TUES UPDATE: Big anniversary, notes on last night's much-talked-about AJ promo, Total Divas viewership, WWE offering $100,000 in grants, tons more



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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- 42 years ago today was the famous Blassie-Tolos match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum which still holds the state's all-time wrestling attendance record.

-- There were people in WWE -- a lot of them, actually, including the announcers -- obviously raving about AJ's promo last night. Obviously, it was all being shot as part of the next season (well, the continuation of season 1 with six additional episodes) of Total Divas. There were cameras filming an angle backstage, the promo and the girls' reactions, and it'll lead to an AJ vs. Total Divas cast member at Night of Champions, also to be filmed for the E! show.

-- Total Divas did 1.46 million viewers this week, a very good number going head-to-head with the VMA's, which did over 10 million. I attribute all of this to Ariane.

-- Big Show, Mark Henry and RVD beat the Shield in a six-man after Raw went off the air Monday night.

-- Last night's Raw Backstage Fallout is here.

-- Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus has been added to the November 2nd Bellator PPV for the 145-pound title.

-- From WWE: The Creative Coalition and WWE, co-founders of the Be a STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) anti-bullying initiative, announced today the first-ever Be a STAR grant program that will allocate $100,000 in grants. Four $25,000 grants will be awarded to qualified non-profit public charities that have programs focused on developing and implementing anti-bullying programs. Be a STAR is an anti-bullying initiative co-founded in 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Its mission is to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. WWE, its Superstars and The Creative Coalition leverage the power of The Creative Coalition’s entertainment industry constituencies and WWE’s global brand and platforms to help eradicate the bullying epidemic plaguing today’s youth. Applications for the grant program are due by Friday, November 1, 2013. For the full grant application please click here. All 501(c)(3) organizations with programs focused around anti-bullying are eligible to apply. Grantees will be formally announced in early 2014.

-- New Lex Luger interview here.

-- Zack Gowen interview up here.

-- Stevie J has footage of Martin Kampmann shootin some hoopsbefore his fight tomorrow night.

-- John writes: I thought you and your readers might find this kind of interesting: according to NorthAmericanWrestlingRankings.blogspot.com, which started keeping track of wrestlers’ records and ranking them as of Nov. 2006, when Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian on the 8/23/13 episode of Raw it was his 100th televised singles win! That makes him only the 10th wrestler to reach this milestone, behind only C.M. Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kane, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston, Big Show, and Mark Henry. Also, Del Rio reached the century mark in the shortest time of any wrestler: approx. 3 years and 3 days since his first televised WWE match. This beats Sheamus’ approx 3 years, 1 month, and 3 days to win his 100th. Next in line is the Miz with 98 victories and Dolph Ziggler, with 96 wins as of 8/27/13.

-- NO ONE LIVES with Brodus Clay is out on Blu-Ray and DVD today.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1965 - Nick Kozak & Dick Steinborn defeated Billy Hines & Bad Boy Hines to win the Southern Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1974 - Ernie Baker defeated Ox Baker to win the Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1990 - The Hart Foundation defeated Demolition (Smash & Crush) in a two out of three falls match to win the WWF World Tag Team Title. Also, Kerry Von Erich defeated Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig to win the WWF Intercontinental Title in Philadelphia, PA.

1990 - The Snowman is stripped of the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title after no-showing a title defense.

1994 - In Philadelphia, PA; Shane Douglas defeated 2 Cold Scorpio to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title in a tournament final, but threw it down and proclaimed himself the first ECW World Heavyweight Champion. Cactus Jack & Mikey Whipwreck (subbing for Terry Funk) defeated The Public Enemy to win the ECW World Tag Team Championship.

1995 - Bertha Faye defeated Alundra Blayze to win the WWF Women's Title in Pittsburgh, PA.

-- WHAT RATING DO YOU EXPECT RAW TO DO?
2.6 or less 8.4%
2.7 0.6%
2.8 6.1%
2.9 14.0%
3.0 39.7%
3.1 20.1%
3.2 5.6%
3.3 2.8%
3.4 0.6%
3.5 0.0%
3.6 or more 2.2%

WHO WAS THE MOST COMPLETE MODERN PRO WRESTLING STAR?
Ric Flair 39.0%
Shawn Michaels 17.2%
Steve Austin 14.4%
Randy Savage 9.3%
The Rock 6.1%v Bret Hart 4.7%
Kenta Kobashi 4.7%
Jumbo Tsuruta 1.2%
Mitsuharu Misawa 1.2%v Keiji Muto 1.0%
Hiroshi Tanahashi 0.8%
HHH 0.3%

WHO IS THE BEST OF THESE MMA FIGHTERS AT PRO WRESTLING?
Katsuyori Shibata 51.9%
Josh Barnett 17.6%
Kazushi Sakuraba 14.2%
Bobby Lashley 8.3%v Rampage Jackson 8.0%

-- Jessica Eye on the MMADUDEBRO Podcast here.

-- Matt Striker on Pro Wrestling 101 with Justin Credible here. Striker talks about pro-wrestling like he's teaching a math class, it's awesome.

-- Tennessee Takeover Friday, September 6, 2013 Nashville, TN Fairground Sports Arena 625 Smith Avenue. Doors open for VIP Meet & Greet at 5:00 PM

-- NWA FU Presents: Throwdown 6 Saturday August 31 Doors 7:00pm Belltime 7:30pm Sports Center Tampa Bay 7235 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, Florida 33634 General Admission is $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Front Row VIP tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show

-- GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the full fight card for Glory 10 Los Angeles, featuring a one-night, four-man, Middleweight World Championship Tournament, live from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday, September 28th. GLORY’s Middleweight World Championship Tournament pits #1 ranked contender Artem “The Lion” Levin (45-3-1, 33 KOs) of Russia against Jason Wilnis (19-2-1, 4 KOs) of the Netherlands, and pride of England, Stephen “The Surgeon” Wakeling (37-4-1, 17 KOs) against hometown favorite Joe Schilling (14-4-0, 10 KOs). Headlining Glory 10 Los Angeles is a Heavyweight match-up between Pride and Strikeforce MMA star Sergei Kharitonov (19-5, 9 KOs MMA/3-3, 3 KOs Kickboxing) and southpaw knock out artist Jérôme Le Banner (90-20-2, 70 KOs). The co-main event showcases fast paced Lightweight action, as world #2 contender Robin van Roosmalen (29-5, 19 KOs) tests himself against the heavy hands of Swiss strikerShemsi Beqiri (72-8, 31 KOs).

-- UWA Wrestling returns August 29th after their big free event for another night of HUGE wrestling action. Some of the best in professional wrestling in the southeast and you dont want to miss it! Alcohol is served but event is for all ages and security will be in place Address: 940 Blackstock Ave in Knoxville, TN. Belltime is 7:30 PM and Tickets are $6 while children 6 and under are free

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