MON. UPDATE: Lawler talks recovery, Miz TV, Bautista seemingly doesn't like someone on roster, Punk DVD, One show sets ratings record low, another in jeopardy of 15 year low, Lilian Garcia, Smackdown end of year, Best TV show

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're also looking for live reports from Raw tonight in Oklahoma City.  It's Jim Ross Appreciation Night, although there is a good chance that will only be for the live audience.  Scheduled for the show is a debate between Sheamus and Big Show to set up their Hell in a Cell match.  Booker T will be the moderator.  John Cena was not scheduled for the show as of last word.  It's possible he may air on tape.  No matches have been announced.  Superstars will also be taped here.  Jack Swagger is advertised locally to return tonight.  He was a college wrestling star at Oklahoma years back.  Danny Hodge is also expected to be at the show at least for the ceremony honoring Jim Ross.

        We're also looking for live reports from these shows:
*Friday night's WWE Raw house show in St. Joseph, MO (C.M. Punk vs. Big Show)
*Sunday's Raw house show in Wichita
*Sunday's Smackdown house show in Wichita Falls, TX
        Smackdown, Main Event (for its Wednesday night debut on Ion) and Saturday Morning Slam are taped on Tuesday night in Tulsa.  C.M. Punk vs. Sheamus in a champion vs. champion match will headline the first Main Event show.
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        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.
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        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
--Mexico ratings
--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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Monday's news update
--Bryan and I will be back talking Raw, as well as the latest wrestling and MMA news tonight on Wrestling Observer radio.  You can send questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--The Miz will be on tonight's "Pair of Kings" on Disney.  The show airs at 7:30 p.m.  It also replays on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.
--Jerry Lawler was interviewed by ESPN at and said he thinks he could go into the ring today and wrestle, that's how good he feels, but knows it wouldn't be smart. 
--Dave Bautista apparently doesn't like the fact someone on the roster is getting a push.  He did an interview with MMA Junkie where he said he doesn't watch  WWE much these days because of "kids who are more concerned with how their hair looks and how much baby oil they have on."  He specifically cited guys from Real World,which kind of narrows it down to one. 
--Bautista's opponent is scheduled to be announced tomorrow morning.  I do know that as late as Saturday, there were a number of people turning it down in area gyms based on no lead time.

--The C.M. Punk DVD will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Portage Theater in Chicago.  The screening will be free for the first 1,000 people who attend.  There will be a Q&A with Punk after the screening.
--There has been a lot of talk about the Helio Gracie vs. Masahiko Kimura fight in 1951 today because today would have been Master Helio's 99th birthday. 
--Ultimate Fighter on Friday night was down to 775,000 viewers, the lowest in history.  Our weekend poll results looked bad for the show in the sense so many people skipped it, so i wasn't surprised.  
--There has been a lot of talk this week that Raw may hit an all-time audience low over the past nearly 15 years for a non-holiday show tonight.  Last week's show was the lowest in almost 15 year and there is a Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys game tonight.  Wrestling in general has been getting hurt by football the last few weeks.

--Lilian Garcia performed at the Jets game with the 49ers yesterday, at Met Life Stadium.  I was told she looked and sounded great, but most people didn't know who she was and didn't watch her when she performed at halftime.  She was announced as a recording artist and WWE Smackdown personality.  There are video screens all over the stadium with the WrestleMania logo and date, so they are getting a lot of eyeballs every Sunday at home games seeing plugs for the show (thanks to Tony Viggiani)
--Due to issues with the new ownership of the NWA name, Greg Price's NWA Fan Feset in Charlotte on 8/3 and 8/4 of next year will instead be called Mid Atlantic Memories with no mention of the NWA name.
--Regarding the New Year's weekend, Smackdown will be taped on Sunday instead of Tuesday, 12/30 in Richmond, VA.
Best TV show of the past week
Raw 35.1%
Impact 25.8%
UFC on Fuel 20.5%
Smackdown 6.6%
ROH 5.3%
Ultimate Fighter 2.0%
Bellator 2.0%
MMA Uncensored 1.3%
Inside MMA 0.7%
UFC Insiders 0.7%
--Tryouts for the second season of Ultimate Fighter Brazil will be on 10/14 at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.  They will be doing lightweights and middleweights.  To try out one has to be between 18 and 35 and have at least three verifiable wins.
--Elaina Maxwell pulled out of Saturday's Invicta show due to an injury. She was to face Julia Budd.  The show in Kansas City will be streamed live on the web.  About two years ago, we were eating at Outback and Maxwell was our waitress.  My wife recognized her instantly because she fought Gina Carano in San Jose many years ago in what was actually Carano's first high profile MMA fight.  The show will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern and 4 p.m. Pacific time.
--Progress Wrestling from last night in Islington, London, England:  Noam Dar b Paul Robinson, Mark Andrews b Xander Cooper, Rob Lynch & James Davis b Danny Garnell & Darrell Allen, Jon Ryan b Jimmy Havoc in a Hardcore death match, R.J. Singh b Rob Cage, Stixx b Lion Kid, Dave Mastiff & Greg Burridge b Nathan Cruz & El Ligero with Marty Scrull as referee.  Next show is 11/25 at The Dome in the Boston Arms Pub in Tifnell Park in North London with Cruz defending the title against Ligero (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--During the show above, Jeremy Borash was there filming a segment for the TV show TNA British Bootcamp.  Marty Scurll, The Blossom Twins and Rockstar Spud, who are the featured people on the show, were all there.  It was teased that Scurll vs. Spud will be at the January TNA TV tapings in London at Wembley Arena.  Spud did an interview and was booed loudly.  The Blossom Twins, who are bigger than spud, were doing an interview when Spud took the mic away.  One of the twins said she could even beat up Spud and that he had a small package.  Scurll got a big ovation as a home town wrestler.  He was out drinking beer saying he was going to win the show.  So it was a fan interview challenge that Scurll was voted the winner of.  The show will begin airing on 1/1 in the U.K. (thanks to Martin Bentley and Daniel Beake)
--Davey Richards is headed to England.  On Sunday he defends his Future Shock Championship against Jack Gallagher in Stockport, England.
--An interview with Edge promoting Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show on Saturday night in Poughkeepsie at 
--Former KGO-TV sportscaster Don Sanchez in San Francisco, who was a big wrestling fan in the 70s, and covered Roy Shire's big scandals of the time, on Friday celebrated his 40th year with the station.  They showed lots of old clips of hi throughout the years including his appearing on a This Is Your Life Ray Stevens show and at the Cow Palace in the 70s interviewing Jimmy Snuka and Buddy Rose. (thanks to Mike Lano)  
--Jay DeChellis on Facebook is selling his entire wrestling collection of videos, DVDs shirts, hats, belts posters, books and is looking for someone interested in buying in bulk.
--IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand:  Elias b Antonio, Joel Clementson b Danny Jacobs, James Shaw & Johnny Idol b Brother T & Antonio, Link b Pat Schisk, Damien Slater & Harley Jackson & Dave O'Connor b Travis Banks & T.J. Rocket & Taylor Adams, Evie b Britenay, Kingi won six-man match over Vinny Dunn, Dal Knox, Liger, Reuben DeJong & Liam Fury.  Kingi just returned from a U.S. tour as half of the Iwi tag team.  They have a show in Auckland on 10/27 headlined by Bushwhacker Luke. (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Insanity Pro Wrestling from yesterday in Indianapolis:  Remi Wilikins & Dale Patricks & Trevor Court b Tripp Cassidy & Reed Bently & Big Sue Jackson, Heidi Lovelace b Thunderkitty, Jesse Emerson & Chris Hall b Derek Neal & Jason Nesmith, Christian Rose b HyZaya, Suger Dunkerton & Aaron Epic b Matt Cage & Alex Castle, Chris Castle b Dustin Rayz-DQ, Darren Dean b Aaron Solo, Aaron McCormick b Dave Crist, ACH and Kyle O'Reilly in four-way, Jake Crist b Davey Richards to keep the IPW title.  Next show is 11/11 with Ricochet appearing.
--WAR Wrestling on Saturday night in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall.
--IWA East Coast from Saturday night in Nitro, WV:  Rex Lawless b Jason Kinckaid, Ron Mathis b Mad Man Pondo, Mary Dobson b Christina Von Eerie, Facade b Jason Gory, Jake & Dave Crist b Chris Hall & Jesse Emerson, B.J. Whitmer b Necro Butcher, Masada b Matt Hardy.  Next show is 10/27 headlined by Goldust vs. Chance Prophet (thanks to Scott Milam)
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Porterdale, GA before 200 fans:  Fifth Column b Platinum Royal, Hayden Young b Chi Day, Jon & Trey Williams b Kyle Matthews & Vordell Walker, Brian Blaze & Geter b Jacob Ashworth & Corey Hollis, Simon Sermon b Rick Michaels, Pandora over Christi Whiplash, Nina Monet and Aesha in a last woman standing match, Casey Kincadi over Fred Yehi and Jay Fury, Najasism b De La Vega, Supernatural b Grotesque, Devlin Valek and Monstruo Assesino in a casket match, Geter & Brian Blaze b Trey & Jon Williams, Mason b Shane Marx.  Ashworth suffered a hairline fracture of a vertebrae in his neck.  Mason suffered a cut that required 14 stitches. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Ron Simmons will be coming to Ocala, FL for Dory Funk's BANG promotion on 10/20 to be given a Fighting Heart award from Funk Jr.
--Aggression TV MMA on 10/6 at 9 p.m. Eastern time and Sunday at 1 p.m. on Youtoo.TV, a cable channel in 177 of the top 200 markets, or at least that's what they say.  Each Saturday, a new AFC fight will air and they will also air short-form MMA reality shows and docudramas.    

--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 10/13 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium. NWA jr. champion Kevin Douglas defends against Chase Owens in the main event.

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