A super busy weekend when it comes to major shows, with SummerSlam on Sunday plus MMA on Showtime tonight, on PPV tomorrow night and UFC on Versus Sunday. UFC and WWE go head-to-head on Sunday, plus Sunday is the finals of the G-1 Climax tournament at Sumo Hall in Tokyo. ROH also has its first taping for its new television series that debuts in the fall, taking place tomorrow night in Chicago, and the Juggalos have the legends show tonight on iPPV.
We're also looking for reports on tonight's Juggalo Championship Wrestling show that begins at midnight at www.psychopathicrecords.com Lineup ha Roddy Piper vs. Terry Funk in an I Quit match with Danny Davis referee, Tito Santana vs. Greg Valentine in a cage match, New Age Outlaws vs. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall with Sean Waltman as ref, Head Bangers vs. Rock & Roll Express, Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera, Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol vs. Kamala vs. Koko B. Ware vs. Dutch Mantel vs. Brickhouse Brown, Tommy Rich vs. Tracy Smothers, Raven vs. Shane Douglas vs. Rhino vs. Al Snow vs. Balls Mahoney vs. ?, Powers of Pain vs. Rikishi & Brian Christopher and a Battle Royal with Carlito, Jim Duggan, Ronnie Garvin, Big Daddy V, Jimmy Snuka, Tony Atlas, Zach Gowen, Rob Conway and U-Gene.
Strikeforce live at 11 p.m. on Showtime tonight
Sterling Ford (156) vs. Milton Vieira (155)
Mike Bronzoulis (169) vs. Chad Leonhardt (171)
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. Lukasz Les (169)
Keith Berry (204) vs. Gian Villante (205)
Live on Showtime
Roy Jones Jr. (204) vs. Derrick Mehmen (205)
Sarah D'Alelio (146) vs. Ronda Rousey (146)
Pat Healy (155) vs.. Eric Wisely (156)
Nate James (185) vs. Danillo Villefort (186)
Jorge Gurgel (154) vs. Joe Duarte (155)
Smackdown tonight on Syfy:
Christian vs. Sheamus non-title
A.J.& Kaitlyn vs. Natalya & Beth Phoenix
Sin Cara (Hunico) vs. Tyson Kidd
Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ezekiel Jackson vs. Cody Rhodes for IC title
Johnny Curtis vs. Mark Henry
Randy Orton vs. Great Khali
Saturday features the first ROH taping for its new show in Chicago Ridge, IL at the Frontier Fieldhouse with Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong for the ROH title, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli for the tag titles (which may one one of Hero & Castagnoli's final appearances with he group), 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.
TNA is in Rochester, NY on Saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena with Angle vs. Anderson for the TNA title, Mexican America vs. British Invasion with Jarrett as referee, Bully Ray vs. Pope, Devon vs. Samoa Joe, Winter vs. James and Kendrick vs. Abyss.
MMA Fight Pit Genesis PPV tomorrow night from Albuquerque features Houston Alexander vs. Razak Al-Hassan, Jens Pulver vs. Coty Wheeler, Junie Browning vs. Jacob Clark, Jamie Yager vs. Willie Parks, Tyler East vs Chris Guillen and Angelica Chavez vs. Diana Rael.
The only WWE event of the weekend is SummerSlam from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The show is sold out. Five matches are official at this point--John Cena vs. C.M. Punk with HHH as referee for the WWE title, Christian vs. Randy Orton no holds barred for the world title, Sheamus vs. Mark Henry, Wade Barrett vs. Daniel Bryan and Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas title.
Sunday is also the G-1 Climax finals from Sumo Hall in Tokyo.
UFC runs Sunday on Versus starting at 9 p.m. Eastern. Facebook fights start at 6 p.m. with Edwin Figueroa vs. Jason Reinhardt, Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann, Cole Miller vs. T.J. O'Brien, Alex Caceres vs. Jim Hettes, Ronny Markes vs. Karlos Vemola, Ed Herman vs. Kyle Noke, Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland and C.B. Dollaway vs. Jared Hamann. The four live fights on Versus are Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah, Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira, Ben Henderson vs. Jim Miller and Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle.
Raw will be live from San Diego on Monday night. They are advertising Rey Mysterio facing the WWE champion as the main event, but that would be questionable given Mysterio's knee injury. Smackdown and NXT are taped Tuesday night in Bakersfield.
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.
The issue will be on the site today 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 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.
We also breakdown where WWE makes its money, look at house show revenue, chart all the PPV shows this year and compare them with the previous two years, a look at just how important WrestleMania really is, what show did surprisingly well, how TV rights are doing, how merchandise is doing, Classics on Demand, Home video, video games, toys and the web site.
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.
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:
--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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--WWE will be announcing the main roster lineup tomorrow at SummerSlam Axxess for the WWE '12 video game.
--For those in the U.K. there was a lot of unhappiness because ESPN in the U.K. won't be carrying Sunday's UFC show from Milwaukee. It was even more since Dan Hardy is in the main event. ESPN U.K. doesn't have the rights to the Versus shows. Premier Sports TV Channel 433 will now be airing the show live oin the U.K. while Setanta Ireland will air it live in Ireland. It's usually a subscription channel but it will air free for the fight. (thanks to Paul Clay and Andrew Ryan)
--A lot of the talent in WWE isn't getting into Los Angeles until late tonight and some tomorrow. In past years, they came right from the Tuesday taping into Los Angeles. But most went home after television, apparently because of some incidents that took place last year in Southern California and there is some paranoia given Los Angeles is the home of TMZ. David Arquette, Brittany Snow and Jennifer Love-Hewitt attended WWE events in the city last night.
--An interview with Daniel Bryan is at http://www.hollywoodlife.com When asked if he has a celebrity crush, he said Meg Ryan of 1989. And if he could pick his WrestleMania opponent, it would be Randy Orton.
--Daniel Bryan plus the video game release at http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/blog/_/name/thegamer/id/685683 9/daniel-bryan-talks-wwe-12-mitb-john-cena?readmore=fullstory
--There is a story in Media Post where they are skeptical that WWE will really ever start a network at http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=15 5769 The writer notes that 18 months ago, Vince start it would be up and running in 18 months, and here we are and again he says it'll be up and running in 18 months. I have little doubt they will start this network.
--I've got three stories up today at the Yahoo UFC page, one on Strikeforce going forward, one on the debut of Ronda Rousey, going for her sixth straight win in less than a minute, and one on Jim Miller, who risks his title shot at the lightweight title on Sunday when he faces Ben Henderson..
--Malcolm Cormier, a wrestler and referee from a famous wrestling family, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. Malcom's brothers were legends in Eastern Canada, including The Beast, Rudy Kay, Leo Burke and Bobby Kay. While he did wrestle, he was better known as a referee in New Brunswick under the name Mel Turnbow.
--James Yun (Jimmy Wang) tweeted yesterday, "It has been over six weeks since I wrestled for TNA and I still haven't been paid and the check that they sent me two weeks ago bounced, WTF."
--And more twitter fun from Diana Hart Smith, the sister of Bret Hart and mother of Harry Smith. She blasted Michael Cole over and over, calling him Michelle Cole, making fun of his announcing, his look in tights and his announcing ability. She also said that Harry would be fighting in Strikeforce in 2012. Since Strikeforce is under the Zuffa umbrella, I think it's very unlikely they would take him without at least winning a few fights elsewhere and looking impressive, plus I see Smith going to Japan and Europe to wrestle and not switching to MMA. Harry then wrote, "In regards to my Mom's twitter remarks about Michael Cole and the WWE, those are only her opinions she's expressing. I hold no ill feelings toward the WWE, and I don't want it to look like I'm influencing these posts in any way shape or form. I'm a man of honor and integrity and try to be like my Grandfather, Stu Hart. If I have something to say to or about someone, I'll say it to their face. I really dislike twitter so I can't post this myself on there."
--Playoffs for wrestling's hottest woman
Mickie James 35.9%
Christy Hemme 24.8%
Karen Jarrett 15.7%
Angelina Love 7.6%
Traci Brooks 5.4%
Dixie Carter 3.2%
Jackie Moore 1.4%
Brooke Tessmacher 34.8%
Velvet Sky 34.3%
Madison Rayne 7.1%
SoCal Val 4.3%
Kelly Kelly 32.9%
Gail Kim 15.2%
Alicia Fox 5.6%
Nikki Bella 4.4%
Brie Bella 4.2%
Eve Torres 13.9%
Beth Phoenix 11.9%
Layla 10.8% (she was added late and actually would have finished second behind Maryse)
Rosa Mendes 3.8%
--Weigh-ins for tomorrow night's MMA Fight Pit PPV will be at 5 p.m. Mountain time at the Library Bar & Grill in Albuquerque. Brian Stann and Melvin Guillard will be guests and there is a free buffet. Karyn Bryant will be the m.c.
--BAMMA announced they would create their first British championship, the British middleweight title, with Jack Marshman facing Carl Noon on 9/10 in Birmingham, England at the National Indoor Arena. The goal is to have a British champion in every weight class. British title matches will be three round fights, not five as in world titles.
--At this point, the big five PPV matches for UFC 136 on 10/8 in Houston are Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard for the lightweight title, Jose Aldo vs. Kenny Florian for the featherweight title, Chael Sonnen vs. Brian Stann, Dave Herman vs. Mike Russow and Joe Lauzon vs. Melvin Guillard. UFC Fight Club members can get tickets starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. Central time. Newsletter subscribers can get them on Thursday at 10 a.m. They go on sale to the public on Friday priced at $350, $250, $100, $75 and $50.
--Shaquille O'Neal talks whether he will fight in MMA (I seriously doubt it) tonight on Inside MMA at 9 p.m. on HDNet. He also talks who in the NBA could make the transition to UFC. Tito Ortiz will also be on tonight's show.
--Another Edge interview at http://www.yidio.com/show/haven/news/former-wwe-superstar-adam-edge-copel nd-retires-haven-3344
--And Another Edge interview is at http://www.liljas-library.com/showinteview.php?id=79 (thanks to Terri Bey)
--Axl Rotten on twitter said that if he doesn't come up with $5,000 he will be evicted at the end of the month and was asking for paypal donations.
--CZW will be on iPPV at www.HybridEnt.TV tomorrow night starting at 7:30 p.m. from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia headlined by Drake Younger vs. Scotty Vortekz in a two ring psycho circus death match. Does that mean clowns who won't do jobs are in both rings? Devon Moore vs. Blk Jeez in a lumberjack strap match and fans can purchase raffle tickets to be lumberjacks.
--Bobby Heenan will be at the WrestleReunion event in Miami the weekend of WrestleMania for the T Mart Promotions booth. He will only be there on 3/31. (thanks to Daniel Short)
--Today's Chuck Langerman trivia. Another connection to Christian Brothers Academy, where former WWF and WCW ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta is now a Spanish teacher is, is that another graduate of the school was the late Jerry "The Wall" Tuite. The Wall was a high school basketball star who went on to the Trenton State team in 1988-89 that went to the NCAA Division III championship game, where they lost 94-86 to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is believed to have been the only full-time pro wrestler ever to play in an NCAA basketball championship game. Trenton State, now known as The College of New Jersey, is also where the late Ted Petty received his Masters degree in Physical Education.
--Metro Pro Wrestling returns to Kansas City at the Turner Rec Center tomorrow night for a TV taping at 7 p.m. headlined by Michael Striker vs. Derek Stone.
--Ultimate Cage Battles on 10/1 in Parma, OH at the Ohio Nets Sports Complex promoted by former pro wrestler and MMA fighter Dan Bobish headlined by Matt Masterson vs. Marcus Reynolds.
--In Your Face Wrestling on 10/1 in Ballston Spa, NY at the Area Community Center
--American Championship Entertainment on Saturday night at the ACE Arena in Union City, NJ. The main event for the ACE title features a rare U.S. mainland appearance of Puerto Rican legend Savio Vega, facing former WWE wrestler Jose Luis Rivera of The Conquistadores. Plus there will be a Battle Royal and Lethal Lottery.
--Lance Storm will be on OTTR at 9 p.m. tonight at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cutrer