We're looking for reports on today's WWE house shows with Raw in Peoria (C.M. Punk vs. John Cena vs. Big Show) and Smackdown in Sioux Falls, SD (Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio Last Man Standing; Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler- at
*Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. Young Bucks in tag title tournament
*QT Marshal vs. Tadarius Thomas
*Roderick Strong vs Tommaso Ciampa vs. Mike Bennett vs. Mike Mondo vs. Jay Lethal vs. TJ Perkins - Winner gets a TV title shot.
We're also looking for reports on the Sunday's shows with Raw in Rockford, IL and Smackdown in Rochester, MN.
The live Raw will be Monday night in Milwaukee.
Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Green Bay.
On Fuel tonight, Ultimate Fighter Brazil is at 7 p.m., Best of Pride is at 8 p.m., Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Chad Mendes is at 9 p.m. and UFC 79 is at 10 p.m.
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.
The issue is up on the site today if you are a web site member. We also have a new back issue on the site from 1995 just put up talking about the beginnings of what ended up as the Monday Night Wars.
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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 Spike.com 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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Saturday's news update
--The cancellation of UFC 151 was played up huge in the Las Vegas media the past couple of days. The way it's been portrayed in the local media is Jon Jones as the villain in the situation.
--The Score, the home of WWE and Bellator programming in Canada, was expected to be purchased by Rogers Communications in Canada. The Score has been on sale for some time but was asking $200 million, which kept the sale from going through. Rogers is believed to be paying less than that for the deal. It's expected a lot of layoffs will result. Story is at http://torontosportsmedia.com/sports-and-toronto/has-rogers-bought-the-score/14674
--The Rock vs. John Cena match in highlight form will be airing at 9 p.m. tonight on NBC with their annual WrestleMania one hour special.
--HHH will be on television Monday night to start the build for his rematch with Brock Lesnar.
--Alan Belcher suffered a spinal fracture so he is not going to get a new opponent for the 10/13 UFC show in Rio de Janeiro. Belcher was to face Vitor Belfort, who was pulled from the show to face Jon Jones on 9/22 in Toronto. That's why Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado was moved from 10/5 in Minneapolis to 10/13 in Rio de Janeiro. Belcher had not pulled out of the fight with Belfort, but when Belfort was moved, the decision was made to allow Belcher recovery time and he's looking at fight in November. However, there are a ton of fighters getting off the injury list in November and December and not nearly enough slots for them, so lots of people wanting fights in those months will be delayed until the new year.
--20Minutes, one of the biggest free daily newspapers in Switzerland had a story this week on Antonio Cesaro with an interview putting over his winning of the U.S. title. He talked about his dream of wrestling on the show in Zurich in November.
--Vitor Belfort has joined the Blackzillians to train for his fight with Jon Jones. Hopefully they can do for him what they did for Rashad Evans. Oh, never mind.
--Chael Sonnen was on TMZ TV last night being interviewed outside of Mean Street Pizza in West Lin, OR. Yes, the guy opened up a pizza joint with that name, which is a spoof of Shane McMahon's buddies from the Mean Streets of Greenwich, CT. TMZ made fun of the show being canceled, saying it was like the NFL having to cancel the Super Bowl, that is, if the NFL ran 12 Super Bowls a year. They totally compared UFC with WWE, and said maybe Jones is waiting for the Royal Rumble (thanks to Jake Koch)
Should Lyoto Machida have turned down the fight on 9/22 with Jon Jones?
Yes, fighting Jon Jones without being in your best shape is a bad idea 37.4%
No, it's a title shot and you never know when you'll get another one 62.6%
Who would draw the most against Jon Jones?
Chael Sonnen 82.4%
Dan Henderson 10.9%
Lyoto Machida 3.5%
Vitor Belfort 1.2%
Poll on Impact
27.0% of those responding didn't see the show
--Takashi Sugiura returned after a long time out with various injuries earlier today.
--Matches announced for Impact next week are Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle and RVD vs. James Storm.
--C.M. Punk, A.J. Lee and Sin Cara will be doing an autograph show on 10/20 in New York at Caroline's on Broadway in Times Square for Ringside Collectibles. A.J. and Sin Cara appear at 9:15 a.m. and Punk at 11:30 a.m.
--Showtime All-Star Wrestling will be opening a new SAW Mill at Fitness Plus in Godlettsvile, TN. It will be a new training center as well as TV studio. As a trivia note, nearly 30 years ago, it was Fitness Plus where the Fabulous Ones workout videos were shot. Talk about vignettes that didn't age well. They also have TV tapings on 9/15 and 9/16 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. The first night has Crimson vs. Luke Gallows and Vordell Walker vs. Chase Stevens. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Classics Championship Wrestling on 9/7 at the Six Nations Fair at the Ohweken Fairgrounds in Ontario with Phil Atlas, Highlander Robbie McAllister and Tyson Dux. They also run 9/8 at 2 p.m. in Petrolia, ONT at the Petrolia Fair with Bushwhacker Luke, Michael Elgin and Shawn Spears. They run 9/8 at 8 p.m. in Picton, ONT at the Picton Fair with McAllister. They run 9/9 at 2 p.m. in Mildmay, ONT at the Mildmay, Fair with Tyler Tirva vs. Michael Elgin plus Tyson Dux, Derek Wylde, Phil Atlas, Bushwhacker Luke and Shawn Spears.
--Bizzaro Live Pro Wrestling on 9/1 in Russellville, OH for an all cage match show at the Rambler Center
--There is a guy named Jon Jones who was getting flooded with angry twitter messages because people thought he was the fighter. For some reason, I found this funny, it was an apology from a goof to him: "Sorry for calling you a yeast infection. That was meant for Johnny Bones Jones. The other Jon Jones wrote, "Sucks to be me, especially right now because I'm the wrong Jon Jones and I'm getting bombarded with hatred." But he did have a sense of humor and said that he probably would have taken the fight. The funniest part is that there is a photo of him with is Twitter account and he looks nothing like Jon Jones.
--There will be a sumo event in San Francisco on 9/8 in Japan town which is free.
--The latest Adam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana match, a dog collar match from Bridgewater, MA, is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=)7QsNtSzygU
Next match is a Texas death match on 9/30 in Salem, OR. Once again, of Pearce loses, he will leave the NWA for good.
--Tri City Wrestling at 3 p.m. tomorrow in Kitchener, ONT at the Moose Lodge with Derek Wylde, Shawn Spears and Cody Deaner. Derek Wylde was billed as former TNA superstar Derek Wylde. Their definition of superstar may be different than mine.
--Border City Wrestling from last night in Windsor, ONT before 450 fans: Action Jackson (not the former Texas wrestler) b Ashley Sixx, Caleb Stills b Bry Sullivan, Chrissy Reid NC Ingrid Isley, John E. Bravo b Aiden Prince, Cody Deaner b Scotty Turner, Josh Alexander & Marco Marquez b Brent B & alex Vega, Phil Atlas b Tyson Dux to win the BCW title.
--Maximum Pro Wrestling comes to Windsor, ONT on 10/20 with Kevin Nash and Billy Gunn.