MON. UPDATE: News coverage of 1,000th Raw, Plans for format, change, Former Stampede regular passes away, Mysterio vs Bryan announced, Another WWE TV change, New ROH iPPV, Angle makes TV special on the Olympics



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        We're looking for live reports from St. Louis tonight for the 1,000th episode of Raw.  Announced for the show is C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE title, plus a DX reunion (likely to include Sean Waltman, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg since all are in St. Louis right now), The Rock, Daniel Bryan & A.J. get married, Christian defends the IC title and a ton of people from Mick Foley to Bret Hart to Jim  Ross.  We have notes on those confirmed as at least being in St. Louis for the show up on the front page.
 
        We're also looking for reports from yesterday's Raw house show in Springfield, MO and Saturday night's Raw show in Little Rock and Smackdown show in Sioux City.
 
        Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Kansas City.
 
        Tonight on Fuel includes Ultimate Fighter Brazil at 6 p.m., Unleashed at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m. and prelims from Saturday night at 9 p.m.  Tuesday has the usual UFC Tonight at 10 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 10:30 p.m. and Prelims from Saturday night replayed at 11 p.m.
 
        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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Monday's News Updates
 
--I would like to open this by thanking Todd Martin for all his work covering Raw for so many years, dating back to the Observer site long before Bryan and I put this new site together.  Tonight will be his last Raw report.  Todd has done a great job with this, trying to do the difficult distinction between judging the show based on both entertainment and business considerations (the latter which isn't easy because ratings of a singular television show and business over the next month or months are often not all that related).  Martin follows a string of a number of Raw reviewers we've had dating back to the late Nilton Fernandes, who I also wanted to bring up because it's been almost ten years since his tragic death in 2002, and he would have gone on to be one of the best wrestling and MMA writers around had he lived.  Todd will continue covering MMA and have his weekly Thursday show on the site.
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering the 1,000th Raw on Wrestling Observer radio.  You can also send in questions for the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--USA Today has a story on the 1,000th Raw at http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/story/ with quotes from Kane, production designer Jason Robinson, Vince McMahon, The Miz, A.J., John  Cena, Jerry Lawler and HHH.
 
--Variety has a story on the 1,000th Raw at http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118056903
 
--The plan going forward is to set up polls in the first hour that will pay off in the third hour as a way to keep the audience for all three hours.
 
--There will be a new Raw logo debuting on tonight's show.    
 
--WWE will announce in the building tonight that the Extreme Rules PPV will be on May 19, 2013 in St. Louis. 
 
 
--Another Ziggler interview promoting tonight's show is at http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/wrestler-dolph-ziggler-on-raw-1000-1.3853698
 
--Dave Sherwin, better known as Goldie Rogers in Stampede Wrestling and a number of U.S. promotions in the 70s and 80s, passed away on Friday at the age of 62 after a stroke.
 
 
--The UFC 152 press conference for Toronto will take place tomorrow starting at 11:30 a.m. local time at Massey Hall at 178 Victoria St., open to the public.  Joseph Benavidez, Demetrious Johnson, Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, Rory MacDonald and UFC Canada head Tom Wright will be there.  Tickets for the 9/22 show at the Air Canada Centre go on sale to Fight Club members on Wednesday, newsletter readers on Thursday and to the public on Friday.
 
Poll on Saturday's ROH TV show
Excellent 19.6%
Good 52.9%
Average 19.6%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 7.8%
        73.8% of those responding didn't see the show 
 
--Rey Mysterio vs. Daniel Bryan was announced for an 8/9 house show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo.  That's when WWE runs the building the same week as New Japan's G-1 Climax tournament final.
 
--ROH announced a 10/6 house show date in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center.
 
--ROH also announced Mike Bennett & Maria Kanellis vs. Eddie Edwards & Sara Del Rey for the new 8/11 iPPV show in Providence called "Boiling Point 2012."
 
--For reasons not made clear, WWE will no longer be airing Nitro on its Classics on Demand service.  (thanks to Kyle Schroeder)   
 
--Former World Class champion Al Perez turns 52 today.  Former TNA wrestler Sonny Siaki turns 38.  It was also 41 years ago today when Hercules Cortez passed away in an auto accident at the age of 39.  Cortez, one of the strongest men in the world, was half of the AWA tag team champions with Red Bastien, who he was traveling with.  Herb Abrams, an eccentric promoter passed away 16 years ago today at the age of 41.  Tor Kamata, a world traveler who was best known in Stampede Wrestling for his interviews, passed away five years ago today at the age of 70. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
 
--A correction from yesterday. The Boots and Hearts Music Festival we wrote about from 8/10 to 8/12 that we said would be in Toronto is actually going to take place at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ONT, which is more than an hour East of Toronto.  Trish Stratus will be there on 8/11.  Her instructors will be there doing yoga classes on 8/10 and Stratus will be there teaching and doing the workout on 8/11, as well as a meet and greet.  You can also get 10% off tickets to the show using the password Stratusphere10 (thanks to Paul Begley)    
 
--We'll have more on this as the weekend approaches, but with no pro wrestling or MMA shows on PPV this weekend, the biggest events on iPPV will be the Dragon Gate USA shows on Saturday night in Taylor, MI and Sunday in Chicago.  The Chicago show is at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday night, the traditional U.S. PPV time. 
 
--Mauro Ranallo, King Mo Lawal and Julie Kedzie will be calling the action this coming Saturday night for the second Invicta (all women's) MMA show from Memorial Hall in Kansas City.  The show airs live and free at InvictaFC.com starting at 7 p.m.  There will be 14 women's matches in all, headlined by Sara McMann (2004 Olympic silver medalist in wrestling) vs. Shayna Baszler, Hitomi Akano vs. Alexis Davis, Liz Carmouche vs. Kaitlin Young (who once beat ODB in an MMA match when both were getting started), Sarah D'Alelio vs. Vanessa Porto and Japanese champion Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Lacey Schuckman.
 
--The next matches in the Adam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana NWA title best-of-seven series will be on 8/18 on the New England Championship Wrestling show in Bridgewater, MA with a dog collar match.  If Pearce wins, they will follow up with a 9/30 date in Salem, OR for the West Coast Wrestling Connection.
 
--Big Time Wrestling has a show on Friday night in Newark, CA at the Pavilion with Chavo Guerrero and Daivari. 
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling Girls Night Out on 8/4 in Cleveland at Turners Hall has an all-women's show headlined by one of Sara Del Rey's final independent dates before she goes to WWE, facing Haily Hatred.
 
--Empire Wrestling from Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA before 50 fans:  Tony Kozina b Mr. Erioc, Pandora b Nina Monet, Jon & Trey Williams b Casey Kincaid & Dany Only, Mason over Hayden Young, Marko Polo and Jacob Ashworth, Shane Marx & Jonathan Malik & Marty Freeman b Geter & Simon Sermon & Terry Lawler, Dany Only won a Battle Royal, Fred Yehi b Davey Richards via submission with the Koji Clutch.  Said to be an awesome match.  Gary Juster of ROH was at the show.  (thanks to Larry Goodman)        
 
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  SM King b Darren Russell, Abu Colossus & Hype Gotti b Preston Maxwell & Brandon Juarez, Leslie Ray won three-way over Shawn Nautilus and Joey Daniels, Brian Gott & Derek Cornell b Vic Victory & Zac James, Ryan Slade b Matty Star, Brian Gott won a gauntlet style Rumble.  Next show is 8/18.  
 
--On BBC 3 last night, they had a show called 50 Most Amazing Olympic moments.  Two of them came from wrestling, Rulon Gardner beating Alexander Karelin to win the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, and Kurt Angle's 1996 gold medal win where he had a broken neck going into the competition.  The show called Angle a WWF and WWE wrestler (no mention of TNA) and shows a still photo of him facing off with HHH. (thanks to Dean Ayass)
 
--There will be a pro wrestling and Roller Derby doubleheader on Saturday night in Pomona, CA at 6 p.m. at the Fairplex.  There will be an Empire Wrestling Federation show headlined by Joey Ryan plus Bay Bombers Roller Derby. 
 
--Powerslam Productions on 8/4 in Tylertown, MS at the Southwest Events Center features Orlando Jordan, Paul Bearer, Gangrel, Joe Kane and Brett DiBiase.  
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling drew 700 fans on Saturday night in Las Vegas:  Bryce Harrison won three-way over Eddie Guardado and Tristan Kelli, Mike Dalite b Dexter Verity, Jayson Cash & Jay Garland & Kid Vegas b Hunter Nation, Gregory Sharpe b Beast, Von Dooms b Vegas Originals-DQ, Sikou b Jack Manley, Michael Modest & Funny Bone b Sergio Vega & Jefe, Brandon Gatson b Vic Capri, Remy Marcel b Disco Inferno, Reno Scum b Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Tyshaun Prince b Al Katrazz in a cage match to win the FSW title
 
--NWA On Fire on 8/10 in Springvale, ME and 8/20 in Union, ME at the Fairgrounds.  They will also be taping on 7/26 in Middletown, NY at the Orange County Fair for the ECPW show.
 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 8/25 has a free show in Selkirk, Manitoba at the Selkirk Waterfront.
 
--Mickie James will be appearing for Dory Funk's BANG promotion on 8/11 in Ocala, FL.
 
--More than 200 people came to the K-1 tryouts on Thursday in Los Angeles at Muscle Beach.  Among those attending as guests included Alistair Overeem, Masato, Benny Urquidez (who once did an early New Japan Tokyo Dome show) and Don Wilson (former UFC announcer in the early days).
 
--The debut of Shine Wrestling from Friday night in Ybor City, FL:  Veda Scott b Kimberly, Santana Garrett b Tina San Antonio, Christina Von Eerie b Cherry Bomb, Taylor Made & Allisyn Kay b Tracy Taylor & Su Yung, Reby Sky b Jayme Jameson, Mercedes Martinez b Leva Bates, Rain b Nikki Roxx, Jazz b Sara Del Rey 
 
--There will be an open casting call for an MMA reality show on Thursday at Carolina Forest Martial Arts in Myrtle Beach.  They are looking for experienced fighters for the show.  Tryouts are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
 
--Konnan and Mister Saint Laurent interview Tully Blanchard on a golf course at http://www.MLW.com and Konnan talks about how Jim Ross wanted to put he and Brian Pillman together as a tag team in WCW. 

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