SUN. UPDATE: Wrestling's modern-era best feud back on PPV next month, Austin talks Mania, promos and MMA, Jericho, Jim Ross, Flair, Fans pick at WWE hosue show, Hall of Fame candidates

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We're also looking for reports on these shows:
*WWE tonight in New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena (Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan, C.M. Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman handicap match
*WWE Saturday night in Dallas, TX
*WWE Friday night in Denver

Raw will be Monday in Biloxi, MS.  The big angle will be the Rhodes family's confrontation with the McMahon family to set up the Rhodes Family vs. Shield match down the line.  Los Matadores also debut on the show. 

Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, LA. 

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We've got two new issues of the Observer on the site today.  We've got a back issue talking about the Monday Night Wars and the UFC debut of Mark Coleman from 1996, as well as everything that was going on in pro wrestling around the world at the time.
The new issue out today looks at how WWE has marginalized so much of the roster and what the results have been, including a report on how SummerSlam did financially, a look back at how it did dating back to the early 90s, the push of Daniel Bryan, how business indicators for pro wrestling have changed, complete monthly business breakdown, the plight of Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, why Van Dam was used the way he was, and recent injury scares.
        We also look at the Battleground show as it stands, and what title match is dead.
        We also look back at the lessons of Mayweather vs. Alvarez, with a complete business rundown on the biggest combat sports event ever in the U.S.  We look at early PPV projections, how much Mayweather is expected to make with all his revenue streams from the fight, the biggest PPVs in  history, how Alvarez is being protected in Mexico, and why this event turned out as big as it did.
        We also look at UFC 165, and the Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson instant classic fight.  We examine the judging, the fight stats, look back at key moments in the fight, including what won Jones the fight.  We look at the business indicators and the obstacles this show had.  We've also got match-by-match coverage with poll results on the show, as well as who readers thought won the main event.
        We've also got a look at ROH's latest attempt to stream their show live, what went wrong this time, a look at who has succeeded and failed when it comes to streaming iPPV shows, as well as a complete look at the Death Before Dishonor show in Philadelphia.
        We also have more on the Jim Ross situation, timing of the release, why so few have publicly talked about it, and his future.
        We also look at what happened with Dolph Ziggler, Steve Austin responds to questions about next year's WrestleMania, the original plan for him and how it has changed and a minor twist on all of that.
        We also have more on the medical treatment Rey Mysterio is going through, his current condition and when his return is now targeted. 
        We also look at NXT, comments by Chris Jericho about the current angles, a release that went under the radar, reason behind other releases and business notes and highlights of all the weekend events.
        We've also got a story on Angelo Savoldi, who was the oldest living pro wrestler when he passed away at the age of 99 this past week.  We look at his time as a stockholder in the WWWF, how he broke into pro wrestling, where the Angelo Savoldi name came from, as well as his pro wrestling heyday in Oklahoma.  We look at his most famous program with Danny Hodge, including the night Hodge's father stabbed Savoldi in 1960.
        We also have a feature on Hall of Fame candidate Pedro Morales, a former WWA and WWWF champion who was honored this past week in Puerto Rico.
        We also look at the WWC 40th anniversary show in Bayamon, including how the show was promoted, media coverage, how the debut of Sting went and match-by-match coverage.
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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:
--CMLL business post-anniversary show
--One of the reasons CMLL fans boo La Sombra
--Notes on the latest tag team tournament
--New foreigners in AAA
--Brother of WWE performer debuts in Dragon Gate
--Former wrestler turned senator does a run in at a house show
--Update on Keiji Muto's Wrestle-1 promotion
--Notes on All Japan's attempt to put together a show at Sumo Hall in October
--The latest on Low Ki being out of a promotion
--Pro wrestler nearly has a physical confrontation with MMA fighter
--A look at Pro Wrestling NOAH's loaded big show lineup
--A look at this year's Global League tournament with key outsiders coming in
--A look at this week's New Japan PPV show and buildup
--Date for New Japan's December PPV show
--What former MMA superstars does Kazushi Sakuraba want to bring to New Japan and which one can't do it any time soon
--Why the L.A. Park vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. mask match didn't take place and why it's been so difficult to put together
--The lame cover reason given
--One of year's biggest indie shows and notes including a former member of the New York Yankees wrestling
--Pro wrestler battling illness for years wants to come back and do MMA and wrestle in the Olympics
--More on the arrest of former WWF wrestler Duke Droese
--Latest wrestling wedding
--Update on the Briscoes in ROH
--A look at upcoming ROH television
--More on the Dixie Carter/A.J. Styles angle
--A look at the first time Hulk Hogan was supposed to come to TNA
--More TNA departures
--Dana White predicts upcoming show will break UFC 100 records
--A look at UFC's next card on FOX
--More on this season's Ultimate Fighter show and ratings of the show
--Notes on how Ronda Rousey has come across on the show
--Tons of new UFC fights
--Update on Dominick Cruz
--Worth of the Fertitta brothers and where they rank among the richest men in the U.S.
--Chael Sonnen gets nailed for remarks on TV sport show
--Dana White says upcoming fight on 20th anniversary show will be loser out of the UFC
--Nate Diaz says he can't fight on his next scheduled date because of high school reunion
--Former NCAA heavyweight runner-up signs with UFC
--A look at a ton of different TV shows Bellator will have on Spike in October
--Update on Fight Master's future
--Bellator PPV talk
--Update on Ben Askren's contract situation
--A look at Bellator's international deal
--Bellator talks doing shows outside North America and where they are targeting for next year
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--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking the weekend news, including Sonnen-Wanderlei Silva, Hall of Fame, New Japan Destruction, Hulk Hogan and more.  You can also send questions for tonight's show to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
--The next New Japan iPPV will be 10/14 from Sumo Hall, headlined by the sixth major singles match with Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP title against Hiroshi Tanahashi. This is the best in-ring feud in pro wrestling of this era. 
--Promoter Bruce Tharpe noted that before the show, since they were in Kobe, he had premium Kobe beef, noting it set him back $250 for dinner, something on his bucket list.
--I've got a story on Steve Austin at
--Chris Jericho's Fozzy has shows on Tuesday night in Tempe, AZ at Club Red and Wednesday in Las Vegas at Count's Vamp'd.
--Ultimate Fighter is replayed again at 8 p.m. tonight on Fox Sports 1.  If you actually add up all the viewership of the show during the week between the replays and DVR viewership, you're doing in excess of 1.7 million viewers.
--Presale code for the next WWE show in Dallas, which will be the Raw after the TLC PPV on 12/16, is DALLAS.  The presale goes until Friday.
--There were some Ric Flair references yesterday during college football games.  At the ESPN Thursday night game, Rece Davis was talking about Ohio State coach Urban Meyer saying, "To be the best, you gotta beat the best," and when he said it, Jesse Palmer followed by doing "Whooo."  Yesterday, at halftime of the Miami vs. USF game, the announcer talked about a Miami player who was "playing dirty like Ric Flair out there," followed by "Whoo." (thanks to Cory Van Kleeck)
--Last night at the WWE house show in Dallas for the first time, the fans voted they would rather see a match with Natalya vs. Brie Bella than the dance contest.  Didn't matter, as they did the dance contest first to transition into the match anyway.
--Jim Ross was on the Countdown to Kickoff pregame show on the NBC affiliate in South Bend for yesterday's Oklahoma vs. Notre Dame game.  It was the first time Ross had ever attended a game at Notre Dame.  He talked football and the obligatory pro wrestling questions.
--There will be a live stream from 2K Sports with Universe Mode 4.0 for the WWE 2K14 game at 3 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow at   
--Birthdays today include Ann Casey, a 60s and 70s woman's star (75), David Sammartino (53) and Yoshihiro Tajiri (43).
--One year ago today, Eric Pomeroy, best known as Stan Vachon (as a tag team partner with Mad Dog & Butcher) & Stan Pulaski, passed away at the age of 79.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1974 - Jackie West & Jane Sherrill beat Jumbo Miyamoto & Mariko Akagi to win the WWWA womens' tag team title    
1978 - Bulldog Brower beat King Curtis Iaukea in Sydney to win the WCW Brass Knux title
1985 - In what was one of the big upsets of the era, Jimmy Garvin & Mr. Electricity Steve Regal beat The Road Warriors in St. Paul to win the AWA tag titles as the Road Warriors were leaving for Crockett territory
1987 - Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson beat The Rock & Roll Express in Meisenheimer, NC to win the NWA world tag titles
1989 - The Black Harts (Tom Nash & David Heath) beat Kensuke Sasaki & Sumo Hara (Tatsumi Kitahara) to win the International tag team titles in Calgary
1989 - Jeff Jarrett & Matt Borne beat Sheik Scott Braddock & Mark Starr for the held up USWA tag titles in Dallas
1995 - Cactus Jack & Tracy Smoothes beat The Head Hunters in Yokohama to win the IWA tag team titles
1995 - Rey Misterio Jr. beat Psicosis in Tijuana to win the WWA welterweight title
1998 - D-Lo Brown beat X-Pac in East Lansing, MI to win the European title
2003 - Rob Van Dam beat Christian in a ladder match in Chicago to win the IC title         
--Glory airs tonight at midnight Eastern time on CBS Sports with Mauro Ranallo and Stephan Quadros as announcers.  The key guys running Glory are former WWE VP's Andrew Whitaker and Jim Byrne.
Excellent 9.1%
Good 50.0%
Average 18.2%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 22.7%
        68.1% of those responding didn't see the show
Gorilla Monsoon 24.0%
Jesse Ventura 14.7%
Gene Okerlund 10.5%
Gary Hart 10.1%
Jimmy Hart 9.3%
Jerry Jarrett 8.9%
Jim Crockett Sr. 8.1%
Howard Finkel 7.4%
Stanley Weston 3.1%
Takashi Matsunaga 1.9%
Don Owen 1.9%
Burned out on UFC 39.0%
Don't like Jon Jones 16.9%
Didn't like the card 11.9%
Spent money on WWE the night before and decided to skip the shows 8.5%
Friends weren't interested in this show 8.5%
Ordering the biggest shows, this wasn't one of them 6.8%
Didn't believe Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jon Jones was a good enough main event 6.8%
Spent money on the Mayweather fight the previous week so decided to skip 1.7%
Excellent 13.3%
Good 25.0%
Average 36.7%
Fair 5.0%
Poor 20.0%
        39.4% of those responding didn't see the show
UFC 166 45.1%
WWE Hell in a Cell 20.6%
New Japan Sumo hall 16.3%
TNA Bound for Glory 12.9%
WWE Battleground 4.3%
AAA Heroes Inmortales 0.9%      
--Scott Steiner talks HHH and Stephanie McMahon at
--WrestleReunion comes to Spartanburg, SC at Dorman High School on 10/19 for a Special Olympics fundraiser.  Among those appearing will be The Nasty Boys, Demolition, Jimmy Hart, Sal Corrente, Dr. Tom Prichard, Luke Gallows, Steve Corino, Cedric Alexander, Caleb Konley and Amber O'Neal.  Tickets are on sale at
--GOUGE from last night in Raleigh:  Ulrich Von Rorse b Trailer Park Heat, El Chaco won three-way over Alas de Angel and Guerilla Ninja, Otto Schwanz b KFC (a man who loves chicken), Seymout Snott b Gluteus Maximus, Shawn Alexander b Jimmy Jack Funk Jr.  Next show is 11/23 in Raleigh
--CWF Mid Atlantic will be running a show free on the Internet at 
--SCW from last night in Paulsbo, WA:  Adam Reyes won three-way over Soico and Jeff Orcut, Sgt Steele b Ryan Rude, Von Hess b Blake Grayson, Dave Hoffmeister b Ian Bear, Havoc & Mr. B & Hoss Tull b Demarcus James & Johnny Axxle & Hot Hands Mendoza, Iron Buddah II & Dave Turner b Dale Houston & Mean Mark, Iron Buddah II & Dave Turner b Oddwon the Viking & Vincent Black, Iron Buddah II & Dave Turner b Drake Fortune & Sensational Steve, Kaos James & Randy Zellers b Iron Buddah II & Dave Turner to win gauntlet, Dale Houston & Mean Mark b Kaos James & Randy Zellers, Kellen Raeth b Exile.  Next show is 10/19 in Paulsbo, WA at hte Suquamish Tribal Center. (thanks to Charles Short)
--Riddick fell to No. 14 at the box office this weekend at $1.62 million.  In Australia, it was No. 8 (thanks to James Stanios)
--Lucha Xtreme TV from last night in Fresno:  Sheik Khan Abadi b Virgil Flynn, Brandon Pinon b Elemtnto, Johnny Pllinkko b A.J. Kirsch in a loser leaves town match (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--Belatrix 7 on iPPV on 10/16 in Norwich, England at Epic Studios headlined by Sweet Saraya Knight vs. Cheerleader Melissa in a Bellatrix vs. Shimmer event.  It is pushed as the sixth match between the two, with each winning two and one no contest. 
--IWF from last night in Belleville, NJ:  Kevin Knight b Kasey Coresh, Michael T. Blake & Dr. Hurtz b Down Boys, Biggie Biggs b Roman Zachary-DQ
--Progress Wrestling from today in London:  Tommy End b Dave Mastiff, Paul Robinson b Eddie Dennis in the Natural Progression Series semifinal:  Zack Sabre Jr. won three-way over Ricochet and Mark Haskins, Stixx b Nathan Cruz, Project Ego & T-Bone (Kris Travis & Martin Kirby) b Grado & Bhangra Knights (Darren Allen & RJ Singh), Rampage Brown b Doug Williams.  Next show is 11/24 with Mark Andrews vs. Paul Robinson in the Natural Progressoin Series final plus two matches in a tournament to crown tag team champions.  (thanks to Daniel Jones and Martin Bentley) 

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