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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.
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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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--Do fighters think Ronda Rousey should fight Fallon Fox
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--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 with Wrestling Observer radio, covering Raw and taking your e-mail questions to
--Okay, so this is the broken foot story. I was going downstairs and one of my son's friends left a tennis shoe on the bottom of the stairs, I stepped on it, it went flying and I heard a loud crack and that was that. So I spent several hours last night at the hospital. I'm fine and in almost no pain while working. But getting around sucks and probably will for several weeks. I can't complain because when it comes to health, I've been much luckier than most. Thanks for those of you who have sent well wishes. I do appreciate it. It won't affect anything here because actually working is the one thing I've got no problems doing.
--WWE NXT announcer Tony Dawson has been released by the company.
--Chris Jericho's Fozzy touring schedule sends him Tuesday in Waterloo, IA at Reverb Rock Gardens, Thursday in Dallas at the House of Blues, Friday in San Antonio at Backstage Live, Saturday in Houston at the House of Blues and Sunday in Oklahoma City at the Chameleon Club.
--FS 1 is replaying Ultimate Fighter at 8 p.m. tonight and 9 p.m. on Tuesday night.
--Fox is now promoting across the board on its sports programming that Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate either is the hottest rivalry in sports or the hottest new rivalry in sports as a promotional tag.
--USA Today has a story today on Sinclair Broadcasting, noting they are low profile but own more TV stations than anyone else, totalling 108 right now and will up that to 149 when some deals on the table go through.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1968 - Vic Faulkner beat Hall of Famer Mick McManus to win the European title
1968 - Nick Kozak beat Johnny Valentine in Orlando to win the Florida title
1971 - Thunder Sugiyama & Rusher Kimura beat Red Bastien & Billy Howard to win the IWA tag titles
1986 - Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura beat Akira Maeda & Osamu Kido in Tokyo to win the IWGP tag title. That was a great feud.
1990 - Rick Valentine (Kerry Brown) & Eric Embry beat Huracan Castillo Jr. & Miguel Perez Jr. in Juana Diaz, PR to win the Caribbean tag team title
1994 - Noriyo Tateno beat Shinobu Kandori in Tokyo to win the LLPW title
1994 - Los Payasos beat Super Muneco & Angel Azteca & El Hijo del Santo to win the Mexican national trios titles
1996 - Marc Mero beat Faarooq (Ron Simmons) in the finals of a tourney for the IC title on Raw in Hershey, PA
2001 - WWE's Unforgiven PPV in Pittsburgh saw Kurt Angle beat Steve Austin to win the WWF title, Christian beat Edge to win the IC title and Rhyno beat Tajiri to win the U.S. title
2002 - Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito beat Takeshi Rikio & Takeshi Morishima to withe GHC title and Mitsuharu Misawa beat Yoshihiro Takayama to win the GHC heavyweight title in Tokyo.
--For those keeping track of this, as we finish up the year there is a tight race for first in predictions. After an abysmal January and February where fan too many San Jose guys fought (I am notoriously bad at picking for local fighters) I'm not only one pick behind Josh Nason & Todd Martin for 2013. Mike Sempervive and I went 4-1 on Saturday, only missing on Francis Carmont's win. Oliver Copp, Mike Sawyer, Nason and Martin were all 3-2, also missing the Brendan Schaub win over Matt Mitrione.
--Matt Hardy turned 39 today. Former Carolinas wrestler George South turned 51.
--On this day in 2005, Gene Stanlee, one of the biggest stars of wrestling on TV and the guy who with Argentina Rocca brought wrestling back in a big way to Madison Square Garden, passed away at the age of 88.
--UFC announced opening a second gym in Oahu that will be owned and run by B.J. Penn, a 30,000 square foot facility at the Waikele Center in Waipahu, HI.
--John Cena is being advertised for shows on the November European tour in Germany, Scotland, England and Austria.
--Showtime will be airing a Mayweather vs. Alvarez post-show on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. head-to-head with Ultimate Fighter.
WAS THE EDDIE WINELAND FIGHT STOPPED TOO EARLY?
WHO SHOULD JON JONES FACE NEXT?
Alexander Gustafsson 48.6%
Glover Teixeira 31.6%
Daniel Cormier 11.9%
Cain Velasquez/JDS winner 7.9%
POLL ON ROH TV SHOW
58.1% of those responding didn't see the show
WHAT WAS THE BEST TV SHOW OF THE PAST WEEK?
Ultimate Fighter 14.9%
UFC 165 prelims 6.0%
Total Divas 5.2%
Inside MMA 1.5%
Main Event 0.7%
UFC Tonight 0.7%
--Bellator's TV fights for 10/4 in Visalia, CA
Mark Godbeer vs. Cheick Kongo in the heavyweight tournament semis
Lavar Johnson vs. Vinicius Spartan in the heavyweight tournament semis
Rafael Silva vs. Anthony Leone in the finals of the recent bantamweight tournament
Brennan Ward vs. Joe Pacheco in the middleweight semis
Mikkel Parlo vs. Jason Butcher in the middleweight semis
--The schedule for Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman this week is
Los Angeles today at 4 p.m. at the UFC Gym in Torrance
Tomorrow at 11 a.m in Las Vegas with a news conference open to the public at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino main lobby
Wednesday at 5 p.m. in New York at the UFC Gym on 80 John St., open to the first 300 fans
Thursday both will be all over ESPN
Friday in Miami at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park with open workouts open to the public
Sunday in Rio de Janeiro and Monday in Sao Paulo, Brazil
--Gold Rush Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Pacifica, CA: Virgil Flynn b Wise Guy, Dalton Frost & Matt Carlos b Sledge & Grimes, Marquis Johnson b A.J,. Kirsch, Mr. Prime Time b Will Rood-COR, Brian Brock b Dylan Drake-DQ in 2/3 falls, Rik Luxury b Drake Younger in a no DQ match. Next show is 11/16 at the Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School in Pacifica.
--One of the reporters on TMZ Live likes wearing pro wrestling T-shirts and apparently wore a Drake Younger shirt twice last week. (thanks t Mike Lano)
--After the UFC show on Sunday, they had Ultimate Fighter tryouts in Toronto for a Canada vs. Australia season that will be featured in those two countries.
--Sylvan Grenier and Marc Blondin (former French language WWE announcer) have a new promotion on RDS (a French all sports channel that is Quebec's equivalent to TSN or ESPN) that is taping four shows on 9/28 in Montreal. It's the first time local pro wrestling will be on TV in Quebec since International Wrestling folded in the 80s.
--Barkevios Mingo, Gary Barnidge and Trent Richardson (he of all the publicity this past week) all sat ringside at Raw in Cleveland last week. They were given the tickets by Jerry Lawler, who was friends with Barnidge in college. Mingo and Barnidge posed for photos for the WWF tag titles from the 80s Windham-Rotundo era and aid it was fun to wear them even if WWE made them give them right back (thanks to Brian Dulik)
--Bully Ray in the Daily Star said that he would love for Jim Ross to come to TNA, saying he's a man's man and a straight shooter.
--For WWE Classics on Demand this week:
Extreme Rules 2013
Madison Square Garden 4/22/91 (Hogan vs. Slaughter, Piper vs. DiBiase)
Mid Atlantic 11/24/82
WWE Prime Time Wrestling 12/4/89
--WWE returns to the West Coast in December. A 12/7 house show in Sacramento was just announced with presale starting 10/2.
--WWE also has a Raw at the Key Arena in Seattle on 12/9 and Smackdown tapings on 12/10 at the Rose Garden in Portland (thanks to Rachel Miller)
--IRWE from Saturday night in Millersburg, MI: Pete Christie b Mitch Johnson, T-Bone Banks b Mikey Smalls, N8 Mattson b Jack Verville, Terror Khan b Mikey Smalls, Chuck Weeden b T-Bone Banks, Jack Verville b Mitch Johnson, Terror Khan b Chuck Weeden-DQ, Pete Christie b N8 Mattson (thanks to Leonard Brnad)
--Pure Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Davison, MI: Dicky Bronson b Kaleb Krosby, Xavier Justice b Avery Marshall, Vincent Crowley b Xavier Justice, Dicky Bronson b Senator Bill Don John, Zach Gowen & Father Time b Beefcake Andrews & Gary the Freak, Sabu b Vincent Crowley, Petey Williams & Xavier Justice b Irish Airborne, Sebastian Rose b Sharkboy, Vincent Crowley won Battle Royal
--IPW from Saturday night in Auckland, New Zealand: Mason Daniels b Antonio, Britenay b Olivia Shaw, Elias b Pat Shisck, Liger b Joel Clementson, Jakob Cross & Aaron Henry b TNT, Evie b Megan-Kate, James Shaw & Kingi b Vinny Dunn & Tykade (thanks to Steve Ogilvie)
--CMLL is having a one-man tournament on Tuesday at Arena Mexico to determine the top contenders for the CMLL tag titles held by Rey Bucanero & Tama Tonga. Teams entered are Atlantis & La Sombra, Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr., Marco Corleone & Diamante Azul, Mistico & Valiente, Ephesto & Misterioro Jr., El Terrible & Vangelis, Ultimo Guerrero & Gran Guerrero and Volador Jr. & Psicosis.(thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--ICW Fierce Females from Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland before 150-200: Kirty Loveign & Fiona Fraser NC Shelley Starr & Sammii Jayne, Ayesha Ray b Bete Noire, Leah Owens b Sara Marie Taylor, Rhia O'Reilly b Shanna, Crazy Mary Dobson b Carmel Jacob, Nikki Storm b Portia Perez, Erin Angel b Rhia O'Reilly, Erin Angel b Shanna, Kay Lee Ray won three-way over Amazing Kong and Viper.
--ICW runs 10/13 in Glasgow at the O2 ABC (thanks to Martin Bentley)
--Lex Luger appeared on the TV show Hardcore Pawn, set in Detroit. He limped in on a cane and pawned off some of his robes for a nonprofit fund-raiser. He came off well. Obviously staged to a degree given what would Luger be doing in the inner city in Detroit (thanks to Derek Sousa)
--WXW has a tournament from 10/3 to 10/6 in Oberhausen, Germany. There are three round-robin blocks. The A block has AR Fox, Ricochet, Zack Sabre Jr. and Drew Gulak. the B block has Bad Bones John Klinger, Jonathan Gresham, Robert Dreissker and Yuki Miyamoto. The C block has Drake Younger, Daisuke Sekimoto, Big Van Walter and Kim Ray. Davey Richards is also in for the first show and there will be a TLC match on 10/6.
--Some matches announced
10/3: AR Fox vs. Sabre Jr., Gulak vs. Ricochet, Bones vs. Miyamoto, Gresham vs. Dreissker, Walter vs. Younger, Sekimoto vs. Ray
10/4: Fox vs. Ricochet, Gulak vs. Sabre Jr., Bones vs. Dreissker, Gresham vs. Miyamoto, Walter vs. Ray and Sekimoto vs. Younger
10/5: Fox vs. Gulak, Ricochet vs. Sabre Jr., Bones vs. Gresham, Dreissker vs. Miyamoto, Walter vs. Sekimoto, Younger vs. Ray
--Robbinsdale High School in Minnesota, which has produced a ton of pro wrestlers including Verne Gagne, Larry Hennig, Tom Zenk, Curt Hennig, and John Nord is starting a Hall of Fame. The first induction on 10/18 will include Verne Gagne. (thanks to Brian Hoops)
--Hiroyo Matsumoto will be appearing at the Shimmer tapings on 10/19 and 10/20 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.
--Pro Wrestling Bushido from yesterday in Modesto, CA: Dejon Brown b George Parra, Sir Samurai & Drake Frost & Savannah Riley b Joe DeSoul & Ray Rosas & Peter Avalon, Kurai Hime b Scoot Robinson, Virgil Flynn b CJ Kurz & Mustafa Saed, Jeff Cobb b Willie Mack, Drake Younger b Brian Cage, Dylan Drake b Rik Luxury in an I Quit match, Joey Ryan b Timothy Thatcher, Johnny Goodtime b Bobby Hart. Next show is 10/27 in Stockton at the La Jamaica Hall. (thanks to Mike Millerick)
--Prime Wrestlelution 6 has a live iPPV on 10/20 at 3 p.m. from the Ohio Nets Sports Complex in Parma, OH headlined by Johnny Gargano vs. Paul London, plus Jimmy Jacobs vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Facade vs Gory. Rhino and Matt Cross also appear.
--Premier Championship Wrestling from Friday night in Winnipeg: Abe Wolfe b Jay Walker, Zach Mercury b Leo London, EZ Ryder b Adam Knight, James Beaver b Abel Wolfe, Antonio Scorpio b Jackie Lee. Next show is 10/5 in Winnipeg with Kenny Omega (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)
--FWF on 10/4 in New Castle, DE at the Nur Shrine Temple with Kevin Nash.
--I Believe in Wrestling last night in Orlando: Chico Adams b Jayson Falcone, Rhett Giddins b Freight Train, Jesus DeLeon b Jason Cade and Gabriel Black, Jesse Neal b Aaron Epic-DQ, Tim Zbyszko b Alan Stratton, Santana Garrett b Chasyn Rance to win Florida cruiserweight title. Next show is 10/20.(thanks to Al Haft)
--The 1998 Pro Wrestling Secrets show with Harley Race with the stunt grannies and fake signs aired somewhere today. (thanks to Brad Schaller)
--CMLL from yesterday in Guadalajara: Capitan & Metalik b Satara & Yaqui, Martin & Tony Escobedo b Demonio Rojo & Sadico, Evola & Infierno & Rafaga b Esfinge & Metatron & Virgo, Mr. Trueno & Rey Trueno b Sky Kid & Smaker, Brazo de Plata & Rush & Sagrado b El Terrible & Tomohiro Ishii & Felino
--Yesterday in Naucalpan: Flyer beat Robin & Akuma, Electrico & Ultimo Dragoncito b Mercurio & Pequeno Olimpico, Estrellita & Goya Kong b Amapola & Tiffany, Canis Lupis & Puma King & Tiger b Centrvrion & Guerrero Maya Jr. & Magnus, Blue Panther & Brazo de Oro & Negro Casas b Black Terry & Negro Navarro & Shu El Guerrero (fans threw money in the ring after), Volador Jr. & La Sombra b Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero in an incredible partners match (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims and Kris Zellner)
--There is a Ring Warriors TV taping on 9/29 in Pompano Beach, FL at Club Cinema with Steve Corino, Tomko, New Jack and Bruce Santee. Tickets are only $5.
--NWA Smoky Mountain has a TV taping on 10/12 at the Hampton High School in Hampton, TN.