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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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
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*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
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Monday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking next week's Raw, Friday's Smackdown, G-1 on PPV, SummerSlam, Ronda Rousey as well as take your questions that can be sent to
--Randy Orton missed TV the last two nights due to a concussion suffered in his match on 7/16 in Providence with Alberto Del Rio. That was in addition to the neck injury in that match. He's been cleared so he is scheduled to wrestle on the weekend house shows and could be at TV tonight.
--Alberto Del Rio suffered a broken rib in his match with Sheamus on Monday night but he's been working through it.
--Spike has a TV special tonight at 11 p.m. called "Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion" on Alexander Volkov and Alexander Shlemenko as they prepare for matches in Bellator. It also previews the Ben Askren vs. Andrey Koreshkov fight and features Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson and Anthony Pettis.
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 8 p.m., The Road to the Octagon special building up Saturday night's UFC show at 9 p.m., Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at 10 p.m. and Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin at midnight. All times are Eastern. Pacific time is three hours earlier.
--A "Hulk Hogan Uncensored" talk show takes place on 8/23 in Toronto as part of a Fan Expo. Dave Penzer will be the m.c. as Hogan and Eric Bischoff answer questions.
--Jesse Sorensen, cut yesterday by TNA, was able to raise the $600 in donations yesterday to allow him to compete in a bodybuilding contest in the fall in Florida.
--Deadspin has a great story today on it site on DDP, Jake Roberts and Scott Hall and Roberts and Hall's attempts to get clean.
--OVW tapes television tonight at the Davis Arena in Louisville.
--As a note when talking about Action Bronson having a song about The Rockers, he has also a song called Ron Simmons, which includes part of a Simmons promo at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4oNxZVCkWs
He often makes references to wrestling in his raps (thanks to Dan Petrucci)
--We didn't mention this on Monday, but Monday would have been the 90th birthday of Lillian "Fabulous Moolah" Ellison. (thanks to Ken Raftery)
--Presale starts tomorrow for a 9/24 Smackdown taping in Milwaukee at the Bradley Center with the code word WARRIOR. Some people are going to think that's cryptic for Ultimate Warrior but it's really for Sheamus as the Celtic Warrior. Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m.
--Wrestling Cares on 8/17 in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Gateway at LAX with Matt Hardy & Reby Sky vs. Daivari & Ryan Shamrock, plus Candice Michelle makes an appearance hosting their tournament that has Adam Pearce vs. Willie Mack, Johnny Gargano vs. Drake Younger, Adam Cole vs. Jamin Olivencia and B-Boy vs. Kyle Matthews. Katarina Leigh (Winter) faces Candice LaRae. If you attend SummerSlam or Fan Axxess and bring your ticket stub, you can get 50% off the ticket price. The event will benefit the Fernando Pullman Community Arts Center of South Los Angeles.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron, Drew Murphy and Brian Hoops)
1970 - Nick Bockwinkel beat Paul DeMarco in Atlanta to win the Georgia title
1970 - Roger Kirby beat Danny Little Bear to win the Central States title in St. Joseph, MO
1977 - Rocky Johnson beat WWWF champion Superstar Billy Graham in a non-title match in Orlando
1982 - Carlos Colon beat Abdullah the Butcher to win the WWC world title in San Juan
1983 - Jim Duggan & Magnum T.A. beat Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia to win the Mid South tag team titles in Tulsa
1983 - Sgt. Slaughter beat Angelo Mosca in Toronto to win the Canadian title
1987 - Sherri Martel beat Fabulous Moolah in Houston to win the WWF women's title
1991 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada beat Steve Williams & Terry Gordy in Kanazawa to win the Double tag team titles
1992 - Blue Panther beat Octagon in Leon to win the Mexican national middleweight title
1993 - Combat Toyoda beat Megumi Kudo in Kitakyushu to win the FMW Independent womens' title
1993 - Great Sasuke beat Super Delfin in Morioka to win the UWA welterweight title
1994 - Rage & Fury beat Fit Finlay & John Hawk (John Layfield) in Vienna to win the CWA tag titles
1996 - Kenta Kobashi beat Akira Taue in Tokyo to win the Triple Crown and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi beat Masa Fuchi to win the jr. title
1996 - Rick & Scott Steiner beat Harlem Heat to win the WCW tag titles in Cincinnati
1999 - Kurt Angle beat J.R. Smooth in Memphis to win the Power Pro Wrestling title
2000 - Lance Storm beat Big Vito in Cleveland to win the WCW Hardcore title
2005 - Road Warrior Animal & Jon Heidenreich beat Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro (Morrison) to win the WWE tag titles
--TNA is currently looking for a publicist with 2-3 years experience in pitching and securing media bookings, developing media relationships and writing press materials. They are looking for someone with a degree in public relations or sports marketing, or journalism. You have to be willing to relocate to Nashville.
WHO IS THE BEST OF THE CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS?
Kazuchika Okada 36.7%
John Cena 18.5%
Alberto Del Rio 16.7%
Chris Sabin 11.0%
Shingo Takagi 2.0%
El Terrible 1.7%
El Texano Jr. 0.7%
WHO DO YOU CONSIDER WWE'S BIGGEST COMPETITION?
Disney Channel 13.0%
New Japan 9.9%
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 88.0%
C.M. Punk 4.2%
Antonio Cesaro 3.3%
John Cena 1.2%
Paul Heyman 1.2%
Mark Henry 0.9%
Dolph Ziggler 0.7%
The Shield 0.4%
WHAT IS UFC'S BIGGEST FIGHT IN AUGUST?
Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis 46.0%
Chael Sonnen vs. Shogun Rua 23.5%
Jose Aldo vs. Chan Sung Jung 14.5%
Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett 13.8%
Martin Kampmann vs. Carlos Condit 2.1%
POLL ON MONDAY'S RAW
9.3% of those responding didn't see the show
--Anarchy Wrestling comes to the Anarchy Arena in Cornelia, GA on Saturday night at 8 p.m. for a TV taping headlined by Jagged Edge & Deadly Sin Seven vs. Mikael Judas & Azreal for the vacant tag team titles.
--Border Impact Group presents Lucha Libre on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in El Paso headlined by Brazo de Plata, Dragon Rojo and Diamante Azul.
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 4,300 fans: Cholo & Guerrero Negro Jr. b Asturiano & Black Tiger Sr., Dark Angel (Sarita) & Estrellita & Dalis la Caribena b Princesa Blanca & Zeuxis & Vaquerita, Fuego & Diamante & Sagrado b Raziel & Escandalo & Archangel de la Muerte, Espiritu Maligno & Tiger & Puma b Stigma & Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr., (Maligno and Stigma set up a mask vs. mask match this coming Monday), Rush & Thunder & La Mascara b Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. & Negro Casas-DQ, Diamante Azul b Ultimo Guerrero to retain the NWA historical light heavyweight title
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara: Metatron & Sky Kid b Sadico & Demonio Maya, Gallo & Soberano Jr. & Esfinge b Malefico & Rafaga & El Hijo del Signo, Amapola & Comandante & Princesa Sugei b Marcela & Lluvia & Luna Magica, Vangelis & Misterioso Jr. & Ephesto b Stuka Jr. & Sagrado & Diamante Azul, La Sombra & Maximo & Rush b Ultimo Guerrero & Mr. Aguila & Euforia-DQ
--Baja Stars Wrestling on Friday night in Tijuana has Atlantis vs. Ultimo Guerrero headlining at the Auditorio.
--MWF on Saturday night at the East Los Angeles Community and Youth Center has Atlantis & Kiss Jr. & Kiss III vs. Punisher & Super Maquina Jr. & Ultimo Guerrero
--Promociones Salinas on Sunday in McAllen, TX has Atlantis & Estrellato vs. Blue Panther & Black Panther (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Traditional Championship Wrestling Back to School Bash IV on 8/3 in Fort Smith, AR headlined by Matt Hardy.
--Jim Ross on his blog wrote that his upcoming UK tour is close to being sold out for every event. A few tickets are left in Cardiff and Glasgow. London is sold out. Manchester also has some tickets left at http://www.psievents.evenbrite.com/
--Bellator announce a 9/27 show in Portland, OR at the Rose Garden with the first round of a lightweight tournament for a title shot with Marcus Davis vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy, John Alessio vs. Will Brooks, Saad Awad vs. Martin Stapleton and Rich Clementi vs. Rob Sinclair.
--Lion Fights take place Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, airing live on AXS at 10 p.m. Eastern. They have a Muay Thai show plus an after party at The Ainsworth in Las Vegas.
--Gail Kim on Samrtass Radio on Monday at 7 p.m. talking about the 100 sexiest women list she made.
--GOUGE on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Food Truck Rodeo at Rebus Works in Raleigh
--USWO from Saturday night in Millersville, TN before 120 fans: Fireball Roberts b TNT Mottley, Shaun Fatal over Larry Cooter and Big Time Sexy, Dyron Flynn & Chris Norte b Kevin Weatherby & Zack Hartnell, David Knox b Psycho Medic, Karen Sade b Josh Crow, Gary Valiant b Justin Grandberry, Chris Michaels b LT Falk. Next show is 8/18 at the SAW Mill.