MON. UPDATE: WWE injuries coming off PPV, Warrior, Story on guy who has all PPV winners correct. WWE sponsor, Cena & Bellas promote new show, WSOF next main event, Renting DVD's in U.K., Weidman vs. Silva buys, IWGP tag champs to U.S.



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The aftermath of Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman, some notes on the 2015 WrestleMania, a physical WWE Hall of Fame, the New Japan iPPV business, G-1 and more are among the features in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is up on the site today.
 
        We look back at the Silva vs Weidman match, why the finish so perfectly lends itself to a quick rematch.  We look at Silva's strange behavior before and after the match, who time delays favor, impact on superfights with Silva vs. Jones or GSP, whether what happened was a business positive, UFC talk about the rematch, odds, Dana White's PPV estimate, TV ratings notes, other business notes on the show, match-by-match coverage, poll results and how much everyone's base pay was for the show.
 
        We also have a complete look at the upcoming G-1 Climax series.  We look at the bracketing surprises, what surprised the crowd at the announcement, coverage of the shows and lineups every night.
 
        We also have notes on WWE making decisions for the 2015 and 2016 WrestleManias, the divorce of Randy Orton, how legit are the money figures listed, what the real top downsides are, SummerSlam notes, more on Natalie Neidhart's wedding, a SummerSlam match in planning stages,  a heel turn in the works, Rock box office, the latest on why social media explosion hasn't changed live attendance, ratings and PPV, lawsuit against the company, a WWE injury not being talked about, a UFC finish was mirrored a WWE finish from a few days earlier, tons of news from developmental, former WWE star blames current stars for not being in the company now and a look at ideas for a physical WWE Hall of Fame and the irony of where it's now being talked about for.
 
        We also look at the Sports Illustrated article on WWE SVP of Talent Relations, Jane Geddes, her role, what she knew about wrestling whe she was hired, why she was hired and how talent is paid.
 
        We also look at why it's a fluke that Titus O'Neil even considered pro wrestling, Dolph Ziggler talks his concussion and Spirit Squad, which McMahon, WWE losing its dominance in foreign markets, WWE business over the last week as well as highlights from all the WWE weekend shows.
 
        We also have a look at MMA streaks, looking at the greatest streaks in history that are over, as well as the greatest streaks that are still going on now that Anderson Silva has lost.  We look at the careers of notable performers including Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, Royce Gracie, Georges St-Pierre, Jose Aldo, Ronda Rousey and others.
 
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        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:
 
--Promotion loses U.S. television after nearly two decades
 
--CMLL's Champion of Champions tournament notes
 
--List of possible entrants
 
--35th anniversary of legend's debut show coming next month to Arena Mexico
 
--Next Cage of death show for CMLL
 
--Notes from Arena Mexico
 
--Busca de un Idolo finals
 
--Notes from most recent AAA TV taping
 
--Dragon Gate's next live iPPV lineup
 
--Notes from the first live iPPV show from Dragon Gate
 
--Dragon Gate's next major Tokyo show
 
--Future of All Japan Pro Wrestling
 
--Notes on the debut of Keiji Muto's new World 1 wrestling promotion
 
--Giant main event for DDT's show at Sumo Hall
 
--Legends Pro Wrestling next cards
 
--Update on Buck Zumhofe's legal troubles
 
--More on the shooting outside Colt Cabana's comedy show in Vancouver
 
--Notes on Jim Cornette's new book about the history of merchandising wrestling in Tennessee
 
--What would have been one of the biggest pro wrestling matches in history from a mainstream standpoint that was being talked about when one of the participants suddenly died before the match took place
 
--George Clooney and Stacy Keibler notes
 
--More on the Flair/Piper wife swap show
 
--Former WWF wrestler pleads guilty to participation in a gangland slaying
 
--Major star out with hernia operation
 
--WWL's talent loaded show in Mexico
 
--Politicians proposing law to tone down pro wrestling in Pennsylvania
 
--PWG's anniversary show notes
 
--Update on Bobby Eaton
 
--An update on Bushwhacker Luke Williams and his new company
 
--The Destroyer Dick Beyer and his new company
 
--80s star in a zombie movie
 
--ROH title tournament update
 
--Notes on more ROH contracts expiring and notes from an interview by them
 
--ROH WrestleMania weekend shows for next year
 
--ROH star gets married to another wrestler
 
--Note on ROH star appearing on Raw
 
--Story behind Matt Morgan's release from TNA
 
--Morgan's background and how he got here
 
--Notes on several other TNA cuts and why
 
--What the deal was with developmental talent
 
--New TNA TV deals
 
--How the company handled the Brooke Hogan engagement
 
--Update on the Bound for Glory series
 
--A look at TNA's weekend house shows
 
--Dana White talks Roy Jones Jr.
 
--More on the next season of Ultimate Fighter
 
--UFC plans for the rest of the year
 
--More on UFC TV plans with the move to Fox Sports 1
 
--UFC's promotional plans starting in a few weeks
 
--Lots of new UFC fights
 
--Major UFC event planned for Mexico television
 
--UFC fighter plea bargains in an assault case
 
--Update on Nick Diaz
 
--Update on Dan Hardy
 
--Werdum issues challenge and why the match isn't the right one to make
 
--Notes on a major brawl at a gas station involving a former UFC fighter
 
--Biggest Bellator show in history
 
--Notes for the Invicta show
 
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*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)
 
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*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)
 
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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
 
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*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)
 
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*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)
 
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Monday's News Update
 
--A few notes coming out of last night's Money In The Bank:  Rob Van Dam needed 14 staples, C.M. Punk needed 13 staples and Cody Rhodes needed five stitches following the show, but overall, no serious injuries.  Christian had some teeth chipped from a punch by Sheamus, but the early reports we've got were nothing else. It appears Christian did not suffer a concussion as at first feared.
 
--Take 2 had its press conference today with Ultimate Warrior to announce him as part of the WWE 2K14 video game. They filmed Warrior, back in his old character, promoting the game which was shown at the press event.  We'll have a lot more on this in the new Observer, but all characters in the game have to be approved by Vince McMahon. As of this morning, there was no deal done between Warrior and WWE.  He's not an easy person to do a deal with, but it wouldn't surprise me either way if one were to eventually happen.
 
--John Cena vs. Mark Henry is the advertised dark match for tonight's RAW tapings in Brooklyn.
 
--Here's a Deadspin story on the guy from Reddit posting WWE results before the PPVs start, something that we've talked about extensively on our shows. The bigger story is how heavy betting has been done on eventual winners long before this guy posts the winners.
 
--Variety has a story today about Doritos and parent company Frito-Lay sponsoring SummerSlam on 8/18 in Los Angeles.  Among the things they are doing is having viewing parties with Sgt. Slaughter and Ricky Steamboat in a Dollar General Store promotion, and a fan correspondent search.  The partnership came because both companies were at SXSW and Doritos executives were impressed by John Cena's speaking ability and the way he sold the WWE product, and then were impressed with a live show in Austin. Things like this are why Cena is the face of the company and the product is kept relatively clean.
 
--Cena was on Live with Kelly & Michael this morning promoting the Total Divas show on E! where he will be a regular. He ended up doing a sumo suit match with Michael Strahan.
 
--The New York Daily News had a story today on the Bella Twins promoting Raw and Total Divas with mostly fashion tips and air products. Nikki said she learned from her "boyfriend" that squats are your friend as far as your butt and killing cellulose are concerned.
 
--On Fuel tonight, Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin airs at 7 p.m., and Nate Diaz vs. Marcus Davis at 10 p.m., plus the Jon Jones title win over Shogun Rua at 1 a.m.
 
--There will not be a first-run episode of UFC Tonight tomorrow. It seems that show is now only running the week before shows and coming after shows.
 
--World Series of Fighting announced another show on 9/14 in Atlantic City at the Revel Casino Hotel headlined by Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle at light heavyweight.  This will air on NBC Sports and be the company's fifth show. 
 
--Lovefilm in the U.K. which is owned by Amazon, will be renting out WWE DVDs starting in October with both SummerSlam and Night of Champions as the first titles.  They will also be renting out a new HHH release an a Bill Goldberg release for later this year.  Lovefilm rented WWE videos through 2007, a relationship that ended when Silver Vision and Lovefilm's deal ended.  This will be the first time WWE DVD's have been available for rent in the U.K. since that time.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops):
 
1954 - Eddie Gossett (Eddie Graham) beat Frankie Talaber to win the MWA world jr. heavyweight title in Columbus, OH
1960 - Tough Tony Borne & Danny McShain beat El Gladiador & Torbellino Blanco in Houston to win the vacant Texas tag team title
1960 - Billy Joyce beat Dennis Mitchell to win the British heavyweight title in Bradford, England
1963 - Bobo Brazil beat Johnny Barend to win the WWWF U.S. title in Philadelphia
1963 - Dick the Bruiser beat King Curtis Iaukea to win the U.S. title in Honolulu
1965 - Giant Baba & Toyonobori beat The Destroyer & Billy Red Lyons to win the All-Asia tag tiles in Shimoda
1966 - Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy beat Mark Lewin & Domenic DeNucci to win the IWA tag titles in Sydney, Australia
1967 - Bob Orton Sr. beat Doug Gilbert to win the AWA Midwest title (formerly the Nebraska heavyweight title)
1967 - Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher beat Chris Markoff & Angelo Poffo (The Devils Duo) to win the WWA tag title in Indianapolis
1970 - La Pantera Negra & Tony Rocco beat Great Kojika & John Tolos to win the Americas tag team title in Los Angeles
1971 - Dan Miller beat the Missouri Mauler to win the Eastern States title in Greensboro
1972 - Ron & Don Wright beat Tommy Gilbert & Sputnik Monroe to win the Tennessee tag team titles in Chattanooga
1975 - Al Madril beat John Tolos in Dallas to win the Texas title  
1976 - Carlos Plata beat Adorable Rubi to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1977 - Ernie Ladd beat Dusty Rhodes in Tallahassee to win the Florida title
1977 - Tiger Jeet Singh & Umanosuke Ueda beat Shozo Kobayashi & Seiji Sakaguchi in Sapporo to win the Asia tag team tiltes
1977 - Johnny Eagles beat Blue Yankee to win the Alabama state title in Dothan
1978 - Otto Wanz beat Don Leo Jonathan in Graz, Austria to win the CWA world title
1978 - Armand Hussein beat Invader I to win the Caribbean title and Kendo Kimura beat Carlos Colon to win the Puerto Rican title in Caguas    
1978 - Bobby Lee beat Solar in Monterrey to win the UWA welterweight title.  And Solar is still around having great matches today.
1982 - Rocky Johnson beat Rip Oliver to win the Pacific Northwest title
1983 - Ric Flair beat David Von Erich in the finals of a tournament for the Missouri State title in St. Louis
1985 - Terry Taylor beat Phil Hickerson to win the AWA International title and Jerry Lawler beat Man Mountain Link to win the All-American title in Memphis
1985 - Iceman King Parsons beat Killer Tim Brooks for the Texas TV title in Fort Worth
1986 - Ron Bass beat Kendall Windham in Tampa to win the Florida title
1989 - Ivan Koloff beat Invader I in Caguas to win the Puerto Rican title
1990 - Astro de Oro beat Dr. Wagner Jr. in Mexico City to win the UWA world jr. title
1991 - Robert Fuller & Jeff Jarrett beat The Bar Room Brawlers for the USA tag titles in Memphis
1996 - Brickhouse Brown & Reggie B. Fine beat Flex Kavana (The Rock) & Bart Sawyer for the USWA tag titles in Memphis
1998 - Shiro Koshinaka & Genichiro Tenryu beat Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan in Tokyo to win the IWGP tag titles    
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW?
Excellent 24.3%
Good 48.6%
Average 10.8%
Fair 2.7%
Poor 13.5%
        64.1% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WITH SILVA VS. WEIDMAN AND ROUSEY VS. TATE, PREDICTIONS FOR DEC. 28 BUYS
Less than 800,000 6.4%
801-900,000 10.2%
901,000 to 1 million 5.5%
1.0 million to 1.05 million 17.4%
1.05 to 1.1 million 10.6%
1.1 to 1.2 million 15.3%
1.2 to 1.3 million 11.5%
1.3 to 1.4 million 7.2%
1.4 to 1.5 million 4.7%
1.5 to 1.6 million 7.7%
1.6 to 1.7 million 1.3%
1.7 million or more 2.1%
 
WHO WILL HAVE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL NEXT SIX MONTHS
UFC 40.7%
WWE 37.1%
New Japan 15.9%
TNA 6.0%
Bellator 0.3%
 
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
Raw 41.8%
Impact 22.8%
Voice vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin 9.2%
ROH 8.2%
Fight Master 7.1%
Smackdown 6.5%
Main Event 2.7%
Inside MMA 1.6%
 
--Classics on Demand update for this week
ECW Heat Wave 2000
Kurt Angle & Hardys vs. Steve Austin & Dudleys 8/9/01
Batista vs. Randy Orton 4/4/05
Chris Jericho vs Eddie Guerrero 4/3/00
Randy Savage vs. Andre the Giant 11/26/88
Sgt. Slaughter vs. Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania title change)
Nitro 11/10/97
Raw 11/10/97
Tuesday Night Titans 1/10/86
Feature on Sunny
Chris Candido vs. Jerry Lynn 10/16/98
New Age Outlaws vs. LOD 2000 1998
Tammy vs. Paisley 4/26/00
Smoking Gunns vs. Godwinns 1996
WCW on TBS 7/16/88
Raw 3/15/99
 
--Here's a Newsday story on Chris Weidman and life as champion.
 
--Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, the IWGP tag team champions, will be working 10/18 for NWA Houston and 10/19 for NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling.    
 
--No UFC or pro wrestling big shows this coming weekend.  The only weekend events are a Legacy Fighting Championships show on AXS on Friday night, a super New Japan lineup on late Friday night/Saturday morning on iPPV, and a major Dragon Gate show on iPPV on Sunday in Japan but late Saturday night/Sunday morning in the U.S.
 
--Low Ki, who is mostly retired, worked Saturday night for Right Coast Pro Wrestling in Newark, DE:  Ryan Rush b Chris Steeler, Michael Blake & Harry Baldwin b Mr. Crister & Colton Quest, Ryan Rush over Sonny Deed and Courageous Cruz, Stockade & Zak Connor b Biggie Biggs & Fallah, Tommy Maclin b Mike Reed, AC Roc & Kip Stevens b Beaulieu Brothers and Jason Leigh, King Mega b Prince Nana, Low Ki b Billy Bax
 
--ECWA from Saturday night also in Newark, DE:  Mr. Ooh La La & Kid USA b Little Mikey & Gus Grand, Bobby Shields DCOR Matt Saigon, Ace Darling inducted Adam Chambers into the ECWA Hall of Fame, Papadon b Vordell Walker, Jessie Kaye b Michael Tartaglia, Chris Wylde & Renee Michelle b Ricky Martinez & Keri, D-Line won over Monster Ahtu and Breaker Morant, VsK b Ricky Reyes, Papadon b VsK, Kekoa the Flyin Hawaiian b Adam Chambers.  Next show is 9/7.
 
--World's Best Wrestling on 8/9 at the Hamilton County Fair.
 
--FMLL on Sunday in El Monte, CA has Rayo de Jalisco Jr. & Tinieblas Jr. vs. Angel Blanco & L.A. Park
 
--CMLL on Sunday in Guadalajara:  Metalik & Indigo b Pirana & Relampago, Black Metal & Leo b Stara & Infierno, Sadico & Acertijo & Joker b Tony Escobedo & Sky Kid & Hippie, Triton & Stuka Jr. & Gallo b Rafaga & Exterminador & Malefico, Mascara Dorada & Diamante Azul b Mephisto & Averno
 
--There was a backstage joke last night that the crowd in Philadelphia was larger than the total crowd in all the years combined that RVD worked for TNA.
 
--SMASH Wrestling from last night in Toronto:  Abe Jackson & Taylor K. Deen b Aiden Prince & Kirk Warmack, Shane Matthews b Ginger Ninja, Seleyzia Sparkz (ROH) b Leah Von Dutch, Alex Vega b John Greed-COR, Player Uno b Brent Banks-DQ, Josh Alexander & Sebastian Suave b Thomas DuBois & Mathieu St. Jacques, Matt Cross won three-way over Gregory Iron and Mike Rollins, Tyson Dux b Scotty O'Shea.  Next show is 8/18 with Alexander & Suave vs. Paul London & Brian Kendrick, Tyson Dux vs. Scott O'Shea in a British rules match and Jimmy Korderas will wrestle on the show as well as LuFisto, Player Uno, Johnny Gargano and more.
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling from Saturday night in Mesquite, NV:  Bryce Harrison over Jefe, Gregory Sharpe and Funny Bone, Alkatrazz b Clutch, Disco Inferno b Michael Modest, Reno Scum over Rockness Monsters, Suburban Commandos, and Paul London & Brian Kendrick to keep tag titles, Jack Manley & Bryce Harrison b Willie Mack & Remy Marcel, Eugene & Leon Hater & Greg Romero b Vegas Originals, John Morrison b Kenny King, Kevin Nash b Tyshaun Prince-DQ (Prince retains FSW title)
 
--Bellator announced a 9/13 show in Temecula, CA at the Pechangs Resort and Casino on 9/13.
 
--Bas Rutten bouncer stories at www.facebook.com/FamousBouncers
 
--MWF is doing its 12th anniversary show on 9/21 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall with Bob Holly Bobby Lashley, Carlito and Jake Roberts.
 
--Independent wrestler Jack Gamble (Darren Gamblin) was in an auto wreck on Saturday night/early Sunday morning coming home from an independent show in St. Louis on Route 50 toward Lynn, MO when a drunk driver crossed the center divider and hit him had on.  He was with his wife, his baby daughter and wrestler Dave DeLorean.  Gamblin is in St. John's Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with a badly broken leg plus other injuries.  His wife is in an induced coma from very serious trauma.  His daughter is fine and DeLorean has no serious injuries.


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