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We're also looking for reports on today's WWE Raw show in Springfield, IL (Cena vs. Punk) and Smackdown show in Terre Haute, IN (Orton vs. Christian), as well as reports from Friday night's TNA show in Tyler, TX.
The live Raw is tomorrow night from Indianapolis with C.M. Punk explaining his angle and a Divas Battle Royal. Smackdown and NXT are taped on Tuesday in Lexington.
An update on C.M. Punk, SummerSlam, and the direction, if there is such a thing, of WWE going forward is the lead article on the newest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The lead story talks about the past and present plans for SummerSlam, changes, the return of Jim Ross, behind the scenes regarding the returns of Punk and Ross, ratings, early indications on Money in the Bank on PPV, people second guessing the return, why Punk fans should be happy with how the angle played out, as well as what people knew what. We also look at the period that could have doomed his career in WWE.
We also look back on the Jim Ross run in WWE, the attempts at replacing him and what happened each time that has led him back to the main chair.
The issue will be up today on the web site for web site subscribers. You can get a mail subscription to the Observer with information below. The Observer has the most detailed coverage of pro wrestling around the world, as well as insider UFC coverage not available anywhere else. We have about 14 new newsletters each month, usually six Observers, four or five Figure Four Weeklies and four or five back issues of the Observer each week.
Our other lead story is our twice yearly look at who are the biggest stars in the industry. Our top 50 in the U.S. power list based on Google searches yields some very interesting results, including a new No. 1 for thus far in 2011, a shocking No. 2, as well as who is stronger than their push, and who is the most noticeable person weaker than their push. We also look at who left and became a bigger star, and who left and was forgotten. It's a look at the biggest names in wrestling, boxing, MMA, as well as how 2011 has trended for WWE vs. UFC around the world.
We also look at the value of the UFC championships, and a predictor of what will be a big PPV before the year is out. We also look at an ominous sign regarding boxing, and what pro wrestling legend is gigantic on a worldwide basis that most wouldn't think of.
We also look at the return to wrestling of Kenta Kobashi this past week, the scene in Osaka, the booking of the return, and a look back at Kobashi's previous returns.
We also look at The Rock talking about his return, as well as talk about future plans, why Survivor Series under normal circumstances would not be expected to do well this year, more on Sin Cara, Mark Henry's new role, hints of a lawsuit, WWE star has a stalker and goes to court trying to put the person away, Randy Orton gets lucky, WWE's popularity in the Hispanic community, one of the hardest working men in the company, Fit Finlay talks more about his firing, star in another sport talks about quitting and going into WWE, notes on how much stock WWE execs like Kevin Dunn and Stephanie Levesque own, plus all the business notes from the past week and highlights from all the weekend WWE live events.
We also have a feature on the return of Chael Sonnen, looking back at the last year of his life, as well as his comments about his return. You may like him or hate him, and some do both, but he's certainly among the most quote worthy athletes in sports today.
We also look at DDT's biggest show of the year, and update Dragon Gate USA with a look at the Uprising PPV, and many of the new stars that appear on the show, plus strengths and weaknesses of this coming week's taped PPV offering.
We also have our usual weekly features including ratings for all the major national shows, broken down the segment-by-segment for both Raw and Impact, showing which segments gained and lost viewers and evaluated their performance from an audience level.
We also have results from all the major league pro wrestling and MMA events over the past week, as well as reviews of all the major television shows.
The Wrestling Observer ranges from 25,000 to 40,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA all over the world.
Also in this week's issue:
--One match television show this past week and what a match it was
--One of the top heels in the world inside the ring that you may not have heard of
--Notes from the annual Lucha Libre expo
--What longtime star is being positioned for a face turn
--Complete Verano de Escandalo lineup with several TNA stars appearing
--Why AAA lost U.S. TV
--New battle of the high flyers program being set up
--Notes on NOAH's jr. heavyweight tag team tournament
--Legends trio returns in Japan
--Sad death of indie manager
--Statue being built to honor an 80s pro wrestling star
--PWG's 8th anniversary show
--Former WWE performer places in national contest in another sport
--Destination X update
--Kurt Angle vs Sting program
--Lineup for TNA's Hardcore Justice PPV
--Lots of Hogan news
--TNA injury updates
--TNA star on another national TV show last week
--Former TNA star gets national network talk show
--RVD/Generation Me comments
--Generation Me talk leaving TNA, plans they were told, and why they decided to go
--Notes on TNA events this past week
--Notes on future TNA television
--First UFC title fight on television in four years
--Upcoming UFC show off to strong advance
--UFC's New Year's Eve plans
--Tons more UFC card changes
--Another UFC main event nearly kaput in a near miss
--Thoughts on the Strikeforce heavyweight Grand Prix
--Dana White and Vince McMahon
--Thoughts on Fedor's future and the Strikeforce show
--Lorenzo Fertitta talks testosterone replacement therapy
--Frank Shamrock/Dana White feud
--Olympic silver medalist signs with Zuffa
--Tons of new UFC fights
--Coverage of the Strikeforce Challengers show
--Lots of upcoming Bellator plans for big matches the rest of the year
--Update on Nate Marquardt and Marquardt says why he thinks his testosterone is low
--Update on Bobby Lashley in MMA
--Notes on MMA judging including stats so far regarding testing with a new system
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*October 22, 2001 (why the adult audience has left pro wrestling in such great numbers and what needed to have been done to save them)
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*May 13, 2002 (the life story of the most incredible pro wrestling career ever, a look at Lou Thesz, in one of the largest issues of our
*January 27, 2003 (part one of the two-part series covering the career and life of The Sheik)
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*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
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*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
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*July 5, 2004 (A look behind the scenes and Ric Flair's book and his background with Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan)
*July 12, 2004 (A look at more on Ric Flair's book and his comments on Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart and Mick Foley)
*August 16, 2004 (History of the Olympians in pro wrestling)
*August 23, 2004 (2004 Hall of Fame issue and biggest issue of the year with huge profiles on Kazushi Sakuraba, Undertaker, Bob Backlund,
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--Fox News ran a story critical of the testing currently being done (in the NFL and WWE) regarding when athletes are ready to return from concussions. A series of testing was done with three groups, non-athletes who weren't injured, athletes with non-head related injuries (ankle injuries, pulled muscles) and those with concussions. Those with concussions did the worst, but athletes without concussions also didn't do well. Story is at http://www.foxnews.com/heath/2011/07/29/
--Fedor Emelianenko was still No. 9 in the most searched for topics in the U.S. on Google this afternoon. The only sports figure ahead of him was Peyton Manning.
--ESPN did a story on Gregory Iron at http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=6815920
--Have received a ton of stuff and comments regarding the death of 60s and 70s Roller Games top heel Judy Sowinski and Hall of Famer, who passed away on Thursday from lung cancer at 71. Some notes on her career. She was born July 7, 1940, in Chicago, where much of her family still lives.
She attended games with her family and then started her career with the San Francisco Bay Bombers under Annis "Big Red" Jensen (who actually wasn't that big, although did have red hair). She broke in at the same time as Jan Vallow and Ruberta Mitchell, who also went on to stardom, and was named 1960 rookie of the year. By 1961, while skating for the Hawaiians, she was already on the All-Star team (top eight women in the league, essentially equivalent of working main events). In 1962, she was on a team that was scheduled to go to Hawaii, had her bags packed, and at the last minute was told she was being pulled from the tour. She was so upset by this that she quit Roller Derby and was planning on moving back home.
When the word got to the Roller Games people, they had Terri Lynch, the top women's babyface in that league offer her a spot on the Los Angeles T-Birds (the international babyface team) in 1962. As "The Polish Ace," Judy Sowinski, She was Lynch's No. 2 babyface skater for several years, and was No. 1 when Lynch was injured or on tour. She remained in that spot, always an All-Star in Roller Games, through 1968.
She got her first role as a top heel in 1968, in Philadelphia, as the lead women's heel on the Chicago Hawks when they faced the Eastern Warriors. She later returned as No. 2 to Toughie Brasuhn in Brasuhn's final appearances of his career (Brasuhn would be the equivalent of Buddy Rogers and was once on the cover of TV Guide). They had her do worked injuries in Los Angeles to explain why she wasn't with the T-Birds during those tours. Her success in that role, and she was one of the better female heels of her era, led to them shooting an angle in Los Angeles where she feuded with Lynch and her role as women's captain of the New York Bombers in 1969, a heel team that skated against both the T-Birds and Warriors. She was Roller Games top female heel through 1973.
In the 1972 movie Kansas City Bomber, starring Raquel Welch, Sowinski played herself, the top heel on one of the teams that played the Bombers and one of Welch's main rivals (not her main rival in the movie, who was played by an actress whose skating scenes were done by Sally Vega, another name from that era).
In 1974, a few years after Lynch retired, she was brought back to the T-Birds as a babyface. This was after Roller Derby folded and the T-Birds at first were led by Joan Weston and Sowinski, but Weston quit the Roller Games pretty quickly, hating the style. Business was struggling by late 1974, and they shot an angle where she turned heel on the T-Birds and joined the Warriors. In that era, everyone shifted from face to heel depending upon where the game was played. She was No. 2 on the Warriors behind Judy Arnold, who was the Gina Carano of the sport at that time, the franchise skater on the team (and skating double for Welch in the movie). When Arnold retired, Sowinski became the captain of the Warriors, but the crowds, declining since 1974, went down after Arnold retired and Roller Games folded its Philadelphia team in 1975. She was believed to have been on the Roller Games All-Star team every year, or nearly every year, from 1962 to 1975.
A new group bought the Warriors rights, led by WWWF announcer Buddy Wagner, and revived the team in 1976 with Sowinski as the top star. The league didn't draw well, and folded in 1976 when Wagner died. This was followed by a revival in 1976 as The Warrior All-Stars, with Sowinski starting out as the team captain, but again revived the Los Angeles angle where she turned heel, but that league folded at the end of 1976. Another revival came in 1981, with Sowinski as captain of the Warrior All-Stars, which lasted six months until folding.
Pro wrestling promoter Bob Raskin attempted to start a league in late 1991 in Philadelphia, with Sowinski as lead heel, captain of the New York Super Chiefs. As best we can tell, she skated her last game on March 27, 1992, in Hershey, PA, when that promotion folded.
Sowinski had worked since the 90s as a lab courier at Thomas Jefferson University.
She was inducted into the Roller Derby Hall of Fame in 2004. She had stayed in Philadelphia after the Warriors folded, and trained women in shoot Roller Derby since 2003, at first doing it as a volunteer. She had gotten a lot of media stories in recent years, actually more than she ever got during her skating heyday, as the local legend of theatrical Roller Games who was now the Vince Lombardi-like coach of aspiring women in something completely different.
--There is a story at http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20110731
--There is a tribute facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Judy-Sowinski-Tribute-Page/241056022584463
--A story written by one of the skaters in the current shoot version of Roller Derby that she coached is at http://blog.nj.com/roller-derby//print.html
--Her funeral will be on 8/6 at 8 a.m at the church of St. Rita of Casia on Broad and Ellsworth in Philadelphia, with mass at 10 a.m.
--Another story on Devon Nicholson's lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher is at http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/top/blog/canada/post-Denied-pro-dream-Ottawa-W WE-hopeful-goes-after-?urn=top-wp414 (thanks to Paul Begley)
--Abdullah the Butcher commented on it at http://www.ottawacitizen.com/heath/Ottawa+wrestler+sues+Abdullah+Butcher+ over+infection/5180646/story.hcid=megadrop_story
--A story on WWE audience going from generation to generation is at http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x643155970/Pro-wrestling-interest-spans-g enerations
--Fit Finlay debuts for PWG in the annual Battle of Los Angeles tournament on 8/20 in Reseda, CA. First round matches are Finlay vs. Kevin Steen, Chris Hero vs. Willie Mack, El Generico vs. Claudio Castagnoli and Eddie Edwards vs. Roderick Strong.
--Zack Ryder's Internet title belt was put together by Wildcat Championship Belts at http://www.wildcatbelts.com/zr.htm
--Correspondent Ian Hamilton's first book, "Wrestling's Sinking Ship" is available on Amazon's Kindle for $7.48 in the U.S. and 4.59 pounds in the U.K. He's doing a second book called "Wrestling Rule Book."
--A story on how MMA fights are illegal in Alabama, but they take place every weekend even though it's a Class C felony to promote and a misdemeanor to attend is at http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/07/mixed_martial_arts_in_limbo_il .html
--Mike Mooneyham talks with Roddy Piper at http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/jul/31/mike-mooneyham-rowdy-roddy -piper-pit-pinnacle/ in particular about his dog collar match with Greg Valentine at the first Starrcade in 1983.
--Mick Foley appears on 9/18 in Denver at Cassleman's for the second annual slave to the death match tournament, doing an autograph signing. Mad Man Pondo will also appear in the one night tournament.
--WWE returns to Chattanooga at the McKenzie Arena on 12/2.
--Our weekend Wrestling Observer radio show is already up on the site, covering last night's Strikeforce show, tons of UFC and WWE news including a lot of behind the scenes info on the booking process, Punk's role in his angle and WWE creative.
--What wrestler was the most important to his territory
Jerry Lawler/Tennessee 39.6%
Bruno Sammartino/Northeast 27.6%
Ric Flair/Carolinas 22.0%
Fritz Von Erich/Texas 4.3%
Verne Gagne/AWA 1.9%
Dusty Rhodes/Florida 1.5%
Ray Stevens/Northern California 0.3%
Fred Blassie/Southern California 0.3%
Mil Mascaras/Southern California 0.3%
Jackie Fargo/Tennessee 0.3%
--What is the biggest upcoming show?
WWE SummerSlam 65.5%
UFC Silva vs. Okami 15.5%
UFC Evans vs. Ortiz 9.3%
Strikeforce Henderson vs. Fedor 6.2%
TNA Hardcore Justice 3.5%
--Who is the best worker in WWE right now?
Daniel Bryan 61.4%
Rey Mysterio 16.0%
Randy Orton 3.5%
--Who is the best worker in TNA right now?
Kurt Angle 38.1%
A.J. Styles 27.2%
Austin Aries 11.7%
Bobby Roode 6.8%
Samoa Joe 6.8%
Christopher Daniels 4.9%
Jeff Jarrett 2.7%
Chris Sabin 1.6%
--What was the best TV match last week?
Mysterio vs. Cena 59.2%
Mysterio vs. Miz 38.8%
Angle vs. Anderson 12.0%
--Who has the most potential for upward mobility in WWE?
Daniel Bryan 47.3%
John Morrison 12.9%
Dolph Ziggler 11.2%
Sin Cara 6.7%
Alex Riley 6.4%
Cody Rhodes 6.3%
Jack Swagger 4.5%
Mason Ryan 2.6%
Kofi Kingston 2.2%
--Poll on Impact
48.6% of those responding didn't see the show
--Crossfire Entertainment has announced a press conference on 8/19 to push the Tribute to the Fairgrounds show the next day in Nashville, which is a Make-a-Wish benefit show. Among those scheduled to appear are Maria Kanellis, Rikishi, Dutch Mantel and Jerry Lynn.
--World Wrestling Coalition on 8/13 in Aberdeen, OH at the Municipal Building.
--A poster of the next WWE release, "Inside Out,' starring HHH at http://www.pwpix.nt/superstars/t/tripleh/gallery/photoscans/1/gallery/1/1 93.jpg
--CZW on 8/13 at the Arena in Philadelphia with a two ring Psych Circus death match plus Devon Moore vs. Blk Jeez in a lumberjack strap match for the CZW title.
--Jeff Katz talks his new Wrestling Revolution promotion at http://angymarks.com/?ArticleID=14653
--The movie "Beyond the Mat" airs on Game TV in Canada tonight at 8 p.m. (thanks to Jason Hagholm)
--Juggalo Championship Wrestling from Thursday night's iPPV: Bill Martel b Jimmy Jacobs, Rhino b Tracy Smothers, Mad Man Pondo & Necro Butcher b Sabu & Raven (Raven walked out on Sabu, then an unannounced Shane Douglas also attacked Sabu), Amber O'Neal b Brittany Force, Breyer Wellington & Kongo Kong b Brothers Calhoun, 2 Tuff Tony b Adam J. Pearce, U-Gene & Zach Gowen b Ring Rydas (Gowen refused the tag titles but then U-Gene turned heel on Gowen), Corporal Robinson b Colt Cabana to win the JCW title. Lights out and in the ring was Vampiro, who laid out Robinson with a spin kick. Next show is 8/4 in Columbus, OH at the Alrosa Villa. (thanks to Andy Pellegrini)
--NYWC from Friday night in Deer Park, NY: Ryan Rush gave up his NYWC title due to a knee injury. A new champion will be crowned in a tournament on 8/25 with Alex Reynolds, Tony Nese, Apollyon, John Silver and Sami Callihan. Rick Cataldo b Francis Kipland Stevens, J.T. Kasin & Spyder b Rob Vegas & Mike Donovan, Alex Reynolds b Kieran, Tony Nese b Braydon Knight, Stockade b Mikey Whipwreck, Marty Flames over Manny Martinez and Gary Reno, Apollyon b Dimitrios Papadon, Rex Lawless & Dickie Rodz vs. Kenny Royal & Danny E vs. King Mega & Alex Reynolds was a DQ, Nikki Syx b Violet, John Silver d Sami Callihan. (thanks to Kenneth Lippe)
--USWO from Friday night in Nashville: Toby Farley b Logan Shane, Nick Iggy b Shawn Hoodrich, Bully Douglas & Ox Harley b Damien Payne & Mikey Jones, Bryan Casey b L.T. Falk, Chris Michaels b Tim Renesto, Bryan Casey won Battle Royal (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--Jon Jones attended as the special guest an MMA show last night in Atlantic City at The Showboat run by Extreme Fights Events which was headlined by Brylan Vanartsdalen over Anthony Leone via submission in 2:00. (thanks to Dave Katz)
--Orlando Pro Wrestling from Friday night in Orlando: J.D. Amazing b Q.T. Marshall, Aaron Epic b Maximus Power, Danny Demanto & Lou Gotham b Justin Cage & Jason Hanley, Aiden Altair b Mike Reed, Santana b Chasyn Rance, J.D. Amazing won Battle Royal (thanks to Al Haft)