Also in this week's issue:
--Notes on La Sombra vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
--Details from Arena Mexico
--Four major title changes in one promotion
--Promoter talks about one of the biggest potential non-WWE matches in years and if it's still on with one of the guys leaving the promotion.
--AAA continues to build TripleMania
--Notes on the finals of this year's King of Gate tournament
--Lots of injury updates
--The grandson of one of the biggest pro wrestling stars of all-time set to start training to be a pro wrestler
--A look at an upcoming junior heavyweight tag team tournament in Japan
--Next title matches in NOAH
--Son of Hall of Famer makes debut
--Update on wrestling's chances to be put back into the Olympics
--A look at what happened with CHIKARA
--Health issue updates from another of major wrestling stars
--Hall of Famer looking at opening a venue for a new sport he found out about while wrestling
--Steiner Brothers return
--New markets ROH is expected to get TV in
--A look at ROH's weekend show and news on more matches and updated lineup for next iPPV show
--Behind the Chael Sonnen vs. Shogun Rua main event for Boston
--The beleaguered UFC show in Winnipeg update
--Will UFC really do an outdoor show in Las Vegas this year?
--A look at UFC's heavyweight division
--Daniel Cormier talks plans
--Tons of new UFC matches announced
--UFC changes its policy on marijuana
--Nevada talks changes talked about when it comes to drug testing
--Anderson Silva's future
--Notes on this next season of Ultimate Fighter
--More problems for UFC in New York
--Update on B.J. Penn
--UFC Fan Expo notes
--Another major Bellator signing
--Will an upcoming fight open up something that will change the economics of big events? One of the biggest promoters thinks a game changer is at hand.
--Update on another MMA star talking about getting into pro wrestling
--Boxing champion goes into MMA
--Son of famous talk show host stating as MMA fighter.
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Saturday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking UFC, Impact, Smackdown and taking your questions at
--Coverage of UFC on Fuel tonight starts at 7 p.m. Eastern and 4 p.m. Pacific with the pregame show with live fights scheduled from 8-11 p.m. from Fortaleza, Brazil. There is no post-game show at 11 p.m. scheduled in the listings I've received
--Bobby Lashley had his first MMA fight in more than a year last night, beating Kevin Asplund with a keylock submission at 1:23 of the second round in Fort Riley, Kansas for the Titan Fighting Championships. The fight aired on AXS. After the fight, Lashley said he didn't want to challenge anyone, but then challenged Dave Bautista. Lashley dominated the fight from start-to-finish. (thanks to John Patton)
--Superstar Billy Graham had successful gallstone removal surgery earlier this week. He has a second operation scheduled on 6/18. The belief is the gall bladder issue was associated with his Hepatitis C. Graham talks about his issues at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VLDqzzKmhU4
--Former UFC fighter Diego Nunes has signed with Bellator, likely for their next featherweight tournament.
WHO SHOULD GET THE NEXT UFC LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE SHOT?
T.J. Grant 59.1%
Josh Thomson 40.9%
WHO IS THE GREATEST WRESTLER IN TNA HISTORY?
A.J. Styles 45.0%
Kurt Angle 34.7%
Samoa Joe 7.7%
Jeff Jarrett 4.3%
Christopher Daniels 2.2%
Christian Cage 1.0%
Bobby Roode 0.8%
Jeff Hardy 0.8%
Austin Aries 0.6%
WHAT ACTIVE WRESTLER NOT IN THE HALL OF FAME IS THE BEST CANDIDATE?
C.M. Punk 16.9%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 14.2%
L.A. Park 5.3%
A.J. Styles 4.9%
Randy Orton 3.3%
Jun Akiyama 3.3%
Kensuke Sasaki 2.5%
Yuji Nagata 2.3%
Dr. Wagner Jr. 2.1%
Minoru Suzuki 1.1%
POLL ON IMPACT ON THURSDAY
33.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1976 - Maki Ueda beat Jumbo Miyamoto to win the WWWA women's title
1979 - Cachorro Mendoza beat Sangre Chicana in Mexico City to win the Mexican national middleweight title
1984 - Fit Finlay beat Marty Jones in Carlisle to win the World mid-heavyweight championship
1985 - Dynamite Kid beat Mighty Inoue in Takamatsu to win the NWA Int. jr. title
1985 - Black Bart beat Ronnie Garvin in Atlanta to win the National title
1990 - Stan Hansen beat Terry Gordy at Budokan Hall to win the Triple Crown. The main event on that show was the famous Misawa vs. Tsuruta match that Misawa won.
1997 - HHH beat Mankind to win the King of the Ring tournament in Providence
1999 - Kendo Ka Shin beat Koji Kanemoto in Tokyo to win the Best of the Super Juniors tournament
1999 - Ivory beat Debra McMichael to win the WWF womens' title in Worcester, MA
--In last week's cable TV ratings, TNT with NBA coverage was No. 1 at 3.88 million viewers. USA was No. 3 at 2.34 million. FX was No. 11 at 1.29 million, Syfy was No. 20 at 972,000 and Spike was No. 22 at 825,000. Last week's Raw was No. 9, 10 and 12 overall, behind Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Longmire and several NBA games. One of the hours was No. 10 in the 18-49 demo.
--The finals of the Super Juniors tournament airs live on Asahi Newstar (TV Asahi Ch. 2) from 6:30 p.m. Japanese time. Let me know if there is any way to access that in the U.S. and I'll post it for those wanting to watch the show.
--Richard Ramirez, the famed Night Stalker of the 80s in Los Angeles, died yesterday in prison at the age of 53. He had been on death row for 24 years. He was the inspiration for the wrestling character of the same name played by Bryan Clark in the AWA and WCW. (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
--UFC fighter Erik Perez will be appearing at TripleMania next Sunday in Mexico City
--Premier Wrestling tomorrow at the 9 Lives Club in Gilroy, CA at 7430 Monterey St at 5 p.m. Dave Dutra (2-0) vs. former Olympian Jeff Cobb (1-0) headlines plus Nick Ruiz vs. Brian Tannen, Timothy Thatcher vs. JR Kratos, A.J. Kirsch vs. Dylan Drake, Drake Younger vs. Sledge and Oliver John vs. Marcus Lewis.
--Adam Lash noted that he went on the UFC App on XBox today and there wasn't even a mention of today's show. Everything was geared for next week's show in Winnipeg. He said there is usually a commercial, maybe a free fight or two with the main eventers and the weigh-ins on video.
--For those going to Winnipeg for UFC next week, PCW is presenting a pro wrestling show in the city on Saturday night (a week from tonight) at Doubles Fun Club at the Trevelodge Hotel with all seats $10. There will be a Rumble in the main event plus Antonio Scorpio Jr. vs. Adam Knight.
--CPW tonight in Hedgesville, WV at the Fire Hall. All seats $10.
--Mick Foley will be doing IAMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit.com on 6/11 at Noon Eastern time. These things sometimes get interesting. (thanks to Neal Hager)
--In Your Face Wrestling on 6/22 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center at 7 p.m.
--Tito Santana faces Wes Mercer for the EWA title on 6/15 in Parkville, MD, plus there will be a ten-man elimination match. Seats are $25, $20. Santana will also be doing a meet and greet for $15.
--Scott Steiner beat Santos to win the Dutch heavyweight title in front of a sellout crowd of 755 fans in Holland this past Sunday. Carlito, Shelton Benjamin beat Emil Sitoci, Chris Masters beat Mark Kodiak (the area's top heel) and Max Damon beat Carlito on the show. Next show is 11/17 with Jushin Liger vs. Emil Sitoci as the main event for a show called "Japanese Conflict." There will also be a fan fest with Liger in conjunction with the show. For more info you can go to www.dutchprowrestling.nl