WED. UPDATE: Final day of G-1, Ex-UFC fighter arrested on numerous charges in violent attack, WWE ads, UFC announcer gets NFL gig, New UFC fights, Bully Ray talks, Potential Hall of Fame, Rock, Ventura

By Dave Meltzer
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The final night of the round-robin aspect of the G-1 tournament is late tomorrow night from Yokohama at 5:30 a.m. Eastern and 2:30 a.m. Pacific at
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Doc Gallows
Tomoaki Honma vs. Shelton Benjamin
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yuji Nagata
Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi
Hirooki Goto vs. Lance Archer
Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson
A.J. Styles vs. Togi Makabe
Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
Still alive are Nakamura, Fale, Shibata, Tanahashi, Styles and Okada.  Everyone else is dead.  Well, not dead, but doesn't have a chance to win.
A look at the situation with TNA and the television landscape for pro wrestling is the lead story in the current issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  The issue also has updates on Brock Lesnar, full coverage of G-1 and UFC, and the Daniel Bryan home break-in.
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The lead story updates the TNA situation with Spike TV, looking at how things are different for TNA than when Spike canceled WWE, various theories of what this is all about as well as the actual reasons that led to the situation being what it is.
We look at TNA's history in these types of situations, TNA negotiations, the key reasons things got to where they did, Vince Russo, Bobby Lashley, TNA reactions, what TNA loss may have hurt them the most in this situation, the television industry and current views on the value of pro wrestling, why what happened to WWE over the past year doesn't bode well for TNA, can TNA get television and why that isn't enough, and the plight of the talent.
We also look at the situation with Bryan Danielson, the burglary, his injuries, his subduing one of the men who broke in and his reactions to everything.
We've also got an update on SummerSlam, more on Sting at Comic Con, when Sting will likely meet Vince McMahon for the first time, when Sting will next appear on conjunction with WWE, who Sting wants to face if he signs, WrestleMania paychecks, Bryan talks KENTA, WWE sued over statements made regarding TV talks, WWE's TV future when it comes to revenue, Batista's talk of a return, the story behind the original Batista vs. HHH program, and Batista's goals.
We also look at Brock Lesnar's next appearances and fall schedule, Hulk Hogan talks WrestleMania and his health, why Sheamus has been off TV, Signing of Prince Devitt, and Devitt's background in Japan.
We also look at a new WWE hire, Dean Ambrose interview, who he goes to for advice and more.  We update the WWE stock, look at an investment analysts updated predictions on the network and long-term, as well as this week's new network promotional idea.  We also have more on developmental, a rundown of the weekend house shows and the business notes for the past week.
We've also got an update on the G-1 Climax tournament with the major stories, how this year differs from last year, the standings, every match remaining, the roles everyone is playing, business on the tour and match-by-match coverage for every show, along with star ratings and poll results.
We also look at UFC's show on FOX from the weekend, including what it showed about ratings, the Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown back story, all the ratings info and what it means, the value of FOX vs. FS 1 clearly shown, Lawler vs. Hendricks, the rise of Anthony Johnson and Dennis Bermudez and other stories related to the show.  We've also got match-by-match coverage, poll results and how much all the fights earned.
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--Update on the return of the new Mistico
--A look at CMLL's major show of the summer
--The 50th anniversary of the debut of Mil Mascaras
--What first was part of that show
--Update on Busca en un Idolo winner Cavernario Barbaro
--Notes on this week's AAA TV tapings
--What American has left AAA and why
--What foreign stars came to AAA this week
--A look at the Dragon Gate wrestlers touring the U.K. and Germany
--A look at the wXw show
--A look at upcoming Dragon Gate title matches
--New Triple Crown winner is in unique company
--Several names return to All Japan next month
--Rundown of All Japan's major show for the month including Dragon Gate crossover
--Return of Takeshi Morishima
--Update on the NOAH junior heavyweight tag team tournament
--A look at NOAH's next major show
--New Japan's November PPV show
--A look at the Jesse Ventura case
--What were the keys to the case
--PWG's 11th anniversary show
--Farewell to PWG of Kevin Steen
--Update on Jeff Jarrett's promotion
--Two former pro wrestlers to be inducted into U.S. Greco-Roman wrestling Hall of Fame
--New ROH signings
--A look at ROH's weekend show
--TNA signings
--Daniels & Kazarian talk leaving TNA
--Claire Lynch angle
--Late payments
--What happened with Alexander Gustafsson
--Thoughts on Jones vs. Cormier
--Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz and how big it will be  
--Updated UFC box office numbers
--Joe Riggs situation
--More on wrestler that both WWE and UFC were after
--Gold medalists in UFC
--Lots of new UFC fights signed and others being talked about
--Why Faber vs. Kid Yamamoto isn't happening
--Crazy upcoming UFC schedule
--UFC uniform updates
--UFC Latin America notes
--Who Rashad Evans won't fight
--Diego Sanchez talks old feud with Nick Diaz  
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--Mike Sempervive and I will be doing a show tonight talking Smackdown, TNA, G-1, Jones vs Cormier and taking your questions that you can send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   This is a show to get questions answered.
--Former UFC fighter Josh Grispi is being held on $100,000 bail on domestic abuse and assault charges after pleading innocent to what officer Richard Harvey called "the worst case of domestic abuse I've ever seen."  Grispi is charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of violating a restraining order, animal cruelty, malicious damage to a motor vehicle, drug possession to cultivate marijuana and improper storage of a large capacity firearm and rifle or shotgun near a child.  Grispi was first arrested on Friday on charges of assaulting his wife and was released on $2,000 bail.  He was arrested a second time and sent to the Plymouth House of Corrections for 60 days for violating the conditions of his release according to the Taunton Daily Gazette.  Harvey said Grispi's wife was chewed up by their pit bull that he trained to attack her and is currently hospitalized with serious injuries.  Detectives found a pot farm, weapons and ammunition in the house.  Police found Grispi's son sitting next to a  box of unsecured guns.   Grispi's dog, Buddy, bit his wife causing bruising and scarring all over her body.  The court records showed that Grispi often choked the dog unconscious.  Grispi was arrested Friday when his wife's mother showed police photos her daughter texted her of her face all bruised up with her lips bleeding.  She claimed that on Monday, before the dog attacked her, that Josh repeatedly punched her in the head. 
--Not that this means anything, but they are advertising John Cena vs. Kane for the WWE title as the main event for a 9/14 house show at the TD Garden in Boston.
--Last night on the Toronto Blue Jays game, commentator Buck Martinez read a promo for the WWE Network coming to Rogers cable.  The Blue Jays do pretty strong ratings throughout Canada (thanks to Steve Khan)  
--Tomohiro Ishii worked today in G-1 against Katsuyori Shibata even with the separated shoulder.  They don't miss matches there even when they really should.
ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (thanks to Greame Cameron and Brian Hoops)
1963 - Ali Bey beat Gori Guerrero in El Paso to win the NWA light heavyweight title
1964 - Steve Richard beat John DaSilva in Wellington, New Zealand to win the New Zealand heavyweight title
1965 - Spyros Arion beat Killer Kowalski in Sydney to win the IWA title
1966 - Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy beat Mark Lewin & Bearcat Wright to win the IWA tag titles
1979 - Ray Candy beat Blackjack Lanza in Augusta, Ga to win the Georgia TV title
1994 - Chris Candido & Brian Lee beat Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson in Johnson City to win the Smoky Mountain tag team titles
1995 - The original La Parka beat Jerry Estrada in Monterrey to win the Mexican national heavyweight title
1996 - Riki Choshu beat Masahiro Chono in Tokyo to win the G-1 Climax tournament.  I was at that show  
2001 - Yoshihiro Tajiri beat X-Pac in Anaheim to win the WWF light heavyweight title
--Evolve iPPV on Friday night from Ybor City, FL
Chris Hero vs. Drew Galloway
Johnny Gargano vs. Matt Sydal
Ricochet & Rich Swann vs. Anthony Nese & Caleb Konley
Drew Gulak vs. Timothy Thatcher
Biff Busick vs. James Raideen
Dos Ben Dejos & Lince Dorado vs. Juicy Product & Jesus DeLeon  
--The Saturday Evolve show in Orlando was moved to a new building, the Northwest Community Center at 3944 WD Judge Dr.  The iPPV starts at 9 p.m.  There is also an FIP show at 6 p.m. in the same building.
--UFC announcer Mike Goldberg has been hired by FOX and will be doing some NFL games for the network this season.  He'll continue with UFC.
--Demian Maia pulled out of his 8/23 fight in Tulsa against Mike Pyle due to a bone bruise in his shoulder that turned into a staph infection, according to manager Eduardo Alonso according to  Pyle will now face Jordan Mein on that show.
--Bryan Caraway vs. Raphael Assuncao has been added to UFC's 10/4 show in Halifax.  Paige Van Zant debuts on that show against Kailin Curran.  Van Zant, if she can win fights, has a chance to be a significant star.  
--There is a Bully Ray interview up at
--Heidi Fang talks about Chael Sonnen and Daniel Cormier's show at

--Freak Show Wrestling on 8/14 in Las Vegas at Helltown at 9 p.m., 21 and over only featuring Jake Roberts, Gangrel, Chavo Guerrero Jr., Sinn Bohdi, John Morrison and Brian Kendrick.
--CMLL on Monday night in Puebla:  Demus 3:16 & Espiritu Maligno b Astral & Electrico, Cancerbero & Raziel b Pegasso & Soberano, Blue Center & Kamaitachi & Okumura b Black Panther & Cachorro & Tigre Rojo Jr., Rey Escorpion won Torneo Cibernetico over Mascara Dorada, Angel de Oro, Dragon Rojo Jr., Stigma, Stuka Jr., Gran Guerrero Misterioso Jr., Puma King and Ripper, La Mascara & Rush & La Sombra b Mr. Niebla & Shocker & Ultimo Guerrero-DQ
--CMLL from last night in Guadalajara:  Brillante b Acertijo, Amapola & Seductora b Marcela & Princesa Sugei, Disturbio & Olimpico & Virus b Omar Brunetti & Gallo & Smaker, Blue Panther & Black Panther & Cachorro b Felino & Puma King & Tiger, Diamante Azul & Marco Corleone & Volador Jr. b El Terrible & Euforia & Rey Bucanero-DQ, Ultimo Guerrero b Rush (thanks to Kris Zellner and Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--APW on 9/6 in Daly City, CA at the Bayshore Community Center with Chris Hero, Brodus Clay and Matt Striker.
--Premier Wrestling on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the IFDES Lodge Portuguese Hall in Gilroy, CA has Jeff Cobb (4-0-1) vs. JR Kratos (4-2) for the Premier title, Dave Dutra (3-3) vs. Sledge (3-2), Nicole Savoy vs. Raze, Buddy Royal (1-2) vs. Will Cuevas (0-0), Marcus Lewis (2-2) vs. Dom Vitalli (0-0), Jeckles (0-1) vs. Gabriel Gallo (0-0), Nick Ruiz (2-3) vs. Tyler Bateman (0-0), Dylan Drake (2-3) vs. John Redito (0-2) and Julio Pedorza (1-2) vs. Idris Jackson).  Tickets are $10 in advance at 
--Todd Martin has a huge series of features on the idea of an MMA Hall of Fame at
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

--The Australian TV show "At the Movies" gave Guardians of the Galaxy *** from David Stratton and **** from Margaret Pomeranz. (thanks to James Stanios)
--Trina Michaels is looking for a copy of the TV show Blind Date that she appeared on in 2004.  She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
--UFC 178 tickets (Jones vs. Cormier) went on sale today to Fight Club members and go on sale to the general public on Friday.
--XICW on Sunday in Warren, MI:  Tadarius Thomas b Real Deal Will, Tadarius Thomas b Rhino, Owen Travers b Austin Manix-DQ, Mark Gjoka & Joe Coleman b Chuck Wagon & Brian Castle, Movado b Brodrick Shaw, Caleb Stills b Paul Bowser, Painkilers over Scarbonis and DBA & Jamey Coxxxx, Orlando Christopher b Jeff Brooks, Hakeem Zane b Zach Gowen.       
--IWF on Saturday night in Nutley, NJ at the IWF Centre for a 7 p.m. show 
--A story on Lord Leslie Carlton, who did the Gorgeous George gimmick before George, just not on national television at
--A look at the weekend Evolve shows at
--We found a critic who doesn't like Dave Bautista in Guardians of the Galaxy at
--Jesse Ventura talks his lawsuit against Chris Kyle at
--Austin Aries interview is at

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