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Also in this week's issue:
--New top contender for CMLL heavyweight title
--Arena Mexico weekly coverage
--New idol tournament and two other championship tournaments
--What happened at the TripleMania press conference and what TNA stars were brought to Mexico City
--What TNA tag team is being put back together, but not in TNA
--AAA trying to copy U.S. reality shows
--Three former WWE stars form a trio in Mexico on major show
--A look at the Dragon Gate USA tour and big matches
--The two year anniversary of the death of Mitsuharu Misawa
--Update on Manabu Nakanishi
--Details of the 2011 Best of the Super Junior tournament
--Former star returns to promotion after 11 years
--90s star announces his retirement and just had final match
--A look at the Urban Wrestling Federation
--Pittsburgh Studio Wrestling reunion
--Roddy Piper vs. Terry Funk in 2011
--One of wrestling's most famous arenas being shut down
--Update on the next major ROH show
--A look at the departures of both Mick Foley and Tommy Dreamer from TNA
--A look at the backstage mentality in TNA
--Foley talks WWE Hall of Fame
--Foley talks chair shots to the head in wrestling
--Wrestlers TNA is planning on giving major pushes to
--Will Chyna return?
--How television usage is changing
--Notes on UFC 131
--New UFC video game with a twist
--More on GSP vs. Nick Diaz
--Interesting political move by Spike
--The attempt to get MMA legalized in New York
--What aspect of its business is UFC pushing
--UFC's debut in Milwaukee
--More on upcoming Strikeforce shows
--Upcoming UFC shows
--New UFC matches announced
--Joe Warren makes a title defense
--Former star fighter in another sport heads to MMA
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--New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said yesterday that he doesn't believe there is widespread support for legalizing MMA and is apparently planning to keep the bill from coming to a vote before the session ends on 6/20. UFC officials are headed to Albany to plead their case after this weekend.
--The final four for New Japan's Best of the Super Junior tournament which takes place on Friday, comes down to semifinals of Kota Ibushi vs. Davey Richards and Prince Devitt vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, in a battle of regular tag team partners.
--Cable ratings for last week saw USA back at No. 1 with a 2.3 prime time average to 1.7 for Disney and 1.6 for The History Channel. Syfy was No. 20 at 0.8 and Spike was No. 23 at 0.7. Spike was helped by the live special onSAturday.
--We'll be back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio, talking Smackdown, TNA Slammiversary, UFC 131 and Ultimate Warrior. If you've got any questions for tonight's show you can send them to
--Countdown to UFC 131 will air at 6:30 p.m. tonight both Eastern and Pacific on Spike, and be replayed at 2 a.m.on Versus and again at 7 p.m. tomorrow night on Versus, and midnight tomorrow night on Spike. Spike also airs Unleashed at 11 p.m. tonight.
--WWE was doing the Legends Roundtable filming today in Stamford and Kevin Nash was going to be doing it for the first time. They are doing a bunch of NWO stuff this summer as the 15th anniversary of the forming of the NWO. (thanks to Russ Duda)
--Hulk Hogan was blocking people from following on his twitter when they brought up Ultimate Warrior stuff. Warrior released a video claiming Hogan was a cocaine abusing dope head, that his marriage with Linda was an open marriage and both cheated on each other, that Hogan wanted him to sleep with Linda, that Hogan was to blame for Elizabeth divorcing Randy Savage. The video is on the front page of the site. He also accused Hogan of having hair extensions. Hogan said he's looking at suing, saying most of the stuff, particularly the drug stuff, isn't true. Hopefully he's not suing about those hair extensions.
--The only instance of a pro wrestler winning the NCAA wrestling tournament is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLbqEYDiMwe@feature=feedf
On this tape, in the heavyweight division from 1946, George Bollas of Ohio State won. Bollas was already a pro wrestler at that time working around Ohio under a mask, so as not to lose his eligibility. He ended up having a long career in pro wrestling, best known as The Zebra Kid.
--UFC's Marshall Zelaznik in an interview with the Telegraph noted that there may not be another U.K. show this year due to logistical issues.
--The next Dragon Gate USA shows will be 9/9 in Indianapolis, 9/10 in Chicago and 9/11 in Milwaukee. Appearing will be Yamato, Pac, Masato Yoshino, Cima, Naruki Doi, Ricochet, Chuck Taylor, Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, Sami Callihan, Arik Cannon, Pinkie Sanchez and A.R. Fox
--ROH announced for the 6/26 show in New York on iPPV they've added Steve Corino vs. Michael Elgin, with Jimmy Jacobs in the corner of Corino.
--Robert Phipps, 39, a pro wrestler from Harrison, Arkansas, collapsed in the ring on Saturday night as he was waiting for his opponent to come to the ring. He suffered a second heart attack in transportation by helicopter to the hospital and died on Monday. He was ruled dead on arrival at Skaggs (thanks to Joe Lancello and many others)
--PCW Dream Night 10 on 6/18 in Oak Lawn, IL at the Oak Lawn Pavilion for a 6 p.m. show has guest appearances of Bret Hart, Mick Foley and Rosita from TNA.
--Both Dana White of UFC and Michelle Wilson of WWE will be speaking at the Sports Entertainment Summit this coming Tuesday night at the Sofitel in Los Angeles.
--Conan Stevens, a 7-foot-er will be in the movie "The Hobbit" that will be released in December 2012. Stevens wrestled under the name 7 foot Thunder and was Austrralasian heavyweight champion before he had to end his career due to nerve damage.(thanks to Markus Gronemann)
--Brian Costello's annual Clash at the Cove show where he seems to face Greg Valentine each year, will be on 8/20 in South Bend, IN at Coveleski Stadium. Main event is Costello vs. Valentine in a chain match and Jim Duggan vs. Andy Chene. Also appearing are Tammy Sytch and Bob Orton Jr. Tickets are on sale at the Coveleski box office.
--Steve Austin responded to some questions in an MMAJunkie.com story
--Weigh-ins Friday for Vancouver are at The Jack Poole Plaza at 2 p.m., which is a few hours earlier than usual on the West Coast.
--Poll on Raw
11.5% of those responding didn't see the show
--What event most interests you?
UFC 131 33.2%
ROH iPPV 22.9%
Strikeforce Overeem vs. Werdum 22.0%
WWE Capitol Punishment 15.0%
--Who should have won Tough Enough?
Luke Robinson 37.3%
Andy Leavine 29.9%
Jeremiah Riggs 32.2%
--For Sunday's TNA Slammiversary do you have:
More interest than a usual TNA PPV 4.8%
Less interest than a usual TNA PPV 41.0%
About the same level of interest 54.2%
--Who was the most successful Tough Enough alum
The Miz 76.9%
John Morrison 10.2%
Chris Nowinski 8.5%
Josh Matthews 3.1%
Matt Morgan 1.2%
--Who do you expect to take this fight?
Junior Dos Santos 64.6%
Shane Carwin 35.4%
--Aggression MMA on 6/10 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton with Ryan Ford vs. Nick Hinchcliffe
--That's part of a head-to-head battle in Edmonton because the MFC runs at the Mayfield Conference Centre for a 10 p.m. show that airs live on HDNet, featuring Drew Fickett vs. Brian Cobb and Marcus Davis vs. Pete Spratt
--As part of honoring Randy Couture at the 7/1 TUF N Uff show at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas (the night before UFC 132), the promotion announced they were renaming their heavyweight title belt The Randy Couture Tuff N Uff heavyweight championship. They will have a fight for the first champion, with Brandon Browning vs. Carl Posma.
--Wizard World Comic Con Tour runs 6/17 to 6/19 in Philadelphia and guests include Tony Atlas, Ted DiBiase Sr., Bill Goldberg, Scott Hall, Maria Kanellis, Dawn Marie, Virgil, Nikolai Volkoff, Alicia Webb, Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle.
--Their Chicago Comic Con on 8/11 to 8/14 will have DiBiase Sr., Maria, Mr. Anderson, Tammy Sytch, Tara, Val Venis, Virgil and Torrie Wilson.
--Carlito, Jay Lethal and Abyss headline the 10th anniversary of the MWF at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA.
--Florida Championship Wrestling on 6/15 in Palm Bay, FL at the Community Center is headlined by Wade Barrett and Heath Slater.
--IWA East Coast on 7/12 in Nitro, WV at the Community Centre with Low Ki vs. Necro Butcher and Chris Hero vs. Sami Callihan, plus Mad Man Pondo, 2 Tuff Tony, Mickie Knuckles and Irish Airborne.
--NWA East on Friday night in McKeesport, PA at the Jacob Woll Pavilion.
--Pro Wrestling World 1 on 6/12 in Jackson, NJ at the Knights of Columbus with Sumie Sakai, Roxie Coton, Ricky Landell Steve Corino Chris Rockwell, Colby Cornio, Andy Ridge and Adam Cole.
--Great North Wrestling is doing a Randy Savage Memorial show featuring Lanny Poffo, 9n 9/3 in Hawkesbury, ONT at the Robert Hartley Arena. Greg Valentine, Jay Lethal and Jos LeDuc are also scheduled.
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night in Avondale Estates, GA at 119 Center St.