WED. UPDATE: WWE star has another surgery, Ratings, WWE angle gets mainstream, new WWE VP, Punk

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--Rey Mysterio underwent another knee surgery today to repair a damaged PCL.
--With last week's football rating down, ESPN only beat USA 2.1 to 2.0 in prime time ratings last week.  FX was No. 7 at 1.0, Syfy was No. 11 also at 1.0 and Spike was No. 23 at 0.7.  The first hour of Raw was No. 25 while the second hour did not make the top 25.    
--UFC announced that Saturday night's Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson bantamweight title fight will air live in the U.K. on Premier Sports unencrypted for all U.K. and Northern Ireland homes on Ch. 433 on BSKYB.  In Ireland, the show will be live on Setanta Sports 1, unencrypted to the Republic of Ireland on Satellite Ch. 424 on BSKYB.  It's also available on cable on Ch. 408, which is a pay channel. (thanks to Paul Clay)
--HLN's Showbiz Tonight last night talked about the Hugh Jackman/Dolph Ziggler angle.  Jackman claimed he did hit Ziggler hard and he sent him a case of beer the next day, but when asked if he had really broken Ziggler's jaw, he said he wasn't sure, "I think he might be exaggerating there."
--Will Hell in a Cell do?
More then last year 4.8%
Less than last year 81.5%
Same as last year 13.7%
Who will come out of Hell in a Cell as WWE champion?
John Cena 46.9%
Alberto Del Rio 37.9%
C.M. Punk 15.2%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 6.1%
Good 25.9%
Average 31.6%
Fair 16.0%
Poor 20.5%
        19.2% of those responding didn't see the show
--The New York Daily News gossip column talked about Stacy Keibler today.  They said she was shopping at the athletic gear store in midtown Manhattan at City Sports on Thursday trying to look inconspicuous, noting it wasn't sunny, she came in wearing shade and wouldn't take them off, and nobody noticed her. (thanks to Jeff Sheridan)
--Mickie James was in the U.K. today on "Daybreak," a breakfast show.  She was on for about five minutes.  She came off well, humble, and well spoken.  When they asked if it was a show, she said it was, but it was dangerous and exciting. She said she used to watch wrestling with her parents and she's living her dream.  She said she trains an hour a day, five days a week and is on the road 200 days a year.  The pushed TNA being moved to Sunday nights on Challenge TV.  WWE was never mentioned. (thanks to Barry Murphy) 
--Jane Geddes, who was the Senior Vice President of Tournament Operations & Player Services for the LPGA, has resigned to take a post at Vice President of Talent Relations for WWE.  She will work under John Laurinaitis and HHH in that department.  
--Chuck Langerman's daily wrestling trivia.  ECW Ultra Clash on September 18, 1993, saw a main event of The Head Hunters vs. Crash the Terminator (Bill DeMott) & Miguel Perez Jr. in a baseball bat match.  It was supposed to be a barbed wire baseball bat match, but nobody remembered to get barbed wire.  During the match, one of the Head Hunters went crashing through a wall at the arena, causing a big hole.  With the hole, fans could see backstage, and sitting in a chair, wearing nothing but red underwear and smoking a cigar was Abdullah the Butcher.  The crowd popped huge at that moment, and Butcher, who doesn't run often, ran for cover.
--Jim Ross on twitter noted that he just did an interview with an Edge DVD that will be released soon.
--The Chicago Tribute reported that C.M. Punk got another tattoo yesterday at Family Tattoo in Roscoe Village, IL.  He got a tattoo of a dad fish on the back of his left shoulder, having something to do with his friendship with Natalie Slater.
--Tickets for UFC 139 in San Jose went on sale today to Fight Club members.  They go on sale to the public on Friday at 10 a.m. priced at $400, $300, $225, $150, $75 and $50.
--Odds for Saturday's UFC TV fights
Demetrious Johnson +370
Dominick Cruz -465
Anthony Johnson -200
Charlie Brenneman +170
Mac Danzig +180
Matt Wiman -220
Pat Barry -190
Stefan Struve +165  
--Former MMA star and pro wrestler Enson Inoue appeared on the first episode of the season of Hawaii Five-O, playing the bodyguard of the legendary villain Wo Fat.   
--CHIKARA debuts on iPPV on 11/13 with a show from the Arena in Philadelphia.  If you order the PPV in the next seven days at you will be put in a drawing to get one of five autographed event posters.
--Scott Bowden talks about Jerry Lawler's second wife, Paula Lawler, including a bikini photo of her recently and recounting Paula's Picks on the Jerry Lawler show, which I used to watch religiously.  The show, not Paula's picks.  Story is at  He also has the newspaper clip from 1982 announcing Lawler's wedding to her in 1982 when the Mayor presided over the ceremony.  I remember his wedding being a big deal in the local media when it happened.
--When we had Jim Cornette on the show last week, he noted that he hadn't seen "Memphis Heat," the documentary on wrestling in the city.  His wife posted today that they both saw the movie last night.  Don't know what he thought of it, but he probably liked it. (thanks to Mike DeGeorge)
--There is a DVD release party for Memphis Hat on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Central BBQ in Memphis.
--There will be a Randy Savage art show on 11/12 in Toronto. For more info go to
--Maria Kanellis and Winter are involved in Fantasy Women Battles with 16 beautiful women facing off in duels to the death.     
--A story on Angelo Savoldi, who at 97, is the man believed to be the world's oldest pro wrestler, is at tml  He's actually from Naples, Italy, and started wrestling in 1938 and talked about his 1960 feud with Danny Hodge, who beat Savoldi for the world junior heavyweight title that year.  He wrestled his final match in 1972 at the age of 58.
--John Cena is listed as being the No. 8 athlete when it comes to Facebook followers with 8,700,759, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, David Beckham, Michael Jordan, Ricardo Kaka, Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer.  Dwayne Johnson is No. 20. 
--The next UWF PPV show, and I don't know the date, will feature Steve Mack vs. Buck Chyld loser leaves the crew, SATs vs. Brian XL & Lance Lude, Eddie Carnage vs. BC Killer in a death match and Homicide vs. Ricky Reyes vs. Rasche Brown vs. Bestia in a four-way to crown the group's first champion.
--A wrestling movie called "Fancypants" opens on 9/29 in Chicago after winning best  feature at the Sunscreen Film Festival.  Roddy Piper is in the movie, which is a story of a pro wrestler, Leo the Blue Lion, who wins 112 matches in a row but meets a young boy who will change his life.  It's playing at the AMC River East Theater.  Some of the shows are already sold out.  The premiere is tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. Red Carpet arrivals, and an 8:30 p.m Q&A with the director and cast after the movie.
--M-1 Global announced Tim Gallicchio vs. Daniel Madrid for the 10/14 event on Showtime airing live from Phoenix at the Grand Canyon University Arena.  The show is headlined by Kenny Garner vs. Guram Gugenishvili and former UFC fighter Vinny Magalhaes (a Jiu Jitsu whiz) vs. Mikhal Zayats.
--Mike Hartsfield and Damian 666 are starting a new promotion called MEXPW in January with events in Southern California.  Several of the former XPW wrestlers like Supreme, Kaos and Johnny Webb will be involved, along with Los Perros Del Mal.  
--Lucha Libre Azteca on Sunday in Leon before 3,000 fans:  Bengali & Los Difuntos I & II b Angel Dorada Jr. & Gato Fantasma & Potro Jr., Golden Boy & Tigre Universitario b Mascara Purpura & Silencio, Brazo de Plata & Maximo b El Terrible & El Texano Jr., Hector Garza & Shocker b Mr. Aguila & Olimpico, Volador Jr. won three-way over La Sombra and La Mascara (thanks to Kris Zellner)  
--Carlito, The Patriot and Blue Meanie headline on 10/15 in East Norriton, PA at Retro Fitness,
--Raw was No. 79 in Metro Sydney on pay TV with 22,000 viewers
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
--There will be wrestling from Noon to 4 p.m. on 10/9 at the 19th anniversary Sabor de Mexico Lindo in Downtown Huntington Beach, CA at Downtown Huntington Park.  The show will feature Southern California based independent wrestlers.    
--Dreamwave Wrestling on Saturday night in LaSalle, IL with Colt Cabana, Gregory Iron plus Mick Foley will be appearing as a referee.
--Mick Foley is doing double duty, as he'll be doing stand up comedy live on 10/1 at the Ninth Street Pub in LaSalle, IL after the show.  For ticket into you can go to  
--UWC Championship Wrestling at
--Steeltown Pro Wrestling on 10/21 in Morden, Manitoba at the Morden Community Centre
--Ed and Cutrer talk to Wrestling Observer Live's Mike Sempervive about Matt Hardy, Night of Champions and more at
--ECWA on 10/15 in Newark, DE featuring Robbie E and Adam Cole.
--NCW on 11/5 in York, PA at the York County School of Technology featuring Tony Atlas and a Battle Royal

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