Also in this week's issue:
--Notes on the CMLL trios tournament
--CMLL and AAA going head-to-head this week
--Notes on the 2013 DragonMania show
--UFC star will be part of TripleMania and how the deal was put together
--The next Dragon Gate USA tour of the U.S.
--More details of Dragon Gate shows from Japan airing live on iPPV in North America
--First lineup of such, as well as the second lineup
--This week's big Dragon Gate shows and all the title matches
--Update on All Japan problems including the future of several of the wrestlers
--What's next for Keiji Muto
--Shiraishi talks All Japan goals for the next year
--Former All Japan star set to return
--More on the pro wrestling debut of the son of the son of El Santo
--Notes on New Japan business right now and going forward
--New Japan owner talks UFC, WWE and where New Japan stands
--New Japan star training this past week with UFC big names
--Former name pro wrestling star, retired, now working as a model
--Notes on the death of Mark Ashford-Smith aka Mark Starr
--Update on a number of former 90s stars of WCW and WWF
--A look at a number of major indie shows on iPPV
--One of wrestling's oldest promotions moves to iPPV for big show in a few weeks
--Notes from the last ROH show
--Wrestler dropped by ROH
--Lots of notes on Rampage Jackson in TNA
--Notes on how first impressions are important, but also often don't tell the full story
--Thoughts on Rampage Jackson going forward
--Bound for Glory series notes
--Sting talks potential of going to WWE
--The reason Sting has never gone to WWE
--Notes on TNA announcer Hector Guerrero
--Lots of notes and thoughts on upcoming UFC events
--When the biggest names will be ready
--More on MMA being allowed in different locales
--Is Chael Sonnen a liar? What would he say if asked?
--Update on Nick Diaz as a fighter and as a promoter
--Lots of UFC injury updates
--Lots of new UFC matches
--A look at Bellator's U.K. TV deal
--Rampage Jackson Bellator plans
--Notes on upcoming shows for World Series of Fighting
--Jon Fitch talks extensively on UFC pay
--Bobby Lashley MMA update
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Thursday's News Update
--A note that Mike Sempervive and I will be doing the Saturday night Observer radio show after UFC 161. Bryan and I will be doing the Sunday show after WWE Payback. What that means is we will cover the show and then do a heavy question oriented show, so you can start sending questions today and we're going to answer in the order received. The last time we tried this, we got several hours worth of questions so you may want to send early. The usual plan is for us to do one show a month like this, but the schedule worked out for two this month, with the second coming on 6/22 after the New Japan and ROH shows.
--Dana White announced tentative plans for the three biggest matches of the fall today while at a press conference in Winnipeg.
*Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title will take place on 9/21 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre
*Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight title will take place most likely in October in Houston
*Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks for the welterweight title will take place in November, most likely in Las Vegas.
That would end any chance of Anderson Silva vs. Jones for this fall, or of a Cowboys Stadium show in the fall. Jerry Jones had wanted such a show.
--Nobody expects Impact to do any ratings tonight, so if they even do a 0.9, that will be considered a success. Unless the series goes seven games, this will be Impact's last time against the NBA playoffs until next year.
--The 7/20 New Japan iPPV will be headlined by the 6/22 Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe winner against the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt winner for the IWGP heavyweight title.
--The second episode of "Heroes" with Dwayne Johnson airs tonight on TNT at 8 p.m.
--In last week's cable ratings, TNT won the week in prime time with 2.94 million viewers on average in prime time to 2.83 million for USA. With the NBA playoffs on TNT over, since they're on network now, USA should go back into first place. Syfy was No. 15 at 1.04 million, FX was No. 16 at 1.04 million and Spike was No. 25 at 687,000. The three hours of Raw were No. 10, 13 and 14 for the week. That was the show that did the 2.65 rating.
--I got a chance to see the first episode of the Bellator Fight Master show that debuts this coming Wednesday night. It's a very different concept. The first episode was fascinating to watch, particularly the coaches, Randy Couture, Joe Warren, Greg Jackson and Frank Shamrock. It is not what I expected. Bryan and I talked more about on last night's radio show.
--Another note from last night, a question was asked regarding when Curt Hennig went to WCW during the Monday Night Wars. I mentioned he was offered more money and jumped, which was true, but forgot that Hennig got very upset at WWF because they had contacted Lloyd's of London and told Lloyd's that Hennig was coming back to wrestle. Hennig had shot angles that certainly led you to believe he was coming back and WWF believed he was, but Hennig never told Lloyd's and it let to them pulling out of the deal. Hennig had been collecting money from Lloyd's for years claiming that his back was so bad he had to retire from wrestling. This is one of the reasons Lloyd's stopped insuring wrestlers after the ones from that generation. Hennig was great, in the sense he was getting his insurance money paid to him plus was working as an announcer at times, and a manager at times, with WWF.
--E! was shooting Nattie Neidhart's bachelorette party in Las Vegas with the cast members of Total Divas, the Bella Twins, Naomi, Cameron and the two new women on the show. I believe it was last night. She's marrying T.J. Wilson aka Tyson Kidd, who she's been with for as long as I can remember.
--Should also note on this day in 1982, Dwayne's grandfather, Pita Fanene Anderson (High Chief Peter Maivia) passed away from cancer at the age of 45. Peter Maivia was one bad ass street fighter, and a very charismatic pro wrestler who headlined everywhere he went.
--Two other Hall of Famers passed away on this day,. Diablo Velasco, who trained more superstar pro wrestlers than any man in history (and by a wide margin, I don't the guy in second place would have one-third as many), was 80 when he passed away in 1999. The all-time great Mitsuharu Misawa passed away four years ago today in the ring at the age of 46.
--They are doing a storyline where Kaitlyn was fined $10,000 for what she did that airs on tomorrow night's Smackdown.
--Tickets for UFC 164 on 8/31 in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center, with Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant for the lightweight title and Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett, go on sale to Fight Club members on Wednesday and to the public on Friday. they are priced at $400, $300, $200, $150, $90 and $60.
--Bret Hart will be appearing at the Comedy Bar on Friday judging an improve show called Catch 23. Jason Agnew of Live Audio Wrestling will host. Nug Nahrgang from WWE Aftermath on The Score will be performing. The Comedy Bar is at 945 Bloor St. West in Toronto.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1940 - Orville Brown beat Bobby Bruns in Kansas City to win the MWA version of the world heavyweight title
1957 - Ed Francis beat Al Lolotai for the Hawaiian title in Honolulu
1960 - Tough Tony Borne beat Wild Bull Curry to win the Texas Brass Knux title in Fort Worth
1972 - Alfonso Dantes beat Ray Mendoza in Mexico City to win the NWA world light heavyweight title. This was a huge deal in Mexico at the time.
1972 - Jerry Brisco beat Rip Hawk in Columbia, SC to win the Eastern heavyweight title
1974 - Dr. Ken Ramey's Masked Interns (Tom Andrews & Jim Starr) beat Bob Geigel & Rufus Jones in Kansas City to win heir version of the tag team titles
1975 - Black Gordman & Great Goliath beat The Hollywood Blonds, Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown to win the Americas tag team title
1978 - Prof. Toru Tanaka beat Jack Clayborne in Christchurch, New Zealand to win the British Commonwealth title
1978 - Jack & Jerry Brisco beat Mr Saito & Mr. Sato (later the Great Kabuki) in Miami Beach to win the Florida tag team titles
1981 - The Kelly Twins beat Wilbur Snyder & Spike Huber to win the WWA tag titles in Indianapolis
1983 - Tiger Mask beat Fishman at El Toreo in Naucalpan to win the vacant WWF world junior heavyweight title.
1985 - Kuniaki Kobayashi beat Dynamite Kid in Koga to win the NWA International jr. title
1986 - Lex Luger beat Ron Bass in Nassau, Bahamas to win the Bahamas heavyweight title
1987 - Bill Dundee beat Chic Donovan in Memphis to win the AWA International title
1991 - Gran Hamada & Perro Aguayo Sr. beat Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata in Tokyo to win the UWA tag team titles
1992 - Rayo de Jalisco Jr. beat Egipicio in Mexico City to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1993 - The first ever King of the Ring PPV took place in Dayton, featuring Yokozuna beating Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title. This was Hogan's title loss to avoid losing to Bret Hart that year at SummerSlam. Hart beat Bam Bam Bigelow in the finals of the King of the Ring tournament.
1994 - Jushin Liger beat Super Delfin to win the Super Juniors tournament
1994 - PG-13 beat Perry Saturn & John Kronus to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
1999 - DDP & Kanyon beat Chris Benoit & Perry Saturn to win the WCW tag titles in Baltimore at the Great American Bash PPV
1999 - Koji Nakagawa & Gedo beat Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda to win the FMW World Brass Knux tag titles
2003 - Hiroshi Tanahashi & Yutaka Yoshie beat Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Tokyo to win the IWGP tag titles
--Jeff Curran pulled out of his Resurrection Fighting Alliance main event with Sergio Pettis scheduled for 6/23 at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee. Curran's dog was hit by a car and badly hurt and it kept him from training. Pettis will now face Joe Pegg for the RFA flyweight title. The show airs live on AXS at 10 p.m.
--Chael Sonnen was on Jim Rome last night. He called LeBron James a dork and a nerd. He also called Ray Lewis a nerd and said if he saw either of them, he'd slap them in their face. When asked who the toughest athletes were by sport, Sonnen said he thought marathon runners because you just want to stop and you keep going.
WHICH OF THESE SHOWS THIS WEEKEND ARE YOU WATCHING?
WWE Payback 49.0%
UFC 161 36,3%
AAA TripleMania 11.3%
31.4% aren't watching any. 2.5% are watching all three.
WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE BEST OF THE PPV MATCHES THE NEXT TWO WEEKS
Tanahashi vs. Devitt 39.3%
Punk vs. Jericho 27.9%
Orton-Bryan vs. Rollins-Reigns 16.4%
Mark Briscoe vs. Jay Briscoe 6.8%
Goto vs. Shibata 3.2%
Okada vs. Makabe 1.8%
Cena vs. Ryback 1.8%
Del Rio vs. Ziggler 1.1%
Naito vs. Takahashi 0.7%
Romero-Koslov vs. Kushida-Shelley 0.7%
Suzuki-Benjamin vs. Nakamura-Ishii 0.4%
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SPIKE'S DECISION TO PUT BELLATOR ON FRIDAY?
Bad decision 36.7%
Makes no difference the night, the Bellator fans will find it and watch it 25.9%
Bellator will be hurting without a TNA lead-in 23.4%
Decision is fine 10.1%
Friday is the best possible night 3.8%
WHO DO YOU EXPECT TO WIN THIS FIGHT?
Dan Henderson 52.6%
Rashad Evans 47.4%
--Tito Santana was on the CBS Morning Show today. They did a feature on how the former wrestling star has transferred well into real life as a Mr. Solis, a Spanish teacher.
--For those in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Emile Dupre's Atlantic Grand Prix wrestling, the last of the regionals (a revisal of a regional promotion that dates back to the territorial days) is running these dates with Rene Dupree and Seiya Sanada among others.
Tonight in Fredericton Junction, NB
Tomorrow in Blacks Harbour, NB
6/17 in Braddeck, NS
6/18 in Cheticamp, NS
6/19 in North Sydney, NS
6/22 in Berwick, NS
(thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Ultimo Dragon will be appearing at the Anime Expo from 7/4 to 7/7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. He will be signing the 100-page Ultimo Dragon kickstarter graphic novel, written by former WWE writer Dan Madigan.
--WWE is looking for a Russian language television announcer.
--Tickets for Raw on 7/26 in Atlanta at the Phillips Arena go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the presale code of ATLANTA
--The MTS Centre in Winnipeg announced that not only is Saturday night's UFC show the biggest gate (over $3 million) in building history, but he said it would have more exposure than any sports event ever in the building, going into 140 countries.
--Some birthdays today include Mike "Virgil" Jones at 51, Jacques Rougeau Jr. at 53 and Glenn "Headbanger Thrasher" Ruth at 44.
--Wrestler and historian Vance Nevada, who needs neck surgery, has announced he's moving on from pro wrestling after a 20 year career. He is also looking at getting rid of his wrestling collection of 2,000 magazines dating back to the 50s, programs dating back to the 30s, action figures and other memorabilia. This is a huge collection. If anyone is interested you can contact him at
--NBC Sports is promoting tomorrow night as five hours of live fighting. They are doing three hours of boxing from 8-11 p.m. Eastern and World Series of Fighting from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Todd Harris, Bas Rutten and Joey Varner will be announcing the WSOF show headlined by Jon Fitch vs. Josh Burkmann, Tyson Steele vs. Steve Carl, Brian Cobb vs Justin Gaethje and Lyle Beerbohm vs. Jacob Volkmann.
--Reader Tom Blattler noted that he saw the very rare April 1, 1957 Sports Illustrated cover with Danny Hodge on display at Fourth Base bar in Milwaukee. There are very few of those issues around. The only people I know with copies are Jim Ross and myself. And yes, it's actually on display next to my Ali portraits and the famed mysterious autographed Beatles poster.
--Shawn Michaels Macmillan River Adventure series returns to the Outdoor Channel on 7/2. The episodes will air on Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 a.m. and Saturdays at 7 p.m. All times are Eastern. This will be his third season. I believe one of the episodes will include Jim Ross going to Michaels' place and hunting pigs. The preview of the season only mentions surprises with some of Shawn's WWE friends.
--For those in town for UFC, or just going to UFC, PCW tomorrow night in Winnipeg is offering all tickets half price if you show a UFC ticket. The wrestling show, featuring a Rumble match, will be at Doubles Fun Club.
--Joseph Park was prominent at last night's OVW tapings in Louisville. He was there to promote the 7/18 TNA tapings in Louisville at Broadbent Arena. He was involved in the main angle. The heel group, led by Crimson & Jason Wayne, appeared to fool Park into helping them against babyfaces Michael "I'm Not PS" Hayes and Mohamed Ali Vaez. They tried to get Park to cancel the heels tag title defense against Hayes & Vaez on 7/6, but Park was playing the heels the whole show, and just added extra stips to the match. He was over big to the live crowd and was involved in a brawl at the end.
(thanks to Trent Vandrisse)
--John Madden, who at least was a big pro wrestling fan at one time in his life (he loved Bobby Heenan and I saw him at shows growing up) was on KCBS radio this morning in San Francisco and it turned into a big discussion of pro wrestling. Among the names he talked about were Mike Sharpe (the father of the 80s wrestler who was a headliner in San Francisco), Nick Bockwinkel and George Steele (thanks to Christopher Morin)
--New York area cable customers of Time Warner Cable can enter a contest to win free tickets to TNA's BaseBrawl show at MCU Park in Brooklyn on 7/5. This is the company's traditional biggest house show of the year because of the fireworks and being in proximity to July 4th. Go to the Time Warner Cable contest page (thanks to Jeff Cohen)
--A show called Gathering of the Champions takes place tomorrow night in Millersville, TN featuring NWA champion Rob Conway defending against Chase Stevens at the SAW Mill. Damien Wayne also faces Vordell Walker for the National title in a cage match on that show.
--Global Warrior Challenge debuts on 6/29 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City for a 12-fight show headlined by former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez vs. Marcin Lazarz and Jimmy Ambriz vs. Oli Thompson. Also appearing will be Kendall Grove Drew Fickett, Ivan Salaverry, Jake Heun and LC. Davis. That is one awfully large arena to do an indie MMA event. Tickets are on sale now at the Sprint Center.
--This show has national clearance through all the major outlets in the U.S. and Canada for PPV. Somebody is going to be losing a lot of money here.
--Smash Wrestling "Rival Schools" on Sunday runs in Toronto before Payback with Sonjay Dutt vs. Matt Cross and Player Uno vs. Tyson Dux vs. Scotty O'Shea. Everyone with a ticket will get a free viewing of Payback at the after-party at E-zones restaurant.
--Rob Van Dam will be appearing at the San Diego Comic Con next month talking about the parallels between wrestling and comic books.
--C.M. Punk will be at Wizard world in New York on 6/28.
--Jay Lethal this weekend will be doing a walk for The Valerie Fund to raise money for children with cancer and blood disorders. It tales place on Saturday in Maplewood, NJ at Verona Park. In particular, he's walking to honor eight-year-old Ryan Torok, who had leukemia as a child. He considers Torok a great friend. He said that anyone who wants to do the 5K walk with him can hang out, talk wrestling and ask him anything they want with no topic off-limits. The goal of the walk is to raise $1.25 million.
--Somebody is selling a DVD of C.M. Punk from 1998, when he first broke in, on Ebay, listed as C.M. Punk Rare Video 1998 Chciago LWF.