We're also looking for reports on Sunday night's Raw show in Charlottesville, VA, the Dragon Gate USA show from Friday night in Revere, MA, the Dragon Gate USA show from Saturday night in Deer Park, NY and last night's Dragon Gate iPPV show from Manhattan as well as Friday night's UWF tapings from New York at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Tonight will be Smackdown and NXT from Roanoke.
The situation with the attack and the stroke suffered by Japanese wrestler Super Hate (Nobukazu Hirai) is looked at, as well as why the Japanese industry fears police involvement due to the fight he was in hours before he suffered the stroke, is one of a number of lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We also look at the Georges St. Pierre vs. Nick Diaz fight, future UFC vs. Strikeforce fights, and UFC's rest of 2011.
We also have a look at the WrestleMania PPV numbers, broken down for domestic and worldwide, with comparisons with the biggest shows in pro wrestling history and where it ranks. We also have the first look at the paid attendance for this year's WrestleMania.
The issue will be up on the site today. A new back issue from early 1994 was put up earlier in the week and another will be up in a few days. Between the Observer and Figure Four Weekly, we have about 14 issues put up every month and dozens of new audio shows for web site subscribers including coverage after the shows of every major pro wrestling and MMA event.
You can also order print copies of the Observer with details below.
We also look at Ric Flair's situation being held in contempt of court and what that entails, as well as Brock Lesnar's surgery, the announcement of Michael Bisping and Mayhem Miller as TUF coaches, Dana White talks the Chael Sonnen hearings and how the company is reacting to it.
We also look at WWE's signing of Averno, early plans for him and more WWE plans when it comes to wrestlers in Mexico. We also look at why Averno was chosen to come in, and what the holdup was before on why he wasn't brought in sooner.
We also have complete coverage of UFC 130, including the ramifications of what came out of the show, who became stars and who won while not helping their case. We also have business notes on the fight, early PPV numbers, ratings, attendance, match-by-match coverage and the purses for all the fighters.
We also look at the end of the Tough Enough and Ultimate Fighter seasons, including a look at Tough Enough going forward, and the return of the Dream promotion.
We have more on Randy Savage, behind the changing of the name of the WWE video game, behind the changing of the name of the October WWE PPV, update on C.M. Punk's contractual situation, update of the government audit of WWE, Why there is concern regarding the Smackdown brand, what aspect of WWE business went through the roof in April, Layla injury update, More on delayed viewing of WWE television shows, Rock movie box office numbers, Gorgeous George movie, lots of WWE DVD ideas, as well as the weekend business notes and details from the weekend house shows.
We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what viewers came and left.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
-- Steve Austin on Tough Enough: Hard to believe TE is over...congrats to big Andy....I believe a couple of these kids have a future in this business. We shall see. And I want to thank @BillDeMott, @trishstratuscom, and Booker T for all of their hard work and passion. They all kicked ass. Most importantly...I want to thank the fans for watching the show. It is always my goal to give the audience quality.to earn their respect.
-- Luke's friends and family comment on him elimination in a local newspaper story here. They think he will not give up.
-- Andy's pre-Tough Enough WWE bio is here. Yes, he was under contract before the show even started.
-- Dave Meltzer talks the decline of TUF in his latest Yahoo column here.
-- The finale ended up doing a 1.32 rating and 1.8 million viewers.
-- Tickets on sale this week for UFC in Philly on August 6th (133) at the Wells Fargo Center. Fight Club presale starts tomorrow at 10 AM ET, Newsletter Presale at 10 AM ET Thursday with the password AUGUST, and public on-sale Friday at noon ET. Card has Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis, Rich Franklin vs. Rogerio Nogueira, and Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.
-- For this weekend's UFC, the first five prelims will air free on Facebook, Yves Edwards vs. Sam Stout and Jesse Bongfeldt vs. Chris Weidman will air on Spike TV, and the main card fights will air on PPV.
-- Sean Waltman has a big column here talking about Mick Foley leaving TNA, the respect he has for him and his charity work, how he was molested when he was younger, and a lot more here. The story has already been picked up by TMZ.
-- Liz Carmouche vs. Sarah Kaufman added to the July 22 Strikeforce Challengers event at the Pearl at the Palms in Vegas.
-- As noted on the front page, Gina Carano's medicals aren't checking out and so she is off the June 18th Strikeforce show in Dallas, TX.
-- Martin Kampmann has been replaced by Matt Brown for the fight with John Howard for the UFC on Versus 4 card on June 26th in Pittsburgh. Rich Attonito, who was scheduled to face Brown, will now face Daniel Roberts.
-- TMZ has a story here about Batista's latest project – opening up a Cesar Gracie jiu jitsu school in Florida.
-- In the Best of the Super Jr. tournament, Prince Devitt is still leading Block A with 12 points and Kota Ibushi and Great Sasuke lead Block B with ten points each.
-- We've got a great interview up right now for members with Irish Pete Doyle, a WWE writer from 2001, talking the hottest year in company history, everything including Rock vs. Austin, the build to Mania that year, the death of WCW and subsequent Invasion angle, Stephanie's paranoia, Vince being Vince, what it was like working as a writer during that period, what led him to quit, working with John Cena and Miz in UPW in the early 00s, Kevin Dunn and his power in the company, DDP stalking Undertaker's wife, the HHH/Steph/Kurt Angle storyline, and so much more. A really fascinating show, so check it out on the front page.
-- We will have Dr. Lucha and KONNAN on the show tomorrow, also only for members. Konnan is always an awesome guest.
-- Dwight Howard talks the new WWE video game here.
-- Last night's Observer Radio is also a FREE download. Scroll down the right hand side of the front page to check it out. You are welcome to post the link elsewhere to help spread the word about the website, and thanks to everyone for all the support!
-- Jesse Ventura's interview on "Coast To Coast AM" has been moved to June 14th, 2011. Thanks to Devin Cutting.
-- Not for the weak of heart: A review of Chyna's latest porn.
-- Chyna's management agency, Model House Talent, had this to say about Chyna going back into porn. "We at Model House are disappointed she couldn't make better career and personal choices despite our overwhelming support." CEO of Model House Holdings and former beauty queen Daisi Pollard Sepulveda talks more about it here.
-- Jim Ross' latest blog talking a lot of different topics is up here. Shane Carwin, Mick Foley and more.
-- TUFF-N-UFF has a show in Vegas at the Cox Pavilion on July 1st. That night they're going to be officially renaming their heavyweight belt the "Randy Couture TUFF-N-UFF Championship", and a new belt will be made in his honor.
-- Speaking of Vegas, Mike Sawyer has two new shows up on his site today, a UFC 131 Preview Show and a Tough Enough recap show, both here.
-- Interview with Mike Elgin promoting the next ROH iPPV is up here.
-- Clips of Scott Hall's first wrestling show appearance since his disaster a few months back up here. He's trying to sell a lot of his old memorabilia.
-- Regarding last night's Observer Radio and a question about Stan Hansen's book being released in English (it was originally published in Japan), William notes that Scott Teal recently wrote: Stan's book is finished. We're working on photos and should have it ready to ship sometime in late July.
-- Don't forget, if you are one of my friends on Facebook or would like to be, the new page is facebook.com/officialbryanalvarez. My old personal account hit the 5,000 friend limit and Facebook cuts you off there, so I had to set up a PAGE, which will allow unlimited friends. This will be the only Facebook account I update and I'm going to slowly start paring down the personal one, so if you want to continue following me, please head over to the new page and click the LIKE button. It's also linked to my Twitter account at twitter.com/bryanalvarez, so that will make things a lot easier for me as well.
-- Main Event Wrestling presents "The California Cup." An 8-man tournament putting the best indy wrestlers from Southern California against the best indy wrestlers in Northern California. Live! Friday Night! July 15th at the Fresno Fairgrounds. All Tickets are just $15. Bell Time: 7:30pm Doors Open: 7pm. 1121 S. Chance Ave. Fresno, CA 93702
-- This Sunday June 12th IWF Premier Pro Wrestling 10 Year Anniversary Show, Buffalo Rose 1119 Washington Ave Golden, CO 5:30p Doors 6pm Start
-- Over the Top Radio here talking the Vegas Convention last weekend. Tons of people call into the show to give their memories, so check it out.