We're also looking for reports on the WWE Smackdown house show Saturday and Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as Friday night's ROH show in Richmond.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Impact will also be taped tonight.
The aftermath of the C.M. Punk promo, where the situation goes next, Punk's best friend talks his situation in depth as well as WWE, and where this is all expected to go is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
This issue also has our 2011 WWE roster directory. We go through the entire roster with real names, ages, years pro as well as sports and entertainment backgrounds of all the roster members prior to joining WWE.
The issue also includes coverage of UFC 132, both inside the cage as well as all the business rundowns regarding the show. We also look at the close decisions, who people thought won the fights and where the bantamweight division goes next.
We also have more on the death of Randy Savage with the autopsy report. We also look at the arrest and firing of Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers.
We also look at John Cena's comments about The Rock in Australia, more on the future of SummerSlam and attempts to turn it into a second WrestleMania. We have more on the deal involving Brock Lesnar that would involve WWE, UFC approval, and a non-wrestling aspect.
We also look at plans for the go-home Raw on Monday night for Money in the Bank, why Extreme Rules did so poorly, a wrestler who was told he was returning was then told plans have changed and he is talking giving up wrestling. We also look at an active roster wrestler getting a try as an agent, the theft of luggage of Smackdown stars on the trip to South Africa, Batista talks Finlay as well as Bloomberg TV's business report on WWE. Vince talks future of Tough Enough, HHH talks what his job is, and a look at what was really the most profitable year in WWE history.
We also look at the lengthy Randy Orton interview, his talk about his overdose, criticism of Rock, apologizing to Kelly Kelly and his concussion history.
We also look at the unlikely WWE star that Joe Rogan called a freak athlete, what happens to Nexus, an idea being batted around to make Zack Ryder a Raw regular on TV, Claudio Castagnoli talks WWE, Kevin Nash lands role in a major budget movie, more business notes from WrestleMania week, as well as the business notes and highlights from the WWE's tour of Australia.
We also have more on MMA judging as well as the early experiments in California using a new system and how it has worked out so far.
The issue will be up today for web site subscribers, and you can get a mail subscription to the Observer with information below. The Observer has the most detailed coverage of pro wrestling around the world, as well as insider UFC coverage not available anywhere else. We have about 14 new newsletters each month, usually six Observers, four or five Figure Four Weeklies and four or five back issues of the Observer each week.
Our lead story talks about the Cena vs. Punk match that took place this week, what was notable about the match, and how this leads to the PPV. We talk about different ideas regarding the finish and where things go from there. We also talk about the GLAAD controversy with Punk's remarks to hecklers in Australia, Punk's apology, and what WWE told GLAAD about Punk's future. We look at how WWE has viewed comments of this type, as well as interesting comments by Punk from the past that show his viewpoint.
We look at how Money in the Bank did last year, the promos on July 4th by John Cena and Vince McMahon as the next step of the angle, the role Punk could play that WWE needs, his return, as well as tons of comments by Colt Cabana regarding why he was unhappy, and thoughts on the entire WWE at this point.
We also look at the aftermath of UFC 132. We look at the fight, stats on the fight, the judging of the fight, crowd reactions and future bantamweight fights. We also look at the win by Tito Ortiz and loss by Wanderlei Silva. We look at the early show, what happened next , as well as the Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver judging.
We look at the business notes on the show, early PPV estimates as well as match-by-match coverage, injuries, commission disclosed payoffs and more.
We have an update on Bruno Sammartino after heart valve surgery, with the background of his surgery and his recuperation.
We also look back at years ago when July 4th was considered a terrible day in the wrestling industry and the tragedies associated with that day.
We have full details on the police report of what happened with Brett Rogers and his wife and the reaction by Zuffa to it.
We also have a look at MMA judging, the good, the bad, the acceptable, and the inherent problems. We cover the new California system, its application thus far in more than 300 fights and what it tells us.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
-- Chris Jericho wrote the following: Last night as I was riding on the Anthrax bus, Fozzys bus was in an accident. The band is ok thank God, but the bus is trashed so we won't be able to play the show in Denmark tonight. Hamburg is still on for tomorrow. Its a miracle nobody got hurt, as the bus skidded on two wheels for 50 feet and the side door was completely torn off. Say a prayer for the boys and stay tuned for more info. He later added, Now I'm on a train from Aarhaus to Hamburg with nothing but a toothbrush and a pair of flip flops. Could be worse. There is a picture of the damage up on his Twitter here.
-- Drew McIntyre was not, in fact, supposed to fly off the stage last night during the spot with Big Show and Mark Henry, but Henry barrelled into Show so hard that off he went. They checked on him afterwards and he was OK, but it was pretty scary at the time.
-- Cena talks wanting a heel reaction for the show in Chicago here. Shouldn't be a difficult request to grant.
-- WWE ice cream bars were trending on Twitter for hours last night.
-- They also sold out every last single bit of CM Punk merchandise.
-- The Home Run Derby did a 4.8 metered market rating last night. Same as last year. Should have a minor effect on the Raw rating.
-- X-Pac has his newest Raw review up here.
-- Orton vs. Kane is tonight's Smackdown main event.
-- For the first TV taping, ROH announced title defenses by Davey Richards, Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin, and El Generico. They also announced Kings of Wrestling, the Briscoes, All Night Express and more for the first show on August 13th in Chicago Ridge. The show debuts September 24th.
-- In addition to Generation Me asking for their release, TNA released Orlando Jordan yesterday as well.
-- Ben writes: Eric Watts from Tough Enough showed up at the NWA Hollywood taping yesterday. He attacked Colt Cabana during a match with Joey Ryan that had Adam Pierce acting as ref. Joey and Eric beat up on Colt and then botched a pile driver onto a chair spot. Adam called in a ton of refs with an X and Colt was either selling like a champ or really sore from the chair. Eric then teamed with Joey later in a match vs the RockNES monsters.
-- Craig Classic announced on his Facebook page that he has relinquished the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title in protest to the NWA stripping The Sheik of the NWA World Heavyweight Title. Thanks to Devin Cutting.
-- Last night's Wrestling Observer Radio is a FREE download if you head to the front page and click on the link on the right-hand side of the page. You can also go there to sample our latest three free radio shows, and if you like what you hear, well, $10.99 per month for every last bit of members content, all the new radio shows (12-20 per week), all the new issues, the back issues, every show we've done dating back to 2005 and more. If you listen to those shows and like them, I pretty much promise you won't regret a subscription.
-- We've also got a great new show up today with Jeff Katz, formerly of both WCW and New Line, and a guy who worked on SNAKES ON A PLANE, talking his new wrestling project, which is actually quite the fascinating concept. It gets underway this fall and will be available as a 13-episode series across multiple platforms.
-- Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira has been moved to the main card for the UFC on Versus 5 show on August 14th in Milwaukee.
-- Jim Ross talks Dana White vs. Vince McMahon, his Raw predictions (better late than never) and more here.
-- Lance Storm has a Fighting Spirit Magazine reprint up here, previewing the new Tough Enough and talking about the history of the program and past winners, including his involvement.
-- A look at this past weekend's very controversial Kim Couture fight, where Couture was choked unconscious with an old-school pro-wrestling headscissors and the ref didn't stop the match until ten seconds after she went out, is here.
-- Paul Lazenby has done a great job covering the story at paullazenby.com.
-- Speaking of, our own Mike Sawyer has an exclusive interview with Couture up here.
-- A look at the efforts to get MMA legalized in New York here.
-- Fit Finlay explains why he was fired from WWE here.
-- This story is awesome. Promotion claims they are running a show with Batista, Goldberg, Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy, and that it's being arranged by Rick "Battman" (Bassman, presumably), the owner of the "largest school of wrestling in the world" which produced the famous John "Cina".
-- The new Rey Mysterio DVD, called "The Life of a Masked Man", is out today. You can check it out here.
-- Tri-State Wrestling Entertainment, LLC presents East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA) LIVE! Sat, July 16th, 2011 Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club, 109 Glasgow Drive, Rt. 40 & #1 Positive Place, Newark, DE 19702, Doors Open: 6:00 PM. Bell Time: 7:00 PM
-- Pro Wrestling Syndicate "FIGHT NIGHT: The Four Year Anniversary Event" - Saturday night August 20th at Center Island Sports on 101 Union Ave in Ronkonkoma, New York (Long Island).
-- 20th Anniversary of Fun Fest Week Wrestling, Southern States Wrestling, Sunday July 17 - 7:30pm, Armed Forces Center Armory - Air Conditioned, 399 Hwy 11w, Mt Carmel TN
-- Main Event Wrestling presents The California Cup, Friday July 15th, Fresno Fairgrounds, Gem and Mineral Building, 1121 S. Chance Ave., Fresno, CA 93702
-- Craig, Ed and Cutrer talk to World of Hurt's T-Bone here
-- Who do you think is the best actual wrestler on the WWE roster?
Jack Swagger 42.4%
Alberto Del Rio 28.9%
Dolph Ziggler 28.6%
Who do you predict takes this fight?
Fedor Emelianenko 50.9%
Dan Henderson 49.1%
Who do you expect to walk out of Chicago as champion?
Money in the Bank winner 50.1%
C.M. Punk 24.7%
John Cena 21.6%
Someone else 3.6%
Who was the most impressive outsider at Destination X?
Austin Aries 39.8%
Jack Evans 26.4%
Low Ki 14.3%
Jerry Lynn 12.1%
Zema Ion 4.2%
Mark Haskins 3.2%
I see Mark Haskins and his family voted.