Also in this week's issue:
--Top tier Mexican stars issue hair vs. hair challenge
--CMLL's Busca de Idolo tournament
--King of Gate tournament notes
--New president of Al Japan
--Match of the year candidate
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's next major show
--Full coverage of the Best of the Super junior tournament final
--Big show which featured shoot and worked matches together
--Why Madison Square Garden may have to move
--An update on wrestling in the Olympics and where it stands
--Update on Bobby Eaton
--Thoughts on what would have happened had ECW gotten on USA in 2001
--More on several matches Terry Funk will be working this summer
--Update on an attempt to bring back a territorial promotion from the 70s and what has happened since it started
--Another older promotion looking to come back
--Update on wrestling in Puerto Rico
--Current pro wrestling star wants to go into boxing
--Update on John Morrison
--Son of Hall of Famer arrested on gambling charges
--Update on recent WWE cuts
--Next ROH show
--TNA Slammiversary lineup
--Changes in Impact
--TNA Hall of Fame thoughts
--Updates on King Mo and Zema Ion
--A look at this week's TNA TV show
--Major retirements in UFC
--Advance ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
--Update on the latest strange reason that makes no sense why UFC isn't likely to be legalized in New York this year
--Lots of new UFC matches
--Plans for the FS 1 main event
--Plans for what could be the biggest UFC show in history, and why the odds are against it
--Lots of matches being talked about
--More thoughts on Vitor Belfort and Fallon Fox
--What Georges St-Pierre is up to next
--Daniel Cormier's future
--Fighter donating all of his next fight purse
--How much it would cost UFC to raise minimums
--Famous boxer tries MMA
--The latest on Bob Sapp
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Wednesday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, covering all the latest news as well as taking your questions that can be e-mailed to
--WWE announced today that they will be working with Warner Brothers on a Flintsone movie using WWE characters that is set for a 2015 release. The theme of the movie is the birth of the WWE in prehistoric times when the Flintstones were around.
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC 136 (the third Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard fight) at 8 p.m., followed by season five of Ultimate Fighter at 11 p.m
--The presale for UFC 164 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center on 8/31 starts on Friday.
--Roddy Piper was on the TV show "Storage Wars" Tuesday night. He gave them a kilt and played the bagpipes in the restaurant they went to. (thanks to Barry Werner)
--Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards are headed to Mexico on 6/30, for a show in Merida at Auditorio Siglo XXI. Richards & Edwards & Tomahawk T.T. of Dragon Gate headline against Silver King & El Texano Jr. & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.
--Eric Young underwent throat surgery yesterday to remove polyps. He wrote on twitter that he's doing well.
SHOULD STEPHAN BONNAR GO INTO THE UFC HALL OF FAME?
SHOULD FORREST GRIFFIN GO INTO THE UFC HALL OF FAME?
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 43.1%
Paul Heyman 15.9%
Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns 13.7%
Dean Ambrose 8.7%
Chris Jericho 5.9%
Curtis Axel 5.2%
John Cena 2.6%
Great Khali 2.6%
Randy Orton 1.1%
IF YOU WATCHED THE BRET HART CEREMONY, DO YOU THINK
It should have been on Raw 71.3%
Live in Canada, saw it on TV, would have been bad to miss is 12.1%
Better on the app, shouldn't have been on Raw 10.9%
Live in Canada, saw it on TV, shouldn't have been on Raw 5.7%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF RAW?
15.9% of those responding didn't see the show
--Complex listed the 100 hottest women in the world. Among the names on the list were Arianny Celeste at No. 35, Gina Carano at No. 45 and A.J. Lee at No. 50.
--Jim Ross will be touring and doing one night talk shows on 8/24 in Cardiff, Wales, 8/25 in London and 8/26 in Manchester, talking about his wrestling career. He also pushes for Danny Hodge in the WWE Hall of Fame.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1970 - Giant Baba beat Don Leo Jonathan in Tokyo to win the World League tournament
1982 - Solar beat Villano III in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight title
1984 - Marty Jones beat Fit Finlay in Dartford, England to win the World mid-heavyweight title
1985 - Yu Yamazaki beat Mayumi Ozaki in Tokyo to unify the JWP and UWA junior women's titles
1988 - El Hijo del Santo beat Espanto Jr. in Naucalpan to win the UWA lightweight title
1990 - Richie Brooks beat Danny Collins via DQ in Croydon, England to win the British heavy-middleweight title
1991 - Atsushi Onita beat Olympic judo star Gregory Veritchev in Tokyo to win the World Martial Arts title. Ricky Fuji beat Jimmy Backlund (Jimmy Del Rey) to win the AWA light heavyweight title on the same show
1992 - Universo 2000 beat Mascara Sagrada in Veracruz to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1995 - Brian Christopher beat Doug Gilbert in Memphis to win the Southern title
2000 - Jeff Jarrett beat Ric Flair to win the WCW title in Salt Lake City
2000 - Too Cool beat Edge & Christian in Vancouver to win the WWF tag title
--One FC's Rise to Power airs live at 6:30 a.m. Eastern time (yes a.m.) on Friday morning on The Fight Network in Canada. The show features Tim Sylvia vs. Tony Johnson, as well as Bibiano Fernandes vs. Koetsu Okazaki for the interim bantamweight title. Former UFC fighter Yasuhiro Urushitani makes his debut, plus Phil Baroni faces Nobutatsu Suzuki.
--Metro Pro Wrestling has a TV taping on Saturday night in Kansas City at the Turner Rec Center. Jeremy Wyatt defends the Metro Pro wrestling title in the main event against Stevie Richards.
--Peachstate Wrestling has its 5th anniversary show on Saturday night in Carrollton, GA at the VFW Fairgrounds featuring a War Games, plus Shane Noles vs. David Wills for the right to run the promotion, and Johnny Swinger vs. Mr. Hughes.
--On Monday night's "Lets Ask America" game show, one of the contestants talked about going to WrestleMania (this was taped before this year's Mania show) (thanks to Brian Henke)
--Mick Foley has a comedy show date at Caroline's in New York on Sunday.
--University of MMA Fight Night 3 on 8/25 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
--ECWA on Saturday night in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club presents Raising the Bar II. They will be raising money for Alex's Lemonade Fighting Childhood Cancer. They also have live music plus an appearance by Miss Delaware Alyssa Murray.
--Regarding the Suni War Cloud references in this report. There are at least three different former Suni War Clouds. Joseph Vance Chorre in the 50s was the original, who teamed with Chief Big Heart, and who was in the Jim Thorpe movie. The second was the wrestler who worked in California in the 70s, who was from Sonora, Mexico. The third was a Quebec wrestler, Robert Rancourt, who was Sunny War Cloud, who started wrestling in 1970 but took the Sunny War Cloud name in Quebec in 1984. Edouard Carpentier told him to become a native and Dino Bravo gave him the name, from one of the prior two guys. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--CMLL results from Monday night in Puebla: Blue Center & Centauro de Fuego b Akron & Siki Ozama I,Nitro & Nosferatu & Disturbio b Horuz & Leono & Super Camaleon, Stigma & Sagrado & Pegasso Extreme b Bobby Zavala & Okumura & Namajague, Mephisto & Negro Casas & Felino b El Hijo del Fantasma & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Delta, Atlantis & Rush & La Mascara b Volador Jr. & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ
--CMLL results form last night in Guadalajara: Black Metal & Sky Kid b Sadico & Rey Trueno, Astral & Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito b Demus 3:16 & Pequeno Violencia & Pierrothito, Zeuxis won women's Cibernetico for a shot at the CMLL/Reina jr. International title held by Silueta, winning over Lady Aphrodita, Mima Shimoda, Luna Magica, Dalis la Caribena, Comandante, Princesa Sugei, Goya Kong, Estrellita and Princesa Blanca, La Sombra & Shocker & Valiente b Mr. Aguila & Shinsuke Nakamura & Felino-DQ, Atlantis b Mr. Niebla (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--Evolve runs 5/30 in Orlando (iPPV on 5/31) headlined by AR Fox vs. Nick Jackson for the Evolve title, 6/1 in Jacksonville (live iPPV) headlined by AR Fox vs. Eita and Johnny Gargano vs. Tomahawk T.T., and 6/2 in Ybor City (live iPPV) headlined by Johnny Gargano vs Samuray del Sol for the Open the Freedom Gate title and Young Bucks vs. Eita & Tomahawk T.T. for the Open the United Gate title.
--Jeff Smith replaces an injured Chris Gruetzemacher, in a match against Jerrod Sanders as part of the 6/14 World Series of Fighting show in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This will be a prelim fight that won't be airing on NBC Sports.
--Mil Mascaras & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs. Canek & Cien Caras and Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero headline Friday night's Baja Stars wrestling show at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana.
---GALLI promotions in Chicago on 6/9 will be doing a benefit show for Zema Ion, who faces mounting medical bills needing an appendectomy as well as a second operation to remove a tumor.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 6/1 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds headlined by Flash Flanagan vs. Kharn Alexander