MONDAY DAILY UPDATE: RAW tonight, Post-SummerSlam notes, new UFC fight, Cyborg vs. Rousey updates, Gracie vs. Jackson

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Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw, 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 .

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We're looking for reports on Raw tonight in Fresno with dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else that doesn't take place during the TV broadcast.  The main items: Brock Lesnar will be opening the show at 8 p.m. in the latest quest to get viewers there for the start, plus Shawn Michaels will appear "via satellite."  It's expected to be Chris Jericho's final show, although he is off next Monday as far as performing with Fozzy, but likely this is it.  The impression is the World title situation with Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio will be done on Tuesday's show.

We're also looking for reports on Friday night's TNA show in Spencer, IA and Saturday night's TNA show in Ottumwa, IA. Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday in Bakersfield, CA.

For Fuel the next two days, Ultimate Fighter Brazil will be from 5-7 p.m., the Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar fight will air at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m. and a replay of the Shogun Rua vs. Brandon Vera FOX specula at 9 p.m..  Midnight will be a replay of UFC 92.  Tomorrow night has Best of Pride at 7 p.m., TUF Brazil at 8 p.m., Overeem vs. Lesnar at 9 p.m., UFC Tonight at 10 p.m., and Ultimate Insider at 10:30 p.m.

DOUBLE ISSUE: Red Bastien's life, UFC 150 business and future, TNA, WWE
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.
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--Update on the new Mistico
--CMLL's tournament of champions over the next few weeks
--More on TripleMania and who the fans reacted to the biggest
--First TV after TripleMania and where the angles are going
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--More on Alex Shelley's return to New Japan
--New Japan starts talks with an Olympic gold medalist
--Upcoming New Japan big matches
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--ICP threatens to sue the FBI and why
--More on Kamala, Wrestlers Rescue and background
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--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
--Brooke Hogan
--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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Monday's news update
--HHH is not retiring, but they wanted you to think it's his swan song as part of the story of him building to making his next match mean something. In storyline, Brock Lesnar broke HHH's arm again, which means that they are likely to be rematched as opposed to that being the end of the program.
--WWE was the second most searched item on Google on Sunday in the U.S. with about 100,000 searches, which would be the number you would predict for a SummerSlam show.  Tony Scott was first at 200,000.  This was searches for WWE, SummerSlam and main participants.
--Kevin Dunn reportedly blew a gasket last night when Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst flipped off the camera on the live show.  It wasn't on a seven second delay in most places like Raw is so they couldn't edit it out.  TMZ had a story and picture with Durst and WWE officials saying that he was not kicked out of the building. Durst said he left to apologize to WWE producers. A WWE rep told TMZ that Durst apologized and they apologize to their audience for it being on the show.  Durst first claimed that he left the building after the incident to beat traffic home.

--The reason Maria Menounous was wearing a Bob Backlund T-shirt last night in the crowd is because she did a movie with him called "In the Land of Merry Misfits." (thanks to Ken Bowen and others)  Among the people backstage were Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Lita.

--The Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Kaufman main card will be replayed on Sho Extreme at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.  The prelims with the Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie fight will air on Sho Extreme on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  As far as the latter fight, that one is worth going out of your way to see.  The main card is also available right now on Showtime On Demand.

--After her win over Kedzie, Tate felt that she wasn't yet deserving of a title rematch with Rousey. Speaking of the champ, she will appear on Inside MMA on AXS TV tonight at 8 p.m.
--There will be another NXT taping on Thursday night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL with C.M. Punk as the advertised guest.  There are G.A. tickets for $10 available besides free tickets to students.  The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and they will be taping three hours of television for international broadcast and eventual WWE network broadcast.  Because they are so far ahead in taping, the following taping won't be until 9/20.  The only names advertised as appearing are Punk and Jim Ross, who announces the main events.
--The now unretired Matt Hamill vs. Vladimir Matyushenko has been added to the 9/22 UFC show in Toronto.
--MMA Uncensored on Spike is talking a few weeks off and is scheduled to return live on 9/6.  I'm not sure why a live news show of that kind would take several weeks off.
Poll on Saturday's ROH TV show?
Excellent 37.0%
Good 30.4%
Average 10.9%
Fair 6.5%
Poor 15.2%
***72.8% of those responding didn't see the show
What do you think about Cyborg vs. Rousey?
Cyborg should cut to 135 and take the fight 31.8%
If Cyborg was still champion and hadn't failed her test, they should have compromised on weight, but due to failing her test, she gives up that leverage 23.0%
The fight should be at 135 because if forces Cyborg to fight clean (er) 15.4%
Cyborg has been roiding for so long she shouldn't be allowed back to fight women 14.3%
Fight should be at a catch weight of 140 9.9%
Rousey is trying to avoid Cyborg, putting in the weight stip as an excuse 5.7%

If they fight at 135, who wins?
Cris Cyborg 23.3%
Ronda Rousey 76.7%
Thoughts on the SummerSlam build?
Below average, felt like a B PPV 40.4%
Not below average, but only because of Lesnar vs. HHH, besides that felt like a B show 30.3%
Average build, am watching but not as excited for the show as usual 20.8%
Good build, really looked forward to the show 8.5%
Best TV show of the past week?
Impact 31.7%
Strikeforce main card 27.2%
Raw 15.9%
Strikeforce prelims 8.3%
ROH 7.2%
Smackdown 5.9%
Legacy Fighting Championships 2.1%
UFC Tonight 1.0%
Inside MMA 0.7%
--Hannah Mitchell talks with Sheamus. He said his favorite opponents are Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio and if he could work with any wrestler in his prime, it would be Ted DiBiase Sr. 
--Esquire Magazine's blog has a story today on A.J. Lee.
--Cesar Gracie has started a Twitter feud with Greg Jackson, noting his fighters had a bad night on Saturday (they went 1-3 including losing in the three biggest matches on the show) saying "Cali sent a certain team from New Mexico home winless at 0-3.  Dancing with the Stars don't cut it here."  The Dancing with the Stars reference is Gracie's team still mad about Carlos Condit beating Nick Diaz in February.  While Gracie wasn't in Rousey's corner against Sarah Kaufman, Kaufman was training at Jackson's and Rousey did a lot of training with the Diaz brothers for the main event.  Jackson also had Kedzie and Derek Brunson losing, but Adlan Amagov of Jackson's team beat Keith Berry although that was a bad ref call that may end up overturned.
--Tammy Sytch is out of rehab and was at a show over the weekend.

--ESPN's First Take with Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discussed wrestling this morning, because Josh Matthews on Smackdown referenced Stephen A.  He said he was proud because he knows his wrestling, talked about 80s Crockett wrestling but also John Cena. Bayless countered by saying he was proud he watches real sports while Smith watches pro wrestling. (thanks to Kyle Schroder and others)
--I know almost nobody gets the channel and watches Fight Factory, but there is a scene on the show that airs this coming Wednesday involving Phil Baroni and his wife after Baroni lost on an indie show that is probably more real than anything you'll see on MMA television programming.  We'll try and get the clip up on the site today.
--AXS TV will be airing XFC on 9/28 from the Knoxville City Coliseum. Sofia Bagherdai vs. Sarah Maloy will be one of the main fights.
--Wes Brisco (TNA), Andy Leavine (Tough Enough winner) and Carlito will all be working on Saturday night in Bayamon for the WWC.  Carlito faces Silent Rage Leavine  while Ray Gonzalez vs. Thunder headlines the show.
--NXT announcer Byron Saxton turned 31 today.
--It was four years ago today when longtime Crockett referee and colorful former Memphis legend Sonny "Rough House" Fargo passed away at the age of 80. 
--Prime Wrestlelution iPPV results from yesterday in Cleveland:
Michael Facade b Gory in a casket match
Louis Lyndon b Benjamin Boone
Kirst b Matthew Justice
Gregory Iron b Zach Gowen
Marion Fontaine b Aaron Draven
Rhino b Jason Bane
Bryan Castle b Brian Bender
Bobby Beverly b Bobby Shields in a hair vs. hair match
Matt Cross b Petey Williams (stole the show)
Krimson b Matt Mason
Johnny Gargano b Jimmy Jacobs to win the Prime title in a wild match

GFL.TV has the show on replay as an iPPV.   
--The Bret Hart mention in the USA Weekend section was someone asking if Hart would be making any appearances soon.  The answer was to check his twitter.
--Hulk Hogan is mentioned in this weekend comic.
--This is from more than 20 years ago, but it was a TV piece on the George Michael Sports Machine when an old friend of mine, Lou Charlip, wanted to be a pro wrestler, ended up getting hurt for real. There is some Ric Flair and Lou Thesz stuff here too. Here's part 1 and part 2.
--IWA East Coast from Saturday night in Dunbar, WV:  Zak Vincent b Matt Connard, Ron Mathis won three-way over Smoky C and Jason Kinckaid, Crazy Mary Dobson b Little Naughty, Facade DCOR Jason Gory, Irish Airborne b Murder Death Kill, Mad Man Pondo b Viper.  Next show is 9/29 with Matt Hardy vs. Masada and 10/27 with Goldust vs. Chance Prophet (thanks to Scott Milam)
--IPW from Saturday night in Linfield, New Zealand:  Liam Fury & Megan Kate & Pirate Burns b James Shaw & Olivia Shaw & Liger, Neo Justice b TNT, Travis Banks b Brian Seeker, Elias NC Danny Jacobs, Antonio b TJ Rocket, Dal Knox & Vinny Dunn b Kingi & Reuben de Jong.  Evie won three-way over Megan Kate and Britenay to become the first ever New Zealand women's champion (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--New England Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Bridgewater, MA for the 12th anniversary show:  Cooley K & K Emcee b Nick Fahrenheit & Nick Westgate, Tony Ulysses b Tank the Tank, Johnny Thunder DCOR Sean Burke, Dalton Castle b Antonio Thomas, Chase Del Monte b Jason Rumble, Adam Pearce b Colt Cabana in a dog collar match to keep the NWA title.  Next show is 9/14 with a tournament to determine the new NECW champion.  Bobby Fish was the champion but he vacated it due to an injury.
--3A Wrestling from Sunday in Barrie, ONT before 225 fans:  Rip Impact b Black Serpent, Tomer Shalom b Ashley Sixx, R.J. City b Crazy Steve, Jeremy Prophet b Carlito, Turk Salik b Rick Sniper, Harry Smith NC Bobby Lashley, Harry Smith & Bobby Lashley b R.J. City & Jeremy Prophet (thanks to Dave Musgrave)
--Caged Fury 2012 for the IWC is on 8/25 in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Center features Gory vs. Facade in a cage match plus Logan Shulo vs. John McChesney, Sami Callihan vs. Rich Swann, Zema Ion vs. Anthony Nese plus Alex Reynolds and Pepper Parks.   
--Empire Wrestling on Friday night at the Academy Theater in Avondale Estates, GA with Jimmy Rave vs. Fred Yehi.
--Weigh-ins for The Score Fighting Series show on Saturday night in Hamilton, ONT will take place on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Molson Canadian Studio at the Hamilton Place Theater.  The show will air live on The Score on Saturday night at 9 p.m.

Who would you have the most interest in for Fabricio Werdum's next title defense?