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By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports on the WWE Smackdown tour in Cairo, Egypt, with the shows today, tomorrow and Saturday at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        No matches announced at this point for Impact tonight.  Tons of Aces and 8s expected on the show.  Also a Jeff Hardy title win celebration is scheduled.
 
        MMA Uncensored airs after Impact with Stephan Bonnar and Daniel Cormier as guests.
 
        On Fuel, UFC Tonight airs at 8 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 8:30 p.m., Best of Pride at 9 p.m. (Dan Henderson vs. Wanderlei Silva), Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit at 10 p.m and UFC moves at 11 p.m.
 
        A look at the hottest new star in pro wrestling, Ryan "Ryback" Reeves, is the lead story in one of two issues of the Observer out this week.  There are two issues on the web site and a double issue in the mail this week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  Both issues should be up on the site today along with a back issue from 1995.
 
        We look at the rise of Ryback, what the original plan was for Hell in a Cell, how it changed, the updated medical report on John Cena, and how everything went down leading to new Hell in a Cell main event.  We look at how the company is getting the match ready, as well as how the popularity of Ryback flies in the face of what everyone in wrestling tries to brainwash wrestles into believing.  We also look at how WWE's theme PPV concept backfired with this show, and look at a variety of finishes and scenarios.
 
        We look at the Cena vs. Ryback matches so far, business, the background of Reeves, Tough Enough, his years i developmental, days as Skip Sheffield and the Hell in a Cell show.
 
        We also have a look at Hector Garza's battle with lung cancer.  We look at his background and how he was a wrestler who has been a major star for two decades, but in reality, missed out on his potential for a number of reasons.  We look at his run in WCW and TNA, his brief experience in WWF, and his role in Mexico.
 
        Plus, we've got everything on the Hulk Hogan lawsuits, sex tape, police reports, Bubba the Love Sponge, Howard Stern, what is full of shit, why Hogan may not fare well in court even if he's in the right, and what things don't add up at all.
 
        We look at Bubba the Love Sponge's tirade against him, and an interesting note about his divorce.
 
        We also look at the decision to put Jon Jones vs Chael Sonnen as the coaches for Ultimate Fighter and as the next light heavyweight title match.  We look at the dynamics involved that led to the decisions being made.
 
        We also have full coverage of TNA's Bound for Glory, the decision to make Jeff Hardy champion, when they company made the call on Devon, what terrible segment on Impact wasn't in the script, , business notes on the show, booking, poll results and star ratings for all of the matches.
 
        We also have a look at UFC 153, the build of Bonnar vs Silva, highlights from the show and match-by-match coverage with poll results.
 
        We also look at Ring of Honor's changes with Hunter Johnston taking over as booker from Jim Cornette, the problems going into Final Battle, the top matches at Final Battle, business notes from the show and match-by-match coverage with star ratings.
 
        We also have an update on C.M. Punk and the incident with the fan in Sacramento, More on Punk vs. Austin after the release of their video shot in August, latest on Mania plans, notes on the upcoming video game, WWE promoting the Rolling Stones and background of it, and latest polls on the Linda McMahon senate race.  We also look at what McMahon said last week that drew heavy criticism and her response to it.
 
        We also look at a new WWE promotional slogan, Jerry Lawler's return in Memphis, WWE reaching a settlement regarding paying millions in state taxes and backgrounds on two new announcing hires.  We also look at a new WWE video release, a former WWE employee says why Linda McMahon shouldn't be senator, Paul Heyman's road schedule, JBL has to apologize to Carlos Colon, and the latest announcing changes.
 
        We also have a ton of developmental notes, NXT tapings, El Hijo del Santo talks why he never went back to WWE, Christmas WWE television schedule, Raw delayed viewership, Bret Hart/Shawn Michaels event planned for Mania week, what wrestler nearly got into a fist fight with John Laurinaitis, plus business notes from the last week and coverage of the weekend house shows.
 
        We also look at more business notes from this year's WrestleMania, including the tourism effect and notes on how many locals attended the show.
 
        We also look at the death of Alex Karras, the former NFL and television star who was a pro wrestler for a few years.  In particular, we look at the famous feud with Karras vs. Dick the Bruiser and a pro wrestling match and an incident beforehand that got national publicity in the 60s and is a part of Detroit sports folklore.
 
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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
 
        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:
 
--The annual tournament in Mexico honoring Blue Demon
 
--Japanese title changes hands in Mexico
 
--The longest reigning champion in pro wrestling history retains once again with a storyline finish that dates back to a match in 1975
 
--Why RVD's X Division title win was a late decision
 
--Former WCW wrestler about to return to Mexico
 
--Japanese title matches in Mexico last week and this coming week
 
--A battle with two father-and-son teams with legendary fathers and newcomer sons going at it
 
--Upcoming Dragon Gate USA matches
 
--Hall of Fame candidate this year needs major surgery that will put him out for a long time.
 
--Feedback from the last New Japan iPPV show
 
--How iPPV is so different in Japan than the U.S.
 
--A unique concept tournament New Japan is doing next month
 
--Main event for Inoki's New Year's Eve show announced
 
--A look at Inoki's last show featuring a current Zuffa fighter
 
--Taka Michinoku's 20th anniversary show
 
--Tajiri's promotion does tournament for the title
 
--U.S. indie star wins Japanese world title
 
--Update on Bobby Eaton
 
--Full details on Tammy Sytch's latest arrests
 
--Vader/Harley Race notes
 
--Update on Lance Russell
 
--What historical stuff Lance Russell recently found
 
--Guilty plea involving the murder of a 90s wrestler
 
--U.S. Olympic team member makes pro wrestling debut this week
 
--Linda Hogan reality show role
 
--Jerry Lynn's U.K. retirement
 
--Former WCW and WWF wrestler sentenced to probation in steroid case
 
--A look at former WCW wrestler who after leaving won 22 straight boxing matches, all by knockout
 
--A look at the death of the former Stan Vachon and Stan Pulaski
 
--Arrest of a former 90s WWF wrestler whose debut match was against Edge
 
--Update on the Extreme Rising promotion
 
--A look at the TNA Hall of Fame ceremony
 
--Funny notes about Sting's interest in wrestling growing up
 
--Update on TNA lawsuit
 
--Notes on  Bound for Glory at theaters
 
--Sting talks Undertaker match
 
--Notes on the latest Strikeforce cancellation and what it means
 
--Reaction from fighters
 
--Future of Strikeforce
 
--FX vs. Spike in 2013
 
--Advance ticket sales for upcoming UFC events
 
--Update on Jeremy Stephens
 
--Rashad Evans talks future
 
--Anderson Silva hits milestone
 
--Notes on UFC future business changes
 
--A look at Roy Nelson's grandstand play to embarrass Shane Carwin
 
--Notes on the Jake Shields suspension
 
--UFC payoffs for the Minnesota show
 
--UFC Fighter career in jeopardy
 
--All-time UFC legend hasn't announced retirement, but figures he's retied
 
--Notes on cutting DaMarques Johnson
 
--New UFC fights
 
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Thursday's news update
 
--There has been a lot of advertising for Monday's Raw in East Rutherford, NJ.  The local ads have C.M. Punk vs. John Cena in a lumberjack match (it's scheduled I'm told as Punk vs. Ryback now but old ads are everywhere) and Sheamus vs. Big Show last man standing.  So a three hour show with two advertised dark match title matches.  Surprising that the first Raw at the Meadowlands in 2 1/2 years has so many tickets still on sale. (thanks to Dan Wahlers)
 
--In ratings for last week, USA was only No. 5 in prime time cable with 2.27 million viewers on average.  The top four were TBS due to baseball at 4.55 million, Fox News at 3.18 million, ESPN due to football at 3.13 million and Disney at 2.68 million.  FX was No. 12 at 1.30 million, Syfy was No. 15 at 1.18 million and Spike didn't crack the top 25.  The first hour of Raw was No. 25 for the week and the other two hours didn't crack the top 25, dominated by the Vice Presidential Debate and coverage, as well as baseball playoffs.  Sons of Anarchy on FX did 4.34 million viewers.  Raw didn't rank top ten in any demo.
 
--Gawker.com lawyer Cameron Stracher said in a Reuters article he believes the Hogan lawsuit has no merit and they are going to ask for it to be thrown out of court.
"He's having sex with another man's wife in another man's home.  I'm not sure it's reasonable to say he has an expectation of privacy under the circumstances."   
 
 
--The Highspots.com video crew recently went to Manchester, England to interview Dynamite Kid.  They are looking at turning that tape as well as interviews with people who knew him in Calgary and Japan into a full-length documentary on him and trying to raise money and having items available at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/460538362/dynamite-kid-documentary
 
--The November issue of Muscle & Fitness, with Dave Bautista on the cover, has articles on Bautista, David Otunga and Mark Henry.  They also rank the ten best pro wrestling physiques as John Cena, The Rock, Paul Orndorff, Bill Goldberg, Hulk Hogan, Rick Rude, HHH, Superstar Billy Graham, Scott Steiner and Ultimate Warrior.  No Tony Atlas, Ivan Putski or Lex Luger?  They also list the five worst physiques as Dusty Rhodes, Yokozuna, George Steele, Abdullah the Butcher and Haystacks Calhoun.  Seriously, Steele shouldn't even be near that list. (thanks to Brian Hoops)
 
--Speaking of Bill  Goldberg, after some twitter stuff with Ryback, he's doing his kill them with kindness:
 
"I'm flattered that throughout his rise people have been chanting my name.  I don't think it's a knock on him whatsoever."
"I take no offense to it.  To be compared against a guy right now who is (on top), who hopefully will be a major superstar for these guys is kind of flattering."
"For people to still be chanting my name six years, seven years, eight years removed from the business--that's a huge honor.  Any comparisons in the positive note is an honor for me."
 
--And the WWE web site has an article on the seven strongest pro wrestlers ever.  Their last has Mark Henry, Bill Kazmaier, Ted Arcidi, Ken Patera, Tony Atlas, Bruno Sammartino and Rob Van Dam.  No Doug Furnas or Scott Norton or Paul Anderson or Tom Magee?
 
--Former wrestler, better known as a psychologist Dr. Michael Brannon (Dr. Red Roberts in his pro wrestling days) lost a court case at http://www.browardbeat.com/help-me-howard-wins-free-speech-case/   As an expert witness in court cases as a psychologist, it came out that Brannon earned $525,000 in 2005-2006.  Doesn't earn that much these days.  (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)  
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW ON MONDAY?
Ryback 39.5%
C.M. Punk 34.4%
Daniel Bryan 9.6%
Paul Heyman 6.6%
Vince McMahon 3.9%
Wade Barrett 3.0%
Kane 2.1%
John Cena 0.3%
Sheamus 0.3%
Big Show 0.3%
 
SHOULD CHAEL SONNEN HAVE GOTTEN A TITLE SHOT?
Could be justified in a short notice fight with no alternatives, can't be justified here 24.9%
Yes, more fan want to see this fight even though Sonnen didn't earn it 24.0%
No, too many other deserving contenders 20.5%
Yes,it will draw more than any other match so that's the match that should be made 18.5%
Yes, they needed to save Ultimate Fighter 12.0%
 
WHO SHOULD GET THE NEXT SHOT AT JON JONES?
Dan Henderson 50.1%
Chael Sonnen 30.7%
Lyoto Machida 6.4%
Glover Teixeira 6.1%
Alexander Gustafsson 2.5%
Rashad Evans 1.7%
Shogun Rua 1.4%
Phil Davis 1.1%
 
WHICH OF THESE SHOWS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN?
UFC 154 42.5%
WWE Hell in a Cell 29.3%
New Japan iPPV 13.7%
ROH Final Battle 7.7%
TNA Turning Point 6.8%
 
--Lots of heat for sure over NWA Jersey advertising an 11/17 show in Hasbrouck Heights around Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake and "Former WCW Star The Legendary Mortis" with a photo of the late Chris Kanyon with the Mortis gimmick on.  Definitely on the sleazy side.
 
--BANG on Saturday night in Ocala, FL at the BANG TV Sound Stage with Dory Funk Jr. & Wes Brisco & Cory Weston & Jeremy Spillers (managed by Ron Simmons) vs. Brian Davis & Quinton Hitchcock & T.J. Blake & Ron Rymer  
 
--Pastor David Tristani, who wrestled as Devin Nash, has written a book called "From the Ring to the Pulpit" out.
 
--Strikeforce's Jordan Mein will face former UFC fighter  Forrest Petz in the main event for The Score Fighting Series on 11/23 in Hamilton, ONT at the Hamilton Place Theater.  Interesting that Zuffa is letting a Strikeforce fighter fight outside the organization, although given the circumstances of how hard it is for these guys to get fights, it's only fair.  The show airs live in Canada on The Score and live in the U.S. on AXS.
 
--Chaotic Wrestling tomorrow night in Woburn, MA at the Elks Lodge.  Elia Markopolous, who was Evan Markopolous in TNA Gut Check, is on this card, as in Matt Taven, who has worked for ROH.
 
--Wrestleforce on 10/20 in Columbia SC at the Loose Cockaboose Sports Bar & Grill.  Chase Stevens is on the how.
 
--Anarchy Wrestling Fright Night on 20/17 in Cornelia, GA at the Church of Southern Wrestling with Slim J & Azrael vs. Urban Assault Squad in a barbed wire match.
 
--"Here Comes The Boom" doesn't open in Australia until January 10, 2013. (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--ECWA on Saturday night in Sewell, NJ at Sports & More. 
 
--Over the Top Rope as Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk news of the week at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer/201...f-the-week
 
--Top Rope Promotions New Year's Chaos on 1/5 in Lexington, VA at the Virginia Horse Center has Goldust vs. Chris Masters, plus Jim Duggan.  The show is a benefit for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program for severely injured service members helping them transition to civilian life.  Thank God, I thought it was some kind of a benefit for Jim Hellwig after he tore another biceps.
 
--USCW tonight in Callahan, FL at the Northeast Florida fair.  Wrestling is part of the $10 fair admission which includes unlimited rides.
 
--A video feature on the Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce NWA title feud is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j_o9SNvQxM


--Several members of the CZW crew head to Europe from 10/26 to 11/4 including Masada, Greg Excellent, Alex Colon, D.J. Hyde and Irish Airborne.  They have a tournament of death on 11/4 in Oberhausen, Germany.
 
--Texas All-Star Wrestling Mexia Rumble on 10/20 at the Sin-Tex Cycles Event Center in Mexia, TX.
 
--Pro Wrestling Illustrated announced this year's top 10 in their Womens' top 50 list for 2012 is Gail Kim, Beth Phoenix, Cheerleader Melissa, Sara Del Rey, Jessicka Havoc, Layla, Miss Tessmacher, Saraya Knight, Mercedes Martinez and Tara.     
 
--The Windsor Star at http://www.windsorstar.com has a story on Phil Atlas (real name Adam  Filangeri) who faces Tyson Dux on a  Border City Wrestling show in  the city on Saturday night.  He talks about the Japanese deck of cards training method (which is legit), diet and injuries.  The show is at the St. Clair College Gym and features Carlito and Kevin Nash.
 
--Shine Wrestling has an iPPV tomorrow night from Ybor City at www.WWNLive.com with Saraya Knight vs. Jazz, Jessicka Havok vs. Leva Bats, Mercedes Martinez vs. Santana Garrett and more.   

Long-term, what are your thoughts on Lucha Underground?

 

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