Also in this week's issue:
--Latest from Arena Mexico and the build to the Arena Mexico anniversary show
--A look at the different tournaments
--One of the most popular wrestlers ever with women says that he's retired
--Rival promotions both having matches on the same show and how this happened
--AAA loses one of its most popular wrestlers
--Notes from the last and next AAA taping
--Update on Champion Carnival tournament
--Update on Global League tag team tournament
--Update on the next New Japan PPV show
--Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. become double champions
--A look back at the life of Houston promoter Paul Boesch
--A look at the attempt to start a new promotion with a blow out show in Puerto Rico
--Former regional wrestling promoter sentenced to eight years in prison
--Former WWF star complains about company's policies regarding helping former talent
--Bobby Roode talks his TNA contract issues
--TNA's next European tour
--New match for next ROH PPV
--TNA house show news
--Update on Georges St-Pierre and his next fight
--What event were WWE and TNA superstars both nearly in altercations
--What happened in these situations
--Advance ticket sales for all upcoming UFC events
--Future of Chael Sonnen
--A look at UFC 159
--Jones goes for record
--Dana White's latest treatment over ear problem
--Update on the health of Dan Hardy
--Notes on next two seasons of Ultimate Fighter
--More on UFC trying to get into New York
--Lots of new endorsements for Ronda Rousey
--Nate Diaz talks moving up
--Name fighters cut from this next seaon of Ultimate Fighter
--Bellator moves tie slot, at least for one night
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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)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*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)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*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)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
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Wednesday's News Update
--We've got a lot of audio going up today. We have Bruce Mitchell as our guest talking the new ECW Barbed Wire City DVD, as well as our regular show where we'll be talking current news, including previewing UFC, talking Smackdown, WWE & UFC numbers and taking questions that can be sent to
--Monday's Raw main event from Columbus, OH will be The Shield vs. John Cena & Ryback.
--The UFC Countdown show airs tonight at 6 p.m. on Fuel. The show is good. For those who say Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen haven't promoted the fight well, this show will give you a different viewpoint. You'll also see Michael Bisping's handiwork in promoting a fight. UFC 140 with Jon Jones vs. Lyoto Machida airs at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday night's FOX show is replayed at midnight for those who missed it.
--Michael Bay on Dwayne Johnson:
"Wrestling fans, it was a joke said on Entertainment Tonight--with a laugh. You can see the clip for yourselves. The most important person to see the on-air joke was Dwayne. I love seeing The Rock wrestle. I hope he wrestles 10 more years. I joked on air because Dwayne was not at our LA premiere due to his injury."
--Johnson wrote: "Michael Bay joked I should stop wrestling 300 pound men. I agree. I'll switch to women."
--With all the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and hunt for the suspects, Fox News was No. 1 in prime time last week with 2.80 million viewers on average to 2.58 million for USA. FX was No. 11 at 1.28 million. Syfy was No. 14 at 1.16 million. Spike was No. 20 with 905,000. With the various news coverage, the three hours of Raw last week were No. 14, 16 and 20. One of the hours did crack the top ten, at No. 10, in the 18-49 demo.
--In words that you have no reason to believe, Chael Sonnen was on Dan Lebatard yesterday and claimed he made $8 million in his second fight with Anderson Silva, and that he expects to make $10 million against Jon Jones. Sonnen claims he was paid more than Sonnen and will be paid more than Jones. In a funny line, when Lebatard asked Sonnen what is his biggest advantage over Jones, he replied, "His reach." (thanks to Chad Repak)
--As UFC was pushing in Albany, The Culinary Workers Union of Las Vegas organized a lobbying effort and held a news conference to try and block it. Several women's groups called the sport dangerous and violent and said whatever economic benefits should be weighed against medical costs for retied fighters with head and other injuries.
--Rafael Morffi, who worked with WWE in the live events division before being let go (HHH & Stephanie wanted to bring in their own team, Morffi was very well liked and people were very surprised when he was let go) was hired by TNA as part of TNA's restructuring of their own touring division.
--Johnny Valentine, one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, passed away on this day 12 years ago. Dory Funk Jr., Jack Brisco and Terry Funk have all listed Valentine as one of the five best wrestlers they had ever faced, and those three, particularly Terry, faced everyone from several different generations. That's also notable because it was on that day, I was in Los Angeles for an indie show that Edge, Christian and Tommy Dreamer worked and I believe that's where Dreamer and Edge first met and became fast friends.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1965 - Mitsu Arakawa beat Domenic DeNucci to win the IWA title in Melbourne, Australia
1967 - John & Chris Tolos beat Don Leo Jonathan & Rocky Johnson to win the Canadian Open Tag team titles
1968 - Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy won the IWA tag titles from Mario Milano & Antonio Pugliese (Tony Parisi)
1974 - Jumbo Miyamoto beat Jackie West in Kumamoto, Japan to win the WWWA world women's title
1987 - Stan Hansen pinned Hiroshi Wajima to win the PWF title that was vacated when Riki Choshu went to New Japan
1989 - The first pro wrestling show ever held at the Tokyo Dome took place on this day, built around Russian Olympic athletes from wrestling and judo facing pro wrestlers. The show drew more than 43,000 fans with Olympic judo medalist Shota Chochoshvili beating Antonio Inoki to win the WWF World Martial Arts title and Salman Hashimikov beating Bam Bam Bigelow There was also a one-night tournament for the vacant IWGP title which saw Big Van Vader pin Shinya Hashimoto in the finals, with Lou Thesz as referee..
1989 - Clive Myers beat Mal Sanders in Croydon to win the European middleweight title
1990 - Mal Sanders beat David Blair in Warminster to win the Southern Area middleweight title
1992 - Steve Grey beat Mal Sanders in Walthamstow to win the European middleweight title
1993 - Sakie Hasegawa & Kaoru Ito beat Bat Yoshinaga & Tomoko Watanabe to win the All Japan womens' tag title
1994 - Ric Flair beat Ricky Steamboat at Center Stage in Atlanta on WCW Saturday Night in a classic match to win back the vacant WCW title
2001 - Steve Corino beat Mike Rapada to win the NWA tile
2004 - C.M. Punk & Colt Cabana beat Mark & Jay Briscoe in Chicago to win the ROH tag team title
WHO IS UFC'S BIGGEST STAR RIGHT NOW?
Georges St-Pierre 39.9%
Ronda Rousey 37.3%
Anderson Silva 10.1%
Chael Sonnen 7.3%
Jon Jones 3.8%
Cain Velasquez 0.9%
Benson Henderson 0.6%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
The Shield 31.1%
Daniel Bryan 13.0%
Paul Heyman 5.5%
Mick Foley 4.1%
Chris Jericho 3.0%
Dolph Ziggler 1.6%
John Cena 1.4%
POLL ON RAW
17.8% of those responding didn't see the show
--Fight Now TV will be airing Hilia Fights from Kenner, LA on Friday night at 8 p.m.. The show will also air as a live PPV on DirectTV and in Demand. The show is headlined by 275 pounders Chaz Morgan vs. Sammy Smith. Fight Now TV is on Cablevision Ch. 464.
--The 46th anniversary of pro wrestling at Arena Lopez Mateos in Tlalnepantla, Mexico will be on 5/19 headlined by a four-way with Canek vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. vs. Perro Aguayo Jr. vs. Blue Demon Jr. for the Universal trophy.
--The web site www.cagepotato.com
listed me as one of the 25 most essential people to follow on Twitter. .
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling is doing a benefit for the girlfriend of one of the area wrestlers, who is leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant. They will be doing a bone marrow drive, trying to find a match for both her and others waiting on a match. The drive will take place at the wrestling show on Friday night at the SAW Mill in Millersville, TN before the wrestling show. All donations will go to cover the costs of testing and the family.
--ROH on 5/11 in Belle Vernon, PA at the Rostraver Ice Gardens has Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish vs. Mark & Jay Briscoe for the ROH tag titles, Michael Elgin vs. ACH, Jay Lethal vs. Jimmy Jacobs, Tadarius Thomas vs. Matt Taven, and Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards vs. QT Marshall & RD Evans.
--James Travelsted, 51, who was the sidekick on Hillbilly Jim's Moonshine Matinee radio show every weekend, passed away on Sunday at the age of 51. Travelsted on the show was known as Uncle Percy Mondoberg. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
--Glory will be promoting an eight-man light heavyweight kickboxing tournament on 6/22 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Also on the show will be a heavyweight battle with Daniel Ghita (46-9) vs. Brice Guidon (28-8). Andrew Whitaker, who was head of international with WWE for years, is now the CEO of Glory.
--New England Championship Wrestling airs on Boston TV's WMFP Ch. 62 at 12:30 a.m. tomorrow night. Among those appearing will be former WWE wrestler Antonio Thomas an Elia Markopolous, who got over better than most in TNA Gut Check, even though he wasn't hired because they thought he was too thin.
--The final episode of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero countdown show All Access airs at 10 p.m. tonight on Showtime.
--Lumumba Sayers, a Strikeforce/UFC fighter, appeared on the debut of the new Dog The Bounty Hunter show on CMT on Sunday night. Sayres works as a Bounty Hunter in Denver. (thanks to Scott Staples)
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla: Dinamiko & Black Tiger Sr. b Fuerza Chicana & Centauro de Fuego, Taurus & Inquisidor & Espiritu Maligno b Leono & Bengala & Asturiano, Nitro & Nosferatu & Hooligan b Stigma & Pegasso Extreme & Super Halcon Jr., Rey Cometa & Sagrado & El Hijo del Fantasma b Virus & Okumura & Misterioso Jr., Rush & Diamante Azul & Blue Panther b El Terrible & Volador Jr. & Felino, La Sombra b Dragon Rojo Jr.
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Rafaga & Espectrum b Leo & Esfinge, Starman & Gallo b Cancerbero & Malefico, Princesa Blanca & Amapola & Princesa Sugei b Marcela & Dalis la Caribena & Luna Magica, El Terrible & Rey Bucanero & Tiger b Delta & Titan & Diamante, Atlantis & La Sombra & La Mascara b Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--The latest edition of the book "1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" has a number of movies featuring pro wrestles, including
"Murder My Sweet" - Mike Mazurki
"On The Waterfront" - Tony Galento, Tiger Joe Marsh
"The Ten Commandments" - Woody Strode
"Some Like It Hot" - Mike Mazurki
"Ben Hur" - Lord Athol Layton
"Spartacus" - Woody Strode
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" - Woody Strode
"Goldfinger" - Harold "Tosh Togo" Sakata
"Once Upon a Time in the West" - Woody Strode
"Kes" - Brian Glover
"The Godfather" - Len Montana
"Blazing Saddles" - Alex Karras
"Raging Bull" - Gene LeBell, Count Billy Varga
"The Princess Bride" - Andre the Giant
"The Dark Night" - Tiny Lister
The Wrestler didn't make the cut this year. No Dwayne Johnson movies made the cut. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Jimmy Snuka will be doing an autograph signing on 8/25 at Collector Fest on 8/25 at the Columbus Center in Webster, NY
--CWE on 5/17 in Gladstone, Manitoba at the Community Centre headlined by Robby Royce vs. Heavy Metal. They also run 5/18 in Winnipeg at the Casa Do Minho Portuguese Centre, and 5/19 in Morden, Manitoba at the Access Event Centre.