WED. UPDATE: World champ signing, Memphis makes Daily Show, Hogan, Edge, SummerSlam and UFC

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        Probably the most detailed look at every aspect of WWE business, in particular WrestleMania, the movie business, the house show business, the future of WWE television and a lot of comments by Vince McMahon regarding the current and future state of the company is in the lead stories of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

        The story look at plans for a WWE network, Vince McMahon talks about UFC vs. WWE, meeting with Dana White, why such a relationship could never work, future of different WWE shows, plans for far more television in the fall and how that would work out, more on a third hour of Raw each week as well as the lessons of WCW.  We also look at financial reasons for adding shows, a look at how much money, profits and expenses are in a WrestleMania and comparing the numbers for the last several years.  We also look at the value of Dwayne Johnson to this year's show, money spent on production and merchandise, bigger payoffs and Johnson's statement regarding C.M. Punk.

        We also look at predictions for next year's Mania, future of The Rock in WWE, why booking Rock vs. Cena is tricky as well as the unique situation Cena is in and the pros and cons of a heel turn.

        We also look at the Money in the Bank number that was originally announced and what that says about the current product and lessons to be learned from it going forward.

        We look at the positives and negatives of doing the first Cena vs. Punk match the night they did it and timing it the way they did. 

        We look at the three aspects of the WWE business that were in the greatest decline, and the two aspects losing money and their futures. 

        We also look at the future of the movie business, and what appear to be the real sale levels of the DVDs.

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        We also have the quarterly report breaking down every category, what is up, down and the hidden facts that aren't as obvious in comparisons.  We look at the company's current mentality regarding the changing of the price structure for house shows, the profit margin so far this year, the dividend so far this year, and what Vince McMahon has earned from his dividends so far this year.

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        We also have coverage of both UFC 133 and TNA Hardcore Justice.  We have poll results from both shows.  We have match-by-match rundowns for both shows and star ratings for the TNA show.  We look at angles going forward on both shows, as well as preliminary business numbers for UFC 133 and the hidden number.  We look at where the winners and losers go next, why Dennis Hallman wore what he wore, Dana White's reaction, injuries in the show, and Matt Hamill's retirement.

        We also look at the WWE departures over the past week, who, how and why, as well as the names cut in developmental.  We also look at Gail Kim's quitting the company, John Morrison talks about Melina being cut, Chris Masters and Gail Kim talk about leaving and who Japan is interested in and who TNA may be interested in.

        We also look at Linda McMahon's future, the future of Sin Cara both the character and the original person playing the character, more on Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler's injuries, more on SummerSlam, C.M. Punk rips The Rock, Steve Austin talks wrestling again, Raw in Canada, WWE titles that changed via DQ, Mystery GM angle, Edge talks when he would have retried if he wasn't hurt and Hall of Fame.

        We also look at a former World champion who has expressed an interest in working for WWE again, an update on WWE time delayed television viewership, several new people being signed, as well as business notes from the past week and highlights of the house shows.

        We also look at the lineup for a show in a few weeks that will be among the biggest pro wrestling events in many years, featuring three major promotions all working together for the first time in years.

          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.
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         Also in this week's issue:

--Update on Arena Mexico

--How far one of the biggest draws of the past quarter century has fallen

--Dragon Gate's tag team tournament

--A new idea for a gimmick match that takes place this week

--Kenta Kobashi's second and third matches back

--Complete G-1 tournament rundown

--A look at the death of James Haase aka J.T. Lightning

--Hulk Hogan talks Randy Savage

--Hogan talks about a comeback match

--Brooke Hogan nude unveiled

--Mickie James fund raising for her next record

--Update on Hardys and Ric Flair

--Update on TNA's No Surrender

--TNA star gets $10,000 bonus in another line of work

--Generation Me explain why they left TNA

--New TNA signing

--Update on Bound for Glory series

--Behind the Fedor Emelianenko cut

--Future of Dan Henderson and why it's so important

--Health concern for fighters

--The UFC TV deal for next year

--Upcoming Strikeforce schedule for rest of the year

--Change in Strikeforce TV

--Two MMA shows this week from Zuffa

--Notes on the new season of Ultimate Fighter

--Update on the UFC New Year's show

--What happened to Brittney Palmer at the last PPV?

--GSP vs. Diaz promotion

--Bisping lashes out at cheaters

--What Zuffa star is thinking WWE in his future

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--Raw last week was No. 17 and No. 18 in the cable ratings.  Jersey Shore did a 6.3 rating for fist place and The Closer at 4.8 was in second place.  Raw did not crack top ten in any major demo. 
--The Biography Channel will be airing a repeat of the 90s "Exposed:  Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets" tonight at 10 p.m.  Hopefully we can learn more about stunt grannies and the promotions handing out signs to the fans. (thanks to Ryan Ebelhar)

--Versus announced on Sunday they will air a one hour live pregame show from Milwaukee with Craig Hummer, Ariel Helwani and Stephan Bonnar.  Not sure why they don't just show an hour of undercard matches because you hear the matches going on in the background for an hour, and you don't need an hour pregame.  Versus will also be doing a 30 minute post game show, and those shows have been cool in the past.
--ROH's first TV tapings for Sinclair Broadcasting are Saturday night in Chicago.  There will be a meet and greet with Chris Hero, Claudio Castagnoli and Sara Del Rey at 6:30 p.m.  Updated lineup is Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH title, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Hero & Castagnoli for the tag titles, El Generico vs. Jay Lethal for the TV title, Briscoes vs. All Night Express, Eddie Edwards vs. Michael Elgin, Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Bravado Brothers, Jimmy Jacobs vs. Mike Bennett and Tommaso Ciampa vs. Andy Ridge.
--Davey Richards has signed a new contract with ROH.  Basically it's the Sinclair contract that they want all the talent to sign.
--An old Memphis music video from the 80s with Johnny Wilhoit & Bart Batten using the name The New Generation aired on The Daily Show.  Scott Bowden talks about the video and The Fabulous Ones (whose getting over huge based on videos spawned The Rock & Roll Express and others) at
--Hulk Hogan on the UK riots at (thanks to Tom Arbuckle)
--And another Edge interview is at  He said since retirement he hasn't watched wrestling except for Christian's angles.  He said as far as working for WWE, his days of being on the road 200 days are over so new agent position.  He said he may make appearances like Shawn Michaels every now and then, including going to SummerSlam this weekend in Los Angeles.
--Michelle Beadle talked SummerSlam and C.M. Punk at
--Lenny Lovato suffered a broken hand in training and is off Saturday's MMA Pit Fight PPV show from Albuquerque, where he was to face Junie Browning.  Browning will now face Jacob Clark.
--The entire UFC show on Sunday will be streamed live on the UFC Facebook page starting at 5:45 p.m.  Yes, the show is going head-to-head with SummerSlam.
--How many North American buys do you expect SummerSlam to get?
Under 175,000 25.4%
176-200,000 17.6%
201-225,000 21.0%
226-250,000 11.0%
251-275,000 7.8%
276-300,000 5.6%
301-325,000 4.4%
326-350,000 1.2%
351,000 or more 5.9%
--Who will leave SummerSlam as WWE champion?
C.M. Punk 42.2%
Alberto Del Rio 32.6%
John Cena 21.1%
Other 4.1%
--Is this the weakest SummerSlam lineup ever
Yes, entire lineup isn't strong including the main event 21.1%
Yes, main event is strong, undercard is nothing 34.3%
No, undercard weak but main event is strong 39.5%
No, entire card is strong 3.7%
No, main event isn't strong but undercard is 1.4%
--Poll on Raw
Excellent 17.0%
Good 49.3%
Average 23.2%
Fair 5.4%
Poor 6.2%
        12.1% of those responding didn't see the show
--ONE HD in Australia is showing Sunday's UFC live on Monday at 11 a.m. (thanks to Tim Forge)
--Great news is Paul Orndorff announced he was cancer free after having a major cancer scare.
--Funny twitter stuff.  Tommy "Crimson" Mercer tweeted Bill Goldberg:  "While you were getting stretched by Jericho I was dodging bullets for this country."  Goldberg replied:  "Who are you again???"
--The warehouse that stored TNA DVDs for the U.K was destroyed Monday in the fire caused by the riots.  As many as 30 million DVDs (obviously not all TNA) were destroyed.  WWE's DVD distributor also lost 1 million DVDs.  Insurance is expected to cover the losses.

--Terry Yorkston, a wrestler and referee out of Hamilton, ONT, passed away on Sunday at the age of 78.  There is an obit at

--Bryan and I are back tonight with Wrestling Observer radio.  We'll talk current news, take e-mail questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and our special guest today is Jeremiah Riggs of Tough Enough, talking about him not getting signed, plus who from Tough Enough just got signed, and you'll flip your lid on this one if you saw the show.
--Due to an injury to Tom "Kong" Watson, Frank Trigg now faces Judo Jim Wallhead in the main event of BAMMA 7 on 9/10 in Birmingham, England at the National Indoor Arena.  Wallhead was recently in the Bellator welterweight tournament.
--Brian Fritz talks to Daniel Bryan at
--Awesome Wrestling Entertainment on10/15 in Fisherville VA at the Augusta Expo featuring Kevin Nash, DDP, Amy Dumas, Fit Finlay, Terry Funk, Jim Duggan, Tommy Dreamer, Tammy Sytch, Tully Blanchard, Baby Doll, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Dutch Mantel, Eugene, Dennis Condrey, Bobby Eaton, Ivan Koloff, The Mulkey Brothers, Tommy Rich, Tracy Smothers, The Barbarian, Buddy Landel, George South, C.W. Anderson and Bill Apter.
--Bill Dundee apparently had a great time at the Fan Fest in Atlanta and is interested in those kind of bookings.  He's also working on a book about his life in pro wrestling.
--Jerry Lawler headlines the BANG TV tapings on 9/10 in Ocala, FL at the Funking Conservatory.  As part of the build, a 1981 match with Lawler vs. Dory Funk Jr. is on Funk's web site at
--The documentary "Fancypants" will premiere on 9/29 at the AMC River East 21 Theaters in Chicago with red carpet coverage.  
--Christopher Daniels, Eric Young, Colt Cabana and Adam Pearce in a promo for the Los Angeles opening of "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," which opens on 8/30 is at

--UFC tickets for the 10/1 show in Washington, DC, headlined by Dominick Cruz vs. Demetrious Johnson go on sale today for fight club members.  Newsletter pre sale is tomorrow at 10 a.m. Eastern with the code word BANTAM and tickets go on sale Friday to the public.

--Howard Stern was talking Stacy Keibler yesterday, mostly negative, wondering when George Clooney would dump her.  Stern said that Clooney has women on deck ready to go when he gets tired of one.  Stern said that Keibler has an incredible ass, a great body, very pretty and is nice and captivating. (thanks to Jeff Cohen)    

--Xtreme Knockout TV taping on 9/3 at The Gym in Arlington, TX.  The promotion has weekly television on Saturday night's at 11 p.m. on Ch. 21 in the Dallas market.

--Empire Wrestling Federation on Friday night in Covina, CA at the Knights of Columbus Hall with Ryan Taylor vs. Johnny Starr with Shaun Riker as referee.  They are also doing a free show on 8/27 at 2 p.m at Court Street Square in downtown San Bernardino.

--Pro Wrestling Blitz from Saturday night in Joliet, IL:   Willie Da Bomb won four-way, Ryan Slade over Egotistico Fantastico and Hardcore Craig, Jimmy Rockwell b Gilbert Lewis, Traci Brooks & December b Melanie Cruise & Taylor Made, Justin Dredd b Tony Rican, Masaru b Tokyo Twin Mi, Dysfunction & Machine b Brandon Blaze & Mark Horning, Kip & B.G. James b Matty Starr & Zach Thompson (thanks to Steve Stone)

--Chuck Langerman's latest trivia.  Chris Pallies of Washington Township High School in South New Jersey was the Region 8 heavyweight champion in 1973 and 1974.  Pallies, who later became King Kong Bundy, was a classmate in high school of Linda Fiorentino and Mike Rossman.  Fiorentino was the female lead in "Vision Quest," a movie about wrestling.  Rossman in 1978 won the world light heavyweight boxing title from Victor Galindez.

--And more. The late Andrew "Test" Martin of Henry Street High School in Whitby, ONT, the same school as Eric Lindros and Joe Neiuwendyk.     Lindros and Martin attended school together (thanks to Dave Musgrave)

--All Pro Wrestling from Saturday night in Hayward:  Sheik Khan Abadi b Levi Shapiro Shane West & Mickey Jay b Omega & Corvus, Damien Grundy b Brian Tyler, Dylan Drake b Damien Grundy-DQ, A.J. Kirsch (Tough Enough) b Billy Blade, Timothy Thatcher b Blackwell, Will Rood b Dave Dutra-DQ, Matt Carlos vs. Shane West vs. Mikey Jay was a draw, Dalton Frost & Jody Kristofferson DCOR Dareveko Brothers, Rik Luxury b Mr. Wrestling IV, Timothy Thatcher b Jeckles

--World of Hurt is doing a TV taping featuring Roddy Piper on 8/18 in Calgary at the Acadia Rec Complex.  Piper is the new coach of the show as they are taping the second season.

--The Wrestling is a live show on Monday at the Pleasance Courtyard in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival.  Name wrestlers including Mark Haskins of TNA and Pac of Dragon Gate are scheduled on the show.

--Pro Wrestling Xtreme Holiday Hell no 10/8 in Orlando at the National Guard Armory.

--The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame will honor Angelo Savoldi, who with the deaths in recent years of Abe Coleman and Jack LaLanne, would be the world's oldest living pro wrestler as best we can tell.  It will take place on 10/1 at the Radisson Hotel in Carteret, NJ.  Among those appearing will be Bob Backlund, Tito Santana, J.J. Dillon, Davey O'Hannon, Domenic DeNucci, Johnny Rodz, Doink the Clown, Manny Soto, Larry Sharpe, Dick Woehrle, Billy Caputo, Cousin Like and more.  For more info you can call 732-283-0487.

--Insanity Pro Wrestling on 8/20 in Indianapolis at the Fountain Square Salvation Army Community Center with Sami Callihan vs. Davey Richards and Irish Airborne vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly, plus Billy Roc vs Ricochet and Ivelisse Velez from Tough Enough.

--Time Warner on Demand has a 30 minute SummerSlam preview with Steve Austin vs. Undertaker, Undertaker vs. Edge, Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon and John Cena vs. Randy Orton. (thanks to Suju Abraham)

--PWO iPPV from Sunday in Cleveland before 2,200 fans:  Dan Arkham b Will Esquire, Jason Gory b Michael Facade and Bobby Beverly, Ben Fruith b Bobby Shields, Portia Perez b Veda Scott, Krist b Corey Winters, Matt Cross over Johnny Gargano and Josh Prohibition, N8 Mattson & Benjamin Boone over Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick, Gregory Iron & Hobo Joe and Brian Bender & Bryan Castle, Tito Santana b Nickie Valentino, Jason Bane b Krimson, Kevin Nash & Aaron Draven b Mario Fontaine & Brodie Lee      
--XFC out of Tampa announced the signing of Scott Barrett, 12-2 a heavyweight out of Athens, GA. 
--OTTR with Luke Robinson, talking Tough Enough, Steve Austin, coaching Rima Fakih and more is at
--EAW from Saturday night in Zumpango, Mexico:  Drako & Driver X & Sakura b Guerrero Nocturno & Mascara Brillante & Pequeno Alebrije, Ares & Brazo Jr. & Nino de Ebano b Catrina & Comando Nero & Stell Rock, Chico Che & Dinamic Black & Golden Magic b Maldito Jr. & Samoth Jr. & Warrior Steel, Centurion & Super Pollo & Turbo b Black Thunder & Fantastik & Magica Negra, Reby Sky b Kristen Astara, Mr. Aguila & Fauno b El Hijo de Rey Misterio & Pepe Aguayo, Zach Gowen & Marco Corleone b Charlie Haas & Paul London
--Sunday in Pachuca:  Concord & Simbolo Azteca b Sable & Skynet, Mascarita Sagrada & La Parkita b Mini Chessman & Mini Psicosis, Alan Stone & Ronin & Super Fly b Aero Star & Laredo Kid & Sugi-san, Mari Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata b Jennifer Blake & Yuriko, Extreme Tiger & Joe Lider & Nicho b Dark Cuervo & Dark Espiritu & Dark Oz, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Electroshock & Elegido & Zorro b Konnan & Chessman & Nicho & Jennifer Blake & Mini Psicosis (thanks to Kris Zellner)

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