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We will have the post-UFC show tonight with Mike Sempervive and myself covering the entire show, as well as the latest from pro wrestling.

We're looking for your thoughts on tonight's UFC 152, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We're looking for reports on these shows:

*Raw tonight in White Plains, NY (Big Show vs. C.M. Punk managed by Paul Heyman)
*Smackdown tonight in Sarnia, ONT (Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio)
*TNA in Raleigh
*ROH TV tapings in Baltimore (Kevin Steen vs. Rhett Titus for ROH title, Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander for tag titles, Mark & Jay Briscoe vs. Lance & Harlem Bravado, plus the Survival of the Fittest tournament with Mike Mondo vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Roderick Strong vs. Homicide, Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas, Jay Lethal vs. QT Marshall, Michael Elgin vs. Rhino, Davey Richards vs. Mike Bennett - The six winners advance to a six-way final).  
*Tonight's Northeast Wrestling at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY (Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper appear; plus Matt Hardy vs. Sami Callihan, Rosita & Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky & Angelina Love with Lita as referee, Vader vs. Tony Nese, Matt Taven vs. Brian Anthony, Joe Ausanio & Dustin Runnels vs. Luke Robinson & Romeo Roselli and more).
*Thursday's TNA in Salem, VA
*Last night's Raw in State College, PA
       UFC 152 is Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
        Facebook fights starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time
Charlie Brenneman (15-4, 170.8) vs. Kyle Noke (19-6-1, 170.4)
Mitch Gagnon (8-2, 135.0) vs. Walel Watson (9-4, 135.2)
Seth Baczynski (16-6, 171.0) vs. Simeon Thoresen (17-2-1, 170.4)
        Prelims on FX at 8 p.m.
Jim Hettes (10-0, 145.8) vs. Marcus Brimage (5-1 145.4)
Lance Benoist (6-1, 170.4) vs. Sean Pierson (12-6, 169.4)
T.J. Grant (18-5 154.6) vs. Evan Dunham (13-2, 155.0)
Vinny Magalhaes (10-5, 1 NC, 204.8) vs. Igor Pokrajac (25-8, 205.0)
        PPV fights at 10 p.m.
Charles Oliveira (16-2, 1 NC, 146.2) vs. Cub Swanson (17-5 145.8) - Swanson agreed to a catch weight since Oliveira missed weight by 0.2 pounds)
Matt Hamill (11-4, 205.6) vs. Roger Hollett (13-3, 203.6)
Michael Bisping (23-4, 185.6) vs. Brian Stann (12-4, 185.4)
Joseph Benavidez (16-2, 124.4) vs. Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1, 125.0) to create the first UFC flyweight champion
Jon Jones (16-1, 204.6) vs. Vitor Belfort (21-9, 204.2) for the light heavyweight title
We will have live coverage of the show on the site.

The UFC Countdown show airs on Fuel tonight at 6 p.m., the weigh-ins from yesterday will be repeated at 7 p.m., and the post-fight show airs on Fuel after the PPV ends at about 1 a.m.  

Sunday has Raw in Worcester, MA at the DCU Center and Smackdown in London, ONT. Raw will be Monday night in Albany, NY while Smackdown will be taped on Tuesday night in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center.


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-way 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.
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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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Saturday's news update
--Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the first WWF U.K. exclusive PPV which was quite the deal at the time.  Davey Boy Smith had been promised a win over Shawn Michaels in the main event, dedicated the match to his sister, who was dying of cancer, and then, well, as they say, somehow plans changed.
--There has been a decent amount of media this week regarding the Jones family.  Jon defends his title in Toronto and then older brother Arthur on the Baltimore Ravens plays against younger brother Chandler and the New England Patriots in a major NFL game on Sunday night.  Jon is flying from Toronto to Boston after the show to attend the game.  
--WrestleMania tickets go on sale to the public on 11/10.
--C.M. Punk will be off the Topeka Raw house show on 9/29 because he's at the Ohio Comic Con that day.
--There are two major shows in Japan tomorrow.  All Japan in Yokohama has Masakatsu Funaki vs. Suwama for the Triple Crown, Keiji Muto & Kevin Nash vs. Seiya Sanada & Taiyo Kea, Takao Omori & Manabu Soya vs. Zodiac (Aaron Aguilera) & Joe Doering for the tag titles, Hiroshi Yamato vs. Hikaru Sato (Pancrase) for the jr. title and the All-Asia tag team title tournament.

--Masahiro Chono will be at this show as they are doing a reunion of Chono, Muto and Nash as the NWO.
--New Japan has a PPV from Kobe:
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH) for the IWGP heavyweight title
Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito & Karl Anderson vs. Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura & Yujiro Takahashi
Kota Ibushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi for the IWGP jr. title
Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Wataru Inoue & Hiromu Takahashi
Togi Makabe vs. Kengo Mashimo
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Harry Smith
Low Ki vs. Daisuke Sasaki
Kushida & Alex Shelley & Bushi vs. Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov & Gedo
Captain New Japan & Tama Tonga vs. Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
--Results from last night's TNA show in Winston-Salem, NC:
Mr. Anderson b Crimson
Mickie James b Gail Kim
Magnus b Samoa Joe
Eric Young & ODB b Robbie E & Robbie T
Rob Van Dam b Gunner
Jeff Hardy & James Storm b Austin Aries & Bobby Roode - They announced it was a blind draw with the four people as to who the partners would be, to explain Aries teaming with Roode.
--Ted Petty passed away ten years ago today of a heart attack at the age of 49.  Petty was an All-American collegiate wrestler who was an indie star under a mask as Cheetah Kid before Paul Heyman put he and Mike Durham together as Public Enemy.  They were probably Heyman's first two self created major stars and made them stars with a series of bloody matches against The Funk Brothers. They later went to WCW and WWF, but never had near the success they had in ECW, where they were at times the top act in the promotion.
Poll on MMA Uncensored from Thursday
Excellent 17.2%
Good 48.3%
Average 13.8%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 20.7%
***78.8% of those responding didn't see the show
Who do you believe is the best MMA fighter in the world right now?
Anderson Silva 53.2%
Jon Jones 25.6%
Georges St. Pierre 15.8%
Junior Dos Santos 3.0%
Daniel Cormier 1.7%
Jose Aldo 0.7%
Who is the greatest foreign star ever in Japan?
Stan Hansen 46.7%
Bruiser Brody 12.0%
Vader 11.3%
Terry Funk 10.4%
The Destroyer 5.5%
Lou Thesz 4.4%
Andre the Giant 3.7%
Fred Blassie 1.8%
Bruno Sammartino 1.6%
Hulk Hogan 1.2%
Dory Funk Jr. 0.9%
Mil Mascaras 0.5%
Who was the greatest Japanese wrestler ever in the U.S.?
Great Muta 55.4%
Jushin Liger 20.0%
Ultimo Dragon 8.5%
Jumbo Tsuruta 4.7%
Masa Saito 4.5%
Giant Baba 2.0%
Great Kabuki 1.6%
Rikidozan 1.3%
Hiro Matsuda  1.1%
Killer Khan 0.9%
Did you like Impact?
Excellent 13.0%
Good 39.6%
Average 18.2%
Fair 12.3%
Poor 16.9%
***32.2% of those responding didn't see the show.
--The Complete WWF Video Guide Volume 1, which covers WWF releases from the 80s is available in the U.S. and in the U.K. 
--Ezekiel Jackson, the largest man who has ever been able to completely disappear, arrived today in Guyana for the first time in years.  Jackson (Rycklon Stevens) was born in Guyana 34 years ago.  He is getting a motorcade and a hero's welcome on Tuesday in a parade in Georgetown, Guyana.
--Chris Horodecki vs. Kalvin Hackney was announced as the main event for the Score Fighting Championships show on 10/19 from Sarnia, ONT.  Horodecki is a former IFL star who has moved to featherweight.  The show airs live in Canada on The Score and live in the U.S. on AXS.
--There is a Kickstarter program for Rob Van Dam's Extreme Comedy.
--On Thursday, when mentioning the 10/12 Battle Arts show, we listed it in Simcoe, ONT when the show is actually in Oshawa. (thanks to Steven Ashe) 
--Extreme Fight Championship on 11/24 in Parsippany, NJ at the PAL Club.
--Santino Marella, in Dubai doing a promotional tour for the WWE video game, was treated like a rock star the past few days.
--Here's a preview of a Jesse Ventura shoot interview by RF Video.
--Bob Evans' third opponent during his IronMan week where he wrestles a series of 60 minute matches is Julian Starr, a New England based independent wrestler.
--Today is opening day of "The Wild Ones" an exhibition talking about the history of Sydney Stadium, which is at the Museum of Sydney.  This exhibition will be open until March 17, 2013.  It talks about all kinds of activities that used to take place in the Stadium including Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland concerts, The Beatles, and there are sections about pro wrestling, boxing and Roller Derby.  Among the items are an intact ticket of the Jack Johnson vs. Tommy Burns world title bout in 1908, a Los Angeles Thunderbirds uniform and skates of Wayne "Pretty Boy" Rofe, a poster for the movie "Alias the Champ" starring Gorgeous George, and sections on stars like Mario Milano, Chief Little Wolf, Gorgeous George as well as DVD interviews with Australian wresters Alan Pinfold and Len Holt. (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--ToW from last night in Montreal before 550 fans:  Booglie b Genesis, Les Titans b Pat Buenette & Green Phantom, Darkko b Handsome JF in a casket match, Dru Onyx & Eric Mastrocola b Sexxy Eddy & Leon Saver, Lu Fisto b Kalamity, Sylvain Grenier won  a three-way cage match to become ToW champion over Kevin Steen and Franky the Mobster.  They also honored Abdullah the Butcher at the show. 

Also at the show was Roddy Piper doing a Piper's Pit with Grenier, Steen and Franky the Mobster.  Piper did a promo at the start of the show talking about great wrestlers from Quebec and mentioned Mad Dog Vachon, Gino Brito, the Rougeau Family, Jos LeDuc, Edouard Carpentier and Chris Benoit (who was born in Montreal).  Some were shocked because Benoit's name is something nobody ever mentions.  Tara was scheduled to wrestle LuFisto, but called early Friday morning and said that she was in Orlando and didn't bring her passport from Louisville when she came to television and thus couldn't come.  Also at the show were Gino Brito, Pat Patterson and Deepak Massand (a heel manager who worked with Abdullah when Abdullah was a super hot heel here). (thanks to  Pat Laprade)
--Premier Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Winnipeg:  Jackie Lee & Marty Labosssier b James Beaver & Leo London, Moses Luke b E.Z. Ryder, Trent Nash b Cory Diamond, Adam Knight b J.P. Kaos, Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens b Nate Hardy & Tyler Colton, Mentallo b Antonio Scorpio Jr.-DQ, Jay Walker & Honky Tonk Man b T.J. Bratt & Scott Justice (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)  
--USWO from last night in Nashville before 91 fans:  Shawn Hoodrich b Bryan Casey, Hot Rod Biggs b Jason Nation, Big Time Sexy b Damien Payne-DQ, Justin Grandberry b Nick Iggy to win Music city title, Kerry Awful b Mike Jablonski, Damien Payne b Josh Crow, Jocephus b Scott Hayes (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Kurt Brown and Alfredo Esparza talk the CMLL anniversary show and Sangre Chicana.
--Melvin Manhoef vs. Ryo Kawamura has been added to the 10/6 One Fighting Championship PPV show from Singapore.
--Mike Ciesnolevicz, a former IFL star, has signed a multi-fight deal with the World Series of Fighting.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?