews 28.8%
Two year build 21.2%
UFC hyping it as the biggest rematch of all-time 7.5%
Anderson Silva's interview threatening Chael Sonnen 4.9%
Sonnen's individual drawing power 3.9%
Silva's greatness as a fighter 1.6%
Sonnen's greatness as a fighter 1.0%
Silva's drawing power 0.7%
Poll on Smackdown
45.3% of those responding didn't see the show.
--John Hennigan (John Morrison) faces Sonjay Dutt for the Continental; Wrestling Federation on 8/4 in Orlando at the Downtown Rec Center. The lineup has Jesse Neal vs. Luke Hawx for the CWF title, Dutt vs. Hennigan for their U.S. title, Jay Lethal vs. Sam Show, plus Wes Brisco, Mike Cruz, Lince Dorado, Chasyn Rance, Tim Zbyszko and Cody Hall appearing.
--Among the birthdays today are Mil Mascaras (73), Jesse Ventura (61) and BxB Hulk (32). (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--I did a spot today on the Sherdog rewind show with Jack Encarnacao, talking about the UFC business for this year so far, the Fox deal, and where things stand on PPV. For you older fans, Billy Robinson is a guest on one of their talk shows today as well.
--Masada debuts with Dragon Gate USA on the upcoming shows on 7/28 in Detroit and 7/29 in Chicago. He will be a regular on Dragon Gate USA and Evolve shows going forward. The Chicago show will be an iPPV show at 8 p.m., so they will be in wrestling's traditional 8 p.m. Sunday slot on a weekend with no other PPVs.
--CZW and Evolve will run a doubleheader on 9/8 in Voorhees, NJ.
--Dragon Gate USA is looking at returning to the Northeast on the first weekend of November. The problem has been that three different arenas that they have run are no longer open to them with the old Arena in Philadelphia being renovated, and they can no longer run the Ace Arena in Union City or B.B. Kings in Manhattan.
--AR Fox has signed a two year contract extension with Dragon Gate USA.
--The AP yesterday ran a story about Ranquillo Nardi, who wrestled during the depression and about how his two sons, now in their 70s and 80s, have kept scarpbooks of old newspaper clippings, magazines and posters that they've kept on him.
--The iOWest Theater in Hollywood, CA at 6366 Hollywood Blvd. has a showing of Money in the Bank tonight. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 for students and alumni.
--EWF from last night in Converse, IN: Lamar Johnson won three-way over Pacman Jackson and Frank Stein, Jun Hado b Andy Santos, Camron Starr & Randi West b Hailey Rose & Darlin Niki, Mike King b K.T. Williams, Osyris b Kharn Alexander, Roderick Street b Darrell Jackson, Mark Vandy b Parker James, Hillbilly Jedd b Troy Miller-DQ. Demolition and Jim Duggan will be appearing on their 9/8 show at the Borderman Gym.
--Belleview Pro Wrestling from last night featuring the debut of Cody Hall, Scott's son, from Orlando: Cody Hall b Josh Hess, Chasyn Rance b Jayson Falcone, Santana Garrett b Chrstina Von Eerie, Chico Adams b Mike Reed, Jayson Falcone b Gorilla Hanley, Leon Scott b Luis Ruiz, J.D. Amazing b Tim Zbyszko. Both Scott Hall and Larry Zbyszko were there to see their sons wrestle. Next show is 8/25. (thanks to Donald Fredricks)
--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno before 50 fans: J.R. Kratos b L.J. Summers, Bobby Hart b Primal Warrior, Suburban Commandos NC Los Chupacabras, Manny Fernandez b Mike Rayne-DQ. Next week has Homicide vs. Brian Cage. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Mid Missouri Wrestling Alliance from last night in St. Louis: Dave Vaughn b Jimmy D, Max Archer b Brian James, Dave Osborne b LaMarcus Clinton, Ricky Cruz b Ken Kasa, Dave Vaughn b Max Archer, Ricky Cruz b Dave Osborne, Gary Jackson won three-way over Ricky Cruz and Dave Vaughn (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--GOUGE from last night in Roxboro, NC: The Taker b ATL, Jaheem the Dream b Robin Golphin, Seymour Snott b Frank Stalletto, Crumb the Bum b Pimp Daddy Cash, Sideshow Phil b Tank Lawson, Lou Marconi b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. in a Texas bull rope match to win the GOUGE title
--I guess due to trademarks, Dustin Rhodes is on the indies with a Goldust body suit that is more black than gold.