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)
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*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)
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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
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Monday's News Update
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking Raw, G-1, Rampage vs. Tito, Dutch Savage as well as taking your e-mail questions that can be sent to
--Mike Sempervive and I have a one hour nothing but e-mail questions answered show up on the site right now.
--Bellator held a press conference today for its 11/2 PPV debut headlined by Rampage Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz. Bjorn Rebney noted that there will likely be five fights, with plenty of five round title fights but he didn't commit to any specific one. There will plenty of knocks at the other organization. Jackson said he really was going to box Roy Jones Jr., but then when Bellator signed Tito Ortiz in mid-July, it changed. Rebney said that all of Viacom, Spike, CMT, MTV, Comedy Central, will all be promoting and that TNA has a storyline in place to aid in the promotion of the fight. He hinted at something at Bound for Glory but just said to tune in. Jackson and Ortiz both put over being big wrestling fans with Ortiz saying how Hulk Hogan was his idol. A key note is that Ortiz had reconstructive knee surgery to put in a replacement ACL 12 weeks ago. That was scary. It'll be priced from $34.95 to $44.95, depending on the market.
--The UFC's show on 10/19 in Houston at the Toyota Center is already announced as sold out. That's the Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos show. Keep in mind that UFC announces sellouts at 95% or so, so there may be some tickets left but given that they were just put on sale a few days ago, it's a good sign.
--WWE has hired Michele Martell as the new Vice President of Kids Entertainment. She came from SD Entertainment where she headed up acquisition strategy and execution for entertainment products aimed at kids.
--Mick Foley will be playing Sunday in Milwaukee at the Miramar Theater at 7 p.m. He'll be in Chicago on Thursday at Zane's Comedy Night Club.
--John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio is the announced main event for tonight, most likely a dark match. For tomorrow in Rockford, the dark match is The Shield vs Randy Orton & Sheamus & Rob Van Dam.
--Brooke Mangum and Michelle Schexnayder of the USA Network show "Summer Camp" will be on Raw tonight. That show is doing poorly in the ratings so you know how that goes, WWE has to be the good partner.
--Booker T's Reality of Wrestling show on Saturday night in Houston at the Clear Lake Rec Center will be taped by Ch. 39 in Houston, which was the station that aired Houston Wrestling in the 70s and 80s.
--Premier Wrestling on 9/29 in Gilroy, CA headlined by former Olympian Jeff Cobb (2-0) vs. Brian Tannen (2-0) at the 9 Lives Club. Tickers are only $10 if you buy them on-line at www.premierwrestle.com
and $15 at the door. The show is at 5 p.m. so you get out in time for dinner. I think a bunch of us are going to Gilroy that night to go to wrestling and try and find the sushi place that I ate at there last week.
--All Pro Wrestling Gym Wars on Saturday night in Hayward at the APW Gym has Drake Younger vs. Willie Mack, Michael Elgin vs. Jeckles and Rich Swann vs. Dylan Drake.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 9/6 in Nashville at the Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena as part of the state fair has Doug Gilbert vs. Tommy Dreamer in a street fight, plus Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Tracy Smothers, Mr. Wrestling III, Dan Severn, Cerebus (Wolfie D) and a main event of Rob Conway vs. Lance Archer.
--A series of shows headlined by Ric Flair take place this weekend for Big Time Wrestling. 8/9 in Keyser, WV is a show with Flair, Terry Funk, Mickie James, Carlito, Reby Sky, Matt Hardy and more. On 8/10 in Altoona, Flair will be there with Funk, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Reby Sky, Carlito and Shane Douglas. The same crew, along with Chris Masters, are advertised for 8/11 in Belle Vernon, PA. 8/13 in Gaithersburg, MD they run at the Montgomery County Ag Fair with Hardy vs. Masters, Carlito vs. Douglas, James vs. Reby Sky and Jim Duggan & The Patriot vs. Russian Hammers.
--A story on Bruce Bellocchi, a con man who has boxed, promoted MMA, and a story tracing him including defrauding Rick Bassman in 2008 and leaving him broke is at http://www.sun-sentienel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-ground-and-pound-20130803,0,7217052.story
His latest thing was opening up a restaurant called "Ground and Pound" with an MMA theme, and waitresses dressed as ring girls, in Boynton Beach, FL. You don't have to ask how that turned out.
--The Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi fight night airs on Fuel tonight at 8 p.m., Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson at 10 p.m. and UFC 92 (Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans) at 11 p.m. Fuel is about to turn into FS 2 with apparently little fanfare. And there will be plenty of UFC content on the station. The stories that all UFC programming will be on FS 1 just isn't the case, but the key programming will be on there.
--On UFC predictions, me, Josh Nason, Mike Sawyer and Todd Martin all went 4-1. Oliver Copp and Mike Sempervive went 3-2. I'd complain about Machida vs. Davis, but I've been the beneficiary this year in more bad decisions than the victim.
--A correction from yesterday. Phil Davis is not the first American to go 2-0 in Brazil. He's the second. Nik Lentz is the first (thanks to William Gregory, Rob Harvey and others)
--TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1965 - Huracan Ramirez beat Karloff Lagarde in Guadalajara to win the NWA welterweight title
1969 - Missouri Mauler & Hiro Matsuda beat Jack Brisco & Cyclon Negro to win the Florida tag team titles
1974 - Jumbo Miyamoto & Mariko Akagi beat Jean Antone & Sandy Parker to win the WWWA tag titles in Tokyo
1986 - Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido beat Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura to win the IWGP tag titles in Tokyo
1988 - Iceman King Parsons beat Kerry Von Erich (subbing for Kevin) to win the Texas title in Dallas
1993 - Scott Norton & Hercules Hernandez beat Hawk & Power (Kensuke Sasaki) Warrior to win the IWGP tag team titles in Tokyo
1994 - Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson beat Brian Lee & Chris Candido to win the SMW tag titles in Knoxville
1995 - Gedo & Jado & Hiromichi Fuyuki beat Genichiro Tenryu & Koki Kitahara & Animal Hamaguchi to win the WAR 6 man tag titles
1996 - Great Sasuke beat Ultimo Dragon in Tokyo to become the first J Cup Champion at Sumo Hall. This meant Sasuke won eight different jr. titles. This was part of G-1 and what an awesome week of wrestling that was
1996 - The Moondogs, Spot & Rover, beat Brickhouse Brown & Reggie B. Fine for the USWA tag titles in Memphis
--We missed this one yesterday, but on 8/4/62 in Detroit, Lord Athol Layton beat Dick the Bruiser to win that area's version of the U.S. title (thanks to Drew Murphy)
--Larry Matysik and Rocky Johnson will be talking St. Louis Wrestling on Wednesday at 11 a.m. on WBGZ radio 1570 AM in St. Louis.
--Ken Patera will be appearing on Sports AM 920 in St. Louis with Frank Cusmano on Thursday at 11 a.m.
--Future Stars of Wrestling on 8/11 at Sam's Town in Las Vegas with an eight-man tournament that will crown the new Elite Champion, with Paul London, Kenny King, Tony Nese, Brian Cage plus an Iron Man match and an elimination match.
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW?
50.7% of those responding didn't see the show
WHO WOULD YOU BE MOST INTERESTED IN SEEING AGAINST JOSE ALDO NEXT?
Cub Swanson 39.2%
Frankie Edgar 22.4%
Clay Guida 19.2%
Ricardo Lamas 16.0%
Chad Mendes 3.2%
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
Total Divas 19.5%
UFC prelims on FX 11.0%
Fight Master 2.5%
Main Event 0.8%
Inside MMA 0.8%
--For the PWWA (all women's group out of Sydney, Australia on Saturday night, Evie of New Zealand pinned Madison Eagles to unify the belts. (thanks to Dan Lennard)
--Great Canadian Wrestling from Saturday night in Oshawa, ONT: Masked Wrestler b Maurice, Alexia b Jasmine, Skylar Rose b Jewls Malone, Kaitlyn Diamond b ? Bruno Davis d Buck Gunderson in last man standing when both were knocked out on the floor, (sets up an I Quit match on 10/5), D-Mann b Alexia via forfeit, Kaitlyn Diamond b Skylar Rose, Kaitlyn Diamond b D-Mann to win the WILD womens' title, Andrew Davis b Robby McAllister to win GCW title (thanks to Steven Ashe)
--NAWA from Saturday night in Waxahachie, TX: Big John Famous b Zach Jackson, Cowboy Adam b Bulldozer, Joe Angelo Garcia & Corey Saturn b Chris Cross & Dr. Nemo Luv, Billy Club b Nobe Bryant-DQ (thanks to Rob Moore)
--Wrestling Rampage Superstars of Wrestling on 10/12 in Gloucester, UK at the Gloucester Leisure Centre headlined by former WCW wrestler PN News and Roy & Zac Knight (brothers of Page) plus Luke Hawx, billed as coming from WWE. Marty Jones will be making a guest appearance.
--Former Showcase Pro Wrestling champion Niko Caprale, 26, will be featured on Shark Week Tonight on the Discovery Channel. Caprale and his father spent four weeks with a film crew working with great white sharks off the coast of Chatham. (thanks to Bob Magee)
--Justin Gabriel of WWE will also be appearing on a Shark week show called Shark After Dark.
--Funkdafied Wrestling on Friday night in Long Branch, NJ at the Holy Trinity Church features Robbie E and Balls Mahoney, plus there will be a doors, ladders and chairs match.
--David Maus, an auto dealer in Central Florida has a commercial with both Haku and Ricky Santana. It shows the two of them getting into an argument on a golf course.