WED. UPDATE: Orton near miss, Top stars from all groups headed to same place tomorrow, Cena recruit

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        A look back at the person and angle who may have spawned everything that took place in the last week, as well as a report on the WWE Money in the Bank PPV and C.M. Punk is the lead story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
        The issue looks at Brian Pillman in 1996 and 1997, the Canadian Stampede PPV, working the system, all the WWE angle over the past week and the unique balancing act the company is trying.  We look at what talent has been told, the Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin match from 1997, the finish of the PPV, business notes on the show and match-by-match rundown with star ratings.
        We also look at the biggest drawing "B" PPVs dating back to 2005, with a look of what usually draws best on those type of shows. 
        We also have more from Punk on complaints about the company, who should be pushed that isn't, the dress code, his feedback from wrestlers and what admitting that feedback says regarding previous statements by wrestlers themselves.
        We also look at the Vince McMahon angle as well as how much reality was in the angle, including what has been said of late about Vince McMahon.
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        We also have a look at Alistair Overeem being pulled out of the Grand Prix tournament, why it happened, the replacement fight and the tournament going forward, as well as what it means for the tournament.
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        We also look at Dragon Gate's biggest events of the year.
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--Surprise results regarding WWE talent outside WWE
--Major star looks to be in jail for eight months to a year taking him right out of a major show this month
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--Notes on the 2011 Lucha Libre Expo
--Updates on AAA business
--Dragon Gate USA announces big match
--Dragon Gate USA star headed to Japan for an extended tour
--Pro Wrestling NOAH's annual junior heavyweight tag team tournament notes
--Notes on the latest New Japan PPV show
--Wrestler passes away in in-ring accident
--80s star has a retirement match this past week
--Major legends show in October
--Notes on movies on Bruno Sammartino
--Update on the NWA title situation and why it went down like it did
--Notes on a new pro wrestling book about the history of wrestling in one of its most tradition based cities
--Two biggest stars in the history of wrestling return for a show in a few weeks
--More on the arrest of Branko Busich, the son of a former WWE performer
--Son of one of the 90s biggest stars now training for pro wrestling
--Contract updates
--Jeff Hardy update
--TNA makes major deal
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--Another Japanese star signs with Zuffa
--Talk of reviving K-1
--Bobby Lashley's next fight
--More on a former pro wrestling star vs. boxing star mixed match and strange rules
--A look back at the last time these type of rules were in play
--Pro wrestling move from the 20s now works in MMA
--Return of Kimbo
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--Probably the most popular guest in the history of Wrestling Observer Radio, and one of the biggest stars in the history of the industry, Bruno Sammartino will be on tonight's show.  We'll talk with him about his recent surgery, as well as look back at the 60s and 70s and talk about some of the biggest names in wrestling history.  
--At the Smackdown taping last night in Minneapolis, during the Randy Orton vs. Kane street fight main event, Orton's right foot went through a hole in the table where the monitors and cables come out.  The table fell forward with Orton's leg stuck in it and he appeared to injure his knee or ankle.  He was limping.  The trainer came out after referee Jack Doane sent word back.  Orton was able to continue and it doesn't appear to be serious since he not only did his TV main event, but followed with a dark match with Christian. (thanks to Chris Ketchmark)  
--Hulk Hogan is voicing a character in the video game "Saints Row 3."  He will be the voice for Angel De LaMuerte, a Luchador who is also a mob boss.  Hogan will be at the San Diego Comic Con tomorrow at the THQ booth as well as have a media event invitation only at 7 PM. at the Hard Rock Hotel at the FLOAT rooftop bar.  Hogan will not be appearing at the Spike booth.  Kurt Angle and Mickie James will both be at the Spike booth. (thanks to Daniel Short)
--John Cena is trying to talk boxer Monte Barrett into becoming a WWE wrestler at 1731 
--NBC put up a video on its news channel service of C.M. Punk with the WWE title belt in his refrigerator. (thanks to Charles Humphreys)
--Predictions on the Raw rating
2.9 or less 4.3%
3.0 2.6%
3.1 7.3%
3.2 9.8%
3.3 12.8%
3.4 14.7%
3.5 16.5%
3.6 8.5%
3.7 7.1%
3.8 4.5%
3.9 1.3%
4.0 or better 10.6%
--Which match did you think was better?
Punk vs. Cena 69.2%
Richards vs. Edwards 16.1%
Undertaker vs. HHH 14.6%
--What is the best announcing team right now?
Goldberg & Rogan 59.8%
Cole & Lawler & Josh 10.2%
Tenay & Taz 8.3%
Schiavello & Trigg 7.1%
Cole & Booker & Josh 6.9%
Ranallo & Johnson & Shamrock 3.1%
Ranallo & Quadros & Miletich 3.1%
Wheelock & Smith 1.6%
--Do you think the last week has made the WWE title stronger or weaker?
Stronger 68.7%
Weaker 8.5%
No difference 22.8%
--Who do you expect to win the WWE title tournament
Alberto Del Rio will cash it in 41.5%
They'll announce Punk is returning so it won't count 21.1%
Rey Mysterio 20.4%
The Miz 17.1%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 23.1%
Good 46.5%
Average 16.3%
Fair 5.9%
Poor 8.2%
        5.0% of those responding didn't see the show.  That's one of the lowest totals we've ever had. 

--Juggalo Championship Wrestling Above the Law on iPPV at for $5 tonight headlined by Breyer Wellington vs. Rhino, Zack Gowen vs. Bill Martel, U-Gene vs. Sabu and Tracy Smothers & Bull Pain vs. Rick Ryders, and headline by 2 Tuff Tony defending the JCW title against Colt Cabana.
--WWE has canceled its 8/7 show in Reno. Refunds are available at the point or purchase. 
--WWE announced a show on 11/3 in Bilbao, Spain and a show 9/24 in El Paso (thanks to Devin Cutting)
--In the U.K. for the week ending 7/10, Raw did 118,000 viewers live, Smackdown did 112,000 viewers on its first run show and Impact did 216,000 viewers on its first run show (thanks to Ian Hamilton) 
--More from the San Diego Comic Con.  Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mattel and WWE will talk about the Mattel line including a sneak peak at new products and the first announcements regarding 2012.  Among those appearing will be a surprise legend, as well as HHH, Rey Mysterio, Mattel toy designers Bill Miekina and Derek Handy and Mattel WWE brand manager Enrique Ruvalcaba. It will be in Room 24ABC.
--A story on current WWE booking is at  The problem with the story is that they think it's the first time it's been acknowledged HHH is married to Stephanie on TV (in fact, it was the focal point of the main event of WrestleMania two years ago).  They also act liked worked shooting is something new, when it dates back to the 1800s in pro wrestling, and was a huge part of WCW and TNA for years, to the point of being ridiculously annoying and counterproductive in both places, and was also a huge aspect of the entire ECW run.
--Dragon Gate USA on 7/29 has a PPV show on Dish Network and inDemand with Rich Swann vs. Sami Callihan vs. Jon Davis vs. Scott Reed vs. Flip Kendrick vs. Louis Lyndon vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Caleb Konley, Brodie Lee vs. Tony Nese, Austin Aries vs. Susumu Yokosuka, Yamato vs. Cima vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Masato Yoshino, Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Arik Cannon, Akira Tozawa vs. AR Fox and Pac vs. Rich Swann vs Ricochet.
--Dana White teased people on twitter saying he went to the WWE offices a few weeks back.  Presumably that's for the business deal involving Brock Lesnar and WWE that we wrote about a few weeks back.

--Jack Swagger did an interview at talking about his college sports days at Oklahoma, his favorite wrestler (Danny Hodge) and his thoughts on winning the world title.
--GSP was asked who the toughest guy he ever faced was.  Answer.  Jon Fitch  "He's unkillable."
--Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi and a Anthony Njokuani vs. Paul Taylor have been added to the 11/5 UFC show in Birmingham, England.
--Lavar Johnson is out with an undisclosed injury so his spot on Friday night's Strikeforce Challengers show in Las Vegas will be taken by the debuting Shawn Jordan, a former Division I running back at LSU who once beat the legendary Carleton Haselrig (arguably the best college heavyweight of all-time).  Jordan faces Johnson's previous opponent, Devin Cole.
--Joey Beltran vs. Stipe Miocic has been added to the UFC show on 10/8 in Houston.
--For all you Cody McKenzie fans, he returns to face Vagner Rocha on 9/17 in New Orleans.
--Rey Mysterio and The Miz are working at least some of the weekend Smackdown house shows.  They are advertised for Pittsburgh on Saturday night against each other.
--Zach Gowen talks about coming back from drug addiction at s-his-life-in-ann-arbor/ 
--Lance Storm talks more about why he will no longer watch MMA at
--An interview with former pro wrestler Steve Olsonoski is at
--Tuff N Uff on 8/26 in Las Vegas at the Cox Pavilion
--WSU on 8/6 in Union City, NJ at the Ace Arena (which is not known elsewhere as the Laurinaitis Arena) has a women's show headlined by Mercedes Martinez vs. Lexus.  They will be taping two DVDs at this show.  
--MWF North Carolina on 8/6 in Fairmont, NC at the Middle School features Jay Lethal.
--3XW on 7/29 in Des Moines at All Play headlined by Jeremy Wyatt vs. Brian Ash.
--All Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Hayward, CA:  Timothy Thatcher & Matt Carlos & Mikey Jay b Corvus & Blackwell & Omega, Darevko Brothers b Shane West & Daniel Torch, Dalton Frost b Brandon Net, A.J. Kirsch (Tough Enough, added 15 pounds since the show) b Levi Shapiro, Mr. Wrestling IV b Perry Von Vicious, Jody Kristofferson NC Dave Dutra, Rik Luxury b Sheik Khan Abadi to keep the Internet title, Jeckles b Dylan Drake to win the APW Universal title.  Next show at the APW Garage in Hayward is 8/6.
--This week's APW TV show is at
--Pro Wrestling Wrestlelution 4 on 8/7 at 3 p.m. in Cleveland at the Jacobs Pavilision features Kevin Nash & Aaron Draven vs. Marion Fontaine & Brodie Lee, plus Matt Cross vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Josh Prohibition, plus Tito Santana and Shiima Xion appear.  There will also be a party the night before with Kevin Nash at Harpo's SportsCafe.
--BANG on 7/30 in Ocala, FL features Dory Funk & Cory Weston & Leo Critiani vs. Bobby Adams & Luke Spencer & Fushicho Masuku
--Wild Bill's Fight Night on 7/30 in Duluth, GA at Wild Blll's features four women's fights and ten mens fights.
--Jason Dent vs. Daniel Strauss headlines for NAAFS for Caged Fury 15 in Cleveland at the I-X Center.  Strauss is coming off going to the finals in the Bellator featherweight tournament.
--Rhett & Link's Make Me a Pro Wrestler TV show airs 7/22 at 10 p.m. on IFC.  A link for a preview is p
--Useless trivia department.  Jon Rechner (Balls Mahoney) was the district heavyweight champion for Manasquan High School in New Jersey in 1990.  The most famous graduate of that school is 1954 grad Jack Nicholson (thanks to Chuck Langerman)
--NWA MSW on 7/22 in Falls View, WV at the Community Center Building.
--DOA Pro Wrestling on 7/23 in Willamina, OR at the VFW Hall and 7/24 in Portland, OR at 5 p.m. at the University Park Community Center
--Horizon Wrestling Alliance from Sunday in Leonardtown, MD:  Drolix b Mike Sydal, Mike Mayhem & R.W. Buckler b Matt Wylde & Harold Ian Varelli, Fredo Majors over James Pash and Brian Hardy, Pelle Primeau b Latin Dragon, Greg Excellent & Bravado Brothers b Alex Payne & Shane Hagadorn & Ernie Osiris, Adam Cole b Prof. Milo Shizo, Grizzly Redwood b Rhett Titus, Adam Cole won Battle Royal (thanks to Nate Stein)   
--FEW on 7/24 in Fort Wayne at Broadripple.
--Todos x Todos from Saturday night in San Antonio:  Centella de Oro & Eros b Angel Especial & Comando del Averno, Estrella Universal & Universitario b Chief Batu & Karla Maria, Mr. ATL & Wings b Dark Energy & Dukus, Lucifer & Piloto Suicida b El Sicodelico Jr. & Silver Star, El Hijo del Santo & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. b Angel Blanco Jr. & El Hijo del Solitario (thanks to Kris Zellner)
--CMLL from Monday night in Puebla:  Nitro & Hooligan & Dr. X b Stuka Jr. & Angel de Plata & Metal Blanco, Rush & Valiente & Blue Panther b Tetsuya Naito & Nobuo Yoshihashi & Okumura, Mr. Niebla & Volador Jr. & Negro Casas b Psicosis & Histeria & Mr. Aguila (thanks to Steve "Dr. Lucha" Sims)
--Ring Wars Carolinas on 8/6 in Lumberton, NC at the Indoor Flea Market.
--USWO on Friday night in Nashville at the Stadium Inn
--Tri State Wrestling Entertainment on 9/24 in Newark, DE at the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club.
--CHIKARA on 7/31 in Philadelphia at the Arena with Mike Quackenbush & Johnny Saint vs. Johnny Kidd & Colt Cabana, plus Claudio Castagnoli vs. Sara Del Rey.
--UWC TV show at
--XICW on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. will have a special event dedicated to J.T. Lightning, who is battling cancer, in Warren, MI at the Ritz with Rhino and Zach Gowen. will be streaming it for free.  On Monday at 5 p.m., Eddie Venom, Brian Gorie and more will represent XICW in battling the Detroit Derby Girls in a Wing Eating Contest at Buffalo Wild Wings in Ferndale, MI.
--FSW on Sunday night at 6 p.m. at the FSW Arena in Las Vegas with Kenny King vs. Alkatrazz vs. Funny Bone vs. Rush, plus Michael Modest, Jody Kristofferson and Brandon Gatson.

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