THURS. UPDATE: Punk fallout, Lesnar/Heyman story, UFC firing, more on Savage's death, Next Raw

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Impact tonight on Spike:
*Samoa Joe vs. Devon
*Low Ki vs. Matt Bentley vs. Jimmy Yang for a shot in a four-way at the Destination X PPV
*Mickie James & Tara & Miss Tessmacher vs. MadisonRayne & Winter & Angelina Love
*Sting vs. Scott Steiner
The show also features Hulk Hogan in several segments in his storyline with Sting.

Countdown to UFC 132 repeats right after Impact on Spike at 11 p.m.  It's really good, one of the best Countdown specials in a while in building the Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz fight.  If you don't want to wait, the show is up on this site right now.

         A look at the most talked about interview on a pro wrestling show in many years, as well as the most detailed background story on what happened with Nate Marquardt are the lead stories in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have an extensive look at Ring of Honor under new management, its TV station lineup and thoughts on what that means in the big picture of pro wrestling going forward.
          We look at the promo, including a word-for-word breakdown, where the angle goes, what is the status of Punk right now according to what people in WWE are being told, and the pluses and minuses of this when it comes to timing.  We look at the mentioning of different names in the promo and what they all mean, as well as a look at Money in the Bank, and the reaction to the promo.
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--Strikeforce fighter Brett Rogers was fired today after he was arrested and taken to jail last night after an alleged incident with his wife where she was reportedly strangled, punched repeatedly in the head and face and lost a tooth.  Rogers has been charged with assault in the third degree, domestic assault by strangulation and a pattern of stalking conduct, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor endangerment of a child.  His wife blacked out from being choked out, and had a golf ball sized swelling on her face as well as smaller wounds.  Their daughter tried to stop the fight.  Rogers said he had been drinking before he and his wife started arguing.  He claims she punched him and he was responding. Bail was set at $100,000 and he will be in court tomorrow at 11 a.m.

--The technical cause of death for Randy Savage was Athlerosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.  The toxicology report showed Acetaminophen, Caffiene, Dyhydrocodiene, Doxylamine and Hydrocodone in his system but none were believed to have contributed to the death which was due to heart damage.

--This seems to be a pattern whenever I report something regarding Brock Lesnar and message board people who don't read change it.  Lesnar is not going to WWE.  Lesnar is in negotiations for a non-TV connection with WWE that is close to being finalized.  He is not going to do any matches almost for sure until his UFC contract expires, and may never wrestle a match with WWE the rest of his life.  I seriously doubt he will ever be a WWE wrestler more than perhaps a big Mania match like the one that was talked about but fell apart for this year's Mania.  This has nothing to do with UFC other than it is a deal UFC is involved with and would have had to approve since he's under contract to them. The only reason it was brought up is because Monday's promo mentioning Lesnar and Paul Heyman involve people that are in talks with for a deal that does not involve being television performers.  Of course writing this again will likely mean more web sites will report Dave Meltzer saying Brock Lesnar is leaving UFC for WWE. reported that Joe Rogan will be returning for the new Fear Factor on NBC five years after the show had been canceled.  He said to TV Guide, "Once it was a reality I got really fired up about it.  It seems so strange that a show could be off the air for five years and come back."  No word on if this will affect his UFC status.

--WWE begins its Australia tour tomorrow night in Sydney.

--How much will C.M. Punk's promo affect the buy rate for Money in the Bank
Significantly 34.9%
A little 54.1%
Not at all 10.9%

--Do you think Punk is staying after 7/17
Staying 27.4%
Leaving for a while 54.2%
Not sure 18.4%

--Poll on Raw
Excellent 47.7%
Good 39.3%
Average 6.9%
Fair 3.2%
Poor 2.9%
7.6% of those responding didn't see the show

--A funny story from Las Vegas on Monday. When taping the second episode of Raw, where John Cena does an interview talking about WWE taking signs away from fans, he didn't know this (I don't think) but according to someone there, two minutes before the promo, security had just taken away a sign that the company didn't like.

--Randy Orton on his twitter apologized to Kelly Kelly for his remarks on a radio show in Tucson yesterday and asked for forgiveness.  "Yesterday I got caught in a live radio interview and brought Kelly's personal life into it.  It was completely uncalled for.  The fact she dated a few guys I work with doesn't make her a bad person, and is also none of my or anyone elses business.  Yesterday I put my foot in my mouth and I need to try my best to make it right.  I owe Kelly K an apology."

--Colt Cabana talked the Punk interview with the Miami Herald.  "This whole thing has been building up forever.  Personally, for almost forever, his whole time there, he is able to say this to me in the comfort of my house or his house.  From being laughed at by the trainers in Ohio Valley Wrestling to Paul (Heyman) finally bringing him up and everybody treating him like dirt, telling him he has an attitude problem an calling him `King of the Indies.' just looking down on him, he just felt shunned his whole time there.  It was a complete struggle."    

--Juggalo Championship Wrestling has an iPPV at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight from Pontiac, MI at for $5.  Show has Jimmy Jacobs vs. Kawabata, Sexy Slim Goodie vs. Corporal Robinson, Haters vs. Zach Gowen & U-Gene, Bull Pain & Isabella Smothers vs. Madman Pondo & Necro Butcher, Colt Cabana & Weedman vs. Ring Rydas, Rhino vs. Kongo Kong and Butler Geaves defends the JCW title against 2 Tuff Tony.

--Junior Dos Santos has left his camp and manager Ed Soares and signed with Ana Clauadia Guedes according to Fighters Only.  He announced this but did not give a reason.  Soares told Tatame in Brazil he didn't give a reason but that he wasn't surprised it happened. ran a story today on Corporal Kirchner and in it they mentioned false reports of his death had surfaced on the Internet.  That was incredible gall to write it like that.  It was the WWE web site that was the one that first reported his death, and unlike almost every other web site (including this one) which reported it based on the WWE report, everyone but WWE did an immediate correction.  This would be the first time, years later, WWE acknowledged their story wasn't true, but didn't even mention it was their story. 

--Dragon Gate USA has upcoming shows on 9/9 in Indianapolis, 9/10 in Chicago, 9/11 in Milwaukee and 11/13 in Manhattan.  Tickets for all these events are on sale now at the web site.
--ROH announced Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards, coming off their match of the year on Sunday, will reform the American Wolves tag team.  On 7/8 in Richmond, they will face Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin. 7/9 in Charlotte they face Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly.

--Strikeforce announced Jorge Gurgel vs. Joe Duarte and Pat Healy vs. Eric Wisely as the top matches for an 8/12 Challengers show from The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
--Another story on the C.M. Punk interview at

--A new Kevin Nash video building up his 10/15 match against the Rock & Roll Express and playing it off as it will be a real fight is at

--Alex Marvez talks with Zach Gowen about fame too early, recovering from drug problems and why Ann Russo-Gordon is one of the most important people in the WWE organization at  Talk about someone who doesn't get any credit and has helped out so many people, I'm glad he brought attention to her that she deserves.

--Shawn Michaels on his facebook talked up his new TV show, hunting and more.

--UWC TV show at

--WWE returns to Terry Funk's home city of Amarillo on 9/24.  Very often Funk makes appearances and does angles at those shows.

--Evolve 9 on 7/26 in Manhattan at B.B. Kings in Tie Square has Cheedch & Cloudy vs. Jigsaw & Frightmare, plus Shiima Xion and Tony Nese have been added, and Fit Finlay faces Sami Callihan in Finlay's first match since his WWE release.

--An interview with me is at

--Billy Reil, a longtime indie wrestler who is a penchant for publicity, was the "crazed fan" who jumped into the ring last night at a celebrity boxing show, and asked Nadya Suleman, the famed "Octo-Mom" to marry him.  He jumped in and said, "I'm a Paul Heyman guy.  I'm a Paul Heyman guy" after asking her to marry him.  Promoter Damon Feldman tried to stop him (if he wasn't aware of it) but he pushed past him, put his arms around Suleman before a security guy snatched him and took him away.

--TSN Sports Centre is doing a series of shows on violent contact in sports called "Drawing the Line" from 7/4 to 7/8.  They will talk about concussions in sports. The 7/6 show will look at MMA and interview UFC fighter Sean Pierson.

--Speaking of concussions, the state of Iowa has passed a law stating all scholastic athletes in the state who suffer a concussion will need to get clearance from a medical professional before they can return to the playing field. (thanks to Joel Kolsrud)

--More discussion of the Punk interview by former WWE writers is at

--GoFightLive is doing a show called "The Madman Takes Over Mexico" as a pro wrestling iPPV from Mexico City at 7 p.m. Sunday night for $9.99

--ECWA announced a tag team tournament for 11/19 in Newark, DE at the Boys & Girls Club.  The next show is 7/16 headlined by Papadon vs. Chris Wylde.

--The Anoa'i family has announced its Yokozuna Memorial show ten years after his death will be on 10/1 at 777 Harrah's Blvd. in Chester, PA.

--Jerry Jarrett is talking personal appearance bookings through Bill Behrens at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to promote his new autobiography, "The Best of Times" which talks about his career as a wrestler, booker and promoter.

--The Australasian Wrestling Federation is doing an iPPV on 8/1 for $9.99 at featuring U-Gene (thanks to Dan Lennard)

--Colt Cabana talks with Jay Lethal at

--Paul Lazenby talks about Nate Marquardt, plus hanging out at Steve Austin's ranch after the show in  Dallas, bad refereeing in MMA and UFC 132 at

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