Also in this week's issue:
--Injury to top young star in Mexico and him not taking the time off recommended
--Notes on a tourney for the top mini in CMLL
--Latest from Arena Mexico this past week
--What local star was responsible for a legitimate sellout in Puebla
--A court case over the rights to one of the most valuable wrestling names in the world
--AAA star leaves promotion
--A look at Dragon Gate USA's weekend shows in New York
--All Japan bringing back the Open championship tournament and a look back at one of the greatest tournaments in pro wrestling history as far as top stars involved.
--Lots of new title matches
--A look at the ending of NOAH's junior heavyweight tag team tournament and upcoming title bouts
--More on the G-1 Climax series
--New Japan doing a tryout camp and what they are looking for
--New Japan stars coming to the U.S.
--An upcoming major pro wrestling documentary about to be released
--Update on New Jack
--A man threatening to kill a former WWF star
--Carlos Colon vs. Invader program continues
--Colon involved in a major news story in Puerto Rico
--Wrestler spending a month overseas doing comedy
--Update on Matt Morgan
--Notes regarding ROH tag title change
--New ROH TV markets expected
--What happened with the Kevin Steen DVD
--Major change in ROH's front office
--Update on status of a number of ROH wrestlers
--A look at the most recent ROH TV tapings
--Dixie Carter talks TNA's latest issues
--TNA and developmental
--Why Keiji Muto was in Nashville
--Taelor Hendrix again talks leaving TNA
--Update on Taryn Terrell
--Notes on next TNA PPV
--A look at TNA's weekend house shows
--More business notes on Silva vs. Weidman
--UFC's attempt to get into a foreign market they are strong on TV in and why it's being held up
--A look at this week's UFC show
--Dana White on Frank Shamrock in the UFC Hall of Fame
--New season of Ultimate Fighter notes
--New MMA rules being talked about
--Rousey and the movie and training for her next fight
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Major Bellator contract news
--Major Bellator firings
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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)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*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
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
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Wednesday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back late tonight talking all the latest news, including tonight's Bellator show, Randy Orton, UFC press conference notes, TNA update as well as taking your e-mail questions to
--There will be a major announcement on Spike tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. It's about Rampage Jackson's next opponent (rumored to be Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match) and Bellator's debut on PPV. TNA, Spike and Bellator have all been publicizing this today.
--Dana White, in promoting the new season of Ultimate Fighter, having seen the first two episodes that are completed, said that he won't say it's the best season, but it's on par with the best seasons. He also put a positive spin on the ratings, noting they won all the key demos and that the show wasn't promoted that hard because the focus was on promoting the 8/17 show and the debut of FS 1. He also blamed the summer, which is viable to a degree, but if you compare Raw and Smackdown ratings for this past week with those of a few months ago, you'll see that there is a difference between spring and summer ratings, but it's not that large. The reality is, given what was on TV that night, they should have easily won the key demos, which they did. We have a story on the rating and the good and bad in the new Observer.
--UFC held a major press conference at the Beacon Theater in New York earlier today. Ronda Rousey and GSP hugged it out. GSP said he wasn't a fan of women fighting, but now said it was after seeing Cris Cyborg brutalize a much smaller woman. Actually that fight turned a lot of people off at the time. He said he now has a different few.
--Nothing serious regarding Randy Orton as far as an injury. He worked the second show of the tour today in Capetown, South Africa.
--Jon Jones said he was staying at light heavyweight for MMA, but he talked about wanting to fight a Klitschko Brother.
--Dana White, on boxer Tyson Fury challenging Cain Velasquez, said after Velasquez's next fight, they can talk about it. Velasquez said Fury is welcome to come into MMA but feels he should have to work his way through the ranks and earn the shot. White said Fury would last less time with Velasquez than James Toney did with Randy Couture.
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 7:30 p.m. and UFC 142 (Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes) at 8 p.m., followed by a replay of the FOX show from Saturday night at 11 p.m.
--Mick Foley has comedy shows tonight at the Miami Improv at 8 p.m., tomorrow in Ocala, FL at Ocala Entertainment at 6 p.m. and Friday in Atlanta at The Punchline at 8 p.m. He said he would have a surprise guest at the show tonight.
--If you are a collector, Charlie Thesz, Lou's widow, is looking at selling a lot of his memorabilia. Lou was a pack rat and saved a ton of stuff. Only Kit Bauman, his biographer and Gerald Brisco have gone through it. There are plaques, awards, books, magazines and photos. If anyone is interested you can contact her at
POLL ON TOTAL DIVAS
34.8% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 73.7%
Bray Wyatt 10.2%
A.J. Lee 4.6%
Vince McMahon 3.3%
John Cena 2.5%
Alberto Del Rio 0.8%
POLL ON RAW
16.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--Superstars of Wrestling Live on 8/23 in Punta Gorda, FL at the Charlotte Harbor Events Center will feature a Q&A with Ric Flair. The show also includes Brian Kendrick, Greg Marasciulo (Trent Baretta), Michael Hutter (Derrick Bateman) and Roderick Strong.
--Tickets went on sale today in Houston for the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos fight for UFC Fight Club members. Tomorrow you can get tickets at 10 a.m. using the password HOUSTON. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday.
--UFC is starting to get some negative press for signing Benjamin Brinsa, a 13-0 fighter from Germany, due to having an alleged Neo Nazi background.
--Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov are scheduled to defend the ROH tag titles against Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish on the 8/17 show in New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
--Birthday today include John Laurinaitis (51), Kid Kash (44), while Yoshi Tatsu tweeted about his birthday but it's actually tomorrow that he turns 35.
TONIGHT IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1979 - Monster Ripper (Rhonda Singh/Bertha Faye) beat Jackie Sato (a Hall of Famer, one of the first Japanese women superstars) to wit he WWWA title
1986 - Stan Hansen beat Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo to win the International title
1988 - Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu beat Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy to win the Double tag team titles
1998 - Hikari Fukuoka and Tomoki Mizuni beat Devil Masami & Cutie Suzuki in Tokyo to win the JWP tag titles
1999 - Hiromichi Fuyuki & Gedo & Koji Nakagawa beat Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka & Tetsuhiro Kuroda in Tokyo to win the FMW world six man tag titles
--Millennium Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Simi Valley, CA: Sage Sim b Seatman Negro, Jacob Tarsso b Hobo, Che Cabrera b Jaosn Flame, Hell Kid b Killa Gorilla, Supreme b Vandal Drummond (30th anniversary of his pro debut), Hector Canales b Mr. Tanaka, Jimmy Mayhem b Brett Walters, Creepshow over U.S. Mercenary and Major Alex Adonis, J.J. Steele won elimination match over Jacob Tarasso, Ryan Morais, Tofer Cash, Logan X, Mario Banks, Bo Cooper and Seth Skyfire (thanks to Scott Walton)
--IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand: Elais b Curt Chaos, Joel Clementson & Pirate Burns b Antonio & Mason Daniels,Lil T b Liger, Aaron Henry & Jakob Cross b Alfred Valentine & Reuben De Jong, Evie NC Britenay and Olivia Shwa, Vinny Dunn won four-way over James Show, Kingi and Joseph Kinkade to win IPW title (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--Anarchy Wrestling from Saturday night in Cornelia,GA: B.J. Hancock b Dango Wynn-DQ, CB Suave b Kevin Blue, Nemesis & Shadow Jackson b Najasism & Vandal, Anthony Henry b Seth Delay in final of best of five series, Shaun Tempers & Seven b Azrael & Mikael Judas, Mike Posey b Kyle Matthews, Cody Hall b Paul Jordane, Geter b Shaun Tempers, Brodie Chase & Jeremy Vain b Jon & Trey Williams, Bobby Moore b Billy Buck. Scott Hall was there taping his son's match. (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--PNPW from Saturday night in Rainier, OR: Christopher Ryseck b Home Boy Quiz, Avarice b George Michael, CC Poison & Steve Rush DCOR Johnny Obsession & Christopher Ryseck, Patrick Large b MJ-DQ. Next show is 8/25 in Rainier, OR at the Riverside Community Church (thanks to Charles Short)
--Ring Warriors has a national TV taping on 8/11 at 2 p.m. at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, FL with all tickets only $5. Among those appearing are Tyson Tomko, Adam Pearce, Steve Corino, New Jack, Vito LoGrasso, QT Marshall, Jesse Neal and more. This will be an Internet TV show starting on 9/1.
--3A Wrestling from Sunday in Orilola, ONT before 250 fans: Rip Impact & Johnny Wave b Bad News Bradley & Gabriel Soul, Odjig Thundercloud b Rex Atkins, Phil Atlas b Shane Sewell, Jeremy Prophet b Sexxxy Eddy, Jewels Malone b Jazmine, Robbie MacAllistre b Sylvan Grenier (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 8/30 in Cleveland from Turners Hall headlined by B.J. Whitmer vs. Louis Lyndon, plus Uhaa Nation.
--In Your Face Wrestling Coronation Cup on 9/21 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Community Center.
--New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Beverly, MA at the Cove Community Center with Antonio Thomas vs. Sean Burke.
--Troy Westwood of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a former CFL All-Star will be guest enforcer for the Danny Duggan vs. Shane Madison match on 8/23 in Winnipeg at the Holy Cross Gym promoted by CWE.