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We're looking for reports from Raw in Chicago tonight, with dark matches, Superstars matches, attendance and anything else not evident from the live show at the All-State Arena at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Raw starts at 8 p.m. tonight on USA.

We're also looking for reports on yesterday's WWE Smackdown show in Madison, WI, as well as the weekend TNA shows from Friday night in Richmond, VA and Saturday night in Bowie, MD.

Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Fighter Brazil at 6 PM., Jose Aldo Jr. vs. Chad Mendes at 7 p.m., UFC Tonight at 8 p.m., UFC Legends Roundtable at 8:30 p.m. and UFC 101: The Fundamentals at 11:30 p.m. Smackdown is being taped on Tuesday night in Moline, IL.

THE LATEST OBSERVER: Jon Jones/Dana White Situation, History of SummerSlam

We've got a number of major features in this week's Observer, with two lead stories, the entire Jon Jones/Dana White situation and why UFC 151 was canceled, and the History of SummerSlam dating back 25 years.  We also look at Masakatsu Funaki's winning the Triple Crown, including a look back at the Triple Crown history and the belts that form the crown.
        We look at the arguments for and against what Jon Jones did, why the show was canceled, the various different things that nobody talks about that led to cancellation, the actions of Dana White, the problems with Jon Jones, the role of Chael Sonnen, what really went down, who knew what based on what people are saying and the time line, comments from Jones and why he's lost so much popularity, the business effect on Toronto, the deception, Lyoto Machida, the realities of promoting this style of fighting, why Sonnen isn't getting the shot in Toronto, why certain things have been blamed that have nothing to do with the show being canceled and more and a look at short and long-term effect on both Jones and the UFC business and where this could have been even more disastrous.  We look at the fallacy of Jones and White defenders as well as those who blame Henderson.
        The other lead story looks at the history of SummerSlam, looking at the shows, the memories, the business, the greatest matches, the most enduring stars, a look at every main event and business behind the scenes at the time.  We look at Ultimate Warrior being fired at SummerSlam, why SummerSlam never returned to Wembley Stadium, the Hulk Hogan era vs. the Steve Austin era, the best and worst shows and how looking at matches changes with hindsight.  We also look at what went wrong with Lex Luger, the move that nearly killed the boom period before it started, the biggest match business wise in history, special guests and the background of the Hogan vs. Michaels match.
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        We also look at the sale of WWE's Canadian broadcast outlet and what it means, secret blading, celebrities saying they are doing WrestleMania, Mysterio concussion note, more on Tyler Reks quitting and why, as well as what he's doing and his background.  We also have updates on injuries to both The Rock and Steve Austin, as well as what both are up to.  We have more on Austin at Mania this year, the arrest of Cameron, another WWE injury that has changed a lot of main events, WWE touring this week, TV skits, video game releases, and notes on the new TV show.
        We also look at the latest WWE camp for prospective wrestlers and the latest on a number of new WWE signees and their background.  We also have all the business notes from the past week and highlights from all the weekend shows.

        We also look back at the origins of modern MMA and how it came from pro wrestling, and how the man who was part of its beginnings in 1993 is now a pro wrestling world champion with Masakatsu Funaki's Triple Crown  win.  We look at how Japanese MMA got started, his role, and why he's back in wrestling and won the title.
        We also look at the business of this year's Money in the Bank compared with the previous two years, as well as a rundown of WWE's July business in a number of categories.  
        We also have an update on the Linda McMahon campaign for senate and a major turn over the past week.
         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
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Also in this week's issue:
--More on a feud between members of one of the most famous wrestling families that wound up in court and story behind it
--Two world champions from different international groups have a singles match this week as a big show main event
--Major nostalgia show as 70s star continues retirement tour
--Notes on more All Japan and New Japan joint shows
--Tournament for newly created title
--For Japan MVP returns to the ring
--One of the best in-ring performers is injured and out the rest of the year
--Why the wrestling mentality may have made things worse in his instant
--New Japan stars come to the U.S.
--Alex Shelley returns to wrestling
--Ken Shamrock gets publicity he'd probably rather not get
--Why 80s star is in jail
--Update on TNA contracts
--Update on the Bound for Glory series
--Update on next TNA PPV
--Update on TNA's next U.K. tour
--Eric Bischoff has a new TV show
--TNA star opens restaurant
--More on Rousey vs. Kaufman and business
--Update on UFC advance ticket sales
--UFC star charged with battery
--George St. Pierre update
--Notes on U.K. vs. Australia Ultimate Fighter season
--What show UFC expects to draw well
--Lots of new UFC fights
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Monday's news update
--At one point today, C.M. Punk was scheduled to open Raw, which makes sense since he'll be the super babyface, at least when he first comes out with the show in Chicago. I don't expect a good rating. Labor Day isn't always bad, but I think the 8 p.m. start is not going to be a positive and they've advertised almost nothing for the show. They are going to continue the Vickie Guerrero vs. A.J. feud, obviously push Cena vs. Punk and we're told three more anger anagement skits with Daniel Bryan and Kane are on deck.

--Here's a video of Punk from Australia on the set of 'Saturday Night Footy'.
--Jose Aldo Jr. was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle over the weekend in Brazil. He is fine and will not miss his 10/13 UFC 145-pound title defense against Frankie Edgar, but coach Andre Pederneiras told Aldo Jr. to only use taxis and public transpiration for the next six weeks just to be on the safe side.      
--The Sun has a story on Dwayne Johnson, dressed up as an FBI agent filming "The Fast and the Furious Six" in England, who saw some thieves trying to force open locks into vans containing expensive equipment.  Johnson stopped filming in the middle of a fight scene and ran at the youths holding his badge like he was a police man and they ran off.  The scene had a bunch of gun fire, so they must have heard the gunfire, then saw this big guy all dressed up like a SWAT team member with a badge chasing them and they ran off.   
--Jessie Godderz of OVW, under contract to TNA, was on CBS Big Brother dressed up as Santa Claus.
--AW was on Twitter complaining that he was fired for a bad joke, while Cameron only got a 15 day suspension for a DUI.
What was the biggest news story of August?
UFC 151 canceled 73.2%
Red Bastien passes away 5.4%
SummerSlam 4.4%
Rousey beats Kaufman to set up Cyborg fight 4.4%
Linda McMahon wins Republican primary 3.0%
Omega vs. Ibushi draws 10,000 at Budokan Hall 2.3%
TripleMania draws nearly 20,000 in Mexico City 2.3%
Benson Henderson vs. Frankie Edgar does only 190,000 buys on PPV 2.0%
Kazuchika Okada wins G-1 Climax tournament 2.0%
K-1 signs with Spike TV 0.7%
UFC on FOX does 1.44 rating 0.3%
What is the biggest September show?
UFC 152 40.6%
WWE Night of Champions 28.8%
TNA No Surrender 10.5%
New Japan PPV 8.7%
ROH Death Before Dishonor 5.5%
CMLL Anniversary show 3.2%
Jun Akiyama 20th anniversary show 1.8%
Strikeforce Melendez vs. Healy 0.9%
Poll on Saturday's ROH TV show
Excellent 36.6%
Good 22.0%
Average 14.6%
Fair 4.9%
Poor 22.0%
***63.4% of those responding didn't see the show
What was the best TV show of the past week?
Impact 56.2%
Raw 15.4%
ROH 10.1%
Fight Factory 6.5%
Saturday Morning Slam 5.3%
Smackdown 3.6%
Inside MMA 1.8%
UFC Tonight 1.2%
--Dragon Gate USA and Evolve has a 33% off Labor Day sale with the code "Gargano."  They also announced El Generico vs. Samuray del Sol as the main event of Saturday's iPPV show in Voorhees, NJ.  Generico vs. del Sol got 61% in a fan voting for the main event.  Ricochet vs. AR Fox will be second from the top.
--Crossfire Entertainment from Friday night in McMinnville, TN:  Cassidy Riley & Chase Stevens b David Young & Sigmon, Caleb Konley b Johnny Davis, Ricky Morton b Kid Kash when Jerry Lynn interfered, Reby Sky won three-way over Allisyn Kay and Jessicka Havoc with Maria Kanellis as ref, Carlito b Chris Masters, Hammerjack b 2 Tuff Tony, Shane Williams b Matt Hardy to keep the Crossfire title.  Lynn vs. Kash have a chain match set for November.
--WWC on Saturday night in Bayamon, PR has Thunder & Lightning vs. Ray Gonzalez & Carlito in a handcuff key on a pole match plus Apolo defends the Universal title against Andy Leavine (Tough Enough) Gilbert.
--The Eastern Wrestling Alliance runs 9/8 in Agawam, MA at the Springfield Turnverin headlined by Antonio Thomas vs. Alex Cypher for the EWA title.

Thomas is headed to Italy from September through early December as the head trainer at the Rome Wrestling Academy in Italy, which is being run by the NWE promotion.  He is also going to be looking for European bookings over the weekends during the stay via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Twitter.
--559 Fights on 9/15 at the Tulare, CA County Fairgrounds, part of the Tulare County Fair.
--USWO on Friday night in Nashville:  Kerry Awful b Mike Cobbs, Nick Iggy b James Duncan, Justin Grandberry b Shabba Shabbazz, Bit Time Sexy b Hot Rod Biggs, Josh Crow b Shawn Hoodrich, Wolfie D won three-way over Jocephus and Damien Payne in a handicap match. (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Interpromotional Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Taylor, TX before 100 fans:  Seth Anunnaki b Hector Montoya, James Claxton b Mike Dell, Ken Carson b Ricky Starr, Barbi Hayden b Miss Maulie, Chazz Taylor & Jarrod Wayne b Terry Black & Little Tony, Raven b Austin Rhodes.  Next show is 10/14 headlined by Raven vs. Austin Rhodes for their title in a no rules match.  The company will change its name to NWA Velocity starting with the next show (thanks to John Tovar)
--Here's a name from the past: former Championship Wrestling from Florida announcer Barbara Clary, one of the first woman wrestling announcers in the country, had her sister manage the campaign of Jeff Ashton, who prosecuted the Casey Anthony case and won the Democratic primary for Orange County-Osceola County State Attorney in Florida. (thanks to James Argento)
--Hannibal Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Hawkesbury, ONT, before 1,000 fans:  Jack the Mountie b Razor Revolution, Commander Rick Sniper b Magnificent Giovani Marrance, Preston Perry b Billy Lee, Guy Gagna b Nathan Banner, Lanny Poffo b Chaz Lovely, Jeremy Prophet b Scott Steiner to keep Canadian heavyweight title.
--CHIKARA released this video of a ten-man tag from the last iPPV.
--On his web site, Dory Funk Jr. has up a press conference up with Jerry Brisco and Osamu Nishimura, in addition to Dory and Jerry going through Dory's career record book to look up all the Funks vs Briscos matches.
--Japanese woman wrestler Ryo Mizunami makes her Shimmer debut on 10/27 and 10/28 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.  She debuted in Gaea in 2004 and now wrestles for Pro Wrestling WAVE.  She joins Sweet Saraya Knight (Paige's mother), Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Allison Danger, Leva Bates and Hiroyo Matsumoto already announced for the DVD tapings.
--Johnny Valiant performs his comedy show on 9/8 at the Great Neck Arts Center in New York.
--The next Adam Pearce vs. Colt Cabana match for the NWA title in the best of seven series will be 9/30 in Salem, OR for NWA West Coast Wrestling Connection.
--Trish Stratus will be on the cover of Next Big Thing, a Canadian magazine in the fall edition.      

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