THURS. UPDATE: Impact preview, Mike Graham funeral, WWE copies TNA direction, WWE looking for women, New Year's Eve in Japan, Bellator/Alvarez negotiations, tons more

Impact tonight on Spike:

- Jeff Hardy defending the TNA title against either Bully Ray, Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson or James Storm.  Hulk Hogan will pick the challengers right before the match gets started.  What Would Greg Jackson think?

- Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher for Knockouts title

- Rob Van Dam vs. Zema Ion for X title

Tonight on Fuel is Fighter Trivia at 8 p.m. where four UFC stars battle it out to see who knows the most UFC history.  Ultimate Insider is at 8:30 p.m., Ultimate Submissions at 9 p.m. and the Nick Diaz vs. Carlos Condit match airs at 11 p.m., with the new episode of Ultimate Fighter at midnight, and Fighter Trivia repeated at 1 a.m.


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.
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        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 and more.
        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.
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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
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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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--I'll be appearing on MMA Uncensored tonight at 11 p.m. on Spike TV with Randy Couture. Don't expect me to be plugged on Impact tonight, tho.
--The funeral of Mike Graham will take place on 11/2 at the Largo Cultrual Center at 105 Central Park Dr., in Largo, FL  33711 from 2-4 p.m.

--The boxing community lost a great one today in Emmanuel Steward.  Steward, one of the best known trainers and a commentator on HBO Boxing for years, passed away at 68 due to complications from diverticulitis earlier today.  He had been in poor health for a while and was hanging on for the past few days leading into surgery today. 

--For Monday's Raw, Vickie Guerrero is going to show the evidence that proves John Cena had an affair with A.J.  Hopefully Claire Lynch doesn't show up for this one after eight weeks of build.  
--With no Diva Search in a few years, WWE has sent out a casting call to models to try out to become WWE performers.  They are looking for women between the ages of 18 and 30 who have charisma, beautiful faces and great bodies. They want photos in bikinis and resumes. 
--Glory Sports is reviving the name of the Dream promotion with a New Year's Eve show at the Saitama Super Arena.  Called Dream 18, it was said Glory Sports is talking over the Dream name and it's not really a Dream event.  At the press conference and appearing on the show will be Hiroyuki Takaya, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Satoru Kitaoka.  Tickets go on sale 10/29.  There will be ten MMA fights and three kickboxing matches on the show.  Glory Sports debuts in Japan on 12/2 with a 16-man one night heavyweight kickboxing tournament. 
--Bellator is now making a renewed effort to sign a new contract with Eddie Alvarez.  That puts Mr. Alvarez is a great position.  Bellator right now has an exclusive 90 day negotiating period that is ongoing and they are trying to sign him before UFC can legally make him an offer.  
--Here's a story about the WWE's proposed TV channel. This announcement is likely to be made in about a week of a pay channel. WWE claims there are 57 million pro wrestling fans in the United States.  If that was true, TNA should commit hari kari if they can only get 1.2 million of them to watch the show. To me, that number actually makes WWE look bad because it means there are 53.5 million pro wrestling fans in the United States that don't watch Raw.
--Not good press for Linda McMahon down the stretch, as she was tongue tied on the spot yesterday when asked a question. The Quinnipiac poll released today showed Chris Murphy extending his lead 49-43%  After the poll was released, McMahon's campaign responded saying that the poll didn't poll enough Republicans and their own poll showed Linda up by 1%.
The San Jose Mercury News of all places has a story on the campaign, basically saying how the voters in Connecticut really hate this race, how Linda dodges every question and only takes about having a six point plan for job creation-- "McMahon may have a plan, but she did not seem to do everything possible in the way of planning.  If you are an incredibly rich candidate who wants to brag about how you once pulled yourself from bankruptcy, try to make sure that you repaid your old creditors.  Also, if you are going to attack your opponent for failure to pay the rent, make sure you weren't delinquent on your property taxes.  Also, if you have any family boats christened Sexy Bitch, try to think to change the name."
--Hulk Hogan was on TSN's Off the Record today. Pretty cool. I got the press release announcing him being on the show exactly when the show ended.
--Best wishes for a speedy recovery to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva who underwent surgery for a hernia yesterday.
--We don't have much in the way of details, but David Deaton, a former prelim wrestler for Jim Crockett Promotions, passed away.  David Deaton used to team with his brother Outlaw Joel Deaton.  I don't know if they were or weren't really brothers. (thanks to Karl Stern)  
--One Fighting Championships has canceled its December show in Kuala Lampur.  They said their next show would be in February.  
Rashad Evans 82.3%
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 17.7%
Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 22.1%
Championship Wrestling From Florida 15.9%
WWWF 14.6%
AWA 14.0%
Georgia Championship Wrestling 8.4%
Stampede Wrestling 6.2%
Roy Shire's Big Time Wrestling 5.0%
The Sheik's Big Time Wrestling 4.7%
Southwest Sports 3.4%
Pacific Northwest 3.1%
LeBell Promotions in Los Angeles 2.5%
--Sorry no WWE Main Event report last night.  Reporter Matt O'Donnell's power went out due to a storm and the power didn't come back on until this morning.
--The scheduled Eduardo Dantas vs. Marcos Galvao Bellator bantamweight title match scheduled for 11/2 in Rama, ONT is off.  Instead, that fight will take place early next year on Spike.  Paul Daley has also been pulled from the show due to an issue getting a visa into Canada.  The new main event is Richard Hale vs. Thiago Santos in the heavyweight tournament.
--Kyle Noke suffered an undisclosed injury and is out of the 12/15 UFC show in Broad Beach, Australia where he was to face Seth Baczynski.
--Today's Sweetwater Reporter has a story on John Layfield and climbing mountains.
--This is just awesome. It's a 1989 music video with the wrestlers from Otto Wanz's CWA promotion at the top.  Several should be recognizable, most notably all-time legend Shinya Hashimoto. (thanks to Celian Varini) 
--NXT officials announced that tomorrow night's show in West Palm Beach will not be canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.  The show takes place at the West Palm Beach Armory with Alberto Del Rio doing an autograph session before the start of the show and will team with his brother, who wrestles as Memo Montenegro, to face Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger, in the main event.  
--Trish Stratus was part of the video shoot for Mickie James, who had a music video done yesterday in Nashville.  Almost involved in the shoot was Magnus. They shot scenes of James and Stratus going at it. You know, a fight scene.
--Spike was in Louisville yesterday filming King Mo training clips, which might air on tonight's Impact.
--An interesting story on Asashoryu, the former sumo champion in Japan who has now become a wealthy Mongolian businessman. Asashoryu had two brothers who used to wrestle for New Japan Pro Wrestling.  His older brother also competed in the same weight class as Kurt Angle in the 1996 Olympics and later set what was an MMA record for the largest TV audience (since broken) ever to watch a fight for a match with Bob Sapp.
--UFC is doing an open to the public workout at the Tristar Gym in Montreal on 11/1 from 1-3:30 p.m. with Georges St. Pierre, Francis Carmont, Patrick Cote, John Makdessi, Mark Bocek and Ivan Menjivar.  St. Pierre will be at 1 p.m.  Carmont and Bocek at 1:45 p.m. and Cote, Menjivar and Makdessi at 2:30 p.m.
--Tickets go on sale for a rare Wednesday night double TV taping for WWE on 12/19 in Rochester, NY today at Ticketmaster using the password code ORTON.
--Todd Martin talks UFC, World Series of Fighting, Bellator and Jeff Blatnick.
--UFC 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz has been named Honorary Pace Car Driver at the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Spring race that takes place on 11/11 at the Phoenix International Raceway.
--ESPN in the U.K. has announced its live coverage of UFC 154.  The prelims start at 1 a.m. with the PPV version featuring Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit at 3 p.m. 
--Pro Wrestling on 12/1 in Lima, OH at the UAW Hall
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Santa Maria, CA at Lakeview Junior High with Matt Hardy vs. Billy Blade in a hair vs. hair ladder match (Wonder who is going to win that one), plus appearances by Amber O'Neal, Reby Sky Shelly Martinez and Chavo Guerrero Jr. defends his VPW title in a four-way against Sexy Sean Casey, Rik Luxury and the dreaded mystery opponent.
--Future Pro Wrestling on 10/27 in Wallington, Surrey, UK headlined by Noam Dar.
--Congratulations to longtime reader Russ Duda on the birth of his son, Ryan Luke.  
--CWE has a free show on 11/28 in Winnipeg at the Northern Hotel.
--New England Fights on 11/17 in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
--On SportsCenter today, when talking about ESPN's Greatest Athlete Ever tournament, Robert Flores said if Iron Sheik doesn't make the final eight, "I'm gonna hit somebody." (thanks to Andy MacConney)
--Jonny Fairplay is taking independent dates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Fairplay, who has done indie wrestling dating back more than a decade, is best known for appearing on Survivor.  He was under contract to TNA for a few years and can promote local shows because of his access to appearing on local CBS radio affiliates.  He is based out of Greensboro/Raleigh. Also now taking indie bookings from the same agency are Kenn Doane (Kenny Dykstra) based in Boston, and Shannon Moore.

--Big Show was on Opie and Anthony today. Here's the first of four parts of the interview. (thanks to Barry Werner)
--EWF has a free show on Sunday in Riverside, CA called Halloween Slammin at the Riverside Christian Assembly. Call 951-288-2393 for more info.
--Ed, Cutrer and Craig talk wrestling with Bob Evans.
--The Fight Network announced they will be airing live coverage of the Judo World Championships from Brazil this weekend at 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.  They will also be airing Judo World Grand Prix competition on 11/24 and 11/25 from Qingdao China and 11/30 to 12/2 for the Judo World Grand Slam tournament from Tokyo.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV tapings on 12/8 at the Last Train to Clarksville, AR at the Marvin Vinson Center headlined by Jim Duggan...and I don't know if he's ever coming home.  They will also be announcing new TV markets in November. 
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 11/4 in Winnipeg at Casa do Minho for Halloweenpalooza III

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