Also in this week's issue:
--Title changes in Mexico
--New Japan stars headed to Mexico including a debut of one of the G-1 heroes
--Big legends match with every wrestler in a trios match being a 30 year or more veteran
--All Japan Open tournament
--NOAH's biggest singles tournament
--New Japan financials and where and show business is changing
--Debut of Keiji Muto's promotion and what has been announced
--Zero-One Fire Festival coverage
--Pro Wrestling Guerrilla celebrates its 10th anniversary
--HBO working on a pro wrestling story
--New wrestling history book coming out
--Promotion shutting down and why
--British star announces retirement
--Ric Flair update
--Two indie wrestlers whose careers are in jeopardy
--Both wrestler and MMA fighter this week arrested for domestic violence
--Update on B.J. Whitmer
--Notes on the ROH show in New York
--Nigel McGuinness talks about why he retired from wrestling
--McGuinness talks about TNA fan voting for title shot
--Update on the TNA Hardcore Justice television show and new details
--A Hulk Hogan bio movie and what is and isn't real according to him
--More on TNA star being off TV for a while
--TNA talent in OVW
--King Mo's upcoming MMA fights
--More on Jesse Sorensen
--Upcoming UFC shows
--UFC employee inducted into a boxing Hall of Fame
--Problems in holding a UFC event in Boston
--Who is behind the problems
--A lot at the Boston market for UFC
--Will UFC return
--Notes on UFC 163
--Story of Nik Lentz and his bonus money
--Ronda Rousey talks her MMA future
--Dana White talks Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
--Update on T.J. Grant
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Four UFC fighters competing in a different sport
--Notes on the arrest of Jason Mayhem Miller
--Big fights coming up with week in MMA
--Bob Sapp resurfaces
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Tuesday's News Update
--On last night's show, the deal with C.M. Punk and the fan was not scripted. Punk, for whatever reason, went off on the fan on live TV. I don't know what the fan said that ticked him off so much.
--Sin Cara had a dislocated finger from landing when doing the tope on Alberto Del Rio. Dr. Michael Samson reset the finger in the ring. He was getting the hand X-rayed today to see if any of his fingers were broken. Why, when Sin Cara was hurt, that Del Rio wouldn't leave him alone, was Del Rio being furious that he wouldn't continue the match.
--The guy in the shower and dressing room that Ryback bullied last night was Xtain Cole from Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
--ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1927 - Sam Clapham beat Ted Thye in Melbourne, Australis for what was billed as the world light heavyweight championship before the country's largest crowd at the time ever in that country of 11,000 fans. Thye was billed as world champion, and was later the promoter in the country.
1954 - June Byers beat Mildred Burke by winning the only fall in a match that went 47 minutes to claim the NWA women's title in Atlanta. This is one of the most famous matches in pro wrestling history because it was probably the last time that a major world championship was defended and changed hands in an unscripted shoot match. There was a huge back story to this, in that Burke essentially would not agree to drop the title and the situation got ugly. Burke dislocated her knee and submitted the first fall. She popped her knee back in place and wrestled on it for more than a half hour. The commission called the match. Burke claimed that since it was 2/3 falls and she only lost one fall, she should still be world champion, but this was as close as they could come to take the title from her, so it was recognized as a title change.
1963 - Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher beat Ivan & Karol Kalmikoff for the AWA tag team titles in Minneapolis
1979 - Peter Maivia, the grandfather of The Rock, beat Ripper Collins in Auckland, New Zealand to win the British Commonwealth title
1986 - Alfonso Dantes beat Cien Caras to win the Mexican national heavyweight title in Acapulco
1987 - Kuniaki Kobayashi beat Nobuhiko Takada in Fukuoka to win the IWGP jr. heavyweight title
1988 - Carlos Colon beat Ron Starr in Guaynabo to win the WWC TV title
1989 - Los Brazos beat Zandokan & Kahoz & Rambo to win the UWA trios titles
1995 - The Head Hunters beat Silver King & El Texano (father of the current AAA star) in Kawasaki, Japan to win the IWA tag team titles'
1996 - Steven Regal beat Lex Luger in Dalton, GA to win the WCW TV title
1997 - Yumiko Hotta beat Kyoko Inoue in Tokyo to win the WWWA women's title
1999 - Masato Tanaka beat Mr Gannosuke in Tokyo to win the FMW independent world title
2003 - Michael Shane won a three-way Ultimate X match over Chris Sabin and Frankie Kazarian to win the TNA X Division title in Nashville
--Tickets for the Hell in a Cell PPV on 10/27 go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. in Miami.
--Pro Wrestling Illustrated's top 500 is available at www.pwi-online.com
The top ten this year, in order, are John Cena, C.M. Punk, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Bully Ray, Kazuchika Okada, Sheamus, Jeff Hardy, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Steen.
--Cole Miller is going to file an appeal before the Massachusetts commission, claiming he should have won via TKO when Manny Gamburyan needed help when the first round was over. He said when a fighter can't answer the bell due to a legal strike, the match should be stopped. There was more than one minute between the first and second rounds before Gamburyan, who won a decision, could continue. Miller also thought he was jobbed on the decision. I don't see how you can protest the decision. I had it for Gamburyan and there was no outcry at all, although had Miller won, it wouldn't have been a bad decision.
--UFC officially announced a long talked about date on 10/9, a Wednesday, on FS 1, from Baureri, Brazil, just outside Sao Paulo, and Jose Correa Arena. The show is headlined by Jake Shields vs. Demian Maia.
--NWA Smoky Mountain Wrestling on 9/7 in Rogersville, TN at the National Guard Armory with Vince Brent vs. Josh Crawford in a cage match.
--Mariel Zagunis of Portland, OR, who won the Olympic gold medal in women's saber (fencing) in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics for England, is getting married on 9/14 to MMA fighter Mike Swehla (thanks to Jeff Bukantz)
--Bryan Kelly of WWE, who works at Byron Saxton in NXT, turned 32 today.
--On this day in pro wrestling history, Jerry London, a prelim wrestler, passed away from suicide on this day in 1970 at the age of 41. Jackie Faggart, better known as Sonny and Roughhouse Fargo, passed away on this day five years ago at the age of 80.
--A TV ad in Syracuse last night for a 10/4 show pushed John Cena as being on the show. The ad aired in the break when Cena had announced he'd be out four to six months. Those ads are often placed weeks ahead of time. (thanks to Daniel DellaPosta)
--No One Lives came out today on DVD.
PREDICT THE RAW RATING
2.6 or less 6.1%
3.6 or more 5.3%
WHICH SHOW WAS BETTER?
UFC on FS 1 10.6%
14.4% said they didn't see the UFC show. 11.4% said they didn't see SummerSlam
DO YOU THINK THE BELLATOR PPV WAS HELPED OR HURT BY TITO ORTIZ HITTING RAMPAGE JACKSON WITH A HAMMER?
It makes no difference 53.4%
It hurts the show 21.7%
It was a dumb idea, but it was in front of a large difference audience so it helps the show 20.1%
Good angle, helps the show 4.8%
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MAIN EVENT ON THE NEXT UFC PPV SHOW?
Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis 74.3%
Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett 25.7%
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE WWE TITLE FINISH AT SUMMERSLAM?
Right thing under the circumstances 48.2%
Bryan should have had a run with the title first 31.4%
Orton cashing in was fine, but HHH shouldn't have been involved 20.4%
--Premier Wrestling on 9/29 in Gilroy, CA at the Nine Lives Club headlined by Jeff Cobb vs. Brian Tannen has added JR Kratos (1-2) vs. Kaimana (0-1) from Hawaii. The show will take place at 5 p.m. on a non-PPV Sunday. You can get $5 off tickets at www.premierwrestle.com
Several of us are headed to this show and out to eat in Gilroy after.
--CZW on 9/7 in Dayton at 1106 E Third Street with D.J. Hyde vs. Jake Crist in a no rope barbed wire match and AR Fox & Shane Strickland vs. Andrew Everett & Alex Colon, plus Tommy Dreamer vs. Ron Mathis.
--EFC on Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City features Roya Darvishian (5-2) vs. Jen Lopez (4-1) in the main event for their women's bantamweight title. It's a rematch from 2/16 that Davishian won.
--559 Fights on Saturday night in Visalia, CA at the Recreation Ballpark, the home of the Visalia Rawhides. A May show at the stadium using local fighters drew a near sellout. Main event is Manny Ruiz (4-0-1) from Visalia against Raphael Hernandez (5-1) of Bakersfield. .
--New England Championship Wrestling on Saturday night has its 13th anniversary show called Bash 13 in Beverly, MA at the Cove Community Center. Antonio Thomas & Slyck Wagner Brown face Sean Burke & Jeremy Prophet in the main event.
--Contact music had a silly overplayed story on the Hulk Hogan movie idea at http://www.contactmusic.com/story/hulk-hogan-wants-chris-hemsworth-for-biopic-3823210
Hogan just said that when he told TMZ when they asked if his son Nick could play the lead and he said yes, that it probably wasn't a good idea and the guy who played Thor would be a better idea. This story wrote that Hogan originally wanted Nick to play the lead role. If you ever saw the interview, he was so clearly agreeing with the guy who suggested Nick in a way that told you he didn't mean it at all.
--Howard Stern played another Bobby Roode clip this morning where Roode offered to fly Eric the Midget out to Bound for Glory and kick him into the California sky. It should be noted that Eric is confined to a wheelchair. (thanks to Jon Zepnick)
--M-1 Challenge 41 airs live from Russia tomorrow at Noon Eastern time on The fight Network in Canada, Portugal, Turkey, Angola and Mozambique. Yuri Ivlev (18-7) faces Marat Gafurov (7-0) for the 143 pound title, plus the semifinals of a heavyweight tournament take place.