We're also looking for reports on Friday night's Raw show in Charleston, WV, and Saturday's Smackdown show in Johnson City, TN along with last night's TNA show in Washington, PA.
Dragon Gate is running an iPPV tonight 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
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.
OBSERVER ALERT: THE HISTORY OF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
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.
Both issues are up on the site today if you are a web site member. We also have a new back issue on the site from 1995 just put up.
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We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
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
--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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Sunday's News Update
--In the TNA Bound for Glory series match last night in Washington, PA, Kurt Angle pinned Magnus to get seven points. Angle did an interview after the match saying that he suffered a knee injury which cost him a shot at going to the Olympics and for people to support all the Olympic athletes.
--C.M. Punk had his first house show match last night in Johnson City, TN, since Raw. A lot of fans cheered him and a lot booed him. He worked the match as a face. Also working as a face last night, which could be a tryout in that role, was Drew McIntyre, forming a team with Ted DiBiase over Hunico & Camacho.
--That UFC preview show for Saturday night's card, which aired on FOX today at 11 a.m. was quite the secret. The show focused on the top two fights, Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera and Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida. They didn't talk about title implications regarding the winner as I guess the show was already filmed when Dana White started pushing the fights as one of the winners directly getting a title shot.
Watching FOX today and seeing the commercials, they are promoting this show better than the last one in the sense they push the top three fights with names. During baseball Saturday, they had a few bumpers showing clips of Shogun and pushing him as the star of the show. During the Giants vs. Dodgers game, the announcers talked the top two matches and had the whole card on a split screen coming back from a commercial (thanks to Jeff Miller)
--In today's Olympic fencing coverage, when one of the fencers spun around twice either in celebration or trying to get a favorable call from the ref, announcer Jeff Bukantz called the move a "double spinnaroonie."
Did you know there was a UFC special today on FOX?
People who thought the reference to UFC on FOX regarded the show this coming Saturday 27.3%
Which of these men most belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Arn Anderson 46.3%
Bubba & Devon Dudley 8.9%
Booker T 8.7%
Bam Bam Bigelow 8.1%
Larry Zbyszko 7.9%
Big Show 6.2%
Badnews Allen 4.8%
Otto Wanz 4.2%
Mike Awesome 1.5%
Chris Adams 1.4%
Big Bossman 1.2%
Buff Bagwell 0.8%
Which of these men most belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Bill Goldberg 22.3%
Eddie Gilbert 13.8%
Scott Hall 11.4%
Jeff Jarrett 11.1%
Honky Tonk Man 7.4%
Jim Duggan 7.1%
Tommy Dreamer 3.8%
Shane Douglas 2.9%
Marty Jannetty 1.4%
Mark Henry 1.2%
Poll on Smackdown
***45.7% of those responding didn't see the show
--We got a report regarding Billy Corgan's Resistance Pro Wrestling show on Friday night in Chicago that John Morrison vs. Robert "Ego" Anthony tore the house down. Said Morrison was having fun working hard and Anthony showed a lot of potential (thanks to Jeff Siegel)
--Ultimate Fighter Brazil airs tonight on Fuel at 9 p.m.
--Pro Wrestling Xtreme from last night in Orlando before 100 fans: Shooter Storm b Tim Zbyszko, Jayson Falcone b Z-Barr, Lince Dorado b Chasyn Rance and Mike Cruz in a three-way, Circle of Disrespect b Headbangers, Sam Shaw (TNA Gut Check) b Rocky Santiago, Chico Adams b J.D. Amazing, Masked Maniac b Sensei, Kahagas b New Jack and Kory Chavis, Vordell Walker b Jesse Neal, Steve Corino b Marty Jannetty. Next show is 9/29. (thanks to Al Haft)
--Lucha Xtreme from last night in Fresno. This was a taped local TV show. The next actual taping will be 8/11: Bobby Hart b Johnny Plinko, Suburban Commandos b D-Torch & L.J. Summers, Brian Cage b Crimson Plague, Homicide b Primal Warrior, Wiseguy b Supercabra. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Knokx Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Simi Valley, CA: Eyez in Disguise b Surrucho, Kratos b Pedro, J. Bleedah b Rapture #2, Grizz b Poncho Castillo, Rikishi & Black Pearl & Parker Greaves b Maverick & Zander Jones & Brian Tannen (thanks to Clint Mayher)
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 8/4 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds is headlined by Flash Flanagan vs. Zombie Rob Ramer.
--CWE on 8/17 in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall
--3XWrestling's 7th anniversary show from Friday night in Des Moines: Ray Stryker won three-way over Ryan Kidd and Darren Dean, Jaysin Strife b Tony Kozina, Gage Octane & Todd Countryman b Tony Sly in a handicap match, Maddog McDowell & Jon West b Ricky Kwong & Domino Rivera, Darin Corbin DCOR Jimmy Rockwell, Mark Sterling b Kyle O'Reilly (super match, standing ovation from the crowd), Sir Bradley Charles & Kraig Keesaman b Devin Carter & Nate Bash, Benjamin Sailer b Davey Richards via submission