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Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insiders at 7:30 p.m., UFC 142 (Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Chad Mendes) at 8 p.m., UFC Legends Roundtable at 11 p.m., UFC from All Angles with Michael Bisping at 11:30 p.m., and the Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall show on FX at midnight.  All are Eastern time.

NEW OBSERVER ALERT: MOST POPULAR FIGURES IN COMBAT SPORTS EXAMINED

Our twice annual look at the most popular figures in pro wrestling, MMA and boxing, broken down with an extensive look at the U.S. market, the world market and the Canadian market is one of the lead stories is a news packed issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.

We also have updates on WrestleMania and UFC 148 business and where PPV is falling into.

We've got a popularity chart, including currently active participants and legends, with notes on how pro wrestling, boxing and MMA differ when it comes to both current and enduring popularity.  We also have a chart listing the rankings at this point with those of the past three years so you can see who is gaining and losing steam.

We look at people over pushed, under pushed, the difference between boxing enduring legends, who have become the biggest new stars this year, who have faded, the current value of UFC and WWE championships in making stars, do UFC fans by and large want to see smaller guys and who is pro wrestling's most enduring legend worldwide.

We also have a piece on the history of wrestling on television following up last week's story on the longest lasting TV shows in wrestling history.  We look at Georgia television wrestling prior to TBS, as well as how Ronald Reagan changed television and how that changed pro wrestling from the 70s to the 80s and paved the way for Vince McMahon's changing of the business.  We also look back at how Gordon Solie got to be the national voice of wrestling.

We also look at the surgery Great Khali underwent, why John Laurinaitis was demoted from his real position and how the talent department has changed in recent months and different people who have replaced Laurinaitis at his job.  We also look at how Laurinaitis got to WWE and became head of talent relations.  We have an update on SummerSlam, a look at the Linda McMahon campaign, how much the McMahon family has lost in the last two years as well as Linda McMahon taking credit for WWE but not wanting to talk about it.  We've got more notes from backstage at Raw 1,000, what happened between Bruno Sammartino and Steve Austin, Another WWE tryout camp coming, update on WWE 13 the video game, more on Chris Jericho's schedule as well as updated plans for Raw and Smackdown house shows and who will be on what tours after SummerSlam.
 
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--How Kurt Angle's name came up in UFC this past week
 
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--Thoughts on Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz
 
--Who got pulled from a TV slot because of a prior offense
 
--Bellator's future
 
--An arrest of a former world champion after a brawl at a rave
 
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Wednesday's news update

--In last week's cable ratings, USA, thanks to the Raw 1,000th, was No. 1 solidly with an average of 2.89 million viewers in prime time to 2.47 million for Disney. Syfy was No. 9 at 1.27 million.  FX was No. 14 at 1.08 million. Spike was No. 21 at 813,000. The three hours of Raw were No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 for the week. They were No. 2, 3 and 4 in 18-34 (trailing Love and Hip Hop Atlanta) and No. 1, 2 and 3 in 18-49. The 6 million viewers would have put the show in 16th place had it been on one of the networks for the week, so it was the 16th most watched overall show on television in the U.S., trailing three nights of the Olympics, two nights of America's Got Talent, Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, NCIS Los Angeles, CSI Big Brother, Wipeout, two episodes of Hells Kitchen and two episodes of Master Chef.

--ROH has a special today up through 9 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning that if you order the 8/11 iPPV from Providence, RI, you can get it for $11.95, a $3 savings. If you are a Ringside Member, you can get another 15% taken off and get it for $10.15.

--Here's the Sara McMann vs. Shayna Baszler main event from Saturday's Invicta Fighting Championships.

--Here's the interview noted earlier today with Chris Jericho. The story lists Jericho saying 8/14 is his last show with WWE. At one point, he was listed as staying through 8/20, which would be the day after Summerslam.  For what it's worth, Jericho has since said the 8/14 date is wrong.

--A note on something said on the radio show a few days ago when I said Randy Orton was on the house shows this weekend. That's not the case because Smackdown isn't running house shows this weekend because they are starting the house show tour right after television and going overseas. Orton is on the house shows that will take place after the weekend as they leave from TV on Tuesday for shows in Japan.

--You on Demand, the company Shane McMahon is CEO of that is trying to develop a PPV market in China, signed a deal with Paramount Pictures allowing them to put major Paramount movies on their PPV channel.

--Kelly Kelly will be working the Smackdown shows at Sumo Hall in Japan next week.

--Gabriel Gonzaga faces the debuting Geronimo Dos Santos on the 10/13 UFC show in Rio de Janeiro. Dos Santos didn't look very good when Josh Barnett ran over him a few years back. Also on that show added today is Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi in a middleweight bout.

--UFC open workouts in Denver on Wednesday are open to the public at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center starting at Noon. Attending will be Ben Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Donald Cerrone, Melvin Guillard, Jake Shields and Ed Herman, who are the headliners on the show.

--K-1 announced for its 9/8 show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, first round matches in a one night heavyweight tournament with Mighty Mo vs. Rick Roufus, Seth Petruzelli vs. Xavier Vigney, Dewey Cooper vs. Randy Blake and Jarrell Miller vs. Jack May. Miller has a 19-9 kickboxing record while May is 4-1, but is 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds. He trains in combat submission wrestling, which should do you a hell of a lot of good in a kickboxing tournament.

--Angel Reynas, a soccer player in Mexico, celebrated scoring a goal by doing a huracanrana on his teammate. (thanks to Karl Reilly, Dan Whittle and many others)

--ODB & Eric Young are now the longest reigning Knockouts tag team champions in history at 154 days. The old record was 141. It should be noted that ODB & Young haven't even wrestled as a team since April. (thanks to Patrick Gronemann)

--Mick Foley will be appearing in Rochester, NY, at Frontier Field for the Empire State Yankees minor league baseball game. He'll be signing autographs at 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. He'll also do a live interview before the game starts.

What was the best TV match of the past week?
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus 50.8%
James Storm vs. A.J. Styles 17.3%
Kurt Angle vs. Bully Ray 14.3%
Miz vs. Christian 5.2%
Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Del Rio vs. Bryan 4.9%
Jericho & Christian vs. Miz & Ziggler 3.6%
John Cena vs. Big Show 2.7%
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes 1.1%

Would you buy a New Japan iPPV show?
Yes, most of the time 24.3%
Yes, but only a Tokyo Dome show 14.6%
No, have no interest in New Japan 25.7%
No, won't buy an iPPV for anyone 19.6%
No, would buy but not in the middle of the night 15.7%

Who would you like to see face the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson winner?
Shogun Rua 46.1%
Lyoto Machida 24.8%
Ryan Bader 16.3%
Brandon Vera 12.8%

Which of these men most deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame?
Paul Orndorff 27.6%
Sherri Martel 18.5%
William Regal 12.4%
Kevin Nash 12.2%
Brian Pillman 11.3%
DDP 6.0%
Raven 5.8%
Madusa 2.5%
Butch Reed 1.3%
Dustin Rhodes 1.1%
One Man Gang 0.8%
Scott Norton 0.5%

Did you like Raw?
Excellent 8.2%
Good 33.8%
Average 31.5%
Fair 12.3%
Poor 14.1%
*14.5% of those responding didn't see the show

--UFC Roundtable tonight has Jay Glazer hosting Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Royce Gracie talking about their days in UFC at 11 p.m. on Fuel.

--U.S. Olympic wrestling team member Jake Herbert was on Howard Stern on Monday calling from Russia. They wanted him on because he yelled "Baba Booey" on Friday at the opening ceremonies. Herbert noted that he will not be abstaining from sex before the Olympics, weight cutting, Herbert said he could do 55 pull ups and they talked MMA (thanks to Jeff Miller)
 
--Shad Gaspard will be on The Execs tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on TV Land.

--Smackdown will be taped on 10/23 in Providence, RI, at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

--Today's Hollywood Reporter has a story on Jimmy Papa suing WWE for copyright infringement on songs he wrote including some WCW entrance music as well as "Badstreet USA" that he wrote with Michael Hayes.

--Among the birthdays today are Jimmy Golden, who played Jack Swagger's father on a few Smackdown episodes as well as Bunkhouse Buck in WCW but wrestled for decades under his real name (62), Joseph Jones, better known as Outlaw Joel Deaton (55), referee Mike Chioda (48) and Devon (40).

--Ray Gunkel, who we've written about in recent Observers since he was the guy who made the deal to get Georgia Championship Wrestling on Ted Turner's Ch. 17 in Atlanta in 1971, passed away 30 days ago today after a match with Ox Baker at the age of 48. Don Owen, who may have promoted pro wrestling for a longer period of time than anyone who ever lived, passed away ten years ago today at the age of 90. Ken Timbs passed away eight years ago today at the age of 53. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)

--Bret Hart has a seminar in Nashville on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nashville at the Fairgrounds. The two best guys will also be wrestling on the Crossfire Entertainment show that night. The seminar is only for experienced talent, both men and women. The cost is $100. For more info, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

--They also have a show at the Fairgrounds that night with Shane Douglas, Goldust, Bret Hart, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, Harry Smith, Brian Christopher, Maria Kanellis and others appearing.

--AW's Kobe Bryant line from Monday was discussed on the Armstrong & Getty talk show in Los Angeles this morning. They played the clip and the hosts told people to get a life and if you don't like wrestling, don't watch wrestling and that is shouldn't be taken seriously (thanks to Roy Lucier). On "Around the Horn" today on ESPN, they talked about the remark. Israel Gutierrez said he had a big problem with it and said shame on WWE for allowing it. Well, they didn't exactly allow it given it was on live TV and not scripted (thanks to Randy Wentz)

--Brian Kendrick is opening a wrestling school on 8/18 in Los Angeles. It will be a ten week session with classes every Tuesday through Thursday from Noon to 3 p.m.

--Impact on 7/22 had 236,000 viewers on Challenge TV in the U.K., making it the most watched show on the station.

--Rudos Promociones from Sunday in Minneapolis: Rebelde Guerrero, Apostle 13, Mexican Boy and Alas de Fuego were finalists in Battle Royal, Sur Star b Gato Samurai, Mini Frankenstein b Chintin, Spider Baby b Hurachin, Alas de Fuego b Guerrero Rebelde in a mask vs. mask match. He was unmasked as Juan Lopez (thanks to Marvin Joel Rubin)
 
--ECWA on 9/15 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club as the company's 45th anniversary show featuring an ECWA/TWA title unification match with Papadon (ECWA) vs. Chris Wylde (TWA)

--Pro Wrestling Syndicate is offering a secondary promotion called Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling which debuts on 10/11 at the Rec Center in Rahway, NJ with a 16 woman tournament first round with eight singles matches. The show will air on iPPV and be hosted by Ashley Massaro.
 
--A story on the documentary "Fight Church" and people questioning if a church promoting MMA is a good thing. (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
 
--In the last few days, there have some high bids for wrestling related merchandise on Ebay like a wedding invitation autographed by Randy Savage and Elizabeth that went for $10,000. For a fake wedding no less. A pair of Undertaker ring worn boots went for $9,999 and a Mr America outfit and autographed tights from Hulk Hogan went for $4,999. (thanks to Patrick Breenen)

--Courtney Marshall ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is looking for a tape of Larry Sharpe's WWA show in Florida or his "Wrestling Life" show where he talks about Buddy Rogers.

--Shane Helms' podcast this week will have Shelly Martinez, Rosita and Derek Brunson (Strikeforce) as his guests.

--Traditional Championship Wrestling is doing a make a wish benefit show on 8/11 in Clarksville, AR at the Marvin Vinson Center with $2 of every ticket going to benefit Make a Wish.

--Brian Knobs is doing a seminar from 8/17 to 8/19 at The Factory in Salina, KS. The seminar is $100 per day or $250 for three days. It will be four hours of training each day. Knobs also headlines a Kansas Championship Wrestling show on 8/18 in the same building.

--Terry Funk will be the guest on Danger Radio tomorrow night at 9:25 p.m.

--Mecca Pro Wrestling on 8/4 in Cornwall, ONT at the Friktion Night Club.

--CMLL on Sunday in Guadalajara: Spark & Demonio Rojo (son of Javier Cruz) b Indigo & Tapatio, Brillante Jr. & Divino b Hippie & Relampago Azul, Halcon de Plata b Infierno, Mr. Trueno & In Memoriam & Acertijo b Metatron & Smaker & Esfinge, La Sombra & La Mascara & Gallo b Malefico & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Bucanero-DQ

--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 3,000 fans: Dinamico & Blue Center b Espiritu Maligno & Ares el Guerrero, Stigma & Hours & Soberano Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor & Disturbio, Nitro & Arkangel de la Muerte & Bobby Zavala b Sensei & Molotov & Pegaso Extrema, Polvora b Fuego, Rey Escorpion & Kraneo & Morphosis b Angel de Oro & Sagrado & Valiente, Atlantis & Maximo & Diamante Azul b Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas & Psicosis

--Vendetta Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Lompoc, CA: Judah Matthew b Scorpio del Combate, Ballard Brothers won seven team gauntlet, Billy Blade b Gangrel, Dylan Drake b Shawn Daivari, Davina Rose b K.C. Spinelli, Sunami & Kadin Anthony b Mario Banks & Mike Menace, Chavo Guerrero Jr. b Joey Ryan to win Vendetta title. Next show is 9/8 with a Luna Vachon women's Battle Royal, plus Gangrel, Shelly Martinez, Chris Masters and Chavo Guerrero Jr.

--The magazine "Bull" put out by the University of Sydney in Australia has an article on Anderson Silva (thanks to James Stanios)

--Here's the Insane Clown Posse and a video for their Chris Benoit song.

--RCW tonight in Piketon, OH at the Pike County Fair features a show with free admission with a $6 fair tickets headlined by Robbie E of TNA facing Ron Mathis. 
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Wednesday's news update
 
 
--In last week's cable ratings, USA, thanks to the Raw 1,000th, was No. 1 solidly with an average of 2.89 million viewers in prime time to 2.47 million for Disney.  Syfy was No. 9 at 1.27 million.  FX was No. 14 at 1.08 million.  Spike was No. 21 at 813,000.  The three hours of Raw were No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 for the week.  They were No. 2, 3 and 4 in 18-34 (trailing Love and Hip Hop Atlanta) and No. 1, 2 and 3 in 18-49.  The 6 million viewers would have put the show in 16th place had it been on one of the networks for the week, so it was the 16th most watched overall show on television in the U.S., trailing three nights of the Olympics, two nights of America's Got Talent, Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Two and a Half Men, NCIS Los Angeles, CSI Big Brother, Widepout, two episodes of Hells Kitchen and two episodes of Master Chef.
 
--ROH has a special today up through 9 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning that if you order the 8/11 iPPV from Providence, RI, you can get it for $11.95, a $3 savings.  If you are a Ringside Member, you can get another 15% taken off and get it for $10.15.  You can order at www.ROHwrestling.com   
 
--The Sara McMann vs. Shayna Baszler main event from Saturday's Invicta Fighting Championships is at http://www.youtu.be/AB9PJfR15Ok   
 
--The interview noted earlier today with Chris Jericho is at http://www.iconvsicon.com/2012/07/28/break-the-walls-down-chris-jericho-discusses-fozzy-sin-and-bones/  The story lists Jericho saying 8/14 is his last show with WWE but last we heard he was doing SummerSlam and scheduled for the Raw after SummerSlam.  Jericho has since said the 8/14 date is wrong. 
 
--A note on something said on the radio show a few days ago when I said Randy Orton was on the house shows this weekend.  That's not the case because Smackdown isn't running house shows this weekend because they are starting the house show tour right after television and going overseas.  But Orton is on the house shows that will take place after the weekend as they leave from TV on Tuesday for shows in Japan. (thanks to Gary Graham)
 
--You on Demand, the company Shane McMahon is CEO of that is trying to develop a PPV market in China, signed a deal with Paramount Pictures allowing them to put major Paramount movies on their PPV channel.
 
--Gabriel Gonzaga faces the debuting Geronimo Dos Santos on the 10/13 UFC show in Rio de Janeiro.  Dos Santos didn't look very good when Josh Barnett ran over him a few years back.  Also on that show added today is Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi in a middleweight bout.
 
--UFC open workouts in Denver on Wednesday are open to the public at the MusclePharm Sports Science Center starting at Noon.  Attending will be Ben Henderson, Frankie Edgar, Donald Cerrone, Melvin Guillard, Jake Shields and Ed Herman, who are the headliners on the show.
 
--K-1 announced for its 9/8 show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, first round matches in a one night heavyweight tournament with Mighty Mo  vs. Rick Roufus, Seth Petruzelli vs. Xavier Vigney, Dewey Cooper vs. Randy Blake and Jarrell Miller vs. Jack May.  Miller has a 19-9 kickboxing record while May is 4-1, but is 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds.  He trains in combat submission wrestling, which should do you a hell of a lot of good in a kickboxing tournament.
 
--Angel Reynas, a soccer player in Mexico, celebrated scoring a goal by doing a huracanrana on his teammate at http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/contender-for-goal-celebration-of-the-year-angel-reynas-acrobatic-wrestling-takedown-monterrey-vs-chorrillo/ (thanks to Karl Reilly, Dan Whittle and many others)
 
--ODB & Eric Young are now the longest reigning Knockouts tag team champions in history at 154 days.  The old record was 141.  It should be noted that ODB & Young haven't even wrestled as a team since April. (thanks to Patrick Gronemann)
 
--Mick Foley will be appearing in Rochester, NY, at Frontier Field for the Empire State Yankees minor league baseball game.  He'll be signing autographs at 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.  He'll also do a live interview before the game starts.
 
What was the best TV match of the past week?
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus 50.8%
James Storm vs. A.J. Styles 17.3%
Kurt Angle vs. Bully Ray 14.3%
Miz vs. Christian 5.2%
Mysterio vs. Kane vs. Del Rio vs. Bryan 4.9%
Jericho & Christian vs. Miz & Ziggler 3.6%
John Cena vs. Big Show 2.7%
Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes 1.1%
 
Would you buy a New Japan iPPV show?
Yes, most of the time 24.3%
Yes, but only a Tokyo Dome show 14.6%
No, have no interest in New Japan 25.7%
No, won't buy an iPPV for anyone 19.6%
No, would buy but not in the middle of the night 15.7%
 
Who would you like to see face the Jones vs. Dan Henderson winner?
Shogun Rua 46.1%
Lyoto Machida 24.8%
Ryan Bader 16.3%
Brandon Vera 12.8%
 
Which of these men most deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame?
Paul Orndorff 27.6%
Sherri Martel 18.5%
William Regal 12.4%
Kevin Nash 12.2%
Brian Pillman 11.3%
DDP 6.0%
Raven 5.8%
Madusa 2.5%
Butch Reed 1.3%
Dustin Rhodes 1.1%
One Man Gang 0.8%
Scott Norton 0.5%
 
Poll on Raw
Excellent 8.2%
Good 33.8%
Average 31.5%
Fair 12.3%
Poor 14.1%
        14.5% of those responding didn't see the show       
 
--UFC Roundtable tonight has Jay Glazer hosting Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz and Royce Gracie talking about their days in UFC at 11 p.m. on Fuel. 
 
--U.S. Olympic wrestling team member Jake Herbert was on Howard Stern on Monday calling from Russia.  They wanted him on because he yelled "Baba Booey" on Friday at the opening ceremonies.  Herbert noted that he will not be abstaining from sex before the Olympics, weight cutting, Herbert said he could do 55 pull ups and they talked MMA (thanks to Jeff Miller)  
 
--Shad Gaspard will be on The Execs tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on TV Land.
 
--Smackdown will be taped on 10/23 in Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
 
--Today's Hollywood Reporter at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com has a story on Jimmy Papa suing WWE for copyright infringement on songs he wrote including some WCW entrance music as well as "Badstreet USA" that he wrote with Michael Hayes.
 
--Among the birthdays today are Jimmy Golden, who played Jack Swagger's father on a few Smackdown episodes as well as Bunkhouse Buck in WCW but wrestled for decades under his real name (62), Joseph Jones, better known as Outlaw Joel Deaton (55), referee Mike Chioda (48) and Devon (40).
 
--Ray Gunkel, who we've written about in recent Observers since he was the guy who made the deal to get Georgia Championship Wrestling on Ted Turner's Ch. 17 in Atlanta in 1971, passed away 30 days ago today after a match with Ox Baker at the age of 48.  Don Owen, who may have promoted pro wrestling for a longer period of time than anyone who ever lived, passed away ten years ago today at the age of 90.  Ken Timbs passed away eight years ago today at the age of 53. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
 
--Bret Hart has a seminar in Nashville on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nashville at the Fairgrounds.  The two best guys will also be wrestling on the Crossfire Entertainment show that night.  The seminar is only for experienced talent, both men and women.  The cost is $100 and for more info go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   They also have a show at the Fairgrounds that night with Shane Douglas, Goldust, Bret Hart, Kid Kash, Jerry Lynn, Harry Smith, Brian Christopher, Maria Kanellis and others appearing.
 
--AW's Kobe Bryant line from Monday was discussed on the Armstrong & Getty talk show in Los Angeles this morning.  They played the clip and the hosts told people to get a life and if you don't like wrestling, don't watch wrestling and that is shouldn't be taken seriously (thanks to Roy Lucier)
 
--Impact on 7/22 had 236,000 viewers on Challenge TV in the U.K., making it the most watched show on the station. 
 
--On "Around the Horn" today on ESPN, they talked about AW and the Kobe Bryant remark.  Israel Gutierrez said he had a big problem with it and said shame on WWE for allowing it.  Well, they didn't exactly allow it given it was on live TV and not scripted (thanks to Randy Wentz) 
 
--Brian Kendrick is opening a wrestling school on 8/18 in Los Angeles.  It will be a ten week session with classes every Tuesday through Thursday from Noon to 3 p.m.  You can get details at facebook.com/BKSChoolfPW  
 
--Rudos Promociones from Sunday in Minneapolis:  Rebelde Guerrero, Apostle 13, Mexican Boy and Alas de Fuego were finalists in Battle Royal, Sur Star b Gato Samurai, Mini Frankenstein b Chintin, Spider Baby b Hurachin, Alas de Fuego b Guerrero Rebelde in a mask vs. mask match.  He was unmasked as Juan Lopez (thanks to Marvin Joel Rubin)   
 
--ECWA on 9/15 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club as the company's 45th anniversary show featuring an ECWA/TWA title unification match with Papadon (ECWA) vs. Chris Wylde (TWA) 
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate is offering a secondary promotion called Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling which debuts on 10/11 at the Rec Center in Rahway, NJ with a 16 woman tournament first round with eight singles matches.  The show will air on iPPV and be hosted by Ashley Massaro.
 
--A story on the documentary "Fight Church" and people questioning if a church promoting MMA is a good thing at http://www.christianpost.com/news/fight-church-documentary-should-christians-brawl-in-mma-matches-76296/ (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
 
--In the last few days there have some high bids for wrestling related merchandise on ebay.  A wedding invitation autographed by Randy Savage and  Elizabeth went for $10,000.  For a fake wedding no less.  A pair of Undertaker ring worn boots went for $9,999 and a Mr America outfit and autographed tights from Hulk Hogan went for $4,999. (thanks to Patrick Breenen) 
 
 
--Shane Helms' podcast this week will have Shelly Martinez, Rosita and Derek Brunson (Strikeforce) as his guests. 
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling is doing a make a wish benefit show on 8/11 in Clarksville, AR at the Marvin Vinson Center with $2 of every ticket going to benefit Make a Wish. 
 
--Brian Knobs is doing a seminar from 8/17 to 8/19 at The Factory in Salina, KS.  The seminar is $100 per day or $250 for three days.  It will be four hours of training each day.  Knobs also headlines a Kansas Championship Wrestling show on 8/18 in the same building.
 
--Terry Funk will be the guest on Danger Radio on Laffcast.com tomorrow night at 9:25 p.m.
 
--Mecca Pro Wrestling on 8/4 in Cornwall, ONT at the Friktion Night Club.
 
--CMLL on Sunday in Guadalajara:  Spark & Demonio Rojo (son of Javier Cruz) b Indigo & Tapatio, Brillante Jr. & Divino b Hippie & Relampago Azul, Halcon de Plata b Infierno, Mr Trueno & In Memoriam & Acertijo b Metatron & Smaker & Esfinge, La Sombra & La Mascara & Gallo b Malefico & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Rey Bucanero-DQ
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 3,000 fans:  Dinamico & Blue Center b Espiritu Maligno & Ares el Guerrero, Stigma & Hours & Soberano Jr. b Apocalipsis & Inquisidor & Disturbio, Nitro & Arkangel de la Muerte & Bobby Zavala b Sensei & Molotov & Pegaso Extrema, Polvora b Fuego, Rey Escorpion & Kraneo & Morphosis b Angel de Oro & Sagrado & Valiente, Atlantis & Maximo & Diamante Azul b Mr. Niebla & Negro Casas & Psicosis
 
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Lompoc, CA:  Judah Matthew b Scorpio del Combate, Ballard Brothers won seven team gauntlet, Billy Blade b Gangrel, Dylan Drake b Shawn Daivari, Davina Rose b K.C. Spinelli,  Sunami & Kadin Anthony b Mario Banks & Mike Menace, Chavo Guerrero Jr. b Joey Ryan to win Vendetta title.  Next show is 9/8 with a Luna Vachon women's Battle Royal, plus Gangrel, Shelly Martinez, Chris Masters and Chavo Guerrero Jr.
 
--The magazine "Bull" put out by the University of Sydney in Australia has an article on Anderson Silva (thanks to James Stanios)
 
 
--RCW tonight in Piketon, OH at the Pike County Fair features a show with free admission with a $6 fiar tickets healdined by Robbie E of TNA facing Ron Mathis.

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