We also look back at UFC 152, with the story behind Jon Jones and Dana White making up, business notes from the show, a look at ticket sales before Jon Jones was on the card and after and what that means. We also look at the top fights on the show, the judging, the unique fight that could have been judged three different ways based on what scoring system was used, as well as poll results and a show rundown.
We also look at WWE's new deal with Hulu Plus, what it entails, how this does or doesn't affect the proposed network and how the Raw on the USA Network and the repeat showing on Hulu Plus are altogether different.
We also look at New Japan's Destruction PPV, running down the stories and the results, as well as a look at the big head-to-head showdown in the Tokyo area in two weeks where New Japan and Pro Wrestling NOAH both have major shows, and what NOAH is doing to compete.
We also look at the WWE's relationship with Silver Vision ending, an update on John Cena's elbow surgery, another WWE star gets two operations during his down time, the Linda McMahon run for senate and how nasty it has gotten and how the public is viewing it. We look at the McMahons paying back people they owe, the McMahons late on tax bills, Murphy late out his mortgage and how both candidates are now turning off voters. We also look at the Democratic party's behind the scenes view on this being such a pivotal race because the senate majority is in jeopardy in this election.
We've got more on Cameron's legal issues, the crazy schedule for nearly next year of Dwayne Johnson, a look at how Beth Phoenix got into WWE and her departure, the new plans for TV tapings starting next week as well as the WWE schedule for the end of the year. We also look at current plans for November.
We look at WWE signing new broadcasters, the NXT TV tapings, how Edge's episode of Haven did, Chris Jericho post WWE and his musical career, WWE you tube channel, a roster wrestler seemingly forgotten shows up, a wrestler just cut talks about her departure and reputation. We also look at the WWE business over the past week and a rundown of all the house shows.
We also look at the life and career of Don Hatfield, better known as Don Fields from the famous Fields brothers of the 50s and 60s, and their role in wrestling in Alabama and Tennessee, and a look at one of the largest pro wrestling families of all-time that they came from.
We also have a rundown of the Dragon Gate Dangerous Gate PPV show from the past weekend.
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:
--More on WWE and All Japan
--Kevin Nash returns to Japan
--A rundown of All Japan's major weekend show including the NWO reunion with Nash, Keiji Muto and Masahiro Chono
--What major foreign star in Japan returns in two weeks
--A look at All Japan's major show of October
--A rundown of NOAH's junior heavyweight tag team tournament
--Building NOAH's next major show
--Reports of New Japan offering seven figures to sign a new wrestler, while likely exaggerated, who they are interested in
--American becomes first foreigner to win Zero-One jr. tournament
--Two Hall of Famers set for a rematch in nostalgia based group in Japan
--Inoki's next lineup featuring a crazy variety of well known stars from different worlds
--Update on Jesse Ventura
--One of the longest running pro wrestling shows in history comes back after more than a decade to its original channel, and the two stars from the territorial era who are bringing it back
--What son of one of pro wrestling's all-time legends is being trained for that group
--A look at the Northeast Wrestling show with Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper at Dutchess Stadium in New York
--A look at the Hogan/Piper showdown
--Roddy Piper's fading memory
--Two different former major league baseball players wrestle over the weekend
--The former genuine celebrity player who got no pub for his debut, and the irony about his debut
--ROH handling of the iPPV mishap
--A look at the ROH schedule for the rest of the year
--Running down the ROH TV tapings over the weekend and where the angles are headed
--Notes on TNA Bound for Glory
--TNA makes plans for WrestleMania weekend
--How DVR viewership affects TNA
--Why some of the women have quit TNA
--Why independent promoters more and more are getting away from using TNA talent
--The situation with TNA and Jeff Hardy
--A look at the TNA house shows over the weekend
--Where the biggest name promoters stand right now as far as the wealthiest people in the country
--A look at the Strikeforce cancellation and everything behind the scenes as to why
--How Zuffa is handling it with the fighters
--How it's different for Strikeforce fighters than UFC fighters when it comes to the cancellation
--Zuffa, Strikeforce and Showtime going forward, why the relationship at times seems bad but why they may need each other
--A look at Saturday's UFC show
--Dana White talks Sonnen vs. Jones
--A look at the situation involving Daniel Cormier needing an opponent
--White talks about Anthony Johnson
--More on Rampage Jackson and his future
--New UFC matches signed
--Former WWE star starting as a regular on a soap opera
--Major star disappears
--A great run of business forgotten in history with a feud that drew 15,000 fans five straight Friday nights
--Major promotion gets a new television deal
--Another interpromotional angle
--How boxing shows destroyed wrestling gate
--Update on Jim Powers as he battles staph infection
--Rulon Gardner's bankruptcy case
--Update on John Morrison
--Why a lot of WWE wrestlers have been leaving
--Notes on CHIKARA King of Trios
--Cyndi Lauper talks her experience in pro wrestling
--Update on Abdullah the Butcher
--Update on Superstar Graham
--Former Tough Enough winner captures international title
--Update on Ultimate Warrior
--PBS documentary airs this week
--Retirement of Cole Konrad
--Bellator's new season opener
--More on Batista's MMA debut
--Why he has a new opponent
--Notes on his opponent
--Latest on the boxing business
--What it teaches about promotion
--How Canelo Alvarez on Showtime drew compared to major MMA fights
--Gina Carano stars in what is expected to be first of a new franchise
--Promotional feud in Japan starting up
--Super Fight League announces new strategy for producing television and will air weekly in the U.S.
--SFL makes deal with a U.S. group
--Major promotion that has stopped running shows is now officially folded
--Biggest college wrestling match in years coming in a few weeks
--Kickboxing world champion set to make MMA debut in a few weeks
--Head-to-head PPVs coming in the first week of October
--Whatever happened to Bob Sapp
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
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*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
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Wednesday's news update
--In the cable ratings for last week, ESPN was first with an average of 3.34 million viewers in prime time to 2.75 million for USA. FX was No. 8 at 1.50 million or nearly double what TUF delivers. Syfy was No. 11 at 1.29 million. Spike was No. 24 at 792,000. Raw last week was No. 6, 7 and 9 behind two NFL games, Major Crimes, Royal Pains and Sons of Anarchy. Hour one and hour two were No. 7 and No. 8 in 18-49.
--There are talks going on regarding the creation of a Hogan's Restaurant in Tampa as the backdrop for a reality show about Hulk Hogan now being in the restaurant business. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Rocky Point Crabby Bill's, which was purchased a few months back, may be renamed Hogan's for a reality show. The owner of the restaurant is Hogan's partner in his new beach shop that sells Hogan merchandise in Clearwater Beach.
--There is a lot of publicity in Georgia and Alabama regarding Honey Boo Boo and her family making an appearance at the 9/29 Global Championship Wrestling show in Pell City, AL. Honey Boo Boo's favorite wrestler is apparently Steven Stiles of the promotion. She is a reality star on The Learning Channel and it is expected they are going to film at the show. Among the stories: the Atlanta Constitution Journal
. (thanks to Daniel Lark and Jim Ward)
--Toronto reporter Steve Simmons, who Dana White ripped at the post-show press conference on Saturday night, talked about it on TSN Radio. He said he was at the show, wrote his story and went home. He asked, "Who holds a press conference at 1:30 a.m.?" (Anyone who has a show that ends at 1 a.m. I suppose). The host of the show pointed out that if White believed Georges St. Pierre was a bigger draw than Brock Lesnar, then why was UFC 100 headlined by Lesnar vs. Mir? (thanks to Mark Coale)
--Tickets for UFC 154: GSP vs Carlos Condit on 11/17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for Fight Club members, an Internet presale is on Friday at 10 a.m. and they are available to the public on Saturday. Tickets are priced from $625.50 for cage side to $90.50 for the cheap seats.
--Kenny Bolin, a fixture at OVW for more than a decade, said on Facebook that tonight's taping will be his final show for a long time, if ever. Bolin has been battling health problems for a few years. He said he hopes to return but said, "I just have too many things going on in my life right now that I have to deal with and need my attention first." He also said he has to leave Louisville for a time to deal with family issues. He said he does hope to be able to come in for some Saturday night shows and hopes to return to TV in three to six months, but nothing is guaranteed.
--Attempts to bring back Devon to lose the TNA TV title tomorrow night on Impact fell through, so there will be a singles match tomorrow night for the vacant title. They'll do the championship challenge gimmick with Mr. Anderson, Garett Bischoff, Samoa Joe and Magnus. Hulk Hogan will choose two of the four to face off for the title.
--Chris Leben did an interview recently where he said he was flat broke, which brought into question the UFC's payments to fighters. Leben earned a minimum $184,000 just from figures released to the commissions in 2011 and with sponsors and unannounced bonuses, it should be considerably above that.
But then he was suspended for a drug test failure and no matter what you earned in 2011, if you aren't making anything in 2012, you're likely to end up financially strapped. Leben himself made it clear he doesn't blame UFC and blames himself for his issues.
What are you most interested in TNA right now?
Hogan vs. Aces and 80s program 25.3%
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries program 20.4%
Tag team three way program 18.8%
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm 15.8%
Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher 13.8%
Samoa Joe vs. Magnus 5.9%
Who was the star of Monday's Raw (not including Jerry Lawler)?
C.M. Punk 47.5%
Mick Foley 25.6%
Paul Heyman 8.6%
Daniel Bryan 8.4%
Dolph Ziggler 2.7%
John Cena 1.5%
Kofi Kingston 1.0%
Regarding 125, 135 and 145 pounders in UFC, what best describes your feelings?
Like them, they provide good action 34.8%
Should dump flyweights, keep the other two 17.8%
Get rid of all of them 12.0%
Like things the way they are now 9.2%
Don't like watching them, less knockout power, keep them but cut down on matches 7.2%
Add 115 pounds 5.8%
Like them a lot, want to see them in more matches 5.6%
Like them, but still should be less matches with them 5.3%
Don't like them because I don't think they're tough and that's what UFC is about, should have less matches 2.2%
Poll on Raw?
17.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--The preview for Friday's Ultimate Fighter: "When one fighter engages in noisy late night activities, he creates enemies on both teams. Coach Shane Carwin announces his first match-up, sending two more welterweights into the Octagon for the second preliminary fight.
" Here's a video clip
--Adam "Edge" Copeland did a live interview tonight. Here's the audio
. (thanks to Terri Bey)
--CHIKARA Pro on 10/7 in Gibsonville, NC at the New Mid Atlantic Sportatorium at 4 p.m. with Obariyon & Kodama & Ophidian vs. Ultramantis Black & Hallowicked & Frightmare plus Mike Quackenbush vs. The Shard and Gran Akuma vs. Kobald.
--Cat Zingano, who was to fight on Saturday's canceled Strikeforce show, is now back on the 10/6 Invicta show in Kansas City, facing Raquel Pennington. It all came together because Pennington's opponent, Kim Connor-Hamby, pulled out due to a training injury.
--On Friday, when Bellator starts its new season, it will be not only on MTV 2 and Epix, but also in Spanish live on mun2. The mun2 broadcast will not air live on the West Coast, where it will start at 9:30 p.m. Pacific time.
--Pro Wrestling Phoenix on Saturday night in Council Bluffs, IA: Mad Dog McDowell & Jon West b Joey Anderson & Jeremy Jacobs, Leslie Ray b Paul Daniels, Joey Daniels b Michael Monsoon, Bradley Charles over Derek Cornell, Abu Colossus and Shawn Nautilus, Sean Cruz b Zac James, SM King b David Clark, Vic Victory b Darren Russell, Hype Gotti b Branden Juarez in a street fight
--NWA Dawg on 9/29 in Vineland, NJ has a free show at the Perfection Auto Car Dealership. Tony Mamaluke will appear.
--Drake Younger is headed to Japan this week for Big Japan, including a match with Abdullah Kobayashi.
--CZW has a TV taping on 10/12 in Philadelphia at the Vogt Rec Center and a 10/13 show in Voorhees, NJ at the Flyers Skate Zone.
--Chavo Guerrero Jr. has been pulled from the 10/6 date with the NSPW promotion in Montreal due to TNA's policy of not allowing its talent to be appearing on DVDs.
--Neo Wrestling Federation on Saturday in Niagara Falls, ONT before a sellout 300 fans: Scotty Turner b Eric Slater, Jake O'Reilly b Cole Stark, Josh Alexander b Nick Vickers, Andrew Davis b Scotty Turner, Notorious TID b Crazzy Steve, Cody Deaner over Derek Wylde, R.J. City and Shawn Spears, Pepper Parks b Ethan Page, Italianos NC Pissbeaters, Tiberious King b Tyson Duxx (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--"Diamond Eyes" by Shinedown is the theme for the new WWE Main Event show on Ion that debuts a week from tonight.
--CMLL on Monday in Puebla: Blue Center & Tigre Rojo Jr. b Centauro de Fuego & Espiritu Maligno, Bobby Zavala & Disturbio & Inquisidor b Robin & Super Camaleon & Stigma, Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Olimpico & Pierrothito b Astral & Pequeno Halcon & Ultimo Dragoncito, El Hijo del Fantasma b Ephesto, Fuego & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. b Virus & Polvora & Misterioso Jr, Brazo de Plata & Prince Devitt & Titan b Mr. Niebla & Niebla Roja & Euforia (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Former TUF winner Kendall Grove has signed a multi-fight deal with the Aggression Fighting Championships and will debut on 11/3 in Victoria, BC.
--WAR on 10/6 in Lima OH at the UAW Hall.
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 11/4 in Winnipeg at Casa do Minho.