THURS UPDATE: Batista on Spike tonight, Ratings notes, New England grappler pasaes away, Mid South tape collection, New ROH match, Goldberg talks career, Your thoughts on GSP vs Silva



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We're looking for a report on tonight's TNA house show in Dalton, GA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Scheduled for the show are Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson, Mickie James, Crimson, Zema Ion and Miss Tessmacher.  So that means none of those names should be on Impact tonight in theory.

Tonight on Impact at 8 p.m.

- Bully Ray vs. Rob Van Dam in the Bound for Glory series - winner almost surely goes to the final four
- Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe - If Hardy wins, he goes to the final four
- Christopher Daniels & Kazarian defend the tag titles against one of these teams:  A.J. Styles & ?, - Robbie E & Robbie T, Kid Kash & Gunner or Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez

It's the go-home show for No Surrender. At this moment, exactly zero matches from the show have been announced on television and the show is Sunday. Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher and Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt have been announced on the Internet as well as the BFG Final Four.

Superstars tonight:
Alex Riley vs. Damien Sandow
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Primo & Epico
Antonio Cesaro vs. Justin Gabriel
Layla vs. Natalya

On Fuel today, UFC Tonight with the Dana White interview is at 8 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 8:30 p.m., Best of Pride at 9 p.m., Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos at 10 p.m., Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes at 11 p.m. and Ultimate Fighter Brazil at midnight. 

DOUBLE ISSUE OBSERVER WEEK: 2012 HOF BALLOT AND HISTORY OF HOF

We've got a double issue week of the Observer, with two major features.  We're looking at the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot, including a history of the voting.  We look year-by-year at who has come close, and how trends in the business have changed.  We look at the voting, how it's done, who does it, and who appear to be the strongest candidates.  We also look at the new candidates on the ballot this year.  We also have some research regarding Mexico, looking at who has won the Wrestler of the Year award in Mexico annually since the advent of Lucha Libre.  We examine a lot of the close candidacies, the effect of death of voters and who is on the ballot from each region.
 
        Our other lead story is a look at New Japan Pro Wrestling, which is probably right now the most successful non-U.S. pro wrestling group in the world, and arguably the No. 2 company overall.  We look back at the start of the promotion in 1972 and the politics that were going on at the time.  We look at how Japan changed in 1972 with All Japan and New Japan, what New Japan was forced to do to survive and the unique concepts they specialized in.  We look at how New Japan got into the NWA, its ties with the 70s WWWF as well as why they were at times, and not at others, able to get the WWWF champion to defend.
 
        We look at the early 80s peak, business problems, the Tokyo Dome sellout era and Antonio Inoki's mentality that built the company, and later nearly killed it.  We look at the downfall in the last decade, and the turnaround.  We look at how the Japanese industry is so much different than the U.S. based on technology, as well as the company's talent mix and why it leads to entertaining major events. 
 
        We also look at where things stand right now, as well as look at the June PPV show, treating it like it's a major show of the past week, the roles everyone played and themes of matches, which include the last chapter in Tanahashi vs. Okada, perhaps their last meeting until the Tokyo Dome.
 
        We also have an update regarding Steve Austin and any short-term plans to wrestle, why Punk going heel was a good idea for him, what other top WWE face wants to go heel, a match now scheduled for Mania in 2013, notes on the rise in WWE stock price and the funny reason it's going up.  We also look at two wrestlers who have good bargaining power because of it.  We look at C.M. Punk's cut, what we saw and what may not have happened.  We also have more on the arrest and suspension of Cameron.  We've got more on the Linda McMahon campaign, notes on Monday's Raw, Chris Jericho talks leaving and different talent and where they stand.
 
        We look at the funny story about how one of the PPV matches at Night of Champions got made.  We also look at a wrestler getting more mainstream ink in his home country, more on different wrestlers recently signed by WWE and their backgrounds as well as a top prospect gets a new gimmick and the debut of the Hollywood Express.  We've also got more on legends house and a second generation wrestler not getting off to a good start.
 
        We also have notes on the sensational business of the WWE Australia tour, as well as a look at all the house shows of the past week.
 
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         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:
--World champion vs. world champion in two of the biggest international promotions, not one but two showdowns this past week
 
--Another legends show in Mexico and notes from the event
 
--Three different suspensions this past week
 
--Next AAA big show and an AAA vs. TNA champions program that looks to be put together
 
--Top ranked boxer's girlfriend is a pro wrestler
 
--A look at the next major Dragon Gate show
 
--More on the Funaki Triple Crown title win over Akiyama
 
--One of oldest titles vacated due to wrestler getting pneumonia
 
--A look at the third generation Von Erichs, as Kevin's sons start their careers
 
--Wrestling star out of action for almost a year and a half sets a target return date
 
--Kenny Omega on match with Kota Ibushi
 
--The first Olympic wrestler being talked about to go into pro wrestling instead of MMA, and a big show debut talked about
 
--Billy Robinson and Japanese pro wrestling stars looking at creating a new sport with details
 
--Zero-One jr. tournament featuring wrestlers from a number of different groups
 
--Current WWE employee is being allowed to wrestle in Japan
 
--This year's World masked man tournament
 
--Notes on the first father-son tag team match among Japanese ever
 
--More on Zeus being indicted and his brief pro wrestling career
 
--Reorganization of the NWA
 
--One of the best tournaments each year, annual Battle of Los Angeles report
 
--A number of health updates and obituaries of wrestlers
 
--Two former WWE wrestlers in different major brand TV commercials
 
--Wrestler apologizes for a bad idea photo
 
--More on Shelton Benjamin's heat with The Barbarian
 
--New pro wrestling comedy planned
 
--Former WWE wrestler and tag champ enrolls in college and will be playing football this fall
 
--ROH star out with knee surgery
 
--Story behind Devon leaving TNA
 
--What happened to the Dudleys name
 
--Update on Bully Ray
 
--More on the wrestlers who have recently left TNA
 
--Update on the Bound for Glory series
 
--Notes on TNA's new television show
 
--What Hall of Fame candidate will be featured on TNA's new show
 
--A look at the TNA weekend house shows
 
--A look at how much the cancellation of UFC 151 cost
 
--Dana White blames both Dan Henderson and Jon Jones
 
--White talks about making Jones vs. Sonnen
 
--What's next for Chris Weidman
 
--More thoughts on GSP vs. Anderson Silva
 
--Thoughts on Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo
 
--Why Edgar vs. Aldo is so important
 
--More UFC business figures
 
--A look at the new season of Ultimate Fighter
 
--Pacquiao going head-to-head with UFC
 
--Notes on the November Strikeforce show
 
--More on the arrest of Ian McCall
 
--UFC fighter talks about the pay scale and why it's so tough
 
--A look at just how frequently fighters are being injured
 
--Lots of UFC injury notes and returns
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Bellator updates including 2013 plans
 
--A look at a number of new MMA groups that will feature name fighters and Las Vegas planned events
 
--One of the best heavyweight wrestlers of the last decade makes MMA debut later this year
 
--Top kickboxer also set to make MMA debut
 
--Two Olympians in talks regarding MMA
 
--A look at the One Fighting Championship show, one of the most successful live crowds of the year
 
--A look at the "Here comes the Boom" movie starring Kevin James and its UFC theme
 
--Former UFC fighter a hero
 
--Canadian MMA pioneer stabbed
 
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Thursday's news update
 
--Dave Bautista will be the guest on MMA Uncensored tonight on Spike at 11 p.m. talking his MMA debut fight in Providence against Rashid (not Rashad) Evans.  
 
--UFC fighter Christian Morecraft was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence, reckless driving, speeding and driving without a license on Friday.  He was arrested that night, refused to take a Breathalyzer and was released on bail.  
 
--Richard Byrne, a New England independent wrestler trained by Killer Kowalski, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 62.  He owned some Tang Soo Do karate studios and wrestled as Superstar Richard Byrne, and once had a big match with New Japan against Tatsumi Fujinami where they pushed him as a martial arts outsider.  Byrne's funeral will be Monday at the A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home in Malden, MA at 8 a.m., and he'll be buried at the Mass of Christian Burial at the Immaculate Conception Church in Malden at 9 a.m.  For more info, you can call the funeral home at 781-324-8680  
 
--USA Network fell to third in the weekly cable ratings last week with an average of 2.64 million viewers in prime time.  Fox News was first with primary coverage at 3.46 million and ESPN was second at 2.81 million and the NFL season hasn't started yet.  Syfy was No. 13 at 1.17 million, FX was No. 19 at 1.07 million and Spike was No. 24 at 878,000.  The three hours of Raw were  No. 15, No. 18 and No. 21, with most of the top of the list dominated by activities related to the Republican convention.  The second and third hours of Raw were No. 5 and No. 7 in 18-34 and No. 3 and No. 7 in 18-49. Convention drew mostly from older demos.

--Micah Watts, who is still in possession of the old Mid South Wrestling tape library, is doing a 36% sale good until 9/15, which is I think when the tapes get turned over to WWE. One of my bucket list regrets is that many years ago when I did the Wrestling Gold project with Jim Cornette, had the DVDs sold well, our next project was going to be mining that tape library with classic matches with Cornette (who lived the territory) and I doing commentary.  That would have been so awesome.
 
--The Portland (Maine) Daily Sun has a column called "How a billion dollar business left town" about how Vince McMahon began promoting wrestling in that area. Vince's first town was Bangor, ME.  It noted WWE was coming back to Portland.
 
--Tickets for WWE's Night of Champions in Boston are far from sold out. Lots of good balcony seats were still available for $25, not including service fees.  (thanks to Ken Doucet).
 
--Roderick Strong vs. Homicide was announced as one of the first round matches for ROH's Survival of the Fittest at the 9/22 TV tapings in Baltimore at the Du Burns Arena.  
 
--Tickets for the 11/3 Strikeforce show at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Frank Mir and Luke Rockhold vs. Lorenz Larkin for the middleweight title go on sale to the public on 9/14 at 10 a.m.   Fight Club member can get tickets on 9/12 and an Internet presale for newsletter readers will be on 9/13.
 
--Here's a very interesting L.A. Times story regarding concussions and risk of brain disease and ALS of former NFL players. A study of former players who spent five years in the game showed them four times as likely to die from ALS (Lou Gehrig disease) then the general population.  It should be noted that most of the players were speed players, running backs and receivers as well as defensive backs and linebackers.  Lineman were not nearly at the same risk. This seemed to indicate high impact collisions involving speed were worse than repeated blows on the line.
 
--Here's a Bill Goldberg video interview. He credited the streak to Mike Tenay and Bobby Heenan and I can just say as a fact it was Tenay.  He said it was something that just came together, nobody planned it, it gained momentum and he said he was just in the right place at the right time.  He said he was mad about it ending, not because he lost, but because he wanted Scott Hall to use a real tazer because he wanted it to be as real as possible.  On his favorite matches, he mentioned working with the Steiners, DDP and the Hulk Hogan match at the Georgia Dome.  
 
--Here is a story on Gabe Tuft (Tyler Reks) meeting with special ed students yesterday in Santa Rosa, CA, at Montgomery High School. It noted that he had an engineering degree from Cal Poly. I guess that old job he was afraid to go back to was being an engineer.
 
--Here's the Deadspin story on last night's Pittsburgh Pirates game where fans were doing the "Whooo" from the 4th inning through the rest of the game. It's not that unusual for "Whoos" at the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games. (thanks to Jeff Bradley)
 
--Tickets for UFC's debut in Macau on 11/10 go on sale to the public on Friday in Macau.  The matches being promoted are Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le, Stanislav Nedkov vs. Thiago Silva and Tiequn Zhang (who is from China) vs. Jon Tuck.
 
Provided GSP beats Carlos Condit, what do you think is best for next?
GSP faces Anderson Silva at 180 pounds 26.4%
GSP faces Anderson Silva at 175-177 pounds 23.2%
GSP and Anderson Silva continue to defend their titles, don't fight 21.4%
GSP faces Anderson Silva at 173-174 pounds 11.6%
GSP faces Anderson Silva at 170 for the title 9.8%
GSP faces Anderson Silva at 185 for the title 7.6%
***Interesting that far more people want it as a catch weight non-title fight than a title fight.
 
If GSP faces Anderson Silva at 180, who wins? 
Anderson Silva 70.5%
GSP 29.5%
 
What TV show do you now most look forward to each week the most?
Impact 43.7%
Raw 40.9%
ROH 9.4%
Smackdown 6.0%
 
Do you believe Lesnar vs. Fedor will ever happen?
Yes 9.4%
No 90.6%
 
What is the best current program in wrestling?
Okada vs. Tanahashi 29.0%
Kane vs. Bryan 23.8%
Cena vs. Punk 18.4%
Aries & TNA vs. Aces and 8s 16.6%
Styles vs. Daniels & Kazarian 6.0%
Orton vs. Ziggler 3.0%
Rhodes vs. Sin Cara 1.8%
Sheamus vs. Del Rio 1.4%
 
--Celebrating birthdays today include The Barbarian (54), Wendi Richter (51), Low Ki (33) and Jillian Hall (32). Bad Bad Leroy Brown, one of the first modern wrestlers with entrance music (maybe the first) passed away 24 years ago today at the age of 38.  Emilio Charles Sr. passed away 18 years ago today at the age of 70. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History.com)
 
--Pro Wrestling Eve, which hopefully won't screw up and end up being called Pro Wrestling Kaitlyn next week, has its biggest event ever on 11/10 in Sudbury, Suffolk, U.K. at the Delphi Centre on iPPV.  Alpha Female, who is not the wife of Urijah Faber's gym, defends her title against Nikki Storm.  Angelina Love and Shantelle Taylor (Taylor Wilde in TNA) are both scheduled for the show. 
 
--Dutch Pro Wrestling on 11/18 in Peoljijk, The Netherlands at Leuningjes Arena has Bully Ray and Tajiri announced.  There will also be a fan fest. 
 
--Celtic Championship Wrestling on 8/5 will have an iPPV is Bishopstown, Ireland.     
 
--Border City Wrestling on 10/20 at St. Clair College in Windsor, ONT headlined by Kevin Nash, Carlito, Petey Williams, Michael Elgin, Jimmy Jacobs, Robbie McAllister, Shawn Spears, Cody Deaner, Johnny Swinger, Jaime D and a cage match with Tyson Dux vs. Phil Atlas.  There will also be a meet and greet with Nash and Carlito.
 
--Chaotic Wrestling on 9/7 in Woburn, MA at the Elks Lodge.
 
--NWA on Fire will be getting TV on WPXN, an Ion affiliate in the New York area, at 11 p.m. Friday nights starting 10/12. The stations is available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 9/20 in Morden, Manitoba, at the Access Event Centre with Honky Tonk Man.
 
--Here's a Super Dragon Q&A.

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