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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Saturday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back today covering UFC, TNA, WWE, Kurt Angle, New Japan and more. You can also send in e-mail questions to
--The main event from this year's WrestleMania, Rock vs. John Cena, airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. It'll beat the UFC live show number, probably handily.
--Only because my son got to see Hendo vs. Shogun live at the age of 9 and it ended up being one of the great shows and great fights in history, the very idea of this makes me furious at http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/08/02/boston-ban-ufc-fighting-under-18/
Nobody forces you to attend a sporting event, but to ban people from attending a sport event is insane. Some UFC fighters are goofs and were idiots on Twitter, well, if that's the case, ban kids from attending pro wrestling (one just murdered his girlfriend last week), pro football (a member of the Patriots may have killed someone), hockey, boxing and any other sport that has fights.
--Notes from the Mid Atlantic convention in Charlotte:
Tons of people at the Fan Fest, a list that is endless really. Larry Weaver and Tammy Sytch were the MC's. Gerald Brisco inducted Danny Miller. J.J. Dillon talked about how hard it would be to follow Brisco, and inducted Les Thatcher, noting Les has done everything in wrestling and even though he stopped wrestling in 1980, he never retired from wrestling. Thatcher's first pro wrestling match was July 4, 1960. Sytch led people singing "Happy Birthday" to Bob Caudle. Brad Anderson, the son of Gene, inducted Lars Anderson and said it was the first time he had ever met Lars. Lars said he was able to help start his son's T-shirt business with the money he made as a pro wrestler. Tully Blanchard inducted Magnum T.A., saying how he beat the odds, and nobody ever expected he would live this long after he severed his spine. Magnum talked about how his life changed in the blink of an eye in 1986. "There's a lot of adversity in life, but nothing worth saying I Quit for." Jerry Jarrett inducted the Midnight Express, Rock & Roll Express and Jim Cornette. He said You Tube enables people to see wrestling from all over the world and from every era. He said Bobby Eaton was one of the best workers to ever work in Memphis. He talked about how Cornette would get so much heat as a photographer that he figured he'd be money as a manager. Jarrett said that when Cornette asked him how to act as a manager, he told him to just be himself. They played a video of Stan Lane, who wasn't there, because he was announcing a boat race in Florida. Ricky Morton thanked everyone. Robert Gibson didn't say much. Cornette said the Rock & Roll Express had more sex on the way to the ring than he would get in years. Eaton actually gave a good speech. Cornette thanked Thelma Cornette (his mother) and Christine Jarrett for his career, and thanked Morton & Gibson, saying because of them, people still talk about the Midnight Express today.
Sytch did a very good job as MC, and was very prepared. She noted that Cornette taught her everything she knows about wrestling. (thanks to Pat Laprade)
They showed two hours of the nine hour Crockett Promotions documentary. Among those interviewed were Jim Crockett Jr., David Crockett, Jackie Crockett, Jim Cornette, Ron Garvin, Jimmy Valiant, J.J. Dillon, George South and Tully Blanchard. Jim said the downfall of the company was ultimately his fault. David blamed it on Dusty Rhodes. Lots of footage from the 60s and 70s. I was told this was worth going out of your way to see. (thanks to Jamie Combs)
--Mick Foley performs at The Punchline in Atlanta tomorrow night at 8 p.m.
--The WWE talent is returning as we speak after finishing overseas tours, with one group coming to Green Bay on Monday from Shanghai, China, and the other from Johannesburg, South Africa.
--If you are interested in any Lou Thesz personal memorabilia, his widow, Charlie, is selling a lot of it at
She also said thank you to those who have contacted her saying it has been wonderful from hearing from the Observer readers and especially younger people.
--On Fuel today, the Countdown show is at 7 p.m. and the post-fight show is at 1 a.m.
--Devon Nicholson will be back pro wrestling after battling Hepatitis on 8/10 for CPW International at the JA Lemay Arena in Widsor, Quebec
--Bill Goldberg was on WQAM radio in Miami yesterday. He said that he keeps himself in shape and is open to coming back. Bill is now 46 years old. He said he's more open to it because his son watches his matches on Youtube, and wouldn't mind coming back as a heel. He thinks Ryback is a total rip off of him but has no ill feelings for the guy. But he does have bad feelings for Scott Hall (thanks to Jon Zepnick)
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1964 - Peter Maivia, before he was a Chief (grandfather of The Rock) beat Steve Rickard in Auckland, New Zealand to win the New Zealand heavyweight title. This was Maivia's first major pro wrestling championship
1968 - Mario Milano beat Baron Mikel Scicluna to win the IWA title in Melbourne
1997 - Kensuke Sasaki beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan in the finals to win the G-1 Climax tournament
1998 - Mile Zrno & Franz Schumann beat Fit Finlay & Marty Jones in Graz, Austria to win the CWA tag titles
WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SHOWS ARE YOU WATCHING THIS WEEKEND?
UFC 163 39.9%
New Japan Osaka 21.8%
TNA 10 10.9%
45.9% were watching none of the above. Exactly half the people saying they are watching tonight's New Japan show said they were also watching UFC.
THOUGHTS ON WATCHING UFC 163
Always watch UFC on PPV 30.1%
Watch some, skipping, weak card/main event 16.3%
Watch most, skipping, weak card/main event 12.0%
Watch most UFC shows, watching this 10.2%
Not watching because friends have no interest tonight 9.6%
Not watching, too many UFC's this month, watching other shows 9.0%
Not watching because of other plans 8.4%
Watch some UFC shows and am watching this 4.2%
HAVE YOU WATCHED ANY G-1 SO FAR?
No, but would have except for the price 27.3%
POLL ON IMPACT
32.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Dixie Carter on Kurt Angle: "The TNA family is very supportive of the steps Kurt Angle is taking in his recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers."
--MWF on 9/21 at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA with Carlito, Jake Roberts, Bobby Lashley, Bob Holly, John Cena Sr., Antonio Thomas and R.J. Brewer.
--Lion Fights return on 9/20, this time from the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. It will be the first nationally televised event from the Third Street Stage, airing live on AXS at 10 p.m. Eastern. Cosmo Alexandre vs Nampon of Thailand headlines the show. Kevin Ross vs. Tetsuya Yamato is the semi-main event. Kevin Ross was the guy Gina Carano dated when she was in college.
--Damien Wayne beat Vordell Walker last night in Millersville, TN at the Southern All-Star wrestling show to win the NWA national heavyweight title.
--New England fights tonight at the Biddeford Arena in Biddeford, ME with 13 amateur fights starting at 7 p.m.
--The next show at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana is 8/30 for MV Promociones with L.A. Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. as the main event, plus Lizmark (who has to be around 63 years old) teaming with Lizmark Jr. against Arandu & TJ Boy.
--Tonight in Laredo at Home Run Derby has Antifaz del Norte & Hator vs. Difunto I & Pirata Morgan (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--If you would like King Kong Bundy to appear at your house for a party and live in New Jersey, particularly on a Monday to watch Raw, he is looking for gigs. Can be Raw parties, PPV parties, birthday parties, weddings, BBQ parties at
--Southern All-Star Wrestling from last night: Charles Alexander b Chris Michaels, Lance Erickson b Yaden Matthews, Mayhem b Kevin Weatherby and LBK, Jason Kincaid b Sigmon, Damien Wayne b Vordell Walker to win the National title, Hot Rod Biggs b Big Time Sexy, LT Falk &Jason Nation NC The Untouchables, King Shane Williams b Chris Michaels (thanks to Lekisha Oliver)
--Old Global Wrestling shows from Dallas will be airing tomorrow on ESPN Classic from Noon to 8 p.m., on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to Noon; on Wednesday from midnight to 6 a.m. and from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., Thursday from midnight to 6 a.m and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., as well as Friday from 7-8 p.m. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
--UFC viewing party at Boone's Tavern in Denver tonight with Brandon Thatch appearing. There is also a viewing party at Larry Flynt's Hustler Casino in Los Angeles with a number of RFA fighters.
--PCW from last night somewhere in England before a sellout 600 fans: April Davids b Dave Rayne, Rampage & T-Bone b Dave Mastiff & Cyanide, Kris Travis won Money in the Bank, Danny Hope b Mad Man Manson, Doug Williams b El Ligero 5-4 in a 60:00 Iron Man match, Lionheart b Doug Williams to win the PCW title. (thanks to Allan Blackstock)
--There was a reference to Steve Austin on Bill Maher's HBO Real Time show. He was talking about how a new pound bill in England has the image of Jane Austin and said people in the UK think they're cool by having artists and writers on their bills and he said we have Stone Cold Steve Austin, and they showed a photo of Austin on a mock bill flipping off viewers.