TUES UPDATE: Lots of notes from Raw, follow the vacant WWE Title, Twitter claims, Total Divas and MMA, SoCal arrested, tons more



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--A look at the Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Rush match for the Universal champion of champions tournament final
 
--Notes on AAA's next show honoring Antonio Pena
 
--Notes from this week's AAA TV taping
 
--Why all but one of the Dragon Gate titles is vacant and how they are filling them
 
--The change in hierarchy of All Japan that had been rumored is now official and who is in charge
 
--Some New Japan vs. NOAH matches upcoming
 
--A look at New Japan's end of the month PPV
 
--A rundown of this past week's New Japan iPPV show
 
--Wrestlers and MMA stars in movies
 
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--Wrestlers from all over the world congregate for the WWL weekend shows
 
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--Kurt Angle update
 
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--Is UFC losing interest with the casual audience and why?
 
--The story behind Miesha Tate and what Ronda Rousey didn't know or thought when Tate was brought on the show
 
--Dana White talks Dominick Cruz
 
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--Why Sean Sherk retired
 
--The change in Nevada's policy on marijuana
 
--Pay records for the UFC show in Boston
 
--Fighter asked what percentage of fighters use PED's
 
--Tons of new UFC matches announced
 
--Update on Ben Askren's contract situation
 
--A look at this week's Bellator show
 
--A look at the retirement of Matt Riddle
 
--Latest on Mayhem Miller
 
--Megumi Fujii's retirement match
 

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Sad to report the death of Simon Tapia, aka Mini La Parka in Lucha Libre USA and Mexico, of a heart attack last week at the age of 25. He was the legitimate nephew of LA Park and Super Parka/Volador.

-- The vacant WWE Title is now on Twitter here.

-- No dark match after Raw last night, just a lot of YES! chants.

-- Regarding the video on Raw of Hornswaggle and Brodus Clay reading to the kids, a story on it is here.

-- Miz promoted the hellout of Raw coming to Cleveland prior to being utterly destroyed on the show by Randy Orton.

-- Not only was Raw in Cleveland, OH, last night, but so, apparently, was a SASQUATCH.

-- Total Divas was down to 1.06 million viewers for the season finale. No more giant lead-in from the Kardashians, plus it took a minor hit going head-to-head with Night of Champions.

-- Speaking of Total Divas, and this is a goofy tie-in, Tim Gorman, who was sent home from Ultimate Fighter last week since he'd suffered a torn hamstring, has publicly challenged Bryan Caraway to a fight where if he (Gorman) wins, he gets to take Caraway's girlfriend Miesha Tate on a date. Reason I mention Total Divas is because Gorman actually kind of looks like JARET from the show, the same Jaret who told Nattie that she shouldn't marry TJ and should hook up with him instead.

-- Timed for the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), fans are invited to relive action-packed, history-making moments with UFC: Ultimate Fight Collection 2013 Edition, available as a 20-disc DVD set available November 5 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

-- SoCal Val's mugshot just surfaced in regards to an August 31st DUI arrest in Florida.

-- Justin Credible talks Raw, Mexico, the Daniel Bryan storyline and more here.

-- WWE on YouTube hit 2 million subscribers yesterday. Nielsen's "SocialGuide" had Raw ranked number 8 in the top ten of most tweets for last week. Problem is, it also ranked Night of Champions but not the Mayweather fight, and there is no way (and I know this because I was following both and it wasn't even close) that Night of Champions had more people tweeting about it than the Mayweather fight. So I'm not sure how Nielsen came up with these numbers.

-- Breaking up with his girlfriend compelled him to write about wrestling break-ups.

-- Hulkster attends a breast cancer event.

-- Ken Shamrock is going nuts on Twitter about Dana White again. Haven't seen any responses from Dana yet but I'm sure they're coming.

-- How world class athletes can take drugs and get away with it

-- Independent Wrestling Federation LOUD 'n' PROUD action returns to Signature Slam Family Fun Night on Saturday, September 28, 7 pm at Signature Fitness, 471 Cortlandt Street, Belleville, NJ. Headlining the card are five-time IWF Heavyweight Champion The Fifth Element Roman Zachary, three-time IWF American Champion Phat Daddy Biggie Biggs, Kevin Knight, Self-Made Michael T. Blake, Lethal Injection Dr. Hurtz, Kasey Coresh, Mad Dawg Jenkins, and The Down Boyz.

-- SHIMMER - WOMEN ATHLETES is proud to announce the addition of HIKARU SHIDA to the SHIMMER 58-61 weekend of events, October 19th & 20th at the Berwyn Eagles Club in Berwyn, IL. One of the brightest young stars on the women's wrestling scene in Japan is 25 year-old Hikaru Shida. Ever since her pro debut in 2008, Shida has been an integral part of the Ice Ribbon promotion, where she is currently one half of the tag team champions with partner Tsukasa Fujimoto. Additionally, Shida frequently competes on events promoted by OZ Academy and Pro Wrestling WAVE. Through the assistance of the Joshi 4 Hope office, next month Hikaru Shida will compete in the United States for the very first time, as she joins the internationally flavored SHIMMER roster.

-- Part 2 of Jerry Lawler on Steve Austin's podcast is available now.

-- Johnny writes: If you want to give everyone a heads up today, there's a marathon of old GWF shows on ESPN Classic tonight from 8:00pm-6:00am Eastern, and tomorrow night and Thursday night, both from 8:00pm-2:00am Eastern.

-- Platinum Championship Wrestling's biggest show of the year will take place Saturday, September 21st The Main Event in Porterdale, Georgia! Bell time is 6 p.m. 2001 Main Street Porterdale, Georgia 30070

-- Big Vito has opened a new training school: This is a great day for all involved. Over the past week, this has been buzzing inside me. I am very proud of this. Working with these groups, which have sent several talents to the WWE main roster and to Japan, I feel like this is the place to be. Right place right time. If your looking to get started in wrestling, what better place then this that can get you right to work. Start getting the experience you need right away. Your foot is in the door . My training and then getting to work with one of these groups is good to have on your resume. These guys do there work ans are doing PPV and over 50 shows a year. They have a proven track record and have been around a long time. To have there own Developmental Training Center is something they have been wanting to do for long time. My experience will help develop there talent even further to be the best. If you're looking for a start in Pro Wrestling, get trained by the Best. Be trained by a Pro. My academy has all the things you need. For the experienced wrestler looking to polish his skills for that big break, your at the place you need to be. How many want to go to Japan? How many want to work for these groups ? Go to my website www.bigvito.com. Get all the information there. There are vouchers to print out for all. Beginners, new student voucher 500.00, Experienced wrestler voucher 500.00 . You will be put to the test from day one. If you have what it takes, I will get you to where you need to be. Great new start for Big Vito's Wrestling Academy. This will go to a unique place and be at a higher level of training. I am the one who trains you. Looking forward to meeting all of you who come through my doors. More announcements to follow. For contact information, go to www.bigvito.com. I want to again thank all who have helped me with this. Have a great day.

-- WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SUNDAY'S TOTAL DIVAS
Excellent 20.8%
Good 40.3%
Average 16.7%
Fair 6.9%
Poor 15.3%
59.1% of those responding didn't see the show

WHAT WAS THE BEST OF THESE SHOWS?
WWE Night of Champions 73.2%
TNA No Surrender 11.6%
CMLL Anniversary show 6.8%
New Japan Road to Destruction 5.1%
Bellator 99 2.3%
World Series of Fighting 1.1%

WHICH OF THESE SHOWS ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN?
WWE Battleground 57.0%
UFC 165 Jones vs. Gustafsson 22.1%
New Japan Destruction 13.3%
TNA Bound for Glory 7.7%

DID MAYWEATHER-ALVAREZ MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR PURCHASING NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS?
Yes, it made a difference 4.8%
I bought it, so it made no difference 19.7%
Didn't buy it, wouldn't have either way 75.4%

-- Today's history with Bryan Hoops:

1958 - Billy Wicks defeated Buddy Fuller for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Lafayette, Louisiana

1966 - Betty Boucher defeated The Fabulous Moolah in Seattle, Washington for the NWA World Women's Championship

1970 - The Texas Outlaws, Dick Murdoch & Dusty Rhodes, defeated Jose Lothario & Argentina Apollo in Jacksonville, Florida to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title.

1974 - In Macon, Georgia Bill Dromo and Mike McCord defeated Ole & Gene Anderson to win the Southeastern Tag Team Titles in a No DQ Match.

1981 - Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes in Kansas City, Missouri to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. This was Ric Flair's first World Heavyweight singles title victory.

1982 - Harley Race defeated Dick The Bruiser in St. Louis, Missouri to win the Missouri State Heavyweight Title.

1987 - WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Harley Race in a steel cage match in Kansas City, Missouri.

1988 - TNT (Savio Vega) defeated Buddy Landel in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title

1988 - Ron Garvin defeated Greg Gagne in Nashville, Tennessee to win the AWA International Television Title.

1995 - Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Renegade to win the WCW Television Title and Harlem Heat defeated Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater to win the WCW World Tag Team Title at the Fall Brawl PPV in Asheville, NC.

1998 - Booker T defeated Kevin Nash in a cage match to win the WCW World Championship at the Fall Brawl PPV in Buffalo, New York.

2002 - Matt Stryker defeated Cody Hawk for the HWA Heavyweight Title in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2005 - Bryan Danielson captured the ROH championship at Glory by Honor IV in Long Island, NY by defeating James Gibson.

2006 - At the Unforgiven PPV, John Cena defeated Edge to win the WWE Championship in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs match and Trish Stratus defeated Lita to win the WWE Diva's Championship.

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