TUESDAY UPDATE: More from Raw, Jon Jones legal update, TONS of July 4th sales from ROH, DGUSA and others, Spider Man and lucha, new 1000th Raw stars, Vegas weekend info, tons more



By Bryan Alvarez

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Smackdown will be billed as The Great American Bash, and air live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Syfy, from Corpus Christi. There will be four more Money in the Bank qualifying matches, a Battle Royal featuring the big names like John Cena, C.M. Punk and Big Show, as well as Great Khali & Layla vs. Antonio Cesaro & Aksana.

We're also looking for reports on WWE house shows on Friday night in Monroe, LA, Saturday night in Lafayette, LA, Evolve from Jacksonville, FL and Extreme Rising from Philadelphia.

We've got an update on WrestleMania numbers and what they mean, the legacy of Fedor Emelianenko, how Silva vs. Sonnen mirrors pro wrestling interviews from 40 years ago, an update on Ring of Honor and UFC after weekend shows, details on WWE's new TV, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, and tons more on John Cena among the highlights of the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
 
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--Details on the new Mistico
 
--Multiple women risk their hair in a big match this week
 
--Hall of Famer undergoes eye surgery this week
 
--TNA prelim wrestlers that have gotten interest outside the U.S.
 
--Upcoming Dragon Gate shows in the U.S. and one of its biggest events in Japan
 
--TNA stars coming to Pro Wrestling NOAH and the political significance of that move
 
--A look at NOAH's next major show
 
--Two of pro wrestling's biggest stars each announce 20th anniversary events
 
--Huge ratings for a pro wrestling world title change
 
--A look at major matches in July from New Japan Pro Wrestling including its biggest monthly show
 
--Ric Flair update including contractual stipulation
 
--Update on Scott Hall and Lex Luger
 
--Notes on Kevin Nash movie role
 
--More on TNA's lawsuit against Scott Steiner
 
--Details of Steiner's contract with TNA
 
--Steiner's twitter war with Brooke Hogan
 
--Update on TNA international
 
--More on the payoff on Styles and Dixie Carter
 
--Why it made no sense to do it when they did it
 
--Update on Destination X PPV
 
--More on the Sting being attacked angle
 
--Update on the X Division title
 
--TNA wrestler wins bikini contest
 
--Background of Taelor Hendrix and the cancer story
 
--Why Gut Check with a woman brings up different issues than with a guy
 
--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows
 
--Update on Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
 
--How many people now can get Fuel
 
--Fighter issues a challenge to opponent for stricter drug testing
 
--More on Brock Lesnar, UFC and WWE, as well as who he is most interested in fighting
 
--Fighter talks about giving up testosterone replacement therapy
 
--Lots of new UFC matches
 

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Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Jon Jones appeared in court today and requested more time to complete a drug and alcohol abuse program stemming from a May 26th DWI. He said he is taking classes near his home. The added time will delay his sentencing.

-- Don't forget Smackdown is live tonight with the Great American Bash theme. Regarding the battle royal we talked about with all the stars last week, with the question being what the point of it was, the winner will be next week's Raw GM. They story is that the new permanent Raw GM will be announced on Raw 1,000. There will also be Money in the Bank qualifiers.

-- Countdown to UFC 148, which is said be excellent, debuts on FUEL tonight.

-- A great quote from Anderson on Saturday's fight and their first encounter: "He took me down, he is good at wrestling. Okay. Good. But I punch him in the face ‘BAP! BAP! BAP! BOOM!’ and that is it. I win. That’s it. No different from the first fight on Saturday. I win!"

-- UFC Ultimate Insider tonight on FUEL has, among things, Rener and Ryron Gracie breaking down and explaining the triangle armbar that Silva used to beat Sonnen with two minutes left in the last round of their first fight.

-- Just want to mention that Doc Young, who made an appearance on Wrestling Weekly this past week, his first in many, many months, is in need of a surgery that his insurance won't cover. It will run several thousand dollars. For anyone who listened to the show and would like to donate towards the cause, his PayPal address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Any help is appreciated. Doc is a great guy and has had severe health problems seemingly forever now. We're so happy to hear him back on the show and hope he will be back up on his feet soon.

-- In the new Spider Man movie, without spoiling too much, Peter Parker gets the idea for the mask when he ends up inside a wrestling ring and finds himself surrounded by posters of masked luchadors.

-- The 1,000th Raw commercial that is on the front page right now was actually produced by the USA Network and not WWE. Perhaps the USA Network should be writing Raw, and not WWE.

-- John Lauranitis did a run-in after Raw last night and Cena beat him up with a chair.

-- This is my final update before heading to Las Vegas for what is being called International Fight Week, UFC's answer to WrestleMania weekend. If you are going to Vegas as part of our annual convention, or if, for example, you live in LA and decided just now to drive out for the weekend, you can get a full listing of events we'll all be attending by emailing Ed at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . I will also be tweeting all weekend and alerting people as to our whereabouts at @bryanalvarez, so follow me there. We'll be doing largely our usual radio show schedule from Vegas with probably some bonus shows as well.

-- Added to the list of those appearing at the 1,000th Raw are Bret Hart, who was the WWF Champion on the first-ever episode of Raw in 1993. Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry are also expected there, though that announcement has not been made official yet.

-- There is a very interesting interview with Bobby Roode heretalking about how upset he was when he found out the finish had been changed by Hulk Hogan at Bound for Glory, but how in the end it was for the best and happened for a reason.

-- Silas Young, who was dropped from DGUSA this weekend after no-showing events, was just announced as appearing at future ROH events.

-- Doink last night was played by Brooklyn Brawler.

-- Cabana vs. Pearce in their Seven Levels of Hate NWA Title series continues this week. From the promoter: Steel Domain Wresting (SDW) in Minneapolis-St. Paul welcomes the “Seven Levels of Hate” Series to the Hopkins Pavilion, this Saturday, July 7th, 2012 and is making the entire card available on internet pay-per-view through the SDW website at http://www.steeldomainwrestling.com. The event, scheduled to begin at 7:30pm will feature Stage Three in the explosive “Seven Levels of Hate” series between current NWA World Heavyweight Champion Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana and former four-time titleholder "Scrap Iron" Adam Pearce. Pitted against one another in an "I Quit Match”, Cabana and Pearce will continue their best-of-seven series that Cabana leads 2-0. The price of the event is set at $7.77 on internet pay-per-view, a reduced rate in recognition of the “Seven Levels” series and this 7/7 event date. The card is also loaded with top independent talent, including a match between the Honky Tonk Man and local veteran Mitch Paradise. On the line for Paradise is a potential top seed in the upcoming Steel Domain Heavyweight Title Tournament. Paradise is a former five-time SDW champion and is looking for a sixth run with the belt.

-- Dragon Gate USA is doing a fourth of July sale: The DGUSA.tv 4th Of July 40% Off Sale starts now! You can get 40% off all DGUSA and EVOLVE DVDs, shirts, sweatshirts and caps. Just put the code "40% off" in the special instructions when you check out of the www.DGUSA.tv online store or say it when you call 267-519-9744 and you'll get a 40% refund on your order. Please note that you will initially be charged full price, but you will receive the 40% refund shortly after you order. Shipping is not included. If you can't find where to enter the code email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll make sure you get the 40% refund. Here's just some of the items you can get for 40% off right now

-- ROH is also doing a sale: Starting at noon today and running through Sunday night July 8th at midnight, Ring of Honor Wrestling is bringing to you its annual Fourth of July sale!!! This offer includes a special Buy 2, Get 1 Free deal on all ROH DVD’s from 2011 & 2012 (including compilations), 20% Off all apparel (35% off for ringside members), and a special bonus offer with all merchandise orders over $100. More info at rohwrestling.com.

-- RF Videois also doing a holiday 30% off everything sale.

-- While we're at it: Masked Republic 4th of July Sale: Code MSK40OFF gets you 40% off your entire order at LuchaShop.comincluding all t-shirts, dvds, and more through the weekend.

-- Arianny Celeste signed with Glenn Robinson and Authentic Sports Management.

-- Jim Ross to attend Hall of Fame: Professional wrestling icon Jim Ross will participate in the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, on July 13-14. Ross received the Lou Thesz Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum last year. Ross is one of the most recognized names in professional wrestling. He is best-known as a professional wrestling commentator and for his executive work with World Wrestling Entertainment. Ross has been heavily involved with scouting and talent development with the WWE. Ross and Gerald Brisco will evaluate talent at 1 p.m. prior to the Impact Pro Wrestling Show held at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Several of the biggest names in professional wrestling and amateur wrestling will be on hand for the event. Kurt Angle, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Road Warrior Animal, Dan Severn, Bill Apter, Jim Ross, Baron Von Raschke, Gerry Brisco, Danny Hodge, Larry Hennig, Mad Dog Vachon, Bob Roop and Dan Gable are scheduled to appear during weekend activities. Ringside seats to the professional wrestling show are $15. General admission tickets are $10. Contact the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum at (319) 233-0745 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for information on purchasing tickets for any of the weekend’s activities.

-- What do you think should be the Aries vs. Roode finish?
Roode wins in heel fashion 40.4%
Roode wins clean 19.5%
Aries wins the title 18.6%
A non-finish to build up a PPV rematch where Roode wins 13.6%
A non-finish to build up a PPV rematch where Aries wins 5.7%
A non-finish and do the rematch on TV 2.2%

Should Wanderlei Silva be put in the UFC Hall of Fame?
Yes 78.6%
No 21.4%

Who is the best actor among wrestlers?
Dwayne Johnson 63.2%
Roddy Piper 11.5%
Jesse Ventura 6.6%
Terry Funk 5.2%
Steve Austin 2.8%
Mike Mazurki 2.6%
Edge 2.3%
Hulk Hogan 1.7%
John Cena 1.2%
Big Show 1.2%
Kevin Nash 1.1%
Bob Sapp 0.5%

Who is the best prospect in WWE developmental?
Dean Ambrose 33.5%
Seth Rollins 20.4%
Kassius Ohno 15.8%
Husky Harris/Bray Wyatt 13.2%
Richie Steamboat 11.2%
Ascension 2.7%
Bo Dallas 1.3%
Rick Victor 0.9%
Leakee 0.4%
Big E Langston 0.4%
Leo Kruger 0.1%