TUES UPDATE: Latest on Cena, Hell in a Cell line-up, Goldberg DVD, Mir talks future, fighter quits in middle of fight and flees cage, tons more

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        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.

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        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.
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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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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Apparently John Cena was cleared by WWE's doctors to return at Hell in a Cell, which just sounds astonishing given he underwent triceps surgery in late August.

-- If you somehow missed it, top matches for Hell in a Cell after last night are Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Title in a Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee, and Alberto Del Rio defending the WWE Title against John Cena. As of today, there will only be one Cell match on the show.

-- WWE: Goldberg - The Ultimate Collection [Blu-ray]alt. Out today.

-- Jason writes: John Cena was on Good Morning America today plugging the Susan G. Komen partnership, and his return to WWE on October 27. He had his pink gear on, and they also showed highlights of Fandango and Alberto Del Rio in pink t-shirts on Raw. He said they raised $1 million last year for cancer research, and showed his scar from surgery. The hosts joked with him how big he is, and he came off well. He was on air for 2-3 minutes.

-- Nielsen and Twitter Unveil Social TV Metrics, Showing How Little Tweets Line Up with Ratings. The key line: "There is practically no overlap between the most-tweeted shows on TV and the highest-rated shows." They also provide a list of the top 10 most Tweeted programs compared to the top 10 most-watched programs.

-- On Friday night April 4th and on the afternoon of April 5th, ROH will invade the John Alario Event Center, located at 2000 Segnett Blvd. in Westwego, LA! The anticipation has been building since we first made the announcement several weeks ago and now we can announce that tickets will go on-sale next week! Tickets will go on-sale exclusively through Ticketmaster.com and starting Wednesday October 9th at 10am EST, Ringside Members will get the first opportunity to purchase their seats. A special pre sale code will be available Wed, Oct 9th at 9am EST by clicking here. Then on Friday, October 11th the general public will be able to begin ordering theirs!

-- Frank Mir, clearly not one for negotiations, admitted he had no desire to fight for any other organization, so if he loses to Alistair Overeem and gets cut, he may be forced into retirement.

-- Wacky Tito Ortiz interview here, mainly putting over Cris Cyborg and ranting about Ronda Rousey and her attitude.

-- If you haven't seen it yet, footage hereof a Brazilian fighter literally climbing out of a cage and quitting in the middle of a fight.

-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 5:00 p.m. CST on the first floor of Rotunda inside the Kansas Star Casino (777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110). Bellator MMA will take place from the Kansas Star Arena on Friday, October 11th with the first fight taking place at 6:00 p.m. CST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 8:00 p.m. CST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.

-- Latest Impact Wrestling podcast is herewith Jeff Hardy and others, plus a segment on bizarre animal stories. Should have had me on.

-- Where are the Now? with Torrie Wilson here. If you follow sports you know.

-- UFC tickets on sale this week:

The Ultimate Fighter Finale
Saturday, November 30
Mandalay Bay Events Center - Las Vegas, NV

UFC Fight Club Presale
Starts Wednesday, October 9 - 10am PT

UFC Newsletter Presale
Starts Thursday, October 10 - 10am PT
Presale Password: NOVEMBER

Public On-Sale
Starts Friday, October 11 - 10am PT

-- Brian Fritz on Over the Top Radio here.

-- New interview with Nigel McGuinness here.

Tickets On Sale Now For Upcoming Title Fights
GSP takes on Johny Hendricks in Vegas on November 16th, and Chris Weidman defends the middleweight title against Anderson Silva on Saturday, December 28th.

-- WWE MSG Presale started today with code WWEMSG.

Was never interested in getting it 49.1%
Would have considered buying it, but after Battleground, will not get it 26.0%
Getting it no matter what 14.7%
I was definitely getting it, but Battleground made me change my mind 7.3%
After Battleground, am more likely to get it 2.9%

I call shenanigans on that 2%

2.4 or less 15.3%
2.5 4.6%
2.6 15.8%
2.7 20.4%
2.8 20.4%
2.9 13.8%
3.0 5.6%
3.1 2.0%
3.2 0.5%
3.3 0.0%
3.4 0.0%
3.5 or more 1.5%

Never have gotten a New Japan show, not getting this 62.0%
Usually get them, am getting this 18.7%
Sometimes buy, am getting this because of strong overall card 9.4%
Rarely buy, am getting this because of the Tanahashi vs. Okada match 2.9%
Usually buy, skipping because Monday isn't a good day 2.3%
Rarely buy, but am getting this due to overall show 2.3%
Not buying another Tanahashi vs. Okada main event 1.8%
Usually buy, don't like the card 0.6%

-- UFC GYM invites the Long Island, N.Y. community to celebrate the grand opening of its first 24-hour full-service gym on the East Coast (2020 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park) on Saturday, October 12, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. UFC superstars Frankie Edgar, Forrest Griffin,Chuck Liddell and BJ Penn will be in attendance for the grand opening celebration, presented by Rockin’ Wellness. UFC executives and Long Island officials will take part in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Members joining during the grand opening will receive special membership offers.

-- Wrestling For A Cure II will be at The State Theatre in downtown South Bend on Saturday November 2nd, featuring Rhino and Shark Boy. VIP ringside tickets include a meet and greet for $30. Regular ringside is $20. GA is $12, and kids 10 and under are $8. More info can be found and tickets can be purchased at http://wrestlingforacure.com. We are also still looking for "old school" AWA or WWA wrestlers to be part of the meet and greet from 5:30-6:30 that night. Please reach Jeremy C. Parsons at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info.

-- New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts (NEF MMA) today announced the addition of a professional heavyweight bout to the fight promotion's next event, “NEF XI,” on November 9th at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. That bout will feature Josh Watson (7-3) taking on Ryan Hodge (5-7), and it will be a homecoming, of sorts, for both athletes.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1978 - Evelyn Stevens defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the NWA Women's World Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.

1986 - Barry Windham defeated Outlaw Ron Bass for the vacant Florida State Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.

1990 - Jerry Lawler won a 21-man tournament by defeating Austin Idol in the finals to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee

1991 - The York Foundation (Terrance Taylor, Richard Morton, & Thomas Rich), managed by Alexandra York (Terri Runnels) defeated Dustin Rhodes, Tom Zenk, & Big Josh (Matt Borne) for the WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Title in Montgomery, Alabama.

2001 - In Indianapolis, Indiana; Steve Austin defeated Kurt Angle to win the WWF World Title. Also on the show, The Hardys defeated Booker T and Test to win the WCW Tag Team Titles.

-- New programming on Classics on Demand

Chris Jericho: Break The Walls Down
WWF @ Maple Leaf Garden 11/10/85

TV Classics
Extreme Championship Wrestling 10/30/98
WWF Mania 3/20/93
World Class Championship Wrestling 4/15/84

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What do you believe is the second most popular promotion right now in the U.S?