TUES UPDATE: Brisco book out, War Games at Battleground PPV?, Muta and TNA, Ziggler birthday clips, wrestling on TMZ, GSP vs. Hendrix staredown, tons more

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        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.
        We also look at Ronda Rousey joining the cast of The Expendables, and making her debut in acting.
        We've got full coverage of New Japan's Kizuna Road PPV show, looking at the show, the G-1 Climax tournament, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results.
        We also have full coverage of the Dragon Gate Kobe Pro Wrestling Festival event, the company's biggest show so far this year with Shingo Takagi's title win over Cima.  We look at thoughts of the card, as well as match-by-match coverage with poll results and star ratings.
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--CMLL's major show coverage over the weekend
--Update on CMLL's biggest match in years, the Ultimo Guerrero vs. Atlantis mask vs. mask match
--Babyfaces being booed out of the building at Arena Mexico and why
--AAA's last TV taping
--Notes on Dragon Gate USA's big shows
--All-time legend returns to the All Japan ring for appearance 
--Son of one of Japan's biggest stars considers going into pro wrestling, but changes his mind
--KENTA and Katsuyori Shibata's reactions after seeing the WWE live
--Special match at Naomichi Marufuji's 15th anniversary show
--Update on NOAH jr. tag team tournament
--Notes on New Japan's October PPV date
--Antonio Inoki runs show the day before the election with worked and shoot matches
--Keiji Muto talks new promotion, who he wants to be top stars and its goals
--Update on Kenta Kobashi
--More on the death of Matt Osborne
--El Hijo del Santo talks one of the biggest potential matches in Mexico in years
--Update on Jimmy Snuka investigation
--Movie on the life of Chris Benoit
--Hall & Nash reunite at indie show
--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
--WWE group reunites for WWL
--Story on how working a program was done in boxing
--Update on the next few ROH shows and the title tournament
--Notes on Chris Sabin's TNA title win
--Notes on new X title holder
--TNA PPV business note
--TNA allows fans to vote for TV lineup
--Doc talks TNA departure
--BFG Series updated
--Tom Prichard on his talks with TNA
--TNA stars in TV series
--Update on UFC PPV business
--A look at PPV business for the rest of the year
--What show will be impacted hard by competition
--Notes on Roy Nelson signing with UFC
--Why Daniel Cormier may not drop to 205 and what could change his mind
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Chael Sonnen talks his future
--Notes on this week's UFC show
--UFC schedule for August
--Notes on MMA regulations
--Ticket sales for upcoming UFC shows
--Edgar talks prospective next opponent
--UFC gets awarded
--Dana White talks Rousey vs. Tate on Ultimate Fighter
--Notes on upcoming UFC hype shows
--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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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- 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.

-- Antonio The Promise Thomas is having Les Thatcher in for a seminar at the RingSport Pro Wrestling Gym in Palmer, Mass., on Saturday, Sept. 14th and Sunday Sept. 15th. The cost is $65 and those interested can contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

-- 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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