By Bryan Alvarez
We're looking for reports on Thursday night's TNA show in Columbus, GA and Saturday night's show in Atlanta.
Smackdown and NXT will be taped tonight in Calgary.
We've got the most detailed look and analysis of the UFC deal with FOX and how it affects the landscape of pro wrestling and MMA as the lead story in our two issues of the Wrestling Observer that come out this week. We also have full coverage of SummerSlam, UFC on Versus, Alberto Del Rio, plus the G-1 tournament, the death of Shawn Tompkins and even more on WWE business.
Both issues are now up on the site. If you can't find them on the front page, you can always access the latest issues of the Observer on the front page by clicking on the Archives tab at the top. 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.
We look at the UFC deal with FOX, how it happened, how the price compares with other products, notes on the long-term nature of the deal. We look at what this means for PPV business, what to look out for, what fighters become more valuable with the nature of this deal, the positives and negatives, the history of UFC on Spike, how important television truly is when you are doing a PPV business, why the timing of this deal was great and how UFC got to greatly increase its TV revenue at the same time its audience is declining.
We also look at how this affects TNA, Bellator and the amazing revenue comparison from television when you compare UFC with WWE.
We look at the history of Alberto Del Rio, his background, how he changed everything about himself to become a star, business notes on SummerSlam, ribs, match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results for the show.
We also look at how the UFC show affects Chris Lytle, Ben Henderson, Dan Hardy and Jim Miller, both good and bad records Lytle has, what saved Hardy's job, who are the viable lightweight contenders and comparing them, plus who do people want to see get the next show. We also look at business notes on the show and match-by-match rundowns.
We also look at WWE's profitability by sector. We look in depth at the money made at WrestleMania, where it came from and what was spent as well. We also look at where WWE profits most, where they've slashed spending, the problems in the magazine and movie division, and what divisions are declining but still making more money. We also look at how much WWE spends to do a PPV and a TV taping.
We also look at the career of Shawn Tompkins.
We also look at Bill Goldberg's next match, Paul Orndorff's battle with cancer, death of former boxer and AWA wrestler Scott LeDoux, as well as Goldberg vs. Crimson.
We also look at early returns of Hardcore Justice, the TNA U.K. tour, Linda Hogan talks Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan's 1993 WWF departure, TNA makes more cuts and notes from the weekend TNA house shows.
We also look more at the UFC/Golden Glory issues, the future of Alistair Overeem, future of Brock Lesnar, lots more UFC and Strikeforce fights and a look at the last Challengers show.
We've also got more on a WWE executive being let go, Linda McMahon's future, Edge talks about his plans, Daniel Bryan talks why he became a vegan, vegan MMA fighters, Rey Mysterio update, Mother of former WWE star rips people in the company, Chris Masters talks his departure, what talent is told to tell the press, reaction to someone in for enhancement matches and WWE performer gets stuff stolen/
We've got a huge story on the G-1 Climax tournament, the booking of the finish, where New Japan goes from here, as well as a history of the winners from the past.
We also have more on Heath Slater's situation, what he's being investigated about, what his alleged victim said as well as how WWE is treating the incident.
We also look at a poll of sports fans, how pro wrestling and MMA fared and some amazing stats about pro wrestling that are the exact opposite of what most would seen to think. We also look at the WWE 12 roster and who got left out. We also look at how the economy may change the cable business. We look at how that would affect WWE and UFC, as well as more from the sign police, WWE tryouts and time delayed viewership of Raw.
We also look at the death of Bobby Fields, and his relationship with the most famous family feud in U.S. folklore, and career highlights.
We also have our usual weekly features including ratings for all the major national shows, broken down the segment-by-segment for both Raw and Impact, showing which segments gained and lost viewers and evaluated their performance from an audience level.
We also have results from all the major league pro wrestling and MMA events over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
Also in this week's issues:
--Press conference announcing heels turning babyface
--World title change in Mexico
--Who have won the CMLL world heavyweight title including some well known Americans
--Foreign Hall of Famer heads to Arena Mexico
--Notes on All Japan's annual junior heavyweight tournament
--Major head-to-head battle in Japan
--Zuffa fighter headlines major pro wrestling event in Tokyo promotional war
--WWE star involved in that wrestling war show
--How the situation with celebrities doing pro wrestling has changed
--Mil Mascaras 40th anniversary of his Japanese debut show announced, including main event and stars involved
--Oldest living wrestler
--New Jack/Terri Runnels lawsuit update
--Devin Nicholson lawsuit update
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling legends show notes featuring some of the biggest stars of the 70s, 80s and 90s
--NWA Legends Convention news
--Update on NWA title belt
--Whatever happened to Pampero Firpo
--Music star opens up a new wrestling promotion
--Former wrestling headliner and celebrity in Canada doing autobiography
--Wrestler arrested as sex offender
--UFC 133 early PPV estimates and what areas did well
--Mauro Ranallo and Dana White talk Fedor
--Future of Cung Le
--Next major Dream show
--Bellator's next show
--One of the most well known names in sports wants to do MMA, and calls out a former Dream headliner
--Jens Pulver on comeback trail
--Kimbo Slice in boxing
--Debut of new promotion with an old name including an NCAA champion former UFC stars
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We now have available personally autographed copies of Tributes II, our latest book, as well as a DVD that comes with it talking more
about the subjects in the book. The book covers the life stories of Lou Thesz, Wahoo McDaniel, Elizabeth, Fred Blassie, Road Warrior Hawk,
Andre the Giant, Curt Hennig, Johnny Valentine, Davey Boy Smith, Terry Gordy, Owen Hart, Stu Hart, Gorilla Monsoon, The Sheik and Tim Woods. To get all of those biographies as back issues of the Observer would be a $60 value today. This is a collection of some of the best
Observer articles of the past several years in a hardcover, full-color format that is 239 pages. There is also a foreword by Bret Hart. The book price is $12.95 plus $3.50 for shipping costs in the U.S., $10 for shipping costs to Canada and $12 for shipping costs outside North
America. You can order the book the same way you order the newsletter.
-- As noted on the front page, Jeff Hardy returns to TNA this Thursday at the Huntsville, TV taping.
-- The Harts are in town for Smackdown, including Bret. He'll be refereeing a dark match tonight, and I think they're shooting some sort of angle for the show.
-- Rey's knee surgery is Friday.
-- Regarding his injury, the storyline will be that Alberto Del Rio put him out of action. Rey has a kayfabe interview talking about how Alberto has impacted his life here.
-- Add Dr. Luther to the cast of the Wrestling Revolution Project. This is the new concept being created by Jeff Katz, which we talked about when Katz was on our show last month. Luther, aka Lenny St. Claire, has worked FMW, tons of Canadian indies, and some shows in the Northwest including the New Portland Wrestling several years back. He and Paul Lazenby also pants'd me in a battle royal many years ago. He's good friends with Lance Storm as well.
-- Last night's Observer Radio with Dave and I is a FREE download. Just go to the front page, scroll down, and on the right-hand side of the page it's there under LATEST FREE RADIO SHOWS. Feel free to spread the word as well. We talk Raw, Jeff and Matt Hardy, Rey Mysterio's injury, TNA and so much more.
-- Dave has a gigantic story on the history of Vale Tudo in Brazil, leading up to modern-day MMA and UFC 134 in Rio, in tomorrow's new Observer. Should be one of the best articles of the year.
-- While it's not official, Clay Guida and Ben Henderson are pitching a number-one contender's fight against each other for the first one-hour FOX special coming up on November 12th at the Honda Center.
-- PWInsider reports that Matt Hardy also has a reckless driving charge he needs to answer to on October 11th, completely separate from his accident and charges from this past weekend.
-- The episode of CMT Made with Matt Morgan is available for viewing here.
-- We're told that Chael Sonnen is awesome on the Countdown to UFC 134 show that debuts tomorrow night on Spike TV. Shocking, I know.
-- DGUSA will introduce a new concept that let's you book the matches on the upcoming shows. It'll be announced tomorrow.
-- Reference to Andre the Giant in this Yahoo article, which is in the top ten right now.
-- For the ROH taping on October 1 at the Davis Arena in Louisville, the company has announced Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Jay Lethal, Roderick Strong, Haas & Benjamin, Briscoes, All Night Express, Mike Bennett and Truth Martini for the show thus far.
-- Strikeforce announced today that the undercard of the September 10th Grand Prix semi-finals will air on HDNet. The November 19th UFC with Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos for the title will also have two prelims airing on Spike.
-- Should TNA bring back Jeff Hardy for Bound for Glory?
Funny poll in hindsight.
Should Punk vs Nash be on TV or PPV?
Match shouldn't be done at all because it'll hurt Punk 46.0%
First on TV, second on PPV 5.5%
What was the biggest news story of the year?
Randy Savage passes away 48.6%
C.M. Punk's promo in June 17.9%
UFC Fox deal 15.7%
Rock returns to WWE 10.1%
UFC buys Strikeforce 6.5%
UFC sells out Rogers Centre 1.3%
-- Josh Nason and I have a big UFC guest scheduled for tomorrow afternoon's show.
-- Interview with Mick Foley heretalking a number of things including a potential (and likely) return to WWE.
-- Dana is scheduled for Opie and Anthony today.
-- Tim writes: Big W (a discount department store in Australia, similar to your Wal-Mart) has started selling the official UFC clothing line. I believe they are the first major store in Australia to start selling the UFC line.
-- In honor of the work and sacrifices that the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces offer in the name of their country, the University of MMA is promoting a special amateur MMA event, entitled ‘Salute to Service,’ on September 11, 2011. Tickets are now on sale at www.UofMMA.com. ‘Salute’ will pay tribute in two ways. Firstly, ‘the U’ has teamed up with the Lone Survivor Foundation (www.LoneSurvivorFoundation.org), a federally approved 501c3 non-profit with a vision to help wounded service members and their families. The U will be supplying autographed MMA memorabilia, private training sessions, and the opportunity to watch ‘Salute’ live alongside some of the top fighters in MMA (names to be announced). All auction proceeds go directly to the Lone Survivor Foundation.
-- ECWA will be a vendor at K&S Wrestlefest- “A Hot Summer’s Night” on Sat, Aug 27th 9:30 AM -10:30 AM. The convention will be held at: Ramada Philadelphia Airport. 76 Industrial Hwy – Rt. 291. Essington, PA 19029
-- Interview with Dana on Fox Sports Radio here. Thanks to Stu.
-- The NYWC presents "Rapid Fire" this Thursday August 25th, live from the NYWC Sportatorium in Deer Park NY. A new champion will be crowned.
-- The latest edition of FSW High Octane is now available online. The show features a 15 man Battle Royal, featuring Sinn Bodhi, Michael Modest, Funny Bone. The winner of the match receives a title shot against FSW Champion Franco D'Angelo, in the main event. Remy Marcel defends NO Limits Title in 4 way match. The show also features the debut of Disco Inferno on color commentary Check it out here.