THURS UPDATE: Lawler, Raw replays, Tasteless thing hopefully edited out, New promotion gets PPV next month, White on Jones, Raw co-host, Lawler's top rival, Best recent show, Jericho, King of Trios



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON

Impact tonight at 8 p.m.  No matches announced for the live show.  It's the first week in the build for Bound for Glory which takes place on 10/14 in Phoenix.

No MMA Uncensored tonight.

Superstars tonight on WWE.com:

Natalya vs. Alicia Fox
Zack Ryder vs. Cody Rhodes
Justin Gabriel vs. Tensai
Santino Marella vs. Jinder Mahal

On Fuel, 8 p.m. is a UFC Tonight replay, 8:30 p.m. is an Ultimate Insiders, Best of Pride at 9 p.m., UFC 147 (Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin) airs at 10 p.m..  Tomorrow at 9 p.m. on FX is the two-hour season premiere of the Nelson vs. Carwin season of Ultimate Fighter.

THE NEW OBSERVER: Jerry Lawler health situation in-focus

The new issue of the Observer covering the Jerry Lawler situation is up on the site right now.  It's a detailed description of what happened, how it was handled, details on the surgery, recovery as well as a background on Lawler in and out of the ring.  We look at him still wrestling and why, why he was lucky to have been where he was when suffering the heart attack and who are the heroes of this situation.  We look at how Jerry Lawler got into pro wrestling, how he was first on television as a teenager and his rice to being the biggest wrestling star ever in the state of Tennessee.  We look at the emergence of the Tennessee territory as a hotbed, and how Lawler was able to remain as the top babyface in Memphis while playing chicken heel on WWF television in the 90s.
 
        We look at how the WWE handled everything, what Vince McMahon and HHH were doing, the role of Michael Cole, the role of the audience, the final segment on Raw, WWE heart monitoring, as well as some heart attack deaths that took place in the ring in the past. 
 
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        We also update the Night of Champions show, the Linda McMahon senate race and latest controversies, and another WWE Appreciation night scheduled in a few weeks.  We also have more on Tyler Reks quitting WWE, the show maturation process of those in WWE developmental, Chris Jericho talks return and Chyna talks why she wants one last appearance on Raw and why it's not likely to happen.  She also details her departure from WWF.
 
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Thursday's news update
 
--Jerry Lawler has been eating, talking and doing much better yesterday and today. He was on the phone with Michael Cole and Vince McMahon among others over the last 24 hours. According to one person close to him, he's making great progress.  Right now, there is no word on when he can return home.
 
--On the replay of Raw that aired last night on Mun2, that will also air Saturday night on Universal HD and in most foreign markets, everything related to Lawler (not his match but all the stuff later) was edited off the show.  You would not have known anything happened.  Cole had gone into studio and re-voiced over the rest of the show.  All shots that would have shown Cole were edited off, as were shots in the tag match where you could see problems in the background.
 
--No matter how you slice it, this one did cross the bounds of bad taste and hopefully will be edited out.  In a "Did You Know" piece scheduled for Smackdown tomorrow night, they were bragging about how Raw this past Monday was the No. 1 trending show and beat all the network programming combined in Twitter talk. (thanks to John McKinnon)
 
--Bound for Glory this year will be airing in a number of movie theaters around the country.
 
--One Fighting Championships announced that its 10/6 show from Singapore Indoor Stadium will air live on PPV in North America on inDemand, Avail-TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network for $29.95.  There will also be an Internet PPV for $9.99.  I'd presume the Internet PPV would be blacked out in the U.S.  Shinya Aoki and Melvin Manhoef are among the headliners.  We'll have more on the lineup as the show approaches.
 
--MMAFighting.com reported that Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami will fight on 12/29 in Las Vegas.

--Anderson Silva opened at about 13-1 odds against Stephan Bonnar but they've dropped a little in the past few hours.  If you look hard enough, you can get Silva at less than 10-1.  Jon Jones started 13-1 over Vitor Belfort and the consensus is down to around 8-1.

--On the Jim Rome show today, Rome said to Dana White "Jon Jones said he felt like he was treated like a piece of meat by the UFC." White responded, "I wonder how the piece of meat was feeling when we bought him the Bentley."
 
Who would you like to see as interim co-host of Raw?
Jim Ross 46.6%
JBL 23.8%
Paul Heyman 19.2%
Mick Foley 7.1%
Matt Striker 1.9%
Josh Matthews 1.4%
 
Who was Jerry Lawler's most notable in-ring rival?
Andy Kaufman 47.1%
Bill Dundee 32.3%
Bret Hart 9.1%
Terry Funk 4.0%
Austin Idol 3.1%
Dutch Mantel 1.6%
Jackie Fargo 0.9%
Nick Bockwinkel 0.9%
Jos LeDuc 0.4%
Mongolian Stomper 0.3%
Jimmy Valiant 0.1%

***For what it's worth, when I asked Lawler that question about a decade ago, he answered Jos LeDuc immediately and then mentioned Bockwinkel and Funk.
 
What was the best of these shows?
Strikeforce Rousey vs. Kaufman 25.3%
WWE SummerSlam 24.7%
UFC on FOX Rua vs. Vera 24.4%
TNA Hardcore Justice 13.3%
TNA No Surrender 8.6%
UFC 150 Henderson vs. Edgar 3.6%
 
Who is the biggest star?
The Rock 48.8%
Hulk Hogan 16.6%
Floyd Mayweather 16.5%
Manny Pacquiao 6.6%
John Cena 3.4%
C.M. Punk 3.4%
Brock Lesnar 1.6%
Georges St. Pierre 1.3%
Chael Sonnen 0.7%
Anderson Silva 0.5%
Jon Jones 0.3%
Randy Orton 0.2%
 
--Apparently the report yesterday that George Clooney and Stacy Keibler had broken up was untrue. It was making all the gossip pages worldwide yesterday, but Clooney's people say that the two are still a couple. 
 
--Chris Jericho got a tattoo on his shoulder, posted on the Fozzy Facebook page.
 
--ESPN and HBO announced a joint promotional agreement for boxing. The HBO 24/7 shows will start to be carried on ESPN stations prior to major PPV cards.  Tonight on ESPN 2 will be back-to-back episodes of the 24/7 on Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Caesar Chavez Jr at 9 p.m.  ESPN Deportes previews the fight at 9 p.m.  Both are Eastern time.  The two fight on PPV Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.  ESPN Deportes and ESPN 3 will also air the weigh-ins as well as the news conferences, and ESPN Sports Center will give significant coverage Saturday night to the fight.   
 
--BAMMA 10 headlined by former UFC fighter Andre Winner (14-6-1) vs. Rob Sinclair which takes place on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London will air live at 4 p.m. Eastern on The Fight Network in Canada.  Keep in mind that for much of Canada, the Fight Network, usually a subscription channel, will air free all month.
 
--CHIKARA King of Trios takes place in Easton, PA at the Palmer Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Some first round matches for tomorrow night:

- Warlord & Barbarian & Meng vs. Nick & Matt Jackson & Mike Bennett
- 1-2-3 Kid & Aldo Montoya & Tatanka vs. Jerry Lynn & Too Cold Scorpio & Tommy Dreamer
- Hallowicked & Frightmare & Ultramantis Black vs. Evan Gelistico & Gary Jay & Pierre Abernathy & Davey Vega (yeah, I know that's four guys)
- Commando Bolshoi & Tsubasa Kuragaki & Kaori Yoneyama (from the JWP women's group in Japan) vs. M. Angelosetti & Dasher Hatfield & Matt Classic
- Kikutaro & Ebessan & Takoyakida vs. Chuck Taylor & Johnny Gargano & Icarus
- Fire Ant & Green Ant & AssailANT vs Dash Chisako & Meiko Satomura & Sendai Sachiko (from the Sendai Girls promotion in Japan)
- Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw & Manami Toyota (Hall of Famer woman wrestler) vs. CombatANT & DeviANT & Soldier Ant
- Scott Parker & Shane Matthews & Gran Akuma vs. Obariyon & Kobald & Kodama
 
--Bill Mills, a referee and sometimes wrestler who worked for the National Wrestling Superstars group in New Jersey, passed away this week due to cancer.  For those in the area, there will be an open house to celebrate his life on 9/22 from 2-7 p.m. at the family residence of 37 Monmouth Ave., in North Middletown, NJ.  In lieu of flowers, they ask donations be made in Bill's name for the Ryan Mills College fund at the Wells Fargo bank in Keansburg, NJ. For more information, contact Penny Hernandez at 732-787-0100.
 
--Here's a Christopher Daniels interview promoting Saturday's TNA house show in Bethlehem, PA.
 
--Daniels & Kazarian will be appearing from Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pro Wrestling World store at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown.  Autographs and photo ops are $10 each.
 
--Crimson won the OVW title last night.  We'll have more on that in Trent Vandrisse's review later today of last night's television taping.
 
--There is a report from ROH World that says T.J. Perkins will be doing a dark match at tonight's TNA tapings in Orlando.
 
--Lilian Garcia will be singing the national anthem at the 9/30 New York Jets game at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, the same site as this year's WrestleMania.
 
--Combat Zone Wrestling returns on 9/22 with a 2:30 p.m. show in Townsend, DE at 179 Ebenezer Church Road. 
 
--There is an MMA show called Art of Submission I that takes place Saturday night at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.  Jay Adams and Ernie Reyes Jr. will be announcing the show, which is a co-promotion for Reyes' movie "Art of Submission" and a preview of the movie will be airing at the Civic as part of the show.  The show is headlined by Lucas Gamaza of the Nick Diaz camp against Wayne Phillips, who was the underdog fighter featured on Fight Factory out of AKA.  There is also a women's fight with Mirami Nakamoto vs. Elizabeth Phillips.  Weigh-ins are at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
 
--Crossifre Wrestling on 11/13 in Nashville at the Fairgrounds have announced a TV taping in 3-D, although it has not said where the show will be aired.  Main event is Shane Williams defending the Crossfire title against Carlito, Jerry Lynn vs. Kid Kash in a chain match and Shane Douglas vs. Arrick Andrews.  Also appearing are Shane Helms, Matt Hardy, Chris Adonis (Chris Masters), Maria Kanellis, Jillian Half, Harry Smith, Matt Taven, Reby Sky, Brian Lawler, Derrick King and more.
 
--Here's a video of Akira Tozawa vs. El Ligero from England.
 
--Millennium Championship Wrestling on 9/22 in Melrose, MA at the Memorial Hall headlined by Al Snow vs. Brian Fury. Also appearing include Pal Bearer, Ron Simmons, Big Daddy V, Boogeyman and Little Guido.
 
--ECWA's 45th anniversary sow is Saturday night in Newark, DE at the Boys and Girls Club
 
--BANG on Saturday night in Ocala, FL at the BANG Sound Stage is headlined by Cory Weston vs. Shane Chung and Dory Funk Jr. & Wes Brisco & Johnny Magnum & Cory Weston vs. Shane Chung & Pete Kaasanova & Jersey & Quinton Hitchock.  Jerry Brisco will also be in attendance to get an award from Dory Funk Jr.
 
--Athena, Chrstina Von Eerie and Allysin Kay have been added to the 10/27 and 10/28 Shimmer tapings at the Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL.  They will be filming four DVDs over the weekend.  
 
--All-Star Wrestling on 9/15 in Newville, PA at the Big Spring Events Center with Marty Jannetty, Justin Credible and women wrestlers.  If you mention the Wrestling Observer at the ticket window, you can get $2 off ringside.
 
--Here's a podcast interview with Bobby Roode by Chad Dukes.
 
--Premier Championship Wrestling's Back to School Bash on 9/20 in Winnipeg at Doubles Fun Club features Honky Tonk Man.
 
--Steve Corino appears for the International Wrestling League on Sunday in Tlaneplantla, Mexico.  Corino & Nimrod JJ vs. Canek (as in the 70s star) & Fantasma de la Opera headline.
 
--Tomorrow night in Tijuana at the Auditorio Municipal has Dr. Wagner Jr. & Joe Lider vs. Mascara Ano 2000 Jr. & Psicosis, Cibernetico vs. Mesias vs. El Hijo del Rey Misterio vs. Silver Kain and Juventud Guerrera vs. TJ Boy for the AAA cruiserweight title. (thanks to Kris Zellner)

Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

What did you think of Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter TV show?

 

What did you think of TNA Impact?

 

What did you think of Lucha Underground last night?