We're also looking for reports on tonight's Smackdown and Main Event tapings from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
-- As noted on the front page, Quinton Jackson signed a King Mo-style deal where he'll be fighting for Bellator as well as making appearances for TNA. Not sure if he'll try to train to be a wrestler or just work as a bodyguard/GM/enforcer or whatever. A hilariously sad note is that Quinton tweeted a teaser this morning about returning to MMA, and the head of OneFC, Victor Cui, who apparently thought he had it in the bag, tweeted back that he couldn't wait to see Quinton next month. Then it was announced Quinton had signed with Viacom/Bellator/TNA/Spike and Cui deleted his tweet.
-- Dolph Ziggler has been cleared to return.
-- Got a great interview with Kevin Kelly up on the front page right now talking all things ROH including who, at the moment, is not looking to go to WWE after all, upcoming PPVs, Twitter drama, ROH developmental, teaching young guys to cut promos and more.
-- On the topic of promos, which we talked about a lot on the Kelly show, there is an interview with Randy Orton here where he talks the subject bullet points vs. scripts, and how he does it and how a lot of the younger talent do it, here.
-- ROH has a new Austin Aries compilation DVD for sale here.
-- On that topic, Prince Nana of ROH got a WWE tryout last night.
-- Last night's Observer Radio is also a FREE download here, so spread the word.
-- For those still holding out hope for a John Cena heel turn, the company just signed a deal with K-Mart to market John Cena "Never Give Up" merchandise for children starting in stores this fall. "I am excited to announce WWE's relationship with Kmart and bring the Never Give Up by John Cena collection to all of our young fans," said Cena. "For the first time ever, young shoppers will be able to go to Kmart and find a new line of apparel that expresses my lifestyle and my never give up attitude."
-- Dave has a story hereabout UFC's new deal with Televisa that will lead to the creation of a Latin American WWE Network-style endeavor. Except this one should succeed.
-- Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara has been added to the 8/17 UFC show in Boston.
-- I'm sure Chael will have a lot to say tonight:
On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, don't believe everything that you read. We’ve got a surprising update on Chael Sonnen's fight career from the man himself. Plus, Kenny Florian and Sonnen analyze this weekend’s UFC ON FUEL TV 10: NOGUEIRA VS. WERDUM. And Fabricio Werdumjoins the show to break down his massive heavyweight fight Saturday versus his idol Big Nog. Then, Iron Mike Tyson joins UFC Tonight. Find out Tyson's thoughts on Royce Gracie, the current baddest man on the planet, whether Dana White could beat Vince McMahon in a fight and much more. The legend joins us for an exclusive interview you do not want to miss. All that and a lot more on this week’s UFC TONIGHT.
-- Jericho on Twitter noted that while he may be the best in the world at what he does, Daniel Bryan is the best performer in the entire business right now.
-- There is a documentary herefrom 1998 on the Minneapolis Wrestling Club.
-- As noted on the front page, TNA has dropped Todd Kenely as an announcer. Nothing against the guy, but he didn't really bring anything to the table and would make mistakes pretty regularly, including two weeks ago when he seemed to think the PPV was that Sunday and not the following Sunday. It's being said it had nothing to do with the quality of his work, but if his work had been of great quality one would think they wouldn't have gotten rid of him. Of course, I write that knowing full well that Jeremy Borash was probably the best commentator they had during his brief run a few months back and they axed him almost immediately.
-- For those who remember the original DDP Yoga book, Yoga for Regular Guys (YRG), with all the pics of cute girls in yoga clothes doing all the poses, well, it's about to be released as an e-book after being out of print and sold for as much as $100 per copy on eBay:
Known in the wrestling ring as “DDP,” Diamond Dallas Page is on a mission to prove that his brand of yoga, DDP Yoga, is the best damn workout on the planet—no holds barred. Now for the first time, his book Yoga for Regular Guys is available as an E-Book (June 11, 2013; Quirk Books). Originally published in 2005, Yoga for Regular Guys has proven that this discipline can work for average fellas and help them enhance their flexibility, stability, strength, endurance, and even sexual performance. The Yoga for Regular Guys workout is a comprehensive regimen that combines power yoga with calisthenics, core and strength training, and stretching into dynamic 20-, 30-, and 45-minute sessions. In May 2012, DDP Yoga exploded into the mainstream after a video of Arthur Boorman went viral. By following the program, Boorman lost 140 pounds in 10 months and, more amazingly, was able to stop using the canes and leg and back brace he once depended on. The transformation was astounding, and his testimonial video has been earned close to 10 million views on YouTube. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448. The Yoga for Regular Guys E-Book features all of the comprehensive exercises found in the original edition as well as updated positions and a new introduction from Diamond Dallas Page.
-- New Era Wrestling presents ”HEAT WAVE 2013” Saturday, June 15, 2013 Boys' Club 710 South Miller Street Shelbyville, IN 46176-2406 Doors open at 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM Bell Time
-- This Saturday, June 8, CZW 'Tournament of Death' returns to The Ultraviolent Underground, 179 Ebenezer Church RD, Townsend, DE with a 2 pm bell time! It will air delayed on iPPV within 24 hours after the event.
-- Columbus native shoots for WWE here.
-- Release date for Expendables 3 here. You got a while to wait.
-- Hopefully something happens today because it's a slow day in history according to Brian Hoops:
1979 - In Memphis, Tennessee; Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee beat Mr. Fuji & Toru Tanaka to win the Southern Tag Title and Robert Fuller beat The Mongolian Stomper in a "loser leaves town vs. title" match to win the Southern Title.
2002 - Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo defeated Rico & Rikishi for the WWE World Tag Team Title in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
-- From the promoters: The most recognized promotion in professional wrestling history will be the focal point of a special presentation during the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend. Induction weekend is July 12-13 in Waterloo, Iowa, at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. The Class of 2013 includes Ric Flair, “Cowboy” Bill Watts, Chris Taylor (posthumously), Edge (Lou Thesz Award), Jim Brunzell (Frank Gotch Award), Matt Hughes (George Tragos Award), and George Napolitano (Jim Melby Award). Past inductees scheduled to attend weekend activities include Danny Hodge, Gerald Brisco, Jim Ross, Baron Von Raschke, Mad Dog Vachon, Bill Murdock, Jason Sanderson, Bill Apter, Larry Hennig, Bob Roop, and Fritz Von Goering.
-- The next !BANG! TV Taping will emanate from the Ocala, Hilton Hotel Saturday June 29th. Support Your Troops 92, "Super Summer Sizzler" will be a Charity Show with proceeds going to Helping Hands of Ocala, Florida, a charity helping people in need of a "Helping Hand." Showtime at the Ocala Hilton is 7:00pm with doors opening at 6:15pm. Tickets to the show are online at http://www.dory-funk.com. The self proclaimed "Evil Tax Collector" George Albright Managed by the self proclaimed "Evil City Attorney" Jimmy Gooding have issued a challenge to Funking Conservatory Wrestling Coach Dory Funk Jr. to a wrestling match.
-- Scroll way down for notes on Mick Foley's comedy showin the New York Daily News.
-- TCW RUMBLE RIOT Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 6:30 PM Clarksville, AR Marvin Vinson Center 1611 Oakland Drive
-- CM Punk among those in attendance. From Wizard World ComicCon promoters: Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD) has announced the celebrity and superstar creator rosters for the 2013 Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, June 28-30 at Basketball city (Pier 36) in Manhattan. Comics legend Stan Lee, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” icon Patrick Stewart and five prominent cast members of “The Walking Dead,” includingNorman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal and Chandler Riggs, “The Fonz” Henry Winkler and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® top the celebrity list. Mike Deodato Jr., (“Amazing Spider-Man,” “Wonder Woman”), Carlos Pacheco (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern”), Humberto Ramos (“The Spectacular Spider-Man,” “Impulse”) and Eisner Award Hall of Famer Neal Adams (“Batman,” “Superman”) are among the most prominent creators attending.
-- Transcript of Jesse Ventura on Piers Morgan yesterday here.
-- What Ed claims is the funniest interview in Over the Top Rope history with Mikey Whipwreck available here. Mikey is pretty awesome.
-- PREDICT THE RAW RATING FOR JUNE 3
Under 2.6 10.3% 2.7 22.6%
3.4 or more 2.1%
WHICH OF THESE SHOWS ARE YOU PLANNING ON WATCHING? Bellator on June 19th 31.0%
World Series of Fighting on June 14th 25.8%
Would watch WSOF but don't get NBC Sports 2.6%
The vast majority of these answering yes to either are watching both.
WHAT UPCOMING UFC TITLE FIGHT DO YOU HAVE THE MOST INTEREST IN? GSP vs. Johny Hendricks 32.4%
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate 23.5%
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman 16.7%
Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos 16.0%
Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis 8.5%
Dan Henderson vs. T.J. Grant 2.8%
WHO WAS THE BIGGEST STAR IN THE HISTORY OF MID SOUTH WRESTLING? Junkyard Dog 55.8%
Ted DiBiase 9.2%
Cowboy Bill Watts 8.0%
The Freebirds 7.5%
Rock & Roll Express 4.9%
Steve Williams 4.1%
Kerry Von Erich 4.1%
Midnight Express 3.2%
Jim Duggan 2.7%
Butch Reed 0.5%
I'm not saying he should be No. 1, but Duggan should be near the top.
WHO SHOULD WIN THE SUPER JUNIORS TOURNAMENT? Prince Devitt 32.0%
Alex Shelley 17.3%
Kenny Omega 11.3%
Jushin Liger 8.6%
Tiger Mask 6.4%
Ryusuke Taguchi 3.4%
Alex Koslov 3.0%
Rocky Romero 0.8%
-- This Sunday June 9th, 2013, GALLI Lucha Libre will be having a benefit show for TNA Star Zima Ion. He had surgery to remove his appendix and a tumor was found. He needs additional treatment and has no medical insurance. If you cant make the show because of the distance you can still support the cause by watching online at www.luchatv.com for only $5.00, all proceeds from the gate and internet will go to his treament.