WED. UPDATE: Big day in UFC history, Tanahashi to U.K., More WWE injuries, more new UFC matches, Austin TV show, Orton interviews, Rock box office, Star of Raw, Hall & Nash reunited



By Dave Meltzer
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        Main Event tonight on Ion:
Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro
Usos vs Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow
Justin Gabriel vs. Curt Hawkins
 
        We've got a double issue this week of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is on the site today.  The main feature is a look at the life and career of Hector Garza, as well as the harrowing story of the recently arrested former AWA wrestler Buck Zumhofe, notes on TripleMania, Payback, the King of Gate tournament, a match of the year candidate and a lot more.
 
        We have a lengthy look at Garza's career, all over the world from the U.S., Mexico and Japan.  We look at what he's known for, his role in WCW, the political and economic reasons why Mexican wrestlers in other eras were so much bigger stars in the U.S., his father's role in wrestling, what current star he started out with and the lay of the land in early 90s Mexican wrestling.
 
        We look at the decisions regarding his push, his first major feud, his appearance at the World Wrestling Peace Festival, his tenure as part of the big four with AAA, his appearances on WWF television, his debut with WCW and the mentality of the Mexican wrestlers in WCW at the time.
 
        We look at his biggest matches, his first major heel turn and feud, his hair matches with Latin Lover and Perro Aguayo Jr., what killed his planned major push in TNA, his Perros Del Mal days and the cancer that ended his life.
 
        We also have a feature on the sex crimes related to former AWA star Buck Zumhofe.  This is one of the sicker stories we've ever reported.
 
        We also look at the WrestleMania numbers, how it compares to the biggest shows of all-time, a look at every pro wrestling show that has topped 1 million worldwide buy, and more from the show.
 
        We also have full coverage of UFC 160, including a hoped for plan for the biggest UFC show in history and what needs too happen to make it work, business notes on the sow, what was tough about selling the PPV, as well as match-by-match rundowns, how much everyone was paid for the show, and poll results on the show.
 
        We also look at the knee injury suffered by Cat Zingano and the Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate fight, including about when it is likely to take place and a story behind the Rousey vs. Tate feud.
 
        We also look at what WWE wrestler has a lot of heat on him and why he won't be around for a while, Jerry Lawler's return to wrestling and his thoughts on why he suffered his heart problem, lots more stuff on the WWE network and plans, lots of WWE injury updates, plans for the Payback PPV, Why Cena vs. Ryback changed and why it's going to hurt the PPV card, notes on the Wyatt Family and where they came from, The Flintstones movie, lots of new WWE signees including one that is appearing on a different TV show right now, Undertaker & Kane out of character, Fast and Furious box office notes, WWE's April business rundown and the NWA in another generation.
 
        We also look at an update on the makeup of the WWE audience, complete developmental coverage including the latest NXT tapings,  and name changes, new WWE hires, why Shawn Michaels was on the road this past weekend, who wasn't allowed in Canada, , plus the weekend business notes and highlights from all last week's house shows.
 
        We also have a look at the lineup and preview of this year's TripleMania show.
 
        We've also got a story on the late Buck Robley, as well as more on the death of Mick McManus.
 
        We also have a feature on Randy Savage, two years after his death, as well as the story of the arrest of UFC fighter Reza Madadi.
 
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        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:
 
--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 talking Daniel Bryan, Rampage Jackson, Smackdown, as well as taking your e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--The Canadian House passed a bill (S-209) that went through the senate last year which removed all ambiguity as to whether MMA is legal in the country.  It was an amendment on an 1880s law that banned prize fighting. which was amended to allow boxing and now officially allows MMA.  Most provinces have been running shows anyway, but UFC wanted to get the law passed.
 
--The state Senate in Connecticut passed the bill today that legalizes and reglates MMA.  It had passed the House last month and it is considered a formality that Gov. Malloy will sign it.  This leaves New York as the only commission state in the U.S. that doesn't regulate MMA, and the only place in North America where MMA is not legal.  

--Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the Assembly in New York, said that he doesn't believe women in his conference support the law lifting the ban of MMA in New York.  Several women fighters were in Albany on Monday supporting legalization.  Silver said there are women in the Assembly who support it and those who oppose it but said he thinks it is a minority that would support it.  Silver has faced criticism from women's groups after reports were he improperly handled a sexual harassment complaint against fellow Democrat Vito Lopez.  The belief is he's under the gun by women's groups and for that reason, is steering clear of pushing anything that will get them mad, including a bill to legalize MMA.
 
--Hiroshi Tanahashi will be wrestling on 10/19 in London at York Hall at Bethnal Green for Revolution Pro Wrestling.  Tickets go on sale 6/17.  (thanks to Martin Bentley)
 
--Add Big Show to the list of WWE wrestlers out of action due to injury.

--R-Truth wasn't at TV this past week because he was in Toronto making an appearance for Rogers, which owns The Score, the WWE's TV station.  They also announced at the upfronts that The Score will undergo a name change and be rebranded Sportsnet 360.  
 
--The new season of Redneck Island debuted tonight on CMT.  That's the reality show Steve Austin hosts.
 
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC 143 (Diaz vs Condit) at 8 p.m. and Ultimate Fighter season 5 at 10 p.m.
 
--Entertainment Weekly at http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/06/05/the-rock-box-office-streak/ has a story about Dwayne Johnson, noting he's had three No.1 movies this year and had a movie in the top ten for 15 straight weeks.  As of the weekend, his movies in 2013 have grossed $937 million.  That's the same as two full years of WWE or UFC business. (thanks to Mark Rushford)   
 
--An interview with Steve Austin is at http://snd.sc/19GQAhM
 
--A match for tomorrow's almost live Impact (2 hour tape delay) has Gunner & James Storm & Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries & Bobby Roode & Kenny King.  Rampage Jackson is also on the show.
 
--WWE announced an 8/2 show in Shanghai, China at the Oriental Sports Center, with Team Cena headlined by John Cena, Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan.
   
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1943 - Sandor Szabo beat Bronko Nagurski in St. Louis to win the National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
1965 - Killer Kowalski beat Hercules Cortez to win the IWA title in Melbourne
1971 - Mark Lewin & King Cutis Iaukea beat Tiger Jeet Singh & Mr. Fuji to win the IWA tag team title
1980 - Antonio Inoki beat Stan Hansen in Tokyo via count out to win the Madison Square Garden League tournament
1986 - Johnny Saint beat Jon Cortez in Bristol to win the world lightweight title 
1990 - Terry Gordy beat Jumbo Tsuruta in Chiba to win the Triple Crown.  I was in Japan on that day and scheduled to go to the show.  The people I was with held me hostage, not allowing me to go to Chiba and you can imagine how mad I was to read the papers the next day that I missed a Triple Crown title change with Terry Gordy winning.  Then I went to Budokan Hall three days later and saw a title change and the first major Misawa vs. Tsuruta match and I never again, until today, thought about missing that card in Chiba.  Akira Taue & Shinichi Nakano beat Davey Boy Smith & Johnny Smith on that show to win the All-Asia tag titles.
1992 - Kyoko Inoue beat Bison Kimura in Asahikawa to win the All-Pacific title
1997 - El Samurai beat Koji Kanemoto in Tokyo to win the Best of the Super Junior tournament
2000 - Eric Bischoff beat Terry Funk to win the WCW Hardcore title in Atlanta.  Thank God I have no memory whatsoever of that.  I got hit in the head and developed selective amnesia like Mick Foley, and all my memories of WCW in 2000 are gone.  I do remember WWF vividly though.
2001 - Jeff Hardy beat Jerry Lynn in Grand Forks, ND to win the WWF light heavyweight title 
 
--A story on Brooklyn martial arts promoter Aaron Banks, who passed away last month, is at http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2013/23/all_aaronbrinksobit_2013_06_07_bd.html
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV taping on Saturday night in Meridian, MS before 644 fans:  Prince Al Farat b J.D. McKay, Steve Anthony b Kincaid-DQ, Tim Storm b Alan Steel, Titan b Greg Anthony and Michael Barry for the International title, Lance Hoyt b Bu Ku Dao, Vordell Walker b Sigmon, John Saxon b Kincaid, Steve Anthony b Alan Steel, Cerebus & Roosevelt b Bu Ka Dao & Michael Barry, Titan b Tarver, Sigmon b Elliot Russell, Cerebus & Roosevelt b Tarver & Tim Storm, Matt Riviera & Greg Anthony b John Saxon, Lance Hoyt b Tommy Dreamer to keep TCW title (thanks to Thomas Parker)  Next show is 7/6 in Clarksville, AR featuring Jake Roberts.
 
--A story on the promotion in the Tennessee State Fair web site at http://tnstatefair.org/wrestling-tradition-returns-at-2013-tennessee-state-fair/
 
--The New York Daily News gossip column had a mention of Mick Foley's comedy show at Caroline's on Sunday night, noting Dee Snider from Twister Sister and Olympic skaters Emily and Sarah Hughes were at the show.
 
 
--WWE is sponsoring the Law Enforcement Torch Run as part of Connecticut's Special Olympics with HHH, Stephanie McMahon and Mar Henry appearing as guests.  Big Show, Henry, The Bella Twins and Sgt. Slaughter will all be appearing at various Special Olympics activities in the New Haven area all weekend.
  
--Jim Ross has added a new date to his U.K. speaking tour.  He'll be in Glasgow, Scotland at The Hilton on 8/28
 
--The Bella Twins promoting Total Divas at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJOF6v95Xg4&feature=youtu.be  
 
--Another interview with Randy Orton with Brian Soscia is at http://bit.ly/12rnCCh
 
--WWE.com made a list of the 10 greatest wrestlers who never wrestled in the WWE (a list that saw New Jack made the top ten), and The Sinister Minister, who is not a wrestler, made the list.  He actually worked one WWE PPV, and wasn't a wrestler to begin with. (thanks to Jeff Bradley)
 
--Some new UFC bouts:
Battle of TUF champions as Robert Whittaker vs. Court McGee has been added to 8/28 in Indianapolis
Justin Edwards vs. Brandon Thatch on 8/28 in Indianapolis
Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda on 8/17 in Boston
Bristol Marunde vs. Viscardi Andrade on 8/3 in Rio de Janeiro
 
WHO DO YOU PICK IN THIS FIGHT?
Shogun Rua 58.1%
Chael Sonnen 41.9%
 
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING UFC 161 IN WINNIPEG?
I had not scheduled to buy the show 44.2%
Will watch via illegal stream 18.6%
Will watch at a friends house or at a bar or restaurant 16.4%
I was buying, but lost interest when Rua vs. Nogueira fell through 7.5%
I'm a UFC fan, buy all the PPVs 7.5%
I'm a UFC fan, am buying because of Evans vs. Henderson main event 4.0%
I was buying, lost interest when Barao vs Wineland fell through 1.3%
I'm a UFC fan, am buying because I like the overall card 0.4%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 84.1%
Summer Rae 4.7%
Stephanie McMahon 2.9%
Paul Heyman 1.8%
Vince McMahon 1.4%
Fandango 1.3%
Ryback 1.1%
Curtis Axel 1.0%
Chris Jericho 1.0%
HHH 0.6%
John Cena 0.2%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 14.5%
Good 49.7%
Average 18.6%
Fair 9.7%
Poor 7.6%
        14.7% of those responding didn't see the show     
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 6/30 at Turner's Hall in Cleveland features the return of Michael Hutter (Derrick Bateman in WWE), as he faces Tim Donst, plus Eric Ryan vs. Colin Delaney and Tracy Smothers & Marion Fontaine & Jock Samson vs. The Submission Squad.  Michael Elgin, Gregory Iron, Veda Scott, Johnny Gargano, ACH, Ethan Page and The Batiri are also on the show.
 
--On Australia's "At the Movies" show, critic David Stratton gave Fast & Furious 6 a ** rating while Margaret Pomeranz gave it ***1/2 (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--CZW Tournament of Death on Saturday night at 179 Ebenezer Church Rd., in Townsend, DE will be on iPPV on a tape delay.  Sami Callihan has his last CZW match on the show.  Drake Young vs Devon Moore has a scaffold match.  Tommy Dreamer is on the show plus the eight-man death match tournament.
 
--Ray Evans, who wrestled for a number of different promotions in Texas, passed away this morning at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.  He wrestled many shows at the Dallas Sportatorium.  His funeral will be Saturday in Hubbard, TX.  For more info you can go to Facebook.com/ihweprowrestling
 
--IWA Vintage Pro on 6/15 in Vineland, NJ at the Kashmire Gentleman's Club. 
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla:  Malayo & Ares el Guerrero b Asturiano & Back Tiger Sr., Starman & Metalico & Sensei b El Hijo del Signo & Nitro & Hooligan, Sangre Azteca & Puma & Misterioso Jr. b Fuego & Rey Cometa & Diamante, Shocker & Brazo de Plata & Blue Panther b El Terrible & Negro Casas & Rey Bucanero, Atlantis & Rush & La Mascara b Volador Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Metatron & Halcon de Plata b Magnum & Infierno, Stigma & Soberano Jr. b Rafaga & Sadico, Zeuxis b Silueta to win the CMLL/Reina International title, Psicosis & Olimpico & Kraneo b Shocker & Triton & Sagrado, Euforia & Niebla Roja & Volador Jr. b Rush & Maximo & Mistico (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 7/13 in Mesquite, NV at the Casablanca Resort with Kevin Nash, John Morrison, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Disco Inferno, Eugene and Kenny King.  There will be a Fan Fest from 1-5 p.m. at the Ballroom and a Meet & Greet at 5:30 p.m.
 
--Kevin Nash & Scott Hall will appear together on 8/3 in Sparta, TN at the White County Fairgrounds on a show that includes Big Daddy V, Tracy Smothers, Bill Dundee, Brian Christopher, Shane Williams  and Shane  Helms.  
 
--Dreamwave Wrestling has a free show at Hegler Park in LaSalle, IN Friday night at a show on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in LaSalle featuring Samuray del Sol vs. Lince Dorado plus appearances by Jake Roberts and DDP.
 
--Vendetta Pro Wrestling on 6/8 in Atascadero, CA a the Colony Park Community Center has Eric Watts vs. A.J. Kirsch vs. Martin Casaus in a battle of three members of the last Tough Enough class on the USA Network. 
 
--Pierre Carl Oulette talks about his fight with Kevin Nash in 1995 that led to being released from the company at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d83XZBLYwfU
 
--River City Wrestling on 6/8 in San Antonio at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena with Joey Spector & Michael Patrick & Rob Love vs. Doc & Knox of Aces and 8s in a tables match.
 
--Wild Bill's Fight Night takes place on Saturday night at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA with 15 fights. 
 
--Rolles Gracie suffered a sprained wrist so had to cancel his 6/14 fight with Dave Huckaba on the 6/14 World Series of Fighting show on NBC Sports.  With that fight off the main card, added to the TV presentation is a former prelim match between former Strikeforce star Lyle Fancy Pants Beerbohm against Jacob Volkmann, a former UFC fighter.
 
--George Steele is doing these book signings for his new autobiography
6/8 at Barnes & Nobles in Orlando at 2418 E Colonial Dr. at 2 p.m.
6/14 in Altamonte Springs, FL at Costco at 11 a.m.
6/15 at Barnes & Nobles in Merritt Island, FL at 1 p.m.
 
--An update on Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore show on 6/22 in Philadelphia:
Tommy Dreamer, managed by Terry Funk, vs. Lance Storm
2 Cold Scorpio vs. John Morrison
Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs Young Bucks
Tony Nese vs. Petey Williams vs. Alex Reynolds
        Also appearing include Ric Flair, Danny Doring, Eddie Kingston, Sami Callihan, MVP, Rick & Scott Steiner, Carlito, Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis, Devon Storm and Rosita.
 

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