WED. UPDATE: Zuffa releases former champion, Maryse, ratings, Michaels, WWE developmental ripped

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        The big question about the long-term future of Strikeforce and why UFC is now going to have to address the issue very shortly is one of the lead stories in one of two issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter out this week.
        We look at the future of both Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson coming off their big fight, the contract situation, and what decisions about their future need to be made.  We also look at the show, the business of the show, the marketability of both men, as well as whether it was a success or failure in the first major women's MMA title fight under the Zuffa banner.  We also look at the figure direction of Strikeforce fights coming off the show, the championship situation, as well as have comments from Emelianenko about his future, and Emelianenko, Herb Dean and Henderson about the stoppage.
        We also have match-by-match coverage and poll results from the show.
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        We also have an update on SummerSlam, another reason why The Rock will be at Survivor Series, an update on Mick Foley in WWE, will Foley wrestle again, more on Sin Cara, an update on the stealing stuff from the Smackdown wrestlers bags when they were in South Africa, the next UFC vs WWE head-to-head battle, C.M. Punk talking about why he changed his mind, his thoughts on the reaction to the angle, ratings, and why his reaction to telling people to wait until the story plays out doesn't work in today's environment.  We also look at the major problems in writing, the last super successful title feud and how it was nearly destroyed, and the time even Steve Austin couldn't prevent ridiculous booking from ruining a potential money feud.  Punk also talks about what kind of match he doesn't ever want to do again, and who his favorite performer is.
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--Zuffa released Marloes Coenen, Jon Olav Einemo and Valentijn Overeem from their Strikeforce and UFC contracts as part of eliminating anymore negotiations with Bas Boon and Golden Glory.  There are problems that have dated back for years and basically there are two sides who have different ways of conducting business and in the game of chicken, neither budged.  Overeem would have been cut either way, but Coenen is an innocent victim of circumstances.  If Sergei Kharitonov loses to Josh Barnett on 9/10, there is a good chance he'll be the next on the list.
--Lee Silber, the guy accused of harassing and threatening Maryse Oullet of WWE fame, has been legally ordered by Los Angeles Superior Court from going within 300 yards of her at any time over the next three years.
--In the weekend cable ratings, USA was No. 1 with a 2.6 prime time average this past week to 1.8 for both TNA and Disney.  Syfy was No. 12 at 0.9.  Spike did not crack the top 25.  The two hours of Raw last week were No. 11 and No. 18, with the top three shows being Pawn Stars (4.8), The Closer (4.7) and NASCAR Sprint Cup (4.6).  The two hours were No. 3 and No. 10 in 18-49.
--Shawn Michaels and his TV crew are filming MacMillan River Adventures in Africa this week for an episode that airs in the fall season (thanks to Carl Dantes)
--The personal property of Walter "Killer" Kowalski will be auctioned off on 8/11 at the Tonya A. Chambers Auction House in Saugus, MA.  They will auction off most of Kowalski's belongings including robes, memorabilia, boots and antique furniture.  More than 300 items that Kowalski, who passed any in 2008, owned, are being auctioned off.
--Jeremiah Riggs of Tough Enough, who was not signed by WWE, went wild on the developmental roster and in particular went after Bill DeMott and his tough guy rep, as well as calling Andy Leavine a pussy and crybaby at
--The WWE WrestleMania special on 8/13 will be preempted in the New York market for the New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers preseason game.  The show usually does a weak rating, and not airing in New York will cost them some ratings points.   (thanks to Dan Wahlers) 
--Gail Kim joked that since she was told to go out early, he eliminated herself right away from the Battle Royal on Monday.  The fact she twittered it probably wasn't in her best interest.  "I wasn't being a mark for myself, I was being a good employee. When you're told to get out of the ring in less than a minute, I just did it the fastest way possible so really I saved some time."  She said nobody backstage even noticed she just left the ring and nobody spoke to her about it.
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--How many buys will UFC 133 get
Under 250,000 14.6%
251-300,000 34.3%
301-350,000 25.3%
351-400,000 10.6%
401-450,000 8.6%
451-500,000 2.5%
More than 500,000 4.0%
--Poll on Countdown to UFC 133
Excellent 25.0%
Good 36.4%
Average 25.0%
Fair 6.8%
Poor 6.8%
        69.9% of those responding didn't see the show.  Very high not watching total.
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 7.8%
Good 50.2%
Average 23.5%
Fair 9.7%       
Poor 8.8%
        10.1% of those responding didn't see the show.
--What best describes your thoughts on the Punk angle
Could have been great long-term, but he came back too soon 22.2%
Started strong, still strong, will lead to a business pickup, SummerSlam will do strong numbers 13.1%
Started strong, fizzled last week with his return, no increase in business past MITB 12.7%
Promo that started it was great, but with no long-term planing, it really never had hope 11.0%
Could have been strong long-term, but this week's Raw made it just another angle 10.6%
Could have been great long-term, but last week's  angle  took the edge off 10.5%
Still has hope, SummerSlam will be strong, but it is fading 7.6%
Started strong, fizzled this week, no increase in business past MITB 4.7%
SummerSlam will only do average, but I expect a long-term business turnaround 4.3%
Promo wasn't as good as people said, angle didn't really appeal to that many people 1.6%
Promo and match were great, but there was no way it could have been kept strong after the match 1.6%
--ROH announced its next iPPV would take place on 9/17 from the Manhattan Center in New York, called "Death Before Dishonor."  TNA is marketing a T-shirt with that same name for Crimson.  ROH has been using the name for one of its annual major shows since 2003. 
--The documentary "Memphis Heat:  The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin," a four-hour collection will be released on DVD on 10/1.  You can preorder it at
--An article on WWE language and banned terms is at j-1226083043750
--Tim Kennedy appears tonight on Spike TV's "Deadliest Warrior" television show that airs at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
--HHH will be on Jimmy Fallon on Friday night to push SummerSlam.
--Tickets will go on sale tomorrow for the 10/8 UFC show in Houston to Fight Club members.  You can log in at  They go on sale to the public on Friday.  They are also selling VIP tickets to the Fan Expo in Houston in conjunction with the show.
--Japanese woman wrestling star Kana makes her U.S. debut in October, working shows for both Shimmer and CHIKARA Pro.  She works 10/1 and 10/2 for Shimmer for DVD tapings in Berwyn, IL at the Eagles Club.  She works 10/7 and 10/8 for CHIKARA in Burlington, NC a the Mid Atlantic Sportatorium and 10/8 in Kingsport, TN at the Civic Auditorium.
--BxB Hulk returns to the U.S. with Dragon Gate USA on the November tour with shows on 11/11 in Boston, 11/12 in New York and 11/13 in Philadelphia.
--The gossip sites are carrying reports that George Clooney is dating Stacy Keibler.  The stories are that Clooney flew her to Italy to spend time at his home there.  Supposedly this is not a serous relationship.
--UFC prelims will be airing live at 10 a.m. on Sunday in Australia on ONE HD (thanks to Tim Forge)
--Dennis Hallman talks test replacement therapy at one-replacement-bj-penn-mma-news
--Former pro wrestler Rocky Johnson, the father of Dwayne Johnson, who was a major star from the mid-60s through the mid-80s, will be an honored guest for the "Bullying...We're Kickin It" national campaign that will hold an event on 10/20 at the Hard Rock Cafe at Times Square. 
--The guy wearing the Larry Sweeney T-shirt that was on Howard Stern last week, and mentioned in Monday's update, was Chikarason, the former Dragon Gate USA commentator.
--More in the useless trivia department.  Toms River East High was not the only Jersey Shore high school to produce both a pro wrestling and MMA star.  Point Pleasant Boro High School produced 1974 grad Page Falkinburg (Diamond Dallas Page) and UFC star Kurt Pellegrino, a 1998 graduate.  Falkinburg was a tough forward who was second-team All-County as a senior and played some college ball.  Pellegrino placed second in the state wrestling meet at 140 in 1997 and at 160 in 1998.  However, neither was the most successful athlete the school produced. that would be Chrstie Rampone, a 1993 graduate, who was the captain of the U.S. women's soccer team that just lost to Japan in the World Cup finals, and helped the U.S. win gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics (thanks to Chuck Langerman).
--Kyle O'Reilly was announced for Friday's Platinum Championship Wrestling show in Avondale Estates, GA at the Academy Theater.
--WSU on Saturday night at the Ace Arena in Union City, NJ for a DVD taping of women's wrestling.
--River City Wrestling on 8/6 in San Antonio at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
--Fox 2 in Detroit on Sunday did a five minute profile on Matthew McFarlin, the son of former pro wrestling manager Johnny Bradford, who tests for his black belt in Choi Kwang Do this coming weekend.  At 6, Matthew McFarlin, if he passes, would be one of the youngest black belts in the world.
--SoCal Pro wrestling on 8/13 in Oceanside, CA at the Boys & Girls Club headlined by Tommy Wilson vs. SoCal Crazy in a ladder match.
--All Pro Wrestling does a TV taping on Saturday night in Hayward, CA at the APW Garage.  Dylan Drake defends the Universal title against Jeckles in the main event.
--UWC Championship Wrestling TV show at


--NWA MSW TV taping on Saturday night in Marmet, WV at the George Buckley Community Center 
--NWS on 8/6 in Keansburg, NJ at the New Point Comfort Fire Company Hall has the 2011 Chris Candido Memorial J-Cup tournament.  Tommy Dreamer will headline the show.  He will not be in the tournament as he doesn't make the weight limit.
--Former UFC fighter Mario Miranda, who holds wins over David Loiseau and Rick Story, faces Jason Zentgraf in the main event on 8/13 for Combat at the Cabaret at the Swinomish Casino in Anacortes WA.  The show airs live on
--West Coast Wrestling Academy on 8/20 in Lake Elsinore, CA at the Trevi Entertainment Center.  Devin Sparks headlines against Rocky Romero.
--In Your Face Wrestling on 8/13 in Ballsto

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