SAT UPDATE: Wanderlei promo and why the fight with Chael may not happen, Sting making first-ever appearance, Ortiz and Jackson all over TV Monday, Total Divas clip, tons more

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WWE is running Sunday in Ontario, CA and Rio Rancho, NM.

All Japan has three title matches on Sunday at a show at the Ota Ward Gym in Tokyo with suwama defending the Triple Crown against Go Shiozaki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru defending the junior heavyweight title against Hikaru Sato and Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki defend the All-Asia tag team title against AAA's Drago & Argenis.

Raw is Monday night in Phoenix with Curtis Axel vs. C.M. Punk for the IC title on the show.

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tueday in Las Vegas, which is the end of the company's long West Coast tour.

We've got two issues up of the Observer this week, both a 1996 back issue covering the saga of Brian Pillman, and the newest issue covering the saga of John Cena.
Our lead story looks at Cena's injury, the reaction of the live crowd in Anaheim, roughly when the injury tookplace, notes on the surgery, on Cena's final interview, why the injury can be viewed as a blessing in disguise and what it forces WWE to do right now.  We also look at questions regarding Cena's injury, notes from Bob Holly's book about the WWE program, thoughts from other wrestlers on Cena, Cena's public statements on steroid and PED use which are stronger than almost anyone in pro sports, WWE scheduling changes with Cena out and what may end up as Cena's very unique legacy and position in the history of the industry.
We've got full coverage of  SummerSlam, looking at the big two fantastic matches, analysis of the booking of the main event, more on the McMahon family storyline going forward, the WrestleMania symposium and controversy coming out of it, as well as a look at the key comments that probably caused the dffering opinions on it.  We look at the various Ric Flair stories including one the company probably didn't like and the wide variety of reactions the symposium got.
We look at what Ric Flair was in town for, and how the WWE handled things after the fact.
We also look at the Alberto Del Rio/Drew McIntyre story, or at least the version that went across the company the day after.
We also look at the business notes on the show, a rundown of what is on the board and what looks like is being built up for Night of Champoins, a dark horse idea for one of the top matches, and a look at the new RVD/Ricardo Rodriguez pairing.
We've also got our usual PPV coverage with match-by-match rundown with star ratings and poll results of the show.
We also have a look at the debut of FS 1 with UFC  Fight Night.  We look at the business moves that were paid to insure 90 million homes had the availability to see the show, and how and why from a financial standpoint they are opening up far weaker than expected.
We also look at the first night ratings, and the growth throughout the show.  We look at other business, the stories post-show, as well as match-by-match coverage.
We also have a major feature on Darren Young coming out.  We look at where the idea likely came from, the media reaction, stars who had come out previously to little media interest, the sad final chapter of Kanyon and WWE history when it comes to sexual orientation of employees.  We look at why those who thought Young was risking his career couldn't have been more wrong.  We look at how WWE handled it on television, and company reaction.
We also have an update on Dwayne Johnson and WWE and what an affiliate business was told about who they have major plans for.  We also look at a major star from the past they are in talks with, as well as notes on Ultimate Warrior in Los Angeles.
We have more on next year's WrestleMania, as well as Steve Austin's reaction when it comes to wrestling again.
We've got a note on the WrestleMania 2015 location and something that likely didn't make WWE happy regarding the negotiations.
We've got tons of comments on Daniel Bryan based on a long feature story on him, with quotes frommany people around him, more on the heat on Si Cara, his injury, the Legends of WrestleMania mode in the video game, more on the WWE's unknown rules of wrestling, the repackaging of the Colons, and gambling and the WrestleMani finishes as well as the Reddit guy.
We also have notes on C.M. Punk's reaction to Ryan Braun, WWE video sals, Brock Lesnar fighting again,the Jerry Lawler museum and Rob Van Dam taking heat from TNA fans.  We also look at the Total Divas show.

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--New Japan translating its TV into English
--Lineup for the next New Japan PPV show
--Upcoming CMLL tag title match in New Japan
--Hiroshi Tanahashi heads to the U.K.
--Major rock stars in Japan talk pro wrestling
--Update on wrestling in the Olympics
--Looking at the entire Jose Gonzalez autograph show situation
--WWC Night of Champions notes
--Loaded indie shows internationally
--NOAH star debuting with ROH
--Update on Richards & Edwards with ROH
--ROH running show on another WWE big show weekend
--Notes on ROH's last show in New York
--Behind Brooke Hogan being let go by TNA
--Hulk Hogan's expected return to TNA
--Notes on Devon being gone from TNA
--TNA's next major TV show and plans
--Notes on Bully Ray's title win
--More on the Jesse Sorensen being cut situation
--TNA's handling of Kurt Angle's situation
--Update on the Bound for Glory series and standings
--Notes on Howard Stern tie-in for Bound For Glory
--TNA weekend house show note
--Stefan Struve's medical condition
--Latest UFC PPV numbers
--Thoughts on upcoming UFC PPVs
--Dana White's reaction to the Biogenesis story
--GSP asks for outside drug testing and what it means
--Former WEC champ fined and suspended for steroid test failure
--Lots of new UFC matches, and matches being talked about
--First Countdown show on FS 1
--Boston legal controversy regarding minors attending shows
--Will UFC go head-to-head against Bellator
--Chael Sonnen speaks with the inspiration of his promos
--Dana White talks Ronda Rousey's mentioning of retirement and her Twitter resonses
--Dana White talks Ben Askren
--UFC fighter fired after burglary conviction
--Rousey talks Miesha Tate and Bryan Caraway
--UFC thinking about creating a regional circujit
--Notes on  Eddie Alvarez settlement and contract
--How Bellator is gambling with this
--More on the Bellator PPV show  
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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Just want to mention how much fun I've had hosting Lance Storm and his family the last several days. He's done a run-in on every radio show we've done since Tuesday night I believe, including co-hosting After Dark last night doing a full hour with almost no wrestling talk whatsoever. I think he'll be on at least one more show before they head out if you haven't had your fill already, and we've got some fun pictures up on Twitter at @bryanalvarez and @lancestorm. Want to make sure to plug his daughter's Twitter as well, @beccaevers, and yes, for those asking, someday we will do a Figure Four Daily with her.

-- A crazed Wanderlei Silva cuts one of the better promos of the year on Chael Sonnen here. We'll see where things go but as of a few days ago Dana White was saying this fight wouldn't take place because Wanderlei was asking for PPV points and he wasn't going to give them to him.

-- Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson will be all over ESPN Monday on various programs promoting their November 2nd Bellator debut PPV main event.

-- After a 28-year career wrestling all over the world, Sting makes what is apparently his first-ever appearance in Puerto Rico on September 21st at the WWC Aniversario show when he faces Carlito. I thought for sure he'd worked the island before but cannot find any record of it. I know he'd been billed as making appearances seven or eight years ago between TNA stints, but from looking at the cards it appears he either didn't show up or was never booked in the first place.

-- The new Smackdown Backstage Fallout from last night is here.

-- Main event of the WWE house show in Fresno last night was Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, with Bryan having Orton in the Yes lock about to tap when the Shield ran in for the DQ. Show and Mark Henry made the save and laid out the heels with their finishers, except for Randy who got away. This is likely the finish of all the Orton vs. Bryan house show matches over the next several months. Rey Mysterio was also there and said he'd be back in action in September.

-- Have heard a lot of the WWE guys watched the Sami Zayn vs. Antonio Cesaro best of three falls match on NXT this week and were really impressed.

-- You can check out the entire Miesha Tate Google Hangout Q&A from last night here. Lots of promotion for the new season of Ultimate Fighter obviously.

-- Total Divas took a slight hit last Sunday going head-to-head with SummerSlam and may take another one this Sunday going head-to-head with the MTV Video Music Awards. If you are a fan of watching the Bellas drool over Daniel Bryan and John Cena with Nikki talking about how she wants to just bite John's big ol' butt, it's your lucky day.

-- I haven't listened to it yet, but have been getting a lot of emails about the Ric Flair/Steve Austin podcast. Said to be very good. Flair talks a lot about the WWE video game incident, basically saying everything that we've reported about how 2K14 had no problem with it but WWE was very upset, and also a lot about the night Bruiser Brody was murdered.

-- PREMIER CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Presents BOILING POINT, Saturday, August 24th 2013, Doubles Fun Club (at the Travelodge Hotel), $15 at the Door ($10 in advance), 9 PM Start Time

-- Story from about a decade ago about Lawman Slatton, who passed away a few days ago, here.

-- Jeff writes: Rousey will be on "Fox Files" tonight at 9pm ET/6pm ET (Hannity's usual slot) on the Fox News Channel. They ran a promo on "The Five" on Fox News today and Dana Perino (former Press Secretary for Pres. Bush) said it was maybe the best Fox Files ever and to be sure to watch it. Bob Beckel (the liberal, and campaign manager for Walter Mondale's failed Presidential bid) said UFC was the phoniest sport, calling it "disgraceful" and "disgusting." The other hosts, all of whom are conservative, disagreed and said UFC is not wrestling and that it's a really tough sport. Can't believe there are still people who question the legitimacy of MMA. Link here.

-- Photos hereof Hulk Hogan putting over Toronto mayor Rob Ford in an arm wrestling contest.

-- Over the Top Radio with Craig, Ed and Cutrer heretalking SummerSlam, Super China Buffet Day and more.

-- Out now on DVD and Blu Ray is the biggest wrestling shows to happen in the UK in recent years! Over 2000 fans attended Preston City Wrestling UK Supershow 2. The DVD and Blu Ray Boxset - features the Steiner Brothers, Lita, Goldust, Doug Williams, Shelton Benjamin, Nigel McGuiness, Chris Masters and the best talent from around the UK including Kris Travis, Noam Dar, Joey Hayes, Dave Mastiff and more. Available from

-- Busy day in history according to Brian Hoops:

1955 - Don Leo Jonathan defeated Yvon Robért for the Montreal Athletic Commission World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec.

1956 - Eddie Gossett (Graham) and Art Neilson defeated Don and Red McIntyre for the Georgia NWA World Tag Team Title

1960 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello and Roy Heffernan) defeated Lou and Red Bastien for the Capitol Wrestling United States Tag Team Title in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1960 - Eric Pederson defeated Joe Scarpa (Chief Jay Strongbow) to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama.

1961 - Pat O'Connor is awarded the NWA United States Heavyweight Title at the annual NWA meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The title had been vacant since Buddy Rogers won the NWA World Heavyweight Title from O'Connor on June 30.

1962 - Luther Lindsay defeated Fritz Von Goering for the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title

1963 - Tony Borne defeated Billy White Wolf to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title.

1964 - Karl and Kurt Von Brauner defeated Al Perez and Tojo Yamamoto for the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1966 - Neff Maivia defeated Ripper Collins in Honolulu, Hawaii to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title.

1966 - Giant and Moose Evans defeated Luke Graham and Karl Von Brauner in Nashville, Tennessee to win the Mid-America NWA World Tag Team Title.

1970 - Johnny Walker and Tojo Yamamoto defeat The Interns for the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1972 - Lord Alfred Hayes and Ricky Starr defeated Bobby Duncum and Dick Murdoch to win the NWA Western States Tag Team Title in Amarillo, Texas.

1973 - John Tolos defeated Victor Rivera for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title in Los Angeles, California

1974 - Ricky Gibson and Steve Kovacs won the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title from Chris Gallagher and Don Kent in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1975 - The Crusaders (Billy Red Lyons and Dewey Robertson) defeated NWA Toronto International Tag Team Champions The Kelly Twins (Mike and Pat) to win the title

1977 - Dan Morrow and Bryan Turner defeated Kory Williams and Mike Woods for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

1978 - Wahoo McDaniel defeated The Spoiler to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Jacksonville, Florida.

1979 - Georgia Championship Wrestling held a 14-man tournament in Augusta, Georgia for the vacant NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title. Killer Karl Kox defeated Bob Armstrong to win the vacant NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title.

1979 - Dick Slater defeated The Mongolian Stomper for the NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tennessee.

1981 - Jerry Lawler defeated The Dream Machine in a No Disqualification match for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. At the same show, Bugsy McGraw defeated Steve Keirn to win the NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title.

1984 - Chicky Starr defeated Eric Embry to win the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title reign in San Antonio, Texas.

1986 - Fishman defeated Villano III to win the WWF World Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico. At the same event, El Dandy won the NWA World Welterweight Title by defeating Javier Cruz.

1987 - Don Bass defeated Jerry Lawler for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1990 - The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) defeated NWA United States Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) to win the title in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

1991 - Mark Starr defeated Ricky Fuji in Tokyo, Japan for the FMW version of the AWA World Light Heavyweight Title.

1992 - Miss Texas defeated USWA Women's Champion Lauren Davenport to win the title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1994 - Ricky Steamboat pinned WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Steve Austin to win the title in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Clash of the Champions.

2002 - 3PW held a one night tournament to determine a heavyweight champion in Philadelphia, PA. Gary Wolfe defeated Christian York to become the first 3PW Heavyweight Champion.

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