SAT. UPDATE: Heyman talks Lesnar's future, Bret returns to Montreal and Montreal history, Kane in India, Rock vs. Cena and Punk DVD notes, No Surrender thoughts, Remembering Hildebrand/Curtis, Lawler vs. Sid, Raven & Kabuki birthdays



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Bryan Alvarez and I will be doing a special show today, previewing TNA's PPV, talking new UFC fights, ratings and other news.  We will be taking phone calls as well at about 7:30 p.m. Eastern time so check the site at about that time for details.  For today, I'd like calls concentrating on current WWE, UFC and TNA news as opposed to history.  We'll be back Sunday with our regular post-PPV show.  You can also e-mail questions to the show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're looking for reports on today's following shows:

- Smackdown in Hamilton, ONT (Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Wade Barrett; Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler)
- TNA in Gainesville, GA
- ROH in Charlotte at the Metrolina Trade Center (Mark & Jay Briscoe & Rhett Titus vs. Kevin Steen & Jimmy Jacobs & Steve Corino, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Michael Elgin & Roderick Strong, Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. Lance & Harlem Bravado, Jay Lethal & Adam Page, Mike Mondo vs. QT Marshall).
- Evolve iPPV from Voorhees, NJ
- K-1 iPPV from the Los Angeles Sports Arena

We're also looking for reports on Thursday night's TNA house show in Dalton, GA, and last night's TNA house show at the Tabernacle Theater in Atlanta.

ROH on TV tonight
- Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Jeez & Ruckus in tag title tournament
- Mike Sydal vs. Mike Bennett
- Tommaso Ciampa vs. Mike Posey
- Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin for TV title

The Evolve iPPV show is at 5 p.m. Eastern. Lineup is:

- 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

CZW's iPPV show at 8 p.m.
- Masada vs. El Generico for CZW title
- AR Fox vs. Dave Crist ladder match for CZW jr. and CZW TV titles
- Danny Havoc & Devon Moore vs.  Alexander James & Mr. Tofiga for tag titles
- Sami Callihan & Jake Crist vs. Super Smash Brothers
- Rich Swann vs. Shane Strickland
- Alex Colon vs. Ruckus
- Pepper Parks vs. Kekoa

For K-1, the show starts at 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. in Los Angeles). There will be one hour free on Spike.com and the rest of the show will be an iPPV at $9.99 on UStream.  I think that's a big mistake offering this on iPPV when the idea is to expose people to the product before it goes on Spike next year.  Plus booking the Sports Arena, which holds 17,000, for this show is nuts.
 
- Glen Spencer (18-6, 179.5) vs. Mike Lemaire (8-0, 183)
- Damien Earley (15-2, 152.5) vs. Jermaine Soto (16-1, 152)
- James Wilson (3-1, 240) vs. Doug Sauer (10-3, 238)
- Bryce Krause (15-3-1, 155) vs. Justin Greeskiewicz (10-5, 153)
- Ben Yelle (7-7-1, 147) vs. Joey Pagliuso (13-5, 154)
- Michael Mananquil (25-4-1, 154) vs. Scotty Leffler (4-2, 154.25)
- Chaz Mulkey (8-6, 154.5) vs.  Kit Cope (23-1, 155)
- Wentz Shuichi (15-8-1, 119.5) vs. Romie Adanza (16-3, 117)
- En Kang (46-6, 143) vs. Travis Garlita (6-2, 144)
- Lerdsila Chumpairtour (135-15-5, 138.5) vs. Gabriel Varga (20-1, 145.5)
- Markhaile Wedderburn (11-1, 186) vs. Jeremiah Metcalf (13-6, 185.25)
 
Heavyweight tournament first round matches:
 
- Xavier Vigney (10-1, 246.5) vs. Seth Petruzelli (15-6, 223)
- Rick Roufus (63-9-1, 219) vs. Mighty Mo (16-6, 292)
- Jack May (4-0, 250.5) vs. Jarrell Miller (19-0, 260)
- Randy Blake (23-0, 204.5) vs. Dewey Cooper (49-13-2, 215)

Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Fighter Brazil at 7 p.m., Best of Pride at 8 p.m., Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for all of its 64 seconds at 9 p.m. and UFC 92 at 10 p.m.

The big show of the weekend is TNA No Surrender from Orlando:

- Austin Aries vs. The Armbreaker (Drew Hankinson/Luke Gallows)
- Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe in Bound For Glory semifinals 
- James Storm vs. Bully Ray in Bound for Glory semifinals
Winners of the semifinals meet for a title shot at Bound for Glory:
- Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle for tag titles
- Rob Van Dam vs. Magnus
- Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt for X title
- Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara for Knockouts title

Raw is live Monday in Montreal.  The big hook is that Bret Hart returns to Montreal's Belle Centre for the first time as a performer in nearly 15 years, since the legendary 1997 screw-job match with Shawn Michaels.  In addition, it is being locally advertised as Pat Patterson Appreciation Night, although it is possible if not most likely those festivities will not be on television.

Smackdown will be taped in Ottawa on Tuesday.

THIS WEEK'S OBSERVER: 2012 HALL OF FAME BALLOT

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 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
 
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--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
 
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--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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Saturday's news update
 
--Paul Heyman talks Brock Lesnar's future with the NY Post. He said he doesn't believe Lesnar will ever fight again coming off the talk of Dana White mentioning Lesnar vs. Fedor (and White was not serious about that).  For logical reasons, given his age and that he's got money, the smart money was that Lesnar probably wouldn't fight again.

The fact Heyman would never say anything like that, mentioning the illness Lesnar had and his age, without Lesnar's approval, indicates he probably isn't even considering it. At the same time, I'm surprised if only because when his WWE deal is up, I'd think Lesnar would try and talk with both WWE and UFC.

--Bret Hart's return to Montreal sparked a story in the Montreal Gazette. The story is more than just on Hart, but on Montreal wrestling history, talking about promoter Eddie Quinn and Yvon Robert.
 
--Glen "Kane" Jacobs in India talks about Indian food, training, injuries, aging and travel.
 
--The world premiere of the new C.M. Punk WWE-produced DVD documentary will be on 10/4 at 7 pm. at the Portage Theater in Chicago.  Punk will be there for a Q&A in conjunction with it.
 
--WWE is releasing the Rock vs. Cena DVD on Tuesday.  It's the second (after Hart vs. Michaels) feud DVD although this doesn't have the two together discussing the angle.  There is a documentary, all the angles leading to the match, the one-hour pre-show and the match itself.
 
--Vader appears tonight in South Florida in Hollywood at the German American Clubhouse, facing Jesse Neal in the main event.   Also on the NWA Ring Warriors show include Cassidy Riley, Buck Quartermaine, Wes Brisco and Vordell Walker.
 
--There was a story in New Zealand on Dwayne Johnson sending a message to paralyzed rugby player Set Tafua of Wellington, who suffered a spinal injury in June.  A number of sports stars in both Australia and New Zealand have spearheaded fund raising drives.  Johnson is friends with Nic Fitsemanu of Wellington, who played rugby with the same team that Tufua is on, and went through the family to get Johnson to send a message.  Johnson recorded a message that Tafua's drive to walk again is an inspiration to everyone around him.
 
How do you think No Surrender will do on PPV?
Better than usual 12.3%
Worse than usual 33.9%
Usual 53.7%
 
Who do you think should win the Bound for Glory series and headline BFG?
James Storm 38.2%
Samoa Joe 34.9%
Bully Ray 16.4%
Jeff Hardy 10.5%
 
Will Raw top a 3.0 on Monday?
Yes 22.9%
No 61.7%
Will do a 3.0 15.4%
 
What match at No Surrender are you most interested in?
Angle & Styles vs. Daniels & Kazarian 35.9%
Aries vs. Armbreaker 21.5%
Hardy vs. Joe 21.5%
Storm vs. Ray 11.1%
Dutt vs. Ion 4.0%
Tara vs. Tessmacher 4.0%
Magnus vs. RVD 2.0%
 
Poll on Impact
Excellent 20.1%
Good 48.5%
Average 12.4%
Fair 6.5%
Poor 12.4%
***22.8% of those responding didn't see the show  
  
--Frank Eudy, the son of Sid Vicious, was eliminated from Big Brother on Thursday night.
 
--Birthdays today include Great Kabuki (64), Raven (48), and Lodi  (42).
 
--It was 13 years ago today that Brian Hildebrand, better known as referee Mark Curtis in WCW, passed away from cancer at the age of 38.  Mick Foley called Hildebrand his best friend in wrestling and I'd say he was probably one of my best friends in wrestling as well. There would be a decent sized list of people who would say the same thing.  Great guy, honest guy and he was frequently called the best ref in the business in the 90s.  Really tragic what happened to him.
 
--There is lots of local publicity here for the HBO fight with Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson at the Oracle Arena in Oakland tonight. 
 
--Big Time Wrestling tonight at Rio Linda High School in Rio Linda, CA featuring Chris Masters. They also run tomorrow at 3 p.m. at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento with Masters as the headliner.
 
--Chase Community Giving is having a contest and giving money to charities who get the most votes.  Wrestling promoter Kevin Kleinrock is repping The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) trying to raise money to cure the disorder both of his children are suffering from, which includes a severe speech impediment.  His ten year old doesn't speak and his seven year old can only speak a few one syllable sounds.  There are other issues as well include physical and mental development delays, sleep and behavior disorders.  They have already found a cure for the disease with lab nice and FDA approved clinical trials are underway but funding is needed.  Voting costs nothing, and just takes a minute.
 
--Dory Funk Jr. will award Jerry Brisco a Fighting Spirit Award on 9/15 at the BANG tapings in Ocala, FL.
 
--UFC fighter Jorgen Kruth, who was schedule to face Fabio Maldonado on 9/29 in Nottingham, England, announced his retirement.  Maldonado will now face Cyrille Diabate on 11/17 in Montreal.  Kruth said he's not getting the results from training that he wants.
 
--Today's silly quote from Kit Cope, whose main claim to fame is as the boyfriend of Gina Carano before she became famous, and he's a very good kickboxer who is fighting tonight in K-1:

"In every sport, the fighters have the same warrior spirit, and same heart and Bushido as every other fight sport, I was just saying that mostly in MMA, dudes are vaginas. Even the kickboxers in MMA are vaginas. They don't wanna stand. They don't wanna trade punches.  They don't like to strike at all.  They want to close the distance really fast, and get to where it's safe, where I can't sock em in the jibbers.  Now that we have K-1 back, it's kinda nice to have a large venue where we can actually just sock each other."
 
Translated into English, learn takedown defense or stay in kickboxing.
 
--Jerry Lawler and Sid Vicious will be headlining shows at the Mid South Fair in Southaven, MS (right outside of Memphis) for New Experience Wrestling. Lawler faces Eric Wayne on 9/28 at 7 p.m., while Lawler vs. Sid headlines at noon on 9/29.
 
--Brady Hicks talks how the PWI Top 500 was put together. Kurt Angle was mad at the top 500 and notably C.M. Punk being ahead of a dozen guys Angle thinks are better wrestlers.
 
--"Expendables 2" was No. 1 this weekend at the Australian box office. Randy Couture is among the featured actors in the movie (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling from last night in Baltimore:  Napalm Bomb & C.J. Burney b Chris Clow & Mitch Miller, Reby Sky b Veda Scott, Ryan McBride b Ricky Reyes, Fed Up & Matt Hardy b Ronnie Zukko & Adam Flash & Nui Tofiga.  Robbie E and ODB were also there signing autographs.  Next show is 10/27 with Angelina Love and Velvet Sky. (thanks to Joe Burrows)
 
--Extreme Rising returns on 11/17 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory with Sabu, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas, Jerry Lynn, Sandman, Devon Storm, Stevie Richards, Luke Hawx, Blue Meanie, Balls Mahoney, Bestia 666, Pesadlla and more.  The main event will be The Gangstas vs. Jeez & Ruckus in a cage match.   
 
--NWA Dyanamo Pro Wrestling from last night in Glen Carbon, IL:  Cancun Kid b Alexandre Rudolph, Mike Sydal b Sir Bradley Charles, Steven Kennedy & Dice b Shorty Biggs & Outtkast-DQ, Ricky Cruz b Jeremy Wyatt, Jake Dirden & Jackal b Dash Rando & El Sanchez, Miss Natural b MsChif, Makaze won four-way over K.C. Karrington, Dan Walsh and Trent Stone (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
 
--Destiny Wrestling in Albuquerque tonight at 6 p.m. at the Lovato Total Fitness

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