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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Monday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back with a major show tonight, talking Raw, the G-1 Climax tournament, and the latest news from UFC, as well as taking questions that can be sent to
--Dana White contacted Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times and said he's thinking about moving Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman to 12/28 in Las Vegas, and putting Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate on 2/1 in Newark. There are some arguments in both directions. They can get way more casino money and charge high ticket prices in Vegas for Silva-Weidman than for Rousey-Tate. Rousey-Tate could not do well on its own in Newark, which is a tough market, although having them headline the night before the Super Bowl with all the media in town has its advantages, but the last thing you want is a less than full building, tho UFC usually can fill buildings when they have to with give aways and discounts at the end. Silva-Weidman in Newark makes sense since Weidman is from Long Island, and it makes New York look bad losing a big show. Honestly, I'd try to book both for Las Vegas and go with Jon Jones and Jose Aldo or Benson Henderson as support in a double feature for Newark. Gives you depth on both shows if an injury happens, gets Jones the day before Super Bowl (his brothers are NFL stars) and Jones is a New York fighter, even if they don't particularly like him there. Then again, they don't particularly like him anywhere.
--MMA Odds have opened with a -220 line in favor of Anderson Silva for a rematch with Chris Weidman. Geez, the line was too long the first time and now it's only barely lower this time.
--Marcos Rosales gave round one in the Silva-Weidman fight to Silva. Luckily nobody who should have won lost on Saturday. I'm still worried about the judge that gave Tim Boetsch a round against Mark Munoz and the two who have Tim Kennedy the first round against Roger Gracie, even though Kennedy clearly won the fight.
--Kennedy got $90,000 without including any bonus money last night, tho if he got one, it was probably in the $5,000 range. Dana White addressed him at the fighters meeting about complaining about money.
--A number of newspaper gossip columns are reporting that Stacy Keibler dumped George Clooney. People Magazine reported Keibler dumped him, but they remain friends and talk every day. She wants to have children and George doesn't, so that was that. The story reported they've been apart a lot in recent months. The New York Post reported Clooney dumped her, telling her to move out of his Hollywood mansion a few weeks ago, but George is nice enough to let Stacy claim publicly she broke it up. Maybe that's the equivalent on the day where 15 people get their release from WWE that two or three claim publicly they actually quit on their own accord.
--Impact on Thursday did 1.05 million viewers. Honest to God, that number is freaking amazing. WWE's audience gets cut huge on July 4th and TNA retains almost its entire audience.
--ROH announced a 4/4 evening show and 4/5 afternoon show over WrestleMania weekend (Friday night, Saturday afternoon) at the John Alario Sr. Events Center in Westwego, LA, which is just outside New Orleans.
--John Cena and Mark Henry have teased a face-to-face confrontation tonight. Well, that would make sense given it's the go-home show.
--So this is what I'm told for tonight. It's going to be a usual go home show. They had a lot of ideas for the show, and most of those ideas stuck. That's all I know. Basically sounds like most of Friday's script is in tact.
--The WWE developmental talent are already training in the new performance center. There will be a big opening presentation on Thursday before the TV taping in Orlando.
--Here is the news everyone has been waiting for. The 8/4 New Japan iPPV from Osaka as part of the G-1 tournament has these matches:
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi
Togi Makabe vs. Kazuchika Okada
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt
Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki
Hirooki Goto vs. Lance Archer
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Satoshi Kojima vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Yuji Nagata vs. Shelton Benjamin
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Karl Anderson
Toru Yano vs Yujiro Takahashi
The 8/11 show at Sumo Hall has this lineup, plus the championship match between the A and B block winners
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Togi Makabe vs. Prince Devitt
Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
Satoshi Kojima vs. Kazuchika Okada
Lance Archer vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Kota Ibushi
Yuji Nagata vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Shelton Benjamin
Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
Akebono & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Yoshi-Hashi & Takashi Iizuka
--Felony assault charges against Jeremy Stephens were dropped earlier today stemming from a 2011 incident. Stephens was arrested in Minneapolis on 10/5, the morning of a scheduled UFC fight, and not allowed out in time to fight. Stephens plea bargained down to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and will be fined. He was sentenced to time already served.
--UFC has a press conference on Tuesday in Toronto at the Real Sports Bar & Grill at 15 York Street with Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson and Tom Wright (UFC Director of Canadian Operations). Besides Jones vs. Gustafsson, fights officially announced are:
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland for the interim bantamweight title
Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Nandor Guelmino
Stephen Thompson vs. Chris Clements
Michel Prazeres vs. Mark Bocek
Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
Kid Yamamoto vs. Ivan Menjivar.
Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. for Fight Club members. The Internet presale is Wednesday at 10 a.m. They go on sale to the public on Thursday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $450, $300, $200, $150, $95 and $75.
--Add Roderick Strong and Adam Cole to the 16-man ROH title tournament.
POLL ON SMACKDOWN
38.1% of those responding didn't see the show
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW ON SATURDAY
64.9% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST MMA SHOCKER MOMENT?
Weidman knocks out Silva 43.2%
Serra beats GSP 27.2%
Werdum submits Fedor 22.4%
Couture drops Tim Sylvia 6.3%
Bigfoot Silva KO's Overeem 0.9%
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
UFC prelims on FX 18.1%
Main Event 3.6%
Countdown to UFC 162 2.2%
Inside MMA 0.7%
UFC Tonight 0.7%
--Tonight on Fuel has Ultimate Fighter season 5 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern time.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1940 - John Katan beat Earl McCready in Wellington, New Zealand to win the British Empire title
1968 - Skull Murphy & Klondike Bill beat Kintaro Oki & Michiaki Yoshimura to win the All-Asia tag title in Sapporo
1991 - Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace (Big Johnny Laurinaitis) beat Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat in Tokyo to win the All-Asia tag team titles
1991 - The Bar Room Brawlers beat Robert Fuller & Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA tag titles in Memphis
2002 - Jeff Hardy beat William Regal to win the European title
--On WWE Classics on Demand include
AWA All Star Wrestling 9/26/81
WWF Los Angeles Sports Arena house show 7/15/88
Bobby Heenan feature
--If you have Comcast and are recording Raw, check your DVR to make suer it gets the whole show.
--Does anyone have booking agent contact info for Sandman?
--Tammy Sytch wrote this:
"Hey Sunny fans! This is your chance to get UNDER THE COVERS WITH ME!!! At the Legends of the Ring Convention, 10/5/13, I will be offering special photo ops! Your choice: for $50 you get to have your photo taken laying next to me in bed, and for $75 you can have your photo taken `spooning' or with me lying my head on your chest. Was I your TEENAGE CRUSH?? Now is your chance to make tha dream a REALITY!!!
and YES, I WILL be wearing a little item from my LINGERIE DRAWER!!
--David Otunga will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Bounce Back: The Ronnie Fields Story" in Goose Island, IL on Thursday night at the Park Community Church.
--WWE Classics on Demand is playing the WCW 1995 Bash at the Beach show at Huntington Beach. Tony Schiavone kept saying how they had a capacity crowd, and they threw out numbers like 80,000 there. I thought it was about 9,000 being there, and that was on a perfect day at the beach. The card sucked so bad that I hated the fact that I was missing good body surfing having to watch most of the matches.
--Future Pro Wrestling's Summertime Brawl 3 from Wallington, Surrey, UK before 200 fans: El Ligero b Mexican Eagle, London Riots b Whizz Kids, Project Ego b Disco Diablo & Earl of Excellence, Swords of Essex b Lords of the Ring, Bhangra Knights b Team America, Greg Burridge b Jimmy Havoc, Sir Thomas Chamberlain b Bagheera-DQ. Next show is 9/8 with Doug Williams, Johnny Storm, Marty Scurll and Zack Sabre Jr. (thanks to Darren Rogers)
--Femmes Fatales 12 on Saturday night in Montreal before 170 fans: Jody D'Milo b Diana Hall, LuFisto b Kimber Lee, Pink Flash Kira b Portia Perez-COR, She Nay Nay b Veda Scott, Midianne & Deziree b Leah Von Dutch & Xandra Bale, Courtney Rush DDQ Cheerleader Melissa, Sassy Stephie b Missy, Christina Von Eerie b Angie Skye, Mercedes Martinez b Sweet Cherrie to keep title. Next show is 10/26 in
Cheerleader Melissa, Mercedes Martinez, LuFisto, Saraya Knight and others. (thanks to Patric Laprade)
--The WWE Trenton house show advance must be somewhat slow because they are doing a buy three, get one free using the code WWE4Pack
--Matt Cross appeared over the weekend on the Reality show "American Ninja Warrior." The episode aired last night on G-4.