WED. UPDATE: More on Lawler, Murphy vs. McMahon poll, Gold medalist files for bankruptcy, History of Pro Wrestling at Fenway Park, Jon Jones, Hogan & Piper, new UFC fights



By Dave Meltzer
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        On Fuel tonight, Countdown to UFC 152 airs at 6 p.m., UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insiders at 7:30 p.m., UFC 92 at 8 p.m., UFC From All Angles looking at Rashad Evans at 11 p.m. and UFC From All Angles looking at Mark Munoz and Jake Ellenberger at 11:30 p.m.
 
        The final episode of Fight Factory airs tonight on Nuvo TV.
 
        The rich history of the Jerry Lawler era in Memphis wrestling is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer.  The issue is currently up on the web site as well as a new issue from 1995 covering the first Ken Shamrock vs. Dan Severn UFC fight and the debut of Tank Abbott.  That issue looks back at a huge weekend where I attended UFC, AAA and WCW major events in a three-day period with notes on all the shows, as well as the build to the debut episode of Nitro.
 
        We update Lawler's health, his future wrestlers who have come back from heart attacks including one who was a major star in expanding the popularity of pro wrestling in a hotbed area within a year of suffering a heart attack.  We also look at WWE medical care, and look back at Lawler's career starting with his first major big arena headline role in his tag team with Jim White, through his multi-year world title quest, through the ups and downs of Memphis wrestling during its glory days.
 
        We look back at the Lawler vs. Fargo rivalry, Lawler's first sellouts as a singles star, the booking of Jerry Jarrett in building Lawler for his match with Jack Brisco and look back at the match.  We also look at how Jarrett and Lawler successfully were able to take the publicity from Ali vs. Inoki in 1976 and create a major box office success.  We also look at why such booking would be impossible today.  We also look back at the Lawler vs. Dundee years, the success of hair vs. hair matches, the creation of Jarrett Promotions and the end of Nick Gulas, Jimmy Hart getting into pro wrestling, Lawler's in-ring psychology and where it came from, as well as Hulk Hogan's first big box office program.
 
        We look at the story behind Lawler vs. Dundee and the most unique television pro wrestling show in history, as well as a rundown of the Andy Kaufman feud.  We look at the original match, Letterman, the classic angle in the Lawler vs. Nick Bockwinkel match, the Lawler vs. Austin Idol feud, the Curt Hennig win and the death of local Memphis wrestling.
 
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        We also have notes on how WWE edited Raw last week due to what happened to Jerry Lawler, but other edits taken out of the show.  We also have more of a reaction backstage when the Lawler thing happened.  Bret Hart talks his return to Montreal in a WWE ring.  He also talks Jerry Lawler and Vince McMahon.  We look at WWE removing clips from the Internet, the heated Linda McMahon senate campaign, update on Rock's schedule, indie talent getting tryouts, Eve Torres engagement, and funny "Did You Know" stuff on WWE television.  We also look at Paul Heyman's house show schedule and the role of Brad Maddox in WWE.  We also look at a recent business change, Ric Flair's daughter in WWE, former WWE star documentary on life after wrestling and business notes from the past week and WWE's house show notes.  
 
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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
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--A bad sign regarding Shocker
 
--A look at AAA's last TV taping and latest interpromotional idea
 
--Dragon Gate has a Japan only PPV this week and a look at the card
 
--Updating NOAH's junior heavyweight tournament
 
--New Japan announces tag team tournament
 
--More on mentality of guys working when they are hurt
 
--Update on Tammy Sytch
 
--Former major league baseball player debuting this week
 
--Several contracts expiring in ROH
 
--Notes on next ROH TV tapings
 
--More on Impact schedule for the rest of the year
 
--Lots of news on Bound for Glory
 
--Why Jeff Hardy is getting the big push right now
 
--Devon talks leaving TNA
 
--More on Matt Morgan's return to TNA
 
--A look at the weekend TNA house shows
 
--A look at the remade UFC 153
 
--Update on Jose Aldo
 
--More fights falling apart in UFC
 
--Update on ticket sales to upcoming shows
 
--How UFC got a lucky sports break this week
 
--Update on Chael Sonnen
 
--DirecTV UFC discount package being offered
 
--Lots of new UFC fights    
 
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Wednesday's news update
 
--Bryan and I will be back later today with Wrestling Observer radio.  You can always send questions to the show on pro wrestling or MMA to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Jerry Lawler had a press conference today in Memphis:
1) He said his ribs were sore from the CPR and his throat was sore from all the tubes, but hasn't had any other problems since returning home.
2) He described the heart problems as two small arteries at the bottom of his heard being clogged.  He said once was given a stent and the other was cleaned up via the angioplasty.  He said he was told that his heart will be back to normal.  He said he had no permanent damage and the hospital in Montreal was one of the best heart hospitals in the world. 
3) He was told he needed to change his diet and exercise more.
4) On wrestling again, he said it would be months before he can even consider it but he didn't think it would be that dangerous to return..
5) He noted that his father died at 59 of a heat attack and his brother has also had heart problems, so he believes the issues were hereditary.
6) He said the mayor of Memphis sent him a get well note and talked about the outpouring form people all over the world.
        He said his chest hurt him for about five minute when he was in Aruba two days before his heart attack, but he thought it was just from bad food.  He said he felt fine last Monday, but he can't remember his match, or anything after his match.  He said he watched parts of the show and remembered none of it.  He said he remembered Bret Hart and C.M. Punk in the ring in the first segment and the next thing he woke up in a hospital room.
 
--A new University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll showed Chris Murphy with 37% of the vote and Linda McMahon with 34% with 29% still undecided. The poll said the election was too close to call.    
 
--A story getting a lot of play from the Murphy said is Vince McMahon's bankruptcy in 1976 at http://theday.com/article/20120918/NWS12/120919659/1017
 
--The Connecticut Democrats put up a video of the Hot Lesbian Action segment on Raw from years ago.  WWE then got the video taken down based on copyright infringement.  That's gone on twice now this week.
 
--A great story on the history of pro wrestling events held at Fenway Park in Boston is at http://www.thesprtshit.com/?p=498
 
--2000 Olympic gold medalist Rulon Gardner filed for bankruptcy, showing nearly $3 million in debts, claiming he was defrauded by a business associate into co-signing a loan to develop a hot spring resort in his home town of Afton, WY that he claimed turned into a complete fraud.  He said he lost $400,000 of his own money and the credit is going after him, while his former business partner is now in federal prison for fraud.  "I got taken advantage of and now I've got to pay the price" Gardner said yesterday.  "I'm trying to make it right."  At the end of October, the Salt Lake City action hose of Erkelens & Olson is set to sell off his possessions, including his Ford Excursion SUV, Harley Davidson motorcycles, dozens of watches, knives, his wrestling boots and autographed memorabilia.  Gardner's gold medal is not up for auction because Gardner claimed it was stolen from him.  Gardner wants to buy his things back but said all his money is tied up in other businesses, most notably his gym.  Gardner fought once in MMA, on a New Year's Eve show in Japan where he beat Hidehiko Yoshida via decision.  He was in negotiations with WWE but turned down their offers.       
 
--Jon Jones with Skip Bayless and Stephan S. Smith on First Take on ESPN at http://www.youtube.com/watch?y=dDNw_eGWrF4&feature=picp
 
--Adam Carriker of the Washington Redskins, a defensive end who does a pro wrestling podcast, tore his quadriceps tendon on Sunday and will be undergoing surgery.  He said as he laid on the ground in pain, he was thinking about what happened to HHH in a 2001 Raw match.  Story is at http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/09/18/adam-carrikers-immediately-thought-of-wwes-triple-h-after-knee-injury/
 
--There is an article in today's Poughkeepsie Journal on Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper, who are doing a show at Dutchess Stadium on Saturday night in Fishkill, NY for Northeast Wrestling.  Besides the story at http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com there is a blog with stuff not in the story from interviews with both men at http://blogs.poughkeepsiejournal.com/underthering/2012/09/19/under-the-ring-extra-with-hulk-hogan-and-roddy-piper/
 
--Linda McMahon dissed Mitt Romney regarding his 47% of the country paying no taxes remark, and then opponent Chris Murphy found a quote where they claimed she said something similar at http://www.chrismurphy.com/news/entry/huffington-post-linda-mcmahon-disses-romney-for-47-percent-talking-point-sh/
 
--Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate has been added to the 11/17 UFC 154 show in Montreal.  Griggs replaces Fabio Maldonado, who moved to the 10/13 show facing Glover Teixiera.
 
--Friday night's Titan Fighting Championships show scheduled for the tennis center at Forest Park in St. Louis was canceled due to weather issues.  The show was scheduled to air on AXS.
 
--KPTV in Portland is planning on bringing back Portland Wrestling.  The local promotion set up the ring in the KPTV studios and a taped studio wrestling show will air on the FOX affiliate starting in October.  The Grappler is involved and they say Roddy Piper will have some involvement.  Don Coss, the last host of Portland Wrestling when it went off the air in 1990, will be back as the play-by-play announcer.  KPTV ran Portland Wrestling on Saturday nights from 1967-1990, as well as for a period in the 50s.  Portland Wrestling was the second longest running pro wrestling show in U.S. history. (thanks to @JoeVFox12
 
--Matches announced for Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion debut on 10/6 in Poughkeepsie at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center has Rhino vs. Sami Callihan, Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Young Bucks, Jazz vs Winter, plus Chris Masters, Mike Knox, Tony Nese, Big Daddy V, Carlito, The Steiners, Shawn Daivari, Luke Gallows, Eddie Kingston, Big Daddy V and a live appearance by Edge.
 
--A trailer for "Beast Mode:  Life After Wrestling," on Shad Gaspard trying to make it in the acting world at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUYDfj_GivU 
 
--One Fighting Championships announced for 10/6 in Singapore, on PPV, Zorobabel Moreira vs. Kotetsu Boku for the lightweight title and Leandro Issa (BJJ word champion) vs. Soo Chul Kim for the bantamweight title.  There will also be the beginning of a bantamweight tournament with Jens Pulver vs. Zhao Ya Fei andMin Jung Song vs. Masaktsu Ueda.  That will be an eight-man tournament with the finals in 2013, with the winner getting a title shot.
 
--Dory Funk Jr. and Jerry Brisco in a reality show at http://www.dory-funk.com
 
 
--Dennis Haskins, a big wrestling fan who was Principal Belding on "Saved by the Bell" and worked for Pro Wrestling Syndicate as a commissioner over the weekend got coverage at http://tv.yahoo.com/news/-saved-by-the-bell-s-mr-belding-now-a-pro-wrestler.html 
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Memphis:  Tim Storm b Nobe Bryant, Matt Riviera b Angel, Ricky Morton & Dustin Heritage b Roosevelt & Jon Michael, Kincaid b X-Cal, Moe Stegall & Greg King b Genetic Perfection-DQ, Tim Storm b Shane Williams-DQ, Miss Natural b Claudia Del Solis, Greg Anthony b Dan Matthews, Ricky Morton & Dustin Heritage b Genetic Perfection to win tag titles, Alucard b Sigmon, Greg King b Prince Al Farat, Shane Williams b Chris Adonis (Chris Masters) to keep the heavyweight title.  Also appearing at the show were Jackie Fargo and Bobby Eaton.  They have TV on KSN in Joplin,MO at 10 a.m. on Sunday at KOZL in Springfield, MO on Saturdays at 10 p.m.  Next taping is 10/20 in Bryant, AR a the Center at Bishop Park with Scott Steiner and Ricky Morton.
 
--Tyler Toner vs. local star John Fraser was announced for the Score Fighting Championships on 10/19 in Sarnia, ONT.
 
--LOVEFiLM.com, the UK equivalent of Netflix, has some instant streaming movies including:  Tactical Force starring Steve Austin; Damage starring Steve Austin; Wrong Side of Town with Dave Bautista and Rob Van Dam; Unrivaled, with Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, Forrest Griffin, Keith Jardine and Heath Herring; an Death Warrior with Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson.  The movies stream free of charge in the U.K. if you have a FOVEFiLM account.  They also have a 30 day trial for new users.
 
--The Stadium Inn in Nashville, which hosts wrestling every weekend, caught on fire on Monday night at 7 p.m.  It was an electrical fire according to authorities, believed to be from when a hot tub overflowed on an electrical box on the floor.  Guests were allowed back in the hotel later that night after the crews cleaned up the problem.
 
--The movie "Tales of Masked Men, " a Lucha Libre documentary that played and was praised at a number of film festivals, will air on VOCES on PBS on 9/28 at 10 p.m. in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.  The documentary covers the lives of Mascarita Sagrada, a legendary mini, Solar, a star for more than 30 years who is training his son to wrestle, as well as covers the life of the biggest Lucha Libre star of them all, El Santo.
 
What upcoming show are you most interested in?
TNA Bound for Glory 29.5%
WWE Hell in a Cell 23.1%
UFC 152 18.9%
New Japan 9/23 Kobe PPV 11.2%
UFC 153 Silva vs. Bonnar 9.0%
ROH Glory by Honor Steen vs. Elgin 5.1%
UFC Miocic vs. Struve 1.3%
AAA Heroes Inmortales 1.1%
One FC in Singapore 0.9% 
 
Is Ultimate Fighter salvageable?
Yes, has to get away from Friday 20.0%
Yes, can be saved with better fighters 15.2%
No, has run its course 64.8%
 
Poll on Raw
Excellent 8.5%
Good 32.7%
Average 35.2%
Fair 11.7%
Poor 11.7%
        19.0% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--The movie "Pain and Gain" starring Dwayne Johnson where he plays a bodybuilder will be released on April 26, 2013, or three weeks after WrestleMania.  That makes three movies in a short period of time he stars in that will be in theaters.
 
--DOA on Sunday in Portland, OR:  Bubba Blanchard b Paynefuly Large, C.W. Bergstrom b Draven Vargas, Jeremy Blanchard b Nate Andrews, Alex Plexis b Kellen Raeth, Bishop & Sid Sylum b Randy Myers & Ricky Gibson, J-Sin Sullivan d Sinistar, Dr. Kliever b Eric Right, C.J. Edwards b Ethan HD, Quinn and Mike Santiago, Quiz b Ethan HD, C.J. Edwards and Mike Santiago in a TLC match.
 
--C4 Wrestling from Friday night in Ottawa, ONT before 200 fans:  Lucky Sabiti & Stew Korvis b Patrick Boucher & Leon Saver, Abe Jackson b John Greed, Shayne Hawke b Johnny Wave, Razen & Ivan Sullivan b Michael Style & Marko Estrada, Chaz Lovely & Cecil Nyx won tag team scramble over Lionel Knight (by himself), Jae Rukin & Brentt B and The Incredible Hunks, Scotty O'Shea b Mike Bailey, Twiggy b Xandra Bale, Michael Von Payton b Frankie the Mobster, Josh Alexander b Jagger Miles, Alex Vega and Buxx Belmar.  Next show is the 5th anniversary card on 11/24.  They also run 9/29 in Montreal. (thanks to Dave Musgrave) 
 
--PWF on 9/22 in Rogersville, TN at the National Guard Armory headlined by Tony Givens & Chris Richards vs. Josh Crawford & Johnny Knieval
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 9/23 at Turner Hall in Cleveland with Tim Donst vs. ACH and B.J. Whitmer vs. Eddie Kingston.
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 9/23 at the FSW Arena at 6658 Boulder Highway in Las Vegas featuring The Young Bucks, Shawn Daivari and Michael Modest.
 
--During last night's Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers game, one of the A's announcers mentioned getting a letter, photo and T-shirt from the Milwaukee Mauler, who said he was an A's fan.  The announcer said the wrestler was working at the post office and apparently retired. (thanks to Andy McConney)
 
--Premier Championship Wrestling on Thursday night in Winnipeg at Doubles Fun Club features J.P. Kaos vs. Adam Knight in a no DQ match with former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Troy Westwood as referee plus Kenny Omega and Honky Tonk Man appear.
 
--Future of Wrestling on 9/22 in Deerfield Beach, FL at the Indoor Sports Center headlined by Tommy Vandal vs. Aron Agony in a ladder match.
 
--Rudos Promociones Lucha Libre on 9/23 in Minneapolis at the Boys and Girls Club at 39th and Chicago.
 
--On Monday's premiere of "The List," a regional syndicated show, they had a clip of HHH helping a kid get into the ring (thanks to Brian Henke)  
 
--Diamond Dallas Page on the Tom Barnrd podcast talking AWA, yoga and how his yoga program helped the career of Chris Jericho is at http://www.tombarnradpodcast.com
 
--Dreams Project on 9/23 in Birdsboro, PA at the Community Center with Kevin Steen vs. Shane Douglas, Steve Corino vs. Chris Rockwell, Gran Akuma vs. Grizzly Redwood and more.  Tony Atlas will be signing autographs at the show from 5-6 p.m. and Kevin Steen will be doing so from 6-6:30 p.m. 
 
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate on 10/12 in Rahway, NJ at the Rec Center with Jim Duggan, Tugboat, Jimmy Hart, Vader, Paul Bearer, Rikishi, Armando Estrada, Iron Sheik, DDP and more.
 
--NWA Pro Wrestling on 11/17 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ at the VFW Lounge.

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?