WED UPDATE: Cena gets surgery, upcoming Total Divas storyline, Howard Stern/Impact angle, UFC star out with heart ailment, Conor McGregor knee update, tons more


Main Event tonight on Ion:

  • Usos & Kofi Kingston vs. Seth  Rollins & Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose
  • A.J. Lee vs. Naomi non-title
  • Justin Gabriel vs. Bray Wyatt

Dave and I will be back later tonight with a new radio show covering all the news in wrestling and MMA.

        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.
        We also look at New Japan's major annual singles tournaments every year dating back to the winners since the inception of the promotion and the first World League in 1974.
        We also have complete coverage of the final three shows, with match-by-match notes, star ratings and poll results, similar to a major WWE or TNA show, as well as notes on each night.
        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 preshow 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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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Impact this past week did and what gained and lost viewers.

        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:
--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
--Bellator changes
--Notes on the arrest of Jason Mayhem Miller
--Big fights coming up with week in MMA
--Bob Sapp resurfaces    
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- John Cena got his elbow/triceps surgery. His recovery will be one of the storylines for the six new episodes of Total Divas that were recently signed. I don't know this, but it was pointed out that Naomi was wearing her engagement ring during her match on Monday's RAW, so I wouldn't be surprised in the least if another storyline involves her "losing her ring" in the middle of a match.

-- Cena's arm is encased in just about the biggest wrap I've ever seen in my entire life. Check it out here.

-- We've gotten several emails in the past week from fans who note that Cena is still being advertised for upcoming house shows in their markets.

-- Conor McGregor's knee injury at UFC on FS1 ended up being a minor LCL sprain, so he won't need surgery and is hoping to be able to fight on the giant December 28th show in Las Vegas (double main event with Rousey vs. Tate and Silva vs. Weidman II). He'll be getting an MRI just in case.

-- Stefan Struve is on the shelf indefinitely with a heart issue. He was hospitalized with a leaking aortic valve, which sounds like no fun at all, and an enlarged heart. He issued a statement saying that he hoped to someday recover to the point that he could continue his quest for the UFC heavyweight title.

-- Story here about a Donald Cerrone assault charge over a BOAT RAGE incident in June.

-- There is a pretty amazing article about Dan Gable in ESPN here. Awesome stories and a great retrospective of an all-time legend.

-- Former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas was on the show last week just prior to wrestling his first-ever match. If you want to see a compilation of his TOP FIVE MOVES~!, click here.

-- AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined presents Reign of Violence, THIS FRIDAY, August 23rd, Berwyn Eagles Club (6309 W. 26th St. Berwyn, IL). Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:00pm.

-- Impact did a 1.0 rating and 1.3 million viewers Thursday for Hardcore Justice. Nothing did above a 1.03 including the main event.

-- Eric the Midget from the Howard Stern Show is doing a feud with Bobby Roode that apparently will play into something at Bound for Glory. You can check out some of the audio of Roode's exchange regarding him here. Roode has promised to boot the wheelchair-bound Eric "into the California sky".

-- These UFC "Phantom Cams" are something else. Click here to see highlights from UFC on FS1.

-- There is a review of the DDP segment on HBO Real Sports last night here.

-- John Morrison interview on Ring Rust Radio here.

-- New Lex Luger interview on PWP Radio here.

-- And another Luger interview here.

Today in History with Brian Hoops:

  • 1962 - Verne Gagne defeated Mr. M (Bill Miller) for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • 1965 - The Crusher defeated Mad Dog Vachon for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in St. Paul, Minnesota

  • 1967 - In a match for the Southern Tag Team Title, Alberto Torres & Ramon Torres defeated Stan Vachon & Butcher Vachon to win the title in Augusta, Georgia.

  • 1979 - Dusty Rhodes defeated Harley Race for the NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Title in Tampa, Florida.

  • 1997 - At the final WCW Clash of the Champions card, Steve McMichael defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the WCW United States Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • 2002 - Jerry Lynn defeated defending champion Low Ki and AJ Styles in a ladder match to win the TNA X Division Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • 2004 - Christopher Daniels won a four-way match with champion Joey Matthews, Christopher Daniels, AJ Styles and Chris Sabin to win the 3PW championship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • 2005 - At the WWE SummerSlam, Chris Benoit defeated Orlando Jordan to win the US Title.

-- Phoenix International Raceway president Bryan R. Sperber announced today that PIR will be sponsoring UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson during his Aug. 31 pay-per-view bout against Anthony Pettis . Working in conjunction with Niner Sports Marketing President and Founder Craig Conley, PIR’s logo will be prominently displayed on Henderson’s walkout shirt and fight banner during UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis.

-- James writes: On the TV show "At the Movies" in Australia, Australia`s leading film critic David Stratton gave the film "Kick Ass 2" (which features Chuck Liddell) a *1/2 rating. Co-host Margaret Pomeranz gave it a **1/2 rating.

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