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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Thursday's News Update
--Tomorrow's Best of the Super Junior tournament matches from Kyoto have Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ricochet, Brian Kendrick vs. Jado, Titan vs. Taichi, Tiger Mask vs. Kushida, Alex Shelley vs. Trent Barreta, Kenny Omega vs. Alex Koslov, Bushi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi and Prince Devitt vs. Rocky Romero.
--Josh Barnett will be on MMA Live tomorrow night talking about his signing with UFC and fighting Frank Mir.on 8/31 in Milwaukee.
--WWE is advertising John Cena vs. Ryback in a tables match and Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett in an IC title match for Saturday's show in Manchester, NH. (thanks to Josh Nason)
--In cable ratings for last week, TNT with its NBA coverage was in first place averaging 3.36 million in prime time to 2.71 million for USA. FX was No. 13 at 1.13 million, Syfy was N. 19 at 895,000 and Spike was No. 21 at 805,000. Raw was No. 6, 7 and 9 last week. The top five were all NBA playoff games. No. 8 was Spongebob. One hour hit No. 7 in 18-49.
--All the drug tests for the UFC show on 5/18 in Santa Catarina, Brazil, came back clean.
--World women's boxing champion Holly Holm, who retired from boxing to go into MMA, has signed a four-fight contract with Legacy Fighting Championships. Her first fight with the new contract will be 7/19 in Houston at the Houston Arena Theater.
--Joe Lauzon, who is on the 8/17 show in Boston, tweeted a show poster which listed Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant for the lightweight title as the main event. That still may not be 100% right now.
WHO SHOULD DANA WHITE HAVE CHOSEN TO REPLACE CAT ZINGANO AS RONDA ROUSEY'S OPPONENT
Miesha Tate 73.2%
Liz Carmouche 10.4%
Sara McMann 10.4%
Sarah Kaufman 2.6%
Julie Kedzie 1.9%
Shayna Baszler 1.1%
Alexis Davis 0.4%
WHO IS THE STRONGEST OF THESE HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES
Jimmy Snuka 26.4%
Fabulous Moolah 24.9%
Jim Crockett Jr. 13.9%
Blue Panther 6.0%
Tim Woods 5.2%
John Tolos 5.2%
Don Owen 4.5%
Gran Hamada 4.5%
Wilbur Snyder 4.2%
Kinji Shibuya 2.2%
Masahiko Kimura 2.0%
Mario Milano 1.0%
WHAT IS THE NEXT PPV SHOW YOU ARE BUYING?
TNA Slammiversary 12.2%
New Japan Osaka 11.9%
WWE Payback 10.1%
UFC 162 Silva vs. Weidman 8.6%
UFC 161 8.0%
WWE Summer Slam 8.0%
Ronda Rousey's next fight 8,0%
Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks 6.1%
WWE King of the Ring 5.8%
ROH Best in the World 3.7%
AAA TripleMania 1.8%
WHO IS THE BEST OF THE CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS?
Kazuchika Okada 26.2%
Dolph Ziggler 23.4%
Bully Ray 15.8%
John Cena 12.7%
Jay Briscoe 6.3%
El Terrible 1.3%
El Texano Jr. 0.4%
--Tom Watson vs. Thales Leitis has been added to the 8/3 show in Rio de Janeiro.
--Ronda Rousey is already at it promoting TUF
"Miesha by herself isn't tha bad. Miesha in combination with her pet boyfriend, Mr. Tate, is frickin something else. She's different when he's around. I can't stand him. I really feel like if she wasn't with him, she would fight better and she would be a better person."
"He's a little f***ing tool."
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brain Hoops)
1925 - Joe Stecher beat Stanislaus Zbyszko in St. Louis to win the world title. Zbyszko had double-crossed Wayne Munn to take the title by putting him in a submission that Munn had to tap to, when the Strangler Lewis troupe thought Zbyszko was part of their stable. He had made a deal with a rival promotion, who paid him to shoot and steal the title, and then to drop it in a worked match to Stecher.
1943 - Joe Silva beat Adolfo Bonales in Mexico City to win the National junior lightweight title. Who knew?
1956 - Killer Kowalski beat Yvon Robert in Montreal to win the Montreal version of the world title
1964 - Benny Galant beat Rayo de Jalisco Sr. in Mexico City to win the NWA middleweight title'
1966 - Herb Welch & Al Costello beat Karl & Eric Von Brauner in the tournament finals to win the world tag team title in the Memphis territory, in Memphis
1971 - Tiger Jeet Singh & Mr. Fuji beat Mark Lewin & King Curtis Iaukea in Sydney to win the IWA tag team titles
1973 - Haystacks Calhoun & Tony Garea beat Professor Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji in Hamburg, PA to win the WWWF tag team title
1978 - Antonio Inoki beat Andre the Giant in Osaka to win the MSG tournament
1981 - Jack Brisco beat Kim Sung Ho in San Juan to win the Caribbean title
1981 - Sweet Ebony Diamond (Rocky Johnson) beat Greg Valentine to win the Mid Atlantic TV title in Charlotte
1983 - Little Tokyo beat Cowboy Lang in Vancouver to win the midget world title
1984 - Angelo Mosca beat Mike Rotundo in Tampa to win the Southern title
1986 - Terry Gordy beat Jim Duggan in the finals of the tournament in Houston to become the first UWF world champion
1988 - Los Villanos I & IV & V beat Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata & El Brazo in Puebla to win the UWA trios titles
1991 - Los Villanos I & IV & V beat Kokina (Yokozuka) & Fatu (Rikishi) & Samoan Savage (Tonga Kid) to win the UWA trios titles in Naucalpan
1993 - Shu El Guerrero & Scorpio Jr. & Engendro beat El Signo & Negro Navarro & Black Power II in Naucalpan too win the UWA trios titles
1996 - Sean Morley, who later became Val Venis, beat Bronco to win theWWC TV title in Caguas, Puerto Rico
1999 - Ryuji Yamakawa beat Shadow WX in Kawasaki to win the Big Japan death match title
2000 - Shawn Stasiak & Chuck Palumbo beat Brian Adams & Bryan Clark to win the WCW tag title
--Bill Dundee & Jimmy Valiant team up for the first time in more than 15 years, to face Tracy Gilbert & David Young on 8/10 in Morristown, TN for PWU's From the Ashes card. Jerry Jarrett will also be at the show.
--There will be a benefit show for wrestler Matt Korbanie on 6/8 after he was badly injured, needing two surgeries, that has kept him out of work, when a driver ran into him while he was riding his motorcycle. The show takes place in Lafayette, TN a the National Guard Armory, promoted by Southern All-Star Wrestling, the group he wrestled for.
--On Fuel tonight, UFC Tonight airs at 8 p.m. Ultimate Insider at 8:30 p.m., Best of Pride at 9 p.m., Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin at 10 p.m. and the great Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung fight at 11 p.m.
--Capital City Championship Combat on 6/15 in Ottawa, ONT at the Knights of Columbus Hall has Scotty O'Shea vs. Mike Bailey vs. Joah Alexander, plus Pinkie Sanchez, Sonjay Dutt and more.
--ACH will be appearing tomorrow morning as part of News 4 in San Antonio's fundraising drive for the victim of the Oklahoma tornados as well as the San Antonio food.
--Dana White's mom is trying to sue 21 unnamed people on the Internet who have been insulting her to find out if it's a conspiracy against her at http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130530-NEWS-1-130539987
The court threw out her first suit on a jurisdictional technicality. She is representing herself in the suit. She's mad because people call her mentally ill, bitter or drunk.
--WWE Classics on Demand for this week
Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 11/10/82
WWF Prime Time Wrestling 10/30/89
Survivor Series 2012
Boston Garden 5/18/85
(thanks to Brian Hoops)
--CWE will debut in Arborg, Manitoba on 6/27 at the Arborg Rec Centre.
Andrew Leone (127.7) vs. Geje Eustaquio (124.7)
Kamal Shalorus (154.2) vs. Eduard Folayang (154.4)
Phil Baroni (169) vs. Nobutats Suzuki (169.4)
Yasuhiro Urushitani (124.7) vs. Rey Docyogen (124.7)
Masakatsu Ueda (134.6) vs. Kevn Belingon (134)
Bibiano Fernandes (134.4) vs. Koetsu Okaazaki (134.4)
Honorio Banario (144.7) vs. Koji Oishi (144.8)
--There was an indie show on Friday night in Middletown, NY wth Goldust vs. Tommy Dreamer as the main event. Goldust arrived and wanted a chair. there weren't any so a woman who was married to one of the manages, went to her work office, and got a chair. Goldust and Dreamer used it on each other, then brought it back and signed it. (thanks to Kevin Witt)
--Wanderlei Silva said that he would like to fight Chael Sonnen, but isn't interested in fighting before December, so it gives him time t oheal up after his fight with Brian Stann.
--Eddie Wineland has been officially pulled off the 6/15 show in Edmonton. He had been scheduled to headline against Renan Barao, who pulled out due to a foot injury.
--Fight Night at the Flats 9 with Forrest Petz and Jessica Evil Eye takes place Saturday night in Cleveland at the Jacobs Pavilion.
--Heroes and Legends on 6/7 in Marion, IN at Adams Street & First street and 6/8 in Bluyffton, IN at the Bufflton Gym..
--Girl Fight Wrestling has an iPPV for $10 tomorrow night from Charlestown, IN with Jazz, Candi Divine and others at www.highspots.tv
--There are interviews from today with George Steele and Fandango at http://www.wheb.com
(thanks to Bradley Grover)
--Paul Lazenby has laughed a twitter account at @FamousBouncers and Facebook at www.facebook.com/FamousBouncers
to compile stroes from bouncers for a book "When We Were Bouncers" that he's working on.