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
--Grandsons of one of Japan's all-time biggest stars return
--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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*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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*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
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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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*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
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*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
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Thursday's News Update
--The back issue up on the site this week is pretty monumental, between Scott Hall's WCW debut, the biggest disaster of a PPV that WWF ever had (not their fault, it was a technological issue that killed power in the middle of the show) and someone who became one of the biggest names in the industry in the letters page.
--In a huge story, Time Warner Cable dropped CBS, as in the network, as well as Showtime, The Movie Channel, FLIX and Smithsonian . Time Warner said CBS has refused to come to reasonable terms. The contract expired in June but they kept them on the air, obviously, because dropping CBS and Showtime wouldn't make customers happy.TWC is a major provider in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles in particular. Time Warner cable also has not at least as of what we had last heard, reached a deal for Fox Sports 1, which goes on the air on 8/17. CBS was getting 88 cents per subscriber as S re transmission fee, and was asking it be increased to more than $2. CBS is putting pressure on, telling viewers to insist TLC make a deal because the have the GA Championships, the World Golf Championships at a New York Jets preseason game with the Detroit Lions this weekend.
--Chael Sonnen was officially licensed today for the 8/17 UFC show in Boston. Unite Now, a group formed by the Culinary Workers Union, had lobbied the commission to keep Sonnen from fighting based on moral turpitude, because he's a convicted felon, and because of his tesstoerone use exemption. The commission dismissed both grounds.
--Best wishes to Harley Race this week. Race, 70, suffered a dislocated hip in a fall. The hip wasn't broken, but it had to be reset and he's in a lot of pain. He had to cancel appearing in St. Louis this weekend at a legends event at the St. Louis Grizzles baseball game Saturday night.
--Tonight on Fuel has UFC Tonight at 8 P.M. and UFC Insiders at 8:30 P.M.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops, Andrew Murphy and Gram Cameron)
1960 - Red & Lou Bastien beat The Fabulous Kangaroos, Al Costello & Roy Heffernan to win the U.S. tag team titles (now WWE tag titles)
1961 - Verne Gagne beat Gene Kiniski to win the AWA title in Minneapolis
1963 - Verne Gagne beat Fritz Von Erich to win the AWA title in Amarillo
1970 - Bobo Brazil & Lord Athol Layton beat Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes to win the world tag team title at Cobo Hall in Detroit
1973 - Bobby Duncum beat Bill Dromo in Columbus, GA to win the Columbus heavyweight title
1981 - Wahoo McDaniel beat Roddy Piper to win the U.S. title at the Greensboro Coliseum
1993 - Tito Santana beat Don Muraco to win the ECW title in Philadelphia
1997 - Dutch Mantel beat Jerry Lawler for the USWA title in Memphis, while Steven Dunn & Flash Flanagan beat PG-13 to win the USWA tag titles
1998 - Masahiro Chono beat Tatsumi Fujinami in Osaka to win the IWGP heavyweight title
1998 - Juventud Guerrera beat Chris Jericho in Sturgis at Road Wild to win the WCW cruiserweight title
WHICH OF THESE GUYS SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE HALL OF FAME BALLOT FOR THIS YEAR MOST?
Arn Anderson 51.0%
Booker T 10.6%
William Regal 8.6%
Brian Pillman 8.4%
Jim Duggan 5.6%
Jeff Jarrett 3.8%
Los Missioners d la Muerte 1.6%
Brazo de Plata 1.6%
Mike Awesome 1.2%
Pirata Morgan 1.0%
Big Show 25.9%
Junkyard Dog 23.6%
Tully Blanchard 21.6%
Honky Tonk Man 6.3%
Bill Dundee 4.6%
Giant Haystacks 2.4%
Nikolai Volkoff 2.0%
The Fantastics 1.7%
One Man Gang 0.9%
Brutus Beefcake 0.9%
Tony Atlas 0.7%
Magnum TA 18.8%
George Steele 16.2%
Fabulous Ones 13.6%
Jerry Brisco 12.8%
Austin Idol 7.8%
Jos LeDuc 5.0%
Fuerza Guerrera 3.0%
Mike Graham 1.2%
Tinieblas Sr. 0.6%
Jerry Estrada 0.4%
Art Barr 23.1%
Satoshi Kojima 13.3%
Angelo Mosca 13.3%
Hector Garza 11.6%
Yoshihiro Takayama 8.4%
Silver King 8.0%
Manabu Nakanishi 2.0%
Super Astro 1.3%
Latin Lover 1.1%
Emilio Charles Jr 0.7%
--Scott D'Amore, the former TNA booker back when their PPVs were kick ass, turned 39 today. Rena Lesnar, who was once Sable, turned 46 today.
--Here are some UFC events this week in Boston
Tuesday: Conor McGregor Open workout at Peter Welch's Gym at 371 Dorchester Ave. in Boston at 3 p.m.
Tuesday: UFC Fan Gathering at The Blackthron Bar in South Boston
Wednesday: Open workouts at the TD Garden on the arena floor with Shogun, Chael Sonnen, Alistair Overeem, Travis Browne, Urijah Faber, Yuri Alcantara, John Howard and Joe Lauzon. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. is Sonnen & Lauzon. 1:30 is Browne and Faber. 2 p.m is Overeem and Howard. 2:30 p.m. is Shogun and Alcantara
Wednesday: Fan Get Together at Barrio Cantina in Boston with Dana White, Forrest Griffin, Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruis and Octagon Girls
Thursday: Press Conference open to the public at the Wang Theater in Boston with Dana White, Shogun, Sonnen, Overeem, Browne, Faber, Alcantara, Lauzon and Michael Johnson at 1 p.m.
Friday: Weigh-ins at 4 p.m. at the TD Garden. Doors open to the public at 3 p.m. (thanks to Matt Cail)
--WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand content for this week
WWE show at the Boston Gardens from 8/15/87
ECW Unreleased Volume 1
WWF Mania 3/13/93
World Class Championship Wrestling 4/8/84
--KTVI Fox in St. Louis will have Herb Simmons, Travis Cook, The Big Texan and Jake Dirden (back from Japan) as guests Friday between 8:45 and 9:45 a.m They'll be promoting a Saturday night show at Grizzlies baseball stadium that will include Ken Patera, Baron Von Raschke and Rocky Johnson appearing. Friday night, Jerry Lawler will be throwing out the first pitch at the Grizzlies game.
--The movie "Pain and Gain" must be opening soon in Australia since their major film critics on "At the Movies covered it this past week. David Stratton, the country's lead critic, gave it two stars. (thanks to James Stanios)
--WWE is looking for a new Account Executive in Digital Sales.
--Impact podcast with Jeremy Borash, Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Bobby Roode and Chris Sabin at http://youtu.be/2RMIPBsoBi4
Sabin talks his favorite video game and Kim talks about her favorite food.
--Bellatrix vs. Shimmer on 10/6 in Norwich, England with Courtney Rush vs. Liberty, Cheerleader Melissa vs. Saraya Knight, Mercedes Martinez vs. Miss Mina, LuFisto vs. Destiny, Christina Von Eerie vs. Skarlett and more.
--Speaking of Ed Francis, has anyone here read his book? Would be curious as to how it is. Honolulu in the 60s had some of the best wrestlers, and the best interviews anywhere in the world.
--To order the new book on the history of Memphis wrestling memorabila, programs, photos and other history written by Jim Cornette and Mark James is up at http://amzn.to/17wmtp9
--The Cadet (age group) world judo championships are taking place in Miami starting today and you can watch them live and free at www.ippon.tv
There are 536 athletes competing representing 80 different countries.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 8/30 from Turners Hall in Cleveland with Ethan Page vs. Michael Hutter (formerly Derrick Bateman) vs. Eric Ryan vs. Colin Delaney, plus B.J. Whitmer vs. Louis Lyndon and Uhaa Nation vs. Josh Alexander.
--Boost Mobile announced a partnership with the World Series of Fighting. They've got a show that takes place at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night in Ontario, CA on NBC Sports.
--New England Fights on 9/21 in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. I wonder if that arena is on low-grade PEDs
--Funkdafied Wrestling on Friday night in Long Branch, NJ at the Holy Trinity Church; Saturday night in Island Heights, NJ at the Volunteer Fire Company Hall, and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in New Castle at the Nur Shrine Temple.
--Sam Sicilia has pulled out of the 9/4 UFC show in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where he was to face Felipe Arantes. He'll be replaced by th debuting Edimilson Souza.
--World's Best Wrestling on 8/9 at the Hamilton County Fair in Cincinnati.
--Ricky Steamboat will be appearing at Legends of the Ring convention on 10/5 signing autographs. For more info go to www.legendsofthering.com
--John Finnegan has been keeping track of all U.S. pro wrestlers records for TV bouts and PPV bouts. When Mark Henry beat Ryback on Raw Monday, it was his 100th win since Finnegan started keeping track in November 2006. He's the 9th guy to have 100 TV wins in that time period, with C.M. Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kane, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston and Big Show. The Miz now has 96 and Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler have 95.
--EWLS Wrestledown 2013 on 8/29 in Oshawa, ONT at the Octaviens Hall at the Best Western..