WED. UPDATE: Mysterio injured, McMahon takes lead in CT poll, Edge returns to TV on Syfy, Ziggler's girlfriend onStern talks relationship, Lots of ratings notes, CMLL's big show of 2012, Austin move, Raw reaction, Jericho, Henderson, Angle

By Dave Meltzer
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        A new episode of Fight Factory, which has gotten strong reviews, airs tonight at 10 p.m. on Nuvo TV.
        UFC 79 airs at 8 p.m. tonight on Fuel, followed by a special of the fastest fights in Pride history at 11 p.m. and a replay of the Shogun vs. Vera FOX special at midnight.
        Sho Extreme tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. will air the Miesha Tate vs. Julie Kedzie fight from Saturday night.
         Our annual SummerSlam issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is out this week, covering one of the year's biggest MMA shows, as well as a look at what has the potential to be the biggest women's fight of this era with Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg, what both have been saying and why right now, based on what they are saying, it may never happen.  We also look at the business of the Strikeforce show, ratings, what they said, and coverage of the event.  We also have notes on the new television deal to bring K-1 to Spike TV, as well as coverage of a pro wrestling show featuring one of the best matches of the year, a promotion most have never heard of that just drew more than 10,000 people to a major arena for a gimmick oriented event, the annual DDT mega show.
        Plus,we've got our 2012 TNA roster directory, going through the entire roster of the promotion, with real names, ages, years pro, and backgrounds in sports and entertainment.
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        Our lead story looks at SummerSlam, including what was expected, not expected, where the finish of the main event came from, business of the show, booking as well as match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results.
        We also look at plans for Night of Champions in September.
        We go in depth on the proposed Rousey vs. Cyborg fight, including politics behind where it can air, if it can air on PPV, whose decision that comes down to, as well as whether the match can happen or not. We've got extensive comments from both about where they stand in the argument, as well as where Rousey's career can go if the fight never takes place.
        We also look at the show, including Rousey's career, what the rating meant, ticket sales, the Tate vs. Kedzie fight and Tate's comments after.
        We also have an update on Linda McMahon's campaign and WWE feuding in words with her opponent, Chris Murphy.  We've got notes on the discovery of the original WWWF title belt and a background in 1963 of how the title first came to being.  We've got notes on the legal settlement and why the scratch logo is back on old WWF footage.  We have notes on a Punk/Austin face-to-face interview session.  We've got an update on Mark Henry's return, more on the WWE/Scooby Doo movie idea, tons more on new WWE signings and cuts, including one member of the U.S. Olympic team that is in talks.  We've got more on the roster for WWE 13, and the latest on C.M. Punk vs. AW on AW's firing.
        We also have notes on the WWE web site, the WWE You tube channel, Jim Ross talks origination of one of pro wrestling's mast famous gimmicks, Paul Heyman talks his WWE run, coverage of a WWE minor title change as mainstream, the next show in Madison Square Garden and A.J. talks about how she got into WWE.
        We also look at plans for K-1 on Spike TV as well as for the next several months and into 2013.  We look at the lineup for the first show in Los Angeles, as well as K-1's rival as the big kickboxing league, Glory Sports.
        We also have coverage of the crazy DDT promotion and how it drew one of the biggest non-WWE, New Japan, AAA or UFC crowds of 2012, as well as the main event that is getting talked about as one of the year's best bouts.
        We also have an update of just how many homes all of the major cable providers that have pro wrestling or MMA programming are really in right now.  
         We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on how every segment of Raw and Impact this past week did.  We look at what segments gained and lost viewers
        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:
--Wrestler wins a court case to give him the right to use one of the most famous names in wrestling history in a battle with a family member
--A look at CMLL's anniversary month and some of the big events on it
--A look at feuds being built up for the month
--Notes on the first night of the annual CMLL Champion of Champions tournament
--What major world champion has become a surprise entrant into the tournament
--How the new Mistico is drawing
--What the promotion is charging to get bookings with the new Mistico
--How much Sin Cara made at his peak as Mistico in Mexico
--American stars headed to Mexico for a major show
--A look at this past week's AAA TV taping
--Dragon Gate fills vacated title
--All Japan makes an offer for one of pro wrestling's all-time greats to be part of a legends tag team
--A look at All Japan's major show this week that celebrates Kaz Hayashi's 20th year as a pro wrestler
--Samoa Joe & Magnus return to Japan to defend their tag titles
--Notes on newcomers to Japan
--Notes on the NOAH jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
--Notes on the upcoming Yuji Nagata 20th year anniversary show
--Prince Devitt talks about New Japan in comparison to WWE and TNA
--The son of one of pro wrestling's biggest stars turns in his golf clubs to go to the Snake Pit
--Former WCW star running for mayor
--Dave Bautista's biggest acting role to date
--Former WWF star in the 80s now in jail
--Reality show star's death notes he did some pro wrestling
--Documentary on the history of ECW
--Return of Davey Richards to ROH and possible storyline
--Notes on ROH television tapings
--Why the Claire Lynch angle changed directions
--Early estimate on Hardcore Justice on PPV
--TNA injury notes
--Update on the Bound for Glory series
--Update on Sonjay Dutt in TNA
--Notes on Bound for Glory
--Taryn Terrell's TNA debut
--Notes on the new Gut Check competitor
--Notes on the Gail Kim wedding on television
--Former TNA wrestler with a big push sent to OVW
--TNA weekend house show notes
--The latest on Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen and how likely that match is to happening
--Jones explains why he made the comments he did regarding Lyoto Machida and facing him again
--Notes handicapping Jones vs. Dan Henderson
--More on UFC 150 numbers
--Frankie Edgar's move to featherweight
--Thoughts on who Edgar's first opponent could be and where it could take place
--Dana White talks Anderson Silva vs. GSP one more time
--Update on the UFC lawsuit in New York, trying to be able to run events in the state
--Another UFC fighter arrested and being held
--Who will be on TRT at the next UFC event
--Thoughts on the UFC lightweight division with Edgar moving out
--UFC fighter safes a drowning person
--Urijah Faber talks future
--Jason Miller talks about the incident
--New UFC and Strikeforce fights
--UFC star training movie star in a major upcoming movie where he'll play the role of a former gold medalist
--Notes on the Bellator weekend show as well as a title match announced
--Shinya Aoki returns to action
--The Secretary of State in Nevada does his first, and he says his last, MMA fight
--A new promotion gets a U.S. TV deal
--More on Batista's MA debut
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--Rey Mysterio suffered a concussion on Sunday at SummerSlam and has been pulled from all future bookings until he can clear Impact testing.  The belief is the concussion was suffered on the power bomb spot. 

--A Rasmussen poll has definitely shaken up the political scene in Connecticut has it lists Linda McMahon ahead of Chris Murphy for the Connecticut senate seat 49-46%  Just a few days ago, the New York Times listed this as a 90% win for Murphy.      
--A note on Fred Durst from Sunday's SummerSlam.  He didn't leave to go back to apologize right away as he posted a video from ringside on his twitter of Brock Lesnar slamming HHH on the announcers table (thanks to Dave Rogers)
--Edge returns this coming season to the Syfy TV show Haven as a recurring character.  He'll appear in a number of episodes in the new season including the season premiere on 9/21.  Haven airs at 10 p.m. on Friday nights right after Smackdown.  He plays the role of Dwight Hendrickson, a handyman who helps cover up all the supernatural things going on in the city to keep the town's secrets hidden.
--Amy Schumer, a comedian who dated Dolph Ziggler, was on Howard Stern this morning.  She talked about the relationship.  She said the sex was "too athletic" for her.  Maybe she wanted more stalling and comedy.  She said she would go with him to TV tapings and PPV shows.  She said when she'd introduce him to other comedians, they all wanted to get their picture taken with him.  When a photo of Ziggler was put on the screen, Stern called him "Hitler's wet dream."  He said he looked like Dolph Lundgren.  She thought that's where they got the name from and said his real name with Nick Nemeth.  She said he was a bad guy and that's why he always loses.  She said he has to be really talented to keep losing and still be a star.  She said they dated for three months until her ex-boyfriend, comedian Anthony Jeselnik invited her to go to Mexico and she broke up with him on Skype. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
--An interesting note in last week's TV ratings as far as networks went. ABC averaged 3.66 million viewers in prime time last week and Univision averaged 3.31 million.  Ion, which WWE goes on in a few weeks, averages 1.10 million, and is way ahead of CW (down to 720,000).  Keep in mind this is rerun season and network programming is in many cases considered out to lunch. 
--USA was No. 1 on cable last week averaging 2.94 million viewers to 2.68 million for Disney.  FX was No. 11 at 1.34 million.  The Food Network, which had the Gail Kim wedding, averaged 1.25 million last week.  Syfy averaged 1.08 million.  Spike averaged 854,000.
--Last week's three hours of Raw were No. 11, No. 13 and No. 18 for the week.  The second two hours were No. 7 and No. 10 in 18-34.  IN 18-49, the three hours were No. 3 No. 6 and No. 9. 
--CMLL's biggest show of the year is scheduled for 9/14 at Arena Mexico with Rey Cometa vs. Puma King in a mask vs. mask match and Rush vs. El Terrible in a hair vs. hair match.
--Chris Masters apologizing for the photo he put up with a gun to his head:  "Considering wrestling's history and recent events, I do regret that posting.  I know the dark history of this biz. So, to my fans, I am sorry." 
--A Raw taping on 10/15 in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena is advertising C.M. Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE title as the main event, plus Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Rey Mysterio, Kane and The Miz appearing.  Presale starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow through Friday at 10 p.m.. with the pass code MARK
--The Steve Austin movie "Tactical Force" is available to stream for free in the U.K. to subscribers of at 
Will K-1 be a success on Spike?
Yes, kickboxing just needs regular exposure to catch on 10.0%
It depends on the talent 33.4%
No, kickboxing has been around forever on U.S. TV and never caught on 56.6%
Do you think home grown TNA talent should be considered for the Hall of Fame?
Yes, several are very good and if they are on top and have had great matches often, they should be considered 55.5%
No, because none of then have ever drawn 37.3%
No, because none are Hall of Fame caliber 7.1%
Poll on Monday's Raw
Excellent 3.5%
Good 21.5%
Average 34.4%
Fair 19.4%
Poor 21.2%
        17.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--The WWE has started a web site for athletes looking to get into the WWE at
--Yahoo Sports at has a story today on Brock Lesnar vs. HHH from SummerSlam.
--ESPN U.K. announced on 9/1 it wll air MMA Live at 2:30 a.m. as a lead in to the UFC 151 show at 3 a.m. headlined by Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson.
--Rhino vs. Sami Callihan has been added to the 10/6 House of Hardcore show promoted by Tommy Dreamer in Poughkeepsie.  That's added to the first match of Young Bucks vs. Brian Kendrick & Paul London.
--Evolve 17 on 9/8 in Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone and on iPPV has El Generico vs. Samuray del Sol, Ricochet vs. AR Fox, Rich Swann & Super Smash Brothers vs. Chuck Taylor & Drew Gulak & Orange Cassidy, Sami Callihan vs. Masada, Johnny Gargano vs. Jon Davis, Christina Von Eerie vs. Marti Belle plus Jigsaw, The Scene, Pinkie Sanchez and Lince Dorado.
--Tyron Spong, the former K-1 star, has signed a deal with Glory to compete in a big show in December in Tokyo. 
--Go Fight Live announced that they will be providing content for a show on  The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet starting on 8/25 for a show that will air on Comcast in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, DC, Delaware, New Jersey and parts of New York.  The show will air from 8-10 p.m. Saturday nights on TCN-PA and TCN-MA, Sundays from 8-10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Sundays at 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic.  The show will cover MMA, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai and pro wrestling.  This coming weekend will air Friday Night Fights from the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, a boxing show.  The first MMA show will be the weekend of 9/1 and 9/2, Cage Wars 17.  The first pro wrestling will be the IZW promotion airing on the weekend of 10/6.
--RF Video made the official announcement of its New Jack/Balls Mahoney face-to-face DVD.    
--On MLW radio, Vampiro talks about meeting C.M. Punk for the first time at
--The ROH dojo announced new classes staring on 10/22. The school is in Bristol, PA and open to aspiring wrestlers with all levels  of experience, for wrestlers, male and female, referees, managers and valets.  A six month program is $3,000, payable as $900 down and $350 per month.  You have to be at least 18 years old.  After the six months, you can always return to train and workout.  Delirious will be the head trainer.  For info you can write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   They will be teaching fundamentals, drills, conditioning, weight training, ring psychology, timing, positioning, character development, promos, etiquette and safety.
--A story on a family that promotes and does Lucha Libre events in Arizona is at
--Some articles in the Daily Star in the U.K.
--GXW on 9/8 in Richmond, VA at Club Aurora featuring former TNA wrestler Jon Bolen.
--WrestleZone from Saturday night in Aberdeen, Scotland before about 200 fans:  Blue Thunder & Granite City Hotshots b Mr. Malice & Holyrood Blonds, Brian Starr b Cysto #1, Johnny Lions b J.D. Sassoon, Sterling Oil & Damien b Crusher Craib, Aspen Faith b Mr. News, Bingo Balance & Scotty Swift b Dave Rayne & Rob Cage (thanks to Brian McKellar)
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix from Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA:  Derek Cornell b Bradley Charles, Shawn Nautilus b Michael Monsoon, Leslie Ray b Zac James, Mad Dog McDowell & Jon West & Paul Daniels b Jimmy Rockwell & Zach Thompson & Joey Daniels, Branden Juarez b Hype Gotti, Vic Victory b Darren Russell, Preston Maxwell b Sean Cruz, Matty Star b Abu Colossus, Brian Gott b Ryan Slade.  Next show is 9/22 in Council Bluffs at the National Guard Armory. 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 4,500 fans:  Asutriano & Dinamico & Millenium b Akron & Ares & Sauron, Bobby Zavala & Escandalo & El Hijo del Signo b Hombre Bala Jr. & Stigma & Super Halcon Jr., Princesa Blanca b Luna Magica, Namajague & Okumura & Vangelis b Fuego & Sagrado & Stuka Jr., Ephesto & Mephisto & Misterioso Jr. b Angel de Oro & Mistico & Valiente-COR, Volador Jr. b Mr. Niebla-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--IWRG on Sunday in Naucalpan:  Infierno Kid b Serpiente de Oro, Centrvion & Dinamic Black b Commando Negro & Eita-COR, Los Oficiales b Multifacetico & Pantera & Veneno, Heddi Karaoui & Pirata Morgan & Barba Roja b Damian 666 & Bestia 666 & X-Fly, Dr. Wagner III & El Hijo del L.A. Park & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Cien Caras Jr. & Fuerza Guerrera & El Hijo del Mascara Ano 2000
--FMLL on Sunday in El Paso:  Blue Man & Capitan America & Huniko b Los Bikers I & II & Kenich, Avata & Dragon & Impostor Jr. b Galactico & Tiger Man & Tigre Oriental, Muneco Infernal & Profeta b Maquina 45 Jr. & Sin Limite, Cobarde & Cobarde Jr. & Impostor b Blue Panther & Rey Escorpion & Villano IV, Mascara Sagrada & Shocker b L.A. Park & Latin Lover.  This will billed as Cobarde's retirement show.
--The next show in Tijuana is this corning Saturday night at the Auditorio with Mistico & Atlantis & La Mascara vs Mephisto & Rey Escorpion & Ultimo Guerrero.
--Sunday in Cudahy, CA at the Clara Sports Complex has Atlantis & Shamu Jr. vs. Piloto Suicida & Ultimo Guerreo.  
--New England Championship Wrestling on 9/14 in Blackstone, MA at the Millerville Men's Club

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