Daniel Pineda (17-8, 145) vs. Antonio Carvalho (13-5, 145)
Ryan Jimmo (16-1, 205) vs. Antony Perosh (13-6, 205.5)
Francisco Rivera (8-2, 136) vs. Roland Delorme (8-1, 135)
Nick Ring (12-1, 185) vs. Court McGee (13-2, 185)
James Head (8-2, 170) vs. Brian Ebersole (50-14-1, 1 no contest, 171)
Shawn Jordan (13-3, 250) vs. Cheick Kongo (27-7-2, 231)
Tim Boetsch (15-4, 186) vs. Hector Lombard (31-2-1, 1 no contest, 185.5)
Urijah Faber (26-5, 135) vs. Renan Barao (30-1, 1 no contest,135) for the interim bantamweight title.
I will have running play-by-play on the site tonight, starting with the prelims. Mike Sempervive and I did a preview show
last night for subscribers and will be back tonight covering the results, along with the other latest news from pro wrestling and MMA late tonight after the show. Bryan will be back tomorrow and we'll catch up on Sunday night as well, previewing Raw and running down the weekend.
Sunday has a Raw house show in Springfield, MO and a Smackdown house show in Omaha, NE.
The 1000th Raw, headlined by C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE title, plus DX, The Rock, Daniel Bryan & A.J. get married, Christian defends the IC title and a ton of people from Bret Hart to Steve Blackman to Jim Ross and a million others is from St. Louis, and is the first Raw that starts at 8 p.m., the new starting time of the show.Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Kansas City.
NEW OBSERVER ALERT: Road to 1000th RAW, Dara Singh, Money In The Bank
A look at WWE building the 1,000th Raw, coverage of Money in the Bank, more on WrestleMania week in New York, as well as a look at one of the most famous pro wrestlers of all-time on a worldwide basis, Indian cultural icon Dara Singh, are among the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
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We look at plans and thoughts on Raw No. 1,000, including what Steve Austin is currently doing and the build for SummerSlam.
We also have full coverage of the Money in the Bank PPV, including early business indications, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results of the show.
We also have full coverage of both the UFC show on Fuel in San Jose and the Strikeforce show in Portland from the past week. We look at who is Chris Weidman, ratings of the show, issues regarding Weidman being marketable, as well as a rundown of the middleweight contenders picture and where Weidman stands. We also look at Dana White's reaction to the crowd, and how the best match of the night never even aired on television.
We also have more on the Strikeforce brand, the situation with the champions, the problems with the idea of title vs. title matches against the UFC champion, as well as future Strikeforce events.
We look at WrestleMania week activities updated.
We also look at WWE's buying a stake in Tout and how it is going to be marketed, Dwayne Johnson talks a possible new film role, how much Linda McMahon has spent so far in her latest run for senate as well as notes on her campaign literature. We also look at the departure of Kharma and a number of new people starting with WWE in developmental. We look at the recruiting process, including the types of people they are now scouting.
We look at the match order on PPVs, more ideas for new WWE television programming, Brock Lesnar's schedule, WWE star writing a book, the NXT tapings and who has been impressive, as well as notes on the only weekend WWE house show.
We look at the life and career of Dara Singh, including a lot of notable trivia about the most famous wrestler to a generation in India. We go through some of his most famous matches, including his bouts with Lou Thesz, Thesz's thoughts of Singh, the reaction to his death in India, his movie career, pro wrestling in India and more.
We also have a look at one of the biggest non-WWE shows in pro wrestling of this year, AAA's TripleMania show at the new Arena Ciudad in Mexico City on 8/5.
We also look at the Association of Boxing Commissioners meeting when it comes to scoring UFC fights, including criteria changes and the arguments regarding the half-point system as well as results of fighters polls on both the half-point scoring system and on announcing scores to the fighters or to the public after every round.
We also have more on four more pro wrestlers who came from the Olympics including someone who was a major overseas drawing card for years, and others who didn't become big in pro wrestling because they started too late in life.
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 look at what segments gained and lost viewers.
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:
--Mini star loses mask and reveals identity
--59th anniversary of wrestling at Arena Puebla and what main event sold out the house
--Well known father teams with his two sons for the first time on a major show
--Opening of All Japan's junior heavyweight tournament
--Retirement of a long-term veteran
--Notes on this year's Fire Festival
--IGF title change
--Dave Bautista and MMA, movies, and being a music video director
--Former WCW and TNA wrestler talks retirement due to injuries
--Former WCW star arrested this past week
--Tammy Sytch checks in to rehab
--Notes from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz pro wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony with John Layfield, Dan Severn and more, as well as the story behind Kurt Angle not being there and why there was so much heat on him, and how it was all settled
--Arrest of former WWE wrestler
--Possible career ending injury to former WWE wrestler
--Lawsuit filed against Ultimate Warrior
--Notes on Bob Backlund
--Pro wrestling debut of Cody Hall, Scott's son
--One of the greatest woman wrestlers of all-time returns to the U.S. in September
--Update on Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie
--Someone with a pro wrestling connection hired as an announcer for the upcoming Olympics
--Former WWE wrestlers gets TV acting role
--More on ROH contract situations and what went down with Kenny King
--When Davey Richards is expected back for ROH
--More on proposed angle between ROH and Gabe Sapolsky
--Notes on weekend ROH house show
--More on Hulk Hogan and his next surgery
--TNA PPV news
--Who are the mystery guys in TNA
--How the DirecTV impasse affects TNA
--Update on the Hardcore Justice PPV
--Bound for Glory series update
--More on technicalities of the series
--What current TNA star entered the Diva search and didn't make the top ten
--More notes from the UFC Fighters Summit
--More on Forrest Griffin getting testosterone replacement therapy
--Notes on the upcoming U.S. and Australia/U.K. series of Ultimate Fighter, coaches, start times, dynamics and more
--Lots of new UFC matches
--A look at how busy the UFC schedule is going forward
--UFC show moved
--Notes on the Calgary show this week
--Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans talk future and possible division changes
--Junior Dos Santos talks his return
--Next Bellator TV show as well as when the new season is scheduled to start
--Notes on an upcoming MMA movie featuring major movie stars
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Our most requested issues in our history are:
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
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*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
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Saturday's News Updates
--As of yesterday on Raw, the idea was for the top of the hour key spots on the Monday show, they would go to a Rock segment, the Lesnar/HHH segment and the Cena vs. Punk match, meaning the wedding is the odd one yet with the less than choice segment. Somehow I expect that to change five times this weekend.
--Sean Waltman was on the Cowhead show and teased that he would be on Raw. Everyone is going to be on Raw. Rumors have been strong that Road Dogg (who works for the company and is always there), Waltman and Billy Gunn would be part of the DX reunion. Chyna, on the other hand, would be a surprise.
--WWE sent out a press release saying it has more then 100 million fans around the world in its various social media platforms. They announced sending Alex Guerrero of San Antonio to Raw on Monday in St. Louis, so apparently he's there for them to announce this on the show. This is a combination of Tout, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and WWE.com. They are billing Guerrero as the 100 millionth fan to sign up.
--On the WWE Raw tour this weekend, John Laurinaitis is back on the road, or at least he was last night. His deal is that he wants to be in Big Show's corner for the main event against John Cena, but the fans get to vote and they vote that he's banned from ringside. Then after the match, Laurinaitis does the same run-in spot he does in all the TV taping dark matches, where he hits Cena with a chair, and Cena makes a comeback and lays him out with the Attitude Adjustment.
Also on the Raw tour is Leakee, aka Joe Anoi'a, the son of Sika and brother of Yokozuna and Rosey.
--Rudos Promociones has a Lucha Libre show in Minneapolis on Sunday.
--There is controversy over a female wrestler in the upcoming Olympics, Kyrgyzstan's Aisuluu Tynbekova, a medal hopeful at 139 pounds. She was in a fight outside an ice cream stand and at her hearing this past week, the Judge postponed her trial until after the Olympics to allow her to compete. This stems from an incident on 4/3 where Tynbekova was in a crowded underpass looking to buy ice cream when they were confronted by a group of five people. One of the women knocked into Tynbekova and shouted insults and there was a short fracas that lasted a few seconds. Nothing happened until a few days later when the wrestling federation received a complaint about an assault after the alleged victim had seen a television program on Tynbekova, the country's leading Olympic medal hope.
Punk vs. Cena 53.7%
Floyd Mayweather Jr. 33.8%
C.M. Punk 4.6%
Georges St. Pierre 4.0%
--USWO from last night in Nashville: Sean Wilhelm b Mikey Jones-COR, Playboy James Duncan b Thomas Shock, Lex Victory & Cody Allen b Big Time Sexy & Justin Grandberry, Mackenzie York b Vision, Damien Payne b Justin Overstreet, Jocephus & Dutch Mantel b Tony Falk & Gary Valiant (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Today's birthdays include Shawn Stasiak (Dr. Shawn Stepich) who turned 42, and Giant Silva (Paulo Silva), who turned 49. Lita Marez, a woman wrestler of the 60s, whose son was a star with the Bay Bombers Roller Derby team, passed away five years ago today.
--Boone's Tavern in Denver has an official viewing party for UFC 149 tonight with area fighters.
--Corey Hill's opponent for the XFC show on 8/3 in Charlotte on AXS TV has been changed from Jason South to Mike Bronzoulis, a former Strikeforce fighter.