WED. UPDATE: Burroughs win world's, Sonnen in hot water, HHH reaction, New UFC FOX top fight, WWE legend surgery, Tickets for UFC's biggest show on sale next, Biggest PPV, Mysterio on road



By Dave Meltzer | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | @DaveMeltzerWON
       
        Lots of TV as the UFC Wednesday on FS 1 starts at 7 p.m. Eastern with UFC Tonight, followed by Countdown to UFC 165 at 8 p.m., Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin at 9 p.m., and the newest episode of Ultimate Fighter at 10 p.m.
 
        Main Event tonight at 8 p.m. on Ion
Curtis Axel vs. Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match
Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango
Justin Gabriel vs. Damien Sandow   
 
        With such a busy news week, we've got a double issue of the Observer that will be up on the site today.
 
        We go in-depth with TNA's business as the lead story.  We look at the futures of Hulk Hogan, Sting, A.J. Styles, Ken Anderson, Mickie James, taping on the road and the company itself.
       
        Our lead story talks about the key contracts, the return of Jeff Jarrett, evaluating the different ideas for television in 2014, costs and why one talked about location makes no sense, problems in going back to a single location, company future ownership, how that affects the positions of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, and other financial issues.
 
        We also have an in-depth look at what happened to Jim Ross, his departure from WWE, his future, and looking back at the night where everything started to fall apart.  We also look at the behavior of Ric Flair, strange things that showed who did and didn't know what was going down, what Ross said two weeks earlier about retirement, reaction in wrestling, the Ross/McMahon relationship, the constant stories regarding replace Ross on Raw dating back 14 years, his work in talent relations, a look at the many different times Ross was going to be replaced, wrestling people moving into other sports, reactions, Ross on MMA and more.
 
        We also have our full coverage of WWE Night of Champions, as well as an early look at WWE Battleground in a few weeks.  We've got notes on the storylines of the night, the stories going forward, betting odds that moved, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results of the show.  We also look at the polls WWE did on its PPV show.
 
        We also look at the change in WWE's financial outlook and why it has been downgraded, and if that should be considered significant long-term.  We look at the lessons shown by this year's WrestleMania, the movie business, developmental, exactly what the difference in profit margins have been this year compared to last, what was the last year WWE's profits were at this level, projected profits for the rest of the year, and more.
 
        We have more on the final episode of Total Divas for this run, name issues on the show, Bret Hart with a new view on the 1997 Survivor Series, Mick Foley talks leaving TNA, Nick Dinsmore talks the Eugene character, WWE  DVD business, what WWE DVD business says about star power, two new recruits with strong backgrounds, why a star missed TV last week, Jerry Lawler's announcing run when he first started and more.  We also look at what Lawler did in the late 80s when Linda McMahon said wrestling wasn't real.  We also break down the top names in developmental, talk about the recent WWE cuts, next NXT tapings, and all the highlights of the weekend shows.
 
        We also have a feature on CMLL's anniversary show including business notes, the old record, why the crowd turned on the show during the best matches, as well as match-by-match coverage, poll results and star ratings.
 
        We also look at drug testing in MMA, politics, games, reputations and much more.
 
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        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:
 
--Death of Mini L.A. Park
 
--Arena Mexico news coming after the Anniversary show
 
--Huge day for wrestling coming up next month in Mexico
 
--Konnan talks comeback
 
--AAA tryout notes
 
--AAA plans for U.S. market
 
--Dragon Gate big show coverage
 
--The second week of the Wrestle-1 promotion and how it did
 
--All Japan singles tournament
 
--Low Ki injury update
 
--NOAH big show coverage
 
--Early notes on the next New Japan show at the Tokyo Dome
 
--Expected Tokyo Dome main event
 
--Changes to the next New Japan PPV including a new gimmick match and bringing in one of the world's best high flyers
 
--Coverage of the last New Japan iPPV show
 
--Notes on the careers of two sons of Hall of Famers
 
--Update on Buck Zumhofe's trial
 
--Another ex-WWF wrestler, Duke Droese arrested
 
--How one of the year's biggest matches fell through and why it's unlikely to happen
 
--More news for the 2014 WrestleMania weekend
 
--Notes on Riddick Bowe trying pro wrestling
 
--Notes on movie featuring WWE headliner
 
--A look at Maximo of CMLL
 
--Former WWF star talks coming out of retirement
 
--Terry Funk's next last match
 
--Big indie shows
 
--Update on Jay Briscoe
 
--TNA's big angles looked at
 
--Why TNA can't copy WWE, while WWE can copy TNA
 
--Update on Ortiz and Jackson in TNA
 
--Austin Aries on his retirement thoughts
 
--Bound for Glory main event
 
--Matt Morgan talks leaving TNA
 
--The return of B.J. Penn
 
--How B.J. Penn would up coaching Ultimate Fighter
 
--A look at UFC's next show on FOX
 
--Tons of new UFC fights
 
--Updated notes on UFC viewership
 
--How much UFC headliners have made
 
--UFC issues in he U.K.
 
--Dana White cuts a promo on Matt Riddle
 
--Do fighters think Ronda Rousey should fight Fallon Fox
 
--Should fighters unionize
 
--A look at the UFC featherweight title picture
 
--UFC cuts a controversial fighter
 
--Next Bellator show
 
--Very interesting Bellator win over former UFC star
 
--What is the all-time PPV record
 
--Mauro Ranallo's pro wrestling past
 
--Jon Fitch's return
 
--Cris Cyborg returns to action
 
--A look at the Louisiana standards banning breast implants from MMA fighters and boxer
 
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MONDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
 
--Bryan and I will be back tonight for Wrestling Observer radio talking TNA, Smackdown, Ultimate Fighter, UFC 165, as well as all the latest news, as well as taking e-mail questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--Even though  he broke his left ankle less than a month ago, Jordan Burroughs captured the world championships Monday in Budapest in freestyle wrestling a 163 pounds.  He broke his ankle on 8/22 in practice, had surgery on 8/23 to put five screws in, and did no training before coming to Budapest.  His doctor assured him he'd be able to complete this week.  He said he felt 75-80%.  He's now put up 65 straight wins in international competition including the 2011 world championship, 2012 Olympic gold, and this win.  The only other U.S. wrestler to win three straight world titles was John Smith.
 
--Chael Sonnen got himself in hot water on Monday night.  Sonnen was on Fox Sports Live talking about Floyd Mayweather and said, "Look, Floyd needs to keep doing what he's doing, which is fighting complete tomato cans that we've never heard of before.  I've never seen anybody in the history of America get so rich and so famous of having complete wins throwing punches at their faces.  I know what you're saying.  You're saving, `Well, it's happened before.  What about Rhianna?"  Immediately, Sonnen realized he made a mistake and said,  "Too Soon?  Was it too soon?"
 
Yesterday, FOX sent out a statement:  "FOX Sports regrets the comments Chael Sonnen made during last night's edition of Fox Sports Live.  They were an inappropriate attempt at humor that Sonnen acknowledges shouldn't have been made and he apologizes to anyone who may have been offended by his remarks." 
 
--Monday's Raw will feature HHH addressing the talent uprising at the end of the show.
 
--Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown was added today to the 12/14 FOX TV show from Sacramento.
 
--WWE videos of the NXT guys in promo class that wound up on the Internet were not supposed to be released to the public.  It was noted to us that most of the leaks happen on Monday and  Tuesday which are travel days.  
 
--Tickets for the biggest UFC show in years go on sale next week.  UFC 168, featuring Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva and Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate tickets go on sale on 9/25 to Fight Club members, 9/26 to newsletter subscribers and 9/27 to the general public.  Prices range from $100 to $1,000.
 
--Best wishes to WWE's Gerald Brisco, who is undergoing surgery on his right hand tomorrow (he also turns 67 tomorrow). 
 
--A few notable death anniversaries today:
*Hall of Famer Ed Don George, an early college star, Olympian, pro wrestling world champion, and later one of the major promoters in the business passed away on this day in 1985 at the age of 80.  
*Enrique Llanes, one of the big stars on Mexican wrestling in the 50s, whose sister, Herlinda Llanes Guerrero, is the mother of Chavo, Mando, Hector and Eddy Guerrero, passed away on this day in 2004 at the age of 85.
*Don Fields of the famous Fields Boys in Alabama was 80 when he passed away one year ago today.
 
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1956 - Gene Kiniski & Len Crosby beat Ray Gunkel & Herb Freeman in Dallas to win the Texas tag team titles
1956 - Fabulous Moolah won a one-night tournament in Baltimore to win a version of the world women's title.  This is the version of the title that was eventually purchased in 1984 by Vince McMahon
1961 - Dick Hutton & Sammy Steamboat won a tournament in Fort Worth for the Texas tag team title   
1981 - Alfonso Dantes beat Enrique Vera to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1992 - Lizmark beat Universo 2000 in Acapulco to win the Mexican national light heavyweight title
1993 - Mima Shimoda beat Bat Yoshinaga in Omiya to win the Japanese women's singles title
1994 - WCW Fall Brawl took place in Roanoke, with Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) beating Steven Regal to win the WCW TV title, Kevin Sullivan beat Cactus Jack in a loser leaves town match, Ricky Steamboat retired and forfeited the U.S. title to Steve Austin, who then lost the title in a minute to Jim Duggan.
1995 - Juventud & Fuerza Guerrera beat Latin Lover & Panterita del Ring in Nuevo Laredo to win the Mexican national tag team title and Perro Aguayo beat Cien Caras on the same show to win the WWA heavyweight title.
2002 - Chris Harris & James Storm won a tag team Rumble Royal to win the NWA world tag team title in Nashville
2005 - WWE Unforgiven in Oklahoma City saw Ric Flair beat Carlito to win the IC title and Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch beat Rosey & Hurricane for the world tag team titles
2011 - WWE Night of Champions saw Mark Henry beat Randy Orton to win the world title and John Cena beat Alberto Del Rio to win the WWE title.
 
--Mick Foley plays at the American Comedy Company in San Diego on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday in Corona, CA at the M15 Concert Bar & Grill in Corona, CA.
 
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 9/19 in Fayetteville at the Cumberland County Fair Coliseum Complex.
 
--Millennium Wrestling Federation at Saturday at the Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.  John Cena Sr. will be a heel manager on a show with Devon Dudley vs. Slyck Wagner Brown in a tables match, Bob Holly vs. Brian Milonas in a Hardcore match, Bobby Lashley vs. Rick Fuller, Todd Hanson (managed by Bob Orton) vs. Antonio Thomas, plus Big Daddy V appears.
 
--Rey Mysterio is being advertised as appearing on WWE shows this weekend on the South Texas run in Hidalgo, which is the company's best small market.
 
WHO WAS THE STAR OF RAW?
Daniel Bryan 75.3%
Dusty Rhodes 15.0%
Paul Heyman 3.6%
Stephanie McMahon 1.8%
Randy Orton 1.5%
HHH 0.8%
Big Show 0.8%
Ryback 0.7%
Dolph Ziggler 0.5%
 
WHAT MATCH WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE AS THE BATTLEGROUND MAIN EVENT?
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton 56.0%
Daniel Bryan vs. HHH 39.9%
Randy Orton vs. Big Show 4.1%
 
WHICH OF THESE SHOWS DO YOU THINK WILL DO THE BIGGEST U.S. PPV NUMBERS?
WrestleMania 2014 39.6%
Floyd Mayweather's next fight 37.2%
UFC 168 with Silva vs. Weidman and Rousey vs. Tate 18.7%
UFC 167 with GSP vs. Hendricks and Sonnen vs. Evans 4.5%
        Whoosh.
 
POLL ON RAW
Excellent 22.1%
Good 42.9%
Average 16.4%
Fair 5.7%
Poor 12.9%
        8.5% of those responding didn't see the show
 
 --Evolve lineup for this weekend.
 
9/21 in Queens, NY
AR Fox vs Anthony Nese for Evolve title
Johnny Gargano & Trent Baretta vs. Rich Swann & Ricochet
Josh Alexander vs. Biff Busick vs. Maxwell Chicago vs. ?
Lince Dorado vs. Drew Gulak vs. Shane Strickland vs. Mr. Touchdown
Chuck Taylor & Orange Cassidy vs. Dos Ben Dejos
Jigsaw & The Shard vs. Lance & Harlem Bravado
Matt Jackson vs. Caleb Konley
Brian XL vs. Earl Cooter
 
9/22 in Brooklyn, NY
AR Fox vs. Ricochet
Johnny Gargano vs. Rich Swann
Winner of the two four-way matches from the prior night
More tag team matches
Plus Matt Jackson, Anthony Nese and Trent Baretta
 
--Big Vito is opening a wrestling school at www.bigvito.com
 
--Kurt Brown talks longtime wrestling fan Steve Gerber at http://www.luchaworld.com/p=30462
 
--Blood, Sweat & Fears on 10/5 in Lima, OH
 
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 10/6 has a 3 p.m. show in Cleveland at Turners Hall with Taelor Hendrix, Veda Scott, Seleziya Sparx, Santana Garrett, Nikki Storm, Mickie Knuckles and Mia Yim.. 
 
--In yesterday's update when listing Booker T's winning the WCW title, it listed the year as 1998 when it was 2000.
 
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla before 4,000 fans:  Paris & Black Tiger Jr. b Siki Ozama I & Centauro de Fuego, Bam Bam & Ultimo Dragoncito b Pequeno Olimpico & Mercurio, Starman & Stigma & Pegasso Extreme b Nitro & Arkangel de la Muerte & Hooligan, Dragon Rojo Jr. & Polvora & Rey Escorpion b Stuka Jr. & Brazo de Plata & Fuerza Chicana, Atlantis & Maximo & La Mascara b Niebla Roja & Gran Guerrero & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ, Volador Jr. b Mistico (Most of the crowd was behind Volador Jr. in this one)
 
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Metatron & Leo b Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno, Magnus & Smaker & Sky Kid b Canelo Casas & Artillero & Rafaga, Tiffany & Amapola & Princesa Sugei b Goya Kong & Estrellita & Lluvia (sets up Estrellita defending the Mexican national women's title against Amapola this coming Tuesday), Titan & Blue Panther & Diamante Azul b Psicosis & Olimpico & Kraneo, Ultimo Guerrero & Volador Jr. b La Sombra & Atlantis (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
 
--The TV show "At the Movies" star David Stratton give Riddick ** and Margaret Pomeranz gave it ***1/2 (thanks to James Stanios)
 
--Dylan Hales and  Kurt Brown talks the Hall of Fame at http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterld=112658&cmd=tc
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling's biggest show of the year is Saturday at 6 p.m.  at The Main Event a 2001 Main St in Porterdale, GA.
 
--Based on advertising on Classics on demand, Chris Jericho will be the October Hall of fame feature and the AWA show left the promos in with the wrestlers talking about appearing on a house show in Sacramento.    
 
--The Rocks Off Pro Wrestling Film Festival takes place on 11/21 to 11/23 at the Kraine Theater at 85 East 4th St. in Manhattan.
Seven Levels of Hate featuring the Colt Cabana vs. Adam Pearce feud is at 6 :30 p.m at 11/22.  Pearce will be on hand for a post-show QUA
Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies will be at 7:30 p.m. on 11/23, with director Cod Knotts doing a post-screening Q&A
 
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--An interview with Roddy Piper talking about the Klondike Celebrity Challenge, fighting a bear, Jimmy Snuka and more at http://www.betweentheropes.com/2013/09/18/rowdy-roddy-piper-talks-klondike-bars-wrestling-bears-and-being-hated/
 
--RF Video and Highspots.com are doing a shoot interview with Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman together.  It will be hosted by Matt Striker and taped on Friday. 
 
--Lisa Marie Varon appears on the Svengoolie show on Saturday night of Me-TV.  She's playing herself in a comedy skit, as a wrestling teacher who Svengoolie thinks is a cooking teacher since she owns a restaurant. 
 
--The show will also be airing live on Saturday at Varon's restaurant, the Squared Circle, in Chicago.  Svengoolie will be appearing there live during the show.

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