THURS. UPDATE: Jim Ross, Regulation that could keep stars off Mania, Ratings, Hall of Famers to NY this weekend for festivals, Weekend coverage, UFC ideas for next FOX show, Most important wrestler in history, Famous promoter Barnett



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
       
        Impact is semi-live (like one to two hour tape delay tonight) on Spike at 9 p.m.
 
A.J. Styles vs. Austin Aries
Bobby Roode vs. Magnus
Winners of the two face off later in the show, winner faces TNA champion at Bound for Glory
Bully Ray vs. Ken Anderson for TNA title
 
        The Mickie James vs. ODB title match is on next week's show, that will also be taped tonight.
 
        We're looking for reports from St. Louis tonight with the second show taping and Xplosion, as well as from Winter Park, FL tonight for the NXT tapings which feature Rob Van Dam and Fandango.
 
        A look at one of the biggest weeks of the year, with the stories behind all of the major shows including WWE Night of Champions, the biggest PPV in six years from boxing, TNA's next event, New Japan and other big shows is the lead in this week's Observer.
 
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        We also have an updated story on Matt Grice, the UFC fighter involved in an auto accident who is battling to recover after brain surgery.
 
        We look at the debut of Keiji Muto's new Wrestle-1 show, as well as a look at the first show and the unique way it was promoted.
 
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--The change in Nevada's policy on marijuana
 
--Pay records for the UFC show in Boston
 
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--A look at the retirement of Matt Riddle
 
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--Megumi Fujii's retirement match
 
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THURSDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--The Jim Ross firing remains the talk of wrestling.  We've got more details than anyone in the audio show from yesterday on it here on the site.  There isn't much new to say but a number of people have noted, accurately, that this decision also shows just how little WWE cares about TNA.  As noted from several in the company, three years ago they wouldn't have released him because they wouldn't want him showing up as a TNA announcer.  While it wouldn't shock me if some form of non-compete will be worked into his agreement (which would require him to still be paid for that period by WWE), that may not be the case.  But WWE has to believe it's at least a possibility once the release is final, and obviously by the decision, doesn't really care.  
 
--When Ross was in Manchester last week, he outright said that he had no intention of retiring and talked about his work in developmental.  
 
--Richard Schaefer said the gate for Saturday night's fight has now topped $20 million with them selling a few late tickets after production moved in.  That would be the all-time record for any combat sports event in North America, and maybe the world.
 
--Pope D'Angelo Dinero, called Pope Elijah Burke, since TNA would own D'Angelo Dinero, won the OVW title at the TV tapings last night.  So he's getting back into pro wrestling.
 
--An update on the earlier report regarding the ratings for Ultimate Fighter last night.  It was actually the third highest rated show since FS 1 launched last month, but highest non-live sporting event.  It was the highest rated show and had the most viewers in the key male demos in its time slot among the sports networks, which is impressive because it goes in with a handicap of being in so many fewer homes than ESPN and ESPN 2. 

--In the cable ratings for last week, ESPN was No. 1 with 2.71 million viewers, and this doesn't include Monday's football, so they'll be No. 1 by a huge margin next week.  USA was No. 3 at 2.57 million.   Syfy was No. 15 at 1.13 million.  Spike was No. 23 and 807,000.  Duck Dynasty was No. 1 (10.46 million viewers), with spots two through four being ESPN college football coverage, led by Notre Dame vs. Michigan (8.65 million viewers),.  Raw's three hours were No. 12, No. 13, and No. 17.
 
--The Bella Twins are featured in the new issue of Self Magazine.
 
--This has gotten no pub, and I wonder how several companies are going to work around this, but the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling commission passed a rule yesterday prohibiting women (or men for that matter) fighters with breast implants from participating in matches.  The key is that, this law would include next year's WrestleMania.  Now, for sure, it's Louisiana and someone's paying someone and there will likely be women with implants performing at Mania next year.  They did leave an out that if their plastic surgeon who performed the surgery sends a letter they can be cleared.  Right now the law is only in effect for 60 days, at which point unless it's overturned, it will become permanent.  Right now it will affect some MMA fights coming up.  Dr. Thomas Ferguson of the Louisiana commission said he doesn't believe a plastic surgeon would sign off.  "I don't know of a single plastic surgeon who is going to allow his artistic work to be messed up," he said.
 
--While there are a few examples of women having implants rupture while wrestling in other states, they are rare, and I've never heard of them happening in MMA or boxing.  No other state that I'm aware of his similar restrictions.  The law would also apply to men who have had pec implants.  
 
--Layla and Alicia Fox will be on Cupcake Wars on The Food Network on 9/21 at 8 p.m.  The will be guest judges of a cupcake contest where the winners got to go to SummerSlam. (thanks to Andrew Att)
 
--There is a presale code for the 10/28 Raw show in Orlando at Ticketmaster which is WJRR  The presale is going on now.
 
--Bruno Sammartino is listed as one of the main people at the Feast of San Gennaro this weekend.  Listed as the honored guests are Mario and Matilda Cuomo, Sammartino, singer Gianni Russo and Lenny DePaul of the U.S. Marshal Service.  Since he's in town, Sammartino will also be doing some stuff with WWE.
 
--El Hijo del Santo will be in New York on Saturday as well for the Mexican Day Parade on Madison Avenue between 27th and 38th Streets from Noon to 4 p.m.  In publicity, Santo is listed as the biggest star in the parade.
 
--Michelle McCool was training yesterday in Orlando at the new facility.  I believe Undertaker was training there as well.
 
--WWE is planning right now to do a Fan Fest in Pittsburgh before Royal Rumble.  This is not official as of yet.
 
--FS 2 tonight has a replay of last night's UFC Tonight at 8 p.m. and Ultimate Fighter at 9 p.m.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1900 - Ernest Roeber, an early pro wrestling star, beat Beck Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark to win the European Greco-Roman heavyweight title
1984 - Gran Hamada & Mighty Inoue beat Chavo (Sr.) & Hector Guerrero in Mita in the finals of the tournament for the All Japan jr. tag team title
1988 - Samu & Fatu beat Jimmy Jack Funk & John Tatum to win the Texas tag team titles
1993 - El Engendro beat Gran Hamada in Naucalpan to win the UWA jr. light heavyweight title.
1999 - Harlem Heat beat Barry & Kendall Windham to win the WCW world tag team titles and Sid Vicious beat Chris Benoit to win the U.S. title, while Sting beat Hulk Hogan to win the WCW title all in Winston-Salem.
2003 - Takashi Sugiura beat Michael Modest in Tokyo to win the GHC jr. title
2004 - HHH beat Randy Orton to win the world title at the Vengeance PPV in Portland, OR 
 
--We will be doing live coverage Friday night of the CMLL anniversary show, Saturday of the boxing and Sunday of the Night of Champions on the site.  I'm not yet sure of the radio coverage other than Sunday night Bryan and I will be doing a show after Night of Champions.
 
--Some UFC ideas that have gone public.  They would like to have Anthony Pettis vs. TJ Grant as the main event for the next FOX show on 12/14 in Sacramento.  Pettis thinks he'll be ready.  Grant, still recovering from a concussion in training, was hoping for a later date.  Not sure about Jose Aldo's availability, but given it's Sacramento, Aldo vs. Chad Mendes (who lives in Sacramento) for the featherweight title would make sense.  Either way, Mendes is expected on the show.  Dana White also wants Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald on the show.
 
--Also reported last night, UFC wants Travis Browne vs. Stipe Miocic on either the 12/14 or 12/28 show.  There is also talk about Ronaldo Jacare Souza facing the Michael Bisping vs. Mark Munoz winner in early 2014.
 
--Several notable anniversaries of deaths today.  Gus Sonnenberg, a recent Hall of Fame inductee who was one of the biggest stars of the 30s coming out of the NFL, was 46 when he died on this day in 1944.  There was a fantastic story by Tim Hornbacker in the November 12, 2012 Observer on him when he went into the Hall of Fame.  Chris Von Erich, the youngest son of Fritz, committed suicide at 21 on this day in 1991.  He's is the single most unlikely member of the WWE Hall of Fame.  Jim Barnett, a Hall of Fame promoter, was 80 when he passed away in 2004.  In a little known trivia note, he always spoke of Bryan Alvarez very highly, saying he was like the grandson he never had.  He was a major player in the 50s as Fred Kohler's partner with national TV in the Verne Gagne vs. Hans Schmidt era when, on a mainstream basis, wrestling was more popular in the U.S. than any point in history (top ten network prime time).  He also promoted during the period when Australia was the hottest territory in the world, and came to Georgia to win a wrestling war and ran that office for years.  He also worked in WCW and WWF (as Director of Operations in the 80s during their expansion) on-and-off, and was working for WWE at the time of his death.  Barnett, far more than Pat Patterson, was the most famous gay power broker in pro wrestling history.  La Fiera was 49 when he passed away in 2010.  La Fiera in his youth, before drug issues, was considered the single best worker in Mexico in the early 80s.
 
--Joe "Animal" Laurinaitis of the Road Warriors turned 53 today.  Sal Rinauro turned 31 (thanks to Georgia Wrestling History.com)
 
IF DOMINICK CRUZ CAN'T FIGHT BY EARLY NEXT YEAR, SHOULD HE BE STRIPPED OF THE TITLE?
Yes, more than two years since his last defense 82.2%
Should give him until mid-2014 13.0%
Should be given until the end of 2014 4.7%
 
SHOULD WWE HAVE LET JIM ROSS GO
Yes 10.6%
No 89.4%
 
WHO SHOULD GET THE NEXT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE SHOT?
Glover Teixeira 53.4%
Daniel Cormier 39.9%
Phil Davis 6.7%
 
WHO IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRO WRESTLER IN HISTORY?
Hulk Hogan 44.6%
Gorgeous George 12.8%
Ric Flair 9.7%
Steve Austin 7.0%
Bruno Sammartino 6.4%
Frank Gotch 5.2%
Strangler Lewis 3.8%
Rikidozan 3.7%
El Santo 3,7%
Buddy Rogers 1.7%
Antonio Inoki 0.9%
Verne Gagne 0.5%
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla:  Aguila Egipcia & Camaleon b Akron & Centauro de Fuego, Milenium & Sensei & Soberano b Disturbio & Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Jr., Misterioso Jr. & Okumura & Sangre Azteca b Fuego & Rey Cometa & Triton, Blue Panther & Shocker & Thunder b El Terrible & Namajague & Vangelis, Euforia & Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. b Mistico & Mascara Dorada & Valiente.  Challenges were issued after the main event for Mistico vs. Volador Jr. this coming Monday night.  They announced the match for next week before the fans left.
 
--There is a Memphis reunion show on Saturday night in Tupelo, MS at the Resorts Casino, the same place where the Jerry Lawler Museum is located.  Well, not the same place, but the same casino.  Lawler vs. Jeff Jarrett, managed by Karen, headlines.  I believe it's the first time the two will have faced each other in a singles match in about 17 years.  Brian Christopher, Jimmy Valiant, Rikishi, Doug Gilbert, Bill Dundee and the Rock & Roll Express appear.
 
--Michael Carpenter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it is looking for a copy of last night's WWE Main Event show. 
 
--Funkdafied Wrestling Federation on 10/15 in Brick, NJ at the Elks Lodge featuring Kevin Nash.
 
--Shaul Guerrero, Vickie's daughter, in a twitter post a few days back, noted that she had been attending Eating Disorders Anonymous meetings in Texas of late.
 
--There is yet another iPPV tomorrow at www.onefc.livesport.tv  for $9.99 It's at 5 a.m. (presuming Eastern time, but web site just says 5 a.m.) coming from Jakarta, Indonesia
 
Mahmoud Hasssan (223.8) vs. Alain Ngalani (223.8)
Almir Barros (123.9) vs. Kian Phan (125.0)
Eugenio Tan (204.0) vs. Vincent Majid (202.4)
Bruno Pucci (144.0) vs. Bashir Ahmad (144.6)
Jake Butler (198.0) vs. James Kouame (194.4)
Willy Ni (154.5) vs. Vincent Latoel (150.6)
Kotetsu Boku (150.6) vs. Vuyisilie Colossa (150.6)
        Former UFC fighter Caros Fodor faces Yang Seung Ho in the undercard, which airs on the web site for free.
 
--The Headlocked Kickstarter ends at 5 p.m. Eastern tomorrow.  Backers will page a 150 page limited edition graphic novel with a Jerry Lawler cover, and stories by RVD, Shane Helms, Christopher Daniels and a pinup gallery from Ken Anderson, Scott Lost, Sinn Bodhi and Beth Phoenix. This version is only available to kickstarter donators.  All backers will get 48 pages of digital bonus content and an animated short voiced by Anderson and Kevin Gill.  For more you can go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/180977151/headlocked-the-last-territory
 
--Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk to Antonio Thomas and Trina Michaels and talk celebrities in wrestling at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer/201...-wrestling
 
--A story on pro wrestlers in the Olympics with quotes from Danny Hodge, Paul Vachon and Gerald Brisco is at http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2013/09/11/21115126.html
 
--World Series of Fighting weigh-ins are tomorrow at 4 p.m. Eastern and 1 p.m. Pacific.  It's at the Valet lobby inside Revel Casino Resort in Atlantic City.  You can watch a live stream as WSOF.com
 
--ROH is working with the NOH8 Campaign for an open photo shot at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia at 3:30 p.m. on 9/21.  NOH8 promotes and raises awareness to gay marriage.  They ask for people to wear white and make a statement. 
 
--Pro Wrestling Revolution runs Sunday at 7 p.m. in Watsonville, CA at the Santa Cruz County Fair.  Konnan will be appearing at the show. 
 
--WWE posted ant interview with the French Stallion at http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2013-09-11/sylvester-lefort-26147771 (thanks to Kevin Powers)
 
--Presale for RAW on 11/25 at the Nassau Coliseum is going on today with the code word NVMC
 
--Resurrection Fighting Alliance on 10/25 on AXS from the Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.  Mike Rhodes vs. Alan Jouban is the main event.
 
--CWE on Friday night in Winnipeg at Rookie's Sports Bar.