TUES UPDATE: More from Raw, Ed Soares shocking conclusion about Silva fight, Leben gets exemption, SummerSlam Axxess notes, tons more



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We're also looking for reports on Saturday's WWE show in Taipei and TNA show in White Plains, as well as Sunday's Smackdown brand show in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Hampton, VA.

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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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Apparently there is a Sports Illustrated round table on whether Silva vs. Wiedman was fixed that is a must hear. Has nobody ever watched Anderson Silva fight before? Has nobody ever heard him do interviews?

-- Ed Soares, Silva's manager, said Silva might have taken the showboating a little too far this time. You don't say.

-- Weidman is on Sports Center at 8:45 p.m. tonight Eastern and will be on several ESPN shows all day Thursday.

-- Cool behind-the-scenes video from that night here.

-- Tickets for UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustaffson on September 21st at the Air Canada Centre go on sale today. Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland for the Interim 135-pound title is the co-main event on that show.

-- USA Today looks at the 145-pound division here. It's stacked, and Dana White says that's a good problem to have.

-- Very interesting that while no TRT exemptions were given out for Saturday's show, Chris Leben was given an exemption for Suboxone, a prescription painkiller that serves as replacement therapy for those struggling with narcotics addiction.

-- The full Jose Aldo vs. Mike Brown title fight, where Aldo won the title he still holds, is up here. Brown had come off two straight victories over Urijah Faber.

-- John Cena beat Ryback last night after Raw went off the air. I don't have an attendance yet but the show was not sold out. Nikki Bella came to and from the ring on crutches, which obviously wasn't shown on camera. I think she's been hurt for a few weeks but don't know what happened.

-- Maria Kanellis on Twitter said she was offered a WWE contract to return but the Bellas put the ixnay on it. She said she had no problem with anyone but didn't like people who interfered with her career.

-- Despite the beating by the Wyatt family, Kane is still scheduled to work Money in the Bank at this moment.

-- Both Smackdown and Impact did shockingly good numbers over the July 4th weekend, particularly Impact which was airing as the fireworks were going on in most parts of the country.

-- Line-up so far for the ROH Title tournament has Sonjay Dutt and BJ Whitmer (new entries), Adam Cole, Michael Elgin, Roderick Strong, Brian Kendrick, Karl Anderson, Kevin Steen and Paul London.

-- Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov will be on the 7/27 ROH show in Providence.

-- WWE SummerSlam Fan Axxess update. It takes place August 17th and 18th at the Nokia Plaza in LA, RAIN OR SHINE, it says, and tickets go on sale Saturday July 20th at 10 AM PST.

-- I MEAN! Productions is proud to present the world premiere of Breaking Kayfabe by Temar Underwood (The Brokenhearteds, The Lady Drug Dealer and the Heist) as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC. This gripping drama about the rise and fall of a professional wrestling superstar premieres in North America’s largest multi-arts festival August 9th – August 25th, 2013 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City. For more information, please visit www.breakingkayfabe-play.com.

-- Today in history with Brian Hoops:

1963 - The Crusher defeated Verne Gagne for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1965 - Billy Hines & Bad Boy Hines over the Corsicans (Corsica Jean & Corsica Joe) to win the Southern Tag Team Title

1985 - Rick Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Ivan Koloff & Krusher Krushchev for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Shelby, North Carolina

1986 - Fabulous Moolah defeated Velvet McIntyre for the WWF Women's Title in Sydney, Australia

2000 - Booker T defeated Jeff Jarrett to capture the WCW World Title in Daytona Beach, Florida.

2001 - The APA defeated The Dudley Boyz for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia

2009 - Tara defeated Angelina Love and Velvet Sky for the TNA Knockouts Title.

-- This is an event for the ages for all wrestling fans. WWE Hall of Famer, Shawn Michaels, will be taking photos and signing autographs on Saturday, July 27th, 2013 from 11am to 2pm, hosted by George’s Cards and Collectibles Oxford Valley Mall Store located at 2300 E Lincoln Hwy, Langhorne, PA 19047-3305. Autographs are $60 Photo ops are $60 Combos are $100 additional Autos with a Combo are $40. There are also 25 VIP Experience Tickets being sold. With the VIP ticket you will get a combo plus 3 additional Autos a $220 plus you will be one of the first 25 people to meet Shawn at the signing. For more information and tickets, call George’s Cards and Collectibles Oxford Valley Mall Branch at 215-460-9597 or visit their store in the mall located across from food court on the upper level near JC Penney.

-- All 26 fighters participating in Saturday’s highly-anticipated, live Pay-Per-View televised Invicta FC 6 women’s world championship doubleheader Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City will weigh in on Friday. The weigh in is open to the public, free of charge, and will stream live on InvictaFC.com

-- It’s going to be a star-studded night with a red carpet, worldwide media and great live performances. Open to the public, the launch party for Evan Ginzburg’s new variety/talk show, Evan Ginzburg’s Legends TV (co-hosted by Steve Ludwig) will take place July 27 from 6-10 pm at the beautiful Red 58 restaurant/bar (www.red58nyc.com) in Manhattan. Located at 158 West 58th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. such stars as Lanny “The Genius” Poffo, Edwin Vazquez, Oliver Sean and other surprise guests will be appearing.

-- On Thursday, August 15th on the Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, the biggest, literally, the biggest mixed martial arts fight in Orange County history will take place! All fans in attendance will see two giant MMA fighters in action when Fullerton's 6'8" Jack May put his perfect 4-0 record on the line against San Diego's 6'5" Keishaun Hill who is 1-0. What these two "big guys" also bring to the Fight Club OC show almost unblemished records, both as amateurs and as pros. May is a former Glory and K-1 fighter and was 3-1 as an amateur, while Hill was a perfect 9-0 as an amateur with all wins coming by knockout. This means that on August 15th one of these fighters will taste defeat for the first time. So get ready for a war!

-- What makes the most sense for Weidman vs Silva?
February 1 Super Bowl show 56.5%
December 28 Christmas show 43.5%

Predict the Raw rating
2.6 or less 7.8%
2.7 4.2%
2.8 9.0%
2.9 26.9%
3.0 31.7%
3.1 9.0%
3.2 4.8%
3.3 0.6%
3.4 1.2%
3.5 or more 4.8%

Who would you predict in a Silva vs. Weidman rematch?
Silva 64.1%
Weidman 35.9%

Who should get the featherweight title shot after Aug. 3?
Cub Swanson 28.9%
Anthony Pettis 27.2%
Frankie Edgar 21.7%
Ricardo Lamas 18.9%
Chad Mendes 3.3%

-- NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling returns to Kingsport, TN on Saturday, August 10 at the Civic Auditorium. This event will be headlined by 2 NWA World Title Matches.

-- Independant Pro-Wrestler adds "Self Published Author" to his resume. "Cowboy Ending" is the first book to be released in a series of eBooks entitled "OVERDRIVE." Based in Winnipeg, "Cowboy Ending" is an urban fantasy novel following the life of a nightclub bouncer named Joe who stumbles into a world of betrayal, deception and eventually murder. Joe is living a mundane existence, struggling to get by on a call centre paycheque and whatever he can scrounge together bouncing on weekends in order to care for his ailing mother. After a violent incident at the club, Joe begins to notice terrible things happening in the world around him. Eventually Joe is faced with the decision to get involved in other people's troubles at the expense of the few things in his life he has left to lose. Order "Cowboy Ending" here.

-- Very good story on Daffnee here.

-- Hulk Hogan talks CRICKET here.

-- Jimmy Hart and Brian Knobs at Marlins game.

-- In-studio interview with Alberto Del Rio here. He is billed as "HANDSOME WWE WRESTLER.

-- Deaf luchador would like to work for WWE. They took a photo of him that made him look as skinny and lanky as humanly possible.

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