SAT. UPDATE: Rock health update, One city makes Mania concession announcement, TNA reneging on stip?, Rousey special, DiBiase future, Champion of Champions tournament, Scary moment at BOLA, Bellator champ said to be injured claims he's fine

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        We're also looking for reports on tonight's WWE house show in Boston (Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton, C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel), tonight's TNA show in Woodstock, VA (Bully Ray vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA title, Chris Sabin vs. Bobby Roode, James Storm & Gunner vs. Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian for the tag team titles, Mickie James vs. ODB for the Knockouts title, Joseph Park vs. Ken Anderson and Magnus vs. Austin Aries) and last night's TNA show in Hagerstown, MD as well as tonight's Battle of Los Angeles show by PWG.
        UFC 164 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee
Facebook fights at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time
Magnus Cedenblad (185) vs. Jared Hamman (185.5)
Al Iaquinta (156) vs. Ryan Couture (156)
Nikita Krylov (236) vs. Soa Paleli (265)
FS 1 fights at 8 p.m. Eastern time
Kyung Ho Kang (136) vs. Chico Camus (135)
Hyun Gu Lim (171) vs. Pascal Krauss (170)
Tim Elliott (125.5) vs. Louis Guadinot (125)
Gleison Tibau (155) vs. Jamie Varner (156)
PPV at 10 p.m.
Dustin Poirier (145.5) vs. Erik Koch (145)
Brandon Vera (241) vs. Ben Rothwell (262)
Clay Guida (146) vs. Chad Mendes (145)
Josh Barnett (255) vs. Frank Mir (248)
Benson Henderson (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (155) for the UFC lightweight title
        WWE runs tomorrow in Washington, DC.
        Monday night is the live Raw from Des Moines.
        Smackdown and Main event will be taped Tuesday in Minneapolis.  
         It's a big week of Observers with a double issue on the site as well as the new back issue on the site which covers the life and career of Dick Murdoch, as well as one of WCW's best-ever PPV shows on its road to growth.
        It's kind of a West Texas week, with both the story of Murdoch, as well as the story of Don "The Lawman" Slatton, one of the most colorful figures of the 60s and 70s, known for being the greatest practical joker of his time with the classic story of Jack Brisco and the Governor.
        The lead story in the new issue looks at the biggest stars in boxing, MMA and pro wrestling, and thus far in 2013, comparing where they stand from 2012.  Who gained by losing.  Who lost by losing.  Who doesn't get pushed to the level of their popularity.  Some interesting notes in this one.
        We also talk about what will be one of the biggest shows in Mexican wrestling history, the CMLL's 80th anniversary show coming up on 9/13 at Arena Mexico.
        We look at the HHH interview in Grantland with comments on a lot of subjects, including Vince McMahon, Steve Austin, Wade Keller, Bruce Mitchell, Brock Lesnar, buffer matches, match orders, wrestling reporters, Mick Foley, chair shots to the head, Japanese death matches, developmental, Sly Stallone, a physical Hall of Fame, and even Damien Sandow.  A lot of different topics are broached here.
        We also have notes on WrestleMania 32, Bill Goldberg talks what he has and hasn't agreed to regarding WWE and his thoughts on Ryback and Undertaker, what wrestling movie project WWE has turned down, an interesting note on Night of Champions on PPV, update on the show, Ted DiBiase talks leaving WWE and his background and a look back at his WWE run, planned key house show programs, wrestlers appearing on USA Network show, lots of TV work by former WWE star, who was the mystery guy in Total Divas chasing Nattie Neidhart, SummerSlam gambling and what was different from recent shows, update on Rey Mysterio, Jerry Lawler's affinity for Batman, WWE NXT tapings notes, new signings, new names, return to Mexico, Best of MSG DVD, Jim Ross U.K. talk show stories, Sammy Zayn vs. Antonio Cesaro 2/3 falls, as well as business notes from the past week and highlights from all the house shows.  
        We also have a feature on the greatest heavyweight rivalry on the current MMA scene Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos as they prepare for their October match.  We look at what is holding both back from being considered all-time legends, their amazing records in fights not against each other, personality differences, MMA in the U.S. vs. Brazil, something Velasquez believes is a significant edge for him in fight No. 3.
        We also note the rosters for the new season of Ultimate Fighter.
        We've got a major feature on Don "The Lawman" Slatton, one of the most colorful wrestling figures of the 60s, including the questions regarding the night he either did or didn't try to steal the world title from Harley Race in a chain match, the story of that match that has gone down in wrestling folklore, West Texas wrestling, where he first gained national recognition, his most famous practical jokes, and wrestling in Abilene.
        We also look at the WWE July business notes including the big unanswered question involving the Money in the Bank numbers, as well as attendance, DVD shipments and more.
        Plus we've got an updated look on how Raw, Smackdown and Impact are doing as a trend as compared to a year ago.  We look at what is a notable continuing trend regarding viewership of pro wrestling in 2013 as compared to 2012.
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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:
--An interesting story to watch regarding an arena and which promotion they ally with.
--The latest from Arena Mexico
--A new member of a famous wrestling family makes his major arena debut
--A look at the first night of the Champion of Champions tournament
--Hiroshi Tanahashi in Mexico
--Major wrestling star gets sentenced to more than seven years in prison for assault
--Open the Dream Gate title changes again
--Company looks to have dropped iPPV after its biggest event
--All Japan's first major show after Keiji Muto era is over
--The reaction and changes on the way
--A look back at the first main event in All Japan history
--The end of the three-belt Triple Crown
--Upcoming big All Japan shows
--Naomichi Marufuji's 15th anniversary show
--What world title feud was teased at the show
--Okada vs. Ibushi notes
--Notes on the debut of Wrestle-1
--Legends promotion unique main event with stars of 80s New Japan
--A special show in December to honor the 50th anniversary of the death of one of the biggest wrestling names in history
--Sting makes his debut in Puerto Rico on the Anniversary show
--Ric Flair talks with Steve Austin and the real story of the night Bruiser Brody was killed
--Why Jose Gonzalez eventually worked for Bruiser Brody's best friend in Puerto Rico
--What wrestler was always against it
--Ric Flair's fondness for Wahoo McDaniel
--Flair talks greatest tag teams he ever saw
--Boxing champ and UFC Hall of Famer both talk about getting into pro wrestling
--A retirement match for one of the 80s best workers
--Update on former WWE star now playing college football this season
--Youngest U.S. Olympic wrestler passes away
--Damien Darling talks relationship with Tammy Sytch
--More notes on a wrestling movie that is being released in December for Academy Award recognition
--First local promotion to get TV in Quebec since International Wrestling
--Update on Jake Roberts
--Update on Gypsy Joe
--Changes talked about in ROH
--Next ROH shows and year's biggest show
--Update on A.J. Styles contract situation
--The mess that the Bound for Glory tournament turned into
--Tara talks leaving TNA and if she'll come back
--Departure of SoCal Val
--A look at Hulk Hogan's comments at his Q&A in Toronto
--Hogan and Bischoff talk 90s angles
--Hogan admits where he got his schtick from
--Bischoff says he's learned a lot
--Notes on next taped TNA PPV show
--Notes on Wanderlei Silva interview
--Update on the health of Stefan Struve
--Lots of notes on how FS 1 is doing
--How the first boxing show did
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Notes on Cerrone arrest
--Blow away notes on the first UFC on FS 1
--What this says about the UFC's fan base
--Boston politics regarding minors attending  MMA shows
--My thoughts on the new law
--UFC injury updates
--Bellator PPV notes
--Bjorn Rebney talks Ben Askren's contract situation
--Notes on Bellator's first few shows of he new season
--Former UFC fighter arrested twice in the same week in his attempt to beat Tammy  Sytch's records
--Cris Cyborg tries new sport on TV
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--Bryan and I will be back tonight late after UFC with coverage of UFC, as well as the latest from TNA and WWE and taking questions that you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--Dwayne Johnson on Twitter said that his stomach was 100% healed from his recent hernia surgeries and described himself 75% healed from his adductor and abdominal tear (which happened more than four months ago at WrestleMania).
--The Windsor Star ran a story today where Dave Beachnau of the Detroit Sports Commission said that Detroit/Windsor had lost out on its bid for the 2016 WrestleMania.  Both the 2015 and 2016 WrestleMania sites were decided over the past three days, but the two winning cities have been told to keep it quiet. 
--TNA will be taping Impact on 11/21 at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore.
--TNA has advertised Bully Ray vs. A.J. Styles tonight in Woodstock, VA for the title as the main event.  If you remember, there was a TV match a year ago where Styles couldn't get another title shot at the big belt which was the catalyst for his new character that went nowhere.  The year isn't up.
--FS 1 is airing a Ronda Rousey special on Monday night at 8 p.m. to help build for Wednesday's debut of The Ultimate Fighter with Rousey and Miesha Tate as coaches.
--Thanks to everyone for all the nice  comments on the HHH, Lawman, and the Cain vs Junior Dos Santos stories in this week's issue. 
--Ted DiBiase Jr's new job is as Executive Vice President of  It's a web site for college students to sell things to raise money. 
--In the cable ratings for last week, USA was first with 2.66 million viewers in prime time to 2.44 million for Disney.  Syfy was No. 19 at 1.01 million.  Spike was No. 20 with 979,000.  The three hours of Raw were No. 9, 10 and 15.  The second and third hours were No. 7 and No. 9 in 18-49.
--Last night's Arena Mexico show aired live and free on the Internet although I didn't find out until after it was over.  It was evidently a late decision made because the usual Sunday time slot in Mexico where the show would air was going to be pre-empted due to a teachers march.  Hiroshi Tanahashi beat La Sombra in the Champion of Champions tournament block B.
--The Champion of Champions final on 9/6 will be Tanahashi vs. Rush, who won last week's tournament
--Tomorrow's usual weekly live show on Internet at scheduled with Atlantis vs. Tanahashi as the main event was canceled due to the teacher's march.  The entire card at Arena Coliseo in Mexico City was canceled. (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims) 
--I didn't get details on this, but apparently there was  a really scary moment at the PWG show last night where Tommaso Ciampa gave Brian Cage a power bomb outside the ring.  Cage's body landed at a terrifying angle and he was laid out for a while.  The place went dad silent.  If anyone has more details, let us know (thanks to Matt McCarthy)
--During last night's Roy Babcock vs. Alex White fight at the Titan Fighting Championships on AXS, White knocked Babcock out with ground and pound.  He was clearly out and the ref just stood there while White and the fans were screaming at the ref Rusty Sullivan, to stop the fight.  He just stood there.  Finally, the round ended and Babcock's corner stopped the fight.  (thanks to John LaRocca and others)
--An article on drug testing by introducing biological passport profiles in soccer is at (thanks to Guli Bhachu)
--Deadspin on the NFL concussion lawsuit settlement at
--Attila Vegh, Bellator's light heavyweight champion, who Bellator announced was injured, is in Poland training right now and claimed that he was not injured.  He was quoted as saying "It's about business on Bellator's side.  People want to see the rematch between King Mo and Newton.  That's why my fight is postponed to January and I'll face the winner of the November fight.  I'm not injured.  I'm perfectly fine.  It may be caused by the fact I'm a foreign fighter, I'm not an American.  American people want to see their fighters, but I won't give them my belt for free."
--It's not so much that they booked Mo vs. Newton if this story is accurate, but they announced Mo vs. Newton as an interim title fight claiming Vegh was injured.  The other thing is that every time UFC changes a fight, like tonight with T.J. Grant pulled out against Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis from Milwaukee getting the shot, a lot of people are going to believe UFC did the same thing.  A lot did when it happened.
--A nice story on the WWE recruiting NFL players at focusing on Dean Muhtadi (Mojo Rawley) and Tom Pestock (Baron Corbin)
--Dragon Con wrestling show from last night in Atlanta before a sellout 1,200 fans:  David Cross b CB Suave, Jon & Trey Williams b Bobby Moore & Jacob Ashworth, Shaun Tempers b Mosley, Iceman & John Owens b STD & Lightning, Jacoby b Tank, Slim J & Azareal & Billy Buck & Brodie Chase b Andrew Pendleton & Nemesis & Stryknyn & Tommy Penirelli in a War Games match (thanks to Larry Goodman)
--Happy birthday today to Jeff Hardy, who turned 36, Mickie James, who turned 34, and Tank Toland, who turned 33.
--Bert Assiratti, Britain's biggest star of the 30s and 40s and part of the 50s, passed away at 82 on this day in 1990.  That caused a shit storm when in his obits, they claimed that Lou Thesz, who was still alive, was afraid to wrestle him.  Mr. Thesz was very unhappy about the accusation.  Assiratti, was one of the toughest guys in wrestling history by most accounts, even that of Thesz.  Dale Lewis, a former Olympian, passed away on this day in 1997 at 64.  Karloff Lagarde, a Hall of Fame candidate from Mexico passed away on this day in 2007 at 79.
Chad Mendes 67.4%
Clay Guida 32.6%
Benson Henderson 62.7%
Anthony Pettis 37.3%
Excellent 18.5%
Good 33.3%
Average 14.8%
Fair 11.1%
Poor 22.2%
        62.5% of those responding didn't see the show
Under 150,000 18.6%
151-175,000 8.8%
176-200,000 6.9%
201-225,000 11.8%
226-250,000 9.8%
251-275,000 7.8%
276-300,000 9.8%
301-325,000 12.7%
326-350,000 0.0%
351-375,000 2.9%
376-400,000 0.0%
401,000 or more 10.8%
        This is the widest variety of responses I can recall.  People think it's going to bomb, others have it doing great.
Excellent 11.5%
Good 24.0%
Average 18.8%
Fair 10.4%
Poor 35.4%
        27.3% of those responding didn't see the show
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)  
1945 - Ted Cox beat Buddy Rogers to win the Texas title in Houston
1950 - Don Eagle beat Gorgeous George to win the AWA world title in Columbus, OH
1954 - Al & Tiny Mills beat George & Sandy Scott to win the Canadian tag team titles in Edmonton
1965 - Don Carson beat Ken Lucas in Pensacola to win the Gulf Coast title
1967 - Len Rossi beat The Great Yamaha (Kantaro Hoshino) to win the Southern jr. heavyweight title in Chattanooga
1968 - Verne Gagne beat Dr. X (Dick Beyer) in Bloomington, MN to win the AWA title
1968 - Jose Lothario & Joe Scarpa (Jay Strongbow) beat Boris Malenko & Johnny Valentine in Tampa to win the Florida tag team titles
1972 - Art Nelson & Johnny Weaver beat Brute Bernard & The Missouri Mauler in Greensboro to win the Atlantic Coast tag team title
1973 - Mr. Wrestling II beat Cowboy Bill Watts in Atlanta to win the Georgia title
1974 - Manny Soto beat Mr. California (Salvator Lothario) to win the Beat the Champ title on Los Angeles TV and Butcher Brannigan & Man Mountain Mike won the Americas tag team titles from Dr. Wagner & Angel Blanco
1977 - Jane O'Brien beat Maki Ueda to became the first Hawaiian Pacific women's champion, which later became the All-Pacific title during the heyday of All Japan women
1978 - Doug Gilbert beat Bob Sweetan to win the Central States title in Kansas City
1979 - Ole Anderson & Ivan Koloff won the Georgia tag team titles in Atlanta from Stan Hansen & Tommy Rich  
1981 - Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton beat Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita to win the Southern tag team titles in Memphis
1983 - Jumbo Tsuruta beat Bruiser Brody to win the International title in Tokyo
1985 - Tiger Mask (Mitsuharu Misawa) beat Kuniaki Kobayashi to win the NWA Int. jr. title
1986 - Eddie Gilbert & Sting beat Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers to win the UWF tag titles in Tulsa
1987 - Jerry Lawler beat Don Bass in a hair vs. title cage match in Memphis, while Bill Dundee beat George Barnes to win the International title
1991 - Kyoko Inoue beat Debbie Malenko in Mita to win the IWA title
1993 - The Crypt Keeper (Jose Estrada Jr.) beat Crash the Terminator (Bill DeMott) to win the WING title in Akita, Japan
1997 - Kensuke Sasaki beat Shinya Hashimoto in Yokohama to win the IWGP title
1997 - Hayabusa & Masato Tanaka & Koji Nakagawa beat The Gladiator (Mike Awesome) & Hisakatsu Oya & Mr. Gannosuke in Yokohama to win the FMW World six man street fight title
--The new issue of Entertainment Weekly has a story on UFC turning 20 in November, a positive piece talking about the ratings for the FS 1 show on 8/17 as well as the UFC fighters that have been in movies. (thanks to Mark Coale)
--Tonight on Spike between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m., they will be airing at various times a message wishing Ryan Couture well.  Ryan's father, Randy, works for Spike.  It'll have the logo of Xtreme Couture on the message.  The UFC has banned Ryan Couture from having the Xtreme Couture logo or name on either his shorts or his banner since one can only get your message on a UFC broadcast with UFC approval and by making a deal to be an approved UFC sponsor.
--An interview with Austin Aries is at,0,6406520.story
--MWF 12th anniversary show on 9/21 in Melrose, MA at Memorial Hall with Devon Dudley (the name he's using on indies), Bobby Lashley, Big Daddy V, Bob Holly, Bob Orton Jr., John Cena Sr., R.J. Brewer and Antonio Thomas.  Previously advertised Jake Roberts and Carlito are no longer on the show.  There will be VIP Q&A's that day as well.  
--JCW on 9/13 in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
--NWA FU tonight in Tampa at the Sports Center Tampa Bay with Michael Tarver vs. Grease with Brass Knux on a pole, Tokyo Monster Kahagas vs. Leo gold for the North American title, plus Jim Neidhart, Kenneth Cameron, Matt Morgan, Jesse Sorenson, Lince Dorado and more.
--R.J. Brewer's latest publicity stunt is to ask for donations to build a fence on the border in Arizona to keep undocumented illegal aliens from coming into the country.
--An interview with Christopher Daniels is at
--Some upcoming Mick Foley comedy dates are 9/5 in Nashville at Zanies Comedy Club, 9/11 in Hartford at Funny Bone, 9/12 in East Providence, RI at Comedy Connection and 9/13 in Boston at Nick's Comedy Club.

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