MON. UPDATE: UFC main event change, New ratings debut this week, RVD, WWE gets award from SLI, Mickie James talks status, Lots of TV this week, Bill Goldberg DVD notes, TUF notes for next two weeks, UFC & ROH tickets, Biggest news stories of September

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        Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday night in Columbus, OH.  
        The situation with Hulk Hogan and updates on TNA, as well as a look at New Japan as it heads into the stretch drive for its biggest show of the year, are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that is up on the site today.  We also have updated PPV information and a look at the best in-ring performers in pro wrestling over the past two plus decades.
        Our lead story looks at Hulk Hogan and TNA, both the angle, the reality, and why everyone should be skeptical of almost anything that comes out.  We look at the obsession with the swerve, the situation with Eric Bischoff, questions being asked by those in the company, the Hogan era of TNA, the successes and the failures.  We look at the value in theory of Hogan and how much turned out.  We also look at others who are gone from TNA and their situations.
        We also have the Bound for Glory lineup for TNA and the goals for the matches as well as questions facing the company going forward.
        We also have a look at New Japan going into one of its biggest shows of the year, the Kings of Pro Wrestling event at Sumo Hall.  We look at how this show will affect the Tokyo Dome main event and what the arguments are for the various combination of matches that could headline.  We look at the record of Hiroshi Tanahashi, the status of Kazuchika Okada as well as a rundown of all the matches on the show and their back stories.
        We also have full coverage of the New Japan Destruction show, with match-by-match rundowns, star ratings and poll results.
        We also have more on the build to WrestleMania, WWE makes a major office hire, the Bryan Danielson/Brie Bella engagement, Vince McMahon TV return, lots of injury updates, several new contract signings, as well as who hasn't been signed that tried out.  We also have a look at the potential future of a character booked in a way he can't stay long-term, a look at the Battleground show, notes on the biggest match ever held at the Superdome in New Orleans and why Dusty Rhodes' interviews feel so much different than all but a few.
        We also look at leaks, DVD sales, John Cena's return along with business notes from the past week and highlights from all the weekend house shows.     
        We also look at the career of Gene Petit, his background, how he got into pro wrestling, why he used the name Gene Lewis, who was Dale Lewis, how a one year run in WWF gave him more than a decade of indie bookings and his difficult life after wrestling ended.
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows as well as details of how every segment on Raw and  Impact this past week did and what gained and lost viewers.
        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:
--A long time pro wrestling major network deal in a very difficult situation
--A second national TV deal also seems dead
--CMLL tag team tournament update
--Heat on wrestler likely for showing up at rival promotion show
--Major AAA stars robbed at gunpoint
--Lineup for AAA's Heroes Inmortales tribute to Antonio Pena show
--Identity of a new hot babyface
--Wrestler about to get biggest career push needs surgery
--Former WCW star getting another last chance to get his act together
--Dragon Gate tag team tournament notes
--Notes on NOAH's annual Global League singles tournament, including lineups for the tour's biggest shows
--Changes in the hierarchy at New Japan Pro Wrestling
--Notes on New Japan profits for this year
--Wrestler trying to gain weight to become a legitimate heavyweight
--What program that was set up involving a Japanese and U.S. title is up in the air due to a major injury.
--Grandson of one of the biggest stars in wrestling history about to debut on a major tribute show
--Antonio Inoki's latest promotion
--Movie on famous wrestling murder release date changed
--Note on WWC video tribute piece
--Attitude era star looking at returning for regular bookings
--What famous entertainer was inspired by Bam Bam Bigelow
--Update on the whereabouts of Maven Huffman
--How Pedro Morales got his first really big career break in California
--Story on the man chosen as the replacement for Haystacks Calhoun and why it never worked out
--Wrestler elected to parliament, but nobody knew he was a pro wrestler
--Notes on ROH's latest shows and next big shows
--More changes in TNA
--Jim Ross talks about TNA
--Update on Gut Check
--Update on Jeff Jarrett
--A look at the recent TNA TV tapings
--The decision to go with Glover Teixeira as the next light heavyweight title contender
--Looking at the arguments of Teixeira vs. Gustafsson for the next Jon Jones fight
--Why one of UFC's biggest events of 2014 looks to be a very difficult local sell
--Ticket sales for upcoming UFC events
--Promotion of Silva vs. Weidman
--Note on Ultimate Fighter China
--Lots of injury updates
--Update on Michael Bisping, Gegard Mousasi and others
--Lots of new UFC fights and card changes
--The cutting of Yushin Okami and what it says
--Update on GSP vs. Johny Hendricks drug testing battle
--Who Anderson Silva says he will retire before fighting
--Wanderlei Silva vs. Chael Sonnen angle at the Mr. Olympia
--Next UFC card
--Notes on this season of Ultimate Fighter and Tarverdyan vs. Hallman
--Rundown of last Bellator show
--Joe Warren health situation
--How Lavar Johnson got his suspension cut
--Story behind the first weight cutting death in modern MMA history
--What former Strikeforce fighter had a close call with weight cutting
--How much will Floyd Mayweather make out of his last fight
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--Bryan and I will be back tonight after Raw with the latest from WWE, as well as taking your email questions at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
--The previously announced Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira UFC title fight headlining the 2/1 show in Newark, NJ is now off. Dana White on a media call today said that the fight was never a done deal for that date, that UFC did put it out but shouldn't have, and that the timing didn't work out.  He said that it is likely to take place in March.

--Neilsen will be debuting its new Twitter ratings for TV starting this week.
--ROH will be doing Supercard of Honor 8 on 4/4 at 8 p.m. and 4/5 at 2 p.m. (the two days before WrestleMania) at the John A. Alario Sr., Center in Westwego, LA.  Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to Ringside members and on Friday to the general public
--Rob Van Dam has still not signed a new contract.
--The Sports Legacy Institute will be honoring WWE with its 2013 Impact Award which recognizes organizations and individuals for their commitments to solving the country's concussion epidemic.  Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque (HHH) will be accepting the award at the 10/23 dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel.  WWE is being recognized for its commitment to brain trauma research and its commitment to concussion education.  WWE gave a $1.2 million gift to the Sports Legacy Institute to launch a three-year research program looking for a treatment for CTE.  Every WWE performer has been required to attend a SLI seminar done by Chris Nowinski aimed at preventing concussions and increasing the reporting of concussions.
--On Twitter, Ricardo Rodriguez was teasing no longer being affiliated with RVD or Alberto Del Rio.

--Drew McIntyre may be splitting from 3MB as there was a angle done in that direction.

--UFC announced that the 20th anniversary show on 11/16 headlined by GSP vs. Johny Hendricks and Chael Sonnen vs. Rashad Evans will air at more than 350 movie theaters around the country through Fathom Events.    
--WWE's Bill Goldberg DVD will be released tomorrow, so it should be promoted on tonight's Raw.  The matches on the DVD are Goldberg against Hugh Morrus, The Barbarian, Steve McMichael, Raven, Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan, Curt Hennig, Sting, DDP, The Giant, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Sid Vicious, Scott Steiner, Kronik, The Rock, Christian, Chris Jericho, HHH, Mark Henry, Batista, Brock Lesnar, Bam Bam Bigelow, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels among others. Here's a review from our site.

--Mickie James talks her current status on Live Audio Wrestling. You can also read a feature on her by RVA Mag.
--There will be both a live TNA taping in Tulsa on Thursday and a new NXT taping in Winter Park, FL on Thursday, plus there is a UFC show on Wednesday on FS 1. TNA will be taping two shows, with the second being the Bound for Glory go-home show.  There's only one more key match to be announced on the show.
--Les Thatcher and David Jackson will be promoting Wrestling Cares on Saturday night at the VFW Post 3261 in Gardena, CA with quarterfinals of their long tournament which is done with a most falls within a prescribed time limit with Adam Pearce vs. Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole vs. Pepper Parks, Papadon vs. Cassidy Riley and Kyle Matthews vs. Steve Anthony.  Also on the show in non-tournament matches are Taelor Hendrix vs. Katarina Leigh (Winter in TNA), Drew Gulak vs. Timothy Thatcher and more.  The show is a benefit for the Amsterdam, NY-based Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
--ROH announced the return of Paul London, facing Roderick Strong, at the 10/26 Glory by Honor show in Chicago.  Michael Bennett vs. Kevin Steen in a battle of the piledrivers based on an angle shot over the weekend.
--The Armed Forces Network received special funding and will restart broadcasting today.  The channel that carries WWE, AFN Xtra, goes up tonight and a replay of Battleground will be avaialble to the troops tonight with Raw available later in the week.

--Rhino turned 38 today.  Malia Hosaka turned 44.
--On this day, Al Mills of the famous Mills brothers tag team of the 50s passed away on this day in 1961.  Whitey Caldwell, the East Tennessee wrestling legend was 37 when he passed away in 1972.  Jay "The Alaskan" York was 57 when he passed away on this day in 1995.  Chris Adams was 46 when he passed away on this day in 2001 when he was shot by one of his friends who was apparently trying to protect himself.
--Jeff Jarrett will be doing an autograph signing before the Family Entertainment Wrestling show on Saturday night in Brooklyn.  Wife Karen is performing on the show.  
--Synopsis for the next two weeks of Ultimate Fighter:
This week:  After the fighters attend a special Hooter's event, Anthony Gutierrez annoys everyone at the house.  Julianna Pena gives two female fighters their first make overs. Then, Team Tate's Raquel Pennington takes on Jassamyn Duke of Team Rousey, with a spot in the semis on the line.
Next week:  On Father's Day Ronda Rousey visits the house to drop off presents to the fathers. But not even a gift can lift the spirits of homesick Cody Bolinger, who sobs privately for the company of his daughter and wife. 
--There is an article at today on Austin Aries by Mike Mooneyham talking about wrestling and talks about going vegan and WWE.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1957 - Richard Brown, the son of Orville Brown, beat Wild Red Berry in Wichita for the Central States title
1964 - Chin Lee beat Silento Rodriguez for the Gulf Coast title
1974 - Mighty Inoue beat Superstar Billy Graham in Saitama, Japan to win the IWA title 
1979 - Tommy Rich beat Killer Karl Kox in Macon to win the Macon heavyweight title
1989 - A big show in Bayamon saw Invader I beat Ivan Koloff in a chain match to win the Puerto Rican title, Carlos Colon beat Steve Strong (Steve DiSalvo) in a bared wire cage match to win the Universal title, Cuban Assassin & Jerry Morrow beat Miguel Perez Jr. & Huracan Castillo Jr. to win the WWC Caribbean tag team title and Chris & Mark Youngblood beat Rip Oliver & Abbuda Dein to win the WWC tag team title.
1990 - Manami Toyota beat Bison Kimura in a tournament final to win the vacant All-Pacific title
1995 - Raven & Stevie Richards beat The Pitbulls to win the ECW tag titles in Philadelphia
1995 - Paul Roma beat Franz Schumann in Hannover to win the CWA middleweight title
2007 - HHH beat Randy Orton in Chicago to win the WWE title, but Orton came back later that show to regain the title.  Beth Phoenix also beat Candice Michelle that night to win the Divas title.
--Former two-time WBA heavyweight boxing champion John Ruiz announced he would be launching a new American Fighting Organization (AFO) as a promoter.  The group will promote amateur and pro MMA and boxing, including doing amateur tournaments in New England.   He's looking for a home venue to run regular shows. with the idea of doing 12 shows next year.
--Tickets for the 11/30 UFC show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas go on sale this week.  Fight Club members can get tickets starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  Newsletter readers can get them on Thursday at 10 a.m.  They go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m.  Tickets are priced from $175 down to $50.  Matches announced are Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez for the UFC flyweight title plus Gray Maynard vs. Nate Diaz, Jared Rosholt vs. Walter Harris and Akira Corassani vs. Maximo Blanco as well as the men's and women's finals of the current season of The Ultimate Fighter   
Excellent 35.8%
Good 47.2%
Average 5.7%
Fair 0.0%
Poor 11.3%
        57.3% of those responding didn't see the show
Jim Ross fired by WWE 40.8%
Mayweather-Alvarez breaks all-time revenue record for combat sports 27.2%
Wrestling voted back into the Olympics 12.9%
Jones-Gustafsson fight 7.5%
SummerSlam does lowest number since 1997 5.9%
CMLL 80th anniversary show 2.8%
WWE Night of Champions, WWE title held up 1.9%
New Japan Destruction PPV 0.5%
UFC on 9/4 does record low ratings 0.2%
WWC anniversary 0.2%
        I'd be shocked if Jim Ross himself thought his being fired was even in the realm of stories two or three.

Raw 38.2%
Ultimate Fighter 13.8%
ROH 13.2%
Bellator 11.2%
Impact 9.9%
Smackdown 5.3%
UFC Prime Time:  Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3.3%
Main Event 2.0%
MFC 1.3%
Inside MMA 1.3%
UFC Tonight 0.7% 
--Here's a Jesse Ventura appearance on Fox Business.
--The 25 Greatest Rivalries in pro wrestling history has been added to Netflix. 
--Tomorrow night on FS 1 has the first episode of the Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Countdown at 8 p.m., and the new episode is at 8:30 p.m.  Also, Ultimate Fighter from this past week at 9 p.m.  Velasquez vs. Dos Santos Countdown is on FS 2 tomorrow at 10 p.m. and Ultimate Fighter is on FS 2 tomorrow at 11 p.m.
--Weigh-ins for Wednesday's UFC show air at 3 p.m. Eastern on FS 2 tomorrow.
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Columbus, IN before 270 fans:  Ace Perry b Fast Eddie, JKO b JD Marioni, Zombie Rob Ramer b Dash Venture, TJ Kemp b  Fuji Wildman, Cousin Cooter & Stompin Steve b Blue Bomber & Chris Morrus, TVZ b Damien Cole and Aaron Anarchy, Jillian Hall b Jesse Belle Smothers, Zombie Rob Ramer b JKO.  Next show is the 15th anniversary card on 11/2 with Tracy Smothers, NWA women's champion Kacee Carlisle and Flash Flanagan (thanks to Jerry Wilson)
--Former TNA backstage interviewer Goldilocks is doing her own reality show. She is described in promotions are "She's a pop culture icon, a professional wrestling personality, a motivational speaker, songwriter and rock artist, highly sought-after photographer ad a rock hard fitness buff."
--The Singapore based One Fighting Championship announced that the Hong Kong based Catalyst Media Group will be the company's exclusive content distributor starting in January. 
--Trainer Javier Mendez talks Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier training for UFC 166.
--Jimmy Korderas will be doing a seminar on refereeing on 10/19 at 2 p.m.  the IWC's Iron City Wrestling Academy just south of Pittsburgh.  The seminar is only $20 and open to all current referees and referees in training. Korderas was a WWE referee for 22 years and is now a Canadian TV personality.  For more info, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--New England Fights on 11/9 in Lewiston, ME at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee
--NWA Sports Entertainment Wrestling from Saturday night in Marion, OH:  Ricky Caurdiea b Cody Reaper, Dennis Wolfe b stormy Smileyface, Joe Bruizer b Jason Franchise, Nitro & Malice b Michael Zane & Joe Rodriguez, Raptor Lycan b John Campbell, Tyson Takedown b Bryen Douglas, Nitro b Great Akuma to retain National title, Jonathan Hampton b Malice (thanks to Leonard Brand)
--CWF Mid Atlantic on Saturday night in Gibsonville, NC before 240 fans:  Chris Lea b Charlie Weston, Ric Converse b Roy Wilkins, Lee Valiant & Kamikazi Kid b Trevor Lee & Chet Sterling, Arik Royal b Matthew de Nero, Zane Dawson won 30 man Rumble.
--A look at ROH is at
--Members of this site recently helped longtime subscriber Richard Handley raise money for a stem cell transplant to treat his Cerebral Palsy. The procedure was extremely successful and Richard has already seen life altering results.
--Elkmania Live Pro Wrestling on 11/2 in Beverly, MA at the Beverly/Salem Elks Lodge.  All proceeds go to the Elks National  Foundation which supports youth programs, veteran services and scholarships. 
--Paul Lazenby's latest bouncer stories involve former UFC fighter John Lober.
--Last night's results from Guadalajara:  Satara & Yaqui b Capitan & Explosivo, Martin & Tony Escobedo b Evola & Sadico, Infierno & Malefico & Rafaga b Esfinge & Idolo & Metatron, Valiente b Niebla Roja, La Sombra & Titan b Psicosis & Volador Jr.-DQ
--Warrior Legends on Saturday night in Chiapas:  El Hijo del Mascara Ano 2000 & Tarrot Magico b Murcy Jr. I & Vertigo, Dr. Wagner III & Laredo Kid b El Hijo del Pirata Morgan & Lazaro, New Fire Jr. b Murcy Jr. II, Atlantis & Granda Man b Capitan Furia & Mr. Niebla, Mil Mascaras & Tinieblas Jr. & Alushe b Canek & L.A. Park & Pazito (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Allysin Kay and Taylor Made have been added to the 10/19 and 10/20 Shimmer tapings in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.
--Premier Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Winnipeg:  Leo London b TJ Rose, Chad Tatum b Kenny Omega, James Beaver b Adam Knight, Zack Mercury b Adrian Reaper, Antonio Scorpio b Mike Angels, Kenny Omega & Chris Stevens b Scott Justice & Jackie Lee (thanks to Andrew Shallcross)   

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