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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Friday's News Update
--On the Kurt Angle arrest, it happened in the early morning hours of today while driving from Wichita Falls to Tyler, TX. He was in Decatur when he was pulled over and held at the Wise County Jail before being released. It was his fourth alcohol and driving related arrest.
--Impact was down slightly last night to 1.25 million viewers. That's the lowest since the COPS lead-in, although COPS only did 1.10 million viewers, also down from the past few weeks.
--Big Show is being checked out for clearance. The feeling is they are going to have to start pushing The Shield's match for SummerSlam at Raw. If Show isn't cleared, they'll have to go in a different direction as planned. Show was supposed to do a run-in on the show almost two weeks ago to set the stage, but he wasn't cleared and they had to change the script.
--I've had a ton of people all day raving about the Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii match at G-1 today. The whole second half of the show was said to be great but the main event was said to be among the best matches of the year.
--As of today, Fox Sports 1 is still not cleared by DirecTV, Dish Network or Time Warner Cable. Roughly two weeks to make a deal.
--DirecTV will not be airing the TNA PPV show tonight. That tells you all you need to know about how the previous shows have been selling. the show was scheduled but they decided to pull it.
--On Fuel tonight, Countdown to UFC 163 airs at 6 p.m., Weigh-ins replay at 7 p.m., the Fabricio Werdum vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira show is at 8 p.m. and UFC Tonight is at 11 p.m.
--Some notes from the Fan Fest in Charlotte. Tully Blanchard & Magnum T.A. did a Q&A which went almost three hours and was never boring. They talked about their I Quit match, getting started, Magnum being Tully's children's stepfather and more. There was also a Jim Cornette Q&A talking about how Jim Cornette and Sandy Scott went to California to make the deal with Rick Rubin to start up Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Tom Prichard, Jerry Brisco and Tully Blanchard were watching matches at the convention. Steve Corino and Tammy Sytch were there, as were Bobby Eaton, Tommy Rich, D-Lo Brown, Drew Hankinson (Doc/Luke Gallows), Barry & Kendall Windham and others. (thanks to Jamie Combs)
--For the 9/23 Raw show in Chicago, tickets are on sale with a password of PUNK
--John Cena & Mark Henry vs. The Shield 2 on 3 is the new scheduled main event for the 8/12 Raw in Sacramento.
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--Want to mention Adam Barnowski is doing a feature on the site on five star matches. Today's match is from the 1984 Real World Tag League tournament with Dory & Terry Funk vs. Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen from Nagoya, Japan, a match I was at live. Check out the front page for the feature.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1975 - Moose Morowski beat George Guliovas in Melbourne to win the Austra Asian title
1975 - Rocky Romero beat Great Mephisto in Melbourne to win the WCW Brass Knux title
1975 - Jose Rivera & Ciclon Negro beat Pierre & Michael Martel in Caguas, PR to win the North American tag team title
1978 - Mal Sanders beat Mick McManus in Huddersfield to win the European middleweight title
1985 - Harley Race beat Jerry Blackwell in St. Louis to win the Missouri State title
1992 - Ron Simmons beat Big Van Vader in Baltimore to win the WCW title
1993 - Luna Vachon beat Miss Texas (Jackie Moore) in Memphis to win the USWA women's title
1996 - Quarterfinals of the J-Crown tournament took place as part of G-1 in Sumo Hall with Great Sasuke winning the NWA jr. title from Masayoshi Motegi; El Samurai winning the WWA jr. heavyweight title from Gran Hamada, Ultimo Dragon winning the British Commonwealth jr. title from Jushin Liger and Shinjiro Otani winning the NWA welterweight title from Negro Casas
1998 - Shinya Hashimoto beat Kazuo Yamazaki at Sumo Hall in Tokyo to win the G-1 Climax tournament
1998 - Kyoko Inoue beat Lioness Asuka in Tokyo to win the TWF title
1999 - D-Lo Brown beat Jeff Jarrett to win the IC title
--Latest on WWE Classics on Demand
WCW Battlebowl 1993
Legends of Wrestling: Great Giants of all-time
Tuesday Night Titans 1/17/86
Johnny Rodz Hall of Fame ceremony
Taz vs. Rhino
Sting vs. Hugh Morrus
Baldies vs. Balls Mahoney & Chilly Willy
Dudleys vs RVD
WCW Worldwide 7/24/93
Bret Hart vs. 1-2-3 Kid 7/11/94 Raw
Brooklyn Brawler vs. Red Rooster 2/20/89 Madison Square Garden
HHH vs. Eugene 8/4/04 Raw
Jose Luis Rivera vs. Rene Goulet 12/26/83 Madison Square Garden
Dean Malenko vs. 2 Cold Scorpio for ECW TV title 3/21/95
--Empire Wrestling Federation on Saturday night in Yucaipa CA at the Eagles Lodge headlined by a Battle Royal at 6 p.m.
--Kevin Dillon wrote that he and his girlfriend went to Akron, NY to see Destroyer Park Golf and had a fantastic time Everyone was friendly and Destroyer was there talking with them and being a gracious host. Dillon said Park Golf is more serious that miniature golf but less intimidating than real golf. They also went to the Destroyer museum and said it's worth the trip if you're in the area and are looking forward to going back soon. For more info you can go to http://www.detroyerparkgolf.com
--There will be a wrestling, GI Joe, Toy Fair and Pop Culture convention on 9/8 in Sacramento at the Scottish Rites Masonic Center. Doors open at 10 p.m. Among those appearing are Sgt. Slaughter, Bushwhacker Luke Williams, Leilani Kai, Joey Kaos, Billy Anderson, and more. Anderson, Kai and Luke are doing a Q&A as well. For more info you can contact Roy Lucier at
--One Fighting Championship runs 9/13 in Jakarta, Indonesia. We'll have more but they are on iPPV at www.onefc.livesport.tv
--Traditional Championship Wrestling Back to School Bash tomorrow night in Fort Smith, AR at the Convention Center headlined by Matt Hardy & Americos vs The Empire. Trevor Murdock and Zach Gowen are also at the 12-match TV taping.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 8/10 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium headlined by Rob Conway defending the NWA title against Chris Richards and Chase Owens defending the jr. title against Jason Kincaid.
--HEX Promotions on Saturday night in Oxnard, CA at Physique, Inc. has a Lucha Libre show.
--Promociones Salinas runs the Kanjo Western Club in McAllen, TX on 8/11 with a Lucha Libre show.