SUN. UPDATE: SummerSlam preview, Rousey talks nickname, WWE 13 game, Tyson & Austin together again, Angle tweeting, New TV show, One of greatest draws ever

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're also looking for reports on Friday night's TNA show in Spencer, IA and last night's TNA show in Ottumwa, IA.
        Tonight's announced matches from the Staples Center in Los Angeles
*Santino Marella vs Antonio Cesaro for U.S. title at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook/You Tube - It's probably time to change the title, both to establish it's worth tuning in and to get the show off on a vibe of being newsworthy.  Plus, Marella is going to be just as over whether he wins or loses as a comedy prelim guy.  Cesaro winning the title will make a significant difference in his ascension to being somebody.       
*Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Titus O'Neil & Darren Young for tag titles - It's also time to change the titles here.  Kingston & R-Truth have had it for a while and the Prime Time Players act seemed to be groomed as the heel champions.  One thing about the show as you'll see is there are a lot of heels who can and even should win, and you don't want to overload that.  Also, AW was part of that act being groomed.
*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.
        Monday will be Raw from the Save Mart Center in Fresno.
        Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Bakersfield, CA.    
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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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--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 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%
GSP 8.2%
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%
GSP 5.6%
Dominick Cruz 3.8%
Renan Barao 2.4%
Gilbert Melendez 2.1%
Jose Aldo Jr. 1.0%
Anderson Silva 0.7%
Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 15.7%
Good 46.1%
Average 24.3%
Fair 2.6%
Poor 11.3%
        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.    
--11-year-old Hannah Mitchell, the daughter of one of this site's best friends Houston Mitchell, talks to Vickie Guerrero here at
--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
--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. 

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