TUES UPDATE: Tons from Raw, RVD contract status, Jericho tweet update, GLOOW notes, Briscoe back in ROH, tons more

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We're also looking for reports on all the WWE shows in Mexico as well as Sunday's WWE house show in Tupelo, MS.

Smackdown and Main Event will be on Tuesday in Birmingham, AL.

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        We look at the latest changes in WWE, how Hell in a Cell currently stands, as well a how it changed over the past week.
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        We also look at the Tanahashi vs. Okada feud, comparing it to notable feuds in wrestling history, as well as full coverage of the Kings of Pro Wrestling show.  We run down the entire Kings of Pro Wrestling show with match-by-match converge with star ratings as well as poll results.  We look at the post-match angle, the next iPPV lineup, the next full PPV lineup, the additions to the Bullet Club and the story behind the Gracies coming in.
        We also look at how the match changed in the days before, as well as notes on business and the crowd.
        We also have more on John Cena's return, Hulk Hogan's future, holdups of going to WWE, false advertising of talent, Bray Wyatt update, notes from a leaked memo to announcers, Dwayne Johnson plans for early next year, Update on Michael Hayes, Update on WWE gambling odds, was the Bryan vs. Orton finish planned in advance, Jim Ross opens up on wrestling booking, what can be learned from this year's PPV success, Ross' future business, Mysterio notes, Barrett notes, Bryan talks engagement and wedding, as well as the Yes chants.
        We also look at some of HHH's latest directives about changes he wants in the company and what kind of people they are and aren't looking to sign right now.  We look at others getting tryouts.  We also have WWE business notes and highlights from all the weekend live events.
        We also have a look at Frank & Ken Shamrock, what was in the Spike TV documentary as well as a lot that wasn't in it.  We look behind the shooting, the rivalry, the heyday of Frank Shamrock, the building blocks of Strikeforce, his UFC title run, how Ken Shamrock started in pro wrestling the first time, how that led to the debut of MMA, how Frank Shamrock got started in fighting, how he became Frank Shamrock, where Karl Gotch fits into this, the split from Lion's Den and a potential fight between the brothers.
        We've also got full coverage of the UFC's last show in Brazil, the Shields-Maia fight, the firing of Rousimar Palhares, and the business indicators.
        We also look at the debut of Glory on Spike.
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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:
--MMA rules match in pro wrestling headlines big show this week
--A most unlikely pro wrestling star that did MMA
--Notes on CMLL and AAA's big shows this week
--More on Dr. Wagner Jr. being stabbed
--More on the wrestlers who were robbed while traveling to a show at gunpoint
--Two of the biggest American stars ever in Japan return together for the first time in years later this month
--Manami Toyota works for All Japan Pro Wrestling
--Notes on New Japan's junior heavyweight tag team tournament featuring several U.S. names
--Tetsuya Naito talks about his three career goals
--New Japan signs two new wrestlers, one a national champion and national team member
--More on the Low Ki retirement
--Notes on the return of the Extreme Rising group
--News on Andre the Giant 20 years after his death
--Notes on two ROH stars who have just gotten married
--Restaurant angle shot to lead to ROH show
--Why one ROH performer hasn't been around and won't be for several months
--Preview of Bound for Glory
--What match makes no sense based on their rules
--Problems the show has going in, and they are plenty
--Notes on the TNA tapings from the past week
--More TNA house show news
--Reality show star talks her time in TNA
--More on new characters in TNA
--Lorenzo Fertitta talks TNA PPV numbers for 2013
--Why Lorenzo Fertitta was studying WWF
--Fertitta talks how he ended up owning UFC and negotiations to buy it 
--What he says was one of the company's stupidest marketing moves
--What he would have done differently with the benefit of hindsight
--A look at the next UFC show
--UFC fighter robbed
--Bjorn Rebney does a unique grandstand challenge to UFC and he'll let Ben Askren go free and clear
--THQ files suit against UFC
--Details of UFC's video game moving from THQ to EA
--The future of GSP
--UFC star has to apologize in the latest in Twitter hi jinx
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Details on the first Bellator PPV including the complete lineup for the show
--A listing of Bellator first-run programming on Spike over the next few weeks to build the PPV
--Bellator champ out of action for a few months
--Business notes on last week's UFC show
--Exactly how much of a pay hit is it to go from UFC to Bellator

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Since it seems to be a matter of much debate on the Internet, this is a direct quote from the WWE office on the status of Rob Van Dam: "Rob Van Dam is currently not under a performance contract with WWE."

-- Also, in an update from a caller's story on yesterday's Figure Four Daily about Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston not making eye contact with each other while working out in a hotel gym a few weeks back, from talking to someone in WWE, they do not believe there is any heat at all between the two.

-- Daniel Bryan pinned Randy Orton in the dark match last night.

-- Bray Wyatt is off crutches.

-- Jericho took down his tweet from last night saying goodbye to WWE. He left the one up critical about HHH's comments towards him on Raw last night.

-- Speaking of, sneak peak of his new web series here. BUT I'M CHRIS JERICHO.

-- The Cena video from last night is here.

-- We have a great new FREE interview with Romeo Roselli up heretalking not only pro-wrestling, but a lot of things he hasn't discussed in other interviews including tons of tips and tricks on fitness and dieting, his acting career, and more.

-- Junior Dos Santos said he has almost no memory of Saturday's fight and thought he was knocked out in the second round. That's not good.

-- Regarding the questions about GLOOW from the other night on the show, someone wrote in with more information. I'm not sure they want to be named so I'll just post the letter anonymously. Thanks very much to the sender: It was basically a group of local dancers taught to wrestle sprinkled in with some real workers like Mickie James, Simply Lucious, etc. The company was owned by Dan Kowal who was an ECW promoter and Steve O'Nell who does the Extreme stuff now. Steve Karel owned a part of W.E.W with Dan and Greg Bagarozzi (who had some kind of a role in ECW). WEW used a lot of the same girls but had different storylines, more "workers", and did the pay per views. GLOOW later changed its name to Dangerous Women of Wrestling. They ran mostly bar shows but had TV in the area for awhile and had a few big shows here and there. The company that ran at the ECW Arena your question was referring to I believe was Karel's W.E.W. Probably more information than anyone ever cared to know about it.

-- Jay Briscoe is officially cleared to wrestle as of today.

-- For those wondering, ROH did require medical records from Jesse Sorensen and his doctor did give him the OK to return to the ring.

-- This evening's episode of The Mindy Project on FOX is about the main character thinking she is going on a night out at MoMA (museum of modern art) but it's actually an MMA fight. Dana White is a guest star as himself. Thanks to Michael.

-- If it's the same Gil Corsey, then the announcer who debuted on Bound for Glory was the same one that worked for Frank Culbertson on the new Portland Wrestling over a decade ago on Portland's WB affiliate. I wrestled there as well and had the first match for the new TV show, losing to the Grappler Lynn Denton after he kicked me with a LOADED BOOT. He cheated.

-- Open letter from Axl Rotten about his future here.

-- ROH A New Dawn available on DVD here.

-- PWI Blog follows Cheerleader Melissa to the hospital where she needs stitchesafter being busted open hardway.

-- Over the Top Radio talking the history of Kurt Angle here.

-- Temple News interview with Mickie James here.

-- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator MMA will take place Thursday at 4:00 p.m. MST at The Stage Nightclub inside the Santa Ana Star Casino. Bellator MMA will take place from the Santa Ana Star Center on Friday, October 25th with the first fight taking place at 5:00 p.m. MST and streaming live on Spike.com. The televised portion of the will being at 7:00 p.m. MST and will air live on Spike TV. All participants from Friday night’s event will be on hand, as well as Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney.

-- Hope WWE doesn't see this. Kevin notes: WWE failed to hit the top 10 Twitter rankings last week for first time since they started.

-- Very busy day in history with Brian Hoops:

1938 - Jack McLauchlan defeated Pete Tripodes in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to become the first Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title.

1956 - Ray Gunkel & Amazing Zuma defeated Gene Kelly (Gene Kiniski) & Len Crosby to win the NWA Texas Tag Team Title in Fort Worth, Texas

1957 - Kurt Von Himmler & Juan Oinada defeated Doug and Red Donovan to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1962 - The Medics won the NWA Southern Tag Team Title by defeating Lester Welch & Buddy Fuller in Memphis, Tennessee.

1965 - Danny McShain won the NWA Louisiana Heavyweight Title from Bobby Fields in Lafayette, Louisiana

1966 - George & Sandy Scott defeated Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard for the IWA (Australia) Tag Team Title in Melbourne, Australia.

1969 - Curtis Iaukea & Ripper Collins won the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Champions by defeating Kurt and Karl Von Steiger in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1976 - El Faraon defeated Perro Aguayo for the NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1976 - Gene & Ole Anderson won the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title by defeating Tom Jones & Porkchop Cash in Atlanta, Georgia.

1976 - The Wrestling Pro won the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title by defeating Greg Peterson in Ozark, Alabama.

1979 - Ivan Putski & Tito Santana defeated Johnny & Jerry Valiant for the WWWF World Tag Team Title in New York, New York.

1981 - Don Kent & Bruno Bekkar defeated Jack and Jerry Brisco for the WWC North American Tag Team Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1984 - The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton) defeated The Long Riders (Scott Irwin & Bill Irwin) in Fort Worth, Texas to win the NWA American Tag Team Title

1984 - The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) defeated Rick Rude and King Kong Bundy to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1985 - Mike Miller & Moondog Moretti defeated Steve Simpson & Joe Savoldi for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Fort Lewis, Washington.

1986 - Al Perez defeated Invader I for the WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title in San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994 - Toshiaki Kawada defeated "Dr. Death" Steve Williams for the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1995 - Razor Ramon defeated Dean Douglas to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title after Shawn Michaels forfeited the title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1995 - Christopher Daniels & Kevin Quinn defeated Huracan Castillo Jr. & Invader I to win the WWC World Tag Team Title in San Germin, Puerto Rico.

1999 - Yumiko Hotta defeated Kyoko Inoue to win the WWWA World Singles Title in Fukuoka, Japan

2000 - At the No Mercy PPV in Albany, New York, Los Conquistadors (Edge & Christian) defeated the Hardy Boys to win the WWF World Tag Team Titles and Kurt Angle defeated the Rock to win the WWF World Title.

2001 - Keiji Mutoh & Taiyo Kea defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Yoji Anjoh for the AJPW World Tag Team Title in Niigata, Japan.

2001 - In Kansas City, Missouri Rock & Chris Jericho beat The Dudleys to capture the WWF Tag Titles; Kurt Angle beat Rhyno to capture the U.S. Title and Tajiri beat Billy Kidman to win the WCW Cruiserweight Title

2003 - Jeff Jarrett pinned A.J. Styles to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

2006 - Sting defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the NWA Championship; Chris Sabin defeated Senshi to win the X-Division Title and LAX defeated AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels to win the NWA Tag Team Titles in a steel cage match at the Bound for Glory PPV.

Extreme Rising Pro Wrestling presents their marquee event “Unfinished Business”, Saturday, December 28th 2013 at the Arena located at the corners of Swanson and Ritner in South Philadelphia, PA. Bell time is at 7pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 25th at 12 noon eastern time at www.extremerising.com Additional tickets outlet locations will also be announced also. Extreme Rising Event Promo Video Link: http://youtu.be/qUkAroeig0M

-- Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Tough Guys by photographer John Wyatt. Here are more details about this new title: Mixed martial arts have exploded in popularity. While the sport is in the news and there is a lot known about the fighters’ styles and records, there is not much known about them personally, until now. This book, with over 70 vivid, intimate portraits, explores the human side of sixty “tough guys,” those who depend on strength and violence for their livelihoods. But, this book goes further, including people from other physical occupations, including bouncers, a bounty hunter, a combat military soldier, a barroom brawler, and an underground fighter. All of them are tough and none of them would ever quit in a fight. However, here we find out who they really are in their own words, what they fear, how they fight with injuries, and in what ways they are the same as and different from those who do not fight. For anyone with a passion for the human story, this book will be a treasured addition to their library.

-- Classics on Demand update for the month:

The Big Events
Payback 2013

Madison Square Garden 12/29/91

TV Classics
WWWF Championship Wrestling 1/28/78
Extreme Championship Wrestling 11/6/98
Prime Time Wrestling 12/11/89

UFC 166 41.5%
New Japan Kings of Pro Wrestling 31.3%
TNA Bound for Glory 9.2%
WWE Night of Champions 6.7%
UFC 165 4.6%
WWE Battleground 3.1%
New Japan Destruction 2.1%
CMLL 80th anniversary 1.5%

2.4 or less 10.6%
2.5 2.4%
2.6 2.4%
2.7 13.5%
2.8 24.7%
2.9 28.8%
3.0 11.2%
3.1 1.8%
3.2 1.2%
3.3 0.6%
3.4 0.0%
3.5 or more 2.9%

GSP vs. Hendricks 62.2%
Pacquiao vs. Rios 37.8%

Who is the strongest of these Hall of Fame candidates?


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