WED. UPDATE: Major main event needs faces licensing issues; Rousey in talks for major movie role, Strongest Hall of Fame ballot candidates, Foley, TV commercial with wrestlers, Lethal in UK, Jim Ross, Steiner talks Flair



By Dave Meltzer
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        Main Event tonight on Ion:
Mark Henry & Usos vs. The Shield
Natalya vs. Aksana
Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel
 
        Bellator Fight Master is at 10 p.m. on Spike. 
 
        The G-1 Climax tournament continues tonight/tomorrow morning from Yokohama at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time and 2:30 a.m. Pacific time:
 
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
 
        We've got a huge week with the Observer with two different issues for web site readers and a double issue for those who are mail subscribers.  The first issue will be on the site today and the second issue will be out tomorrow.
 
        The most in-depth look at every aspect of the WWE business, and most notably its future, is the lead story in the new issue.  We look not only at the numbers, but behind the numbers.  We compare things this year to last year, and figure out where the increase in costs are coning from including how much more was spent on PPV and television, where cutbacks have been made, and what this all leads to.
 
        We also look at the two biggest questions regarding the WWE business going forward and why the profit margin currently is not that important but what two key things have to go well, including the history of one of them. 
 
        Vince McMahon talks about the business including what type of television station he is looking at shopping his product to and thoughts on whether this will work out.  We look at the very unique nature of the WWE and television and why the best money deal isn't always the best deal, and look back at previous WWE TV deals.
 
        We look at why cash flow and cash on hand continues to drop, cost of the WWE Performance Center, profit and expenses so far in 2013 as compared to 2012, all the figures on WrestleMania including the profit margin and how it compared with the previous two years, how business has done the past few months without WrestleMania, talk on Wall Street about WWE's ability to sustain the dividend and thoughts on it, and what would happen if a change is made.
 
        We look at what the key aspect of business will be going forward and what to watch for in 2014 because how negotiations go will make a huge difference for the company in many ways going forward.  We look at the real attendance and gate figure for this year's WrestleMania, Vince McMahon's reaction to the drop in profits and the quarter as a whole, his thoughts on Total Divas, why WWE's content isn't getting what it should from networks and if that can change and why WWE is taking a complete 180 in the positioning of its product.
 
        We look at the television landscape and how WWE fits in, its major value to a network, the movie division, social media and its affect on business thus far, and outside business deals.
 
        We also look at, by a percentage basis, how each part of the world has changed over the past three years when it comes to WWE's revenue base.
 
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        We go through every sector and look not only at revenues, but expenses, profitability and changes.  We look at the business of an average WWE arena event for the quarter both domestic and overseas, merchandise, as well as PPV.  We look at how every PPV has done so far this year, including costs.  We look at what The Rock vs. C.M. Punk meant for Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber. 
       
        We also compare the PPV figures for June of this year and last year, and how UFC did the day before Payback. 
 
        We look at the current WWE television deals, the home video business, the licensing business, the magazine business, the movie business and the web site business.
 
        We also look at the arrest of Kurt Angle, his going into rehab and his past issues.
 
        We also have a look at the prospects of TNA and Bellator working together for the Jackson vs. Ortiz PPV, including what was said at the press conference, how the deal was made, the Ortiz surprise on TNA and Bellator, how much wrestling has proven to mean when it comes to Bellator ratings, criticism of the fight, track record for both guys, nostalgia value in MMA historically, Tito Ortiz's injuries and surgeries, the undercard, the Bellator title picture and more.  
 
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        We also look at twitter hubs for UFC and WWE, one of the biggest stars of all-time in talks with WWE, WWE hires a VP of Kids Entertainment, Jerry Lawler talks the death of Corey Maclin and more on Ricardo Rodriguez.
 
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        We also look at CMLL's plans for its biggest shows of the year, including a number of big announcements for August and September major events.
 
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        We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as a look at all the major television shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--The B.J Whitmer injury and an update on his condition
 
--What was planned to happen and the future of the ROH title tournament
 
--Updates on the contract situation with a number of top ROH talent
 
--The mentality of a lot of ROH talent when it comes to TNA
 
--Full coverage of the ROH show in Toronto
 
--The booking of Jim Cornette and Gabe Sapolsky and how it differed
 
--Why the Kevin Steen DVD was pulled
 
--More bad news for TNA in the PPV field
 
--Update on TNA creative
 
--Madison Rayne on being let go by TNA
 
--Bound for Glory series update
 
--A look at the weekend TNA house shows
 
--UFC finds a new obstacle they didn't see coming
 
--Ticket sales for the upcoming UFC events
 
--Update on proposed MMA rule changes
 
--Update on title situations
 
--Another UFC fighter inks movie role
 
--Controversy over a UFC hire
 
--More on Ronda Rousey's movie debut
 
--Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier issues
 
--Notes on some new UFC dates
 
--New UFC fights
 
--CMLL on U.S TV
 
--Latest from the Arena Mexico shows
 
--What Mexican wrestler has taken the theme from an infamous U.S. wrestler
 
--A look at AAA's big show in Mexico City with the Perro Aguayo Jr. vs. Cibernetico rematch
 
--Why CMLL fans are so tough
 
--Huge angle AAA shoots
 
--Legendary belt being retired and replaced
 
--Promoter tries to copy Vince McMahon and wrestle
 
--All Japan's next big show
 
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--Zero-One Fire Festival finals
 
--A look at the Mid Atlantic convention in Charlotte
 
--A look at the Hall of Heroes ceremony
 
--A look at the Q&As
 
--A look at the documentary
 
--Former WWE star who got fired from his job gets it pack
 
--Return of Dominick Cruz
 
--Bellator's biggest show in its history
 
--Major Bellator star's contract expires
 
--Spike's newest fighting franchises early dates
 
--A look at two retirements in Japan      
 
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Wednesday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight covering Smackdown, G-1 and this week's Observer with Wrestling Observer radio tonight.  You can send in questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--The Massachusetts Boxing Commission will be meeting tomorrow on the subject of licensing Chael Sonnen for his fight on 8/17 against Shogun Rua.  According to MMAJunkie.com, the issue was from a complaint from a New York based union contacting the commission to complain about Sonnen's usage of testosterone replacement therapy.  Sonnen had been told he needed a letter from his doctor to the commission for the hearing.

--Daily Variety reported Ronda Rousey has been cast in the new "Fast & Furious 7" movie that will be filming this fall.  I swear I've read that somewhere before.  She's in talks for a role for the movie that will start filming after "The Expendables 3," which she is already commited to.  The which would move some of her training for the Miesha Tate fight to Atlanta, where the movie is being filmed.  Vin Diesel will star in the movie.  Dwayne Johnson is at this point not listed for the movie.
 
--WrestleMania travel packages go on sale on Monday.  There are an assortment of travel packages ranging from $795 to $6,270
 
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 7 p.m., Ultimate Insider at 7:30 p.m., UFC 147 (Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin II) at 8 PM., Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck at 11 p.m. and the Kenny Florian vs. Takanori Gomi Fight Night at midnight. All times are  Eastern.
 
 
--Tryouts for the first Ultimate Fighter season of 2014, open to middleweights and light heavyweights, will take place on 8/27 in Indianapolis at 7 a.m. at the Westin Hotel .
 
 
--It was 47 years ago today, back in 1966 that Ed Strangler Lewis passed away at the age of 76.  John Boyd of the Royal Kangaroos and Sheepherder passed away on this day in 1999 at the age of 56.  Therese Theis passed away at the age of 68 also on this day in 1999.   Theis was a woman wrestling star in the 50s who taught Ray Stevens how to work and later married him. (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)   
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1965 - Harley Race & Larry Hennig beat Verne Gagne & The Crusher in Minneapolis to win the AWA world tag team titles
1983 - Pirata Morgan beat Halcon Ortiz in Guadalajara to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1983 - Perro Aguayo beat Villano III in Mexico City to win the WWF light heavyweight title
1988 - Alfonso Dantes beat Gran Markus Jr. in Guadalajara to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1992 - Shu El Guerrero beat Villano III in Neza to win the UWA jr. heavyweight title
1993 - Tatsumi Fujinami beat Hiroshi Hase at Sumo Hall in Tokyo in the finals of the G-1 tournament
1993 - Eddie Gilbert & Dark Patriot beat Super Destroyers to win the ECW tag team titles in Philadelphia
1994 - Masahiro Chono beat Power Warrior (Kensuke Sasaki) at Sumo Hall in Tokyo in the finals of the G-1 tournament    
1995 - Billy Jack Haynes beat Brad Armstrong in Memphis to win the Southern title and the Heavenly Bodies beat PG-13 for the USWA tag team titles
1996 - El Hijo del Gladiador & Gran Markus Jr. beat Atlantis & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. in Mexico City to win the CMLL tag titles
2001 - Chris Kanyon & DDP beat Faarooq & Bradshaw to win the WWF world tag team titles in Los Angeles on the same show Undertaker & Kane beat Sean O'Haire & Chuck Palumbo to win the WCW tag team titles
2002 - Ron Killings beat Ken Shamrock to become the NWA world heavyweight champion on a TNA PPV show in Nashville.  Low Ki beat A.J. Styles on the same show to win the X Division title.
2011 - Kurt Angle beat Sting at Hardcore Justice to win the TNA title and Winter beat Mickie James to win the Knockouts title.   
   
--A video of Race for the Ring from the Wrestling Cares promotion at https://vimeo.com/71510900
 
--Jessie Godderz on TMZ at http://vimeo.com/71718239
 
STRONGEST HALL OF FAME BALLOT CANDIDATES POLL
Iron Sheik 48.0%
Bob Orton Jr. 10.1%
The Sheepherders 9.3%
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell 6.9%
Peter Maivia 5.0%
Mr. Fuji 4.8%
Toru Tanaka 4.0%
Ciclon Negro 3.7%
Stan Stasiak 3.2%
Bearcat Wright 2.7%
Blackjack Lanza 2.1%
Victor Rivera 0.3%
 
Paul Orndorff 24.4%
Larry Zbyszko 18.8%
Greg Valentine 17.6%
Don Muraco 9.7%
Ken Patera 7.1%
Badnews Allen 5.3%
Rocky Johnson 4.3%
Tommy Rich 3.6%
King Kong Bundy 3.3%
Kevin Von Erich 2.5%
David Von Erich 2.3%
John Studd 1.0%
 
Tito Santana 24.4%
Jun Akiyama 19.0%
Fit Finlay 16.4%
Earthquake John Tenta 11.2%
Ron Garvin 8.2%
Hiroyoshi Tenzan 7.5%
Octagon 6.3%
Dory Dixon 2.3%
Billy Jack Haynes 1.6%
Fishman 1.4%
Yoshiaki Yatsu 1.2%
Animal Hamaguchi 0.5%
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 63.5%
C.M. Punk 17.4%
Bray Wyatt 7.0%
Paul Heyman 3.6%
John Cena 2.6%
Stephanie McMahon 2.3%
The Shield 2.1%
Vince McMahon 1.5%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 6.3%
Good 32.1%
Average 32.1%
Fair 12.1%
Poor 17.4%
        14.2% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--The TV commercial mentioned here a few days ago with Haku and Ricky Santana is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLt_Gmz_DD4&feature=c4-overview&list=UU9rzoD9zXCECbx6sH4T4a7g   Haku has worked for David Maus auto dealership for years in the detailing department and has been in a lot of their TV commercials (thanks to Derek Sabato and others)
 
--A correction, Mick Foley's appearance tomorrow night will be at Zanies in Rosemont, IL, near the All-State Arena.  We had written it was at Zanie's in Chicago, but that's a different location. (thanks to George Vlahos) 
 
--"The Call" was the 3,000,000,000th rental from Redbox.  This happened early this week. (thanks to Andy Schnorr)
 
--Paul Lazenby's famous guys bouncer stories with Pat Miletich at www.facebook.com/FamousBouncers
 
 
--Heroes and Legends 2 on 8/30 in Fort Wayne, IN at Parkview Field with a fan fest at 2 p.m. and a show at 7:30 p.m. with DDP, Jake Roberts, Tatanka, Chris Masters, Hurricane Helms, Headbangers, Shane Douglas, Awesome Kong, Tammy Sytch, Lanny Poffo, Mr. Hughes, Ahmed Johnson, and Lisa Marie Varon (Tara).
 
--Leilani Kai appears at Milo's Wide World of Sports Collectibles at the Eastridge Mall in San Jose on 9/7.
 
--Jim Ross will be doing a free autograph session and appearance at Homeland Foods on Lindsey Street in Norman, OK from 1-3 p.m.  There will be free food, autographs and photos. 
 
--Glory 11 comes to the Sears Center in Chicago for a live show on Spike TV featuring a four-man tournament for the world heavyweight championship which includes Gokhan Saki (79-16-1, 56 knockouts) vs. Rico Verhoeven (40-7-1, 8 knockouts) and Daniel Ghita (48-9, 37 KO's) vs. Anderson Braddock Silva (36-9-1, 24 knockouts).  Also on the show is light heavyweight champion Tyrone Spong (72-6-1, 45 KOs) vs. Nathan Corbett (57-3-1, 43 knockouts).
 
--Jay Lethal is working these shows on a U.K. tour
8/9 in Liverpool for Infinite Promotion vs. El Ligero
8/10 in Aberdeen, Scotland for Wrestlezone Scotland in a tag match with Scotty Swift vs. SMASH
8/11 in Dudley for Attack Pro Wrestling against Pete Dunne
        He will be doing a seminar 8/12 to 8/16 at the Star Power Training Center in Manchester
8/16 in Nottingham for Southside Wrestling against Robbie X
8/17 in Huntingdon for Southside Wrestling against Martin Kirby
8/18 in Sittingborne for Revolution Pro Wrestling against Party Marty Scurll
8/19 to 8/23 will be a Star Power Wrestling advanced training week in Manchester
8/23 in Birmingham for Pro Wrestling Kingdom against Pete Dunne
8/24 in Prestatyn, Wales for Britannia Wrestling Promotions
8/25 in Stockport for Future Shock Wrestling against Zack Gibson
 
--Scott Steiner on Ric Flair at http://www.youtube.com/watch/v=goWWYlRiErg
 
--TNA announced a TV taping on 9/26 in Little Rock.  Tickets go on sale tomorrow with the code word NLRIMPACT  They have a press conference tomorrow with Chris Sabin and North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith at 2 p.m. at the Verizon Arena.