We're also looking for reports on WWE Raw in Perth, Western Australia and Smackdown in Capetown, South Africa (Alberto De Rio, Randy Orton, Rob Van Dam, Dolph Ziggler)
-- Art Bell is returning to radio in September with Sirius/XM, live Monday through Thursday from 7-10 Pacific/10-1 Eastern with replays all night until 3 AM Pacific on IndieTalk Channel 104. The full schedule is up here, and there are news stories all over if you google it. The reason I bring it up is because if you enjoy any of the audio on this website, that audio exists because of my love for Art Bell's show when I was a kid growing up. The reason I'm doing radio is because of that show, and while we are in no way working together, the fact that we both have shows on Sirius/XM is pretty cool for me.
-- The Jack Brisco book that we talked about on Wrestling Observer Radio a few weeks ago is now available for sale here.
-- Since the question was brought up last night on our show about whether the October 6th WWE Battleground PPV might feature War Games, for whatever it's worth the seating chart for the building is out and it doesn't include a set-up that would accommodate two rings. So unless things change before tickets go on sale Thursday, no War Games unless it's a one-ring-style version. Also, Hell in a Cell takes place October 27th in Miami, FL at the American Airlines Arena and tickets go on sale August 17th. It really doesn't make sense for Battleground to feature War Games and then two weeks later they come back with a Hell in the Cell show.
-- That Observer Radio, by the way, is a free download this week here, so spread the word.
-- Also had a great show today with Danny Davis of OVW here. Not a lot of TNA talk for legal reasons but tons on the history of OVW, WWE developmental, awesome stories from when he broke in, plus info on their OVW OLD-SCHOOL OnDemand PPV coming up this weekend at OVWrestling.com. All their TV streams on that website as well if you want to check it out.
-- Regarding our front page photo, the impression I was given is that the Great Muta appearance with Jeff Jarrett in TNA was more a photo-op to promote Muta's new WRESTLE-1 promotion which debuts in September than anything involving a talent trade or anything like that, but who knows. If something like that gets worked out we'll know soon enough.
-- There is footage of Dolph Ziggler with cake all over his face from a house show birthday surprise this weekend here, complete with Lilian Garcia leading the crowd in singing "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" to him.
-- Jake writes: Last night on TMZ they had a couple wrestling related notes that were pretty darn funny to me. First they interviewed actor Joey Lawrence walking down a street and he showed them how he could bend his thumb all the way back because he once broke it. Everyone in the TMZ office was grossed out and freaking out over the clip. The person who pitched the segment said they were now "scarred for life" because of it. The cranky office girl Shevonne Sullivan said if people think that clip was bad, she'd show them the Chyna sex tape. The whole office said they are all probably scarred for life from looking at all of the gross stuff they've had to cover over the years. Harvey Levin asked them to think of the worst/most scarring clip they've ever had to cover in the history of the show. Chyna was close, but they all agreed that it's probably the Danielle Staub sex tape. She was on "Real Housewives of New Jersey". Later in the show, they caught up with Jessie Godderz at an airport. The office girl pitching the segment was marking out on how hot he looked and was glad that he took off his shirt for the cameraman right of way without much asking. She knew he was known as Mr. Pec-Tacular. She said he is a pro wrestler who was on Big Brother once. No mention at all of TNA. She said there is always a flaw even in good looking people as she was turned off by the typical cocky promo he gave to the cameraman thinking it was real. He said something like "all the women want me and all the little kids want to grow up to be just like me".
-- Countdown to UFC 163: ALDO VS. ZOMBIE, debuts tonight on FUEL TV.
-- The Backstage Pass video for UFC on FOX 8 is here.
-- GSP/Hendrix staredown pic here. Statistically, and I'm not making this up, fighters who smile during staredowns are much more likely to lose than those who remain stonefaced.
-- TNA has their "TNA 10" One Night Only taped PPV debuting Friday with Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode vs. James Storm, Team 3-D vs. LAX vs. Daniels & Kazarian, Kenny King vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Petey Williams, Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim, a Gauntlet match including, among people, the recently-released Matt Morgan, plus Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries.
-- The latest Impact Wrestling podcast is now online with Jeremy Borash, Christy Hemme, Kurt Angle, Mickie James and more here.
-- Karl Stern tomorrow will finish his 31 in 31 -- a full month of podcasts every single day. Huge congratulations to him and a big thank you from everyone at the site and all the listeners.
-- There is a Spike TV "Save Wrestling" campaign video herewith Quinton Rampage Jackson.
-- Sinclair Broadcasting, home of ROH, buying up more stations.
-- Speaking of, ROH has a new CM Punk DVD set available here.
-- UFC TV line-ups:
On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen break down and make predictions for this weekend’s UFC 163: ALDO VS. KOREAN ZOMBIE. Plus, we’ll have an exclusive interview with Phil Davis about his fight against Lyoto Machida. Insider Ariel Helwani talks about a handful of fight announcements. Plus, we interview women’s champ Ronda Rousey who talks about Miesha Tate and Brian Caraway.
This week on UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER, we take an exclusive flashback to Seattle for the epic night of fights on FOX UFC Saturday. From the prelims to a thrilling flyweight championship, experience the event from never before seen angles. Then, as his fight against Chael Sonnen in Boston approaches, light heavyweight superstar Shogun Rua looks to hone his already legendary striking skills with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard boxing gym in Hollywood. Plus, go behind the scenes as welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre takes part in the FOX Sports 1 network commercial shoot.
-- Premier Championship Wrestling (PCW) is proud to announce the Return of Winnipeg's own Ring of Honor (ROH) Star STEVE CORINO to Winnipeg for PCW's 11th Annual BOILING POINT on Friday Aug 24th at Doubles Fun Club in Winnipeg.
-- SQUARED CIRCLE LIVE! PRESENTS VENDETTA Sunday, August 25th 2013 at the CLASS ACT DINNER THEATRE 104 CONSUMERS DRIVE Doors open at 5:30pm – Bell Time at 6pm Tickets are only $10!!
-- Magnificent Championship Wrestling “RAGS TO RICHES” August 11th, 2013 Royal Canadian Legion 21 Oak Street Brantford, Ontario Doors Open @ 3:00PM Bell Time @ 4:00PM Tickets are $15
-- The National Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce the addition of New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar Gedo, who will join the list of “invaders” that will be appearing at "NWA Invasion" events in Houston and San Antonio on October 18 and 19 respectively. These NWA events will be promoted in association with the NWA Houston and NWA Branded Outlaw Wrestling (San Antonio) promotions.
-- Bellas talk Total Divas here.
-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:
1960 - Gory Guerrero defeated Rey Mendoza for the EMLL-based NWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1977 - Gorilla Monsoon defeated Hartford Love for the WWC North American Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1979 - The Masked Superstar won the Georgia Heavyweight Title from Wahoo McDaniel in Atlanta, Georgia.
1985 - Stan Hansen defeated Giant Baba to win the Pacific Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Title in Fukuoka, Japan.
-- Tomorrow in History with Brian Hoops (just in case world ends tonight):
1959 - Dick Gunkel defeated Fred Blassie for the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia
1973 - Tim Woods defeated Paul Jones for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa
1976 - Hurricane Castillo defeated Jose Lotario in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for the Caribbean Heavyweight Title.
1979 - Pampero Firpo defeated Abdullah The Butcher in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title.
1984 - Giant Baba defeated Stan Hansen to win the PWF World Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan
1986 - At an All Japan Pro Wrestling show at Budokan Hall, Stan Hansen defeated Jumbo Tsuruta for the NWA International Heavyweight Title. The card also saw Hiro Saito defeat Brad Armstrong in a tournament final to determine the first PWF World Junior Heavyweight Champion
1988 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu defeated Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy in Hokodate, Japan to win the All Japan Tag Team Title
1992 - The Ebony Experience (Booker T & Stevie Ray, later known as Harlem Heat) defeated Gary Young & Steve Dane to win the Global Wrestling Federation Tag Team Title in Dallas Texas. On the same show, Alex Porteau defeated Terry Simms for the GWF Light Heavyweight Title.
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