WED. UPDATE: UFC in New York; Best of Super Junior tourney; Ratings; Hogan vs. Warrior; UFC in UK

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        Randy Savage:  The Early Years is the theme for the lead feature story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which also details the resignation of the president of one of the top wrestling companies in the world, the fallout from the stroke suffered by Super Hate, the most detailed look at the Tough Enough decision making, the stardom of Clay Guida, the Ultimate Fighter finals, plus the latest PPV notes on boxing, wrestling and MMA including some new numbers that are both good and not so good.  We also have our quarterly business charts for both WWE and TNA, so you can see how both companies right now are shaping up in all the key categories.
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        Our story on Savage includes a look at his death, funeral, his days in baseball, the Randy Savage-Vince McMahon issues, the end of his career in WCW, negotiations in the last decade for him to return, his connecting with baseball friends after being in wrestling and using baseball players on television to put him over.
        We look back at the start of Savage's career, how long he worked under a mask, the first match he had under the name Randy Poffo, as well as the first match as Randy Savage and the first match and debut of the Macho Man name.
        We look at his run from territory to territory during the 70s, as he worked his way up the ladder, and the places where he got his first breaks. 
        We also go into the history of the infamous ICW promotion, including the unique way it started, the first grandstand challenge, the feud with Ronnie Garvin, The Slapowitz Syndicate, the unique departure of their TV announcer, the beginning of the career of Elizabeth, and more on challenges made to the stars of other promotions and how they were viewed at the time.
        We look at the war between the ICW and Jarrett Promotions, including police having to take action, Savage's bragging about beating up one of the Jarrett top stars on television, what wrester Vince McMahon asked him to shoot on, the downfall of the ICW, and the night he took on the police and a police dog.
        We also look at the Tough Enough finale, the background of Andy Leavine and why he won.  We also look at the qualities that killed Luke Robinson, the advantages Leavine had going in and the bizarre "it" factor remark.  We also look at the clever way Vince McMahon handled the ratings, talks about season two, where the rating peaked on Monday's show and what the final segment meant. 
        We also look at how Leavine got into pro wrestling.
        We also look at Clay Guida and the Ultimate Fighter finals, with business notes, poll results, how every match did in the ratings, the Kingsbury vs. Maldonado decision, plus match-by-match coverage and the announced purses for all the fighters.
        We look at attendance, ratings and PPV for WWE and TNA and how business is faring, as well as what areas are strongest for UFC and WWE on PPV right now.
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--What happened at the TripleMania press conference and what TNA stars were brought to Mexico City
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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. 
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--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  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.
--A story on Milt Avruskin, the former Canadian TV wrestling announcer, who passed away last week is at
--Matt Gilmour, who also wrestled as Duncan McTavish, passed away on Monday after a stroke.  A story on him is at    
--Steve Austin responded to some questions in an 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
Excellent 5.5%
Good 16.5%
Average 27.1%
Fair 15.3%
Poor 35.3%
        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%  
--Killer Kowalski's wrestling ring, the one where HHH learned, is at
--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.
--Dave Lagana interviews Andrew Goldstein talking wrestling creative, the Wrestling Matters ad campaign and more at
--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.
--A story on Krystie Wheeler, a 25-year-old who donated her kidney to help someone live at   

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