MON. UPDATE: Pettis, Henry notes, Why Raw needs big angle tonight, UFC star thanks 2 pro wrestling legends, Lawler vs Idol now out, World title debut, UFC match out for Wednesday, Hulk vs. Jake, Best TV show, Funk, Taylor more



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        We're also looking for live reports from Des Moines tonight with Superstars matches, dark matches and anything else that wouldn't be evident from watching the live show.
 
        We're also looking for reports on these weekend events:
 
*WWE yesterday in Washington, DC
*TNA Saturday in Woodstock, VA
*TNA Friday in Hagerstown, MD
 
        Smackdown and Main event will be taped Tuesday in Minneapolis.  
 
        Wednesday is a big UFC day with a live card (third in eight days plus the debut of the Rousey/Tate TUF season), with FS 1 coverage from 4 p.m. to midnight.
 
        Facebook fight at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time
 
Sean Spencer vs. Yuri Villefort
 
        FS 1 fights at 5 p.m.
 
Ivan Jorge vs. Keith Wisniewski
Elias Silverio vs. Joao Zeferino
Ramiro Hernandez vs. Lucas Martins
Felipe Arantes vs. Edmilson Souza
Ali Bagautinov vs. Marcos Vinicius
Rafael Natal vs. Tor Troeng
Piotr Hallmann vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga da Silva
Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader
 
         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.
 
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        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.
 
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        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.
 
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--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
 
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--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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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back with Wrestling Observer radio covering Raw as well as all of the latest news from around the world.  If you've got questions for tonight's show, you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Today's question of the day, which isn't the easiest one, is why did Money in the Bank on PPV go up so significantly this year as compared to last year in North America, but go down even more significantly in the rest of the world?  The answer that it wasn't shown in the U.K. on PPV isn't viable because it wasn't shown in the U.K. on PPV last year either.
 
--Anthony Pettis will be getting an MRI on his knee tomorrow which will give a better indication of when he'll be able to fight next.
 
--As noted yesterday, Mark Henry will be getting an MRI on his hamstring today to determine the severity of the injury he suffered on Saturday night in Boston.  He is at this point not booked to appear on television so the tag title situation for Night of  Champions will have to be reprogrammed, and maybe the Usos or Prime Time Players may get a PPV spot.
 
--No matches announced at this point for tonight's Raw show.  Just a continuation of the storylines.  With the NFL starting this coming Monday, for that reason alone, they really need a strong closing angle tonight to hook people or they're going to lose a substantial percentage of their weekly audience next week.   
 
--After the fights at the press conference Saturday night, Josh Barnett, when thanking his trainers, mentioned Bill Robinson (the pro wrestling legend) and Karl Gotch (also a pro wrestling legend).  His rough submission game, which he actually didn't use to beat Frank Mir, comes partially from the Wigan, England style of submissions that Gotch and Robinson later taught. 
 
--Konnan on Major League Radio today talked about years ago when WWE attempted to buy AAA.  We'll have a major story on that in the Observer later this week.
 
--Sheamus is back home in Ireland on vacation after shoulder surgery. 

--Former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk announced his retirement today at 40.  He hadn't fought in several years, but was still on the UFC active roster.
 
--Wouldn't you know it, Austin Idols' first pro wrestling match in probably a decade, scheduled for 9/13 in Tunica, MS at Resorts Casino, against Jerry Lawler, who he feuded with and teamed with from 1979 on-and-off through the 80s, is out.  Lawler will instead wrestle Jeff Jarrett, managed by Karen Jarrett in the main event.  
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Brian Hoops and Graeme Cameron)
1967 - Mario Milano & Red Bastien beat Killer Kowalski & Skull Murphy in Melbourne to win the IWA tag titles
1972 - Count Bartelli beat Albert Wall in Hanley to win the British Commonwealth title
1985 - Danny Collins beat Sid Cooper in Aylesbury to win the British welterweight title
1985 - Kerry & Kevin Von Erich & Brian Adias beat One Man Gang & Jack Victory & Mark Lewin to win the World Six man tag titles in Fort Worth.  Earlier in the show, Gino Hernandez beat Adias to win the Texas heavyweight title.
2002 - Eric Bischoff in his role as General Manager, created the world heavyweight title using a replica of the old Ric Flair NWA title belt, and presented it to HHH.   
 
--Todd Martin was the big winner in predictions on Saturday night, going 5-0 and he's now tied with Josh Nason for first place this year at 70%.  Nason, me, Mike Sawyer and Oliver Copp went 4-1, and Mike Sempervive went 3-2.  For 2013, I'm at 68%, Sawyer is 66%, Copp is 63% and Sempervive is 57%.  Sawyer and I missed on Koch vs. Poirier, Copp and Nason missed on Henderson vs. Pettis.
 
--The Ministry of Slam is doing a 24 hour Cystic Fibrosis benefit podcast today with merchandise auctioned off and taped interviews with some of the biggest names in wrestling including Chris Jericho, Dixie Carter, Bully Ray, Gail Kim, Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts, DDP and Nigel McGuinness.
 
--Hugo Viana, who was scheduled to face Wilson Reis in Reis' UFC debut on Wednesday night in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, pulled out with a knee injury.  
 
--The new edition of Entertainment Weekly at www.ew.com/rockfight talks about a new exhibit that opens in Los Angeles at Project Gallery with photos that include boxing and wrestling.
 
CLASSICS ON DEMAND UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK (thanks to Brian Hoops)
Capital Carnage 1998
Raw 12/1/97
Nitro 12/1/97
SummerSlam 1992 from Wembley Stadium
TNT 2/7/86
World Tour 1991
Bob Backlund vs. Bobby Duncum 12/12/79 Madison Square Garden
Cactus Jack vs. Jimmy Jack Funk 3/8/89 Wild West Wrestling (must have bought that collection as well)
Bruno Sammartino vs. Spyros Arion 8/17/75 Madison Square Garden
Trish Stratus & Lita vs. Mighty Molly & Ivory 10/22/01 Raw
Smoking Gunns vs. Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith 9/22/96 Mind Games PPV
Chris Adams vs. Steve Austin USWA 5/25/90
Dynamite Kid vs. Bret Hart boxing match 2/13/81 Calgary
Roddy Piper vs. The Mountie 2/2/92 IC title match from
Al Snow vs. William Regal European title 10/16/00 Raw
Raw 4/5/99
Worldwide Wrestling 7/31/93
 
--FS 1 has boxing tonight against Raw with Luis Collazo vs. Alan Sanchez from the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.  It will have no affect on the Raw rating.
 
--Border City Wrestling's 20th anniversary show on 10/19 at St. Clair College in Windsor, ONT featuring Tyson Dux & Jon Bolen & Scott D'Amore vs. Phil Atlas & Cody Deaner & Kevin Nash, with Scott Hall in the corner.  Also on the show is Rhino, Angelina Love, Petey Williams (who went to St. Clair College), Johnny Swinger and Kongo Kong.
 
--In continuing the discussion over the past few days of Hulk Hogan vs. Jake Roberts matches, there is one on January 17, 1992, in Springfield, MA.  The match advertised was Roberts vs. Savage and Savage couldn't make it and they subbed in Hogan.  There was also a January 29, 1987, match in Providence with Hogan vs. Roberts, which was advertised as Hogan vs. Kamala, but for some reason, Kamala missed the show and Roberts was the sub (thanks to Roy Lucier)
 
WHO IS THE NEXT UFC CHAMPION TO LOSE HIS TITLE?
Chris Weidman 41.1%
Cain Velasquez 22.5%
GSP 10.9%
Renan Barao 7.8%
Ronda Rousey 7.0%
Jon Jones 4.7%
Anthony Pettis 3.9%
Demetrious Johnson 1.6%
Jose Aldo 0.8%
 
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW SATURDAY
Excellent 17.2%
Good 44.8%
Average 17.2%
Fair 3.4%
Poor 17.2%
        52.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK
Raw 37.6%
UFC on Wednesday 21.6%
Smackdown 12.8%
Impact 9.6%
ROH 5.6%
UFC prelims on Saturday 4.0%
Fight Master 4.0%
Countdown to UFC 164 1.6%
Titan fighting Championships 0.8%
Inside MMA 0.8%
Main Event 0.8%
UFC Tonight 0.8%
 
--TNA has announced Meet and Greets in conjunction with their European tour in January.  Interactive tickets allowing you to meet wrestlers are on sale for the live shows on 1/30 in Glasgow, 1/31 in Manchester, 2/1 in London and 2/2 in Birmingham.   
 
--Fusion Wrestling on 8/27 in Mechanicsville, VA at the Richmond East Moose Lodge with Hurricane Helms & Zak Hilton vs. Memphis Mofo & Jefferson Early and Preston Quinn vs. Christian York; 8/28 in Gloucester, VA at the Moose Lodge with Preston Quinn. vs. Adam Pearce for the Continental title and Memphis Mofo vs. Brutal Bob Evans; 8/29 in Newport News, VA at Rebounderz with Adam Pearce vs. Hurricane Helms.
 
--Terry Funk will be doing a seminar with Manny Fernandez in Union, SC at the Union County Fairgrounds.  Funk will also be managing in the main event, across the ring from heel manager Thomas Simpson.
 
--We were talking in response to a question about Terry Taylor on the radio show a few days ago (Taylor was super underrated in the ring, one of the best in the world circa 1984-87 but never had much of a chance again once Mid South Wrestling folded.  Bob Evans wanted to chime in and said that Taylor saved his career and was pivotal in his reinventing himself as a character and getting his job in ROH, and said Taylor was the best wrestling trainer he ever had.  He said Taylor would admit that he made a lot of mistakes and got a lot of heat on himself (which we talked about on the show) and that bit him in the ass as far as his post-Mid South career.
 
--MMA fighter John Rallo, the bodyguard for Tommy Lee, chimes in today in Famous Bouncer stories at www.facebook.com/FamousBouncers   
 
--Justin Credible interviews Tony DeVito at https://www.youtue.com/watch?v=lXicDOp3kdU&feature=youtube_gadata_player
 
--Tickets for a 10/19 WWE show in Louisville go on sale Saturday. 
 
--River City Wrestling on 9/7 in San Antonio at the Aztec Indoor Soccer Arena with Knux of TNA & Doc, formerly of TNA, as Aces and 8s, facing Hernandez & Michael Faith in the main event.

How many buys do you think the UFC show on 12/6 did?

 

What are you watching this weekend?

 

What was the best TV show of the past week?