WED. UPDATE: Lesnar not going back to UFC, Evans vs. Nogueira, Biggest star on Raw, Ratings, Storm books Raw, Hogan beach shop opens, TNA star music video, Anniversaries, Blatnick, Foley and more

By Dave Meltzer
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        Tonight on Fuel has UFC 68 at 8 p.m. and the Stefan Struve vs. Stipe Miocic show at midnight.
        The biggest of the big and the smallest of the small are two of the main items in the new Wrestling Observer Newsletter that will be up on the site today.  In addition, there is a back issue from 1985 on the site as well.
        We look at the final WrestleMania PPV numbers, among the highest in history, and the ratings from Raw on Monday, the new 15-year-low,
        We also have an update on women in UFC and why this subject is a lot more complicated than most think due to contractual issues.  We look at what the hold up would be, examine how this may or may not effect when and if a Cris Cyborg vs. Ronda Rousey fight takes place, as well as a look at the future of Strikeforce and the UFC's relationship with Showtime.  We look at plans for the next show, the future of the brand, how soon Rousey can come to UFC is needed, Showtime ratings and Strikeforce history.
        We also have a huge feature on the glory days of Florida wrestling and behind the suicide death of Mike Graham.  We look first at his father, the legendary Eddie Graham, and how Graham at one time may have been the most powerful figure in the pro wrestling industry.  We look at the legend of the Graham Brothers in Madison Square Garden, Eddie Graham coming to Florida, the Eddie Graham booking philosophy, the ascension of Gordon Solie and the greatest angles in Florida history, Dusty Rhodes' babyface turn and Eddie Graham vs. The Great Malenko. 
        We look at the role Eddie Graham played in wrestling, his dark side, Mike Graham growing up.  We look at the background of the suicide, the death of Mike's father and son, and how it actually happened.  We look at the two different sides of Mike Graham, from his contemporaries in the 70s and those who knew him in the 90s.  We look at Mike Graham's role in the Brian Pillman/Sid Vicious encounter, as well as his role in Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrero going to WWF.  We also look at Graham's role when it came to the booking of Bill Goldberg and why he was assigned often to Goldberg.  We look at the high school wrestling rivalry with Mike Graham and Ricky Steamboat, and how that in a way played a role in Steamboat becoming a pro wrestler.  We also look at the number of different pro wrestlers who went to high school with Mike Graham.
        We look at his powerlifting, feats of strength, junior heavyweight run, biggest rivals, the death of the  Florida territory, and look back at the death of Eddie Graham.
        We also have WrestleMania ticket notes, Mid South library notes, Chris Jericho talks about what is up with hi and WWE, Hell in a Cell lineup notes, notes on WWE tax credits, the Linda McMahon campaign, polls, and moves that she's made over the last week.  We also note the background of the A.J. storyline, holiday television schedule, DVD news, why Jack Swagger was gone, Video game news, as well as business notes from the past week and house show highlights.  
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        We also look at the Dragon Gate PPV in Japan over the weekend.
        We've also got exclusive detailed PPV numbers for Night of Champions, and how it compares with last year, as well as WWE numbers when it comes to house shows, merchandise, DVD sales and more for the month of September.
         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:
--Several promotions working together, including two different sets of meetings over the past week
--Top star talked about coming to Mexico
--A list of some of the biggest drawing cards in the history of pro wrestling in Mexico
--Update on Hector Garza's battle with cancer
--Hall of Famer talking a full-time comeback next year when he gets back into shape
--Some very depressing attendance figures for Mexico
--All Japan big show coverage and what the next programs are
--Lineup for the 2012 Real World Tag League tournament
--Notes on the 2012 Global league tournament
--Super Juniors tag team tournament
--El Generico vs. Kota Ibushi rematch
--Ultimo Dragon 25th anniversary show
--Return to pro wrestling of Genichiro Tenryu
--Death of Brain Damage
--Update on Tammy Sytch
--Behind the return of Portland Wrestling and notes on the first taping
--Former WCW exec now working as a major player in the tennis world
--Former football player getting strong reviews on indie scene
--Update on Terry Funk and Tony Schiavone
--Retired wrestler comes back for one last match so his daughter can see him
--Sleazy story of the week
--Hulk Hogan, Bubba the Love Sponge and the latest sordid details
--More notes on TNA in the U.N.
--TNA wrestler opening restaurant
--TNA house show notes
--UFC 153 PPV numbers
--UFC closed circuit show
--Update on Tito Ortiz and Frank Shamrock
--UFC Canadian plans for next year
--UFC drug testing suspensions and results overturned
--UFC legal updates
--UFC fighter does grandstand play
--UFC manager becoming promoter
--UFC star opening two gyms
--Retirement of a former Japanese star
--Bellator reality show notes
--Eddie Alvarez update
--Notes on recent Bellator events
--Notes on Here Comes the Boom
--Update on the Invicta promotion
--World Series of Fighting notes
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Wednesday's news update
--Sorry for this update being so late.  There was a lot of media work I had to do regarding the death of Jeff Blatnick today.  There is a lot on the site, as well as a story I did on the web and a radio show Bryan and I did on him today.
--We will have our regular Wednesday radio show tonight on the site.  You can send questions to the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--I want to thank everyone for all their nice messages today.  I really can't even believe it and I'm humbled by how many people spent even a few seconds to with me a Happy Birthday.  Seriously, like no other birthday in my life.  Unfortunately, in more ways than one.  Thank you all very much.  
--We've got a story on Brock Lesnar not going back to UFC at  Lesnar told Dana White a few days ago that he's decided against fighting again.  I think Lesnar really decided that for the most part a year ago. 
--The Brock Lesnar DVD that is due for a Tuesday release is already out in some Wal-Marts in Canada. (thanks to Scott Keith) 
--I'll be on MMA Uncensored on Spike tomorrow night at 11 p.m. talking Brock Lesnar and Jeff Blatnick.
--UFC really should induct Jeff Blatnick into its Hall of Fame in July at the annual event.
--Rashad Evans looks like he'll be returning on the Super Bowl show on 2/2 in Las Vegas against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
--The Detroit Free Press today reported that legendary boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward was in bad health in a Chicago hospital which has not been disclosed.  He has been in bad health for months, suffering from diverticulosis.  Steward was an analyst  on HBO boxing after a career where he was best known for running the Kronk gym, and training Thomas Hearns.
Jerry Lawler suffers heart attack 87.6%
Kelly Kelly leaves WWE 3.8
New Japan announces worldwide iPPVs 2.5%
UFC 152 Jones beats Belfort, injures elbow 2.4%
ESPN popularity survey, bad for WWE good for boxing 0.8%
Another ROH iPPV disaster 0.7%
WWE signs Hulu deal 0.4%
Ted Boy Marino passes away 0.4%
Bobby Jaggers passes away 0.4%
CMLL Anniversary show 0.3%
Cena and Punk double pin finish at Night of Champions 0.3%
Strikeforce cancels show 0.3%
Bryan vs. Ziggler 81.6%
Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Rhodes & Sandow 11.7%
Punk vs. Sheamus 6.7%
Daniel Bryan 17.1%
Paul Heyman 16.5%
Ryback 16.5%
C.M. Punk 15.4%
A.J. 9.5%
Vickei Guerrero 6.6%
Damien Sandow 4.7%
Dolph Ziggler 4.2%
Vince McMahon 3.7%
John Cena 1.9%
Eve Torres 1.9%
Kane 1.8%
Excellent 5.0%
Good 20.2%
Average 22.8%
Fair 18.7%
Poor 33.2%
        21.1% of those responding didn't see the show      
--The USA Network was No. 3 in prime time cable last week with an average of 2.38 million viewers, behind Fox News and ESPN.  FX was No. 10 at 1.50 million.  Syfy was No. 15 at 1.15 million.  Spike again was out of the top 25.  The three hours of Raw last week were No. 17, No 19 and No. 22.  Mostly sports and news shows beating it. Sons of Anarchy was No. 18.   Raw wasn't in the top 10 in any major demo.
--Lance Storm books the finish of Raw at  Actually he explains why he didn't like the booking of a lot of the show.
--Michael Johnson vs. Myles Jury has been added to the 12/29 UFC show in Las Vegas. 
--A press conference will be held at 5 a.m. Eastern time tomorrow as The Glory Promotion will use the Dream name (it's not Dream) for a show called Dream 18 at the Saitama Super Arena on the traditional New Year's Eve date. 
--Mick Foley is in negotiations to narrate the proposed documentary on the life of Dynamite Kid
--Hulk Hogan's beach store has its Grand Opening on Saturday in Clearwater Beach.  The store will be selling all the Hogan merchandise.  Jeremy Borash from TNA and Jimmy Hart will be there on opening day.
--Mickie James shot at music video in Nashville today.
--The 12/17 Raw from Philadelphia presale began today and continues from Friday at 10 p.m. at using the password JOHNCENA.  John Cena & Sheamus vs. C.M. Punk & Big Show is the scheduled main event.
--Observer reader Jonathan Strauss is running the New York Marathon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Details on donating to a worthy cause is at
--You can put yourself on the cover of the WWE video game at https://www.facebook.cojm/WWEgames/app_420342514698651
--Yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the first Jim Barnett card at Sydney Stadium.  For the first few years there, that was one of the hottest building for pro wrestling anywhere in the world, averaging 9,000 paid for weekly shows.
--Larry Matysik noted that tomorrow is the 49th anniversary of the first show he worked for Sam Muchnick.  His job was to call in the results of the matches to all the local media because the associate editor of The Sporting News, who handled that, was out of town.  It was October 25, 1963 at Kiel Auditorium with these results:
Emile Dupre (Rene's father) b Frank Altman
Joe Tangaro d Angelo Poffo (Randy Savage's father)
Sam Thomas b Jim Baker (midgets)
Bulldog Brower b Joe Blanchard (Tully's father)
Jessica Rogers & Mars Monroe b Ann Regan & Jean Antone
Karl Gotch b Bulldog Danny Plechas
Fritz Von Erich & Rip Hawk b Ronnie Etchison & John Paul Henning in 2/3 falls
Cowboy Bob Ellis b Dick the Bruiser-DQ
--Dustin Penner talks pro wrestling, Baron Von Raschke and more at   
--There is currently an exhibit on Sydney Stadium at the Museum of Sydney.  There was a poster of Chief Little Wolf's Wild West show, a scrapbook of wrestling tickets from the 40s and 50s with Little Wolf, Sandor Szabo and Ray Steele.  The tickets have the main event of the show on the tickets.  There were copies of letters from World Championship Wrestling trying to get a new building when the stadium closed down. (thanks to Graeme Cameron)
--559 Fights has the CAMO Northern California finals on 10/27 in Tulare, CA at the County Fairgrounds   
--CWE on 11/23 in Winnipeg at the Polish Fraternal Hall featuring a 50 man Rumble billed as the biggest Rumble in Canadian history.
--Kacee Carlisle, who beat Tasha Simone to win the NWA women's title on 10/20 in Lebanon, TN will defend it against Rosa Negra on 11/17 for NWA Coastal in Bayville, NJ at the Elks Lodge.
--World Pro Wrestling from Sunday in Santa Ana, CA before 125 fans:  Warrior b Terremoto Jr., Super Natural & Dark Shadow DCOR B.G. Walker & Sgt. Stryker,. Infernal over Jalapeno Lopez and Frankie Segura Jr., Mariachi Loco b Cyber Ram, Microbio b Lil Cholo (thanks to Roy Lucier)
--IWA East Coast on 10/27 in Nitro, WV at the Kings Way Center is headlined by Goldust vs. Chance Prophet and B.J. Whitmer vs. Facade.
--Battlarts Pro Wrestling on 11/16 in Oshawa, ONT at 471 Simcoe St. with Jimmy Jacobs, Brent B and Michael Elgin.   
--GOUGE on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Raleigh at Sadlacks Heroes across the street from the North Carolina State Bell Tower.
--Raideen O'Connor of Auckland, New Zealand, who trained at the 3-D Wrestling Academy, defeated Yusaku Obata at Korakuen Hall to claim Zero One's version of the NWA (not affiliated with the U.S. NWA)  United National title.
--Frank Shamrock will be doing a book signing in Laguna Niguel, CA on 10/27.  There will also be a mini-fight seminar.  Cost is $30 which will include an autographed copy of Shamrock's book.  This book is very interesting and a lot of stuff you won't believe.  the seminar will be at Optimus Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 31151 Niguel Rd in Laguna Niguel at 11 a.m. and the book signing as at the gym at 12:30 p.m.  Shamrock also has signings on 11/7 in San Diego at Barnes & Nobles, 11/11 in Hillsboro, OR at the Ernie Reyes World Martial Arts Academy and 11/17 in Honolulu at Barnes & Noble at the Ala Moana Center.
--A photo of Dave Bautista on the movie set of "the Man with Iron Fists" is in the New York Times Art section today at
--On this day 38 years ago, Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens won the AWA world tag team titles over Billy Robinson & The Crusher in Winnipeg.  This was the third and final run of one of the best tag teams in pro wrestling history with those belts (thanks to Brian Hoops) 
--The Tyrone Spong vs. Travis Bartlett fight on the 11/3 World Series of Fighting show has been added to the main card that will air on NBC Sports.
--Due to Rafaello Oliveira suffering a broken hand in training, his match with Michael Chiesa on the 12/8 show in Seattle is off.  Chiesa will now face Marcus LeVesseur.
--CZW runs on Friday night in Wolverhampton, UK at The Planet with Masada vs. Dave Mastiff, Adam Cole vs. Jonathan Gresham and fans bring the weapons with D.J. Hyde & Ryder vs. Clint Margera & Chris Brookes.  They also run Saturday in the same location, and Sunday for Southside Pro Wrestling in Saint Neots, UK,
--D-Lo Brown will be doing a seminar on 11/10 in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from 1-4 p.m.   Cost is $50 and open to all independent wrestlers, only for active wrestlers. For more info call 210-842-8398 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Brown and Hernandez will also headline a show that evening in the same building.
--Global Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Pell City, AL at the Civic Center features Dr. Tom Prichard, Bob Armstrong and the reunion of Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner as The Lightning Express.  This is the promotion Honey Boo Boo has been attending shows at and her favorite wrestler, Steve Styles, will be there. (thanks to Jim Ward)
--CMLL on Sunday at Guadalajara:  Sadico b Brillante Jr., Rey Trueno & Mr. Trueno b Black Metal & Xavier Cruz Jr., Rafaga & Demonio Maya b Divino & Mascara Magica, Barbaro Cavernario & Infierno & In Memoriam b Gallo & Leo & Eros, Maximo & El Hijo del Fantasma & Valiente b Niebla Roja & Dragon Rojo Jr. & Sangre Azteca.  This sets up Rojo defending the NW middleweight title against Fantasma, who is not a middleweight, this coming Sunday in the same building. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 1,500 fans:  Tigre Rojo Jr.& Black Tiger b Akron & Police Man, Taurus b Super Halcon Jr., Stigma & Magnus (not the TNA wrestler) & Hombre Bala Jr. b Super Comando & Artillero & Inquisidor, Stuka Jr. & Triton & Sagrado b Virus & Sangre Azteca & Misterioso Jr., Marco Corleone & Rush & Maximo b El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Results of the 57th anniversary show at Arena Coliseo in Monterrey:  Chamaco Gurrola & Dark Genis & Mini Hator b Crazy 93 & Extreme Boy & Mini Neurosis, Jennifer Blake won three-way over La Hiedra & Lady Puma, Antifaz del Norte won 57th Anniversary Cup elimination match, Difunto I & Monje Negro Jr. & Pirata Morgan b Los Gemelos Muerte I & II & Super Parka, Humberto Garza Jr. & El Hijo del Ninja & Zumbi b Dark Ozz & Dark Cuervo & Dark Espiritu-DQ, Jack Evans & La Parka b Perro Aguayo Jr. & Nicho
--Baja Stars Wrestling on Friday night in Tijuana at the Auditorio Municipal has Mistico & rush vs. Averno & El Terrible on top.
--Cheerleader Melissa vs. Saraya Knight feud at
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV show with Jerry Lynn at
--Knokx Pro Wrestling on Saturday at 6 p.m. at their gym at 11108 Tuxford St., in Sun Valley, CA has a wrestling Halloween Party including Rikishi appearing in costume.
--Buff Bagwell, Luke Gallows and Bull Buchanan appear on Saturday in Stockbridge, GA a the Middle School for NWA Action.

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