WED. UPDATE: Injury changes UFC's FS 1 debut main carrd, More on ROH title tourney, TNA cuts, Eric Young on CBS, Sports Illustrated on WWE exec, Biggest upcoming UFC fight, Reactions on UFC 162, TCW's goals

By Dave Meltzer
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        A couple of notes.  Main Event tonight on Ion is a two-hour show.  Well, actually two shows.  From 7-8 p.m. is a Money in the Bank preview show.  The regular show from 8-9 p.m. has:
*Christian vs. Damien Sandow
*Sin Cara vs. Jack Swagger
*Big E Langston vs. Curt Hawkins
        No Fightmaster tonight because of the holiday.  The show returns at 10 p.m. on 7/10.
        The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter up on the site today features an extensive story on the career of Matt Osborne, from his start,. stepping into the ring with almost no training or experience, his fast rise to being a champion in the Mid Atlantic region, to fights, drug issues, more fights, more drug issues, Big Josh, Doink the Clown and more fights.
        We look at the huge reaction to his death and ironies of his Doink run, clowns in wrestling, who was Tough Tony Borne, what wrestling legend was like an older brother to him and how that played into Doink the Clown.
        We look at his amateur wrestling days, learning from are shooters, the heyday of Portland Wrestling, why Matt didn't want to be a pro wrestler growing up, and who was the wrestling star who talked him into trying.
        We look at his battles with rehab, the start of his career, the sad story of Mad Dog Buzz Sawyer, as well as what was and wasn't real about his landmark feud with Buddy Rose.  We also talk about how several different street fights and arrests in different parts of the country changed his career path, including how one of the most successful acts in pro wrestling history got started because of Borne being arrested.
        We also look at probably the most regionally famous match of Borne's career, how he wasn't even advertised in the match, and how people 30 years later still talk about it.
       We look at Matt Borne's many incidents involving Jim Duggan, his being in the first WrestleMania against Ricky Steamboat, his working in Texas, Japan and South Africa, as well as Mick Foley talks about the challenge of wrestling Borne.
        We look at what Borne did that temporarily got Don Owen banned from promoting, the stories behind Big Josh and Doink the Clown, as well as the big rib Doink played on a live PPV show.  We look at Borne's departure from WWF, the attempt to use him in ECW, and his 20 year battle to try and get his life in order.
        We've updated the Money In the Bank complete lineup and look at it, more writing team shakeups, when Undertaker will be back
 We also look at how far out the big picture is being decided.
        We also look at booking Daniel Bryan, one WWE wedding that just happened and another about to happen. 
        We also have more on the "Total Divas" show, a look at WWE international business and what the response has been. 
        We also update on a number of top stars who were in WWE.  We also look at Dwayne Johnson at the movies, We look at Ricardo Rodriguez and his drug test failure, new WWE projects, update on Linda McMahon.
        We look at why so many stars had the weekend off, and where wee they hanging out.
        We also have business notes on all the weekend house shows as well as details on each night.
        We also have a look at the end of All Japan Pro Wrestling as it was, and what the future holds for the wrestlers that were in it.  We look at the first lineups for the new All Japan, the rosters for All Japan and Keiji Muto's new group, as well as full coverage of the Tokyo Sumo Hall show from the past week.
        We also have a full rundown of WWC's iPPV show, built around the two biggest stars in the history of Puerto Rico wrestling, Carlos Colon vs. Invader I.  We look at the stakes, the angles and promos and the show.
        We also have a look at a study that was done on interest in pro wrestling in Canada.  We look at the age old question, are there more wrestling fans that no longer want anything to do with wrestling than their are wrestling fans today?  It's the first time this question has been asked, and what we can and can't learn from the answer.
        We also look at the age when more people who were fans say they not only don't care a little about it, but not at all.
        We also have a look at the visibility of cable stations and how that will affect or not affect ratings going forward.
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and Impact this past week did and what gained and lost viewers.

        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:
--Notes on the IWGP IC title being defended at Arena Mexico
--Update on major Mexico match upcoming
--Atlantis special show
--TV ratings in Mexico notes
--Cibernetico after his head being shaved
--Notes on the Dragon Gate live iPPV this week
--NOAH's big event of the week
--Update on the New Japan G-1 Climax tournament
--New Japan's September PPV date
--Former WWE developmental wrestler arrested and stripped of his small promotion title
--Notes on this year's Fire Festival
--Next IGF show lineup featuring former WWE, K-1 and Pride shows all on the same bill
--More on the investigation reopening in the Nancy Argentino death
--What Jimmy Snuka said about the situation
--Lots more on activities during next year's WrestleMania week
--Lots of thoughts about what Sandra Toffoloni said regarding Chris Benoit killing her sister
--More on Benoit's physical and mental condition at the time of his death
--How Benoit never failed a steroid test
--Media reaction at the time
--Thoughts on Celebrity Wife Swap with Roddy Piper and Ric Flair
--New promotion gets national TV deal
--Who the promotion is going to bring in
--Update on a promotion that disappeared
--Update on the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend
--Former TNA star places in major bikini competition
--More notes on what may be the biggest indie match of 2013
--Where are they now regarding a 60s and 70s star
--A look at a major weekend show
--Update on the ROH title situation
--Update on the Briscoes contract
--ROH wrestler talks about working for the promotion
--Was the booking a good idea to not beat Jay Briscoe on the way out
--First ROH shows since Briscoes are gone
--Another major ROH star whose contract is expiring in a few weeks
--Notes on TNA's hiring of John Gaburick
--What will be Gaburick's role in TNA
--Reaction from those in WWE
--What former WWE star is being talked with by TNA
--Why Sting was featured on Raw this week
--Update on the Main Event Mafia short and long-term
--Rampage Jackson talks pro wrestling training
--Should he have been put in the Main Event Mafia
--Bound for Glory series update
--Update on TNA cuts
--Update on TNA weddings
--Update on TNA house shows
--Anderson Silva talks Jon Jones
--Thoughts on Weidman vs. Silva and the promotion of the fight
--Advanced ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
--Tim Kennedy apologizes for complaining about pay
--Dana White responds to Tim Kennedy
--Changes for Chael Sonnen
--How much it would cost UFC to not pay anyone less than $20,000 per fight
--Tim Kennedy talks TRT
--Tryouts for upcoming TNA tapings
--A look back at one of the most important early fights in UFC history
--UFC star convicted and sentenced
--What put UFC on the map
--Should Bonnar go into the Half of Fame
--Rashad Evans throws hat into the ring
--T.J. Grant mad at Anthony Pettis and why
--Dana White likes to have UFC in his former home town
--Notes on a movie fund raiser
--New UFC fights
--Notes on Mayweather vs. Alvarez and why it can be one of the biggest PPV shows in history
--Spike bringing in a new promotion
--Fighting legend retires 
--Update on Bobby Lashley
--Future of Lashley
--Stephen Espinoza of Showtime talks about MMA's future
--UFC ref sentenced to three plus years in prison
--Gilbert Yvel and retirement
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Wednesday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight, talking changes in TNA, Smackdown tapings and UFC 162.  You can send questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Thiago Alves suffered a torn biceps tendon and is now out of the 8/17 fight with Matt Brown on the Boston show.  Mike Pyle will be the replacement.  
--The ROH title tournament will have matches at all of the shows from 7/27 to 9/21.  It'll be a single elimination tournament with the finals on 9/21 in Philadelphia at the TV tapings.  Jay Briscoe was stripped of the title earlier today due to an injury storyline.  The shows are 7/27 in Providence, 8/3 in Toronto, 8/17 in New York at the Manhattan Center, 9/20 and 9/21 in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory.
--Some emails for promoters interested in booking either Joey Ryan or Taelor Hendrix.  Ryan is at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text84908 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Hendricks is at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--The TNA cuts are because they are having to cut due to the expense of doing house shows on the road.  Regarding stories of people being paid late, there are definitely examples of that, but I don't think it's everyone across the board.  It looks like they are gutting their training system.  They also badly need to reevaluate the entire Gut Check idea.  It becomes a waste of time when almost everyone who is signed is either never or barely ever seen and then gets quietly let go.
--Eric Young appears on CBS This Morning sometime between 8 and 9 a.m. Friday to plug his fishing show.
--The new Sports Illustrated has a story on Jane Geddes, an executive with WWE who was a star golfer and later an LPGA executive.  There is also an article looking back at UFC 1 in 1993. (thanks to Mark Coale)
--UFC Tonight airs on Fuel tonight at 7 p.m., followed by Ultimate Inside at 7:30 p.m.
Don't buy UFC PPVs 27.1%
Don't buy any PPVs 18.2%
Almost always get UFC shows, getting this 16.9%
Frequently get UFC shows, getting this 9.7%
Not getting the show because I believe Silva will win and Weidman isn't real competition 8.5%
Rarely buy UFC shows, not getting this, not a big enough show 5.5%
Rarely buy UFC shows, getting this because of the main event 5.1%
Frequently buy UFC shows, not getting this because of the overall card 3.4%
Rarely buy UFC shows, not getting this, don't like the main event 3.0%
Rarely buy UFC shows, getting this because of the strength of the card 1.3%
Almost always get UFC shows, not getting this 0.8%
Frequently buy UFC shows, not getting this because not a strong enough main event 0.4%
Daniel Bryan 41.6%
Mark Henry 18.3%
C.M. Punk 14.1%
John Layfield 10.4%
John Cena 7.3%
A.J. Lee 4.3%
Vickie Guerrero 4.0%
Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 10/19 Houston 62.2%
Silva vs. Weidman 7/6 Las Vegas 28.8%
Jones vs. Gustafsson 9/21 Toronto 6.8%
Aldo vs. Zombie 8/3 Rio de Janeiro 1.8%
Henderson vs. Grant 8/31 Milwaukee 0.4% 
Excellent 4.8%
Good 13.9%
Average 24.1%
Fair 12.9%
Poor 44.2%
        12.5% of those responding didn't see the show
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1967 - Karloff Lagarde beat Vento Castela in Mexico City to win the NWA welterweight title
1968 - Mario Milano & Domenic DeNucci beat Killer Kowalski & Big Bill Miller to win the IWA tag titles in Adelaide
1977 - Ringo Mendoza beat Perro Aguayo in Guadalajara to win the NWA middleweight title
1985 - Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khruschev won a tag team Battle Royal in Raleigh
1986 - Velvet McIntyre beat Fabulous Moolah for the WWE women's title in Brisbane, Australia 
1987 - Super Halcon beat Alfonso Dantes in Guadalajara to win the Mexican national heavyweight title 
1987 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) beat Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase in Tokyo to win the Double tag team titles
1992 - Dandy beat Negro Casas in Mexico City to win the CMLL middleweight title
1993 - Mano Negra beat Oro in Puebla to win the NWA middleweight title
1993 - Rambo beat Road Warrior Hawk in Graz to win the CWA heavyweight title.  In other matches on the show 20 years ago, Fit Finlay beat Robert Frasser to win the IC title, and Hiroyoshi Yamamoto (Hiroyoshi Tenzan) beat Lance Storm to win the jr. heavyweight title.  Yep, Tenzan used to be a junior heavyweight 
1995 - The Rock & Roll Express beat PG-13 in Memphis to win the USWA tag titles
2002 - A.J. Styles & Jerry Lynn beat The Rainbow Express to win the NWA tag titles in the tournament finals in Nashville
--Former WWF referee Joey Marella, the son of Gorilla Monsoon, passed away 19 years ago tomorrow in an auto accident.  Marella went to Holy Cross High School in Delran, NJ, the same school (much earlier) that Phil Costa, who just got engaged to Brooke Hogan, attended (thanks to Chuck Langerman)
--OVW runs tonight at the Davis Arena in Louisville at 6:30 p.m.
--There will be a benefit show on 7/19 in Philadelphia at the Vogt Rec Center by CZW to try and raise money to pay for Masada's needed knee surgery.  Masada is continuing to wrestle until he can afford the surgery.  There is also a donation account set up at
--Matt Riviera talks Traditional Championship Wrestling and its goals at
-- CWF Mid Atlantic from Monday afternoon in Gibsonville, NC in a show for kids at summer camp:  Kamikazi Kid b Number Man, Ric Converse b Smith Garrett, Mecha Mercenary b Donnie Dollars, Josh Bishop b Trevor Lee, Arik Royal & Aaron Biggs b Nick Richards & Jason Miller.  Next show is Saturday night.
--The latest episode of Future Stars of Wrestling TV is at
--Future Stars of Wrestling's next show is 7/13 in Mesquite, NV at the Casa Blanca Resort & Casino with John Morrison vs. Kenny King, plus Kevin Nash, Eugene, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, Disco Inferno, Michael Modest and more.  There is a fan fest from 1-5 p.m., a 5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet and a wrestling show that night.
--EWF on Friday night in Covina, CA at the Knights of Columbus Hall and a free show on Saturday night at Las Playas Restaurant in Fontana, CA
--Monday night results of the 60th anniversary show at Arena Puebla for CMLL:  Mercurio & Pequeno Warrior & Pierrothito b Aereo & Mini Fantasy & Ultimo Dragoncito, Leono & Robin & Stigma b Escandalo & Espiritu Maligno & Inquisidor-DQ, Felino & Negro Casas & Puma King b Bushiroad & El Hijo del Fantasma & Maximo, Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero & Volador Jr. b Atlantis & La Mascara & Shocker, Mascara Dorada & Mistico & Valiente b Averno & Mephisto & Ephesto to retain the CMLL trios titles
--Last night CMLL in Guadalajara:  Esfinge & Smaker b Evola & Exterminador, Artillero & Super Comando b Leo & Sky Kid, Dalis la Caribena & Goya Kong & Silueta b Princesa Blanca & Princesa Sugei & Zeuxis, Shocker b Mr. Aguila-DQ, Atlantis & La Mascara & Rush b Euforia & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--Wrestlefest 4 by Blitz Pro Wrestling on 8/10 in Joliet, IL at the Joliet Park District feature Mick Foley, Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty.
--CTWE Pro Wrestling has announced Eddie Edwards vs. Johnny Gargano at their five year anniversary show on 8/24.  Also on the show are Kevin Nash, Derrick Bateman, Rhino, Homicide, Michael Elgin and Mike Mondo.  For more info go to
--A look at woman wrestler Santana Garrett at 
--UVC 24 on 7/27 in Columbus, OH at the Aladdin Shrine Center with an MMA show headlined by Dan Spohn vs. William Penn.
--Wild Bill's Fight Night on 7/19 at Wild Bill's in Duluth, GA headlined by Clay Harvison vs. Ron Weathers.
--Domenic Valenti talks to Larry Hennig at 212-829-1900 in a 16 minute interview.
--River City Wrestling on Saturday night at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena in San Antonio.  Sebastian De La Cruz, who sang the national anthem during the NBA Finals, will be singing the anthem at the how.  Chavo Guerrero Sr. will run the show. 
--Squared Circle Live on 7/20 in Scarborough, ONT at the Variety Village Gym
--Brian Soscia talks to Ryback at
--Shawn Michaels is hosting a contest with the winner getting two tickets to WrestleMania and two night hotel accommodations in New Orleans and a personal meet and greet with him.  The deadline to enter is January 31.  For details check at
--The Seven Layers of hate with Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce will be released in a DVD documentary form this summer by    
--Terry Funk and Manny Fernandez will be doing a pro wrestling seminar on 9/7 in Union, SC at the Fairgrounds.  For more info go to
--Detroit indie wrestlers last night on America's Got Talent at
--Squared Circle Review on 7/26 in Detroit at the Hastings Street Ballroom.
--RF Video is having a 40% off sale tomorrow for the Ric Flair and Terry Funk DVD they have just released as well as for everything.
--Kevin Steen, Maria Kanellis, Mike Bennett and Cheeseburger interviewed at
--Stephen Epinoza talks about MMA on Showtime and if they are looking at doing it again at
--Charity Appeal Wrestling on 7/26 in Luton, UK at the Stopsley Working Mens Club on Putteridge Rd with Johnny Kidd vs. James Mason as the main event.  Jonny Storm vs. Darren Saviour for the CWAS light heavyweight title is the cofeature.

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?