We're looking for your thoughts on SummerSlam tonight as well as last night's Strikeforce show so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports on Friday night's TNA show in Spencer, IA and last night's TNA show in Ottumwa, IA.
*The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio for IC title - Could be a sleeper match on the show. It's too early for Miz to lose and Mysterio isn't a management favorite, but he's usually over huge in Southern California which is his home market. This match clicking is one of the bouts that will make a difference between it being a normal show, good show or great show.
*Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler - A lot of people's pick as the best match on the show. It's no secret that Chris Jericho will be gone for a long time after this week so by that standard, Ziggler should win. However, if Ziggler is going to cash in Money in the Bank, then he could lose here since the storyline has been Jericho's inability to win the big one. Jericho could also lose and have a reason to leave to find himself. But no matter the ending, match quality should be strong.
*Kane vs. Daniel Bryan - Kane has been working harder in recent months and Bryan is perhaps the best guy in the ring in the company right now. This looks to be a program that is continuing so maybe not the Kane clean win as would normally be expected in this situation.
*Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for world title - Sheamus has been champion a long time. Del Rio was pinned last time on PPV so to get another shot should have a different outcome, either a Sheamus win, lay out and Ziggler cashing in, or a Del Rio win, although Del Rio as champion with Ziggler having the briefcase is tough unless they want a Del Rio turn, and to me, that's early. This should be a good match but not a show-stealing match.
*C.M. Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show for WWE title - Most expect Punk to retain, although Cena always has the chance to win given it's a big show. Also should be good. .
*HHH vs. Brock Lesnar - Lesnar is coming off an awesome match with Cena, but that was due to Cena's willingness to get the hell beat out of him. We'll see how much HHH is willing to do, and as far as the finish, if Lesnar vs. Undertaker is the direction, Lesnar really should win here. But most expect HHH to win. Shawn Michaels is billed as not being there, but he could always show up for the finish and that's not a lock which one loses if he shows up.
On paper this doesn't look like a great show, but of the announced PPV matches, there is no reason any of them shouldn't be good. And there should be some twists and turns, a hook to build tomorrow's rating and celebrity shots at ringside since that's one of the reasons Los Angeles gets SummerSlam every year as a tradition.
We've got a new double issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up today on the web site. The issue looks back at the out of the ring life of Red Bastien, one of pro wrestling's greatest characters and workers of the 60s and 70s, has a full recap of UFC 150 including the Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar decision, the business of the show, a look at the two big December UFC shows that have been announced and the heavyweight title picture, a huge story on this year's G-1 Climax tournament, TNA Hardcore Justice and a breakdown of a ton of recent WWE signings and backgrounds of the guys.
Our lead story on Bastien talks about his in-ring trademarks, his training of Sting and Ultimate Warrior, how he had a hand in the start of Roddy Piper's career, his thoughts on Ray Stevens, story telling, Bryan Danielson, how he started his career, the car crash and more.
We also look at the judging of Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar round-by-round, a look at what UFC should do with the top lightweight contenders and where Edgar should fit in, the business of the show, why people did and didn't order the show as well as match-by-match coverage.
We also look at UFC's big December plans with a FOX special and the year-end PPV. We also look at the Alistair Overeem situation, why Cain Velasquez is getting the next title shot and Overeem's television explanation of his issues.
We look at Kazuchika Okada's win of the G-1 Climax tournament, Karl Anderson going to the finals, the booking of the tournament, New Japan vs. WWE in Sumo Hall this past week, how Hiroshi Tanahashi is viewed in Japan, a look at the signings of Katsuyori Shibata and Kazushi Sakuraba, how Sakuraba became such a big star in Japan and how he fell from the top, the Royce Gracie vs. Sakuraba background, as well as full coverage of Sunday's Sumo Hall G-1 finals and a history of the New Japan annual heavyweight tournament dating back to Antonio Inoki in 1974. We also have coverage of every G-1 match of the final week of the tour.
We also look at TNA's Hardcore Justice, the build to Bound for Glory, the Bound for Glory series update as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
We also look at ROH's Boiling Point iPPV show as well as the attempts to rebuild the iPPV business after the three disasters in a row.
We also have a look at the many new signings by WWE from recent tryout camps, a look at who the people are, their backgrounds, why the company is so hot on going after former college football players and more.
We also look at Linda McMahon's senate race, what the current polls say after her primary win, what the other candidates say, her new strategy and how it involves wrestling, as well as notes from the McMahon family 2011 tax returns, how much the family made last year and how much tax they paid as well as charitable contributions. We also look at the new WWE television shows, plans for hyping next year's WrestleMania, thoughts on televised Countdown shows, new major WWE executive hires, firing of Brian Jossie, What wrestler was scared to death of media last week, cutting of Sofia Cortez, C.M. Punk DVD ones, 2013 Half of Fame, and what was the third most profitable WWE movie release of the past decade and the answer will fool most.
We also have notes on the meeting before Raw SummerSlam thoughts, will Shawn Michaels wrestle again, Who HHH is high on, WWE celebrity notes, more on Kharma firing, WWE/NBC contract, changes in developmental and the latest developmental tapings, DVD viewership of Raw 1,000, Ziggler talks SummerSlam and a look at the WWE's latest overseas tour with all the business numbers.
We also have Olympic games coverage of U.S. wrestling, Kyoko Hamaguchi's last stand, Kayla Harrison and more.
We also have a feature on several other former Olympic athletes who went into pro wrestling over the years.
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--More on TripleMania and who the fans reacted to the biggest
--First TV after TripleMania and where the angles are going
--All Japan jr. title change and where it's going
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--Gathering of the Juggalos report
--ICP threatens to sue the FBI and why
--More on Kamala, Wrestlers Rescue and background
--ROH may be facing some TV issues
--Davey Richards issues an apology
--Something to look out for in TNA
--C.M. Punk says something that gets under Kurt Angle's skin
--Who is Claire Lynch, background
--Eric Bischoff's new TV project
--Jon Jones Nike deal
--Catching up on a lot of UFC business
--More on the arrest of Mayhem Miller
--Cris Cyborg talks Ronda Rousey
--Viability of that match taking place
--Dana White talks middleweight division
--Hector Lombard explains his poor performance
--Anderson Silva making 174 or so
--Thoughts on a 115 pound weight class
--Josh Koscheck's problems with Javier Mendez chronicled on TV show
--Roy Nelson getting in Dana White's hair
--Update on Diego Sanchez
--Injury postpones Bellator featherweight title fight one more time
--Major Bellator signing
--Notes on MMA death
--Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski
--Arrest of Frank Trigg
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Sunday's news update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering SummerSlam, as well as going over the latest news. You can also send questions for the show to
--Also, Bryan and Mike Sempervive are on Wrestling Observer Live at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sportsbyline USA affiliates which include Sirius Ch. 94, XM 208, as well as live on this site and using the Sports Byline channel on TuneIn Radio app.
--Ronda Rousey was the second most searched for thing in the United States yesterday a great distance behind The Hunger Games with more than 200,000. The 50,000 searches for her name was more than any individual in MMA since Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva individually on 7/7. But total searches related to the show itself were below the last UFC.
--After the show, when it was brought up regarding changing her nickname from Rowdy Ronda to something else, she said she took the nickname from Roddy Piper, her favorite wrestler, that Piper gave her the okay to use it and she will never change it.
--I hate to harp on this one, but since I've been saying it since the day the lineup for last night's show was announced, that was a huge mistake putting the Miesha Tate fight on the prelim show. Not only that, but Showtime will replay the main card, but there are no plans to replay the prelim card, and Fuel won't even air it because Showtime owns exclusive rights to these shows.
--Dana White attended last night's show, the first Strikeforce event he's been to live in a long time, largely because of Ronda Rousey.
--There are a number of more names than the ones listed on the site that will be in the WWE 13 game via DLC. Damien Sandow is one and more are to be announced.
--THQ had a major press event yesterday with a talent panel that included C.M. Punk, Mike Tyson, Steve Austin, Dolph Ziggler, A.J., Sheamus, Brodus Clay, Cameron and Naomi, and hosted by Jim Ross. They talked about the Attitude era and SummerSlam. Was told Ross ended up as the star, and was hilarious.
--Ross noted that he would be in the THQ suite tonight for the show, so at least as of yesterday he was not scheduled to appear on the air. In fact, he specifically tweeted he would not be appearing on the show. He also on his web site at http://www.jrsbarbq.com
suggested Jericho vs. Ziggler go on first to set the tone for the show, or Miz vs. Mysterio. He said this was the night Ziggler can really have a breakout performance. He also noted he would attend the Mick Foley comedy show after SummerSlam tonight at the Improv.
--Kurt Angle's 2 a.m. tweets from last night
"Why would WWE 3 not put me in game? I was a big part of the Attitude Era. Oh Well, TNA!"
"I just had a five-star match with Austin Aries for title. I lost. But won't happen again. I'm the best ever."
"If TNA uses me as the top guy, I will say. I love TNA. If not, I will make a business decision."
Those evil hackers go after Kurt at the worst times ever.
--A new U.K. television show called WrestleTalk will debut on 8/26 on Challenge TV, at 11 p.m. Sunday nights. That's right after Impact. It will be a one hour news show hosted by Alex Shane. It won't be weekly, but will air every few weeks. Chris Jericho will be the first guest. It's an Internet Youtube show that has been brought to television.
Do you believe last week's Raw rating was
The level of what shows are going to be doing from this point forward 45.1%
What to expect in the fall due to football 43.8%
A one-time fluke based on the competition 11.0%
Which of these champions will hold their title the longest from today?
Jon Jones 38.3%
Anderson Silva 19.5%
Ronda Rousey 13.7%
Jose Aldo Jr. 10.2%
Gilbert Melendez 3.1%
Junior Dos Santos 2.3%
Dominick Cruz 2.0%
Luke Rockhold 1.2%
Benson Henderson 0.8%
Renan Barao 0.8%
Carlos Condit 0.0%
Who will be the next champion to lose their title?
Carlos Condit 40.3%
Ronda Rousey 10.8%
Junior Dos Santos 9.7%
Benson Henderson 9.0%
Luke Rockhold 8.3%
Jon Jones 6.3%
Dominick Cruz 3.8%
Renan Barao 2.4%
Gilbert Melendez 2.1%
Jose Aldo Jr. 1.0%
Anderson Silva 0.7%
Poll on Smackdown
41.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--The WWE web site posted SummerSlam posters from the past and kept in tact the scratch WWF Logo. While no announcement has been made, the company is now allowed to use it.
--WWE will announce tonight a return to Los Angeles and the Staples Center for a house show on 1/18. Tickets will go on sale tonight.
--The 9/3 Chicago Raw taping is still listing John Cena & C.M. Punk vs. Big Show & John Laurinaitis as the main event.
--ESPN Sports Center today had a major piece on Court McGee, the UFC fighter talking about him coming back from death to win TUF in 2010. McGee was dead, in the sense his heart had stopped for eight minutes due to an overdose of Black Tar Heroin, back in 2006. But he fought his way back, won Ultimate Fighter, sponsors recovering drug addicts and teaches kids wrestling. It was a good piece, interviewing his parents as well. MMA was pushed as a sport with no snide comments or talk about brutality, almost like it was an extension of the wrestling he did in high school.
--The USA Weekend's Who's Who has a Q&A regarding Bret Hart. (thanks to Brian Henke)
--Birthdays today include Tim Horner (53) and Lilian Garcia.
--It was 37 years ago today that Jim Londos passed away at the age of 78. You could make a case that Jim Londos, based on long-term drawing power above what wrestling was doing in the cities he was in, for decades, was the biggest drawing card in pro wrestling history. If not, he's in the league with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Buddy Rogers, Bruno Sammartino, Bill Longson and others. Steve Austin never did it as long. Ann Laverne, the mother of wrestler Maria Laverne and grandmother of Steve Nelson, was 77 when she passed away 13 years ago today. Ted Allen, a very well liked Southern wrestler was 54 when he passed away two years ago. And it was two years ago today when Skandor Akbar, a legendary manager, passed away at 75. Akbar was what I'd call a true pro in this business and I'll bet Austin would list Akbar right near the top of the people who taught him the most.
--Robb Block sent a long report on yesterday's SummerSlam Axxess. He said having it outdoors was brutal and should have had more thing going on. He said the pub on who was signing when wasn't that good and the best way to get info was to get texts from WWE who would then give you info when guys were showing up. He said he got the HHH VIP package. The line was huge in the heat and HHH didn't stand up for photos. The photos were taken by someone in WWE who would then e-mail them to you. Antonio Cesaro & Aksana were at the Syfy booth. Alberto Del Rio had a long line. Wade Barrett was there, not an official signing but a lot of people got him to sign but others couldn't. The Money in the Bank booth had Santino Marella, Hornswoggle, Tensai, Sakamoto, Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, Mason Ryan Alicia Fox and Justin Gabriel. Sin Cara had a long line at the Mattel booth. They had some wrestling matches taking place including the Usos vs. Prime Time Players.
--Ultimate Fighter Brazil airs from 9-11 p.m. tonight on Fuel. The FOX show with Brandon Vera vs. Shogun Rua will be replayed tonight at 11 p.m. and the Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann fight from last year airs at 1 a.m.
--Progress Wrestling is selling a digital download of their debut show which includes Colt Cabana, Zack Sabre Jr., El Ligero and more at bit.ly/ATTProgress
--Prince Devitt vs. Zack Sabre in a battle of a New Japan top jr. star and a NOAH jr. heavyweight headlines 8/25 in Coventry England at the Convetry SQ Club. Also Jonathan Gresham of CZW and CHIKARA faces Mar Andrews of Wales, who has also worked for CHIKARA.
--CHIKARA from last night in Indianapolis: The Batiri b The Swarm & Soldier Ant, Tim Donst b Saturyne, Mysterious and Handsome Stranger b Lancelot Bravado, 17 & Shark b Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw-DQ., Arik Cannon & Darin Corbin b Ultramantis Black & Frightmare, Eddie Kingston b Harlem Bravado, Colony & 3.0 b Chuck Taylor & Icarus, and Suger Dunkerton & Ophidian, Mr. Touchdown b ACH (thanks to Chris GST)
--Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling from last night in East Carondelet, IL before 200 fans: Jimmy Douglas b Waco-COR, Matt Murphy b Brian James, Gary Jackson & Chaz Wesson b Big Texan & Max Archer, Alexandre Rudolph b Jake Dirden, Sean Vincent b Dave Vaughn, Chris Hargas b Ron Powers-DQ, Ricky Cruz b Ken Kasa (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer and Larry Matysik)
--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno: Mariachi b Crimson Plague, Wiseguy b Jeckles the Jester, Bobby Hart b Mike Rayne, Suburban Commandos b Channel Surfers (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--New Era Wrestling from last night in Shelbyville, IN: Joey Owens b Damian Cole, Kharn Alexander over Anthony Lee and Hillbilly Jed, Aaron Anarchy b Tom Van Zant, Troy Van Zant b Aaron Anarchy, Kharn Alexander b Joey Owens, Bobby Back & Dylan Bostic DCOR Jake Omen & Muldoon, Troy Van Zant b Kharn Alexander to win the 2012 Mark Kuhn Invitational tournament, Shawn Cook b Flash Flanagan-DQ. Next show is 9/15.
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville before 75 fans. Show opened with a moment of silence for Amelia Keown, the 16-year-old granddaughter of Dutch Mantel: Shabba Shabbazz b Convict, Mike Jablonski b Kerry Awful, Hot Rod Biggs b Big Time Sexy, Nick Iggy b Josh Crow, Drew Haskins b Justin Grandberry, Wolfie D & Brian Lee b Damien Payne & Jocephus. (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Chris Masters posted a photo of him earlier today pointing a gun at his head. Some in WWE pointed out that probably wasn't a smart thing for him to be doing.
--Devon Nicholson underwent knee surgery on Thursday. His Hannibal Pro Wrestling group runs 9/1 in Hawkesbury ONT (between Ottawa and Montreal) at the Robert Harley Arena with Jeremy Prophet vs. Scott Steiner as the main event.
--NWA Hollywood from last night in Huntington Park, CA before 40 fans: David Jones b Mikey O'Shea, James Morgan & Cedric the Hitman b Nick Madrid & Tyler Bateman, Joey Ryan b Jarek Matthews, Scorpio Sky b Peter Avalon, Famous B b Eric Watts, Rico Dynamite & Tito Escondido b Leo Blaze & Josh Rozay, Willie Mack b Johnny Goodtime (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--CWE from Friday night in Winnipeg: Anderson Tyson Moore b Tyler James, Cliff Corleone & Mike Mission b Nate Hardy & Spyder, Billy Blaze won six-way over Bobby Collins, Zack Mercury, Mystery Man, J.J. Sanchez and Bobby Jay, Doink the Clown & Kory Kinkade b Mentallo & Tyler Colton, Shane Madison b Vance Nevada, Big Sexy Beasts b Danny Duggan & Matt Fairlane
--CWE from last night in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba: Bobby Collins b Marius, Vance Nevada b Kat Von Heez-DQ, Tyler Colton b Tyler James, Danny Duggan b Kevy Chevy, A.J. Sanchez b Adam Race, Brian Christopher & Tyler James b Mentallo & Tyler Colton. Next show is 8/29 in Winnipeg at the Northern Hotel with a free show featuring Dan Severn and Angelina Love
--A correction from yesterday's report with the result of the Friday night show inn Adrian, MI. It was Great Akuma, not the CHIKARA Gran Akuma who wrestled on that show.