THUS. UPDATE: Punk case update, Sasaki undergoing surgery, Great wrestling book, Hogan sex tape update, Cornette departure from TV angle, Former WWE wrestler arrested, Cena speaks at symposium, Foley comedy show

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports tonight from the NXT tapings in Winter Park, FL.  Kane & Daniel Bryan are scheduled for the show. 
        Impact tonight on Spike is the go-home show for Bound for Glory.  Announced are Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode, Austin Aries vs. James Storm and Miss Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim.
        Superstars on the WWE web site has Wade Barrett vs. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel vs. Antonio Cesaro.
        A look at the Raw ratings and the WWE shakeups after the 15 year low on October 1 is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  It's an issue jammed with news, including the most detailed look at the Hulk Hogan sex tape scandal with a lot of new information, Vince McMahon's response to the ratings, the C.M. Punk incident hitting the fan in Sacramento, A look at TNA's Bound for Glory show, Steve Austin vs.C.M. Punk, the New Japan PPV show, the ROH booking change and WrestleMania 2013.
        Both the issue and a back issue from 1995 will be up on the site today.
        The lead story looks at changes made regarding bringing Vince McMahon back, what happened with Brian Gewirtz, how his role had changed, how the writing team is structured, who are the lead writers, the McMahon vs. C.M. Punk brawl, as well as the current A and B plan for Hell in a Cell.
        We also have a detailed look at Hogan and the sex tape.
        We have notes on the incident with C.M. Punk and the fan, as well as local coverage of the incident and reaction from both WWE and Punk.
        We've got a rundown on Bound for Glory, looking at the programs going in and the fan reaction to the major angles.
        We also look at one of the best PPV shows in recent years, the New Japan King of Pro Wrestling show featuring the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki match.  We look at business numbers on the show, a very positive stat as well as another stat which isn't nearly so positive.  We've got match-by-match coverage as well as star ratings.
        We also have a look at the ROH booking change and update the situation with that company as it builds for Final Battle in December.  We look at the inherent problems with the promotion, the new role of Jim Cornette and the reaction to the Kevin Steen vs. Jay Lethal finish.
        We also look at UFC's show this past week, why two matches didn't happen, the injury that led to the main event ending fast, business notes, ratings and more.
        We also look at the C.M. Punk vs. Steve Austin rivalry, the taped seeming beginning of an angle, the Linda McMahon campaign, what people in Connecticut really think of pro wrestling, WWE end of the year television schedule and why they have two shows that will almost surely do record low numbers before the year is out.  We also look at Sara Del Rey in WWE, just how valuable C.M. Punk has been to WWE of late, more WWE firings and departures that have not gotten out, Chris Jericho talks his future, the latest on Ric Flair and WWE, update on WWE injuries, as well as business notes from the past week and a look at all the weekend WWE house shows.
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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:
--Notes from Arena Mexico
--Son of former WWF and WCW star now in Mexico
--U.S. belts defended in Dragon Gate this past week
--What would have been a major dream match in the 90s is announced as a Hall of Fame candidate comes out of retirement at the age of 51 to face a current world champion he never faced in his heyday.
--All Japan creates a TV champion and notes on the tournament
--Next major All Japan show lineup
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's show that went head-to-head with the new Japan PPV with Morishima vs. Akiyama
--A look at the upcoming Global  League singles tournament
--Notes on New Japan jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
--Zuffa heavyweight appearing on pro wrestling show next week
--The latest on Tammy Sytch
--Adam Copeland talks about no longer being Edge
--When he targeted ending his career originally
--More on the death of  Bobby Jaggers
--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore promotion debut show
--Target for a second show
--Linda Hogan's latest arrest
--Notes on next ROH iPPV card and direction
--Weekend ROH house show note
--King Mo situation
--What former TNA star is close to returning
--TNA house show notes
--How the change in a television channel could affect UFC
--More problems with the next Strikeforce show
--Why UFC is adding a new clause in all future talent contracts and what led to it
--Notes on the Brazil PPV
--Two UFC stars will be forever linked together
--UFC does one of its best ever television commercials
--Notes on UFC's year-end show
--Several UFC cuts
--Dana White talks TV numbers and what they learned from the England show
--Dana White cuts a promo on Spike TV
--Promotion's biggest star in his probable last match before leaving
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Thursday's news update
--From the C.M. Punk incident with the fan, whose names is Charles Schmidt, police in Sacramento aren't charging Punk with anything because Schmidt is not pressing charges.  There were no bruises on Schmidt, but Schmidt said Punk did break his glasses.  Schmidt said he was considering getting a lawyer which would mean he's considering civil matters.  He didn't say he was getting a lawyer.
--Kensuke Sasaki will be undergoing surgery for three herniated discs in his lower back.  The surgery is scheduled for next month.  He will be out of action for some time.
--Want to make mention of a book I just got in the mail called "Memphis Wrestling History Presents 1982" (available at by Mark James.  It's a 434 page book covering the year in Memphis wrestling with lots of comments by Jerry Jarrett, who owned and ran the promotion, Dutch Mantel, Jerry Lawler, Nick Bockwinkel, Dave Brown and Jim Cornette among others.  The book reprints the weekly programs, has the results of each Monday night show and comments on the development of the angles.  Among the things talked about were the Lawler vs. Andy Kaufman angle, the creation of Kimala (as he was spelled at the time), the creation of the Fabulous Ones (and who Jerry Jarrett's first idea was for the team and why he changed it), the only Lawler vs. Ric Flair match ever at the WMC studio) and more.  It has background of all the major players when it came to Memphis history and tributes to announcers Dave Brown & Lance Russell (the greatest announcing pairing in U.S. wrestling history, bar none).  If you are a fan of Memphis wrestling, the book is must.
--There will be no criminal charges filed in the Hulk Hogan sex tape after all.  Hulk Hogan's attorney contacted the police but the police and state attorney said that they had no case and that nothing criminal had taken place.  The belief is that they would not prosecute because Hogan was either aware he was being taped or at least aware that he had been taped for some time.
--ROH has another special regarding Saturday's Glory by Honor iPPV show.  If you purchase the show for $14.95, you can get the DVD for only $11.
--Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy have their second debate on Monday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.  It will be streamed live at
--Johnny Gargano vs. Akira Tozawa vs. AR Fox vs. Ricochet will be on the 11/4 Dragon Gate USA show in Deer Park, NY. 
--Hulk Hogan is endorsing Romney if you are interested in at  I'm sure Mr. Romney this week probably loves that fact.  
--They did shoot a physical angle explaining the departure as a television authority figure of Jim Cornette on Saturday night's ROH show in Rahway, NJ at  Lethal threw Cornette into a table and he took a head over heels bump.  In storyline, Lethal has a closed door meeting with Joe Koff.  This leads to Lethal vs. Davey Richards on the ROH show on Saturday in Mississauaga, ONT.
--On yesterday's interview with Jonathan Snowden, when talking about the Toronto referee who put Dick Hutton out with a guillotine in a dressing room skirmish, we said his name was Benny Sherman, but it was actually Bunny Dunlop.
--The UFC 153 weigh-ins on Fuel and on this site will be at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
--ROH will have a two day seminar and tryout on 12/8 and 12/9 at their wrestling school  in Bristol, PA.  Those who will be teaching are Delirious, Kevin Kelly, Truth Martini and Brutal Bob Evans.  It's open to any pro wrestler with one yea of experience.  The price is $295 and will include training on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is limited to 35 applicants.  All aspects of wrestling at ROH will be covered.  For more info go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--The WME management company has signed Bas Rutten.  It's the same management company Kevin James is in.  James has gotten Rutten in several projects.  "Here Comes the Boom" opens nationally tomorrow night.  
--Mick Foley is doing a comedy show tonight in Baltimore at The Comedy Factory.  His show starts head to head with the Orioles vs. Yankees game.  Foley will also have a post-show Q&A and a meet and greet after.
--Just for clarification since several have asked about the Los Angeles Times got the characters confused, Channing Tatum will play the role of Mark Schultz in the movie "Foxcatcher."  Mark was Dave's younger brother, and was not the person John du Pont killed in 1996.  Dave will be played by Mark Ruffalo.  The Schultz Brothers both won gold medals in the 1984 Olympics.  Mark later did MMA including one UFC fight, and did one what he thought was a pro wrestling match (he ended up being double-crossed when his opponent put a triangle on him showing even the toughest guys can be double-crossed and put down when they are relaxed and working--similar to Rikidozan and Masahiko Kimura).
--An interview with Foley promoting the event, talking about his comedy show and promoting his book is at
--Pro Wrestling Syndicate has a show at the Rahway Rec Center tonight with the first round of a tournament to create the Bombshells title:
Katie Lea (Winter) vs. Sienna Duvall
Chrstina Von Eerie vs. Mia Yim
Brittney Savage vs. Amber O'Neal
Sumie Sakai vs. Queen Maya
Annie Social vs. Alexxis Nevaeah
Luscious Latasha vs. Missy Sampson
Marti Belle vs. Nikki Addams
Becky Bayless vs. Silvia Silver vs. Jewels Malone
--They also have a show tomorrow night with
Rikishi vs. Big Van Vader managed by Paul Bearer
Anthony Nese vs. Star Man
Jim Duggan vs. Armando Estrada managed by Iron Sheik
Harry Smith vs. Alex Reynolds
Dan Maff vs. Apollyon
        Others appearing include Jimmy Hart, Ox Baker, DDP, Fred "Tugboat" Ottman and Hurricane Helms.  DDP is dong a Q&A after the show at 11 p.m. and at midnight, there is a 21 and over party at Big Sports Bar in Iselin, NJ featuring Becky Bayless as guest bartender.
--Glenn Kulka, a former Canadian Football League star who worked for WWE after his football career ended, and years later, did an MMA fight to a lot of local publicity, was arrested on charges of assault and criminal harassment in Ottawa.  The charge is Kulka assaulted Henry Nguyen on 7/24.  Kulka was released on bail with the proviso he is banned from getting within 200 meters of Nguyen.  Kulka in the past pleaded guilty on a cocaine possession charge before he started with WWE.
--John Cena spoke last night in New York at the IMG Sports Marketing Symposium on the importance of social media.  Hopefully nobody asked him about what television ratings were before WWE got into social media as compared to what they are today.
Should UFC have cut DaMarques Johnson?
Yes, 3 losses in a row 22.4%
Yes, he missed weight by eight pounds 18.6%
No, he did them a favor as a late replacement even though he missed weight by eight pounds 59.0%
What are you watching this weekend?
Bound for Glory 38.1%
UFC 153 39.4%
ROH Glory by Honor 11.7%
HBO Boxing 7.7%
        33.4% said they are not watching any of the four
If you watched the New Japan King of Pro Wrestling show, was it the best show you've seen this year?
Yes 52.6%
No, better than anything in U.S. but not the best Japan show 17.5%
No, WWE has had better shows 17.5%
No, TNA has had better shows 10.2%
No, ROH has had better shows 2.2%
        What makes no sense is there were 137 people responding to the poll and only 620 or so people worldwide even purchased it, so I'm guessing a lot of these responses were from people who actually didn't see the show.
Why is football hurting wrestling so much more this year?
Wrestling is less interesting 82.5%
Football is more interesting 17.5%
Who is UFC's best shot to be a mainstream star?
Ronda Rousey 41.5%
GSP 18.2%
Jon Jones 15.3%
Chael Sonnen 12.1%
Anderson Silva 3.4%
Rampage Jackson 3.4%
Alistair Overeem 1.9%
Miesha Tate 1.7%
Nick Diaz 1.0%
Junior Dos Santos 0.7%
Rashad Evans 0.5%
Cain Velasquez 0.2% 
--The Voice vs. Steven Segal will be airing at 10 p.m. Friday on AXS and Michael Schiavello interviews the actor.  There is hilarious interplay in the second Griffin/Bonnar commercial for Saturday's show where Bonnar says something to the effect of, "What is he has Segal in his corner (about Anderson Silva)?  Then I've got no chance."  
--Sheamus will be appearing at Colonial Honda in Dartmouth, MA on 10/23 at Noon signing autographs and taking photos.  He'll also be giving away free tickets to the Smackdown taping that night in Providence.
--Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling on 10/14 in Warren, MI at The Ritz with Rhino vs Michael Elgin in the main event, plus Zach Gowen and Jimmy Jacobs appear.
--Dave Musgrave and Dylan Hales talk their favorite wrestling matches ever at
--APWA on 10/27 in Shinnston, WV
--Ed and Cutrer look at my two Tributes books at 

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