WED. UPDATE: SummerSlam events, Cyborg moving weight classes, Ratings, Bryan talks SummerSlam, UFC drug testing and new fights, Indie tourney, Fight Network, Alvarez vs. Chandler



By Dave Meltzer
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        Main Event tonight on Ion:
Alberto Del Rio vs. Cody Rhodes non-title
Usos vs. Heath Slater & Drew McIntyre
Justin Gabriel vs. Big E Langston
 
        Remember, no Fight Master tonight.  It debuts tomorrow night on Spike in its new time slot of 11 p.m., right after Impact.  Judging by the ratings, that doesn't necessarily concern a lot of people.        
 
        Looking at SummerSlam and the debut of UFC on FS 1 is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  Both this issue and a new back issue from 1996 will be on the web site today.
 
        We look at the scheduled and the cards for both major weekend shows.  We look at the situation when it comes to the availability of FS 1 a it stands at press time, who is carrying the station and who isn't, and what the issues are.  We look at the benefits and concerns of a new television move for much of its programming.
 
        For SummerSlam, we look at the John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan main event, including health updates and how it may affect decision making, why a company weakness is likely to force a character change, the McMahons angle and how it plays into SummerSlam and to WrestleMania. 
 
        We look at how last year's show did as well.
 
        We also have full coverage of this year's G-1 Climax tournament, including an overview of what happened, how Tetsuya Naito won, notes about tournament history, notes of parity booking and the last night, thoughts on usage of Kazuchika Okada and him in the world title role and the difficulty in booking a tournament like this.
 
        We also look at the physical toll, the best matches, who got the best performer bonus, the difference in physical toll between this tournament and a 90s Champion Carnival type tournament, the working parameters and how that limited certain things.  We look at many of the storylines, final standings, the best shows, and business of G-1.
 
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        We also look at the fall booking for New Japan, apparent direction for the next PPV show, and when and where.
 
        We also look at UFC and WWE when it comes to the frontier of international business.  We look at each company's alleged comparisons on the international scene, the Brazilian market, the future of the Brazilian market, WWE's history with boom markets, Lorenzo Fertitta's thoughts on international business, PPV and 24 hour networks, and UFC's new way of opening up a major overseas market, as well as international cities UFC is planning on debuting in next year.
 
        We also look at the WWE 2K 14 video game, with updates on promotional ideas, future of Total Divas, Dwayne Johnson apparently set for another blockbuster, update on Sheamus' injuries, who HHH is grooming for a to spot, Michael Cole tries something very difficult this week, the Cena/Nikki Bella dynamic and more.
 
        We also look at Show's return, update on Chris Jericho, and WWE up for a major award, ref Marc Harris speaks about the Natalya spot with A.J. on Raw. 
 
        We also look at a major late 70s grudge feud that is returning, a former WWE Divas returns for work this week, what to watch out for before SummerSlam,  another new name, new characters for developmental, Stephanie McMahon and her WWE stock, WWE signs up new movie and SummerSlam pre-show notes.
 
        We also have gate, attendance and a rundown of the WWE weekend house show.
 
        We also look at the settlement in the Eddie Alvarez case with Bellator, the legal situation, his personal realities, that he was offered by each group, why he settled and why settling was the right thing.
 
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Also in this week's issue:
 
--Title changes in Mexico
 
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--All Japan Open tournament
 
--NOAH's biggest singles tournament
 
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--Notes on the arrest of Jason Mayhem Miller
 
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--Bob Sapp resurfaces    
 
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Wednesday's News Update
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking SummerSlam, UFC on FS 1, TNA on Thursday as well as taking your questions tonight on Wrestling Observer radio.  You can send questions to the show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--As noted on the front page, I've had some problems this week as Juno.com without informing me put a block on me receiving all my e-mails directed from the Observer accounts and even though promising to fix it over and over again, it has not been fixed since Monday night.  Basically anything sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it has been blocked from me getting.  If you have sent anything to those addresses since Monday night, please sent again to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or anything new for the time being.  I'll update if and when this problem is fixed. 
 
--The SummerSlam kickoff preshow is one hour long starting at 7 p.m. on the WWE web site, as well as many others, including on television on the PPV channel (thanks to Peter Tavares)
 
--WWE has a Be A Star rally tomorrow with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez and Anger Management's Daniela Bobadilla with Big Show, Alicia Fox and Hornswoggle at the Cathy Hensel Youth Center in Montebello, CA.  There will also be a rally with Lilian Garcia and the Prime Time Players at the Samuel Gompers Middle School.  There is also a red carpet party Thursday night at the Beverly Hlls Hilton for Make-a-Wish fund raising. 
 
--Cris Cyborg said that she was asked by Invicta if she should fight the final fight of her contract with the promotion at 155 pounds instead of 145 pounds.  She agreed, saying it was hard to get to 145.  
 
--Cris Cyborg faces Martina Jindrova (a boxing and kickboxing champion out of Holland) in a Muay Thai fight on AXS on 9/20 at 10 p.m. Eastern from Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience.  The fight will be at 155 pounds.
 
--In the ratings for this past week, Disney beat out USA with 2.74 million viewers to 2.68 million for first place.  FX was No. 12 at 1.30 million. Syfy was No. 19 at 986,000.  Spike was No. 22 at 873,000.  Raw last week was No. 5, No. 8 and No. 11 in the ratings.    Two hours were No. 7 and No. 10 on cable for the week in 18-49.
 
 
--All UFC drug tests from the 7/27 show in Seattle came back clean.  Tested were Demetrious Johnson, John Moraga, Rory MacDonald, Jessica Andrade, Mac Danzig, Daron Cruickshank, Ed Herman, Germaine de Randamie, Aaron Riley and Yaotzin Meza.
 
--Felipe Arantes vs. Kevin Souza was added to the 9/4 UFC show in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
 
--Yoel Romero vs. Brian Houston was pulled from the 8/31 UFC PPV show in Milwaukee.  Houston pulled out due to an undisclosed medical issue.  It leaves Romero without an opponent.  Because of the late date of cancellation, they will attempt to get Romero a new fight soon but he's been pulled from this month's show.
 
--Family Wrestling Entertainment on 10/12 in Brooklyn with first round matches in a tournament with Tony Nese vs. Paul London, Carlito vs. Tommy Dreamer, Mike Bennett vs. Jorgi Santi, Joey Ryan vs. Brian Kendrick, Jay Lethal vs. Colt Cabana, Chris Masters vs. Wes Draven, Sonjay Dutt vs. Petey Williams and Matt Morgan vs. John Morrison.  Angelina Love and Katarina Leigh (Winter) are also booked on the show.     
 
--On Fuel tonight, Ultimate Insiders is at 7:30 p.m., UFC 144 (Frankie Edgar vs. Benson Henderson is at 8 p.m., Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen at 11 p.m. and Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz at midnight.
 
--Lance Storm on his career and more at http://www.stormwrestling.com/081313.html
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1968 - Cyclon Negro & Baron Mikel Scicluna beat Mario Milano & Domenic DeNucci in Brisbane to win the IWA tag titles
1971 - Kurt & Karl Von Steiner beat Mark Lewin & Curtis Iaukea in Sydney to win the IWA tag titles
1973 - Buddy Colt won a One-night tournament for the Macon heavyweight title
1984 - Tom Prichard & Brett Sawyer beat Mike Miller & Mr. Ebony (Tom Jones) to win the Pacific Northwest tag titles
1987 - Los Brazos beat Celestial  & Baron & Toro to win the UWA trios titles
1989 - Sangre Chicana beat Villano III to win the WWF light heavyweight title
1998 - La Parka (original) beat Pirata Morgan in Isabel to win the AAA heavyweight title
1999 - Balls Mahoney & Spike Dudley beat Buh  Buh Ray Dudley & D-Von in Toledo to win the ECW tag titles
1999 - Harlem Heat beat Kanyon & Bam Bam Bigelow to win the world tag team tiltes in Sturgis ND.
2000 - Rey Mysterio & Juventud Guerrera won the WCW tag titles form Great Muta & Vampiro
 
ARE YOU MORE INTERESTED IN GETTING THE BELLATOR PPV WITH ALVAREZ VS. CHANDLER?
Was not getting it under any circumstances 45.6%
No 24.0%
Yes 22.6%
Getting it either way 7.8%
 
WHO WAS THE START OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 61.3%
John Cena 13.0%
CM Punk 8.6%
RVD 6.0%
Brock Lesnar 4.3%
Paul Heyman 3.5%
Brad Maddox 1.9%
Vince McMahon 1.0%
Randy Orton 0.4%
 
DO YOU EXPECT IMPACT RATINGS TO RISE WITH THE LOADED SHOW ON THURSDAY?
Yes 28.0%
Mo 72.0%
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 12.1%
Good 42.3%
Average 21.0%
Fair 11.7%
Poor 10.9%
        11.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
--A video interview with Ted DiBiase  is at http://pojonews.co/1d4tseC

--Former UFC fighter Jimmy Quinlan (3-1) faces Luc Bondole (2-0) on the New England Fights show on 9/21 in Lewiston, ME.
 
--B.J. Whitmer and Uhaa Nation are both off the 8/30 AIW show in Cleveland.  Whitmer is out of action due to spine injuries from his 8/3 match with Mike Bennett.  Uhaa Nation has also pulled out of the show due to obligations in Japan.
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling on 9/6 in Nashville at the Fairgrounds with Tommy Dreamer vs. Doug Gilbert in a street fight, plus Tracy Smothers, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Rob Conway, Lance Hoyt (Archer), Bobby Eaton and Dan Severn.
 
--MexPro on Saturday night in Huntington Beach, CA:  J.D. Horrow b BC Killer, Joey Ryan & Mikey O'Shea b Robby Phoenix & Eric Watts, Famous B & B-Boy b Cjay Kurtz & Tito Escondido, Supreme b Carnage, Dr. Rocky Bikaki & Jizzy Gilespie b Zokre & Phoenix Star, Kaos b Brian Cage (thanks to Mike Hartfield)  
 
--Canada's Fight Network announcing a launch in Belgium in October, making the fifth country they have expanded into.
 
--wXw has two of its biggest shows of the year this weekend in Oberhausen, Germany.  On Saturday, Tommy End defends the wXw title against Bad Bones and Big Van Walter & Robert Dreissker defend the tag titles against Jay Skillet & Jason Hendrix.  Super Crazy & Ricky Marvin face  Axel Tischer & Ivan Kiev.  For Sunday there will be a drawing for teams in a Triangle tournament,

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