FRI. UPDATE: One of best matches in world earlier today; More on Angle's arrest; Monday's Raw; SummerSlam match update; More TNA PPV woes; Charlotte Fan Fest; Five Star matches; Destroyer Park Golf

By Dave Meltzer
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        We are going to be looking for both reports from anyone who watched the first two night of G-1 as well as tonight's show from Nagoya.  We're also looking for poll results so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle and a best and worst match to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
        We're looking for reports on today's WWE shows in Johannesburg, South Africa and Shanghai, China as well as tonight's TNA house show in Tyler, TX at the Oil Palace (Chris Sabin vs. Bobby Roode for TNA title, A.J. Styles vs. Ken Anderson, Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels, Jeff Hardy vs. Frankie Kazarian in the BFG Series, James Storm & Gunner vs. Devon & Knux for the tag titles and ODB vs Gail Kim) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
        We're also looking for reports on Tuesday's WWE show in Cape town, South Africa, Wednesday's show in Cape town and Thursday's show in Durban.
        Smackdown tonight:
Cody Rhodes vs. Jack Swagger
Sin Cara vs. Big E Langston
C.M. Punk vs. Fandango
A.J. Lee vs. Kaitlyn for Divas title
Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Christian for a shot at Alberto Del Rio's title at SummerSlam
        TNA 10 PPV tonight:
Gauntlet match with Matt Morgan, Johnny Devine, Shark Boy, Chase Stevens, Cassidy Riley, Robbie E, Jessie Godderz, Ken Anderson, Johnny Swinger and Joseph Park
Velvet Sky vs. Gail Kim
Kenny King vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Petey Williams
Team 3-D vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. Homicide & Hernandez
James Storm vs. Bobby Roode
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
        G-1 Climax series from Nagoya tonight at 5 a.m. Eastern time and 2 a.m. Pacific time (all G-1 shows are available for a package at for $150
Kota Ibushi vs. Karl Anderson
Yujiro Takahashi vs. Shelton Benjamin
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Prince Devitt
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Minoru Suzuki
Yuji Nagata vs. Tetsuya Naito
Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Toru Yano
Satoshi Kojima vs. Hirooki Goto
Togi Makabe vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
        UFC 163 tomorrow from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Facebook fights at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time and 3:30 p.m. Pacific
Bristol Marunde (12-8, 171) vs. Viscardi Andrade (14-6, 170)
Francimar Barroso (15-3, 204) vs. Ednaldo Oliveira (13-1-1, 1 no contest, 205)
Josh Clopton (6-1-1. 145) vs. Rani Yayha (18-7, 145)
FX fights at 8 p.m.
Iliarde Santos (27-7-1, 1 no contest, 125) vs. Ian McCall (11-4-1, 125)
Neil Magny (8-2, 171) vs. Sergio Moraes (7-3, 170)
Sheila Gaff (10-5-1, 135) vs. Amanda Nunes (7-3, 136)
Anthony Perosh (13-7, 205) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (10-6, 1 no contest, 205)
PPV at 10 p.m.
Jose Maria (33-3, 2 no contests, 126) vs. John Lineker (21-6, 129) - Lineker missed weight by 3 pounds and will be fined 20% of his purse
Tom Kong Watson (16-5, 185) vs. Thales Leitis (20-4, 185)
Thiago Santos (8-1, 183) vs. Cezar Ferreira (6-2, 185)
Phil Davis (11-1, 1 no contest, 205) vs. Lyoto Machida (19-3, 205)
Jose Aldo (22-1, 145) vs. Chan Sung Jung (15-6, 145) for the featherweight title
        Saturday also has the final show of the South African tour with the second show in Johannesburg, plus TNA runs in Thibodaux, LA (Chris Sabin vs. Ken Anderson for TNA title, Jeff Hardy vs. Christopher Daniels, Kurt Angle vs. Frankie Kazarian, A.J Styles vs. Bobby Roode in BFG Series, James Storm & Gunner vs. Devon & Knux for tag titles, Gail Kim vs. ODB) and a loaded ROH show in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens (Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards for the ROH tag titles, Kevin Steen vs. Brian Kendrick in the ROH title tournament, Paul London vs. Michael Elgin in the ROH tournament, Matt Taven vs. Roderick Strong in the ROH tournament, Michael Bennett vs. B.J. Whitmer in the ROH tournament, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Silas Young in the ROH tournament, Adam Cole vs. Jay Lethal in the ROH tournament plus Young Bucks vs. Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander vs. ACH & Tadarius Thomas, and Kushida vs. Adam Page.
        The biggest early G-1 show will be late Saturday night/early Sunday from Osaka starting at 4 a.m. Eastern and 1 a.m. Pacific
Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Karl Anderson
Yuji Nagata vs. Shelton Benjamin
Satoshi Kojima vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Hirooki Goto vs. Lance Archer
Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Prince Devitt
Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi  Makabe
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi
        Raw will be Monday in Green Bay.  Brock Lesnar returns on that show.
        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Rockford, IL.
        G-1 late Monday/early Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. Eastern and 2:30 a.m. Pacific from Ishikawa
Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Toru Yano
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Lance Archer
Tetsuya Naito vs. Shelton Benjamin
Karl Anderson vs. Minoru Suzuki
Yuji Nagata vs. Kota Ibushi
Shinsuke Nakamura.vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Kazuchika Okada vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Hirooki Goto vs. Prince Devitt
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe
        The new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is on the web site today as well as a new back issue from 1996.
        A look at the state of UFC on FOX with coverage of Saturday's show is our lead story.  We talk about what the rating means, both the good and the bad, why the reaction should be different from a similar rating a year ago, but what it also says about the UFC brand value both good and bad.
        We look at what each individual match did, how each match on prelims did, UFC's FOX baseline, the idea of booking FOX vs. booking PPV, comparisons of UFC on FOX with Strikeforce on CBS, why MMA ratings on individual shows have declined and the argument for moving everything to television, and if it's viable now and when it may be.  We look at how UFC's PPV business has been so far this year as well as the direction of things. 
        We also have other business notes on the show, what went wrong and right on the show, match-by-match coverage, payoff records and poll results of both the show and the close decisions.
        We also have a feature on the debut of Total Divas, real vs. fake, notes on the newcomers, what the ratings said for the first three showings, real names, how the characters come off and WrestleMania.
        We also have notes on the death of Memphis announcer, promoter and wrestler Cory Maclin, his background, a couple of major lawsuits, running for political office, how he got into wrestling and more.
        We also look at the future of Madison Square Garden, the bad week of Randy Orton, WWE injuries and scheduled comebacks, latest on SummerSlam, Thoughts on a Hall of Fame rumor, Jerry Lawler returning to the ring, Stacy Keibler talks her days in pro wrestling, Maria Kanellis' claim, War Games, Rock vs. Cena on TV, and notes on the Australia and South Africa tour between business and shows themselves.
        We also have a big feature looking back at one of the most famous tag teams of the early 70s, The Mongols, with the death of Geto, Newton Tattrie this past week.
        We look at Tattrie's life as a wrestler, trainer and promoter, the original Mongols with Nikolai Volkoff and the second Mongols with Bill Eadie.  We look at his days as Sunk Man, how he first met Volkoff and got him into wrestling, the idea of The Mongols tag team, where they first started and their big run as WWWF International tag team champions as well as singles matches with Bruno Sammartino.  We look at their biggest matches of the era and how they left the WWWF as a tag team having never lost their titles or a major match.
        We look at Geto buying the Pittsburgh area circuit from Sammartino, The Mongols basing themselves out of Pittsburgh, Volkoff leaving the team and becoming a singles star, where Geto met Eadie and how the new team was formed.  We look at the end of The Mongols in their champions vs. champions match with Gene & Ole Anderson, and his post-wrestling career.
        We also have an in-depth look at the drug culture in sports, how this may affect UFC with the revelation that some MMA fighters are on the list of clients with Biogenesis, as well as looking at WWE's history with the issue, how WWE is handling testing, drugs that people are using to beat testing, the current state-of-the-art, the controversial Victor Conte and more.
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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.
Excellent 9.1%
Good 36.4%
Average 24.2%
Fair 6.1%
Poor 24.2%
        67.0% of those responding didn't see the show
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Good 50.8%
Average 12.3%
Fair 1.5%
Poor 10.8%
        47.2% of those responding didn't see the show
Excellent 0.9%
Good 33.3%
Average 21.2%
Fair 15.2%
Poor 21.2%
        66.3% of those responding didn't see the show
Don't get MMA PPVs 31.5%
No, not interested in main event 27.1%
Sometimes get UFCs, passing on this 12.8%
Usually get UFCs, getting this, cool main event 12.1%
Sometimes get UFCs, getting this 7.7%
Not getting it because it's not UFC 5.1%
Not a UFC fan, buying this, like the main event 3.7%
--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
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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
--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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--One Fighting Championship runs 9/13 in Jakarta, Indonesia.  We'll have more but they are on iPPV at
--Jim Ross talks the best matches he ever broadcasted at
--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.
--Lucha World Podcast talking about Steve Gerber, CMLL and more at 

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