MON. UPDATE: UFC/MMA judging changes, Rock new movie role, WWE video game news, Punk DVD notes, Sad anniversaries, Faber vs. Barao Countdown, Foley on tour

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Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio covering Raw, the latest news as well as taking your email questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're also looking for reports on these shows from Saturday: WWE joint branded show in Tucson, AZ, and TNA at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Any notes from the shows, whether highlights, attendance for Memphis or anything else would be appreciated.

The 999th episode of Raw is tonight from 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.

On Fuel tonight, the Munoz vs. Weidman show from Wednesday airs at 8 p.m.  UFC 139 (the famous Shogun Rua vs. Dan Henderson match) airs at Midnight and again at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.  UFC From All Angles with Michael Bisping is tomorrow at 8:30 p.m.

The Countdown to UFC 149 airs tomorrow night at 9 p.m., followed by UFC Tonight at 10 P.M. and Ultimate Insider at 11 p.m.

THE OBSERVER: Sonnen/Silva II Wrap, Tons of Business News

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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Monday's News Updates

--I want to apologize for all the web site problems over the past two days.  There was an issue with the server that made it difficult or impossible to download a lot of the audio and at times, the site itself down. Everything was fixed as we started this report and we expect everything to be fine from her. Again, thanks for your patience.

Another note is that we have added new equipment which will enable us to have multiple lines for call-ins. Bryan will be doing more call-in shows and I'll be hopefully involved as well.

--Dwayne Johnson on Twitter noted that he's in the running to play Lobo, the DC Comics bounty hunter.

--Tito Ortiz will be on Inside MMA tonight talking about Forrest Griffin getting a TUE for testosterone in their fight and his talking about his view on cheating on AXS TV (formerly HDNet) at 8 p.m.

--The Association of Boxing Commissioners is having its annual meetings currently in Clearwater, FL.  The biggest thing: they have had meetings to agree on minor changes in the judging criteria of MMA fights.

Here were the following changes:

1) Effective defense has been removed as a criteria. Only offensive moves are to be used in scoring fights. This should end any debate or talks when people ask if defending a takedown should be scored as a positive, or blocking a submission, or avoiding strikes.  The new ruling is that effective defense only helps you in that it keeps you alive to do offense, but only offensive moves are the ones to be scored.

2) Striking and grappling are of equal weight.  Before, the old criteria listed striking first and grappling second.  Now they are equal with the idea that they are weighed based on how much of the fight is standing and on the ground.

3) The term 'damage' as a criteria has been replaced by the term effective damage.

4) Heavier strikes with impact should get more weight that just the number of strikes landed, most notably strikes that cause an opponent to obviously react, stagger, cut or bruiser, be in pain, as well as cumulative impact of strikes.

5) Grappling moves scored are takedowns, reversals and submissions, passing to dominant positions, use of active and threatening moves from the bottom, close submissions can't more than just attempted submissions and submissions that lead to people being tired are also weighed significantly.

6) Effective aggression is moving forward scoring with legal techniques, as well as attacking with strikes or submissions on the ground from either the top or bottom position.

7) Cage and ring control is dictating the pace, place and position

8) The current scoring system (ten point must) remains in place
--WWE and THQ today announced the Austin 3:16 edition of WWE '13.  It will be available in Europe, in North America exclusively at and WWE Shop on 10/30.  Steve Austin is going to hand sign a collectors edition of the game, based on the 2001 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin character.
--In our Strikeforce predictions from Saturday, myself and Mike Sawyer were 4-1, both picking Robbie Lawler to beat Lorenz Larkin.  Josh Nason was 3-2, and the only one to pick Larkin.  Mike Sempervive and Todd Martin were 2-3, while Oliver Copp and Bryan didn't pick.
--I don't know if this means anything, but we were told that WWE has added several random Val Venis clips to the web site in the last few days.  It was noted that videos of Bob Backlund, Sid and Vader were added right before their appearance over the past few weeks. Venis was also billed from Las Vegas. (thanks to Richard Land)
--Urijah Faber and Hector Lombard are the subjects on Inside MMA tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. on Fuel.  Joe Rogan also runs down the eight biggest upsets in UFC history.
--Bobby Lashley turned 36 today.
--It was 11 years ago today that Terry Gordy of The Fabulous Freebirds passed away at the age of 40.  He was one super talent before he had his health issues.  Miguel Perez, half of the biggest drawing tag team in the history of pro wrestling in Madison Square Garden with Argentina Rocca, passed away seven years ago today at 68.  Bob Orton Sr., the grandfather of Randy Orton, passed away six years ago today at 76.  In addition, Bruiser Brody was stabbed fatally in Puerto Rico 24 years ago today, although his death would have been in the hospital 24 years ago tomorrow at the age of 42. 
--Matches on the new C.M. Punk DVD (which he had a big part in producing) and includes a documentary include:

-Brent Albright vs. Punk for the OVW title 3/1/06
-Punk vs. Justin Credible 8/1/06 on ECW
-Punk vs. John Morrison on 9/4/07 for the ECW title
-2008 WrestleMania Money in the Bank match with Punk, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, John Morrison, Carlito, MVP and Mr. Kennedy
-Punk & Kofi Kingston vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase for the tag titles 10/27/08 Raw
-Punk vs. William Regal for the IC title 1/19/09 Raw
-Punk vs. Jeff Hardy TLC from 8/23/09 SummerSlam
-Punk vs. Rey Mysterio where Punk got his head shaved 5/23/10 Over the Limit
-Punk vs. John Cena 7/17/01 Money in the Bank - Punk's most famous match
-Punk vs Chris Jericho 4/1/12 WrestleMania
-Punk vs. Daniel Bryan 5/20/12 Over the Limit
--Jerry Lynn is injured as he was in Franklinville, NJ ,for NWA Dawg on Saturday night and announced to the crowd that due to his recent injuries, he didn't have medical clearance to work the show.  He did announce that Marty Jannetty would take his place and Lynn did referee the match.

Results before 120 fans:  Lince Dorado b Joey Spades and Johnny Fearless, Blackie & Shaheem Ali & Rik Matrix b Marc Cruz & Zito & Alex Anthony, Lance Erickson b Chase Owens, Lance Anoa'i b L.J. Cruz, Mark Krieger b Ryan Haston, Kevin Douglas b Sebastian Cruz, Biggie Biggs b Bolo Yung, Damien Wayne b Marty Jannetty with Lynn as referee.  Next show is NWA Coastal on 8/4 in Bayville, NJ at the Elks Lodge.
Who should get the next shot at Gilbert Melendez?
Josh Thomson 62.9%
Pat Healy 37.1%
Poll on the ROH TV show this week?
Excellent 20.0%
Good 40.0%
Average 21.7%
Fair 1.7%
Poor 16.7%
62.0% of those responding didn't see the show
Best TV show of the past week?
Impact 55.4%
Smackdown 11.6%
Raw 10.1%
UFC on Fuel 9.5%
ROH 6.8%
Strikeforce on Showtime 4.5%
Legacy Fighting Championships 1.2%
Inside MMA 0.9%
--Vin Gerard of CHIKARA was on Twitter and jokingly said he was better than half the pro bowlers and challenged them to a hair vs. hair game.  The Professional Bowling Association Facebook page posted it and asked if they should take him up on the challenge. (thanks to JerryLynnFan)
--Goldust will be appearing for Dreamwave Wrestling on 9/15 in LaSalle, IL. It's interesting that he's being allowed to use that name away from WWE. 
--Fuel TV sent out notes regarding this past Wednesday's UFC event. Besides it being the second most watched show in the history of the network, it was the second most watched night of prime time in the history of the network and third most watched full day.
--Regarding the note about Rikishi from a few days ago, we're told he's currently living in Las Vegas.
--Authentic Sports Management, which reps Romario Da Silva, who lost on Friday night's Legacy Fighting show to Jay Hieron, has sent out a release asking Hieron to "Do the right thing and give fans a rematch."  The ref stopped it from a brabo choke, but Da Silva never tapped nor verbally submitted. He said he accepts the decision but that the fans didn't get an adequate main event and is asking Hieron and Legacy Fighting for a rematch.
--K-1 is doing open tryouts on Thursday at Muscle Beach in Venice, CA at 1 p.m.  Judges will include Alistair Overeem, Rick Roufus, Mighty Mo and more.
--Former UFC stars Joe Stevenson faces Kurt Pellegrino in a submissions only grappling match on 7/21 in Morristown, NJ as part of the Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals on  7/21 and 7/22 at the  William Mennen Sports Arena.
--A story on UFC fighter Justin Lawrence who came out of the last TUF season and did well, noting he'll be on the 8/11 PPV from Denver against Max Holloway. The story talks about how he's still training in St. Louis instead of going to Black House.
--Mick Foley's upcoming comedy show dates:

7/18 in Bellmore, NY at The Brokerage
7/19 in Bohemia, NY at McGuire's Comedy Club
7/20 in Stone Harbor, NJ at Stone Harbor Bar & Grill
7/21 in Long Branch, NJ at Jack's Rib and Ale House
7/22 in Mays Landing, NJ at Mays Landing Golf & Country Club
7/25 in Montreal at Underworld
7/27 in Montreal at Underworld
7/28 in Montreal at Underwood

He's also going to Edinburgh, Scotland at the Assembly Rooms form 8/8 to 8/11.
--IPW from Saturday night in New Plymouth, New Zealand:  Taylor Adams b Johnny Idol, Liam Fury b Vinny Dunn, Fro Fitness b Joel Clementson & Pirate Burns, Brian St. James b Travis Banks, Britenay b Megan-Kate, Neo Justice Double won three-way over Project Mayhem and TNT, Elias b Antonio, Kingi b Curt Chaos. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--CZW from Saturday night in Voorhees, NJ:  Shane Strickland b Core, Alex Colon b Devon Moore, Joey Gacy won a scramble match over Mia Yim, Niles Young, Latin Dragon, Little Mondo, Drew Gulak, Ruckus and Dustin Rayz, Jake Crist & Greg Excellent b Dave Crist & D.J. Hyde, Azrieal & Bandido Jr. b Lucky 13 & Danny Havoc, Masada b AR Fox to retain CZW world title, AR Fox b Sami Callihan cashing in a title shot to win the CZW jr title.  The show ended with Sami Callihan and Jake & Dave Crist at Ohio is For Killers.  They have a cancer benefit show at the Happy Hour Social Club in Maple Shade, NJ, on 7/22 at 1 p.m., as a TV taping.  They are running a Japan tour with Big Japan from 7/27 to 7/30, and an iPPV on 8/13 from Voorhees, NJ.
--NWA Anarchy from Saturday night in Cornelia, GA before 100 fans:  Johnny Dangerous b Tommy Daniels-DQ, Billy Buck & Johnny Dangerous b Tommy Daniels & C.B. Gibson, Shaun Tempers b Joey Rhymer, Bo Newsome b Seth Delay in a ladder match to win the TV title, Jagged Edge NC Brodie Case, Shadow Jackson & Nemesis DDQ Dany Only & Striknyn, Andrew Pendleton III b Jacob Ashworth, Azrael & Slim J b Jacoby Boykinds & Shaun Tampers.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Austin Aries appears on Fourth and Pain.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 8/4 in Cleveland with Girls Night Out, an all-women's show with Mia Yim vs. Allysin Kay in a cage match, plus Sara Del Rey has one of her last matches before going to WWE, against Hailey Hatred in a no time limit match.
--IWA East Coast on 7/21 in Campbell's Creek, WV with the Masters of Pain tournament with Masada, Danny Havoc, Matt Tremont, Mad Man Pondo Devon Moore, Viper and more.
--Future of Wrestling on 8/11 in Deerfield Beach, FL at the Indoor Sports Complex featuring Santana Garrett vs. Christina Von Eerie
--Mikey Whipwreck on Over the Top Radio.
--AWF on 8/11 and 8/12 in Toronto at Downsview Park is part of a festival that includes four pro wrestling shows over two days by the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation.  The park will have major metal bands including Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Deftones and more on 8/11.  Wrestlers appearing on 8/11 are Raven, Johnny Swinger, Joe E. Legend, Pepper Parks, Cherry Bomb and more.  There are shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  On 8/12, has Deftones and Five Finger Death Punch as well as 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. shows with Tommy Dreamer, Rhino, Joe E. Legend, Jeremy Prophet, Pepper Parks and Cherry Bomb.
--Resistance Pro Wrestling on 7/27 in Chicago with Harry Smith and John "Morrison" Hennigan.
--ToW from Saturday night in Pointe-Calumet, Quebec before 350 fans:  Gaetan L'Amour b Mystery, Highlight Reel b Urban Miles & Leon Saver, Latinos, and Surfer Mitch & Travis Toxic in a four-way, Billy Gibson b Boogli, Green Phantom b Pat Gueneette, Genesis and Sexxy Eddy in a four-way, Handsome JF & Carl b Dru Onyx & Eric Mastrocola, Sylvain Grenier & Samson b Franky the Mobster, Tatanka b Darkko.  Next show is 9/21 in Montreal with Grenier vs. Samson with Roddy Piper as the special enforcer. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--AIWF on 8/18 in Mt. Airy, NC at the Armory features War Games plus Rob McBride and Reid Flair. It's the 25th anniversary of the first War Games.
--Rapper B-Cide has made a song and video about his love for WWE called WWE Universe Anthem Rap. (thanks to Jennifer Sosso)

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