MON. UPDATE: New UFC fights, Foley, Austin, G-1 Climax, Best TV show, August schedule, Noteworthy birthdays, Original of Universal title, Bella Twins, Linda McMahon, WWE changing PPV name



By Dave Meltzer
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        We're also looking for reports from tonight's Raw tapings in Austin, with Superstars matches, dark matches and anything else from the live show, as well as reports from Saturday night's TNA show in Cape Girardeau, MO.  Big Show returns tonight.

        WWE will be taping four TV's this week.
 
        After tonight, the Raw show for 7/29 will be taped on Tuesday night in Laredo.
 
        Smackdown for 7/26 will be taped on Wednesday in Corpus Christi.  With a lot of the crew leaving for Australia before this show, the headliners will be Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, C.M. Punk, Sheamus and Rob Van Dam.
 
        Smackdown for 8/2 will be taped on Thursday in Houston with the same crew as Corpus Christi.
  
         It's a big week for the Observer this week.  The back issue up on the site covers the career of Ray Stevens, one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, who passed away in 1996.  Legend has it Stevens was the best wrestler in the business during the 60s (I never saw him live until the 70s, and he was very good then, the best ever at making a questionable opponent look like a champion). 
 
        We also have a new double issue covering the issues in TNA, the opening of the WWE Performance Center, Bruiser Brody, Brian Stann, Invicta, WWE SummerSlam, WrestleMania 2015, Money in the Bank PPV and a lot more.
 
        Our lead story looks at the WWE Performance Center.  We look at the developmental structure for WWE, why it is so important, notes on what the new building has, different reasons it's such a major change, who and what type of people they are scouting, what the idea was modeled after, what is good and not so good about the current developmental system and how it can be improved with some tweaks.  We also look at roster turnover and the grand opening, as well as who was there that was significant and not talked about, as well as how this relates to MMA.
 
        We also have a look at the build to SummerSlam, coverage of Money in the Bank, winners of WWE PPV matches being leaked, poll results, match-by-match coverage and star ratings.
 
        We also look at the impending UFC 168 show, which will be among the biggest non-boxing PPV events in U.S. history.  We look at the various factors that will determine how well the show does, including key info on the launch of Fox Sports 1, what impacts the two big matches, how Christmas has historically affected UFC on PPV and more.
 
        We also look at the Ultimate Warrior being added to the WWE video game, the segment being done, the introduction, WWE promotion of it, Warrior talking about doing another match, WWE reaction, as well as a look at Warrior's wrestling career and his match with Hulk Hogan, as well as his various comebacks.
 
        We look at the issues facing TNA, why the financial situation has gotten the way it has, why the situation is so concerning, what TNA can and cant' do about it, what advantages Bellator has with taping live events compared with TNA, as well as notes on the releases of Tara and Doc.
 
        We update on WrestleMania in 2015 and 2016, the situation with Dave Bautista and a WWE return, thoughts on part-timers and next year WrestleMania, Rock's income from wrestling and movies, lots more on the Total Divas reality show, promotion of the show, WWE on NBC, WWE sponsorships, extensive TV tapings coming, Steve Austin and wrestling again, update on Undertaker wrestling again, lots of WWE injury updates, why two WWE wrestlers haven't been around of late who aren't hurt, scheduled returns from injuries of WWE stars, Mark Henry talks pay cut, tons of news out of developmental, well known wrestler on writing team, secret rules regarding working in WWE that haven't gotten out, Lawler talks wrestling again, viewership of Raw, live vs. delayed, Coachman talks about his days in WWE, NFL draft pick talks going to WWE, plus notes on the weekend house show.
 
        We also look at the debut of Invicta on PPV.  We look at what was done right, what could be improved on, quality of fights, Cyborg vs. Rousey, a look at the highlight fights and future matches.
 
        We also look back at the career of Brian Stann, why he retired, what he's doing next, and why his retirement was such a major story for a fighter who never had a championship match.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--Date for the biggest match in Mexico in years
 
--Future of wrestling on Galavision
 
--Santo anniversary show upcoming
 
--CMLL major show lineup
 
--Update on Dr. Wagner Jr.
 
--Notes on Dragon Gate iPPV and loaded lineup for one of the biggest shows of the year
 
--The new version of All Japan has its first show
 
--Who is involved behind the scenes with this new company
 
--Pro Wrestling NOAH jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--New Japan iPPV notes for this week
 
--New Japan tag champs coming to Texas
 
--Goals for the Wrestle-1 promotion and a look back at the kind of matchmaking Keiji Muto is looking at
 
--Hall of Famer talks retirement once again
 
--More on Ric Flair's legal situation
 
--Coverage of the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame weekend
 
--Notes from the speeches
 
--The problems with honorees not showing up
 
--Jim Ross talks about Bill Watts
 
--Matt Hughes at the Hall of Fame
 
--More on shooting outside the club that Colt Cabana performed at on July 4th
 
--Notes on the death of Bruiser Brody
 
--Movies with wrestlers
 
--Former WWE star as a bodyguard for Alex Rodriguez
 
--One of 90s most famous tag teams reunites
 
--Pro wrestling area local star books a boxing match and pro wrestling match on the same night
 
--One of the biggest non-WWE crowds of the year main event between stars of decades ago is rematched
 
--Former WWE wrestler gets regular role in a TV series
 
--Roddy Piper doing more television
 
--Wrestler and his family in terrible auto accident
 
--Well-known MMA manager and his boxing match against well known pro wrestling star of the era
 
--Pro wrestling manager of the 80s does boxing
 
--John Madden talks going to high school with a pro wrestling legend as well as daughters of all-time great tag team
 
--Bas Rutten talks his pro wrestling career
 
--ROH title tournament notes
 
--Why certain wrestlers aren't in the tournament
 
--New Japan stars coming to ROH
 
--Notes on the weekend ROH events and highlights
 
--TV series with a TNA star
 
--TNA star gets national TV commercial
 
--Taelor Hendrix talks problems in TNA and being let go
 
--TNA weekend house show notes
 
--Story behind T.J. Grant being pulled from UFC 164
 
--Analysis of Pettis vs. Henderson
 
--Chris Weidman day
 
--Tons of new UFC fights
 
--Notes on Ultimate Fighter China
 
--UFC main event will have the most extensive drug testing ever
 
--Nick Diaz and a return
 
--Interesting reaction by a fighter to a proposed fight
 
--UFC lobbying efforts
 
--UFC Hall of Famer talking a comeback
 
--World Series of Fighting notes
 
--Story behind the fallout of Ken Shamrock's MMA return
 
--Shamrock Brothers working together
 
--Jens Pulver returns to fight former Olympian
 
--Gotch piledriver in MMA
 
--Former Pride star retires
 
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Monday's News Update
 
--We've got a ton of audio up.  Mike Sempervive and I did three plus hours of me answering questions on Sunday morning, plus we have an interview with Bill Murdoch on the life of Jack Brisco, with his book on Brisco coming out soon.  Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Raw and taking questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--The Raw crew, taping TV tonight and tomorrow, leave Tuesday for a tour of Australia, that also includes a show in Shanghai, China.  The Smackdown crew works domestic this weekend, but next week will be in South Africa. 
 
--Tonight on Fuel will be old UFC PPVs, with UFC 145 (Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans) at 8 p.m. and UFC 146 (Junior Dos Santos vs. Frank Mir) at 11 p.m.  All times Eastern.
 
--Steve Austin interviewed Scott Hall for his podcast for a show airing Thursday.
 
--Mick Foley will be performing on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Neenah, WI at Comedy Quarter doing his Tales from Wrestling comedy show.
 
--Bellator announced a show on 11/15 in Atlantic City at Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City.  The plan is for finals of the fall season's welterweight and featherweight tournaments plus the return of Kurt Pellegrino facing Saul Almeida, plus former UFC fighter Tom DeBlass.  Pellegrino retired two years ago so this is his coming out of retirement match.  
 
--Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov has been added to the 9/21 UFC show in Toronto.
 
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ROAD TO THE OCTAGON?
Excellent 0.0%
Good 62.5%
Average 25.0%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 12.5%
        88.9% of those responding didn't see the show.  This was on FOX and nobody saw it. 
 
IF 8/4 AND 8/11 NEW JAPAN SHOWS ARE BOTH OFFERED ON IPPV, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Buy neither 43.5%
Buy both 40.0%
Buy only the finals on 8/11 15.7%
Buy only the Osaka show on 8/4 0.9%
        As if 55.7% of the people responding are really buying the finals.
 
POLL ON SATURDAY'S ROH TV SHOW
Excellent 15.6%
Good 59.4%
Average 15.6%
Fair 3.1%
Poor 6.3%
        62.8% of those responding didn't see the show
 
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF LAST WEEK?
Raw 59.1%
Impact 26.9%
ROH 8.2%
Fight Master 1.8%
Inside MMA 1.8%
Main Event 1.2%
Smackdown 0.6%
Countdown to the Octagon 0.6%       
 
--The only major event this coming weekend is the UFC show on FOX from Seattle.  August, however, gets crazy:
 
8/2 TNA One Night Only Reunion taped PPV
8/3 UFC 163 Aldo vs. Zombie PPV
8/4 New Japan G-1 from Osaka iPPV
8/10 CZW iPPV
8/11 New Japan G-1 finals (probable iPPV)
8/17 UFC on FS 1 Shogun vs. Sonnen
8/18 WWE SummerSlam
8/28 UFC on FS 1 Condit vs. Kampmann
8/31 UFC 164 Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis; Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron, John Dananay and Brian Hoops)
1943 - Earl McCready beat Whipper Billy Watson to win the British Empire title in Toronto
1958 - Corsica Jean beat Ray Stevens to win the Southern junior heavyweight title in Nashville
1960 - Danny Hodge won the World junior heavyweight title as a rookie for the first time in his career beating Angelo Savoldi in Oklahoma City.  Hodge would be synonymous with the title for the next 16 years.
1960 - Don Leo Jonathan beat Torbellino Blanco in Houston to win the Texas title
1960 - Dick Steinborn beat Mighty Yankee in Atlanta to win the Southern title
1961 - Don Greene beat Len Rossi in Chattanooga to win the Southern jr. heavyweight title
1963 - Ronnie Etchison & Dan Miller beat Kinji Shibuya & Mitsu Arakawa in Calgary to win the International tag team titles
1963 - Gene Kiniski beat Whipper Billy Watson in Vancouver to win the British Empire title
1964 - The Destroyer beat Dick the Bruiser in Los Angeles to win the WWA title
1967 - Tex McKenzie beat Killer Kowalski in Melbourne to win the IWA title
1967 - Johnny Kostas beat Lonnie Mayne to win the Pacific Northwest title
1968 - Don Leo Jonathan & Pat Barrett beat Abdullah the Butcher & Armond Hussein to win the Canadian Open tag team titles in Vancouver
1969 - Jack Brisco & Ciclon Negro beat Hiro Matsuda & Missouri Mauler in Tampa to win the Florida tag team titles  
1969 - Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes, who would go on to become one of the best tag team of their era as The Texas Outlaws, were put together as  team for the first time ever at the Dallas Sportatorium, losing the opening match of the show to Jose Lothario & Tony Gonzales
1972 - Tommy Gilbert & Sputnik Monroe beat Don & Ron Wright to win the Tennessee tag team titles in Chattanooga
1974 - Tex McKenzie & Ken Patera beat Blackjacks Lanza & Mulligan in Fort Worth to win the American tag team title
1975 - Mr. Wrestling I & II beat Don Greene & Jerry Lawler to win the Macon tag team titles
1976 - Larry Lane won a tournament in Amarillo to win the International title
1977 - Roddy Piper & Keith Franks (Adrian Adonis) beat Mando Guerrero & Tom Jones in Los Angeles to win the Americas tag team title
1977 - Mr. Wrestling II beat Dick Slater in Atlanta to win the Georgia title
1978 - Jimmy & Johnny Valiant beat Domenic DeNucci & Wilbur Snyder to win the WWA tag titles in Indianapolis
1978 - Jean & Pierre Martel beat Carlos Colon & Chief Thundercloud in San Juan to win the North American tag team titles while Gorilla Monsoon won the North American title beating Bruno Sammartino
1978 - Dutch Mantell (Zeb Colter) beat Whipper Watson Jr. in Chattanooga to win the Mid American title
1979 - Mark Lewin beat Bruiser Brody in Dallas to win the Texas Brass Knux title
1981 - Bob Roop beat Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin) in Shreveport to win the Louisiana State title
1984 - Ric Flair defeated Kevin Von Erich on an afternoon show in Austin, TX, and then wrestled a 60 minute draw with Kerry Von Erich on a show that night in San Antonio.
1985 - Phil Hickerson beat Terry Taylor in Memphis to win the International title
1986 - Masked Superstar beat Lex Luger in Tampa to win the Southern title
1988 - Current WWE ref Scott Armstrong beat Nelson Royal in Knoxville to win the NWA world. jr. title
1988 - Cuban Assassin & Jerry Morrow beat Bruce Hart & Brian Pillman in Calgary to win the International tag team tiles
1989 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Genichiro Tenryu & Stan Hansen in Ishikawa to win the All Japan double tag title
 
--A correction on yesterday's update.  We listed that on July 21, 1982, Abdullah the Butcher was named the first WWC Universal champion. Actually that's incorrect.  Abdullah was the WWC world champion, who lost to Carlos Colon.  Then Carlos Colon wrestled Ric Flair, who was the NWA champion, and beat him, and that created the Universal title since the Universe is bigger than the world.
 
--Shawn Michaels turns 48 today.   Former Olympic wrestler turned pro star Bob Roop turned 71 today.  Kenny King turned 32 today.
 
--Boxer and wrestler Tony Galento passed away on this day in 1979 at the age of 69.
 
--If he had not died in 1984, today would have been David Von Erich's 55th birthday. 
 
--Classics on Demand for this week
Royal Rumble 2013
Madison Square Garden 7/23/84
ECW 9/25/98
Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling 11/17/82
Prime Time Wrestling 11/20/89
 
--Nikki and Brie Bella are doing tons of media this week to promote Total Divas on E!  Friday they will be at the NBC Experience Store at Rockerfeller Plaza in New York. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)  
 
--They will also be appearing on SI Now as guests later this week.
 
--A story on Linda McMahon in politics behind the scenes in the Republican Party is at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/21/linda-mcmahon_n_3632719.html (thanks to Paul Kacprzak)
 
--Advertising in the U.K. indicates WWE's October PPV show, formerly Over the Limit, taking place on 10/6 from Buffalo, is now called Battleground. 
 
--Premier Wrestling on 9/29 in Gilroy, CA at the Nine Lives Club features former Olympian Jeff Cobb (2-0) vs. Brian Tannen (2-0) for the Premier title, plus a top contenders match with Dave Dutra (2-1) vs. Oliver John (1-0).  Tickets go on sale 8/1.  Show is Sunday at 5 p.m.  I will likely be going to this one.
 
--Steel Domain Wrestling from Saturday night before 300 fans in Hopkins, MN in a fund raiser for the Hopkins Youth Hockey:  Ricky Love b Al Sanchez, Ryan Cruz b Arya Daivari, Ace Steel b Adam Pearce, Chris Jordan b Ben Sailor, Danny Duggan b Mitch Paradise to win the Northern States title.  (thanks to Mike Rosen)
 
--Border City Wrestling from Friday night in Windsor, ONT before 400 fans:  Brad Martin b Sebastian Suave, John Greed b Tiberious King, Bryan Sullivan & Scotty Turner b Mark Vandy & Kharn Alexander, Tyson Dux b Shawn Spears, Jon Bolen won three-way over Action Jackson and Brent B, Aiden Prince b John Bravo, Phil Atlas b Kongo Kong to keep the BCW title.  Next show is the company's 20th anniversary event on 10/26 at St. Clair College in Windsor
 
--I Believe in Wrestling from Sunday in Orlando:  Tim Zbyszko & Chico Adams b Josh Hess & Jayson Falcone, Jon Davis b Rafael Altair Kenneth Cameron b C.J. O'Doyle, Chasyn Rance d Santana Garrett, Rhett Gidddins b Alan Stratton, Wayne Van Dyke won four-way over  Carlos Rivera, Jason Cade and Gabriel Black, Jesse Neal b QT Marshall to win the Florida title.  Next show is 8/25. (thanks to Al Haft)
 
--Martin Leggett said that he will be at the Omega Con in Bensalem, PA on 8/25 selling is collection of unopened ROH DVDs from 2003 to 2006.
 
--Beyond Wrestling from Sunday in Providence, RI before 300 fans:  Latin Dragon won four-way over Shane Strickland, David Starr and Sozio, Drew Gulak b Chris Dickinson, Team Tremendous won  four-way over Davey Cash & Kris Pyro, Tommy Trainwreck & Devin Blaze and EFBYO, Mathieu St. Jacques & Thomas Dubois b Aaron Epic & Dave Cole, Colt Cabana b Jaka, Kevin Steen b Masada, Johnny Gargano b J.T. Dunn, Anthony Stone b AR Fox, Eddie Edwards b Biff Busick.  Next show on 9/15 has Chuck Taylor, Michael Elgin and ACH (thanks to Chris GST)
 
--New York rapper Action Bronson has a song called "The Rockers" on his new album, with Marty Jannetty mentioned in the chorus at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB9tToQ-YeE (thanks to Dan Petrucci)
 
--Power League Wrestling from Sunday in East Providence, RI:  Eric Dylan b Robbie Araujo, Texas Hangmen b Ken Combs & Chris Students, Papi Kruz b Kevin Perry, Kuma b Lumberjake, Brandon Webb & Mike McCarthy & Shay Cash b Matt Storm & TJ Richter & Sean burke, Curly the Stooge b Buddy Romano, Scott Levesque b Anthony Greene, Antonio Thomas b Gregory Edwards with Kenny Dykstra as referee (thanks to Carlos Arenas)
 
--CMLL from Thursday in Poza Rica, Veracruz before 500 fans:  Falcon & Power Ranger & Principe Halcon b Byron Temerario & Rocka Infernal & King Lion, El Hijo del Signo & Hooligan b Starman & Super Halcon Jr., Fuego & Stigma b Arkangel de la Muerte & Escandalo, Ultimo Guerrero & Euforia b Atlantis & Mistico-DQ.
 
--CMLL from Sunday in Guadalajara:  Xavier Cruz Jr. & Divino b Yaqui & Samael, Leo Blanco & Smaker & Virgo b Espectrum & Exterminador & Magnum, Barbaro Cavernario b Black Metal to win Western States middleweight title via submission in the third fall, Hippie & Tony Escobedo b Acertijo & Joker in a double hair vs. hair mach, Psicosis & Kraneo b Brazo de Plata & Stuka (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--A story on Scorpio Sky of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2013/06/30/20941501.html
 
--The Expendables 2, which featured Randy Couture, was the second highest rated show last week on Australian pay TV with 102,000 viewers (thanks to James Stanios)   
 
--Famous Bouncer stories, this time featuring Lance Storm & Chris Jericho at www.facebook.com/FamousBouncers 
 
--Shawn Michaels will be singing autographs and posing for photos on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at George's Cards and Collectibles in Langhorne, PA at the Oxford Valley Mall Store.
 
--The next Legacy Fighting Championships show on AXS on 8/23 in Lubbock features Paul Buentello vs. James McSweeney, Eric Davila vs. Artemas Young plus Damacio Page. 
 
--CZW Wired on 8/10 on iPPV from Voorhees, NJ at Flyers Skate Zone.  There will be a women's show at 4 p.m. and a men's show at 7:30 p.m.

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