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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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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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-- 25 years ago today, Bruiser Brody was murdered in Puerto Rico.
-- Ric Flair's ex-wife (most recent one) Jackie Beems turned herself into police today. She was accused of harassing Flair's current girlfriend, Wendy Barlow, the former Fifi the Maid. She was released on bond after being charged with a misdemeanor.
-- We've got a really fun interview with Antonio "The Promise" Thomas up right now. Big week of audio as I've done shows every day since Sunday morning, Dave and Mike had a show Saturday, Karl Stern is churning them out like a madman, and more. "Promise" will be working the next Wrestling Cares show on August 17th in Los Angeles for those in the area.
-- For those who didn't understand a word either guy said last night on RAW, Great Khali told John Cena last night to pick him because they would have the best match on the show at SummerSlam. Cena said he understood what Khali was saying. Khali said "YES! HE UNDERSTOOD ME!" This is the best bi-play on Raw since -- well, since Paul Heyman and CM Punk earlier in the evening, but still. Thanks to everyone who emailed that in.
-- As usual, Cena beat Ryback in a tables match after Raw ended.
-- Sheamus posted a photo on Twitter of one of his legs looking almost double the size of the other one due to "ladder-related inflammation." I'll bet. He was also responsible for punching Christian in the mouth hard enough that they originally feared Christian had suffered a concussion (he hadn't), which also chipped one of Christian's teeth.
-- Erik writes: I live in central Wisconsin and during a Raw commercial break, they just announced that Brock Lesnar is going to be live at the August 5th Monday Night Raw taping from Green Bay. Not sure if this is newsworthy, but it’s the first time in 11 years he’s appeared here (according the the commercial).
-- Regarding an article we referenced on Friday about how SHARKNADO was a big hit on Twitter but a ratings bomb, the Hollywood Reporter over the weekend issued a correction stating that the film was, in fact, in line with normal ratings for Syfy original movies. Sharknado did 1.4 million viewers. According to Hollywood Reporter: Compared to previous Syfy TV movies, Sharknado is on par in the ratings. To compare, June's Independence Day-Saster averaged 1.3 million, April's Battledogs drew 1.5 million and March's Chupacabra vs. the Alamo lured 1.5 million.
-- First Sharknado, now GHOST SHARK.
-- There is a great story here on the Waterloo, IA, Hall of Fame ceremony that took place over the weekend. Edge was the main eventer. Ric Flair and Bill Watts were both scheduled to attend but didn't make it, Watts due to health reasons and Flair because he was double-booked for an event that paid him more.
-- Dana White, unsurprisingly, announced that he was not getting rid of fight night bonuses in order to pay undercard fighters more. I don't think for one second he honestly considered this.
-- There is a mink coat for sale here that was purchased by the legendary TOOTS MONDT for his wife.
-- CHRIS WEIDMAN DAY. New York State Senator Dean Skelos, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray will join together to honor Baldwin native, and newly crowned UFC Middleweight Champion of the World, Chris Weidman at the Coral House on July 17th and proclaim it Chris Weidman Day.
-- Impact did a 1.0 rating and 1.2 million viewers Thursday.
-- Vinny V and a bunch of others call into Ed's show to talk about the Convention here.
-- CZW/MBA this Friday at the Vogt Recreation Center, 6700 Cottage Street in Philadelphia, PA with a 7 pm, CZW & MBA join forces for a benefit for international wrestler and CZW World Heavyweight champion MASADA. Minimum donation of $10 at the door.
-- Jay Lethal interview talking upcoming training seminars in the UK here.
-- World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo has officially elected to take a temporary leave from his executive role so he can prepare for his 8/10 fight against Dave Huckaba (20-5) at World Series of Fighting 4. The show will be at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif, on NBC Sports Network.
-- XSE will have Goldust / Dustin Rhodes on Saturday, July 27th as part of MMA Unleashed II being held at the Melbourne Auditorium.
-- At San Diego Comic Con, Headlocked booth (1901) will be hosting Headlocked writer Mike Kingston along with Ken Anderson (Fri-Sat) and Bad Influence on (Sat-Sun). Kingston will also be appearing as part of the wrestling/comics panel on Thurs night 8PM. Headlocked has launched a Kickstarter in support of its next 150 pg. graphic novel, The Last Territory. The book has a painted cover by Jerry Lawler, art from Ken Anderson, Beth Phoenix, & Sinn Bodhi as well as short stories from Rob Van Dam, Shane Helms, & Christopher Daniels. The wrestling generated content is only available to people that support the Kickstarter. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/180977151/headlocked-the-last-territory
-- Do something today, wrestlers, so that it will no longer be a slow day in history, at least according to Brian Hoops:
1983 - Butch Reed defeated Junkyard Dog for the Mid South North American Heavyweight Title in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1994 - Sid Vicious defeated Jerry Lawler by forfeit for the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee
-- Beyond Wrestling is having a show in Providence, Rhode Island on July 21st. The card is Kevin Steen vs. MASADA, Colt Cabana vs. JAKA, Johnny Gargano vs. JT Dunn, Eddie "Eddie Edwards" Edwards vs. Biff Busick, AR Fox vs. Anthony Stone, and much more. Tickets are available here http://bit.ly/7-21-Tickets
-- GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, announced a one-night, four-man, Middleweight (187 lbs/85 kg) World Championship Tournament and eight superfight match-ups, in Ontario, CA, on Saturday, September 28th. Glory has signed a deal with Spike TV.
-- Cutrer writes: Just wanted to let you guys know GiI Joe: Retaliation is now streaming on Xbox Live a week before the official DVD release.
-- There is a Kickstarter here to fund an Ultimo Dragon graphic novel.
-- Bas Rutten has untold stories from when he was a bouncer here.
-- ROH has a new Eddie Edwards DVD out today.
-- All the drug tests at UFC 161 came back negative for steroids and drugs of abuse. No TUE's were issued for the show either.
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