MON. UPDATE: Tonight's Raw, Henderson, Jackson talk controversy, TNA U.K. tour update, WWF DVD relases, WWE time change in Canada, Who do you want to see Jones face, New Japan guys on U.S. show, Bret talks Punk & Bryan, 80s star still in jail

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw from Milwaukee with Superstars matches, dark matches, attendance and anything else not evident from the live show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   HHH returns tonight to set up his rematch with Brock Lesnar. 
        We're also looking for reports from yesterday's Raw show in Rockford, IL, Smackdown in Rochester, MN, and Saturday night's Raw show in Peoria.

        Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Green Bay.
        On Fuel tonight, the Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Chad Mendes fight airs at 7 p.m., Lyoto Machida vs. Randy Couture at 8 p.m., and Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos at 9 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 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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Monday's news update
--Bryan and I will be covering Raw tonight, as well as the latest news and taking your e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Tonight on Raw will be anger management classes with Daniel Bryan.  A series of skits were taped in Los Angeles over SummerSlam weekend with both Bryan and Kane taking anger management classes, which included a lot of Southern California indie guys as extras.  There were several taped so this is likely to be a several week thing, or several skits tonight.  They are also going to go forward with the C.M. Punk vs. Jerry Lawler angle. 
--The big joke going around tonight is that hopefully R-Truth knows where he is.  Last year at Raw in Milwaukee, he talked about being in Green Bay, which is where they are tomorrow.
--Tonight on Inside MMA they will talk even more about guess what, with Dan Henderson, Greg Jackson and Vitor Belfort at 8 p.m. tonight on AXS TV.
--TNA announced today that on its January tour which is 1/21 at the Dublin National Stadium, 1/23 in Glasgow at Braehead Arena, 1/24 in Nottingham at the Capital FM Arena, 1/25 in Manchester at the Arena and 1/26 in Wembley Arena in London  that every show will be headlined by a cage match.  Wembley will be a TV taping for Impact.  On tour will be Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, James Storm, A.J. Styles, Mr. Anderson, RVD, Gail Kim, Austin Aries, Miss Tessmacher, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian and Magnus.
--Our deepest sympathies to one of the all-time greats of MMA, Wanderlei Silva, whose father, Holando Pinherio da Silva passed away yesterday in an auto accident.  The two were very close.  He flew from his home in Las Vegas back to Brazil yesterday as soon as the news broke.  He also wrote via twitter:  "Thank you for the strength my brothers.  Please pray for yuoru family time and more difficult still as well that we have the support of God.  thanks for all prays all MSG all support, my guys, sad day, thanks for your help again."  
--Sarah Kaufman vs. Kaitlyn Young has been added to the 10/6 Invicta show in Kansas City at Memorial Hall.  Invicta has a working agreement with Strikeforce when it comes to talent.
--Former TUF winner Mac Danzig said via twitter that he will face Takanori Gomi on 11/10 in Macau.
--WWE will be releasing an NWO video on 11/6 and an Attitude Era video on 11/20, the latter in conjunction with the promotion of the Attitude Era for the video game.
--Due to college football, The Score in Canada will now air NXT at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and 6 pm. on Friday, instead of the usual Thursday time slot. (thanks to Paul Fontaine)
What match would you have been most interested in buying?
Jones vs. Sonnen in September 84.3%
Jones vs. Machida in October or November 12.9%
Jones vs. Shogun in October or November 1.9%
Jones vs. Belfort in September 1.0%
        Holy shit.
What did you think of Saturday night's ROH TV show?
Excellent 38.9%
Good 38.9%
Average 13.9%
Fair 5.6%
Poor 5.6%
        64.7% of those responding didn't see the show
If you were going to buy Jones vs. Henderson, what describes your thoughts now best
I'm not more interested in seeing the fight, but am buying 9/22 44.5%
Skipping the show, not interested in Jones vs. Belfort 19.6%
Skipping because don't want to see Jones right now 15.1%
More interested in seeing Jones vs. Belfort than Jones vs. Henderson 5.7%
Best TV show of this past week
Impact 28.8%
Raw 25.1%
ROH 11.0%
Saturday Morning Slam 10.5%
Smackdown 9.9%
Bellator 5.8%
Fight Factory 3.7%
UFC Tonight special show 3.7%
Inside MMA 1.0%
Titan Fighting Championships 0.5%
--Sacramento Pro Wrestling featuring stars from New Japan yesterday in Gridley, CA:  Chupacabra b Sheik Kahn Abadi, Jeckles the Jester b King Fale-DQ, Mariachi & Lucha Magnifico & J.R. Kratos b Suburban Commandos & Will Rood, Dave Dutra d Kushida, Shinsuke Nakamura b Oliver John to keep IC title, Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov b Alex Shelley & A.J. Kirsch (Tough Enough) to keep IWGP jr. tag titles.  Told a very good show with the New Japan crew getting over big to a crowd who had no idea who they were.  Dutra got high marks as a heel.   (thanks to John LaRocca and Chris GST)
--Chael Sonnen has hinted that there will be news breaking soon about a new fight for him.
--Bret Hart talks C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, UFC 149 in Calgary and Antonio Carvalho using his entrance music at   
--Crossfire Wrestling on 9/1 in McMinnville, TN with a Make-a-Wish benefit show with Chris Masters vs. Carlito Colon, Reby Sky vs. Allysin Kay vs. Jessicka Havoc, Johnny Davis vs. Caleb Konley, Hammerjack vs. 2 Tuff Tony, Ricky Morton vs. Kid Kash and David Young & Sigmon vs. Cassidy Riley & Chase Stevens. 
--IPW:  UK had its final show under that name yesterday.  From now on they will be called Revolution Pro Wrestling when they debut the new name for shows on 10/13 and 10/14 in Sittingbourne, England with shows that have Jerry Lynn (perhaps his U.K. farewell), El Generico and Sami Callihan.  Results from yesterday in Sittingbourne:  Dave Mastiff b Stixx, Terry Frazier b Rockstar Spud, Prince Devitt b Noam Dar (excellent match), Zack Sabre Jr. b Johnny Gargano (also said to be a great match), Kris Travis & Martin Kirby b Roy & Zak Knight (Paige's brothers), Sha Samuels b Marty Scurll via KO in a 30:00 Iron Man match that was stopped at 24:00 when Scurll couldn't continue, Kris Travis & Martin Kirby b Marty Scurll & Zack Sabre Jr. in a tag title match.  Travis & Kirby cashed in their briefcase.  Title change is because Sabre Jr. is leaving for NOAH for three months (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV taping from Saturday night in Pine Bluff, AR before 500 fans:  Sigmon b Kincaid, Alan Steele b Soul Train Jones, Shane Williams b Chris Michaels, Brett Barnes b Alucard, Rachel Summerlyn b Athena, Tim Storm b Matt Riviera-DQ, Prince A Farat b Gary Gram, Kincaid b Barrett Brown, Chris Michaels b Phil Bishop, Sigmon & Athena b Rachel Summerlyn & Jerry Lynn, Tim Storm b Michael Barry in a street fight, Moe Stegall & Greg King b Jon Michael & Alucard, Titan b Bishop, X-Cal b Greg Anthony to win jr. title in a ladder match.  Next show is 9/15 in Memphis at the Cook Convention Center for a TV taping featuring Jackie Fargo, Ricky Morton and the debut of Chris Masters with his new name, Chris Adonis. 
--Butch Reed was scheduled to headline the show but he was still in jail at the Jefferson County Detention Center in Missouri.
--Today was a huge day in wrestling history.  It was 18 years ago today that the name Extreme Championship Wrestling was born with Shane Douglas winning the NWA title and double-crossing the promoters, throwing it down and announcing himself the Extreme Championship Wrestling champion.
--SummerSlams in 1990, 1995 and 2000 were held today.
--The Freddie Blassie vs. John Tolos show at the Los Angeles Coliseum was 41 years ago today.
--A number of birthdays today including George Scott of the Flying Scott Brothers tag team and well known booker turned 83 today.  Sgt. Slaughter turned 64.  Great Khali turned 40.  Jazz turned 39 and Milano Collection A.T. turned 36.
--It was 21 years ago today that Martin Karadagian, the promoter and top star in Argentina passed away.  Ed White, better known as Sailor White and Moondog King, was 56 whe he passed away seven years ago.  On this day two years ago, Luna Vachon passed away at 48, Anton Geesink passed away at 76, Espanto II passed away at 76 and Tough Tony Borne passed away at 84. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
--The new "Unauthorized ECW Documentary" was 25% funded with 128 backers as of today on Kickstarter. For more info you can go to and watch trailers and never before seen videos.  Mike Mooneyham has a story on the movie at
--With no pro wrestling major shows and UFC canceled, the closest thing to a big show this coming weekend will be the One Fighting Championships show Pride of a Nation which will air for $9.99 as an iPPV at www.onefc.livesport.tvong on Friday.  The show starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time and 5:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The main events are Bibiano Fernandes vs. Gustavo Falciroli, Tim Sylvia vs. Andrei Arlovski, Jens Pulver vs. Eric Kelly from The Philippines, Rolles Gracie vs. Tony Bonello, Igor Gracie vs. Jung Hawn Cha and Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann.
--A note on Sean Sherk.  A recent radio show asked about him.  Sherk hasn't officially retired and is waiting for an offer for another fight.  He was hoping for a fight with B.J. Penn when Rory MacDonald was hurt, but that didn't happen. (thanks to Josh Nason)
--Insane Wrestling League from Saturday in Monrovia, CA before 125 fans:  Chuck Taylor won four-way over David E. Jones, Rick Ellis and Ryan Kidd, Justin Wright b Joseph Knox in a tables match, Young Bucks won gauntlet match over Team High Risk, Mixed Tape Kings, Crush to Death and Devin Sparks & Johnny Yuma (Lars Only in TNA), Eric Cross won three-way over Chris Evans and Avalon, Ray Rosas won three-way ladder match over Famous B and Chris Cadillac, B-Boy b Tyler Bateman in a last man standing match, Jay Lethal b Willie Mack, Johnny Suave b Erik Watts (from Tough Enough) in a cage match. (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate has shows on 10/11 and 10/12 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center.  The Thursday show is an all-womens show called Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling with a 16-woman one night tournament that will include Jillian Hall, Katie Lea, Becky Bayless, Queen Maya, Miss Adiva, Alexxis Nevaeh, Sienna Duvaul, Brittney Savage, Nikki Adams, Cherry Bomb, Leah Von Butch, Scarlett Bordeaux, Ivy Fit, Marti Belle, Annie Social and Sumie Sakai.  Ashley Massaro will also be appearing.  The next night has Rikishi vs. Big Van Vader managed by Paul Bearer, Jim Duggan vs. Armando Estrada managed by Iron Sheik, plus AR Fox, Anthony Nese, Necro Butcher, Samuray del Sol, Jimmy Hart, Diamond Dallas Page, Dan Maff and others appearing on the show.
--BANG on 9/15 in Ocala, FL will feature an appearance by Jerry Brisco.
--Anarchy Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Cornelia, GA:  Jacob Ashworth b Johnny Dangerous, Joey Rhymer b Bobby Moore, CB Suave & Tommy Penirelli b Vandal & Najassism, Billy Buck b Seven, Andrew Pendleton & Black Butler b Seth Delay & Anthony Henry, Nemesis & Shadow Jackson b Slim J & Azrael-DQ.  Next TV taping is 9/8. (thanks to Bill Behrens)
--Today is the 45th anniversary of Jim Kettner's first pro wrestling show, so ECWA is billed as the oldest indie in the U.S., which it probably would be.  The group's next show is 9/15 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club.  
--There will be a free wrestling show on 9/8 in Edison, NJ at Lake Pappiani at 100 Municipal Drive.

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