MON. UPDATE: Notes on tonight's tapngs, 3 leave TNA, Prank on web site, WWE ends tour



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        We're also looking for reports from tonight's Raw tapings in Boston, with attendance, dark matches, Superstars matches and anything else that wouldn't be evident from watching the live show.  Plans, at least as of a few days ago included a C.M. Punk/Vince McMahon television confrontation.
 
        We're also looking for reports from tonight's Impact, which is a loaded up TV taping from Orlando with Mr. Anderson vs. Sting for the TNA title, Samoa Joe vs. Pope vs. Bobby Roode, Hernandez & Anarquia vs. Magnus & Doug Williams and Tara vs. Madison Rayne. 
 
        We're also looking for reports on the WWE Smackdown house show Saturday and Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as Friday night's ROH show in Richmond.

        Smackdown and NXT will be taped Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.  Impact will also be taped on Tuesday.

        The aftermath of the C.M. Punk promo, where the situation goes next, Punk's best friend talks his situation in depth as well as WWE, and where this is all expected to go is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
       
        This issue also has our 2011 WWE roster directory.  We go through the entire roster with real names, ages, years pro as well as sports and entertainment backgrounds of all the roster members prior to joining WWE.

        The issue also includes coverage of UFC 132, both inside the cage as well as all the business rundowns regarding the show.  We also look at the close decisions, who people thought won the fights and where the bantamweight division goes next.

        We also have more on the death of Randy Savage with the autopsy report.  We also look at the arrest and firing of Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers.

        We also look at John Cena's comments about The Rock in Australia, more on the future of SummerSlam and attempts to turn it into a second WrestleMania.  We have more on the deal involving Brock Lesnar that would involve WWE, UFC approval, and a non-wrestling aspect. 

        We also look at plans for the go-home Raw on Monday night for Money in the Bank, why Extreme Rules did so poorly, a wrestler who was told he was returning was then told plans have changed and he is talking giving up wrestling.  We also look at an active roster wrestler getting a try as an agent, the theft of luggage of Smackdown stars on the trip to South Africa, Batista talks Finlay as well as Bloomberg TV's business report on WWE.  Vince talks future of Tough Enough, HHH talks what his job is, and a look at what was really the most profitable year in WWE history.

        We also look at the lengthy Randy Orton interview, his talk about his overdose, criticism of Rock, apologizing to Kelly Kelly and his concussion history.

        We also look at the unlikely WWE star that Joe Rogan called a freak athlete, what happens to Nexus, an idea being batted around to make Zack Ryder a Raw regular on TV, Claudio Castagnoli talks WWE, Kevin Nash lands role in a major budget movie, more business notes from WrestleMania week, as well as the business notes and highlights from the WWE's tour of Australia. 

        We also have more on MMA judging as well as the early experiments in California using a new system and how it has worked out so far.
 
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        Our lead story talks about the Cena vs. Punk match that took place this week, what was notable about the match, and how this leads to the PPV.  We talk about different ideas regarding the finish and where things go from there.  We also talk about the GLAAD controversy with Punk's remarks to hecklers in Australia, Punk's apology, and what WWE told GLAAD about Punk's future.  We look at how WWE has viewed comments of this type, as well as interesting comments by Punk from the past that show his viewpoint.

        We look at how Money in the Bank did last year, the promos on July 4th by John Cena and Vince McMahon as the next step of the angle, the role Punk could play that WWE needs, his return, as well as tons of comments by Colt Cabana regarding why he was unhappy, and thoughts on the entire WWE at this point. 

        We also look at the aftermath of UFC 132.  We look at the fight, stats on the fight, the judging of the fight, crowd reactions and future bantamweight fights.  We also look at the win by Tito Ortiz and loss by Wanderlei Silva.  We look at the early show, what happened next , as well as the Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver judging. 

        We look at the business notes on the show, early PPV estimates as well as match-by-match coverage, injuries, commission disclosed payoffs and more.

        We have an update on Bruno Sammartino after heart valve surgery, with the background of his surgery and his recuperation.

        We also look back at years ago when July 4th was considered a terrible day in the wrestling industry and the tragedies associated with that day.

        We have full details on the police report of what happened with Brett Rogers and his wife and the reaction by Zuffa to it.

        We also have a look at MMA judging, the good, the bad, the acceptable, and the inherent problems.   We cover the new California system, its application thus far in more than 300 fights and what it tells us.
 
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--Two major international superstars headed to CMLL

--Latest from Arena Mexico

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--What happened with Charly Manson being put back in jail

--Promotional jumps

--More on TNA/AAA business relationship

--A nostalgia day with a late 80s main event brought back

--Several wrestlers returning to All Japan and first matches back

--Two of the great mat masters of all-time going at it

--More on the return of Kenta Kobashi

--This year's G-1 Climax tournament participants and rules

--Former WWE star change his look

--Update on current most decorated tag team in the world

--Next New Japan major shows

--Dick Togo's Japanese retirement show

--World champion vs. world champion dual title match has a clean winner

--Zero-One Fire Festival notes

--A look at DDT's biggest show of the year with veteran stars being brought in

--Early 80s legendary feud brought back for more matches this year

--Death of indie wrestler in Florida

--Wrestling marriage break up makes TMZ

--Former wrestling announcer passes away

--A look at the annual WWC aniversario event

--Urban Wrestling Federation PPV note

--How Jacques Rougeau is able to promote some of the biggest indie events in North America

--Update on Scott Hall

--More on the All Wheels Wrestling promotion, what the taping was for, who are the stars and how is behind it

--Update on the January WrestleReunion in Los Angeles with notes on the live events

--High NBA draft choice says he wants to go into WWE after his NBA career

--Carlos Colon in non-wrestling controversy

--Copy of C.M. Punk stunt

--Zach Gowen talks about his life, battling drug problems and recovery, and who from WWE never gets the credit they deserve in these situations

--Reality show stars training to be pro wrestlers

--Billy Gunn, life at 47

--New ROH matches

--What is going on with Ric Flair in TNA

--More on Linda Bollea trying to market her book

--Hogan tries to sell the mansion

--Character in TNA seemingly dropped

--TNA ratings in the U.K. and what is notable about their PPVs in that country

--TNA expands into new country in January

--Notes on TNA television

--Update Bound for Glory series points standing

--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows

--Announcer signs network deal to host a prime time show

--Injury to Strikeforce Grand Prix member may delay next round

--Result of match overturned by commission

--More on the Nate Marquardt situation

--Updates on Cris Cyborg and Chael Sonnen

--Dana White talks Spike using UFC tapes to counter-program UFC

--Next UFC PPV lineup

--UFC in Japan for live event

--Update on Edgar vs. Maynard match

--Fighter expected to be fined for TV rule infraction

--Lots of new fights either talked about or signed

--Notes on the Bellator bantamweight tournament which people are saying is the best tournament the company has done

--Title fight off

--Kimbo Slice returns to the ring in a new venue

--Interesting trivia regarding the biggest boxing PPV events of all-time

--Five-year TV contract signed
      
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--Regarding A.J. Styles from last night, the last word we had which was from last night is that it was Christopher Daniels, not Styles, who was the one shaken up in that match.  Don't have word yet as to the extent of it or if it's minor or he'll be able to work at TV tonight.
 
--Generation Me on their twitter indicated feeling unappreciated in TNA.  They asked for their release, which isn't unusual in TNA and often never gets out because the company talks the guys out of it, but in this case they have been released.

--TNA has also released Orlando Jordan.

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--CHIKARA on 7/31 in Philadelphia at the Asylum Arena features Johnny Saint & Mike Quackenbush vs. Johnny Kidd & Colt Cabana as the main event, plus Eddie Kingston vs. Jigsaw, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Sara Del Rey and El Generico & Scott Parker & Shane Matthews vs. Ultramantis Black & Hallowicked & Frightmare.  If you are anywhere near Philadelphia that day, drop in to see Johnny Saint wrestle if you never have.  Everyone should see that guy wrestle live once in their lives (and I wish I was near Philadelphia that day.  If it was a week later, I'd be there).  
 
--The Miz was on Toucher & Rich this morning, on the CBS sports radio show in Boston promoting Raw tonight.  He talked about his career, his time in OVW and Deep South, his debut on Smackdown, his lack of respect in the locker room, explained the C.M. Punk storyline and pushed the PPV on Sunday and overall did really well.  Not sure if it's up yet as far as the replay, but it was in the third hour of the show at http://boston.cbslocal.com/category/98-5-the-sports-hub-shows/toucher-and -rich/   
 
--John Cena praised Miz for how hard he works outside the ring, saying he believes Miz works harder outside the ring than anyone on the roster.
 
--UFC wished John Howard the best in his future endeavors after Howard lost to Matt Brown on the 6/26 show on Versus.
 
--Bellator is holding a tryout on 7/16 in Cherry Hill, NJ at Daddis Fight Camps with registration at 1 p.m. and tryouts at 2 p.m.  They are looking for fighters from either New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Delaware to appear in a prelim fight on a show that has not been announced that takes place in New Jersey. 
 
--There was a prank last night as someone hacked the Strikeforce web site and printed an article saying that Fedor Emelianenko and Anderson Silva had agreed to fight later this year.  There is nothing to that.  It claimed Emelianenko is moving to UFC.  Unless he beats Dan Henderson, I don't know that Emelianenko will be doing much anywhere because his price tag is way too large if he loses three in a row to make it worth it.  Really, it was too large except there was a mentality among promoters that having Fedor on the roster adds prestige and credibility to the product by having the "best fighter in the world" on your roster.  Of course, there are tombstones of one promoter after another who bought that logic.
 
--Strikeforce officially announced the five-fight main card for 7/30 in Hoffman Estates, IL at the Sears Center:
*Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson
*Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate for the women's 135 pound championship
*Robbie Lawler vs. Tim Kennedy
*Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley
*Scott Smith vs. Tarec Saffiedine

--We don't have full reports but the two WWE shows in Johannesburg the last two nights were the same shows that they ran earlier in the week in Cape Town.  The first show was headlined by Randy Orton over Christian and the second by Orton & Justin Gabriel (working on top as a face since they are in South Africa) & Big Show over Mark Henry & Alberto Del Rio & Christian.  Bret Hart was the guest enforcer both nights. 
 
--Which of these is the closest thing to your opinion on Chael Sonnen?
UFC looks bad in bringing him back in Texas knowing he couldn't get licensed in other states 32.0%
I don't believe he needs testosterone, but one year out is substantial punishment 21.8%
Should not be used until California clears him 18.5%
I want to see him fight and I don't care about PED use in MMA 11.0%
Whether he lied or not, California should have dropped the matter after the hearing where they cut his suspension 6.2%
UFC shouldn't use him knowing it's a technical loophole why his suspension has ended 5.5%
Believe he needs testosterone, he made an error in procedure, and he's served his time and should be fighting 4.8%
 
--Do you believe if a prelim fighter who wasn't a draw was in the same situation, UFC would bring him back in Texas?
Yes 5.0%
No 95.0%
 
--Best TV show of the past week
Impact 34.2%
Raw 32.7%
Smackdown 10.6%
M-1 Global 8.0%
Inside MMA 6.5%
It's Showtime 3.5%
CMLL 2.5%
MMA Live 2.4%
        This may be the first time we've done such a poll that Impact has won.
 
--Who do you consider the biggest pre-1950 star in MMA or pro wrestling?
Lou Thesz 57.6%
Strangler Lewis 12.4%
Jim Londos 10.7%
Frank Gotch 10.2%
George Hackenschmidt 3.7%
Helio Gracie 2.2%
Bronko Nagurski 1.5%
Danno O'Mahoney 0.7%
Earl Caddock 0.5%
Bill Longson 0.3%
Joe Stecher 0.2%
 
--Dragon Gate USA announced an 11/12 date in Philadelphia.  There will be a doubleheader as the Dragon Gate show will be at 5:30 p.m. and Combat Zone Wrestling will follow with a show at the same arena (separate admission for each show).
 
--Lance Russell & Dave Brown will reunite on 7/22 at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis for a 7 p.m. showing of the documentary "Memphis Heat:  The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin."  Jerry Jarrett will also be there signing autographs for his new autobiography.  By the way, if anyone has read Jarrett's book, let me know what you thought of it.
 
--John Morrison and Melina are back from their vacation where they want to the Far East.  Morrison at last word was still out with an injury while Melina should be at TV tonight.
 
--Not that this has anything to do with wrestling, but the old TV series "Dallas" is returning for a ten episode run on TNT with a story at http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/07/08/tnt-dallas/  I got a ton of e-mails I guess because people know I used to watch that show in the 80s until it kind of fell apart with that season that was all a dream.
 
--A story on the movie "Zookeeper" that opened this weekend, and features Joe Rogan as a lead heel and Bas Rutten as the voice of an animal is at http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/sns-rt-us-film-zookeepertre76678t-20 110707,0,4004524.story
 
--Les Thatcher in response to our discussion on last night's show about how looking back in history so many people were able to become big draws very early in their careers while today everyone says it takes you five years, or seven year, or ten years to be able to draw money, wrote:  "The problem today is the promotions don't think past the end of their nose and pay little attention as to how they use someone before they decide to push them as money players.  So often when they start too push the guy they have already established an identity for this individual as a mid card or lower card player who seldom wins and that hinders their ability to draw."
 
--Lance Storm talks weightlifting vs. cardio for health, competitive bodybuilding, if he'd take a position as a trainer on Tough Enough, building titles, Jinder Mahal (who he knows from the Calgary scene) and the world title booking at http://www.stormwrestling.com.071011.html
 
--There is a story on Mick Foley in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette as he was in town Saturday night at a minor league baseball game at http://www.sungazette.com/  It noted the crowd reaction to him was as big as anything at the local ballpark this season. 
 
--Tulalip Championship Wrestling from Saturday night in Marysville, WA:  Azul Angel b Nate Andrews, Damon James & Home Boy Quiz b Keith Atkins & Mike Santiago, Dash Ventura b Jonas Albert Robinson, M.J. Aurora b Lylah Lodge, Patrick Large b Ethan HD, Kellen Raeth b C.J. Edwards.  Next show is 7/22 (thanks to Charles Short)    
 
--FMLL on 7/23 in Cudahy, CA at the Clara Sportsplex has El Hijo del Santo & Solar vs. El Hijo del Rey Misterio & Super Kendo
 
--Platinum Championship Wrestling on Friday night at The Academy Theater in Avondale Estates, GA.
 
--NWA MSW on 7/16 in Rand, WV at the Community Center
 
--Congratulations to Evan Ginzberg who celebrates his 20th anniversary in radio tomorrow.
 
--The next Shimmer DVD tapings are 10/1 and 10/2 in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club with a 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 pm. Sunday show.  Two DVDs will be filmed each day.  Among those announced as appearing are champion Madison Eagles, tag champs Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa, Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx (formerly Roxxi in TNA), Ariel and Allison Danger.
 
--A story on building Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann is at http://ironforgesiron.com/2011/07/sonnen-vs-stann-shock-and-awe/
 
--Taichi Palace Fights return to Lemoore, CA on 8/5 headlined by flyweight champion Darrell Montague vs. Ian McCall, plus former Bellator champion Joe Soto faces Eddie Yagin and Japan's Mamoru Yamaguchi faces Brazil's Jussier da Silva in a battle of two of the top five ranked flyweights, as well as middleweight champion David Loiseau of Montreal defends against Giva Santana, the master of the armbar.

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