We're also looking for reports on Saturday night's WWE show in Dallas, Saturday night's TNA show in Troy, OH, and yesterday's Raw show in Houston and Smackdown show in Laredo.
Tonight is Smackdown and NXT tapings from Phoenix while TNA has a second night of tapings from Orlando. Another Smackdown taping takes place on Wednesday in Tucson which will be for the 7/8 show.
We've got coverage of all the major shows of the past week in one of the year's biggest weekends, from WWE, Strikeforce, All Japan, New Japan and AAA as the lead stories in the newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
We look at C.M. Punk and the intrigue for the Money in the Bank PPV, as well as coverage of WWE's Capitol Punishment, with star ratings and poll results.
We've got full coverage of Strikeforce, including where the heavyweight tournament stands, what person's stock dropped the most, Josh Barnett and pro wrestling, polls and match-by-match coverage.
We also look at the latest failure of MMA to get legalized in New York.
We look at TripleMania, as well as the AAA/TNA relationship, an update on Perro Aguayo Jr., the timing issues that caused one of the biggest matches not to air on PPV, changes in the company and notes on all the matches.
We also look at the situation where there was nearly a picket line before CMLL's Juicio Final show, and a look at the name of the next guy to hit WWE, after Averno lost his mask in the main event.
We also look at the first tag team in history to hold two of Japan's major three companies tag team titles at the same time. We also look at both the New Japan and All Japan major shows this past week.
The issue will be up on the site tomorrow. A new back issue from early 1994 was put up earlier in the week and another will be up today. 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 have notes from a conversation with Batista, including his thoughts regarding returning to WWE, his giving notice, his frustrations with the direction, his new goals, what happened with his contract negotiations with Strikeforce and why he opened up a gym.
We have notes on a promo already cut for SummerSlam.
We've got notes on Shane McMahon who has been getting exposure in two different non-wrestling related ventures, as well as him talking about his leaving WWF, and why one of the business is on the ground floor of something that could be gigantic.
We've also got more on the changes in the WWE drug policy, which is a major issue to a segment in the locker room, plus the return to TV of HHH, what wrestler company officials are saying they dropped the ball on and why, former tag champ returning to WWE, and what happened behind the scenes as John Laurinaitis read the riot act to one of the Tough Enough fighters.
We also have an update on what Bill DeMott is doing nowadays, as well as his comparisons of the 2004 and 2011 Tough Enough, and the future of Andy Leavine.
We also note the funny things about the Little Jimmy line, as well as who got Kong pregnant, what WWE wrestler's father was a well known sportscaster and also was a former roommate in college with an old AWA star. We've got notes on what percentage of viewers don't watch live anymore. We also have a rundown of all the weekend house shows as well as business notes on the show.
We've got notes on the Power to the People Raw and the screwed up voting, how it happened and what happens next.
We also look at a law that is being discussed which will cost WWE and UFC seven figures in lost sponsorships.
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-- Full transcript of Punk's speech up here.
-- Steve Austin, who is a huge CM Punk fan, on Punk's promo last night: just melted my 52 inch TV with a scorching hot promo...delivery, content, and attitude...one of the best promos I've ever seen.
-- Punk sings "Chicago" to mock Las Vegas here.
-- Speaking of Colt Cabana, his latest trailer for "Creative Has Nothing For You" is up here.
-- As noted on the front page, Nate Marquardt on Ariel Helwani's show today admitted that he was released from UFC after being unable to pass his Pennsylvania medicals due to an issue with testosterone replacement therapy. He claimed he'd gone on therapy last August and was allowed to fight Dan Miller in New Jersey several months ago. However, New Jersey, in letting him fight, said the paperwork from his doctor appeared to be incomplete and they wanted him to go off therapy for eight weeks, take three blood tests, and have an endocrinologist confirm he still needed the treament. Yes, this after they licensed him. He said three weeks ago, at the end of the eight weeks, his levels were low and his doctor said the only way they'd be at normal levels for the Versus fight was for him to take a testosterone injection. His levels ended up sky high, so his doctor said he needed to quit immediately. His levels lowered but were still too high on weigh-in day, so he was pulled. He claimed his levels were normal on fight day, and low enough now that the Pennsylvania Commission would likely lift his suspension in the next few days. But he's still fired from UFC.
-- Heard the Faber vs. Cruz stuff on the Spike Countdown special was very good.
-- Don't know exactly what happened with Mason Ryan, but we're told it was an out of the ring injury (WWE claimed it happened at a house show) and that he's out anywhere from six weeks to six months.
-- It's comedy at this point, but the Fayetteville Observer here reports that it is believed Jeff Hardy's case will be wrapped up this week, possibly on Thursday. The case has been continued about a half dozen times in the last two years.
-- Linda Hogan's new book on living with Hulk Hogan is out today. I suspect it will not be a pleasant read. There is a story on the book here. She also appeared on the Today Show this morning talking about how there were always steroids around the house, how Hulk was violent with her and how she never wanted to end up like Nicole Simpson. Hogan went on Bubba the Love Sponge today and said it was all bullshit.
-- Urban Wrestling Federation is putting together their second PPV today, which is going to air in about two months. They'll be doing more tapings in September. The show is replaying on cable PPV starting July 1st and 2nd and will replay throughout the month, plus there will be All Day Tickets on Dish Network and DirecTV. Steve Karel is on our show today talking about the project.
-- UFC on Versus 4 did 744,000, which isn't too hot. That's just over half of what the Brandon Vera vs. Bones Jones show did last year. Strikeforce Challengers on Friday night did about 210,000 viewers, which for a Challengers show is basically middle of the road.
-- MacMillan River Adventures with Shawn Michaels debuts tonight on the Outdoor Channel, which until today I did not realize I actually have. More info on the show is up here. Strong chance Vinny and I will watch and review this tonight.
--Harley Race's World League Wrestling announced today that Kevin Von Erich will be appearing at their October training camp in Elson, MO. More info is up here.
-- Masked Republic at the Comic-Con info up here.
-- IheartDragonGate has a new podcast up talking, what else?, Dragon Gate here. It's the first-ever show and they've been covering the promotion for years, so check it out.
-- Ever wanted a legit Mat Mania arcade game? Yes. It's available here.
-- Interview with DDP talking a number of different topics here.
-- Generico vs. Roderick Strong takes place in Charlotte next Saturday with the new stip being that it's a steel cage match.
-- Paul Daley vs Tyron Woodley and Tarec Saffiedine vs Scott Smith have been added to the Strikeforce Henderson vs. Fedor show in Chicago at the end of the month.
-- UFC Pesonal Trainer on Xbox Live is in stores right now.
-- As you can see from the front page, we have new logo t-shirts available. This design was voted on by members of our board. Essentially, if it sells well we have other designs in the works and are also open to designing hoodies, shorts, etc. Check it out!
-- WWE announced today that along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association they will be recognizing kids and teens who have demonstrated a significant commitment to MDA or supported those with muscular dystrophy or any of the 43 related diseases in MDA’s program. Individuals may enter themselves or be nominated by family, friends and peers but must have written parental consent if under the age of 17 to be considered a WWE Community Champion. WWE and MDA will choose two winners who will receive four tickets to a WWE live event and a special meet-and-greet with a WWE star. Criteria for participants include exceptional commitment and evidence of supporting MDA or a significant contribution to an individual with muscle disease in the last two years. For contest official rules and to submit a nomination you can click here.
-- Miss Tessmacher didn't finish in the top ten in the 15th Annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant Saturday night in Miami. Sounds like I need to see the top ten.
-- Live Pro Wrestling in the Alamo City on Independence Weekend. SAN ANTONIO, TX - River City Wrestling -- San Antonio's brand of pro wrestling -- presents "Declaration of Champions 2," a pro wrestling spectacular that will be held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (1630 Goliad Rd., San Antonio, TX) on Saturday, July 2. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and event begins at 8 p.m.
-- Juggalo Championship Wrestling Presents “BRING IN THE CLOWNS”, Thursday, June 30th, Bell Time - 8:00 PM EST, Live Chat – 7:30 PM EST, Live from Clutch Cargos (65 East Huron St, Pontiac, MI 48342 – Doors 7:00PM), Internet Pay-Per-View $5.00 @ www.psychopathiclive.com. Video On Demand Replay available next day. Short Musical Performance by the Insane Clown Posse as well!
-- Ed, Craig and Cutrer talk the Invasion angle here.