By Dave Meltzer
We're looking for your thoughts on last night's UFC 175, so you can leave a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs in the middle along with a best and worst match to
We're also looking for reports from these shows:
*WWE today in Toronto (John Cena, Randy Orton, Reigns, Wyatt Family, Ziggler, R-Truth, Rusev, Cesaro and Kingston)
*WWE today in Kingston, ONT (Rollins, Ambrose, Del Rio, E, Sheamus, Sin Cara),
*WWE from last night in Broomfield, CO
UFC has another show on Sunday from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas
Fight Pass at 6 p.m.
Keith Berish vs. Robert Drysdale
Alexis Dufrense vs. Sarah Moras
FS 1 at 7 p.m.
Dan Spohn vs. Patrick Walsh
Adriano Martins vs. Juan Manuel Puig
Leandro Issa vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun
Kevin Lee vs. Jesse Ronson
Dustin Ortiz vs. Justin Scoggins
Guto Inocente vs. Derrick Lewis
Eddie Gordon vs. Dhiego Lima in the TUF middleweight finals
Corey Anderson vs. Matt Van Buren in the TUF light heavyweight finals
Frankie Edgar vs. B.J. Penn
Raw is Monday in Montreal. Bret Hart returns to Raw. Chris Jericho vs. The Miz has been announced for the show.
Smackdown and Main Event will be taped on Tuesday in Ottawa.
A rundown of the current WWE direction, including the SummerSlam card, key storylines, why John Cena got the title, the story behind the return of Chris Jericho, where Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt fit into the big picture, the Battleground card as well as Money in the Bank coverage are all in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that should be up on the site shortly.
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The lead story looks at WWE long-term main event and title booking with the strengths and weaknesses right now. We look at the prospective SummerSlam card, and what main match looks to be off.
We look at Daniel Bryan's situation, the decision to go with John Cena as champion, Cena's future role in WWE, how long in advance this Cena title win was planned, and risks of going with Cena and how they mitigated that risk.
We look at fall PPVs and difference in importance of shows and why things have changed. We look at the details behind the return of Chris Jericho and A.J. Lee and Jericho's future. We also look at the Bad News Barrett injury, IC title Battle Royal. We also look at plans for Battleground.
We also have full coverage of Money in the Bank, business notes, satisfaction level, parts of the show that were very strange, gambling, show analysis and match-by-match coverage with star ratings. We also have poll results on the show.
Our story on the firing of Chael Sonnen goes into more detail on his test failures, testing for HGH & EPO, Dana White talks about the firing, previous UFC firings over drugs, and what really killed Sonnen.
We also look at the significance of the Sonnen positive test in the sorts world, the realities of HGH testing, why there are so many jacked up guys in a drug tested WWE, the message to the athletes, Vitor Belfort's explanation for his test failure, and why the situations with Belfort, Sonnen, Alistair Overeem and Wanderlei Silva point to gaping problems in MMA testing. We also look at the frustrating aspects of that story. We look at costs of testing, why outside agency testing is superior to companies handling the testing, the future of Sonnen as a fighter, broadcaster and personality, as well as prospects for him in other organizations.
We also have more on the situation with Emma, details on the arrest, and more.
We also look more at how extensive WWE future cutbacks are expected to be, the release of Josh Matthews, changes of late in WWE Network, the latest on big name international stars coming in, update on Tough Enough shooting, WWE star doing a movie right now but will remain on TV and in top angles, Dwayne Johnson battles depression, his box office success, football career, getting into wrestling, and his changes while in Hollywood. We also look at new Johnson projects and what it would take to get him back for WrestleMania next year.
We have notes on the WWE video game cover, Bruno Sammartino, Sting, what's new with Steve Austin, a last minute change in the show closing match at WrestleMania, WWE star says retirement isn't far away, Cesaro injury notes, former WWE wrestler talks about what killed the locker room, more names from NXT who are about to start on the main roster, NXT evaluations, lots of NXT news and injuries, Hulk Hogan's return, plus a look at all the weekend house shows.
We've also got complete coverage of the UFC doubleheader last week, business notes, controversies, a great promo and match-by-match coverage.
We also have our monthly WWE business rundown, looking at attendance, ratings, DVDs, and merchandise and break down what the numbers are really saying.
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--Latest from Arena Mexico
--International group announces iPPV at the worst time possible
--Notes on Dragon Gate's biggest show of the year and iPPV
--Notes on Wrestle-1's Sumo Hall show and the controversy over the TNA X title
--We look at the story behind Sanada defending against Great Muta when Sanada isn't champion
--We look at what this says about TNA in Japan and pro wrestling interest and credibility in Japan compared to the past
--We look at the matches TNA stars will be in on the show
--We look at the final week of a 42 year old wrestling company that was among the most successful pro wrestling companies in history in its heyday, accomplishing some things nobody else has ever come close to
--We look at the realities behind the end of the company and why nobody is noticing
--Former UFC title challenger returns to All Japan Pro Wrestling
--Notes on New Japan title change this week
--Hiroshi Tanahashi set to work DDT's biggest show of the year
--Former UFC fighter from Japan hired to train pro wrestlers
--A.J. Styles indie news
--The death of Audrey Russell, the wife of Lance Russell
--Notes on the death of Damien Farren
--Notes on a new wrestling TV pilot being shot this week
--Vince Russo talks ideas and Vince McMahon
--The story behind the ramp at Maple Leaf Gardens, including a big drawing heel, a murder and a return after a murder
--Former WWE performer gets a TV gig
--Former WWE performer shoots movie role
--Oldest living pro wrestlers
--Wrestler nominated for major sports award
--Why infamous killer quit as booker
--Notes on ROH going to the U.K.
--Lots of ROH contracts coming due
--What former WWE star was contacted about appearing on the ROH Best in the World show and wasn't there
--Future ROH dates of A.J. Styles and young Bucks
--Background of Michael Elgin
--Story behind Bound for Glory being in Japan
--Why the show won't be live and will that mean anything
--Notes on makeup of the show and finances
--Dixie Carter and the power bomb by Bully Ray
--Big TNA announcement
--Bully Ray's ideal promotions
--A look at TNA's next PPV show
--What part of TNA TV in recent years has been dropped
--A look at the names brought to TNA TV
--Who is staying and who is going
--The story behind the New York tapings
--Story behind Seiya Sanada as X champion
--Reactions to TNA's New York tapings
--What Bully Ray said about Brooke Hogan
--Four sides vs. six sides and Lance Storm's comments
--Chris Benoit discussed by MVP on Jim Ross' podcast
--A look at TNA television through mid-August with all the matches, angles and direction
--Pat Miletich goes into UFC Hall of Fame
--A look back at Miletich's career
--A look at this weeks' UFC fights
--Thoughts on the PPV numbers
--Thoughts on the main events
--More on UFC's deal for a Japanese network tournament and how it will work
--How this is the same as Ultimate Fighter and how this will differ
--What are the biggest obstacles
--Update on Rousey vs. Carano talks
--UFC big show schedule for the rest of the year
--UFC champion picking up key endorsements
--Return of Japanese stars from the glory days
--Rousey gets BJJ community up in arms
--Dana White talks 2015 schedule
--GSP gets bad publicity
--Forrest Griffin talks experience on TRT
--Lots of new UFC fights
--Lots of new PPV numbers
--Notes on WSOF live on NBC
--WSOF pay records
--One of the biggest crowds in MMA history went unnoticed
--Return to fighting of two very controversial characters fired by UFC
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SUNDAY'S NEWS UPDATE
--Bryan and I will be back tonight talking a Raw preview and tonight's UFC show, as well as more fallout from last night's show with Wrestling Observer radio. We've got last night' show on UFC 175 with all the news that came from the show up as well as a Friday night show from our convention.
--Again, I want to thank everyone who came from all over the world to our convention this past weekend. I'm already thinking of ideas for next year to make it the best one yet. Some good things about next year is the belief that the UFC show will be on 7/11, meaning less expensive hotels and won't have to miss July 4th at home. But I had a wonderful time on Friday night and enjoyed meeting everyone on Saturday as well. If anyone else has ideas, let us know, but I'm going to discuss some ideas for both WrestleMania weekend and convention weekend. But if you've ever thought about coming, you should, because everyone has a great time.
--Regarding UFC 176, Dana White said nothing about it, just saying he didn't want anything to ruin what had been a great weekend. The hint was an announcement would be made tomorrow. Either they pull a rabbit out of their hat with a main event on a few weeks notice, or the show is canceled. On PPV, and live in the building, there were no mentions of 8/2 in Los Angeles. All of the next card in the area promotion was for 7/26 in San Jose.
--Regarding Stefan Struve, Dana White said he was released from the hospital and was doing great. Regarding whether Struve will fight again or not, that decision, White said, was up to him.
--In the main event scores, Judge Chris Lee scored 49-45, giving Machida the fourth round but giving Weidman a 10-8 third. Marcos Rosales gave Machida rounds two and four, scoring 48-47 for Weidman. Judge Glenn Trowbridge scored 49-46, giving Machida only the fourth.
--For yesterday, the No. 1 searched for item in the U.S was Ronda Rousey, with more than 500,000 searches. Eugenie Bouchard was second at 100,000 and Tour de France was No. 3 at 100,000.
--I'm looking to hear from people who saw the World Series of Fighting show on NBC, just basics on what you thought about it.
--Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch Challenge debuts on CMT tonight If you're watching, we're looking for feedback. An interview Austin did for the show is at
--In a surprise, at the Wrestle-1 show at Sumo Hall, it was announced that Sanada was no longer the X champion and then he lost to Great Muta.
--Congratulations to our Superstars reporter James Cox, on the birth of his son, George Edward John Cox, who was born on Thursday. The mother and son are doing fine.
--I didn't see C.M. Punk at the show last night and while at the show, nobody brought up his name to me, but after there were people saying he was there. I can't confirm it, though. Crime Time did show up at the fan expo but they weren't at the UFC 175 show.
--There are people working at the network who have no idea at all what's going on as far as the network goes.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Graeme Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1968 - Ciclon Negro & Baron Scicluna beat Mario Milano & Domenic DeNucci in Sydney to win the IWA tag titles
1981 - Terry Gordy & Jimmy Snuka beat Ted DiBiase & Steve O to win the National tag team titles in Augusta, GA
1984 - Super Astro beat Gran Hamada in Monterrey to win the UWA middleweight title
1985 - Tito Santana beat Greg Valentine to win the IC title in a cage match in Baltimore
1985 - At the Great American Bash in Charlotte at the stadium before 27,000 fans, Dusty Rhodes beat Tully Blanchard in a cage match to win the NWA TV title and the services of Baby Doll for 30 days. Ric Flair vs. Nikita Koloff with David Crockett as referee was the main event. They also had the NWA tag champs Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khrushchev vs. AWA tag champs, the Road Warriors, go to a no contest on that show
1991 - Rambo beat Bull Power (Vader) in Graz, Austria, to win the CWA heavyweight title
1992 - The Moondogs, Spot & Cujo, beat Jerry Lawler & Jeff Jarrett to win the USWA tag titles
1997 - El Samurai beat Jushin Liger to win the J Crown
1997 - Koki Kitahara & Lance Storm & Nobutaka Araya beat Tommy Dreamer & Koji Kitao & Nobukazu Hirai in Tokyo to win the vacant WAR trios titles
1998 - Bill Goldberg beat Hulk Hogan to win the WCW title in the most famous match in Nitro history before 41,412 fans, the largest crowd in the history of the promotion, at the Georgia Dome
2002 - Kaoru Ito beat Manami Toyota to win the WWWA title and Momoe Nakanishi & Nanae Takahashi beat Mima Shimoda & Etsuko Mita to win the WWWA tag titles
--Moose Morowski, a veteran of the 50s, 60s and 70s, turned 79 today.
--Charlie Moto, the former booker in Los Angeles and early Japanese heel as Mr. Moto, was 71 when he passed away in 1991 on this day. Ray Eckert was 79 when he passed away on this day in 1996.
--Iron Sheik will be doing a show on 7/17 at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. It's a Royal Rumble style comedy show called the Roast Rumble. The idea is that comics and wrestlers come out every two minutes and start insulting each other. For more info go to http://www.laughstub.com/event.cfm?id=331490
There is also an Iron Sheik movie coming out in December.
--Byron Saxton worked as the ring announcer on the Colorado show last night and will probably be on the Kingston, Ontario show tonight.
--Absolute Intense Wrestling on 7/26 at Turners Hall in Cleveland has a doubleheader with one show called Battle of the Sexes with Davey Vega vs. Rickey Shane Page and Veda Scott vs Gregory Iron in a cage match.
--Kyle Schruder noted to us that he and his wife spent their first wedding anniversary at the ROH/New Japan show in Toronto.
--Champions of the Galaxy on 7/11 at the Allen Park Ice Rink in Jamestown, NY with Brutus Beefcake, Marty Jannetty and Doink the Clown. It's going head-to-head with a TNA show in the same building.
--Chavo Guerrero Jr. was in the movie "Devil in the Details" that aired on the ID Channel today at 11 a.m. Eastern time (thanks to Matt Riviera)
--Longtime wrestling fan Shuhei Aoki passed away this past week at Kennedy Airport in New York. I don't know any other details but he was there ready to fly back from Japan. Aoki used to regularly attend big U.S. shows and the Cauliflower Alley Club type of events. If anyone knows him and would like to send cards or flowers to his family you can at 2-13-23 Naka Kunitachi-si Tokyo-To 186-0004 Japan.
--GOUGE from Friday night in Raleigh: Juan Jeremi b Jett Black, TK Stark b Otto Schwanz-DQ, Jennifer Blaze b Roni Nicole, Josh Powers b Seymour Snott-DQ, Timmy Lou Retton b Mickey Gambino, Seymour Snott & Otto Schwanz & Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Jett Black & TK Stark & Josh Powers, Chris Stevens b Damien Wayne, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr. b Admin Al Akbar. Next show is 7/26 in Raleigh.
--Full Impact Pro on 7/11 in Ybor City, FL at the Orpheum features Trent Baretta (FIP champion) vs. Roderick Strong vs Rich Swann, plus Ivelisse defends the Shine title aginst Shanna and Chasyn Rance defends the Florida Heritage title against Lince Dorado.
--NWA Summer Clash from Friday night in Benton, AR which looks to have been the biggest pro wrestling show in the U.S. on a day that used to be a huge show of the year for the business: Jax Dane b Michael Barry, Bushwhacker Luke b Roosevelt, Matt Riviera & Greg Anthony & Tim Storm b Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson & Americos, John Saxon b Jax Dane, Tim Storm b Byron Wilcott-DQ, A.J. Styles b Steve Anthony. Rob Conway was a flight issue and missed the show (thanks to Matt Riviera)
--Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows and Rocky Romero have a podcast on New Japan at http://www.MLW.com
--Christopher Daniels won the vacant IFWA title on Saturday night in Halifax at the Forum. He will make his first title defense on 8/21 against Lance Storm. (thanks to Dave Boyce)
--Regarding Dana White saying that Toronto was never officially announced a the host of UFC 178, Peter Harrison noted this at http://www.ufc.ca/news/UFC-Canada-2014-Schedule
Toronto had been announced some time back, but UFC never officially announced Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for Toronto as far as I know.
--On the UFC show that aired in Canada last night on Sportsnet 360, there was a Smackdown ad that listed Brodus Clay and 3MB as among the stars of the show (thanks to Pat Laprade)
--HWA from last night in Middletown, OH: Devon Nos over American Kickboxer 2 and Sid Fabulous, Kongo Kong b Brian Dewey, Heidi Lovelace won three-way over Amber Rodriguez and Cherry Bomb, Black Wallstreet b Dean Jablonski & Pepper Parks, Dru Skullz b Shark Boy, Jerry Andrews won Battle Royal, Jeff Holloway b B.J. Whitmer, Brian Beech b Apollo Starr, Dustin Rayz b Chance Prophet (thanks to Adam Sanders)
--Lucha Xtreme from Fresno TV last night: Kevin El Divino b Will The Beast, Johnny Plinko b Marcus Ericks, Big Dogg & Skitzo b Johnny Dynamo & Chubacabra (thanks to Jon Southerland)
--At the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on 7/4, there was a runner dressed as Hulk Hogan (thanks to Brian Henke)