TUES UPDATE: HBK returns, Raw voting screw-ups last night, CM Punk's future, Scott Hall arrest, Strikeforce ratings, Impact replay, DGUSA surgery, tons more

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We're also looking for reports on the WWE show Saturday night at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ as well as TNA's BaseBrawl show Sunday night in Buffalo.

Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight in Hershey, PA.

We've got a jam-packed double sized issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter this week, including a discussion of 5 rounds vs. 3 rounds for UFC main events, looking at all the ramifications of the story including reviewing what has happened in matches that would be affected, how prevalent these matches are, as well as a lot of different things that usually you wouldn't think about that this affects, including long-term plans, availability of main eventers. We also have a readers poll on the subject.

We also look at why the current climate is perfect for UFC, even with declining ratings, to get a major increase in TV revenue. The UFC's future on television, as well as rights fees, UFC per hour vs. WWE per hour with different audiences are all things looked at.

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.

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We also look at WWE so far this year in every category, looking at just the grosses but actual profit by division of the company and how that compares with the same period last year. We look at what division saw profits cut more than in half, another where they were cut in half and why only three divisions were more profitable this year than last year. We also look at what break-even was for the PPV shows earlier this year, what division has taken over as the most important for the company and it's not PPV or television, what division is treading on thin ice, as well as an astounding number regarding PPV on television vs. Internet, as well as how much money it costs to do a Raw and a Smackdown taping.

We also look at Kenta Kobashi, one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time, trying yet another comeback. We look at his legacy and the last decade of his career, as well as some of his big matches.

We've got full coverage of both UFC 131 and TNA Slammiversary, with background on the shows, business notes from the shows, poll results, star ratings for the wrestling show and more. We also look at the proposed Junior Dos Santos vs. Cain Velasquez fight, what happened with Shane Carwin, marketability of Carwin vs. Brock Lesnar, judging issues on the card on a case-by-case basis and why the wheels are off the current TNA product.

We also have coverage of New Japan's Best of the Super Junior tournament, with the last day coverage, final standings as well as a look at the long history of New Japan jr. tournaments dating back to the first tournament that featured several wrestlers who would go on to become all-time greats.

We also have an update on Capitol Combat, the next few weeks of Raw, Royce Gracie meeting Kelly Kelly, Lots of newcomers in and people cut in WWE developmental, WWE star writing autobiography, lots of developmental update notes, behind the Sin Cara push, how much Vince McMahon now makes from stock dividends per year, attendance for 2011 vs. 2010 and how that compares with other sports and who owes WWE more than $10 million.

Alberto Del Rio talks WWE style vs. Lucha style, Shane McMahon's latest venture, what was scripted in the Tough Enough finale, usage of DVR and tapes to watch Raw, plus business notes from the foreign and domestic house shows as well as coverage of this past week's shows.

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-- Shawn Michaels returns for next week's Las Vegas Raw show.

-- As noted on the front page, WWE is claiming there were technical glitches with the fan voting all night and that is why Sin Cara wasn't chosen to wrestle Evan Bourne. That was the plan, by the way, but the voting was legit and Mason Ryan got all the votes so they did the match. They claim he actually received a backlog of Kelly Kelly votes and that's why his numbers were so high. How many years did they do Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday and they suddenly can't figure out how to make the voting work? This is something you'd expect from TNA.

-- Regarding Punk, there are a lot of people in WWE who think he's done. I did talk to others who believe he's either re-signed or is about to re-sign, and that this whole thing is a swerve. The tweets he sent out last night about coming to see him on his final night, and how he promised to go out with a bang, are identical to tweets he sent out during the Summer of Punk in 2005 when he was about to leave ROH. He ended up not leaving, won the title that night, stayed two more months and then dropped the belt to James Gibson. He also did a deal where he ran out in the snow and made snow angels, similar to what he did on Raw. Personally, and this is only my opinion based on things I have heard, I don't think he has re-signed but I do think he will, and I do think there are some hold-ups in negotiations. I think he'd be perfectly happy to walk away for a period of time and may take time off whether he re-signs or not. But I don't see him going to TNA, and while I do think he fully intended to leave several months ago, certain things have happened where I think in the end even if he does leave for a little while, he's coming back at some point.

-- TMZ's story on Scott Hall being sentenced to jail time is up here.

-- The Overeem vs. Werdum show this past weekend did a 1.7 rating and 624,000 viewers, second only to the Silva vs. Fedor show from February.

-- Spike is apparently adding an Impact replay on Tuesday nights at 9 PM.

-- Takanori Gomi vs. Nate Diaz has been signed for UFC 135 in Denver on September 24th. Several years ago at a PRIDE show Nick Diaz and Gomi had an awesome fight that Diaz won with a gogoplata. He then immediately tested positive for marijuana and the decision was changed to a no-contest. I guess Nate is going for revenge here. Could be a great fight.

-- For last night, Zack Ryder beat Drew McIntyre in the dark match, and for Superstars Gail Kim beat Melina with a cradle and Michael McGillicutty & David Otunga beat Santino & Koslov.

-- Brodie Lee of DGUSA will have surgery this Monday for tears in his ACL/MCL and a dislocated patella. He will then go into rehab. He is expected to be out 3-4 months. That really sucks. DGUSA is also having a bunch of sales this week at dgusa.com.

-- Smackdown did a 1.7 this week.

-- WWE returns to the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama on October 1st, 2011. Thanks to Devin Cutting.

-- The next big AAA show Heroes Inmortales IV will be held at Arena Monterrey on October 8. Thanks to Kris Zellner.

-- If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Briscoes promo on the front page right now. This is the best fucking promo of 2011 so far.

-- Gladiator's tombstone complains about bad refs 1,800 years ago. I hope they keep digging and find another tombstone talking about bad scoring.

-- This one is strange. Sunday is UFC on Versus 4, which is headlined by Nate Marquardt vs. Rick Story. I guess to help promote it Spike TV is running a Marquardt marathon all day. All Nate Marquardt from 1 PM Eastern to 11 PM Eastern. Problem is, Versus starts at 9 Eastern so it'll be running head-to-head.

-- Prelims for that show, by the way, air on Facebook.

-- Interview with Shawn Michaels on RAW Radio up here.

-- Video of Mick Foley and Bret Hart at PCW Dream Night 2011 up here.

-- We've got an interesting interview up today with Michael Shoffner, CEO of Combate Extremo MMA in Mexico. If you're an MMA fan interested in the scene south of the border, and what the expansion plans are for providing content and running shows in the US, this is a great show for you.

-- If you are a female who is interested in or competes in grappling or jiu-jitsu, or you know a girl who is and would like to get her a great gift, new pink "I Tap Boys" t-shirts are in stock right now at itapboys.com. They also have black logo shirts, shorts, and other designs to come.

-- One hour interview with Barry Blaustein talking Beyond the Mat and more here.

-- For sumo fans, the US Sumo Open will be streaming on gofightlive.tv this year.

-- Bret Hart autograph signing on June 25th in Victoria, BC from 2:00-4:00 at 814 Broughton Street. Autographs are $25 each or 3 for $60 and include a photo. The Hitman will later host a special dinner (limited to 20 tickets at $250 each including photo and special autograph signing) at the Little Thai Place where he will tell stories and meet with his fans one to one. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Brad Norris-Jones at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (250) 380-1958.

-- Colt Cabana is working on a new series on Highspots called "Creative Has Nothing For You", a preview of which you can check out by clicking here.

-- Terri writes: I just watched Edge in the season finale of the SyFy series of "Sanctuary." I admit I do not watch this series, so I really am not all that familiar with the show or the characters as I only watched it because Edge was on, and the plot was hard to follow, so I will mainly give a review of Edge's performance. Edge played this Abnormal who was part of this group that was on a camp. The bunch of them all had these creepy eyes (they, including Edge, wore contacts). He was wearing a tank top, and arm bands. His character did a couple of fight scenes and his group eventually held a bunch of the Sanctuary members (I am guessing, like I said, I don't follow this show at all.) hostage and made demands to the Sanctuary that they had two hours to give into his group's demands. I thought Edge gave a very good performance. He was playing a bad guy, and he delivered his lines well. He gave very good facials. I really enjoyed his performance in the episode. The fight scenes he did were very good as well.

-- The Otto Wanz documentary from Austrian ServusTV is online here. Just click on the picture of Otto holding the belt to launch the video. It's 25 minutes and completely in German, but is available to be accessed from any computer worldwide, so it will probably be of most use to people living in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, or simply those who know a little bit of German. Thanks to Markus.

-- Poll on Smackdown
Excellent 6.8%
Good 41.9%
Average 32.4%
Fair 6.8%
Poor 12.2%
40.8% of those responding didn't see the show

-- New DVD available now documenting pro-wrestling in Bolivia. Check it out here.

-- Story on undefeated Rhadi Ferguson.

-- From the promoter: All of you Amateur Wrestling, MMA, Pro Wrestling Fans, The Legend Dan Severn will be back in Manassas Virginia, for year number 6 of Amateur Wrestling, and MMA, all camps and seminars, will be in the Stonewall Jackson High School Gym, 2 plus wrestling mats will be down, for the Women's Self Defense, 2 day elementary camp and the 4 day middle and high school camp as well as the security and defense tactics, and the MMA Seminar, all of this will be done by none other than Dan "THE BEAST" Severn, don't miss your opportunity to train with a legend. A portion of the funds are a fundraiser for SJHS wrestling team. If your interested in any of these contact Tim Tibbs This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

-- FREE SoCal Pro Wrestling Event This Friday Escondido, CA, Friday Night June 24th 2011, Escondido Sport & Fitness, 130 East Lincoln Ave., Escondido, CA 92026

-- Another Youshoot with Honky Tonk Man is available here at kayfabecommentaries.com

-- From the EWF promoters: Unfortunately, due to circumstance beyond our control we have had to cancel our event tomorrow June 21st at the Grant Co. 4H Fair in Marion, IN due to thundershowers and possible hail tomorrow. Also, the outdoor area we were to hold the event is now more suitable for a mud wrestling show, so we are forced to cancel this event.

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