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*Last night's WWE Raw house show in St. Joseph, MO (C.M. Punk vs. Big Show)
Sunday has a Raw house show in Wichita while Smackdown has a house show in Wichita Falls. So weird how they are on the same night. Hopefully nobody goes to the wrong state.
Monday is the live Raw from Oklahoma City. It is Jim Ross Appreciation Night, which as of last word is only for the live audience. No matches have been announced for Raw. Superstars will also be taped here.
We've got two issues on the web site and one double sized issue in print coming out this week. Both issues are currently up on the site.
Our lead story looks at an update on Jerry Lawler, updating his physical condition, his recovery from the heart attack and his appearance on Raw. We also have more on Lawler history in Memphis, including the Jerry Lawler vs. Jimmy Valiant feud, Lawler's first retirement angle, the forgotten night that Lawler won the AWA title from Nick Bockwinkel but it was only mentioned in Memphis, the Lawler vs. Bockwinkel angle including when Bockwinkel came in as AWA champion to defend even though Rick Martel was champion at the time, as well as the only time Bobby Heenan ever managed Bockwinkel in Memphis.
We also look at what SummerSlam says about Brock Lesnar, including comparing this year's PPV numbers with every SummerSlam dating back to 2008 both on a domestic and international basis and how interesting those numbers are.
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
New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
Our most requested issues in our history are:
*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)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*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)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher, double issue $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*December 5, 2005 (The Eddy Guerrero special issue, double issue $6 on its own, $7 overseas)
*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
*January 16, 2006 (2005 Awards double issue, $6 or $7 overseas)
*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
*October 9, 2006 (A look back nine years later at the life and legacy of Brian Pillman with tons of inside information about what made him tick as his real objectives)
*November 15, 2006 (History of WCW part one, Eric Bischoff's book and how the industry was changed forever)
*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
*January 22, 2007 (2006 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*February 14, 2007 (Life and Times of Bam Bam Bigelow)
*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 25, 2007 (Part six of Benoit double murder-suicide)
*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
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*November 12, 2007 (Life and times of Fabulous Moolah and history of U.S. women's wrestling) .
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*January 21, 2008 (2007 Awards issue, double issue $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*March 17, 2008 (Life and times of Johnny Weaver)
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*April 10, 2008 (Farewell to Ric Flair; My thoughts, Shawn Michaels talks of Flair's meaning to him; Hall of Fame; Wrestlemania double issue, $7 on its own, $8 overseas)
*August 11, 2008 (Ric Flair leaves WWE; Updated history of pro wrestlers and MMA fighters who went to the Olympics)
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* September 15, 2008 (Life and Times of Evan Tanner)
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Saturday's news update
--Mike Sempervive and I will be up tonight talking today's UFC show, as well as the latest WWE moves, talking Impact and more. No e-mail questions tonight but you can send them for tomorrow night's show with Bryan and I at
--For tonight, Fuel will have a one hour preshow starting at 3 p.m. Eastern, with live fights from Nottingham from 4-7 p.m. and the post-fight show from 7-8 p.m. Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen and Gareth Davies will be the analysts.
--One person who went to the screening of "Here Comes the Boom" said that the movie (which opens on 10/12) is very funny and that Bas Rutten steals the show. Do you realize how badly so many people missed the boat on him 15 years ago? That guy is one of the most charismatic and innately talented guys that has come along.
--We haven't heard any details, but Jerry Lawler was scheduled to announce last night at wrestling matches at the Mid South Fair in Southaven MS, which is just outside of Memphis.
--Impact on Thursday did the same 1.0 rating it has been doing every week.
--Stacy Keibler will be a celebrity guest judge on the upcoming season of Project Runaway All-Stars. The show airs on Lifetime and debuts on 10/25.
--On Impact on Thursday night, when they announced that there would be shows on Friday night in Hot Springs, AR and Saturday night in Fort Smith, AR, those shows are this coming week. Yes, they inserted the promo a week ahead of time.
--Santino Marella suffered a knee injury at the house show last night in St. Joseph, MO. It doesn't appear to have been serious. They stopped the match with Tensai to check him out, but he did finish the match.
--Family Wrestling Entertainment, the show which MMA announcer Michael Schiavello does the announcing for, will be doing an iPPV on 10/5 from Brooklyn, NY with Tommy Dreamer vs. Rhino, Brian Kendrick & Paul London & Jay Lethal vs. Young Bucks & Petey Williams, Angelina Love & Velvet Sky vs. Winter & Maria Kanellis, Big Daddy V vs Matta the Damage, Colt Cabana vs. Mike Bennett, plus Sonjay Dutt, Chris Masters and Daivari appear. Schiavello will be there live doing commentary with Maryse of WWE fame.
--Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion runs 10/6 in Poughkeepsie at the Mid Hudson Civic Center for its debut show. There will be an appearance by Edge. Wrestling on the show include Dreamer, Raven, The Steiner Brothers, Sandman, Luke Gallows, Chris Mordetsky (Masters), Carlito, Mike Knox, Mikey Whipwreck, Big Daddy V, Eddie Kingston and more. Dreamer, Dale Chapman (Hale Collins) and Rob Begley (Vik Dalishus) are partners in the venture. Danny Doring & Roadkill vs The FBI, Rhino vs. Sami Callihan, Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Young Bucks and Jazz vs. Winter are announced.
As far as drawing power goes, where do you see Jon Jones right now?
The same as he was before 31.1%
Ahead of before because controversy has made him a bigger name 25.4%
Less of a draw, people don't like him 23.4%
Ahead as a draw, people will pay to see him beat 15.2%
The same, people don't like him but Belfort coming close will help him going forward 3.7%
Ahead because he showed guts in breaking Belfort's armbar 1.2%
Will GSP vs. Carlos Condit do 750,000 buys?
What Friday night show are you most interested in?
Ultimate Fighter 20.1%
Will Raw do the lowest non-holiday audience of the last 15 years this coming Monday?
Poll on Impact
30.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--This is the lineup for next Saturday night's One Fighting Championship show from Kallang, Singapore at the stadium. This is a traditional PPV at 9 p.m. Eastern through the regular outlets:
Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
Kotetsu Boku vs. Zorobabel Moreira to determine the first lightweight champion
Soo Chul Kim vs. Leandro Issa for the first bantamweight champion
Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef
First round of a bantamweight tournament with:
Jens Pulver vs. Zhao Ya Fei
Min Jung Song vs. Masakatsu Ueda
Yusup Saadulaev vs. Kevin Belingon
Bruce Loh vs. Gianni Subba
--Pro Wrestling Blitz on 10/27 in Joliet, IL headlined by Billy Gunn vs. Jay Bradley.
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara: Espectrum & Evola b Black Metal & Halcon de Plata, Barbaro Cavernario & Disturbio b Leo & Stigma, Escandalo & Polvora & Puma King b Gallo & Rey Cometa & Starman, Rush & La Sombra & Valiente b Dragon Rojo & Euforia & Rey Escorpion, Volador Jr. b Prince Devitt (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--USWO from last night in Nashville: White Tiger b Hot Rod Biggs, Tim Scrubbs & James Dudley b American Psycho & Menion, Kerry Awful b Big Time Sexy, Matt Korbaine b Josh Crow, Justin Grandberry b Nick Iggy, Damien Payne b Jocephus. Eric Embry was at the show. He was in Nashville for a wrestlers reunion that Scott Teal is hosting. (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Latest Traditional Championship Wrestling TV show. The ladder match turned into a blood bath and they changed it to black and white.
--Next TCW Taping is Battle of Bryant 10/20 in Bryant, AR at the Bishop Center with Scott Steiner debuting and Gangrel replacing Ricky Morton who cancelled to work a cancer benefit show. Bobby Eaton will be there as an agent. You can see a new episode of TCW Wrestling each week at tcwwrestling.com on Mondays at 10 PM Central Time.