- Gemiyale Adkins (155) vs. Mike Campbell (154.6)
- John Howard (184.1) vs. Brett Chism (185.9)
- David Loiseau (192) vs. Chris McNally (190)
- Danielle West (145) vs. Julia Budd (146)
- Michelle Waterson (106) vs. Lacey Schuckman (106.2)
- Barb Honchak (124.2) vs. Aisling Daly (125)
- Kaitlyn Young (135) vs. Leslie Smith (135.4)
- Cat Zingano (135.2) vs. Raquel Pennington (135.5)
- Shayna Baszler (134.6) vs. Sara D'Alelio (135)
- Tara LaRosa (127.6) vs. Vanessa Porto (125)
The issue will be up later today on the web site. A new back issue from 1995 is currently on the site.
We also have a look at Brock Lesnar's financial value to WWE so far, and if he's worth his massive pay. We look at how Extreme Rules and SummerSlam did, including some very strange results that are hard to explain. We also look at why Lesnar is likely to be offered a new contract by WWE when this one expires.
We also look at the former WWE star and Hall of Famer who had been in secret negotiations and why they fell through at present.
We also have a look at the latest ESPN poll on the popularity of WWE, UFC and Boxing across every age group. The poll is interesting because the general public perception of who is actually most interested in all three genres, and even television ratings, tell a very different story. We also look at how boxing and wrestling's popularity have changed over the past decade and why one of the three has the best chance of increasing for reasons few have really picked up on.
The poll shows a lot about where WWE may be making mistakes with their approach. It also has Lorenzo Fertitta talking about how his sport has decreased in popularity in recent years and his reaction to it.
We also look at New Japan opening up in the iPPV business on an international basis this week. We look at how the Japanese marketplace makes iPPV more viable than the U.S. marketplace. We also look at attempts over the years to market Japanese pro wrestling in the U.S. We also look at the first card, with notes on all the participants and every match.
We also have a full rundown of the UFC show in Nottingham, England, with background on the show, all the financial numbers, injury notes, judging and match-by-match coverage.
We also have a story on the departure of Kelly from WWE, talking about the background of how it all went down, how she got started in pro wrestling to begin with, why so many people have been leaving WWE, and what is next for her.
We also have a major feature looking at the 2013 WrestleMania, including directions for all the major names. We look at why one match up where the angle was shot a long ways back is unlikely to happen. We look at different potential usages of big names, as well as what people internally have said about Undertaker.
We also update Hell in a Cell, update Jerry Lawler and John Cena. We also look at a former star looking at returning, the tag team tournament, what department in WWE is undergoing major changes, notes on house shows, an update on Edge and his neck surgery, Randy Orton's schedule for the next few weeks, WWE stars talk about their backgrounds, notes on another tryout camp, C.M. Punk's schedule this pat week, WWE's relationship with Full Sail University in Florida, Michael Cole's new role, update on Steve Austin, as well as business notes from WWE over the past week and details of all the weekend house shows.
We also have a look at Bobby Jaggers, a star in the 70s and 80s in a number of territories, who passed away this past week. He look at his style, his career, and his heyday in different promotions, as well as what he was best known for in pro wrestling.
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:
--NWA historic middleweight title changes hands
--One of the oldest active titles returns as champion who has held the title for 37 years will defend it this week
--Major national star rushed to hospital with high fever and infection
--A look at the recent AAA TV tapings
--Notes on Heroes Inmortales, one of AAA's signature big evens of the year
--A look at the next Dragon Gate PPV show
--How title shot was decided
--Notes on next Dragon Gate USA tour shows
--All Japan and New Japan combine for shows in Taiwan
--NOAH notes on a title change and a tournament
--Japanese star breaks Karelin's all-time world championship record
--Genichiro Tenryu vows a return and a look at his probable first opponent back
--Update on Japan's New Year's Eve tradition and plans being made
--The wacky world of Inoki Genome Federation
--U.S. indie star wins major title in Japan
--First Legend Pro Wrestling show on 2013
--Daughter of 70s and 80s star makes name for herself in another sport
--Update on George & Stacy
--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's first House of Hardcore show
--Daivari talks about choking out an unruly passenger on a bus
--Former WWF star gets movie role next to DeNiro
--Australian WCW Hall of Fame notes
--TNA sued by longtime star
--Lots of notes regarding Bound for Glory
--Update on Aces and 8s angle
--Update on overseas wrestlers who will be appearing at the TNA tapings over the next few weeks
--UFC PPV update
--Notes on UFC's new hire to run European operations
--What the problems have been in Europe to far
--A look at this week's UFC show
--Update on Jon Jones
--Update on the middleweight division
--Why two major fights fell through this past week
--Lots of new fights
--How a UFC announcement has great impact going forward on the next few WrestleManias
--Shane Carwin talks his knee injury and his fight with Roy Nelson
--What state Dana White said he's avoiding
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Notes from Bellator's debut
--Notes on a triple head-to-head MMA battle this week
--Notes on all three shows
--Who is Vince Lucero, the new opponent for Bautista
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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)
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*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)
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*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
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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)
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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
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Saturday's news update
--On last night's UFC show, the Minnesota commission did no drug testing but there was independent drug testing done by Request a Test. The main eventers and random fighters on the undercard were tested.
--At Thursday's NXT tapings at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, Kane & Daniel Bryan will be there as a tag team. The episode of NXT that features CM Punk will be airing this week, including a Seth Rollins vs. Michael McGillicutty match (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
--ROH TV tonight:
- Adam Cole vs. Tadarius Thomas
- Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Damian Dragon & Matt Saigon
- Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander
--A note that not only is today Bruno Sammartino's 77th birthday, but this weekend marks 15 years since the death of Brian Pillman. Pillman was one unique wrestling character, both brilliant and at times completely nuts. I'm sure a lot of people in wrestling miss him greatly.
It's also the 10th anniversary of the death of Chris Adams, who was killed after being shot in a fight with a friend, and the 27th anniversary of a famous show at the Cotton Bowl where Kevin & Kerry Von Erich beat Gino Hernandez & Adams before 26,000 fans in a double hair vs. hair match where Hernandez & Adams were both shaved bald. (thanks to John Tovar)
--The Miz will be on Rove LA hosted by Rove McManus which airs in Australia tomorrow night on Fox8. It will air at midnight on 10/13 in the U.S. on the TV Guide Channel.
--Former WWF writer Jamie Morris, part of the team during the company's most financially successful run and who was later involved in Thunderbox, has been hired by Traditional Championship Wrestling as the head of creative. He will work with former WWF employees director Nelson Sweglar and announcer Ken Resnick, debuting with their 10/20 tapings in Bryant, AR featuring Scott Steiner.
--Travis Browne tore his hamstring in the first minute of last night's fight with Antonio Silva and was a sitting duck from there in the main event. We got less response to the FX show than last week's Fuel show for whatever that means.
--With Jeremy Stephens vs. Yves Edwards not taking place, it was G-1 Climax-esque night last night in our UFC on FX predictions. Everyone -- me, Mike Sawyer, Todd Martin, Mike Sempervive and Oliver Copp -- went 2-2. Sawyer was the only one to get the main event correct.
--Latest on WWE Classics on Demand:
- WCW Fall Brawl 1993
- ECW Anarchy Rulz 1999
- Nitro 6/16/97
- Raw 6/16/97
- TNA 8/2/85
- Triumph of World Class Championship Wrestling
- Dory Funk Jr. Hall of Fame featuring matches with Dick Slater, Jack Brisco, Rob Van Dam and Barry Windham
- Cactus Jack vs. Paul Orndorff
- Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Glamour Girls
- Ivan Koloff vs. Larry Zbyszko
- The Miz vs. John Morrison
- C.M. Punk vs. Elijah Burke (Pope D'Angelo Dinero)
- Raw 11/2/98
- WCW World Wide Wrestling 5/15/93
(Thanks to Brian Hoops)
--John Cena is on Kelly & Michael on Monday morning before Raw.
Which of these shows do you have the most interest in?
Dave Bautista's MMA debut 35.0%
New Japan iPPV 33.5%
UFC on FX 22.8%
Predict the rating for last night's UFC show on FX:
0.5 or lower 29.2%
1.6 or better 4.4%
**0.5 or lower would be a disastrous number.
What did you think of the debut of WWE main event?
**48.8% of those responding didn't see the show
What did you think of Impact?
**34.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Hulk Hogan will be on the Howard Stern show on Tuesday promoting Bound for Glory.
--Channing Tatum, who plays Mark Schultz in the move "Foxcatcher," talks to the Los Angeles Times
. The story says he plays Mark, but also says Mark was the one shot and killed by John du Pont. The problem with that: Mark is still alive and even did a UFC match years later, while David was killed in 1996 as he was preparing for the Olympics.
--Fight Club MMA tonight at The Hangar at the Orange County Fair and Events Centre with 10 matches. Tito Ortiz will host the live show which starts at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are $40.
--World's Best Wrestling tonight in Sardinia, OH at the Chad D. Heckler Building at 116 College Avenue features an appearance of Brutus Beefcake.
--Brad Cardinal will replace Kalvin Hackney, who missed training due to an illness and has pulled out of the 10/19 Score Fighting Series show in Sarnia, ONT. Cardinal (16-8, 15 finishes) will headline against Chris Horodecki in a 150 pound catch weight fight.
--PWX from last night in Charlotte before 200 fans: Steven Walters b Billy Brash, Alex Verignos & Adam Page b Drew Myers & Steve Corino-DQ (Corino was involved in an altercation with local ESPN sports radio personality John Kuvelkis after the match), Chiva Kid won six-way over Zane Riley, Ernie Osiris, Brady Pierce, William Robinson and Craig Huffman, Amber O'Neal b Reby Sky, Jake Manning & Grizzly Redwood & Lodi b John Skyler & Corey Hollis & Chip Day, Eddie Edwards b Cedric Alexander, Caleb Konley b Ric Converse, Matt Hardy b Kevin Steen-DQ for a low blow, restarted match Kevin Steen b Matt Hardy when Steen gave Reby Sky a package piledriver and Matt was distraught and was pinned. Both Corino and Thomas Simpson also interfered. Next show is 11/30 in Charlotte at the Neighborhood Theater with Roderick Strong, Eddie Edwards, Adam Cole and Davey Richards.
--Big Texas Pro Wrestling on 11/17 in Mineola, TX at the Hickory Village at 5 p.m.
--United States Championship Wrestling from Thursday night in Macclenny, FL: Super Destroyer b James Canterbury, Chasyn Rance b Tommy Bahama, Jake Slater DDQ Boss Hog Calhoun, Jason the Giant b Gorilla Hanley, Santana Garrett b The Executioner. Next show is 10/18 in Callahan, FL. (thanks to Al Haft)
--CZW on 10/13 at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ has Masada vs. Necro Butcher for the CZW world heavyweight title, Blk Jeez vs. Greg Excellent, Ruckus vs. Dustin Rayz, Danny Havoc & Devon Moore vs. Azrieal & Bandid Jr. for the tag titles and more.
--CMLL is now on Time Warner Cable Deportes in Los Angeles. Shows are on throughout the day (thanks to Jose Gonzalez)
--TCW on 10/12 in Kitchener, ONT at the Moose Lodge.
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando: Cody Hall b Brandon Scherer, Rafael Altair b Sledge Hammer, Santana Garrett b Jayson Falcone, Chasyn Rance b Aaron Epic and Gersom Sanchez in a three-way, Tim Zbyszko b Mike Reed, Josh Rich b Mister Saint Laurent in a one minute time limit sit-up contest 70-62, J.D. Amazing b Chico Adams, Ray Beez & Lince Dorado b Gorilla Hanely & Josh Hess. Next show is 11/2.
--Virtually every Southern California indie group including PWG, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, EWF, So Cal Pro Wrestling and more will be doing a benefit show tomorrow to cover the funeral costs for the father of regular Southern California wrestler Willie Mac, who passed away two weeks ago. Tickets are $10 for the show at the Pappy Pineda Dome in Huntington Park, CA tomorrow at 5 p.m. All money goes toward funeral costs. If not attending, you can donate via paypal to
--Promoter Leonard Sims announced NWA Mountain State Wrestling will be taking a "recess" for the rest of 2012. He is looking at restructuring the company and starting up again in January.
--CMLL on Tuesday night in Guadalajara before 1,800 fans: Mangum b Virgo, Rafaga & Barbaro Cavernario b Metatron & Esfinge, Demus 3:16 & Mercurio & Pierrothito b Astral & Fantasy & Ultimo Dragoncito, Mr. Aguila & Olimpico & Kraneo b Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Valiente, Atlantis & Titan & Mistico b Averno & Polvora & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ
--Destiny Wrestling on 10/13 in Albuquerque at Lovato Total Fitness at 4:30 p.m. with a battle royal.