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)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*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)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*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)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
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*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
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Saturday's News Update
--Not sure yet regarding the weekend schedule for Observer radio. Bryan and I will be doing a show tomorrow night. I'll likely be doing live coverage on the site for tonight's G-1 show and tonight's World Series of Fighting show.
--In prime time cable ratings for last week, USA was first at 2.62 million to 2.42 million for Disney and 2.18 million for TNT. FX was No. 11 at 1.26 million. Syfy was No. 18 at 981,000. Spike was No. 20 at 875,000. That was last week where the biggest Bellator show in history still fell below the station's prime time average. The three hours of Raw were No. 9, 10 and 12. None of the hours cracked the top ten in 18-34 or 18-49.
--Here's an interesting stat for last week. Univision averaged 3.06 million viewers in prime time while FOX averaged 2.37 million. In the key demos, NBC beat Univision solidly, CBS tied Univision and Univision easily beat FOX and ABC. Univision had 11 of the top 30 shows in 18-49 and Telemundo had two.
--We will be doing a show sometime in the next week covering the Mid Atlantic DVD which just came out since I just got it today.
--Will have more later on this but Tanahashi vs. Okada is the current equivalent of Thesz vs. O'Connor, Jack Brisco vs. Dory Funk Jr. and Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat. I'm not listing Misawa vs. Kobashi because as good as Tanahashi vs. Okada is, until they repeatedly win match of the year, I'm not putting them in the same category.
--Harley Race's office said that he did not fall and dislocate his hip as we were told on Thursday. His promotion said he has a hip problem that gave him trouble and he's resting at home. He is not appearing at the St. Louis Grizzlies event tonight that will include a lot of former wrestling stars from the 70s.
--Andrei Arlovski will be replacing an injured Anthony Johnson against Mike Kyle in the main event of the next World Series of Fighting show on 9/14 in Atlantic City.
--PWG 10 from last night in Reseda, CA
Willie Mack & B-Boy & Candace LaRae b Joey Ryan & Peter Avalon & Ryan Taylor
Brian Cage b Anthony Nese
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov b Johnny Goodtime & Johnny Yuma
Michael Elgin b AR Fox
Johnny Gargano & Chuck Taylor b Brian Kendrick & Paul London
Kyle O'Reilly b T.J. Perkins
Adam Cole won three-way over Drake Younger and Kevin Steen to keep the PWG title
Young Bucks kept PWG tag titles in a ladder match over Eddie Edwards & Roderick Strong and Rich Swann & Ricochet
(thanks to Chris GST)
--At one point today Brock Lesnar was the No. 1 trending topic on Yahoo. (thanks to Brian Henke)
--British wrestler Danny Boy Collins announced a retirement match on 10/12 in Gloucester, England at the Leisure Centre. Marty Jones will make a guest appearance on the show that also includes Luke Hawx, PN News and Drew McDonald.
--Ronda Rousey went on a twitter rant on people on the Internet calling her names because she talked about possibly retiring in two years.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING BUYING THE G-1 FINALS
Won't buy an iPPV 38.6%
Am considering, not sure 14.7% (most likely you will be happy you did on this one after today's show)
Bought the entire G-1 package 12.5%
Won't buy a Japanese wrestling show 10.3%
Am only buying the finals 10.3%
Would buy, but won't watch on tape delay and inconvenient time 8.7%
Am buying the finals, will be my first ever Japanese iPPV purchase 3.3%
Would be open to buying, but not interested in this show 1.6%
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THIS MONTH'S BIGGEST SHOW?
G-1 finals 14.4%
UFC on FS 1 3.7%
UFC 164 3.5%
WHICH OF THESE GUYS SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE HALL OF FAME BALLOT?
Sputnik Monroe 32.1%
Lord Al Hayes 20.0%
Angelo Poffo 17.4%
Pampero Firpo 9.5%
Buddy Colt 4.3%
Dick Shikat 4.3%
The Kentuckians 3.9%
Ricky Romero 3.3%
Steve Casey 1.0%
Paul DeMarco 1.0%
Ali Baba 1.0%
J.J. Dillon 53.2%
Royal Kangaroos 10.5%
Black Gordman & Goliath 9.2%
Billy Red Lyons 5.8%
Bob Geigel 5.8%
Baron Mikel Scicluna 4.3%
Yukon Eric 3.7%
Johnny Weaver 3.1%
Bobby Managoff 1.5%
Don Eagle 1.2%
Ed Francis 1.2%
Count Billy Varga 0.3%
POLL ON IMPACT
40.1% of those responding didn't see tha show
--UFC is planning a 10/9 show in Brazil that will air on Fox Sports 1.
--Jeff Bukantz, a longtime wrestling fan who broadcasts fencing for NBC Sports, was in Budapest this week covering the World Fencing Championships on NBC Universal Sports and in fact, did get in a spinaroonie reference like he did in the Olympics. It came when Miles Chamley-Watson became the first American to win a world fencing championship and he made reference to a modified spinaroonie.
--One person died yesterday at the Gathering of the Juggalos event at Cave-in-Rock, IL. Nothing more is known at this point past he was a 24-year-old spectator.
--Birthdays today include Savio Vega (49) and Wade Barrett (33). (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History)
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1982 - Devil Masami & Tarantula beat Yukari Omori & Mimi Hagiwara to win the WWWA tag titles in Fukushima, Japan. Hagiwara was a model type who was pretty famous in Japan for her face and legs. Masami was one of the best workers of all-time. Noriyo Tateno beat Chigusa Nagayo to win the Japanese jr. title on the same show. A few year later, Nagayo became the most popular female wrestler of all-time.
1986 - Villano I beat Fishman in Naucalpan to win the UWA light heavyweight title
1989 - Big Van Vader beat Riki Choshu in Tokyo to win the IWGP title and Naoki Sano beat Jushin Liger to win the IWGP jr. title
1992 - Reno Riggins beat Brian Christopher in Memphis to win the Southern title and The Moondogs, Spot & Cujo, beat Jerry Lawler & Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA tag team titles
1996 - Hulk Hogan beat The Giant (Big Show) in Sturgis, SD to win the WCW world title
1997 - Kensuke Sasaki & Kazuo Yamazaki beat Satoshi Kojima & Manabu Nakanishi to win the IWGP tag team titles in Nagoya and Shinjiro Otani beat El Samurai to win the J Crown
1998 - Kane & Mankind beat Steve Austin & Undertaker, Rock & D-Lo Brown and New Age Outlaws to win the WWF tag team titles on Raw.
1998 - Lex Luger beat Bret Hart to win the U.S. title and Chris Jericho beat Stevie Ray to win the TV title on Nitro.
1999 - Arkangel de la Muerte beat Super Delfin in Kawasaki to win the CMLL welterweight title
2003 - Christian beat Booker T for the IC title in Des Moines
--Fuel tonight has Anthony Johnson vs. Josh Koscheck at 8 p.m., Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen at 9 p.m. and UFC 147 (Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva) at 10 p.m.
--the espnW.com web site has a story today on Trish Stratus, talking about giving birth next month.
--ROH announced shows on 11/15 in Dearborn, MI and 11/16 in Columbus, OH.
--Live MMA tonight in Fredericksburg, VA at the Fairgrounds. The promotion is billing the show as the debut of the 115 pound weight division for men.
--UWA on 8/15 in Knoxville at Blackstock for a free show at 940 Blackstock Avenue. Chase Stevens, Vordell Walker, Ryan Howe (Tough Enough, Gut Check) and Wolfie D headline.
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 9/6 at the Nashville Fairgrounds Sports Arena.
--FIP results from last night in Ybor City, FL: Jesus DeLeon b Kenneth Cameron, Dasher Hatfield & Mr. Touchdown b Eddie Graves & Teddy Stigma, Lince Dorado b Chasyn Rance, Gran Akuma b Uhaa Nation to win the Florida Heritage title, Solo Darling NC Leva Bates, Mia Yim & Jay Rios & Eddie Cruz b Larry Dallas & Vik Dalishus & Hale Collins, Maxwell Chicago b Jessicka Havoc, Trent Baretta b Jon Davis to win FIP title. (thanks to Chris GST and Al Haft)
--St. Louis Anarchy Wrestling from last night in Alton, IL: Bolt Brady won over Alex Castle, Bu Ku Dao and Travis Banks, Brandon Espinosa & Angelus Layne b Alex the Big Owl & Jordan Lacey, Jonathan Gresham b Jojo Bravo, Darren Dean & Aaron Solo b Devin & Mason Cutter, Davey Vega b ACH, Davey Richards b Gerald James, Adam Raw & Mat Fitchett b Evan Gelistico & Dan Walsh in an elimination tables match, Darin Corbin b Arik Cannon in an anything goes match (thanks to Patrick Brandmeyer)
--BANG on 8/23 in Ocala, FL. Romero Youngblood, the grandson of Ricky Romero, faces Quinton Hitchcock in the main event. Gerald Brisco will be scouting the show for WWE.
--Dr. Richard Costa, a family practice doctor in Southern New Jersey, who won the Mr. New Jersey bodybuilding championship in 1980, is the future father-in-law of Brooke Hogan. (thanks to Chuck Langerman)