We're also looking for reports on tonight's Raw house show in Fresno and Smackdown house show in Boise, ID.
Facebook fights starting at 6 p.m. Eastern time
Paul Bradley (185.2) vs. Rafael Natal (185.4)
Mike Brown (146) vs. Nam Phan (145)
Mike Pierce (171) vs. Johny Hendricks (170.8)
Nick Pace (135.8) vs. Ivan Menjivar (138) - Pace and Menjivar came to an agreement where Pace agreed to fight Menjivar even though he didn't make weight
On Spike at 8 p.m.
Chad Mendes (145.8) vs. Rani Yahya (145.2)
Alexander Gustafsson (204.4) vs. Matt Hamill (206)
Live on PPV at 9 p.m.
Rory MacDonald (170.6) vs. Mike Pyle (170.8)
Costa Philippou (185.2) vs. Jorge Rivera (184.6)
Brian Ebersole (170.6) vs. Dennis Hallman (170.8)
Vitor Belfort (185.4) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (184.6)
Tito Ortiz (205.8) vs. Rashad Evans (204.4)
We'll have live coverage of the show on the site starting at 6 p.m.
Sunday is TNA's Hardcore Justice from Orlando with Sting vs. Kurt Angle for the TNA title, Beer Money vs. Mexican America for the tag titles, Brian Kendrick vs. Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries for the X title, A.J. Styles & Kazarian & Christopher Daniels vs. Gunner & Scott Steiner & Abyss, Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray, RVD vs. Crimson, Devon vs. Pope and Mickie James vs. Winter.
WWE on Sunday has Raw in Stockton.
Monday is the live go-home for SummerSlam Raw from San Jose, as well as the first night of Impact tapings in Orlando.
Tuesday is Smackdown and NXT from Sacramento. Several Raw wrestlers are scheduled for this show including Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio. Sin Cara also returns on this show.
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.
Both issues are now up 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.
We also have more on the fallout of the Zuffa/Golden Glory impasse and the victims, both innocent and other, in the crossfire.
We also have a historical piece on the NWA world heavyweight championship and the 60:00 draw. We look at the wrestlers who were in the most 60 minute world title matches during their career and also look at the few 90 minute matches.
We also have a rundown of AAA's No. 2 event of the year, Verano de Escandalo, with business notes, match-by-match coverage and how the TNA stars like Jeff & Karen Jarrett, Samoa Joe, Abyss and Mickie James performed, as well as a major return, the future of Jarrett's title run and the booking.
We also have an update on how WWE's Capitol Punishment did on PPV, as well as major numbers changes in the reporting of two recent shows. What did the experiment of putting R-Truth in a PPV main event deliver, how it compared with last year and what are now the four lowest bought shows in North America of the modern era.
We also have an update on the G-1 Climax tournament, update Hardcore Justice, more on the Bound for Glory series as well as a couple of wrestling weddings.
We also look at Dana White's comments to Sports Illustrated about the current state of UFC, his role in Strikeforce, what he says about declining ratings and PPV numbers as well a twitter vs. Internet.
We also have notes on Brock Lesnar's WWE non-wrestling deal, WWE DVD sales and WWE sub site traffic.
We also look at how well the term sports entertainment has been picked up by the public and why it only makes talent look bad when they use the term.
We also look at Jeremiah Riggs' talking about not making it to FCW.
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.
We also have notes on a future WWE title change, as well as this week's talk about bringing back an old pr wrestling role, as well as an update on Undertaker and SummerSlam ticket notes.
We also have more on the health of John Morrison and why he came back, as well as Morrison talks last year's WrestleMania and Trish Stratus, what WWE star is expecting, as well as business notes from the past week in WWE and highlights of all the house shows.
We also look at the problems between UFC and Golden Glory and why what happened this past week with the releasing of Alistair Overeem and Marloes Coenen took place.
We also have our annual TNA roster directory, with the list of all performers in the company real names, age, years pro and sports and entertainment backgrounds.
We also have a look back at the beginnings of Wrestling Observer Live, how Bryan got involved with the show, and how pro wrestling changed in 2001 in ways that even a decade later it has never even come close to recovering from. We look at the deaths of WCW and ECW, why Wrestling Observer Live didn't last on regular radio at first, and what saved it.
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 issues:
--Big title rematch
--Wrestler mad that a promotion he isn't with used his family name and trademark for a tournament
--Hair match draws near sellout
--U.S. promotion looking like it will drop PPV
--A look at this past week's All Japan big show
--Wrestler turns politician returns to the ring next week
--Weight lifter set for pro wrestling debut
--Notes on a new junior heavyweight tournament
--Kenta Kobashi's next match back
--Jr. heavyweight tag team tournament notes
--Son-in-law of arguably the most influential wrestler in history is linked to national steroid scandal
--Nine-year-old in popular youtube wrestling match
--Lots of notes on the Devon Nicholson lawsuit against Abdullah the Butcher
--More on Nicholson's background
--Butcher responds to the charges
--Update on Abdullah's health
--Chris Jericho goes into business with baseball and football star
--The biggest legends show in history talked about
--Notes behind Adam Pearce winning the NWA title again
--A look back at when one of WWF's biggest stars refused to work in certain cities and why
--What wrestler lost his job in WWF due to loyalty to another promoter
--Urban Wrestling Federation next PPV
--Rock star starts wrestling company
--Hall of Famer scheduled for first U.S. tour in 16 years
--Update on big CHIKARA show
--Fit Finlay does indie tournament
--Update on Hurricane Helms
--Death of Judy Sowinski
--Note on criminal charges against former WWE star
--Notes on ROH's first TV taping of the Sinclair era
--Bellator's middleweight tournament
--Major promotion sold, but does it have a future?
--Update on Brett Rogers after his recent arrest
--High level wrestlers going into MMA
--Athletic commission tries to kill MMA in his state
--What state is it currently a criminal offense to attend an MMA show
--Something in another sport causing officials to talk about banning MMA in one of its hotbeds
--TNA stars in movie
--TNA star wants to open new business
--Notes on TNA house shows and business
--Thoughts on upcoming UFC show
--UFC star gets two major league sponsors
--Cris Cyborg update
--Olympic silver medalist signs with Zuffa
--Movie planned on the life of UFC star
--Lots of new UFC matches
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*November 17, 1997 (full details of everything leading to the most famous wrestling match finish of modern times at the Survivor Series
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*December 21, 1998 (the complete Vince McMahon-Bret Hart conversation right before the Survivor Series match so you'll know exactly what was said--the conversation played in edited form both on the inaugural broadcast of Confidential as well as in Wrestling with Shadows, but
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*August 1, 1994 (the most detailed coverage anywhere of the Vince McMahon steroid trial, an issue praised in numerous newspaper article
and Sex, Lies and Headlocks)
*March 26, 2001 (death of WCW and history of pro wrestling on the Turner networks)
*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)
*July 8, 1991 (Ric Flair leaves WCW as world champion/Zahorian steroid trial)
*February 8, 1993 (the life and times of Andre the Giant)
*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)
*February 3, 2003 (Part two on The Sheik including thoughts from people who worked with him and where he stands historically)
*March 24, 2003 (history of the WWWF title, inside behind the Sammartino, Backlund and Backlund era)
*April 21, 2003 (history of WWF continues with the expansion nationally, the death of the regional territories and the rise of Hulk
*May 12, 2003 (The life and death of Elizabeth, and the rise of fall of Lex Luger)
*June 9, 2003 (Part 1 of history of WWF vs. WCW wars and what many say was the greatest year in U.S. wrestling; plus a look at Fred Blassie)
*June 16, 2003 (Freddie Blassie through the eyes of his biggest rivals and friends)
*July 28, 2003 (Part 2 of the history of the WWF vs. WCW war and the plans to make new superstars in the early 90s, what happened, and the
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*August 25, 2003 (2003 Hall of Fame issue with huge profiles on the controversial career of Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit as well as
historical features on Earl Caddock and Francisco Flores)
*September 22, 2003 (Part 3 of the history of the WWF vs WCW war with the seeds that caused the collapse of the industry in the 90s,
Zahorian trial, Gulf War controversy, Flair leaves WCW while holding world title and much more)
*October 27, 2003 (The fascinating life of Stu Hart plus the story of Road Warrior Hawk)
*January 19, 2004 (2003 Awards issue)
*February 2, 2004 (History of Toronto wrestling, Jack Tunney life story, Royal Rumble and Battle Royal history)
*February 23, 2004 (History of Guerrero family with Eddy's win over Brock Lesnar)
*March 1, 2004 (History of WWF continues with the period that brought the company down in early 1992, the mistakes, the real stories and how the business changed)
*March 8, 2004 (History of Wrestlemania, its greatest matches and best and worst shows as voted both by wrestlers and non-wrestlers and
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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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*October 4, 2004 (the life and times of Big Bossman; as well as details of the life and times of one of the most influential men world
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*November 15, 2004 (the full story of what happened between Kurt Angle and Daniel Puder, plus coverage of the most important week in the
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*January 24, 2005 (2004 Awards issue, Rock and WWE part company)
*March 14, 2005 (the 50 biggest money players in the history of WWF and a look at their
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*May 9, 2005 (the life and times of Chris Candido)
*June 20, 2005 (The full story behind Paul Heyman and the death of ECW, as well as coverage of One Night Stand, Hardcore Homecoming and
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*July 18, 2005 (death of Shinya Hashimoto and his records with a look at the fall of New Japan, the Matt Hardy angle, tons of WWE firings,
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*August 24, 2005 (2005 Hall of Fame issue with career profiles of Paul Heyman, HHH and Freebirds plus debut of MMA Hall of Fame)
*September 12, 2005 (History of Mid South Wrestling)
*October 10, 2005 (Life and Times of the Ultimate Warrior)
*November 21, 2005 (Life and Times of Eddy Guerrero and Crusher,
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*January 9, 2006 (The life and times of Superstar Billy Graham, plus New Year's Eve 2005 coverage)
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*April 3, 2006 (Story of Ann Calvello and the history of Roller Derby--many called this the best issue of the Observer ever)
*April 10, 2006 (Behind the scenes at the 2006 Wrestlemania/Hall of Fame week)
*July 24, 2006 (The History of the Von Erichs and World Class Championship Wrestling--the most unreal story ever in wrestling)
*September 4, 2006 (The Rise and Fall of Kurt Angle; 2006 Hall of Fame inductions of Eddie Guerrero, Paul Bowser, Masakatsu Funaki, Aja Kong and Hiroshi Hase including tons of wrestling history around the world from the 20s through the 60s, the evolution of working to not working
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*November 20, 2006 (History of WCW part two, Why Jim Ross left WCW, How Bischoff changed the company, signing of Hulk Hogan, Beginning of Nitro, Jesse Ventura, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho and signing Wrestlemania planned celebrity away)
*November 27, 2006 (History of WCW part three, When Bischoff challenged McMahon to fight; Truth and fiction around Bret Hart
signing with WCW and why it didn't click)
*December 6, 2006 (details behind Pride's offers to sell promotion and Part four of History of WCW part four, Hogan-Goldberg match and why
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*March 5, 2007 (WWE begins plans that will change the business)
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*March 19, 2007 (Life and Times of Ernie Ladd)
*April 4, 2007 (Life and Times of Badnews Allen Coage--which many are calling one of the best issues in history)
*July 2, 2007 (Part one of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 5, 2007 (Part two of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 10, 2007 (Part three of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 19, 2007 (Part four of the Benoit double murder-suicide)
*July 23, 2007 (Part five of Benoit double murder-suicide)
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*August 15, 2007 (The legend of the God of Japanese wrestling and his influence on MMA, Karl Gotch)
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--Injury updates from the WWE road tour in Salt Lake City. Dolph Ziggler suffered a pulled abdominal muscle. I believe he's working with the injury. Rey Mysterio's knee injury from last night with Alberto Del Rio was legit. He got it and then they cut the match short and went right to the finishing sequence. Don't know if he's working tonight or not but was told he "tweaked" the knee which doesn't sound serious.
--T.J. Cook, who beat Lionel Lanham at the 7/22 Strikeforce show in Las Vegas, had a scare that night after the fight when his kidneys failed due to his weight cut. He is fine now. I hope people don't ignore this story like wrestling fans ignored all the problems until after they happened.
--Alistair Overeem on Inside MMA talking about his release from Strikeforce is at http://www.hd.net/blogs/full-exclusive-inside-mma-interview-alistair-overeem-reacts-to-being-cut/
--ONE HD in Australia airs a tape of UFC 128 (Jon Jones vs. Shogun Rua) at 9:30 p.m. tonight. The Countdown to UFC 133 airs immediately after at 11:30 p.m. (thanks to Tim Forge)
--A story on the wrestling coach at the University of Missouri, Brian Smith, coming to grips with MMA since Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley and Michael Chandler all came from his wrestling program to becoming MMA stars at http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/2011/aug/01/ and Mark Ellis is the next to join the list when he debuts in three weeks. He noted he didn't like it at first, but now believes their success helps the Tigers wrestling program and noted how at youth camps how star struck high school wrestlers were seeing Woodley and Chandler.
--Michael Bisping and Lance Storm are in agreement on something, which isn't throwing a knee on a grounded opponent or spitting in their direction after promos: "Fighters on TRT are fucking cheats. Low testosterone levels my ass! If you have, that's cos you were juicing in the past, cheating bastards!!" That was from Bisping, not Storm.
--Storm's version of the same story, written a little better, is at http://www.stormwrestling.com/080511.html
--Chris Masters has been announced for World Stars of Wrestling for a tour of Portugal starting on 8/19.
--What do you think of the Sting joker character?
A positive 18.1%
Started out positive but it's now a negative 12.9%
Always a negative 21.4%
Makes no difference 19.3%
Never seen it 28.3%
--If Strikeforce folds, should UFC add women's divisions?
Depends on timing 13.6%
--If Jones beats Rampage, who do you want to see him face next?
Evans if he wins 51.2%
Dan Henderson 25.9%
Tito Ortiz if he wins 23.0%
--Poll on Impact
52.1% of those responding didn't see the show. That's much higher than usual numbers.
--USWO from last night in Nashville: L.T. Falk b Shawn Hoodrich, Nick Iggy b Damien Payne, Bryan Casey b Chris Michaels, Big Bully Douglas & Ox Harley b Nick Iggy & Fireball Roberts, Jeremiah Plunkett b Gary Valiant, Chase Stevens b Micas Silvia, Kliff Hanger b Josh Crow, Chrisjen Hayme b L.T. Falk, Krull b Lonestar (thanks to Jimmie Daniel)
--One of the most popular music groups in South Korea in a music video was holding a replica WWE title belt at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7_lSP8Vc3o (thanks to Dan Della Posta)
--More trivia from Chuck Langerman. UFC lightweight Shane Roller was one of the few four-time state high school champions in history, winning at 126 in 1995, 135 in 1996, 152 in 1997 and 160 in 1998. He also won the Junior Danny Hodge Award in 1998 as the best high school wrestler in the country. He went to Bixby High School, which a generation earlier produced Cowboy Bill Watts.
--And Dan Severn of Montrose-Hill McCloy High School in Michigan scored 37 consecutive pins in 1975-76, eighth on the all-time list.
--Last night in Sydney, Australia for PWA Australia: William Kidd & Jaguar Kid & Dane Sinclair & MH Cydell b Brian Seeker & Matt Bailey & Gatecrashers, Rainbow Savage b J.T. Robinson, Jessie McKay & Shazza McKenzie b Madison Eagles & K.C. Cassidy, Sean O'Shea b Robbie Eagles, Ahmed Iblis & Craig Cole b Hartley Jackson & Jack Bonza, Mark Davis b Mikey Broderick, Ryan Eagles b Dick Togo. This was part of Togo's worldwide retirement tour. Ryan Eagles is the husband of Shimmer champion Madison Eagles. (thanks to Dan Lennard)
--NWA Mountain State Wrestling on 8/20 in Summerville, WV at the Youth & Community Center. They tape TV tonight at the George Buckley Center in Marmet, WV.
--In a match to determine who faces Davey Richards on 9/24 for the ROH title on the Platinum Championship Wrestling show last night in Avondale Estates, GA, Shane Marx and Kyle Matthews went to a time limit draw. So Richards agreed to face both of them.
--Pro wrestler Mark Henry and former wrestler strongman Bill Kazmaier were among the guests for the grand opening of the Joe & Betty Wider Museum in Austin, TX. A story is at http://www.starkcenter.org/exhibits/opening_ceremony/ Many of the legends of bodybuilding including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, Larry Scott, Bill Pearl, Boyer Coe and Frank Zane were also there.
--The fifth most watched news story on the BBC site today was on the comeback of Roller Derby in the U.S. at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14433264 (thanks to Stephen Lyon)