THURS. UPDATE: More on alleged stabbing by former indie/WWE wrestler, MSG in jeopardy, Carter talks to TNA fans, Impact lineup, MMA PEDs, Booker T Day, Total Divas, new WWE main event

By Dave Meltzer
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        Impact tonight on Spike:
Hernandez vs. Ken Anderson BFG series
Ultimate X for vacant title:  Greg Marasciulo vs. Manik vs. Sonjay Dutt
Mickie James vs. Gail Kim for Knockouts title
Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels BFG series
Jeff Hardy vs. A.J. Styles BFG series
        An update on what is going on in TNA is the lead story in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
        We look at the timing of the release of Jesse Sorensen, his comments, the departures of Bruce Prichard and D-Lo Brown, who is taking their places, Dixie Carter's meeting with the TNA performers at TV last week, the fiasco at the house show in Missouri, and the status of the creative team.
        We also have a look at the election of Antonio Inoki to the Japanese senate.  We look at his prior tenure in office, the situation regarding his election, his mainstream fame, other wrestlers who have been in the Japan senate, Inoki's standing in Japan and the promotion that bears his name.
        We also look at Ultimate Warrior and WWE opening doors for a relationship.  We look at an angle scheduled for Raw and why it had to be changed.  We update the SummerSlam card.
        We also have more notes from the Total Divas show, the Brie Bella wardrobe malfunction, WWE having an old TV show brought back, update on the 2015 and 2016 WrestleMania, the Deadspin story on WWE results getting out and betting on WWE shows.  We also look at more WWE angles, Steve Austin looking at doing another TV show, as well as who is one what TV tapings upcoming in August.
        We also look at a WWE performer whose father is a bigwig in the kids toys business, Dwayne Johnson's diet, a WWE cut, WWE injury updates and an update on Linda McMahon.
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--Babyfaces being booed out of the building at Arena Mexico and why
--AAA's last TV taping
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--Former 90s star listed as Deadbeat Dad
--Piper TV shoot
--Notes on the death of Carolinas wrestler and writer Tinker Todd
--His reaction to first meeting Ric Flair
--Colon vs. Invader rematch
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--Notes on new X title holder
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--Notes on Roy Nelson signing with UFC
--Why Daniel Cormier may not drop to 205 and what could change his mind
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--Notes on MMA regulations
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--Edgar talks prospective next opponent
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--Dan Henderson talks about fighting without TRT
--Notes on the UFC press tour
--Latest on Nick Diaz
--Future of Nick Diaz in UFC
--Notes on the next Bellator show
--Notes on future Bellator shows this fall
--More on Mayweather vs. Alvarez and how it's being promoted
--World Series of Fighting to crown first champion
--Gina Carano movie update
--Fedor Emelianenko talks about his current
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Thursday's News Update
--More on the alleged first degree murder by former WWE developmental wrestler Brian McGhee, charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend Bianca McGaughey.  The two had broken up.  McGhee put a bloody arm on his Facebook profile page, which was not his, and wrote:  Didn't know I had it in me..bitch is dead, an I'm next. No jail for me baby."  McGhee had gotten some publicity for writing something on Facebook while in WWE, saying he loved wrestling but every day gets worse, how the trainers are ribbing and disrespecting him in front of the boys and said he had daydreams of "fucking everyone up on some real shit," and talked about drinking every day.  He then claimed his account was hacked.  WWE released him three months later.
--The New York City Council told the owners of Madison Square Garden that they have ten years to move from their current location on top of Penn Station.  This had been a battle between the Dolans, who own he arena, and the city, which wants to expand Penn Station and to do so, MSG has to move.  They also want to redevelop the area.  The building owners had spent $968 million to upgrade the facility, not figuring they would have to move so quickly.    
--Dixie Carter sent a message to TNA fans on the web site.  She doesn't really say anything other than releasing talent is never easy but mentioned how they brought back Homicide, Sonjay Dutt and Petey Williams.  It seemed like this was in lieu of her responding to Twitter questions, which turned out to be an absolute fiasco as 90% of more were just tearing TNA and Carter to shreds.
--Without mentioning any names, on the ESPN Outside the Lines show, Porter Firscher of Biogenesis, who turned over documents regarding clients to the clinic that became famous due to its relationship with Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, said clients who got PEDs from the clinic included athletes from the NBA, NCAA, boxing, tennis and MMA world dating back to 2009.
--Today is Booker T day in Houston, coinciding with the Smackdown taping.  At 5 p.m. outside the Toyota Center, there will be a ceremony with a proclamation from the city.  It is free to the public.
--Several wrestlers and football personalities will be at the Richmond (VA) Sports Spectacular on 8/24 and 8/25 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.  Listed as appearing are John Riggins, John Hannah, Ric Flair, Wendy Barlow (Flair's girlfriend, Fifi the Maid), George Steele, Bruno Sammartino, Ivan Koloff, Jack Youngblood, Ray Lewis, Jan Stenerud, Reggie Jackson, Jennie Finch, Julius Irving, Gaylord Perry, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez.
--K.J. Noons vs. George Sotiropolous has been added to the 10/19 UFC PPV show in Houston.  It will likely be on the televised prelims.  Also added to the show is Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan in a heavyweight battle.
--The preview of this week's Total Divas reads:  "The WWE Divas begin their preparations for WrestleMania.  Nikki starts to have doubts regarding her relationship with John Cena.  Cameron is embarrassed whe her boyfriend ends up causing a scene backstage, with Naomi stuck in the middle."
--A new Chromecast device that will retail for about $35 will allow you to watch videos from your phone, tablet or computer onto your big screen TV.  Google will build in the Chromecast support to the phone and tablet apps themselves.  The device would plug into the TV's HDMI port.  Netflix announced anyone who purchases it will get three free months of service. to         
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1953 - Blue Demon beat El Santo in Mexico City to win the NWA welterweight title
1955 - Frank Jares beat Sonny Myers in Birmingham to win the Southern jr. title
1958 - Sonny Myers won a tournament in St. Joseph to win the Central States title
1977 - Captain USA (who later became John Studd) beat Bruiser Brody in Fort Worth to win the American title   
1979 - Rusher Kimura beat Alexis Smirnoff in Mishima to win the IWA title
1980 - Ken Mantell beat Wahoo McDaniel in a tournament final to win the Louisiana state title
1983 - Jimmy Garvin beat Kevin Von Erich in Fort Worth to become the American champion
1983 - Jerry Lawler beat Ken Patera in Memphis to win the International title   
1992 - Apolo Dantes beat El Satanico in Puebla to win the NWA light heavyweight title 
1997 - Steve Williams & Gary Albright beat Kenta Kobashi & Johnny Ace in Tokyo to win the Double Tag Team titles  
1997 - Torero beat Nygma in Cualtitlan to win the Mexican national welterweight title 
1999 - At the WWF Fully loaded PPV show in Buffalo, Jeff Jarrett beat Edge to win the IC title, D-Lo Brown beat Mideon to win the European title and Big Bossman beat Al Snow to win the Hardcore title   
--WWE returns to Austin for a Raw taping on 12/17 (which will air on 12/23).  The presale is AustinWWE that is going on right now.
--At the 8/20 Smackdown TV tapings in Bakersfield, the scheduled dark match is The Shield vs. Randy Orton & Sheamus & Rob Van Dam
--Randy Orton, as noted in yesterday's update, was cleared after a concussion the week before.  He wrestled last night after missing the two Raw tapings.
--John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, billed as champion vs. champion, is listed for the 8/19 Raw in Anaheim, likely as a dark match.  Cena vs. Del Rio will also headline on 8/26's Raw taping in Phoenix, and the 8/27 Smackdown taping in Las Vegas.  Well, at least that's what is being advertised.       
0 58.7%
1 7.6%
2 8.7%
3 4.1%
4 2.3%
5 0.6%
9 18.0%
Bryan vs. Cesaro 81.2%
Okada vs. Devitt 5.3%
Hulk & Tozawa vs. Ricochet & Doi 4.6%
Ishii vs. Suzuki 4.3%
Sombra vs Nakamura 3.8%
Cima vs. Takagi 0.5%
Naito vs. Tanaka 0.3%
Watching, the show is free 49.0%
Watching because I like the card 19.1%
Not watching, don't like UFC 23.0%
Not watching, don't like the card 8.9%
No,she won't make it in Hollywood 36.1%
Yes, once she makes it in Hollywood, fighting is so much less glamorous 35.6%
No, she makes too much money fighting, but she will quit after a few losses 28.3%
--Here is the match listing for the WWE's new Bill Goldberg DVD that comes out on 10/8
Disc 1
Goldberg vs. Hugh Morrus (Bill DeMott) 9/22/97
Goldberg vs. The Barbarian 9/29/97
Goldberg vs. Steve McMichael 12/28/97
Goldberg vs. Raven for US title 4/20/98
Goldberg vs. Scott Hall 7/6/98
Goldberg vs. Hulk Hogan for WCW title 7/6/98
Goldberg vs. Curt Hennig for WCW title 7/12/98
Goldberg vs Sting for WCW title 9/14/98
Goldberg vs. DDP for WCW title 10/25/98
Goldberg vs. The Giant for WCW title 11/23/98 
Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash for WCW title 12/27/98
Disc 2
Goldberg vs. Ric Flair 3/8/99
Goldberg vs. Hogan vs. Flair vs. DDP 4/5/99
Goldberg vs. Nash 4/11/99
Goldberg vs. DDP 9/12/99
Goldberg vs. Sid Vicious for US title 10/24/99
Goldberg vs. Sting 10/24/99
Goldberg vs. Sid Vicious I Quit match 11/21/99
Goldberg vs. Scott Steiner no DQ 9/17/00
Goldberg vs. Kronik handicap match 10/29/00
Goldberg & Dewayne Bruce vs. Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell 1/14/01
Disc 3
Goldberg vs. Rock 4/27/03
Goldberg vs. Christian cage match 5/12/03
Goldberg vs, Chris Jericho 6/15/03
Goldberg vs. HHH vs. Orton vs. Michaels vs. Nash vs. Jericho Elimination Chamber for world title 8/24/03
Goldberg vs. HHH for world title 9/21/03
Goldberg vs. Mark Henry 10/6/03
Goldberg vs. Batista  11/10/03
Goldberg vs. HHH for world title 11/16/03
Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar 3/14/04
--Lex Luger's autobiography is now in bookstores. (thanks to John Patton)
--My good friend Kurt Brown (Vandal Drummond) will celebrate 30 years as a pro wrestler on Saturday night at the MPW show in Simi Valley, CA at the Boys & Girls Club of Simi Valley.  Vandal Drummond faces Supreme in a no DQ match.  He'll have Voodoo Kaos and Riki Ataki in his corner. (thanks to Dan Farren)
--Bombshell Ladies of Wrestling iPPV Friday night at 7 p.m. at from the Columbian Club in Iselin, NJ with Rosa Negra defending her PWS Bombshells title against Cheerleader Melissa, plus Shelly Martinez vs. Angelina Love.    
--George Steele will be signing books tonight at 7 PM. at Barnes & Noble in Coline, NY at the Colonie Center; tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Dewitt, NY at Barnes & Noble, Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Rochester, NY at Barnes & Noble on Monroe Ave and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Amherst, NY on Niagara Falls Blvd.
--On Fuel tonight, UFC Tonight is at 8 p.m., The Road to the Octagon special promoting Saturday's FOX/FX show is at 9 p.m. and Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama at 10 p.m. 
--Mick Foley has a show on Sunday in Neenah, WI at 7 p.m. at Comedy Quarter and Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale at the Fort Lauderdale Improv. 
--Naomi & Cameron were featured in the new issue of Color Magazine, pushing the Total Divas reality show.
--At last night's Milwaukee Brewers baseball game, they played Fandango's music at the top of the seventh inning (thanks to Kyle Schroeder)
--Gerald Harris talks his fight with Jorge Santiago on the WSOF show at
--Another wrestling hip hop song, "Brainbusters," with all kinds of wrestling references at 
(thanks to Jay Tan)
--A video of the Johnny Gargano heel turn from April is at
--On 8/5, ESPN Classic is going to be airing a Global Wrestling (Texas promotion from the early 90s) marathon.  They are going to start airing old Global shows regularly on the station (thanks to Bill Strong).
--Ed, Cutrer and Craig are joined by Antonio "The Promise" Thomas at
--For tomorrow night's Lion Fight show on AXS from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Chike Lindsay headline for the Lion Fight middleweight title and Tiffany Van Soest vs. Lucy Payne battle for the women's featherweight title.

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