Also in this week's issue:
--Revival of a wrestling magazine
--Pro wrestler gets governmental honor
--Honor attempted to be turned into an angle
--New Japan title defended in Mexico
--Anniversary shows in Guadalajara and Puebla
--More notes from TripleMania
--Why the iPPV misfire was more damaging that originally thought
--What famous WWE angle was being used and why it didn't happen
--How the TNA talent was received at TripleMania
--All the new Dragon Gate title matches
--All the updated info on the split of New Japan and who is in what camp as a number of wrestlers make up their mind this past week
--Next major NOAH show and the outside stars who have been booked
--More on the NOAH junior heavyweight tag team tournament
--New Japan president makes a startling statement
--Feature movie being made on legendary wrestling character
--More on Hall of Fame wrestler running for senate and chances
--Japanese movie star being part of upcoming big show
--Notes on Flair and Piper TV special
--A look at Celebrity Wife Swap
--More on the Flair lifestyle
--A look at Dutch Savage
--Notes on Tommy Dreamer's latest show with a ton of the biggest outside names
--What did and didn't work
--Who came as surprises
--What wrestler who was one of the best in-ring performers has been telling promoters trying to book him that he's retired
--Biggest match of 2013 from a non-major promotion
--WWC's battle of legends lineup looked at
--Update on Jim Cornette
--Update on Scott Hall and DDP
--A look at the next month of ROH television
--All the upcoming ROH dates
--Notes on the ROH vs. SCUM feud ender
--More on the last TNA TV tapings
--More on company cost cutting
--A look at the TNA TV schedule
--Update on Zema Ion
--Dana White talks Bellator
--Another UFC international deal
--Return of Kid Yamamoto
--Historical pieces on MMA coming out in a few months to look out for
--More on Miesha Tate in ESPN Body magazine
--More on the current season of Ultimate Fighter
--An MMA movie coming out
--A number of UFC cuts and their background
--UFC fighters complaining about money
--UFC bans sponsor
--New UFC fights
--A look at the last Bellator show
--Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez business notes
--Invicta moving to PPV
New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their Hall of Fame)
*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and behind the scenes of both shows)
*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
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*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
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*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
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*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
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Sunday's News Update
--Just want to thank so many people for all their with coverage of the events last night: Bob Pivoroff, Brian Blass, Adam Martin, Mike Trask, Dusty Becker, Wade Haugen and particularly Harry Simon and everyone else who should go unnamed for the coverage of the WWE and TNA shows. We get great response to the events most weekends but last night was really tremendous.
--The TNA Las Vegas tapings were said to be very good for both weeks. Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell from a number of reports as at the same level, but a completely different match, as their PPV match.
--Brooke Hogan was at the TNA show last night. She never appeared in front of the crowd which is because they wanted to get through the matches as quick as possible to not bore the crowd, so a lot of the backstage stuff doesn't air before the live crowd. It was just as well. Not sure how the company is going to handle the situation with her getting engaged in real life and it getting so much publicity.
--At one point today, Doink the Clown was the No. 1 trend no Yahoo. Doink the Clown was the No. 9 most searched for item on Google on Friday. Phil Costa, the football player who got engaged Friday night to Brooke Hogan, is the No. 3 most searched for item so far today. Police have tabbed Matt Osbourne's death as accidental.
--There may be another reality show wedding. Naomi told E!, which is doing the reality show she is in that she has gotten engaged to Jimmy Uso.
--Carlos Colon beat Invader I last night on the WWC iPPV from Caguas to win control of the company. The go-home TV show to build this was said to be awesome, particularly Invader's promo.
--The Boston Herald today had an article that the 8/17 UFC show was on and all the paperwork issues have been cleared up. We pretty much had reported that being the case when the original story came out. It forced the company to get rushed visas on the foreign fighters and was a hassle, but the show was never really in danger of being canceled. It's possible, at worst, it could have been moved out of the state if they couldn't get the visas done in time to then have the ten days between getting the visas and getting a social security number. Massachusetts demands all fighters have a social security number, and a number of foreign fighters don't have them.
--On Fuel tonight, UFC 137 (B.J. Penn vs. Nick Diaz) airs at 6 p.m., and then Ultimate Fighter season five from 9-11 p.m. and the Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann fight night at 11 p.m.
--In yesterday's history piece, it was noted that it's true that famous AWA title belt of the 70s into 1985 that Stan Hansen ran over with his truck was never used again, Nick Bockwinkel did get the belt restored and he still has it today (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1961 - In one of the biggest matches in pro wrestling history, U.S. champ Buddy Rogers beat NWA world champ Pat O'Connor before 38,622 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago to capture the title. This led to a very tumultuous period by 1962 over the NWA and its title and the 1963 creation of the WWWF title
1985 - Hercules Hernandez beat Hector Guerrero to win the Florida title in Orlando
1985 - Canek beat Dos Caras at El Toreo in Naucalpan to win the UWA heavyweight title
1990 - Otto Wanz beat Bull Power Leon White (Vader) to win the CWA heavyweight title. I think this was during the period when Vader set a record holding world titles in the U.S., Japan, Mexico and Europe at one point all at the same time. That sure could never happen today.
1994 - Gedo & Jado & Hiromichi Fuyuki beat Genichiro Tenryu & Animal Hamaguchi & Koji Kitahara to win the WAR 6 man tag titles
1995 - Tomoko Watanabe beat Kaoru Ito to win the Japanese women's title
1995 - The Head Hunters beat Silver King & El Texano in Mexico City to win the CMLL tag titles
1996 - Masa Fuchi beat Yoshinari Ogawa in Tokyo to win the All Japan jr. title
2008 - C.M. Punk beat Edge to win the WWE world title
--Happy birthday to Terry Funk, who turned 69 today, as well as Cody Rhodes, who celebrates his 28th birthday on the road today. Alicia Fox turns 27 today.
--Michel Martel, the older brother of Rick Martel, died of a heart attack on this day in 1978 at the age of 33 after a match in Puerto Rico. Chris Taylor, the former NCAA champion and 1972 Olympic bronze medalist was 29 when he died on this date in 1979. Duke Keomuka, the Texas legend and part owner of Championship Wrestling from Florida, was 70 when he passed away on this day in 1991. Plowboy Frazier aka Uncle Elmer was 54 when he died on this day in 1992. Australian legend Larry O'Day was 53 when he died on this day in 1997. Speedy Hatfield was 93 whe he passed away on this day in 2002. Sandor Kovacs, a wrestling who became a promoter in British Columbia, was 84 when he passed away in 2004. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
DID YOU WATCH GLOBAL WARRIOR CHALLENGE ON PPV
Only 2.0% said yes. So it probably didn't do well.
40.3% said they won't buy an MMA PPV
32.2% said they would only buy a major show
25.5% said they would buy most shows, but even then they have their limits
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON UFC'S CURRENT MOMENTUM
Staying the same 43.6%
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WWE'S CURRENT MOMENTUM
Staying the same 36.6%
POLL ON SMACKDOWN FROM FRIDAY
39.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Showtime's Stephen Espinoza did an interview with Fox News Latino and said they were considering getting back into MMA. He said he's not sure if there is a demand right now for more MMA product on television. But he did praise Invicta saying they know how to get publicity and do good events on a budget.
--NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling from Friday night in Millersville, TN: Kevin Weatherby b Shane Smalls, Big Time Sexy b Max Mini, Vordell Walker b Shane Williams to win the Southern title, L.T. Falk & Jason Nation b Jeremiah Plunkett & LBK, Chris Michaels & Justin Grandberry b Nick Iggy & Kerry Awful, Hot Rod Biggs won over Hammerjack, Gary Valiant and Jocephus Brody
--Former WWE wrestler Robert Maillet (Kurrgan) has a part in the new movie Pacific Rim. (thanks to Chris Charboneau)
--Don't know more about this, but getting the Blu-Ray of the War Games DVD hasn't been easy, at least in Canada. Stephen Gray said he heard from Amazon.ca that they are out and it wouldn't ship for another 2-3 weeks. Amazon.ca said that the DVD has been a surprise sellout and all the suppliers sold out quickly. As far as at stores in Ontario, a lot wanted them but were told they "just weren't sending any."
--Fast and Furious 6 was No. 4 on the Australian box office chart and has now done $24.1 million in that country.
--The St. Cloud Times had an article on Larry Hennig
, the grandfather of Curtis Axel, who works in real estate and has lived in the city for years running the Larry Hennig Realty and Auction company. It noted 50 years ago this week Hennig wrestled Doug Gilbert in a 2/3 fall match in St. Cloud.
--Lucha Xtreme from last night on Fresno TV from the studio: Crimson Plague b Kevin El Divino, D-Unit b Damien Grundy-DQ, JR Kratos (who WWE has their eye on) b Will Da Beast. They showed Terry Funk throwing out the first pitch at the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. Funk also bodyslammed an umpire and signing autographs for fans. (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--NWA Summer Bash from last night in Kingsport, TN: Alyx Winters b Jeff Connelly, Will Huckaby b Shynron, Sigmon b Elliot Russell-DQ, Chase Owens b Joe Black, Zac Vincent & Matt Conrad b Skyler Kruze & Gavin Daring, Jason Kincaid b Wolfie D, Chris Richards won Battle Royal to get a shot at Rob Conway's NWA title on 8/10