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Matt Morgan vs. Jeff Jarrett
Mickie James vs. Winter in a non-title match
Abyss vs Brian Kendrick for the X Division title
Kurt Angle vs. Rob Van Dam
        Hulk Hogan and Mick Foley are back discussing who is in power, plus tonight is the return to wrestling of the Disco Inferno.      
        The life and times of one of the biggest stars in pro wrestling history, Randy Savage, is the focus of the new double-issue of the Observer.  This is one of the biggest bios we've ever done, with comments from many of the biggest stars in history, looking at Savage from his days as a child playing baseball, through his years as a skinny enhancement guy, to becoming the most talented wrestler on the outlaw circuit, and how he became one of the most recognizable names in pro wrestling history.
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        We look at the death of Savage, the media response, his career title record and major awards, the poem by Jay Lethal who imitated him, comments from a number of the biggest stars in wrestling, as well as a look back at his most famous storylines, how they happened, and even more important, how much luck was involved because all of them could very well have not happened.
        We go back to the famous WrestleManias, the first SummerSlam, Saturday Night's Main Event against Bret Hart, the uniting and breakup of The Megapowers.  We look back at his matches with Hogan and his feud with Ricky Steamboat, as well as his retirement match with Ultimate Warrior, his talks with WCW, why his relationship with Hulk Hogan has been so rocky, as well as a look back at the life and times of Elizabeth.
        Ricky Steamboat looks back at his most famous match and his thoughts about it 24 years later, as well as his WCW days, Dusty Rhodes talks about his baseball days as well as his final match in TNA when Rhodes was booking. 
        We look at his childhood love for baseball, growing up in a wrestling household, baseball in high school and the minor leagues, how pro wrestling played a part in his original tryout, notes from baseball teammates, his second wife, his beginnings in pro wrestling while still playing baseball.
        Bret Hart talks about Savage's departure from WWF in the 90s, how Savage got into WWF in the first place and McMahon and Howard Finkel calling people for background on him and Elizabeth, as well as the portrayal of Elizabeth and how it was not the original direction for her.  We also look at how the popularity of female valets got started, Savage's first Madison Square Garden match and the story behind that.  We look at the problems with Savage and Elizabeth, her life between wrestling gigs and Savage and Elizabeth in WCW.
        We look at how Elizabeth got in WCW, what she did after WCW and her slow downfall leading to her demise.
        We also look at his formative years in the business, where he got the name Randy Savage as well as the Macho Man name, and working himself up the ranks in smaller promotions.  We look at his run in Georgia, Tennessee and in Canada as well as a look back at International Championship Wrestling, one of the most talked about outlaw promotions in history.
        We look at Savage as ICW champion, what they would do on television, the threats of violence, grandstand angles, his near altercations and real altercations.  We look at his feud in the ring with his brother, his lawsuit against the establishment promotions and why it fell apart.  We also look at the angle for Savage in Mid South Wrestling with someone who went on to become one of the biggest stars in the business, and why it stared but never played out.
        We also look at how the biggest enemy of the Jarrett promotions for more than a year became one of their biggest stars.  We look back at the program with Jerry Lawler, his face turn against Rick Rude, his heel turn, what all-time legend he was planning to drop the ICW title to when that star no-showed a major event.
        We look at how Savage first got the call to join WWF and how he did business on the way out.
        We also look at his professionalism and other wrestlers talk about the respect they had for him, as well as his erratic behavior.  We look at how he made Diamond Dallas Page, the Team Madness era, what happened in WCW and his post-WrestleMania feud with Hulk Hogan.  We also look at his time as a recluse, and what death led to two of today's biggest names seeing him one last time.  We also look at his talks that led to his appearing on video doing a promo last summer.
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        We've also got the full lineup for the next TripleMania, the 19th edition, and what wrestler says he is putting up his career.
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--Ric Flair was charged today with contempt of court in a ruling issued by Superior Court in Mecklenberg County.  Flair had agreed to pay Michael Bochicchio and Highspots Inc. $35,000 and autograph 300 pictures by 4/29  in a settlement for money Highspots claimed was owed to them by advancing Flair money.  The court believed that Flair had the assets and income to where he could afford to comply with the agreement and had failed to do so.  The order is that Flair can be put in prison for up to 90 days as long as he remains in contempt by not paying what was owed.  Unless he complies with the terms of the agreement, he would be ordered to prison on 6/27.
--Ultimate Fighter last night did a 0.9 rating.
--How is this for the weirdest coincidence.  On the movie Hangover 2, which debuts tomorrow night, early in the movie the guys go to someone's room and there is a Randy Savage poster up on the wall of all people.
--Kurt Angle on twitter said that he would be doing a reality show which would be based on him training and trying to qualify for the Olympics in wrestling.  Angle would be 43 by the time the Olympics take place.  He said he would officially announce his return to amateur wrestling competition in September.  This probably won't go well, at least as far as Angle doing well at the competitive level.    
--Paul Heyman was the guest on WDFN radio in Detroit promoting the Brock Lesnar book, talking ECW and what he was planning to do if he got the gig in TNA at
--Want to thank everyone for all the nice comments regarding this week's issue and the Randy Savage story.  We'll have more in the next issue as well.  Writing it brought back a lot of memories of a very complex but also very talented person. 
--A state audit of WWE that was an issue in the senate race could only find that WWE owed about $7,000 in underpaid unemployment compensation according to a WWE attorney in an AP story.  The WWE did not agree with the findings they said, but the company has decided to pay the assessment for 2008 and 2009 to avoid any further expenses.  They are paying $7,316.64 under protest.  The audit also showed WWE overpaid on taxable payroll wages those years, creating a credit.  They are also arguing that 23 people the state believed should be considered employees for purposes of unemployment compensation issues were really temporary workers.  Five of them were hired to blur old images of the WWF logo in the video library.
--A story on Chris Nowinski and the concussion issue that he was such a big part of getting public is in today's Harvard Crimson at
--WWE has canceled its 8/20 show at the Rose Garden in Portland, a Smackdown event, but will return to the city for a show on February 27, 2012.  
--Alan Belcher vs. Jason MacDonald was announced today for a 9/17 Spike TV special from New Orleans.  Mike Swick also returns on the 8/27 show in Rio de Janeiro against Erick Silva, a Brazilian with a 12-1 record who would be making his debut.
--Dana White did say that they will be making a decision on the opponent for Jon Jones when he returns shortly after this weekend.  Jones on a radio show in Syracuse said that he expected to fight Quinton Jackson, if Jackson wins Saturday, or Lyoto Machida.  White only said it would not be Rashad Evans, because Evans is still facing Phil Davis on 8/3.  He said they had considered pulling Evans out of the Davis fight, but said because they aren't sure when Jones will fight, they don't want to cancel a "sure thing" main event that they know when it is happening.
--He also said Georges St. Pierre would not be fighting at the 12/10 show in Montreal.
--After Hulk Hogan, who was WWF's biggest 80s star?
Randy Savage 56.5%
Roddy Piper 17.3%
Andre the Giant 14.8%
Ultimate Warrior 10.0%
Honky Tonk Man 0.9%
Sgt. Slaughter 0.4%
Ricky Steamboat 0.3%
Who was better on interviews?
The Rock 66.2%
Jim Cornette 33.8%
--Who should Jon Jones face next?
Evans-Davis winner 48.3%
Lyoto Machida 24.1%
Jackson-Hamill winner 16.5%
        UFC usually does what the polls indicate, but in this case, it's almost upside down.
--Alex Marvez talks to Mick Foley about Impact at
--Affliction's store in Seal Beach, CA at 1799 Apollo has its Grand Opening on 6/4 at 1 p.m. with appearances by several MMA fighters including Randy Couture.
--Last night during American Idol, James Durbin, the big wrestling fan who did the deal with Hulk Hogan, and has socialized with The Miz and Chris Jericho, and gotten a WWE belt, was wearing a Nexus T-shirt during the show.  Nobody said anything about what it was during the show.       
--The Jens Pulver documentary "Jens Pulver:  DRIVEN" will be screened on 6/10 at 5:30 P.M. at the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City.  Director Gregory Bayne will be in attendance.  The documentary focused on Pulver preparing for what turned out to be his farewell WEC fight in Columbus, OH before he was cut.  I was told the movie would appeal to anyone who even had mild interest in MMA. is trying to get as much Randy Savage news as it can.  Well, it's been kind of amazing how much interest there has been.  So today they noted there was a high-powered handgun in his car when he crashed.  But he had a permit for it and Savage and his wife were both into target shooting.  They also noted that yesterday was a private funeral with just the family where his ashes were scattered with his dog near his favorite tree, saying that Savage had requested that "Pomp and Circumstance" not be played at his ceremony saying he felt he had taken the thunder from Gorgeous George.
--WWEShopzone is doing a Randy Savage remembered package here fans can get action figures and DVDs.  The DVD is getting Macho Madness and Hulk Hogan Unleashed.  They are back selling retro ECW T-shirts.  Apparently the last time they had them they sold out quickly which is why they stopped being available.  At least that's what Joey Styles said.  No explanation on who people who ordered them got WrestleMania VII T-shirts instead (thanks to Josh Jabcuga)
--The UFC announced the launch of the UFC Octagon Nation Tour throughout the summer in 18-wheeler trucks.  They will be at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the Summer X Games and Quicksilver Pro, as well as go to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.  This weekend they trucks will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas tomorrow and Saturday, and at Miller's Ale House on Sunday.  They will be in Phoenix on Wednesday and back in Las Vegas and Friday and Saturday.  They will be at Time Square in New York on 6/25, and at Bonnaroo in Chattanooga from 6/9 to 6/12.   
--Today is the 43rd birth of TNA agent Pat Kenney, who was formerly Simon Diamond, as well as the 32nd birthday of Ashley Massaro and the 35th birthday of Kenny Florian (thanks to Paul Begley)
--Even though she denied the story when it came out, Vivid Video President Steve Hirsch said that Chyna approached him months ago about doing XXX porn and they have a film shot with porn stars Evan and Lee Stone called "Backdoor into Chyna."
--A story noting her previously lying about the subject is at
--Maximum Fighting Championship announced Brian Cobb has signed a multi-fight deal and will debut on 6/10 in Edmonton on HDNet against Drew Fickett on a show that also includes Pete Spratt vs. Marcus Davis. 
--Brian Fritz has a 2001 interview with Randy Savage during the period he was challenging Hulk Hogan to a real fight for charity, as well as WrestleMania III and going to WCW at
--Dragon Gate USA has a new PPV that debuts tomorrow night with Yamato vs. Akira Tozawa and Masato Yoshino & Pac vs. Cima & Naruki Doi, both of which are said to be great matches.
--Also on TV tomorrow night on HDNet will be Titan Fighting Championships from Memorial Hall in Kansas City headlined by Jens Pulver vs. Brian Davidson, Jake Rosholt vs. John Ott, Jared Rosholt vs. Kirk Grinlinton, Rudy Bears vs. Darryl Cobb, Nick Budig vs. Bob Cooper, Joe Wilk vs. Jesse Zygun and Sean Wilson vs. Deryck Ripley.
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Cancerbero & Euforia & Raziel b Angel de Plata & Delta & Fuego, Ephesto & Mephisto & Misterioso Jr. b Sagrado & Stuka Jr. & Valiente, La Mascara & La Sombra & Strongman b Atlantis & Negro Casas & Mr. Niebla
--CMLL from Tuesday night in Guadalajara:  Thunder Boy b Acertijo, Magnum & Virgo b Exterminador & Rafaga, Goya Kong & Luna Magica & Marcela b Amapola & Comandante & Mima Shimoda, Ephesto & Rey Escorpion & Vangelis b Diamante & Metro & Sangre Azteca, Black Warrior & La Sombra b Felino & Mr. Niebla-DQ 
--EXW Xtreme Measures on Sunday in Phoenix featuring Bill DeMott, Tommy Dreamer, Val Venis and Johnny the Bull Stamboli.  The promotion recently had a show featuring the return to pro wrestling of Robocop.  I was there in D.C. the first time Robocop was there.  That was some hokey stuff and despite how bad it was banned, it did get over to the live crowd better than I expected.  
--Orlando Jordan and Luke Hawx are opening a wrestling school in Kenner, LA called Wildkat Sports & Entertainment.  They will also train MMA fighters and other entertaining field training. They open with June classes for managers and referees.  For more info go to
--Keith Williams is selling old 70s autographs on ebay under the seller name "TennesseeJedd" of people like Fred Blassie, Gorilla Monsoon, Bruno Sammartino, Stan Stasiak, Sypros Arion, Bulldog Brower, Ted DiBiase, Antonio Inoki, Tatsumi Fujinami, Shozo Kobayashi The Great Wizard and Crazy Luke Graham. 
--East Coast Wrestling Alliance on 7/16 in Newark, DE at the Newark Boys & Girls Club  

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