TUES UPDATE: Interesting show, tons of notes from Raw last night, where to see Bret ceremony, UFC and New York roadblock, Hulk Hogan sorry about Twitter, Pat Healy regretful, tons more



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We're looking for reports from tonight's WWE TV tapings in Edmonton for Smackdwon and Main Event.  The top matches announced are Alberto Del Rio & The Miz vs. Wade Barrett & Big E Langston for Main Event, and Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose for Smackdown.

We're also looking for reports on Sunday's Smackdown brand house show in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

        A look at how decisions from television executives changed the entire history of pro wrestling over the last 30 years is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, that is on the web site today.

 
        The issue goes back to 2001, when wrestling changed with the death of WCW and ECW, and trace the rise and fall of both companies.  We look at the planned angle in 2001 that would have ended up with Nitro every week on Monday nights on the USA Network and how it was supposed to open, why the obvious angle didn't happen, and how abruptly everything changed and why.
 
        We also look at all the plans for that year that dropped, the most successful non-WrestleMania PPV that WWE ever did, the death of WCW, the time WCW came close to dying a decade earlier and why it didn't, the history of pro wrestling on TBS, what led to Vince McMahon's association with Ted Turner and why feelings ended up bitter, the decisions that led to the death of Mid South Wrestling, ECW and WCW going down the tubes and more.
 
        We also look at what contract WWF signed that killed their chances to greatly expand their TV network, the real story behind Vince McMahon's backing of ECW, the strange goings on regarding the sale of WCW to Vince McMahon, how much Vince McMahon paid for WCW, what it was a WWE decision that is the reason TNA is still in business and thoughts on what if ECW could have continued.
 
        We also have a look at the life and career of Mick McManus, the all-time greatest villain in British wrestling.  
 
        We also have a look at the Extreme Rules PPV, with background notes on the show, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
 
        We also look at HHH's angle, WrestleMania the next few years, Dwayne Johnson surgery notes, as well as Gina Carano talking about Rock, another writer gets fired, Lesnar's next program, repackaging of Joe Hennig, WWE donates to Sports Legacy Institute, WWE announcing, why the Colons aren't on TV, Linda McMahon at WWE headquarters, and more.
 
        We also look at Bruno Sammartion Day in Pittsburgh, the brunette dancer with Fandango as well as business notes.
 
        We also look at the situation with Nick Diaz, all the allegations against Bryan Caraway, why Diaz was fined, looking at suspensions of UFC fighters and more.
 
        We also look in depth at the recent WWE hirings and firings.  We look at who has signed, their backgrounds, who has been let go, and notes on why certain people were hired and fired.
 
        We also have coverage of the UFC show over the weekend, the Vitor Belfort controversy, the ratings and match-by-match coverage.
 
        We also have coverage of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.  
 
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what 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:
 
--A pro wrestling reality show that combines NXT and American Idol
 
--A four-way legends battle at an anniversary show
 
--More notes on TripleMania this year
 
--Final four in this year's King of Gate tournament
 
--What is the best in-ring feud so far of 2013
 
--Update on Kenta Kobashi after his retirement match
 
--Terry Funk vs. Kevin Steen
 
--Jake Roberts in the news
 
--Tammy Sytch arrest, cancer and future
 
--Former wrestler arrested claiming business is a camouflage for illegal activity
 
--Notes on the ROH TV tapings from the last week
 
--Update on James Storm
 
--Zema Ion health update
 
--TNA scores one of its most high profile deals
 
--Reaction to TNA's lowest rating
 
--Hogan talks about wrestling again
 
--More on Renan Barao and new match added to Winnipeg
 
--Notes on Josh Barnett signing UFC contract
 
--Lineup notes on this week's UFC show
 
--A major change in drug testing may be happening in MMA
 
--Fighter John Cholish talks retirement
 
--Jacob Volkmann complains about UFC contracts
 
--More on upcoming Bellator schedule and upcoming title match signed
 
--Bellator signs former UFC star
 
--Former UFC fighter convicted of heroin trafficking
 
--Bobby Lashley's next fight
 
      
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Make sure you check out the Brian Cage show on the front page today, really good show with a lot of insight into how drug testing to get into WWE developmental works, everything you ever wanted to know about bodybuilding and contest prep, Gut Check scoops including what he was told before the contest ever even took place, and more. He'll be working all three DGUSA/EVOLVE shows this weekend, all of which are available on iPPV at WWNLive.com.

-- Happy 46th birthday to Buddy Wayne today, a very underrated worker throughout his career, my wrestling trainer, and a great guy.

-- Richard Handley, a longtime subscriber with Cerebral Palsy, needs a life-changing bone marrow stem cell transplant. Go to youcaring.com/richardsc if you would like to donate.

-- Despite advertising that Dolph Ziggler returns next week, those are old ads and as of today he is still not cleared to return from his concussion. It's possible he'll be at Raw to do a promo.

-- At this exact moment, Samuray Del Sol is not signed to WWE despite a report down in Mexico. I suspect he will be very soon, and I also expect that despite the reports in Mexico, he isn't being signed for $1 million per year.

-- Big E. Langston and Wade Barrett vs. Miz and Alberto Del Rio is the main event of WWE Main Event this week. If you're a wrestling fan, this is a good show to watch, it's only an hour long and the main event goes on first and they usually give them a good amount of time. Friday's Smackdown main event will be Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose, which should also be really good.

-- Lance Storm was among those on stage during the Bret Hart Appreciation ceremony after Raw last night. He noted that he was thrilled to finally be able to meet Rene Young.

-- If you go to the WWE Active section of the app you can watch an archived version of the ceremony today.

-- Another major roadblock in the way of MMA being legalized in New York.

-- WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling Historyaltis out today.

-- There is a story on Bret's special night here.

-- Hulk Hogan apologized on Twitter for posting photos of his hand after it was badly burned in a radiator explosion in his home. They were pretty ghastly.

-- Jacare Souza vs. Yushin Okami is unsigned, but both sides have verbally agreed to take the fight.

-- Sad to report that in addition to losing his fight last Saturday, Gray Maynard's dog passed away.

-- USA Today has a story hereabout the retirement of Forrest Griffin. Not surprisingly, Dana has made it clear that because his TUF Finale with Stephan Bonnar helped set UFC skyrocketing to success, he'll have a job with the company for at least the rest of Dana's life.

-- Interview with Pat Healy herewhere he says he smoked some marijuana at a friend's birthday party about four weeks before his UFC fight and wishes he could go back in time and slap himself. He said he usually smoked about seven or eight times per year, but after having a win overturned and losing out on over $130,000 in win bonuses over a failed drug test, well, he's never smoking again.

-- No official word from WWE on Samuray Del Sol and Sami Callihan, but it is believed that both are likely WWE bound. Both have a few more indy dates left, including DGUSA this weekend for Del Sol and House of Hardcore for Callihan. DGUSA didn't say where he was going, but did not that Callihan had worked his final dates for the company and wished him good luck in his next endeavor.

-- The Rock's new reality show, HERO, debuts next Thursday on TNT at 8 PM Eastern. So maybe that's why TNA moved an hour later.

-- It's not really.

-- Shaun Ricker, a new WWE signee, is one of the participants on the show.

-- This is a house Dick the Bruiserused to live in.

-- Roddy Piper appears to be on Storage Wars on A&E tonight.

-- ROH doing hurricane relief: This Saturday night Ring of Honor heads to San Antonio, TX for a huge live event featuring Davey Richards challenging Jay Briscoe for the World Title, Eddie Edwards stepping into The Proving Ground with Matt Taven, ACH returning to his home state to challenge one of his idols in Jay Lethal, and the ROH/S.C.U.M war continues with Elgin & Whitmer taking on whomever Corino throws at them! Now ROH officials have added on a special autograph signing taking place prior to the start of the event that is not only your opportunity to meet some of the stars of ROH but a chance to support Oklahoma disaster relief with the Red Cross! World Champion Jay Briscoe & Mark Briscoe, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, ACH, Jay Lethal, and Michael Elgin will all be available when the doors open. It is $10 each for posed photo (with own camera)/personal item/ROH 8x10 Photo or you can get all 6 for $50 dollars. Davey Richards has stated he will be donating his autograph money to the Red Cross for disaster relief in Oklahoma and ROH has promised to match his donation! In addition, representatives from the Red Cross will be on hand to collect donations as well.

-- New England Championship Wrestling brings its unique brand of live professional wrestling to Beverly, MA for the first time on Saturday night, June 8th at the Cove Community Center, 19 East Corning Street with a 7 PM bell time.

-- Mick McManus compared to David Beckham here.

-- Tickets priced from $35, for the highly-anticipated Invicta Fighting Championships women’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) world championship doubleheader event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Saturday, July 13, are on sale online at TicketFly.com. In the main event of the stacked 13-bout card, ferocious KO artist and pound-for-pound sensation Cris Cyborg (11-1, 1 NC) of Curitiba, Brazil will face off with fellow superstar and submission ace Marloes Coenen (21-5) of The Netherlands in the first-ever Invicta FC world featherweight (145 pounds) championship bout. The showdown between rivals Cyborg and Coenen marks a highly-anticipated rematch to their explosive, barnburner first fight in Sunrise, Fla. on Jan 30, 2010 in which Cyborg emerged victorious by way of TKO (punches) in the third and final scheduled round (3:40) of action.

-- On May 25, Deep Southern Championship Wrestling saw the crowning of a NEW AIWF World Heavyweight champion in Kyle Matthews, defeating Salem Sinner Sixx, Justin Overstreet, & Justin Flash for the vacated title

-- To prepare for San Diego Comic Con, Headlocked will be releasing free content every day starting now through the end of June on its various social media platforms. Facebook (www.facebook.com/headlockedcomic) Twitter (twitter.com/HeadlockedComic) and Tumblr (http://headlockedcomicbook.tumblr.com)

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1965 - Buddy Fuller defeated Mario Galento to win the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1965 - Alberto and Enrique Torres defeated Curtis Iaukea & Mr. Fujiwara for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1966 - Crusher & Dick the Bruiser defeated Larry Hennig & Harley Race for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1966 - Michiaki Yoshimura & Hiro Matsuda defeated Killer Karl Kox & Joe Carrolo to win the JWA All Asia Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan.

1974 - Red Bastien defeated The Great Mephisto for the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas

1977 - Jackie Fargo defeated The Executioner to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee

1978 - Bruiser Brody defeated Dale Valentine in Houston, Texas to win the WCCW Texas Heavyweight Title.

1978 - Dutch Mantel defeated Don Garfield (Don Fargo) to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1979 - King Curtis defeated Jim Garvin for the Florida version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in West Palm Beach, Florida.

1980 - Rocky Brewer & George Gulas defeated Tojo Yamamoto and Gypsy Joe to win the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

1985 - Dino Bravo defeated King Tonga (Haku/Meng) for the vacant International Wrestling International Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec

1997 - The Truth Commission defeated Steven Dunn & Paul Diamond for the USWA Tag Team Title in West Helena, Arkansas

1997 - Mohammed Hussein defeated Rey Gonzalez in Gurabo, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title

2000 - El Hijo del Santo won the World Wrestling Association World Welterweight Title from Blue Panther in Monterrey, Mexico

-- The Metamoris Pro Jiu Jitsu Invitational II, taking place June 9, live from L.A.’s historic Pauley Pavilion, is proud to announce Emmy nominated actor and Gracie jiu jitsu black belt Ed O’Neill as a member of the Metamoris II commentary team alongside Gracie Academy head instructor Rener Gracie. “I began studying Gracie Jiu Jitsu over 20 years ago,” says O’Neill. “I was actually very hesitant to start, but a 10-minute session with Rorion Gracie was enough to get me hooked. For me, studying jiu jitsu has been an amazing experience. In a way it’s given me a second family. I am honored to serve as a commentator on the Metamoris II card with Rener.”

-- NWA Smoky Mountain returns to Elizabethton, TN on Friday, June 14 at the VFW on W. Elk Ave. for another TV Taping! Bell time is 8:00 PM and doors will open at 7:15 PM

-- Bob Backlund story complete with awesome Bob Backlund photo here.

-- WHO IS THE BEST HALL OF FAME CANDIDATE FROM THIS LIST? Dick Murdoch 30.7%
Jerry Jarrett 18.2%
Gary Hart 16.9%
The Assassins 8.6%
Rollerball Rocco 5.7%
Mark Lewin 4.4%
Volk Han 3.9%
Domenic DeNucci 3.6%
Jackie Pallo 3.4%
Cien Caras 2.3%
The Sharpe Brothers 1.3%
Karloff Lagarde 0.8%

WHO IS THE BEST HALL OF FAME CANDIDATE FROM THIS LIST? Sting 34.1%
Gorilla Monsoon 17.3%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 16.4%
Edge 15.5%
Johnny Saint 4.3%
Atlantis 4.1%
Dr. Wagner Jr. 3.4%
Killer Karl Kox 1.8%
Seiji Sakaguchi 1.4%
Kiyoshi Tamura 0.7%
Huracan Ramirez 0.7%
George Gordienko 0.5%

WHO SHOULD GET THE NEXT SHOT AT BENSON HENDERSON? T.J. Grant 53.3%
Josh Thomson 27.5%
Gilbert Melendez 19.2%

WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE RECENT SHOWS? UFC 160 27.3%
WWE Extreme Rules 22.8%
UFC on FOX 22.8%
New Japan Wrestling Dontaku 15.8%
ROH Border Wars 7.3%
UFC 159 2.8%

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