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        Glory runs on tape delay at 9 p.m. on Saturday on Spike and The Fight Network from the Ariake Colosseum:
One night welterweight tournament for $100,000, semifinals and finals
Nieky Holzken (82-11, 43 KOs) vs. Karapet Karapetyan (42-8-2, 4 KOs)
Joe Valtellini (10-1, 9 KOs) vs. Raymond Daniels (24-0, 14 KOs)
Dustin Jacoby (4-2, 3 KOs) vs. Makoto Uehara (15-4-1, 9 KOs)
Daniel Ghita (49-10, 38 KOs) vs. Errol Zimmerman (101-10-1, 42 KOs)
Peter Aerts retirement fight:  Peter Aerts (103-30-1, 78 KOs) vs. world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven in a non-title match
        Dragon Gate's Final Gate show is late Saturday night/Sunday morning at 3 a.m. Eastern and midnight Pacific at gate
Shachihoko Boy vs. Chihiro Tominaga
Yosuke Santa Maria & U-T & Rocky Lobo vs. Jimmy Kagetora & Jimmy Kanda & Ryotsu Shimizu
Don Fujii vs. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa vs. Batten Tamagawa
K-Ness & Super Shisa & Gamma vs. Cyber Kong & Mondai Ryu & Kzy
Open the Brave Gate title:  Genki Horiguchi vs. Ciba
Open the Triangle Gate title:  T-Hawk & Eita & Flamita vs. Cima & Masaaki Mochizuki & Dragon Kid vs. Jimmy Susumu & Ryo Saito & Quu Quu Toyonaka Dolphin
Open the Twin Gate title:  Yamato & Naruki Doi vs. Akira Tozawa & Shingo Takagi   
Open the Dream Gate title:  Masato Yoshino vs. BxB Hulk 
        New Japan has its second iPPV of the weekend, this on Monday (3:30 a.m. Eastern; 12:30 a.m. Pacific late Sunday)
Sho Tanaka vs. Yohei Komatsu
Bushi & Kushida vs. Gedo & Jado vs. Taka Michinoku & Taichi
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Captain New Japan vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi & Tomoaki Honma
Togi Makabe & Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii & Yujiro Takahashi
Minoru Suzuki vs. Yoshi-Hashi
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada & Shinsuke Nakamura
        Raw and Smackdown for next week are already taped.  
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        We've got another jammed issue of the Observer out this week, with the main story looking back at the history of pro wrestling's world titles.  We go back to Hackenschmidt vs. Jenkins in 1905, and go through the creation of the NWA world title, the WWWF title, the AWA title and a number of offshoots, why there was so much emphasis in the 50s on having one world champion, how the NWA nearly fell apart and what put it back together, and then fell apart again.  We look at the period the WWWF title was created and why it happened, as well as the attempt in 1965 to unify the WWWF and NWA titles and why it fell apart.  We look back at who was the most influential pro wrestler in U.S. history,  and the state of wrestling in the 70s.
        We also look at the WWE TLC PPV, with full coverage and match-by-match with star ratings.
        We also have a feature on the career of Georges St-Pierre, with him talking about why he left and more of a perspective on his decision, what he meant to UFC, records that he set, PPV performances and many awards.
        We also have more on both the WWE network and its TV negotiations.  We look at WWE's pitch and the accuracy of it, what the value of getting WWE programming would be to various stations, WWE changing its way of thinking, who has passed in the past on WWE programming, how the negotiations will be going down and in what country WWE's negotiating timing looks great.
        We also look at UFC adding a women's 115 pound weight class and run down the 11 new fighters signed for debuting on the 20th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
        We update the 2014 WrestleMania scoreboard regarding all the big names on the outside and where things currently stand.  We look at wrestling people in the podcast world, Dwayne Johnson in the movie world, UFC and WWE running almost head-to-head in the same building, new logo, the A.J. Lee/Michelle Beadle incident in detail, Stephanie McMahon stock, what happened on Raw very different from what was planned, lots of notes from developmental, lots of names at the camp this past week, Daniel Bryan's proposal, as well as a few new signees and people headed into developmental.
        We also look at the UFC on FOX event, looking at ratings, promotion and star making.  We also have match-by-match coverage as well as how much everyone earned on the show.
        We also have coverage of the Ring of Honor Final Battle show in New York, including what changes had to be made by a weird set of circumstances and the angles shot to take the company into 2014.  We look at the departure of Eddie Edwards and returns of Matt Hardy and Chris Hero.
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        We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows.

        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:
--Leyenda de Plata tournament finally announced
--Update on AAA's expansion into the U.S.
--Dragon Gate returns to iPPV with one of its biggest shows of the year
--Creation of the double junior heavyweight title
--NOAH signs junior champion from rival promotion
--More notes on the New Japan Tokyo Dome broadcast
--A story that you wouldn't believe, except you will, regarding Antonio Inoki
--Greatest woman wrestler of all-time comes out of retirement in 2014
--Former UFC fighter in a shoot match on upcoming pro wrestling big show
--Rikidozan's grandson makes his debut
--Garry Robbins, the Paul Bunyan of Canada, and the NATPE convention years ago
--Indie roup gets local TV
--Ric Flair and a NFL team
--Notes on the Magnus TNA title situation
--Update on the A.J. Styles situation
--TNA returns to PPV in 2014
--Note on Cain Velasquez's surgery
--Story behind Bigfoot Silva's drug test failure
--Strange reaction to the result of the match
--More notes on UFC 168
--Why Prime Time is being discontinued for now
--Notes on TUF China
--Chael Sonnen and the Rashad Evans fight
--UFC video game cover
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Man vs. woman fight notes
--New MMA TV show to debut and what names are behind it
   New subscribers ordering 24 or 40 issues have to let us know what major stories of the past 11 years you are most interested in and we'll send the issue with the best coverage of that story. We've got coverage of every major PPV event and world wide spectacular, every major star switching promotions, histories of companies like FMW, Rings and New Japan, retirement and obit issues of every major star who fits into those descriptions over the past 11 years, as well as our biggest issue every year, the annual awards issue, and our most controversial issue of every year, the Hall of Fame issue.
        Our most requested issues in our history are:
*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series plus a history of in-ring double-crosses)
*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but everything that was said between the two about the match that was going to take place that same night)
*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk Hogan)
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the night where the three biggest wrestling companies in the world combined for a joint show and what happened)
*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s, Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and Wrestlemania history books)
*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund, Masahiro Chono, Ultimo Dragon, Kurt Angle and Tarzan Lopez--this counts as one issue if you are asking for a free issue, but ordered separately, due to size, is $6 in North America and $7 overseas)
*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world wide in pro wrestling history, Jim Barnett)
*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the history of TNA)
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*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
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*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings, Cornette firing in detail as well as problems of a WWE developmental territory in our biggest news issue of the year which is a double-sized issue and would be $6 on its own and $7 overseas)
*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
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*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working in Japan, and a look at Guerrero in hindsight, double issue $6 or $7 overseas)
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*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why there was no rematch, WCW loses NBC network deal in 1999 and the real reasons the company fell apart)
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*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
*March 12, 2007 (Life and Times of Mike Awesome)
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*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
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--We've got a look back 16 years at the December 21, 1997 UFC show in Yokohama, Japan.  Besides being the only UFC appearance of Kazushi Sakuraba, it also had the first UFC title wins of Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture, and was also the debut of Mike Goldberg as the lead announcer.
--The UFC Countdown show for UFC 168 will air at 10 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Pacific on Christmas Eve on FS 1.  What a great time slot.
--The Anderson Silva documentary "Like Water" airs on FS 2 tomorrow at 11 p.m. Eastern time.  The movie follows Silva as he prepared to defend his title for the first time against Chael Sonnen. 

--FS 1 tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. is airing a special on the first Silva-Weidman fight with tons of backstage footage, footage of different cameras, high speed and cinema style footage and more.

--One of the biggest wrestling meets of the year, Penn State vs. Iowa, is on the Big 10 Network tonight at 6 p.m.
Odds for Saturday's show as of this morning:
Anderson Silva -150
Chris Weidman +130
Miesha Tate +550
Ronda Rousey -800
Josh Barnett -200
Travis Browne +170
Diego Brandao +195
Dustin Poirier -235
Fabricio Camoes +300
Jim Miller -360    
--This is something great
Today's New Japan show 14.6%
Glory on Spike 18.8%
Monday's New Japan show 15.1%
Dragon Gate PPV 7.1%
        67.1% of those responding aren't watching any of the above
Rock returns to WWE and wins title at Royal Rumble 60.3%
Death of Strikeforce and end of Zuffa/Showtime relationship 16.1%
Tokyo Dome show from New Japan 9.6%
TNA cuts back on live PPV shows 6.9%
Flair suffers blood clot, doesn't come out of retirement for All Japan 3.0%
Eddie Alvarez unable to sign UFC deal to face Benson Henderson for the title 2.1%
Spike signs Randy Couture 0.9%
Count Billy Varga passes away 0.6%
John Cena wins Royal Rumble 0.6%
Weidman beats Anderson Silva 50.5%
GSP vacates title and takes sabbatical 17.7%
Rousey leads women into UFC 16.1%
UFC moves to FS 1, TV ratings and PPV numbers fall 9.3%
GSP beats Hendricks by controversial decision 2.6%
Increased used of TRT in fighters 1.6%
GSP retains title beating Nick Diaz 1.0%
UFC chosen by FOX to kick off FS 1 0.6%
Bellator tries PPV, cancels 0.6%
Excellent 20.5%
Good 39.2%
Average 12.0%
Fair 6.0%
Poor 22.3%
        28.4% of those responding didn't see the show
--Notable birthdays today include Del Wilkes, formerly The Patriot, who was 52, Edward Colon, now Diego of Los Matadores, who is 31, and The Shane Twins, who are 46.
--Former Calgary star Dave Ruhl passed away on this day in 1988 at the age of 68.  Japanese heel star Umanosuke Ueda was 71 when he passed away on this date two years ago.      
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1950 - Edward Gossette (Eddie Graham) & Roy Welch beat The Bat (Danny Dusek) & Finis Hall in Chattanooga to win the Southern tag team titles
1962 - Whipper Billy Watson beat Iron Mike Sharpe in Calgary to win the British Empire championship
1970 - Big Bad John & Pepe Lopez beat Oni Wiki Wiki & Young Atlas to win the U.S. tag team titles in Memphis
1973 - Ron Fuller beat Cowboy Bill Watts in Atlanta to win the Georgia title and Gorgeous George Jr. & Bobby Shane beat Bob Armstrong & Robert Fuller to win the Georgia tag team titles
1973 - Ray Mendoza beat Kim Sung Ho at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles to win the NWA world light heavyweight title.  On the same show, Raul Mata & Victor Rivera beat Dr. Death & Mr. Wrestling to win the Americas tag team title
1975 - Bearcat Brown & Tommy Gilbert beat The Masked Interns (Tom Andrews & Jim Starr) to win the Southern tag team titles
1979 - Dynamite Kid & Sekigawa (later to become Mr. Pogo) beat Leo Burke & Hubert Gallant in the tournament final to win the International tag team titles in Calgary
1979 - Dusty Rhodes beat Mark Lewin in Houston to win the Texas Brass Knux title  
1980 - Chabela Romero beat Vickie Williams in Mexico City to win the UWA womens' title
1983 - Fit Finlay beat Alan Kilby in Wolverhampton to win the British mid-heavyweight title
1985 - Jerry Lawler beat Bill Dundee in Memphis to win the Southern title
1985 - Kerry Brown beat Davey Boy Smith in Edmonton to win the North American title 
1989 - Mal Sanders beat Steve Grey in Bristol to win the British welterweight title
1991 - Bull Power Leon White (Vader) beat Tatsumi Fujinami in Bremen to win the CWA IC title, while Fit Finlay beat Steve Wright to win the CWA middleweight title and Chris Benoit & David Taylor beat Franz Schumann & Mile Zrno to win the CWA tag titles
1992 - Jeff Jarrett beat Brian Christopher in Memphis to win the Southern title 
1996 - Rambo beat Ludvig Borga (Tony Halme) to win the CWA heavyweight title and Michael Kovac beat Kendo Ka Shin to win the jr. title.
1996 - El Bronco bet Jake Roberts in Caguas to win the Puerto Rican title
1997 - Villano III beat Ricky Santana in San Germain, PR to win the Puerto Rican title
1998 - Hisakatsu Oya & Horace Boulder beat Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Daisuke Ikeda in Sapporo to win the FMW World Brass Knux tag titles
--In a promotion by Post Foods, they are doing a Fruity Pebbles vs. Cocoa Pebbles contest to see which  cereal is the most popular.  John Cena will be the captain for Fruity Pebbles and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the captain for Cocoa Pebbles.
--Austin Aries talks the vegan lifestyle (do you realize if WWE had signed him, he'd have been in an angle with the Bella Twins over that one and other sports at
--Several people from WWE were at the PWG show last night. 
--Hulk Hogan will be the subject of The Game 365 show on the MSG Network today at 6 p.m. (thanks to Gregory Lisa)
--The new issue of Sports Illustrated has a story on Chris Weidman
--Justin Gaethje (10-0) faces Lewis Gonzalez (9-0) to crown the first WSOF lightweight title on a 1/18 show from Hollywood, FL at the Seminole Hard Rock.  That's the show that also features Mike Kyle vs. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson as well as Jessica Aguilar vs Alida Gray for the first WSOF women's 115 pound title.
--Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Jason LaBarbera is a big C.M. Punk fan, and is wearing Punk's face on his mask.  He said he hopes to meet Punk someday.
--The UFC's 20th anniversary TV special (this show is really good) debuts in Canada at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Christmas Wednesday on Sportsnet and will be repeated many times on all the Sportsnet stations.  It will also air right before the UFC 168 press conference on Thursday.
--Michael Elgin is starting a wrestling school in St. Louis in a few weeks.  The course is six months long, classes twice a week, for $2,000.  There will be classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights.  It's a $500 deposit and $125 in payments biweekly.  It will teach conditioning, discipline and in-ring.  All students will be working on a live show at the end of the course.  For more contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--A horror film called "Minutes to Midnight" is looking for IndieGoGo financing.  One of the things to bid on is a one-hour wrestling training session with John Morrison.  Morrison is in the movie.  More on it at
--A.J. Styles vs. Facade was announced for Remix Pro Wrestling on 4/26 in Marietta, OH.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 12/27 in Cleveland at Turners Hall headlined by Chris Hero vs. Tim Donst, Tracy Smothers vs. Colt Cabana, UltraMantis Black vs. Johnny Gargano and Louis Lyndon vs. Kevin Steen.
--I Believe in Wrestling from last night in Orlando:  Rhett Giddins b Jason Cade, Santana Garrett & Chasyn Rance b Gabriel Black & Lizzie Prris, Sweet Thang Willie b Joey Mayberry, Aaron Eric b Mike Young, Rhett Giddins b Wildman Wetmiller, Tim Zbyszko & King Chico b Aaron Epic & Cameron Jacobs.  Next show is 1/15 with Lince Dorado vs. Jesse Neal. (thanks to Al Haft)
--PWF from last night in Coral Springs, FL:  Johnny Vandal b Frank Stone, Takaaki Watanabe (New Japan) b Vordell Walker, Team Lucha b Sweet Rhythm, Mr. 450 b Lince Dorado & Rocky Santiago, Jocephus Brody b Jon Davis, Giant Titan b Jon Hess, Almighty Sheik b Steve Madison.  Melvin Guillard from UFC was there meeting with booker Kevin Sullivan. 
--Hoosier Pro Wrestling on 1/4 in Columbus, IN at the 4-H Fairgrounds with JKO vs.  Zombie Rob Ramer for the heavyweight title.

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