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We're looking for reports on tonight's WWE Raw house show in Charleston, WV and tonight's TNA house show in Dayton (Battle Royal, winner gets a TNA title shot at Austin Aries, Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne for Knockouts title, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. Devon & Garett Bischoff for tag titles, Kurt Angle vs. RVD Bound for Glory series, Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus Bound for Glory series plus Joseph Park appears) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Smackdown tonight on Syfy:
*The Miz vs. Christian for IC title
*Ryback vs. Jinder Mahal
*Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes non-title
*Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro non-title
*Yoshi Tatsu vs. Damien Sandow
*Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kane vs. Daniel Bryan, winner becomes No. 1 contender for world title
We're looking for reports on all the shows below:
        There is a Dragon Gate USA iPPV Saturday night in Taylor, MI at with:
Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa for the Open the Freedom Gate title
Cima & AR Fox vs. El Generico & Samuray del Sol
Rich Swann vs. Chuck Taylor
Yamato vs. Ricochet
Super Smash Brothers vs. The Scene
Jon Davis vs. Jake Manning
        Plus:  Arik Cannon, Pinkie Sanchez, Masada, Christina Von Eerie and N8 Mattson
        Saturday also has a Raw house show in Lexington, KY, a Smackdown house show in Johnson City, TN, and TNA in Washington, PA at Consol Energy Park (Battle Royal for title shot, Tessmacher vs. Rayne, Angle vs. Magnus Bound for Glory series, A.J. Styles vs. RVD Bound for Glory series), Devon vs. Bobby Roode, Daniels & Kazarian vs. Hardy & RVD--I know it's not going to happen like this but that's how it's listed).
        Saturday also has the Invicta Fighting Championships, an all-women's MMA show from Kansas City which is streaming live at
Sara McMann (5-0) vs. Shayna Baszler (14-6)
Hitomi Akano (18-9) vs. Alexis Davis (11-5)
Liz Carmouche (6-2) vs. Kaitlyn Young (7-5-1)
Sara D'Alelio (5-2) vs. Vanessa Porto (14-4)
Ayaka Hamasaki (7-0, Jewels champion) vs. Lacey Schuckman (7-4)
Barb Honchak (5-2) vs. Bethany Marshall (4-0)
Julia Budd (2-2) vs. Elina Nilsson (2-2)
Carla Esparza (6-2) vs. Sarah Schneider (6-5)
        There will be 14 matches in all starting at 7 p.m. Eastern and 4 p.m. Pacific. 
        There will be another Dragon Gate USA iPPV on Sunday at 8 p.m. from Chicago
Cima & AR Fox vs. Ricochet & Rich Swann for the vacant Open the United Gate tag title
El Generico vs. Akira Tozawa
Johnny Gargano vs. Chuck Taylor I Quit match
Jon Davis vs. Yamato (Davis says he will retire if he loses)
Arik Cannon & Pinkie Sanchez vs. Super Smash Brothers
The Scene vs. Zero Gravity
Samuray del Sol vs. Shane Hollister
Masada vs. Jake Manning
        Sunday also has Raw in Louisville, Smackdown in Pikeville, KY and TNA in Akron, OH at the Civic Theater (Battle Royal, Tessmacher vs. Rayne, Mr. Anderson vs. Magnus Bound for Glory series, Devon vs. Roode, Daniels & Kazarian vs. Angle & Styles).

The three-hour Raw will be live from Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena on Monday. Smackdown will be taped Tuesday at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


We've got a special history of Monday Night Raw and a look back at the longest lasting wrestling shows in U.S. television history as the main focus of two issues of the Observer on the site this week.  If you are a print subscriber, the two issues are combined into a double issue.
        We look back at the 1,000th Raw, including the highlights, what things are building to, the usage of wrestlers from the past, what the ratings pattern said about what people were most into, as well as how the various demographics related to different segments and personalities on the show.
        We look at the people on the show, as well as what happened to others who were either at the arena or talked about at one point regarding being there.  We look at the C.M. Punk heel turn, what people expect for SummerSlam, Royal Rumble and WrestleMania as well as full coverage of the show.
        We also have a history of Raw, the transition from syndicated television to cable television, promotions paying to get on the air, stations paying promotions, how wrestling changed in the 80s, what killed the territories that people never talk about, the real longest running weekly episodic television shows in U.S. history, the Monday Night Wars, how viewership of wrestling has changed since the Monday Night Wars, how the aim of wrestling has changed, how Raw and Nitro differed from wrestling show of the past, what killed Nitro, Raw ratings history, the voices of Raw, who Vince McMahon tried to get to host Raw and the story behind it.
        We also look at the longest running wrestling shows in history and the people most associated with them.  We look at the histories of those shows.  We also have a lot of stats for the history of Raw, including who had the most matches, won the most matches, ratings and what cities have played host the most times.
        We also have full coverage of UFC 149, what went wrong, why fans turned on the show, the future of Urijah Faber as well as the bantamweight and middleweight divisions, along with a look at controversial judging and close decisions.  We also have our usual match-by-match coverage and fan reaction to the show.
        We also have a look at three major shows over the past week in Japan, as Pro Wrestling NOAH had its big summer show featuring Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels and Magnus, New Japan had its big event of the month with multiple championship matches, while Dragon Gate had its big event of the year.
        We also look at Vince McMahon comments on ratings, WCW and UFC.  We've got more on Steve Austin, notes on Vince McMahon's 2010 tax returns, how much income he made, how much he paid in taxes and more.  We've got an update on the Linda McMahon campaign for senate, and reactions to her recent debate.  We also look at her policy on tax cutting.
        We've got more on another lawsuit filed against WWE, a look back at Terry Gordy on the anniversary of his death, the WWE 2013 PPV schedule, update on Kharma, developmental and an update on the TV situation, Raw going three hours, HHH talks reality TV, why David Otunga has been missing from TV, new people and names in developmental, Ziggler talks his future, how many people watch Raw on DVR's, notes on newcomers to the road for WWE, as well as the business notes for the past week as well as rundowns of all the WWE house shows.
        We also have a note on yet another former Olympian who became a pro wrestling world champion, as well as a look at Tito Ortiz's career, his retirement and the UFC Hall of Fame.       
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Also in this week's issue:
--More on Pac leaving Dragon Gate and the tournament to crown the vacant trios champion
--Update on All Japan's junior heavyweight tournament
--Next major matches for NOAH
--Early notes on NOAH's annual junior heavyweight tag team tournament and where ROH competitors fit in
--New Japan vs. WWE big shows in a few weeks
--Notes on a new promotion that will likely make waves on the indie level
--Notes on the life of the late Goldie Rogers, a longtime Canadian star
--Notes on the next ROH iPPV
--Davey Richards/ROH update
--More on Hulk Hogan doing an indie show
--Why there are new issues in TNA and what changes are attempting to be made with what contracts
--A scoreboard regarding TNA talent, who is going and what will be very interesting to watch play out
--Identity of Aces and 8s
--Bound for Glory series update
--TNA house show notes     
--Strikeforce ratings
--A change at FOX
--The arguments regarding a bill in Congress that would affect UFC, WWE and Bellator
--Doctor who treated UFC star being investigated by board
--UFC and social media
--Lots of new UFC matches
--More on the situation with Strikeforce contracts
--New reality TV show on small station set to debut in August  
--5,000 seat arena sells out two straight weeks
--Build for TripleMania
--Indie promotion books the biggest show in its history in a 16,000-seat arena
--Hall of Famer hospitalized trying to do too much after surgery
--Update on Bellator
--Notes on international MMA
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Friday's News Updates
--Here's an interesting Popular Science story about Greg Jackson using math and probabilities to come up with game plans, talking about the Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans game plan among other things.
--UFC announced the four fights, in order, that will air a week from tomorrow on FOX are DaMarques Johnson vs. Mike Swick (opening), followed by Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner, Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida and Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera.  The last two fights will determine who gets the shot at the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson winner on 9/1.  
--We don't have an advance number but tickets were available at 2 p.m. in every price range for the UFC show on 9/22 in Toronto. Tickets went on sale to Fight Club members Wednesday, and to the public this morning.  Expensive tickets being available isn't a surprise. Anyone who thought a show with Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez as the pushed main event for a city like Toronto was going to sell 15,000 tickets right away was fooling themselves.  But the idea that cheap tickets are available is a surprise because with UFC, those are the first to go and usually they are gone within minutes from Fight Club members (thanks to Grant Zwarych)    
--Lots of birthdays today among wrestling stars:
Greg Gagne turns 64
Manny Fernandez turns 58
Matt Osborne (Doink the Clown/Matt Borne) turns 55
Dave Sierra/Cuban Assassin turns 52
HHH turns 43
Shannon Moore turns 33
Dolph Ziggler turns 32
--It was also 36 years ago today that the tragic auto accident that killed Sam Bass (Jerry Lawler's manager), Pepe Lopez and Frank Hester took place.  Gordon Solie passed away 12 years ago today at the age of 71.  Rhonda Singh passed away 11 years ago today at the age of 40.  Brenda Britton passed away five years ago today at the age of 66. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--Results from this weekend should give you an indication of whether Johnny Gargano will take a WWE developmental offer.  Dragon Gate USA sent out a release where Gargano said about leaving, "I don't know. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Right now, I'm just focused on this weekend.  I think something will happen this weekend."
--Travis Browne vs. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva will headline the next live UFC event on FX, which will be on 10/5 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.  Browne was pulled from the Los Angeles show on 8/4 when opponent Ben Rothwell was injured.
--Here's a story on Rey Mysterio in The Philippines where he is currently on a promotional tour. Mysterio said he did consider retiring after his recent knee surgery, but feels his knee is in good shape and is going to continue as long as he can.  He said after retiring he'd like to open a school to train kids in amateur wrestling.  When has was asked what he would be doing if he wasn't a pro wrestler, he said he thinks he could have played in the NFL and been the smallest player in the league.  There aren't a lot of 5-foot-2 NFL players. When asked about his dream match, he said it would be to team with Manny Pacquiao (good answer in the Philippines).
--Announced as the main event for the 10/22 Raw tapings at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ is John Cena & C.M. Punk & Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Big Show & Dolph Ziggler & Daniel Bryan & Alberto Del Rio.  Obviously that will change any minute now.
Which of these men most belong on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Jake Roberts 65.8%
The Spoiler 8.1%
Tommy Rich 6.7%
Jacques Rougeau Jr. 4.8%
Dick Slater 4.4%
Johnny Powers 3.1%
Stan Stasiak 2.8%
Ricki Starr 1.2%
Johnny Rougeau 1.1%
Nelson Royal 0.8%
Sammy Steamboat 0.6%
Ricky Romero 0.6%
Who do you think wins this fight?
Daniel Cormier 69.1%
Frank Mir 30.9%
Who was the biggest star in UFC history?
Brock Lesnar 36.2%
Chuck Liddell 24.4%
Randy Couture 13.4%
Royce Gracie 7.2%
Georges St-Pierre 6.2%
Ken Shamrock 5.4%
Tito Ortiz 4.0%
Anderson Silva 2.4%
Frank Shamrock 0.6%
B.J. Penn 0.2%
Who was the best UFC fighter at promoting fights?
Chael Sonnen 59.7%
Tito Ortiz 15.0%
Rampage Jackson 5.8%
GSP 4.5%
Ken Shamrock 3.4%
Rashad Evans 2.8%
Frank Shamrock 2.6%
Josh Koscheck 2.4%
Randy Couture 1.5%
Matt Serra 1.1%
Royce Gracie 0.6%
Matt Hughes 0.6%
--Esquire Magazine tried to do a mathematical listing of the 50 greatest athletes in the world. These were the categories they put together:

Most MVP seasons or athlete of the year seasons
Number of major world championships (one a year max)
Number of Youtube hits
Number of Google hits
Amount of Charity work
Amount of Scandal
Money earned
DUI or assault arrests

I'm hoping the scandal and arrests were taken as negatives and not positives, but I'm not sure given where Tiger Woods ranked, although few athletes have been as good as their sport as he is in his.
Roger Federer was No. 1. Manny Pacquiao was No. 2 and LeBron James was No. 3.  Floyd Mayweather was No. 6.  GSP was No. 23 and Jon Jones was No. 44.  Of course any list where Joey Chestnut (34) is ahead of Kevin Durant and Usain Bolt as the best athlete doesn't mean much at all. (thanks to Chris Harrington)
--One Fighting Championships announced for 8/31 in Manila three Gracies on top with Rolles Gracie vs. Tony Bonello, Igor Gracie vs. Jung Hwan Cha and Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann.
--Ten years ago today, Low Ki became the first ROH champion winning a four-way in Philadelphia over Christopher Daniels, Doug Williams and Spanky (Brian Kendrick) in a 60 minute most falls Iron man match.  ROH put the match up on their Ringside Exclusive video section (thanks to Patrick Gronemann) 
--Jeff Bukantz, a friend of ours for more than 20 years and a subscriber for longer than that, will be commentating on fencing in the Olympics on shows that air tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. on NBC Sports, 9:40 a.m. on MSNBC and 2:30 p.m. on MSNBC.
--This is not a wrestling story, but former Atlanta Falcons star Ray Easterling, who committed suicide in April at the age of 62, according to the medical examiner in Richmond, VA, had a brain showing signs consistent with CTE.  Easterling played eight years in the NFL but suffered from dementia, depression and insomnia in recent years according to his wife.  She said he had lost his ability to focus, organize thoughts and relate to people.  She also said her husband, when he was alive believed, he was suffering from it.

Mark my words on this: anyone who thinks in the long run that this is just a football story -- and if the lawsuit against the NFL goes favorably for the players won't lead to significant legal action against any sports or entertainment franchise with heavy hitting, concussions and contact (as well as a bank account) -- is fooling themselves. 
--In a completely opposite note, Kurt Angle makes fun of himself in a Funny Or Die clip in his not making the Olympics. In the skit, he tries new sports which is worth seeing. Rob Van Dam is also in the clip.
--Both B.J. Penn and Rory MacDonald have agreed to undergo extensive drug testing for eight weeks prior to their fight in Toronto on 9/22, the first UFC fighters who have agreed to undergo VADA drug testing.  Penn has always been believed to have been and insisted he was PED free and it's been a topic he's talked about for years.
--There is an Australian documentary called "This is Roller Derby" that will be released at the end of the year in theaters (thanks to James Stanios)
--A documentary on Devon Nicholson will be screened at both the Ottawa Film Festival and the Young Cuts Film Festival in Montreal.  Lanny Poffo, Jim Duggan, Sylvan Grenier, Pierre Carl Oulette and Honky Tonk Man are among those in the documentary.
--Knokx Pro this Saturday at The Domain in Sun Valley, CA featuring Rikishi Black Pearl and others for a 3 p.m. show.  The Domain is at 11108 Tuxford St. in Sun Valley.
--PWX Pittsburgh is running at the PWX Wrestleplex in Pittsburgh on 8/4 at 7:30 p.m.
--River City Wrestling this Saturday in Winnipeg at Club Street B Bar at 8 p.m.  
--Former WCW female Tylene Buck, known as Major Gunns, is doing nude webcam shows under the name Tyler Buck, promoting herself as a former WCW star.  She was in the live chatroom and people were asking her what WCW stood for.  At least she knew.  She is listing her age of 32.  For what it's worth, if you add up how old she was 13 years ago in WCW, when she was 27, you can get a different age.  She's on the same site with "The Long Island Lolita" Amy Fisher. (thanks to Jake Koch)
--Wild Bill's Fight Night takes place Saturday at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA, with Mary Matia of Cumming, GA against Rachel Seltzer in a kickboxing match for the ISKA championship at 125 pounds. They also have a husband and wife fighting amateur MMA on the same show with Junior Mewborn and Ivey Turner.
--GOUGE this Saturday night in Charlotte at the Tremont Music Hall.
--CCW and NWA Ring Warriors are running in Fort Lauderdale at the Main Event Training Center at 312 E. Oakland Park Blvd.
--Tommy Dreamer will be opening up a wrestling school in conjunction with his promotion in Poughkeepsie. For info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
--Former WCW announcer Lee Marshall is organizing a reunion of broadcasters at KRIZ in Phoenix in February. (thanks to Scott Favareille)

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