Whose stock dropped the most?, Coverage of all the major weekend shows, WWE drug policy change



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        We've got coverage of all the major shows of the past week in one of the year's biggest weekends, from WWE, Strikeforce, All Japan, New Japan and AAA as the lead stories in the newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

        We look at C.M. Punk and the intrigue for the Money in the Bank PPV, as well as coverage of WWE's Capitol Punishment, with star ratings and poll results.

        We also look at the texting problems at the WWE Power of the People show, what is claimed and what seems to have gone wrong.

        We've got full coverage of Strikeforce, including where the heavyweight tournament stands, what person's stock dropped the most, Josh Barnett and pro wrestling, polls and match-by-match coverage.

        We also look at the latest failure of MMA to get legalized in New York.

        We look at TripleMania, as well as the AAA/TNA relationship, an update on Perro Aguayo Jr., the timing issues that caused one of the biggest matches not to air on PPV, changes in the company and notes on all the matches.

        We also look at the situation where there was nearly a picket line before CMLL's Juicio Final show, and a look at the name of the next guy to hit WWE, after Averno lost his mask in the main event.

        We also look at the first tag team in history to hold two of Japan's major three companies tag team titles at the same time. We also look at both the New Japan and All Japan major shows this past week.

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        We also have notes from a conversation with Batista, including his thoughts regarding returning to WWE, his giving notice, his frustrations with the direction, his new goals, what happened with his contract negotiations with Strikeforce and why he opened up a gym.

        We have notes on a promo already cut for SummerSlam.

        We've got notes on Shane McMahon who has been getting exposure in two different non-wrestling related ventures, as well as him talking about his leaving WWF, and why one of the business is on the ground floor of something that could be gigantic.

        We also note what two projects that have been talked about for Shawn Michaels in WWE as well as which one is taking place this week.

        We've also got more on the changes in the WWE drug policy, which is a major issue to a segment in the locker room, plus the return to TV of HHH, what wrestler company officials are saying they dropped the ball on and why, former tag champ returning to WWE, and what happened behind the scenes as John Laurinaitis read the riot act to one of the Tough Enough fighters.

        We also have an update on what Bill DeMott is doing nowadays, as well as his comparisons of the 2004 and 2011 Tough Enough, and the future of Andy Leavine.

        We also note the funny things about the Little Jimmy line, as well as who got Kong pregnant, what WWE wrestler's father was a well known sportscaster and also was a former roommate in college with an old AWA star. We've got notes on what percentage of viewers don't watch live anymore. We also have a rundown of all the weekend house shows as well as business notes on the show.

        We also look at the first ratings for the replay of Impact on Spike and what it means, as well as why this is happening.

        We also look at a law that is being discussed which will cost WWE and UFC seven figures in lost sponsorships.

        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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--Update on CMLL referee Rafa El Maya

--NWA Historic light heavyweight champion decided

--52nd anniversary of pro wrestling in an arena that has multiple shows per week and a look at the first main event

--How the Mesias kidnapping story came to be

--Major nostalgia night with a main event that would have headlined big 22 years ago

--Juventud Guerrera resurfaces

--Former AAA star complains about the change in Mexican wrestling

--Dragon Gate title match weekend in Sapporo notes with a couple of changes

--Dragon Gate star has knee surgery

--Next title matches for All Japan and New Japan

--One of the world's most respected and famous referees is now a free agent

--One of the biggest head-to-head shows of the year coming in late August, and details of the major stars being brought in from other sports for a wrestling show.

--Dick Togo's one year retirement tour after he retires in Japan at the end of the month.

--Hall of Famer having knee surgery this week.

--Notes on what should have been the final legal action related to the Benoit tragedy and why it still may not be done.

--Notes on Scott Hall going to jail

--Full details of the incident that led to Hall's conviction and jail time

--More on a major television station doing a feature on Hall

--Notes on a new pro wrestling television promotion and its goals

--Former member of WCW creative writes an autobiography, devotes a chapter to WCW including a story of a well remembered world title change and how the booker had a private conversation with one of the wrestlers in the match about the finish that nobody else was supposed to know about.

--Update on two of the 80s biggest stars and health issues

--A 90s star gets married for the third or fourth time

--And what No. 1 song from about 40 years ago inspired an indie wrestler's gimmicked name

--Notes on Sunday's Best in the World iPPV show

--Update on Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli, how their WWE tryout went

--More on ROH going forward

--TNA stars going overseas to different major shows for other promotions

--Story behind the Tuesday night replay of Impact

--Notes on the suspension of Matt Hardy

--Full details on the Bound for Glory tournament including who is in it and how the scoring works

--How the tournament is going to be done

--Notes on the next major episode of Impact

--Note on the X Division tournament in TNA

--Notes on an indie wrestler passing away

--Future of Jeff Jarrett in TNA

--Paul Heyman talks Dixie Carter

--Gabe Sapolsky talks about a booking plan of Heyman had he gone to TNA last year

--Update on Desmond Wolfe

--A look at TNA weekend house shows including the show in Buffalo with Hulk Hogan and some surprise weekend results

--Upcoming UFC does immediate sellout business

--Business notes from UFC 130 including early PPV estimates

--Best markets for UFC 130

--A look at the UFC and Strikeforce show this week

--Update on Cain Velasquez and his updated planned return date

--A look at many of the UFC champions

--Update on Strikeforce vs. UFC matches

--Drug testing in UFC looks too be getting tighter

--UFC cuts

--New UFC signing

--A hoard of new UFC matches

--Return of Bellator to TV this week

--Dream bantamweight tournament update

--More info on when Affliction folded and a back story behind it, which also includes aspects of Fedor Emelianenko's contracts

--What could be a major story to look out for at the latter part of this year

--Update on SummerSlam

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