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We're also looking for reports on the WWE Raw show in Sioux City, IA, Smackdown tonight in Madison, WI, as well as the PWG shows from last night and tonight in Reseda, CA.
Sunday has Raw in Sioux Falls, SD and Smackdown in LaCrosse, WI.
The live Raw will be Monday from Omaha. There is also a TNA Impact taping on Monday night in Orlando and a rare Monday night Smackdown house shows in Cedar Falls, IA.
Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT from Des Monies and another TNA Impact taping in Orlando.
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.
For Ring of Honor, we look at who Sinclair Broadcasting is, how the deal to purchase ROH came about, a background of how ROH was originally formed and the changes it has gone through. We also look at ROH changes, and historically how television has or hasn't helped the group. We look back at what weekend led to the formation of the promotion, as well as a background of who is in charge. We look at the early plans for the first television, sage of blood, how the tapings will be done, expected time slots and a station listing, as well as iPPV plans, and what happened over the weekend that is already of concern.
We've got full coverage of WWE's Over the Limit, including poll results and star ratings.
We also have a feature on a new clause that has been added to every WWE contract, and what it means. We look at how WWE and UFC both cover their fighters and similarities and differences. Chris Jericho talks future plans for the next year, WWE marriage falls apart, advertising for a HHH return, Capitol Combat thoughts and what got a WWE Hall of Famer pulled from shows this past week.
We look at the WrestleMania DVD business, Fast Five Business, a look back at the XFL including one really crazy story, developmental notes, Tough Enough notes as it comes to the finals, plus a look at the WWE weekend house show.
We've also got a rundown of the Chael Sonnen hearing, his ability to apply for a license and what happens next, what plans have changed a response from Michael Bisping. We look at comments made by commissioners and his use of testosterone therapy.
We've also got the full lineup for the next TripleMania, the 19th edition, and what wrestler says he is putting up his career.
We also have a feature on Bryan Baker, and his big night a few weeks back, as well as his period of fighting while undergoing treatment for leukemia.
We've got ratings of all the national shows including how every segment on Raw and Impact did and what viewers came and left.
We also have our usual weekly features with results of the major arena shows from around the world, and the major TV show rundowns and reviews.
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--A look at this past week's Arena Mexico show
--More on the retirement of Tinieblas
--Notes from this past week's AAA TV taping that included Jeff Jarrett and Abyss
--Major debut this week
--A look at Dragon Gate USA's next series of shows
--A look at a number of new Dragon Gate title matches
--All Japan vs. New Japan & Big Japan main event
--More on the New Japan tour of the Northeast
--Two major stars team up for the first time in nine years on a major show main event in August
--Shinya Hashimoto's son faces another major test
--Notes from the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame inductions
--Mark Lewin, Ivan Koloff, Destroyer and others induct people
--Notes on the debut of the new Urban Wrestling Federation on PPV
--One of the greatest wrestlers in U.S. history in the Danny Hodge era passes away
--Dory Funk Jr.'s return to St. Louis
--What happened with Terry Taylor in TNA
--Mick Foley's charity work
--TNA star whose contract expires shortly
--Desmond Wolfe talks
--Someone who was going to be brought to TNA is now on hold
--Plight of the X Division
--A look at the TNA weekend house shows
--A look at UFC in New York and the steps of how it may or may not get approval
--A look at the next UFC show
--Update on Jose Aldo Jr.
--Upcoming ticket sales for UFC events
--Update on Nick Diaz's career
--Major new sponsor headed to UFC and another close to coming
--What quote motivates Lorenzo Fertitta
--Demographic studies of UFC and what is shows about popularity on the current sports scene
--Notes on UFC's two major sponsors and how long they are committed for
--Another UFC fighter imitating Ric Flair
--The Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans feud from this week
--More on the guy Tito Ortiz bailed out and how it is giving UFC bad local publicity
--Nevada commission makes judging concession
--Dana White talks women fighting
--White compares UFC to boxing and wrestling
--Dietary change causes UFC fighter to lose 30 pounds
--Lots of upcoming UFC fights
--A look at Bellator's summer tournament
--Pacquiao vs. Mosley numbers
--Two former UFC stars arrested this past week and details
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--Scott Coker will be making an announcement at 5 p.m. Eastern time. It is expected the announcement will be the signing of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson for 7/30 at the Sears Center in Chicago. As of several weeks ago, this was scheduled as a PPV, so it is possible that announcement will be made. If not, it would be on Showtime.
--There are rumors going around that it will be announced tomorrow morning of a new WWE signing. It is not a major name star as far as someone a lot of people would know, but it's fairly significant for a number of reasons.
--What a difference 15 years make. Today's New York Post has an editorial that the assembly should legalize MMA. It was the New York media that got MMA legally banned in the state in 1996, requiring a law to overturn it. Talking with UFC officials, they are concerned that the bill won't get out of committee. The belief is if it does get out of committee and goes up for a vote, that it would probably pass. If it doesn't get out of committee and to the assembly floor by 6/20, they will have to start all over again at the next session.
--Tonight's UFC 130 PPV lineup
Facebook starting at about 6:30 p.m. Eastern
Renan Barao (135) vs. Cole Escovedo (135)
Michael McDonald (136) vs. Chris Cariaso (135)
Gleison Tibau (155) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (155)
Live on Spike and The Score at 8 p.m.
Kendall Grove (185) vs. Tim Boetsch (186)
Miguel Angel Torres (135.5) vs. Demetrious Johnson (135.5)
PPV fights at 9 p.m.
Brian Stann (186) vs. Jorge Santiago (185)
Thiago Alves (170) vs. Rick Story (170)
Stefan Struve (255) vs. Travis Browne (247)
Frank Mir (260) vs. Roy Nelson (260)
Quinton Jackson (205) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
--The next season of Ultimate Fighter with Michael Bisping and Jason Mayhem Miller as coaches will have bantamweights and featherweights (135 and 145 pounders)
--La Mascara vs. Averno was announced in a mask vs. mask match as CMLL's competition at Arena Mexico on 6/17, the day before AAA's TripleMania takes place at Palacio de los Deportes.
--A confrontation between John Cena and R-Truth is scheduled for Monday's Raw. That would indicate the 6/19 PPV will either be Cena vs. Truth or the two of them in a multiple person match.
--The Washington Nationals baseball team paid tribute to Randy Savage last night. They have mascots dressed up like famous presidents, and for the first time ever, one of the mascots, instead of being dressed like a president, was dressed up as Randy Savage.
--Dean Burbage sent in that the Akira Tozawa & Kevin Steen vs. Ricochet & El Generico match at the PWG show in Reseda was a match of the year candidate.
--Stan Kroenke, one of Vince McMahon's imaginary rich enemies a few years ago, just purchased the U.K. soccer team Arsenal.