MON. UPDATE: Notes on tonight's Raw, White talks new fights, Flair/Piper rating, Invica PPV, Silva-Weidman picks; History's best announcer

By Dave Meltzer
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        We're looking for reports on tonight's Raw show from Sioux City, IA, with reports on the Superstars matches, dark matches, attendance, and anything else not evident from the TV show at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   C.M. Punk & Curtis Axel vs. The Prime Time Players was announced.  Vickie Guerrero teased on twitter the idea of John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio in a battle of champions.
        We're also looking for reports on Sunday's WWE house show in Rochester, MN, and Friday's TNA house show in St. Joseph, MO.
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Topeka.
        The first of a two-part series on the life and times of Jackie Fargo is one of the headline stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have a ton about the backstage confrontation with HHH and Daniel Bryan, a look at what could be the show of the year, the New Japan Dominion PPV, as well as the situation in Ring of Honor after a PPV misfire and the potential leaving of the current ROH champion.
        The lead story looks at Fargo, going back to the Fabulous Fargos tag team, what originally got him over, his role in wrestling in Tennessee, the heyday of Tennessee, some of his most famous matches, his role in making Jerry Lawler a star, his background and drawing the largest crowd in Madison Square Garden in 25 years, the Fargo strut, Roughhouse Fargo and how Lawler and Fargo became so close long before Lawler was a wrestler.
        We also look back at the Lawler/Fargo match that took place 39 years to the day of Fargo's death when they set the Mid South Coliseum attendance record.  We look at the Tennessee wrestling war, the creation of The Fabulous Ones, the era of the Rock & Roll tag team, plus comments from Lawler and Stan Lane.  We look at Fargo's role in Lawler winning the AWA title, and his continuing to be booked in matches into his 70s.
        We also have a feature on the questions revolving the future of Ring of Honor.  We look at the contract situation of the Briscoes, whether they are staying or going, the ROH title situation, as well as others on the roster who may be leaving.  We look at the current state of the company and the decision to drop iPPVs. 
        We also have a match-by-match rundown of Best in the World with star ratings.
        We've got a detailed look at what happened on June 17th with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, the call by HHH, Bryan's reaction, and what is and isn't real about the scenario.
        We also update the WWE writing situation including who is in, who is out, who has risen to power and lost power all in the past few weeks.  We look at who is responsible for the quality of the TV. 
        We also look at Jack Swagger's arrest and conviction, notes from his trial and the officer description upon arresting him.
        We've also got the monthly WWE business notes when it comes to attendance, merchandise and web site numbers.
        We also have the first word on the WrestleMania DVD and whether it's good or not.
        We've got more on the Alberto Del Rio character, the developmental move, WWE stock and why it's up, viewers per home of late, UFC/WWE crossover and more.
        We also look at the WWE career of Matt Striker and his being let go, as well as details around it.
        We also update the Money in the Bank PPV, WWE scouting, a physical WWE Hall of Fame, RVD talking his WWE signing, update on a number of WWE injuries, doctor of WWE star gets in a lot of trouble and more on the Total Divas reality show.
        We also have a complete rundown of the last NXT tapings, angles changed, notes on different newcomer, as well as more WWE signings. We also look at one of the best wrestlers in the world who is trying to get into WWE, Gerald Brisco talks about the two most charismatic amateur wrestlers he's scouted and why WWE didn't sign either and both are doing well elsewhere.  We also look at a wrestler who wants to keep chair shots to the head, Mick Foley talks about the last angle he was supposed to do and why it never happened and a released WWE developmental wrestler complaints about Bill DeMott.
        We also have notes on Ron Simmons Appreciation Night, as well as business notes and highlights from all of WWE's weekend live events.
        We've also got a look at New Japan's Dominion PPV, as well as plans going forward for PPV shows from the promotion over the summer, going up to the G-1 Climax tournament.  We look at the cards for both July shows and the significance.  We've also got match-by-match rundowns with star ratings ad poll results
        We also look at how much wrestling helped Bellator ratings with a look at the Wednesday night debut of Bellator.
        We also have updated PPV numbers for every WWE show so far this year, including changes for Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania, as well as the first report on how Extreme Rules did and whether Brock Lesnar paid for himself or came close to it.
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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 flopped
--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
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--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
--MMA stats
--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
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Monday's News Update
--Bryan and I have two shows today, one with Jim Cornette, and the other our weekend show.  We also have a post-Raw show up late tonight.  You can send questions for the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

--Dana White held a Las Vegas press conference today.  Among the key items:
*He spent 16 minutes defending that Stephan Bonnar should be in the UFC Hall of Fame, saying that he would be picking up cigarette butts at the Palace Station Hotel if it wasn't for Bonnar. 
*He said that Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos III would be 10/19 in Houston
*He said if Anderson Silva beats Chris Weidman that they'd look to put Silva vs. GSP at 180 or Silva vs. Jon Jones.  Let's revisit this after all three of the above have finished their already scheduled fights.
*He said that he and Lorenzo Fertitta have looked at dropping the performance bonuses and increasing the pay of the prelim fighters with it.  The performance bonuses are $200,000 per show, if spread among the bottom six fights on a card, that would be adding $17,000 in show pay or add $10,000 to everyone's show pay and another $10,000, or bottom pay would start at 16+16. 
*If Chris Weidman wins the title, Anderson Silva will get an immediate rematch.
--Celebrity Wife Swap last night may have been the lowest rated show in its history.  On the overnights, the show did a 1.0 in 18-49 and 3.22 million viewers. The all-time low was 1.3 in 18-49 and 4.44 million viewers last week.  Last night's show featured Ric Flair and Roddy Piper.
--The report from Raw is John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio was on the board as one main event with Punk's match as the other.  At one point Christian vs. Seth Rollins was scheduled for tonight but a later report with the matches on the board said it's not there at the moment.  
--Because of the holiday, Fightmaster, the Bellator reality show, will not air a new episode on Wednesday.
--C.M. Punk is booked for tomorrow night's Smackdown show.
--Invicta has cleared DirecTV for its 7/13 PPV show, which means that anyone in the U.S. who has PPV capability can get the show.  And if you don't have PPV access, the show will stream as a UStream iPPV.  
--UFC sent out a press release on Silva vs. Weidman.  It had quotes from Chael Sonnen, Ronda Rousey, Matt Serra (a hardly unbiased source), Miesha Tate, GSP, Kenny Floiran, Michael Bisping, Gray Maynard, Daniel Cormier, Frank Mir, Alan Belcher, Roger Gracie, TJ Grant, Luke Rockhold, John Moraga, Rick Story, Johny Hendricks and Dominick Cruz.
Sonnen picks Weidman
Rousey doesn't pick
Serra picks Weidman of course
Tate doesn't answer past saying Weidman has a chance
GSP picks Weidman of course
Florian hints at Weidman but doesn't outright say it
Bisping doesn't say Weidman but says it can happen
Maynard doesn't pick but said Weidman is the only one in the division who can beat Silva
Cormier picks Weidman
Mir picks Weidman
Belcher picks Weidman but waffles
Gracie picks Weidman
Grant picks Weidman slightly
Rockhold said it's 50/50
Moraga says Weidman
Rick Story picks Weidman
Hendricks doesn't really give a pick
Cruz picks Weidman
Funny how that goes.  You'd think it was worked.     
--C.M. Punk in a video with Michael Roocker doing Star Wars stuff at
--We don't know the details, but Bill Watts will not be attending the Waterloo, IA Hall of Fame ceremony.  Watts, Ric Flair and Chris Taylor were to be inducted.  Taylor passed way 34 years ago.  Flair canceled last week. 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1949 - Cavernario Galindo beat Tarzan Lopez to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title 
1958 - Fritz Von Erich & Hans Hermann beat Doc & Mike Gallagher in Minneapolis to win the NWA world tag team titles
1961 - Steve Stanlee beat Frankie Talaber in Reynoldsburg, OH to win the Ohio State title
1962 - Rikidozan & Toyonobori beat Mike Sharpe Sr. & Killer Buddy Austin to win the All-Asia tag titles
1966 - Mark Lewin & Domenic DeNucci beat Larry Hennig & Harley Race in Sydney to win the IWA tag titles
1966 - Rene Guajardo beat Jerry London in Monterrey to win the NWA middleweight title
1966 - Giant Baba & Michiaki Yoshimura beat Eddie Graham & Killer Karl Kox in Hiroshima to win the All-Asia tag titles
1967 - Tamaya Sato & Great Yamaha (Kantaro Hoshino) won the NWA world tag team titles in Chattanooga over the Hines Boys
1968 - Abdullah the Butcher & Armand Hussein beat Don Leo Jonathan & Haystacks Calhoun in  Vancouver to win the Canadian Open tag titles
1970 - Billy Robinson & Handsome Johnny Barend beat Pedro Morales & Bing Ki Lee in Honolulu to win the Hawaiian tag title
1970 - Apache Bull Ramos beat Terry Funk in Lubbock to win the Western States title
1971 - Sputnik Monroe beat Len Rossi to win the Southern jr. heavyweight title
1971 - Bobby Duncum beat Bob Roop to win the Florida Brass Knux title in Jacksonville
1972 - Len Rossi & Bearcat Brown beat Don & Al Greene for the Mid American tag titles in Chattanooga, while Sputnik Monroe & Tommy Gilbert beat Ron & Don Wright to win the Tennessee tag titles on the same show
1972 - Sarah Lee, the famous former Nashville ticket taker, beat Aiko Kyo in Tokyo to win the WWWA women's title
1977 - Texas Red (Red Bastien) beat Mando Guerrero to win the Americas title in Los Angeles
1978 - Invader I beat Dick Steinborn to win the Caribbean title in Caguas
1978 - El Nazi beat Raul Mata (one of the most underrated wrestlers of the last 40 years) to win the Mexican national heavyweight title 
1980 - Mr. Hito & Mr. Sakurada beat Kevin & Kerry Von Erich in Amarillo to win the vacant American tag team titles
1984 - Ron Garvin beat Jake Roberts to win the NWA TV title and The Spoiler beat Brad Armstrong to win the National title in Atlanta
1988 - Kevin & Kerry Von Erich beat Iceman King Parsons & Terry Taylor to win the World Class tag titles in Dallas
1989  - Joe Malenko beat Mitsuo Momota in Omiya to win the All Japan jr. title
1991 - Jim Herd stripped Ric Flair of the WCW world title after a contract dispute when Flair would not drop the title without Herd agreeing to a new contract extension
1994 - Chris Adams beat Rod Price in Dallas to win the GWF North American title
1996 - Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee beat Flex Kavana (The Rock) & Bart Sawyer to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
2003 - Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas beat Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri to win the WWE tag titles in Rochester, NY 
--Regarding the deal with the Blu-Rays of the War Games, it's an issue only in Canada, not the U.S.  One of our readers, Jeff Zinger,  noted that his video dealer told him the Blu-Ray has not been released in Canada to stores, but can be ordered as a U.S. import.  There are many DVD releases that don't get released in Canada, let alone Blu-Rays.
--Squared Circle Wrestling from last night in Whitby, ONT:  Weapons of Mass Darkness b Action Jackson & ?, Psycho Mike Rollins b Hakim Zane, Alex Vega & Cody 45 b Painkillers, Marcus Marquez b El Hijo del Bigote, Angelina Love b Xandra Bale, Tyson Dux b Sonjay Dutt, Brent Banks b Adam Cole.  Jimmy Korderas was in the corner of Banks.  Next show is 8/25 (thanks to Steven Ashe).
--During last night's Yankees vs. Orioles game, there was a guy dressed up as Randy Savage wearing Orioles colors.  They showed him and one of the announcers noted he looked like Macho Man (thanks to Leonardo Mendez Toledo)
--Another story by longtime reader/writer Denis Gorman on Weidman at
--It looks like Mick Foley will reach his goal of $40,000 at kickstarter for his "I Am Santa Claus" documentary that he talked about on our radio show last week.  They are now at $37,000
Excellent 32.4%
Good 37.8%
Average 16.2%
Fair 5.4%
Poor 8.1%
        67.8% of those responding didn't see the show
Raw 48.9%
Impact 20.1%
Fightmaster 16.5%
ROH 7.2%
Smackdown 5.0%
Inside MMA 1.4%
Main Event 0.7%
Jim Ross 55.3%
Gordon Solie 20.2%
Gorilla Monsoon 7.8%
Lance Russell 6.9%
Vince McMahon 3.2%
Larry Matysik 1.5%
Kent Walton 1.3%
Tony Schiavone 1.3%
Frank Bonema 0.8%
Dick Lane 0.6%
Marty O'Neil 0.6%
Sam Menacker 0.4%
--WWE tickets for a 9/13 house show in East Lansing, MI go on sale Saturday
Odds for Saturday's show at 5Dimnes
Anderson Silva -220
Chris Weidman +180
Cub Swanson -225
Dennis Siver +185
Charles Oliveira +425
Frankie Edgar -550
Roger Gracie +130
Tim Kennedy -150
Mark Munoz -135
Tim Boetsch +115 
--Former wrestler Ed "Major DeBeers" Jones also celebrates his birthday today. 
--Pro Wrestling Bushido from yesterday in Stockton, CA:  Buddy Lee b Kenny K, Mike Rayne b Jesus Kruze, D-Unit & T-Rent b Super Tiger & Joe DeSoul, Rik Luxury b Leo Blaze, TJ Perkins b Drake Frost, Daniel Torch & Virgil Flynn b Mustafa Saed & CJ Kurz, Timothy Thatcher b Bobby Hart, Brian Cage b Oliver John, Adam Thornstowe b Sir Samurai, Johnny Goodtime b Drake Younger. (thanks to Mike Millerick)
--Big feature on the late Diane "Vivian" Vachon, the aunt of Luna Vachon, sister of Mad Dog & Butcher, who many say was the best of the 70s woman wrestlers in the U.S. at
--The Biz Pro Wrestling on Saturday night in Buena Vista, VA at Glen Maury Park Pavilion with Eugene, SATs, D.J. Hyde and more
--Battling Bombshells women's wrestling on 7/20 in Hollywood, FL at the VFW Post on S. Dixie Highway with Angelina Love, Leilani Kai, Melissa Coates, Santana Garrett and lots more. 
--Big John McCarthy bouncer stories at
--A story noting Sam Ford teaching a pro wrestling history class at MIT at
--Bully Ray talks TNA, WWE, ECW, losing weight, Mark Henry and WWE developmental at (thanks to Stephen Lyon)
--An interview about all kinds of old wrestling with me at
--A Matt Borne tribute show with James Beard, Black Bart and David Fuller at
--FUW on 6/29 in Tampa:  Michael Tarver b The Grease, Harry Smith b Kenny Kendrick, Bruce Santee b Leo Gold, Trent Baretta b Wayne Van Dyke, Derrick Bateman b Jesse Neal, J.D. Maverick & James Alexander b Andreas Rossi & Bucky, JB Cool b Joey Epix, MDK b Mitch Mitchell, Lince Dorado b Angel Santos (thanks to Ron Niemi)
--Dory Funk has a show on 7/6 in Ocala at the BANG Soundstage with Funk & Johnny Magnum & Quinton Hitchcock vs. Hector Alicea & Romero Youngblood & Ryan Passmore.  
--Full Impact Pro has an iPPV on Friday night from Ybor City, FL at with Jon Davis vs. Trent Baretta and Jonathan Gresham vs. Lince Dorado.

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