TUES UPDATE: More from Raw, Kane filming schedule, new free show, backstage with Silva, G-1 line-ups, Raw injury, new hire, BJ Whitmer update, tons more

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We are going to be looking for both reports from anyone who watched the first five six night of G-1. 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 also looking for reports from Rockford, IL tonight where Smackdown and Main Event are being taped.

        We're also looking for reports from these shows:

*WWE Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa
*TNA Saturday 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)
*WWE Friday in Shanghai, China
*TNA Friday night in Tyler, TX
*WWE on Tuesday in Cape Town, South Africa
*WWE on Wednesday in Cape Town
*WWE on  Thursday in Durban
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--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
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--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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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Dixie Carter on Kurt Angle: "Today, Kurt Angle entered a rehab facility. As a cherished member of the TNA family, we support his decision and wish him strength through this difficult, important recovery process."

-- BJ Whitmer is back home after spending several days in the hospital after he was piledriven onto his head on the ring apron in a match with Mike Bennett this weekend. Bennett and Maria were in the hospital with him most of the time and Whitmer tweeted for people to stop giving Bennett a hard time because it was an accident and accidents happen. The company storyline is that since Whitmer was injured so bad that he couldn't continue, Bennett was awarded the win and moves on in the ROH Title tournament.

-- As noted on the front page, Kane will start shooting SEE NO EVIL 2 this fall, meaning he'll likely be done after the Ring of Fire match with Bray Wyatt or shortly thereafter.

-- Jason Ayers, formerly of DGUSA and ROH, was the new referee on Raw last night.

-- Punk split his jaw open doing the dive off the desk and clonking heads with Brock on Impact. Surprised he didn't split his head in two given the size and thickness of Brock's head. There are photos of him getting stitched up here.

-- We have a really fun and interesting interview with Joey Ryan up heretalking backstage at TNA, Gut Check, RING KA KING, PWG's formation and success and more! Feel free to spread the link elsewhere.

-- There is amazing behind the scenes footage of Anderson Silva immediately after being KO'd by Chris Weidman, plus his journey backstage afterwards here.

-- Total Divas was up 14% to 1.52 million viewers this week on E! Meanwhile their social media score was down 28%. One would surmise that one has little to do with the other.

-- Hulk Hogan on Today Show video here. I don't think he mentioned TNA a single time.

-- G-1 in Sendai tonight/early Wednesday 5:30 a.m. Eastern 2:30 a.m. Pacific
Kota Ibushi vs. Shelton Benjamin
Toru Yano vs. Karl Anderson
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Yujiro Takahashi vs. Minoru Suzuki
Togi Makabe vs. Lance Archer
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Tetsuya Naito
Satoshi Kojima vs. Prince Devitt
Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto

G-1 in Yokohama late Wednesday/early Thursday 5:30 a.m. Eastern 2:30 a.m. Pacific
Kota Ibushi vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Yuji Nagata vs. Karl Anderson
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Prince Devitt
Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii
Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Lance Archer
Tetsuya Naito vs. Toru Yano
Hirooki Goto vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Minoru Suzuki vs. Shelton Benjamin
Satoshi Kojima vs Togi Makabe

-- This video is awesome. CM Punk's Grammar Slam, with more available.

-- UFC TV notes for today: On this week’s UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Chael Sonnen have an exclusive interview with Alistair Overeem leading up to his upcoming fight at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SHOGUN VS. SONNEN on FOX Sports 1. Michael Bisping talks about his upcoming bout with Mark Munoz, while Miesha Tate fires back at Ronda Rousey.

In addition, we’ll find out who wants to fight Jose Aldo next for the title, could there be a rematch in the works for Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis, and find out which UFC fighter is getting a part in an upcoming movie? All this and much more on UFC TONIGHT.

-- Ric Flair personal appearances: Superstars of Wrestling is thrilled to announce two additional live events taking place on Saturday, August 24th at the Ocala Entertainment Complex in Ocala, FL and Sunday, August 25th Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida. Each of these Superstars of Wrestling Live events will feature special Meet and Greet sessions with 2-time WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time World Heavyweight Champion “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair! World renown as the “Dirtiest Player in the Game”, Flair was the cornerstone of one of the most elite units in professional wrestling history – the Four Horseman. The master of the figure four leglock won championships wherever he traveled and set the bar very high when it came to in-ring performance – as in that regard, he truly had no peers. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up and close with the Nature Boy! For more information and tickets, hit up www.xselive.com – where you can find all the latest information on this trifecta of huge pro wrestling events.

-- From the promoter: On Saturday, August 31, the North American Catch Wrestling Association will be hosting their first submission wrestling tournament, the Liberty Bell Classic/East Coast King of Catch Tournament. It will take place at the Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116. This tournament will be held under traditional American catch wrestling rules, where you can win by submission or pin. There are no points, no politics, and no sandbagging.

-- Quiet day in history with Brian Hoops:

1979 - Ray Candy defeated Blackjack Lanza to win the Georgia TV Title in Augusta, Georgia.

1994 - Chris Candido & Brian Lee defeated The Rock N' Roll Express for the Smoky Mountain Tag Team Title in Johnson City, Tennessee

2001 - Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated X-Pac for the WWF Light Heavyweight Title in Anaheim, California.

-- Roger Gracie is done with UFC after his loss to Tim Kennedy.

-- Backstage Pass from UFC 163 video is up here.

-- New RJ Brewer interview here

-- Over the Top Radio with Ed, Craig and Cutrer up here.

-- On Friday night, August 30th, Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW) will return to Cleveland's Turner's Hall (7325 Guthrie Ave, 44102) to present Gleaming the Cube. Bell time will be at 7:30 pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.

No, no matter what they do, Impact fans won't buy a Bellator PPV 30.6% They should in theory, but I don't have confidence it will be presented right 30.0%
Yes, they should 20.6%
No, it will hurt the PPV by having them doing pro wrestling at the same time 18.8%

Ultimate Warrior 24.7%
Kerry Von Erich 20.2%
Rick Martel 9.5%
Baron Von Raschke 9.1%
Superstar/Demolition Ax 8.9%
Blackjack Mulligan 7.2%
Killer Karl Kox 4.5%
Chavo Guerrero Sr. 4.1%
Tiger Jeet Singh 3.7%
Dick Slater 3.3%
Mongolia Stomper 2.9%
Johnny Powers 1.9%

Jake Roberts 26.2%
Barry Windham 17.1%
Minoru Suzuki 16.9%
Rick Rude 15.4%
Davey Boy Smith 9.5%
Bam Bam Bigelow 4.5%
Adrian Adonis 3.7%
Sid Vicious 1.9%
Big Bossman 1.7%
Johnny Ace 1.3%
Buzz Sawyer 1.1%
Scott Norton 0.7%

Sabu 16.7%
Lex Luger 15.2%
Scott Hall 12.8%
Kevin Nash 12.8%
Ken Shamrock 10.7%
Great Sasuke 8.3%
Hiro Matsuda 7.8%
Yokozuna 6.3%
Otto Wanz 3.7%
Goldust 3.3%
Rusher Kimura 2.0%
Michiaki Yoshimura 0.4%

Steiner Brothers 50.4%
Great Sasuke 12.9%
Valiant Brothers 8.7%
Yoshiaki Fujiwara 7.0%
Akira Taue 5.6%
Hayabusa 4.9%
Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown 3.3%
Nasty Boys 2.1%
Butch Reed 2.1%
Furnas & Kroffat 1.9%
Killer Khan 1.4%

-- It's fight week in Ontario, Calif., and fans are invited to attend Friday's "World Series of Fighting 4: Spong vs. DeAnda" official weigh-ins. Dave & Buster's, located in Ontario at 4821 Mills Circle, hosts the proceedings, and fighters are scheduled to step on the scale at 4 p.m. PT local time. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Those who can't attend the weigh-in can still watch the session on World Series of Fighting's official website, WSOF.com. The NBC Sports Network-televised World Series of Fighting 4 event takes place this Saturday, Aug. 10, at the nearby Citizens Business Bank Arena and features a light heavyweight showdown between world kickboxing champion turned unbeaten MMA upstart Tyrone "King of the Ring" Spong (1-0) and fellow hard-hitting knockout artist Angel "The Dream" DeAnda (11-2). Tickets for the huge, 10-fight event start at just $29 and are on sale at AXS.com, the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office and charge-by-phone at (888) 929-7849.

-- The Diva Maria has a new column up here

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?