TUES UPDATE: Steve Austin explains why he wasn't at Raw, and it wasn't movie commitments, Edge making first non-WWE appearance, Hudson killer sentenced, new SI TV show covering MMA, tons more
By Bryan Alvarez
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We look at plans and thoughts on Raw No. 1,000, including what Steve Austin is currently doing and the build for SummerSlam.
We also have full coverage of the Money in the Bank PPV, including early business indications, match-by-match coverage with star ratings as well as poll results of the show.
We also have full coverage of both the UFC show on Fuel in San Jose and the Strikeforce show in Portland from the past week. We look at who is Chris Weidman, ratings of the show, issues regarding Weidman being marketable, as well as a rundown of the middleweight contenders picture and where Weidman stands. We also look at Dana White's reaction to the crowd, and how the best match of the night never even aired on television.
We also have more on the Strikeforce brand, the situation with the champions, the problems with the idea of title vs. title matches against the UFC champion, as well as future Strikeforce events.
We look at WrestleMania week activities updated.
We also look at WWE's buying a stake in Tout and how it is going to be marketed, Dwayne Johnson talks a possible new film role, how much Linda McMahon has spent so far in her latest run for senate as well as notes on her campaign literature. We also look at the departure of Kharma and a number of new people starting with WWE in developmental. We look at the recruiting process, including the types of people they are now scouting. We look at the match order on PPVs, more ideas for new WWE television programming, Brock Lesnar's schedule, WWE star writing a book, the NXT tapings and who has been impressive, as well as notes on the only weekend WWE house show.
We look at the life and career of Dara Singh, including a lot of notable trivia about the most famous wrestler to a generation in India. We go through some of his most famous matches, including his bouts with Lou Thesz, Thesz's thoughts of Singh, the reaction to his death in India, his movie career, pro wrestling in India and more.
We also have a look at one of the biggest non-WWE shows in pro wrestling of this year, AAA's TripleMania show at the new Arena Ciudad in Mexico City on 8/5.
We also look at the Association of Boxing Commissioners meeting when it comes to scoring UFC fights, including criteria changes and the arguments regarding the half-point system as well as results of fighters polls on both the half-point scoring system and on announcing scores to the fighters or to the public after every round.
We also have more on four more pro wrestlers who came from the Olympics including someone who was a major overseas drawing card for years, and others who didn't become big in pro wrestling because they started too late in life.
We also have a look at the ratings of all the major shows and complete details on how every segment of Raw and Impact this past week did. We look at what segments gained and lost viewers
We also have results from all the major league arena events over the past week as well as previews of all the major television shows.
Also in this week's issue:
--Mini star loses mask and reveals identity
--59th anniversary of wrestling at Arena Puebla and what main event sold out the house
--Well known father teams with his two sons for the first time on a major show
--Opening of All Japan's junior heavyweight tournament
--Retirement of a long-term veteran
--Notes on this year's Fire Festival
--IGF title change
--Dave Bautista and MMA, movies, and being a music video director
--Former WCW and TNA wrestler talks retirement due to injuries
--Former WCW star arrested this past week
--Tammy Sytch checks in to rehab
--Notes from the George Tragos/Lou Thesz pro wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony with John Layfield, Dan Severn and more, as well as the story behind Kurt Angle not being there and why there was so much heat on him, and how it was all settled
--Arrest of former WWE wrestler
--Possible career ending injury to former WWE wrestler
--Lawsuit filed against Ultimate Warrior
--Notes on Bob Backlund
--Pro wrestling debut of Cody Hall, Scott's son
--One of the greatest woman wrestlers of all-time returns to the U.S. in September
--Update on Archie "The Stomper" Gouldie
--Someone with a pro wrestling connection hired as an announcer for the upcoming Olympics
--Former WWE wrestlers gets TV acting role
--More on ROH contract situations and what went down with Kenny King
--When Davey Richards is expected back for ROH
--More on proposed angle between ROH and Gabe Sapolsky
--Notes on weekend ROH house show
--More on Hulk Hogan and his next surgery
--TNA PPV news
--Who are the mystery guys in TNA
--How the DirecTV impasse affects TNA
--Update on the Hardcore Justice PPV
--Bound for Glory series update
--More on technicalities of the series
--What current TNA star entered the Diva search and didn't make the top ten
--More notes from the UFC Fighters Summit
--More on Forrest Griffin getting testosterone replacement therapy
--Notes on the upcoming U.S. and Australia/U.K. series of Ultimate Fighter, coaches, start times, dynamics and more
--Lots of new UFC matches
--A look at how busy the UFC schedule is going forward
--UFC show moved
--Notes on the Calgary show this week
--Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans talk future and possible division changes
--Junior Dos Santos talks his return
--Next Bellator TV show as well as when the new season is scheduled to start
--Notes on an upcoming MMA movie featuring major movie stars
-- From Steve Austin on why he was not at Raw last night:
RAW 1,000 And Why Stone Cold Steve Austin Wasn’t There
On July 23, 2012 WWE celebrated the 1,oooth episode of Monday Night Raw. I watched the show from my home in Los Angeles. After watching the show, I got on my Twitter account, @steveaustinBSR, to read responses to the show. There were many people blaming Vince McMahon and the WWE for not having SCSA on the show. And there were some folks who had some very negative things to say about me, personally.
The reason I did not attend RAW 1,000 was because I underwent a major knee surgery on my left knee on July 2, 2012. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA performed the surgery.
The surgery was a complete success. I am currently three weeks post op. I began physical therapy a few days ago. I had a world class surgeon and a great medical team working on me. I am now working with a top notch PT team. I am still on crutches and will probably lose the crutches in another week. Then I will be in a custom knee brace much like the braces I wore in the ring for 9-12 weeks.
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE. There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000. It was time to get my knee fixed. The decision to no-show RAW 1,000 was made by me and no one else. I have always taken pride in making my shots and have never faked an injury or illness. Pro Wrestling is a tough game and it was time to pay the piper for some of the damage I incurred in the ring. No gripes. No complaints.
To the fans that were hoping to see SCSA, I’m sorry I missed the show. I would have loved to be there under different circumstances. I normally keep my personal business to myself, but due to feedback and incorrect speculation, I have posted this blog and given the 411 on why I was not at RAW 1,000.
I will post more blogs about my PT and recovery soon.
-- Video of the set-up for HHH vs. Lesnar at SummerSlamfrom Raw last night.
-- William Balfour, who was convicted of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, was sentenced today to three consecutive life sentences. Hudson is engaged to WWE's David Otunga. You can read more on the story here.
-- Edge, appearing under his real name of Adam Copeland, has been announced as appearing at the first-ever House of Hardcore event. This would be his first non-WWE appearance since retiring.
-- UFC Ultimate Insider tonight on FUEL at 10 Eastern has, among things, Chuck Liddell's cageside commentary during Tito Ortiz's final match.
-- One of CM Punk's last interviews as a babyface talking Raw 1,000 and memories of the show here.
-- Extreme Rules, which WWE is billing as the first post-Mania PPV of 2013, takes place May 19th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Tickets are already on sale and the password is EXTREME.
-- NBC Sports, formerly Versus, will air the first-ever episode of Sports Illustrated at 9 Eastern tonight, a television version of the magazine. It'll feature a segment on mixed martial arts, focusing on the Jackson/Winkeljohn gym. You can see a preview video for the show here. It'll be replaying all week and probably all month on NBC Sports.
--When advertising the May 19, 2013 Extreme Rules in St. Louis, it was billed as the first PPV after WrestleMania, meaning a six week gap between shows.
-- TMZ has a story here about the Ultimate Warrior fraud accusation case from a few days ago. He's been accused of bilking a collector out of $28,000 worth of merchandise. Local police say Warrior won't face any charges because they investigated and could not "determine whether any fraud took place". It now becomes a civil matter.
-- Hector Lombard on Twitter said despite losing at UFC 149 Saturday night, he had no plans of dropping to 170.
-- Full line-up for UFC on FOX 4 from Los Angeles on August 4th has:
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua vs. Brandon Vera
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader
Travis Browne vs. Ben Rothwell
Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner
Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan
Davis vs. Wagner Prado
Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson
Josh Grispi vs. Rani Yahya
Phil De Fries vs. Oli Thompson
Manny Gamburyan vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga
-- $5 Wrestling presents their first-ever iPPV on Friday night, and they have a hype video heredetailing it all.
-- ROH just released a new Samoa Joe compilation DVD.
-- In a correction from yesterday, Onslaught were a thrash metal band in the 80's and 90's. The new Raw theme is by Outasight. Thanks to Lusy.
-- Brand new episode of TCW Wrestling, a very well-produced show, is up here.
-- CHIKARA: "Give 'em the Axe" Sunday July 29th, 2012 Live in Everett, MA! Doors open at 3:30 pm, Belltime is 4:00 pm! Click to visit the official event page
-- Big interview with former WWE/NXT star Maxine on why she left WWE here.
-- My wife Whitney has been working for months on creating a new non-profit organization called "Whale Scout" which would essentially involve sending trained naturalists out whenever whales are spotted to educate people about the local whale population. The Whale Scouts would provide information, binoculars, literature, etc., with the idea being that by educating locals it will encourage them to take small steps to help ensure the whales' survival. It would start locally in the Seattle area and hopefully expand to other coastal areas around the country and perhaps the world. She has entered a contest where whichever ideas get the most votes receives a $5,000 project grant. She is currently ranked number 22 out of over 100. The Whale Scout project page is here, and if you like the idea we would really appreciate the votes. You can also check out her Whale Scout Facebook page here. Thanks to everyone for supporting the idea, and if you know someone who loves whales, please pass this along!
What is the real UFC main event for Toronto?
Rory MacDonald vs. B.J. Penn 46.8%
Brian Stann vs. Michael Bisping 41.2%
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez 12.0%
Who do you think wins this fight?
Dominick Cruz 58.7%
Renan Barao 41.3%
What rating do you think Raw will get
3.1 or less 4.6%
4.2 or more 7.0%
Who most belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Tully Blanchard 41.5%
Afa & Sika 11.9%
Adrian Adonis 11.1%
Bob Armstrong 9.1%
Blackjack Mulligan 8.2%
John Studd 5.5%
Tony Atlas 3.8%
Penny Banner 2.6%
Bearcat Wright 2.2%
Ox Baker 2.1%
Blackjack Lanza 1.2%
Buddy Austin 0.7%
Who most belongs on the Hall of Fame ballot?
Jerry Brisco 21.4%
Masked Superstar 18.9%
Bill Dundee 16.8%
Fit Finlay 16.3%
Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell 9.3%
Dino Bravo 7.0%
Cowboy Bob Ellis 2.8%
Ilio DiPaolo 2.3%
Don Curtis 2.0%
Bulldog Bob Brown 1.9%
Cyclone Negro 1.1%
Dory Dixon 0.5%